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US TikTok, WeChat ban starts

NEW YORK: The United States on Friday (Saturday in Manila) ordered a ban on downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat on national security grounds, escalating a fight with Beijing over technology. Un
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US TikTok, WeChat ban starts

NEW YORK: The United States on Friday (Saturday in Manila) ordered a ban on downloads of popular video app TikTok and effectively blocked the use of the Chinese super-app WeChat on national security grounds, escalating a fight with Beijing over technology. Under the order, the Tencent-owned WeChat app would lose functionality in the US from […]

Message maven

Her grandparents may have worked in government, but this former TV reporter was not keen on echoing their legacy at first. That is, until she realized she could use her communication skills to help public servants get their message across to their constituent
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Message maven

Her grandparents may have worked in government, but this former TV reporter was not keen on echoing their legacy at first. That is, until she realized she could use her communication skills to help public servants get their message across to their constituents and media. ABOUT ME ROLE MODEL Sergio de Mello, the United Nations […]

PH Covid cases up to 283K with 3,962 new infections–DoH

THE Philippines logged 3,962 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) said. This figure raises the total number of infections to 283,460, of which 68,645 are active. Of the active cases, 96.4 percent ar
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PH Covid cases up to 283K with 3,962 new infections–DoH

THE Philippines logged 3,962 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) said. This figure raises the total number of infections to 283,460, of which 68,645 are active. Of the active cases, 96.4 percent are mild and asymptomatic, 2.5 percent are critical and 1.1 percent severe. Metro Manila […]

Gilas to enter FIBA ‘bubble’

GILAS Pilipinas is set to enter the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) “bubble” or isolated, sanitized zone with the return of the next two windows for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, scheduled in November 2020 and February 2021. Although it i
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Gilas to enter FIBA ‘bubble’

GILAS Pilipinas is set to enter the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) “bubble” or isolated, sanitized zone with the return of the next two windows for the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers, scheduled in November 2020 and February 2021. Although it is too soon for it to make any further comments, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas […]

Roque: Duterte eyes PhilHealth abolition

President Rodrigo Duterte gave the newly installed Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) chief, Dante Gierran, until December to reform the embattled agency. At a televised briefing on Thursday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that the Pre
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Roque: Duterte eyes PhilHealth abolition

President Rodrigo Duterte gave the newly installed Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) chief, Dante Gierran, until December to reform the embattled agency. At a televised briefing on Thursday, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that the President was considering abolishing PhilHealth if Gierran would fail to rehabilitate the state health insurer by year end. “It is an ultimatum; […]

‘Funding lack hobbles PH human capital laws’

Although previous Philippine administrations have enacted human capital development laws that reflect principles similar to those espoused by more successful countries, they have generally failed to provide adequate funding to ensure their effective implement
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‘Funding lack hobbles PH human capital laws’

Although previous Philippine administrations have enacted human capital development laws that reflect principles similar to those espoused by more successful countries, they have generally failed to provide adequate funding to ensure their effective implementation. This is according to the World Bank’s “2020 Human Capital Index” report that gave the Philppines a score of 0.52, which […]

Infra, capital spending plummeted in July

State infrastructure and capital spending plunged to P52.3 billion in July, dragging the year-to-date tally, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). In its latest disbursement report on Wednesday, the Budget department said the amount was
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Infra, capital spending plummeted in July

State infrastructure and capital spending plunged to P52.3 billion in July, dragging the year-to-date tally, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). In its latest disbursement report on Wednesday, the Budget department said the amount was a 30.4-decrease from the P75.2 billion spent in July 2019. It was also smaller than June’s P62.8 […]

Forex reserves grew to $99B in Aug – BSP

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) foreign exchange (forex) operations and earnings from overseas investments helped the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) reach a record $98.95 billion at end-August. Preliminary data from the central bank s
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Forex reserves grew to $99B in Aug – BSP

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) foreign exchange (forex) operations and earnings from overseas investments helped the country’s gross international reserves (GIR) reach a record $98.95 billion at end-August. Preliminary data from the central bank showed on Wednesday that the amount was 0.35 percent and 15 percent wider than those posted a month and a […]

‘No country can combat Covid-19 alone’

THE private sector will play a crucial role in helping southeast Asian countries offset the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), said. At the 18th Manage
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‘No country can combat Covid-19 alone’

