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Panic over Dengvaxia hurting other immunization, health programs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-04
Dr. Sylvia Claudio, a medical doctor and dean of the College of Social Work and Community Development of the University of the Philippines, said the public needed to be reassured to stop the panic. "People are turning away from much needed health ...

Fear and loathing over dengue
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-02-04
It just so happened that around that time everyone was preparing for senatorial elections. Among the candidates was a former health secretary, Juan Flavier, who had antagonized church authorities with his wholehearted support for family planning.

FDA reviewing animal studies in wake of monkey deaths
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-04
"Research into the effects of nicotine is indeed a public health issue, especially given the rise in popularity of vaping devices among teenagers," Bailey said of the FDA's now-terminated study. "My understanding is that the research project in question ...

Cloudy with isolated rain on Sunday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-04
The tail-end of a cold front will bring scattered rain over Eastern Visayas, while the northeast monsoon or amihan will affect Northern and Central Luzon, the weather bureau said in its Sunday morning forecast. The Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera ...

Is the U.S. waging a 'cold war' to weaken the dollar?
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-04
(CNN Money) -- The dollar is at its weakest level in years against other major currencies. Experts say the drop is being driven, at least in part, by the U.S. government. And some suggest it's a deliberate campaign aimed at boosting the American economy ...

Mayon spews more lava, ash plumes
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayon Volcano in Albay continued to spew pyroclastic materials yesterday as authorities maintained the eight-kilometer danger zone. At least 11 episodes of lava collapse pyroclastic density current events were observed between 8 ...

2 kids drown in Quirino
Philstar - 2018-02-03
SANTIAGO, Isabela, Philippines -- Two schoolchildren drowned in a dam in Diffun, Quirino on Friday afternoon. Villagers retrieved the bodies of Jamaica Abuan, 11, and Joy Valdez, 9, at around 3 p.m. They were declared dead on arrival at the Diffun ...

Ex-village chief shot dead
Philstar - 2018-02-03
ALCALA, Pangasinan, Philippines -- A former barangay chairman was shot dead by unidentified assailants in this town on Friday. Wilson Oria, 63, was on a motorcycle when he was killed along Mendoza Bridge in Barangay Laoac. Oria, former barangay captain of ...

AFP presents firearms seized in Sulu
Philstar - 2018-02-03
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- The military yesterday presented several firearms and ammunition surrendered by a municipal mayor and those that were recovered in Sulu recently. The recovery of the firearms and ammunition was part of an effort to encourage ...

Fewer volcanic quakes recorded around Mayon
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 17 volcanic earthquakes and 10 tremor events were recorded around Mayon Volcano in the past 24 hours, state seismologists said yesterday. The quakes, which was lower from the 338 previously recorded, mostly corresponded to ...

DENR probes 100 Boracay firms for sewer tapping
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is investigating at least 100 companies including hotels and resorts in Boracay for illegally connecting into the drainage pipe of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage ...

Militiaman killed in misencounter
Philstar - 2018-02-03
TUGUEGARAO , Philippines -- A militiaman was killed in a misencounter with Army troopers in Pinukpuk, Kalinga on Friday. Rashid Alunday of Conner, Apayao and his colleagues in the 31st Civilian Armed Auxiliary were walking in Barangay Tagay when troopers ...

Significant TRAIN impact felt by March -- ING
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Dutch financial giant ING Bank said second round effects from the implementation of the tax reform law on consumer prices may be felt starting as early as next month. Joey Cuyegkeng, senior economist at ING Bank Manila, said ...

DOF open to cutting VAT rate, but with a condition
Inquirer - 2018-02-03
The Department of Finance (DOF) may consider slashing the 12-percent value-added tax (VAT), but only if all existing exemptions are removed. "At this particular time, we have to be very careful about reducing the VAT rate," Finance Secretary Carlos G.

Law firm helps Filipinos obtain global citizenship
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-02-03
It is to permit people pretty much to go to where they want, when they want and how they want," says Jean Francois Harvey, the founder and worldwide managing director of Harvey Law Group, an immigration and business law firm based in Montreal.

Provincial scholarship program sends 3 studes to medical school
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-02-03
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan in a resolution noted that for the past several years, there was a constant change of medical practitioners particularly at the Paracelis and Barlig district hospitals causing problem in the delivery of health services to the ...

