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Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardOct 12th, 2018

Trump complains about Twitter removing his followers

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – US President Donald Trump complained on Friday, October 26, that Twitter is removing some of his followers and has made it harder to join, an apparent critique of the social network's efforts to weed out fake and abusive accounts. Trump, who has some 55 million Twitter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

BIR: Computer woes still unresolved by DICT

The operations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR)---key to providing the government funds for its economic programs---remain impaired despite promises by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to fix a "hardware meltdown" that occurred in July. In a press statement, the Department of Finance said its largest revenue collection agency continues to experience erratic network connections in all its systems and electronic services despite the interventions of the DICT, further impairing the revenue agency's productivity and delivery of frontline services. Owing to this recurrent problem, the BIR asked the DICT to provide an update on the measures it has...Keep on reading: BIR: Computer woes still unresolved by DICT.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Facebook activates disaster help app

As Typhoon Ompong and Hurricane Florence pummeled the Philippines and the United States, respectively, social media giant Facebook said users in communities with limited internet and slow network connectivity will now be able to utilize a feature to communicate fast and help one another in times of disasters......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

Facebook said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and… link: Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Monday said it is notifying more than 800,000 users that a software bug temporarily unblocked people at the social network and its Messenger service. The glitch active between May 29 and June 5 has been fixed, according to Facebook, which has been striving to regain trust in the aftermath of a [...] The post Facebook bug unblocks unwanted connections for a bit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

Slow starters: Pats have no 1st quarter SB points with Brady

By Josh Dubow, Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Tom Brady has accomplished just about everything when it comes to playing in the Super Bowl. His five titles and four Super Bowl MVPs are more than any other quarterback. He has posted the two biggest comeback wins in Super Bowl history, including last year's rally from 25 points down to beat Atlanta. He has thrown for more yards or touchdowns than any quarterback on the biggest stage. Perhaps the only accomplishment missing seems like a relatively simple one: leading a first-quarter scoring drive. In one of the more surprising Super Bowl stats, the Patriots have failed to score a single point in the first quarter in their seven Super Bowl trips in the Brady-Bill Belichick era. "We're trying to score every time we take the field," Brady said. "There's a little caveat to that in my opinion. In 2007, it was our first drive of the game, it just happened to be the first play of the second quarter. "But it was the first time we touched it. So we did score when we got it first. But I'd love to score 21 points in the first quarter if we can but obviously this defense can make it really tough for us." The Patriots did score on that first possession in their first meeting against the Giants. But because New York held the ball for 9:59 to open the game with a field-goal drive, Laurence Maroney's 1-yard run came on the first play of the second quarter. The first-quarter scoring woes in the Super Bowl led to a memorable moment from an NFL Network documentary about last year's title of linebackers coach Brian Flores addressing a banquet to honor the team. "Coach Belichick, prior to the game, looked right at Tom Brady and goes 'Tom, we've been to six Super Bowls together, and we've never scored a point in the first quarter. Can we get that done?'" Flores told the crowd. "I look around and I go, 'Man, we're going to score 30 points in the first quarter.'" Instead it didn't happen. It was another first-quarter shutout as the Patriots went three-and-out the first time they had the ball and then stalled near midfield following two sacks on the second drive. The third drive ended when LeGarrette Blount fumbled on the second play of the second quarter. Brady has been on the field for a first-quarter score when his intentional grounding penalty in the end zone against the Giants in 2012 led to a safety for New York. That was one of four scores in the first quarter against the Patriots in their seven trips with Belichick and Brady. "Look, we try to score in every game," Belichick said. "I know that's probably hard to understand, but we try to go out and score and keep the other team from scoring. That's our goal every game." It's not as if slow starts are a chronic problem for Brady and the Patriots. Since his first season as the starter in 2001, New England leads the NFL on first-quarter scoring with 5.7 points per game. The Patriots are only a tick behind that at 5.5 points per first quarter in the playoff rounds prior to the Super Bowl with Brady at quarterback. But for some reason that all changes on the biggest stage, even though it hasn't stopped the Patriots from winning five Super Bowl titles. "I would say that's the emphasis every week," receiver Phillip Dorsett said. "We play better when we start fast, and that's a big emphasis every week, not just in the Super Bowl but in the weeks prior to this. I mean, we have a better record when we're playing fast and we get out to a good start, when we get points on the board on that first drive. So, we always like to do that." ___ AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Tax haven secrets of ultra-rich exposed – BBC News

