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Twitter to expand rules against misinformation on mail-in ballots, early voting

By Kanishka Singh (Reuters) - Twitter said late on Wednesday it plans to expand its rules against misinformation regarding mail-in

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Jazz vs Spurs: Where to live stream, time, venue, who will win and all the pre-match buzz about the NBA game

The battle for the seed continues as The San Antonio Spurs are all set to fight for the seeding against, Utah Jazz on August 13, 2020.

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Israel halts fuel shipments to Gaza over fire balloon launches

TEL AVIV/GAZA (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday said it will stop shipments of fuel into Gaza in response to Palestinians

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North Korea nuclear reactor site threatened by recent flooding, U.S. think-tank says

By Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - Satellite imagery suggests recent flooding in North Korea may have damaged pump houses connected

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Reverse racism? Georgia store waives $20 refundable fee for non-White patrons, Internet slams their 'hypocrisy'

'It was not our intention to act in any way that might be perceived as discriminatory and for that we apologize,' said the store in an apology, but Internet wasn't convinced

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Flash floods, landslides and swelling rivers: Heavy rainfall batters Uttarakhand

Besides the IMD, various other agencies have sounded an alert for flash floods, torrential rainfall in the state for Thursday and for the coming 2-3 days.

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Caloocan to establish new molecular lab for swab testing

MANILA, Philippines — Caloocan government is set to build another molecular laboratory in the city to expand swab testing as well as trace residents infected with coronavirus disease.In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan said the testing laboratory will be put up in Caloocan City North Medical Center (CCNMC) to offer services for residents of North and South Caloocan."Kapag may sarili na tayong molecular laboratory, mas maraming mamamayan ang maaari nating ma-swab test at kaagad nating malalaman kung sino ang mga positibo sa COVID-19 at kinakailangang dalhin sa ating mga isolation facility," Malapitan said.(If we have our own laboratory, more peopl

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China's Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus

By Roxanne Liu and David Stanway BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A sample of frozen chicken wings imported into the southern Chinese

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DepEd: Over 17,000 public school classrooms available as COVID quarantine facilities

MANILA, Philippines — More than 17,000 public school classrooms in Metro Manila can be used as isolation or quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday. Malacañang earlier confirmed that 50 percent of Metro Manila’s public schools will be converted to temporary quarantine facilities. “This can translate to 17,910 classrooms. Kung isama natin ang mga private schools, na nandito rin sa NCR [National Capital Region] at kung papayag sila, ay lalong lalaki itong numerong ito,” DepEd Secretary Leonor Bri

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Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt after his cancer diagnosis. See pictures

Actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, who both have films coming out with Sanjay Dutt, visited the actor after his cancer diagnosis.

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Tropical depression ‘Gener’ enters PH, spotted in Batanes — Pagasa

TROPICAL depression “Gener” entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospherics, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. In an 11 a.m. bulletin, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said “Gener” was spotted 870 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness […]

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NBI creates task force to probe PhilHealth anomalies

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced Thursday that it has created Task Force Philhealth that will investigate alleged corrupt activities at the State-run health insurer. NBI officer-in-charge Director Eric Distor explained in a statement that he ordered the creation of Task Force PhilHealth to “intensify and hasten” the agency’s ongoing investigation of anomalies at PhilHealth. Distor said the job of the task force include “the audit of the PhilHealth finances and the conduct of lifestyle checks on its officials and employees.” “Task Force Philhealth will also coordinate with the Department of Justice (DoJ) on the progress of the investigation,” he added. The task force will be composed of agents and investigators of the NBI Anti-Graft Division (AGD), Anti-Fraud Division (AFD), Special Action Unit (SAU), Computer Crimes Division (CCD), Special Operations Group (SOG), and Digital Forensic Laboratory (DFL). “The task force shall be headed by NBI NCR Regional Director Cesar Bacani and shall be under the supervision of Deputy Director for Regional Operations Service (DDROS) Antonio Pagatpat to be assisted by Deputy Director for Investigation Service (DDInvS) Vicente de Guzman III,” the NBI said. The NBI has been investigating PhilHealth since last year over the so-called “ghost dialysis scam” involving involving WellMed Dialysis and Laboratory Center Corp.

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Heavy overnight, early morning rains in Delhi bring relief from sultry weather

Though dark clouds had hovered over Delhi during the day on Wednesday, yet it started raining around 6 pm and continued intermittently throughout the night, continuing on Thursday morning.

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Trump mocks Biden in new video with 'Electric Avenue', but isn't Eddy Grant's song about 1981 Brixton riots?

