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The Knot, Pinterest pledge to (finally) stop promoting content that glamorizes slave plantations
Mashable - 2019-12-05
Two popular wedding planning resources, Pinterest and The Knot Worldwide, have both announced plans to no longer promote wedding content and venues that glamorize former slave plantations, according to reporting from Buzzfeed News. Pinterest and The Knot's decision follows pressure from Color of Change, a California-based civil rights ...

7 Heroin Users Die From Flesh-Eating Bacteria in San Diego
New York Times - 2019-12-05
County health officials are asking the medical community to be on the lookout for additional cases of myonecrosis, a bacterial infection associated with black-tar heroin use. People who use black-tar heroin are more prone to developing myonecrosis, an infection that destroys muscle tissue, according to a San Diego County public health official.

Facebook sues Chinese malware operator for abusing its ad platform
ZDNet - 2019-12-05
From the iPad to selfies to fake meat, we look back at an action-packed decade Read More Facebook filed a lawsuit today against a Chinese company and two Chinese nationals for abusing the Facebook ad platform to run a malware scheme. The accused are ILikeAd Media International Company Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company founded in 2016, and Chen ...

Weight-loss surgery may reverse risks to heart
UPI.com - 2019-12-05
Though weight-loss surgery can do wonders for your waistline, a new study suggests it might also reverse subtle damage to your heart. The research included 38 obese patients who had weight-loss surgery and 19 obese patients who were on the waiting list for weight-loss surgery. At the start of the study, 58 percent of patients in the surgery ...

Alanis Morissette's 'Jagged Little Pill' is now a Broadway musical with Lauren Patten
Mashable - 2019-12-05
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Bitcoin battered: The worst crypto catastrophes of 2019
ZDNet - 2019-12-05
The cryptocurrency market is booming, and with it, criminals are looking to cash in. Bitcoin (BTC) may not have sustained the $19,000+ price tag of previous years, now coming in at roughly $7,200 at the time of writing, but there is also a variety of other ...

Unemployment rate lowest since 2005
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- More Filipinos had jobs in October, with the number of jobless dipping to the lowest in over a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority said. Some 43.15 million Filipinos were employed as of end-October, higher than the 41.33 million who held jobs a year ago to translate to a 95.5 percent ...

Unemployment rate lowest since 2005
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- More Filipinos had jobs in October, with the number of jobless dipping to the lowest in over a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority said. Some 43.15 million Filipinos were employed as of end-October ...

MIAA to hire seniors as ushers
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines --The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is set to hire 100 senior citizens living in Pasay as ushers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). MIAA general manager Ed Monreal said the seniors will deployed within this month as part of a memorandum of agreement signed by himself, Ang Probinsiyano party ...

Makati offers 10% discount for early taxpayers
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MAKATI, Philippines -- Taxpayers in Makati City who would pay their real property taxes earlier than the Jan. 20, 2020 deadline will get a 10 percent discount, Mayor Abby Binay said yesterday. The city government would also give a five-percent discount to taxpayers who would settle their taxes earlier than the quarterly deadlines, which would ...

National Export Congress prepares businesses for the Digital World
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-05
Over time, this annual event became one of the most important business events of the year. It is usually celebrated by the regional offices of DTI, Philexport and academe, with various activities ...

Fire hits hotel building in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Fire struck a building that was once a hotel in Manila on Thursday morning, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said. A report from BFP-National Capital Region Public Information Office said the fire broke out at the former Grand Boulevard Hotel near Plaza Rajah Sulayman and was raised to first alarm at 9:25 a.m. The fire ...

LTFRB hopes extension of Angkas pilot run to include new possible ride hailing services in the test
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said Thursday that it is hoping the Department of Transportation will extend the pilot run of ride-hailing provider Angkas to include six new other ride hailing providers. LTFRB Technical Division Chief Joel Bolano shared to On The Record ...

Committed investments surge
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-05
He was referring to the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act that will gradually cut the corporate tax rate to 20% in 10 years from 30% currently and overhaul fiscal incentives. For UnionBank of the Philippines, Inc. (UnionBank ...

Seven Deaths In San Diego From Gangrene And Botulism Blamed On Black Tar Heroin Use
International Business Times - 2019-12-05
The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency issued a health advisory Thursday following several deaths in the past two months from gangrene and botulism blamed on the use of black tar heroin. From Oct. 2 to Nov. 24, nine San Diego residents had been admitted to hospitals across San Diego County after being diagnosed with severe ...

Philippines to import galunggong a new
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
During the third quarter of the year, galunggong production decreased 7.5 percent to 40,659 MT in output amid smaller sizes unloaded by commercial fishing vessels, as well as the occurrence of several weather disturbances, which lessened the number of ...

