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Samsung Galaxy S21 launch January 14, sets up foldable device cadence
ZDNet - 2021-01-03
Samsung sets the date for its Galaxy Unpacked event and the Galaxy S21 launch, but the bigger picture means more of a foldable product cadence in the future.

Samsung confirms date of Galaxy Unpacked 2021
Mashable - 2021-01-03
Samsung isn't wasting any time in 2021 -- the company has officially announced its first Galaxy Unpacked event of the year will be held on Jan. 14. Seeing as how we're still in a pandemic, the festivities will be held via livestream.

Norway imposes new restrictions to prevent new wave, says PM
Reuters - 2021-01-03
Norway will impose fresh restrictions to prevent a resurgence in the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Sunday, including a nationwide ban on serving alcohol in restaurants and bars and not inviting guests home.

Ban on cross-ownership in power sector proposed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate wants cross-ownership of distribution utilities (DU) and power generation companies banned "to stop the anticonsumer self-dealing

Catholics urged to practice faith through formation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
As the country welcomes 2021, which happens to be the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines, a Catholic bishop on Saturday urged Filipinos to "renew

Inflatable Costume May Be Behind Outbreak at California Hospital
New York Times - 2021-01-03
An employee at a hospital in San Jose wore an "air-powered" costume on Christmas. Within days, 44 staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokeswoman said.

Congress may erred in writing Universal Health Care Act - Gordon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Congress may have erred in writing the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act by failing to include a provision that allows the Social Security System (SSS) to withhold the increase

Biometric collection for national ID kicks off in Laguna
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
The collection of biometric data, including a photo, an iris scan and fingerprints, will start on Monday for national ID applicants in Laguna province, according to national

PhilHealth can afford premium hike delay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
The House of Representatives should pass a joint resolution urging Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to defer for six months an increase in contributions, a

Bus passenger sets conductor on fire
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
What would have been an ordinary commute in Quezon City took a deadly turn on Sunday afternoon after a bus passenger doused the conductor on the vehicle with gasoline and

Factbox-How AstraZeneca-Oxford developed Britain's homegrown COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters - 2021-01-03
India's drugs regulator gave final approval on Sunday for the emergency-use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Britain, El Salvador and Argentina have also approved the vaccine.

4 drown as heavy rains batter Bicol, W. Visayas
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Two people drowned while five others were rescued in southern Negros Occidental as heavy rains battered the Visayas and Bicol region on New

Pasig to shorten business registration to 2 days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
The city government of Pasig on Sunday officially opened its business one-stop shop at the Ayala Malls in a bid to lessen foot traffic in City Hall once the peak season for

Napolcom official Rogelio Casurao; 66
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año mourned the death on Saturday of Rogelio Casurao, vice chair of the National Police Commission (Napolcom), whose death "left a void not only in Napolcom but also in

Paniqui slays an open-and-shut case, DOJ says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
The double murder case against Police Senior Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca, who was caught on video gunning down his unarmed mother-and-son neighbors on Dec. 20, will be an

Authorities pressed to crack down on online child pornography
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
The chair of the Senate basic education panel on Sunday pressed authorities to crack down on online child pornography as he cited reports on the proliferation of minors selling

Curfew, liquor ban remain in effect in Davao City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Amid a new hope offered by vaccines to fight the coronavirus disease, Mayor Sara Duterte urged the public not to let their guard down as she extended the

Government to retain 5% tariff on imported deboned meat - 2021-01-03
Government economic managers have agreed to retain the tariff rate on imported mechanically deboned meat (MDM) at five percent to keep prices of canned meat products from rising at a time when the country has yet to recover from the pandemic.

Changes in WESM price-setting system OKd
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
Regulators have approved the streamlining of the price-setting process at the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM), particularly in shortening price intervals to five minutes from one hour, in a

Philippine Red Cross: COVID-19 saliva test 99% accurate - 2021-01-03
The United States has recorded a 99-percent detection rate for saliva tests in one million subjects tested for the coronavirus disease 2019, the Philippine Red Cross revealed yesterday.

Emerging Asia's stock markets set to be post-COVID winners
NIKKEI - 2021-01-03
Emerging Asia stocks have been some of the biggest winners of the COVID-19 era thanks to the region's success in containing the virus -- and they are set to climb even further in 2021 as economies rebound and excess liquidity drives corporate earnings higher,

The top VCs funding e-commerce startups share what trends they're excited to see more of in 2021
Business Insider - 2021-01-03
VCs are excited to invest in startups that are mission-driven and promote health and wellness.

2020: The year that traumatized
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-03
The PSE Composite Index closed 2019 at 7,815. Crystal ball gazing is a difficult business. The reality is that forecasts for the future by necessity must change as situations and conditions develop.

Leadership at United Way Worldwide consistently ignored allegations of inappropriate behavior, former employees said
Business Insider - 2021-01-03
Former employees accused the organization's CEO of working hard to preserve a boys' club that excludes women and often promotes men who engage in sexist behavior.

Missing cop found floating in river - 2021-01-03
Three days after he was reported missing, a police officer was found floating in a river in Aglipay, Quirino on Saturday.

PNP insists 9 slain in Panay were Reds - 2021-01-03
Despite claims by rights groups that the persons killed in a recent police operation in Capiz were unarmed indigenous peoples, the Philippine National Police insisted that the fatalities were communist rebels.

