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Japan wants to fast-track rail projects
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Japan has signified its intention to help fast-track ongoing railway projects in the country, the Department of Transportation said. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Friday met with a Japanese delegation headed by Japanese House of Councilors member Iwai Shigeki where they discussed ongoing and future railway ...

Zamboanga del Norte vice mayor, 2 escorts slain in ambush
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A vice mayor of a town in Zamboanga del Norte and his two escorts were killed in an ambush in Siocon town before noon yesterday. Vice Mayor Gani Esmali of Baliguian, Pat. Godelito Bongcac and Jaymalin Tunggal were declared dead on arrival at the Siocon District Hospital. Their companion Abdulajid Ibno Bairula was ...

DA allots P2billion to woo young agripreneurs
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture has earmarked an initial P2 billion in loan funds for its youth agripreneurship programs to encourage the younger generation to venture into farming. According to the DA, the Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) is offering an initial P2 billion that young students and entrepreneurs can ...

Foreign investments plunge 33% in 10 months, says BSP
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
He added the most immediate priority is to pass Package 2 or the proposed Comprehensive Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA) that aims to lower corporate income tax rates to 20 percent from 30 percent while reducing fiscal incentives granted to corporations. "Package 2 is a revenue-neutral proposal, but uncertainty regarding ...

15 hurt as jeepney hits Navy van in Makati
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Fifteen people were injured when a passenger jeepney rammed into a Philippine Navy van in Makati City on Friday night. Police said the van was traveling along Chino Roces Avenue, coming from A. Arnaiz Avenue and going towards EDSA while the jeepney was on the opposite lane. Jeepney driver Renato delos Santos reportedly ...

Duterte distributes P58 million aid to Soccsksargen farmers
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte led the distribution of P58-million worth of agricultural assistance to farmers in Soccsksargen on Friday. Farmers from Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani received farm inputs and machineries, including tractors, rice harvesters and fertilizer, at the Pigcawayan municipal gymnasium ...

Tacloban, Pateros bettors share P68.5 million lotto jackpot
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Two bettors from Pateros and Tacloban City won the jackpot in the 6/45 Mega Lotto drawn on Friday. The winning numbers, 21-04-25-13-11-19, had a total jackpot of P68,523,435.40, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said yesterday.

'Hillbilly Elegy' author is launching a $125 million VC fund in America's heartland with backing from Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen
Business Insider - 2020-01-11
The new fund will cut $5 million to $10 million checks to tech and science-focused startups in cities like Salt Lake City and Atlanta.

A Bain Capital Ventures partner says construction tech is hot but short-term-rental startups are overhyped
Business Insider - 2020-01-11
She also flagged smart homes and the institutionalization of single-family rentals as real estate trends to watch in 2020.

Amazon boss Bezos to face protests from traders during India trip
Reuters - 2020-01-11
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Thousands of small-scale traders in India are planning to organize protests against Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos, who will visit the country next week for a company event and potential meetings with government officials. Bezos will participate in an Amazon event in capital New Delhi aimed at connecting with ...

LPA enters PAR as amihan bring rains, cloudy skies over Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A low pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday as the northeast monsoon, or amihan, continued to bring light rains and cloudy skies over Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday. In a 4 p.m. live weather ...

PH should be neutral in US-Iran conflict for now - Sotto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Saturday that the Philippines should be neutral in the increasing tension between the United States and Iran for now, citing possible effects for Filipinos in the US and in Iran. "For me, we should be neutral for now. We should just be neutral.]," Sotto, a former Army reservist ...

Fire hits residential building in Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) -- A fire has hit the Legaspi Tower, a residential building in Malate, Manila, authorities reported. The blaze is now on fourth alarm, according to the Manila City Public Information Office, which means 16 trucks will be deployed to the area. The fire is currently burning the seventh floor, it added.

Trash from S. Korea to be shipped back starting Jan. 19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- Over 5,000 tons of garbage illegally shipped from South Korea, and have remained dumped in an industrial estate in Mindanao for over two years, will be exported back starting Jan. 19. According to environment groups EcoWaste Coalition and Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (Idis), Bureau of Customs ...

Feeling Artsy? Here's How Making Art Helps Your Brain
NPR - 2020-01-11
A lot of my free time is spent doodling. I'm a journalist on NPR's science desk by day. But all the time in between, I am an artist -- specifically, a cartoonist. I draw in between tasks. I sketch at the coffee shop before work. And I like challenging myself to complete a zine -- a little magazine -- on my 20-minute bus commute. I do these ...

Fire hits Legazpi Tower on Roxas Boulevard in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire broke out at the Legazpi Tower on Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Saturday afternoon, the Manila Fire Department said. In a phone interview with INQUIRER.net, a fire officer said firefighters responded to the blaze that started on the eighth floor of the building at 5:48 p.m. After more than 20 minutes, the fourth ...

