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SEC revokes Robocash authority to operate as a financing firm
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-19
In a statement Thursday, the corporate regulator said it issued the order of revocation on the company last week for violation of the Financing Company Act of 1998 (FCA). It said Robocash "admitted to establishing and operating branches without the ...

FDA Approves Novel Drug Enfortumab Vedotin for Urothelial Cancer
Medscape - 2019-12-19
The US Food and Drug Administration has grant accelerated approval to the novel agent enfortumab vedotin (PADCEV, Astellas) for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer that has progressed on chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Eligible patients will have previously received immunotherapy with a programmed death receptor-1 ...

Drug sting nets alleged pusher in Daraga town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
LEGAZPI CITY -- Anti-narcotics operatives arrested on Thursday afternoon an alleged notorious drug pusher carrying a P900,000 worth of "shabu" (crystal meth) in a drug sting in Daraga town in ...

Conviction in Maguindanao massacre case a step to right direction-CEGP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines - The conviction of the accused in Maguindanao massacre case is a step in the right direction even if impunity in the whole Philippines is supposedly worsening, campus ...

Andal Ampatuan Jr., kin guilty for Maguindanao massacre of 57 people
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines-After almost 10 years of trial, the Maguindanao massacre case verdict has been laid down and the Quezon City Regional Trial Court has found Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr., a former ...

Robredo urges reluctant donors to send relief goods through her office, other orgs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines - Vice President Leni Robredo has urged Filipinos encountering problems in sending donations for Typhoon Tisoy and Mindanao earthquake victims to seek the help of their ...

Timeline: A decade-long call for justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines-After almost 10 years of waiting, justice will finally ring for the 58 victims of the Maguindanao massacre, as Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes hands down on Thursday ...

Proper antibiotic use key to addressing antimicrobial resistance
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
According to Prof. Roman Kozlov, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Capacity Building on Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance and Research, about seven hundred thousand people die globally from the effect of antimicrobial resistance each year. Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is defined by the WHO as when ...

Reshuffle continues at Lucio Tan firms - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Taipan Lucio Tan has named his grandson Lucio Tan III as director, president and chief operating officer of Tanduay Distillers Inc. Tan III was also appointed as director of LT Group Inc., PAL Holdings Inc., Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) and Air Philippines Corp. (APC). A US-educated engineering graduate, Tan III filled ...

Davao quake death toll rises to 4
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 16) - One more body was retrieved from a collapsed grocery store in Padada town, bringing to four the total death toll in the magnitude 6.9 quake that hit Davao del Sur on Sunday. Three persons were confirmed dead and six were still trapped in the three-storey Southern Trade Grocery Store in Padada.

Teener driving motorcycle without license at high speed killed in crash with SUV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
REINA MERCEDES, Isabela-A 16-year-old student died after a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) hit the motorcycle he was driving along the national highway here on Wednesday (Dec. 19), police said.

Sandiganbayan orders return of $24.3-M worth of artwork 'unlawfully acquired' by Marcoses
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) -- The Sandiganbayan First Division has ruled that relatives of former President Ferdinand Marcos return or identify the location of hundreds of pieces of art which it said was illegally obtained during his term. Among over 800 pieces of artwork named in the partial summary judgement are works by ...

Pagasa monitors two low-pressure areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Two low-pressure areas (LPA) are being monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Pagasa said Thursday that the first LPA has already entered the Philippine area of ...

Four common urinary health issues among mature adults
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are the most common causes of kidney disease. While these conditions cause discomfort, embarrassment and long-term health problems, the good news is it can be managed. Phil.-US Dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que shares these four tactics that bear repeating because when it comes to healthy habits, we always ...

Maguindanao massacre: Andal Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan convicted; brother walks free
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) -- Three sons of Andal Ampatuan, Sr. were found guilty and sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in prison for the murder of 57 people in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Those convicted are Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan, Jr., Zaldy Ampatuan, and Datu Anwar, Sr. Their other brother, Datu Sajid Islam ...

Makabayan bloc laments budget cuts in social services on 2020 budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget contained huge budget cuts for social services and notable increases in security and defense agencies, as well as ...

World Bank to triple annual lending for PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
The World Bank will triple its annual lending ceiling for the Philippines in the next four years as the government also ramps up infrastructure and human capital investments. "We are expecting ...

New Davao facility to serve hundreds of young cancer patients in Mindanao
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
There will also be three offices within the premises. Other Ayala units also came together in support of the project. The Ayala Business Club of Davao--which is an organization composed of representatives from the different Ayala businesses in the city--mobilized Ayala volunteers for storytelling and gift-giving sessions with the young ...

