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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 ...

Cebu City ready for Tropical Depression Vicky - 2020-12-18
Cebu City is ready for Tropical Depression Vicky, Mayor Edgardo Labella said hours before the weather disturbance was projected to make landfall in Mindanao late Friday afternoon.

Cebu City ready for Tropical Depression Vicky - 2020-12-18
Cebu City is ready for Tropical Depression Vicky, Mayor Edgardo Labella said hours before the weather disturbance was projected to make landfall in Mindanao late Friday afternoon.

Stable peso seen to absorb shocks - 2020-12-18
The stable peso is acting as an economic shock absorber amid negative external developments such as the resurgence of COVID-19 cases and a possible delay in the vaccine rollout, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Cop shot dead in Nueva Ecija - 2020-12-18
A police officer was shot dead in Nueva Ecija on Thursday. Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon, Central Luzon police director, said S/Sgt. Mark Levy Palilio of the San Leonardo police was in front of his store along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Sangitan West,

29 inmates, jail personnel died of COVID-19 - 2020-12-18
Twenty-nine inmates and personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology have died of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Local airlines add low-cost COVID-19 testing to promo deals - 2020-12-18
Local airlines are offering affordable and convenient COVID-19 testing for their customers on top of affordable flight deals as part of continuing efforts to spur air travel.

Stocks slip as investors flock to bullish US market - 2020-12-18
Asian stock markets, including the Philippine Stock Exchange, declined yesterday after Wall Street hit a new high on optimism about economic stimulus and coronavirus vaccine development despite a spike in US unemployment claims.

A Christmas without end
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-18
This Christmas, as usual my cell phone would be swamped with well-meaning... There was a boy who found a bottle that glowed brightly. Fascinated, he uncorked it and out came a genie. From what he ...

PITC bares export market for food, housewares, furnishings in Europe
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-18
Benedict Uy, Commercial Counsellor at Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) Brussels, said food products offer business opportunities, noting particularly mainstream in the new ...

Government raises P6.56 billion from sale of Premyo bonds - 2020-12-18
The government was able to raise P6.56 billion from the issuance of Premyo bonds this year, the Bureau of the Treasury reported yesterday.

Vicky makes landfall in Davao Oriental, triggers floods - 2020-12-18
Tropical depression Vicky made landfall yesterday in Baganga, Davao Oriental, bringing heavy rains and spawning floods that stranded thousands of commuters and submerged houses, forcing residents to evacuate to higher ground in many parts of Eastern Mindanao.

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