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Maundy Thursday: All about loving each other

Maundy Thursday: All about loving each other

“A new commandment I give unto you: that you love one another. Even as I have loved you, you are also to love one another” (John 13:34).

Millions in Metro Manila go dry

Millions in Metro Manila go dry

Today marks the first full day that approximately 2 million people living within the service area of Maynilad Water Services Inc. will be without water for a few days. The reason for this outage is that Maynilad must move a primary service pipe to make way for a flood-control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Renewables, nuclear should triple to save climate, UN panel says

Renewables, nuclear should triple to save climate, UN panel says

The world needs to triple the energy it gets from renewables, nuclear reactors and power plants that use emissions-capture technology to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, United Nations scientists said.

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.

News

Signs of greater US economic recovery seen weakening peso

The peso was seen trending lower against the US dollar after the long Lenten holidays as the economic recovery in the United States, still the world’s largest economy and one of the Philippines’s major trading partners, gains even more traction, a local banking giant said.

Lawmaker seeks House inquiry into GAD program funds spending

To gauge the efficiency and effectiveness of the national government’s Gender and Development (GAD) program in addressing gender issues, a lawmaker has called for a congressional inquiry into the allocation and utilization of the GAD budget of different agencies.

955 farmers want share in Tadeco land

A TOTAL of 955 individuals are seeking recognition as potential beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reform (CARPer) for the 358 hectares of land of the Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco), an official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said on Wednesday. Agrarian Reform Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Anthony Parungao said the DAR will continue to accept applications for Tadeco’s CARP-covered lands even as he said that the DAR Tarlac Office is now moving to start the screening and validation process to identify the qualified farmer-beneficiaries.

ECCP eyes weaving project in Bohol for top furniture, fashion houses

THE European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) is undertaking a project in Bohol to making indigenous fibers an export commodity whose buyers include upscale European furniture companies and big-name fashion houses, a move that may generate millions of pesos in revenues for the local weaving industry.

Millions in Metro Manila go dry

Millions in Metro Manila go dry

Today marks the first full day that approximately 2 million people living within the service area of Maynilad Water Services Inc. will be without water for a few days. The reason for this outage is that Maynilad must move a primary service pipe to make way for a flood-control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Asians barely plan for kids’ college education–HSBC survey

Nearly three in five or 58 percent of parents globally consider education as the best investment they can make for their children.

Business

PAL 9-month losses at P11.85 billion

HIGHER expenses weighed on the operator of legacy carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL), resulting in a wider net loss during the nine-month period of its fiscal year ending March 2014. 

Government warns speculators over price hike

THE Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) warns speculators of repercussions should they be proven responsible for the unexpected climb in the prices of sugar, the agency said on Monday.

Yuchengco remittance unit pairs with Italian-Filipino property firm

RCBC Telepay, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.’s money remittance unit, has partnered with Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corp. (ITPI) to make it easy for overseas Filipinos to purchase real-estate properties abroad.

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.

Data breaches: a new way to game Google?

Data breaches: a new way to game Google?

IT’S a familiar routine: A company gets hacked, is subjected to a cascade of negative coverage online and spends months trying to repair its image.

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

Iranians bag volleyball crown

Iranians bag volleyball crown

MATIN VARAMIN of Iran used its vaunted blocking to the hilt to score a 19-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-16 victory over Al Rayyan club of Qatar in the gold-medal match of the 2014 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Lifestyle

A guide to Hawaii’s islands for every type of traveler

A guide to Hawaii’s islands for every type of traveler

Hawaii attracts about 7 million visitors annually. It’s no wonder, with a beautiful natural landscape, rich culture and vast range of activities, that it’s one of the most diverse destinations in the US.

Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

Tourism helps Eastern Visayas bounce back

MENTION the phrase “I shall return,” and US Gen. Douglas MacArthur and his momentous, game-changing landing in Palo town, Leyte province, in 1944 easily comes to mind. This landing signaled the start of the country’s liberation from Japan during World War II.

The Jesuses and Marys of movies

The Jesuses and Marys of movies

MY old aunt swore—and we, as children, believed her—that Jeffrey Hunter’s eyes were the reason the actor was chosen to play perhaps the ultimate role in any actor’s career, that of Jesus Christ.

PHL has a fast-growing aging population, now at 7.5 million

THE Philippines is now classified under World Health Organization (WHO) standards as an aging population, with 7.5 million elderly citizens now and an estimated 14 million elderly by 2040.

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

A champion of women’s rights

A champion of women’s rights

AMBASSADOR Rosario Manalo, senior diplomat and educator, has won fierce debates to place women’s rights on the global agenda at the height of the cold war era.

Surviving a PR crisis: Some useful tips Part 1

The recent sudden and mysterious disappearance in mid-flight of a Malaysian Airlines plane bound for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur, and the serious PR crisis it created for the company, underscores the fact no company, not even those among the biggest and the best-managed, can be fully certain it would not have to deal with some form and degree of PR crisis in its existence.

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.

How African Firms Can Make the Most of Outside Investment

TRADE between Africa and China surpassed $200 billion this year, strengthening China’s position as Africa’s biggest trade partner—a position it has held since 2009. Less than 15 years ago, the corresponding value was a modest $10 billion. Africa holds a growing pulling power for foreign investors. Beyond trade relationships, investors increasingly look at African consumers and see immense opportunities to invest locally. For African companies, this presents a special chance to climb the food chain of global competitiveness.

Group to give special children one great summer-camp treat

ABOUT 150 special children will convene for merry-making, and basic self-care and independence training during the 10-day annual summer camp of Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children Inc. (Guide Inc.) from April 25 to May 4 in Orion, Bataan.

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.

Professor proposes slowing down automated trading

Professor proposes slowing down automated trading

IN an era of high-speed, automated trading, a big debate rages over how to keep markets safe after several technology-related snafus scarred investors. Instead of cracking down on high-speed traders, a University of Chicago economist says he has a better idea: Change the rules of the game.

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.

Jesus enters Jerusalem

Jesus enters Jerusalem

AS Jesus nears Bethpage at Mount Olives on his journey to Jerusalem, he sent two of his disciples to the village ahead of him to get a tied ass and her colt, untie them and bring them to him. And if anyone says a word, he told them to reply: “The master needs them; and then, he will let them go at once.” (Matthew 21:3)

Climate change threatens human health

Climate change threatens human health

AS global temperature continues to rise due to climate change so are diseases. “Climate change endangers human health,” declares Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO).

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