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Beware of the Lion’s Mouth

Beware of the Lion’s Mouth

LA Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) is a large carved marble image located in the portico of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. Its origin is unknown and could be anything, from an ancient manhole cover to an ancient Roman fountain.

Democracy’s appeal at stake in Indonesia

Democracy’s appeal at stake in Indonesia

THE dangerous stalemate in Indonesia’s presidential election may be resolved on Tuesday, when official results are due. But it’s already having a destabilizing effect on another Southeast Asian nation: the Philippines.

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

Rebels release train with bodies from downed jet

HRABOVE, Ukraine—Bowing to international pressure, pro-Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines plane, four days after it plunged into rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

Gaza death toll rises as truce effort intensifies

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A high-level attempt by the UN chief and the US secretary of state to end deadly Israel-Hamas fighting was off to a rough start on Monday: Gaza’s Hamas rulers signaled they won’t agree to an unconditional cease-fire, Israel’s prime minister said he’ll do whatever is necessary to keep Israelis safe from Hamas attacks and the overall Palestinian death toll surpassed 560.


News

Moody’s cuts PHL growth forecast

Sovereign credit watcher Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the country’s forecast growth this year to a level even below the government’s target range.

DTI opposes House proposals to create PTRO

The trade department has expressed its opposition to congressional proposals seeking to create a trade representative office, saying such a move, if approved and implemented, will result into inefficiency and redundancy.

2nd impeach rap vs Aquino filed

YOUTH organizations, student leaders, and campus journalists on Tuesday filed the second impeachment complaint against President Aquino over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) fiasco.

Group fears Zambales nickel mining killing marine life

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales— Fishermen in this northern town of Zambales have expressed fear the rich coastal marine resources that have sustained them for ages will one day cease to provide livelihood and life because of pollution from nickel mining.

Beware of the Lion’s Mouth

Beware of the Lion’s Mouth

LA Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) is a large carved marble image located in the portico of the Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. Its origin is unknown and could be anything, from an ancient manhole cover to an ancient Roman fountain.

US appeals court deals blow to health law

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s health-care law is snared in another big legal battle after two federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue on Tuesday.

Business

Purefoods to expand flour-mill facility

SAN Miguel Pure Foods Co., the food group of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), on Tuesday said it plans to increase its flour-milling capacity by expanding its existing facility in Batangas and build two new ones in other parts of the country.

DA to build 1st farm-to-market road in South

With its Mindanao Rural Development Program ending this year, the Department of Agriculture (DA) is now set to roll out its wider, and so far the biggest, foreign-assisted program, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala said in a statement on Tuesday.

BTr sells P25 billion in 7-yr T-bonds; rate up 31.6 basis points

THE government sold P25 billion in the full award made at Tuesday’s auction of re-issued 7-year Treasury bonds at an average annual rate of 3.742 percent.

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).

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

NEW YORK—The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

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

Rory! Rory! Rory!

Rory! Rory! Rory!

HOYLAKE, England—The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug.

Lifestyle

Vacationers should watch out for potential scams

Vacationers should watch out for potential scams

VACATION. It’s supposed to be a time to kick back and relax, but if you’re traveling, there can be a lot of stress, from finding the best deal when making the hotel reservations, to getting to and waiting at the airport and even checking into your hotel.

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently.

The world raves for our best

The world raves for our best

NOW it can be told: this year’s set of films competing for the Gawad Urian is a formidable one. We always talk of a good harvest; this year the harvest is golden.

Music is in the heart

Music is in the heart

HOW does one age gracefully? A thousand and one ways. And this lady, gracious and lovely at 93, shows us that one way, and which describes a constant part of her life—Music is in the heart.

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

Our man in Washington, D.C.

Our man in Washington, D.C.

FROM the time the Philippines kicked out the American bases in 1991 until 2010, the link between the two countries hit its lowest point, so much that some of the new generations of US citizens thought the country to be “as just another tropical island, like Hawaii.”

PPC Asia: Banking on speed for progress

PPC Asia: Banking on speed for progress

WHEN Ronnie Co was still a business administration student at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, it did not cross his mind that in a few years, he would soon be leading one of the big contenders in the automotive industry. As a member of the basketball varsity team, he spent his days driving the team into winning the championship, not knowing he would, in the future, be driving not only luxury cars, but also the rest of the industry.

Your brain can help scientists find cure for Alzheimer’s

Your brain can help scientists find cure for Alzheimer’s

SCIENTIST are short of brains. Not that they lack smarts. Rather, they need more tissue they can study to better understand—and maybe, someday, treat—diseases of the mind, as well as head injuries.

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 future of marketing

The future of marketing

Unlike closed marketing systems, characterized by agencies that wall off their in-house talent (creating a scarce and expensive resource), open marketing systems seek talent from anywhere in the world to solve problems, then curate the best answers.

Philam Foundation donates classrooms for Taguig National High School students

PHILAM Foundation, the corporate citizenship arm of the country’s premier life insurer Philam Life, give not only classrooms but “homes where dreams and wishes start.”

Stubborn planet: Risk, ruin and resilience

Stubborn planet: Risk, ruin and resilience

IMAGINE your good old pal gets diagnosed with a serious disease. Would you react like this: “He feels fine, this can’t be happening.” “Why him? It’s not fair!” “I’ll do anything, can’t you stretch it out? A few more years.” “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?” “It’s going to be OK. If I can’t fight it, I may, as well, prepare for it.”

Reflections on an unforgiving day

Reflections on an unforgiving day

WE ate breakfast to the news that an airliner had crashed in Ukraine. We had lunch to the news that Israel had invaded Gaza. An airliner crashing is perhaps more impactful than an invasion. We have all wondered, when we hear of a crash, or even in quiet moments onboard an aircraft ourselves, what living our final moments in a plane plunging to earth, knowing that we will die, would be like. An invasion is harder for some of us to empathize with. Most of us have never invaded a country nor been in a country while it was invaded. But it shares this much with a plane crash: Your life is in danger, and your fate is out of your hands.

40 years of local auto-motivation

40 years of local auto-motivation

40,197M and 1,750 are the magic numbers for Continental as it celebrates 40 successful years of its two local manufacturing plants’ operations, with a €197-million investment for both and is harboring a work force of 1,750 Filipino employees at the plants.

Major US firms push for more, easier renewable energy

Major US firms push for more, easier renewable energy

WASHINGTON—Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.

Saint Mary of Magdala: Apostle of the Apostles

Saint Mary of Magdala: Apostle of the Apostles

MARY is a common name. It is Miryam in Hebrew and Maryann in Aramaic. In Calvary, three Marys are present: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.

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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