Brain Tumor Symptoms: Headache Which Feels Like This Early In The Morning Could Be A Warning Sign
International Business Times - 2020-01-11
>700,000 Americans diagnosed with brain tumor every year There are over 120 types of primary brain and CNS tumors Severe headache early morning could be a warning sign More than 700,000 Americans are diagnosed with a brain tumor and there are over 120 types of primary brain and CNS tumors, says the American Brain Tumor Association. How quickly ...

DMCI agrees to pay homeowners of collapsed Davao condo after Duterte threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) -- DMCI Holdings, Inc. will pay back residents of Ecoland 4000 -- one of its condominiums in Davao that partially collapsed during an earthquake, its President and CEO Isidro "Sid" Consunji said Saturday. "We accepted the offer to settle the claims of the homeowners at 150 percent of acquisition cost.

Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor gunned down
philstar.com - 2020-01-11
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Unidentified gunmen ambushed and killed a town vice mayor, his police escort and civilian companion while wounded another Saturday shortly before noon in a village of Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte, according to security ...

Zamboanga del Norte vice mayor, 2 others killed, 1 hurt in ambush
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines --The vice mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and two of his companions were killed when unidentified armed men ambushed their vehicle in Santa Maria, Siocon ...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: 5 Foods You Should Not Eat
International Business Times - 2020-01-11
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a.k.a. IBS, is a chronic health condition affecting more than 35 million Americans. It is one of the most common diagnoses made by gastroenterologists and the seventh most common diagnosis made by physicians. It is uncertain as to what really causes IBS but experts believe that a combination of abnormal ...

Meralco announces January 2020 power bills down
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 8th January 2020 - To start the new year, the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced today a downward adjustment of power rates, as the overall rate for a typical ...

First batch of Filipinos coming home from conflict in Middle East
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 11) -- At least 14 Filipinos are flying home from Iraq this weekend - the first batch to be repatriated by the government amid tensions in the Middle East. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday said the Filipinos are now at the Philippine Embassy in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, where they will ...

Duterte threatens to deny permits for developer Sid Consunji
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 10) -- Real estate developer and mining giant Isidro "Sid" Consunji became the newest businessman to earn the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte, this time for Maynilad's water supply contract and the collapsed condominiums in Davao City. In a speech in Cotabato province on Friday night, the President gave ...

Duterte picks on DMCI for speaking vs water contract
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
DAVAO CITY--President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at DMCI Holdings for the collapse of its condominium building in Davao City more than two months after it happened at the height of the 6.5 magnitude quake. The President, who spoke for the first time on the October 31 collapse of Ecoland 4000 building here, was venting his ire after a top DMCI ...

Trump ups Iran accusations: Four US embassies targeted
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
WASHINGTON -- Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on four U.S. embassies. Just hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had said the ...

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-11
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill lashed out at Boeing on Friday after the release of a batch of emails and text messages in which company employees questioned the safety of the now-grounded 737 Max, called the aircraft a "joke" and talked about how they concealed problems from regulators. In the messages, released nearly a year after two deadly ...

Meghan, Harry miles apart as they start new independent life
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
LONDON -- Prince Harry and his wife Meghan were taking the first steps into their new independent life thousands of miles apart on Friday, as a friend of the couple pushed back against ...

Dominguez: Tax perks only for inventors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
The tax perks that inventors enjoy are limited only to their income from their inventions and not to firms that assemble and sell these innovative products, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. Dominguez on Dec. 18 last year issued Department of Finance Opinion No. 18-2019 in response to the request for review lodged by engineer Ramon ...

Devotees flock to Cagayan de Oro for Nazarene feast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--Eduardo Hapson, 62, a resident of Barangay San Vicente in Sumilao town, Bukidnon province, made sure he was at St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral here when the image of the Black Nazarene was taken out for the annual "traslacion." At 5 a.m., Hapson joined thousands of people who followed the image as it snaked ...

AEV raises $400M via offshore bond offering
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
Gold Coin is engaged in the business of animal feeds manufacturing, which it carries out through various subsidiaries operating 20 feed mills situated in seven countries in Asia-Pacific.

Phinma education unit secures funds for expansion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
Private school network operator Phinma Education Holdings Inc. (Pehi) has completed a fundraising that yielded a total of P2.2 billion, which will be used to further expand its portfolio here and overseas. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday, the education arm of conglomerate Phinma Corp. received $12.3 million in ...

Farm Gastro Treat
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
Coconuts on Corong-Corong Beach, El Nido, Palawan. In a news briefing ... The DOT chief chairs the board with the agriculture secretary as vice chair and the trade and industry secretary as a member. Other members include presidents of an educational institution providing farm tourism, a national farm tourism organization, a national inbound ...

No ID, no entry policy in Zamboanga City stays
philstar.com - 2020-01-10
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The no ID, no entry policy in this city will continue to be implemented as part of security measures in addressing terror threats with the lifting of martial law in Mindanao. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, city peace and order council chairperson, said the CPOC approved a resolution to continue the policy ...

Unicorn Mattress and Sleep Startup Casper Has Filed to Go Public
Inc - 2020-01-10
$1 billion startup Casper is going public. The company filed paperwork with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to start trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Casper did not say how much money it plans to raise in the offering or the valuation it is seeking. Casper sells mattresses and other sleep-related products directly to consumers.

