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Agri sector ready to reap benefits from modernization
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
The Philippine agriculture sector may soon shed its economic laggard status as it is poised to reap huge benefits from modernization and industrialization, exports, farm consolidation and infrastructure development. The appointment of William Dar as agriculture secretary in August has ushered in a new era of hope for the sector, which has been ...

Minneapolis VA's PTSD study to probe whether to confront trauma, or not
StarTribune - 2019-12-28
Researchers at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center are taking on one of the most vexing questions in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder -- when to have patients confront their traumatic experiences, and when to focus instead on present-day ...

2 drug suspects killed in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Two drug suspects were killed in stings in Bulacan and Nueva Ecija in the past two days. Ryan Gamboa shot undercover agents who tried to arrest him after selling shabu in Paradise Farm in Barangay Tungkong Mangga, San Jose del Monte City, Col. Emma Libunao, acting Bulacan police director, said. Libunao said 13 sachets of ...

3.1 million kids in Mindanao vaccinated vs polio
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 3.1 million children in Mindanao have been vaccinated against polio, according to the Department of Health (DOH). DOH spokesman Eric Domingo said the figure represents vaccination coverage of 94.7 percent. The DOH is ...

Bulacan PNP platoon leader relieved for abandoning post
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
BOCAUE, Bulacan, Philippines -- A platoon leader of the police community precinct in Barangay Turo in this town was relieved from her post on Friday for allegedly abandoning her post. Capt. Norheda Usman, third platoon leader of the First Provincial Mobile Force Company, left her post to attend a Christmas party, Col. Emma Libunao, Bulacan ...

Typhoon Ursula weakens, exits PAR
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon Ursula weakened and exited the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Ursula was located 595 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales as of 10 a.m. yesterday. With maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers ...

1 dead, 4 hurt in Cagayan road mishaps
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A corn vendor died in a road accident in Barangay Pared, Alcala, Cagayan on Friday. Sherwin Oganiza, 45, was hit by a speeding truck when he crossed the highway at around 3 p.m. He died at the scene. Responding police officers arrested the truck driver, Jayson Catilod, 38. Also in Cagayan, four persons ...

No falls, fractures, or bone density benefits from Vitamin D
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
"The strengths of the current analyses are that they are comprehensive, include all available data from a large number of new trials, and concomitantly assess the major clinical and surrogate endpoints for musculoskeletal health." "Therefore, there is little justification for the use of vitamin D supplements to maintain or improve ...

Decisive Congress needed
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
As a new year as about to unfold, our Congress is faced with the unenviable task of going through a number of proposed legislative measures that could determine the success or failure of our economy moving forward. First is the Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (CITIRA), previously referred to as TRAIN 2 which, based on the ...

DBM assures 2020 budget to take effect by January
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) yesterday assured that the government would still be able to operate under a new budget by January next year despite a slight delay in the signing of the 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA). In a text message, acting Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said the expected delay ...

AgriNurture ties up with BuCor for corn plantation in Palawan
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Agriculture trading firm AgriNurture Inc. (ANI) is expanding its business through a partnership with the Bureau of Corrections for a corn plantation in Palawan. In a regulatory filing, ANI said its board of directors has approved the plan to negotiate and enter into a joint venture with the Department of Justice through ...

The ultimate benefit of DevOps: freeing developers to be developers
ZDNet - 2019-12-28
DevOps may be about rapid, well-timed software releases, but perhaps the most compelling benefit may be what it does for developers' psyches. That's the word from Gene Kim, noted DevOps thought leader and co-author of The Phoenix Project, a seminal work in the DevOps space, and author of the recently published work, The Unicorn Project.

Musk says Boring Co's Las Vegas tunnel to 'hopefully' be operational next year
Reuters - 2019-12-28
(Reuters) - Elon Musk, founder of tunneling enterprise Boring Company, said in a tweet that a commercial tunnel in Las Vegas would "hopefully" be fully operational in 2020. "Boring Co is completing its first commercial tunnel in Vegas, going from Convention Center to Strip, then will work on other projects," Musk tweeted here late on Friday ...

