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An Instagram shopping feature few people have heard of is poised to be Facebook's next $10 billion opportunity
Business Insider - 2019-08-21
Instagram is gearing up for its next $10 billion opportunity -- even if most people don't know that it exists just yet. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is currently in the early stages of testing Instagram Checkout, a new feature that lets users buy ...

Huge gaps in mobile broadband speeds seen across 5 PHL cities
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-21
The four cities surveyed, it said, are "important regional business hubs and many of them serve as the administrative centers of their regions." It seems that the telcos are proactively ...

Google DeepMind Co-Founder Placed on Leave From AI Lab
Fortune - 2019-08-21
The co-founder of DeepMind, the high-profile artificial intelligence lab owned by Google, has been placed on leave after controversy over some of the projects he led. Mustafa Suleyman runs ...

Multiple Hospitals Close in Wake of Fraud Allegations
Medscape - 2019-08-21
SWEET SPRINGS, Mo. -- The money was so good in the beginning, and it seemed it might gush forever, right through tiny country hospitals in Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and into the coffers of companies controlled by Jorge A. Perez, his family and ...

Opioid Treatment Is Used Vastly More in States That Expanded Medicaid
New York Times - 2019-08-21
States that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen a much bigger increase in prescriptions for a medication that treats opioid addiction than states that chose not to expand the program, a new study has found. The study, by researchers ...

Access to naloxone reduces opioid overdose deaths, saves money, study says
UPI.com - 2019-08-21
Aug. 21 (UPI) --The widespread distribution of a common anti-opioid drug could save lives and money, a new study says. When police, firefighters, emergency service workers or laypeople who were likely to witness an overdose had access to naloxone, deaths ...

Former VA Pathologist Charged For Deaths Of Three Veterans In Arkansas
International Business Times - 2019-08-21
An Arkansas pathologist was charged Tuesday for the deaths of three veterans receiving treatment at a local VA hospital. Dr. Robert Morris Levy was charged after multiple errors had been found in the diagnosis and handling of three patients that resulted ...

CDC Investigating Surge of Vaping-Linked Respiratory Illness
Medscape - 2019-08-21
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating almost 100 cases of severe pulmonary disease in multiple states that have occurred among users of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products in fewer than 2 months, the agency reported ...

'Ineng' moving faster, may become severe tropical storm -- PAGASA
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) -- The weather bureau is keeping a close eye on 'Ineng', and said it may develop into an severe tropical storm by Friday, August 23. This according to ...

Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.
New York Times - 2019-08-21
Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was infertile.

Cabinet draws up legislative priorities
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-21
The economic cluster is pushing the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act (CITIRA), which will reduce the rate of this levy gradually to 20% by 2029 from 30%, the highest in Southeast Asia, and remove redundant fiscal incentives.

PhilSA ushers in Philippinespace age
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
De Venecia said that because of improved weather calculation due to space technology, the space program will likewise enhance production and profitability of agribusinesses, conserve and preserve the environment, and improve urban planning, transportation ...

Goodbye to Sec Gina
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- For the short time that I was with you in your advocacy for the environment, I observed and learned your style and dedication in doing good for the environment. We went to a market place where you stood on a chair which you put on ...

BSP may issue new rules after OFBank business model review
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-21
In June last year, the Finance department said it has sought technical support from the World Bank Group on setting up a digital banking system for OFBank, as it seeks to privatize half of the lender in the future. -- B.M. Laforga The Italian ...

Bankers push hedging as trade war hits yuan
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-21
It stressed companies should use derivatives to manage actual business risks, rather than making currency bets. Seizing on concerns among Chinese trading firms and manufacturers, Zheshang Bank started promoting an online trading platform for yuan options.

Emulate Ninoy, Belmonte urges government workers
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has urged fellow government workers to reflect on and emulate the dedication of the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr. in serving the people. Speaking at the 36th commemoration of the death ...

Quezon town vice mayor gunned down
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The vice mayor of San Andres, Quezon was shot dead on Tuesday. Sergio Francisco Emprese, 60, was resting in the living room at the house of his sister in Barangay Kanlurang Mayao, Lucena City when an unidentified gunman entered at ...

Illegal establishments in Siargao demolished
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines -- A task force headed by the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have started the demolition of business establishments violating environmental laws on Siargao Island.

3 kidnap gang members slain in shootout with cops
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Three suspected members of a kidnap gang were killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Indang, Cavite yesterday. Cavite police director Col. William Segun said one of the fatalities was identified only as Vince.

Mimaropa domestic workers get pay hike
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The minimum salary of domestic workers in Mimaropa will increase this month. The National Wages and Productivity Commission said domestic workers would receive a monthly pay of P3,500 after the regional wage board issued an order ...

Our mission in life
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
The week started with the sad news of the passing of a dear friend, Gina Lopez. Gina has been one of the inspiring and passionate people I have met. She was a supporter of Go Negosyo, and last May she even joined us during our tourism summit, proudly ...

Relatives of Antonio Sanchez victims hit looming release
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The family of University of the Philippines Los Baños student ... Sanchez was sentenced to seven life terms or up to 40 years in prison for the rape with homicide of Sarmenta and the killing of her boyfriend Allan Gomez in 1993.

BOC to review donation of seized vehicles at CEZA
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will create a legal team that will review proposals to donate more than 800 second-hand vehicles seized at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA). Edward James Dy Buco, deputy commissioner of the BOC ...

