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FDA warns against buying unregistered food products including Reno liver spread
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, who is also FDA Officer-in-Charge, says there is nothing to worry about as long as the brands mentioned comply with the rules, especially Reno liver spread, which has been in the market even before the FDA was established.

Govt. launches modern animal disease diagnostic lab in Tarlac City
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
The agriculture department launches an animal disease diagnostic facility in Tarlac City that would ensure health and resiliency of the animal industry in Central Luzon through modern technology.

Palace on COVID-19 crisis: The worst is over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Malacañang believes that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over even as the confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines continue to increase by

Upgrade job offers for health workers -- Villanueva
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-16
Senator Joel Villanueva on Wednesday asked the Department of Health (DOH) to improve its offers for Filipino health care workers so they would be enticed to join its emergency hiring program. Villanueva issued the appeal even as he maintained that the government should finally lift the deployment ban on medical

Peso soars to near 4-year high anew - 2020-09-16
While the peso barely strengthened on a daily basis, the movement was enough for the local currency to notch its best performance since finishing P48.34 against the greenback on Nov. 3, 2016. That said,

Use of webcams, social media 'optional' in online learning to protect data privacy
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Web cameras should not be required for students under online learning and parental consent must be in the case of minors, according to suggested rules drawn by the Data Privacy Council for the Education Sector.

Virus-induced foreign borrowing bloats to $8.96 billion - 2020-09-16
Amid dismal tax collections, money borrowed from foreign creditors to fund the Duterte administration's costly coronavirus pandemic response sustained its uptrend in mid-September, finance department data showed.

CHR probes death of online news show host in Sorsogon - 2020-09-16
In a statement, the CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said the killing of Jobert Bercasio "illustrates the growing trend of harassment and violence perpetrated against media workers in the country."

Villanueva renews call to lift deployment ban on health workers - 2020-09-16
"There is no doubt that our healthcare workers will choose to stay and serve in our health centers and hospitals if they can be assured of job security and sufficient salaries and benefits," Villanueva said in Filipino.

The worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over, Palace says - 2020-09-16
Just two days after the country logged a record-high number of deaths due to COVID-19, Malacañang said the worst of the pandemic-induced crisis is over.

Philippines confirms 3,550 new coronavirus infections, 69 deaths
Reuters - 2020-09-16
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday recorded 3,550 additional novel coronavirus infections and 69 more deaths.

DOH: No pressure for PH vaccine experts panel to buy COVID-19 vaccines from China or Russia
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 16) -- The Department of Health on Wednesday assured the country's vaccine experts panel is not under pressure to buy COVID-19 vaccines developed by ...

South Cotabato reverts to GCQ as COVID-19 cases soar
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
The South Cotabato province reverted on Wednesday to the more restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) status as cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

SC votes in favor of MORE in Iloilo City 'power struggle' - 2020-09-16
The Supreme Court voted in favor of MORE Electric and Power Corporation to authorize its operation of assets of Panay Electric Company Inc. (PECO) to distribute electricity in Iloilo City.

Gabriela Rep. Brosas tests positive COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Gabriela Party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas has tested positive for COVID-19, House Secretary General Luis Montales said on Wednesday. The opposition lawmaker is the 15th active case in the House of Representatives,

Longer social distance gives better protection vs coronavirus -- Duque
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Health chief Francisco Duque III said a longer social distance between individuals is better prevention against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as he opposed the relaxed

6 Manila-based thieves nabbed in Quezon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
LUCENA CITY -- Six suspected Metro-Manila-based thieves were arrested after they stole half a million pesos in cash from a meat vendor in Candelaria town in Quezon province on Tuesday. The

Pemberton pardon, changing tone on China show Duterte gov't has 'no coherent foreign policy' - Carpio
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Flip-flopping remarks towards China and the surprise pardon for US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton show that the Duterte administration is not following a concrete foreign policy, legal and diplomacy experts say.

MMC chair: Metro mayors not consulted on relaxed physical distancing in PUVs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
The easing of physical distancing measures between passengers in public utility vehicles (PUVs) amid the threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pushed through without

Man leaves behind winning lottery ticket -- and drugs -- as he flees traffic stop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
A man from Georgia, U.S. is still entitled to the prize he won from a lottery ticket he left behind that police found -- along with his meth.

More health-care workers needed to fight Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-16
The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against Covid-19 (HPAAC) on Monday said they are against the easing of physical... The Department of Health (DOH) is appealing to all qualified health-care ...

UN rights chief: Revoke PH policies, rhetoric that lead to killings and abuses
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
The head of a United Nations panel on human rights is calling for an end to Philippine policies that were said to have led to killings and human rights violations in the bloody war on drugs.

BARMM executive office open after two-week disinfection - 2020-09-16
Employees will work in shifts to prevent overcrowding in all departments under the Office of the Chief Minister, or OCM.

Philippines says engaging Western pharma firms, despite Duterte anger
Reuters - 2020-09-16
The Philippines continues to negotiate supply deals with a wide range of COVID-19 vaccine makers, its health ministry said on Wednesday, despite its president scolding Western firms and saying he wanted Chinese and Russian vaccines.

Infrastructure spending back in red as contractors fight to survive - 2020-09-16
Government infrastructure spending returned to the negative territory in July, as strict health protocols imposed to arrest coronavirus spread weighed down on much-awaited resumption of construction activities.

