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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Senators start scrutiny of tax bills

Senators, meeting in a closed-door caucus on Wednesday, pushed plans to convene the Senate as a “Committee of the Whole” to conduct closer scrutiny...

Congress fast-tracking PHL shift to federalism

In the absence of the 25-man constitutional commission (Con-com), the leadership of the 17th Congress on Wednesday agreed to create a technical working group...

China to lead in organ transplants by 2020 

BEIJING—China is on track to lead the world in organ-transplant surgeries by 2020, following its abandonment of the much-criticized practice of using organs from...

House passes new Russia sanctions that would curb Trump’s power

The US House voted to strengthen sanctions against Russia and rebuked President Donald J. Trump, whose campaign is being investigated for possible ties to...

Spieth’s caddie an ex-math teacher who has a way with words

SOUTHPORT, England—A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie’s words at the British Open. “This is...

Katie Ledecky eases to third gold of World Championships in 1500m...

BUDAPEST, Hungary—Katie Ledecky breezed to her third gold medal of the world championships, backing off a bit on her most grueling night of the...
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DA to probe sale of smuggled carrots

The Department of Agriculture (DA) will investigate the sale of carrots believed to be smuggled from China after Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol made...

Architect of Indonesia postcrisis economy urges more tax reform

One of the chief architects of Indonesia’s postcrisis economy says local governments must be given more autonomy to help overcome a revenue gap hampering...
TRAVEL is an enriching experience that few others can compare to, an investment that pays dividends long after you’ve returned home, put away the luggage and put in place the market finds, big and small, around your home. Travel, be it to destinations near or far, expands your knowledge...
WHEN Soxie Topacio died at 65 on July 21, the photos used of him shared one thing in common; that smile, or grin, on his face. It was not a social smile aimed at pleasing the audience; it was an expression that was more about the person that Soxie...
Conventional wisdom has it that when you’re entertaining, it’s best to focus on the tried and true, not something new that might result in emergency takeout. With Mozza at Home, by Los Angeles chef Nancy Silverton with Carolynn Carreño, you’re not likely to attempt a trial run since most of...

Sons and Fathers

Are you ready for your morning stroll, Mr. T? In a minute, he bristled unable to get his arm into his heavy cardigan. It’s not that cold, you know, the Filipina caregiver reminded the harrumphing octogenarian. He was in the process of making a 180-degree turn, trying to fix the...

Independence Day

William found it a great struggle to put on the necktie, not that he didn’t know how.  He gazed at himself in the polished mirror, and frowned at what he saw, an Asian face wearing strange clothes. And yet, today, June 11, 2312 was a very special day, for...

Socioeconomic prospects: Year 2 of President Duterte

THE popularity of Asia’s newest and most colorful strongman keeps soaring. The Social Weather Station (SWS) reported that 78 percent of the population gave President Duterte positive satisfactory rating in June 2017; Pulse Asia, SWS’s rival in public opinion polling, submitted an even higher...

BM Reports

Terror groups in PHL: Removing the masks

Conclusion ACKNOWLEDGING that the threat of terrorism in Southeast Asia has become more intense and realistic, given the expected exodus into the region of returning jihadists who have fought with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, regional leaders have vowed to further work together...

Envoys & Expats

Motoring

New Bosch country head

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino THE leading global supplier of technology and services ended its 2016 fiscal year with an impressive consolidated sales of $56 million (€51 million) in the country alone. Bosch achieved an equivalent of 13-percent growth compared to the previous year. ...

Another look at new excise vehicle tax

STILL a favorite clubhouse talk these days is the proposed increase in excise tax for vehicles. Once passed into law by both the lower and upper chambers, House Bill (HB) 5636 will jack up vehicle prices in the next two years. Already, the bill has...

CTEK launches latest models 

Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo DID you know that Jay Leno is not only known as the host of the popular TV program that also bears his name before? He is also a well-known car collector, with at least 130 cars and 93 bikes...

Property

Ortigas & Company launches P10-billion project in Greenhills

IN a bid to regain its status as a premier business and entertainment  center, Ortigas & Co. is making all the stops to ensure the P60-billion redevelopment plan of Greenhills Commercial Center is on the right track. The 86-year old company has recently launched a...

Groups band together to address housing backlog

AS we hold our breath awaiting the pronouncements of the President during the state of the nation as it pertains to housing, at least 2,000 plus homes will have to be built every day over the next six years if the new administration intends...

Tagaytay Highlands scores epic win in International Awards

TOP international property award giving body, Asia Pacific Property Awards (Appa) named Tagaytay Highlands as the Best Leisure Development in the Philippines for 2017, which recognizes Tagaytay Highlands’s continuous endeavor in providing the best in residential leisure living. Held recently in Bangkok, Thailand, the glittering...

Millennials

Story and photos by Rosabel Toledo ON nonpeak months when buses to and from Baguio aren’t even half-filled with excited tourists, the city falls into a sleepy lull: Rates for transient homes drop, the queue for a combo meal at Good Taste clears up, and one can walk Mines View Park...

Health & Fitness