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No need yet for NBI help in contact tracing for nCoV - Guevarra
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-04
MANILA, Philippines - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to help in contact tracing individuals who interacted with the two Chinese nationals who were infected with the novel coronavirus-acute respiratory disease or the 2019-nCoV, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Tuesday. But for now, Guevarra said the Department of ...

Dela Rosa: Tap PNP to locate those who made contact with Chinese couple
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Ronald Dela Rosa on Tuesday urged Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to tap the assistance of other government agencies, specifically the Philippine National ...

Asian markets improve a day after the coronavirus shocked Chinese stocks
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
(CNN) -- Stocks in Asia mostly improved Tuesday, one day after Chinese markets experienced their worst session in years. The Shanghai Composite ended up 1.3%. It was the second day Chinese markets had to react to the worsening coronavirus since closing for the Lunar New Year holiday more than a week ago. Monday was the index's worst day since ...

SWS: 68% of Filipinos willing to buy condiments in eco-friendly containers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Most Filipinos are ready to buy food condiments in recyclable containers than in sachets, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey commissioned by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) has shown. Based on the SWS poll, 68 percent of adult Filipinos are willing to buy soy sauce, oil, vinegar, sauces ...

Davao Occidental under state of calamity, bans hogs after 10,000 pigs were affected by African swine fever
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) - The whole province of Davao Occidental has been put under a state of calamity, with up to 10,000 hogs affected by African swine flu (ASF) in some of its municipalities. Governor Claude Bautista confirmed Tuesday that they made the declaration yesterday following recommendations from authorities and ...

Chinese group rejects cremation of compatriot who died from nCoV in PH - Duque
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-04
MANILA, Philippines -- A community of Chinese nationals in the country has "backed out" on its promise to cremate the body of their 44-year-old compatriot who died February 1 in Manila due to severe pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). Health Secretary Francisco Duque disclosed this Tuesday ...

DepEd postpones Palarong Pambansa, other regional events amid coronavirus scare
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) -- The Department of Education on Tuesday announced the postponement of this year's multi-sport event Palarong Pambansa and other regional events due to the threat of novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV. "We have been advised to take care of exposing our children to crowded places. Right now the policy is ...

Proposed charter change seeks restrictions - not ban - on political dynasties
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 4) -- There is no proposal to ban political dynasties, a member of the government body pushing for amendments to the Constitution has clarified as lawmakers continue to reject an anti-political dynasty provision. "It's not a ban, it's a restriction," said political analyst Ramon Casiple, a member of the ...

Senate leaders ask Duterte to reconsider VFA termination
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Three senators, including two top Senate leaders, are asking President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States. Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and ...

Bitcoin is soaring as investors panic about coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-04
(CNN) -- Bitcoin is once again having a moment. The cryptocurrency has soared as fears about the coronavirus outbreak send shock waves throughout global stock markets. The price of one bitcoin is ...

Jolo fire leaves at least 2,000 families homeless
philstar.com - 2020-02-04
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- At least 2,000 families in Jolo have been displaced by a big fire that hit seaside communities in the capital of Sulu province on Monday. The Bureau of Fire Protection-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region is still investigating what ...

Stocks rally as China markets reopen, dollar gains
Reuters - 2020-02-03
The dollar strengthened and a gauge of global stocks jumped on Monday, lifted by an unexpected rebound in U.S. manufacturing that helped temper fears that caused stocks overnight in Asia to plunge on the potential impact of the coronavirus in China.

YouTube advertising is a $15 billion business, Google parent discloses for the first time
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
(CNN) --Alphabet for the first time disclosed the size of various business units within Google, including YouTube advertising, which in 2019 was a $15 billion business. YouTube's sales have grown ...

Gilead Sciences testing antiviral drug to treat coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
(CNN) - There is no cure for the deadly novel coronavirus, but several big biotech companies are hoping they can treat the symptoms with existing antiviral medications. Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical firm with an experimental drug called remdesivir that is used to treat the Ebola virus, said late Friday it is working with Chinese health ...

Gilead Sciences testing antiviral drug to treat coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
(CNN) --There is no cure for the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, but several big biotech companies are hoping they can treat the symptoms with existing antiviral medications. Gilead Sciences, a ...

Philippines' Duterte says xenophobia against Chinese must stop
Reuters - 2020-02-03
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Philippine citizens to stop stirring up anti-Chinese xenophobia related to the outbreak of a coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China, in December and has since killed more than 300 and infected more than 17,

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks jump as China markets reopen, dollar gains
Reuters - 2020-02-03
(Adds U.S. market open, byline; changes dateline; previous LONDON) NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - The dollar strengthened and a gauge of global stocks jumped, lifted by an unexpected rebound in U.S. manufacturing that helped temper fears that caused stocks overnight in Asia to plunge on the potential impact of the coronavirus in China.

Philippines, Indonesia forge pact on digitalization
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has partnered with Indonesia to achieve a more secure, efficient, and reliable payment system as well as to promote digital financial innovation. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno and Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the area of ...