Justice is alive: Mangudadatu grateful for guilty verdict vs Ampatuans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Justice is alive and it has been served. Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu said this Thursday as he welcomed the guilty verdict against several members of the influential Ampatuan clan over the gruesome Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of 58 people, among them his wife and 32 ...

Certified Digital Marketer: Championing digital transformation in the Philippines and beyond
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines - Certified Digital Marketer (CDM), the pioneer in digital marketing education and transformation in the Philippines, has reached a new high educating almost 8,000 students this 2019. Known for being the only industry certifications in Digital Transformation, Digital Marketing, Social Media, E-Commerce, Digital Media ...

PNP to double efforts to arrest 80 at-large accused in Maguindanao massacre
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed on Thursday to double its efforts to arrest the 80 still at-large accused in the Maguindanao massacre case. Lt. Gen. Archie ...

Duterte creates Inter-Agency Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
CNN Philippines (Metro Manila, December 19) - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared to institutionalize a diversity and inclusion committee to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disability (PWDs) ,among other sectors. Duterte has signed Executive Order 100, creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Diversity and ...

Fire hits Manila residential area
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) - A fire hit a residential area in Manila Thursday, affecting dozens of families. Authorities said Barangays 717 and 718 along Leveriza St, Manila. were the areas affected by the blaze, which was declared at fifth alarm around 12:35 p.m. A fifth alarm means 20 firetrucks are needed to put out the fire.

LIST: Verdict on Maguindanao massacre suspects
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) -- The 101 people accused in the gruesome Maguindanao massacre case received different verdicts from Quezon City Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes on Thursday.

Palace hails Maguindanao massacre guilty verdict on Ampatuans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang lauded on Thursday the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court convicting Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. and other members of the influential clan guilty of ...

Boeing's 737 Max crisis will weigh on America's GDP growth in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
(CNN) -- Boeing will halt production on its bestselling jet next month. That's bad news for the American economy. The aircraft manufacturer Tuesday announced its decision to stop building the 737 Max jet, which has been grounded worldwide since March following two fatal accidents within five months. The 737 Max is by far Boeing's most in ...

Duterte honors SEA Games medalists
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 18) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday met with the country's athletes who have earned podium finishes during the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Ramon Ang, first Filipino in elite Bloomberg 50 global innovators
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-19
Ramon S. Ang, president and chief operating officer of conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), has made it into the Bloomberg 50, an elite annual list of top global innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who have changed the global business landscape, as compiled by Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the first Filipino to make it to the list.

Scrapping water deals, waiving award dangerous -- economist
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is sliding into a dark path where it may be unable to attract new investors--except for "cronies" -- if the government could easily disregard the ...

Dole asked to provide safety nets for OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Migrant workers advocate and former labor official Susan "Toots" Ople has asked the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) to ensure safety nets to minimize the possible adverse effects of plans to scale down the deployment of workers to Saudi Arabia next year. An alternative destination must be identified ...

$400-M loan for disaster resilience???? enhancement efforts approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
The World Bank has approved a $400-million loan aimed at making the Philippines more resilient to natural calamities. The Promoting Competitiveness and Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters ...

CVS Lawsuit: Why Is The Drugstore And Pharmacy Retailer Being Sued By The Government?
International Business Times - 2019-12-18
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against CVS Health (CVS) and its business unit, Omnicare, for government billing fraud, which it claims was allegedly performed by the company for patients without valid drug prescriptions. In the suit, the DOJ alleges the Omnicare violated the False Claims Act by illegally dispensing drugs to ...

A list of the biggest credit card merchants and payment processing companies in 2020
Business Insider - 2019-12-18
Not sure which credit card processing company to use? We've compiled a list of the industry's leading providers to help you decide.

Amazon claims Trump's 'personal vendetta' cost it $10 billion Pentagon contract
YAHOO! - 2019-12-18
Last month, Amazon said it would formally challenge the US Department of Defense's decision to award the $10 billion JEDI contract to Microsoft, instead of Amazon Web Service (AWS). The lawsuit, unsealed today, reveals the details behind Amazon's argument.

New Coastal, the Premier Source for CBD Products Promoting Health, Becomes Official Wellness Provider to Retired NFL Players Congress
YAHOO! - 2019-12-18
New Coastal's deal with Retired NFL Players Congress covers 20,000+ retired professional athletes and includes multi-faceted marketing and cross-promotion campaigns COSTA MESA, Calif., Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- New Coastal, the leading source for full-spectrum CBD-infused health and beauty products designed to ease suffering, promote well ...

