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Terrorism as theater

Terrorism as theater

THE beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

Hugo Barra, from Menlo Park to Beijing

Hugo Barra, from Menlo Park to Beijing

WHY leave a strong, established powerhouse—indeed one of the biggest, most formidable and most influential companies in the world—just to create something new from the ground up? Ask Hugo Barra and you will get an answer that makes perfect sense.

Happy birthday, Ambassador!

Happy birthday, Ambassador!

TODAY we celebrate the 80th birthday of the founder of the BusinessMirror, former Philippine Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Antonio L. Cabangon Chua.

Japan’s July output missed estimates as spending fell

Japan’s July output missed estimates as spending fell

Heavy machinery is silhouetted against illuminated buildings on the city skyline as it stands on a construction site at dusk in the Toyosu area of Tokyo, Japan.

News

Deficit down to P55.7B in July

The government reported a budgetary shortfall in July that narrowed to only P1.8 billion, bringing down the seven-month budget deficit to P55.7 billion, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said on Friday.

Unemployment bothers the middle class more than the poor–PIDS

Unemployment bothers the middle class more than the poor–PIDS

CONTRARY to popular belief, a study released by the government’s Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) showed that unemployment was an issue of the middle class and not of the poor.

Retail prices rise in Metro Manila at start of Q3

Retail prices went up in Metro Manila, or the National Capital Region (NCR), at the start of the third quarter, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Davao’s Cagas, 3 others face charges for newsman’s killing

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday ordered the filing of murder charges against former Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas and three others for their alleged involvement in the killing of journalist Nestor Bedolido Sr.

Unlike here

Unlike here

I’LL keep this short and sad: The daughter of a crew mem­ber of the South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of school children still strapped to their seats killed herself.

Brazil’s economy slips into recession

Brazil’s economy slips into recession

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released on Friday, as millions of new middle-class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.

Business

San Miguel Corp. will pursue K-Water tie-up

SAN Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Friday said it will pursue a team up with K-Water Resources Corp. of Korea for the 218-megawatt (MW) Angat hydropower plant project in Bulacan despite delays in the turnover of the facility.

Food key to manufacturing’s success in Q2

THE hero behind the growth of the manufacturing sector in the second quarter was food manufactures, based on data released on Thursday by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Customs files charges versus steel smugglers

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed charges before the Department of Justice against the owners and customs brokers of two firms for allegedly illegally importing steel products into the country.

Learning the ropes of entrepreneurship at Greenhills ‘tiangge’

Starting a small business may be a painstaking or daunting task for someone who has enough capital but with scant selling know-how. But, if he is serious and focused on the venture, and imbued with a sense of creativity, he will go a long way.  

Sports

Three double-faults? No problem

Three double-faults? No problem

NEW YORK—Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game on Thursday at the US Open.

Lifestyle

Hugo Barra, from Menlo Park to Beijing

Hugo Barra, from Menlo Park to Beijing

WHY leave a strong, established powerhouse—indeed one of the biggest, most formidable and most influential companies in the world—just to create something new from the ground up? Ask Hugo Barra and you will get an answer that makes perfect sense.

South Cotabato govt pushes devt of new tourism circuit

South Cotabato govt pushes devt of new tourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P2 million for the development a new tourism cluster or circuit in the area, it was learned recently.

GMA keeps prime-time lead

GMA keeps prime-time lead

ACCORDING to the latest survey conducted by AGB Nielsen Philippines on the viewing preferences in audience-rich Mega Manila, GMA has maintained its lead in the race for prime-time dominance.

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

2013 Kadayawan Festival: Celebrating Davao’s cultural heritage

DAVAO City has always been one of my favorite destinations ever since I started going there in the late 1980s.

Features

Swiss indulgence in Cebu

Swiss indulgence in Cebu

FOR the past eight years, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu has been celebrating Swiss National Day with a week-long culinary journey.

Br. Gus Boquer, FSC Take a leap of faith and He will provide

Br. Gus Boquer, FSC Take a leap of faith and He will provide

OFTENTIMES, people are faced with situations that are seemingly impossible to go through. For many, they would just turn their backs and leave to avoid wasting time, energy and resources on something unachievable. For some, however, it only takes a leap of faith.

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

IT’s a murderer on a killing spree, and now it has a new—and remarkably complete—genetic mug shot. An international team of scientists has sequenced the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of 99 Ebola virus samples collected during the early weeks of the outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The beauty of living in Cavite

The beauty of living in Cavite

COLONIZERS arriving in the late 16th century saw an unusual parcel of land thrust into Manila Bay and realized its value as a staging ground to launch their bulky galleons. Eventually, it became the most important port linking the colony to the outside world. Just as these colonizers got captivated by this piece of land that they discovered, so do Filipinos of the 21st century see the beauty in this same land now known as the province of Cavite.

Resorts World Manila at 5: Ultimate paradise of lifestyle and entertainment

Resorts World Manila at 5: Ultimate paradise of lifestyle and entertainment

LUXURIOUS shopping, dining haven, staycation haven, world-class entertainment—these and much more are what Resorts World Manila (RWM)—the country’s first, largest, and finest integrated lifestyle and tourist destination—has to offer to Filipinos and tourists alike.

DepEd, Fortune Life partnership honors teachers as writers and activists

THE values-advocacy program of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Fortune Life Insurance Co. Inc. celebrates its fourth year by giving recognition to teachers as writers and honoring those who taught best to public-school pupils the values of hard work and discipline.

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

SÃO PAULO—The “largest deforestation gang” active in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said on Thursday.

Terrorism as theater

Terrorism as theater

THE beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

Like a boss

Like a boss

THE ninth-generation Honda Accord claims the distinction of being the passenger car with the highest sales to individual customers (excluding fleet sales) in the US in 2013, having sold a little over 360,000 units in the world’s second-largest car market. In other words, Americans bought an average of 1,000 Accords every single day of 2013. Indeed, the Accord’s track record of outstanding build quality, reliability and high resale value has consistently made it a formidable player in the markets it is sold in.

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

WASHINGTON—Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

IN the year 589 the Tiber River overflowed. Buildings collapsed. Homes were carried away by raging waters. Crops were destroyed. Church granaries were wrecked. Dead people were piled up in the streets. Pits outside city walls became common burial grounds. People wallowed in misery. Pestilence continued unceasingly.

Cataract: The unseen scourge

Cataract: The unseen scourge

A round the world, cataract is the leading cause of blindness, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization. An estimated 42 million people are affected by severe loss of vision, and cataract causes 17 million of these losses.  In the Philippines, 400,000 Filipinos get blind because of cataract.

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