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Foreign visitor arrivals still sluggish, up 2.2% H1 2014

Foreign visitor arrivals still sluggish, up 2.2% H1 2014

FOREIGN visitors to the Philippines grew a measly 2.2 percent to 2.43 million in the first half of 2014, dropping from the 11.06-percent growth recorded in the same period in 2013, data from the Department of Tourism (DOT) showed.

They just shot at your freedom

They just shot at your freedom

EARLY on Tuesday, broadcaster Orly Navarro was shot in the back by an unidentified gunman while he was on his way home in Barangay Pantal, Dagupan City, Pangasinan province. Fortunately, he survived.

Edible insects a boon to Thailand’s farmers

Edible insects a boon to Thailand’s farmers

THANON NANG KLARN, Thailand—Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. Then they discovered bugs.

Amazon could be ESPN of video games in new deal

Amazon could be ESPN of video games in new deal

NEW YORK—Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games. The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming’s growth as an online spectator sport.

News

Imports drop in June cause for concern–Neda

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) expressed concern over the decline in the country’s imports in June 2014.

Bill seeks to overhaul individual and corporate income-tax system

A House member has recently proposed a restructuring of the country’s individual and corporate income-tax system to regain its responsive and competitive character.

DFA readies repatriation of OFWs, peacekeepers from Ebola-hit countries

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said it is preparing for the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Ebola-stricken Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, which would probably coincide with the withdrawal of more than 300 Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia. The Filipino peacekeepers in Liberia are scheduled to come home in October, according to the DFA, quoting the national defense department.

DENR agency wants biodiversity protection in development plans

THE Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) is planning to promote the integration of biodiversity conservation principles in development plans of cities around the Philippines.

They just shot at your freedom

They just shot at your freedom

EARLY on Tuesday, broadcaster Orly Navarro was shot in the back by an unidentified gunman while he was on his way home in Barangay Pantal, Dagupan City, Pangasinan province. Fortunately, he survived.

$430 million needed to put Ebola outbreak under control, WHO says

$430 million needed to put Ebola outbreak under control, WHO says

MORE than $430 million will be needed to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control, according to a draft document laying out the World Health Organization’s (WHO) battle strategy.

Business

AGI to distribute P3.9-billion cash dividends in September

THE holding company of business tycoon Dr. Andrew Tan will be issuing a total cash amount of P3.9 billion next month.

Indon sugar imports rise as drinks demand booms

Indon sugar imports rise as drinks demand booms

SUGAR refiners in Indonesia, set to become the world’s largest buyer, will probably boost imports of the raw variety by 29 percent next year to meet expanding consumption by the domestic food industry.

SC orders criminal prosecution of defunct Orient Bank owner

THE Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Manila to proceed with the criminal prosecution of the former officials of the now-defunct Orient Commercial Banking Corp.(OCBC) for misappropriating the bank’s funds that led to its closure in 1998.

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.  

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

Murray grits through cramps to win at US Open

Murray grits through cramps to win at US Open

NEW YORK—Spinning in 70 mph second serves, grabbing at his hamstring during points, Andy Murray gritted his way through head-to-toe cramps to win at the US Open.

Lifestyle

South Cotabato govt pushes devt of new tourism circuit

South Cotabato govt pushes devt of new tourism circuit

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P2 million for the development a new tourism cluster or circuit in the area, it was learned recently.

Emmy Awards 2014: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ big winners

Emmy Awards 2014: ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ big winners

BREAKING BAD may have been off the air for nearly a year, but it was fresh in the minds of Emmy voters. At Monday night’s 2014 Emmy Awards, the series won five statuettes, including drama series, lead actor, supporting actor and actress, and writing.

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

Momentum and balance are the keys

Momentum and balance are the keys

EARLY this week, Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMP) threw a thanksgiving party for the motoring media to mark its 26th anniversary.

Br. Gus Boquer, FSC Take a leap of faith and He will provide

Br. Gus Boquer, FSC Take a leap of faith and He will provide

OFTENTIMES, people are faced with situations that are seemingly impossible to go through. For many, they would just turn their backs and leave to avoid wasting time, energy and resources on something unachievable. For some, however, it only takes a leap of faith.

DOST-SEI honors scholar-graduates, ongoing scholars

DOST-SEI honors scholar-graduates, ongoing scholars

CITING excellence and overall contribution in nation-building, the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) paid tribute to its honor scholar-graduates and ongoing scholars in two different occasions.

A well-crafted life

A well-crafted life

AN artist looks at a slab of marble, and, within it, sees a sculpture. Vista Land looks at a tract of land, and, within it, recognizes a city like no other. As Vista Land builds a place where life and beauty flourish side by side, it invites you to complete with it its future masterpiece of city development.  

How Type-A People Can Play Nice with Others

How Type-A People Can Play Nice with Others

PEOPLE have always commented on the fact that I am “Type A.” I set personal goals, manage multiple projects at once and run at the speed of light. But with this high-performing personality comes the tendency to annoy people or push them away.

DepEd, Fortune Life partnership honors teachers as writers and activists

THE values-advocacy program of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Fortune Life Insurance Co. Inc. celebrates its fourth year by giving recognition to teachers as writers and honoring those who taught best to public-school pupils the values of hard work and discipline.

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

Discovery of new tarsier species highlights need to protect Dinagat–scientist

SCIENTISTS have recently confirmed the existence of a third group of Philippine tarsiers on Dinagat Island, underscoring the need to protect the island against destructive human activities.

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

Deported Mexicans find new life at call centers

TIJUANA, Mexico—Henry Monterroso is a foreigner in his own country. Raised in California from the age of 5, he was deported to Mexico in 2011 and found himself in a land he barely knew.

The great comeback

The great comeback

I’LL be honest. The brand Mazda has a special place in my heart. It was in 1993 when I first bought my blue 1.3-liter Mazda 323 sedan car. The car has been my regular ride to work, as well as business, emergencies and even special occasions, such as birthdays and family gatherings. That’s why I found it difficult when time came to say good-bye to it last year, as the fond memories it gave our family were truly priceless.

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

Creating stewards to conserve marine resources

MORE than 1.6 million Filipinos earn a living from resources from the sea and 85 percent, or 1.1 million, are near-shore fishermen.

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle skinned alive for spreading his faith

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle skinned alive for spreading his faith

HE was flayed alive—the skin of his body cut into strips, then pulled off, leaving his body open and bleeding for a long time, then beheaded, wrote Fr. Paolo O. Pirlo, SHML, in My First Book of Saints.

A struggle with depression

A struggle with depression

THE world was shocked when newspapers from all over the world reported that Oscar-winning actor Robin Williams died on August 11.  What was even more shocking was that the world’s famous comedian committed suicide due to depression.

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