THE private sector will play a crucial role in helping southeast Asian countries offset the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), said. At the 18th Management Association of the Philippines International CEO web conference on Tuesday, Jock Hoi said no individual country could combat Covid-19 […]

Morales, PhilHealth execs face graft raps

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of a task force to file criminal and administrative charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and other official
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Morales, PhilHealth execs face graft raps

President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of a task force to file criminal and administrative charges against former Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales and other officials of the agency. The President agreed with the panel’s report that “the totality of the evidence presented before the task force supports the conclusion that wrongful acts or […]

Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’s clouds

Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Two telescopes in Hawaii and Chile spotted in the thick Venutian
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Astronomers see possible hints of life in Venus’s clouds

Astronomers have found a potential sign of life high in the atmosphere of neighboring Venus: hints there may be bizarre microbes living in the sulfuric acid-laden clouds of the hothouse planet. Two telescopes in Hawaii and Chile spotted in the thick Venutian clouds the chemical signature of phosphine, a noxious gas that on Earth is […]

PhilHealth reiterates cooperation in corruption probe

BELEAGUERED Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said on Tuesday that it has yet to receive a copy of the Department of Justice (DoJ) report against some of its officials but reiterated its cooperation with the government investigation. In a s
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PhilHealth reiterates cooperation in corruption probe

BELEAGUERED Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said on Tuesday that it has yet to receive a copy of the Department of Justice (DoJ) report against some of its officials but reiterated its cooperation with the government investigation. In a statement, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Arnel de Jesus said the state insurer would abide […]

Govt debt payments hit P60B in July

Lower amortization expenses pulled down the national government’s debt servicing in July by more than 30 percent compared to the payments done a year ago, data released by the Bureau of the Treasury showed. Debt payments in July settled at P60.91 billion, s
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Govt debt payments hit P60B in July

Lower amortization expenses pulled down the national government’s debt servicing in July by more than 30 percent compared to the payments done a year ago, data released by the Bureau of the Treasury showed. Debt payments in July settled at P60.91 billion, shrinking by 34.12 percent from the P92.46 billion recorded a year earlier. Interest […]

Pemberton back in US

United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was flown out of the country by a US military plane following his release from prison on Sunday. Pemberton, who spent almost six years in jail for killing Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014, boarded
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Pemberton back in US

United States Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton was flown out of the country by a US military plane following his release from prison on Sunday. Pemberton, who spent almost six years in jail for killing Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014, boarded a C-130 Hercules at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) at 9:14 a.m. […]

NESFP asks to be accredited instead of PeSO

NATIONAL Electronic Sports Federation of the Philippines (NESFP) President Ramon Suzara is asking the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to overturn its decision, accepting another e-sport group as a legitimate National Sport Association (NSA). Suzara wrote t
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NESFP asks to be accredited instead of PeSO

NATIONAL Electronic Sports Federation of the Philippines (NESFP) President Ramon Suzara is asking the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to overturn its decision, accepting another e-sport group as a legitimate National Sport Association (NSA). Suzara wrote to POC President Abraham Tolentino, requesting reconsideration on the ruling recognizing the Philippine eSports Organization (PeSO) as an NSA and, […]

Terracotta warrior

This graphic designer from Victoria town, Tarlac province is producing unique pottery that’s now the rage among local gardening enthusiasts. Blending geometric shapes with local patterns, his products feature a distinctly Filipino aesthetic that has caught
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Terracotta warrior

This graphic designer from Victoria town, Tarlac province is producing unique pottery that’s now the rage among local gardening enthusiasts. Blending geometric shapes with local patterns, his products feature a distinctly Filipino aesthetic that has caught the eye of overseas buyers. “I don’t think of a ‘problem’ as a problem. I just think it’s something […]

Celtics oust Raptors in Game 7, head to East finals vs Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: It took every bit of seven games, but Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. And they dethroned the NBA champions to get there. Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 21 and the Celtics to
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Celtics oust Raptors in Game 7, head to East finals vs Heat

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: It took every bit of seven games, but Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. And they dethroned the NBA champions to get there. Tatum scored 29 points, Jaylen Brown had 21 and the Celtics topped the Toronto Raptors 92-87 on Friday night (Saturday in […]

PH Covid cases up to 257K; 5,000 new cases recorded

CLOSE to 5,000 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were recorded in the country on Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) said. The 4,935 individuals who tested positive for the disease bring the total number of infections to 257, 863. Of t
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PH Covid cases up to 257K; 5,000 new cases recorded

