Globe readies network for emerging IoT services with 700 MHz band

1h technology.inquirer.net
Globe Telecom is enabling its network to support emerging Internet of Things (IoT) services, making full use of all the 700-megahertz spectrum and other existing LTE spectrum assets the company is currently assigned with. Globe is now piloting Narrow Band- Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology due to its inherent advantage of long reach and range, while enhancing mobile data services. (9-0)
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Philippines’ Ayala Land now controls 72.3% of MCT

4h thestar.com.my
According to CIMB Investment Bank, Ayala Land had received acceptances for 295.27 million shares or a 22.12% stake. Ayala Land had, through Regent Wise Investments Ltd, launched an unconditional mandatory takeover offer when it emerged with 50.19% following a corporate exercise. (14-0)
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Big 8 Split Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividends on Class D Preferred Shares and Class D Capital Shares

7h marketwired
TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - February 20, 2018) - Big 8 Split Inc. (the "Company") (TSX: BIG.D) (TSX: BIG.PR.D) announced today that it has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.1125 per Class D Preferred Share. In addition, a quarterly dividend on its Class D Capital Shares was declared of $0.043 per Class D Capital Share. The dividends on both the Class D Preferred Shares and Class D Capital Shares are payable on March 15, 2018 to holders of record on February 28, 2018. (19-0)
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PSE index reverses early losses, stays above 8,700

7h business.inquirer.net
The local stock barometer reversed early losses on Tuesday, staying afloat the 8,700 level on selective buying of large-cap stocks. (19-0)
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PH still lags in internet service

7h business.inquirer.net
The Philippines saw improvements for both 4G availability and speed although most of its neighbors in the region remained ahead by those measures, the latest crowdsourced survey by OpenSignal showed. (9-0)
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High inflation, interest rates temper optimism

7h business.inquirer.net
The country’s leading online stock brokerage COL Financial has tempered its optimism on the local stock market on risks of higher inflation and interest rates but told investors not to fear the ongoing market correction. (5-0)
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Luisita firm sues farmers for breaking into bank lot

7h newsinfo.inquirer.net
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Luisita Land Corp. has sued 15 farmers of Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac province for malicious mischief and trespassing for trying to break-in and take portions of a 500-hectare property owned by Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) inside the former sugar estate in November last year. (4-0)
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Struggling Lady Maroons

6h bworldonline
What a difference a year makes. I am saying this with a big sigh seeing how the University of the Philippines (UP) Lady Fighting Maroons are having it rough and difficult in the ongoing University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. (3-0)
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UAAP ‘avian war’: Lady Eagles vs Lady Falcons

6h bworldonline
“AVIAN” teams in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) collide today as the Ateneo Lady Eagles take on the Adamson Lady Falcons in the curtain-raiser at 2 p.m. of women’s volleyball play at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. (3-0)
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New POPI chief focuses on Tutuban Center upgrade

12h bworldonline
THE HEAD of the Ayala Malls Group has been elected as the new president and chief executive officer of Prime Orion Philippines, Inc. (POPI), the owner and developer of Tutuban Center in Divisoria. (10-0)
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Weekly Cannabis Report: A Clear Winner Has Emerged

12h seekingalpha
Welcome to our Weekly Cannabis Report, a reliable source for investors to receive the latest developments and critical analysis for the cannabis sector. (9-0)
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Shares post small gain as market looks for leads

18h bworldonline
SHARES moved up on Tuesday, managing to reverse early losses, as investors looked for leads while turning cautious on the release of fourth-quarter earnings reports. (24-0)
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NOW Inc.: Waiting To Reload Again

4h seekingalpha
NOW's fourth-quarter results did not show much improvement, and the outlook is not that impressive either. (1-0)
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DTI sees US free trade deal gaining traction within two years

15h bworldonline
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) expects considerable progress within one to two years in the Philippines’ bid to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US. (11-0)
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Bourse expected to weather global volatility

12h bworldonline
PHILIPPINE EQUITIES are unlikely to return to bear territory for some time despite volatility in global markets, with the country’s long-term economic growth prospects remaining intact against a backdrop of normalizing interest rates and mounting inflation pressure, stock market analysts said on Tuesday. (5-0)
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Price of luxury condos in BGC skyrockets to all-time high — report

12h bworldonline
PRICES of high-end residential condominiums in key business districts soared to all-time highs last year, with units in Bonifacio Global City commanding as much as P300,000 per square meter (sq.m.), according to a property consultant. (5-0)
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DICT holding off on formal notification to PLDT on CURE frequencies

15h bworldonline
THE GOVERNMENT will wait until the end of March before writing to PLDT, Inc. regarding plans by the government to assign the Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise (CURE) frequencies without compensation to PLDT. (9-0)
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PSEi firms up above 8,700

