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Ivanka Trump is reportedly a headline speaker at CES 2020, the biggest consumer tech show of the year
Business Insider - 2019-12-13
Ivanka Trump has helped out with the White House's technology push, with appearances alongside Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Government lists creative sector as key driver for exports
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-13
The IT-related services are composed of telecommunications, computer and information services, other business services and audiovisual services. Under other business services, which include some creative industry sectors, such as animation, game and software development, garnered 73 percent or $16,448 million of the total exports of IT-related ...

T-Mobile tried and failed to merge with Dish years ago, John Legere says
The Verge - 2019-12-13
T-Mobile wanted to merge with Dish back in 2015, T-Mobile CEO John Legere told a federal court yesterday, but Dish shot the deal down over concerns that T-Mobile would "disintegrate." The details, reported by CNET, confirm stories from 2015 about a potential tie-up between the two companies and explains why the deal never came to be.

FCC Approves Plan For 3-Digit Suicide Prevention Number Similar To 911
NPR - 2019-12-13
It's a lesson you learn as early as grade school: If you find yourself injured, threatened or otherwise in harm's way, just break out your phone and dial a simple, three-digit number: 911. After more than five decades, the 911 emergency call system has become so memorable and ubiquitously known, it even has its own network TV adaptation.

At least 1 in 4 outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are 'inappropriate'
Medical News Today - 2019-12-13
Some 24 million, or 18%, of the 130.5 million prescriptions for antibiotics that ambulatory care providers wrote in 2015 in the United States had no documented reason for using the drug, according to a recent analysis. Share on Pinterest A recent study investigates antibiotic prescriptions for outpatients. Ambulatory care is a general term for ...

Google Is Adding Spam Detection and Verified Business SMS to Messages
Entrepreneur - 2019-12-13
When you receive a message from a verified business, you'll see the company name ... Verified SMS is rolling out gradually in the US, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Mexico, Philippines, Spain and the UK. Google is also adding real-time spam detection. When Google suspects a message is phishy or garbage, it will show a spam warning in Messages.

Makati Subway, Sky Train to put up common station
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Makati City Subway Inc. (MCSI), a subsidiary of listed Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc., is partnering with Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corp. to develop a common station for the Makati Subway System and the Sky Train. In a disclosure yesterday, Philippine Infradev said it has accepted a term sheet from Megaworld for ...

P6.8 million shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Zamboanga hotel
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Anti-drug agents and police seized a kilo of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P6.8 million and arrested three suspects in a sting at a pension hotel in Zamboanga City Thursday night. Security officials said a fourth suspect managed to escape when operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement ...

SDGs to be integrated into budgeting process
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A sub-committee for monitoring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been created under the inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said yesterday. The sub-committee essentially integrates the attainment of the globally ...

Seven die in road mishaps
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Seven commuters were killed in separate road acidents in Sultan Kudarat and Cagayan since Thursday. Six of the commuters, four of them children, died in a multiple vehicular accident in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat before dawn yesterday. The fatalities were riding separate tricycles that slammed between two speeding ...

NTC to exceed target collection this year
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is expected to exceed its collection target for the fourth straight year, with collection as of end-November already surpassing its yearend goal by over P2 billion. The NTC, an agency under the Department of Information and Communications Technology, collected P6.95 ...

PACC probes exec over illegal STL ops
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is set to investigate ranking officials outside the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) allegedly involved in corruption in the controversial small-town lottery (STL). PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna revealed yesterday that their probe on anomalies in STL is ...

Early Christmas for lone P15 million jackpot winner
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A lone bettor in Cavite province won P15 million from the Super Lotto 6/49 jackpot last Thursday, according to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Royina Marzan-Garma, PCSO general manager, said the lucky bettor, who bought the winning ticket from a lotto outlet in Dasmariñas City, correctly guessed the ...

Spaghetti downs 49 students at Negros Christmas party
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- About 49 students were hospitalized on Thursday due to suspected food poisoning in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City, Negros Occidental. The victims, Grade 1 pupils of Ma-ao Elementary School in Bago City, experienced symptoms of suspected food poisoning due to stomach pains, vomiting and dizziness, after eating spaghetti ...

Government targets P661 billion tourism receipts next year
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is boosting efforts to generate more revenues as it plans a number of initiatives that will encourage tourists to spend more, in line with achieving its target of P661 billion in tourism receipts next year. In the Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo ...

DOT chief wants sustained efforts to promote Philippine
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine tourism sector needs to sustain the international interest it has gained in 2019 by strengthening its promotions, as well as expanding its offerings, the chief of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said. "Global interest in the Philippines as a tourist destination is already there, we just need to sustain ...

