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Tacloban mayor catches COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
The mayor of this city has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. Mayor Alfred Romualdez has been isolated since Wednesday, city administrator Aldrin Quebec and health officer Gloria Fabrigas confirmed on Thursday.

Downturn to worsen for Philippines this year -- ADB
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
The Asian Development Bank has revised downward its economic forecast for the Philippines this year as the prolonged lockdown continues to stifle production.

DOH-CALABARZON brings health services to insurgent areas in Atimonan
Gov - 2020-12-11
CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Dec. 12 (PIA) --Department of Health (DOH) - (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 joined the "Serbisyo Caravan and Ugnayan sa Barangay" to bring health services to residents of Barangay Rizal,

Disney stock hits all-time high thanks to streaming strength
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The stock is now up more than 20% this year, an impressive feat given that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on Disney's theme park business and forced its movie studios to delay big releases in theaters.

Competitiveness enhancing bill
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
The business community is eagerly awaiting the passage of the law that will reduce corporate income taxes to 20 percent by 2027 from the current 30 percent.

Big tech firms to face 6% fines if breach new EU content rules
Reuters - 2020-12-11
Big tech firms such as Google and Facebook will face fines of up to 6% of turnover if they do not do more to tackle illegal content and reveal more about advertising on their platforms under draft European Union rules.

U.K. leader: Prepare for no E.U. trade deal after Brexit
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
The growth rate of human-created greenhouse gases was slowing even before the pandemic hit the global economy--just... UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned business and the public to prepare ...

Twitter bought a startup that lets you virtually hang out with your friends
The Verge - 2020-12-11
Twitter has acquired Squad, an app that lets you hang out with your friends via video chat and screen-sharing, the company announced on Friday. Twitter has been exploring ways for people to connect beyond the standard tweet,

USAID, PBEd, construction leaders to upskill 5,000+ youth
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
AUCKLAND International College (AIC) is offering an 80-percent tuition scholarship for Grades 10 and 11 students for... THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ...

First-ever halal online business matching generates P11 million in initial sales
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
The first-ever online business-to-business (B2B) meetings with foreign buyers of halal products yielded initial export sales (estimated combined actual and under negotiation sales) amounting to $227,130.

SMEs, exporters told: Tap enhanced market access for goods under RCEP
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
THE United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) have collaborated... Exporters and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) should be ...

Why 12:12 is an important date
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
EVERY month, we eagerly await the day when the dates are aligned. For instance, we wait for the 10th day of October, which is 10:10. We were excited for the 11th of November (11:11) and now, we ...

Pfizer and Moderna could score $32 billion in COVID-19 vaccine sales -- in 2021 alone
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Wall Street analysts are projecting Pfizer and Moderna will generate $32 billion in COVID-19 vaccine revenue -- next year alone. That doesn't take into account the goodwill boost these companies will receive by helping to end the worst pandemic in a century.

COVID-19 loans push foreign debt to $92 billion
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
The Philippines raised its foreign debt pile by double digits in nine months this year as the government turned to the offshore market for more funds to soften the blow of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy,

Easterlies to warm up PH as Amihan slightly weakens
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
The break in cold weather is expected to continue as the country would be affected by easterlies or warm winds from the Pacific Ocean while the northeast monsoon slightly

AstraZeneca to test combining COVID-19 vaccine with Russian shot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
AstraZeneca will start clinical trials to test a combination of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with Russia's Sputnik V shot aimed at boosting the efficacy of the British drugmaker's

A mother's dilemma: Pay the bills or buy Christmas presents?
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Angela Kearney's living room is filled with Christmas decorations. The lights on her tree illuminate her most prized ornaments. The room looks festive, but the mood is filled with dread.

OWWA sees Romania, Czech Republic as new sites for OFW deployment
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration is scouting for new locations for the deployment of Filipino workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that workers may soon find their way back to the Middle East as infections wane.

Chinese tech companies bet big on India. Now they're being shut out
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
India and China's fast-growing tech sectors have been caught in the crossfire of an intense geopolitical standoff this year.

UP science researchers demand payment of up to 1.5 years in delayed salaries
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
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,

Obi-Wan, She-Hulk and a new Pinocchio: Disney+ is about to get a lot bigger, and more expensive
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Disney says that over the next few years, Disney+ will have roughly 10 new series from Marvel and Star Wars, as well as 15 Disney live action, Disney Animation and Pixar series. Disney also said that 15 new films from Pixar,

NBI rescues 11 women, nab 5 human trafficking suspects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested five suspects allegedly involved in human trafficking during two separate entrapment

Duterte asked to certify Bayanihan II extension as urgent
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
Once certified as urgent, legislators may pass the bill on second and third readings on the same day, bypassing a rule that mandates a 3-day gap between the two.

Apple reportedly relied on robots and augmented reality to build the new iPhone from afar during the early days of coronavirus lockdowns
Business Insider - 2020-12-11
Travel restrictions hit the US around the same time Apple typically launches manufacturing on its hardware products that debut in the fall.

DTI reminds consumers to only buy from registered online sellers
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) -- The Department of Trade is reminding consumers to buy only from registered online business to ensure quality of products and their protection from ...

Lorenzana: DND open to tap PITC, but other options open
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 11) -- Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is not ruling out the Philippine International Trading Corporation in purchasing military equipment. Lorenzana ...

Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute holds Pilipinas Conference
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-11
"In the same forum, Edgar O. Chua, chairman of Makati Business Club said, "Business activities themselves support national development, thru production or provision of food, water, housing, power, telco, transport, education, banking and ...

Alleged drug dealer killed, 4 others arrested in Maguindanao buy-bust
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
Government agents killed an alleged shabu trafficker and arrested four other alleged drug den operators in an entrapment operation Thursday in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

DoH urges LGUs to strictly enforce minimum public health standards
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-11
Friday to strictly enforce the minimum public health standards as some families may tend to visit different Christmas attractions during the holiday season.

PH: Second most-crowned country in international beauty pageants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
For years, the Philippines has proved to the world, or the universe rather, why it is known as a beauty pageant powerhouse. In terms of being the country with the most

Holidays prompt slow return of confidence among consumers, firms
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
Easing coronavirus restrictions and seasonal uptick in demand ahead of the Christmas season buoyed business confidence in the fourth quarter while consumers turned less pessimistic.

NTC seeks higher penalties for telcos failing to comply with commitments
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The National Telecommunications Commission wants heftier fines for telco companies who fail to comply with their service commitments, noting the current ?200 per day isn't hurting these firms.

NLEX vows to fix RFID glitches
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
The management of the North Luzon Expressway Corp. has committed to ease traffic gridlocks at the Balintawak toll plaza caused by glitches in the implementation of the radio frequency identification system.

The highly anticipated video game starring Keanu Reeves is finally here
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
Cyberpunk 2077, a role-playing game set in a dystopian future and based on a pen-and-paper title from the '90s, is finally here.

Galvez bares PH coronavirus vaccine distribution plan
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The coronavirus vaccine czar on Thursday said he is eyeing two factors to make vaccine use and distribution successful: targeted logistics and public information.

Consumer, business confidence inch up from record plunge as quarantine rules eased in Q4 - poll
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
More businesses are now optimistic about financial prospects towards the end of 2020, although Filipino consumers remain doubtful about jobs and income as the pandemic drags on, recent central bank surveys show.

The Wan Chai connection: The Washington-accused drug lords, gun runners and dictators' financiers tied to one Hong Kong district
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-11
The Hong Kong neighborhood of Wan Chai may be home to the most eclectic and densest concentration of US-sanctioned enterprises anywhere on the planet.

Golden Bay on track to finish office project amid pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
Going beyond the original plan, Golden Bay went further in incorporating existing features expected out of a Grade A Premium office building, according to the young and dynamic COO.

Saudi man with IS links held
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
A Saudi man suspected to have links with the Islamic State (IS) was arrested in this city on Wednesday. Abdel Solaiman Alsuhibani, 60, did not resist when served an arrest warrant at his residence in Barangay Balabaran,

Bulacan mayors: Reopen cash lanes on NLEX
philstar.com - 2020-12-11
Bulacan mayors have called for the return of cash lanes on toll plazas along the North Luzon Expressway until technical issues on its radio frequency identification stickers are resolved.

Republic Cement answers Call for Disaster Relief in wake of devastating Typhoons
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
Mayor Arnold Co and Republic Cement Commercial Sales Director Frankie Tan (right) hand out relief donations to affected families in Deflin Albano, Isabela. In the wake of recent typhoons Quinta,

foodpanda reaches 100th city in PHL, celebrates milestone with exciting promo
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
After 108 years of being in the country and almost three decades since the business was led... Delivering on its promise to serve more Filipinos nationwide, foodpanda Philippines announces its ...

Friday weather forecast: Cloudy skies with isolated rains showers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-11
The northeast monsoon will bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains to Northern Luzon, particularly the Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative

ADB further downgrades economic outlook for Philippines in 2020
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-11
THE PHILIPPINES is seen to post the worst economic performance in Southeast Asia this year, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) which slashed its growth forecast anew as household consumption and investments remained sluggish amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bad loans ratio edges up in Oct.
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-11
Lopez, dean of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Graduate School. "This makes funds less available for investments. This will have a negative effect as far as investment spending," Mr. Lopez said in an e-mail. BSP data showed lenders tightened credit ...

Covid vaccine: Be prepared
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-11
WITH the objective of educating the Filipino youth on road safety, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. partnered with... AN illness from a virus--as opposed to bacteria--is a tricky beast. We have ...

Multi-stakeholder partnership highlights awareness and screening as first step in combating Hepatitis B
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-10
At present, approximately 300 million people are living with viral hepatitis worldwide. In the Philippines, Hepatitis B is said to be the leading cause of liver damage resulting in liver cirrhosis and

Early DoorDash investor dismisses "froth" talk, says company could grow 10x from here
TechCrunch - 2020-12-10
The stunning debut of the food delivery company DoorDash on the public market this week has plenty of people puzzled. While undeniably fast-growing, the unprofitable delivery company that has come under fire numerous times over its employment practices,

Taylor Swift released two albums in 2020. Most of us are just trying to get by
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-10
So when Taylor Swift wrote and recorded not one, but two albums during quarantine, the internet was impressed. The singer-songwriter announced a new album called "Evermore" on Thursday, less than five months after releasing her first album of 2020 called "Folklore.

Tech unicorn UiPath discloses data breach
ZDNet - 2020-12-10
UiPath admits to accidentally exposing a sensitive file containing the personal details of some of its registered users.

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