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Japan announces emergency response in Osaka area to curb COVID-19 cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-01
Japan's Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday that emergency response measures would be taken in the Osaka area to prevent spread of the coronavirus. The measures

Maundy Thursday weather: Isolated rain in Mindanao, Palawan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-04-01
The low-pressure area (LPA) located 105 kilometers east-southeast of General Santos City will cause isolated rain showers over Mindanao and

8,889 health workers vaccinated in Baguio
Manila Bulletin - 2021-04-01
BAGUIO CITY -- The city government has inoculated 8,889 or 98.19 percent out of the 9,053 health workers and frontliners who belong to the first priority group in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program here. City Health Officer Rowena ...

Hacked companies had backup plans. But they didn't print them out before the attack.
ZDNet - 2021-04-01
Boardrooms still aren't taking cybersecurity seriously, leaving organisations vulnerable to cyberattacks - with executives only paying attention after things have gone bad, according to the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) boss Lindy Cameron.

Davao City health chief proposes 14-day quarantine for inbound passengers from Metro Manila, Cebu
Manila Bulletin - 2021-04-01
DAVAO CITY - Davao City Health Office (CHO) acting head Dr. Ashley Lopez has proposed the implementation of the mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine for inbound passengers from National Capital Region (NCR) and Cebu. Lopez said that he hopes that ...

Huawei continued to earn profit in 2020 but did not see growth outside of China
ZDNet - 2021-04-01
Huawei continued to make money in 2020 despite receiving bans from various countries around the world, posting net profit of 64.6 billion yuan, but its growth in markets outside of China grounded to a halt.

IBM's CEO predicts a hybrid remote-work model for 80% of employees post-pandemic
Business Insider - 2021-04-01
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna also told Bloomberg that the company will likely get rid of "tens of millions" of its 70 million square feet in office space.

SM Foundation bags seven PHL Quill Awards
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
SMFI executive director Debbie P. Sy expressed her gratitude for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines for the said awards. The IABC Philippines, through the ...

Can Biden return the US to TPP? Does it matter? 2 experts explain
NIKKEI - 2021-03-31
President Joe Biden has made clear that the Indo-Pacific is a key area for the country's future, but has not signaled how he will engage in forming the region's trade rules. Analysts tend to agree that a U.

PhilHealth still studying Covid indemnification package; 7,469 medical workers suffered adverse reaction to vaccines
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has yet to finalize the appropriate package for the indemnification of qualified vaccine beneficiaries "We already have study a on this, which will be discussed by the [PhilHealth] Board later following Holy Week,

Solon: Dominguez should be overall Covid crisis manager
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
THE chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday asked President Duterte to designate Finance Secretary and Economic Development Cluster (EDC) Head Carlos G. Dominguez III as overall Covid-19 crisis manager.

Government urged to realign budget, boost health-care system amid Covid spike
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
Medical workers urged the government on Wednesday to realign a hefty sum of the 2021 national budget to address the record-high spike in Covid-19 cases not only in Metro Manila and adjacent provinces but to other regions as well.

JG Summit suffers P468-million loss
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
"With our long term view, we will continue to invest in the necessary assets and capabilities needed to sustain the business in the years to come. This will allow us to take advantage of ...

Ayala vows to appoint more women execs
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
Ayala Corp. President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala said he would continue to promote gender diversity from the staff to the board level of the company, promising to continue increasing the number of women from entry-level to senior leadership positions.

Ayala Land wins Awards of Excellence at PHL Quill
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) received top communications honors at the 18th Philippine Quill Awards of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). These included Awards of Excellence ...

Coca-Cola to vaccinate 10,000 workers for free
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. (CCBPI) provides Covid-19 relief to its 10,000 employees via its free vaccination program and a P2-billion assistance fund. The local bottling arm of beverage giant Coca-Cola said in a statement on Wednesday that its employees and their immediate family members will be receiving free Covid-19 vaccination.

Bank lending at biggest contraction in 14 years
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
BANK lending in the country continued to contract in February this year, hitting its biggest contraction in more than 14 years. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Wednesday that bank lending fell by 2.

Myanmar junta escalates violence with air attacks on ethnic groups
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
The military launched more airstrikes on Tuesday in eastern Myanmar after earlier attacks forced thousands of ethnic Karen to flee into Thailand and further escalating violence two months after the junta seized power.

India bats for bilateral exchanges on agritech, fintech, intelligent financing
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
THE Indian government has proposed a bilateral exchange with the Philippines involving agricultural technology (agritech) and financial technology (fintech), believing that vital technologies revolutionizing small farms in the South Asian country can benefit Filipino farmers.

UST engineers make entrances safer with BEATRICE
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-31
It is all part of the new normal to observe safety precautionary measures, wear face masks and face shields and observe social distancing when people are outside. Additionally, people have to fill out contact tracing forms before entering any establishment or make use of a QR code.

Wall Street dips, with technology the biggest drag
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-31
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks ended down slightly on Tuesday, with investors selling tech-related growth shares after U.S. Treasury yields hit a 14-month high. At the same time, the S&P 500 ...

Digital acceleration in Philippine healthcare
BusinessWorld - 2021-03-31
Director IV of the Knowledge Management and Information Technology Service at the Department of Health; Juan Miguel Tan, President and Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers Philippines; and Ron Estrella, Country Manager of Medgate Philippines.

Sun Life Reports Ownership of Securities of Dialogue Health Technologies Inc.
YAHOO!Finance - 2021-03-31
Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada ("SLA") announced today that it holds 9,175,427 common shares (the "Common Shares") of Dialogue Health Technologies Inc. ("Dialogue"), representing approximately 14.

All beach resorts in Bacolod ordered closed on Easter Sunday to keep COVID-19 at bay
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-31
BACOLOD CITY--Mayor Evelio Leonardia has ordered the closure of all beach resorts at two villages in the city on Easter Sunday (April 4) to slow the spread of SARS Cov2, the virus that causes ...

Press Ahead With COVID-19 Public Inquiry, Coroner Urges PM
Medscape - 2021-03-31
A 28-year-old nurse who died with coronavirus less than a week after giving birth died of multiple organ failure and COVID-19, a coroner has ruled.

Huawei offsets US sanctions with dominance in China
The Verge - 2021-03-31
Huawei has released its annual report and financial information for 2020, demonstrating the effect that US sanctions had on its business last year. The report shows that while revenue from North America and Europe has fallen significantly,

Inactivity Drives 1 in 14 Deaths Globally, New Data Suggest
Medscape - 2021-03-31
The high cost of a sedentary lifestyle just became a bit more evident - a new global study shows that inactivity drives up to 8% of noncommunicable diseases and mortality. Physical inactivity, defined as engaging in less than 150 minutes of moderate ...

Apple invests $50M into music distributor UnitedMasters alongside A16z and Alphabet
TechCrunch - 2021-03-31
Independent music distribution platform and tool factory UnitedMasters has raised a $50M series B round led by Apple. A16z and Alphabet are participating again in this raise. United Masters is also entering a strategic partnership with Apple alongside this investment.

Xinhua world economic news summary at 0930 GMT, March 31
Big News - 2021-03-31
The Asian Development Bank ADB has approved a 450 million US dollars loan to Indonesia to help Bio Farma a state-owned vaccine supplier procure

Global tree loss can't hide from these cloud-piercing radar satellites
Mashable - 2021-03-31
One of the most effective ways to combat deforestation and tree loss, it turns out, is surveillance - using a variety of satellite sensors that can see even a single tree removal anywhere on the globe.

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 ...

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