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Marawi City to have new hospital; revival of local health system eyed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
MARAWI CITY -- The national government is constructing a 50-bed hospital as part of its program to rebuild this city from the destruction wrought by the five-month siege by Islamic State-linked

Automakers risk falling short of lowered forecast after November slump
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
From January to November, automakers sold 196,197 units, down 41.6% year-on-year, set for the lowest sales since 2015. "We remain optimistic in sustaining this level of sales performance for this month,

Garcia named new chair of Philippine Cacao Industry Development Council
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
Armi Lopez Garcia, CEO of Cebu-based Tablea Chocolate, was elected last Dec.9 as the new national chairperson of the Philippine Cacao Industry Development Council.

Give the gift of good health this Christmas with Maxicare PRIMA
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
While current events are stifling what is usually a cheerful season, you can still make the occasion memorable by giving your loved ones a heartwarming present that can express the depths of your care and affection -- the gift of good health. Maxicare ...

Higher inflow for 2nd straight month in October
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
Remittances increased for the second straight month in October as overseas Filipino workers continued to find a way to send their hard-earned money despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic,

Metrobank scores big at BankQuality rankings 2020
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
Metrobank was recently hailed one of the most helpful banks during the pandemic during the BankQuality study conducted by the Asian Banker.

Gmail suffers another outage
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-16
Google suffered its second outage in as many days, with its email service Gmail going down on Tuesday for more than two hours.

vivo remains top smartphone brand throughout pandemic year
philstar.com - 2020-12-16
Even with the decline in volume of handset shipments during the first half of the year, vivo remained aggressive on digital innovations to emerge with consistent sales growth throughout the year.

Tail-end of frontal system to bring scattered rains in Bicol area, E. Visayas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The tail-end of a frontal system that was previously causing rains in the eastern section of Northern Luzon is now affecting the weather in the Bicol Region and Eastern

Dutch firm to start preparation work for Bulacan airport in Q1
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-16
CONSTRUCTION of the P740-billion airport project in Bulacan is set to begin in the first quarter of 2021, San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said on Tuesday, with land development work to be undertaken by a Dutch company.

Honor thy heroes
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-16
IT was with great honor and privilege for the business sector to thank the frontliners, the health-care professionals, who risk their lives on a daily basis so others may live. In the words of ...

Have a ballet Christmas
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-16
Fantasy on Christmas Eve is a heartwarming story celebrating the Christmas Season. -- BALLET.PH The speakers at the webinar -- which was held on Dec. 14 at the Ballet Philippines (BP) Facebook page -- included Rep. Cristal Bagatsing, Tessa Prieto-Valdes ...

PHL finishes in lower half of rankings for digital readiness
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-16
THE PHILIPPINES was ranked towards the lower half of a 90-country study on digital infrastructure quality, according to a study conducted by Tufts University in Massachusetts and Mastercard, Inc. The study, Digital in the Time of COVID, classified the ...

LPA to enter PAR within 12 hours, says Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-16
Cloud clusters east of the country have developed into a low-pressure area (LPA), which state meteorologists expect to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in

Anna Wintour has long reigned supreme at Condé Nast. Now it's official
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Anna Wintour now has an even loftier title at Condé Nast. Wintour, who is already the editor in chief of Vogue US and artistic director and global content advisor of Condé Nast, will now also serve as chief content officer for the magazine conglomerate,

Biden hits campaign trail in Georgia after top Republicans acknowledge his win
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
Hours after speaking with Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and vowing to try to work together, President-elect Joe Biden urged Georgians on Tuesday to oust McConnell as majority

McConnell urges Republican senators not to object when Congress ratifies presidential votes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his top deputies pressed other Senate Republicans on Tuesday not to join in with any House Republicans who may object to the presidential election

Twitter is shutting down Periscope
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
More than five years after being acquired by Twitter before it officially launched, Periscope is shutting down.

Brazil delays Chinese vaccine efficacy report, keeps rollout date
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
Brazil's Sao Paulo state delayed on Monday the release of efficacy data for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac, tightening the timeframe for regulator

Face shield a must when you step out of house
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
Aside from protective masks, people should now wear face shields whenever they go out, Malacañang said on Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the mandatory wearing of face

Achieve agility with Azure Data in a changing world
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
At Microsoft Ignite, we shared a number of announcements to help organizations rebuild in a changing world--including the preview of Azure Arc enabled data services. Customers can now bring Azure data services to any infrastructure across data centers,

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's media empire expands with Spotify podcast deal
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Spotify announces an exclusive partnership with Archewell Audio, a new, audio-first production company founded by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

DOE creates team on APHC privatization
philstar.com - 2020-12-15
The Department of Energy has formed a team to recommend policies on the privatization of the Agus-Pulangi Hydropower Complex and other related energy issues in the Bangsamoro region.

Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard indicted in U.S. on sex trafficking charges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
The Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard was charged on Tuesday with sex trafficking, racketeering, and other crimes targeting dozens of women and underage girls

Palace: PH buying China vaccine since no commitment yet from others
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
Malacañang denied on Tuesday that it was favoring the more expensive, China-made CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine over other candidate shots, saying the government would buy what vaccines would become

Makati RTC allows Ressa to travel to US
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
A Makati City court has allowed Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa to travel to the United States to visit her parents for the holidays. Judge Maria Amifaith Fider-Reyes of Makati Regional

Laguna de Bay to benefit from trade deal with Hungary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
SAN PEDRO CITY--The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) is planning to establish a modern and contactless water quality monitoring system across the 90,000-hectare Laguna de Bay as part of

Senators divided on budgeting system
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
As Congress extended the validity of funds under the 2020 budget and the Bayanihan 2 law until next year, Senate leaders on Tuesday disagreed on the wisdom of doing away with the one-year cash-based

Zoom-competitor RingCentral just launched a free video and chat app that aims to solve 'meeting fatigue'
Business Insider - 2020-12-15
RingCentral is launching a new service to help users move between video and chat seamlessly and easily collaborate and create follow-up tasks.

