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COVID-19 claims lives of 6 Filipinos in France--envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Six Filipinos in France have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine ambassador to France revealed Wednesday. Ambassador Ma. Theresa Lazaro said the Philippine Embassy in Paris, France has received information that 11 Filipinos there have so far contracted the respiratory illness. Globally, France has ...

Telco firm PLDT allows staggered bill payments as COVID-19 reprieve
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Telco giant PLDT Inc. is allowing postpaid subscribers to pay their bills on an interest-free installment basi in a reprieve for customers amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. PLDT and Smart Communications announced on Tuesday (April 14) that the installment period will run for six-months starting this coming May 1. It will apply to ...

Fishing communities bear brunt of lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
A sinking feeling has enveloped fishing communities across the country as the uncertainty of an extended lockdown continues to bite. As the government scrambles to control the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), thousands of Filipinos whose lives depended on the sea have seen prices of seafood slashed by more than half because of ...

No need to be a voter to receive Pasig City aid amid COVID-19 crisis, Vico Sotto says
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Families in Pasig City not included in the national government's Social Amelioration Program for the COVID-19 crisis will still receive cash aid, Mayor Vico Sotto said. In a radio interview with DZMM, Sotto said the city government already "downloaded" the more than P700 million aid from the national government.

PRRD vows to protect health workers
Gov - 2020-04-15
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Apr. 15 (PIA) - President Rodrigo R. Duterte has vowed to protect the well being of all health workers during a press conference held midnight at the Malacañan Palace on Monday. Recognizing the important and valuable contribution of ...

Health care workers are 10%-20% of US coronavirus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
NEW YORK -- Between 10% and 20% of U.S. coronavirus cases are health care workers, though they tended to be hospitalized at lower rates than other patients, officials reported Tuesday.

Trump halts World Health Organization funding over handling of coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-14
(CNN) -- US President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is halting funding to the World Health Organization while a review is conducted. Trump said the review would cover the WHO's "role in severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus." Trump's announcement comes in the middle of the worst global pandemic in decades and as he ...

Weak office property demand seen to worsen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
It will likely get worse before it gets better for the office property sector amid the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, but tenants and landlords can both survive by accepting give-and-take arrangements. This is according to property consulting firm Colliers International Philippines, which estimated that office demand in the country had declined ...

Bloomberry seeks nongaming investment options
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
As the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzed its traditional integrated gaming business, tycoon Enrique Razon Jr.-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp. is widening its investment radar to include other nongaming assets that can help drive future growth. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Tuesday, the owner and developer of Solaire Resort & Casino ...

PAL mounts 3 special flights to Canada
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Tuesday mounted three special flights for Canadians stranded in the country due to travel restrictions. Flight PR-118 took off for Toronto from Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 around 3:40 p.m. Flights PR-5118 and PR-116 were set to depart for Vancouver and Toronto at 6 p.m. and 7:20 p.m ...

Join a Live Q&A with Bradley Tusk tomorrow at 1pm ET/10am PT
TechCrunch - 2020-04-14
Bradley Tusk is relatively unique among investors. Where other VCs shy away from heavily regulated industries and businesses, Tusk leans in. The Tusk Ventures founder and CEO has investments that include Uber, Bird, Coinbase, Lemonade, FanDuel and Alma Health. At a time when good governance is front and center, and innovative thinking to evolve ...

Bloom Partners With Transunion To Bring Consumer Credit Data To Blockchain
Forbes - 2020-04-14
Identity theft continues to be a global issue as data breaches remain prevalent. Blockchain startup ... [+] Bloom wants to help consumers find and protect their leaked data. (Photo by Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images) Data breaches and identity theft are among the biggest downside to doing business online. Every year, hundreds of millions of ...

COVID-19: Google And Apple Reveal More Intriguing Details Of Contact-Tracing
Forbes - 2020-04-14
Contact tracing on an iPhone or Android handset may be here in weeks. Contact-tracing is the heart of a new app being developed for iPhones and Android handsets, through a ground-breaking collaboration between Apple and Google. MORE FROM FORBESExciting New Apple iPhone Feature Revealed, Report ClaimsBy David Phelan In conversation with both ...

iDrive Cloud Backup deal: Pay $3.48 for 5TB and save 95% the first year
ZDNet - 2020-04-14
If you want to backup all your devices -- whether it's a PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, or tablet -- to one cloud storage account but don't want to go broke doing so, check out this exclusive iDrive Cloud Backup deal for ZDNet readers. Disclosure: ZDNet may earn an affiliate commission from some of the products featured on this page.

Treatment Tips in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Medscape - 2020-04-14
This interview was originally published as part of MDEdge's Blood & Cancer podcast series. In this episode, Anthony R. Mato, MD, and Lindsey Roeker, MD, both of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, joined podcast host David Henry, MD, of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, at the 2019 meeting of the American Society of ...

Apple unveils mobility data tool to help prevent spread of COVID-19
UPI.com - 2020-04-14
April 14 (UPI) --Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new mobility trends tool to aid COVID-19 prevention efforts like social distancing. The tool shows "mobility trends for major cities and 63 countries or regions," the Apple statement said. It uses data from requests to Apple Maps for directions to compare changes in people driving, walking and using ...

