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American woman caught with baby boy in sling bag nabbed for kidnapping
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The American woman who was caught concealing a baby boy inside her sling bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been arrested for kidnapping, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Wednesday. In a press conference, NBI Director Dante Gierran said NBI operatives served the arrest warrant issued by ...

Trapped leopard cat rescued and released in Masbate
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo recently rescued and released a leopard cat in Masbate City. The female leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) was initially spotted by a certain Joan Roxas, who reported the sighting, last February ...

UK eyes rebranded GSP, FTA with Philippines post Brexit
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
The UK considers the Philippines an important market in Southeast Asia given strong economic growth, as well as opportunities in various sectors including business process outsourcing and manufacturing. "There is just a need to make sure the tax rules are clear and favorable," Graham said. Under the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives ...

Doc Yong not yet done, eyes 100 Marathon Club
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
Away from his family for the longest time to see action in a punishing ultra race that covers thousands of miles crisscrossing time zones under varying weather conditions - from the extreme sub ...

Philippines fired up over Imelda Marcos documentary
NIKKEI - 2020-02-19
MANILA -- In 1976, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, the husband-and-wife duo who ruled the Philippines under martial law, evicted 254 families from an island named Calauit and replaced them with African animals shipped from Kenya in latter-day echoes of Noah's Ark. Everyone knows about the profligate Imelda Marcos's 3,000 pairs of shoes ...

RT&Co. launches 3 new firms, enables companies to be future-ready
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
"We started 10 years ago with 20 employees, and now we are more than 900 strong work forces. We formed new entities under the RT&Co. brand, and continue to grow in number so we can respond to the growing and diversifying need of the business community, carrying the same commitment level of quality service we have provided all these years ...

Espenido says politicians may have linked him to drugs
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- PLtCol Jovie Espenido suspects that intelligence information about his supposed involvement in illegal drugs was made up by politicians trying to get back at him. "I cannot really, maybe, pinpoint but this is one thing I can tell you... greedy, a greedy kind of person. Number one, politicians ...

COVID-19 kills Chinese film director, kin in Wuhan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A notable Chinese film director and three of his family members have all died from COVID-19 while undergoing self-quarantine in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak in China. According to reports, Chang Kai, 55, died of pneumonia caused by COVID-19 on Feb. 14. His father, mother, and older sister also died from ...

Chinese study finds COVID-19 virus to be more contagious than SARS or MERS
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
(CNN) -- A comprehensive study of more than 72,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus by Chinese scientists has revealed new information about the deadly infection which has brought much of the country to a halt. Carried out by a group of experts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the ...

401 persons probed for COVID-19 already been discharged -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 who were already discharged from hospitals are now at 401, the latest records from the Department of Health ...

CAB: Downward trends in bookings, higher trends in passenger no shows
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Airlines in the country have experienced downward trends in bookings, as well as higher percentages in passenger no-shows following the temporary travel ban enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Wednesday. "We have been communicating, coordinating with ...

PhilHealth execs face new corruption complaint over non-remittance of OFWs' contributions
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Former and current officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation are facing a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly ignoring an illegal scheme involving its employees. Named as respondents in the complaint are Philhealth Senior Vice President Dennis Mas, Vice President ...

IMI unprofitable in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Ayala-led electronics manufacturer Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) turned unprofitable in 2019 as as slowing global economy gnawed on sales volume and margins. Net loss attributable to ...

Manny Pangilinan forays into hotel business with Dusit deal
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has signed a ?1.6-billion investment deal with Dusit International to manage hotels and condominiums in the country. The conglomerate led by businessman Manny Pangilinan announced Wednesday its agreement with the Thai hotel chain to "develop and ...

PDP-Laban loses another member in House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which is led by President Rodrigo Duterte is further down in numbers in the House of Representatives after one of its members transferred to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) party. Biliran Rep. Gerardo "Gerryboy" Espina took his oath as a new ...

COVID-19 keeps Sangley airport plan from taking off, says governor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A plan to transform a strategically located former military base near Metro Manila into an airport has yet to move forward due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in China. While the Cavite government has awarded the initial phase of the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) project to the ...

Espenido apologizes for speaking out on drug allegations
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- A controversial anti-drug cop recently tagged in the government's drug watchlist apologized to his superior on Wednesday for speaking out on the issue despite an order to stay silent pending an investigation. PLtCol Jovie Espenido appealed to Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa for ...

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan test negative for COVID-19, one patient hospitalized
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Filipinos who were repatriated from Wuhan City in Hubei, China have tested negative for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday. In a press conference at the DOH main office in Manila, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that all 49 repatriated Filipinos showed no symptoms of ...

