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Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

SOFTWARE development company Zendesk officially opened on Thursday its first office in the Philippines, serving as its regional hub in Southeast Asia.

How to live with less? Keep it simple

How to live with less? Keep it simple

IT seems one of the prevailing buzzwords of the new century is “simplification.” Naturally, there’s a tendency for minimalism to flourish in countries such as ours that have embraced go-go consumer culture. It’s difficult to rebel against the get-more-stuff mantra if that isn’t your society’s way of life. But living a minimalist lifestyle can be accomplished anywhere and in many ways. When it comes to small interiors, we’ve rounded up a few great ideas to have less stuff to maintain and clean.

State of nation, state of leadership

State of nation, state of leadership

It comes as no surprise that, on the eve of President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address and the opening of the 16th Congress, this administration’s performance rating took a nosedive. A recent Pulse Asia survey pointed to what the poll group said is “a significant decline in the level of approval for the Aquino administration’s anticorruption initiatives, and an increase in the level of disapproval for the same.”

Major livestock posts decline; cattle improves

Major livestock posts decline; cattle improves

THREE of the four major livestock animals of the country posted declining figures in terms of inventory, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said in its recent agricultural update.

“The national cattle population made a turnaround in 2013 and posted positive growth rate of 0.19 percent,” the BAS said.


News

Asean torn between US, China

While re-cognizing that secu-rity concerns will affect the flow of trade and investments in the region, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) member-countries, which are set for economic integration in end-2015, remain divided on which foreign-policy agenda they would support—Washington’s or Beijing’s.

MAP douses Petilla’s optimism on additional power capacity

AN official of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) has doused the optimism of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla that an additional 500 megawatts (MW) of capacity can still be put up by summer of next year to avert a power crisis.

Palace plays down sharp decrease in Aquino’s pre-Sona survey ratings

MALACAÑANG on Friday played down the negative satisfaction rating earned by the Aquino administration in the latest Pulse Asia survey on its ability to control inflation and reduce poverty.

Palawan reactivates task force to stop illegal-logging activities

THE Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) of Palawan has beenreactivated to  prevent illegal-logging activities in the province.

Led by Gov. Jose Chavez Alvarez and Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Officer Juan C. de la Cruz, the AILTF was reactivated following reports that timber products from the province are being illegally shipped to Malaysia.

State of nation, state of leadership

State of nation, state of leadership

It comes as no surprise that, on the eve of President Aquino’s fifth State of the Nation Address and the opening of the 16th Congress, this administration’s performance rating took a nosedive. A recent Pulse Asia survey pointed to what the poll group said is “a significant decline in the level of approval for the Aquino administration’s anticorruption initiatives, and an increase in the level of disapproval for the same.”

Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

Relative lull in Gaza as UN calls for cease-fire

JERUSALEM—Israel and Hamas have lowered the pace of the fighting in the three-week-old Gaza war as international efforts intensify to end the conflict that has already killed 1,030 Palestinians and 43 Israeli soldiers.

Business

LRWC to spend P300M to expand bingo sites

HOTEL and gaming firm Leisure and Resorts World Corp. (LRWC) said it will spend up to P300 million to expand bingo sites in the country, as the company sees an increase in its net income starting in the fourth quarter of the year.

Major livestock posts decline; cattle improves

Major livestock posts decline; cattle improves

THREE of the four major livestock animals of the country posted declining figures in terms of inventory, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) said in its recent agricultural update.

“The national cattle population made a turnaround in 2013 and posted positive growth rate of 0.19 percent,” the BAS said.

Fitch attests to Manila lenders’ credit standing

Fitch Ratings affirmed the credit standing of four Philippine banks on the basis of their sound funding profiles and high loss-absorption capacities.

In a recently released statement, Fitch affirmed the ratings China Banking Corp., Security Bank Corp., Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) and the Union Bank of the Philippines.

Educators can be entrepreneurs as well

JPMorgan Chase and Co. (JPMC), through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, has embarked on a training program for educators in partnership with Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development and the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR).

Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

SOFTWARE development company Zendesk officially opened on Thursday its first office in the Philippines, serving as its regional hub in Southeast Asia.

Widodo targets growth pace unseen since financial crisis

Widodo targets growth pace unseen since financial crisis

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joko Widodo said he’s aiming for a growth pace Indonesia hasn’t seen since before the 1990s Asian financial crisis, a shift that would bolster the clout of the world’s fourth most-populous nation.

