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Mentor capitalist eyes aid for 2 Cebu entrepreneurs

Mentor capitalist eyes aid for 2 Cebu entrepreneurs

Mar 14, 2016

Bo’s Coffee CEO Mr. Steve Benitez (CDN FILE PHOTO) Non-profit organization Endeavor Philippines is considering support for Bo’s Coffee owner Steve Benitez and renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue to further accelerate their growth. Manny Ayala, managing director of Endeavor Philippines, said they consider Benitez and Cobonpue as high-impact entrepreneurs. High-impact entrepreneurs are those who have the ability to form companies that employ hundreds or thousands of people, Ayala said. They also pay it forward, he added. Ayala was part of the American Innovation Roadshow delegation that visited Cebu last Friday. During a networking lunch with the local business leaders and startup community, Ayala said Benitez is being considered because he already has 70 to 80 coffee shops that have provided jobs to hundreds of young people. “He (Benitez) wants to go overseas where the Filipinos are and there are about 10 million of us worldwide,” Ayala said. On Cobonpue, he noted how the famous designer has been paying it forward. “He’s to me a very Endeavor-type of entrepreneur because he has already taken under his wing some younger designers,” Ayala added. He said Cebu is one of the places where Endeavor would like to cultivate more high-impact entrepreneurs. “In the next few years, you’ll be seeing us here,” he added. International Funiture designer Kenneth Cobonpue (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA) Endeavor, which is headquartered in New York, is engaged in helping high-impact entrepreneurs across the globe gain access to networks and capital. In the Philippines, Ayala said they have selected Nix Nolledo of Xurpas, Inc., a listed consumer technology company, and Brian Cotter and Vivek Padmanabhan of PSG Global Solutions Philippines, which is engaged in recruitment process outsourcing. With the help of a network of business leaders around the world, Endeavor mentors selected entrepreneurs “with the biggest ideas and most ambitious plans that have the potential to create wealth, jobs and innovative products and services.” Cebu is believed to have a strong potential to develop into an innovation hub, given the proper resources and intervention, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Assistant Regional Director Nelia V. F. Navarro said in her presentation during the forum. The local startup ecosystem is, however, still in its infancy stage, she...

The 10 Best Series on Netflix

The 10 Best Series on Netflix

Mar 14, 2016

Here are the 10 best series on Netflix that you can binge-watch In just a few short years, Netflix has become the dominant force in streaming programming. It’s also become one of the best places to binge-watch television series from several different eras. If you can’t find a TV show that you want to watch on Netflix, then you’re not trying hard enough. Netflix has also been extremely aggressive about its push into original dramas, comedies, documentaries, and even feature films. The day may come when the Netflix originals outnumber the shows from other sources on the streaming service. But for the purposes of this list of best dramas on Netflix, we’re focusing on the shows that Netflix didn’t create. Next week, we’ll be concentrating on Netflix-created shows, so stay tuned! Keep in mind, this list is only a subjective opinion. Your favorite series may not be the same, but we want to hear about the Netflix shows that you love in our comment section below! Now, let’s go go over the best series on Netflix, in alphabetical order. Best Series on Netflix: Breaking Bad Unequivocally one of the great dramas of all time, “Breaking Bad” may owe some of its success and critical acclaim to Netflix. Series creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix on numerous occasions for helping to build the audience for “Breaking Bad.” The fall of Bryan Cranston’s Walter White across 62 episodes of “Breaking Bad” is mesmerizing… and it’s a perfectly bingeable show. Best Series on Netflix: Black Mirror Charlie Booker’s “Black Mirror” was a British TV series that took off on Netflix and became so popular that Netflix is actually making it one of its original shows. But the original seasons of “Black Mirror” are still available Netflix and they are a uniquely dark experience. Think of “Black Mirror” as the modern day “Twilight Zone,” except it holds nothing back and it can be quite disturbing. Especially that first episode. Best Series on Netflix: Farscape “Farscape” was widely overlooked when it was a Syfy original series 17 years ago, but Rockne S. O’Bannon and The Jim Henson Company crafted a sci-fi series that was the true successor to the original “Star Trek.”...

