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World nations try to balance Omicron restrictions while keeping economies open

ROME/WASHINGTON — Global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections hit a record high over the past seven-day period, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, as the Omicron variant raced out of control and governments tried to contain its spread without paralyzing fragile economies. Almost 900,000 cases were detected on average each day …

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Financial literacy or luck? The year small-time traders made a big impact

UNSPLASH LONDON/NEW YORK — In May, San Diego-based Emily was feeling flush from a year of double-digit gains earned from trading stocks. Equity options, which some fellow stay-at-home investors were dabbling in, would juice up her returns, she decided. Emily was among the army of small-time investors who shook up …

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Italy’s restaurants cry for help as COVID bites into New Year bookings

UNSPLASH ROME — Italian restaurant and club owners are seeking urgent government support due to increased cancellations prompted by a surge in coronavirus infections, they said in a statement on Wednesday. Business group Fipe-Confcommercio said the growing number of cases and the quarantine rules imposed on close contacts of COVID-19 sufferers had …

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When should you go to hospital for a headache? A doctor explains how to tell if it’s an emergency

UNSPLASH “I waited for hours in emergency last night with this dreadful headache, but eventually gave up and left. Should I have kept waiting at the hospital?” This is a surprisingly common scenario I encounter as a general practitioner. If you’re wondering how bad your headache needs to be to …

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What can world leaders do to make COP26 deforestation pledge a success?

REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR — Global leaders who have pledged to halt deforestation by 2030 must move quickly to strengthen forest protection laws, line up funding, and include indigenous people in conservation efforts to have the best chance of success, environmentalists said. More than 100 leaders last month agreed to halt …

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Eastwood – Quezon City New Year countdown returns with safe, socially-distanced celebration

One of Manila’s longest running and most -anticipated New Year’s Eve celebrations, Eastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown, makes its highly awaited return this year with a celebration centered on ensuring the safety of revelers while providing world-class entertainment and dazzling spectacles. Darren Espanto Eastwood – Quezon City Countdown …

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From one family-owned business, a new way of nurturing Filipino communities

Haus Talk Board of Directors: (L-R): Agnes Siapno (Chief Finance Officer), Albert Madlambayan (AVP of Construction), Luis Pio Madalambayan (Director / Construction Council-Bataan), Noemi Madlambayan (Corporate Secretary), Leah Madlambayan (Director / VP of Sales & Marketing) , Rachel Madlambayan (Director / President), Terence Madlambayan (Chairman / VP of Business Development), …

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BSP orders freeze on InstaPay, PESONet fee hikes

BW FILE PHOTO THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) imposed a moratorium on increases in InstaPay and PESONet fees for person-to-person fund transfers, in a bid to hasten the Philippines’ transition into a cash-lite economy. The Monetary Board on Dec. 23 approved the moratorium on any hike in fund transfer …

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Home prices jump in Q3 amid robust demand

A silhouette of the skyline is pictured at sunset in Quezon City, Nov. 27, 2020. — REUTERS/ELOISA LOPEZ By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter THIRD-QUARTER residential property prices rose by its fastest pace since the second quarter of 2020, thanks to an uptick in demand for condominium units and townhouses. …

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NG debt hits P11.9-T as of end-November

REUTERS By Jenina P. Ibañez, Senior Reporter THE NATIONAL Government’s (NG) outstanding debt stood at P11.93 trillion as of end-November, preliminary data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed. The end-November debt level was 17.7% higher year on year, but it slipped by 0.3% from P11.97 trillion in October. …

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