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Palace: Open-pit mining ban stays
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said the ban on open-pit mining stays amid calls from a government mining review group to lift it. "I verified this personally with the President," Presidential Spokesperson Harry ...

Lawyer: Sereno ready to face accusations against her
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is ready to face accusations hurled in the impeachment complaint against her-- even if it leads to a full-blown trial in Senate. Speaking to CNN Philippines on Monday ...

PH climbs 10 spots in World Talent Rankings
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) --The Philippines climbed 10 spots higher in the World Talent Rankings (WTR) this year, as it ranked 45th, out of 63 countries. It is the country's strongest performance in five years. Switzerland, Denmark ...

Amazon could supercharge its biggest weapon by getting into healthcare
Business Insider - 2017-11-20
People are thinking a lot about what Amazon could do to the healthcare industry if it decided to get involved. Should Amazon get into the business of prescription drugs, analysts at Morgan Stanley say that building pharmacies at Whole Foods could be a ...

Texas church shooting reignites the encryption debate between Apple and FBI
Mashable - 2017-11-20
The encryption debate is heating back up. Monday, the San Antonio Express-News confirmed that Texas authorities have served Apple with a search warrant for files stored on an iPhone SE discovered at the scene of the Sutherland Springs church shooting ...

Volvo Cars to supply Uber with up to 24,000 self-driving cars
Reuters - 2017-11-20
STOCKHOLM/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber plans to buy up to 24,000 self-driving cars from Volvo, marking the transition of the U.S. firm from an app used to summon a taxi to the owner and operator of a fleet of cars. The non-binding framework deal could ...

Ex-Albay town mayor, 89
Philstar - 2017-11-20
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- A former mayor of Polangui, Albay and father of Albay second district Rep. Joey Salceda died on Sunday after a lingering illness. Jesus Salceda, 89, served as mayor from 1972 to 1991 and 2001 to 2010. He was also the town ...

America's Opioid Epidemic Is Costing Hundreds of Billions of Dollars
Yahoo News - 2017-11-20
(WASHINGTON) -- The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or roughly half a trillion dollars. In an analysis to be released Monday, the Council of Economic Advisers says the figure is more than six times ...

Skin Cancers Rise -- Along With Questionable Treatments
New York Times - 2017-11-20
John Dalman had been in the waiting room at a Loxahatchee, Fla., dermatology clinic for less than 15 minutes when he turned to his wife and told her they needed to leave. Now. "It was like a fight or flight impulse," he said. His face numbed for skin ...

Miner nabbed for bomb threat
Philstar - 2017-11-20
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- An 18-year-old miner landed in jail for claiming that he is a terrorist and a bomb was planted in a bus at a terminal in this city on Sunday night. Joliver Cotcoto reportedly strangled Eduardo Padilla, 53, security officer of ...

Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor
United Press International - 2017-11-20
Trump made the announcement one week after returning from a trip to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sarah Huckabee Sanders ... trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of ...

Uber Strikes Deal With Volvo to Bring Self-Driving Cars to Its Network
New York Times - 2017-11-20
SAN FRANCISCO -- No one knows what the future of self-driving cars will look like, or how long it will take to get there. But every major player in the field is striking partnerships to be ready for the day when autonomous vehicles finally become mainstream.

Digital pills can help doctors monitor opioid abuse
United Press International - 2017-11-20
Nov. 20 (UPI) --Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital are testing the use of ingestible sensors to track opioid ingestion patterns. The sensor is planted in a gelatin capsule along with the medication. The digital pills can help doctors track how ...

Moviegoer apologizes for sitting during national anthem
Philstar - 2017-11-20
ANGELES CITY, Philippines -- A man who was arrested when he refused to stand while the national anthem is being played at a cinema in this city on Friday has apologized for his action. Bayle Einstein Gonzalez, 20, a resident of Paniqui, Tarlac, said it ...

2 suspects, 5 others gunned down
Philstar - 2017-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Two murder suspects and five other persons were killed in shootings in Luzon on Sunday. An alias Umeng and a certain Sonny, alleged members of the Arnold Balagtas group, allegedly shot it out with police officers manning a ...

BTr sells P130 B retail T-bonds
Philstar - 2017-11-20
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co., Philippine Bank of Communications, Philippine National Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., Robinsons Bank Corp., Security Bank Corp., and United Coconut Planters Bank. To promote the RTB issuance, the BTR is also planning ...

