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Evangelical Doctors' Group Pleads With Churches To Stay Home
NPR - 2020-11-19
Leaders of a national Christian medical group write that Christians who gather now could appear not to "care that we may be contributing to others getting this illness because of our selfishness."

Uber Shops For Self-Driving Partners Or Even Selling Its Project
Forbes - 2020-11-19
Reports suggest that Uber is talking to Aurora about selling its self-driving project, or otherwise finding a major partner. Uber is in a special position as the world's #1 brand in rides and may pull this off.

DAR hastens parceling awarded land
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-19
After getting funding from the World Bank, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has launched a new program meant to hasten the subdivision of lands expropriated under the land reform law and the

Apple to pay $113 million over deliberately slowing down iPhones
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
Apple agrees to pay millions of dollars to 34 states over its controversial previous practice of deliberately slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery life.

Investing in the time of Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
Overseas Filipino, Filipino expat, Filipino overseas community leader. There are many things we may call Ben Lebig, Jr., yet when you meet him, albeit virtually, his humility and spirit will immediately win your respect.

EU leaders try to solve political fight blocking big budget
Houston Chronicle - 2020-11-19
EU leaders will on Thursday try to find ways to resolve a diplomatic dispute with members Poland and Hungary to unlock a 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and recovery package aimed at putting the economy back on track after the pandemic.

Zamboanga peninsula on alert vs ASF
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Zamboanga peninsula regional office is on heightened alert for the entry of hogs infected with African swine fever amid reports of infection in Iligan City.

GCash, AIDE form healthcare partnership
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Mobile wallet GCash has teamed up with healthcare and telemedicine platform AIDE to provide quality home-based healthcare services that are made safer and more convenient through contactless payments.

Facebook sues operator of Instagram clone sites
TechCrunch - 2020-11-19
Facebook has today filed another lawsuit against a company acting in violations of its terms of service. In this case, the company has sued Ensar Sahinturk, a Turkish national who operated a network of Instagram clone sites,

IPO Preview: DoorDash Starts Dash For Multi-Billion Dollar IPO
TheStreet.com - 2020-11-19
San Francisco, California-based DoorDash was founded to enable local retailers to provide delivery capabilities via the firm's mobile app and logistics platform.

Nvidia, Epic to bring 'Fortnite' back to iPhones in 'near future'
Reuters - 2020-11-19
Nvidia Corp and Epic Games on Thursday said they are working together to put video game "Fortnite" back on Apple Inc's iPhones in the "near future" as part of Nvidia's streaming game service.

Japanese firm increases ownership in JV with BPI
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
Japanese leasing firm Tokyo Century Corp. (TCC) is bound to become the majority shareholder in its joint venture with Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) after deciding to acquire additional 2-percent stake.

Breakingviews - Nvidia has limits to supercharged growth
Reuters - 2020-11-19
Even Nvidia has limits to its supercharged growth. The $326 billion semiconductor firm is riding a wave of demand for its gaming and data center chips, and the pandemic has provided a bit of extra swell for both.

Lime unveils next-gen scooter as it continues to inch toward profitability
The Verge - 2020-11-19
Lime unveiled its fourth-generation electric scooter with a swappable battery and enhanced safety features. The company also announced it was "cash flow positive" in the third quarter of 2020 -- a sign that the scooter sharing giant is getting closer to becoming profitable for the first time.

Battlepalooza is the first battle royale to use Google Maps for levels
VentureBeat - 2020-11-19
Today, nWay is announcing Battlepalooza, a mobile battle royale game that uses Google Maps to create real-city battlefields.

Being Too Comfortable Using Partial Automation Can Encourage Drivers To Lose Focus
Forbes - 2020-11-19
More familiarity often means less attention when it comes to using partially automated technology, a new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety finds.

Apple, Verizon announce '5G Fleet Swap' program for enterprise
AppleInsider - 2020-11-19
Apple and Verizon on Thursday announced a new "fleet swap" program that will allow enterprise customers to swap existing devices with 5G-compatible iPhone models.

Philippine Basketball Association partners with Lysol to ensure health safety protection during bubble games
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
To further ramp up appropriate health safety protection during the ... "We are extremely proud of this partnership with the Philippine Basketball Association," said Gonzalo Balcazar, RB ...

Illegal wildlife trade blamed for diseases brought by animals
BusinessWorld - 2020-11-19
Man-made activities that destroy the environment increase contact between humans and animals and may result in more diseases caused by germs from animals, according to an Asia Pacific Economic ... earlier study by Stanford University, APEC said increased ...

Google Stadia Launches For iOS Soon, Cyberpunk Preorders Get Free Stadia Premiere
GameSpot - 2020-11-19
Google has announced that iOS users will get to check out the cloud gaming platform Stadia in the future. Stadia will begin a public testing phase on iOS "several weeks from now." Google has not provided an exact release date or window for when Stadia will be available on iOS.

Facebook Says It's Doing A Better Job Of Catching Hate Speech Before Users See It
NPR - 2020-11-19
The social network says hate speech accounts for a tiny fraction of the posts people see. It's relying on automated systems to catch it, but is under pressure to do better.

1 million farmers to get land titles under CARP
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
The Department of Agrarian Reform has launched a P24.6-billion project which aims to subdivide 1.3 million hectares of agricultural land for the benefit of one million agrarian reform beneficiaries.In a virtual launching ceremony yesterday,

Over 16,000 frontliners yet to receive hazard pay from DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
More than 16,000 medical frontliners who are at risk of catching the coronavirus due to their line of work have yet to receive the hazard pay appropriated for them under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

DOH: Spike in Davao COVID cases continuous
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
The rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in Davao City is under close monitoring by the Department of Health.

