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FDA recalls company's dietary supplements that contain kratom
Upi.com - 2018-02-23
Feb. 23 (UPI) --The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the voluntary destruction and recall of a company's dietary supplements that contain kratom, a potentially addictive opioid. Divinity Products Distribution of Grain Valley, Mo., has ...

Students hold mass walkout today
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
This story was updated to include a report from CNN Philippines Correspondent AC Nicholls. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- Students in Metro Manila and other parts of the country staged a walkout on Friday to protest a number of issues ...

Anti-drug operatives net P800k-worth of pot at Kalinga checkpoint
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Government operatives have arrested four individuals, including a minor, who were found to be in possession of over P800,000 worth of marijuana at a checkpoint in Kalinga, Mountain Province, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) revealed on Friday.

MMDA announces Edsa traffic rerouting for people power celebration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-23
A portion of Edsa will be closed to motorists on Sunday for the celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Friday. The celebration will be on February 25, Sunday ...

HPE's hybrid IT approach pays dividends in Q1: Will growth continue?
ZDNet - 2018-02-23
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's bet on hybrid IT and move away from commodity servers appears to be paying off, but there are a bit of unknowns about the revenue growth curves ahead. The company reported first quarter earnings of 89 cents a share on revenue ...

1 killed, 10 hurt in 6-vehicle crash in La Union
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-23
DAGUPAN CITY -- A truck driver was killed while 10 others were injured after six vehicles collided along the highway in Rosario town in La Union province early Friday, police said. Mark Anthony Locquiao, 25, died while being rushed to a hospital after ...

Snapchat stock loses $1.3 billion after Kylie Jenner tweet
CNN Money - 2018-02-23
Kylie Jenner's tweet about Snapchat's redesign sent the company's stock tumbling Thursday. The update has been under fire from users who dislike the new layout. 03:29 Former tech employees team up to tackle smartphone addiction

Metro traffic costs P3.5B daily - Jica
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Tugade said the Department of Transportation was in talks with Metro Pacific Investments Corp., which had offered to take over the operations and rehabilitation of MRT 3. Susumu Ito, Jica Philippines chief representative, said the cost of congestion ...

Govt extends franchise of Now Telecom for 25 years
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-23
Now, which is owned by the family of Mel Velarde, is vying for the third major telecommunications player that will challenge duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. Kristian Pura, head of business development of Now, said it was open to forming a ...

Herbosa says SEC will review PDS proposals
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-23
"The more there are entities interested in going into the business, the better for us and the investing public," she said. The SEC will assess which proposal will benefit the investing public, especially in terms of lower fees. Herbosa noted that 98 ...

Galaxy S9 vs. iPhone X: Samsung Price To Mirror Apple's
International Business Times - 2018-02-23
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are both expected to be announced in just a few days, but the European pricing for the upcoming phones has already been revealed. Apparently, the Galaxy S9 will start at EUR841 while the larger S9+ will start as EUR997.

How to take care of your eyes in 2018
BusinessMirror. - 2018-02-23
Our bodies can only absorb it by eating green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits. This 2018, take steps to protect your visual health by taking these simple steps: Change your focus. When spending a lot of time in front of your device, remember to change ...

Suspect in Joanna Demafelis' murder in Lebanese custody
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
Story updated to include statements of the Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a principal suspect in the murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis is now ...

Robredo: I do not want to oust the President
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- The Vice President is setting the record straight: she does not want to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. In an exclusive interview with CNN Philippines, Vice President Leni Robredo dismissed claims of rushing ...

Judge in Espinosa case feels unsafe after ambush of lawyer
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- A Manila judge hearing the case against alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa is concerned about his safety following the death of Espinosa's legal counsel last week. Speaking to media, Judge Silvino Pampilo, Jr ...

No retail armadeggon in PH in next 10 years
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
The feared demise of traditional retailing, which seems to be starting in the United States, Europe and China as a result of booming online shopping, may not happen in the Philippines in the next five to 10 years, but it is a future possibility that SM ...

Suspects in Demafelis murder arrested
Global Nation - 2018-02-23
The suspects in the murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait have been arrested by Lebanese authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revealed on Friday evening. DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Nader Essam Assaf, a ...

