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EcoWaste: Beware of banned high-mercury whitening products
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - Pro-environment and health group EcoWaste Coalition on Monday warned the public of the proliferation of whitening products with very high levels of mercury from Pakistan ...

PDEA confident of 'narco list' accuracy
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
Carreon said the list has been validated and revalidated for 14 months by a task force composed of the PDEA, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the Philippine National Police, the ...

PDEA confident of 'narco list' accuracy
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
Carreon said the list has been validated and revalidated for 14 months by a task force composed of the PDEA, the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, the Philippine National Police, the ...

De Lima: Intensify campaign vs casino-related kidnappings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines - The Duterte administration should intensify its efforts against kidnappings associated with high-stakes gambling in the country, opposition Senator Leila de Lima urged Monday.

Water shortage and the stock market
philstar.com - 2019-03-18
and 25.3 percent-owned by DMC Holdings Inc. (DMC). AC, MPI and DMC are components of the 30-stock Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) Index. The impact of the water shortage on the stock market is not limited to water concessionaires. Operations of listed ...

Sotto leads groundbreaking of new Senate home in Taguig
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III led on Monday the ground-breaking ceremony of the new Senate building in Taguig City. The project, which was initially ...

NBI arrests suspect in Cebu student skinning, slay
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
Cebu City (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The confessed killer of 16-year-old Cebu student Christine Silawan is now in the custody of the National ... murder of the high school student.

NBI arrests suspect in Cebu student skinning, slay
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
Cebu City (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The confessed killer of 16-year-old Cebu student Christine Silawan is now in the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). Central Visayas ...

Sandiganbayan places Roderick Paulate on 90-day suspension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan has placed actor and Quezon City Councilor Roderick Paulate on a 90-day preventive suspension in relation to graft cases he is facing after allegedly ...

DOH: No reports of any diseases linked to water shortage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) assured on Monday that there have been no reports of any diseases related to the water shortage. "There has been no report of any disease ...

Gov't targets construction of China-funded Kaliwa Dam by July
CNN Philippines - 2019-03-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 18) -- The Duterte administration hopes to begin building the China-funded Kaliwa Dam by July this year as an alternate source to maintain water security in ...

Manila Water dodges questions on refund to those hit by water shortage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Water Company, Inc. chief executive officer has refused to answer categorically on whether the water concessionaire was willing to give a refund to consumers ...

AC Energy to continue assessing value of Phinma Energy assets it bought
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-18
Francia earlier said "the upstream oil and gas business is not our core," though AC Energy "will study what to do with those after the deal closes."

Parkway Hospitals Singapore: For uncompromising quality health care
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
With universities and colleges which are ranked high amongst some of the best ... In 2018, the hospital received the Hospital of the Year in Asia Pacific award for the third consecutive year at the Asia Pacific Healthcare & Medical Tourism Awards.

SSS contribution rate to rise to 12% in April
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
Bilateral labor accords For sea-based OFWs and land-based OFWs working where the SSS has existing bilateral labor agreements with their foreign counterparts, employers must contribute two-thirds ...

PH, Japan to sign labor cooperation agreement
Global Nation - 2019-03-17
Filipino workers can get more than a third of the 350,000 available jobs that Japan will open to foreign nationals with the effectivity next month of a law allowing new residence status to foreign ...

Cautious trading seen on PH growth concerns
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
Local stocks are seen to trade with continued caution this week ahead of the first local monetary policy setting under new Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas chief Benjamin Diokno on Thursday, alongside ...

Looser monetary policy-good or bad for stocks?
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
Theoretically, high interest rates are bad for stocks while lower rates are good. However, the relationship between interest rates and stocks is not straight forward as lower interest rates can ...

Risk of political disarray stalks Thai economy as election nears
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
Its economic plan rests on a 1.7 trillion baht ($54 billion) spending push to revive competitiveness in an economy hamstrung by depressed business confidence and investment. Growth has lagged ...

Tax hikes to dampen investor appetite in local financial instruments-expert
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
However, from the business standpoint, the cost of completing a transaction or delivering their service have already doubled," Sandoval said. "In wholesale investments, the increased costs ...

CA favors developer in ?322-M land sale
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
THE Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the right of a property developer to rescind the contracts it signed with a real-estate tycoon for the sale of a 150-hectare land in Barangay Batulao ...

Trusting in Antitrust: Actions Against Big Tech Are Now Palatable
nytimes.com - 2019-03-17
SAN FRANCISCO -- A decade ago, when the greed and carelessness of the financial industry came close to destroying the American economy, the overwhelming response by politicians and the public was: Meh. Almost instantly, all was forgiven and forgotten.

Man killed in Laguna shooting
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A man was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Cabuyao, Laguna on Saturday night. Luis Alcobendas was on a motorcycle when the assailant flagged him down in Barangay Butong at around 7:50 p.m. The assailant pulled out a gun and ...

BSP seen holding rates in policy meeting
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- London-based Capital Economics expects the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to keep its key policy rates steady in a meeting this week. "We think the BSP will wait until May to adjust policy," said the research firm in a research ...

ATI doubles capex for Manila, Batangas ports
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) is nearly doubling its capital spending for this year as it moves to expand its international gateway ports in Manila and Batangas. ATI vice president Sean James Perez said the company is allocating $300 ...

Aboitiz Group turns over CMU Agri Hub
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Two units of the Aboitiz Group have turned over a P9 million modern livestock training complex in Northern Mindanao to boost agricultural research in the region. In a statement, the Aboitiz Group said food business unit Pilmico and ...

Alleged drug addict causes Tondo fire
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A suspected drug addict was beaten by his neighbors for allegedly causing a fire in Tondo, Manila that left six persons injured on Saturday night. Senior Fire Officer 1 Christian Bag-Id, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) ground ...

