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Employers, workers facing hard times oppose looming SSS premium hike
philstar.com - 2020-12-08
Employers and workers are opposing a government plan to push through with a scheduled increase in contributions to the Social Security System (SSS) next year while the pandemic is forcing businesses to shut down and employees laid off.

World Bank sees strong Philippine economic rebound, COVID-19 resurgence a risk
Nasdaq - 2020-12-08
The World Bank expects Philippine economic growth to bounce back in the next two years after a worse-than-projected decline in output in 2020, as the country gradually eases coronavirus curbs to allow for more business activity.

Leyte dad stranded in Manila gets help after aiding couple with broken vehicle
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Ferdinan Pulido went viral on social media after he assisted a couple fix their motor vehicle when it broke down along Shaw Boulevard.

Easterlies to bring rainshowers in more parts of Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
The easterlies or warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in more parts of Luzon, while fair weather is

Philippines-major maritime player in Southeast Asia
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-08
Maritime transport is the backbone of Philippine trade and a key engine driver to the Philippine economy. o The Philippines counts on the maritime industry as a vital component in attaining ...

Pasay City unveils online portal for business permits
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-08
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced that the deadline for health-care workers (HCW) applying for hazard pay... To make processing of business permits more convenient and faster ...

Aboitiz Construction to provide free training
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-08
ABOITIZ CONSTRUCTION, Inc. has partnered with a workforce development program to provide free construction training to 3,000 Filipinos until 2023. Aboitiz partnered with Asiapro Multipurpose Cooperative and YouthWorks PH,

BSP urges Congress to pass key reforms to boost postpandemic PH economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-08
Banking regulators are working closely with both chambers of Congress for the passage of key legislative measures and financial sector reforms that will promote economic recovery and sustained

No, that's not Elon Musk in 'Cyberpunk 2077' -- but he may still be in the game
Business Insider - 2020-12-07
Is Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in "Cyberpunk 2077"? Maybe! But the image going around isn't Elon Musk.

Biden unveils health team that will lead pandemic response
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-07
(CNN) -- US President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced the health team that will lead his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic when he takes office in January. Biden's ...

Uber ATG And Aurora Merge To Staggering $10B Valuation
Forbes - 2020-12-07
As rumoured earlier, Uber has sold their ATG self-driving unit to Aurora, a high-flying startup in the space. What are the terms of this highly unusual deal?

IN THE KNOW: Supreme Court justices who faced impeachment complaints
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
Hilario Davide and seven associate justices On June 2, 2003, deposed President Joseph Estrada filed in the House of Representatives an impeachment complaint against then Chief Justice Hilario Davide

Public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines needs boost
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
Can the government expect the public to fully trust that the vaccine against the new coronavirus is safe to be used if officials themselves are challenging each other to

DepEd sets Dec. 12 as last day of first quarter in public schools
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has set Dec. 12 as the last day of classes for the first quarter of the school year in public schools. In a Facebook post on Monday,

Animal rescuer shares home with 1,300 dogs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
Wen Junhong saved an abandoned dog from the streets of this city in southwestern China. She now shares her home with more than 1,300 of them, and they keep

Military to help transport vaccines
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
The military will help transport and distribute COVID-19 vaccines around the country, especially in remote areas, once available, the Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff, Gen. Gilbert

Comorbidities May Contribute to Neurologic Effects in COVID-19 Patients
Medscape - 2020-12-07
Hypertension and diabetes are prevalent comorbidities in patients who suffer from neurologic complications of COVID-19.

QC court junks case vs ex-Piston president
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
A Quezon City court on Monday dismissed a criminal case filed against the former national president of a militant transport group for violating the Public Service Act after leading a nationwide

SSS to push through with contribution rate hike
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
Despite the pandemic that shed millions of jobs and closed down thousands of businesses, the state-run pension fund Social Security System (SSS) on Monday said the scheduled increase in contribution

How COVID lessons can spur Asian cities to 'build back better'
NIKKEI - 2020-12-07
But in the wake of the coronavirus, Manila and other cities see a chance for a do-over -- a chance to "build back better" and create communities that are cleaner, greener, healthier, more inclusive, and more resilient to future disasters.

Cities after COVID: How Manila and others can 'build back better'
NIKKEI - 2020-12-07
Her morning commute through Metro Manila comprised a long jeepney ride that made the 28-year-old feel "hot and cramped like a sardine." Traveling home involved a half-hour walk to the train station, followed by a bus and two auto-rickshaw rides.

NIH Director Predicts Vaccinations Starting In December
NPR - 2020-12-07
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, says people in some of the highest-risk groups will likely be starting vaccinations this month.

Here's Who Will Lead Biden's COVID Response
NPR - 2020-12-07
Joe Biden has named his picks for top health posts as the nation faces a post-Thanksgiving pandemic surge. And Rudy Giuliani has tested positive for the coronavirus. A vaccine could receive emergency use authorization as soon as this week.

PH Resorts pushing through with Cebu casino project
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Davao-based businessman Dennis Uy has moved a step closer in fulfilling his dream of opening a casino in Cebu.

