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Corporate ‘Art of War’

Corporate ‘Art of War’

ACER Inc., a multinational hardware and electronics company based in Taipei, sees a rosy outlook for the Philippine market, as the country continues to expand its economy coupled with the growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices here.

Fruit production on the rise, BAS reports

Fruit production on the rise, BAS reports

BANANA production in the second quarter of this year grew by 1.4 percent, or an estimated 2.303 million metric tons (MMT), an improvement from the 2.272 MMT from the same period last year, according to the recent report of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (PSA-BAS).

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

WITH over 20 honors and awards received, among them the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1997, it still comes as a surprise to many that the recipient of these accolades is a nun.

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s hyperefficient capital doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this megacity offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultramodern international airport in nearby Incheon.

News

Overstaying cargoes have to go

THE port body is moving to relocate overstaying but customs-cleared cargoes inside the ports of Manila in a bid to decongest the gateways as the seasonal peak in shipping activities starts today (Monday).

AmCham, EU push competition bill; House vows to prioritize its passage

THE American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Inc. (AmCham) and the European Union (EU) delegations to the Philippines pushed for the passage of the proposed Philippine Fair Competition Act, or antitrust law.

Filipino peacekeepers in Syria rescued

THE three-day standoff leading to a seven-hour firefight between Syrian rebels and Filipino troops serving under the United Nations (UN) in Golan Heights has ended with the Filipino peacekeepers managing to leave their besieged outpost in what Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang termed as the “greatest escape.”

Clean water now flows in Bukidnon community

FOR decades, residents in Sitio Rocha in the town of Impasugong, Bukidnon, struggled with the distance of the water source from their village and health risks that come with drinking from it.

PHL must regain lost ground–fast

PHL must regain lost ground–fast

THE Philippines has lost more than P1 trillion in taxes in a decade.

This is according to a study by junior economist Brian LeBlanc and chief economist Dev Kar of the Washington, D.C.-based research group Global Financial Integrity (GFI).

Pakistan violence raises stakes in political standoff

Pakistan violence raises stakes in political standoff

ISLAMABAD—Pakistani police on Sunday clashed with scattered pockets of anti government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister’s residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

Business

D&L Industries to buy entire Chemrez

D&L Industries Inc. (DNL) said it will acquire all the outstanding shares of Chemrez Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of oleochemicals, resins and other specialty-chemical products, through a public tender offer.

Fruit production on the rise, BAS reports

Fruit production on the rise, BAS reports

BANANA production in the second quarter of this year grew by 1.4 percent, or an estimated 2.303 million metric tons (MMT), an improvement from the 2.272 MMT from the same period last year, according to the recent report of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s Bureau of Agriculture Statistics (PSA-BAS).

Rising costs, rules changes hit PHL overseas remit units

THE overseas remittance units of Philippine banks face tough choices of either staying put or shipping out as rising operational costs and local regulatory changes make it increasingly difficult to justify continued operations.

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.  

Sports

No Yanks again

No Yanks again

NEW YORK—Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.

Lifestyle

Emmys’s most memorable

Emmys’s most memorable

I know it should be plot before fashion when perusing television, but oftentimes I become more engrossed with what the characters are wearing than the narrative. That’s what happens when I watch Christina Hendricks, January Jones and Allison Brie in Mad Men, Robin Wright in House of Cards, Kerry Washington and Scott Foley in Scandal, Kerri Russell in The Americans, Kit Harrington and Nikolaj Caster-Waldau in Game of Thrones (GoT), and all episodes of Project Runway, RuPaul’s Drag Race and American Horror Story: Coven. I consider these shows to be television’s best dressed.

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

Seoul: Trains, fast cell service, palaces and food

SEOUL, South Korea—South Korea’s hyperefficient capital doesn’t immediately spring to mind when you think of exotic Asian destinations. But this megacity offers much to tempt travelers beyond a layover from the ultramodern international airport in nearby Incheon.

On a comeback trail

On a comeback trail

EVEN in show business, there are a lot of inspiring stories about comebacks and second chances.

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

Multi-awarded nun-surgeon continues mission of faith and treatment

WITH over 20 honors and awards received, among them the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1997, it still comes as a surprise to many that the recipient of these accolades is a nun.

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

Not just another retiree

Not just another retiree

MANY would see Masahiko Ieda as just another expatriate who is enjoying his retirement in the Philippines. In fact, the 75-year-old Japanese has been living in the country for 53 years. In that time, he has developed a taste for pinakbet, a dish most foreigners wouldn’t be familiar with.

Building a brand image: Are you ‘keeping it real’?

Building a brand image: Are you ‘keeping it real’?

THE importance of having a brand image is almost this simple: There’s no point in having one of the best products or services in the market if you don’t have an effective and favorable brand image.

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

99 Ebola virus genome sequenced

IT’s a murderer on a killing spree, and now it has a new—and remarkably complete—genetic mug shot. An international team of scientists has sequenced the ribonucleic acid (RNA) of 99 Ebola virus samples collected during the early weeks of the outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The beauty of living in Cavite

The beauty of living in Cavite

COLONIZERS arriving in the late 16th century saw an unusual parcel of land thrust into Manila Bay and realized its value as a staging ground to launch their bulky galleons. Eventually, it became the most important port linking the colony to the outside world. Just as these colonizers got captivated by this piece of land that they discovered, so do Filipinos of the 21st century see the beauty in this same land now known as the province of Cavite.

Corporate ‘Art of War’

Corporate ‘Art of War’

ACER Inc., a multinational hardware and electronics company based in Taipei, sees a rosy outlook for the Philippine market, as the country continues to expand its economy coupled with the growing popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices here.

81,000 teachers need to be hired to implement K to 12 senior high

DAVAO CITY—The public-school system would need 81,000 more teachers to implement Grades 11 and 12 of the basic education in the Philippines, which would start in 2016, a labor relations executive said.

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

Brazil dismantles large deforestation gang

SÃO PAULO—The “largest deforestation gang” active in Brazil’s Amazon rain forest has been dismantled, authorities said on Thursday.

Terrorism as theater

Terrorism as theater

THE beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley was dressed in an orange jumpsuit reminiscent of the Muslim prisoners held by the United States at Guantánamo Bay. He made his confession forcefully, as if well rehearsed. His executioner, masked and clad in black, made an equally long statement in a calm, British accent, again, as if rehearsed. It was as if the killing was secondary to the message being sent.

Like a boss

Like a boss

THE ninth-generation Honda Accord claims the distinction of being the passenger car with the highest sales to individual customers (excluding fleet sales) in the US in 2013, having sold a little over 360,000 units in the world’s second-largest car market. In other words, Americans bought an average of 1,000 Accords every single day of 2013. Indeed, the Accord’s track record of outstanding build quality, reliability and high resale value has consistently made it a formidable player in the markets it is sold in.

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

Large dams ‘highly correlated’ with poor water quality

WASHINGTON—Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects.

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

Pope Saint Gregory I the Great

IN the year 589 the Tiber River overflowed. Buildings collapsed. Homes were carried away by raging waters. Crops were destroyed. Church granaries were wrecked. Dead people were piled up in the streets. Pits outside city walls became common burial grounds. People wallowed in misery. Pestilence continued unceasingly.

Cataract: The unseen scourge

Cataract: The unseen scourge

A round the world, cataract is the leading cause of blindness, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization. An estimated 42 million people are affected by severe loss of vision, and cataract causes 17 million of these losses.  In the Philippines, 400,000 Filipinos get blind because of cataract.

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