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Rizal Park visitors leave 60 tons of trash
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 60 metric tons of garbage were hauled from Rizal Park from Christmas Eve up to yesterday morning, according to the city government of Manila. More than 12 tons were gathered from Dec. 24 up to the morning of Dec. 25 while 51 tons were hauled from the afternoon of Dec. 25 up to 11 a.m. yesterday, said Julius ...

Cop, 3 others killed in Negros shootings
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
BACOLOD CITY , Philippines - A police officer allegedly killed himself after he accidentally shot dead his companion during a drinking spree at a house in Barangay 21, Victorias City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday. Police said the gun of Pat. Dionel Lutao of the Western Visayas Regional Mobile Force Battalion accidentally went off and hit ...

NGCP concession agreement under threat?
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- As like the water privatization contracts, a major privatization deal in the power sector is under threat during the Duterte administration - the concession agreement of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP). Fitch Solutions, the research arm of the Fitch Group, has warned that similar contracts between the ...

Share prices retreat on profit taking
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market finished lower on its return from a Christmas holiday break as investors decided to take profits. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) declined by 0.38 percent, or 30.32 points, to close at 7,842.28, while the broader All Shares index lost 0.04 percent or 2.13 points to settle at 4,643.20.

Term deposit yields inch higher as bids decline
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. said in an e-mail. "Wider budget deficit data amid faster growth in government spending for the month of November may have also partly caused the slight uptick in the latest BSP TDF auction yields," he added. On Monday, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said the fiscal gap widened ...

Sta. Lucia ventures into Davao hospitality sector
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
SOTOGRANDE Hotel Suites Davao is located in the heart of Davao Riverfront Corporate City Complex. STA. LUCIA Land, Inc. (SLI) is venturing into the hospitality sector in Davao City, with the introduction of the SotoGrande Hotel brand. In a statement, SLI President Exequiel D. Robles said the company has seen the potential of Mindanao ...

Government urged to provide assistance to farmers
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The government should hasten the provision of assistance to rice farmers affected by the rice tariffication law as the brunt of losses will continue to be felt in the next five years, according to state-run think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). Citing a recent study, PIDS senior research fellow ...

Term deposits rates rise across the board
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Term deposits fetched higher rates across the board as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is expected to resume its easing cycle next year as it allows previous monetary actions to work its way through the economy. BSP Deputy Governor Francisco Dakila Jr. said the average rate for the seven, 13 and 27-day term ...

TDG, Japanese partner to launch fintech platform early 2020
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Delgado family-owned Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) is set to launch a new platform through MarCoPay Inc. as part of efforts to venture into the rapidly growing financial technology (fintech) space. MarCoPay chief operating officer Areson Cuevas said the company is well on its way to meet its target launch date ...

4.8-magnitude quake strikes parts of Visayas after 'Ursula'
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) -- A 4.8-magnitude quake shook parts of Visayas Thursday night, a day after the region was battered by Typhoon Ursula. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported that the tremor struck near San Enrique, Iloilo at 8:19 p.m. with a depth of 14 kilometers. PHIVOLCS ...

Weighed down by property stocks, PSEi loses 0.39%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
The local stock barometer slipped in thin trade on Thursday as many investors have gone on a year-end holiday break.The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slipped by 30.32 points, or 0.39 percent, to close at 7,842.28, bucking mostly upbeat regional markets. With just one day to go before the last trading day of the year, the ...

Tiny proportion of small firms linked to global supply chain -- PIDS
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
"Most of them have limited access to finance and skilled labor and lack the entrepreneurial mind-set and skills to expand their business," the report said, adding that customs inefficiencies increase export and import costs. According to the ...

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
TOKYO -- Japan executed its first foreigner in 10 years on Thursday, a Chinese man convicted in the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four. Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka where he had been on death row for more than 16 years, Justice Minister Masako Mori said. Wei was convicted of robbing and killing a ...

Telecoms firm Globe brings free calls, charging to provinces hit by Ursula
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
CEBU CITY-Telecommunications firm Globe Telecom is providing free calls and charging services in Visayan provinces which bore the burnt of Typhoon Ursula shortly after restoring network coverage in the areas. In a statement, Globe said these "Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging" services are in Capiz, Leyte, Aklan, Northern Iloilo and ...

Passing the hat
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
Powerful people surround themselves with a phalanx of retainers to ward off all types of petitioners. They may be knocking on the car window for a few coins or accosting them at parties, looking for jobs or business opportunities for which they are unqualified. When cornered coming out of the washroom, the embattled VIP has a ready answer ...

Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own story
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-26
Even if it is a story about them being victimized the audience ends up sympathizing and glorifying the storyteller. Whether it be a story of a failed journey, a business mishap, or a relationship breakdown, you as the storyteller still end up winning all the accolades. Go ahead and try telling a story about when you came down hard on someone in ...

Leyte, Capiz declare state of calamity after 16 killed as 'Ursula' leaves trail of destruction in parts of PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) -- The death toll from Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) in Eastern Visayas and Western Visayas, has climbed to 16 as of Thursday, the regional disaster reponse officials reported. Of the total fatalities, 13 were from Western Visayas including nine from Iloilo and four in Capiz ...