San Juan breaks ground for P1 billion socialized housing
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 500 families will benefit from the second P1.03-billion socialized housing project in San Juan City that broke ground yesterday, Mayor Francis Zamora said. With the first 22-story residential building that started last year ...

Online mortgage brokerage platform launched in PHL
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-03
To facilitate this, the company has partnered with top banking institutions in the Philippines, including Asia United Bank (AUB), BDO Unibank, BPI Family Savings Bank, Bank of Commerce, CTBC, China Banking Corp., Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and Security Bank. Talks with five other banks are ongoing. Mr. Elder noted the increasing ...

Taal fishers seek window hours to harvest, feed fish
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Fishermen in Taal Lake are appealing to the government to give them "window hours" to feed and harvest fish as well as repair their fish pens. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary William Dar and Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, the 3,000 members of the Taal Lake Aquaculture Alliance Inc. (TLAAI) said 70 percent of ...

Asia Pacific airlines brace for turbulent year
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- After facing an intensely competitive operating environment in 2019, airlines in Asia-Pacific are expected to face another challenging year on the back of global economic and trade uncertainties coupled with a new coronavirus outbreak. The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) said preliminary traffic figures for ...

Dar assures ASF impact in Davao still negligible
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The presence of the dreaded African swine fever in Davao Occidental will not affect the supply of pork products in the area as long as the government succeeds in preventing the spread of the disease to the rest of Mindanao. In a briefing Monday, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said supply would not be affected even as ...

Coronavirus May Already Be Affecting Your Business
Inc - 2020-02-03
Your customers aren't in China. So, the Coronavirus isn't affecting your business. Or, so we'd like to think. But, Coronavirus seems to be making everything it touches sick--including small businesses. As of this morning, Coronavirus has killed 362 people, including one in the Philippines, and sickened 17,000. It sounds terrifying, which it is.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares set for rough ride on virus fears, eyes on China
Reuters - 2020-02-03
Asian markets are set for another bumpy ride on Monday on fears about the hit to world growth from the rapidly spreading coronavirus, with all eyes on China where trading resumes following the Lunar New Year break.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks hover near 7-week lows as virus fears hit China markets after holiday
YAHOO! - 2020-02-03
Japan's Nikkei dropped 1% to the lowest since November and Australia's benchmark index ... The first death outside the mainland was reported on Sunday in the Philippines. In a bid to soften the blow to China's economy, the country's central bank cut reverse repo rates by 10 basis points and injected 1.2 trillion yuan ($173.8 billion) of ...

Asian shares set for rough ride on virus fears, eyes on China
Reuters - 2020-02-03
Asian markets are set for another bumpy ride on Monday on fears about the hit to world growth from the rapidly spreading coronavirus, with all eyes on China where trading resumes following the Lunar New Year break.

China accused the US of spreading global 'fear' over the Wuhan coronavirus, which has now killed 362 people
Business Insider - 2020-02-03
It noted that Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, said there was "no reason to bar visitors from mainland ... "I need China more than anybody else at this time of our national life," Duterte said in 2018, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. The health minister in Indonesia also said it was "very easy" to prevent the coronavirus ...

NAIA Consortium still in running for airport rehab
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The consortium of seven conglomerates remains in the running for the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) despite a government deadline to finalize a deal lapsing last month. Transportation Undersecretary for planning Ruben Reinoso told The STAR over the weekend that negotiations on the ...

Skyway Stage 3 opening delayed to July after collapse of Pandacan road segment
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it has pushed back the opening of the Skyway Stage 3 to July for repair work after a major warehouse fire in Manila caused a portion of the toll road to collapse. In a statement, SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said round-the-clock construction ...

UAE finds new natural gas field between Abu Dhabi, Dubai
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday announced the discovery of a natural gas field containing 80 trillion standard cubic feet of gas between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Authorities said the new Jebel Ali field would help the Emirates become more energy independent, as UAE now imports natural gas from Qatar for electricity. UAE is one of ...

Rio: ?300-M of DICT's confidential funds released as cash advances to Honasan
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Cash advances worth ?300 million have been reportedly released to Secretary Gringo Honasan in late 2019, charged against the confidential funds under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), an official said. Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr., who quit his post last week ...

Big time fuel price rollback set Tuesday
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) - Heads up, motorists! Fuel companies have announced a reduction in prices of their petroleum products starting tomorrow. Seaoil, Shell, and Petro Gazz announced they will implement cuts of ?1.60 per liter price on gasoline. Diesel products will be brought down to ?2 per liter, while kerosene ...

8 who came in contact with PH coronavirus cases under observation for flu-like symptoms - DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3)-- Eight persons who came in close contact with the Chinese couple positive for the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease have been placed under observation after showing flu-like symptoms, the Health Department said Monday. They are some of the new patients under investigation or PUI in the ...