Exotic reptiles, birds seized in Mindoro
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seized a variety of exotic wildlife, some of them possibly smuggled out of Palawan province while others imported from as far as the ...

E. Coli Outbreak Update: Is Romaine Lettuce Safe Yet? FDA Still Investigating Source Of Contamination
International Business Times - 2019-12-13
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided an update on its investigation into an E. coli outbreak that it has been linked to romaine lettuce. The outbreak is thought to stem from romaine lettuce that was produced at farms in the Salinas, California, growing region. The FDA is also investigating an E. coli outbreak from Fresh ...

Canadian tundra was once covered in thick forest
UPI.com - 2019-12-13
Dec. 13 (UPI) --Today, Canada's Ellesmere and Axel Heiberg islands are treeless. The tundra's grasses and shrubs rise no more than a foot or so off the oft-frozen ground. New research suggests the island weren't always quite so barren. Analysis of some ...

POGOs to boost office space rentals in 2020 despite Makati ban
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- Philippine offshore gaming (POGO) firms would drive up the demand for office space, despite a ban on new players in Makati City, Colliers ...

6 die in Bulacan due to suspected meningococcemia this year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
CITY OF MALOLOS -- Six people in Bulacan province died of suspected meningococcemia this year, local health officials said. The most recent case was that of a 54-year-old man who died on ...

Philippines, ADB sign $623-M worth of loan agreements
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government and the Asian Development Bank signed Friday a $200 million loan agreement to help the Southeast Asian country implement its big-ticket infrastructure project. In a statement, the Manila-based multilateral lender said the additional financing will support the preparation of several projects ...

House leader calls 'pork' claims on 2020 budget 'unfair, misleading'
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) - The House of Representatives is not backing down just yet, despite its involvement in another budget controversy. Responding to the recent allegations of Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, House appropriations committee chair Isidro Ungab of Davao City 3rd District maintained that the recently ...

11 Chinese nationals nabbed in Tacloban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
TACLOBAN CITY -- At least 11 Chinese nationals were arrested on Monday by authorities led by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) here for working without a visa. The Chinese nationals did not resist arrest, said Robbin Docena, alien control officer of the BID-8. "They were working in various establishments here and yet they do not have working visa.

Find your next food and beverage business with these juicy ideas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
Filipinos love food; this has become even more evident with how much the food industry has grown and improved through the years. With the increasing demand for convenience, accessibility, and variety, different food businesses have been successfully popping up here and there which truly makes it a solid business venture. However, if you find ...

Honda Motor Co Ltd (ADR)
Reuters - 2019-12-13
Honda Motor To Temporarily Cut Back Production At 2 Japan Plants Due To Difficulty Sourcing Parts From China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - Nikkei March ... production in the Philippines Feb 22 ...

Philippine sugar prices to stay above world market price -- Fitch Solutions
philstar.com - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Prices of sugar in the Philippines will remain above global levels, a Fitch unit said, adding that slow production growth will likely persist in the face of steadily rising consumption. In a research note, Fitch Solutions downwardly revised its sugar production forecast for the Philippines for this year and next to 2.1 ...

Duterte warns military takeover of Maynilad, Manila Water
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened a military takeover of Maynilad and Manila Water over the "onerous" water concession agreements with the government. "Last night I was talking to the PSG, sinabi ko sa kanila huwag mo akong laruan na takot takutin ninyo ako, sige magsibat kami, bahala wala kayong tubig ...

Guevarra asks Mark Villar's wife to keep hands off water deals probe
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, daughter-in-law of businessman Manny Villar who owns a water company, has been asked to keep her hands off an ongoing review on distribution contracts with Maynilad and Manila Water. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he requested Aglipay-Villar ...

3 alien fugitives to face deportation for various crimes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Americans and a Korean wanted for various crimes in their respective homelands are set to be deported, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. In a statement, BI ...

SC allows live coverage of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines-The Supreme Court has allowed the live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre promulgation judgment on Dec. 19, 2019. In a notice made public Friday, the High Court has set guidelines for the live coverage and broadcast of the promulgation in various media platforms. The Maguindanao massacre case trial has stretched to ...

San Miguel's $15bn airport: Game changer or white elephant?
NIKKEI - 2019-12-13
TOKYO/BULACAN, Philippines -- Amid the sodden mangroves of Taliptip ... "If our lenders are asking us those questions about San Miguel, I can't imagine what San Miguel's lenders are saying," the executive told Nikkei. Still another problem is that the parent and affiliate companies of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific -- two carriers ...

