Friday, October 31st 2014

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BRUSSELS—Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multibillion-dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for...

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Conclusion Inexpensive nannies Fadi Ghandour, the co-founder and vice chairman of Aramex PJSC, a Dubai-based transportation and logistics company, says Dubai has been a superb base not just for Aramex—which became the first Arab company to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Market, in 1997—but also for Ghandour’s current passion as...

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) hinted broadly on Thursday of more stable interest rates over the next 12 months, its strongest word yet on the direction of short-term interest charges, following the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) decision putting an end to more than five years of monetary...

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Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya has directed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to be more considerate in handling the case of carpooling-services provider Uber, saying his agency is looking at amending transport rules to make traveling around Metro Manila safer and more convenient. The transport chief said...

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The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved P146.18 billion worth of big-ticket power projects in the first eight months of the year, data obtained from the investment-promotion agency showed. For the period, six of the 10 biggest investment commitments that the BOI approved were in the energy sector, led by...

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Former Sen. Juan Flavier died on Thursday due to multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia. He was 79. Flavier served as Department of Health (DOH) secretary from 1992 to 1995, and his outstanding performance as Cabinet member and his famous tag as “Mr. Let’s DOH It” earned him public accolade that...
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DOUBLEDRAGON Properties Corp. on Friday said it raised P7.4 billion from the issuance of seven-year fixed-rate corporate notes, proceeds of which will be used for its development projects. The company said that as a result of strong institutional demand, it increased the offering from the original amount of P6.5 billion. “We...

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THE Philippines and Malaysia have agreed to further liberalize the air-traffic rights between them by modernizing their air-services pact which was last expanded in 2011. “The Philippines and Malaysia signed last Wednesday in Manila a new agreement that increased by 100 percent the capacity between Manila and Kuala Lumpur from...

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KOREA Water Resources Corp. (K-Water) on Friday paid the government P19.66 billion, paving the way for the official turnover of the 218-megawatt (MW) Angat Hydroelectric Power Plant (HEPP), which was once owned by the Philippine government. “They remitted to us P19.662 billion. It was credited to PSALM Corp....

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THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on Friday released a resolution that further extends the imposition of a price cap at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) to shield consumers from sustained high-market prices due to the expected tight power-supply situation and frequent plant outages. “Pending the determination of a new...

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LEPANTO Consolidated Mining Co. on Friday said it expects to raise some P1.58 billion from its stock-rights offer, which it will start conducting next month. The company said in its disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange that it will start its offer period on December 10 through December 16, with...

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THE assertion of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) that contested radio frequencies held by Bayan Telecommunications Inc. (Bayantel) must undergo a public auction would further delay the corporate rehabilitation program of the cash-strapped firm, a ranking official of Globe Telecom Inc. said.  The general legal counsel of...
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performances for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game Seven on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to...

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NEW YORK—Pau Gasol scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut to help the Bulls spoil Derek Fisher’s first game as a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach by beating the New York Knicks, 104-80, on Wednesday. Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls...

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IS Chot Reyes out as Gilas Pilipinas head coach? The writing on the wall hinted he is, as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has formed a search and selection committee that will pick the head coach of the men’s national team during the federation’s executive committee meeting on Tuesday. SBP...

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CAGAYAN Valley opened its season by bagging Moala Tautuaa at No. 1 in the Draft. But on Thursday, the Rising Suns didn’t seem to need the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American. Michael Mabulac turned in a double-double effort and the Rising Suns repelled a late rally by MJM-Builders for a 94-86 victory on...

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ALASKA and Meralco clash in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces and the Bolts, both holding identical 2-0 slates, collide at 4:15 p.m. Pido Jarencio, meanwhile, hopes to get another victory that would help...

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer lined a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, on Tuesday to force a decisive Game Seven in the World Series. Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with...
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NEW YORK—Almost precisely two years ago, Kristen Stewart was hunched in a dark corner of the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s restaurant, sipping a glass of white wine and relentlessly scanning the room. v There was nothing she loathed more than people spotting her, gawping and then pretending it hadn’t happened....

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ELLEN ADARNA is one of the most beautiful women in show business right now. Men have been wildly drawn to her since she arrived at the scene because of two things: her beautiful face and, yes, that formidable chest. Showbiz wags, meanwhile, have been interested in Ellen also because of two...

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YVES GARDIOL is general manager of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the famous resort in Saint Moritz, Switzerland. Gardiol, a 53-year-old native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has been at the Palace for a decade. How about a little background about the hotel? Saint Moritz is in the Swiss Alps, and this year marks 150 years...

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IF films die, then there must be graveyards for these deceased films. I think of horror films as dead films. There is no hope—technically—in horror films. There should be no hope in them. Or, they will not be terrifying. If there is a kind of return, a hopeful glance in...
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MANILA is a city of contrasts. The urban landscape features beautiful buildings of eras past standing side by side with the modern commercial and residential buildings of today. Manila is where the traditions and customs of old intertwine and mingle seamlessly with the fast-paced life of today. However, the urban landscape...

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THE country’s infrastructure program recently got a big boost when Espoo, Finland-based Tekla introduced the 3D Concrete Constructible model. Andy Dickey, CIP concrete business development manager for Tekla, told the journalists that the construction software will give construction companies, engineers and contractors higher efficiency and productivity in their projects. “We...

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UNLIKE typical property-development projects, Mañosa Properties Inc. (MPI) consistently puts the Filipino touch, such as bahay-kubo and bahay na bato, in its projects to remind the Filipinos of their roots and culture. In a recent press briefing, MPI stressed that it has the end-user in mind when it develops a...

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DEEPLY rooted in understanding the needs of the Filipino family, Pro-Friends has envisioned a one-of-a-kind township community that will enable families to bond with each other. Starting with its first phase in 2007, Lancaster has evolved into a master-planned community that spans more than 1,400 hectares, covering Kawit, General Trias...
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WHEN someone tells you breast cancer, what comes into your mind immediately?  Death sentence, that’s what.  This is especially true among women. Understandably so.  Around the world, breast cancer is the leading killer of women ages 35 to 54. More than a million develop the disease without knowing it, and...

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In the Philippines, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among women, accounting for 28 percent of the total cases.  Current estimates show that one in 13 Filipinas will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Filipino film director Marilou Diaz Abaya died of it; so did Margery Allingham, British...

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William, who grew up in Davao City, was only 18 when he went to Metro Manila to study in one of the country’s most prestigious schools.  His parents wanted him to be a lawyer.  William was an outstanding student during his first year.  But after meeting some friends, everything...

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Cancer of the uterus, precisely termed endometrial cancer, is the most common form of gynecologic cancer.  It is considered as the fourth most common cancer among women—after breast, cervical and lung. “The cancer usually develops after menopause,” notes The Merck Manual of Medical Information. Studies done in the United States showed that...

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We all seem to start our day with the same grogginess, a desire for more sleep and the knowledge that no matter how hard we try, eating immediately is not appealing. We typically will hit the snooze button many times, leaving us in a daze, then simultaneously commute and eat...

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As I watch the X Factor I notice the “unstoppable” aura that even the kids have—is it real or just “fake it till you make it” stuff? If it is real—what is it, how and where do they get it? They all seem to ooze that aura of self-confidence and self...
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