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House panel considers allowing, regulating habal-habals amid traffic woes
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) -- With the country's growing traffic problems with cars, jeepneys, buses, and train systems, lawmakers are looking into another mode of transportation as a possible alternative - motorcycles for hire or habal-habal.

Drug companies told to do more to tackle 'superbug' crisis
Yahoo News - 2018-01-23
LONDON (Reuters) - Drugmakers' response to the threat posed by "superbugs" remains patchy even after years of warnings, according to the first analysis of individual companies' efforts to tackle the antibiotic resistance crisis. The rise of drug-resistant ...

Evacuees, scientists brace for eruption on Philippines' Mount Mayon
United Press International - 2018-01-23
23 (UPI) --Philippine officials cut off electricity and water supplies ... as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and ...

Duchess of Cambridge launches new mental health website for schools
Yahoo News - 2018-01-23
The Duchess of Cambridge is launching a new website to help children access better mental health support in school. The mental health and wellbeing of children has always been a top priority for the Duchess and on Tuesday she is due to launch a new online ...

EU encouraging use of GSP+ to boost inclusivity
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-23
"What we want to do with our trade and commercial relationship is to help these people to be part of this growth, farmers, small business people... How we can make the world growth work for those people as well," Walter van Hattum, head of the EU ...

Mayon spews ash column anew
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) -- Mayon volcano spewed two more columns of ash on Tuesday. The volcano spouted a giant five-kilometer ash cloud at around 9 a.m. in the morning, followed by another three-kilometer column of ash past noon.

Mocha Uson returns award to UST alumni association
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) -- Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux "Mocha" Uson on Wednesday returned the controversial award for government service given to her by the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association Inc ...

Survey: More Filipino families experience hunger in 4th quarter of 2017
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 24) -- More Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, according to the latest Social Weather Stations survey. In its December 2017 poll, the SWS found that 15.9 ...

Evacuees, scientists brace for eruption on Philippines' Mount Mayon
United Press International - 2018-01-23
23 (UPI) --Philippine officials cut off electricity and water supplies ... as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and ...

Evacuees, scientists brace for eruption on Philippines' Mount Mayon
United Press International - 2018-01-23
23 (UPI) --Philippine officials cut off electricity and water supplies ... as well as entertainment, trends, science, health and stunning photography. UPI also provides insightful reports on key topics of geopolitical importance, including energy and ...

MMDA suspends coding scheme on Wednesday
Philstar - 2018-01-23
To help commuters that might be affected by the transport strike, the UVVRP or number coding scheme is SUSPENDED tomorrow, Jan. 24, 2018 for ALL vehicles, public and private (except Makati and Las Piñas). #mmda -- Official MMDA (@MMDA) January 23, 2018 ...

NjRat secures top spot as most active network malware in 2017
ZDNet - 2018-01-23
Researchers have compiled a list of the most common malware variants which may be active on networks today. On Tuesday, security professionals from AlienVault posted the results of research into the top 10 malware threats that were recorded as active on ...

Snapchat update lets Stories spread via text, email, even Facebook
Mashable - 2018-01-23
Sending and viewing snaps isn't just for Snapchat anymore. No, we're not talking about jumping ship to Instagram Stories. On Tuesday, Snap introduced an un-Snapchat-like move that allows users to send links of Snapchat Stories for viewing outside of the ...

Dutch to help in Manila Bay rehab
- 2018-01-23
The government wants to bring back the “old glory” of the Manila Bay through a master plan that will guide future reclamation projects seen spurring more property and transport investments in the area.

IMF slightly raises growth projection for Philippines
Philstar - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its 2018 growth forecast for five major Southeast Asian states, including the Philippines. In an economic outlook update published on January 22 (Washington time), the IMF slightly hiked ...

Maria Ressa: Fight vs. fake news continues
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) -- Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is continuing her campaign against fake news, even amid what she calls harassment from the government. She's ready to be arrested after the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC ...

Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage
Computer World - 2018-01-23
Through blockchain, Roberto Galoppini sees an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone: His organization, FileZilla, can offer users free online data storage while also allowing them to earn valuable cryptocurrency. Galoppini, director of strategy for ...

Tax reform program's 'Package 2 plus' to be submitted to Congress by end-January
Philstar - 2018-01-23
How Duterte's new tax law or TRAIN can affect you The DOF earlier said that the other tax reform packages -- which the government hopes to submit to Congress ahead of the 2019 senatorial and local mid-term elections -- will involve property taxation ...

