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As U.S. COVID-19 deaths shatter records, leaders plead for more mask-wearing
Reuters - 2020-12-04
U.S. leaders urgently called on Americans to wear masks and threatened even more drastic stay-at-home orders after deaths from the coronavirus set a single-day record, with two people dying every minute.

PNP: Echanis daughter can keep baby while detained
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said detained activist Amanda Echanis will be allowed to take care of her child in detention if she so wishes. "If she wants

DOJ, COA agree to assign antigraft officers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Commission on Audit have agreed to the suggestion of Ombudsman Samuel Martires to assign their employees as resident antigraft officers

Stick-wielding cops to enforce distancing; hardheaded folk beware
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
The Joint Task Force COVID Shield will deploy stick-wielding officers in "social distancing patrols" to make sure people stay a good distance from each other, in compliance

Cebu airport officials face antidummy case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday sought the criminal indictment of an airport official and executives of a private consortium for allegedly violating the

House approves bill creating antidrug abuse councils
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
The House of Representatives has passed on third and final reading a measure creating antidrug abuse councils (Adacs) from the provincial to the barangay level to address drug

DOJ: No retraction of testimony vs De Lima
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday asked the Muntinlupa City Regional Trial Court to cite detained Sen. Leila de Lima and her lawyer in contempt of court for claiming

Maria Ressa seeks junking of 2nd cyberlibel complaint
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Maria Ressa, chief executive officer of the news portal Rappler, has asked the Makati Regional Trial Court to junk the second cyberlibel complaint against her by ...

BIFF gunmen storm Maguindanao town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
COTABATO CITY -- Gunmen belonging to the Islamic State-linked (IS) Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) stormed Datu Piang town in Maguindanao province past 10 p.m. on Thursday, in a show

DOTr allows Move It to operate in Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has granted motorcycle taxi service Move It a provisional authority to operate in Metro Manila under the extended motorcycle taxi pilot

Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization

US restricts visas to Chinese online trolls
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the United States would refuse entry to Chinese online trolls who target dissidents and minorities, announcing his latest visa

Ridgewood Towers Premier on track for 2022 opening - 2020-12-04
Construction works for the 31-story Ridgewood Towers Premier have resumed at a brisk pace after encountering delay due to the government-imposed lockdown, keeping the project on track to completion by the latter part of 2022.

DND allows use of properties for subway - 2020-12-04
The Department of National Defense signed an agreement with the Department of Transportation yesterday allowing the use of five of its properties in Metro Manila as subway stations and terminal exchanges.

Czech boy survives fall from 19th floor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
Prague, Czech Republic -- A 15-year-old Czech boy on Friday survived a fall from the 19th floor of a block of flats in Prague, police, rescuers and media said. Czech media said the boy was lucky

From bright to bleak to hopeful
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
Outlook remains cautiously bullish, prospects continue to be bright, while most economic indicators point to a sustained, robust growth for the local real estate industry." This was how

Cebu Landmasters cements foothold, leadership in VisMin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
Founded on passion, expertise and humility, Cebu Landmasters Inc. finds itself rightfully at the peak of its game--an exceptional leap from where it was 17 years ago. While the idea for a

Singapore issues four digital bank licences, holds back on one
ZDNet - 2020-12-04
Alibaba's Ant Group and joint bidders Grab and Singtel are amongst bidders that have snagged licences to offer digital banking services in the country -- targeted to commence early-2022 -- though, the four issued is one short of the initial target of five.

Government downgrades economic forecasts for 2020 - 2020-12-04
Economic managers further revised their forecasts downward this year as the prolonged community quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic continue to take a heavy toll on economic performance.

More Filipino execs prioritizing digital transformation - survey
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-04
More than half of Filipino executives are prioritizing the digital transformation of their business in the next two years, a study from the IBM Institute for Business Value said. The institute conducted a global study on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the future of business from April to August 2020,

10 digital media companies that are hot acquisition targets, including TheSkimm and FuboTV
Business Insider - 2020-12-04
Business Insider asked eight digital media experts to predict which digital media companies that could get acquired in the coming months.

P802.8M cash aid delivered to operators of over 123,000 PUVs - LTFRB
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-04
A total of P802.8 million worth of cash aid has already been distributed to operators of 123,517 public utility vehicles (PUVs) nationwide, the Land Transportation

DA, Quezon government unveil P100 million agriculture trading post project - 2020-12-04
The Department of Agriculture and the provincial government of Quezon have unveiled a P100-million agricultural trading post that will enable farmers to directly sell high-value crops without the need to go through the middlemen.

Lump-Sum Payments Now Count As Multiple Student Loan Payments For PSLF
Forbes - 2020-12-04
Lump-sum payments can count as multiple payments toward Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). The prepayments are limited to the equivalent of 12 months of payments or the next recertification date,

MGB recommends lifting quarry suspension around Mayon - 2020-12-04
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has recommended the lifting of the suspension order against 91 quarry operators around Mayon Volcano in Albay.

Isabela cop held for extortion - 2020-12-04
A police officer was arrested for alleged extortion in Santiago City, Isabela on Thursday. M/Sgt. Arthur Salvador, 47, of the Echague police was collared in the parking lot of a mall after allegedly receiving money from Nimfa Remigio in exchange for the dropping of the estafa charges filed against her.

