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Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana
philstar.com - 2019-10-29
PARIS, France -- Modern humans emerged 200,000 years ago in a region of northern Botswana, scientists claimed Monday, in what appeared to be the most precise location of mankind's "ancestral homeland" yet discovered. While it has long been known anatomically modern humans--homo sapiens sapiens--originated in Africa, scientists have until now ...

Duterte wants Congress to abolish Pasig River rehab body
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) -- President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his call for the abolition of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), this time calling on Congress to dissolve the body created by an executive order. "There is nothing to clean in the Pasig River. It is already clean," Duterte said Monday in a ...

President can take over water utilities amid looming crisis - Lacson
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
MANILA, Philippines - Congress may delegate the power of the state to the President to take over operations of water and other public utilities amid a looming water supply crisis, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Tuesday. But the President has to declare a state of emergency first, the senator said. Lacson issued the statement after President ...

UP Law calls for dismissal of sedition rap vs lawyers
philstar.com - 2019-10-29
"It is meant to silence legitimate criticism and dissent of lawyers and other members of the opposition." Although the Duterte administration says it is committed to upholding freedom of expression, a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations revealed that 51% of Filipinos thought it "dangerous" to publicize anything critical of the ...

Asian shares mixed after S&P 500 hits all-time high
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
BANGKOK - Shares were mixed in Asia and Chinese benchmarks fell Tuesday after the S&P 500 index closed at an all-time high. Investors have been balancing worries over the impact that the costly ...

OWNDAYS Philippines shares the gift of vision through Eye Camp
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
OWNDAYS, the leading eyewear store in Japan, conducted its 4th Eye Camp in the Philippines in collaboration with Lions Club International and gave out free prescription glasses to nearly 200 residents of Tondo, Manila. The brand manufactures a wide variety of high quality frames in more than 1,500 styles suited for any lifestyle--basic and ...

Group to meat processors: Stop buying local pork
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29) - Erring on the side of caution, a big group of meat processors is urging its members to temporarily stop purchasing local pork until authorities could contain the spread of African swine fever. "Because of the Bureau of Animal Industry test results leaked by some hog raisers themselves, and the ...

Spotify bet on podcasts. It's working
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-29
(CNN) -- Spotify recently redesigned its app to focus on podcasts. That's paying off big time. The number of people listening to podcasts on the streaming service jumped nearly 40% compared to the previous quarter, a highlight of Spotify's strong third-quarter earnings report. Roughly 500,000 podcast titles are now hosted on the platform.

The never-ending Brexit saga is a nightmare for business. Here's why
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-29
(CNN) -- Businesses in the United Kingdom have already endured more than three years of Brexit uncertainty. Now, as the third deadline to leave the European Union zooms by, companies are left to grapple with a profoundly unpredictable domestic political situation that will further erode business investment. Companies had been cautiously ...

Sta. Lucia defers P8.4B follow-on offering
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
MANILA, Philippines - Property developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. (SLI) has deferred a follow-on offering (FOO) or re-initial public offering of shares worth P8.4 billion, citing "volatile" market conditions. The decision to defer the FOO was made upon further consideration and extensive discussions between SLI and China Bank Capital, issue ...

Duterte hails, thanks Zhao for boosting PH - China ties in farewell call
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
MANILA, Philippines - Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua made his farewell call on President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang on Monday. Zhao is set to leave Manila next month for another posting. In a press statement, Malacañang said Duterte thanked Zhao for his "contributions to stronger ties between the Philippines and ...

Pagasa forecast: Scattered rains over parts of Luzon, Visayas due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-29
The state weather bureau said the Mimaropa and Calabarzon regions in Luzon, along with the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz in the Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms spawned by the LPA, which was spotted 320 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan at 5a.m. Metro Manila and the rest ...

