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LPA spotted off Palawan - 2020-08-06
A low-pressure area spotted west of Palawan will dump scattered rains over the island as well as in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.

PhilHealth VP resigns amid heat of corruption probes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
Vice President for Operations Augustus de Villa resigned on Thursday amid allegations of rampant corruption and a claim that the state-run health insurer

Facebook extends remote work for employees through July 2021
The Verge - 2020-08-06
Facebook will let its employees continue to work from home through July 2021, the company announced today. It joins other companies like Google, will also allow employees to work remotely until next summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing

Referral center set up for severe virus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday called on all hospitals and medical centers in Metro Manila to submit promptly information on bed availability as the government launched a centralized

VP opens 5th dormitory for front-liners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
Vice President Leni Robredo has opened another dormitory for healthcare workers and other front-liners in Metro Manila. Located in Novaliches, it is the fifth dormitory opened by the Office of the

Gene Therapy Promising in BCG-Unresponsive Bladder Cancer
Medscape - 2020-08-06
An investigative intravesical viral gene therapy may offer a bladder-sparing alternative for some patients with high-grade, nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer who have few options, results from a phase 3 study show.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just ballooned above $100 billion for the first time ever
Business Insider - 2020-08-06
Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are now the only people in the world whose fortunes exceed $100 billion, according to Bloomberg.

Big tech stocks could fall sharply if there's a vaccine
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Hopes are growing that a COVID-19 vaccine is coming. But Goldman Sachs thinks a vaccine might actually upend the stock market, which has continued to rally despite worries about a rise in cases in sev

EU releases 33M euros emergency aid for Beirut blast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
The European Union announced Thursday that it had released 33 million euros to finance emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilized material resources, including an Italian

The average Roku user streamed a record-breaking 340 hours of TV last quarter
Quartz - 2020-08-06
Roku Inc., manufacturer of the popular streaming media devices, reported its second-quarter earnings yesterday (pdf). The company revealed its users watched a combined 14.6 billion hours of TV and movies during the period--an increase of 2.

LIVE: WHO says 'vaccine nationalism' cannot beat the coronavirus
Al Jazeera English - 2020-08-06
India has recorded the biggest single-day coronavirus fatalities of 904 in the past 24 hours. More than 18.8 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the new coronavirus, while the global death toll surpassed 708,

When Microsoft's ambitious 'Netflix of gaming' service launches in September, it won't arrive on Apple devices - here's why
Business Insider - 2020-08-06
Microsoft's Xbox-based game streaming service is scheduled to launch. The service enables users to play dozens of Xbox games via the cloud, on smartphones and tabl

The Latest: Dr. Fauci: Public health safeguards slow virus
StarTribune - 2020-08-06
Dr. Anthony Fauci says even if the coronavirus is around for decades, public health safeguards and an eventual vaccine will allow the world to successfully adapt.

Fake cigarettes, face masks seized - 2020-08-06
At least P80 million worth of cigarettes and fake face masks were seized by agents of the Bureau of Customs in Marilao, Bulacan on Wednesday.

Senate Votes To Ban TikTok From Government Devices
Forbes - 2020-08-06
The State Department, Department of Homeland Security, The Defense Department, and TSA have already banned the app from government-issued devices.

Casa pivots to provide self-custody services to secure bitcoin
TechCrunch - 2020-08-06
Casa, a Colorado-based provider of bitcoin security services, is launching a managed service allowing customers to buy and hold their own bitcoin, rather than using an external custodian like Coinbase.

One tweet tried to identify a cop -- then five people were charged with felony harassment
The Verge - 2020-08-06
A New Jersey police department is pursuing cyber harassment charges against five people in connection with a protest photo uploaded to Twitter in June. Complaints were served against the original tweeter and four other people who retweeted the message,

Twitter to label government and state media officials
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Key government officials such as foreign ministers, ambassadors and official spokespeople will receive the label, as will accounts belonging to 'state-affiliated' media entities, their editors-in-chief and their senior staff,

Teacher nabbed for drugs - 2020-08-06
Authorities arrested a public school teacher following a sting in Ramon, Isabela on Wednesday. The suspect, whose name was withheld, was reportedly caught peddling shabu in a cemetery in Barangay Bugallon Norte.

7-Eleven posts P390 million H1 loss - 2020-08-06
Eleven convenience stores, incurred a net loss of P390 million in the first half of the year as sales declined due to strict lockdown measures.

Alliance Global adopts 5-point strategy to cope with COVID-19 - 2020-08-06
Alliance Global Group Inc. is adopting five strategies to recover from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

PXP Energy hikes stake in SC 72 - 2020-08-06
Listed upstream oil and gas firm PXP Energy Corp. has raised its economic interest in Service Contract 72 offshore west Palawan.

