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US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
Yahoo News - 2018-01-20
Watch NBC Nightly News on Yahoo View. NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest ...

Cabanatuan mayor acquitted of waste management raps
Philstar - 2018-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has acquitted Cabanatuan City mayor Julius Cesar "Jay" Vergara of a criminal case over his supposed failure to stop the operation of an open dumpsite being utilized by the city since the 1960s.

PSE readies P3.16-B stock rights offering
Inquirer - 2018-01-20
PLDT Retirement, the Government Service Insurance System and Premier Capital Venture Corp. (chaired by San Miguel president Ramon Ang) each owns 9.09 percent while San Miguel Corp. Retirement Plan owns 10.29 percent. Among the new institutional investors ...

8990 rolls out new Cebu project
Inquirer - 2018-01-20
What made Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 appealing to its target market, aside from the view and affordability, was its close proximity to the Tisa Public Market (700 meters), Tisa High School (777 meters), Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (1.63 kilometers), Chong Hua ...

ARMM gov't working to fill teaching vacancies
Philstar - 2018-01-20
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will fill out all vacant teaching positions in its five provinces this year in support of the literacy agenda of the southern peace process. Rasol Mitmug Jr., regional secretary of ...

Tuguegarao councilor appeals his suspension
Philstar - 2018-01-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Tuguegaro City councilor Danilo Baccay has urged the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan to reconsider its ruling ordering his 90-day preventive suspension for a criminal case in connection with his alleged failure to liquidate a cash ...

People & Events
Visayan Daily Star - 2018-01-20
Carmela Gensoli as CIT chair, City Population Office OIC Ernie Asoy as co-chair, and population program worker Mary Ann Alisbo as head of secretariat ... the press release added.* The University of St. La Salle will rename its College of Business and ...

Bad weather halts Cebgo flights between Manila, Romblon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-20
Cebgo flights between Manila and Romblon were cancelled on Saturday, January 20, due to inclement weather, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). In an advisory, the MIAA said DG 6073 was scheduled to leave Ninoy Aquino ...

Groups protest 'attacks' on press freedom
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-20
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) -- Around 300 people gathered in Quezon City Friday evening to protest what they say are government attacks on press freedom. Media practitioners, veteran journalists, members of the academe and labor groups held ...

Twitter says 50,000 Russia-linked accounts tweeted during 2016 US presidential election
ZDNet - 2018-01-19
Example of a tweet from an IRA-backed account. Twitter announced that more Russia-backed troll accounts were active during the 2016 US presidential election than previously thought. Special report: The future of Everything as a Service SaaS has set off a ...

Ayala splits energy business into two
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Ayala Corp. has split its energy business into two wholly - owned subsidiaries, one for renewable energy and another for thermal energy, for greater flexibility in expanding its project portfolios. In a disclosure to the ...

Vivant Corp bags 5-year contract to operate Bauang power plant
Philstar - 2018-01-19
In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Vivant said its subsidiary 1590 Energy ... which will be constructed under Lunar Powercore Inc., a special purpose vehicle Global Luzon Energy Development Corp. (GLEDC). GLEDC will undertake the financing ...

Q3 GDP growth revised upward to 7%
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine economic growth in the third quarter of 2017 was revised upwards from 6.9 percent to seven percent, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said. Contributing to the upward revision were gains in manufacturing, trade ...

Common tower policy for telcos soon in effect
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is set to implement a common tower policy wherein telcos would no longer be allowed to build cell sites but instead lease space from a private tower company, a move expected to benefit existing carriers, new players ...

Landbank eyes majority stake in Philippine Dealing System
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Land Bank of the Philippines is planning to acquire a majority stake in the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDSHC), a move seen to increase its profits and strengthen the local capital market. Based on a document ...

PIDS urges strengthening of infra planning system
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) is urging the government to strengthen the planning and programming system for infrastructure before going full steam ahead with the Build Build Build program. In a statement ...

LandBank eyes majority stake at Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp.
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The president of state-run LandBank of the Philippines is planning to acquire a majority stake of the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp., operator of the country's bond and currency markets. In a letter dated January 16 ...

