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Dilapidated buildings cause jitters in quake-prone Cyprus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-24
In Cyprus, where abandoned and dilapidated buildings are reminders of crisis and conflict, recent seismic activity has residents worried.

Dredging of Cagayan River seen to start soon - 2020-12-24
Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario Ancheta has issued a certificate of accreditation to the two companies as dealer, trader and/ or retailer of minerals/mineral products and/or by-products.

DENR reminds of proper management of holiday waste amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
As families celebrate the holidays amid a pandemic, environment officials are asking the public to be mindful of their waste and minimize and segregate their garbage properly.

QC barangay personnel sacked for holding Christmas party
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philipines, December 24) -- Twelve government staffers of Barangay Batasan Hills, Quezon City were relieved for violating COVID-19 health protocols by holding a Christmas gathering.

Mutated COVID strain has yet to spread to PH -- DOST
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- The Philippines has not yet reported infections from the new coronavirus strain that emerged in the United Kingdom, even as other countries ...

CA junks Maria Ressa's appeal to travel abroad
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 24) -- The Court of Appeals has denied the motion of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa seeking permission to travel abroad to visit her ailing mother. In a decision ...

Visa continues its ban on Pornhub but will allow payments on some of its parent company's sites
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-24
(CNN) -- Visa said Wednesday it will allow customers to make payments on some adult websites owned by Pornhub's parent company, MindGeek. The allowed websites, Visa says, only host professionally ...

SWS: Record-low 50% of adult Filipinos expect happy Christmas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-24
Only 50 percent of adult Filipinos are expecting to have a happy Christmas this year, according to survey results released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on

Consumers, asked to go out for economy, heed calls to shop for Christmas - 2020-12-24
This is good news for economic officials banking on the typical spending splurge during the yuletide to restart an economy set for its deepest slump on record.

Stick to health protocols this holiday, Lorenzana urges public
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-24
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana reminded the public to stick to health protocols this holiday season. In his Christmas message, the Defense secretary, who is also the

Duterte urges Filipinos to hold on to hope as nation celebrates Christmas amid COVID - 2020-12-24
A Social Weather Station survey released this week showed that six in 10 Filipinos believe that the quality of their life worsened in the past year, while a separate poll said only half of Filipinos expect a happy Christmas. But the president said the ...

SC fines judge who sent subpoena to Baguio City traffic enforcers over ticket - 2020-12-24
Largo claimed that the time he spent in retrieving his license plate caused delays in the hearings and processes of the cases he was handling.

Nuwa Manila at City Of Dreams achieves Health Security verification from Sharecare and Forbes Travel Guide
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) employees skip the annual Christmas party to extend their event fund of P332,000... Nuwa Manila at City of Dreams joins the roster of first hotels in the world to become ...

LPA may develop off Mindanao within next 36 hours -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-24
In a weather forecast issued by Pagasa at 4 a.m., weather specialist Ariel Rojas said there is no LPA that may develop in the Philippine area of responsibility within the next 24 hours.

Ban on flights to, from UK strands OFWs
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said on Monday it has increased domestic flights on various routes in... FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) suspended flights to and from London until ...

Isuzu resumes turnovers of commercial vehicles
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
Now that the community quarantine has eased and allowed the business to operate in the "new normal," brand-new units of these vehicles are making their way to new owners and operators again.

JG Summit, MPIC transfer holdings in GBP to MGen
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
Conglomerates JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) on Wednesday said they have agreed to transfer their respective holdings in Global Business Power Corp. (GBP ...

Aboitiz InfraCapital, Globe provide broadband access
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-24
The company pursues various water, airport, digital infrastructure, and urban mobility projects that advance business and communities. Its current business units include the Aboitiz Integrated ...

Canada OKs Moderna as second COVID-19 vaccine - health dept
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
OTTAWA -- Canada has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by American biotech firm Moderna, the health department announced Wednesday, two weeks after authorizing immunizations with the Pfizer ...

DOLE Davao hosts first ITC summit on mental health
Gov - 2020-12-23
With the theme Mental Health Awareness: Key to Stable Workplace Relations Amidst Pandemic, DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello, III in his inspirational message encouraged the participants to strive hard to overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Doctors debunk, clarify lung cancer myths in webinar
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-23
There are certain myths about lung cancer that create more confusion rather than clarity so it is best to seek the correct advice and information from the experts themselves. That is why The ...

SSS urged to delay premium increase
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker urged the Social Security System (SSS) on Wednesday to delay the implementation of the 13-percent premium hike that is set to be implemented in January next year.

City mayors to meet on own vaccine procurement plans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
ILOILO CITY -- A committee of the 145-member League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) will meet next week to tackle plans for direct procurement of COVID-19 vaccines by local authorities around the

COVID-19 variant present in Ireland, new curbs needed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
DUBLIN -- Irish health chiefs believe a new variant of COVID-19 found in neighboring Britain is present in Ireland, but not solely responsible for a rapid spread of the disease that will require

Tennessee emerges as new COVID-19 epicenter in US as pandemic rages
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
NEW YORK -- Tennessee emerged on Wednesday as an epicenter of the latest COVID-19 surge as U.S. political leaders sought to guard against a highly contagious variant sweeping across Britain.

