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Port congestion drags exporters

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 13 min ago

A RECENT survey of exporters shows they confront a host of challenges ranging from additional costs to business delays and revenue losses due to the impact of the continuing port congestion.

The Export Development Council (EDC) conducted a survey on the impact of port congestion on the export industry last month.

The congested was caused by the Manila truck ban policy implemented last February. Although this was lifted in September amid strong criticisms, the port congestion issue continues despite moves to address it, the EDC said.

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Marco Polo to improve facilities to meet demand for Mice market

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 14 min ago

FIVE-star city hotel Marco Polo Plaza Cebu said it will be improving some of its hotel facilities starting next year to boost foreign and domestic business and leisure travelers.

General manager Julie Najar said they are looking at expanding the hotel’s ballroom from 500 to 800 capacity to make way for more meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) events. The hotel will also start renovations of its bigger guest rooms next year.

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Industry veteran takes COO post in Veterans Bank

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 15 min ago

THE Philippine Veterans Bank (PVB) has appointed professional banker Nonilo Cruz as chief operating officer of the fast growing commercial bank.

Cruz has more than 30 years of experience in banking and corporate operations with various local and multinational commercial banks, where he rose from the ranks to be a senior executive in a foreign bank branch in the Philippines.

As the new COO of Philippine Veterans Bank, Nilo is expected to strengthen the bank’s operational productivity and performance, the bank said in a press statement.

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UCMed partners with Philips on medical imaging equipment

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 15 min ago

UNIVERSITY of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed), a 300-bed hospital that will soon open in Mandaue City, has entered a joint venture with Philips to improve patient care in the region.

Philips, a global leader in health care, is set to install a catheterization laboratory with state of the art imaging equipment in the medical center’s premises. Philips will include mobile C-arms to UCMed’s facilities to equip local medical practitioners with the latest imaging technology, the school said in a press statement.

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Tax Notes: Mandatory PhilHealth coverage for all senior citizens

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 17 min ago

ON Nov. 5, 2014, President Benigno S. Aquino signed Republic Act (RA) No. 10645 granting automatic, lifetime PhilHealth membership to all senior citizens.

The law makes mandatory the provision of PhilHealth coverage to all Filipinos, 60 years old and above regardless of their social or economic status. This new law amends RA No. 7432 or the “Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010” by removing the requirement that a senior citizen has to be indigent or poor before he/she could enjoy PhilHealth coverage.

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Inside Family Business: Are in-laws in family business really out-laws?

Cebu Headlines - 9 hours 18 min ago

ACCORDING to Dr. Steven Berglas, management consultant, psychologist, faculty of Harvard Medical School and author of “The Success Syndrome,” hiring in-laws into the family business can be a “kiss of death.” The reason? They become too familiar to the point that they believe the business is their own. They then proceed to prove their value to the company by changing the way it’s run.

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Low-pressure area approaching Visayas

Breaking News - 10 hours 20 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine area of responsibility was spotted east of Mindanao on Monday afternoon and is expected to traverse the Visayas region on Thursday or Friday. State-run Panahon TV said the LPA is located 1,300 kilometers east of Mindanao. The easterlies continue to affect the eastern section of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. The whole country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms mostly in the eastern section, the weather bureau said. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will pre...

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5 suspected Abu Sayyaf men killed by soldiers in Basilan clash

Breaking News - 10 hours 29 min ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Five suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf were killed as the military launched combat operations in Sumisip, Basilan, a military spokesperson said on Monday.   Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuela said the firefight broke out Sunday between soldiers and a band of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Barangay (village) Baiwas.   "Five bandits were killed under the group of Kumander Katatong," she said.   Muyuela said following the clash, the soldiers conducted clearing operations and stumbled on an Abu Sayyaf camp in Baiwas.   "Our troops were able to recover their camp," she added.   Muyuela said at least 10 nipa huts with fortifie...

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La Salle thumps FEU, sweeps its way to PCCL Finals

Breaking News - 10 hours 33 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Defending champion De La Salle booked a return trip to the finals after getting back at Far Eastern University, 74-61, in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Ben Mbala posted a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Green Archers, who swept the Elite Eight with a 4-0 record. La Salle surged ahead in the third quarter with the Cameroonian Mbala taking charge --- making an impact on both ends. He was lethal at the offensive end with his mid-range game going and seemed impossible to stop in the open court with his size and athleticism. The 6-foot-7 recruit, who made name for himself ...

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Santiago quips: I ‘died, didn’t like it there so I came back’

Breaking News - 10 hours 49 min ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgulaG43g84 Video by Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net     MANILA, Philippines - "I'm the one who had cancer and diedbutI didn't like it there soI came back."   This washow cancer-stricken Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago greetedthe media before shestartedher press conferenceat the SenateonMonday.   Asked how she was doing,Santiago said:"Well, I'm very bored with life. I'm not getting any worse or any better. I'm just sort of in a static situation."   "I'm in a state of thermodynamic equilibrium...Meaning to say I'm not doing anything," she further said.   Before the press conference, Santiago took t...

