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Ants nurse wounded soldiers back to health -- study
Inquirer Technology - 2018-02-14
PARIS, France -- African Matabele ants dress the wounds of comrades injured during hunting raids and nurse them back to health, according to an "astonishing" discovery reported Wednesday. After collecting their wounded from the battlefield and ...

PNP official defends Davao; schools Trillanes on crime statistics
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Operations chief Director Camilo Cascolan said Senator Antonio Trillanes IV better "study his statistics" following his "most dangerous city" tag against Davao City. "Ewan ko kung ano motibo nya (I ...

Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town
Reuters - 2018-02-14
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology. When Jen Brown got her first certification for information privacy in 2006 ...

BARCLAYS: Oracle just needs one 'last missing piece' in its cloud business -- but it's a big one
Business Insider - 2018-02-14
Analysts at Barclays believe that customer acceptance is Oracle's last big hurdle when it comes to the success of its cloud product, according to a note published Tuesday. Oracle has been slow to keep up with more aggressive competitors like Amazon Web ...

Israeli tech firm undercuts facial recognition to bolster privacy
Reuters - 2018-02-14
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Big brother is watching. But in the future he may no longer be so all-knowing. Riding the wave of a global push to comply with new privacy standards, a small Israeli company believes it can help you, and your face, stay anonymous in a ...

Apple admits its new $350 speaker can leave permanent white rings on wooden surfaces and furniture
Business Insider - 2018-02-14
Some reviewers of Apple's new $350 smart speaker, HomePod, have noticed that the device can leave behind white rings on certain wooden surfaces. Apple confirmed to two outlets that HomePod can damage oiled wooden surfaces thanks to a reaction with the ...

'Drowsy driving' is deadly. And Uber is taking action.
Yahoo - 2018-02-14
Uber has issued a new rule with the goal of keeping tired drivers off the road: The company will now restrict drivers to 12-hour shifts before the app automatically shuts off, forcing them to take a six-hour break. The measure will hopefully limit the ...

Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it's spamming users via their 2FA numbers
Mashable - 2018-02-14
The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most ...

4 Weird Things Ants Do, From Poisoning Children To Licking Amputations
International Business Times - 2018-02-14
Ants may be small, but they have a lot going for them. The insects have strength in numbers, which allows them to band together to survive and to persevere even when they lose a few of their comrades. One thing that makes them intriguing is their behavior ...

Environmental chemicals may boost body weight--study
Inquirer Technology - 2018-02-14
"We typically think about PFASs in terms of rare health problems like cancer, but it appears they are also playing a role in obesity, a major health problem facing millions around the globe," said study co-author Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor ...

How We Can Prevent the Next Killer Flu Epidemic
Yahoo - 2018-02-14
Seasonal outbreaks of flu kill many thousands of Americans even in a good year, and this is a bad one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year since 2010 flu has caused "between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses ...

Hotels, resorts in Boracay fear backlash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
ILOILO CITY--Tourists have begun canceling trips to Boracay Island in Aklan province, a few days after President Duterte called the popular island-resort a "cesspool." But the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas ...

Monetary Board orders Rural Bank of Loreto shut
Business World - 2018-02-14
THE CENTRAL BANK has shuttered a rural bank in the Dinagat Islands, marking the first to be ordered closed this year. In a statement, the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) announced that it has taken over the operations of the Rural Bank of Loreto ...

Will Teo be the exception?
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-14
She seems to be a favorite of Malacañang. I wonder whether Mr. Duterte can prove otherwise. I think it is funny that retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide and former Commission on Elections Chairman Christian Monsod are leading a group of ...

Patriarchy at the Palace
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-14
Let this [his penis] hang forever? When I take Viagra, it stands up." He said this in April 2016 when he addressed the Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines prior to the elections. As early as then, a couple of his allies ...

DFA: Body of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait returning to PH on Feb. 16
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the body of domestic worker Joanna Demafelis, who was found dead in a freezer in Kuwait, will return to the Philippines on Friday morning. [Translation: We just ...

Gov't to give PH names to Benham Rise features named by China
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- The government will give Philippine names to undersea features in Benham Rise which now bear Chinese names, officials said. "Bahala kayo kung ano binigay niyo diyan basta kami magtatalaga kami ng Pilipinong ...

