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EU gives PH additional P170M in humanitarian aid
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The European Union (EU) has provided the Philippines additional humanitarian funding amounting to EUR3 million (nearly P170 million) to help individuals affected the recent series of natural calamities and conflicts. In a news release, EU cited the recent onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy, internationally known as Kammuri, and ...

China group's $10bn Philippines airport bid sows alarm
NIKKEI - 2019-12-20
"That is a major concern not only for the Philippine Navy and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but also for the whole country," a senior navy official told the Nikkei Asian Review, requesting anonymity. The consortium was the lone bidder on Tuesday at an auction for the project which will involve the reclamation of 1,900 hectares of land ...

PH economic growth to remain strong in coming decade, says think tank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
The Philippine economy will remain among the strongest across the globe in the coming decade partly due to its demographic sweet spot and educated workforce, according to the Economist ...

42 acquitted in Maguindanao massacre case freed
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) -- Most of those acquitted in the Maguindanao massacre case are free now, only a day after the announcement of verdict, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said on Friday. BJMP Spokesperson Chief Inspector Xavier Solda said 46 of the 58 acquitted were under their custody. He said 42 ...

More Filipinos hopeful for a better year in 2020 - survey
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) -- Most Filipinos are hopeful for a better 2020 with poor families growing more optimistic about the new year, a recent survey showed. Research firm ...

3 Maguindanao massacre victims sexually assaulted, court says
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) -- Female relatives and supporters of Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu were sent to file his candidacy for Maguindanao's gubernatorial race in November 23 ...

131 lawmakers urge Duterte to resume peace talks with NDFP
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
CNN Philippines (Metro Manila, December 20) - More than a hundred lawmakers from different affiliations are urging the administration to resume peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). A total of 131 congressmen, as of Thursday, have signed House Resolution (HR) 636 "expressing the sense of the House of ...

DOH studying counter offer to lower prices of medicines
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 20) - The Department of Health (DOH) is studying the counter proposal of some pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily reduce the cost of some of their medicines by 50 to 75 percent, in lieu of a price cap regulation. "We appreciate the gesture of Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association of the ...

Maguindanao massacre should reopen death penalty debate - Imee Marcos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-20
MANILA, Philippines - The reimposition of capital punishment or death penalty should be given serious thought for crimes of an "unimaginable level of brutality and inhumanity, as in the Maguindanao massacre," Senator Imee Marcos said Friday after the court handed down its verdict on the brutal 2009 Maguindanao massacre that took the lives ...

OPINION: Corruption
philstar.com - 2019-12-20
Congress just approved a budget worth P4.1 trillion. Probably not surprising given how the economy is growing and so is the population. What bothers me is the amount of money we will certainly lose due to corruption. We have taken corruption for granted, but the amount lost to corruption in a P4.1 trillion national budget should be eye-popping.

This logo won a design competition in China. It looks a lot like Disney's
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
(CNN) -- The Chinese city of Dalian has selected a new design for a logo aimed at promoting tourism. One problem: It looks an awful lot like Disney's. The Dalian Culture and Tourism Bureau last week unveiled the winner of a competition to design its new logo, complimenting the "use of a few strokes" to "vividly" showcase the city's ...

The best ways to show your employees you appreciate them
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
(CNN) -- No matter what people do for a living, no matter their title or salary, everyone wants to feel appreciated for their efforts by their companies and their direct managers. While it's a good idea to let your employees know you appreciate them throughout the year, the holiday season provides employers an opportunity to up their game.

Eight-year-old tops YouTube list of high earners with $26 million
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-20
(CNN) - An eight-year-old boy who reviews toys on YouTube has been named by Forbes as the platform's highest earner in 2019. Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan's World has 22.9 million subscribers, earned $26 million in 2019 -- up $4 million from his earnings in 2018, when he also gained the highest-earning YouTuber spot. Forbes estimates that the ...

Wet, cloudy Christmas seen down South as LPA looms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines - Two low-pressure areas (LPA) east of Mindanao are expected to gatecrash the Christmas holidays and bring cloudy skies and intermittent rain showers in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Friday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical ...

PH bags $400-million loan for disaster response
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 19) -- The World Bank lent $400 million (about ?20 billion) to the Philippines to improve disaster resilience and climate change adaptation efforts.

Trump itching for fight after impeachment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN--US President Donald Trump likes a fight and he likes a show and on Wednesday with impeachment voted right at the moment he was addressing a campaign rally hundreds of miles away in Michigan--he got both things on steroids. By a twist of fate, a long-planned Trump rally in the small city of Battle Creek not only ...

Green-minded
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
Inquirer Business continues its annual Christmas gift guide--and this year, the list is an ode to the environment and the people working tirelessly to ensure its preservation, such as the ...

