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U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental Ebola drug

2 hours 3 min ago
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the U.S. Kent Brantly was given ZMapp, a drug used on a handful of patients in the West African outbreak and produced by U.S.-based Mapp Biopharmaceutical. Atlanta, Georgia's Emory University Hospital said it would hold a news conference to discuss Brantly's case and that of a second American, Nancy Writebol, being treated there with ZMapp. Brantly will leave Emory hospital after the news conference, a spokesperson for the charity Samaritan's Purse said.

SE Asia Stocks - Indonesia up before court verdict; Thai at more than 14-month high

5 hours 19 min ago
BANGKOK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Stocks in Indonesia recouped early losses and closed near a 15-month high on Thursday ahead of a court ruling on the presidential election, while Thai shares edged up after ...

How To Stage Your Home For Pictures

6 hours 7 min ago

Symmetrical furniture can make your space look inviting You should also consider arranging and spacing your furniture properly. Make sure that your furniture is not leaning against the wall, rather push it a few inches away to add depth to your pictures.

AirAsia's prospects seen improving as MAS prepares restructuring

7 hours 37 min ago
* Fare wars in Malaysia expected to ease * All AirAsia's overseas affiliates in the red in Q2 (Adds buyside comments, more company quotes) KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Budget carrier AirAsia Bhd's quarterly results point to early signs of a recovery in its Malaysian market ahead of a restructuring by Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) that is expected to reduce intense competition in the sector. With MAS already squeezed by three years of losses due to price wars on local and long-haul routes, analysts expect the biggest competitor to AirAsia and long-haul arm AirAsia X Bhd to trim unprofitable routes as part of an overhaul.

Philippine Muslim rebels take crucial step on path to pact

7 hours 38 min ago

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group has taken a crucial step in ending decades of conflict, formally submitting to the president a final proposal for self-rule that both it and the government have agreed on, a presidential adviser said. The two sides signed a deal in March to end nearly five decades of conflict on the resource-rich southern island of Mindanao but hopes for peace were thrown into doubt this month when the rebels accused the government of reneging on the pact. Big companies such as food processor Del Monte Pacific Limited, which has a pineapple plantation in Mindanao, said they were considering expanding operations after the deal but most have held back pending evidence of real peace.

Pacquiao wins round in bruising Philippine tax fight

7 hours 41 min ago

Philippine world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao has won a Supreme Court reprieve in his battle to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in extra taxes, authorities said Thursday. Pacquiao will not have to post a cash bond of 3.3 billion pesos ($75.2 million) and the government is banned from seizing any of his assets while his income tax case is being heard, according to a Supreme Court ruling. Pacquiao expressed relief at the ruling, which came ahead of a China tour starting next week to promote the Macau defence of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against unbeaten US challenger Chris Algieri in November. The dispute arose from an initial assessment from the government that Pacquiao, 35, owed 2.2 billion pesos in unpaid taxes for 2008 and 2009.

PHL is in dire need of volcanologists, geologists

7 hours 45 min ago
It's ironic that, despite being one of the world's most volcanically active countries, the Philippines has so precious few volcanologists. So, who wants to be a volcanologist? A report by GMA News' Cedric Castillo on GMA News TV's "State of the Nation" Wednesday night cited data from the Commission on Higher Education indicating geology is among the most needed courses for the country to develop.

EM ASIA FX-Hawkish Fed, weak China PMI hurt Asia FX; rupiah off before court decision

7 hours 46 min ago
(Updates prices. For midday report, double-click ) SINGAPORE, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Most emerging Asian currencies slid on Thursday after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting sounded slightly ...

SE Asia Stocks - Thai shares hit 14-month high after army leader appointed PM

9 hours 12 min ago
BANGKOK, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Thai shares scaled 14-month highs on Thursday after military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime minister, while Indonesian stocks fell amid caution ahead of ...

EM ASIA FX-Hawkish Fed, weak China PMI hurt Asia FX; rupiah dips before election ruling

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:00
* China factory survey raises concern on China growth * Indonesia's top court to decide on election challenge * Baht, ringgit down on dollar short-covering (Adds text, updates prices) By Jongwoo Cheon ...

