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Dolomite on Manila Bay shore not small enough to cause health risks, DOH clarifies
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
The dolomite or white sand dumped on Manila Bay's shore cannot cause adverse health effects since it is not small enough to be inhaled, the Department of Health said on Wednesday, clarifying an earlier statement that detailed possible risks from exposure to the product.

DOLE: 2021 budget only good for one-time cash aid for displaced workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
Employees who lost their jobs due to the pandemic can only expect a one-time cash aid from the government for 2021.

Iligan City not included in the second tranche of SAP -- DSWD
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
The Department of Social Welfare and Development said Iligan City was not included among the areas to receive the second tranche of the social amelioration program despite being placed under modified enhanced community quarantine on September 1.

1,500 Filipinos join China's COVID-19 vaccine trial in UAE
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
Some 1,500 Filipinos took part in a phase III trial for a COVID-19 vaccine led by China in the United Arab Emirates, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian said in a statement on Tuesday.

Philippines Reports 3,176 New Coronavirus Infections, 70 More Deaths
New York Times - 2020-09-09
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported 3,176 more novel coronavirus infections and 70 additional deaths.

Poor seem to be immune to virus, says Duterte, but still must observe health measures
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-09
Slum dwellers seem to be largely immune to the new coronavirus but should not be "too complacent" and must still observe health measures, President Duterte observed last Monday after highlighting the flattening of the curve in the country.

Meralco power bills to go down for fifth straight month - 2020-09-09
A typical household consuming 200 kilowatt per hour is set to save "around P12" in their power bills this month with the decline in both generation and transmission charges.

Two senators seek bigger allocation for public health in 2021 budget - 2020-09-09
"In the face of the largest health crisis of our time, our health budget is anemic," Sen. Risa Hontiveros warned in a mix of English and Filipino during a Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) hearing.

Globe secures permits to build more cell sites across the country
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom continues to improve connectivity among its users in meeting increased internet demand in the new normal.

Metro Pacific Water wins two Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-09
Metro Pacific Water - the wholly-owned water investment subsidiary of infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), wins two Bronze Stevie® Awards in Innovation in

2021 budget 'anemic' in funding health sector - Hontiveros
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 9) -- Funding for the health sector may not be enough to sustain the Philippines' COVID-19 fight as the impact of the pandemic could stretch into 2021 ...

UK coronavirus vaccine trial paused after unexplained illness - 2020-09-09
This is a routine action which has to happen whenever there is a potentially unexplained illness in one of the trials, while it is investigated, ensuring we maintain the integrity of the trials," an AstraZeneca spokesperson said.

COVID-19 task force urged to lift deployment ban on health workers - 2020-09-09
"Hindi lang oras ang inilaan ng ating mga kababayan para lang makapag-abroad. Marami ang nangutang, nagbenta ng ari-arian para lang masuportahan ang pangarap. They must be allowed to leave," Hontiveros urged.

Experts note decline in daily COVID-19 case average in QC - 2020-09-09
MANILA, Philippines -- The average coronavirus cases recorded per day in Quezon City have been steadily declining for the past three weeks, an independent research group said. In a statement issued Wednesday morning, the Quezon City local government said ...

Fitness industry set for long road back into financial shape - 2020-09-09
Similar with toning muscles however, the recovery process will be long and difficult with movement restrictions still in place.

California fires bring more chopper rescues, power shutoffs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
Helicopters rescued more people from wildfires Tuesday as flames chewed through bone-dry California after a scorching Labor Day weekend that saw a dramatic airlift of

China celebrates virus success as Europe suffers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
China's leaders staged a triumphant ceremony to celebrate beating the coronavirus on Tuesday as billions of people around the world still suffer the fallout from the pandemic and

Makati extends P 2.5-billion grant to city businesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
While the national government claims its coffers are almost empty when asked for cash to support people affected by the pandemic, Makati City will be granting a coronavirus

Sierra Club Says Uber Joining Lyft In Promising 100% Electric Green Rides By 2030
Forbes - 2020-09-08
The Sierra Club says Uber promises that it will offer 100% "green" electric car rides in the US, Canada and Europe by 2030.

Microsoft just announced a smaller, cheaper Xbox
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-08
Next-generation gaming just got smaller. Microsoft unveiled a new, cheaper Xbox that the company says will be its smallest one ever.

California Scientists Build A Camera To Take Pictures Of Huge Swath Of Sky
NPR - 2020-09-08
Scientists and engineers in California are building a unique 3.2 billion pixel camera for a telescope under construction in Chile. The camera has taken its first test pictures -- of broccoli.

Talking robots could be used to combat loneliness and boost mental health in care homes
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-08
Talking robots that interact with older people could be introduced into care homes to help fight loneliness and mental ill health.

This Is How Plants And Trees Could Help Lead Investigators To The Bodies Of Missing Persons
Forbes - 2020-09-08
Thick vegetation has long impeded recovery missions for missing persons. Now, researchers from the University of Tennessee believe it can be used to an investigator's advantage.

