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Duterte adviser urges GCQ till year-end for better business planning
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
Amid the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday that Metro Manila and 12 other areas would remain under general community quarantine (GCQ)

Antigraft court acquits Parañaque treasurer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-31
The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has acquitted a Parañaque City treasurer of graft for allegedly reducing the property tax of a condominium association despite its supposed failure to comply with

Facebook raises settlement to $650 million in facial recognition lawsuit
Reuters - 2020-07-31
Facebook Inc raised its settlement offer by $100 million to $650 million related to a lawsuit that claimed it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent,

Introducing ARC: A New Small-Batch Gin From The Philippines--With A Twist
Forbes - 2020-07-31
ARC gin, distilled in the southern outskirts of Manila, is making waves in the industry and redefining craft distilling in the Philippines.

CMS Seeks Feedback on Electronic Opioid Prescribing Rules
Medscape - 2020-07-31
A January 2021 deadline looms for transmitting Medicare Part D prescriptions for controlled substances electronically. CMS says it wants to ease challenges for clinicians in complying with the rule.

Foreign loans, grants for COVID-19 hit $8.2 billion
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Foreign borrowings and grant assistance secured by the Philippine government for its anti-COVID-19 measures and to finance various projects reached $8.2 billion as of end-June, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Netflix is letting people watch things faster or slower with new playback speed controls
The Verge - 2020-07-31
Netflix is letting people choose the speed at which they want to watch something on their phone or tablet with new playback controls. Netflix will allow anyone on an Android mobile device to stream at either 0.

EDC keen on geothermal projects overseas
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Energy Development Corp. is keen on pursuing geothermal projects overseas with pre-development projects lined up in the next couple of years.

Coca-Cola investing additional P1 billion into Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. has made an additional investment of $22 million or approximately P1.1 billion to set up new production lines in the country.

Cops sent to secure COVID-19 centers
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Police officers in Metro Manila have been deployed to prevent patients quarantined in hotels turned into isolation centers from leaving, an official said yesterday.

Drugs, PCSO deals eyed in executive slay
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
The murder of a Philippine Charity Sweepsatkes Office official on Thursday could be related to the illegal drug trade or contracts entered into by the PCSO for gambling operations, police said yesterday.

PSALM sees P900 million savings from RPT cut
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. is using nearly P900 million in savings to pay off debts following the signing by President Duterte of an executive order covering real property tax breaks.

Kapamilya online live launched
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
CBN is going full blast with its digital pivot as it brings more of its content to the digital space three months after going off the air and a month after being denied of a new franchise to broadcast.

PNP to probe how Ecleo eluded arrest
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
How did former cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. manage to elude a police manhunt for more than eight years? Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa yesterday ordered an investigation into the circumstances that prevented authorities from arresting Ecleo,

A new way of thinking
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
No doubt, many have started to embrace and patronize alternatives to conventional tobacco products such as cigarettes, obviously for health reasons.

Government borrowings boost BOP surplus
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The balance of payments (BOP) posted a surplus for the third straight month with $80 million in June, reversing the $404-million deficit in the same month last year, amid strong inflows arising from additional government borrowings ...

Hotel rates seen to drop by 30%
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
MANILA, Philippines -- Average daily rates (ADR) of hotels in Metro Manila are expected to drop by 30 percent by the end of the year due to lower occupancy levels as the leisure sector continues to feel the impact of the pandemic,Colliers International ...

BuCor chief backs death penalty for drug convicts
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag said yesterday he is backing the call of President Duterte to reimpose the death penalty through lethal injection.

Caloocan barangay, hospital under lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan yesterday placed a barangay and a city-run hospital under total lockdown following a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Respect the elderly
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
To the young, love your parents and respect your elders. Sometimes kids are growing up so fast they have forgotten the fact that their parents are growing old faster. And you never know how much time you have left to be with them.

Mayor cites Clark as source of jobs for Mabalaqueños
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-31
Billed #MabuhaySwitzerland, the online experience will highlight Swiss-Philippine bilateral relations, as well as Swiss gastronomy, tourism, business,... There are many uncertainties in the ...

The search is on for next National Artist awardee
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
The Order of National Artist is the highest national recognition for Filipinos who have made significant contributions to the development of the arts

Philippines records 4,063 new coronavirus cases, Southeast Asia's highest jump for second day
Reuters - 2020-07-31
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.

Metro Manila hospitals could be overwhelmed in the next two weeks as COVID-19 cases continue to surge, UP research team warns
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Many hospitals in Metro Manila are in 'imminent danger of becoming overwhelmed' with COVID-19 patients in the next two weeks as surges of infections continue while designated beds are near capacity in the capital region,

New UP, UST research: 150,000 virus cases, 3,000 deaths by end-August
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Researchers from the University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas see coronavirus cases possibly reaching 150,000 with 3,000 deaths by August 31.

Big Tech's 'staggering' earnings live up to market hype
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
(CNN) -- Think the Nasdaq has rallied too high, too fast? The biggest tech companies in the world have this to say: Check our numbers. What's happening: One day after the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook ...

Beyond timeless carols, Jose Mari Chan shares business tips to struggling firms
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Jose Mari Chan has this tip to Filipinos looking to begin a new business venture amid the pandemic: Please be careful with your path.

Philippines' Duterte recommends petrol to clean face masks, says 'not joking'
Reuters - 2020-07-31
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday told his people they should use gasoline as a disinfectant for protective face masks - and stressed that his advice was not a joke.

Poe rejects tax on online purchases
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Senator Grace Poe is rejecting the move in the House of Representatives to impose taxes on digital transactions done via the likes of Netflix and Lazada, saying it runs counter to government's push to aid small firms selling online.

DOT holds informal talks with select countries for bilateral air arrangements for Bohol
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
DOT says it has been holding informal talks with countries with low COVID-19 cases to come up with bilateral air arrangements for the reopening of Bohol tourism.

Caloocan hospital to be shut again as COVID-19 infects more staff
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-31
Just a week after reopening, the Caloocan City Medical Center-South will shut down again as more of its hospital staff caught the coronavirus disease.

Leyte councilor convicted of graft surrenders
philstar.com - 2020-07-31
TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines -- Councilor Edgar Cinco of Tabontabon town in Leyte, who was convicted of graft over his excessive allowances, surrendered to the police on Wednesday. Cinco surrendered with his co-accused Meonilo Reforzado, former municipal ...

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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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
philstar.com - 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 ...

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