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Coronavirus can last 28 days on glass, currency, study finds
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
MELBOURNE/SYDNEY--The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on banknotes, glass and stainless steel for up to 28 days, much longer than the flu virus, Australian researchers said on Monday ...

DOT to pay for tests of Boracay tourism workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is allotting P8 million to cover the cost of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for around 4,000 tourism workers in Boracay as part of

US joins six countries in new call for backdoor encryption access
The Verge - 2020-10-12
On Monday, the US Department of Justice signed on to a new international statement warning of the dangers of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to enable law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data once a warrant has been obtained.

COVID-19 antibodies last at least three months; so do symptoms for many
Reuters - 2020-10-12
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

A VC firm created by Serena Williams has quietly removed any mention of Coinbase from its website, even though it invested in 2018
Business Insider - 2020-10-12
Coinbase is entangled in controversy after CEO Brian Armstrong wrote a memo telling employees to leave their politics and social causes at the door.

Panasonic has made it way easier to use Lumix cameras as webcams
The Verge - 2020-10-12
Panasonic has released an official Lumix webcam app, as first spotted by PetaPixel. The software, still in beta since its quiet release late last month, lets you plug your camera into your Mac or Windows machine and have it recognized as a video source in apps like Google Meet and Zoom.

Philippines starts registering millions for national ID cards
NIKKEI - 2020-10-12
The Philippines began Monday registering millions of citizens for its national identification system, hoping to promote electronic payments and make it easier for low-income earners without bank accounts to access financial services.

People will gain nothing from House power struggle - Bayan, Elago
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- The people will not benefit from the ongoing power struggle at the House of Representatives whoever emerges victorious against the other, several activists said on Monday.

DOE urged to streamline permit processing
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
Senate Committee on Energy chair Sherwin Gatchalian is calling on the Department of Energy to act on all pending solar project applications, emphasizing the need to further implement the Energy Virtual One-Stop Shop Act which will streamline the permitting process for investors.

Farmers urge Duterte to look into palay price drop
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
Feeling neglected by the Department of Agriculture, farmers have raised their concern to President Duterte as palay (unhusked rice) prices continue to slide, leaving them with nothing to earn this harvest season.

Rediscount loans down 77% in 9 months
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The peso rediscounting loan facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas plunged by 77.3 percent to P26.9 billion from January to September compared to P118.67 billion in the same period last year amid the ample liquidity in the financial system.

P3 billion machines under RCEF readied
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The Department of Agriculture is preparing to release P3 billion worth of farm machines under the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund which aims to make Filipino rice farmers competitive.

Smart mobile data among most affordable in the world
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
PLDT Inc. wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. said its mobile data is among the most affordable in the world at about P11 to 12.50 per gigabyte.

Gaming platform Roblox confidentially files to go public
Reuters - 2020-10-12
U.S. gaming platform Roblox Corporation said on Monday it has confidentially submitted paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.

Davao City reimposes curfew, liquor ban
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
After lifting the liquor ban and curfew last month, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio yesterday reimposed the restrictions due to the increasing cases of COVID-19.

Senate Oks franchise for Bulacan airport
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The Senate yesterday approved on third and final reading the franchise application for the construction of a domestic and international airport in Bulacan.

Over 15,000 cops penalized for offenses
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
A total of 15,768 police officers have been penalized for criminal and administrative offenses since 2016, the Philippine National Police reported yesterday.

Quezon mayor, wife catch COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The mayor of this town and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. In a post on social media yesterday, Mayor Marcelo Gayeta and his wife Marivic announced that they are both infected with the virus.

Index recovers on last-minute buying
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The Philippine stock market recovered on a last-minute buying after trading in the negative for most of the session.

Infrastructure spending drops by 11.5% in 8 months
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
Public spending on infrastructure declined by 11.5 percent during the January to August period as agencies saw continued delay in construction activities due to the rainy season and the imposition of movement restrictions,

FDI inflow down 11% from Jan to July
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The net inflow of foreign direct investments to the Philippines remained down in the first seven months, despite the strong rally in the past three months to hit a seven-month high of $797 million in July amid the gradual reopening of advanced economies with investment interest in the Philippines,

PCC OKs GT Capital, Toyota Santa Rosa partnership
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
GT Capital Holdings Inc. (GT Capital), the listed conglomerate founded by the late tycoon George Ty, has received the green light from the Philippine Competition Commission for its joint venture partnership with Toyota Santa Rosa Laguna Inc.

Government shelves Panda, Samurai bonds
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
The Bureau of the Treasury has shelved its plans to issue Panda and Samurai bonds this year as the government is already awash in cash from domestic borrowings.

Chef MG: Doing business with a purpose and a heart in the midst of the pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
In this time of the pandemic, eight months of 2020 and counting -- maybe until such time there is final cure against the coronavirus -- we all need to be healthy by boosting our immune system. That's why Chef MG has decided to come up with food products that's

UK cities chafe at new restrictions in 3-level lockdown plan
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
The British government is set to announce new restrictions Monday on business and socializing in major northern England cities with high infection rates. But pubs, restaurants and other businesses are pushing back,

From quiet Marinduque to raucous speakership trek: Who is Lord Allan Velasco?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco has been making headlines over the past few weeks mainly due to his speakership row with Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano that has

Monsoon, 2 LPAs to bring rains
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
More rains are expected over most parts of the country this week due to the southwest monsoon and two low-pressure areas, one of which was forecast to develop into a tropical cyclone.

