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Index stays above 7,000, investors cautiously optimistic - 2021-02-08
Stocks started the week slightly higher, echoing a rally in most Asian bourses, as investors remain cautiously optimistic of a faster global economic recovery.

Pork issues force changes in Monterey operations - 2021-02-08
Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is rationalizing its meat business operations as the local hog industry remains challenged amid the African swine fever.

LPA to bring cloudy skies, rain over Visayas, Mindanao - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
A low-pressure area (LPA) off eastern Mindanao will cause overcast skies and isolated rains and thunderstorms over the region as well as in the Visayas from Monday night up

At least 24 dead in Morocco underground factory flood - media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
At least 24 people died after heavy rain flooded an illegal underground textile workshop in a private house in Morocco's port of Tangiers, the state news agency reported

Lawmaker urges DFA to declare Polish vice consul persona non grata
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
Zambales 2nd District Rep. Cheryl Deloso-Montalla has filed a resolution asking Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. to declare as persona non grata the Polish vice consul who allegedly insulted Filipinos after he was apprehended over a hit-and-run incident.

First UK variant fatality in PH never left home, DOH says
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
Weeks after the patient's death, health officials are puzzled as to how the country's first fatality who tested for the new COVID-19 variant was infected.

Sinas meets with bishops calling for end to EJKs in Negros
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas on Sunday (Feb. 7) met with three Catholic bishops on Negros Island who have been calling for an end to extrajudicial

Lorenzana: New China coast guard law raises risks in South China Sea
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
A new law plucked by China and allowing its coast guard to use violent force on foreign ships in waters it claims raises the risks of miscalculation, according to Defense

Cleanfuel partners with Lyka app for trendy cashless payments
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
Soon, Lyka users can enjoy quality fuel for less as independent oil company Cleanfuel recently forged a partnership with the app to provide a safer way to fuel up in their stations. Cleanfuel,

Philippines' San Miguel to quit piggery business as transport curbs bite
Nasdaq - 2021-02-08
Philippine conglomerate San Miguel Corp SMC.PS said on Monday its food unit was getting out of the piggery segment, as African swine fever outbreaks take a toll on the industry. San Miguel Food and Beverage Inc FB.

Philippines targets to reach herd immunity by 2023
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
The Philippines is aiming to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19 by 2023, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire disclosed Monday. "Itong

LIST: Medical schools in the Philippines allowed to hold face-to-face classes
Rappler - 2021-02-08
This page listing medical schools in the Philippines allowed to hold face-to-face classes will be constantly updated as new advisories come in

Philippines says to meet US to iron out differences on VFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
The Philippines and the United States will meet this month to iron out differences over a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Manila's top diplomat said, amid renewed regional

Zamboanga City to require RT-PCR tests for people entering, leaving city - 2021-02-08
The local government of Zambaonga City is set to require 'Authorized Persons Outside of Residence' -- people allowed to leave home during the quarantine -- to provide swab test with negative results when coming into or leaving the city.

First day of Metro price ceilings triggers supply shortage fears - 2021-02-08
The result was numerous reports of vacated spaces in wet markets, triggering worries that a short-term fix to expensive prices is only bound to exacerbate tight supply that brought up costs in the first place.

1,690 new COVID-19 cases bring PH total near 539,000
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
The Department of Health recorded 1,690 more coronavirus infections on Monday, raising the nationwide tally to 538,995. Of the total, 27,992 or 5.2% are active cases, the DOH's latest report showed. Data from five testing laboratories which failed to submit on time were not yet included in the official count.

Cordillera cop chief sues IP group leader for cyber libel over anti-Chico Dam marker - 2021-02-08
"Such statements made by Dekdeken," claimed the Cordillera police chief, "is degrading and destroying (my) moral reputation as the head of the Cordillera police and as a public servant."

China arrests Australian TV host on suspicion of spying
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
An Australian employee of China's state broadcaster CGTN has been arrested on suspicion of "illegally supplying state secrets overseas," Canberra said Monday. In a statement, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Cheng Lei,

3 NPA rebels killed in North Cotabato firefight -- police - 2021-02-08
The raiding team was armed with an arrest warrant from the Regional Trial Court Branch 9 in Malaybalay City, authorities said.

Eastern Visayas LGUs suspend work, classes due to heavy rains
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
Some local government units in Eastern Visayas have decided to cancel work and classes on Monday, Feb. 8, due to heavy rains spawned by a low-pressure area (LPA) east of

Meralco power bills to fall slightly in February - 2021-02-08
Consumers and businesses in areas served by Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) will see slightly lower power bills in February on the back of cheaper supply. For a typical household consuming 200 kilowatt per hour (kWh) every month,

Dutch hit by first snowstorm in a decade as Europe shivers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
The Netherlands and parts of Germany were blanketed on Sunday by a snowstorm that disrupted planes and trains and put some coronavirus testing on hold. Britain was also bracing

Meralco rates down in February
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) -- Customers of Meralco may expect lower electricity bills in February with the power distributor announcing lower rates for the month. In a statement ...

Jan price surge not stagflation, but risks abound--Ex-BSP exec
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
Aside from the widely expected growth points of exports, remittances and business process outsourcing (BPO) receipts in the coming months, Guinigundo said high frequency data should be monitored ...

Hotels to DOT: Events will boost revenues
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
TOURISM stakeholders are appealing for a deferment of their business taxes as they seek to renew their business permits... SPOOKED by the recent closure of the Makati Shangri-La Manila ...

