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'Baby Yoda' GIFs were pulled down for copyright reasons, but GIPHY has returned them to the internet
Business Insider - 2019-11-25
Having GIFs of 'Baby Yoda,' the viral star of 'The Mandalorian,' being pulled for copyright raises questions on what Disney's stance is.

BIR-Valenzuela City reminds business owners on tax law
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
This photo shows Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Officer Rufo B. Ranario (second from right) leading a surprise inventory of three business establishments in Valenzuela City. Ranario reminded business owners to follow tax laws. THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue District Office (RDO) is reminding owners of businesses ...

There are eight million people with diabetes in the philippines
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
They were joined by representatives from the Department of Health-NCR, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinology, the Institute for the Study of Diabetes Foundation, Diabetes Philippines and the Institute of Reproductive Health. "When I was a kid, I remember receiving the Guinness Book of World Records as a gift for Christmas.

IC stops operations of insurer, pre-need firm
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Insurance Commission (IC) has issued cease and desist orders against an insurance company and a pre-need firm for operating without licenses, and for acting as a cover for previously shuttered firms. In a statement, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said he had ordered Golden Age Elderly Care Inc. and Benevolent ...

Share prices slide on lack of fresh leads
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market weakened yesterday as investors continue to look for catalysts and clearer signs on the direction of the US-China trade war. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index finished in negative territory, closing at 7,771.62, down 52.97 points or 0.68 percent. Likewise, the broader All-Shares index also ...

Rate cut still possible before yearend -- Diokno
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has not totally closed the door on another interest rate cut before the end of the year as inflation likely bottomed out last month. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno told reporters on the sidelines of the Financial Education Stakeholders Expo another rate cut is still possible during the ...

Belmonte orders police: Curb crimes vs women, children
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday ordered the local police to intensify their efforts in curbing crimes against women and children. Belmonte issued the directive during the 80th founding anniversary of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) at Camp Karingal. "Sana patuloy ko po kayo maasahan to run after the ...

Bataan, Albay LGU execs face raps over dumps
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Criminal and administrative charges have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against local government officials of Bataan and Albay over the illegal operation of dumps. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) filed charges for ...

Kidnapped British trader, wife rescued in Sulu
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Soldiers rescued in Sulu yesterday a British businessman and his Filipino wife held captive by Abu Sayyaf bandits for almost two months. Allan Arthur Hyrons, 70, and his wife Wilma were rescued on Mt. Piahan at the border of Barangays Silangkan and Taha in Parang town at around 8:30 a.m., according to Lt.

Ebay to sell StubHub to Viagogo for $4.05 billion
UPI.com - 2019-11-25
Nov. 25 (UPI) --Ebay announced Monday it plans to sell the ticket marketplace StubHub to overseas ticket competitor Viagogo for $4.05 billion in cash. The transaction gives Viagogo, based in Switzerland, a stronger foothold in the United States. It also reunites Viagogo's chief executive officer Eric Barker, with StubHub, a company he co ...

VAT incentives under CITIRA
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
The second package of the tax reform program or the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act (CITIRA), which is still the subject of deliberations in the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, aims to rationalize the incentives system, with the hope that foreign investments will match or even surpass the incentives given, allowing ...

AC Energy taps BPI Capital for global green notes offer
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- AC Energy Inc., the energy platform of the Ayala conglomerate, has appointed BPI Capital as the sole global coordinator for its proposed green notes offering. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, AC Energy said it is proposing the offering of fixed for life (non-deferrable) senior perpetual non-call three ...

LPG canister maker investing P800 million for new VisMin plants
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Pascal Resources Energy Inc. (PREI), the maker of the Gaz Lite LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) canister, plans to invest P800 million to build facilities in Visayas and Mindanao as it aims to generate P220 million worth of revenue by next year. PREI chairman and chief executive officer Nelson Par, in a briefing yesterday ...

PSEi to hit 9000 level in 2020
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-25
BPI Securities Corp. is projecting the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) to reach 9,000 in 2020, driven by the faster growth of the economy, particularly the banking, property and consumer sectors. In a statement yesterday, the brokerage arm of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) said earnings growth of the PSEi in 2020 is ...

IMF urges BoJ to target shorter maturity yields to ease strain
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-25
Under a policy dubbed yield curve control (YCC), the BoJ pledges to guide short-term rates at -0.1% and the 10-year bond yield around 0%. While the policy has helped keep corporate borrowing costs low, it has flattened the yield curve and crushed the margin commercial banks earn from lending. One way to ease the impact on financial institutions ...

Lucio Co aims to open more Acacia Hotels
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-25
Mr. Co -- whose business interests also include real estate, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and liquor and wine distribution -- also vowed to explore more investment opportunities in the city, where there is already one branch each of Puregold and S&R. "Our experience in doing business in Davao City has been delightful... We are also ...

