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Exporters urged to tap African markets
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
Filipino manufacturers, particularly of personal-care products and beverages made from indigenous materials and goods, are encouraged to scout opportunities for business in African markets. Agnes Legaspi, assistant director at Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB), identified some products that will be strong in ...

Iran's 'forceful revenge' against the US is likely to include cyberwarfare, and experts warn that the attacks could be devastating
Business Insider - 2020-01-03
Iran has proved capable of cyberattacks that could target internet infrastructure, online banks, or even the US power grid.

House Calls for Homebound Patients: Has Their Time Come?
Medscape - 2020-01-03
Bernabe Bernades, 79, is mostly confined to a wheelchair after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He lives alone in a residential hotel near downtown San Francisco. Getting from home to a clinic requires lots of coordination and effort, said his doctor, Natalie Young, MD. So she goes to him. Young usually finds Bernades alone, watching a ...

DOLE chief Bello widens coverage of HSW deployment ban to Kuwait
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
In an interview on Friday morning, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said he directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board (GB) to expand the ban to HSWs who are returning to Kuwait with new contracts. This will ensure that only HSWs with existing contracts and have taken their vacation in the country ...

CCPA: What California's new privacy law means for Facebook, Twitter users
CNET - 2020-01-03
This story is part of a series on the California Consumer Privacy Act. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media companies collect a trove of data about their users. That's no surprise. We provide our birthdays, phone numbers and email addresses along with where we work and went to school.

Oil prices jump after Iran military leader killed in US strike
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
(CNN) -- Oil prices pulled higher Friday morning after a top Iranian general was killed in a US airstrike at Baghdad's airport ordered by US President Donald Trump. Futures for Brent crude, a global benchmark, jumped 2.9% to $68.16 per barrel during Asian trading hours on Friday. US oil futures gained 2.8%, reaching $62.86 per barrel.

Scientists identify climate signals in global weather
UPI.com - 2020-01-03
Jan. 3 (UPI) --The refrain "weather is not climate" is no long applicable, according to a new study. An international team of scientists has succeeded in identifying the signature of long-term warming trends in daily weather data. When extreme weather strikes, whether record lows or prolonged drought, people often wonder about the connections ...

Local dengue test kit to be marketed internationally
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
"The rapid dengue diagnostic kit is a shining example of a successful R&D supported early on by the DOST that led to the development of a breakthrough product that improves the lives or health of people," Dela Peña said. The DOST was able to get the Biotek-M Dengue Aqua Kit considered and evaluated by the ASEAN Diagnostics Initiative ...

Qatar fund eyes assistance to Bangsamoro
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) is exploring ways of providing assistance to the Philippine government for the implementation of development projects in the country and the Bangsamoro region, according to the Department of Finance. QFFD officials led by senior advisor Samer Frangieh visited Manila recently to ...

4 hurt in Makati restaurant blast
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MAKATI, Philippines -- Four people, all Chinese, were injured when a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank exploded in a restaurant in Makati City on Thursday night. Kitchen helper Cao Yue Giang, 45, suffered second-degree burns while his fellow helper Liang ...

26 hurt in North Cotabato road mishap
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines - At least 26 persons were injured when a bus fell on its side along the Cotabato-Davao Highway in Barangay Amas, Kidapawan City in this province amid heavy rains before dawn yesterday. Four of the victims have been released from a hospital. The bus driver, Jimmylou Jose, who was among those injured, told police he ...

Share prices bounce back despite US attack on Iran
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market bounced back yesterday, outperforming its Asian peers even as the US attack on Iran sent jitters to global stocks. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index surged 97.26 points, or 1.25 percent, to finish at 7,839.79. Likewise, the broader All Shares index gained 36.79 points, or 0.79 percent, to end ...

Aboitiz mulls unsecured notes issue
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), the listed Cebu-based conglomerate, may issue unsecured notes depending on market conditions. In a disclosure yesterday, AEV said its wholly owned subsidiary AEV International Pte. Ltd. has appointed banks as arrangers for a series of investor meetings in different parts around the globe.

Firecracker victims warned of tetanus infection
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has warned those who sustained even minor cuts or burns from firecracker blasts to see a doctor for proper management and prevention of fatal complications like tetanus infection. Based on the ...

DILG sets new road clearing ops for LGUs
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is gearing up for a new round of street clearing operations, an official said yesterday. The department is also set to release a new report on the compliance of local government units (LGUs) with the clearing operations, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said.

RTWPB grants P20 wage hike to minimum wage earners in Central Luzon
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
It will not cover household service workers; persons employed in the personal service of another; and workers of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority.