Stoneridge Partners Introduces New Strategy Group, Adds Decades of Healthcare Industry Consulting Expertise
YAHOO! - 2019-12-18
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Dec. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As a leader in the healthcare industry, you have a lot of choices to make. Now there's a new partner you can trust to help you make the right ones. View photos National healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory firm Stoneridge Partners has joined forces with recognized industry executive ...

Who is Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- In a case that stretched through three presidents, seven justice secretaries, six chief justices, only one judge has remained constant -- Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis ...

Creating French culinary connections with Filipinos
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-18
Behind its commercial purpose, Vatel Restaurant Manila serves as a hatchery of the strengthened educational partnership of the college and Vatel International Business School, a leading European hospitality learning institution based in France. It trains students for middle- and higher-management positions in hospitality and tourism.

France on strike: Power cuts, schools shut, no Eiffel Tower
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-18
Workers at the Eiffel Tower, teachers, doctors, lawyers and people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) PARIS--French union activists cut electricity to nearly ...

Mobile Betting Drives New Jersey And Pennsylvania To Record-Breaking Months--More States To Follow?
Forbes - 2019-12-18
The Monmouth Park Sports Book is viewed on the first day of legal sports betting in the state, in ... [+] Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey on June 14, 2018. - New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on June 11, 2018 signed a law that authorized legal sports ...

Massive bamboo plantation eyed in Pangasinan 2020 - 2019-12-18
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines -- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Pangasinan is eyeing the massive planting of bamboo next year for environmental protection and flood mitigation. Ernesto Gayo, PENRO head in the province, told The STAR recently that there was zero planting this year of seedlings in new sites but in ...

Coal demand seen to remain stable amid climate concerns - 2019-12-18
PARIS - The demand for coal will remain steady over the next four years due to demand from Asia, which comes despite fears of the climate crisis, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday. Coal remains a major source of power across Southeast Asia, where breakneck economic development has spurred soaring energy demands - but at a ...

Modern technology for river protection tapped in Dagupan - 2019-12-18
DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines -- The Tambac River here is a beneficiary of modern technology being implemented for slope protection. Pangasinan Fourth District Rep. Christopher de Venecia visited the project site in Barangay Tambac which is now 40 percent complete for phase one. It uses the new steel piling drive technology instead of the old ...

Stamping Out Online Sex Trafficking May Have Pushed It Underground
New York Times - 2019-12-18
WASHINGTON -- To combat the ills of the internet, federal lawmakers have increasingly focused on a decades-old law that shields tech companies like Facebook and YouTube from liability for content posted by their users. Last year, lawmakers approved chipping away at the law, voting overwhelmingly for the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which ...

P141 million shabu from US seized at NAIA warehouse - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted 20.8 kilos of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P141 million at the Federal Express warehouse at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) yesterday. The shabu, stashed in two speakers shipped from the United States, was detected by customs officers ...

Volunteers step in to keep asylum seekers healthy on border
StarTribune - 2019-12-18
TIJUANA, Mexico -- When the Honduran boy complained of a toothache, Dr. Psyche Calderon asked the obvious question: "When did the pain start?" The answer broke her heart. "When La Mara broke all my teeth and killed all my family," the 14-year-old said. He said little else about the attack by the infamous Central American gang, La Mara Salvatrucha.

Inflation target fixed at 2%-4% until 2022 - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects inflation at between two and four percent for 2022 as inflationary pressures from international commodities are expected to remain modest. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the two to four percent inflation target for 2020 - 2022 continues to be an appropriate quantitative ...

SNAP adding up to 50 MW solar capacity - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP)--the joint venture of SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power Corp.--is looking to add 25 to 50 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity annually starting 2021 as its deepens its renewables play in the sector. SNAP president and chief executive officer Joseph Yu said the company is looking at ...

OFWs allowed only P150K worth in balikbayan boxes a year - BOC - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reminds overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and returning residents that they are only allowed to send in P150,000 worth of duty and tax-free goods via balikbayan boxes to their families or relatives in the Philippines per year. The bureau said balikbayan boxes may be sent up to three times in a ...

DOE launches online monitoring, trading platform for RE certificates - 2019-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy launched an online monitoring and trading platform for renewable energy certificates (RECs) to further comply with the RE Law of 2008. During the launch Tuesday, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the PREMS would be used by the RE registrar to track, monitor, and assess the implementation and ...

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