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Electricity to be back in Aklan in 2 weeks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
ILOILO CITY -- The full restoration of electricity in Aklan province is expected to take at least two more weeks as teams replace or repair lines and structures damaged or destroyed by Typhoon "Ursula." Engineer Alexis Regalado, general manager of the Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco), said they were targeting the normalization of ...

Remains of slain Filipina in Kuwait now in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The remains of Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende have arrived in the Philippines more than a week after her brutal killing in Kuwait. The plane carrying Villavende's body landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Wednesday afternoon. Her remains will be flown to General Santos City ...

A Filipino now owns Angkas amid threat of LTFRB blacklist
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- Angkas said it has tweaked its ownership structure after regulators pointed out "serious violations" of the terms of the pilot run for motorcycle taxis. Angkas' chief transport advocate George Royeca said the motorcycle-hailing company saw changes in ownership, with him emerging with a 60 percent stake.

Stocks tumble after Iran attacks bases housing US troops in Iraq
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
(CNN) -- Stocks tumbled Wednesday after Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house US forces. But by the middle of the Asian trading day, the worst of the market shock appeared to wear off, as equities recovered a bit and investors eased off of piling into safe havens. Japan's Nikkei, for example ...

Bello: Senior labor officials, response teams off to Middle East next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Senior labor officials along with rapid response teams will be dispatched to several countries in the Middle East to compel overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to return home ...

PH eyes China, Russia as alternatives for repatriated OFWs from Middle East
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be repatriated from the Middle East will be referred to alternative labor ...

Major airlines divert flights from Iranian airspace after missile attacks
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
(CNN) --Major international airlines have begun diverting flights from Iranian airspace after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house US forces. Singapore Airlines said in a statement Wednesday that its flights into and out of Europe have been diverted from Iranian airspace, adding that it is "monitoring the ...

Robredo to PNP, PDEA: 'Wrong' ICAD data came from you
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) - Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo has one thing to say to the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency dismissing her findings as former drug czar: you supplied the same data that you are questioning. "'Pag sinabi nilang mali 'yung data ko, eh galing 'yun sa ...

Middle East tension prompts suspension of certifications for Muslim OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
COTABATO CITY -- The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) has suspended the issuance of certifications to Muslim Filipinos planning to work abroad in the wake of the conflict in the ...

Año orders LGUs to assist returning OFWs from Middle East
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday said he ordered local government units (LGUs) to render assistance to returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from the Middle East with the rising tensions in the region. "I am directing all local government units and the local chief executives to provide assistance to our ...

Philippines Orders Evacuation of Filipinos From Iraq
New York Times - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government said Wednesday that it has ordered the mandatory evacuation of Filipino workers from Iraq and the coast guard said it is sending a vessel to the Middle East to ferry its citizens to safety in case hostilities between the United States and Iran worsen. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila ...

TIMELINE: US-Iran conflict and how it gravely affects Filipinos
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The rapidly escalating conflict between the United States and Iran is happening regions away from the Philippines, but the lives of millions of Filipinos are also put at risk. Middle East is home to 2.1 million Filipino migrants and overseas workers. In Iraq -- where the airstrikes and retaliatory ...

Palace contingent fund can be tapped to bring home Pinoys in Middle East - DBM
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
DBM Assistant Secretary Rolando Toledo told reporters that repatriation funds are available with ?1.29 billion under the Department of Foreign Affairs and around ?600 million under the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). "If this will not be enough, we also have a standby fund where we can tap that is subject to approval of the ...

Oil spikes after Iran attacks US forces
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
Hong Kong, China -- The price of oil spiked Wednesday after Iran launched revenge attacks on US forces in Iraq, making good on its pledge to hit back over the killing of its top general. The main US contract rocketed by more than 4.5 percent as fears over supplies in the tinderbox Middle East sent prices soaring. The Pentagon said it was still ...

BREAKING: Ukrainian passenger plane crashes after takeoff in Tehran
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
TEHRAN -- A Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed Wednesday near an airport in the capital, Tehran, state TV reported. There was no immediate word on casualties. The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, the report said. The crash is suspected to have been caused by mechanical issues, it added, without ...

Good weather seen on Nazarene procession
philstar.com - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Apart from passing light rains, fair weather will prevail in Metro Manila during the Feast of the Black Nazarene, which will culminate with the annual procession or Traslacion Thursday. In a special weather outlook issued Wednesday ...

Parañaque City to ban single-use plastics from commercial establishments this June
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) - If you are from Parañaque City, you might want to start looking for reusable bags to haul your groceries home. This is because the local government announced in a Facebook post Tuesday that it passed an ordinance "regulating the use, provision and sale of styrofoam, plastic bags and plastic for ...

Samsung's BB-8-like personal assistant Ballie follows you around at home
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
(CNN) -- Samsung unveiled on Monday its vision for the futuristic home, where robots follow you around, anticipate your needs and serve as "companions." At the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, the company showed off a yellow tennis ball-like robot named Ballie -- think BB-8, the lovable droid from "Star Wars" -- that acts as your ...

