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Pagasa: Storm may develop in 24 hours, landfall in Caraga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-01
The low pressure area (LPA) dumping rain in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao may soon become the first storm of 2018 as the weather bureau expects it to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours. The tropical depression will be called "Agaton ...

Pagasa: 1,763 barangays very prone to flashfloods due to depression
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-01
Here are the provinces where the barangays are susceptible to flashfloods; Based on the 5 p.m. weather update of Pagasa on Monday, Agaton is around 175 km east-northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. Landfall over Caraga area is expected Monday night.

LIST: Domestic flights canceled on January 1 due to bad weather
Philstar - 2018-01-01
The following domestic flights have been canceled as of 1 p.m. on January 1, Monday: Business ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch: 1

Lower firecracker injuries credited to Duterte order
Philstar - 2018-01-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health attributed the lower number of firecracker-related injuries in the New Year festivities to President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order limiting the use of firecrackers. Executive Order (EO) 28, which limits ...

UN chief issues 'red alert for our world,' urges unity in 2018
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The New Year may be a time for exciting opportunities, but the United Nations (UN) chief warns the world to watch out for deeper conflicts and new dangers. "On New Year's Day 2018, I am not issuing an appeal.

Social benefits GSIS delivered in first 11 months grow 13 percent
Inquirer - 2018-01-01
The social insurance benefits and claims to members as well as pensioners that the state-run Government Service Insurance System distributed in the first 11 months of 2017 grew 13 percent year-on-year to over P85 billion. In a statement, the GSIS said ...

Empathy at Christmas, concerns in the new year
Bulatlat - 2018-01-01
Mulat lantern installation in University of the Philippines ... put an end to the ongoing rebellion in Mindanao and prevent the same from escalating to other parts of the country." Ponder these facts: The state security forces (AFP, PNP, and paramilitary ...

Flights between Legazpi, Manila canceled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-01
Two flights to Legazpi and Manila have been canceled due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) announced Monday. In a Facebook post, Miaa said Philippine Express flights 2P 2921 from Manila to Legazpi and 2P 2922 from ...

Evan Spiegel personally paid Drake to perform at Snapchat's New Year's party -- check it out
Business Insider - 2018-01-01
Snap, Inc. held its massive New Years Eve party in downtown Los Angeles. It cost a reported $4 million, with CEO Evan Spiegel personally sponsoring a performance from Drake. The Snapchat employees in attendance were reportedly under a strict "no photos ...

Rainy new year in Visayas, Mindanao due to low pressure area
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- It's a rainy new year for most parts of the country as a low pressure area (LPA) hovers Monday off the eastern coast of Mindanao. The low pressure area was spotted 545 kilometers east of Surigao City in Surigao ...

DOH: Most firecracker victims are children
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-31
On Sunday, only hours before 2017 ends, 86 firecracker-related injuries have been reported, and most of the victims were children, according to the Department of Health (DOH). Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued a statement late Sunday afternoon ...

This Startup Is Using Blockchain Tech To Rethink Cyber Security In The Bitcoin Era
Forbes - 2017-12-31
Paul Puey serves as the CEO of Edge, a cyber security company that empowers individuals to take control of their own online data by developing the proprietary tools, software and systems needed to keep their information tightly secured. Experts argue that ...

The world's biggest YouTube stars are seeing a massive slowdown
Business Insider - 2017-12-31
YouTube millionaires like PewDiePie and Zoella are seeing a massive slowdown in subscriber growth and views, according to social stats analysed by Business Insider. YouTubers have seen years of growth as vlogging exploded, but it looks like the golden days ...

Amazon's Jeff Bezos ends 2017 as the world's richest person, worth $99 billion, despite Donald Trump
ZDNet - 2017-12-31
The five richest people in the world at the end of 2017, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will end 2017 as the world's richest person, probably with a net worth of $99 billion. That makes him around $33bn ...

Amazon is dropping major hints it's ready to dominate the fresh grocery business
Business Insider - 2017-12-31
The head of Amazon's Prime Now division is now also leading its AmazonFresh grocery business. AmazonFresh has scaled back while Prime Now expands to new cities. Synergies with Whole Foods and Prime Now may prove a winning combination. Amazon could be about ...

No reported death, fewer firecracker injuries - DOH
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The Department of Health on Monday shared the good news that it has recorded zero deaths and fewer firecracker injuries during the holiday season. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said there was a 68 ...

