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EDITORIAL - A tradition of violence
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
There are so many areas tagged as potential flash points for election-related violence that they have to be classified under different categories and color-coded, like weather disturbances, from yellow to orange to red. In Metro Manila, the cities of ...

Duterte warns foreign drug syndicates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
LAUR, NUEVA ECIJA--President Duterte on Wednesday said the country was fighting a "global war" on drugs as he warned anew about the entry into the Philippines of the Mexican drug cartel ...

Age disparity still matters in romantic relationships
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
Love is ageless," Pestana said. But for half of the respondents in the latest survey of Social Weather Stations (SWS), age disparity in relationships matter. The Dec. 16 to 19 survey showed that ...

Is your business ready to face the onslaught of robots?
Inquirer - 2019-02-14
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us. The World Economic Forum associates the 4IR with breakthroughs in emerging fields that include robotics, artificial intelligence (AI ...

Amazon's abrupt escape from New York won't hurt its business one bit, say analysts
Business Insider - 2019-02-14
Amazon's decision to cancel a major office expansion into New York is a stunning about-face for the tech giant, but the change of plans is unlikely to have any serious impact on the company's $230 billion business engine, say analysts. "This is a blip and ...

Overly confident leaders
Inquirer - 2019-02-14
In the 1950s, the Swiss watch industry, known for its elegant mechanical devices, reigned supreme and had a haul of more than half of global market share. Not surprisingly, a Swiss engineer was ...

Banks offer P200B for agri-agra boost
Inquirer - 2019-02-14
Ben Evardone, who also chairs the House committee on credit and banking, arranged a meeting on Tuesday with a group of bankers led by Philippine Business Bank founder Alfredo Yao. Banks that ...

Amazon is pulling out of New York City, but analysts say that the most important part of the HQ2 strategy is proceeding as planned
Business Insider - 2019-02-14
Amazon is pulling out of its plans to build its second major headquarters in New York, but an arguably more important piece of the HQ2 strategy remains intact, as it still plans on coming to the Washington DC area. In moving to Virginia, Amazon will get ...

Coffee Meets Bagel reports massive data breach on Valentine's Day
Mashable - 2019-02-14
Millions of people who use the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel woke up on Valentine's Day to some unsetting news: their personal information had been compromised. Coffee Meets Bagel reported a ...

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging
YAHOO! - 2019-02-14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline -- and finding some worrisome clues. Depression has long been linked to certain ...

SUV hits tricycle in Iloilo; 4 dead
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
ILOILO CITY, Philippines -- Four people died when a sport utility vehicle collided with a tricycle in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo before midnight yesterday. Senior Inspector Jose Rey Pabalan, Sta. Barbara police chief, identified the fatalities as Jero Poll ...

Philippines' largest shipyard to close in blow to Hanjin rescue
Nikkei Asian Review - 2019-02-14
MANILA -- The Philippines' largest shipyard is set to ... Government officials told Nikkei Asian Review there were still potential bidders in the wings, including interest from North American ...

Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online
ZDNet - 2019-02-14
One of the facial recognition databases that the Chinese government is using to track the Uyghur Muslim population in the Xinjiang region has been left open on the internet for months, a Dutch security researcher told ZDNet. The database belongs to a ...

The Heartbreaking Plight Of Zimbabwe's Doctors
NPR - 2019-02-14
It seems like gloves, needles, painkillers and water should be standard stock in any hospital. But they're not in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe's hopes for economic change after the November 2017 ouster of President Robert Mugabe, with the new President Emmerson ...

Morning People Really Are Happier, According to Science
YAHOO! - 2019-02-14
You may want to rethink hitting your snooze button in the morning. According to a new study, the time you decide to rise and shine could impact your overall mental and physical health. Jacqueline Lane, an instructor of medicine at Massachusetts General ...

$20 billion Stripe is investing in a digital payments company that's aiming to be the Amazon Web Services of the fintech world
Business Insider - 2019-02-14
Stripe, one of Silicon Valley's hottest payment startups valued at $20 billion, is backing another payments company. Rapyd, which offers a mobile-first financial network, said on Wednesday it had raised in $40 million in its Series B round led by Stripe ...

