Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda
Rappler - 2018-07-04
he told AFP. "This is not political anymore, it's a social problem and the people are asking for answers." Business people have been angered too, not least by an associated tax, also imposed at the weekend, that charges 1% on every moble money transaction ...

Oral arguments on petitions vs government's ICC withdrawal moved
Sun Star - 2018-07-04
THE Supreme Court (SC) has rescheduled anew the oral arguments for the consolidated petitions seeking to nullify the Philippines' withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). From August 7, the oral arguments was reset to ...

PCC voids Trans-Asia deal, clears Chelsea-2Go Group transaction
Sun Star - 2018-07-04
The parties to the voided transaction are weighing their options, whether to file a motion for reconsideration with the PCC or go straight ot the Court of Appeals. "As the decision is not yet final, it has no impact to the business, operations and ...

Trump administration reverses Obama-era guidance on use of race in college admissions
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-04
The guidance reversed Tuesday provided examples of different educational contexts within which institutions could permissibly consider race and answered questions about how to interpret Supreme Court decisions. Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley ...

6,000 vacancies for production machine operators available at PhilJobNet
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-04
MANILA, July 3 (PIA)--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the availabiltiy of some 6,000 vacancies for production machine operators at the government's automated job and applicant matching system, the PhilJobNet. According to the labor ...

China Chip Ban Follows Micron's Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft
TheStreet.com - 2018-07-03
It's unlikely that the chip sale ban just imposed by a Chinese court will do sustained damage to Micron's (MU) memory sales within China. Nonetheless, the current political environment could prevent a quick resolution of the underlying dispute that caused ...

Axel Voss, MEP Behind Awful Internet Destroying EU Copyright Directive, Tries To Defend His Plan
Techdirt - 2018-07-03
But is anyone actually going to Tinder for copyright infringement? Of course not, but Voss doesn't seem to care or notice. And, thanks to the way copyright is now, every platform that allows for user generated content involves publishing "copyright ...

ConCom completes draft federal charter
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-03
and the Internal Revenue officials for purposes of regulation, auditing, and tax credit, respectively." "The draft covers basically all the problems faced by a citizen in this country," former Senate leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. said when sought ...

Con-com approves federal constitution draft
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-03
The cryptic wording of the Constitution on the economy could be construed as a move toward socialism and give a wrong message to the business community, in his view. The President handpicked the Con-com members in a bid to shift the form of government from ...

DoLE issues ruling against Nutri-Asia labor contractor
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-03
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said it ordered AMPC, a contractor allegedly engaged in illegal contractualization practices with Nutri-Asia, Inc. (NAI), to cease its contracting activities. "Based on the order issued by Director Zenaida ...

All of our workers are regular, says Jollibee
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Jollibee Foods Corp. on Tuesday maintained it is compliant with labor laws and regulations months after the Department of Labor and Employment ordered the homegrown food giant to give more than 7,000 workers permanent employment status.

Moves to change the 1987 Constitution
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
READ: Concom eyes 3 supreme courts Concom proposes that the impeachment of justices in Constitutional Court be decided instead by the 15-member Supreme Court. The proposed Constitutional Court will have a presiding justice appointed by the Supreme Court ...

117 government websites down due to system failure
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
The department announced in a public advisory that ... including the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Education, Health, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Transportation. Other affected sites are the Land Transportation ...

DOLE to PLDT: Stop layoffs, start regularizing over 7,000 workers
Rappler - 2018-07-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) maintained that PLDT Incorporated must regularize more than 7,000 workers instead of terminating them. In a phone interview with Rappler, Labor Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said an ...

DOLE orders NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers of its contracting agency
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) -- The Labor Department has found NutriAsia is engaged in the illegal practice of labor-only contracting with one of its contractors. DOLE ordered the food condiment giant to regularize 80 workers of the agency.

NFR to control P65B
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-07-03
The federal government and the federated regions will ensure that taxation will be uniform, equitable and progressive. No double taxation shall be allowed, he added. Federalism is about the distribution of powers, and balancing of powers between the ...

Competition watchdog voids Uy-led Chelsea's takeover of Trans-Asia
philstar.com - 2018-07-03
"Parties to the voided transaction are currently weighing their options on whether to first file a Motion for Reconsideration with the Commission or to go straight to the Court of Appeals for redress," it added. -- Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Roque: President likely to pick jurist as next Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 3) -- Presidential spokesman Harry Roque takes back his bet on the next Ombudsman. Contrary to his previous speculation that President Rodrigo Duterte's former lawyer, Edna Herrera-Batacan, would be a strong candidate ...

