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Filipino nurse in Ireland test positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino nurse in Ireland has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a Philippine diplomat said Thursday. While Consul General Senen Mangalile, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy in London, did not disclose further details about the nurse, he said the nurse is not in critical condition.

US airlines are doing away with middle seats and beverage service
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
(CNN) -- Fliers in the United States have gotten used to bringing their own food, but now they'll have to bring their own beverages, too. Major US airlines are implementing substantial changes to the few free things passengers still receive on airplanes, including drinks and snacks, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Delta Air Lines ...

Amazon warehouses are getting hit with coronavirus cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-26
(CNN) -- Amazon warehouses are facing a growing tide of coronavirus cases with at least 10 facilities hit so far, according to Amazon and local media reports. One person who works in Amazon's Staten Island, New York, fulfillment center tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the online retail giant told CNN Business late Tuesday. The person ...

MICP shifts to online transactions amid COVID-19 outbreak
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Manila International Container Port (MICP) announced on Wednesday its temporary closure to allow disinfection of its entire building as one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. At the same time, the Bureau of Customs has started to implement its contingency plan following guidelines set by the Department of ...

Cockfight derby attendees submit to health officers
Gov - 2020-03-26
DAVAO CITY March 25, 2020 (PIA) - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio confirmed many cockfight-enthusiasts submit themselves for medical consultation at the health offices in Sta. Ana and Crossing Bayabas, Toril after she called their attention to undergo ...

Loan facility set up for small, microenterprises
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
A state-owned company under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is opening a P1-billion loan facility that will be made available to micro and small companies when the quarantine is lifted. Small Business Corp. is setting up the fund under a loan program called Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso, which the Duterte administration had ...

SM Prime raises P15B from retail bond offer
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
Property giant SM Prime Holdings has raised P15 billion from a new public retail bond offering that was timely completed just before the metropolis was locked down to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday, SM Prime said it had issued on March 25 a total of P15 billion worth of five- and ...

O'Reilly Media, known for its influential open source conferences and books about coding, has laid off 75 people and shuttered its events business
Business Insider - 2020-03-25
O'Reilly Media, which hosts the Open Source Software Conference and publishes books on programming skills, had layoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic.

To adapt to cities, birds must grow their brains or grow their families
UPI.com - 2020-03-25
March 25 (UPI) --As the planet becomes increasingly urbanized, many species, including birds, are struggling to adapt to human presence. Urbanization can drive some bird species to extinction, but others are capable of thriving in cities. New research -- published this week in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution-- suggests birds have ...

Monday.com surpassed $130M ARR before the remote-work boom
TechCrunch - 2020-03-25
As efforts to flatten the spread of COVID-19 pushes employees from their offices, remote work is undergoing a surge in popularity. Well-known remote-work friendly companies like Zoom have seen a ...

These Apple-designed sneakers just sold for nearly $10,000 at auction. Here's the history behind the rare shoes.
Business Insider - 2020-03-25
Apple merchandise has always drawn interest from the brand's biggest fans, especially apparel designed only for employees.

Go opts for quarantine after contact with lawmaker with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go will go on self-quarantine after being in direct contact with a lawmaker who tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Go said that his staff would do contact tracing of other people who might also have been in direct contact 22ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap. "It is ...

Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI
TechCrunch - 2020-03-25
Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning.

Computer chip makers seek U.S. permission to work during pandemic
Reuters - 2020-03-25
(Reuters) - A group representing major United States semiconductor companies on Wednesday said it was working with federal officials to make clear to state and local officials overseeing lockdowns that chip companies are essential businesses that should continue operations. In a blog post, the Semiconductor Industry Association, which ...

Tim Cook Says Apple Is Sourcing 10 Million Masks From Its Supply Chain
Forbes - 2020-03-25
Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during a special event on September 10, 2019 in the ... [+] Steve Jobs Theater on Apple's Cupertino, California campus. Topline: Tim Cook on Wednesday said Apple has used its supply chain to procure and donate 10 million N95 protective masks to combat the coronavirus, making Apple one of several ...

Social distancing is slowing not only Covid-19, but other diseases too
Quartz - 2020-03-25
AI is upending companies, industries, and humanity. As governments around the world have pushed their citizens away from populated places to slow the spread of Covid-19, they may not have realized that they were also combatting other infectious diseases, such as the seasonal flu. But they have been, according to data from Kinsa Health, a ...

Philippines asks Netflix to cut bitrate to ease network congestion
NIKKEI - 2020-03-25
Netflix has been increasingly popular in the Philippines, with recent blockbuster shows such as Korean drama "Crash Landing On You," winning high profile fans including presidential daughter Sara Duterte and tycoon Manuel Pangilinan, the chairman and CEO of PLDT, the nation's largest telecom company. PLDT said previously that its growing data ...

