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Alert Level 1 up over Kanlaon as volcano enters period of unrest
philstar.com - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- State volcanologists on Thursday raised the status of Kanlaon Volcano on Negros Island to Alert Level 1, which signifies "abnormal" condition. In an advisory, Phivolcs said Kanlaon has "entered a period of unrest." This comes after 80 volcanic earthquakes were recorded since Monday and 77 low frequency events ...

Another $500,000 cash entered NAIA, Gordon says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Despite a Senate investigation into the illicit entry of dirty money into the country, another $500,000 or around ?25 million in cold cash was brought in Tuesday morning, Senator Richard Gordon said. The money came from Singapore, brought by a Singaporean national who arrived at Terminal 1 of the ...

Duterte proposes public settlement with Ayalas, Pangilinan
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) - President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed willingness to resolve disputes, although publicly, with Metro Manila water concessionaries Maynilad Company, Inc. and Manila Water Services Inc., which supposedly have "onerous" contracts with the government. "Sabi 'ko, mag-areglo tayo. Well, of course ...

Duterte claims Tagle moved from Manila to Vatican for meddling in politics
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday claimed Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was removed by Pope Francis as Manila Archbishop for allegedly funneling funds to the opposition. He alleged there was an investigation against Tagle that's why he was moved to a top post in Vatican, adding the information is an ...

Pagasa: Hot, humid Wednesday in most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot and humid weather is expected in Metro Manila and many parts of the country on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services ...

Duterte: Developed nations to come up with coronavirus vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
especially those who are rich in technology," he added. COVID-19 cases globally have reached over 110,000 with 4,000 fatalities, mostly in China. In the Philippines, the Department of Health ...

Italy just locked down the world's 8th biggest economy. A deep recession looms
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
(CNN) -- Italy has imposed sweeping nationwide restrictions on travel and public life, a desperate attempt to contain the coronavirus outbreak that looks set to plunge the world's eighth largest economy into a steep recession. The measures announced late Monday include travel restrictions on 60 million residents, a ban on public events, the ...

SMC unit offers to fully pay capacity charges for Ilijan plant IPPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
San Miguel Corp. has offered to pay two years in advance P22.68 billion in capacity charges for its contract to manage the 1,200-megawatt Ilijan power plant to "help debt-ridden" state firm Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) and the government raise funds. SMC president Ramon Ang said this offer was separate from ...

AMLC: Pogos pose high risk of money laundering
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -The internet-based casino sector in the country -- commonly known as Philippine offshore gaming operations (Pogos) -- "may pose a potential threat and may increase the risk [of] money laundering," according to the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). Based on reports of suspicious transactions from 2013 to 2019, a ...

For 4 Days, the Hospital Thought He Had Just Pneumonia. It Was Coronavirus.
New York Times - 2020-03-10
The lawyer, 50, was struggling to breathe. His neighbor took him to a nearby hospital, in an affluent suburb about 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. He seemed to have just pneumonia. Doctors put him in an ordinary room on the fifth floor. It would be more than four days before anyone figured out what actually ailed him: the new coronavirus.

Your VPN or ad-blocker app could be collecting your data
TechCrunch - 2020-03-10
The underpinnings of how app store analytics platforms operate were exposed this week by BuzzFeed, which uncovered the network of mobile apps used by a popular analytics firm Sensor Tower to amass app data. The company had operated at least 20 apps, including VPNs and ad blockers, whose main purpose was to collect app usage data from end users ...

Congress takes aim at Google search in antitrust hearing
The Verge - 2020-03-10
Congress is maintaining a push for more antitrust enforcement -- including new legislation and a hearing where members excoriated Google and Amazon. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to discuss tech companies unfairly favoring their own products. And Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced a bill to limit "exclusionary conduct" where a ...

'What is Amazon Silk?': A guide to Amazon's web browser for Android and Amazon Fire devices
Business Insider - 2020-03-10
Amazon Silk is a mobile web browser that uses the power of Amazon's cloud system for faster page loading.

Tall, thin girls have greater risk for endometriosis, study suggests
UPI.com - 2020-03-10
Taller and thinner girls are more likely to develop the often painful condition known as endometriosis, according to the results of a six-decade study. The findings could lead to earlier detection and treatment of the common gynecological disease, the ...

FBI Arrests Russian Accused Of Heading Hacker 'Storefront'
International Business Times - 2020-03-10
US authorities have arrested a Russian national who ran a hacker "storefront" that took in at least $17 million by selling stolen personal data and other illegal products and services, according to court records. The FBI arrested Kirill Victorovich Firsov, described as "a Russian cyber hacker," and the administrator of the deer.io platform ...

Lifestyle Changes Reduce AF: AHA Scientific Statement
Medscape - 2020-03-10
Healthcare providers need to do more to address lifestyle factors for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. There is emerging evidence that addressing these modifiable risks may be effective for primary and secondary prevention of AF and that a structured, protocol ...

