Friday, October 31st 2014

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BRUSSELS—Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multibillion-dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, whose offices mediated the talks for...

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Conclusion Inexpensive nannies Fadi Ghandour, the co-founder and vice chairman of Aramex PJSC, a Dubai-based transportation and logistics company, says Dubai has been a superb base not just for Aramex—which became the first Arab company to go public on the Nasdaq Stock Market, in 1997—but also for Ghandour’s current passion as...

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The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) hinted broadly on Thursday of more stable interest rates over the next 12 months, its strongest word yet on the direction of short-term interest charges, following the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) decision putting an end to more than five years of monetary...

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Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya has directed the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to be more considerate in handling the case of carpooling-services provider Uber, saying his agency is looking at amending transport rules to make traveling around Metro Manila safer and more convenient. The transport chief said...

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The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved P146.18 billion worth of big-ticket power projects in the first eight months of the year, data obtained from the investment-promotion agency showed. For the period, six of the 10 biggest investment commitments that the BOI approved were in the energy sector, led by...

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Former Sen. Juan Flavier died on Thursday due to multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia. He was 79. Flavier served as Department of Health (DOH) secretary from 1992 to 1995, and his outstanding performance as Cabinet member and his famous tag as “Mr. Let’s DOH It” earned him public accolade that...
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THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) filed on Friday a smuggling complaint before the Department of Justice against one of the biggest rice importers in the country for alleged illegal importation of 5.4 million kilograms of rice with an estimated amount of P217 million. Customs Commissioner John P. Sevilla said two...

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THE winner of this year’s Asian-wide Senadhira Rice Research Award is a Filipino woman and a rice breeder at the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice.) Thelma F. Padolina, a chemist-turned-breeder, who had been breeding rice varieties for more than 30 years, received the award on October 30, the penultimate day...

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DUMAGUETE CITY—Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo is repeatedly encouraging farmers to adopt the natural farming method with the use of organic fertilizers. For 2014 the provincial government has allocated some P10 million in funds to support the organic agriculture program, Capitol Spokesman Adrian Sedillo said. According to Sedillo, Degamo wants to...

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GREENPEACE on Friday called on the scientific community to step up its support for ecological food production to build resilient agriculture that can meet the threat posed by climate change and ensure food diversity and nutrition security. The call was made on the final day of the Fourth International Rice...

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Conclusion Industry comments throughout the drafting have focused on the overly prescriptive nature of some of the requirements, such as the need for a group actuarial audit and group-wide underwriting and claims policies. PART 2 Another area of more recent concern is the definitions of capital resources, especially the establishment of two...

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The recent spike in food prices affected the poorest Filipinos the most, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday.  The PSA said inflation experienced by the bottom 30-percent income households was at 6.8 percent in the third quarter. This was the highest increase in prices...
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Madison Bumgarner punctuated a World Series performances for the ages by pitching the San Francisco Giants to their third title in five years with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game Seven on Wednesday night. The big left-hander came out of the bullpen to...

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NEW YORK—Pau Gasol scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds in his Chicago debut to help the Bulls spoil Derek Fisher’s first game as a National Basketball Association (NBA) coach by beating the New York Knicks, 104-80, on Wednesday. Reserve Taj Gibson finished with 22 points to lead the Bulls...

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IS Chot Reyes out as Gilas Pilipinas head coach? The writing on the wall hinted he is, as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has formed a search and selection committee that will pick the head coach of the men’s national team during the federation’s executive committee meeting on Tuesday. SBP...

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CAGAYAN Valley opened its season by bagging Moala Tautuaa at No. 1 in the Draft. But on Thursday, the Rising Suns didn’t seem to need the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American. Michael Mabulac turned in a double-double effort and the Rising Suns repelled a late rally by MJM-Builders for a 94-86 victory on...

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ALASKA and Meralco clash in a battle of unbeaten teams in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Aces and the Bolts, both holding identical 2-0 slates, collide at 4:15 p.m. Pido Jarencio, meanwhile, hopes to get another victory that would help...

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri—Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run single and Eric Hosmer lined a two-run double over shortstop in a seven-run second inning as the Kansas City Royals battered the San Francisco Giants, 10-0, on Tuesday to force a decisive Game Seven in the World Series. Yordano Ventura, a 23-year-old rookie pitching with...
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NEW YORK—Almost precisely two years ago, Kristen Stewart was hunched in a dark corner of the Tribeca Grand Hotel’s restaurant, sipping a glass of white wine and relentlessly scanning the room. v There was nothing she loathed more than people spotting her, gawping and then pretending it hadn’t happened....

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ELLEN ADARNA is one of the most beautiful women in show business right now. Men have been wildly drawn to her since she arrived at the scene because of two things: her beautiful face and, yes, that formidable chest. Showbiz wags, meanwhile, have been interested in Ellen also because of two...

