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U.S. administers 55.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
Reuters - 2021-02-16
The United States has administered 55,220,364 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Tuesday morning and delivered 71,657,975 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

EV-Battery Startup QuantumScape Soars on Technical Breakthrough
Bloomberg - 2021-02-16
QuantumScape Corp., an electric-vehicle-battery startup, soared as much as 12% in late trading after saying it cleared a key hurdle in the development of its technology.

MetroPac Movers Inc begins construction of its Sta. Rosa logistics hub
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
MetroPac Movers Inc (MMI) recently began construction of a large scale, co-located dry goods and cold storage facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, as part of a strategic pivot towards

Trump lashes out at McConnell in deepening feud between top Republicans
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Former U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday, signaling a growing feud between the two most important voices in the Republican

Apple, Spotify And Other DSPs Pay $424M In Historical Unmatched Royalties For Publishers, Songwriters
Forbes - 2021-02-16
Twenty DSPs--including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google, Pandora and Spotify--transferred a total of $424 million in accrued historical unmatched royalties to the Mechanical Licensing Collective.

Nestlé's newest KitKat is missing a key ingredient
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
KitKat V ditches dairy milk, which is used for its regular KitKats, for a rice-based alternative in addition to its new sustainable cocoa.

Duterte to study proposal to ease restrictions by March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
President Rodrigo Duterte will study the proposal of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) to place the whole country under the less restrictive modified

What Went Before: Key dates in the VP electoral protest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Following are the key dates in the vice presidential electoral protest filed by Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Leni Robredo. o May 30, 2016--Leni Robredo is proclaimed Vice

More Evidence Supports Early Anticoagulation in COVID-19
Medscape - 2021-02-16
Prompt initiation of prophylactic anticoagulation in COVID patients newly admitted to the hospital is better than no treatment in reducing 30-day mortality, new observational data suggest.

Lacson fires back at Duterte: Senate has say in VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Tuesday, after being told by President Duterte that he had "nothing to do" with how the government

Vaccines versus the variants: Asia's race against time
NIKKEI - 2021-02-16
The first generation of COVID-19 vaccines is a modern scientific miracle. In little over a year since the virus was identified, mass inoculations using safe, effective and thoroughly tested vaccines have begun in dozens of countries.

New Steroid Dosing Regimen for Myasthenia Gravis
Medscape - 2021-02-16
The use of a new rapid tapering regimen resulted in a lower cumulative dose of prednisone with similar clinical outcomes in a new randomized study.

Philippines logs 1,391 new COVID-19 cases, growth rate decreasing
Big News Network.com - 2021-02-16
The Department of Health DOH of the Philippines reported on Tuesday 1391 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number of confirm

Cloud data analytics startup Matillion raises $100 million
Reuters - 2021-02-16
Matillion, a startup that helps companies sort and clean up data before sending it to the cloud data center for analysis, said on Tuesday it had raised $100 million in its latest funding round but declined to share the firm's valuation.

Microsoft to add 'Kids Mode' to Chromium-based Edge browser
ZDNet - 2021-02-16
Microsoft is rolling out a new 'Kids Mode' feature to testers that is designed to make 'child friendly' content more easily accessible.

Why companies are flocking to the cloud more than ever
Business Insider - 2021-02-16
Cloud adoption has become a 'new normal' for businesses, experts say: 85% of enterprises will have a cloud-first principle by 2025.

Philippine Army gets new commanding general
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Lt. Gen. Jose Faustino Jr. on Tuesday (Feb. 16) took the reins of the 100,000-strong Philippine Army as its new commanding general. Faustino replaced Lt. Gen. Cirilito

Credit card use seen to recover
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
AN industry group is anticipating credit card loans to gain some recovery this year as more business activities resume after government moves to ease lockdown measures amid increasing number of Covid cases.

Ideal countryside living
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
S preference of homeseekers has undoubtedly changed alongside these difficult times as they factor in the flexibility of their place of residence to do their daily activities at the comfort of their abode even under the "new normal.

Seeing art in the virtual park
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-16
DUE to the pandemic, "Art in the Park," the popular art fair held annually in the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati, will be held online for the second time. The fair, known for having excellent artworks with a P50,

Adidas is selling Reebok to focus on its own brand
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
Adidas says it will offload struggling US fitness brand Reebok as part of a strategic overhaul. The German sportswear company said in a statement on Tuesday that it has decided to begin a formal process "aimed at divesting Reebok" following a review of the business.

Duterte might certify indemnity fund bill for vaccines as urgent this week
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
President Rodrigo R. Duterte may certify as urgent this week the bill that seeks to provide compensation to people who will suffer adverse side effects from use of Covid-19 vaccines.  Chief implementer of the government's national policy on Covid-19 Carlito G.

PH in talks with 3 countries to secure ASF vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
Agriculture Secretary William Dar said Tuesday the government is in talks with Vietnam, United Kingdom, and the United States to secure vaccines against African Swine Fever, which the country has been grappling with since 2019.

Philippines' Duterte signs law to help banks tackle bad loans
Nasdaq - 2021-02-16
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday signed a law that would help the country's banks offload soured loans through asset management companies to help speed up the process of cleaning up of their books.

