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DENR to bring 50-member 'mission team' to Boracay
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A "mission team" will be deployed to Boracay to address the environmental issues hounding the island, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Tuesday. The team will be composed of 50 personnel from six regional ...

Abuse or unemployment: Stark choice for many Filipino maids
Global Nation - 2018-02-20
After the murder of a Filipino maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers -- but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again. For them, the sometimes brutal conditions and the hide-and ...

Feathers fly as chicken shortage shuts KFCs across Britain
Inquirer - 2018-02-20
LONDON, United Kingdom -- Fast-food fans were in a flutter Monday after most of the 900 KFC outlets in the U.K. and Ireland were forced to close because of a shortage of chicken. The company apologized to customers, blaming "teething problems" with ...

Abuse or unemployment: Start choice for many Filipino maids
Global Nation - 2018-02-19
After the murder of a Filipino maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers -- but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again. For them, the sometimes brutal conditions and the hide-and ...

3rd telco player needs P10-B net worth
Inquirer - 2018-02-19
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) issued on Monday the draft guidelines it would use to select a "new major telco player" that would break the duopoly of PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom and hopefully improve internet ...

No cheap rice in local market
Inquirer - 2018-02-19
Despite receiving the go-ahead to import, the state-owned National Food Authority (NFA) said consumers have to buy commercial rice in the next few months as the shipments of the low-priced staple were expected to arrive by June or July. The grains agency ...

Duterte: Treat gov't officials who attend hearings with respect
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to lawmakers who summon government officials to legislative probes to treat them with respect. The President made this appeal hours after his trusted aide, Secretary Bong Go ...

Philippines: HIV cases up 3,147 percent in 10 years
Al Jazeera English - 2018-02-19
New HIV cases continued to increase in the Philippines in 2017, with a 3,147 percent surge since 2007, according to an Al Jazeera analysis of the latest data published by the country's health agency, bucking a downward trend worldwide. In a February 2018 ...

Location Based VR Revs Up New Year
Forbes - 2018-02-19
Dreamscape Immersive sold out its six week pop up at the Westfields Mall in Century City in just a few days, while The VOID continued its invasion with a new install in the Glendale, CA, Galleria, which will be an important test of Free Roam or Warehouse ...

Is someone hijacking your Spotify? Here's what I did when it happened to me.
Mashable - 2018-02-19
For years, I've had a bit of a digital pen pal. His name is Kevin. He loves music, "Coffee Table Jazz" in particular. He owns an Amazon Echo, through which he listens to his lovely, soothing John Coltrane trumpet croons. He doesn't often listen during the ...

Hot tech stocks have 'lost their shine' among millennials after mixed earnings
Business Insider - 2018-02-19
Some of the hottest tech stocks have "lost their shine" among millennials, according to data from the stock trading app Stockpile. AMD and Square slipped on the app's ranking of most-traded stocks, falling to 13th from 10th place, and 21st from 15th ...

Kidtech startup SuperAwesome is now valued at $100+ million and profitable
TechCrunch - 2018-02-19
Technology companies like Facebook and Google are scrambling to catch up to the fact that kids have joined a web originally built for adults, and are using it the way adults do -- by liking and commenting, sharing, clicking through on personalized ...

Bong Go: I was dragged in frigate controversy to destroy Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
Facing a Senate probe on Monday, Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go proclaimed his "innocence" on alleged attempts to link him into the P15.7 billion frigates deal fiasco. "Inosente at dinamay lang po ako sa isyung ito upang ...

People opposed to charter change will get chance to air views
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
The Consultative Committee to Review the 1987 Constitution (Con-Com) would invite individuals who oppose charter-change (cha-cha) to air their views and address their concerns, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said on Monday. "We should also be open to ...

Rody backs China buildup in WP Sea
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-19
In a speech during the 20th anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club, the President said the government is exerting more serious efforts to resolve the territorial issues in the South China Sea. In front of the Chinese businessmen ...

Star power for a universal ill
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-19
All these were spurred by the round of accusations against prominent men in show business who made their power felt by committing acts with impunity. Beginning last year and with allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein coming out one by one ...

