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Hong Kong, Philippines reach compromise over tourist deaths

Hong Kong, Philippines reach compromise over tourist deaths

HONG KONG—Hong Kong and the Philippines reached a compromise on Wednesday over Hong Kong’s demands for an apology for the families of eight tourists killed in a bungled response to a 2010 Manila hostage-taking that soured relations.

New Unicef PHL rep focuses on well-being of Pinoy kids

New Unicef PHL rep focuses on well-being of Pinoy kids

THE new representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) in the Philippines will focus on health, education, as well as protection and well-being of Filipino children.

Where’s the real political and economic power?

Where’s the real political and economic power?

AN oligarchy is defined as a form of government in which economic and political power lies in the hands of the few. Countries with this kind of government are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass on their influence from one generation to the next. Inheritance is not a necessary condition for an oligarchic structure to exist.

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

HONG KONG—Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy is stabilizing.

News

DTI eyes tighter rules to protect consumers

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) is proposing to tighten regulations in the Consumer Protection Act, specifically ramping up penalties in the law and adding provisions that cover online commerce. 

DA imposes dumping duty on Turkish flour

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed provisional dumping duties on Turkish wheat flour, a move that is seen to hurt small community bakers but boost the domestic flour-milling industry.

Opposition to Janet as state witness mounts

JUSTICE Secretary Leila de Lima would still not rule out the possibility of tapping alleged pork- barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles as state witness against lawmakers and other individuals who benefited from their pork-barrel allocations despite growing opposition to such scenario.

Boracay open shoreline rules not applicable to Samal resort owners

DAVAO CITY—The head of the association of resort owners in Samal Island said the move of the tourism sector to open up the island shoreline by removing the jetties of individual resorts would be environmentally destructive and therefore not applicable in this island resort.

Where’s the real political and economic power?

Where’s the real political and economic power?

AN oligarchy is defined as a form of government in which economic and political power lies in the hands of the few. Countries with this kind of government are often controlled by a few prominent families who pass on their influence from one generation to the next. Inheritance is not a necessary condition for an oligarchic structure to exist.

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

Survey: China manufacturing shrinks for 4th month

HONG KONG—Factory activity in China shrank for the fourth straight month in April, though the decline was slightly slower, a survey on Wednesday said, in a possible sign the slowdown in the world’s No. 2 economy is stabilizing.

Business

Telcos open to probe on slow Internet service

THE country’s two largest telecommunications firms are open to the Congressional probe on what a neophyte lawmaker called “slow but expensive” Internet connection compared with neighboring countries. 

Mushroom extract prolongs shrimp shelf life–BFAR

MUSHROOM extract is a powerful anti-oxidant that can prolong the shelf life of crustaceans and fish for up to four days in room temperature, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Tuesday.

Capital-to-risk ratio indispensable in licensing insurers, Dooc says

The Insurance Commission (IC) will hold seminars with the insurance companies to train them on the new risk-based capital (RBC) framework now being implemented under the new Insurance Code to ensure that the capitalization of these companies is enough to answer for the risks they undertake.

Sarah Claudio: A fine example of a ‘serial entrepreneur’

Sarah Claudio: A fine example of a ‘serial entrepreneur’

After working for six years in a Makati-based multinational company, Sarah Claudio decided it was time to pursue her passion as an entrepreneur. The marketing graduate of De La Salle University-Manila returned to her roots in Davao City, where her journey as a “serial entrepreneur” commenced.

Growing mobile app industry has developers racing to keep up

Growing mobile app industry has developers racing to keep up

SMARTPHONE application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps, as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche.

AEC to boost consumer protection in Asean

As part of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the Asean Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) is now intensifying its efforts on initiatives for consumer protection.

Sports

Wizards beat Bulls in O.T. to take 2-0 series lead

Wizards beat Bulls in O.T. to take 2-0 series lead

CHICAGO—Washington took a 2-0 lead over Chicago in their National Basketball Association (NBA) first-round playoff series with a topsy-turvy 101-99 overtime win on Tuesday, while Toronto and Indiana both posted the victories they needed to square their respective series.

Lifestyle

Rush and relaxation at Tibiao

Rush and relaxation at Tibiao

A MAJOR destination on our six-day Antique Heritage and Media Familiarization Tour was the quiet town of Tibiao. Our tour host, Flord Nicson J. Calawag, manager of Katahum Tours and owner of the unique and much talked-about Tibiao Fish Spa, calls this town home. Relatively unknown until a few years ago, its relative proximity to the famous Boracay (just a two-hour drive away) has made it an alternative eco-friendly destination for tourists who crave for an adrenaline rush, local immersion, and quiet and unique relaxation.

