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November 14, 2018 10:58 AM Villanueva welcomes Senate approval of rice tarrification bill to address food inflation

Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday hailed the approval of Senate Bill No. 1998 or An Act Replacing The Quantitative Import Restrictions On Rice With Tariffs, Lifting The Quantitative Export Restrictions On Rice, And Creating The Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund. Voting 14-0, the senators approved the bill which will liberalize rice importation 3

November 14, 2018 12:09 AM Harry Winston jeweler buys ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond for record $50M —Christie's

GENEVA - The "Pink Legacy", a diamond weighing just under 19 carats, fetched a record 50.375 million Swiss francs ($50 million), purchased by US-based luxury jeweler Harry Winston, Christie's said on Tuesday. Harry Winston, owned by Swatch whose CEO is Nayla Hayek, daughter of the late Swatch founder Nicolas Hayek, promptly renamed it "The Winston Pink Legacy" 9

November 13, 2018 12:25 AM Gatchalian calls on DepEd to expedite K-12 review, mulls probe on employability of K-12 grads

Senator Win Gatchalian is urging the Department of Education (DepEd) to expedite its internal review of the K to 12 program amid continuing reports of low employment rates for graduates of the program, stressing that the review of the K to 12 curriculum is important to boost the employability of graduates. "Dahil nga ang hangarin ng K to 12 ay mas madaling 5

November 10, 2018 11:23 PM Siakam's 23 points help Raptors beat Knicks

Pascal Siakam scored 14 of his career-best 23 points in the third quarter and the Toronto Raptors remained undefeated at home with a 128-112 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday afternoon. The Raptors have won six in a row and are off to a franchise best 12-1 start to the season that includes a 7-0 home record. The Knicks lost for the third time in four games 12

November 10, 2018 12:46 PM Joblessness rises in Q3 2018 as 9.8 million without work –SWS

The number of Filipinos without a job in the third quarter of the year has gone up compared to the second quarter, according to a survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). In its survey done from September 15 to 23, 2018, the SWS found adult joblessness at 22 percent or equivalent to around 9.8 million jobless adults. This is a 2.3-point 15

October 17, 2018 9:00 PM Half of world population lives on $5.50 daily, says WB

WASHINGTON — Despite progress in reducing extreme poverty, nearly half the world’s population lives on less than $5.50 (about P295) a day, with a rising share of the poor in wealthier economies, the World Bank (WB) said on Wednesday. In a twice yearly report, the WB took a broader look at poverty to see where countries were lagging, even though the share 7

October 17, 2018 3:33 AM Macalintal files COC for senator in 2019 polls

Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for senator on Wednesday, completing the senatorial slate of the opposition coalition for the 2019 elections. Macalintal is the lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo in the electoral protest filed against her by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Macalintal 8

October 17, 2018 2:58 AM More than 20,000 pass August 2018 civil service exams

A total of 22,087 examinees passed the August 12 Career Service Professional and Subprofessional examinations, the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said on Wednesday. Of the 159,283 examinees who took the Professional category exam, 19,510 passed with a passing rate of 12.25 percent. This was higher compared to the May 2018 examinations, where only 10.71 percent 10

October 16, 2018 9:20 PM Harvests ease Pangasinan rice prices

ROSALES, Pangasinan — Prices of rice in Pangasinan province have gone down by at least P5 per kilogram in the past two weeks, a rice trader here said recently. Well-milled rice sold for P40 per kilo in retail stores as palay (unhusked rice) prices dropped at the start of the harvest season, said Roger Tan, who owns a rice mill here. A 50-kilo sack of rice used to sell for P2,200 but had been priced 7

October 16, 2018 11:49 AM Sotto maintains ‘very good’ satisfaction rating — SWS

Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III’s net satisfaction rating remained “very good” with a 1-point increase in the third quarter of 2018, according to the Social Weather Stations (SWS). Results from the September 15 to 23 survey revealed a +55 satisfaction rating, which was higher than +54 recorded in June 2018. SWS said 68 percent of Filipinos 7