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Traders vow to buy bulk tobacco leaves
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Major tobacco buying firms have committed to buy all tobacco leaves of farmers in most regions to help them secure a stable income as the pandemic has affected trading and delivery of the commodity.

DTI told: Woo big firms moving out from China
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon has urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to intensify efforts to woo multinational companies planning to move out from China.

More government agencies, LGUs allowing e-payments
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
More agencies and local government units are now allowing individuals and businesses to pay taxes, permits and other obligations to the government digitally, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

GCash app installations double during lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Mobile wallet GCash saw a significant growth in app installations and registrations during the coronavirus pandemic as more Filipinos have turned to cashless transactions.

Extended payment schemes shackle power generators
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
The Philippine Independent Power Producers Association Inc. warned of closure or non-investment in the generating sector if payment schemes are further extended beyond the enhanced community quarantine.

SMC ramps up corn purchase
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. has ramped up its purchase of surplus corn, buying 69 million kilograms to date in a bid to help local farmers and ensure stable food supply.

Pag-IBIG Fund hikes home construction fund to P10 billion
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
IBIG Fund has increased to P10 billion its home construction fund in a bid to encourage production of housing units for its members and help boost the national economy.

Survival of the fittest
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
The term "survival of the fittest" has been defined as the natural process by which organisms best adjusted to their environment are the most successful in surviving.

Lawyer nabbed at Makati checkpoint
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
A lawyer was arrested at a checkpoint along Osmeña Highway in Magallanes, Makati City yesterday morning for allegedly using the fast lane without authorization.

Metal output plunges
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
only 11 reported their metallic production while all the remaining 18 were either under care and maintenance program or reported zero production due to unfavorable weather conditions. Meanwhile ...

President Trump is reportedly considering creating a panel to examine bias online
The Verge - 2020-05-23
President Trump wants to create a panel that would look into complaints of bias against conservatives on social media and other online platforms, The Wall Street Journal reported.

2 NBI informants slain in Taguig drug sting
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Two informants of the National Bureau of Investigation were shot dead by police officers during a drug bust in Taguig City on Friday night.

Olongapo allows motorbike backriding
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to allow motorcycle backriding at least for couples or immediate family members to address lack of public transportation.

DILG: Firms not required to test workers for virus
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Local government units cannot require companies under their jurisdiction to conduct coronavirus disease 2019 testing for employees before they can resume business, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said yesterday.

Maltreated OFW rescued in Kuwait
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
The Philippine embassy in Kuwait has rescued an overseas Filipino worker allegedly maltreated by her employers.

San Juan posts zero COVID-19 cases
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
San Juan posted 302 confirmed cases, with 124 active cases, 138 recoveries and 40 deaths. Mayor Toby Tiangco has signed ordinances extending the liquor ban and penalizing quarantine violations in Navotas.

COVID patient eyes lawsuit
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
A Pasay City resident who was diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 is preparing to file charges against those who shared her test result.

Cagayan councilor tagged in murder yields guns, ammo
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Three guns and various types of ammunition have been reportedly seized from the residence of a councilor accused of killing four persons in Amulung, Cagayan on Wednesday.

APIs published, APIs consumed: mainstream enterprises increasingly behave like software vendors
ZDNet - 2020-05-23
Mainstream enterprises increasingly reach out to customers with APIs, digital services. Unlike software providers though, many still have mostly on-premises infrastructure.

Sec. Lorenzana: Metro Manila may be placed under GCQ by June 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila due to COVID-19 will most likely be eased further by June 1, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Saturday.

Singapore mall operator to launch e-commerce, food delivery platforms
ZDNet - 2020-05-23
Slated to launch June 1, the e-commerce and food delivery platforms aim to boost sales for retailers in malls operated by Singapore's real estate group CapitaLand.

Three Cebu universities among top schools for business degree
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
CHED declared top 15 universities and colleges around the Philippines in Business Administration course programs under the 2019 List of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with COE and COD.

Number of hungry families double during pandemic -- survey
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS COVID-19 mobile phone survey, taken from May 4 to 10, showed that 16.7 percent, or an estimated 4.2 million families ...

Gov't officials: Fast-track rehab of Marawi as COVID-19 adds to vulnerability of residents
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
As the Marawi siege marks its third anniversary, some government officials have pushed for the fast-tracking of the rehabilitation of the war-torn city amid threats posed by COVID-19.

Task force approves PH participation in clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
The policy-making body in the government's coronavirus response has approved the country's participation in clinical trials aimed at developing a vaccine against COVID-19.

Philippines' COVID-19 cases rise to 13,777; deaths at 863
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
A group of 180 new COVID-19 cases was reported by the Department of Health on Saturday, bringing the nationwide total to 13,777.

Philippines Reports Six Coronavirus Deaths, 180 More Cases
New York Times - 2020-05-23
The Philippines on Saturday recorded six additional coronavirus deaths and 180 more infections, the health ministry said.

DTI may allow beauty salons, barber shops to reopen in GCQ areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
The Department of Trade and Industry has announced it will look into the possibility of allowing hair salons and barber shops in areas with loosened restrictions on economic activities.

