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Businesses 'more concerned' now about Hong Kong security law
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Fears among Hong Kong's business community about the impact of a controversial national security law have intensified following the publication of the legislation at the end of last month, according to a new survey released on Monday.

Defensor denies personal vendetta vs. ABS-CBN, says Lopez kin did not shut down mining company
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor shot down claims he voted against granting a fresh franchise to media giant ABS-CBN due to personal resentment.

Gov't eyes transfer of mild, recovering COVID patients from hospitals to quarantine facilities
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) -- To free up beds in hospitals, the government plans to have a "seamless integration" of COVID-19 patients who can be transferred from medical centers to ...

DTI wants shorter curfew hours for people to dine out
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. currently in Metro Manila, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez wants curfews adjusted to 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Duterte claims victory in dismantling oligarchy in PH
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has touted his success in toppling an "oligarchy" without the need to declare martial law in the country. In a speech before ...

AFP changes titles of top ranking positions 'for efficiency'
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
The changes in the titles of the AFP's highest-level officers will entail no added personnel, remuneration, or powers bestowed.

Google will invest $10 billion in India over the next few years
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Google is planning to invest $10 billion in India as part of plans to make the internet "affordable and useful" for a billion people. CEO Sundar Pichai announced the investment via livestream on Monday at the annual Google for India event.

PSEi tumbles as investors stay on sidelines
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended in negative territory yesterday as investors found no compelling reason to go back to the market.

Virus-hit Singapore plunges into recession as economy shrinks 41%
philstar.com - 2020-07-14
Singapore plunged into recession in the second quarter as growth fell 41.2 percent quarter-on-quarter with the trade-dependent economy hammered by the coronavirus, preliminary data showed Tuesday.

Tesla scraps plans for its bargain version of the Model Y
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
(CNN) -- Tesla is scrapping plans for a bargain Model Y SUV because of its short range on a single charge, CEO Elon Musk said in a tweet over the weekend. Earlier this year, the electric car ...

Food is a big deal at work. Here's how the pandemic will change lunch and snacks
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
For many companies, food plays a big part of workplace culture. Whether it's free lunches every day, or an occasional perk like pizza or bagels to celebrate an accomplishment, or an extra long meeting with a catered lunch,

Senate bill seeks to provide ?1,000 monthly work-from-home allowance
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) --A bill was filed at the Senate seeking to provide work-from-home employees, both in the public and private sectors, a monthly allowance of ?1,000 to ...

Pfizer, BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine candidates get FDA's 'fast track' status
Reuters - 2020-07-14
Pfizer Inc and partner BioNTech SE said on Monday two of their experimental coronavirus vaccines received 'fast track' designation from the U.S. health agency, speeding up the regulatory review process.

Australian grains corporation looking to help crop growers collect soil data in 3D
ZDNet - 2020-07-14
The Australian Grains Research and Development Corporation wants to help grain growers maximise profitability from their farms.

Millions Have Lost Health Insurance in Pandemic-Driven Recession
New York Times - 2020-07-14
A new study estimates that more than five million American workers lost their insurance this spring, a number higher than those in any full year of insurance losses.

U.S. Must Invest More In Its Geriatric Bomber Force
Forbes - 2020-07-14
Given the outsized mission value of U.S. bombers and the fact that the bomber force is significantly undersized and very old, the Department of Defense should fully fund bomber readiness, sustain the current bomber force,

Alphabet's Google commits $10 billion to accelerate digitization in India
Reuters - 2020-07-14
Alphabet Inc's Google on Monday said it would spend around $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market.

Microsoft is reportedly making more job cuts at MSN in favor of an AI-driven system of selecting news stories
Business Insider - 2020-07-13
Staffing changes are relatively common within Microsoft around the time its new fiscal year rolls around on July 1.

COVID-19 Update: Shelter-in-Place Orders, Hyperglycemia Predicts Death
Medscape - 2020-07-13
Shelter-in-place orders (SIPOs), also known as stay-at-home orders, were associated with reduced growth rates for COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths during the pandemic's first phase, a new study shows. The researchers estimate that 42 days ...

Enel draws interest from Wren House for Open Fiber stake
Reuters - 2020-07-13
Italian utility Enel has received an expression of interest from infrastructure fund Wren House for its stake in broadband network company Open Fiber, two sources said on Monday on condition of anonymity.

Gov't OKs use of backpack-like motorcycle barrier proposed by Angkas
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) -- Couples who are planning to back ride or pillion ride on motorcycles have more options for the barriers, which is now a requirement to contain the ...

3 missions to Mars launch this month, from NASA, China, and the United Arab Emirates -- here's what they'll do on the red planet
Business Insider - 2020-07-13
NASA is planning to send its fifth rover to the red planet. China and the UAE have never been to Mars before.

Former Tinder VP Jeff Morris Jr. opens up Product Club, an accelerator meant to stay small and focused
TechCrunch - 2020-07-13
Startup accelerators tend to grow the size of each new class over time, as more of their portfolio companies find exits, their network of mentors expands, and they find new ways to scale things up. The most recognized example of this is almost certainly Y Combinator,

Multi-sectoral group files 8th petition vs. Anti-Terrorism Law
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 14) - Multi-sectoral group Sanlakas filed before the Supreme Court on Monday the eighth petition assailing the controversial Republic Act No. 11479 or the ...

