PH-Kuwait deal offers better protection for domestic workers
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-13
The employer should also register the worker in the health insurance system, which does not only cover work hazards but also transporting the deceased body to the Philippines when he or she dies, and pay the wages of the month when the worker died.

FULL TEXT: Supreme Court decision on Sereno ouster
Rappler - 2018-05-13
MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) voted on Friday, May 11, to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno through a quo warranto petition. Associate Justice Noel Tijam wrote the historic ponencia that effectively gives Sereno no way out from an ...

Taiwan 101: Notes from a recent trip
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-12
So, when the Taiwanese government relaxed their immigration policy toward tourists, my family and I just had to take advantage of the pass. Taipei is hard to describe, but is quite easy to love. I was subconsciously always comparing it with Hong Kong and ...

Special Report: Illegal cigarettes new biggest threat to tobacco industry
Sun Star - 2018-05-12
The Oxford Economics and International Tax and Investment Center also said that tax losses ... Big players in the cigarette manufacturing business have also joined in efforts to curtail illicit cigarette consumption. This as most of their popular cigarette ...

A constitutional crisis
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-12
Article XI, Section 2 of the Philippine Constitution states: "The President, Vice President, the members of the Supreme Court, the members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office, on impeachment for, and conviction ...

Sereno 'lacks integrity': Why the Supreme Court ousted its Chief Justice
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines May 12) -- Maria Lourdes Sereno lacked one of four qualifications any member of the judiciary should have, the Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that ousted the Chief Justice. "It was found that respondent is ineligible ...

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss
Rappler - 2018-05-12
But anger quickly mounted among social media users who accused the defeated leader of seeking to flee, and the immigration department swiftly announced both he and Rosmah were banned from leaving Malaysia. "The immigration department has just now ...

Joseph: Philippines needs to diversify to attain "financial inclusion"
philstar.com - 2018-05-12
Cebu Business Club president Gordon Alan Joseph said that if the ... above-target performance by its revenue agencies as a result of the TRAIN (Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion) Law; and investment-grade credit ratings responsible for successful ...

Malaysia's Najib to take 'short break' as flight rumours swirl
Rappler - 2018-05-12
Some media reports said the pair were on a travel blacklist and would not be allowed to leave. But the immigration department's director-general Mustafar Ali told Agence France-Presse: "They are not blacklisted so far." Mahathir's victory broke the grip on ...

Supreme Court committed suicide without honor - Caguioa
Rappler - 2018-05-12
MANILA, Philippines - "Integrity is the ability to stand by an idea" - Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead. Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa began his strongly-worded dissenting opinion against the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno with a line ...

Copyright Suit Against HBO Tossed
JD Supra - 2018-05-11
Gayle brought claims of copyright infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a), among others, and sought $1,500,000 plus legal fees. Last September, HBO moved under Rule 12(b)(6) to have the claims dismissed arguing that ...

Pro quo warranto side hail high court ruling
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
LAWYER Lorenzo Gadon, who filed the impeachment complaint against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, said her removal from office freed the Supreme Court from the footprints of the Liberal Party. He said Sereno was the reason the election protest of ex ...

Padre Faura turns into battleground
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
How can we trust the justice system if the associate justices of the SC are unjust?!," said Ramil Correa, professor at the De La Salle University and president of Sanggunian sa Filipino, an organization of Filipino professors. Businesswoman Joann Dy ...

A cultural voyage in the age of missiles
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-11
This is the story of Filipino pride called the Balangay. It is an epic sea voyage that made Chinese immigration people shake their heads in disbelief. Part of the 33-man crew that retraced the historic route. On May 3 another milestone in Philippine ...

Magis fight Boosters; Sentinels try to bounce back
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-11
Judge Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and Court of Appeals Judge Ronaldo Martin. PCGG Commissioner Reynold Munsayac will lead the DOJ Boosters, together with Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Atty. Richard Anthony Fadullon, Assistant State Prosecutor Atty.

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Related to Medicine
JD Supra - 2018-05-11
The past year has seen a surge in innovation in the medical and life science fields. Newly published patent application and granted patents reveal applications of artificial intelligence software as a medical device, and nanotechnology to these fields.

Supreme Court ousts Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Maintain high standards for future appointments, Makati Business Club says For his part, Makati Business Club exective director Coco Alcuaz told BusinessWorld in an email that the organization is urging President Rodrigo R. Duterte to "maintain high ...