A Blood Test for Autism? Researchers Say They're Getting Closer to Accurate Diagnosis
Yahoo - 2018-02-19
With varying symptoms and lacking a clear diagnostic test, autism can be difficult to identify--particularly among young children. But scientists in Europe have made headway in devising a blood and urine test that could one day help with earlier detection ...

EDC sole PH firm in Q1 2018 Carbon Clean 200 list
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The country's largest geothermal energy producer was again recognized as one of the world's top 200 companies that drew significant revenues from clean energy. The Lopez-led Energy Development Corporation ...

Drinking alcohol key to living past 90
New York Daily News - 2018-02-19
When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study. The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to ...

DOTr targets 15 operational MRT trains after Holy Week
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) passengers can look forward to a less stressful commute by April, as the Transportation Department hopes for 15 trains be operational on the tracks. At the Senate Committee ...

Foreigner gets life sentence for child pornography, trafficking
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- A Cebu City court sentenced an Australian national to life in prison Tuesday for child trafficking and pornography. Authorities were first made aware of Drew Frederick Shobbrook's activities on March 22, 2013 ...

Senate ethics body junks Faeldon's complaints vs. Lacson, Trillanes
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The Senate ethics committee on Tuesday dismissed the complaints filed by former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon against two senators. Faeldon in September 2017 filed separate ethics complaints against Senators ...

Senate panel junks ethics complaints vs. De Lima
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The Senate ethics committee on Tuesday junked three complaints against detained Senator Leila De Lima. These cases were filed separately by lawyer Abelardo De Jesus, leaders of the House of Representatives ...

Labor chief: No deal with Kuwait on regulating OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said he is not aware of a deal between Kuwait and the Philippine government supposedly regulating overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Gulf state. "The only development ...

Former CJ Puno open to 'evolving federalism'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno is open to "evolving federalism" for regions that are not economically ready to be independent. "If really the data analytics will show that there are certain regions which ...

Senate to probe death of Joanna Demafelis, other OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The Senate will launch on Wednesday its probe on the deaths of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), including the death of Joanna Demafelis. The Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources ...

Duterte: Chinese bases on disputed sea were built as shield from possible US attack
Business World - 2018-02-19
[The bases] are really intended against those who the Chinese think would destroy them, and that is America," Mr. Duterte said during his speech at the 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino-Business Club on Monday evening ...

SM Prime recurring profit up 16%
Business World - 2018-02-19
This translated to consistent growth of our key businesses that include higher rental revenues of our malls, increased residential units sales and growing contribution of our other business segments," SM Prime President Jeffrey C. Lim said in a statement.

Arellano Lady Chiefs NCAA champs anew
Business World - 2018-02-19
Banking on their collective grit, poise and experience, the Lady Chiefs took everything that was thrown their way by their opponents and rose above them to march to another title and celebrate in front of their fans at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San ...

Crowdsourced travel
Business World - 2018-02-19
"I think it comes with the times as well, we felt that it was a good opportunity for us to combine the TV platform as well as the online platform," Armi Malaluan, director and business head for Sony Pictures Television Philippines, told BusinessWorld ...

Proptech, and soon AI, to change house hunting
Business World - 2018-02-19
PROPERTY TECHNOLOGY is changing the face of the local real estate business today, offering boundless opportunities for both industry players and property seekers. From the traditional way of on-site ocular visits, property hunting in the country is now ...

Experts: Many reasons other than lung cancer to quit smoking
Upi.com - 2018-02-19
MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 -- You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan ...

PHL office market to grow by 40% in next 6 years -- Leechiu
Business World - 2018-02-19
Other property developers set to expand during this period include DoubleDragon Properties, Corp., Century Properties Group, Aseana Holdings, Inc., and Eton Properties Corp. Meanwhile, FLI will account for the biggest chunk of office supply in the ...

DENR deploys 'mission team' to save Boracay
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- More than a hundred government personnel will be deployed to Boracay to address the environmental issues of the island, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Tuesday. The first "mission team," which was ...

