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DILG to LGUs: Validation of road clearing operations starts Feb. 16
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
The validation of road clearing operations by local government units will run from Feb. 16 to March 2, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Monday

Farmers demanding land tell Duterte at rally: You broke our hearts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
At least 50 Negros Occidental farmers borrowed images from Valentines Day to demand distribution of land and accuse the Duterte administration of failing to fully enforce the

First Black woman to lead WTO says she will prioritize fair trade, access to COVID-19 vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
She will become the first woman and the first African to lead the global trade body. Okonjo-Iweala became the sole remaining director-general candidate after South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee withdrew from the race.

US study shows nonviolent path to solving insurgency in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
A new US study on governance in conflict-ridden areas could help light up a path toward solving the communist insurgency in the Philippines as the current violent,

Gov. Cane: AgSur LGUs continue to implement health protocols vs COVID-19
Gov - 2021-02-15
During the Laging Handa Network Briefing on Monday hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Agusan del Sur Governor Santiago Cane, Jr. emphasized that the province continues to strictly implement the health

Man released from jail back in detention after arrest for selling meth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
A man released from prison in March 2020 was arrested for allegedly selling crystal meth, or shabu, in Tacloban City on Sunday (Feb. 14). Seized from Rammy Jacosalem, 32, were several

French workers can now eat lunch at their desks without breaking the law
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
Many French workers can now eat. To help curb the spread of Covid-19, the country has suspended a longstanding prohibition on desk lunches, according to a government decree published Sunday. The lunch break,

The Latest: Britain's quarantine hotels open for business
StarTribune - 2021-02-15
Britain's newly established quarantine hotels have received their first guests as the government tries to prevent new variants of the coronavirus from derailing its fast-moving vaccination drive.

Bitcoin soars, nearing $50,000 for the first time
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
Bitcoin is this close to $50,000, continuing a stunning rise that has sent it soaring nearly $20,000 this year.

SM Prime income dips in 2020 as core businesses reel from pandemic restrictions
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
The integrated property developer raked in ?18 billion in 2020, less than half of its earnings the previous year, as its mall business and rentals take a blow from limited foot traffic given restrictions induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parler, a preferred social-media platform for the far-right, is back online with Mark Meckler as CEO
Business Insider - 2021-02-15
Parler was dropped by Amazon Web Services (AWS) on January 11 after the hosting service said it 'poses a very real risk to public safety.'

Remittances slightly fall in 2020 due to pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
Filipinos abroad sent less money home in 2020, with remittances falling 0.3% during the period, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said. Overseas cash transfers slightly dropped in December despite a usual surge during the holidays,

SC recommends exempting five senior justices from public interviews in chief justice hunt
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
The Supreme Court has issued a resolution recommending that the Judicial and Bar Council exempt the five most senior justices - who were automatically nominated for the chief justice post - from doing public interviews.

Philippines' Converge in talks with SpaceX on broadband satellite service
Yahoo Finance - 2021-02-15
MANILA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Philippine fibre broadbandprovider Converge ICT Solutions Inc said on Monday itis holding talks with Elon Musk's SpaceX on a potentialbroadband satellite venture in the ...

Philippines says wants more than 'loose change' for U.S. troops deal
Nasdaq - 2021-02-15
The United States is providing the Philippines with military aid that amounts to "loose change" compared to other Asian countries, a top official said on Monday, justifying demands by President Rodrigo Duterte for Washington to pay more.

Volkswagen CEO: I'm not scared of Apple
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
Volkswagen's CEO Herbert Diess isn't intimidated by Apple, even though the tech company potentially has an electric car on the way.

Another health crisis? Frozen pork sold in wet markets just to meet price ceiling
Rappler - 2021-02-15
The Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) said on Monday, February 15, that cheaper frozen pork is being sold in wet markets by vendors who are struggling to comply with the price ceiling. Frozen pork that is displayed and not chilled in refrigeration facilities may be easily contaminated by bacteria and cause illnesses.

PNB appoints DDB-Optimax as digital marketing agency for 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
Philippine National Bank (PSE: PNB) has appointed integrated media agency Optimax Communications Group, Inc. (Optimax) of DDB Group Philippines (DDB) as its new digital marketing agency. PNB CEO

Globe Business Cloud Solutions: An unsung hero to a fast-food giant's BPO partner
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-15
Had there been no cloud computing environment in place before the pandemic, a business process outsourcing company involved in food deliveries would have missed business opportunities.

The Latest: Philippines sets back theater, arcade reopenings
StarTribune - 2021-02-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The approval for many Philippine movie theaters, video game arcades and other leisure businesses to reopen has been postponed another two weeks after mayors expressed fear ...

2 health workers latest COVID-19 patients in Olongapo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
After two days of no new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this city, two medical front-liners were the latest to get infected, officials said. Mayor Rolen Paulino

Monday weather forecast: Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
The tail-end of a frontal system will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to the  Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Northern

Philippines in 2022: Searching for the next captain of our ship
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-15
What about the West Philippine Sea? The growing US-China division ... How did he/she manage people, school, work, business and other situations? How did the candidate deal with conflict?