19h business.inquirer.net
The local stock barometer firmed up above the 8,700 level on selective buying of large-cap stocks on Tuesday. (19-0)
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Fresh Del Monte Produce's (FDP) CEO Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh on Q4 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

11h seekingalpha
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE:FDP) Q4 2017 Earnings Conference Call February 20, 2018 11:00 AM ET (2-0)
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Globe CEO Ernest Cu joins thought leaders in new, original Netflix documentary for Altered Carbon

18h entertainment.inquirer.net
Top streaming platform, Netflix recently released a documentary that tackles the possibility of immortality through technology, as a brief introduction to its latest science fiction series ‘Altered Carbon’. The short video featured several prominent thought leaders in entertainment, technology, science and literature, including Ernest Cu, president and chief executive officer of Globe Telecom. (9-0)
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Prime Orion elects new president and CEO

21h bworldonline
The head of the Ayala Malls Group has been elected as the new president and chief executive officer of the company that owns and develops Tutuban Center. (10-0)
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NBA transformation

12h bworldonline
For long-time followers of the pro scene, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) All-Star Saturday is significant not just because of its packed on-court schedule. From the All-Star Practice to the Skills Challenge to the Three-Point Shootout to the Slam Dunk Contest, fans are kept busy, their eyes glued to the proceedings. Parenthetically, there’s a compelling reason for them to also stay plugged in away from the Staples Center hardwood.
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Harbor Star poised to enter Myanmar

12h bworldonline
HARBOR STAR Shipping Services, Inc. (TUGS) is set to enter Myanmar, as it received approval for the creation of a subsidiary in the Southeast Asian country.
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Philippines' Ayala Land now controls 72.3% of MCT

2018-02-20 thestar.com.my
Philippines' Ayala Land has raised its stake in property company MCT Bhd to 72.3% or 669.92 million shares at the end of the takeover offer which ended on Monday (5-0)
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PHL office market to grow by 40% in next 6 years — Leechiu

2018-02-19 bworldonline
THE Philippine office market is seen to grow by 40% in the next six years, driven by the continued expansion of information technology-business process management (IT-BPM) companies in the country, according to a real estate service firm. (12-1)
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Dominguez backs Landbank move to acquire controlling stake in PDS

2018-02-19 bworldonline
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III is backing the move of the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) to acquire the majority stake in the country’s fixed-income exchange, saying that the local stock market operator has taken too much time for the buyout. (24-0)
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Draft terms for 3rd telco player out

2018-02-19 bworldonline
THE GOVERNMENT’s bid to improve telecommunications services in the country has taken a step forward with the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) release on Monday of draft criteria for selecting the third major service provider. (9-0)
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Maynilad sets P9-billion capex for 2018

2018-02-19 bworldonline
METRO MANILA’S west zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. said on Monday it is setting aside P9 billion in 2018 as capital expenditure (capex) for its water and wastewater infrastructure projects for the year. (9-0)
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Boracay residents can now watch the latest flicks—without leaving the island

2018-02-19 lifestyle.inquirer.net
Boracay residents can now watch the latest flicks in theaters, thanks to the newly opened cinema in CityMall Boracay. Before, islanders would travel to faraway Roxas City in order to watch a movie. The excursion would take four hours by boat and bus, and another four hours for the return trip. (2-0)
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SM Prime recurring profit up 16%

2018-02-19 bworldonline
NEW MALLS and sales of residential properties continued to drive SM Prime Holdings, Inc.’s earnings higher in 2017. (6-0)
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PSEi returns to 8,700 level as rate hike fears ease

2018-02-19 bworldonline
SHARES jumped on Monday as positive corporate earnings alongside dwindling fears for a faster rate hike by the US Federal Reserve fuelled optimism. (16-0)
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Ayala-led Manila Water acquires stake in Thailand-based firm East Water

2018-02-19 bworldonline
MANILA WATER Co. has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire an 18.72% stake in a publicly listed water supply and distribution company in Thailand, the Ayala-led company told the stock exchange on Monday. (2-0)
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PSEi back to 8,700

2018-02-19 business.inquirer.net
The local stock barometer rallied to the 8,700 mark on Monday in line with mostly firmer regional markets. (11-0)
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Unified PSE trading floor debuts in BGC

2018-02-19 business.inquirer.net
For the first time since the unification of two legacy stock exchanges 25 years ago, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) opened a unified trading floor in its new headquarters in Bonifacio Global City on Monday, auspiciously timed on the first trading day of the new Lunar Year of the Dog. (10-0)
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Tweak All-Star Game

2018-02-19 bworldonline
Heading into the 2018 National Basketball Association All-Star Game, not a few quarters believed the level of competition would be similar to that in recent memory — all offense and token defense over an essentially friendly atmosphere. Perhaps not to the extent that the previous year’s spectacle, in which a whopping 374 points were on the board all told, but close. In fact, bookmakers had the Over/Under at 340 markers, as good an indication as any of conventional wisdom’s sentiments.
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SE Asia stocks higher led by financials; Malaysia up 0.9pc