Senate to probe MRT-3 issues today
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The morning before a Senate panel starts its probe on the alleged inefficient management and maintenance of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), train passengers are yet again forced to walk on railways ...

Senate OKs bill on 'lifetime' cellphone numbers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The Senate approved on Tuesday a bill allowing cellphone users to keep their numbers for life, even if they change service providers or subscription plans. Senate Bill No. 1636, the proposed "The Lifetime ...

Duterte to reconsider peace talks with Reds
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- After his relationship with communist rebels got strained, President Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering the resumption of peace talks. "I'm talking to the communists. The Norwegian officials came here ...

Divorce bill up for voting by House panel
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- The House of Representatives committee on population and family relations is set to vote Wednesday on a measure that would allow divorce in the Philippines. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday said the ...

KFC is running out of chicken across the UK
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-19
(CNN Money) -- KFC is running out of ... chicken? The fast food chain has been forced to temporarily close hundreds of restaurants in the United Kingdom (UK) after a logistics snafu stopped chicken deliveries. About 800 of the company's roughly 900 ...

Davao City health office renews call for measles vaccination
Business World - 2018-02-19
THE DAVAO City Health Office (CHO) has renewed its appeal to parents to have their children vaccinated against measles as continued local migration has increased the risk for disease outbreaks. "The measles vaccine is 99% safe so we are urging mothers to ...

Want to work for Google? CEO touts 'jobs for thousands' in $2.5bn US expansion plan
ZDNet - 2018-02-19
Platform providers lack adequate support resources for developers. Read More Amazon and Apple aren't the only tech giants drumming up news about creating jobs in the US. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says his company's $2.5bn datacenter expansion across the US ...

Communist insurgency: An anathema to a stable business environment
Business World - 2018-02-19
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has categorically stated that this must stop. Top corporate leaders must manifest a firm resolve to sever this relationship. According to Mao Tse-Tung, communists exist because of popular support from common folks in communities.

Senate hearing on PCSO: bizarre and intriguing
Business World - 2018-02-19
The day after, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that the infighting among Social Security System officials prompted ... a cause-oriented group of businessmen, professionals, and academics.

The swimsuit competition
Business World - 2018-02-19
The panic scenario is invoked -- your corporate life is ticking away. But can the diagnosis turn off the patient? There is a possibility of that. Clue: The panel is already jotting down negative scores after such a situation analysis. (Who let these ...

Woman runs after snatcher -- then takes him out for coffee
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
When a woman in Edmonton, Alberta heard another woman in an alley yell that her wallet had been taken, she chased after the snatcher without a second thought. It was just after lunch when Tess Aboughoushe hunted down the man for two blocks and found him ...

New blood, urine tests can determine autism in children
Upi.com - 2018-02-19
Feb. 19 (UPI) --British researchers believe they have developed the first blood and urine tests that can confirm autism spectrum disorders in children. One in in 68 children have been identified with some form of ASD, according to the Centers for Disease ...

Meltdown-Spectre: Now the class action suits against Intel are starting to mount up
ZDNet - 2018-02-19
Video: Fake Meltdown-Spectre patch emails hiding Smoke Loader malware Intel says it faces 32 class action lawsuits over its handling of the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. "As of February 15, 2018, 30 customer class action lawsuits and two ...

BPO property demand in Philippines seen to rebound, then stay flat
Rappler - 2018-02-19
MANILA, Philippines - After it took a beating last year, property demand from business process outsourcing (BPO) firms in the country is expected to rebound this year and then stay flat in the next two years, said a consulting firm. The flattish growth ...

5G is helping make Pyeongchang the most high-tech Olympics ever
CNN Money - 2018-02-19
Spectators at the Pyeongchang Olympics aren't just getting to watch the ultimate showdown in winter sports. They're also witnessing the most high-tech Olympic Games in history. Major companies like Samsung and Intel are showing off their technology ...

Palace praises UST for expelling law students in Atio Morales fatal hazing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-19
The University of Santo Tomas (UST) made the "right step forward" when it expelled eight law students implicated in the fatal hazing of Horacio "Atio" Castillo III, Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the ...

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