James surges, Giannis sits: A reminder health is key
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
It was a reminder that everything in the National Basketball Association (NBA) always comes down to health. James and the Lakers have it right now, along with suddenly the look of the team to beat.

House approves on final reading bill amending Public Service Act
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
The bill said the amendments also propose that no other business or service shall be deemed a public utility unless otherwise provided by law upon recommendation by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA). Furthermore, the amendments provide that the NEDA shall only recommend inclusion of the business or service if: it is a ...

NASA's SLS moon rocket is 30 percent over budget, report says
UPI.com - 2020-03-10
March 10 (UPI) --NASA's effort to build the Space Launch System rocket to transport people to the moon by 2024 is at least 30 percent over budget and two years behind schedule, an Inspector General's report said Tuesday. Each major part of the rocket has had "technical challenges, performance issues, and requirement changes that collectively ...

Coronavirus latest: Nikkei index falls to 15-month low
NIKKEI - 2020-03-10
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated ... 4:42 p.m. Burkina Faso, Brunei, Cyprus, the Channel Islands, Mongolia and Brunei have reported their first cases, according to Reuters. 4:04 p.m. The Philippines reported 9 more confirmed cases, bringing its total to 33. 3:57 p.m. Jack Ma, founder of ...

Ecop holds the line, for now, to avoid layoffs despite virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
On the other hand, initial estimates by the National Economic and Development Authority put job losses between 30,000 and 95,000 on business slowdown due to the crisis. Further, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines in February warned that at least 7,000 workers in airlines, cruise ship, travel agencies, and hotels and restaurants could ...

Sweet-flavored e-cigarettes appeal to adults, not just teens
UPI.com - 2020-03-10
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is enforcing a previously issued ban on sales of sweet-flavored e-cigarette cartridges -- a move to fight the youth vaping epidemic that may have broader consequences. But it turns out that adults like dessert-flavored e-cigarettes, too, researchers at Penn State College of Medicine found. "Our data show ...

Filipinos stranded in Bethlehem; group from Macau flown home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
But Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Saturday night, "As of today, no Pinoy on the cruise ship has been [infected]." There are a total of 518 Filipinos on the ship, all crew members. The vessel has a total of 3,533 people on board, 2,422 of them guests.

Cops kill 2 rob suspects in Quezon City
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Two suspected robbers were killed in what police said was a shootout in Quezon City before dawn yesterday. Police said they have yet to identify the fatalities, who reportedly fought back when about to be arrested by lawmen at a vacant lot in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon at around 2:30 a.m. Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo ...

PSALM revenue hits P98.4 billion in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) generated P98.37 billion in revenue last year, enabling the agency to cut its financial obligations higher than its target, the Department of Finance (DOF) reported yesterday. Citing a report from the state-owned firm, the DOF said PSALM was able to ...

Pasay shuts down 5 establishments
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Pasay City government has padlocked five establishments for allegedly dumping waste in waterways leading to Manila Bay and Laguna de Bay. Mayor Emi Calixto Rubiano, Laguna Lake Development Authority general manager Jaime Media and officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources served notices of ...

Chelsea fails to turn in profit last year
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. said it failed to achieve profitability last year on the back of expenses incurred from the deployment and acquisition of ships. The listed shipping and logistics company of Dennis Uy, in a stock exchange filing, said it finished 2019 with record high revenues of P7 billion, 35 percent ...

Other sources can boost DOH budget for fighting COVID-19, says Go
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The House appropriations committee can only allocate P1.65 billion of the P3.1 billion requested by the Department of Health for use in responding to the threat of the new coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go. But the rest of the funds ...

Butuan blaze leaves 450 families homeless
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Philippines -- Around 450 families were left homeless after a three-hour fire that swept through two urban villages here on Monday. According to the City Social ...

2 students nabbed for shabu
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Police apprehended two college students in separate drug stings that yielded more than two kilos of shabu in Manila on Monday night. Mirko Beringuel, 21, a tourism student, and Marlon Macarangal, 22, were nabbed in front of the Rizal Park Hotel near the Quirino Grandstand after they allegedly handed shabu to a policeman ...

Landbank extends P229.8 billion loans to agriculture sector in January
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Land Bank of the Philippines has extended P229.83 billion in loans to the agriculture sector in January, already meeting 86.5 percent of its target for the whole year, the Department of Finance (DOF) said Monday. The DOF, citing a report from Landbank president and chief executive officer Cecilia Borromeo, said ...

Petron profit down 67% to P2.3 billion
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Petron Corp. registered a 67 percent drop in net profit to P2.3 billion last year, pulled down by its Philippine operations. Philippine operations incurred a net loss of P1.4 billion compared to the P2.8 billion net income the previous year. Petron experienced unplanned total plant shutdown at its Petron Bataan Refinery ...

Quezon City bans big events as COVID cases climb
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday prohibited local officials and the private sector from holding events that draw large crowds as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to rise. Belmonte confirmed that three of the 24 cases of coronavirus in the country are Quezon City residents.

