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Rio Tuba ventures into coffee growing
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The ash that the restive Taal volcano has been spewing for days is hurting coffee growers in Batangas and Cavite. The Department of Agriculture pegged the damage at P74 million as of last week. The damage to agricultural properties will not only affect coffee growers in these areas but the Philippine coffee industry as a ...

Bohol gets P380 million agriculture projects
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture has released P380 million worth of agriculture and fishery projects to Bohol as part of efforts to further improve the farm sector. Agriculture Secretary William Dar turned over P60 million worth of various agri-machineries, inputs and projects under the Special Area for Agriculture ...

Local sugar sector eyes Thai model
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Amid a challenging industry, the Sugar Regulatory Administration conducted a benchmarking analysis with Thailand to boost the competitiveness of the local industry. The SRA and the Philippine Sugar Millers Association met with Thailand Sugar Millers Corp. and the Office of the Cane and Sugar Board. The Philippine ...

Hyundai opens Baguio dealership
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The official distributor of Korean automotive brand Hyundai has opened a new dealership in Baguio City to expand its reach in the country and sell more vehicles. In a statement, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) said it launched its first full-service passenger car (PC) dealership in the Cordillera Administrative Region ...

DA to focus on hybrid rice clustering
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture will allocate an initial P90 million to focus on clustering areas for its hybrid rice program to further improve the production of palay (unhusked rice) amid a liberalized regime. DA technical advisor for hybrid rice program Frisco Malabanan said the clustering program of three regions would ...

Investment scam
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
The House committee on energy will start investigations this month into what has been described as a huge investment scam in the energy business. The scam allegedly involves the Independent Electric Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) which claims to have been spun off from the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC), a non-stock, non ...

ADB warns vs false legal representation
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is warning the public against false legal representation by an individual claiming to be a project management consultant for the multilateral bank. In a statement on its website, ADB said its Office of Anticorruption and Integrity has received information than an individual representing ...

PMA closed to tourists on nCoV fears
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City, Philippines -- The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has been closed to visitors for three weeks amid concerns on the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV). PMA superintendent Vice Admiral Ferdinand Cusi relayed to the defense department on Friday the decision to close the academy after consultation with ...

PSALM sets sale anew of Malaya power plant
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) has set the sale of the 650-megawatt (MW) Malaya Thermal Power Plant (TTP) in April. PSALM has published an invitation to bid to start the third round of bidding for the Malaya TTP Monday. It gave interested parties until March 12 to submit letters of ...

Jollibee launches new US concept
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
Chicago, USA - Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) and celebrity chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless have launched Tortazo, a new fast casual dining concept featuring Mexican food. Following the opening of the first Tortazo site at the Catalog food hall inside the iconic Willis Tower in Chicago, the group plans to bring the fast casual dining concept ...

DA lifts ban on Czech pork
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted the temporary ban on pork imports from Czech Republic after being cleared from the dreaded African swine fever. In a recent memorandum order, Agriculture Secretary William Dar lifted the ban on the importation of domestic and wild pigs and their products including pork meat ...

ASF reaches Mindanao; 1,000 pigs dead in 8 barangays
philstar.com - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- African swine fever (ASF) has reached Mindanao, with 1,000 pigs confirmed to have died due to the swine disease in Davao Occidental. Mayor Michael Maruya of Don Marcelino town said there is a continuing incidence of pig mortality in Barangays Linadasan, North Lamidan, South Lamidan, Calian, Mabuhay, Lawa, Nueva Villa and ...

'Stranger Things' actor Gaten Matarazzo recovering from surgery
UPI.com - 2020-02-01
Feb. 1 (UPI) --Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo posted on Instagram that he is recovering from serious mouth surgery related to an ongoing health condition. "Surgery number 4! This is a big one! To learn more about Cleidocranial Dysplasia and how you can help those with the condition you can go to ccdsmiles.org," the 17-year-old actor ...

9 business books picked by founders, CEOs, and industry leaders for people who don't want to go back to school to get an MBA
Business Insider - 2020-02-01
A business degree helps with networking and prestige, but these books cover almost everything else. These are some successful entrepreneurs' picks.

Raytheon engineer arrested for taking US missile defense secrets to China
Quartz - 2020-02-01
Even small changes in China have global effects. When Wei Sun, a 48-year-old engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems, left for an overseas trip last year, he told the company he planned to bring his company-issued HP EliteBook 840 laptop along. Sun, a Chinese-born American citizen, had been working at Raytheon, the fourth-largest US defense ...

Like It or Not, Trillion-Dollar Titans Lived Up to Earnings Hype
Bloomberg - 2020-02-01
Memo to bears waiting around for the earnings engine to stall for megacap tech firms: keep waiting. The biggest spectacle in equity markets of late has been giant rallies in computer and internet companies. Apple Inc. is up 79% in eight months, Microsoft ...

