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Lebanon assembly ratifies state of emergency after deadly blast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
BEIRUT -- Lebanon's parliament on Thursday approved a two-week state of emergency in Beirut, declared after last week's gigantic portside explosion, giving the army greater powers to

Bayanihan 2 done by end-August, House defends P10 billion for Tieza
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-13
CLOSE to 100 percent of tourism and tourism-related enterprises are micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), contrary to the claim of some lawmakers that big business is driving the clamor for ...

COVID-19 Update: Hearing Loss Risk, New Mental Health Data
Medscape - 2020-08-13
A small study from a group of audiologists in the United Kingdom describes a deterioration in hearing ability among patients with COVID-19 after being discharged from the hospital. Published in The International Journal of Audiology,

COVID-19 Death Rate For Black Americans Twice That For Whites, New Report Says
NPR - 2020-08-13
Three times as many Black Americans as whites have also become infected with the coronavirus, according to the National Urban League report, based partly on data from Johns Hopkins University.

Countries tighten rules as world coronavirus deaths pass 750,000
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
The total number of people killed by the novel coronavirus around the world passed 750,000 on Thursday, with some countries toughening control measures as caseloads once again creep

Quality of life got worse for the past year for 79 percent of adult Filipinos - SWS
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
A survey conducted by Social Weather Stations last July 3 to 6 shows 79 percent of adult Filipinos say their quality of life worsened in the past 12 months

Quality of life got worse for the past year for 79 percent of adult Filipinos - SWS
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
A survey conducted by Social Weather Stations last July 3 to 6 shows 79 percent of adult Filipinos say their quality of life worsened in the past 12 months

Meet the 13 Salesforce power players helping CEO Marc Benioff lead the cloud giant to hit its aggressive growth targets despite the turbulent economy
Business Insider - 2020-08-13
These are the 13 people who helped make Salesforce into what it is today, and who will lead the charge as it tackles new challenges and looks to grow.

Kansas City Chiefs Partner Using New Contactless Payment Tool At Arrowhead Stadium
Forbes - 2020-08-13
Kansas CIty's Arrowhead Stadium will now feature ChiefsPay, a scan-and-go QR code functionality found on the Chiefs' app to make all in-stadium purchases thanks to a partnership with Tappit.

Coronavirus latest: Philippines pushes back school reopenings
NIKKEI - 2020-08-13
Officials say the country's first outbreak in more than three months appears to be an imported strain, Reuters reports ... agree to work toward resuming business travel between the two countries ...

Cagayan town PNP on lockdown - 2020-08-13
The police station in Abulug, Cagayan was placed on lockdown on Wednesday following the arrest of a suspect who later tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.

COVID-19 cases surge in Calabarzon workplaces - 2020-08-13
The transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in workplaces has been blamed for the increase in cases in Calabarzon.

Nearly 140K OFWs repatriated by govt due to pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-13
Nearly 140,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been brought home by the government since it started its mass repatriation due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday said 139,

Pinoys hurt in Beirut blast jumps to 61 - 2020-08-13
The number of Filipinos injured in a powerful explosion in Beirut, Lebanon has climbed to 61, the Department of Labor and Employment announced yesterday.

GCash microcredit doubles to P2 billion - 2020-08-13
Microcredit extended by GCash amounted to P2 billion in the first half, double the amount from the same period last year as the fintech compacontinues to provide more Filipinos access to alternative credit facility.

JG Summit incurs losses in H1
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-13
The company said this is primarily due to the significant decline in its airline business as well as in its petrochemicals business, which were heavily affected by the impact of virus outbreak.

Laptops, tablets, cellphones among contraband destroyed at New Bilibid Prison
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
Netizens reacted to the wrecking of the gadgets, suggesting they could have instead been given to those in need. The Corrections Bureau says it is unsure if the gadgets were working or safe to use

Quezon City urges private hospitals, labs to submit list of people tested for COVID-19 - 2020-08-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The government of Quezon City asked private hospitals and laboratories to submit the list of individuals who were tested for coronavirus disease to hasten its contact ...

DOJ confirms death of former Wirecard executive - 2020-08-13
Former Wirecard Asia executive Christopher Reinhard Bauer, who was summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation in connection with the probe on supposedly $1.2-billion fraud, died last month, the Department of Justice confirmed yesterday.

P10.2 million shabu seized in Taguig, Makati - 2020-08-13
At least 1.5 kilos of shabu valued at P10.2 million were confiscated by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents from three suspected drug pushers in the cities of Taguig and Makati on Wednesday.

DICT wants improvement in common tower guidelines - 2020-08-13
The country may lose as much as $4 billion in potential investments if the existing common tower policy is not improved immediately, according to Department of Information and Communications Technology Undersecretary Ramon Jacinto.

Russia vaccine claim faces skepticism as nations renew virus battle
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
Russia claimed Tuesday it has developed the world's first vaccine offering "sustainable immunity" against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its

4 held over face shield scam - 2020-08-13
A couple and two others were apprehended after they were tagged in an online scam involving 50,000 face shields amounting to at least P1.8 million in Malate, Manila on Wednesday night.Raymund Manzanares,

FMIC sees more cut in interest rates
BusinessMirror - 2020-08-13
FIRST Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) is expecting the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to have another reduction in key policy rates and reserve requirement before the year ends. The investment bank of Metrobank Group noted that while the Central Bank has already cut the policy rates several times this year,

PNP: No lapses in Echanis slay case - 2020-08-13
Investigators who handled the probe on the murder of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randall Echanis did not commit lapses, the Philippine National Police said yesterday.

