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PH completes Covax requirements
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
The Philippines has signed and submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO)-led Covax facility the required indemnity agreement that will pave the way for the delivery of vaccines against the

Subic being turned into US base again? Lawmaker slams military, DND silence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite, an opposition lawmaker, slammed on Wednesday the military and the Department of National Defense (DND) for their silence after President Rodrigo Duterte claimed that

Globe sees return to revenue growth in 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Globe Telecom expects service revenue to grow in 2021, reversing the slowdown seen last year due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Globe chief finance officer Rizza Maniego-Eala said revenue growth would

Court dismisses 1 of 3 De Lima drug cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima on Wednesday won one of the three drug cases filed against her by the Duterte administration in connection with alleged involvement in a conspiracy to promote drug trade

Single mom battles cancer, depression
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Instead of being at home with her family, Reynalyn Ychon spent the holidays recovering from emergency surgery a General Hospital (PGH). After being diagnosed

Facebook restricts users in Australia from sharing or viewing news links in response to proposed legislation
TechCrunch - 2021-02-17
Australian Facebook users will be forced to go elsewhere to read the news after the company announced Wednesday that they will be restricting users in the country from sharing or viewing news links on the platform.

Auring may turn into a tropical storm before making landfall over Caraga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Tropical Depression Auring may intensify into a tropical storm before it makes landfall over the Caraga Region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and

SMC's Ang says he caught COVID-19 thrice in 2020
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Despite getting infected and other challenges, San Miguel Corp. President and COO Ramon Ang said work still continued.

Shallow magnitude 4.4 quake rattles Davao del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
A shallow magnitude 4.4 earthquake swayed the town of Magsaysay in Davao del Sur on Wednesday night, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)

Sony faces class action lawsuit over alleged PS5 controller defect
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
(CNN) -- Sony's PlayStation 5 has been hugely popular -- and hard for consumers to get their hands on -- since it was released last fall. But not everyone who managed to snag one has been ...

Go beyond social media activism on Election Day, netizens urged
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Social media activism is good, but you need to take it a step further by making your voice count on Election Day,' former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told CNN Philippines' Front and Center.

Tropical Depression Auring slightly intensifies; seen to move towards Caraga
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
Tropical Depression Auring slightly intensified as of Wednesday afternoon, weather updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services

Salceda: MGCQ more viable if all health workers vaccinated, public transport fully restored
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
For Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, the proposal to declare the entire country under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) in a bid to help the economy bounce back

Nationwide shift to lowest quarantine classification to help revive tourism -- DOT
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat stresses the need to restart tourism especially with too many Filipinos having lost jobs in the industry, noting the modified general community quarantine status allows freer movement and opens tourism more to all.

Infectious disease expert: Adverse events following immunization not always due to vaccines
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Not all adverse effects after immunization are caused by vaccines, an infectious disease expert said Wednesday.

Phivolcs warns of 'increasing possibility' of another phreatic eruption from Taal Volcano
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology on Wednesday warned of another potential phreatic eruption from Taal Volcano similar to what happened early last year.

Metro Manila gets 2,000 live hogs to boost pork supply
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Over 2,000 live hogs from South Cotabato were shipped to Metro Manila to augment pork supply in the region, Malacañang announced Wednesday.

Texas deep freeze leaves millions without power, 21 dead
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
A historic winter storm has killed at least 21 people, left millions of Texans without power and spun killer tornadoes into the US Southeast on Tuesday. The brutal cold has

DOST recruiting volunteers for VCO study in Valenzuela City
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
The Department of Science and Technology has begun recruiting volunteers for a study that aims to confirm the findings of a clinical trial, which suggested that virgin coconut oil helps speed up the recovery of patients with suspected coronavirus disease.

AstraZeneca receives FDA approval for drug that reduces mortality risk and hospitalization in heart failure patients
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-17
Dapagliflozin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat heart failure in adults with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) in the Philippines. The results of the trial showed that dapagliflozin adds to other guideline-recommended therapies in reducing the risk of mortality and heart failure hospitalization.

Rep. Villar seeks probe on increasing cases of abuse against women, children during health crisis
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-17
Deputy Speaker and Las Piñas Rep. Camille Villar has sought an investigation into the surge in the cases of gender-based violence during the pandemic and called for immediate measures to protect women and children.

Sony faces class action lawsuit over alleged PS5 controller defect
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Sony's PlayStation 5 has been hugely popular -- and hard for consumers to get their hands on -- since it was released last fall. But not everyone who managed to snag one has been satisfied.