Taboola and Outbrain call off their $850M merger
TechCrunch - 2020-09-08
Online advertising is a game of scale, but one attempt to consolidate two competitors to better take on Google and Facebook has fallen apart. Taboola and Outbrain, startups that each provide publishers with ad-based content recommendation platforms,

Republicans pressure platforms with new 230 bill
The Verge - 2020-09-08
A group of Senate Republicans introduced a new bill Tuesday aimed at chipping away some of the protections provided to social media companies through Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act,

ByteDance will give its 60,000 employees cash bonuses to 'thank everyone for their efforts' amid a potential TikTok deal
Business Insider - 2020-09-08
The bonuses are to "thank everyone for their efforts and dedication" as ByteDance and TikTok face challenges brought on by politics and COVID-19.

Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in 'Mulan' credits
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-08
Disney has publicly thanked a Chinese government agency accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang for its help in making 'Mulan' -- a revelation that has provoked a storm of criticism online

PhilHealth task force to submit findings to Duterte on Sept. 14
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
The task force investigating alleged irregularities in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will submit its findings and recommendations to President Rodrigo Duterte

BOC torches 260 kilos of whitening products - 2020-09-08
The Bureau of Customs has destroyed 52 boxes containing 260 kilos of glutathione products that were sent to the Philippines without the required health and import permits, an official said yesterday.

Medical Errors Jump After 'Spring Forward' to Daylight Saving Time
Medscape - 2020-09-08
There is a statistically significant increase in patient safety-related incidents in the week after the annual spring change to daylight saving time, new research shows.

Landbank sets up P 3-B bus refleeting loan program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
The state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) is offering a P3-billion loan facility for fleet modernization so that bus operators can upgrade their units amid a new normal of physical

Can pop culture predict a stock market crash?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-08
It has been said that stock prices rise and fall according to market expectations. If corporate earnings results are disappointing, the negative news will cause stock pri­ces to fall, and if

4 arrested for prank on cops - 2020-09-08
Four men were arrested on Sunday for a prank gone wrong by pretending to be a "salvage" victim in Valenzuela. Mark Francis Habagat, 20, hid himself in a sack left on the road in Barangay Paso de Blas hoping to prank a resident to come near him,

Less than half of adult Filipinos use the internet -- survey - 2020-09-08
A poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations found that 45% of Filipino adults were internet users as of December 2019.

Drug That Bulked Up Mice In Space Might Someday Help Astronauts Make Long Voyages
NPR - 2020-09-08
An experiment involving some "mighty mice" on the International Space Station could someday help astronauts maintain muscle and bone strength on interplanetary journeys.

Zoom Stock is Bigger Than 3M & Boeing. Will It Drop Now?
Forbes - 2020-09-08
The stock price of video conferencing major Zoom Video Communications has rallied by over 500% year-to-date as the company emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the remote-work and distance-learning trend through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pinterest abandoned plans for a big new office project in San Francisco, but experts say staying in the city has several major advantages
Business Insider - 2020-09-08
San Francisco's office space market has been slammed by the coronavirus crisis. But experts think there are good reasons why it could bounce back.

Apple is holding a big event this month where it may unveil the iPhone 12, new Apple Watches, and more. Here's everything we're expecting to see.
Business Insider - 2020-09-08
Apple is holding an event this month where it will likely unveil the iPhone 12, the Apple Watch Series 6, and more.

SC, PNP launch e-warrant system - 2020-09-08
The Supreme Court and the Philippine National Police yesterday launched the enhanced e-warrant system that would fully automate the issuance of arrest warrants by the courts.

BI bars 2 Pinays from leaving for UAE - 2020-09-08
The Bureau of Immigration recently stopped two Filipinas from leaving for the United Arab Emirates after they presented fake documents, an official said yesterday.

BIR, BOC collections exceed target in August - 2020-09-08
The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs managed to exceed their respective collection targets in August, the Department of Finance reported yesterday.

BSP targets to attract 5 million PERA investors in 5 years - 2020-09-08
The government is targeting to attract five million Filipinos to invest in the Personal Equity and Retirement Account within five years following the digitalization of this voluntary retirement account,

Index returns to 6,000 mark on optimism virus cases easing - 2020-09-08
The Philippine Stock Exchange index maintained its upward momentum, breaking past the 6,000 mark on rising optimism the country is "flattening the curve" in the number of COVID-19 cases.

ABS-CBN expands digital offering - 2020-09-08
CBN Corp. continues its expansion in the digital space with a new offering seen to provide children with additional avenues for learning and entertainment.

Bacolod, Lanao del Sur under MECQ - 2020-09-08
Bacolod City and Lanao del Sur have been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine or MECQ from Sept. 8 to 30.

Manila Archdiocese eyes physical confessions - 2020-09-08
The Archdiocese of Manila will allow physical confession in all churches under its jurisdiction during the coming weeks, more than six months since physical gatherings for religious activities were prohibited.

Another lawmaker with COVID-19 dies - 2020-09-08
Another lawmaker who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has died. Sorsogon second district Rep. Ditas Ramos was on a flight to Manila from Legazpi City yesterday when she suffered cardiac arrest,

Online business registrations surge from January to August - 2020-09-08
The total number of businesses registered with the Department of Trade and Industry went up by 12 percent in eight months this year as a growing number of firms resorted to online submissions.

P.4 million marijuana bricks seized in Kalinga - 2020-09-08
Authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle through a courier service marijuana bricks worth P480,000 in Tabuk City, Kalinga on Monday.

Mild aftershock jolts Masbate - 2020-09-08
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook Masbate yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the temblor occurred at around 12:04 p.m., with its epicenter traced some 26 kilometers northwest of Cataingan.

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