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White House unites around simple message: Spend now to save the economy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
WASHINGTON  - After lackluster jobs data showed the U.S. labor market recovery is stalling, President Joe Biden and his economic team on Friday hammered home the same message in meetings,

58.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed, 36.8 million administered: U.S. CDC
Reuters - 2021-02-05
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had administered 36,819,212 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Friday morning and distributed 58,380,300 doses.

U.S. senators propose limiting liability shield for social media platforms
Reuters - 2021-02-05
Three Democratic U.S. senators introduced a bill that would limit Section 230, a law that shields online companies from liability over content posted by users, and make the companies more accountable when posts result in harm.

Kids in ICU for COVID Are Likely to Be Older, Black, Have Asthma
Medscape - 2021-02-05
Little has been known about children sick enough with COVID-19 to require intensive care because such patients are relatively few, but preliminary data analyzed from a nationwide registry indicate that they are more likely to be older,

Feds Planning for More Rapid At-Home COVID-19 Tests by Summer
Medscape - 2021-02-05
Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Feb. 5, 2021 -- The Biden administration is pushing to make quick at-home tests for COVID-19 available to more Americans.

Blow to Red-tagging drive: Court frees journalist, union organizer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
A Mandaluyong City court on Friday dismissed the charges filed against a journalist and union organizer accused of illegal possession of firearms and explosives in a legal blow

PH experts advise against mixing COVID-19 shots
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
Limited global supply and logistical challenges increase the likelihood of different brands of the COVID-19 vaccine becoming available within the short period between the first

Tiny chameleon a contender for title of smallest reptile
Business Insider - 2021-02-05
It fits on a human fingertip, but this chameleon could make a big splash.

Gen Z wants to change how we date, and they're getting the funding to do it
Business Insider - 2021-02-05
Gen Z is sick of Tinder. Here are three up-and-coming apps by Gen Z founders designed to alter the dating world.

Reddit Documents a Surge of New Users to Site and WallStreetBets
Bloomberg - 2021-02-05
Millions of new users have flocked to Reddit Inc. forums amid feverish trading activity spurred by discussion on the subreddit WallStreetBets, the company said on Friday.

New AFP chief: To win vs Reds, make more friends, not foes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
The military must be deliberate in identifying enemies of the state and make more friends if it wants to win the decades-long war on terrorism and insurgency, the new chief of

FOCUS-Walgreens, CVS beef up protections against threat of 'bot' attacks on vaccine program
Reuters - 2021-02-05
U.S. retailers and pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS Health are preparing for a fresh round of "bot" attacks by scalpers hoping to snap up Covid-19 vaccine appointments as they did hoarding Sony PlayStation 5s and Nike sneakers.

Berkeley Suites: Solid investment choice in the South
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
Sipping a cup of coffee while catching a chilling breeze and basking in spectacular views. What you may see as wishful thinking is within reach with Cathay Land launching Berkeley Suites in its scenic

Pork prices push up inflation to 4.2% in January; BSP unfazed
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-05
Expensive food, particularly pork products, caused the country's inflation rate to post a two-year high in January, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. The Bataan-Cavite Interlink ...

Myanmar restricts Twitter as outrage over coup grows
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
Myanmar lost access to Twitter on Friday night, the latest move to stifle dissent as the military widened an internet ban days after a coup that has drawn global condemnation and the threat

'Dystopia Prime:' Amazon AI van cameras spark surveillance concerns
Reuters - 2021-02-05
Amazon is rolling out AI-enabled surveillence cameras in its delivery vans * Drivers and privacy advocates say the company is building a massive mobile surveillance system * Although the system is billed to improve driver saftey,

Google opens a news platform in Australia
Entrepreneur - 2021-02-05
The News Showcase platform is the name of the new platform launched by Google in Australia that offers news that you have paid for. The launch is in response to the Australian government's bill that requires it to pay,

How Anis Uzzaman took his venture fund to $1.5 billion from zero in just 8 years without fundraising
Business Insider - 2021-02-05
A limited partner investor came to him with an idea and he reluctantly agreed. The next thing he knew, he had invented a new VC business model.

3 Ways Cities Can Win in a Post-Covid Economic Recovery
Inc - 2021-02-05
Entrepreneurs could help fill a vital role in job creation over the next few years. Community leaders and policy makers can take steps now to help make it happen.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have both appeared on a Clubhouse talk show hosted by a Facebook employee and her VC husband
Business Insider - 2021-02-05
As buzz behind Clubhouse continues to build, one married couple's show has been able to host both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.

EDC, UP expand partnership on biodiversity conservation
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-05
Photo shows (top, L to R) UP Diliman Chancellor Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo, EDC Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Relations Head Atty. Allan V. Barcena, EDC President and COO Richard Tantoco, (bottom, L to R) UP College of Science Dean Dr. Giovanni A.

Making art, doing good: creative enterprises making positive impact on communities
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-05
Creative enterprises in the Philippines are motivated by social causes and view their interests as intertwined with society and the environment, according to a report by the British Council in the Philippines.

Philippines detects 8 more cases of new coronavirus strain
Big News - 2021-02-05
The Philippines has detected an additional eight cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant first found in Britain bringing the total confirmed cases of

Eplayment expands services, adds Lyka - 2021-02-05
Gaming multi-platform Eplayment Corp. has expanded its services with the addition of Silicon Valley and Hong Kong-based social media app Lyka.

