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I-Parent: The philosophies of a traveling soul
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-20
It can be a simple staycation, a weekend at the beach, or a new place to explore. For those who travel for business, you can free up a dinner alone at your favorite restaurant the night before you leave. Allotting time for our "I" as parents is not a ...

PAL shifts to bigger Airbus for Manila-Auckland flights
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
The refurbished A330 has 18 seats in the business class, 24 in premium economy and 267 in regular economy. "The shift to the A330 on the Manila-Auckland route increases overall capacity by 22 percent, helping stimulate leisure and business travel," the ...

Duterte wants DTI to put health warning labels on sugary drinks
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-20
President Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to place health warning labels on sugar-sweetened beverages, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said on Wednesday, June 20. In his economic press briefing at the Palace on ...

Philippine agency recommends graft charges against ex-president Aquino
YAHOO! - 2018-06-20
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine anti-graft agency on Wednesday recommended charges of corruption against former president Benigno Aquino, for disbursing more than a billion dollars of state funds without the required approval of Congress. Aquino ...

Trade chief warns against regional wage hikes
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez warned against the possible negative effects of a regional wage increase. This comes at the heels of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announcing that minimum wages in the ...

BSP raises interest rates anew to tame inflation
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) raised interest rates by another 0.25 basis points to 3.5 percent from 3.25 percent over inflation concerns. This is the second meeting in a row where the Monetary Board, the ...

NFA admin: Buffer rice to be released by June
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) has begun unloading shipments of imported rice and is set to release them in the market by the end of the month, its administrator said. NFA Administrator Jason Aquino led the ...

Abu Sayyaf suspected in abduction of former Talipao mayor's kin
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Gunmen believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf abducted before dawn on Wednesday the daughter of a former town mayor and his ex-wife in a village of Patikul town, Sulu. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, spokesman of the Western ...

LTO to release pending license plates in July
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- The Land Transportation Office is set to release at least 387,000 motor vehicle plates in July. "The LTO will release the available vehicle plates simultaneously nationwide by first week of July," LTO chief Edgar ...

NGCP implements grid enhancement program
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has implemented a comprehensive grid enhancement program, which it said prevented major transmission-related issues for the duration of the hot summer months. NGCP said the Luzon ...

Thai business outlook weakest in ASEAN due to political instability
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-06-20
But despite that, Grant Thornton's quarterly "International Business Report" showed that only 16% of local and global corporations were optimistic about Thailand's business outlook, compared with 98% for Indonesia, 74% for the Philippines, 34% for ...

Lawyers: Supreme Court cases with tiebreaking Sereno vote can be questioned
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 20) -- Supreme Court cases with a close result -- particularly those where ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno gave a deciding vote -- can now be questioned, two lawyers said on Wednesday. This comes after the ...

Ombudsman indicts ex-President Aquino over multi-billion DAP case
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- The Office of the Ombudsman on Wednesday found probable cause to file criminal charges against former President Benigno Aquino III over the P72-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) controversy.

DOLE investigating Pepsi, Jollibee for retrenchment of workers
BusinessMirror - 2018-06-20
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said it is investigating beverage giant Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines for its alleged violation ... Toplis Solution Inc. (TIS), after getting word of their plan to form a labor union.

Philippines raises rates again following US hike
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-06-20
MANILA -- The Philippine central bank on Wednesday raised interest rates for a second consecutive month in a bid to fight capital outflow and keep inflation in check. At its fourth policy meeting of 2018, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas lifted its bench ...

BSP likely to tame inflation forecasts
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may lower its forecasts amid signs inflation is nearing its peak after rising to a fresh five-year high of 4.6 percent in May. BSP Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. said in a speech during the ...

Sison won't return to PH in August as earlier agreed
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- Self-exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison will not return to the Philippines as originally scheduled in August because of President Rodrigo Duterte's cancellation of ...

Senator eyes creation of Boracay authority
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... Zone Authority and the National Water Resources Board are still at odds over jurisdiction on the island among the two water concessionaires -- Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC) and Boracay Tubi System Inc. (BTSI).

Duterte wants health warnings on sugary drinks
Rappler - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte wants drinks that count sugar as a main ingredient to carry health warnings for consumers, said Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. "Sabi niya kailangan may warning ang mga produkto na 'yan para guided naman 'yung ...

