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READ: Full copy of Sandiganbayan ruling on Bong Revilla acquittal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
The Sandiganbayan First Division has acquitted former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. of plunder while his former chief of staff Atty. Richard Cambe and businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles have ...

Being her own boss: How technology is empowering female entrepreneurs
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
A 2016 Facebook study conducted by Development Economics and YouGov, on behalf of Facebook, found that 87% of Filipinas wanted to start their own business. Unfortunately, barriers like a lack of educational resources and access to proper financing hinder ...

Mayweather confirms exhibition bout vs Japan's Nasukawa
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather says he and Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will meet after all -- but only in a nine-minute New Year's Eve exhibition. Mayweather said the match in Tokyo would be for entertainment purposes only, with no judges, n ...

Nobel Peace Prize to honor champions of struggle against sexual violence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
Champions of the fight against sexual violence, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a former captive of jihadists, will on Monday receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which ...

Davao City uses GSuite to enhance delivery of public service
Inquirer - 2018-12-07
The Davao City Government has partnered with Globe Business, the enterprise information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, for the use of the G Suite office collaboration ...

Globe celebrates growing business partnerships for GoWiFi services at Partners Night
Inquirer - 2018-12-07
Globe Telecom marks another milestone in growing partnerships with fellow industry leaders through GoWiFi, the public WiFi hotspot service of the telco. Servicing more than 1,500 locations ...

After plunder acquittal, Revilla posts P480K bail for 16 other graft cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla has posted bail of P480,000 for 16 other cases of graft pending before Sandiganbayan to avail of provisional liberty. This came ...

Drilon hits DFA's sports budget
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday questioned the ?7.5-billion budget for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games under the Department ...

NDFP consultant arrested
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) -- A peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and his wife were arrested last night, rights group Karapatan said.

Trump expected to pick State spokeswoman for UN ambassador
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is expected to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Two administration officials ...

Court acquits Bong Revilla, convicts Janet Lim Napoles in plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Two months later, Supreme Court magistrates voted unanimously against pork barrel, declaring past and present congressional pork barrel laws unconstitutional. After finding probable cause to ...

CPP announces truce for the holidays, 50th anniversary
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) declared a unilateral ceasefire in observance of the holiday season and its 50th anniversary. The truce ...

Angara confronts Lapeña over budget 'courtesy'
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- A visibly irked Senator Sonny Angara on Thursday confronted new Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Isidro ...

BI to deport American priest nabbed for 'sexually molesting' boys in Biliran
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Thursday it will deport an American priest arrested for alleged sexual abuse of minors in Biliran province.

DOJ says motions filed vs. Trillanes foreign travel
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Justice Department said it sought a hold departure order (HDO) to prevent Senator Antonio Trillanes from leaving after a Makati court cleared ...

'Crazy Rich Asians' director to helm Arnel Pineda's journey in biopic - report
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The man behind the box-office hit film 'Crazy Rich Asians' is set to direct the film chronicling the rise to fame of Journey's Filipino frontman ...

WATCH: Bong Revilla arrives at the Sandiganbayan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla arrived at the Sandiganbayan for the promulgation of his cases. Revilla was brought to the First Division courtroom by police ...

Pork scam: Sandigan decision on Revilla, Napoles plunder case out today
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-06
The Sandiganbayan is scheduled to hand down today its judgment in the P224.5-million plunder case of former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. in connection with the P10-billion pork barrel scam.

Palace: Arroyo should explain P2.4B Lacson tagged as pork
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should justify the realignments in the proposed 2019 national budget that Senator Panfilo Lacson alleged to be pork, Malacañang said Thursday. "I think we should ...

Power demand seen to surge in 2019
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is eyeing an additional 300 to 350 megawatts (MW) of power supply next year in anticipation of higher demand in its franchise area during the summer months. The power distributor is currently ...

Foreign investment pledges up 6.5% Q3
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
In a speech on Thursday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said that "with improvements in the ease of doing business, investments are flowing into the Philippine economy." "The FDI ...

BSP survey shows drop in business, consumer confidence
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Despite the onset of the holiday season, the confidence of Philippine businesses and local consumers is at its lowest levels in almost eight years--with the bearish sentiment expected to persist ...

PSEi slips 1.25% on external concerns
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
It was followed by Ayala Corp., down 2.71 percent to P934, SM Investments Corp., down 1.04 percent to P950, Asia Best Group, up 36.51 percent to P29.35 and Ayala Land Inc., down 1.41 percent to ...

Logistics costs in PH among highest in Asean
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Logistic costs ate up about 27 percent of sales of manufacturing firms in the Philippines last year, the highest among selected Southeast Asian countries. This was according to a policy brief made ...

Exclusive: U.S. probe of China's Huawei includes bank fraud accusations - sources
YAHOO! - 2018-12-06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's chief financial officer was arrested as part of a U.S. investigation of an alleged scheme to use the global banking system to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to sources ...

Lululemon beats, but shares slide as 'what is good enough has become somewhat of a moving target'
Business Insider - 2018-12-06
Lululemon beat Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom lines. Shares fell as much as 7% in after-hours trading Thursday before paring their losses. Watch Lululemon trade in real time here. Lululemon Athletica slid 2% in after-hours trading Thursday ...

Lightspeed hires 5 new partners from Slack, Twitter and more
TechCrunch - 2018-12-06
Lightspeed Venture Partners, one of the best-performing VC firms in Silicon Valley, is closing out 2018 with a slew of new hires. The firm has brought on five additional investing partners: Jana ...

Court recalls arrest warrants for Alliance execs
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Incumbent officials of Alliance Select Foods International Inc. welcomed the news that a Pasig City court recalled their warrants of arrest. A statement on Thursday showed that Branch 70 of Pasig ...

