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Firms seen expanding, hiring more workers - 2020-12-13
Businesses have revived plans to pursue expansion programs and hire more workers next year in anticipation of a strong economic rebound from the pandemic-induced recession, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Filipinos defer big-ticket purchases - 2020-12-13
Filipino households have deferred the purchase of big-ticket items such as house and lot, cars and even appliances as they focus their resources on essentials, including basic goods and services, acco

Wanted American nabbed in Cebu - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- An American wanted for sexual offenses in the US has been arrested in Cebu, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported yesterday. Donald Robert Tyler has been staying illegally in the country as the US government had cancelled his ...

Malate police chief sacked - 2020-12-13
The chief of the Manila Police District Station 9 in Malate has been relieved from his post for alleged neglect of duty.

P54 million shabu seized in Muntinlupa sting - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Anti-narcotics agents confiscated at least P54 million worth of shabu from two suspected drug traffickers during a sting in Muntinlupa on Saturday. Reny Louise Vizcarra and Red Lewy Vizcarra were arrested during a drug bust in front ...

P162.79B collected since DOF launched fuel-marking project
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-13
The government has so far secured $10.61 billion (or roughly P510 billion) in loans and grants from... The government has so far collected P162.79 billion in duties and taxes since the start of ...

23 held for quarantine breach at baptismal party - 2020-12-13
At least 23 people were arrested for violating COVID-19 health protocols during a baptismal party at the Manila North Cemetery on Saturday night.

Villar SIPAG to award outstanding organizations - 2020-12-13
The Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) has launched a search for local organizations that have been working at the grassroots to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of Filipinos.

Vodafone towers spinoff Vantage eyes growth, open to bigger deals - CEO
Reuters - 2020-12-13
The telecoms infrastructure business spun out by Britain's Vodafone is ready to join the dealmaking fray in Europe but even with its existing asset base sees a decade of promising growth ahead, its CEO told Reuters.

Experts back health warning for vape products - 2020-12-13
Experts have given their full backing for the placement of health warnings for smoke-free products, such as e-cigarettes and vapes, but insisted that this should be based on risks and scientific evidence.

China moon probe begins journey back to Earth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the moon has begun its journey back to Earth, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, putting China on course to become the first

Sizing the AI software market: Not as big as investors expect but still $37 billion by 2025
ZDNet - 2020-12-13
The velocity of demand for AI technology, tools, platforms, and applications draws parallels to the demand for cloud. And, indeed, the market for AI maker platforms, AI facilitator platforms, and new AI-centric and AI-infused applications will grow to $37 billion by 2025.

Here's how HPE and Dell are slowly but surely building a new kind of data center business that could help them stay relevant in the cloud era
Business Insider - 2020-12-13
HPE and Dell now let corporations pay only for the capacity they use in private data center gear, which they say is starting to pay off.

Aquaculture gets P500 million budget boost - 2020-12-13
The Department of Agriculture is allocating half a billion pesos to further develop the local aquaculture industry and contribute to food security amid the pandemic.

Rains may be felt over eastern Luzon due to tail end of frontal system -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
The eastern portion of Luzon may experience rains from Sunday to Monday due to the tail end of a frontal system, or the area where the cold northeast monsoon and the warm

?620 million allocated for cancer control program in 2021 budget
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
Congress has allocated ?620 million in the 2021 General Appropriations Bill for the government's cancer control program.

'SNL' brings out its own Dr. Fauci to talk about the coronavirus vaccine roll out
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- "Saturday Night Live" kicked off its latest episode with its own Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who were trying to talk about the coronavirus vaccine while Fauci got hit in the ...

Despite promises of solidarity on COVID-19, rich countries are snapping up the supply of promising vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- When 90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the world's first clinically authorized and tested COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed finally in reach.

Health warnings for vape and heated tobacco should be risk proportionate, different from cigarettes
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-13
Smoke-free products such as e-cigarettes or vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) should have health warnings that are proportionate to their risk as compared to combustible cigarettes, says an expert.

Pagasa: Fair Sunday weather in Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines --  A tail-end of a frontal system will dampen four areas in Northern Luzon while fair weather is expected in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon on Sunday, Philippine

COVID-19 vaccine developer AstraZeneca agrees to buy rare disease firm Alexion for $39 billion
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
The acquisition is one of the largest deals of the year for the drug industry and would expand AstraZeneca's reach in rare diseases.

Thousands of Trump supporters again rally in Washington
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
WASHINGTON, United States  - Thousands of red-hatted protesters filled Washington streets on Saturday to demand "four more years" for Donald Trump's presidency and to denounce,

2 killed in Nueva Ecija drug sting - 2020-12-12
Two drug suspects were killed in an alleged shootout with law enforcers in a sting in Barangay Poblacion, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija on Friday.

LRT-1 Cavite extension project 50% complete - 2020-12-12
The extension of the Light Rail Transit line 1 to Cavite is 50 percent complete, the Department of Transportation reported yesterday.

Most Americans with allergies should be safe to get Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine - FDA
Reuters - 2020-12-12
Top U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulators said on Saturday that most Americans with allergies should be safe to receive the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and Germany's Biotech SE.

