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Key nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards

NOMINATIONS for the 2020 Academy Awards, the highest honors in the movie industry, were announced on Monday. The awards will be handed out on Feb. 9 at a ceremony in Hollywood.

PSBank raises P4.65B via three-year papers

PHILIPPINE SAVINGS Bank (PSBank) raised P4.65 billion from its latest bond issuance, cutting short its offer period on Monday for the three-year fixed- rate bonds due to strong demand.

Astros fire Hinch, Luhnow following MLB suspensions

LOS ANGELES -- Houston Astros owner Jim Crane fired manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday after both received one-year suspensions from Major League Baseball in the sign-stealing scandal.

Ceres advances to next round of AFC Champions League prelims

CERES-NEGROS FC advanced to the next round of the preliminaries of the AFC Champions League 2020 after holding on and defeating visiting Shan United FC of Myanmar, 3-2, in a round 1 match on Tuesday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Infrastructure financing seen complicated by water dispute

GLOBALSOURCE Partners said rising regulatory risk in government contracting may soon affect public-private partnership (PPP) deals for infrastructure projects, as the President continues to insist on modifying water contracts for Metro Manila while declaring his intent not to support a major broadcaster’s franchise renewal.

Port expected to make Palawan a major cruise destination — DPWH

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expects Palawan to become a major cruise destination with the construction of a P1.5-billion cruise port, whose third and fourth phases are targeted for completion this year.

Duterte bars PNP from ordering supplies, property

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte said he would take away the police’s procurement powers after the agency was said to have bought overpriced speed guns.

3 Chinese, one Korean wanted for fraud to be deported —...

THE Bureau of Immigration will deport three Chinese nationals and a South Korean who are wanted for fraud in their countries, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Internet should hide your data, not share it

BACK IN my days as a web developer, we did our development and testing in porn mode. Those outside the industry might refer to this as an “incognito window,” but the phrase “porn mode” is universally understood because usually no one opens an incognito window unless they’re about to load something unseemly.

Don’t underestimate VP Leni Robredo

Although I have met Vice-President Leni Robredo a few times, I have never had a lengthy conversation with her. Nevertheless, she has always struck me as having a strong backbone. Her uncanny ability to make bold but well-considered decisions and to stick to them was demonstrated when, after giving it a few days of thought and reflection, she accepted the Liberal Party’s left-field offer to run for vice-president. She then worked herself to the bone all over the country, and amazingly won the post and got confirmed by the Comelec. I guess her daughter had solid basis for saying that we should not underestimate their mother’s influence on their late father, Jesse Robredo, who had been my choice for next president after PNoy.

Taal Volcano eruption risks GDP growth, analysts say

THE CONTINUED ERUPTION of Taal Volcano in Batangas province risks the country’s utilities, agriculture, transport and tourism sectors, not to mention overall economic growth, analysts said on Monday.

Holiday horror: Tagaytay under a cloud of ash

THE weather that Sunday was beautiful, said Jose Ricardo “Pepi” Casas who was in Tagaytay for a family reunion. The skies were clear and there was no sign that just a few hours later, the nearby Taal Volcano would explode, spewing ash, steam, and rocks into a cloud that reached a kilometer into the air.

PSE sets new trading price threshold to guard investors

THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) will be implementing a new dynamic threshold for securities next month after conducting its semi-annual review in July to December 2019.

Speedy zombies inhabit Red’s latest horror outing

TOUTED AS the “first full-scale zombie film by a Filipino studio,” Mikhail Red’s Block Z promises action and gore and thrills as it hits cinemas on January 29.

As firms hold back, US consumers seen boosting big banks’ profits

NEW YORK — Consumer lending is expected to propel profits for big US banks when they unveil fourth-quarter results this week, though stress in corporate lending and uneven capital markets may cast a shadow over results.

China backs drive vs gambling, says Pagcor

THE Philippines and China are working together to combat Chinese nationals involved in illegal offshore gaming operations in the country, the head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) said, after President Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his assurance that Beijing is not meddling in local law enforcement.

Why one Friends fan in the US now has 236 episodes...

WHEN Friends vanished from Netflix in the US on Jan. 1, Amy Smeltzer was ready. She watches the old sitcom almost every day and just couldn’t wait until May for it to resurface on a new streaming service, HBO Max.

Law firm applying for a special audit of Wirecard

FRANKFURT — Law firm Schirp said on Monday it was applying for a special audit of German payments company Wirecard, which is facing allegations of fraud and false accounting, on behalf of its shareholders.

DMCI, RLC team up for Las Piñas condo

CONSUNJI-LED DMCI Homes and Gokongwei-led Robinsons Land Corp. are teaming up for a three-building condominium project in Las Piñas City.

Robinsons Malls to host bonsai shows

ROBINSONS Malls has partnered with Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines (BSAPI) to host bonsai shows throughout the country.

Taal not yet significantly affecting agriculture, Dar says

AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said that the ongoing eruption of Taal volcano is not expected to have a significant effect on the performance of the agriculture sector in 2020.

Work starts on four Metro Iloilo flyovers worth P1.2 billion

ILOILO CITY -- The construction of four flyovers in the Metro Iloilo area, at a total cost of P1.2 billion, starts this week with completion targets of the end of 2021, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Offsetting measures, upsetting measures

The tax reform is well underway, but just as it had in 2018, it hit a snag yet again. In fact, it hit the same snag it had back then.

