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Over 20 tourist souvenir shops in Singapore shut, more to follow amid COVID-19 travel restrictions
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-16
More than 20 tourist souvenir shops in Singapore, several of which have been in operation for decades, have closed for good - casualties of Covid-19 travel restrictions here and

Backpacker hostels in Singapore struggle to keep afloat amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-16
Staycations are keeping the cash registers ringing at local hotels amid the pandemic, but backpacker hostels are out in the cold. Hostel owner Jacquelyn Chan put it in a nutshell:

Filipinos eke out a living online as COVID-19 pandemic decimates jobs and incomes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-16
By 1 pm, dietitian Violah Koh, 39, has already received her fifth package of the day: two plants, pots and some garden soil. Throughout the morning, a kilo of tilapias,

Interior chief Año again tests positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-16
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Sunday confirmed he again tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Año said he began experiencing flu-like symptoms-- including sore throat and body aches-- on August 13,

Robredo to DepEd: Respond to teachers' needs before October classes
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-16
Robredo says the DepEd should communicate the progress of the distribution of resources that will help teachers prepare for classes which will now start on October 5.

Bill mandating free transportation for health workers filed
Manila Bulletin - 2020-08-16
Castelo has filed a bill mandating free transportation through shuttle services for all State and private health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poultry farmers, bureaucracy fight bird flu via fortified policy proposals
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-16
"That is not anymore a business decision. That is already a security risk. Because bird flu and other animal diseases for that matter are a national threat," he added. ECONOMIST Pablito

Fairways & Bluewater bags awards from TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Agoda, Expedia
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-16
Story & photos by Marky Ramone Go I remember the sheen of the rising sun lighting up an ember at the edge of the hills of sand dunes. It is the first thing I saw from where I laid out on a ...

QC lowers fines for face mask violators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
The Quezon City local government has lowered the fine on violators apprehended for not wearing face masks in public places. From P1,000 to P5,000, the new fines will now be

Resolving debate on site of first Mass in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
Eight months into the official rites for the 500th anniversary of the first Mass in the country, a set of evidence was presented to refute historical accounts that the contingent of world voyager

Chicken imports from Brazil banned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) has temporarily banned the importation of poultry meat from Brazil after China found the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in chicken

Trump Launches An Account On Would-Be TikTok Rival Triller
Forbes - 2020-08-15
Triller was founded a full two years before TikTok in 2015. Both apps allow users to create short music videos, but Triller features artificial intelligence techno

Telegram launches one-on-one video calls on iOS and Android
The Verge - 2020-08-15
Secure messaging app Telegram has launched an alpha version of one-on-one video calls on both its Android and iOS apps, the company announced, saying 2020 had "highlighted the need for face-to-face communication.

Drunk baker aims to lift the spirit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
I have to confess, there are days like today when the pandemic just gets to me. Since the quarantine was first imposed in this country, I have already attended four Zoom funerals and hosted

Tap the app, DingDong will answer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
The prolonged lockdown imposed by the government starting March to stem the spread of COVID-19 made multiawarded actor, director, producer and philanthropist Jose Sixto "Dingdong" Dantes

Immigrant finds strength, solace in Carlos Bulosan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
SEATTLE--Ninety years ago during the Great Depression, the 17-year-old peasant Carlos Bulosan traveled from his small village in the Philippines and arrived in this city. Bulosan would become one

Confirmed--Huawei Smartphone Users Have A Serious New Problem
Forbes - 2020-08-15
But it also meant its smartphone users would not lose the Google software and services they relied on to drive their existing devices. The TGL has been repeatedly extended since then, but the last time around the Commerce Department warned that it would not be extended again.

'Fortnite' goes all in on Gotham City's biggest heroes and villains
Mashable - 2020-08-15
Another Gotham City-themed set of additions is coming in November as part of a bundle called The Last Laugh. As you might've already guessed from the title, the bundle features Batman's arch-nemesis,

DoubleDragon doubles income to P4.4 billion in H1
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
DoubleDragon Properties Corp., the listed property developer of tycoon Edgar "Injap" Sia, reported a consolidated net income of P4.4 billion in the first half, up 100.9 percent year on year.

This futuristic nightstand hides a secret mini fridge -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-08-15
No more leaving your bed for a midnight snack

PNP chief orders ramped up drive against online bullies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, has ordered the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to ramp up its campaign against cyberbullying in social media

Startups Weekly: The US is finally getting serious about 5G
TechCrunch - 2020-08-15
There are few things that US political leaders can agree on these days, but one of them thankfully appears to be 5G. Manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, health care and many other industries are beginning to incorporate the fast,

Mall in Cagayan de Oro stops warehouse sale due to breach of health protocols
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-15
A mall in Cagayan de Oro temporarily stopped its warehouse sale on Saturday after some customers supposedly violated minimum health protocols while lining up there. "Due

Coronavirus Crisis Has Made Brazil an Ideal Vaccine Laboratory
New York Times - 2020-08-15
Widespread contagion, a deep bench of scientists and a robust vaccine-making infrastructure have made Brazil an important player in the quest to find a vaccine.

