Business typhoon
philstar.com - 2020-01-20
In business, issuance of an electronic Letter of Authority (eLA) and its concomitant tax audit investigation (audit) by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may be considered as the start of a typhoon by business stakeholders. An audit, if not handled well, may cost millions or billions of pesos to an entity being audited. What is the process ...

NCRPO cracks down on cops using stolen cars
philstar.com - 2020-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) yesterday launched a crackdown on policemen using stolen vehicles recovered in operations for personal use. NCRPO director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said they started checking the license plates of cars used by police officers on orders of Philippine National Police (PNP ...

Government issues amended REITs rules, regulations
philstar.com - 2020-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has issued the new implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Real Estate Investment Act of 2009, a move seen to spur the growth of the sector. With the issuance of the IRR, the REIT industry is seen to finally take off, Securities and Exchange Commission chairperson Emilio Aquino said. Companies that ...

UK looks to fast-growing Africa for trade ties after Brexit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-20
He pledged that the post-Brexit immigration system would "put people before passports," acknowledging a common frustration across Africa. While other global powers including Gulf nations and ...

Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho dies at 98
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-20
(CNN)-- Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, the billionaire tycoon who turned a chewing gum business into a sprawling corporate empire, died on Sunday in Seoul. He was 98. Shin's death marks the end of an era. He was the lone surviving founder of the five giant, family-run conglomerates -- Hyundai, LG, Lotte, Samsung and SK -- that dominate ...

Make SLEx toll-free for Taal relief teams - labor group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The tollway operator in charge of three expressways linking Metro Manila to Batangas province was asked on Sunday to waive all toll for private groups and individuals ...

DOLE: Illegal recruiters may prey on locals affected by Taal Volcano eruption
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-20
Bello said the DOLE has alerted the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to be wary of such illegal recruitment activities especially in areas near the Taal Volcano. Since the eruption of Taal Volcano last week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that around 16,000 ...

Deployment ban stays until Kuwait ?honors 2018 labor agreement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-20
"If we cannot get that, there will be no deployment. It has to be simultaneous," Bello added of the ban approved on Wednesday in a Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) resolution. Bello heads the POEA governing board. The labor official said the total ban was imposed "because of the very brutal killing of our overseas ...

Suspended Catanduanes government told to vacate post
philstar.com - 2020-01-18
CATANDUANES, Philippines -- Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua, who reassumed his post on Wednesday, has been asked to leave the office. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Cua, who was suspended for one year in connection with the graft charges he is facing, has to serve his suspension until April 30. "He cannot install ...

India: Indian Filmmaker Wins Copyright Case Against Google And YouTube
Mondaq - 2020-01-18
Filmmaker Suneel Darshan has won a copyright infringement case against Google and its video-streaming platform YouTube, after an eight-year-long court battle. Darshan, the proprietor of film production company Shree Krishna International, had filed a suit for permanent injunction against Google India and YouTube LLC, in 2011, in the district ...

Canada: Intellectual Property Advice Centre
Mondaq - 2020-01-18
Bereskin & Parr LLP is a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm serving clients of all sizes in various industries, both domestic and international. The firm was founded in 1965 and has grown to be one of the largest IP law firms in Canada, with four offices located in major economic or technology centres. Bereskin & Parr is made up of ...

Last Word is still loving basketball, Jan. 18
Daily Press - 2020-01-18
Not true. Not everybody subject to the tax has Norment as their representative! I live by Lafayette High School and when I went to vote, I was very disappointed he was not on my ballot so I could vote against him. He does not represent everyone in James City County or the Historic Triangle. If you know someone who can repair a grandfather clock ...

On libel
philstar.com - 2020-01-18
One of my students in Introduction to Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University three years ago asked me that question after class, after we had taken up the chapter on media ethics and libel. Under Article 353 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) libel is defined as "a public and malicious imputation of a crime, a vice or a defect ...

Facebook again refuses to ban political ads, even false ones
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-17
Or they can narrow the target audience to those who have shown interest in guns, abortion or immigration, based on what the user has read or talked about on Facebook. Candidates might even show one ad to young Democratic women interested in both gun control and climate change, and a different ad to everyone else. Google, the digital ads leader ...

BIR exempts BSP from income taxes
philstar.com - 2020-01-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is now exempting the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) from paying taxes on income derived from its governmental functions. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay signed Revenue Regulation 2-2020, dated Jan. 15, implementing the tax exemption ...

NBI, BIR, PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-17
MANILA, Philippines -- An illegal cigarette factory allegedly run by Chinese nationals was raided on Thursday by joint operatives from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police. BIR Revenue Officer Remedios Advincula Jr. said operatives found a total of six manufacturing ...