Tetangco, Mendoza reportedly leaving the airline
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
In September 2016, New York-based banking magazine ... is the solicitor general of the Marcos era and has been widely recognized for his impeccable legal acumen. He was previously cited by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association as a ...

Bank liquidity remains above threshold -- BSP
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine banks continued to hold liquidity positions way above the threshold after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) gave the industry more time to build their buffers. In a report on the Philippine financial system, the BSP ...

Higher inflation pulls down share prices
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Share prices continued to slide yesterday as higher-than-expected inflation results as well as the on-going US-China trade talks pulled down the market. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index(PSEi) dropped by 0.32 percent or 25.02 points to 7,790.91, while the broader all shares index closed 0.36 percent or 17.18 ...

Belmonte revives price monitoring council
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
QUEZON CITY , Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has reactivated an inter-agency body that will ensure an adequate supply of goods and commodities and that residents are protected from undue price increases. Belmonte issued Executive Order No. 11 mandating the revival of the Quezon City Price Coordinating Council (QCPCC) in time for ...

Fitch blames slow credit growth on trade issues
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-05
"Consumer and business sentiment indicators have been strengthening in recent months which should bode well for loan growth if it translates into economic activity," Fitch Ratings said. Loans disbursed for household consumption by universal and ...

Año: Get Reds before they get us
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- "We will get them before they can execute their plan." Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday had this to say about the reported plot of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) to assassinate him and ...

AMA Online Education to offer students data analytics courses
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-05
AMA Online Education (AMA OEd) said it hopes to graduate over a hundred thousand data analytics-ready students beginning 2021 as part of a partnership with technology firm SAS, which will help develop basic and advanced courses for both IT and business students. "We have 150,000 students, both in online and blended programs. Majority of our ...

SMC plans fundraising for infrastructure projects
BusinessWorld - 2019-12-05
It will be registered at the Singapore Exchange. SMC said this will allow the company to "tap the financial market for funding through the issuance of securities, including but not limited to corporate notes, bonds, and perpetual securities and other ...

Moving on at Clark
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
In a week the SEA Games will be over. Our athletes deserve a big hug from all of us for a marvelous performance. Those gold medals are all the more significant because many of our athletes delivered despite lack of support from government and an almost non-existent sports program. The sports facilities built at New Clark City look good and it ...

SWS: 70% of Filipinos 'worried' about rise in number of Chinese workers in PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- At least 70 percent of Filipinos expressed concern over the rise of Chinese workers in the country, with some even believing it may be a threat to national security, a survey said. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Thursday said 70 percent of Filipinos are "worried" over the increasing presence ...

ICC to continue assessing complaint vs Duterte; findings out in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines - The preliminary examination of the crimes against humanity complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte may be finished in 2020 as the International Criminal Court (ICC ...

Philippines among countries worst hit by extreme weather in 2018
philstar.com - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines--a country regularly exposed to tropical cyclones--placed second in the list of nations most affected by extreme weather events in 2018, according to a report of an environmental think tank. The Philippines took the second place in the Global Climate Risk Index published by Bonn-based Germanwatch.

Lacson seeks to slash P20B from DPWH budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Panfilo Lacson has proposed up to P20 billion cut from the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways and sought to realign funding intended for the construction of basic education facilities. In his institutional amendments on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget, which was released to the ...

Malls compete for Cebu shoppers with new one opening at IT Park
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
CEBU CITY -- The mall competition continues to rise in the Queen City of the South, especially at the onset of the holiday seasons. Ayala Malls opens its newest multi-billion peso commercial center tomorrow, Friday, December 6, catering to workers from the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Cebu. The P9.5-billion investment ...

'Tisoy' helps raise Angat Dam water level, but not yet enough
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- Typhoon Tisoy left devastation in its wake, but it also brought much-needed rainwater to the Angat Dam. The water level in one of Metro Manila's main sources of water supply increased during the typhoon's onslaught, but not yet enough to reach the normal operating level. When "Tisoy" entered the ...

Supreme Court reverses dismissal of graft case vs Senator Lito Lapid
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court reversed the dismissal of a graft case against a lawmaker. In a decision promulgated August 19, 2019 and released to the media Thursday, the court ordered the Office of the Ombudsman to reinvestigate and resolve the multimillion-peso fertilizer scam involving Senator Lito Lapid.

Foreign investment pledges surge 328 percent to P182.4B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-05
Despite lingering uncertainties as the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (Citira) dragged in Congress, investment pledges made by foreign firms jumped by 327.9 percent to P182.4 billion in the third quarter thanks to a surge in information and communication technology (ICT) projects. The amount of foreign-led projects approved by ...

