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Century Properties ready to sit down with Okada for possible out-of-court settlement

Century Properties ready to sit down with Okada for possible out-of-court settlement

Century Properties Group Inc. (CPG) said on Tuesday it was prepared to sit down with the group of Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada for a possible out-of-court settlement over their aborted partnership at an integrated casino and resort at the Entertainment City.

BusinessMirror supports the PSE Bell Awards

BusinessMirror supports the PSE Bell Awards

The BusinessMirror, the nation’s leading business news daily, and key personalities at the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) sign a partnership agreement highlighting events at the upcoming PSE Bell Awards, set for the third time this year in November.

Crossing the line

Crossing the line

Everything that humans create moves from a state of order and stability to deterioration and chaos. We spend so much of our time just keeping things and our world together. Machines must constantly be monitored and maintained, or else they will fall into disrepair. We have to work at personal relationships to help keep them fresh and enjoyable.

Gilas Pilipinas gives world no. 3-ranked Argentina a huge scare

Gilas Pilipinas gives world no. 3-ranked Argentina a huge scare

DON’T cry for Gilas Pilipinas, Argentina. The Nationals never had any illusions the world No. 3 would be easy pickings.

News

South Korea’s NICE affirms PHL’s credit rating, positive outlook

The Philippines gained recognition from a neighbor for achievements made in the economic front, and bagged another investment-grade ratification from a South Korean rating firm that acknowledged the importance of the country’s high economic growth and investments made in the manufacturing and infrastructure sectors in recent years.

DBM’s Abad vows faster H2 spending

In his speech during the opening of the two-day regional Good Governance Dialogues at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria in Quezon City on Tuesday, Abad admitted that the government still has lots of things to do to fully maximize the budget.

AFP downplays terror threat after Naia 3 bomb try

IT’S a gasoline bomb, it’s an improvised explosive device (IED), oops, it’s a pla-pla (oversized firecracker).

MinDA eyes more Roro routes between Mindanao, BIMP-Eaga

THE government is planning to open more shipping routes in the next two years between Mindanao and other key areas within the surging Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga).

Crossing the line

Crossing the line

Everything that humans create moves from a state of order and stability to deterioration and chaos. We spend so much of our time just keeping things and our world together. Machines must constantly be monitored and maintained, or else they will fall into disrepair. We have to work at personal relationships to help keep them fresh and enjoyable.

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

PYONGYANG, North Korea—North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and—watched by officials as they spoke—called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Business

Meralco warns Malacañang power source ‘likely to fail’

MALACAÑANG Palace may see dark days in the near future as the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said a 52-year-old power transformer bank servicing it and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), among others, is likely to fail.

Government eyes investments for agricultural and fishery exports upgrade

THE government is working vigorously to further enhance the competitiveness of the Philippine agricultural and fishery products in global markets, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday.

VAT-exempt feeds rule tightened

Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares has enumerated the ingredients of livestock feeds which should be subject to value-added tax (VAT), unless certified to be unfit for human consumption.

Learning the ropes of entrepreneurship at Greenhills ‘tiangge’

Starting a small business may be a painstaking or daunting task for someone who has enough capital but with scant selling know-how. But, if he is serious and focused on the venture, and imbued with a sense of creativity, he will go a long way.  

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

COMPUTER maker Acer Inc. has relaunched its line of smartphones in an effort to diversify its portfolio as personal computers take a backseat.

Sports

Gilas Pilipinas, Puerto Rico in crucial match

Gilas Pilipinas, Puerto Rico in crucial match

FORMER Petron Blaze import Renaldo Balkman, Puerto Rico’s No. 1 player despite the presence of National Basketball Association (NBA) guard JJ Barea, says he wants to return to the Philippines someday and play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Lifestyle

Tree huggers will no doubt cheer

Tree huggers will no doubt cheer

Paper serves as a vital component in the workplace, but it also stands as a notorious symbol of stress—imagine stacks of crippling workload, the annoying noise of a typewriter’s tick and the keyboard’s tack, the eerie hum of printers and, of course, hellacious paper cuts.

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s hyperefficient capital doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this megacity offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultramodern international airport in nearby Incheon.

Adam Levine talks Maroon 5’s ‘V,’ ‘The Voice,’ Proactiv, more

Adam Levine talks Maroon 5’s ‘V,’ ‘The Voice,’ Proactiv, more

Adam Levine has a driving range in his front yard, though it’s unclear how often he gets to use it. The 35-year-old frontman of Maroon 5 was at home in Encino recently preparing for a weekend jam-packed with promotion for the band’s new album, not to mention final rehearsals for a performance on MTV’s Video Music Awards.

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

WITH over 20 honors and awards received, among them the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1997, it still comes as a surprise to many that the recipient of these accolades is a nun.

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

Not just another retiree

Not just another retiree

MANY would see Masahiko Ieda as just another expatriate who is enjoying his retirement in the Philippines. In fact, the 75-year-old Japanese has been living in the country for 53 years. In that time, he has developed a taste for pinakbet, a dish most foreigners wouldn’t be familiar with.

Building a brand image: Are you ‘keeping it real’?

Building a brand image: Are you ‘keeping it real’?

THE importance of having a brand image is almost this simple: There’s no point in having one of the best products or services in the market if you don’t have an effective and favorable brand image.

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

IT’s a murderer on a killing spree, and now it has a new—and remarkably complete—genetic mug shot. An international team of scientists has sequenced the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of 99 Ebola virus samples collected during the early weeks of the outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Datem Inc. launches first residential project

Datem Inc. launches first residential project

AFTER over 30 years of exemplary work in the construction industry, Datem Inc. has launched a pioneering residential project under its new real-estate arm Datem Homes—the Datem Horizons East Ortigas.

Aquino leads nationwide measles/polio immunization campaign

Aquino leads nationwide measles/polio immunization campaign

President Benigno Aquino III on Monday led the Department of Health’s (DOH) nationwide measles immunization campaign that targets an estimated 11 million children, from newborns to below 5 years old to be immunized against measles and rubella.

81,000 teachers need to be hired to implement K to 12 senior high

DAVAO CITY—The public-school system would need 81,000 more teachers to implement Grades 11 and 12 of the basic education in the Philippines, which would start in 2016, a labor relations executive said.

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

SÃO PAULO—The “largest deforestation gang” active in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said on Thursday.

Terrorism as theater

Terrorism as theater

THE beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

Like a boss

Like a boss

THE ninth-generation Honda Accord claims the distinction of being the passenger car with the highest sales to individual customers (excluding fleet sales) in the US in 2013, having sold a little over 360,000 units in the world’s second-largest car market. In other words, Americans bought an average of 1,000 Accords every single day of 2013. Indeed, the Accord’s track record of outstanding build quality, reliability and high resale value has consistently made it a formidable player in the markets it is sold in.

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

WASHINGTON—Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

IN the year 589 the Tiber River overflowed. Buildings collapsed. Homes were carried away by raging waters. Crops were destroyed. Church granaries were wrecked. Dead people were piled up in the streets. Pits outside city walls became common burial grounds. People wallowed in misery. Pestilence continued unceasingly.

Cataract: The unseen scourge

Cataract: The unseen scourge

A round the world, cataract is the leading cause of blindness, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization. An estimated 42 million people are affected by severe loss of vision, and cataract causes 17 million of these losses.  In the Philippines, 400,000 Filipinos get blind because of cataract.

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