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Bodies from downed Malaysian jet piled in boxcars

Bodies from downed Malaysian jet piled in boxcars

TOREZ, Ukraine—Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars on Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site.

US ranks near bottom globally in energy efficiency

US ranks near bottom globally in energy efficiency

WASHINGTON—A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.

Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

Scores dead in first major ground battle in Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price on Sunday: It killed 65 Palestinians and 13 Israeli soldiers and forced thousands of terrified Palestinian civilians to flee their neighborhood, reportedly used to launch rockets at Israel and now devastated by the fighting.

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

NEW YORK—The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.


 

 

News

Liberalization seen triggering bank mergers, acquisitions

The further liberalization of foreign banks’ entry to the Philippines, which was signed into law by President Aquino on Sunday, has “clear economic benefits” to the country, including the rise of foreign direct investments (FDI) and enhanced banking technologies, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

FMIC: Peso strength may not last long

The First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) said on Monday that the peso’s strength against the greenback may not last long as US economic data points to a more solid economic recovery in the second quarter.

Malacañang won’t meddle with impeach-Aquino case

MALACAÑANG assured on Monday that it will not influence fiercely loyal administration allies in the House of Representatives to decide whether to pursue impeachment proceedings or readily acquit President Aquino for alleged culpable violation of the law in allowing Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad’s disbursement scheme that the Supreme Court (SC) unanimously ruled as unconstitutional.

Soreco: It will take 1 month, P65 million to fully restore power in Sorsogon

SAYING it will cost the company P65 million to rehabilitate the facilities shut down by Typhoon Glenda, Sorsogon Electric Cooperative II (Soreco II) set a period of one month to restore electricity in its jurisdiction, a top official of Soreco II last week said.

Philippine Arena: A crown jewel of Iglesia ni Cristo

Philippine Arena: A crown jewel of Iglesia ni Cristo

UNIQUELY Filipino, both in its origins and character, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) will celebrate its centenary on July 27, the day Felix Y . Manalo gave legal standing to his church and his faith at the Bureau of Commerce.

Bodies from downed Malaysian jet piled in boxcars

Bodies from downed Malaysian jet piled in boxcars

TOREZ, Ukraine—Pro-Moscow rebels piled nearly 200 bodies from the downed Malaysian jetliner into four refrigerated boxcars on Sunday in eastern Ukraine, and cranes at the crash scene moved big chunks of the Boeing 777, drawing condemnation from Western leaders that the rebels were tampering with the site.

Business

URC to buy New Zealand top snack food company

UNIVERSAL Robina Corp. (URC), the food manufacturing group of the Gokongwei family, said it will buy NZ Snack Food Holdings Ltd., the holding firm of New Zealand-based Griffin’s Foods Ltd.

Retiring seamen turning to farming

A GROUP of middle-aged seamen, most of whom have spent over two decades on vessels, are turning to land to keep themselves productive even after their anticipated retirement from maritime service.

Industry watchdog tightens insurer trust fund reporting

Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel F. Dooc has ordered preneed companies to report every month the withdrawals that they make from the trust funds they manage on behalf of their plan holders.

Successful franchisors steer FAPHL 2014

The local franchising industry has been able to weather many storms in the past, thanks in part to the dedication and efforts of the men and women behind the Philippine Franchise Association (PFA), who work tirelessly to ensure the survival of their sector. Visionaries like Samie Lim, the “Father of Philippine Franchising,” have enabled the local franchising industry to meet and prevail over numerous challenges.

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

Axed Nokia X phones suffered from lack of identity

NEW YORK—The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each.

Bali beach-pad boom makes Indonesian firms top gainers

Bali beach-pad boom makes Indonesian firms top gainers

INDONESIAN real-estate dollar bonds are gaining the most among emerging Asian developers as the presidential front-runner seeks to allow apartment sales to foreign investors.

Sports

NBA stars test Gilas

NBA stars test Gilas

AFTER testing the mettle of Asian teams in Wuhan, Gilas Pilipinas now takes a crack at a selection of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars in a charity game, dubbed The Last HoME Stand, on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Lifestyle

Like a business, a home office should be fit for versatility and expansion

Like a business, a home office should be fit for versatility and expansion

COCOONING as a lifestyle and technology as its maidservant have allowed an increasing number of people to work from home. A home-based business environment differs from the office cubicle because it tends to offer more flexibility and comfort. While many new homeowners have planned spaces for dedicated home offices, there are existing nesters that have transformed available corners into their workplaces.