Joma Sison says gov't broke promise to free political prisoners last Christmas
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Communist leader Jose Maria Sison has revealed that the government agreed last year to release "sick and elderly" political prisoners for Christmas and New Year. In a video statement sent to a forum in Quezon City on Friday, Sison, who is on self-exile in the Netherlands, said Labor Secretary ...

Duterte okays total OFW deployment ban to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-17
The labor pact between the Philippines and Kuwait was seen as a solution to end the persistent human-rights violations committed by Kuwaiti employers against their Filipino workers. PNA

Duterte supports total deployment ban of OFWs in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-17
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte is supportive of the total deployment ban in Kuwait imposed by labor officials following the death of an overseas household worker there ...

Duterte bans worker deployment to Kuwait
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-17
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved a total deployment ban of overseas Filipino workers to Kuwait after a Filipina housemaid there died allegedly in the hands of her employer. The "total deployment ban" will cover both skilled and household ...

Does ABS-CBN have tax deficiencies, unpaid debts?
philstar.com - 2020-01-17
ABS-CBN Film Productions Inc. vs Commissioner of Internal Revenue In a July 31, 2019, resolution by the First Division, the CTA said the ABS ... that have unpaid debts to government banks. "Lopez Holdings Corp does not have any unpaid obligations to the Development Bank of the Philippines or other government financial institutions," the company ...

DHS seeks Pentagon funds for 270 miles of border wall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-17
In reaction, he declared a national emergency that allowed him to shift almost three times as much money from military accounts to wall building. The Supreme Court ruled this summer the funds could be used. In total, about $12 billion has been allocated for the wall. And billions more have been requested. The defense officials said that last ...

OWWA Bicol assures aid for OFWs affected by Middle East conflict
Gov - 2020-01-17
LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 14 (PIA) - Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Bicol is gearing up for the possible homecoming of Bicolano overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) working in the Middle East due to the ongoing tension in the region. According to ...

Microsoft says it will go 'carbon negative' by 2030
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
(CNN)-- Microsoft is making an ambitious commitment to eliminate its carbon footprint by pledging to go "carbon negative" in the next decade and investing $1 billion to help develop clean technologies. The tech giant said Thursday it will seek to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030. "While the world will need to reach net zero, those of ...

Millennial power, activate
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
The report helps cities determine what they should work on in terms of placemaking by classifying cities into four categories, based on the correlation of labor force growth and rate of real gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next decade. These are: 1) Leaders, or cities where both population and GDP growth are above the global ...

DOLE: Professionals, skilled workers on vacation in PHL but with live contracts in Kuwait are exempted from deployment ban
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-16
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday announced the only category of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that will be exempted from the total deployment ban in Kuwait. "This refers to skilled workers or professionals, who will come home for a vacation and they will have to go back as they still have existing contracts.

Who Copied Whom? Copyright, Breach of Contract Lawsuits Shroud Surfside Project
Law - 2020-01-16
In a case of who copied whom, a big-name Miami architectural firm claims copyright infringement for illegal use of its work by another architect, and a developer accused the same firm of duplicating parts of a Surfside project at a nearby building. Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc. and The Surf Club Apartments Inc. entered a $1.46 ...

DoF to seek lower DST, warns TIEZA could lose travel tax
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-16
He was responding to an issue raised by a participant at the meeting about higher DST slowing down business growth and raising the costs of doing businesses. Mr. Dominuez said the DoF will "attempt to reduce it in the future" but since the "process ...

BI: Chinese top list of barred foreigners in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese nationals have topped the list of foreigners who were denied entry to the Philippines in 2019 after authorities found they were improperly documented or were ...

PH-Kuwait deployment ban stays until labor deal fully implemented - Palace
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 16) -- MalacaƱang on Thursday backed officials' decision to stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait, amid the reported cases of maltreatment and deaths in ...

Senate set to tackle Villavende case, OFW deployment to Middle East
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
Villanueva said the panel will summon representatives from different agencies including the Labor Department, the Foreign Affairs Department, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to help lawmakers in dissecting the issues. The hearing, which may happen by Wednesday or Thursday ...

Pinay in Singapore gets 7 weeks in prison over fake diploma, grades
GMA Network - 2020-01-16
A Filipino woman on Tuesday was sentenced to seven weeks in prison in Singapore for falsifying her college records. According to the country's Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Noriza De Luna submitted fake documents in her and her daughter's Permanent Residency applications in 2008. De Luna was said to have submitted a diploma and ...

China's new SARS-like virus has spread to Japan, but we still know very little about it
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-16
He developed a high fever on January 3 while in Wuhan, and returned three days later to Japan, where he was tested positive for the virus, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. He has since recovered and was discharged from hospital on Wednesday, the ministry said. He said he had not visited the seafood market linked to the ...