BI employees banned from posting Tiktok videos
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The Bureau of Immigration yesterday banned its employees from posting any videos on the social networking platform Tiktok while wearing their uniform.

Head of nuclear research agency calls for single regulator to oversee industry
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-07
NUCLEAR INDUSTRY regulation must be entrusted to a single agency if the Philippines is to be in line with international best practices, the head of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) said Monday.

Airbnb boosts IPO price range in sign of frenzied investor appetite
Reuters - 2020-12-07
Airbnb Inc expects to raise up to $3.09 billion in its initial public offering after boosting its price range, setting it up for a blockbuster debut 13 years after it was founded as a website in a loft that went on to revolutionize the hospitality industry.

Economic scarring in Philippines among worst globally
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Long-term economic scarring in the Philippines because of the coronavirus pandemic can be expected to be among the worst in the world, according to Oxford Economics.

SpaceX snags $885M from FCC to serve rural areas with Starlink
TechCrunch - 2020-12-07
The FCC has just published the results of its Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I auction, which sounds rather stiff but involves distributing billions to broadband providers that bring solid internet connections to under-served rural areas "on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Russia's "Terminator" armored vehicles are neat but unnecessary
Business Insider - 2020-12-07
While impressive in its design and with a neat, almost Hollywood-like appearance, the BMP-T is totally unnecessary if other tactical changes are made.

California Launches Covid-19 Contact Tracing App From Apple, Google
Forbes - 2020-12-07
California launched a statewide contact tracing app Monday--making it the largest state to adopt a contact tracing app using technology from Apple and Google-- but experts warn that getting enough people to use similar apps across the country has been a challenge.

Brazil's population exposed in Ministry of Health leaks
ZDNet - 2020-12-07
Full addresses and taxpayer registration numbers are among the details of healthcare users that were exposed in separate incidents.

Hacker opens 2,732 PickPoint package lockers across Moscow
ZDNet - 2020-12-07
A mysterious hacker used a cyber-attack to force-open the doors of 2,732 package delivery lockers across Moscow. Cybersecurity in an IoT and Mobile World The technology world has spent so much of the past two decades focused on innovation that security has often been an afterthought.

Duterte appeals to public to skip holiday festivities to avoid COVID-19 spread
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
President Rodrigo Duterte is appealing to the public to skip parties this Christmas as the threat of COVID-19 was still present. Duterte apologized that Filipinos would have

P183 million smuggled cigarettes destroyed
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Smuggled cigarettes with an estimated value of P183 million were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs in this city yesterday.

Fires break out in Pasay, Taguig
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Fires struck residential areas in the cities of Pasay and Taguig over the weekend. A three-story residential building along Zamora street in Pasay was gutted by fire, according to arson probers. Authorities said the fire was raised to second alarm.

Cop chief relieved over terror attack
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The chief of police of Datu Piang town in this province was relieved fom his post following an attack by terrorists, who burned their patrol vehicle and opened fire at buildings in the area.

Republic Cement seeks partners for waste management initiative
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Cement manufacturer Republic Cement, which is aiming to double by next year the amount of plastic waste co-processed by its resource recovery group ecoloop, wants to get more partners in the initiative,

NGCP boosts Metro Manila transmission service
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has increased its transmission service in Metro Manila as it energized the San Jose-Quezon 230kV Line 3.

Index advances on rising optimism
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The stock market opened the week on a strong note as market investors start to regain optimism ahead of the holidays.

Zamboanga City bucks children in malls
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The city government of Zamboanga has opposed a proposal of the government to allow children to go to malls and other public places as long as they are accompanied by their parents.

PNP logs 30 new COVID-19 cases
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The Philippine National Police reported 30 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing to 8,334 the total number of infections among PNP personnel.

Army installs new armor division chief
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The Philippine Army announced yesterday the designation of Brig. Gen. Efren Baluyot as the new Armor Division chief.

Manila launches no-contact traffic apprehension scheme
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday led the launching of the no-contact traffic apprehension system, which would be implemented along major thoroughfares in the city.

AC Energy recognized for high compliance
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
AC Energy, the power generation arm of Ayala Corp., bagged multiple accolades for exemplary compliance of its renewable energy projects at the recently concluded Wholesale Electricity Spot Market Compliance Officers Summit 2020.

Mayweather to fight YouTube celebrity
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
Floyd Mayweather announced Sunday he is set for an exhibition boxing match against popular YouTube personality Logan Paul at an undetermined venue early next year.

Better food delivery to stabilize prices
philstar.com - 2020-12-07
The government needs to help smoothen the movement of food items to help normalize prices following a spike in November that was caused by the series of typhoons that hit the country, according to the

Senate panel eyes executive session amid security concerns on China-backed Dito telco
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A face-to-face executive session in the Senate is being eyed to discuss national security concerns involving the China-backed Dito Telecommunity Corp., which is seeking a

This trade data is good news
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-07
Investors expect the global economy to roar back to life by the middle of 2021 -- and fresh data bolsters the case for looking past a tough winter and toward a post-pandemic future.

Trump's Wall Street watchdogs leave a warning for the Biden team
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-07
As they head out the door, Trump-led financial regulators are warning the incoming Biden team that a little-known yet critical corner of Wall Street is broken.

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