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From obscurity to observation
philstar.com - 2019-04-14
A senior citizen was clearing out his attic when he came upon an old painting and a violin. Thinking they might be valuable, he took them to the auction house to be valued. After studying them, the appraiser said, "Mr. Cooper, I have good news, and I ...

2 dead, 8 hurt in Taguig crash
philstar.com - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Two motorists died while eight others were injured when a 10-wheeler truck rammed into several vehicles along C6 Road in Taguig City yesterday morning. Danilo Pedrosa Jr. and fire officer Gerald Ian Hernandez died at the scene when ...

4 ex-PNU officials face raps for ad deal
philstar.com - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- More than a year after their dismissal from service on administrative charges, four former officials of the Philippine Normal University (PNU) are facing a criminal case over an allegedly anomalous P1.095-million advertisement deal ...

Philippines seeks easier entry of banana exports to Japan
philstar.com - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines is asking the Japanese government to ease up on its protocols to expedite the access of local bananas to the neighboring Asian country. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said he would lobby to the Japanese ...

2 drug suspects shot dead in Cagayan
philstar.com - 2019-04-14
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A drug suspect was killed in an alleged shootout with police officers while another was gunned down by unidentified men in this province on Friday. Police said Joe Datul, a resident of Barangay Pallua in this city ...

Rain seen pouring in Luzon on Sunday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines - The tail-end of a cold front will affect Northern and Central Luzon on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Conviction of 5 ex-NHA execs for graft upheld
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
The Sandiganbayan Second Division has affirmed its graft conviction of former executives of the National Housing Authority (NHA). In a three-page resolution, the antigraft court court denied the ...

CA orders recall of arrest warrant vs Duterte critic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
The Court of Appeals has ordered a lower court in Cavite to recall the arrest warrant it issued against lawyer Jude Sabio, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, for failing to take the Mandatory ...

Davao del Sur town mayor suspended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
DIGOS CITY, Philippines -- Bansalan Mayor Quirina Sarte refused to step down last week to serve a six-month suspension order for grave misconduct after she allegedly allowed a sports club to use ...

Catholics urged to reflect and pray
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
Meanwhile, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Manila archbishop, will lead the Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila, at 7 a.m. today.

Duterte vetoes survivorship benefits bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill that would have extended survivorship benefits to the dependent children or parents of deceased retired officials of ...

De Lima balks at comparison to 3 senators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Leila de Lima said her situation must not be compared with that of the former senators who were detained because of charges that they had pocketed pork barrel funds ...

Le Cordon Bleu finally lands in the Philippines
Inquirer - 2019-04-14
As you might have heard, Le Cordon Bleu, the legendary culinary institute, has partnered with Ateneo de Manila to open Le Cordon Bleu Ateneo de Manila at the Arete, a new building at the Loyola ...

Overseas voting begins today
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) -- Filipinos living abroad will get to cast their ballot earlier, as overseas voting begins Saturday. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced the ...

'You can't win against vote buyers'
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -- It can come as a knock on the door at night. Answering it, one would be greeted by a white envelope containing a crisp ?500 bill. "Just take it," they will say.

Facebook's activist shareholders are making another dramatic bid to oust Mark Zuckerberg and abolish the firm's share structure
Business Insider - 2019-04-13
Activist Facebook investors are again going to try to oust Mark Zuckerberg as chairman and abolish what they see as the firm's unfair share structure. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday, Facebook gave notice of its annual shareholder ...

World's biggest airplane takes off, lands for first time
Upi.com - 2019-04-13
April 13 (UPI) --Stratolaunch, the world's largest airplane with a 385-foot wingspan, took off and successfully landed for the first time in the California desert on Saturday. At a half-million tons, the jet took flight shortly after 10 a.m. at Mojave Air ...

Facebook investors desperate to boot Mark Zuckerberg from chairmanship
Yahoo Finance - 2019-04-13
The call to oust Mark Zuckerberg is coming from inside the house. A group of investors have teamed up in an effort to replace the Facebook CEO and board chairman with an independent voice.