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines hit 413,430
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
The Department of Health on Thursday reported 1,337 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the national caseload past 413,000

Jadestone Energy surrendersm Sulu Sea exploration contract
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Singapore-based oil and gas company Jadestone Energy Inc. has surrendered and terminated Service Contract 56 in the Sulu Sea as part of its strategy to avoid early phase greenfield exploration and meet its sustainability objectives.

Flooding interventions
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
In the worst public health and economic crisis we have seen, the battle for 2022 is now beginning to heat up, and in an unsurprisingly ugly way.

ABS-CBN launches iWant TFC
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
CBN Corp. has merged its two streaming platforms to come up with the first Filipino subscription-based streaming service available globally.

Saudi pharma firm eyes $30 million investment in Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
A pharmaceutical firm from Saudi Arabia is looking to invest $30 million to set up a manufacturing facility in the country, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority said.

US vaccines may be used in weeks
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna could be ready for US emergency authorization and distribution within weeks, setting the stage for inoculation to begin as soon as this year, US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Wednesday.

AstraZeneca wants to hold COVID-19 clinical trial in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has applied for a clinical trial in the country of its experimental coronavirus vaccine, a Department of Science and Technology official says

BI: No Christmas break for airport personnel
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Airport personnel of the Bureau of Immigration are prohibited from taking vacation leaves starting next month to ensure better service for travelers during the holiday season, a BI official said on Wednesday. Immigration ...

Atencio buys 13% stake in Ovialand
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Businessman Januario Jesus Atencio, former CEO of 8990 Holdings, is making a big comeback to the real estate scene through an equity investment in housing developer Ovialand Inc.

PNP to conduct drug tests for trainees
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Police trainees will undergo drug tests in a bid to rid the Philippine National Police of narco officers, PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said yesterday.

Marikina evacuee positive for COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
A 68-year-old evacuee in Marikina has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the city government to conduct rapid tests to prevent a possible outbreak of the disease among the evacuees displaced by Typhoon Ulysses,

BSP surprises market with 25-bps rate cut
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas resumed yesterday its easing cycle, delivering a surprise 25-basis-point interest rate cut as the country slipped deeper into recession amid the resurgence of COVID-19 cases globally.

LTFRB opens 7 provincial bus routes
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board has opened seven more provincial bus routes from Metro Manila to Western Visayas.

Covid drugs, gear shielded from trade curbs
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
THE Philippines has reached an agreement with its Southeast Asian neighbors to refrain from imposing trade measures against a total of 152 drugs and health equipment crucial in the fight against Covid-19.

Amid typhoons, DOF chief pitches urgent reforestation
BusinessMirror - 2020-11-19
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III has joined calls for forest restoration and conservation following the devastation caused by the recent typhoons. Dominguez, recently appointed by President Duterte as chairman of the Climate Change Commission (CCC),

Ex-Iloilo execs get 8 years for graft
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
Two former provincial officials of Iloilo have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison for the purchase of an overpriced laptop in 2007.

Roque: No chance for harmonious ties between Duterte, Robredo after typhoon meltdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
Malacañang says there's no returning to a good working relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo due to recent controversies. His spokesman Harry Roque insists that the Vice President - through her spokesperson and daughters - was out to discredit the government's relief efforts during typhoon Ulysses.

UPDATE 2-Philippine c.bank surprises with 5th rate cut this year as economy struggles
Reuters - 2020-11-19
The Philippine central bank delivered a surprise interest rate cut on Thursday, its fifth reduction this year, as damage from a series of typhoons and surging coronavirus infections heap more pressure on the sputtering economy.

UPDATE 2-Philippine c.bank surprises with 5th rate cut this year as economy struggles
Reuters - 2020-11-19
The Philippine central bank delivered a surprise interest rate cut on Thursday, its fifth reduction this year, as damage from a series of typhoons and surging coronavirus infections heap more pressure on the sputtering economy.

PH getting $18M in smart bombs from US, says Lorenzana
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-19
The Philippines is getting $18 million worth of smart bombs from the United States as part of a military assistance program from Washington, according to Defense Secretary Delfin

Cayetano: Velasco promised in front of Duterte no leadership changes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-11-19
Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano once again said that Speaker Lord Allan Velasco promised in front of the President that there would be no leadership changes once he

66% of Filipinos willing to get COVID-19 vaccine now - SWS
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) -- Around 66% of adult Filipinos are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine if it is available now, according to a survey by the Social Weather Stations. Of this number, 32% said they would definitely get the ...

A Biden stimulus deal could finally push bond yields higher
CNN Philippines - 2020-11-19
Bond yields are super low. That means it doesn't cost a lot of money to take out a loan, no matter if you're a consumer, business or the federal government. But yields have inched higher since the election.

UPDATE 1-Philippine c.bank surprises with 5th rate cut this year as economy struggles
Reuters - 2020-11-19
The Philippine central bank delivered a surprise interest rate cut on Thursday, its fifth reduction this year, as damage from a series of typhoons and surging coronavirus infections heap more pressure on the sputtering economy.

Philippines' Duterte agrees to pay for vaccines in advance to ensure supply
Reuters - 2020-11-19
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has previously criticised Western manufacturers for asking fees to reserve vaccines, has agreed to pay drugmakers in advance to secure millions of COVID-19 shots,

Global economic recovery from COVID-19 'remains difficult': IMF
philstar.com - 2020-11-19
WASHINGTON, United States -- The global economy faces a hard road back from the COVID-19 downturn, and nations should remove trade barriers on medical technologies to aid the recovery, the IMF chief said on Thursday. The call from Managing Director ...

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