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Workday launches $250 million venture fund
ZDNet - 2018-02-07
Workday announced Wednesday that it's launching a $250 million venture fund focused emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, blockchain, and augmented and virtual reality. Here's what developers really think about AWS ...

Windows security: Microsoft issues Adobe patch to tackle Flash zero-day
ZDNet - 2018-02-07
Video: Job-offer malware linked to North Korea chases bitcoin boom Microsoft has released Adobe's patch for a critical flaw in Flash Player that suspected North Korean hackers have exploited in malicious Excel sheets. Researchers at Cisco Talos said ...

Mothers of Dengvaxia kids confront Garin after House probe
Rappler - 2018-02-07
Wearing black shirts that called for justice for the "victims" of a controversial dengue vaccine, mothers of children who took part in a mass vaccination program, confronted former health secretary Janette Garin after a House hearing on Monday, February 5.

Superfluous tax incentives: Make it real
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-07
During the road show of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) introducing BIR Form 1702-MX in February 2013, one question raised during the open forum was the significance of Schedule 2 -- Tax Relief Availment. The BIR resource speaker explained then that ...

Health starts at home
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-07
Many individuals who resolve to start living a healthy lifestyle think the first step is getting a gym membership or subscribing to a meal delivery service. We often forget that in committing to such a lifestyle, we need to start from where we live.

Philippine Congress Commission confirms nomination of health secretary
新华网 - 2018-02-07
Duque finished medicine at the University of Santo Tomas and later took up a master degree in pathology at Georgetown University in Washington DC, the United States. Duque's re-entry in the DOH came as the health department "struggles" to regain its ...

P50B "Ortigas East" redevelopment unveiled
Inquirer - 2018-02-07
Property developer Ortigas & Co. has unveiled a P50-billion masterplan to redevelop "Ortigas East," the new branding for the 16-hectare estate previously called Frontera Verde along C5 and Julia Vargas, also known as the home of Tiendesitas retailing hub.

Lahar alert up in Albay due to LPA
Philstar - 2018-02-07
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Local and disaster officials were alerted yesterday on the possible onslaught of lahar around Mayon Volcano after a low-pressure area was spotted. The low-pressure area was located 650 kilometers east-southeast of this city.

RITM expert: No conflict of interest in Dengvaxia study
Rappler - 2018-02-07
In the case of the dengue clinical trial, the protocols were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicine Agency, and the World Health Organization before it was eventually submitted to the respective regulatory ...

PLDT agrees to surrender frequency to government for 3rd telco player
Philstar - 2018-02-07
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT Inc. has reportedly agreed to surrender to government "at no cost" one of its radio frequencies that will soon be available to the potential third telecom player. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said ...

Ayala seeks Kia car dealership
Inquirer - 2018-02-07
AC Industrials also holds the existing and future assets of global electronics manufacturing service provider Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. Specifically, AC Industrials holds distributorship interests such as the 13 percent stake in Honda Cars ...

Maguindanao officials jump to PDP-Laban
Philstar - 2018-02-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Maguindanao Gov. Esmael Mangudadatu led some 70 politicians from the province in joining the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan, the party said. On Tuesday, Mangudadatu, former Liberal Party provincial chapter chairman ...

BSP on guard against price spikes as inflation hits 3-year high
Inquirer - 2018-02-07
The sudden spike in prices of goods and services in the country is a "temporary" phenomenon that central bank planners expect to eventually stabilize, a top monetary official said yesterday. In a statement, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor ...

Local stocks track global slide
Inquirer - 2018-02-06
The local stock barometer pulled back on Tuesday but managed to pare intraday losses to stabilize at the 8,500 level against a grim backdrop of a global equities selldown and a spike in the local inflation rate. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi ...

Coca-Cola PH laying off workers
Inquirer - 2018-02-06
Coca-Cola Femsa Philippines Inc. said that it had decided to cut down on workers amid changes in the beverage industry and the business environment, calling it a "very difficult decision." In a statement to the Inquirer, the company behind the popular ...

Duterte wants to change gov't bidding process
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- President Rodrigo Duterte challenged his critics to try and stop him from scrapping public biddings. In his speech at the National Economic and Development Authority anniversary Tuesday, the President said the ...