A huge new leak of financial documents has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including the Queen’s private estate, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Donald Trump’s commerce secretary is shown to have a stake in a firm dealing with Russians sanctioned by the US. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4m documents, mostly from one leading firm in offshore finance. BBC Panorama is part of nearly 100 media groups investigating the papers. As with last year’s Panama Papers leak, the documents were obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to oversee the investigation. The Guardian is also among the organisations investigating the documents. Sunday’s revelations form only a small part of a week of disclosures that will expose the tax and financial affairs of some of the hundreds of people and companies named in the data, some with strong UK connections. Many of the stories focus on how politicians, multinationals, celebrities and high-net-worth individuals use complex structures of trusts, foundations and shell companies to protect their cash from tax officials or hide their dealings behind a veil of secrecy. The Paradise Papers show that about £10m ($13m) of the Queen’s private money was invested offshore. It was put into funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda by the Duchy of Lancaster, which provides the Queen with an income and handles investments for her £500m private estate. There is nothing illegal in the investments and no suggestion that the Queen is avoiding tax, but questions may be asked about whether the monarch should be investing offshore. There were small investments in the rent-to-buy retailer BrightHouse, which has been accused of exploiting the poor, and the Threshers chain of off-licences, which later went bust owing £17.5m in tax and costing almost 6,000 people their jobs. The Duchy said it was not involved in decisions made by funds and there is no suggestion the Queen had any knowledge of the specific investments made on her behalf. The Duchy has in the past said it gives “ongoing consideration regarding any of its acts or omissions that could adversely impact the reputation” of the Queen, who it says takes “a keen interest” in the estate. Wilbur Ross helped stave off bankruptcy for Donald Trump in the 1990s and was later appointed commerce secretary in Mr Trump’s administration. The documents reveal Mr Ross has retained an interest in a shipping company which earns millions of dollars a year transporting oil and gas for a Russian energy firm whose shareholders include Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law and two men subject to US sanctions. It will again raise questions about the Russian connections of Donald Trump’s team. His presidency has been dogged by allegations that Russians colluded to try to influence the outcome of last year’s US election. He has called the allegations “fake news”. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal has called for an investigation, telling NBC News that Mr Ross had given Congress the impression he no longer held shares in the shipping company. “Our committee was misled, the American people were misled by the concealment of those companies.” Most of the data comes from a company called Appleby, a Bermuda-based legal services provider at the top end of the offshore industry, helping clients set up in overseas jurisdictions with low or zero tax rates. Its documents, and others mainly from corporate registries in Caribbean jurisdictions, were obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung. It has not revealed the source. The media partners say the investigation is in the public interest because data leaks from the world of offshore have repeatedly exposed wrongdoing. In response to the leaks, Appleby said it was “satisfied that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing, either on the part of ourselves or our clients”, adding: “We do not tolerate illegal behaviour.” Essentially it’s about a place outside of your own nation’s regulations to which companies or individuals can reroute money, assets or profits to take advantage of lower taxes. These jurisdictions are known as tax havens to the layman, or the more stately offshore financial centres (OFCs) to the industry. They are generally stable, secretive and reliable, often small islands but not exclusively so, and can vary on how rigorously they carry out checks on wrongdoing. The UK is a big player here, not simply because so many of its overseas territories and Crown dependencies are OFCs, but many of the lawyers, accountants and bankers working in the offshore industry are in the City of London. It’s also about the mega-rich. Brooke Harrington, author of Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent, says offshore finance is not for the 1% but the .001%. Assets of around $500,000 (£380,000) would just not meet the offshore fees the schemes would need, she says. Well, it is a lot of cash. The Boston Consulting Group says $10tn is held offshore. That’s about the equivalent of the gross domestic products of the UK, Japan and France – combined. It may also be a conservative estimate. Critics of offshore say it is mainly about secrecy – which opens the door to wrongdoing – and inequality. They also say the action of governments to curb it has often been slow and ineffective. Brooke Harrington says if the rich are avoiding tax, the poor pick up the bill: “There’s a minimal amount the governments need to function and they recoup what they lose from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Reenacted budget in 2019 to push up to 400K Filipinos into poverty

Reenacting the 2018 national budget for next year will not only slow down economic growth as government spending gets reduced, but also lead to job losses and push hundreds of thousands to poverty. Department of Budget and Management (DBM) estimates showed that expenditures in 2019 will be cut by a total of P219.8 billion if a reenacted budget would be spent instead of passing the proposed P3.757-trillion cash-based appropriations. In particular, disbursements for personnel services will be reduced by P54.4 billion; maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) by P14.3 billion; subsidies by P28.3 billion; and capital outlays by P122.9 billion. Based on estimates of the st...Keep on reading: Reenacted budget in 2019 to push up to 400K Filipinos into poverty.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News2 hr. 8 min. ago