Philippines asks Netflix to drop streaming quality to ease congestion
NIKKEI - 2020-03-25
Netflix has been increasingly popular in the Philippines, with recent blockbuster shows such as Korean drama "Crash Landing On You," winning high profile fans including presidential daughter Sara Duterte and tycoon Manuel Pangilinan, the chairman and CEO of PLDT, the nation's largest telecom company. PLDT said previously that its growing data ...

PNP taps police commanders to supervise quarantine checkpoints
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) will field police chiefs and other commanders to supervise the quarantine checkpoints that were set up to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Maj. Gen. Emmanuel Luis Licup of the PNP Directorate for Operations issued a memorandum dated March 23 directing all quarantine control points ...

Pampanga provincial health chief dies of suspected virus infection
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-25
The driver later recovered from the Covid-19 infection. CITY OF SAN FERNANDO--A pall of gloom hangs over the Capitol here following the demise early evening Tuesday of the provincial chief health officer due to suspected novel coronavirus (Covid-19) infection. Dr. Marcelo Y. Jaochico, provincial health chief of Pampanga, died alone on his ...

Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, 6 other telcos to help EU track virus
Business Insider - 2020-03-25
Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and five other telecoms providers have agreed to share mobile phone location data with the European Commission to track the spread of the coronavirus, lobbying group GSMA said on Wednesday.

Govt exempts farmers, fishers from quarantine restrictions
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-25
To note, the harvest season particularly for rice usually start on March and end on May. The exemption will apply to "all healthy farmers and farm workers, fishers, and agri-business personnel." Likewise, employees of agriculture supply stores/outlets and veterinary clinics will also be allowed to operate during the ECQ. However ...

With antivirus law, govt priority is giving cash aid to 18-M families
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-25
A sari-sari store owner in Manila uses a plastic cover as a protective shield from buyers in their neighborhood. It is business as usual but with twice the protection against the coronavirus. PROVIDING assistance for 18-million low-income households affected by the enhanced community quarantine due to the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19 ...

The calvary of our health workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-25
But what really strikes me as laudable (if followed to the letter), aside from the financial assistance to be given to the public under the order, is the retroactive cash compensation of P100,000 to public and private on-duty health workers who may be severely infected by Covid-19, and P1 million to public and private health workers who may die ...

Cavite town mayor positive for coronavirus
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
CAVITE, Philippines -- Mayor Junio Dualan of Naic, Cavite has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Dualan made the announcement in a post on Facebook on Tuesday, citing the result of his test conducted on March 18. "Positive, but in good condition... Ako po ay pinayuhan na mag self-quarantine," Dualan said.

DTI grants 1-month moratorium on MSME loan payments
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is offering a one month moratorium on loan payments of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and partner financial institutions (PFIs) in Luzon to help them deal with the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. Small Business (SB) Corp ...

Stocks surge back to 5,000 territory
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market rallied yesterday after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) agreed to cut the reserve requirement ratios of banks to inject more cash into the economy. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), rallied by 253.49 points, or 5.31 percent, to finish at 5,027.76. Likewise, the broader All ...

DA seeks P32 billion funding to address food supply
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is seeking P32 billion in funds to immediately roll out its interventions to ensure available food and stable prices amid the enhanced community quarantine. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the requested budget aims to expedite the implementation of the Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat ...

Doctor kidnapped in Sulu freed
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
SULU, Philippines -- Government security forces rescued in Sulu on Tuesday a doctor kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf bandits in Jolo in February. Daniel Moreno was recovered by personnel of the 11th Military Intelligence Battalion in Barangay Bangalan, Indanan town at around 7:30 p.m., according to Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana of the Western Mindanao ...

Banks told to sanitize bank notes to kill virus
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has instructed banks to sanitize banknotes to protect cash handlers and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in the country. In an advisory to all authorized agent banks, BSP cash department director Ruth Gonzaga said banks should conduct their own ...

The Coronavirus Is Starting To Have A Serious Impact On The Space Industry
Forbes - 2020-03-25
Space companies and organizations have continued to announce a swathe of delays and closures, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a lasting impact on the space industry. Already last week, several rocket launches and space missions had been affected by the pandemic. A European mission to Mars was postponed for two years in part due to ...

Rizal Governor Ynares tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines -- Rizal Gov. Rebecca "Nini" Ynares has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to her son, former Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III. "Official results are out. Mom is positive" Jun said in a text message sent to the Inquirer past 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

INTERVIEW: COVID-19 Patient No. 4 opens up about experience
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
What started as pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan in China has now become a global pandemic and is now known as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). It has also reached the Philippines as more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed on a daily basis. As of Wednesday afternoon, March 25, confirmed cases of the disease in the country soared to 630 ...

Drugs found on two arrested at quarantine checkpoint
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- Authorities at a quarantine checkpoint in Taguig City arrested two people in possession of illegal drugs on Wednesday. The two were caught at the quarantine checkpoint in Taguig's Seagull Avenue, Barangay San Miguel, the Southern Police District said. The police said the two were initially ...