This Philippine city is the most typical place in the world
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-05
There are gleaming shopping malls and skyscrapers, but also considerable poverty. As for its economy, Cebu is a major center for business outsourcing, such as call centers, and thus has a close relationship with the global technology industry. Those tech ties will become increasingly typical, even if they are not quite the dominant mode of ...

DepEd: low gov't spending, lack in teacher training behind low PH ranking in PISA
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) - The Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday that it had anticipated the Philippines' low ranking in the 2018 Programme for the International Student Assessment (PISA), pointing to a "correlation" with the current quality of education in the country. In an interview with CNN Philippines ...

SSS releases ?12.71 billion for pensioners' 13th month
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- Pensioners are set to receive their 13th month benefit from the Social Security System on Friday. The state pension fund in a statement on Thursday said it has released more than ?12.71 billion for the benefit of more than 2.83 million Filipinos. "We have already requested our partner banks to ...

Rights group urges Congress to 'resist' Duterte on threats vs. ABS-CBN
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- An international human rights group urged members of the Congress to go against the efforts of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down the broadcasting operation of major TV network ABS-CBN. Human Rights Watch on Wednesday said the legislators must remain independent from the whims of Duterte, who ...

Inflation quickens to 1.3% in November
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- Prices of basic goods picked up the pace in November with higher costs of alcohol, cigarettes, and utilities to end a five-month slowdown in price ...

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
DETROIT -- A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death. The recently discovered malfunction is different ...

Google's co-founders may be stepping down, but don't expect much to change
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - Almost as soon as Google's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, announced they would step down from their executive roles at parent company Alphabet, it was being framed in the press as an end of an era. It's certainly not hard to see why. The two launched Google out of a Menlo Park garage more than 20 years ago and built it into ...

Mid-sized American companies are already moving away from China
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - American blue chips such as Caterpillar and Deere and consumer companies like toy giant Hasbro and Roomba maker iRobot have all been hit hard by trade tensions between the United States and China. But many midsized US companies are realizing that they need to diversify away from China and have already begun to take action. Middle ...

Boris Johnson sticks with UK digital tax plan despite the risk of US tariffs
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-04
(CNN) - President Donald Trump spent part of Tuesday blasting France for its digital tax plan, because he said America should be the one to "take advantage" of American companies. Despite the risk of a similar backlash, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is vowing to move ahead with his own digital tech tax. The planned UK tax will place a 2% ...

Palace targets parties behind water contracts
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
The Clean Water Act and, subsequently, the Supreme Court Mandamus expanded from 50 percent as contained in the original Concession Agreement to 100-percent sewer coverage. The extension required our commitment to spend an additional P458 billion to comply with the new water supply and wastewater requirements all the way to 2037."

PH likely to end year with a strong GDP growth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
After hitting a speed bump in the first half, the Philippine economy will likely grow at a faster pace of 6.6 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter to attain a full-year expansion of 6 percent despite global headwinds, an economist from Dutch financial giant ING said. In a research note, economist Nicholas Mapa said after the slump in the ...

5 new envoys, including Chinese, present credentials
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday received five new ambassadors to the country, including the new ambassador of China, in Malacañang. New Chinese Ambassador Huang ...

PDIC files case vs Banco Filipino officials
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-04
The state-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) filed at the Department of Justice (DOJ) Task Force on Financial Fraud a criminal case against the chair and president and 15 former directors and officers of the closed Banco Filipino Savings and Mortgage Bank for conducting business in an unsafe or unsound manner. PDIC said the criminal ...

US investor bids to keep China out of Philippine shipyard
NIKKEI - 2019-12-04
MANILA -- U.S. private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management and Australian shipbuilder Austal have made a formal bid for the Philippines' largest shipyard in Subic Bay, which has also attracted Chinese interest. Executives close to the deal have told the Nikkei Asian Review that the offer was still subject to negotiations with creditors of ...

Japanese firm upbeat on PHL infrastructure road map
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-04
"Filipinos can also easily follow instructions because of their fluency in English," Arakawa confirmed. Moreover, the executive said IEE is optimistic in the current business environment, as the country embarks on the development of smart infrastructures that are crucial in driving progress and sustaining economic growth, as the Philippines ...

FCC announces $9 billion 5G fund for rural America
ZDNet - 2019-12-04
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday announced the launch of a $9 billion fund to accelerate 5G wireless for America's rural areas. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the fund will be available to carriers deploying advanced 5G mobile wireless services in hard-to-serve areas with sparse populations or rugged terrain ...

What to know about neck tension
Medical News Today - 2019-12-04
Neck tension refers to neck pain that develops when the muscles in the neck cannot relax, which can lead to soreness, muscle spasms, and headaches. It has numerous possible causes, ranging from joint problems to inflamed nerves. Depending on the underlying ...

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