Experience Mini Thailand Week 2020 in Manila this March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce in Thailand by Thai Trade Center in Manila, one hundred (100) Thailand and Philippine companies will exhibit their products and services on March 5 up to 8, 2020 (Thursday to Sunday) at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

DFA orders immediate repatriation of Filipinos in quarantined cruise ship
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Manila, Philippines--Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. has ordered the immediate repatriation of Filipinos aboard the quarantined M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. In a tweet Wednesday, Locsin said he has ordered the Philippine embassy in Tokyo to immediately repatriate Filipinos in the cruise ship which has been put under ...

DTI: Safe to hold nationwide mall sale amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- The nationwide shopping sale in the Philippines will push through in March despite safety concerns due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Wednesday. He said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is working with the Tourism and Interior Departments to ...

SMEs urged to invest in pro-environment technologies amid climate-change threat
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
A typical modern-day office work space. Amid persistent threats from climate change, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to take a more proactive approach in doing business by always considering their impact on the environment while meeting customer expectations. Epson, in its SME Study on Digital Transformation in Southeast Asia ...

Filipinos in cruise ship who tested positive for COVID-19 now at 41
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Forty-one Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked off Yokohama, Japan are infected with the COVID-19, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed Wednesday. "Sa ngayon, we have 41 positive cases already for our crew sa ating Diamond Princess," Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario ...

OFW in Hong Kong tests positive for COVID-19 -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hong Kong has been infected by the COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Wednesday. In a press briefing, Health Assistant ...

After EU exit, UK may also negotiate for free-trade pact with PHL, Asean
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
He bared one of the terrains explored by London is Manila, as merchandise trade between the two parties is complementary. "Great thing about business between the Philippines and the UK is that we are very complementary. You export a lot of agricultural produce to the UK--tuna, pineapples, coconut-based materials for a whole number of ...

DOTr lets Angkas deploy over 23,000 motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas has gained the lion's share in motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (TWG) handling the pilot run said Angkas has been allowed to deploy 23,164 riders for the motorcycle ...

Over 100 Filipino crewmen of quarantined cruise ship nix repatriation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 100 Filipinos crewmen of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan have opted to remain on board despite government efforts to repatriate them. This was revealed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday as the 14-day isolation of the passengers and crew of the vessel ends Wednesday.

Metro Pacific, Dusit ink P1.6B PH hospitality venture
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is diversifying into the hospitality business in the Philippines in partnership with Thai hotel and development firm Dusit International. MPIC, which is led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, signed a P1.6-billion investment agreement with Dusit to develop and manage jointly ...

Facebook's latest experimental app looks a lot like Pinterest
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
(CNN) -- Facebook is taking some inspiration from Pinterest. Facebook has quietly released a new app called "Hobbi," which allows users to save photos of projects and activities they're interested in, much like Pinterest allows users to bookmark or "pin" content. Like Pinterest, Hobbi focuses on lifestyle topics such as cooking, home décor ...

EastWest Bank raises P3.7B from bond issue
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
EAST WEST Banking Corp. raised P3.7 billion from its maiden offering of bonds last week. -- BW FILE PHOTO EAST WEST Banking Corp. (EastWest Bank) raised P3.7 billion from its maiden issuance of fixed-rate bonds, more than its initial target following strong demand from investors, it said on Tuesday. EastWest Bank said in a disclosure to the ...

Intesa Sanpaolo spurs bank M&A with UBI bid
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
INTESA SANPAOLO SpA launched one of the biggest European banking deals since the financial crisis with an unsolicited 4.9 billion-euro ($5.3-billion) bid for smaller rival Unione di Banche Italiane SpA (UBI). Under the offer, UBI investors will get 17 new shares of Intesa for every 10 UBI shares they hold. That valued UBI at about 4.25 euros a ...

PAL boosts capital to P 30B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) is raising funds to strengthen its business amid difficult market conditions. PAL on Tuesday obtained the approval of shareholders to increase its authorized capital by 130 percent to P30 billion, giving the flag carrier flexibility to raise additional money. "PAL needs new capital," PAL president Gilbert ...

Wednesday weather forecast: Cloudy skies, scattered rain showers due
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its daily weather forecast that cloudy skies, accompanied by scattered rain showers are expected ...

Stocks fall on Apple revenue warning; Dow drops 165
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-18
U.S. stock indexes closed with mostly modest losses Tuesday as the market gave up some of its solid gains from the past two weeks. Banks and technology stocks accounted for most of the decline. The Nasdaq eked out a tiny gain that was good enough to nudge it to another record high. The selling, which lost some of its momentum in the final hour ...

Online realty hunters prefer to buy rather than lease estates
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-18
Location-wise, Quezon City had the highest listings in the metropolis due to high requirement in this area. Angeles City in Pampanga has the most listings as of January 2020 due to the developing information- technology and business-process outsourcing industries in New Clark City. The interest of seekers in the office, residential and retail ...

