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Monday, June 5, 2017
By Anita Raghavan In India, the vultures are circling. These vultures are investors looking for opportunities in distressed assets and bad debts. For years they had avoided investing in India, put off by a creakingly slow legal system and a labyrinthine bureaucracy. But a new bankruptcy law and a move this...

A U-Turn at Ford

The abrupt departure of Ford chief executive Mark Fields, which the car giant announced on May 22, has two explanations. Investors had become restive at its performance, particularly in the past year, but Fields also was perceived to lack the drive of Alan Mulally, whom he had succeeded. In...
These days, the hills of Languedoc in southern France turn green with the leaves of grapevines. This is helped along by chemicals—lots of them, confides a winemaker based near the town of Thuir in the Pyrenees. In their absence vineyards would need natural fertilizers and would have to be...
By Michael J. De La Merced Unity Technologies, which makes software at the heart of Pokémon Go and other video games, has agreed to receive $400 million in a new funding round led by the investment firm Silver Lake, the company said. If the round closes, it will be a big...
By Vinod Sreeharsha A Latin American competitor to Uber —99—has raised $100 million from SoftBank of Japan to fuel growth, the Brazilian startup’s chief executive says. SoftBank will become a minority shareholder in the privately held 99, as the ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing of China did when it backed the startup...
Part two IN last week’s column, we answered MJ’s inquiry if it was possible for PR practitioners to fight fake news, a sad reality we face these days. We were able to get some very valuable insights from Katie Creaser, senior vice president for Affect, who, in an article in...
WITH a population of more than 100 million, the Philippines is faced with the challenge of ensuring water security. Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco, underscoring the need to protect the country’s freshwater source, recently unveiled the plan to address this challenge at forum led by Finex...
UNITED NATIONS—In March 2015 at the Sendai World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, then-President of Kirbati, Anote Tong, made it very clear how vulnerable his country was to climate and disaster risk, when he informed the room (which was sadly less than half full) that his country had purchased...
ENDOWED with unique ecosystems of marine and terrestrial mountain lands, limestone mountains, islets and diverse fauna and flora, the Bai Tu Long National Park (BTLNP) joined the network of Asean Heritage Parks (AHPs)—the best of the best protected areas that preserve a complete spectrum of representative ecosystems in the Southeast...
‘FOLLOW me, humans.” No, this is not the title of a new movie or a Koreanovela. This is the winning photo for the Selfie category in the fourth annual photo competition “Selfie for Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism 2017”. The photo by Cebu-based student Marrise Tumampos topped the 600 entries in...
By David E. Sanger & Jane Perlez / New York Times News Service WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has managed to turn America First into America Isolated. In pulling out of the Paris climate accord, Trump has created a vacuum of global leadership that presents ripe opportunities to allies and adversaries alike to...
PRUDENTIAL Life UK, a British insurance and mutual funds company, is building secure zones for Tacloban and Butuan residents through online communities that share microinsurance literacy and services and lifestyle trends as the rural cities search for business opportunities. Pru Life UK partnered with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),...
FR. Aloysius Deeney, OCD, the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) General Delegate for East Asia, discusses before around 250 members of the OCDS in Luzon the topic, “The Role and Purpose of Law in the Life of the OCDS”. It was held recently at the Father Mark Horan Hall...
Story by Recto Mercene / Photos by Stephanie Tumampos IT is not very often envoys from the Middle East engage local journalists in wide-ranging discussions and touch on many issues, including political subjects, but it appears Ambassador Hamad Saeed Alzaabi is an exception. Last week he graciously invited a few of us...
FOR the 22nd year, the French Film Festival in Manila will treat moviegoers to critically acclaimed feature films, which provide a mirror into French society. From June 9 to 17, the festival continues this tradition at the Ayala Malls Cinemas in Greenbelt 3 and the Bonifacio High Street (BHS) Central...
Brasilpinas 2017 was held recently at Rockwell, wherein guests had a glimpse of the Brazilian culture, dance and even, capoeira—an interesting form of martial arts. The event was dubbed Brasilpinas 2017: A Samba Reggae Summerfest. Guests got to experience the heart-pounding drums of Bateria Brigada, while Nykó Macá and SalSamba brought...
Story & photo by Recto Mercene IF anything could be learned from Israel, it is their seemingly natural inclination to the central role of science in their people’s lives, which they happily adopted in their daily activities. This is not lost to invited guests during the country’s 69th Independence Day Celebration...

The trip to Busan

The zombie-action flick Train to Busan made the second-largest city after Seoul familiar to local movie fans.  Now, it is about time that Filipino tourists get to know more of Busan as a “City of Action”, destination. Day and night fun spots Busan is the largest coastal city of South Korea,...
A week after his abduction by Islamic militants in Marawi City, a video of Fr. Teresito Suganob surfaced on Facebook early this week appealing for President Duterte’s help. The priest said the militants are demanding a stop to the military offensive against them and for the sake of the “prisoners...

It is God

The all-knowing God decreed that some living things would have features to avoid detection from hungry predators. He endowed them with colorations to blend with their habitat, subtle features to avoid detection of enemies, characteristics so they would look like something else and with body contours to merge with...
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