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Weaponize your workers as robots take over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
Whether companies like it or not, digital transformation is coming for them--and so far, the most transformative tool has been automation. While there are tasks that robots will do better than humans, not all roles need replacing, and there is a way for companies to see where workers like yoga instructors, massage therapists, retail store ...

WHOOP Proven As Most Accurate, Non-Invasive Sleep Monitor
YAHOO! - 2020-02-23
3rd Party Study Validates Heart Rate Monitoring, Sleep Staging, And Behavior Change BOSTON, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A recently published study conducted by the University of Arizona shows ...

Legislator urges rescue plan for tourism sector
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Surigao del Sur Rep. and Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel urged tourism and labor officials to draw up plans for thousands of Filipinos who could lose their employment as a result of the massive toll on the tourism sector by the COVID-19 outbreak. The Philippines stands to lose as many as 1.2 million visitors from China ...

Another CamSur town on lockdown over ASF
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines - Another town in Camarines Sur was placed on lockdown on Saturday after several hogs tested positive for African swine fever (ASF), the Department of Agriculture-Bicol region reported yesterday. The latest to be locked down is Calabanga, located beside the municipality of Bombon where the first ASF case in the Bicol ...

Palace extends sympathies to Robredo over death of mother
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Sunday extended its sympathies to Vice President Leni Robredo whose mother, longtime educator Salvacion Santo Tomas Gerona, died on Saturday at the age of 83. "We understand that Sally, as she was fondly called by her loved ones, was a selfless and dedicated teacher who molded countless of young minds ...

Here's NASA's new idea to get its stubborn Martian drill to work
Mashable - 2020-02-23
Well over a year after NASA's InSight lander parachuted down to the Martian surface, the space agency still hasn't been able to drill too far into the red soil. NASA has tried a few different techniques to get the drill, known as the "mole," deeper into the ground to measure the desert planet's inner temperature -- with the greater goal of ...

Bello reminds firms of holiday pay rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Sunday reminded employers to strictly follow the proper pay rules on Feb. 25, the 34th anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution. The Labor and Employment department issued Advisory No. 08 (Series of 2020) prescribing that workers should be paid an additional 30 percent of ...

Tech startups have a new 'exit' strategy. Why private equity firms have started plowing billions into acquiring startups.
Business Insider - 2020-02-23
Private equity firms have gone from being bit players and bottom feeders in the startup world to being a major source of exits.

Govt accredits more cooperatives for PUVMP
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-23
The modernization agenda aims to effect a transition from current vehicles plying the road to "high-quality public-transit requisites." The transportation department listed these items as follows: "higher capacity vehicles, low-emission vehicles, fleet consolidation, reformed business model, and an effective information-technology system."

Philippines banks urged to stopfunding coal projects
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine banks have been urged to stop funding the coal industry after extending $6.3 billion worth of loans over the past three years. Church leaders and civil society organizations launched the Church-CSO Empowerment for Environmental Sustainability (Eco-convergence) to convince the banking industry to stop funding ...

MacroAsia to tap LT firms to support Sangley financing
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- MacroAsia Corp. is bringing in other members of the Lucio Tan empire onboard the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) to provide additional financial muscle. "With the scheme of things, MacroAsia is part of a larger group. So if our partners agree and the province agrees, we may bring in other parts of our group ...

Metrobank sees peso strengthening to 49:$1
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The peso may strengthen further to the 49 to $1 level if the price of crude oil in the world market falls further amid the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. Metrobank research analyst Pauline Revillas said the peso may hit 49 if Brent crude spot ...

Cop hurt in gun scuffle in Tondo
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- A police officer was wounded in a gun scuffle with a man whom he allegedly caught sleeping with his gilfriend in Tondo, Manila on Saturday. Chief M/Sgt. Edgardo Balabay, assigned with the Manila Police District (MPD) Station 7, visited his girlfriend at her house along Rawes street, Road-10 in Barangay 123 and allegedly ...

The faded glory of a revolution
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-23
Aye, the glory of the EDSA People Power Revolution has indeed faded... Amelia H. C. Ylagan is a Doctor of Business Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Makati allots P3.3 billion for education this year
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MAKATI, Philippines -- The city government of Makati has allocated P3.3 billion for education programs this year for the benefit of students in public schools. Of the amount, P1.16 billion will be used to fund Project FREE or free relevant and excellent education. Under the administration of Mayor Abby Binay, several items have been added to ...

