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From the Global South, Hints That U.S. May Be Spared Flu On Top Of COVID-19
NPR - 2020-08-26
So far this year, flu infections are way down in the Southern Hemisphere. Scientists want to know why -- and what it means for the Northern Hemisphere as their flu season looms.

Selpercatinib 'Poised to Alter the Landscape' of RET+ve Cancers
Medscape - 2020-08-26
Selpercatinib induced high response rates in patients with RET-altered non-small cell lung cancer and medullary thyroid cancer.

TikTok influencers reveal how much money they're getting paid from its $1 billion Creator Fund -- and it's pennies per thousand views
Business Insider - 2020-08-26
Three creators who qualified for the fund told Business Insider they're earning a few dollars for videos that generated tens of thousands of views.

'Artificial Pancreas' System Improves Glycemic Control in Children
Medscape - 2020-08-26
The first published randomized trial of hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery technology for patients aged 6 to 13 years shows improved time in range compared with a sensor-augmented pump.

Natural History Museum Union Files Complaint Over Coronavirus App
New York Times - 2020-08-26
The app would have asked employees to report if they had a fever and any new symptoms each day. Some see it as an invasion of privacy.

Elon Musk hints at major developments in battery technology in 3 to 4 years that could make next-generation electric planes possible
Business Insider - 2020-08-26
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company may increase battery capacity by more than 50% in three or four years.

Smart taps more tower firms to accelerate telco buildup
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
due to lower revenues recorded by all its business units. The company said it also had higher costs which included one-off expenses related... THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has the ...

Messi wants out of Barca signaling end of bright era
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
But how do I... 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.

Visa is backing a fintech looking to eliminate checkout hardware, and it's an example of the future of how we'll pay for things
Business Insider - 2020-08-26
MagicCube offers the security needed to turn a smartphone into a new way for merchants to accept payments.

SMIC sets initial P10 billion bond sale - 2020-08-26
SM Investments Corp., the listed conglomerate of the Sy Group, will issue an initial P10 billion in bonds out of a planned offering of P30 billion over the next three years.

Microsoft Word can now transcribe lectures and phone calls
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
With the latest Microsoft 365 update, subscribers can upload an existing audio recording to be transcribed or record a live conversation inside of Microsoft Word

Manila students, teachers get tablets, laptops - 2020-08-26
Officials of the Manila city government and Department of Education yesterday distributed tablets with learning modules to public school students.

6 inmates escape from Tabaco City prison in Albay
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
Six inmates broke out of the Tabaco City District Jail in Albay on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Albay Police Provincial Office.

Morales, PhilHealth SVP for Legal quit ahead of reports
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
As early as the start of the month, the World Health Organization (WHO) had declared that the country had... Overnight, what many businesses had taken too long to acknowledge reluctantly complying ...

Global tourism industry in uncharted territory
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
The United Nations early this week said the global tourism industry lost an estimated $320 billion in five months from the virus. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a policy briefing that ...

8990, SMIC to tap bond market
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
due to lower revenues recorded by all its business units. The company said it also had higher costs which included one-off expenses related... THE Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has the ...

Better contact tracing system for Metro Manila sought - 2020-08-26
A lawmaker yesterday called for a more aggressive contact tracing strategy in the National Capital Region, which continues to register thousands of coronavirus disease 2019 cases daily.

How safe is flying in the time of COVID-19? - 2020-08-26
I was supposed to fly out of Manila tomorrow, Aug. 28, to join an 11.5-hour, government-chartered flight to Beirut on a 370-seater aircraft.

The IATF needs new blood - 2020-08-26
In a survey conducted last July, the Social Weather Station announced that 27.3 million adult Filipinos, representing 45.5 percent of the workforce, are currently unemployed.

Diokno sees room for further cuts in key rates, RRR - 2020-08-26
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said there is room for further adjustment in interest rates and reserve requirement ratio as its tool kit is far from being exhausted despite the aggressive actions taken to cushion the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Banks told to mobilize liquidity - 2020-08-26
Philippine banks need to mobilize liquidity other than parking these funds in safe havens to help address possible systemic risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Co-existing with COVID-19 through testing innovations - 2020-08-26
In the middle of the global health crisis, we should think about the vital role of testing innovation. This can lead us to explore better methods and technologies which can be performed in a variety of settings to meet our diverse needs.

Floirendo gets 8 years for graft - 2020-08-26
Former Davao del Norte second district representative Antonio Floirendo Jr. has been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for holding unlawful financial interests in a banana plantation doing business with the government.

Gamboa revamps key PNP posts - 2020-08-26
A week before he retires from the service, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday imposed a revamp affecting key PNP officials.

Tuguegarao under MECQ for 10 days - 2020-08-26
This city was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine for 10 days starting yesterday amid an "alarming increase" in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases.

San Juan COVID-19 case doubling time slows down - 2020-08-26
The doubling time of COVID-19 cases in San Juan has slowed down to 15.66 days from 12.87 days in June, the city government reported yesterday.

