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Gridlock over the NAIA deal
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
After all the trouble they went through, the NAIA Consortium finally threw in the towel. After two years of negotiations, the government and the consortium decided to call it quits. Both parties were asking for a better deal and neither one would budge.

Apple wins appeal against $15 billion EU tax bill
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
(CNN) -- Apple has won its appeal against a European Commission ruling that it owed Ireland EUR13 billion ($14.9 billion) in taxes. The European Union's second highest court ruled Wednesday that ...

Personal remittances from OFWs down by 16.1% in April
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Overseas Filipinos sent approximately $2.276 billion in April, lower by 16.1 percent from the $2.713 billion sent home in the same month last year.

23 of 163 potential COVID-19 vaccines already at clinical trial, FDA says
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
FDA says 23 of 163 potential vaccines for COVID-19 under the WHO Solidarity Trial are at the clinical trial stage, including two which are for testing to a bigger group of people.

ABS-CBN to lay off workers effective August 31
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
CBN is now forced to cease the operations of some of its businesses and implement a retrenchment program covering ABS-CBN and its subsidiaries effective end of business day on 31 August 2020," the media giant said in a statement on Wednesday.

Pandemic seen to boost retail investor numbers with online trading shift
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
"Online accounts have been the reason for the steady rise in total stock market accounts in the last 10 years," PSE president Ramon Monzon said.

Manila starts free drive-thru testing for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The City of Manila has launched its own. Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said anyone, even non-residents of Manila, can avail of the rapid tests. They only need to bring a government-issued ID,

China and Philippines affirm ties after South China Sea spat
NIKKEI - 2020-07-15
MANILA -- China and the Philippines have moved to ease tensions following their latest verbal spat over a 2016 arbitration ruling that rejected Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Police say no home searches for COVID-19 patients as critics warn of new 'Tokhang'-style program
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday denied that the government is militarizing its COVID-19 response by deploying more state security to control the spread of the coronavirus. In carrying out the newly-launched Oplan Kalinga program,

'It will work,' DepEd says on its readiness for 2020 class opening
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
"Nagkaroon kami ng simulation...sa city ng Navotas with the cooperation and full support of Mayor (Toby) Tiangco...and it was a very successful simulation...kindergarten high, school and college." [Translation: We tried because there were a lot of comments sayung 'the DepEd can't do it,

PEZA eyes 10 new ecozones to lure investors amid pandemic
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
The country's largest economic zone operator has approved 50 new projects worth P22.5 billion that will generate nearly 9,000 jobs, including the establishment of 10 new economic zones.

PH records 1,392 new COVID-19 cases pushing total to 58,850
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The Philippines now has 58,850 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease, as the Department of Health reports another 1,392 infections as of Wednesday

Comelec proposes ?26-B automated vote-counting process
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is eyeing automated vote-counting in elections that will cost billions, Commissioner Marlon Casquejo said on Wednesday.

Trade exec laments 'insufficient' state support to pandemic-stricken firms
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba batted for the passage of a Congress-initiated economic stimulus bill, something which economic managers have been cool about.

Philippines flattened coronavirus curve in April, health chief says
The Straits Times - 2020-07-15
MANILA (BLOOMBERG) - The Philippines has flattened its Covid-19 infection curve since April, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said, even as the number of cases continues to rise.. Read more at straitstimes.

P700,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes left abandoned in Lanao del Sur
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
Probers are still clueless on the ownership of P700,000 worth of Malaysian cigarettes found abandoned in a secluded area in Barangay Curahab in Malabang, Lanao del Sur early this week.

Nissan unveils its first electric SUV, the Ariya
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The Nissan Ariya, the company's first all-electric SUV, will be able to drive up to 300 miles on a single charge and features a high-tech interior, with almost no buttons or knobs, according to the automaker.

Target COVID-19 bed capacity unattainable due to limited manpower, resources -- private hospital group
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Some private hospitals may not be able to comply with the required bed capacity policy for COVID-19 patients due to limited manpower and resources in their respective facilities, a group said.

Private hospitals could close down if forced to grant benefits to frontliners
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Private hospitals are in danger of closing down once mandated to grant hazard pay, and other means of compensation to their health workers, an association of private health institutions bares.

Court bars Chinese crew in Mindoro sea collision from leaving PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
A local court has issued a hold departure order against the crew of a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier involved in the sinking of a boat in Occidental Mindoro in late June that left 14 Filipino fishermen and passengers missing.

New York Times moving some staff out of Hong Kong as security law brings media chill
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The New York Times is moving some staff out of Hong Kong due to a new security law imposed by China on the city, as both foreign and local media face increased uncertainty in the Asian financial hub.

Foreign reserves break new record anew in June
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
Foreign loans secured to increase the government's budgetary firepower against the coronavirus outbreak pushed up the country's buffer funds.

Barangay health workers should do house-to-house - Guevarra
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-15
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra suggested barangay health workers should be tasked in doing house-to-house visits to identify persons with the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Health workers to lead 'Oplan Kalinga', but house-to-house ops still unclear
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
We assure the public that we are implementing this for the sake of public health, for the protection of everybody."

AXA Philippines offers health plans and services amid high hospitalization costs
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
AXA Philippines offers its health plans and services to help financially challenged Filipinos cope with expensive medical treatments and hospitalization costs.

AXA Philippines offers health plans and services amid high hospitalization costs
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) -AXA Philippines has announced its wide range of health plans and services to help financially challenged Filipinos cope with expensive medical treatments and ...

