MATHIEU STERN-UNSPLASH (First of two parts) IN THE FIRST PLACE, how is the country faring with respect to investments? Very poorly. Not just in foreign direct investments, but in domestic investments as well. Both in absolute numbers and in growth rates, the amount of investments (and the portion going into investment spending) is low. FDI was only $4.5 billion in ...

ROBERT LINDER-UNSPLASH Today is the second day of the 13-day UN Climate Conference 2021 in Glasgow, UK. Until last week, many news outlets from print, TV, and online reported many alarmist climate scenarios of what would happen unless the world gets out of fossil fuels especially coal. Consider these recent reports in BusinessWorld, (I included some local energy stories): o ...

THIS YEAR, the Chinese city of Yiwu -- the world's biggest hub for the manufacture of plastic reindeer, twinkle lights and other Christmas paraphernalia -- is feeling a Grinch-like pinch. Factories are being hit by a shortage of raw materials that's raising their production costs, and once goods are on their way shipping snarls are delaying their journey to the ...

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida -- KYODO/VIA REUTERS TOKYO -- The ruling party's solid victory in Japan's parliamentary election on Sunday will likely take pressure off Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to inflate the size of a pandemic-relief stimulus package, easing market fears of massive bond issuance. Mr. Kishida has pledged to compile a fresh stimulus package worth "several tens of ...

CARMELO Anthony led the Los Angeles Lakers in their rout of the Houston Rockets, 95-85, on Sunday. -- LA LAKERS TWITTER CARMELO Anthony scored 23 points and Russell Westbrook added 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds as the Los Angeles Lakers routed the visiting Houston Rockets, 95-85, on Sunday. LeBron James added 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds ...

LOS ANGELES -- The Astros overcame an early four-run deficit to beat the Atlanta Braves, 9-5, and force a World Series Game Six in Houston on Tuesday. The Braves loaded the bases in the first inning on Sunday and Adam Duvall hit a grand slam off Framber Valdez for a 4-0 lead that electrified the Atlanta crowd. The Astros got ...

FOLLOWING their conquest of the PBA Philippine Cup title and return to the top of the local professional league, the TnT Tropang Giga are looking towards more success moving forward. -- PBA IMAGES FOLLOWING their conquest of the PBA Philippine Cup title and return to the top of the local professional league, the TnT Tropang Giga are looking towards more ...

"[JONAS] Sultan was intended to be another pedestrian opponent for an up-and-coming boxer like [Carlos] Caraballo. But in the fight, Sultan insisted that he's nobody's footstool and flipped the script," a local boxing analyst said. -- ALVIN S. GO JONAS Sultan may not have the rep so far of some of the top boxers in the country, but he is ...

SERBIAN Novak Djokovic is targeting the year-end men's tennis number one spot. -- NOVAK DJOKOVIC FB PAGE MUMBAI -- Novak Djokovic said his targets for the rest of 2021 include clinching the year-end number one spot and helping Serbia in its Davis Cup campaign, as he returns to competition at the Paris Masters for the first time since losing the ...

THE Philippine U23 Azkals lost to Timor-Leste, 0-1 on Sunday in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Group H match to end their campaign without a win. -- ASIAN FOOTBALL CONFEDERATION THE country's Under-23 (U23) men's football team ended what turned out to be a rough campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Qualifiers in Singapore on Sunday without ...