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DepEd urged to 'be fair' amid fears ALS passing rate hits 'all-time low'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) -- Stakeholders of the government's alternative learning system (ALS) are asking the Department of Education (DepEd) to adjust the cutoff percentage for the program's assessment test amid concerns its passing ...

Expert: PH-China exploration in S. China Sea needs formal agreement
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 17) -- Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal said the Philippines and China must have a formal agreement before conducting a joint exploration in the disputed South China Sea. This came after Foreign Affairs Secretary ...

Defense chief calls human rights group rebels' mouthpiece
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana slammed international advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) for "being unreasonably critical and biased" against government forces. Lorenzana called the HRW as the ...

OFW found in freezer in Kuwait is back home
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) -- Joanna Demafelis' family burst into tears and broke down upon seeing the wooden casket that contained the domestic worker's body in Manila on Friday. Her remains arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International ...

Bills payment made less painful . . . and rewarding even
Inquirer - 2018-02-16
Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. is trying to ease the pain and make paying bills--and spending--more pleasant and even rewarding. PLDT has launched its MVP (most valuable partner) Rewards card that will initially benefit clients and prepaid and ...

Pastor Quiboloy can take care of himself--Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-16
Pastor Apollo Quiboloy is a private person and he can take care of himself, Malacañang said on Friday following reports that he was temporarily held in the United States. A HawaiiNewsNow. com report on Thursday said that US authorities found $350,000 in ...

Angara proposes sending more welfare envoys to aid tormented OFWs
Global Nation - 2018-02-16
A senator on Friday suggested sending more social welfare attachés (SWAs) abroad to extend special protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in countries swamped with cases of abuse and violence. "While we have competent lawyers and experts in our ...

Inquiry into decline of English skill of PH students sought
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-16
Senator Grace Poe has filed a resolution calling for an inquiry into the "decline" in English proficiency of Filipino students. In Senate Resolution No. 622, Poe called for an assessment of the present curricula in elementary and high school in light ...

Louie De Leon stews up content game with Tomato Soup
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-16
The answers were so far from what we were currently doing, but I told them I wanted to produce content. That eventually morphed into a business model where, in its purest form, we conjure up content ideas for people and publish them online." Working ...

Meltdown-Spectre flaws: We've found new attack variants, say researchers
ZDNet - 2018-02-16
Video: Fake Meltdown-Spectre patch emails hiding Smoke Loader malware Researchers have developed a tool to uncover new ways of attacking the Meltdown and Spectre CPU side-channel flaws, which may force chipmakers like Intel to re-examine already difficult ...

Labor chief orders removal of welfare officer in Kuwait for Demafelis' case oversight
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III won't accept excuses for the oversight on the case of the slain OFW in Kuwait. Overseas worker welfare officer Maria Sarah Concepcion explained in a letter that it is ...

Makati rep. says third PH telecom player could fetch P300-B market value
Inquirer - 2018-02-16
At present, Campos said P300 billion is around the range of the current market values of leading telecommunication companies PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. Campos earlier said it was "absolutely justified" to drive market competition and give ...

Cayetano: 'Rocky' relationship with Kuwait following OFW slay
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) -- The Philippines' relationship with Kuwait is "rocky" following the severe physical abuse done to a Filipino domestic worker that led to her death, the Foreign Affairs Secretary said on Friday. "We're going ...

Palace: Presence of US warship in S. China Sea should not cause alarm
Global Nation - 2018-02-16
The presence of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the disputed South China Sea should not be a cause of concern as Malacañang said it was part of freedom of navigation. "Sa akin naman po e talaga naman itong kalayaan ng paglalayag ay kalayaan ng ...

Afghans submitted 1.17 million war crimes claims to court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-16
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Since the International Criminal Court (ICC) began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims.

House Speaker threatens to cancel CebuPac franchise
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 16) -- House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez threatened to cancel the franchise of airline company Cebu Pacific if it did not transfer some flights from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to Clark ...

Expert: Many OFWs seen as 'commodity' by foreign employers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Refusing to see workers as human beings leads to abuse. That was what Toots Ople, the Head of the Blas Ople Policy Center, told CNN Philippines Thursday when she was asked about how a tragedy like that of ...

Ombudsman: Probe on Duterte wealth closed after AMLC refusal to cooperate
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- The Office of the Ombudsman said it closed its investigation on President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged unexplained wealth due to lack of evidence. In a statement on Thursday, the Ombudsman said the probe was ...

