The ties that bind: Cultivating lasting relationships (Philstar.com) - May 24, 2019 - 4:21pm Impassable roads and scattered debris, Shella Usquisa still has vivid memories of how Super Typhoon Lawin affected her town in Tuguegarao back in October 2016. "The typhoon was relentless, but so was I," Shella shares, continuing to brave the storm that fateful day, opting to still go to fulfill her responsibilities at work. Duty first A customer relationship specialist, Shella's days are filled with nonstop engagements with bank clients. Sometimes pleasant, sometimes challenging, Shella has gotten used to dealing with every kind of client, adding that she has already mastered the art of keeping her composure at all times and that her greatest "tool" at work is her ability to listen and understand where her clients are coming from. Thus, in spite of the strong gusts of wind and heavy rainfall which lasted for hours, Shella knows that … [Read more...] about The ties that bind: Cultivating lasting relationships
By Caitlin Kenny The Kit Tues., May 14, 2019 Ever find yourself dreaming of a side hustle? Or maybe you’re already grinding it out for your fledgling company. Starting your own business promises a fun, exciting career — but getting there isn’t easy, a truth known well by Canada’s top female founders. Here, the minds behind Mejuri, Nudestix, Moroccanoil, Therma Kota and Michi share their best advice on how to be an entrepreneur in the fashion and beauty industry. Mejuri co-founder Noura Sakkijha The backstory: It was natural for Jordan-born Noura Sakkijha to get into the fine jewelry game, with her parents and grandparents already in the biz. But that’s where she split with the traditional: She set her sights on shaking up the industry. “Usually, jewelry brands talk to men buying for women; collections are barely refreshed throughout the year; and there is this huge assumption that jewelry is a purchase that requires an … [Read more...] about Want to start your own biz? These founders have advice
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 I have a close friend in her late 60’s, who delivers a deadpan line at social gatherings that never fails to elicit rueful laughs: “My husband and I have decided not to have grandchildren.” If you don’t know why that’s funny –as well as poignant—then you’re not an aging baby boomer yearning for grandchildren to arrive. And deeply fearing they may never show up. And you’re certainly not their millennial offspring – like my friend’s two 30-something sons—feeling no rush to produce adorable grandchildren no matter how much their parents want them. Millennials not having kids. It might be a thing. It might not. For a variety of reasons—economic and personal-- they are waiting longer to settle down and when they do, they are not reproducing at the same rate as previous generations. But as Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer of the … [Read more...] about Baby boomers angst over childless millennials, but whose biological clock is really ticking?
By Ellie Advice Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Q: My fiancée and I are mid-50s and experienced nasty divorces (mine’s ongoing) from long-term first marriages. We grew up together since Grade 1, like sister and brother. After graduation, we stayed in-touch until 1987, when we each got married. We lost touch other than becoming Facebook friends in 2008. Last May, six weeks after my ex and I separated, I opened Facebook and the only friend online at that time was my now-fiancée. That day we talked on the phone for the first time in 31 years. Our relationship blossomed into the deepest, most soulful, loving relationship possible. We live in different parts of the country, so the distance/time apart is difficult, but we got engaged last October and plan on a life together once I’m divorced. Article Continued Below We have only one problem — I’ve never wanted a dog. My fiancé is a dog lover. Her three dogs are … [Read more...] about I’m afraid my fiancée will pick her dogs over me: Ask Ellie
SINGAPORE: Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will be promoted to Deputy Prime Minister as part of the latest changes to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Tuesday (Apr 23). Mr Heng will remain Finance Minister, said the press statement, and continue chairing the Future Economy Council and National Research Foundation. "He will be appointed Acting Prime Minister in the Prime Minister's absence," PMO said. Current deputy prime ministers Teo Chee Hean and Tharman Shanmugaratnam will relinquish the role. They will, however, remain in Cabinet as senior ministers, with Mr Teo continuing as Coordinating Minister for National Security.Mr Tharman will be re-designated as Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, and will continue to advise the Prime Minister on economic policies, PMO added. He has also been appointed deputy chairman of GIC. The Cabinet changes take effect on May 1. "NEXT GENERATION … [Read more...] about Heng Swee Keat to be promoted to DPM in Cabinet reshuffle