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Robinsons Land to develop more IT parks
Business World - 2018-02-18
Office buildings in these IT parks typically host business process outsourcing (BPO) firms. "It speeds up the PEZA process," Mr. Go said, referring to the accreditation from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) that grants tax perks to locators.

At new BGC office, PSE to finally open unified trading floor
Business World - 2018-02-18
In preparation for the transfer of its offices to BGC, the PSE last week held the final ceremonial ringing of the closing bell at the Tektite and Ayala towers. The Ortigas offices were sold back to its developer, Philippine Realty and Holdings, Corp ...

Thailand held up as model for domestic-focused agriculture
Business World - 2018-02-18
"The basic problem is [the] supply of competitive raw materials and cost of doing business. Our agriculture is not only less productive, it is also less diversified compared to Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam," he added. While the departments of Trade ...

Altus Capital helps unlock potential of businesses
Business World - 2018-02-18
Sevilla, cofounder and co-managing director of Altus Capital, said in an interview. Mr. Sevilla, backed by a stellar global career in banking and Internet technology, set up Altus Capital with seasoned fund and asset manager Pavan C. Gidwani in 2005 to do ...

Reviving an old tradition for a younger generation
Business World - 2018-02-18
Thus, the pair set out to create opportunities for the workers through a business venture called Amami.Ph. According to the pair, since tambourine jewelry fell out of fashion many years ago, rising up only to service a niche market or else the costuming ...

ICBC gets BSP green light to start PHL operations
Business World - 2018-02-18
The approval has not been announced in the Philippines as the Beijing-based lender has yet to make the announcement back home, being a publicly listed company at the Shanghai ... It is also the first Chinese bank to set up shop in recent years after ...

Constitutional review committee holds first en banc session
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- More than a year after President Rodrigo Duterte created the consultative body on charter change, its members buckled down to work on Monday. The committee, whose members were appointed on January, created ...

Digitalization of government
Business World - 2018-02-18
In almost every industry, "digital" has become the latest buzzword. The scope of digital possibilities is being explored across every business sector, from financial services, health care, to manufacturing, and many others. Given the widespread ...

Distortions in TRAIN 1 should be corrected by TRAIN 2
Business World - 2018-02-18
TRAIN 2 is focused on two things: (a) reduction of the corporate income tax (CIT) from 30% to 25% by 2022, and (b) reduction of the various tax exemptions and tax holidays. The DoF recognizes that the Philippines has the highest CIT in the ASEAN ...

Cops arrest 5 in Quezon province anti-drug operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
LUCENA CITY - Authorities have arrested four suspected drug pushers and a wanted drug personality in four separate police operations, police said on Sunday. Quezon police director Sr. Supt. Rhoderick Armamento said policemen armed with an arrest warrant ...

Bad weather prompts cancellation of domestic flights - MIAA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
Flights to and from Tuguegarao have been canceled due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) announced on Sunday. The Miaa said that as of 10:30 a.m., the following flights have been canceled:

36 athletes, coaches fall ill due to food poisoning in Davao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
DAVAO CITY - At least 33 athletes and three coaches were rushed to various hospitals here after being downed purportedly by contaminated food on Saturday. City assistant administrator Lawrence Bantiding said that the food poisoning incident affected ...

Overcast skies, rain in Davao, parts of Luzon - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
A possible trough of low pressure area (LPA) will affect Davao region while the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan will affect extreme northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said on Sunday. The possible trough of LPA is expected to bring cloudy skies ...

SpaceX to launch demo satellites for its high-speed internet project
CNN Money - 2018-02-18
Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to deliver high-speed internet to the world using thousands of small satellites -- and this week that plan is moving closer to reality. The company is slated to launch a rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 6:17 a ...

Police asset, 5 others fall in Caloocan anti-drug stings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
An alleged police asset and five others were arrested in a separate buy-bust operation and "Oplan Galugad" of the Caloocan City police on Friday. Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo identified the illegal drug target as Mark Louie ...

Vatican investigator meets with Chile abuse victim in NYC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-18
NEW YORK -- A key victim in the Chilean sex abuse scandal said he felt his story was finally heard after an hours-long meeting with a Vatican sex-crimes investigator on Saturday, the same day Pope Francis revived his lapsed sex abuse advisory commission ...

SM on a shopping binge to prepare for needs of PH guests
Inquirer - 2018-02-18
In a bid to claim leadership in the hotel and conventions market, SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation (SMHCC) is pouring in P6.3 billion for a four-year development plan. This includes building more properties in big markets and upgrading its hotels and ...

