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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 ...

US Border Patrol is considering using body cameras with facial-recognition technology
Business Insider - 2019-10-21
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2 Chinese, Malaysian charged for kidnap of POGO worker
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Police have filed criminal charges against two Chinese and a Malaysian who were tagged in the kidnapping of a Taiwanese employee of a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm in Makati last week. Charges of kidnapping for ransom with serious illegal detention were filed before the Department of Justice against ...

New Central Luzon cop chief assumes post
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga, Philippines -- The new head of the Central Luzon police assumed his post yesterday. Brig. Gen. Leonardo Cesneros took over the post vacated by Brig. Gen. Napoleon Coronel who was appointed head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Prior to his appointment, Cesneros, a member ...

Keeping Your Blood Sugar In Check Could Lower Your Alzheimer's Risk
NPR - 2019-10-21
Brain scientists are offering a new reason to control blood sugar levels: It might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. "There's many reasons to get [blood sugar] under control," says David Holtzman, chairman of neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. "But this is certainly one." Holtzman moderated a panel Sunday at ...

Ex-Bohol mayor gets 22 years for graft, estafa
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- For failing to liquidate his cash advances and pocketing money intended for a tarsier preservation program amounting to P1.18 million, former Corella, Bohol mayor Vito Rapal has been sentenced to up to 22 years in prison. In a 60-page decision promulgated on Oct. 4 and obtained by reporters yesterday, the Sandiganbayan ...

Stocks slightly recover on thin, lackluster trades
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market was virtually flat yesterday, marking yet another lackluster day in the local bourse. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index finished at just 7,891.13, up 5.90 points or 0.07 percent. On the other hand, the broader All Shares index slipped 1.29 points or 0.02 percent. Not surprisingly, the indexes ...

PAL to launch Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi route
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is boosting its network in Mindanao with the launch of a Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi service by December. PAL said it would open a brand new daily service between Zamboanga and Tawi-Tawi on Dec. 15 in response to calls for air connectivity between the "City of Flowers" (Zamboanga) and the ...

Infra spending further slows in August lingering impact of budget delay, election ban
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Government spending on infrastructure continued to decline in August due to the lingering impact of the 2019 budget delay and the election ban on public works, as well as base effects from last year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported yesterday. According to the latest disbursement report of the DBM ...

Italpinas expects sales to reach P3B next year on new launches
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
These two projects to be launched next year are seen to be the main revenue drivers of IDC. However, the company said it is always on the lookout for opportunities to further expand its business. "Of course we want to take full advantage of these areas where we are developing, but we are continuously scouting for new land... (Nothing is final ...

Shielding the coconut industry from uncertainties
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
We received an email from a reader, James Nordvik, requesting for a "good investigative view" of the current depressed copra market prices, so much so that "coconut farmers are suffering." Currently, a world glut in vegetable oil is happening, mainly because of recent increases in the production of palm oil driven by a high demand from ...

The unsettled rule on attribution to zero-rated sales in VAT refund claims
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
Tax refund has never been an easy process, especially in the Philippines. Some say that getting a tax refund in the Philippines is almost next to impossible, a tedious and a time-consuming process that can trigger a mandatory tax audit on the taxpayer. For companies, however, who are engaged in zero-rated sales but have accumulated input VAT on ...

UBS plans to cut about 40 banking jobs in Asia
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
UBS GROUP AG is planning to cut about 40 jobs in its market and investment banking teams in Asia-Pacific. -- REUTERS UBS GROUP AG is cutting about 40 jobs in the Asia-Pacific region as part of a global push to trim costs and combine its trading units, according to a person familiar with the matter. The staff reductions are roughly split ...

Nearly a Third More Cases in 2 Years for Spain's Sick Doctors Programme
Medscape - 2019-10-21
MADRID - The Integrated Healthcare Programme for Sick Doctors (PAIME) in Spain, has dealt with approximately 30% more cases in the last 2 years compared with the previous period. Programme data show mental health conditions continue to rise amongst doctors, and are the main reason for accessing the programme. There was a particular increase in ...

Dominguez warns next crisis could wipe out inclusiveness gains
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
He said that the "traditional tools" that the countries continue to use are "insufficient, especially in dealing with disruptions to business models brought about by technology, trade wars, and changes in the supply chain models." The Italian SuperEnalotto lottery is currently offering a EUR205.4 million jackpot prize, which is the ...

