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BSP keeps interest rates steady, but raises inflation forecast for 2018
Inquirer - 2017-11-10
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has kept interest rates steady but raised the inflation forecast for 2018 to 3.4 percent on expectations of a further increase in global oil prices as well as depreciation of the peso. On Thursday, Governor Nestor A.

DOTr chief on appointment of disgraced Customs officials: My concern is future performance
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said he has no issues working with former Customs officials who resigned in the wake of corruption and incompetence allegations. Speaking to CNN Philippines on Friday, Tugade ...

Pagasa lifts all storm signals as Salome gears to exit PAR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-10
All tropical cyclone signals were lifted on Friday as Tropical Storm "Salome" (international name Haikui) crosses the West Philippine Sea. But landslides and flashfloods are possible over Central Luzon, Ilocos region, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley, the ...

6 soldiers killed in clash with Sayyaf men
Philstar - 2017-11-10
ZAMBOANGA CITY , Philippines -- Six soldiers were killed and four others wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sumisip, Basilan on Wednesday. Capt. Jo-Ann Petinglay, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesperson, said four of ...

North Korea, ever so cautiously, is going online
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-10
Hardly anyone has a personal computer ... and online shopping sites. There are very few actual sites on Kwangmyong. An official at the Sci-Tech Center said they number 168. They are spread across separate networks for government agencies, schools and ...

World leaders urged to prioritize Marawi crisis in ASEAN summit
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Officials on ground zero are asking leaders at the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit and Related Meetings to focus on the Marawi crisis and the impact of extremism in the region. As the ...

Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names
Mashable - 2017-11-10
What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name? Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back ...

QC police sacks, charges officers in catcalling incident
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Quezon City police involved in a catcalling incident in Katipunan Avenue have been relieved and charged Thursday. In a statement, Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) director ...

Luzon weather to improve as Salome moves towards West PH Sea
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Residents of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, and parts of Southern Luzon can expect better weather Friday afternoon as Tropical Storm Salome moves towards the West Philippine Sea. The Philippine Atmospheric ...

Anytime Fitness flexes muscles in PH
Inquirer - 2017-11-09
Fifty today, and, soon, hopefully, 400 branches in the Philippines. If 24-hour gym Anytime Fitness maintains its aggressive growth, the franchise could very well hit such an ambitious number in the next few years, said Anytime Fitness Asia master ...

IRS targets Coinbase users in an attempt to thwart tax fraud
Mashable - 2017-11-09
The Internal Revenue Service is heading to court today with the goal of forcing Coinbase, a U.S. cryptocurrency exchange, to hand over data on a host of its users. Why? According to the government agency, all is not right in the land of blockchains -- and ...

Building an alliance culture in Asean
Inquirer - 2017-11-09
These are typically the makers of consumer goods like Universal Robina Corp., San Miguel Corp., Unilab Pharmaceuticals and Liwayway Marketing. They now operate production and distribution hubs across multiple territories. Then there are food retailers like ...

AboitizPower switching on 2 hydro plants
Philstar - 2017-11-09
"We remain optimistic on the long-term fundamentals of our businesses, and we look forward to continuing to advance business and communities in the execution of our growth strategy," said Erramon Aboitiz, AEV president and chief executive office

Pagcor bidding out 2 lot parcels in Bay City for at least P37.2 B
Philstar - 2017-11-09
In a document posted in its website, PAGCOR invited interested parties to buy through sealed bid two parcels of land located at Central Business Park 1- Islands B and C of the Bay City. "The properties are subject of a long-term lease initially in favor ...

NGCP, SGCC team up to make Philippines among best power grids in Asia
Philstar - 2017-11-09
Jinan, China - The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is building on its partnership with State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) to expand and modernize transmission facilities, as well as enhance the capabilities of its personnel to advance the ...

Family planning advocates seek full implementation of RH law
Philstar - 2017-11-09
CEBU CITY, Philippines -- Family planning advocates yesterday sought the full implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) law and Executive Order No. 12, which call for the attainment of "zero unmet need" for ...

Medical marijuana bill is a bad joke
Philstar - 2017-11-09
Atienza could only commiserate with incoming Health Sec. Dr. Francisco Duque who took a middle ground on the proposed medical marijuana bill. The Buhay party-list pointed out the new Cabinet official will still go through the confirmation process of the ...

