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They lost their jobs because of the pandemic. Now they're full-time video game coaches
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-16
(CNN) -- Trevor Andrews, 30, is a concert violist and music teacher who found his symphony performances canceled in late March as COVID-19 decimated the US economy. The private lessons he gave dried up as his clients cut back on their spending. The 30-year-old resident of South Portland, Maine, is an avid gamer who considers himself an expert ...

DOLE: Covid-19 pandemic displaces 1.5 million workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-16
The masks sell for P30 each, but he offers it at P100 for 4 pieces. The number of workers who were temporarily displaced due to the nationwide business disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has now reached 1.4 million, according to the Department of Labor and Employment. Based from its latest report, DOLE reported over ...

COVID-19 to have 'profound' mental health fallout
philstar.com - 2020-04-16
PARIS, France -- The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a "profound and pervasive impact" on global mental health as billions struggle to cope with isolated living and anxiety spikes, experts warned Thursday. In a paper published in Lancet Psychiatry, a panel of 24 specialists call for more funding for research into the impacts COVID-19 ...

Hot and humid weather to prevail over PH due to easterlies, says Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Hot and humid weather will prevail across the country on Thursday due to the easterlies or warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, the state weather bureau said.

SEC flags illegal "reseller" schemes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-16
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has urged the investing public to be wary of individuals or groups hawking reseller business partnerships that may only be a front for unauthorized investment schemes. In separate advisories issued on April 14, the SEC flagged the solicitation and investment-taking activities of JOCALS688 Beauty ...

Experts warn of urgent need for COVID-19 mental health research
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- Mental health and brain research must be a higher priority in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, scientists have said, warning that the crisis could have a "profound" and "pervasive impact" on global mental health now and in the future. In a paper published Wednesday in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, researchers called for ...

Wave of loan restructurings seen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
Philippine banks are seen mostly willing to restructure, but not condone, debt incurred by businesses that are now under distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a recent Management Association of the Philippines meeting via videoconferencing, BDO Unibank Inc. president Nestor Tan said that given the challenging environment to date, banks ...

Apple unveils new budget iPhone
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
(CNN) -- After years of releasing smartphones with four-figure price tags, Apple is reintroducing a lower-cost, stripped down iPhone model in an apparent effort to broaden its customer base. During a virtual presentation with reporters on Wednesday morning, a new normal for tech launches during the global pandemic, the company announced a new ...

BOP swings to $839-M surplus in February
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
The Philippine balance of payments (BOP) was back in the black in February as the amount it earned from its transactions with the rest of the world outpaced the amount of dollars it spent, according to the latest data from the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the $839-million surplus for February sharply ...

Caloocan health department on lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
The officer-in-charge of the city health department had tested positive for the disease, sources confirmed to The STAR yesterday. The doctor called for a meeting on Monday with division chiefs and staff about their COVID-19 response without disclosing that she had her swab samples taken after being exposed to two persons infected with the virus.

Asean Plus Three eye joint rice, cash reserves during pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Workers unload tons of rice to be distributed to Quezon City barangays affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. (NONOY LACZA) THE Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), along with partners China, Japan and South Korea are now eyeing to use their joint rice and cash reserves to ensure food security among their members during the novel ...

Wear OS smartwatches now remind you to wash your hands
Mashable - 2020-04-15
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 ...

Astronomers discover brightest supernova ever
UPI.com - 2020-04-15
April 15 (UPI) --Astronomers have discovered the brightest supernova ever. The stellar explosion recorded by an international team of astronomers was twice as bright as the average supernova. When stars die, they collapse in on themselves and explode, releasing massive amounts of energy. In the Milky Way, a supernova occurs roughly once every ...

Solon wants PH to relax rice importation rules to ensure adequate supply
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines - Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda is urging the government to relax rules on rice importation and secure commitments from other countries to avoid a rice shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Salceda explained on Wednesday that these moves -- while sustaining the local production of rice -- would be necessary as it ...

Cayetano orders House leaders to work with Palace on 2021 budget
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has instructed two members of the lower chamber to work with the Palace in crafting the national budget for 2021. Following the order, Deputy Speaker for Finance Luis Raymund Villafuerte and Rep. Eric Yap, who chairs the appropriations committee, met with Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado ...

Interim Guidance for CPR in Patients With COVID-19
Medscape - 2020-04-15
Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The American Heart Association (AHA) and seven other medical societies have issued interim guidance to inform treatment of victims of cardiac arrest with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, focusing on reducing provider exposure, and prioritizing ...

'We Alerted The World' To Coronavirus On Jan. 5, WHO Says In Response To U.S.
NPR - 2020-04-15
"We regret the decision of the president of the United States to order a halt in funding to the World Health Organization," WHO Direct0r-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday in response to President Trump's plan to stop U.S. money from going to the agency. The U.S. is the top contributor to WHO, which is leading the fight against ...