DOLE orders NutriAsia to regularize 80 workers
Rappler - 2018-07-03
Under the Labor Code, the contractor or subcontractor merely recruits, supplies, or places workers to perform a job, work, or service for a principal. It's labor-only contracting when the contractor or subcontractor does not have substantial capital or ...

139 victims of human smuggling on board a cruise ship rescued in Bataan
UNTV - 2018-07-03
Marje Pelayo MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday, June 25, announced the arrest of three employees of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) over corruption. The arrested employees were identified as Arturo Buniol ...

Judge Throws Out Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Emma Cline
Publishers Lunch Deluxe - 2018-07-03
A California Federal court dismissed competing lawsuits by THE GIRLS author Emma Cline filed last November against her ex-boyfriend, Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, and his suit against her and Random House alleging copyright infringement. However, Judge William Orrick ...

Mark Ronson Settles Second 'Uptown Funk' Copyright Infringement Lawsuit
AceShowBiz - 2018-07-03
According to a source, the musician has settled a dispute with executives at Lastrada Entertainment, who alleged he ripped off Zapp & Roger's 1980 hit 'More Bounce to the Ounce'. AceShowbiz - Mark Ronson has settled a second lawsuit over his and Bruno Mars ...

A tale of two Supreme Court decisions
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-07-03
I end my Eagle Eyes series on Republic vs Sereno, the quo warranto decision of the Supreme Court, by recalling another controversial Supreme Court decision in 1973--the infamous Javellana vs Executive Secretary. I do not hesitate to say that the Sereno ...

Morales hits Sandiganbayan for inordinate delay doctrine 'excuse'
Rappler - 2018-07-03
That is a convenient excuse for them to dispose of cases because they are following the Supreme Court," Morales said, referring to the Sandiganbayan. The issue of inordinate delay has always incensed Morales, who has become increasingly frustrated over ...

DOLE, NRCO launch 2018 seafarers' business plan competition
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-03
CEBU CITY, June 28 (PIA) --- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), launches the regional-leg of the 4th Integrated ...

New Types of Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission
JD Supra - 2018-07-02
Most Section 337 investigations allege violations of intellectual property ("IP") based rights involving patent, registered trademark, or registered copyright infringement ("statutory IP claims"). In such cases, the complainant must establish that ...

Republican Allies Warn Trump on Trade
Time - 2018-07-02
The looming Supreme Court nomination highlights why he has energized social conservatives and others who would like to see the Court scrap protections for unions, the environment and minority voters. Just last week, the Koch-led network pledged more than $ ...

Judge Dismisses Plagiarism Lawsuit Against The Girls Author Emma Cline
YAHOO! - 2018-07-02
A judge has officially dismissed the contentious copyright infringement lawsuit against Emma Cline, author of the best-selling book The Girls, Publishers Lunch reports. Cline was just 25 when she received a reported $2 million three-book deal from Random ...

Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use
PetaPixel - 2018-07-02
Brammer then sued the company for copyright infringement, and it responded by claiming fair use. In the United States, whether or not a use of copyrighted material without permission can be considered fair use (17 U.S. Code ┬ž 107) depends on four main ...

Mark Ronson settles "Uptown Funk" copyright infringement lawsuit with Zapp
The Fader - 2018-07-02
Mark Ronson has reached a court settlement regarding his and Bruno Mars's 2014 smash hit "Uptown Funk," TMZ reports. Lastrada Entertainment, who own the rights to Zapp's 1980 hit song "Mo Bounce to the Ounce," claimed that "Uptown Funk" infringed the song ...

Duterte opposes same-sex marriage, favors civil union
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte is in favor of civil unions but not same-sex marriage, Malaca├▒ang said yesterday, after pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) released a survey showing that a majority of Filipinos are against legalizing same-sex ...

June factory growth buoys Q2 reading
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
Angelo B. Taningco, economist at Security Bank Corp. said that firms continued to expand as they weathered price effects of tax reform and high global oil prices. "Demand for manufactured items was deemed robust in June, which I believe may have been a ...

Taxation and its equitable distribution
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
While it had bountiful resources, and blessed with fairly good weather, it complained of receiving the short end of the stick whenever "wealth" was distributed. Basic infrastructure needs took an inordinately long time to be approved by Imperial Manila.

How the US Supreme Court is likely to rule in copyright registration case
Managingip.com - 2018-07-02
With Fourth Estate v Wall-Street.com, the Supreme Court will consider whether parties can sue for copyright infringement when they have filed a registration application, or whether they must wait until their application has been evaluated and approved The ...

