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DOH: Apply health standards to avoid COVID-19 surge in evacuation centers
Rappler - 2020-11-16
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the government has designated safety officers in each evacuation center to ensure that minimum health standards are complied with

SpaceX launches four astronauts to ISS - 2020-11-16
Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker -- and Japan's Soichi Noguchi blasted off at 7:27 pm (0027 GMT Monday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, thus ending almost a decade of international reliance on Russia for rides on its Soyuz rockets.

Vaccine hopes help push Asian equities higher
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-16
Optimism about a virus vaccine helped push Asian markets higher Monday while traders were also cheered by a pledge from President-elect Joe Biden's team that they were not

Going beyond providing water access to communities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-16
Providing communities with access to safe water towards better health and sanitation has always been a commitment of Coca-Cola. With its varied important uses for personal hygiene, hydration,

Developing story: SM, through its OPTE program, gives relief support to Typhoon Ulysses victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-16
SM Supermalls and SM Foundation, through its Operation Tulong Express (OPTE) program, provides immediate relief assistance to residents affected by Typhoon Ulysses in Cagayan and other affected

Tuguegarao mayor apologizes, says he regrets leaving city as Ulysses looms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-16
Tuguegarao City Mayor Jefferson Soriano on Monday said he regrets leaving the city to celebrate his birthday before massive flooding inundated Cagayan due to

Pagasa: Fair Monday weather with isolated rain showers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-16
The country is expected to have fair weather with occasional isolated rain showers on Monday after a series of typhoons in recent weeks, according to the

Magnitude 6.4 quake rocks Surigao del Sur - 2020-11-16
Phivolcs said the epicenter of the earthquake--tectonic in origin--was located 11 kilometers northwest of San Agustin town.

BSP to pause rate cuts for now -- poll
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-16
In a BusinessWorld poll held last week, 11 out of 16 analysts said the Monetary Board (MB) will likely continue the "prudent pause" at its sixth policy meeting on Nov. 19. The central bank may consider the difficulty of unwinding "excessive" monetary easing once recovery starts,

How You Can Help
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-16
Many people are asking how they can help those who have been badly affected by these disasters. Here is a list of organizations and individuals -- from schools, to media giants, to party list groups, to NGOs,

FDCP raises Philippine flag once more in Busan
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-16
NO doubt the Busan International Film Festival has a special relationship with the Philippine film industry. I remember back in 2018, when life was less worrisome and we could all freely book a ...

SMC sets sights on inclusion of road, rail projects in NMIA
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-16
DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) plans to "incorporate" road and rail projects into its P740-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project, as it intends to provide seamless travel to and from the future air hub.

Regulatory compliance ecosystem
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-16
Focus shall be on one of the most important concerns of business enterprises engaging with the government regulators--the aspect of cutting red tape in government towards ease of doing business.

Trump - for a moment - alludes to election defeat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
President Donald Trump has yet to admit defeat in the US election. But with a word here, a slip there, he is raising the prospect ever more plainly. In a tweet Sunday

Zubiri: Use part of P19-B anti-communist fund for relief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, for the first time, has expressed openness to the call of opposition senators to use the P19-billion anti-insurgency budget to

The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You
New York Times - 2020-11-15
Sports leagues, large employers and colleges are turning to devices that could usher in more invasive forms of surveillance.

Active COVID-19 cases fall to 25,677
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Active COVID-19 cases in the country fell to 25,677, the lowest since July 31, with the latest "mass recovery" of 11,290 mild or asymptomatic cases who have completed a

Apple To Release Brilliantly Upgraded iPad Soon, Analyst Claims
Forbes - 2020-11-15
The next iPad will come with a dazzling, all-new screen technology, and is only months away, according to a new report.

A Scoville Heat Scale For Measuring The Progress Of Emerging Technologies In 2021
Forbes - 2020-11-15
As we enter a new decade of transformation, I am applying that same Scoville scale to the topic of emerging technologies. It could be surmised that all these emerging technologies are already "hot" on a heat scale as they are already facilitating exponential changes in our society.

Security Bank 9-mo income drops after hedging vs bad loans
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
Security Bank Corp. reported lower net profits of P6.7 billion in the January to September, citing elevated provisions for potential credit losses as cause. The listed bank noted that its 9-month earnings were nearly 13 percent lower compared to P7.

Coronavirus emerged in Italy earlier than thought, Italian study shows
Reuters - 2020-11-15
The new coronavirus was circulating in Italy since September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute (INT) of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that COVID-19 might have spread beyond China earlier than previously thought.

Medical costs of discharged German COVID patients 50% above pre-admission levels - study
Reuters - 2020-11-15
Medical costs of German COVID-19 patients who have left hospitals are on average 50% higher than before they were admitted, data from a major insurer showed, a sign that even those who have recovered struggle to regain full health.

Cagayan still flooded; typhoon deaths now 69
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
The death toll from the deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year has risen to 69, with 12 people still missing, while many areas remain submerged in Cagayan province, in the northern

STRENGTH Trial Questions CV Benefit of High-Dose Omega-3s
Medscape - 2020-11-15
Questions about the CV benefit of omega-3 fatty acids and the high-dose eicosapentaenoic acid product, Vascepa, have resurfaced with results of the STRENGTH trial using a combination product, Epanova.