Groups decry racism against Chinese amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- A few organizations have urged the public to refrain from being discriminatory, particularly against Chinese nationals amid the global spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which began in China. The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on Saturday ...

Two-year-old Indian edtech startup Doubtnut raises $15M
TechCrunch - 2020-02-01
Doubtnut, a Gurgaon-based startup that operates an app to help students learn and master concepts from math and science using short videos, has raised $15 million in a new financing round as it ...

Airlines cancel PH-mainland China flights amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- Local airlines are canceling flights between the Philippines and mainland China, where the number of novel coronavirus cases continues to rise.

Collapse of Skyway portion during fire in Manila to be probed by DPWH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Public Works and Highways said will look into the cause of the collapse of a portion of the Skyway Stage 3 which happened during a fire that broke out in a warehouse in Pandacan, Manila. "Minomitor na namin ngayon. Iniimbestigahan namin yung cause ng pag-collapse ng Skyway [We are monitoring the fire ...

Flights between Davao, Jinjiang to be suspended after Feb. 5
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
DAVAO CITY -- The twice-weekly direct flight between the cities of Davao and Jinjiang in Fujian, China will be suspended because of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) emergency, the Chinese ...

Zuckerberg says Facebook's new approach 'is going to piss off a lot of people'
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-01
(CNN) -- Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will stand up for principles like free expression and encryption, even if it means facing a backlash. "This is the new approach, and I think it's going to piss off a lot of people. But frankly, the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let's try something different," Zuckerberg said at the ...

Metro Manila students, school staff who visited China told: Quarantine yourselves
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-01
Meanwhile, the De La Salle University in Manila said it has implemented a "complete travel ban on administrators, faculty, and staff to China until the 2019-nCoV crisis is over." Polytechnic University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University in Manila and Makati City said Friday that all of their students and staff who have arrived from ...

Online, jetsetting and monitored: How life in China has changed since SARS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
BEIJING -- A new coronavirus originating from central China has killed 259 people and infected thousands of others, stirring memories of the SARS outbreak nearly two decades ago. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) -- which also began in China -- killed almost 800 people worldwide in 2002-03, with the Chinese government drawing ...

2 persons being monitored in Cagayan de Oro for nCoV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Two persons, who traveled to China two weeks ago, are being monitored by health authorities here, for signs of infection of the novel coronavirus (nCoV), the Department of Health in Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) said. DOH-10 assistant regional director Dr. Dave Mendoza said the two are now confined at the DOH-run ...

Lagman pushes for China-wide travel ban amid 2019-nCoV ARD outbreak
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- An opposition congressman on Saturday pushed for a China-wide travel ban, to include Hong Kong as the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease or 2019-nCoV ARD outbreak rages across China and in other countries. "What is imperative is to ban flights to and from the entire Chinese mainland, including Hong Kong ...

New coronavirus has infected more than 9,800 globally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 9,800 people globally. -- China: 9,692 cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has 12 cases and Macao has five. Most of the 213 deaths have been in central Hubei province, where illnesses from the new type of coronavirus were first detected in December. -- Sri Lanka: 1

UPDATE: Magnitude 4.9 quake jolts Davao Del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude 4.9 quake hit Davao del Sur on Friday evening, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Phivolcs said that the quake was recorded at 7:18 p.m., with the epicenter located 15 kilometers southeast of Kiblawan in Davao del Sur. The quake, which was of tectonic origin, had a ...

Cebu Pacific cancels flights to mainland China following nCoV threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Following the global scare caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019 nCov ARD), or the 2019 nCoV, Cebu Pacific announced that all of its flights to and from mainland China are canceled starting Feb. 2. until March 29. In an advisory, Cebu Pacific said that canceled are inbound and outbound ...

Negros Oriental to quarantine travelers from China amid novel coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-01
Dumaguete City (CNN Philippines February 1) - All tourists from China, including Hong Kong, will be placed under quarantine for 14 days once they set foot in Negros Oriental, the governor of the province said Friday. Negros Oriental Roel Ragay Degamo made the order through Executive Order No. 4 after meeting with provincial heath officials on ...

Panagbenga opening prayers held in 10.6 degree Baguio weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
BAGUIO CITY- G-string wearing youths banged their gongs in 10.6 degree weather for the opening prayers over the 25th staging of the Baguio Flower Festival on Saturday (Feb. 1). The ceremonies ...

US bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fear
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
WASHINGTON -- The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and announced significant entry restrictions because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, who is coordinating the federal response, announced that President Donald Trump has signed an order that ...

Rediscovering fun and surprises in Ortigas Center
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
Mention Ortigas Center and one would right away think of towering, gleaming office buildings with men and women in corporate attire hurriedly walking about. This bustling central business district located within the boundaries of Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon City, however, has so much more to offer, whether one is in the mood for a gastronomic ...

Ortigas rising to new heights
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-01
It has been ripe for redevelopment for several years now, and recently, it has begun a transformation that has not gone unnoticed by businesses, investors and most especially, the property developers.

