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Transfer of education exec sought
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The provincial board yesterday sought the transfer of a school division superintendent due to allegations of graft and corruption.

Amex acquires Softbank-backed Kabbage after tough 2020 for the SMB lender
TechCrunch - 2020-08-17
Small and medium businesses have been some of the hardest hit in the coronavirus pandemic, and in many cases that has had a knock-on effect on the companies that provide services to them. Now, a startup that built a whole business around loaning money to SMBs has been acquired by a giant in the

Jurnee Smollett and the cast of 'Lovecraft Country' reclaim Lovecraft's legacy
Mashable - 2020-08-17
The cast of HBO's "Lovecraft County" discusses how this show reclaims HP Lovecraft's legacy for today's world.

Alibaba shares hold up in face of Trump threats
Reuters - 2020-08-17
Shares in Chinese online retail giant Alibaba ground out gains on Monday as profits for smaller peer JD.com buoyed expectations for its own results later this week, countering hint of more U.S. moves against it and other Chinese companies.

Do I have to enroll in Medicare?
Medical News Today - 2020-08-17
Generally, a person enrolls in Medicare at 65 years old. They may also be eligible through disability or disease. A person can also choose to delay or opt out.

Low pressure area west of Cagayan develops into Tropical Depression Helen
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
State weather forecasting agency PAGASA expects Tropical Depression Helen to leave the Philippine area of responsibility this morning

DOLE: Job losses in August to top 30k at least as virus continues hitting businesses
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
At least 30,000 workers are expected to lose their jobs this month due to business disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19). This after the Department of Labor and Employment ...

COVID-19: How a new blood test could help speed up vaccine development and population screening
Medical News Today - 2020-08-17
Speaking to Medical News Today, Dr. James Hindley explains why the blood test he is developing may help in the fight against COVID-19.

Philippines Promises 'Refreshed' Coronavirus Approach as Capital Exits Strict Lockdown
New York Times - 2020-08-17
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday eased the strict coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital Manila as his government promised a "refreshed" approach to fighting COVID-19 that includes intensified testing.

Philippines promises 'refreshed' coronavirus approach as capital exits strict lockdown
Reuters - 2020-08-17
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday eased the strict coronavirus lockdown in and around the capital Manila as his government promised a "refreshed" approach to fighting COVID-19 that includes intensified testing.

Another activist shot dead, this time in Bacolod
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Just a few days after the death of activist Randall Echanis, another activist--a human rights advocate--was gunned down in a private village in Bacolod City on Monday.

Globe to acquire 67% of Third Pillar
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Globe Telecom Inc. is investing P173 million to acquire a majority stake in an application consulting and systems integration company which will enable the telco to expand its suite of cloud business offerings.

Lepanto posts net loss in H1
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Listed Lepanto Consolidated Mining Co. reported that its net loss widened by 21 percent to P457 million in the first semester from a year ago amid lower revenues and production.

UnionBank, Philguarantee to help SMEs
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines has partnered with state-run Philippine Guarantee Corp. for a program to help small businesses survive the impact of the pandemic.

Globe to buy majority stake in Third Pillar
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
Globe Telecom Inc. is acquiring a majority stake in business application consulting and systems integration company Third Pillar Business Applications Inc. for P173 million, effectively expanding ...

DMCI Mining ships more nickel ore in January-June
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
Globe Telecom Inc. is acquiring a majority stake in business application consulting and systems integration company Third Pillar Business Applications Inc. for P173 million, effectively expanding ...

AREIT to seek SEC nod for bond sale
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
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AVID reports 51% drop in sales
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Car importers registered a 51 percent decrease in sales from January to July compared to a year ago amid low demand, according to the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors Inc.

GT Capital core net income down to P3.2 billion in 1st half
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
GT Capital Holdings Inc., the listed conglomerate founded by the late George Ty, saw its core net income decline by half to P3.2 billion in the first semester from P7.2 billion a year ago.

Fruitas incurs net loss of P12.3 million in 1st half
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Fruitas Holdings Inc., the listed food and beverage kiosk operator, incurred a net loss of P12.3 million in the first half from a profit of P52 million a year ago.

Investing in the Philippine countryside
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
"That could reduce global gross domestic product by 1.5... Nearly six months of struggling with the pandemic, the Philippines has yet to get a reprieve from the deadly, unseen microbe. As early ...

Radiating success, the RS Francisco way
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
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Making sense of the peso
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
At least 30,000 workers are expected to lose their jobs this month due to business disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19). This after the Department of Labor and Employment ...

Ilomoca honors women artists, pushes for gender equality with online exhibit
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-17
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Zamora denies withholding COVID-19 information
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora yesterday denied reports that he withheld information from authorities after several of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

PNP denies faking stings, crime scenes
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Fake drug stings and staged crime scenes are not the "norms" in the Philippine National Police, PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said yesterday.

