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Vaping Illnesses Keep Climbing Upward, Nearing 1,300
New York Times - 2019-10-10
The outbreak of lung illnesses linked to vaping grew by more than 200 cases in a week, now totaling 1299, with 26 deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday. The figures mean that 219 new cases and seven new deaths were reported. Cases have occurred in 49 states, the District of Columbia and the United States ...

The Grand Midori rises in Ortigas
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Federal Land, the property development arm of the Ty-led GT Capital Holdings Inc., is putting up The Grand Midori along Exchange Road in Ortigas Center, the second iteration of the brand in the country following the success of first The Grand Midori in Makati. The two-tower high-rise development will offer prime living ...

Diversify-exports call sounded as growth slows
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-10
On Thursday, the Philippine Statistics ... Center for Economic Research and Development (ACERD) Director Alvin P. Ang told the BusinessMirror that both public and private sector should step up ...

Activision Blizzard Faces Backlash From Senators, Employees For Banning Pro-Hong Kong Protest 'Hearthstone' Player
International Business Times - 2019-10-10
American video game holding company Activision Blizzard is facing major backlash for banning a professional gamer for voicing his support of the Hong Kong protestors during a tournament live stream. "Hearthstone" player Ng Wai Chung, also known as ...

DAR awards 200 hectares to Rizal farmers
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently distributed 200 hectares of agricultural land to 176 agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) in Tanay, Rizal. DAR Secretary John Castriciones led the distribution of certificates of land ownership award. Castriciones said the government through the Land Bank of the ...

WB: PHL likely to miss growth targets
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-10
Ms. Rong cited growth drivers up to 2021 as public spending, especially on infrastructure, and a pickup in private investments after all tax reforms -- especially one that will slash the corporate income tax gradually to 20% by 2029 from 30% currently -- are enacted. Business has also been pressing the government to end uncertainty from a ...

The rise of rice
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-10
Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc. with the participation of co-presenters Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and the Philippine Stock Exchange. In the next few weeks, BusinessWorld will feature each of the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year ...

DOH chief signs IRR of Universal Health Care
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- With a required funding of P1.5 trillion until 2024, the government is eyeing a progressive implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) law after Health Secretary Francisco Duque III signed yesterday its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). "The implementation of the law is going to be universal in scope ...

Schedule of free LRT 2 rides for students adjusted
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has adjusted the schedule of free rides offered to students in the aftermath of fire which affected operations at three stations of the LRT 2 line. The LRTA posted the announcement on Twitter Thursday, saying free rides for students would now be only from 3 p ...

Delay in processing permits for power projects dismays Zubiri
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday expressed frustration over delays in the processing of permits of stakeholders for them to undertake energy development projects in the country. Zubiri, who authored the Ease of Doing Business Law, said he still receives complaints from investors in the energy sector ...

World Bank downgrades Philippines growth forecast
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The World Bank has downgraded its 2019 growth forecast for the Philippines to 5.8 percent, taking into account the weak and uncertain external environment and the slowdown in public investments in the first semester. In its Philippines Economic Update, the multilateral bank has downgraded its 2019 growth forecast for the ...

Lawson plans tenfold jump in Philippine convenience stores
NIKKEI - 2019-10-10
TOKYO -- Japanese convenience store operator Lawson will expand its footprint in the Philippines to about 500 stores by 2024, a tenfold increase from the roughly 50 currently open as its pushes forward with an aggressive overseas expansion. The expansion is being made possible through a partnership Lawson struck with local conglomerate Ayala ...

GSIS eyes P200 billion for loan program
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The Government Service Insurance System will offer between P100 billion to P200 billion in loans next year under the GSIS Financial Assistance Program (GFAL), according to GSIS chairman and acting president Rolando Macasaet. Macasaet made the announcement after signing a memorandum of understanding with local ...

ASF hits 3 Pampanga towns
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines -- Three towns in this province have been added to the list of areas hit by African swine fever (ASF). Gov. Dennis Pineda yesterday confirmed that pigs raised in backyards in Apalit, Candaba and San Simon tested positive for ASF. Pineda said the 1-7-10 quarantine protocol, regular swine blood tests and ...

Barangay kagawad nabbed for attempted homicide
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines -- A village councilman was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a shooting incident during the campaign for the May elections. Homer Urbi, 47, of Barangay Anao was charged with attempted homicide before Municipal Circuit ...

Trade talks hopes, AllHome debut spark market rally
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market rallied yesterday as markets cheered the possibility that the US-China trade war may again be resolved. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose to 7,765.03, up 83.78 points or 1.09 percent. Likewise the broader All Shares index went up by 35.91 points, or 0.77 percent, to finish at ...

Phinma Energy sets P15 billion borrowings
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Phinma Energy Corp., to be renamed AC Energy Philippines Inc., is eyeing to borrow up to P15 billion to fund investments. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, the board of Phinma Energy approved the availment of term loan facilities for up to P15 billion. The borrowing will be used "to fund new ...

