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Internet use lags in Visayas; urban-rural gap narrows — SWS

THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) polling organization said Internet usage remained unevenly distributed in the Philippines, with adoption rates among adults highest in Metro Manila and just over half of the capital region’s rate in the Visayas.
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Raw sugar output ahead of pace as HFCS usage slows

SUGAR production as of first week of May was up 5% year-on-year with just under four months to go in the crop year, the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) said.
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Courier firms enlisted in swine fever containment effort

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is asking courier companies to stop accepting orders to deliver meat products from African Swine Fever (ASF)-affected countries.

OWWA signs deal to promote wellness among OFW nurses

THE Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said it is mounting a push to improve the health and wellness of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their loved ones, starting with overseas-deployed nurses.

Legislators urged to reduce Philippines’ dependence on coal-fired power plants

AN ENERGY think tank said it is seeking support from Congress to help contain the growth of coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia, which it said make up the bulk of upcoming power projects.
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CTA rules it lacks jurisdiction on Duty Free VAT case

THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) dismissed for lack of jurisdiction the petition of Duty Free Philippines Corp. (DFPC) seeking the refund of allegedly illegally collected value-added tax (VAT) for 2015 worth P142.9 million.
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CTA rejects BIR appeal on Deutsche Bank unit refund

THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA) denied for lack of merit the motion for partial reconsideration of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over the P15.86 million tax refund granted to Deutsche Knowledge Services Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank Group in Singapore.

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Governing data with control and growth mindset

We are in the midst of a global “data evolution and revolution.” Data has been growing exponentially in volume and type. The abundance of data in the corporate world, on social media and the Internet of Things have made information very accessible with just a few clicks. What’s more, new actors such as “machine learning” heavily rely on data to learn and execute actions on its own.

Inflation target below 2% is possible

The May 2019 inflation is 3.2%, so this makes the year to date (Ytd) or January-May 2019 inflation rate 3.5% -- which all makes the Philippines the inflation valedictorian of East Asia, this year and last year.

The self-serving Filipino

In the mall the other day, I couldn’t help but observe a middle-aged woman hogging a bench good for three. She was fiddling with her phone, with her hand bag and her shopping bags all seated comfortably beside her. She and her bags occupied the entire bench. She was oblivious to what was happening around her, completely taken by what she was doing on her phone.

Building client trust

Building trust is the basis of any relationship. Fostered relationships are the underpinnings of a successful business. It takes years to form the trust so that a client will be comfortable to deal with a service provider such as a real estate broker.

Making dreams come true with the Secondary Education Support Program

LIKE most poor students in the Philippines, Mela Jane Catacho, 19, dreams of helping her family break out of poverty.

IGR: The key to genuine and meaningful local autonomy

THE ESTABLISHMENT of intergovernmental relations (IGR) mechanisms is an innovative feature of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

In-form Aces take down rusty Hotshots, 103-80

THE ALASKA Aces raced to their second straight win in the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup after defeating the debuting Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok, 103-80, in league action on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Nadal and Federer set up classic French Open semis

PARIS -- French Open fans will be treated to the semifinal they had always hoped for as great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced in contrasting fashion on Tuesday to set up a last-four encounter at Roland Garros.

Raptors’ approach steady amid Warriors’ injuries

TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors may have a prime opportunity to jump ahead in the NBA Finals given the whack of injuries that have plagued the Golden State Warriors but they are not changing their approach to the pivotal contest.

People’s Republic of China to host AFC Asian Cup 2023

THE ASIAN Football Confederation (AFC) Member Associations recently confirmed China PR as the host for the AFC Asian Cup 2023 at the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Paris, France.

Basilan Steel now part of Chooks-to-Go 3×3 league

BASILAN STEEL will be one of the 12 teams that will compete in the upcoming Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriots’ Cup presented by Coca-Cola.

Attacking the Berlin (2)

I maintain a small file on games that catch my eye and last Tuesday’s column on attacking ideas against the Berlin inspired me to look it up to bring you some more choice samples. As you know the Berlin Defense lately has become almost synonymous with “boring endgame.” Well, given two individuals contented with the draw the likelihood of a boring end game indeed is very high, but as long as one of the protagonists is after a fighting game there are still lots of avenues to consider. Today we take up two of them.

Defying Father Time

Roger Federer must have been feeling good about himself -- literally -- to commit to a return to clay for the first time since 2016. True, that he did so on short notice indicated an ambivalence borne of the seeming incongruity of his strengths to the demands of the surface. Nonetheless, his choice was, if surprising, justifiable. After all, he does have three major wins over the last two and a half years, as clear a manifestation as any of his climb back to the sport’s elite. And he does have an affinity for the mineral aggregate, on whose courts he first started, and particularly for red clay, on whose bounces the Coupe des Mousquetaires is decided.
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No more air travel for DFA officials to climate change forums — Locsin

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. on Wednesday said the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will not allow its officials to attend climate change conferences “requiring air travel.”