Philippines police threaten social distancing violators with caning
Reuters - 2020-12-04
Philippine police on Friday threatened to cane people who violate social distancing protocols as the Southeast Asian nation fights the spread of the coronavirus during the festive season.

Inflation spikes to 3.3% as food prices escalate - 2020-12-04
Growth in the prices of basic goods accelerated to a 21-month high of 3.3 percent in November after supply disruptions caused by recent typhoons pushed up food prices, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

From frameworks to improvisation - 2020-12-04
It is now observable that effective leadership is more improvisation and cannot be confined in familiar frameworks that would have been effective in a predictable environment. Leaders are pioneers and are not settlers.

Caloocan seeks TRO over village flooding - 2020-12-04
Mayor Oscar Malapitan has asked the Caloocan Regional Trial Court to stop a real estate developer from allegedly dumping soil on a creek in Pangarap Village and flooding the area.

2 dead in Mindoro landslide - 2020-12-04
Two persons died in a landslide in Oriental Mindoro yesterday amid heavy rains spawned by a low-pressure area.

Christmas parties allowed in Nueva Vizcaya town - 2020-12-04
Christmas parties, which are banned in many areas as a precautionary measure against coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, is allowed in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.

How Walgreens plans to take on rivals like Walmart and CVS for a piece of the $17 billion retail ad pie
Business Insider - 2020-12-04
Walgreens says it's already run "hundreds" of campaigns through its advertising arm.

Bioterrorism preparedness bills filed - 2020-12-04
Measures seeking to prepare the nation for bioterrorism threats have been filed in the House of Representatives.

BSP issues rules for new digital banks - 2020-12-04
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has released the guidelines for the establishment of digital banks as it seeks to promote innovation in the banking sector and improve the accessibility of financial products to Filipinos.

Tourism receipts drop 81.5% in 11 months - 2020-12-04
Revenue generated from tourism dropped by 81.5 percent in 11 months to November as the ban on inbound international travel remains, an official of the Department of Tourism said.

Quezon City gives cash aid to small enterprises - 2020-12-04
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte yesterday led the distribution of financial assistance to the first batch of small businesses that qualified for the economic stimulus program for those heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Review of construction industry roadmap set - 2020-12-04
The Department of Trade and Industry is undertaking a review of the targets set under the construction industry roadmap 2030 given the disruptions brought by the pandemic.

Bank lending growth at slowest pace in 14 years - 2020-12-04
Bank lending continued to slide this year, growing at its slowest pace in 14 years as banks remained cautious amid uncertainties caused by the pandemic and a rising number of soured loans.

BIFF bandits attack Maguindanao town - 2020-12-04
Around 50 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters attacked Datu Piang town shortly before midnight on Thursday.

2 bodies found along Makati highway - 2020-12-04
The bodies of two men, believed to have been summarily executed, were found along Osmeña Highway in Makati City before dawn yesterday.

House panel OKs lowering height requirement for cops - 2020-12-04
A House panel has approved a measure seeking to lower the minimum height requirements for police officers. The committee on public order and safety has approved the substitute bill seeking to revise the height requirements for applicants in the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other agencies under the Department of the Interior and Local Government,

Learning platform makes education more accessible for students with special needs
BusinessWorld - 2020-12-04
D2L, the global edtech company behind the learning management system (LMS) Brightspace LMS, makes education more accessible for students with special needs. Schools can collaborate with the D2L team in designing digital courses and educational tools that support specific learning needs.

How the Nikola Badger went from hotly anticipated Tesla Cybertruck competitor to bust in a matter of months
Business Insider - 2020-12-04
The Badger would have been the perfect Tesla Cybertruck rival, but now it's dead. Thus, the question becomes: Can you mourn something that never was?

Quicker Philippine Inflation Could Keep Central Bank on Hold
Bloomberg - 2020-12-04
Inflation in the Philippines accelerated to its fastest pace in 20 months in November on higher food and beverage costs, giving the central bank reason to pause on further rate cuts.

South Korea grants ?139M to PH to build 'smart greenhouses'
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-04
South Korea has granted the Philippines ?3.15 billion, or around ?139 million, to build 21 'smart greenhouses' as part of efforts to improve local vegetable production through modern and sustainable technology.

Foreign groups set $50 billion FDI, 3 million job targets - 2020-12-04
The Philippines is capable of attracting $50 billion worth of foreign direct investments and generate three million jobs over the next decade, foreign businessmen said.

Philippines a preferred site for Japanese manufacturers, trade chief says - 2020-12-04
we invite our Japanese partners to work with us in facing the challenges of the "new normal" head on," Lopez said at the Nikkei Philippines Japan Business Investment Virtual Forum.

Relentless love - 2020-12-04
Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. -- 1 John 3:18. Heidi and Jeff came home from an overseas work assignment in a hot climate and settled for sev

Food supply woes due to typhoons push up inflation in November - 2020-12-04
Strong typhoons that flattened vast swathes of farm lands and destroyed crops pushed up the prices of key consumer items in November.

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