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The Downside of Having an Almost Perfect Memory
TIME - 2017-12-12
Courtesy of Joey DeGrandis By Amanda MacMillan December 8, 2017 TIME Health For more, visit TIME Health. Joey DeGrandis was about 10 years old when his parents first realized there was something special about his memory. "Someone would mention an event ...

Ex-consultant to DOH bares vaccine cover-up
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-12
A former consultant to the Department of Health (DOH) told the Senate on Monday that a "widespread cover-up" was going on in the agency involving the acquisition of the Dengvaxia vaccine for an immunization program that had been halted due to safety ...

5 nabbed for marijuana
Philstar - 2017-12-12
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan, Philippines -- Five persons were arrested for alleged possession of marijuana in Kalinga and Mountain Province on Sunday. Ranny Serquina, 34; Samboy Tejero, 22, and Jester Dy, 19, yielded 20 grams of marijuana leaves when their van ...

2 hurt in Cagayan ambush
Philstar - 2017-12-12
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan, Philippines -- Two persons who were wounded in an ambush in Baggao, Cagayan on Sunday are now in stable condition in a hospital. College student Alvin Cuevas, 20, and Cresencia Dulan, 40, were in a van driven by Joel Siddayao, 41 ...

Man hacks grandpa to death
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MALOLOS, Philippines -- A man was arrested for allegedly killing his grandfather in a hacking incident in Angat, Bulacan on Sunday. Prior to the incident, Mark Michael Roomer, 20, who was reportedly drunk, had an altercation with Elegio Enriquez, 79, at ...

Decapitated body found in Bataan
Philstar - 2017-12-12
CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga, Philippines -- A headless body of a man was found in Barangay Mabayo, Morong, Bataan on Sunday. The body was found on a cliff, according to village secretary Anaros Ignacio who reported the incident to the police. Ignacio said the ...

155 volcanic quakes recorded around Kanlaon
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 155 volcanic earthquakes were recorded around Mt. Kanlaon on Negros island in the past 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes that rose ...

10 die in road mishaps
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Two soldiers were among 10 persons killed in road accidents across the country in the past two days. The Armed Forces of the Philippines has yet to identify the fatalities and eight other soldiers who were injured when a military ...

Dismissed vice mayor charged with graft
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A dismissed vice mayor in Negros Occidental has been charged with graft in connection with an allegedly anomalous deal that he entered into when he was mayor. Romel Yogore of Valladolid town was charged with violation of Republic ...

San Francisco bans delivery robots in most of the city
ZDNet - 2017-12-12
In the latest turn in the long-running saga between tech companies and San Francisco's municipal legislators, the city has voted to ban delivery robots on most of its sidewalks and severely restrict their use in areas where permitted. The new rules are the ...

South Korea is going bitcoin crazy
CNN Money - 2017-12-12
In the recent bitcoin frenzy, one country has gone particularly wild. In South Korea, students are checking the price between classes, workers are trading it as they line up for coffee, and grandparents are playing the market at home. Virtual currencies ...

Net foreign investments jumped 62% to $754M in Sept
Inquirer - 2017-12-12
A 61.8-percent jump in net inflows of job-generating foreign direct investments (FDIs) in September to $754 million narrowed the year-on-year decline in the nine-month tally, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas data released Monday showed. FDIs rose ...

Drilon: Congress expected to extend martial law despite opposition
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- Congress is expected to grant President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2018, the senate minority leader said Tuesday. Duterte has the support of the majority in ...

Level Up: Nintendo Switch scores 10 million sold
CNN Money - 2017-12-12
Nintendo just confirmed what we already knew: its hybrid gaming system is a hit. The company said on Tuesday the Nintendo Switch -- one part mobile, one part home console -- has sold 10 million units since its March 2017 launch. The announcement comes less ...

Fullerton Health announces PH market entry through the acquisition of Intellicare Group
Inquirer - 2017-12-12
Fullerton Healthcare Corporation Limited (Fullerton Health) have announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire a 60% stake in the Intellicare Group, one of the leading managed care providers in the Philippines. The Philippines is an important ...

Former intel officer warns vs entry of China Telecom
- 2017-12-12
A retired intelligence officer who held a delicate post at the height of China’s artificial island-building in the South China Sea told the Inquirer that the entry of China Telecom into the Philippine market poses a national security threat.

