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Pope Francis inherits John Paul’s notorious failure on sex-abuse front

Pope Francis inherits John Paul’s notorious failure on sex-abuse front

VATICAN CITY—Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the sexual-abuse scandal that festered under his watch remains a stain on his legacy.

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.

The future of Internet in PHL

The future of Internet in PHL

WHAT would the Internet in the next 20 years be?” This was the main question that was raised during a recent technology forum celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Internet in the Philippines.

Anchor a room with neat shelving systems

Anchor a room with neat shelving systems

THE contemporary world has many challenges, but getting your space—and yourself—organized can be the most daunting challenge of all. Thankfully, decorating is much more fun if you also have practicality in mind. Shelves are a perfect decorative accent and design solution, as well as a functional and helpful storage tool for organizing and displaying a wide range of objects.

News

PHL sets sights on WTO pact on govt procurement

The government is looking at initially acquiring an “observer status” in the revised World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), a plurilateral pact that gives signatories access to a huge market of about $80 billion to $100 billion annually.

Govt sets plans to mitigate damage caused by disasters to PHL economy

Damage wrought by disasters to the Philippines economy amounts to about P19 billion annually on the average.

This is based on the estimate of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) on the economic costs of some 200 disasters that were experienced by the Philippines from 2004 to 2010.

Returning Pinoy free of MERS

THE Department of Health (DOH) said on Friday the Filipino worker who was placed under quarantine upon his return to the country for previously testing positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United Arab Emirates is now negative for the virus.

Cola giants back IP rights to lands

BEVERAGE giant PepsiCo has joined Coca-Cola in supporting international recommendations calling for respect to local people’s rights to land and livelihood.

PCSO to host Apla-WLA seminar

PCSO to host Apla-WLA seminar

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will host the Asia-Pacific Lottery Association-World Lottery Association (Apla-WLA) joint marketing seminar at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila hotel from April 28 to May 1.

China Premier Li Keqiang reiterates plans to boost clean energy

China Premier Li Keqiang reiterates plans to boost clean energy

CHINA, the world’s biggest investor in renewable energy, reiterated plans to boost construction of solar and wind power plants along with projects to transmit electricity from the clean sources.

Business

Seair name-change bid approved

THE country’s air-services regulator has approved the petition of the South East Asian Airlines Inc. (Seair), the operator of Tigerair Philippines, to change its corporate name. 

DA ally fears global spread of banana disease

DESPITE its spread in other counties, the banana yellow-leaf disease known as Fusarium wilt TR4 is being contained in the Philippines, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Sunday.

BPI Family Bank franchise loans to grow 20 percent

BPI Family Savings Bank, the thrift bank arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, targets to grow its franchising loan business by 20 percent this year.

Asto brings designers to the world stage

Asto brings designers to the world stage

Twenty-two-year-old Kate Dorothy Ngo, chief executive officer of the Asto group, has a herculean load on her shoulders—she has been tasked to promote Filipino and Asian designers in the global market. Nevertheless, she maintains confidence and a cool disposition in handling the challenges.

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.

Singapore seen to favor modest currency gains to curb inflation

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will probably keep favoring modest currency gains as it seeks to curb inflation while supporting economic growth.

Sports

Hawks end playoffs road loss

Hawks end playoffs road loss

INDIANAPOLIS—Jeff Teague scored a playoff career-high 28 points and Paul Millsap added 25 as eighth-seeded Atlanta rolled past top-seeded Indiana 101-93 on Saturday night, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Lifestyle

Anchor a room with neat shelving systems

Anchor a room with neat shelving systems

THE contemporary world has many challenges, but getting your space—and yourself—organized can be the most daunting challenge of all. Thankfully, decorating is much more fun if you also have practicality in mind. Shelves are a perfect decorative accent and design solution, as well as a functional and helpful storage tool for organizing and displaying a wide range of objects.

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.

‘Captain America’ stays atop box office; ‘Transcendence’ is trounced

‘Captain America’ stays atop box office; ‘Transcendence’ is trounced

Team USA dominated Easter weekend as Disney’s Captain America: Winter Soldier fended off its competition at the box office, holding onto the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row by drawing in $26.6 million.

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.

Environmental architects

Environmental architects

IN this age when strong typhoons such as Ondoy and Yolanda are the new normal, the country will have to produce more emergency architects who will also be involved in providing quality infrastructure design against earthquakes, tsunamis among others.

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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