Amazon boosts monthly fee for Prime by $2, maintains yearly rate
Reuters - 2018-01-19
(Reuters) - Inc (AMZN.O) raised the monthly fee for the U.S. version of its fast-shipping and video-streaming service Amazon Prime by $2 on Friday, making the case for subscribers to upgrade to an annual plan. It was the first increase of Prime ...

Norwegian Air claims record for shortest transatlantic flight, propelled by 200 mph tailwinds
Mashable - 2018-01-19
A bunch of lucky passengers may have made aviation history this week on a Norwegian Air Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from New York to London. The plane rode tailwinds of more than 200 mph on Jan. 15, allowing it to make the trip in just 5 hours and 13 minutes.

Hyundai PH to comply with suspension order
Inquirer - 2018-01-19
"For purposes of the refund, HARI shall secure a BOC certification on the full settlement thereof and submit to the Board as proof compliance," it added. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

India sends tax notices to cryptocurrency investors as trading hits $3.5 billion
Reuters - 2018-01-19
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has sent tax notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency after a nationwide survey showed more than $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period, the income tax department said.

Smartphone app allows doctors, nurses to remotely monitor wound healing
United Press International - 2018-01-19
Jan. 19 (UPI) --The healing of postoperative surgical wounds can be effectively monitored with a new smartphone app, new research indicates. The app, called WoundCheck, can be used to send digital images of a post-surgical wound with a short patient ...

Pentagon stones host mineralized microbes older than the dinosaurs
United Press International - 2018-01-19
Jan. 19 (UPI) --The Pentagon is bugged -- new research out of Australia suggests the stone used to build the Pentagon is home to 340-million-year-old mineralized microbes. The Pentagon isn't alone. The ancient microorganisms are found in oolitic limestone ...

Millennials have taken down dozens of industries -- but it looks like Gen Z will be the ones to hurt Facebook
Business Insider - 2018-01-19
Generation Z -- the generation after millennials -- is migrating away from Facebook in favor of other social media platforms. A recent estimate suggested a declining teenage user base for the social media giant, while Snapchat and Instagram's user base ...

Watch live: ULA to launch missile defense satellite tonight
United Press International - 2018-01-19
Jan. 19 (UPI) --After Thursday's launch was scrubbed, United Launch Alliance will again try to carry a missile defense satellite into low-Earth orbit on Friday. ULA's Atlas V rocket is scheduled to blast-off at 7:48 p.m. ET from Space Launch Complex-41 at ...

Spotify accidentally showed ads to paying subscribers when testing new ways to promote originals
TechCrunch - 2018-01-19
Spotify says advertisements that recently appeared to paying subscribers of its music streaming service were loaded by mistake. Over the past few days, a number of Spotify customers complained their music listening experience was interrupted with ads ...

10 kids hurt in grenade blast
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Ten children were wounded when a grenade accidentally exploded in Sulu on Thursday. The children, aged three to 10, were taken to a hospital for treatment. Reports reaching the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police ...

Celebrating with Lipeños
Inquirer - 2018-01-19
Trusted developer Suntrust Properties Inc., for one, is among those taking part in the revelry, as it joins Lipa City in a grand parade today (January 20), followed by an open house at the Suntrust Siena Hills office. Hence, Suntrust Properties is offering ...

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection
Reuters - 2018-01-19
(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama Administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood.

Homes that earn
Inquirer - 2018-01-19
It has, in fact, become a much favored choice of many discerning individuals who want to prepare for a secure future as real estate is regarded by by many as one of the most practical and intelligent options for investment. And this is not without reason ...

Pet-friendly architecture
Inquirer - 2018-01-19
Nowadays, pampered pets are a common sight. Dogs are dressed in clothes, cats are given beds, while others are made to resemble humans. For many of us, pets are members of our families. We shower them often with gifts and affection. Once a beloved pet ...

Sanofi refunds government P1.2 billion for unused Dengvaxia
Philstar - 2018-01-19
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Philippines -- The manufacturer of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine has refunded P1.2 billion worth of unused anti-dengue vaccines, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said yesterday. In a summit attended by local officials ...

China allowed to conduct research in Benham Rise, Cayetano confirms
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 19) -- The government has granted China's request to conduct maritime research in Benham Rise, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday. Cayetano said China complied with the requirements, including ...