BDO Nomura sees PSEi rising to 9,100 next year
Inquirer - 2017-12-12
SM Prime Holdings and Wilcon Depot. BDO Nomura expects investors to pay 19.6 times the kind of money they expect to make in 2018 compared to a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.5 times this year. Equities are seen to trade at a premium but still below ...

Miss Universe braves bad weather to tour Batanes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-12
Thick mist covered the islands and some tricycle drivers would not ferry passengers because of the bad weather, but Nel-Peters and her entourage ... capitol grounds as they prepared to fly back to Manila. --Juliet Cataluña Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS ...

TIMELINE: The Dengvaxia controversy
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- A vaccine aimed at protecting hundreds of thousands of school children from dengue may have put their lives at risk. Around 10 percent of over 800,000 students who were immunized with Dengvaxia, but did not have a prior ...

Market cheers news on Philippine credit rating upgrade
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market cheered the credit rating upgrade which the Philippines received yesterday, the first upgrade under the Duterte administration. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), the local stock market barometer ...

PNOC mulls bidding for $2-B LNG terminal
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) may opt to bid out the development of a $2-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal if no qualified proposals make it by the Dec. 31 deadline, its top official said yesterday.

Hey, look: A fingerprint scanner under a smartphone screen
Mashable - 2017-12-12
Could the future of smartphone biometrics look a lot like a shinier version of the past? The answer is most definitely yes -- that is, if Synaptics Incorporated has anything to say about it. The San Jose-based hardware manufacturer announced plans on ...

Sanofi scandal in the Philippines could spread dangerous mistrust of vaccines
Yahoo News - 2017-12-12
About 830,000 children in the Philippines were vaccinated ... a Harvard Law School professor who is an expert in health law and bioethics. "The company owes a full accounting of what it knew and when." Read more: Scientists solve a dengue mystery ...

Red flags on Dengvaxia ignored, health reform advocate says
Philstar - 2017-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Health advocates and experts had cautioned former Health Secretary Janette Garin over the safety of Dengvaxia but their warnings were ignored, a health reform advocate said Tuesday. Dr. Anthony Leachon, former member of the ...

Bring an umbrella, light rain forecast on Tuesday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-12
Three weather systems would bring scattered rain and isolated thunderstorms in the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Tuesday. According to its 4 a.m. bulletin, the tail-end of cold front ...

Inquirer employees urged to continue dreaming, keep the fire burning
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-11
Be it a businessman, a [school] principal or a priest. I pray that God give you the strength to weather whatever storm we might face," she added. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 ...

FDI jumped 61.8% to $754 million in September
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
A 61.8-percent jump in net inflows of job-generating foreign direct investment (FDI) in September to $754 million narrowed the year-on-year decline in the nine-month tally, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data released Monday showed.

Grit and grace, what leaders need in turbulent times
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
Karel San Juan, SJ, who spoke about "Exercising Leadership in Turbulent Times" at the first assembly on leadership organized by newly formed group, Philippine ... Studies program of the Ateneo School of Government and adjunct faculty of the Asian ...

2 school execs die as bus falls off cliff
Philstar - 2017-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Two officials of a university in Rizal province died while 26 others were injured when a bus carrying 44 student athletes and sports personnel fell into a ravine in Occidental Mindoro on Saturday night. The fatalities were ...

Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam: report
Reuters - 2017-12-11
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on ...

Intense exercise may slow progression of Parkinson's disease
United Press International - 2017-12-11
MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- People with early stage Parkinson's may be able to delay a worsening of the disease through a regimen of intense exercise, new research found. "If you have Parkinson's disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms ...

Yes, Your Daily Stress Can Haunt Your Dreams
Yahoo News - 2017-12-11
After a stressful day, you may hope to find some solace in sleep. But a new study from the United Kingdom suggests that stressful experiences from your day can make their way into your dreams. The findings, published Nov. 30 in the journal Motivation and ...

Ubial on anti-dengue vaccine drive: I wanted to stop it, but was warned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-11
Former Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial said some lawmakers has warned that she could go to jail if she would stop the implementation of the P3.5 billion anti-dengue vaccination program during her term. "It is very difficult for me to implement this ...

