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Hontiveros to government: Fast-track digital program for MSMEs
philstar.com - 2020-08-28
Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Thursday called on the government to speed up its digital transformation program for micro, small and medium enterprises, warning that their cease in operations would likely result in the laying off of their workers.

Asian markets higher as Fed chair says interest rates to stay low
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-28
Asian markets were mostly higher Friday after the Federal Reserve said it might keep interest rates low even if inflation rises, in a major overhaul to its strategy. Shares rose in Japan,

Japan PM to address health concerns in press conference
Rappler - 2020-08-28
Questions about Abe's health have been swirling since he made a previously unannounced visit to hospital for medical checks

Locsin suggests ending contracts with Chinese firms involved in West Philippine Sea reclamation
philstar.com - 2020-08-28
"If I find that any of those companies are doing business with us then I would strongly recommend terminating the relationship with that company," Locsin said.

Locsin to recommend ending contracts with Chinese firms involved in South China Sea militarization after US move
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-28
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin said he will recommend ending local contracts with Chinese firms found to be behind incursions in the South China Sea, similar to sanctions imposed by the United States.

LPA off Aurora may intensify into storm - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-28
MANILA, Philippines -- A low pressure area (LPA) east of Aurora ay develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours while the southwest monsoon or "habagat" will affect a large portion of the country,

Amid WFH policy until yearend, TaskUs provides peaceful weekends for employees too
philstar.com - 2020-08-28
As the first global outsourcing provider to extend WFH policy to the end of 2020, TaskUs is also taking the lead in creating a healthy environment for its people.

VMware strengthens partner and product ecosystem in the Philippines to bolster enterprise resilience and remote working through the pandemic
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-28
Sumit Dhawan, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Experience Officer, VMware, began the VMware Empowers Business Mobility and Resilience for Next Stage in Philippines Digital Economy Virtual Media Briefing last August 27 by sharing how COVID-19 forced a remote work revolution to start all over the globe.

Happiness Museum looks at brighter feelings in uncertain times
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-28
Happiness seems to have faded from our vocabulary amid the global pandemic, economic turmoil and, well, collective sense of doom and depression that is 2020. Which is why the opening of a new Happiness Museum in,

DOH-10 turns over 7 ambulances, checks to MisOcc health units
Gov - 2020-08-28
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, Aug. 26 (PIA)--To deliver better health services to Misamisnons, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 turned over seven ambulances and financial assistance to the Province of Misamis Occidental, August 26. The units were ...

Walmart says teaming with Microsoft in bid for TikTok
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Walmart is likely interested in TikTok helping it better connect with younger shoppers who turn to the internet for lifestyle trends, according to analysts.

Police largely silent as outrage builds over Blake shooting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-27
It took three days, an outpouring of anger in the streets and a NBA boycott before authorities investigating the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, started answering

WHO opens door to change for global public health alerts
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The WHO said Thursday it was setting up a committee to consider changing the rules on declaring an international health emergency, following criticism of its COVID-19 pandemic response.

Fidelity Is A 1000 Pound Bitcoin Gorilla In The Making
Forbes - 2020-08-27
If Fidelity's new bitcoin fund can gain demonstrable traction with its existing clientele, it has the potential to be the next 1000 pound gorilla buying up more bitcoin than is being mined, thus a strong tailwind for price.

New bus trip will take you from Delhi to London in 70 days
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-27
Expedition company Adventures Overland is hoping you'll say yes to its new organized bus trip, which will ferry travelers from the Indian metropolis of Delhi to the UK capital of London -- no airplanes involved.

Covid-19 Live Updates: C.D.C. Director, Under Fire, Clarifies Latest Testing Recommendations
New York Times - 2020-08-27
For hurricane-battered Louisiana and Texas, a confluence of disaster. And as the remote-learning industry booms, concerns about some of the companies jumping in to fill the void.

La Niña likely, but temperatures set to remain high: UN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-27
Global temperatures boosted by climate change will still be higher than usual despite the cooling effect of a La Nina weather phenomenon expected to develop in the coming

TikTok has enacted a hiring freeze and drawn up a shutdown contingency plan ahead of threat of US ban
Business Insider - 2020-08-27
ByteDance may be days away from closing a deal to sell off TikTok's US operations, but that hasn't stopped the company from preparing for the worst.

Veoneer announces tie-up with Qualcomm, shares jump 15%
Reuters - 2020-08-27
Veoneer will cooperate with Qualcomm Technologies on software for its driver assistance systems, the auto technology firm said on Thursday, sending its shares sharply higher.

Can Walmart Get Microsoft Over The Line In Its Bid For TikTok?
Forbes - 2020-08-27
By enlisting Walmart, Microsoft could be aiming to introduce an e-commerce component to TikTok if its bid is successful.

Walmart wants to turn TikTok's Gen Z users into loyal shoppers -- and it's willing to buy TikTok to do it
Business Insider - 2020-08-27
The world's largest retailer has for years been focused on attracting younger and more urban customers.

Russian hacker tried to bribe a Tesla factory worker to install malware
Mashable - 2020-08-27
That appears to be the thinking of a least one Russian man, who the FBI arrested and who has been charged with attempting to pay a Tesla Gigafactory employee in Nevada to instal malware on the company's network.

$4B in additional loans for COVID-19 response underway
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-27
At least a dozen more loans worth a total of $4.02 billion (over P195 billion) will be secured by the Philippines this year and in 2021 to finance response to and recovery from the health and

Nikola's founder is donating $233 million worth of stock to the electric truck company's first employees
Business Insider - 2020-08-27
Trevor Milton, the de-facto social media face of the upstart electric truck maker, is giving away about 7% of his stake in the company.