Execs claiming monthly budget of P10K enough for family of 5 dared to live on P71 daily
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Government officials who claim that a family of five could get by on a P10,727 budget per month should try living on a P71 per day budget, House Deputy Minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate said Friday. The opposition lawmaker issued the challenge after Philippine Statistics Authority Assistant ...

Up to Ombudsman to release Duterte 2018 SALN - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's camp passed on the responsibility to release his declaration of wealth and assets in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday said Duterte has filed his SALN for 2018, but it is up to Ombudsman ...

Up to Ombudsman to release Duterte 2018 SALN - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's camp passed on the responsibility to release his declaration of wealth and assets in his Statements of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN). Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Friday said Duterte has filed his SALN for 2018, but it is up to Ombudsman ...

Manila Water, MPIC stocks plunge amid uncertain deal with gov't
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- Stock prices of the embattled Manila Water and Maynilad's parent firm Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) appear far from a swift recovery, as shares have slumped ever since President Rodrigo Duterte ranted about their "onerous" supply contracts with the government. Manila Water enjoyed a ...

The pound jumps after exit poll predicts big Johnson win in UK election
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
(CNN) - The pound shot up after an exit poll by British broadcasters predicted that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would sweep to victory in the UK election. Sterling surged 2.3% to $1.347 at 7:25 p.m. ET, its highest level since May 2018. It also rose 1.9% against the euro. The currency had been rising steadily in recent weeks as traders bet ...

Chinese illegal workers arrested in Tacloban
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested 11 Chinese nationals working in Tacloban City without work permits and visas. The BI on Friday said the Chinese nationals were apprehended at their workplace along Zamora Street in Tacloban City. They were arrested while they were selling various goods ...

Philippine Central Bank Sees About 50BPS Rate Cuts in 2020: Governor
Bloomberg - 2019-12-13
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Makati subway to connect to Skytrain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
"The common station of the two train systems shall have access and connection to the MRT Guadalupe Station and the Pasig River ferry system," the Infradev disclosure said. Infradev likewise signed a memorandum of agreement with the University of Makati (UMak) for the creation of a P20 million scholarship program.

LIST: Canceled flights on December 13
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Several domestic flights were canceled on Friday due to inclement weather in some parts of the country. In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said the following flights have been canceled as of 9:30 ...

New Jersey attackers linked to anti-Semitic fringe movement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
The deadly shooting rampage at a New Jersey kosher market has cast a spotlight on a fringe movement known for its anti-Semitic strain of street preaching and its role in a viral-video ...

Analysis of the IT Industry in the Philippines, 2012-2019 & 2023F
YAHOO! - 2019-12-13
The Philippines is officially a bilingual nation, thereby distinguishing Filipino as the national language and both Filipino and English as the official languages for business communication. As of today, the primary verticals/sector of ITES sector in the Philippines include software development and publishing, call centers, BPO, animation ...

Friday weather forecast: Cloudy skies, scattered rain showers nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
The weather bureau warned of possible flash floods and landslides in rain-affected areas. Pagasa said extreme Northern Luzon will experience strong northeast winds and rough (2.8 to 4.5 meters) coastal waters. The rest of Luzon will have a similar wind ...

Stock market: P127B lost after Duterte hits water firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
An estimated P127 billion worth of fortune has been wiped out of the stock market over the past eight trading days after Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. incurred the wrath of President Duterte over what he called onerous provisions in their contracts, which jeopardized their operations beyond 2022. Worst hit by the sell-off ...

S&P 500, Nasdaq at records as hopes build for a trade deal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at all-time highs Thursday on renewed optimism that the U.S. and China are close to reaching a deal in their costly trade war. Financial, technology and health care ...

U2 in Manila: Elevation of Pinay power, freedom of the press
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
Irish superstar rock band U2, the biggest contemporary music group to perform in the country since The Beatles in 1966, went beyond mere entertainment when it recognized 12 Filipino women and ...

DOJ chief defends Usec. Villar for being on team that reviewed water deals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday defended Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar from insinuations of conflict of interest when she allegedly handled the review of the controversial ...

PH pangolin closer to extinction
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
Despite conservation efforts, the Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis) has inched closer to extinction after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently declared the ...

Joma Sison: Issues still hound peace talks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-12
LUCENA CITY--Top rebel leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison on Thursday said he agreed with Labor Secretary and government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III that there was a 90-percent chance that aborted peace talks between the government and communist rebels would resume, but that the remaining 10 percent of unresolved issues could still ...

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