Q1 tax effort hits record high
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
TAXES collected in the first quarter took a larger share relative to the economy to log a fresh record high, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Friday. "Tax effort also rose by 1.03 percentage point, from 13.44% to 14.47%, the highest first quarter ...

Ousted Philippine Supreme Court chief's fall from grace
News Philippines Yahoo - 2018-05-11
Maria Lourdes Sereno rose to become the first woman to lead the Philippines' top court in a legal career marked by exception. But she notched a darker distinction on Friday when she became the nation's first chief Supreme Court justice to be sacked by her ...

Supreme Court unseats Chief Justice Sereno
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- The Supreme Court justices voted to unseat Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In a precedent-setting case, eight justices voted to grant Solicitor General Jose Calida's petition to oust Sereno, while six voted ...

Supreme Court votes to oust Sereno in landmark ruling
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-11
Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno speaks during an interview with BusinessWorld in this photo taken on February 16, 2018. The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, in a landmark ruling made on Friday, May 11, voted 8-6 favoring Solicitor General ...

Commission on Audit: P6B properties unaccounted for
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The COA also said that the provincial government "institute control measures by requiring ... who enrolled in the post-graduate courses at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod City "which is not among the allowable chargeable against the fund, contrary ...

Negross Occidental industries reminded of environmental law compliance
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
THE Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) has reminded industries in Negros Occidental to ensure compliance with environmental measures set by the government amid the fishkill incident that hit anew in Pontevedra town. Penro head ...

UN votes to take first step toward a global environment pact
Sun Star - 2018-05-11
The resolution asks Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to produce a report for the next General Assembly session starting in September that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and related legal instruments. It also ...

Former Chief Justice: Granting quo warranto marks 'doomsday for the judiciary'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) -- Former Chief Justice Hilario Davide believes the Supreme Court should vote against the quo warranto petition against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno -- for its own good. "That would be the doomsday for ...

Price spikes dampen first quarter economic growth
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- The government today announced that the Philippine economy grew by 6.8 percent for the first quarter of 2018 -- the 10th consecutive quarter of expansion of 6.5 percent or better. The Philippines almost hit the ...

Palace sees partial lifting of Kuwait OFW ban
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will incorporate the agreement in the contracts for deployment. The partial lifting of the deployment ban will be implemented "as soon as the President announces it," Roque added. Based on the MOA ...

Despite inflation spike, GDP grows by 6.8% in Q1 2018
philstar.com - 2018-05-11
"We expect fiscal spending, business and household spending to continue to drive growth in 2018 and 2019," he said. "These drivers of growth can easily withstand measured monetary tightening this year and next. Market interest rates have reflected ...

Damocles and Thanos
philstar.com - 2018-05-10
Today, 14 Justices of the Supreme Court, the Guardians of the Judiciary (not the Galaxy) will decide on the Quo Warranto case filed against their Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. In doing so they will also decide on their future. Will they now strip ...

4 warehouses in Cebu City padlocked
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
FOUR warehouses in Cebu City were padlocked by members of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Region 13 yesterday. Atty. Bernardino Paul Somera Jr, chief of the Regional Investigation Division of BIR 13, said they temporarily closed the warehouses of ...

Makabayan bloc seeks TRAIN law repeal
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-10
Meanwhile, in the same bill, the bloc has introduced new provisions, which seek to: Restore the old National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC) levels of excise tax on petroleum products and oil, specifically zero tax for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), diesel ...

Solon moves to amend TRAIN law, internal revenue code
BusinessMirror - 2018-05-10
The Senate, when it resumes plenary sessions next week, is poised to consider a bill amending the National Internal Revenue Code to allow the automatic suspension of the excise tax on fuel provided for in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion ...

Palawan town eyes 100,000 tourists in 2018 as San Vicente Airport opens
Rappler - 2018-05-10
PALAWAN, Philippines - The emerging tourism town in San Vicente in northern Palawan expects to welcome 100,000 tourists in 2018 as its airport was finally inaugurated on Thursday, May 10. "San Vicente projects to log up to 100,000 tourists for 2018 ...

Item 9 Labs Corp. Announces Sale of AirWare Intellectual Property to Health Defense, LLC for $1.3 Million
GlobeNewswire - 2018-05-10
Item 9 Maintains 10% Ownership Interest in New IP Company While Focusing on New Growth Opportunities for its Nasal Technology Delivery Platform within the Medical Cannabis Market SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Item 9 Labs Corp. (OTC ...