Developing a culture of foresight
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
Actually, many association professionals already practice foresight, frequently in connection to one of these four goals: to support strategic planning and strategy development, to inform members on anticipatory learning, to conduct risk analysis, and to inspire innovation and business development. However, in most cases, these actions are not ...

Gonzaga: Natural food as medicine
Sun Star - 2020-01-03
Ensuring your body is necessary for a long and healthy life. A good way to do this is to follow the strategy set out in the "Healthy Eating Plate" developed by nutrition experts at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Their advice is simple and straightforward: Divide your plate in half. Huh? Well, you have to literally.

Amid water deal woes, foreign investors ask to 'promote sanctity of contracts'
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- A leader of a foreign business group said honoring long-standing contracts would help attract more investments to the Philippines, in light of recent woes in water supply deals between government and two private firms. "As like all chambers, we are always saying to promote the sanctity of contracts ...

PNP hiring 17k cops in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will hire 17,000 new members this year. "We want the largest pool of applicants that we can muster from which to select only the best and most qualified candidates that will be recruited into the police service," PNP officer in charge Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said in a ...

Locsin, new Chinese envoy discuss project opportunities for 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. started off the year with a visit to the residence of new Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian and discussed a wide-range of issues, including oil and gas development as well as major infrastructure projects. In a statement on Friday, the Chinese Embassy in ...

8 Filipino nurses rescued in Libya
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Eight Filipino nurses were rescued in Libya after the clash had moved "dangerously close" to them, the Philippine Embassy said. The Philippine Embassy said the nurses were rescued on Thursday afternoon from a clinic "very near where intense clashes have been taking place." In a separate Facebook post, Chargè d ...

Business group eyes GDP growth of as much as 7.5%
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-03
A BUSINESS chamber said the economy would probably grow by as much as 7.5% this year, thanks to continuing reforms, increased infrastructure spending and a benign inflation environment. "We at the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. are optimistic about strong and resilient Philippine economic growth of 6.5% ...

CJ Peralta to Court Administrator: Probe judge involved in release of Baguio drunk cabbie
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta on Friday ordered Court Administrator Midas Marquez to conduct a probe into the incident concerning the judge who allegedly meddled in the release of an intoxicated taxi driver in Baguio City.

Kuwait deployment ban signed, but may be lifted if suspects in OFW death charged - Labor chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3)-- The Philippine government will now officially stop sending new household service workers to Kuwait. This comes after officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board signed Friday the partial ban on the deployment of overseas workers to the Gulf State. The move ...

Kuwait deployment ban signed, but may be lifted if suspects in OFW death charged - Labor chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3)-- The Philippine government will now officially stop sending new household service workers to Kuwait. This comes after officials of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) Governing Board signed Friday the partial ban on the deployment of overseas workers to the Gulf State. The move ...

BREAKING: Veteran journalist Ninez Cacho-Olivares passes away at 78
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Ninez Cacho-Olivares, veteran journalist and founder of broadsheet The Daily Tribune, passed away on Friday after suffering from a "lingering illness." She was 78. "Daily Tribune founder and moving spirit Ninez Cacho-Olivares passed away the morning of 3 January due to a lingering illness," read the post from The ...

Slain OFW wasn't allowed to talk to family for 2 months
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- On her last days, Jeanelyn Villavende - the Filipina domestic worker killed in Kuwait - was apparently prevented from taking phone calls from her family in the Philippines, her relatives revealed Friday. Her stepmother, Nelly Padernal told CNN Philippines that she last spoke to Villavende over ...

PH to ban deployment of new workers to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. January 2) -- The Philippines will stop sending new workers to Kuwait following the death of a Filipina domestic helper there. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday told CNN Philippines he will issue an order anytime soon for a "partial deployment ban" to Kuwait, while the government is still studying ...

Iraqi militant killed by US worked with Iran for decades
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
BAGHDAD -- Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, a veteran Iraqi militant who was closely allied with Iran and rose to be a senior militia commander during the war against the Islamic State group, was killed ...

Philippines to import red onions amid high prices
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government said Friday it approved the importation of red onions in a bid to tame high prices in the market. At a press conference, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said he greenlighted the purchase of 35,000 metric tons of red onions from abroad to plug a two-month production gap. Dar said the imported ...

Oil prices surge after US strike kills Iranian general
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
HONG KONG -- Oil prices soared more than four percent Friday following news that the US had killed a top Iranian general, fanning fresh fears of a conflict in the crude-rich region. The head of Iran's Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, was hit in an attack on Baghdad's international airport early Friday, according to Hased, a powerful Iraqi ...

4 hurt in gas explosion in Makati restaurant with no business permit - police
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) - Four people were hurt on Thursday night following an explosion caused by an alleged gas leak in Makati City, according to local authorities. The Makati police reported that the incident happened at the Judianchuanba restaurant in Yakal Street, Barangay San Antonio. Photo shows debris of glass on the ...