Despite pandemic, PLDT maintains growth in H1 - 2020-08-06
PLDT Inc. maintained its growth momentum and delivered healthy financial results in the first half despite the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

DENR mulls suit vs subdivision over loose ostriches - 2020-08-06
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is considering taking legal action against the subdivision association in Quezon City for denying entry to its team to investigate the incident of two ostriches seen running loose around the village on Tuesday.

More frontliners test positive for COVID-19 - 2020-08-06
More police and health frontliners are testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, authorities said yesterday.

Ilocos hog raisers reeling from ASF - 2020-08-06
African Swine Fever has affected 29 towns and cities in Pangasinan and four towns in La Union, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Family of 5 killed, torched - 2020-08-06
Five members of a family were shot dead and burned by unidentified men in a remote village in Siocon town, Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday.

LGU shelter plans get support - 2020-08-06
The Subdivision and Housing Developers Association, an organization of private developers, has committed to carry out the housing plans of local government units, according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

Businesses seek stimulus measures from ARISE bill - 2020-08-06
Business groups urged the government to implement stimulus measures through the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus for the Economy bill or Bayanihan 2 to allow the economy to regain strength as it fell into recession amid the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Government sees further growth in agriculture, fishery industries - 2020-08-06
After a surprising positive performance in the second quarter, the Department of Agriculture is optimistic the farm sector will continue to grow despite the tough challenges brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

Former ABS-CBN anchor joins PLDT management - 2020-08-06
Multi-awarded financial journalist Cathy Yang has joined PLDT Inc. as group head of corporate communications, the telco giant announced yesterday.

46 barangays in Pasay COVID-19-free - 2020-08-06
Forty-six of the 201 barangays in Pasay have been declared cleared of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the city health department said yesterday.

Lotto games back in GCQ, MGCQ areas today - 2020-08-06
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office will resume lotto games today, but only in areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine.

BSP tightens inflation target to 1.75%-2.75% - 2020-08-06
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has revised the inflation assumption for this year amid the uptick in July and rising global oil prices.

Government plans to borrow record P6 trillion until 2021 - 2020-08-06
The government plans to borrow a record P6 trillion from domestic and foreign lenders this year and next as it expects the fiscal deficit to widen further amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

P23.5 million ecstasy seized - 2020-08-06
Agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated on Wednesday P23.5 million worth of ecstasy pills at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

DOH assures Universal Health Care implementation
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
GEARING up for economic recovery to sustainably address the impacts of the ongoing global health crisis, the Asean conducted a high-level dialogue on post-pandemic recovery to discuss best ...

DOH: Most of new COVID-19 clusters from community transmissions
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Most of the new clusters of COVID-19 came from communities, including households, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Thursday.

Nintendo profit jumps more than 400% thanks to the Switch and 'Animal Crossing'
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Nintendo sales are still soaring. The Japanese company posted another round of blockbuster earnings Thursday, proving that its hot streak from the pandemic is far from ov

Nintendo profit jumps more than 400% thanks to the Switch and 'Animal Crossing'
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Nintendo sales are still soaring. The Japanese company posted another round of blockbuster earnings Thursday, proving that its hot streak from the pandemic is far from ov

Japan sends Avigan tablets for 100 COVID-19 patients in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The country has received tablets of an anti-flu drug from Japan that can potentially cure the coronavirus disease, the Japanese Embassy said on Thursday.

'No basis for exclusion': Health professionals call for return of traditional jeepneys
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
A group of health professionals calls on the government to allow traditional jeepneys to ply their routes, saying this mode of transport poses less risks of viral transmission compared to buses or modern jeepneys.

PhilHealth reviewing COVID-19 case rates
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The government health insurer said Thursday it is reviewing case rate packages for COVID-19 in light of calls to scrap the system as a

Global health crisis cuts profits of ICTSI
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) saw its profits declining by 12 percent to $113.4 million in the first half, from $128.5 million a year ago, due to the global health crisis. Enrique K.

Gamboa rallies cops to carry out mandate as PNP observes police service anniversary
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-06
"In honor of our legacy, we will continue... Philippine Business Bank (PBB) deemed it necessary to heighten the provisions for potential credit losses by more than three times in the first half ...

ANALYSIS: Microsoft has a long history in China. That could cut both ways for TikTok
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
Microsoft has spent decades building goodwill with Beijing, and that could help its bid to buy TikTok's operations in the United States and a few other countries. That is, unless deteriorating US-China relations get in the way.

Metro Pacific Hospital expands COVID19 capacity
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-06
Amid the unabated rise of local coronavirus (COVID19) cases, healthcare chain operator Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (MPHHI) is expanding its capacity to serve afflicted patients and is

Philippines shifts from ASEAN darling to worst economic performer - 2020-08-06
The Philippines may not be alone on suffering an economic downturn because of the pandemic, but the decline in the local economy is by far the worst, at least compared with neighboring developing countries.

DepEd working to make learning materials accessible to students with special needs
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-06
The Department of Education (DepEd) said it is working with partners to make sure learning materials would be accessible to students with special needs.

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