Microsoft's new Unified Support plan may result in price increases
ZDNet - 2017-12-11
Earlier this year, Microsoft began rolling out the biggest changes in two decades to its Premier customer support program. A few months into that rollout, industry watchers at Gartner are warning that this new plan could result in noticeably higher costs ...

$380-M loan for Mindanao roads awaits ADB approval
Philstar - 2017-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A $380-million project aiming to improve the road network in Mindanao is expected to be approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for loan assistance this week, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In an interview, Finance ...

Ex-SolGen: No such thing as 'preventive martial law'
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's request to Congress for the extension of martial law in Mindanao is unconstitutional. According to former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, extending martial law requires actual ...

Duterte wants Sanofi held accountable for Dengvaxia mess - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- President Rodrigo Duterte agrees pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur should be held liable for putting lives at risk through the now-controversial dengue vaccine, his spokesperson said Tuesday. "He stands ...

House speaker confident martial law in Mindanao will be extended
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez expressed confidence that Congress will grant President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law in Mindanao until December next year. "Mahahati 'yung kongreso pero ...

Filinvest to transform 201-hectare Clark estate into new business hub
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-11
THE FILINVEST GROUP said it is breaking ground next year on a 201-hectare estate in Clark, Pampanga it bought in 2016, transforming the sprawling property into what it said would be a "premier leisure and business destination in the North." The ...

Former health official pushes for clean-up efforts in response to Dengvaxia scare
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 12) -- It's time to take more proactive measures against the dengue vaccine controversy, a former health official said Tuesday. Former Health undersecretary Dr. Susan Pineda-Mercado called for a "community effort ...

GCHQ's cybersecurity accelerator just opened its door to nine new startups
ZDNet - 2017-12-11
Software designed to detect phishing emails, a platform to help developers write secure code, and a company which investigates cybercrime involving cryptocurrencies are just some of the ideas behind the startups that will join the second incarnation of ...

Twitter announces all-women speaker lineup at major tech event
CNN Money - 2017-12-11
Twitter is hosting an event next month at one of tech's largest global conferences that will feature only high-profile female speakers. The company says the event is a response to the Consumer Electronic Show's all-male lineup of keynote speakers, which ...

Philippine senator criticizes 'reckless disregard' in dengue vaccine program
Yahoo News - 2017-12-11
The Philippines reports an average of 200,000 cases every year, the DOH said. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the investigation panel, said the program's approval and procurement were done with "undue haste", given how quickly the department of health ...

Philippines defied experts' advice on dengue vaccine
Reuters - 2017-12-11
Documents reviewed by Reuters that have not been disclosed until now, as well as interviews with local experts, show that key recommendations made by a Philippines Department of Health advisory body of doctors and pharmacologists were not heeded before a ...

LWRC, Galaxy eye Boracay casino-resort
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
Local gaming firm Leisure and Resorts World Corp. (LWRC) is in talks with Hong Kong-listed Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. (GEG), one of the three original gaming concessionaires in Macau, to build a world-class integrated beach resort and casino in ...

No urgency on Sereno to transfer Maute cases - associate justice
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) -- Three Supreme Court justices said there seemed to be no urgency on the part of the Chief Magistrate to transfer the trial of Maute cases outside of Mindanao. Associate Justice Noel Tijam said he is "trying to ...

Ex-Health Secretary Ubial: I was pressured to continue dengue vaccine program
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) -- Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Monday said she was forced to continue carrying out the now-controversial dengue vaccination of her predecessor, Janette Garin. "People, even in Congress, told me, 'You ...

Urban condo living redefined at Zitan
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
It truly pays to study the various condo offerings in the market, and for discerning homeseekers, Zitan is the singular choice for a transit-oriented development that provides tangible value and lasting impact in terms of an everyday lifestyle of health ...

DICT, NTC preparing rules for selecting telco to compete with PLDT, Globe
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
The government is preparing guidelines to support the entry of a third player to compete with PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom, the so-called telco duopoly that the Duterte administration has committed to break. Eliseo Rio Jr., acting secretary of the ...

FDI jumped 61.8% to $754 million in September
Inquirer - 2017-12-11
A 61.8-percent jump in net inflows of job-generating foreign direct investment (FDI) in September to $754 million narrowed the year-on-year decline in the nine-month tally, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data released Monday showed.

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