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Qantas is cutting 6,000 jobs and raising $1.3 billion to survive the pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Qantas is cutting 6,000 jobs and looking to raise up to 1.9 billion Australian dollars ($1.3 billion) as the carrier fights to survive the coronavirus pandemic.

3,000 establishments nationwide permanently close, retrenched due to pandemic, DOLE says
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
DOLE says more than 3,000 establishments nationwide have permanently closed or cut back workforce due to the pandemic, leaving 90,000 workers jobless.

DOF flags fiscal loopholes in bills creating sole OFW agency - 2020-06-25
Bills seeking to create a Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (DOFW) have "policy and impelementation issues" that, if passed into law, could create funding problems for the proposed agency, the D

Duterte, Asean leaders to tackle COVID-19 recovery in first online summit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-25
President Rodrigo Duterte and other leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) are expected to discuss cooperation in addressing the COVID-19 crisis and the

DOH warns against use of UV light in disinfecting surfaces
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Citing a recommendation from the World Health Organization, the Department of Health warns that the use of ultraviolet light is only suitable for disinfecting healthcare facilities.

Media personnel are frontliners, to receive PCR tests-- Palace
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Members of the media are now considered frontliners in the fight against COVID-19, and can undergo RT-PCR testing to be covered by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

Wirecard files for insolvency after ex-CEO arrested in $2 billion scandal
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Wirecard has filed for insolvency, just days after a $2 billion accounting scandal at the company burst into the open, crashing its stock and leading to the arrest of its former chief executive.

Roque said Filipinos are 'pasaway' and violate quarantine, but data show otherwise - 2020-06-25
As the government harps the "pasaway" narrative, data shows Filipinos are actually following quarantine measures even as one of world's longest and toughest lockdowns started to ease.

Justice Leonen to new lawyers: Be better than us
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Bar examinations chairperson Associate Justice Marvic Leonen reminded the new batch of lawyers in the country to resist injustice.

Traditional jeepneys may return next week if buses, UV express not enough, DOTr clarifies
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Traditional jeepneys may be back on the road by next week but on certain conditions, a transport official clarified.

Philippine cbank surprises with big 50 bps rate cut to soften pandemic blow
Nasdaq - 2020-06-25
The Philippine central bank unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate by another 50 basis points to a new low on Thursday, extending an aggressive policy easing cycle to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic.

BSP welcomes economy out of lockdown with surprise rate cut - 2020-06-25
In a surprise move, the central bank delivered fresh monetary stimulus to the economy, hoping it would be enough

Keep your stories going with 16 GB from Smart Giga Stories 99 - 2020-06-25
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SolGen mulls filing motion for reconsideration following dismissal of quo warranto plea vs. ABS-CBN
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Once a copy of the decision has been obtained, the OSG will study the possibility of filing a motion for reconsideration, if necessary, given the constitutional issue on foreign ownership raised in the OSG petition.

Philippines Surprises With Half-Point Rate Cut to Boost Economy
YAHOO! - 2020-06-25
The Philippines central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a bigger-than-expected 50 basis points to support an economy facing its worst crisis in decades.Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas lowered its benchmark interest rate to 2.

Bad connectivity bars telco regulator from joining Senate probe
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Even the telecommunications regulator was not spared from faulty internet connection. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) missed the Senate Basic Education Committee hearing on Thursday due to bad connectivity.

BSP follows through with a fresh rate cut as pandemic drags on
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
The Monetary Board cut the Bangko Sentral key interest rate by another 25 basis points on Thursday to 2.25 percent, setting the lowest policy rate in history. The latest cut follows a series of interest rate reductions meant to soften the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DepEd to private schools: Defer tuition increase
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
The Department of Education is calling on the private basic education sector to defer increases in tuition and other fees for next school year as parents and learners currently face financial constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

60 percent of public teachers have yet to be trained in technology-reliant teaching
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Meanwhile, a lawmaker pointed out that the DepEd has been giving trainings on technology-based instruction without considering if the teachers have access to technology or issues with connectivity.

Longer, larger COVID-19 impact to dim PH economic prospects - IMF
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
The International Monetary Fund joins its fellow development finance institutions in projecting a deeper economic contraction for the Philippines this year due to the pandemic.

Low-carbon economy sought after COVID-19 lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Sustainability experts say the government and private sector should actively shift to low-carbon strategies in reviving the economy post-lockdown.

Rappler Talk: Saving PH startups from the pandemic
Rappler - 2020-06-25
Small businesses and startups in the Philippines are struggling to stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey by PwC Philippines, together with the Department of Trade and Industry,

COVID-19 pandemic has made OFWs even more vulnerable
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-25
For three months, he hasn't been paid, and he hasn't been getting any food rations for weeks. So, Mr Pablito de Ocampo and about 10 of his fellow laid-off workers at

EMERGING MARKETS-Philippine peso gains ahead of, trade fears shake confidence
Nasdaq - 2020-06-25
The Philippine peso inched higher on Thursday, defying a broader selloff in Asian currencies, as investors bet the country would maintain a relative yield advantage by keeping interest rates unchanged at its central bank meeting.

Philippines' stock trading floor remains shut for decontamination, trades unaffected
Reuters - 2020-06-25
The Philippine Stock Exchange said on Thursday its headquarters, including the trading floor, will remain closed for the entire day for coronavirus post-decontamination procedures.

HRET premises, Makati courts and Valenzuela City's Bulwagang Pangkatarungan on lockdown - 2020-06-25
The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal premises in Quezon City have been placed on lockdown for two weeks due to COVID-19 threat.