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently.

James Garner dies at 86; TV antihero of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’

James Garner dies at 86; TV antihero of ‘Maverick,’ ‘Rockford Files’

IF Sam Spade was a tough guy, Jim Rockford was…well, he could throw a punch, but he didn’t like to because it hurt his hand.

Music is in the heart

Music is in the heart

HOW does one age gracefully? A thousand and one ways. And this lady, gracious and lovely at 93, shows us that one way, and which describes a constant part of her life—Music is in the heart.

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

Our man in Washington, D.C.

Our man in Washington, D.C.

FROM the time the Philippines kicked out the American bases in 1991 until 2010, the link between the two countries hit its lowest point, so much that some of the new generations of US citizens thought the country to be “as just another tropical island, like Hawaii.”

PPC Asia: Banking on speed for progress

PPC Asia: Banking on speed for progress

WHEN Ronnie Co was still a business administration student at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, it did not cross his mind that in a few years, he would soon be leading one of the big contenders in the automotive industry. As a member of the basketball varsity team, he spent his days driving the team into winning the championship, not knowing he would, in the future, be driving not only luxury cars, but also the rest of the industry.

Your brain can help scientists find cure for Alzheimer’s

Your brain can help scientists find cure for Alzheimer’s

SCIENTIST are short of brains. Not that they lack smarts. Rather, they need more tissue they can study to better understand—and maybe, someday, treat—diseases of the mind, as well as head injuries.

Larossa in Capitol Hills: The Ideal Living Environment

Larossa in Capitol Hills: The Ideal Living Environment

Envisioned as the ideal community for students, young professionals, empty nesters, small families,  and retirees, Larossa in Capitol Hills offers a safe and nature-inspired gated compound right in the heart of Quezon City. The residential enclave is a 3.6-hectare mid-rise residential condominium community, composed of ten Asian Tropical-inspired 10-storey buildings. Unit sizes range from 22 square meters to 60 square meters for combined units, all offered within an affordable price range with very flexible payment terms.

The future of marketing

The future of marketing

Unlike closed marketing systems, characterized by agencies that wall off their in-house talent (creating a scarce and expensive resource), open marketing systems seek talent from anywhere in the world to solve problems, then curate the best answers.

Philam Foundation donates classrooms for Taguig National High School students

PHILAM Foundation, the corporate citizenship arm of the country’s premier life insurer Philam Life, give not only classrooms but “homes where dreams and wishes start.”

Stubborn planet: Risk, ruin and resilience

Stubborn planet: Risk, ruin and resilience

IMAGINE your good old pal gets diagnosed with a serious disease. Would you react like this: “He feels fine, this can’t be happening.” “Why him? It’s not fair!” “I’ll do anything, can’t you stretch it out? A few more years.” “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?” “It’s going to be OK. If I can’t fight it, I may, as well, prepare for it.”

Reflections on an unforgiving day

Reflections on an unforgiving day

WE ate breakfast to the news that an airliner had crashed in Ukraine. We had lunch to the news that Israel had invaded Gaza. An airliner crashing is perhaps more impactful than an invasion. We have all wondered, when we hear of a crash, or even in quiet moments onboard an aircraft ourselves, what living our final moments in a plane plunging to earth, knowing that we will die, would be like. An invasion is harder for some of us to empathize with. Most of us have never invaded a country nor been in a country while it was invaded. But it shares this much with a plane crash: Your life is in danger, and your fate is out of your hands.

40 years of local auto-motivation

40 years of local auto-motivation

40,197M and 1,750 are the magic numbers for Continental as it celebrates 40 successful years of its two local manufacturing plants’ operations, with a €197-million investment for both and is harboring a work force of 1,750 Filipino employees at the plants.

Major US firms push for more, easier renewable energy

Major US firms push for more, easier renewable energy

WASHINGTON—Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.

Saint Mary of Magdala: Apostle of the Apostles

Saint Mary of Magdala: Apostle of the Apostles

MARY is a common name. It is Miryam in Hebrew and Maryann in Aramaic. In Calvary, three Marys are present: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene.

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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