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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.

Semirara mining operations suspended
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has suspended the mining activities of Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) after a mudslide incident in its facility in Antique last month. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, SMPC said it was directed by the DOE to suspend "any and all mining activities under ...

BPI doubles bond issue size to P100 billion
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) doubled the size of its bond issuance program to P100 billion as it intends to raise more funds to bankroll its expansion program and diversify its funding sources. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), the bank said its board of directors approved an ...

Philippines, China tie up for competition law enforcement
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC ... is a consolidated state agency with supervision responsibilities on competition, intellectual property, business registration, and product safety and standards, among others.

American essential oils maker sets up shop in Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- US-based doTERRA, which makes and distributes essential oils, has invested over $1 million to set up shop in the Philippines to capture opportunities given growing demand for its products. In the next five to 10 years, the firm is aiming to generate over $100 million worth of sales. In an interview, doTERRA founding ...

LRMC launches app for LRT-1
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-20
For tourists, the app contains detailed directions to tourist spots close to LRT-1 stations and information about local tour operators. LRMC Corporate Communications Head Jacqueline Gorospe said the organization has spent time and effort in making the app "the best it can be" in its early stages. "We already have more features in mind to ...

The key to a successful Entrepreneurship
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
Last week, I was able to share with our program implementers, during the third evaluation, assessment and planning of the Kapatid Mentor ME (KMME) program, how our mentorship programs have seen a growing interest, especially from international players, through the effective partnership between the Department of Trade and Industry and Go Negosyo.

Centralized bus dispatch system pushed
philstar.com - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Marikina City Rep. Bayani Fernando yesterday pushed for a centralized bus dispatching system to ease traffic congestion along EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila. Fernando said he started the scheme when he was Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman during the Arroyo administration, but it was ...

Garments sector asks government for lower power rates among perks
BusinessMirror - 2019-11-20
Based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), exports of ... which investors find crucial in maintaining their operations in the Philippines. Garments and textile firms will head to SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from December 5 to 8 for their yearly expo, where over 80 enterprises are expected to participate--of which ...

Old jeepneys can operate beyond 2020 but with conditions - DOTr
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20)-- Old but roadworthy jeepneys can stay on the road beyond 2020 under certain conditions, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr). In a message to reporters Wednesday, the agency said old jeepneys are still allowed to operate after June 30, 2020, given that they pass the motor vehicle ...

Trust in China among Filipinos tumbles further in Q3
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
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 ...

DILG serves suspension order vs. Bohol governor over alleged involvement in PDAF scam
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20)-- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) formally ordered the suspension of Bohol's governor who has been linked to the multi-billion peso Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam. Provincial Administrator Kathyrin Pioquinto confirmed authorities served the 90-day mandatory ...

House panels approve bill creating disaster resilience department
CNN Philippines - 2019-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) - Two committees at the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill which seeks to create an agency to handle disaster management. The House committees on reorganization and disaster management approved a still unnumbered substitute bill that would create a Department of Disaster Resilience ...

DOF, OSG clear confusion on Pogo taxes, agree that PH-based casinos covered by tax laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
Dominguez reiterated revenues of all Pagcor-licensed Pogos in the Philippines were subject to 5-percent franchise tax under Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) rules. "It is the BIR which is the agency vested with the power to interpret tax laws," said Calida. "The OSG affirms its full support to the efforts of the BIR and DOF to tax Pogos ...

Working across Generations: A workplace dilemma
BusinessWorld - 2019-11-20
del Rosario College of Business. This essay was written as part of the requirement in her Strategic Human Resource Management class. Like designer bags, Swiss watches, and bespoke suits, smartphones have become not just a necessity, but a symbol of sophistication, especially among individuals who...

Duterte reorganizes National Cybersecurity Inter-Agency Committee
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte has reorganized the National Cybersecurity Inter-Agency Committee (NCIAC), making the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) secretary as co-chairman of the inter-agency body. In Executive Order 95 dated Nov. 15, Duterte made the DICT secretary a co-chairman of the NCIAC ...

New South Cotabato cop chief installed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
KORONADAL CITY -- A South Cotabato native assumed Wednesday as the provincial police commander, replacing another who was not in good terms with the rookie governor. Colonel Jemuel Siason ...

Judge, hurt by tag he was biased for Boracay property owners, recuses self from case vs demolition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
ILOILO CITY--An allegation of bias was used by a judge to recuse himself from a case filed by owners of property in Boracay being demolished for encroachment, further delaying it. In a two-page order on Nov. 18 yet, Judge Ronald Exmundo of the Kalibo Regional Trial Court Branch 7 said he was recusing himself from the case to cast off ...

Satellite system helps forecast dengue epidemics in Vietnam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
D-MOSS is developing a forecasting system in which earth observation datasets are combined with weather forecasts to predict the likelihood of dengue epidemics. The project, which started in Vietnam last year, aims to develop an operational early warning system to improve dengue prevention and increase control capacity. It creates better ...

Duterte forms group to study establishment of Marawi military camp
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to study the establishment of a military camp in Marawi City. The TWG will be composed of the Department of National Defense, Office of the Executive Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Land Registration Authority ...

World shares retreat on jitters over US bill on Hong Kong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
BEIJING - Shares retreated Wednesday in Europe and Asia after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of increasingly violent protests.

3 witnesses bribed to recant testimony vs ex-Daraga mayor, Batocabe son claims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
MANILA, Philippines - The three witnesses in the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe were bribed to recant their testimonies against former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, the slain ...

"CFO of the Year" Bengzon pays tribute to back office heroes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-11-20
As Augusto Bengzon rose to accept the "ING-FINEX CFO (chief financial officer) of the Year" award, the CFO of property giant Ayala Land Inc. raised the banner for all finance personnel, whom he described as the "most under-appreciated and overworked" employees in corporate Philippines. During his acceptance speech at the awarding ...

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