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Ramon Ang: Quick mass testing needed to reopen economy
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) - The Philippines must scale up mass testing as it looks to restore the economy, San Miguel Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang ...

Groups announce massive SONA protests
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
Despite the pandemic, various groups announced their nationwide protests during President Duterte's fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.

DOH assures San Lazaro Hospital staff of paid quarantine leaves, enough PPE
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
The Department of Health clarified on Friday that healthcare workers in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila are paid even when they are on quarantine.

DA injects additional ?1.4 billion to its loan program for agri, fishery projects
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
DA adds ?1.4 billion to its lending program for agriculture and fishery projects under the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.

BSP says digging deeper into Wirecard scandal
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Regulators are now looking into possible violations of banking rules after two of the country's biggest lenders got dragged into the Wirecard fiasco.

India, US, Brazil, South Africa: Coronavirus spikes hit big countries hardest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-17
India, the United States, Brazil and South Africa are currently experiencing the highest spikes in COVID-19 cases seen since the start of the month. And the four economic powerhouses are still well

Manila eyes opening second drive-thru testing facility for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
The local government of Manila is planning to set up a second free drive-thru testing site in Quirino Grandstand.

Burial of COVID-19 fatality in North Cotabato sparks panic
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Residents of Matalam town are restive for days now, agitated by the burial in the area of a COVID-19 fatality that their local government unit did not even know.

Netflix shares dive on profit miss despite user growth
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
SAN FRANCISCO, United States -- Netflix shares dived on Thursday after the leading streaming entertainment service reported relatively flat quarterly profits despite rising subscriber numbers. Netflix reported a profit of $720 million on revenue of $6.1 ...

Megawide-GMR takes over NAIA rehab project after rival consortium drops out
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Megawide Construction Corp. and its Indian partner, GMR, announced Friday they will now take over the rehabilitation of the aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), just days after talks between the government and the duo's rival "super consortium" collapsed amid concerns over the project's viability.

Taguig City set to partially open 'mega' quarantine center for residents this week
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 17) -- Taguig City is set to open the first phase of its 500-bed "mega" quarantine facility for its residents who have contracted COVID-19, Mayor Lino Cayetano ...

WATCH: Navotas on lockdown despite a relaxed Metro Manila quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Navotas on Thursday, July 16 placed its 250,000 residents under a strict quarantine policy after a surge in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

MultiSys launches cash disbursement platform CashBox
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Multisys Technologies Corporation developed and launched its new cash disbursement platform, CashBox, that will provide a new cash disbursement option for companies, organizations, and the public, in general.

Megawide GMR replaces NAIA Consortium in airport rehab project
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
Cebu airports has been named as the new contractor poised to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, it announced Friday.

Gov't looking into funding free masks for poor Filipinos
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
The government is currently looking into a suggestion to provide free face masks to urban poor families, with Dr. Tony Leachon saying President Rodrigo Duterte is receptive to the idea.

Mayon Volcano's status lowered to Alert Level 1
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
Phivolcs said the scaling down of alert status of Mayon was due to decrease in volcanic earthquake activity, relatively low levels of sulfur dioxide emission and weak to moderate

Cebu folk cooperating with health protocols helped in downgrade to MECQ
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-17
Residents of Cebu have started to cooperate with health protocols that helped downgrade the city to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

Foreign nationals allowed to enter PH starting August amid COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
Foreign nationals with long-term visas will be allowed to enter the country starting August, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Harry Roque announces.

San Lazaro Hospital nurses hold silent protest, renew calls for better working conditions
philstar.com - 2020-07-17
This demonstration follows a statement the nurses made on July 10, which contained allegations against hospital management for understaffing, underpaying, overworking and insufficiently protecting its employees.

Day 1 of Navotas lockdown: 349 arrested for quarantine violations
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-17
At least 349 violators of the 24-hour curfew and quarantine rules, including proper wearing of face masks, were arrested on the first day of the two-week lockdown in Novotas City, Mayor Toby Tiangco a

Twitter scammers just wanted money. But what if they had worse plans?
Reuters - 2020-07-17
Twitter Inc had stepped up its search for a chief information security officer in recent weeks, two people familiar with the effort told Reuters, before the breach of high-profile accounts on Wednesday raised alarms about the platform's security.

Carry your cutlery wherever you go with this eco-friendly set -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-07-17
Cut out single use cutlery.

Twitter and the big Bitcoin scam: what happened next
The Verge - 2020-07-17
On July 15th, multiple verified Twitter accounts associated with public figures and companies were hijacked and tweeted out a bitcoin scam. Several accounts impacted by the breach include Apple, President Barack Obama,

Zuckerberg criticizes Trump coronavirus response as Facebook struggles to contain its own misinformation virus
Mashable - 2020-07-17
During a Facebook Live Q&A with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Mark Zuckerberg did not mince words when he criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus. That's a departure from Facebook's usually kowtowing relationship with the president -- and Facebook's own struggles to contain and meaningfully address the spread of COVID-19 misinformation on its platforms.

Before hack tore through Twitter, online forum offered accounts for sale
Reuters - 2020-07-16
Before a hacking campaign tore through Twitter and compromised some of its most high-profile users, an ad went up on a gray market site that facilitates the trade of user accounts for popular websites,

Xbox cloud gaming service to debut in September
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
"We're bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members," Xbox team head Phil Spencer said in a post.

