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Bukidnon urged to go organic to sustain agri resources
Mindanews - 2018-01-04
The Department of Agriculture in Region 10 reported in October ... Bayag, tapped by the Agriculture Training Institute (ATI) as trainer, runs the Jaya Secret Garden, also in Malaybalay City, "where you will experience going, growing and glowing with ...

Philippines fines Sanofi, suspends clearance for Dengvaxia
Yahoo News - 2018-01-04
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has suspended clearance for Sanofi's dengue vaccine Dengvaxia and fined the French drugmaker a symbolic $2,000 citing violations on product registration and marketing, the health secretary said on Thursday. Concerns over ...

DTI chief: Price hike on basic goods should not take effect yet
Philstar - 2018-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The head of the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday assured the public that there should be no price movement on basic commodities in effect yet despite the recently approved Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law.

PyCryptoMiner enslaves your PC to mine Monero
ZDNet - 2018-01-04
Researchers have stumbled across a new botnet which has gone under the radar for a long time while quietly enslaving PCs in the quest for cryptocurrency. On Wednesday, researchers from F5 Networks revealed their findings on PyCryptoMiner, a new Linux-based ...

PSEi treks to new record high anew
Philstar - 2018-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The local stock barometer on Thursday continued soaring to new highs, settling above the 8,700 resistance level as world shares smashed records. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index rose 0.18 percent or 15.70 points to ...

Japan pledges $1.26B in grants, soft loans for infra projects
Inquirer - 2018-01-04
In October last year, 18 letters of intent were signed by 20 Japanese firms for $6 billion in new investments in the following sectors: agribusiness, business process management, information and communication technology, infrastructure, iron and steel ...

China fund pledges to PH hit $7.34B
Inquirer - 2018-01-04
As Manila under President Duterte pursues closer ties with Beijing, the mainland has so far pledged about $7.34 billion to be spent on building infrastructure here, the Department of Finance said. The DOF said yesterday that the grants and "soft" or ...

Manufacturers could raise SRP of basic goods only if justifiable, says DTI
Inquirer - 2018-01-04
Amid new and higher taxes, manufacturers could still raise the suggested retail price (SRP) of basic goods and commodities only if the increase would not go beyond what is "justifiable," the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. In a press ...

Wishing for prosperity this 2018
Philstar - 2018-01-04
Sabin Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Group "My wish for 2018 is for private citizens to be more involved in helping the less fortunate to minimize the poverty level of the country. Provide more opportunities for better education for the youth. The future of the ...

Video gaming addiction to be recognized by WHO as a mental health disorder
Inquirer Technology - 2018-01-04
However, in certain circumstances overuse can lead to adverse effects." WHO department of mental health and substance abuse member Vladimir Poznyak told New Scientist. Based on the draft, it said that gaming disorder "is characterized by a pattern of ...

PEZA firms urged to source raw materials from local sources
Inquirer - 2018-01-04
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) wants domestic companies to know which imports could be replaced by local supplies, a move aimed at cutting the dependence of its registered companies that usually source three-fourths of their materials abroad.

East Coast braces for a deep freeze following massive storm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-04
The storm caused school and business closings, airline and rail service cancellations or reductions and thousands of utilities outages, many of them restored quickly. Some ferry services even had to be shut down along the Canadian coast. In the South ...

Survey: Filipinos see Pope Francis as the 'most favorable' world leader
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country, ranked Pope Francis as the "most favorable" world leader," according to an international survey. Nine out of 10 Filipinos or around 87 percent of the Filipinos ...

Stocks hit new peak, peso at 6-month high
Philstar - 2018-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market picked up right where it left off before the long holiday break, finishing with another record high on the first trading day of 2018. The peso likewise started 2018 on a positive note, gaining 12 centavos to close ...

Ombudsman dismisses Mabilog anew
Philstar - 2018-01-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has issued another dismissal order against former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. Mabilog was found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of ...

Cold front, amihan affecting Luzon -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2018-01-04
The tail-end of a cold front in the eastern section of Southern Luzon and the northeast monsoon (amihan) are the two dominant weather systems affecting the country, the state weather bureau said Thursday. These weather systems are affecting Northern and ...

Mark Zuckerberg's goal for 2018: 'Fixing' Facebook
CNN Money - 2018-01-04
Each year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives himself a personal challenge. Run one mile a day. Read a book every other week. Eat only what he kills. For 2018, however, Zuckerberg is essentially challenging himself to do better at his day job. Zuckerberg ...

