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SMC drops plastic water bottle business
Inquirer - 2017-09-18
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is exiting the plastic bottled water business under the "Purewater" brand as part of an initiative to reduce its environmental footprint and support a more sustainable business model. "The plastic bottled water business ...

Robinsons Land plans more solar farms in malls
Inquirer - 2017-09-18
Gokongwei-led Robinsons Land Corp. has unveiled plans to install solar farms on the roofdecks of more of its shopping malls, making it the dominant renewable energy generator among Philippine property developers. RLC is now in the process of installing ...

Pagasa: Cloudy Monday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-18
Parts of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to a trough of a low pressure area (LPA), the state weather bureau said on Monday. The LPA was tracked 930 kilometers east of Alabat, Quezon as of 3a.m ...

Maring leaves 17 dead
Philstar - 2017-09-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Seventeen persons were reported dead during the onslaught of Tropical Depression Maring in Metro Manila and Luzon last week, disaster management officials said yesterday. Of the figure, five were confirmed by the Department of the ...

Napoles mulls new bail plea after Estrada release
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) - Pork barrel scandal principal suspect Janet Lim Napoles is planning to file a new bail application following the release of former Senator Jinggoy Estrada from detention. Napoles is Estrada's co-accused in ...

Snapchat pulls Al Jazeera channel from its app in Saudi Arabia
CNN Money - 2017-09-18
Saudi Arabia just made it much harder for Snapchat users to view Al Jazeera content. Snap Inc. (SNAP) pulled the prominent news channel's curated content from its Snapchat app in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, saying it was responding to a government request.

Road works turn Ortigas Avenue Extension into another EDSA
Philstar - 2017-09-18
MANLA, Philippines - "Ortigas Avenue Extension makes EDSA look like an expressway," Marlon Castillo said in a Facebook post a little before 6 a.m. on Monday. Traffic had been at a standstill even before 6 a.m., Castillo added in his post. Like Castillo ...

No coordination with barangay, minor as asset among police violations in alleged robbery
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) -- The failure to produce a search warrant is not the only violation of protocol by police in an alleged robbery caught on camera, the Caloocan Police Chief said Monday. Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source ...

50 years of Better Living through locally-made, Japan quality products
Inquirer - 2017-09-18
Brought together by their common belief that business operations should be aimed towards the betterment of society and the development of ... the continually intensifying competition in consumer electronics, PMPC remains a strong industry leader.

Manilans urged: Patronize barangay health centers
Philstar - 2017-09-18
MANILA, Philippines -- To reduce overcrowding and long lines at the six city-run hospitals in Manila, Mayor Joseph Estrada urged Manileños yesterday to patronize health centers in their areas. Estrada said health centers are well-equipped and funded by ...

People thought they caught JPMorgan buying bitcoin after Jamie Dimon called it a 'fraud' - but that's not what happened
Business Insider - 2017-09-18
Over the weekend, a tweet, which suggested JPMorgan was buying up a product tied to the success of bitcoin, sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency community. But like most outrage on the internet, it was unwarranted. The screenshot, which was ...

Abducted priest rescued in Marawi, authorities say
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) -- A Catholic priest held captive by rebels in Marawi since May 23 has been rescued, authorities said. Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza first announced this in a Facebook post Sunday, quoting former ...

Not all Caloocan cops 'rotten', new police chief says
Philstar - 2017-09-18
MANILA, Philippines -- As the entire Caloocan City Police Station undergoes a shake-up, Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo said that members of the local police force are cooperating with efforts to reform their ranks. "Ang ibig natin sabihin, sabi ...

Hackers infiltrate free PC cleaning software
CNN Money - 2017-09-18
Even if you're cautious, it's still possible for hackers to infiltrate your computer. The latest security breach targeted British software firm Piriform, known for its free software CCleaner. Hackers compromised CCleaner in a sophisticated attack that ...

Martial law's dark days remembered online
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philppines, September 17) -- It's telling history through art - and with a lasting imprint through technology. Boni Ilagan is a witness to the horrors of martial law. He was a student leader at the time who protested human rights ...

Mechanic shot dead
Philstar - 2017-09-18
BINALONAN, Philippines -- A 33-year-old mechanic was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in Barangay Poblacion here on Saturday night. Leroy Samson, 33, was declared dead on arrival at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Urdaneta City due to several gunshot ...

