SOME people may not yet be familiar with Threads but the recent news about Threads having 100 million users in just five days and 10 million users in less than 24 hours had me wondering what has Meta got in Threads that millions signed up in just five days compared to Twitter’s first few days.
IN the book by my favorite author Stephen Covey, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” he wrote a story about the rock-pebble-sand-water-in-a jar. You probably guess it right that the rock represents the important things in our lives such as our religious beliefs, marriage, family, children, work and what have you—whatever is of value and of importance to you.
WITH the world’s ethical values that seem to be going from bad to worse—is your business guided not only by the right values but relevant ones in these trying times? Enduring ethics can be relevant even with the passage of time but do your code of ethics addressed the need for ethical guidelines in this rapidly changing world?
For me and my daughters the best time to travel is in the month of September. We just found this out in our recent trip to Europe. This is also a more convenient month for me because the tax season is over and although we have clients that have fiscal years as their accounting period-end, this month is not as hectic as the first half of the year when the deadlines are just crazy.
WE may not be aware of it, but the long period when students are not attending in-classroom learning may result to serious, long-lasting if not permanent effects. It can create a big inequality in this generation of students who happen to be between 4 years old and 25 years old in 2020 and 2021. According to an article in blogs.worldbank.org dated February 1, 2022: “We are losing a generation: The devastating impacts of Covid-19. Unless swift and bold action is taken, learning poverty can reach 70 percent.”
WITH people going back to traveling again, there is the problem of flight delays due to airport congestion, lack of pilots and shortage of planes, etc. This difficult experience I encountered when I attended a conference in Tacloban City.
MONEY rules the world as they say and money can make a person happy or unhappy. In this present-day world where everybody has access to social media, people’s wants seem endless—social media can be alluring and tempting—it makes you feel that the wants being promoted are a need—when in fact it is not.
WHETHER it is YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, people are turning to social media for information and entertainment.
IN my article last October 19, 2021, in this same column entitled “Covid-19—Quo Vadis,” (https://businessmirror.com.ph/2021/10/19/covid-19-quo-vadis/) I pointed out that there is no guarantee this virus will not evolve into another variant. I mentioned this even before the omicron variant became a headline or was known by the world. In that article I also wrote this virus will be living with us in the coming years; the world lacking a silver bullet against it.
Many people are still wondering where this Covid-19 is heading to. Will it soon end —and when? This year, next year, or maybe never? New variants, the latest of which is the Delta variant are challenging the efficacy of the existing vaccine.
AS of this writing, the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives (Create) bill is still waiting to be signed by President Duterte after it has already been approved by both houses of Congress. When approved, among its important feature is the reduction of the corporate tax to 20 percent to 25 percent effective July 2020.
Whether we like it or not the world is transforming itself into a technological revolution or the more popular term “disruption.” While it brings tremendous benefits, technology does not only have a “Jekyll” side but, unfortunately, a “Hyde” part of it, too.
There is no argument that digital media is becoming a powerful tool in this day of information age. The world is undergoing an information and a technology revolution.
For the past six months or so, we had been through a lot of ordeals. From being locked down in our homes to the economic downturn of our country and the rise in poverty and, worse, the rising cases and deaths due to Covid-19.
I was pleasantly surprised last week that the call by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex) for “Congress to realign the unspent and unobligated appropriations already embodied in the General Appropriations Acts (GAA) as emergency calamity appropriations and to augment such funds in the budget with those of government-owned and -controlled corporations for the same purpose” had already been passed.
Some people can be panicky even to the point of being paranoid. They may have a reason because the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a real threat not only to the health of the global population but also to the economy.