Tropical storm Leon maintains strength over West PH Sea -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Tropical storm Leon maintains its strength as it slightly accelerates over the West Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services

Carpio joins team suing Xi Jinping for crimes against humanity in the South China Sea
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio will serve as legal counsel in suing Chinese President Xi Jinping for crimes against humanity over illegal actions in the South China Sea, as they insist that the case before the International Criminal Court should continue.

Go urges DOH to improve mental health system as suicides increase due to COVID
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-16
Senator Christopher "Bong" T. Go on Wednesday issued an urgent call to the Department of Health (DOH) to improve suicide awareness among specific demographic sectors, particularly rural communities and the youth,

How Nissan innovates to provide safer mobility for Filipinos amid pandemic - 2020-09-16
As the world transitions to more novel and safer ways of going about everyday life, so too does Nissan in its dedication to providing safer mobility and even more exceptional customer service. Right off the bat,

New York sees smoke from West Coast fires
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Smoke from the fires ravaging the American West Coast traveled across the continent to reach the skies over New York on Tuesday, according to meteorological reports. The smoke was

'Leon' strengthens into tropical storm, brings rains to parts of Philippines - 2020-09-16
The tropical storm was given an international name "Noul"--a name contributed by North Korea, which means "red sky."

'Leon' strengthens into tropical storm, brings rains to parts of Philippines - 2020-09-16
The tropical storm was given an international name "Noul"--a name contributed by North Korea, which means "red sky."

Top officials disagree on new distancing rules on public transport
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Top officials on Tuesday publicly disagreed with each other on easing physical distancing rules on public transportation, with more arguing that it was key to reviving the

More PhilHealth officials may be charged - DOJ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday said the investigation of alleged massive corruption in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) would continue and

Apple bundles TV, music, news and more in services push - 2020-09-16
Apple Inc. ditched its flagship iPhone on this year's event, and instead unveiled new versions of iPad and smartwatch.

Anonymous founders are posting brutal reviews of venture capitalists on VC Guide, a website that wants to become the NetPromoter for VCs
Business Insider - 2020-09-15
VC Guide lets anonymous startup founders post reviews on venture capitalists, who also have a chance to respond.

Apple reveals two new watches, two new iPads, and a subscription bundle
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
The company announced the latest versions of its Apple Watch and iPad, as well as a new subscription bundle that combines several of its services -- albeit for a hefty price. Here's everything Apple rolled out at its latest virtual product launch on Tuesday.

Med Schools Fear Lack of Residency Slots, Training Sites
Medscape - 2020-09-15
Medical school enrollment is up 33% since 2002, the AAMC says, but many are worried that residency slots and clinical training site availability are not keeping up.

Fitbit Atrial Fibrillation Approval Revs Up Competition With Apple Watch
Forbes - 2020-09-15
Fitbit announced this week regulatory clearance in both the US and Europe for its electrocardiogram (ECG) app to identify atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Where is the iPhone 12?
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
"The iPhone 12 may have enough new to it to warrant a separate event; the key is to have it ready in the run-up to the holidays, so a change in launch by a few weeks isn't a major change," Rubin said.

Cision and Meltwater, the two largest PR software companies, are planning a merger, and the DoJ has explored whether it would hurt competition
Business Insider - 2020-09-15
The Justice Department's antitrust division has probed a potential merger of the companies.

A Solar Forecast With Good News for Civilization as We Know It
New York Times - 2020-09-15
Space weather experts believe the sun has entered a new sunspot cycle, and expect it to be a relatively quiet one.

QAnon is coopting a USPS phishing scam
The Verge - 2020-09-15
A viral phishing scheme is targeting people across the country with scammy text messages claiming to be from USPS. Conspiracy theorists falsely claim the scam is tied to human trafficking.

Are Apple One plans a good deal? We crunched the numbers to find out.
Mashable - 2020-09-15
They package Apple Music, Arcade, and more together for one monthly price. The big question: Are they worth the money? We broke down every Apple One plan to find out. Users get Apple Music, Apple TV+,

Seven coronavirus-related deaths tied to Maine wedding: local media
Reuters - 2020-09-15
Seven deaths related to COVID-19 have been tied to an Aug. 7 wedding and celebration that took place in the vacation town of Millinocket in central Maine, local media reported on Tuesday.

Roche exec says COVID-hit health systems at 'more or less' normal capacity
Reuters - 2020-09-15
Many patients have overcome initial fears of COVID-19 infections and resumed doctor visits, Roche's drug unit chief said, helping health systems even in hard-hit regions like Texas, Florida and California return to "more or less" normal capacity.

To Limit COVID-19, Navajo Leader Says: 'Listen To Your Public Health Professionals'
NPR - 2020-09-15
The Navajo Nation has seen a turning point in its battle against the virus. Cases are down dramatically. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez says that's because citizens heed public health advice.

COVID-19 pandemic shows urgent need for Medical Reserve Corps - Go
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The COVID-19 pandemic, which has caught many countries off guard, should be a lesson for the Philippines to put in place policies and systems to make it better prepared for

B Cell Test Predicts Alemtuzumab
Medscape - 2020-09-15
A common adverse effect of the multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) may be predicted by pre-treatment levels of certain types of B cells, a new study suggests. "Alemtuzumab has proven to be an effective treatment for patients with highly active remitting relapsing MS,

RCI gets relief from creditors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
Three creditors of Roxas & Co. Inc. (RCI) have agreed to stretch out P2.6 billion worth of loans contracted by the publicly lis­ted holding firm in consideration of business challenges

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