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MMDA chairman gets COVID-19 - 2020-12-29
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Danny Lim has tested positive for COVID-19. In a post on his official Facebook page yesterday, Lim said he underwent a routine COVID-19 test a few days ago and received the results on Monday.

Nuezca quarantined in Tarlac jail - 2020-12-29
Police M/Sgt. Jonel Nuezca was transferred to a facility run by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Paniqui, Tarlac on Monday afternoon.

Higher contributions welcome PhilHealth members in 2021
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 30) - Members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth should expect to pay higher contributions in 2021 as the state health insurer ...

Stiff price of quarantines - 2020-12-29
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque proudly credits self for having recommended extension for two weeks of the travel ban to-and-fro the United Kingdom where the latest variant of the 2019 coronavirus disease originated.

Palawan to tighten border controls after new COVID-19 variant detected in Malaysia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Local officials in southern Palawan will enforce tighter border controls after Malaysia reported a new variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Palawan Gov. Jose

Philippines expands travel ban to limit spread of coronavirus variant
Reuters - 2020-12-29
The Philippines will ban travellers from 19 countries and territories until mid-January as a measure to keep out a new variant of the coronavirus, its transport ministry said on Tuesday.

Puffer fish kills 3 in Leyte town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Three persons died after eating puffer fish in Tabango town, Leyte on Monday (Dec. 28). Restituto Sumalinog, 63; Lucricia Anislagon, 49; and Ramil Catam-isan, 40--all residents of

Record COVID-19 hospitalizations in US could soon force health experts to ration care
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-29
(CNN) -- The number of patients hospitalized across the US with COVID-19 is the highest it's ever been -- and at this rate health experts warn they may have to ration nurses, respirators and care.

2021 budget, a reboot from pandemic, signed
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
Workers in the private sector will be getting an additional pay during the upcoming long weekend. PRESIDENT Duterte finally signed on Monday the P4.506-trillion 2021 national budget, which will ...

Lancaster New City celebrates meaningful ChristmaSaya 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Being #YourFamilyFriendlyCity, Lancaster New City has always remained committed to make Christmas for all its homeowners as memorable as it was in the past years, even amidst these tough times.

New LPA to bring rains - PAGASA - 2020-12-29
A new low-pressure area outside the Philippine area of responsibility is expected to bring more rains over some parts of the country in the next few days.

Inflation to stay within 2020 target despite potential December pick-up - 2020-12-29
Higher prices of fuel and food likely triggered another month of inflation uptick in December. Consumer prices likely increased between 2.9%-3.7% year-on-year in the December, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) projected on Tuesday.

LPA east of Mindanao to bring rains, another LPA exits PAR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- While the low-pressure area (LPA) near Luzon has exited the Philippine area of responsibility

Bolstered by pandemic, tech titans face growing scrutiny
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
While governments spend trillions of dollars to avoid bankruptcies and unemployment, shares of tech companies have been rising since January.

SWS: 91% of Pinoys hopeful for new year, the lowest since 2009 - 2020-12-29
"The November 2020 survey found that 50% of adult Filipinos expected this Christmas to be happy (masaya), 15% expected it to be sad (malungkot), and 33% expected it to be neither happy nor sad," the SWS report reads.

Philippines expands travel ban to limit spread of coronavirus variant
Reuters - 2020-12-29
The Philippines will ban travellers from 19 countries and territories until mid-January as a measure to keep out a new variant of the coronavirus, its transport ministry said on Tuesday.

How the new $900-billion US stimulus package breaks down - 2020-12-29
The $900 billion stimulus package aimed at bolstering the US economy during the coronavirus pandemic was signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sunday, freeing up the funds after a week of doubts.

Amihan, tail end of frontal system to bring Isolated rain in Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Luzon and some areas in the Visayas may continue to experience rain for the rest of Tuesday and even into early Wednesday morning, state meteorologists said. According to

Golden Bay Land Holdings spreads positivity in newly opened property with NVC Foundation - 2020-12-29
Despite the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Golden Bay Holdings Inc., has achieved its target to open its first prime commercial property Aspire Corporate Plaza last November 30. A symbol of modern architectural innovation,

Yearender: Senate minority bloc: Challenges on health, economy and accountability
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-29
It was a year of overcoming challenges on health, economy and accountability, and a year of giving voice to women, children and the vulnerable sectors of society.

2021: Lost in education?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
In 2020, several new educational practices saw the light of day, outlining a possible blueprint for tomorrow's education.

Senator Go underscores importance of mental health
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-29
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go today expressed concern on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and other crises on the mental health of Filipinos.

Navy sends out patrol ships amid fear of COVID-19 strain from Sabah - 2020-12-29
The Philippine Navy has deployed more patrol ships as the military and local government units intensified screening against a new variant of the coronavirus that might enter from nearby Sabah.

Accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail again--US media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail again by a New York court, US media reported. The British socialite has repeatedly denied that she recruited underage

Philippines gives green light to trials of Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters - 2020-12-29
The Philippines has approved a clinical trial for the COVID-19 vaccine of Johnson & Johnson's unit Janssen, the head of its Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday.

Low imports mean low take-up of foreign bank loans in Q3 - 2020-12-29
Banks lent out $17.3 billion under the foreign currency deposit units (FCDUs) as of September, 3.9% down from previous quarter.

