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Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
Three European powers on Saturday warned Iran against starting work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, saying it contravened the 2015 nuclear deal and had

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
A heavily armed man has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, where President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated next week, authorities

UPDATE 1-NASA's Boeing moon rocket set for 'once-in-a-generation' ground test
Reuters - 2021-01-16
NASA's Boeing-built deep space exploration rocket, Space Launch System (SLS), is set to fire its behemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, a crucial test for a years-delayed U.S. government project facing mounting pressure from emerging private sector technology.

Essential workers: The many faces of pandemic heroism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
While health care frontliners focused mainly on COVID-19 patients seeking or receiving treatment in medical facilities, people from other sectors and fields also labored and

Only 4 chemo cycles to go for 7-year-old boy with leukemia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
As a security guard in Pasig City with a monthly salary of only P14,000, Ariel dela Cruz finds it hard to describe how challenging it has been to sustain the needs of his family with his 7-year-old

7 troopers die in Bukidnon chopper crash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
A Bell utility helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed on a rice field in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon province, around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, killing all seven people

OSG to close offices; 7 employees test positive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Saturday said it would temporarily close its office in Makati City next week after seven of its employees contracted the new coronavirus. The OSG said its

Rappler, Ressa slapped anew with libel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines once again urged lawmakers to decriminalize libel after news website Rappler was slapped with another defamation case. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and

Lanao del Sur gov't provides livelihood project to detainees - 2021-01-16
MARAWI CITY, Philippines -- The Lanao del Sur provincial government is training detainees how to fabricate the iconic Maranao "baor" for them to earn while incarcerated. The handmade baor, or treasure chest, a strong symbol of Maranao identity, is ...

'Go for it,' says first person vaccinated in India's massive COVID-19 campaign
Reuters - 2021-01-16
Hospital cleaning worker Manish Kumar became the first person in India to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched one of the world's largest immunisation campaigns to bring the pandemic under control.

US capitals on edge for armed protests as Trump presidency nears end
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
Washington, D.C., was locked down and U.S. law enforcement officials geared up for pro-Trump marches in all 50 state capitals this weekend, erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National

Facebook suspends ads for weapon accessories until at least January 22nd
The Verge - 2021-01-16
Facebook has updated its Inauguration Day preparations to include a temporary ban on ads that promote weapon accessories and protective equipment at least through January 22nd "out of an abundance of caution,

Zurich Insurance to drop out of Nord Stream 2 project - sources
Reuters - 2021-01-16
Zurich Insurance Group will drop out of Russia's Nord Stream 2 project in the face of looming U.S. sanctions against European companies that support construction of the $11 billion gas pipeline, two sources familiar with the situation said.

PDEA nabs alleged party drug supplier - 2021-01-16
A suspected supplier of party drugs in Metro Manila was arrested by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Quezon City on Wednesday.

FAA approves first fully-automated commercial drone flights (with a catch)
Mashable - 2021-01-16
Massachusetts-based industrial drone developer American Robotics announced it had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its fully-automated "Scout" drones without any humans on-site.

Parler Ban: Employees At Apple, Google, And Amazon Back Booting Far-Right Platform
Forbes - 2021-01-16
Google, Apple, and Amazon cracked down on far-right platform Parler. This move stirred up a considerable amount of controversy, but surveys found that there is widespread support for the decision among the employees that work for the big tech firms.

Amazon To Let Automakers Use Alexa Assistant For Cars
Forbes - 2021-01-16
Amazon recently announced Alexa Custom Assistant that lets device makers, automakers, and service providers create intelligent assistants tailored to their brand personality and customer needs.

4 Steps to Demonstrate Your Commitment to Diversity
Entrepreneur - 2021-01-16
The tech industry is behind on their diversity initiatives, but there are four steps they can take in 2021 to quickly and effectively make a difference.

Rappi and Banorte launch ´RappiContigo´, a program that will allocate credits to businesses and restaurants affected by the pandemic
Entrepreneur - 2021-01-16
Both companies formed an alliance in which they want to offer up to MX $ 250 million in loans for working capital.

Over 20,000 people nabbed for breaking quarantine rules in Davao City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
Police in this city arrested a total of 20,450 individuals who violated quarantine rules since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Davao

UK sees third-highest daily death toll with new cases at three-week low
Reuters - 2021-01-16
Britain reported its lowest number of daily new coronavirus infections since the start of the year on Saturday, adding to signs that a national lockdown is slowing the spread of a more infectious variant of the disease.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default
Mashable - 2021-01-16
After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services. There's one rub,

An adtech company has quietly shut down after facing allegations of unpaid bills
Business Insider - 2021-01-16
Clients of Pocketmath said the firm had been behind in payments for months.