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WD® launches wireless portable storage drive

Breaking News - 11 hours 2 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today unveiled My Passport Wireless, an easy to use Wi-Fi enabled storage drive that allows consumers to save, access and share stored content wirelessly with any smartphone, tablet, computer or other device. For the frequent business traveler to the family on a road trip or creative professional working in the field, the My Passport Wireless drive is a simple way to connect all computing and mobile devices to content without any wires or Internet connection. Additionally, when users need to transfer large amounts of data, the My Passport Wireless drive provides the opt...

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DOJ asks Batanes court to arrest Coast Guard official

Breaking News - 11 hours 2 min ago
MANILA, Philippines--The Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the Batanes Regional Trial Court to order the arrest of a Philippine Coast Guard official charged in the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman for his failure to appear during Monday's hearing.   Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera said they sought the arrest of Arnold Enrique dela Cruz for his failure to show up in court.   Dela Cruz led the team charged in the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman after a sea chase off the coast of Balintang Channel in May last year. His lawyer, Ernesto Cabrera, also failed to attend the hearing.   "We ask for the issuance of a warrant against Commanding Officer ...

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DFA to verify reports China building airstrip, naval base on disputed reef

Breaking News - 11 hours 15 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is verifying reports that the Chinese military has built an artificial island that could accommodate an airstrip and a naval base in disputed waters. According to media reports, China has reclaimed land at Kagitingan Reef, also known as the Fiery Cross Reef, which lies west of Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.   "We have to validate that," Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters on Monday.   Kagitingan Reef is 257 nautical miles from the nearest point of Palawan and is part of the Kalayaan Group of Islands.   Last week, a report from IHS Jane's Defence revea...

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Senate ready to hold ‘full-blown’ debate on Edca

Breaking News - 11 hours 17 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate isready to conduct a "full-blown" debateon the controversialEnhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement(Edca) between thePhilippines and the United States, SenatorMiriamDefensor-Santiagosaid onMonday.   "We, here in the Senate, me as chair of the foreign affairs committee, stand fully ready. We areready. Readywhenthey are,"Santiago said during a press conference at the Senate.   "Long before, when this was still being negotiated and up for signature, in my committee we already drew upa list of resource persons. We expect a full blown debate here," she said.   Santiago issuedthe statements after some justices hinted during...

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Santiago hits pork barrel, ‘savings’ definition in 2015 budget

Breaking News - 11 hours 20 min ago
[embed width="620" height="456"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlZNa220Fqg[/embed] Video by Noy Morcoso/INQUIRER.net       MANILA, Philippines---SenatorMiriamDefensor-Santiago took the floor on Monday to lambastthe proposed 2015 national budget for containing "two dangerous minefields leading to corruption"---pork barrel funds and a new definition of "savings."   "The layman wants to know two things about the 2015 budget. The first question is: In the form of so-called savings, can the President still transfer an appropriation from one agency to another? The answer is yes," Santiago said in a privilege speech.   "The second question is...

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Tool box causes bomb scare and traffic jam in Makati

Breaking News - 11 hours 26 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---An abandoned tool box thought to contain explosives caused a bomb scare and heavy traffic Monday morning on at least four Makati streets that are normally busy on weekdays.   The aluminum tool box with a transparent plastic cover, according to the Makati City Police Explosives and Ordnance Division, was found outside the Mini Stop convenience store on the ground floor of the Peninsula Court building on Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue around 9 a.m.   It was reported to the authorities two hours later by the security guard of the convenience store who became suspicious of the box.   Members of a work crew from a CCTV company went to t...

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China defends land reclamation in South China Sea

Breaking News - 11 hours 28 min ago
BEIJING, China --- China defended its land reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea on Monday, saying the work is for public service use, although a London-based security group says the new island could host a military airfield to intimidate neighbors. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the construction on some reefs in the archipelago is "mainly aimed at improving the working and living conditions of the Chinese staff working there so that they can better perform international obligations in terms of search, rescue and other public services." In a recent report, IHS Jane's said satellite images taken in August and November showed that Chinese ...

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A snapshot of Robo

Cebu Headlines - 11 hours 53 min ago

AT the height of the popularity of photo contests in Cebu a few years back, a nurse with neither formal training nor background in photography, decided to give it a shot.

His only goal: to stand out.

“I tried to be different,” he said. “Although we had only one theme for our shots, I tried to stay away from common subjects I expected others would use.”

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Perlas Awards for valuable institutions

Cebu Headlines - 11 hours 56 min ago

ON center stage at SM Cinema 1, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 5 p.m., valuable institutions which spent time and resources to help the hapless victims of super typhoon Yolanda—which ravaged lives and properties November 2013—will be honored.

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Audiovisual: Post-Marquez—that one, underrated factor behind the new Pacman punch

Cebu Headlines - 11 hours 59 min ago

I missed the Algieri fight. I lived through most of yesterday as if nothing big was scheduled to hit the sports world at around noon.

There were a couple of reasons why I did, and did so with just a little hint of regret. First, the family was off checking out the status of a new business venture in Lilo-an, Cebu. Also, the town of Lilo-an plays a huge role for my “ancestry.” So every time I get to drop by, it’s like an educational flashback tour of how it was for the family back in the day. So needless to say, family and finances come first.

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