2018-02-19 themalaymailonline
Malaysia jumped as much as 0.9 per cent to its highest in two weeks, led by financials and telecoms, and was on track for a fifth straight session of gains. — Picture Ahmad ZamzahuriNEW YORK, Feb 19 — Shares in Singapore and the Philippines rose 1 per cent today, led by financials, as equity markets in the region followed a global recovery after recent volatility that stemmed from concerns over rising inflation. (14-0)
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PSE starts trading under one roof at new BGC office

2018-02-19 bworldonline
The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) opened its first trading day with a unified trading floor at its new headquarters in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on Monday, Feb. 19. (5-0)
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SM Prime nets P27.6B

2018-02-19 business.inquirer.net
Property giant SM Prime Holdings grew its recurring net profit last year by 16 percent to P27.6 billion on higher rental revenue from shopping malls and residential development. (6-0)
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DICT issues draft terms for picking 3rd telco player in PH

2018-02-19 business.inquirer.net
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) released on Monday the draft terms of reference outlining how it would select a “new major telco player,” or a competitor to the PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom duopoly. (9-0)
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At new BGC office, PSE to finally open unified trading floor

2018-02-18 bworldonline
THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) will finally have a unified trading floor today, as it moves its operations to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. (5-0)
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NCCA’s Sayaw Pinoy tours Visayas; Cinema Rehiyon returns to Manila

2018-02-18 lifestyle.inquirer.net
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through its National Committee on Dance led by Shirley Halili-Cruz, is holding Sayaw Pinoy in connection with the 2018 National Arts Month. (3-0)
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SMPF to open Laguna facility in 2019

2018-02-18 bworldonline
SAN MIGUEL Pure Foods Company, Inc. (SMPF) is on track to complete a new manufacturing facility that will produce ready-to-eat products in Laguna by the first quarter of 2019. (4-0)
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Yields on gov’t debt climb on US Treasuries, Fed bets

2018-02-18 bworldonline
YIELDS on government securities (GS) climbed last week to track movements in US Treasuries, as well as increased expectations of a Federal Reserve rate hike due to the upbeat US January inflation print. (4-0)
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Transport dep’t evaluation of NAIA rehab proposal may take 2 months

2018-02-18 bworldonline
THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said it will take two months to evaluate a P350-billion proposal by a consortium of conglomerates to rehabilitate Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). (8-0)
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Skidding Hotshots seek to reverse losing trend

2018-02-18 bworldonline
HAVING lost their last two games in the PBA Philippine Cup, the Magnolia Hotshots are out to reverse the trend and get back to winning when they take on the GlobalPort Batang Pier today in the 7 p.m. main game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. (19-0)
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Fuel prices roll back in unusual weekend adjustment

2018-02-18 bworldonline
OIL COMPANIES have rolled back over the weekend the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene, each by more than a peso per liter, two days ahead of the usual Tuesday price adjustment. Gasoline prices are down this week by P1.05 to 1.15 per liter (/L), diesel by P1.25 to 1.30/L and kerosene, by P1.20/L. Most of the companies implemented the price cut at 6 a.m. on Sunday. No advise was given on why they were cutting prices earlier than usual except to say that the price adjustments reflected the movement of prices in the international market. (5-0)
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The conversation has started for Metro Manila’s rejuvenation

2018-02-18 bworldonline
Existing side by side are communities overcome by poverty and squalor and an elite whose members live in posh mansions and elegant high rises. Areas jam-packed with offices, malls, and universities are located a stones throw away from sprawling gated villages that are virtually empty during work days. The poor are deprived of parks and open spaces while the well-heeled have their country clubs and private gardens. (5-0)
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Staples Center welcomes George

2018-02-18 bworldonline
Paul George will be playing extremely well at the National Basketball Association All-Star Game today — or at least he’ll want to, and not just because he traces his roots to the host city. He stunk up at joint the Three-Point Shootout yesterday, never mind the obvious leanings of the Staples Center crowd; he couldn’t even reach double figures, his poor output belying his regular-season prowess from beyond the arc and making his calm demeanor look more like indifference.
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Robinsons Land to develop more IT parks

2018-02-18 bworldonline
ROBINSONS LAND Corp. (RLC) is aiming to develop up to two information technology (IT) parks within the next two to three years, a top official said.
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2018 starts with smaller ‘hot money’ net inflows

2018-02-18 bworldonline
MORE FOREIGN FUNDS entered the Philippines in January, compared to gross inflows the preceding month and a year ago, but a bigger increase in total outflows caused net inflows to shrink in those comparative periods, according to data the central bank released on Thursday evening. (5-0)
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