Agriculture production shrinks 3.3%

CROPS OUTPUT, which made up 59% of the agriculture sector’s total production, jumped 3.3% in the first quarter. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE COUNTRY’S agricultural output shrank by an annual 3.3% in the first quarter, as livestock and poultry production contracted, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Monday. In a statement, the PSA said the value of production…

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Accelerator programme designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship in Wales announces inaugural award winners

An accelerator programme designed to champion diversity across the Welsh business start-up landscape has announced the winners of its inaugural awards. The Excelerator Programme has seen 23 entrepreneurs that are young, female, disabled or from a black and minority ethnic background participate in a Welsh Government-funded 12-week immersive accelerator programme. The programme was launched to support groups that have been…

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GDP likely shrank anew in Q1 — poll

Localized lockdowns have been implemented due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS PHILIPPINE gross domestic product (GDP) likely declined at a slower pace in the first three months of 2021 compared with the previous quarters, a BusinessWorld poll showed, as a renewed surge in coronavirus infections and a stricter lockdown imposed in Metro Manila…

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Asda trials delivering food orders while customers are out in bid to sustain online shopping momentum

Asda is trialling delivering unattended food orders, allowing drivers to drop off customers’ shopping when no one is home. The trial allows shopping to be delivered within a four-hour window when the customer is out by dropping it into boxes fixed outside the shopper’s home. It comes as supermarkets aim to sustain the momentum in online shopping as the UK…

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1.5M more CoronaVac doses arrive

The Philippines on Friday took delivery of 1.5 million more doses of CoronaVac made by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd., a task force said in a social media post on Friday. The country has received 5.5 million doses of vaccines — five million from Sinovac, 525,600 from AstraZeneca Plc. and 15,000 from Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. The…

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Philippine COVID-infections hit 1.09M

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 7,733 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 1.09 million. The death toll rose by 108 to 18,099, while recoveries increased by 4,227 to over one million, it said in a bulletin. There were 66,626 coronavirus infections,1.1% of which were critical, 94.4% were mild, 2% did not show symptoms, 1.5% were severe and…

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Timeless investments with M Lhuillier Jewellers

With the economic effects caused by the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to make smarter decisions about finances and be prepared for what comes next. As investments, fine jewelry continues to stand the test of time. While currencies often fluctuate, the value of precious metals and gems are stable and even increase over time, making jewelry a less risky…

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