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Adolescent Obesity Linked With Midlife Cancer Risk
Medscape - 2020-02-21
Obesity during adolescence is associated with increased midlife cancer risk, according to findings from a large population-based cohort of Israeli teens examined between 1967 and 2010. The association, which was stronger in individuals in the later period of the cohort than in those in the earlier years, suggests that the burden of obesity ...

Big Tech Anticompetition Investitation: Google Balking At Document Demand
International Business Times - 2020-02-21
Attorneys general from 48 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam are involved in the investigation Google objects to their use of outside consultants who have worked for Google's rivals Google also wants to limit the attorneys general's access to information gathered by the Justice Department Google reportedly has declined to ...

DTI eyes market expansion in Middle East
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-21
IN an effort to diversify markets for Filipino exporters, the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), in coordination with the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Middle East and Africa, is conducting an outbound business matching mission to the Middle East from February 12 to 24, 2020. The OBMM is in conjunction ...

What to know about the hook effect in pregnancy
Medical News Today - 2020-02-21
The hook effect in pregnancy is a false-negative result. It is a phenomenon that can occur in both blood and urine pregnancy tests. Women may get a negative test result on a urine or blood pregnancy test despite being pregnant. Although many factors can contribute to a false-negative pregnancy test, the hook effect occurs when the woman has a ...

Macrolide Antibiotics in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects
Medscape - 2020-02-21
Women who take macrolide antibiotics during the first trimester have an increased risk of their child having a major malformation, say UK researchers, who urge caution in the use of the drugs throughout pregnancy. Macrolide antibiotics include erythromycin, clarithromycin, and azithromycin, and are among the most frequently prescribed ...

Half a million bicycles for developing nations
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-21
WBR addresses this problem by also distributing the rugged, long-lasting and locally assembled bicycles to health service providers and small-business owners. Consequently, their owners are able to visit more patients and reach more customers per day. In addition, WBR has trained more than 2,300 local bicycle mechanics so users have reliable ...

Visits, postive tests for flu drop in U.S., suggesting season is slowing
UPI.com - 2020-02-21
Feb. 21 (UPI) --With the weather unseasonably warm in many parts of the country, is it too soon to declare the 2019-20 flu season over? Based on the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, it seems the spread of the virus may at least be starting to slow down. The report about a slowing number ...

Basic Energy withdraws from various geothermal, gas service contracts
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Listed Basic Energy Corp. has given up on several geothermal and gas service contracts (SC) amid challenges in each project. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, Basic Energy said it submitted to the Department of Energy (DOE) several notices to withdraw from various SCs. One of the projects is the ...

RCBC income jumps 25% to P5.4 billion in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) said it expects to sustain a double-digit profit growth this year amid external headwinds including the US-China trade war as well as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). RCBC treasurer Horacio Cebrero said in a press conference the increase ...

Infradev gets Makati OK to proceed with subway
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MAKATI, Philippines -- Philippine Infradev Holdings Inc. (formerly IRC Properties) has received the official notice to proceed from the Makati City government for its planned Makati subway project. To be known as MkTr, the $3.5 billion, 10-kilometer railway system is touted as the biggest public-private partnership undertaking for a local ...

2020 national budget requirements subject to documentation
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has assured that adjustments made in the P4.1-trillion 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) will be subject to proper documentation requirements to promote prudent fiscal management. In a statement, DBM said concerned agencies would be informed of the increases in their ...

ASF spreads to Bicol
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Efforts to stop the African swine fever (ASF) from spreading across the country seem to be falling short as the disease has affected hogs in the Bicol region. The first ASF case in the region was recorded six months after an outbreak was reported in Rizal, the Department of Agriculture (DA) reported yesterday. The case ...

Luzon grid bracing for power shortage this summer
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- If action plans are implemented, the projected power shortage this summer can be averted and tight supply can be expected later or in June, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). In a press briefing yesterday, Energy director Mario Marasigan said red alert warnings are possible in April and May. The DOE said ...

4 die, 3 hurt in Negros road mishap
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines - Four persons, including a minor, died while three others were injured when a car hit a motorcycle in Manapla, Negros Occidental before dawn yesterday. Jeljuredi Labrador, 15, and Angeles Salmorin, 83, were declared dead on arrival at the Ikaayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City and Corazon Locsin ...

South Korea Confirms a Jump in Coronavirus Infections
New York Times - 2020-02-21
A patient suspected of having contracted the virus being brought to a hospital in Daegu, South Korea.Credit...Kim Jong-Un/Yonhap, via Associated Press South Korea said on Friday that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infections rose to 156, a near tripling over three days. Among the 52 new cases reported on Friday, 41 are in Daegu ...

Stocks retreat anew as investors weigh earnings results
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The equities market returned to negative territory yesterday as investors take stock of the latest corporate earnings results and update on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease. Traders said this essentially means investors are still cautiously optimistic even as some have re-entered the market after staying on ...

