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Climate Change Commission prods private sector to undergo disaster preparedness review

Climate Change Commission prods private sector to undergo disaster preparedness review

THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) on Monday urged the private sector to volunteer for vulnerability assessment to strengthen capabilities for disaster preparedness, as well as that of the communities where they operate in the face of the worst impacts of climate change.

SSS taps Citystate Savings Bank as collecting agent

SSS taps Citystate Savings Bank as collecting agent

Citystate Savings Bank Inc. (CSBI) will now accept loan payments and monthly contributions to the Social Security System (SSS) through the e-Gov portal of Bancnet.

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.

An appetite for risk: Metro Manila and urban safety

An appetite for risk: Metro Manila and urban safety

How safe is Metro Manila for today’s real-estate buyers?

News

Slowdown in Japan to hurt PHL

The Philippines is among the developing Asian economies that will likely be affected by the expected slowdown in Japan this year, experts said.

Jobless count seen to rise to 3.66 million

Former National Treasurer Leonor Magtolis-Briones said the government faces the challenge of job creation, as this year’s college graduates face the difficult task of landing on stable jobs because of structural problems in government policies and Philippine society.

PNP’s Purisima faces plunder raps over gun-licenses delivery contract

Criminal complaints, including plunder, were filed against National Police Chief Director General Alan Purisima and other top police officials over the contract that the Philippine National Police (PNP) entered into with a private company involving the delivery of licenses to gun owners.

Group demands audit of Clark Airport rehabilitation, upgrade funds

ANGELES CITY—The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), a multisectoral advocacy group based in this city, on Monday said the Clark International Airport Corp. (Ciac) must fully account for its multibillion-peso rehabilitation plan and systems upgrade at the Clark International Airport (CIA).

Angat water-level countdown

Angat water-level countdown

Conclusion

THE trouble with cloud-seeding, however, is that, apart from the fact that each sortie is quite expensive, its success is never a sure thing.

Business

Power companies urged to expand capacities

RISK advisor and insurance broker Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) strongly urged private companies in the power sector to expand their capacities and probably develop more power plants to narrow the gap between demand and supply.

Mushroom extract prolongs shrimp shelf life–BFAR

MUSHROOM extract is a powerful anti-oxidant that can prolong the shelf life of crustaceans and fish for up to four days in room temperature, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said on Tuesday.

BIR loses tax case vs Singapore sovereign wealth manager

The Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GSIC) has received affirmation of its tax-exempt status from the Court of Appeals, which ruled that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) erroneously collected from it final withholding tax on interest income from investments in Philippine Treasury bonds.

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.

Singapore seen to favor modest currency gains to curb inflation

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will probably keep favoring modest currency gains as it seeks to curb inflation while supporting economic growth.

Sports

Thousands run Boston Marathon in show of defiance

Thousands run Boston Marathon in show of defiance

BOSTON—Nearly 32,000 runners hit the streets in the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing, sending a powerful message of resilience amid heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops.

Lifestyle

Huawei takes aim at tablet market

Huawei takes aim at tablet market

After making a bit of a splash late last year with the local launch of its then-flagship smartphone, the slim and sexy Ascend P6, global ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is taking aim at the market of tablet PCs. Which is just as well.

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.

Animated movies sing a happy tune

Animated movies sing a happy tune

Considered deeply uncool at one point, music from animated movies is back—and singing along is now not only OK for kids, it’s something adults record themselves doing on their phones and share on YouTube.

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.

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

It’s ‘Semana Santa’!

AND definitely it’s that time of the year when families and barkada go on exodus to visit relatives and friends, drop by some holy place, or just swing by the beach to scratch off that summer heat.

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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