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For queer and trans couple in NY, pride comes in a Pinoy box
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
New York City--In this city home to over 100,000 immigrant-owned small busines­ses lies a 25-square meter office where Filipino immigrants MJ Yap and Ira Briones busy themselves packing brown cartons with specialty Filipino snacks. They call a box Chibundle--a portmanteau of colloquial Filipino "chibog" (to eat) and bundle. In their ...

State of emergency: Virus cases in PH hit 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday and was in "guarded condition" but with an acute kidney injury on Saturday, according to Celia Carlos, director of the Regional Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM ... all of them from Wuhan city in central China, the epicenter of the outbreak. One of the tourists died of pneumonia and the ...

Chinese hotel used to observe virus contacts collapses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
BEIJING -- A hotel used for medical observation of people who had contact with coronavirus patients collapsed in southeastern China on Saturday, trapping some 70 people, state media reported. There were no immediate reports of deaths. At least 33 people were rescued from the wreckage of the Xinjia Express Hotel in Quanzhou, a city in Fujian ...

Startups Weekly: Remote-first SaaS products boom as workers stay home
TechCrunch - 2020-03-07
Silicon Valley companies had already been going remote-first when the coronavirus became a global pandemic. This means there are lots of great software tools already on the market, that are seeing a huge amount of new usage now. And not just Zoom. Alex Wilhelm checked in with HiveIO, Friday, FreeConferenceCall, Brandlive, Kentik, Bluescape ...

A Distant Blazar Tells The Story Of Early Black Holes
Forbes - 2020-03-07
Billions of light-years away, immense black holes consume matter at a furious rate. Some of the nearby matter is intensely heated and cast off in jets at nearly the speed of light. When one of these jets happens to be aimed at Earth, we see them as blazars. We see these cosmic powerhouses throughout the universe, but we aren't entirely sure ...

Facebook commits to paying "contingent" workers affected by corporate coronavirus response
TechCrunch - 2020-03-07
Last night, in a move that all companies should look to emulate, Microsoft announced that it would continue to pay hourly workers impacted by office closures as the company responds to the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. Now, Facebook appears to be following suit, according to a statement from the company: "We are working closely with our ...

Read the Apple keynote from the year 2120
Mashable - 2020-03-07
The Apple campus is now a floating city due to sea level changes. After the Streaming Wars, uneasy alliances were made. Rising temperatures, water scarcity, and shifting borders changed the world forever. Despite these developments, Apple continues to release new iPhones every year. (In the dark of the Steve Jobs theater in Apple City's ...

163 Filipinos repatriated from Macau arrive in PH -- DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- One hundred sixty-three Filipinos who were evacuated from Macau arrived in the Philippines through a chartered flight on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

Growing interest in Philippines real estate
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
Online real estate property finder Lamudi made very interesting observations in its latest report on how the sector performed last year. Lamudi noted that investments in the real estate industry in 2019 showed a more concerted effort to catch up to trends not only in Southeast Asia but also worldwide as well as a notable increase in joint ...

Tech firms, LGUs converge at Technologies 2020 forum
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Local government units and technology companies are set to converge at "Technologies 2020: Protect, Prevent, Promote" for discussions, exhibitions, product demonstrations, business matching and agreements on a host of technology solutions including telecommunications, energy, security, infrastructure and logistics ...

Wall Street coronavirus policies; alt-data's unhedgeable risk; JPMorgan succession planning in the spotlight
Business Insider - 2020-03-07
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Coronavirus USA: Death Toll, Number Of Cases And Where In America The Outbreak Is Concentrated
International Business Times - 2020-03-07
There are currently over 332 cases of the coronavirus in the United States, with the death toll reaching 17. There are at least 84 cases in California, with 50 cases in the San Francisco Bay Area. There have also been at least 79 cases in Washington state. Ten people have died after the virus spread in the Life Care Center nursing facility in ...

Japan grants P11 million funding for strawberry commercialization
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Japanese government has provided P11 million in funds to help improve the commercialization of strawberries in the country. Japanese Ambassador Haneda Koji and Ikaw-Ako, a Japanese non-government organization conducting activities in the Philippines, signed the grant contract. The money will be used for the ...

Construction activity slows in Q4 - PSA
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Building activity slowed down in the fourth quarter of 2019 as fewer residential units were built, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Preliminary results of the latest Construction Statistics from Approved Building Permits for the Fourth Quarter of 2019 showed a 7.7 percent drop in the total number ...

