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Allow ecozones in Metro, Palace urged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
The IT-BPM industry is banking on the mercy of Malacañang to approve the pending applications for economic zones in Metro Manila to at least give the sector some more room to grow. Rey Untal ...

Cemex selling new shares to existing shareholders to raise up to $250M
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
Cement maker Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. has received the green light from its board to raise as much as $250 million from the sale of new shares to existing investors. An increase in ...

DA starts giving aid to farmers, fisherfolk
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
The newly minted agriculture chief kicked off last week his regional visits to distribute aid to farmers and fisherfolk amid the tragedy besetting the rice industry as palay prices continue to drop.

Mines continue to rise as market firms up
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
The local stock barometer firmed up slightly on Wednesday, tracking mostly upbeat regional markets. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 36.15 points, or 0.46 percent, to ...

MPIC hospital unit sets P83-B IPO
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific group is seeking regulatory approval for the planned P83-billion stock market debut of its hospital business, which would likely be the largest equity ...

Trump announces nearly $2B in grants to fight opioid crisis
UPI.com - 2019-09-04
Sept. 4 (UPI) --President Donald Trump on Wednesday awarded nearly $2 billion in grants to local and state agencies to fight the nationwide opioid crisis. Trump was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the White House to speak about ...

Shapeshifting sea creature expands in front of scientists' eyes
Mashable - 2019-09-04
Spooky, shapeshifting creatures inhabit Earth's oceans. And scientists just captured one on film. At some 2,590 feet beneath the surface in the remote Pacific Ocean, an exploration mission ...

Lorenzana: Xi assured Duterte on passage of warships
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte raised the unannounced passage of Chinese warships through Philippine waters during his visit to Beijing last week, but his Chinese counterpart Xi ...

SKY seeks to corner a third of PH fiber internet business
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
The business is important for ABS-CBN since the fiber industry in the Philippines has a relatively low market penetration rate versus wireless internet. It is also a big earnings driver ...

Less restraints on foreign businesses sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives has begun deliberations on a bill that would relax certain restraints on foreign investments. In his sponsorship speech of House Bill No. 300 ...

NCR ecozone ban hurts I.T.-BPM firms
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
THE information-technology and business-process management (IT-BPM) industry will struggle to grow by 8 percent this year, as firms are having difficulty expanding their operations due to the ban ...

Another Patient Has Died From Lung Disease After Vaping
New York Times - 2019-09-04
A second person has died from a severe lung illness after vaping, according to a lead investigator on the case in Oregon. The investigator said that the person had apparently become sick after vaping T.H.C. from a product purchased from a recreational ...

Lawmaker suggests special powers as last resort to address steep drop in local rice prices
CNN Philippines - 2019-09-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4)-- With rice farmers suffering from low palay (unmilled rice) prices, a lawmaker suggested ways for government to respond, including legislating special ...

Esperon, Lorenzana to join talks on joint WPS oil deal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Two top security officials would form part of the five-man steering committee from the Philippines to finalize the joint oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea ...

Twitter disables tweeting via SMS after CEO gets hacked
The Verge - 2019-09-04
Twitter has "temporarily" turned off the ability to tweet via text message just days after the feature was misused by hackers to tweet a racial slur, bomb threat, and other crude messages from the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The ability to ...

2 Batangas workers electrocuted
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Two workers were reportedly electrocuted in Calaca, Batangas on Tuesday. Michael Sola, 21, and Hernando Ocap, 23, suffered first degree burns and died on the way to the Ospital ng Calaca, police said. The accident ...

Family of 4 nabbed for drugs
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Four family members, including a retired Army soldier, were arrested in a drug sting in Makati on Tuesday night. Retired Army member Jaime Zinampan, 64, was nabbed along with his relatives Angelo Acbuche, 19; Jennifer Acbuche, 31 ...

The excellent Mona Lisa
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
The great Mona Lisa in the classic Lino Brocka masterpiece Insiang, with the equally electrifying Hilda Koronel. IT was the mid-1970s. No one remembered her the way other fans and cineastes would ...

Duterte orders NFA to buy palay from farmers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Food Authority (NFA) to buy palay, or unhusked rice, from local farmers to help them cope with the effects of the rice ...

Chaos as Boris Johnson accidentally brings Theresa May's Brexit deal back from the dead
Business Insider - 2019-09-04
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Chaos as Boris Johnson accidentally brings Theresa May's Brexit deal back from the dead
Business Insider - 2019-09-04
An image of a chain link. It symobilizes a website link url. An envelope. It indicates the ability to send an email. A stylized bird with an open mouth, tweeting. The word "in". A stylized letter F. Three evenly spaced dots forming an ellipsis: "..

Nlex Corp. expands solar power capacity among major toll plazas
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
"We have since incorporated sustainable energy in our business operations as we already have solar-powered devices, such as closed-circuit television cameras, emergency call boxes and roadway ...

Big Tech Companies Meeting With U.S. Officials on 2020 Election Security
New York Times - 2019-09-04
Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft met with government officials in Silicon Valley on Wednesday to discuss and coordinate on how best to help secure the 2020 American presidential election, according to a person briefed on the event. The daylong ...

Cayetano backs firing of Faeldon, other solons want him charged
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Speaker Alan Cayetano on Wednesday supported the dismissal of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director General Nicanor Faeldon, while other House members wanted Faeldon ...

PHL confronts costs, effects of issues on mental health
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
WHEN it comes to workplaces, mental health is still far from the mind of employees. Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Spokesman Alan Tanjusay admitted the issue is still seldom being ...

DPWH signs ease of doing business pact with 35 other government agencies
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
Public Works Secretary Mark A. Villar (right) is seen at the recent inspection of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Phase 1-Contract Package 1, which was declared 97-percent complete.

