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It Was the Worst Day of the Pandemic. The Nation Is Almost There Again.
New York Times - 2020-10-23
The United States reported more new cases of the coronavirus on July 16 than on any other day of the last seven months. The country is now nearing that record.

US Navy F/A-18s would 'destroy' China's J-15 carrier fighters in air-to-air combat today, but the future could be a different story
Business Insider - 2020-10-23
"It would probably be a slaughter if there was an air-to-air battle between aircraft launched from the Liaoning and a Nimitz-class carrier."

Wall Street is worried that Intel's disappointing earnings are a sign that its terrible year will only get worse: '2021 seems like a messy year'
Business Insider - 2020-10-23
Intel posted disappointing results for its data center business amid production problems and stiffer competition from AMD and Nvidia.

DARPA awards Xerox's PARC another Oceans of Things contract
ZDNet - 2020-10-23
PARC's contract calls for up to 10,000 more compact drifters to compile data about oceans and environmental and human impacts.

Government foreign borrowings surge to $13 billion in 9 months - 2020-10-23
Foreign borrowings by the national government surged by 44.2 percent to $13.14 billion in the nine months to September as the country turned to the offshore debt market for more funds to bankroll key infrastructure projects and to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 50 million have voted early in US election -- monitor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
WASHINGTON -- More than 50 million Americans have voted early in the White House race pitting President Donald Trump against Democrat Joe Biden, a group monitoring balloting said Friday.

Military takes over Brazil's National Data Protection Authority
ZDNet - 2020-10-23
Members of the Armed Forces form the majority of the board of the body responsible for enforcing the data protection rules.

Bayan Muna urges dismantlement of NTF-ELCAC amid red-tagging issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Party-list group Bayan Muna has called for the dismantlement of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) amid issues hounding the task force

Philippines joins Asean in agriculture boost to mitigate COVID-19 - 2020-10-23
The Philippines has committed to collaborate with Southeast Asian countries for a cohesive response to the pandemic in terms of agriculture and food.

Italy vetoes 5G deal between Fastweb and China's Huawei: sources
Reuters - 2020-10-23
Italy has prevented telecoms group Fastweb from signing a supply deal with Huawei for its 5G core network, two sources close to the matter said, the clearest sign yet Rome is adopting a tougher stance against the Chinese telecoms equipment maker.

Philippines' Duterte promises payment as Red Cross stops COVID-19 tests
Reuters - 2020-10-23
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday his government will pay the 931 million pesos ($19.25 million) it owes the Red Cross after the humanitarian agency stopped conducting COVID-19 tests.

Philippines' Duterte promises payment as Red Cross stops COVID-19 tests
Reuters - 2020-10-23
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday his government will pay the 931 million pesos ($19.25 million) it owes the Red Cross after the humanitarian agency stopped conducting COVID-19 tests.

The tyranny of choices - 2020-10-23
They say in many ways that the market now offers too many choices and options such that the choice challenge has produced an industry of its own: The emergence of businesses dedicated to helping people with their choices.

Tropical Depression Quinta to hit Bicol on Monday - 2020-10-23
The low-pressure area off Mindanao has developed into Tropical Depression Quinta and is forecast to hit the Bicol region on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration warned.

4 government troopers wounded in Maguindanao blast - 2020-10-23
Four government troopers were wounded when an improvised explosive device went off in Ampatuan, Maguindanao yesterday.

Budget deficit widens three-fold to P879.2 billion - 2020-10-23
The government incurred a nine-month budget shortfall almost three times higher than the previous year as revenues declined and expenditures soared amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the Treasury said yesterday.

Stocks extend rally, end week on high note - 2020-10-23
The local stock market ended the week on a high note, completing a full rally to close 139.43 points or 2.19 percent higher at 6,484.06.

Makati offers online pre-marriage counseling - 2020-10-23
The Makati City government has launched an online pre-marriage counseling program for couples applying for a marriage license.

Bria Homes completes 5 residential projects - 2020-10-23
Villar-owned housing developer Bria Homes has completed five projects around the country even in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, the company said in a statement.

Only 20% of seniors covered by pension - 2020-10-23
Only 20 percent of the 7.6 million senior citizens in the country are covered by either the Government Service Insurance System or Social Security System , the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said.

MerryMart expands retail format mat - 2020-10-23
MerryMart Consumer Corp., the grocery chain operator of retail tycoon Edgar "Injap" Sia II, has expanded its retail format with its first MerryMart Market.

Fuel tanker hits 70 bollards on EDSA - 2020-10-23
A wayward fuel tanker plowed into at least 70 steel bollards along the EDSA-Shaw Boulevard underpass in Mandaluyong City at past midnight yesterday.

SMC extends RFID deadline - 2020-10-23
(SMC) is extending the deadline for motorists to get their RFID tags until the end of next month. SMC - the operator of the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, South Luzon Expressway, the Skyway System, NAIA Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway - said it is ready to implement full cashless toll collection on Nov.

Car theft suspect caught after shootout - 2020-10-23
A suspected car thief, who is on the watchlist of the Highway Patrol Group, and his companion were arrested following a shootout with police officers in Quezon City yesterday.

