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Kuwaiti employer sentenced to death for killing Filipina domestic worker
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- A Kuwaiti citizen has been sentenced to death a year after killing her Filipina domestic worker. In a series of tweets, Foreign Affairs Secretary ...

Why the AstraZeneca vaccine is so important to the global economy
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
The AstraZeneca vaccine is significantly cheaper than others that have been approved, and far easier to transport and distribute than its rivals.

PhilHealth urged to halt contribution hike in 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Some senators and a former lawmaker have called on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to defer the increase in the contribution of its members in 2021 ...

WHO, marking year since COVID-19 began, urges fair vaccine distribution to all
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
The head of the World Health Organization, marking a year since the first cases of the novel coronavirus were reported by China, urged countries on Wednesday to ensure that vaccines are

2020's biggest winners and losers in business
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
In a year of widespread and often devastating hardships, no business or industry came through 2020 untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. But for some key sectors, the news wasn't all bad.

Experts to study samples taken at airports to know if new COVID-19 variant is already in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- Researchers are set to look at samples taken at airports to determine if the new COVID-19 variant is now in the Philippines, an official said Wednesday.

No storms expected ahead of New Year, but rain still possible -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
No tropical storms are expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) as the country prepares to greet the New Year, but state meteorologists warn of

Philippine president's guards used 'smuggled' COVID-19 vaccines: minister
Reuters - 2020-12-30
The Philippine defence minister said on Wednesday that unapproved COVID-19 vaccines given to President Rodrigo Duterte's military security detail had been smuggled into the country, but called the move "justified".

Philippine president's guards used 'smuggled' COVID-19 vaccines: minister
Reuters - 2020-12-30
The Philippine defence minister said on Wednesday that unapproved COVID-19 vaccines given to President Rodrigo Duterte's military security detail had been smuggled into the country, but called the move "justified".

Joe Biden is inheriting a huge problem from Donald Trump: America's job recovery is stuck in a rut
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
The US labor market is at a pivotal point 10 months into the pandemic: Millions of people remain unemployed while infections keep rising, and the fledgling jobs recovery has stalled out.

Duterte's security used 'smuggled' vaccines, but troops will wait for FDA-approved drug - Lorenzana
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday admitted that illegal means were undertaken for President Rodrigo Duterte's close-in security to be ...

Skyway Stage 3 to open on January 14
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
The Skyway Stage 3 project will formally open on Jan. 14, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced yesterday.

91% of Pinoys entering 2021 with hope - SWS
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
About nine in 10 Filipinos will welcome the New Year with hope rather than fear, according to the latest poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations.

Thailand bans New Year gatherings to contain virus outbreak
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
Thailand imposed a ban on Wednesday on large gatherings and events across the country in an effort to contain its worst coronavirus epidemic yet during New Year, with active cases in

PH expands travel restriction to US after detection of first COVID-19 variant case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
The Philippines government has included the United States in the list of countries where a travel restriction is imposed to prevent the transmission of the new COVID-19

Duque defends PhilHealth contribution hike
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- The Health Department is backing the scheduled increase in PhilHealth member contributions for 2021 even amid public distrust towards the agency ...

COVID-hit Filipino health workers in UK rise to 776 amid new wave of infections
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Twenty-six more Filipino healthcare workers in the United Kingdom were infected with COVID-19 in the last two days alone, as the country records mounting new cases, according to authorities.

Select banks extend free interbank fund transfers until end-March 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Some banks have deferred anew fees on interbank fund transfers until end-March next year, ensuring customers more time to enjoy waived charges amid the pandemic.

DENR: 300 more sanitary landfills built by 2022
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is targeting to build 300 more sanitary landfills across the country by 2022 to improve solid ...

Groups say Tumandok land defenders arrested, at least one killed, in Capiz
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
For defending their right to their ancestral domain, TUMANDUK activists are criminalized and brutally subjugated by the Duterte government," said Leon Dulce, national coordinator of Kalikasan PNE. "It is not a crime for TUMANDUK to consistently stand against destructive projects.

Duterte bodyguards used COVID vaccines 'smuggled' into Philippines
NIKKEI - 2020-12-30
The Philippine defense minister said on Wednesday that unapproved COVID-19 vaccines given to President Rodrigo Duterte's military security detail had been smuggled into the country, but called the move "justified.

The exceptional home for families in the south
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-30
The home is valued now more than ever as people go out less often for work or leisure. Thus, many get to spend most of their time with their families at the comforts of their homes. Besides, what makes a home,

COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas surge past 11,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
TACLOBAN CITY -- Cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Eastern Visayas have surged past 11,000, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday. Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan

PH records 1,014 new COVID-19 cases as total tally exceeds 472,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) -- New COVID-19 cases in the country reached 1,014 on Wednesday, following three days of less than a thousand infections reported by the Department of ...

Health officials record 1,014 more coronavirus cases, tally now at 472,532
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
Asked how he would rate the Department of Health's performance throughout the year, Duque said: "From what I see on the ground and in my interactions with the DOH team, I would give them 9-10 in terms of great effort to contribute to the national government's coronavirus response in every aspect of our five-point strategy against COVID-19.

Military supports planned Sulu lockdown vs COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
The provincial government of Sulu is set to implement a temporary lockdown in the entire province from January 4 to January 14, 2021 to prevent the entry of travelers from Sabah.

