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Guess co-founder steps aside amid Kate Upton allegations
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
(CNN Money) -- Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has stepped down from the company amid accusations that he once groped supermodel Kate Upton. Marciano has agreed to "relinquish his day to day responsibilities at the company, on an unpaid basis," as the ...

Philippines to host ADB meet in May
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Fresh off the success of the ASEAN Summit last year, the Philippines will this time host the Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Annual Meeting in May. An estimated 3,000 delegates - mostly finance ministers ...

Overkill? Cops, soldiers escorting DENR personnel in Boracay crackdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
ILOILO CITY -- Heavily armed police officers and soldiers in full battle gear have started escorting personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) while serving show cause orders to alleged violators of environmental laws on ...

DOH to sue Sanofi over P3.5-B refund
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it would file a case against Sanofi Pasteur after the French pharmaceutical giant again turned down the demand of the Philippine government that it fully refund the P3.5 billion paid for its dengue vaccine ...

Peru court orders trial for Fujimori over 1992 mass killing - official
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-20
A Peruvian court ordered former president Alberto Fujimori on Monday to stand trial for the 1992 killings of six farmers, arguing that he lacks immunity despite a recent pardon for a different crime. The National Criminal Court said that the pardon granted ...

A Facebook executive learned a valuable lesson about using Twitter after he publicly contradicted the Mueller investigation
Business Insider - 2018-02-20
On Friday, Facebook's vice president of ads, Rob Goldman, tweeted that key facts about Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election were "still not well understood." Goldman's tweet made it sound as if he was contradicting the work done by Robert ...

People hate Snapchat's redesign so much that another Wall Street analyst downgraded the stock
Business Insider - 2018-02-20
Snap Inc. recently redesigned the Snapchat app to make the distinction between friends and brands clearer. Users have reacted overwhelmingly negatively to the visual changes. This prompted analysts at Citi to downgrade the company's stock rating to "Sell ...

U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare
Reuters - 2018-02-20
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care ...

Qualcomm deals blow to Broadcom's bid with sweetened NXP deal
Reuters - 2018-02-20
(Reuters) - U.S. semiconductor company Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) on Tuesday unveiled a sweetened $44 billion agreement to acquire NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O), its most defiant move in its defense against a hostile $121 billion bid from Broadcom Ltd (AVGO.O).

Kids who dab on Snapchat aren't actually helping cure cancer
Mashable - 2018-02-20
"Dab if you hate cancer" is the latest ~trend~ making it's way around Snapchat, but the Bitmoji-loving kids sharing these chain snaps aren't actually making a charitable impact. Participating in Snapchat's "screenshot and dab" trend is simple. Users ...

Hundreds of former rebels meet with Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- More former rebels were welcomed by President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Wednesday. The 241 rebels arrived at Villamor Air Base Tuesday, and were welcomed at a ceremony hosted by Armed Forces Chief of ...

Bourse expected to weather global volatility
Business World - 2018-02-20
During the BusinessWorld Stock Market Roundtable at the Makati Shangri-La, COL Financial Group, Inc. Vice-President and Head of Research April Lynn L. Tan said the online brokerage downgraded its 2018 forecast for the PSEi to 8,750 from 9,300 after ...

Walmart's online sales growth stalls in the fourth quarter
ZDNet - 2018-02-20
Walmart's usually red-hot online sales growth is showing signs of a cool down. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday reported fourth quarter e-commerce sales growth of 23 percent, marking a significant decline from 50 percent growth the previous quarter.

Rappler barred from covering Malacañang events
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Rappler will not be able to cover Malacañang events for now. This was confirmed by the Office of the Executive Secretary Tuesday, adding that Rappler's accreditation will cease until the Court of Appeals ...

Roque: Barring reporters from Palace briefings not a press freedom issue
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A Malacañang-accredited reporter was initially prevented from covering a press briefing Tuesday, but Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this was not a move to curtail freedom of the press. Pia Ranada ...

U.S. intelligence sees Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The United States Intelligence Community listed President Rodrigo Duterte as one of the leaders in Southeast Asia who pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region. In its recently published ...

