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Rural banks, microfinance go digital for expansion
BusinessWorld - 2018-09-20
These reforms include strengthening agriculture finance; improving financial literacy; expanding microinsurance, crop insurance, and Islamic finance; as well as encouraging digital innovation in the banking sector. "Expanding financial services across ...

SWS: Less crime in Q2, but Pinoys feel streets not safer even in military-ruled Mindanao
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- There were fewer Filipinos who fell victim to crime in the second quarter, but they hardly view the streets safer, even from drug addicts, and despite the government's war against criminality, pollster Social Weather Stations found.

Motorcade set to protest 'Cavite Bridge' inside Las Piñas village
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The construction of a bridge linking a major village in Las Piñas City to neighboring Cavite province continues to face opposition from a group of residents. Insisting that the bridge currently undergoing construction along Onelia ...

New landslide kills 21, buries houses in Philippines
YAHOO! - 2018-09-20
The nearest quarry was abandoned about a year ago, but another government-authorized quarry is still being operated not far away, and villagers also profit from the limestone business, said Angeline Templo, an assistant to the mayor. The Philippines is one ...

Despite some progress, Alzheimer's fight falling flat
Rappler - 2018-09-20
The number afflicted is expected to triple by 2050 to 152 million, according to the World Health Organization, posing a huge challenge to healthcare systems. Alzheimer's cost an estimated $818 billion (700 billion euros) in 2015 - equivalent to around ...

First satellite for GPS III upgrades to launch in December
Upi.com - 2018-09-20
Sept. 20 (UPI) --Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force are preparing to launch the first of their constellation of advanced GPS III satellites in December, expected to be the most precise, reliable version of the system yet. While civilians and businesses ...

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess
Rappler - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines - As two former health secretaries locked horns on the Dengvaxia controversy, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III said he would leave it to the courts to decide who should be held liable for the now-suspended ...

Bomb threats hit University of Santo Tomas, Mapua
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Classes were disrupted in two universities in Manila due to bomb threats, police reported yesterday. Members of the Manila Police District Explosives and Ordnance Disposal rushed to the University of Sto. Tomas along España after ...

Five ways to boost your online food business
BusinessWorld - 2018-09-20
Owning a food business used to mean building a brick-and-mortar spot and praying for foot traffic. Thanks to digital tools and platforms, those in the food industry can now easily connect with hungry customers, regardless of location. In a world wherein ...

SWS: Less people report crime incidents in 2nd quarter
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- According to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), 5.3 percent of Filipinos say there were victims of common crimes from April to ...

ADB approves $7.8-billion loan for PH infrastructure
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- The country can tap a multibillion-dollar loan for its massive infrastructure projects. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said it has approved a $7 ...

8 events to go to this weekend of September 21 to September 23
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Manila (CNN Philippines Life ... 2015 film in Bicolano that follows Michelle (played by Mercedes Cabral), , a woman who is deeply attached to her kubo, whose behavior only she can perceive.

Teodoro L. Ferrer: Game changer providing Pinoys quality affordable medicines for 15 years
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-20
Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. (AC Health) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation, and serves as the portfolio company for healthcare businesses. Its vision is to build a ...

Regulations to address public-health emergencies decided
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-20
The Department of Health (DOH ... From September 9 to 14, international experts involved in 19 technical areas, to name a few: food safety, disease surveillance, outbreak response and public ...

Landslide traps residents in City of Naga in Cebu
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- Rescue is ongoing for trapped residents after a landslide occurred in the City of Naga in Cebu Province early Thursday morning. City of Naga police ...

La Union, Vigan under state of calamity
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III yesterday signed a resolution passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan declaring a state of calamity after damage to infrastructure and agriculture reached ... Mayoyao town in Ifugao was placed under a state of calamity on ...

Budget Chief on DepEd, DOH budget cut: They have backlog
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- The Budget Department is standing firm on its budget proposal for 2019. "We're not gonna issue any errata. We stand by our submission," Budget ...