Cebu Landmasters to issue P2-B corporate notes
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-29
CEBU Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) is issuing corporate notes to raise P2 billion to fund its capital expenditures and general corporate expenses. The listed property developer said in a stock exchange disclosure yesterday it has signed a notes facility agreement with ALFM Peso Bond Fund, Inc. and ALFM Money Market Fund, Inc. for the 18-month debt ...

Damosa Land says third IT Park building set to open in 2020
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-29
Among the current locators at the Damosa IT Park, a Philippine Economic Zone Authority-accredited facility, are business process outsourcing firm Concentrix, various information technology companies, and global office space provider Regus. In July, he said several knowledge process outsourcing companies have signed up for space at the Diamond ...

Impossible Whoppers are a huge hit at Burger King, fueling its best quarter in four years
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-28
(CNN) -- Popeyes' spicy chicken sandwich is the only thing in the fast food business that's hotter than Burger King's Impossible Whopper. That's great news for Restaurant Brands, which owns both chains. Restaurant Brands reported solid earnings for the third quarter Monday morning, led by a more than 10% increase in sales at Burger King and ...

Apple unveils pricier AirPods Pro with new design and noise cancellation
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-28
(CNN) -- When Apple first unveiled AirPods in 2016, the wireless earbuds were mocked by some who suggested they looked like electronic toothbrushes dangling from ears. Now the headphones have become one of Apple's most beloved products, and the company is doubling down. On Monday, Apple unveiled a high-end version of its popular AirPods.

Apple's iOS 13.2 introduces more inclusive emoji, privacy features and camera tools
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-28
(CNN) -- After previewing new emoji this summer, Apple released nearly 60 new characters on Monday, many with a focus on inclusion and diversity. The iOS 13.2 software update features interracial couples, gender-neutral characters and disability-themed emoji options, including a seeing eye dog, characters in wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs.

Bill outlines tax perks for corporate farming
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-28
Economic Affairs Committee chair and AAMBIS-Owa Rep. Sharon S. Garin filed House Bill No. 3369, which will become the Corporate Farming Program Act if passed. It lists tax incentives for corporations and partnerships that make such investments, including exemptions from custom duties and value added tax (VAT). "The private sector drives the ...

SBMA seizes portion of Subic theme park
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-28
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Zambales, Philippines -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) on Monday took back 100 hectares of undeveloped property that include a forest and bay area, from the ...

Trump's Medicare chief oversees a budget of $1 trillion. We spoke with her about what she wants to see from the private healthcare industry
Business Insider - 2019-10-28
We spoke to Seema Verma on the sidelines of the 2019 HLTH conference in Las Vegas about how she views the role of government in the industry.

Largest cyber-attack in Georgia's history linked to hacked web hosting provider
ZDNet - 2019-10-28
This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a detailed look at how to build risk management policies to protect your critical digital assets. Read More The country of Georgia suffered a massive cyber-attack today during which over 15,000 websites were defaced and later taken offline. The attack, considered by ...

Colorado site shows how mammals thrived after dinosaurs were wiped out
UPI.com - 2019-10-28
Oct. 28 (UPI) --Hundreds of well-preserved mammal fossils found inside a unique Colorado rock deposit have offered scientists an unprecedented look at what life was like during the first 1 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs. The fossil site was discovered in a place called Corral Bluffs, located in central Colorado. Within the ...

LIVE: Here come Alphabet's earnings
Business Insider - 2019-10-28
Google's parent company is reporting its third-quarter results on Monday. Wall Street is expecting strong sales but declining earnings.

From gaming addict to coding student: One boy's story of taking control -- Mashable Originals
Mashable - 2019-10-28
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 ...

Omidyar Network CEO opens up about VC-influenced philanthropy
TechCrunch - 2019-10-28
In 2004, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam, set aside some of the wealth they acquired after the online marketplace went public and created Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm "dedicated to harnessing the power of markets," according to an official overview. Since then, the firm -- which operates a 501(c)(3 ...