Sanofi refunds ?1.16-B for unused Dengvaxia vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) -- Sanofi Pasteur has refunded ?1.16 billion worth of unused Dengvaxia dengue vaccines. Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement at an event in San Fernando, Pampanga Friday.

Group defends Rappler in online libel case
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) -- A group of internet freedom advocates defends Rappler in its online libel case, as the embattled news agency faces its latest legal battle. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has issued a subpoena ...

LandBank angles for majority in fixed-income bourse
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-19
THE LAND BANK of the Philippines (LandBank or LBP) is considering acquisition of a majority stake in the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDS) at a time the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE ... Technologies Services, Inc.; Investment House ...

Tide Pod Challenge: Latest web fad carries big danger to health
United Press International - 2018-01-19
FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 -- You've gotta be kidding me. That's gotta be fake. That's the understandable first reaction of many to the viral phenomenon dubbed the "Tide Pod Challenge." Sad to say, it's real. Prompted by internet dares, dozens of U.S. teenagers ...

DoH chief: Sanofi refunds P1.161B in Dengvaxia program
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-19
EMBATTLED vaccines firm Sanofi Pasteur has refunded the Philippine government P1.161 billion in connection with the Dengvaxia immunization program, Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III disclosed on Thursday. "There has already been a refunded amount ...

Ayala reorganizing energy holdings into thermal, renewable businesses
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-19
AYALA Corp. is restructuring its energy business by creating two wholly owned platforms to house its investments in renewable energy and thermal energy, the diversified conglomerate told the stock exchange on Friday. AC Energy Holdings, Inc., its holding ...

BSP survey shows credit standards holding steady in Q4
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-19
Customers make bank transactions at a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Makati, on May 24, 2013. -- BW FILE PHOTO BANKS generally maintained their credit standards in the fourth quarter, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng ...

DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ordered on Friday the immediate suspension of the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Kuwait. In Administrative Order No. 25, Labor Secretary ...

Cayetano slams claim PH under 'worst human rights crisis' since Marcos
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) -- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano slammed an international human rights group for saying that the Philippines is in its "worst human rights crisis" since the Marcos dictatorship. "We will not allow ...

iPhone X has the notch but this is Samsung's solution for full-screen displays
ZDNet - 2018-01-19
Samsung's answer to the iPhone X's notch? Holes, many holes. Samsung was quick to exploit mixed feelings about the iPhone X's notch, and now has a potential answer to the engineering problems of making a truly full-screen smartphone. Instead of fitting the ...

2 dead, 10 hurt in road mishaps
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Two persons died and 10 others were injured in road accidents in northern Luzon and North Cotabato on Wednesday. Jerry Dancel crashed his motorcycle into a dump truck in Barangay Sapat, Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte at about 5:30 p.m ...

Century after pandemic, science takes its best shot at flu
Philstar - 2018-01-19
A vaccine that is going to protect you against essentially all, or most, strains of flu," said Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health. Labs around the country are hunting for a super-shot that could eliminate the annual fall vaccination ...

Fisherman drowns in Pangasinan - 2018-01-19
ANDA, Pangasinan, Philippines -- A fisherman drowned in the sea off Barangay Dolaoan in this town on Wednesday. Verbo Callado, 63, was on a bamboo raft with his grandson John Paul Perez, 14, when he fell into the water. Initial investigation showed ...

Top Metro Manila News
Philstar - 2018-01-19
Health advocacy group New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) yesterday reiterated its call for legislators to pass measures to protect children on the road, following the death of seven children in an accident in La Union last month. Police are ...

IBM, Salesforce expand AI partnership for deeper customer insights
ZDNet - 2018-01-19
IBM and Salesforce announced Friday an expansion of their strategic partnership that brings more data integration to companies so they can better interact with customers. Special report: The future of Everything as a Service (free PDF) SaaS had a major ...

Reyes a flight risk, ombudsman insists
Philstar - 2018-01-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is a flight risk and must remain in jail while the Sandiganbayan has yet to affirm his conviction for graft, the Office of the Ombudsman reiterated yesterday. In an 11-page reply before the ...

2 drug suspects slain
Philstar - 2018-01-19
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A former town councilor and another drug suspect were gunned down by motorcycle-riding men in Ilocos Norte on Wednesday. Former Dingras councilor Nathaniel Ruben Taylan II, 32, was talking with Joefrey Blanes, 45 ...

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