5 immigration officials axed pending probe on VIP scheme for Chinese visitors
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 18) -- Five immigration officials at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport have been relieved as the Bureau of Immigration investigates a questionable scheme giving Chinese nationals easy access for a fee, the agency's spokesperson said Tuesday. Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval said all heads of ...

Palace EO cuts price of essential meds by more than half-DOH
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-18
The industry and health institutions must be socially responsible, and ensure that medicines are within reach of the ordinary Filipino. All of us should be sincere in providing fair and affordable access to medicines. The health of our people is primordial over business interests," the health chief said.

EastWest raises P 3.7B from bond offer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-18
Gotianun-led EastWest Bank has raised P3.7 billion from a local bond debut that exceeded its own expectations. The consumer-focused bank was targeting to raise only P2 billion from this maiden bond offering. The bonds have a tenor of three years and carry an interest rate of 4.5 percent a year. "The success of the bond issuance shows the ...

DA sets aside P 3B for innovative agri projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-18
The Department of Agriculture (DA) is allotting P3 billion for the financing of "game-changing innovations" in agriculture this year as it pushes for the long-sought modernization and industrialization of the sector. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said during the Global Innovative Index meeting on Monday that the department would be ...

Jollibee profit down 14.4% in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-18
The one-time gain from the asset revaluation of newly acquired gourmet beverage retailer Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shored up the profitability of homegrown fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) in the fourth quarter of 2019. For the full year 2019, however, JFC saw a 14.4-percent drop in 2019 attributable net profit to P6.33 billion, the ...

Most valuable address in Ortigas CBD unveiled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-18
Property developer Ortigas Land unveiled on Tuesday the most valuable residential offering in the Ortigas central business district (CBD) to date, a 51-story condominium tower that would bring P16 billion worth of fresh inventory to the metropolis. The new project, Residences at the Galleon--the second phase of two-tower The Galleon along ADB ...

5G Giant Nokia Scraps CIO Role, Reshuffles Tech Leadership
Forbes - 2020-02-18
Nokia's corporate logo on display at a telecoms event. Telecoms-equipment supplier Nokia has eliminated the role of group chief information officer, held by Ursula Soritsch-Renier, as part of a broader reorganization at the 22 billion euro ($24 billion) company. Her responsibilities have been assumed by Bhaskar Gorti, the president of the ...

TubeMogul execs launch Arize AI for AI troublehsooting
TechCrunch - 2020-02-18
A new startup called Arize AI is building what it calls a real-time analytics platform for artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company is led by CEO Jason Lopatecki, who has also ...

This all-metal wallet protects your cards -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-02-18
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Glucocorticoids Promote Response to TPO-RA in ITP
MedPage Today - 2020-02-18
A portion of patients with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) are refractory to multiple therapies including thrombopoietin-receptor agonists (TPO-RAs). Last year, Terry Gernsheimer, MD, professor of hematology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, offered a case series on 10 patients who did not respond to a TPO-RA ...

Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study
U.S. News & World Report - 2020-02-18
Shotguns Often Play Tragic Role in Rural Teens' Suicides: Study TUESDAY, Feb. 18, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Could stricter safety rules for rifles and shotguns help prevent suicide? Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore analyzed nearly 4,000 ...

Dell sells RSA to consortium led by Symphony Technology Group for over $2B
TechCrunch - 2020-02-18
Dell Technologies announced today that it was selling legacy security firm, RSA for $2.075 billion to a consortium of investors led by Symphony Technology Group. Other investors include Ontario ...

The microbiome and gynaecological cancer development, prevention and therapy
Nature - 2020-02-18
The female reproductive tract (FRT), similar to other mucosal sites, harbours a site-specific microbiome, which has an essential role in maintaining health and homeostasis. In the majority of women of reproductive age, the microbiota of the lower FRT (vagina and cervix) microenvironment is dominated by Lactobacillus species, which benefit the ...

Microsoft is looking into reports of Surface Laptop 3 cracked screens
ZDNet - 2020-02-18
For the past couple of months, a number of Surface Laptop 3 customers have been reporting the screens of their new devices were cracking, allegedly through no fault of their own. MIcrosoft has been advising the majority of those users that they will have to pay out of pocket to replace the devices, according to various forum posts. However, the ...

DA: P3 billion to fuel farm, fishery modernization
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-18
The DA is also allocating P500 million for the Agricultural Technology Business Incubation (ATBI) program that will provide grants to Filipino millennials and agri-preneurs to translate their innovative ideas into farm and fishery products. The department is setting aside another P500 million for the Inclusive Agribusiness (IA) program aimed at ...

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