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What you need to know about Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of a Chinese tech founder whose arrest could set fire to US-China relations
Business Insider - 2018-12-10
Chinese officials have threatened the US with "grave consequences" if the "extremely egregious" arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive at one of its biggest tech companies, isn't reversed. Wanzhou was detained, at the request of the US, on suspicion of ...

Mid-level professionals expect up to 60% higher pay in 2019, says survey - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Experienced employees in key industries - those with around seven to eight years of work experience - may enjoy pay rises of anywhere between 20 percent and 60 percent in 2019 as employers seek to attract top tier talent with ...

International money transfers hit $613 billion this year -- here's what young, tech savvy users value most about them
Business Insider - 2018-12-10
Several factors will fuel digital growth globally, such as increased smartphone penetration, greater demand for digital transactions, and an overall need for faster cross-border transfers. And with the shift to digital comes an audience of younger, digital ...

Google shutting down social network four months early - 2018-12-10
Dec. 10 (UPI) --The Google+ social network will shut down in April instead of August, the company said Monday, due to the discovery of a bug that potentially affects 52.5 million users. Google announced in September it would shut down its social network.

The first long-term study on how screen time affects children's brains suggests more than 2 hours a day could do major damage
Business Insider - 2018-12-10
A first-of-its-kind study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is analyzing how screen time affects children's brains, CBS News reported. Over the next decade, the study will look at the brains of 11,000 9- and 10-year-olds as they grow up around ...

NASA says Voyager 2 is the second human object ever to touch interstellar space -- the void between stars
Business Insider - 2018-12-10
About 11 billion miles from Earth, a NASA probe has broken another record for humanity. The space agency separately launched its twin Voyager spacecraft in 1977 with a mission to explore the outer solar system. The car-size Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes ...

Cops kill 2 robbery suspects in shooting in Rizal - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Two suspected members of a robbery gang were killed in an alleged shootout with personnel of the police Highway Patrol Group (HPG) in Cainta, Rizal yesterday. The suspects, who have yet to be identified, refused to pull over at a ...

Memory tests may forecast Alzheimer's disease, brain atrophy - 2018-12-10
Dec. 10 (UPI) --A couple of memory tests could more accurately detect Alzheimer's in people with memory impairment, a study says. Researchers at the University of Helsinki and the University of California used two memory tests to pinpoint mild cognitive ...

Sweetgreen's website and app crashed during the lunch rush, and customers are freaking out
Business Insider - 2018-12-10
Sweetgreen's mobile ordering system is temporarily down, and customers aren't too happy about it. Dozens of hungry customers tweeted during East Coast lunchtime hours on Monday that they were having problems placing orders via its website and app.

Google will shut down Google+ four months early after second data leak
The Verge - 2018-12-10
Google+ has suffered another data leak, and Google has decided to shut down the consumer version of the social network four months earlier than it originally planned. Google+ will now close to consumers in April, rather than August. Additionally, API ...

150 families homeless, 2 hurt as fires hit Quezon City - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Two persons were injured and over 150 families were left homeless when two separate fires struck Quezon City on Sunday. The first fire broke out on the second floor of a house at the corner of Samonte and Don Sergio streets in ...

ADB hikes lending to Philippines - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank has committed to increase its lending to the Philippines to $7.4 billion from 2019 to 2021 or about $2.5 billion annually in an effort to support the Duterte administration is massive infrastructure ...

CHR opens Liwasang Diokno freedom park in Quezon City - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) yesterday opened a freedom park in its central office in Quezon City, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Named after human ...

Supreme Court passes on Medicare case in victory for Planned Parenthood - 2018-12-10
Dec. 10 (UPI) --The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a legal victory to Planned Parenthood, opting not to hear an appeal concerning the rights of Medicare recipients. In declining to hear appeals from the states of Kansas and Louisiana, the high court ...

