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Tough road for US

Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker will all be playing when the United States looks to defend its Olympic men’s basketball gold medal in Tokyo. That all three pushed through despite an exhausting and emotional National Basketball A Finals series that went six games where the Bucks came back from a 0-2 hole to win is a wonder. There’s not much rest and well, in the case of…
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A TweetDeck revamp and millennials on Twitter

Twitter has announced a new version of TweetDeck with enhanced functionality. The new version, which is initially available for randomly selected users in the US, Canada and Australia, incorporates more of what users see on TweetDeck is a tool that you can use to manage multiple Twitter accounts, schedule posts and keep abreast of trends and hashtags. If you’re a…
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Let there be light—in living color

IN the beginning, there was darkness—and then you’d start flicking the light switch again and again—as you head-bang, do air guitar riffs, or do the boogie as if you were on the disco floor. Too Boomer? Okay, raves and bars then. I’m pretty sure all of us are guilty of playing with the light switches at least once in our lives just to mimic those flashing party lights. From the moment…

Beauty and strength in our brokenness

Nowadays, many people we know are hurting. Hurting deeply inside. My wife has lately been following a pair of siblings who have lost both parents to Covid-19, one after the other. One particular sibling has been ranting in post after post on social media, flailing wildly against the health system, hospital people, even against relatives. She is angry and inconsolable. But her postings are…
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Huawei MateBook X Pro (2021) for pros on the go

IF you ask me if the Huawei MateBook X Pro is a great Windows alternative to the MacBook Pro, the answer would be an easy yes. But should you go out and buy one now? The last time I used a Windows laptop was two years ago and that was the Avita Liber—an entry-0level laptop that I reviewed for a couple of weeks before I excitedly retreated to the comforts of my Macbook Air. And no matter…
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Bonding in building

Father’s Day was celebrated last weekend. I remember a chance conversation I had with a little boy named Seb, while waiting for a meeting to resume two years ago. He is the son of Paolo Periquet (Pao), founder of Magis Construction; and educator/commercial model Alexis Abello Periquet (Alexis). In those few minutes, I remember admiring a smart, insightful boy who was equally warm and…
Lyca Balita - Onwards
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Pride and progress

June is Pride month, and as emphasized in my previous article, there are many important things to protest; Pride is a protest before anything, after all. Still, Pride is also a celebration. We celebrate not only our existence, but also our progress—a reminder that our protests work, even one step at a time. Years ago, the LGBT+ community existed primarily as stereotypes: the funny gay best…

On optional standard deductions

Except for certain types of taxpayers or types of income where no deductions or where there are only limited deductions in the computation of income taxes due, individual and corporate income taxpayers are generally entitled to claim deductions in computing their net income subjected to income tax. Traditionally, these are the costs and expenses incurred by the taxpayer in earning the…
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1Sambayan top bets

The much-awaited list of presidentiables and vice-presidentiables of 1Sambayan came out last Saturday, June 12. The significance of the date of the announcement, which coincided with our country’s celebration of its 123rd Independence Day, is not lost on us. The names being offered represent the people’s champions who will free our people from an…
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US inflation

“Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.”—Ronald Reagan “Inflation is taxation without legislation.”—Milton Friedman It may not surprise you that my favorite quote about inflation is: “Inflation takes from the ignorant and gives to the well informed.”—Venita VanCaspel Inflation, like other situations—including the stock market and…
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Confidence boosters

The pledge of G-7 leaders to provide at least 1 billion vaccine doses to 92 poor and lower-middle-income countries and last week’s emerging positive domestic trade figures are a big confidence booster. The business community and Filipinos in general will welcome these positive developments. As more vaccines are made available to the population, Filipinos get the reassurance that it has…
Column box-Al Mendoza-That’s All
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Expressway to Quezon on; Toyota ‘kaizen’

IT is obvious.  There’s no stopping Ramon S. Ang (RSA) from pursuing his nation-building platform.  Not even the pandemic.  If only half of the nation’s billionaires can have RSA’s mindset, economic resurgence will never be utopia as it is now. With the metropolis still euphoric over the recent opening of the RSA-authored Skyway from South to North and vice versa that…
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Revisiting the Small Business Wage Subsidy Program  

Second of two parts Last week, I discussed the Small Business Wage Subsidy Program (SBWS), which is a collaborative project among three government institutions led by the Department of Finance (DOF), in cooperation with the Social Security System (SSS) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), to assist the more than 3 million workers of small and medium business enterprises negatively…
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The free market works

The journey started in 1761 when Ebenezer Kinnersley demonstrated heating a wire to incandescence and ended when Thomas Edison lost his company in the 1889 merger that formed Edison General Electric. In the intervening period, countless thousands of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and financiers around the world worked towards one objective: commercially viable, safe, and efficient…
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The road to pre-pandemic levels

The return to normalcy is beginning to take shape in the United States, the United Kingdom and some parts of the European Union. Opened dine-in restaurants, resumption of cruise travel and people spending their time in their favorite bars are becoming frequent—the sights that we normally saw before the pandemic. The speedy vaccine rollout in these developed nations clearly allowed them to…
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Pacquiao’s last hurrah!

Somebody once said that every story has a happy ending. If it’s not happy, it’s not yet the end. Will August 21, 2021 be a happy ending to the marvelous boxing career of our “Pambansang Kamao” Manny Pacquiao? No less than our boxing icon, Pacquiao himself recently announced his forthcoming fight with Errol Spence Jr. in Las Vegas on August 21, 2021. …


A thorough review of 2 popular skin-care products

ONE of the challenges in writing about beauty is describing products and their effects. How does one go beyond saying “it’s so nice” and “it applies so smoothly”? I saw a TikTok video which said to avoid words and phrases like “best,” “Holy Grail,” “good” and “nice” when describing products. And I agree with them. These are subjective words and not actual…


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Here’s how fans can best support young athletes

 By Paul Gorczynski / University of Portsmouth After withdrawing from the 2021 French Open to protect her mental health, tennis player Naomi Osaka called for privacy, empathy and that sportspeople be allowed to take time out for personal reasons. “Athletes are human,” she said. Osaka’s…
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Secret’s out: Tokyo’s hidden Nintendo Café

For years, a former Nintendo Co. employee ran a members-only diner at a secret location in Tokyo, frequented by movers and shakers in the video game industry. After closing its doors just before the pandemic last year, it has quietly reopened as a café and this time anyone can make a…
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How do you start your own company?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected] How do you start your own company?— Noah H., Conway, South Carolina Have you ever heard the expression “No guts, no glory”? Making your own…

Millennials, Boomers more cautious about future tech

Millennials and Boomers in Southeast Asia (SEA) have more reservations with regards to future technologies such as biometrics, smart appliances, robotic devices and deepfakes as compared to those from the Gen Z and Gen X age groups, according to a new research. Kaspersky’s “Making Sense of…



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