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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 ...

In jest, Duterte orders extrajudicial killing of vape inventor
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte continued to defend his verbal ban on vapes on Thursday night, this time verbally ordering -- in jest -- the ...

Gojek ups bid to enter Philippines in threat to Grab monopoly
NIKKEI - 2019-11-21
According to regulatory filings seen by Nikkei, Pace Crimson Ventures Corp., a Philippine company, has acquired a 60% stake in Gojek's local affiliate, Velox Technology Philippines, the minimum local ownership requirement for transport companies under the Philippine constitution. Pace Crimson's largest shareholder with a 35% stake is Paulo ...

Baguio City marks 2nd year of UNESCO recognition with iBagiw fest
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines-- The city of Baguio celebrated the second anniversary of its recognition as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Creative Cities Network with an ongoing 2019 iBagiw Festival. The festival is named after "iBagiw," which literally means "someone from Baguio" or "something ...

Rodrigo Duterte Calls for Ban on Public Vaping in the Philippines
New York Times - 2019-11-21
Mr. Duterte said that many Filipinos, particularly young ones, used vaping devices without realizing the dangers they posed. This month, the Philippine Health Department reported the first case of vaping-related lung injury in the country. A 16-year-old girl was said to have been vaping for half a year before being hospitalized in October ...

Vaping ban bill filed in Senate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - A bill banning the use, sale, manufacture and importation of electronic cigarettes or vaping products was filed by Senator Francis Tolentino. According to Senate Bill No. 1183 or the proposed Electronic Smoking Prohibition Act, all electronic nicotine or electric non-nicotine delivery systems (ENDS/ ENNDS) are ...

Cayetano backs proposed vape tax hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
TAGUIG CITY, Philippines -- The government should proceed with its push to increase tax rates on e-cigarettes or vape products, Speaker Alan Cayetano said Thursday. "Ang tingin ko dapat ituloy pero mag-uusap pa kami ni congressman Salceda sa Monday (I think the government should proceed with the proposed vape tax hike but I will talk ...

Global shares skid on renewed US-China trade worries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
BEIJING - World shares skidded Thursday, tracking moderate declines on Wall Street as anxiety mounted over the possibility the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year.

Lumber firm faces P118M suit for tax evasion, fake cigarette tax stamps
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-21
The case, filed on Thursday by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)-Cagayan de Oro office, involves the company and its corporate officers, President Ting-Pi Huang, Chief Finance Officer Chiu-Ling Su, Corporate Secretary Ma. Sharon L. Remo, Christian M. Tong and Nenito P. Pialan. BIR, in a statement, said investigation showed that the company ...

Tropical Storm Sarah to weaken as it moves away from PAR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines - Severe Tropical Storm Sarah (Fung-Wong) is expected to weaken as it moves away from the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), the latest weather update disclosed on Thursday. According to the 5 p.m. update of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the expected weakening ...

Manila-Cavite ferry service coming soon - DOTr
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Commuters will soon be able to access Cavite from Manila and vice versa via scheduled ferry boat trips. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday announced that it set to operationalize ferry boat routes from Cavite to Manila, and vice versa soon. -Phase 1: Metro Star Ferry Terminal (Cavite City Hall)/ Sangley ...

Philippines Business Bank selects Chennai-based Intellect Digital Core for its digital transformation
Business Line - 2019-11-21
Philippines Business Bank (PBB) has selected Intellect Digital Core (IDC ) 19.1, a digital core solution of the Chennai-based Intellect Design Arena, to power its digital transformation. The solution will enable digital transformation to be the bank of choice in the SME segment. A recent study from the Department of Trade and Industry stated ...

Malacañang believes China will be appreciated by Filipinos someday
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- Majority of Filipinos may not trust China now - based on a recent survey - but Malacañang believes the sentiment will change in the future. In a statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace is not surprised by the plunge in China's trust rating in Social ...

PayPal is acquiring shopping reward site Honey for $4 billion
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
(CNN) - PayPal has struck a deal to acquire Honey, a shopping platform that offers online shoppers discounts and rewards, for $4 billion, according to a release Wednesday. The acquisition comes as PayPal faces increased competition from tech companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook, which now offer either their own forms of payment or ...

Cebu City, where first vaping injury reported, could see new vape regulations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
CEBU CITY--A councilor here wants to take the lead in regulating vaping in public places in the city. Councilor Joel Garganera said he would submit a proposed ordinance targeting vaping and banning it in public places, much like smoking is treated. He said his proposal would list down areas where vaping could be allowed and ban minors from ...

