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Police arrest Chinese national who spat on floor of fast-food chain
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- Authorities nabbed a Chinese national who was earlier caught in a video spitting on the floor of a fast-food chain in Tondo, Manila. City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso ordered the arrest of 35-year-old Jinxiong Cai. Moreno said on Sunday Jinxiong will face grave scandal, unjust vexation ...

South Korea Raises Virus Alert Level To 'Highest' As Cases Surge
International Business Times - 2020-02-23
South Korea is raising its alert on the new coronavirus to the "highest level", President Moon Jae-in said Sunday, as the country reported 123 new infections. South Korea has seen a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days after a cluster of infections emerged from a religious sect in the southern city of Daegu last week.

Chinese national arrested for spitting, causing commotion in Manila eatery
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- A Chinese national was arrested in Tondo on Saturday night for grave scandal, unjust vexation and malicious mischief after he caused a commotion at a restaurant. According to reports by Manila's Special Mayor's Reaction Team, Chinese national Cai Jinxiong was filmed sitting in the establishment at two in the morning ...

De Lima marks third year in jail: 'I declare myself free'
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- It has been three years since Senator Leila de Lima surrendered to authorities over illegal drug charges and remained in prison, but the opposition ...

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto to Immigration bureau: Help us deport illegal Chinese workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) - Following the recently reported "pastillas scheme" controversy, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto sought to work with the Bureau of Immigration in ...

Carpenter hurt in Quezon stabbing incident
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
LUCENA CITY -- A 53-year-old carpenter was seriously injured after he was stabbed by his drinking buddy at a birthday celebration in Sariaya town in Quezon province Saturday night, police said Sunday. Sariaya police reported that Fernando Vidal was stabbed twice by Antonio Belda Jr., during the celebration held in Barangay (village) Manggalang ...

Coronavirus fears have pushed the US dollar to a three-year high
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
(CNN) -- The US dollar index reached a three-year high as investors worried about the global coronavirus outbreak are moving their money into the safe-haven greenback. Investments considered safe in times of market turmoil have been rallying since the outbreak became Wall Street's number one worry in January. Cases continue to rise globally.

Honda to halt car production in the Philippines
NIKKEI - 2020-02-22
MANILA -- Honda Motor will stop manufacturing cars in the Philippines next month, the company said Saturday, in a move that comes amid the Japanese automaker's global restructuring. Honda Cars Philippines, which produces passenger vehicles BR-V and City at its Santa Rosa plant south of Manila, will continue its sales and after-sales service ...

Rock-y undertaking
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
Metro Manila, with its dense population, would always seem the perfect testing ground for a first-time entrepreneur--especially if he has zero clients to begin with. But Miguel Aquino Jr., five years ago, decided to take the road less traveled. He grew up in Rizal and went for college in Manila, yet he set out for a completely new destination ...

Ombudsman clears Duty Free COO of graft
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has concluded its preliminary investigation into the plunder, graft and administrative charges filed against Duty Free chief operating officer (COO) Vicente Pelagio Angala and three corespondents and found no probable cause to charge them. The complaint was initially lodged by 10 Duty Free ...

Before going on a fast, indulge on Pancake Day
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
I recently learned about a Christian eating tradition called Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday. Christian living professor Clyde Nolasco, content ma­nager and columnist of the digital evangelization website DominusEst.Ph, explains this is a traditional feast day held before Lent, which always begins on a Wednesday--Ash Wednesday. It is observed ...

Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for violating rules
UPI.com - 2020-02-22
Feb. 22 (UPI) --Twitter has suspended 70 accounts belonging to paid Mike Bloomberg campaign workers for violating its platform rules. The former New York City mayor's presidential campaign developed a social media strategy to promote his online following. The Los Angeles Times first reported Twitter citing "platform manipulation" in the ...

T-Mobile and Sprint Tweak Their Deal
Nasdaq - 2020-02-22
As expected, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and Sprint (NYSE: S) have renegotiated their blockbuster megamerger that was approved by a federal judge earlier this month. While there are many valid criticisms of the court's decision, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who had been spearheading the multistate effort to block the deal on ...

See the impacts of Antarctica's heat wave in stunning before-and-after photos
Mashable - 2020-02-22
On Feb. 6, the ongoing impacts of climate change delivered a record-setting 65-degree day in the icy continent of Antarctica. Now you can see what that warming actually looks like. The first image below is from Feb. 4, just a couple days before the arrival of the warm temperatures that lingered in the region through Feb. 13. The second photo ...

Why the human race may be less gullible than you think
New Scientist - 2020-02-22
IN 1951 at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, social psychologist Solomon Asch staged a telling experiment on groups of eight students. He showed them three lines of different lengths and asked them which one matched a fourth line. The answer was obvious. But seven of the students were in fact actors. When they went first and gave the wrong ...

Fintech startups raised $34B in 2019
TechCrunch - 2020-02-22
Financial services startups raised less money in 2019 than they did in 2018 as VC firms looked to back late stage firms and focused on developing markets, a new report has revealed. According to ...