ICU Mortality
Medscape - 2020-07-16
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Although some debate over certain elements of the protocol can be heard, the overriding concern is the lack of randomized trial data.

Rapid testing, contact tracing might reduce COVID-19 transmission by 80%
UPI.com - 2020-07-16
Quick testing and contact tracing improves the odds of successfully limiting COVID-19 spread by reducing transmission by as much as 80% per infected person, according to a analysis published by The Lancet.

Twitter hack once again puts a negative spotlight on Bitcoin
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-16
Wednesday night's Twitter hack was not a good look for Bitcoin. Hackers took over accounts belonging to such well-known figures as Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Barack Obama in an apparent effort to earn income by scamming people out of Bitcoin,

Netflix names Ted Sarandos co-CEO as stock takes a tumble on soft guidance
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-16
(CNN) -- Netflix added a strong 10 million subscribers in the second quarter of 2020, beating its own expectations. That's the good news. The bad news, however, was that its forecast for ...

NASA pushes back James Webb telescope launch date by seven months
UPI.com - 2020-07-16
The launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope has been postponed by more seven months to Oct. 31, 2021, due partly to workplace restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, NASA said Thursday.

COVID-19 testing maker refutes PH FDA claim, insists antigen tests have higher sensitivity rate
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-16
COVID-19 testing firm LabX founder Thomas Navasero emphasizes that antigen tests have around 93 percent sensitivity rate in identifying the presence of the virus, contrary to the Philippine Food and D

This professional hacker says the Twitter attack was a 'big wake-up call.' Here's the advice she gives other tech companies to avoid a similar fate.
Business Insider - 2020-07-16
After Twitter experienced an unprecedented attack, one hacker who specializes in social engineering explains why other tech companies should worry.

Labor groups file 9th petition on questioning Anti-Terrorism Law
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-16
Labor groups Federation of Free Workers, Kilusang Mayo Uno, and Nagkaisa Labor Coalition led the filing of the ninth petition challenging the legality of the controversial Anti-Terrorism Law

51.2 million Pinoys remain unbanked - BSP
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
More than 51 million Filipino adults remain unbanked due to lack of enough money, lack of documentary requirements, and refusal to open a bank account, according to the 2019 financial inclusion survey report of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Davao Oriental expands cacao beans output for domestic, export market
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
Cacao farmers in Davao Oriental are primed for a wider production engagement with the multi-awarded chocolate maker here with fresh financial aid from the World Bank-funded Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP).

165 countries sign up for global vaccine plan
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
More than 70 rich countries have signed up to a global coronavirus vaccine initiative intended to ensure that any effective shots are fairly distributed around the world-but which may also allow them to buy more vaccines to stockpile for their own citizens.

DOLE and CSC line up online job fairs for displaced workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
The government is planning to conduct several online job fairs to provide alternative employment to the growing number of displaced workers. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) said it will be conducting its virtual 2020 Government Online Career Fair (GOCF) from September 14 to 18,

Wall Street dips on fears over rising COVID-19 cases, tech weighs
Reuters - 2020-07-16
The S&P 500 dipped from a five-week high on Thursday, pulled lower by Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc , as concerns about the economic toll from rising coronavirus cases were heightened by data showing elevated levels of unemployment claims.

Firms urged to develop business continuity plan, cushion impact of coronavirus pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
Companies are advised to develop a business continuity plan (BCP) that will enable them minimize the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on their operations, or prepare for possible future disasters.

This designer is making clothing out of old electrical wiring -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-07-16
Reduce, reuse, and re-fashion. Work it.

StackHawk, the Denver-based bug-detecting service, hires developer of open-source project Zed Attack Proxy
TechCrunch - 2020-07-16
StackHawk, the Denver-based software startup offering service to detect and fix security bugs, is doubling down on its support for the popular open-source OWASP Zed Attack Proxy web app security scanner by bringing on board its founder,

Roque: Generosity of Ayalas, MVP made Duterte soften his stance against them
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
President Rodrigo Duterte softened his stance against business tycoons Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) and the Ayalas because of their generous contribution to the government's novel coronavirus ...

Meralco moves to resolve billing concerns
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
By Lenie Lectura Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz The Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) has assured the Department of Energy (DOE) that it would soon finish the delivery of "personalized" letters to over 4 million of its customers to explain their May bills.

Graduate education in the new normal
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
By Dino Carlo A. Saplala Many schools and universities in the country had suspended onsite classes since March 10 of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Both policy-makers and school administrators confronted a dilemma involving school operations and health considerations.

Investors swamp RCBC bond offer
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. raised P16.6 billion as investors gobbled up its peso bonds as it returned to the onshore debt market to raise funds to support asset growth and general purposes,

59 more cops get COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
The Philippine National Police has recorded another surge in coronavirus disease 2019 infections among its personnel with 59 new cases documented on Wednesday night.

NAIA-3 ceiling collapses
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
The ceiling of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 food hall collapsed before dawn on Wednesday.

The big boom in baking
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-16
AS attested by the supermarket shelves always near-empty of flour, vanilla flavoring, and other condiments, baking has become the primary preoccupation of many Filipinos trying to fill their extra time while being cooped-up and working at home.

DoubleDragon eyes funding from offshore debt markets
philstar.com - 2020-07-16
DoubleDragon Properties Corp., the listed property company chaired by Edgar "Injap" Sia, may issue dollar denominated long term senior bonds, depending on investor appetite.

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