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Mine, mine, mine

Mine, mine, mine

MINERS are throwing a fit in the dirt. The reason is that there is a proposed bill allowing the government to bring home a 10-percent doggie-bag share in the mining industry’s gross sale. This means that if it would be based on adjusted net-mining revenue scales, the total, as reported, could reach 55 percent.

Figaro signs franchise deal with Qatar firm for expansion in the Middle East

Figaro signs franchise deal with Qatar firm for expansion in the Middle East

FIGARO Coffee Co., a Filipino chain of coffee shops and restaurants, has signed a franchise agreement with Qatar-based Fahad Bin Abdulla (FBA) Group of Companies that will allow Figaro to expand its presence in the Middle East.

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.

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.

News

Solon authors bill extending deadline for martial-law victims to file claims

TO cope with the large number of persons seeking for reparation and recognition under Republic Act (RA) 10368, or the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, a resolution urging the government to extend the deadline for the filing of claims for martial-law victims has been filed at the House of Representatives.

DENR chief pushes tree-planting effort in Mindanao

 

MORE than breaking the world record on the most number of trees planted in one day, Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said the simultaneous tree-planting activities in Mindanao on September 26—called “TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW”—is an opportunity for the people of Mindanao to address the problem of deforestation that has been happening in the region for decades.

Mine, mine, mine

Mine, mine, mine

MINERS are throwing a fit in the dirt. The reason is that there is a proposed bill allowing the government to bring home a 10-percent doggie-bag share in the mining industry’s gross sale. This means that if it would be based on adjusted net-mining revenue scales, the total, as reported, could reach 55 percent.

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

Obama faces questions on prospect of expanded war

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s military campaign against Islamic State (IS) group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three months ago.

Are anti-mining advocates winning the war?

 

ANTI-MINING advocates are apparently winning the war against mining companies despite the industry’s potential to boost the country’s growth and development.

Business

Figaro signs franchise deal with Qatar firm for expansion in the Middle East

Figaro signs franchise deal with Qatar firm for expansion in the Middle East

FIGARO Coffee Co., a Filipino chain of coffee shops and restaurants, has signed a franchise agreement with Qatar-based Fahad Bin Abdulla (FBA) Group of Companies that will allow Figaro to expand its presence in the Middle East.

Lawmaker pushes ‘agripreneurship’

A BILL that aims to develop and strengthen the agricultural education and training in the country to encourage more Filipinos to become “agriprenuers” was filed by a lawmaker recently.

Maybank PHL looking to expand for tougher competition by 2015

MAYBANK Philippines Inc. is making it known that it is in the mood for scaling up by acquiring a Philippine bank as part of the Maybank Group’s regional expansion and in preparation for more competition.

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.

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.

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

North Korea’s Om Yun Chol sets world record

North Korea’s Om Yun Chol sets world record

INCHEON, South Korea—North Korea’s Om Yun Chol beat his own world record in the men’s 56-kilogram clean and jerk by 1 kg on Saturday to grab weightlifting gold on the first day of competition at the Asian Games.

Lifestyle

Fall runway trends for non-models

Fall runway trends for non-models

LET’S face it: Lots of the trends that we spot on the runway aren’t, well, best-suited for everyday life. Take the eyebrows alone at the recent spring New York Fashion Week. Rodarte studded them with multiple piercings (we’re talking at least a baker’s dozen) and Badgley Mischka models rocked periwinkle blue and cotton candy pink brows.

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.

Serious business

Serious business

MARIA Leonora Teresa lead actor Zanjoe Marudo said acting in a horror genre film is serious business.

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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