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WHAT separates achievers from non-achievers and survivors from victims? The “feeling or belief that they can do something well or succeed at something” whatever the circumstances – self-confidence! People with a high level of confidence are not easily swayed by others’ opinions. In fact, they know themselves and their capabilities too well to even give a hoot about what bashers, bullies, and critics say.

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THE world continues to look to the United States (US) to see what President Donald Trump plans to do next about his hardline anti-immigration campaign. His initial plan to ban the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East has been put on hold by court orders and he said he will soon draw up a new one.

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THERE was talk long ago of allegedly, a former president who owns/has an interest in a mining company? Of former presidents and cabinet members who had a lucrative racket on mining firms similar the days when ‘logging concessions’ were in its hay-days? Such large amounts of potential money processed before the desk of Palace boys, will surely attract transactional approval, depending on percentages changing hands the way a fly will navigate towards the stench of corruption.

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Hortons is hot!

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HE walked into his uncle’s formal event dressed in blue jeans and a white shirt. Everyone else was in de rigueur evening wear, but then not everyone had just come from a brewing, steaming, hot product launch. The words Tim Hortons, only somewhat conspicuously embroidered in red on his cotton shirt, right where his heart should be, said it all.

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IN the middle of the ongoing dispute over the closure of 23 mines and the cancellation of 75 mining permits by Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands (CCPI), the oldest business organization in the country, has come up with a proposal that merits the closest government attention.

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Jesus saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And leaving everything behind, he got up and followed him. Then Levi gave a great banquet for him in his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were at table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

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