Best design ever—a grateful heart

Believe it, happiness is a choice. In the case of Swatch's Thanksgiving-at-Christmas party, happiness isn't only a choice; it is also a design, in this case, by Gino Gonzales. And---happiness is by design, meaning you can design your happiness. For the dinner party last November 22, hosted by Virgie Ramos---the out-of-the-box thinker of retail---the Swatch display window lit up in fun, wacky and brilliant colors, and a phalanx of images. Motorists would slow down to glance at the eye-grabbing display of the Swatch building on Arnaiz Avenue, Makati. It was thanksgiving but it also heralded the start of the Christmas season---the Philippines has the longest Christmas celebr...Keep on reading: Best design ever—a grateful heart.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News2 hr. 8 min. ago

I can t breathe were Khashoggi s final words – report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Jamal Khashoggi's final words were "I can't breathe," CNN said Sunday, December 9, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist's murder . The source told the US network the transcript made clear the killing was premeditated, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News8 hr. 33 min. ago

S& P: Loan growth to slow in 2019

LOAN GROWTH will likely ease in 2019 as higher interest rates bite, S&P Global Ratings said, even as it noted that heavy funding needs for the aggressive infrastructure spending program will boost lending......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News17 hr. 33 min. ago

PBA: Aces finally on the board after destroying Magnolia in Game 3

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Alaska is finally on the board. The Aces scored their first win of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup in convincing fashion, dominating the Magnolia Hotshots, 100-71, in Game 3 Sunday at the Ynares Center here. With import Mike Harris at the lead, Alaska reduced the final 12 minutes into mere garbage time and the Aces cut their series deficit in half, 1-2. After a slow first quarter, the Aces got it going in the second, pouring 34 points to take a commanding lead they would never surrender. Behind the shooting of its guard core led by Simon Enciso, Alaska took a 50-36 lead at the break and never looked back. Harris then went to work in the second half, finally having his first great game of these Finals and the Aces held off any possible Magnolia uprising. Harris scored 18 straight points for the Aces in the third period as Alaska took a 73-49 lead over the Hotshots. Alaska led by 33 after three quarters. "I thought we had a great defensice effort and we made some shots," head coach Alex Compton said. "Overall, the story of the game in the first three quarters was we made a bunch of shots, we didn't turn it over, and we defended at the same time," he added Harris was a beast for the Aces, leading the way with 36 points and 18 rebounds. He scored 22 total in the third period as Alaska landed its knockout blow. Vic Manuel added 14 points as the top local for Alaska while Enciso and Carl Bryan Cruz finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. For the Hotshots, everyone struggled as they only shot 33 percent collectively from the field. Romeo Travis was the high man with 18 points while Mark Barroca was good for 13. No other Magnolia player scored in double figures. Game 4 is set for Wednesday at the Big Dome.   The scores: ALASKA 100 - Harris 36, Manuel 14, Enciso 12, Cruz 10, Banchero 6, J. Pascual 4, Teng 4, Galliguez 4, Casio 4, Andrada 2, Baclao 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0, Magat 0, Potts 0. MAGNOLIA 71 - Travis 18, Barroca 13, Herndon 7, Sangalang 7, Mendoza 6, Dela Rosa 5, Abundo 4, Reavis 3, Lee 2, Ramos 2, Melton 2, Jalalon 2, Simon 0, Gamalinda 0, Brondial 0, K. Pascual 0. Quarterscores: 16-22, 50-36, 83-50, 100-71.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 55 min. ago

Schools network rejects AFP claim of communist recruitment

The Save Our Schools Network on Saturday denounced what it said were the military's "fabricated lies" against Lumad schools, which the government has painted as recruitment areas for the communist New People's Army......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Charl shrugs off slow start

JOHANNESBURG — Charl Schwartzel transformed a poor tee shot into an eagle three Friday en route to a 63 and a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the South African Open in Johannesburg. The 2011 Masters champion found the rough with his drive at the par-five 17th and played a safe second on to the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Kluber, Bauer, Greinke could be dangled at winter meetings