DOH-10 holds 25th health task force meeting
Gov - 2021-02-16
As the country gears up for coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 held the 25th Health Task Force meeting to discuss updates and recommendations on the management of the COVID-19 cases as well as the vaccination

DOH-10 holds 25th health task force meeting
Gov - 2021-02-16
As the country gears up for coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH)-10 held the 25th Health Task Force meeting to discuss updates and recommendations on the management of the COVID-19 cases as well as the vaccination

Addressing mental health issues in workplace sought amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
Mental health becomes a bigger issue among workers due to safety concerns in workplaces and transportation going to and from their offices.

Petitioners plead SC anew to issue TRO vs. anti-terrorism law
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
Petitioners again asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to halt the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act due to the

Sigh of relief: SC dismissal of Marcos poll protest elates Robredo, OVP staff
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
A big sigh of relief. This was how Vice President Leni Robredo and the whole staff of the Office of the Vice President received the unanimous decision of the Supreme

Jollibee, Yoshinoya pair up for Japanese restaurant's expansion in PH
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
The joint venture makes Yoshinoya the first ever Japanese food chain under Jollibee Foods Corporation and the latest addition to its foreign franchised brands, which include Burger King and Panda Express.

Clouds, rains in Eastern parts of Mindanao as LPA approaches PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
The eastern parts of Mindanao may start seeing cloudy skies and experiencing rains on Wednesday as the low-pressure area (LPA) makes its way towards the Philippine area of

Duterte grants amnesty to members of rebel groups
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
President Rodrigo Duterte has granted amnesty to members of rebel groups who have committed crimes to pursue their political beliefs. In Proclamations No. 1090 to 1093

Cavite gov't invites bidders anew for Sangley Airport upgrade
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
The provincial government of Cavite issues another call for firms eyeing the development of Sangley Airport, less than a month after canceling its deal with Lucio Tan's MacroAsia Corporation and its Chinese firm partner on the project.

Senate panel seeks P500-M indemnity fund for COVID vaccine side effects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
A Senate panel on Tuesday endorsed for plenary approval a bill that would, among others, establish a P500-million national indemnity fund for COVID-19 vaccine side

China so far vaccinates over 40M residents -- ambassador
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
China has so far vaccinated over 40 million of its residents against COVID-19, including Filipinos serving in the medical field, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago

COVID-19 nationwide tally pushes past 552,000 with 1,391 more cases
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
The country logged 1,391 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, bringing the case tally to 552,246, the Department of Health reported.

Fast-food giants Jollibee and Yoshinoya team up in Philippines
NIKKEI - 2021-02-16
Asian fast-food giants Jollibee Foods and Yoshinoya Holdings are teaming up to open 50 branches of the famed Japanese beef bowl restaurant in the Philippines. The joint venture, announced by the Philippine fast-food leader on Tuesday,

Malaysia to kick off COVID-19 vaccination drive next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Malaysia will get its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines produced by U.S. and German drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech on Feb. 21, and kick off its inoculation drive five days after

The Philippines Unveils Unique Advantages in Covid-critical PPE and Medical Supplies Manufacturing at Japanese Business Event
Yahoo Finance - 2021-02-16
The Philippines currently has an active and productive ... hygiene and other related products as they explore business expansion or diversification. Our country can serve both as their market ...

Moderna, AstraZeneca no longer taking orders; private sector eyes Novavax
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
As AstraZeneca and Moderna are no longer taking orders for its vaccines, presidential adviser for entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the private sector is now eyeing to

Frigid Arctic air, winter storms grip much of US
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Much of the United States was in the icy grip of an "unprecedented" winter storm Monday as frigid Arctic air sent temperatures plunging, forcing hundreds of flight

Inflation fears ease, BTR sells P24-billion T-bills
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
THE administration cost of Covid-19 vaccines to individual plan holders may be covered by health maintenance organizations (HMOs), though... THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said ...

Duterte tells Robredo: You do not know your role in government
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-16
President Rodrigo Duterte again took aim at Vice President Leni Robredo, this time over her statement that asking the US to pay to retain the Visiting Forces Agreement was 'extortion.'

US cold snap leaves 5 million in Texas, Mexico without power
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
A rare deep freeze in Texas that raised demand for power forced the U.S. state's electric grid operator on Monday to impose rotating blackouts that left nearly 3 million customers without

Villanueva backs gradual reopening of colleges; calls on CHED, DOH to strictly monitor health protocols
Gov - 2021-02-16
The chair of the Senate committee on higher education is backing government's decision to gradually reopen colleges for face-to-face classes, beginning with those in health and medical courses."For as long as it is safe,

LPA spotted off Mindanao may enter Wednesday, develop to TD Auring
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
The low-pressure area (LPA) spotted east of Mindanao may enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday and may develop into a tropical depression, to be called

Health workers seeking pay hike say nothing has changed since pandemic started
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) says it would continue to ask the government for an increase in the salaries of medical frontliners as nothing has changed since the

BSP seen to keep policy rate, RRR on hold
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
AFTER a year of aggressive monetary-policy easing, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is expected to hold monetary-policy settings... THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported a slight ...

Cloudy skies, light rains expected over Metro Manila, most of Luzon due to amihan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-16
Cloudy skies with light rains are expected over Metro Manila and most parts of Luzon due to the northeast monsoon or amihan, the state weather bureau said

Moving Philippine foreign trade-in and out
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-16
IT is disappointing to recognize that foreign shipping lines carry ALL Philippine containerized imports and exports. No Philippine flag carrier participates for several decades already.

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