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Business processing group backs Senate version of tax reform package
Inquirer - 2017-12-06
The IT-Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) backed the recently passed Senate version of the first tax reform package. The organization found the much needed legislative support to keep the tax perks that are crucial to stay competitive.

Special Report: Inmate deaths reveal 'torturous' use of Tasers
StreetInsider - 2017-12-06
But the Taser was listed as a cause or contributing factor in more than a quarter of the 84 inmate deaths in which the news agency obtained autopsy findings. Of the 104 inmates who died, just two were armed. A third were in handcuffs or other restraints ...

Artificial ovaries may ease effects of menopause
Inquirer Technology - 2017-12-06
Such a procedure could potentially help in maintaining good health and prevent menopausal symptoms such as bone deterioration, weight gain and sleep problems. The scientists claim the procedure could also work for women who had undergone cancer treatment ...

Connected cars: What happens to your data after you leave your rental car behind?
ZDNet - 2017-12-06
Confusion over what should happen to data uploaded from phones connected to infotainment systems in rental cars -- and who is responsible for deleting it -- could be putting the privacy of customers at risk. A new report suggests it is not clear who is ...

PNP set to work with PDEA as Oplan Tokhang, Double Barrel resume
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Don't be surprised to see policemen knocking on doors in the coming days as Oplan Tokhang is set to return. The Philippine National Police's (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs campaigns Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double ...

Should Elon Musk merge Tesla and SpaceX?
CNN Money - 2017-12-06
Tesla's stock has been a market darling this year and there is a lot of investor and consumer excitement about the company's new Model 3 electric car. But one prominent Wall Street analyst thinks that Tesla (TSLA) and its increasingly stretched-for-time ...

10 things to do to help improve cities in PH
Inquirer - 2017-12-06
Citizens are the life of a city. We drive the growth, and we have the right and responsibility to take care of our natural and built-up environments. We are faced with everyday challenges in our cities, from hours of traffic to parking spaces, lining up ...

Magnitude 4.9 quake shakes Eastern Samar
Philstar - 2017-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude 4.9 earthquake jolted Eastern Samar on Wednesday. In its latest earthquake bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the tremor occurred at 10:48 a.m. Its epicenter was located two kilometers ...

House panel approves bill abolishing PCGG
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The House Justice Committee has approved the bill abolishing the agency tasked with recovering the ill-gotten wealth of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Under the proposed law, functions of the ...

Higher coal excise tax may affect growth of manufacturing sector
Inquirer - 2017-12-06
The manufacturing sector would find it a "challenge" to grow beyond 10 percent next year if a significantly higher coal excise tax was imposed, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said. Lopez told reporters in a recent interview that the Senate ...

Potential in agriculture
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-12-06
The report also showed that among industries with IB models, agribusiness had the most potential because it encompasses agriculture, health, industry and the environment. Data from the International Labor Organization also said that agriculture tops other ...

Alsons to sell 50% stake in coal power plant to GBPC
Philstar - 2017-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- Alcantara owned Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. (ACR) will raise P2.4 billion from the sale of 50 percent of its subsidiary holding its baseload coal-fired power plant assets to Pangilinan-led Global Business Power Corp. (GBPC).

Inflation eases to 3.3% in November
Philstar - 2017-12-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The slower pace of price hikes in food brought down inflation to 3.3 percent in November, halting a four-month uptrend that led to a three-year-high 3.5 percent in October. The Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday that ...

Constitutional amendments: Federalism vs reducing restrictive economic provisions on foreign capital
Philstar - 2017-12-06
CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2017 - 12:00am Over an extended period that already spans decades in the country, there has been a slow acceptance of the need to ...

The problem with vaccines...
Philstar - 2017-12-06
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 6, 2017 - 12:00am The thing with vaccines is that most people do not understand how they work. Vaccines have helped wipe out a good number of childhood diseases and that is why they ...

Sereno camp: Court administrator's presentation 'low blow, fake news'
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Court Administrator Midas Marquez's claims on the ineffectivity of technical working groups (TWGs) supposedly formed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno was a low blow, Sereno's camp said Wednesday.

