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America's milk industry is struggling. Don't blame oat milk
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-22
(CNN) - Milk is falling out of fashion. In 2010, 55 billion pounds of milk were sold in the United States. By 2018, that figure dropped to 47.7 billion, a decline of about 13%. Last week, that ...

Walmart is doubling down on China with 500 new stores
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-22
(CNN) - Walmart is doubling down in China despite an economic slowdown. The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart's footprint in China, which is expected to become the world's biggest grocery market by 2023. The expansion ...

Google shifts rules for political ads, pressuring Facebook
philstar.com - 2019-11-22
WASHINGON, United States -- Google's tightening of its political ad policy could help reduce the spread of misinformation on election campaigns, but at a cost for lesser-known candidates. The move by Google placing restrictions on how advertisers can ...

AI software defines people as male or female. That's a problem
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-22
(CNN) - Artificial intelligence doesn't know what to make of Os Keyes. The 29-year-old graduate student is dark-haired, tattooed and openly transgender, using the pronouns "they" or "them." Facial analysis software, however, typically assigns each face it analyzes one of two labels: male or female. The software literally can't categorize ...

Tropical Storm Sarah weakens as it moves to Japan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Sarah is no longer expected to bring significant rainfall in the country as it moves to the southern Ryukus of Japan, the state weather bureau said Friday.

Twitter now lets you hide replies to your tweets
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
(CNN) -- Twitter is letting all users hide unwanted replies to their tweets as part of a broader effort to make the platform less toxic. On Thursday, the company announced it's rolling out the ...

Putting money where the chat is
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
As messaging applications diversify into e-commerce platforms, a recent study has found that more Filipinos are patronizing "conversational commerce", with the majority saying they will most likely buy from a brand they can chat with online. According to Conversational Commerce--the next gen of E-com, a Facebook-commissioned study by ...

Inflation among poor households fell to 4-year low in October
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
Poor families continued to get relief from price pressures as the rate of increase in the prices of the items they consume further fell to a four-year low of 0.8 percent in October. A Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report on Thursday showed that the consumer price index (CPI) for the bottom 30-percent income households last month was the ...

8990 inks deal to sell P10B in receivables
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
Mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. has signed an agreement to sell another P10 billion worth of housing receivables and is working on a landmark P2.5-billion securitization deal by the first quarter of next year. The P10 billion worth of contract-to-sell (CTS) receivables were sold to a company called Fillmore Resources and Holdings Inc ...

Gasoline-run tricycles gone soon in Boracay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
ILOILO CITY--By January next year, electric tricycles will service residents and tourists on Boracay Island as the local government starts implementing a program to phase out gasoline-run ...

This may be the world's youngest university graduate
Reuters - 2019-11-21
As he cradles his young puppy in his arms, Laurent Simons looks much like any other 9-year-old boy. Then he starts describing his work at a university in the Netherlands, developing a computer circuit that will replicate a part of the brain. As he cradles ...

Miami-area health officials issue alert for dengue
UPI.com - 2019-11-21
Nov. 21 (UPI) --Health officials in Miami-Dade County, Fla., issued a mosquito-borne illness alert after doctors diagnosed another resident with dengue, a virus that has been seen in record numbers in the Americas this year. The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County said there have been 11 cases of the virus in the county so far in ...

Credit Suisse says investors should buy Virgin Galactic because of its 'near-term monopoly' in commercial space tourism
Business Insider - 2019-11-21
According to Credit Suisse analysts, Virigin Galactic could generate $576 million in revenue by 2024.

Reported U.S. vaping deaths taper off; popcorn lung diagnosed in Canada
UPI.com - 2019-11-21
Nov. 21 (UPI) --Reported vaping-related deaths and injuries appear to be tapering off in the United States, but a case with a different type of lung symptom was reported this week in a Canadian teenager. U.S. vaping related deaths rose by two, bringing the total to 49. The number of lung injury cases rose slightly to 2,290 from 2,172 last week ...

Column: UC contracts place religious restrictions on treatment and training at its medical schools
Los Angeles Times - 2019-11-21
Religious restrictions on healthcare have been developing into a public health crisis of the first order. New disclosures show how deeply these restrictions have infiltrated an institution that should be a bulwark against them: the University of California. Clinical and educational training contracts with Catholic hospitals chains have placed ...

Hubble catches gamma-ray burst with highest energy yet-recorded
UPI.com - 2019-11-21
Nov. 21 (UPI) --With the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists have characterized the gamma-ray burst GRB 190114C, which featured the highest energy ever recorded. The record-setting gamma-ray burst was first spotted in January by several telescopes, including NASA's Swift and Fermi telescopes. Shortly after its discovery, several ...

Stop charging your phone like this at the airport, it's not safe
Business Insider - 2019-11-21
In airports and train stations, avoid using public charging station. Bring your own charger, and only plug into outlets.