Ikea to pay $46 million to family of toddler crushed by dresser
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
(CNN) -- Swedish furniture maker Ikea will pay $46 million to the family of a California toddler who died after being crushed by one of its dressers. Jozef Dudek was two years old when he died in May 2017 after an Ikea Malm dresser toppled onto his neck, resulting in injuries that caused him to suffocate, according to the family's lawyers.

Oil prices soar after Iran attacks airbases housing US troops in Iraq
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-08
(CNN) -- Oil prices climbed sharply Tuesday after the Pentagon said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US bases in Iraq. The apparent retaliation for last week's US drone stroke against a senior Iranian commander amplifies concern about a spiraling tit-for-tat conflict between the United States and Iran. US crude jumped ...

Shabu no longer manufactured in Philippines -- PNP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Methamphetamine hydrochloride, locally known as "shabu," is no longer being manufactured in the country, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Wednesday. According to Banac, shabu recently seized in big-time operations were contained in packages with foreign markings. He added ...

Foreigners flee region as Iran strikes back at US
NIKKEI - 2020-01-08
But there are signs that the exodus is growing. The Philippines has created plans to evacuate 6,000 nationals in Iraq and 1,600 in Iran if their safety is threatened. The burial for Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds Force killed by an American airstrike last week in Baghdad, was postponed Tuesday after at least 56 people died in a stampede at ...

Gordon urges Duterte to convene NSC before calling special session
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Richard Gordon on Tuesday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to convene the National Security Council and map out a plan to bring home more than 1 million Filipinos in ...

Bluetooth just got its most important update in 20 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
(CNN) -- Bluetooth will soon roll out some of the technology's biggest improvements in its nearly 20-year history. The group of companies that sets the Bluetooth standard introduced Bluetooth LE Audio at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. LE, which stands for low energy, is an improvement of Bluetooth's current technology ...

Here's everything we know about Sony's PlayStation 5
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
(CNN) -- Sony's PlayStation 5 is coming, and as its release gets closer, the leaks keep dropping. Among the many rumors floating around on the web, we've narrowed down what looks to be most ...

Duterte neutral for now in US-Iran row, as PHL preps for OFW evacuation
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-07
He said Filipinos should be advised to stay away from American facilities like US Embassies, or buildings or business establishments owned by American companies. "We need to inform the Philippine Embassy there of our plans. I will reiterate that we need to pull them out of there," he said. "We are still finalizing the plan. In the ...

Pentagon rejects Trump threat to hit Iranian cultural sites
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
His Twitter message caught administration officials off-guard and prompted an immediate outcry from legal scholars, national security experts and Democratic lawmakers ... Ali Khamenei fought back tears as mourners flooded the streets around Tehran University to honor Soleimani on Monday.

PH economy to outperform global peers in next 2 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
The Philippine economy is likely to outperform its regional and global peers in the next two years on the back of resilient private consumption, monetary policy easing and strong rebound in capital inflow, investment experts from British banking giant HSBC said. This year, HSBC expects the Philippines to grow its gross domestic product (GDP) by ...

Ban starts on OFWs in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
Meanwhile, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the agency was ready to implement any change in policy, should the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Department of Labor and Employment impose any ...

JG Summit jacks up stake in PLDT
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
Gokongwei-led conglomerate JG Summit Holdings Inc. has made an additional investment of $138.8 million in telecom giant PLDT Inc., beefing up its stake in the telco by 3.26 percentage to 11.23 percent. "For JG Summit, this is a valuable investment since PLDT Inc. has historically paid good dividends," the conglomerate told the Philippine ...

Couple credits good health to Nazarene
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Among the thousands of devotees who were at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park on Tuesday for the annual "pahalik" were Joanne Gongora and her partner, Pedro Silva. For the past 30 years, the couple has prayed to the Black Nazarene for good health. The 78-year-old Silva suffered a stroke in 2016. Although he can ...

CES 2020: Toyota and BIG To Build A Prototype Future City
Forbes - 2020-01-07
There will be full-time residents here, as well as researchers testing and developing their ideas. The project is also concerned with community-building - using technology positively to promote and assist social engagement while grounding this in history and nature. Toyota sees this as an opportunity to work with commercial and academic ...

Australia's bushfires are ravaging the country. Here's a timeline of photos and detailed maps that show how it all happened.
Business Insider - 2020-01-07
Bushfire season in Australia started in September 2019 following a prolonged drought that began in 2017.

A mysterious pneumonia outbreak is causing panic in China, and nobody knows where it came from
Business Insider - 2020-01-07
The outbreak has been traced to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan, China. Nearby countries are responding with health warnings.

CES 2020: Open Connectivity Foundation reveals first open IoT standard devices
ZDNet - 2020-01-07
There's about 26 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices today. All too many of` them have no compatibility with each other. The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) wants to fix that with its OCF's 2.1 specification. This is more than just another standard. At CES 2020, numerous companies showed off their beta OCF compatible devices.