Combo Improves Blood Flow in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Medscape - 2019-10-28
For patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary arterial hypertension, the combination of macitentan (Opsumit, Actelion Pharmaceuticals) plus tadalafil (Adcirca, Eli Lilly) improves hemodynamics, function, and risk profile, results from the OPTIMA study show. "This is another demonstration that initial combination therapy is particularly ...

Netflix confirms it's testing a feature that allows users to speed up TV shows, and some directors are already complaining
Business Insider - 2019-10-28
Netflix told Business Insider that it's "always experimenting with new ways to help members use Netflix" and that it may not become permanent.

F.C.C. Plans Vote to Restrict Huawei and ZTE Purchases
New York Times - 2019-10-28
The Federal Communications Commission will vote in November on whether to bar cellular providers from using government subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese companies, because of security concerns. The vote would affect the money set aside by the federal government to help expand access to communications technology.

Hundreds of Facebook employees call on Mark Zuckerberg to change the social network's controversial rules on political ads
Business Insider - 2019-10-28
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues the company shouldn't fact-check politicians' Facebook ads -- but some of his employees disagree.

These are the best horror films on Netflix right now
Mashable - 2019-10-28
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 ...

Apple might release new Smart Battery Cases to make iPhone 11 battery life even better
The Verge - 2019-10-28
A photo of what looks to be a new, unreleased Smart Battery Case for an iPhone with a square camera bump -- in other words, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro -- has been discovered by 9to5Mac, buried in the code for the newly released iOS 13.2. The newest iPhones already have pretty solid battery life, largely because the phones are thicker so ...

Apple drops iOS 13.2 with Deep Fusion, new Siri privacy settings, and AirPods Pro controls
Mashable - 2019-10-28
A big day for Apple just got bigger. Hot off the announcement of the company's new AirPods Pro, Apple just made iOS 13.2 and iPadOS 13.2 available. New features include AirPods Pro controls, better privacy settings, and the rollout of Deep Fusion for better photographs. Oh, and, of course, new emoji. The AirPods Pro support makes sense ...

Almost half of Americans have been sleepy behind the wheel
UPI.com - 2019-10-28
Nearly half of American adults admit that they've fought to stay awake while driving, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents, 45 percent said they'd struggled to remain awake while behind the wheel, while 48 percent said they'd never driven ...

Flavored e-cigarettes get teens hooked on vaping, study finds
UPI.com - 2019-10-28
In a finding that shows just how enticing tasty flavors are when it comes to vaping, a new study suggests that teens who use candy- or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to continue vaping and to be heavy users. Such flavors are fueling the teen vaping epidemic in the United States, according to the University of Southern California ...

Polio vaccination advised for Filipinos traveling to Indonesia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos traveling to Indonesia and staying there for at least four weeks are advised to get polio immunization before entering that country. In an updated advisory on Monday, the Philippine Embassy in Indonesia said that the Indonesian Port Health Offices would implement precautionary measures against vaccine-derived ...

Exclusive: FCC to vote to bar Huawei, ZTE from government subsidy program - sources
Reuters - 2019-10-28
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to vote in November to designate Huawei Technologies Co and ZTE Corp as posing national security risks and to bar the use of funds from an $8.5 billion government program to purchase equipment or services from those companies, officials told Reuters on Monday.

Sugary Drink Ban Tied to Health Improvements at Medical Center
New York Times - 2019-10-28
In recent years, hospitals and medical centers across the country have stopped selling sugar-sweetened beverages in an effort to reduce obesity and diabetes. Now a new study carried out at the University of California, San Francisco, has documented the health impact of a soda sales ban on its employees. Ten months after a sales ban went into ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook quietly changed his Twitter avatar to feature the new AirPods Pro
Business Insider - 2019-10-28
The AirPods Pro cost are already available for preorder on Apple's website, and are scheduled to arrive on Oct. 30.

