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Wealthy US Tribe's Latest Project: A Vast, Guitar-shaped Casino
International Business Times - 2019-10-24
Shaped like an electric guitar, the soaring, blue-glass, 36-story Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a gamble that its owners, the Seminole tribe, hope will play a profitable tune. The extraordinary $1.5-billion project brings a Las Vegas sense of scale and style to the US state of Florida. Boosting a 7,000-seat casino floor, 1,200 hotel rooms and ...

Virgin Galactic to become 1st space tourism company on NYSE
UPI.com - 2019-10-24
Oct. 24 (UPI) --Virgin Galactic is set to become the first commercial spaceflight company to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange next week, a Securities and Exchange Commission filing indicates. The Wednesday filing shows the company, founded by Richard Branson, was expected to merge Friday with Social Capital Hedosophia, a ...

Drivers of upward mobility in the Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-24
Investments in health and education are complements ... and is a faculty member of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Randy Tuaño is chairman and assistant professor of the Economics Department at the Ateneo.

Study: Married women gained most from ACA's Medicaid expansion
UPI.com - 2019-10-24
Oct. 24 --Married people, especially women, benefited more than singles after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded Medicaid insurance coverage in the United States, a new study finds. The ACA allowed states to expand Medicaid coverage for adults, and 25 did so by 2014. Since then, coverage rates have increased more in expansion states than ...

Metastatic Melanoma: What a Change in Prognosis
Medscape - 2019-10-24
Back in 2005, when Philip Friedlander, MD, PhD, completed his fellowship, the first clinical trials of checkpoint inhibitor clinical trials were just beginning, and he was very interested in immunotherapy. "A few of us were sitting together in a room, and ...

BSP makes unexpected RRR cut for banks
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) delivered yesterday another surprise reduction in the level of deposits banks are required to keep with the central bank as part of efforts to boost economic activity. The BSP approved the reduction of the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for big and mid-sized banks by another 100 ...

AFP destroys seized firearms in Luzon
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 1,561 firearms of various calibers and 55,730 magazine assemblies seized in military operations and community engagements in Luzon since 2016 were destroyed at Camp Aguinaldo yesterday. Capt. Jonathan Zata, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs Office chief, said the destruction and ...

CEZA donates luxury cars to PNP, AFP, Cagayan LGU
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- At least 50 luxury vehicles were donated by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as the municipal government and barangays in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on Monday. The Cagayan police received 11 mini-wagons, three ...

New Calabarzon cop chief assumes post
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- The new director of the Calabarzon police assumed his post yesterday. Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. replaced Brig. Gen. Edward Carranza, who was designated director of the logistics support service at Camp Crame. Danao, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1991, served as police chief of ...

Cop shot dead in Antipolo
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- A police officer was gunned down in Antipolo City, Rizal on Wednesday. S/Sgt. Jose de los Reyes, 55, of the Camarines Sur police and a resident of Camarin, Caloocan City, suffered a gunshot wound in the head. He died at the scene. Initial investigation showed the victim had just disembarked from a tricycle and was on his ...

New SSS provident fund to boost retirement savings
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos will soon get the opportunity to raise their retirement savings through a provident fund which will be established by the Social Security System (SSS) next year, according to a top official. In an e-mail to The STAR, SSS ...

Emerging Asia seen to grow at slower pace in coming quarters
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Growth in Emerging Asian countries likely stabilized in the third quarter of the year, but would expand at a slower pace in the coming quarters, London-based think tank Capital Economics said. In a market brief, the research firm said while some markets have yet to publish their national accounts figures, early ...

Landbank lends P2 billion to Isabela for palay buying
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines is allocating P2 billion for Isabela to directly buy palay (unhusked rice) from farmers as part of efforts to address declining farmgate prices due to the opening of the market to imports. A P2-billion loan agreement was recently signed between Landbank and the provincial ...

Zambo Norte vice mayor gets 43 years for 87 cases
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The vice mayor of Katipunan, Zamboanga del Norte has been sentenced to up to 43 years in prison for failing to liquidate his cash advances from 2007 to 2011 when he was mayor. Crisostomo Eguia Jr. was found guilty of 44 counts of failure to render accounts and 43 counts of violation of the Government Auditing Code, the ...

Gadon goes on voluntary suspension
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - Starting today, lawyer Larry Gadon said he would voluntarily begin his three-month suspension imposed by the Supreme Court (SC) after he was found liable of violating the Code of Ethics of the legal profession. Gadon submitted to the SC yesterday a one-page letter, indicating his intent to go on voluntary suspension.

Pasay precinct chief, 2 cops sacked for extortion
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - A police precinct commander in Pasay City and two policemen were relieved from their posts on Wednesday for allegedly extorting "protection money" from bus operators. Capt. Mark Oyad, head of the Police Community Precinct 7, was sacked along with Corporals Reynald Pallangeo Macwes and Jimuel Ilagan Bernal. Macwes and ...