ADB okays $7.8-B loan for Philippines
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank on Thursday announced it has approved a $7.8 billion lending pipeline for the Philippine government from this year to 2021 to help it attain "high and inclusive growth." In a statement, the Manila ...

Itogon Mayor appeals to mining company to help landslide victims
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Six days after Typhoon Ompong triggered a deadly landslide in Barangay Ucab, Itogon Mayor Victor Palangdan on Thursday appealed to Benguet Corporation to help provide a temporary relocation site ...

More than 300 families evacuated after Cebu landslide
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
According to an initial report by the NDRRMC, teams from the Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation ... Social Welfare and Development Office.

Sotto gets backlash for suggesting to revise the national anthem
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- The Senate President wants the national anthem revised, but the suggestion did not sit well with netizens. Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto said ...

Philippines to tap $500-million World Bank loan for Ompong aid
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Finance (DOF ... "The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) convened a technical working group last Tuesday (Sept. 18) and agreed to finalize a draft resolution endorsing to the NDRRMC a state of calamity in the Ilocos ...

DOJ recommends filing homicide charges vs. Ozamiz City police chief
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday recommended the filing of homicide charges against Ozamiz City police chief Jovie Espenido and his men ...

Deaf group files complaint vs. Mocha Uson before Ombudsman
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- A deaf group lodged a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson for posting a ...

PAGASA: Cyclone brews off Mindanao
philstar.com - 2018-09-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A potential cyclone is expected to enter the Philippines this weekend and bring rains over the Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau warned yesterday. As of 2 p.m., a low-pressure area was spotted 2,550 kilometers east of ...

Why eczema is tougher to treat for black patients
Upi.com - 2018-09-20
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 -- Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can be very difficult to control in some people. But the skin condition, which leads to dry, itchy and inflamed skin, is particularly problematic for black people, according to new research.

China says it will never use its currency as a weapon in the trade war
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
(CNN Money) -- The trade war between China and the United States is intensifying, but Beijing has just taken one potential weapon off the table. Premier Li Keqiang told an audience of global ...

Defense chief meets with U.S. counterpart to discuss combating ISIS
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met with his United States counterpart on Monday to discuss the fight against terrorist networks, including ISIS.

Coast Guard confiscates P270K in smuggled cigarettes
philstar.com - 2018-09-19
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday morning seized an estimated P270,000 in cigarettes smuggled in from Malaysia. Lt. Cmdr. Noriel Ramos, coast guard station commander, said they confiscated the contraband early ...

Yogurt May Not Be So Healthy If It's Pumped Full Of Sugar
NPR - 2018-09-19
If you look at the sugar content of some yogurts in the supermarket, you might mistakenly think you're in the dessert aisle. Yogurt is marketed as a healthy food, but a study published this week in the British Medical Journal is the latest reminder that ...

FDA Clears New Form of Latanoprost (Xelpros) for Glaucoma
Medscape - 2018-09-19
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved latanoprost ophthalmic emulsion 0.005% (Xelpros, Sun Pharmaceuticals) to reduce elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension, the company has announced.

Quantum Technology Promises Practical Cryptography With Unbreakable Keys
IEEE Spectrum - 2018-09-19
Cryptographic protection of sensitive information is arguably facing its most severe challenge to date thanks to quantum computers. To counter this threat, researchers around the globe are ...

Walking Just 4 Hours a Week Linked to Reduced Stroke Severity
Medscape - 2018-09-19
Compared with those who are physically inactive, adults who routinely engaged in light to moderate physical activity prior to a stroke or transient ischemic attack were twice as likely to experience a mild event rather than a moderate or severe one, new ...

Removing 'zombie' cells deters Alzheimer's in mice
YAHOO! - 2018-09-19
Paris (AFP) - Eliminating dead-but-toxic cells occurring naturally in the brains of mice designed to mimic Alzheimer's slowed neuron damage and memory loss associated with the disease, according to a study published Wednesday that could open a new front in ...