This gadget wants to help you with your time management -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-04-14
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

NPLs seen to rise as PHL economy faces recession amid virus spread
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
Ricafort said the Central Bank could still cut the policy rates and reserve requirement ratio (RRR) to boost lending and stimulate business and economic activities. BSP had eased policy rates ...

5 arrested at Davao del Sur checkpoint for passing off cigarettes as food
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines -- Five persons were arrested Tuesday by a composite team of police and military personnel after passing off contraband cigarettes as food at a checkpoint at the border of Davao del Sur and Cotabato provinces. Maj. Peter Glenn Ipong, chief of the Bansalan Municipal Police Station, said that the Criminal ...

A half million Zoom accounts are being sold on the dark web
Mashable - 2020-04-14
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

Over communication, creativity and decisiveness: Keys to real estate and the Covid-19 pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
"I work as a director for asset management. So as the head of that group, my duty first and foremost is to ensure all operating assets of the business. That includes people is protected adequately. So, we do this job by having an operationally efficient team, spec people and business partners who are supported by these forces and effective ...

Satellites help solar power plants anticipate cloud cover, sunlight availability
UPI.com - 2020-04-14
April 14 (UPI) --When it comes to cloud cover, weather forecasts offer rather imprecise predictions, making it hard for solar power plants to anticipate sunlight availability. To solve the problem, scientists have developed a new model -- powered by data collected by recently launched satellites -- to forecast the optical properties of clouds ...

Freelance job platforms are thriving in the pandemic, and their rise could further erode ad agencies
Business Insider - 2020-04-14
Networks like Tongal, Communo, and We Are Rosie have seen rapid growth as traditional ad agencies and production companies lay off staff.

Sony announces $10M fund to help indie game developers impacted by COVID-19
TechCrunch - 2020-04-14
Though more people are stuck at home with their PCs and gaming consoles, times are still tough for small indie game developers that are often dependent on gaming conferences to both promote their titles and source investments and publishing deals. Today, Sony announced that they had earmarked $10 million for a fund dedicated to helping out ...

DOF bares P120-billion small business credit guarantee
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
"This [small business wage subsidy] will complement the Social Amelioration Program in the Bayanihan Law by providing support to the formal sector employees who comprised the middle class," Dominguez said. "These efforts will be complemented by other relief programs for small businesses such as credit guarantee for small business loans ...

Microsoft pushes back end of support date for Windows 10 1809
ZDNet - 2020-04-14
Less than a month after it postponed the end of support for some Windows 10 1709 versions, Microsoft is doing the same for Windows 10 1809, the feature update to Windows 10 released in the fall of 2018. In the case of Windows 10 1809, however, the delay affects more of the available SKUs. Microsoft is attributing the Windows 10 1809 support ...

PSA suspends registration for national ID
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
PSA also said the PhilSys can also reduce corruption such as in the implementation of emergency reform and budget release as well as the promotion of ease of doing business. Earlier, the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) said efforts to distribute social amelioration could be smoother if the National Identification System or ...

Nearly three-quarters of Americans are feeling the financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic
Business Insider - 2020-04-14
In a new Insider poll, 72% of Americans said they are experiencing some level of financial hardship due to the coronavirus.

UP COVID-19 team suggests localized quarantine after initial lockdown ends
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines - The COVID-19 response team of the University of the Philippines (UP) has suggested enforcing localized quarantine measures after the initial enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) deadline ends on April 30. A study made by the UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, which was released on Monday, found that, while the ECQ over ...

More firms donate funds for Project Ugnayan
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
Port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), owned by billionaire Enrique Razon Jr., said it gave P100 million to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), as part of the business community-led Project Ugnayan. "Aside from being a health crisis, the pandemic is causing a toll on the economic and social ...

Telcos told to present business continuity plan
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
In Photo: A cell site tower is seen in Las Piñas City. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has required all public telecommunication entities and Internet service providers to submit their business continuity plan that will ensure unhampered delivery of critical services especially since the Philippines is in a tough battle ...

P350-billion loans eyed for business to keep workers amid pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
With CRMS, he said the Small Business Corp. can provide an MSME Credit Mediation and Restructuring Service to help it negotiate more favorable credit terms with banks, lending institutions and financial intermediaries; provide technical advice and assistance with credit mediation; and offer loan guarantees and direct loans with favorable terms ...

6 arrested for tupada in Laguna
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
LAGUNA, Philippines - Six persons were arrested for illegal cockfighting in Barangay Pooc, Sta. Rosa City, Laguna on Monday. Lt. Col. Eugene Orate, city police chief, said Reymundo Banuel, 42; Joy Morales, 34; Marvin Magbato, 33; Ronaldo Soriente, 50; Ricky Liada, 49, and Domingo Arianda face charges for violation of the Cockfighting Law.

