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Doctors give Medicare’s proposal to pay for telemedicine poor prognosis
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by Phil Galewitz The Trump administration wants Medicare for the first time to embrace telemedicine across the country by paying doctors $14 for a five-minute “check-in” phone call with their patients. But many physicians say the proposed reimbursement will cover a service they already do for free. And the Medicare reimbursement — intended to motivate…

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PH sees decade of 7 percent growth from $180-billion infrastructure drive
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SECRETARY of Budget and Management (DBM) Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday, October 10, said the Philippines expects economic growth to recover to 7-8 percent target next year as it pushes ahead with massive infrastructure spending plans. According to him, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth would be back to targeted level next year, mainly bolstered by…

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Teddy Boy Locsin accepts DFA chief post
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Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin has accepted President Rodrigo Duterte’s offer to become the next secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), replacing Alan Peter Cayetano. Locsin in a tweet said, “I was asked I said yes; but love UN, the many friends & intellectual companions I made. But I didn’t say no when asked…

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Trump nominates Patrick Bumatay to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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SAN FRANCISCO — President Trump announced his intent Wednesday, October 10 to nominate Patrick J. Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If confirmed, Patrick will be the first Filipino-American judge to ever serve on a federal appeals court, the second openly LGBT federal circuit court judge, and the second Filipino-American…

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Siargao, Boracay, Palawan top Condé Nast list
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Three Philippine islands nabbed the top spots as Asia’s Best Islands voted by readers of international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler for its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. ?Ranking first is the teardrop-shaped island of Siargao, “home to more than 15 separate surf breaks, including the legendary Cloud 9, which counts Kelly Slater and Anthony Kiedis…

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Majority of Filipinos want death penalty back
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A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released on Wednesday, October 10, revealed that almost six in every 10 Filipinos or are in favor of the revival of capital punishment for heinous crimes. The SWS survey conducted among 2,000 Filipino adults nationwide from March 22 to 27 showed that 59 percent of respondents agreed that the…

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New research measures how much countries could boost economic productivity by investing in people
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A new World Bank research released today provides policymakers a compelling evidence that delivering better outcomes in children’s health and learning can significantly boost the incomes of people — and of countries — with returns far into the future. Launched today at the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings is the Human Capital Index. It measures the…

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