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3 Filipinos in Libya requested aid since start of 2020 -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Three Filipinos in Tripoli, Libya have requested assistance from the Philippine embassy there during the early days of 2020, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said ...

Cops nab 3 drug suspects in front of Sto. Domingo Church in QC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Police arrested a woman and two men after they sold a sachet of shabu (crystal meth) to an undercover agent on Saturday morning. The Quezon City Police District identified the suspects as Margarita Moreno, 31, Ronald Dellona, 39, and Remuel Gonzales, 43. They were also caught in possession of a 22 revolver with live ...

Chest pains during pregnancy: What to know
Medical News Today - 2020-01-04
Pregnancy can cause discomfort and pain in many parts of the body. When these sensations occur in the chest, the cause is often pressure from the growing fetus, acid reflux, or other relatively harmless issues. In rare cases, this chest pain can result from cardiovascular issues or complications of pregnancy. Keep reading for more information ...

Methodists propose split in gay marriage, clergy impasse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- United Methodist Church leaders from around the world and across ideological divides unveiled a plan Friday for a new conservative denomination that would split from the church in an attempt to resolve a decades-long dispute over gay marriage and gay clergy. The proposal, called "A Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace ...

Ex-Nissan chief made escape to Beirut aboard charter flights
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
ANKARA, Turkey -- Charter flights that spirited ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Istanbul and from there to Beirut -- an escape made possible with the help of an airline employee who falsified records. Security camera footage reportedly showing he simply walked out of his Tokyo home hours before fleeing the country. Details emerged ...

New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A fresh airstrike hit pro-Iran fighters in Iraq early Saturday, as fears grew of a proxy war erupting between Washington and Tehran a day after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general. It came hours ahead of a planned a mourning march for Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary ...

US killing catapults Iraq back to aftermath of 2003 invasion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Iraqi factions threatening to oust US troops, officials denouncing American "violations" and fears of a new Gulf war: a US strike has catapulted Iraq back to the tumultuous aftermath of the 2003 invasion. The precision drone strike outside Baghdad airport on Friday killed top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi ...

This Supplement Can Help Reduce Cholesterol Levels When Taken Daily
International Business Times - 2020-01-04
High cholesterol can lead to a lot of health problems in the body There are certain foods that you can partake in order to help reduce high cholesterol levels One of the most effective ones is green tea Cholesterol, a waxy material that flows with the blood, is essential in the creation of cell structures and cell membranes. It also performs an ...

Palace hits De Lima: Include yourself, Trillanes in list of PH execs banned in US
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Detained Sen. Leila de Lima should include herself and former Senator Antonio Trillanes on the list of personalities she wanted to get banned in the United States, Malacañang said Saturday. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the reaction after her lawyer Fhillip Sawali said the senator is making a "more ...

Kin of 58th Maguindanao massacre victim wants Ampatuans to pay for his death, too
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- The fight for justice continues for the family of photojournalist Reynaldo "Bebot" Momay, whom the court ruled was not among the 57 victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. Momay's family served notice to the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 that they are heading to the Court of Appeals ...

DOLE stops sending maids to Kuwait
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-04
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Friday formally banned the deployment of newly hired domestic workers in Kuwait, as government officials await the result of the investigation into the death of yet another Filipino household worker in the Gulf state. The deployment ban and moratorium on the accreditation and processing of individual ...

Manila court denies bail plea of accused in Atio Castillo's hazing death
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) - A Manila court has denied the bail petition of ten accused in the 2017 hazing death of law student Horacio "Atio" Castillo, saying in an order released Friday that it finds evidence of their guilt strong. The accused who petitioned for bail were Arvin Balag, Mhin Wei Chan, Axel Munro Hipe ...

PNP seeking 17,000 new recruits this year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
The Philippine National Police announced on Friday that it was looking for 17,000 new applicants for the service. Acting PNP chief Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said the National Police Commission and the Department of Budget and Management have authorized the PNP to enlist 7,000 additional recruits this year, on top of its 10,000 yearly quota.

Landbank move to buy nearly half of security brokerage firm stalled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
The state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has failed to buy up to 49 percent of bond trading platform Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDS) in 2019 as it lacked the green-light from several regulatory agencies. Asked by the Inquirer on Friday (Jan. 3) if there will be a new timetable to acquire the biggest share in PDS ...

PH braces for possible OFW job losses, oil price spikes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
The Philippines is bracing for possible job losses among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East as well as a potential uptick in inflation once global oil prices shoot up if tensions between the United States and Iran further intensify, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said Friday. Pernia told the Inquirer that in ...

Power supply restored in typhoon-hit areas??
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
TACLOBAN CITY--The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) completed restoration work in its 36 substations across Eastern Visayas on Dec. 30, a week after Typhoon "Ursula" pummeled the region. But there were still towns in the region that remained without power supply, mostly in Samar and Eastern Samar provinces, said Milfrance ...

US senator: Duterte sorely mistaken if he thinks he can silence me
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
One of the US senators who had moved to ban the entry to the United States of Filipino officials involved in sending Sen. Leila de Lima to jail on alleged trumped-up drug charges on Friday said he ...

Typhoons-inflicted damage to agriculture in 2019 hit P 16B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
The agricultural damage inflicted by typhoons that hit the country in 2019 has reached P16 billion, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said. This was 53 percent lower than the losses the sector incurred due to typhoons in 2018. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a press conference on Friday that the steep decline could be attributed to ...

Batting for a great 2020 investment
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-03
For instance, soon-to-be residents will enjoy proximity to top universities and schools such as Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College and University of the Philippines ... the first large-scale comprehensive mall in the eastern corridor of the metro, resorts and lake communities, among many others. Soon, it will also have offices to ...

Acute Migraine Drug Hits Co-primary Endpoints in Phase 3 Trial
Medscape - 2020-01-03
Topline results from the phase 3 MOMENTUM trial show the experimental migraine drug AXS-07 (Axsome Therapeutics) met both of its co-primary endpoints plus several key secondary outcomes, the manufacturer has announced. Results from the study, which included almost 1600 adult patients with prior inadequate response to acute migraine treatment ...

Beware Tyrannosaurus Rex Teenagers and Their Growth Spurts
New York Times - 2020-01-03
A full-grown T. rex was probably the most fearsome sight of the Cretaceous: It stood two stories tall, stretched the length of a city bus and boasted jaws that could crush the bones of a triceratops. But as with the teenagers of many species, adolescent T. rexes inspired their own form of terror. Fast and light, they could catch prey their ...

Even amid affluence of tech capital, local news struggles
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-03
"It is really shocking that the place with the demographics and the business and the universities and the progressiveness, that this is a news desert..." said US Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, a Democrat who represents a significant part of the East Bay. DeSaulnier is so concerned about the state of local news that he has backed legislative action ...

Climate oscillations were just illusions, scientists say
UPI.com - 2020-01-03
Jan. 3 (UPI) --There is only one confirmed climate oscillation, the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, according to a new study. Analysis by a team of meteorologists suggest another pair of atmospheric patterns, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or AMO and PDO, aren't real. Scientists previously ...

These are the 2020 gadgets that could seriously shake up the tech world
Mashable - 2020-01-03
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

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 ...

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