Drug store owner caught selling overpriced alcohol
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan , Philippines - A drug store owner was arrested in an entrapment in Barangay Ugac in this city on Monday for allegedly selling overpriced alcohol. Roxanne Zalun, 30, reportedly sold a gallon of alcohol for P750 to an undercover agent. The suggested retail price is only P520. At least 320 gallons of alcohol were ...

Philippines faces lower risks to cyberattacks
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has a lower risk to cyberattacks compared to its peers in the region, but appears to be less prepared for cyberthreats, a report commissioned by software firm VMware showed. Based on Deloitte Cyber Smart:Enabling APAC businesses report, the Philippines ranked 9th on preparedness and 8th on exposure among ...

PLDT provides free access to COVID online platform
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Telecommunications and digital services provider PLDT Inc. is providing free access to an online platform developed to help in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. PLDT said it is enabling Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers with free access to StaySafe.ph, a newly launched emergency response ...

ADB pandemic triples response package to $20 billion
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has tripled the size of its response package to the COVID-19 pandemic to $20 billion and will streamline its operations to speed up the delivery of assistance. The new package expands the $6.5 billion initial response announced last month with the addition of $13.5 billion in resources to ...

Victorias Milling earns 15% higher
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Listed sugar miller Victorias Milling Co. Inc. (VMC) saw its net income increase by 15 percent to P371 million for the first semester of the current crop year despite lower revenues. Based on its filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange, VMC revenues declined 21 percent to P2.8 billion. "Decrease in consolidated ...

Bloomberry eyes more investments
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Bloomberry Resorts Corp., the operator of Solaire Resorts and Casino, plans to expand its "investment universe" to create additional value for its shareholders. The Enrique Razon-led company said in a stock exchange filing yesterday that it intends to make additional future investments in the interest of enhancinag ...

McDonald's China apologizes for banning black people from a store
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-14
(CNN) -- McDonald's is in damage control mode after a restaurant in China displayed a sign banning black people from the premises. The sign, which recently circulated on social media, said the McDonald's location in Guangzhou has "been informed that from now on black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant." The sign is "not ...

Pasig allots P1.5 billion as supplemental cash aid
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
PASIG, Philippines -- The Pasig City government has earmarked P1.5 billion as supplemental cash assistance for families in the city not covered by the social amelioration program (SAP) of the national government, Mayor Vico Sotto said yesterday. The fund, sourced from different city government projects they decided to cancel or postpone until ...

NFA reports delivery failure
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The delivery of rice meant to augment the supply in the National Capital Region encountered problems yesterday at quarantine checkpoints, National Food Authority (NFA) officials said yesterday. NFA administrator Judy Carol Dansal told The STAR that the drivers of 14 trucks carrying 14,000 sacks of rice from Regions 1, 2 ...

Quezon City , Muntinlupa begin community testing
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- The Quezon City government began its community-based testing on Monday as part of its efforts to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Project manager Joseph Juico said 167 residents underwent testing during the pilot implementation of the program. Sixty-five people were tested at the facility ...

Manila barangay shut down over boxing, bingo
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered a 24-hour shutdown of a barangay in Parola, Tondo after residents held a boxing match and a bingo game last Saturday despite the community quarantine. In an executive order dated April 13, Moreno cited a Facebook video showing at least 100 residents of Barangay 20, Zone 2, District 1 ...

P70 million shabu seized in Cavite
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
CAVITE , Philippines -- Eleven kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P70.4 million were allegedly recovered from two foreigners and their Filipino cohorts in Dasmariñas City, Cavite yesterday. Nigerian Clement Nwachukwu, Starboi Nwachukwu of Botswana and Mohammad Akil and Saimen, both surnamed Esmail, were arrested in a sting in ...

Health workers banned to leave, as overseas employees lose jobs
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
Government has banned overseas placements of health workers. This, as it braces for a flood of returning employees laid off from foreign lands. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration barred since Apr. 2 the deployment abroad of health workers. Prevented from departing are doctors, nurses, microbiologists, molecular biologists ...

Mid-sized banks seek lower reserve
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Mid-sized banks are urging the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to further lower the level of deposits they are required to keep with the BSP to free up another P30 billion to keep the economy afloat amid the global health crisis. Suzanne Felix, executive director of the Chamber of Thrift Banks (CTB), told The STAR the ...

Easter 2020 and of years past
philstar.com - 2020-04-14
The two most important dates of Christendom are Easter and Christmas. In the history of Christianity, these two dates remind us of spiritual birth and resurrection. The coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically challenged many aspects of social and religious life. It affects all religions. Easter 2020 was momentously ...

A social enterprise in time of Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
MY social enterprise One Closet started out as a gown rental shop in Butuan with the aim of assisting marginalized children in Mindanao with their education. Our business model is simple: We ask for donations of pre-loved formal wear from fashion designers and other individuals, and then we rent them out to customers who like to have their ...

Govt prepares for return of thousands of OFWs displaced by COVID-19 pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-14
The virus has spread the top destinations for OFW abroad including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, and Kuwait, where it has causes business disruptions and labor displacements. It also heavily affected the cruise ship industry, which employed thousands of OFWs. In anticipation of the mass ...

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