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The coronavirus crisis is forcing the entire cybersecurity industry to change just to keep up, and experts warn not every startup will make it
Business Insider - 2020-03-19
The coronavirus crisis has pushed workers out of the office and businesses into the cloud - changing cybersecurity needs almost overnight.

Opioid, heroin overdose deaths drop by 4% in the U.S., CDC says
UPI.com - 2020-03-19
March 19 (UPI) --As the United States faces a new public health crisis with the new coronavirus, an older one -- the opioid epidemic -- might be drawing to a close. Overall overdose death rates across the country dropped by 4.1 percent from 2017 to 2018, the last year for which data is available, according to the latest figures from the Centers ...

Astronaut Al Worden, who flew Apollo 15 command module, dies at 88
UPI.com - 2020-03-19
March 19 (UPI) --Former astronaut Al Worden, who piloted the orbiting command module during the Apollo 15 moon landing in 1971, died Wednesday in Texas, NASA said. He was 88. Worden, who began his career as a U.S. Air Force test pilot working for famed aviator Chuck Yeager, was best known for circling the moon alone between July 30 and Aug. 2 ...

Wall Street is betting that this data-mapping technology pioneered by Google could help them navigate the impact of coronavirus on markets
Business Insider - 2020-03-19
The wide-ranging effects of the novel coronavirus could be a way for Wall Street to test out how it can more effectively visualize reams of data.

Black Thursday: Worst day ever for PSEi
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
The local stock barometer crashed below the critical 5,000 level on Thursday as coronavirus (COVID-19)-weary investors went on a selling frenzy after a two-day market lockdown. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) dived by as much as 1,296.22 points or 24 percent in early trade, before trimming some losses. The barometer still ...

Stocks Move Higher as Central Banks Act
Nasdaq - 2020-03-19
Investors digested new central bank action and waited for news on the fiscal-stimulus front. Oil regained some of its steep Wednesday losses and bond yields around the world fell. Investors digested new central bank action and waited for news on the fiscal-stimulus front.

Property take-up seen to significantly drop
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Real estate services firm Colliers International Philippines expects the take-up of hotels, office spaces and residential property in Metro Manila to decline amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. Among all property sectors, Colliers said, the hotel segment would get hurt the most. Metro Manila hotels are ...

DBM facilitates procurement of medical supplies
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) has included medical supplies in the list of "common-use supplies and equipment" (CSE) to facilitate the procurement of these necessities amid the nationwide state of calamity due to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Exporters willing to comply with lockdown conditions
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Exporters expressed willingness to comply with conditions set under the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon for continued operations. This, even as the exporters are of the view the affected sectors should have been given some time to make preparations for the stricter measures. Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc ...

DA sets aside P3 billion for farmers amid quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Agriculture is allocating P3 billion for local farmers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the amount is on top of the P2.8 billion Survival and Recovery loan package being implemented by the Agricultural Credit Policy Council. "Rice farmers continue to be affected.

DOT issues guidelines for hotels under ECQ
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) has released the guidelines for hotels and accommodation establishments during the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on operations of accommodation establishments ...

EDC vows continuous geothermal power supply
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines --Lopez-led Energy Development Corp. (EDC) assured uninterrupted power supply from its geothermal power plants despite the expanded community quarantine. In a statement, EDC said it has put a skeletal on-ground workforce in place for the continuous operations of its power plants across the country. "While we have begun ...

LT Group boosts earnings by 43%
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- LT Group Inc., the listed conglomerate of taipan Lucio Tan, boosted earnings by 43 percent to P23.12 billion last year. This marks the highest income the company achieved since its pre-initial public offering in 2013. Among the different business segments, the tobacco business through PMFTC accounted for P15.5 billion or ...

Israeli protests accuse Netanyahu of imposing a dictatorship
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of people defied restrictions on large gatherings to protest outside parliament Thursday, while scores of others were blocked by police from reaching the area as they ...

Fratman slain in shooting spree
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A 28-year-old member of the Tau Gamma Phi fraternity was killed while another member was wounded when an assailant barged into their fraternity house in Binondo, Manila and went on a shooting spree before dawn yesterday. James Carl Suico and five other fraternity members were drinking in the house in Parola Compound when ...

Valenzuela records first COVID-19 patient
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Valenzuela City has recorded its first case of a patient testing positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Mayor Rex Gatchalian yesterday confirmed that a 34-year-old female patient went to a private hospital in Manila for sore throat and fever and tested positive for the flu virus. The patient has no travel ...

1st COVID-19 case in Cebu recovering
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) regional office in Central Visayas has confirmed the first case of the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in Mandaue City. The 65-year-old patient was tested on March 11. The result of the test came out yesterday. "The good news is that the patient is recovering. He is about to be ...

