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Philippines Extends Coronavirus Curbs as Infections Hit Record for Second Day
New York Times - 2020-07-31
The Philippines reported Southeast Asia's biggest daily jump in new coronavirus cases for a second straight day on Friday, as its president extended restrictions in the capital to quell the spread, and promised normality would return in December.

Someone from the Philippines can become $137 million richer this Saturday - 2020-07-31
The American Powerball lottery currently offers the biggest jackpot prize in the world: $137 million. That huge amount has captured the attention of lottery fans all over the world and amazingly, the winner of this enormous prize could be someone from the Philippines.

Philippines extends coronavirus restrictions in Manila as cases surge
Reuters - 2020-07-31
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday retained coronavirus restrictions in the capital Manila until mid-August and announced free vaccines to combat a surge in infections that has overwhelmed health care workers and facilities.

Quarantine delays death registration - 2020-07-31
The Philippine Statistics Authority has noted a surge in late registrations of death in April and March this year, the first two months of novel coronavirus-induced lockdown in the country.

PH posts new single-day record with 4,063 more COVID-19 infections; total exceeds 93,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
The country again broke its record for the most number of COVID-19 cases in a day after listing 4,063 more infections, the Department of Health announced on Friday.

Philippines Records 4,063 New Coronavirus Cases, Southeast Asia's Highest Jump for Second Day
New York Times - 2020-07-31
MANILA -- The Philippine health ministry on Friday confirmed 4,063 novel coronavirus infections, reporting the highest daily case increase in Southeast Asia for a second straight day. In a ...

Globe, DepEd hold training to keep teachers, learners safe online - 2020-07-31
Globe Telecom and the Department of Education (DepEd) have joined hands to create a safe and healthy online learning environment for teachers, students and home educators this coming school year.

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocks Surigao del Sur
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake jolted Surigao del Sur and other areas in Mindanao on Friday. The tremor struck at 2:06 p.m., hitting waters off Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

War of the vinegars
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
Imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery, but the family behind Suka Pinakurat, the beloved spiced vinegar brand, would rather not have it. After all, it took years of

Chemists disprove Duterte claim gasoline may be used as disinfectant
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
Gasoline must not be used as a disinfectant as it is harmful to the body, a group of chemists told the public Friday after President Rodrigo Duterte recommended its use as

UK COVID-19 infections rise as ministers fret over second wave in Europe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
LONDON -- Britain reported its highest number of new COVID-19 infections in more than a month on Thursday, as ministers fretted about a second wave of cases in Europe and warned more quarantine

DOH explains as officials question all-time high data on COVID-19 recoveries
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Three government officials branded as unbelievable the recorded all-time high recovery of over 38,000 COVID-19 patients on Thursday, saying it only further casts doubt on the Department of Health's reporting system.

Who will receive free COVID-19 vaccine from PH gov't and who will be shunned?
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
While he notably missed including healthcare workers in his list, President Duterte said he is open to giving free vaccines to communist rebels.

Metro Manila, Cebu City placed under GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Despite continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine, while Cebu City has been given the green light to ease its quarantine rules.

Zamboanga naval base under lockdown as 6 Marines infected with COVID-19 - 2020-07-31
At least six Marine troopers tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which prompted a naval base facility in Zamboanga City to impose a cluster lockdown, an official said Friday.

Wearing of face shields to be required in Metro Manila, Calabarzon - 2020-07-31
As the government extended general community quarantine in Metro Manila and Calabarzon until August 15, the COVID-19 task force announced that it would be amending minimum health standards in these areas to include the wearing of face shields on top of face masks.

Wall Street slides, but tech strength helps avert a big loss
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
Most of Wall Street stumbled Thursday, but yet another rise for big technology stocks helped keep the market's losses in check. The S&P 500 dropped 12.22

Grab launches free swab test for riders, drivers - 2020-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 60,000 Grab drivers and riders will undergo free reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR swab testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). An initial batch of drivers had their swabs taken during the ...

Economy 'starting to recover' from pandemic devastation -- Dominguez - 2020-07-31
The economy actually is already beginning to recover. We already hit the lowest part of the economy which is in April and May... It is already picking up now," the finance chief said.

NASA's Perseverance rover bound for Mars to seek ancient life - 2020-07-31
NASA's latest Mars rover Perseverance launched Thursday on an astrobiology mission to look for signs of ancient microbial life on the Red Planet -- and to fly a helicopter-drone on another world for the first time.

Philippines sets aside P20-B to vaccinate 20-M vs COVID-19 - 2020-07-31
Nonetheless, Friday's televised briefing provided some idea on the government's optimism that a COVID-19 vaccine is just around the corner. Dominguez cited four vaccines currently in advanced stages of development,

A disease like COVID-19 exploits all the vulnerabilities in health care systems, WHO official says
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
(CNN) -- A disease like COVID-19 exploits all the vulnerabilities that are present for individuals, communities and health systems, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health ...

Philippines and Malaysia diplomatic row heats up over Sabah
NIKKEI - 2020-07-31
TOKYO -- Diplomats from the Philippines and Malaysia are quarreling over the territory of Sabah, one of Malaysia's 13 states. Foreign Secretary Teddy Locsin, Jr. of the Philippines claimed in a ...

Metro Manila, Cebu City placed under GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 31) -- Despite continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the region, Metro Manila will remain under general community quarantine. The decision by President Rodrigo ...

