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Napolcom probes contraband smuggling by cops at Bilibid
philstar.com - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - The National Police Commission (Napolcom) has ordered a probe of the smuggling of contraband by 16 police officers at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Napolcom vice chairman Rogelio Casurao said he ordered the investigation, saying that any report of illegal activities should be investigated thoroughly.

Bulacan village chief gunned down
philstar.com - 2019-10-22
SAN ILDEFONSO, Bulacan, Philippines -- The chairman of Barangay Malipampang in this town was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men yesterday. Felimon Santos was in front of a store beside his house when the gunmen arrived and shot him several times, Lt. Col. Voltaire Rivera, San Ildefonso police chief, said, citing initial investigation.

Batangas bans hogs, processed meat
philstar.com - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Batangas, the second largest producer of hogs in the country, has banned the entry of live hogs and processed meat as it beefs up measures against African swine fever (ASF). In Memorandum Circular 3 issued on Monday, Gov. Hermilando Mandanas said pork and formulated swine feed are also banned. Mandanas said the memo aims ...

Partial US-China trade deal lifts local stocks
philstar.com - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market recovered yesterday, mostly on the back of positive external developments. These include positive earnings anticipation in the US which lifted Wall Street and improved sentiment on the US-China trade negotiations, which sent most Asian markets higher. The two superpowers are reportedly trying to hammer ...

Duterte back in PH after cutting Japan trip short
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is back in the country a day after leaving for Japan for the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. The Palace has yet to release information about the President's arrival, but photos shared by PDP-Laban spokesperson Ron Munsayac showed Duterte attending the wake of ...

DA keeps agri growth target at 2%
philstar.com - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture has maintained its optimism, sticking with its two percent growth target for the year even with the delayed implementation of the supposed benefits of the tariffication law and entry of the African swine fever. Agriculture Secretary William Dar is keeping his target of two percent for the ...

Kepwealth to acquire new spaces
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
Part of its portfolio is managing 459 units in different buildings in Metro Manila, including Oxford Suites, Medical Plaza Ortigas, Burgundy Corporate Tower, Burgundy West Bay Tower, Atrium Mall, Icon Macapagal and Vivaldi Residences-Cubao Commercial Space. In the first quarter, KPPI saw its net income grow 12% to P8.69 million due to a 13% ...

Altech agrees to pay tax liabilities
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
José María Clemente "Joey" S. Salceda, the author of the bill, is still drafting it. Mr. Salceda earlier said the bill proposes a presumptive corporate income tax of $1,000 per seat on the POGO firms and service providers in addition to the 5% franchise tax, a gaming tax of $10,000 a month per table for a live set-up casino and a $5,000 a ...

FLI starts construction of Cavite residential project
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
FLI is the real estate arm of Filinvest Development Corp., which does business in the banking, power, sugar and hospitality sectors. The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the biggest jackpot anywhere in the world at the moment...

Deutsche Bank eyes job cuts of at least 10% in rates unit
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
The lender has previously tried to scale down various investment banking units, only to subsequently realize it was unable to cut tech spending and other costs as quickly as initially expected. The bank is currently also seeking to sell a portfolio of interest-rate derivatives. "One of the key concerns we have with Deutsche Bank is that the ...

DoJ recommends filing of criminal charges vs KAPA
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) found probable cause to criminally charge Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. (KAPA) for operating an investment scam. Corporate regulator Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said in a statement yesterday a Sept. 25 resolution by the DoJ saw violations by KAPA of the Securities and Regulation Code (SRC).

Manila malls to open at 11 a.m., weekday sales banned this holiday season - MMDA
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22)-- With the holiday season just around the corner, government officials and mall operators have agreed to adjust mall schedules to help control traffic congestion in the metro. From November 11 to January 10, 2020, malls in Metro Manila will operate from 1 a.m. to anytime beyond 7 p.m., the Metro ...