Oil firms cutting gas prices anew
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Oil firms cut pump prices of fuel for the second week in a row as global supply was expected to further rise mainly with output from the United States. Petron Corp. said starting at 6 a.m. on Sunday it was reducing prices of diesel by P1.25 per liter as ...

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said on Saturday, with mostly minor damage and no deaths directly caused by the temblor five months after ...

DFA asks Kuwait to prolong amnesty for Filipino illegals
Global Nation - 2018-02-17
Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines had asked Kuwait to extend for another three months its amnesty program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) illegally staying in the Persian Gulf state. In a news briefing, Cayetano said ...

Keen on investing in PH, Chinese firm taps First Metro
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
China National Heavy Machinery Corp. (CHMC), one of the leading construction engineering companies in China, has tapped local investment house First Metro Investments Corp. to help it look for opportunities in the Philippine infrastructure space.

Surprise cut in bank reserve seen to trigger peso weakness
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
The surprise timing of a one-percentage point reduction by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) of the reserve requirement ratio--the first monetary easing of this kind using this policy instrument in six years--is seen as a bearish signal for the peso.

SM on a shopping binge to prepare for needs of PH guests
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Even as rental accommodations have been mushrooming as an alternative to hotels, the Philippines is still experiencing a shortage of guest rooms. According to the Department of Tourism (DOT), the country needs 78,000 more rooms to put up with rising ...

Visa and Worldpay Are Refunding Duplicate Coinbase Fees
FORTUNE - 2018-02-17
In a joint statement issued Friday, Visa and the payment processor Worldpay announced that they would reverse duplicate charges made against users of the Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange. Those charges triggered a storm of complaints this week, with some ...

Ancient Mexican City Once Had As Many Buildings As Manhattan, Laser Scan Reveals
Yahoo - 2018-02-17
Discovering ancient cities typically involves countless hours of digging. But now archaeologists are able to save some time, thanks to a high-tech laser technique. The method, which is called light detection and ranging scanning (LiDAR), uses a combination ...

Teo: Makeup artist is actually my executive assistant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
DAVAO CITY--Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo on Friday denied that she brought along a makeup artist during her foreign travels, including to Dubai, Sydney and Russia. "They said I brought along a makeup artist, Angelito Ucol. He is an executive assistant ...

Spectre and Meltdown are now a legal pain for Intel -- the chip maker faces 35 lawsuits over the attacks
Business Insider - 2018-02-17
Intel disclosed Friday it now faces 35 lawsuits related to the Spectre and Meltdown attacks. Customers are charging they were harmed by the attacks; shareholders charge that Intel misled them about the state of its business, because it didn't disclose them ...

Twitter is finally ending support for its unpopular Mac desktop app
Mashable - 2018-02-17
On Friday, Twitter announced that it would be shutting down work on its Mac desktop app, to the dismay of, err, no one. Users have 30 days, starting on Feb. 16, before the app will no longer be supported, Twitter said. SEE ALSO: How I cleaned up my ...

Cryptocurrency investors on Coinbase got hit with thousands of dollars in 'ghost' charges after a credit card systems glitch
Business Insider - 2018-02-17
Coinbase users reported seeing thousands of dollars in repeat ghost charges after buying cryptocurrencies from the popular exchange. One person reported having 50 repeat charges -- totalling $67,000 -- hit their credit card at once. Coinbase confirmed ...

Google removed an important feature from its photo search after it reached a deal with Getty Images (GOOG)
Yahoo - 2018-02-17
Google is removing the "View Image" button from Google Images. The move comes as part of an agreement between the search giant and Getty Images, which allowed its photos to show up in Google Images if it eliminated the button. The reverse image search ...

Uber, Google and other tech employees form Coalition of Black Excellence
TechCrunch - 2018-02-17
When black employee resource groups from a variety of tech companies come together, black magic happens. More specifically, black excellence happens. The Coalition of Black Excellence Week, spearheaded by Uber Litigation Counsel Angela Johnson in ...

Transgender women can breastfeed, first case study shows
Rappler - 2018-02-17
But experts say more research is needed to determine if the milk is nutritious and safe for babies. The report in the journal Transgender Health describes a 30-year-old transgender woman who was born male and had been taking feminizing hormone therapy for ...

An IoT-driven economy requires technology-empowered firstline workers
ZDNet - 2018-02-17
We continue to bask in the glory of the information technology revolution, now a three-decade-long event, which has reshaping the jobs of professionals and corporate staffs across the globe. However, it seems most workers have actually been left out of the ...