Taal, Cadiz City and Tapaz, Capiz

Volcanic areas are among the most beautiful places to see in the country -- Mayon, Pinatubo lake, Bulusan lake, Taal lake, etc. They are beautiful when the volcanoes are at rest, but when they rumble and erupt, they are among the worst places in the planet to be due to the many dangers they pose. Among the most active, most violent volcanoes in the Philippines and their explosions since 1600 are listed in Table 1.

Mahomes, Chiefs beat Texans; Packers top Seahawks

LOS ANGELES -- Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw a record-tying four touchdowns in the second quarter as the Kansas City Chiefs roared back from a 24-0 deficit and defeated the Houston Texans 51-31 in the NFL playoffs on Sunday.

Ceres begins AFC Champions League 2020 bid

AFC Champions League 2020 action kicks off today with top local club football team Ceres-Negros FC hosting Shan United of Myanmar in a preliminary round 1 qualifying action at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Manila airport partially resumes flight operations

MANILA’S Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday partially resumed operations after more than 500 flights were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano, whose ash enveloped some cities near the capital on Sunday evening.

7 of 10 Filipinos think rights violated in Duterte’s drug war

SEVEN of 10 Filipinos think human rights violations had been committed in President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s deadly war on drugs, according to the latest poll by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

Most congested city eyes limits on car ownership

RICARDO N. ABAÑO, a 25-year-old call center agent from Parañaque City, dreams of driving his own car someday.

Developers expected to sustain double-digit pre-sales growth this year

PHILIPPINE developers are expected to sustain double-digit growth in pre-sales and profit this year, according to the research arm of Morgan Stanley.

Tourism revenue target for 2020 set at P4.454 trillion

THE Department of Tourism has set a 2020 target of P4.454 trillion for tourism revenue, which if realized would exceed the 2019 estimated total by about 9.8%.

Justice department tightens visa rules for Chinese nationals

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) has tightened the rules on the issuance of visas to arriving Chinese nationals to prevent overstaying, Undersecretary Markk L. Perete said, amid reports of Chinese tourists ending up as illegal workers in the Philippines.

Fuel marking volumes miss goal

THE government marked 1.1 billion liters of fuel last year, well below initial estimates, as it rolled out the measure billed as cutting down on tax avoidance in the industry.

NBI autopsy shows Filipina housemaid was sexually abused

AN AUTOPSY by Philippine investigators showed that a Filipina allegedly killed in the hands of her employer was sexually abused, the Justice department said on Sunday.

Didal determined to see her Olympic push through

IN the mix to make it to the Tokyo Summer Games later this year, Filipino skateboarding star Margielyn Didal said she is determined to see her Olympic push through but admitted needing all the help that she can get to make it a reality.

Construction costs rose by 15% on labor shortage, say builders

CONSTRUCTION projects take on an additional 10-15% in costs due to a shortage in skilled construction workers and necessary equipment, Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association (CREBA) Chairman Charlie A. V. Gorayeb said.

Titans strike quickly, stun Ravens; 49ers win in NFC

LOS ANGELES -- The Tennessee Titans on Saturday shocked the high-powered Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers won their first NFL playoff game in six seasons to advance to the conference championships.

Uy’s telco commits ‘upgraded’ internet to municipality group

NEW telecommunications company DITO Telecommunity Corp. said it had forged an agreement with the organization of municipalities for the delivery of “fast and upgraded” internet services to their constituents.

Soybean industry targeted for improved production, logistics — DoST

THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) said it hopes to increase the income of soybean farmers through improved production and more efficient supply chains.

Chevrolet rolls out all-new 2021 Suburban, Tahoe in Detroit

THE CHEVROLET Suburban boasts an incredible longest-running nameplate in automotive history at 85 years and a current market share of close to 70% of the entire North American full-size SUV segment combined with GMC and Cadillac.

India asks refiners to stop buying palm oil from Malaysia amid...

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI -- India has informally asked palm oil refiners and traders to avoid buying Malaysian palm oil, government and industry sources said on Tuesday, following Malaysian criticism of India’s actions in the Kashmir region and its new citizenship law.

Venezuela East?

Time was when the Philippines held the dubious distinction of being a “Latin American country in the East.” Its growth episodes were short and spasmodic; “boom and bust” aptly describes its longer horizon; investment was at a canter; its till was perennially made empty by waste and venality; and government encroached into the market mindlessly. That was also Latin America Post-WWII. The current development tragedy, Venezuela, is the latest and most virulent example of the Latin American disease presided over most times by populist caudillos who supplanted the imperfect market with their own populist-socialist mishmash.

MFPA Center for Leadership Excellence, St. Scho set stage for Gen...

LATE last year, the St. Scholastica’s College Manila Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo (MFPA) Center for Leadership Excellence held its second annual thought leadership workshop for student leaders. Fifty-two promising students from Grades 7-12 participated to hone their leadership skills and become an inspiration to others.

BSP looks to strengthen financial inclusion push

THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) will continue its drive to push for financial inclusion in 2020, according to BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno.

Giving a soft cotton touch to the Mandaya’s Dagmay cloth

DAVAO CITY -- Local designer Wilson Niñofranco Limon is coming up with a clothing line that will combine cotton fabric and the Dagmay textile of the Mandaya indigenous people in Davao Oriental.