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Villagers ask Toledo City mayor to rule on copper mining operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
CEBU CITY -- Officials and residents of a village in Toledo City have sought the help of the city mayor to regulate the mining operations of a private firm, which has allegedly caused health concerns and destroyed some structures in the place. In a letter addressed to Toledo City Mayor Marjorie Perales, Biga Barangay Captain Pedro Sepada ...

BSP bucks ATM fee regulation, warns of repercussions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday rejected the proposal to regulate and cap the automated teller machines (ATM) fees, citing its possible repercussions to ...

CA denies father's petition to free Quezon youth activist
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- The Court of Appeals has dismissed the plea of the father of Alexandrea Pacalda, the Quezon youth activist who was allegedly arrested by military operatives without a warrant. In the decision of Court of Appeals third division Associate Justice Geraldine Fiel-Macaraig, penned on October 29 and ...

Cimatu denies hand in coffee plantation contract
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
"I fully disagree with the accusation of the group because this activity happened before my time," Cimatu said in a statement. Upon his assumption of his post, Cimatu claimed he had ordered the creation of a fact-finding team to investigate the issue. He stressed that he has not approved any Integrated Forest Management Agreement.

Palace: POGOs should pay taxes
philstar.com - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang said Tuesday that online casinos in the country should be taxed, adding that the Duterte administration will not be stopped from collecting what is due to the government. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has already been going after Internet-based gambling companies, locally known as POGOs for Philippine ...

Recto fears lack of budget may derail national ID system rollout
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto fears that the implementation of the national ID system might be derailed by a lack of budget for 2020. Recto disclosed Tuesday that zero funding was allocated for the project in the "programmed portion" of the proposed 2020 national budget. "For 2020, there is zero funding ...

Palace refutes OSG, says Duterte admin can still tax POGOs
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- Malacañang refuted on Tuesday the recent claim of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) that the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) could not be subject to tax for profits earned from bets on their facilities. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal ...

Neda backs Pogo tax to shore up govt revenues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines-The state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) is backing up moves in Congress to institutionalize taxation on Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). On the sidelines of the Eighth Monitoring and Evaluation Forum Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said Neda was ...

Regent mulls leaving Pasig after being called out by Vico Sotto
philstar.com - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Regent Foods Corp. is mulling moving its plant away from Pasig City, amid labor row with its employees backed by its Mayor Vico Sotto. Sotto on Sunday urged the snack corporation to rethink pushing the case against striking workers if they want to "have a healthy relationship" with Pasig City. "Moving forward, RFC ...

'Ramon' to hit land in Babuyan Islands; rains to soak parts of Luzon
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) - Moderate to heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ramon are expected to hammer parts of Luzon as it is expected to hit land in northern Cagayan and Babuyan ...

Investors don't seem to know what to make of the US-China trade war
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
(CNN) - A muddled view of US-China trade talks once again seems to be weighing on investors. The major Asian market indexes were mixed in early trading Tuesday after CNBC reported that the mood in Beijing was pessimistic. The news organization, citing an anonymous government source, reported that President Donald Trump's reluctance to roll ...

Trump's doctor releases memo on President's health after surprise weekend hospital visit
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's physician released a memorandum Monday night stating the President's recent visit to Walter Reed National Military Center was a "routine ... The source said it was possible that a small group of doctors involved in Trump's medical exams were notified before Trump arrived at Walter Reed, but that all medical ...

Almost stationary Typhoon Ramon continues to threaten Babuyan Islands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Ramon remains almost stationary but continues to threaten Babuyan Islands, the state weather bureau said Tuesday. Ramon was last spotted 120 kilometers (km) east of Calayan, Cagayan with 120 kilometer per hour (kph) maximum sustained winds near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph. In its 11 a.m. update ...

Palace backs DOF: Pogos can be taxed in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Tuesday backed the Department of Finance (DOF) on its position that online casinos or Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogos) should be taxed. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement a day after Solicitor General Jose Calida said Pogos could not be taxed by the Philippine ...

100 protesters still holed up in Hong Kong university
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
HONG KONG -- About 100 protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the ...

Walang Pasok: Class suspensions for November 19
philstar.com - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Several local government units suspended classes for Tuesday due to the bad weather caused by Typhoon Ramon and the Bukidnon earthquake. "Ramon" is forecast to make landfall over the Babuyan Islands between the afternoon or evening on Tuesday prompting some LGUs in the northern provinces to call off classes.

NDRRMC: Typhoon Ramon affects 3,479 people in Regions II, V
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
The report said 16 residences in Region V were damaged by the typhoon, of which, seven are totally damaged while nine are partially damaged. Meanwhile, the state weather bureau said Ramon has slowed down as it heads over Babuyan Islands where it is expected to make landfall between Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday evening.