Congress approves $7 billion for aid on internet bills and efforts to close the digital divide, as part of the larger COVID-19 stimulus package
Business Insider - 2020-12-23
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the digital divide between Americans with and without broadband access as careers and education go remote.

Canada approves Moderna as second Covid-19 vaccine: health dept
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-23
Canada has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by American biotech firm Moderna, the health department announced Wednesday, two weeks after authorizing immunizations with the Pfizer/BioNTech shot.

Canada approves Moderna's COVID-19 shot, extends ban on flights from UK
Reuters - 2020-12-23
Canada approved Moderna Inc's coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, the second country to do so, paving the way for health authorities to step up an inoculation campaign against a worsening second wave.

Pregnancy Does Not Increase Seizures in Women With Epilepsy
Medscape - 2020-12-23
The first study to investigate seizure risk in pregnancy with the inclusion of a control group has provided reassuring results.

Digoxin a 'Viable Alternative' in AF With HF: RATE-AF Published
Medscape - 2020-12-23
Researchers found no difference in quality of life between digoxin and bisoprolol in patients with AF and HF, but some secondary endpoints favored digoxin, and adverse events were less frequent.

Zimbabweans relish bug food
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MHONDORO, ZIMBABWE -- Earnmore Chikavaza takes a mouthful of fried beetles and munches happily, downing the crunchy snack with a mouthful of water. He runs out of superlatives to sum up the ...

Fauci says US could see return to normal by next summer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Washington, United States -- If the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines proceeds smoothly, it might be possible to achieve widespread population immunity in the United States by next summer, top ...

Merck signs $356 million U.S. supply deal for its experimental COVID-19 treatment
Reuters - 2020-12-23
Merck & Co said on Wednesday it would supply 60,000-100,000 doses of its experimental COVID-19 treatment to the U.S. government for up to about $356 million.

Families of crash victims want U.S. to rescind approval for Boeing 737 MAX to fly again
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The families of victims killed in two crashes by Boeing Co's 737 MAX want U.S. regulators to rescind approval for the planes to fly again, following a Senate report that raised concerns

How this founder went from being a professional basketball player in Israel to launching a buzzy cloud startup in Boston worth $105 million
Business Insider - 2020-12-23
Idit Levine juggled a professional basketball career with computer science studies and is now building, a cloud startup with big ambitions.

U.S. Secures More Vaccine Doses As Distribution Continues For Essential Workers
NPR - 2020-12-23
Americans got some good news on Wednesday morning when the White House announced that it had secured another 100 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine.Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar released a statement afterward saying the U.

Northern Ireland confirms positive case of COVID-19 variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Northern Ireland on Wednesday confirmed a positive test for the highly infectious variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in Britain. Northern Ireland's Department of Health said in a

8 Pinoys rescued in South China Sea
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Ten crew members of a cargo ship, including eight Filipinos, were rescued by Chinese authorities after their vessel listed in the South China Sea, the Chinese Embassy in ...

Trump vetoes major defense bill, despite strong backing in Congress
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
U.S. President Donald Trump vetoed a $740 billion bill setting policy for the Department of Defense on Wednesday, despite its strong support in Congress, raising the possibility

PNP: Teen who took killer cop video needs protection, too
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The chief of the National Police on Tuesday gave assurance of tight security for witnesses to the killing of a woman and her son here, while the secretary of home

9 surgeries for 10-year-old boy with tumors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
Ten-year-old Kyle Adrielle Josh Jasmin has undergone surgery nine times to remove tumors in the head and stomach. He was diagnosed in April last year with tuberous sclerosis and low-grade

Toll holiday starts Dec. 24
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst economic recession in decades, tollroad operators San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

No flights from UK to keep new virus variant out
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
The government has imposed a weeklong travel ban on the United Kingdom to keep out of the country a new variant of the coronavirus that causes severe respiratory disease

Baguio nightclubs shift to food business to survive pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
About 60 nightclubs and music halls here were forced to convert their businesses into food-oriented services to continue operating as the city government had required them to adjust to

Lamborghini made a custom-made, windshield-less car speculated to cost over $1 million
Mashable - 2020-12-23
Lamborghini unveiled a one-off, limited edition track car, specifically commissioned by a customer who was involved in the entire design process.

Pre-COVID cringe dating trends we don't want coming back
Mashable - 2020-12-23
Mashable's Anna Iovine explains some of the absolute WORST dating trends from the last decade...and begs you to get rid of them in the 2020s.

Mutated coronavirus variant from S.Africa found in UK - health minister
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-23
LONDON -- A new, potentially more infectious variant of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has been found in Britain in cases linked to South Africa, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock ...

Twitter Will Reset @POTUS Account To 0 Followers After Biden Transition
NPR - 2020-12-23
The President-elect's transition team is pushing back against the decision from Twitter, which is a reversal from the last presidential transition.

Reflections On My 2020 Predictions For AI, DL, And ML
Forbes - 2020-12-23
I published a piece on five 2020 predictions - this is my reflection on that story. While many industries came to a halt in 2020, it was exciting to see the forward momentum in AI.

Construction starts on P40-million Benguet vegetable processing, packaging facility
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-23
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Wednesday that it started construction on a P40-million vegetable processing and packaging facility in La Trinidad, Benguet, which is intended to reduce waste from unsold crops. In a statement, the DA said ...

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