Hunger in Pinoy families lowest in 15 years -- SWS
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Filipino families who said they have experienced hunger at least once in the past three months dropped to its lowest in the past 15 years, according to the third quarter survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS). The survey, conducted from Sept. 27 to 30 with the results released Wednesday ...

PhilHealth, private hospitals agree to reconcile unpaid claims issue - Go
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Officials from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has committed to reconcile unpaid claims to private hospitals who earlier threatened to pull out from the state health insurer. In a meeting between officials from PhilHealth and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAP) on Thursday ...

Palace: Doctor says Duterte's back pain due to muscle spasm, no need for surgery
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to undergo any surgical procedure after his visit to the doctor for his "unbearable" back pain, the Palace assured Thursday. The doctor ruled that Duterte was experiencing "muscle spasms" during his trip to Japan two days ago, it added. Presidential ...

Gadon voluntarily suspends self from law practice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - Controversial lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon on Thursday said he is voluntarily suspending himself from the practice of law even if he has yet to receive the Supreme Court order suspending him for three months. Gadon personally went to the Supreme Court and submitted a letter to Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio ...

Sinas defends 16 cops who allegedly smuggled cellphones, alcohol into Bilibid
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Metro Manila Police Chief PBGen Debold Sinas came to the defense of 16 policemen under his command who allegedly tried to smuggle contraband into the New Bilibid Prison. The cops are members of the Regional Mobile Force Batallion and Special Weapons and Tactics Group who assisted in the dismantling ...

Peralta sworn in as new Supreme Court Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Diosdado Peralta has taken his oath as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. This was confirmed by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Thursday. No details on the oath-taking ceremony in Malacanang have been released, but a photo shared by Senator Bong Go showed President Rodrigo ...

PH, China sign agreements on infrastructure, Marawi rehab
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- The Philippines and China signed Thursday several deals on trade, customs and communications, including feasibility studies for two big-ticket infrastructure projects and the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Among those inked during the high-level meeting in Manila include those on the feasibility ...

Pru Life UK supports DOH's 5th National Health Sector Meeting
Sun Star - 2019-10-24
BRITISH life insurer Pru Life UK, represented by the chief health officer of Prudential Corporation Asia (PCA) Andrew Wong, participated in the 5th National Health Sector Meeting of the Department of Health (DOH) last September. The topic of his presentation was "Telehealth Applications for Health Seekers." Pru Life UK was the only life ...

Verizon's Using Disney+ To Compete With T-Mobile And AT&T
International Business Times - 2019-10-24
Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Disney (NYSE:DIS) just announced a partnership that would give Verizon's new home internet subscribers and new and existing unlimited wireless data subscribers a free year of Disney+. Customers will have the option to continue subscribing for $6.99 per month after the free year, the standard Disney+ rate. The Disney+ ...

Inday Sara mingles with world leaders as Duterte stand-in at Japan banquet
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio joined world leaders at a banquet hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday night as she stepped up for her father ...

LRT-1 extends operating hours for the holidays
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- Operations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT)-1 will be extended beginning next week in observance of the holiday season. The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) announced Thursday that the schedule of train services will be extended from October 25 to December 31, 2019. On weekdays, the last trip ...

Total hunger subsides to 9.1% in Q3 of 2019 -- SWS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines - Around 9.1 percent of Filipino families have experienced involuntary hunger -- or hunger due to lack of food to eat -- at least once in the third quarter of 2019, a survey from the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. According to SWS which released the survey results on Wednesday night, this amounts to roughly 2.3 ...

Universal Robina income improves in Q3
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (October 24, 2019) -- Universal Robina Corporation (URC) saw its profits rise in the third quarter of 2019, on the back of higher earnings from its two business units. In a statement Thursday, the Gokongwei-led firm said its net income increased by 4 percent year-on-year to ?7.2 billion in the nine-month period, attributed to ...

Metrobank raises P13.75B from latest bond issuance
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. has raised P13.75 billion from its latest issuance of local bonds, which were listed on the Philippine Dealing Exchange on Thursday, Oct. 24. The 3.5-year peso bonds ...

Optimism amid dark global economic clouds highest in PH, says think tank
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
Global uncertainty may be on the rise but Philippine companies have kept an optimistic outlook on the domestic economy, according to a recent business survey by accounting and consulting firm ...

Baguio City closer to getting monorail, cable car system
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- Baguio City may soon have a cable car or monorail system after being picked by the United Nations Development Program and the Department of Transportation as one of the pilot cities for a low carbon urban transport system. UNDP and DOTr officials had already briefed city officials on the project to provide local ...

HP Smart Tank 500, 515 all-in-one printers help MSMEs focus on core business
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
In a highly competitive industry where businesses are all vying to get consumer attention, micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) need all the help they can get to capture a slice of the market. Thankfully, HP has come up with Smart Tank 500 and 515 all-in-one (AIO) printers that enable entrepreneurs to do cost-effective printing ...

