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1st batch of Sinovac Covid-19 doses bought by PHL arrive
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-29
A TOTAL of 1 million doses of CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine, the first tranche out of the total 25 million doses procured by the national government from Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac,

Boston Dynamics introduces 'Stretch', new warehouse worker robot
Business Insider - 2021-03-29
U.S. robotics company Boston Dynamics on Monday unveiled a new robot called Stretch, designed to perform one very specific warehouse job: moving boxes.

Algorithms will soon be in charge of hiring and firing. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea
ZDNet - 2021-03-29
Better rules need to be urgently drafted to keep control of the AI systems that are already making decisions about our jobs, says the TUC.

The Philippines FDA Approves the Use of Leronlimab to Treat a COVID-19 Patient
YAHOO!Finance - 2021-03-29
CytoDyn is simultaneously pursuing EUA in the Philippines while expanding its access under CSP VANCOUVER, Washington, March 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CytoDyn Inc. (OTC.QB: CYDY), ("CytoDyn" or the "Company"),

Johnson & Johnson enters deal to supply Africa with 220M COVID-19 doses
UPI.com - 2021-03-29
March 29 (UPI) --Johnson & Johnson announced Monday its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical has entered into an agreement with the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust to make available up to 220 million doses of its one-shot COVID-19 candidate vaccine.

Fridges, microwaves fall prey to global chip shortage
Business Insider - 2021-03-29
A global shortage of chips that has rattled production lines at car companies and squeezed stockpiles at gadget makers, is now leaving home appliance makers unable to meet demand, according to the president of Whirlpool Corp in China.

Visa To Start Settling Transactions With Bitcoin Partners In USDC
Forbes - 2021-03-29
Visa is piloting transaction settlement in stablecoins on the ethereum blockchain. Credit card provider Visa today announced it accepted the first settlement payment in U.S. Dollar Coin (USDC), a cryptocurrency pegged to U.S. dollar in a 1:1 ratio, from ...

Facebook, Google plan new undersea cables to connect Southeast Asia and America
Reuters - 2021-03-29
Facebook said on Monday it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost internet connection capacity between the regions.

Filipino cryptocurrency successfully launches on Probit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-29
A utility cryptocurrency coin developed by a Filipino-controlled financial technology (fintech) company Smart Asset Management (SAM) Digital Technology, has successfully launched in global exchange

27 health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Bohol
Gov - 2021-03-29
The Department of Health (DOH) has warned local health authorities supervising the vaccine rollout to strictly adhere to the vaccine prioritization list, as the government is now investigating reports of politicians being inserted into the list and ...

Australia's Treasury kicks off work to replace foreign investment management system
ZDNet - 2021-03-29
Australia's Department of Treasury is looking to upgrade the IT platform it currently uses to assess risk associated with foreign investment to support reforms that were recently introduced by the foreign investment framework. At the start of the year ...

Why re-skilling UK workers is important amid the pandemic
Computerworld - 2021-03-29
In his March budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled "Help to Grow: Digital," a new scheme to offer small businesses free, impartial advice on "how technology can boost their performance through a new online platform.

Health workers can still get free rides during ECQ in NCR+
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-29
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will continue offering free rides to healthcare workers during the week-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) within "NCR-plus".

Pioneer Adhesives helps boat makes through a donation drive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-03-29
True to its slogan "Do It Right", Pioneer Adhesives, the makers of several top-of-the-line adhesives, sealants and paint brands, recently donated a variety of products to members of Angat Sa Dagat

Survey: 1 in 5 Colorado high school students has access to a handgun
UPI.com - 2021-03-29
Roughly one-fifth of high school students in Colorado report having access to a handgun, according to the results of a survey published Monday by the Journal of Pediatrics.

Sercomm Philippines Reaches Milestone of Cumulative Production of 10 Million Units
Yahoo Finance - 2021-03-29
Collaborating with local business partners, Sercomm Philippines hit a major milestone in March, cumulatively producing 10 million units in eighteen months, accompanied by more than 2,000 local ...

DOLE sets grant guidelines for health workers who survive COVID-19
Gov - 2021-03-29
With 27 health care workers (HCW) in Bohol testing positive for COVID-19, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bohol Field Office reminded HCWs in the private sector to consider compensation grants available under the Bayanihan To Heal as

Happy 27th Birthday, Dear Philippine Internet
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-29
Dear Philippine Internet, Hope this letter finds you and your users well amidst this pandemic. On behalf of the 73.91 million Filipinos (the number of online citizens in the Philippines as of 2020), allow me first to greet you a "Happy 27th Birthday!