Donald Trump posted a new video with 'Electric Avenue' soundtrack to mock Biden but internet schooled him about the inspiration behind the song

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Deutsche Telekom second quarter results buoyed by Sprint consolidation

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom reported jumps in quarterly revenue and profit on Thursday following U.S. unit T-Mobile's $23 billion

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Magnitude 5.5 quake rocks Batanes — Phivolcs

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake rocked Batanes province on Thursday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said. Phivolcs said the quake was recorded at 6:32 a.m., 49 kilometers west of Sabtang, Batanes. It had a depth of 14 km and was tectonic in origin. In a text message to The Manila Times, Phivolcs […]

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Pag-IBIG announces improvements to online service portal

To help fast-track loan applications, the Pag-IBIG Fund has improved its online service portal. Pag-IBIG, in a statement issued on August 12, said top officials of the agency approved several improvements to Virtual Pag-IBIG during the quarantine period to allow members to apply for a Multi-Purpose Loan (MPL) or a Calamity Loan, online. Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees, said the move was done as response to the call of President Duterte for them to implement online systems to provide faster service to the public. “The Virtual Pag-IBIG is one of the biggest projects undertaken by the Pag-IBIG Fund under his administration as we move as one towards the widespread use of e-governance to better serve the public, especially during extraordinary times such as these,” del Rosario said. Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti also explained cash loan applications are processed, on average, in less than two days, if submitted via their online service platform. “The Virtual Pag-IBIG is a game-changer for us. While nobody was ready for this pandemic, the launch of the Virtual Pag-IBIG late last year was timely because it allowed us to continue serving our members even during the imposition of community quarantines,” he said. Moti added that as people adapt to the New Normal, “We hope that our move to make cash loan applications available via the Virtual Pag-IBIG would allow our members to experience faster transactions without leaving the safety of their own homes.” The Virtual Pag-IBIG, which was launched in December 2019, made it possible for members to transact with the agency online, with a live chat function available 24/7. Since its launch, the Virtual Pag-IBIG has been visited by 2.43 million members, which include overseas Filipinos from over 222 countries, who were able to secure a Pag-IBIG Fund Membership ID (MID) number, enroll for an MP2 Savings account, or access their savings and loan records online, without having to go to a Pag-IBIG Fund branch. The Virtual Pag-IBIG also features an online payment facility that allows members to pay for their loans and remit their monthly savings using their PayMaya wallet or their credit cards. On June 1, the Virtual Pag-IBIG was enhanced to accept online applications for MPL and Calamity Loan. Since then, the agency has already approved over P188.6 million from loan applications received online.

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RWE eyes upper end of outlook range after first-half core profit up 18%

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - RWE , Germany's biggest electricity producer, on Thursday said it will reach the upper end of its

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Turkey says operations against Kurdish militants in Iraq to continue, urges Baghdad to cooperate

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will continue its cross-border operations against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq if Baghdad continues to overlook

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Modular hospitals, healthcare workers’ dorm to be built in 2 NCR hospitals

An off-site modular hospital will be constructed at the Lung Center of the Philippines and the Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital to accommodate more COVID-19 patients, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Thursday. The department said they were recently tapped by both hospitals to build the off-site modular facilities within their compounds. The modular hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City will have an individual isolation room per patient complete with its own bathroom and toilet, and a CCTV cardiac monitoring and oxygen pipeline for ventilation. The Dr. Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City, which caters mainly to moderate and severe COVID-19 cases, will have a modular hospital for 24 intensive care patients and a 32-bed capacity dormitory for healthcare workers. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said they will expand their healthcare infrastructure by extending technical guidance to hospitals to expedite the construction of additional hospital facilities in Metro Manila for COVID-19 patients. Under the second phase of the national action plan against COVID-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic or COVID-19 CODE Team, the DPWH is among the line agencies helping develop strategies, plans and measures to provide expanded space necessary to treat patients with COVID-19 safely, added Secretary Villar. Other hospitals, including the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City and Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila, had requested facilities and technical assistance from the department. According to Undersecretary Emil Sadain, the ongoing building project at EAMC is now being fast-tracked. It is expected that additional 250 patients will be accommodated at the new building by August 17. The department also reiterated its commitment to provide technical assistance to complete various treatment facilities and increase COVID-19 bed capacity of PGH. “More healthcare-related construction is in the pipeline of DPWH throughout the country — with construction teams working around the clock to complete projects at an incredible pace,” Sadain said.

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Hit by COVID-19, Thyssenkrupp sees first signs of stabilisation

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ailing conglomerate Thyssenkrupp on Thursday said some businesses were stabilising in the current quarter after suffering a

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India’s Sensex Resumes Advance as Foreign-Fund Flows Continue

(Bloomberg) -- India stocks rose, tracking regional peers, as global liquidity continued to flow into the nation’s equities even as

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Philippines eyes clinical trials for Russian COVID-19 vaccine in October

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines plans to start clinical trials for a Russian coronavirus vaccine in October, with President Rodrigo

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Shah Faesal reached out to NSA before he quit party; open to IAS return

Faesal, 37, who hits the headlines in 2009, when he became the first person from Kashmir to top the Indian Administrative Services exam, acknowledged that he has been in touch with officials in New Delhi, although he declined to specify details.

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News updates from Hindustan Times: Logistics, tourism, hospitality generated most jobs in the aftermath of Covid-19 and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

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