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Purina recalls food for chickens, rabbits and turkeys - 2020-03-03
March 3 (UPI) --Purina Animal Nutrition, along with the Food and Drug Administration, announced a wide-ranging recall of several brands including food the pet company makes for rabbits, turkey and chickens. Purina said it found unusually high levels of calcium in the foods affected, which could cause serious health issues and even death in ...

LRG lady boss Lobien makes her own mark in real-estate business
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
decided in 2018 that it was time to open her own business. With the boom in the property sector, it was a no-brainer for the petite executive to establish the Lobien Realty Group (LRG). "The market is good. And I think it was about time because I have been in the industry for a decade. If you add my experience in the hotel and tourism ...

Artisanal CBD May Provide Less Seizure Control Than Pharma CBD
Medscape - 2020-03-03
Children with refractory epilepsy who took pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had higher serum CBD levels and better seizure control than those who took artisanal CBD, but they had more adverse side effects, preliminary results of a small study indicate. Given the widespread use of artisanal CBD products, Nathan T. Cohen, MD, pediatric epilepsy ...

Small but significant
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
The Philippine Entrepreneurship Report shows that Filipinos are very entrepreneurial, either out of necessity or because they can spot good business opportunities. However, MSMEs in the Philippines tend to falter when faced with roadblocks related to financing, access to human talent, use of modern technology and access to markets. These ...

SSS: In sickness and in health
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
The Social Security System (SSS) is mandated under Republic Act 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018, to "establish, develop, promote, and perfect a sound and viable tax-exempt social security system suitable to the needs of the people throughout the Philippines which shall promote social justice through savings, and ensure meaningful ...

WHO: Hoarding hurts medical supply for health workers - 2020-03-03
March 3 (UPI) --The hoarding and misuse of medical supplies are compromising the ability to provide healthcare workers worldwide with protection against COVID-19, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the agency's projections suggest global outbreak response will require 95 million ...

Jitters on virus impact prompt robust appetite for T-bonds
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Deputy Treasurer Erwin D. Sta. Ana told reporters the strong demand for government securities were still mainly driven by the risk-off sentiment of investors as the coronavirus disease of 2019 continues to stall business and economies. According to Sta. Ana, investors are wont to park their funds in safe assets amid the outbreak. Aside from ...

Why The Philippines Is Partially Lifting Its Travel Ban into South Korea
International Business Times - 2020-03-03
The Philippines issued the partial lifting of an earlier travel ban South Korea In a recent development, travelers from the Philippines can yet again fulfill their Korean "travel goals" as they are allowed to visit parts of the virus-hit country.

Court orders Parojinog transfer to Bicutan jail - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A Quezon City court has ordered the transfer of former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Bicutan, Taguig. In a three-page order, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 95 Judge Edgardo Bellosillo granted the motion of state prosecutors to transfer ...

Arroceros declared permanent forest park - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday signed an ordinance declaring Arroceros as a permanent forest park. The 2.2-hectare property, which used to house the Department of Education, Culture and Sports building, was filled with rubble. Moreno said the ordinance was pursuant to Republic Act 5752 or the Local Autonomy Act ...

Quake rocks Leyte anew - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude-4.1 earthquake rocked the province of Leyte yesterday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The quake occurred at 2:51 p.m., with its epicenter located seven kilometers northwest of Leyte town. It was felt at Intensity 4, classified by Phivolcs as ...

Philippines optimistic on WTO case vs Thailand - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is optimistic the World Trade Organization (WTO) would allow the country to exercise its right to get compensation and pursue counter measures against Thailand in relation to a cigarette tax case the Philippines won. "We do not want to preempt what the WTO-DSB (Dispute Settlement Body) will or will not do.

Renewable energy projects slow down in past 2 years - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- There has been a slowdown in renewable energy (RE) development and applications in the country over the past two years, the Department of Energy (DOE) said. Latest data from the DOE showed the country ended 2019 with a total RE installed capacity of 4,920.48 megawatts (MW). Of the total, 4,793.56 MW were for grid use ...

IATA calls for suspension of rules on airport slots - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is requesting aviation regulators globally to suspend immediately the rules governing use of airport slots due to the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Philippines, according to the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), has already complied.

DENR: Philippines has enough water to last 2020 - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The country is expected to have enough water supply this summer ... installing water tank systems in all hospitals under the health department and providing funding for the establishment of water treatment plants.

13 human trafficking victims rescued in Zamboanga - 2020-03-03
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Thirteen women who said they were promised employment as domestic helpers in Dubai, Malta and Malaysia were rescued by personnel of the Zamboanga Sea Base Anti-Trafficking Task Force in this city on Monday. Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Guiniling, Philippine Coast Guard-Zamboanga station chief, said the human trafficking ...

Dennis Uy targets new businesses - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Businessman Dennis Uy and his growing empire are setting their sights on more new business ventures. Speaking at a business forum yesterday, the Davao-based businessman said his group is still looking for new opportunities and investments. "We are in the business of business. We set our sights in the industries where ...

