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Women 2020 explores why PH is the best place to be a female founder
BusinessWorld - 2020-03-12
With the Philippines ranking 8th out of 54 countries in the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017, Filipina entrepreneurs are well represented in the local business environment. While many factors go into this healthy representation, these fertile grounds for female ventures have much to do with the robust support systems the community ...

Four hospitals to begin trial of local test kits for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - Selected hospitals known for their expertise in treating infectious diseases will begin validating the locally developed test kit for coronavirus disease or COVID-19 to make sure it is safe for public use, one of the product developers said Thursday. Southern Philippines Medical Center in Mindanao ...

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rise to 52
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- The Philippines reported three more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to number of people who have acquired the viral disease to 52. The Health Department did not immediately disclose any additional details on the three new cases. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appealed to the public to ...

San Miguel Corp. nets P48.6B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) reported a net income of P48.6 billion in 2019, flat from the level eked out in the previous year, as the slump in the oil and food businesses was offset by higher earnings from power generation and beer brewery. This net profit level included earnings attributable to minority interest. Oil refining arm ...

1 dead, 1 hurt in Zambales gun attack
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
BOTOLAN, Zambales -- A man on board his motorcycle was killed while his back rider was injured when a lone gunman attacked them here on Thursday morning, police said. Investigators said Randy Diaz, 43, died instantly after he was shot in the nape by the assailant along Zambales-Tarlac Road in Barangay Santiago here around 10:45 a.m. Diaz ...

Two COVID-19 patients are from Makati condo, developer says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Two patients with COVID-19 are residents of a Makati condominium, its developer said Thursday. Rockwell Land Corporation said in a statement that the two live in Joya North Tower in Rockwell Center, Makati. "One of the residents is now under the care of a hospital. The other two members of the ...

NWRB increases water supply amid coronavirus threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) - The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased the water allocation for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) amid the coronavirus disease outbreak. Starting today, NWRB will provide MWSS with 46 cubic meters of water per second, up from the previous rate of 46 cubic meters.

Dennis Uy on the lookout for the first Philippine unicorn
BusinessWorld - 2020-03-12
Some of the more popular U.S.-based unicorns include home-sharing giant Airbnb and technology-driven brokerage firm Robinhood. To date, no company has achieved unicorn status in the Philippines. With a net worth of ... I dream of a time when brilliant entrepreneurs have better access to funding and are not forced to sell. Those companies ...

Duterte, Bong Go to test for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will get tested for the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19, Senator Bong Go said Thursday. Go said that he and Duterte will undergo testing for the viral disease after some Cabinet members and senators have gone on self-quarantine. "We are not doing this because we have ...

Duterte to address nation tonight amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will address the public Thursday night amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the country. Malacañang in a statement said the inter-agency task force for the management of emerging infectious diseases has agreed to adopt a resolution on measures to ...

Write in Filipino, National Artist for Literature Almario asks campus journalists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
TUGUEGARAO CITY -- National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario has batted for a wider practice of journalistic writing in Filipino as he encouraged participants of the 2020 National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) in Tuguegarao City to go beyond just winning in the competition. Almario, also the chairman of the National Commission for ...

Business groups back DOH amid COVID-19 outbreak - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines-- Amid public anxiety over rising cases of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), business groups have voiced out support to the government and healthcare workers battling the disease on the frontlines. In a statement dated Wednesday, 26 groups expressed "full support" to the Department of Health (DOH) leading a "sustained ...

Hospitals in Luzon ordered to make room for suspected COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- The Department of Health has ordered all medical centers and hospitals in Luzon, including Metro Manila, to allot rooms for people suspected of having coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Health Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo -- in a memorandum signed on March 9 and released Wednesday -- said the hospitals ...

Health is Wealth: Heart Evangelista posts tutorial for DIY 'Hermes'-inspired face masks - 2020-03-12
I think this was from a perfume or I don't know. But not, this isn't from a bag. Iba 'to eh (This is different)." Despite the gesture, the socialite has been criticized for what some online users said is an ostentatious display of wealth during the state of public health emergency in the Philippines.

US stock futures fall more than 1,000 points after Trump suspends travel between the US and much of Europe
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
(CNN) -- US stock futures plummeted Wednesday evening after President Donald Trump announced that travel from more than two dozen European countries to United States will be suspended for 30 days, an escalation of measures taken to insulate Americans from the novel coronavirus outbreak. Dow futures plunged more than 1,100 points and were last ...

Consumers snap up PhoneSoap to sanitize cell phones as coronavirus outbreak spreads
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
(CNN) -- Whatever you touch with your hands -- food, bacteria, dust -- can be transferred to your cell phone, making it a mobile petri dish possibly teeming with germs. So there's a growing discussion about how to keep phones sanitized as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread worldwide. And that's why sales of a device-cleaning ...

