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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 ...

Basketball community heartbroken
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-02
David Stern, the longest-serving commissioner of the National Basketball Association, is seen flanked by Akeem Olajuwon, the No. 1 pick overall by the Houston Rockets, and Sam Bowie the No. 2 pick ...

A Filipino first in pharma industry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
The banana is undoubtedly the best known source of potassium but for all its vaunted richness in the trace mineral, a person may have to eat a whole hand of the fruit to get the recommended or reference daily intake (RDI) of the vital micronutrient. In fact, Elizabeth Lietz, president of Paracelsus Life Sciences Corp., said 100 grams of banana ...

Netflix made more films than any other studio. Now it wants an Oscar
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-02
Stuber, 51, joined Netflix in 2017 after more than two decades working in the film business--first as an executive and then a producer. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos asked Stuber to build a ...

Amazon Web Services could cut prices and change its market strategy as it tries to fend off Microsoft in the cloud wars, analysts predict
Business Insider - 2020-01-02
Analysts expect AWS will explore price cuts and a change in market strategy to attract bigger customers and hold on to its lead over Microsoft.

Hedge funds are making most of their money by piling into no-brainer wins like Apple and Amazon -- and trades will only get more crowded
Business Insider - 2020-01-02
The stocks that boosted hedge fund returns the most last decade were common names like Apple and Amazon, according to analytics company Novus.

Amazon Employees Say They Were Threatened for Climate Change Criticism
Entrepreneur - 2020-01-02
Two Amazon employees who spoke out against the company's environmental policies say they were threatened with termination if they continue to violate the company's external communications policy, The Washington Post reports. In October, the employees, Maren Costa and Jamie Kowalski, told The Washington Post that Amazon contributes to climate ...

Partial Ban on E-Cigarette Flavors Is Issued
New York Times - 2020-01-02
The F.D.A. says the restrictions will apply to closed cartridge systems, like the flavored pods that are popular with teenagers, but exempted the open tank systems sold in vape shops that permit custom mixing of flavors. A partial ban on flavors handed the vaping industry a victory. The restrictions will not affect the sales of open-tank ...

Vaping-Associated Lung Injury Riskier for Older Patients
Medscape - 2020-01-02
Patients who were rehospitalized or who died after being treated for EVALI (e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury) were more likely to have been older and to have had at least one chronic illness, the Centers for Disease Control and ...

AHA Names Top Heart Disease, Stroke Research Advances of 2019
Medscape - 2020-01-02
Since 1996, the American Heart Association (AHA) has compiled an annual list of major advances in heart disease and stroke science. This year's list highlights the biggest scientific victories achieved in 2019, grouped into 10 subject areas, as determined ...

Ex-Googler Seeking Office Urges Tech Firm Regulation
International Business Times - 2020-01-02
A former Google executive running for US Senate called Thursday for tough regulation of tech titans, accusing the internet giant of straying from its "don't be evil" path. Ross LaJeunesse took aim at Google and other big US tech companies in a Medium post, contending that profits are taking precedence over human rights. "The company's motto ...

Binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption may damage the heart
Reuters - 2020-01-02
In an analysis of data from nearly 3,000 adults from northwest Russia, researchers found that heavy drinking and bingeing were associated with increased levels of blood biomarkers that indicate damage to heart tissue, according to the report in the Journal ...

Former Google exec says he was 'sidelined' as the company refused to implement human rights policies while pushing into China
Business Insider - 2020-01-02
After 11 years at Google, Ross LaJeunesse says he was pushed out of the company for repeatedly raising human rights concerns.

Study points to tau proteins as predictors of Alzheimer's damage
UPI.com - 2020-01-02
A new brain scanning technique is shaking up what researchers thought they knew about Alzheimer's disease. Researchers now say they can predict with reasonable accuracy which brain regions will wither and atrophy in Alzheimer's by identifying the places ...

Avoiding alcohol could ease atrial fibrillation
UPI.com - 2020-01-02
If you have atrial fibrillation, or a-fib -- a potentially dangerous irregular heart rhythm -- giving up alcohol could ease your symptoms. That's what happened when researchers asked people with a-fib who normally have roughly two drinks a day to stop drinking. When they compared the teetotalers to a similar group of people with a-fib who ...

12 multibillion-peso projects up for NEDA board review this month
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-02
Another project that will be up for approval is the Davao City coastal bypass road with the Bucana bridge project worth P28.26 billion, which will serve as an alternate route to the Davao-Cotabato Road and ABS-CBN Diversion Road to ease traffic congestion along busy intersections and the central business district, according to NEDA. Meanwhile ...