Losing 'tongue fat' could ease sleep apnea
UPI.com - 2020-01-10
Jan. 10 --People with sleep apnea are often told to lose weight to ease their symptoms. Now a new study suggests that shedding fat in a particular trouble spot may be key: the tongue. If you didn't know the tongue harbors body fat, you're probably not alone. "Most people aren't thinking about tongue fat," said senior researcher Dr. Richard ...

What to do if bleach gets on the skin
Medical News Today - 2020-01-10
Bleach is a common household product that many people use for cleaning and disinfecting. It can kill most types of viruses, bacteria, molds, mildew, and algae. Bleach also whitens or lightens the color of certain materials. Household bleach tends to contain 3-8% sodium hypochlorite. It is not usually toxic to the skin itself, but it can ...

Navy releases plan to improve recruitment, retention of civilian workforce
UPI.com - 2020-01-10
Jan. 10 (UPI) --A newly released Navy report said the branch needs to be ready to compete with other organizations when recruiting its civilian workforce. According to the report, released Thursday, trends like low unemployment and rising wages are making it more difficult to staff civilian positions. "We are implementing a new human capital ...

Apple pushes recycling with robot, but mined metals still needed
Reuters - 2020-01-10
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Apple Inc APPL.O is trying to change the way electronics are recycled with a robot that disassembles its iconic iPhone so that minerals can be recovered and reused, but rising global demand for electronics means new mines will still be needed by manufacturers. The Cupertino, California-based company says the robot is ...

One of the biggest meteorite crashes in Earth's history flung debris across 3 continents 800,000 years ago. Scientists finally found the crater.
Business Insider - 2020-01-10
Scientists may have solved the geological mystery of what happened to an 800-year-old meteorite that blanketed 10% of the Earth in debris.

Everyone Hates Open Plan Offices. So Why Are They Still So Popular?
Inc - 2020-01-10
Whenever I post about open plan offices, I get a flood of tweets complaining about how much people hate working in them. I can count on one hand the number of tweets from people who like them. It isn't just my Twitter followers. Extensive peer-reviewed research spanning nearly four decades has found that 1) employees intensely dislike the open ...

Differentiating ingrown hairs and herpes
Medical News Today - 2020-01-10
More than half of adults in the United States have oral herpes, and 1 in 8 people between the ages of 14 and 49 years have genital herpes. As many people shave the area around their genitals and other parts of the body that herpes may affect, it can be difficult to tell the difference between herpes and ingrown hair. In this article, we examine ...

Tech companies are at the center of a major shift in the relationship between workers, consumers, and businesses -- and executives are reacting
Business Insider - 2020-01-10
As new business models redefine workers and consumers' relationships with companies, executives are taking notice.

Nearly 10 million Americans have had the flu so far this winter
UPI.com - 2020-01-10
Jan. 10 (UPI) --Nearly 10 million Americans have been sickened by the flu virus so far this winter, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In its weekly FluView report, released Friday, noted that the bug has resulted in approximately 87,000 hospitalizations and led to 4,800 deaths. In all, 5.8 ...

SEC files criminal raps vs Kapa group over get-rich-quick scheme
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
Section 28 states that no person shall engage in the business of buying or selling securities in the Philippines as a broker or dealer, or act as a salesman, or an associated person of any broker, or dealer, unless registered with the SEC. The DOJ also indicted Marisol S. Diaz, Adelfa Fernandico, Moises Mopia and Reniones D. Catubigan for ...

Choice picks for 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
The Christmas revelries have disposed us to indulgences like food, drinks, clothes and gadgets, but the New Year always comes with an opportunity to make commitments to wiser choices. With a ...

Attracting luck into your home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
The Year of the Metal Rat begins on Jan. 25. The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac hierarchy that indicates the start of a 12-year cycle. This year is a period of renewed energy, enthusiasm and hope for better circumstances. Earth element industries such as real estate, building materials, landfill, recycling, storage and ...

CCC riders visit Adelaide Hills
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
"Every January, the town in the Adelaide Hills come out and show us so much support at the Tour Down Under. We are humbled to have the opportunity to show our support for the people who have lost loved ones, homes, business and land in the catastrophic bushfires currently raging across Australia," the CCC Team said via social media.

Geri offers enhanced living experience at The Lindgren
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-10
Health and well-being take precedence in this new residential village set to rise in a botanical estate located south of Metro Manila. The Lindgren, a 17-hectare expanse being developed by Megaworld subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (Geri), is poised to offer future residents a community that will be highly conducive to raising families and ...

Samsung Electronics adds NEXTGEN TV to 2020 QLED 8K Line-up
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-10
"Samsung is constantly transforming the technology we put in front of our consumers to give them the ultimate home entertainment experience, so leading this endeavor was a natural step," said Hyogun Lee, Executive Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "NEXTGEN TV powered by ATSC 3.0 enhances the at-home ...

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