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DOH says naming COVID-19 variants after countries is discriminatory
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it is discouraging the naming of COVID-19 variants after countries where

3 health workers who received AstraZeneca vaccine treated for blood clots, Norway says
Rappler - 2021-03-13
Three health workers in Norway who recently received the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 are being treated in hospital for blood clots, Norwegian health authorities said on Saturday, March 13. Norway halted on Thursday, March 11, the rollout of that ...

This Week in Apps: Parler denied App Store re-entry, Walmart doubles down on TikTok live shopping, Instagram Lite rolls out worldwide
TechCrunch - 2021-03-13
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020.

Sta. Rosa, Laguna LGU clarifies: No health declaration form needed to enter the city
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-13
STA. ROSA CITY, Laguna - The local government unit clarified on Saturday (March 13) that visitors don't need to secure a health declaration form to enter the city.

453 health workers in Abra vaccinated with Sinovac
Gov - 2021-03-13
(Photo by Xandro Cariño/PIA Abra) BAGUIO CITY, March 13 (PIA) - - The Coronavirus disease (COVID - 19) vaccination rollout got big support from Abra with 453 eligible health workers from hospitals and infirmaries in the province already inoculated with ...

Muntinlupa places 2 areas under 14-day localized lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
Muntinlupa City on Saturday placed two areas with rising COVID-19 cases under localized lockdown. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi ordered that Cruzero St., Villa Carolina 1 in Barangay

Sotto: Everybody follows health protocols but not Sinas
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-13
Senators were again not amused with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas' reported skipping of health screening in Oriental Mindoro before learning that he was positive for COVID-19.

8-day-old boy contracts COVID-19 in Santiago City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
An eight-day-old baby boy was the youngest among 41 patients who were infected with  COVID-19 in various barangays (villages) here from Mar. 11 (Thursday) to 12 (Friday). The

Public warned on fake FB post
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
MANILA, Philippines - It has come to our attention that a fictitious social media post circulating online on a travel ban to and from Metro Manila by next week has been using the content or ...

Philippines detects first case of Brazil COVID-19 variant
NIKKEI - 2021-03-13
The Philippines has detected its first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, the health ministry said on Saturday. A Filipino returning from Brazil tested positive for the P.

Hog raisers see full recovery of livestock industry in 5-7 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
If the consistent slowdown in the number of African swine fever (ASF) cases recorded in the country continues, hog raiser groups said the full recovery of the livestock industry may happen in five ...

Plebiscite on dividing Palawan into 3 provinces begins
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Palawan voters are taking part in a plebiscite on Saturday to determine whether or not the province will be divided into three or remain a single province. Palawan goes to ...

Philippines detects first case of Brazil COVID-19 variant
Reuters - 2021-03-13
MANILA, March 13 (Reuters) - The Philippines has detected its first case of the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in Brazil, the health ministry said on Saturday. A Filipino returning from Brazil tested positive for the P.1 variant ...

Ebola Survivor Infected Years Ago May Have Started New Outbreak
New York Times - 2021-03-13
Genetic sequencing of virus samples from patients in Guinea suggest that the new outbreak is a continuation of the 2014-16 epidemic. Researchers were shocked to discover that an Ebola outbreak in Guinea was most likely started by a man infected at least ...

Covid-19 cases in PNP breach 12,000 mark
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
More than 5 percent of the Philippine National Police personnel has contracted the new coronavirus, after its cases breached the 12,000th mark on Friday. Among the new cases recorded was Police

Talks ongoing for 20M Covaxin doses, says Palace adviser
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
Negotiations are ongoing for the purchase and delivery, hopefully by May, of 8 to 20 million doses of the COVID-19 shot Covaxin from India, according to presidential adviser for entrepreneurship ...

Tiger Global in talks to invest in young Indian social network at $170M valuation
TechCrunch - 2021-03-13
Who says there is no room for a new social network? Tiger Global is in advanced stages of talks to lead a round of $15 million to $20 million in seven-month-old Kutumb that values the Indian ...

Philippine Bourse Sees $2.4 Billion IPO in First Half: CEO
Bloomberg - 2021-03-13
Ramon Monzon, president and chief executive officer at Philippine Stock Exchange, discusses why he thinks the markets in Manila have fallen out of favor, the outlook for IPOs in the market and their plans to allow short selling.

Apple discontinues HomePod, but HomePod Mini will live on
The Verge - 2021-03-13
Apple is discontinuing the original, full-size HomePod and will now focus its speaker efforts on the HomePod mini, the company told TechCrunch on Friday evening. Here is what Apple said in a statement to TechCrunch: HomePod mini has been a hit since its ...

2 drug suspects nabbed in Lucena City buy-bust
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-13
LUCENA CITY - Police arrested two neophyte drug pushers in a buy-bust operation here on Friday, police said Saturday. Lieutenant Colonel Romulo Albacea, Lucena City police chief,

Senate to update 80-year-old Public Service law, dismantle monopolies
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-13
The Senate is moving to update the Commonwealth-era Public Service law enacted 80 years ago empowering Congress to review and grant franchises for public utilities. In sponsoring the remedial ...