Study: Retailers tap technology to adjust to new buying habits
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-03
Retailers are offering new services and deploying technologies to adapt to the new ways employees must work and consumers do their shopping, revealed a new study. Fortinet surveyed retailers on latest business changes,

Isko: Swab test mandatory for returning Manila residents - 2021-01-03
Vacationers from the provinces are required to undergo swab tests for COVID-19 before returning to the city of Manila, Mayor Isko Moreno announced yesterday.

Diarrhea kills 1, downs 33 in Davao Occidental - 2021-01-03
One died while 33 others were hospitalized due to diarrhea in Jose Abad Santos, Davao Occidental over the weekend.

Devotees swarm Quiapo Church for Black Nazarene - 2021-01-03
Thousands of people are flocking to Quiapo Church in Manila amid the COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the feast of the Black Nazarene on Jan. 9.

Banks see no urgent need to tap debt markets - 2021-01-03
Philippine banks see no immediate need to tap the domestic and foreign debt markets this year after raising enough funds at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Farm sector likely grew 1% in 2020 - 2021-01-03
The Department of Agriculture remained optimistic in the overall performance of the farm sector in 2020 even as the momentum slowed down due to the consecutive typhoons that battered the sector near the end of 2020.

Forced to go digital - 2021-01-03
The pandemic forced us to go digital as the new way of life. Work from home has long been suggested as a means of alleviating traffic jams that make the daily lives of most employees hellish, but bosses and HR managers insisted it could not be done.

What a crazy year it was! - 2021-01-03
Year 2020 was indeed one crazy year for all of us! It was a year full of challenges further aggravated by our troubled government systems and processes.

Index seen hitting 8,000 this year - 2021-01-03
The Philippine Stock Exchange Composite index, the stock market gauge, may hit 7,500 to 8,000 this year after trading mostly flat for 2020, according to Michael Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp.

ING Bank to expand services, loan products
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-03
"We remain committed to empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business," he told the BusinessMirror. This year, ING is also eyeing to further the growth of its retail and ...

DTI cuts 2022 export goal to $103.9 billion - 2021-01-03
The Department of Trade and Industry has trimmed the export goal set in the Philippine Export Development Plan to $103.9 billion for 2022 from the original $130 billion to take into account the impact of the pandemic.

Mining sector to help economy recover - 2021-01-03
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought social and economic life to a standstill and plunged the world into a recession far worse than the global financial crisis a decade ago.

Senate bill sets out incentives for farmers to switch to high-value crops
BusinessWorld - 2021-01-03
A BILL has been filed in the Senate to encourage farmers to cultivate higher-value crops and raise incomes in the agricultural sector. Senate Bill No. 1902, or the proposed "Doubling Income of Farmers Act,

DOJ eyes double murder conviction for Nuezca - 2021-01-03
The Department of Justice is eyeing a conviction for double murder against police M/Sgt. Jonel Nuezca for the killing of a woman and her son in Paniqui, Tarlac on Dec. 20.

2022 voter registration resumes today - 2021-01-03
The Commission on Elections will resume today the voter registration for the May 2022 national and local polls, a Comelec official said yesterday.

Napolcom vice chairman dies, 66 - 2021-01-03
MANILA, Philippines -- National Police Commission (Napolcom) vice chairman Rogelio Casurao passed away on Saturday. He was 66. Casurao has served as Napolcom executive officer and vice chairman since his appointment as a commissioner by former president Benigno Aquino III in 2016.

PayMaya: More local firms tapping app for payments
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-03
PayMaya said it has also enabled businesses to settle their permits, social security contributions, and tax dues as agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Securities and Exchange ...

How Exponential Organizations And Compassionate Leadership Could Define The Next Decade
Forbes - 2021-01-03
As leaders around the world struggle with the post pandemic recovery, the incoming Biden Administration has a unique opportunity to redefine global leadership. This requires a bold reinvention of existing institutions.

Rainy in most parts of Philippines today - PAGASA - 2021-01-03
A low-pressure area and two other weather systems are expected to bring rains over most parts of the country today, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

PNPA cadet who beat up classmate sacked - 2021-01-03
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas has ordered the dismissal of a graduating cadet of the Philippine National Police Academy who allegedly beat up his classmate on Thursday.

Pandemic erases gains in poverty reduction -- PIDS - 2021-01-03
The prevailing pandemic can potentially reverse gains in poverty reduction over the past five years and push poverty incidence higher than 2015 levels, according to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Health officials record 891 more coronavirus cases, tally now at 477,807 - 2021-01-03
Three days into the New Year, the country's coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caseload hit 477,807 Sunday after the Department of Health logged another 891 confirmed infections.

VP: Sinopharm mess strains efforts for public to trust vaccines - 2021-01-03
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called for transparency in a probe into the unregulated Sinopharm vaccination of President Rodrigo Duterte's security detail, warning that the incident could stand to hurt efforts for the public to trust the supposed COVID-19 vaccines.

Low efficacy vaccine may discourage Filipinos from getting vaccinated -- Robredo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-03
If the government's choice of a vaccine against COVID-19 has a low efficacy rate, it could discourage Filipinos from getting vaccinated, Vice President Leni Robredo warned

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