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Senate wants hand in crafting of auto road map for consistency

Senate wants hand in crafting of auto road map for consistency

THE Senate will be taking part in the discussions on the auto-industry road map in a bid to ensure it does not conflict with broader government goals. This is contained in a proposed resolution directing the concerned Senate committees to look into the crafting of the auto road map.  

Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row

Japan logs trade deficit for 26th month in a row

TOKYO—Japan logged a ¥948.5 billion ($8.7-billion) trade deficit in August, the 26th straight month of red ink, as slack demand from China and the US stymied exports, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

What climate change?

What climate change?

THE Climate Change Commission Philippines, which under the Office of the President, says it is getting a budget of P13 billion in 2014, up from P1 billion in 2011. The reason, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature, is that “the Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.”

Let the games begin

Let the games begin

INCHEON, South Korea—Geylord Coveta has recovered from the shock of his surprise appointment as Philippine flag-bearer for Friday’s parade signaling the official start of the 17th Asian Games here.

News

‘Expect further peso weakening’

The local currency, the peso, was seen to continue losing value against the dollar in the near term following the United States Federal Reserve’s (the Fed) decision to hold on to its near-zero interest-rate policy a while longer than some have projected, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

MRT 3 expansion not the long-term solution–expert

IF the national government is bent on easing the congestion at the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 and addressing the transport needs of people in the metropolis, it should also consider investing in a parallel subway line traversing Edsa in Metro Manila.

Binay: Makati building cheaper than Batasang Pambansa

ADDRESSING Makati City residents and members of the media, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay on Thursday denied point by point the allegations against him aired during a Senate investigation last week.

Suspects in killing of Pangasinan mayor fall

POLICEMEN raided on Thursday a farm in Laguna and arrested five members of an alleged gun-for-hire syndicate, two of whom were reportedly involved in the killing of Mayor Ernesto Balolong Jr. of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan, in June.

What climate change?

What climate change?

THE Climate Change Commission Philippines, which under the Office of the President, says it is getting a budget of P13 billion in 2014, up from P1 billion in 2011. The reason, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature, is that “the Philippines is considered as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change.”

Iran rules out cooperating with United States in Iraq

NEW YORK—Iran’s foreign minister ruled out cooperating with the United States in helping Iraq fight Islamic State (IS) militants and warned that the terrorist group poses a much broader global threat that needs new thinking to eradicate.

Business

Emperador to raise cash for White and Mackay

DISTILLER Emperador Inc. said it will raise a chunk of its acquisition price of White and Mackay, the world’s fifth-largest whiskey manufacturer, from debt and the rest will come from its cash pile.

DA, Koica to develop upland areas in Panay

RECOGNIZING the high agricultural potentials of upland areas in the four provinces of Western Visayas, the Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Field Office and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica) will implement the five-year Panay Island Upland Sustainable Rural Development Program (PIU-SRDP) beginning next year.

BPI-Century Tokyo enter joint venture

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has entered into a joint venture with Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. (CTL), a leading Japanese financing company.

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

Inventor-entrepreneur gets the water flowing

GOOD entrepreneurs find opportunities in crisis. Noble entrepreneurs find crisis and disasters as opportunities to give back to the communities the fruits of their success.

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

Using analytics to mitigate card fraud in the Philippines

WITH its economy being one of the fastest growing in Asia, not to mention the stable inflow of remittances from overseas Filipino workers, the Philippine banking system is expected to grow over the next few years—30 percent year-on-year by some estimates.

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

Indonesia okays Asean transboundary haze pact

INDONESIA agreed to ratify a regional haze pact it signed 12 years ago in an effort to stem illegal burning blamed for pollution over neighbors Singapore and Malaysia that hit record levels last year.

Sports

North Korean team welcomed to Asian Games village

North Korean team welcomed to Asian Games village

INCHEON, South Korea—The proper flag was raised, there were smiles for the South Korean break dancers on stage and gifts were warmly exchanged as North Korea’s team was officially welcomed into the athlete’s village at the Asian Games after a series of controversies that nearly scuttled their trip.

