How (not) to bond over Trump on Father’s Day I always had this feeling that, as I got older, my dad and I would become more alike. Yes, there are many ways in which we have. Maybe not the hair loss (genetic; I got my mom’s hair), but his general amiability, his sense of adventure — after all, my dad did once hop on a plane to visit us in Manila on his own, and ended up getting into daily interactions with jeepneys, kalesas, EDSA on foot, single available Filipinas and other local attractions that would qualify him for Amazing Race Asia. Nowadays, though, his health is less robust, and I worry about him often, living alone in Massachusetts. Going to the corner 7-Eleven to score a lottery ticket is about as adventurous as it gets. His pet parrot and dog have joined the Choir Invisible, so he’s all alone most of the time. What keeps him company, I suspect, is TV shouting alarmist things at him, most waking hours; radio, filling in the … [Read more...] about How (not) to bond over Trump on Father’s Day
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Angkas to start pilot run this month Rey Galupo, Romina Cabrera (The Philippine Star) - June 14, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle-taxi platform Angkas is looking to start before the end of the month its pilot run, which could pave the way for the legalization of the use of motorcycles in public transport in the country, an official said yesterday. George Royeca, Angkas regulatory affairs head, said they are retraining their fleet of 27,000 drivers before they can start the pilot run by the third week of this month. The Department of Transportation approved the pilot run last month following the release of general guidelines that cover safety requirements, fare matrix, data-sharing standards and key performance indicators for the motorcycle-taxi operations. Angkas has finished retraining some 12,000 of its drivers, Royeca said. Angkas would also give its drivers special reflectorized … [Read more...] about Angkas to start pilot run this month
Sport Sonny Bill Williams is to start what could be his final Super Rugby game after missing much of the season through injury when the Auckland Blues travel to Wellington to meet the Hurricanes on Saturday. 13 Jun 2019 02:15PM Bookmark WELLINGTON: Sonny Bill Williams is to start what could be his final Super Rugby game after missing much of the season through injury when the Auckland Blues travel to Wellington to meet the Hurricanes on Saturday.The 33-year-old has not played since suffering a knee injury in the Blues' 24-9 victory over the Stormers on March 30. He underwent surgery two weeks later.His contract with New Zealand Rugby expires after the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year and while local media reported he could head abroad to wind down his career Williams was giving little away on Thursday."You never say never," he told reporters in Auckland when asked if it was his last training session with the Blues. "I'm just really focused on this week and trying to … [Read more...] about With future still in doubt, Sonny Bill to start for Blues
“If you want to help the people of Myanmar, farming is a pretty good place to start. Despite the country’s rapid urbanisation in recent years, the population remains overwhelmingly rural, with 70 percent of people relying on the land for their livelihoods,” said a recent blog post by Proximity Designs. This came after the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) committed US$8 million to Proximity Finance on April 3 to support expanded micro lending to rural Myanmar borrowers, primarily smallholder farmers. The Skoll Foundation, a long-term supporter of Proximity Finance, committed an additional US$2 million of subordinated debt as part of the co-financing package. “By expanding their access to affordable credit, OPIC’s partnership with Proximity Designs will equip smallholder farmers to improve their yields, expand their enterprises, and help their communities thrive,” said OPIC’s acting President and CEO David … [Read more...] about ‘A pretty good place to start’: Serving Myanmar’s farmers
MANILA – She is one of the Philippines’ fastest rising vloggers. And one could not help but wonder how much Alex Gonzaga earns from her YouTube videos, each having millions of views. Lucky for those who are curious, TV host Boy Abunda asked this burning question during his show, “Inside the Cinema,” where Gonzaga appeared as a guest alongside her sister Toni and fellow influencer Bianca Gonzalez. “How much can an influencer earn?” he asked. Gonzaga did not immediately answer the question as she first opted to explain how earning from YouTube works. She noted that English-speaking vloggers with an international audience are “Google-preferred” and have the potential of earning more than someone like her, who churns out videos in Filipino. “When you have an international audience… ang one American audience is equivalent to four Filipinos, one is to four,” Gonzaga explained. “So ‘yung cpm (cost per mille)… … [Read more...] about News WATCH: How much does Alex Gonzaga earn as a vlogger?