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33 questions that were asked at Apple job interviews

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Maya Kosoff / Business Insider @businessinsider, Nov. 20, 2015 Apple is known for being one of the most challenging and exciting places to work, so it’s not surprising to learn that getting a job there is no easy task.

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Lineman electrocuted

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By Raymund Catindig (The Philippine Star), November 19, 2016 TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – A lineman died and another was injured when they accidentally touched a live wire while repairing power lines toppled by Super Typhoon Lawin in Barangay Natappian in West Solana, Cagayan yesterday.

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Growth+ What matters most to CEOs expanding across borders today

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http://www.pwc.com/us/en/apec-ceo-summit/2016/key-findings/regulatory-conditions.html Regulatory conditions are always a factor when a business takes on the ultimate risk to invest directly in another economy… The real calculation is just how much of a factor given other dynamics that affect business growth and profitability. In this study, based in part on PwC’s Survey of over 1,100 business leaders in…

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Goldman makes 10 Trump-influenced market predictions for 2017: ‘Higher growth, higher risk’

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Tae Kim | @firstadopter, 18 November 2016, CNBC.com From higher fiscal spending to rising inflation, Goldman Sachs’ economic research team gave investors its favorite 2017 predictions for the markets and global economies Thursday. Many of the investment bank’s projections were directly impacted by the surprising election of Donald Trump and his stated economic policies.

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Survey: Pinoys satisfied with admin’s human rights promotion

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By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – Despite criticisms over alleged human rights violations committed in connection with the anti-drug campaign, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that a majority or 74 percent of Filipinos were satisfied with the way the government was promoting human rights.

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SSS wants first choice on PPP financing

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By Prinz Magtulis (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) now wants to have a first say on financing part of public private partnership (PPP) projects to be bid out by the government.

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DMCI Mining cuts workforce

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By Iris Gonzales (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – DMCI Mining Corp. has reduced its workforce by 62 percent in the nine months to September this year, parent firm DMCI Holdings Inc. said yesterday.

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PCCI sees more regularization among members

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By Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the country’s largest business group, sees more regularization of workers in line with the administration’s drive to stop illegal contractualization.

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Dangerous and alarming contingency

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By Jose C. Sison (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 It is about time for us to erase the delusion that some of our countrymen denominated as “elitist” are trying to put down or belittle the intellectual capacity of the mass of our common people mostly comprising Duterte’s supporters. It is quite divisive and discordant…

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Non-essentials?

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CTALK By Cito Beltran (The Philippine Star), November 18, 2016 The Department of Finance (DOF) is recommending the scrapping of non-essential privileges or discounts given to senior citizens such as discounts on airfare, hotels, with Secretary Sonny Dominguez calling it “a small sacrifice” to fund nation building. Most senior citizens have paid their dues and…

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Nov. 16, 2016 – CTALK by Cito Beltan, Philippine Star – Don’t look now but the DOLE is clearly doing the “One step forward – Two step backward” dance concerning the issue on abolishing contractualization.

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Nov. 16, 2016 – CTALK by Cito Beltan, Philippine Star – Don’t look now but the DOLE is clearly doing the  “One step forward – Two step backward” dance concerning the issue on abolishing contractualization. It won’t surprise me one bit if the DOLE decides to dance with the “contractors” and push for a compromise…

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The rebel economist who blew up

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by Andrew Mayeda, Craig Torres, November 18, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-18/blah-blah-blah-a-renowned-economist-sums-up-the-state-of-macro?cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social Paul Romer says he really hadn’t planned to trash macroeconomics as a math-obsessed pseudoscience. Or infuriate countless colleagues. It just sort of happened.

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Obrero nalibing ng buhay

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By Edwin Balasa, Abante, November 18, 2016 Patay ang isang obrero matapos itong malibing ng buhay sa malalim na hukay ng ginagawang subdivision kamakalawa ng hapon sa Naga City, Camarines Sur.

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Philippines posts strongest economic growth in Asia at 7.1%

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by Siegfrid Alegado, Cecilia Yap, November 17, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree Nation seen as among fastest-expanding in the world until 2018 Outsourcing, remittances help guard against global risks The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace in three years last quarter, underscoring the nation’s resilience to global risks as investment surged and consumers spent more. Stocks gained.

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The simple economics of machine intelligence

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by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb, NOVEMBER 17, 2016, https://hbr.org/2016/11/the-simple-economics-of-machine-intelligence?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvardbiz The year 1995 was heralded as the beginning of the “New Economy.” Digital communication was set to upend markets and change everything. But economists by and large didn’t buy into the hype. It wasn’t that we didn’t recognize that something changed. It was…

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Philippine Green Jobs Act of 2016

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PH can’t handle nuke waste, Duterte told

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/845005/ph-cant-handle-nuke-waste-duterte-told/amp CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—The Philippines has no capacity to manage and dispose of nuclear waste, a major reason the Duterte administration should drop a plan to activate the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in Morong town, the EcoWaste Coalition said on Wednesday.