Online platforms urged to come up with single standard for complaints
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A single standard to handle complaints and take down unscrupulous sellers is being pushed for e-commerce players to get rid of fake products, the sIntellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said. IPOPHL said the proposal was discussed by the United Kingdom Prosperity Fund during a recent workshop which aims ...

SMC says all debts to PSALM fully paid
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said it has no unpaid debts with the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM). SMC said it already paid a total of P314.6 billion for its administration of the capacity from the 1,200-MW Ilijan power plant in Batangas as of last month. The amount consisted of P73.9 billion in fixed ...

Philippine , Asean to benefit from shifting supply chains
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is expected to benefit from shifts in the manufacturing supply chains amid the US-China trade spat as well as the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a Malaysia-based bank economist said. Chua Hak Bin, senior economist at Maybank Kim Eng, said in ...

The thumbtack and the Coke
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
An old story talks about two physicians who boarded a flight out of the San Francisco airport. One sat in the window seat and the other sat in the middle seat. Just before takeoff, a lawyer got on and took the aisle seat next to the two physicians. The lawyer kicked off his shoes, wiggled his toes, and was settling in when the physician in the ...

Binay: Makati no place for prostitution
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MAKATI, Philippines -- Makati Mayor Abby Binay has reiterated her zero tolerance policy against all forms of prostitution in the city by ordering the closure of establishments believed to be involved in human trafficking and sex trade. Binay directed the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to shut down entertainment spots that engaged ...

Farmers lose P68 billion from rice tariffication law
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Farmers lost around P68 billion due to the effects of the Rice Tariffication Law, which saw the influx of more imported rice. The Federation of Free Farmers said losses of rice producers exceeded the gains of consumers by as much as P34 billion in the first year of implementation of the law. According to the FFF study ...

BSP tightens rules on disqualification, watchlisting of bank execs
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has revised its rules intended to strengthen the disqualification and watchlisting of directors and officers of banks and other financial institutions. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the regulator recognizes that the fitness and propriety of the board of directors and management ...

Lung illnesses may have pushed some in U.S. to quit vaping
UPI.com - 2020-02-21
New research suggests that last summer's spate of severe lung illnesses tied to vaping prompted many Americans to consider giving up e-cigarettes. Online searches about how to quit vaping spiked after serious lung injuries among vapers started being reported, the study authors found As of January, more than 2,700 hospitalizations for vaping ...

ABS-CBN celebrities, employees, supporters ramp up calls for franchise renewal
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Over 2,000 employees and artists of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation took to the streets Friday evening with other groups to call for the renewal of the network's expiring franchise. Police estimated the crowd at 2,500, dressed in white, some carrying candles and placards saying "# ...

OFW wtih COVID-19 in Hong Kong now in stable condition
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Hong Kong who tested positive for COVID-19 is now in stable condition, the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong said on Wednesday ...

3 drug suspects arrested in QC, P2 M shabu recovered
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines - Police seized an estimated P2 million worth of crystal meth or shabu from three arrested drug suspects in Quezon City Thursday night. Tricycle driver John Paul Santos, 31; Way Ibañez, 29; and Russel John Solero, 27 were arrested following a buy-bust operation in Barangay Sauyo. The three men yielded four sachets of ...

Metro Manila police chief recalls order to list information on Muslim students
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Metro Manila police chief PMGEN Debold Sinas on Friday ordered the recall of a controversial memorandum instructing station commanders to draw up an updated list of information on Muslim students in the metropolis. "I have directed the District Director of Manila Police Distict PBGEN BERNABE ...

Metro Manila police chief recalls order to list information on Muslim students
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Metro Manila police chief PMGEN Debold Sinas on Friday ordered the recall of a controversial memorandum instructing station commanders to draw up an updated list of information on Muslim students in the metropolis. "I have directed the District Director of Manila Police Distict PBGEN BERNABE ...

Return of 497 Filipinos in isolated cruise ship in Japan set next week - Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the repatriation of 497 Filipinos aboard the quarantined M/V Diamond Princess in Japan, Malacañang confirmed Friday. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Filipinos to be repatriated are expected to arrive early next week via ...

Baguio chills at 10.4 0C
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The temperature in this city dropped to 10.4 degrees Celsius yesterday morning, the second lowest recorded so far this year. On the first day of this month, the city woke up to 10.2 degrees Celsius, leaving residents in bed and curled under blankets. The temperature later increased to between 11 and 12 degrees Celsius.

DOT spearheads month-long mall sale nationwide
philstar.com - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) is spearheading a month-long nationwide mall sale in March, dubbed as the first Philippine Shopping Festival, aimed at encouraging tourists to spend more. On Wednesday, the DOT along with partner malls and associations announced that the 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival will run from ...

Filipinos from Wuhan cleared to go home - Health dept.
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Filipinos from Wuhan, China were cleared to go home as they exhibited no signs and symptoms of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after their 14-day quarantine. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Friday, the 30 Filipinos and 19 others who handled the repatriation had no fever, cough, or ...

