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Walmart (WMT), Verizon (VZ) And Hershey (HSY) Have Biggest Jump In Positive Sentiment Among S&P 500 Stocks.
Forbes - 2020-03-15
In our previous note, "Rising Market Volatility Offering Buying Opportunities. NVIDA (NVDA), Intel (INTC) And Netflix (NFLX) Top Trending Stocks.", we took a look those stocks in the S&P 500 which were the top trending stocks over the past week. The goal was to see if we could find some interesting buying opportunities based on trending news.

Amid COVID-19, Peza to continue operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) has directed all ecozones and offices nationwide to continue operating, albeit with a reduced workforce, to assure the unhampered service to its clients and locators. In a statement, Peza Director General Charito Plaza said she had instructed all workers and clients of all Peza offices and ecozones ...

Landmark SpaceX Falcon 9 launch aborted at last second
CNET - 2020-03-15
It's one postponement that has nothing to do with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic: SpaceX scrubbed its latest launch of 60 Starlink satellites Sunday morning. Just as the countdown clock hit zero at Florida's Kennedy Space Center and the Falcon 9 rocket's engines began to fire for a split second, the system shut down as an automated abort ...

Apple A14 in 'iPhone 12' said to be as fast as the iPad Pro
AppleInsider - 2020-03-15
Geekbench scores that may be for the next iPhone processor, the "A14," have surfaced online, and show massive jumps in multi-core performance and speed. The iPad Pro has an A12X chipset with improved graphics performance and more cores Apple improves on their A-series processors every year for each new iPhone release, so a successor to the ...

States consider new virus restrictions as revelers pack bars
ABC - 2020-03-15
New Jersey's governor is considering a curfew, and Illinois may require bars and restaurants to close after revelers ignored warnings against attending large gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In New Orleans and Chicago, people clad in green for St. Patrick's Day packed bars and spilled onto crowded sidewalks Saturday even after ...

Despite quarantine, fight vs corruption goes on
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
PACC will unceasingly monitor national government agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) on whether they strictly comply with the Ease of Doing Business Law (RA11032) and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and meet timelines in implementing projects, activities and programs (PAPs). These will also be monitored to ensure ...

Virtual learning
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
Joel L. Tan-Torres is the dean of the University of the Philippines Virata School of Business. He was the former commissioner of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the chairman of the Professional Regulatory Board of Accountancy and partner of Reyes Tacandong & Co. and the SyCip Gorres and Velayo & Co. He is a Certified Public Accountant who ...

Johnson Urged to Adopt Stronger Measures to Fight Virus in Britain
New York Times - 2020-03-15
LONDON -- When Prime Minister Boris Johnson last spoke to the British public about the coronavirus pandemic, four days ago, he was flanked by his chief medical and science advisers and issued a stark warning that "many more families are going to lose ...

NCAA bound for cancellation of season?
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
NATIONAL Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Chairman Peter Cayco bared the league faces the dilemma of canceling the remainder of Season 95 or resume the competitions to a later date when the coronavirus pandemic has ceased. Cayco also said everyone in the league has to "bite the bullet" as the coronavirus outbreak canceled or postponed ...

ISPs Raise Speeds and Suspend Data Caps in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
Consumer Reports - 2020-03-15
When you shop through retailer links on our site, we may earn affiliate commissions. 100% of the fees we collect are used to support our nonprofit mission. Learn more. As more people across the country work from home to help stem the spread of the novel ...

Powerbeats 4: Hands on and first look with Beats' newest headphones
AppleInsider - 2020-03-15
Apple's Powerbeats 4 wireless headphones may not have been officially released, but AppleInsider got our hands on a set early to take them for a spin. Powerbeats 4 headphones in red Powerbeats 4 is the successor to the Powerbeats3 that launched way back in 2016. In the years since, Apple has been putting a lot of effort into wearables ...

World Wildlife Day: Zooming in on illegal wildlife trade
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
Illegal wildlife trade, whether for food, medicine, health and wellness, or some bizarre belief that animal parts make amulets for protection against bad spirit or can bring good fortune, are often associated with and driven by business opportunity. The huge demand for pangolin scale, meat and parts now make the animal as the most-trafficked on ...

Sara Duterte places Davao City under community quarantine
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
The Agdao Public Market was closed on Thursday and the Bankerohan Public Market would be closed on Monday. Business process outsourcing companies have been asked to observe social distancing among their call center agents of at least one meter. Agents were also asked to bring their own rubberized cover of their monitors and keyboards and to ...

Google says nationwide coronavirus website is in development
YAHOO! - 2020-03-15
President Trump misspoke when he said Google was developing a national screening and test result site for potential coronavirus patients (that's just Verily's Bay Area pilot for now), but there was apparently a degree of truth involved. In a series of clarifying tweets, Google said it was teaming with the US government on a "nationwide website ...