Facebook Was A Democracy 2009-2012 But We Didn't Vote So It Turned Into A Dictatorship
Forbes - 2019-04-13
We think of Facebook today as a digital dictatorship ruled with absolute power by its founder with no rights for its two billion users to weigh in on its evolution. This was not always the case. In fact, in its early days Facebook was actually an earnest ...

FDA: 'Female Viagra' may cause problems when used with alcohol
Upi.com - 2019-04-13
A drug touted as a "female Viagra" can cause severe low blood pressure and fainting when used with alcohol, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. As a result, the agency has ordered the drug's maker Sprout Pharmaceuticals to make a safety labeling ...

Apple Board Meetings Could Be Getting Awkward
YAHOO! - 2019-04-13
Disney (NYSE: DIS) CEO Bob Iger joined Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) board of directors nearly a decade ago, just a month after Steve Jobs died. The Mac maker and House of Mouse have had close ties ever since Disney acquired Pixar in 2006, a deal that made Jobs ...

Stratolaunch, the giant aircraft developed by Paul Allen, just took its first flight in California
Business Insider - 2019-04-13
Two angles facing left, which often indicate, "return to the beginning." Two angles facing right, which often indicate, "advance to the end." LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan landed its first flight after ...

Implementing AI The Right Way
Forbes - 2019-04-13
For many companies, when it comes to implementing AI, the typical approach is to use certain features from existing software platforms (say from Salesforce.com's Einstein). But then there are those companies that are building their own models. Yes, this ...

Giant Stratolaunch aircraft lifts off from California
YAHOO! - 2019-04-13
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan landed its first flight after some two hours in the air Saturday. The behemoth, twin-fuselage Stratolaunch jet lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port and climbed into the ...

Law dividing Palawan into 3 provinces signed
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte has signed a law dividing Palawan into three provinces. Under Republic Act 11259 signed on April 5, which Malacañang released yesterday, Palawan will be divided into Palawan del Norte, Palawan Oriental and Palawan ...

PNB raising P12 B via stock rights
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine National Bank (PNB) is raising P12 billion through the sale of shares to existing shareholders led by the LT Group of Companies of tobacco and airline magnate Lucio Tan. The board of directors of the Tan-led bank approved ...

Manila Bay rehab yields vintage bomb
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- A vintage bomb was recovered by authorities after it was dug up during a dredging operation in Manila Bay yesterday. The vintage bomb was dug up along Baywalk near the United States embassy in Ermita, Manila yesterday morning ...

Caito Foods recalls pre-cut melons over salmonella; 93 ill
Upi.com - 2019-04-13
April 13 (UPI) --Caito Foods has recalled pre-cut melons over possible salmonella contamination tied to 93 illnesses. The recall applies to fresh cut watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe and mixed fruit containing any of these melons, which have the potential ...

The list of ways China keeps tabs on citizens is getting longer
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-13
By the end of 2018, people with bad debt had been prevented from taking more than 17 million flights, 5 million train trips and blocked from acting as executives or legal business representatives ...

Plants are the new pets as millennials rekindle demand for ferns
BusinessMirror - 2019-04-13
The houseplant business boomed in the 1970s, when hippies snapped up spider plants and crafted macrame hangers for them. Then sales wilted as a minimalist, IKEA-inspired ethos took hold.

Thunderstorms provide respite from Metro heat
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
The weather bureau recorded the highest heat index in Metro Manila yesterday at 43.7 degrees Celsius. Heat index refers to the temperature as felt by the human body.

Duterte mulls creating new peace panel that has more military representatives
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) -- Despite declaring a permanent end to peace negotiations with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) last month, President Rodrigo Duterte talked ...

The Bayrob malware gang's rise and fall
ZDNet - 2019-04-13
Three Romanians ran an extremely complex online fraud operation along with a massive malware botnet for nine years, made tens of millions of US dollars, but their crime spree is now over, and all three will be heading to prison by the end of August this year.

PNP admits threats of kidnapping in Mindanao but assures public safety
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted the threat of kidnapping in the southern part of the country but assured the public that the peace and order situation ...