DOTr appeals to the public to report PNR stone-throwing incidents
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Saturday called on the public to help in stopping the stone-throwing incidents which have damaged the trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR). In a statement, the DOTr appealed to the public to report the "dastardly acts" that have hampered the ...

DOTr appeals to the public to report PNR stone-throwing incidents
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Saturday called on the public to help in stopping the stone-throwing incidents which have damaged the trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR). In a statement, the DOTr appealed to the public to report the "dastardly acts" that have hampered the ...

2019: A year in photographs on The Verge
The Verge - 2019-12-28
The Verge photo team took thousands of photographs in 2019 -- from a rocket launch in Florida and cloud chasing in Córdoba, Argentina, to the Pixel 4 and science stop-motion videos. We talked with content moderators, climate activists, authors, presidential candidates, and influencers, and got them all on camera. We aimed to keep the ...

Acupuncture may ease common side effect of cancer treatment
UPI.com - 2019-12-28
Dry mouth can be a troubling side effect of radiation therapy, but acupuncture may ease its symptoms, a new study suggests. Of 339 patients getting radiation for head and neck cancer in the United States and China, those who had acupuncture had fewer symptoms of dry mouth, or xerostomia, than those who didn't have acupuncture. Patients who had ...

Pagasa sees storm-free New Year
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Fair weather will prevail in most parts of the country during the New Year as no tropical cyclone is forecast to enter the country until next week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration ...

Tesla Model 3 With Acceleration Boost Allows Vehicle To Reach 60MPh in 3.48 Seconds
International Business Times - 2019-12-28
Tesla offers Acceleration Boost upgrade to Tesla vehicle owners A new video showcases what the upgrade could do to a Tesla Model 3 EV The owner shares that his Tesla Model 3 hit 60 mph in just a matter of 3.48 seconds Tesla offers Acceleration Boost upgrade to Tesla Model 3. While it is a paid upgrade, there are Tesla owners who would like to ...

Fire hits firecracker stall in Bocaue, Bulacan
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - A firecracker stall in Bocaue, Bulacan caught fire on Saturday evening, just days before the New Year's Eve. The fire that hit A.T. Sayo Fireworks Store, located at McArthur Highway in Barangay Biñang 1st, started ?at 6:10 p.m.?, the Bureau of Fire (BFP) Bocaue told CNN Philippines.

Pagasa sees no LPA, storm entering PAR until year-end
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines - No weather disturbances like low pressure areas (LPAs) or storms are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility over the weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday. "Wala tayong inaasahan na mabubuong bagyo o low pressure area sa loob ng ...

Intermittent fasting may contribute to prolonged life expectancy -- study
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
American researchers have reviewed several human and animal studies to determine the effect of fasting on weight loss, life expectancy and other health indicators. An article published in The New ...

EXPLAINER: How the US budget law bans Philippine officials
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- At first glance, the 2020 budget law signed by US President Donald Trump does not seem to include a provision denying entry to Philippine officials responsible for the detention of Senator Leila de Lima. This led to talks that the ban on Filipino government officials from the US - widely ...

Weight Loss: Four Cups of This Beverage Can Help You Reduce Fat Quickly
International Business Times - 2019-12-28
>160 million Americans are either overweight or obese Study: Rats that consumed caffeine extracts gained 16% lesser weight Mate tea & caffeine can be considered anti-obesity agents Are you one of those individuals who cannot make it through the day without more than a couple of coffee? A new study suggests that extra caffeine intake could aid ...

Army to investigate photoshopped image of surrendered rebels
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) -- The Philippine Army will investigate a unit's manipulation of a photo supposedly showing the surrender of armed communist rebels. "We will investigate this matter and hold whoever is accountable to face the appropriate sanctions," Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala, Army spokesperson, said in a ...

