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January 15, 2019 6:10 AM Hontiveros bill pushes Universal Social Pension for Senior Citizens

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros is pushing for a Senate bill which will create a universal social pension system for all senior citizens (or those 65 years old and above), to help elderly Filipinos and their families better meet their daily needs. Hontiveros, who serves as vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, filed Senate Bill No. 2138, or the "Lingap 260

January 15, 2019 4:01 AM Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book reviews

NEW YORK, USA – When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in – and managed to save the section with just a few tweets. The story began on Friday, January 11 when King shared that The Portland Press Herald, a prominent newspaper in his home state of Maine, would 214

January 14, 2019 4:23 AM Nancy wants OSG to review contracts of data mgmt providers dealing with PH govt

In light of the passport data breach, and to further protect the privacy of individuals, Sen. Nancy Binay today called on the solicitor general to review the contracts of government's data management providers. Binay wants the Office of the Solicitor General to review all contracts of government agencies with third-party software and data management 118

January 12, 2019 2:22 PM China's Huawei 'fires' employee arrested in Poland

Citing management rules in company contracts, Huawei says it 'has decided to immediately terminate its employer relationship with Wang Weijing' BEIJING, China – Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a Chinese employee who was arrested in Poland over espionage allegations, saying he had harmed the company's global reputation, a state-run newspaper said Saturday 122

January 11, 2019 6:16 AM Hontiveros: Mr. President, stop normalizing rape

Mr. President, stop normalizing and trivializing rape. There is nothing normal about the culture of rape. It is one of the worst kinds of abuses to which a person can be subjected. And while rape and other forms of sexual abuse are gruesome realities faced by a lot of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), by saying that rape "comes with the territory" 114

January 8, 2019 5:39 AM Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

The Supreme Court has decided to hold fresh oral arguments on the validity of re-extending martial law in Mindanao up to the end of 2019, Rappler has learned. Oral arguments will be held on January 22 and 23, according an informed source. The 17th Congress voted 235-28-1 on December 12 to reextend President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao to yearend 144

January 8, 2019 2:28 AM Top US court upholds California foie gras ban

WASHINGTON, USA – The US Supreme Court upheld California's foie gras ban on Monday, January 7, ending a long legal battle between animal rights activists and defenders of the delicacy. The highest US court rejected an appeal filed by foie gras producers against a law prohibiting the sale of products obtained from force-feeding geese or duck to enlarge 134

January 7, 2019 9:58 AM Oil price hike on January 8 not due to Train Law – DOE

Oil companies will hike diesel prices by P0.70 per liter and gasoline by P0.80 per liter amid price movements in the global market MANILA, Philippines – Pump prices will increase on Tuesday, January 8, amid movements in the world market, various oil companies confirmed. Caltex, Shell, PTT Philippines, Petrogazz, Phoenix Petroleum, and Eastern Petroleum 120

December 30, 2018 10:53 AM China to mark Year of the Pig with 'Peppa Pig' movie

A new film titled 'Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year' is set for release in February 2019 BEIJING, China – China is set to mark the Year of the Pig with a film starring Peppa Pig, despite a backlash against the popular British cartoon character earlier this year. A government document listing upcoming movie projects shows a new film in the works 108

December 21, 2018 2:17 PM ‘Smart’ uniforms track Chinese students to prevent absenteeism

BEIJING, China – Schools in southern China are using chip-powered "smart" school uniforms to track their students in a bid to tackle truancy and boost attendance, according to state media. The uniforms use chips to monitor the location of students and can record their exit and entry into school, according to the tech firm behind the tracking devices 117