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Forex reserves hit 3-month high in November 2018
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines managed to beef up its foreign exchange buffer with the gross international reserve (GIR) level hitting a three-month high of $75.49 billion in end-November, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported yesterday.

FCC investigating whether carriers gave inaccurate information on rural coverage maps
The Verge - 2018-12-07
The FCC said today that it will investigate whether "major carriers" provided inaccurate information on their coverage areas as the agency determined where to send funds for rural broadband. The Mobility Fund II project is meant to allocate more than $ ...

Conde Nast: Siargao among places to go in 2019
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Siargao has been named as among the 19 places to go in 2019 by international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. "This teardrop-shaped island has long been a surf mecca, with more than 15 world-class breaks (including the ...

Keeping them happy and well
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
How do you keep your employees happy and well? Some old-school employers or hard-nosed ma-nagers would probably think, "And why do I have to make my employees happy? I paid them to work. I do not pay them to be happy." While there is a semblance of ...

Mom fighting leukemia gives birth to twins after finding perfect bone marrow match thanks to viral video
YAHOO! - 2018-12-07
Susie Rabaca is the recipient of a number of blessings this month. The woman, who is from Southern California and currently fighting a rare form of cancer, gave birth to twins Thursday, according to FOX 11. She named her new son and daughter Ryan and Rainy ...

FCC orders investigation of U.S. wireless carriers over data discrepancies
Upi.com - 2018-12-07
Dec. 7 (UPI) --The Federal Communications Commission said Friday it will investigate whether major U.S. wireless providers have submitted false data The FCC said it will temporarily suspend the start of a $4.5 billion program to improve wireless Internet ...

DHS looking into tracking Monero and Zcash transactions
ZDNet - 2018-12-07
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is interested in acquiring technology solutions that can track newer cryptocurrencies, such as Zcash and Monero. According to a pre-solicitation document [PDF], the DHS wants to know if this is possible, before ...

Uterine cancer rates rising, particularly among black women
Upi.com - 2018-12-07
Dec. 7 (UPI) --Uterine cancer is on the rise in the U.S. and it's killing black women at a higher rate than any other group, a report says. Between 1999 and 2015, Uterine cancer rates rose by 12 percent, from about 24 cases per 100,000 women in 1999 to 27 ...

Street sweeper dies in road mishap
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A bus owned by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) that was about to deliver Christmas gifts to beneficiaries hit and killed a street sweeper in Manila yesterday. Johnnyfer Basabe, 45, an employee of the Department of ...

This neural-net powered AI is way better at chess than anyone
Mashable - 2018-12-07
Competitive and casual chess players alike now have a new foe. In addition to computers, there's a new AI platform called AlphaZero that can totally beat us all. SEE ALSO: An AI wrote the script ...

Looking back at 2018: Why I changed my mind about the Apple Watch's data plan
ZDNet - 2018-12-07
In early 2018, I did some math and came to the conclusion that I was paying AT&T too much for monthly service on my Apple Watch Series 3. The peace of mind, at that time, just wasn't worth the $13 or so I was paying each month on top of my wireless plan.

The Trump administration, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, is meeting with top tech execs
Business Insider - 2018-12-07
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. Chief executive officers expected to participate include Microsoft's Satya ...

Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile
TechCrunch - 2018-12-07
Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an ...

Major Trial: Partial Breast Radiation Good for Early Breast Cancer
Medscape - 2018-12-07
SAN ANTONIO -- Accelerated partial breast irradiation (PBI), although not 100% equivalent to whole-breast irradiation (WBI) for disease control in patients with early- stage breast cancer, yields outcomes so similar that it may be considered a viable ...

UNAIDS Report: 9 Million Are Likely HIV Positive And Don't Know It
NPR - 2018-12-07
About 9.4 million people are likely HIV-positive and don't know it. That's a key finding from a new report from UNAIDS -- and it's why the theme of this month's World AIDS Day is "Know your HIV status." That's an important message, HIV/AIDS specialists ...

More Salt In School Lunch, Fewer Whole Grains: USDA Eases School Lunch Rules
NPR - 2018-12-07
School lunches are healthier than they were five years ago. But Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says schools need more flexibility in serving up meals that kids will eat. "If kids are not eating what is being served, they are not benefiting, and food is ...

Improving ease of doing business in the Philippines
philstar.com - 2018-12-07
Earlier this month the World Bank released its Ease of Doing Business rankings. For the third year in a row New Zealand came in at number one. One of the important measures that constitute this ranking is the time it takes to start a business. New Zealand ...

Mujahid Farid, 69, ex-prisoner who advocated for older inmates, dies
BusinessMirror - 2018-12-07
Instead of calling older inmates "lifers," Farid helped reframe the public debate--and get more community support ... While in prison, he earned four college degrees: an associate degree ...

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save millions of lives, WHO report says
YAHOO! - 2018-12-07
The health benefits of meeting climate change goals far outweigh the costs a World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Wednesday, Dec. 5, said. The value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation ...

Kickstarting success: 6 things new startup founders need to know
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
To guide entrepreneurs in overcoming this challenge, Impact Hub and KMC Solutions gathered business experts for their VIA Startup Summit held last November 28 at The Axon at Green Sun. Since the term "unicorn" was coined in 2013 to describe privately ...

JBC has shortlist for new SC associate justice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippine--The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) already came up with a shortlist of candidates for the Supreme Court Associate Justice position that will become vacant upon the retirement ...

2 BIR employees arrested for P2M direct bribery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Two employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) were arrested on Friday in a joint operation of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Presidential ...

Sison condemns arrest of NDFP peace consultant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
LUCENA CITY - Exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison condemned the arrest of National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Rey Casambre.

Inflation among poor households up 9.5% in October
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila, on the other hand, was lower with 6.9% price growth. Sought for comment, Michael L. Ricafort, economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., pointed to faster increases in food and fuel prices. "Food prices that have relatively higher ...

LTFRB approves two new TNC applications
BusinessWorld - 2018-12-07
Grab Philippines in April acquired the Southeast Asian business of its rival company Uber, leaving it alone in the market until new TNCs were approved in June.

Napoles, Revilla staff can't plunder alone - dissenting justices
CNN Philippines - 2018-12-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) -- Two Sandiganbayan justices find it hard to believe that former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. is innocent of plunder in the controversial pork ...

Sandiganbayan orders release of Revilla from detention
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sandiganbayan First Division ordered the release of former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. from detention, as it approved his posting of bail hours after his ...

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.

Davao City forwards governance to the 21st century with Globe Business
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 ...

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 ...

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