3 alleged gunrunners slain in Manila - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Three suspected gunrunners were killed in what police said was a shootout in Port Area, Manila at dawn yesterday. Police identified one of the slain suspects as Robert Pagtaluna. Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr., director of ...

Fitch unit sees 50 bps rate lift in 2019 - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Fitch Solutions Macro Research said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may raise interest rates anew by as much as 50 basis points next year after pausing from its tightening episode during its rate-setting meeting this Thursday.

New Digital Therapeutic Shows Promise for Opioid Addiction
Medscape - 2018-12-10
BONITA SPRINGS, Florida -- A new digital therapeutic used in conjunction with buprenorphine (Buprenex, Reckitt Benckiser) and counseling significantly improves abstinence and treatment retention in patients with opioid use disorder, results from a ...

Davao rights group questions need for more martial law in Mindanao - 2018-12-10
Elsewhere in Mindanao, Konsensya Dabaw said, "cases of fake and forced surrenders have been documented in recent times in Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, and Zamboanga del Sur." Rights group Karapatan has ...

House OKs bill penalizing e-violence vs. women
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Gabriela Women's Party welcomed the passage of the bill, describing it as "a ray of good news amid looming approval of repressive measures and a historic advance of the #LabananAngAbuso campaign."

Is El Niño to blame for the big Southern storm?
CBS News - 2018-12-10
Heavy rain and mudslides in California, flooding in Texas, and up to 2 feet of snow in North Carolina -- all these recent weather events are symptoms of the infamous climate phenomena called El Niño. For months now we have been on the verge of an ...

State of the Philippine office market: 2018-2023
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
THE Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is headed toward a resurgence in 2019, as the rise in wages in the United States coupled by the weaker peso are encouraging multinational firms to move back to the country. Read the full story.

BPO industry poised for rebound
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
THE Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is headed toward a resurgence in 2019, as the rise in wages in the United States coupled by the weaker peso are encouraging multinational firms to move back to the country. This is according to ...

PLDT adds 2 million broadband subscribers
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-10
PLDT Inc. noted an all-time high in customer acquisition for its broadband business, as demand online video streaming in the Philippines ramped up, a company executive said on Monday. Oscar Enrico A.

China pressures US, Canada ahead of Huawei exec hearing
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-10
It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks about its business dealings in Iran. In a brief statement e-mailed to The Associated Press, Huawei said: "We have every confidence that ...

ALI developing estate in Misamis Oriental
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
AYALA Land Inc. (ALI) has started developing the Habini Bay, a 526-hectare estate within the towns of Alubijid and Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental, which is envisioned to become a "new center of trade and commerce" in the Northern Mindanao region.

Strongest demand for PHL office space recorded in 2018
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-10
At the same time, we are seeing a slowdown of BPO demand, which continues to be the largest single industry contributing to demand and a key driver of the economy," Leechiu Property Consultants ...

ADB to fund finance, infrastructure inclusiveness
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
THE ASIAN Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippines exchanged loan documents for a combined $600 million credit line for two projects that seek to expand private-sector participation in public infrastructure projects and promote financial inclusion.

Business group wants lower assessments for property transfers within families
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-10
MAP also recommended that the actual selling price of low-cost or socialized housing units to the first buyer be deemed the market value and assessed value, which will also be the valuation basis for taxation.

House panel summons DigiPhil officials to explain contract with Mislatel
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10 ... with businessman Dennis Uy's Chelsea Logistics and Udenna Holdings Corporation, and China Telecom to participate in the bidding for the third ...

Duterte warns military, police against taking sides during elections
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- President Rodrigo Duterte gave a stern warning to uniformed ranks Monday: don't participate in partisan politics. The President made the statement ...

Mindanao martial law contributes to human rights abuses in PH -- group
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- Local human rights watchdog Karapatan countered the government and national police's statements that there have not been any human rights violations ...

