International Justice Mission (IJM), a global organization focused on human rights and enforcement, and TikTok, a short-video sharing platform, launched a campaign called #Report2Protect to increase awareness and reporting of online sexual exploitation of children. Both IJM and TikTok influencers will release educational videos that show the hotline of the Philippine National Police - Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC), ...

REUTERS TOKYO -- Asia's factories hit a rough patch in July as rising input costs and a new wave of coronavirus infections overshadowed solid global demand, highlighting the fragile nature of the region's recovery. Manufacturing activity rose in export powerhouses Japan and South Korea, though firms suffered from supply chain disruptions and raw material shortages that pushed up costs. China's ...

Image via Cohesion NEW YORK -- Before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Thru Shivakumar, co-founder and chief executive officer of Cohesion, was already working on apps to convert office buildings into smart spaces, powered by technology that enables interaction with tenants through phones and computers. Since the pandemic began, however, she is learning that the smart buildings of the ...

BW FILE PHOTO July was a brutal month for the Philippine peso and there appears to be little respite on the horizon. After capping its steepest monthly decline in over three years, the currency could extend losses due to a worsening virus outbreak and the risk of a sovereign rating downgrade. It may drop toward 51 per dollar, a level ...

Image via Steve Penton/CC BY 2.0/Flickr SYDNEY -- Australia's Queensland state on Monday extended a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading. Queensland said it had detected 13 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases in the past 24 ...

Image via Architect of the Capitol WASHINGTON -- US senators introduced a sweeping $1-trillion bipartisan plan to invest in roads, bridges, ports, high-speed internet, and other infrastructure, with some predicting the chamber could pass this week the largest public works legislation in decades. The massive infrastructure package, a goal that has eluded Congress for years, is a top legislative priority ...

Image via Gogolplex/CC BY-SA 4.0/via Wikimedia Commons ISTANBUL -- The death toll from wildfires on Turkey's southern coast rose to eight on Sunday as firefighters battled for a fifth day to contain blazes still raging in coastal resort towns. Two more people died on Sunday due to wildfires in the southern town of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding ...

Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side For every athlete whose Olympic dreams came true in Tokyo -- like weightlifter Hidilyn F. Diaz and boxer Nesthy A. Petecio -- there are so many others whose dreams were either dashed or delayed because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Tokyo 2020 was supposed to be part of the redemption arc of ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter HEADLINE INFLATION likely eased to a seven-month low in July, and returned to within the central bank's target range, with analysts noting that improved meat supply and a slower rise in transport costs likely offset higher prices of fuel and other food items. A BusinessWorld poll of 15 analysts yielded ...

MORE FOREIGN PORTFOLIO investments (FPI) entered Philippine markets than left it for a second straight month in June, when lockdown restrictions were further eased amid a drop in daily active cases. "Hot money" -- dubbed as such for the ease by which these funds enter and flee an economy -- yielded a net inflow of $334.51 million in June, based ...

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