UPDATE 1-Australia's Seven West Media strikes partnership with Google; shares jump
Reuters - 2021-02-15
Seven West Media Ltd on Monday entered into an initial deal with Alphabet Inc's Google to form a long-term partnership, that will see the tech giant pay the Australian media company for its news content.

2 - 3 million MSME workers to benefit from proposed wage subsidy program -- DOLE
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-15
Two to three million workers of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) may benefit from the P52-billion wage subsidy program being proposed by the Department of

Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine
Reuters - 2021-02-15
Israel's largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer's vaccine in the country's biggest study to date.

U.S. administers 52.9 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines - CDC
Reuters - 2021-02-15
The United States has administered 52,884,356 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Sunday morning and delivered 70,057,800 doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

UK hits 15 million vaccinations as pressure builds to ease lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
LONDON  - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed a "significant milestone" on Sunday as data showed 15 million first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations had been delivered, fuelling

Microsoft asks government to stay out of its cyber attack response in Australia
ZDNet - 2021-02-14
Government intervention would result in 'The Fog of War', further complicating any attempt to mitigate cyber attack response, the company said.

House panel to look into finances of SSS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The House committee on public accounts will look into the financial condition of the Social Security System (SSS) after the passage of a bill deferring the scheduled hike in

Fellow tribesmen vouch for 2 Aeta farmers charged with terrorism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The two Aeta farmers charged with terrorism are "law-abiding" community members in Zambales province, according to fellow tribesmen. Some members of the

Military identifies 46 areas as vaccination sites
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The military has designated 46 of its camps and infirmaries as vaccination sites for the nationwide government rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo,

House to start plenary debates on Cha-cha next week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The House of Representatives will start on Feb. 22 its plenary debates on the proposed changes to certain restrictive economic provisions of the Constitution, the chair of the

Israeli study finds 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 cases with Pfizer vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
JERUSALEM  - Israel's largest healthcare provider on Sunday reported a 94% drop in symptomatic COVID-19 infections among 600,000 people who received two doses of the Pfizer's

Winter Storm Crawls Across the U.S.
New York Times - 2021-02-14
A major storm brought snow and ice to a large part of the country, causing power outages and car accidents in several states over the weekend.

25,000 more workers laid off, 100,000 others got pay cuts in January
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
At least 25,226 more workers were laid off in January while 108,089 more workers found themselves without pay or with drastic pay cuts as businesses suffered further losses

Comelec registration now 5 days a week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Beginning Monday, voter registration will be held five days a week and nine hours a day as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tries to enlist about 3 million new voters in

Reopening movie houses puts more people at risk, say health experts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
Health experts also have reservations about reopening enclosed leisure establishments and want more specific measures from the government on how to go about easing the restriction. The

US, WHO demand more data on origins of pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-14
The United States and a World Health Organization (WHO) expert demanded more data from Beijing on Saturday about the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, after a WHO mission to

Venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan reportedly suggested doxxing a journalist who reported on narratives he didn't like
Business Insider - 2021-02-14
The tech investor reportedly suggested in a 2013 email that the "Dark Enlightenment audience" could launch a harassment campaign against a "vulnerable hostile reporter."

Volkswagen CEO Diess 'not afraid' of an Apple electric car
Reuters - 2021-02-14
Germany's Volkswagen is not concerned by any Apple plans for a passenger vehicle that could include the iPhone maker's battery technology, its chief executive Herbert Diess said.

Volkswagen CEO Diess 'not afraid' of an Apple electric car
Reuters - 2021-02-14
Germany's Volkswagen is not concerned by any Apple plans for a passenger vehicle that could include the iPhone maker's battery technology, its chief executive Herbert Diess said.

AustCyber merges with Stone & Chalk to boost local capability in emerging tech
ZDNet - 2021-02-14
Touting the merger as combining the 'greatest concentration of cybersecurity industry expertise' with the 'most developed technology commercialisation infrastructure that Australia has ever built'.

Commercial Carbon Capture And Use Takes A Step Forward With Carbon Clean
Forbes - 2021-02-14
The US Department of Energy has awarded a grant to RTI International, CEMEX (a leading supplier of cement, concrete and aggregates), Carbon Clean and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to jointly work on development of a CO2 capture system and commercially viable carbon utilization solution.

Covid-19 Live News: The U.S. Has Its Own New Worrisome Variants
New York Times - 2021-02-14
A new study identifies seven variants with the same concerning mutation. Lebanon, enmeshed in overlapping crises, begins its vaccination program.

Cloud computing 'sticker shock' is on the rise, and containing it may be a new career path
ZDNet - 2021-02-14
With concern about cloud spending on the rise, more professionals begin to devote part of their jobs to containing it. 'The dirty little secret of cloud spend is that the bill never really goes down.'

Marvel at UAE Hope orbiter's first image of Mars
Mashable - 2021-02-14
Hope orbiter snapped its first image of Mars on Sunday, as part of the first interplanetary mission from an Arab country. Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE's leader, announced this triumphant news on Twitter,

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