Palace gives go-ahead on resuming ties with Canada

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday gave the go-ahead on Philippine officials’ communication with the Canadian government following the decision to lift the ban on official trips to Canada.

CHR flagged for repairs of depreciated vehicles

THE Commission on Audit (CoA) called out the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for the use and repair costs of its depreciated vehicles.

DoJ ‘ready to investigate’ Tulfo ad deal

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday said it is ready to investigate the controversial P60-million advertisement deal between former tourism secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo and her brothers, Bienvenido “Ben” T. Tulfo of Bitag Media and broadcaster Erwin T. Tulfo of PTV-4.

Celebrating Eid’l Fitr

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte, in his Eid’l Fitr message on Wednesday, asked Muslim citizens in the country to “remain” the government’s “partners” in promoting peace and understanding among Filipinos. Mr. Duterte also said that the “entire Filipino nation” is one with the Muslim community “as they offer prayers of praise and thanksgiving as well as demonstrate the virtues of Islamic faith in accordance with the teachings of Allah through the Quran.”

MORE Power-PECO expropriation case hearing set June 13

THE ILOILO City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 37 will start hearing on June 13 the application for writ of possession filed by MORE Electric and Power Corp.

Green group calls for no-car hours on weekend mornings in parts of Davao City

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) is now advocating for the approval of the proposed Bike Hours and Days ordinance to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport in Davao City.

Duterte honors soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Tuesday honored 11 wounded-in-action soldiers in Sulu, Malacañang said. “President Rodrigo Roa Duterte paid tribute to injured soldiers fighting the Abu Sayyaf Group by conferring them the Order of Lapu-Lapu with rank of Kampilan during his camp visit to Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Sulu,” the Palace said in a statement on Wednesday.

Almost 70,000 jobs on offer during Independence Day fair

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will be hosting its annual Independence Day job fair on June 12 in various sites nationwide, offering 68,893 vacancies.

Nation at a Glance — (06/06/19)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.
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April factory output posts biggest drop in a decade

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION dropped for the fifth straight month in April, marking the steepest fall in almost a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

Tobacco tax measure makes it out of Congress

THE CONTENTIOUS proposal to further increase excise tax rates for tobacco products barely made it out of the 17th Congress after the Senate scrambled to revise the version it approved Monday night in order to make it acceptable to the House of Representatives.

Telcos ordered to allow mobile phone unlocking

TELECOMMUNICATION COMPANIES are now required to allow customers to unlock mobile phones starting this month, as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) released last week rules and regulations on this matter.

Bank system hacking, credit and ATM card fraud face stiffer penalties

THE SENATE has approved on third and final reading a measure imposing stiffer penalties on those who hack bank systems.

Meralco to invest in more green energy projects

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) on Tuesday said it is developing 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects in the next five to seven years.

Ayala’s higher stake in Generika gets PCC OK

THE health care arm of Ayala Corp. (AC) said it has gained the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) approval to increase its stake in the Generika group of companies.

Understanding China

Although my maternal grandfather was born and raised in China, my half-breed mother, who grew up with a childless Visayan aunt, never learned to speak Chinese. I was, however, exposed to some relatives in the Chinese community in my hometown. I guess this encouraged my lifelong curiosity about my latent “Chineseness.” In fact, I spent three years after office hours learning and practicing T’ai Chi in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila. In a way, this helped me appreciate concepts like “using the force of your opponent to defeat him,” and “resorting to indirect, not direct confrontation to confuse the enemy” and “investing in loss.”

Major exhibit tackles the works of National Artists Locsin, Santos

STRUCTURES tell the story of a civilization. Old churches in the Philippines have survived three colonial periods, earthquakes, and fires. Tourists now flock to buildings that survived World War 2, guides narrating the horrors that took place during that benighted period. Mansions, repurposed as museums or restaurants, tell the economic history of a province. Newer edifices tell us much about nation-building after colonization and war.

NLEX allots P150M for SCTEx

NLEX Corp. said it is pouring more than P150 million to repair portions of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) this year.

Security Bank gets BSP nod for LTNCDs

SECURITY BANK Corp. received regulatory approval to issue up to P20 billion through long-term certificates of deposit (LTNCD) to raise fresh funds.

AboitizPower to supply 19 MW for WalterMart

The WalterMart Group on Tuesday said it renewed its contract with Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) for the power supply of it shopping centers in Luzon.

Swiss court blocks Italy’s bid for possible Da Vinci portrait

ZURICH -- Switzerland’s highest court has rejected Italy’s request for the return of an oil painting attributed by some to Leonardo Da Vinci, ruling no Swiss laws were broken when the work was brought over the border.

Sun Life targets middle market as it seeks to maintain leadership

SUN LIFE OF Canada (Philippines), Inc. eyes to sustain market leadership this year as it targets the middle market to expand its client base.