Mental health, hypertension meds most expensive in PHL, Medbelle index shows
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Medicines meant to improve mental health and address hypertension are the most expensive medications in the Philippines. Based on the 2019 Medicine Price Index conducted by London-based digital health-care provider Medbelle, the Philippines ranked 17th out of 50 in terms of medicine costs with medications averaging 12.64 percent higher than the ...

Peugeot launches the 2020 Allure
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
The 2020 model 5008 Allure promises an upgraded driving experience, safety and accessibility features. Peugeot Philippines Business Development Director Dong Magsajo and Sales Director Dodie Ganac proudly pose beside the 2020 Peugeot 5008 SUV. Styling wise, the new 5008 still looks the same, except for some subtle enhancements to its looks ...

Salad Recall 2019: More Than 97,000 Pounds Of Salad Recalled For E. Coli Contamination
International Business Times - 2019-11-21
Following a recall earlier in November by Russ Davis Wholesale for a series of fresh vegetable products because they may be contaminated with Listeria, Missa Bay, LLC has recalled about 97,272 pounds of salad products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The recalled salad products contain meat or poultry and have lettuce that may be ...

AmCham: Senate must tackle Citira bill soon
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Under House Bill 4157, firms operating in economic zones are required to give up their incentives in two years for those in business for over 10 years; three years for those between five years and 10 years; and five years for those below five years. Further, the House version will strip away tax perks that locators find crucial in maintaining ...

The brain finds a way to adapt, even when we remove half
Medical News Today - 2019-11-21
A fascinating new study involving people who underwent hemispherectomy -- surgery to remove one of the brain's hemispheres -- in childhood shows that these individuals now display almost no immediately obvious effects of this procedure. Share on Pinterest Emerging evidence emphasizes the brain's impressive ability to adapt, even when doctors ...

SBMA chief cited for governance in Asia Leaders Awards 2019
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Eisma received recognition for excellence in governance during the Asia Leaders Awards 2019, which acknowledge leaders who promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and beyond. Eisma was bestowed the "Woman of the Year" award, along with five other women executives who excelled in their respective fields during a ceremony ...

At Kusina Pinoy Bistro, Eating Is a Messy, Happy Business
New York Times - 2019-11-21
This is a street-food snack across Asia, found at night markets in the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan, to be torn off the stick with the teeth. At Kusina Pinoy Bistro, a Filipino restaurant in Woodside, Queens, scissors are provided, to aid in sharing. Still, eating it is a messy (and happy) business, oil glossing the fingers. The ...

Resiliency and sustainability in the face of industry 4.0
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Using actual data over the period 1900-1970 on output, natural resources, and pollution levels, among others, the book carries a Malthusian warning of collapse before year 2100 when looking at business-as-usual simulation scenarios. The 30-year update of the book reveals many of their forecasts until 2000 were correct. In response, the United ...

Greenergy submits proposal for modern tramway system in Manila
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
The proposed subway would connect key points in Makati like the current Central Business District at the corner of Ayala and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Circuit City, Makati City Hall, University of Makati, Ospital ng Makati and other new growth areas within the city. The subway will have up to 10 airconditioned, underground island stations.

Amnesty International calls Facebook, Google rights abusers
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
In a scathing indictment of the two most powerful corporate giants of the internet, Amnesty International insists in a new report published Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, that Google and Facebook be compelled to change what it calls their surveillance-based business models. (AP Photo/File) Amnesty International issued a scathing indictment of the ...

BOC seizes P13 billion smuggled goods in 10 months
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods in the first 10 months, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. Citing a report presented by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, the DOF said confiscated goods from January to October this ...

Aboitiz sees airport projects as attractive infra ventures
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The infrastructure arm of the Aboitiz Group said it remains open to opportunities in various projects, but stressed that airport ventures remain more attractive as there are no right of way (ROW) issues involved. On the sidelines of the Arangkada forum yesterday, Aboitiz InfraCapital chief operating officer Cosette ...

Trade war threatens tech sectors in China and Silicon Valley
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
Increasingly, American tech companies, venture capitalists and start-ups face a narrow choice on how to deal with China: Either take the country at face value and decide that as a rational business, profits matter more than any kind of moral high ground, or make a conscious decision to stop pursuing business in a country that will require you ...

Signal no. 1 still over Batanes as 'Sarah' keeps strength
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- The weather bureau says severe tropical storm Sarah remains strong as it continues to move north. In its 11 p.m. Thursday update, PAGASA said signal ...

BOI rolls out roadmap for garments revival
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Board of Investments (BOI) will roll o ut a roadmap to revive the garments industry and position the country as a big player in the sustainable fashion segment. BOI executive director Corazon Dichosa said in a press conference Wednesday the agency would unveil the roadmap developed for the garments and textiles ...

PDIC to sue uncooperative officials of AMA Rural Bank
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) yesterday threated to sue the uncooperative officials and employees of the closed AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong Inc. owned by businessman Amable Aguiluz. In a statement, PDIC said it would file criminal charges against directors, corporate secretary, officers and ...

WeWork lays off 2,400 employees
Business Insider - 2019-11-21
A source close to the matter told Business Insider there was a meeting held at 10 a.m. WeWork confirmed it was cutting 2,400 jobs.