Bus firms resuming Baguio trips
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
Four bus companies are preparing to resume operations and ferry people from this city to 10 other destinations in Luzon, pending health guidelines to be issued by the local

One in 10 Spaniards have had coronavirus, antibody study shows
Reuters - 2020-12-15
The share of the Spanish population that contracted coronavirus has nearly doubled to almost 10%, or about 4.7 million people, in the second wave of contagion since late summer, results from the latest stage of a nationwide antibody study showed on Tuesday.

Signal adds encrypted group video calls that friends can pop in and out of
Mashable - 2020-12-15
Signal, the free and open source encrypted messaging app, launched end-to-end encrypted group video calls Tuesday. The feature, which at present is limited to five people per call, allows members of a Signal group to pop in and out of an ongoing call at will.

The 34 most awe-inspiring scientific achievements of 2020 include ancient mummy tombs, historic rocket launches, and the fastest vaccine in history
Business Insider - 2020-12-15
In laboratories, at ancient archaeological sites, and across the cosmos, scientists accomplished incredible feats and made world-changing discoveries.

Biden, Pence Make Preparations To Get COVID-19 Vaccine
NPR - 2020-12-15
President-elect Joe Biden said he plans to take a vaccine publicly in an effort to promote trust. Vice President Pence and his team are discussing options for how and when he will take it, too.

Italy considering tightening COVID restrictions for Christmas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-15
MILAN - Italy may tighten restrictions over Christmas to limit the spread of COVID-19 infections, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday as he urged Italians to avoid "irresponsible ...

Russian hacks weigh on private equity's software investments
Reuters - 2020-12-15
Some of the world's biggest private equity firms, including Blackstone Group Inc, Silver Lake Partners LP and Thoma Bravo LP, own major stakes in the software firms whose shares dived on news that they were breached by Russian hackers.

MMFF 2020 to showcase student short films
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
AT least 1,900 applicants were hired on the spot in recently concluded online job fair conducted by... THE annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2020 will feature short stories by promising ...

Apple aims to make 30% more iPhones in first half of 2021 - Nikkei
Reuters - 2020-12-15
Apple Inc plans to manufacture up to 96 million iPhones in the first half of 2021, a nearly 30% year-on-year increase owing to strong demand for its 5G handsets, Nikkei reported on Tuesday.

'Race against time': First Americans vaccinated as U.S. death toll passes 300,000
Reuters - 2020-12-15
A New York City intensive care unit nurse on Monday became the first person in the United States to receive a coronavirus vaccine, saying she felt "healing is coming," as the nation's COVID-19 death toll crossed a staggering 300,

Chinese workers stay in Philippines despite some POGO closures
philstar.com - 2020-12-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Chinese workers employed by local offshore gaming firms never left despite some of these companies closing shop when the pandemic struck. Their decision to stay, in turn, kept the labor department issuing alien employment permits ...

Crossover series
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-15
ALMOST two months after their gallant second place finish in Season Six of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines, SMART Omega Esports is set to prove that anyone can be a gamer. The 12 athletes they have challenged are PLDT Home ...

Fauci Predicts U.S. Could See Signs Of Herd Immunity By Late March Or Early April
NPR - 2020-12-15
Dr. Fauci said once the vaccine becomes widely available, if by "April, May, June, July, we get as many people vaccinated as possible, we could really turn this thing around" by the end of 2021.

IATF requires wearing of face shields on top of masks
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) -- The government is now requiring everyone stepping out of their homes to wear a face shield on top of a face mask, task force spokesman Harry Roque ...

Months later, the great Twitter hack still boggles my mind
The Verge - 2020-12-15
One of the wildest stories of the year was the day some of the most-followed Twitter accounts on the planet posted cryptocurrency scams because of a massive unprecedented hack. Elon Musk was the first hacked account most people noticed.

Meghan Markle just invested in instant oat milk latte startup Clevr Blends
Business Insider - 2020-12-15
Clevr Blends is a small female-founded California company.

Billease partners with e-commerce firms
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
The Credit Card Association of the Philippines (CCAP) reminded the public to be responsible credit card holders... Digital installment payment platform BillEase has teamed up with several e ...

House is not adopting Senate version of CREATE
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
THE House of Representatives has decided not to adopt the Senate version of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act as some of its members raised key concerns on the new tax incentives bill.

Nlex, Valenzuela government agree on RFID plan
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-15
To recall, Valenzuela Mayor Rex T. Gatchalian last week temporarily suspended the business permit of Nlex Corp. to operate within his jurisdiction due to the heavy traffic that was caused by the ...

Philippine cacao council pushes for innovation to compete
philstar.com - 2020-12-15
The Philippine Cacao Development Council vowed to push innovation in the industry taking advantage of the rising demand for chocolate-based products around the world.

2 dead in shooting near Baclaran church
philstar.com - 2020-12-15
Two persons were killed in a shooting near the Baclaran Church in Parañaque City on Monday night. A still unidentified motorcycle-riding assailant shot Alexander Peña, 38, repeatedly in the head as he was cycling along Mactan street,

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