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It’s all about food costs

It’s all about food costs

WHILE the Department of Agriculture (DA) keeps talking about food self-sufficiency for the Philippines, common sense says this is an unrealistic goal, at least in the foreseeable future. It took almost a decade for China, once it put its entire government and private sector to the task to achieve that goal.

Heralding the dawn of a new era in rice improvement

Heralding the dawn of a new era in rice improvement

TRADITIONAL rice varieties encompass a huge range of potentially valuable genes. These can be used to develop superior varieties for farmers to take part in the uphill battle of feeding an ever-increasing world population (estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050).

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

A Transparency Market Research report states that the global wearable technology market, which is valued nearly $750   million in 2012, is expected to rise with a compound annual growth rate of 40.8 percent during the forecast period of the report, i.e., between 2012 and 2018, and rise to a value worth $5.8 billion by 2018.

5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

5 ways to protect yourself from data breaches

NEW YORK—Data breaches at retailers aren’t going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.

News

BOP sustained rally in August

The country’s balance of payments (BOP) stood in August as a surplus lower than the year-ago sum and aggregating only $114 million, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Monday.

Petilla raises 2015 expected power-supply deficit in Luzon from 600 MW to 800 MW

The Department of Energy (DOE) on Monday warned that the supply deficit for Luzon could reach up to 800 megawatts (MW) next year from the projected 600 MW due to the anticipated onset of mild El Niño.

DBM slashes military’s 2014, 2015 modernization budget

The military’s modernization program would have a total funding shortfall of P20.8 billion in 2014 and 2015, as the budget sought by the Armed Forces to modernize its assets and equipment was turned down by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

NGCP restores damaged lines

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) on Monday said it has restored the transmission lines damaged by Tropical Storm Mario last week.

It’s all about food costs

It’s all about food costs

WHILE the Department of Agriculture (DA) keeps talking about food self-sufficiency for the Philippines, common sense says this is an unrealistic goal, at least in the foreseeable future. It took almost a decade for China, once it put its entire government and private sector to the task to achieve that goal.

Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

Thousands march in Moscow against Ukraine fighting

MOSCOW—Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia’s alleged complicity in the conflict.

Business

Globe opens first international store in Italy

LISTED telecommunications firm Globe Telecom Inc. has expanded its overseas operations with the recent opening of the first international store in Italy.

Israeli farm expert visits Philippines

Israeli farm expert visits Philippines

AN Israeli agricultural expert has visited the country recently to assess an ongoing project between the two countries in the Philippines, according to a statement from the embassy of Israel on Monday.

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.

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

Wearable technology market to be worth $5.8 billion by 2018

A Transparency Market Research report states that the global wearable technology market, which is valued nearly $750   million in 2012, is expected to rise with a compound annual growth rate of 40.8 percent during the forecast period of the report, i.e., between 2012 and 2018, and rise to a value worth $5.8 billion by 2018.

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

Wushu ends team PHL’s drought in Asian Games

INCHEON, South Korea—As China started to pull away in the gold-medal race, wushu artists Francisco Sol and Jean Claude Saclag pulled off quarterfinals victories in men’s sanda to provide a glimmer of hope for a Philippine delegation that has lagged behind its Southeast Asian neighbors in the 17th Asian Games on Monday.

Lifestyle

The loft that mixes work and play

The loft that mixes work and play

MIXING work and play has never looked any better. Since many creative types work out of their homes these days, a hybrid between the personal and the professional has been sought and may be achieved in the habitat.

Cotabato: The ‘Empire Province’ revisited and reborn on its 100th year

Cotabato: The ‘Empire Province’ revisited and reborn on its 100th year

WHEN we think of the glorious empires of the ancient world—their rise and fall, and how they had helped shape the world as we know it—we must thank—or blame—Hollywood for “educating” us about them. Whether we like it or not, Hollywood’s glamorized—and sometimes inaccurate—depiction of these empires—and history in general—has captured the imagination and interest of film buffs and couch potatoes around the globe.

TV is viewed as holding more promise for screenwriters than movies

TV is viewed as holding more promise for screenwriters than movies

SCOTT FRANK likes to call himself “the least bitter writer in Hollywood,” and given how much success he’s had in his 30-year career, you could argue he should be. These days, though, reflecting on the state of the film industry that he loves, he has a hard time sounding upbeat—and in that, he undoubtedly reflects the sentiments of a lot of his fellow screenwriters.

Doctor couple weathers war and politics together

Doctor couple weathers war and politics together

AT 101 years of age, Dr. Luz Gacula is still amazingly mentally sharp, remembering with accuracy dates of events that took place 80 or so years ago.  She spoke to the BusinessMirror in impeccable English.

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

Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

Discovering the Philippines one island at a time

This peripatetic Englishman claims he had seen more of Luzon Island than any foreigner and dares them to exceed this claim.

Stephen Lysaght, first secretary and head of the political and economic section of the British Embassy, Manila, relates his adventures during an exclusive interview with the BusinessMirror.

For CSB’s new CEO, it’s about finding one’s niche and servicing it well

For CSB’s new CEO, it’s about finding one’s niche and servicing it well

THE Citystate Savings Bank (CSB) marks its 17th anniversary this year with several strategic moves that are seen to bring it closer to its goal of being the top thrift bank in the country. These include not only system upgrades and new branches, but also a new leader at its helm: Andres Narvasa Jr.—an international banker, private financial advisor and now the bank’s CEO.

Study: Artificial sweeteners may mess with the way bodies metabolize sugar

Study: Artificial sweeteners may mess with the way bodies metabolize sugar

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.

High doses of artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can change the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some humans.

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.  

A Test to Weed Out Consultants You Shouldn’t Hire

A Test to Weed Out Consultants You Shouldn’t Hire

WE’VE seen a lot of consulting “misses” over the years—polished management products and services that fail to achieve what the clients want. Often it’s because executives recruit their consultants the wrong way.

Mondelez Philippines begins 3-year ‘Joy Schools’ program in Tacloban

ALMOST a year after Supertyphoon Yolanda devastated the Visayas, Mondelez Philippines found the sixth recipient of its Joy Schools program in Tacloban City.

The mission goes on

The mission goes on

In the latter part of the 20th century, the ozone layer was the buzzword. Before climate change became the most important global issue, ozone-layer depletion was one of the most talked-about environmental problems. But today, stories concerning the ozone layer rarely get media coverage.

Iran prepares for a leadership transition

Iran prepares for a leadership transition

Though Iran has been broadcasting pictures and videos of top state officials and noted foreign dignitaries visiting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the hospital, the health of the man who has held the most powerful post in the Islamic Republic remains unclear.

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.

UN Climate Summit: Staged parade or reality show?

UN Climate Summit: Staged parade or reality show?

UNITED NATIONS—The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations (UN) this year.

Cardinals debate: Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

Cardinals debate: Can divorced Catholics receive Communion?

VATICAN CITY—The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.

Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’s favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics who divorce and remarry without an annulment can receive Communion.

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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