Man held for P.7 million mask scam
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
A 55-year-old man who allegedly duped a trading firm of P787,000 worth of N95 face masks was arrested in Mandaluyong City on Friday.

Apple stumbled into a war with the gaming industry, and the future of iOS is at stake
The Verge - 2020-08-15
Apple has always had a complicated relationship with the game industry, but this month that relationship slid into a bitter and very public legal and regulatory war that could shape the future of iPhone apps.

P13.6 million worth shabu seized in Lanao del Sur drug bust
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Lawmen seized P13.6 million worth of shabu from five traffickers who fell in an entrapment in Malabang town Friday.

Phoenix Petroleum narrows loss in Q2
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Phoenix Petroleum narrowed its losses in the second quarter, driven by the sustained strong demand for its liquefied petroleum gas product.

Making e-learning for everyone
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-15
The onslaught of Covid-19 has presented a common challenge on how to make e-learning inclusive considering the socioeconomic background of majority of Filipino students. To help address the problem, Security Bank Foundation Inc.

India seen facing lost generation as virus pushes children to work
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-15
The pandemic has abruptly stopped regular business operations and, sadly, resulted in work stoppage, decline in work hours and other adjustments for the work force. When human lives, jobs and the...

Government experts back review of nuke energy policy
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-15
The pandemic has abruptly stopped regular business operations and, sadly, resulted in work stoppage, decline in work hours and other adjustments for the work force. When human lives, jobs and the...

Ospital ng Maynila allots more beds to COVID-19 patients
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Ospital ng Maynila has increased its bed capacity for COVID-19 patients to 82 beds after a 10-day lockdown. During his Capital Report Friday night, Mayor Isko Moreno said city hall took advantage of the 10-day lockdown from July ...

Former NEDA chief sees slower contraction in H2
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Slower declines in economic output can be expected in the second and third quarters of the year leading to a full-year contraction of eight percent, according to a former head of the National Economic and Development Authority.

GCash transactions surge past P100 billion
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
The value of transactions handled by mobile wallet GCash in the seven months ending July has breached the P100 billion mark, nearly four times more than the P28 billion recorded in the same period last year.

ACR earnings rise over 4-fold
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Alcantara-led Alsons Consolidated Resources Inc. said its earnings rose over four-fold in the first half of the year, driven by the continued operations of its power plants in Mindanao.

First Gen income drops 20% in H1
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Lopez-led First Gen Corp. reported a 20 percent drop in net income to P6.7 billion in the first half as consolidated revenues from the sale of electricity declined 15 percent to P47.7 billion.

Government collects P97 billion from fuel marking
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
The government has collected P97.19 billion in duties and taxes from almost 11 billion liters of imported petroleum products since the implementation of the Fuel Marking Program last year, the Bureau of Customs said.

Eastern Visayas logs highest COVID-19 cases in 1 day
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Eastern Visayas recorded 75 coronavirus disease cases on Friday, the highest recorded in the region in one day.

CHR: Probe other nanlaban cases
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
The government should investigate other alleged cases of extrajudicial killings, according to the Commission on Human Rights.

PAL losses soar to P22 billion
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Losses of Philippine Airlines widened in the first half as the operations were severely affected by the worldwide travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Manhunt on for 3 cops in POGO robbery
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
The National Capital Region Police Office yesterday ordered the arrest of three policemen who allegedly robbed the employees of a Philippine offshore gaming operator in Muntinlupa on Aug. 11.

Caloocan council passes anti-spitting ordinance
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Residents may soon be fined P1,000 to P5,000 for spitting in public in Caloocan after the city council approved an ordinance seeking to prohibit spitting as a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Ex-Ilocos mayor charged for resort takeover surrenders
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Former mayor Edward Josh Cobangbang of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, who was charged with serious illegal detention and grave coercion in connection with the illegal takeover of a government-owned resort in 2017,

7 of 10 Pinoys prefer online SME presence
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
More than seven out of 10 Filipino consumers believe local retailers should have online presence amid the shift in behavior brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Abu Sayyaf leader moved to Camp Crame
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
Abu Sayyaf leader Abduljihad Susukan, alias Idang, was transferred to the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame yesterday.

Ambulance hits concrete barriers on EDSA
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
An ambulance figured in an accident when it collided with concrete barriers that line the EDSA Busway yesterday.

Lawmaker wants tax on gadgets removed
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
A Quezon City lawmaker yesterday pushed for tax exemption of mobile devices and gadgets to be used by students and teachers for online classes under the blended learning program of the Department of Education.

Pag-IBIG Fund enhances cash loan applications
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
According to top officials of the agency, several improvements were made to the Virtual Pag-IBIG during the quarantine period in the first half of the year to allow members to apply for a multi-purpose loan (MPL) or a calamity loan online.

Vehicle sales skid 49% in 7 months
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
As the strict lockdown forced car dealerships to temporarily close and potential buyers deferred plans to acquire new units, sales of vehicle makers took a huge dive in the first seven months of the year.

No to corruption in government
philstar.com - 2020-08-15
On the other hand, we have reports of massive corruption and abuses by government officials, the mere mention of which is enough to ignite the anger of many Filipinos especially since no less than the President has said that the government has run out of funds to provide aid to the people.

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