2 drug suspects slain in Calabarzon
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Two drug suspects were killed in alleged encounters with police officers in Laguna and Rizal over the weekend. Jeffrey Cado, alias Jeff, 34, reportedly drew his gun following a sting in San Pablo, Laguna.

Facebook has removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting, but questions remain
Mashable - 2019-03-17
We already knew that Facebook moved quickly on Thursday to stop videos of the New Zealand mass shooting from spreading, but now we have some actual numbers. In a public statement and identical ...

Man dies in Isabela road mishap
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
TUGUEGARAO, Philippines -- A 29-year-old man died after his motorcycle collided with a truck in San Isidro, Isabela before dawn yesterday. Lonesys Fernando was on his way home to Jones town when he figured in the accident in Barangay Ramos East at around ...

Happiness, satisfaction lowest in 4 years - SWS
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Happiness and satisfaction with life have fallen to their lowest levels in four years, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The poll, conducted from Dec. 16 to 19 last year, found 87 percent saying they are ...

Small farmers perk up Mindanao coffee trade
Inquirer - 2019-03-17
This prompted the Department of Agriculture (DA ... According to the Philippine Coffee Industry Roadmap for 2017 to 2022, small farmers remained to be the main producers of coffee in Mindanao.

13 Japanese firms to invest $1.24 B in new projects
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 13 Japanese firms are planning to invest a total of $1.24 billion in new projects in the Philippines, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the $1.24 billion worth of investments ...

The Internet Archive is working to preserve public Google+ posts before it shuts down
The Verge - 2019-03-17
Google is set to begin deleting data from its beleaguered social network, Google+ in April, but before that happens, the Internet Archive and the ArchiveTeam say that they are working to preserve public posts on the platform before they vanish forever.

Philippines external debt up 8% to $79 B in 2018
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
including the Philippine peso and Euro. Obligations to foreign banks and other financial institutions had the largest share of 33.6 percent of total outstanding debt, followed by loans from multilateral lenders with 17.4 percent and bilateral creditors ...

Qualcomm won a $31 million patent infringement case against Apple
Mashable - 2019-03-17
Qualcomm has won a victory against Apple in a sideshow to the main legal struggle between between the two tech giants. A San Diego jury has found that Apple infringed three Qualcomm patents ...

2 Marine troopers hurt in Abu clash
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Two Marine soldiers were wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in the island town of Banguingui in Sulu on Friday night. Cpl. Syruss Valenzuela and Pvt. Jude Louis Nabalan suffered gunshot wounds in their bodies.

Poe will recommend firing of negligent water officials
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Grace Poe on Sunday said she would recommend sacking or firing officials of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) if they could be proven to have been ...

DOH steps up security in Calabarzon resorts
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- With the onset of summer, the Department of Health (DOH) will ensure the safety of people who will be flocking to beach resorts in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon). Eduardo Janairo, chief of DOH-Calabarzon ...

Chedeng enters Philippines
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 was raised over Davao Oriental as of 5 p.m. yesterday. The weather disturbance was forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of Davao Oriental between tonight and tomorrow morning. As of 4 p.m. yesterday ...

NGCP inks more supply deals for Luzon, Visayas
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has contracted more capacity from several generators to maintain a secure and reliable power supply in the Luzon and Visayas power grids. NGCP has forged ancillary services ...

Palace: Over 26,000 Yolanda housing units still unfinished
philstar.com - 2019-03-17
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 26,000 housing units for Yolanda victims remain unfinished more than five years after the super typhoon devastated the Visayas, Malacañang said yesterday. Citing a report of the National Housing Authority, Cabinet ...

Microsoft releases Application Guard extension for Chrome and Firefox
ZDNet - 2019-03-17
Microsoft released this week browser extensions that port the Windows Defender Application Guard technology from Edge to Chrome and Firefox. The extensions only work for Chrome and Firefox running on current Windows Insider builds, but are expected to work ...

Study links egg consumption to risk of premature death
Upi.com - 2019-03-17
Eggs may not be all they've been cracked up to be. A new study says eggs are a major source of dietary cholesterol and that cholesterol in the diet ups the risk of heart disease and premature death. The researchers followed nearly 30,000 adults over three ...

Natl Tobacco Administration opposes higher excise taxes
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The NTA disclosed that one local tobacco buyer has ceased operations since Republic Act 10351--Sin Tax Reform law--took effect and led to an "unfavorable business environment."

Bureau of Internal Revenue urges taxpayers to make a clean start with amnesty law
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The forum, held at Tanghalan ng Pasigueño Pasig City, was facilitated by Revenue Region 7-Quezon City and Revenue District 43-Pasig City to educate taxpayers about ease of doing business ...

Heart of PAL
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
That virtue is service, the priest said. From a commercial perspective, some would say that PAL is in business of selling tickets from Point A to Point B. But from a big picture point of view ...

Fortinet posts $1.8-B revenue in 2018 due to strong demand
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
The firm remains bullish on constant business growth as it expects revenue to be in the range of $465 million to $475 million for the first quarter of this year. It also projects the topline to be ...

Closure of Boracay Island pushes demand for DMCI Power supply
BusinessMirror - 2019-03-17
"Our business has long-term contracts, so it rides on the long-term economic growth of the island. That alone is a good basis to say if we will have a better year or not," Dadivas said.

Cebu Pacific income dives in 2018
BusinessWorld - 2019-03-17
But despite the slump in its net income, Cebu Air said its revenue grew by 9% to P74.1 billion in 2018, driven mostly by its cargo business which posted a 19% growth. Passenger revenue was also up 9% to P54.3 billion in 2018. "Despite the pressures posed ...

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