5 reasons the Honda RV engine keeps running
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- There are many thing we take car for granted when we get into our vehicles as we head off to work. One is the that the engine is running well -- until we encounter a glitch and the engine refuses to get started. That is why not all engines are build alike -- and the engines that make sure the keep running are those ...

Drunk Chinese held for spitting in Manila restaurant
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Police arrested a drunk Chinese for creating a scene and spitting inside a fastfood restaurant in Tondo, Manila on Saturday night. Jinxiong Cai, 35, was nabbed in his unit at the Orchard Garden condominium on Masangkay street after a picture of him spitting in the restaurant went viral on social media. Maj. Cicero Pura ...

Bria Homes thrives in Laguna
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- With the bustling metropolis getting increasingly congested, resulting in worsening traffic and air pollution, more Filipino families are opting to settle down in the progressive provinces of South Luzon. Laguna, for instance, is considered a potential boom town in terms of business and tourism, making this top draw for ...

Forest fire hits Benguet anew
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
TUGUEGARAO, Philippines - Another fire broke out in the forest of Kabayan, Benguet and was feared to spread to Mt. Pulag National Park yesterday morning. The blaze occurred almost a week after a nine-day fire that razed some 150 hectares of pine trees in the same area was declared out on Tuesday. Firefighters had difficulty getting near the ...

3 nabbed for P3 million shabu
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- An estimated half a kilo of shabu worth P3.4 million was confiscated from three suspected drug pushers during a sting in Quezon City over the weekend. The suspects were identified as Karen Leal, 32; John Rhens Timing, 20, and Jason Ymalay, 26. They were apprehended by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and ...

DTI eyes safeguard duty on imported vehicles
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the government would need to put in place safeguard duty on imported automobiles to promote local manufacturing especially after Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) said it would shut down its Sta. Rosa plant in Laguna next month. "We really have to study the need to ...

Building for generations
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The idyllic community is one where a nurturing, natural environment meets a technologically advanced, busy one. It is a community which lasts for decades, and becomes a sustainable home for generation after generation. As one of the largest landholding companies in the Philippines, the Greenfield Development Corp. has ...

Pasig shuts down Chinese restaurant
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
PASIG, Philippines -- Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto ordered yesterday the closure of a Chinese restaurant for operating without the necessary business permit. Sotto warned business owners and workers in the city of hefty fines and closure if they continue to operate without clearance from the local government. "If you want to do business in Pasig ...

CSC clarifies effectivity of 105-day maternity leave
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Civil Service Commission (CSC) yesterday clarified confusion over the law granting 105 days of maternity leave benefits to government workers. The CSC reminded government agencies to grant the benefit under Republic Act 11210, which took effect on March 11, 2019. "The law applies to instances of live childbirth ...

British gin maker eyes Philippines schools
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
Harrison said the firm is also looking to expand to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as in Canada and Australia. But for now, he said the focus would be to grow the business within the UK and in the Philippines.

What do Bill Gates and Porsche have in common? A Porsche Taycan
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Tech wizard, billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is a known Porsche enthusiast, having been known to own a 911 Turbo, as well as the legendary 959. In a recent interview with YouTube tech video and podcast creator Marques Brownlee, the Microsoft founder bared he recently purchased his first-ever electric vehicle ...

Market seen trading lower this week
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine stock market is seen trading lower anew this week as the bearish sentiment is likely to prevail, traders said. Ed Francisco, president of BDO Capital & Investment Corp. said the market may continue trading sideways. "There are no major catalysts expected so the market will just move sideways ...

Rural banks and digital transformation
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Oradian, the financial inclusion fintech company that serves the first regulated financial institution leveraging cloud-based technology in the Philippines, is now rolling out its services to many more rural banks. Capitalizing on the innovation strategy by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the rural banking industry ...

Antique bans construction of new coal-fired power plants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines -- The Antique Provincial Board has banned the putting up of new coal-fired power plants in the province. In an ordinance passed on Feb. 21, the board provided ...

Patients who quit smoking before weight-loss surgery often relapse: Study
UPI.com - 2020-02-23
Many people who quit smoking before having weight-loss surgery go back to cigarettes after the procedure, a new study finds. Researchers followed 1,770 adults for seven years after they had weight-loss surgery at 10 U.S. hospitals. While about 14 percent smoked in the year before surgery, that fell to 2 percent in the month before their operation.

