Trump casts early ballot in Florida in presidential election

President Donald Trump cast an early ballot Saturday, October 24, in the US election as he geared for another grueling day of campaigning ahead of the November 3 vote. Trump, who is trailing Democrat Joe Biden in the polls, voted at a library serving as a polling center in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has a home in that state and switched his residency there last year from his native New York. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said with a smile as he emerged. While voting, he wore a mask, which is rare…

Temper justice with compassion – Manila Bulletin

WORD ALIVE Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD The heart-rending case of the detained activist Reina Mae Nacino and her three-month-old baby River went viral over the deplorable way she was treated. The poor child after she was born on July 1 was separated from her mother and left to the care of the grandmother. For the absence of proper maternal care, the baby died on October 9. What’s very depressing was that Nacino was given only six hours in two days to attend her wake. Moreover, the police denied…

Suga On A Mission To Vietnam And Indonesia

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga certainly understands the political importance of continuity, especially in Southeast Asia. Suga recently made a first stop in Hanoi, Vietnam and continued on to his second visit in the region to Jakarta, Indonesia. Both these Southeast Asian countries are seen as key to Japan’s “free and open Indo-Pacific,” strategy.  There are other reasons for Suga to visit these two countries as well. Vietnam is current ASEAN chair, while Indonesia as the only member of the Group of 20 major economies from Southeast…

Schneider Electric Innovation Summit World Tour 2020 Embracing digital technologies in the age of Industry Automation

Schneider Electric is taking the frontlines in accelerating our lives into the new normal, fully equipped with a portfolio of innovative, new digital services. For SE, it’s high time to digitize our future — globally. And on this side of the globe, the Schneider Electric Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 slated November 4, 2020 will highlight SE’s unveiling of the latest developments in EcoStruxure architecture and platform as well as several new innovative products. The Innovation Summit East Asia 2020 is part of a global and 10 regional events covering…

Duterte asked to act on slow disbursement of aid for seniors

President Duterte has been urged to step in on the supposed slow disbursement of financial assistance to senior citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes brought to the attention of the Chief Executive the “continuous troubles” hounding the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s implementation and disbursement of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) , Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT), and Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens. “To date, we continually receive reports from thousands of our senior citizens all around the Philippines on how the DSWD…

Duterte urged to allow seniors up to 70 to go out

Alarmed that three out of 10 Filipino elderly suffer from depression, Senior Citizen partylist Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Ordanes has appealed to President Duterte to include senior citizens up to 70-years-old in the list of persons who can go out. The lawmaker sought the expansion of the coverage of the lifting of age-based stay-at-home restrictions and other benefits as provided by Resolution No. 79-2020 issued by Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). Under the IATF resolution, those aged 15 to 65 are allowed to go out.…

90% of DepEd staff have been paid their salaries

The Department of Education said 90 percent of its personnel have been paid their salaries this month. DepEd Undersecretary for Finance Annalyn Sevilla, during last week’s virtual press briefing, said that as of Oct. 22, “89.57 percent of the total salaries have already been paid.”  She said the remaining “10.43 percent are still being processed.”  Aside from expediting the processing of this month’s payroll, Sevilla said that DepEd has released P1.3 billion for the annual medical checkup of public school teachers as well as the incentive for the World Teachers’…

SBCorp to roll out of P10-B financing assistance to MSMEs

With the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (RA 11494)  signed into law, a P10- billion fund has been allotted to  The Small Business Corporation (SBCorp), the government’s micro financing arm. SBCorp announced it will start rolling out on Monday, October 26, the P10-billion fund to ensure the continued employment of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a statement, SBCorp said the new fund allocated has expanded its existing COVID-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) Program. The P10 billion fund includes the P6 billion fund allocated for CARES Tourism…

South China Sea news: Beijing fires ‘dozens of missiles’ in two-day exercise | World | News

China claims it has a historic right of ownership to almost the entire South China Sea, despite a 2016 international arbitration ruling saying Beijing’s claim had no legal basis under international law. But the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei also have overlapping claims to parts of it. An official Chinese outlet said air-to-air missiles were launched during a two-day military exercise on Hainan Island this week. The drill was attended by up to 100 soldiers and was organised by the naval force of the Southern Theatre Command of the…

Discover the benefits of living by the sea

The pandemic has brought stress, especially mental stress as anxiety is on the rise. To combat this, all you need is a break, or even a day at the beach.   According to Dr. Thomas W. Ferkol of the American Thoracic Society, exposure to salt-tinged ocean breeze had a beneficial effect on patients who participated in a 48-week study conducted in the Australian coast. Findings showed that not only did saline breeze clear their lungs, but it also decreased allergy flare-ups. A subsequent study featured in The New England Journal…