Megaworld to build Cavite CBD
Philstar - 2017-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Megaworld Corp. is building a new central business district in General Trias, Cavite in the likes of the Makati CBD. The Maple Grove Commercial District is expected to generate P9 billion from the sale of commercial lots. It will ...

Uber just made its biggest move yet to adopt self-driving cars
Mashable - 2017-11-20
Uber just made a deal that will boost its self-driving efforts in a big way as well as signal a shift in the way the company operates. The agreement marks a bold step forward for Uber, both for its autonomous program and its overall operational strategy.

Study: The 50-and-over set no longer perceive marijuana as dangerous
New York Daily News - 2017-11-20
Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published Monday in the journal Addiction. The findings reveal overall use among the 50-and ...

Make Black Friday green: The 'Amazon for social impact' is here
Mashable - 2017-11-20
The holiday season is finally here, which means spending quality time with family and friends, spreading good cheer and goodwill, and ... rushing to find the best shopping deals imaginable. As Black Friday approaches, one website is trying to turn the ...

Duterte to mining companies paying taxes to communists: Stop or I will shut you down
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated his toughening stance against the communist movement Tuesday. Speaking before businessmen during the opening of an art exhibit dedicated to Marawi troops at Bonifacio ...

Earth Organisms May Already Live On Other Planets, Thanks To Space Transportation
International Business Times - 2017-11-20
Life forms that evolved on Earth might already be living on alien planets, carried there by clouds of dust traveling through space. The dust could act as transportation for the smallest organisms because it is moving quickly and "continuously bombarding ...

Megaworld to develop Cavite business district
BusinessWorld Online - 2017-11-20
Megaworld Corp. is developing Maple Grove Commercial District in Cavite. -- MEGAWORLD MEGAWORLD Corp. is planning to develop a Makati-inspired business district in General Trias, Cavite. In a statement, the property firm of tycoon Andrew L. Tan said it is ...

Robotics company gets $25 million to bring Amazon-like automation to small retailers
ZDNet - 2017-11-20
Locus Robotics, which makes autonomous, mobile robots for use in e-commerce fulfillment warehouses, just announced $25 million in a Series B round. Locus is one of a growing number of warehouse robotics providers helping retailers and third-party logistics ...

Customs seizes P3-B of smuggled fake goods in Tondo
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 21) -- The Bureau of Customs uncovered on Monday around ?3 billion of smuggled fake goods in Tondo, Manila that supposedly came from China. The BOC said in a Monday statement that Customs agents confiscated ...

Last chance for Bonifacio
Philstar - 2017-11-20
DEMAND AND SUPPLY By Boo Chanco (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2017 - 12:00am It was not too long ago when what was then known as Fort Bonifacio was one large expanse of green. The Ministry of Energy was probably the only cabinet level ...

House approves Mental Health Act on final reading
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- A national mental health bill will now become a law after a unanimous vote from the House of Representatives Monday. After a five-week break, Congress passed on a 223-0-0 vote the Comprehensive Mental Health ...

DOJ: NBI to probe alleged MRT sabotage
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has tapped the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into a possible sabotage angle in that latest serious Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 glitch. Aguirre said he ...

Filipino elected global head of Bain & Company
Philstar - 2017-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino has been appointed as the first Asian global managing director of ... The new global head of Bain holds a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management.

Drugs Board chief asked to resign for accepting bribes from narcopolitician - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- President Rodrigo Duterte asked the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chief to resign due to alleged corruption, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday. Retired general and former DDB head Dionisio ...

Rody defends troopers tagged in Marawi looting
Philstar - 2017-11-20
DAVAO CITY , Philippines -- President Duterte has defended government forces who were allegedly involved in looting during the five-month fighting in Marawi. Duterte said the reported looting and human rights violations committed by soldiers ...

Uber and Volvo are upping their self-driving car agreement
CNN Money - 2017-11-20
Uber and Volvo are taking a major step toward putting driverless cars on the road. The ride-hailing company has agreed to buy "tens of thousands" of cars from the Swedish automaker, the companies announced Monday. The framework agreement, which isn't ...

Grenade goes off in couple's yard in Pikit
Philstar - 2017-11-20
NORTH COTABATO -- A grenade blast ripped through the residential yard of a merchant-couple in Pikit town in North Cotabato Sunday night. Chief Inspector Aldrin Gonzales, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office-12, said the spouses Hayder and Samra ...