2 dead in vehicular mishaps
Philstar - 2017-09-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Two persons died in separate vehicular accidents in Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan over the weekend. Crisanto Fuerte, 37, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Balacad, Laoag City when he collided with a Hyundai Starex Van driven by ...

UST law student dead after alleged hazing
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 18) -- A 22-year-old freshman law student of the University of Santo Tomas has died after allegedly undergoing hazing. Horacio Tomas Castillo III's body was found by his parents early Monday at a funeral parlor in ...

Benchmarking Asean farm productivity and growth
Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Productivity is key to inclusive growth. Studies show that the Philippines lags behind its Asean neighbors in farm productivity. In this article, two measures are compared across key Asean countries: total factor productivity, and specific crop land ...

The rise of the smart office
Inquirer - 2017-09-17
How do you picture the workplace 20 years from now? Do offices still exist, or have we completely traded in headquarters for personal quarters? Is the workforce more collaborative or more siloed? More productive or distracted? Is it even human? According ...

Meds that Should Be in the First Aid Kit
Philstar - 2017-09-17
CEBU, Philippines -- Fierce sunlight and suddenly heavy rain. Many have lately started to feel under the weather. Even consistent efforts to stay fit, eating healthy and getting enough rest do not completely seal off the possibility of getting sick at ...

Chicken pox outbreak reported at Mindoro jail
Philstar - 2017-09-17
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 100 inmates at the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Jail (OMPJ) have been afflicted with chicken pox and other diseases, the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday. Disinfection and sanitation have been ordered conducted ...

5 found dead in Luzon
Philstar - 2017-09-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Five persons were found dead in separate areas in Luzon over the weekend. Three of the bodies including a woman were found in Cavite and Rizal, and one each in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija. John Carlo Alamin, 19, was found dead with a ...

'Crazy' ICOs are driven by Bitcoin millionaires who need to diversify but don't want to pay tax
Business Insider - 2017-09-17
Lightspeed's Jeremy Liew and Blockchain's Peter Smith. Getty and Tom Campbell/Blockchain LONDON -- Where is all this ICO money coming from? That was the question I wanted to ask when Business Insider was invited to lunch last week with Lightspeed Venture ...

'Follow the Money' in Extreme Skin Cancer Care
Medscape News - 2017-09-17
GENEVA -- Dermatologists may be tempted to overtreat patients with minor skin cancers such as basal cell carcinomas, or prescribe patented drugs offering no advantage to generics, because these approaches benefit them financially, according to a symposium ...

Facebook Launches Artificial Research Lab In Montreal
International Business Times - 2017-09-17
Artificial intelligence is a growing field for tech companies and Facebook is the latest to make a significant investment in the platform. The social networking platform recently announced that it will launch a lab in Montreal dedicated to AI research.

The US is taking aim at Russia's cyber industry
Business Insider - 2017-09-17
Employees work at the headquarters of Kaspersky Labs in Moscow Thomson Reuters The US government is banning all federal agencies from using software developed by Kaspersky Labs, an elite Russian cybersecurity company. The move could be part of the US ...

DOF to submit 2nd tax reform package next year
Philstar - 2017-09-17
In an interview last Friday, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said the DOF has moved the target submission of the second CTRP package from the fourth quarter of 2017 to early next year as it concentrates first on its fight for the first tax reform bill ...

Young man on a mission
Philstar - 2017-09-17
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated September 18, 2017 - 12:00am There is a Pinoy Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Like them he dropped out of school while he was still an undergrad not at Harvard, but at Yale. Like them, he was ...

Weak peso, lower revenues cut BSP profit in 7 mos
Philstar - 2017-09-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Efforts to temper currency fluctuations as well as lower revenues pulled down the earnings of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in the first seven months of the year as the peso emerged as the worst performing currency in the ...

GOCC subsidies down in July
Philstar - 2017-09-17
According to the Department of Budget and Management, the decrease in subsidies released to GOCCs in July was mainly due to the early and staggered payments to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. The PhilHealth acquired the largest budgetary support in ...

Luzon grid to get additional capacity
Philstar - 2017-09-17
... undertaken by Pagbilao Energy Corp. (PEC), a joint venture between TPEC Holdings Corp. and Therma Power Inc. - wholly owned subsidiaries of TeaM Energy and the Aboitiz Group, respectively. AboitizPower serves as the independent power producer ...