Amazon's head of operations in Europe has left the company, amid coronavirus-fueled surge in online orders
Business Insider - 2020-04-15
The executive's departure, confirmed by Amazon, comes at a stress point for the online retailer as record orders slam the company.

DA asks LGUs not to disrupt food trade with arbitrary rules
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
PFDA-NFPC said it will continue to issue permits to stakeholders with "legitimate" business within its ports while it observes required health protocols against Covid-19. They will also continue to "exercise due diligence in evaluating permit applications in order to discourage occurrences that may be detrimental to the well-meaning goals ...

Navy seizes Zamboanga City-bound contraband cigarettes from Sulu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines --Amid authorities busy enforcing enhanced community quarantine measures, traders from Sulu attempted to take advantage of the situation by shipping in cigarettes, disguised as essential goods. On Tuesday, April 14, a Navy patrol boat intercepted at sea a wooden-hull boat that sailed from Jolo ...

DFA: Luzon consular services remain suspended until April 30; VisMin COs on limited scale ops
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced on Tuesday that its Consular Offices (CO) in Luzon, along with the Office of Consular Affairs at the Aseana Business Park in Parañaque, will continue to suspend its operations until April 30, 2020 due to the extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon. On the other hand ...

Pentagon IG: No proof White House interfered in $10B Microsoft contract
UPI.com - 2020-04-15
April 15 (UPI) --A $10 billion JEDI cloud contract the Department of Defense awarded to Microsoft doesn't appear to have been improperly influenced by the White House, a Pentagon watchdog said Wednesday. The Defense Department Office of the Inspector General said, though, the White House didn't give full cooperation to its investigation, so the ...

A thing called society: Social protection for all
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Under the Thatcher-Reagan privatization framework, governments have no business providing public services. Let the private sector take over the public utilities engaged in the delivery of public services such as transport, water, medical, power, communications, and so on. Today, the world is rediscovering the central and strategic importance of ...

SM Foundation, Uniqlo send food packs to SM Cares Villages
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
It will be recalled that SM Cares Villages were built to help survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda in 2013 rebuild their lives. It is a joint undertaking of SM and its service providers, tenants, business partners, employees and communities. The first SM Cares Village was turned over to 200 beneficiaries last November 9, 2014 in Bogo City ...

Camarines Norte acquires 200 rapid antibody-based test kits
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
GUINOBATAN, Albay, Philippines -- The provincial government of Camarines Norte has acquired 200 rapid antibody-based test kits approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). Rapid antibody-based tests are done to suspected cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) especially those who are already showing symptoms for five up to 21 ...

DOT warns middlemen for marked-up hotel rates for OFWs
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has issued a stern warning to individuals and groups taking advantage of the room allotments for repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by posing as middlemen, in exchange for a commission from accommodation establishments, which marks up current room rates. In a statement, Tourism ...

Allow food firms in Bukidnon to operate - DA
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is appealing to Bukidnon to allow continued food production after the province was placed under total lockdown. Agriculture Secretary William Dar appealed anew to local government units to reconsider policies in ensuring continued operations related to food production, processing, transport ...

DTI: Food manufacturers now at up to 90% capacity
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The supply of food products in Luzon is seen to get a boost as food manufacturers are now operating at 80 to 90 percent capacity, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said. "We can now catch up with the supply of some products because we allow them now to operate at capacity," Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said ...

DOJ studying possibility of releasing elderly, sick and low-risk prisoners
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
Meanwhile, the Judicial Reform Initiative (JRI) has joined calls for the release of prisoners vulnerable to COVID-19 infections. The JRI is composed of leading business organizations, judicial advocacy groups, and foreign chambers of commerce in the Philippines. It identified identified highly vulnerable PDLs, such as senior citizens and ...

Fire breaks out in Binondo
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 40 families were left homeless when a fire struck a residential area in Binondo, Manila yesterday. The fire broke out at a two-story residential building before spreading to 20 houses along Valderama street, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). Arson probers said the fire reached the third alarm ...

5 more cops infected with virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Five more police officers have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 55 the number of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel infected with COVID-19. PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the new COVID-19 patients - all men - are undergoing treatment. Two of the patients are assigned ...

Makati to roll out P50 million gift vouchers
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Makati government will distribute P50 million worth of grocery vouchers to city residents, including those living in condominiums, Mayor Abby Binay announced yesterday. Binay said grocery vounchers worth P500 would be given to each families to help them cope with the public health crisis during the enhanced community ...

Quezon City funeral parlors cannot reject COVID victims
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
QUEZON CITY, Philippines -- The Quezon City government has passed an ordinance imposing penalties on funeral parlors and crematoriums that refuse to accept the cadavers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) victims. Mayor Joy Belmonte approved the ordinance establishing protocols for the management of the deceased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airline losses seen to worsen
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Estimated revenue losses of airlines this year are expected to worsen as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic takes a deeper toll on the industry. In its updated analysis of the revenue impact of the pandemic on the global air transport industry, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said ...