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A perfume that smells like poop?

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By Bill Gates, November 16, 2016, https://www.gatesnotes.com/Development/Smells-of-Success?WT.mc_id=20161202155430_Firmenich_BG-TW&WT.tsrc=BGTW&linkId=31842000 I recently traveled to Switzerland to take a giant whiff of pit latrine odor. What I inhaled was a strong kick to the nostrils, a potent combination of sewage stink, barnyard sweat, and bitter ammonia topped off with vomit (or was it parmesan cheese?). The stench was foul…

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Nuclear power for the Philippines?

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By John Mangun, Businessmirror, NOVEMBER 16, 2016 If you tend to get your information and form opinion from Facebook, this is definitely not for you. The Philippines will, hopefully, with both a sense of necessity and urgency, enter into a fact-based discussion on generating electricity using nuclear energy.

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Gulong sumambulat, mekaniko nasawi

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By Jun Borlongan, Abante, November 16, 2016 Nasawi ang isang mekaniko makaraang aksidenteng tumama sa kanyang mukha ang rim ng kanyang kinukumpuning gulong na biglang sumabog sa kanyang talyer sa Brgy. Saluysoy, Meycauayan City, Bulacan kamakalawa.

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G.R. No. 210903 – The Phl President needs to approve increase in salary or compensation of GOCCs/CFIs that is not in accordance with the Salary Standardization Law

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Pinoy kids win 35 math, science medals in Indonesia contest

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by ABS-CBN News, Nov 16 2016 MANILA – Young students from the Philippines won a total of 35 medals in an international math and science contest in Tangerang City, Indonesia.

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GR 210940 – Salaries and benefits to be granted by the SSS, as mere trustee of the fund for the welfare and benefit of workers and employees in the private sector, must always be reasonable; …

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appointive members of the SS Commission are not entitled to additional benefits not expressly provided in the SS law. Download full text here.

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Inclusive growth in world trade: APEC in a changing global landscape

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by Victor C. Manhit, Businessworld, November 16, 2016 Peru’s hosting of this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) culminates with the economic leaders’ meeting this week. Designed to promote trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region, APEC has nevertheless prioritized agendas that underscore the importance of investing in human capital to build sustainable and inclusive economies. Fittingly,…

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If you can’t empathize with your employees, you’d better learn to

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by Annie McKee, NOVEMBER 16, 2016, https://hbr.org/2016/11/if-you-cant-empathize-with-your-employees-youd-better-learn-to?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvardbiz Empathy—the ability to read and understand other’s emotions, needs, and thoughts—is one of the core competencies of emotional intelligence and a critical leadership skill. It is what allows us to influence, inspire, and help people achieve their dreams and goals. Empathy enables us to connect with others in…

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Nov. 15, 2016 – So-called workers cooperatives, originally put up to thwart union organizing, without appropriate capital and workplace tools, equipment, etc. are labor-only contractors. Hotels and restaurants are accelerating engagement of ‘workers cooperatives’ to go around President Duterte’s pronouncement about ending ‘endo’.

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Unfinished U.S. nuclear plant given new lease of life with sale

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by Mark Chediak, November 15, 2016, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-14/one-company-wants-to-build-a-u-s-nuclear-plant-as-others-shut Property developer Franklin L. Haney is going all out for nuclear at a time when reactors are being shut down across the U.S.

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Moody’s flags added credit risk

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By Melissa Luz T. Lopez, Businessworld, November 15, 2016 A SHIFT to anti-immigrant policies in the United States could pose risks to the Philippines’ credit rating, as it could disrupt remittance flows that have been supporting strong domestic consumption, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report.

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HSBC: China-led RCEP in focus as TPP fades

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November 15, 2016, http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2016/11/15/hsbc-says-china-led-rcep-in-focus-as-tpp-fades/ KUALA LUMPUR: The China-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) should help boost trade volumes across Asia, especially Asean, although it has its limitations compared with the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), said HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.

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COMMENTARY: On Federalism

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By CHRISTIAN S. MONSOD – NOVEMBER 14, 2016 (Delivered at the Galing Pook Forum on 11 November 2016 by former Comelec chair Christian Monsod, a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission that drafted the 1987 Constitution). Since it was approved by a majority vote of 76% in a national plebiscite in 1987, there have been…

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