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DFA official says repatriation of 301 OFW remains from Saudi faces delay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-01
The remains of 301 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia may not be repatriated as scheduled as the plane that was chartered for the flight going home may not be

Former COVID-19 task force adviser to Roque: 'He's not in touch with reality'
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-01
Don't celebrate just yet. Former task force adviser Dr. Tony Leachon says the country has more COVID-19 testing backlogs than what Malacañang claims, with at least 46,000 positive cases including unvalidated results.

Loading GCash wallets from select bank cards will be charged a convenience fee starting July 6
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-01
Heads up, GCash users! The mobile wallet will collect a convenience fee worth 2.58% for fund transfers from bank cards starting Monday, July 6.

Asia Today: Philippines Extends Lockdown in Central City
New York Times - 2020-07-01
The Philippine president has retained a strict lockdown in a central city he described as a new coronavirus hot spot, while the capital and the rest of the country were placed in lighter quarantines.

Fair weather in most parts of Philippines today
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Most parts of the country will have fair weather with partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms on Wednesday, according to the ...

'Murdered': Army Chief cries rubout in fatal police shooting of troops
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-01
With the [PNP] report, whitewash na kaagad eh! There was no misencounter here. It was a rubout,' an enraged Army Chief says.

Adidas executive who described racism discussions as 'noise' is stepping down
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-30
Adidas' global head of human resources Karen Parkin came under fire after telling employees at a meeting that she thought the topic of racism was 'noise' that is only discussed in the United States.

Tupolev To Make First Drone In Decades
Forbes - 2020-06-30
Tupolev produced reconnaissance drones like the Tu-143 during the Cold War, but they were of a type only barely legible as drones today. Lacking pilots and live video feeds, the drones flew preset paths,

Elementary Robotics is making its quality assurance robots commercially available
TechCrunch - 2020-06-30
Two years and over $17 million after it first began working on its robots for quality assurance, the Los Angeles-based Elementary Robotics has finally made its products commercially available. The company already boasts a few very large initial customers in the automotive industry,

Philippines keeps partial restrictions in the capital to fight virus
Reuters - 2020-06-30
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday kept partial restrictions in the capital for another two weeks as he tries to contain the spread of the new coronavirus while reducing the pandemic's economic damage.

NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas
TechCrunch - 2020-06-30
NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These "phase I" projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market.

COVID-19 Update: Fauci Warns of 100K Cases/Day, HCQ Trial to Resume
Medscape - 2020-06-30
Anthony Fauci, MD, head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned US senators in a committee hearing today that the nation could see 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day if the country does not mitigate its rising number of infections.

Fauci: COVID-19 Cases May Hit 100K a Day If Current Surge Holds
Medscape - 2020-06-30
Anthony Fauci, MD, told a Senate committee today that the United States could soon see as many as 100,000 cases of COVID-19 a day if the nation does not figure out how to stem the current rising tide of new infections.

In Early February, the Coronavirus Was Moving Through New York
New York Times - 2020-06-30
A new study offers the first physical evidence that the coronavirus was circulating at low levels City as early as the first week of February. The city confirmed its f

Most with coronavirus unsure how they caught it, CDC says
UPI.com - 2020-06-30
A majority of Americans who are diagnosed with COVID-19 don't know who passed the virus to them, two new government reports show.

Space Force details structure of newly created service
UPI.com - 2020-06-30
The Space Force will be comprised of three field commands, with many of the Air Force's existing space acquisition organizations being moved into a newly created Space Systems Command, the service announced on Tuesday.

Astronomers investigate disappearance of massive star
UPI.com - 2020-06-30
An unstable massive star in the Kinman Dwarf galaxy, located 75 million light-years away, has disappeared, but scientists aren't sure why or how.

First coronavirus cases found in sprawling migrant camp at U.S. border
Reuters - 2020-06-30
Three asylum seekers have tested positive for coronavirus in a sprawling encampment steps from the U.S. border in Matamoros, Mexico, marking the first cases in a settlement that advocates have long viewed as vulnerable amid the pandemic.

F.C.C. Designates Huawei and ZTE as National Security Threats
New York Times - 2020-06-30
American cellular businesses will no longer be able to spend federal money on equipment from the two Chinese companies.

Beijing says it's 'strongly concerned' by India's decision to ban Chinese apps
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-30
Beijing is pushing back on a decision by India to ban dozens of Chinese mobile apps as tensions between the world's most populous countries continue to rise

Big Tech salaries revealed: How much Apple, Tesla, Amazon, and 10 other tech giants pay their workers, from engineers to salespeople
Business Insider - 2020-06-30
Check out the extensive database, drawn from official filings, of 13 tech giants' salaries in engineering, sales, UX, legal, and other key jobs.

Microsoft to start rolling out automatically its new Edge browser to some education and business users
ZDNet - 2020-06-30
Microsoft will start expanding the pool of people getting its Chromium-based Edge browser via Windows Update starting in the weeks after July 30.

