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Singapore government issues online falsehood directive to opposition political party
ZDNet - 2019-12-15
Singapore's ruling government has issued correction notices against an opposition political group over three posts it deems to contain false statements. While the opposition party has complied with the orders, it has indicated plans to challenge the directive.

5 Security Trends to Watch in 2020
Entrepreneur - 2019-12-15
Personal and corporate privacy continue eroding away as cyberattacks and data breaches become more common. In the first half of 2019 alone, more than 4.1 billion data records were exposed in known data breaches. The average cost of data breaches for affected companies is now nearly $4 million per business. Standing guard while our society ...

The men of MMFF 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-15
The men of Culion are as interesting as the women who play the lead roles. Two of them got our attention and admiration. Nico Fowler is relatively new in the business, and, perhaps, it is fair to say that the Canada-raised Italian-American looker is still finding his rightful place in the industry. Fowler is a model, vlogger, brand spokesman ...

Village exec slain
philstar.com - 2019-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A barangay councilman was shot dead during a quarrel in Batangas City on Saturday night. Jorge Almarez was declared dead on arrival in a hospital due to gunshot wounds in the head and body. Probers said Almarez figured in a spat with Gilbert Acuna, who reportedly pulled out a gun and shot the victim several times.

DILG: Beware of fake kidnappings on FB
philstar.com - 2019-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) yesterday urged the public to be wary of fake news amid online posts about alleged kidnappings of civilians, especially children, for organ harvesting. Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, spokesman for the DILG, said the people should not be alarmed about fake posts ...

5 die in Quezon road mishap
philstar.com - 2019-12-15
PAGBILAO, Quezon, Philippines -- Five persons died while 10 others were injured in a collision involving a van and a bus in this town on Saturday afternoon. Editha Antivo, Pacita Gabriente, Arturo Martillano, Ma. Analoyd Po and a minor, whose name was not immediately available, died at the scene following the accident that occurred along the ...

PCC pushes competition perspective in legislation
philstar.com - 2019-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is pushing to mainstream competition in Congress through a training program for legislative staff. In a statement yesterday, PCC said it launched the Capacity Improvement on Competition Advocacy for Legislative Staff project which involves conduct of capacity building and ...

Foreign debt rises 1.7% quarter on quarter at end-September
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-15
EXTERNAL DEBT at the end of September rose 1.7% compared with the end of June, to $82.7 billion, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said late Friday. According to the BSP, the uptick in debt came on the back of "net availments of $2.2 billion ...

GOCC subsidies rise to over P7.2B in Oct.
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-15
Philippine Postal Corp., Small Business Corp., and the Social Housing Finance Corp. -- Beatrice M. Laforga Like designer bags, Swiss watches, and bespoke suits, smartphones have become not just a necessity, but a symbol of sophistication, especially among individuals who...

Government releases P7.24 billion in GOCC subsidies
philstar.com - 2019-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The national government granted P7.24 billion in subsidies to state-owned corporations in October, the bulk of which went to the National Food Authority (NFA) and Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). According to the latest data from the BTr, the amount of ...

Connectivity an issue as Davao LGUs bid to improve ease of doing business
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-15
DAVAO CITY -- Local government units (LGUs) in the Davao Region that want to streamline their business permit application processes face the challenge of poor connectivity, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Maria Belenda Q. Ambi said Friday. At a news conference, Ms. Ambi said several LGUs that are looking to adopt ...

LIST: Class, work suspensions due to powerful quake in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- Several local government units have declared suspension of classes and work for Monday after a powerful 6.9-magnitude quake shook parts of Mindanao ...

These are the 3 executive positions companies are rushing to hire in 2020
Business Insider - 2019-12-15
Companies are eager to pursue digital overhauls, and proper leadership is necessary to make the transformation successful.

'Prehab' before surgery helps speed seniors' recovery
UPI.com - 2019-12-15
"Training" for surgery can improve seniors' outcomes and reduce insurance costs, a new study says. It included 523 Medicare patients in Michigan, average age 70, who exercised, ate a healthy diet and practiced stress reduction techniques for at least one week before a major operation. It's a process the researchers called prehabilitation, or ...

Indoor pollutants may raise allergy risk in toddlers
UPI.com - 2019-12-15
Toddlers have an increased risk of allergies if they are exposed to multiple indoor pollutants in their first years of life, a new study finds. It included 108 mother-child pairs. Researchers assessed exposures to various household pollutants such as pet dander and tobacco smoke while the women were pregnant, then when children were aged 6 ...

With $4B food delivery acquisition, Korea poised to enter upper tier of startup hubs
TechCrunch - 2019-12-15
Seoul and South Korea may well be the secret startup hub that (still) no one talks about. While often dwarfed by the scale and scope of the Chinese startup market next door, South Korea has proven over the last few years that it can -- and will -- enter the top-tier of startup hubs. Case in point: Baedal Minjok (typically shortened to Baemin ...

A Verizon salesman says he's had enough of selling iPhones and Samsungs
ZDNet - 2019-12-15
Who sold you your phone? Are you just so clever that the minute you see rumors about a new phone, you're already preparing your online order? Or do you need Tim Cook and his questionably dressed co-workers to excite you about it from a remote stage? Experts refute Verizon's claim that NSA can't grab non-U.S. data What Verizon says and does ...