Traders, middlemen creating fake rice shortage to hike prices - Agriculture Chief
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) - The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday launched the "Bigas ng Masa" program to correct what it calls the "age-old" anomaly of controlling the food supply chain. Commercial rice was sold for only P38 ...

NDRRMC to hold nationwide quake drill today
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- The country's primary disaster agency will hold the first national simultaneous earthquake drill for 2018 at 2 p.m. today. Quezon City will host the drill, which will also test the city's capabilities in ...

Hyundai PH: VACC charges vs. company 'pure harassment'
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the exclusive distributor of Hyundai cars in the Philippines, said the complaint filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) against the company was "pure ...

Citing risks but no evidence, US intel chiefs warn against using Huawei, ZTE phones
ZDNet - 2018-02-14
The notion that the Chinese government would spy on corporations and our agencies with electronic devices manufactured by Chinese companies is not only absurd but would be catastrophic to furthering their ambitions in world trade. Read More Huawei is in ...

Next-Generation Crypto-Ledgers Take the Block Out of Blockchain
Bloomberg - 2018-02-14
A group of U.S. credit unions looking to pool resources considered the Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains to track their business, but wound up selecting something else entirely: hashgraph. Hashgraph, like Bitcoin blockchain, is a distributed ledger, a ...

ALI earnings rise 21% as property sales recover
Business World - 2018-02-14
AYALA LAND, Inc. (ALI) reported its attributable profit rose 21% in 2017, driven by the resurgence of property sales and sustained leasing business. The listed property developer said in a statement on Wednesday that net income attributable to the parent ...

CitySavings plans branch-lite units, acquisitions
Business World - 2018-02-14
A branch of City Savings Bank, Inc. is seen this file photo. -- BW FILE PHOTO CITYSAVINGS Bank, Inc., the thrift banking arm of the Aboitiz-led UnionBank of the Philippines, is leveraging on the simplified bank branch concept as well as more acquisitions ...

DoubleDragon plans CentralHub in Iloilo
Business World - 2018-02-14
DOUBLEDRAGON Properties Corp. has acquired a 3.9-hectare property in Iloilo to be developed by its industrial unit, as it looks to develop manufacturing facilities across the country. In a statement on Wednesday, the listed firm said Iloilo will be the ...

54,000 new jobs at stake in Kuwait deployment ban
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Close to 54,000 new jobs are at stake with the government's deployment ban to Kuwait, according to data from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). Kuwait placed 53,932 job orders with the ...

OFW found dead in freezer in Kuwait suffered grave physical abuse - PH envoy
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Domestic worker Joanna Demafelis suffered severe physical abuse before she died, her body found inside a freezer in her employer's home in Kuwait possibly more than a year later, a foreign affairs official ...

Michelle Obama's Valentine's Day playlist melts hearts
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
(CNN) -- Michelle Obama's Valentine's Day playlist, which dropped on Spotify on Wednesday, has the internet swooning. Titled "Forever Mine," it features an eclectic 44 track mix of modern ballads and evergreen classics. Earlier in the day, former ...

Go, Roque to attend hearing on controversial frigate deal
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- A Senate hearing on the alleged anomalies surrounding the purchase of warships will happen on Monday. Slated to attend are Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Bong Go, Special Assistant to the President.

Teens face murder charges in Makati stabbing
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 15) -- Five teenagers were charged with murder for the alleged gang-related stabbing of a student from San Antonio High School, Makati Police chief Senior Superintendent Gerardo Umayao said Thursday. "Ang update po ...

How Best to Treat Opioids' Youngest Sufferers? No One Knows
Bloomberg - 2018-02-14
Chicago (AP) -- Two babies, born 15 months apart to the same young woman overcoming opioid addiction. Two very different treatments. Sarah Sherbert's first child was whisked away to a hospital special-care nursery for two weeks of treatment for withdrawal ...

Alzheimer's brain plaque buildup reversed in study with mice
Upi.com - 2018-02-14
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 -- Brain plaques believed to contribute to Alzheimer's disease melt away in mice when robbed of a key enzyme, researchers report. And the rodents' intellectual function actually improved as their amyloid plaques dissolved from lack ...

Google wants Smart Reply to run on all your chat apps to answer when you're busy
ZDNet - 2018-02-14
Google's Area 120 groups says its Reply app works with Hangouts, Allo, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Android Messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Slack. So far Smart Reply, a feature that first appeared in Inbox by Gmail, has only been introduced to other ...