Heavy rains expected over Luzon due to Ineng
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
Ineng accelerated in the afternoon and was moving northwest at 15 kph. The storm was not expected to make landfall in any part of the country, according to PAGASA senior weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio. The outer cloud band of the storm, however ...

Amid CITIRA issues, exporters readying exit plans -- PEZA
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Japanese firm Cebu Mitsumi Inc. has dropped its plan to expand operations in the Philippines, opting instead to invest in Cambodia, due to concerns on the proposed changes in the incentives regime being pushed under the second ...

Fitch unit: Coal to remain dominant as renewable energy faces headwinds
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Coal-fired power plants are seen to dominate the Philippine power sector in the next decade as it remains to be the cheapest power source, while renewable energy development in the country continues to face headwinds, Fitch ...

BSP orders banks to comply with rate risk management
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is giving banks 18 months to comply with the new guidelines on managing interest rate risk, taking into consideration external shocks such as the US-China trade war and the weakening of the ...

Water crisis cuts economic growth potential, says WB
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Economies experiencing water crises and high levels of water pollution may miss out on a third of their potential economic growth, a new report by the World Bank said. In a report titled "Quality Unknown: The Invisible Water ...

PSALM expects nearly P1 B savings from tax breaks
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) expects to generate nearly P1 billion in savings after President Duterte issued the real property tax breaks (RPT) to power producers. In a statement, PSALM ...

Sotto declares SOGIE bill has no chance of passing in Senate
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) -- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III declared that the bill seeking to ban discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender ...

House majority members meet before start of budget hearings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 160 House members attended Wednesday the majority caucus called by Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to further organize the chamber before the deliberations for the 2020 ...

3 farmers, 2 MILF members killed in central Mindanao gun attacks
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Gunmen killed three farmers in North Cotabato Tuesday after local Islamic State-inspired militants killed two members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Maguindanao. Ogie Bantas, Esmael Sumunsang and Mutalib Salungon of ...

LGUs near Subic Freeport Zone receive P203.14-million revenue share
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-21
The shares given in August are derived from 2-percent of the 5-percent gross income taxes collected from business locators in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone from January to June each year.

Duterte vows to assert ruling on disputed sea even if it angers Xi Jinping
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Nobody can stop President Rodrigo Duterte from asserting the 2016 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague even it angers Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Panelo denies hand in looming release of ex-mayor convicted of students' murder, rape
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesperson and chief legal counsel Sal Panelo on Wednesday denied he was involved in the impending release of his former client, ex-Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez -- a ...

Cayetano open to lower corporate income tax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--Senator Pia Cayetano on Wednesday said she is open to lowering corporate income tax rates in the country, noting that high tax rates in the Philippines paint a "not very ...

'Ineng' intensifies, now a tropical storm
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
A landfall scenario is still unlikely. The state weather bureau said "Ineng" is not expected to further strengthen into a typhoon and would retain its tropical storm category while inside the Philippine area of responsibility. According to PAGASA's ...

Marikina to remove subdivision gates, require garage space for businesses
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) -- Local government officials in Marikina City are implementing new local laws to make sure roads are accessible to all. In a statement, Marikina ...

DA says no outbreak of African swine fever in Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday there is no outbreak of African swine fever in the country, after confirming that there have been incidents of hog ...

'Ineng' expected to strengthen into tropical storm by Thursday
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
PAGASA in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin added that the tropical depression is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, August 25. "'Ineng' remains less likely to make landfall on any part of the country. Furthermore ...

Pia Cayetano likely to adopt DOF version of higher taxes on liquor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--Senator Pia Cayetano said Wednesday that she would likely adopt the proposal of the Department of Finance (DOF) to raise excise taxes on liquor products, which is higher than ...

African swine fever alert: 3 Rizal barangays quarantined
philstar.com - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 4:39 p.m.) -- Three barangays in Rodriguez, Rizal have been quarantined amid reports of an increase in the number of pig deaths in recent days. Barangays Macabud, San Isidro and San Jose have been quarantined since Saturday ...

Amending Human Security Act may lift martial law in Mindanao-Nograles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--The government may lift martial law in Mindanao once Congress amended the Human Security Act, which was touted by the Duterte Cabinet as a "long-term" solution to the ...

China to PH: Ban online gambling
CNN Philippines - 2019-08-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 21) -- China praised the country's decision to stop accepting new applications for offshore gaming operations, and even called on the Duterte administration ...

Philippine Navy upbeat with Russia ties
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Navy, which recently made a port call in Vladivostok, Russia, has expressed satisfaction over the thriving relations with its Russian counterpart. "We are ...

Cops set up office near casinos amid rising cases of kidnapping
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has put up satellite offices near casinos nationwide in the wake of increasing incidents of abduction.

Sen. Pia to store owners: Make sure alcopops are not accessible to kids
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines--After calling out alcopop manufacturers to change the packaging of their product, Senator Pia Cayetano is now urging store owners to ensure that these flavored alcoholic ...

LBC income cut in half due to previous acquisitions
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-21
Business acquisitions from July 2018 onward contributed revenue of approximately P1.92 billion for the six-month period. The total retail segment of the business grew by 43 percent, with retail ...

Nograles backs extension of 2019 budget validity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Wednesday said he is in favor of the proposal to extend the validity of the 2019 budget for capital outlays and operating expenses to ...

Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower before US Fed release
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-21
BEIJING - Asia stock markets followed Wall Street lower Wednesday as investors looked ahead to a speech by the Federal Reserve chairman for signs of possible plans for more U.S. interest rate cuts.

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