Ethereum Cofounder Reveals How Radical Upgrade Could Challenge Bitcoin For Crypto Price Dominance
Forbes - 2021-03-13
A proposed upgrade to the ethereum blockchain that will destroy (or "burn") ether tokens could mean ethereum becomes more "sound" than bitcoin, according to ethereum cofounder Vitalik

Trade department rolls out online import permit application
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-13
The online application and issuance of CAI is in line with the government initiative on Ease of Doing Business and Government Service Act of 2018, which aims to streamline frontline procedures and ...

Proxy adviser ISS recommends LG shareholders reject spinoff plan
Business Insider - 2021-03-13
Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. said LG Corp. shareholders should vote against the South Korean company's plan to spin off five affiliates, arguing there is no "compelling" reason for the proposed transaction.

Enhancing the digital capabilities of MSMEs
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-13
Santiago pointed out that a big number of the current entrepreneurs are quite cautious about their business matters, caused by the uncertainties brought about by the current health crisis.

EMA Launches Review of Clot Risk With AstraZeneca COVID Vaccine
Medscape - 2021-03-12
As more European countries temporarily stop using the AstraZeneca vaccine, EMA says the vaccine's benefits continue to outweigh its risks.

The $69 Million Beeple NFT Was Bought With Cryptocurrency
New York Times - 2021-03-12
It feel like I got a steal," the buyer, who calls himself Metakovan, said in an interview of the "nonfungible token," or NFT, he bought at an online auction.

Five Chinese companies pose threat to U.S. national security: FCC
Reuters - 2021-03-12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday designated five Chinese companies as posing a threat to national security under a 2019 law aimed at protecting U.S. communications networks. The FCC said the companies included ...

The pace of U.S. vaccinations has been accelerating ahead of the date by which Biden wants all adults to be eligible.
New York Times - 2021-03-12
The rate of vaccinations has ramped up about 40 percent, to an average of 2.3 million shots a day as of Friday, up from an average of about 1.7 million shots a day a month ago.

CHEd, DOH to include tropical diseases in curricula
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the Department of Health (DOH) have agreed to integrate the study of neglected tropical diseases in the curricula of colleges and universities in the

First Pill for COVID-19 Could Be Ready by Year's End
Medscape - 2021-03-12
New medications are in clinical trials and, if successful, will be ready to treat patients with COVID-19 by the end of the year.

US condemns China at UN rights forum for abuse of Uighurs, Tibetans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
The United States on Friday condemned China's abuse of ethnic and religious minorities, including what it called "crimes against humanity and genocide" being committed in

Daimler to recall 2.6 million Mercedes-Benz cars in China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
German luxury automaker Daimler will recall 2.6 million Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China due to a software design issue, the country's market regulator said Friday. The software

South Africa could get 20 million more J&J vaccine doses, says minister
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
The South African government's agreement with Johnson & Johnson for 11 million COVID-19 vaccine doses includes an option for an additional 20 million doses depending on the

Tabuena triumphs
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-12
TO say that Miguel Tabuena saved his best for last would be an understatement. MIGUEL TABUENA broke a mediocre run of form with a two-stroke victory in the International Container Terminal ...

Exporters take unusual steps to ease container shortage
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-12
The state-backed companies and governments are working quickly to smooth disruptions on the supply side of global trade to avoid losing business, even as clogged ports like Los Angeles trigger ...

Health Secretary lauds front liners in Pangasinan
Gov - 2021-03-12
DAGUPAN CITY, Mar 12 (PIA) - - Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged the hard work of front liners and administered vaccines to medical workers during his visit to the Region I Medical Center (R1MC) here Friday. Sec. Duque, a native of Dagupan ...

Police deployment to enforce health protocols, curb COVID-19 upsurge
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-12
More policemen are expected to be deployed to enforce health protocols in the face of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the country. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque,

OCTA Research: Rise of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila faster than predicted
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
The recent surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila was faster than what has been initially predicted, analytics group OCTA Research said Friday. In its latest

Police tapped to bolster enforcement of Metro Manila curfew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Police officers will be deployed across Metro Manila to implement the two-week unified curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m starting March 15, Metro Manila Council (MMC) chairman ...

Upskill your team by joining the 8th Digital Marketing Master Class 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
Ready to recover from the effects of the health crisis? Upskilling and reskilling your business team is the best bet against rapidly changing times. Now more than ever, it is crucial for every

Dizon: Strictly adhere to health protocols
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-12
National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer and testing czar Vince Dizon urged the public anew to follow the health protocols as the country reported an uptick in the number of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Philippines' Duterte urged by allies to run for vice president
NIKKEI - 2021-03-12
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's allies have launched a campaign to persuade him to run for vice president in next year's national elections. If they succeed and he wins, the popular leader could keep his clout through the country's second-highest office.

More police to enforce health protocols during COVID-19 surge
Rappler - 2021-03-12
The national task force also orders the 'full implementation' of the StaySafe platform as a response to the transmissions spike

Pagasa: Rain showers expected in Visayas, parts of Luzon, Mindanao due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-12
Rain showers are expected in the Visayas and parts of Luzon and Mindanao due to the low - pressure area (LPA) southeast of General Santos City, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported Friday.

Philippine artist fights waste by using recycled trash in paintings
Reuters - 2021-03-12
When Filipino artist Gilbert Angeles found out that his country was one of the world's biggest contributors of plastic trash in the ocean he felt compelled to take action.

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