Cayetano: No Villar hand in picking Starmall as SEA Games bowling venue
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- One place stood out among the venues for this year's Southeast Asian Games: the bowling center of Starmall EDSA-Shaw. Netizens were quick to criticize the government's choice, saying it may put the country's hosting of the SEA Games in bad light and suspecting it was a favor to the Villar family ...

Duterte order to suspend rice importation won't push through, Dar says
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order, Agriculture chief William Dar on Thursday said that rice importation will not be suspended, at least during the harvest season. Dar, in a briefing Thursday, said that the Bureau of Plant Industry will just be much stricter in implementing the ...

Asian shares skid on renewed US-China trade worries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
BEIJING -- Shares skidded Thursday in Asia, tracking moderate declines on Wall Street as anxious mounted over the possibility the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year.

House backtracks, vape products to be taxed higher
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - Vape products will still be included in the sin tax measure and will even be taxed higher to make them "more prohibitive," the House Ways and ...

Global Terrorism Index: PH 9th most affected by terrorism in 2018
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) - The Philippines remains the only Southeast Asian country which ranked in the top ten countries most impacted by terrorism, even climbing up to the ...

Duterte's word can't stop judges from challenging vaping ban - IBP
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- The courts still hold the power to hear petitions against President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order to ban vaping in the country, the official organization of Philippine lawyers said on Thursday. Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) reiterated the separation of powers stated in the Constitution ...

Sarah slightly intensifies; Signal No.1 over Babuyan Islands lifted
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Severe tropical storm Sarah slightly intensified while moving over the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Thursday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) added that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 hoisted over the Babuyan Islands has now been lifted.

Palace believes Filipinos will 'eventually appreciate' China amid low trust ratings
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
A Social Weather Stations survey released Wednesday showed that China is the least trusted country by Filipinos with a "bad" net trust of -33. China's net trust dropped by 9 points from -24 in June, becoming the lowest since June 2018. Presidential ...

Signal No. 1 up in Batanes, Babuyan Islands as 'Sarah' intensifies
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
However, the TCWS over mainland Cagayan has been lifted as of Thursday morning as Sarah changed her track, state weather bureau PAGASA said. The wind signals over Batanes and Babuyan Islands might also be lifted if the weather disturbance further changes its path. The northern and western sections of northern Luzon, particularly the coastal and ...

Bad weather cancels flights on Nov. 21
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-21
MANILA, Philippines -- (Updated) Some local flights were canceled on Thursday due to inclement weather in some parts of the country. Gusty conditions will prevail over the northern and western sections of Northern Luzon, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas due to the surge of the northeast monsoon, the weather bureau said in its 5 ...

Google, Facebook business models threat to rights: Amnesty report
philstar.com - 2019-11-21
SAN FRANCISCO, United States -- The data-collection business model fueling Facebook and Google represents a threat to human rights around the world, Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday. The organization argued that offering people free online services and then using information about them to target money-making ads imperils a ...

JGC Holdings Corp
Reuters - 2019-11-21
for a power plant project from a utility in the Philippines - Nikkei .The 105,000kw coal-fired facility in Sarangani Province is slated to begin operations in April 2019 - Nikkei. JGC raises year ...

Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. It's going to need a lot of robots
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-21
(CNN) - Amazon is burning through billions to get you stuff faster. It'll spend more than $35 billion on shipping costs this year, more than twice what it spent two years ago. The company recently warned investors it'll drop an extra $1.5 billion this holiday season as it works to transition to one-day shipping for Prime members. Profits are ...

SM: Shopping malls in PHL still vibrant, upbeat
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-21
The retail market in the Philippine, mainly the shopping malls, remain vigorous and upbeat, according to the SM Group. In a recent Nikkei Business Philippines-Japan Investment Forum in Tokyo, Japan, SM Supermalls COO Steven T. Tan said the country runs counter to the global trend of right-sizing and even closing down many large-format stores ...

These are the creepiest holiday gifts of 2019
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
(CNN) - Holiday gifts are meant to be fun, but security researchers say some presents can be downright creepy. Researchers at Mozilla, the nonprofit internet organization behind the Firefox browser, released its third-annual "Privacy Not Included" list of popular internet-connected holiday gifts on Wednesday. Mozilla researched 76 items to ...

Sarah intensifies to severe tropical storm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Sarah intensified into a severe tropical storm, the state weather bureau said Thursday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sarah was last spotted at 425 kilometers east-northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 340 ...

30% of money transactions in PH now done online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
The Philippines is en route to becoming "cash-lite" by 2023 as nearly a third of financial transactions in the country are already being done online or through digital channels, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said on Wednesday. During the launch of the eGov Pay and QR Ph, Diokno told reporters that the BSP had ...