New guidelines 'encourage' police to use body cameras in drug ops
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has released new supplemental operational guidelines for anti-illegal drug operations, including the use of body cameras and other recording devices. "When available, the ...

Senate panel issues subpoena for ex-Comelec chief Bautista
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) -- A Senate panel has issued a subpoena to compel former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista to attend hearings on his alleged unexplained wealth. Senator Francis Escudero, Chairman of the ...

SSS plans 14% increase in member contributions
Philstar - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Philippines - State-run Social Security System (SSS) is planning to increase this year the contribution rate of members to 14 percent of the monthly salary credit following the implementation of the tax reform law. In an interview, SSS president ...

SolGen to CA: Order re-arrest of ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) -- Solicitor General Jose Calida called on the Court of Appeals (CA) to reverse its decision clearing former Palawan governor Joel Reyes of murder charges against slain broadcast journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.

PSEi a hairline away from 9,000
Inquirer - 2018-01-23
Jollibee and Megaworld also declined. Key decliners outside the PSEi included Now Corp. and Pilipinas Shell, which respectively fell by 4.73 percent and 2.65 percent. Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Guidelines issued on use of mobile apps to pay for insurance premiums
Inquirer - 2018-01-23
The Insurance Commission has approved the use of mobile apps to pay for premiums as long as these secured prior approval from the regulator. In a statement issued on Monday, the Insurance Commission said it issued Circular Letter (CL) No. 2018-07 last ...

Phivolcs counts 3 lava fountaining on Mayon on Sunday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-23
Lawrence Bañes, Phivolcs science research assistant, said the agency was not able to determine the height of the ash plume and lava fountain on the three episodes due to inclement weather in Albay province. /cbb Don't miss out on the latest news and ...

DOF sees faster economic expansion in 2018
Philstar - 2018-01-23
According to the Finance chief, sizable personal income tax cuts under the TRAIN act would boost consumer spending and help spur greater economic activity. Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Vaccine red flag raised in 2015, says Ona
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-23
Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Monday that he would not have allowed the implementation of the dengue immunization program on a massive scale if he were still with the Department of Health (DOH) in 2016. Appearing at the continuation of the ...

Philippine economy grows 6.7% in 2017
Arab News - 2018-01-23
The sector, which has become a major pillar of the Philippine economy, includes call centers and offices that carry out such functions for overseas companies as accounting, medical and legal transcription, software design, animation and even architecture.

Uber CEO: Leaks and the media made us better
CNN Money - 2018-01-23
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has given credit to whistleblowers and the media for making Uber better. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Khosrowshahi said leaks about what goes on behind the scenes at the world's biggest tech companies, including ...

All set for Digital Marketing Master Class Philippines
Inquirer - 2018-01-23
The 2nd Digital Marketing Master Class Philippines 2018, a two-day 18-hour master class thoughtfully designed to give participants an intensive understanding of concepts and opportunities in the digital marketing landscape, will be held at SMX Convention ...

New rule on amortization of input VAT on capital goods
Philstar - 2018-01-23
Prior to the TRAIN Law, Section 110(A) (1) of the NIRC provides that the input tax on capital goods purchased or imported in a calendar month for use in trade or business shall be spread evenly over the month of acquisition and the 59 succeeding months.

Private sector urged to boost role in disaster rebuilding
Philstar - 2018-01-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is urged to reduce the share of public funds allocated for the reconstruction of private properties damaged in natural disasters and to instead strengthen the capacity of the private sector to address damages.

Rival clans in Marawi end 5 decades of conflict
Philstar - 2018-01-23
LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines -- Two adversarial clans ended on Monday a bloody "rido" that spanned for five decades and exacted no fewer than 50 fatalities on each side. Rido means vendetta feud in the Maranao dialect, usually rooted in land disputes ...

More than 10 percent of $3.7 billion raised in ICOs has been stolen: Ernst & Young
Reuters - 2018-01-23
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 10 percent of funds raised through "initial coin offerings" are lost or stolen in hacker attacks, according to new research by Ernst & Young that delves into the risks of investing in cryptocurrency projects online.

Cloudy skies, rain in Mindanao - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-23
Specifically, the weather bureau said that the easterlies will bring cloudy skies and rain over Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Davao Region. Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is affecting Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, the rest of Cagavan Valley Region ...

