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PSE 7,000: No way!

PSE 7,000: No way!

THE Philippines must be one of the most unique nations on the planet. We sit in the middle of the ocean and, yet, it is cheaper to ship goods to Manila from Singapore than from Davao. The country does not share a common border with any other nation and, yet, we have ongoing territorial disputes with other countries.

Sleepy Philippine towns wake up to answer world’s phones

Sleepy Philippine towns wake up to answer world’s phones

JENNIFER ANN PALMARES-FONG has come home. Fifteen years after leaving Iloilo in the Philippines for the bright lights of Manila, she and her friends have been lured back as her once-quiet hometown is transformed.

The two faces of rice prices

The two faces of rice prices

IN the wake of the world food price crisis of 2007 to 2008, the consensus view is that, because of several trends (climate change, biofuels, scarcity of land and water, increased consumption of meat), we are entering a new era in which food prices will be higher. How has this played out so far in the case of rice?

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew 


Liberia president declares Ebola curfew 


MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia’s president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late on Tuesday, as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.

News

3-month truck-ban halt sought

The House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Wednesday adopted a draft resolution urging the city of Manila to implement a three-month moratorium on the truck ban, as the shipping industry already lost around $5.4 billion in revenues since the local ordinance took effect in February.

PHL still has a way to go to achieve MDGs

Less than 500 days until the deadline, the Philippines is still far from achieving its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments, according to the latest report released by the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and the United Nations Development Programme.

Alunan to Aquino: Focus on West Philippine Sea, not term extension

‘PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino must concentrate on protecting the country’s territorial integrity on the West Philippine Sea (WPS) and its resources, instead of his term extension,” said Ramos administration Interior Secretary Rafael M. Alunan on Wednesday, as he urged the President to harness the national security community in response to the reported presence of Chinese ships at Recto Bank, a potentially oil-rich area 80 nautical miles from Palawan.

Sleepy Philippine towns wake up to answer world’s phones

Sleepy Philippine towns wake up to answer world’s phones

JENNIFER ANN PALMARES-FONG has come home. Fifteen years after leaving Iloilo in the Philippines for the bright lights of Manila, she and her friends have been lured back as her once-quiet hometown is transformed.

PSE 7,000: No way!

PSE 7,000: No way!

THE Philippines must be one of the most unique nations on the planet. We sit in the middle of the ocean and, yet, it is cheaper to ship goods to Manila from Singapore than from Davao. The country does not share a common border with any other nation and, yet, we have ongoing territorial disputes with other countries.

Liberia president declares Ebola curfew 


Liberia president declares Ebola curfew 


MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia’s president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late on Tuesday, as the West African country battled to stop the spread of Ebola in the capital.

Business

Trans-Asia set to make P500-million rights offering

TRANS-ASIA Petroleum Corp., a unit of Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., plans to conduct a rights offering that will generate roughly P500 million in funds to bankroll new and existing energy projects.

The two faces of rice prices

The two faces of rice prices

IN the wake of the world food price crisis of 2007 to 2008, the consensus view is that, because of several trends (climate change, biofuels, scarcity of land and water, increased consumption of meat), we are entering a new era in which food prices will be higher. How has this played out so far in the case of rice?

Poor bank penetration forces rising e-money use in Eastern Visayas

The lack of brick-and-mortar bank presence in Eastern Visayas has compelled Waray- and Cebuano-speaking residents in Eastern Visayas to turn to electronic money, or e-money, to complete their financial transactions, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

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

Defeats just keep on coming

GILAS Pilipinas absorbed another setback as it prepares for the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) World Cup of Basketball.

Lifestyle

Mad about Madrid

Mad about Madrid

MADRID, Spain—The clink of a cafe con leche against a china saucer, the clatter of horse hooves on cobblestones, the laughter of tartan-clad children sent to retrieve a baguette from the ambulant baker: These are the telltale sounds of Madrid rising to greet another blazing Spanish day.

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.

The world according to ‘Eat Bulaga’

The world according to ‘Eat Bulaga’

IT is difficult to criticize a TV program that makes you laugh. The case of Eat Bulaga , seen six days a week at noon on GMA, is one such show. It thrives on risks. It rides on very daring, extremely absurd, and insanely ridiculous situations. It has been lambasted from all sectors for manipulating children and toying with all kinds of gender or sexual preferences. For some reasons, it has survived all this.

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.

Guardians of the community

Guardians of the community

FEAR not. This is not a parody of the currently showing hit movie starring a maniac, a thief, an assassin, a computer-hacking mechanically enhanced raccoon and a talking tree.

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.

Women In men’s shoes The emergence of female crossfitters

Women In men’s shoes The emergence of female crossfitters

Eve continues to prove that she can equal Adam in terms of anything even when it comes to physical strength, as more women are getting into CrossFit workout, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that was once dominated by men.

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