Criminal charges expected this week vs Epstein jail guards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
WASHINGTON -- Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two ...

Babuyan Islands brace for Typhoon Ramon landfall as new tropical depression brews
philstar.com - 2019-11-19
The eye of Typhoon Ramon (international name: Kalmaegi) was located 110 km east of Calayan, Cagayan at 7 a.m. Tuesday, PAGASA said in its 8 a.m. severe weather bulletin. It packs maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. The state weather bureau said the typhoon is inching slowly in a west ...

Typhoon Ramon slows down as it heads Babuyan Islands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Ramon has slowed down as it heads over to the Babuyan Islands, where it is expected to make landfall, the state weather bureau said Tuesday. In its 8 a.m. weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Ramon was last spotted 110 kilometers east of ...

TikTok could be getting into the streaming music business
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
(CNN) -- The Chinese company behind the social media phenomenon TikTok might try to conquer the competitive world of music streaming services next. ByteDance is in talks with several global record companies to strike deals for a new platform that could rival Spotify, Tencent Music and Apple Music, according to the Financial Times, which first ...

Typhoon Ramon keeps strength, almost stationary
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- Storm signals are still up over several parts of the country as the weather bureau says typhoon Ramon is almost unmoving. In its 8 p.m. update ...

Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-19
HONG KONG -- Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against ...

Marie Kondo cleared your homes of clutter. Now she wants to sell you stuff
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
(CNN) - Marie Kondo rose to fame by urging people to rid their homes of items that don't "spark joy." Now, she's recommending products that do just that, at least for her. The star of the Netflix series "Tidying Up with Marie Kondo" has launched an online shop on her website, KonMari.com, which carries products that "spark joy for Marie.

Signal No. 3 up in northern Cagayan areas as Ramon nears landfall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Signal No. 3 was raised in northern Cagayan as Typhoon Ramon was anticipated to make landfall in the area, as well as in the Babuyan Islands, the state weather bureau said ...

China's shoppers are still going strong
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
(CNN) - With China's economy slowing, many market and economic experts believe that the United States has more leverage to negotiate favorable terms to end the trade war. They may be wrong about that. Chinese consumers continue to spend, despite concerns about tariffs imposed on the country by the Trump Administration. Chinese companies are ...

Yahoo Japan and Line are merging to fend off US tech giants
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
(CNN) -- SoftBank founder Masaoyshi Son is trying to orchestrate a $30 billion merger of two Japanese internet companies to build a tech business that can survive in the "winner-takes-all" world of Google and Facebook. Softbank Corp., the carrier company affiliated with the Japanese conglomerate of the same name, announced on Monday plans to ...

Kylie Jenner sells a $600 million stake in her cosmetics company
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-18
(CNN) -- Kylie Jenner is selling a majority stake of her popular cosmetics line for $600 million, but she's staying on as its creative leader. The celebrity businesswoman will sell 51% of her stake in Kylie Cosmetics to Coty Inc., a New York-based cosmetics company that also owns a number of international consumer beauty brands, including ...

Rice hoarding probed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
The Department of Finance (DOF) is investigating if unscrupulous rice traders have been taking advantage of the liberalized import regime as the price gap between palay and retail rice prices has ...

Ella Buenaventura dies at 73
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Ella Buenaventura died on Nov. 17 at age 73. She is survived by sisters Poi, Alice and Violy; brothers Chito, Eddie and Mosy; nephews, nieces and grandchildren. Her remains ...

Ex MMDA chair: 4-day workweek may not help ease traffic congestion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The proposed four-day workweek may not help much in easing traffic congestion in Metro Manila, former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair and Marikina City Rep. Bayani Fernando said Monday. Instead of implementing a four-day workweek this coming holiday season, Fernando said it would be better for ...

This interactive digital installation creates new worlds out of characters -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2019-11-18
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2019 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

Novel marine bacteria could yield new antibiotics
UPI.com - 2019-11-18
Nov. 18 (UPI) --Scientists in Germany and the Netherlands have successfully cultivated dozens of new marine bacteria in the laboratory. Early analysis of the new strains -- published this week in the journal Nature Microbiology-- suggests the bacteria could yield new antibiotics. Most current antibiotics are natural compounds produced by bacteria.

Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Have Been Hacked, And They're Already For Sale on the Dark Web
Inc - 2019-11-18
Disney's new game-changing streaming-video service hasn't even been available for a week, but already its users have been hacked and thousands of Disney+ accounts are on sale on the Dark Web, according to a new report. Security researchers at ZDNet said ...

Google acquires CloudSimple
TechCrunch - 2019-11-18
Just a few months back, Google announced a partnership with a company called CloudSimple to help more enterprise teams move their on-site operations to the cloud. Now Google is outright acquiring them. So what is CloudSimple? It lets businesses run VMWare vSphere workloads on the cloud, allowing them to take their existing on-premises tools and ...