FCC officially designates Huawei, ZTE as national security threats
ZDNet - 2020-06-30
Money from the FCC's Universal Service Fund can no longer be used on equipment or services from the Chinese firms.

U.S. sanctions likely to have impact on Huawei as a provider, British minister says
Reuters - 2020-06-30
U.S sanctions designed to restrict the ability of China's Huawei to source advanced microchips for 5G equipment are likely to have an impact on the viability of the supplier for Britain, UK media secretary Oliver Dowden said.

The Army is adopting a 'guaranteed hit' rifle system to blast drones out of the sky
Business Insider - 2020-06-30
The embrace of counter-drone systems comes amid growing concern about the spread of cheap drones among US foes in the Middle East and North Africa.

Duterte orders probe on local courier involved in mishandling parcels in viral video
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-30
President Rodrigo Duterte instructs the National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to investigate J&T Express,

Makati mayor padlocks Bel-Air bar, says city pubs to remain closed under GCQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-30
Phoenix Petroleum on Tuesday vowed to further improve its retail business to boost margins amid challenging times. The independent oil firm said it is diversifying its core petroleum operations ...

25 cities outside NCR get backing for IT-BPM
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-30
The IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (Ibpap) on Tuesday announced the 25 cities nationwide that will get assistance from both state and the private sector for the setup of ...

Factory gate prices continue to drop
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Factory gate prices continued to decline at a softer pace in May, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

AMLC tells banks to update laundering prevention program
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Money Laundering Council yesterday reminded banks and financial institutions to update their relevant anti-money laundering policies and procedures, particularly the prompt reporting of suspicious transactions.

P&A Grant Thornton names two new partners
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Professional services firm P&A Grant Thornton has admitted two new partners effective July 1. The two new partners are Elano Marcelo from business process solutions/outsourcing, and Nikkolai Canceran from tax advisory and compliance.

'Congratulations, Philippines': Roque says the country beat UP's COVID-19 forecast
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-30
During his virtual briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque happily exclaimed that the country proved the forecast of the University of the Philippines wrong, with 36,438 recorded COVID-19 cases as of Monday noon.

Philippine war against stunting
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-30
Addressing the impact of coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and ...

DA on new swine flu strain: Report pig deaths
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Hog raisers should report any unusual pig death after a new strain of swine flu with pandemic potential was discovered in China.

Education in the time of COVID
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
President Duterte reiterated his order not to allow resumption of classes until a coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 vaccine is available. But what is the alternative?

Cebu City posts record spike in COVID cases
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Cebu City recorded 353 coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 infections yesterday, the highest reported in the city in a single day.

113 arrested in Makati bar freed
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
A total of 113 people arrested for supposedly violating general community quarantine measures at a bar in Makati City on Sunday were released last night.

Up to 4 cyclones to hit Philippines this month
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Filipinos should brace for up to four tropical cyclones this month. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Ariel Rojas said cyclones that develop over the Pacific Ocean in July either "recurve" or return to the Pacific,

Barangay kagawad manning checkpoint slain
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
A barangay councilman was killed while his companion was wounded in a gun attack in Barangay Citrus, San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan yesterday.

BF Homes hits 128 COVID cases
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
The largest barangay in Parañaque City is nearing 130 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 cases, the city government said yesterday.

RCBC to raise $300 million from foreign debt market
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. is returning to the offshore debt market to raise as much as $300 million to augment its funding for loans under its sustainable finance framework.

The state and condition of Filipino human capital
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
In the course of Philippine economic development in the last half century, Filipino human capital experienced some improvement.

Iconic jeepneys
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
It seems the government is dragging their heels when it comes to allowing jeepneys back on the road to push their much-debated jeepney modernization program, meaning only modern jeepneys may be allowed on the roads in the coming weeks ahead.

35-day T-bills fetch lower rates
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Debt papers maturing in 35 days fetched lower rates yesterday on the back of the 50-basis point rate cut announced by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas last week, according to the Bureau of the Treasury

Mid-size banks push RRR cut
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
The Chamber of Thrift Banks has asked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to further reduce the level of deposits mid-size banks are required to keep with the central bank and for more regulatory relief measures to help the industry survive the global health crisis.

Quiapo Church, OSG on lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Quiapo Church in Manila and the Office of the Solicitor General headquarters in Makati City have been put under lockdown.

P1 million shabu seized from 2 minors in Marikina
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Police seized at least P1 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from two minors in a sting in Marikina City on Monday night.

Villar donates equipment to Las Piñas hospital
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Sen. Cynthia Villar has donated equipment to the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center to boost its capability to care for coronavirus disease 2019 patients.

BSP sees inflation uptick
philstar.com - 2020-06-30
Inflation for June likely settled within the 1.9 to 2.7 percent range from 2.1 percent in May as the uptick in the price of rice as well as the rising pump prices of petroleum products continued to put upward pressure on inflation,

Shell warns of $22 billion hit from coronavirus price slump
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-30
Royal Dutch Shell is writing down the value of its assets by as much as $22 billion as lower oil prices push the Anglo-Dutch company to accelerate a shift away from fossil fuels.

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