Diversifying investment in Cubao
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-07
Cubao, Quezon City, for instance, sits at the center of a well-developed commercial business district. Cubao is easily accessible from and has easy access to other cities in Metro Manila. Those working in Quezon City or nearby cities, such as Pasig or Makati, can choose from several transport options to get to their workplace. Cubao is also ...

Orphaned chimps develop less muscle mass than their peers with living moms
UPI.com - 2020-01-07
Jan. 7 (UPI) --The benefits of the nurturing presence of a mom, beyond simply a source of food, are well documented among humans. Time spent with mom is associated with cognitive, social and emotional development. The benefits moms offer juvenile ...

What to know about Crohn's and the eyes
Medical News Today - 2020-01-07
While the main symptoms of Crohn's disease involve the digestive tract, the condition can also affect other parts of the body, such as the eyes. As eye tissue is similar to the tissue elsewhere in the body, inflammatory diseases can affect it in similar ways.

PNP tightens security around US, Iran embassies
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 7) -- The Philippine National Police will intensify the security around embassies of Iran, the United States and their allies in the country amid rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. "Lahat-lahat ng embassy, we'll be meeting with their liaison or protocol officers so we will be able to place ...

Internet Kill Switches Had A Record 2019 As Protests Were Shut Down: Here Are Top-10 Worst Regimes
Forbes - 2020-01-07
The headlines would suggest that authoritarian regimes are increasingly reverting to internet shutdowns to frustrate dissent, hampering communications during protests, preventing reports from reaching the outside world. I covered the shutdowns in Iran and Russia, but there were many others. And this is in addition to the restrictions on access ...

HPV Vaccination Rates Nearly Double in Young Adults: CDC
Medscape - 2020-01-07
Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among young adults in the United States continue to trend upward, nearly doubling, according new data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of adults aged 18 to 26 years who reported ever having received one or ...

Take it or leave it: Duterte offers water firms new deal
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-07
TAKE it or leave it. President Duterte has issued an ultimatum to Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. to accept a new deal with the government without any "onerous" provision. "The Chief Executive is giving the water concessionaires the option of accepting the new contracts minus the onerous provisions, without any ...

Ikea to pay $46M to family of eighth child killed by furniture tip-over
UPI.com - 2020-01-07
Jan. 7 (UPI) --Swedish furniture maker Ikea has agreed to pay $46 million in a settlement to the family of toddler who died in 2017 after one of its dressers tipped over and crushed him. Jozef Dudek, of Buena Park, Calif., who died at age 2 in May 2017 ...

What to know about nasal vestibulitis
Medical News Today - 2020-01-07
If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Nasal vestibulitis, or nasal folliculitis, is a rare type of bacterial infection at the opening of the nose. It may look like a pimple or sore just inside the nose. It often develops when hair follicles become infected, such as after a person picks ...

Foreigners flee region as Iran touts 'nightmare' for US
NIKKEI - 2020-01-07
But there are signs that the exodus is growing. The Philippines has created plans to evacuate 6,000 nationals in Iraq and 1,600 in Iran if their safety is threatened. The burial for Gen. Qassam Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds Force killed by an American airstrike last week in Baghdad, was postponed Tuesday after at least 56 people died in a ...

Facebook says it will remove 'deepfake' videos
UPI.com - 2020-01-07
Jan. 7 (UPI) --Facebook said Monday it will remove manipulated so-called deepfake videos and will accept help in hunting down such videos that seek to misinform the public. The social media giant said its efforts will not affect videos manipulated for parody or satire, but those that purposely try to deceive the public and spread misinformation ...

DTI and Seipi embark on joint trade, investment blitz for electronics in US
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-07
In addition to Philippine government agencies, the business delegation is composed of Airfreight 2100 Inc., Airspeed International, De La Salle University, Integrated Micro-Electronics, Ionics EMS Inc., LGC Logistics, Macro Wiring Technologies Co. Inc., Meralco, PLDT and Susumi Philippines. "The Philippine electronics industry stands to ...

UBS overhauls European wealth management business
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-07
ZURICH -- UBS Group is reorganizing its flagship wealth management business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and streamlining management, according to a staff memo seen by Reuters and confirmed by the Swiss bank. Christl Novakovic will continue to lead its European business. Caroline Kuhnert was appointed head of Central and ...

Gov't, communist rebels end ceasefire marred by alleged violations
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 8) -- The government and communist rebels ended Tuesday their 16-day ceasefire that has been marred by reports of truce violations, with the military promising to resume intensified combat operations. The Communist Party of the Philippines first declared a ceasefire on December 22, following a ...

NWRB to increase water allocation from Angat Dam
philstar.com - 2020-01-07
MALOLOS, Philippines -- Residents of Metro Manila can expect a respite from low water pressure or water rationing at least this month. The National Water Resources Board will increase its allocation for Metro Manila consumers and irrigation of farms in Bulacan and Pampanga due to the increase in the water level in Angat Dam, according to ...

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