Palace summons US envoy to discuss intel report about Duterte
Global Nation - 2018-02-23
Malacañang summoned on Thursday United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim following the US Intelligence Report branding President Rodrigo Duterte as "one of the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia." Kim met with Executive Secretary ...

Suspects in Demafelis murder arrested
Global Nation - 2018-02-23
The suspects in the murder of overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait have been arrested by Lebanese authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) revealed on Friday evening. DFA Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Nader Essam Assaf, a ...

Teehankee appointment as WTO representative deferred
Global Nation - 2018-02-23
The Commission on Appointments deferred on Wednesday the confirmation of Ambassador Manuel Teehankee as the permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The decision came after Sen. Risa Hontiveros moved to delay ...

Local Dunkin' Donuts franchiser facing tax evasion complaint
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Friday filed a tax evasion case against the local franchiser of U.S. brand Dunkin' Donuts. Golden Donuts Inc. (GDI), the exclusive franchiser and license grantee of ...

APSC training Australia's public service to be more 'agile'
ZDNet - 2018-02-23
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) wants to create a more agile and technology-focused public service workforce, and is embarking on a program of work with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to do just that. There are three main projects ...

Hyundai vehicle sales slowed in Jan
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (Hari) started the year with a "modest" 3-percent growth in sales volume in January 2018 after surging at two digits in the same month last year. In a statement, Hari said it had sold 2,903 units of vehicles in January ...

Manila court orders transfer of Taguba to PNP jail
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-23
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) has ordered the immediate transfer of Customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba II to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center. During a court hearing on Friday, Manila RTC Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio ...

GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares rebound as fidgety US rate fears ebb again
Yahoo Finance - 2018-02-23
Japan's Nikkei edged 0.4 percent higher and South Korea's KOSPI index rose 1.1 percent. China's SSE Composite index and the blue-chip CSI300 each rose 0.7 percent. All Asian markets except Philippines eked out gains following a sell-off on Thursday after ...

Asia shares rebound as fidgety U.S. rate fears ebb again
Reuters - 2018-02-23
"Higher inflation and a larger fiscal deficit in the United States will likely see U.S. bond yields move higher, but improved fundamentals in Asia mean the region is better placed to weather this than in 2013." Analysts expect the market to be in a ...

Clues to Parkinson's may be shed in tears
Upi.com - 2018-02-23
THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 -- Your tears may reveal if you are at risk of Parkinson's disease, preliminary research suggests. When people shed tears, certain proteins are released. Levels of those proteins are different in people with Parkinson's compared to ...

Now Telecom gets franchise extension until 2043
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Now Telecom Co. Inc., formerly Infocom Communications Network Inc., has secured an extension of its congressional franchise to build and operate a telecommunications network until 2043. President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 10972 on ...

Monetary Board member Valentin Araneta dies
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-23
He was also senior executive vice president and chief operating officer of Philippine National Bank.

Foreign investment pledges down 51.8%
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Investment pledges made by foreign firms slid 51.8 percent to P105.6 billion in 2017 after a steep 82.8-percent drop in fourth-quarter commitments, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday. The latest PSA data showed that foreign investments ...

In the FMCG world, local trumps global
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
In the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, Filipino consumers apparently love their local brands and community retailers, says a recent report by global consumer behavior research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In the 2017 report "Asia Brand Power: How ...

A third of global cybercrime happens in Asia, report says
Inquirer - 2018-02-23
Up to one third of all cybercrime perpetrated globally happens in the Asia-Pacific region, with hackers setting their sights on banks in "midtier" nations that have adopted digital strategies but have yet to grasp the gamut of threats posed by ...

Ease of doing business must lead to easy-on-the-pocket expenses
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-23
In short, ease of doing business should lead to easy-on-the-pocket expenses. It can even be argued that if we cut the process, then we should also cut the price, or at the very least keep the status quo. Second, Mr. President, is the plight of single ...

10 drug suspects killed in 24-hour police operations in Bulacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
CAMP GEN ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan - Ten drug suspects were killed by policemen, while 63 others were arrested during close to 50 operations undertaken simultaneously in different Bulacan towns from Tuesday midnight (Feb. 20) to Wednesday midnight (Feb ...

AFP may probe PSG chief over statements vs Rappler
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) might just look into the conduct of Presidential Security Group (PSG) commander, Brigadier General Lope Dagoy, who allegedly threatened Rappler journalist Pia Ranada and refused to apologize for it, the military ...

