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House employee who tested positive for COVID-19 dies
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - An employee of the House of Representatives who tested positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has died, a congressman disclosed Sunday. PBA Party-list Jericho Nograles said the employee died at 1:45 a.m. Secretary General Jose Luis Montales bared last Friday that the patient, who worked at ...

Indonesia and Philippines move to revive nuclear ambitions
NIKKEI - 2020-03-15
JAKARTA/MANILA -- Without much fanfare, Indonesia and the Philippines appear to be moving to revive dormant nuclear energy plans through recently-proposed regulatory changes. Indonesia's so-called omnibus bill on job creation contains provisions intended to encourage private sector investment in nuclear energy. The bill, submitted to parliament ...

Another Rockwell Center resident tests positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Rockwell Land Corporation announced late Saturday that another one of its residents has tested positive of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the confirmed cases in its property to three. "As of March 14, 2020, we can confirm a positive case of COVID-19 in Rizal Tower bringing the total number of confirmed ...

Federal Reserve Returns To 2008 With A Whimper
Forbes - 2020-03-15
First, he cribbed from the post-Ferdinand-Marcos-era Philippines by morphing his administration ... Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index opened higher but immediately drifted lower March 16, as ...

Making of an epic: ChinaBank celebrates 100 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
On Aug. 16 this year, China Banking Corp. will join the small, elite group of companies that have made it to 100 years through trials, setbacks, failures and changing financial fortunes. It is hard enough for a company to survive even just five years, thus to celebrate 100 years is nothing short of a miracle. To help underscore this remarkable ...

2 Filipinos named 2020 Young Global Leaders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
Atilano--who was raised by her widowed mother together with four siblings in a humble sugarcane farm in Silay City, Negros Occidental--has made it her lifelong mission ... to save 70 percent of their food expense from age 12. She went to the Visayas State University to study Agriculture, supported by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program ...

Why DocuSign Management Doesn't See Coronavirus Headwinds in its Business
The Motley Fool - 2020-03-14
E-Signature pioneer DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings on Thursday, March 12 -- a day on which the stock market dropped by the highest percentage since the 1987 Black Monday crash. Despite the inauspicious timing ...

They Knew Saber-toothed Tigers Were Big. Then They Found This Skull.
New York Times - 2020-03-14
When the curator mentioned a huge saber-toothed tiger skull stored behind the scenes of the National Museum of Natural History in Montevideo, Uruguay, Aldo Manzuetti had to see for himself. The skull belonged to Smilodon populator. Extinct for about 10,000 years, the heavily muscled species once Hulk-smashed its way through South American fauna ...

Trump announced Google's coronavirus test site. That was news to Google
Mashable - 2020-03-14
There are good surprises and there are bad surprises. It seems Google just received the latter, courtesy of the president. During a Friday press conference, Trump announced that the search giant was working on a site that would help you find a location where you can get tested for COVID-19, after first establishing whether you had the symptoms.

White House now says pilot of coronavirus screening site will roll out Monday for Bay Area
TechCrunch - 2020-03-14
After President Trump announced that the government was working with Google to build a coronavirus screening site that was at the core of the administration testing process, Google quickly ...

WATCH: Police activate checkpoints at QC-San Mateo boundary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Police started their checkpoint operations at the on San Mateo Road at the boundary of Quezon City and San Mateo town in Rizal as the lockdown of Metro Manila started at midnight of Sunday, March 15, 2020. The videos were taken by Jong Manlapaz of Radyo Inquirer. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2020/03/QC-San-Mateo ...

UK and Ireland added to US travel ban amid COVID-19 concerns
TechCrunch - 2020-03-14
In a press conference yesterday, featuring a parade of executives from companies like CVS and Target, Trump hinted at the possibility of adding the U.K. and Ireland to a growing list of countries banned from U.S. travel. During a followup presser today helmed by Presidential COVID-19 point person, Mike, Pence, the additions were made official.

Malls in San Juan temporarily closed due to coronavirus threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Due to the threat brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all malls in San Juan will temporarily stop operations starting March 15, the local government announced Saturday. In a statement, it read that the operators of the Greenhills Shopping Center, Promenade, Theater Mall and the Santolan Town Plaza talked to ...

Indonesian transportation minister tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). State Secretary Pratikno announced on Saturday evening that Budi was identified as Case 76 in a previous Health Ministry announcement and was being treated at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital. Pratikno said President ...

New Mandaluyong jail to rise soon - Villar
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking the construction of the new Mandaluyong City Jail, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said yesterday. Citing a report from DPWH-National Capital Region director Ador Canlas, Villar said a new 9,873.45-square meter facility is being built beside the existing ...

