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La Union access road completed - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Tourists are expected to flock to Santol in La Union now that the construction of an access road has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said over the weekend. Known for its scenic spots, Santol is home to natural destinations such as the Municipal Tree Park, Sasaba Rice Terraces ...

No relief seen from high sugar prices - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Sugar prices are expected to remain elevated amid strong demand, while production growth is seen slowing further, Fitch Solutions said. "We have revised down our sugar production forecasts for the Philippines for 2019-2020 and beyond, expecting production growth to slow. Meanwhile, consumption continues to rise ...

SSS salary loans now online - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Social Security System (SSS) is now requiring its members to use its online facility to apply for salary loans as part of efforts to ease transactions. In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said members who wish to avail of salary loans must register and apply through the ...

Tesla could build 500,000 vehicles per year at its new factory in Germany. Here's how the company's plants compare to others in the car business
Business Insider - 2019-12-14
As Tesla expands in manufacturing footprint, I took a closer look at its facilities, as well as at some other factories around the US and the world.

Wearable band shipments grew globally, driven by Xiaomi
TechCrunch - 2019-12-14
Apple may dominate the wearable conversation here in the States, but things look a fair bit different on the other side of the world. In Asia, Xiaomi is the giant in the room. According to new numbers form Canalys, the Chinese manufacturer was the key driver in global growth. Wearable band shipments grew 65%, year over year for Q3. Xiaomi ...

We asked 13 software execs whether Microsoft can topple Amazon in the cloud, and they say there's a chance but it'll be a hard battle
Business Insider - 2019-12-14
Amazon Web Services is the top cloud on the market, but Microsoft Azure is catching up. Here's what partner companies at AWS re:Invent have to say.

State can take over Metro Manila water distribution under Constitution - Justice chief
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- A state takeover of the water distribution in Metro Manila is allowable under the Constitution, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Saturday. "Under the Constitution, the state may temporarily take over or direct the operations of privately owned public utilities or businesses affected with ...

State can take over Metro Manila water distribution under Constitution - Justice chief
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- A state takeover of the water distribution in Metro Manila is allowable under the Constitution, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Saturday. "Under the Constitution, the state may temporarily take over or direct the operations of privately owned public utilities or businesses affected with ...

Study finds 'strong link' between vaping and depression
Medical News Today - 2019-12-14
A recent study concludes that people who smoke electronic cigarettes are twice as likely to report clinical depression as those who have never vaped. The correlation was particularly strong among younger people. Share on Pinterest A new study identifies a link between vaping and depression. Known as vaping, battery-powered e-cigarettes use heat ...

How Long Should You Walk Daily To Lose Weight?
International Business Times - 2019-12-14
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 30-90 minutes of fast-paced physical activity on most days of the week to achieve weight loss goals. In Total, walking 150 minutes per week should be your plan. You can choose to walk less on some days and more on the other days. And you are likely to gain additional health benefits ...

3 foreign kidnap victims rescued in Cavite, 6 Chinese suspects arrested
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- Authorities have rescued three foreign nationals who were abducted in Pasay City this week, the Philippine National Police's Anti-Kidnapping Group ...

3 foreign kidnap victims rescued in Cavite, 6 Chinese suspects arrested
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- Authorities have rescued three foreign nationals who were abducted in Pasay City this week, the Philippine National Police's Anti-Kidnapping Group said Saturday. The victims were two Chinese women aged 31 and 26 and a Vietnamese female aged 31. They were rescued on Friday from a safe house at a ...

PNP allays fears on recent fake abduction videos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine National Police (PNP) has allayed fears triggered by incidents of viral videos on the alleged abductions of persons for "organ harvesting" circulating online, noting that some of the online videos are fake. "The Philippine National Police allayed public fears fomented by the recent series of online viral ...

