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Google to boost online presence of tourism establishments in Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with Google Philippines as the first Google My Business (GMB) Trusted Verifier in the country. The move is expected to help accredited establishments boost their online visibility. "As a GMB Trusted Verifier, the DOT can instantly verify via the Quick Response (QR) code ...

LIST: Canceled flights from Oct. 12-13
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Several inbound and outbound flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) were canceled due to bad weather expected in areas of destination, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said Saturday. In an advisory, Miaa said that most of the canceled flights were flying to and coming from Japan ...

These clothes use outlandish designs to trick facial recognition software into thinking you're not a human
Business Insider - 2019-10-12
Smile! You're on camera -- or you were at some point in the past few years -- and now your face is public domain. Facial recognition technology is everywhere, and only becoming more pervasive. It's marketed as a security feature by companies like Apple and Google to prevent strangers from unlocking your iPhone or front door. It's also used by ...

VMware's COO says that its $2.1 billion acquisition of Carbon Black is all about fixing cybersecurity, an industry 'going through turmoil'
Business Insider - 2019-10-12
VMware COO Sanjay Poonen says that the cybersecurity industry is "going through turmoil," making it the right time for the virtualization giant to enter the industry. The issue, Poonen says, is that there's too much fragmentation in the cybersecurity ...

Juul Is Behaving Differently In The Philippines Than In The U.S., Say Activists
NPR - 2019-10-12
Almost as soon as the e-cigarette maker Juul launched in the Philippines this past June, Maria Encarnita Limpin started noticing the product in shops all over the capital Manila. "It's like they mushroomed," she says. Limpin is a doctor specializing in ...

Heads Up: A Ruling On The Latest Challenge To The Affordable Care Act Is Coming
NPR - 2019-10-12
A decision in the latest court case to threaten the future of the Affordable Care Act could come as soon as this month. The ruling will come from the panel of judges in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments in the Texas v. Azar lawsuit. An estimated 24 million people get their health coverage through programs created ...

Heavy rain, winds lash Tokyo as powerful typhoon approaches
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
TOKYO -- A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast as the worst in six decades approached landfall, with streets and train stations deserted and shops shuttered. Store shelves were bare after people stocked up on water and food ahead of Typhoon Hagibis. Nearby beaches ...

Andanar orders probe into ambush of Davao del Norte-based journo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday ordered an investigation into the recent ambush of a Davao del Norte-based journalist. Andanar said that his office is "enjoining" authorities in Davao del Norte to "closely investigate" the shooting of broadcaster and ...

Train schedule of LRT-2 to start early beginning Oct. 14
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Partial operations of Light Rail Transit-2 (LRT-2) trains will start at 5 a.m. on Monday (October 14) days after a fire hit a power rectifier in between stations, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) said Saturday. LRTA spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said the hours of train trips had been adjusted to 5 a.m. from 6 a.m ...

Fitbit is pulling manufacturing out of China to avoid tariffs
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-12
(CNN) - In a rare move for a US tech company, Fitbit is pulling nearly all of its device manufacturing out of China amid a trade war between the world's two largest economies. The company announced Wednesday that "effectively all trackers and smartwatches" starting in January "will not be of Chinese origin" as a result of US tariffs.

There's a 'very, very strong case' against Albayalde, Gordon says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) -- Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde may face criminal and administrative charges for involvement in the irregular Pampanga raid ...

Mindanao-wide polio vaccination campaign kicks off in Marawi Monday
philstar.com - 2019-10-12
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines -- The police and the military's Western Mindanao Command will mobilize Monday in support of the mass polio immunization drive in the province. The United Nations Children's Fund, the Department of Health and the health ministry of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will launch on Monday in Marawi ...

3.4-magnitude quake hits Leyte -- Phivolcs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck Capoocan town in Leyte on Saturday morning, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The earthquake hit five kilometers (km) southwest of Capoocan at 8:55 a.m., Phivolcs stated in its initial earthquake bulletin. The earthquake, which was tectonic by origin ...

Gender-neutral restrooms to be set up in SM malls beginning November, management says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-12
Metro Manila, (CNN Philippines, October 12) - In an attempt to create a "safe community space" for all, the largest shopping mall chain in the Philippines said it will start setting up gender-neutral toilets in some of its establishments beginning November this year. SM Supermalls management announced in a statement that it will install ...

Apple CEO Tim Cook defends decision to remove an app used by Hong Kong protesters
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-12
(CNN) - In the latest struggle for an American company to navigate the tricky waters of doing business in China, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended his company's decision to pull a map app that Hong Kong protesters had used to track police. In a memo to employees on Thursday, Cook said Apple removed HKmap.live from its App Store Thursday, because it ...

