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EU, US to act on stiffer sanctions vs Russia

EU, US to act on stiffer sanctions vs Russia

THE US and European Union will act on stiffer sanctions against Russia as soon as this week as Vladimir Putin’s government is “doubling down” on its support for Ukrainian rebels, an Obama administration official said.

Simple does make the new smart

Simple does make the new smart

IN a July 24 story filed by reporter Jungah Lee, Bloomberg reported that “LG Electronics Inc., the world’s second-largest television maker, posted second-quarter earnings that nearly tripled as the World Cup boosted its TV unit and the mobile division returned to profit zwith the G3 smartphone.

Art can be full of exaggerations: Is it all that it’s hyped to be?

Art can be full of exaggerations: Is it all that it’s hyped to be?

A RECENT Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction revealed nothing short of a contemporary globalist phenomenon. An art installation by an American artist was sold for a little more than a million Hong Kong dollars to a private Asian buyer. The work was composed of white walls with a cut-out in the shape of a television screen. Behind the aperture was a live TV set giving off its constant mesmerizing glow. What was happening here?

P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

President Aquino, delivering his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) before a joint session of Congress on Monday, asserted that the Philippine economy is “truly taking off” with barely two years left in his six-year term.


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P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

P-Noy: Economy truly taking off

President Aquino, delivering his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) before a joint session of Congress on Monday, asserted that the Philippine economy is “truly taking off” with barely two years left in his six-year term.

Port congestion stalls preshipment inspection of imports, Sevilla says

CUSTOMS Commissioner John Sevilla has lamented that port congestion in Manila has derailed his bureau’s plan to implement pre-shipment inspection (PSI) of  imports.

Death toll in Abu Sayyaf ambush of civilians now 23

SULU local officials condemned on Tuesday the ambush in the province, where the number of noncombatants killed has already increased to 23, even as the military vowed it will make the perpetrators accountable over the attack.

SBMA to release P93.7 million for LGU share in H1 income

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—A total of P93.7 million in revenue shares will be released next month by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) to the eight local government units (LGUs) adjacent to and affected by the operations of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The need for health microinsurance

THE Filipinos’ state of health has markedly improved over the last 40 years. The country’s infant-mortality rate dropped by two-thirds, life expectancy increased to over 70 years and the prevalence of communicable diseases was curbed. In hindsight, we may find that we are on the right path toward attaining an all-encompassing health care that includes the nation’s poorest households.

EU, US to act on stiffer sanctions vs Russia

EU, US to act on stiffer sanctions vs Russia

THE US and European Union will act on stiffer sanctions against Russia as soon as this week as Vladimir Putin’s government is “doubling down” on its support for Ukrainian rebels, an Obama administration official said.

Business

MPIC waits for new developments before deciding on share dilution

KEY toll-road initiatives would determine whether infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) would divest up to P24 billion worth of shares in its tollways arm Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC).

Group chides Aquino for rice-import plan

THE Rice Watch and Action Network (R1) expressed “strong concern” over the President Aquino’s announcement in his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) of more rice importation.

Two-step importer, broker accreditation ends in two days

INTERNAL Revenue Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares has again reminded all importers and customs brokers to comply with the accreditation requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) by Thursday.

Educators can be entrepreneurs as well

JPMorgan Chase and Co. (JPMC), through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, has embarked on a training program for educators in partnership with Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development and the Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR).

Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

Zendesk chooses PHL for regional hub

SOFTWARE development company Zendesk officially opened on Thursday its first office in the Philippines, serving as its regional hub in Southeast Asia.

Widodo targets growth pace unseen since financial crisis

Widodo targets growth pace unseen since financial crisis

PRESIDENT-ELECT Joko Widodo said he’s aiming for a growth pace Indonesia hasn’t seen since before the 1990s Asian financial crisis, a shift that would bolster the clout of the world’s fourth most-populous nation.

Sports

Benilde upsets Beda

Benilde upsets Beda

COLLEGE of Saint Benilde (CSB) played its best defense yet and scored a huge 83-76 upset of four-time defending champion San Beda in the 90th National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors’ basketball tournament on Monday at The Arena in San Juan City.

