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Philippine Airlines retires B747 fleet

Philippine Airlines retires B747 fleet

THE last B747 flight of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) bowed out of service early Monday, landing at 3:30 a.m. into the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 (Naia 2) tarmac. It was greeted with an ice-bucket challenge, a water-cannon salute of hundreds of gallons of water from two airport fire trucks.

Sick Man of Asia, anyone?

Sick Man of Asia, anyone?

THE business community has reason to be jittery these past few weeks. No matter how Manila’s port bigwigs spin the container-van congestion problem to make it seem favorable, businessmen know better.

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

COMPUTER maker Acer Inc. has relaunched its line of smartphones in an effort to diversify its portfolio as personal computers take a backseat.

Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

Nintendo launching ‘amiibo’ with 12 characters

LOS ANGELES—Pikachu and Link will be among the first characters coming to amiibo.

News

BSP rates seen rising to 4.5%

Central banks under the Asean 5, which includes the Philippines, were seen raising interest rates over the next 18 months as local output, measured as the gross domestic product (GDP), kicks up as a consequence of stronger growth across the region, Moody’s Analytics, the research unit of the sovereign credit watcher Moody’s Investors Service, said on Monday.

Palace washes hands off on Chief Justice’s budget laments

MALACAÑANG on Monday washed its hands off Chief Justice (CJ) Lourdes Sereno’s lament over the Executive department’s alleged failure to include the Judiciary’s budgetary requests for various services, including the deletion of allocation for the e-court system, in the final version of the P2.6-trillion national budget bill prepared by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) for 2015.

Mindanao grid now has surplus power

Mindanao grid now has surplus power

DAVAO CITY—The Mindanao grid is now operating with moderate surplus power past the dry months, and the coming tranches of supply beginning next year, from two coal plants in the southern part of the island may dispel further fears the region will continue to experience power crisis in the coming years.

Sick Man of Asia, anyone?

Sick Man of Asia, anyone?

THE business community has reason to be jittery these past few weeks. No matter how Manila’s port bigwigs spin the container-van congestion problem to make it seem favorable, businessmen know better.

Islamic State group wants to hit US, lawmakers warn Obama

WASHINGTON—Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants’ future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, two US lawmakers are warning.

Business

DoubleDragon clinches deal to buy former Globe Asiatique’s property

DOUBLEDRAGON Properties Corp. on Monday said it clinched the deal to buy Globe Asiatique Realty Holding Corp.’s (GARHC) foreclosed property, the Skysuites project, located in a prime spot in Quezon City.

Fielding labels in search for a good egg

Fielding labels in search for a good egg

DECADES ago, eggs were brown or white, big or small. Now you need a scorecard to choose: cage-free, organic, humanely raised or pasture-raised, not to mention prices that can run from less than $2 to $8 for a dozen.

Cash-rich Treasury pushes T-bill rates still lower across the board

Cash-rich banks and financial institutions with limited investment options and the nation’s coffers awash with liquidity allowed the Bureau of the Treasury to push Treasury bill (T-bill) rates still lower across the board on Monday.

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.  

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

Acer makes a push for mobility devices

COMPUTER maker Acer Inc. has relaunched its line of smartphones in an effort to diversify its portfolio as personal computers take a backseat.

Sports

U.S. 5 comes from behind to beat Turkey in FIba World Cup

U.S. 5 comes from behind to beat Turkey in FIba World Cup

BILBAO, Spain—They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

Lifestyle

A lesson in color management

A lesson in color management

DESPITE how often we’d like to think that we Filipinos are some of the most colorful people in the world, one look at our living spaces would them reveal otherwise. A lot of Filipinos haven’t gotten rid of the “white box” or “beige is beautiful” mentality. I’ve often wondered why they don’t saturate their homes with living color.

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.

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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