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Fitbit cofounders James Park and Eric Friedman are coming to Disrupt SF
TechCrunch - 2019-08-20
Ten years ago, a hardware startup launched a fitness device on stage at TechCrunch 50. The $99 gadget combined a pedometer with a diet monitoring system, designed to help wearers meet their ...

7-month BOI approvals up by nearly a quarter
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
Trade Secretary and BOI Chairman Ramon M. Lopez is expecting foreign investments to grow as a result of the passage of several business measures, including the Ease of Doing Business law and the I ...

Oil extends gains as hints of U.S.-China detente spur optimism
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
The White House will extend exemptions protecting US customers from a ban on doing business with Huawei Technologies Co. for another 90 days, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday.

Study: Alzheimer's drug could reverse alcohol effects on young brains
UPI.com - 2019-08-20
Aug. 20 (UPI) --An drug used to treat Alzheimer's disease could help reverse some of the negative effects of adolescent binge drinking on the brain, a study published Tuesday indicates. Researchers at Duke Health used rats to study the effects of binge ...

Lenovo launches new ThinkPad laptops
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
"Technology has made it possible for the work force to conduct business anywhere, anytime. To help organizations achieve maximum efficiency and productivity in a workspace with no ...

SM Group exec: Protect SMEs from disaster
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
Robinson (left) shares a light moment with two pillars of Philippine business--Hans Sy, director of SM Prime Holdings, and Ayala Corp. Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala--at the ...

One Vertis Plaza: The business center in the North
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
AFTER building a solid reputation in the luxury home market, Ayala Land Premier (ALP) has entered the office development through the launching of the 43-story One Vertis Plaza. Mike Jugo, managing ...

9-Year-Old Girl Survives Shark Attack On Vacation In Florida
International Business Times - 2019-08-20
A 9-year-old girl, Maggie Crum, survived a shark attack in knee-deep water in Florida. After twelve stitches she claims, she is not phased by the incident and will be returning to the water. Maggie was playing in the water while on holiday with her family ...

USDA study advises against washing raw poultry, red meats
UPI.com - 2019-08-20
Aug. 20 (UPI) --Washing raw chicken before it's cooked is a common practice, but new federal research advised against it Tuesday -- saying it can lead to foodborne illnesses that are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. The U.S. Department of ...

BIR to accept tax payments via electronic funds transfer
BusinessMirror - 2019-08-20
Filipinos can now pay their taxes online using electronic funds transfer through a new digital tax payments system launched by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Finance Undersecretary Antonette C.

Girls Who Code CEO: Men Need to Be Brave in the Service of Women
Fortune - 2019-08-20
Women are challenging incumbents up and down the ballot, banding together to demand action on gun violence, going undercover to fight misinformation online, pushing for consequences for ...

Alcohol, e-cigarette tax hike bags House 3 rd reading OK
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-20
Duterte in his fourth State of the Nation Address on July 22. The President also urged Congress to pass the proposal to reduce corporate income tax to 20% by 2029 from 30%; centralize real property valuation and assessment, and simplify the tax structure ...

Green bond supply growing in Asia Pacific
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-20
The growing demand from investors to see more companies adhering to sustainable practices has also prompted conglomerates such as SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) and Ayala Corp. (AC) to align their business strategies with a global framework. For instance ...

Power projects boost total investments in 7 months
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Investments for projects approved by the Board of Investments (BOI) rose 24 percent in the seven months to July from a year ago, driven mainly by the power sector. The BOI said total approved investments for the January to July ...

Gaming firm LRWC swings to loss in 2 nd quarter
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-20
The company earlier said that it plans to add 10 to 15 new gaming sites for bingo, e-casino, and slot arcade within the year, banking on the growing demand for slot machines in the market. "By the second half of 2019, the retail group intends to shift ...

No price hike for pork amid culling - DA
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- There should be no price increase in pork products even as the government has started culling hogs to contain the possible entry of the dreaded African swine fever. The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura said there has been no ...

African swine flu alert: 3 Rizal barangays quarantined
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- 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, the Rodriguez ...

DOH: Collect garbage to curb leptospirosis spread
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- With the rainy season still prevailing over the country, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III yesterday called on all local government units (LGUs) to collect garbage regularly to drive away rats that may carry the bacteria that ...

San Juan, GSIS ink loan refinancing deal
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The city government of San Juan and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) yesterday inked a memorandum of agreement on a loan refinancing program for city hall employees. San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora and GSIS chairman ...

Andal Ampatuan Jr. told to find new lawyer
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Even as the Quezon City court wraps up the decade-long trial for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, the primary suspect in the multiple murder case has once again found himself without a lawyer, the fourth time since the trial began in ...

DOE appeals TRO on oil unbundling policy
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) is appealing the decision of local courts to stop the implementation its oil unbundling policy, a ranking official said. In an interview, Energy Assistant Secretary Leonido Pulido said the agency is ...

Government eyes mandatory crop insurance
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is being urged to provide mandatory insurance coverage for palay and other crops to help farmers survive crop destruction. Sen. Francis Pangilinan has filed Senate Bill 35 or the proposed Expanded Crop Insurance Act ...

Stocks retreat on holiday break, lack of fresh leads
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Stocks retreated yesterday amid global uncertainties, a shortened trading week and the lack of market-moving catalysts. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index lost 51.44, or 0.64 percent, to finish at 7,886.91. Likewise, the ...

Scattered rains as LPA spotted in Northern Samar
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Scattered rains will prevail over the eastern section of the country due to a low-pressure area off Northern Samar, the state weather bureau said yesterday. The low-pressure area, which was spotted at 990 kilometers east of Catarman ...

