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UP cancels lantern parade - 2020-12-12
The University of the Philippines will not hold its annual lantern parade at its Diliman campus in Quezon City due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

DILG cites San Juan for education program - 2020-12-12
The Department of the Interior and Local Government on Friday awarded first place to the San Juan city government for its education program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PLDT closes $128 million sale of Smart Tower - 2020-12-12
Telco giant PLDT on Friday closed the sale of Smart Tower in Makati for $128 million or roughly P6.14 billion, marking the largest commercial real estate transaction completed in the Philippines in 2020.

Xendit eyes more partnerships in Philippines - 2020-12-12
Silicon Valley-backed financial technology firm Xendit is open to partnering with more banks in the Philippines to help the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas achieve its financial inclusion goals.

Abu Sayyaf sub-leader falls, 2 more surrender - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- An alleged Abu Sayyaf sub-leader was arrested in Ungkaya Pukan town in Basilan yesterday. Hadji Faisal Abdulkarim was apprehended by personnel of police intelligence and Special Action Force commandos in Barangay Matata at around 2 a.

4,339 Pasig employees promoted, given salary hike - 2020-12-12
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on Friday gave an early Christmas gift to 4,339 casual employees of the city government by promoting them and increasing their salaries.

Hyundai has bought robot maker Boston Dynamics from SoftBank in a $1.1 billion deal
Business Insider - 2020-12-12
South Korean automaker Hyundai is buying an 80% stake in Boston Dynamics for $880 million, valuing the robot maker at $1.1 billion.

Adobe Flash Player released its latest update
Entrepreneur - 2020-12-12
The company will stop distributing the media player by the end of the year, it announced the official withdrawal.

Less than 100 agencies get OK to send healthcare workers abroad -- POEA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Less than 100 agencies have received the approval of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to deploy healthcare workers (HCWs) abroad, POEA Usec.

Meet the 11 Walmart execs who are leading its push to build an ad business that rivals Amazon
Business Insider - 2020-12-12
Walmart is banking on its physical stores and their sales data to differentiate itself.

San Juan offers Autosweep RFID installation for residents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
San Juaneños may go to San Juan City Hall on Dec. 15, Tuesday at 7 a.m. for the installation of autosweep RFID, city government said Saturday. In a Facebook post, San Juan

Japan surpasses 3,000 daily new coronavirus cases for first time
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Japan saw more than 3,000 new infections of the novel coronavirus for the first time in one day on Saturday, public broadcaster NHK reported, as the number of cases continues to rise in

BARMM assumes control of DOLE office in Cotabato City - 2020-12-12
Officials of the Department of Labor and Employment-12 turned over Friday its field office in Cotabato City to the Bangsamoro government.

PH lags behind SE Asia countries in overall COVID-19 response fund -- Duque
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines lags behind in terms of its overall fund for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, Health Secretary Francisco

These containers used to ship fresh tuna. Now they'll deliver COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-12
Thermo King -- which revolutionized the transportation of food through advances in temperature-controlled shipping before World War II -- is working with pharmaceutical companies, governments and logistics firms to ensure vaccines are preserved as they travel to clinics and hospitals.

How this couple DIY-ed their wedding this pandemic - 2020-12-12
For most couples, tying the knot in the middle of a pandemic is not an easy ordeal. But several couples have proven that love can conquer all, even a pandemic. Bride Nikka Angela Matibag shared that she originally planned to get married with now husband Marvin Marasigan on December 20 at their favorite go-to place as a couple,

Coronavirus cases in Philippines hit 448,331 with 1,301 new infections - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health on Saturday reported 1,301 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the national caseload past 448,000. Of the total 448,331 cases, 30,168 -- or 6.7% ...

Sultan Kudarat municipality receives P3-million grant for pro-poor projects - 2020-12-12
The pro-poor projects of the Columbio municipal government got a P3 million grant from a private firm planning to mine for copper in one of its constituent-barangays.

Peru suspends clinical trials of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Peru has temporarily suspended clinical trials of a COVID vaccine made by Chinese drug giant Sinopharm after detecting neurological problems in one of its test volunteers. The National

Europeans, US accuse North Korea of using pandemic to crack down on rights
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
The United Nations Security Council discussed on Friday human rights abuses in North Korea after the issue was raised by seven members who accused Pyongyang of using the coronavirus

Pasig City to promote, increase salaries of 4,339 employees - 2020-12-12
Over 4,000 casual employees of Pasig City will receive promotions and a P2,000 increase in their salaries come January 2021, Mayor Vico Sotto said Friday.