Senate OKs on 2nd reading bill granting President special powers to eliminate red tape
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-12
Senators pass on second reading a bill granting the President Rodrigo Duterte the authority to fast-track the processing of permits and licenses during national emergencies.

Auto sales zoom to pandemic peak in September
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
Manufacturers sold the most number of automobiles in September during the pandemic, expecting sales to further pick up as more people go out and learn to live with the coronavirus. Car and truck sales rose 37% from previous month to 24,

AgriNurture seeking to fund expansion via green bonds
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
The board of AgriNurture Inc., the agri products trading company of billionaire Antonio Tiu, has approved the sale of up to 75 million euros (about P4.2 billion) in long-term green bonds, proceeds of which will be used to expand its operations.

News presenters make the big switch
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
LOCAL newscasters are considered stars in their own right, and even have their own loyal followers. Some of these news presenters have evolved into very credible TV hosts for lifestyle and public service programs,

Philippines reports 3,564 coronavirus cases, highest rise in 3 weeks
Reuters - 2020-10-12
The Philippines reported 3,564 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the country's biggest daily tally since Sept. 19 and bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 342,816.

Are we too young, or old enough?
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
Daphne S. Sagun, a BA Communications student at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, wrote a great story about what parents tell their kids in YOUNGBLOOD in the INQUIRER. We all remember being told those phrases by our parents again and again.

Airbnb blocking some rentals over Halloween to halt parties
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
Airbnb will prohibit one-night rentals over Halloween weekend as part of its ongoing effort to crack down on party houses. The action, announced on Friday, comes nearly a year after a deadly shooting at an Airbnb in Orinda,

A reckless and deadly president
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
Something must be really wrong when a highly respected medical journal in the US, the New England Journal of Medicine, weighs in on American politics and calls on its high-browed readers to vote Trump out of office.

Climate change spurs doubling of disasters since 2000 - UN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
Climate change is largely to blame for a near doubling of natural disasters in the past 20 years, the United Nations said on Monday. The UN Office for Disaster Risk

Nika exits PAR, but other LPA may develop into tropical depression in next 2 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
A tropical cyclone may have made its way outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) but Filipinos might have to brace for another one as state meteorologists expect

Letter of authority
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
The first love letter that a taxpayer receives from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is a letter of authority (LA). It is the basis by which the power of the revenue examiners is anchored on. Taxpayers must be aware that there are details in an LA that they

Rising air pollution in Delhi adds to coronavirus concerns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
As New Delhi's air quality starts to deteriorate in what has become an annual occurrence in the run-up to winter, concerns are growing over how the coming pollution could

Law-abiding citizens need not worry about National ID system -- PNP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Law-abiding citizens do not have to worry about the National ID System, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan assured as the

LOOK: Velasco supporters hold session amid speakership row
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
The supporters of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco hold their own session at the Celebrity Sports Complex in Quezon City amid the speakership row with

Filipino nurse awarded the British Empire Medal for COVID-19 efforts
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) -- A Filipino nurse based in England has been feted by Queen Elizabeth II for the support she has offered to her colleagues and community during the ...

Brace for rainy Christmas season as La Niña phenomenon to peak by yearend -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
The public can expect more rainy days during the Christmas season as the La Niña phenomenon will likely reach its peak between November and December, the state

PEZA inflows drop with jobs as agency steps up CREATE fight
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
PEZA exports also declined 3.2% annually to $30.2 billion. PEZA did not cite reasons for the decline. "I think the dimming economic outlook had more to do with the substantial drop off in in PEZA investments.

PAGASA: Tropical Storm 'Nika' out of PAR but rains to continue
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
State weather bureau PAGASA on Monday afternoon said Tropical Storm Nika exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility, but rains will persist in many parts of the country until Tuesday.

Asia Today: China to test 9 million after new outbreak
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-12
The announcement broke a two-month streak with no virus transmissions reported within China, though China has a practice of not reporting asymptomatic cases. The ruling Communist Party has lifted most curbs on travel and business but still monitors travelers and visitors to public buildings for signs of infection.

Brief lockdowns sink infrastructure outlays to 3-month low
philstar.com - 2020-10-12
Capital outlays plummeted 18.4% year-on-year in August to P61 billion, data from the Department of Budget and Management released on Monday showed.

Close toilet lids, move away from fans: DOH issues new rules on ventilation for COVID-19 mitigation
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 12) -- The Department of Health on Monday released new guidelines including encouraging the holding of activities in open air spaces instead enclosed ones ...

Philippines reports 3,564 coronavirus cases, highest rise in 3 weeks
Reuters - 2020-10-12
The Philippines reported 3,564 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the country's biggest daily tally since Sept. 19 and bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 342,816.

Economic team: Another lockdown to kill more jobs, bury more people in poverty
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-12
The Philippines cannot revert to stringent COVID-19 lockdowns if it wanted to save jobs and lift more out of poverty when the pandemic ends, according to economic managers as two

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