Russia proposes small arms manufacturing venture in PHL
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
The Philippines will then be an exporter of advanced small arms and light weapons." Mr. Khovaev said Russia will be working with the Philippine government and business partners in exploring the possibility of a manufacturing partnership. "Both sides are committed to open up new horizons in defense cooperation, and one of these horizons is ...

Energy regulator rejects motion to reconsider NGCP listing ruling
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-22
NGCP started operations on Jan. 15, 2009 in accordance with RA 9511, the law that granted the company a franchise to engage in the business of conveying or transmitting electricity through a high-voltage backbone system of interconnected transmission lines, substations and related facilities. Under the law, NGCP is required to list and make a ...

M/V Princess of the Stars: SC says case vs Sulpicio VP to push through
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - The case against one of the officials of Sulpicio Lines over the 2008 sinking of M/V Princess of the Stars has to push through after the Supreme Court declared that its Dec. 10, 2018 ruling has become final and executory. A copy of the entry of judgment made public Tuesday was about the decision written by Associate ...

Renewable energy is booming. But it's not growing fast enough to fight climate change
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
(CNN) -- Nearly a third of the Earth's electricity will come from renewables by 2024, according to the International Energy Agency. Renewable power capacity is expected to surge by 50% globally in the next five years, "meteoric" growth that is equivalent to the amount of electricity currently churned out by America's power plants, the energy ...

Amazon Alexa and Google Home's voice assistant were vulnerable to hackers
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
(CNN) -- Amazon's Alexa and Google Home's smart assistant were vulnerable to a security issue that could have allowed hackers to eavesdrop on people without their knowledge or entice users to hand over sensitive information, researchers say. Security Research Labs, a hacking research firm, said it discovered the flaw earlier this year and ...

Agriculture dep't backtracks, won't raise tariff on imported rice
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has backtracked on its earlier announcement to raise tariff on imported rice to help ease the situation of farmers suffering from historic-low palay (unmilled rice) prices. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in a briefing on Tuesday about the Rice Competitiveness ...

Asian markets mostly move higher, following Wall Street's lead
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
(CNN) -- Asian stocks mostly rose Tuesday, tracking a positive session on Wall Street overnight. South Korea's Kospi rose 1.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index ticked up 0.1%. China's Shanghai Composite Index, was about flat during afternoon trading. Japanese markets are closed for a public holiday. Major stock indexes ended in the green Monday.

Manila Water warns of possible supply interruptions anew
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- Manila Water has warned of a fresh round of water supply interruptions which could start Thursday, as the water level in Angat Dam remains low. In a series of Facebook advisories, the supplier of the east zone of Metro Manila and nearby provinces laid out schedules for rotating supply interruptions ...

DOF backs additional 5% tax on POGOs
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- The Department of Finance (DoF) will back a proposal that would impose more taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs). In a statement, the DoF said that Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez will support a proposal by Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, that would impose a 5 ...

Shabu worth P1M seized in Tabaco City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
LEGAZPI CITY -- Close to P1 million worth of suspected shabu (crystal meth) were seized from 12 suspected drug pushers in two separate anti-drug operations in Tabaco City on Monday. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Bicol police, said police operatives armed with a search warrant, arrested Richard, Manuel, and Wailan all ...

New Coast Guard Commandant named
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- Vice Admiral Joel Garcia is the new head of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Garcia as the 28th Commandant of the PCG, the Coast Guard confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. He will replace Admiral Elson Hermogino, who is retiring today. Duterte chose Garcia from ...

Duterte now in Japan for emperor's enthronement
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan to witness the enthronement ceremony of its new monarch, Emperor Naruhito. Senator Christopher "Bong" Go posted photos of the President's arrival in Tokyo early Tuesday. Go is part of the official delegation, along with the presidential daughter and ...

Garcia is new Philippine Coast Guard commandant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Vice Admiral Joel Garcia as the next commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG). Garcia, the incumbent deputy commandant for administration and executive director of the National Coast Watch Center, will replace Admiral Elson Hermogino, who is capping off his 38-year career.