Index ends lower on blue chip selloff - 2020-08-26
Stocks ended mostly lower yesterday as investors sold down their blue chip holdings amid mixed signals from Wall Street, traders said.

P34 million shabu seized in Marikina - 2020-08-26
Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated yesterday around five kilos of shabu, with an estimated street value of P34 million, from two suspected drug pushers in Marikina City.

3 more House employees catch virus - 2020-08-26
Three more employees of the House of Representatives have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 54 the number of COVID-19 cases in the lower chamber.

Mental health app for OFWs available - 2020-08-26
Filipino workers in Macau can monitor their physical and mental health conditions by answering health-related questions on a weekly basis.

Bed Bath & Beyond is laying off 2,800 employees
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
Bed Bath & Beyond is eliminating 2,800 jobs effective immediately, as the troubled retailer tries to streamline its operations and shore up its finances amid the pandemic.

DOH has spent over P55 billion for Covid response
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-26
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, who is know for his anti-gambling crusade, passed away on Wednesday due to health complications related to the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

Apayao reports first COVID-19 death - 2020-08-26
Apayao province recorded its first COVID-19 death on August 22, the province announced Wednesday evening. The case, who was tagged as PH Apayao29, was a 16-year-old male who was hospitalized and went through a medical procedure in Tuguegarao City due to a medical condition.

Ant Group's Chinese IPO could be among the biggest in history
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma could be about to pull off a record-breaking IPO for the second time. Ant Group, the financial affiliate of Ma's e-commerce company Alibaba, filed this week to list its shares in Hong Kong and on Shanghai's Star Market,

Sandiganbayan finds ex-Davao del Norte lawmaker guilty of graft over anomalous land deal
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
The Sandiganbayan found former Davao del Norte lawmaker Antonio Floirendo Jr. guilty of graft for an anomalous land deal with the Bureau of Corrections.

Lacson: Not enough evidence to criminally charge Duque over PhilHealth mess
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
A senator said Wednesday evidence is not enough to criminally pin down Health Secretary and PhilHealth chairman Francisco Duque or the entire board over alleged corruption in the agency.

Borrowings swell to P3 trillion in the face of pandemic - 2020-08-26
Faced with a pandemic and fewer revenues, the Duterte administration looks at debt to fund public programs, and even pay maturing obligations.

Thailand issues new charges against fugitive Red Bull heir
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
A court in Bangkok is charging the heir to the Red Bull fortune for reckless driving and drug use, according to Thai police.

Budget deficit swells in July as PH spends on coronavirus response
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
The Philippines saw a wider ?140.2-billion funding gap in July as the government spent more than what it could collect to confront the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philippines confirms 5,277 new coronavirus cases, 99 deaths
Reuters - 2020-08-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,277 additional novel coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in 12 days, and 99 more deaths.

Philippines Confirms 5,277 New Coronavirus Cases, 99 Deaths
New York Times - 2020-08-26
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported 5,277 additional novel coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in 12 days, and 99 more deaths.

Abad, Padilla deny diverting ?10.6-B PhilHealth fund
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 26) -- Former Budget chief Butch Abad and former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) chief Alex Padilla denied accusations that they had a hand in ...

Banks to come out of pandemic with capital nearly intact - 2020-08-26
While bad loans are poised to nearly double by yearend, local lenders are seen to weather the pandemic remaining healthy.

Soldiers kill IED courier on a bombing mission in Maguindanao - 2020-08-26
Army intelligence agents killed in a shootout before dawn Wednesday a bomber carrying a powerful improvised explosive device.

House panel approves tax breaks, profit sharing for SMC's Bulacan airport project
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
The House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday approved tax exemptions for the 10-year construction period of the Bulacan airport project and prescribed a profit-sharing scheme between San Miguel Corporation and the government once operations begin.

Rural health units urged to step up services under 'new normal' - 2020-08-26
Heads of tertiary hospitals in several provinces in Luzon believe that rural health units (RHUs) in their respective areas must play bigger roles amid the "new normal" ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Manila Water ends bottled water business - 2020-08-26
Manila Water Co. Inc. on Wednesday said it is shutting down its purified water business, citing hefty losses that made sustaining operations in a highly competitive bottled water market difficult.

Roque justifies deployment ban on health workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-26
President Duterte has exercised his inherent police power to temporarily prevent health workers from migrating to other countries to ensure their health and safety during the coronavirus pandemic, Malacañang asserted on Wednesday.

Malaysia's AirAsia posts loss as revenue tumbles, but business 'stabilised'
YAHOO! - 2020-08-26
Malaysia's flagship budget airline AirAsia Group Bhd slipped to a loss in the second quarter, it said in a bourse filing on Tuesday, posting a fourth straight quarterly loss as revenue dropped. "We have stabilised the airline

YouTube is banking on tech to clean up controversial content, as moderators stay home
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-26
YouTube said that it is increasingly relying on technology to moderate content, resulting in a sharp rise in removed videos, including some that didn't violate its policies.

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