Bomb plot foiled in North Cotabato
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Soldiers of the 57th Infantry Battalion foiled an attempt of the Dawlah Islamiya terror group, also known as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), to sabotage the Sinugba Festival in Midsayap, North Cotabato on Sunday. The military said soldiers seized bomb materials and two improvised explosive devices at ...

Metro Manila workers seek P213 pay increase
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Workers in Metro Manila yesterday asked for P750 daily minimum wage to help them cope with the high cost of living in the region. Members of the Unity for Wage Increase filed a petition with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) seeking P213 increase in the daily minimum pay of workers. Charlito ...

PH, South Korea sign 5 agreements during ASEAN-Korea commemorative summit
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- President Rodrigo Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in witnessed the signing of five agreements during the ASEAN-Korea commemorative summit in Busan Monday. According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the agreements covered a "wide range of areas of cooperation, such as ...

ibex inaugurates Alabang center
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-25
BUSINESS process outsourcing (BPO) firm ibex earlier this month inaugurated a new center in Alabang, Muntinlupa. In a statement, ibex said the center, located at CTP Asean Tower in Alabang, Muntinlupa, will employ 850 employees as of end-November. It can accommodate over 1,000 seats. "This is the first of three new sites we are launching in ...

Cayetano: Delayed SEA Games budget to blame for flubs
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says preparations for the country's hosting of the Southeast Asian Games could have gone much smoother if the Senate passed the budget for it earlier. Speaking to military officers Monday, Cayetano also slammed Senator Franklin Drilon for questioning the SEA Games ...

Regional, Country winners soar to higher acclaim at 14th PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards Grand Final
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
For its 14th anniversary, the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards expanded the Grand Final to 30 categories, specifying more precise achievements in landscape architectural design, condo interior design, township master planning, CBD (central business district) development, and green building. Hari V. Krishnan, CEO of PropertyGuru Group ...

Health research transforming lives
Sun Star - 2019-11-25
I remember my first published research about psychiatric ... conference was organized by Tagum Doctors College and endorsed by the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) -Region XI, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Education ...

House approves real property valuation bill on third reading
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-25
Package two of the CTRP includes the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act which seeks to gradually lower the corporate income tax rate from 30% to 20%. Package 2+ on the other hand, proposes to reform sin taxes to generate additional revenue for Universal Health Care (UHC). Package four of the CTRP includes the ...

Philippines expects 2-million South Korean tourist arrivals this year
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-25
He said the thrust on sustainable and responsible tourism helped attract tourists to the country. "Those two policies allow the country to make a striking balance between business opportunities, environmental protection, and social responsibility." "We do not want to have a repeat of what happened to Boracay when the President has to ...

EU to fund ?28 million support for Mindanao quake victims
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday announced multi-million funding for victims of last month's earthquakes in Mindanao. It said it will provide EUR500,000 (approximately ?28 million) to support the global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger in delivering emergency food, shelter, water ...

EU to fund ?28 million support for Mindanao quake victims
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- The European Union (EU) on Monday announced multi-million funding for victims of last month's earthquakes in Mindanao. It said it will provide EUR500,000 (approximately ?28 million) to support the global humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger in delivering emergency food, shelter, water ...

China just signaled that it could reform its IP laws. That's good for trade talks
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
(CNN) -- China's has unveiled new guidelines about the protection of intellectual property, a move that could mark a big step toward appeasing the United States, and may even help pave the way for a long-awaited trade truce. Beijing's announcement Sunday was short on detail, though the country did indicate that it could introduce stronger IP ...

Senate to investigate SEA Games mess
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- The Senate is set to investigate the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games if it proves to be a flop, the Senate sports committee chair said. [Translation ...

Senate to investigate SEA Games mess
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- The Senate is set to investigate the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games if it proves to be a flop, the Senate sports committee chair said. [Translation: There is a right time for everything, let's not point fingers now. But after the games we will make accountable those who are accountable. As chair of ...

Sy Jr. bares Gold City project across NAIA
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Sy-owned integrated property developer, is developing one of its biggest projects to date, the Gold City, which will be a sprawling mixed-used estate across the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque. SM Prime chairman Henry "Big Boy" Sy Jr. said there would be many components ...

UN: Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere hit new high in 2018
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
"This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems," WMO said. Emissions are the main factor that determine the amount of greenhouse gas ...

Uber loses London license again but can keep driving for now
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
(CNN) -- Uber has just suffered a significant setback in one of its biggest markets. London transit officials have decided not to extend the company's license to operate in the city beyond midnight local time on Monday. In a statement, Transport for London (TfL) said it had identified "a pattern of failures by the company including several ...

AFP rescues British man, wife held by jihadists
philstar.com - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine soldiers on Monday rescued a British man and his wife from Islamic State-linked jihadists nearly two months after the couple were kidnapped from their beach resort in the nation's south, authorities said. Troops recovered the pair after a firefight with gunmen from the Abu Sayyaf group on the restive southern ...

