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PNP profiling sympathizers of slain Iran top general
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) is profiling groups that may sympathize with the death of Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani to thwart possible retaliation. "There are also security concerns kasi syempre merong sympathetic either by race or ideology, so the PNP is profiling possible threats, possible ...

PNP officers to be required to meet body weight requirements
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) - Starting this year, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have to focus on shedding their excess weight to ensure that they are fit enough to progress in their career. Police Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa, PNP OIC, said Monday that he himself will sign an order that will require police ...

PNP to intensify drug war vs middle-level, high-value targets in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) vowed on Monday to intensify the drug war against middle-level and high-value targets for 2020. PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said this will be among the topics to be discussed in a command conference on Tuesday with members of the command group, directorial staff ...

Classes, gov't work in Manila suspended on Jan. 9 for Nazarene traslacion - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The City of Manila suspended classes in public and private schools, and work in the city government except in certain offices on January 9 to give way to the celebration of the feast of Black Nazarene. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno ordered this through Executive Order 2 issued Monday. The suspension of classes covers all ...

Military prepares for possible repatriation of OFWs in Middle East
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-06
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) -- The country's troops are preparing for the possible repatriation of Filipino workers in the Middle East amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said the country's top security officials are already devising a plan following the ...

Look for other sources of crude oil -- Pimentel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The Duterte administration should look for other sources of crude oil in the face of an imminent armed confrontation between the United States and Iran, Sen. Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said on Sunday. "The government must study and seriously consider securing new sources of ... crude oil," Pimentel said in ...

Japanese authorities vow to tighten immigration rules after Carlos Ghosn's escape
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-06
(CNN)-- Japanese officials on Sunday criticized Carlos Ghosn's escape from the country as "unjust" and vowed to tighten immigration rules in their first public remarks since the former auto executive fled for Lebanon a week ago. Ghosn left Japan "illegally by unjust methods," said Justice Minister Masako Mori, the country's top judicial official.

Bacolod bishop joins global call for prayer for fire-ravaged Australia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
BACOLOD CITY-San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza has called on the faithful to pray for divine intervention to put out the fires that have been raging out of control in Australia. " You may pray the Rosary, offer your Holy Communion at the Eucharist, your acts of love during the day, or you may join a worldwide call to prayer," Alminaza said.

Cloudy skies, scattered rains expected on first Monday of 2020 - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Cloudy skies and scattered rain showers are expected to prevail in several parts of the country on the first Monday of 2020, Jan. 6. In its daily weather forecast, the state weather bureau said Bicol region, Romblon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains and isolated thunderstorms ...

Magnitude 5.4 quake rocks Davao Oriental
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 6) -- A magnitude 5.4 earthquake hit Davao Oriental and rocked parts of southern Mindanao early Monday morning. The quake of tectonic origin hit the municipality of Governor Generoso at 2:58 a.m., Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Intensity 4 was felt in the area. Intensity 3 ...

1,000 Pinoys in Iraq undocumented
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
The DFA also advised Filipinos in Iraq to coordinate closely with the Philippine Embassy and their employers in case ... discussion with migrant groups in Jordan and Qatar that the Filipino workers preferred to work in other countries in the region than be evacuated to the Philippines because jobs were scarce in their own country.

Peso seen to weaken as US-Iran tensions intensify
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
The peso is seen taking a hit from escalating tensions between the United States and Iran as oil becomes more expensive. BDO Unibank Inc. chief market strategist Jonathan L. Ravelas said he expected the local currency to trade within the range of 51 to 51.25 against the dollar this week after closing at 51.09 versus the greenback last Friday.

New bridge opened in Ilocos - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- A new two-lane bridge has been opened in Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said over the weekend. The newly constructed Centennial Bongo Bridge replaced the old Bongo Bridge that traverses ...

Climate update
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
The Climate Change Commission is the lead agency here. Another area of hope is the effort from the business community as they continue to urge their respective governments to make stronger commitments. The private sector is doing its bit, thousands of corporations are coming up with plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2030, and investors all ...

DENR eyes landfill for each congressional district
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is planning to build at least one sanitary landfill for each congressional district over the next two years in a bid to implement the solid waste management law and finally address concerns over open dumpsites across the country. "We are looking at 248 ...

Samsung's new 8K TV is all screen and no bezel
Mashable - 2020-01-05
All those rumors about Samsung's new TV have officially been confirmed and, yes, the company's latest flagship is bezel-less. Known as the Q950TS, the 8K QLED TV will make its official debut on the ground at CES 2020. The reveal comes a bit earlier than expected. It seems someone accidentally published a press release (in Korean) on Samsung's ...

Super special visa
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-05
For example, if a visa applicant intends to enter as a tourist, he must show proof that he can financially sustain and support his entry/stay for "pleasure or business." For students, they must show proof of school acceptance, among others. For investors, they must present a substantial sum of inward remittance to the country. However ...

