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China's economy grows by a record 18.3% in the first quarter
CNN Philippines - 2021-04-16
China just posted its strongest quarterly growth on record as the world's second largest economy continued its robust recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

DOH says more evidence needed for 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-16
More evidence is necessary to determine if a third COVID-19 vaccine dose will be needed within a year of getting fully vaccinated as mentioned

COVID-19 beds in 32 NCR hospitals 100% occupied, 54 in critical level -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-16
Thirty-two of the 54 hospitals in Metro Manila that were placed under critical status in terms of bed capacity exclusively for COVID-19 patients have already reached 100

WATCH: An INQside Look with vaccine expert Dr. Lulu Bravo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-16
More than 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were already dispensed to priority recipients nationwide as of April 13.

Robinhood 'experiencing issues with crypto trading,' sparking users' outrage amid massive Dogecoin rally
Business Insider - 2021-04-16
Robinhood said it was looking into the issue Thursday evening. The company has prompted users' ire before for outages during market rallies.

Google Project Zero testing 30-day grace period on bug details to boost user patching
ZDNet - 2021-04-16
After trying to get vendors to produce updates to fix vulnerabilities quicker, Project Zero is trying an explicit patch period.

Huawei looks to diversify product focus, confident against Chinese cloud players
ZDNet - 2021-04-16
Following a decline in its smartphone business, Chinese tech giant is looking to its other connected devices including laptops and smart TVs to fill the gaps, and believes its wide product portfolio will stand in good stead against its cloud peers such as Alibaba and Tencent.

Nets' LaMarcus Aldridge retires due to health concerns
Rappler - 2021-04-16
"The Nets organization fully supports LaMarcus' decision, and while we value what he has brought to our team during his short time in Brooklyn, his health and well being are far m

Dollar volume from expat Filipinos posts surprise rise in February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-16
The amount of dollars sent home by expatriate Filipinos rose in February, largely from an increase in remittances by land-based workers with long term contracts abroad, according

US-PHILIPPINES SOCIETY: Harnessing historic bonds, forging a dynamic future
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-16
IN 2021, diplomatic ties between the Philippines and the United States take a momentous turn, as both nations commemorate 75 years of friendship, partnership and alliance. They encompass a wide spectrum of cooperation in various sectors: from business and commerce,

1st typhoon of the year expected Thursday, Friday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-16
Cyclone "Surigae" further strengthened into a severe tropical storm on Thursday, but weather forecasters said it still did not pose any significant threat to any part of the country. The weather

HSBC is moving the heart of the bank back to Hong Kong
CNN Philippines - 2021-04-15
HSBC will move four of its most senior executives to Hong Kong later this year, as the London-based bank focuses more attention on fast-growing markets in Asia.

Coinbase goes public with a nearly $100 billion valuation
CNN Philippines - 2021-04-15
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global finally went public Wednesday afternoon at a valuation of nearly $100 billion, as the company takes advantage of surging demand (and prices) for bitcoin, ethereum and other digital currencies.

ARTA reminds LGUs of June deadline for automation
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
HIGHLY urbanized cities (HUCs) have already implemented some form of automation in business transaction processing even before the June 2021 deadline set by the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018.

BSP poll: More businesses grow optimistic
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
LOCAL businesses are growing more optimistic about economic opportunities in the country, as more and more firms adapt to the "new normal," a recent survey by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed.

Coca-Cola: partnerships enabling lasting change for women entrepreneurs
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Breaking glass ceilings is the goal of many women, especially those who wish to become financially self-reliant in order to support their families, particularly those from the lower income segments of society.

Lopez pegs two-week ECQ losses at P180 billion
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
THE Philippine economy lost about P180 billion during the recent two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) amid the displacement of 1.5 million workers, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday.

PHL keen on pushing trade deal with US, GSP renewal
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
THE bilateral trade agreement between Manila and Washington remains up in the air as the latter recently transitioned to a new administration. Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, Philippine Ambassador to the US,

Meat importers vow stable pork supply, prices
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
AMID calls from lawmakers to revoke Executive Order 128, the Meat Importers and Traders Association (Mita) on Thursday vowed to supply the country with 100 full-container load of headless carcass at P200 per kilogram.

Meat importers vow stable pork supply, prices
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
AMID calls from lawmakers to revoke Executive Order 128, the Meat Importers and Traders Association (Mita) on Thursday vowed to supply the country with 100 full-container load of headless carcass at P200 per kilogram.

DPWH chief: Binondo-Intramuros Bridge on track for 2021 opening
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Secretary Mark A. Villar announced on Thursday that the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is on track to be completed this year even amid the current pandemic situation. The DPWH chief said that implementing office DPWH Unified Project Management Office-Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1)

Poland identifies key investment areas in PHL
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Poland seeks to deepen its bilateral relations with the Philippines, identifying green technology, agri-food and information technology as key investment areas. The Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC)-Berlin,

DOE to US investors: Explore opportunities in energy sector
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi on Thursday called on American investors to take a look at the numerous energy investment opportunities in the Philippines. During a virtual economic briefing titled "PH-US at 75: Strengthening Ties through Sustainable Recovery,

Digital transformation in government
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Earlier this week, the Anti-Red Tape Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government signed a joint memorandum circular enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to automate their Business Processing and Licensing Systems

Digital transformation in government
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
Earlier this week, the Anti-Red Tape Authority, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of the Interior and Local Government signed a joint memorandum circular enjoining all local government units (LGUs) to automate their Business Processing and Licensing Systems

Fraudster-traits assessment part of rules in bank hirings
BusinessMirror - 2021-04-15
A propensity to commit fraud is now part of how banks measure a candidate for their work force under the new rules that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) issued last Thursday. BSP Governor Benjamin E.

Google Earth's new Timelapse feature shows chilling effect of climate change
CNN Philippines - 2021-04-15
Google's latest feature, Timelapse, is an eye opening, technical feat that provides visual evidence of how the Earth has changed due to climate change and human behavior.

Remittances up 5.3% in February
CNN Philippines - 2021-04-15
After two straight months of annual decline, Filipinos sent more money home in February, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Remittances stood at $2.76 billion during the month, slightly up by 5.

Philippines 'buy now, pay later' startup Plentina raises $2.2M seed round
Yahoo - 2021-04-15
E-wallets are rapidly gaining popularity in the Philippines, overtaking credit cards, which have a penetration rate of under 10%. Fintech startup Plentina is leveraging that trend with buy now, pay later (BNPL) installment loans that can be used and repaid through e-wallets.

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