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Ebola sickens economies of West Africa

Ebola sickens economies of West Africa

SANDI SESAY’S boss promised him three months of pay when he told the driver to stop coming to work. The goal was to prevent any possible spread of Ebola at the Sierra Leone mine that employs him.

The great comeback

The great comeback

I’LL be honest. The brand Mazda has a special place in my heart. It was in 1993 when I first bought my blue 1.3-liter Mazda 323 sedan car. The car has been my regular ride to work, as well as business, emergencies and even special occasions, such as birthdays and family gatherings. That’s why I found it difficult when time came to say good-bye to it last year, as the fond memories it gave our family were truly priceless.

A Q&A with Tony Kushner on his ‘Angels in America,’ then and now

A Q&A with Tony Kushner on his ‘Angels in America,’ then and now

IN the late 1980s the young writer Tony Kushner began work on his second play: a theatrical epic about AIDS and homophobia, race and morality, religion and spirituality, Reaganism, love and abandonment, and much, much more.

Toyota Motor PHL sets P2-billion budget for all-new Innova

Toyota Motor PHL sets P2-billion budget for all-new Innova

Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMPC) is planning to invest at least P2 billion to improve its auto-parts localization for a full-model change of the locally assembled Toyota Innova.

News

3-month truck-ban halt sought

The House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Wednesday adopted a draft resolution urging the city of Manila to implement a three-month moratorium on the truck ban, as the shipping industry already lost around $5.4 billion in revenues since the local ordinance took effect in February.

PHL still has a way to go to achieve MDGs

Less than 500 days until the deadline, the Philippines is still far from achieving its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments, according to the latest report released by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the United Nations Development Programme.

Palace keeps distance from LP leaders meeting on Cha-cha

MALACAÑANG is not inclined to have anything to do with an upcoming meeting of President Aquino’s Liberal Party (LP) allies called to decide whether LP leaders would still pursue or junk moves to tinker with the Constitution to lift the ban on Aquino’s term extension, as earlier proposed by Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II.

MDG progress unequal nationwide–Neda

MDG progress unequal nationwide–Neda

AMID the slow progress of the country in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said progress has also been unequal among regions nationwide.

Philippine Misery Index: An initial assessment

THE Philippine economy has been achieving high growth rates in recent years. This latest economic push looks sustainable in the next few years. My colleagues at the Ateneo de Manila University, for example, forecast the economy to grow between 6.2 percent and 6.4 percent in 2014 and about 7 percent in 2015.

Ebola sickens economies of West Africa

Ebola sickens economies of West Africa

SANDI SESAY’S boss promised him three months of pay when he told the driver to stop coming to work. The goal was to prevent any possible spread of Ebola at the Sierra Leone mine that employs him.

Business

PLDT partners with HK company for new intl fiber-optic cable system

PHILIPPINE Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has tied up with Hong Kong-based PCCW Global for the construction of a new international fiber-optic cable system that will further increase the dominant carrier’s international bandwidth capacity and raise the resiliency of its overseas links, as it enhances the quality of data and Internet connections for its customers.

SRA issues sugar production policy for next crop year

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) on Wednesday issued Sugar Order 1, the policy on sugar production allocations for crop year (CY) 2014-2015.

Poor bank penetration forces rising e-money use in Eastern Visayas

The lack of brick-and-mortar bank presence in Eastern Visayas has compelled Waray- and Cebuano-speaking residents in Eastern Visayas to turn to electronic money, or e-money, to complete their financial transactions, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Filipino apparel retailers to barge into world scene through Indonesia Franchise Show

Filipino entrepreneurs in the garments industry, now facing stiff competition from foreign brands in the domestic market, will get a chance to make it to the international scene through the Fashion Brand Pavilion at the Indonesia Franchise Show on September 11 and 12 organized by Kadin-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Canon teaches you to ‘do more, work less’

Canon teaches you to ‘do more, work less’

CANON Marketing Philippines Inc.’s (CMPI) new president and CEO is one friendly person. On his first month in new assignment, Kok Hin Lim now has hundreds of “new” friends. “To succeed in this field, one really needs to get deep into the fabric of society,” he explained.

ILO, ADB cite downside of 2015 Asean integration

A joint report crafted by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) revealed on Wednesday that 14 million new jobs will be created with the forthcoming Asean economic integration next year.

Sports

McIlroy wants strong finish

McIlroy wants strong finish

PARAMUS, New Jersey—The last player to win back-to-back majors in the same season didn’t even make it to the FedEx Cup finale at East Lake.

Lifestyle

Of peanut butter and chocolate

Of peanut butter and chocolate

SPECIAL thanks to a dairy farmer named Harry for making the world a better place with his Penny Cups.