At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur quake
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- One person has died after a magnitude 6.9 quake hit Davao del Sur Sunday afternoon. This was confirmed Governor Douglas Cagas, adding the fatality ...

At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur quake
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- One person has died after a magnitude 6.9 quake hit Davao del Sur Sunday afternoon. This was confirmed Governor Douglas Cagas, adding the fatality was a 6-year-old girl from Barangay Asinan, Matanao. The young child was unable to flee their house before it collapsed. Meanwhile, rescue operations ...

Billionaire Mark Cuban Has One Serious Problem With Bitcoin
Forbes - 2019-12-15
Bitcoin has a lot of problems. While the world's biggest cryptocurrency has doubled in price over the last 12 months, adoption has stalled and regulators are circling. Bitcoin, according to technology billionaire Mark Cuban, is "too difficult to use, too easy to hack, way too easy to lose, too hard to understand, [and] too hard to assess a value.

Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea To Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light
NPR - 2019-12-15
Ann Jones tried everything short of surgery for her chronic migraines, which have plagued her since she was a child. "They've actually gotten worse in my old age," says Jones, who is 70 years old and lives in Tucson, Ariz. Jones would have as many as two dozen migraines a month. Over the years, some treatments might work initially, but the ...

Brother of ex-councilor shot dead in Bacolod City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- A businessman, the brother of a former councilor, was killed in an ambush on CL Montelibano Avenue in Barangay Estefania in this city at around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15. Roberto "Kaishek" Lo Tan, 70, was driving his Nissan Sentra car when two men onboard a motorcycle overtook his vehicle and fired six times ...

Duterte family safe; agencies respond to Davao del Sur quake - Panelo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang said Sunday all agencies concerned have been mobilized to respond to the situation in Davao del Sur after a magnitude 6.9 quake struck the municipality of Padada in the province, as well as neighboring areas on Sunday afternoon. The executive branch, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction and ...

7 Easy Ways To Lower Cholesterol Levels Without Medications
International Business Times - 2019-12-15
Cholesterol levels: <200 mg/dL is considered desirable Boderline high cholesterol: 200-239 mg/dL High cholesterol: >200 mg/dL Lifestyle modifications keep cholesterol levels under control Cholesterol is a waxy substance in the blood that is required to build healthy cells. However, higher than normal levels of cholesterol increase your risk of ...

UN climate talks limp toward finish line, key questions left
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
MADRID -- After two weeks of talks on tackling global warming, nations have little progress to show for it. Negotiators from almost 200 nations planned to gather for a final time at the U.N. climate meeting in Madrid early Sunday to pass declarations calling for greater ambition in cutting planet-heating greenhouse gases and in helping poor ...

Filipino dead as Togo pirates release Greek ship-company
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
ATHENS, Greece-Suspected pirates in Togo have released a Filipino and two other crew members of a Greek oil tanker seized in November, but another Filipino seafarer died in captivity, the ship managers said Friday. European Products Carriers Ltd said the three men "are safe and well, have had medical checks and are currently being debriefed ...

7 dead, 4 injured in Tacurong City vehicular crash
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) - A speeding SUV and pick-up truck crashed with two tricycles, leaving seven passengers dead and four injured in Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat early Friday morning. The seven were all dead after at least four vehicles crashed at 4:10 a.m. along Alunan Highway, Purok 9, Barangay Poblacion, Tacurong ...

DILG to require villages to monitor CCTVs 24/7
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon issue a memorandum circular requiring villages to monitor closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in their communities in real time to improve security and safety. DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño said Sunday that villages will ...

DILG to require villages to monitor CCTVs 24/7
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) - The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will soon issue a memorandum circular requiring villages to monitor closed circuit ...

3-story building caves in after 6.9 magnitude quake in Davao del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-15
DAVAO CITY -- A three story commercial building in Padada town of Davao del Sur caved in after a powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit the town on Sunday afternoon. It is yet unclear, as of posting, if people are trapped inside the damaged building. Several market vendors were also pinned down by a collapsed wall in Padada town but residents ...

Magnitude 6.9 quake hits Davao del Sur
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Davao del Sur Sunday afternoon. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake's ...

Student innovations awarded in 3rd imake.wemake
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-15
The panel of judges--composed of UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute Prof. Engr. Percival Magpantay, Ateneo de Manila University Prof. Engr. Carlos Matti Oppus, and C&E Publishing Business and Market Research Head Rodel Cruz--judged the projects for their viability and potential to address community issues. Teams from Adelle ...

This Little Piggy Went To Court: German Piglets 'Sue Over Castration'
International Business Times - 2019-12-15
Little piggies go to market, but in Germany they also go to court. In a legal first, animal rights activists have asked Germany's top court to ban the practice of castrating young male pigs without anaesthetic -- with the piglets themselves listed as the plaintiffs. The painful procedure has become increasingly controversial in Europe and has ...

