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Tougher UK COVID-19 curbs may last some time, health minister suggests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
London and southeast England may stay under tighter curbs for some time to stem a fast-spreading new coronavirus strain, Britain's health minister suggested on Sunday, as COVID-19

Trump campaign will again ask US high court to upend election results
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
President Donald Trump's campaign said on Sunday it would again ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn results from the Nov. 3 election, its latest long-shot effort to subvert the electoral

Vaccines effective against new virus strain: German health minister
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-20
European Union experts believe existing vaccines against coronavirus are effective against the new fast-spreading strain identified in Britain, Germany's health minister said Sunday.

Apple closes a bunch of stores yet again because of COVID-19
Mashable - 2020-12-20
Every Apple store in California is closing as the state sees a massive surge in coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. According to USA Today, all 53 stores around the s

'This Is An Exciting Thing.' For Frontline Workers, Vaccine Comes As A Massive Relief
NPR - 2020-12-20
Despite some early bumps, the arrival of the first shipments of a COVID-19 vaccine was celebrated this past week by those who've been caring for patients since the early days of the pandemic.

Older People, Some Essential Workers To Get Vaccines Next, CDC Panel Says
NPR - 2020-12-20
A federal advisory committee voted to put adults 75 and over and frontline essential workers next in line for COVID-19 vaccines.

U.S. lawmakers to back $1.9 billion to replace telecom equipment from China's Huawei, ZTE - source
Reuters - 2020-12-20
U.S. lawmakers are expected to endorse $1.9 billion to fund a program to remove telecom network equipment that the U.S. government says pose national security risks as part of a year-end spending bill and COVID-19 bill,

U.S. COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan in focus as Moderna shots leave warehouses
Reuters - 2020-12-20
The United States will recommend on Sunday who will be next in line to get inoculated as the distribution of the second approved coronavirus vaccine began with shipments of Moderna Inc's leaving warehouses for healthcare facilities across the country.

Israel bans UK, Danish, South Africa visitors over new COVID variant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
Israel on Sunday said it was barring entry to foreign citizens traveling from Britain, Denmark, and South Africa after a new strain of coronavirus was detected in the three

More cash aid urged for workers with COVID
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has called out a government corporation overseen by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for giving cash assistance of only

Select groups now allowed reentry to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
The Bureau of Immigration will now allow the reentry of 9(e) and 9(g) visa holders who left the country on Dec. 17 or later. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 9(e)

LTFRB allows more jeepneys, UV Express vans back on the road
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
An additional 30 modern jeepneys and UV Express vans will be back on the road starting Monday, after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) reopened

More businesses donate AstraZeneca vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- More big businesses are chipping in to order the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, after the local unit of the British drugmaker opened the line for more companies that ...

Britain reports 35,928 new COVID-19 cases, highest daily rise so far
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
LONDON -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Britain surged by 35,928 on Sunday, official data showed, the highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic. There were also 326 deaths within 28

EU ambassadors to meet on new coronavirus strain in UK
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
Brussels, Belgium -- EU ambassadors will hold a crisis meeting in Brussels on Monday on travel restrictions to the UK after the emergence of a new coronavirus strain there suspected to be very ...

Meralco extends no disconnection period to end-January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will extend its no-disconnection period for nonpayment of electric bills until Jan. 31, 2021, according to Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

Film director Kidlat Tahimik gets the virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
BAGUIO CITY -- National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik (real name Eric de Guia) went on self-quarantine on Sunday after testing positive for the new coronavirus. He said he contracted the virus ...

Frontline Workers and People Over 74 Should Get Shots Next, CDC Panel Says
New York Times - 2020-12-20
The recommendation was a compromise aimed at getting the coronavirus vaccine to the most vulnerable of two high-risk groups.

Reports of martial-law talk in Trump meeting draw outrage
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
With one month to go until Joe Biden takes office, Donald Trump remains fixated on his failed bid to overturn the 2020 election -- with his advisors reportedly floating

Rockets hit near US embassy in Iraq as tensions flare
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
A volley of rockets exploded near the US embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, as tensions mount ahead of the anniversary of the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. AFP

No complacency vs hunger, Palace vows - 2020-12-20
A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted from Nov. 21 to 25 found that 16 percent or about four million families experienced involuntary hunger or hunger due to lack of food to eat at least once in the last three months. The figure was lower than ...

Vaccines effective against new virus strain - German health minister
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
European Union experts believe existing vaccines against coronavirus are effective against the new fast-spreading strain identified in Britain, Germany's health minister

'Powerful tradecraft': how foreign cyber-spies compromised America
Reuters - 2020-12-20
SolarWinds said its software updates had been compromised and used to surreptitiously install malicious code in nearly 18,000 customer systems. Its Orion network management software is used by hundreds of thousands of organizations.

Public service, public convenience
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-20
Recent news headlines were about local transport problems that arose because of policies that were primarily put in place to make things better for the public but instead made things worse--at ...

Check out this demo of a never-before-seen 'Simpsons' game for the Sega Dreamcast
Mashable - 2020-12-20
In this latest edition of "stuff you can only dream about" is a look back to 20 years ago, when the now-defunct Red Lemon Studios was seemingly working on a video game based on The Simpsons for Sega's ahead-of-its-time console,

Philippines aviation industry revs up for busier skies - 2020-12-20
The aviation industry is slowly coming back to life and along with busier skies come pilots, cabin crew, and an aircraft fleet that are shaking off the rust.

