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Blood of Naples saint fails to liquefy in what some see as bad omen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
Wednesday was not a good day for superstitious Neapolitans. The blood of San Gennaro, the patron of Naples, failed to liquefy despite two rounds of praying by the faithful,

Ombudsman suspends Cebu airport manager
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Ombudsman has ordered the six-month preventive suspension without pay of Steve Dicdican, general manager of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, who is ...

Venice hails UN listing for virus-hit glass bead makers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
Venice hailed Thursday a UN decision to put the art of glass beads on its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and expressed hope it would help artisans hit by the coronavirus

Thailand partners with Tinder for matchmaking trips
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-17
(CNN)-- Summer flings have long been a happy, occasional perk of travel. But the Thai tourism authority is partnering with dating app Tinder to offer tour packages specifically for matchmaking ...

PAGASA: Rains seen over Visayas, Mindanao due to LPA - 2020-12-17
The agency in its afternoon forecast said the LPA which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility yesterday was last seen at 385 kilometers east southeast of Davao City.

Cops tagged in abduction, slay of man in Benguet
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
Policemen could be involved in the abduction and killing of a 25-year-old man whose headless body was found in a ravine in Tublay town, Benguet province, last month, officials said

Healthcare Spending Was Stable in 2019 -- But Only on the Surface
Medscape - 2020-12-17
Spending on healthcare goods and services increased more rapidly than in 2018, but a moratorium on health insurance taxes reduced the overall growth.

Johnson rules out tougher Christmas virus curbs for UK
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
LONDON -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday resisted calls to tighten coronavirus restrictions over Christmas, as London faced stricter measures and concern grew about rising case ...

Whatnot raises $4M as it gets into livestreamed auctions and Pokémon cards
TechCrunch - 2020-12-17
Whatnot, a company I first wrote about back in February, has spent the months since growing rapidly -- both in terms of feature set and userbase. This morning the company is announcing it has raised a $4M seed round.

California Activates 'Mass Fatality' Program As State Sets New Virus Records
NPR - 2020-12-17
California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state has 60 refrigerated units available if needed. He also said that 5,000 body bags were distributed to some of the hardest-hit counties.

Amazon employees have started an 'Anti-Surveillance' petition to stop the company's union-busting and labor-monitoring efforts: 'Stop spying on us'
Business Insider - 2020-12-17
The petition, first created in October, comes in light of recent reports about Amazon's labor-tracking and union-busting practices.

Snow brings joy, and misery, to pandemic-weary New York
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
Children skipped online classes to sled and adults glided on cross-country skis Thursday as New York's heaviest snowfall in years brought some relief from the

TRB scored for not punishing toll firms over RFID glitches since 2017
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The leadership of the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) was scolded during a Senate hearing on Thursday for not imposing sanctions on toll operators over glitches in its cashless ...

FDA OKs Home Use of BinaxNOW 15-Minute COVID-19 Antigen Test
Medscape - 2020-12-17
Under a new emergency use authorization, the SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test can be completed at home with a prescription.

Google hit with third antitrust lawsuit as more than 30 US states accuse Google of using search dominance to push out rivals
Business Insider - 2020-12-17
A group of US state attorneys general including Colorado and 34 other states filed an antitrust complaint against Google over search dominance.

6 wildlife hunters arrested in Pampanga - 2020-12-17
Six persons were arrested for illegal hunting of migratory birds in Candaba, Pampanga on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Efren David Jr., Candaba police chief, said Jaime Buenaventura, Pablo Cunanan, Jose Carlo Dizon,

Ombudsman suspends Cebu airport exec - 2020-12-17
The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the suspension for six months of Steve Dicdican, general manager and chief executive officer of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority, in connection with the charges filed against him by the National Bureau of Investigation.

Isabela COVID-19 cases rise - 2020-12-17
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- The number of active coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in Isabela breached 500, with 128 recorded yesterday. Isabela along with Metro Manila, Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan and ...

Mandaluyong launches COVID-19 contact tracing app - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Mandaluyong government launched yesterday its own contact tracing app to track close contacts of COVID-19 patients. Mayor Carmelita Abalos said residents should present their Quick Response or QR codes when entering public and ...

2 robbery suspects killed in Rizal - 2020-12-17
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Two suspected robbers were killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Rizal yesterday. Identified only as Ely and Roy, the suspects died at the scene in Barangay Inarawan, Antipolo City at around 5:40 a ...

LPA to bring rains in Mindanao - 2020-12-17
A low-pressure area spotted east of Davao City will bring rains over parts of Mindanao, but is not likely to develop into a tropical depression.

3 held for kidnap of POGO worker - 2020-12-17
Three suspects were apprehended for allegedly kidnapping a Chinese working for a Philippine offshore gaming operator in Pasay on Wednesday.

New group enters fray for NAIA; SMC offer confirmed - 2020-12-17
The Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions Inc. has also expressed its intention to take over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, but the Department of Transportation said the door remains open to Megawide Construction Corp.

Quezon City implements partial truck ban - 2020-12-17
A partial truck ban will be enforced in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao Avenues in Quezon City to ease traffic congestion, especially during rush hour, Mayor Joy Belmonte announced yesterday.

