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Nearly 20K avail of Tesda free online courses amid Luzon lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) is offering free online courses that quarantined residents may avail of during the Luzon-wide lockdown being enforced to block the spread of the coronavirus disease. According to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, a total of 19,598 enrollees have signed up ...

4Ps beneficiaries, poor families in Manila, Parañaque to start receiving emergency subsidy Friday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and poor families in the cities of Manila and Parañaque will receive their emergency subsidy as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and enhanced community quarantine starting Friday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced.

Coronavirus hits 32 Filipinos in Singapore
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines --The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has so far infected 32 Filipinos in Singapore, with 26 of them still under medical care, the Philippine Embassy in the Southeast Asian city-state said. In an update on its Facebook page Thursday, the embassy said the 26 Filipinos patients remain admitted in hospitals while six ...

Malabon to endorse 86K families to DSWD for COVID-19 aid package
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines - The Malabon City government is planning to endorse all of its around 86,000 families to avail of the social amelioration package of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Malabon City Mayor Antolin "Lenlen" Oreta said he ordered all 21 barangays in Malabon to update their databases of families so he ...

Discrimination vs COVID-19 patients, frontliners now illegal in Manila
philstar.com - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Those who will discriminate against patients with coronavirus disease, people suspected to have infection and frontliners will now be penalized in Manila City. The city government of Manila passed the Anti COVID-19 Discrimination ...

123 marooned Filipino seafarers back home from Spain - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- One hundred twenty three Filipino seafarers have arrived in Manila from Spain Thursday night, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. "All 123 Filipinos underwent ...

Wall Street rises for first time in three days as oil spurts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
NEW YORK -- Wall Street rallied Thursday for its first gain in three days after a sudden surge in oil prices revived beaten-down energy stocks. But, as has so often been the case in this year ...

Economy to grow by just 2% this year as COVID-19 pandemic bites - ADB
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 3) -- Economic growth would see a sharp slowdown this year as the global COVID-19 pandemic cripples business and consumer spending, a report released Friday by the Asian Development Bank said. In its "Asian Development Outlook 2020" annual report, the regional development finance lender slashed its growth ...

Economists call for "calibrated easing" of ECQ
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
A group of prominent economists appealed to the government to end the Luzon-wide lockdown as originally scheduled on April 12, and henceforth shift to "calibrated easing," worried about further economic damage amid an ongoing war against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), an organization dedicated to ...

Pagasa: Fair Friday weather nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-03
MANILA, Philippines -- Most parts of the country will hot and humid weather anew with cloudy skies and isolated ran showers on Friday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Social distancing and associations: Lessons learned
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
As social organizations, associations view social distancing as antithesis to their "business as usual" operation. So what can they do during these social distancing times? Here are some strategies that associations here and abroad have undertaken to cope, explore opportunities, and keep afloat during this difficult time: Going digital.

Diplomat dies of COVID-19; guidelines underway for returning OFWs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla on Thursday succumbed to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a hospital in Beirut where she had been confined.Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who broke the news on Twitter, said an honor guard would receive the remains of Catalla, a career diplomat for some three decades.

FBI warns video calls are getting hijacked. It's called 'Zoombombing'
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-02
(CNN) -- As video conference app Zoom surges in popularity due to increased usage amid the coronavirus pandemic, US federal officials are now warning of a new potential privacy and security ...

In preparedness vs virus, vulnerable PH at bottom with India
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
The Philippines is near the bottom in terms of health care spending among 20 emerging markets ranked according to their preparedness vis-a-vis the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), but the ...

BPO sector seen to help temper downturn
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
With the COVID-19 pandemic widely expected to cause a global recession, the Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) sector can be part of the solution to counter the downturn in the country, just like how it had stepped up to the plate during the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the chief of Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC) said.

Aboitiz unit aborts plan to buy Vietnam wind power firm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
Aboitiz Power Corp. has called off what would have been its first foray in the overseas renewable energy market through a $46-million acquisition of a firm behind a wind power project in Vietnam. AboitizPower said in a regu­latory filing the planned full ownership interest in Mekong Wind Pte. Ltd. from Armstrong Southeast Asia Clean Energy ...

Lazada, Shopee, ZALORA top list of most visited online stores in PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
As people turn toward online stores and marketplaces to buy what they need during the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brands could take into consideration which platforms are most visited by consumers to ensure that they still reach their target markets--and here in the Philippines, these are Lazada, Shopee, Zalora and BeautyMNL, says ...