SWS: Fewer hungry Filipino families in Q3 of 2019
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of Filipino families experiencing involuntary hunger decreased in the third quarter of 2019, a Social Weather Stations survey suggests. The poll, conducted from September 27 to 30, found that 9.1% or around 2.3 million families experienced involuntary hunger--hunger due to lack of food--at least once in the ...

Back pain from motorcycle mishap adds to Duterte's health issues
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
Despite the president's back pain, which presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo atrributed to a falling off a parked motorcycle last week and which forced Duterte to use a cane, the Palace said "the public can rest assured that there is nothing to worry about as regards the physical health and condition of the president." Panelo similarly ...

Alliance Select sells US subsidiary, Indonesian assets to focus on Philippine, New Zealand operations
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Homegrown seafood company Alliance Select Foods International Inc. said Thursday it would sell its US-based subsidiary and its assets in Indonesia to focus on its operations in the Philippines and New Zealand. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, Alliance Select announced the sale of its Massachusetts-based subsidiary ...

SWS: Fewer families in PH felt hunger in Q3
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- The number of families in the country who have felt hunger in the past few months have gone down, a recent national survey found. The Social Weather Systems (SWS) said Wednesday 2.3 million families or 9.1 percent of families have experienced "involuntary hunger", or have experienced hunger due ...

Fire in Boracay reaches highest alarm
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire razed a community in Boracay, Aklan on Thursday morning. Radio reports said the blaze began at 9 a.m. in the residential area of Sitio Ambulong, Barangay Manoc-Manoc. It reached general alarm or the highest fire alert when all available firetrucks are expected to respond. According to a report from DZMM, the area ...

Gov't confiscates ASF-infected hotdog, longganisa, tocino products
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that some samples of an undisclosed brand of processed meat products tested positive for African Swine Fever. The items include breakfast staples hotdog, tocino, and longganisa, which were hand-carried by an individual on his way to Mindoro from Central ...

Gov't confiscates ASF-infected hotdog, longganisa, tocino products
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that some samples of an undisclosed brand of processed meat products tested positive for African Swine Fever. The items include breakfast staples hotdog, tocino, and longganisa, which were hand-carried by an individual on his way to Mindoro from Central ...

Climate change amplifies conflicts, hinders peacebuilding: Somalia report
philstar.com - 2019-10-24
For instance, the frequency and severity of conflicts between herders and farmers in the country's rural regions have increased as changing seasons and weather means herding nomads have to adjust their routes. Droughts and floods also displace more people, who seek shelter in camps which then serve as recruitment grounds for radical groups like ...

Palace on Duterte's back pain: Doctor says no need for surgery, just rest due to muscle spasms
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to undergo any surgical procedure. This is the Palace's assurance Thursday after the president visited the doctor for his "unbearable" back pain. The doctor ruled that Duterte was experiencing "muscle spasms" during his trip to Japan two days ago, it added.

Group threatens to sue gov't as report shows pork products tested positive for African Swine Fever
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 24) -- An agriculture group has threatened to file charges against government agencies for allegedly failing to test imported pork and processed meat products for the African Swine Fever virus. The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) made this statement in letters sent to the Departments of ...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
WASHINGTON -- Republicans briefly brought the Democrat-led impeachment investigation to a halt Wednesday when around two dozen GOP House members stormed into a closed-door deposition with a Defense Department official. Democrats said the move compromised national security because some of the Republicans brought electronic devices into a ...

66 distressed OFWs from Kuwait return home -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Sixty-six distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Kuwait returned home Wednesday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Thursday. The group was the eight batch of Filipino workers sent home by the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait through its assisted repatriation program. "Our determined ...

Google claims its quantum computer can do the impossible in 200 seconds
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
(CNN) - Google claims it has designed a machine that needs only 200 seconds to solve a problem that would take the world's fastest supercomputer 10,000 years to figure out. The speed achieved by the computer represents a breakthrough called "quantum supremacy," according to a blog post from the company and an accompanying article in the ...

ADB to help draw up Coron, El nido tourism plan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed to help the Department of Tourism (DOT) implement a sustainable tourism program for Coron and El Nido, Palawan, to be rolled out next year. In a statement on Wednesday, the Manila-based multilateral lender said the two popular tourist destinations in Palawan province were deemed "requiring ...

IMF: PH can still accommodate a rate cut
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) still has policy space to cut interest rates to allow the economy to rebound from weaker growth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. In its Regional ...

NASA's space probe to explore Venus will be ready by 2023
CNET - 2019-10-23
Venus is Earth's closest neighbor, but its surface is harsh and difficult to explore. A NASA mission seeks to boldly explore where no spacecraft has been able to thoroughly explore before: The surface of Venus. The Long-Lived In-situ Solar System ...

Samsung patches fingerprint vulnerability in the Galaxy S10, Note10
Ars Technica - 2019-10-23
Samsung is issuing a patch for the Galaxy S10 and Note10, which both had fingerprint-reader flaws that were exposed last week. The phones' in-screen fingerprint sensors would unlock seemingly for ...

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