Megawide upbeat on JV project with Udenna
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
Infrastructure and construction conglomerate Megawide Construction Corp. expects to unlock P3 billion in revenue as a general contractor of the Clark Global City (CGC) development, a 177-hectare master-planned, mixed-use development project of Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy. CGC is a project of Global Gateway Development Corp. (GGDC), which ...

Philippine leader says to ban 'toxic' e-cigarettes and arrest users
YAHOO! - 2019-11-20
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will outlaw the use and importation of e-cigarettes and arrest ... President Rodrigo Duterte announced the order during a late night news conference after being asked about a Department of Health report confirming the first case of lung injury related to vaping in the country. "I will ban it.

Uber appears to be expanding a feature that lets you choose your favorite driver
Business Insider - 2019-11-20
Riders have spotted the "favorite driver" feature in San Francisco. It was first noticed in Hong Kong and recently launched in the United Kingdom.

Motorola Design VP Talks About Designing Moto RAZR Successor
International Business Times - 2019-11-20
In the past several days, the world of smartphones was taken by a storm when Motorola revealed their first-ever smartphone with a foldable display: the new Motorola RAZR. Inspired by the classic flip phones that the company was known for in the past decades, the new RAZRsmartphone also folds--only that along with it, the display folds as well.

WhatsApp banned nearly half a million accounts during Brazilian elections
ZDNet - 2019-11-20
Messaging app WhatsApp reported banning more than 400,000 accounts that breached its terms of service in Brazil during last year's general elections. The information was disclosed by the company in a document submitted to authorities to support an ...

The Trump administration has started approving licenses for US companies to resume doing business with Huawei
Business Insider - 2019-11-20
The US Department of Commerce said it would allow some US businesses to resume selling goods to Chinese telecom company Huawei Technologies.

Uber tests letting passengers and drivers record audio of rides
Mashable - 2019-11-20
Would Uber having an audio recording of your ride make you feel safer or creeped out? Uber plans to give drivers and passengers the option to record audio of their rides, and will first test the feature in Mexico and Brazil. Uber has not confirmed plans for a U.S. expansion, but says it's considering testing the feature in other countries ...

Why The U.S. Needs To Invest More In Bombers
Forbes - 2019-11-20
U.S. Air Force bombers represent a crucial capability needed to support the 2018 National Defense Strategy, with the range, payload, endurance, and resiliency to hold targets at risk anywhere and at any time. These long-range combat aircraft routinely deploy to both Europe and the Indo-Pacific to send a strong deterrent message to potential ...

'Sarah' strengthens slightly as it moves northwest
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) - Storm signal number 1 remains up over several areas as tropical storm Sarah continues on a northwest path. In its 11 p.m. update, PAGASA said signal number 1 is up over Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Calayan, Aparri, Camalaniugan, Buguey, Santa Teresita, Gonzaga, Santa Ana, Lal ...

Second week of November declared Investor Protection Week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the second week of November every year as Investor ProtectionWeek. Duterte signed Proclamation No. 846 on November 15, a copy of which was released to the media on Wednesday. The President said the Securities Regulation Code mandated the government "to protect investors, ensure ...

House committee approves DDR substitute bill
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
The House Committee on Reorganization on Wednesday has approved a Duterte administration measure creating the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR). In the committee-approved substitute bill, Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda, principal author of the proposal, the bill adopted a "joint operational supervision" clause over four vital agencies ...

Giving time and power back to commuters
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
THAM: I grew up in Singapore, where I launched one of the top online-auction outfits in Singapore called Sold.sg. That business brought me to the Philippines, and I fell in love with the people and culture. After I sold the company, I started spending more time in this country, learning more about the things that makes it so special.

SEAG draws mobility partner
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
Alberto Arcilla, Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee Senior Managing Director Jojit Alcazar, MG Head of Business Development Sherman Tan and MG Director of Sales China Vance Lim. Morris Garages--better known today as MG--has signed an agreement with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee and Mediapro Asia ...

Short sleep may harm bone health in older women
Medical News Today - 2019-11-20
Can insufficient sleep be harmful to bone health? New research in postmenopausal women has found that those who slept for no longer than 5 hours per night were most likely to have lower bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis. Share on Pinterest New ...

Philippines wins big in Apec forum
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
Philippine Commission on Women Chairman Dr. Rhodora Bucoy headed the Philippine delegation ... Dr. Veronica Ramirez was awarded the first prize in the inaugural "Apec Healthy Women, Healthy Economies Research Prize" for her study, "Common Health Problems of Women Overseas Filipino Workers." Ramirez is the holder of the University ...

Philippines, China sign accord on enforcement of antitrust rules and fight cross border cartels
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
The Philippines and China have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU ... Its jurisdiction spans from competition, intellectual property, business registration up to product safety safety and standards.

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