Teehankee appointment as WTO representative deferred
Global Nation - 2018-02-22
The Commission on Appointments deferred on Wednesday the confirmation of Ambassador Manuel Teehankee as the permanent representative to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The decision came after Sen. Risa Hontiveros moved to delay ...

Is Bongbong withdrawing all pending motions in poll protest? PET wants to know
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has yet to withdraw all pending motions to help expedite the process in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. This as the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), gave him 10 ...

Las Piñas No. 1 most wanted falls anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
The No. 1 most wanted criminal of Las Piñas was arrested again on Wednesday just barely few months after serving his jail term for another crime. Suspect Kenneth Cristobal was arrested by Las Piñas police in a house in Basa Compound, Barangay Zapote at ...

Arrest order revives Floirendo-Alvarez word war
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
The warrant of arrest the Sandiganbayan issued against Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. on Monday revived the word war between him and Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Floirendo on Wednesday said the arrest warrant was "a clear sign of the existence ...

Alvarez swears in 4,500 Bataan local officials as new PDP-Laban members
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
BALANGA CITY - Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez urged 4,500 local officials of Bataan, who joined administration party PDP-Laban, to support the push for federalism, after he swore them in at a Thursday gathering. Alvarez said the new members, led by Bataan Gov.

Gadon gives ultimatum to Sereno: Resign or your staff will suffer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-22
Lawyer Lorenzo Gadon gave Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno up to March 1 to resign or he would file criminal charges against some of her staff in the Supreme Court. "If Chief Justice Sereno does not resign by March 1, 2018, I will file the following ...

Snap tells the 1.2 million people who signed a petition to remove the latest Snapchat update that they're out of luck
Business Insider - 2018-02-22
Snapchat on Wednesday told disillusioned users that it would add an update to its new app designed to make it easier for them to sort through stories. The promise came in an official response from the company to a Change.org petition in which 1.2 million ...

PH fixed broadband speed improves
Inquirer - 2018-02-22
The Philippines posted mixed results in terms of internet speed in the first quarter of 2018 as it marked improvements in fixed broadband and a surprise decline in mobile speeds. This was according to the newest Speedtest Global Index by Ookla, which ...

Chevron launches Techron diesel system cleaner
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-22
Diesel car, van and SUV owners can now clean and keep their diesel injectors working like brand new with the new Techron D Concentrate, ultra-high-performance diesel fuel system cleaner. Launched by Chevron Philippines Inc., marketer of Caltex brand of ...

Glossier Just Got $52 Million In Fresh Capital, Bringing Total Funding To $86 Million
Forbes - 2018-02-22
Millennial-favorite beauty brand Glossier is about to make a whole lot more "meaningful connections." The New York-based startup announced today that the direct-to-consumer beauty brand received $52 million in a Series C round. Founder and CEO Emily ...

Experts recommend more conservative care for SCAD heart attacks
Upi.com - 2018-02-22
Feb. 22 (UPI) --If a younger woman suffers a certain type of heart attack, the American Heart Association and Mayo Clinic are now recommending letting the body heal on its own. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, is a type of heart attack that ...

Watch: Imaging Scans Show What Baby Tasmanian Tigers Looked Like for the First Time
Yahoo - 2018-02-22
On September 7, 1936, the death of a zoo animal named Benjamin marked the last time the world would ever see a living Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine. With Benjamin, we lost untold knowledge about this tan, striped, dog-like marsupial and how it grew and lived.

Upgraded AirPods With Hands-Free Siri Coming Soon, Water-Resistant Model In 2019
International Business Times - 2018-02-22
Apple is already rumored to be working on upgraded version of AirPods this year and now a new report has more details on exactly what those upgrades are going to be. People familiar with the matter claim Apple is working on a new version of the AirPods ...

Gov't 'summons' U.S. Ambassador over intel report calling Duterte a threat to democracy
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 23) -- Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea "summoned" U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Thursday to discuss an intelligence report calling President Rodrigo Duterte a threat to democracy in Southeast ...

FluMist back on CDC's recommended list of flu vaccines
Upi.com - 2018-02-22
Feb. 22 (UPI) --FluMist Quadrivalent has returned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended list of flu vaccines, drugmaker AstraZeneca announced. The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted Wednesday to recommend ...

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