P1.4 million shabu seized in Quezon City sting
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Police confiscated more than P1.4 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from two persons during a sting in Quezon City on Friday. Luis Concepcion, 43, and Jessa May Javier, 21, were arrested along Sampaguita Extension in Barangay Payatas at around 5:45 p.m. after an undercover operative bought P50,000 ...

Modern Day Kundiman
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-14
Noel Cabangon on his musical journey and brand new single For an artist who first made a name for himself in the indie music scene, Noel Cabangon has found a lot of mainstream success. With this trusty acoustic guitar, the 56-year old singer-songwriter from Rosario, La Union has indeed come a long way from the time he fell in love with music at ...

Fresh round of rate cuts expected from Asia-Pacific central banks
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Recent policy rate cuts in developed countries, combined with the slump in global oil prices, will likely prompt a fresh round of policy easing in several countries in the Asia Pacific region, said IHS Markit. In its Week Ahead Report issued over the weekend, the market intelligence firm said countries in the region are ...

Nickel Asia profit falls 9% to P3.8 billion
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Nickel Asia Corp. saw its net income decrease by 9.4 percent to P3.82 billion amid lower production and the decline in world market prices. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization also declined by 14 percent to P6.54 billion. Total revenues fell four percent to P17.92 billion due to lower export ...

Las Piñas to declare state of calamity due to COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The city government of Las Piñas is set to declare a state of calamity tomorrow due to the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Imelda Aguilar said yesterday. The guidelines for the declaration will be tackled during a special session of the city council tomorrow, she added. Aguilar said the city council will also discuss a ...

COVID-19 death toll in Philippines rises to 8
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) - Two more patients with the coronavirus disease have died, taking the total number of fatalities in the country to eight, the Department of Health announced Saturday. One of them was admitted at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the Health department said ...

COVID-19 death toll in Philippines rises to 8
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) - Two more patients with the coronavirus disease have died, taking the total number of fatalities in the country to eight, the Department of Health announced Saturday. One of them was admitted at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the Health department said ...

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender in Sulu
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Ten Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered in Sulu. Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. of the Joint Task Force Sulu and 11th Army Division said a group of bandits surrendered to the 1102nd Brigade under Col. Ignatius Patrimonio on March 6 and turned over their Garand rifles. Another group of bandits surrendered on March ...

LTFRB warns bus firms vs stopping operations
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday warned bus firms that they cannot just stop operations after the government declared a public health emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. The LTFRB issued the warning after some bus companies reportedly advised commuters that they will suspend ...

Aboitiz urges heightened collaboration to fight virus
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Aboitiz Group is urging closer collaboration between the government and the private sector to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the economy. Aboitiz Equity Ventures president and chief executive officer Sabin Aboitiz said the economy could be shielded from further disruptions if the ...

LGUs, Oceana beef up monitoring of municipal waters
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- International non-government organization Oceana and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) have agreed to further strengthen the monitoring of municipal waters and protect them from illegal fishing. Oceana and LMP recently renewed their partnership. The management of municipal waters is devolved to ...

NEA surpasses collection target in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) has collected a total of P2.3 billion, surpassing its collection target of P1.96 billion last year. NEA finance services department acting director Milagros Robles attributed the improvement in collection performance to the increase in advance payment of ...

First of 80 planned farm academies now open
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture and American firm Corteva Agriscience inaugurated the first of 80 planned rice and corn educational farms to be put up in the Philippines. The rice farm academies are intended to help farmers boost productivity and profitability. Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Corteva Agriscience ...

Government budgets P1.5 billion to expand dairy output
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture has budgeted P1.5 billion to triple milk production to meet the increasing demand for dairy products of an expanding population. The National Dairy Authority (NDA) and the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) have earmarked a P1.5 billion budget per year to support dairy ...

14-day quarantine for Metro residents in Negros, Marinduque
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- Visitors from Metro Manila will be considered persons under monitoring (PUMs) due to the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) and asked to undergo self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Negros Occidental. In an executive order (EO) issued on Friday, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said the quarantine would be ...

State of calamity eyed in Pampanga over COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga - A state of calamity may be declared in Pampanga, where there are three cases, including a fatality, due to of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Gov. Dennis Pineda said an emergency meeting of the Pampanga Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council is set on Monday to discuss the proposal. Pineda said the ...

DOTr issues quarantine guidelines for Metro Manila commuters
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
In the aviation sector, all domestic flights to and from NAIA will stop operations, except for cargo, air ambulance, government, military, weather mitigation and maintenance and utility flights.?