4, including a Chinese cook, hurt in gas explosion at Makati resto
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Four people, including a Chinese national, were injured following a reported gas explosion at a Makati restaurant on Thursday evening. A report from the Makati police station identified the victim as Ceo Yue Qing, 45. Makati police chief said Ceo is working as a cook at the restaurant. Police have yet to identify the ...

SEC requires foreign firms to fully disclose ownership
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued a draft memorandum circular, which requires foreign corporations to be more transparent in their ownership structure. The memorandum circular covers revisions to the general information sheet of foreign corporations to include beneficial ownership information.

PSEi welcomes 2020 in the red as negative sentiments persist
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- First day jitters swept investors as the market returned yesterday from a long holiday break, welcoming the new year on a sour note. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) retreated by 72.73 points, or 0.93 percent, to close at 7,742.53. The broader All Shares index likewise fell by 0.66 percent, or 30.92 points, to ...

Agri-agra loans grow 11% to P714 billion in 9 Months
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Loans extended by Philippine banks for agriculture and agrarian reform recorded a double-digit growth of 10.8 percent to P714.27 billion from January to September 2019 compared to P644.64 billion in the same period in 2018, but the ...

7 dead, 22 hurt in Pampanga smashup
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
PAMPANGA, Philippines -- Seven persons died and 22 others were injured in a road accident involving three vehicles in Lubao, Pampanga on Wednesday. Police identified the fatalities as Marie Grace David, Rowel Flores, John Raven Astrero, Mary Grace Castro, Linette Valite, Alex Nilayad, 9, and Princess Quinto, 6. They were pronounced dead on ...

Quezon City grants tax credit for real property owners
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- The Quezon City government will begin granting tax credits to real property owners who have paid their socialized housing and real property taxes for the past five years. "The tax credit is our way of thanking our real property taxpayers who have become our partners in building homes for our less fortunate ...

Man caught stealing from store
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- A 20-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing money and cigarettes from a neighborhood store in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday. Nathaniel Tanao-Tanao reportedly broke into the store owned by 26-year-old Jerimae Jayona and stole P1,050 in cash, a vaping device, four packs of cigarettes and a silver necklace, police ...

3 men beat up 2 in Mandaluyong
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Three men were arrested for allegedly beating up a man and his drinking buddy in Mandaluyong City on Tuesday. Jomari Elgarido, 19; Emerson Lachica, 27, and Alvin Lachica, 26, are accused of beating up Aldrin Rico, 22, and a 17-year-old boy in Barangay Addition Hills at around 11:50 p.m., said Brig. Gen. Johnson Almazan ...

Guard held for killing drinking buddy
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- A security guard in Caloocan City was arrested for stabbing dead his drinking buddy on Wednesday afternoon. Juvie Diaz killed Bernardo Hamer in Barangay 164 when Hamer followed him to his house with a knife after Diaz refused to keep on drinking during the New Year celebrations, precinct commander Maj. Rammel Ebarle said.

Muntinlupa sweetens biz permit renewal processes
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-02
THE local government of the city of Muntinlupa said it is offering incentives and grocery packages to business owners renewing their permits. Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi feted last Thursday the following businesses that renewed their permits: Mama Nene Store; Lito and Lani Food House; E.J.D. Mini Store; FDA Dejan Construction Services; Mercy Salon ...

Bank deposits up 5.7% to P13.1 trillion
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Bank deposits went up by 5.7 percent to P13.1 trillion from January to September 2019 compared to a year-ago level of P12.39 trillion, according to Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC). The state deposit insurer said domestic debt liabilities continued to provide a stable funding base for banks operations ...

Villanueva wants deployment ban to Kuwait permanent if no assurance of OFW safety
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines should permanently ban the deployment of Filipino workers to Kuwait if safety and security are not guaranteed to them, Senator Joel Villanueva said Thursday. In a statement, Villanueva said the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) "is a paramount concern" for the government. "We have already ...

Best and worst diets for 2020, ranked by experts, with a popular one near last
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Their high rankings are a trend in the report's results each year. "We're interested in diets that have proven staying value -- not fad diets that are here today, gone tomorrow," said Angela Haupt, managing editor of health at U.S. News & World Report. "The diets that perform well are safe, sensible and backed by sound science. That's going to ...

Bong Go condemns killing of OFW in Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines-Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go, during a radio interview with DZRH on Thursday, condemned the brutal killing of Filipino household service worker Jeanelyn ...

Pulse Asia: Duterte's statements vs. companies have a 'chilling effect' on investments
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's recent pronouncements against local companies have a far-reaching effect on investments, according to a local pollster. Speaking to CNN Philippines On the Record Thursday, Pulse Asia Research Director Ana Maria Tabunda said, "I think it has a chilling effect on would-be ...