ASEAN needs smart regulation to boost financial inclusion
NIKKEI - 2020-01-05
Financial inclusion, where individuals and businesses get access to financial products and services, is a key enabler of reducing poverty and boosting prosperity, especially in the emerging economies of Southeast Asia like the Philippines and Indonesia. Yet while Southeast Asia is primed for a financial inclusion revolution thanks to widespread ...

US announces AI software export restrictions for China
The Verge - 2020-01-05
The US will impose new restrictions on the export of certain AI programs to China. The ban, which comes into force on Monday, is the first to be applied under a 2018 law known as the Export Control Reform Act or ECRA. This requires the government to examine how it can restrict the export of "emerging" technologies "essential to the ...

Juno is a countertop appliance that chills your bottle of wine in minutes, literally
Mashable - 2020-01-05
Ever need a glass of wine so badly that you truly cannot wait for the bottle to chill in the fridge? At CES 2020, we found something that could very well solve this first-world problem, and it's ...

Middle East OFWs to get aid if repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Should rising tensions prompt the repatriation of Filipino migrant workers in Iran and Iraq, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured that job opportunities ...

Inflation likely extended uptrend
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
"Prices of some food items also seasonally went up due to the Christmas holiday season... especially ham, other alternative meat products such as chicken and beef, fish, though some month-on-month upward adjustment in food prices already took place in November," Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. Chief Economist Michael L. Ricafort sai

Businesses prepare to deal with worker shortage
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
Workers install steel rods to fortify the foundation at a construction area, high on top of a building in Makati City. -- REUTERS BUSINESS GROUPS are preparing to deal with the looming shortage of construction workers, as the government continues to implement several big-ticket infrastructure projects this year. Philippine Chamber of Commerce ...

PHL eyes demographic dividend with slowing population growth
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
Bernardo M. Villegas, an economist at the University of Asia and the Pacific, said a young and growing population that speaks English well would add to about 10 million Filipino workers overseas who earn more than $30 billion yearly, not to mention about $25 billion from the business process outsourcing sector "A young and growing population ...

Carving out a niche by providing a unique product to consumers - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- To be on top of the game in business requires understanding the needs of your consumers by offering something different, to carve out your own unique space in the market. This is the principle that guides pharmaceutical company Paracelsus Life Sciences Corp. The company knows there are several dietary supplements ...

IC to cap minimum capital requirement for insurance firms at P900 million - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Insurance Commission (IC) plans to cap at P900 million the minimum capital requirement for local insurance companies. In a text message, Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa said the IC would make a recommendation to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez to amend the Insurance Code, particularly on the capitalization ...

DTI, SRA in talks over possible sugar imports - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- While liberalization is on hold, the government is now looking at setting a benchmark price for local sugar which, if not met, would allow food processors to import the commodity at any given time. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) are in talks about allowing ...

Ex-Sibugay mayor appeals conviction for graft - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- A former municipal mayor in Zamboanga Sibugay will appeal the decision of the Sandiganbayan convicting her and four others in connection with the anomalous purchase of heavy equipment amounting to P8.8 million. In a resolution promulgated on Nov. 27, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division said former mayor Gemma Adana of Naga ...

REIT expected to finalize take off this year - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Real estate investment trusts are expected to finally take off this year as the government relaxes rules of the existing decade old Real Estate Investment Trust Act. Market participants said they could finally see REITs take off this year as the Duterte administration agreed to address previous conflicts on the ...

Used in money laundering - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued strict guidelines to ensure that foundations and non-profit organizations are not used by terrorists and other illegal organizations to launder money. The commission en banc, which approved the guidelines last month, said the new rules would apply to all non-stock ...

Maynilad improves non-revenue water recovery - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. has recovered some 979 million liters per day (MLD) of water under its non-revenue water management program. Maynilad said the recovered volume is enough to fill up roughly 390 Olympic-size pools every day and supply about 1.7 million households with potable water.

10 drug suspects nabbed in Pasig - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Ten persons were apprehended in a drug sting in Pasig City, which resulted in the confiscation of P34,000 worth of shabu before dawn yesterday. The suspects were arrested at a slum area in Barangay Rosario at around 1:30 a.m. Brig. Gen. Johnson Almazan, director of the Eastern Police District, said five grams of shabu ...

Villar sees 30% traffic improvement on EDSA - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- This year will be the turning point when traffic congestion along EDSA will finally be solved, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said over the weekend. Starting this year, Villar said traffic congestion rate on EDSA may improve by 20 to 30 percent, and 40 percent further by 2021. He said the opening of ...

Migration to hasten population growth in 3 regions - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The populations in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Central Luzon and the National Capital Region (NCR) are expected to grow faster not because of high birth rates, but due to internal migration, the Commission on Population (PopCom) said over the weekend. PopCom executive director Juan Antonio ...

Quakes rock Batangas, Sultan Kudarat - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Earthquakes of magnitudes-3.3 and 2.4 rocked parts of Batangas and Sultan Kudarat, respectively, yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The first quake occurred at 7:25 a.m. eight kilometers southwest of Talisay, Batangas. It was felt at Intensity 1 in Barangay Pira-piraso, located in the ...

