LOS ANGELES - Much of the western United States baked for a third day on Wednesday under a punishing heat wave that has set temperature records, prompted health warnings and strained power grids. Although a shift in the weather has provided some relief to northern states, including Montana and Idaho, the worst was still to come for California and parts ...

With the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines accelerating, people are increasingly asking which vaccine is best? Even if we tried to answer this question, defining which vaccine is "best" is not simple. Does that mean the vaccine better at protecting you from serious disease? The one that protects you from whichever variant is circulating near you? The one that needs fewer ...

Fully vaccinated Britons could be allowed to travel to countries on the government’s ‘amber list’ without quarantining when they return home, The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday. Under the current traffic light system, travellers returning from green list countries take COVID-19 tests but do not need to quarantine. Amber country arrivals require a period of self-isolation at home or in ...

GOOGLE launched a new, free smartphone feature known as the Android Earthquake Alerts System, available in the Philippines and globally.   The alerts system can detect seismic activity in the area using the built-in accelerometers in active Android smartphones. Device notifications can then provide early warning alerts for when an earthquake is detected.   “Launching the Android Earthquake Alerts System in the Philippines is part of our mission to bring helpful products and services to Filipinos,” said Bernadette Nacario, the Country Director of Google Philippines. “Our ...

WASHINGTON – The Federal Reserve on Wednesday began closing the door on its pandemic-driven monetary policy as officials projected an accelerated timetable for interest rate increases, opened talks on how to end crisis-era bond-buying, and said the 15-month-old health emergency was no longer a core constraint on U.S. commerce. Signaling that broad changes in policy may happen sooner than expected, ...

Philippine bonds have been racing ahead this quarter and may soon be getting another shot of turbo power. This time from cooling inflation. The consumer-price index looks to have passed its peak after dropping back to 4.5% in the last three months from its high of 4.7% in February. There are a bevy of reasons to expect it will head ...

Notice of Annual Stockholders’ Meeting Notice is hereby given that the Annual Stockholders Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 8:30 in the morning. The agenda for the said meeting shall be as follows: Call to Order Secretary’s Proof of Due Notice of the Meeting and Determination of Quorum Approval of the Minutes of the Stockholders’ Meeting ...

A recent wave of new coronavirus infections likely slowed the Philippine economy's recovery this year. -- PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCASBy Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) sharply cut its growth projection for the Philippines this year, after a fresh wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections slowed the economy's recovery. Thomas Helbling, division chief of IMF's ...

Many tourism-related businesses have been affected by the strict quarantine restrictions implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic. -- PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Ana Olivia A. Tirona, Researcher THE TOURISM industry's contribution to the economy plunged to its lowest level in at least two decades in 2020 amid the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data released ...

FINANCE SECRETARY CARLOS G. DOMINGUEZ III -- SEONGJOON CHO/BLOOMBERG FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the government can only provide P173 billion in stimulus funds this year, as it is unsustainable to have the fiscal deficit exceed 9.3% of gross domestic product (GDP). "If we are going to have another round of Bayanihan stimulus package this year, the economic ...

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