US factories shrink for 1st time in three years amid trade war
BusinessMirror - 2019-09-04
Business spending plunged and economic growth fell to just 1.6 percent in 2016, barely half the 2.9-percent increase the year before. Similar dynamics are at play now: The trade war is ...

Maynilad to spend P6 B for new sewer lines
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- West zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is investing over P6 billion to install 30 kilometers of sewer lines in Las Piñas to expedite the provision of sewerage services for its customers. This forms part of the ...

Start-ups sell Spotify-like apps to offset your carbon footprint
BusinessWorld - 2019-09-04
JPMorgan offsets all its business air-travel, and the consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has matched its emissions with forest protection. Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. is among numerous airlines that has introduced carbon programs to fund ...

PLDT, Google partner for MSMEs online listing
BusinessWorld - 2019-09-04
THE ENTERPRISE arm of PLDT, Inc. has entered a partnership with Google Philippines to offer an online business listing for micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). PLDT Enterprise said in a statement Tuesday it is teaming up with the tech giant ...

Sky targets up to 30% growth in broadband subscribers
BusinessWorld - 2019-09-04
Suarez, business unit head for consumer products of Sky Cable, told reporters after the product launch Wednesday. Sky Fiber launched on Wednesday its Super Speed Plans, which offer unlimited fiber internet package. These include Plan 5 mbps -- available ...

Duterte Rejects China's Call for Philippines to Ban Online Gambling
New York Times - 2019-09-04
MANILA -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that while he was not a fan of online gambling he was unwilling to ban the business, as China has called for, because of the harm that would do to the country's economy. Duterte ...

House rejects DTI proposal on phaseout of tax incentives
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives has rejected the proposal of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for a longer phaseout period for unnecessary tax incentives. Under the bill on reduced corporate income tax and rationalization of ...

DTI, DENR push stricter standards for steelmaking
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are pushing for stricter environmental standards for steelmakers to ensure that their products are of good quality and safe for use.

COL posts slightly lower earnings in H1
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- COL Financial Group Inc. (COL), the listed online stock brokerage firm, reported a net income of P314.3 million in the first half, slightly lower than the same period last year. In the second quarter alone, earnings increased 17.1 ...

Cemex plans $250-M rights offer
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. (CHP) plans to raise as much $250 million from a stock rights offering. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) yesterday, CHP said its board of directors approved a stock rights issue ...

First Gen in talks with LNG suppliers
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Lopez-led First Gen Corp. has commenced talks with potential suppliers and an offtaker as it eyes to start supplying liquefied natural gas (LNG) from its floating storage and regassification unit (FSRU) by 2021. During Powertrends ...

New LPA enters PAR as Liwayway moves away
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The state weather bureau lifted yesterday tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 over Batanes as Typhoon Liwayway (international name Lingling) started to move away from the country. However, a low-pressure area spotted off Mindanao ...

Quezon City, Jollibee renew ties for feeding program
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City government has renewed its partnership with Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) for the continued implementation of a feeding program at an elementary school in Payatas. Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday led the signing of a ...

Ambitious promises to make rail king again
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
Noticeable in the proposed 2020 national budget is the P100-billion allocation for railway projects which the Department of Transportation (DOTr) will supervise. A large part of budget (P84.8 billion) will go to fund part of the North-South Commuter ...

DENR deputizes officers to help protect environment
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started appointing DENROs or deputized environment and natural resources officers to help the agency in its several tasks in line with protecting the environment.

After lagundi, a new batch of plant-based drugs
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will soon come out with a banner crop of 18 plant-based chemicals that can be developed into herbal supplements to address common ailments. Dean Rowena Guevara, DOST undersecretary for ...

SIGN-UP! Angat Lahat sa Digital
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
After 14 years of helping Filipino entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a reality, we at Go Negosyo are reminded of one thing: Filipino entrepreneurs may run out of capital or financing, but never out of good ideas. What entrepreneurs lack in resources ...

Cops on bicycles deployed in San Juan
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Police officers on bicycles are patrolling the streets of San Juan City to protect its residents from criminals, Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday. Zamora said the deployment of bicycle-riding policemen was part of the police ...

GSIS offers loan to dengue victims
philstar.com - 2019-09-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has opened an emergency loan facility for its members affected by the dengue outbreak in Samar, Capiz and Palawan. The GSIS said P633 million was earmarked for its members and ...

U.S. doctors more likely to prescribe opioid painkillers after low-risk surgery
UPI.com - 2019-09-04
Sept. 4 (UPI) --U.S. doctors are more likely to prescribe opioids to patients after surgery than those in other countries, new research shows. Over 75 percent of patients in the United States filled prescriptions within the first seven days following four ...

Defying China, Duterte decides to keep online gambling in Philippines
NIKKEI - 2019-09-04
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said online gambling in the Philippines will continue over vocal opposition from Beijing, which has called for a crackdown on the industry.

Duterte says no longer insisted on further response after Xi rejected arbitral ruling again
CNN Philippines - 2019-09-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said he no longer insisted on a further response from Chinese President Xi Jinping after raising the arbitral ruling and ...

DTI signs ease-of-doing-business partnership with DoF agencies
BusinessWorld - 2019-09-04
THE Trade department said it sought to expand collaboration between other government agencies and its investments promotion units network (IPU Net), through the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA). In a statement Wednesday, the Department of Trade ...

House budget committee wants higher tourism budget
CNN Philippines - 2019-09-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 4)-- Lawmakers wanted to restore cuts in the proposed budget of the Department of Tourism (DoT) for 2020. The agency's original budget proposal was ?4.3 ...

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