Japan-bound plane that got stuck at NAIA runway now towed out of area
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- A Japan-bound plane by Jetstar Japan, which got stuck in a grassy portion of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway, was already pulled out by authorities on Saturday morning. Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the aircraft is now at the at the Lufthansa Technik Aircraft ...

Vegan sneakers set to be next plant-based craze in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
(CNN) - Eco-friendly meatless food products shook up the fast food industry in 2019. Experts say next year's game-changing trend in sustainable consumer goods may be plant-based - or "vegan" - athletic shoes. Last week, Reebok, owned by Adidas since 2005, unveiled the design for its first plant-based running shoe, the Floatride GROW ...

Trump approves US-China trade deal to halt $160-billion Dec. 15 tariffs
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-14
"They want it, and so do we!" he tweeted five minutes after equity markets opened in New York, sending stocks to new records. The administration has reached out to allies on Capitol Hill and in the business community to issue statements of support once the announcement is made, people said. Before meeting his trade advisers, Trump engaged ...

HR firm finds the sweetest thing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
In the year 2000, when the world was all excited about the beginning of a new millennium and Mariah Carey was lording over the charts with "Vision of Love," Trixie Whyte was starting a business in a spare room in her house that was so cramped that when one sneezes, the rest would catch a cold. There was little indication then that the six ...

Away from the shadow of influencers: The real Metro Manila food guide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
The new Regional Director of the Department of Tourism-National Capital Region (DOT-NCR), Woodrow C. Maquiling Jr. really hit the ground running with his many programs for Metro Manila, especially ...

FDA warns public vs buying 25 local products
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public against purchasing and consuming 25 brands of pasalubong, mostly found in Bicol, which do not have the necessary permits. "[T]he agency cannot assure their quality and safety. The consumption of such violative products may pose health risks to consumers," the ...

Jail to be locked down for massacre verdict
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will lock down the jail facility inside its Camp Bagong Diwa headquarters in Taguig City on Thursday for the much-awaited hearing where the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) is set to hand down its verdict on the 116 men charged for the 2009 massacre in Ampatuan ...

Google Earth now covers more than 98 percent of the populated world
UPI.com - 2019-12-14
Dec. 14 (UPI) --The Google Earth platform has now been able to cover 98 percent of the world's populated areas. Google Maps senior product manager Thomas Escobar made the announcement in a blog published Friday. The Google Earth platform allows people to browse more than 36 million square miles of satellite images in high definition. It also ...

Texting on Android is finally more like iMessage, but the green bubble remains
Mashable - 2019-12-14
Good news, green bubbles: Google has finally flipped the switch on an update that makes texting on Android more like iMessage. If you live in the U.S, Google's Messages app should now officially ...

If You Invested $10,000 in Chesapeake Energy's IPO, This Is How Much Money You'd Have Now
Nasdaq - 2019-12-14
As investors, we love to ponder "what if" scenarios. We often think about how rich we'd be if we had bought that hot tech stock at its IPO or didn't sell a big winner too soon. However, some decisions that we didn't make turn out to be blessings in disguise.

A night that made Bacchus proud
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-14
There were also small stages where winemakers will have their interviews. By 6:00 p.m., the ballroom soon filled with dignitaries, top executives, celebrities, wine connoisseurs and wine lovers, most in business or cocktail attire. They were amazed by the spectacular wine choices and buffet spreads and excited to taste the more than 700 ...

Al Jazeera is feuding with Facebook over a plan to label some outlets 'state controlled'
Business Insider - 2019-12-14
Al Jazeera fears that labeling it as being editorially controlled by its government "will cause irreparable harm to the network."

Emirates offers travelers to explore Dubai for less
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-14
In the promotion which runs from December 2 to 15, 2019, return fares to Dubai start at $450 in economy class and at $1250 in business class are valid for travel between December 5 to 27, 2019, and January 3 to May 31, 2020. Economy class passengers who book flights within the promotional period can enjoy two-nights accommodation at either Rove ...

Google Earth now covers more than 98% of the world's real estate
Mashable - 2019-12-14
Google sees everything. Well, almost everything. On Friday, the company revealed in a blog post that Google Earth now covers more than 98 percent of the world, and has captured 10 million miles of Street View imagery. To put those numbers in perspective, Google shared that the distance of 10 million miles would wrap around the globe more than ...

Turning science fiction to life-saving reality
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-14
The fleet of medical delivery drones of Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo are set to take over PHL skies to save Filipino lives At a landmark health-care event last week that was unfortunately overshadowed by a political question, US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim ditched his prepared speech. The presence of two people, he said in jest ...

DOH urged to procure pneumonia vaccine soon
philstar.com - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The committee on health chairperson of the House of Representatives yesterday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to procure pneumonia vaccines soon. Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan said while she supports the DOH decision to assess which vaccine to buy, the assessment "must really be finished soon considering the continued ...

More skills training set under P1 billion RCEF program
philstar.com - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture will continue to train local farmers as a component of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund under a liberalized rice regime. Training efforts are being rolled out for farmers through the Rice Extension Services Program under the RCEF, DA said. From the P10 billion RCEF, 10 percent or P1 ...

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