'Instead of focusing on health crisis, gov't is attacking Lumad' - UP professor
Rappler - 2021-02-17
Walang katotohanan at walang pakundangan ang mga ganitong pamamaratang na nagiging training ground daw for NPA ang Lumad schools,' says bakwit school teacher Mon Sy

An urgent mental health crisis: Health workers facing immense psychological toll from pandemic
ABC - 2021-02-17
Experts say some doctors, nurses and other health workers on the frontlines will have to face a mental health reckoning after being in the trenches fighting the global pandemic. "We will continue to fight,

Warren Buffett sells JPMorgan Chase stock and buys Verizon
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
It appears that Warren Buffett is souring on the financial sector's prospects, and that the Oracle of Omaha also has a newfound interest in Big Oil, as well as telecom and media.

Warren Buffett sells JPMorgan Chase stock and buys Verizon
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
(CNN) -- It appears that Warren Buffett is souring on the financial sector's prospects, and that the Oracle of Omaha also has a newfound interest in Big Oil, as well as telecom and media.

Border delays could force Germany's car plants to close
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
The carmakers at the heart of Germany's huge manufacturing industry are facing a new threat: border checks that could delay crucial parts deliveries and force their factories to close.

How China is devastating Australia's billion dollar wine industry
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
Hundreds of Australian wine producers who invested heavily in China's wine boom are now facing an uncertain future.

How China is devastating Australia's billion dollar wine industry
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
(CNN) -- South Australian winemaker Jarrad White spent almost a decade building his business in China. Then, in a matter of months, it all fell apart. It had nothing to do with the quality of ...

SpaceX launches another batch of Starlink satellites, but misses rocket landing
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-17
SpaceX delivered its 19th large batch of Starlink internet satellites into orbit on Monday evening, but in a rare misstep, the first-stage rocket booster used to launch those satellites missed its landing target.

GRAPHIC-New COVID-19 cases in U.S. fall for fifth week in a row
Reuters - 2021-02-17
The United States last week reported a 23% drop in new cases of COVID-19 and a 16% fall in the number of people hospitalized with the virus, with both figures declining for a fifth week in a row.

Recovery, despite MGCQ, slow--experts
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-17
PRESIDENT Duterte will act next week on the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) to start a new round of easing on quarantine measures by March after consulting Cabinet members,

Household spending to grow back in 2021
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-17
A boy wears a face mask as he sells bags in the shopping district of Divisoria, in Manila, Philippines. Many Filipinos flock to this area to buy cheaper goods. AFTER a year of aggressive monetary ...

LPA off Mindanao now a tropical depression; could be first storm of 2021
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
The low pressure area being monitored east of Mindanao intensified into a tropical depression on early Wednesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and

US forces in Iraq hit by rockets, contractor killed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
A rocket attack on U.S.-led forces in northern Iraq killed a civilian contractor on Monday and injured a U.S. service member, the U.S. coalition in Iraq said, in the deadliest such

Trump, Giuliani accused in lawsuit of conspiring to incite Capitol riot
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-17
A Democratic congressman, in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, accused former President Donald Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and two right-wing groups of conspiring to incite

Tagaytay Highlands introduces contactless turnover
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-17
According to the company, the current health situation in the country has prompted them to adapt to the way of doing business in the so-called new normal. Make way for Tagaytay Highlands ...

Zolve raises $15 million for its cross-border neobank aimed at global citizens
TechCrunch - 2021-02-17
Tens of thousands of students and professionals move out of India each year to pursue higher education and for work. Even after spending months in the new country, they struggle to get a credit card from local banks,

The space rock that doomed the dinosaurs was shrapnel from a comet that flew too close to the sun, a Harvard study suggests
Business Insider - 2021-02-17
The origin of the space rock that killed the dinosaurs has been a mystery. A new study suggests it wasn't an asteroid, but a comet fragment.

Australia's Nine strikes a Google media deal as licencing laws approach - media
Reuters - 2021-02-17
Publisher and broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd has agreed on a content licencing deal with Google, one of its newspapers reported on Wednesday, the second large Australian media outlet to strike a deal with the internet giant.

U.S. ITC to investigate Ericsson complaint against Samsung over 5G wireless equipment
Reuters - 2021-02-17
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) said on Tuesday it would open an investigation after Ericsson claimed Samsung Electronics Inc had infringed on some of its patents in 4G and next generation 5G wireless cellular communications infrastructure systems.

Microsoft is reportedly testing a new browser-based streaming service that would let you play Xbox games on your PC and iPhone
Business Insider - 2021-02-16
Microsoft's xCloud streaming is only available on Android devices -- putting it on browsers would let people play Xbox games on iOS and PC.

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

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