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The cost of overpopulation

The cost of overpopulation

THE Philippines breached the 100-million mark in terms of population on Sunday. Big deal. China crossed that line long before any country in the West did. The average speed with which one reads this equals the rate of world population growth. Each year, close to a population the size of Germany is added to the global total, or a little over 200,000 individuals every day.

Holcim posts P3.32-B income in H1

Holcim posts P3.32-B income in H1

THE Philippine unit of Swiss cement-maker Holcim Ltd. reported a net income of P1.65 billion in the second quarter of the year, bringing the firm’s first semester profits to P3.32 billion, higher by 8.7 percent versus the same period in 2013.

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.

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.


News

P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

President Aquino, delivering his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) before a joint session of Congress on Monday, asserted that the Philippine economy is “truly taking off” with barely two years left in his six-year term.

More than half of proposed natl budget prone to misuse–Briones

MORE than half of the P2.6 -trillion proposed national budget for 2015 is for unprogrammed projects and is not subject to auditing, making the budget next year prone to fund misuse, former National Treasurer and Social Watch convener Leonor Magtolis-Briones said.

Abu bandits kill 21, wound 13 in ambush

SUSPECTED members of the Abu Sayyaf ambushed on Monday two loaded passenger vans, killing at least 21, including six women.

SBMA to release P93.7 million for LGU share in H1 income

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—A total of P93.7 million in revenue shares will be released next month by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to the eight local government units (LGUs) adjacent to and affected by the operations of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The cost of overpopulation

The cost of overpopulation

THE Philippines breached the 100-million mark in terms of population on Sunday. Big deal. China crossed that line long before any country in the West did. The average speed with which one reads this equals the rate of world population growth. Each year, close to a population the size of Germany is added to the global total, or a little over 200,000 individuals every day.

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

PHL sets air talks with HK

THE Philippines is looking at expanding its air-services pact with Hong Kong in a bid to further liberalize air traffic rights with the Chinese territory.

Group wary of Brazil corn imports via Vietnam

THE Philippine Maize Federation Inc. (PhilMaize) has called on the Department of Agriculture (DA) to investigate and immediately halt the ongoing technical smuggling of corn from Vietnam.

Two-step importer, broker accreditation ends in two days

INTERNAL Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares has again reminded all importers and customs brokers to comply with the accreditation requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by Thursday.

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

Benilde upsets Beda

Benilde upsets Beda

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde (CSB) played its best defense yet and scored a huge 83-76 upset of four-time defending champion San Beda in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors’ basketball tournament on Monday at The Arena in San Juan City.

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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