Delfin Lee to remain in jail -- DOJ
philstar.com - 2018-09-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Globe Asiatique president Delfin Lee will have to remain in jail despite the Supreme Court (SC) decision that downgraded his case and allowed him to post bail, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). "He cannot be granted ...

Nest tried to hide its identity as the buyer of a promising health startup
The Verge - 2018-09-19
More and more tech companies are blurring the line between gadgets and health devices. The new Apple Watch Series 4 will eventually do electrocardiograms. Fitbit just announced a fitness coaching program tailored to the health care industry that aims to ...

One in three gun-owning U.S. veterans don't store weapons safely
Reuters - 2018-09-19
(Reuters Health) - A substantial percentage of U.S. military vets store guns loaded and ready to use, according to an American study that could have implications for suicide prevention. "American veterans have a higher suicide risk than demographically ...

The most anticipated game of the year will be missing a major online component when it comes out in October
Business Insider - 2018-09-19
"Red Dead Redemption 2" will launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26 -- but players will have to wait November to play "Red Dead Online," the online multiplayer component "Red Dead Online" will enter public beta in November, and developer ...

Medical marijuana increases pain threshold for patients
Upi.com - 2018-09-19
Sept. 18 (UPI) --Drugs derived from an active ingredient in marijuana produced only modest increases in pain threshold and tolerance but no reduction in ongoing intensity, according to an analysis of research. Researchers examined 18 placebo-controlled ...

Palace wants mayors missing in action fired
philstar.com - 2018-09-19
"It is but right to fire those who did not make themselves visible during the typhoon, because in weather conditions that are caso fortuito, we expect that our local governments will be on top of their constituencies," he said in Filipino. Roque issued ...

Harnessing potentials is top priority
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
THE Philippines and Chile, though geographically "worlds apart," share numerous parallelisms in history and heritage. In 2015 the BusinessMirror ran a feature on the Southern American country ...

House resumes work on 2019 budget
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
Nograles said the realignment addressed the serious budget cuts suffered by various government agencies, especially in education and health. "The committee report made by the Committee of the ...

Do IVF And Other Infertility Tech Lead To Health Risks For The Baby? Maybe
NPR - 2018-09-19
When patients come to Dr. Molly Quinn for infertility treatments, they usually aren't too interested in hearing about the possible downsides, she says. They just want to get pregnant. Still, she always discusses the risks. For example, there's an increased ...

No UPCAT dates yet
philstar.com - 2018-09-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The University of the Philippines has yet to announce the schedule for its college admission ... advisory issued yesterday, the UP Office of Admissions clarified that an annoucement of the UPCAT administration dates circulating ...

DOTr readies to put 170,000 jeepneys in the scrap yard
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
The transportation department listed these items as follows: "higher capacity vehicles, low-emission vehicles, fleet consolidation, reformed business model and an effective information ...

Garments industry, on the death throes?
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
The final report is on appeal. In her April 12 letter to COA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo, Margarita de la Rama, president of the Garments Business Association of the Philippines (GBAP), said the ...

A multi-sided rice crisis requires a holistic policy approach
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
The system of private sector rice importation, which means fuller control by the rice traders of the rice business, from buying the palay produce at home to the ...

Esports giant Riot Games lands major deal
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
It has formed a team to address diversity and inclusion, and recently brought in Frances Frei, a Harvard Business School professor who has also worked with Uber to improve inclusivity. It plans to ...

DOTr: Public transport should not be seen as means of livelihood
CNN Philippines - 2018-09-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 19) -- View public transport as a service rather than a business, a transport official said. Transportation Assistant Secretary Mark de Leon on Wednesday ...

Remitly seeks to gain 40% share of PHL remittance market by 2022
BusinessMirror - 2018-09-19
Its featured partners are Banco de Oro, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Metrobank, Philippine National Bank, M Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier and LBC. Also part of this roster are SM Department ...

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