NRoSS remains main mechanism in BTr auctions
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) has issued the procedures to guide investors on how to participate in its weekly auctions under an alternative working arrangement amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. In a memorandum posted on its website, the BTr enjoined government securities eligible dealers (GSEDs) to ...

Public warned vs online scammers taking advantage of virus situation
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is urging the public to remain vigilant as cybercriminals could use the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 as a cover to gain access to personal or financial data. The DICT said that as the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals may ...

PNP OKs special lanes for health workers
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) approved yesterday the designation of special lanes for health workers and other essential personnel in Luzon to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. PNP chief Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa directed police commanders to designate specific lanes to ensure ...

13 Pasig residents nabbed for illegal cockfight
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite an order for citizens to stay home as part of the enhanced community quarantine to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), 13 residents were caught participating in illegal cockfights in Pasig City on Wednesday. Ten violators were apprehended in Barangay Pinagbuhatan at around 12:30 p.m ...

Tacloban traders buck lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayor Alfred Romualdez said he would implement an"intensified restriction" on business and economic activities *starting tomorrow. PCCI president Eugene Tan said a lockdown would be counterproductive, noting that Tacloban is the center of commerce and industry in Eastern Visayas. "We in the business sector are ...

Duterte lauds business groups for bayanihan spirt
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte lauded yesterday business groups that heeded his call to exhibit the Filipino bayanihan spirit by helping their employees and others who are in need as the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon continues. "The President acknowledges and lauds the efforts of the private sector and private ...

FDA OKs imported test kits for commercial release
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved four imported test kits for commercial release amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. "These are PCR-based reagent kits used in laboratories and not point-of care or do-it-yourself kits," FDA director general Eric Domingo stressed, noting that the ...

BSP delivers deep interest rate cut
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- As expected, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday delivered a deeper interest rate cut of 50 basis points to soften the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak on the economy. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said the Monetary Board decided to implement a larger-than-expected cut in its ...

Stocks plummet by record 24%, end at 8-yr low
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market collapsed yesterday in a dizzying crash, with the index hitting an eight-year low and wiping out P1.16 trillion in market value, after a two-day controversial shutdown. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi), the stock market gauge, nosedived to the 4,000 level, finishing 711.95 points ...

Cebu starts local testing for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- Cebu started local testing for the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, following the arrival of 100 test kits from Manila, health officials said this afternoon. The test kits are currently at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, one of the identified sub-national laboratories in the ...

Private hospitals call for establishment of hospitals for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- A number of private hospitals in Metro Manila appeal for the establishment of one or two hospitals designated for COVID-19 patients, as their manpower continues to "deplete," with medical equipment also running low. In a statement Thursday, private hospitals call for the government "to ...

CDC stops POGOs operation in Clark
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-19
On Tuesday, CDC issued guidelines in limiting movement within the Clark Freeport Zone to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Only employees in specific business enterprises will be allowed to and from the Freeport. These include workers in the food sector (groceries, supermarkets, duty free shops, convenience stores), gasoline stations, clinics and ...

Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait tests positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A female overseas Filipino worker (OFW) serving as a domestic worker in Kuwait was tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In a statement Thursday, the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait said that the patient had a close contact with a person who traveled recently to the United Kingdom. The OFW is in ...

Metrobank, GT Capital donate ?200-M Covid-19 relief funds
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-19
The Ty-led group said it would continue monitoring the situation and enforce necessary measures. Earlier, Metrobank reported that it has implemented its business continuity plan protocols to ensure it would remain operational despite the enhanced community quarantine imposed all over Luzon island. "Metrobank has already activated its ...

LT Group gives alcohol, bottled water to public health workers
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-19
The LT Group Inc. on Thursday said it donated ethyl alcohol, bottled water and face masks to frontline health workers leading the fight against Covid-19. The holding firm of taipan Lucio Tan said it donated 400 four-liter bottles of ethyl alcohol, which forms part of the total 20,000 liters it committed to deliver to the Department of Health ...

PAO chief Acosta: Public lawyers are on-call; hotline for emergencies opened
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CHIEF PUBLIC ATTORNEY PERSIDA V. RUEDA-ACOSTAPAO Central OfficeMARCH 19, 2020Announcements:In support of the government's Enhanced Community Quarantine and nationwide declaration of calamity: 1. All PAO Lawyers and staff are On-Call;2. Inquest duties of PAO lawyers and staff continue on On-call basis, contact numbers ...

Filipino domestic helper tests positive for COVID-19 in Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) - A Filipino domestic worker tested positive for COVID-19 in Kuwait, said the Philippine Embassy. The Philippine Embassy to Kuwait said the Filipino patient had close contact with a person who traveled recently to the United Kingdom. Yet, health authorities said the patient is in stable condition and the ...