US-China trade negotiators reach preliminary agreement short of a comprehensive deal
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-12
(CNN) - US and Chinese negotiators reached a preliminary agreement Friday that will ease trade tensions, but it falls short of a comprehensive deal. "We've come to a very substantial phase one deal," President Donald Trump announced in the Oval Office alongside Chinese Vice Premier Liu He Friday afternoon. "We've come to a deal, pretty much ...

Power outages, evacuations as Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Japan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
More than 36,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Chiba, and the local government has urged those in damaged buildings to take shelter elsewhere during the storm. /muf Click here for more weather related news."

Amid diversity in judicial philosophy, can SC justices be friends?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
MANILA, Philippines-After highly divisive votes on high-profile cases or strong dissent against the majority ruling, are Supreme Court justices still friends with one another? The answer is "yes" and Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, during his retirement ceremony Friday, made sure to pay tribute to his colleagues at the high court in a very ...

California to end its use of private, for-profit prisons
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-12
SACRAMENTO, California -- California will ban the use of for-profit, private detention facilities, including those under contract to the federal government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings, under a bill that Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he had signed. The Democratic governor said the measure helps fulfill a promise he made to ...

Foreign direct investments into PH dropped in July
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
The entry of long term investments into the Philippines continued to slow down in July, marking the fifth consecutive month of decline since a slight uptick in February 2019--a phenomenon the central bank attributed to investors made skittish by global economic uncertainties. Data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas showed that foreign direct ...

DA defers additional rice tariff; farmers dismayed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has decided to defer the implementation of safeguard duties on rice imports this week, even as prices of palay (unmilled rice) sank to an eight-year low. The move was announced by Agriculture Secretary William Dar at a press conference on Friday, which lasted about five minutes before ...

3 eyed to succeed Albayalde
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte may choose from among the three of the most senior officials of the Philippine National Police as the successor of outgoing PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, Sen. Bong Go said on Friday. At the same time, the senator said Albayalde, who is still reeling from his alleged links to "ninja cops," would ...

Addressing climate change through sustainable cities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
With the climate crisis dangling over our heads, there is no progress without plans for sustainability and resilience. Experts in green initiatives from the nongovernment and private sectors sent this lucid message during a roundtable discussion hosted by Lamudi Philippines in partnership with Holcim Philippines and the Subdivision and Housing ...

Essentials for the Asian vibe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
Spaces eventually end up looking tired and worn out after some time. You can transform and breathe new life into such spaces by infusing a new character. Some prefer Japanese and Balinese designs, for the clean lines, minimalist and uncluttered look, and the use of natural materials. These designs also utilizes muted colors and soft textures ...

The world in one community
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
There is that certain prestige and stature that usually go with being a boutique developer. Such connotations often stem from the fact that when one says boutique, the other hears uniquely personal, highly customized approach that is made more distinct by the keen attention to every painstaking detail, the passion, and unrelenting pursuit for ...

'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' - Exclusive interview with the cast and writer
Mashable - 2019-10-11
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 ...

Uber To Buy Latin American Online Grocery Delivery Service, Cornershop
NPR - 2019-10-11
Uber is getting into the grocery delivery business, at least in Mexico, Chile, Peru and Canada. Uber announced on Friday that it's adding grocery delivery to its growing list of services, buying a majority stake in a Latin American online grocery provider called Cornershop. Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but Uber said the deal is ...

Canada's Decision To Make Public More Clinical Trial Data Puts Pressure On FDA
NPR - 2019-10-11
Last March, Canada's department of health changed the way it handles the huge amount of data that companies submit when seeking approval for a new drug, biological treatment, or medical device -- or a new use for an existing one. For the first time ...

Socioeconomic Factors Delay Hearing Aids for Kids
Medscape - 2019-10-11
Race/ethnicity, insurance type, and primary language may pose barriers to timely access to hearing aids among children, according to a new retrospective cohort study published October 10 in JAMA Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Lisa Zhang, BS ...

DOE seeks P500 million budget for rural electrification plan
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is asking for a budget of P500 million for its rural electrification program. The budget sought makes up over a fifth of its total proposed budget of P2.3 billion next year. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi said the P500 million would be used for outside projects being implemented by electric ...

DTI supports former fisherfolk to become craft makers in Aurora
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-11
Former fishermen in Dipaculao, Aurora, province make bamboo handicrafts through the support of the Department of Trade and Industry. They are members of Croppers/Sharesmen Association Inc. (CSAI ...

Government nixes rice safeguard measures
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Agriculture Secretary William Dar said his department has terminated the study on the possibility of imposing general safeguard duties amid the deluge of cheap imports that dampen local prices. "We terminated the study and we will now actively discuss with the EDC (Economic Development Cluster)," Dar told reporters ...

Filipino company specializes in online trading literacy
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-11
chief currency strategist of Alpha Play Forex Trading School. He outlined several techniques on how to gain income from trading without spending unnecessary time and money. Martin Lam, chief analyst for Asia Pacific of AT Global Markets, a leading global online trading company, highlighted the necessity of studying the different strategies in ...

