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South Korea Presidential Hopeful Prods Biden Over North Korea

(Bloomberg) -- A top contender to succeed South Korean President Moon Jae-in called income inequality the key issue in next

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Baidu Said to Win Hong Kong Bourse Nod for Second Listing

(Bloomberg) -- Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc. has secured approval from the Hong Kong stock exchange for a second

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A newly proposed Tennessee bill would give immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit protesters blocking streets

A newly proposed bill in Tennessee would make it even more difficult to protest in the state -- by making obstructing a highway a felony and giving immunity to drivers who unintentionally injure or kill those in the way.

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Rising bond yields, dollar slug Asian shares, yen

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asian stocks skidded on Friday as rising U.S. Treasury yields again rattled equity investors while hoisting

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Pew survey shows hardening American attitudes toward China

New polling from the Pew Research Center shows strong negative attitudes among Americans toward China, with almost nine out of 10 adults seeing the country as a competitor or enemy, rather than a partner

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EV Battery-Maker’s Misconduct Said ‘Extraordinary’ by ITC

(Bloomberg) -- SK Innovation Co.’s destruction of documents in a trade-secret case brought by a rival electric-vehicle battery maker was

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China parliament seeks to shake up Hong Kong politics, put 'patriots' in charge - official

By Greg Torode and James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) - A senior Chinese official on Thursday confirmed Beijing's intention to

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COVID-19 vaccine confidence grows as side effect worries fade

LONDON (Reuters) - Confidence in COVID-19 vaccines is growing, with people's willingness to have the shots increasing as they are

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Cyber policy to factor in threat from state actors

The 50-odd pages document, anchored by the national security adviser’s office, is now awaiting the approval from the Prime Minister’s office before it is released.

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Highlights: What's changed in the Senate's COVID relief bill

Senate Democrats have come out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill

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New coronavirus variant being tracked as surge testing expanded

Scientists are tracking the emergence of another new coronavirus variant as efforts to increase targeted testing and suppress the spread of variants of concern are expanded. Public Health England (PHE) revealed that 16 cases of the variant, referred to as VUI-202102/04, were identified through genomic horizon scanning on February 15. The variant, which is understood to have originated in the UK, was designated a “variant under investigation” (VUI) by PHE nine days later. All people who have tested positive for the variant, and their contacts, have been traced and advised to isolate. New Covid-19 variants regularly emerge and experts conduct frequent analysis to determine which are of concern or not. The new findings mean scientists are now monitoring four VUIs and four “variants of concern” VOCs in the UK. PHE said the latest identified variant, also known as B.1.1.318, contains the E484K mutation, found in two other VUIs in the UK, but it does not feature the N501Y mutation that is present in all VOCs. Health minister Lord Bethell said on Thursday that Britain was the most likely place in the world where a mutant variation of coronavirus will occur as it will happen in an area where there is “a high infection rate and a large amount of suppression of the virus by either a lockdown or a vaccine programme”. Speaking in the Lords, he said the country “must be on the balls of its feet” to be ready for such “unhelpful news”. Meanwhile, broadcaster and leading fertility expert Lord Winston warned the risk of a dangerous new variant against which there was no defence was “eventually likely to be inevitable”. Their comments came as the Government announced additional testing and genomic sequencing for targeted areas of north-west London and north-east England where the South African VOC has been found. The resources will be deployed in the North Wembley area of Brent in the capital and the TS19 postcode area in Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, to suppress the variant’s potential spread, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said. It comes on top of last week’s announcement that surge testing would be deployed in Ealing and Redbridge in London to help control the same variant. Surge testing began in south Gloucestershire on Monday where cases of the Manaus variant of coronavirus were discovered. Six cases of this VOC, known as P1 and first detected the Brazilian city of Manaus, have been found in the UK – three in Scotland and three in England. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Tuesday that the search for a missing person infected with the variant had been narrowed down to 379 households in the south east of England. Earlier on Thursday, Mr Hancock said the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) will oversee a fast-track approach to approving new coronavirus jabs, after studies suggested variants may make vaccines less effective. A study this week suggested that between 25 per cent and 61 per cent of people in Manaus who had previously had Covid were susceptible to reinfection with the P1 variant. Vaccine manufacturers including Pfizer and AstraZeneca are already working on new jabs to tackle variants in case they are needed. Meanwhile, the Government said that a further 242 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 124,025. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have been 145,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK. As of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 6,573 lab-confirmed cases in the UK which brings the total to 4,201,358. Read More New Covid-19 strain identified in the UK with 16 cases discovered Lungs like noise-cancelling headphones help frogs hear mates, study shows Carbon in UK’s exclusive territorial waters fully mapped for the first time

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Phase 2 of vaccination drive stuck in first gear

Delhi, which gave shots to 1,679 people per million population in the second phase till Wednesday night, was in the second spot, while Odisha (1,283 doses per million) was third.

