Annual Changes to the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announced the results of the annual reconstitution of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (Nasdaq: NBI), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 20, 2021. The Index is designed to track the performance of a set of securities listed on The […]

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Annual Changes to the Nasdaq-100 Index®

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today announced the results of the annual reconstitution of the Nasdaq-100 Index® (Nasdaq: NDX), which will become effective prior to market open on Monday, December 20, 2021. The following six companies will be added to the Index: Airbnb, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABNB), Fortinet, Inc. (Nasdaq: […]

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DA assists 7 Pangasinan LGUs in oyster production

The Department of Agriculture (DA) turned over on Saturday the PHP10.5-million technology business incubator project for oyster production to seven local government units (LGUs) in Pangasinan. The project beneficiaries are the towns of Anda, Bani, Bolinao, Binmaley, San Fabian, Sual, and Alaminos City. In an interview, DA Undersecretary for Agri-industrialization and Fisheries, Cheryl Marie Caballero, said the AquaNegosyo Technology Incubator project is a mechanism to assist organizations, cooperatives, or individuals engaged in the production of oysters. “We bring the technology, we help them train for that technology, and connect them…

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Regulation on 0% VAT for exporters’ local purchases signed

The new Revenue Regulation (RR) that will allow exporters to continue to avail of zero value-added tax (VAT) rating on their local purchases of goods and services will be issued soon, according to a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) official. Larry Barcelo, Officer-in-Charge and Assistant Commissioner for BIR Legal Service, informed the House Committee on Ways and Means in an online public hearing on December 6 that the amendatory RR has been signed and will be published soon in a newspaper of general circulation. “There is yet no number on…

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13 hired on the spot in DOLE-7 job fair

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7 (Central Visayas) recorded at least 13 job applicants who were hired on the spot (HOT) during its December 8 job fair, “Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan: A Blended Jobs and Business Fairs”. All HOT applicants were hired by a leading apparel manufacturer of a world-renowned sportswear and outdoor wear brand based at the Mactan Export Processing Zone in Lapulapu City, DOLE-7 Director Marion Sevilla said in a news release on Saturday. The HOTS were mostly production workers, quality controllers, industrial engineers, building engineers, and…

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House bill seeks creation of 2nd veterinary college in Bicol

The bill creating a College of Veterinary Medicine at the Bicol University (BU) is on track following the recent approval by the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education. House Bill 10203, filed in September by Albay 3rd District Rep. Fernando Cabredo, now awaits the green light from the Committee on Rules for endorsement to the plenary. Earlier, Cabredo said he is hopeful that once the measure reaches the Senate, it will be passed into law and signed by the new president next year. “The measure creating a College of…

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2-day drug ops net 9 suspects, P600-K shabu in Bacolod

Anti-drug operatives arrested nine individuals and seized PHP618,800 worth of suspected shabu in four separate buy-busts in the past two days, according to reports of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Western Visayas. Near midnight on Friday, the drug enforcement team of Station 8 collared Elizabeth Gonzales, 42, at her house in Purok Kahirup B, Barangay Mansilingan. The suspect, who works as a street cleaner, sold a sachet of the prohibited substance at PHP500 to an undercover policeman at about 11:30 p.m. Maj. Joery…

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Pangasinan police to rotate checkpoint personnel

The Pangasinan Police has decided to rotate police personnel assigned to regional border checkpoints in the province to prevent a repeat of the alleged extortion incident involving a cop in Barangay Pantol in Bayambang town. The rotation of personnel will discourage over-familiarization with motorists frequently passing the border checkpoints, provincial police officer-in-charge, Col. Richmond Tadina, said in an interview on Saturday. “This will (also) ensure that minimum health standards are being observed and protocols are religiously enforced,” he said. Members of the anti-scalawag unit of the Philippine National Police arrested…

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China to donate 2M more Sinovac doses

The Chinese government is set to donate two million more doses of Sinovac vaccine to the Philippine government, the Chinese Embassy in Manila announced on Friday. Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian said the fresh aid would arrive next week and would bring to at least 57 million the number of doses China has shipped to Manila through procurement and donation. “In 2021, China and the Philippines focused on pandemic control and economic recovery. We have conducted more mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields than ever before, forging a closer partnership in…

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Zambo Archbishop dela Cruz dies at 74

Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo dela Cruz died on Friday after a lingering illness. He was 74. According to the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, dela Cruz died at about 11:05 p.m. the Zamboanga Doctors’ Hospital where he was brought due to an “erratic heartbeat”. He suffered a stroke in July. Fr. Armand Aquino, chancellor of the archdiocese, said dela Cruz also had “very low blood pressure and slight fever”. “He has long suffered from his illness and is now given relief to enjoy eternal peace in heaven,” read a statement released on Saturday.…

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Gov’t, LGUs to fight pandemic until Duterte term ends

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar assured officials here that the government will not abandon them in their fight against the Covid-19 pandemic until the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term next year. In his engagement with local officials on December 6, Andanar said having a President who comes from Mindanao and has a good track record in political leadership are key factors to effectively run the country. “Naa mi diri karon para i-assure si Mayor and the rest of the LGU (local government unit) officials that the…

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Gov’t prepared for Omicron variant entry: DOH

The government assured it is prepared for the entry of the more transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. In a Laging Handa briefing, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire admitted the new variant has a high chance of entering the Philippines. “From the start, hindi natin sasabihin definitely na hindi makakapasok. Ang pinag-uusapan natin diyan ay kung kailan (From the start, we said we cannot definitely say that it won’t be able to enter. The question here is when it will enter),” she said. “So the…

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PRRD yet to choose who to endorse for president: Go

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go told members of the media on Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to officially support another presidential contender. “Sa ngayon po base po sa pag-uusap namin, sa ngayon wala pa po. At ako nag-aantay na lang po ako kung sino po ‘yung ieendorso niya (As of now, based on our discussion, there’s no one yet. I’m waiting for whoever he’s endorsing),” Go said during his visit to fire victims in Barangay 775, San Andres, Manila. “I’m willing to wait kung sino po ang ieendorso niya,…

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Davao mall doubles as PhilSys sign-up site, ‘gift center’

Dabawenyos have two reasons to visit NCCC Mall VP (Victoria Plaza) these days. They can claim their Christmas package from the city government and register for the Philippine Identification (PhilID) or national ID at the mall. “You can register for the national ID after getting your Christmas package. As NCCC Malls care for our shoppers, basic health and safety protocols are always observed and practiced at all times,” the mall posted on December 8, the day the city started distributing Christmas gifts for residents. The registration center is on the…

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Iloilo wins in MPBL opener

Iloilo scored the first win of the Chooks-to-Go MPBL Invitational after trouncing Negros, 83-77, on the very first game of the tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Saturday. The United Royals asserted control of the fourth quarter after the Muscovados showed that they were no pushovers despite being the regional league’s newcomers. Just when Iloilo thought it would be cruising to a blowout win after taking a 48-39 halftime lead, Negros came alive in the third quarter and cut the lead to just one, 61-60, entering…

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Laguna bettor 3rd lotto millionaire for December

A lone bettor from Laguna bagged the PHP83-million jackpot of the Mega Lotto 6/45 draw on Friday night. In an advisory on Saturday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the bettor guessed the winning combination 33-27-18-42-03-23 and will pocket PHP83,757,220. The ticket was purchased in the City of Santa Rosa. The bettor can claim the check at the PCSO main office in Mandaluyong City with the winning ticket and two identification cards. Meanwhile, 53 others won PHP32,000 each for correctly guessing five out of the six-digit winning combination; 2,982…

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