16 killed as Typhoon Ursula leaves trail of destruction in parts of PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) - The death toll from Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) in Eastern Visayas and Western Visayas, has climbed to 16 as of Thursday, according to officials. Of the total fatalities, 13 were from Western Visayas and three from Eastern Visayas. Of the 13, nine were from Iloilo and four in ...

P4.5 B worth of smuggled goods found in Divisoria - PACC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Fake smuggled goods worth about P4.5 billion are being sold in malls in Divisoria in Manila and the stores selling them are not complying with the requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) nor are they registered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). This was the finding of the Presidential Anti ...

'Ursula' rains not enough to bring water at Angat Dam to target level
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines-- Despite the rains brought by Typhoon Ursula, the water level at Angat Dam remains below the target level. State weather bureau PAGASA in a television report said the rains induced by the typhoon helped augment the water level at Angat Dam but it still fell short of hitting the target level. According to the Manila Water ...

ADB cites New Clark City as a model PPP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- "New Clark City will provide a modern, livable space for more than one million people, easing pressure on Manila," the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in its video ...

Mosquitoes Become Insecticide-Resistant Because Of Toxin-Sensing Legs, Study Finds
International Business Times - 2019-12-26
Bed nets are key to mosquito control in Malaria-affected countries Because mosquitoes are becoming insecticide-resistant, bed nets are becoming less effective Researchers of a new study found a completely new way by which mosquitoes become resistant to insecticides The binding protein SAP2 found in their legs affects the mosquitoes ...

Duterte in 2019: Controversies, laws, orders and foreign trips
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) has been hit by scandals midway this year after the INQUIRER bared the "ghost claims" scam that has marred the state insurance company ... who was then chief of the Central Luzon Police Regional Office, also said Albayalde asked him not to implement the dismissal order against ...

Ursula maintains strength; to bring rains over Lubang Island, northern Palawan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) maintains its strength as it threatens to bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Lubang Island and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands until Thursday night, the state weather bureau said. Cloudy skies with scattered rains, meanwhile ...

Eligible Grab riders to get refund starting December 31
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Following the Philippine Competition Commission's order for not meeting commitments on price cap and price cancellations, Grab Philippines on Thursday said it will start to refund select users on December 31. In a statement, the ride-hailing giant refund of P1 will be given to those riders who booked a GrabCar ride in ...

Korean national accused of defrauding $2M caught at NAIA
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) -- Authorities intercepted last week a Korean national accused of defrauding other Koreans of nearly $2 million, or around ?101.64 million, through phone calls at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Thursday that Yun Kyungmin, 36, was blocked from ...

1 Year After Losing Its Hospital, A Rural Town Is Determined To Survive
NPR - 2019-12-26
Dr. Max Self grabs a sanitary wipe and cleans off the small flashlight in his hands. More than 20 years as a family doctor in rural Fort Scott, Kan., has taught him a few tricks for dealing with little kids: "I've got my flashlight. See? Look, you want to hold it?" Two-year-old Taelyn's brown eyes grow round, and her tiny hand reaches out.

Roads to pave way for peace in Mindanao, Jica says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
Lasting peace in Mindanao was seen to get a big boost from two road projects to be rolled out in the war-torn island with financial assistance from Japan. In a statement on Thursday (Dec. 26 ...

Duterte dares Sison to a one-on-one talk in PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is challenging communist leader Jose Maria Sison to come home to the Philippines for a one-on-one talk ahead of the ...

LIVE: Annular solar eclipse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-26
MANILA, Philippines-The Science Centre OBservatory of Singapore livestreams the annular eclipse. It is a phenomenon that occurs when the moon is farthest from Earth. Because of this, the moon seems smaller and does not block the entire view of the sun, creating a "ring of fire" effect. The eclipse is visible in some parts of Saudi Arabia ...

The big shortcoming: A grumpy 2020 for global growth
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
PARIS, France -- US political clouds coupled with wider climate and digital transformations point to a tricky 2020 for the world economy, although experts say a lurch back to crisis is improbable. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said last month that activity had been hobbled by weaker trade and investment in the past ...

In Photos: 50 tons of trash hauled at Luneta since Christmas afternoon
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
PANGASINAN, Philippines -- Between 50 to 51 metric tons (over 50,000 kilograms) of waste was collected during garbage hauling operations at Luneta or Rizal Park from Christmas afternoon up to Thursday morning, according to the Manila City Department of Public Services. The trash volume, as seen in photos provided by the Manila Public ...

39 lambanog poisoning victims still at PGH after Christmas Day
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) - A total of 39 victims of lambanog or coconut wine poisoning are still admitted at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) a day after Christmas. In its lambanog toxicity incident report issued on Thursday morning, PGH said 12 patients are still in the emergency room while 26 patients are recovering ...

Duterte signs law extending 2019 budget for another year
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) -- Government agencies would have one more year to spend their 2019 budgets with a new law signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang released a copy of Republic Act 11464 on Thursday, which extends the use of allocations under maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) as well as capital ...