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Listings boom, trading frenzy fuel record 2020 for investment banks

By Lawrence White LONDON (Reuters) - A surge in blank-cheque investment vehicle fundraising and frantic pandemic-related trading in 2020 boosted

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Britain lacks plan to meet climate target: watchdog

By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain still has not set out a plan on how will meet its climate

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Who is George Blatti? NY doctor kills 5 addicts by prescribing huge quantities of drugs without examining them

Opioid addicts went to him with their requests for controlled medications and Blatti allegedly prescribed drugs with no medical history review or exam, in exchange for cash

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Top banks' 2020 commodities revenue soars 85% - consultancy Coalition

LONDON (Reuters) - Commodities-related revenue at the world's 12 biggest investment banks surged by 85% last year compared to 2019

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No. 1 Gonzaga 2 wins away from joining rare NCAA company

Gonzaga was ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 when the season began

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461 bullets, 4,000 tear gas shells used by cops to quell Delhi riots

As part of their investigation, police have till date arrested 1,753 persons, which includes 820 Hindus and 933 Muslims.

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Gap forecasts return to sales growth on Athleta boost, vaccine roll-out

(Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc on Thursday forecast a return to sales growth this year, as it expects sales

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Joe Biden could be the most transformative president in 75 years

Biden has the chance to lead a green and digital recovery that would create millions of good jobs supported by advanced 21st century technologies, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs.

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Motolite Res-Q App for your peace of mind

Imagine a scenario where you just found out that your battery is dead or you have a flat tire while your car is at the office parking lot or your garage. You cannot tend to it because either you’re busy or it’s late in the evening already. What will you do? Worry no more! The solution is just an app away – the Motolite Res-Q App. Just tap the Res-Q App on your smartphone (if your phone doesn’t have it yet, you can easily download the Res-Q App via the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and Huawei App Gallery) and choose the service you need at the bottom of the screen. After that, input your location and you will be directed to a page that gives you the option to either “Book Now” or “Schedule Order”. If you choose “Book Now”, a customer service specialist from Motolite ExpressHatid will contact you to confirm your order. You can then specify to the Motolite ExpressHatid staff the time that you want the technician to service you. If you tap the “Schedule Order”, on the other hand, you’ll be sent to the page where you can choose your preferred time and date over the next three days. That is the kind of peace of mind that Motolite’s service is giving to motorists. The Res-Q APP is part of Motolite’s continuing service evolution in the digital age. It is recognized as the first app to offer multiple services to motorists off and on the road, including assistance for a dead battery, flat tire, overheating, and empty fuel. Just download the app, register your vehicle and input the details being prompted by the app so when you are in an emergency, Motolite will automatically know what you need and where you are because of its GPS feature and it can service you promptly. Launched in 2018, the Motolite Res-Q now has around 135,000 downloads. Initially available in Metro Manila, the coverage of Motolite Res-Q would have been expanded already had plans not been delayed by the pandemic. Motolite Res-Q users are assured that the technicians that will be dispatched to them are skilled in the areas of battery servicing, flat tires, overheating, and refueling. The technicians’ services are free of charge if your vehicle has a Motolite battery installed. Non-Motolite battery users will be charged a minimal fee. To take proper care of your car especially its battery component, here are practical and effective tips that can logically spare you and your vehicle from potential problems. 1. Ensure that all doors are completely closed including the trunk when you park your car. When a door is left open, the dome or inside light of the car is on. This can discharge the battery if left for a long period. Some cars have a glove compartment light that turns on when opened. Ensure that this is also properly closed. 2. Leaving your headlights on and other electrical devices after shutting off the engine will discharge your battery. Do not leave your headlights, park lights, and hazard warning lights on. Check these before you turn off the engine to leave the car. Remember that these lights will remain turned on, even when you turn off the engine. 3. Dashcams with parking mode and parking surveillance options will continue to operate even if the car is not being used. Dashcams at park mode are directly powered by the car battery and will drain the battery power over time if the car will not be used for a long period of time. If you will not be driving or using your car for a few days, you could unplug your dashcams to prevent battery discharge. Disclaimer: This is really an option for the car owner because some will argue that unplugging the dashcam while on park mode will disable the surveillance function. One thing is sure though, dashcams will discharge the car battery overtime when the car is left unused for a long period. 4. Some say you can prevent the battery from discharging when not in use when you disconnect the battery negative cable or terminal. While this would truly help, remember that when you disconnect the negative or positive cable, the computer box will lose power and will reset. Most cars nowadays are equipped with an on-board computer box. 5. Clean your battery terminals and check if the battery clamp is loose or improperly seated. Corroded battery terminals and loose clamps will prevent fully charging of the battery by the alternator. You may already have a partially discharged battery in the first place when you park your car, so discharge will be faster when left unused. 6. On cleaning the battery terminals to get rid of corrosion, prepare a mixture of 8-oz warm water and a tablespoon of baking soda in a small container. Using a soft brush, clean the battery cable and terminals. 7. When the car is not going to be used for a few days or a long period, start the engine at least every 2 weeks. Drive it for about 5 to 10 kilometers to fully charge the battery. If this is not possible, start the engine while parked. Do not turn on any loads (lights, car stereo, or A/C ) for faster recharging. Once the engine has started, press the gas pedal up to 2000 RPM. Alternators will start charging the battery at 2000 RPM. Keeping the engine just on idle (800 to 1000 RPM) will not fully charge the battery. Maintain 2000 RPM for 5 minutes and leave the engine idle for another 10 minutes. Do this every 2 weeks. 8. Lastly, the rate of discharge of car battery due to parasitic loads (alarms, on-board computer box, radio/ stereo memories) depends on the age of the battery. Normal parasitic load can discharge an old battery faster than a new one. If you think your battery is already old, maybe it’s time to replace it.

