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Philippines extends partial coronavirus curbs in Manila until Sept. 30
Reuters - 2020-08-31
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday partial restrictions in and around the capital Manila will be kept for another month starting Sept. 1 to tackle a rising number of coronavirus cases and further expand hospital capacity.

Amazon Expands while Congress Makes Postal Service Fund Retiree Health Benefits 75 Years in Advance
Forbes - 2020-08-31
President Donald Trump has demanded the postal service charge Amazon and other e-tial giants more for delivering packages.

US Army officer's viral TikTok video joking about the Holocaust is widely condemned
Business Insider - 2020-08-31
"This is completely unacceptable," Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael Grinston said on Twitter. "On social media or not, racist jokes are racist. Period."

How do I reenroll in Medicare Part B?
Medical News Today - 2020-08-31
Medicare allows people to reenroll in Part B plan, although there may late enrollment penalty fees and a person might have to provide proof of other coverage.

Does Medicare cover pain management?
Medical News Today - 2020-08-31
Medicare covers pain management. Which part of Medicare covers depends on the type of pain management received. Read more here.

Canada wants to be at 'front of line' for coronavirus vaccines, signs deals with Novavax and Johnson & Johnson
Reuters - 2020-08-31
Canada reached an agreement in principle on Monday with both Novavax Inc and Johnson & Johnson for millions of doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

Metro Manila still has most COVID-19 cases as infections hit more than 220,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
On the eve of the announcement of new quarantine levels, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,446 additional coronavirus infections, pushing the national case count to

AFP wants tighter maritime watch on Sulu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay wants a tighter maritime watch on Sulu, with terrorists using waterways as maneuver space. Gapay on Monday urged the public and other

CSC exec sees pattern in delay of PhilHealth cases resolution
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
An official of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) said on Monday that she had discovered within the agency a pattern of delaying the resolution of some cases involving

Leaked emails: Amazon's drone delivery execs celebrate FAA approval, but acknowledge need for more time and work before Prime Air is 'ready to scale'
Business Insider - 2020-08-31
Monday's approval follows years of efforts by Amazon to prove the safety and viability of its drone delivery service to federal regulators.

DepEd says 23.9 million learners have enrolled, but numbers are still down in private schools
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
The Department of Education has revealed the number of private school students enrolled for this year is still low, even as the total number of enrollees has exceeded expectations.

The five advantages of franchising a business
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-31
Being able to start your own business is always a great achievement. But it is also a difficult challenge, especially if you have no prior experience in entrepreneurship. Some of us may have the ...

Subtle pushback by biz groups
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
What was so important about the recent decision of the Supreme Court on warrantless police search and seizures that 11 major business organizations, including several foreign chambers of commerce in

Loans to SMEs surge as BSP ramps up relief measures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
The amount of loans for small businesses have surged in recent months after the central bank put in place relief measures that would encourage financial institutions to keep lending to this sector

Antihypertensive Treatment Beneficial at Normal BP Levels
Medscape - 2020-08-31
A new BPLTTC meta-analysis challenges the view that blood pressure reduction is just for people with high BP, with authors concluding treatment thresholds based on BP levels are inappropriate.

Justice Department Seeks To Recover Hacked Cryptocurrency Funds Tied To North Korea
Forbes - 2020-08-31
The North Korean cyber actors responsible for the hack stole nearly $250 million worth of virtual currencies, which eventually landed in about 146 virtual currency accounts.

Ubisoft Confirms The PlayStation 5 Will Not Have Full Backwards Compatibility
Forbes - 2020-08-31
Ubisoft has claimed that the PlayStation 5 will not support backwards compatibility for the PlayStation, PlayStation 2 or PlayStation 3. In an Australian FAQ post regarding cross-generational game upgrades,

LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman and Zynga super angel Mark Pincus filed a $600 million IPO for their new 'blank-check' company
Business Insider - 2020-08-31
Hoffman, Pincus and a third cofounder known from the hedge fund world are looking for a tech unicorn to buy.

Isko launches incentive strategy vs COVID-19 - 2020-08-31
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is taking an incentive-based approach to curb the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the community.

GoodRx just filed to go public. Here are the investors and executives that stand to make the most upon its debut.
Business Insider - 2020-08-31
The startup has a dual-class share structure that helps guarantee that large investors and its founders will retain control of the company.

SUV hits steel bollards on EDSA - 2020-08-31
At least eight steel bollards along EDSA were uprooted after being hit by a sport utility vehicle (SUV) on Sunday. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic chief Bong Nebrija posted on Facebook the footage of the SUV ramming the bollards along EDSA-Shaw Boulevard underpass.

Church leaders launch interfaith initiative to help Filipinos cope with Covid crisis
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-31
In a statement, the IED said the... Being able to start your own business is always a great achievement. But it is also a difficult challenge, especially if you have no prior experience in ...

Probers still clueless on Kabacan massacre as officials call for sobriety
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
Authorities in Cotabato province seemed stumped more than 48 hours after a midday road attack in Kabacan town has killed nine people and wounded scores of others.

HSBC warns of double-dip consumer recession - 2020-08-31
British banking giant HSBC warns of a possible double-dip consumer recession in the Philippines after Metro Manila and nearby provinces reverted to a stricter modified enhanced community quarantine as coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases soared in August.

