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The Grand Midori Ortigas: Zen oasis in the city
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
A 1957 book by Paul Reps titled "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" cited the teachings of Soyen Shaku, the first Zen Buddhist master to teach in the United States, who implored people to meditate each

Here's the 25-slide pitch deck a startup that helps companies like Kroger and Sweetgreen manage deliveries used to nab a $14 million Series A
Business Insider - 2020-11-20
Onfleet helps brands like Kroger, Sweetgreen, Drizly, and Imperfect Foods manage third-party delivery fleets via its software.

Udemy online courses are up to 90% off for Black Friday -- here are the most popular ones on sale for $9.99 right now
Business Insider - 2020-11-20
Udemy's Black Friday sale from November 20-27 means many of its online classes cost between $9.99-$17.99, with a special offer on November 30.

Coronavirus updates: Pfizer vaccinations may begin next month; Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine in the works
USA Today - 2020-11-20
Pfizer is filing for FDA authorization. Traveling for Thanksgiving? Don't do it, CDC recommends. Latest COVID news.

DICT seeks P2B emergency fund to fix digital infra damaged by typhoons
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
THE Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has requested for an emergency fund of at least P2 billion to restore the country's digital infrastructure damaged by recent typhoons,

Bitcoin Investigation Giant To Raise $100 Million At $1 Billion Valuation
Forbes - 2020-11-20
After days of rumors have been flying around the cryptocurrency business, investigation firm Chainalysis confirmed exclusively to Forbes it as raised $100 million venture capital at a $1 billion valuation.

AMA Takes On Vaccine Misinformation, Physician Vaccines, and Racism
Medscape - 2020-11-20
The AMA House of Delegates recently issued multiple new policies on controversial topics that many clinicians face on a regular basis.

Mariwasa rolls out new tile adhesive - 2020-11-20
Mariwasa Siam Ceramics Inc., the leading tile manufacturing company in the Philippines, recently released its new tile adhesive product for big-sized, non-absorptive and wall tile applications.

Drunk cop kills 1, hurts 1 in Tondo - 2020-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- A drunk policeman reportedly shot dead a resident of Tondo, Manila and wounded another before dawn yesterday. Joseph Marga, Mark Lester Quiñones and Nelson delos Santos were on their way home to J. P. Rizal street in Barangay 106 ...

Apple's New App Store Move Changes the Game for Indie App Developers
Inc - 2020-11-20
The tech giant this week announced that it would slash its App Store commission by half, to 15 percent from 30 percent, for iOS developers who qualified for a new program on small businesses. Those eligible include any developer new to the App Store,

4 dead in Quezon gun attacks - 2020-11-20
Four persons were killed in separate shooting incidents in Quezon on Thursday. Col. Audie Madrideo, Quezon police director, said former barangay captain Richard Nitro as well as Selvino and Rico Macaraig,

Magnitude 4.3 quake jolts Zamboanga Sur - 2020-11-20
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake shook Zamboanga del Sur on Thursday night. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the quake struck six kilometers north of Midsalip at around 8:17 p.

How Ayala Land deals with additional plastics during the pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
The COVID-19 pandemic has waged a war not only on human health but also against the environment. As people need to protect themselves from the virus, the world is seeing an estimated global use of 129 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every month,

Outsourcing industry slashes revenue goals amid pandemic
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
The Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) in a press conference on Friday announced a 3.2-5.5% revenue compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projection to $27.88-$29.09 billion for 2022. This is lower compared to ...

3 drug suspects slain in Bulacan stings - 2020-11-20
Three drug suspects were killed in alleged shootouts with police officers in stings in Bulacan yesterday. Col. Lawrence Cajipe, Bulacan police director, said two of the fatalities were identified as Carlo Ardenio and Joshua Loquente.

Mega Global invests P1B in Batangas facility
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
Sardines manufacturer Mega Global Corp. is investing in a P1 billion manufacturing plant in Batangas to meet a spike in demand for canned goods. The company set a February 2022 target for full operations of the Santo Tomas,

How Airbnb's CEO succumbed to an IPO he resisted
Reuters - 2020-11-20
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky resisted calls from his investors for years to follow the lead of other Silicon Valley unicorns and take the home rental startup public, as he pursued his dream of turning it into a one-stop shop for leisure and travel.

Hyundai Motor Group Announces an Accelerator Program for Tech Startups
Entrepreneur - 2020-11-20
The ZER01NE Accelerator 2020 open innovation platform facilitates collaboration between Hyundai Motor Group startups and teams on future technology projects.

In APEC Summit, Duterte calls for universal virus vaccine access, inclusive economic recovery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
President Rodrigo Duterte called for stronger cooperation to ensure universal coronavirus vaccine access and inclusive economic recovery during the first-ever virtual APEC

In pandemic Christmas, U.S. rivals aim to challenge Amazon under the tree
Reuters - 2020-11-20
Walmart Inc, Best Buy Co Inc and hundreds of smaller retailers are bolstering their online gift features, hoping to challenge Inc's dominance as a seller of holiday gifts to homebound shoppers.

UK pharma seeks to conduct vaccine trials in Philippines - 2020-11-20
The United Kingdom-based pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has applied to conduct clinical trials in the Philippines for its COVID-19 vaccines, the Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday.

Human beings live longer, can healthcare systems keep up?
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-20
Human beings live for an average of 72 years. In 1960, the year the United Nations began keeping global data, this number was 52.5 years. Gains in life expectancy at birth, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development,

Fire hits DPWH compound in Quezon City - 2020-11-20
A fire broke out in the compound of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City on Thursday night.

Davao reverts to GCQ as COVID-19 cases spike - 2020-11-20
Davao City was reverted to the stricter general community quarantine from modified GCQ yesterday until the end of this month due to an increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases.