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Accuser says talk of Cuomo as AG spurred her to come forward

One of the women who accused New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexually harassing her at the workplace says she was motivated to come forward after another woman contacted her to share similar allegations

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No tsunami threat in PH after powerful earthquake off NZ

MANILA, Philippines — There is no tsunami threat in the Philippines following the earthquake that struck the Kermadec Islands region in New Zealand, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Friday.Phivolcs said the magnitude 8.0 earthquake occurred in the region at 3:28 a.m. (Philippine time), with a depth of ten kilometers.The agency said that while hazardous waves are possible for coasts located near the earthquake epicenter, there is no tsunami threat in the Philippines. https://twitter.com/phivolcs_dost/status/1367565090350718981 In New Zealand, communities along stre

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Landbank funds expansion of Cebu-based Virginia Farms

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) has financed the expansion of Virginia Farms Inc. (VFI), a move that now helps the Cebu-based company sustain its production of hogs that are safe and free from African Swine Fever (ASF). A statement released on Thursday showed that VFI has availed a short-term loan from Landbank in 2020 as working capital for the expansion of The Pork Shop, the company’s retail business. Though Landbank didn’t specify the amount of VFI’s newest loan, it said that in 2020 alone, it extended a P37.48 billion loan to different livestock projects across the country. Of this, P16.86 billion were lent to the piggery industry. In Total, Landbank has extended a total of P237.62 billion in outstanding loans to the agriculture sector, with P142.75 billion representing loans to small, medium, and large agribusiness enterprises. VFI, now regarded as the oldest and largest integrated farm-to-pork business in Central Visayas, currently operates a 360-hectare farm and a pork retail chain with 51 outlets. VFI’s The Pork Shop started in 2008 and now has branches across Cebu, Iloilo, and Biliran. Landbank said the growth of the 52-year-old company, especially over the last eight years, was supported by the state-run bank through its Cebu North Lending Center. The lending center, according to Landbank, helped financed the expansion of both VFI’s business operations and the construction of its modern facilities. VFI President Rolando E. Tambago said he hopes that Landbank will continue lending money to the company so that it could keep on supplying Luzon with ASF-free pork. “With the current situation of the pork industry, there’s a good opportunity for us here in the Visayas to expand and meet the gap of pork supply in other areas. I hope that Landbank will continue to support us in our plans to expand and grow our business further, as we envision to be a major supplier of quality pork in the Philippines,” Tambago said further. With its 360-hectare farm in the town of Asturias, VFI has been helping address the meat requirements in Luzon since last year as pork growers here have been largely affected by ASF. To be specific, the company was able to ship a total of 10,760 hogs last year and continues to ship frozen carcasses weekly to the region.

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WHO’S THE FAIREST? Meet TEAM ASIA of 69th Miss Universe beauty pageant

More than 60 candidates will vie for the title of 2020 Miss Universe which will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on May 16, 2021. Meet the 12 candidates from Asia. Will an Asian capture the coveted title once again?

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