Supreme Court upholds ruling on declaration of martial law in Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked motions for reconsideration against the ruling on the declaration of martial law in Mindanao. Voting 10-3-1, the Supreme Court upheld the implementation of martial law in ...

Duterte allows police to go back to drug war
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- President Rodrigo Duterte allowed the police and other government agencies to return to the drug war, but under supervision of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), according to Presidential ...

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters arrives in Manila
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- International beauty queens just can't get enough of the Philippines. Some Miss Universe 2017 candidates have arrived in Manila, after being invited by the country's Tourism Department. Miss Universe 2017 Demi ...

Dengue mass vaccination was based on politics, not science - health group
Bulatlat - 2017-12-05
"Have your children examined to know if he or she had previously acquired dengue. If not, seek audience with the Department of Health (DOH) and ask them for the full explanation on the possible adverse effects of the vaccine." MANILA - The ...

11 battalions to hunt Abu Sayyaf in Sulu
Philstar - 2017-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 11 battalions will be deployed in Sulu to finish off Abu Sayyaf bandits and rescue their remaining hostages, an official said yesterday. "I now have 11 battalions...Three battalions are still in Marawi and involved in the ...

Drug suspect killed in shootout with cops
Philstar - 2017-12-05
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- A suspected drug personality who has yet to be identified was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in San Jose, Batangas on Monday night. The man, who was riding a motorcycle, reportedly refused to ...

Rehab of Marawi schools to start next week
Philstar - 2017-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The rehabilitation of schools damaged in the fighting between government troops and Maute militants in Marawi will start next week, according to the Department of Education. DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones said yesterday she would ...

5 dead in road mishaps
Philstar - 2017-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Five persons, including a pregnant teenager, died in separate accidents in Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Rizal and Laguna on Monday. Janet Hular, 19, died at the scene when the motorcycle driven by her partner Anjo Areston, 25, was hit ...

Amnesty International: Children slain in Philippine war on drugs
United Press International - 2017-12-05
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Vintage bombs found in Negros
Philstar - 2017-12-05
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- A man discovered seven vintage bombs near his house in Barangay Fabrica, Sagay, Negros Occidental on Monday. Romeo Arais was digging a tunnel to install a septic tank when he hit the unexploded vintage bombs. Arais suffered ...

Tacloban declared drug-free
Philstar - 2017-12-05
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines -- This city is the first highly urbanized city in the Visayas to be declared drug-free by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Mayor Cristina Romualdez received yesterday the certification that 127 barangays have been ...

Mashable laying off 50 people as it refocuses toward tech news after fire sale to Ziff Davis
TechCrunch - 2017-12-05
Publishing conglomerate Ziff Davis has officially bought online news site Mashable for a mere $50 million, according to Recode. Last month, we followed up on a report in the Wall Street Journal mentioning a sale was in the works. The sale is now final and ...

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt Berlin 2017 is... Lia Diagnostics
TechCrunch - 2017-12-05
At the very beginning, there were 15 startups. After two days of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition.

A top indie developer that previously won Apple's app of the year is taking on PowerPoint
Business Insider - 2017-12-05
Paste is a new app from acclaimed iOS app developer FiftyThree. It's basically a PowerPoint replacement, but with added emphasis on beauty, collaboration, and on its iOS apps. It's worth a try if you want easy-to-use software to put together a ...

Zika vaccine shows promise in early clinical tests
United Press International - 2017-12-05
Dec. 5 (UPI) --A vaccine against the Zika virus induced an immune response in a trio of early clinical trials, according to the National Institutes of Health. The NIH announced on Monday that the vaccine was safe and garnered an immune response in ...

You can now buy an iPhone X from Apple without having to choose a wireless carrier
Business Insider - 2017-12-05
Apple is now selling the iPhone X without a SIM card. That means these unlocked phones can be purchased at full price and activated with a carrier at a later time. An unlocked SIM-free iPhone is attractive for travelers who might want to use their iPhone ...

Filipinos not made guinea pigs - Sanofi
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-05
Malacañang asked the public to stay calm, saying Dengvaxia does not cause the deadly type of dengue. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told a news briefing that only 10 percent of the 733,000 schoolchildren who had been vaccinated were at risk of ...