DICT launching online portal to ease business registration
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) plans to launch a new online platform that would streamline business registration starting early next year. The DICT said it plans to make fully operational the Central Business Portal (CBP) by Feb. 14 next year. The CBP will cover business transactions ...

Ginebra appeals water pollution case
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Ginebra San Miguel Inc., the listed beverage company of conglomerate San Miguel Corp., said it would appeal the P1 million fine imposed against it by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In a disclosure yesterday, GSMI said the DENR had slapped its subsidiary East Pacific Star Bottlers Philippines ...

MWSS: Manila Water cannot pass on charges to consumers
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System said it would not allow Manila Water Co. to pass on to consumers the heavy penalties imposed by the Supreme Court on the utility firm. MWSS issued the statement after Manila Water warned of hefty 780 percent increase in water rates. "It is clear in the concession ...

Stocks finish higher on optimism over US-China trade talks
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine stock market continued to perform well, ending the week on a high note. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) surged by 84.91 points, or 1.09 percent, to settle at 7,849.94, while the broader All Shares gauge finished at 4,741.49, up 49.59 points or 1.05 percent. All sectoral indexes sizzled ...

FDI inflows drop for 5th straight month in July
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) declined for the fifth straight month in July as investors continued to adopt a wait-and-see attitude pending the approval of the second package of the comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP), according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Latest data released by the BSP ...

97 mayors face raps over road clearing operations
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- With over 6,800 roads nationwide reclaimed from private use, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local government units (LGUs) got a passing grade of 80 percent in their road clearing operations. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said 97 city and municipal mayors could face charges for ...

Taiwanese woman fined for wearing string bikini in Boracay
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
ILOILO CITY, Philippines -- For wearing a bikini that was described as "literally a string" while strolling on a beach in Boracay, a Taiwanese tourist has been fined P2,500. Personnel of the Malay police said they brought the woman and her boyfriend to the police station a day after photos of her and her boyfriend, also a Taiwanese, on ...

Man charged for selling ASF-exposed pork
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Charges have been filed against a man caught slaughtering hogs and selling meat procured from areas with confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) in Quezon City last weekend. Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday said charges of violating the Food Safety Act and the Sanitation Code, as well as illegal slaughtering ...

House open to longer phase-out period for tax perks
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives is open to the proposed longer phase-out period for what it considers as unnecessary tax incentives being enjoyed by more than 3,000 corporations. "If there is empirical basis for a longer sunset period, the House will consider, but this will mean slowing down spreading the corporate income ...

The decision to decide
philstar.com - 2019-10-11
I make decisions quickly. I was trained this way when management promoted me to a senior sales position in charge of handling a group of veteran sales people who were older and more experienced. When I started in my career, I did not have to bother with making decisions. My bosses made decisions, and all I had to do is to follow them.

DILG: 4 Metro Manila cities get medium compliance rating for road-clearing ops
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Four Metro Manila cities got medium compliance ratings for their participation in the 60-day road clearing operations, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday. In a press conference, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año first classified the participating local government units (LGUs) as ...

Bees get better at math when they're punished for mistakes
UPI.com - 2019-10-11
Oct. 10 (UPI) --Bees can count and understand the concept of zero. But their math skills have limits. Previously, scientists thought bees could only count to four, but new research suggests bees can understand quantities as great as five, provided they're ...

Isetann Recto mall reopens Friday, management says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10)-- The management of the Isetann Cinerama Complex has announced the Recto-based mall will reopen on Friday--two days after the Manila City government shut down the establishment for lack of business permits. "To our valued shoppers, employees, and partners, Isetann RECTO will again open tomorrow ...

Davao trader does a Duterte in kidnapping probe vs Trillanes, cusses ex-senator
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
MANILA, Philippines--A Davao-based businesswoman claiming she was detained to force her to buttress accusations of extrajudicial killings against President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to copy ...

Incoming Metro Manila police chief vows to bring in anti-crime campaign
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11)-- The incoming Metro Manila police chief vowed Friday to bring with him programs he implemented in Central Visayas. This includes the so-called "Oplan Sauron," an intensified campaign by the military and police against suspected rebel groups, criminals, and individuals involved in illegal drug trade.

Tokyo on high alert as Typhoon Hagibis draws near
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-11
TOKYO -- One of the most violent typhoons ever on record is threatening the Tokyo metropolitan area this weekend, forcing the cancellation of domestic flights and a slew of events over safety ...

?2-B jet not a presidential plane, Lorenzana says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 11) -- The ?2-billion jet recently bought by the government was never meant for the sole use of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Defense Department said Friday amid allegations the purchase was luxurious. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a statement said the Gulfstream G280 aircraft "was not intended ...

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