More important issues on Dengvaxia than Gordon
Inquirer Opinion - 2018-01-03
The issues are the following (among many others): 1) Did the incompletely tested and defective Dengvaxia vaccine cause an unnecessary health hazard on poor Filipino children who have never contracted dengue? 2) Was the implementation at its different ...

Ease of doing business, data privacy among top MAP priorities
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Management Association of the Philippines (MAP ... the government, the academe and the civil society in pushing for reforms that will help the country improve its competitiveness, enable businesses to capitalize on disruptions ...

Philex hopeful on lifting ban on open pit mining
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Pangilinan-led Philex Mining Corp. is scouting for potential investors for its $2 billion Silangan copper and gold project as it is optimistic that the government will lift the ban on open pit mining this quarter. "We are hoping ...

Peso seen to weaken this year
- 2018-01-03
The Philippines should brace itself for more capital outflows this year—which will likely exert downward pressure on the peso—as the continuing recovery in the US prompts fund managers to repatriate their investments back to the world’s largest economy.

Microsoft issues emergency Windows update for processor security bugs
The Verge - 2018-01-03
Microsoft is issuing a rare out-of-band security update to supported versions of Windows today. The software update is part of a number of fixes that will protect against a newly-discovered processor bug in Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsets. Sources familiar ...

Chelsea boosting 2GO stake to 40%
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. (CLC) is set to increase its ownership in logistics giant 2GO Group Inc. to 40 percent. CLC president and chief executive officer Chryss Damuy told reporters the firm is currently working on a tender ...

Apple 're-programmed' the roof on one of its stores because it had an ice problem
Business Insider - 2018-01-03
Apple built a gorgeous new Apple store on Chicago's waterfront this year. It has beautiful glass walls and a roof that looks like an Apple laptop, and a press release published when the store opened in October called it one of "Apple's most significant ...

Protesters projected a sign on Twitter's headquarters after Trump's latest tweets about nuclear war: 'Jack is complicit'
Business Insider - 2018-01-03
On Tuesday night in San Francisco, protesters projected a message directed at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Twitter's main building. The message said "@jack is #complicit," a reference to Twitter refusing to bar President Donald Trump from the social-media ...

A flower giant has reportedly acquired BloomThat, an on-demand flower startup
TechCrunch - 2018-01-03
BloomThat, an on-demand flower startup, has sold itself to flower giant FTD, Axios reports. FTD, which offers same-day delivery flowers for a variety of occasions, reportedly paid a small amount of money for the startup. Prior to this reported acquisition ...

Here's what Trump's tax plan means for blue collar workers, from cashiers to foresters
Business Insider - 2018-01-03
o Now that US President Donald Trump has signed Republicans' tax overhaul into law, it's time to figure out what the new tax code will mean for you. o Career site Zippia broke down how the new tax plan could affect take-home pay in 2018 for people in ...

Music streaming company Spotify quietly files to go public
United Press International - 2018-01-03
Jan. 3 (UPI) --Spotify, the Sweden-based music streaming service, quietly filed for placement on a public stock exchange, a source close to the development said on Wednesday. Instead of an initial public offering, which involves underwriting fees ...

Spotify makes confidential filing for U.S. IPO: source
Reuters - 2018-01-03
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Music streaming service Spotify has filed confidentially with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering and is targeting a direct listing in the first half of 2018 that would allow some longtime investors to cash out ...

Batangas bettor wins P24.8-M lotto jackpot
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A bettor from Batangas has won the jackpot in the 6/42 Regular Lotto jackpot on Tuesday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced yesterday. The still unidentified winner hit the six-digit winning combination 17-16 ...

AFP to resume offensive vs NPA as truce ends
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The military will resume combat operations ... Arsenio Andolong, Department of National Defense spokesman, said soldiers were set to hit the ground running again at 11:59 last night. "We will resume combat operations unless ...

Cargo vessel sinks; 9 rescued
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Nine Chinese crewmembers of a cargo ship that sank off Northern Samar were rescued on Tuesday afternoon. Capt. Gregorio Adel Jr., Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Eastern Visayas commander, said six of the crewmembers are citizens of ...

Ombudsman dismisses Mabilog anewlo
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Office of the Ombudsman has issued another dismissal order against former Iloilo City mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog. Mabilog was found guilty of grave misconduct, serious dishonesty and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of ...

Quake jolts Agusan del Norte
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude 4 earthquake shook parts of Agusan del Norte before dawn yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. No damage or injuries were reported from the tremor which occurred at about 2 ...

