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4 Bontoc villages on hard lockdown; search for UK variant carriers begins
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Four villages in Bontoc, Mountain Province, were placed on hard lockdown as the capital town searches for carriers of the more infectious UK variant of the new coronavirus to

BI arrested 500 erring foreigners in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) arrested more than 500 foreigners, mostly Chinese, for violating Philippine immigration laws in 2020. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said 510 were rounded up in

Narrower GDP contraction seen in 4th quarter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
The usual consumer spending boost during the Christmas holidays likely narrowed the economic contraction in the fourth quarter of 2020 even as bad weather that raised prices faster and prolonged

Calls to extend Bangsamoro transition period snowball in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Calls to extend the transition period of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) for three more years after 2021 are snowballing among local government and

Tesla sues a former employee for allegedly taking automation files
Mashable - 2021-01-24
Tesla hired and then almost immediately fired a software automation engineer earlier in January for allegedly stealing proprietary information about the electric car company. Now the company is suing the engineer.

Israel bans international flights to curb coronavirus spread
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Israel will ban passenger flights in and out of the country from Monday evening for a week, the government announced on Sunday, as protesters in some ultra-Orthodox Jewish

Ex-vice mayor, pal slain - 2021-01-24
A former vice mayor and his friend were reportedly shot dead inside the office of a security agency in Angeles City on Saturday afternoon.

Economic managers to push for MGCQ in NCR in Feb
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-24
A consumer group has called on the Department of Agriculture to issue a price freeze on farm products, especially... THE Export Development Council (EDC) has approved a reduced target for ...

Traffic enforcer shot dead - 2021-01-24
A traffic enforcer and two others were killed in separate attacks in Laguna and Quezon province, respectively, over the weekend.

Agri-agra loans remain below threshold - 2021-01-24
Loans extended by Philippine banks for agriculture and agrarian reform slipped by 2.6 percent to P696.35 billion in September 2020 from P714.27 billion in the same period in 2019 as the industry continued to fall short of the mandated threshold for the sector.

AboitizPower starts rollout of smart grid devices - 2021-01-24
Aboitiz Power Corp. is slowly rolling out smart grid devices across its distribution systems as it aims to have self-healing networks in pursuit of automating the distribution utilities it owns.

Economy likely contracted 8.5% in Q4 - 2021-01-24
Economic decline in the fourth quarter of 2020 likely continued to slow down, but nonetheless remained steep because of remaining restrictions, according to London-based Capital Economics.

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 7 ad hits Apple's MacBook Pro where it really hurts
Mashable - 2021-01-24
In its latest ad for the Surface Pro 7 (by way of MS Power User), the company spent 30 seconds listing all the ways it believes the 2-in-1 laptop is better than Apple's MacBook Pro. The video starts out by going after what many consider the MacBook Pro's greatest weakness: the Touch Bar.

Palace names 50 new DOJ prosecutors - 2021-01-24
Malacañang has approved the appointment of 50 prosecutors at the Department of Justice to speed up the resolution of complaints against government officials, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra reported yesterday.

DA warns of ASF spread in Leyte towns - 2021-01-24
At least 1,500 hogs were slaughtered over the past two weeks in Leyte, which reported its first case of African swine fever or ASF infection early this month.

Inflation seen rising this year - 2021-01-24
Economists of private banks have raised their inflation forecasts for 2021 as the economy gradually reopens, according to a survey conducted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Parañaque suspends enforcers who manhandled vendor - 2021-01-24
Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez suspended yesterday the members of the city task force who were caught on video manhandling a vendor during a clearing operation last week.

Car, motorcycle production down from January to November 2020 - 2021-01-24
Motor vehicle and motorcycle production, as well as sales in the Philippines, recorded a double-digit drop from January to November last year compared to a year ago on continued weak market demand due to the pandemic.

Major rail projects to be undertaken this year - 2021-01-24
Major developments in the railway sector are set to take place this year as the government wants to forge ahead even with just more than a year left in the current administration.

Multi-year highs for industrial metals - 2021-01-24
Last week, we talked about crude oil as one of the primary beneficiaries of the unprecedented monetary and fiscal stimulus, the Biden electoral victory, the Democratic blue wave, and the discovery of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Grand Lotto pot seen to hit P115 million tonight - 2021-01-24
The jackpot in the 6/55 Grand Lotto is expected to hit P115 million tonight, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said yesterday.

Dutch police arrest alleged Asian drug syndicate kingpin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Dutch police have arrested the alleged leader of a large Asian drug syndicate who is listed as one of the world's most-wanted fugitives and has been compared to

Quezon City intensifies monitoring of quarantine hotels - 2021-01-24
The Quezon City government has ordered the strict implementation of health protocols and monitoring of hotels serving as quarantine facilities for returning overseas Filipino workers from countries with cases of the new COVID-19 variant.

52 more cops get COVID-19 - 2021-01-24
The Philippine National Police recorded 52 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing to 9,809 the total number of PNP personnel who have contracted the disease.

Speedy testing sought for Boracay workers - 2021-01-24
The provincial government of Aklan has been urged again to speed up the swab testing of workers in Boracay following reports that some hotel workers on the island tested positive for COVID-19.

Comelec eyes longer registration hours - 2021-01-24
The Commission on Elections is eyeing longer registration hours to encourage more people to register for the 2022 general elections.