Somewhere beyond the sea
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
Last week the Philippines hosted the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, who came to Manila to address the India-Philippines Business Conclave and the 4 th ASEAN-India Business Summit in Manila on Oct. 19. The night before, President Rodrigo Duterte tendered a dinner in his honor in Malacañan. A major player of that conclave and summit ...

Año confirms endorsements for next PNP chief
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) -- Interior Secretary Eduardo Año announced Monday he has submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte three names as candidates for the next National Police chief. Año said he endorsed PLtGen Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, PMGen Guillermo Eleazar, and PLtGen Francisco Archie Gamboa. Gamboa is currently the ...

Silicon Valley exec shares the importance of UX with local business leaders
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
Born in the Philippines and based in Silicon Valley, Malabuyo was in the country as the keynote speaker in the recently held UX+Conference. Through the Endeavor network, he was able to exchange ideas with local business leaders and entrepreneurs. Among those inattendance where executives such as Winn Everhart, President of Coca-Cola Philippines ...

Media Outlook 2020 unfolds disruptions in Traditional and Digital Media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
What will be the media landscape in the year 2020? Get fresh data insights as leading industry Experts unleash media consumption forecast and analysis in an annual forum. Media Outlook points where opportunities for growth are occurring, discusses trends that companies should be mindful of, and which markets are emerging in the coming year.

DTI underscores sustainability in barangay rounds for SMEs
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-21
"What they need is to change their mindset that business is supposed to be sustainable and there should be a path of growth" she said. DTI will hold follow-up sessions to the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program. "After meeting these SMEs, our business counsellors will go back to them to further give services, mentor and coach them in ...

WOW factor makes remarkable events
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
Learn the fundamentals, principles, executions and industry best practices of event management. Get up-close, personal and work with leading industry Event Experts. Be a certified Event Manager, Organizer, Producer and Professional in the 13th Event Management Certification Course 2019 on November 20-22, 2019 at AIM Conference Center, Makati ...

SWS: Slightly fewer Filipinos consider themselves poor
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) -- Fewer Filipinos considered themselves poor in the third quarter of 2019, according to an independent pollster. The Social Weather Stations (SWS) in its latest survey reported that 42 percent of Filipino families, or 10.3 million families, considered themselves poor from the months of July to ...

More manufacturers relocating to Thailand from China, Hong Kong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
BANGKOK -- An increasing number of manufacturers are moving their production bases from China and Hong Kong to Thailand due to the US-China trade war, the Board of Investment (BOI) has said. BOI deputy secretary-general Narit Therdsteerasukdi said recently that investment applications last year from Chinese and Hong Kong investors for BOI tax ...

Cops rescue Taiwanese from kidnappers in Makati City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines - Police have retrieved a 29-year-old Taiwanese from his alleged kidnappers in Makati City. Col. Jonnel Estomo, acting director of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), said they received an email from the police attaché of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center of the Philippines about the ...

Many private hospitals might no longer renew their PhilHealth accreditation
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 21) -- Many private hospitals might opt not to renew their accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), which allows their patients to avail of services which would be paid by the state health insurer. The Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines (PHAPi) said in an ...

Año endorses 3 names to Duterte for next PNP chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines - Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said Monday that he had recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte three police officials who could lead the 190,000-strong Philippine ...

Japan's Uniqlo pulls ad after South Korean fury
philstar.com - 2019-10-21
SEOUL, South Korea -- Japanese retail giant Uniqlo has pulled a commercial featuring a 98-year-old US fashion figure from South Korean screens, it said Monday after it was accused of whitewashing colonial history. South Korea and Japan are both US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and nuclear-armed North ...

China crackdown on online gambling seen slowing Chinese arrivals in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
The arrival of Chinese nationals into the Philippines may suffer a slowdown as China enforces a ban on online gambling although Japanese and South Korean tourists were likely to make up for the decline, according to a report by the Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank). The bank said Southeast Asia was also benefiting from trade tensions between the ...

DOLE working on labor pact with Slovenia, around 5k jobs up for grabs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is currently working on a bilateral labor agreement with Slovenia, where several companies are seeking to employ up to 5,000 Filipino workers, Labor ...

Amid scandals, PhilHealth continues to get biggest subsidy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-21
The biggest subsidy to state-run firms in August went to the scandal-ridden Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), amounting to P27.7 billion. The national government subsidy to PhilHealth was 87 percent of the total P31.8 billion in subsidies that government-owned and controlled corporations received in August, according to data from ...

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