Asian Shares Gain With Nikkei 225, S&P/ASX 200 Up Amid Regional Holidays
Investing - 2018-02-16
Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 1.31%, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 posted ... Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam markets shut. Overnight, Wall Street was set to rise on Thursday as investors shrugged off inflation concerns.

Google acquires LogMeIn's Xively IoT platform for $50 million
ZDNet - 2018-02-15
Google on Thursday announced it will acquire LogMeIn's Xively IoT platform for $50 million. Harnessing IoT in the Enterprise The tech revolution is spreading to every corner of the earth with the Internet of Things, and it's enabling data analytics and ...

No word yet on employers of PH maid murdered in Kuwait, says envoy
Global Nation - 2018-02-15
The remains of the Filipino maid murdered in Kuwait are arriving in Manila on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday. From Manila, the remains of Joanna Demafelis will be flown to Iloilo on Saturday, the DFA said. In a statement ...

Palace objects to China naming PH Rise features
Global Nation - 2018-02-15
The Philippine government objects to China naming some undersea features in Philippine Rise, a vast offshore region where the country has undisputed sovereign rights, Malacañang said on Wednesday. "We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given ...

DICT pushes 3rd telco entry after Duterte target
Inquirer - 2018-02-15
They also cited holidays coming up, such as the Holy Week next month. Private groups like Now Corp., Philippine Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Converge ICT Solutions Inc. and G. Telecoms were said to be among those keen on becoming the third telco player.

PSEi up as regional, US markets recover
Inquirer - 2018-02-15
There were 147 decliners that overwhelmed 68 advancers, while 42 stocks were unchanged. The PSEi was lifted by conglomerate Ayala Corp., which surged by 5.29 percent, while Metro Pacific rebounded by 4.46 percent. Jollibee added 2.52 percent while JG ...

Filipino artists wrap up UK concert tour
Global Nation - 2018-02-15
LONDON -- The final show of a UK tour headlined by Filipino boyband JBK took place last Sunday, Feb. 11 at The Cock Tavern pub in Kilburn, West London. Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Lawrenz Ordonio -- collectively known as JBK -- became known ...

Ombudsman finally confirms termination of Duterte probe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
The Office of the Ombudsman finally confirmed that the probe on President Duterte for plunder had already been closed and terminated, two days after Solicitor General Jose Calida made the revelation. "The Office of the Ombudsman confirms that the fact ...

A 29-year-old female tech founder is suing 73-year-old VC Lucio Lanza alleging he sexually assaulted her on a plane
Business Insider - 2018-02-15
A female startup founder has sued a Silicon Valley VC, alleging that he sexually assaulted her during a red-eye flight in July. The defendant, Lucio Lanza, denies the allegations. The lawsuit represents the latest in a series of sexual harassment and ...

Why Peter Thiel Is Leaving Silicon Valley for L.A.
FORTUNE - 2018-02-15
Peter Thiel, one of the most visible (and sometimes controversial) investors in Silicon Valley is headed to Lala Land. Thiel, an outspoken conservative, plans to move both his home and investment firms to Los Angeles, in part because he has grown ...

U.S. watchdog to probe chairman's decisions in broadcast deal - Democrat
Reuters - 2018-02-15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission inspector general will investigate whether its chairman was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc, which is seeking approval from the watchdog for a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune ...

Tech giants like Apple and Google are now armed with $2 trillion in firepower for acquisitions -- and there could be a 'massive shakeup' in store
Business Insider - 2018-02-15
Aside from the roughly 10-day span when markets see-sawed violently and volatility ran amok, mergers and acquisitions have been off to a hot start in 2018. Global mergers-and-acquisitions volume hit $449 billion through mid-February, up 21% from 2017 ...

Kim Kardashian Gets Political Following Florida High School Shooting
Yahoo - 2018-02-15
[MUSIC] [MUSIC] After all that, this table in the background, is a marble table you guys! Like come on. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO] Kim Kardashian is leading a pack of celebrities who are calling for change after yet another devastating school ...

Indonesia helps PH understand Islamic education
Global Nation - 2018-02-15
JAKARTA -- Indonesia is helping the Philippines gain a better understanding of Islamic education by organizing a two-day workshop as part of an effort to help combat religious extremism in the southern Philippines. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi opened ...

Memory problems predict Alzheimer's onset, study says
Upi.com - 2018-02-15
Feb. 15 (UPI) --Individuals who are not aware of their own memory problems are nearly three times more likely to develop some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, within two years, according to research at McGill University in Montreal.

