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Judge approves T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint
UPI.com - 2020-02-11
Feb. 11 (UPI) --A federal judge on Tuesday approved a bid by T-Mobile to merge with competitor Sprint in a combination of the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers. Judge Victor Marrero of U.S. District Court in Manhattan ruled against 13 state attorneys general who sought to block the $26 billion deal as potentially harmful to ...

Pointing the way to a smarter city
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-11
This platform will enable policymakers to rapidly assess the impact of "what-if" scenarios (such as plans to develop new business districts), and support data-driven decision-making and responsive governance, especially for the development of a smart city in service of its constituents. "The science and recipes needed to meaningfully ...

China addresses mental health care in fight against novel coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-11
BEIJING - The Chinese government and mental health professionals have implemented rapid and comprehensive public health emergency interventions on mental health care to aid the battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak. Researchers from Peking University reported in the journal Lancet that dealing with public psychological barriers and ...

Top Hubei health officials removed from office
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-11
BEIJING -- The top two officials of the Hubei provincial health commission have been removed from their posts, according to a media release from the Hubei Provincial Committee of the Communist ...

Obesity Expert: Time to Embrace Growing Array of Options
Medscape - 2020-02-10
MAUI, Hawaii -- Specialists who study obesity and embrace the increasing number of treatment options are poised to lead the way in stemming the disease, which Andres Acosta, MD, PhD, calls the "epidemic of the century." "Gastroenterologists are in the first line of treatment for obesity management," said Acosta, who runs the precision medicine ...

The Coronavirus Has Bigger Implications Than MWC
Forbes - 2020-02-10
On the eve of what was expected to be the most significant Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in a decade, concern is growing throughout the high-tech industry as the coronavirus appears to be gaining momentum. The website Worldometer is tracking the status of the coronavirus. In just the past day, more than 3,000 new cases have been confirmed ...

Former lawmaker, cable veteran launch 24-hour Black News Channel
UPI.com - 2020-02-10
Feb. 10 (UPI) --The Black News Channel, a new broadcast network targeted toward African-American audiences, launched on Monday. Based in Tallahassee, Fla., the 24-hour network says it will produce news "by black people for black people," and expects to reach 33 million households -- mainly in large African-American markets like New York City ...

World Health Organization Officials to Visit China Day after Coronavirus Death Toll Breaks Record
YAHOO! - 2020-02-10
A team from the World Health Organization (WHO) is finally being permitted to visit China the day ... Only two coronavirus deaths have been reported outside of mainland China: one in the Philippines and one in Hong Kong. The majority of the deaths -- at least 871 -- have been in Wuhan, the capital city of the Hubei province where the disease ...

Ibpap lists growth sectors in next three years
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-10
Photo from their website https://www.ciit.edu.ph/it-course-philippines/. Health-care management and animation are projected to grow double digits until 2022, making them the growth drivers of the information-technology and business-process management (IT-BPM) over the next three years. In news statement on Monday, the IT and Business Process ...

Honeywell nets $3.5B deal for new Air Force navigation system sustainment
UPI.com - 2020-02-10
Feb. 10 (UPI) --Honeywell Inc. was awarded a contract potentially worth $3.5 billion for development of GPS navigation system modernization, the Pentagon announced. The indefinite delivery/indefinite-quantity contract calls for production, sustainment and engineering technical services for Embedded GPS Internal Navigation System Modernization ...

6 nabbed in drug session
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Six suspected drug users were apprehended for allegedly engaging in a shabu session in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City before dawn yesterday. They were Ryan Cortez, Rhey Espaldon, Anthony Galsote, Rosalie Tuliao, Randy Bautista and Jefferson Cabarloc. Police said they confiscated around 15.2 grams of shabu with an estimated ...

NCRPO bans gambling during wakes
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- All forms of gambling during wakes and fiesta celebrations are now prohibited in Metro Manila, the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced yesterday. NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas issued a directive banning gambling during wakes. "Nag-issue ako ng directive na maski sa patay bawal ...

This smart belt is designed to reduce your risk of falling -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-02-10
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

Facebook employees reportedly feel guilty that the company didn't fix a known security risk fast enough to prevent its biggest data breach ever
Business Insider - 2020-02-10
The Telegraph reported that Facebook was "repeatedly warned" about a security flaw that contributed to the biggest data breach in company history.

The Wuhan coronavirus threatens to cut China's smartphone sales in half and may spell trouble for Apple's iPhone production, analysts say
Business Insider - 2020-02-10
Production delays related to the Wuhan coronavirus could cut China's smartphone shipments in half and may push some iPhones to the June quarter.

Amazon Wants Trump To Testify About Military Contract Awarded To Microsoft
NPR - 2020-02-10
Amazon wants President Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper to testify about a massive military tech contract that the company lost to Microsoft, according to court documents unsealed Monday. Amazon has taken the Pentagon to court, alleging "unmistakable bias" on the government's part in awarding to rival Microsoft the $10 billion cloud ...