Sports

The shark’ Devours foes

The shark’ Devours foes

PERIGUEUX, France—Vincenzo Nibali, finally cracking a broad smile after weeks of no-nonsense racing, confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday.

Lifestyle

How to live with less? Keep it simple

How to live with less? Keep it simple

IT seems one of the prevailing buzzwords of the new century is “simplification.” Naturally, there’s a tendency for minimalism to flourish in countries such as ours that have embraced go-go consumer culture. It’s difficult to rebel against the get-more-stuff mantra if that isn’t your society’s way of life. But living a minimalist lifestyle can be accomplished anywhere and in many ways. When it comes to small interiors, we’ve rounded up a few great ideas to have less stuff to maintain and clean.

Lapu-Lapu City to rebrand itself as ‘Historic Resort City’

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City, one of the most visited cities in Cebu province, will be rebranded as a “Historic Resort City” and have the tagline “Free Yourself,” Mayor Paz Radaza said recently.

‘Lucy’ outmuscles ‘Hercules’

‘Lucy’ outmuscles ‘Hercules’

THIS weekend’s box office was an action-packed showdown between a drug-induced superhuman and a fearless Greek god. The drug-induced superhuman won.

Leisure physical activity in aging

            Leisure physical activity in aging

IN one of my monthly rounds among elderly’s groups promoting active aging through exercise, proper diet and social interest, a lady asked “I wash clothes in the house, cook dinner, clean the house, and take care of my grandchildren, aren’t these enough exercise for me?”

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

PHL-Malaysia build better, deeper economic ties

PHL-Malaysia build better, deeper economic ties

MALAYSIA’S trade ties with the Philippines started hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors were believed to have traveled and traded with each other by the so-called balangay.

How can I use branding in my PR programs? Or lessons we can learn from the World Cup

How can I use branding in my PR programs? Or lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Dear PR Matters,

I work in the communications department of a consumer company, and am aware that public relations (PR) today is no longer confined to media relations, but an integrated discipline that includes marketing, events and branding.

PHL senator: Invest more in R&D

PHL senator: Invest more in R&D

A SENATE leader enjoined the members of the scientific community, including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) officials, to invest more in research and development (R&D) as he decried the lack of human resources in science and technology (S&T)-related fields.

Real-estate group calls for immediate enactment of housing-related bills

THE housing sector is in need of 5.5 million dwelling units yet fundings and legislative measures are lacking to address this backlog, according to the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc. (Creba).

The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

A $27-million investment by Andreessen Horowitz fueled Pinterest’s explosive rise. A partnership with Starbucks elevated the mobile-payment company Square to a whole new level. Every high-growth enterprise can name a moment of affirmation that changed everything—the first big win that created the launchpad for all that followed. But how do firms actually close those big deals?

Macabebe, Pampanga school produces 382 Tesda graduates

MACABEBE­—The center of education and skills training here envisioned by Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan to uplift the lives of poor students and their families has produced the highest number of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) graduates in over four years.

Mexico’s circuses caught up in animal-rights spat

Mexico’s circuses caught up in animal-rights spat

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s “circus wars” are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals, meeting rising anger from circus workers.

Air crashes set year on course to be deadliest since 2005

Air crashes set year on course to be deadliest since 2005

THREE fatal airline crashes in a week mean 2014 is shaping up to become the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities.

Whatever you do, don’t run

Whatever you do, don’t run

JUST drive a Land Rover. And go on a safari around Asia and Africa. This, according to Peter Allison, renowned author of two bestselling books about his experiences working in the African bush—Whatever You Do, Don’t Run and Don’t Look Behind You—is or will probably be his life-long journey or rather call it, life mission statement.

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

HAVANA—Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters farther out. That was four decades ago.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Society of Jesus

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Society of Jesus

LISTEN to Christ, focus on Him. Be a partner to fulfill God’s mission for humanity. Live by the Holy Spirit’s anointing.

Nutrition for children

Nutrition for children

THERE are numerous ways parents can help their children achieve the best possible health. For instance, obesity (the condition of a person having excessive weight for his or her height, build and age) can be prevented with healthy eating patterns and regular exercise.

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