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PHL, Belgium to firm up joint action plan

PHL, Belgium to firm up joint action plan

THE Philippines and Belgium agreed to firm up diplomatic and economic ties under the Joint Action Plan signed by the two countries in 2013, Malacañang said.

On raising the minimum wage

On raising the minimum wage

MINIMUM-WAGE laws have been a contentious economic issue since they were first made statutory in the United States in 1938.

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone—In a desperate bid to slow West Africa’s accelerating Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone ordered its 6 million people confined to their homes for three days starting Friday, while volunteers conduct a house-to-house search for victims in hiding.

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.

News

‘Habagat’ inundates capital anew

‘Habagat’ inundates capital anew

THE Philippines shut down government offices, financial markets and schools in the capital and nearby areas as monsoon rains, or habagat, intensified by Tropical Storm Mario (international code name Fung-Wong), caused widespread flooding.

Palace: DBS Bank needs to specify restricted FDI

MALACAÑANG wants DBS Bank to “specify” the foreign-direct investments (FDI) allegedly being restricted by existing government regulations.

Binay: Makati building cheaper than Batasang Pambansa

ADDRESSING Makati City residents and members of the media, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday denied point by point the allegations against him aired during a Senate investigation last week.

Suspects in killing of Pangasinan mayor fall

POLICEMEN raided on Thursday a farm in Laguna and arrested five members of an alleged gun-for-hire syndicate, two of whom were reportedly involved in the killing of Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr. of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, in June.

On raising the minimum wage

On raising the minimum wage

MINIMUM-WAGE laws have been a contentious economic issue since they were first made statutory in the United States in 1938.

World population unlikely to stabilize this century–study

WASHINGTON—The world’s population is unlikely to stabilize this century but, instead, keeps growing and could reach 11 billion by 2100, a new study using modern statistical tools said on Thursday.

Business

Alibaba prices IPO at $68 per share

NEW YORK—Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse named after a fabled, poor woodsman who discovers a thieves’ den full of treasures, is ready to strike it rich on the New York Stock Exchange(NYSE).

DA, Koica to develop upland areas in Panay

RECOGNIZING the high agricultural potentials of upland areas in the four provinces of Western Visayas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will implement the five-year Panay Island Upland Sustainable Rural Development Program (PIU-SRDP) beginning next year.

BPI-Century Tokyo enter joint venture

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has entered into a joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. (CTL), a leading Japanese financing company.

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

GOOD entrepreneurs find opportunities in crisis. Noble entrepreneurs find crisis and disasters as opportunities to give back to the communities the fruits of their success.

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

WITH its economy being one of the fastest growing in Asia, not to mention the stable inflow of remittances from overseas Filipino workers, the Philippine banking system is expected to grow over the next few years—30 percent year-on-year by some estimates.

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

INDONESIA agreed to ratify a regional haze pact it signed 12 years ago in an effort to stem illegal burning blamed for pollution over neighbors Singapore and Malaysia that hit record levels last year.

Lifestyle

Breaking for coffee

Breaking for coffee

IT is easy to miss Epic Coffee Roastery. I did—the first time I was to meet up for breakfast with its owners, Joy and Sonny de Leon. Down the length of East Capitol Drive I went, doubled back until I reached Poco Deli, the de Leons’s singular sausage shop. I parked there, asked for directions, and then went back up the street. Poco Deli may be the reference to Epic because of its having the same owners, but Epic is definitely not in its shadow.

Expanded tourism destination introduced in Kalibo

KALIBO, Aklan—A tourism magnate based in the island-resort of Boracay has partnered with the Kalibo Save the Mangrove (Kasama), an organization of mangrove farmers, for the introduction of a new tourism destination in Kalibo.

Matthew Crawley is dead. Get over it.

Matthew Crawley is dead. Get over it.

IT’S been almost two years since Dan Stevens’s beloved Downton Abbey character, Matthew Crawley, met with an untimely end, and some die-hard fans of the PBS costume drama still may not quite be over it. But for the 31-year-old British actor, Crawley’s tragic death marked a kind of rebirth—or at least a chance to strike out in some very different directions as an actor.

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government inaugurated here on September 3 a building housing the office of the town’s Senior Citizens’ Federation, the latest project in a province-wide program to provide the elderly with a venue for their social and official activities.

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

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

ENVIRONMENT expert and vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mohan Munasinghe sees the fourth report of the United Nations-attached body as the most momentous, as it raised the alarm on climate change, such as rising sea levels, melting arctic ice and threats of harsh typhoons, including those experienced in the Philippines.

Is good public relations good charisma?

Is good public relations good charisma?

Dear PR Matters,

I work in corporate public relations (PR), and have noticed that the most successful PR practitioners are those who are charismatic and have a great personality.  How important is charisma in charting one’s career in PR? How can one develop this?

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

ONE of the biggest hurdles to building new power plants in Japan is finding a place that’s safe from earthquakes and tsunamis. That place may turn out to be 30 miles at sea.

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

STARMALL is raising the level of the mall experience for the Filipino by building better-quality malls with a more dynamic tenant mix, an upgraded interiors, and a façade with a high-end vibe. This new level of mall design is incarnated in all Starmall Prima, an in-the-pipeline collection of commercial centers with a brand-new, intensely upgraded new lifestyle experience of live, shop, dine and entertain.  

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

WE can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious disease.

PBEd portal seeks to reduce youth unemployment by 30%

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has developed an online career-exploration portal to help reduce youth unemployment in the country by almost one-third.

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada—The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost—and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

Wars of future

Wars of future

IN a backyard in Aleppo, Syrian rebels built a tank for urban combat. All it took was an Android smartphone to download a do-it-yourself manual.

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

AUTO enthusiasts were treated to a grand display of “Progress In Motion” when the number-one automotive company in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), opened its display during yesterday’s inauguration of the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (Pims), organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi). The 350-sq-m Toyota booth features the bestselling Vios and Vios one-make race model, the Wigo mini hatchback, the well-loved Innova, as well as the new Fortuner and Hilux.

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

THE 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol province and the Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated central Philippines in the last quarter of 2013 have again revealed the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards.

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona—On her 27th day of living in a tiny room at a Tucson church known for pioneering the popular immigrant sanctuary movement in the 1980s, Rosa Robles Loreto swept a courtyard, prayed with a group of parishioners and greeted her uniformed son fresh off his baseball practice.

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

IN February, “the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses” was reported in Guinea. This was the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in West Africa. Two months later the virus had spread to other parts of the region.

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