Robredo suggests sealing off CamSur, Bicol to hog trade amid ASF scare
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) should consider temporarily sealing off Camarines Sur or even the whole Bicol region from the hog trade to avoid the spread of the African swine flu (ASF), Vice President Leni Robredo said on Friday. Robredo said this is because pork products entering Camarines Sur, which can contract ...

Metrobank reports robust 27% income growth in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-21
"Our increased profitability, more efficient operations, and sustained business growth are the direct result of our continued mission to deliver what is meaningful to our customers and validates their trust and confidence in our Bank," he added. Metrobank grew CASA deposits by 12%, driving overall robust deposit growth of 10% to P1.7 trillio

DA imposes suggested retail prices for select agricultural goods in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Suggested Retail Prices will be imposed on basic farm and fishery products in Metro Manila starting Feb. 24 to protect consumers against illegal price manipulations by traders, the Department of Agriculture announced Friday as it warned it will enforce price ceilings when necessary. An ...

Garin: Justice on Dengvaxia case should be based on science, not politics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- "I will face this without fear because we know the truth." Former health chief and now Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin said this Friday after state prosecutors formally indicted her and several others over the deaths of schoolchildren vaccinated with Dengvaxia. "Science has proven over and over again that no deaths have ...

BIR shuts registered POGO with ?114-M unpaid taxes
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- A big player in the offshore gaming sector has been shut down by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for failing to pay its 2019 taxes. In a statement on Friday, the BIR said it served a closure order against Synchronization Anywhere For You, Inc., which is one of the 60 licensed companies in the ...

Korean wanted for telco fraud nabbed at NAIA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- A South Korean fugitive wanted for electronic fraud in his home country was intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday. Immigration authorities said 31-year-old Jang Minki attempted to board a flight to Osaka, Japan when he was intercepted at the NAIA 3 ...

Garin, Sanofi face fresh charges over Dengvaxia-linked deaths
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- The Department of Justice has found probable cause to charge former Health Secretary Janette Garin and several co-accused of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide over deaths being linked to controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. This is the second time that state prosecutors indicted now ...

Dito pushes back market rollout to March 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) -- Cell phone users eyeing to use Dito Telecommunity's network would have to endure a longer wait, as the company said it would only start commercial services in March next year. Dito Telecommunity said its target rollout in July would only be a "technical launch." "The technical launch means that ...

BIR shutters first tax-evading Pogo even as raid hit snag
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Friday (Feb. 21) shuttered licensed Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) Synchronization Anywhere For You Inc., as the Pasay City-based firm had been unregistered with the BIR and failed to pay franchise tax worth over P100 million. The BIR was able to close down Synchronization Anywhere For You ...

Pasay judge orders arrest of Iloilo radioman for libel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
ILOILO CITY -- The Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the arrest of an Iloilo blogger and radio block time host to serve his sentence of up to four years in prison for libel. Judge Rowena Nieves Tan, presiding judge of the Pasay RTC Branch 118, issued the arrest warrant on December 10, 2019, against former Iloilo provincial ...

Metro Manila residents to face rotational water supply as summer nears
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-21
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21)-- With summer just around the corner, a fresh round of water supply interruptions is seen to affect millions of Metro Manila residents anew. Water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water have started implementing a rotational water supply scheme since October, but these interruptions may be felt ...

2 classrooms built by PH, US troops open in Puerto Princesa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Two new classrooms in Puerto Princesa, Palawan province have become one of the newest pieces of evidence of the benefits that the Philippines could derive from its Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wanted to end. Puerto Princesa residents welcomed the two ...

The Medical City launches Center for Gender Health and Wellness
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
Access to comprehensive and quality health care is one of the vital rights of any individual. It should, first and foremost, serve all colors and harness gender-sensitivity practices within the community. As a way of forwarding this cause, The Medical City (TMC) has launched its Center for Gender Health and Wellness which is designed to provide ...

Smuggled cigarettes worth P2.5M seized in Zamboanga Sibugay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
PAGADIAN CITY -- Authorities in Zamboanga Sibugay province apprehended a vehicle loaded with P2.5M worth of smuggled cigarettes Thursday afternoon in Barangay San Vicente, Tungawan town. Captain Wabelin Tarroza said that at first, they received a report of individuals loading contraband cigarettes into a mini-van at the port of San Vicente.

Bangsamoro parliament condemns profiling of Muslim students by Manila police
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
DAVAO CITY---The legislative body of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has condemned Manila police for profiling Muslim students as potential violent extremists. The Bangsamoro parliament passed Resolution No. 201, without any objection, condemning what Bangsamoro leaders said was prejudice against Muslims. The ...

"Sin" tax collections seen reaching P480B by 2024
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
Tax collections from so-called "sin" products were projected to reach at least P480 billion by 2024, which would help fund universal health care, according to the Department of Finance (DOF ...

Palace backs deportation of illegal Chinese workers in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-21
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacanang on Friday said Chinese workers who illegally enter the Philippines would be sent back home, following the discovery of the so-called "pastillas" bribery ...

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