GMA sees strong market reception to mobile DTT - 2021-02-05
GMA Network Inc. expects strong appetite for the new mobile digital terrestrial television receiver it will launch on Sunday despite challenges, the ongoing pandemic may pose.

INAEC hurdles Stage 2 audit of aviation operations - 2021-02-05
INAEC Aviation Corp. successfully achieved Stage 2 certification for the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations following a rigorous audit of its aviation operations by OmniSafe International,

Philippines shows improvements in 5G technology adoption - 2021-02-05
The Philippines has emerged as the most improved country globally when it comes to video experience in 5G compared to 4G, and came second when it comes to 5G download speed improvement, according to international analytics firm Opensignal.

NEDA: Digitalization a priority investment in recovery program - 2021-02-05
The National Economic Development Authority said more public investments are needed in four priority growth areas to stimulate economic recovery.

Gift from heaven
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-05
WE eavesdrop on two male friends, inside a famous coffee shop, having a conversation: -Di ba nag-kwan kayo ni kwan? -A... IT seems that in Metro Manila nowadays, consumers are increasingly ...

Bambol, chef de mission Mon get SEA Games ball rolling
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-05
Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino (right) and chef de mission Ramon Fernandez have set the criteria for the selection of athletes to the 31st Southeast ...

Index breaches 7,000 level on upbeat trades - 2021-02-05
Local stocks returned to the 7,000 territory yesterday, joining the upbeat mood in other Asian bourses, as investors decided to hunt for bargains.

DBP gets P12.5 billion for Bayanihan 2 loan relief
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-05
Assistance to borrowers amid a prolonged pandemic through the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) will soon be available after the release of P12.5 billion to the

Factory output declines at slower pace in December - 2021-02-05
Manufacturing output declined at a slower pace in December as more industry groups had narrower downturns, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

ERC action sought on looming Romblon island power crisis - 2021-02-05
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has been asked to settle a looming power crisis on Tablas Island in Romblon. The ERC should immediately act on the notice of Suweco Tablas Energy Corp. (STEC), the lone power supplier on the island,

Woman posing as cop caught at Crame - 2021-02-05
A woman was slapped with criminal charges on Thursday for posing as a police officer at the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

IATF allows Baguio to accept tourists - 2021-02-05
Hotels and other accommodation establishments in Baguio City have been allowed to accept leisure travelers this month even though it remains under general community quarantine or GCQ.

Isko on vaccines: Leaders should offer to be first - 2021-02-05
Leaders should offer to be the first to be publicly inoculated to erase fear of the COVID-19 vaccines, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said yesterday.

Binondo-Intramuros bridge complete by September - DPWH - 2021-02-05
The Binondo-Intramuros bridge project in Manila is 50 percent complete and may open seven months from now, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said on Thursday.

Job hunters to face tough challenges until 2022 - 2021-02-05
Job hunting will be harder for most Filipinos in the next two years as the economy recovers slowly and the influx of new graduates and returned overseas workers heighten competition for positions in a tough environment,

House approves bill boosting aid to MSMEs - 2021-02-05
The House of Representatives has approved a bill seeking to provide additional assistance by government financial institutions to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Philippines seen as priority market for Italian businesses - 2021-02-05
Italian businesses are looking at the Philippines as a priority market for expansion in Southeast Asia. In a statement yesterday, the Board of Investments (BOI) said this was conveyed by Associazione Italia-ASEAN president Enrico Letta during the recent Italy-Philippines: Discovering the Opportunities webinar.

Dacera case: NBI to summon embalmer - 2021-02-05
The National Bureau of Investigation is set to summon the embalmer who preserved the body of flight attendant Christine Dacera to shed light on her death, an official said yesterday.

318 Quezon City workers train in COVID-19 vaccination - 2021-02-05
A total of 318 healthcare workers in Quezon City have completed comprehensive training in the deployment and management of COVID-19 vaccines.

Court junks gun raps vs journalist - 2021-02-05
The Mandaluyong City regional trial court yesterday dismissed charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives against a journalist for an online news portal and labor union organizer who were arrested by the police last December.

Napoles, ex-CDO lawmaker convicted in PDAF scam - 2021-02-05
Former Cagayan de Oro congressman Constantino Jaraula and businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles may spend the rest of their lives in prison after they were convicted in connection with the pork barrel scam.

Brains in P3.5 billion scam arrested - 2021-02-05
A man who established a company that reportedly scammed around 3,000 investors and stole at least P3.5 billion was caught on Wednesday after more than six years in hiding.

State of calamity in Bayambang over armyworm infestation - 2021-02-05
A resolution declaring a state of calamity in 66 of 77 barangays in this town due to armyworm infestation was passed on Wednesday.

Inflation hits 2-year high - 2021-02-05
Prices of basic goods and services rose for the fourth straight month to reach a two-year high in January, driven by higher food and transportation costs, the Philippine Statistics Authority said yesterday.

AC Energy acquires 50% of Pampanga solar farm - 2021-02-05
The AC Energy group has acquired a 50 percent stake in a 50-megawatt (MW) solar farm in Pampanga being developed by Citicore Solar Energy Corp. (CSEC).

Roxas Holdings widens net loss - 2021-02-05
Sugar and bio-energy company Roxas Holdings Inc. has increased its net loss in the first quarter of the current crop year despite continuing industry and market challenges.

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