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Airlines banking on business travel to boost revenues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Business travelers can provide the local airline industry with a needed boost while the tourism market recovers. Roberto Lim, vice chair of the Air Carriers Association of the Philippines (Acap),

Ayala industrial estate unit chalks up P 150-M profit in Q1
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Leading industrial estate developer AyalaLand Logistics Holdings Corp. (ALLHC) defied the downturn in the overall property market in the first quarter on the back of higher industrial lot sales and

Muntinlupa links high recovery rate to mass testing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
The city government of Muntinlupa has claimed to have the highest recovery rate for new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Metro Manila. In a report on Monday, city health officer Dr.

Silicon Valley execs are requesting revamped home offices with generators and ergonomic chairs as more companies adopt work-from-home policies
Business Insider - 2020-05-18
One design firm is fielding interest from tech clients seeking more intentional work areas as more people work remotely in the future.

Verizon wraps up BlueJeans acquisition lickety split
TechCrunch - 2020-05-18
When Verizon (which owns this publication) announced it was buying video conferencing company BlueJeans for around $500 million last month, you probably thought it was going take awhile to bake, but the companies announced today that they has closed the deal.

Global trial to assess chloroquine against COVID-19 in health workers - 2020-05-18
More than 50,000 healthcare workers will be enrolled in a clinical trial to assess chloroquine for protection against COVID-19, according to researchers at the Washington University of St. Louis.

Climate Change Is Making Hurricanes Stronger, Researchers Find
New York Times - 2020-05-18
An analysis of satellite imagery from the past four decades suggests that global warming has increased the chances of storms reaching Category 3 or higher.

HRT Update Regarding Breast Cancer Risk Advised in EU
Medscape - 2020-05-18
The European Medicine Agency's safety committee recommends updating information on HRT products to reflect new data on its association with an increased risk of breast cancer.

Even one high-fat meal can slow mental performance - 2020-05-18
A recent, small study from Ohio State University indicates eating a single meal high in saturated fats may hamper your ability to mentally focus.

Asia faces financial health check after going big on stimulus
NIKKEI - 2020-05-18
Malaysia and the Philippines, countries with experience weathering wrenching economic turmoil. While the downward revisions are based more on uncertainties over the economic, political and fiscal health of these countries, failure to effectively use stimulus to recover from the current adversity could lead to cuts -- increasing borrowing costs ...

FBI criticizes Apple for not helping crack Pensacola shooter's iPhones
ZDNet - 2020-05-18
In a press conference today in Washington, the Justice Department announced that FBI technicians managed to crack and gain access to two locked iPhones belonging to the Pensacola naval airbase shooter.

'Wait for PS5 sales': Sony remains quiet but confident about the PlayStation 5, even as Microsoft shows off the next-gen Xbox
Business Insider - 2020-05-18
Sony's not worried about Microsoft's next-gen Xbox leading the conversation: "Wait for PS5 sales," Sony's CFO said in a recent earnings call.

Uber requires masks for riders and drivers, plans to lay off 3,000 more - 2020-05-18
Beginning Monday, ride-sharing giant Uber will require all drivers and riders to wear face coverings as more governments start to lift coronavirus restrictions for businesses.

Deep Instinct Vies With McAfee And CrowdStrike For $17B Market
Forbes - 2020-05-18
CrowdStrike faces a formidable challenger in Manhattan-based Deep Instinct. Which can save companies the most money by fending off cyberattacks before they happen?

A court in Texas is holding the first jury trial by Zoom
The Verge - 2020-05-18
A court in Texas is holding the first jury trial on Zoom. The news comes as court systems across the country face a choice between postponing trials until the pandemic ends or holding remote proceedings.

DOH says daily testing capacity now at 11,000
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said it can conduct more than 11,000 Covid-19 tests a day from the previous 6,000 daily testing. "As of May 15, we were able to conduct 11,127 tests in a day.

Standard Chartered continues giving PPE kits to Metro Manila hospitals
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Philippines announced it is distributing over 6,600 personal protective equipment (PPE) to several hospitals and treatment centers in Metro Manila. In partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress,

Uber confirms it will lay off thousands more employees and close 40 offices to further cut costs
Business Insider - 2020-05-18
The ride-hailing company has seen its core business hit the skids as the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the world to stay home.

Quezon City Hall of Justice under lockdown - 2020-05-18
The Quezon City Hall of Justice was placed under lockdown yesterday after an employee of another agency holding office in the building died of suspected coronavirus disease 2019.

Fake news post an honest mistake - Mocha Uson - 2020-05-18
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration deputy administrator Mocha Uson appeared at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday to comply with a subpoena sent to her over the alleged fake coronavirus post she shared on social media.

AFP opens Rizal Memorial quarantine facility - 2020-05-18
The Armed Forces of the Philippines facilitated yesterday the opening of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum quarantine facility in Malate, Manila.

Traffic builds up on first working day under MECQ - 2020-05-18
There was no traffic buildup along EDSA during the first working day under the modified enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said yesterday.

PRC regional offices resume operations - 2020-05-18
Eight more regional offices and eight service centers of the Professional Regulation Commission have re-opened following the downgrading of the community quarantine in several provinces nationwide.

Tricycles back on the road as lockdown protocols eased - 2020-05-18
After lockdown protocols were relaxed under the modified enhanced community quarantine, tricycles started transporting passengers in Pasig City yesterday.