US Senate panel's call for De Lima release could put PH-US ties at risk, Malacañang says
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- Malacañang has hinted that the country's ties with the US could be jeopardized by a US Senate panel's approval of the resolution calling for detained Senator Leila de Lima's release. The measure, passed by the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on December 11, condemned De Lima's continued ...

2 men found dead inside abandoned white van in Cavite
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
SAN PEDRO CITY -- Two men were found dead inside a van abandoned in a vacant lot in Noveleta town in Cavite province. Cavite police director Col. Marlon Santos, in a text message Saturday ...

Plane bound for Japan veers off Naia runway
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A plane bound for Japan veered off a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) while preparing for take-off in the early hours of Saturday. A statement released by the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said the Jetstar Japan flight GK40 bound for Narita overshot the turn, causing the front and ...

How US-China trade deal achieved a little but left out a lot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-14
WASHINGTON -- The limited trade deal that the Trump administration and Beijing announced Friday means Americans will avoid a holiday tax increase on imported toys, clothing and smartphones.

Japan-bound plane gets stuck at NAIA runway
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- A Japan-bound plane by Jetstar veered off in a runaway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as it prepared for takeoff early Saturday.

PNP tightens security for holiday season
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 14) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will tighten the security for the holiday season as Simbang Gabi starts on Monday. PNP has placed all police units in Luzon and Visayas on full alert status starting 6am on Sunday, throughout the holiday season until January 5. PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen.

Philippines Mobile Retail Shopping Market Analysis, 2016-2019 & 2025: Size & Forecast, Retail Spend Analysis, Consumer Attitude & Behaviour
YAHOO! - 2019-12-14
Dublin, Dec. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Philippines Mobile Retail Shopping Business and Investment Opportunities (Databook Series) - Market Size and Forecast, Retail Spend Analysis, and Consumer Attitude & Behaviour" report has been added to's offering. According to the report, the retail shopping through mobile in ...

Vying for a great home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is one of the most attractive property hotspots in Metro Manila today, and for a good reason. At present, this thriving mixed-use community is the address of choice by some of the biggest multinationals and local firms, which chose to set up offices and headquarters here. It is also home to a number of upscale ...

Church marvels for dawn Mass
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
Christmas is the most awaited season in the Philippines with the Catholic faithful joyfully recalling the birth of Jesus Christ through religious and historical traditions. The church is usually at the center of the Christmas festivities with Filipino Catholics filling these spaces to the brim to take part in solemn celebrations. One of these ...

Restlessness in the village
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
The residents of Happy Village were unhappy. They had no choice but to take action. The residents of Happy Village filed a civil case for quieting of title with damages Smiley Development Corporation. Their complaint essentially alleged that they are successors and transferees-in-interest of Manuel Torre, the supposed owner of an unregistered ...

Civilian-AFP tieup backed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
ILIGAN CITY--In the face of the lifting of martial law in Mindanao by year-end, Vice President Leni Robredo has called for a strong partnership between the private sector and the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the rest of the government to ensure that communities in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur province are free from terrorist attacks.

12 gifts of Christmas (Part 1)
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-13
Other topics that will be discussed in the conference are: how IoT is enhancing the workplace environment, transparency and efficiency; the ethical implications of technological advancement to the business ecosystem; and why T.R.A.F.F.I.C. (short for Transparency, Responsibility, Accountability, Fairness, Foresight, Innovation, Culture ...

DATEM cements market foothold
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
Its deep and profound understanding of the local real estate industry and the needs of the various markets it had to serve allowed it to rightfully cement its foothold in the Philippine construction industry. With a solid, reliable track record for 35 years now, DATEM has successfully raised its profile as one of the leading construction firms ...

Innovation at the heart of DATEM
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-13
DATEM has long cemented its name as a top-of-mind contractor because of the values it has constantly espoused over the years. It is these same values that have driven the company to roll out innovations that now benefit the real estate industry; introduce mechanisms that have helped institutions participate in its sustainability efforts; expand ...

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 ...

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