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Adidas to move some production from strike-disrupted China factory

Adidas to move some production from strike-disrupted China factory

ADIDAS AG is moving some production away from Yue Yuen Industrial Holdings Ltd.’s shoe factory in Dongguan, China, where a strike over benefits and pay disrupted output for a ninth day.

Classes begin at South Korean school full of mourning

Classes begin at South Korean school full of mourning

ANSAN, South Korea—Students in the city hit hardest by the South Korean ferry disaster returned to classes on Thursday, their school campus a tragic landscape of yellow ribbons, chrysanthemums, and photos of classmates and teachers who make up the vast majority of the more than 300 people feared dead.

Born to Run

Born to Run

FOUR-TIME NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James stands 6 feet and 8 inches but his wingspan of 7 feet is long even for someone his size. Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most bemedaled athlete in Olympics history, has a long torso, short legs, and large hands and feet, which all contribute to his speed in the water. Meanwhile, in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a young boy will likely follow in the footsteps of eight members of the tribe who hold records for being among the world’s 10 fastest marathoners.

Getting back into the swing of things

Getting back into the swing of things

WITH her striking beauty and propulsive talent, Emma Stone has claimed her role as one of Hollywood’s most sought-out actresses with an impressive body of work: Easy A, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Zombieland, Superbad and The Amazing Spider-Man.

News

DTI eyes tighter rules to protect consumers

The Department of Trade and Industry’s Consumer Protection Group (DTI-CPG) is proposing to tighten regulations in the Consumer Protection Act, specifically ramping up penalties in the law and adding provisions that cover online commerce. 

ADB to propose new poverty threshold for developing Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) intends to propose a new poverty threshold for developing Asia to better reflect the state of poverty in Asia-Pacific region. 

PHL green-building law forthcoming

The World Bank’s private-sector arm, the International Finance Corp. (IFC), is currently working with the national government to expand the development of green buildings nationwide.

Dole PHL to expand plantation area to meet new markets

DAVAO CITY—Leading pineapple grower Dole Philippines Inc. is currently on an expansion mode by as much as three quarters more of its current land area in south-central Mindanao to meet the requirement of the fruit-consuming Asian market, a company executive said.

PHL needs more tourism infrastructure

PHL needs more tourism infrastructure

THE number of tourist arrivals in the Philippines was relatively flat for the first two months of 2014, prompting concern that the targeted number of such arrivals for this year would not be reached. The number of South Korean tourists dropped nearly 8.5 percent in January and February, while the number of American tourists increased 9 percent and that of Chinese visitors rose 40 percent.

UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

NAIROBI, Kenya—The UN Security Council on Wednesday viewed “horrific pictures of corpses” from the scene of last week’s massacre in South Sudan and discussed taking actions that could include sanctions, diplomats said.

Business

PLDT to set up high-speed wireless sites in rural areas

DOMINANT telephone-service provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) plans to set up high-speed wireless broadband sites to far-flung areas as part of its expansion plans this year to allow its customers in remote provinces to enjoy faster Internet connection. 

DA bans harvest of brown algae, seagrass

TO arrest the unrestrained harvesting and selling of brown algae and seagrass, the Department of Agriculture (DA) has issued a temporary ban for the collection of these marine resources.

Tax court lifts BIR hold on Pacquiao bank accounts

The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ordered Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Jacinto-Henares to lift the warrants of distraint and levy the agency issued against the bank accounts of boxing champion and Rep. Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani.

Sarah Claudio: A fine example of a ‘serial entrepreneur’

Sarah Claudio: A fine example of a ‘serial entrepreneur’

After working for six years in a Makati-based multinational company, Sarah Claudio decided it was time to pursue her passion as an entrepreneur. The marketing graduate of De La Salle University-Manila returned to her roots in Davao City, where her journey as a “serial entrepreneur” commenced.

Growing mobile app industry has developers racing to keep up

Growing mobile app industry has developers racing to keep up

SMARTPHONE application developers say they are challenged by the glut of apps, as well as the need to update their software to keep up with evolving phone technology, making creative pricing strategies essential to finding their niche.

AEC to boost consumer protection in Asean

As part of the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the Asean Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) is now intensifying its efforts on initiatives for consumer protection.

Sports

Rockets clueless on how to stop Aldridge

Rockets clueless on how to stop Aldridge

PAT Riley said a National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff series doesn’t start until a visiting team wins.

