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Inside the Industry: Dance and entertainment with UPeepz

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:03 PM

Advancing to the semifinals on NBC's World of Dance, UPeepz coaches Chips Beltran and Phim Villanueva tell us what it takes to impress J. Lo on the big stage

Philippine banana exporters seek gov't aid as losses feared

Jul 08, 2020 - 11:59 PM

The Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association expects banana exports to decline by 20% in 2020

TO GO WITH Inflation-poverty-food-Philippines-agriculture-reform,FEATURE by Cecil Morella Workers pack freshly harvested bananas at the processing plant of the Philippines biggest banana producer Tagum Agricultural Development Co. in Tagum in Davao del Norte province, located in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on April 22, 2008. The 7,000 hectare plantation built in the late 60's by banana tycoon Antonio Floirendo, supplies bananas to a growing global market on a surge in demand for fresh fruit in the Middle East, Russia, China, Japan, and South Korea. The company is a contract grower for US multinational fruit company Del Monte. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD (Photo by ROMEO GACAD / AFP)

German industrial output shows modest recovery in May 2020

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Despite the 7.8% increase in Germany's industrial output, the figure falls short of the 10% rise predicted by analysts

MANUFACTURING. An industrial robot mounts the dashboard on the assembly line during the production of the Volkswagen electric car, the ID.3 model, in Zwickau, Germany, on February 25, 2020. Photo by Ronny Hartmann/AFP

Inside the Industry: Freelancing with Indierectory

Jul 06, 2020 - 5:42 PM

Ad agency GIGIL's Herbert Hernandez and Jeano Cruz bridge the gap between freelancers and clients through the initiative Indierectory

Spain fines staff of China's ICBC for money laundering

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:20 AM

Former employees of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are fined 22.7 million euros ($25.5 million) in Spain

The logo of the Madrid branch of China's biggest lender ICBC is pictured the building facade after its director and a deputy director were arrested as part of a probe into the suspected laundering of at least 40 million euros ($44.5 million) in Madrid on February 17, 2016. - The bank is suspected of being used to "introduce into the financial system funds earned through the alleged crimes of smuggling, tax fraud and the violation of workers' rights, allowing the transfer of the funds to China in a way that appeared legal," the police statement said. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)

Palace says DTI or DepEd should issue film production guidelines – not FDCP

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:28 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque himself points out that the FDCP has no regulatory powers

Inside the Industry: Tech and live streaming with Kumu

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Migrating from Silicon Valley to "social media capital of the world," Kumu CEO Roland Ros champions Philippine tech as the next big thing

U.S. fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Oklahoma-based Chesapeake Energy files for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 proceedings, which allow a company that is no longer able to repay its debt to restructure without pressure from creditors

ODESSA, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Trucks used in the fracking industry sit in a truck stop, many waiting for work, on February 4, 2015 in Odessa, Texas. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benifited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

High street to PPE: Bangladesh garment makers turn virus gloom into boom

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Some Bangladeshi garment factories switch from making clothing to personal protective equipment, reviving jobs and filling demand

In this picture taken on June 18, 2020, labourers from Beximco Textiles Ltd manufacturer work on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) garment used as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka. - Facing ruin as orders from Western brands collapsed in the coronavirus pandemic, many Bangladeshi garment factories have been given a lifeline with orders to make protective masks, gloves and gowns for export. Nonetheless, hundreds of thousands of workers who used to work in export-oriented apparel factories in the South Asian country remain jobless despite the new orders and some recovery in Western markets. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) / To go with 'HEALTH-VIRUS-BANGLADESH-ECONOMY' by Shafiqul Alam

Inside the Industry: The future of funny business with Comedy Manila

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:00 PM

From live shows to no shows, comedians Red Ollero and Mikey Andres now perform stand-up from their desktops

China's industrial output continues slow recovery from virus hit

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Chinese industrial production expands 4.4% in May 2020, but there are still 'many difficulties and uncertainties'

REOPENED. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Inside the Industry: The future of photography and travel with Sonny Thakur

Jun 15, 2020 - 6:00 AM

Photographer Sonny Thakur shows us how a travel publication like Grid Magazine works from home

[ANALYSIS] Famine at the shores

Jun 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM

'Ownership and control of EEZs must be put back in the hands of domestic fishers, especially small-scale fishers'

E-commerce and the future of retail industry according to experts

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:57 PM

Key thought leaders in the retail industry anticipate even more changes in the months following the pandemic

France pledges 15 billion euros for stricken aviation firms

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

(UPDATED) The French government says it is taking action to save around 100,000 jobs in the country's aviation industry

AIR FRANCE. A plane of the French airline parked at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

Samsung heir avoids arrest over controversial merger

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:37 AM

Court says there is not sufficient probable cause in case involving price manipulation and illegal trading during 2015 merger of Cheil Industries and Samsung C&T

SAMSUNG. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

German industrial output falls record 17.9% in April 2020

Jun 08, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Germany posts its biggest drop in industrial output since the data was first recorded in January 1991