2 held for indiscriminate firing in Laguna, Pangasinan
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Two persons were arrested for alleged indiscriminate firing in Laguna and Pangasinan on Tuesday. Reylito Salandanan, 45, reportedly pulled out his gun and fired several shots in Barangay Sabang, Pagsanjan at around 3 p.m. Salandanan ...

Department of Health: After feasting, Filipinos should fast
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- After feasting on sumptuous meals during the holidays, Filipinos should fast to help their bodies "rest and recuperate" from their "massive intake," the Department of Health (DOH) said yesterday. DOH Undersecretary Gerardo ...

Bam Aquino: We need 'four or five' telco players
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) -- The Philippines needs at least four or five Internet providers to drive down prices, Senator Bam Aquino said Thursday. "What we want to see is not just one more telco player. We need at least four or five ...

No special treatment for Mandaluyong policewoman who led shooting incident -- officials
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) -- Hours after turning herself in on Tuesday, police senior inspector Maria Cristina Vasquez spent the night at the Mandaluyong police office evading the media. Vasquez was the station's women and children's desk ...

Robredo asks PET to allow monitoring of poll protest ballots
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) -- The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to allow representatives from both parties during the inventory and transport of ballot boxes included in former Senator ...

China pledges $7.34B for 10 infra projects, says DOF
Inquirer - 2018-01-03
As Manila pursues closer ties with Beijing, the mainland pledged about $7.34 billion for building infrastructure here, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In a statement Wednesday, the DOF said the grants as well as soft loans committed by China thus ...

New Year food for thought
Philstar - 2018-01-03
CROSSROADS (Toward Philippine Economic and Social Progress) By Gerardo P. Sicat (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 3, 2018 - 12:00am Some food for thought for the new year greet me. In the past year I had hoped to comment on some of the topics but had ...

Philippines stays in SE Asian manufacturers’ lead
- 2018-01-03
By Elijah Joseph C. Tubayan Reporter THE PHILIPPINES’ manufacturing performance bested those of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) counterparts for the third straight month in December, according to a monthly survey conducted by IHS Markit for Nikkei, Inc. The country’s seasonally adjusted Nikkei Philippines Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) topped the regional average of …

ICT Davao urges BPOs to improve safety systems
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-03
DAVAO CITY -- Business process outsourcing (BPO) companies should adopt better safety systems at their facilities to prevent a repeat of the deadly fire at New City Commercial Center (NCCC) mall, where an American firm was holding office, according to the ...

Americans to eat record amount in 2018
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-03
Many Americans are actively shunning carbohydrates in favor of protein, though any health benefits may be outweighed by the sheer volume of meat, eggs and dairy being consumed. While the government recommends that adults eat 5 to 6.5 ounces of protein ...

PHL stocks soar past 8,700 on positive sentiment
BusinessWorld Online - 2018-01-03
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rallied to a new all-time high ... del Castillo, managing director at First Grade Finance, Inc., said in a phone interview. Coming off a two-day break, local stocks rode on the extended gains in Asian ...

No fuel price hike under tax reform law until mid-January
CNN Philippines - 2018-01-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 3) -- The Energy Department on Wednesday reminded the oil industry and the public that higher fuel taxes should only take effect after January 15. Energy Assistant Secretary Bodie Pulido said they expect stable fuel ...

Marcventures gets SEC go-signal to hike capital
Philstar - 2018-01-03
Marcventures is raising its capitalization to facilitate the issuance of shares to Asia Pilot Mining Philippines Corp. (APMPC) and BrightGreen Resources Holdings Inc. (BHI). Both APMPC and BrightGreen will be be folded into Marcventures. Marcventures ...

PLDT, Smart forge P1.4-B partnership with Huawei
Philstar - 2018-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- To improve wireless service delivery platforms, PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. have forged a $28.5-million (P1.4-billion) partnership with China-based global information and communications technology leader Huawei.

Microsoft acquires Avere Systems, file-storage vendor for Windows and Linux
ZDNet - 2018-01-03
Microsoft's first acquisition of calendar 2018 is file-storage vendor Avere Systems. Microsoft announced intentions to buy the Pittsburgh, Penn.-based vendor on January 3 for an undisclosed amount. Avere has developed file system and caching technoloogies ...

New ransomware headache as crooks dump bitcoin for rival cryptocurrencies
ZDNet - 2018-01-03
While bitcoin was the preferred way of paying to free PCs from ransomware or buying illegal services on the dark web, that might not be the case for much longer -- and tracking down and online criminals could become harder as a result. Bitcoin remains a ...

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