Beauty-related precautions undertaken during health crisis
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
In the midst of all this, a new term has emerged. Social distancing is now a thing. This is term used by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said social distancing means "remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining ...

PSE shortens trading hours amid MM-wide curfew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
The Philippine Stock Exchange has agreed to shorten its daily trading session during the month-long lockdown of Metro Manila to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From March 16 to April 14, trading at the PSE will close at 1pm instead of 330pm, the PSE said in a memorandum issued on Sunday. PSE president Ramon Monzon said this call ...

PEZA to issue passes to trucks, buses entering ecozones
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) will issue special passes to buses and trucks carrying employees and goods to economic zones from the National Capital Region (NCR) and vice versa to ensure continued business operations while Metro Manila is placed under community quarantine to prevent the spread of the ...

Local airlines cancel more domestic flights
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
All domestic flights to and from NAIA have been ordered to stop operations, except for cargo, air ambulance, government, military, weather mitigation and maintenance and utility flights ...

NAIA Consortium to pursue rehab proposal despite MPIC pullout
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The conglomerates seeking to rehabilitate and redevelop the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) still plan to pursue the airport project despite the pullout of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) from the consortium. "The rest of the consortium remains intact. We just need government to approve the terms ...

Government remains firm on April 15 tax deadline
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The government remains firm on imposing the April 15 deadline for the filing of income tax returns and income tax payments despite the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said moving ...

Telco opportunities arise from COVID-19 challenges
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Opportunities abound for telecommunication providers in the coming weeks as Metro Manila grapples with containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila. With Metro Manila under a month-long community quarantine, residents, students, and employees are encouraged to stay and even work at home. "Indeed ...

Lawmaker asks BSP to order lenders to ease credit rules
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
He added repayment of the loan could be amortized for 10 months starting three months from receipt of the loan proceeds. Lagman said MSMEs should be granted a 10-percent reduction in their business income tax to cushion business losses prior to and during the lockdown and also due to the aftermath of the pandemic. "Hazard pay should also be ...

The cockpit rocks and the ride is smooth
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- An Audi is an Audi that means it works like a smooth operator on the roads of Metro Manila and even the nearby provinces. It was in late 2019 that Audi launched the award-winning 2020 Audi Q3 in Makati City. When I first laid eyes on the Audi Q3 I asked myself, what makes it so special? Well, for starters the second ...

Greenfield City sees rising demand
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A new city has begun sprouting in the south. Greenfield City is a verdant metropolis in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, which in just a few years is increasingly being considered as a commercial and residential gem - sought after by families and individuals with demanding city responsibilities aiming to find balance in their life.

SBMA restricts entry at Freeport over COVID
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT , Philippines-- Entry to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) is restricted starting today to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), authorities said yesterday. The restriction will start at midnight and end on April 14, or as long as the public health emergency declared by Malacañang is in effect, accor ...

Isko tests negative for COVID
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, who had traveled to London, has tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Moreno and his chief of staff Cesar Chavez tested negative for the flu virus. He and Chavez went on self-quarantine after arriving in Manila on Wednesday following a trip to London, which has more than ...

Quakes rock Davao Sur, Eastern Samar
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
SAMAR, Philippines -- Earthquakes of magnitudes-3.8 and 4 rocked Davao del Sur and Eastern Samar, respectively, yesterday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The temblor in Davao del Sur occurred at 7:20 a.m., with its epicenter located seven kilometers southeast of Kiblawan town. It was felt at ...

Town exec, 2 others slain in ambush
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
COTABATO CITY , Philippines­- Three persons were killed, including a municipal councilor, in an ambush in Kabacan, North Cotabato yesterday. Udzi Mindalagat, councilor of Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao, and his companions died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds, police said. The names of two other fatalities were not immediately ...

Go aids Butuan fire victims
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
BUTUAN, Philippines -- Following strict protocols and precautionary measures in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go went to Butuan City in Agusan del Norte on Saturday to distribute financial aid to fire victims in Barangays Ong Yiu and San Ignacio. "I want to hug you, but it ...

More cities in Metro Manila under state of calamity
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- With 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), San Juan City was placed under a state of calamity yesterday to prevent the number of COVID-19 patients from further increasing, Mayor Francis Zamora said. Zamora said the city council approved a resolution placing San Juan under a state of calamity to ...

Business as usual for banks
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Banks and other financial institutions are business as usual during the one-month community quarantine adopted by Malacañang in the National Capital Region to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. The BSP issued a statement Saturday evening ...

Belmonte wants public safety hours as COVID cases climb
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City government will implement "public safety hours" to limit the movement of its residents in line with the community quarantine measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 as the number of persons infected with COVID-19 in the city rose from seven to 14 yesterday. Mayor Joy Belmonte said the city ...