Lifestyle

Riesling rocks

Riesling rocks

I had never met a spätlese (a “late-picked” Riesling) I didn’t like. And so I accepted the invitation to lunch because Riesling was on the menu and Ernst Loosen, one of its most celebrated producers, would be at the table. I spotted Mr. Loosen first, before Brett Tolhurst, big boss at Wine Warehouse, importer and distributor of Mr. Loosen’s wines.  

Guimaras: A province with potential

Guimaras: A province with potential

IF there’s a phrase that best describes Guimaras, it’s probably this: “the island of opportunities.” Tourism officials in the province think it is, since they adopted the phrase as their own and used it in their promotional materials. It’s easy to understand why: Guimaras—which is holding its annual Manggahan Festival this week and will celebrate its 22nd anniversary as a province on May 22—is not only blessed with fertile fields that yield what many say are the world’s sweetest mangoes, but also with emerald-green hills, pearl-white beaches and aquamarine waters that offer enterprising people the opportunity to develop them and help fulfill the province’s potential as a top tourist destination.

Getting back into the swing of things

Getting back into the swing of things

WITH her striking beauty and propulsive talent, Emma Stone has claimed her role as one of Hollywood’s most sought-out actresses with an impressive body of work: Easy A, The Help, Crazy, Stupid, Love, Zombieland, Superbad and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Daughter of St. Paul leads life of peace and quiet bravery

Daughter of St. Paul leads life of peace and quiet bravery

WHEN a person undergoes trial and comes to a point of questioning God, he needs to “look at the Crucifix” to realize how much lesser his sufferings are compared to what Jesus Christ went through.  God the Son was betrayed, scorned, humiliated, tortured and put to death, said Sr. Evangelina Canag, former provincial superior of the Daughters of Saint Paul (FSP).

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

The life of a modern-day diplomat

The life of a modern-day diplomat

WITH Easter finally upon us, many Filipino families gather together after the traditional dawn Mass to break the fast of the Holy Week. With all the prescriptions against worldly excesses of the previous week, the period to rejoice and celebrate in our spiritual rebirth has come. It is an occasion that Christians worldwide observe.

Surviving a PR crisis: Some useful tips Part 2

In last week’s column, we talked about the various crises companies can be confronted with and the challenging role PR plays.

We will continue this week with some useful guidelines PR practitioners will find helpful as they navigate the perilous waters of crisis PR.

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.

Family Day by the Bay

Family Day by the Bay

JUST when the beautiful sunset was settling down on the iconic Manila Bay and the summer heat vitiated with the cool breeze, a bunch of warm people mostly Filipino families had gathered in the open space of the Blue Bay Walk.

Your Business Doesn’t Always Need to Change

IN many business circles it’s practically a truism that organizations must adapt in order to maintain their relevance and market share in a rapidly changing world. But is constant adaptation always the best policy?

2 PHL teachers shine in Microsoft contest in Spain

First of two parts

 

‘THOSE who can, do; those who can’t, teach.” So goes the age-old adage by George Bernard Shaw. Two teachers from the Visayas, Ernani Fernandez of Palo National High School in Leyte and Zoilo Pinongcos Jr. of Leganes National High School in Iloilo City, proved this otherwise.

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.

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

Search for Malaysian airliner reveals China’s technology gap

BEIJING—In June 2012 China reveled in a major scientific achievement: The nation’s first manned deep-sea submersible, the Jiaolong, had dived more than 4.3 miles into the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. The feat, state-run media said, put China among the elite ranks of such deep-sea-faring countries as the US, France and Japan.

Born to Run

Born to Run

FOUR-TIME NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James stands 6 feet and 8 inches but his wingspan of 7 feet is long even for someone his size. Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most bemedaled athlete in Olympics history, has a long torso, short legs, and large hands and feet, which all contribute to his speed in the water. Meanwhile, in Kenya’s Rift Valley, a young boy will likely follow in the footsteps of eight members of the tribe who hold records for being among the world’s 10 fastest marathoners.

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.

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

Historic Manila Cathedral reopens to the faithful

‘SEEING the beauty of the cathedral just overwhelms me, and seeing how this place of worship has become more beautiful is beyond my expectation and my capacity to express in words,” the awe-struck Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio Cardinal Tagle said as he welcomed the Catholic faithful at the reopening of the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral, or the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, on April 9 after its two-year restoration.

Face-to-face with a rare bleeding disorder

Face-to-face with a rare bleeding disorder

TURNING her ordeal to an advocacy to alleviate the plight of female patients. I had always thought that it was “normal” for girls and women to bleed heavily during their monthly periods.  After all, I grew up seeing the chamber pot (arinola) in my parents’ room filled with red liquid on the weeks that my mom had.

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