Manny Villar remembers late Miriam Defensor

So thoughtful! Manny Villar will always cherish the friendship he shared with the late Senator, Miriam Defensor Santiago. He took to Instagram to recently greet her a happy birthday in heaven. “The world knew her as the “Iron Lady of Asia” but I knew her as a thoughtful and loyal friend. Our lives and our […]

Sandro Marcos fully supports VP Sara Duterte

He was present, of course! Ilocos Norte Rep. Sandro Marcos made sure to attend the inauguration of his dad’s running mate, former Davao City Mayor now Vice President Inday Sara Duterte. “Congratulations ma’am! We have no doubt you’ll do an amazing job ?? truly a day to remember,” Sandro captioned his post. The boys were […]

China’s mass testing mantra is building a waste mountain

by Matthew WALSH Hazmat-suited workers poke plastic swabs down millions of throats in China each day, leaving bins bursting with medical waste that has become the environmental and economic levy of a zero-Covid strategy. China is the last major economy wedded to stamping out infections no matter the cost. Near-daily testing is the most commonly […]

Macau casino stocks slump as Covid restrictions kick in

Macau casino stocks slumped on Monday as the Chinese gaming hub battled a Covid-19 outbreak that has prompted tightened social distancing restrictions and mass testing. The sector has been hammered by the pandemic, with vital tourism revenues wiped out by some of the world’s harshest measures to tackle the virus — including tough border controls, […]

Air industry recovery gathering pace despite uncertainty: IATA

by Tangi QUEMENER Air passengers are expected to hit 83 percent of pre-pandemic levels this year and the aviation industry’s return to profit is “within reach” in 2023 despite ongoing uncertainty, the International Air Transport Association said on Monday. Industry losses are expected to drop to $9.7 billion this year, a “huge improvement” from $137.7 […]

BMW to put $1 billion into electric vehicles in Austria

German auto manufacturer BMW said on Monday it would invest “around one billion euros” ($1.1 billion) in the production of electric vehicles at a plant in Austria from 2025. Altogether, 600,000 units a year should roll off the line at the factory in Steyr under the investment plan, set to run until 2030, BMW said […]

Sanctioned Russia becomes China’s main source of oil

by Beiyi SEOW China ramped up crude oil imports from Russia in May, customs data showed Monday, helping to offset losses from Western nations scaling back Russian energy purchases over the invasion of Ukraine. The spike means Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become China’s top oil provider as the West sanctions Moscow’s energy exports. […]

Yours sincerely: singles charmed by Japan letter-writing scheme

by Tomohiro OSAKI Sick of swiping and tired of Tinder? Old-fashioned love letters may be the answer, says one Japanese city whose unusual matchmaking scheme has been a surprising success. Singles in southern Japan’s Miyazaki are being encouraged to put pen to paper in a low-tech search for their soulmate, part of municipal efforts to […]

Airlines seek govt support for net-zero pledge

World airlines on Monday called on governments to support the industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The plea at a meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) came three months before a crucial gathering of the United Nations’ intergovernmental agency supporting aviation. IATA, whose member airlines account for 83 percent of global […]