World Bank to roll out $160-billion emergency aid over 15 months
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
UNITED States -- The World Bank on Thursday approved the first steps in a plan to roll out $160 billion in emergency aid over 15 months to help countries deal with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. The board of the Washington-based development lender approved the first set of fast-track crisis projects, with an initial $1.9 ...

Coronavirus latest: Global infections surpass 1m
NIKKEI - 2020-04-02
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated ... However, supermarket sales grew 11% during the period as people hurried to stockpile household essentials. 5:58 p.m. The Philippines reports its biggest daily increase coronavirus infections with 538 new cases, bringing the total to 2,084, with 88 deaths ...

Coronavirus Antibodies: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Serology Test, Could Lead To Plasma Treatment
International Business Times - 2020-04-02
The FDA sent an emergency use authorization letter to Cellex Inc., the developer of the test The test must be performed by an authorized laboratory and involves a blood draw The FDA said the public health emergency benefits outweigh the known potential risks of the test The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday authorized its first emergency ...

What you need to know about the PlayStation 5
Mashable - 2020-04-02
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Coronavirus Shown To Spread Through Talking And Breathing According To Scientific Experts
International Business Times - 2020-04-02
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has maintained that the coronavirus is spread through coughing and sneezing, scientific experts also believe that it can be spread through talking and possibly breathing Dr. Harvey Fineberg, chairman of the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21 st Century Health ...

Malawi announces first coronavirus cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
MALAWI -- Malawi on Thursday announced its first three coronavirus infections, one of the last African countries to report the potentially deadly disease. The southern African country was one of the few without any confirmed cases along with the Comoros, Lesotho, Sao Tome and Principe and South Sudan. "Upon arrival in Malawi, she placed ...

6 Iconic Companies That Succeeded During a Recession
Inc - 2020-04-02
There is something extraordinary that happens at the start of any recession. Companies large and small take their yearly forecasts, models, and plans and crinkle them up in their fists to toss them in the trash. It is not uncommon for people to preach when a recession is looming, but it is quite rare to know exactly when the bulls turn to bears.

'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' director on the barriers surrounding rural abortions
Mashable - 2020-04-02
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Twitter discloses bug that accidentally cached DMs in Firefox for 7 days
ZDNet - 2020-04-02
Social networking giant Twitter disclosed today a bug on its platform that impacted users who accessed their platform using Firefox browsers. According to Twitter, its platform stored private information inside the Firefox browser's cache -- a folder where websites store information and files temporarily. Twitter said that once users left their ...

Twitter discloses Firefox bug that cached private files sent or received via DMs
ZDNet - 2020-04-02
Social networking giant Twitter disclosed today a bug on its platform that impacted users who accessed their platform using Firefox browsers. According to Twitter, its platform stored private files inside the Firefox browser's cache -- a folder where websites store information and files temporarily. Twitter said that once users left their ...

Disney debuts its streaming service in India
TechCrunch - 2020-04-02
Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $20) for a ...

Google to allow some coronavirus ads after broad ban
UPI.com - 2020-04-02
April 2 (UPI) --Google will lift a broad ban on coronavirus advertisements, phasing in some advertisers with a priority on those working directly on the pandemic. The company started blocking coronavirus-related ads in January, placing them under its "sensitive events policy," which blocks ads that exploit people during events such as natural ...

More quarantine sites eyed; DPWH rushes Rizal sports complex, PICC
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
The IATF spokesperson said this in preparation for the "new normal" being considered by the IATF, wherein some business operations will be allowed to resume, but on condition that social ...

Democrats delay nominating convention amid virus concerns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
UNITED States -- Democrats announced Thursday that they were postponing their presidential nominating convention until August, an unprecedented move that shows how the coronavirus is reshaping ...

SpaceX Bans Use Of Zoom App Over Reports Of 'Zoombombing' And Privacy Concerns
International Business Times - 2020-04-02
SpaceX reportedly told employees to stop using Zoom amid reports of "zoombombing" and concerns over private data encryption SpaceX has remained in operation because of its status as a U.S. defense contractor NASA also told its employees to find alternate means of communication following the "zoombombing" reports Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk ...

Demand for office space seen falling by nearly half
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
Office demand by year-end would be between 800,000 square meters to 1 million square meters of office space--the same space needed by Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and business process outsourcing firms (BPOs). In contrast, last year there were 1.7 million square meters of office space transactions, or a reduction of between 41 ...

One does not have to be rich to help others
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
For instance, he announced that he would ease the Covid-19 guidelines by Easter and normalize business in the US, until Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top American expert on infectious diseases, presented his model, warning Trump to be prepared for 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. Premature withdrawal of the social distancing guidelines by Easter and ...