PNA revises report that implied mass testing of PGH health workers
philstar.com - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine News Agency on Wednesday evening said that it has revised a Tuesday report entitled "PGH health workers test negative for Covid-19" to avoid misinformation. "The PNA apologizes for the perceived potentially misleading headline. What we meant to convey was only based on the limited information gathered ...

Rizal Governor Nini Ynares tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines - Rizal Gov. Rebecca "Nini" Ynares has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his son, former Antipolo City Mayor Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III said. The younger Ynares said in a post on Wednesday night that the 70-year-old governor was in stable condition, although she was placed isolated to prevent other people ...

More than 100 startups in Portugal are helping fight COVID-19 and it's a model other countries can follow
Business Insider - 2020-03-25
The Tech4Covid19 project recruited more than 3,000 volunteers in less than two weeks.

PCSO asked to turn over ?420M to PhilHealth for COVID-19 packages
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office was asked to transfer more than ?420 million of its fund to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, a Cabinet official said Wednesday. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles in a media briefing, announced that the PCSO "is hereby directed by the inter-agency ...

Hacking isn't canceled: Chinese group attacked Citrix and Zoho during coronavirus lockdown
ZDNet - 2020-03-25
A prolific state-backed Chinese cyber espionage operation started 2020 with one of its largest hacking campaigns - even though the coronavirus lockdown in China appeared to have an impact on the group's output. The global operation by hacking group APT 41 - widely believed to linked to the Chinese government - targeted businesses in ...

DOH to hospitals: Give hazard pays to health workers fighting COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines -- Hospital administrators should ensure that their health workers assisting in cases of coronavirus disease in the country should receive hazard pay, overtime pay and must have limited working hours, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Rosette Vergeire said medical workers should have ...

Calamba, Cagayan de Oro report first cases of COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- The cities of Calamba and Cagayan de Oro reported Wednesday their first cases of COVID-19. Calamba Mayor Justin Marc Chipeco announced on Facebook that the first patient with COVID-19 in the city is a resident of Barangay Canlubang. No further details were provided about the patient. The city ...

Six more Filipinos in Hong Kong test positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
MANILA, Philippines - Six more Filipinos currently in Hong Kong have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients undergoing treatment in the business hub to 13. This information was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday, saying that the Hong Kong Health Department notified the Philippine ...

'If they intubate me and place me on ventilator, the game is almost over': Philippine health workers' battle against coronavirus
The Straits Times - 2020-03-25
MANILA - Dr Greg Macasaet, an anaesthesiologist in the Philippines, knew his time was up. "If they intubate me and place me on a ventilator, then the game is almost over," he said in a text message to a fraternity brother. He and his wife, Evelyn, also an anaesthesiologist, chose to stay at their posts as the first of the patients with signs of ...

University student councils call for suspension of online classes amid COVID-19 community quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- Student leaders from different university student councils call on the Commission on Higher Education to suspend online classes while the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine is being implemented. Among the cited reasons for suspension is the access to internet connection and learning devices ...

National government allows all farming and fishing activities amid COVID-19 threat
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) - The national government allowed on Wednesday all farming and fishing activities amid the state of public health emergency in the country due to COVID-19. The Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government both issued separate advisories to permit all farming and ...

Microsoft prioritizes new cloud capacity for health and emergency management services
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
To accommodate this demand created by people who are working to get the pandemic under control and better the lives of those affected by it, Microsoft stated that if they face cloud capacity constraints, "top priority will be going to first responders, health and emergency management services, critical government infrastructure organizational ...

Tenants may enjoy extended deadline to pay rent under 'Bayanihan' law
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- Residential tenants struggling to pay their rent under the enhanced community quarantine may not be required to settle their dues immediately under the newly-signed "Bayanihan" law. To ease the burden of those affected by the Luzon lockdown, the Duterte administration has extended the deadlines and ...

PLIA statement on the COVID-19 outbreak
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-25
Our member companies, in compliance with the call for restricted movement and strict social distancing under the Enhanced Community Quarantine declared for the whole of Luzon region, have activated their Work-From-Home protocols and for some, even their Business Continuity Plan arrangements. The objective is to enable continued services to our ...

Hosts angry at Airbnb for COVID-19 policies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-25
SEOUL -- In January, Airbnb superhost Diana Jeong quit her job as she was expecting a baby this spring. What she did not expect was a pandemic that would upend her plan to become a full-time Airbnb host. The former college lecturer made that decision because she found great satisfaction in providing hospitality to guests, but more importantly ...

Manila eyes public schools as quarantine facilities, Sta. Ana Hospital as COVID-19 referral hospital if outbreak occurs
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-25
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 25) -- The City of Manila will convert some 5,000 classrooms in public elementary and high schools into quarantine facilities should the COVID-19 outbreak turn for the worse in the city. This was announced by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno in a televised briefing on Wednesday. Moreno said this is a "fallback ...

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