Stocks sink on fears virus outbreak will dent global economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street Friday as fears spread through the markets that a virus outbreak emanating from China will dent global growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average skidded more than ...

DOLE: What companies, staff should do amid virus alert
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called on employers to establish precautionary measures at the workplace to prevent the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV), following the Department of Health (DOH) confirmation on Thursday of the first nCoV case in the country. Among other initiatives, Bello said companies should provide ...

A new tour without Tiger is no tour at all
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-31
Talk about risk and reward. The PGA Tour is wrapping up negotiations on a new broadcast rights deal that Sports Business Journal pegged at a 60-percent increase. One player was asked what came out ...

Wider Chinese ban pushed as PH grapples with virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said it would recommend an expansion of the travel ban on Chinese nationals to include more Chinese provinces with high incidence of infection by the new ...

Pogo-hosting LGUs step up measures vs nCoV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
BIÑAN CITY--Local government units (LGUs) hosting Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogo) hubs on Friday stepped up control measures, a day after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The World Health Organization (WHO) also declared the outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a ...

Living life like a cruise
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
Have you ever experienced the thrill of sailing on a cruise ship? Aboard a cruise, you get to enjoy different activities and events. You need to unpack only once and you get to visit a variety of destinations and experience multiple cultures. Missing your flights, trains, and other public transport becomes a thing of the past as you only need ...

A Spectacular Fireball Lights Up the English Sky
Gizmodo - 2020-01-31
The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Gradu... Check out this incredible photo of a streaking fireball, which appeared over England last week. The photo, captured by Christopher Small, was taken in Bude, a seaside resort town in northeast Cornwall, England ...

New Warnings Over China's Efforts in Quantum Computing
U.S. News & World Report - 2020-01-31
The United States should be concerned about China's ability to pour "enormous resources" into developing powerful supercomputers, the head of quantum computing at Google warns. Just days after officials in China announced the completion of building in a ...

Report: FBI Investigating NSO Group Over Notorious International Hacks
Gizmodo - 2020-01-31
The Big Payback: Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade and Matthew Cherry Give Hair Love to Student Told to Cut Dreadlocks to Walk at Gradu... The FBI is investigating shady cyber-intelligence company NSO Group and the possible use of its phone-hijacking tools in several high-profile hacks, Reuters reported on Thursday. According to Reuters, a source ...

Those Apple Cards are looking pretty busted just six months later
Mashable - 2020-01-31
Apple stans around the world are coming to terms with that fact a mere six months after the release of the Apple Card. This point was driven home by YouTube star Marques Brownlee, who today tweeted a photo of his card showing just how little abuse it could take. Now, like one of the many Apple apologists in Brownlee's mentions, you may be ...

Xbox Adaptive Controller add-on turns power wheelchairs into joysticks
VentureBeat - 2020-01-31
The Xbox Adaptive Controller is one of the most powerful devices for enabling anyone to play games despite differences in how their body functions. But a lot of the capabilities of the Adaptive Controller come its expandability. And one of the best examples of that is the new Freedom Wing Adapter that turns a power wheelchair into a working ...

Ashley Madison cyber-breach: 5 years later, users are being targeted with 'sextortion' scams
CNBC - 2020-01-31
Scammers have managed to find a new way to wring money out of unsuspecting victims of the 2015 breach of the Ashley Madison affair-dating website, according to researchers at email security company Vade Secure. The scammers are using stolen credentials in an amped-up version of extortion. Scammers have found a new way to wring money out of ...

Protect yourself and your living spaces from nCoV
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
The novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak and the anxiety it is causing the world feels like living in one of those doomsday movies. Never have we been more terrified of a sneezing or coughing person. Surgical face masks are now a necessity as soon as one steps out of the house. We keep antibacterial soaps and antiseptic disinfectants within reach ...

George Soros fears that Facebook will help Trump get reelected
CNET - 2020-01-31
Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has criticized Facebook's decision to not fact-check ads from politicians and slammed the company's leadership, raising fears that the world's largest social network could help get Donald Trump reelected as president. Soros' remarks show how the company still faces an uphill battle as it tries to repair ...

Destiny 2: Bungie Did Something It's Never Done Before To Fix A Major Bug
GameSpot - 2020-01-31
The latest patch for Destiny 2, Update 2.7.1, created more problems for Bungie than it solved. The patch added a bug to the game that caused players to lose some of their upgrade materials and currencies--which was especially troubling because it removed Bright Dust, a currency players earn in-game to buy premium items from Destiny 2's ...

A piece of grandeur for your home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-31
As the global demand for upper-mid and luxury developments continue to rise, the property sector is now seen to be the newest niche market for luxury items. The year 2019 alone saw the sale of some home furniture pieces and artworks at astronomical price tags--both here and abroad. Here are some of those luxury items from which you can draw ...

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