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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.

Global rice market winks at El Niño

Global rice market winks at El Niño

THE global rice market has been quite uneventful in the past several months. The news of possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia because of El Niño, the uncertainties involving the Thai rice-pledging scheme, and the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market.

DENR, Davao Oriental gear up for visitor influx to Unesco site

DENR, Davao Oriental gear up for visitor influx to Unesco site

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government officials of Davao Oriental are gearing up for the expected influx of local and foreign tourists to the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS), which was recently declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

PARIS—Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State (IS) group—minus two of the main players and without any ground troops—in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

News

PHL to pitch $20-B PPPs in EU

PRESIDENT Aquino will showcase the country’s key infrastructure thrust during his four-nation tour in Europe this week, a move seen to expand the country’s trade ties and further secure investment deals.

Congress OK of tax-exempt cap signals doom for CCT–Purisima

FINANCE Secretary Cesar V. Purisima on Monday warned Congress that social services programs of the government, particularly the national government’s flagship Conditional Cash-Transfer (CCT) Program or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), would be affected once the proposal to raise the tax-exempt cap for 13th-month pay and other bonuses to P70,000 from the present P30,000 is passed into a law.

Bulacan court allows Palparan’s transfer to military custody

CITY OF MALOLOS — The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bulacan granted on Monday the request of retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. to be detained at a military camp instead of the Bulacan Provincial Jail (BPJ).

DENR, Davao Oriental gear up for visitor influx to Unesco site

DENR, Davao Oriental gear up for visitor influx to Unesco site

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and local government officials of Davao Oriental are gearing up for the expected influx of local and foreign tourists to the Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS), which was recently declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nation Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

No one is laughing

No one is laughing

LAST week House Bill (HB) 4438, or the helmet- ban bill, was introduced to give local government units the opportunity to temporarily ban the use of helmets within their jurisdiction. The idea is to prevent crimes committed by people who are riding in tandem on motorcycles.

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State group

PARIS—Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State (IS) group—minus two of the main players and without any ground troops—in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond the Mideast.

Business

AboitizLand wants to become a major contributor in AEV

ABOITIZLAND Inc. said it wants to become a major contributor to its parent firm Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. by growing at double-digit growth rate during the next decade, though the company is still at the conceptualization stage of its brand while keeping out in mall and hotel development.

Global rice market winks at El Niño

Global rice market winks at El Niño

THE global rice market has been quite uneventful in the past several months. The news of possible monsoon failure in India and Southeast Asia because of El Niño, the uncertainties involving the Thai rice-pledging scheme, and the fate of existing rice stocks have failed to perturb the market.

Mandatory stamp tax seen raising P90 billion gets OK

THE Department of Finance (DOF) has approved the new regulations mandating the affixture of internal-revenue stamps on imported and locally manufactured cigarettes to curb smuggling of cigarette products.

‘Angelpreneurs’ train new breed of street-based entrepreneurs

‘Angelpreneurs’ train new breed of street-based entrepreneurs

Former advertising executive-turned-entrepreneur-turned-entrepreneurial advocate Jorge Noel Wieneke made heads turn for transforming an iconic potato-based snack into something out of the ordinary through his very successful potato food stand. It was the start of something big for Wieneke, who went on to display further his entrepreneurial genius.

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.

Widodo’s revamp to bring risks to economic pledges

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo plans to merge some government ministries and spur faster decision making as he seeks a fresh approach. Doing too much, too soon risks distracting from his economic priorities, analysts say.

Sports

Out of this world!

Out of this world!

MADRID—With golden confetti raining on their heads and “Party in the USA” ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the US basketball players to hear anything.

Lifestyle

How to jazz up a space in no time

How to jazz up a space in no time

A YOUNG chiropractor wanted a sleek, modern space for his downtown digs in Memphis, Tennessee. Champagne Chic Interiors, a local provider, rose to the challenge by jazzing up his walls in no time. Here are tips for making a space look stylish and luxurious with four classic wall treatments that any resident can achieve with minimal fuss or a little help from friendly interior contractors.

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.

Quality may be casualty of filmfest war

TORONTO—Has the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), North America’s largest film festival, become the middlebrow blob that ate cinema?

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.

SM Foundation rebuilds Tacloban City Hospital

SM Foundation rebuilds Tacloban City Hospital

WHEN typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban, SM Foundation through its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) immediately went into action. Henry Sy Sr., the chairman of the SM conglomerate, immediately pledged P100 million for relief and rehabilitation of the devastated area.      

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.

Chevrolet launches Colorado campaign

Chevrolet launches Colorado campaign

OVER the last couple of years, the Philippines has experienced the most unpredictable weather patterns and climate changes that led to flash floods, landslides, and other serious calamities; hence, the local market has turned their heads to high-stance vehicles like pickup trucks to ride out the country’s ever so changing conditions.

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.

Don’t take MERS for granted!

Don’t take MERS for granted!

In 2003 it was severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).  This year, it’s Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

First reported in Asia in February 2003, SARS spread to more than two dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe and other parts of Asia.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 8,098 people worldwide were stricken by SARS during the outbreak. Of these, 774 died.

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