Google launches MSME Caravan to digitize small businesses nationwide
BusinessWorld - 2020-03-12
Google Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), officially launched their MSME Caravan campaign last February 26. The project is under the banner of their Grow With Google program, which aims to make MSMEs more competitive through education on digital marketing. The caravan has already trained more than 2,780 ...

Local stocks plunge below 6,000 mark as COVID-19 now called a pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Local stocks took another nosedive on Thursday morning, settling below the 6,000 level as the novel coronavirus disease is now characterized as a pandemic. The World Health Organization made the announcement on Thursday dawn (Manila time) as the disease, officially called COVID-19, gained a foothold ...

DTI order: Sell only two bottles of alcohol, disinfectants per person
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 12) -- Amid panic buying over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the government is limiting the purchase of alcohol and other disinfectants to two bottles per consumer. The Department of Trade and Industry has issued this order to retailers as early as Monday, Undersecretary Ruth Castelo told CNN Philippines ...

BIR: Tax collection unaffected by Covid-19, so far
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-12
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said its partial tax revenues for the first quarter of the year still grew to P330 billion despite the negative effects of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on some sectors. As of March 10, BIR Head Executive Assistant Rosario M. Padilla said they were able to collect P332,538 billion. This was ...

Will heat stop the spread of new virus? No one really knows
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
The new coronavirus was identified only in late December and most scientists say there is simply no data to suggest the COVID-19 cases will start declining in warmer weather. "We have to assume ...

Check the label: Interesting facts about Tetra Pak - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Every day, billions of liters of water, milk, juice and other liquid foods are consumed. Do you know what goes in the packaging and distribution of the food and drink you give your family? Innovating the food and beverage packaging system since 1951, Tetra Pak remains a global leader in food safety and distribution.

Sara Duterte in self-quarantine for COVID-19 - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte will undergo self-imposed quarantine after one of her staff was listed as person under monitoring for possible COVID-19 case. A statement from the Office of Davao City Mayor said Duterte "shall undergo a voluntary monitored home quarantine and has signed up as a ...

Tugade confirms exposure to COVID-19 was at NLEx inspection with Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he came into contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during the March 5, 2020 toll road inspection event led by President Rodrigo Duterte. Tugade told the Inquirer the event was for the inspection of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx ...

KonsultaMD offers zero-rated Globe/TM mobile access to telehealth hotline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
With many people getting concerned about their health due to the continuous spread of COVID-19, Globe and TM customers who subscribed to KonsultaMD may now get in touch with a doctor via the 79880 telehealth hotline without incurring mobile call charges. Maridol D. Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc. which runs KonsultaMD, said the company ...

COVID-19 cases in Quezon City rise to five - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of confirmed novel coronavirus disease cases in Quezon City jumped to five, Mayor Joy Belmonte said. In a radio interview with radio dzMM early Thursday morning, Belmonte said a 26-year-old man is the fifth case recorded in the city. He resides in Brgy. BL Crame and had no history of travel abroad, Belmonte ...

Philippine President Tested for Virus, Palace Disinfected
New York Times - 2020-03-12
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was tested for the new coronavirus on Thursday after meeting with Cabinet officials who were exposed to infected people and have now been self-quarantined, an official said.

Pagasa: Warm, fine weather nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-12
MANILA, Philippines - Most parts of the country will experience hot and humid weather, even as the northeast monsoon or "amihan" continues to affect Northern Luzon, the state weather bureau ...

House OKs lower stake for alien retail investors
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
The new agency could also regulate the operations of private recruitment and manning agencies and related business entities involved in the employment of Filipinos abroad to uphold the primacy of the welfare and protection of OFWs.

Dow tumbles into bear market as coronavirus fears intensify
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
NEW YORK -- Stocks tumbled again Wednesday as fears about the economic damage from the coronavirus intensified and investors questioned whether any economic response from Washington would be enough -- if it happens at all. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 1,464 points, dragging it 20% below the record set last month and putting it ...

PH clothes factories eye flexible work scheme
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
Local factories that make clothes for global brands might soon force their workers to take turns off work, amid fears that only a few shoppers would brave the malls amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Member companies of a local industry group have been receiving fewer orders from fashion retailers around the world, leaving ...

Philippines Senate, ADB Headquarters Closed After Coronavirus Scare
New York Times - 2020-03-11
The Asian Development Bank closed its headquarters and the Philippines senate went into lockdown on Thursday, after visitors to both buildings in Manila tested positive for the coronavirus.

Think tank: Lower oil prices to help buoy a coronavirus-hit PH economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
Lower global oil prices would serve as a "modest" offset to the adverse impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Philippine economy, UK-based Oxford Economics said. "Under the current period of extreme uncertainty, the economic boost from a decline in oil prices will be modest. Relative to previous oil price collapses, monetary authorities ...