Trade department eases face mask sale restriction
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
Retailers are now allowed to sell face mask in packs of 10 for every buyer as supplies stabilize, the Department of Trade and Industry said Saturday.

Moderna unveiled encouraging coronavirus vaccine results. Then top execs dumped nearly $30 million of stock
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
Moderna's stock price skyrocketed as much as 30% on Monday after the biotech company announced promising early results for its coronavirus vaccine. As ordinary investors piled in, two insiders were quietly heading for the exits.

2 Batangas barangays under hard lockdown for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Mayor Beverly Dimacuha has issued on Friday Executive Order 25, placing Barangays Cuta and Malitam under a 48-hour hard lockdown, following a sudden spike of COVID-19 cases these past days.

PDEA deploys drug-detection dogs in Mindanao quaratine checkpoints
philstar.com - 2020-05-23
Anti-narcotics agents have lately been visible in quarantine checkpoints following the recent entrapment of top shabu dealers in central Mindanao amid the coronavirus health emergency.

Magnitude 5.4 quake hits San Luis, Aurora province; tremor felt in parts of Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 5.4 jolted San Luis town in Aurora province, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said Saturday.The first reported magnitude of the tremor was 5.

DOST chief seeks creation of virology institute amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) - The Department of Science and Technology proposed on Friday the creation of a virology institute in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines will conduct scientific research on viral ...

Convalescent Plasma: 'Flavor of the Month' or Valid COVID-19 Treatment?
Medscape - 2020-05-22
Researchers are testing whether plasma from patients with COVID-19 can keep the sick from getting sicker and whether it can prevent infection.

Watch this US Navy ship destroy a flying drone with a laser weapon
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
"With this new advanced capability, we are redefining war at sea for the Navy," a Navy official said in a press release.

COVID-19 Daily: Chilblains in Children, Antibody
Medscape - 2020-05-22
Two new reports of chilblain-like lesions in children suspected of having COVID-19 in Spain and Italy have been published, joining other recently catalogued cases in the United States and elsewhere. Most were foot or toe lesions,

Haven't used Netflix in a while? Your subscription could get canceled
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-22
(CNN) -- Have you ignored your Netflix account since the first season of "House of Cards"? Well, you might want to stream something soon, or you could lose your subscription. Netflix will start asking its inactive users if they want to keep their membership. If they don't want it, or if they don't respond, the company will automatically cancel ...

Italy's genetic diversity goes back at least 19,000 years, study says
UPI.com - 2020-05-22
Italy has been a genetic melting pot for almost 20,000 years, according to a new study. Nowhere else in Europe hosts a greater mix of genetic heritage.

Harvard Researchers Find 'Inequality On Top Of Inequality' In COVID-19 Deaths
NPR - 2020-05-22
By studying the number of all current deaths compared to those in previous years, researchers have found that high-poverty, crowded areas where people of color live have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Coronavirus FAQs: Can I Catch It Through The Eyes? Will Googles Help?
NPR - 2020-05-22
What's the risk of contracting the virus through the eyes? And in what situations would protective eyewear be helpful?

Risk for MS 30% higher for those living in cities, study finds
UPI.com - 2020-05-22
City-dwellers are nearly 30 percent more likely to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, than those living in more rural areas, a study presented at the European Academy of Neurology Virtual Congress has found.

The Current Barriers To International Health Cooperation
Law360 - 2020-05-22
Although governments continue to construct direct barriers to international health collaboration by restricting foreign direct investment, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the necessity of borderless health care goods and services,

Storytelling In The COVID-19 Era: The Power (And Delicate Nature) Of Corporate Communications
Forbes - 2020-05-22
The work of communications professionals has gotten tricky, yet essential, in this unprecedented time. VP of Corporate Communications, Parker Trewin, works to "bring the vision of Freshworks to the world and the role our people and products are having as companies look for better

Battlefield Augmented Reality Getting Real For U.S. Army
Forbes - 2020-05-22
New connectivity technology promises to take battlefield augmented reality headsets to a new level, enabling dispersed teams of soldiers to share information and coordinate maneuvers with a shared vision of the battlespace.

Sundar Pichai doesn't plan to move Google's workforce entirely remote: 'I expect us to need physical spaces to get people together'
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said he doesn't envision moving Google's workforce entirely remote, but that the company will adapt in a post-pandemic world.

IBM is cutting 'several thousand' jobs, a month after new CEO Arvind Krishna withdrew its financial outlook
Business Insider - 2020-05-22
IBM is laying off 'several thousand' employees, joining other tech giants that have slashed jobs amid the crisis.

These airplane seats are designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-05-22
Avio Interiors recently unveiled a design that has two seats facing one direction and the third facing the opposite.

P21.9 million milkfish dead in Pangasinan fish kill
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
Two towns in this province were hit by a fish kill this week, affecting P21.9 million worth of fingerlings and harvestable milkfish.

Backrider ban in Baguio stays
philstar.com - 2020-05-22
The ban on backriding on motorcycles in this city remains in effect. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong yesterday said authorizations issued by barangays allowing immediate family members of the driver as backrider have been revoked.

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