Solon won't budge on 2-year probation period despite criticisms
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- A lawmaker is not abandoning his proposal to set a two-year maximum probationary period for workers despite criticisms from no less than the Labor Department. Probinsyano Ako party-list Rep. Jose Singson, Jr. said he will not withdraw House Bill 4208, which seeks to extend the period of probation ...

Solon won't budge on 2-year probation period despite criticisms
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 22) -- A lawmaker is not abandoning his proposal to set a two-year maximum probationary period for workers despite criticisms from no less than the Labor ...

Tornado slams Dallas; 4 killed in Arkansas, Oklahoma
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
DALLAS - A tornado tossed trees into homes, tore off storefronts and downed power lines but killed no one in a densely populated area of Dallas, leaving Mayor Eric Johnson to declare the city ...

Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
WASHINGTON - Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds. Scientists examined 33 El Ninos -- natural ...

Trump bemoans Republicans for not sticking together on impeachment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to "get tougher and fight" as he lashed out at the quickly-moving House impeachment inquiry during a rollicking Cabinet meeting Monday. Trump, defending his conduct in front of his Cabinet, senior aides and the media, insisted his call with the Ukrainian president that ...

Office market stays strong amid I.T.-BPM, Pogo woes-study
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-21
These include leasing and prerental transactions. Of this demand, traditional offices accounted for 40 percent or 122,000 sq m. This was followed by information technology and business-process management (IT-BPM) at 32 percent or 96,000 sq m; Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos), 23 percent, 71,000 sq m; and flexi-workspaces ...

PNP files criminal raps vs Albayalde
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde now has to face criminal investigation along with 13 of his former officers in Pampanga province who have been ...

Senators pay tribute to Nene Pimentel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. will return for the last time on Wednesday to the halls of the institution that he used to lead. The Senate is scheduled to honor its former head in necrological services, which would have his former colleagues delivering eulogies for him. The Senate will present a ...

Treasury rejects bids for 91-day T-bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
The Bureau of the Treasury on Monday raised only P12 billion out of its P20-billion treasury bills offering, as it rejected bids for the 91-day debt paper amid higher bid rates. While the Treasury declined tenders for the P8 billion it offered for the benchmark government securities, it awarded P6 billion each in 182- and 364-day IOUs.

Asbestos in talcum powder linked to deadly cancer
UPI.com - 2019-10-21
As concerns about baby powder being contaminated with asbestos mount, a new study finds a link between such contamination and a rare and deadly cancer. A group of 33 people developed mesothelioma after long-term use of talcum powder and no exposure to other sources of asbestos, the report stated. "All of them had significant exposure to talcum ...

Army inks deal with Blink-182 founder for UFO, weapons research
UPI.com - 2019-10-21
Oct. 21 (UPI) --The U.S. Army and a leading organization of unidentified flying objects researchers agreed to a study of UFO material to improve Army ground vehicles. The 26-page "Cooperative Research and Development Agreement" between the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command and the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences was ...

Scientists Have Just Shown That Fat Can Collect In The Lungs
International Business Times - 2019-10-21
Some might say the obesity epidemic in the U.S. started in the 1980s, but this is met by the fact that we have seen a dramatic increase in obesity rates in the last decade. According to a study published in JAMA last year, 40 percent of all adults over the age of 20 in the U.S. are obese. It has been known by scientists that overweight or obese ...

PH infra spending declined in August
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
The negative impact of the delayed budget approval on public infrastructure spending spilled over to August, during which disbursements fell from year ago and month ago levels, the latest ...

Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes
NPR - 2019-10-21
Scientists have created a new way to edit DNA that appears to make it even easier to precisely and safely re-write genes. The new technique, called prime editing, is designed to overcome some of the limitations of CRISPR. That technique, often described as a kind of molecular scissors for genes, has been revolutionizing scientific research by ...