Sangobion reminds Filipinos to maintain optimal blood health in music video with Sarah Geronimo - 2021-02-08
Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) put together this LSS-worthy, inspiring music video with the goal that--as Filipinos start going out more to serve their families and the nation--they need to keep their blood health in check as a way to keep healthy.

Pagasa: Rain showers due in many parts of PH due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-08
The trough or extension of a low-pressure area (LPA) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to the Bicol, Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Davao regions on Monday,

A new children's book about Wuhan's coronavirus whistleblower teaches bravery
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-08
A new children's book called "Doctor Li and The Crown-Wearing Virus" is the origin story of Doctor Li Wenliang, who first raised the alarm that a novel coronavirus was spreading in Wuhan, China. The police tried to silence Li,

Govt identifies who would get vaccinated first
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones on Friday said public school teachers could assist the national government with its information drive... TO be able to reduce Covid-19 morbidity and ...

Managing the risks of a business enterprise
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-08
But there was not much emphasis on what follows when a disaster occurs. While business interruption insurance may indemnify the insured for specific indirect loses such as additional expenses and ...

Myanmar military orders saw data network temporarily halted
ZDNet - 2021-02-07
The directive lasted a day. Meanwhile, access to Twitter and Instagram in the country remains blocked off, until further notice.

Vaccination smartphone 'passport' to log Aussie COVID-19 jabs
ZDNet - 2021-02-07
It will provide a record of vaccination that can be available on a smartphone or as a print out from Services Australia.

One of Apple's more controversial tech features may be going away this year. Many won't miss it
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-07
Apple may be doing away with one of its most divisive pieces of technology this year, and some fans aren't sorry to see it go.

Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz dies at 100
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
WASHINGTON  - George Shultz, the U.S. secretary of state who survived bitter infighting in President Ronald Reagan's administration to help forge a new era in American-Soviet

Amnesty International urges UK pressure on PH rights situation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
A new report by London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International is calling on the United Kingdom to "wield political and diplomatic pressure" on Philippine

UPDATE 1-German SPD targets climate-neutral economy in election campaign
Reuters - 2021-02-07
Germany's Social Democrats on Sunday put a target to achieve a carbon neutral economy by 2050 at the centre of their economic platform for federal elections in September, seeking to win back support from the ecologist Greens.

Veolia bypasses Suez board with $14 billion shareholder offer
Reuters - 2021-02-07
France's Veolia Environment said on Sunday it was launching an offer for all of Suez, valuing the group at 11.3 billion euros ($13.6 billion), after dropping efforts to win the backing of the waste and water management company's board.

Twitter is obsessed with Chunky Monkey, the breakout star of the 2021 Puppy Bowl
Mashable - 2021-02-07
Send the Chiefs and the Buccaneers home; the real winner is Chunky Monkey. Ahead of Super Bowl LV, Animal Planet returned with Season 17 of its popular game day programming, aka Puppy Bowl XVII. An annual event that gives spectators a chance to watch some adorable (and adoptable!

South Africa puts AstraZeneca vaccinations on hold over variant data
Reuters - 2021-02-07
South Africa will put on hold use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot in its vaccination programme, after data showed it gave minimal protection against mild-to-moderate infection caused by the country's dominant coronavirus variant. raises $100 million more to advance its autonomous vehicle tech
VentureBeat - 2021-02-07
Autonomous vehicle startup has raised $100 million more, bringing its total raised to over $1 billion at a $5.3 billion valuation.

Huawei Fights Back With Crucial Alternative To Google
Forbes - 2021-02-07
Huawei is filing trademarks for new technologies, and the latest is a clear attempt to offer an alternative to a Google staple.

South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccinations over variant data
Reuters - 2021-02-07
South Africa will suspend use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 shot in its vaccination programme after data showed it gave minimal protection against mild to moderate infection caused by the country's dominant coronavirus variant.

Red Cross urged to review drive-through saliva test
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
The Department of Health (DOH) has asked the Red Cross to reconsider its plan to set up drive-through COVID-19 testing centers at shopping malls. According to Health Undersecretary

Church surviving on faith, not fees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
Faith is enough to help the Catholic Church survive the COVID-19 pandemic despite the abolition of fees for church services and sacraments, Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the

COA calls out Supreme Court over P3.9B in unused funds for infra projects
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Supreme Court for not fully using P3.902 billion in funds allocated for infrastructure projects nationwide that should have benefited lower

Robredo to naysayers: Why keep speculating about my 2022 plans?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
If the naysayers think she has no chance of winning the presidency, then why do they keep wasting their time speculating about her political ambitions in 2022? This was Vice President Leni

More imports vs food price spike eyed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
Tariff authorities are now looking into proposals to increase the importation of food to stem the rise of prices, which have zoomed past what the government considered last

2 quakes rock southern Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
Two earthquakes jolted southern Mindanao on Sunday, sending people out of their houses, malls and buildings and reviving memories of the series of tremors

Navy guy gets back wallet after 53 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-07
WASHINGTON--A meteorologist in the US Navy was pleasantly surprised to recover a wallet he had lost--53 years ago in Antarctica. Paul Grisham, 91, did not even remember losing the billfold when

DTI pins hopes on fresh, wider US-PHL GSP deal
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-07
THE Philippines stands to lose nearly $2 billion worth of shipments if the country loses its trade incentive from Washington, as the government hopes Democrats would set aside their critical view of President Duterte in favor of economic cooperation.

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