DTI, BIR: Online barter not taxable so long as not a business
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
For local barter trade, there is no clear prohibition. But these are still subject to regulation, must be registered and subject to tax if again being done in the course of trade or business. As a regular business,

Apple customers can now submit claims as part of settlement over slowing down iPhones
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
The settlement applies to customers who purchased the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus and or the SE before December 21, 2017 and experienced performance issues.

Burger King's latest sustainability effort: reduce cow farts
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-15
Burger King is improving its cows' low-carb diet by adding 100 grams of lemongrass to reduce methane emissions (aka cow farts).

China vows retaliation against US over Hong Kong sanctions
philstar.com - 2020-07-15
China on Wednesday said it would retaliate after US President Donald Trump signed into law an act allowing sanctions on banks over Beijing's clampdown on Hong Kong.

Squirrel tests positive for bubonic plague in Colorado, health officials warn
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
A squirrel in Colorado has tested positive for the bubonic plague. The squirrel tested positive on July 11 in the town of Morrison, marking the first case of plague in the county this year, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) department.

5G Possibilities For A More Nimble And Data-Driven Food Industry
Forbes - 2020-07-14
G could mean a future of seemingly unlimited options, precise customization and unprecedented ease for customers in the food and beverage industry.

Comet Neowise is easily visible in the night sky this week. See the most dazzling photos and videos of it so far.
Business Insider - 2020-07-14
Comet Neowise, a ball of space ice spraying brilliant tails of gas and dust, won't return for another 6,800 years.

Astronomers spot most distant fleeting flash afterglow from SGRB
UPI.com - 2020-07-14
Astronomers said Tuesday they saw the most distant afterglow ever from a short gamma-ray burst 10 billion light years away.

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and other tech companies have joined MIT and Harvard in a fight to stop Trump's new visa rule
Business Insider - 2020-07-14
Under the rule, international students whose universities do not provide in-person classes this fall would be forced to leave the US.

Johnnie Walker whisky will be sold in paper bottles next year
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Johnnie Walker fans will be able to pour their whisky from a planet-friendly bottle. On Monday, Diageo, the British spirits company that owns the brand, announced the development of a paper-based spirits bottle made from sustainably sourced wood.

Boeing awarded $1.2B deal for 8 F-15EX fighter jets
UPI.com - 2020-07-14
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $1.2 billion contract -- with a ceiling of nearly $23 billion -- to build the first lot of eight F-15EX fighter jets.

Banks can absorb losses from ABS-CBN shutdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-14
The Philippine banking system can absorb potential credit losses arising from the shutdown of broadcasting giant ABS-CBN Corp., whose congressional franchise renewal bid was recently crushed by

Sales of imported cars down 55% in H1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-14
Vehicle importers said their volume sales had been cut by more than half as of June, selling only a total of 19,455 units as the pandemic hurt the demand for new cars. The Association of Vehicle

Virus worries and FOMO drive options bets on surging tech giants
Reuters - 2020-07-14
Options investors are ramping up bets on some of this year's biggest winners, including Amazon.com Inc , Netflix Inc and Tesla Inc , even as they turn cautious on the wider market amid a resurgent U.S.

Google's $10 billion investment fund should further entrench the tech giant in the Indian startup economy
Business Insider - 2020-07-14
Google's $10 billion investment fund is intended to expand its in-house services in India, and further entrench Google in the Indian startup economy.

France to give $9 billion in pay raises to health care workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
France will give health care workers across the nation $9 billion in pay raises in recognition of their work during the pandemic, the country's Prime Minister Jean Castex has said.

In Reversal, U.K. Will Ban Huawei Equipment From Its 5G Network
NPR - 2020-07-14
British regulators say they had little choice after the U.S. imposed sanctions that could affect the viability of Huawei products. Existing 5G equipment must be removed from the network by 2027.

A former Apple TV designer built a livestreaming startup to challenge Twitch, and he's betting the key to winning will be live rap battles
Business Insider - 2020-07-14
Caffeine, which has scored a collaboration with Drake and the Ultimate Rap League, is finding new ways to monetize interactive live streams.

US deficit soars to record high
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
Massive government rescue payments to help businesses and households survive the economic hit from the coronavirus drove a record surge in the US deficit last month, the Treasury Department said Monday.

Robredo starts posting COVID-19 data to check if PH is flattening the curve
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-14
Vice President Leni Robredo has decided to share the daily COVID-19 bulletin from the Department of Health (DOH) in an effort to monitor whether the country is actually

P2.4 million marijuana seized in Isabela
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
Sixteen kilos of dried marijuana leaves worth P2.4 million were seized at a checkpoint in Barangay Caquilingan in Cordon town on Monday.

ASF hits North Cotabato town
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
Arlan Mangelen, regional director of the Department of Agriculture in Soccsksargen, confirmed the outbreak of ASF in neighboring Barangays Magcaalam and Ilian. At least 68 swine deaths were recorded in Barangay Magcaalam.

American pedophile deported
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
A suspected American pedophile has been deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI). Craig Alex Levin, 64, was arrested at his condominium unit in Barangay Cogon Ramos, Cebu City on May 24 after he was caught bringing a 15-year-old girl to his room,

PAL launches mid-year special fare promo
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
Philippine Airlines is launching a mid-year special offer promotion where travelers can "enjoy safe skies and safe travels with the Heart of the Filipino".

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