Meralco works round-the-clock to restore power after Taal volcano eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
Seen in the photo are Meralco distribution crews performing restoration works along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite on electric facilities affected by the ashfall brought about by the ...

Insurers oppose bill separating regulation for insurance products that offer investments, too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
Life insurers are opposing proposed legislation that will split the regulation of variable unit linked (VUL) products, or policies that offer permanent life insurance with built-in savings component and investment of their cash value. Philippine Life Insurance Association (PLIA) president Benedict C. Sison last week said among the recent ...

Climate forecasts and alerts on extreme weather
philstar.com - 2020-02-03
Agence France-Presse 1 day ago Filipinos can expect warmer weather this week as the cool winds brought by amihan completely weakens while the warm easterlies wind blow from the Pacific Ocean. PAGASA says Wednesday the easterlies or warm wind blowing from ...

Close contacts of two nCoV patients undergoing health checks - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported that some individuals who had close contact with the first two individuals confirmed to have been infected by the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease or 2019-nCoV ARD are being tested by its epidemiology and surveillance personnel. "Meron na tayong mga ...

Eliseo Rio resigns as DICT undersecretary amid internal issues
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Eliseo Rio, Jr., who led the government's search for a third telecommunications provider, has resigned as undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). "I filed my resignation and awaiting acceptance of the President," Rio told CNN Philippines on Monday ...

First coronavirus death reported outside China in Philippines; toll at 362
UPI.com - 2020-02-03
Feb. 2 (UPI) --The Philippines has reported the first coronavirus death outside China, where the toll climbed to 361 fatalities and 17,205 cases through Sunday. China's National Health Commission reported 2,829 new cases and 57 additional deaths for a total of 361 on Monday morning. Eight days ago, there were 46 deaths in mainland China with ...

Businessman Enrique Razon buys into embattled Manila Water
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Ports giant Enrique Razon, Jr. bought a 25 percent stake in embattled Manila Water, the utility firm announced Monday. The Ayala-led company said Razon, through his firm Prime Metroline Holdings Inc., has agreed to infuse ?10.7 billion in Manila Water, which currently supplies customers in the ...

Amid peril of nCoV, SM malls in China open for business
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-03
Property giant SM Prime Holdings will keep open its shopping malls in seven sites in mainland China, but it is adopting a safety protocol to deal with the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Asked about its operations in China, where most of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases were reported, SM Supermalls management replied to the ...

Malaysian bank PHL subsidiary touts 1st digital banking model
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-02
This photo courtesy of CIMB Bank Philippines shows its "People Hub" in Bonifacio Global City commercial and business district, Taguig City THE Philippine subsidiary of CIMB Group Holdings Berhad credits its digital banking model to have enticed about 600,000 of its clients. In a statement issued on January 31, CIMB Bank Philippines Inc ...

Coronavirus latest: Philippines reports first fatality outside China
NIKKEI - 2020-02-02
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated ... Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, Sweden and Russia. For more on the spread of the virus and measures being taken to prevent further infections, see our list of the five things you must know ...

Why Yum! Brands Is My Favorite Restaurant Stock
Nasdaq - 2020-02-02
For Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM), there's more than meets the eye when it comes to its financials. Though the company in October reported a nine-month decline in total revenue of 5%, adjusted operating profit was up 7.6% year-over-year after adjusting for ...

?4.08-M shabu seized in Quezon City
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) -- Authorities seized ?4.08-million worth of shabu in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City Sunday. A report from the QC Police said Jamael Hzainal, Nabel Makabato, and Ricondaya Magarang were arrested in an operation in Barangay Teresita around 10:30 a.m. after an undercover operative bought ...

Wuhan Coronavirus Looks Increasingly Like a Pandemic, Experts Say
New York Times - 2020-02-02
Rapidly rising caseloads alarm researchers, who fear the virus may make its way across the globe. But scientists cannot yet predict how many deaths may result. A man on a nearly deserted street in Beijing. Experts fear a coronavirus pandemic, but its severity is uncertain.Credit...Nicolas Asfouri/Agence France-Presse -- Getty Images By Donald G.

Thai doctors have been using a cocktail of flu and HIV drugs to treat coronavirus cases
Business Insider - 2020-02-02
Initial results have shown vast improvement 48 hours after the treatment, which builds on Chinese health officials' use of the same drugs.

Electronic Arts Posts Solid Earnings, but Shares Fall On Modest Guidance
Nasdaq - 2020-02-02
Video game studio Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) reported earnings last Thursday. The report, which covered the third quarter of EA's fiscal year 2020, exceeded expectations on both the top and bottom lines, but it came with a mixed guidance slate and EA's shares fell as much as 5.5% on Friday's trading session. Data source: Electronic Arts.

Twitter knows GIFs dominate the platform. A new accessibility feature will allow more people to enjoy them.
Mashable - 2020-02-02
It may not be an edit button (nor will it ever be), but Twitter snuck in a nifty little feature for us to play with heading into the weekend of the Super Bowl. If you've ever looked at Twitter ...

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