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IATF extends MECQ in Nueva Vizcaya town - 2020-09-15
Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the extension of the modified enhanced community quarantine in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya until Sept. 30.

'We have not forgotten,' Locsin eyes revival of bureau to remind the world of PH's Sabah claim
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin, Jr. says he is looking into reopening the department's bureau that will remind the world of the country's claim and mainly focus on handling issues related to Sabah.

Solon seeks to restore DFA program that allows foreigners to study PH culture
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
A lawmaker seeks to restore funding for the DFA's Philippine Studies program, noting that years of effort for negotiations are wasted if these are discontinued.

ADB further downgrades economic outlook for Philippines - 2020-09-15
The Asian Development Bank has recast its forecast for the Philippine economy to a deeper decline of 7.3 percent this year, citing subdued private consumption and investment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PH working on resumption of talks on South China Sea Code of Conduct - Locsin
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin says he will work on the resumption of negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea despite challenges brought by the pandemic.

Reduced physical distancing OK as long as other health measures in place -- health experts
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
While a number of medical experts opposed the easing of physical distancing in public transport, another group of healthcare professionals backed the new rule, saying its risks may be offset by the implementation of other strict measures.

Street dwellers fined by police for failing to wear masks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
Because they were not wearing face masks, six street dwellers were issued fixed penalty tickets by police and were expected to pay a fine worth $1,000 (around P48,000). Police reportedly

Woman found guilty after sawing hand off for scam
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
A court found a woman in Slovenia guilty of fraud after she took out five insurance policies the year before her hand was sawed off.

DOH: Over 8,000 health workers accepted in emergency hiring program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
The Department of Health has already hired a total of 8,056 health workers under its emergency hiring program to augment medical frontliners battling the coronavirus disease

Cyclone threatens Southern Tagalog, Visayas and Mindanao - 2020-09-15
Residents of Southern Tagalog, the Visayas and Mindanao have been warned against possible floods and landslides as rains spawned by a brewing cyclone will continue to affect these areas in the next few days.

House OKs on 3rd reading bill extending estate tax amnesty by 2 more years
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill that would extend the estate tax amnesty program by another two years.

Smart speeds up tower rollout after permits released - 2020-09-15
After coronavirus lockdowns stalled its network expansion plans, Smart Communications Inc. said Tuesday it is now speeding up its nationwide tower rollout, thanks to the government's move to reduce excessive red-tape.

Shoppers spend half an hour 'adding to cart' at 9.9 sale - 2020-09-15
"We believe that this is driven by the change of behavior of our customers during the pandemic with more and more Filipinos shifting to online shopping platforms for their needs," Lazada said.

ADB sees deeper 7.3% contraction for PH economy, slow recovery expected
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
The Asian Development Bank says the worst is over for the Philippines and other economies in the region, but warned that large-scale lockdowns could stifle recovery if sustained.

Medical experts seek increase of public transport under strict health measures to revitalize economy
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-15
A group of health experts has recommended the increase of public transportation capacity in the country. Such proposed increase would be governed by strict social distancing measures while providing livelihood to Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students to share self-learning modules due to lack of budget - DepEd
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Some public school students will have to share self-learning modules or SLMs during the pandemic school year, the Department of Education says.

City government to file complaint vs CdO jail officers who threatened health workers
Rappler - 2020-09-15
Mayor Oscar Moreno said that the city government here would file criminal and administrative complaints against officers of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) who harassed and threatened 3 city medical technologists.

Global oil demand set for slow recovery from virus - 2020-09-15
The economic slowdown will take months to reverse completely, while certain sectors such as aviation are unlikely to return to their pre-pandemic levels of consumption even next year," IEA said.

Rise in June long term investment inflows to PH narrows 6-month decline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Long term investment inflows into the country sustained their growth momentum in June, which authorities attributed to "the gradual reopening of advanced economies with ...

Foreign direct investments sustain growth in June - 2020-09-15
In May, the central bank slashed its FDI forecast to $4.1 billion in net inflows by yearend, down from the original $8.1 billion, and set for a third straight year of decline under the Duterte administration.

More than half of Filipinos believe worst of COVID-19 pandemic has yet to come -- SWS - 2020-09-15
The survey found that 57% of respondents think the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to arrive, marking a 10% increase from the 47% who thought the same last May.

Quarantine violations reported to task force on Facebook result in 16 arrests - 2020-09-15
The operation, the task force said, resulted from the report of a social media user "who provided the local police with the details of the violation and even provided photos of the on-going violation of the quarantine protocols" to the COVID Shield Facebook Page.

Remittances buck pessimistic expectations to peak in July - 2020-09-15
Cash inflows amounted to $16.8 billion, down 2.4% year-on-year and running below the 5% contraction seen for the entire 2020.

Nearly ?12 billion worth of loans released to high-value crop farmers as of end-July, Landbank says
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Landbank says a total of ?11.93 billion loans were released to farmers as of July 31 under its high-value crops financing program.

Proportion of adult Filipinos who say worst of COVID-19 crisis is yet to come rises to 57%
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
The proportion of adult Filipinos who believe the COVID-19 crisis will get worse has risen to 57 percent, according to a Social Weather Stations survey released on Tuesday.

