Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Beat poet, ‘Howl’ publisher, 101

LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI in 2012 at Caffe Trieste — EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/ LAWRENCE Ferlinghetti, the poet and bookstore owner whose publication of Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl in 1956 led to a landmark obscenity trial that spotlighted the Beat literary movement, died at the age of 101. He died on Feb. 22 at his home in San Francisco, according […]

Manila Water records P4.5-B attributable net income

EAST ZONE water concessionaire Manila Water Co., Inc. registered an 18.2% fall in net income attributable to equity holders to P4.50 billion for 2020, it said in a disclosure to the stock exchange on Tuesday. The water provider said the decline was due to lower contribution from its domestic subsidiaries as a result of the […]

Cancer preparedness of Asia-Pacific countries

With more patients in need of help to access treatments, advocates welcome the recent announcement of the Department of Health (DoH) that it would allocate at least a P700-million annual budget to the cancer assistance fund. During the “Cancer Conversations: From Policy to Meaningful Action” webinar held in partnership with the BusinessWorld, Health Secretary Francisco […]

Arts & Culture (03/03/21)

1 of 6 Sakinur-Ain Delasas and Nursida Diamson perform the Sama igal in Tawi-Tawi — PHOTO BY ROEL HOANG MANIPON The elaborate ritual buklog of the Subanen people of Zamboanga Peninsula — PHOTO BY ROEL HOANG MANIPON The moryonan Lenten ritual of Mogpog, Marinduque — PHOTO BY ROEL HOANG MANIPON Yasmon Sison’s Backyard Jungle Redux […]

Local stocks extend climb as vaccinations start

PHILIPPINE SHARES closed in the green as investors remained optimistic after the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccinations started. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) went up by 46.57 points or 0.67% to close at 6,919.54 on Tuesday, while the broader all shares index climbed 14.52 points or 0.34% to 4,179.92. “The local bourse […]

Peso climbs vs dollar on stock market’s gains

THE PESO strengthened against the greenback on Tuesday amid positive market sentiment on the back the gains in the local stock market. The local unit closed at P48.565 per dollar on Tuesday, appreciating by 2.5 centavos from its Monday finish of P48.59 against the greenback. The peso started the trading session at P48.58 per dollar. […]

Peso steady on PMI data, vaccination

THE PESO closed unchanged versus the greenback on Monday as the market priced in steady manufacturing activity in February and the start of the government’s vaccination drive. The local unit closed at P48.59 per dollar on Monday, unchanged from its Friday finish, data from the Bankers Association of the Philippines showed. The peso opened Monday’s […]

Stocks climb on surge in US yields, vaccine arrival

LOCAL STOCKS climbed on Monday as investors chose to stay in the market after yields on US bonds surged last week. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) climbed 78.11 points or 1.15% to finish 6,872.97 on Monday, while the all shares index went up by 45.1 points or 1.09% to close at 4,165.4. “Shares in […]

Manila starts vaccination of health workers

By Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES started immunizing its most vulnerable people against the coronavirus on Monday after receiving 600,000 doses of CoronaVac donated by China. The head of the state-owned Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila was the first to get the shot made by Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Aside […]

Philippines orders a million more shots of Chinese CoronaVac

THE PHILIPPINE government has ordered a million more doses of the coronavirus vaccine made by Chinese drug maker Sinovac Biotech Ltd. worth P700 million that would arrive this month, according to the country’s vaccine czar. The CoronaVac vaccines would come in two batches and are part of the 5.1 million doses of different vaccine brands […]

Three magistrates on short list for chief justice post — DoJ

THREE magistrates have applied for the chief justice post that will become vacant this month, according to the Justice chief. They are Supreme Court Justices Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, Alexander G. Gesmundo and Ramon Paul L. Hernando, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra told reporters in a Viber group message on Monday. Two justices automatically nominated for […]

Senators want limited face-to-face classes to start

SEVEN senators on Monday filed a resolution asking the government to start the pilot tests for face-to-face classes in more than a thousand public schools amid a coronavirus pandemic. The senators said the prolonged school closures have affected students especially those from poor families. They said the trial run in 1,065 schools in low-risk areas […]

Nationwide round-up (03/01/21)

NBI given until end of the week for report on PNP-PDEA shootout THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has until the end of this week to submit its report on the shootout between police officers and agents of the drug enforcement agency last Feb. 24, where three law enforcers and one informant died while several […]

Regional Updates (03/01/21)

2 Northern Mindanao areas positive for red tide THE latest shellfish bulletin from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) includes Murcielagos Bay and Ozamiz City in Misamis Occidental, and Taguines Lagoon in Camiguin among the areas positive for red tide contamination. Shellfish harvested in these areas, both located in the Northern Mindanao Region, […]

BIR promises to remove export cigarettes’ tax-stamp exemption

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it will withdraw the tax-stamp exemption of export cigarettes, after a legislator cited the potential for these products to enter the market as tax-free smuggled goods. At the House Ways and Means Committee hearing Monday, the chairman, Representative Jose Ma. Clemente S. Salceda, said the BIR should revoke […]

Energy-efficiency labeling rules expected soon

THE Department of Energy (DoE) said it expects to publish the implementing guidelines for the labeling of energy-consuming products (ECPs) in one or two months. ECPs covered by the draft rules include air conditioners, refrigerators, televisions, and lighting products. “If there are no significant comments or revisions in this latest draft, we are targeting to […]