One killed as multiple rockets hit Kabul
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
A series of rockets struck the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing one person and wounding another, the interior ministry said, the second such attack to rock Kabul in less

Honeywell supports critical industries in Asean during crisis with innovative solutions
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
New solutions are deployed to enable industries and sectors in ASEAN continue their operation and protect the health and safety of their employees Kuala Lumpur, 9, 2020 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) reaffirms its commitment in supporting customers in ASEAN by delivering new solutions,

STEM researchers band together to decry pay delay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman who have experienced extreme delays in the release of their

De La Salle, CHR ink deal to launch human rights course
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The De La Salle University (DLSU) has tied up with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to provide a Catholic-based certificate course on human rights in commemoration of Human

UP science researchers demand payment of up to 1.5 years in delayed salaries
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-12
A group of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman is holding an online protest as the release of their salaries has been delayed,

Pagasa: Fine Saturday weather, afternoon showers possible
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the easterlies. No weather disturbance is expected in the next two to three days,

Enriching communities through shared vision, partnership
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
Grocery items and home essentials have proven to be the most indispensable to many households this year. A trip to the supermarket has become a key activity for every family as a means to

Health department lays down initial groundwork for mass vaccination drive
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced that the deadline for health-care workers (HCW) applying for hazard pay... The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday revealed that they are ...

PSC sets guidelines for NSAs
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) formulated a 10-point protocol intended to guide national sports associations (NSAs) which... THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) formulated a 10-point ...

As economy reopens, COVID-19 vaccine rollout looms - 2020-12-12
Businesses and consumers regained their optimism this quarter as the economy slowly reopened and a COVID vaccine rollout by next year becomes more likely, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Republic Cement answers call for disaster relief in wake of devastating typhoons - 2020-12-11
In the wake of recent typhoons Quinta, Rolly and Ulysses in the Philippines, Republic Cement immediately initiated relief operations in several regions that were severely affected by heavy rains, winds and flooding.

Doctor unhurt in Zamboanga gun attack - 2020-12-11
A doctor was unscathed in a gun attack in this city on Thursday night. Chao-Tiao New Yumol, 37, a resident of Purok 1, Barangay Lunzuran was driving his Toyota Fortuner with three companions when he was shot by motorcycle-riding men along Lunzuran Road,

Trump pushes for fast Pfizer approval as other vaccines hit snags
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
President Donald Trump on Friday piled pressure on the US drug regulator to quickly approve the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as America readied to roll out mass

Canada, US border to stay closed until Jan. 21
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
The longest international border in the world, between Canada and the United States, will remain closed until January 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin

French winner hits 200-million-euro lottery jackpot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
PARIS, France  - A record jackpot of 200 million euros ($242 million) was won Friday in France by a ticket holder who has 120 days to claim the prize, the EuroMillions lottery said. The

Pornhub rocked by child abuse, rape video claims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
Adult content giant Pornhub is in turmoil over claims it turned a blind eye to videos of child abuse, rape, and revenge porn, leading Mastercard and Visa to cut payments to the

Canada forecasts show fast coronavirus spread; officials urge new restrictions
Reuters - 2020-12-11
Longer-range forecasts project the second wave of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through Canada, and all the major provinces need to impose more restrictions, federal health authorities said on Friday.

California files to join U.S. antitrust lawsuit against Google
Reuters - 2020-12-11
California asked to join the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google on Friday, making the state's attorney general the first Democrat to openly support the litigation.

'Hold Their Feet To the Fire': Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine To Hard Hit Indian Country
NPR - 2020-12-11
A portion of the first coronavirus vaccines have been designated to go to Indian Country, but some tribes are skeptical about the federal government's ability to deliver and distribute it.

Facebook links APT32, Vietnam's primary hacking group, to local IT firm
ZDNet - 2020-12-11
In a surprising and unexpected announcement on Thursday, the Facebook security team has revealed the real identity of APT32, one of today's most active state-sponsored hacking group, believed to be linked to the Vietnamese government.

Containerized OpenStack Clouds? Sure says Mirantis
ZDNet - 2020-12-11
We usually think about containers running on clouds, but there's no reason -- except it's hard -- to run clouds on containers. Now, Mirantis is making it easy to run OpenStack on Kubernetes-managed containers.

Five key genes linked to severe COVID-19 found, suggesting drug targets
Reuters - 2020-12-11
Five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19, scientists said on Friday, in research that also pointed to several existing drugs that could be repurposed to treat people who risk getting critically ill with the pandemic disease.

DOH eases concerns over UK vaccine allergy warning
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) sought to ease concerns about the allergy warning that British health authorities issued on the first COVID-19 vaccine to roll out in the world,

How Many Vaccine Doses Will Your State Get?
New York Times - 2020-12-11
The New York Times surveyed all 50 states for their estimates of coronavirus vaccine doses they expect to receive before the end of the year.

DepEd blamed for poor PH ranking in math, science
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
A progressive lawmaker has scored the Department of Education (DepEd) for the dismal ratings of Filipino students in an international assessment for mathematics and

Media alarmed by plan to remove Baguio newsstands
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
A plan to remove all road obstructions, including newsstands, in the central business district has alarmed a media group here, citing, among other things, the plight of vendors who may

Isko raises pay grade of nurses in Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso has signed an ordinance increasing the salary grade of nurses in Manila hospitals. Under Ordinance No. 8700, the salary grade

Davao, Iligan ready to buy COVID vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
As pharmaceutical firms abroad race to develop the vaccines against the novel coronavirus disease, some local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao are already setting aside funds for its

2 nabbed with P10.2M worth of crystal meth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
The Philippine National Police on Friday said it arrested two high-value targets during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City. During the raid,

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