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U.S. vaping-related deaths rise to 37, cases of illness to 1,888
Reuters - 2019-10-31
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 1,888 confirmed and probable cases and 3 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 37. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,604 cases and 34 deaths from the illness and said the number of reported ...

PRAC Updates Restrictions on Alemtuzumab for MS
Medscape - 2019-10-31
The Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has updated restrictions on the use of alemtuzumab (Lemtrada, Genzyme) for patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) to help minimize the risk for serious side effects. At its October meeting, the committee advised that alemtuzumab only ...

Perovskites discovery promises better, cheaper solar cell
UPI.com - 2019-10-31
Oct. 31 (UPI) --Scientists have gained new insights into the properties of perovskites, the crystalline materials used to make solar cells. The breakthrough promises the development of more efficient, stronger and cheaper solar panels. In the labs of McGill University in Canada, scientists used a special instrument called the multi-dimensional ...

19 killed, 22 others hurt as truck falls into ravine in Apayao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
TUGUEGARAO CITY-Nineteen people, mostly elders, were killed after an Elf truck carrying them fell into a ravine in Conner town, Apayao province at about 7 p.m. on Thursday, police said. The ...

Government to increase vigilance vs smuggled cigarettes
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has committed to increase its vigilance against smuggled cigarettes following the seizure of Chinese-branded tobacco products in Manila last week, the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In a text message, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said he would order the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to ...

Increased government disbursements may boost Q3 GDP to 6.2%
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Economic growth is seen to have accelerated to 6.2 percent in the third quarter as government spending picks up, according to London-based Capital Economics. "The latest data suggest economic growth picked up in the third quarter. We have pencilled in GDP growth of 6.2 percent year-on-year for the third quarter, up ...

Motorbike riders dead in road mishap
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
ALAMINOS, Pangasinan, Philippines -- A police officer and his companion died when their motorcycle crashed along the highway in Barangay Alos in this city on Wednesday. Pat. Jeremiah Marcena, 25, of the Mabini police and Danny Bustria, both residents of Agno town, were pronounced dead on arrival at the Western Pangasinan District Hospital.

Mindanao suffers heavy damage with fresh tremors; 5 dead, at least 8 injured
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
DAVAO CITY -- The ground floor of one building of the posh Ecoland 4000 Residences here caved in Thursday morning amid the 6.5-magnitude quake that struck off Tulunan, Cotabato at 9:11 a.m. A flash report of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) said at least four persons were wounded in the incident. An ...

PNPA looking into possible maltreatment of a plebe
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- The Philippine National Police Academy is looking into a possible 'maltreatment' case in the academy. The PNPA says the victim is one Cadet John Desiderio, a plebe, or a first year student. Based on initial reports, the cadet initially complained of abdominal pain. After a check-up at the PNPA ...

PNPA looking into possible maltreatment of a plebe
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- The Philippine National Police Academy is looking into a possible 'maltreatment' case in the academy. The PNPA says the victim is one Cadet John Desiderio, a plebe, or a first year student. Based on initial reports, the cadet initially complained of abdominal pain. After a check-up at the PNPA ...

Inflation may soften further in October
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- Price increases for basic goods likely remained muted in October, with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) hinting that the inflation rate could fall below one percent for the second straight month. The BSP's Department of Economic Research said October inflation may have settled between 0.5 and ...

Duterte offers Robredo Cabinet post anew for drug war
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his pitch for Vice President Leni Robredo to lead the drug war, this time offering a Cabinet post for her. "I will swear her [in] as a Cabinet member ... so that she will have the authority," Duterte told reporters in Davao City on Thursday. "I will just make her a ...

DOLE inspectors to check safety of quake-hit workplaces in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor inspectors have been deployed to areas in Mindanao hit by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Thursday to check the compliance of establishments on occupational safety and health standards, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. In a statement, Bello said that Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will allocate ...

High demand, low budget: A look at worsening conditions of the Philippine General Hospital
InterAksyon - 2019-10-31
A faculty member of the University of the Philippines shared details about the worsening conditions ... The health facilities enhancement program also received a reduction of 63%, Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin said. Garin, also the former health secretary, said this would affect the implementation of the Universal Health Care Law.

Some solons reject higher taxes on salty products
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- Lawmakers this early are already opposing a proposed increase in tax rates on salted products, an idea that is still being studied by the Department of Health (DOH). If a bill seeking to increase taxes on salty food is filed in Congress, at least three senators said on Thursday they would not ...

New vaccine shows promise against tuberculosis
UPI.com - 2019-10-31
Oct. 31 (UPI) --Tuberculosis kills an estimated 1.5 million people annually around the world. Now, the latest results from an ongoing clinical trial involving a new vaccine suggest the shot, which is administered in two doses, may help limit the spread of the deadly and difficult-to-treat disease. The findings were published this week in the ...