The newest DJ at this Prague nightclub is a KUKA arm robot
The Verge - 2017-12-31
A club in Prague named Karlovy Lazne has recently introduced a robot DJ that alternates with a human to program music for the dance floor throughout the night, as reported by Reuters. Now in rotation for a few weeks, the robot has software that allows it ...

Gov't: No fuel price hike soon due to new tax reform law
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The Department of Finance (DOF) clarified there will be no immediate increase in gas prices with the implementation of the tax reform law. "The increase is not expected to take effect immediately on January 1 ...

TD 'Agaton' to make landfall over Dinagat Island
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The first tropical depression to hit the country this 2018 is expected to make landfall over Dinagat Islands, the state weather bureau said. According to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical ...

Tim Yap, Javi Martinez Pardo tie the knot in New York
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- Socialite and entertainment columnist Tim Yap is married. On December 25 in New York City, he tied the knot with his events director boyfriend Javi Martinez Pardo. "Married," Yap captioned the photo of him and ...

4 police officers face charges for firing guns on New Year's Eve
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 1) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will file charges against police officers firing their guns on New Year's Eve. "PNP personnel who were accosted for indiscriminate firing or illegal discharge of ...

Surgeon Allegedly Reused Anal Catheters On Numerous Patients
International Business Times - 2017-12-31
A New Jersey surgeon had his medical license suspended after he was accused of reusing anal catheters on patients. Dr. Sanjiv K. Patankar, a colon and rectal surgeon based in East Brunswick, allegedly washed and reused the disposable, one-use catheters ...

Passing the Torch to the Next Generation of Volunteers
New York Times - 2017-12-31
James Robinson was explaining how he ended up in his own ambulance, not in front at the wheel, but in the back, injured. Strictly speaking, the ambulance was not his, although there are those who say it might as well be, just as they say he is running a ...

E. Coli Symptoms: 17 Fall Ill As Dangerous Strain Strikes 13 US States
International Business Times - 2017-12-31
After Canada, now the United States is in the grip of an E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDS) started an investigation after 17 people fell ill across 13 states between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8. The authorities are ...

Gokongwei Brothers Foundation celebrates 25th year
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a commitment to making a lasting impact on education in the Philippines ... of the De La Salle University Gokongwei College of Engineering (DLSU-GCOE). At present, three ...

Fate of PH hotel standards in the stars
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
When a hotel in many parts of Europe says that it is a "five-star" establishment, at the very least a guest can expect a personalized greeting with flowers or a present in the room. This is not necessarily the case for hotels with the same rating in ...

Tagaytay spa turns around life for employees
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Entrepreneur Cathy Brillantes-Turvill sought solace in her Tagaytay property to regain strength during a rough patch in her life. Today, that same place is empowering many lives, having become a key driver for employment and business growth in Barangay Maitim.

BIR fast-tracking Train implementing rules and regulations
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
The Bureau of Internal Revenue is fast-tracking the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations of the various measures under the first tax reform package signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, including the lower personal income tax rates effective ...

Umbrellas to meet the New Year as Pagasa sees rain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Prepare to greet the New Year with umbrellas and rain gear in hand after the weather bureau on Friday said most parts of the country will be experiencing rainshowers due to the tail end of a cold front and the northeast monsoon. In its daily weather ...

Pagasa: Expect wet, stormy days in the New Year
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Stormy weather is expected over large areas of Mindanao and southern portions of the Visayas when the country welcomes the first days of the New Year with an approaching low pressure area (LPA), according to the weather bureau. In Eastern Visayas and ...

How peace talks with communist rebels failed
CNN Philippines - 2017-12-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- One step forward, two steps back. That about sums up how peace talks between the government and communist rebels went in 2017. The whole process collapsed in November as President Rodrigo Duterte turned his ...

31 devotees injured in Dec. 31 Black Nazarene procession
Philstar - 2017-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 31 Nazareno devotees were reported hurt in the annual thanksgiving procession of the faithful at Quiapo Church, Manila early Sunday morning. According to a radio report by DzBB, the 31 were given first aid. The report said ...

Police seize P1 million in drugs in QC buy-bust
Philstar - 2017-12-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Police, on early Sunday morning, seized an estimated P1 million worth of illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Quezon City. The Quezon City District Drug Enforcement Unit led the buy-bust operation at a restaurant on Timog ...

Green schools and cell phones
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Many Filipinos from all walks of life are literally glued daily to their cell phones ... Hands-free devices According to Lennart Hardell, a Swedish oncologist and professor at Örebro University Hospital in Örebro, Sweden, there is a five-fold increase ...

