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Trillanes asks DOJ to dismiss kidnap raps
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the complaint for kidnapping with serious illegal detention filed against him by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group. Trillanes was accused of illegally detaining Davao-based businesswoman ...

Amid legal tussle, PECO proceeds to invest P1.1 billion
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Panay Electric Co. Inc. (PECO) is proceeding with its P1.1-billion investment to upgrade its network despite the legal tussle on the franchise for the distribution system in Iloilo City. The company expects to spend P1.1 billion for the upgrade and expansion of its distribution network in the next 10 years, PECO head of ...

More pigs in Pangasinan town culled due to ASF
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
BAYAMBANG, Pangasinan, Philippines -- More barangays in this town may be placed under a state of calamity due to African swine fever (ASF) even as more pigs are being culled, Mayor Cesar Quiambao said yesterday. On Monday, seven barangays within the one-kilometer radius of Barangay Apalen, where 30 hogs were found positive for ASF, were placed ...

Zaldy Ampatuan rushed to hospital -- BJMP
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - Former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan, one of the prime suspects in the Maguindano massacre, was rushed to the hospital due to a heart ailment, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) confirmed yesterday. Ampatuan was brought to the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital on Monday ...

Ex-Zambales mayor nabbed for guns, ammo
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales, Philippines -- A former mayor of this town was arrested on Tuesday for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Romeo Lonzanida, 85, yielded an M14 rifle, a 5.56 rifle and 38 rounds of ammunition during a raid on his house in Sitio Nangalisan, Barangay Burgos by Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group ...

India to spend $6 billion to revive telecom operators BSNL and MTNL
TechCrunch - 2019-10-23
India said on Wednesday it plans to spend nearly $6 billion to revive loss-making state-funded telecom operators Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL). In a press conference, telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today the Narendra Modi government has given its in-principle approval to the merger of BSNL ...

Western Visayas workers to get wage hike
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas will get a salary increase. Cyril Tacao of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board said an increase of P15 to P30 in the daily wage was recently approved. Tacao said the ...

Android Pie passes 20% adoption after 12 months
VentureBeat - 2019-10-23
Google today shared that in August 2019, Android Pie had 22.6% adoption. That means the second-latest version of Android was running on a fifth of devices after some 12 months. Google did not share adoption numbers for any other Android version, including Android 10, the latest version that started rolling out last month. Meanwhile, iOS 13 ...

Philippine vice president says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war
Reuters - 2019-10-23
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate ... She would not be drawn on whether the legal moves were designed to remove her from the line of succession, amid growing concern about the health of Duterte, 74, who on Tuesday cut short a trip to Japan due to "unbearable pain" in ...

Aboitiz taps BlueVoyant for cybersecurity services
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-23
Aboitiz said in a statement. The deal was signed by Mr. Aboitiz and BlueVoyant President and Chairman of Israel Gad Goldstein last month. "We are excited to bring our world-class, corporate cyber defense capabilities to businesses of all sizes in the Philippines, and we look forward to working with AEV to enhance their cybersecurity posture ...

SSI expands e-commerce business
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The SSI Group has expanded its e-commerce business in the Philippines. Zara, the global fashion brand which SSI brought to Manila, launched yesterday its own online store in the country. The online store will offer collections across its different markets or for men, women and children. With the launch of its own e ...

DOF favors uniform road user tax
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF) favors a uniform road user tax instead of different rates for different types of motor vehicles as proposed by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, who chairs the House of Representatives committee on ways and means. In a letter to Salceda, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez expressed support for the ...

Lack of trading impetus brings down stocks anew
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market finished in the red anew yesterday, taking the cue from peers in the region and because of the lack of strong catalysts. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index slipped by 21.48 points, or 0.27 percent, to finish at 7,933.76. It was the same for the broader All Shares index which lost 5.91 points ...

Villar defends Skyway Extension project
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has defended the ongoing construction of the Skyway Extension project of SMC Tollways amid the heavy traffic it has caused to northbound motorists along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). "It is better that we do this now instead of waiting for the situation to worsen ...

Read the email from WeWork's new chairman where he confirms layoffs and says: 'What we are lacking is focus' and 'accountability'
Business Insider - 2019-10-23
Softbank's fixer, Marcelo Claure, was appointed as WeWork chairman on Tuesday and addressed the whole company Wednesday morning. Here's his email.

Google claims quantum computer breakthrough. IBM pushes back.
NBC News - 2019-10-23
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years. The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that "quantum speedup is ...

PhilHealth urged to speed up payment of unpaid claims to private hospitals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) should quickly pay up pending claims to private hospitals threatening to withdraw their accreditation from the state health insurer. Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, chair of the Senate health committee, made the appeal after the Private Hospitals Association of the ...

Ateneo belies student's sexual harassment complaint vs. professor
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23)-- Contrary to a student's claim, the Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday said there was no formal complaint filed against a professor tagged in sexual harrasment allegations on campus. In a memo signed by Ateneo President Fr. Jose Ramon Villarin, the university said its Committee on Decorum and ...