Maynilad builds new P6.75-B Putatan plant
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is building a P6.75-billion new water treatment plant in Muntinlupa aimed at enhancing water supply reliability in the southern part of Metro Manila. The Putatan water treatment ...

China Bank profit rises 17% to P5.7 B
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Sy-led China Banking Corp. registered a 17 percent increase in earnings in the first nine months amid the strong growth in its core and fee-based businesses. "China Bank continues to deliver positive results on the back of strong ...

BSP keeps interest rates intact
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) kept interest rates unchanged yesterday, but raised the inflation forecast for 2018 amid rising oil prices, higher liquidity in the financial system and the weak peso. BSP Governor Nestor ...

Chelsea acquires another logistics firm
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy has acquired Worklink Services Inc. (WSI), a company that provides forwarding, trucking and logistics services to a growing domestic industry. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE ...

Stocks rebound on strong Q3 results
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rebounded yesterday on strong third quarter income results, analysts said. The PSEi gained 11.33 points, or 0.13 percent, to finish at 8,519.82 while the broader All Shares index ...

Why MRT 3 is still a problem
Philstar - 2017-11-09
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2017 - 12:00am It is sad MRT 3 continues to be a problem and things are getting worse. One can only wonder why a year and a half through the Duterte administration, DOTr is still ...

ASEAN amid a new world order
Philstar - 2017-11-09
FILIPINO WORLDVIEW By Roberto R. Romulo (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 10, 2017 - 12:00am This world order of economic liberalism and relative peace and stability responsible for decades of unprecedented global economic growth was led and secured ...

Amid Trump cuts, Uber kicks off campaign to enroll drivers in Obamacare
Reuters - 2017-11-09
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and some smaller technology companies are launching campaigns to publicize Obamacare enrollment among their contract workers after the Trump administration slashed government marketing for the ...

Apple just released the fix for the iPhone 'question mark' glitch
Business Insider - 2017-11-09
iPhone users had been experiencing a bug that changed the letter "i" to a series of unreadable symbols, including a box with a question mark in it. Apple released an official fix on Thursday, iOS 11.1.1, that eliminates the issue. Apple released an iOS ...

Billionaire ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg and admits he helped build a monster
Business Insider - 2017-11-09
Sean Parker, the former president of Facebook. Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, has been sharply critical of the social network, accusing it of exploiting human "vulnerability." "God only knows what it's ...

Chip stocks tumble as top performer Nvidia set to report results
Reuters - 2017-11-09
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of chipmakers slumped on Thursday ahead of a quarterly earnings report from Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O), the star performer of the high-flying sector over the past year. The Philadelphia Semiconductor index .SOX dropped 2.96 ...

Boy Has Entire Body Covered in Genetically Modified Skin in Medical Breakthrough For Horrific and Fatal Condition
Yahoo News - 2017-11-09
A 7-year-old boy with a rare and fatal skin condition that causes gruesome blisters has been given a treatment that is nothing short of a medical breakthrough. An entire new, genetically modified skin now covers most of his body. The boy had almost no skin ...

Mobile-app errors expose data on 180 million phones: security firm
Reuters - 2017-11-09
(Reuters) - Up to 180 million smart phone owners are at risk of having some of their text messages and calls intercepted by hackers because of a simple coding error in at least 685 mobile apps, cyber-security firm Appthority warned on Thursday. Developers ...

Philippines' Duterte says he'll tell Trump to 'lay off' human-rights issues when they meet
Business Insider - 2017-11-09
Thomson Reuters MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday ... I take care of my country and I will nurture my country to health," Duterte told reporters before leaving for Vietnam. More than 3,900 Filipinos have been killed ...

Uber is testing 24/7 hotline support for its most frequent riders
The Verge - 2017-11-09
Uber is conducting a pair of experiments to see whether its most premium riders would use 24/7 support features. The pilots were first reported by TechCrunch, and involve both a hotline and an in-app feature staffed by "specially trained experts" who ...

PLDT hikes 2017 profit guidance, ramps up 2018 spending
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT Inc. is hiking its core profit guidance this year after posting positive financial results in the first three quarters, while also indicating plans to ramp up spending next year to boost its network. "With two months to go ...

