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What is a State of the Nation Address?

What is a State of the Nation Address?

THE annual State of the Nation Address (Sona) is a paradox. The concept for the address comes from the US Constitution, which requires the president to, “from time to time, give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” It was a report on how things were going, and what the president needed Congress to do as the lawmaking body of the government.

Searca, IRRI:  Global warming to decrease PHL rice production

Searca, IRRI: Global warming to decrease PHL rice production

LATEST crop-simulation modeling and analyses showed that temperature increase is likely to result in rice-yield reduction, a joint statement by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center   for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) said on Wednesday.

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.

Israel pummels Gaza Strip; 13 people killed at UN school

Israel pummels Gaza Strip; 13 people killed at UN school

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A Palestinian health official says 13 people were killed after tank shells hit a UN school in Gaza where hundreds of Palestinians had taken refuge from Israeli attacks in the latest assault by Israeli forces.


News

18 business groups send joint wish list to Aquino

Industry stakeholders, local business groups and foreign chambers in the country have revived their push for key reforms, as President Aquino enters the final stretch of his six-year term.

Tetangco sees inflation in July at 4.1% to 4.9%

The expectation of a steady growth of consumer prices at the start of the second half of the year will not stop the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from possibly tightening monetary policies in its upcoming monetary-policy meeting on Thursday, with the intent of “protecting the government’s inflation targets,” the BSP said.

Palace ignores Trillanes coup yarn

MALACAÑANG opted to ignore Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s tip that disgruntled soldiers, egged on by retired officers linked to former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, are plotting to mount a coup against President Aquino.

Catholic nuns sound call to stop human trafficking in PHL, abroad

A TOP official of an international network of Catholic nuns fighting human trafficking is calling on religious women from different congregations in the country to join and support the local network to stop the crime in the country and across the seas.

What is a State of the Nation Address?

What is a State of the Nation Address?

THE annual State of the Nation Address (Sona) is a paradox. The concept for the address comes from the US Constitution, which requires the president to, “from time to time, give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” It was a report on how things were going, and what the president needed Congress to do as the lawmaking body of the government.

‘Thou shall not waste food’

‘Thou shall not waste food’

LUCCA, Italy—“Only two years ago, the soup kitchen was serving 50 meals a day. Today the number has almost doubled and, what is even more worrying, we have started receiving families with children,” said Donatella Turri, director of the Caritas Diocese of Lucca.

Business

Auto firms present inputs for industry road map

THE Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (Avid) has listed several inputs aimed to help boost the auto sector’s competitiveness for inclusion to the much-awaited industry road map.

Searca, IRRI: Global warming to decrease PHL rice production

Searca, IRRI:  Global warming to decrease PHL rice production

LATEST crop-simulation modeling and analyses showed that temperature increase is likely to result in rice-yield reduction, a joint statement by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Southeast Asian Regional Center   for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca) said on Wednesday.

Government borrowings in six months approaching P100 billion

Total borrowings made by the government from January to June amounted to P95.91 billion, figures from the Department of Finance (DOF) indicate.

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

Eyeing a third major

Eyeing a third major

SINCE Rory McIlroy won the British Open on July 20, the Claret Jug has become his minion of sorts.

Lifestyle

Seeing the silver lining: Rainy spots worth a visit

Seeing the silver lining: Rainy spots worth a visit

RAIN usually isn’t an element vacationers seek; in fact, it is often purposely avoided, whether that means picking a rain-free destination or visiting a spot during its dry season. Yet, some of the rainiest destinations around the globe are also the most beautiful, and they are all the more enticing during their wet seasons when the crowds are few and the natural surroundings are lush. Here are eight spots where we’ve found the silver lining; these rainy destinations are gorgeous and definitely deserve a visit.

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.

Alanis Morissette tells what you oughta know about her career

Alanis Morissette tells what you oughta know about her career

NEW YORK—Most people have an impression of Alanis Morissette as a feisty twentysomething pouring her heart out in songs like “You Oughta Know.” Today she is on the other side of that image, a married 40-year-old mother of a 3-year-old son who has found her place in the world.

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.

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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