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DFA logs 88 COVID-19 cases among staff in March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-31
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has recorded a total of 88 COVID-19 cases among its personnel in March, prompting the agency to maintain a reduced workforce ...

Study links 'couch potato' lifestyle to 8% of global deaths - 2021-03-31
"Couch potatoes," take note: Sedentary behavior now accounts for up to 8% of non-communicable diseases and deaths worldwide, researchers say. Physical inactivity is a known risk factor for premature death and several non-communicable diseases, including ...

Health experts seek everyone's cooperation to stop COVID-19 surge
Gov - 2021-03-31
QUEZON CITY, Mar. 30 (PIA) - Experts from the Department of Health (DOH) have called on public cooperation as government imposed a one-week stricter community quarantine classification in NCR Plus to stem the surge of COVID-19 cases. Department of Health ...

Google Maps using artificial intelligence to help point people in the right direction
ZDNet - 2021-03-31
Boasting that it is on track to bring over 100 "AI-powered" improvements to Google Maps, Google has announced a series of updates that have been or are set to be released in the coming year. The first is adding Live View, a feature that uses augmented ...

TikTok appoints Sameer Singh as head of global business solutions, Southeast Asia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-31
TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video,  today announced the appointment of Sameer Singh as Head of Global Business Solutions, Southeast

Facebook says ACCC's ad tech probe makes a number of incorrect assumptions
ZDNet - 2021-03-31
Facebook has asked Australia's competition watchdog to go back to the drawing board with its probe into the local advertising tech (ad tech) space, saying some of its proposals would have a significant impact far beyond the intended focus of its inquiry.

Novo Nordisk PH launches #BeatObesityWithMe movement during World Obesity Day
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-31
In the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic that has sent the world into a tailspin, another enduring, yet often overlooked pandemic continues to spread and plague our

Philippines back to square one a year into pandemic as virus cases surge
BusinessWorld - 2021-03-31
A year into the pandemic, daily infections in the Philippines are at their peak and highly contagious variants of the COVID-19 virus are sweeping the nation, largely due to a slow vaccine rollout and widespread complacency. Health authorities reported ...

Of heartbreak, pandemic struggle and a promising pâté enterprise
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
The winning tandem of business partners Pawn Benik Angeles (right) and Era Lorenzo Cruz (left), marketing director and recipe developer and creator of The Charcutier Manila, respectively ...

Property values in CBDs remain stable
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
Photo shows the Central Business Districts of Metro Manila. DESPITE the slowdown in office space take up caused by the pandemic, commercial property values in the central business districts (CBDs ...

IABC Philippines announced the winners of the 18th Philippine Quill Awards and 8th Student Quill Awards
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-30
The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)Philippines is proud to announce the winners of the 18th Philippine Quill Awards and 8th Student Quill Awards The first virtual ...

Business groups: Longer ECQ without other measures more harmful
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
THE Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) is urging the government not to extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period as this will do more damage to the businesses, regardless of size.

BSP launches gender-focused survey on MSMEs to boost financial inclusion
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has launched a gender-focused survey on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) in the country. The survey, supported by international financial giant J.P. Morgan and the Frankfurt School and Kadence,

Talks on draft guidelines on MAV allocations halted
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
The eligibility requirements stipulated by the guidelines include: 1) DTI or SEC registration with Certificate of Good standing from SEC for corporations; 2) business permit; and 3) accreditation ...

China sharply reduces elected seats in Hong Kong legislature
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
Skyscrapers on the Tsim Sha Tsui Central Business District, Hong Kong, are shown from this photo taken from the Victoria Peak. HONG KONG--China has sharply reduced the number of directly elected ...

Budget deficit widens in February despite higher revenue take
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
THE national government incurred a wider budget deficit in February at P116 billion, more than triple the P37.6 billion-shortfall in the same month last year. The bigger fiscal gap resulted from expenditures outpacing revenues,

SCB study: Asean firms slow to meet climate goals
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
THREE in five companies based in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) region are not transitioning to net zero fast enough, leaving them in danger of missing the Paris Agreement target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050,

Learning crisis is real: Unite to solve it now
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
On October 21, 2020, this writer published an article, Why Business Sector Should Push for EdCom 4.0. Here are the highlights of that paper--but the full article can still be searched in the BusinessMirror web site: The 1987 Constitution states that the state shall "give priority to education"

Ayala seeks regulators nod for bond float
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. on Tuesday said it has submitted the shelf registration statement for the sale of bonds worth P30 billion, of which some P10 billion will be immediately sold to the market. In its disclosure,

One Wilson Square spells more than just luck for its residents
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-30
CHINESE zodiac horoscope forecasts that this year of the Ox is bound to be a rewarding time for Dragons--with projections of excellence in career, growth in wealth, and the opening of endless doors of opportunities.

Global stocks gain as investors look past U.S. hedge fund default
YAHOO!Finance - 2021-03-30
Global stock markets rose on Tuesday as investors shook off worries about a hedge fund default that hit international banking stocks overnight, and remained focused on the global COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Facebook and Google are funding two new undersea internet cables running from the West Coast to Singapore and Indonesia
Business Insider - 2021-03-30
The cables are set to be completed by late 2023 and 2024, and Facebook claims they will increase internet capacity by 70%.

Kia reveals new details for its EV6 electric car with 315-mile range -- except for the price
Mashable - 2021-03-30
Kia has officially unveiled its first electric vehicle that doesn't have a gasoline or hybrid counterpart. The first images of the upcoming EV6 were released earlier this month, but now we know more details about the car that's shaped like a small,

Teen pot use linked to worse education, career outcomes in study with twins - 2021-03-30
Teenage pot use can hamper a kid's future chances of landing a good job with a large salary, mainly by interfering with his or her education, a new study of twins has found.

APAC firms face growing cyberattacks, take more than a week to remediate
ZDNet - 2021-03-30
Some 68% of businesses across six Asian markets say they have been breached, up from 32% in 2019, with an average 60.83% admitting to taking more than a week to remediate cybersecurity attacks.

Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines highly effective after first shot in real-world use - U.S. study
Reuters - 2021-03-30
COVID-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc with BioNTech SE and Moderna Inc reduced risk of infection by 80% two weeks or more after the first of two shots, according to data from a real-world U.S. study released on Monday.

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