Converge ICT slashes internet prices, improves speed
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
Converge ICT Solutions Inc., a fixed broadband service provider, slashed its home fiber internet prices across the board, undercutting competitors such as PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom. The company ...

First Gen, Tokyo Gas sign deal for LNG terminal project
Inquirer - 2018-12-06
First Gen Corp. said it had signed with Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. a joint development agreement related to an LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal project in Batangas. The planned facility, being pushed ...

Lyft has a 'clear early-mover advantage' in beating Uber to an IPO
Business Insider - 2018-12-06
Lyft on Thursday said it had confidentially filed a draft registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering that could come early next year. While the ride-hailing company is still much smaller than Uber, its ...

Internal documents show how Facebook decided to put in a feature that collected call and SMS data without users knowing
Business Insider - 2018-12-06
Facebook's practise of collecting call and SMS logs from users on some Android devices -- a practice known as log scraping -- was discovered back in March, causing a privacy scandal among users who said they never agreed to let the social network scrape ...

Data-analysis startup Looker thanks its happy customers for its ability to raise $103 million at a $1.6 billion valuation
Business Insider - 2018-12-06
A Santa Cruz, California-based startup just became tech's newest unicorn. The six-year-old business intelligence company Looker just closed $103 million in a series E funding round led by Premji Invest, with further investment from Cross Creek Advisors and ...

Social Security benefits will go up in 2019. Find out now how big your check will be
Yahoo Finance - 2018-12-06
The Social Security Administration has announced a 2.8 percent increase to benefits in 2019. Though Medicare Part B premiums will also increase, many retirees will still see bigger checks starting ...

This app is creating a community for those living in sobriety
Mashable - 2018-12-06
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content ...

Rethink on Mental Health 'Must be Fully Funded'
Medscape - 2018-12-06
The charity MIND has welcomed a government rethink on mental health, saying that the previous situation amounted to "appalling" treatment meted out to many patients. The Department of Health and Social Care promised to introduce updated legislation ...

Why Is Obamacare Enrollment Down?
The New York Times - 2018-12-06
Sign-ups for health plans are 11 percent lower than last year, with two weeks left in open enrollment. Here are some possible reasons. More than halfway through the sign-up period for Obamacare health plans, fewer people have enrolled in coverage than ...

The biggest culprit in the Facebook debacle
ZDNet - 2018-12-06
The British government seems to be doing a better job of revealing the truths about Facebook than it ever did with the truths about Brexit. Releasing a highly entertaining batch of internal Facebook emails, culled from a now-deceased company called ...

Court recalls arrest warrants vs Alliance Select execs
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
Section 74 of the Corporation Code states that "every corporation shall keep and carefully preserve at its principal office a record of all business transactions...," while Section 75 details the rights of any stockholder or member of the company to be ...

Jawless hagfish forces scientists to rewrite the story of inner ear evolution
Upi.com - 2018-12-06
Dec. 6 (UPI) --The hagfish, an eel-shaped, jawless fish, has offered scientists new insights into the development of the inner ear structure present in all jawed vertebrates. The inner ears of all jawed vertebrates feature three semicircular canals.

2018 In Review: 10 Political Decisions That Hurt and Helped Kids
YAHOO! - 2018-12-06
The political highlights of 2018 were a tale of moderate political highs and extreme lows. Thousands of kids were forcibly separated from their parents and detained in for-profit detention centers that had virtually no legal oversight; Title IX has been ...

Consumer, business optimism dips on inflation, hikes
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino consumers and businesses turned ... the overall consumer outlook index under the Consumer Expectations Survey and the overall business confidence index under the Business Expectations Survey slipped in the fourth quarter.

First Live Birth After Uterus Transplant From Deceased Donor
Medscape - 2018-12-06
A woman in Brazil has become the first person in the world to have a baby following a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. The event is considered a milestone in a field where live uterus donors are in very short supply. "The use of deceased donors ...

Lawyer advocating Bangsamoro Organic Law shot dead in Maguindanao
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- A lawyer was shot dead by an unidentified assailant as he was campaigning for the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) in Datu Unsay town here yesterday. Nasser Laban, 48, was convincing passengers of a public ...

In memoriam
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
Last week there were three personalities who died which had a meaning or relationship with me. In every instance, it reminds me of my mortality even as I assess my worth to society and how those three individuals affected me and society: George H.W. Bush ...

Foreign investment pledges rise 6.5% to P45.9 billion in Q3
philstar.com - 2018-12-06
These cover investment pledges cleared by the Board of Investments (BOI), Clark Development Corp. (CDC), Philippine Economic Zone Authority ... quarter at P16.1 billion (35 percent share). Real estate activities cornered the second largest share at ...

Q3 FDI pledges biggest in nearly 2 years
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
Sought separately for comment, Michael L. Ricafort, economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said: "Foreign investments into the Philippines continued to grow amid improved demographics and economic fundamentals, as the country is one of the fastest ...

BSP finds businesses less bullish, consumers more pessimistic in Q4
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
Business optimism eroded in the current quarter to a nine-year low while households were at their most pessimistic in four years. "Both (segments) grew more cautious due to relatively higher commodity prices," Redentor Paolo M. Alegre, Jr., officer-in ...

A Taste of Creativity
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-06
A duo of former corporate professionals, Valerie Fischer and Skeeter Turgut recently conceived Pinas Sadya: a marketing service innovation that curates and aggregates "purposeful joy-giving Filipino products." The business idea was actualized after Ms ...

White House to huddle with tech executives on future of jobs
Reuters - 2018-12-06
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration, which has had strained relations with technology companies, is meeting Thursday with top tech executives to discuss innovation and the future of jobs. The "internal working session" will focus on ...

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