Lifestyle

Simple does make the new smart

Simple does make the new smart

IN a July 24 story filed by reporter Jungah Lee, Bloomberg reported that “LG Electronics Inc., the world’s second-largest television maker, posted second-quarter earnings that nearly tripled as the World Cup boosted its TV unit and the mobile division returned to profit zwith the G3 smartphone.

Lapu-Lapu City to rebrand itself as ‘Historic Resort City’

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City, one of the most visited cities in Cebu province, will be rebranded as a “Historic Resort City” and have the tagline “Free Yourself,” Mayor Paz Radaza said recently.

‘Orphan Black,’ Emmy snubs and questions of identity

‘Orphan Black,’ Emmy snubs and questions of identity

THE chronology of recent Big Public Events in Television—the Emmy nominations announcements followed a few weeks later by Comic-Co—spotlights an almost identical philosophical issue: There’s the Emmy nominations, and then there’s Comic-Con. Reality goes metaphor.

Leisure physical activity in aging

            Leisure physical activity in aging

IN one of my monthly rounds among elderly’s groups promoting active aging through exercise, proper diet and social interest, a lady asked “I wash clothes in the house, cook dinner, clean the house, and take care of my grandchildren, aren’t these enough exercise for me?”

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

PHL-Malaysia build better, deeper economic ties

PHL-Malaysia build better, deeper economic ties

MALAYSIA’S trade ties with the Philippines started hundreds of years ago, when our ancestors were believed to have traveled and traded with each other by the so-called balangay.

How can I use branding in my PR programs? Or lessons we can learn from the World Cup

How can I use branding in my PR programs? Or lessons we can learn from the World Cup

Dear PR Matters,

I work in the communications department of a consumer company, and am aware that public relations (PR) today is no longer confined to media relations, but an integrated discipline that includes marketing, events and branding.

PHL senator: Invest more in R&D

PHL senator: Invest more in R&D

A SENATE leader enjoined the members of the scientific community, including Department of Science and Technology (DOST) officials, to invest more in research and development (R&D) as he decried the lack of human resources in science and technology (S&T)-related fields.

A privilege of living at Morgan Executive Suites

A privilege of living at Morgan Executive Suites

IT’S a rare privilege to be part of an Italian-inspired township community such as the premier McKinley Hill in Fort Bonifacio. The international feel, surrounded by the beautiful Italian architectures, speaks of distinct comfort to live the good life.

The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

The Stakeholders You Need to Close a Big Deal

A $27-million investment by Andreessen Horowitz fueled Pinterest’s explosive rise. A partnership with Starbucks elevated the mobile-payment company Square to a whole new level. Every high-growth enterprise can name a moment of affirmation that changed everything—the first big win that created the launchpad for all that followed. But how do firms actually close those big deals?

Macabebe, Pampanga school produces 382 Tesda graduates

MACABEBE­—The center of education and skills training here envisioned by Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan to uplift the lives of poor students and their families has produced the highest number of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) graduates in over four years.

Mexico’s circuses caught up in animal-rights spat

Mexico’s circuses caught up in animal-rights spat

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s “circus wars” are heating up, with a growing movement to ban circus animals, meeting rising anger from circus workers.

Air crashes set year on course to be deadliest since 2005

Air crashes set year on course to be deadliest since 2005

THREE fatal airline crashes in a week mean 2014 is shaping up to become the worst year in almost a decade for passenger fatalities.

Whatever you do, don’t run

Whatever you do, don’t run

JUST drive a Land Rover. And go on a safari around Asia and Africa. This, according to Peter Allison, renowned author of two bestselling books about his experiences working in the African bush—Whatever You Do, Don’t Run and Don’t Look Behind You—is or will probably be his life-long journey or rather call it, life mission statement.

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

Cuba looks to mangroves to fend off rising seas

HAVANA—Many people in this tiny hamlet on the southern coast of Cuba remember when the shore lay about 100 meters farther out. That was four decades ago.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Society of Jesus

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of Society of Jesus

LISTEN to Christ, focus on Him. Be a partner to fulfill God’s mission for humanity. Live by the Holy Spirit’s anointing.

Nutrition for children

Nutrition for children

THERE are numerous ways parents can help their children achieve the best possible health. For instance, obesity (the condition of a person having excessive weight for his or her height, build and age) can be prevented with healthy eating patterns and regular exercise.

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