DOF pushes e-cigarette tax bill amid product ban
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) is still pushing for the passage of the tax bill on alcohol and electronic cigarettes even as President Duterte imposed a ban on the importation and use of these products in public places. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF is waiting for ...

Tiu-led firm proposes Manila tramway
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
The Makati City Subway of Philippine Infradev, which will traverse the central business district of Makati, is targeted to be operational by 2025. It is being pursued with Chinese partners Greenland Holdings Group, Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group Co. Ltd., Holdings Ltd. and China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. Meanwhile, Philippine ...

Grenade-wielding snatcher nabbed
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A man carrying a hand grenade was apprehended after he allegedly robbed a jail officer in Pasay City on Wednesday night. Marvin Gelluran Amparado, 27, was taken into police custody. Police said Angelo Dato Badong, 31, of the Parañaque City jail, was standing in front of the Manila Film Center along Atang dela Rama ...

Zaldy Ampatuan still in hospital as massacre verdict nears
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan remains in the hospital weeks before the promulgation of the verdict on the 10-year-old Maguindanao massacre case. Ampatuan is still confined at the Makati Medical Center where he was rushed last month due to his heart ailment, jail officials said in a ...

US-China trade worries dampen stocks anew
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index tumbled again yesterday. All the other gauges also finished in negative territory. The PSEi was down by 79.17 points or one percent to close at 7,818.89. Likewise, the broader All Shares index slipped 46.64 points or 0.98 percent to end at 4,670.76. Meanwhile all the other ...

Footbridge collapses in Mountain Province; 10 hurt
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
BAGUIO CITY , Philippines - Ten persons were injured when an improvised footbridge in Sitio Conggas, Barangay Betwagan in Sadanga, Mountain Province collapsed on Wednesday. Local disaster council officials said six of those injured were taken to the Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital in Bauko town. Another victim was brought to the Betwagan ...

Good intentions, bad executions
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
Depending on what story you have read, the President has ordered a stop to rice importation, or Sec. Carlos Dominguez is saying there is no ban on rice importation. One thing is clear... government is confused on what to do. Agricultural economists and economic policy makers are sure the free importation under the Rice Tariffication Law is a ...

BSP sees lag in effects of monetary easing moves
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
This cut will also apply to the reserve ratio of non-bank financial institutions with quasi-banking functions (NBQBs). This will bring the reserve ratio of universal and commercial lenders to 14% by December, while the RRR of thrift banks will stand at ...

Palace: Pinoys to eventually appreciate China
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted on Sept. 27-30 indicated that China, which is embroiled in a maritime dispute with the Philippines, remains the least trusted country among Filipinos. The nationwide poll of 1,800 adults found 54 percent of ...

Malaysian firms eye ICT, agri partnerships with Mindanao counterparts
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
DAVAO CITY -- Information and communication technology (ICT) companies from Malaysia have started discussing potential collaborations with the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry here, particularly on system solutions. "We want to complement (the operations of the local BPO industry),"Siti Azlina, Malaysia External Trade ...

Business apathy
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
There is a lack of political will - usually driven by the business sector pushing their governments - to bring it to a successful conclusion. If you ask yourself what is Doha, Geneva, and the WTO, you are in the same boat as I was when I was country manager for IBM Philippines and Thailand. I had very little idea of what the WTO (then GATT ...

Signal no. 1 still over Batanes as 'Sarah' grows stronger
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- The weather bureau says severe tropical storm Sarah has intensified as it continues to make its way across the Philippine Sea. In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said signal number 1 remains up over Batanes due to Sarah (international name: Fung-Wong). The trough of the storm will bring light to ...

Two more ferry boats to operate in Pasig River in December
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- Two more ferry boats are expected to operate in Pasig River this December, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said. Sotto posted in his Facebook page a photo of one of the two newly procured ferry boats, the 57-seater "M/B Mutya ng Pasig 1." "Launching nito sa Desyembre. Kung ok ang lahat ...

The Victoria's Secret slump continues
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
(CNN) -- Victoria's Secret posted another quarter of declining sales as the brand continues to lose its grip on shoppers. Sales at Victoria's Secret stores open for at least a year and its website dropped 7% during the latest quarter compared with the same period last year, parent company L Brands said Wednesday. L Brands, which also owns the ...

Trust in China among Filipinos tumbles further in Q3
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Filipinos trust in the country's newfound friend China continued to tumble in the third quarter, a new poll showed. Trust in Beijing sank nine points from -24 in June to -33, plunging confidence in the East Asian giant from "poor" to "bad," according to private pollster Social Weather ...

India, PHL to pilot-test high-yield garlic, onion farming in Mindanao
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
"There are so many things in common between India and the Philippines. I would like to capitalize on getting all the innovation, finding all the business common ground," said Johnny Chotrani, Philippines country chair of the ASEAN-India Business Council. Mr. Chotrani also said that the two countries can benefit from sharing their respective ...

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