Duterte backs study on revival of nuclear energy - 2020-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) said it would continue working with global experts in nuclear energy after President Duterte signed an executive order (EO) supporting the Philippine nuclear energy program. In a statement, Energy ...

Metrobank posts 1H income of P9.1B, sustains reserve build-up
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-31
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... With Cebu City still battling with a ...

Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
1640 - Spain, under a treaty entered into with the sultans of Sulu and Maguindanao, recognizes the independence of the two sultanates. 1704 - Sabah (formerly North Borneo), which used to be ...

DTI secures additional P1 billion for MSME assistance - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has secured P1 billion from government financial institutions Land Bank of the Philippines and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to be used to bolster its lending program for micro ...

Group pushes digital transformation of health-care sector amid pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
The Philippines recorded a large daily spike in Covid-19 cases on Thursday at 3,954 bringing the total number of infections to 89,374.However, the Department of Health (DOH) said that the huge ...

7-day-old baby survives COVID-19 - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A seven-day-old baby boy in Las Piñas has become the youngest patient to recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, the city government reported yesterday. Data from the city health office showed that the infant was ...

Apple Enjoys Blowout Third Quarter, Sales Up 11%
YAHOO! - 2020-07-30
Apple trounced Wall Street's expectations with a blowout third quarter earnings report. The technology titan reported revenue of $59.7 billion, an increase of 11 percent from the $53.8 billion in revenue that Apple reporter in the prior-year quarter.

NASA Astronauts in Space to Discuss Upcoming SpaceX Crew Dragon Return
YAHOO! - 2020-07-30
EDT Friday, July 31, from the International Space Station.Fellow NASA astronaut and current Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy will join the agency's SpaceX Demo-2 test flight crew for the 30-minute news conference,

Huawei just overtook Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker
ZDNet - 2020-07-30
Huawei smartphone shipments have for the first time overtaken Samsung's, making the Chinese tech company the largest smartphone vendor in the world. According to analyst Canalys, Huawei's milestone wouldn't have happened right now were it not for the ...

LTO extends car registration validity - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has extended the validity of vehicle registration amid the coronavirus pandemic. In an advisory issued yesterday, the LTO said vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 6 in the National ...

Emirates to resume Clark services - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Emirates, the first airline globally to offer its passengers free cover for COVID-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs, is resuming its passenger services to Clark tomorrow. The Dubai-based airline said it would operate six ...

Light It Forward: Liter of Light to Unveil Its First Milestone, A Philippine Flag Made from 1,000 Solar Lights
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-30
Liter of Light, a Filipino-born global grassroots solar lighting movement, unveiled its first milestone by making a solar flag out of the first 1,000 lights built for its "LIGHT IT FORWARD ...

PCSO board secretary shot dead - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- An official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office was gunned down by a motorcycle-riding assailant shortly after leaving the PCSO central office in Mandaluyong City yesterday afternoon. PCSO board secretary Wesley Barayuga ...

Workers to get double pay on Eid al-Adha -- DOLE - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The government on Thursday reminded companies to pay their employees double should they work on July 31, a regular holiday, although some employers affected by the pandemic may defer the release of the holiday pay. President Rodrigo ...

Young journalist believes expressing support for ABS-CBN cost him his job at PTV-4
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Journalism schools have always tried to maintain the balance between utilizing the power of the press and knowing when to shut it down, to avoid it being construed as a ...

PNP personnel infected with COVID-19 now 2,084 - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Thirty-six more police officers have been infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. The Philippine National Police (PNP) said there are now 2,084 police officers who have contracted the virus. PNP spokesman Brig.

Private employees to get 200% if they work on July 31
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... With Cebu City still battling with a ...

Factory gate prices decline faster in June - 2020-07-30
Factory gate prices fell at a slightly faster pace in June as 12 out of 20 major industry groups registered declines, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

Quezon City to deploy more contact tracers - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City government will deploy more contact tracers and open additional isolation facilities next month to further strengthen response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Mayor Joy Belmonte announced yesterday.

Robinsons Retail earns 4.1% less to P1.6 billion - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. (RRHI), the retail arm of the Gokongwei Group, posted a net income of P1.6 billion in the first half, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. In the second quarter alone, net income dropped 33.2 ...

Parañaque sets business tax payments via courier - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The extended deadline for the payment of local business tax (LBT) and other fees in Paranaque City will be up to today only, Mayor Edwin Olivarez said. Olivarez said the deadline of payment of business taxes was supposedly last ...

Government studying options to help aviation sector - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is studying various options to help the aviation sector recover from the damage brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance (DOF) said. In a text message to reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos ...

FPH sets capital spending for this year
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings Corp. (FPH) said its capital expenditure (capex) this year could reach P29 billion, half of which will go to its energy generation business. The capex of FPH ...

BSP: No asset price bubble amid pandemic - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Equity and property prices remain manageable as domestic liquidity and credit dynamics support economic activity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno told reporters ...

First Gen hiking capital to P13.2 billion - 2020-07-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Lopez-led First Gen Corp. has received the green light from its shareholders to raise its authorized capital to P13.2 billion as part of efforts to improve financial flexibility to develop its pipeline of projects. "The amendment ...

The ridiculist*
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-30
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... With Cebu City still battling with a ...

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