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner appear to be available for teams looking to bolster starting rotations. Hometown star Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two top free agents, remain unsigned heading into the traditional high-point of the offseason. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, third baseman Kyle Seager could be among the position players dangled as trade bait in the suites of Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay, where executives and agents gather next week for the annual swap session, which in an age of complicated finances and medical records serves as a midpoint for talks as much as a place to finish deals. Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein predicted the week will be "really active." "It seems like there is plenty of trade talk, and there are still a lot of good free agents out there," he said. "A couple of moves have already occurred that sort of always set the stage for increased activity in the next week or so." First baseman Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona to St. Louis) and second baseman Robinson Cano (Seattle to New York Mets) are among the All-Stars already traded since the end of the World Series. Pitchers Patrick Corbin ($140 million for six years with Washington) and Nathan Eovaldi ($68 million for four years with Boston) already struck big deals in a free-agent market moving more swiftly than last offseason's, and third baseman Josh Donaldson took a $23 million, one-year agreement with Atlanta. Nineteen of 164 players who exercised major league free agent rights have announced deals, up from eight heading into the meetings last year. And with A.J. Pollock, Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel still unsigned, there's plenty more holiday shopping. And for the bottom of the market, there is sale time in January, February and even March. It's not like the old days when teams made deals as soon as the market opened and tried to fill all their needs by the end of the winter meetings. "Things are slow," Oakland general manager Dave Forst said. "I don't think it's that different from last year. Maybe the winter meetings will kind of jumpstart things." Also on-deck at the meetings: HALL OR NOTHING Orel Hershiser, Albert Belle and George Steinbrenner will be considered for the Hall of Fame when a 16-member panel votes this weekend in Las Vegas. Results will be announced Sunday at 8 p.m. EST. Harold Baines, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Lee Smith, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel and Lou Piniella are included on the ballot. The Hall of Fame board-appointed Today's Game Era Committee includes Hall members Greg Maddux, Roberto Alomar, Joe Morgan, Bert Blyleven, Pat Gillick, Tony La Russa, John Schuerholz, Ozzie Smith and Joe Torre. PICK-N-PACK The Rule 5 draft is the last item of business at the winter meetings, held Thursday morning before clubs clear out of town. Teams scour each other's 40-man rosters, looking for players left off. Royals pitchers Brad Keller and Burch Smith, Tigers outfielder Victor Reyes and Texas outfielder Carlos Tocci were among those picked last December in the Rule 5. HEAR THIS Eight announcers who called games in the early days of radio are candidates for the Hall's Ford C. Frick Award that honors broadcasting excellence. Waite Hoyt, Harry Heilmann, Connie Desmond, Pat Flanagan, Jack Graney, Al Helfer, Rosey Rowswell and Ty Tyson are all deceased. Hoyt and Heilmann already are in the Hall as players — Hoyt was the top pitcher on the famed 1927 Yankees, Heilmann played alongside Ty Cobb in the Detroit outfield and hit .403 in 1923. No player in the Hall has also won the Frick award. The prize will be announced Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off

LOS ANGELES --- Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams has called it quits with her fiance. The star announced Friday that her engagement to 40-year-old pastor Chad Johnson is over. The 38-year-old wrote on Instagram that "things didn't work out." Williams says she doesn't want to "destroy another relationship." The announcement came the same day Williams released her new single, "Fearless." The couple announced their engagement in April. They appear in the reality show, "Chad Loves Michelle," on the Oprah Winfrey Network. An email seeking comment was sent to her agent.MKH RELATED STORIES: Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child being treated for depression in mental...Keep on reading: Destiny Child’s Michelle Williams reveals engagement is off.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

PH palay production growth remains too slow

Palay production in the Philippines has been growing by a mere 1.3 percent yearly in the last five years, government data showed.   Latest figures from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that over the last five years, the country's palay output grew to 19.28 million metric tons (MT) in 2017 from 18.44 million MT in 2013.   Likewise, harvest area for the crop grew at an annual rate of only 0.4 percent to 4.81 million hectares (ha) in 2017 from 4.75 million ha in 2013.   The increment in output, although minimal, was attributed to the increase in area harvested and yield.   Of the country's total palay production in 2017, the PS...Keep on reading: PH palay production growth remains too slow.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Under-fire Huawei agrees to UK security demands – report

LONDON, United Kingdom – Embattled Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has agreed to British intelligence demands over its equipment and software as it seeks to be part of the country's 5G network plans, the FT reported Friday, December 7. Huawei executives met senior officials from Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), where ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

LTFRB approves two new TNC applications

THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said Friday that it issued certificates of public convenience (CPC) to two new transport network companies (TNCs), paving the way for them to start operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

CNN’s New York offices given all-clear after bomb threat – CNN News

Police and CNN have issued an all-clear message after the network’s New York offices and studios were evacuated Thursday night […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018