Asean-Japan Centre to share results of study on GVCs to exporters in December 3 Congress
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
This is where the horizontal division of labor is created. With other major trade partners, the Philippines has either huge trade deficit or trade surplus. Investment by Japan in both ...

Smart to build 2,000 more cell sites in 2021 - 2020-11-20
Smart Communications Inc., the wireless unit of telco giant PLDT Inc., said Friday it targets to build 2,000 new cell sites next year to boost its services and take advantage of reduced government red tape in securing permits.

Huawei selling Honor phone brand in face of US sanctions
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
BEIJING--Chinese tech giant Huawei is selling its budget-price Honor smartphone brand in an effort to rescue the struggling business from damaging US sanctions imposed on its parent company.

Airlines need another $70-80B to survive, says IATA chief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
Airlines need up to another $80 billion to survive, the head of the industry's trade association told a French daily on Friday, as many countries tighten restrictions to confront

Philippines urges joint oil, gas exploration with ASEAN peers - 2020-11-20
Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has urged his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to pursue the joint exploration and development of oil and gas in a bid to accelerate energy security in the region.

The Wary Welcome
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
MORE tourism destinations are finally reopening for business, as stakeholders and local government units try to restart their economies. Starting November 15, the province of Bohol began accepting tourists specifically attending Meetings,

Bria Homes expands product portfolio - 2020-11-20
Villar-owned Bria Homes has diversified its portfolio of housing developments to provide more options for Filipinos looking for dwellings that best suit their needs in these difficult times.

Stocks vault to 9-month high on BSP rate easing - 2020-11-20
The stock index returned to positive territory yesterday, ending at its highest level in 9 months, as a surprise interest rate cut by the Bangko Sentral and growing hopes of a virus vaccine lifted investor sentiment.

Further rate cuts expected as Philippines struggles with recovery - 2020-11-20
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas can be expected to slash interest rates further next year as the pace of recovery remains weak, Capital Economics said.

Quezon City council OKs P28.7 billion budget for 2021 - 2020-11-20
The Quezon City council has approved the proposed budget of P28.7 billion for 2021, almost P1 billion higher than the P27.8 billion appropriated this year.

4 bodies found hours apart - 2020-11-20
The bodies of four men, apparent victims of summary execution, were found in separate places in Quezon City in a span of four hours yesterday.

DA bans Japan, UK poultry imports - 2020-11-20
The Department of Agriculture has issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and poultry products from Japan and the United Kingdom following an outbreak of a strain of avian influenza in the two countries.

Positive outlook keeps Batangas grandma alive
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
MANILA--An 80-year-old senior from Batangas said neither a typhoon nor a pandemic can put her down. Paulina Serrano or "Inay Nena" said she already survived several disasters--volcano eruptions, typhoons,

River Drive completion to ease flooding in Las Piñas - 2020-11-20
MANILA, Philippines -- The completion of the Las Piñas Zapote River Drive project would prevent flooding and solve the traffic problem in Las Piñas City, Sen. Cynthia Villar said yesterday. Twenty-four kilometers have been completed since 2012 and five ...

Tip for PHL start-ups: Look to the cloud
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THE global Covid-19 pandemic has preyed on the elderly and people with non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease claiming the lives of more than a million people.

World Bank urges PHL to accelerate digitalization drive
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THERE is an urgent need for the Philippines to accelerate the development of its digital infrastructure to hasten the digitalization of its economy and narrow the gap in the digital divide among its citizens,

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp update brings AR features for newer devices
The Verge - 2020-11-20
Pocket Camp, the smartphone entry in the long-running Nintendo franchise, has been updated with a pair of new augmented reality features. The first, AR Camera, lets you place characters and furniture from the game in the real world and photograph them.

IT-BPM sector trims revenue growth numbers by $3 billion; 140,000 less jobs seen
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
THE information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry has trimmed its growth numbers by $3 billion in revenue and 140,000 workers in employment, as it rethinks its programs and policies to recover from the setbacks caused by Covid-19.

Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more fitness-related accounts, groups, posts and ads. I kept clicking and following, and eventually my Instagram became all about fit people,

US firms turn upbeat on China after Biden win, AmCham says
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
Just over half of American companies are more optimistic about doing business in China on expectations of better trade relations with the US under a Biden administration, according to a survey from the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Shanghai.

2 carjackers slain, cop wounded in shootout - 2020-11-20
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Two suspected carjackers were killed while a police officer was wounded in a shootout in Calauan, Laguna on Tuesday night. The fatalities, who have yet to be identified, were declared dead on arrival at the San ...

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines exceed 410,000 - 2020-11-20
Another 1,148 Filipinos were reported to have contracted novel coronavirus by the health department on Tuesday, pushing the national caseload to a grim 410,718.

Area-focused warnings needed for better disaster planning - expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-20
Authorities can pick up lessons on hazard-specific and area-focused warning systems to improve evacuation protocols, the former head of Project NOAH says, adding that the planned agency handling emergency response should plan for disaster events which are worse than what has happened before.

Quezon residents hold fluvial protest as part of National Day of Action Against Coal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
Community members and clean energy advocates in Quezon staged a fluvial protest on Friday as a symbolic action against the continued operation and expansion of coal-fired power plants in the province.

Environmentalists hold protest march in Manila to mark National Day of Action Against Coal
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-20
As part of the National Day of Action Against Coal, sustainable energy advocates led by the Power for People Coalition (P4P) and Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) on Friday marched to Mendiola to bring their calls for a coal moratorium to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Addition of 68 Davao City villages for P1.58B counterinsurgency funding justified, says Esperon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-20
National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. on Friday (Nov. 20) insisted that adding dozens of Davao City villages to the list of those that would receive P1.58 billion in

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