Why is rural underemployment so high?
Inquirer - 2018-01-22
In early 2017, some 6.4 million Filipinos were underemployed, or 16.3 percent of the labor force. Rural regions had high underemployment rates (over 20 percent) such as Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Soccsksargen, but lower in urbanized regions, i.e.: NCR ...

Globe partnership prompts Shell to review no cellphone use policy
Philstar - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. is reviewing its no cellphone policy in gas stations with the advancement of technology and following its partnership with Globe Telecom Inc. to put up cell sites in its retail network. Shell signed a ...

Masbate Gold restores coral reefs
Philstar - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Two major mining firms that comprise the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), have begun installing some 400 to 800 reef balls in a fishing and mining town in Masbate, in a bid to help regenerate new reef covers. The coral reefs had been ...

Tech luminaries we lost in 2017
Computer World - 2018-01-22
Our everyday lives rest upon the inventions and innovations of the scientists and engineers who came before us. Whether they developed programming languages, carbon nanotubes, data classification systems, video games, or the Internet itself, these 12 men ...

Big investors are valuing homes with a method outlawed for everyone else after the housing crash -- and the SEC is asking questions
Business Insider - 2018-01-22
Large investors are increasingly using so-called broker price opinions to value and purchase thousands of homes on the brink of foreclosure. This method is used in place of traditional appraisals, which are done by licensed professionals and usually cost more.

FDA releases initial review of Philip Morris' iQOS device
Reuters - 2018-01-22
(Reuters) - An electronic product made by Philip Morris International Inc that heats rather than burns tobacco contains lower levels of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than cigarettes, a preliminary review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Doctor Walks a Mile in the Snow to Get to His Patients at Atlanta Children's Hospital
Yahoo News - 2018-01-22
A dedicated Georgia doctor was not about to let snowy conditions stop him as he walked a mile to get to his patients at a local hospital last week. Dr. Dean McKenzie, the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Children's Hospital of Atlanta, made the trek ...

Hamas bomb expert nabbed in Angeles city, Pampanga
Philstar - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Philippines -- An Iraqi citizen with suspected links to the Islamic militant group Hamas was arrested in Angeles City, Pampanga on Sunday. Taha Mohamed Al-Jabouri, 64, who reportedly served as a consultant of Hamas, was collared at around 3 a.m ...

Bus bound for Baguio city rams electric post; 2 dead
Philstar - 2018-01-22
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan, Philippines -- Two persons died while 17 others were injured when a passenger bus bound for Baguio City rammed an electric post along Marcos Highway in Tuba, Benguet yesterday. Bus conductor Joseph Ryan Mesana Lalong and passenger ...

Trekker hurt in fall on Mt. Pulag, Benguet
Philstar - 2018-01-22
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- A woman suffered serious injuries when she slipped while trekking on Mt. Pulag in Itogon, Benguet on Sunday. Sarah Morena Serrano, a resident of Tala, Caloocan City, suffered a dislocated shoulder and was taken ...

Gun parts, ammo seized in Zamboanga del Norte
Philstar - 2018-01-22
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Government troops have recovered gun parts and several types of ammunition from an armed group following an encounter in Zamboanga del Norte. Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Battalion and members of the Citizen Armed Forces ...

Quakes jolt Bukidnon and Leyte
Philstar - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Earthquakes with magnitudes of 3.7 and 3.5 jolted parts of Bukidnon and Leyte, respectively, yesterday. The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred in Bukidnon at around 3:56 a.m., was located eight kilometers southeast of Libona town.

Chelsea taps Japan firm for new passenger ships
Philstar - 2018-01-22
The purchased tugboats are expected to arrive in the first quarter of the year. At present, CLC has 15 tankers, eight tugboats, 21 RORO and passenger vessels (RoPax), four cargo ships while 2GO Group has 16 RoPax, five cargo vessels and 10 fast craft.

AC Energy sees consistent earnings growth from wind, geothermal fields
Philstar - 2018-01-22
MANILA, Philippines - AC Energy, the power unit of Ayala Corp., expects consistent earnings growth in the medium term with higher contributions from wind farms, geothermal and new power projects, its top official said. The group started seeing improvements ...

Globe nixes proposal to block construction of own cell sites
Philstar - 2018-01-22
PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc. public affairs head Ramon Isberto said the company would defer comment until it gets more details on the common tower policy.

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