Twitter suspends Bloomberg 'fan' accounts for manipulation and spam
Mashable - 2020-02-22
You can't buy friends, but man oh man Michael Bloomberg sure is trying. The recent Republican and current candidate for the Democratic party's presidential nomination has made waves with a shady social media marketing campaign that veered hard into sponcon. But that, it seems, was just the tip of the iceberg. The latest example of suspicious ...

WWE Could Be Making Triumphant Return To Pay-Per-View Via ESPN+
Forbes - 2020-02-22
WWE is reportedly negotiating with ESPN+ for the right to air its pay-per-views. Once upon a time, the WWE Network represented a bold, cutting-edge decision for WWE to ambitiously cannibalize its storied pay-per-view model in favor of a streaming service that WWE executives bullishly estimated would garner three to four million subscriptions.

Amazon is already scrambling to prevent a coronavirus hit to Prime Day--in July
Quartz - 2020-02-22
Even small changes in China have global effects. Grappling with the coronavirus outbreak, Amazon is already taking steps to avoid supply-chain disruptions in China that could hurt its Prime Day sales event--a key revenue driver--taking place about five months from now. This week the e-commerce giant sent emails to third-party merchants ...

Mike Bloomberg's social media strategy is under fire as Twitter suspends 70 pro-Bloomberg accounts for platform manipulation
Business Insider - 2020-02-22
A Twitter spokesman said the identical posts violated its policy against manipulation and spam that was created in response to the 2016 election.

Expat families flee Hong Kong after double whammy of virus, protests
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-22
Hong Kong residents who come from elsewhere play outsized roles in finance, law and other service industries that make the city a global business capital. About 690,000 foreigners and non-Hong Kong Chinese live in the Special Administrative Region, accounting for about 9.5 percent of the population, according to the 2016 census. Half were from ...

TP introduces new mentors for its university-relations program
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-22
Dubbed "Navigators," the mentors are 22 TP leaders from various support departments and operations teams who are keen to pay it forward to their alma mater and help guide students through career paths in the information-technology and business-process management (IT-BPM) industry. The Navigators are graduates of different educational ...

Cops to hold dialogue with Muslims
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- After getting flak over allegations of profiling, the police will hold a dialogue with Muslims in Metro Manila to thresh out differences caused by a memorandum ordering police officers in Manila to submit an updated list of Muslim students in the city. Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO ...

P3 billion funding for agricultural innovations set
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture has earmarked an initial P3 billion to help accelerate modernization and industrialization of the local farm sector. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the amount would go to various innovative agri-fishery projects and agribusiness incubation enterprises for millennials, hobbyists ...

Landbank lending P12.2 billion to farmers
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Government-owned Landbank of the Philippines is beefing up its lending to the agriculture sector with an initial P12.19 billion earmarked for loans to farmers and fisherfolks. Landbank introduced seven new agri-lending schemes which included programs initiated by the Department of Agriculture to address the rice crisis.

Amid COVID-19, Taal Volcano eruption
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Economists have lowered their economic growth assumptions for the Philippines this year amid the impact of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) and the eruption of Taal Volcano. Ruben Carlo Asuncion, chief economist at Union Bank of the Philippines, said they are lowering their gross domestic product (GDP) growth ...

Credit upgrade looms for DBP, Landbank -- Fitch
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Fitch Ratings has revised the credit rating outlook of government financial institutions (GFIs) from stable to positive and affirmed the rating at BBB or one notch above minimum investment grade. This means the credit ratings of both Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) could be ...

CGBP brings best business practices seminars to Cebu
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- With the clamor of many business owners and decision-makers based in the Visayas to have more world-class training programs available to them, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring two of its best-selling programs to Seda Ayala Center in Cebu City next month. The 2019 Revised Corporation Code of the ...

7-Eleven, GCash team up for barcode transactions
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Mobile wallet GCash and convenience store giant 7-Eleven have entered into a strategic partnership to provide greater convenience to their customers. The partnership allows GCash account holders to pay for their purchases in 7-Eleven stores via the scan-to-pay (STP) via barcode feature in the GCash app. "This ...

GSIS allots P1.1 billion for Ursula victims
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has earmarked another P1.1 billion to fund the provision of emergency loans to its members affected by Typhoon Ursula in Iloilo last year. The 42,141 GSIS members and 12,128 pensioners in the province may avail themselves of the loan grant until March 5. An emergency ...

PDEA warns vs injectable shabu
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) yesterday expressed alarm over the sale of injectable methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu on social media sites and dating apps. "Drug dealers have become brazen in publicly advertising and selling their illicit products online or through social media. Rest assured that ...

Davao City suspends STL operation
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- The small-town lottery (STL) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in Davao City has been suspended. The indefinite suspension of the state-sanctioned numbers game was based on a resolution issued by the city council, according to Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, chairman of the committee on games and amusement.