NASA Mars 2020 Mission: Martian Meteorite Will Be On Board
International Business Times - 2018-02-15
NASA chooses wisely when packing up a payload to send to space and beyond. But for the next mission to Mars there will be something a little extra packed into the rover, a chunk of meteorite. The mission is set to launch in 2020. The meteorite, called Sayh ...

Five teens in killing of Grade 11 student in Makati nabbed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
Follow-up operations on Feb. 11 led to the arrest of the two remaining members of Youth Scorpion Fraternity (YSF), who stabbed to death Rivera, a Grade 11 student of San Antonio National High School. Both suspects are 16-year-old residents of Barangay ...

Boracay envi woes: Limit to number of tourist arrivals pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
ILOILO CITY - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has challenged the local government units governing Boracay Island to pass an ordinance to limit the influx of tourists on the island to help address the environmental problems on ...

De Lima: Mold youth into leaders; guard democracy amid martial law extension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
Detained Sen. Leila De Lima urged teachers on Thursday to teach the youth of the truth and hone them to become worthy leaders of the future as she lamented how the "dark days" of martial law returned to the country under President Rodrigo Duterte.

Kuwaiti envoy gets tongue-lashing from Digong
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
Why did it take the government this long to impose a ban on the deployment of domestic helpers to Kuwait when Filipino maids are treated like chattel in Middle East households? The ban should have included Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well.

2007 Boracay master plan raised urgency of solving environment woes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
ILOILO CITY--The environmental problems plaguing the "island paradise" called Boracay did not come overnight. The warnings have long been issued. There were at least three comprehensive development plans for the island and several multisectoral ...

Bishop enjoins faithful: Repent for your silence on issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Ash Wednesday exhorted the Catholic faithful to repent not only for their commission of sinful acts, but for their silence on social issues. Pabillo reminded the faithful to seek forgiveness for things that they ...

CA orders reinstatement of 3 cops in boat purchase mess
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-15
ILOILO CITY -- The Court of Appeals (CA) has ordered the reinstatement of three police officers, including a former Iloilo provincial police director, who were dismissed and barred from government service due to alleged irregularities in the purchase of ...

Short children at greater risk for stroke as adults
Upi.com - 2018-02-15
THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 -- Researchers from Denmark are suggesting a potential -- and unusual -- risk factor for stroke: Being short as a kid. The investigators found that men and women who had been about 2 inches taller than average at age 7 had, as ...

The Cuttlefish, a Master of Camouflage, Reveals a New Trick
The New York Times - 2018-02-15
Consider the cocktail umbrella. Like their larger counterparts, these wee things can be furled and unfurled easily. Once you tire of playing with them, you can lock them into the open position with a little latch before continuing to enjoy your drink.

Snapchat founder says user complaints 'validate' redesign
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-15
(CNN Money) -- More than one million people have signed an online petition calling for Snapchat to scrap its new redesign. But Snapchat's top exec sounds unfazed. Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat's parent company, said Thursday that some user ...

UK blames Russia for crippling cyberattack
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-15
(CNN Money) -- The British government says that Russia was behind a massive global cyberattack that hit major companies in June 2017. Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmad said in a statement on Thursday that the Russian military was responsible for the ...

PBB to raise funding
Business World - 2018-02-15
PHILIPPINE BUSINESS Bank (PBB) is set to conduct capital-raising activities to capitalize on lending opportunities. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday, the Yao-led PBB said it will convert its existing preferred shares to common ...

ALI boosts capex to P111B in 2018
Business World - 2018-02-15
ALI also continues to develop its hotels and resorts business, with an allocation of P7 billion for the year. The remaining P6.4 billion will be spent for services and other investments. ALI also plans to launch P125 billion worth of projects this year.

Netflix, Amazon billions lure Hollywood hitmakers to jump ship
Business World - 2018-02-15
They are upending the TV business in the process, driving up the cost of talent and weakening many of the traditional powers. Hollywood studios have endured threats from outsiders before, but the list of talent making the jump grows by the day. Netflix ...

Robinsons Land to open three office buildings this year
Business World - 2018-02-15
"(We are targeting) BPOs (business process outsourcing), offshore, outsourcing industry, plus serviced offices and traditional offices," RLC General Manager for the Office Buildings Division Faraday D. Go told reporters after the topping off ceremony ...

Companies and nonprofits can now post on Facebook's Community Help during a crisis
Mashable - 2018-02-15
When crisis strikes, Facebook users often turn to the platform to let friends and family know they're safe. In the last year, since the social media company launched its Community Help tool, people have also used Facebook to ask for emergency assistance ...

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