Sandiganbayan issues arrest warrant vs. Davao Rep. Floirendo for graft
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The Sandiganbayan issued an arrest warrant Wednesday against Davao del Norte Representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. over an alleged anomalous deal involving his family's banana firm. The Sandiganbayan 6th ...

Shangri-La at the Fort apologizes for cat controversy
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila is "truly and deeply sorry" for relocating the stray cats in its community, General Manager John Rice said in a statement on Tuesday. "We want to apologize for the way we have ...

Kuwait extends amnesty program till April 22
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Kuwait granted a request from the Philippines to extend its amnesty program for overstaying overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced Tuesday. Kuwait will be ...

SC ruling on rape may lead to more abuses of women, group says
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) ­-- A women's group fears the Supreme Court decision acquitting two men accused of rape in Davao City will embolden perpetrators to abuse more women. "They can now go on rampage with the knowledge that courts ...

Light physical activity may lower risk of death for older men
Upi.com - 2018-02-20
Feb. 20 (UPI) --Older men who participate in moderate physical exercise have a lower risk of death, according to researchers in Britain. Just 150 minutes of activity weekly makes a difference for men between age 40 and 59, researchers at four hospitals and ...

Look at this: Google AI can predict heart disease by checking eyes
Upi.com - 2018-02-20
Feb. 20 (UPI) --Google has developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can assess someone's risk for heart disease by looking at their retinas. The tech giant says its method is as reliable as a doctor conducting a blood test, according to a study ...

Singapore still open for foreign business even as taxes to rise
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-20
With the threat of an aging population looming, the government is preparing to spend more on health care and pensions, while also allocating extra money for infrastructure and security. The lesson from the budget was the "Singaporean approach" of ...

The Presidential veto in the passage of a law
Business World - 2018-02-20
The TRAIN Law added a subsection to Section 25 of the NIRC, which provided that regional headquarters (RHQs), regional operating headquarters (ROHQs), offshore banking units (OBUs) or petroleum service contractors and subcontractors registering with the ...

2 groups to ensure Siargao food supply
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-20
With the cooperation of all the stakeholders, Atilano, who was awarded by the Asia Pacific CSR Council and UN Global Compact the Global Responsible Business Award 2017 for Agriculture Excellence, said the island can start a movement of a farm-to-table on a ...

WB sees risks for those emerging from poverty
Business World - 2018-02-20
as well as high investment levels in education and health. She warned, however, that these strategies "that worked so well in the past might not work going forward" due to the slowing growth of global trade, the declining demand of labor brought by ...

Duque orders DOH employees to disclose, manage conflicts of interest
Rappler - 2018-02-20
MANILA, Philippines - Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III ordered all health officials and employees to disclose and manage their conflicts of interest (COI) in relation to pharmaceutical products and medical services. Duque signed ...

PSEi firms up above 8,700
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
There were 116 decliners that edged out 95 advancers while 53 stocks were unchanged. The PSEi was led higher by PLDT and GT Capital, which both gained over 2 percent, while SM Investments and Globe Telecom both added over 1 percent. Ayala Land, SM Prime ...

Case vs. UST before Vatican to continue - Atio Castillo's family
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- There is no stopping the family of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III from pushing through with their case against the University of Santo Tomas before the Vatican. This, despite the expulsion of eight law students ...

3rd telco player needs P10-B net worth
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
NOW Corp. CEO Mel Velarde said the company wanted to review the terms "thoroughly" with its foreign partners and lenders. Sundance Apolinario, chief information officer of G.Telecom, said the requirements were "doable." A performance bond of half a ...

Maynilad allots P9B for infra projects
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
Maynilad Water Services has set aside at least P9 billion for infrastructure projects in 2018, covering both water and wastewater. According to Maynilad, about P6.5 billion or two-thirds of the capital expenditure is earmarked for water projects, as part ...

Finally, a unified stock trading floor
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
For the first time since the unification of two legacy stock exchanges 25 years ago, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) opened a unified trading floor at its new headquarters in Bonifacio Global City on Monday, auspiciously timed on the first trading day ...