2019 for the opposition: The uphill climb that fell flat
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - 2019 has not been easy for those who did not take on the same side as President Rodrigo Duterte. From straight senatorial electoral losses to a Cabinet post taken back after days, members of the political opposition who want dissent and drive for change still struggled to power through the ...

2019 for the opposition: The uphill climb that fell flat
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
The opposition fielded Interior Secretary Mar Roxas; Sen. Bam Aquino; Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano; former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay; De La Salle University Law Dean Chel Diokno; Marawi civic leader Samira Gutoc; former House Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada; and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal during the May national polls. No less ...

Stone-throwing incidents at PNR trains draw ire of JV, netizens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines - Recent incidents of stone-throwing at the Philippine National Railways have drawn the ire of several netizens, including a former lawmaker. Former Senator JV Ejercito took to Twitter on Thursday to show his dismay over the stone-throwing incident, retweeting a story from a website, with a thumbnail showing a few ...

De Lima slams blogger on entry ban: What fake documents?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines --Sen. Leila de Lima on Saturday hit back at pro-administration blogger RJ Nieto for claiming that the supposed entry ban to the United States of her alleged persecutors was "fake." In a statement, De Lima slammed Nieto for merely "looking at one document and, thereafter, promptly concluding that it does not contain ...

More than a dozen IEDs found in North Cotabato
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
NORTH COTABATO, Philippines -- Soldiers recovered Friday home-made explosives packed with bent nails and metal fragments with jagged edges in a hideout of the Dawlah Islamiya near the Liguasan Delta. The improvised explosive devices were found in an abandoned house in Barangay Manaulanan in Pikit town in North Cotabato, where there is ...

No Filipinos reported on board crashed Kazakhstan plane - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- No Filipinos were on board a Kazakhstan plane that crashed early Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Russia, which has jurisdiction over Kazakhstan, reported that there were no Filipinos onboard the aircraft. The DFA, meanwhile, extended its ...

'Ursula' finally exits PH, leaving 28 dead, damage to livelihood - PAGASA
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - Tropical cyclone Ursula (international name: Phanfone) has exited the Philippine territory after leaving 28 people dead in the Visayas, and destruction along its path during the Christmas period, the state weather bureau said on Saturday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical ...

'Ursula' finally exits PH, leaving 28 dead, damage to livelihood - PAGASA
CNN Philippines - 2019-12-28
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 28) - Tropical cyclone Ursula (international name: Phanfone) has exited the Philippine territory after leaving 28 people dead in the Visayas, and destruction along its path during the Christmas period, the state weather bureau said on Saturday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical ...

'Ursula' downgraded to tropical storm, to exit PAR soon
philstar.com - 2019-12-28
PANGASINAN, Philippines -- State weather bureau PAGASA said "Ursula" (international name: Phanfone) was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm Saturday early morning. In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, "Ursula" was located 490 kilometers west of Iba ...

Canceled flights due to bad weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-28
MANILA, Philippines -- Several domestic flights have been canceled on Saturday due to bad weather. In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) announced the following flight cancelations as of 8 a.m.:

Newly refurbished Gem-Ver 1 fishing boat damaged again in Occidental Mindoro
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
CALAPAN CITY--Millions of pesos spent to repair Gem-Ver 1 may have gone to waste after Typhoon "Ursula" (international name: Phanfone) battered the fishing boat, which became a center of controversy between the Philippines and China after it was rammed by a Chinese trawler earlier this year. Aside from the 14-ton vessel, three other ...

Number of illegal foreign workers arrested doubles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
The number of foreigners, mostly Chinese, who were arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) so far this year rose 130 percent as the agency ramped up its campaign against aliens illegally working in the country. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said that since January, 1,836 foreigners had been arrested by the BI intelligence division ...

Ursula weakens to tropical storm, cold front tail-end bring rain over Northern Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
But the state weather bureau said the tail-end of a cold front will bring scattered light to moderate rain and isolated thunderstorms over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Aurora. In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, (Pagasa ...