Cebu-based firm CLI gives bonus pay, health kits to workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
So far, there have been 217 confirmed cases, including 17 deaths and eight recoveries. All workers will also be provided health kits and masks, CLI chairman and CEO Jose Soberano III said. "Should there be a lockdown, pay without work will be provided for those who cannot work from home," he added. "We cannot predict the business impact ...

South Korea Stocks Plummet as Foreign Investors Shed $317 Million Net of KOSPI Shares
YAHOO! - 2020-03-19
South Korea stocks resumed their declines after benchmark indexes fell more than 8%, triggering circuit breakers for the second time in a week.

BIR moves ITR filing deadline to May 15
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-19
Sen. Joel Villanueva said, "We thank the Bureau of Internal Revenue for reconsidering its business-as-usual state of affairs and extending the deadline for the filing of annual income tax returns to May 15." He suggested, however, that the BIR also consider allowing extension of other tax payment deadlines, citing public health considerations.

SEMICONDUCTORS TO HOUSE WORKERS DURING LOCKDOWN
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-19
On the other hand, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines Senior Advisor John D. Forbes admitted members are reeling from the trimmed business activity caused by the virtual lockdown across the island. "US firms are impacted by reduced work activities and concerns for the health of employees. Export BPO [business-process outsourcing ...

NHA suspends collection of amortization for three months
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The National Housing Authority (NHA) announced on Thursday it will suspend its collection of amortization or lease payments in all NHA projects for three months. The measure was made to help cushion the impact of the enhanced community quarantine and the threats of COVID-19 on its housing beneficiaries.

Local stocks plunge to historic lows but stage modest recovery
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- It was a bloody Thursday at the Philippine Stock Exchange, with share prices taking their steepest fall in history shortly after the market reopened. The stock market resumed operations following a two-day shutdown after Luzon went under "enhanced community quarantine," as authorities scrambled to ...

Qantas halts all international flights as coronavirus restrictions tighten
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
(CNN) -- Qantas Group is halting all international flights after the Australian government told citizens to avoid overseas travel because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Scheduled international flights operated by Qantas and Jetstar will continue until late March to help repatriate Australians, and will then be suspended until at least the ...

Roger Mayweather, 58
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Roger Mayweather, former world champion, renowned boxing trainer and uncle of retired superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., died Tuesday after a long battle with illness.

PH temporarily suspends visa issuance, visa-free entry to all foreign nationals
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippines is temporarily suspending the issuance of a visa and visa-free entry privileges to foreign nationals, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Thursday. The said measure is effective Thursday, March 19, said Locsin. "Starting today, all our Embassies and Consulates will temporarily suspend visa ...

Buckle up: More wild market swings seen ahead as virus spreads
Al Jazeera English - 2020-03-19
Among the region's heavyweight markets, Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.04 percent, China's Shanghai Composite index fell 0.98 percent, while Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index dropped 2.61 percent, all closing above their lows for the day. In the Philippines, stocks slumped by a record 24 percent at one point on Thursday when trading resumed after a ...

Crossing the Pacific to beat the Philippines's coronavirus lockdown
Al Jazeera English - 2020-03-19
but strict travel restrictions would be imposed and I risked not being able to enter the Philippines if I did not get home in time. I was not surprised. By then, Italy was a cautionary tale of how the virus and the disease it causes, known as COVID-19, could spread exponentially and bring one of the world's better health systems to its knees.

Facebook has a coronavirus problem. It's WhatsApp.
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
(CNN) -- Governments and medical officials are scrambling to provide the public with accurate and timely information about the novel coronavirus. But those efforts are being undermined by the spread of medical misinformation and fake cures on one of the world's most popular messaging platforms. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, is coming ...

QC police: Tighter security in place in barangays under extreme enhanced community quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The chief of Quezon City Police Department says they are ready to implement security measures in two barangays identified by the local government as under extreme enhanced community quarantine. PBGen Ronnie Montejo made the assurance Thursday at a press conference attended by Mayor Joy Belmonte.

BSP launches 'assertive' rate cut to boost economy amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) slashed interest rates by half a percent on Thursday, in a bid to spur the economy amid the slowdown due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno announced that the Monetary Board pulled down the key interest rate to 3.25 percent, 50 basis ...

SM Supermalls waives tenant rentals nationwide
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The SM Supermalls announced on Wednesday that it will waive rentals to all tenants nationwide from March 16 to April 14, 2020. This is to offer tenants some relief during this trying time, so that they can in turn lend more assistance to their employees during the period of community quarantine. "We share our tenant ...

5.6-magnitude offshore quake off Zambales felt in Pampanga amid Luzon quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-03-19
MANILA, Philippines -- State volcanology bureau Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Thursday afternoon recorded a magnitude 4.6 earthquake of tectonic origin. According to the state seismology agency, the quake's epicenter was identified at 30 kilometers southwest of San Felipe, Zambales. The quake was felt at ...

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