With raps against them junked, activists to sue Manila cops over Pride march arrests - 2020-12-29
"The ruling is, most of all, a vindication: there is nothing wrong about protesting. There is nothing wrong with demanding equality. There is nothing wrong with speaking out," she also said.

Lancaster New City celebrates Meaningful Quarantine ChristmaSaya 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Being #YourFamilyFriendlyCity, Lancaster New City has always remained committed to make Christmas for all its homeowners as memorable as it was in the past years, even amidst these tough times.

No decision to ban overseas deployment despite presence of new COVID-19 variant in other countries -- DOLE
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-29
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) -- The Department of Labor and Employment says there is no word yet on whether to ban Filipinos from working overseas despite the presence of a new ...

Rains seen in NCR, other parts of Philippines by end-2020 - 2020-12-29
Several parts of the country including Metro Manila could end the long year that is 2020 with rains, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday.

MOZARK, Consistel Philippines and AFL Networks announce merger to improve digital experience in Southeast Asia - 2020-12-29
Consistel Philippines Inc. and AFL Networks Sdn Bhd, a wireless solutions provider and system integrator, announce a definitive merger agreement with MOZARK Pte. Ltd. to revolutionize their services and leverage a global platform on digital experience management.

91% of Filipinos to welcome 2021 with hope, latest SWS survey says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
MANILA, Philippines -- Ninety-one percent of adult Filipinos are entering 2021 with hope instead of fear, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey

Milan snowbound as storms hit Italy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-29
Storms hit much of northern Italy on Monday while business hub Milan woke up to a thick layer of snow. Around 20 centimeters(8 inches) of snow fell in the city, where a 76-year-old

China tells Ant Group to quickly overhaul its business
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-29
(CNN) - China has ordered the country's biggest online payments platform to overhaul large swaths of its operations as regulators continue their efforts to rein in some of the most powerful ...

Jica, BSP to create SMEs credit risk database
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will be creating a credit risk database (CRD) of local enterprises to boost financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Fearless forecast 2021
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
These 12 observations may also help entrepreneurs in reflecting for innovation of products and services and in pivoting business models and enterprises to adapt and create a better normal.

MacKenzie Scott-The ultimate giver
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
We are done hiding with fear of the novel microscopic enemy... Many business moguls have reached a point where accruing material wealth for their own aggrandizement is no longer the end goal of life.

Defying pandemic, Makati collects P18 billion at end-Nov, 102% of target
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-29
This encouraging development gives us good reason to be optimistic about brighter prospects for business and the local economy in 2021," said Mayor Abigail Binay on learning that the city had ...

Metro Manila Film Festival 2020: Idolatry
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-29
No wonder this film made it to the Tokyo International Film Festival (where it premiered), but also at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia. It also won Best Picture at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) this year.

New low pressure outside PH to bring scattered rain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-28
A new low pressure area (LPA) brewing outside the Philippine territory will bring scattered rain and thunderstorms across the country on Tuesday, the government weather service said. The

Brazil to seek regulatory approval for AstraZeneca vaccine on Jan. 15
Reuters - 2020-12-28
Brazil's Fiocruz biomedical institute will seek approval for the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 with federal health regulator Anvisa on Jan. 15, one of the center's senior officials said on Monday.

Judge Delays Rule That Cuts Pay for Drugs in Docs' Offices
Medscape - 2020-12-28
A judge criticized Trump's hurried bid to overhaul of Medicare reimbursement for drugs given in physicians' offices. But US lawmakers likely will consider other ways to cut Medicare's drug costs.

EU's marathon COVID vaccination drive off to uneven start
Reuters - 2020-12-28
The EU's campaign to vaccinate Europeans against COVID-19 has got off to an uneven start in what will be a marathon effort to administer shots to enough of the bloc's 450 million people to defeat the viral pandemic.

US firm hastens vaccine delivery to PH - Locsin
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-28
The announcement of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. comes hours after President Rodrigo Duterte threatened the US that his administration will push through with the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) if its government fails to produce at least 20 million vaccines for the Philippines.

Vietnam targeted in complex supply chain attack
ZDNet - 2020-12-28
Hackers have inserted malware inside an app offered for download by the Vietnam Government Certification Authority (VGCA).

Gig economy workers say they can no longer survive - 2020-12-28
Whether in Paris, Kuala Lumpur or California, gig economy workers fear they can no longer survive on meagre earnings from jobs that leave them increasingly vulnerable.

Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia seen fully recovering in 2021
NIKKEI - 2020-12-28
Southeast Asia's six leading economies are expected to face diverging fiscal paths in 2021, with Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia gaining from pre-pandemic levels while Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand struggle to return to health.

Apple Leads Big Tech Stocks Higher and Nears Intraday Record
Bloomberg - 2020-12-28
Shares of mega-cap technology and internet companies rose on Monday, with the group extending strong 2020 advances.

Analysis: Europe plots catch-up in global 5G race to drive COVID-19 recovery
Reuters - 2020-12-28
Europe's efforts to catch up with China and the United States in rolling out super-fast fifth-generation (5G) telecoms networks.

Can New Jersey And Morgan Stanley Clone Silicon Valley?
Forbes - 2020-12-28
The New Jersey EDA and Morgan Stanley MIL are said to be working on a plan called NJ Accelerate to attract multicultural entrepreneurial talent with up to $250,000 in financing and free rent for 6 months.

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