Deepak Agarwal Issued Special Job Generation Visa by the Government of the Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-08-27
ATLANTA, GA / ACCESSWIRE / August 27, 2020 / In Spring of 2009, the Filipino Immigration Bureau provided just three foreign nationals with exclusive indefinite Job Generation Visas, in response to their hiring and continued employment of Filipinos.

North Korean BeagleBoyz Hackers Step Up Attacks On US: What Banks Should Do
Forbes - 2020-08-27
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an alert warning financial institutions of FASTCash 2.0: North Korea's BeagleBoyz Robbing Banks.

Amazon launches first fitness band in bid to take on Apple, Fitbit
Reuters - 2020-08-27
Amazon.com Inc on Thursday launched its first fitness band and app, Halo, as the e-commerce giant looks to take on Apple, Fitbit and Samsung in an increasingly crowded fitness tracker market.

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reflect on the 'Bill & Ted' trilogy
Mashable - 2020-08-27
A lot has happened since "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey." Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reflect on their lives as well as those of their characters, Bill and Ted. I'm the kid of a 'Simpsons' animator. Here's why the show is still racist.

Body of PCG officer fished out of Manila Bay
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
A Philippine Coast Guard officer who initially tested positive for coronavirus infection last week was found floating in Manila Bay yesterday morning.

Tension mars NKTI demolition
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Tension marred the demolition of illegal structures in a property owned by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City yesterday.

Sto. Niño Bridge closed for repairs
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The southbound lane of Sto. Niño Bridge in Parañaque was closed for rehabilitation beginning yesterday, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.

Report: Walmart Wants to Jointly Acquire TikTok With Microsoft
Entrepreneur - 2020-08-27
We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators,' the retail giant tells CNBC.

Sell 'painkillers' not 'vitamins': Four sales experts share tips for closing software sales during the pandemic
Business Insider - 2020-08-27
Selling software is tough right now. But these four tips from sales experts can help any tech sales rep survive and thrive.

New Isuzu dealership soon to open in Davao
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-27
Soon to rise at MacArthur Highway, Matina, in Davao City, the upcoming facility will be helmed by Southern Motors of Davao Inc. (SMDI) backed with 71 years of business experience. Further ...

DBP approves P1.35-B loan for Batangas hospital build
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-27
DBP President Emmanuel G. Herbosa said the agreement is aimed at improving the automation of the business permits and licensing system of San Fernando while providing digital payment channels for ...

PNP warns Gadon: Follow health protocols or face arrest
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The Philippine National Police yesterday warned lawyer Lorenzo Gadon to wear a face mask and a face shield while in public or he will be accosted for violating quarantine protocols.

Festival in the midst of the pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The pandemic teaches us to be resilient and look at the brighter side of it. It tests our character as a people, not as divided parts but a united whole. The past months have definitely been stressful for us all and some well-meaning groups have been trying to do a few outdoor activities in order to keep the balance,

Govt cuts 2021 infra budget to P1.107 trillion to fund recovery programs amid pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-27
THE Executive Branch slashed its proposed public infrastructure budget under the 2021 National Expenditure Program (NEP) to P1.107 trillion--an amount lower than it was eyeing in June--to fund ...

The 2020 Gawad Urian nominations in the age of Covid
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-27
due to lower revenues recorded by all its business units. The company said it also had higher costs which included one-off expenses related... KINGSTON, Jamaica--Sprint great Usain Bolt tested ...

CPG sets sights on office leasing, affordable housing
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-27
For the first half of the year, the company saw the combined net income contributions from the two business segments jump to P225 million or 42 percent of the total net income of P546 million ...

90% of employers say working remotely hasn't hurt productivity
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-27
That's according to a recent survey of nearly 800 employers by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm. Working from home has often been viewed skeptically by managers and executives who assumed it would result in less work getting done if they weren't there to oversee it.

Agriculture to play major role in economic recovery -- NEDA
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Improving productivity in the agriculture sector will be crucial to economic recovery, the National Economic and Development Authority said.

Philippines mobile experience improves significantly in 2 years -- Opensignal
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Mobile network experience in the country has seen "impressive improvements" since 2017, according to independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal.

BOC seizes P10 million cigarettes, COVID-19 medicines
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The Bureau of Customs confiscated smuggled cigarettes, liquor, firearms and alleged Chinese medicines for COVID-19 with an estimated market value of P10 million during a raid on a store along Dian street in Makati on Tuesday.

78 BI employees positive for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
At least 78 employees of the Bureau of Immigration have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, a BI official reported yesterday.

Entire Tuguegarao police force infected
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The police chief and the entire police force in this city have been infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Phoenix Petroleum lists commercial papers
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Phoenix Petroleum has listed its P3.1-billion Series D commercial papers on the Philippine Dealing and Exchange Corp.

Lack of positive catalysts hounds equities market
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
The absence of market-moving catalysts continues to hound the stock market, with the main index further dropping below the 6,000 level.

AI a boost to campaign vs dirty money
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
Majority of Philippine banks believe artificial intelligence (AI) will stop more money laundering and other types of financial crimes, according to Global analytics software firm FICO.

Mining industry adopts sustainability initiatives
philstar.com - 2020-08-27
After nearly three years, the local mining industry is finally adopting the Towards Sustainable Mining initiative, one of the global benchmarks in the extractive minerals industry developed by the Mining Association of Canada.

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