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New books introduce kids to native PH trees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
Standing at the corner of the backyard, "Dr. Dapdap" bloomed with its fiery red-orange flowers, but no children had come to play with it that summer. Its trunk

UN chief urges state leaders to declare climate emergency
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
UN chief Antonio Guterres has called on governments to declare a "state of climate emergency" and make good on their promises to slash carbon pollution as they recover from the

Boracay fake tests: Cops to pursue raps against 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-14
AKLAN, Philippines -- The six tourists in Boracay, who were quarantined after five of them submitted falsified negative COVID-19 swab test results, all came out negative for the virus but will ...

Google touts COVID-19 exposure notification tech developed with Apple is helping
ZDNet - 2020-12-13
Google has boasted that the Exposure Notifications System (ENS) it developed with Apple has shown "anecdotal signs" of the system is helping. The Google-Apple ENS was developed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and was made available to public health agencies in May.

Exclusive: U.S. Treasury breached by hackers backed by foreign government - sources
Reuters - 2020-12-13
A sophisticated hacking group backed by a foreign government stole information from the U.S. Treasury Department and a U.S. agency responsible for deciding policy around the internet and telecommunications,

Deployment of workers to Jordan suspended
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
On the recommendation of the Philippine Embassy, the labor office has suspended the deployment of newly hired Filipino workers to Jordan due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Arab Kingdom in

U.S. Treasury Breached by Foreign-Backed Hackers: Reuters
Bloomberg - 2020-12-13
Hackers suspected to be working for the Russian government have been monitoring emails at the U.S. Treasury Department and a U.S. agency responsible for deciding policy around the internet and telecommunications,

Historic U.S. vaccine campaign begins with first shipments 'delivering hope' to millions
Reuters - 2020-12-13
The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine left on trucks and planes early on Sunday, kicking off a historic effort to stop a surging pandemic that is claiming more than 2,400 lives a day in the United States.

Leaders to push Brexit trade talks beyond Sunday deadline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
London and Brussels agreed on Sunday to "go the extra mile" in coming days to try to reach an elusive trade agreement despite missing their latest deadline to

Covid Study Shows an Arthritis Drug May Help Patients Recover
New York Times - 2020-12-13
Baricitinib had previously attracted some scrutiny from experts, who were unsure when it would most help their patients.

Trump will leave office with a historically bad economic record
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump still can't accept the numbers measuring his loss to Joe Biden: more than 7 million popular votes and 74 electoral votes. But another set of numbers adds insult to ...

Shoppers flood Italian cities as government debates Christmas curbs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
Crowds flooded the streets of several Italian cities on Sunday, forcing police to close off popular sites such as Rome's Trevi fountain, while the government debated which

Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails - sources
Reuters - 2020-12-13
Hackers believed to be working for Russia have been monitoring internal email traffic at the U.S. Treasury Department and an agency that decides internet and telecommunications policy, according to people familiar with the matter.

US govt agencies hacked by group linked to foreign power -- report
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
At least two U.S. government agencies including the Treasury have been hit in a computer hack by a group backed by an unnamed foreign government, according to press reports

Solve NLEx traffic mess, DILG chief urges execs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday urged local officials of Valenzuela City and executives of the tollway operator on the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to talk and

Foreign government-backed hackers breached the U.S. Treasury
Mashable - 2020-12-13
They've reportedly been monitoring the agency's emails for months after fooling Microsoft Office 365's authentication controls.

DOH pressed to publish costs of COVID swab tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
A lawmaker on Sunday urged the Department of Health (DOH) to publish on its website the official prices of the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for

K-12 blamed for low math, science ranks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The failed K-12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) is to blame for the dismal ratings of Filipino students in a recent international assessment for mathematics and

CHR probes arrest of 7 activists
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Sunday urged the National Police to deal with questions about the arrest of seven leftist activists last week to bolster

Lorenzana: NPA rebels amass P1B yearly from extortion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday maintained that the communist rebels could never be sincere in engaging in peace talks as they have been amassing some P1 billion

House set to pass coco levy trust fund bill
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
Before it goes on a holiday break this week, the House of Representatives will pass on third and final reading the bill creating the coconut levy trust fund as a "fitting

New video of Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus shows thin bezels around a flat display
The Verge - 2020-12-13
Plenty of details about the Samsung Galaxy S21 have already leaked ahead of its expected January release date. But a new video gives a glimpse of the Galaxy S21 Plus model, showing a flat display with thin bezels around it,

Med tech dies in road mishap
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
A medical technologist died after his car collided with a vehicle driven by a priest in Kananga, Leyte on Saturday.

DOST: Around 80% of honey products sold commercially use sugar syrup instead of pure honey
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
A recent study from the Department of Science and Technology found most honey products being sold in markets contain sugar syrup instead of pure honey, costing the local honey industry an estimated ?200 million in yearly losses.

BCCP pushes for easing of travel restrictions
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) is pushing for the further easing of travel restrictions, as well as the immediate passage of the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act, to attract more foreign ...

68 Abu Sayyaf bandits slain in clashes this year
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
Sixty-eight Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in intensified military operations this year, authorities said yesterday.