A venture partner who invested in tech winners like DocuSign explains why crypto is here to stay
Business Insider - 2019-02-14
The crypto market may be in a decline, but that hasn't stopped some Silicon Valley investors from investing in the space. Cyptocurrencies are here to stay, said Philippe Botteri, a partner at venture firm Accel. Crypto may be in the doldrums, but that ...

SWS: Half of Filipinos happy with love life
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Half of Filipinos are happy with their love life, according to the latest poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The survey, conducted from Dec. 16 to 19 last year and released only yesterday, found that 51 percent of ...

Figma gets $40 million Series C to put design tools in the cloud
TechCrunch - 2019-02-14
With more industries and organizations recognizing design as a pillar of business, a battle is brewing among makers of design tools. And with a fresh $40 million in Series C funding, Figma is ...

If public health is politicized
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
They stood by this statement regardless of the questions by experts from the Philippine General Hospital. PAO also filed a case against the former health secretary and other officials of the DOH ...

Philippines urged to open up fiscal space to fund social protection programs
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
The Philippines, for instance, continues to be challenged by limited coverage of social insurance, covering only half of the population to date. Health coverage by government insurance also remains be limited. "In particular, Myanmar, Nepal, the ...

Manila bay rehab; 95 towns, cities broke environment laws - DILG
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A total of 95 towns and cities within the Manila Bay watershed area have not complied with environmental laws, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said yesterday. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the number ...

Gilas Pilipinas faces tough tests in final window
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
They will have only one day to acclimatize with the Astana weather as they play the Kazakhs the next day. All the Nationals can do is to condition their mind to play in a weather that they have never experienced before. But Guiao is hopeful they can endure ...

PCC blocks URC-RHI deal over monopoly concerns
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has blocked the planned acquisition by Universal Robina Corp. (URC) of the refining and milling assets of Central Azucarera Don Pedro Inc. (CADPI) and land owned by Roxas Holdings Inc ...

Jollibee nets 17% more in 2018, doubles 2019 capex
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino-owned fastfood giant Jollibee Foods Corp. (JFC) finished 2018 with higher profitability despite a challenging environment brought about by rising inflation rate and slower economic growth. To sustain its momentum, JFC is ...

ICTSI inaugurates expanded container terminal in Georgia
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
THE International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has inaugurated the expansion of its container terminal in Batumi, Georgia, expanding the capacity of the facility by a third. In a ...

DOE endorses more projects as EPNS
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
... supercritical clean coal-fired power plant of GNPower Dinginin Coal Plant Ltd., a partnership among AC Energy Inc., Aboitiz Power Corp. and Power Partners Ltd. Co. The facility is located in Bataan. EICC lumped in one CEPNS the commerciality phase for ...

P500,000 guns, ammo seized at NAIA
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) officers intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday two parcels containing P500,000 worth of firearms and bullets bound for Taiwan. The parcels, declared to contain solar panels ...

Metrobank redeeming P16 billion debt ahead of schedule
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
Aside from Metrobank, other banks that issued Tier 2 notes include Philippine Savings Bank with P3 billion, East West Banking Corp. with P5 billion, BDO Unibank Inc. with P10 billion, Asia United Bank with P5 billion, and East West Rural Bank with P1.25 ...

DataLand to expand into Clark Global City
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
GGDC has since signed a sublease agreement with SM Prime Holdings Inc. and a memorandum of agreement with Century Properties Group Inc. for a joint venture. "We want Clark Global City to serve ...

Clark earns record P1.35 billion in 2018
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Clark Development Corp. (CDC) earned a record P1.35 billion last year on the back of higher revenues, the state agency said in a statement. CDC said its net earnings grew 31 percent from the previous record of P1.03 billion in 2017 ...

Soldier killed, 3 hurt in Sulu clash with Abu Sayyaf
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A soldier was killed while three other government troopers were wounded in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Patikul, Sulu yesterday. The military said soldiers of the 6th Special Forces Battalion clashed with the ...

Camarines Sur lawmaker offers to serve suspension
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Camarines Sur second district Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. has offered to serve his suspension for 90 days as ordered by the Sandiganbayan. In a letter to Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Villafuerte said he would comply with ...