'Ursula' now over West Philippine Sea, signals lifted in some Visayas, Luzon areas
philstar.com - 2019-12-26
PANGASINAN, Philippines -- Although heavy rain forecasts ... Occasional to frequent heavy rains are expected over Calamian Islands and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are forecasted over Central Luzon (Region III), Calabarzon (Region IV-A), Metro Manila, Oriental Mindoro ...

Lawmaker asks Senate to act on free transport of relief goods bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-25
It said common carriers refer to persons, corporations, firms or associations offering their services to the public and engaged in the business of carrying or transporting passengers or goods or ...

Uplifting communities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-25
At Little Baguio Elementary School in Santa Maria, Laguna, the sales and marketing group of real estate pioneer Empire East Land Holdings Inc. had not only given backpacks and other supplies to the children, but had also spent a week building a library on campus. The employees installed bookshelves, repainted walls, and set up computers.

LGUs urged to harness property-related taxes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-25
The state-run National Tax Research Center (NTRC) is pushing for reforms in land valuation to increase the collection of property taxes and provide local government units (LGUs) with the needed buffers. "The implementation of property-related taxes in the Philippines still needs to be enhanced. While tax collection generally showed growth ...

Public health challenges for 2020 (Part II)
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-25
Last week, I discussed three public health challenges for the coming year: vaccine-preventable diseases, tuberculosis and dengue, as well as HIV/AIDS. In what follows, I discuss three more -- with the caveat that there are many others I hope to also ...

What are the health benefits of olive oil?
Medical News Today - 2019-12-25
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Olive oil is a major component of the Mediterranean diet. It is rich in antioxidants. The main fat it contains is monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which ...

My son's birth cost over $22,000 because of complications. Here's every dollar on our bill.
Business Insider - 2019-12-25
When her blood pressure skyrocketed a week before her due date, her birth plans had to change -- and that sent the cost of her son's birth way up.

How free games and streaming services sparked a video game boom that changed pop culture
CNBC - 2019-12-25
Research firm Newzoo predicts the video game industry will bring in over $152 billion this year. Behind the surge is an industry that has shifted away from a console and title-based business to an ecosystem driven by the expansion of digital and social. The transition has not only changed how games are made but also expanded the consumer base ...

The Power of Spheres
Scientific American - 2019-12-25
Brain cancer is terrifying. It attacks an organ we see as the core of our personality, our mind, our very humanity. And because the disease grows inside the brain, it is notoriously difficult to treat. The organ has evolved many defenses to keep foreign ...

Goldman Sachs' top execs are ditching offices to sit among the people; A new WeWork memo reveals a pay package overhaul
Business Insider - 2019-12-25
Wall Street Insider is a behind-the-scenes look at the stories dominating deals, finance, real estate, wealth management, and more.

Betelgeuse star acting like it's about to explode, even if the odds say it isn't
CNET - 2019-12-25
One of the brightest stars in the sky makes up Orion's shoulder and also looks to be on the verge of going supernova sometime between today and 100,000 years from today. One of the brightest stars in the sky -- the nearby red supergiant Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion -- has fainted in recent months, meaning it's significantly less bright ...

In leap for quantum computing, silicon quantum bits establish a long-distance relationship
Phys.org - 2019-12-25
Imagine a world where people could only talk to their next-door neighbor, and messages must be passed house to house to reach far destinations. Until now, this has been the situation for the bits of hardware that make up a silicon quantum computer, a type of quantum computer with the potential to be cheaper and more versatile than today's versions.

Tips and tricks to get the most out of your new iPhone
CNBC - 2019-12-25
If you got a new iPhone for the holidays, you might not know about some of the things it can do. Apple's iOS 13 software, which ships on iPhones and is available for older models, has lots of new features. Here are a bunch of tips and tricks to get the most out of your new iPhone. If you got a new iPhone for the holidays, you've probably ...

PIDS: Bottlenecks hinder e-commerce growth in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-25
Quimba and Research Analyst II Sylwyn C. Calizo Jr. The study stated that poor Internet connection, existing business models, and concerns about security and privacy remain the top bottlenecks but incompatible computer systems between customers and suppliers, as well as expensive efforts to develop and maintain systems are making the growth of ...

Hard-boiled egg recall expands to Trader Joe's products amid deadly listeria outbreak
YAHOO! - 2019-12-25
Hard-boiled egg recall expands to Trader Joe's products amid deadly listeria outbreak originally appeared on abcnews.go.com A voluntary hard-boiled egg recall has expanded to multiple other products, including ones from Trader Joe's, amid a deadly listeria outbreak. The original recall was issued last week for all hard-boiled and peeled eggs in ...

Securing water for all: Shifting development strategy for the commons
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-25
But is this not what water privatization is all about? Water as a business, as an object of commerce. And to encourage these two companies to participate in the privatization program, the government, under then-President Fidel Ramos, had to dangle a number of profit-making incentives to ensure that these water investors would not lose money.

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