Making movies is more fun in the Philippines
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-21
If the Philippines is more than good enough a location for big foreign film crews ... the film seeks to erase the stigma associated with Culion (which had contained the disease in 1980 and was declared leprosy-free by the World Health Organization in 2006) and promote it as a favorable destination for tourists. There should, indeed, be a ...

Major German manufacturer still down a week after getting hit by ransomware
ZDNet - 2019-10-21
Pilz, one of the world's largest producers of automation tools, has been down for more than a week after suffering a ransomware infection. "Since Sunday, October 13, 2019, all servers and PC workstations, including the company's communication, have been affected worldwide," the Germany-based company wrote on its website. "As a precaution, the ...

Get your Compliance Technology Health Check
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-21
And for those who have already made the investment, how do they determine how they could take their technology further? I am excited about the release of a Compliance Technology Health Check! The health check is an interactive assessment that allows compliance teams to take an inventory of their technology by understanding its key capabilities ...

Facebook announces new steps to clamp down on misinformation ahead of 2020 election
Reuters - 2019-10-21
(Reuters) - Facebook announced new steps to combat misinformation and voter suppression on Monday ahead of the November 2020 U.S. presidential election, on the same day it disclosed the removal of a network of Russian accounts targeting U.S. voters on Instagram. Facebook said it would increase transparency through measures such as showing more ...

New pain-blocking brain mechanism may relieve arthritis
Medical News Today - 2019-10-21
Researchers have found that an experimental compound works in the amygdala to quell the pain of arthritis in rats. Share on Pinterest Experiments in rodents suggest that pain relief in arthritis originates in the brain. Pain is an alert that something is wrong -- unfortunately, the pain does not go away while the problem remains, and finding a ...

Legionnaires Outbreak: Four Deaths Linked To North Carolina State Fair
International Business Times - 2019-10-21
Four people are dead after an outbreak of Legionnaires disease linked to a North Carolina state fair. The outbreak is believed to be connected with the North Carolina Mountain State Fair that ran from Sept. 6 to Sept. 15. in Fletcher, North Carolina.

1 in 5 heart pacemaker patients prescribed opioids after surgery
UPI.com - 2019-10-21
Opioid painkillers are prescribed to 1 in 5 patients who get a pacemaker or other implantable heart device, a new study finds. It included more than 16,500 U.S. adults who had heart devices implanted between 2010 and 2018. After their procedures, opioids were prescribed to about 20 percent. Of those, 80 percent had never taken opioids before.

FDA Clears Ravulizumab for Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome
Medscape - 2019-10-21
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ravulizumab (Ultomiris, Alexion Pharmaceuticals) to inhibit complement-mediated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) in adults and children age 1 month or older with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), an ultra-rare blood disease. This is the first pediatric approval for the long-acting ...

1 dead, 1 injured in Quezon City robbery
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A man was shot dead and his co-worker was wounded by two assailants who robbed a roasted chicken stall in Quezon City on Sunday night. Noel Lampito, 39, a food handler at Don C Litson Manok stall along Luzon Avenue in Barangay Holy Spirit, died at the scene from a gunshot to the head. Jonie Gumanid, 18, was wounded in ...

Truck driver runs over traffic enforcer
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A traffic enforcer died after being run over by a 10-wheeler truck along Samson Road in Caloocan City yesterday. Jesus Paulite, 61, died from massive head injuries. A murder case will be filed against truck driver Romel Cabillosafter he allegedly ran over Paulite intentionally, according to Caloocan deputy police chief ...

Man dies, 3 hurt in stabbings
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A man died and three others were injured in separate stabbing incidents in the cities of Las Piñas, Parañaque and Taguig on Sunday. Probers identified the fatality as Roderick Narteya, 44. According to a police report, Narteya pacified his sister, Maria Floranel, and her partner Ramuel Jay Penolio, from quarreling at ...

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