San Juan shuts down massage parlor
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora yesterday led the closure of a massage parlor allegedly being used as a prostitution den. Zamora and city police chief Col. Jaime Santos led the raid on the Michiko Spa at corner of Santolan Road and Ortigas Avenue in Barangay Greenhills at around 1:20 p.m. Four women, believed to be massage therapists moonlighting ...

542 foreigners held for investment scam
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
More than 500 foreigners were arrested for their alleged involvement in an investment scam in Parañaque City Wednesday night. The raid on the office of Golden Unicorn Technology Inc. at the Millennium Building was staged by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces ...

PHL needs to invest in knowledge capital
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-10
"Parang lahat ng inyong budget puro research? Baliw na baliw kayo sa research. Aanhin niyo ba yung research" (It seems like all of your budget goes to research. You are so crazy about research. What will you do with those research?)" This was the ...

Ayala Land receives 5 citations at the Sustainable Business Awards Philippines
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-10
Accepting the overall award for sustainability: (L-R) Dave Opiso, Director, DirectPower Services; Charlotte Cailao, Business Development Head, Ayala Land - Strategic Landbank Management Group; Fiona Cerdan, Sustainability Associate, Ayala Land; Anthony Gourlay, CEO, Global Initiatives; Titon Mitra, Resident Representative, UNDP Philippines ...

Phl-US relations
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
Philippine-US relations have had its ups and downs over the years. This complicated relationship tests the mettle of the US Ambassador and thus deservedly has become an important post for an American diplomat on an upward trajectory. But there was nothing quite like the situation that Ambassador Sung Kim faced when he arrived at practically the ...

Marriage linked to longer lifespan, new data shows
UPI.com - 2019-10-10
Oct. 10 --Married folks not only live longer than singles, but the longevity gap between the two groups is growing, U.S. government health statisticians report. The age-adjusted death rate for the married declined by 7 percent between 2010 and 2017, according to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the U.S ...

Turkey makes small advances in 2nd day of Syria invasion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
AKCAKALE, Turkey -- Turkish ground forces seized at least one village from Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as they pressed ahead with their assault for a second day Thursday, pounding towns and villages along with border with airstrikes and artillery. Residents of border areas within Syria scrambled in panic as they tried to get out on foot ...

Go Malasakit TV program features Malasakit Center lung cancer patient beneficiary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
The term we do not want to hear. Dela Cerna has been in the hospital for three weeks now, her niece Joan Morados said in an interview with "Go Malasakit" TV program. "Marami siyang tubig sa baga, meron siyang stage 4 lung cancer. Patay na po ang asawa niya. Wala siyang anak," said Morados. According to Morados, the doctors told her that ...

Sinas is next Metro Manila police chief
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- The Philippine National Police on Thursday announced top-level changes happening over the weekend. Central Visayas police chief BGen Debold Sinas will replace PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar as Metro Manila police chief. Eleazar will be the next chief of the Directorial Staff, the third highest position ...

7 arrested in 3 anti-drug raids in Legazpi coastal villages
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
LEGAZPI CITY--Narcs seized close to P300,000 in shabu, or crystal meth, and arrested seven suspects in three raids in two coastal villages here on Thursday, Oct. 10. Cotton Talento, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) spokesperson, said at least 39 sachets of shabu, weighing about 400 grams, were seized during the raids. Arrested during ...

Foreign direct investments sustain drop in July
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10)-- Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) settled at $543 million in July, a substantial drop of 41.4 percent from the year-before $926 million, according to the data released Thursday by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). In June, FDI fell by a bigger rate of 48.5 percent at $430 million.

Bridgestone Corp
Reuters - 2019-10-10
As of on the Tokyo Stock Exchange · Minimum 15 minute delay Jan 7 (Reuters) - :LAFARGEHOLCIM CEO SAYS EXPECTS TO CLOSE THE DEAL FOR FIRESTONE BUILDING PRODUCTS BY APRIL.LAFARGEHOLCIM CEO SAYS ...

Board looking into suggestion to suspend toll collection on SLEX
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines-- A government board is look into the suggestion to suspend the toll collection on the South Luzon Expressway because of the daily gridlock experienced by motorists there. "Sa ngayon, ang impormasyong naibigay sa akin ng pamunuan, ito'y kanila pang kasalukuyang tinitingnan, pinag-aaralan," Julius Corpuz, spokesperson of the ...

PNP reshuffles officials in key positions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has been appointed as the Chief of the Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP), following a major restructure of key posts in the police force. This places Eleazar to the fourth highest position in the PNP. The ...

QC plans P27.8B budget for 2020
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-10
The proposed budget is subject for review and approval by the city council. For income-generation, the mayor said they are are expecting higher property tax collection and aim to attract more investments with improvements in the ease of doing business. The city government has registered an estimated 2,800 new real property units with a P2.3 ...