QC court acquits 56, mostly policemen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
More than half of the 101 accused, mostly policemen, in the Nov. 23, 2009, Maguindanao massacre were acquitted of murder charges by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court on Thursday. Sajid Islam Ampatuan and his brother-in-law, Akmad "Tato" Ampatuan--two of the seven principal suspects--were cleared after the prosecution failed to prove ...

ANA Holdings Inc
Reuters - 2019-12-19
Japan's ANA Announces Capital, Strategic Tie-Up With Philippines' Pal Holdings Jan 29 (Reuters) - ANA Holdings Inc <9202.T>::ANA HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES CAPITAL, STRATEGIC TIE-UP WITH PHILIPPINES' PAL ...

Smartphone maker Oppo launches Asia-Pacific offensive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-19
Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., one of the biggest Chinese mobile phone makers operating out of Guangdong, China, is making a big push to expand in the Asia-Pacific region and compete head-on with the leading global brands. According to German market research firm GfK, the Apac region accounted for half of global smartphone sales in 2019 ...

TikTok got an F for data accessibility. Who got an A?
Mashable - 2019-12-19
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content ...

These AI-Powered Digital Health Devices Debut At CES 2020
Forbes - 2019-12-19
In a 2018 Accenture Digital Health report, 75 percent of respondents said technology played an essential role in managing their health. And, when when it came artificial intelligence (AI) powered digital health and wearable devices, 72 percent said they are willing to share their wearable data with their health insurance plan. The report also ...

Congress is raising the minimum smoking and vaping age to 21
YAHOO! - 2019-12-19
Congress just raised the legal age to smoke or vape to 21, BuzzFeed News reports. The law will go into effect sometime next year, and it will cover all nicotine products. President Trump said last month that the administration planned to raise the minimum vaping age to "21 or so," so this isn't entirely unexpected. While the current legal ...

Walmart reveals its best-selling tech products of every year since 2010
Business Insider - 2019-12-19
Trendy tech gadgets like iPods, tablets, and LED television sets have traditionally sold well on Walmart.com

A mom has donated 94 gallons of breast milk to 28 different babies, including one whose mom died from domestic violence
Business Insider - 2019-12-19
Christina Resch of Virginia Beach started donating her milk in June 2018 when her premature son couldn't drink it all himself.

How Can Customers Prevent Cloud Technology Data Breaches?
Forbes - 2019-12-19
How do customers prevent a Capital One-type breach? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. Answer by Clay Magouyrk, SVP of Engineering, Oracle Cloud ...

OnePlus is launching a bug bounty program after disclosing the second breach in two years
The Verge - 2019-12-19
OnePlus announced its second data breach in two years back in November, and the phone maker promised to launch a bug bounty program by the end of the year to beef up its security. A bug bounty program could, in theory, prevent future breaches. Today, OnePlus announced that its bug bounty program is now live. If you find a bug or vulnerability ...

What to know about alcohol and the keto diet
Medical News Today - 2019-12-19
The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate diet that offers the potential benefit of losing weight while maintaining muscle. Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy. When a person consumes fewer food sources containing carbs, the liver breaks down fat reserves in the body into chemicals called ketones. When the body ...

Congress used this janky-looking, 1970s-style machine to impeach Trump
Mashable - 2019-12-19
When members of the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump Wednesday, they did so in retro -- yet high-tech -- style. Well, sort of. In August 2018, Congress got brand new ...

U.S. vaping deaths rise again
UPI.com - 2019-12-19
Dec. 19 (UPI) --The number of vaping-related lung illness deaths reported by federal health authorities rose again this week to 56, up four from last week's total. The deaths occurred in 27 states. A total of 2,506 patients have been hospitalized, an increase of 97 from last week. Cases have been found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia ...

5 Food Trends Of 2020: Consumers Will Be More Adventurous And Mindful Next Year
International Business Times - 2019-12-19
In 2020, consumer food choices may change as they gravitate toward the new choices being offered at restaurants and in supermarkets. These new food trends run the gamut from plant-based options to the more obscure, but they all are geared toward being healthy - a trend that many Americans strive for as the New Year approaches. Here are the ...

HaptX Scores New Capital and Strategic Partner To Commercialize Haptic Data Gloves
Forbes - 2019-12-19
Comprehensive partnership with Advanced Input Systems features development, manufacturing, and go-to-market collaboration. HaptX Inc., the leading provider of realistic haptic technology, today announced it has raised an additional $12 million dollars and made a significant deal with AIS to scale its production and marketing. HaptX Gloves allow ...

How Do I Block Robocalls? Senate Adopts Bill Making It Easier To Eliminate Scammers
International Business Times - 2019-12-19
Last set of rules governing robocalls were adopted in 1991 The number of robocalls more than doubled in the last year The deluge of calls has become a real problem for hospitals, endangering patients The Senate on Thursday gave final approval to House-passed legislation to cut down the number of robocalls plaguing consumers, which topped 54 ...

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions
The Verge - 2019-12-19
Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday. According to the report, Facebook was using phone numbers users gave it specifically to protect their accounts from ...

