A LANDSAT 7 image of Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea. -- WIKIPEDIA Once again, the enigmatic and massive presence of Chinese fishing vessels that are believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia are in the Philippine Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ), particularly in the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef), in another swarming maneuver that is part of China's ...

JCOMP-FREEPIK (Second of three parts) Economic prospects for 2021 look bleaker by the day as COVID-19 cases are rising and our Government can't seem to get their act together in effectively distributing the vaccines available and managing more expertly the necessary balance between public health and the economy. In my own economic forecast, the Philippines shall continue to see paralyzing ...

NO ONE disputes the reality of the strategic competition that has blossomed between China and the United States. But experts disagree on whether this contest will rise to the global reach and the comprehensive scope of the Cold War, when the US and the Soviet Union led opposing economic and political systems defended by their respective, globe-girdling security alliances. China ...

A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, we talk to Andy Lopata, who was called  ‘One of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times. What do you currently do? I am an author, podcast host, speaker and mentor on professional relationships. That’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it?! In short, I focus on how ...

Due to the increase in competition in the online marketing space, every business must find innovative ways to improve, keep customers, and win new ones. Your customers are aware of the competition, and they know they can always consider other options if they are not satisfied with your service. Not only will some customers leave, but they may also ...

Advice from RVU’s Data and Analytics Executive, Safiyah Raja, on what teams should know about those partaking in Ramadan, and how best to support them. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims across the world which involves fasting (no food or water) during daylight hours. The goal is to build good habits, become kinder and more charitable. Muslims break ...

New research has found almost a third of interviewers admit to not hiring someone based on something they have seen in a candidate’s video backdrop, with a further 58% saying a messy room in the background could cost someone the job. A poll of recruitment decision-makers reveals modern day job interview faux pas, such as 20% of calls have ...

Today, a representative action has been filed in the London High Court on behalf of thousands of businesses that have been grossly overcharged for intellectual property (IP) services, as part of a secret commissions scheme. The claim alleges that IP law firm Marks & Clerk (M&C) referred their clients’ patent, design and trade mark renewals work to CPA Global, ...

By now, we all know that getting back to “normal” will, for many people, not involve going back to work in the way we did before Covid-19 hit. Terms such as “remote working”, “agile working”, and “flexible working” are now used interchangeably to indicate how the workplace will look as we start to ease out of lockdown. But for ...

The loss of mental capacity of a director, partner or shareholder could be devastating for a business unless there are the necessary safeguards in place. Just consider: what would happen if a business owner or majority shareholder was unable to make critical decisions – would someone be able to authorise payments, enter into contracts and keep the business running? ...