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Naga City adds health restrictions against COVID-19 for holiday season
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-19
The City of Naga Health Emergency Response Task Force (HERTF) on Friday issued new and additional health restrictions, a mitigating measure to prevent the projected spike of

Citing danger, Pasig exempts bikers from wearing face shields - 2020-12-19
Evidence shows and consultation among bikers reveals that biking while wearing a face shield is dangerous," Pasig Transport said in a post on Facebook. "Wearing a face shield obstructs view and makes breathing difficult.

Google is offering its US employees free weekly COVID-19 tests that they can administer at home
Business Insider - 2020-12-19
All 90,000 US workers are eligible and can request up to two tests each week.

TD Vicky inches closer to Palawan ahead of expected landfall
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-19
Tropical Depression Vicky continues to inch closer toward Palawan ahead of its expected landfall, the state weather bureau said Saturday. In its 2 p.m. weather

BARMM cites 54 local governments for efficiency - 2020-12-19
More than 50 local government units received Friday efficiency citations from the Bangsamoro government,  a pioneering system meant to boost functionality of LGUs in the infant autonomous region.

Commentary: Harnessing digital to fast-track recovery - 2020-12-19
No doubt, this Christmas season will be less jolly for many Filipino families that are reeling from the economic hit the country has taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commentary: Harnessing digital to fast-track recovery - 2020-12-19
No doubt, this Christmas season will be less jolly for many Filipino families that are reeling from the economic hit the country has taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Six dogs, four cats and christmas in the city - 2020-12-19
I live with six dogs (Vodka the Bichon, Tasha the Poodle, Yuri the Schnoodle, Dimitri the Schnauzer, Gorby the Maltipoo and Coffee the Shih Tzu) and four cats (Miss Kitty the Persian, Mr. Gizmo the Long-haired exotic,

Important facts about oral health that will make you "#SaySafe!"
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-19
But starting your day right by taking good care of your oral health can boost your mood and contribute to your overall health & well-being. There are many ways to take care of it and #SaySafe.

Mabini, the diving heaven bounces back
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-19
Puyat encouraged the business sector, specifically the dive establishment operators, to uphold health and safety protocols, to prepare the industry under the new normal. She also lauded the ...

Wet, windy weekend due to TD Vicky; Signal No. 1 in parts of Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-19
Pagasa, in its 8 a.m. severe weather bulletin, said moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Calabarzon, Bicol region, Visayas, Aurora, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del ...

At-risk conjoined Yemeni twins need treatment abroad - hospital
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
Sanaa, Yemen -- Conjoined twin boys in war-ravaged Yemen are in "critical condition" and in need of treatment abroad, a hospital in the capital Sanaa said Friday. Born two days earlier,

Sweden does U-turn on face masks to fight virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
Stockholm, Sweden -- Sweden on Friday did a U-turn on face masks, recommending they be worn on public transport at peak times, having previously resisted their use in the fight against Covid-19

New infections back to more than 2K
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
For the first time this month and exactly a week before Christmas, the number of new coronavirus infections rose to over 2,000. The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 2,122

U.S. blacklists dozens of Chinese firms including SMIC, DJI
Reuters - 2020-12-18
The United States added dozens of Chinese companies, including the country's top chipmaker SMIC and Chinese drone manufacturer SZ DJI Co Ltd, to a trade blacklist on Friday as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration ramps up pressure on China in his

Extenders, Ilocano style
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
TARLAC -- Mayantoc is a rice-producing town in the western side of Tarlac, five kilometers from the Romulo national highway. Its people are Ilocanos with relatives in the neighboring town of ...

Guidelines on face shields out soon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
The government will issue guidelines on the proper wearing of face shields in public places, which has been made mandatory along with masks. The Inter-Agency Task Force

Survival steps get steeper for Marikina shoemakers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- In 1990, bank employee Vilma Fontilla decided to leave her glass-walled office and step into the gritty but booming shoemaking industry in Marikina City. She and her family ...

Fact check: Tackling false COVID-19 claims in 30-minute doctor compilation video
Reuters - 2020-12-18
Social media users have been sharing a 28-minute video online in which a multitude of doctors make various claims about the novel coronavirus and the global pandemic of 2020. This article aims to address some claims presented in the video that have been proven to be

Virus 3 times deadlier than flu, oximeters less reliable on Black patients
Reuters - 2020-12-18
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Pandemic closes 81 recruitment agencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
A total of 81 recruitment agencies have closed down since the COVID-19 pandemic, mostly those offering land-based jobs, according to Bernard Olalia, administrator of the

Mayoral row in Ecija town escalates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
This town now has two mayors after former Mayor Antonio Prospero Esquivel was proclaimed winner in the 2019 mayoral race by a local court last week. But Esquivel was

IATF sets rules on departure, reentry of foreigners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
Foreign nationals with visas who will leave the Philippines starting Dec. 17 will be allowed to reenter the country as long as they meet several conditions, according to the

BOC seizes P15-M fake goods in Bulacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC)) on Friday said it had seized some P15 million worth of counterfeit goods in Meycauayan, Bulacan, following a surprise inspection of a

Microsoft is designing its own Arm chips for datacenter servers: Report
ZDNet - 2020-12-18
We already knew Microsoft was working to bring Arm-powered servers for internal use to its cloud datacenters. But what and when will this mean anything to its customers?

Senators seek probe of spate of killings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
Two senators on the opposite sides of the political fence each called on the government to restore law and order as they sought a legislative inquiry into the series of extrajudicial killings and

244 suspected smugglers charged in court
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has haled to court 244 suspected smugglers by filing 70 cases against them from January to early December, the Department of Finance said on ...