PEZA seeks status quo on tax perks
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) yesterday defended the need to maintain the status quo in providing tax perks to locators to encourage investments and promote ease of doing business, as well as avoid possible ...

Prices of our favorite local fruits have become more expensive
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
There is a price phenomenon about native fruits in the food basket. Why have our favorite local fruits become much more expensive? The prices of our favorite fruits at home have led the way toward inflation long before. Aside from seasonal factors, the ...

Food, water scarce in Itbayat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
Local officials said the rough seas had been preventing boat trips to this island-town for two weeks now, forcing aid workers to wait for improved weather before bringing relief goods to the quake ...

DAR seeking P55.4M in ARB livelihood funding
BusinessWorld - 2019-08-20
Each beneficiary will be given seed capital of P15,000 to start a micro-business based on the submitted proposal, while P10,000 will be distributed for capacity development training of recipients. In early 2018, the two departments partnered to provide ...

DOJ summons left-leaning reps over trafficking, child abuse charges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned several leaders and officers of left-leaning groups over charges of trafficking, and child abuse after a female student was ...

Aussie firm keen on Hanjin takeover
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Zambales, Philippines -- An Australian shipbuilder is the latest company to express interest in rescuing the debt-ridden Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines.

Know your next chief justice: Four candidates vie for SC top post
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines-Who will be the next Chief Justice? So far, there are four Supreme Court justices vying for the top position that will become vacant upon the retirement of Chief Justice ...

Napoles to Sandiganbayan: Require prosecution to reveal stand on main plunderer issue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines - Pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has filed another motion, this time asking the prosecution to clarify its stand on the absence of the main plunderer issue.

Philippines warns of 'unfriendly' greeting for uninvited warships
Reuters - 2019-08-20
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned ... Panelo did not refer to China by name, nor elaborate on what that enforcement might entail. The Philippines has lodged several diplomatic protests in recent weeks over the activities ...

SBMA releases P203M revenue shares to neighboring towns, city
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- The neighboring towns and cities of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) on Monday received a total of P203.14 million revenue shares from the agency for the first ...

PH files new protest vs China incursions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday said he had directed department officials to drop the diplomatic language and be explicit in the protests they would file ...

CHR pushes for moves to prevent torture, cruel treatment of inmates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is insisting the creation of measures that would prevent torture and other cruel treatment of persons deprived of liberty (PLDs ...

Last-minute buying lifts stocks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
The local stock barometer rebounded to the 7,900 level on Monday, tracking upbeat regional markets. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) racked up 142.37 points or 1.83 percent to ...

Court allows Razon firm to take over Peco assets
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
ILOILO CITY--A dispute over the distribution of electricity in Iloilo City is headed for a legal showdown after the Iloilo Regional Trial Court (RTC) granted the application of a company owned by ...

6 groups bid to explore 7 areas for oil, gas deposits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
The Department of Energy yesterday formally acknowledged the applications of six groups for a total of seven areas across the archipelago where the companies hope to find commercially viable ...

Total adopts e-payments via PayMaya
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
Gasoline retailer Total Philippines is embracing electronic payments through a partnership with PayMaya. The tie-up made its debut in Total Alabang, where users can now tap cashless payments ...

Only 12 of PH towns, cities have complied with local speed limit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
CEBU CITY -- Only 12 out of the thousands of cities and municipalities in the Philippines complied with a national government memorandum to enact local speed limit ordinances in their areas of ...

TMP rolls out Super Grandia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
Toyota Motor Philippines launched on Monday the all-new Toyota Hiace Super Grandia, a van that features advanced safety measures. TMP president Satoru Suzuki said the company was expecting to sell ...

Asian shares mostly rise after Wall Street rally on Huawei
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
TOKYO - Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday after Wall Street rallied on the U.S. decision to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers.

13 Chinese killed as tour bus crashes in Laos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
BANGKOK -- A tour bus carrying dozens of Chinese passengers crashed in Laos, killing at least 13, officials said Tuesday. The bus was carrying 44 Chinese when it careened off a road between the ...

DFA verifying reported abduction of Filipino seamen off Cameroon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it is verifying and monitoring the reported abduction of several seamen, including Filipinos, off the coast of Cameroon.

Hundreds of UP Visayas students join walkout vs plan to deploy cops, soldiers in campuses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
ILOILO CITY -- Hundreds of students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas joined a walkout in Iloilo on Tuesday against plans to deploy policemen and soldiers in their campuses.

Philippines plans to build up infrastructure spending in 2020 budget
Nasdaq - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The Philippine government on Tuesday put to Congress a proposed 2020 budget that lifts spending 12% from a year earlier and makes a push to deliver on plans to slash poverty, boost education and transform the country's decrepit ...

Higher contribution rate hiked SSS net income 446% to P15.3B in H1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
MANILA, Philippines-The first-half net income of the state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) jumped 446 percent to P15.3 billion as the faster rise in revenues boosted by the higher ...

Globe, Angat Lahat sa Digital Alliance encourage MSMEs to embrace digitalization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-08-20
For business owners, embracing digital transformation has become the best move forward. Its advantages have helped a wide variety of industries experience endless opportunities, improve ...

More youths from Manila caught carrying marijuana
philstar.com - 2019-08-20
LA TRINIDAD, Philippines -- Authorities arrested five suspected drug couriers, two of whom are minors, in separate operations in Mountain Province. Eliterio Celada Pazon, a 25-year-old video editor from Bulacan was arrested after police at a checkpoint in ...

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