NFA to spend P14.6 billion for palay procurement - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Food Authority is spending nearly P15 billion to purchase local palay (unhusked rice) this year as the government ramps up procurement to help farmers cope with declining palay prices. Agriculture Secretary William Dar has instructed NFA to be aggressive in buying palay from farmers particularly from areas ...

Asean factories buck COVID-19 disruption; Philippines outperforms in February - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The ASEAN manufacturing sector has so far survived the disruption ... The headline PMI for ASEAN manufacturing rose to 50.2 in February from 49.8 in January, indicating a marginal improvement in the health of the sector in nine months as new orders increased at the fastest pace since May. This reading remains only ...

Philippine Eagle released in Aurora missing - 2020-03-03
MALOLOS, Philippines -- As the country marked World Wildlife Day yesterday, the whereabouts and status of a Philippine Eagle named "Agawid" that was released in Aurora province in October 2017 remains uncertain. Don Guevarra, information officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Luzon, said the ...

Bistek faces graft case over P25 million solar power project - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- An official of the Quezon City government yesterday filed a complaint for graft against former mayor Herbert Bautista over the allegedly anomalous P25-million solar power project during his term. The case against Bautista was filed by lawyer Carlo Austria of the city legal department before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Customs collection declines on virus outbreak - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Taxes and duties collected from the importation of oil products slightly offset the decline in revenues caused by the slowdown in imports from China, which resulted from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Finance (DOF) said yesterday. In a forum in Makati yesterday, Finance ...

What affects one, affects us all - 2020-03-03
It has been several weeks since news about the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 broke. In the beginning, it looked like all the other times we dealt with a new disease -- a few cancelations here and there, perhaps rebooked flights, a little work disruption and then things would get under control and life would return to normal. While I am ...

Coronavirus is plunging the global economy into its worst crisis since 2009
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
(CNN) -- The coronavirus is plunging the world economy into its worst downturn since the global financial crisis, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which warned Monday that growth could be cut in half if the outbreak continues to spread. Global gross domestic product would grow by just 1.5% in 2020 if the ...

Pasay now allows online application for building permits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Application for building permits in Pasay can now be done online to fast-track business transactions in the city. In a statement on Tuesday, Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said the online process would allow anyone to apply for building permits through their personal computers. "They no longer need to go back and ...

Greenhills hostage-taker refused ?1-M settlement from former employers - San Juan mayor
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora revealed Tuesday that Greenhills hostage-taker Alchie Paray refused a ?1-million settlement from his former employers to end the hostage crisis, stressing that he only wanted his grievances to be aired. "Hindi pera ang kailangan niya. Ang kailangan niya marinig ...

Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island likely to stay, Esperon says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Expect Chinese vessels to continue lingering in the West Philippine Sea, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said Tuesday. Esperon told a special congressional committee that the presence of Chinese vessels could be seen as strategic posturing for Beijing, which claims almost the entire ...

2 cops tagged in Richard Santillan slay surrender
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Two policemen tagged in the killing of Richard Santillan, the aide of former lawmaker Glenn Chong, have surrendered to Philippine National Police chief PGen Archie Gamboa. Gamboa said Tuesday the two Highway Patrol Group personnel surrendered to him through Anti-Kidnapping Group director PBGen Jonnel ...

Senate probe on influx of foreign cash brought to PH set on Thursday
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Senator Richard Gordon will lead an investigation on Thursday into billions of pesos-worth of cash brought mostly by Chinese nationals to the country. Gordon said from September last year to February, 47 individuals arrived in the Philippines carrying $447 ...

Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island likely to stay, Esperon says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- Expect Chinese vessels to continue lingering in the West Philippine Sea, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. said Tuesday. Esperon told a special congressional committee that the presence of Chinese vessels could be seen as strategic posturing for Beijing, which claims almost the entire ...

Cayetano ally: House panel in electoral tribunal tainted by corruption under Leachon leadership
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) -- The lower chamber's delegation to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal was tainted by corruption under the leadership of Oriental Mindoro Rep. Salvador "Doy" Leachon, an ally of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano alleged Tuesday. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund "LRay" Villafuerte, speaking to CNN ...

Semirara net profit down 20% in 2019 - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Consunji-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) saw net profit slide by a fifth last year due to depressed global coal prices and power plant shutdown. In a disclosure yesterday, SMPC reported a 20 percent decline in consolidated total comprehensive income from P12.1 billion in 2018 to P9.6 billion last year.

PNP mum on probe results as ninja-cops still under floating status - 2020-03-03
Banac also cited a September 2019 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) that found that 82% of Filipinos were satisfied with the performance of the PNP campaign against illegal narcotics.