Medical experts from China to arrive in PH over the weekend -- embassy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Twelve medical experts from China are set to arrive in the Philippines over the weekend to assist the government in responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, the Chinese Embassy in the Manila said. In a statement on Thursday, the embassy said the medical team from China will provide ...

Philippine banks in the time of Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
However, the two current unknowns are the questions of how long the business shutdown will last and how long it will take to get the economy running near full speed again. The most critical foundation of an economy alongside the government is the banking system. Businesses and consumers need banks, and banks need their business and consumer ...

The Coronavirus Doesn't Discriminate, But U.S. Health Care Showing Familiar Biases
NPR - 2020-04-02
The new coronavirus doesn't discriminate. But physicians in public health and on the front lines say that in the response to the pandemic, they can already see the emergence of familiar patterns of racial and economic bias. In one analysis, it appears doctors may be less likely to refer African Americans for testing when they show up for care ...

AboitizPower halts buyout of Vietnam wind facility
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Aboitiz Power Corp. has terminated its acquisition of a 39.4-megawatt (MW) wind power facility in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam. It, however, will not fully abandon plans to enter the attractive Vietnam energy market. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange yesterday, AboitizPower said subsidiary AboitizPower ...

DENR official sees revival of native monkey farming amid global virus contagion
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
Before issuing a special permit, the DENR-BMB looks into the conservation status and conduct a background investigation of the applicants, he added. Usually, these applicants work for monkey farms whose business is to breed monkeys and sell the offspring, usually to foreign buyers, Calderon said.

3 more PNP personnel contract COVID-19, bringing total number to 13
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 2) -- Three more police personnel contracted COVID-19, bringing the total number to 13, the Philippine National Police confirmed Thursday. No details were given about the new cases. There are now 182 persons under investigation (PUIs), and 1,545 persons under monitoring (PUMs) within the PNP ranks.

Zuellig organizations respond to COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) has allocated P100 million to help address the COVID-19 pandemic. ZFF will purchase P40 million worth of ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE) for public hospitals in priority partner-provinces. This aid is on top of its ongoing efforts in helping partner local ...

Banking transactions eased as new law takes effect
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Local banks vowed to comply with the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of a new law aimed at easing the burden of Filipinos amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement, the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) said it has been in close coordination with regulators to ensure the ...

After bleach incident, cops tasked to secure health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- After warning certain groups against disrupting peace and order during the quarantine period, President Duterte has vowed to go after individuals who would harm health workers. Duterte ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify patrols so the public, including those working in hospitals and health centers ...

Partial lifting of ECQ mulled
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- A partial lifting of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is being considered by the government technical working group (TWG) in charge of formulating the analytical model for deciding on changes to the lockdown after it expires on April 14. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), which is ...

POGOs eyeing strong comeback upon lifting of travel ban -- LPC
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine offshore gaming operators or POGOs are expected to make a strong comeback once the travel ban is lifted, according to Leechiu Property Consultants (LPC). "POGO is our friend, more than our enemy," said David Leechiu, president of LPC. He said demand for office space is expected to hit 800,000 square meters ...

Landbank opens P10 billion loan window for LGUs
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Land Bank of the Philippines has launched a P10 billion emergency loan facility to help local government units (LGUs) purchase medical supplies, food items and other basic goods amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. In a statement, Landbank president and chief executive officer Cecilia Borromeo ...

SMC rolls out more food trucks to beef up supply
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel Corp. has expanded its Manukang Bayan on Wheels program to widen food availability and accessibility in several Metro Manila areas during the enhanced community quarantine period. SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang said the presence of food trucks in strategic and accessible locations around ...

Smart provides phones, SIM cards to PGH, AFP
philstar.com - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. has extended communications assistance to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) as part of its continuous support for COVID-19 frontliners. Smart is donating Smart and TNT SIMs and load cards to more than 1,000 AFP personnel ...

COVID-19 cases in Manila now at 127
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Eleven new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been recorded in Manila, bringing the latest number to 127. Of the total COVID-19 cases, 19 succumbed to the disease ...

I.A.T.F.: Wearing of face mask now mandatory in ECQ areas
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-02
To further help minimize the exposure of people from Covid-19, he said, the IATF also strongly encourage "supermarkets, public and private wet markets, grocery stores, agri-fishery supply stores, pharmacies, drug stores, and other retail establishments engaged in the business of selling basic necessities to extend their store operations to a ...

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