More areas in Luzon on tourist lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Three more towns in the Cordilleras and Angeles City in Pampanga have been declared off-limits to tourists as the number of those infected with the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in the country continues to rise. In an executive order issued on Monday, Mayor Franklyn Odsey of Bontoc, Mountain Province said all crowd ...

P1.5 million shabu recovered in Zamboanga
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A "high-value" drug suspect was arrested and P1.5 million worth of shabu was recovered in a drug bust in this city yesterday. Jumdama Abdukarim Didang, 48, a native of Barangay Tinah, Panamao, Sulu, was apprehended in Barangay Talon-Talon at around 10 a.m., Maj. Elmer Solon, Station 11 police chief, said.

60 sacks of chicharon seized in Ilocos Sur
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- At least 60 sacks of chicharon (pork crackling) feared contaminated with African swine fever (ASF) were seized from a bus passenger in Barangay Villa Quirino, San Esteban, Ilocos Sur on Monday. Municipal meat inspector Julius Ayson said they received information on the delivery of the items to a certain ...

Senate OKs transfer of Rizal capital
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Senate approved on third and final reading on Monday a bill transferring the seat of the Rizal provincial government from Pasig City to Antipolo City. Sen. Francis Tolentino, sponsor of the measure, said the enactment into law of House Bill 2998 is expected to correct a historical error and properly locate the ...

Laguna village chief gunned down
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
LAGUNA, Philippines -- A barangay chairman was shot dead by an unidentified man who entered his house in Mabitac town after midnight yesterday. Alfredo Facundo, 50, of Barangay Lucong was eating breakfast when the gunman entered. He was declared dead on arrival in a hospital. Witnesses said the assailant fled toward Siniloan. An investigation ...

Foreign investments shrink to $7.6 billion, lowest in 4 years
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Net foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows fell by 23.1 percent to a four-year low of $7.65 billion in 2019 from $9.95 billion in 2018 and the figure is expected to decline further due to the impact of the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Index recovers slightly from record bloodbath
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Share prices recovered slightly yesterday as investors continued to closely monitor the impact of the growing risks of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose slightly by 5.77 points, or 0.09 percent, to close at 6,318.38. On the other hand, the broader All ...

Coca-Cola, Thai firm to put up biggest bottle recycling plant
philstar.com - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) and Thailand-based Indorama Ventures have signed a joint venture agreement to set up a P1-billion bottle recycling facility in Cavite. CCBPI said the recycling facility, which will be located in General Trias, would be the largest in the country. The facility is expected to be ...

Mt. Pulag closed to trekkers over novel coronavirus threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Benguet (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Mt. Pulag will be closed to the public starting Tuesday, due to the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 scare. The park management of Mt. Pulag National Park announced the closure after the confirmed cases of COVID-19 saw a rise in the country. "The park management is hereby closing the park today and onwards ...

PH campus journos told: Empower communities, report accurate news
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has called on thousands of campus journalists attending the 2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) here to empower local communities by reporting verified and accurate news and information. In her speech during the opening ceremonies of the weeklong event on Monday ...

House OKs emergency volunteer protection bill
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a measure that would protect volunteers from liability for their harmful actions during emergencies under a few conditions. The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 6091 or the "Emergency Volunteer Protection Act", which seeks to ...

AMLC calls for review of POGO licenses as money laundering risk might rise
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) - Licenses of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and certificates of operation given to service providers (SPs) must be reevaluated as the growing sector might increase the risk to money laundering, said a study by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC). According to its study titled ...

5th Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- A fifth Filipino in Hong Kong has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns Brigido Dulay said this over Twitter, citing information from the Philippine ...

How freelancing provides livelihood opportunities for Filipinos in remote areas
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-10
Multiple factors, like collaborative technology, online marketplaces, and cross-border payment platforms, are enabling the freelance workforce to do business from anywhere in the world. The study reveals that the global average hourly rate of gig economy workers is US$21, which is higher than the US$19 rate reported in 2018. While 33% opt to do ...

Fifth Filipino in Hong Kong tests positive for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10) -- A fifth Filipino in Hong Kong tested positive for coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday. Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Brigido Dulay said the Filipino worker is asymptomatic and is now confined at a quarantine facility in the ...

2 quarantined at New Clark City test positive for coronavirus as total hits 33
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 10)-- Two of nine new coronavirus disease cases in the country are among the Filipinos brought home from the Diamond Princess and quarantined at New Clark City in Tarlac, the Health Department announced Tuesday. The department said both of them are asymptomatic and remain in the quarantine facility, which ...

Lockdown or no lockdown? Metro mayors divided on proposal vs coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Some of the mayors of Metro Manila were divided on the proposal whether or not the whole region should be placed on lockdown if the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) becomes worse. The idea was first floated by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, where he proposed that work in Metro Manila should be suspended ...

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