PLDT works to comply with DoLE order; no contracts terminated
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
The company has filed a petition for certiorari before the Court of Appeals (CA), questioning the legality and validity of the DoLE order, saying that aspects of the order are "inconsistent with applicable law, jurisprudence, and the documentary and ...

PLDT, DOLE butt heads in alleged worker layoff
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines ... PLDT explained that DOLE ordered its contract providers to stop servicing the company, which affected its online operations. "DOLE has ordered 38 service contract providers of PLDT, including our call center and ...

'Star Wars' Card Game App Lawsuit Produces Copyright Win for Lucasfilm
The Hollywood Reporter - 2018-07-02
Conversely, defendants also argue they could not expect to be sued for infringement because Lucasfilm had permitted the same allegedly infringing conduct by others. That copyright protections may be ignored or go undetected is not a strong indication that ...

Tuba invokes writ to stop dumpsite ops
Sun Star - 2018-07-02
On August 1, 2012 the Sixth Division of the Court of Appeals have granted the Writ of Kalikasan and Writ of Continuing Madamus against the city government to cease and desist from utilizing the 5.2-hectare dumpsite after Typhoon Mina flooded the dumpsite ...

BTr awards P11 billion in auction; investors await BSP word on further rate hikes
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
"We also looked at the revenue performance of both BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] and BOC [Bureau of Customs]; so far, they have exceeded their targets. We are just tempering the borrowings in reaction to a good collection performance of the both ...

Over 1,000 jobs up for grabs this week
philstar.com - 2018-07-02
The job fair will start at 8 in the morning. The provincial government said only Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)-accredited agencies can participate in the event to ensure legitimacy of the job offerings. For the second time this year ...

Labor groups uncertain subsidy for minimum-wage earners to get OK
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
"How will they determine its target beneficiaries? Will it be through the use of the database of the BIR [Bureau of Internal Revenue] or that of the SSS [Social Security System]? This needs to be clarified," Corral said. TUCP is proposing to have the ...

DOLE insists PLDT must regularize 7,000 contractuals from its service providers
BusinessMirror - 2018-07-02
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Monday PLDT Inc. should regularize over 7,000 contractual workers from its service contractors after it failed to file the necessary petition at the Court of Appeals (CA). Labor and Employment ...

Tax evasion seen a hurdle to FATF compliance
BusinessWorld - 2018-07-02
THE Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said the legal treatment of tax evasion and loopholes involving real estate brokers are keeping the country from achieving full compliance with international standards for money laundering regulation. AMLC ...

OFW Singing Idol Season 2 tilt opens
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-07-02
The singing contest is a joint effort of DZME AM (news and public affairs radio station), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and OWWA. OWWA IX recently conducted an audition and has ...

How Duterte's charter change committee proposes to fund regions
Rappler - 2018-07-02
MANILA, Philippines - When he was running for president, Rodrigo Duterte promoted federalism as a way for local governments to get bigger budgets and thus have more resources to develop their areas of jurisdiction. On Monday, July 2, the committee he ...

Duterte opposes same-sex marriage, backs civil union instead - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2018-07-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is among those who oppose same-sex marriage, but favors same-sex civil unions, a government official said Monday. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Duterte believes civil unions for ...

Supreme Court ghosts haunt Sereno in her next chapter
Rappler - 2018-07-02
"The consultancy fees for the first to seventh contracts of Ms Helen Macasaet exceed the ceiling of compensation provided under the Department of Budget and ... of SALNs while she was employed as a UP College of Law professor," Acting Chief Justice Antonio ...

Marawi rehab: "The people must be the owners of the plans that are being drawn for their future"
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
She proposed "majority representation in the planning board" and "full and prior approval or consent" of the Meranaws "before any implementation, which "should also be primarily drawn from the displaced Maranaw labor force and their human ...

New Types of Section 337 Investigations at the International Trade Commission
The National Law Review - 2018-07-01
Most Section 337 investigations allege violations of intellectual property ("IP") based rights involving patent, registered trademark, or registered copyright infringement ("statutory IP claims"). In such cases, the complainant must establish that ...

TURNING POINT: Political Will in Fighting Crimes
MindaNews - 2018-07-01
The President made the threat after returning from South Korea where he reportedly inked a P52B loan and P4.9B business deals from said country ... misery of the people by removing the excise tax on imported fossil fuels, thereby cutting off the power ...

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