John Gokongwei was selling peanuts to his classmates, Josephine Gotianun Yap was sticking stamps to letter envelopes and Hans Sy was emptying trash cans at SM Makati. Hong Kong’s richest billionaire Li Ka Shing was 15 when he worked at a factory producing plastic watch bands for 16 hours a day. Malaysia’s No. 1 tycoon and Shangri-La hotel chain founder Robert Kuok Hock Nien started work as an office boy while still in college. China’s Alibaba.com billionaire Jack Ma first worked as a teacher. The world’s No. 1 wealthiest billionaire Jeff Bezos was 16 when his first job was flipping burgers at McDonald’s in Miami City, while world’s No. 2 wealthiest Bill Gates’ first job was as a computer programmer in senior year in high school. The world’s No. 3 richest billionaire Warren Buffett was 13 when became a newspaper delivery boy. What were the first jobs of the Philippines’ top business leaders, their unforgettable experiences and … [Read more...] about Their first jobs
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FRANKFURT: Amazon has reached a deal with Germany's anti-trust authority to overhaul its terms of service for third-party merchants, acting to appease regulators as the European Union announced its own investigation of the e-commerce giant.Germany's Federal Cartel Office said on Wednesday it was dropping its seven-month investigation after Amazon agreed to amend a Business Services Agreement that applies to hundreds of thousands of merchants trading on its platform.Within hours, however, EU antitrust regulators said they would open their own investigation into whether the world's largest online retailer's terms of service and use of merchant data violated competition rules.The changes will apply not only to Germany, Amazon's No. 2 market after the United States, but also to its marketplaces in Britain, France, Italy and Spain, as well as its other worldwide sites in America and Asia, the German regulator said."We have achieved far-reaching improvements for retailers on Amazon's … [Read more...] about Amazon appeases German watchdog, but EU opens new probe
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Mon., May 13, 2019 Hats off to the Toronto Raptors. I had a friend make an analogy the other day about Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and their two keynote franchises: The Raptors and the Maple Leafs. They’re like two sons, she said. The Raptors are the good son, the one that always does what it’s told, always does what’s expected, never disappoints. You don’t have to worry about him. He’ll always be there. The Maple Leafs are the lovable rascal. A bit spoiled. Gets away with things he shouldn’t. Maybe thinks more of himself than it ought to, given his track record. Disappoints you, but then looks up at you with that smile and says next time he’ll do better. And you believe him. But you also worry for him, because, well, you know, he’s always doing things he shouldn’t. Article Continued Below Anyway it was a treat to see a clutch play from a Toronto player in a Game … [Read more...] about Rising to the moment: Comparing Leafs, Raptors and Blue Jays
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., May 12, 2019 First off the top a very Happy Mother’s Day to all who qualify, hope you’re spoiled and taken care of and appreciated all day. Hope that all the time, of course, but especially today. And now here’s another big old weekend mailbag to wade through before the 7 p.m. game, for which those of us who now don’t have to write an early story are very thankful. - Q: Hi Doug From your perspective, is there anything left for the Toronto Argonauts to try in order to get more bums in seats at BMO Field? Moving there from the Rogers Centre has not helped and they are so far off the radar that they are now barely an afterthought. Article Continued Below Love your column too! Regards, Mike Guelph, Ontario A: I honestly don’t know what’s next. I don’t think they market themselves well enough to a broad audience and maybe there’s some nifty way to get themselves in … [Read more...] about Movies, fans and a Jeremy Lin question in a full mailbag
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., May 3, 2019 Bumped into Nikita Soshnikov over at the Coca-Cola Coliseum on Thursday (as you might have surmised from this story about Egor Korshkov). Sosh looked good. He’s working out on his own, starting to get ready for next year. He figures he’s going back to the KHL – maybe St. Petersburg -- after things didn’t work out for him in the NHL. There was real hype – and hope – for him. He remembers it, and believed it and in himself. He was terrific his first call-up (two goals, three assists in 11 games) at the end of the 2015-16 season. “I had a lot of ice time, I had a lot of confidence,” he said. “It’s all confidence. The coach trusts you. You feel good. You’re going to play. But injuries. You have to find a way to stay healthy.” A concussion and a neck injury cost him playing time in Toronto. He was traded to St. Louis. He suffered a concussion in … [Read more...] about Mailbag: Whatever happened to Nikita Soshnikov?