Index tumbles as investors remain wary of coronavirus - 2020-05-18
Stock market investors found no comfort in the easing of the enhanced community quarantine as they continue to monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 situation in the country.

DA tries to lure OFWs to agriculture sector - 2020-05-18
The government is bent on attracting more people, especially overseas Filipino workers, to return to the countryside as it allots P2.5 billion in loanable funds for agriculture and fishery ventures.

Youth leaders present post-COVID policy recommendations - 2020-05-18
Over 400 youth leaders have given the government 10 policy recommendations to help the Philippines recover from the ill effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Sara to quarantine violators: Prepare P2 million - 2020-05-18
Carpio yesterday dared quarantine violators to prepare their last will and P2 million for their medical expenses in case they get infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Lambanog kills 3 in Laguna - 2020-05-18
Three persons died and another was hospitalized after they drank coconut wine or lambanog in Los Baños in this province on Saturday.

BSP readies guidelines for virtual assets risks - 2020-05-18
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is finalizing the guidelines for virtual assets and the operations of virtual asset service providers to prevent the country from becoming a haven for the financial transactions of criminals and terrorists.

DTI accepting CARES loan applications - 2020-05-18
The Department of Trade and Industry is now accepting loan applications from micro and small enterprises struggling with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 crisis in areas that have shifted to general community quarantine.

Mall operator taps military, police for crowd control as malls reopen
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Ayala Malls President Jennylle Tupaz says aside from their own security and operations teams, some police and military personnel are helping to ensure crowd control in their malls amid the resurgence

Over 2.6 million small-business workers receive cash grants amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
Cash grants have been given to more than 2.6 million small-business employees to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said in his eighth

Gov't to ramp up daily COVID-19 testing capacity to 50,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
The national government is aiming to step up its daily testing capacity for COVID-19 to 50,000 once it reached the 30,000 target at the end of May, says coronavirus testing czar Vince Dizon.

MMDA: Up to 40 percent more people out on streets amid modified ECQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
Two days after the government eased community quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila, authorities say the number of people who went out of their homes has increased by up to 40 percent.

DOH allocates P18M for trial of antiviral drug Avigan -- Duterte report
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) allocated P18 million for the trial of antiviral medication Avigan on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients, President Rodrigo Duterte

DOJ to NPS: Speed up preliminary probe of 23 barangay execs linked to SAP distribution mess
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Secretary Menardo Guevarra has directed the National Prosecution Service (NPS) to prioritize the preliminary investigation of the cases filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) against 23 barangay officials allegedly involved in anomalous distribution of social amelioration program (SAP).

More than 18k detainees have been released since March - SC
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
More than 18,000 persons deprived of liberty have been released from detention since March, said the Supreme Court, in its effort to decongest the country's detention

Century Properties Group income hits P1.48 billion in 2019
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
Property developer Century Properties Group Inc. (CPG) said its net income last year increased by a third to P1.48 billion, from P1.12 billion in the previous year, mainly due to project completions in its residential condominium and the horizontal segments.

Globe gets nod to install cell sites along LRT Line 2
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
The Light Rail Transit Authority  (LRTA) has allowed Globe Telecom Inc. to build its network along the LRT Line 2 (LRT 2) while Metro Manila is under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

ABS-CBN tells NTC not to recall its frequencies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
CBN said its assigned frequencies should not be recalled by the government given recent moves by lawmakers to extend its broadcast franchise, which expired last

From mecca to ghost town, Mykonos awaits tourism relief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
The lodestone of Greece's travel season alongside Santorini, Mykonos has paid the price of the coronavirus lockdown.

House bill on Kapamilya franchise a welcome development pat p - 2020-05-18
Sadly, because ABS-CBN is off the air there, those who reside in these remote areas will not be getting the accurate weather updates and pandemic situationers. They count on us to deliver.

Ayala pays P9.9 billion in taxes to 'boost' gov't outbreak response - 2020-05-18
We are committed to help the president tackle the many challenges he has to deal with...," the Zobel brothers said.

Japan sinks into recession with steeper fall looming
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
"Companies are struggling to secure funding and that suggests business investment will remain weak and many workers are concerned about their wages." The crisis has put pressure on policy ...

32 more medical frontliners recover from COVID-19; no new deaths recorded
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
An additional 32 healthcare workers were reported to have recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday. This

EastWest expects lower profits for 2020 due to pandemic, ECQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-18
East West Banking Corp. revised its revenue projections this year after allocating markedly higher reserves for nonperforming loans (NPLs) amid potential losses due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic and the measures undertaken by government to stem the infection.

Metro Manila water shortage unlikely this year - 2020-05-18
Water in Angat Dam will remain above normal level this year even as supply in Metro Manila was increased to meet high demand.

Cashless fare transaction for PUVs, shuttle services for employees preferred during quarantine period -- LTFRB
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-18
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is pushing for revisions in fare collection in public utility vehicles to help prevent more infections during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pagasa sees cloudy skies, rain showers in MM, other Luzon areas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-18
As of now, no other weather disturbance is seen near the Philippine area of responsibility. "Wala na rin ho itong direktang epekto sa anumang bahagi ng ating kalupaan, meron na lamang ho tayong ...

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