Sunday weather forecast: Scattered rain showers, partly cloudy skies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Cloudy skies and scattered rain showers are expected in Northern Luzon due to the tail-end of frontal system, the state weather bureau said Sunday. In its

QC wants tighter security in COVID-19 quarantine hotels to avoid UK variant transmission
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
The local government of Quezon City is looking to tighten up security around hotels being used as quarantine facilities to prevent COVID-19 transmissions, especially of the

AFP to apologize to UP alum falsely included in list of NPA members -- Lorenzana
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has assured people falsely included in the list of former University of the Philippines (UP) students who allegedly joined the communist

Why Dealmakers Expect Tech M&A to Keep Up Its Red-Hot Run
Bloomberg - 2021-01-24
Dealmakers say technology CEOs are pondering their dream deals after a record year for global tech M&A that saw mega-transactions in areas from chips to enterprise software.

Wall Street analysts expect Apple to set a new milestone by topping $100 billion in holiday quarter sales
Business Insider - 2021-01-24
Growth in the holiday quarter means Apple is poised to post quarterly revenue topping $100 billion for the first time, according to Wall Street.

Philippines universities reject accusation of Maoist rebel recruitment on campus
Nasdaq - 2021-01-24
MANILA, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Four Philippine private universities rejected accusations on Sunday by the authorities that they serve as recruitment grounds of Maoist rebels, days after students protested against security force patrols at some university campuses.

Teen gets 45 years in prison after killing mom over grades
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
A teenager from Florida, United States, who pleaded guilty to killing his mother has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Gregory Ramos was 15 when he strangled his mother, Gail Cleavenger in 2018 after an argument over his grades.

Local police station tags relief drives, rallying, sharing memes as 'terrorism' - 2021-01-24
Over the coronavirus pandemic, the national police has used its social media channels to red-tag registered lawmakers without proof and support policies initiated by the Duterte administration.

First case of pet with COVID-19 confirmed in S. Korea
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
A kitten has tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first virus case involving a pet reported in South Korea. "During a recent tracking process involving

How Black barbers have become mental health advocates for African American men
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-24
Conner, based in Johnson City, Tennessee, was inspired to become both a barber and a mentor for other young Black men facing adversity. "If I can give what he gave to me, then I know I'm doing something great.

North Cotabato guv, church leader favor extension of BARMM transition - 2021-01-24
Catholic Church leader Cardinal Orlando Quevedo and North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco favor an extension of the transition from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to the Bangsamoro self-governing entity.

1,949 new COVID-19 cases push PH tally to 513,619
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-24
The Department of Health reports that 1,949 more people nationwide tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the overall case count to 513,619.

Bitcoin whales: what are they - and how are they affecting the cryptocurrency's price?
Business Insider - 2021-01-24
Bitcoin whales have been under scrutiny in recent weeks as a result of bitcoin's price fluctuations. Here are the key things you need to know.

Volkswagen made $12 billion in 2020 despite the pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-24
Volkswagen is walking away from 2020 with a profit of more than $12 billion despite the coronavirus pandemic that torpedoed car sales and snarled manufacturing supply chains.

8 arrested in Quezon drug busts; shabu, marijuana seized
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Police arrested eight drug suspects here and seized over P88,000 worth of shabu (crystal meth) and marijuana on Saturday. Colonel Romulo Albacea, Lucena City

TOYM 2020: Pinoy millennials at their finest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-24
Vico Sotto--the millennial mayor of Pasig City who has earned praise for advocating transparency in governance and taking immediate steps in the pandemic response--is among the seven The

New warning on vaccine supplies sparks EU concern
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-23
A warning from AstraZeneca that initial supplies of its Covid vaccinations to Europe will be lower than expected has sparked fresh concern over the rollout of inoculations,

Winning lottery ticket for US$1 billion Mega Millions jackpot was sold in Michigan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-23
A single winning ticket for a Mega Millions lottery jackpot of $1.05 billion, the third-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history, was sold at a supermarket in a suburb of Detroit, lottery

Rotting fish, lost business and piles of red tape. The reality of Brexit hits Britain
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-23
(CNN) -- Brexit might be done and dusted, but its specter will loom over Britain for a long time yet. For all the fanfare made when Prime Minister Boris Johnson struck a trade deal with Brussels on Christmas Eve,

Italy cracks down on TikTok following child's tragic death
Mashable - 2021-01-23
Italian regulators turned their eyes toward TikTok this week following the tragic death of a 10-year-old girl. On Thursday, the Italian Data Protection Authority (GPDP) ordered makers of the popular social media app to stop processing the data of any user within the country "whose age could not be established with full certainty.

Hedge Funds Beef Up Tech Holdings Before Apple, Amazon Earnings
Bloomberg - 2021-01-23
Hedge funds have fallen back in love with technology giants after spending the final months of last year cutting back on these stocks.

U.S. eyeing UK COVID-19 variant but South Africa one more concerning: NIH's Collins
Reuters - 2021-01-23
The United States is closely watching the more infectious variant of COVID-19 after British officials warned that it may also be more deadly, U.S. National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins said on Saturday.

13 killed, 7 hurt in 5-hour Maguindanao shootout
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-23
At least 13 people were killed while seven others were wounded in a five-hour gunfight in Maguindanao that ensued after security forces tried to arrest in

Duterte urged to impose a price freeze on pork, veggies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-23
The runaway prices of key food items in the market have prompted local and national agencies to call on President Duterte to implement a price freeze on pork, chicken and vegetables. Following a

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