Zecotek Imaging China Retains China-Based Law Firm to Protect Intellectual Property
GlobeNewswire - 2018-05-10
With ten offices around the world including Hong Kong and Shanghai, the Lexinter Law Group are experts at protecting intellectual property in any jurisdiction. "We have retained the Lexinter Law Group to ensure the manufacturing facility for our LFS ...

Japan aims to gain international protection for the intellectual property
FreshPlaza - 2018-05-10
The agriculture ministry is ramping up efforts to prevent unintended outflows of domestically developed fruit varieties after the unauthorized production of cherished types was found in South Korea and China. The ministry aims to gain international ...

10 companies and proprietors face tax raps
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-10
Florendo and treasurer James L. Tiu, and Cavite-based company Drillcorp Philippines, Inc. (Drillcorps) and its responsible corporate officers Kenneth Wilkes, Maricris Saniel, Ip Swee Bin, and Edward Bacus. Huile "is being sued for a total deficiency tax ...

Apple shelves plans for Ireland data center over trees
Rappler - 2018-05-10
But the European Commission said Apple paid an effective corporate tax rate of just 0.005 per cent on its European profits in 2014 -- equivalent to just 50 euros for every million. 'Very angry and upset' Paul Keane, founder of Facebook group "Athenry for ...

Flying to BIMP-EAGA? Travel tax waived for certain travelers
Rappler - 2018-05-10
MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte renewed the travel tax exemption for travelers from Mindanao and Palawan who will fly to the regional grouping called BIMP-EAGA. BIMP-EAGA refers to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ...

33,120 jobs up for grabs in Peso job expo
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
Person with disabilities, solo parents, indigenous group, Tesda graduates ... Philippine Statistics Authority, PhilHealth, Social Security System, Professional Regulation Commission, and Employees' Compensation Commission will likewise set up help desk ...

PH, Kuwait to sign labor deal on Friday
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 10) -- Philippine and Kuwaiti officials will sign on Friday the proposed labor deal protecting the welfare of Filipino workers. In a media briefing Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque confirmed the agreement ...

Dr Dre loses trademark dispute
Independent Record - 2018-05-10
Dr. Dre has lost a copyright infringement case against a doctor. The 53-year-old rapper - whose real name is Andre Young - had taken legal action when gynaecologist Dr. Draion M. Burch used a play on words and applied to trademark his name as Dr. Drai ...

Nigeria: Henry Knight Accuses Peter Okoye of Intellectual Property Theft
AllAfrica.com - 2018-05-10
With growing cases of intellectual theft in the music industry, a Nigerian singer, Henry Knight, has accused Peter Okoye (Mr P) of lifting content from his song without proper credit. Henry Knight on Wednesday shared his grievances on his Instagram page ...

BPOs remain bullish despite TRAIN 2 passage -- Colliers
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-10
Business process outsourcing (BPO) firms remain bullish on expanding in the Philippines despite the removal of tax perks under the proposed second package of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), according to real estate consulting ...

OFWs, seafarers can now avail of loans anytime, anywhere via Lendr
newsbytes.ph - 2018-05-10
Other requirements include: a copy of their latest contract of employment with POEA validation; passport; visa; proof of remittances for the last three months; authorization letter to borrow; and an exit stamp and arrival stamp or a copy of their plane ...

Prayers for Sereno set
The Visayan Daily Star - 2018-05-10
The activity is being held on the eve of the special en banc session of the Supreme Court on the quo warranto petition against Sereno, she added. Sereno returned to the SC yesterday after taking an indefinite leave in March. Carlo Cruz, one of her ...

Candy-Coated Copyright Infringement
The Austin Chronicle - 2018-05-10
The Museum of Human Achievement is a lot of things, according to director Zac Traeger, but it's not a marketing agency. Traeger founded the nonprofit seven years ago in an Eastside warehouse with the decidedly anti-capitalist mission of cultivating arts ...

Editorial: Is it time to worry?
Sun Star - 2018-05-10
THE fate of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno will be known tomorrow when the Supreme Court (SC) holds a special en banc session to vote on the quo warranto case against the embattled chief justice . Sereno returned to work Wednesday after she went on an ...

Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 Clone Debuts in Beijing Auto Show
BenzInsider - 2018-05-10
Many Chinese companies are known for their blatant copyright infringement. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are no exception. Recently, another rip-off came out in the Chinese market that copied the looks of the Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6. The Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 clone ...

Who owns the Intellectual Property Rights in your startup?
Lexology - 2018-05-10
One of the key issues an investor or buyer will look at is whether a company owns the intellectual property rights used in the course of its business. Securing this right at the beginning will save you money and time in the long run but may be more ...

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