BSP pursues good governance program in financial institutions
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has adopted a three-phase corporate governance agenda to promote good corporate governance and prudent risk-taking behavior by financial institutions particularly banks. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said risk governance lies at the heart of a safe and sound financial system.

DBP extends P5 billion loan to Manila City government
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has extended a P5-billion loan facility to the city government of Manila to finance various projects of the local government unit. DBP president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Herbosa said the financial assistance under the incumbent administration of Mayor Isko ...

RCBC partners with Nook
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) has partnered with online mortgage broker platform Nook to ease the process of home loan application. RCBC consumer lending group head Rommel Latinazo said the bank is looking forward to bringing this convenient banking solution to clients to help fast-track their dream ...

Pork supply stable despite ASF, says DA
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The government maintained there is enough supply of pork and other products in the country even as the African swine fever has already spread to Davao. Data from the Department of Agriculture showed that only 1.7 percent of the 12.7 million national swine population has been depopulated. "From the 216,000 depopulated ...

3 Calabarzon cop chiefs relieved over illegal gambling
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Three police chiefs in Laguna have been relieved from their posts for failing to stop illegal gambling in their areas. Lt. Col. Eliseo Bernales was relieved as police chief of San Pablo City, Laguna; Lt. Col. Rosell Encarnacion of San Juan, and Maj. Domingo Ballesteros of Lian, both in Batangas, Brig.

357 cops under probe for drugs told to retire
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa has urged 357 police officers who are being investigated for alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade to apply for early retirement to spare the PNP from shame. Gamboa gave the option to the police officers during a meeting at the PNP headquarters at Camp ...

LTFRB allows pets in public vehicles
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has allowed passengers to bring their pets in public utility vehicles (PUVs). In a memorandum issued on Jan. 27, the LTFRB amended the terms and conditions of Certificate of Public Convenience, allowing pets in PUVs provided that the animals are seated ...

Panagbenga moved to March due to nCoV
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The Panagbenga Festival has been moved to March as a precautionary measure against the novel coronavirus (nCoV). The opening parade of the Flower Festival is set on March 21 while the street dance and grand float parades will be held on March 28 and March 29, respectively, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation (BFFF ...

Isabela bettor wins P65.7 million lotto pot
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- A bettor in Isabela won the jackpot in the 6/49 Super Lotto drawn on Thursday. The bettor guessed the winning combination 22-23-05-15-31-03, which had a total jackpot of P65,774,986.60, Royina Marzan-Garma, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager, said. Garma said 29 other bettors won P28,240 each for ...

Farmer dies after drinking lambanog
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- A farmer died after drinking lambanog (coconut wine) in Pagbilao, Quezon on Sunday. Alvin Luna died while being treated at the Tayabas Community Hospital at around 12:45 p.m. Doctors said Luna died of respiratory failure due to methanol toxicity. A police report said Luna complained of numbness and difficulty breathing ...

Quakes jolt Laguna
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Mild earthquakes have jolted parts of Laguna since Sunday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs ) said a magnitude 1.9 quake occurred at around 1:15 a.m. yesterday. The epicenter of the quake was located ...

FDI inflow falls 30% in 11 months
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Net inflow of long-term investments into the Philippines climbed in November, but was not enough to offset the strong outflow during the 11-month period last year as investor confidence remained muted due to uncertainty brought about by the dim global economic outlook and delayed passage of the second tranche of the ...

Index struggles amid virus scare
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index is still struggling to climb as lingering concerns about the novel coronavirus continue to affect sentiment. The PSEi ended 76.34 points, or 1.01 percent, lower to finish at 7,430.86, while the broader All Shares gauge ended at 39.43 points, 0.89 percent, to close at 4,383.21.

PAL cancels flights from China, Hong Kong, Macau until March 28
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-10
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 10) -- Philippine Airlines (PAL) extended its cancellation of flights from China, Hong Kong, and Macau until March 28 an advisory said Monday. RELATED: Few China-PH flights remain amid travel ban According to PAL, flights between Manila and Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xiamen, Quanzhou (Jinjiang), Hong ...

Suspected pusher falls in Camarines Norte drug bust
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-10
LEGAZPI CITY --A suspected pusher said to be on a list of priority targets in the campaign against drugs in the Bicol region was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Labo town, Camarines Norte ...

Calida says raps vs Robredo, opposition were highlights of CIDG-OSG cooperation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines - Cases against administration critics -- including the sedition charge against Vice President Leni Robredo -- were highlights of the cooperation between the Criminal ...

Foreign investments fall by almost 30% in 11 months -- BSP
philstar.com - 2020-02-10
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign direct investments to the Philippines continued their decline in the first eleven months of 2019 and likely ended the year in the red amid "muted" investor confidence. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported that FDIs posted $623 million net inflows in November last year, up 14.6% from $543 ...

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