The Manila Hotel’s Cowrie Grill: New setting, same top standards

The Manila Hotel’s Cowrie Grill: New setting, same top standards

TO a certain generation of Filipinos—and, perhaps, expatriates of a certain age—the mere mention of Cowrie Grill, one of The Manila Hotel’s four reputable restaurants, does not only prompt lovely memories of appetizing soups and salads, tender and well-seasoned steaks, rich desserts and nourishing beverages being served by smartly dressed waiters. It also evokes a Manila that is cleaner, gentler, quieter and more respectful than the Manila of today.

A Q&A with Tony Kushner on his ‘Angels in America,’ then and now

A Q&A with Tony Kushner on his ‘Angels in America,’ then and now

IN the late 1980s the young writer Tony Kushner began work on his second play: a theatrical epic about AIDS and homophobia, race and morality, religion and spirituality, Reaganism, love and abandonment, and much, much more.

Tribal elderly seek capital to start backyard livestock raising

Tribal elderly seek capital to start backyard livestock raising

DAVAO CITY—With the older citizens among tribal communities already out of farm work, they wished nothing more than a decent, even small, source of income to help their married children cope with the same hardship that they find themselves then.

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

On tango, football and Argentina

On tango, football and Argentina

WHEN the word Argentina is mentioned nowadays, depending on the inclination of those involved in the conversation, three possible things come to mind: football, tango and Eva Perón. Indeed, all these topics are distinctly Argentinean.

Smart goal-setting, or more lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Smart goal-setting, or more lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Dear PR Matters,

I liked your column the other week regarding lessons on branding that we can learn from the recent Fifa World Cup. I also work in corporate communications, and I’m sure there are other lessons we can learn from the way the event was mounted.

Closest, biggest ‘super’ supermoon

Closest, biggest ‘super’ supermoon

SCIENTISTS call it the “perigee full moon” or “perigee new moon,” but for ordinary people it is just a “supermoon.”

Easing into U-Belt living

Easing into U-Belt living

SCHOOLS are no longer the sole mainstays of Manila’s famed University Belt—residential condominiums also now dot the vicinity, as living within the area has become increasingly practical for the students who have to attend college for a couple of years. The district also has transformed into a commercial hub to serve the huge academic population, making land values in the areas highly lucrative.

Renewed US presence in Iraq calls into question Obama’s pivot to Asia

Renewed US presence in Iraq calls into question Obama’s pivot to Asia

What do President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize air strikes against the Sunni militants of the Islamic State and his previous commitment to send American military advisors and trainers back into Iraq have to do with his “pivot” to Asia? Everything and nothing.

Tesda allots P335 million to train ex-MILF fighters

SEEKING to help transform their lives through education aid and jump-start development in the Bangsamoro areas, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) allotted P335 million from the agency’s 2015 budget for returning Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels to avail themselves of free training in various technical and vocational (tech-voc) courses.

PHL: Where ‘megadiversity’ meets mega deforestation

PHL: Where ‘megadiversity’ meets mega deforestation

ONGOING loss of forest cover in the Philippines places it among the top 10 most threatened forest hot spots in the world, with the archipelago ranking fourth, behind Indo-Burma, New Caledonia and Sundaland (a region encompassing Australia and parts of Southeast Asia). According to a report issued by Conservation International, only 5 percent of Philippine forests remain intact.

What’s scary about Ebola and the reasons not to fear it

What’s scary about Ebola and the reasons not to fear it

THE United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.” The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.

The great comeback

The great comeback

I’LL be honest. The brand Mazda has a special place in my heart. It was in 1993 when I first bought my blue 1.3-liter Mazda 323 sedan car. The car has been my regular ride to work, as well as business, emergencies and even special occasions, such as birthdays and family gatherings. That’s why I found it difficult when time came to say good-bye to it last year, as the fond memories it gave our family were truly priceless.

Building a house in the time of climate change

Building a house in the time of climate change

WITH the impact of climate change now strongly being felt around the world, the buzzword is about going green—green business, green building, green technology, green design or even green lifestyle.

Huge crowds greet pope at martyrs’ beatification

Huge crowds greet pope at martyrs’ beatification

SEOUL, South Korea—Pope Francis beatified 124 South Korean martyrs on Saturday, telling hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for his open-air Mass that their ancestors’ willingness to die rather than renounce their faith two centuries ago was a model for Asian missionaries today.

Women In men’s shoes The emergence of female crossfitters

Women In men’s shoes The emergence of female crossfitters

Eve continues to prove that she can equal Adam in terms of anything even when it comes to physical strength, as more women are getting into CrossFit workout, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that was once dominated by men.

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