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Chinese couples shun having more than 1 child

Chinese couples shun having more than 1 child

NINE months after stock-market wagers on a baby boom in China reached record levels, the bets have turned into some of the nation’s biggest losers as living costs deter couples from having more than one child.

Ice-bucket challenge reaches Bush, Clinton

Ice-bucket challenge reaches Bush, Clinton

THE ice-bucket challenge is making its way to the elite club of former US presidents. George W. Bush is accepting the challenge from “several Americans,” including daughter Jenna Bush Hagar, he says in his video, but he wants to focus on donating to ALS, not dousing himself with water.

#BeAwesomeToSomebody

#BeAwesomeToSomebody

I KNOW most of us probably feel that the world we live in has become very stressful, cruel, maybe even inhospitable.

Ports still months away from optimal level–PPA

Ports still months away from optimal level–PPA

MANILA’s ports are still months away from returning back to their optimal level, the government conceded on Thursday, although the bottleneck at the gateways has been loosened up a bit.

News

ALC acquires 34% of RPN9

The owner of the BusinessMirror is expanding his media assets through the acquisition of a former state-led broadcasting company, marking the foray of one of the country’s most prolific investors into the television landscape.

Food prices, calamities put 7.45 million Filipinos at risk of becoming poor

Some 7.45 million Filipinos were considered vulnerable of becoming poor due to high food prices and natural and man-made disasters, according to the latest estimates from the Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

Progressive payment scheme eyed for P18-billion frigate program

The government is looking at the possibility of using the so-called progressive payment scheme for the Department of National Defense’s (DND) P18-billion frigate program.

NIA officials in Caraga face graft charges

THE National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection group (CIDG) and other government agencies have filed graft charges against former and current officials of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) over the anomalous implementation of projects in the Caraga region.

Remaking Makati

Remaking Makati

WHEN Governor General of the Philippines Miguel López de Legazpi first muddied his boots in exploring the swampland next to the Pasig River, no one could possibly imagine that area would become the financial center of the Philippines.

American doctor infected with Ebola ‘thrilled to be alive’

American doctor infected with Ebola ‘thrilled to be alive’

ATLANTA—An American doctor infected with Ebola left his isolation unit and warmly hugged his doctors and nurses, showing the world that he poses no public health threat one month after getting sick with the virus.

Business

Asean bourses move to promote stock exchanges as one asset class

MAJOR bourses in Southeast Asia convened for the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Exchanges CEO meeting in Singapore with executives discussing ways to promote the region’s main stock exchanges as one asset class.

Better services seen as fishermen registry hits 1 million

THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) announced on Friday it has achieved its 1-million mark in its target to register about 1.7 million fishermen nationwide in a list of beneficiaries for government economic interventions.

Regulators, Fico pair under credit-scoring scheme

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the government-owned Credit Information Corp. (CIC) are working with private firm Fico to establish benchmarks that may be used by banks to determine the creditworthiness of individuals.

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

Throwing some cold water on the ice-bucket challenge

I am way late to the party on this ice-bucket challenge thing that is sweeping the country.

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.

A struggle with depression

A struggle with depression

THE world was shocked when newspapers from all over the world reported that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams died on August 11.  What was even more shocking was that the world’s famous comedian committed suicide due to depression.

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