From dresses and skorts to hijabs, badminton’s women wear what they like

TOKYO —  Female athletes have fought long and hard for the right to choose what they wear when they compete at the Olympics, and at the Tokyo Games more and more athletes and fans are speaking out and taking action.

China Bank’s net income up 39% in first semester

CHINA BANKING CORP. (China Bank) saw its net income climb 39% in the first half on the back of the strong performance of its core businesses.

Jollibee subsidiary inks deal to set up shop in West Malaysia

A WHOLLY owned subsidiary of Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) has agreed to form a joint venture company that will own and set up at least 120 Jollibee stores in West Malaysia for the next 10 years beginning 2022.

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk hospitalized after ‘heart-related incident’

LOS ANGELES —  US screen actor Bob Odenkirk remained hospitalized in New Mexico on Wednesday with an unspecified heart ailment after falling ill on the set of his television show Better Call Saul, according to publicists and his former Breaking Bad co-star, Bryan Cranston.

Sustainable finance crucial as climate crisis worsens, BSP says

THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) stressed the need to boost sustainable financing amid growing concerns on the impact of climate change on banks’ operations. 

POEA backs more health worker deployments

THE PHILIPPINE Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said it will recommend increasing the annual deployment quota for healthcare workers, with more countries now seeking to employ them. 

A new familiar

RETRO electric guitar riffs, lyrics about love and pain, unique smooth vocals, and the feel of weight slowly lifting as the sound fills the space — everything was a familiar music listening experience. What made it distinct was John Mayer.

AMLC issues delisting, unfreezing regulations

THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Council (AMLC) has released the procedures for delisting and unfreezing of designated persons related to proliferation financing of North Korea and Iran as it seeks to prove progress in implementing regulations ahead of the country’s September report to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) after its inclusion in its “gray list.”

British regulator demands 40% women in boardroom, increased ethnic diversity

LONDON — Britain’s financial regulator demanded the appointment of more women and non-white minorities to the leadership of Britain’s largest firms on Wednesday, saying at least 40% of board members should be women.

ARTA prepares automation manual for regulatory agencies

THE ANTI-RED Tape Authority (ARTA) on Thursday launched an automation manual to ease regulatory agencies’ dealings with various industries, prepared in partnership with the UK government.