You can choose your attitude
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have. Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or... I can be thankful the grass is getting watered for free. Today I can feel sad that I don ...

COVID-19: Naga enforces pre-emptive community quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines -- The City Council of Naga in Camarines Sur approved Saturday an ordinance enabling its mayor to declare a community quarantine despite the absence of a confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) case. Under the pre-emptive community quarantine, new directives, including an eight-hour general curfew from 9 ...

Foreign visitors from Italy, Iran to be required to show medical certificates
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) -- Foreign travelers arriving in the Philippines from Italy and Iran will only be allowed to enter the country if they show medical certificates, the Bureau of Immigration said Saturday. The bureau said those who have passed through the two countries in the past 14 days will have to prove they are free ...

Muntinlupa City to impose COVID-19 curfew starting Monday
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) -- Muntinlupa City is set to impose a curfew to contain the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, beginning Monday, its city public information office announced. The city council on Saturday passed an ordinance on a curfew from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting March 16. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi will sign the document ...

List of live online Holy Mass celebrations in Metro Manila
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
The Metro Manila quarantine starting Sunday, March 15 entails measures against public gatherings and social distancing. Catholic bishops responded to the government policy by deciding to set up a live stream of the Holy Mass instead of opening churches' doors for at least one week until March 20. The move effectively dispenses the faithful of ...

Injured melon-headed whale rescued, returned to sea in Sarangani
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- A wounded male melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) was rescued in the coast of Barangay Tambilil of Kiamba, Sarangani on Friday and later returned to the wild ...

Muntinlupa imposes nine-hour curfew amid COVID-19 threat
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The City of Muntinlupa is imposing a nine-hour curfew starting March 16, as a measure aimed to prevent further infections of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The City Government of Muntinlupa posted on its Facebook page that its city council "approved an ordinance imposing curfew of 8:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m ...

Big Law M&A work slumps; volatility funds shine; Goldman picks teams
Business Insider - 2020-03-14
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Curfew recommendation needs Duterte's OK, Panelo says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) -- President Rodrigo Dutetre has yet to approve a recommendation to impose a curfew on Metro Manila cities to contain the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, his spokesperson said Saturday. The Metro Manila Council, composed of mayors of the National Capital Region, earlier passed a resolution "[strongly ...

Gov't bidding dropped for testing kits, tissue paper, quarantine sites
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Stringent procurement rules have finally been eased for medicines, toiletries and testing kits, as well as for leasing quarantine facilities as the Philippines seeks to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19). Under Resolution 03-2020, the interagency Government Procurement Policy Board (GPPB) has ...

Cash adequate in banks, ATMs during lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines-- Hours before Metro Manila implements a month-long lockdown, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has assured depositors that banks have sufficient cash to service their needs. "The coronavirus outbreak is a public health crisis, not a financial crisis. Depositors are advised to remain calm as the banking system has the ...

LIST: Road closures, traffic advisories amid Metro Manila lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines (Updated 8:59 p.m.) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday placed the National Capital Region in a "community quarantine," as the government imposes more stringent measures to contain the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Restricted travel in NCR--composed of 16 cities and one municipality ...

The 28 youngest billionaires in tech, from Stripe's founders to the owner of TikTok
Business Insider - 2020-03-14
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Coronavirus Update: Trump, Google Not On The Same Page As Latter Is Not Building A Nationwide Website
International Business Times - 2020-03-14
Alphabet's subsidiary division, Verily, is building a small website for coronavirus testing The website initially only caters to the Bay Area In a press conference, President Donald Trump announced Google is building a nationwide coronavirus testing website After President Donald Trump made claims about Google building a countrywide website for ...

Coronavirus Update: Apple CEO Tim Cook Announces Flexible Work Arrangements Globally Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
International Business Times - 2020-03-14
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces closing of all retail stores outside of Greater China Apple employees worldwide are advised to work from home if they can Apple expands its leave policies due to coronavirus In the light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ...

BI to ban travelers coming from Italy, Iran
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Travelers coming from Italy and Iran will not be allowed to enter the Philippines as part of the measures to combat the further spread of COVID-19, the Bureau of ...

Zubiri urges DOH: Try COVID-19 medicines used by other countries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri on Saturday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to let hospitals to try using the medicines that other countries use in effectively fighting the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "Please, please, please try the drugs already in use by Thailand, Korea and India ...

LIST: Mall hours adjustment in Metro Manila amid COVID-19 threat
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Several malls in Metro Manila have adjusted their operating hours after announcement that the country's capital will be placed under curfew. The Metro Manila Council on Saturday announced that the 17 mayors unanimously agreed to a resolution to pass ordinances that will eventually set an 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.

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