Robust buffer to help Philippines recover from shocks - 2020-12-20
The robust external payments position, which is supported by sound macroeconomic fundamentals, may help the Philippines bounce back from the pendemic-induced recession, according to the Department of Finance.

Banks urged to stop financing coal projects - 2020-12-20
Philippine banks are urged to phase out coal lending entirely as a report showed 15 local banks released over $13 billion to finance coal projects in the past decade.

Catanduanes records first ASF cases - 2020-12-20
The island-province of Catanduanes recorded its first cases of African swine fever after hogs in five municipalities tested positive for the ASF virus.

NGCP to upgrade wind rating of transmission towers - 2020-12-20
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is looking at upgrading the wind rating of its transmission towers after successive strong typhoons battered its system last month.

Honda Cars expects to post better sales next year - 2020-12-20
The automobile unit of Honda in the Philippines is looking to post better sales next year even as it expects the COVID-19 pandemic to still affect vehicle demand.

Biliran gov, wife test positive for COVID-19 - 2020-12-20
Biliran Gov. Roger Espina and his wife Cecil, a physician, have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Index trade expected to be mixed - 2020-12-20
Share prices are expected to trade mixed this week as investors wait for more market-moving news, analysts said.

Quezon City warns PUV operators violating health protocols - 2020-12-20
The Quezon City government yesterday threatened to revoke the business permits of operators of public utility vehicles registered with the city, if they are found violating COVID-19 health protocols in transporting passengers.

NCRPO: Firecrackers banned in Metro Manila - 2020-12-20
The National Capital Region Police Office yesterday reminded the public that firecrackers are prohibited in Metro Manila during the holiday season.

'Powerful tradecraft': how foreign cyber-spies compromised America
Reuters - 2020-12-20
SolarWinds said its software updates had been compromised and used to surreptitiously install malicious code in nearly 18,000 customer systems. Its Orion network management software is used by hundreds of thousands of organizations.

Loose firearms surrendered to troopers - 2020-12-20
Tawi turned over 15 unlicensed firearms including assault rifles and grenade launchers to the military on Saturday.

Vicky leaves 7 dead, 4 missing - 2020-12-20
At least seven persons were killed and four others remained missing due to the onslaught of tropical depression Vicky that spawned floods and landslides in southern Philippines over the weekend, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday.

Mindoro town mayor cleared of SALN raps - 2020-12-20
A municipal mayor in Oriental Mindoro has been cleared of criminal charges in connection with her alleged failure to file her statements of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALNs.

16 rescued as boat capsizes off Albay - 2020-12-20
Fourteen health workers were among 16 people rescued from a boat that capsized in the waters off Albay on Saturday.

5 banks to seek digital banking license - 2020-12-20
At least five banks are planning to apply for a digital bank license as part of efforts to improve the accessibility of financial products to Filipinos, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

PAL gets 5-star rating - 2020-12-20
MANILA, Philippines -- Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has secured a five-star major airline rating for 2021 from the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), an upgrade from its four-star major airline rating this year. "This is an ...

Countries ban UK flights as Britain says new virus strain 'out of control' - 2020-12-20
European countries banned flights from the UK on Sunday and the WHO called for stronger containment measures as the British government warned that a potent new strain of the virus was "out of control".

In a Work-From-Home World, Are "Localized" Pay Cuts Sustainable?
Bloomberg - 2020-12-20
Work-from-home nation is ... well ... it's working, according to our fascinating cover story this week. Almost one quarter of all workers remain exclusively homebound. Sure, we are more addled, but we are arguably more productive.

Why a former Substack writer switched newsletter platforms after learning she got 4 times more organic traffic on Ghost
Business Insider - 2020-12-20
After running an experiment, Deborah Carver realized how much more quickly her newsletter would grow if she left Substack.

WHO Europe calls for stronger action to contain new virus strain
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
Copenhagen, Denmark -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on its members in Europe to strengthen measures against coronavirus due to the new variant circulating in the United Kingdom, its

Your customers want to know what you stand for. One Kansas book store has taken that principle to heart -- and now his business is booming.
Business Insider - 2020-12-20
Sales are up, as are press appearances and staff count; the pandemic-induced pivot to ecommerce revealed customers in all 50 states.

Top 10 Risks Of 2021 And How You Can Manage Them
Forbes - 2020-12-20
For these reasons, we outline the top 10 (downside) risk events we foresee in 2021 and offer some advice on how you can manage them. These include: 10: You needing to pivot again--HARD (Pivot risk). According to a recent,

2 units of modular health facilities at QI for COVID patients, set for turnover on Tuesday
Gov - 2020-12-20
CALOOCAN CITY, Dec. 20 (PIA) --Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that two (2) units of modular health facilities at Quezon Institute compound in Quezon City has been completed and will be turnover to the Department of ...

Thailand to test 10,000 after virus outbreak linked to seafood market
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-20
Thailand will test more than 10,000 people for coronavirus after an outbreak linked to its biggest seafood market, officials said Sunday. Nearly 700 new infections have been linked to Mahachai

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