DOTr says JoyRide entry not due to Pimentel's endorsement
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) -- The Department of Transportation has dismissed claims that JoyRide's entry as a motorcycle taxi service provider was due to the backing of a political ally of the Duterte administration. DOTr Director for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran said Friday that Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III's ...

NCRPO to deploy around 10,000 police officers for Traslacion 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 10,000 members of the Metro Manila police force will be deployed for the annual Traslacion of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9, the chief of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Friday. "At least 10,000 policemen ang ipe-field namin (will be deployed in the field)," NCRPO Acting Director Brid.

26 hurt in Kidapawan road accident
philstar.com - 2020-01-03
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines -- Twenty-six bus passengers were hurt in a highway mishap in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City amid heavy downpours before dawn Friday. The victims were on a Mindanao Star Bus that skidded and fell from a stretch of the Cotabato-Davao Highway in Barangay Amas in Kidapawan City, capital of North Cotabato. Responding ...

PH in talks with Qatar for funding aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) -- The Philippine government is in talks with Qatar for funding aid in infrastructure and the development of the Bangsamoro region, the Department of Finance said. In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said he met with representatives of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) for ...

Bello says detained Kuwaiti employers of slain OFW to be charged soon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Kuwaiti employers of Filipina domestic worker Jeanalyn Villavende who was allegedly beaten "black and blue" have been detained and will be facing charges soon, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Friday. "The Kuwaiti ambassador...informed me that the couple, referring to the employers of Jeanalyn ...

Deployment ban in Kuwait also covers returning domestic workers - Bello
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines will also ban the deployment of vacationing household service workers to Kuwait and not only new ones as initially announced, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. "Initially, I was inclined to exempt yung mga (the) balik-manggagawa dahil ito yung mga nagbakasyon e. But in consultation with the DFA ...

Remains of other Filipina killed in SG road mishap arrives in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The remains of the other Filipina worker who died in a car crash in Singapore over the weekend arrived in Manila early Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement, the DFA said the remains of Abigail Danao Leste were received by her mother and children at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ...

Isuzu ramps up commercial vehicle turnover
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
ASIDE from turning over modern PUV units to various transport groups, Isuzu Philippines Corp. also ramped up its business partnerships with well-established companies. As one of the leading truck manufacturers in the country, IPC also proved to be a reliable business partner when it comes to providing mobility solutions. From servicing known ...

Built Ford tough for your business
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
These trucks are still best known for being workhorses, hauler, or anything you can think of practical applications, whether for business or private use. So, Ford Philippines recently hosted a ...

JoyRide denies gov't ties in bid to rival Angkas
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- New motorcycle taxi service JoyRide has denied any links to the Duterte administration, as it admitted to having an official of the president's ...

Banned US Senator: Duterte's strongman tactics can't silence American solons
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- US Senator Edward Markey, who was banned by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte from entering the Philippines, said he will not be stifled by what he described as a strongman's move to censor his critics. The lawmaker from Massachusetts clapped back against the travel ban imposed by the ...

Banned US Senator: Duterte's strongman tactics can't silence American solons
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- US Senator Edward Markey, who was banned by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte from entering the Philippines, said he will not be stifled by what he described as a strongman's move to censor his critics. The lawmaker from Massachusetts clapped back against the travel ban imposed by the ...

Ongpin-led PhilWeb elects new president
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University, and an MBA from the Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business. "We are very pleased with the election of Brian to the post of president. He is capable handling of our gaming operations over the past years gives us great confidence that he will bring fresh ...

Pagasa: Amihan to bring cloudy skies, rains over Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The northeast monsoon or "Amihan" will bring cloudy skies with a chance of rains over Metro Manila and other Luzon provinces, the state weather bureau said Friday. In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the Amihan will bring ...

House to probe if Duterte, others have 'legitimate grievance' vs ABS-CBN
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) - The lawmakers will be back in session on January 20 after a month-long Christmas recess, and one of the matters they will discuss is whether or not major television network ABS-CBN is worthy to operate for 25 more years. This was according to Palawan 1st District Rep. Franz Alvarez, chairman of ...

PH women empowerment: What the last polls show
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
The annual Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) released in December shows that the crisis is national in scope. The Philippines is still No. 1 in ... pointed out Maria Ela Atienza, chair of the University of the Philippines (UP) Department of Political Science. Their unconventional paths to the presidency--both were ...

PH sets partial ban on maids to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
The government is set to impose a partial ban on labor traffic to Kuwait, after another Filipino maid was killed by her employer in the oil-rich Gulf state. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday that the ban was recommended by Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa and subject to the approval of the board of the Philippine Overseas ...

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