8 IS followers surrender in Lanao Sur
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
Eight members of the local terrorist group Dawlah Islamiyah have surrendered to the military in Balindong, Lanao del Sur, security officials reported yesterday.

Philippine College of Jurisconsults on Covid restrictions on religious services
The Manila Times - 2020-12-13
IN his well-known book on the civil law tradition, Merryman writes of jurisconsults thus: "The preeminence of the scholar in the civil law tradition is very old. The Roman jurisconsult -- who advised the praetor and the judge,

Famed tech billionaire David Cheriton shares the three big questions he always asks before investing in any startup
Business Insider - 2020-12-13
So you want to be a venture capitalist? The famed Stanford professor billionaire angel investor in Google, who founded many companies, shares advice.

Campaign vs substandard steel products intensifies
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
The Philippine Iron and Steel Institute is strengthening its campaign against substandard steel products as the Department of Trade and Industry has started confiscating products from hardware stores that are not compliant to product standards.

Firms seen expanding, hiring more workers
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
Businesses have revived plans to pursue expansion programs and hire more workers next year in anticipation of a strong economic rebound from the pandemic-induced recession, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Filipinos defer big-ticket purchases
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
Filipino households have deferred the purchase of big-ticket items such as house and lot, cars and even appliances as they focus their resources on essentials, including basic goods and services, acco

Wanted American nabbed in Cebu
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- An American wanted for sexual offenses in the US has been arrested in Cebu, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported yesterday. Donald Robert Tyler has been staying illegally in the country as the US government had cancelled his ...

Malate police chief sacked
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
The chief of the Manila Police District Station 9 in Malate has been relieved from his post for alleged neglect of duty.

P54 million shabu seized in Muntinlupa sting
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Anti-narcotics agents confiscated at least P54 million worth of shabu from two suspected drug traffickers during a sting in Muntinlupa on Saturday. Reny Louise Vizcarra and Red Lewy Vizcarra were arrested during a drug bust in front ...

P162.79B collected since DOF launched fuel-marking project
BusinessMirror - 2020-12-13
The government has so far secured $10.61 billion (or roughly P510 billion) in loans and grants from... The government has so far collected P162.79 billion in duties and taxes since the start of ...

23 held for quarantine breach at baptismal party
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
At least 23 people were arrested for violating COVID-19 health protocols during a baptismal party at the Manila North Cemetery on Saturday night.

Villar SIPAG to award outstanding organizations
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
The Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) has launched a search for local organizations that have been working at the grassroots to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of Filipinos.

Vodafone towers spinoff Vantage eyes growth, open to bigger deals - CEO
Reuters - 2020-12-13
The telecoms infrastructure business spun out by Britain's Vodafone is ready to join the dealmaking fray in Europe but even with its existing asset base sees a decade of promising growth ahead, its CEO told Reuters.

Experts back health warning for vape products
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
Experts have given their full backing for the placement of health warnings for smoke-free products, such as e-cigarettes and vapes, but insisted that this should be based on risks and scientific evidence.

China moon probe begins journey back to Earth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
A Chinese spacecraft carrying rocks and soil from the moon has begun its journey back to Earth, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, putting China on course to become the first

Sizing the AI software market: Not as big as investors expect but still $37 billion by 2025
ZDNet - 2020-12-13
The velocity of demand for AI technology, tools, platforms, and applications draws parallels to the demand for cloud. And, indeed, the market for AI maker platforms, AI facilitator platforms, and new AI-centric and AI-infused applications will grow to $37 billion by 2025.

Here's how HPE and Dell are slowly but surely building a new kind of data center business that could help them stay relevant in the cloud era
Business Insider - 2020-12-13
HPE and Dell now let corporations pay only for the capacity they use in private data center gear, which they say is starting to pay off.

Aquaculture gets P500 million budget boost
philstar.com - 2020-12-13
The Department of Agriculture is allocating half a billion pesos to further develop the local aquaculture industry and contribute to food security amid the pandemic.

Rains may be felt over eastern Luzon due to tail end of frontal system -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
The eastern portion of Luzon may experience rains from Sunday to Monday due to the tail end of a frontal system, or the area where the cold northeast monsoon and the warm

?620 million allocated for cancer control program in 2021 budget
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
Congress has allocated ?620 million in the 2021 General Appropriations Bill for the government's cancer control program.

'SNL' brings out its own Dr. Fauci to talk about the coronavirus vaccine roll out
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- "Saturday Night Live" kicked off its latest episode with its own Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx, who were trying to talk about the coronavirus vaccine while Fauci got hit in the ...

Despite promises of solidarity on COVID-19, rich countries are snapping up the supply of promising vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2020-12-13
(CNN) -- When 90-year-old Margaret Keenan received the world's first clinically authorized and tested COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week, the end of the COVID-19 pandemic seemed finally in reach.

Health warnings for vape and heated tobacco should be risk proportionate, different from cigarettes
Manila Bulletin - 2020-12-13
Smoke-free products such as e-cigarettes or vapes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) should have health warnings that are proportionate to their risk as compared to combustible cigarettes, says an expert.

Pagasa: Fair Sunday weather in Metro Manila
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-12-13
MANILA, Philippines --  A tail-end of a frontal system will dampen four areas in Northern Luzon while fair weather is expected in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon on Sunday, Philippine

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