DPWH fast-tracking Villamor quarantine site - 2020-08-31
The Department of Public Works and Highways is rushing the construction of a 72-bed quarantine facility at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said on Sunday.

PhilHealth reshuffle: Duterte orders Gierran to remove all regional vice presidents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night ordered incoming Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) chief Dante Gierran to immediately

Consumer group pushes termination of cross subsidy of lifeline rates - 2020-08-31
A consumer group is urging for the termination of the cross subsidy provision in the bill pushing for the extension of lifeline rates, which provides subsidized electricity rates to end users consuming 100 kilowatt hours(kwh) and below.

Gabay Guro ties up with PayMaya to provide e-wallet for teachers - 2020-08-31
Teachers all around the country will soon have easier access to a financial account and learning resources in one app as Gabay Guro, the flagship advocacy program for teachers of the PLDT-Smart Foundation,

Landbank releases P583 million loans to ARBs - 2020-08-31
Government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines has released P583 million in loans to farmers as it seeks to help boost productivity of the local agriculture sector.

BSP to launch digital version of PERA - 2020-08-31
A program on voluntary retirement account comprised of personal savings and investments launched more than three years ago is going digital, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

GCash helping more businesses thrive - 2020-08-31
Mobile wallet GCash is helping more businesses transition into the "new normal" by enabling enterprises of different sizes to serve their customers and employees through digital means.

NGCP donates ambulances to more hospitals - 2020-08-31
The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines recently turned over four brand new ambulances to government hospitals around the country, as part of its COVID-19 relief and response effort.

Negros transport empire matriarch contracts COVID-19 - 2020-08-31
The feuding Yanson siblings yesterday stood united in asking the public to pray for the recovery of their mother, who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

9 contract COVID-19 in gym sessions with health worker - 2020-08-31
Nine fitness enthusiasts who were exposed to a health worker during sessions in a gym in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya were found positive for COVID-19 yesterday.

LGUs urged: Build bike lanes, walking paths - 2020-08-31
The Department of the Interior and Local Government yesterday urged local government units to construct protected biking lanes and walking paths to encourage the public to consider these active means of transport amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

DOF withholds P319 million tax credits from textile firms - 2020-08-31
The Department of Finance has withheld the release of P319 million worth of tax credits to a Bulacan-based textile firm flagged by the Commission on Audit due to its alleged involvement in a tax credit certificate scam.

PSALM receives P222 million prepayment from SAMELCO - 2020-08-31
The Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. has received P222.5 million from Samar I Electric Cooperative Inc. as prepayment for its restructured payables to the agency.

Gender pay inequality rampant in agriculture sector - 2020-08-31
Gender inequality is still rampant in the country, even in the farm sector as male farmer workers were paid more last year than their female counterparts.

DTI asks DA to lift ban on poultry imports - 2020-08-31
The Department of Trade and Industry is requesting the Department of Agriculture to lift the ban on imports of poultry meat from Brazil to avoid a possible shortage and increase in prices of processed meat products,

China factory activity slows in August - 2020-08-31
Factory activity in China slipped slightly in August, according to official data published yesterday, as the country grappled with the fallout from widespread floods.

Saso carving her own name - 2020-08-31
One website called her Yuka Sasasa, other portals wrote her name down as Yuka Sasagi, Yuka Sassa and Yuka Sasao, and another had it Yusa Sasou. For all the confusion her name being mispelled had fetched,

Hunt on for taxi driver in fatal hit-and-run - 2020-08-31
Police are hunting down a taxi driver who was involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed an elderly woman in San Andres Bukid, Manila yesterday morning.

DOF withholds P319-million tax credits
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-31
Church bells simultaneously rung on Monday evening to signal the launch a new inter-religious campaign, which aims to raise awareness on the importance of faith during novel coronavirus disease ...

Metro Manila retains GCQ status, Iligan City to be placed under stricter MECQ starting Sept. 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
President Rodrigo Duterte announces that Metro Manila will retain its general community quarantine status, while Iligan City will tighten its lockdown restrictions from Sept. 1 to 30.

ERC to sanction more DUs that breached lockdown billing rules
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-31
In a statement, the IED said the... Being able to start your own business is always a great achievement. But it is also a difficult challenge, especially if you have no prior experience in ...

Quarantine protocols as way of life eyed
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-31
In a statement, the IED said the... Being able to start your own business is always a great achievement. But it is also a difficult challenge, especially if you have no prior experience in ...

LGUs urged to set up biking lanes, walking paths amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
The Interior Department is encouraging local governments to construct protected biking lanes and walking paths to further encourage safe, alternative transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duterte names NBI's Gierran as new PhilHealth chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday appointed former National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante Gierran as the new chief of embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp.

Malaysia bracing itself for COVID-19 imported infection surge as winter hits northern nations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-31
The death toll in Malaysia rose to 126 with one new virus-related death. Click here for more weather related news. For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.

Cayetano encourages public participation in 2021 budget hearings
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-31
With online platforms growing more popular amid the pandemic, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano is calling on the public to directly participate in the 2021 budget deliberation process.

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