Javier Puno & Catherine Concepcion MANILA, Philippines — There is a scene in my favorite movie, Sweet Home Alabama, that reminds me of my sister’s wedding day. It is when the young boy asks the girl of his dreams to marry him by the beach while there is a thunderstorm, and the girl replies, “Why do you wanna marry me, anyhow?” and his response is, “So I can kiss you anytime I want.” It is young love in its simplest and truest form. And this was my future brother-in-law Javier Puno’s thought during the night he met Catherine at a soiree nine years ago. He told his dad, “I think she’s the one,” and he was only 16 years old then. Last Friday, I saw their long-distance love story come full circle and it truly was one of the most beautiful days I have witnessed so far when tears of joy were pouring down my face. Over these past six months of planning the wedding, it never fully hit me that my sister was going to get married; in … [Read more...] about My Sister’s Wedding
NEW YORK: Getting Boeing's top-selling 737 MAX back in the skies faces a critical test this week as the company and US regulators each seek to restore their reputations after two deadly crashes.The US Federal Aviation Administration convened a summit of global aviation regulators on Thursday (May 23) to walk through the steps taken to address concerns with the MAX following criticism the agency dragged its feet on the decision to ground the jets.Most agencies around the world have said little or nothing about the situation since the 737 MAX was grounded following the Mar 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, which together with a Lion Air crash in October, claimed 346 lives.So the gathering in Fort Worth, Texas is expected to provide clues as to whether the aviation safety authorities will be willing to set aside any skepticism about the FAA, which has not yet given the green light for the 737 MAX to fly again.Regulators "are going to want a lot of explanation", said Richard Aboulafia … [Read more...] about Will FAA’s plan for 737 MAX fly outside US?
A teenage American recruiter for the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has admitted in a Texas federal court that he was guilty of a conspiracy to help the terrorist organisation, according to John C. Demers, the assistant attorney-general for national security. Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, who was arrested in February, admitted on Wednesday to encouraging an individual, identified in court documents only as co-conspirator 1, to join the LeT, the Department of Justice said. They were caught by a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) undercover agent and an employee who infiltrated a terror recruitment ring by assuming the persona of jihadis, according to court documents. Sewell, 18, described himself to the undercover employee as "lone wolf" and "Lone Lion of Tawhid". Sewell is now considered convicted because of his admission, which is called a guilty plea in the courts here. When an accused pleads guilty, prosecutors often agree in return seek a to a more lenient punishment as they … [Read more...] about American LeT recruiter admits to helping terror group
By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Tues., April 30, 2019 It’s gotta hurt in some quarters — Oshawa — to hear General Motors CEO Mary Barra crowing about the ongoing refocusing of the automaker. “We are selling every truck we build,” Barra told analysts on a first-quarter conference call Tuesday morning. Sales of the revamped Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra were up 20 per cent, year over year. Barra placed an emphasis not just on growth, but on showroom stickers. The new truck models are selling at the highest prices ever, Barra said. Nearly $6,000 (U.S.) higher than the outgoing models. “Outgoing” is code for “Oshawa,” where the plant had once been hard at work on the finishing assembly of the 2018 Sierra and Silverado models. GM HQ had made it clear at the time of its half-billion investment in the Oshawa truck works, which transformed a vastly underused car line to a pickup line, that this was merely a … [Read more...] about GM’s Mary Barra steers clear of rough corporate news
The wait is almost over for all Shake Shack fans for what is perhaps the most anticipated new restaurant opening this year among foreign imports. The Philippines’ first ever Shake Shack is finally opening on May 10 on the ground floor of Central Square, across Shangri-La at The Fort, in Bonifacio Global City. Specialty Food Retailers, Inc. (SFRI), the exclusive Philippine franchise holder of Shake Shack and part of the SSI group, hosted a media sneak preview and tasting session last April 29, with no less than the Shake Shack New York team led by its Global Culinary Director Mark Rosati in attendance. Before Rosati led the tasting, he gave us a brief overview of Shake Shack’s humble beginnings in 2001 as a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park serving only two kinds of hotdogs, the Taxi dog and Chicago dog. His story made me reminisce about my New York City days from 2000 to 2007. Back then, I did not realize that the Madison Square Park Chicago dog that I used to eat way … [Read more...] about Expect long lines on May 10 as Shake Shack finally opens its doors in BGC