Isetann Recto mall to reopen on Friday, management says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10)-- The management of the Isetann Cinerama Complex has announced the Recto-based mall will be back in service 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 ...

Pangilinan says mental health care should be available in barangays
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Francis Pangilinan on Thursday said barangay health workers should have adequate training in handling mental health issues as he argued that mental health care should be available at community level. The senator said that making mental health care available at barangay level would help address the issue even ...

Trade deficit eases as exports improve slightly, imports decline
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- The country's export sector improved slightly, leading to a narrower trade gap in August. According to latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the trade deficit was at $2.41 billion in August, 33.1 percent lower than the $3.6-billion deficit in the same month last year.

FROM DISASTER TO INNOVATION
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-10
Through its contract farming scheme, Chen Yi also extends high-tech planting and harvesting ... provided by the Philippine Rice Research Institute, organic pest control, and new techniques ...

5 officers eyed to replace Coast Guard commandant
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- Five senior officers are being eyed to replace Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Elson Hermogino, who is set to retire on October 22. PCG spokesperson Captain Arman Balilo said that among those recommended for the post is Vice Admiral Joel Garcia, the deputy commandant for operations and ...

Panelo vows to commute on his own, without media coverage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo vowed to take public transportation on Friday alone and without media coverage. "Madaming gustong sumama pero gusto ko mag-isa (A ...

Manila Water warns big spike in utility rate due to SC ruling
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- Manila Water warned that water rates could surge to nearly ninefold following the nearly ?1 billion fine slapped on by the Supreme Court for its supposed failure to set up sewerage systems a decade ago. In a statement, the private firm serving Metro Manila's east zone said they will be pushed to ...

Insurance as gauge of economy: Sales down by 2.6%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
Insurance sales sales fell 2.6 percent to P141.9 billion in the first half of 2019 as the dark horizons of the global economy put off consumers from buying insurance products, according to the Insurance Commission. Data released by the commission on Thursday showed that industry premiums as of last June were lower than P145.8 billion reported ...

Chief Justice: Marcos poll protest result 'may not be what you expect'
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said Thursday that the decision of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on the poll protest of losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos "may not be what you expect." "This is something I can tell you, we are expected to ...

2 senators question P97 million fund for DOE nuke power studies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Two senators on Thursday questioned the need for the Department of Energy (DOE) to pursue and request funding for studies on nuclear power, with one calling it ...

China leads emerging economies in latest global competitiveness ranking
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
GENEVA -- China is by far the best performer among the five BRICS economies in terms of competitiveness, said the World Economic Forum (WEF) Wednesday in the latest annual report assessing the productivity and long-term growth of 141 economies. China ranks 28th among the world economies, 15 places ahead of the Russia, 32 places ahead of South ...

Ayala Land named best overall company at the 2019 Sustainable Business Awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) received a total of five awards at the Sustainable Business Awards Philippines (SBA Ph) 2019, a program that celebrates select companies for their outstanding performance in environmental and social sustainability. For their total commitment to sustainability, ALI was awarded Best Overall and Best Stakeholder ...

DOH advises travelers to get polio vaccine before entering and leaving PH
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) - The Department of Health is urging all travelers going to and from the Philippines to get vaccinated against polio, as the country attempts to contain an outbreak of the infectious disease. In an advisory, Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said that all travelers who have not had polio ...

SLEX, Skyway set window hours for trucks going to Manila by Oct. 14
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) -- Toll authorities will impose window hours on heavy trucks coming from Southern Luzon to Metro Manila starting Monday, October 14, in a bid to ease worsening traffic. Manuel Bonoan, President of the Skyway Operations and Maintenance Corporation (SOMCO), said Thursday that Manila-bound trucks would ...

Super Typhoon Hagibis set to batter Greater Tokyo on Saturday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
The Singapore Embassy in Tokyo, in a circular yesterday afternoon, said of Typhoon Hagibis: "Strong winds, heavy rain and high waves are expected. If you are going to be in the affected areas this weekend, you are advised to stay indoors and stay away from windows." Click here for more weather related news."

CHR on Mental Health Day: Offer words of consolation, encouragement daily
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has urged Filipinos to spend at least 40 seconds in a day to offer words of consolation and encouragement to people experiencing mental health issues. CHR said this is in observance with the World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated every 1oth of October. "The Commission in a bid ...

PNP dismisses Albayalde resignation rumor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-10
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police on Thursday dismissed reports that its chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde has resigned amid the investigation on the so-called ninja cops and alleged irregularities during a major drug raid in 2013 in Pampanga. "The PNP dispels the rumor circulating in social media that the PNP chief, Police ...

Basta shopping this 10.10 weekend, don't pay cash. PayMaya!
philstar.com - 2019-10-10
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