Chaos on Campaign Trail Means Well Somehow Be Seeing Even More Trump on TV

Chaos on Campaign Trail Means Well Somehow Be Seeing Even More Trump on TV

Mar 14, 2016

Presidential campaigns in the general election – particularly open races with an incumbent exiting — are oftentimes decided by events, by things outside of the candidate’s control. In 1992, it was about George H.W. Bush having no control over a third party candidate entering the race (Ross Perot), who helped split enough votes to allow Bill Clinton to win the White House with just 43 percent of the vote (to Bush’s 38 and Perot’s 19). In 2000, it was about hanging chads in Florida and the Supreme Court ultimately denying Al Gore – the popular vote winner – the presidency. In 2008, it was about John McCain running against an economic collapse two months before the election and the burden of his party being the one in power at the time (and therefore recipient of the blame). In fairness to McCain, no Republican was winning that race under those conditions. So here we are in 2016. This election season has been unlike one we’ve seen before, and unless another unfiltered billionaire reality TV star decides to run for president again, undoubtedly one we won’t see again in our lifetimes. And despite what should have been campaigning-ending comments – dozens of them — since his run began back in June, Donald Trump is the clear favorite to win the Republican nomination. But the past week has seen one of those aforementioned kind of events that is getting beyond a candidate’s control: Violence at Trump rallies. And not just the kind one would see at a Rangers-Devils hockey game with a random fight or two in the stands, but the kind that escalates to the point of the actual rally being cancelled for security reasons. The big first question now is: Will massive, organized protests be the norm at a majority of Trump rallies — particularly those in major cities — moving forward? Social media makes mobilizing quite easy, and with activist organizations like MoveOn.org and Black Lives Matter involved – who are showing up in large numbers not to protest as much as they are to disrupt and incite — the answer is probably yes. Remember, this isn’t about free speech, it’s about scorched earth...

Tensions High in Brazil Before Protesters Head to Streets

Tensions High in Brazil Before Protesters Head to Streets

Mar 13, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO—Tensions are high on the eve of political protests planned around Brazil on Sunday by supporters of the governing Workers’ Party and those who want to see President Dilma Rousseff impeached. Opposition groups have been planning the pro-impeachment demonstrations for weeks and hope the protests will draw millions onto the streets nationwide. But differences between the two sides have been sharpened by police actions earlier this month that saw Rousseff’s predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, spirited to a Sao Paulo police station to testify in a sprawling investigation of corruption at the state-run oil giant Petrobras. Some Workers’ Party supporters are expected to stage their own counter-demonstrations on Sunday, setting up concerns by authorities over the possibility of violence. Supreme Court Justice Marco Aurelio Mello said in remarks in Rio de Janeiro’s O Globo daily he was afraid the protests could result in conflict and “even a corpse.” Sao Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin, of the opposition PSDB party, has banned government supporters from marching down the city’s main avenue on Sunday in a bid to “guarantee security.” Brazil is suffering its worst recession in decades, with new official statistics showing the economy shrank by almost 4 percent last year. Rousseff saw her approval ratings dip into the single digits in the first year of her second term in office amid the spiraling recession. She is battling impeachment proceedings over claims she used state-backed banks to plug holes in the budget. MORE: Brazil Looks Almost Ungovernable—but It’s More Robust Than It Seems Brazilian Police Question Ex-President in Corruption Probe She has not been implicated in the massive Petrobras corruption probe, which has already ensnared many of Brazil’s richest businessmen and top politicians from across the political spectrum. The investigation is now closing in on Silva, Rousseff’s mentor. Police showed up at Silva’s apartment in the greater Sao Paulo area early on March 4 and took the former president to a police station to answer questions about two properties he’s connected with that investigators suspect were lavishly remodeled by a construction company embroiled in the Petrobras scandal. In response to the police action, the Workers’ Party’s leader in Congress, Jose Guimaraes,...

How to mitigate cold chain risks in todays global healthcare market

How to mitigate cold chain risks in todays global healthcare market

Mar 13, 2016

The global healthcare cold chain logistics market size is expected to grow from $8 billion (2014) to $11 billion by 2018 with a third of that in the temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions arena. Although the industry is growing, that’s doesn’t mean it’s without challenges. A big contributor in volume growth will continue to be an increasingly aging world population and the introduction of biotechnology-derived large molecules requiring refrigerated storage handling at 2- to 8-degrees C. We’re seeing all of this, combined with expanding global market penetration. Emerging markets include Asia, India, China and South America—all with long, complex shipping lanes requiring more stringent temperature control and monitoring measures to ensure product safety. Managing risk has attracted more aggressive regulatory positions from a number of influencers, including the European Union (EU), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Failing to meet any of these regulations could not only result in a loss of product efficacy, but the potential of unwanted publicity and ultimately fines. Shippers and manufactures, which are ultimately responsible for examining their supply chains, should do so using a risk-based approach. A risk-based approach calls for evaluation of both the currency of the solution and possible sources of harm.   Currency of solution Comprehensive thermal tests and qualification processes are needed to ensure that temperature controlled packaging solutions meet the complex needs of health care originations, including compliance with global industry standards. When doing this, helpful tools to have in place include: • ISTA-compliant certified thermal testing labs (ISTA is the International Safe Transit Assn.). • Calibrated environmental chambers. • A full range of conditioning equipment. • Multi-physics technology to produce virtual prototypes. • Thermal modeling and mapping capabilities. Thermal-controlled shippers are continuously improving. In-depth analysis, including an evaluation of the time elapsed since the valuation of temperature-sensitive shipping and packaging solutions currently in use, is essential to making sure that shippers are continuing to provide an efficient solution.   Sources of harm When it comes to the transportation of temperature-sensitive biologics and other pharmaceutical products, the ability to prevent temperature excursions should be the first priority. Although it can be a demanding task, it’s important...