With $250 Million Gift, Columbia Medical School Looks to End Student Debt
New York Times - 2017-12-05
The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is one of the top medical schools in the country, and also among the most expensive. Tuition for one year is $59,364. Add in fees and living expenses, and the total is about $90,000 per year for ...

Philippines halts sale of dengue vaccine as Sanofi downplays risk
Reuters - 2017-12-05
MANILA/LONDON (Reuters) - The Philippines has ordered French drugmaker Sanofi to stop the sale, distribution and marketing of its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in the country after the company last week warned it could worsen the disease in some cases.

Cebu Airport taps global F&B provider
Philstar - 2017-12-05
MANILA, Philippines -- United Kingdom-based SSP Group, an international company which operates catering and retail units in world renowned gateways such as the bustling Heathrow airport, is making its foray into the Philippines by June next year.

Gum disease can lead to this kind of cancer
New York Daily News - 2017-12-05
One more reason your mother was right about flossing regularly -- diseased gums can lead to esophageal cancer, says a new study. The presence of two kinds of bacteria, especially Tannerella forsythia, is tied to a 21% increase in the odds of developing ...

ADB earmarks half of assistance for infrastructure development
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-12-05
Under its 2018-2020 Country Operations Business Plan, the Asian Development Bank will provide a total of $4-billion loans, consisting of $1.9 billion (48% of the total) allotted for sustainable infrastructure and development, $1.2 billion for regional ...

PDEA welcomes return of PNP in drug war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-05
The order came two days after a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that his public satisfaction rating dwindled by 18 points. /atm Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets ...

PSEi firms up at 8,100
Inquirer - 2017-12-05
On the other hand, Security Bank shed 1.66 percent while Metrobank, Meralco and Megaworld all slipped. Outside the PSEi, Macroasia fell by 1.69 percent. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles ...

Duterte warns of NPA rebels' mass arrest
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The President threatened he will order the mass arrest of members of the New People's Army (NPA) Tuesday. "For those who are out temporarily, you just maybe zero in, because any day, I will order for their ...

PNP to resume anti-drug operations
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it will resume its controversial anti-drug operations following President Rodrigo Duterte's green light for it to rejoin the war on drugs. The police will ...

Duterte asks for one more year to solve drug problem
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- President Rodrigo Duterte asked for one more year to solve the drug problem in the country. "Wala na akong istorya pa na extrajudicial killing. It will happen if it will happen. It cannot happen, if it cannot ...

Paolo Ballesteros wins the crown in his Miss Universe make-up transformation
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 6) -- Actor Paolo Ballesteros is known for his make-up transformations, but now he takes the crown as the queen of the universe. Ballesteros transformed himself into newly-crowned Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel ...

Lawmakers push for bill to give service sector employees 100% of collected service charge
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- A bill intended to give service sector employees 100 percent of collected tips has been submitted to plenary. Senate Bill No. 1299, or "An Act Providing that 100% of the Service Charge Collected in Hotels and ...

Metro Manila authorities preparing for holiday rush
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) are preparing for the holiday rush, by managing traffic well and ensuring security. The MMDA on Tuesday said it ...

Lawmakers to Gadon: Please shut up your mouth
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
In a radio interview over the weekend, Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said an oligarch was bribing senators with P200 million to ensure the country's top judge is acquitted in her ...

House minority urges gov't to work with Sanofi to solve Dengvaxia issue
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 5) -- Members of the House minority bloc are urging the government to work with pharmaceutical company Sanofi to swiftly find a solution to the dengue vaccine controversy over alleged health risks posed by the ...

DTI-EMB honors outstanding exporters during 2017 NEC
Business Mirror - 2017-12-05
Awardees were Advanced World Solution Inc. Information-Technology-BPM, Affinity Express Philippines Inc. (Creative Services), Artworks Aviation Academy (Education Services), ExlService Philippines Inc. (Health Information Management) and Potato Corner ...

Microsoft delivers public preview of its new Azure IoT software as a service
ZDNet - 2017-12-05
Microsoft is making available as of today, December 5, a public preview of its IoT software-as-a-service offering called Microsoft IoT Central. Microsoft IoT Central is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering for connecting physical devices to back-end ...

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