FDA Gives Guidance on Allergy, Pregnancy Concerns for Pfizer COVID Vaccine
Medscape - 2020-12-12
Agency officials said Saturday the vaccine is safe for people with a history of any allergy, but not a history of severe reactions. Pregnancy concerns are less defined.

CDC Advisers Agree With FDA: COVID-19 Vaccine Is OK For Public Use
NPR - 2020-12-12
An independent federal advisory committee to the CDC recommends the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for people over 16. But state health leaders say distribution and funding challenges remain.

C.D.C. Panel Recommends Pfizer Vaccine for Patients as Young as 16
New York Times - 2020-12-12
The advisory panel of experts endorsed the vaccine and will soon issue specific guidance for pregnant and lactating women and for people who have had severe allergic reactions to other shots.

Heart disease in PH worst in Southeast Asia - WHO
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
In the last 20 years, heart disease has remained the leading cause of death in the world and is still "killing more people than ever before," the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its 2019

Aid via algorithm: Recipients of charity picked based on phone data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
LONDON -- A US-based nonprofit using algorithms to identify people in extreme poverty by analyzing their mobile phone habits has made direct cash payments to 30,000 people as part of a pioneering

Quarantine also locked down abuse complaints
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
The number of reported cases of violence against women and children went down this year, but the Commission on Women (PCW) said this did not mean the incidents had

DOH reports 1,301 new coronavirus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) recorded an additional 1,301 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, raising the national tally to 448,331. Davao del Norte reported the highest

House panel OKs bill regulating food products with high transfat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
The House health committee has approved a bill regulating food products with high trans fatty acid (TFA) in a bid to promote healthy living and preventive health care among

Annual UP Lantern Parade canceled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
The grounds of University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman will not be illuminated by colorful floats as the premier state university has decided not to hold its annual Lantern

NLEx to reopen cash lanes to avoid queues at toll plazas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
NLEx Corp. will reopen cash lanes and will keep barriers raised even at radio-frequency identification (RFID) booths to prevent congestion from forming at the North Luzon Expressway

Weedmaps is going public
Business Insider - 2020-12-12
Welcome to Insider Cannabis, where we're bringing you an inside look at the deals, trends, and personalities driving the multibillion-dollar cannabis boom.

U.S. hits 16 million COVID cases within even as vaccine begins roll-out
Reuters - 2020-12-12
The United States hit a record 16 million COVID-19 cases on Saturday afternoon, with deaths closing in on the 300,000 mark, even as millions of doses of a new vaccine were expected to start rolling out across the nation on Sunday.

Roblox Delays I.P.O. Until Next Year
New York Times - 2020-12-12
After witnessing head-turning results for the initial public offerings by Airbnb and DoorDash, the gaming company said it would wait to test the market.

NASA's new Hubble images will blow your mind
Mashable - 2020-12-12
On Friday, the space agency released over 50 new images captured by the legendary Hubble Space Telescope. Before now, NASA hadn't fully processed the rich images for public release. The images include exploded stars,

Investors double down on tech stocks in massive DoorDash, Airbnb, IPOs
TechCrunch - 2020-12-12
Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7 a.m. PT). Subscribe here. Maybe it is a stock market bubble, or a tech-stock bubble at least.

Volkswagen's battery bet shows it has potential to top Tesla
StarTribune - 2020-12-12
QuantumScape Corp., a battery startup that counts Volks­wagen AG as its largest shareholder, said new data show its batteries can be charged to as much as 80% of full power in 15 minutes, almost twice as fast as a Tesla Model 3.

This Week in Apps: Apple scolds adtech, Facebook hit with antitrust suits, Twitter buys Squad
TechCrunch - 2020-12-12
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in global consumer spend in 2019.

Newly energized San Jose-Quezon line boosts Metro Manila transmission services-NGCP - 2020-12-12
With the successful energization of its San Jose-Quezon 230-kilovolt Line 3, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines is ramping up its transmission services in anticipation of increasing power supply and demand in the coming years.

Political models - 2020-12-12
Every time we watch a weather report on TV news programs, the weather specialist always refers to some models in making day-to-day forecasts.

What You Need To Know As The First COVID-19 Vaccine Heads Your Way
NPR - 2020-12-12
Within hours, U.S. states are expected have in hand their first shipments of Pfizer's newly FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine. It marks a new phase in the pandemic, but what's that mean for you?

Fish be with you
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
INFANTA, Quezon--Village Chairman Reynaldo Pereña was busy collating data from his seven kagawad (councilors) who assist the purok (village) leaders in the mass evacuation of their constituents.

PNP COVID-19 cases reach 8,559
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) recorded on Saturday 54 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total 8,559, according to a post on its Facebook page. Most of the new cases

JICA to help put up creditrisk database for MSMEs - 2020-12-12
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are teaming up to build a credit risk database that would help micro, small and medium enterprises improve access to financing.

Maker of biodegradable alternative to plastic wins startup competition
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
As the grand winner, it took home a cash grant of P500,000, a big help to grow its business. "Most entrepreneurs still lack the resources to reach their full potential, especially as they adapt ...

WorldFish sets aquatic foods research agenda to transform global food systems
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-12
Its direction until 2030 prepares a concrete roadmap for the organizational transformation and a refreshed business model, which reimagines operations in order to successfully weather the ...

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