Hong Kong’s zero-COVID policy undermining financial hub status — industry group

REUTERS HONG KONG — A financial industry group warned on Monday that Hong Kong’s zero-COVID policy and strict quarantine requirements for international travelers threatens to undermine the city’s status as a financial hub. The Asia Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA) said a survey of members, including some of the world’s largest banks and […]

Standardization of travel rules key for Latin America airlines’ recovery

BOGOTA — Getting standardized rules for international travelers amid the coronavirus pandemic is the biggest hurdle for Latin American airlines, with their recovery threatened by a lack of consensus among health authorities, industry leaders said on Sunday. Passengers suffer constant delays and restrictions as they travel between countries due to differing entry requirements established to […]

vivo’s Spooktacular Super Sale at Shopee Super Brand Day comes your way until Oct. 26

It’s the season of trick or treating but vivo ensures that the brand is always treating, never tricking. And to make good on that promise, one of the leading global smartphone brands holds its Super Brand Day on Shopee until Oct. 26, bringing with it only amazing deals. So if you’re on the market for […]

Neri Colmenares — a traditional politician?

Last Friday, Vice-President Leni Robredo named labor leader and lawyer Sonny Matula as the 12th candidate in her senatorial ticket. She cited Matula’s “clear track record in fighting for the rights of Filipino workers. For him, joining forces with us is not a transaction but a duty. This is his contribution to ending the old […]

Why there is no demand for organic

When people talk about the term “organic,” usually they confuse it with hydroponic, farm-raised products, anything that is a green leafy vegetable or anything that seems to be fresh, regardless if it is certified or comes from an accredited supplier. But what really is organic? Our journey with organic farming and organic retailing started more […]

The EU’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region

The world’s center of gravity is moving to the Indo-Pacific region, in geo-economic and geo-political terms. Recently, the decision by Australia, the UK, and the US to deepen their security and defense ties (the so-called AUKUS group) has certainly triggered a lot of debate on the underlying dynamics in the region and how partners can […]

High deaths, low births, reduced smoking and the WHO

As All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2) approach, it is timely to discuss some vital statistics. DECLINING BIRTHS, RISING DEATHS Last week, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released the latest data on births and deaths in the Philippines and two trends are emerging. One, there were fewer births in 2020 […]

China warns of further spread in latest COVID-19 flare-up

REUTERS BEIJING — China’s latest coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is increasingly likely to spread further, a health official said on Sunday, as authorities urged all regions to step up monitoring and called for a reduction in travel across provinces. China has largely contained the virus but it is determined to stamp out any sporadic […]

In major ocean polluter Philippines, group turns plastic waste into planks

A worker cleans discarded plastic bottles in the factory of social enterprise The Plastic Flamingo or The Plaf, in Muntinlupa. The Plaf gathers plastics from restaurants, companies, and consumers and transforms them into useable raw material like waterproof planks. — REUTERS A group of recyclers in the Philippines is trying to ease the country’s worsening […]

Bollywood stars, Indian celebrities launch NFTs amid global craze

Image via BeyondLife.club MUMBAI — Indian celebrities from the world of Bollywood and cricket are increasingly launching digital memorabilia through non-fungible tokens (NFT), hoping to rake in thousands of dollars by cashing in on growing interest in such assets. NFTs are a type of digital asset which use blockchain to record the ownership of items […]