Lifestyle

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller

A pristine oyster on the half shell, unadorned, fresh, cold and briny, is a near-perfect thing. A properly shucked littleneck clam, alone, or with a drop or two of lemon and Tabasco, will make you say “Mmmm” every time.

Expanded tourism destination introduced in Kalibo

KALIBO, Aklan—A tourism magnate based in the island-resort of Boracay has partnered with the Kalibo Save the Mangrove (Kasama), an organization of mangrove farmers, for the introduction of a new tourism destination in Kalibo.

Rocco out on the range

Rocco out on the range

IT may be only five years ago when Rocco Nacino first came to public consciousness via the GMA talent search StarStruck, but five years might as well be a lifetime in an industry where stars and starlets can crash and burn in the blink of an eye.

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

Zambales seniors get own ‘tambayan’

SANTA CRUZ, Zambales—The Zambales provincial government inaugurated here on September 3 a building housing the office of the town’s Senior Citizens’ Federation, the latest project in a province-wide program to provide the elderly with a venue for their social and official activities.

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

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

Development, environmental protection must be pursued together

ENVIRONMENT expert and vice chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mohan Munasinghe sees the fourth report of the United Nations-attached body as the most momentous, as it raised the alarm on climate change, such as rising sea levels, melting arctic ice and threats of harsh typhoons, including those experienced in the Philippines.

Is good public relations good charisma?

Is good public relations good charisma?

Dear PR Matters,

I work in corporate public relations (PR), and have noticed that the most successful PR practitioners are those who are charismatic and have a great personality.  How important is charisma in charting one’s career in PR? How can one develop this?

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

Power plants heading out to sea in post-Fukushima Japan

ONE of the biggest hurdles to building new power plants in Japan is finding a place that’s safe from earthquakes and tsunamis. That place may turn out to be 30 miles at sea.

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

Starmall Prima Taguig officially opens

STARMALL is raising the level of the mall experience for the Filipino by building better-quality malls with a more dynamic tenant mix, an upgraded interiors, and a façade with a high-end vibe. This new level of mall design is incarnated in all Starmall Prima, an in-the-pipeline collection of commercial centers with a brand-new, intensely upgraded new lifestyle experience of live, shop, dine and entertain.  

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

Global structure needed on infectious diseases

WE can no longer qualify certain threats as problems “over there.” Local phenomena can create consequences that involve the entire world. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the control of infectious disease.

PBEd portal seeks to reduce youth unemployment by 30%

THE Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines, has developed an online career-exploration portal to help reduce youth unemployment in the country by almost one-third.

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

Last remaining forest wilderness at risk

UXBRIDGE, Canada—The world’s last remaining forest wilderness is rapidly being lost—and much of this is taking place in Canada, not in Brazil or Indonesia where deforestation has so far made the headlines.

Wars of future

Wars of future

IN a backyard in Aleppo, Syrian rebels built a tank for urban combat. All it took was an Android smartphone to download a do-it-yourself manual.

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

Toyota shines in 5th Philippine International Motor Show

AUTO enthusiasts were treated to a grand display of “Progress In Motion” when the number-one automotive company in the country, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP), opened its display during yesterday’s inauguration of the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (Pims), organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi). The 350-sq-m Toyota booth features the bestselling Vios and Vios one-make race model, the Wigo mini hatchback, the well-loved Innova, as well as the new Fortuner and Hilux.

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

Cementing pathways to ‘green’ buildings

THE 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol province and the Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) that devastated central Philippines in the last quarter of 2013 have again revealed the country’s vulnerability to natural hazards.

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

Immigrant sanctuary gains popularity in Arizona

TUCSON, Arizona—On her 27th day of living in a tiny room at a Tucson church known for pioneering the popular immigrant sanctuary movement in the 1980s, Rosa Robles Loreto swept a courtyard, prayed with a group of parishioners and greeted her uniformed son fresh off his baseball practice.

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

Infectious diseases can they be contained?

IN February, “the most lethal strain in the family of Ebola viruses” was reported in Guinea. This was the first Ebola virus outbreak registered in West Africa. Two months later the virus had spread to other parts of the region.

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