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Car seats required for kids up to age 12 - 2021-02-01
Beginning today, children aged 12 years and below will be required to use restraining car seats and prohibited from taking the front seat in private vehicles as part of the implementation of the Child Safety in Motor Vehicles Act.

Town execs get 20 years over unpaid GSIS premiums - 2021-02-01
The municipal accountant and treasurer of Pantabangan in Nueva Ecija were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for failing to remit to the Government Service Insurance System the contributions of an employee.

Pinoys spend longest hours on internet, social media - 2021-02-01
Filipinos continue to lead the world in time spent using social media and the internet, and more are embracing online shopping.

PH signs term sheets with 5 vaccine firms for up to 108 million doses -- Galvez
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the national government has already inked term sheets with five vaccine companies it is negotiating with, which will assure the country of up to 108 million doses this year.

Philippines ordering vaccines good for 90M people in case of 'slippage, delays'
Rappler - 2021-02-01
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the government and private sector are in negotiations for 178 million doses for Filipinos

SWS: Adult joblessness dropped in Q4 2020
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
A Social Weather Stations survey says the number of jobless adults in November 2020 was estimated at 12.7 million, compared to 23.7 million in September 2020.

ADB to hike initial $25-M loan to Philippines for coronavirus vaccine - 2021-02-01
The Philippine government secured a $25 million loan from the Asian Development Bank to partially shoulder the cost of coronavirus vaccines.

Weak imports give Philippines a record-high dollar surplus - 2021-02-01
The balance of payments was in surplus since April last year, capped by a record monthly surfeit worth $4.24 billion in December, the central bank reported on Monday evening.

Silver surges as Reddit army targets precious metals
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
Move over GameStop, Reddit mania is spreading to the precious metals market. Silver futures surged as much as 13% to Monday, touching five-month highs. That follows a 6% rally last week. Meanwhile, retail sites warned customers over the weekend they could not meet skyrocketing demand for silver bars and coins.

Gamestop proves the death of the individual investor was greatly exaggerated
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
The GameStop surge shows that active investors and stock pickers are still alive and kicking. Cue the "I'm not dead" guy from Monty Python. Active investors are making money from stocks like GameStop,

House bill granting income tax relief for medical frontliners passes final reading
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading a measure that would provide COVID-19 medical frontliners with a 25% discount on their personal income taxes for last year.

Easing age restrictions not just about mall visits but public's productivity, work too -- NEDA
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
The National Economic and Development Authority said allowing children aged 10-14 to go out would not just boost private spending but also allow their parents to be more productive and even go to work unlike when their kids are confined in their homes.

After Philippines' protest, China says new coast guard law not a threat of war - 2021-02-01
The Chinese Embassy in Manila pointed out that the new rule allowing China's coast guard to fire on foreign vessels conforms to international conventions and practices of the international community.

PH Coast Guard barred from boarding Chinese ship anchored off Catanduanes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-01
The crew of a Chinese research ship that entered waters off Catanduanes province without clearance from the Philippine government refused access to Philippine Coast Guard

India spends big to revive pandemic-hit economy - 2021-02-01
India unveiled a massive spending plan focused on healthcare and infrastructure on Monday, as the government sought to boost a coronavirus-ravaged economy on course for its biggest annual contraction on record.

LT Mayor appeals to residents to follow health protocols, new guidelines
Gov - 2021-02-01
Mayor Romeo Salda appealed to his constituents to strictly comply with the minimum public health protocols and follow the guidelines with the implementation of the General Community Quarantine and the new border control measures within the

Charges vs arrested school principal in Northern Samar 'fabricated,' groups say - 2021-02-01
Groups have called for the release of a public school principal in Northern Samar, over what they said was based on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms.

NEDA hopeful NCR quarantine rules to be eased further by March
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) -- The National Economic and Development Authority says Metro Manila would be "in a better position" to further relax quarantine rules after February.

Philippines caps retail price of pork, chicken in Metro Manila - 2021-02-01
The order, released to reporters on Monday, imposed a limit of P270 per kilo for both pork shoulder and ham, P300 per kilo for pork belly and P160 per kilo for dressed chicken.

Smart Signature SIM-Only Plans now come with a Netflix Mobile Plan subscription - 2021-02-01
Easily escape to a world of entertainment with Smart Signature SIM-Only Plans and Netflix starting at P999 per month

Factories churn out more goods to kick off 2021 - 2021-02-01
The latest reading was higher than 49.2 recorded in the December and was the highest in 25 months, according to IHS Markit.

Major storm barreling toward New York City, 20 inches could fall on midtown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-01
New York, Boston and other cities in the northeast could be blanketed with nearly two feet (60.96 cm) of snow on Monday, as a "long duration" major winter storm headed

Did a Supermassive Black Hole Influence the Evolution of Life on Earth?
Scientific American - 2021-02-01
Albert Einstein published a paper in Annals of Mathematics, arguing that black holes do not exist in nature. A quarter of a century later, Maarten Schmidt discovered quasars as powerful sources of light at cosmological distances.

LIST: 3 Philippine fast-food restaurants offering plant-based food
Rappler - 2021-02-01
Plant-based, vegetarian-friendly, meat-free... these phrases are becoming more prominent in the food industry. Why is this so? A plant-based or vegetarian diet is widely acknowledged as one that provides a host of health benefits including a lower risk of developing coronary heart disease,

Makiling bats swabbed for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-02-01
Humans are not the only ones being swabbed for detection of the new coronavirus, but also bats--those fly-by-night, hung-upside-down-by-day creatures after which the Dark

Tesla's dirty little secret: Its net profit doesn't come from selling cars
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
Tesla posted its first full year of net income in 2020 -- but not because of sales to its customers. Eleven states require automakers sell a certain percentage of zero-emissions vehicles by 2025. If they can't,

Bicam panel finally oks create final form
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-01
A senior lawmaker on Thursday backed the call of economic managers and business groups for Congress to focus on "doable"... Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Thursday asked the Senate to pass the ...

