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Oculus Connect conference gets a new name: Facebook Connect
Digital Trends - 2020-08-25
Facebook's annual conference for alternate and virtual reality projects has gotten a new name, and it'll be going virtual this year.

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps to make rookie spaceflight aboard Boeing's Starliner
Space.com - 2020-08-25
NASA has added a third astronaut to the crew preparing to fly aboard the first operational mission of Boeing's Starliner capsule to the International Space Station:.

2021 budget focuses on health, food, jobs
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Tuesday submitted for congressional scrutiny the 2021 P4.506-trillion National Expenditure Program (NEP), which will prioritize health-related response programs while restarting the economy amid the continuing crisis from the Covid-19 pandemic.

SC junks ABS-CBN petition against halt order of NTC
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
The head of the US Food and Drug Administration walked back his claim that an experimental therapy had provided a dramatic benefit to Covid-19 patients, a rare reversal for an agency that has ...

Murder raps filed vs 7 in ambush of nat'l mental health chief Cortez, driver
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Seven suspects are facing murder raps for suspected involvement in the shooting of former National Center for Mental Health director Roland Cortez and his driver on the day of President Rodrigo Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address,

Balancing competition law and the preference for Filipino businesses
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
Starting as a spark in Wuhan, China in December 2020, the Covid-19 has spread across the world like a wildfire. By March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the viral outbreak as a pandemic.

Forward-thinking luxury developer utilizes design innovation amid pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
SINCE the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, families have been spending more time in their homes. It has not only become their safe haven but has also served as their makeshift space for work, school and even fitness.

Supply chain diversification impact on ASEAN mixed
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Companies seeking to reduce dependence on China by diversifying supply chains amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic would have mixed implications on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations economies,

SMC investing P121.8 billion in 2 vital infrastructure projects
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is set to invest P121.8 billion in two game-changing infrastructure projects, which are expected to help the economy get back on track and transform Luzon into a growth powerhouse within five years.

Sarah Balabagan confirms broadcaster fathered eldest child
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Former overseas Filipino worker Sarah Balabagan has confirmed years of speculation that broadcaster Arnold Clavio is the father of her eldest child.

Index inches up as investors wait for good news
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The stock market finished slightly higher yesterday as investors continued to look for better catalysts and clearer developments on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firms back proposed cap on finance charges
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The Management Association of the Philippines is supporting the proposal of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to cap credit card finance charges as this, along with the 60-day moratorium on loan payments,

COVID-19 cases in PNP hit 3,506
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The Philippine National Police has recorded another surge in coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases, with 126 recorded on Monday.

Quezon City eyes raps vs ex-kagawad for quarantine breach
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The Quezon City government will file charges against a former barangay councilor or kagawad for allegedly violating quarantine protocols and exposing other members of their community to COVID-19.

Bad loans ratio to double
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The non-performing loan ratio of local banks may double to 4.6 percent by end-December from 2.4 percent in March as businesses and consumers grapple with the impact of the pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Cebu City virus count drops
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in Cebu City, which had been described as a COVID-19 hotspot, has continued to decline.

Picnics not panic
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Upon reaching the Netherlands, the first thing my wife and daughter did was to undergo a swab test for Covid-19.

SEC pushes creation of entity for corporate debt papers
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The Securities and Exchange Commission seeks to encourage the creation of new investment companies that will invest in corporate debt papers.

Amazon adds more executive diversity with appointment of first black woman to its senior leadership team
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Alicia Boler Davis, who joined Amazon in 2019, serves as the company's vice president of global customer fulfillment. The appointment makes her the fourth female and first Black woman to join the esteemed senior leadership group,

DOH: Continue polio vaccination even amid COVID-19 pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-25
The Department of Health (DOH) urged the public and local governments on Tuesday (Aug. 25) to ensure that children still get vaccinated against polio to prevent an outbreak of the debilitating disease

Australia kills sale of a dairy business to China as trade tensions rise
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
China Mengniu Dairy has called off its plan to buy an Australian drinks business for $430 million after the government in Australia said it would likely oppose the deal.

Senate panel wants removal of PhilHealth region heads allegedly behind 'mafia'
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee on Tuesday recommended the immediate firing of all regional directors in the embattled Philippine Health Insurance ...

Guevarra: Duterte believes it would be better for Morales to step down due to his poor health
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-25
President Duterte has expressed belief that it would be wise for Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ricardo Morales to step down due to his health condition,

Tuguegarao City to revert to stricter MECQ for 10 days
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Tuguegarao City will be placed under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 26 to September 4 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, Mayor Jefferson Soriano says.

Banks pledge to support Filipino students in Japan
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
Security Bank Corp. and MUFG Bank Ltd, together with other MUFG companies and strategic partners in Asia, have pledged approximately P183 million to support Southeast Asian students in Japan who are facing economic difficulties during the Covid-19 pandemic,

Dominguez says all subsidies should be digitized
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The finance department wants all future subsidy programs to be digitized, saying it will prevent corruption and ensure that financial aid will reach the intended beneficiaries.