Top Japanese banks express support of Philippine "samurai bonds" following DoF meeting
BusinessWorld - 2018-06-20
Dominguez III met with officials of Daiwa Securities Group Inc., Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), Nomura Holdings Inc., Mizuho Financial Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. (SMBC), where all have expressed interest of the upcoming bond issuance.

De Lima chosen by co-petitioners to argue case vs. PH withdrawal from ICC
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- Detained Senator Leila De Lima may represent fellow opposition lawmakers in their petition against President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). That is, if the ...

Chinese investment in the United States has plummeted 92% this year
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
(CNN Money) -- Chinese investment in the United States nosedived in the first five months of 2018 amid mounting tensions between the world's two largest economies. For years, Chinese companies pumped growing amounts of money into the United States ...

LPA to bring rains over Eastern Visayas
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area was spotted east of Luzon yesterday, but the state weather bureau said it was not expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone this week. Chris Perez, senior weather specialist at the Philippine Atmospheric ...

Only indigent seniors entitled to TRAIN subsidy
philstar.com - 2018-06-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Not all senior citizens in the country will receive the P2,400 subsidy for those who will be affected by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Acting Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo clarified that only ...

Top bitcoin exchange says over $30 million in cryptocurrencies stolen
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
(CNN Money) -- One of South Korea's biggest bitcoin exchanges on Wednesday said that more than $30 million worth of cryptocurrencies have been stolen from it. Bithumb, an exchange based in Seoul, said in a notice on its website that all customer deposits ...

Duterte names new Comelec Commissioner
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed Marlon Casquejo as commissioner of the Commission on Elections effective immediately, Malacañang announced Wednesday. Casquejo, who is the poll body's assistant regional ...

Philippine Airlines: big fleet changes as A321neos, A350-900s arrive
Centreforaviation.com - 2018-06-20
Philippine Airlines (PAL) faces a momentous but challenging second half of 2018 as the airline group takes delivery of 13 aircraft and launches at least four new international routes. New nonstop flights to New York, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sapporo represent ...

Tourism chief Puyat: DOT officials' performance under review
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 20) -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is figuring out where to assign some undersecretaries and assistant secretaries whom she placed under floating status. Puyat said she issued a ...

2 Makati cops relieved for 'mishandling' arrest of bystanders
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- Two Makati police officers were relieved from their posts for what the Philippine National Police on Tuesday called a "mishandling" of an arrest of bystanders to enforce local laws. Metro Manila Police Chief ...

Elon Musk: Tesla worker admitted to sabotage
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
(CNN Money) -- Tesla's attempt to ramp up Model 3 production may have hit a new stumbling block -- employee sabotage. In an email to Tesla employees late Sunday night, CEO Elon Musk says that an unnamed employee admitted to sabotaging the company's ...

Dow falls 287 points as trade war fears escalate
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
"The means to that end is now going off the rails." Companies that do a lot of business in China were among the biggest losers on the Dow on Tuesday. Boeing and Caterpillar fell more than 3 percent apiece. The commodities market also took a hit from the ...

Sereno bares alleged harassment by House leaders
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Aside from calls for resignation "mounted by" the President himself, Sereno revealed that leaders of the House of Representatives, in August 2017, threatened to suspend deliberations of the judiciary's budget if the Supreme Court (SC) will not give the ...

Malacañang assures campaign vs 'tambays' not prelude to Martial Law
CNN Philippines - 2018-06-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured the public that the intensive campaign against "tambays" [idlers] will not lead to the declaration of Martial Law in the country. "Malinaw po ang sinabi na ng ...

Philippines' Duterte says no 'justice' for families of drugs war casualties
Business Insider - 2018-06-20
MANILA (Reuters) - Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday the families of people killed in his controversial war on drugs will not receive "justice", rejecting calls from rights groups seeking redress for the thousands of deaths.

TUV Rheinland launches first Radiological Health and Safety Convention
Yahoo Finance - 2018-06-20
MAKATI, Philippines, June 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- TUV Rheinland Philippine will launch the first Radiological Health and Safety Convention on June 27-29, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, Philippines. Under the backdrop of the overarching ...

Teacher, 2 others slain in ambush in Zamboanga del Sur
philstar.com - 2018-06-19
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Three persons, including a public school teacher, were killed in an ambush in Dimataling, Zamboanga del Sur yesterday. Sadat Bonga, his brother Samir Bonga and Gapor Lam were riding a motorcycle when they were waylaid in ...