3rd polio case confirmed in Maguindanao
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- A four-year-old girl from Datu Piang, Maguindanao has been confirmed as the third polio case in the country since the reemergence of the disease after 19 years. "On Oct. 24, stool samples sent to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan tested positive for vaccine-derived poliovirus," Health Secretary ...

Convicted ex-Leyte mayor faces new raps
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Babatngon, Leyte mayor Charita Chan is facing another criminal case before the Sandiganbayan over the alleged illegal issuance of a permit to hold cockfights. The Office of the Ombudsman charged Chan with violation of Section ...

Price freeze imposed in quake-hit Cotabato areas
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- A price freeze has been imposed in parts of North Cotabato hit by a powerful quake on Oct. 16. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in Soccsksargen said the move is meant to ease the suffering of residents of Tulunan, Mlang and Makilala towns as well as Kidapawan City. The four areas aside from ...

SEC wants cap on rates charged by lending firms
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) wants to put a cap on interest rates and other fees being imposed by lending and financing firms on consumer and salary loans. SEC has asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to prescribe maximum rates, fees and other charges to avoid predatory lending. In an Oct. 8 letter ...

Meralco sees record P23 billion profit this year
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is set for another record year as it expects core profit to rise to over P23 billion on the back of sustained growth at the end of the third quarter. In a briefing yesterday, Meralco chairman Manuel Pangilinan said the company would be able to surpass its projected core earnings of P23 billion.

UnionBank gains 40% more profit in 9 months
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Aboitiz family-led Union Bank of the Philippines posted a 40 percent jump in net income to P8.51 billion in the first nine months from P6.1 billion in the same period last year. Edwin Bautista, president of UnionBank, said the listed bank did very well from January to September this year as it continues its digital ...

CLI, ALFM ink P2 billion notes facility deal
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Cebu Landmasters Inc. has partnered with one of the largest mutual funds in the country for a notes facility agreement. CLI signed an agreement with ALFM Peso Bond Fund Inc. and ALFM Money Market Fund Inc., whereby CLI will issue 18-month corporate notes worth P2 billion. The notes have an initial fixed rate of 4.75 percent.

UP Law faculty calls for dismissal of sedition raps vs. professors, lawyers linked to 'Bikoy' videos
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28)-- Faculty members of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law called for the dismissal of charges against its professors and other lawyers linked to the sedition complaint of Peter Joemel Advincula alias "Bikoy". In a statement Monday, the group of professors urged Justice Secretary ...

Walgreens Layoffs: Corporate Jobs Cut, 150 Health Clinics Shuttered
International Business Times - 2019-10-28
Amid a $1.8 billion cost-cutting effort, Walgreens (WBA) has reportedly laid off an undisclosed number of employees at its corporate headquarters, in addition to closing several of its healthcare clinic locations. Employees of the company were notified last week about the layoffs, Walgreens spokesman Jim Cohn told CNBC in an email. Cohn also ...

MORE allots P1.7 billion for Iloilo power system
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-28
Mr. Cacho, a fifth-generation member in the family business, said the company has also launched its smart metering project, which allows prepaid metering, real-time wireless meter reading, automatic disconnection and reconnection. Early this year, MORE was granted a franchise to establish, operate, and maintain, for commercial purposes and in ...

Man, 2-year-old son die in Quezon City fire
philstar.com - 2019-10-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Three persons, including a father and his two-year-old son, died when a fire struck a residential area in Quezon City before dawn yesterday. Arson probers identified the fatalities as Jovellyn Ralla, 20; R-bhie Delfinado and his son Jhayl R-bie. The victims died in a fire that razed five houses along Maligaya street in ...

Louis Vuitton owner offers to buy jewelry icon Tiffany & Co
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-28
(CNN)-- French luxury goods giant LVMH has offered to buy Tiffany & Co., the iconic New York jeweler known for its little blue boxes. LVMH, which is run by billionaire CEO Bernard Arnault and owns brands such as Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, confirmed its interest on Monday following media reports of an offer over the weekend. The French ...

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