India’s power grid creaks under hybrid work model, heatwave

NEW DELHI, India – Indians are cranking up air-conditioning as they are still working from home, while lights come back on offices and factories with an end to COVID-19 curbs, upending power demand patterns amid a heatwave and the country’s worst blackouts in years. India has traditionally seen peak demand late in the evening when … Read more

Bank of Japan’s dovish isolation draws public heat ahead of leadership change

The feasibility of maintaining ultra-low interest rates may feature high in the selection process of the Japanese central bank’s next leader TOKYO, Japan – A decline in the yen and market distortions by current monetary settings have raised the political cause on the Bank of Japan (BOJ) as it becomes rapid isolated in a world … Read more

Money for Ukraine tops G7 agenda; inflation, food a concern

Finance leaders of the US, Japan, Canada, Britain, Germany, France and Italy – the G7 – are holding talks as Ukraine, invaded by Russia on February 24, is struggling to fend off the attack and is running out of cash KOENIGSWINTER, Germany – Group of Seven financial leaders are likely to agree on Thursday and … Read more

[New School] Why majority of overseas Filipinos in Taiwan support Marcos

‘In my interactions with the pro-Marcos majority of Taiwan, one does not see trolls and unruly hordes receiving cash-outs, but a supportive and collaborative community’ When one talks of Marcos supporters, there is a yearning to tag them as misinformed — as they are often portrayed on international media and by the opposition. However, in … Read more

Sinabi ni Judy Taguiwalo na may dayaan sa eleksiyon

Sinabi ni Judy Taguiwalo sa isang Facebook post na hindi sa kaniya nagmula ang pahayag Buod Ang sabi-sabi: Sinabi ng dating secretary ng Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) na si Judy Taguiwalo na mayroong dayaan na naganap sa end-to-end transmission path ng transparency servers ng Commission on Elections (Comelec) sa eleksiyon ngayong 2022. … Read more

On break, Supreme Court moves case vs Marcos win but no TRO for now

MANILA, Philippines – In an unexpected move, the Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Thursday, May 19, issued a resolution that required Congress, the Commission on Elections (Comelec), and presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to answer the petition that sought to void Marcos’ candidacy, and in effect, his win. Although an order to answer … Read more

Bollywood sex worker biopic resonates in India’s brothels

MUMBAI, India – The brothels look brighter, the alleyways are cleaner, and a stirring soundtrack accompanies the protagonists, but a new Bollywood film set in Mumbai’s red-light district has struck a chord with India’s roughly one million sex workers. Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biopic telling the story of a sex worker of the same name … Read more

Villar vs Zubiri? Fight for the Senate presidency heats up

MANILA, Philippines – Days after the high-stakes 2022 elections, the fight for the next leader of the Philippine Senate is already heating up, with two popular lawmakers emerging as frontrunners: Cynthia Villar and Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri. The 18th Congress won’t adjourn session sine die until June 3, but senators are already in talks regarding … Read more

Manifest! Where to buy crystals online for your emotional needs

MANILA, Philippines – For every season and every reason, there’s probably a crystal for it. As pretty as they are, crystals aren’t just aesthetically used for jewelry or home decor – for many believers, crystals are their go-to grounding “instruments” believed to help promote inner and outer healing and good feelings, ward off negativity, and … Read more