Prices Drop At Last for Transformative
Medscape - 2019-12-19
ORLANDO, Florida -- It's not often that drugs can completely transform the trajectory of a disease -- but for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), that is what tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have done. They have changed an invariably lethal disease into a manageable chronic condition. Before these drugs came along, there were about 20,000 ...

Boeing's Starliner capsule nears Friday test flight launch
UPI.com - 2019-12-19
ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19 (UPI) --NASA and Boeing are nearing the scheduled Friday morning launch of the next-generation Starliner spacecraft for its first uncrewed test flight. The capsule is scheduled for a predawn liftoff at 5:36 a.m. from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force predicts an 80 percent chance of ...

Drug-resistant dysentery emerges among gay men
UPI.com - 2019-12-19
Dec. 19 --Australian researchers are sounding the alarm over cases of a highly infectious intestinal illness that appear to be resistant to all forms of standard oral antibiotic treatment. The disease is called shigellosis, a form of dysentery. So far, most cases have involved gay and bisexual men in the Australian state of Victoria, the ...

Lime has lost another communications executive amid continued management turnover at the scooter startup
Business Insider - 2019-12-19
Paloma Castro Martínez joined Lime in 2018 from French luxury house LVMH. Her departure follows the company's founding CEO and others.

Subscription-based social network MeWe launches premium features and a business product
TechCrunch - 2019-12-19
MeWe, the subscription-based social network that emphasizes privacy and bills itself as the anti-Facebook, is launching a premium tier of its service and spinning up a business-focused product to ...

NEA seeks financial assistance for ECs as typhoon damage hits P1 billion
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) is seeking financial assistance for electric cooperatives (ECs) as the cost of damage wrought by Typhoon Tisoy has reached nearly P1 billion. NEA administrator Edgardo Masongsong wrote the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to release funds for the ...

Bourse readies new products for next year
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-19
BPI Securities Corp. previously said it is expecting the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSEi) to hit 9,000 next year, backed by the faster growth of the economy, especially the banking, property and consumer sectors. A report by Bloomberg also showed HSBC is projecting the PSEi to land 9,290 by end-2020. "I think it was (HSBC) that forecasted ...

More local PPPs to be pursued in 2020
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- More Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects at the local government level are expected to take off next year as the local PPP strategy continues to gain momentum. In a statement yesterday, the PPP Center said more local implementing bodies are now undertaking PPP projects as a result of capacity building and technical ...

Index tumbles on profit taking
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market retreated yesterday as investors took profits due to the absence of market catalysts and political uncertainties in the US, analysts said. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi)slipped by 79.73 points, or 1.03 percent, to finish at 7,653.94. Likewise, the broader All Shares index decelined ...

DM Wenceslao submits new reclamation proposals
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- D.M. Wenceslao & Associates Inc. has submitted new proposals for reclamation projects. In a disclosure yesterday, DMW said it plans to undertake new reclamation projects in Parañaque City and Cavite. In Parañaque City, the proposed project comprises an additional 400 hectares of land in front of Aseana City and ...

Ex-CHED official gets new dismissal order
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has slapped another dismissal order against former Commission on Higher Education (CHED) executive director Julito Vitriolo for conduct prejudicial to public interest. The ombudsman found Vitriolo liable for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and simple misconduct, refusal ...

No hike in air fares for Jan-Feb 2020
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- No hike in air fares is seen for the first two months of 2020 as fuel surcharge level for the said period would remain at current level. In its latest advisory, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said passenger fuel surcharge for ...

Business leader: Skilled labor shortage alarming
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
CEBU, Philippines -- The Philippine government should review its priorities in terms of producing workforce, as the country is facing a red flag in the availability of skilled workers. Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) past president Philip Tan said industries like construction, manufacturing, and even the healthcare sector are ...

Taiwanese rescued from Chinese kidnappers
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A Taiwanese man was rescued by police officers from two Chinese men who detained him in a hotel room in Pasay City over P200,000 unpaid debt, police said yesterday. Chin-Wei Liu, 38, borrowed the money from Ning Liu, 37, and Zhu Yizhi, 43, but lost all of it at the casino of Resorts World Manila, police said. The two men ...

Ex-Misamis exec gets 21 years for falsification
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MISAMIS, Philippines -- A former official of the local government of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental has been convicted for falsifying city resolutions in conspiracy with former mayor Eleno Regidor Jr. Marlene Mangao, former acting secretary of the Sangguniang Panglungsod of Tangub, pleaded guilty to seven counts of falsification of public ...

Hot money outflows hit $1.6 billion in 11 months
philstar.com - 2019-12-19
MANILA, Philippines -- More speculative funds flowed out of the country from January to November amid the raging US-China trade war, the rebalancing of global funds, as well as the start of the impeachment hearings on US President Donald Trump. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported yesterday net outflows of foreign portfolio ...

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