Local producers seek action on chicken imports from Brazil - 2020-08-13
The Philippines should immediately act on meat imports after China reported yesterday that some chicken wings shipped from Brazil tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.

Diokno: Banks risk collapse over 1-year debt moratorium - 2020-08-13
A proposal in Congress to oblige banks to grant a 365-day moratorium to all borrowers during the COVID-19 pandemic under the Bayanihan 2 bill may pose serious risks to the soundness and health of the local banking industry,

Temporary release of prisoner-mom sought to let her nurture newborn child
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
Relatives of a political prisoner, who recently gave birth in jail, have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow her and other inmates humanitarian release amid the COVID-19

San Juan provides quarters for frontliners - 2020-08-13
An elementary school in San Juan will serve as living quarters for at least 100 personnel of the San Juan Medical Center , Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday.

Aurora logs 1st case - 2020-08-13
The patient was taken to the Aurora Memorial Hospital on Aug. 6 after she reportedly suffered a stroke. Mayor Rhett Angara said the patient tested positive for the virus on Wednesday and is confined at the Paulino J.

BI deports 75 Chinese - 2020-08-13
The Bureau of Immigration has deported 75 Chinese who were arrested for their alleged involvement in illegal online gaming operations.

RCBC profit climbs 17% in first half - 2020-08-13
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. posted a double-digit jump in earnings to P3.11 billion in the first semester despite almost doubling of its provision for probable losses due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stocks sustain uptrend on hopes of easing lockdown - 2020-08-13
Share prices continued to strengthen yesterday, rallying for a fourth straight day, as investors pin their hopes on lighter quarantine measures by next week.

Manila buys 2,000 vials of Remdesivir for COVID-19 patients in district hospitals
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The City of Manila buys 2,000 vials of Remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in its six district hospitals.

More than half of Mumbai's slum residents might have had COVID-19. Here's why herd immunity could still be a long way off
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
Last month, researchers in one of India's largest cities made a surprising discovery. Of the nearly 7,000 blood samples taken from people in Mumbai's slums, 57% tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.

3 warnings on travel that point to a slow economic recovery
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The biggest question facing investors is how quickly the global economy can recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers call for fewer learning competencies in pandemic school year
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
Lawmakers are calling on Education officials to take a second look at the curriculum and consider further reducing learning competencies for the coming school year.

BSP warns one-year loan payments freeze in Bayanihan 2 bad for banks
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
Central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno says the proposed one-year moratorium on loan repayments could pose 'serious risks' to local banks and may cause funding woes if they are unable to collect monthly dues.

Monterey Minerals Closes Acquisition of the Alicia Project in the Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-08-13
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / August 13, 2020 / Monterey Minerals Inc. (the "Company" or "Monterey") (CSE:MREY and FSE:2DK) is pleased to announce that it has closed the acquisition of Greater Arc Pty Ltd ("Greater Arc"),

PhilHealth suspends release of cash advances intended for COVID-19 to hospitals
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has put on hold the release of funds for hospitals to be used specifically to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, pending review of the reimbursement program.

PhilHealth suspends release of cash advances intended for COVID-19 to hospitals
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has put on hold the release of funds for hospitals to be used specifically to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, pending review of the reimbursement program.

Isolation centers, protocol officers soon required in some workplaces - DTI
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
Some companies will be required to have isolation centers and protocol officers to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, the Department of Trade and Industry announced Thursday.

Pilipinas Shell shuts down oil refinery plant in Batangas
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The sharp drop in fuel prices pushes multinational firm Shell to shut down its refinery in Tabangao, Batangas for good, as its Philippine unit suffered a ?1.2-billion loss in the second quarter amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NBI wants 2 BI officers prosecuted over fake travel records of ex-Wirecard exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
The National Bureau of Investigation has recommended the prosecution of two officers of the Bureau of Immigration before the Department of Justice for allegedly falsifying the

Security Bank grows first-half earnings by double-digit despite pandemic - 2020-08-13
Hefty trading gains and "proactive" steps to shield its balance sheet offset an increase in loan loss provisions.

Meralco keeps lights on for dialysis center of Angono-Binangonan residents - 2020-08-13
Meralco personnel upgrade distribution transformers and installing new metering facilities to serve the Angono-Binangonan Center of Dialysis Inc.

Nearly 5,000 online vendors now registered with BIR - 2020-08-13
Nearly 5,000 online sellers have so far registered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) since taxmen started asking them to pay taxes or risk getting penalized. From June to Aug. 7, a total of 4,

Teen pregnancies up in Zamboanga City amid lockdown, curfew for minors - 2020-08-13
The regional office of the Population Commission has recoroded a rise in teen pregnancies in Zamboanga City amid a lockdown and a curfew for minors meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cecil Abuy,

DOJ confirms death of exec tagged in Wirecard mess
CNN Philippines - 2020-08-13
The Department of Justice confirms that a German businessman being investigated for his involvement in the Wirecard accounting scandal has died in the Philippines.

BSP chief warns Congress vs 1-yr loan payment moratorium
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-08-13
The central bank has put its foot down against lawmakers' proposals to grant loan borrowers a blanket one-year halt to debt payments as part of a broader relief package being deliberated by

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