Caloocan installs WiFi in quarantine facilities
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The Caloocan government has installed free wireless internet connection in quarantine facilities in the city, Mayor Oscar Malapitan said over the weekend.

DPWH: Sevilla Bridge now open
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The Sevilla Bridge in San Juan is now open to vehicular traffic, Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways announced yesterday.

386 OFWs back from Lebanon
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
At least 386 overseas Filipino workers were repatriated from Lebanon on Sunday, including 20 OFWs who were injured in the massive explosion in the capital Beirut on Aug. 4.

BOC confiscates P2.2 billion in smuggled cigarettes
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The Bureau of Customs confiscated P2.2 billion worth of smuggled cigarettes and other related paraphernalia in various operations from May 28 to July 15, according to the Department of Finance.

Index ends almost flat on lingering concerns about COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The stock market was barely unchanged yesterday, opening the week with COVID-19 uncertainties still a concern for many investors.

Palace: Duterte in perpetual isolation, in good health
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
President Duterte is being kept in "perpetual isolation" in Davao City to prevent him from contracting the coronavirus disease 2019, his spokesman said yesterday.

IC proposes 60-day moratorium
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The Insurance Commission is pushing for a 60-day payment moratorium for insurance policies and pre-need contracts under the Bayanihan 2 bill, similar to the period approved by the bicameral conference committee for debt payments.

Philippine economy may contract by 9.2% in H2 - ANZ
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
ANZ Research expects the Philippine economy to contract by 9.2 percent in the second semester as the economy is likely to book a double-digit contraction in the third quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Aerospace industry seeks loan payments breather
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
The Philippine aerospace industry wants a one-year grace period for loan payments under the Bayanihan 2 bill to help the sector during the pandemic.

Metro Manila, 4 provinces to ease into GCQ starting Aug. 19
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal are set to return to a more relaxed general community quarantine starting Aug. 19 until the end of the month.

Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation
New York Times - 2020-08-17
Physicians say they regularly treat people more inclined to believe what they read on Facebook than what a medical professional tells them.

Public health info drive delayed by pandemic -Palace
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-17
The launch of a new public health information drive has been delayed by almost a month due to compliance to the government's procurement rules even during the coronavirus emergency, Malacanang said Monday.

Duterte denies leaving PH: 'I've been in Davao all along'
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
Senator Bong Go shared a video of him and the President on Monday night, showing Duterte wearing a mask and an eye shield. "Well, as you can see clearly, I have been in Davao all along. Umiiwas din ng COVID [Also avoiding COVID].

Bread kiosks to be set up at gas stations in Metro Manila to feed urban poor
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
Free bread for poor communities will soon be made available daily through a number of gas stations in Metro Manila, according to a conglomerate.

Philippine economy may contract by 6.6% this year -- Nomura
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Nomura is now looking at a deeper economic contraction for the Philippines amid the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remittances recover from pandemic impact in June -- BSP
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Money sent home by Filipinos overseas snapped a three-month downtrend in June, helping narrow the six-month contraction as countries around the world start reopening their economies from coronavirus pandemic-led lockdowns.

Roque goes on self - quarantine after Año tests positive for COVID anew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-17
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is under self-quarantine after Interior Secretary Eduardo Año announced over the weekend that he tested positive again for the

P34.5B removed from agencies, diverted to COVID-19 response, say DBM data
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-17
Budget cuts inflicted upon agencies further ballooned to a net of P34.5 billion in July as more money was diverted to COVID-19 response, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data released on

Philippines' COVID-19 cases now over 164,000 with 3,314 new patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
There are now 164,474 coronavirus cases in the Philippines, the Department of Health says, as it reports 3,314 new infections.

MECQ seen to derail June infra spending bounce-back
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Infrastructure spending grew the fastest pace this year in June, but a 15-day return to stricter lockdown in the metropolis likely derailed recovery.

Impossible, Blue Bottle and Shake Shack: Big brands are trying everything to keep you eating and drinking their stuff at home
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-17
Big food and drink brands really want you to keep consuming what they make during the coronavirus pandemic, and they are coming up with some crafty ways to make it happen.

Focus resources on health sector, Recto urges, as bicam panel tackles Bayanihan 2 bill
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-17
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Monday urged the government to still prioritize funding for the health sector under the proposed "Bayanihan to Recover as One Act".

Citi Philippines is appointed sole settlement bank for domestic dollar transfers
philstar.com - 2020-08-17
Citi Philippines was selected through a bidding process conducted by the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP).

Philippines Records 3,314 New Coronavirus Cases, 18 Deaths
New York Times - 2020-08-17
The Philippines has recorded 3,314 new coronavirus cases and 18 additional deaths from the disease, the health ministry said on Monday.

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