Earthquake hits Leyte province anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A 4.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Leyte town on Tuesday afternoon, a day after the province was hit by a 5.7-magnitude quake that damaged some school buildings, state seismologists said. An initial earthquake bulletin from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) showed that the tremor was ...

Filipinos generally satisfied with Robredo, Sotto, Cayetano -- SWS - 2020-03-03
Both Robredo and Cayetano were given "Good" marks while Sotto got a rating of "Very Good" in the survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). According to SWS, the surveys were conducted from ...

UP receives new Professorial Chair from MVP
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-03
Trinidad. The University of the Philippines (UP) recently received a new Professorial Chair from business magnate Manuel V. Pangilinan. PLDT-Smart Foundation signed the deed of donation for the Manuel V. Pangilinan Professorial Chair in Engineering. The donation was made through the help of the University of the Philippines Engineering Research ...

Health risk scoring system for visitors from China - 2020-03-03
(As released) MY E.G. Services Berhad, or MYEG, has successfully developed an extensive artificial intelligence-powered health risk scoring system, with capabilities that include anomaly tracking, for Chinese travelers and is now making the technology available to the governments of Malaysia and the Philippines. The timely introduction of this ...

Dow surges 5% on hopes for central bank help on the economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 1,300 points, or 5%, Monday as stocks roared back from a seven-day rout on hopes that central banks will take action to shield the global economy from the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. The huge gains clawed back some of the ground lost in a massive sell-off that gave stocks their worst week ...

Apple will pay up to $500 million to settle lawsuit over slowing down older iPhones
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
(CNN) -- Apple will pay up to half a billion dollars to settle a class action lawsuit accusing it of slowing down older iPhone models to compel users to buy new ones. The proposed settlement agreement requires Apple to pay the owners of certain iPhone models $25 per affected device, totaling a minimum of $310 million and a maximum of $500 ...

If you're not sticking to a regular sleep schedule, you're hurting your health, study says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Sound familiar? If so, fellow snooze buddies, it turns out our lack of a regular sleep routine is hurting our health. A new study published Monday found changing your regular sleep-wake time by 90 ...

An armed gunman held 70 people hostage in a Philippines mall for 10 hours before letting everyone go and holding an impromptu news conference
Business Insider - 2020-03-02
After opening fire in a mall in Manilla, and taking dozens of people hostage, an armed gunman shared why he did it before police tackled him.

Coal business pulls down SMPC net income in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
Consunji-led Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) reported Monday a 20-percent decline in its net income last year to P9.6 billion, from P12.1 billion in 2018, mainly due to the drop in the contribution of its coal business. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, the coal business of SMPC booked profits of P7.4 billion ...

With Covid-19 hitting business, Peza seeks Citira deferment anew
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-02
Firms operating in economic zones, mostly multinationals, warned they will be forced to pack up business here and relocate to another Southeast Asian country if their tax perks, particularly the 5-percent tax on gross income paid in lieu of local and national taxes, are lifted. This looming capital flight is projected to result in the loss of ...

Business closures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
This was followed by Nokia Technology Center Philippines ... Rounding up the situation, so far, is the termination by Philippine Airlines of the services of 300 employees due to losses caused, in part, by coronavirus-related travel restrictions. The loss of jobs due to the closure of a business is an emotional issue for the affected employees ...

Super-Puff Planets Could Be Saturn-Like Worlds With Large Ring Systems
Forbes - 2020-03-02
Recently some exoplanets were discovered that appear to have unusually low densities. Terrestrial planets such as Earth have densities around 4 - 5 g/cc, and even gas planets such as Saturn have densities around 1 g/cc. But these strange worlds seem to have densities less than 0.1 g/cc. They have been called super-puff planets. It's difficult ...

Domestic worker is 3rd Filipino in Singapore with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Another Filipino in Singapore has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its health ministry said Monday night. In an update posted on its website ...

Cayetano meets with NP, NUP lawmakers to discuss speakership
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines - House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano sat down with lawmakers from the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the National Unity Party (NUP) on Monday night to discuss issues and concerns over the speakership. Cayetano, who met with the House members inside the Andaya Hall for over two hours, said that he had explained recent events ...

Morgan Stanley warns it's too early to buy Tesla's stock -- even after a coronavirus-led plunge of more than 20%
Business Insider - 2020-03-02
"We would wait and see if a challenging 1Q and supply disruptions come to pass before revisiting the stock," Adam Jonas wrote in a Monday note.

Three More Coronavirus Deaths in Washington State, Site of Nursing Facility Outbreak
New York Times - 2020-03-02
A county leader in the Seattle area signed an emergency declaration and said it was in the process of buying a motel and using modular homes as places for virus isolation.

Florida Has Unexplained Coronavirus Case as Gov. DeSantis Declares Emergency
New York Times - 2020-03-02
A man in Manatee County tested positive though he had not traveled to countries with an outbreak, creating yet another unexplained case of the virus. MIAMI -- A Florida man with no known connections to the global coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the virus,

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