Friday, October 28th 2016

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The government is losing a total of P105 billion annually from leakages arising from the value-added tax (VAT) exemptions for senior citizens and tax holidays given to corporations, a huge revenue loss that the Department of Finance (DOF) seeks to recover through its proposed tax-reform package. At the International Tax...

When I Was 25


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SAINT LOUIS—A Saint Louis jury on Thursday awarded a California woman more than $70 million in her lawsuit alleging that years of using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused her cancer, the latest case raising concerns about the health ramifications of extended talcum-powder use. The jury ruling ended the trial that began on...


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CEMENT manufacturer Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. said it achieved a pro forma attributable net income of P1.88 billion in the first nine months of the year on the back of stronger sales. Cemex said net sales grew 7 percent to P19.8 billion for the period, from P18.55 billion last year. Cemex...

The Broader Look


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UNLESS a June Mar Fajardo-caliber player is being dangled to Blackwater via a trade, there’s zero chance that the Elite will change their mind in picking Mac Belo as their No. 1 pick in the special draft for Gilas cadets. Head Coach Leo Isaac maintained his preference to select the...


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THE recent No. 1 hit at the North American box office, The Accountant is a propulsive action-thriller that stars Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick, with Gavin O’Connor directing. Christian Wolff (Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people.  Behind the cover of a small-town CPA...


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"AFTER more than 20 years of its existence, Campi has finally staged its first golf tournament.” Thus said Rommel Gutierrez, the lawyer-president of Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi). This was last Monday, during the awarding ceremonies of the first Campihan Golf Cup in Laguna’s Santa Elena,...


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TODAY’S most admired companies in the world are known for enabling employees to merge passion for their careers with leisure and entertainment. Name any of the famous companies where people dream of working. Chances are, they are all famous for productivity and creativity—getting real results—even as (or precisely because,...


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By Christine Clarridge | The Seattle Times/TNS SEATTLE—This Halloween, sexy is out and slugs are in. Pokémon trumps politics, and gory is sought by kids and older adults with millennials looking for Instagram-worthy beauty, according to novelty shops, costume emporiums and thrift stores. “People are looking for silly or gory instead...

Envoys & Expats

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RETIRED Philippine Ambassador Alberto A. Encomienda believes the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) must focus on its task of implementing the country’s foreign policy and regaining its stature as one of the government’s leading agencies. Encomienda, who has served as the Philippine top diplomat in Greece, Malaysia and Singapore, said he...

Executive Views

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RESORTS World Manila (RWM) Chief Operat­ing Officer Stephen Reilly has been behind the reins of the country’s first integrated resort since opening its doors in 2009. Ever since, RWM has been the leading purveyor of thrills, pro­viding Filipinos with a taste of world-class enter­tainment, accommodations and gaming, the likes...


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THE Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) is asking the Department of Budget and Management to restore the P12 billion removed from its proposed budget in 2017. This was urged by the CHED as they expressed dismay over the decision of the House of Representatives to reduce their 2017 proposed budget...

Our Time

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DAVAO CITY—Saying they are never too old to play games and join athletic competitions, the Davao City government will hold the 15th Elderlympics for the city’s senior citizens in December. The sporting event will once again show senior citizens are still physically and mentally fit and can still play the...


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MILAN—The Milan city council bestowed honorary citizenship on the Dalai Lama on Thursday over the objections of the Chinese Embassy, which said the gesture would have a negative impact on bilateral relations and regional cooperation. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate accepted the honor inside a theater at the University...


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THE pangolin, known as anteater, has recently been included on the list of animals that are threatened with extinction under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  CITES’s Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among its listed animals...


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AGRICULTURE is on the hot seat due to climate change, even as the agricultural development agenda undergo a major shift because of the significant reduction in food production and global food insecurity. Agricultural scientists, economic experts, academics and civilized societies agree that “a dramatic increase in efforts and investment is...


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Not all parasites are harmful. Species of the thorny-headed worm, or acanthocephala (Acanthogyrus species), can infect fishes but they bring more good than harm—on humans. This was found in a recent study by the Institute of Biological Sciences of the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) on thorny-head worms—fish-parasites...


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PUBLIC relations is a form of classic business storytelling. As PR professional Robbie Vorhaus said, “It is pure nonfiction. It is truth told in the precise same context as any other story form as movies, advertising and journalism.” Storytelling is essentially having a point of view or a central idea...


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‘OH, deer,” I muttered to myself as I sensed how these lovely creatures seem to almost outnumber us two-legged humans, who are all trying to corner them into taking selfies in the park that day. An estimated 1,200 sika deer romp the grounds of Nara Park every day in paramount...

Health & Fitness

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WHEN someone tells you breast cancer, what comes into your mind immediately?  Death sentence, that’s what.  This is especially true among women.  Understandably so.  Around the world, breast cancer is the leading killer of women ages 35 to 54. More than a million develop the disease without knowing it, and...

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