PXFUEL SEOUL -- Many small business owners in South Korea recognize themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix drama Squid Game, who vie desperately for a chance to win $38 million, exposing a debt trap that is all too familiar. Nearing retirement at 58, Yu Hee-sook paid off her debts long ago, but still gets calls from ...

WIKIPEDIA.ORG TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is discussing phasing out a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) loan program if infections in the country continue to dwindle, sources told Reuters, potentially setting the bank up to exit a key crisis-mode policy sooner than investors expect. Markets have been anticipating a third extension of the scheme, set to expire in March. ...

REUTERS WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve on Thursday banned individual stock purchases by its top officials and unveiled a broad set of other restrictions on their investing activities, taking action roughly six weeks after reports of active trading by some US central bank policymakers triggered an ethics uproar. The new rules will limit the types of financial securities the Fed's ...

vitaCLEAR eye supplement One remarkable day in the year 1990, Juvencio "Ven" D. Dizon decided to pursue his desire to offer cost-effective and high-quality healthcare products to help address the growing healthcare needs of Filipinos. Thus, the birth of Vendiz Pharmaceuticals Inc. According to Ven, "my vision for Vendiz is to be one the leading companies in the pharmaceutical industry ...

RAWFILM/UNSPLASH BARCELONA -- The number of jobs in renewable energy worldwide increased in 2020, despite the huge economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, with the growing industry holding up better than fossil fuels, international agencies said on Thursday. In an annual report on clean energy employment, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Labour ...

(from left to right) Arch. Terrence Yu of Visionarch, Mr. Lemuel Dionisio, COO of Primehomes, Engr. Laurencito Tiu of MEC and Engr. Moises Ordona of MEC The current situation we are in has further stressed the importance of preparing for the future and building one. A very fitting way one can do this is by owning a property that one ...

MOSCOW -- Russia has reported "isolated cases" of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a subvariant of the Delta variant that is believed to be even more contagious, the state consumer watchdog's senior researcher said on Thursday. The researcher, Kamil Khafizov, said the AY.4.2 subvariant may be around 10% more infectious than the original Delta -- which has driven new cases ...

The documentary on the war on drugs, Aswang directed by Alyx Arumpac was the night's big winner at the 44th Gawad Urian awards night, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Documentary, and Best Cinematography. The ceremony was held on Oct. 21 and streamed via TVUP YouTube and Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP)'s Facebook. "It's a recognition from the Philippines and ...

REUTERS For central bankers wrestling with the question of whether inflationary pressures are transitory, industry chiefs around the world have a clear message: prices are only going higher. Shortages of workers, fuel, cargo ships, semiconductors and building materials as the global economy bounces back after pandemic lockdowns have companies from electric car makers to chocolatiers scrambling to keep a lid ...

Standard Chartered Bank Chief Executive Officer Lynette Ortiz was named UN Women 2021 Philippine Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Awards Champion in the Leadership Commitment category recently. This category recognizes leaders in corporations who have been instrumental in setting strong corporate commitments inclusive of progressive polices, regulations or practices that aim to promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community. ...

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