Coronavirus latest: Philippines logs record-high 10,016 new cases
NIKKEI - 2021-03-29
Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the coronavirus that was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Cumulative global cases have reached 127,116,891, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Coronavirus latest: Philippines receives 1m Sinovac doses as cases surge
NIKKEI - 2021-03-29
Nikkei Asia is tracking the spread of the coronavirus that was first detected in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Cumulative global cases have reached 127,116,891, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Tech CEOs, Congress clash over the spread of misinformation
Fortune - 2021-03-29
Jack Dorsey, Sundar Pichai, and Mark Zuckerberg defended their platforms.

NBN Fixed Wireless Plus busy hour uploads barely over 4Mbps and ACCC is okay with that
ZDNet - 2021-03-29
ACCC report shows users on the fastest NBN fixed wireless plan averaged a mere 6Mbps when uploading. By Chris Duckett | March 29, 2021 -- 00:31 GMT (17:31 PDT) | Topic: Networking The first edition of the Measuring Broadband Australia report from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to incorporate fixed wireless upload speeds was released on Monday,

Australia's third-largest city to enter three-day COVID-19 lockdown
Reuters - 2021-03-29
SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australian authorities announced a snap three-day COVID-19 lockdown in the northern city of Brisbane from Monday afternoon, as they attempt to stamp out an outbreak of the virulent UK variant of the virus. About 2 million people in the ...

AboitizPower eyeing to hike investments in RE projects
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-29
Aboitiz Power Corp. has identified opportunities that would boost its renewable energy (RE) portfolio in order to hit a 50:50 balance between thermal and renewables by 2030. Aboitiz Power President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel V.

Business lauds signing of CREATE Act
Manila Bulletin - 2021-03-28
Despite misgivings, the business sector lauded President Duterte for signing the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE), a game-changer law that is expected to support the economic recovery of the Philippines with its modern and ...

Transforming customer experiences with a Flexshoring model
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
When it comes to the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, a key economic driver in the Philippines [1], diversification and long-term thinking are critical factors when considering an ...

OzTech: Western Sydney startup hub gets green light; New crime-solving app; More NBN satellite coverage; Free Pluralsight courses in April
Computerworld - 2021-03-28
The New South Wales government has received approval for a second startup hub project located in the Parramatta North Heritage Core, in Greater Western Sydney. The hub was first announced in December 2020 and received approval in March 2021, which allows ...

This Microsoft Flight Simulator mod features the cargo ship stuck in the Suez Canal
The Verge - 2021-03-28
The ship (and its trademark "Evergreen" lettering painted on the side) has become so iconic, in fact, that its become a destination within Microsoft Flight Simulator, at least for one virtual pilot who appears to have created a mod that places the grounded vessel within the virtual Earth of the game,

CREATE signing cheers business; DTI preps SIPP
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
THE business sector heaved a sigh of relief with the signing of the long-awaited corporate tax reform measure a day before lapsing into law, but continued to weigh the impact of the veto of nine provisions.

Why ECQ was inevitable
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
The headline reads that the Philippines has gone "full circle" with the current ECQ. That is not completely accurate. To go "full circle" is like travelling to the mall and returning to your same home.

The coronavirus chronicles: Are you zoomed out?
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
DURING the early months of pandemic, we were all initially excited about Zoom meetings. Working from home, these connected us to the office, to business partners, to friends and colleagues during the lockdown.

PHL to lose P548M from rice tariff cut-group
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
"Based on available data, importing rice is a profitable business with estimated profit margins of at least 20 percent. If tariffs are reduced to 35 percent, [the Commission] estimates cost ...

CREATE brings relief for MSME, labor-DOF chief
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said the timely enactment of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) Act will provide the much-awaited relief for many businesses,

No local-vaccine facility this year-investments regulator
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
THE business sector heaved a sigh of relief with the signing of the long-awaited corporate tax reform measure a...

Little women (with great faith)
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
Last part Everybody loves a courtroom story, be it told in the crisp pages of a book or through the visually enticing cinema screen. When a legal battle stretches for a prolonged period of time or when its direction seems to take a series of frustrating twists and turns,

Davao Fashion Design Council: A dynamic pandemic response
BusinessMirror - 2021-03-28
LIKE most fashion groups still grappling with the ravages of Covid-19, the Davao Fashion Design Council (DFDC) is responding to the pandemic with dynamism. In September 2020, it conducted a series of e-learning sessions for Davao creative communities with the International Trade Center|SME Trade Academy,

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