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Friday, January 20, 2017

Ecozone firms need not pay petroleum taxes–SC

THE Supreme Court (SC) has declared as unconstitutional a revenue regulation (RR) issued by the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Bureau of Internal...

Government keen on allowing farmers to export corn

The charter of the National Food Authority (NFA), as well as laws governing the export of grains, should be amended to allow corn farmers...

China cancels 103 coal plants, mindful of smog, wasted capacity

China is canceling plans to build more than 100 coal-fired power plants, seeking to rein in runaway, wasteful investment in the sector while moving...

Mideast expects big changes under Trump’s administration

CAIRO—Donald J. Trump’s all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign-policy principle could land like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring...

Athlete of the Year

BEHIND her powerful arms and legs, Hidilyn Diaz gave Philippine sports the lift it badly needed in the year just passed. Diaz provided this country...

Nick Kyrgios: Maddening, Fascinating and Out of His Home Event

By Christopher Clarey /New York Times MELBOURNE, Australia—It felt a particularly long way from the hushed tones of Wimbledon’s Centre Court, even a long way...

Kings face Elite test

Hero in retirement

Strength in numbers

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McDonald’s PHL allocates P3.5 billion for expansion this year

STILL upbeat on the domestic consumer market due to the country’s burgeoning economic growth, McDonald’s Philippines bared on Wednesday its investment of around P3.5...

Jollibee to buy more veggies from farmers

The Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) said on Thursday it will increase the volume of vegetables that it sources from its partner-farmers’ cooperatives by 25...

Never out of character

It's fair to feel frightened when Cherie Gil starts to pull out a fan from the depths of hell, or maybe her bag. The Filipino audience has despised the actress for her countless masterful portrayals of antagonists over the years that they’re predisposed to fill in the sequence: Cherie...

One night at the museum

IT’S been a while since I attended the annual reception for the banking community (a.k.a. Bankers’ Night), hosted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) led by its governor, Amando “Say” M. Tetangco Jr. It is traditionally held every January, at the beginning of each year, in recognition of the...
By Brooks Barnes / New York Times News Service Dead. Embalmed. Buried. A year ago, that is what most movie studios would have said about live-action musicals, pointing to a long line of box-office calamities: Rock of Ages, Burlesque, Jersey Boys, Across the Universe, Nine. The few out-and-out successes in recent decades have...

BusinessSense

The Three Rs Behind Global Banks’ Recovery

IN the Bible seven years of feast were followed by seven years of famine. For banks there have been 10 lean years. Subprime-loan defaults started to rise in February 2007, causing a near-collapse of the industry in America and Europe. Next came bailouts from governments,...

Bitcoin Price Doars, Fueled by Speculation and Global Currency Turmoil

By Nathaniel Popper THE virtual currency bitcoin has been swept up in yet another speculative frenzy, pushing its price toward the peak it last reached in late 2013. The price of bitcoin has been buoyed by increased interest from places like Venezuela, where the local currency...

Giving Lives

By Celestine Trinidad Third-prize winner, 2016 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards Josefina found the kitten under one of the rose bushes one Sunday morning, cowering from the black Labrador that belonged to their next door neighbor, Mr. Yu. The dog growled and pawed furiously at the roses to get to the kitten,...

Silang

By Kate Osias Second-prize winner, 2016 Nick Joaquin Literary Awards A contingent of armed men escorts her back to her cell. She is tightly bound, reeking of gunpowder and death, her bloodied limbs protesting with each step. A part of her wants to be angry. She must be angry, after suffering...

The Broader Look

Trump presidency may keep US-PHL relations interesting

By Butch Fernandez, Recto Mercene & Catherine N. Pillas AS real-estate mogul and business magnate Donald J. Trump ascends to the presidency tomorrow, January 20, emerging economies are speculating how the United States’ ties with Asia, solidified during former President Barack Obama’s term, will evolve. Foreign...
The House of Representatives will review the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed by the government and private players for the common terminal linking Light Railway Transit (LRT) Line 1 and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Lines 1 and 7. Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said the MOA on the common MRT-LRT station should...
Philippine negotiators and communist guerrillas are set to resume peace talks in Rome on Thursday, with the Maoist insurgents warning that alleged government violations of an accord on human rights may prompt them to end a monthslong cease-fire. The presidential adviser to the talks, Jesus  Dureza, said the government is...

Envoys & Expats

Motoring

A Peugeot 308 awaits you, Miss U

Story & photo by Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes TWENTY-three years ago, the country hosted the prestigious Miss Universe pageant. Back then, when I was a tad short of my teens—childish, stubborn and foolish—this writer caught a glimpse and was awestruck by Miss Colombia...

Camry can’t be beaten; Chinese car in US soon

A FRIEND of mine has been a Camry owner for the longest time. When I told him recently that Camry is the most consistent choice of the sophisticated and discerning car folk hereabouts, he showed a prompt, proud smile. “And let me add that your Camry...

Volkswagen’s laudable advocacy

Story & photos by Patrick P. Tulfo THIS scribe was invited by Volkswagen toward the end of last year to observe and participate as a marshal in the Child Safety Initiative seminar held at the open grounds of the Capitol Commons in Pasig City. Volkswagen’s Philippine...

Property

Families build memories at Solen Residences

EVERYONE remembers the home they grew up in.  For most people, a home is not just a place to eat and sleep, but a special place to create memories that last a lifetime. For those who are in search of their dream home, Solen Residences...

Coworking space continues to grow

COWORKING space has been experiencing an exponential growth year on year since 2011. And the growth will continue in 2017. In 2011 there were only 1,130 spaces worldwide and 43,000 members. This year, spaces are expected to grow to 13,800 and 1,180,000 members. Furthermore, there...

Pit or peak: The 5 predictions that will define 2017

ASK anybody across any market about how their 2016 was, and most likely you’ll get a fairly neutral to negative response. This ambiguity bordering on the red holds true for real estate, which saw a decline in sales and new development. However, with a new...

“When I Was 25”

Millennials

SYDNEY—Elderly people who care for others live longer than those who don’t, an Australian study has found. The study, released by Western Australia’s (WA) Edith Cowan University (ECU) on Wednesday, found grandparents who provide occasional care for their grandchildren live up to five years longer than those who don’t. The research...

Health & Fitness

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