Expect drop in Maynilad, Manila Water rates in October
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Metro Manila residents can expect cheaper water bills beginning October 1. The Manila Water Company, Inc. and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. will reduce their rates for the fourth quarter of the year,

No invasion of privacy: DILG upholds PNP monitoring of social media for lockdown violators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday defended the move of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to monitor social media for quarantine violations,

ADB sees worse contraction of 7.3% for Philippine economy in 2020
Rappler - 2020-09-15
This is steeper than the Asian Development Bank's initial forecast of a 3.8% dip. But the ADB believes the worst already happened in May or June.

No Filipino reported affected in US West Coast fires -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
No Filipino have so far been reported affected in recent forest fires across the US West Coast, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. "The Department of Foreign

'We might go back to ECQ': Año says reduced physical distancing in PUVs 'dangerous' - 2020-09-15
In a briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet members, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said he supports the appeal of the health sector that it is not yet the right time to ease physical distancing rules in public vehicles.

DOJ-led task force submits report on PhilHealth corruption probe to Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the filing of criminal and administrative charges against former PhilHealth CEO Ricardo Morales and other officials over the alleged anomalies inside the state health insurer.

Pagasa: LPA may develop into tropical depression on Wednesday or Thursday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
The low pressure area west northwest of Catarman, Northern Samar may intensify into a tropical depression by Wednesday or

COVID-19 task force exec backs health workers' plea vs easing of transport distancing rules
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
Vice Chair and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año warns of a 'roller coaster' of new coronavirus cases if the Department of Transportation continues with the gradual easing of distancing rules in public transport.

WHO delivers Europe death warning as infections hit new high
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
Europe will face a rising death toll from the coronavirus during autumn, the World Health Organization warned on Monday as the number of daily infections around the world

PepsiCo is launching a drink to get a piece of the $1 billion sleep aid industry
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
PepsiCo built a massive multinational business by putting pep in people's steps. Now it wants to help mellow them out.

Doctors warn distancing cut may lead to spike in infections
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
The medical community on Monday warned that the ill-timed decision of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to gradually reduce physical distancing on public vehicles

DOH revises guidelines on use of antigen tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) delayed until next week the release of its guidelines on the use of antigen test kits after the World Health Organization (WHO) discouraged its

The Best Business Laptops
New York Times - 2020-09-15
Business laptops can be expensive but are a good long-term value because of sturdier, more repairable designs than in thinner, lighter options like ultrabooks.

Bots Have Gotten Better At Hiding - From 2015 Till Now
Forbes - 2020-09-15
The bots have gotten better at hiding -- specifically tricking bot detection tech to NOT mark them as "invalid" traffic (IVT). Do you think fraud is lower or higher vs 2015?

Kaltura Vies With Brightcove In $6.1B Video Streaming Software Market
Forbes - 2020-09-15
Underlying videoconferencing is the $6.1 billion software as a service market that supports video publishing and distribution. If you want to invest in this industry, you could consider shares of Boston-based Brightcove or you could wait to see whether Manhattan-based Kaltura files for an IPO.

Trump dismisses climate concerns as he visits fire-ravaged West
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-15
President Donald Trump on Monday suggested global warming will reverse itself and dismissed climate change as a cause of ferocious fires engulfing swaths of the

The surprising reason Nintendo made Super Mario a plumber 35 years ago
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-15
(CNN)-- It's-a-me, Mario! In 1985, a little Italian plumber became the face of video games, and changed the way we play them. "Super Mario Bros." saw the main characters in the game, Mario and Luigi, jump around the Mushroom Kingdom,

As Oregon fires burn, smoggy air suffocates Portland residents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-14
The deadly fires spreading across three western US states are causing record-breaking pollution and a spate of health woes, from headaches and coughs to impaired

Online news show host shot dead in Sorsogon
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-14
Jobert Bercasio, an online news show host in Balangibog TV, was shot dead on Monday night by unidentified assailants in Sorsogon City

TTEC Wins Asia-Pacific Grand Stevie Award For CultureCX Innovation In The Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-09-14
TTEC honored with the highest-scoring workplace excellence entry in the Philippines for Innovative Use of Technology in Human Resources. MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Only 5 companies from over 1,

White Coat Hypertension May Progress to Hypertension in Kids
Medscape - 2020-09-14
About half of children with initial white coat hypertension progressed to hypertension or pre-hypertension 1 year later, suggesting the need for longitudinal follow-up.

Duterte appeals to private hospitals to increase beds for COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-14
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte urges private hospitals to increase allotted beds for infected patients

'Startling' Decline in BP Control Among American Adults
Medscape - 2020-09-14
After decades of improvements in blood pressure control, the past few years have seen declining trends, possibly owing to the introduction of more relaxed targets in 2014.

Manila Cathedral reopens on Wednesday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-14
The Manila Cathedral has finally reopened to the public after six months of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic. According to an announcement on Monday, Eucharistic

PSEi inches back to 6,000 on renewed optimism over recovery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-14
The local stock barometer climbed close to the 6,000 mark on Monday as investors picked up battered large-cap stocks in anticipation of an economic recovery after months of lockdown prompted by the

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