Audi Q8 adds to its top IIHS safety score a 5-star rating from Euro NCAP
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
The Q8 has a generously sized interior, a variable luggage compartment, state-of-the-art drive and suspension technologies, and intelligent assistance systems that make it a convincing companion for business and leisure pursuits. In 3.0 TDSI quattro form, the Q8 is powered by 3.0-liter, direct injection, turbocharged V6 gasoline engine with a ...

The risk, despite the growth
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
The contract was made more appealing by exaggerating the reduction of prices through an optical illusion in which the decent return to investors is not reflected in the water distribution price but is realized in passing the corporate tax burden to the consumers. Next time, make the pricing straightforward and transparent.) In the same breath ...

Philippines prepares to pull citizens out of Mideast amid Iran crisis
NIKKEI - 2020-01-05
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his armed forces to draw up plans for bringing citizens home from the Middle East -- especially the thousands working in Iran and Iraq -- as tensions rise between Washington and Tehran. Duterte on Sunday afternoon held an emergency meeting with his secretary of national defense, the ...

Making a difference, one ripple at a time
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
EY Ripples was introduced by EY Global in late 2019 as a global corporate social responsibility program aimed to drive long-term value for EY clients, people, and the community at large. This multi-year journey is committed to create a greater social impact on the lives of others with the use of the skills, knowledge and experience of EY employees.

Legislators to appeal Supreme Court ruling on bus ban
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-05
The policy also orders local government units to stop issuing business permits to all public utility bus terminals along EDSA. The petition also argued that the MMDA "exceeded its powers" when it issued the ban "because it does not possess legislative nor police powers." It also pointed out that city buses and private vehicles ...

Duterte alerts AFP on possible evacuation of OFWs in Middle East
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday to get its air and naval assets for the evacuation Filipinos in the Middle East should ...

A personal-finance influencer who quit his day job for YouTube made over $100,000 in his first year
Business Insider - 2020-01-05
Andrei Jikh quit his day job and in late 2018, decided to launch a YouTube channel about personal finance.

How Big Tech Is Turning New York Into a Silicon Valley Rival
New York Times - 2020-01-05
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will soon have 20,000 workers in the city, many in a cluster of offices on the West Side. A swath of the West Side of Manhattan, including the Hudson Yards development, is becoming a tech corridor for West Coast tech giants, like Facebook, Google and Amazon.Credit...Spencer Platt/Getty Images When Facebook was ...

Thousands mourn Soleimani in Iran as Trump threatens strikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
TEHRAN, Iran -- Tens of thousands of mourners accompanied a casket carrying the remains of the slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani through two major Iranian cities Sunday as part of a grand funeral procession across the Islamic Republic for the commander killed by an American drone strike amid soaring tensions between Iran and the U.S. President ...

300 Filipinos given temporary shelter as fires rage in Australia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 300 Filipinos have so far been evacuated and given temporary housing as catastrophic bushfires continue to blaze across Australia, an official from the Philippine Embassy in Canberra said. "Just two to three days ago, we received reports from our Melbourne landing team... and we have an honorary consul in Melbourne.

BuzzFeed Aims To Cut Out Google And Other Digital "Middlemen" As It Expands Its Commerce Business
Forbes - 2020-01-05
BuzzFeed plans to solve a "longstanding problem in the media" by cutting out "middlemen" like Google as it expands its commerce business. When news organizations like BuzzFeed produce videos and articles that inspire people to buy something -- whether an ingredient from a recipe, a product from a how-to video, or a hotel or flight from ...

Is Intellia Therapeutics Stock a Buy?
Nasdaq - 2020-01-05
A relatively new technology called CRISPR/Cas9, or CRISPR for short, has the potential to change the way doctors treat genetic diseases, and may even lead to cures. That would be wonderful news for patients, but as with any new technology, the road from idea to reality can be long and fraught with missteps and good luck. Image Source: Getty Images.

Exercise may keep your brain healthy - 2020-01-05
Exercise may do more than build body strength: New research shows it might also keep brain cells in shape. According to the study, exercise helps maintain the brain's gray matter, which is linked to various skills and thinking abilities. So, keeping your gray matter intact may help prevent thinking declines, the German researchers explained.

MWSS should pursue alternatives to Kaliwa Dam - Bayan Muna
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-05
MANILA, Philippines - Party-list group Bayan Muna ... Fears also escalated when retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that China could seize patrimonial assets like Reed Bank if the Philippines could not pay back its loans -- including those that would be needed for Kaliwa Dam. READ: Water supply shortage?

At least 30 killed in Libya military academy attack
GMA Network - 2020-01-05
TRIPOLI -- At least 30 people were killed and 33 others wounded in an attack on a military academy in the Libyan capital late on Saturday, the health ministry of the Tripoli-based government said in a statement on Sunday. Tripoli, controlled by the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), is facing an offensive by ...

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