Google, Amazon among those targeted in EU unfair practices digital rules
Reuters - 2019-02-14
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google, Amazon and other tech firms will have to tell companies how they rank their own or rival products on their platforms under new rules agreed by EU negotiators aimed at stopping unfair practices by online platforms and app stores.

Globaltech: PCSO defied CA on Peryahan games
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The firm behind the Peryahan Ng Bayan (PNB) numbers game has questioned the move of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to defy the Court of Appeals (CA) order allowing its operations to proceed pending resolution of ...

EPA announces plan to address chemicals in drinking water
Upi.com - 2019-02-14
Feb. 14 (UPI) --The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday an action plan meant to regulate harmful chemicals found in drinking water systems across the United States. Andrew Wheeler, the EPA's acting administrator, made the announcement during ...

BDO unit to shell out P781 million for Bulacan rural bank
philstar.com - 2019-02-14
MANILA, Philippines -- One Network Bank Inc. (ONB), the rural banking arm of BDO Unibank Inc., is initially spending P781 million to acquire a Bulacan-based rural bank to beef up its nationwide presence and cater to more small and medium enterprises (SMEs ...

Marawi rehab drive raises nearly P42B
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
"We are moving faster than business-as-usual." The government previously said that it will sell "patriotic bonds" in order to raise the remainder of the budgetary needs for the Marawi rehabilitation road map. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez ...

Scribes honor golf body, Razon
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), SM Prime Holdings, Tapa King, Rain or Shine, NorthPort and Chooks To Go. The 58-year-old Razon, on the other hand, has been known as an avid ...

Jollibee sets P17-billion capital spending for 2019
BusinessWorld - 2019-02-14
"The Philippine business performed strongly in 2018 despite rising inflation rate and slowing GDP growth...Operating margin even improved slightly compared with 2017," JFC Chief Executive Officer Ernesto Tanmantiong said in a statement ...

Alfred V. Ty: 2018 was a major milestone for Toyota
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
How many motorists/businessmen had been thrown in disarray that day, missing their appointments in Makati, if not possibly huge business deals that could have bagged for them, on the side ...

PCC blocks merger of 2 sugar mills
BusinessMirror - 2019-02-14
These mills produce raw sugar, refined sugar and molasses for supply to other URC business segments and third parties. RHI owns 100 percent of the shares of Cadpi, which is operating an integrated ...

Duterte washes hands of Maria Ressa's arrest
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is unaware about Rappler chief Maria Ressa's arrest, which some labelled as the administration's ...

Duterte warns Tatad: there's a borderline between press freedom and rudeness
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte had some choice words for Francisco "Kit" Tatad, who had recently written about the President's health in his newspaper ...

Duterte bares Senatorial slate he is endorsing
CNN Philippines - 2019-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has narrowed down the number of Senatorial candidates that he will campaign for in the upcoming elections to eleven.

Long-necked dinosaur with a heart-shaped tail discovered in Tanzania
Upi.com - 2019-02-14
Feb. 14 (UPI) --Paleontologists have discovered a new dinosaur species with a heart-shaped tail bone. The dinosaur is a relative of the titanosaurs, a group of long-necked sauropods. Scientists recovered the dinosaur's remains from ancient deposits in ...

Pot use in youth linked to risk for depression, suicidal behavior
Upi.com - 2019-02-14
Feb. 13 (UPI) --Many people use cannabis for relaxation, among other reasons. New research suggests, however, that for adolescents and teens it may have potentially damaging effects. Use of the drug among young adults was linked to a higher risk of ...

Duterte apologizes to Alvarez for ouster as Speaker
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Philippines--President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday admitted that he has apologized to his friend, Davao Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez for his ouster as Speaker of the House of ...

Countries Use Novel Strategies to Tackle Price of HCV Drugs
Medscape - 2019-02-14
The introduction of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has changed the paradigm for treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, with cure rates above 90%. The drawback is that these drugs come with a hefty, if cost-effective, price tag. Currently, 71 million ...

Pimentel, Marcos share stage in Senate campaign rally
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-02-14
SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Philippines - Reelectionist Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III, whose father and namesake fought the Marcos dictatorship, on Thursday shared the stage with the ...

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