The tech market 'law of gravity' reversed during the holidays and it could be the beginning of the end of the smartphone boom
Business Insider - 2018-02-03
Smartphone sales declined slightly in 2017, reversing a trend of rapid growth over the past decade. Meanwhile, PC sales grew in the fourth quarter of 2017. It's a sign the PC's decline has finally bottomed out. 2018 could be a challenging year for ...

U.S. flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC
Yahoo News - 2018-02-03
(Reuters) - The U.S. flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors' offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, U.S. health officials said on Friday. Sixteen children died of the flu in ...

Apple says a failed component on the logic board of some iPhone 7 devices caused a 'No Service' problem even when cell service was available
Business Insider - 2018-02-03
Apple said it will offer free repairs, and reimburse past repair bills, for iPhone 7s that suffer from an Airplane Mode glitch. The glitch was reported in September 2016 and caused phones that had been in Airplane Mode to have trouble re-connecting to ...

Apple offers free repairs for iPhone 7 devices that refuse to connect to cellular service
The Verge - 2018-02-03
Apple has confirmed that a " small percentage" of iPhone 7 devices are affected by a bug that prevents the phone from connecting to a cellular network, instead displaying "No Service" on the status bar. Typically, this occurs after the iPhone ...

Digital transformation's elusive ingredient: efficiency
ZDNet - 2018-02-03
A recent survey of 463 enterprises released by Appian and DevOps.com, for example, finds many are hamstrung by inefficient processes and technologies that are slowing down or washing out any gains from digital transformational efforts. They are often too ...

BSP likely to keep policy rates steady
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may hold off a rate hike this week but is seen to shift to a more decisive, hawkish tone in preparation for an eventual hike in March, investment bankers said. Nomura economist Euben Paracuelles ...

US stocks suffer worst week in 2 years
Philstar - 2018-02-03
NEW YORK - US stocks slumped Friday, and the market suffered its worst week in two years, as fears of inflation and disappointing quarterly results from technology and energy giants spooked investors. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped by more than ...

Landbank offers aid to Marawi residents
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Land Bank of the Philippines has launched a series of assistance programs to help residents of the war-torn Marawi City recover. Landbank president and CEO Alex Buenaventura said the bank is commited to help "restore ...

Meralco seeks OK of P60M capex for Urdaneta substation
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) is seeking clearance to spend P60 million to replace a defective transformer in its Urdaneta substation to prevent massive power interruption in Makati City. Meralco filed an application with the Energy ...

PDIC bidding out P100-M bank assets
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) is disposing close to P100 million worth of foreclosed assets consisting mostly of residential and commercial lots. In a statement, PDIC said its Real and Other Properties Acquired ...

Philab breaks into global genetics market
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Philab Holdings Corp. is investing P500 million in US based-Veritas Genetics in a landmark collaboration that includes the establishment of a genomics facility, possibly in Clark. In a press briefing, Philab chairman and CEO Tom ...

Golden Haven renames to Golden Bria Holdings
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Golden Haven Inc., the listed memorial developer of the Villar Group, has changed its name to Golden Bria Holdings Inc. as part of its diversification into mass housing. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE ...

Philippines tops budget transparency ranking in Asia
Philstar - 2018-02-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines ranked first among Asian countries in terms of budget transparency, results of the Open Budget Survey (OBS) of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) for 2017 showed. Based on the survey, the country scored an ...

Palace: Duterte against students missing class, not protests
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque came to his boss' defense after President Rodrigo Duterte singled out students from the University of the Philippines (UP) for walking out in protest. [Translation ...

Philippines: Mount Mayon spews more lava, ash as downpours may trigger more lahars
AccuWeather - 2018-02-03
RELATED: Philippines Weather Center Detailed Legazpi City weather forecast Interactive Philippines weather satellite The thick ash caused near-zero visibility at times and forced a halt to travel in the towns affected. Camalig and Guinobatan will remain at ...

Revival of barter trade eyed between Bangsamoro, BIMP-EAGA areas
Philstar - 2018-02-03
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- The Mindanao Development Authority is pushing for the revival of barter trade between Bangsamoro areas and the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA). Barter trade has been a long ...

Palace: Survey showing less crime victims proves success in anti-drug campaign
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-02-03
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque claimed that the recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey proves that Metro Manila residents feel safer "because of fewer drug addicts" in neighborhoods. "These survey findings which reflects the sentiments of ...