For 8th straight year, OFW endures pain of not able to visit late father, brother on Undas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines -- While many flock at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to return home to their respective provinces for Undas, some are leaving the country and will be missing the holiday with their families. In a sea of thousands of people waiting to board their flights at Naia Terminal 3 was Merflor Drapieza, who traveled ...

Carpio: PH-China joint oil, gas exploration a win-win solution to South China Sea dispute
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- The joint oil and gas exploration between the Philippines and China will pave the way for a solution to the long-standing dispute in the South China Sea, retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Thursday. Under the signed terms of reference (TOR) on a 2018 memorandum of ...

9 injured as Davao City condo collapses after 6.5 quake
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines -- At least nine persons have been confirmed injured after a condominium in the Matina area in Davao City collapsed following the Magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked the region. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed the developments about the Ecoland 4000 in a press conference on Thursday afternoon. "We have ...

Duterte safe after Mindanao quake, orders immediate relief operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered government agencies to extend "immediate relief" to residents of areas affected by the magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Tulunan, Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao, including Davao City. Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go said President Duterte was at home in Davao City when the ...

SHDA @ 50: Championing shelter for every Filipino
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
Mass housing supply is tragic. Thus was the bold claim made by the Subdivision and Housing Developers Association Inc. (SHDA), which has long been at the forefront of championing shelter for every Filipino. Regardless of the incessant clamor made by many quarters over the past several years, problems concerning inadequate socialized housing ...

Hotel tumbles after magnitude 6.5 quake hits southern Philippines
NIKKEI - 2019-10-31
MANILA (Reuters) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck central Mindanao in the southern Philippines, causing at least one hotel on the island to collapse, a disaster official said on Thursday. The quake, which the United States Geological Survey (USGS) initially measured at magnitude 6.8, was the third quake to hit the area since Oct. 16.

Cebu police chief relieved as NBI probes Clarin mayor slay
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- Cebu City Police Chief PCol Gemma Vinluan has been relieved from her post pending an investigation on the killing of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro. PBGen Val de Leon, Central Visayas director, said Thursday Vinluan will be on floating status at their headquarters. Navarro was ...

Cebu police chief relieved as NBI probes Clarin mayor slay
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- Cebu City Police Chief PCol Gemma Vinluan has been relieved from her post pending an investigation on the killing of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro. PBGen Val de Leon, Central Visayas director, said Thursday Vinluan will be on floating status at their headquarters. Navarro was ...

Sumitomo to grace the 30th Philconstruct Expo 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
Sumitomo Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. is once again participating in the upcoming Philconstruct 2019. The annual event, now in its 30th year, has become a renowned gathering for all the ...

4 things you should know about the AirPods Pro launching today
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
(CNN) -- Apple's newest AirPods went on sale in stores on Wednesday. The AirPods Pro are a high-end version of Apple's popular wireless earbuds. They cost $249 (?14,990) -- nearly $100 more than the standard model. The new headphones boast a new design and features such as noise cancellation. Apple was expected to announce the new model at ...

13 dead in series of Mindanao quakes this week
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) -- Thirteen people have been killed and scores more injured in a series of destructive earthquakes in parts of Mindanao this week. At 9:11 a.m. on Thursday, a magnitude 6.5 temblor rocked Tulunan and parts of Mindanao killing at least three people in Makilala, Cotabato, according to the Social Welfare ...

PNP: Decline in victims of common crimes shows success of drug war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
Gen. Bernard Banac, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said Thursday. Survey results released Wednesday by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed that an estimated 1.4 million of Filipino families (5.6 percent) reported being victimized by common crimes in the last six months. This is a 1.4-percent decline from the 1.7 ...

US Fed lowers key interest rate as 'insurance' against economic risks
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
WASHINGTON -- The US Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate for the third straight time on Wednesday but is likely to hold off before providing more stimulus as it gauges economic risks. Though President Donald Trump's trade war with China and Brexit concerns have created uncertainties that have crimped business investment and ...

Anduyan named Northern Mindanao police chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines - Erstwhile National Capital Region Police Office - Northern Police District chief Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan replaced Brig. Gen. Rafael Santiago as chief of the Police Regional Office 10 (Northern Mindanao) effective Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge announced.

Vendors not allowed to sell inside Manila North Cemetery
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) - Vendors are not allowed to sell inside one of the oldest cemeteries in Manila, authorities said Wednesday. The Manila North Cemetery management said this should give way to visitors and responding teams in case of emergencies on All Saints Day and All Souls Day on November 1 and November 2.

Solon wants to slap more taxes on Pogos
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-31
"Questions have emerged on whether Pogos do business in the Philippines, with implications on their tax status. As the services are rendered in the Philippines, this bill seeks to definitively answer that Pogos indeed do business in the country," Salceda added. Salceda, an economist, said his bill also intends to clarify the taxability of ...

The exorcist is in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
Fr. Jose Francisco "Jocis" Syquia knew he wanted to become a priest as early as third grade. He entered high school, then college, and for a while this vocation dissipated. This was during the regime of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, he recalled, a time of social unrest that saw him and other student leaders involved in political ...