Malls to open before noon to ease holiday traffic
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and mall operators yesterday agreed to open malls at a later time to ease the expected traffic during the holiday season. This is the first time for the MMDA to implement this for all of the estimated 100 malls in the region because of the worsening state of Metro ...

Jeepney runs over girl, 4
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines - A four-year-old girl died after she was run over by a jeepney in Muntinlupa City on Monday. Police said Jomer Gorobat, 23, was driving his jeepney at the Carzo Compound in Barangay Alabang when the incident happened at around 6 p.m. Gorobat was making a right turn near the house of Given Mae Doronilla when the jeepney ...

Google's Raspberry Pi-like Coral: AI board with TPU is ready for business
ZDNet - 2019-10-23
Google is selling its Coral line of products through Mouser "globally". However, it is also planning to expand distribution of the developer board and SoM to Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, India, Thailand, Singapore, Oman, Ghana, and the Philippines by the end of the year. Additionally, it will soon release a new version of Mendel OS ...

After Losing Key Support, Is Facebook's Libra Dead In The Water?
International Business Times - 2019-10-23
When Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) announced in June that it was planning to launch its own cryptocurrency, dubbed "Libra," it gave the cryptocurrency market some life. With a big name like Facebook exploring a bitcoin-like offering, crypto traders thought digital currencies could get renewed mainstream attention and attract more buyers. A Facebook coin ...

AFP appeals to public to stop spreading PMA hazing videos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Wednesday appealed to the public to stop further spreading the viral hazing videos taken inside the Philippine Military Academy. The videos, which were filmed in 2017 and 2018, started circulating online this week. It comes a month after the death of freshman cadet Darwin Dormitorio ...

Sotto nixes proposal to extend work probationary period to 2 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Wednesday opposed a proposal seeking to extend the probationary period of new employees to two years. "Dead on the way," Sotto told reporters at the Senate, referring to a House bill that seeks to extend probationary employment from six months to two years. He said the Senate ...

How bad are things for Boeing? Investors are about to find out
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
(CNN) -- A top Boeing executive left the company Tuesday, the first to do so in the wake of the 737 Max crisis. What the mounting crisis is costing the rest of the company will become clearer to investors on Wednesday when the company reports earnings. Out of a job is Kevin McAllister, who had been president and CEO of Boeing Commercial ...

ADB, DOT preparing development project for Coron, El Nido amid tourism boom
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank said Wednesday it is working with the Department of Tourism in preparing a tourism development project that will ensure a sustainable environment for the two fast-growing destinations in Palawan. In a statement, the Manila-based multilateral lender said it has identified El Nido and Coron as ...

Magalong, Gordon question 'weak' criminal complaint vs. Albayalde
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23)-- A senator and a former senior Philippine National Police official on Wednesday raised their concerns about the inclusion of resigned PNP chief Oscar Albayalde in a complaint over the "ninja cops" controversy. In an interview on CNN Philippines, former PNP - Criminal Investigation and Detection ...

Mayor bares new tack to hike investments in Pasay City
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-23
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano has expressed optimism that major business players will hike their investments in the city in the coming days with her new policy on Ease of Making Investment (EMI). Calixto-Rubiano noted that among the major aspects of her EMI policy is "full automation" and "updating of the processes" related to ...

Beauty tips from the most beautiful
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
Before, I was very obsessive about using just one skincare routine and it has been a search for "The One." I realize now that you have to switch it up depending on the weather, your stress level, how busy your days are. And that it works well to have a few favorites on rotation. I like nourishing my body from within, too. What you eat matters.

Balba is new chief of Manila City police
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Police District (MPD) has a new chief. Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba formally took the helm of the MPD as its director following a turn-over ceremony on Wednesday, replacing Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., who was assigned as acting director of the Calabarzon police. Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno ...

Who is newly appointed Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines-Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta has been chosen as the new Supreme Court Chief Justice following the retirement of Lucas Bersamin last Oct. 18. Peralta has been with the Judiciary for 25 years-10 years of which were spent as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. He started his career in the Judiciary as Quezon City ...

Mark of zero gives Arthaland a global mileage in green building development
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-23
IFC is the largest global development finance institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Crown Terrace of Arthaland Century Pacific Tower (ACPT) and Business Center of ACPT According to IFC, "a project that reaches the EDGE standard of 20 percent less energy use, 20 percent less water use, and 20 percent less embodied ...

Less rain in October prompts lower water supply allocation in MM-NWRB
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Fewer rains in October have prompted authorities to lower the water supply allocation in Metro Manila, which could result again in water supply interruptions. National Water Resources Board (NWRB) Executive Director Sevillo David Jr. on Wednesday said that the water level in Angat Dam, which supplies water in Metro ...

Journalists urge action against Google over EU copyright dispute
philstar.com - 2019-10-23
PARIS, France -- Hundreds of journalists called Wednesday for European officials to take action against Google over its refusal to pay media companies for displaying their content in defiance of a strict new EU copyright law. France was the first country ...