Philippines to investigate Wirecard's phantom billions
YAHOO! - 2020-06-25
Wirecard's missing $2.1 billion is being investigated by the Philippines, which said that the German payments firm's former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek may be in the country. Justice Secretar

More workers in locked down BGC construction site positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
More workers from a now-locked down construction site at Bonifacio Global City in Taguig have tested positive for COVID-19. Taguig Councilor Darwin Icay on Wednesday said a total of 17 workers, out of the 27,

Incoming US Air Force Chief raises alarm over 'opportunistic, coercive' China over sea row
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Prior to General Charles Brown Jr. 's confirmation as the next United States Air Force Chief of Staff, he sounds the alarm on China's continuing aggressive actions over the South China Sea.

Delivering 10 million meals to 1.7 million people in 100 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-25
Hunger is a devastating by-product of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. With strict quarantine regulations in place since March 15, approximately 30 million Filipinos who live in poverty are

Disney is postponing the reopening of Disneyland
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Disney is delaying the phased reopening of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, the company's flagship theme parks in California, the company says.

COVID-19 crisis exacerbates globalization worries: IMF economist - 2020-06-25
Globalization has been under fire around the world, but the coronavirus pandemic has added fuel to those concerns, IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said on Wednesday.

Olympus is getting out of the camera business
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-24
(CNN) - Olympus is getting out of its 84-year-old camera business. The Japanese imaging company, which makes most of its money from medical equipment, announced Wednesday it will sell its camera ...

Clouds make newer climate models more realistic, but also less certain - 2020-06-24
Efforts to improve the precision with which climate models simulate cloud processes have yielded more realistic models, but new research suggests these efforts have also introduced greater uncertainty.

Republican Senators Want WhatsApp, FaceTime, iMessage To Give Backdoor Access To Law Enforcement
Forbes - 2020-06-24
Three Republican Senators have introduced a bill that would force tech companies to share user data and communications with law enforcement agencies targeting messaging services like WhatsApp, iMessage and FaceTime,

Serious New Encryption Warning For All WhatsApp And iMessage Users
Forbes - 2020-06-24
The security of our messaging is already under threat from lawmakers intent on breaking the encryption we all rely on, and that threat has just intensified with a serious new warning for users worldwide.

Study Compares Pulse vs Continuous Therapy for Dermatophyte Toenail Onychomycosis
Medscape - 2020-06-24
Pulse and continuous regimens -- with terbinafine or itraconazole -- are equally safe and effective for dermatophyte toenail onychomycosis, results from a systematic review and meta-analysis show.

Major Silicon Valley VCs are slamming Trump's immigration restrictions as 'short-sighted' and 'very dangerous' to long-term technical innovation
Business Insider - 2020-06-24
Silicon Valley's robust startup ecosystem has a lot to lose if the restrictions continue, multiple investors told Business Insider.

The PACT Act would force platforms to disclose shadowbans and demonetizations
The Verge - 2020-06-24
A new bipartisan Senate bill is taking aim at the liability protections enjoyed by internet platforms like Facebook and YouTube. The Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency (PACT) Act, introduced by Sens.

Zoom hires Jason Lee from Salesforce to serve as new CISO
ZDNet - 2020-06-24
Video conferencing software company Zoom announced today it hired a new Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in Jason Lee, who, until recently, served as Salesforce's Senior Vice President of Security Operations.

Microsoft completes phase one of porting OpenJDK for Windows 10 on ARM devices
ZDNet - 2020-06-24
Java is important to Microsoft in developing many of its own products and services, as well as to its customers. That's why it's bringing OpenJDK to Windows 10 on Arm.

Goldman Sachs raises its price target on Microsoft stock after telling investors to sell Slack amid the 'enduring battle' between the two
Business Insider - 2020-06-24
Goldman Sachs underscores Wall Street's belief Microsoft will emerge as a big winner from the workplace changes caused by the pandemic.

Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win
Mashable - 2020-06-24
Boston joins cities like San Francisco in banning the official use of facial-recognition tech after the unanimous vote.

Trump administration labels Huawei, Hikvision as backed by Chinese military: document
Reuters - 2020-06-24
The Trump administration has determined that top Chinese firms, including telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] and video surveillance company Hikvision, are owned or controlled by the Chinese military,

Trump's Freeze On H-1B Work Visas Disproportionately Affects Indians
NPR - 2020-06-24
B visas. Thousands who'd planned to immigrate to the U.S. this year must scrap or delay their plans. But some suggest the freeze may work to India's advantage.

Trump's feud with Facebook and Twitter has created a 'code red' for his campaign as Election Day nears
Business Insider - 2020-06-24
The Trump campaign has accused Facebook and Twitter of censorship in recent weeks after they've taken action against some of his posts.

House Democrats unveil Affordable Care Act reinforcement bill - 2020-06-24
House Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to reinforce the Affordable Care Act and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she plans to bring it to a floor vote next week.

Vulvar Melanoma Is Increasing in Older Women
Medscape - 2020-06-24
The national incidence of vulvar melanoma is on the rise in women older than 60 years, a study of epidemiologic trends shows.

COVID loans push buffer to new all-time high - 2020-06-24
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines continued to beef up its foreign exchange buffer to reach an all-time high of $93.29 billion as of end-May from $90.94 billion a month earlier, as the government turns to the offshore debt market for more funds to ...

Bulacan town village on lockdown - 2020-06-24
Barangay Panginay in this town is on lockdown until July 3. Village chief Rolando Santiago said no one would be allowed to enter and leave the barangay starting noon today. Non-residents will not be allowed to pass through the village,

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