Bandits tagged in Lamitan car bomb attack surrender
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Two alleged members of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group tagged in a car bombing incident in Lamitan City in Basilan surrendered to authorities on Friday. Suwaib Mungkay, alias Black, and Nakib Asmad, alias Halifa, surrendered to Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho of Hadji Mohammad Ajul town shortly before noon. The surrender was ...

2 criminals slain in Maguindanao clash
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Two suspected members of a criminal group were killed in an alleged encounter with government security forces in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on Friday. The fatalities, whose identities were not immediately available, were reportedly connected to the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF). The firefight ...

2 women slain in ambush
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Two elderly women were killed in an ambush in Quezon City on Friday. Victims Emilia Rumohr, 93, and Brenda Rumohr, 62, were about to enter their house in Barangay Holy Spirit when a lone assailant attacked them at around 9:35 p.m. Probers said the assailant, armed with a handgun of unknown caliber, first shot Emilia who ...

Tourist lockdown in 2 Cordillera towns lifted
philstar.com - 2020-02-22
TUGUEGARAO, Philippines -- Two municipalities in the Cordilleras have been reopened to tourists weeks after a lockdown was imposed due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. With the ban lifted, tourists are expected to flock to Sakura Park in Atok, Benguet for the Cherry Blossoms Festival next month, and to the hanging coffins in Sagada ...

VP Robredo's mother Sally Gerona dies
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Vice President Leni Robredo's mother, Salvacion "Sally" Gerona, passed away Saturday evening, Robredo announced. Robredo confirmed the news on Facebook. She said the wake will take place at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Sunday, at the Eternal Chapels and Mortuary, Eternal Gardens, Balatas Road in Naga City.

2 Quiboloy church leaders plead not guilty in fraud, trafficking cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Two leaders of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) church, which was founded by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, entered not guilty pleas in their cases of human trafficking and ...

Honda Cars PH to stop automobile production in March
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Automobile maker Honda announced on Saturday that it will stop production operations in the country by next month. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. said the company will close its production plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna in March. The company is known to produce passenger cars and models such as the BR-V ...

Honda to shut down Laguna plant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Japanese carmaker Honda is closing down its manufacturing plant in Laguna, announcing an unexpected turn of events that will shutter a factory that has been locally making ...

Iran reports another death, 10 new cases of new coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian health authorities on Saturday reported a fifth death from the new virus that emerged in China, and said the fatality was from among 10 new confirmed cases of the virus in ...

18 patients probed for COVID-19 discharged from hospitals -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Eighteen more patients under investigation (PUI) for the deadly coronavirus, COVID-19 were allowed to leave their respective hospitals, making the total number of ...

PNP working to correct pension flaws, says Gamboa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
BAGUIO CITY -- Acknowledging that the Philippine National Police failed to correct flaws in the police pension system, Police General Archie Gamboa is asking for the death certificates of all ...

Commissioner assures due process for BI personnel linked to 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente has assured that due process will be followed for the people in his agency who were involved in the so-called "pastillas" bribery scheme. Morente said the employees involved in the scheme, wherein Chinese nationals supposedly paid Bureau of Immigration ...

Honda's Philippine Unit to Close Auto Production Plant
New York Times - 2020-02-22
The Philippine unit of Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Saturday its production facility will shut down next month, as the Japanese automaker struggles to shore up global automobile operations. Japan's third-largest automaker has seen its profitability decline by more than half in the past two years,

iOS 14: Apple May Allow Users To Set Third-Party Service Apps As Default
International Business Times - 2020-02-22
Apple is considering loosening its restrictions on the App Store and allow rivals on the platform Other services can be set as the default app This might be added in the iOS 14 update Apple is currently thinking of allowing rival platforms on the App Store as part of a future major update on the iOS. Rival apps such as those from Google ...

Hontiveros to police: Dialog is better than profiling in dealing with Muslim community
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-22
MANILA, Philippines -- If authorities have law enforcement concerns with the Muslim community, they should cooperate with them instead of resorting to a plan that tags them as "guilty until proven innocent," Senator Risa Hontiveros said Saturday. This comes after the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Maj. Gen. Debold ...

Filipinos from Wuhan leave quarantine in Tarlac after showing no coronavirus symptoms
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) -- All 49 Filipinos from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, have been allowed to conclude quarantine in the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac, on Saturday. Among them is a Filipina evacuee who gave birth to a "healthy and strong" baby boy at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial ...

S.Korea Reports Surge In Virus Cases, Including Samsung Employee
International Business Times - 2020-02-22
South Korea reported 229 more coronavirus cases Saturday, the sharpest spike in infections yet, with many new cases involving patients being treated in hospital for mental health issues. The national toll of 433 is the highest outside China apart from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with the jump in cases at the hospital in the southern city ...

Study: Alcohol-linked deaths soar in U.S., hit women hardest
UPI.com - 2020-02-22
Americans are drinking themselves to death at ever-increasing rates, with women in particular hitting the bottle hard, a new study shows. The rate of alcohol-induced deaths among women increased between 3.1 percent and 3.6 percent a year from 2000 to 2016, while deaths among men increased 1.4 percent to 1.8 percent each year, according to the ...

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