Advocacy group: Only transport groups who modernize their vehicles should benefit from fare increases
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- The chairperson of a commuter safety group said only public transport operators who modernize their vehicles should benefit from a proposed fare hike. Speaking to CNN Philippines On the Record Thursday, National Center for Commuter Safety and Protection National Chairperson Elvira Medina said big ...

Andal Ampatuan heads to CA to appeal Maguindanao massacre convictions
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan is heading straight to the Court of Appeals to contest his conviction for 57 counts of murder for planning and executing the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Ampatuan served notice Wednesday to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 221 that he will ...

Andal Ampatuan heads to CA to appeal Maguindanao massacre convictions
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- Datu Andal "Unsay" Ampatuan is heading straight to the Court of Appeals to contest his conviction for 57 counts of murder for planning and ...

DILG chief lauds Baguio cop after almost being run over by intoxicated cabbie
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday commended the traffic policeman who was almost run over by an intoxicated taxi driver in Baguio City. Año said the traffic cop, identified as Julius Walang, "was literally hanging on for his life as he was performing his sworn duty." Walang is ...

Japan tries to solve the mystery of Carlos Ghosn's audacious escape
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
(CNN) -- Japanese authorities have raided the house where fugitive auto executive Carlos Ghosn was staying before he escaped to Lebanon earlier this week. Japanese media reported that Tokyo district prosecutors entered the property on Thursday. CNN affiliate TV Asahi also reported that prosecutors were working with police to access CCTV video ...

Illinois becomes latest US state to legalize recreational pot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
Illinois started the new year on a high note Wednesday, becoming the latest United States state to legalize recreational marijuana, as the governor pardoned thousands for past low-level cannabis ...

Fire hits building in front of FEU
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire hit a commercial establishment in front of Far Eastern University Thursday afternoon. The fire that razed Lucky 13 Billiard and Restaurant in Morayta, Manila reached second alarm, according to the Manila Public Information Office.

SM Foundation renovates San Mateo Barangay Ampid RHU, distributes toys to kids
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-02
Just before Christmas, the SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) turned over its 165th Felicidad T. Sy Wellness Center in Barangay Ampid 1, San Mateo, Rizal province, to the three barangays (of 28,000 people) using this vital health facility. Barangay Ampid 1 is one of the biggest barangays in San Mateo, where SM City San Mateo is located. It is also one ...

LIST: Route of the Black Nazarene for Traslacion 2020
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines-- Quiapo officials on Thursday announced that it would follow a different route for the annual procession of the Black Nazarene on its feast day, January 9, Thursday, amid ongoing bridge repairs. This year, the image of the Black Nazarene would still begin at Quirino Grandstand but would take the Ayala Bridge route.

Duterte cancels Jan. 2 plans due to health reasons
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- President Rodrigo Duterte's health prevented him from meeting his Thursday schedule. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo confirmed that Duterte's schedule for the day has been moved to Friday. This includes his visit to victims of the recent earthquakes in Mindanao ...

PhilWeb elects new president
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- PhilWeb Corp. announced Thursday it elected a new president who will take over the position starting February 1. In a disclosure to the stock exchange, the listed gaming firm said incumbent Senior Vice-President for Gaming Brian Ng will replace Dennis Valdes as president. Ng has held the SVP post since joining the ...

Gov't debt rises to ?7.71T in November
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- The government's outstanding debts rose further in November to reach ?7.71 trillion, the Bureau of the Treasury said Thursday. Unpaid dues were 2.5 percent lower compared to October, but rose by 7.2 percent compared to the ?7.2-trillion balance in November 2018. Bulk of the money has been ...

IMF sees PH potential as key market for cryptocurrency, other internet-based wealth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-02
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged the Philippines to improve collection of transaction data for crypto assets as the country is seen attracting more players into this emerging financial creature. "The Philippines may become an important market for crypto assets," said the IMF in a technical assistance report on monetary and ...

Court Administrator office looking into Baguio judge who 'intervened' in release of drunk cab driver
philstar.com - 2020-01-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Courts Administrator is looking into the Baguio judge who supposedly intervened in the release of a drunk taxi driver who rammed into a policeman who flagged him for road violations. In a message to reporters, Court Administrator Midas Marquez said his office is already looking into the issue, however ...

Gamboa says powers remain pending PNP chief appointment
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- Nothing has changed in the powers of the officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP) pending the appointment of a new head of the police force, an official said Thursday. "It will not change, not unless some of the powers given by the Napolcom (National Police Commission) will be ...

Malacañang bans another US senator calling for De Lima's release
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 2) -- Malacañang has banned another American lawmaker from entering the Philippines over calls to release Senator Leila De Lima. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the third US official to be barred entry to the Philippines. Last week, Panelo ...

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