A home that builds families
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Is your home suited to bring your family together? In a country where family ties are highly valued, the home is usually the place where everyone gathers. To create a space that bonds your family, you have to be aware of the elements that should go into ...

A sound investment for the millennial
Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Jack Ma, the man behind the multimillion e-commerce platform the Alibaba Group, once said of the millennials as "never scared of the future." Instead of cowering to change, they meet it head on with guns blazing. They accept change not as a threat but ...

Palace welcomes SWS poll showing Filipinos have high hopes for 2018
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-31
Malacañang welcomed on Saturday the "record-high" Social Weather Station (SWS) survey results that almost all Filipinos would enter 2018 with hope. "We are pleased with the latest Social Weather Stations survey showing 96 percent of Filipinos are ...

SWS: Record 96% of Filipinos to welcome New Year with hope
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-31
An "all-time high" 96% of Filipinos are welcoming 2018 with hope, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The survey, conducted December 8 to 16, showed a record high for Filipinos who were hopeful of what would come in the New Year ...

My favorite Twitter account is a bot
Mashable - 2017-12-30
Human Twitter accounts serve their purpose, but I prefer tweets from bots. Research suggests there are now some 30 million tweeting bots -- though this might be a low estimate. Some of these bots provide weather updates, make stock recommendations, or ...

BIR lists taxes on offshore gaming
Inquirer - 2017-12-30
"The BIR, not a newcomer to the workings and tax issues presented by online business transactions through the internet, feels that the challenge in gaming operations is how to implement a fair and equitable taxation of online gaming businesses, how to ...

Purchasing power over real property
Inquirer - 2017-12-30
"On weekdays, throngs of Filipino men in the Rizal Park (popularly known as Luneta) congregate near booths of manning agencies which recruit workers to be deployed on foreign ships," wrote Jean Encinas-Franco of the University of the Philippines ...

Poverty reduction? Count on the co-ops
Inquirer - 2017-12-30
Cynthia A. Villar, former Senate President Manny Villar and Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, each group receiving P250,000 as seed money to start a new business or expand their existing projects and customized Villar Sipag bamboo trophy specially made ...

T-Mobile CEO is still blathering about 5G in 2020
Mashable - 2017-12-30
T-Mobile CEO John Legere has never been known to remain quiet. As New Year's Eve approaches, it's been no different. In an annual memo posted to the T-Mobile blog, Mr. Legere offers up his raw opinions on the passing year and includes several predictions ...

Bitcoin startup NiceHash has a new CEO just weeks after hackers stole $63 million from the company
Business Insider - 2017-12-30
The cryptocurrency mining startup NiceHash has replaced its CEO just weeks after a hacker stole $63 million worth of bitcoin from the company. Marko Kobal, the company's ousted CEO, will sell his stake in NiceHash to an outside investor. Investor funds ...

A kidnapped crypto executive was reportedly released after paying a $1 million bitcoin ransom
Business Insider - 2017-12-30
The CEO of the UK-registered cryptocurrency exchange Exmo Finance has been released from the custody of his kidnappers after a $1 million bitcoin ransom payment, according to a report from the Financial Times. Pavel Lerner was reportedly kidnapped while ...

53% Of Companies Are Adopting Big Data Analytics
Forbes - 2017-12-30
Big data adoption reached 53% in 2017 for all companies interviewed, up from 17% in 2015, with telecom and financial services leading early adopters. Reporting, dashboards, advanced visualization end-user "self-service" and data warehousing are the top ...

10 things in cybersecurity that you might have missed this year
ZDNet - 2017-12-30
Thought you caught everything in security this year? There was a lot to unpack. Here are ten things we learned this year that you might have missed. Tech's leaps, limps and likes: The 7 trends that defined 2017 ZDNet's top editors from across the globe ...

30% of Marawi battle zone cleared of bombs
Philstar - 2017-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 30 percent of the main battle area in Marawi has been cleared of unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). "As of Dec. 15, a total of 2,853 assorted unexploded ordnance and 415 IEDs were recovered by ...

Palawan storm deaths now 32
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2017-12-30
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has warned local officials that the weather disturbance, while still categorized as a low pressure area, is expected to transform into a cyclone when it enters the ...

The iPhone is once again the best-selling tech product of the year
Mashable - 2017-12-30
If you bought a brand new iPhone this year, you weren't alone. The iPhone was once again the best-selling tech product of the year, according to a USA Today report. What's more impressive is that the sales numbers were far superior than any other tech ...

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