This is how U.K. scientists found the variant.
New York Times - 2021-01-16
ALL of these sequences have the following spike mutants." The two researchers did not yet know it, but they had found a new, highly contagious coronavirus variant that has since stampeded across Britain,

Standard Chartered extends expertise in fund raising - 2021-01-16
Standard Chartered Bank aims to help governments and companies raise more funds to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vatican gives guidance on Ash Wednesday amid Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-16
VATICAN--Pope Francis published on January 11 an apostolic letter issued motu proprio (on his own impulse), modifying the canon... VATICAN--The Vatican recently gave guidance about how priests ...

DBP lends P150 million to modern PUV maker - 2021-01-16
State-run Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has provided a P150 million loan to Hino Motors Philippines Corp. to support its production and distribution of modern public utility vehicles. I

Globe, Microsoft tie up for digital education - 2021-01-16
Microsoft to boost digital education. Amid the ongoing health crisis, digital learning emerged as a means to continue communication and collaboration between students and teachers while at home, Globe said.

Firms expand financial services amid pandemic - 2021-01-16
Companies continue to expand and innovate the delivery of financial services through digital channels amid the mobility restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 sets new global temperature record
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-16
WILMINGTON, Delaware--President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9-trillion coronavirus plan on Thursday to turn the tide on the pandemic, speeding... BEIJING--President Xi Jinping is asking former ...

PLDT, Smart finish 2020 network rollout on strong note - 2021-01-16
Telco giant PLDT Inc. and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc. ended 2020 strong in terms of enhancing their network capabilities to serve customers better.

Leyte town logs 1st ASF case in Visayas - 2021-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- The first case of African swine fever (ASF) in the Visayas has been detected in two barangays in Abuyog, Leyte. The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Eastern Visayas regional office confirmed yesterday that blood samples from hogs in backyard farms in Barangays Can-aporong and Bunga tested positive for ASF.

PNP sets crackdown on loose firearms - 2021-01-16
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas yesterday ordered police officers to intensify operations against loose firearms.

13th Dacera party guest surfaces at NBI - 2021-01-16
Another person of interest in the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera has surfaced, the National Bureau of Investigation said yesterday.

Cagayan vice governor, Bontoc mayor get COVID-19 - 2021-01-16
The vice governor of this province and mayor of Bontoc in Mountain Province have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

6 soldiers dead in helicopter crash - 2021-01-16
Three Air Force personnel and three Army soldiers died when their helicopter crashed in Impasugong, Bukidnon at 2 p.m. yesterday, according to police and military sources.

Ray of sunshine - 2021-01-16
Just recently, the Philippine Stock Exchange revealed that four local property firms are planning to offer real estate investment trusts or REITs this year.

Only 15,000 contact tracers to be rehired - 2021-01-16
Only 15,000 contact tracers or a third of the 50,000 employed last year will be rehired due to budget constraints.

Private loneliness - 2021-01-16
Had I been given more time; I would have talked about a very little-mentioned often times hidden predicament I call "Private Loneliness of Leaders." While we talk about the concerns of our people, the often-neglected fact is that leaders are not invincible,

Cirtek to hike output - 2021-01-16
Cirtek Electronics Corp will scale up its production and improve revenues starting in the first quarter of the year.

100-day countdown starts today - 2021-01-16
Starting today, the Philippine flag is permanently displayed at the Liberty Shrine in Barangay Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City.

This Week in Apps: Parler deplatformed, alt apps rise, looking back at 2020 trends
TechCrunch - 2021-01-16
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020.

Abalos wants floodpumping stations ready before rainy season - 2021-01-16
All flood pumping stations should be in good working condition ahead of the rainy season, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Benjamin Abalos Jr. said yesterday.

Government collects P131 billion from fuel marking - 2021-01-16
The government has seen a huge improvement in the volume of fuel declared and in oil duties and taxes collected since the implementation of the Fuel Marking Program in 2019, the Bureau of Customs said.

China to fund $940m Philippine railway linking former US bases
NIKKEI - 2021-01-16
The Philippines and China have sealed a deal for a $940 million freight railway project that will link two former U.S. military bases in the Philippines, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said on Saturday.

San Juan to set up vaccination sites - 2021-01-16
The San Juan government will set up several vaccination centers in the city in preparation for the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Francis Zamora announced yesterday.

Health protocols set for bubble training in Laguna
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-16
As athletes from boxing, karate and taekwondo enter the Inspire Sports Academy for bubble training in preparation for different Tokyo Olympics qualifiers, national training director Marc Velasco said that they are ready for any eventuality when it comes to COVID-19 emergency.

Alibaba is facing an 'existential crisis'
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-16
(CNN) -- This year could be the most consequential for Alibaba since it was founded two decades ago. China's most famous tech company faces a host of challenges at home and abroad that risk ...

LGUs advised to buy vaccine for only 50% population-DILG exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units (LGUs) will be advised to purchase Covid-19 vaccines that would cover 50 percent of its population to let the national government supply the rest, an

Commentary: Feed-in tariffs and the pandemic - 2021-01-16
In this regard, turning to the numbers is an informative recourse. According to a recent Social Weather Stations survey on self-rated poverty, 48% or almost half of all Filipino families rated ...

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