Govt eyes expanding e-commerce industry contribution to economy
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-01
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it plans to inflate the contribution of the electronic commerce (e-commerce) industry to 5.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), as it eyes to take advantage of the shift to digital during the state-imposed strict lockdown measures.

Bonanza for local govt
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-01
Funding sources of LGUs principally come from their tax collections from business and real property impositions, and subsidies or support from the national government, including the Internal ...

Mactan-Cebu Int'l Airport receives Airports Council Int'l-Airport Health Accreditation
Gov - 2021-02-01
Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) has received the Airport Health Accreditation (ACI-AHA) from the Airports Council International (ACI) in recognition of the health and safety measures implemented in Terminals 1 & 2.

SMC unveils selling program for Taliptip folk in Bulacan
BusinessMirror - 2021-02-01
The company is organizing former residents into groups or cooperatives to start their own community reselling business, carrying Magnolia Chicken and Purefoods-branded frozen products. The company ...

The real cost of being the ultimate Samsung fan: Nearly $91,000
CNN Philippines - 2021-02-01
How much would it cost the ultimate Samsung fan if they could spend all they wanted on each of Samsung's highest-end devices?

How do you maximize limited space at home? Experts share valuable advice
BusinessWorld - 2021-02-01
What do you intend to do in that small space during daytime and night time? Can we compartmentalize those specific functions within the available space or make it flexible that we can convert any time?

Metro Manila records coldest morning yet
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-31
Metro Manila recorded its lowest temperature yet this monsoon season on Sunday, the weather service said. In the Pagasa Science Garden in Quezon City, the temperature was

Bontoc Covid-19 cases still rising
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-31
The number of persons who contracted the coronavirus disease in Bontoc town in Mountain Province continued to rise with 34 new cases recorded after mass testing was held there

Captain Tom, Who Raised Millions for U.K. Health Workers, Is Hospitalized
New York Times - 2021-01-31
Tom Moore, 100, raised $40 million in the spring by walking laps in his garden. He was admitted to a hospital on Sunday with the coronavirus, his daughter said.

Google should really open source Chromium
ZDNet - 2021-01-31
Google left a lot of ticked off Linux programmers when it changed its API rules for Chromium. But maybe it's time Chromium stopped being a Google-only open-source project and became a true community open-source program.

BOC seizes P100M worth of fake goods in Tondo warehouse
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-31
The Bureau of Customs seized P100 million worth of fake goods from a warehouse in Tondo, Manila. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service agents from Manila International

SMC: Skyway 3 toll still waived until TRB sets rates
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-31
San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said toll will remain waived at Skyway 3 while the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) deliberates on the proposed rates. "We are just waiting for the TRB,"

Covid-19 deaths now 10,749
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-31
The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 2,103 additional coronavirus infections and 80 more deaths, bringing the overall number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 525,618

Why This Is A Perfect Time To Make A Major Job Change
Forbes - 2021-01-31
Are you craving a career change? Here are some compelling reasons why this is the ideal time to take the leap.

Elon Musk's explosive SpaceX rocket test reportedly violated its FAA license
Mashable - 2021-01-31
Back in December 2020, SpaceX staged a test in which it launched a rocket that's meant to one day bring us closer to Mars than ever before. Then, on its way back down to earth, it exploded. When it comes to ambitious test flights like that of the 16-story-tall SN8 Starship,

Britain's centenarian fundraiser Captain Tom in hospital with COVID-19
Reuters - 2021-01-31
British centenarian Captain Tom Moore, who raised millions of pounds for the health service by walking laps of his garden in last year's lockdown, has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19,

Northern territories, home to many of Canada's indigenous people, lead COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Reuters - 2021-01-31
Canada's northern territories have achieved much higher COVID-19 vaccination rates than its more populous provinces despite geographic challenges in a sign that prioritizing vaccine rollout in indigenous and rural communities is paying off.

Not Yet Desperate, Japan and South Korea Plod Toward Vaccinations
New York Times - 2021-01-31
The slower pace gives the East Asian countries a chance to learn from mistakes elsewhere but also poses risks as more contagious and perhaps deadlier variants of the virus emerge.

Groups condemn 'small fine' imposed on Tim Yap and company from Baguio party
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-31
The group PISTON recalled the situation of one of its members during the height of the lockdown Elmer Cordero, a senior citizen who was detained seven days for violating protocol guidelines.

This Woman Is Training Citizen Scientists To Save Virgin Forests In The Philippines
Forbes - 2021-01-31
Conservationist KM Reyes helped get a forested area one-third the size of Los Angeles legally designated as a critical habitat in the Philippines, now she's training citizen scientists, including indigenous people,

WhatsApp is using Status stories to make users feel better about their privacy
Mashable - 2021-01-31
WhatsApp is apparently using Status messages -- the app's take on Stories -- to set users' minds at ease. Users of the Facebook-owned messaging app in the U.S. and UK received reassuring Status notes about WhatsApp's approach to privacy on Saturday,

Australia backs hydrogen technology push beyond fuel production
Reuters - 2021-01-31
Australia aims to speed up and coordinate efforts by scientists and small- and medium-sized businesses to develop hydrogen technologies, setting up 13 clusters nationwide in its race to build a competitive industry.

Coronavirus World Map: We've Now Passed The 100 Million Mark For Infections
NPR - 2021-01-31
A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed at least 2 million globally.

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