Empowering Palawan's Tagbanua tribe through 4Ps
philstar.com - 2019-10-31
CORON, Philippines -- Beyond the turquoise waters and limestone walls, Palawan province is also home to several indigenous people communities. One of which is the Tagbanua tribe, one of the oldest ethnic groups in the Philippines, living in the northern coastal village of Malawig in Coron, Palawan. Data from the Department of Social Welfare ...

PHL-Korea officials break ground for $6.3-million Mold Technology Support Center in Cavite
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-31
"We have more than 2,000 Korean companies here in the Philippines," he said. He said the Republic of Korea is encouraging more Korean companies to invest while encouraging those that are already in the Philippines to expand business operations. The Korean envoy said the Philippines and Korean companies can benefit from working ...

SC issues permanent TRO vs Sandiganbayan in bid to force PNB turnover of LOC proceeds
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-31
The High Court stressed that Chuidian, a former business associate of the late dictator, remains the lawful payee-beneficiary of the subject LOC, unless the government can prove in court that he has no right to claim the amount. In its November 6, 2007 ruling, the Sandiganbayan declared that it will no longer allow further postponement pursuant ...

Pagasa: Rainy down South due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-31
MANILA, Philippines - A low-pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao and Caraga regions on Thursday, the weather bureau said. In its daily weather forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said ...

U-Freight Group Unit Launches Philippines Delivery Service
YAHOO! - 2019-10-31
Users also benefit from the logistics infrastructure that UFG has in place in the Philippines, Hong Kong and the U.S. Over the past several years, UFG has pioneered the development of logistics services for the business-to-business and business-to-consumer e-commerce sectors and has established partnerships with a number of online shipment ...

Fair weather causes dip in dengue cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Thanks to fair weather these past weeks, the Department of Health (DOH) has recorded a drop in dengue cases for the first time since an outbreak of the mosquito-borne ...

The US economy is slowing
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
(CNN) - The US economy grew at an annualized rate of 1.9% in the third quarter, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday. This is the preliminary reading of US gross domestic product, the ...

PH nuclear energy action plan takes a step forward
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) --The government is taking further steps to forward its action plan on adopting nuclear energy as a new power source. Energy officials are set to discuss the plan with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria on November 12-15. The IAEA seeks to promote peaceful use of nuclear ...

PH, China meet on oil exploration project
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines and China on Monday held their first formal meeting to oversee the joint oil and gas exploration and development in the West Philippine Sea. The meeting in Beijing convened the intergovernmental joint steering committee based on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) that Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Mining, oil firms given until Jan. 1 to disclose real owners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
To ensure that dirty money cannot enter the country through extractive industries, the government requires mining and oil firms to disclose their beneficial owners as mandated under a recent rule issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). "Beneficial ownership disclosure in the country is an enormous task, but we appreciate its ...

For this Batangas community, power means reducing electricity costs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) had launched formally the revised rules of the Net-Metering Program, with a mass-housing community in Batangas cited as a showcase for this scheme that would allow consumers to lessen their monthly bill with their own power generator. The program enables consumers or a group of consumers to install their ...

Plywood floods infra-hungry PH, but is it safe?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
The volume of imported plywood grew nearly four times since the government stopped requiring quality checks for the building material in 2015, prompting the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to consider taking extra precaution. The DTI said Wednesday it could require the quality checks of imported plywood. The agency said it would do so ...

From liquid to solid, Axelum makes miracles from coconut milk
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
Newly listed integrated coconut manufacturer Axelum Resources Corp. has completed the P250-million expansion of the spray-drying line of its plant in Medina, Misamis Oriental, as it braces for growing global demand. In a press statement Wednesday, Axelum president Henry Raperoga said this expansion would double the plant capacity to 20 metric ...

AT&T says HBO Max streaming service to launch in May for $15
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-30
AT&T said on Tuesday that its HBO Max streaming service will launch in May for $15 a month, joining a crowded field. The company has said HBO Max will become the "workhorse" for its video business as cord-cutting of traditional TV expands. It hopes to migrate people who pay for HBO in different ways today to the new platform. The service ...

LIVE: Facebook's stock pops 4% after another strong quarter
Business Insider - 2019-10-30
Analysts have been predicting another strong quarter from Facebook, despite all the scandals.

Pre- and post-rice trade liberalization law, big traders gaming farmer groups
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-30
Mario Pilapil (not his real name), a long-time farmer-leader privy to the dealings of farmers cooperatives, told the BusinessMirror that importation of rice has been a regular "sideline" business for these cooperatives. Pilapil explained that these farmer groups learned the ropes of "importation" through the importation programs of the ...

Power outages hit Panay, Guimaras
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines -- Blackouts hit Panay and Guimaras islands on Tuesday and Wednesday, triggering outrage from consumers in the provinces of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo City. Parts of Negros Island were also affected by low and fluctuating voltage. The first blackout hit at 5:27 p.m. on Tuesday after coal plants ...

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