PSA reports 55% drop in Q2 foreign investment approvals
- 2017-09-17
Foreign investments approved by the country’s seven investment promotion agencies (IPA) fell 54.9 percent in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported over the weekend.

Digital Transformation Through Mobile Analytics
Forbes - 2017-09-17
At the core of every digital transformation is mobile analytics. More than ever, businesses are focused on delivering growth and profitability with faster, better-informed decision making. And with enterprise mobility solutions, we can intelligently ...

A critique of the UA&P studies on tax reform
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-09-17
By the first year, about P74 billion will be generated to fund infrastructure, health, education, and social protection measures. Under this proposal, independent estimates show an increase in annual direct expenditure for gasoline, diesel, kerosene ...

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
New York Times - 2017-09-17
SAN FRANCISCO -- We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving. All this artificial intelligence requires an enormous amount of computing power, stretching ...

Universal health care for all Filipinos
BusinessMirror. - 2017-09-17
The House of Representatives on September 6 passed on third and final reading the House Bill 5784, or An Act Providing For A Universal Health Coverage For Filipinos and Appropriating Funds Therefor, by an affirmative vote of 222, with seven members of the ...

There's gonna be a lot of people in tears when they realize they won't get an iPhone X until 2018
Mashable - 2017-09-17
It's gonna be really, really hard to get an iPhone X this holiday season. Several reports prior to the iPhone X's announcement already warned of extreme supply shortages, but things might be even worse than we all thought. SEE ALSO: 8 reasons why buying an ...

What's next for Jinggoy Estrada?
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) -- Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada was temporarily released from detention Saturday after three years at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame. This after the Sandiganbayan's Special ...

De Lima: Threat of martial law expansion 'troubling'
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) -- Senator Leila de Lima on Saturday slammed the defense chief over his remark on martial law. "The recent pronouncement by no less than Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that Duterte might declare martial law ...

'Red flag' calls signaled post-Irma deaths at nursing home
Yahoo News - 2017-09-17
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- The first 911 call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills didn't sound ominous: A nursing home patient had an abnormal heartbeat. An hour later, came a second call: a patient had trouble breathing. Then came the third call.

San Miguel Corp. to discontinue plastic bottled water business as part of sustainability efforts
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17 ... "The plastic bottled water business has given us good returns, but we are choosing to forego it in favor of our long-term sustainability goals," SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang ...

Mother Nature gets some corporate love
Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Dionisio, on the other hand, had already been wanting to put up his own business, after leaving his corporate job in a multinational company. "Circle was my fourth or fifth try [at starting a business], and it was the first one that clicked. I grew up ...

Zobel named UN SDG champion
Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, chair and chief executive officer of 183-year-old conglomerate Ayala Corp., is part of the honor roll for 2017, the first executive from the Philippines to receive this citation. He was named SDG Pioneer for sustainable ...

PAL cancels 2 Japan flights due to bad weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Philippine Airlines cancelled two flights between Manila and Japan on Sunday afternoon. The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said the following flights were cancelled due to the bad weather in Japan: Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access ...

ITCZ to bring cloudy skies, rains to Southern Mindanao -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Southern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies, rain showers and thunderstorms on Sunday due an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), the state weather bureau said in its early morning forecast. The weather system will specifically affect Zamboanga ...

Caloocan police force struggling with lack of manpower
cnnphilippines.com - 2017-09-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) -- With over 200 police officers relieved from their posts following a series of killings and a robbery, the Caloocan City Police is struggling with the lack of manpower. Caloocan police chief Jemar Modequillo ...

DENR pushes reduction of hydrofluorocarbons
Philstar - 2017-09-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is calling for the gradual reduction of the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) amid the continued threat of global warming. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu is urging the ...

PSA: Foreign investment pledges down during first 4 quarters of Duterte admin
Inquirer - 2017-09-17
Investment pledges made by foreign firms slid 55 percent year-on-year to P18.2 billion in the second quarter, the fourth straight quarter that commitments dropped. In a report Friday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said foreign investments ...

Health workers find baby patient in a coffin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-09-16
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte -- Health workers kept their appointment on Thursday to be at the house of the Laride family here supposedly to administer a vaccine shot to 5-month-old Rex June Laride and conduct prenatal checkup on his mother, Virginia.

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