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YVES GARDIOL is general manager of Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the famous resort in Saint Moritz, Switzerland. Gardiol, a 53-year-old native of Lausanne, Switzerland, has been at the Palace for a decade. How about a little background about the hotel? Saint Moritz is in the Swiss Alps, and this year marks 150 years...

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IF films die, then there must be graveyards for these deceased films. I think of horror films as dead films. There is no hope—technically—in horror films. There should be no hope in them. Or, they will not be terrifying. If there is a kind of return, a hopeful glance in...
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MANILA is a city of contrasts. The urban landscape features beautiful buildings of eras past standing side by side with the modern commercial and residential buildings of today. Manila is where the traditions and customs of old intertwine and mingle seamlessly with the fast-paced life of today. However, the urban landscape...

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THE country’s infrastructure program recently got a big boost when Espoo, Finland-based Tekla introduced the 3D Concrete Constructible model. Andy Dickey, CIP concrete business development manager for Tekla, told the journalists that the construction software will give construction companies, engineers and contractors higher efficiency and productivity in their projects. “We...

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UNLIKE typical property-development projects, Mañosa Properties Inc. (MPI) consistently puts the Filipino touch, such as bahay-kubo and bahay na bato, in its projects to remind the Filipinos of their roots and culture. In a recent press briefing, MPI stressed that it has the end-user in mind when it develops a...

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DEEPLY rooted in understanding the needs of the Filipino family, Pro-Friends has envisioned a one-of-a-kind township community that will enable families to bond with each other. Starting with its first phase in 2007, Lancaster has evolved into a master-planned community that spans more than 1,400 hectares, covering Kawit, General Trias...
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A  FEW weeks ago, I wrote about a very unpleasant experience that the owner of this paper, former Ambassador to Lao People’s Democratic Republic Antonio L. Cabangon Chua, and a companion underwent when he chose to fly via Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) during one of his weekend trips to...

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HALLOWEEN, in the Western or American sense of it, is here. In malls, graveyards materialize. Cobwebs cover display windows; instead of mannequins, skeletons rattle and swing in the air-conditioned breeze. The more daring decorators place coffins near boxes of shoes. Morbidity attends this seasonal aesthetics. The season of remembering our...

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THE current economic growth is being challenged by institutional concerns, particularly those regarding the delicate balance between the state and the market. Major issues, like inadequate infrastructure, abuse of market power and new market institutions, bring to the fore the need to understand the increasing complexities brought about by...

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FOR those of you keeping tabs on the progress of the Commission on Elections’s (Comelec) preparations for the 2016 national and local elections, this week saw the start of the Automated Election System procurement process. Approved budget for the contract ON Tuesday the Comelec published its invitations to bid for the...

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AS of this writing, the Ebola virus disease has claimed the lives of close to 5,000 people, most of them in West Africa, in countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. The disease has already crossed the Atlantic Ocean, and at least four people in the United States...

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AS you read this, I am on a jet with my Pineider alligator briefcase filled with gold coins and brightly colored trinkets, and headed to an exotic island, where its inhabitants have never heard of the global financial crisis. Actually, I am not. But it would not be a bad...
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William, who grew up in Davao City, was only 18 when he went to Metro Manila to study in one of the country’s most prestigious schools.  His parents wanted him to be a lawyer.  William was an outstanding student during his first year.  But after meeting some friends, everything...

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Cancer of the uterus, precisely termed endometrial cancer, is the most common form of gynecologic cancer.  It is considered as the fourth most common cancer among women—after breast, cervical and lung. “The cancer usually develops after menopause,” notes The Merck Manual of Medical Information. Studies done in the United States showed that...

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We all seem to start our day with the same grogginess, a desire for more sleep and the knowledge that no matter how hard we try, eating immediately is not appealing. We typically will hit the snooze button many times, leaving us in a daze, then simultaneously commute and eat...

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As I watch the X Factor I notice the “unstoppable” aura that even the kids have—is it real or just “fake it till you make it” stuff? If it is real—what is it, how and where do they get it? They all seem to ooze that aura of self-confidence and self...

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So many illnesses start with poor hand hygiene. Salmonella, campylobacter, flu, diarrhea, the common cold, impetigo—these are just some of the viruses and infections passed because of unclean hands. The unfortunate part is that many of these illnesses can so easily be prevented by proper handwashing. The Global Public-Private Partnership...

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Do you have difficulty climbing stairs? Or are you unable to carry heavy load? Has your hand grip loosened? These are some of the symptoms of sarcopenia, the gradual and progressive loss of muscle mass, strength and functionality due to aging that Filipinos over 50 years old are suffering...