Another Cebu lawyer slain - 2020-12-17
CEBU, Philippines -- Another lawyer in Cebu was shot dead yesterday. Baby Maria Concepcion Landero-Ole was driving her pickup when she was shot by unidentified motorcycle-riding men in Barangay Looc, Danao City at around 2:50 p.m.. Maj. Maria Theresa ...

NGCP completes P7 billion Mindanao backbone - 2020-12-17
The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines has completed its P7-billion Mindanao backbone project which will stabilize power transmission in the island.

Former OP exec passes away, 67 - 2020-12-17
Engineer and former undersecretary at the Office of the President - Office of the Cabinet Secretary Dale Sison Cabrera died Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the age of 67, at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City.

LRMC links up technology with LRTA - 2020-12-17
Light Rail Manila Corp. has entered into a partnership with the Light Rail Transit Authority to share its technology for the benefit of LRT-2 passengers.

Bidders air concerns on Meralco CSP
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
The National Power Corp. (Napocor) was named as the top-performing agency among 80 government-owned and controlled corporations... Interested bidders for the upcoming Competitive Selection Process ...

Pagasa: Rain in Mindanao due to LPA that may become tropical depression
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area (LPA) started dumping light to moderate rain over Mindanao and parts of Visayas on Thursday night, as state meteorologists maintained the possibility of

DA lifts import ban on poultry from Brazil - 2020-12-17
The Department of Agriculture has lifted the temporary ban on the importation of poultry meat from Brazil as the country was found compliant with good manufacturing practices in line with COVID-19 precautionary measures.

Government speeds up spending to meet targets - 2020-12-17
The government is making a last-minute push to catch up on its spending targets for the year and make up for the lag in disbursements in the previous months, according to the Department of Budget and Management.

BSP tells banks to maintain guard vs money laundering - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has directed banks and financial institutions to maintain a robust money laundering and terrorist financing risk management framework amid the rising threat of online sexual exploitation of ...

Negros doctor said to be on vigilante hit list killed alongside husband - 2020-12-17
A doctor who was allegedly placed in a hit list by an anti-communist vigilante group was shot dead along with her husband on Tuesday evening, rights group Karapatan reported.

Government bags P9.52 billion worth of seized smuggled goods
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) estimates that it was able to seize P9.52 billion worth of smuggled... The Bureau of Customs (BOC) estimates that it was able to seize P9.52 billion worth of smuggled ...

$900-million loan for government Covid response gets World Bank approval
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
According to the lender, the Pcerndd policy loan aims to support efforts to adopt digital technologies, promote greater competition, and reduce the costs of doing business to revive more economic ...

Home for the holidays
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
unable to adapt to job opportunities abroad or are simply sent back home by employers who no longer are able to operate their business profitably. The job losses are particularly high in ...

The HMO in the age of pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-17
The HMO industry is imbued with public interest and its conduct of business and operations must be strictly regulated and supervised to guarantee the protection of its members. At no time is the ...

MVP donates to Wharton School, establishes MBA Fellowship Fund - 2020-12-17
PLDT chairman, president and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan has donated $1 million to his alma mater, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Makati medical frontliners receive wellness kits - 2020-12-17
The Makati government has started the distribution of wellness kits to around 2,536 medical frontliners in the city, Mayor Abby Binay said yesterday.

ADB to lend $9.4 billion to Philippines through 2023 - 2020-12-17
Sovereign lending by the Asian Development Bank to the Philippines will reach around $9.4 billion between 2021 and 2023, with the bulk going into infrastructure, health and employment recovery projects.

Ayala Group makes leadership changes - 2020-12-17
Ayala Corp., the 186-year old conglomerate, is entering a new chapter in its history, marking a major leadership transition effective April 2021.

Free swab test for OFWs from Middle East - PAL - 2020-12-17
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines is offering free swab tests for overseas Filipino workers returning home from the Middle East from Dec. 21 to 31.

Taguig cop nabbed for shaking down drug suspect - 2020-12-17
A police officer was arrested for allegedly extorting P15,000 from a drug suspect in Taguig City on Wednesday night.

BSP winds down easing cycle - 2020-12-17
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas decided yesterday to keep its interest rates steady on the back of improved mobility and sentiment that could facilitate the recovery of the economy from the pandemic-induced recession.

BSP profit drops 25% to P31 billion in 10 months - 2020-12-17
MANILA, Philippines -- Earnings of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) declined by 25.5 percent to P31.35 billion from January to October compared to P42.12 billion in the same period last year on the back of lower revenues and net loss on foreign ...

Retired teacher, businessman killed in central Mindanao gun attacks - 2020-12-17
A retired public school teacher and a businessman were killed while a barangay chairman was seriously wounded in separate gun attacks Wednesday in central Mindanao.

Tarlac capitol to focus on health, cleanliness vs COVID-19
Gov - 2020-12-17
Governor Susan Yap said health and wellness programs are now on the pipeline to keep Tarlaqueños strong and healthy amid the pandemic. "We will still be wearing face masks and face shields next year. Our long-term plan is to strengthen our immune system ...

Gov't mulls allowing separate vaccine acquisition by LGUs, says Galvez
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- The national government is working on a centralized approach in COVID-19 vaccine purchase, but a top coronavirus task force official on Thursday ...

World Bank approves $900M in loans to aid PH economic recovery, address poverty
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 17) -- The World Bank is extending more loans to the Philippines to help it become more resilient to natural disasters and address poverty in affected ...

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