Authorities struggle to contain ASF in Davao City, Davao del Sur towns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines -- Barely a week after Davao City completed the culling of thousands of pigs in two barangays in Calinan District, new cases of African swine fever (ASF) infection were found among pigs in a neighboring village. Noel Provido, spokesperson of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Davao region, said ...

How America Risks Surrendering Its Global Dominance In Drug Discovery
International Business Times - 2020-02-23
Chinese regulators just granted conditional approval to the world's first Alzheimer's treatment in over 15 years. This potential breakthrough, invented by a Shanghai startup, offers hope to Chinese patients and their families. But it also serves as a reminder that the United States could soon lose its perch as the world's biomedical leader.

Could artery fat actually improve blood vessel function?
Medical News Today - 2020-02-23
New research in rats explores the role of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) -- the fat that builds around arteries -- in maintaining vascular health. The findings may have implications for conditions such as hypertension and atherosclerosis. Share on Pinterest New research suggests that scientists should add a fourth layer to the structure ...

Filipino in Singapore tests positive for novel coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- A Filipino in Singapore has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the first confirmed case involving a Filipino in the country, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The DFA said the Filipino is in isolation in Singapore's National Centre for Infectious Diseases, citing ...

Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto: 'If you want to do business in our city, you follow our laws'
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto on Sunday expressed support for the Bureau of Immigration in going after foreign workers and businesspeople who are in the Philippines illegally. Sotto made the statement in a Facebook post showing photos of the shuttered Fu Yuan Ji, which reportedly was closed for lacking the necessary permits.

Tech News: How Artificial Intelligence Can Solve America's Traffic Problems
International Business Times - 2020-02-23
Sitting at a clogged intersection, have you ever questioned how long the traffic systems have been around for? Sure, you probably have. The "modern" three-signal traffic light system was created in 1920 by a Detroit police officer and it has pretty much remained the same since--bigger, of course, but still basically the same. Digesting that ...

18 Koreans test positive for COVID-19 after Israel pilgrimage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
SEOUL -- Of 76 Koreans who traveled to Israel for religious pilgrimages in February, 18 tested positive for the deadly coronavirus upon returning home, local health authorities said Sunday. Two groups of Roman Catholic travelers stayed in Israel for about a week each for religious tourism earlier this month, visiting packed religious sites.

How to rev up a Philippine startup
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
or to enhance their own journey into a more digitally assisted business model. We care to have a healthy startup community, and advocate for a more supportive policy because we cannot underestimate the game-changing potential it can have in the Philippine economy and Philippine quality of life. I reiterate Israel, a country with eight million ...

DA expands climate-resilient agriculture programs
philstar.com - 2020-02-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is pushing for climate-resilient agricultural technologies and systems to ensure food security amid the continuing changing weather patterns that affect global food production. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said extreme weather, widely considered as the "new normal," will continue to ...

Police chief stripped of duties disrobes, walks into storm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
The police chief in a New Hampshire town took it literally when he was stripped of his duties at a local board meeting, disrobing to his underwear and walking out into a snowstorm. Richard Lee has been chief in the small town of Croydon for 20 years. On Tuesday night, the three-member select board voted to eliminate the one-man department and ...

Cabanatuan bishop asks House to reconsider divorce bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-23
CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija, Philippines -- The Diocese of Cabanatuan on Sunday, Feb. 23, urged Congress to rethink a measure allowing divorce in the country. Addressing a consolidated bill for "absolute divorce" which was approved by the House Committee on Population and Family Relations on Feb. 5, Sunday Masses espoused Bishop Sofronio ...

Mt. Pulag's Akiki trail closed to trekkers after forest fire
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) - The Akiki trail, one of the most famous trails to the summit of Mt. Pulag, has been closed to trekkers Sunday due to a forest fire. In a public safety advisory, Mt. Pulag park management ordered trekkers to refrain from entering the area after a forest fire occurred at dawn time from Abucot ...

Lyme disease treatment: 2 herbal compounds may beat antibiotics
Medical News Today - 2020-02-23
Lyme disease -- transmitted via tick bite -- affects thousands of people in the United States and around the world. Currently, doctors use antibiotics to treat it, but could plant-based remedies be more effective? Share on Pinterest Japanese knotweed (pictured above) is one of the two plants whose active compounds appear to be highly ...

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.

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