Typhoon Ursula survivors appeal for help
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
TACLOBAN CITY--Rodel Lucero and his family have been surviving on food provided by his friends since they lost everything to Typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone) on Christmas Eve. Once his friends stop this act of charity, he would not know what to feed his wife and their 8-year-old daughter, said Lucero, 35. "We lost everything ...

Philippines bans 2 US senators and weighs new visa rules
NIKKEI - 2019-12-27
MANILA (Reuters) -- The Philippines has banned two U.S. lawmakers from visiting and will introduce tighter entry restrictions for U.S. citizens should Washington enforce sanctions over the detention of a top government critic, the president's spokesman said on Friday. President Rodrigo Duterte will impose visa requirements on U.S. nationals ...

Duterte bars entry of 2 US senators over De Lima case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
were "not one of persecution but of prosecution," since the Supreme Court itself has "affirmed the incarceration of Senator De Lima as valid and lawful." "No other state can dictate upon ...

Meralco starts bidding process for 1,200-MW supply
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
Manila Electric Co. has started the competitive bidding process for a contract with a brand new power plant with a capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW). This followed a successful competitive selection process held earlier this year for power supply agreements covering a total 1,200 MW of baseload capacity as well as 500 MW of mid-merit capacity.

Expansion woes hurting tourist spots, says DOT
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
BAGUIO CITY--Towns that are frequented by tourists must determine their carrying capacities to address traffic jams and overcrowding at any given time, Tourism Undersecretary Arturo Boncato said here. Speaking at a tourism forum here recently, Boncato cited as an example the tourist town of Sagada in Mountain Province, which had been suffering ...

Semirara allowed to resume operations in Antique coal mine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
The Department of Energy (DOE) has given Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) the green light to resume coal mining operations in Antique, following a suspension order that was issued in the aftermath of a fatal accident last October. Semirara said in a regulatory filing that the DOE lifted the suspension order issued in November, but this ...

Spending the holidays in Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
Baguio City is undeniably one of the best places to spend your holidays. The refreshing climate, the food, the people, and the overall ambiance of the city are just a few reasons why. Take your holidays to a whole new level at Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges. Just 9 km away from the Baguio City proper and set in the majestic Cordillera ...

The Influencer Marketing Trends That Are Coming In 2020
Forbes - 2019-12-27
Influencer marketing is here to stay. The influencer marketing spend continued to rise in 2019, as did its percentage of the total marketing budget in many industries. It shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. According to the eMarketer's 2019 Influencer Marketing Report, "Hootsuite surveyed their clients in 2018, and 48% said they either used ...

SotoGrande: Perfect home for the holidays
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
Instead of clothes or gadgets, some would now prefer to receive poems, donations made in their name or, accounting for present-day travails, a short respite. A timeout may benefit stressed loved ones, indeed, so the most apt gift for them would be a vacation. A top destination now is Davao City, the renowned hometown of President Duterte.

Overflowing life experience at the comfort of your home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-12-27
Staying true to its vision of creating an "overflowing life experience" for residents, boutique developer Livingsprings Communities Realty & Development Corp. launched its second project, 10 Acacia Place. Rising along P. Tuazon in Quezon City, 10 Acacia Place will rise 10 stories high and house 184 units, assuring future residents of ...

4.6M Americans sickened with flu so far this winter, CDC says
UPI.com - 2019-12-27
Dec. 27 (UPI) --Need ideas for New Year's resolutions? Here's one: Get a flu shot, if you haven't done so already. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest FluView report, released Friday, estimates that 4.6 million Americans have been sickened with the flu so far this season, a significant number given that the peak period ...

Philippines welcomes its 8-millionth foreign tourist
BusinessMirror - 2019-12-27
In a brief talk with media, Tamio also expresses his love for sweet Philippine mangoes. (Photo courtesy of DOT ... reports reaching DOT Regional Director for Central Visayas Shalimar Tamano indicated that only Malapascua Island, was affected by the typhoon. He said, some of the resorts saw their roofs blown off, while pump boats, which guests ...

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