5th Circ. Says Mitigation Not 'Complete Defense' In IP Row
Law360 - 2020-01-16
Law360 (January 15, 2020, 8:00 PM EST) -- The publisher of an energy industry newsletter will get another chance to collect damages in a copyright infringement dispute with Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP, after the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday determined a jury had been wrongly instructed about how efforts to mitigate the damage should have ...

NBI files new raps vs Kerwin, police coddlers
philstar.com - 2020-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday filed new charges against self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and nine police officers, including a general, who allegedly served as his protectors in the illegal drug trade in the Eastern Visayas from 2011 to 2016. The NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs filed ...

Reclamation best solution along Cavitex
Journal - 2020-01-16
The City hopes to integrate in these two projects a most effective approach to the long-term clean-up of Manila Bay as mandated by a Supreme Court continuing mandamus, being the only projects along Manila Bay that carry with it a program for relocation and ...

British Lighting Artist Claims Knockoffs by Fairchild Tropical Garden
Law - 2020-01-16
A copyright infringement lawsuit was filed against Fairchild, its chief operating officer, two Los Angeles companies that created the display and a Chinese lighting retailer. The complaint was filed Jan. 8 in the Southern District of Florida and assigned to U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro in Miami. The Chinese company, Zhongshan G-Lights ...

Philippines OKs total deployment ban of workers to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15)-- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department confirmed Wednesday. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has approved the total ban on the deployment of workers to Kuwait, the Labor Department ...

13 Filipinos repatriated from Iraq to arrive in PH; more to return home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines --Thirteen Filipinos repatriated from Iraq are scheduled to arrive in the Philippines Wednesday afternoon, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement, the DFA said that the Philippine Embassy in Iraq is bringing home two groups of overseas Filipinos coming from Baghdad and Erbil. The first group from ...

DOJ chief recommends deployment ban of OFWs to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said he will recommend to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) a ban in the deployment of domestic helpers to ...

Philippines totally bans deployment of OFWs to Iraq
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) -- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has imposed a total ban on the deployment of Filipino workers to conflict-stricken Iraq, an order that came a week after the government ordered all Filipinos there to come home. The POEA Governing Board, chaired by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello ...

Filipina jailed 7 weeks for faking university degree in Singapore residency application
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement that Noriza Dancel De Luna, who made the application in 2008, also made false claims when she applied for PR for her daughter in ...

A timely reminder for creatives: Why registering your intellectual property is key!
The Jamaica Observer - 2020-01-15
While this settlement has been heralded as a big win for Jamaican music and the rights of Jamaican artistes not to have their works used by others without authorisation, this case is also a timely reminder to creatives of why it is so important to protect and register their intellectual property (IP). IP registration is essential because it ...

New labor deal allows top WNBA players to earn over US$500,000
SPIN - 2020-01-15
NEW YORK -- The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 (over P25 million) while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for ...

BREAKING: Philippines imposes total deployment ban to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government has imposed a total deployment ban of Filipino workers to Kuwait, following the death of Jeanelyn Villavende, who was tortured and sexually abused ...

Producer Sues Major Labels For IP Infringement, Elder Abuse
Law360 - 2020-01-15
Stokes, a multi-Grammy-nominated music producer, composer, writer, musician and music publisher who is over 65 years old and resides in Los Angeles County, sued the labels for copyright infringement and financial elder abuse, among other claims. Since the early 1970s, Stokes has made music for major stars, including Tina Turner, Whitney Houston ...

OWWA prepares for the arrival of repatriates from Iraq
Gov - 2020-01-15
PASAY CITY, Jan. 15 -- The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has laid down its plans in providing assistance to Filipinos affected by the current unrest in Iraq. OWWA Administrator Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac, before leaving for his official trip ...

WNBA's 8-year labor deal to hike average salary to $130,000
ABS-CBN - 2020-01-14
The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation for players will surpass six figures for the first time. "It was collaborative effort,'" WNBA players' union president Nneka Ogwumike said. (AP Photo/Marcio ...

Philippine imposes total deployment ban in Iraq
philstar.com - 2020-01-14
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday said the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board has issued a resolution stopping deployment of Filipino seafarers. "The board has resolved to impose a total deployment ban on the processing and deployment of all OFWs, including crew changes and shore leaves of ...

Why Sonos has already lost its patent suit against Google
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-14
Many companies paid just to be rid of them. In 2006, with the issue of patent trolls much in the air, the Supreme Court decided a case, eBay Inc. v MercExchange Llc., that flipped patent law on its head. Before the eBay case, plaintiffs who could show their patents had been infringed could almost always obtain an injunction preventing the ...

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