Autonomous drone maker Skydio shifts to military and enterprise with its first folding drone
The Verge - 2020-07-13
Skydio first entered the market a little more than two years ago with the Skydio R1. The R1 was an autonomous drone that sported impressive artificial intelligence-powered obstacle avoidance and other sensors and software features that let it seamlessly fly itself through complex outdoor environments like wooded trails while following subjects.

Quezon City hires 300 contact tracers
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The Quezon City government has employed 300 contact tracers to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Duterte's strongman popularity at risk from COVID-19 recession
NIKKEI - 2020-07-13
Bob Herrera-Lim, Philippines-based analyst at global risk ... Ana, co-founder of think tank Action for Economic Reforms, told Nikkei the government must first show the spread of the virus is ...

Amazon's IIoT platform becomes generally available as the pandemic accelerates industrial automation
Business Insider - 2020-07-13
AWS IoT SiteWise is an IIoT platform that helps manufacturers to glean insights into operational efficiency using AI.

The top 20 most valuable venture-backed AI companies, including Palantir, UiPath, and Databricks -- valued at over $120 billion total
Business Insider - 2020-07-13
PitchBook's new report on the top startups of the artificial intelligence world lists Palantir, Samsara, Databricks and even Waymo.

QC hires 300 contact tracers to contain spread of new COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-13
The Quezon City government said it has hired 300 contact tracers to stem the spread of new COVID-19 cases in the area.

Sandigan shuts down as 2 employees catch virus
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The Sandiganbayan shut down its premises in Quezon City yesterday after two employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 after undergoing swab tests.

Navotas to be placed on 14-day lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Navotas will be placed on a citywide 14-day "residential lockdown" beginning on Thursday until July 29 to prevent residents from leaving their homes for non-essential reasons amid the spike in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases,

Manila launches online payment system
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The Manila city government has launched its online system for a hassle-free payment of taxes, bills and documents.

Avoid activities under transmission lines - NGCP
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
MANILA, Philippines - The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is appealing to the public to refrain from doing any activities near transmission lines to prevent power outages as electricity demand increases amid loose quarantine measures.

More cops infected with COVID
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
A majority of the police officers who contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 were deployed at quarantine control points nationwide, the Philippine National Police announced yesterday as the number of PNP personnel infected with COVID-19 climbed to 1,

GCash, Singlife partner for insurance product
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Mobile wallet GCash is expanding its offering as it teams up with digital insurer Singlife Philippines. GCash said the partnership aims to provide users access to relevant, affordable, and secure insurance products.

6 slain in Calabarzon attacks
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Six persons, including an eight-year-old girl, have been killed in separate attacks in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon). Cesario Forteza was at home in Barangay Limao, Calauan,

BOI-approved investments surge 112% to P645 billion in H1
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Investments approved by the Board of Investments soared by 112 percent to P645.3 billion in the first semester from P304.4 billion a year ago, driven by projects in the infrastructure, transportation and real estate sectors.

Sto. Niño image lost in church fire
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The 300-year-old image of the Child Jesus of the Sto. Niño de Pandacan Parish was officially declared lost in the fire that gutted the church in Manila on Friday.

Trading of ABS-CBN shares suspended anew
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
CBN was suspended for a second time this year after the company lost its bid to secure a new franchise last week.

Excise tax collections from large taxpayers decline in H1
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Excise taxes collected by the Bureau of Internal Revenue from large taxpayers in the first half went down year-on-year, but still managed to exceed the target amid the slowdown in economic activity caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Bustos Dam water level up; Angat, Ipo down
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The occasional moderate to heavy rains experienced in Bulacan in the last two days have slightly increased the water level in the Bustos Dam, but not in Angat and Ipo dams.

Government workers among EDSA bus lane violators - MMDA
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Almost half of the traffic violators caught using the EDSA bus lanes for public utility vehicles were government personnel, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority announced over the weekend.

Davao City under GCQ anew?
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
This city will reportedly be reverted back to general community quarantine starting tomorrow until the end of the month due to rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

MRT-3 bans phone calls
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
Commuters of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 are prohibited from speaking and answering phone calls inside MRT-3 trains, the management announced yesterday as the rail line resumed operations after a five-day shutdown as hundreds of its personnel tested positive for the coronarivus disease 2019.

DepEd cites blended learning fund sources
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
The Department of Education has given assurance that it has funding strategies for the implementation of its learning continuity program amid the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Plant-based diet vs climate change pushed
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
MANILA, Philippines - Filipinos are being urged to help fight climate change by switching to a plant-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the ecological footprint of human food consumption. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR ...

USDA projects lower PH pork imports due to weak demand, limited cold storage capacity
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) -- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has lowered its pork imports projection for the Philippines by 10 percent in July due to weak ...

St. Luke's, Makati Med can no longer take in COVID-19 patients
philstar.com - 2020-07-13
"We wish to inform the public that St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City (SLMC-QC) and Global City (SLMC-GC) have reached full capacity of allocated COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) beds as of today,

Coronavirus latest: Thailand tightens borders over 2nd wave fears
NIKKEI - 2020-07-13
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread ... of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month. 6:30 p.m. The Philippines reports 65 more novel coronavirus deaths and 836 additional infections.

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