Modern suburban living at the heart of Taytay
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-23
Universities, business centers, malls, hospitals and churches are all within a 2-kilometer radius. The Hive can be reached from Metro Manila best by C-6 Road from Muntinlupa and Taguig on the ...

Doctor gets death threat after joining rally at PGH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- An activist doctor and professor has received death threats after he joined a protest rally demanding an augmentation for the budget of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). In a Facebook post, All UP Academic Employees Union-Manila (AUPAEU-Manila) said that its President, Dr. Gene Nisperos, received on Monday night a ...

Walking the talk: Four ways businesses can impact society
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- Businesses have a lot more to worry about than sales and profits. More consumers now expect companies to take the lead in terms of innovation, spurring economic activity, and even for earth-friendly or "green" practices, and these institutions have no other option but to respond to such calls. At the Globe ...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower after mixed earnings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-23
BEIJING -- Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday after major companies reported mixed earnings and an EU leader said he would recommend the trade bloc allow Britain to delay ...

LTFRB now accepting online applications for public transport franchises
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) - The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board said that transport network vehicle operators and drivers may now submit their franchise applications online, as the board tries to cope with its growing number of applicants. LTFRB said in a post on its official website that the online ...

1 PMA cadet discharged, 5 others detained over newly-surfaced hazing video
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- One Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet has been discharged and five others detained over new videos that surfaced this week that appeared to show the hazing of other cadets. PMA Public Information Officer Captain Cheryl Tindog said in a statement Wednesday that the cadet had been discharged ...

Shuttered Pogo vows paying BIR so it can resume business
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-23
The BIR said Altech Innovations Business Outsourcing made an initial payment of P8.2 million on Monday for the lifting of its suspension. The Pogo and its branch in Pasay City was raided by the tax agency last Thursday. In a statement, the BIR said that Altech Innovations promised to pay the remaining balance of P37 million in November and ...

Pizza Hut is testing out an Incogmeato pizza in a round box
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
(CNN) -- Incogmeato, Kellogg's new line of plant-based protein, is coming to Pizza Hut. Starting on Wednesday, the pizza chain will serve a new vegetable pizza topped with Incogmeato's meatless Italian sausage at one location in Phoenix, Arizona. The test will last for a limited time. Pizza Hut will sell the pie in a new, round pizza box ...

Philippine Government and UNDP Select Speedcast to Provide Digital Inclusion Connectivity to 3,000 Sites
YAHOO! - 2019-10-23
"We look forward to working with the Philippine government and UNDP to address the connectivity needs of the ... IT and digital solutions to meet customer needs and enable business transformation. The company provides managed information services with differentiated technology offerings, including cybersecurity, crew welfare, content solutions ...

Duterte to disclose result of medical checkup, Palace says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will inform the public about the result of his medical consultation, Malacañang said Wednesday. Duterte is set to see a neurologist after experiencing "unbearable" back pain which forced him to come home early from Japan on Tuesday. He arrived at 10:33 p.m. at the ...

No social security for 40% of labor in informal bloc
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-23
and employers owning business that may employ less than 10 employees. "Around 2 out of 5 informal workers [covered by the CFS] are not social security-covered," the study said. Most of those ...

BlueVoyant Expands Operations to the Philippines and Signs Significant Partnership Deals
YAHOO! - 2019-10-23
She will be supported by Melecito Nadonga as the technical account manager and Gino Montano as business development manager. "As we continue to build momentum globally with the expansion of our office and services to the Philippines," said Gadi Goldstein, President of BlueVoyant International and Chairman of Israel, "we remain hyper-focused on ...

Facebook tries to get its house in order ahead of 2020 US election
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-22
(CNN) -- With the US presidential election barely a year away, Facebook is still working to get its house in order. Facebook said Monday that it is taking new steps to clearly identify state-run media for users and to better protect the accounts of political candidates and officials as part of a broader effort to prevent its platform from ...

Ayala plans issue of perpetual bonds
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-22
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. may return to the overseas perpetual bond market for the first time since its pioneering fixed-for-life notes issuance in 2017. Its wholly owned subsidiary, AYC Finance Ltd., has mandated HSBC as sole global coordinator and BPI Capital Corp., Credit Suisse Credit Suisse Ltd., HSBC, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and UBS AG ...

Snap's earnings show growth despite stiff competition from Facebook
CNET - 2019-10-22
Snap appears to be making a comeback, attracting new users after it released a new version of its augmented reality sunglasses. Snap, the parent company of ephemeral messaging app Snapchat, said Tuesday it had 210 million daily active users, an increase from the 203 million daily active users the company reported in the second quarter.

NASA's Moon Dreams: Bezos Teams Up With Aerospace Heavyweights For Artemis Project
International Business Times - 2019-10-22
The space race is on and back in full swing. In Washington, the International Astronautical Congress is beginning its 70th gathering. Many eyes were facing the nation's capital today instead of politics; they were focusing on a new dream, returning to the Moon! This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first lunar Landing. Jeff Bezos, the ...

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