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US human rights bill risks pushing Duterte closer to China
NIKKEI - 2020-10-04
A new bill introduced in the U.S. Congress aims to suspend American aid to Philippine security forces unless Manila commits to human rights reforms. The Philippine Human Rights Act, if passed, risks pushing the Philippines closer to China and potentially rupturing the alliance between the U.

Make Beep cards, initial fare load free -- Robredo
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4)-- Vice President Leni Robredo has recommended the free provision of Beep cards and their initial fare load to ease the burden on commuters, especially ...

Valenzuela mayor not keen on removing curfew hours amid COVID-19 quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 4)-- One local chief executive in Metro Manila said Sunday he is not keen on removing curfew hours, as he stressed the need for a gradual reopening of the ...

Lumad school disputes photos of 'ambush demonstration' posted by Army officer - 2020-10-04
"The children are acting out out how two Lumad farmers, Randell and Emel, were killed in January 2019 and how the [Armed Forces of the Philippines] harassed evacuees in August 2018," Alcadev said in a post in Filipino.

Philippines logs 18,065 more recoveries, cases now at 322,497 - 2020-10-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Health officials on the 202nd day of quarantine in the country tallied 3,190 more coronavirus cases and 18,065 patients getting better, bringing the figures to 322,497 ...

COVID-19: A timeline of how Singapore is moving on to a new normal since June
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-04
SINGAPORE -- Since Singapore completed its major Covid-19 reboot on June 1, the economy has been reopening cautiously, an effort that is being done in three phases. Here's a look at

Huge rescue effort after deadly storm barrels across France, Italy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-03
Two people died in Italy and eight were missing in France on Saturday after storms, torrential rain and flash floods battered the border area, washing away roads and

WHO coronavirus vaccine trials to cost P89 million - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-03
The government expects to spend P89 million in hosting the World Health Organization (WHO)-led Solidarity Trials but the cost of the potential COVID-19 vaccine will be

PhilHealth officials in P2.7-billion conspiracy, NBI concludes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) officials were involved in a conspiracy to pay more than P2.7 billion to 139 hospitals and other health-care institutions (HCIs)

India's coronavirus death toll passes 100,000 with no sign of an end
Reuters - 2020-10-03
India's death toll from the novel coronavirus rose past 100,000 on Saturday, only the third country in the world to reach that bleak milestone, after the United States and Brazil, and its epidemic shows no sign of abating.

What to Know About Sean Conley, the White House Physician
New York Times - 2020-10-03
As President Trump remains hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after testing positive for the coronavirus, one doctor is at the center of his treatment: Sean P. Conley, the White House physician.

Can high-fives be avoided? - 2020-10-03
Basketball is an emotional game. When Anthony Davis hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Los Angeles Lakers to a 105-103 win over Denver in the NBA playoffs a few weeks ago, there was spontaneous body-bumping,

Why Should Leaders Stop Obsessing About Platforms And Ecosystems?
Forbes - 2020-10-03
Why Should Leaders Stop Obsessing About Platforms And Ecosystems? Answer by Erich Joachimsthaler, Founder & CEO of Vivaldi, Author of The Interaction Field.

PH records 2,674 new COVID-19 cases, total exceeds 319,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-03
The country recorded 2,674 more COVID-19 infections bringing the total number to 319,330, the Department of Health said on Saturday.

Investors love remote work startups so much that the 26-year-old founder of Deel raised $30 million without a pitch deck
Business Insider - 2020-10-03
Deel is part of a growing trend of burgeoning interest in remote work startups.

Timeline: What We Know Of President Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis
NPR - 2020-10-03
President Trump first tweeted that he had tested positive for the coronavirus early Friday morning. But questions remain about what exactly happened before and after.

Microsoft Ignite 2020 Lights Up Power Platform With Updates
Forbes - 2020-10-03
Ranked Industry Analyst Patrick Moorhead continues his coverage on the virtual Microsoft Ignite 2020. While he did touch on some of the Power Platform announcements, today, he will continue with a more in-depth look at the announcements for its low-code developer platform for businesses.

Parler, the social media network of choice for the Proud Boys, says its activity tripled during the debate where Trump mentioned the group
Business Insider - 2020-10-03
Parler is a social media platform popular with Trump supporters and used by the right-wing Proud Boys group.

Standing out while zooming in - 2020-10-03
Doing remote work? Working from a distance? While you are away from your physical offices and doing work from home, you still need to stand out and be visibly excellent.

Video experience improves 30% over past 3 years - 2020-10-03
Video experience, or the quality of video streamed to mobile devices, in the country has improved by nearly a third in the last two years, according to independent mobile analytics firm Opensignal .

33 Negros villages declared NPA-free - 2020-10-03
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines -- Thirty-three barangays in Negros Occidental have been declared insurgency-free. Maj. Cenon Pancito III, 3rd Infantry Division spokesman, said each of the cleared barangays would each receive P20 million worth of projects under the P16 billion barangay development program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict.

No BSP rate change seen until year-end - 2020-10-03
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is seen keeping the benchmark interest rate at an all-time low of 2.25 percent until the end of the year as economic activity is still far from normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic,

Grab unveils new features - 2020-10-03
Grab Philippines has introduced new in-app features to enhance food delivery, grocery shopping, and travel experiences of its users.

Citi boosts partnership with UNDP - 2020-10-03
American banking giant Citi continues to strengthen its partnership with the United Nations Development Program to help eradicate poverty in Asia Pacific amid the global health crisis.