UP biologists confirm new Philippine tarsier species

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:13

It’s official: We now have a new Philippine tarsier species in the Dinagat tarsier.

Today in History

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 04:00
Today is Thursday, August 21, the 233th day of 2014. There are 132 days left in the year.

Your ringtone may cost you royalties

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:08
The advent of smartphones with music players has brought a new dilemma to the issue of copyright enforcement. Whether you spent a good month’s allowance or your parent’s mid-year bonus to get that touch screen, selfie-inducing, mega-gigabyte memory, LTE surfing mobile telecommunications device, you will cringe as you might have to fork over more money.

Isuzu Picks Up A Younger Market Segment

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 03:06

THEY’RE hip, young and active, and for the members of “Generation Y,” or “Millennials,” the urban jungle is as much a challenge to face as the great outdoors is. So a vehicle that suits the city life but which can also be a capable weekend getaway ride is a requirement. Enter the new Isuzu D-MAX X-Series, which perfectly matches the fun, digital lifestyle of the metropolitan set. Launched by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) at the Metrowalk Tent in Pasig City, the new X-Series variant is available for the Isuzu D-MAX LS 4x2 with both manual and automatic transmission. ...

EM ASIA FX-Yuan, baht, ringgit, rupiah fall

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:42
Aug 21 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0135 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Change on the day at 0135 GMT Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move ...

3 Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:09

Despite the limitless technology, cars are still driven and manipulated by human beings. Aside from the fact that high-tech cars will still malfunction in its lifetime, humans may cause more of its occurrence by their negligence of rules and car techniques – thus accidents, and other fatal events off the road. Here are driving tips […] The post 3 Driving Tips That Could Save Your Life appeared first on Related posts: Top Causes of Road Accidents in the Philippines Safety Tips Before a Long Drive 5 Personal Saving Tips for Pinoys How to Save Money on Car Insurance Premium

Purisima calls for complete overhaul of tax code

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:04
Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima is proposing for a complete revision of the country’s National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) instead of just changing some portions of the law. According to Purisima, a “piecemeal” approach, like the revision of the corporate and individual income tax rates, may be disruptive to the government’s revenue stream. “My proposal is instead of a piecemeal one, we revisit the whole thing [NIRC] and the hopefully it will be more equitable, more progressive, and more competitive but with an impact of making it more revenue buoyant and revenue positive,” Purisima told reporters. While Purisima admitted that some features of the current corporate and personal income tax system are inequitable, “there are areas [in the present tax regime] that can’t stand improvement.” Purisima is proposing that Congress should also look into the tax exemptions as all as other tax perks provided by the government to certain individuals and sectors.

TMP sets P2B for Innova model change

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:03
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is investing over P2 billion for the full model change of its Asian utility vehicle (AUV) Innova, which would be fitted with more locally produced press parts. TMP President Michinobu Sugata told reporters during the company’s 26th year celebration that 50 percent of the P2-billion investments will be used for the localization of press parts. We will modify the existing Innova,” said Sugata noting this AUV model is due for a full change having been in the market for more than 10 years.

PSE index flirts with crucial 7,100-mark

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:02
The local stock market hit the crucial 7,100-threshold yesterday but capped the session a little below it as investors took profits. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished 13.74 points or 0.19 percent higher at 7,096.49 in heavy volume while the wider all shares increased by 2.86 points, or 0.07 percent to 4,200.49. Alexander Tiu, analyst at the AB Capital Securities, Inc., said in a phone interview that the market went up on a specific bullish outlook concerning the property sector of US but this is not enough for the market to stay above 7,100-resistance mark.

AGI plans to build 10,000 hotel rooms in 6 years

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:01
Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI), the investment holding company of tycoon Andrew Tan, is aggressively expanding its hotel business with the aim of becoming the country’s top hotel owner in six years. In his speech during the Philippines Property Awards 2014, Tan revealed that the group will have a total of 12,000 hotel rooms in its portfolio all over the country by 2020. [caption id="attachment_175972" align="alignleft" width="211"] Andrew Tan[/caption] “These hotel rooms will be offered under 12 different local and global hotel brands. ...