U.S. senator threatens tech companies, says don't block his child abuse bill
Reuters - 2020-03-11
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Lindsey Graham criticized tech companies on Wednesday for opposing a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing child sexual abuse material online and said he would consider a more punitive step if he is unable to get the legislation passed. Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, spoke at a hearing held to ...

Excessive Sleepiness Linked to Heart Disease, Cancer, Diabetes
Medscape - 2020-03-11
TORONTO, Ontario -- Hypersomnolence, or excessive daytime sleepiness, in older adults is a risk factor for developing several serious medical conditions, including hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, new research suggests. A study of almost ...

Unity acquires Dublin-based deep learning startup Artomatix
TechCrunch - 2020-03-11
Unity has acquired AI game developer tools startup Artomatix. The Dublin startup builds developer tools that allowed game studios to more easily create deep learning-enhanced textures that scale ...

Topline Results Disappoint for Pharma-Grade Biotin in Progressive MS
Medscape - 2020-03-11
A second phase 3 study of the investigational drug MD1003 (MedDay Pharmaceuticals), a highly concentrated pharmaceutical-grade biotin being studied for multiple sclerosis (MS), did not meet its primary and secondary endpoints, the company announced.

Coronavirus News: ESA Planning 'Digital Experiences' After Cancellation Of E3 2020
International Business Times - 2020-03-11
ESA said it will work with "exhibitors and partners" to put together digital experiences to share news and announcements originally planned for E3 2020 The ESA's plans come alongside the official cancellation of E3's floor show over concers of the coronavirus spreading further Microsoft and Ubisoft followed the ESA's statement with their own ...

Scientists spy rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system - 2020-03-11
March 11 (UPI) --Astronomers have spotted a rare eclipsing binary brown dwarf system using the "first light" observations of a new array of telescopes in Chile. The new SPECULOOS telescopes were built to search for planets surrounding ultra-cool dwarfs and brown dwarfs. Ultra-cool dwarfs are the smallest stars in the universe, and brown dwarfs ...

Some Paleontologists Seek Halt to Myanmar Amber Fossil Research
New York Times - 2020-03-11
Fossils preserved in amber are giving paleontologists exceptional glimpses into the age of the dinosaurs, be it through the preserved tail of a dinosaur that still bears feathers, or a frog frozen in time. But much of the fossil-rich amber is mined in Myanmar, a country recently ordered by the United Nations International Court of Justice to ...

442 Filipino evacuees from Diamond Princess cruise ship sent home
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 11) -- A total of 442 Filipinos from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan were sent home Wednesday. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sent home 442 out of the 445 Filipino evacuees from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship after finishing a 14-day ...

Tax relief not on government tool kit for virus-hit business
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
THE government is not considering any form of tax relief for businesses as the administration aims to cushion the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike what other countries have done or are ...

Morgan Stanley has enlisted a group of VCs to help fintechs understand the problems the bank wants solved
Business Insider - 2020-03-11
Morgan Stanley's head of technology business development explained how the bank formalized the process of offering feedback to fintechs through VCs.

Senegal is getting UK help to develop 10-minute coronavirus test kits
Quartz - 2020-03-11
There might soon be a much faster way to diagnose Covid-19--thanks , in part, to a specialized facility in Dakar, Senegal. As part of its £46 million ($60 million) coronavirus prevention and research funding package, the UK government has awarded a £1 million grant to Mologic, a British biotech firm, to develop "point of need" test kits ...

PHL travel, tourism industry turns local as Covid-19 wreaks havoc
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
The members also include the heads of the Philippine National Police (PNP), attached agencies of the DOT, the Bureau of Immigration, National Historical Institute, National Commission for Culture ... Romulo Puyat added, the DOTr, through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, and the Civil Aeronautics Board, "have assured us that ...

Addressing the opportunity gaps among K to 12 graduates
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
Given the dedication of our educators and the support of parents, business leaders and community leaders, we have a good chance to work together to address the opportunity gaps among millions of K to 12 graduates. As an old saying goes, "it takes a whole village to raise a child."

Creating momentum to promote people, bilateral exchanges
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-11
They started coming years ago to work as health-care workers (such as nurses) and employees in the medical industry. Ambassador of Germany to the Philippines Anke Reiffenstuel (second from left, with members of the Cebu business community): The interest to establish, as well as expand trade and business relations with the Philippines is ...

Malacañang will be closed Thursday for disinfection - PSG chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang will be closed on Thursday for disinfection as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander, Col. Jesus Durante, confirmed this in a phone interview with "The disinfection will only last for a while, but it will be done by ...

WHO declares coronavirus crisis is now pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-11
ROME -- Expressing increasing alarm about mounting infections, the World Health Organization declared Wednesday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ...

'It was like going to space': people are sharing their photos of deserted Italian streets on social media as the coronavirus outbreak surges
Business Insider - 2020-03-11
"The strangest thing you hear is the quiet," one traveler told Insider of her experience in Italy, which is locked down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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