Statin Drugs Not Linked to Memory Decline in Study
New York Times - 2019-11-18
There has been some evidence that statins cause cognitive problems, and enough case reports to make the Food and Drug Administration require a warning label on the medicines. But a large Australian study reports that the cholesterol-lowering drugs are not associated with a decline in memory or thinking ability. Over six years, researchers ...

Oculus Link is out in beta now, so you can plug a Quest into your PC to play Rift games
The Verge - 2019-11-18
Today, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus announced that Oculus Link, which lets you plug a standalone Quest headset into your gaming PC so you can play Oculus Rift games, is out now in beta. On its own, the cordless Quest is less powerful than its wired cousin, the Rift S. But by plugging the Quest directly into a VR-ready PC ...

SBMA starts P442.7-million project to relink Subic, Olongapo business areas
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT--Work has started on a P442.7-million project to replace a US Navy-era bridge linking the central business districts of the Subic Bay Freeport and the neighboring Olongapo City ...

Lawmakers invoke House rule so that bill tweaking tax structure on miners can sail
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
CITING a need to have a "rational" tax structure imposed on miners, lawmakers invoked a rule allowing for a one-day hearing to tweak a proposal for taxes applied on mining operations. This was what Albay Rep. José María Clemente Salceda said after the House Committee on Ways and Means approved on Monday House Bill 5022, which seeks to ...

A VC who invested in FanDuel early says sports gambling startups need to evolve their view of bettors
Business Insider - 2019-11-18
Bullpen Capital's Paul Martino says there hasn't been enough innovation in sports betting because startups are still focusing on the same bettors.

The first images of the PlayStation 5 controller reveal a familiar design with 2 major changes
Business Insider - 2019-11-18
The PlayStation 5 controller will have a USB-C charging port and gets rid of the PS4 controller's colored light bar, based on a patent filed in Japan.

Prescription-strength fish oil slows clogging in arteries, study shows
UPI.com - 2019-11-18
Prescription-strength fish oil slows the development of artery-clogging plaques, according to early results from an ongoing clinical trial. Icosapent ethyl -- a purified fish oil drug sold under the brand name Vascepa -- put the brakes on key aspects of ...

Government turns to labor sector to see more Pinoys get bank accounts
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
THE government is turning its sights on the labor sector to meet its goal of having 70 percent of Filipino adults to have a bank or other transactional account by 2023. During the Financial Inclusion Forum on Monday, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Center for Learning and Inclusion Advocacy Managing Director Pia Roman Tayag told the ...

8990 Holdings liquidates P5 billion receivables
philstar.com - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. had sold P5 billion worth of contract-to-sell (CTS) receivables to a local financial holding firm. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, 8990 said the receivables were sold to Dearborne Resources and Holdings Inc. The transaction was funded by China Banking Corp ...

Middlemen to blame for wide discrepancy in rice prices - DOF
philstar.com - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) yesterday blamed the wide discrepancy between the farmgate price and retail price of regular milled rice in some regions on hoarders of imported rice. Finance Undersecretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the price discrepancy in some regions starting in October indicated a problem in the ...

PPA advances ICTSI proposal to develop Iloilo ports
philstar.com - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has found the proposal of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) to develop two Iloilo ports complete, advancing it to the evaluation stage. ICTSI said it received from PPA a letter of acceptance for completeness in accordance with the Revised Guidelines and Procedures ...

MultiSys, MyEG team up for online payments solutions
philstar.com - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Leading Filipino software company, MultiSys Technologies Corp. and MyEG Philippines have sealed a deal to provide both private businesses and public sectors diversified software system solutions. The partnership will enable more companies and government agencies to utilize state-of-the-art technology in online solutions ...

Amid liberalization, sugar sector focuses on small farmers
philstar.com - 2019-11-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid the planned liberalization, the local sugar industry is crafting a roadmap that focuses on low-yielding farmers to allow them to catch up in production and meet national demand. Sugar Regulatory Administration board member for the planters side Emilio Yulo said the industry is now coming up with a consolidated plan ...

House panel OKs franchise, income tax on Pogo
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-18
Under the bill, the term "offshore gaming licensee" shall refer to the offshore gaming operator, duly licensed and authorized to provide offshore gaming services, which may be: A Philippine-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise organized in the Philippines and offshore-based operator, a duly constituted business enterprise ...

New observations help explain why sun's upper atmosphere is hotter than its surface
UPI.com - 2019-11-18
Nov. 18 (UPI) --Several observatories, both on Earth's surface and in space, are dedicated to solving the mysteries of the sun's heating mechanisms. One of them is the Big Bear Solar Observatory at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and new observations by the observatory have offered fresh insights into source of extreme temperatures ...

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