CLOSE to 5,000 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were recorded in the country on Saturday, the Department of Health (DoH) said. The 4,935 individuals who tested positive for the disease bring the total number of infections to 257, 863. Of the 257,683 cases, 66,455 are active, of which 97.4 percent are mild […]

‘Stimulus for housing sector to aid recovery’

Providing fiscal stimulus and offering incentives to the mass housing sector are an important strategy to help the country’s economy recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to an industry stakeholder. This as three real esta
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‘Stimulus for housing sector to aid recovery’

Providing fiscal stimulus and offering incentives to the mass housing sector are an important strategy to help the country’s economy recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, according to an industry stakeholder. This as three real estate leaders say affordability and eased requirements, not just supply, would address the country’s current housing backlog problem. […]

PH in ‘better shape’ in next 12 months

Contrary to the results of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno believes the Philippine economy would be in “better shape” in the next 12 months. In a message to reporters on Friday, th
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PH in ‘better shape’ in next 12 months

Contrary to the results of a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno believes the Philippine economy would be in “better shape” in the next 12 months. In a message to reporters on Friday, the central bank chief assured the public that based on immediate past, nowcast and […]

Jennifer Laude’s mother disappointed President broke promise

THE mother of murdered Filipina transgender Jennifer Laude expressed disappointment at President Rodrigo Duterte after he granted absolute pardon to her child’s killer, breaking a promise he made to the family that the murderer will stay in jail for as
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Jennifer Laude’s mother disappointed President broke promise

THE mother of murdered Filipina transgender Jennifer Laude expressed disappointment at President Rodrigo Duterte after he granted absolute pardon to her child’s killer, breaking a promise he made to the family that the murderer will stay in jail for as long as he was in power. “[Duterte] told us that as long as he is […]

ADB okays $500-M disaster resilience loan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved another policy-based loan, this time worth $500 million (P24.3 billion), to strengthen the Philippines’ resilience to disasters. In a statement on Thursday, ADB Vice President Ahmed Saeed said the loan, called t
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ADB okays $500-M disaster resilience loan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved another policy-based loan, this time worth $500 million (P24.3 billion), to strengthen the Philippines’ resilience to disasters. In a statement on Thursday, ADB Vice President Ahmed Saeed said the loan, called the “Disaster Resilience Improvement Program,” “would help the government manage fiscal risks posed by” recent and current […]

More poor Filipinos seen in 2021 – NEDA

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will drag more Filipinos into poverty next year, but this will be temporary, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) assured on Thursday. During a Development Budget Coordinating Committee briefi
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More poor Filipinos seen in 2021 – NEDA

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic will drag more Filipinos into poverty next year, but this will be temporary, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) assured on Thursday. During a Development Budget Coordinating Committee briefing on the proposed 2021 national budget with the Senate Committee on Finance, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua […]

‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg dies at 82

  LONDON: Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82. Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, said she died Thursday morning a
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‘Avengers’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ star Diana Rigg dies at 82

  LONDON: Diana Rigg, a commanding British actress whose career stretched from iconic 1960s spy series “The Avengers” to fantasy juggernaut “Game of Thrones,” has died. She was 82. Rigg’s agent, Simon Beresford, said she died Thursday morning at home with her family. Daughter Rachael Stirling said she died of cancer that was diagnosed in […]

United Paragon Mining Corporation Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

TO OUR STOCKHOLDERS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of UNITED PARAGON MINING CORPORATION (the “Company”) will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 2:00 in the afternoon via remote communication, with the followi
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United Paragon Mining Corporation Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

TO OUR STOCKHOLDERS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of the Stockholders of UNITED PARAGON MINING CORPORATION (the “Company”) will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 2:00 in the afternoon via remote communication, with the following agenda: 1. Call to Order 2. Certification of Notice and Quorum 3. Approval of the […]

Macay Holdings Inc. Notice of Stockholders’ Meeting

To all stockholders: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2020 Annual Stockholders’Meeting (“ASM”) of MACAY HOLDINGS, INC. (“Macay” or the “Company”) will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to be conducted virtually from Maka
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Macay Holdings Inc. Notice of Stockholders’ Meeting

To all stockholders: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the 2020 Annual Stockholders’Meeting (“ASM”) of MACAY HOLDINGS, INC. (“Macay” or the “Company”) will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to be conducted virtually from Makati City due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation to discuss the following agenda: AGENDA (1) Call to Order (2) […]

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