Remains of OFW Joanna Demafelis back home at last in Iloilo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
ILOILO CITY -- "Bugtaw, ate, bugtaw (Wake up, sister, wake up)!" Joyce Demafelis repeatedly cried as she embraced the wooden box containing the remains of her sister, Joanna, after it arrived at the Iloilo International Airport early Saturday morning.

Body of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis arrives in Sara, Iloilo
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- The body of slain Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis is finally home. Demafelis' remains were brought to her hometown of Sara, Iloilo, Sunday afternoon. Her body arrived in the Philippines from Kuwait on Friday ...

27 crew members of cargo ship repel gunmen in motorboats in Basilan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Presence of mind and the will to escape harm saved a 27 crew members of a cargo ship from attacking gunmen off the coast of Basilan, authorities said Saturday. MV Kudos 1 was sailing between Coco and Sibago islands when about a dozen ...

Palace: SSS exec sacked for demanding P26-M budget for social media project
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Malacañang on Saturday said that Social Security System (SSS) Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña was sacked for demanding a P26-million budget to fund his social media project, among other reasons. But this was denied, presidential spokesperson Harry ...

'I fear for my life': Philippine lawyer behind Duterte probe
Yahoo - 2018-02-17
Manila (AFP) - Philippine lawyer Jude Sabio felt it was his duty to bring ... But Sabio does not look like a crusader and is battling myriad health problems including diabetes and heart disease -- twice going under the knife, the last in mid-2016, to ...

Report proposes fentanyl test strips to prevent overdoses - 2018-02-17
SATURDAY, Feb. 17, 2018 -- A thin test strip -- similar to a pregnancy test -- can detect whether a street drug contains the dangerous opioid fentanyl, according to a new report. Fentanyl -- one of strongest types of opioid painkillers -- is often mixed ...

PNP chief: Anyone who tries to bring down Duterte will face war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City -- Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Saturday warned critics of President Rodrigo Duterte they should be ready to face war if they would try bring his administration down.

USS Carl Vinson anchors off Manila
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-02-17
In March, when the big ship sailed close to Scarborough Shoal, claimed by China and the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana landed on it by plane. The carrier is expected to stay off Manila for a few days. The U.S. Navy has not disclosed the ...

PNP chief: No president is foolish enough to murder own people
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City--Who is a fool of a president that would order the murder of his own people? This was the question of Philippine National Police chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa to Human Rights Watch (HRW), who accused President ...

Star City ride malfunctions; affects 10 park goers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
An amusement park ride in Pasay City suffered an electrical malfunction on Saturday, affecting about 10 riders. The Star Flyer attraction of Star City came to a stop in the middle of its hanging tracks for about 15 minutes after the electricity fluctuated ...

MGB satellite office
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said the move was seen to strengthen the enforcement of mining laws and regulations in the area, which is home to various mining operations including those of Nickel Asia subsidiaries Hinatuan Mining Corp. and Cagdianao ...

BPI improves product offerings for OFWs
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) has sweetened its suite of deposit product offerings for overseas Filipinos, collectively responsible for about $2.3 billion in monthly foreign exchange inflows to the Philippine economy. BPI has launched a ...

Feng Shui with common household items
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
Believe it or not, salt might actually bring some luck to your home. Feng shui, or the Chinese practice of harmonizing spaces, uses many items to direct energy. More often than not, we decorate with baguas, animal statues, and paintings when we wish to ...

Ring luck in your home in
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
The Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival will officially kick off on February 16--said to be one of the most colorful explosions of light and sound in China and across the world. It is also known to be the longest Chinese holiday that will see its end ...

Homes for luck and harmony
Inquirer - 2018-02-17
They say a new year brings new beginnings and a fresh start. It often inspires one to reassess life, aspire for something more meaningful, and reach for greater heights. And since the Year of the Earth Dog is said to usher good fortune, harmony, and luck ...

Cloudy skies, rain over Batanes and Metro Manila - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-17
said in its 4 a.m. weather bulletin. Meanwhile, Metro Manila will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers brought by localized thunderstorms, Pagasa said. Affected residents are advised to take extra precautions against possible ...

Rise of the new city
Inquirer - 2018-02-16
A new, modern city is fast taking shape, designed to be green and sustainable, multifaceted and integrated, an archetype of the metropolis of the future. In recent years, much has been abuzz about the 9,450-hectare New Clark City and how it is poised to be ...

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