Foreign chambers back bill on faster permits issuance - 2020-10-03
Foreign chambers in the country are supporting the bill seeking to give the President the power to expedite the issuance of permits in times of emergencies, saying this will help the business community and the economy recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.

79 Pangasinan town workers infected - 2020-10-03
This town has recorded an unprecedented single-day surge in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID cases.

BIFF camp seized in Maguindanao - 2020-10-03
Government troopers overran a camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in Ampatuan town on Friday. Lt. Col. Omar Orozco of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion said the BIFF camp in Sitio Talpok,

This Week in Apps: Google Play gets new rules, Apple launches app marketing tools, EU looks to reign in tech giants
TechCrunch - 2020-10-03
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019.

COVID-19 task force aims to sustain gains from previous months until Q1 next year
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) -- The National Task Force Against COVID-19 will implement the third phase of its action plan until next year with the aim to sustain the achievements ...

Public bidding for contracts not the solution to lower power rates -- solons
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) -- Lawmakers questioned the effectivity of competitive selection process as a way to lower electricity rates, saying that selecting the bidder with the ...

More rains seen as La Niña starts - 2020-10-03
The state weather bureau advised yesterday concerned government agencies, as well as farmers, to prepare for the possible impact of La Niña, which may last until the first quarter of next year.

Paytm, other Indian startups vow to fight 'big daddy' Google's clout: sources
Reuters - 2020-10-03
Dozens of India's technology startups, chafing at Google's local dominance of key apps, are banding together to consider ways to challenge the U.S. tech giant, including by lodging complaints with the government and courts,

DOH allays fears over COVID-19 swab testing after US incident
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday allayed fears on nasal swab testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) following a recent

Batangas wellness and health resort will now be minutes away - 2020-10-03
Almost months since it reopened its doors to the public, a health and wellness resort in Lipa, Batangas has partnered with a helicopter service to enable its clients to fly in and out of the resort.

DOTr to suspend use of beep card in EDSA Busway if issuance fee not waived
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) -- The Transportation Department on Saturday said it will be forced to suspend the automatic fare collection system in the EDSA Busway if the issuance ...

Gadgets for groceries: coronavirus sparks Philippines online barter trade
Business Insider - 2020-10-03
In the middle of a coronavirus lockdown in the Philippine capital, Grace Lagaday was struggling to breastfeed her newborn without milk storage bottles and nursing pads.

Good Samaritan reunites missing toddler with father
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-03
A good Samaritan reunited a lost boy with his father after spotting him walking beside a stray dog in Missouri, United States.

Philippines confirms 2,674 new coronavirus cases, 62 more deaths
Reuters - 2020-10-03
The Philippines' health ministry on Saturday reported 2,674 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase in five days, and 62 additional deaths.

DOH urges public to continue health protocols, COVID 19 is still here
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-03
The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, Oct. 3, urged the public not to get complacent and continue to observe the health protocols as the threat of COVID-19 continues with 2,674 new infections recorded.

DOH urges public to continue health protocols, COVID 19 is still here
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-03
The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, Oct. 3, urged the public not to get complacent and continue to observe the health protocols as the threat of COVID-19 continues with 2,674 new infections recorded.

Health workers here trained to conduct nasal swab testing - DoH
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-03
The Department of Health (DoH) assured that healthcare workers in the country are trained to conduct nasal swab testing after a patient in the United States reportedly experienced a brain fluid leakage after undergoing the medical procedure.

Globe gains momentum on data and video experience improvements
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-03
To provide better data experience and connectivity to its subscribers, Globe has been consistently upgrading its network and accelerating the construction of cell towers.

Commentary: Attracting right foreign investors amid COVID-19 pandemic - 2020-10-03
Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, and positive forecasts have since overturned. The social impact of the pandemic was evident in the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, which revealed that the proportion of families experiencing involuntary hunger reached a new record-high of 30.

Troops capture BIFF encampment, recover bombs in Maguindanao - 2020-10-03
Government troops on combat and clearing operation captured an encampment of the Islamic State-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighter militants late this week in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, military officials said Saturday.

Pasig LGU prioritizes health services in 2021 budget
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-03
Amid the continuing threat of the pandemic, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said the local government will prioritize healthcare services in its 2021 budget.

P2.7 billion needed to rebuild Marawi health facilities - Ubial
Rappler - 2020-10-03
Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the government is eyeing to turn Marawi into an 'ideal health system,' with one health station built in every barangay

The next big tech hearing is scheduled for October 28
TechCrunch - 2020-10-02
A day after the Senate Commerce Committee moved forward with plans to subpoena the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google, it looks like some of the most powerful leaders in tech will testify willingly.

Trump Receives Experimental Drug For Covid-19. Here's What Doctors Are Watching For
NPR - 2020-10-02
Trump has already received an infusion of Regeneron's experimental antibody cocktail. Here's a look at other treatments and tests he's likely to get as doctors monitor his condition in coming days.

You can now sign up to test Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR
The Verge - 2020-10-02
The new Microsoft Flight Simulator is an immersive beast of a PC game, and we can only imagine how immersive it might get in VR -- but you might not have to imagine much longer, because Microsoft has just opened signups (via Eurogamer) for a closed beta of the virtual reality experience.

Why A Negative Coronavirus Test Doesn't Necessarily Mean You're In The Clear
NPR - 2020-10-02
Political figures who had contact with the president in the past week are being tested -- and reporting negative results. Doctors sound a note of caution about what those results indicate.

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