Mythical guitar-maker Gibson fighting for survival
Business World - 2018-02-20
He said the company, as part of a broad review of its business strategy, was continuing to streamline its Philips brand consumer audio business while eliminating some underperforming products. He said Gibson expects this strategy will lead "to the best ...

Third telco player must have ?10-B net worth - draft circular
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A net worth of at least ?10 billion is one of the qualifications the government is looking for in a third telecommunications player. This should be indicated in the company's latest audited financial ...

Duterte: PH owns Benham Rise
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Benham Rise belongs to the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte made this clear following reports that China has moved to name five features it discovered in the marine resource-rich body of water, which is ...

DENR to bring 50-member 'mission team' to Boracay
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A "mission team" will be deployed to Boracay to address the environmental issues hounding the island, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Tuesday. The team will be composed of 50 personnel from six regional ...

Abuse or unemployment: Stark choice for many Filipino maids
Global Nation - 2018-02-20
After the murder of a Filipino maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers -- but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again. For them, the sometimes brutal conditions and the hide-and ...

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
LONDON, United Kingdom -- Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken. The company apologized to customers, blaming "teething problems" with ...

Abuse or unemployment: Start choice for many Filipino maids
Global Nation - 2018-02-19
After the murder of a Filipino maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers -- but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again. For them, the sometimes brutal conditions and the hide-and ...

3rd telco player needs P10-B net worth
Inquirer - 2018-02-19
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issued on Monday the draft guidelines it would use to select a "new major telco player" that would break the duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom and hopefully improve internet ...

No cheap rice in local market
Inquirer - 2018-02-19
Despite receiving the go-ahead to import, the state-owned National Food Authority (NFA) said consumers have to buy commercial rice in the next few months as the shipments of the low-priced staple were expected to arrive by June or July. The grains agency ...

Duterte: Treat gov't officials who attend hearings with respect
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to lawmakers who summon government officials to legislative probes to treat them with respect. The President made this appeal hours after his trusted aide, Secretary Bong Go ...

Philippines: HIV cases up 3,147 percent in 10 years
Al Jazeera English - 2018-02-19
New HIV cases continued to increase in the Philippines in 2017, with a 3,147 percent surge since 2007, according to an Al Jazeera analysis of the latest data published by the country's health agency, bucking a downward trend worldwide. In a February 2018 ...

Location Based VR Revs Up New Year
Forbes - 2018-02-19
Dreamscape Immersive sold out its six week pop up at the Westfields Mall in Century City in just a few days, while The VOID continued its invasion with a new install in the Glendale, CA, Galleria, which will be an important test of Free Roam or Warehouse ...

Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.
Mashable - 2018-02-19
For years, I've had a bit of a digital pen pal. His name is Kevin. He loves music, "Coffee Table Jazz" in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through which he listens to his lovely, soothing John Coltrane trumpet croons. He doesn't often listen during the ...

Hot tech stocks have 'lost their shine' among millennials after mixed earnings
Business Insider - 2018-02-19
Some of the hottest tech stocks have "lost their shine" among millennials, according to data from the stock trading app Stockpile. AMD and Square slipped on the app's ranking of most-traded stocks, falling to 13th from 10th place, and 21st from 15th ...

Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable
TechCrunch - 2018-02-19
Technology companies like Facebook and Google are scrambling to catch up to the fact that kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do -- by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized ...

Bong Go: I was dragged in frigate controversy to destroy Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
Facing a Senate probe on Monday, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go proclaimed his "innocence" on alleged attempts to link him into the P15.7 billion frigates deal fiasco. "Inosente at dinamay lang po ako sa isyung ito upang ...

People opposed to charter change will get chance to air views
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
The Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (Con-Com) would invite individuals who oppose charter-change (cha-cha) to air their views and address their concerns, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said on Monday. "We should also be open to ...

Rody backs China buildup in WP Sea
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-19
In a speech during the 20th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, the President said the government is exerting more serious efforts to resolve the territorial issues in the South China Sea. In front of the Chinese businessmen ...

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