Duterte asks Moon to visit PH in 2020 for possible signing of free-trade deal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
BUSAN, South Korea -- President Rodrigo Duterte has invited Korean President Moon Jae-in to a state visit next year to possibly sign the free-trade agreement (FTA) after the two nations failed to ...

Amihan to bring light rainshowers over parts of Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
Meanwhile, the tail-end of a cold front will bring cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate rains over Bicol region, Aurora, and Quezon. However, Pagasa said no weather disturbance is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) in the next one to two days.

State prosecutors want Zaldy Ampatuan back in jail
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- State prosecutors want Zaldy Ampatuan, the primary accused in the Maguindanao massacre, out of the hospital and back in jail. The public prosecutors on Friday submitted at the Branch 221 Quezon City Regional Trial Court an urgent motion to return Ampatuan back to the Quezon City Jail Annex in ...

LVMH scoops up Tiffany for $16.2 billion
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
(CNN) -- LVMH and Tiffany & Co. are finally getting together after weeks of anticipation. The two companies announced Monday that LVMH will buy the iconic Manhattan jeweler. The French luxury group will pay $135 per share, valuing Tiffany at about $16.2 billion. A deal had been expected for weeks. Analysts have been bullish on the purchase ...

Canceled flights on Nov. 25 due to bad weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Several domestic flights were canceled on Monday as inclement weather is being experienced in some parts of the country. The weather bureau said that the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains on Monday brought by the ...

No final instructions, transportation directions yet for SEA Games volunteers
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- It is only less than a week before the official start of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, but a lot of questions remain in the heads of some volunteers who are still clueless about how they will get to sporting venues and if they will be deployed at all. CNN Philippines spoke separately to ...

Guevarra stays with DOJ, turns down SC nomination
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has foregone an opportunity to be part of the Supreme Court, as he turned down Monday his nomination as associate justice. "I have decided to stay with the DOJ (Department of Justice). [There are] a lot of things to do here," Guevarra said in a statement.

Hotel management explains SEA Games accommodations mishaps
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Century Park Hotel on Monday explained the story behind the recent viral photos of the Cambodian football team sleeping on the floor, following their arrival in the country ...

IC warns public vs scam: Unlicensed insurers Golden Age, Benevolent preying on seniors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
The Insurance Commission (IC) on Monday, Nov. 25, warned against two companies that sell pre-need and insurance products to senior citizens, as these firms were just spinoffs of previously shuttered companies. In a statement on Monday, Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa said the IC had found that Golden Age Elderly Care Inc. and Benevolent ...

DOH records 8th case of polio
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday confirmed the eighth case of polio in the country. In a statement, the DOH said the latest incident was recorded in Basilan province in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), after a stool sample sent to the Research Institute for ...

House panel OKs tax provisions for proposed Water, Disaster Resilience departments
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) - The House of Representatives' ways and means committee approved Monday measures establishing systems for determining tariff and tax exemption rates that will be followed by two proposed government agencies: The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

Positive US-China trade vibes are propelling Asian markets higher
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
(CNN) -- Asian stocks advanced Monday, boosted by positive signals about a potential US-China trade deal. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index opened up 1.1% and widened the gains to 1.9% in early trading. It's the top performer so far among major indexes in the region. Investors may also be paying attention to election results in Hong Kong. Pro ...

Robredo to make public her findings and recommendations from time in anti-drug post
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25) -- Vice President Leni Robredo said Monday she will release to the public a report on her findings from her time as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) in the coming days. "Sa mga susunod na araw, magbibigay ako ng ulat sa bayan. Sasabihin ko ang natuklasan at ang ...

World Bank sells catastrophe bonds to insure Philippines against natural disasters
Nasdaq - 2019-11-25
The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, better known as the World Bank, has issued two tranches of catastrophe-linked bonds to provide the Republic of the Philippines with financial protection against losses from natural disasters, in the first deal of its kind in Asia. SINGAPORE, Nov 25 (IFR) - The International Bank for ...

International food delivery service enters Lao market
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
VIENTIANE -- A food delivery service that was originally established in Singapore, foodpanda, is testing the waters in Laos in the belief there will be strong consumer interest. The CEO of foodpanda APAC, Mr Jakob Angele, said "We established foodpanda about seven years ago in Singapore and expanded our business to countries in the Asia ...

WWF launches Plastic Smart Cities initiative in Southeast Asia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-25
SINGAPORE -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is calling on cities in Southeast Asia to join Patong (Thailand), Donsol (Philippines) and Phu Quoc Islands (Vietnam) in making a commitment to eliminate plastic pollution, by developing an action plan and trial innovative solutions. Plastic Smart Cities is a WWF initiative bringing together cities ...

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