Abaca exports hit $36 M in 3 months
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Export earnings from abaca products went up 13 percent in the first quarter amid an increase in volume demand from major markets, the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) said. According to PhilFIDA, abaca ...

South Cotabato starts shipping papayas to Korea
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The province of South Cotabato has started the initial shipment of papaya to South Korea. According to the Department of Agriculture-South Cotabato, farmers from Tupi in Koronadal have exported papaya to South Korea pursuant to a ...

JICA to help in LGU waste management
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has partnered with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the strengthening of local government units (LGUs) capacity in solid waste management using the latest ...

Nanoshells could deliver cancer drugs directly to tumors with fewer side effects
United Press International - 2017-11-09
Nov. 9 (UPI) --Scientists at Rice University are perfecting a novel drug delivery system for treating cancer. The system utilizes gold nanoparticles, which, when zapped with a laser, release a drug inside the tumor cells. In recent lab tests, scientists ...

Cagayan rains death toll rises to 7
Philstar - 2017-11-09
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- The death toll from heavy rains spawned by the northeast monsoon in Cagayan has risen to seven. Gerard Sabban, 9, and Mark Ronald Maggay, 10, drowned while playing in a flooded rice field in Barangay Cordova ...

Lawmaker hospitalized in Russia
Philstar - 2017-11-09
MANILA, Philippines -- Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin was hospitalized in Russia for two weeks last month. Garbin, who was supposed to attend a parliamentary conference in St. Petersburg, was brought to a hospital upon his arrival in the city ...

The Philippines looks to foreign investment to liberalize trade
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
The University of the Philippines was the only Philippine institution ... Efforts to liberalize the economy come at a time of declining international capital inflows. FDI fell by 16.5% year on year in the first seven months of 2017 to $3.9 billion ...

Duterte meets Vladimir Putin again in APEC
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-09
Marawi City (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- President Rodrigo Duterte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday on the sidelines of APEC Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam. This is their second meeting since Duterte's official visited to Moscow in May.

Ex-President Aquino posts bail on Mamasapano cases
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- Former President Benigno Aquino III on Friday posted bail on cases filed against him over the bloody Mamasapano encounter in January 2015. Aquino paid P40,000 (US$785) to secure his provisional liberty even ...

UST Law Dean covering up for Aegis Juris brods -- Atio's parents
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 10) -- The parents of law student Horacio Castillo III who died from hazing are alleging the Dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Law is covering up for members of the Aegis Juris fraternity ...

TD Salome leaves hundreds stranded, halts oil spill cleanup in Oriental Mindoro
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-11-09
Eight hundred liters of fuel accidentally leaked out of a storage tank from the DMCI Power Corp. in Calapan on November 6, a statement from the company said. The company's employees, along with 300 workers were conducting cleaning activities on 2.5 ...

PLDT expects recovery to continue in 2018
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
PLDT, Inc. expects to sustain its recovery next year, as the telco giant mulls raising capital expenditures above regular levels without incurring additional debt to address mounting criticism on slow Internet speed. In a briefing in Makati City on ...

EastWest Bank net income grows at end-September
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
EAST WEST Banking Corp. (EastWest Bank) saw a steep increase in its net income in the first nine months of the year, driven by growth across all its businesses. In a statement released to the local bourse on Thursday, the Gotianun-led EastWest Bank ...

Transport firm ordered closed
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
THE MAKATI City government in a statement on Thursday, Nov. 9, said its Business Permit and License Office (BPLO) had closed down a transport firm engaged in a "habal-habal" type (motorcycle) of transportation service for operating without a valid ...

Taxation and the reengineering of Philippine society
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
The tax reform package currently being pushed by the government (i.e., TRAIN or Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) represents a great opportunity to layout, craft, and implement a vision of what Philippine ... Challenge Corp. corruption and rule ...

Health advocates rebuffed on new tobacco taxes
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-09
NEW TAX on tobacco being pushed by health advocates cannot be accommodated in the first package of tax reform program, Senate committee on ways and means chair Juan Edgardo M. Angara said. "We are aware of this especially now that they (health advocates ...

HPV vaccine linked to drop in cases of childhood respiratory disease
United Press International - 2017-11-09
THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 -- The human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine, first developed to help guard against cervical cancer, also seems to protect against a rare, chronic childhood respiratory disease, a new study suggests. It's believed that the disease ...

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