Baguio City to buy freezers for pilot testing of official vaccination program
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
Baguio City, Magalong said, has been included as one of the pilot sites for the conduct of the vaccinations once the vaccines are available.

Govt. secures $12.7B for COVID-19 response from foreign sources as of mid-December
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
The government has raised $12.72 billion in funding for its coronavirus response measures through international bond offerings and budgetary support from foreign lenders as of Dec. 15, the Department of Finance says as it assures 'fiscal prudence' in its efforts.

26 more Filipino health workers in UK infected with COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-12-30
Labor Attaché Amy Reyes said the 26 fresh cases among Filipinos in the UK are now in isolation and are being given assistance.

UST journalism professor latest target of red-tagging spree
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A University of Santo Tomas (UST) journalism professor, who has been vocal on press freedom issues under the Duterte administration, is now the latest target of what appears to

Activist hedge fund calls for major changes at Intel
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Intel has been going through a rough patch and now a major activist investor wants to help right the ship. Daniel Loeb, chief executive of hedge fund Third Point LLC, wrote a letter to Intel Chairman Omar Ishrak on Tuesday calling on the chipmaker to hire an investment adviser to explore "strategic alternatives" aimed at regaining market share from competitors,

Wednesday weather forecast: Cloudy skies with a chance of rain in most parts of PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
Cloudy skies with possible rain showers are expected in most parts of the country on Wednesday, according to the state weather bureau. In its 5 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical,

Batch 2020: How Filipino college graduates job-hunted through the pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
The year is nearing its end, and for many college graduates, this has been a period of upended plans and tested hopes.

How one bold decision made 'Trolls World Tour' the most important movie of 2020
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
Delaying a Fast & Furious movie is no easy feat. For starters, it involves finding a new release date for a film with a $250 million production budget. And in the case of Fast & Furious, one of Universal Picture's most valuable franchises,

New coronavirus variant does not cause illness more severe than others-Public Health England study
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
A new variant of the novel coronavirus does not appear to cause more severe illness than other variants, according to a matched study by Public Health England. Scientists say the new variant

BSP: December inflation to settle within 2.9-3.7%
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
A sign reminding people to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19 apparently goes unheeded as Quezon City residents flock to City Hall on Tuesday (December 29, 2020) to avail ...

Tesla will start selling cars in India next year, government says
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-30
(CNN) -- Tesla may finally be coming to India. The country's transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, says that Elon Musk's electric car company will start selling vehicles there next year. After ...

Association trends 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
According to a report I read recently, 2021 will be a more challenging year for associations than 2020 due to the many uncertainties the pandemic has caused socially and economically. To cushion against this disruptive impact,

Fearless forecast 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
From cars to motorcycles used in logistics business to bicycles used for mobility and healthy lifestyle, the need for maintenance repairs and parts will peak as the wear and tear is expected after ...

First Circle to provide P3-billion loans in 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
AS businesses pave their way toward recovery, First Circle Growth Finance Corp. is eyeing to finance at least P3 billion in borrowings next year for approximately 5,000 customers. While a complete turnaround is not yet expected for all sectors next year,

Meet The Women Leading The Fight For More Women In AI
Forbes - 2020-12-30
The exciting potential of women in AI is that their presence has such a wide reach. Not only is AI one of the most pervasive technologies industry-wise, the data it produces can have significant social impacts on our society.

Grant Cardone's 'Undercover Billionaire' Challenge: Build the American Dream With $100 and a Truck
Inc - 2020-12-30
The sales trainer and real estate investor shares lessons learned from the second season of Discovery's reality show about building a company from scratch. It premieres January 6.

Achieve total health and wellness in 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-30
These are very challenging times and while restrictions in mobility and economic activities are easing up a bit, there still are some limitations imposed by the government. The important thing is to keep yourself strong,

DBM fund releases for COVID-19 efforts exceed P500B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-30
The total amount released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to agencies for their COVID-19 response efforts since March has already breached P500 billion due to additional releases

My Five Favorite Role Playing Game Products Of 2020
Forbes - 2020-12-29
It's always a challenge to pick only five RPG products that I loved this year, but this list is full of the best non-D&D games I played.

FBI: Pranksters are hijacking smart devices to live-stream swatting incidents
ZDNet - 2020-12-29
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says pranksters are hijacking weakly-secured smart devices in order to live-stream swatting incidents. "Recently, offenders have been using victims' smart devices,

U.S. detects first case of COVID-19 variant as Biden offers gloomy vaccine outlook
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
The first known U.S. case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant was detected in Colorado on Tuesday, and President-elect Joe Biden said that it could take

The source behind the New York Post's dubious Hunter Biden story is hitting Twitter with a defamation lawsuit
Business Insider - 2020-12-29
John Paul Mac Isaac said the scandal had caused him to close his business, and he is asking the court to award him $500 million in punitive damages.

First U.S. Case Of U.K. COVID-19 Variant Found In Colorado
NPR - 2020-12-29
A strain of the coronavirus that reportedly spreads faster than the original version has been found in Colorado. The variant had previously been reported in the United Kingdom.

First known U.S. case of highly infectious coronavirus variant found in Colorado
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Colorado has discovered a case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said on Tuesday, the first

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