7 drug suspects killed in shootings
philstar.com - 2018-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A dismissed police officer and six other drug suspects were gunned down in separate incidents in Rizal, Bulacan and Palawan in the past two days. Larry Lilang, 46, formerly of the Palawan police, was playing cards with two ...

The Google Home and Home Mini are now available in Spain, Ireland, and Austria
The Verge - 2018-06-19
The Google Home and Home Mini are now available for purchase in Spain, Austria, and Ireland. The Google Home will cost EUR149 ($172.54), while the Home Mini will cost EUR59 ($68.32). While a leak last month suggested a Spain launch for the Home and Home ...

Ex-Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya's VC firm just lost 3 partners in 2 weeks, and it signals more changes to come
Business Insider - 2018-06-19
Social Capital is bleeding top investment partners. The venture firm, run by legendary investor Chamath Palihapitiya, has lost three partners -- Tony Bates, Marc Mezvinsky, and Arjun Sethi -- in two weeks. Palihapitiya says the firm will shift focus away ...

Cybersecurity Firm CrowdStrike Raises $200 Million at $3 Billion Private Valuation
Fortune - 2018-06-19
CrowdStrike, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm, has raised $200 million in new funding at a valuation exceeding $3 billion by private investors, the company said Tuesday. CrowdStrike was founded in 2011 by executives formerly at the helm of ...

Netflix surges above $400 for the first time after a slew of Wall Street bullishness
Business Insider - 2018-06-19
Netflix shares crossed $400 for the first time Tuesday following a slew of positive Wall Street commentary. A consumer shift from traditional tv to digital, and Netflix's international prospects are two main points of optimism. Watch Netflix trade in real ...

Snap Shares Tumble After Analyst Reports Declining User Engagement Time
Fortune - 2018-06-19
Snap shares tumbled, after an analyst for the investment banking and financial services firm Cowen said user engagement time was down. In a note to clients, analyst John Blackledge said Cowen surveyed 2,500 users in the U.S. and found that Snap users spent ...

FDA Chief Tops Most Influential Physicians List
Medscape - 2018-06-19
Scott Gottlieb, MD, commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was named number 1 in Modern Healthcare's list of the 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders 2018. The authors noted that critics were at first wary of his ...

Google's WearOS battle with Android to hand smartwatch crown to Apple's watchOS
ZDNet - 2018-06-19
Apple's WatchOS will continue to be the leading smartwatch platform through 2022, but largely because Google's WearOS will compete with another one of the search giant's creations--Android. IDC released its global wearable device projections through 2022 ...

Habits that lead to cancer, disease can be corrected with lifestyle changes
Upi.com - 2018-06-19
June 19 (UPI) --Four unhealthy behaviors can lead to cancer and chronic disease, but researchers say a lifestyle change can curb these behaviors -- and maybe stave off disease. Researchers at Northwestern University studied the effects of a diet low in ...

Veteran Suicide Rate Still Rising
Medscape - 2018-06-19
Suicide rates increased among veterans from 2005 to 2015, according to the latest national suicide data from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), released this week. In 2015, an average of 20 veterans died by suicide each day, the report notes, a ...

A Rare Black Hole Just Swallowed A Star
YAHOO! - 2018-06-19
Since their discovery, the only acknowledged black hole varieties represent two extremes: one could swallow the sun, and the other could swallow an entire galaxy. Scientists have long sought proof of mid-size black holes that could fill the gap, and now ...

Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs
The New York Times - 2018-06-19
For 30 years, scientists have fought to eliminate a horrifying parasite. Suddenly, it has begun infecting dogs in Chad, threatening to undo decades of progress. KAKALE MASSA, Chad -- Martoussia, the celebrity of the moment in this remote fishing village ...

Top Philippines court rules against recovery of Marcos' $1B loot
Upi.com - 2018-06-19
June 19 (UPI) --The Philippines' Supreme Court has rejected claims to recover ... as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy ...

U.S. smoking rate hits lowest point ever, CDC says
Upi.com - 2018-06-19
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 -- Fewer than 14 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2017, the lowest level seen since data collection started in 1965, government health officials reported Tuesday. "Certainly, it is fantastic that the U.S. smoking rates ...

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