MIKE WOOTTON

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No doubt there was a time when it was possible to go into the Petroleum Club in Houston and find some good old boy whom you had known for many years, talk to him for a while about some oil-related business idea that you had in mind and convince the…

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LEAVING aside the effect of Philippine politics on the economic development of the nation, it is worth noting that often there is a disconnect between the aspired level of technological development and reality. In other words, there is an apparent eagerness on the part of the bureaucrats to adopt the…

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There are a fast growing number of Chinese people who want to travel internationally as tourists. The Philippines is, or at least has the potential to be, an important tourist destination. The Chinese have lifted a travel ban—as part of the rapprochement between China and the Philippines—and target 1,000,000 tourist…

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In the Philippines, “auto lending remains the shining star of the overall lending industry,” according to Euromonitor International. More than a quarter of a million new vehicles were registered in 2015, “owing to aggressive promotions/campaigns from retail banks.” From March to September 2016, a period of six months, auto loans…

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I remember proposing once at a conference of NGOs in the Philippines that mining companies provide funding for measures to allow the monitoring of mining activities potentially harmful to the community or the environment. The proposal was not at all popular. Mining, during that particular form, was seen at the…

VIEWS FROM A BRIT

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There is nothing very new about “alternative facts”; they have been in use since the times of ancient Greece. They are the prime ingredients of propaganda – information of a biased or misleading nature used and widely disseminated to promote or publicise a political cause or point of view. The…

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High on the radar screen of most people who have children is the cost of education. People want to give their children the best possible education so that they are set up for a good life going forward. The cost of doing this is, however, in many places a major…

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Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is a big business that needs deep pockets. Does the Philippines need LNG? Yes, it certainly does, unless it wants to stick with coal-fired power, or go for the attractive but very difficult to put into place nuclear option. Despite the rash of coal-fired power generation…

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Well, the world is changing fast, that’s a fact—then again in this day and age whether or not the statement is a fact is a matter of supreme irrelevance. Facts just derail what large majorities of the population really feel! One thing, however, seems fairly clear and that is that…

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It was in 1985 that Microsoft Windows became available as a user-friendly interface for computing. Apple had a user-friendly interface some years before that. I know that well, as I was an early Mac user. The Worldwide Web came alive in the first half of the 1990s and the internet…

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