In Massachusetts, Inmates Will Be Among First to Get Vaccines
New York Times - 2020-12-18
Tens of thousands of prison inmates in Massachusetts will be among the first to be offered coronavirus vaccines, before home health aides, seniors and medically vulnerable residents of the state. The inmates,

14 best tweets of the week, including Tom Cruise, gabagool, and a darts man with his eggplant
Mashable - 2020-12-18
Hell, we even picked our 20 favorite tweets of the entire year. So, yeah, please enjoy. Have a few laughs. Here they are, our 14 favorite tweets of the week. the atheism leaving my body when my car hydroplanes pic.

Naked handcuffing of innocent Black woman sparks outrage in Chicago
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
The authorities in the US city of Chicago are coming under fire after a video was released of police handcuffing a naked Black woman after raiding her home in a case of

Broad attack by hackers sets cyber experts worldwide scrambling to defend networks
Reuters - 2020-12-18
Suspected Russian hackers who broke into U.S. government agencies also spied on less high-profile organizations, including groups in Britain, a U.S. internet provider and a county government in Arizona,

FDA OKs First Oral Hormone Tx for Advanced Prostate Cancer
Medscape - 2020-12-18
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved an oral form of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) known as relugolix (Orgovyx) for the treatment of adult patients with advanced prostate cancer.

Burundi ex-president Buyoya dies from COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-18
Burundi's former president Pierre Buyoya has died in Paris of COVID-19 at the age of 71, relatives said Friday, just weeks after he resigned as the African Union's special

Experts share their top 7 predictions on what's ahead for Microsoft in 2021, including a potential $10 billion-plus acquisition to take on Salesforce
Business Insider - 2020-12-18
Experts told us what they expect 2021 holds for Microsoft, including a major acquisition and a "big year" for Surface devices.

Asia trounces US in Health-Efficiency Index amid pandemic
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-18
Health workers check a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient at Hallym Sacred Heart Hospital ECMO Center in Anyang, South Korea, March 5, 2020. -- Hallym Sacred Heart Hospital ECMO Center/Handout via REUTERS As a pandemic ravaged the world, Asian ...

OneWeb resumes satellite launches with flight from Russian cosmodrome
Reuters - 2020-12-18
OneWeb, the satellite firm rescued by the British government and India's Bharti Group, resumed flights on Friday in its push to provide global broadband coverage as 36 of its satellites blasted off into orbit from Russia's Far East.

Google is bracing for a long battle with the Justice Department, as the judge sets a trial date of late 2023
Business Insider - 2020-12-18
In a status hearing held Friday, Judge Amit Mehta set a tentative date of September 12, 2023 for the DOJ's lawsuit against Google to go to trial.

7 FinTechs Fueling Financial Inclusion
Forbes - 2020-12-18
Senior analyst Melody Brue takes a look at 7 disruptive FinTech companies seeking to foster financial inclusion for underserved populations.

Unicorn travel startup Hopper is facing a pandemic-fueled customer service nightmare
TechCrunch - 2020-12-18
Mobile travel app Hopper has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers canceled their trips and airlines dropped their flights. But the complications around getting airline credits and refunds have since turned into a customer service crisis for the airfare prediction and ticket booking

Microsoft to enable certification renewals for free starting in February 2021
ZDNet - 2020-12-18
Microsoft is making the certification renewal processor easier, but it's also going to require more frequent validation starting next year.

Mister Donut offers 90-day trial period for franchisees - 2020-12-18
Doughnut chain Mister Donut has rolled out a franchising scheme allowing franchisees to see if their chosen location for the business is profitable within a 90-day trial period.

See the 39-slide presentation that Moderna used to win over investors before the upstart became the hottest company in biotech
Business Insider - 2020-12-18
Moderna has transformed its business and proven its technology works by developing a safe and highly effective coronavirus vaccine.

Migrants and refugees are suffering from mental health issues during pandemic, WHO says
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-18
(CNN) - More than half of refugees and migrants surveyed reported increased "depression, anxiety, and loneliness" caused by COVID-19, according to a survey from the World Health Organization ...

Pfizer Says Millions Of Vaccine Doses Are Ready, But States Say Shipments Were Cut
NPR - 2020-12-18
Pfizer is pushing back on the Trump administration's suggestion that the company is having trouble producing enough COVID-19 vaccine.

Good news for the agricultural sector - 2020-12-18
A legislative proposal that seeks to further improve the situation of agricultural land owners is on its way to becoming a law.

Cops kill alleged Red hitman in Malabon - 2020-12-18
A man reported to be a member of the communist hit group Alex Boncayao Brigade was killed in an alleged shootout with police in Malabon City yesterday.

Quiapo Church to push through with Nazarene feast - 2020-12-18
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, officials of Quiapo Church will not suspend its observance of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9 next year.

28,208 Makati residents get flu shots - 2020-12-18
The Makati City government has administered free flu and pneumonia vaccines to 28,208 employees and residents, representing 98 percent of the target population, Mayor Abby Binay said yesterday.

2 foreigners held for kidnap try - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Two foreigners were arrested for allegedly trying to kidnap a Taiwanese man in Makati City on Thursday night. Malaysian man Chan Kea Seng, 36, and Chinese woman Yu Yuqi, 20, along with several others, reportedly forced Sung Chuan ...

DOLE official gets COVID-19 - 2020-12-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) suspended operations yesterday after an undersecretary tested positive for COVID-19. DOLE spokesman Rolly Francia said the agency had to conduct a "thorough disinfection" of the ...

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