BOP posts $839 million surplus in February
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The country enjoyed a surplus of $839 million in its balance of payments (BOP) position in February, 78 percent higher than the $467 million recorded in the same month last year as more dollars flowed into the country, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The BOP surplus in February reflected mainly the ...

Health worker deployment ban constitutional -- Panelo
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The ban on sending health workers abroad is constitutional, but existing contracts should be honored to avoid dismissals and lawsuits, chief presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday. The temporary suspension of the deployment of health workers to other countries has drawn flak from groups, which argued ...

Laguna village chief hacked to death
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
LAGUNA , Philippines - A barangay captain in San Pablo City was hacked to death on Tuesday. Larry Rosales, 57, of Barangay Sta. Ana died on the way to the San Pablo City Medical Hospital, according to director Daniel Daganzo of the National Bureau of Investigation office in Laguna. The suspect, Pablito Hernandez, 45, was wounded in an alleged ...

5 LGUs execs told to explain lockdown violations
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Three governors and two mayors have been issued show-cause orders for allegedly violating the protocols of the enhanced community quarantine. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año did not identify the local government officials, who were given 48 hours from receipt of the order to give a written explanation on why they should ...

Creating the right time
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
When do we lift this lockdown? A team from the University of Philippines (UP) organized to look into the extended community quarantine imposed by the government last month in the whole of Luzon, and extended to the end of this month, has offered some insights leaning towards a modified lifting. The study supports the position of some business ...

2 Davao hospital employees die of COVID
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
DAVAO, Philippines -- Two employees of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City have died of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A female billing liaison officer of the hospital died last week while a male internal audit staff died yesterday, SPMC executive director Leopoldo Vega told The STAR. The SPMC is one of two ...

What is more important -- life or money
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
Last Monday, I, along with some Cabinet members, had a successful meeting with President Duterte. I would like to thank our President for his immediate approval of the procurement of rapid test kits. This will significantly help contain the coronavirus ...

Financial adviser says businesses must innovate to ensure growth post-lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) - Financial adviser and best-selling author Chinkee Tan told CNN Philippines that businesses must innovate to thrive in the 'new normal' after the enhanced community quarantine is lifted. "You have to already start changing and adapting, and there are certain industries who are willing to change and ...

FFCCCII raises P265 million to fight virus
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-15
The amount it collected as of April 14--through the Filipino Chinese Community Calamity Fund (FCCCF) comprised of 11 major Filipino Chinese business, civic and cultural organizations--has been used for medical supplies and food packages distributed to intended beneficiaries. Medical items, such as N95 masks, surgical masks, personal ...

Trump halts World Health Organization funding amid coronavirus pandemic
InterAksyon - 2020-04-15
WASHINGTON-- President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would halt funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic while his administration reviews its response to the global crisis. Trump, at a White House news conference, said the WHO had "failed in its basic duty and it must be held accountable."

Mayor Sara donates salary for health workers afflicted with COVID
Gov - 2020-04-15
DAVAO CITY April 15(PIA) - Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has decided to make her one-year salary as trust fund for 12 health workers at the Southern Philippines Medical Center found to be Covid-19 positive in an announcement issued by Dr. Leopoldo Vega ...

Quakes jolt Eastern Visayas, Batanes
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Earthquakes shook parts of Eastern Visayas and Batanes yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said a magnitude 5 quake struck 14 kilometers northeast of Basey, Samar at about 9:07 a.m. The quake was felt at Intensity 4, which is classified as moderately strong, in Basey and Sta.

PhilHealth to continue footing hospital bills of COVID-19 patients, but imposes limits
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- The government will continue to cover the hospital bills of patients who tested positive for COVID-19. But the state-owned agency has imposed limits on bearing the cost of hospital expenses. This was announced by Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) Vice President for Corporate ...

PSG requires COVID-19 rapid testing for anyone seeking to meet Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-15
MANILA, Philippines -- As health precaution, the Presidential Security Group (PSG) has required anyone, including officials, seeking to meet President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo rapid testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "PSG requires everyone who goes near PRRD to undergo regular screening procedures which includes rapid testing ...

Marikina mayor ready to face charges for launching COVID-19 testing lab without DOH permit
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 15) -- Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said Wednesday he is ready to face charges for opening a testing facility for the coronavirus disease even without accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH). Teodoro admitted to CNN Philippines that he will be breaking the law when the COVID-19 testing center ...

Trump attack on WHO rocks global efforts to unite against virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-15
Meanwhile finance ministers from the G20 -- the world's richest countries -- held virtual talks Wednesday about a possible debt mororatorium for poor states struggling to weather the costs of ...

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