Women in U.S. twice as likely as men to have depression
Upi.com - 2018-02-14
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 -- Nearly one in 10 U.S. adults has depression, and the rate is almost twice as high for women as men, health officials say. National survey data showed that more than 8 percent of adults aged 20 and older suffer from low mood ...

Love lessons from social enterprises
Business World - 2018-02-14
Authentic social entrepreneurs and social enterprises deliberately seek the marginalized and the neglected, work with them to ... on imperfections and give up on helping partner communities. But the social enterprise, community partners, and customers ...

A long way home: The plight of workers in Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 11) -- Stories of abuse, despair and helplessness resonated from among another group of workers arriving from Kuwait. They availed of Kuwait's amnesty program which allowed overstaying workers to leave without ...

How switching to LED lights can reduce home expenses
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-14
Over the years, LED lighting has been the choice of many home and business unit owners--for many good reasons. Light-emitting diodes (LED) lamps and luminaires have been proven to consume at least 50 percent less energy than older types of lighting fixtures.

14 dead from 'Basyang,' authorities say
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Heavy rains brought on by Tropical Storm 'Basyang' caused flooding in several parts of the country. Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- At least 14 people died from floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Depression "Basyang," authorities said.

DENR issues 51 notices of violation to erring Boracay establishments
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 14) -- Fifty-one Boracay establishments may face closure after the Department Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) served them notices of violation (NOV) for failing to comply with the country's water treatment ...

Duque to lawyers: Leave medical aspect of Dengvaxia cases to health experts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday told lawyers meddling in Dengavaxia cases to focus on the legal aspect of the issue and leave medical aspect in the hands of doctors. "Dapat ang mga abugado ay dapat doon nalang muna sila mag bigay ...

Jollibee gains control of Denver-based burger chain
Inquirer - 2018-02-14
"With the acquisition of more shares, JFC will have a more significant business in the United States. The US will increase its contribution to our worldwide sales from 5 percent to 15 percent," JFC chair Tony Tan Caktiong said in a disclosure to the ...

Cayetano: Administration unwavering in duty to protect PH sea claims
Global Nation - 2018-02-14
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday assured that the Duterte administration would be "unwavering" in protecting its territorial claims as it continued bilateral talks with China on the West Philippine Sea dispute. In a statement ...

DFA: No reported Filipino casualty in Florida school shooting
Global Nation - 2018-02-14
No Filipino was reported among those killed or wounded in the deadly shooting at a high school in Florida, United States where 17 students were killed, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday. The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in ...

DoubleDragon to build warehousing hub in Iloilo
Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Property developer DoubleDragon Properties Inc. is set to build an industrial leasing hub in Iloilo, the second in what it plans to be a chain of industrial warehousing hubs across the country under the brand "CentralHub." In a press statement on ...

Africa's first bitcoin exchange targets 1 billion users
CNN Money - 2018-02-14
Bitcoin may be having a rough ride in 2018 but one cryptocurrency company is still optimistic about its long term prospects. Luno, founded in South Africa in 2013, has plans to become one of the leading cryptocurrency traders in the world. CEO and founder ...

SM opening mall in Imus
Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Property giant SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) is opening a new shopping mall in Imus, marking its sixth retail hub in the province of Cavite. SM Center Imus, which is set to open this Friday (Feb. 16.) will add 13,000 square meters (sqm) in gross floor ...

PSEi firms up at 8,500
Inquirer - 2018-02-14
Outside the PSEi, Prime Orion (-3.56 percent) and Megawide (-2.79 percent) both declined in relatively heavy trade. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Ombudsman ends probe on Trillanes' plunder case vs. Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Ombudsman has ended the probe on the plunder case against President Rodrigo Duterte, the Solicitor General said Tuesday. In a press briefing, Solicitor General Jose Calida said Deputy Ombudsman Melchor ...

10,000 more OFWs to be repatriated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-14
But in November 2016, they lost contact with her. Jessica Demafelis, a sister of the migrant, said the family asked help from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in locating Joanna ...

PH’s GDP can increase by $8 billion in 4 years through digital transformation — study
- 2018-02-13
It is expected that 92 percent of jobs in the Philippines will be transformed in the next three years while 65 percent of jobs will require higher value roles.

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