2 deaths may be due to Dengvaxia failure - experts
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) -- Two of 14 deaths from dengue may be linked to the vaccine Dengvaxia, reinforcing the government's decision to stop its use, an experts panel reported on Friday. Three out of the 14 children died of what is ...

Kadamay: NHA framed us in Pandi unit sale
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 2) -- It was the National Housing Authority (NHA) who supposedly framed a member of Kadamay into selling an unoccupied unit, the urban poor organization said Friday. Kadamay members began residing without ...

Groups vow to launch more protests vs. Duterte's 'repressive' policies
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- Expect more protests against the "dictatorial and tyrannical" rule of President Rodrigo Duterte, groups said Saturday. The Metro Manila group of the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) said it is preparing for a ...

DFA ASEANA open on Saturdays for passport applications
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 3) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will open its doors to passpport applicants on weekends, to meet the huge demand for 10-year passports. In an advisory on its Facebook page, the DFA said the ...

Sulu mayor, barangay execs surrender guns, ammo
Philstar - 2018-02-03
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A mayor and barangay captains of a town in Sulu surrendered a cache of high-powered firearms and various types of ammunition to the Joint Task Force Sulu (JTFS) yesterday, an official said. Pata Island Mayor Anton ...

Investors see Iloilo as next growth area
Inquirer - 2018-02-03
This comes nearly a year after the chamber led a trade mission in Davao City, wherein they also brought 50 companies, two of which have decided to do business, while some are still discussing their plans. In this case, Nelson wants to exceed the number of ...

Lawyer appeals not to arrest Cotabato state college president without court order
Philstar - 2018-02-03
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines -- The lawyer of a state college president from whose house agents found shabu Monday urged authorities not to arrest his client without court permission. In a report Saturday, Catholic station dxND here said Israelito ...

Philippines says anti-dengue vaccine may be connected to three deaths
Reuters - 2018-02-03
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Friday the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia may be connected to three deaths in the country, according to a government-ordered inquiry, and that the drug is not ready for mass immunisation. Sanofi revealed in ...

Things you can start today to #livebetter
Philstar - 2018-02-03
Just remember to drink in moderation. And not look for excuses to not exercise. Health and wellness blog Body and Soul writes, "You simply have to make the time and prioritize it." Get on with it. Run for a good 30 minutes after work, do yoga before ...

YouTube to start labeling videos posted by state-funded media
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
(CNN Money) -- YouTube will now add a label to videos that come from state-funded media outlets, the Google-owned company announced on Friday. A notice will appear under the videos for any outlets that received some level of government or public funding ...

Cell phone radiation study finds more questions than answers
CNN Philippines - 2018-02-03
Some studies have failed to show a link between radio frequency from cell phones and certain health problems, such as increased risks of tumors, while others suggest the opposite. Now, two much-anticipated reports released Friday by the U.S. Department ...

US stocks swoon, sending Dow down more than 650 points
Inquirer - 2018-02-03
U.S. stocks slumped Friday, and the market suffered its worst week in two years, as fears of inflation and disappointing quarterly results from technology and energy giants spooked investors. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped by more than 650 points.

Uber, Lyft pledge to co-exist with public transit, but they're still a big traffic problem
Mashable - 2018-02-03
Let's call them transportation goals. With 15 transportation companies, including ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft, signing an ambitious list of "shared mobility principles" this week, these companies are promising to "prioritize people over vehicles.

Why Apple doesn't need to sell more iPhones anymore
Mashable - 2018-02-02
There's a common misunderstanding that if a company doesn't sell more of something, it means the product is a failure. But this narrative couldn't be further from the truth. Apple doesn't need to sell a higher number of iPhones at lower prices in order to ...

Apple launches iPhone 7 repair program for models showing 'no service'
ZDNet - 2018-02-02
Apple on Friday launched a repair program for iPhone 7 devices that show "no service" in the status bar, even if cellular coverage is available. iPhone 7: Why I'm finally going big with this year's model Despite a strong dislike of the overall size of the ...

Volatility is new norm as peso gyrates, says Bangko Sentral
Inquirer - 2018-02-02
Periodic bouts of volatility in the peso-dollar exchange rate--more than what financial markets have been accustomed to in recent years--is expected to be the new norm under the laissez faire regulatory framework of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP ...

Perks of condo-living
Inquirer - 2018-02-02
Most of the condos being built in the metro are usually within business districts, near key establishments like universities, or in areas highly accessible via public transport. In fact, this is one of the main features that developers would often brandish ...

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