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Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

Peace Corps evacuates over Ebola as 2 isolated

MONROVIA, Liberia—The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the US Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.

UN: Israel violating international law in Gaza school shelling

UN: Israel violating international law in Gaza school shelling

JERUSALEM—Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians who’d sought shelter from fighting in a United Nations school and 17 more died in an air strike on a street market on Wednesday, the Gaza health ministry said, in a day of violence that prompted criticism from the White House and expressions of outrage from the United Nations.

3, 4, 5...and counting

3, 4, 5...and counting

AS Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), the official BMW distributor in the Philippines, has yet again unveiled new models, this time three, simultaneously: the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the latest BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and, last but not the least, the all-new four-door BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, at the Blue Leaf Pavilion in Taguig City.

All-new Audi A3 sedan is here!

All-new Audi A3 sedan is here!

THAT dream Audi sedan is within reach of younger buyers now that PGA Cars has launched the newest member of the Audi lineup, the Audi A3. During a recent low-key launch program and a brief ride-and-drive event, Audi emphasized that the all-new A3 closely mimicked current and previous generations of the A4 in terms of size, luxury appointments, styling and performance. There were hardly any comparisons mentioned between this A3 and previous-generation A3s or its competitors from Mercedes-Benz, BMW or Lexus.

News

BSP hikes key policy rates

For the first time in three years, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday wielded an anti-inflation instrument it knew would be blunt and allowed the rates at which it borrows from and lends to banks to rise by 25 basis points.

Palace allays fears of ‘unlimited pork’ for Aquino in P2.606-trillion 2015 budget bill

Malacañang on Thursday allayed concerns that the proposed P2.606-trillion budget for 2015 contains P670 billion in lump-sum fund that could be dispensed with as political largesse in next year’s run-up to the 2016 elections, as the unspecified spending item is also seen to compensate for the abolished Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program outlawed as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Goldberg: media killings in PHL alarming

UNITED States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg on Thursday expressed concern over the lack of convictions in the recent media killings in the country.

Bicol region recorded fastest GDP growth in 2013–PSA

THE Bicol region emerged as the country’s fastest-growing region in 2013, according to the latest gross regional domestic product (GRDP) data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday.

One hundred years young

One hundred years young

THE Philippines reached a milestone last week with a population of 100 million. That is a very difficult number to comprehend let alone when it is a measure of the total population.

House votes to sue Obama

House votes to sue Obama

WASHINGTON—Contending that President Barack Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in the way he has enforced the 2010 health-care law, a sharply divided US House of Representatives approved a Republican plan to file an election-season lawsuit against him.

Business

Despite losses, PAL still a good buy

THE outlook for any potential investment in flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) remains rosy in spite of recorded losses in the past two years, analysts said. 

PHL meat exports hit almost 1 million kilos in May

THE Philippines exported a total of 927,592 kilograms of canned and processed meat to other countries for the period of January to May this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a statement on Thursday.

Imported steel typically undervalued by 10%

One out of three importers of iron and steel has been importing the commodities at submarket prices, suggesting the importer has been misdeclaring the true value of his imports to avoid paying the correct duties.

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.

Indonesia backs Singapore proposal to hike haze fines

Indonesia backs Singapore proposal to hike haze fines

The incoming president of Indonesia, a holdout in Southeast Asia’s pact to fight haze, is backing Singapore’s plan to wield heftier fines against overseas polluters as long as sovereignty is respected.

Sports

Against the wall

Against the wall

AKRON, Ohio—Tiger’s tail is up against the wall.

Lifestyle

Korean food in a snap

Korean food in a snap

YOU'LL probably have more trouble pronouncing our Korean recipe this month, rather than making it. Soondubujjigae, or Soft Tofu Stew, is a delicious and comforting dish that will keep you quite warm during these rainy days. It is also quite healthy and surprisingly hearty because the soft tofu makes the soup thick.

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.

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.

The perks of living in a Larossa community

The perks of living in a Larossa community

NOTHING compares to waking up every morning, feeling relaxed and inspired by the view of Asian Tropical gardens and the music of chirping birds. The thought of your home in the heart of Quezon City being surrounded by century old trees is unbelievable - it is as if you where elsewhere away from the busy Metropolis. You never thought it would be possible to still find yourself a sweet space in the more expensive side of the city.

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.

3, 4, 5...and counting

3, 4, 5...and counting

AS Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), the official BMW distributor in the Philippines, has yet again unveiled new models, this time three, simultaneously: the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the latest BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and, last but not the least, the all-new four-door BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, at the Blue Leaf Pavilion in Taguig City.

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.

Facts revealed: Common nutrition misconceptions

Facts revealed: Common nutrition misconceptions

SOME people prefer to depend solely on their preconceived notions for information on everything, but when it comes to nutrition, it is always best to rely on the thoroughly researched and proven knowledge brought by the wonders of science and technology.

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