McDonald's launches first new Chicken McNuggets flavor in nearly 40 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
McDonald's is putting a new spin on an old favorite as it tries to lure customers back during the pandemic. Spicy Chicken McNuggets will hit US restaurants on September 16, for a limited time. It's the first new McNugget flavor since the menu item was introduced in 1983.

Why mental health matters in this pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
WHILE companies struggle to keep their businesses afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic, they must also address yet another ominous crisis. Mental health issues have surfaced from prolonged quarantine periods and the abrupt shift to work from home.

Competition watchdog clears Razon's entry in Manila Water
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
While Ayala Corp. was still left with a bigger 31.6% ownership of the company, the transaction gave Razon 51% voting interest in Manila Water, enabling the tycoon to make strategic decisions for the firm at the receiving end of Duterte's ire.

Soldiers caught in Jolo blast were on resupply run, survivors say
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Cpl. Jeric Gil Villaruz said he was in the back of one of two military trucks when the loud explosion rocked the vehicle.

Proposed rules seek to cap charges on credit card loans
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is looking to set a limit to interest on credit card loans. Banks are open to the idea.

TESDA to launch contact tracing course in September
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
TESDA says it will launch a contact tracing course in September, prioritizing regions with high COVID-19 infections.

COVID-19 pandemic, hesitancy leave thousands of Filipino children unvaccinated, undervaccinated -- DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Hundreds of thousands of Filipino children have yet to receive or complete their recommended vaccines against polio due to the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as 'hesitancy,' a health official said.

ACT calls for health, safety mechanisms for teachers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-25
A federation of teachers on Tuesday slammed the Department of Education (DepEd) anew for "failing" to institute health and safety mechanisms for its personnel with the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the education sector.

Shakey's set to take slice of growing milk tea market with R&B brand
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
R&B is one of the leading milk tea and bubble tea players in Singapore. It currently has more than 1,000 outlets worldwide, spanning across China, US, Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

PH records nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, raising total to over 197,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
The latest case report shows that Negros Occidental saw an increase in COVID-19 infections, as it climbed next to Metro Manila in the list of areas with the highest number of new cases.

TikTok sues Trump administration over looming US ban
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
The suit marks a major escalation in the fight between President Donald Trump and the wildly popular TikTok, which has 100 million users in the US and is owned by a Chinese company, ByteDance. TikTok argued in California federal court that the administration did not give the company a fair chance to defend itself from allegations that it poses a national security risk.

Philippines confirms 2,965 new coronavirus cases, 34 more deaths
Reuters - 2020-08-25
The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday reported 2,965 additional novel coronavirus infections and 34 more deaths.

Philippines Confirms 2,965 New Coronavirus Cases, 34 More Deaths
New York Times - 2020-08-25
MANILA -- The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday reported 2,965 additional novel coronavirus infections and 34 more deaths. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have risen to ...

PhilHealth settles P700-million debt to Red Cross for Covid testing
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
CLOSE to 100 percent of tourism and tourism-related enterprises are micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), contrary to the claim of some lawmakers that big business is driving the clamor for ...

SEC says special investment vehicles can buy up debts of firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-25
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) allowed the creation of special investment vehicles that will help hard-hit companies manage their balance sheets amid the COVID-19

The US and China say they're making progress on trade, even as other tensions worsen
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
The United States and China say they're optimistic about the state of their trade agreement -- even as the two superpowers fight over a slew of other issues, including technology and national security.

US, China agree to 'push forward' first phase of trade deal amid pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Top Chinese and US negotiators spoke on the phone Tuesday and agreed to "push forward" their phase one economic deal, amid soaring tensions between the two sides on several fronts and pandemic disruptions.

North Cotabato town police chief shot dead by robbers
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
Robbers killed the municipal police chief of Carmen town in a brief shootout on Tuesday morning. Police Maj. Joan Resurrecion was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital where he was brought after the shooting.

CSC chair deliberately withheld information on PhilHealth cases, commissioner reveals
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Even the chairman of the government agency tasked to look into criminal charges against PhilHealth officials had directed her colleagues to suppress public information on the controversy, a commisioner bares.

Facebook prepares legal action against Thai government's request to block group
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
Facebook said it is planning legal action against Thailand's demand that forced the company to block a group deemed critical of the country's monarchy.

Philippines secures fifth ADB loan for outbreak response
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
The loan is payable in 29 years, including a grace period of 8.5 years, and will be charged with corresponding interest.

Complaints filed against 7 suspects in killing of NCMH chief Roland Cortez and his driver
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-25
The Quezon City Police District has filed complaints against seven suspects in the killing of National Center for Mental Health chief Roland Cortez and his driver last month, officials announced Tuesday.

North Cotabato governor offers bounty for killer of Manobo leader
philstar.com - 2020-08-25
North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco is ready to give out cash incentives to informants who can help the police identify the killers of tribeswoman Bae Merlin Ansabo Celis of Magpet town.

Reality of allocating limited tourism financial aid sets in
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-25
NOW the harsh reality has set in. While tourism stakeholders celebrate their victory in getting a P10-billion allocation mostly for financial assistance under the recently ratified Bayanihan 2 Bill, the funds will not be enough to help all enterprises affected by Covid-19.

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