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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 ...

Zambales opening borders, beaches to tourists - 2020-12-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) will assist Zambales as it prepares to reopen its borders to local tourists. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat assured Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane of the certification for the reopening of the province to tourism during an online planning and consultation forum on Friday.

IATF approves ban on LSIs in Negros Occidental - 2020-12-12
Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases or IATF in Western Visayas has approved the ban on locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers in more areas in Negros Occidental.

Globe powers Gawad Kalinga villages - 2020-12-12
Globe Telecom Inc. has teamed up with Gawad Kalinga to bring affordable internet in Gawad Kalinga villages with the deployment of KonekTayo WiFi.

PNP official faces ax over Parojinog assault - 2020-12-12
The Internal Affairs Service of the Philippine National Police has recommended the dismisssal of a police official who reportedly sexually assaulted former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog.

Muntinlupa sets price cap for same-day swab tests - 2020-12-12
The city council of Muntinlupa has passed a resolution setting a price cap of P3,800 for swab tests at the newly opened Ospital ng Muntinlupa molecular laboratory.

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,

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