This aerial view shows a blast furnace at the plant of German industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp in Duisburg, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Inside the Industry: The future of film production with Inter-Guild Alliance's Patti Lapus and Mara Marasigan

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Filmmakers Patti Lapus and Mara Marasigan elaborate on the new Inter-Guild Alliance protocols for film production

PM is not the key: DTI tells online sellers to post prices

Jun 03, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Online vendors must display prices instead of telling their customers to send private messages first, says the Department of Trade and Industry

Inside the Industry: The future of schooling with

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Founder and CEO Henry Motte-Muñoz makes the present less scary for educators

South Korea taps domestic tourism to revive industry

May 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Can we find tourism with eased social distancing? The brief answer is ‘yes’ but it’s going to be in domestic tourism and in a very limited way, very careful way,' says Korean tourism expert Wangoo Lee

Photo by Nikko Dizon/Rappler

Macron unveils 8-billion-euro French auto rescue, champions electric cars

May 27, 2020 - 7:30 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron details a plan to boost the coronavirus-hit auto industry in France, the home of Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP)

Mindanao's trademark abaca paper is now a face mask

May 25, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Tests by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 10 show that the abaca fiber mask has a filtration rate 7 times better than cloth masks and has lower water absorption than N95 masks

An artisinal company in Misamis Oriental finds a new use for its trademark abaca paper via a face mask.  According to the test conducted by DOST Region 10, the fiber mask has a filtration rate that is seven times better than cloth, and has lower water absorption than N95 mask. Photo from Salay Handmade Products Industries, Incorporated (SHPII)

Inside the Industry: The future of fitness with The Coaches' Lab

May 25, 2020 - 5:41 PM

In this episode, we explore another public space that will be fundamentally altered by the COVID-19 pandemic – the gym

Salons may reopen soon, but health measures must be in place

May 25, 2020 - 4:07 PM

Barbershop and salon employees show that they can safely cut hair by wearing protective wear. The government, however, is still assessing the risks.

DTI to study partial reopening of restaurants for dine-in

May 21, 2020 - 8:05 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says they will first check if restaurants can apply health protocols to ensure the safety of diners

PARTIALLY OPEN. Sanitation workers disinfects the handrails of escalators of Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City as some establishments begin to operate partially after the ease in restriction under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Germany moves to 'clean up' meat industry after virus outbreaks

May 20, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Concern mounts after several German slaughterhouses were hit with coronavirus outbreaks, prompting fresh scrutiny over hygiene and working conditions

Members of a coronavirus testing station stand on the factory premises of the Westfleisch meat processing company in Hamm, western Germany, on May 10, 2020, as all workers of the company have to be tested on the novel coronavirus after a spike in cases at their slaughterhouse. - Local authorities in the western federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced on May 8, 2020 that reopening plans were postponed and an "emergency mechanism" would come into effect due to high infection rates in the region. Many of the Westfleisch company's workers, partially originating from Eastern Europe and housed in shared accomodation, were tested positive on the novel coronavirus that can cause the COVID-19 disease. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Inside the Industry: The future of fashion with Amina Aranaz

May 18, 2020 - 5:05 PM

We ask fashion expert Amina Aranaz for her advice to fellow designers dealing with the pandemic

Awful data show U.S. economy is in deep trouble

May 16, 2020 - 7:00 AM

United States retail sales sink by 16.4% in April 2020, the largest one-month fall on record. Industrial production also drops a record 11.2%.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15 : People are reflected on a window of a retail store closed due to coronavirus as they walk around Times Square during the spread of COVID-19 pandemic on May 15, 2020 in New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 307,000 lives and infecting more than 4.6 million people. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP

China industrial output sees shock growth but consumers stay wary

May 15, 2020 - 1:00 PM

The 3.9% rise in industrial production in April 2020 is taken as a sign that China is bouncing back. Retail sales, however, drop 7.5%.

MANUFACTURING. Employees work on a battery production line at a factory in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province on March 30, 2020. Photo by AFP

[OPINION] The era of cheap flights is over

May 13, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'When the dust settles, whether by reason of conscience, aversion to novel pathogens, or dislike of higher prices, many will put off from taking to the sky'

Italy industrial output tumbles nearly 30% in March 2020

May 11, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Italy's national consumers association says industrial production had been brought down by 'an earthquake' bigger than anything seen since 2009, the height of the global financial crisis

A photo taken and handout by the press office of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) on April 27, 2020 shows employees resuming work at the SEVEL (European Light Vehicle Company) car factory in Atessa, south of Pescara, on April 27, 2020 after the government laid out partial reopening plans, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. - SEVEL is a 50-50 joint venture between FCA and French car manufacturer PSA Group. (Photo by Handout / FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES PRESS OFFICE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / FIAT CHRYSLER AUTOMOBILES PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

French industrial output plunges by 16.2% in March 2020

May 07, 2020 - 5:15 PM

In terms of industrial output, construction activity is hit the hardest in France in March 2020 as it contracts by 40.1%