UPDATE: Man arrested for stealing can of luncheon meat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing a can of luncheon meat from a convenience store in Mandaluyong City. Police identified the suspect as Junard Dula, who ...

Duterte to 2019 bets: Do not terrorize, harass voters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte warned politicians on Monday, months before the 2019 midterm elections, not to "terrorize" and "harass" voters. Duterte gave the warning ...

Philippines: Sulu Sea Pirates Return
StrategyPage - 2018-12-10
November 29, 2018: In the south (Agusan del Norte) an NPA landmine killed three soldiers and ... Abu Sayyaf frequently changes location of its few remaining base camps to avoid detection and airstrikes. These movements involve large groups of armed Abu ...

Biologist dies on trek to study Mount Apo fauna - 2018-12-10
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines -- The police are convinced a wildlife biologist who died Sunday while climbing the peak of Mount Apo had a health problem that led to his death. Superintendent Aldrin Gonzalez, spokesman of Police Regional Office-12, said ...

U.S. intelligence sounds the alarm on the quantum gap with China
YAHOO! - 2018-12-10
WASHINGTON -- For years, quantum computing, which leverages the difficult, and, to many, spooky science of quantum mechanics, has been a subject mostly of interest to the technical elite. Yet as scientists and now policymakers point to the rapid progress ...

Bill on mandatory school armchairs for lefties gets House nod
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives on Monday passed a bill requiring all public and private schools in the country to provide armchairs for left-handed people. With a unanimous ...

House OKs bill lowering retirement age of GSIS members to 56
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill amending the Government Service Insurance Act of 1997, which would allow government ...

Senate ratifies universal health care bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate ratified on Monday the bicameral conference committee report on the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill that would make healthcare available to all Filipinos.

Duterte to Congress: Don't give rebels a chance to strengthen forces
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is calling on Congress to enable the government to sustain the gains it has achieved in fighting rebels and terrorists by ...

Reenacted budget in 2019 to push up to 400K Filipinos into poverty
Inquirer - 2018-12-10
Reenacting the 2018 national budget for next year will not only slow down economic growth as government spending gets reduced, but also lead to job losses and push hundreds of thousands to poverty.

Duterte formally asks Senate, House to extend martial law in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has formally asked the Senate and the House of Representatives to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2019. In his letter addressed to ...

Campaign for Bangsamoro law ratification kicks off - 2018-12-10
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Some 200,000 supporters of the Bangsamoro Organic Law kicked off the campaign on Monday for its ratification by plebiscite on January 21, 2019. The event was held inside the 32-hectare regional capitol of the Autonomous ...

Davao City partners with Globe to enhance productivity, public service delivery
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- Davao City government has partnered with Globe Business, the enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, for the use of the ...

Top Huawei executive cites health issues in Canada bail request
Rappler - 2018-12-10
MONTREAL, Canada - A top executive with Chinese telecom giant Huawei argued in court documents released on Sunday, December 9, that she should be released on bail from her Canadian jail while waiting possible extradition to the United States. In a sworn ...

Palace confident Diokno can explain alleged budget insertions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Monday said Budget Secretary Ben Diokno can explain before the House of Representatives the alleged insertions in the proposed 2019 national budget.

Junjun Binay refuses to enter plea in Makati parking building cases
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- Former Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay refused to enter a plea in graft and malversation cases he is facing in connection with alleged corruption in ...

Palace says Paolo Duterte has a right to defend father amid backlash on 'Oust Duterte Movement' list
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- Presidential son Paolo Duterte-- who was criticized for publicly releasing a so-called "Oust Duterte Movement" list-- was just exercising his ...

Acquitted Bong Revilla determined to clear his family's name
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) -- Days after former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. was acquitted of plunder in the pork barrel scam and released on bail from detention, he is now ...

Trillanes posts bail for libel cases filed by Paolo Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-10
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Monday secured temporary freedom after posting P96,000 bail before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) for libel filed by former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo ...

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