Massive task to rebuild homes, lives begins after typhoon in Isabela
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
Melchor Cabasag, a farmer, was overcome with emotion as he stared at his corn farm that was buried in mud and debris after floodwaters inundated this city and

Surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelms contact tracers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
On Sept. 30, Ela Elesterio of Pasay City was told that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Three days later, a team from the local government was

Doctors Are Calling It Quits Under Stress of the Pandemic
New York Times - 2020-11-15
Thousands of medical practices are closing, as doctors and nurses decide to retire early or shift to less intense jobs.

Duterte orders immediate repair of Bicol health facilities
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
President Duterte on Sunday ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to fast-track the rehabilitation of health centers damaged by the series of typhoons that hit the Bicol region

SpaceX and NASA set for first operational astronaut mission to space
Reuters - 2020-11-15
SpaceX, the rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, was due on Sunday to launch four astronauts on a flight to the International Space Station, NASA's first full-fledged mission sending a crew into orbit aboard a privately owned spacecraft.

How a Rubik's cube helped this founder leave his coconut farm in India and get $3 million in funding for his startup in less than two years
Business Insider - 2020-11-15
Kesava Kirupa Dinakaran was supposed to be a farmer in India. He now lives in Palo Alto and used a rubik's cube to raise $3.4 million for his startup

PNP posts 16 new COVID-19 cases - 2020-11-15
The Philippine National Police reported 16 new coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 infections among its personnel.

SSS to provide assistance to typhoon victims - 2020-11-15
The Social Security System will provide a calamity assistance package to its members and pensioners who were affected by Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses starting Nov. 27.

2 slain in Sibugay encounter - 2020-11-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A murder suspect linked to the Abu Sayyaf bandit group and his companion were killed in an alleged shootout with Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in Zamboanga Sibugay over the weekend. Jomar Aukasa and his companion, identified ...

SBGC loan applications from tourism firms sluggish
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
ONLY 426 tourism enterprises have applied for working capital loans so far with the Small Business Guarantee Corp. (SB Corp.). In an interview with the BusinessMirror, Tourism Congress of the Philippines president Jose C.

House keen on approving AMLA tweaks, Internet law
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
Christmas timetable for approval by both chambers of the P4.506-trillion national budget for 2021 as well as several pieces of priority legislation, including the bill strengthening the Anti-Money Laundering Act as it resumes session today ().

RCBC funds P56 billion green, social projects - 2020-11-15
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. has financed P56 billion worth of green and social projects as it continues to push sustainable financing amid the pandemic.

SpaceX aims for night crew launch, Musk sidelined by virus
StarTribune - 2020-11-15
SpaceX aimed for a Sunday night launch of four astronauts to the International Space Station, although the prospects of good weather were just 50-50 and its leader was sidelined by COVID-19.

Magnitude-5 quake jolts Masbate - 2020-11-15
A magnitude-5 earthquake jolted the province of Masbate yesterday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Peza repeats call to exempt locators from disincentives
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
With the number of Covid-19 cases zooming past 400,000, the regulator of economic zone locators reiterated a call to exempt exporters from the provisions of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (Create) bill.

SpaceX says 'all systems are go' to launch NASA's longest, most ambitious astronaut mission yet on Sunday night
Business Insider - 2020-11-15
NASA this week certified SpaceX's rocket and spaceship. Weather permitting, the company will launch its Crew-1 astronaut mission at 7:27 p.m. ET.

Senior high school student dies in Zamboanga City frat initiation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-15
A senior high school student of Zamboanga City High School West died during fraternity hazing in the morning of Sunday, Nov. 15, in Barangay San

Using Yammer and Workplace to connect with employees
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
POSTING and managing content on the official social-media accounts of a private company has been part of the daily duties of Jesselee Tintiangko, a young millennial who grew up using the Internet, mobile devices,

Tech groups' services could face bans if they breach rules, EU industry chief says
Reuters - 2020-11-15
Technology companies' services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalizes rules on internet companies.

Tech groups' services could face bans if they breach rules, EU industry chief says
Reuters - 2020-11-15
Technology companies' services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe's industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalizes rules on internet companies.

Wright puts game in right perspective as Phoenix braces for duel with TNT
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-15
MATTHEW WRIGHT put things in the right perspective when his Phoenix Super LPG played Magnolia and made the game-winning three-pointer on Saturday night that sent the Fuel Masters into the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

BOC steps up effort to shore up revenues - 2020-11-15
The Bureau of Customs is stepping up its post-evaluation measures to verify the Certificates of Origin of imported goods, preventing abuses in the system and protecting the government revenues from leakages.

Urgent climate action needed amid typhoons - 2020-11-15
The government must deal with the climate crisis with urgency following the consecutive typhoons that hit the Philippines which submerged communities, claimed lives and exposed the country to much greater risks.

SMC to build roads, rail system to Bulacan airport - 2020-11-15
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. plans to undertake a slew of new road and rail developments to accompany its massive P740 billion international airport project in Bulacan.

PAL shareholders continue to keep airline afloat - 2020-11-15
Philippine Airlines said it continues to receive funding support from its shareholders to help keep the company afloat amid escalating losses due to the pandemic.

Calabarzon police chief assumes post - 2020-11-15
The newly designated chief of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police has finally assumed the post. The installation of Brig. Gen. Felipe Natividad Jr. as Calabarzon police director pushed through yesterday after the turnover of command was postponed last Friday due to Typhoon Ulysses.

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