PARTIAL RESUMPTION. An employee of Toyota works on an assembly line in Onnaing, France, on April 21, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Virus saps German industrial output by 9.2% in March 2020

May 07, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Germany's vital car industry is among the most heavily impacted, suffering a 31.1% drop in production

An industrial robot mounts the dashboard on the assembly line during the production of the Volkswagen electric car, the ID.3 model, at the Volkswagen car factory in Zwickau, eastern Germany, on February 25, 2020. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN / AFP)

Inside the Industry: The future of coffee with El Union Coffee's Kiddo and Amy Cosio

May 07, 2020 - 9:33 AM

We talk to owners Kiddo and Amy Cosio on how they are pivoting their beachfront business

[OPINION | Stakeout] Alay sa mundo ng Pinoy musikero

May 06, 2020 - 12:19 PM

'Sa panahong gaya ng nararanasan nating lahat sa ngayon, tila walang kadamay ang ating mga musikero. Sa wari ko’y wala man lang naka-aalala sa kalagayan ng mga ito sa ngayon!'

Costco latest to limit meat purchases after U.S. plant shutdowns

May 06, 2020 - 9:15 AM

There is rising demand for meat in the United States during the coronavirus lockdown, but the industry faces challenges on the supply side

COSTCO. A Costco store in Michigan. Photo from Shutterstock

Over half of MSMEs stopped operations due to coronavirus lockdown

May 01, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says almost 53% or about 525,000 out of the total 998,342 MSMEs in the country bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic

AFFECTED BY COVID-19. Customers purchase vegetables at the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bangladesh garment factories reopen, defying virus lockdown

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Garment factories in Bangladesh are reportedly 'under pressure' from brands to meet export deadlines

Labourers work in a garment factory during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Asulia on April 26, 2020. - Hundreds of Bangladesh garment factories defied a nationwide coronavirus lockdown to reopen on April 26, raising fears the industry's vulnerable and largely female workforce could be exposed to the contagion. Big-name international brands have cancelled or held up billions of dollars in orders due to the pandemic, crippling an industry that accounts for over nearly all of the South Asian country's export earnings. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Inside the Industry: The future of dining with Sweet Ecstasy's Monica Tobias and Al Galang

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:56 AM

In this episode, we continue our exploration into how different industries are adapting to the current pandemic and evolving for the future

U.S. meat plants close, but supply strong for grilling season

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:05 AM

The United States Department of Agriculture says it is 'closely monitoring' for meat shortages and there are not yet any widespread disruptions

Customers in gloves and masks shop as a store associate (back L) cleans the meat case at the Local Market Foods store in Chicago, Illinois, on April 8, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP)

DTI sets 30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Lessors found guilty of refusing to provide the 30-day grace period face imprisonment of not less than two months or a fine of not less than P10,000, or both

Inside the Industry: Twitch streaming with Ramenstyle

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:48 PM

For this episode of Hustle's Inside the Industry, we talk videogames with Vince Cabrera aka Ramenstyle

Lockdowns vs coronavirus must be data-driven – businessman

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Talks of extended, localized lockdowns surface, but PCCI president George Barcelon says the government must have the numbers to assure Filipinos of a proper approach to the outbreak

A team from the Quezon City police manning a checkpoint along Aurora Boulevard on March 31, 2020, hold placards stating "We Stayed at Work, Please Stay At Home For Us". Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Leaked notes from gov't-businessmen video call 'not policy' – PCCI president

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Billionaires and government officials discuss the impact of an extended coronavirus lockdown and where to source funding. A businessman tells Rappler they were simply 'brainstorming.'

Inside the Industry: Entrepreneurship with Auro Chocolate's Kelly Go

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Entrepreneur and chocolate maker Kelly Go tells us what it takes to elevate the Filipino cacao industry

Groups urge gov’t, companies to prioritize BPO workers’ welfare amid pandemic

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:20 PM

As the Luzon lockdown continues, many workers in BPO companies are forced to head to their offices due to a lack of flexible work arrangements and to maintain job security during the coronavirus outbreak

Photo from Shutterstock

Meat shortage looms in April if checkpoint issues persist

Mar 20, 2020 - 8:30 PM

The Philippine Association of Meat Processors says checkpoints should allow vehicles transporting raw materials to pass through

DTI orders groceries to limit number of shoppers

Mar 16, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The Department of Trade and Industry says there should only be one person for every square meter of free space in a store to reduce the risk of getting the novel coronavirus

China industrial output contracts for first time in decades

Mar 16, 2020 - 3:15 PM

Industrial production in China shrinks 13.5% in January-February 2020, the first contraction since January 1990

This photo taken on March 14, 2020 shows a worker watching over a machine as it welds aluminium at a factory in Zouping, in China's Shandong province. - China's industrial production, retail sales and investment all contracted in the first two months of the year after the coronavirus epidemic wreaked havoc on the economy, official data showed on March 16. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT