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Yearender : Inflation weighs down 2018 corporate earnings - 2018-12-29
Earnings of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. were also affected due to rising inflation, higher fuel and power costs and the depreciation of ... For Tanduay, Tan said the company was awarded the "Brand of the Year" award again. The company continues ...

Cutting out bacon and booze could reduce your risk of cancer by up to 40%, according to a major new study of over 50 million people
Business Insider - 2018-12-29
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has unveiled a 10-point plan to cut your risk of getting cancer by up to 40%. It is based on research involving more than 51 million people. Being overweight is likely to overweight smoking as the biggest risk factor ...

4 cops hurt in Isabela road mishap - 2018-12-29
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan , Philippines -- Four police officers were injured when their Montero Sport rolled over in Barangay Del Pilar, Alicia, Isabela on Friday. Chief Inspector Rey Tad-o said Police Officers 1 Floyd Mamauag, 30; Brian Mendoza, 24; Robin ...

China's Xi takes humiliating loss to US on trade and Huawei -- but Trump could be getting played
Business Insider - 2018-12-29
President Donald Trump scored an outright victory in his ongoing trade spat with Chinese President Xi Jinping as the strongest leader in Beijing since Chairman Mao had to back off a key policy push. But Xi may have lost the battle to win a larger war.

Digital tech tops list of Asian hits in 2018
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-12-29
Nikkei Inc. conducted surveys in 11 Asian countries ... Thailand to Asian countries with lower income levels, such as the Philippines. One major driver of the boom is growth of low-cost airline ...

Uber IPO: What Can We Expect?
Forbes - 2018-12-29
Within the next few months, the Uber IPO is expected to hit the markets. Keep in mind that the company has confidentially filed its S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the document is usually not made public until a couple weeks before the ...

Rep. Albano, principal Author of the Philippine Medical Marijuana Bill, happy Catriona Gray has reignited national interest in cannabis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
Isabela 1st District Rep. Rodito T. Albano III is quite happy with newly crowned Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray. During the question and answer portion on coronation night in Thailand, host ...

Man who threw old man off stolen motorcycle arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- A man who appeared to throw an old man off a speeding motorcycle in Quezon City has been arrested by the police. Suspect Banjo dela Paz was arrested after he was seen ...

Chinese Schools Track Students With 'Intelligent Uniforms'
Forbes - 2018-12-29
Given the country's recent track record in terms of surveillance technologies and privacy limitations, perhaps it's just a way to get people used to feel monitored from an early age. Or maybe it was just the quick thinking of some local control freak.

Crawling from the wreckage
TechCrunch - 2018-12-29
Things are tough all over -- but especially in the digital media business of 2018. Probably the most high-profile flameout this year was at Mic, which laid off most of its staff ahead of an ...

PHL healthy, indigenous vegetables identified
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-29
Altoveros of the Institute of Crop Science ... The collected information is stored in two database management systems developed by the team consisting of primary and secondary data in production ...

Botanists discover new Hoya subspecies
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-29
a new subspecies was recently discovered by botanists from the Department of Science and Technology-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI). Hoya meliflua Merr. subsp.

Taysan launches 1st Tinindag Festival - A food fest that serves everything on sticks
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-29
"Taysan could well be the Barbecue Stick Capital of World," she says. "The stick-making business has provided opportunities for small entrepreneurs, as well as employment to the townsfolk so ...

DENR issues order to stop record attempt of largest balloon drop at Okada
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday ordered the event organizers to stop their world-record attempt to drop the largest number of balloons during the New Year ...

Biggest Baby In Texas: Check Out Picture, Video Of The Newborn Who Broke A Hospital Weight Record
International Business Times - 2018-12-29
Music teachers Jennifer and Eric Medlock of the Dallas suburb of Arlington have a very big bundle of joy on their hands. Their newborn son, Ali James Medlock, broke a record for the heaviest baby ever born at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital.

2019 will be a critical year for Tesla -- here's what to expect from the automaker
Business Insider - 2018-12-29
If 2018 was the wildest and craziest year in Tesla's 15-year history, then 2019 is shaping up to be its most critical year. CEO Elon Musk's all-electric automaker will enter 2019 having produced and sold more vehicles than ever and the company could be ...

Yemen rebels begin withdrawal from Hodeida port - UN
Rappler - 2018-12-29
Since then, the war has killed some 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organization, although human rights groups say the real death toll could be five times as high. -

2018 Yearender: More extremists surrender to gov't - 2018-12-29
In Basilan province alone, 187 members of the Abu Sayyaf, feared for its practice of beheading captives if ransom demands are not met, returned to the fold of law this year through the efforts of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the Western ...

Motorcycle thief killed in police chase in Digos City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
DIGOS CITY -- A man who stole a motorcycle was killed in a police chase on Lapulapu Street here around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday. Supt. Deozar Almasa, city police director, said Jepoy Andas Talondon ...

Cove Manila under fire for balloon drop event
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- A night club planned to break records with the largest balloon drop on New Year's Eve. The Cove Manila, an indoor beach and nightclub located near ...

Patients at a New Jersey Medical Center May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis and HIV--Could It Happen Near You?
YAHOO! - 2018-12-29
Nearly 4,000 patients of a New Jersey medical facility received some worrying news recently when they were urged to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. The HealthPlus Surgery Center in the town of Saddle Brook informed people who underwent ...

Another quake hits coast of Davao Oriental
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines--Another earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.4, struck off the coast of Davao Oriental following an earlier 7.2 quake, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology ...

Year in review: The biggest stories of 2018 in Negros (Part 3 of 5)
Sun Star - 2018-12-29
BACOLOD. Workers of the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital ask the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to reconsider the accreditation of the hospital. (Teresa Ellera) The closure of Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospital (BOLMSH ...

Chinese Scientist Who Claimed to Make Genetically Edited Babies Is Kept Under Guard
The New York Times - 2018-12-29
SHENZHEN, China -- The Chinese scientist who shocked the world by claiming that he had created the first genetically edited babies is sequestered in a small university guesthouse in the southern city of Shenzhen, where he remains under guard by a dozen ...

Senate urged to probe govt's ?20-billion CCTV project with Chinese firm
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) - Detained Senator Leila De Lima called on her colleagues to investigate the government's multibillion-peso security camera project with a Chinese ...

Old man thrown off speeding stolen motorcycle
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- A man has gone viral on social media after a concerned citizen posted a video of him walking away from a vehicular accident and later appearing to throw an elderly rider ...

Which Asian country is most committed to reducing inequality?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
The government spending on social protection, education and health is abysmally low. The country fares poorly in taxation and labour laws, especially labour rights of women. It is followed by ...

U.S. OneWeb satellite service has not offered stake to Russia
Reuters - 2018-12-29
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The U.S. satellite startup OneWeb, which plans to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, said on Friday that it had not offered the Russian government a stake in the project. Sources had earlier told Reuters that OneWeb ...

Tsunami advisory issued after 7.2 quake off Davao Oriental
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) told the public on Saturday to temporarily stay away from beaches and not go to the coast after a 7.2 ...

Palace orders Mindanao LGUs to stay alert, monitor areas after Davao quake
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Saturday asked local government units in Mindanao to closely monitor their areas and take precautionary measures after a 7.2-magnitude quake struck off Davao ...

Junking of Arroyo case to benefit parties, candidates in 2019 polls -- Macalintal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The junking of the electoral sabotage case against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will "surely benefit" all political parties and their candidates in the 2019 ...

Alejano backs review of PH-US defense treaty
Global Nation - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano on Saturday backed the call to review the Mutual Defense Treaty between the Philippines and the United States, saying it could be a chance for the ...

Flood hits Laguna town, power outage affects several areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
Meanwhile, some 645 passengers were stranded in the port of Batangas and 1,550 in Southern Quezon due to the inclement weather. /ee Click here for more weather related news."

Heavy rainfall warnings issued amid 'Usman' - 2018-12-29
In a 9 a.m. bulletin Saturday, the state weather bureau advised residents in the following areas to take necessary preparations. "Moderate to heavy rains over Camarines Sur and Romblon which may continue for two to three hours," weather forecasters said.

Magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolts parts of Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook parts of Mindanao on Saturday. The quake struck offshore southeast of Governor Generoso in Davao Oriental at 11:39 ...

DOE to oil firms: Empty 2018 fuel stocks before applying 2019 excise tax hike
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Thursday reminded oil production companies to empty first their 2018 oil inventories, before ...

Strong quake strikes off Philippines, tsunami warning withdrawn
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-12-29
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially said "hazardous tsunami waves" were possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre", along the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia and the ...

Earthquake of 6.9 strikes off Philippines, tsunami waves possible - centre
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-12-29
"Hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

LRT-2 to give free rides on Rizal Day
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) will be giving commuters free rides on Sunday, Dec. 30, in observance of the 122nd death anniversary of national hero Dr. Jose P.

LIST: Canceled flights due to bad weather
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- A number of domestic flights were canceled Saturday even as Tropical Depression Usman weakened into a low-pressure area. Here are the canceled ...

Landslide kills 3 people in Legazpi City - 2018-12-29
The three dead bodies were reportedly retrieved at 4 a.m. Other family members survived but had injuries. State weather forecasters said "Usman" made landfall over Borongan City, Eastern Samar early Saturday morning and weakened into a low pressure area.

Trillanes belittles SWS survey on higher Duterte rating
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV dismissed as implausible the Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed that more adult Filipinos were satisfied with the ...

Going for smart investment choices
Inquirer - 2018-12-29
All of us are for starting the new year right. For some, this means adopting a healthier lifestyle, while others may plan on giving up a few unproductive habits. There are also those who are ...

De Lima seeks probe on Chinese-funded P20-B CCTV project
Global Nation - 2018-12-29
De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 978 on Dec. 20, urging the appropriate Senate committee to probe whether the deal between the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the ...

DFA warns Filipinos in Egypt to be vigilant after tourist bus bombing
Global Nation - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday advised Filipino tourists and workers in Egypt to be extra vigilant especially around popular tourist sites. The DFA ...

If someone hurt you this year, forgiving them may improve your health (as long as you're safe, too)
Rappler - 2018-12-29
During the end-of-year holidays families often come together to exchange gifts and, sometimes, to confront long-held grudges. What better gift than a peace offering? Conflict is rarely pleasant and arguments in families can be particularly upsetting.

'Usman' weakens into LPA, makes landfall in Eastern Samar
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- Weather disturbance and former tropical depression 'Usman' has weakened into a low-pressure area (LPA) after landfall in Borongon, Eastern Samar ...

Storm signals lifted as 'Usman' makes landfall in Samar - 2018-12-29
According to PAGASA's 8 a.m. weather bulletin, the tropical depression was in the vicinity of Llorente, Eastern Samar. It forecast light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Metro Manila the rest of central Luzon and Visayas. "Residents ...

MPIC taps P19-billion loan for Cebu toll road - 2018-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), the infrastructure and tollways conglomerate chaired by tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan, has tapped a loan facility for its toll road project in Cebu. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock ...

Medicine for diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension to be VAT exempt in 2019
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- Some medicines will be VAT exempt next year. Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Caesar Dulay on December 21 signed Revenue Regulation no ...

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