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Taiwan gas explosions kill scores

Taiwan gas explosions kill scores

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan—At least 24 people were killed and 271 others injured when several underground gas explosions ripped through Taiwan’s second-largest city overnight, hurling concrete through the air and blasting long trenches in the streets, authorities said on Friday.

3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

3-day Gaza cease-fire goes into effect

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A three-day cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has gone into effect following heavy Israel-Hamas fighting.

Driving the Philippines on the race track

Driving the Philippines on the race track

SOME chase their dreams, others race to get it.

One hundred years young

One hundred years young

THE Philippines reached a milestone last week with a population of 100 million. That is a very difficult number to comprehend let alone when it is a measure of the total population.

News

BSP hikes key policy rates

For the first time in three years, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Thursday wielded an anti-inflation instrument it knew would be blunt and allowed the rates at which it borrows from and lends to banks to rise by 25 basis points.

Bicol region recorded fastest GDP growth in 2013–PSA

THE Bicol region emerged as the country’s fastest-growing region in 2013, according to the latest gross regional domestic product (GRDP) data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday.

Take the Ebola outbreak seriously

Take the Ebola outbreak seriously

BEFORE November 2002, we had never heard of SARS or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. By July 2003, the outbreak that began in southern China had infected 8,273 people, killing 775 in 27 countries.

CIA admits it searched Senate computers, apologises

CIA admits it searched Senate computers, apologises

WASHINGTON—The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) acknowledged on Thursday that its employees had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program, apologized to key senators and abandoned its previous insistence that it had done nothing wrong.

Business

Phoenix Petroleum execs hurdle smuggling case

THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has lost its P6-billion smuggling case before the Court of Appeals (CA) against fuel retailer Phoenix Petroleum Philippines.

Govt eyes more rice import of 0.187 MMT

THE national government may import an additional 187,000 metric tons (MT) of rice this year, according to the National Food Authority (NFA).

Imported steel typically undervalued by 10%

One out of three importers of iron and steel has been importing the commodities at submarket prices, suggesting the importer has been misdeclaring the true value of his imports to avoid paying the correct duties.

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

MMA promotion back in action

BIGGER events, a new identity and a new fighting cage were unveiled to an intimate crowd during the Universal Reality Combat Championship’s (URCC) relaunch on Thursday night at Republiq in Resorts World Manila.

Lifestyle

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.

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.

3, 4, 5...and counting

3, 4, 5...and counting

AS Asian Carmakers Corp. (ACC), the official BMW distributor in the Philippines, has yet again unveiled new models, this time three, simultaneously: the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the latest BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and, last but not the least, the all-new four-door BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé, at the Blue Leaf Pavilion in Taguig City.

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.

Facts revealed: Common nutrition misconceptions

Facts revealed: Common nutrition misconceptions

SOME people prefer to depend solely on their preconceived notions for information on everything, but when it comes to nutrition, it is always best to rely on the thoroughly researched and proven knowledge brought by the wonders of science and technology.

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