Pilot test on ASEAN trade interconnection a success, says DOF
Philstar - 2018-02-06
The TradeNet platform for traders that would also serve as the Philippines link to the ASW gateway was launched last December and is expected to minimize the costs of doing business and cut the processing time for the issuance of import and export permits.

Miner survives Benguet tunnel collapse
Philstar - 2018-02-06
ITOGON, Benguet, Philippines -- A miner cheated death in a tunnel in Itogon, Benguet over the weekend. Gilbert Simon, 69, was trapped in a mine tunnel in the Antamok mine pit when it collapsed as he was gathering his tools on Saturday. Simon was rescued ...

Stocks plunge, then mostly recover as wild ride continues
Inquirer - 2018-02-06
NEW YORK -- The US stock market mostly recovered after an early plunge Tuesday and was down moderately in late morning trading, raising hopes of a halt to a global sell-off. The swings came one day after the steepest drop in 6 ½ years. Major indexes in ...

Senate OKs bills on energy efficiency, system loss cap
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate has passed two bills that will advance energy efficiency and conservation practices in the country and reduce the amount of system loss being passed on to electricity consumers. The two measures, Energy Efficiency and ...

SC voids ALI land title in Las Piñas
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed with finality its ruling stripping Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) of ownership in a contested property in Las Piñas City. In a resolution promulgated on Dec. 4 last year, the second division of the high ...

Cotabato state college caretaker named
Philstar - 2018-02-06
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines -- President Duterte has appointed a caretaker of the Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology after its president went into hiding. The President signed the recommendation letter of Agriculture Secretary ...

A Brain Implant Improved Memory, Scientists Report
New York Times - 2018-02-06
Scientists have developed a brain implant that noticeably boosted memory in its first serious test run, perhaps offering a promising new strategy to treat dementia, traumatic brain injuries and other conditions that damage memory. The device works like a ...

DOH studying lawsuit vs Sanofi Pasteur for Dengvaxia mess
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) is looking at laws and documents to sue French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur for rejecting its two demands in connection with the mess created by the Dengvaxia vaccine. There are provisions in the ...

More guns recovered from Sulu village chiefs
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 11 rifles and various types of ammunition have been recovered from barangay captains and residents of a town in Sulu as the military intensifies it campaign against loose firearms. The chairmen of Barangays Luuk Tulay ...

600 houses occupied by Kadamay put up for rent
Philstar - 2018-02-06
In a press briefing on Monday, John Christopher Mahamud, National Housing Authority (NHA) chief of staff, said they have validated such reports as well as the application for housing units in another government project of 71 Kadamay members. STAR/File ...

Bulacan BAC head shot dead
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MALOLOS , Philippines -- The chairperson of the bids and awards committee of San Jose del Monte in Bulacan was gunned down in front of her house on Monday night. Orpha Velasquez, 50, a resident of Barangay Fatima 2, had just alighted from her vehicle ...

Del Monte Philippines files P16.72-B IPO
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The local unit of Del Monte Pacific Ltd. will embark on an initial public offering (IPO) this year to raise P16.72 billion. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Del Monte Pacific said Del Monte Philippines has submitted ...

BPI evades fine over data glitch
Philstar - 2018-02-06
Wikimedia Commons/Aerous MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has spared Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) of a monetary fine but two officers were penalized over the glitch that paralyzed its nationwide operations in ...

Infra modernization needed for digital economy -- DOF
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines ... a future that is shaped by technology. Dominguez, along with other finance and central bank officials are currently in Hangzhou, China, for a three-day workshop organized by the Alibaba Business School to gain better understanding ...

Inflation leaps to 3-year high of 4%
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Inflation leapt to its highest level in more than three years at four percent in January from 3.3 percent in December as the implementation of the tax reform law translated to higher prices, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA ...

Wall St debacle sends PSEi reeling
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine stocks tumbled yesterday, extending the rout to a second day as a selloff pummelled markets across the world. The Philippines Stock Exchange index (PSEi) dropped 0.76 percent, or 65.58 points, to finish at 8,550.42, while ...