Market to remain weak this week
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market is likely to weaken further this week after suffering a bloodbath last week, marked by two episodes of tripping the circuit breaker and collapsing to levels in the vicinity of those seen during the global financial crisis period. The market barometer Philippine Stock Exchange index tumbled by 14.42 ...

DA sets food resiliency plan l
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture will start implementing its food resiliency action plan to ensure the stable supply of affordable food for Metro Manila following the community quarantine amid increasing cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. "The plan features the weekly requirement or demand of Metro Manila ...

Apple, Google, Amazon block nonofficial coronavirus apps from app stores
CNET - 2020-03-15
Apple and Amazon are only accepting COVID-19 and coronavirus-related apps from "recognized entities," Google is pointing people toward the WHO's website. Earlier this month, Apple started cracking down on apps related to the coronavirus outbreak. It reportedly rejected apps from at least four developers whose apps would've displayed stats ...

Philippines reports 3 more coronavirus deaths, 29 new cases
Reuters - 2020-03-15
The Philippines recorded three additional coronavirus deaths and 29 new cases, bringing the domestic tally of infections to 140, as authorities placed the entire capital Manila under "community quarantine" for about a month beginning Sunday.

COVID-19 patient dies in Makati, bringing virus deaths in PH to 12 - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A 56-year-old Filipino man diagnosed with the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, died in at Makati Medical Center, bringing the total number of fatalities due to the disease to 12, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday. This came hours after the DOH recorded three new cases of COVID-19 patients who had died.

No mask, no entry policy only worsens shortage on protective gear - expert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
DAVAO CITY -- Amid the global shortage of personnel protective equipment (PPE) and the rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country, a specialist on infectious ...

2nd person infected with COVID-19 in Mindanao confined in Tagum City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
DAVAO CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed Sunday the first person infected with COVID-19 in the Davao region. This is the second person who contracted the respiratory disease in ...

PUI dies while awaiting result of test for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
CEBU CITY -- A person under investigation died Sunday morning at a private hospital here while waiting for the results of her swab test for COVID-19. The death of the 27-year-old female tagged as ...

Faces of rebellion
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
These terror groups, despite their remote locations, have managed to sustain their rebellious activities for decades as they try to establish an independent state--thanks to the levy they impose on any kind of business that operates within their territories. Proof of which, Bernardo cited, was a report from the Department of National Defense a ...

House leaders study fiscal stimulus measures to help economy weather impact of Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-15
"It is to ensure that there is enough liquidity among enterprises, but it will also encourage a sense of co-participation in business recovery and resilience, instead of just being subsidy that could be misallocated by businesses without recovery of costs by the government. The interest rate can be adjusted by the lending banks depending on ...

COVID-19: 1 confirmed case, 1 death in Quezon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
LUCENA CITY - Health authorities in Quezon province revealed Sunday that a person turned out positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. Dr. Grace Santiago, a provincial health officer, also disclosed that another suspected carrier classified as "patient under investigation" (PUI) died, the first recorded individual infected with ...

Here are 20 companies Google could buy to boost its cloud business against Amazon Web Services, according to experts
Business Insider - 2020-03-15
Google Cloud is likely going to make some big purchases to better compete with Amazon -- some of them more likely than others.

Apple temporarily shuts stores outside Greater China
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
(CNN) -- Apple will close all stores outside of Greater China until March 27 to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Saturday. The company will also commit $15 million to help with the worldwide recovery from coronavirus, he said, "both to help treat those who are sick and to help lessen the economic and community ...

These are the TikTok metrics brands want to see for influencer marketing campaigns -- 'it doesn't matter how many followers you have'
Business Insider - 2020-03-15
We spoke with an influencer talent manager and a digital agent about some of the metrics they see brands paying attention to in 2020 on TikTok.

Fuel price rollback set this week
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- Two oil companies have announced a reduction in prices of their petroleum products this week. Cleanfuel will cut the rates of their diesel and gasoline by ?4.00 per liter starting today. Meanwhile, Phoenix Petroleum will implement another rollback in the prices of their diesel and gasoline by ?1 ...

Cities of Davao, Cebu placed under community quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has also restricted movement in an out of the entire city on Sunday, the same day that Metro Manila started its community quarantine to curb the spread of coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio signed Executive Order 10 discouraging ...

50 persons under monitoring for COVID-19 in Pampanga town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mayor Ferdinand Salalila of Sta. Rita town in Pampanga province wrote an open letter to his constituents informing them that the town has 50 persons under monitoring or ...

5 useful Google Maps tricks you didn't know until today
CNET - 2020-03-15
You use Google Maps on your Android or iPhone ($699 at Apple) to check commute times on your way to work and find new restaurants to try out on the weekends -- but if you're only using the Maps app for the basics, you're missing out. Google Maps has several overlooked features that you may not know about. For example, when visiting other ...

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