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Setting SMARTer Goals

IT IS WELL understood that S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals. In my book, The HeART of the Close, there is an offer to make goal-setting SMARTer.

DTI seeks sugar imports for food industry to stay competitive

TRADE Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the sugar regulator needs to allow the food industry that sells to domestic markets to import sugar if local sugar prices cannot match import prices for the sweetener.

DA sees RCEF boosting palay output after missing 2019 goal

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has set its production target for palay, or unmilled rice, at 19.6 million metric tons (MT) for 2020, with production receiving a boost from seed distribution backed by the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF).

Fed officials expect resilient US economy even as risks persist

FEDERAL RESERVE officials downplayed concerns about the impact of geopolitical uncertainty on the US economy amid flaring tensions with Iran, even as a record of the central bank’s meeting last month showed that downside risks remain on their minds.

CHEd enlisted to accredit last 15 colleges for free tuition

THE Senate Committee on Basic Education, Arts and Culture has asked the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) to assist in the accreditation of 15 local government-run universities and colleges to make them eligible to offer free education.

Premyo Bonds prize pool expanded after success of first issue

THE prize pool for the government’s retail-investor targeted Premyo Bonds has been expanded to P4.5 million every quarter from the initial P3 million, according to the Department of Finance (DoF).

Cotabato airport rehab to cost P2.6 billion

THE MOTHBALLED airport in M’lang, Cotabato will need at least P2.6 billion to rehabilitate and put into operation, according to the Mindanao Development Authority (MiNDA), citing an assessment from the Department of Transportation.
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DENR sets January ECC hearing for Cebu quarry

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to conduct a public hearing for the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) application of Cebu-based mining firm Citadel Mining Corp. (CMC) for its mine site in Danao City.

Bidders invited for fish port rehab consulting services

THE Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) is inviting bidders to offer consulting services for the rehabilitation of the Lucena City fishport, as well as the construction of fish ports in Davao and Iloilo.

What rising Middle East tensions mean for oil market — analyst view

THE United States launched an air strike against a leading Iranian military commander on Friday, heightening fears of a conflict escalation in the Middle East that could hurt crude supplies in the region.


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Making a difference, one ripple at a time

As a new decade begins, we reflect upon the year that just passed and look forward to what may be in store for us in 2020 and beyond.

Bolts, Kings to let game speak come the finals

FIGHTING in a Philippine Basketball Association finals for the third time in the last four years, the Meralco Bolts and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are not putting much on talk and instead are bent on letting their game speak for themselves when their best-of-seven championship series rolls off tomorrow.

Titans oust Patriots in wild-card game

DERRICK HENRY rushed for a franchise playoff-record 182 yards and scored a touchdown to lead the Tennessee Titans to a 20-13 victory over the New England Patriots in an American Football Conference (AFC) wild-card game on Saturday night at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Bushfire smoke could affect Australian Open

SYDNEY -- Tennis world number two Novak Djokovic said he is concerned that smoke might cause some problems at the Australian Open later this month as bushfires continued to blaze across large sections of the southeast on Sunday.

Grizzlies dominate Clippers

JAE CROWDER scored 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds, and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies coasted past the Los Angeles Clippers, 140-114, on Saturday.

ONE Championship continues push to build on growing community with new partnerships

EVER GROWING as an organization since being established in 2011, ONE Championship stays committed to its thrust of further expansion in the new decade, unveiling newly inked regional partnerships.

Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas fined

THE NATIONAL Basketball Association has fined Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas $25,000 for making inappropriate physical contact with a game official, the league announced Saturday.

At their level best

When the Lakers host the Pistons today, they won’t simply be going for a fifth straight victory. They’ll likewise be angling to keep intact a perfect run against opponents with losing records. Since the season began, they’ve faced 18 such rivals, and they’ve emerged triumphant every single time. Not that they’ve done so with ease; against the Suns and the Pelicans last week, for instance, they needed to keep perennial All-Stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the court deep into the fourth quarter to preserve an outcome they appeared to be well in position to secure as early as in the first.

Filipino workers in Baghdad told to go on leave

THE Philippine Embassy in Iraq advised Filipino workers there to go on leave after a US strike killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad’s international airport.

Travelers from China asked to check for flu-like symptoms

THE Health department warned Filipino travelers to check themselves for flu-like conditions after reports of a mysterious respiratory disease that is affecting people in China.
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Legislators to appeal Supreme Court ruling on bus ban

A GROUP of legislators will ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision denying jurisdiction over the provincial bus ban along the main thoroughfare EDSA in Metro Manila.

Northern Iloilo Fish Port project gets initial $1M fund

THE REHABILITATION and expansion of the Concepcion fish port, which was damaged by typhoon Haiyan in 2013, will soon be underway after the initial $1 million fund was downloaded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) to the provincial government of Iloilo last month.

Sto. Tomas town adopts ‘no contact policy’ and 1-day business permit processing

STO. TOMAS, a first class municipality in Davao del Norte, has adopted a “no contact policy” in the registration and renewal of business permits through the establishment of a business one-stop shop (BOSS), where documents will simply be submitted for immediate processing.

Residential, commercial lots in Luzon, Iloilo up for bidding

THE PHILIPPINE Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) is holding a bidding on Feb. 6 at its Makati City office for 62 closed banks’ assets consisting of residential and commercial lots with a combined minimum disposal price of PhP 57.7 million.

Nation at a Glance — (01/05/20)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.