LSIs barred in Negros cities, Northern Samar anew - 2020-10-23
Locally stranded individuals have been barred again from returning to Northern Samar and the cities of San Carlos and Victorias in Negros Occidental for two weeks.

Bong Go reiterates calls to suspend, file more raps vs erring PhilHealth execs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
Senator Christopher "Bong" Go urged the inter-agency task force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to intensify its investigation into the Philippine Health

Why this Filipino keeps balikbayan boxes coming amid the pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
For Manila Forwarder founder Manny Paez, helping fellow Filipinos send packages and remittances to their relatives goes beyond business. It's about serving as a bridge to family members miles away from each other,

LG donates digital displays to the City of Pasig
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
To help out the City of Pasig in disseminating important information to its constituents, LG Philippines made a donation of two digital signage displays to the City Hall. The two

3 Filipinos among finalists in UN global photo contest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
The photo entries of three Filipinos were included in the 75 winning selections of a global photo contest to celebrate the United Nations' 75th

Villar gets donations for her relief efforts during pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-23
Sen. Cynthia A. Villar personally received medical protective materials and medicines from the Philippine Fujian General Youth Association, Inc., headed by its President James Go, during a simple turn-over ceremony.

Government spending down 15% in September
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
The national government reported lower spending in September, data from the Bureau of Treasury showed. Public spending declined by 15.45% to ?350.9 billion, which the agency associated to the timing of subsidy releases and the base effect of higher infrastructure spending in the same month last year.

DepEd urges regional offices to create own platforms to address erroneous modules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday urged its regional offices to come up with its own versions of platforms where errors in self-learning modules (SLMs) can be

Growing together: A tale of two businesses
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-23
The Express Clean branch in San Fernando, Pampanga was the first of many in a fruitful partnership with Alfamart, the first and only Super Minimart chain in the Philippines. For a small business ...

Measures in place to address mental health issues affecting teachers, students - DepEd
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-23
The Department of Education (DepEd) on Friday assured that preventive measures to address mental health issues are in place to support those who might need help. Education Secretary Leonor Briones, during the virtual "Handang Isip,

PH to lift entry ban on select foreigners starting Nov. 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The Philippines will allow entry of some foreign nationals starting Nov. 1, subject to strict protocols, Harry Roque, spokesperson of the Inter ...

Leading BPO firm Alorica eyes hiring K-12 graduates
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Senior high school students may soon find jobs in the outsourcing industry and work for one of the biggest firms in the country. Alorica, which mostly serves American companies, said it is considering to relax ...

In Asia next week, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington's

Manila opens quarantine facility at PLM - 2020-10-23
The Manila city government opened yesterday a 66-bed quarantine facility at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, the 14th COVID-19 isolation center in the city.

IATF approves resumption of motorcycle-taxi pilot study
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
Agency Task Force on the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the resumption of motorcycle taxi pilot

41 errors in self-learning modules monitored by DepEd
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has so far monitored 41 errors in self-learning modules (SLMs) distributed to public elementary and high school ...

WATCH | Lark presents 3 ways to encourage job autonomy, empower employees to be more productive
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-23
Working from home has shown many employees the importance of job autonomy. Workplace autonomy simply means that team members are granted a level of freedom to accomplish tasks in the best way that they can.

Toned-down bilateral relations with US seen under Biden presidency - envoy
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) - The bilateral relationship between the United States and the Philippines may tone down if ever Democratic nominee Joe Biden wins the presidency, said a ...

Lawmakers eye filing charges vs. PhilHealth officials after congressional probe
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) - Lawmakers are considering to file criminal and administrative charges against officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) over the ...

U.K. boosts business aid amid pressure to ease virus impact
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-23
UK Treasury chief Rishi Sunak is increasing subsidies for bars, pubs and restaurants hammered by strict new measures to slow the spread of Covid-19, amid criticism that the government has failed to protect small businesses and workers from the economic hardship caused by the pandemic.

Red Cross COVID-19 testing price may go down further - Gordon
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The Philippine Red Cross is working on further lowering the cost of its COVID-19 tests, its chairman, Senator Richard Gordon said while flagging ...

Goldman Sachs unit pleads guilty in Malaysian bribery case
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Goldman Sachs's Malaysian subsidiary has pleaded guilty to charges that it conspired to violate US anti-bribery laws in a massive scheme involving the Southeast Asian country's sovereign wealth fund,

DepEd asks lawmakers to consider National Sports Academy budget in bicam
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Education officials have asked congressmen and senators to consider funding for the National Sports Academy during bicameral discussions. The Budget department, apparently, did not include funding for it in ...

Despite delays, gov't pushes to shoulder free COVID-19 testing for OFWs
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- The government wants to continue offering free COVID-19 testing to OFWs despite the expected delay in the release of results due to the backlog ...

Quinta may intensify into tropical storm before making landfall Monday -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-23
The latest weather disturbance for October, Tropical Depression Quinta, is expected to develop into a tropical storm before making landfall over the Bicol Region on

Deadline for RFID shift in SMC tollways extended until Nov.30
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 23) -- Motorists have until Nov. 30 to shift to RFID as expressways operated by San Miguel Corporation (SMC) shift to cashless transactions by Nov. 2.

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