What dirty air?
Business Mirror - 2017-11-20
But even as the polluted air threatens health, India seems to be embracing physical fitness. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon went ahead last Sunday, even after a last-minute attempt by the Indian Medical Association to have it postponed. In the cool half ...

Transport Secretary still enjoys Duterte's trust and confidence -- Palace
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) -- Despite the frequency of the glitches that continue to bog down the operations of the Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3, Transport Secretary Art Tugade still holds the confidence of President Rodrigo ...

Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled
Inquirer Technology - 2017-11-20
"So we are trying in therapy to make people more relaxed," said Veling, who has been studying the use of VR to help people with mental health disorders. "The power of virtual reality is in the immersion" into another world, he says on the Dolphin ...

House unanimously approves mental health bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-20
On the day it resumed from its five-week break, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the proposed mental health act that will provide a national mental health system. The lower house in a session on Tuesday passed House Bill ...

PH Asean hosting delivers results
Inquirer - 2017-11-20
This year, Lopez pointed out that Asean has moved to further enhance existing free trade agreements (FTAs), which were "expected to generate new openings for business opportunities, especially for the MSMEs," naming separate FTAs with Japan ...

Treasury issues P130-B RTBs at 4.625%
Inquirer - 2017-11-20
The Bureau of the Treasury on Monday issued P130 billion in retail treasury bonds (RTBs) at a coupon of 4.625 percent, with more expected to be sold in minimum denominations of P5,000 to small investors until Nov. 29. At the rate-setting auction for the ...

Duterte to declare NPA as terrorist group
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- Peace talks have stalled between communist rebels and the government, but now President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to declare the New People's Army (NPA) as a terrorist group. "I'll be issuing a proclamation.

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2017-11-20
The event, led by the two Negros provinces is themed "Go Organic for Health and Prosperity" will start Nov. 22 and end on Nov. 25. On Wednesday, organic practitioners will be awarded, together with focal persons, local government units, and ...

MMDA to apprehend violators of PUV lane on EDSA
CNN Philippines - 2017-11-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 20) --The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) reminded the public anew on Monday to follow traffic rules especially in EDSA, as they start stricter implementation of the use of "yellow lanes" or those ...

Usapang Exports goes to Cebu, Davao and Manila
Inquirer - 2017-11-20
The Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) brings its Usapang Exports ... and Technology (ITDI-DOST), Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO PHIL), and other private sector experts of e-commerce, packaging ...

Clouds and scattered rain over Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-11-20
The tail-end of a cold front will bring scattered rain over the eastern section of Northern Luzon, while northeast monsoon or hanging amihan will affect extreme Northern Luzon, the weather bureau said Sunday morning. The cold front will bring cloudy skies ...

Can anything stop bitcoin? Price above $8,000
CNN Money - 2017-11-20
Forget about boring stocks. Bitcoin is where it's at these days for investors. The virtual currency is now trading at a record high above $8,200 -- just a little more than a month after bitcoin first passed the $5,000 level. If this keeps up, bitcoin could ...

The effect of long holidays on the economy
Philstar - 2017-11-20
PHILEQUITY CORNER By Antonio Samson (The Philippine Star) | Updated November 20, 2017 - 12:00am One economic policy from a previous administration involved moving weekday holidays around so they would result in long weekends. Thus, a national holiday that ...

Baidu to begin small-scale production of fully automative vehicles next year
ZDNet - 2017-11-19
The Chinese search engine giant Baidu is planning to commence small-scale production and trial operations of its fully autonomous minibuses in July, 2018, according to a NetEase report. Speaking at the 2017 Baidu World Conference in Beijing last week, its ...

Nuke plant rehab, revival opposed
Inquirer - 2017-11-19
A group of activist scientists said cooperation on nuclear energy between the Philippines and Russia should leave out plans to revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), as the mothballed and unused facility posed an environmental and health hazard.

MPIC to tap bond market with up to P30-B offering over 3 years
Inquirer - 2017-11-19
SYDNEY--Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) plans to debut on the local capital market next year, seeking flexibility to offer to the public as much as P30 billion in bonds over a three-year period. This maiden bond offering ...

Bourse net income jumped 45.9% in first 9 months
Inquirer - 2017-11-19
The operator of the country stock exchange said profit in the first nine months of the year jumped by almost half, aided by increased listing activity and the one-time sale of its offices in the Tektite Towers in the Ortigas business district. Philippine ...

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