Guimaras: A province with potential

Guimaras: A province with potential

IF there’s a phrase that best describes Guimaras, it’s probably this: “the island of opportunities.” Tourism officials in the province think it is, since they adopted the phrase as their own and used it in their promotional materials. It’s easy to understand why: Guimaras—which is holding its annual Manggahan Festival this week and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a province on May 22—is not only blessed with fertile fields that yield what many say are the world’s sweetest mangoes, but also with emerald-green hills, pearl-white beaches and aquamarine waters that offer enterprising people the opportunity to develop them and help fulfill the province’s potential as a top tourist destination.

The gift of remarkable realities: Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (1927-2014)

The gift of remarkable realities: Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (1927-2014)

“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”

Daughter of St. Paul leads life of peace and quiet bravery

Daughter of St. Paul leads life of peace and quiet bravery

WHEN a person undergoes trial and comes to a point of questioning God, he needs to “look at the Crucifix” to realize how much lesser his sufferings are compared to what Jesus Christ went through.  God the Son was betrayed, scorned, humiliated, tortured and put to death, said Sr. Evangelina Canag, former provincial superior of the Daughters of Saint Paul (FSP).

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

The life of a modern-day diplomat

The life of a modern-day diplomat

WITH Easter finally upon us, many Filipino families gather together after the traditional dawn Mass to break the fast of the Holy Week. With all the prescriptions against worldly excesses of the previous week, the period to rejoice and celebrate in our spiritual rebirth has come. It is an occasion that Christians worldwide observe.

Surviving a PR crisis: Some useful tips Part 2

In last week’s column, we talked about the various crises companies can be confronted with and the challenging role PR plays.

We will continue this week with some useful guidelines PR practitioners will find helpful as they navigate the perilous waters of crisis PR.

China, US, India are top three polluters, UN panel report says

China, US, India are top three polluters, UN panel report says

BERLIN—The UN’s expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly carbon dioxide (CO2) from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check.

Family Day by the Bay

Family Day by the Bay

JUST when the beautiful sunset was settling down on the iconic Manila Bay and the summer heat vitiated with the cool breeze, a bunch of warm people mostly Filipino families had gathered in the open space of the Blue Bay Walk.

Your Business Doesn’t Always Need to Change

IN many business circles it’s practically a truism that organizations must adapt in order to maintain their relevance and market share in a rapidly changing world. But is constant adaptation always the best policy?

2 PHL teachers shine in Microsoft contest in Spain

First of two parts

 

‘THOSE who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” So goes the age-old adage by George Bernard Shaw. Two teachers from the Visayas, Ernani Fernandez of Palo National High School in Leyte and Zoilo Pinongcos Jr. of Leganes National High School in Iloilo City, proved this otherwise.

Indigenous leaders are targets in battle to protect forests

Indigenous leaders are targets in battle to protect forests

WASHINGTON—Indigenous leaders are warning of increased violence in the fight to save their dwindling forests and ecosystems from extractive companies.

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

BEIJING—In June 2012 China reveled in a major scientific achievement: The nation’s first manned deep-sea submersible, the Jiaolong, had dived more than 4.3 miles into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The feat, state-run media said, put China among the elite ranks of such deep-sea-faring countries as the US, France and Japan.

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

AND definitely it’s that time of the year when families and barkada go on exodus to visit relatives and friends, drop by some holy place, or just swing by the beach to scratch off that summer heat.

As planet warms, clean-energy investments take a dive

As planet warms, clean-energy investments take a dive

UNITED NATIONS—Policy uncertainty and plummeting solar prices led to a 14-percent decrease in investment in renewable energy in 2013, according to a report released last week.

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

‘SEEING the beauty of the cathedral just overwhelms me, and seeing how this place of worship has become more beautiful is beyond my expectation and my capacity to express in words,” the awe-struck Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio Cardinal Tagle said as he welcomed the Catholic faithful at the reopening of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on April 9 after its two-year restoration.

Face-to-face with a rare bleeding disorder

Face-to-face with a rare bleeding disorder

TURNING her ordeal to an advocacy to alleviate the plight of female patients. I had always thought that it was “normal” for girls and women to bleed heavily during their monthly periods.  After all, I grew up seeing the chamber pot (arinola) in my parents’ room filled with red liquid on the weeks that my mom had.

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