BPI earnings inch up 1.7% in 2017
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) managed to eke out a 1.7 percent growth in earnings last year. BPI said it booked a net income of P22.42 billion in 2017, P370 million higher than the P22.05 billion recorded in 2016.

BIR suspends all tax audits
Philstar - 2018-02-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has stopped anew all tax investigations and audits after the Bureau of Internal Revenues (BIR) revoked all the mission orders issued by one of its division. The BIR issued a statement announcing it has recalled all ...

Ifs and buts of a common tower policy
Philstar - 2018-02-06
Existing telcos - Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. - have been complaining that they failed to build as many towers as they need, not because of financial constraints, but because of bureaucratic red tape and other obstacles when ...

Spiders Had Tails 100 Million Years Ago, Fossil Shows
ibtimes.com - 2018-02-06
Scientists have discovered a spider from 100 million years ago that had a tail, making it a potent nightmare fuel when its fangs and webbing are added to the mix. The spider species was frozen in amber during the middle of the Cretaceous geological period ...

Lab experiment yields evidence of superionic ice
United Press International - 2018-02-06
Feb. 6 (UPI) --Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have found experimental evidence of superionic ice -- a first. Various models and numerical simulations have long suggested that water ice assumes unusual behavior at extremely high pressures.

China: Research in PH not in Benham Rise
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7 ... who is also the director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea. The UP MSI, in an earlier statement, said international collaboration in these kinds of research are important as ...

IT consultant: ?250,000 monthly fee from Supreme Court lower than previous salaries
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Story updated to include statements from IT consultant Helen Macasaet. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The controversial information technology (IT) consultant involved in the impeachment case against the Supreme Court chief justice denied ...

BIR ordered to investigate Sereno for alleged tax evasion
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday said it will begin investigating Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's alleged failure to pay taxes. BIR Deputy Commissioner for Operations Arnel Guballa made ...

Senate eyes charter change committee report by March
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Senate is eyeing releasing its report on charter change by next month, Constitutional Amendments Committee Chair Kiko Pangilinan said Wednesday. However, he clarified that it was a "working target ...

SC upholds martial law extension in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Martial law will remain in effect in Mindanao until the end of the year as the Supreme Court (SC) junked petitions to lift it. Voting 10-5 on Tuesday, the Supreme Court justices upheld the extension of ...

Marcos to Robredo: Sign the joint motion, let's proceed to vote recount
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) -- Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has signed the joint motion to withdraw pending motions at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) and give way to the recount. "I've done everything possible to speed up this ...

Analyst: Stock market drop no cause for concern
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) -- Should Filipinos be concerned about the recent decline in stocks markets worldwide? Not quite. Business analyst Mike Alimurung said Tuesday while investors might panic as a knee jerk reaction, he said the ...

Globe net profit drops in 2017
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-06
Revenues from its home broadband business went up 7% to P15.6 billion, as its total number of subscribers grew by 15% to 1.3 million. Corporate data business revenues jumped 4% to P10.3 billion. However, traditional fixed-line voice revenues fell 8% to P3 ...

Filinvest breaks ground for Meridian Place Phase 2
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-02-06
FILINVEST Land, Inc. (FLI) has broken ground for the second phase of its mass housing project in Cavite, amid strong demand from overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). In a statement issued Tuesday, the Gotianun-led property developer said it has started the ...

Duterte welcomes over 200 NPA surrenderees back into gov't fold
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- President Rodrigo Duterte hosted more than 200 former rebels in Malacañang Wednesday, the first of three batches to lay down arms and return to normal lives. These are former members of the New People's Army ...

Opposition lawmaker hopes SC will overturn martial law ruling
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- Opposition senator Kiko Pangilinan respects the Supreme Court's decision to uphold martial law in Mindanao -- but he hopes it will be overturned. "I do not agree with the Supreme Court, but they have spoken ...

Gordon: Aquino, Garin may face charges over Dengvaxia mess
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- The Senate panel probing the government's controversial dengue vaccination program may recommend the filing of charges against former President Benigno Aquino III and other ex-officials. "Ang linaw ng paper ...

Coca-Cola PH laying off workers due to restructuring
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 7) -- Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Inc. has confirmed it is laying off workers due to restructuring. In a statement, it said it is undergoing an "organizational structure assessment," but did not state how many ...

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