Chickenpox, The Latest Burden For The Rohingya Refugees
NPR - 2019-04-13
At a small health clinic in the Kutupalong refugee camps in Bangladesh, Somadu Katu is clutching her 3 ½-year-old son, Yassin. Yassin is wailing. He's running a fever and there are small red dots all over his body. Katu is terrified. "I'm scared because ...

Osmeña: Bring the price of rice down to P25 per kilo
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines (As released) -- Former senator Sergio Osmeña III said the Rice Tariffication Law provides a good start, as the present 35% tariff will raise some P25 villion with the Philippines importing 20% of its rice needs. "We can give this P25 ...

This Guy Lost 104 Pounds and Got Absolutely Shredded in the Simplest Way Possible
YAHOO! - 2019-04-13
Varun Kaushik used to live his life in a haze. Each day, for almost every meal, the 23-year-old from Jaipur, India, would go out and indulge. This led to low energy, depression, a scale reading 250 pounds, and a deep fear of the future. After trying and ...

Palawan governor to critics of province's split: You think we'll just give in to China?
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) -- The governor of Palawan on Saturday shot down criticisms the province's impending split may favor China amid the long-standing dispute in the West ...

It cost Facebook $22 million to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
(CNN) -- Keeping Mark Zuckerberg safe is expensive. Facebook paid its CEO an additional $13 million for his personal security and travel costs in 2018, according to a proxy filing on Friday.

People are living longer despite care inequalities
Medical News Today - 2019-04-13
The World Health Organization report that life expectancy has increased by 5 years, but data show inequalities in access to health services among countries. The World Health Statistics series is an annual snapshot of global health compiled by the World ...

2 dead, 7 injured as truck rams into other vehicles, bikes in Taguig
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Two persons died on the spot while several others were injured following a multiple collision involving seven vehicles in Taguig City Saturday morning. A report from the ...

Under Employers' Gaze, Gen Z Is Biting Its Tongue On Social Media
NPR - 2019-04-13
Malak Silmi was taking her first real journalism class last January when her professor said something that changed her life: watch what you post on social media -- because it might just come back to bite you. Silmi's Twitter account at the time was one ...

BPI clients say salary not yet credited after systems upgrade
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Clients of Bank of the Philippine Islands waiting for their mid-month pay took ... efforts are on track to restore service levels to their clients," the central bank said. -- Ian Nicolas Cigaral

Strong winds destroy banana plantations
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
KIDAPAWAN CITY , Philippines -- Strong winds amid heavy rains flattened banana farms in this city on Thursday. City agriculturist Marisa Aton said banana plantations in 15 areas were affected. Initial damage was pegged at P5 million. Kidapawan City Mayor ...

The cost of winning: How politicians fund their campaigns
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 12 ... which are pork barrel for legislators. Political Science Professor Julio Teehankee said the tremendous amount needed to mount a political campaign in this country is the source of corruption in the country.

Philippine seaweed farmers urged to tap rising local demand
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
Meanwhile, Ricohermoso downplayed the concern of climate change to affect the seaweed farming sector in the Philippines, saying the farmers are resilient enough to combat the negative effects of extreme weather conditions. With stable export orders and ...

Finland: from suicide hotspot to world's happiest country
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
How could this Nordic country, better known for its harsh weather and high suicide rate, be the world's happiest? Although international comparisons are imperfect due to holes in the data, in 1990 official statistics did indeed indicate that Finland's ...

DOTr starts Swiss challenge for Bulacan airport project
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started the bidding process for the Bulacan airport project as it issued a call to potential challengers to conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC). The DOTr published yesterday an invitation ...

Duterte signs law dividing Palawan into 3 provinces
CNN Philippines - 2019-04-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 13) -- An act splitting Palawan into three separate provinces has been signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. The act was first introduced in the House of ...

Between confidence and delusion
philstar.com - 2019-04-13
Perhaps a term for this person is a "wannapreneur." I have known him for years. He is a good person and throughout his life, he has continuously come up with business ideas. Some of which are bizarre, some not very original. On any given day ...

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