ABS-CBN, GMA claim lead in February TV viewership
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Broadcast giants ABS-CBN and GMA continue to slug it out for ratings supremacy, as both networks claimed to have topped nationwide ratings last month. Based on data from global audience measurement provider Kantar Media, ABS-CBN said it sustained its nationwide ratings lead in February, with an audience share of 39 ...

A year into tariffication, farmers feel worse off
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
URDANETA, Pangasinan, Philippines -Sixty-five year old Pepito Parahas has been farming for 40 years and last year has been by far the most difficult with palay (unhusked rice) prices hitting record lows. The farmgate price for palay plunged to P10 per kilo - the lowest level Parahas has ever seen in four decades of tilling the soil - from its ...

Maxus targets higher sales with launch of new model
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Maxus Philippines is targeting to sell more vehicles this year with the launch of a new model and as it plans to open more dealerships. Maxus Philippines general manager Reginald See told reporters the firm aims to sell 1,000 vehicles this year, more than what it sold last year. The brand, which entered the Philippine ...

AirAsia turns around; earns P1.87 billion in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Budget airline AirAsia Philippines turned its operations around last year as it earned P1.87 billion, recovering from the P3.51-billion losses it incurred in 2018. "We are pleased to share that AirAsia Philippines turned profitable in the fourth quarter and fiscal year of 2019," Berhad Go Lingam, acting chief ...

The timeless qualities of top leaders
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
"We are now entering the 4th Industrial Civilization" cries this motivational speaker. Another one says: "We are in the era of digital disruption." Yet with all the talk about AI, robotics and 5G plus some unfamiliar futuristic terms, some principles remain timeless especially in the area of leadership. Learn from these two familiar ...

Farmers lose P68 billion from influx of cheap rice imports
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) claimed that farmers lost around P68 billion with the entry of cheap rice imports, more than eight times the P8.2 billion reported by Agriculture Secretary William Dar. "I think they are playing around with numbers and providing a lot of misleading data to deflect criticisms against ...

Bong Go gives aid to Mandaue fire victims
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Fire victims in Mandaue City, Cebu received assistance on Friday from Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go at the Barangay Ibabao-Estancia multi-purpose gymnasium, where they are temporarily staying. Go visited the fire victims after the launch of Malasakit Centers at the Department of Health-Talisay District Hospital and St ...

ASF hits Nueva Vizcaya
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines -- This town is the latest province in Cagayan Valley that has been affected by African swine fever (ASF). At least 17 pigs that died in Barangay La Torre tested positive for ASF, Mayor Ralph Lantion reported on Friday. "We have locked down La Torre North and nearby La Torre South, Luyang and Casat to ...

Malaysian caught with P1.1 million cash at NAIA-3
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A Malaysian was arrested for bringing in P1.1 million in cash at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA-3) on Friday night. Gan Kang Hsiung, who arrived in an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur, reportedly tried to skip the X-ray machine for hand-carried bags, according to a report submitted by NAIA-3 ...

14 BIFF men, 4 soldiers slain in Maguindanao clashes
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 14 members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and four soldiers have been killed in clashes in Maguindanao since Monday. The military said 11 soldiers were also wounded. The slain soldiers were identified as Pfcs. Willy Tingzon and Dexter Jay Hierro, Cpl. Albert Serquina and Sgt. Irvin Alberastine.

LGUs step up measures vs COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Mayors of three local government units affected by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) have assured the public that necessary steps are being undertaken to prevent the spread of the disease. The city governments of San Juan and Taguig, both in Metro Manila, and Cainta in Rizal have been exerting efforts to address the ...

2 drug suspects killed in shootout with cops
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Two drug suspects were killed in alleged shootouts with police officers in Bulacan and Quezon on Friday. Col. Lawrence Cajipe, acting Bulacan police director, said Junard Santos fired at police officers during a drug sting in Barangay Muzon, San Jose del Monte City at around 9:30 p.m. Two other suspects were arrested in ...

GSIS to offer new loan consolidation, restructuring program in May
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- By May, government employees may avail of a new loan program in which members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) can settle their outstanding debt with the state-run pension fund. In a statement issued Saturday, GSIS acting president and general manager Rolando L. Macasaet said that the facility - to be ...

Globe powers Pampanga municipality with more affordable WiFi services
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-07
The partnership launch was led by Hon. Romulo Pecson, Mayor of Magalang with Winsley Bangit, VP at Globe at Home Prepaid and Janis Racpan, Director, Business Development and Marketing - Digital Solutions Group at Globe. With a formal partnership in place, Globe will be powering key locations in the city with its GoWiFi and KapitWiFi services.

DepEd to wait for advisory from task force on coronavirus threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Education (DepEd) on Saturday said that it was seeking guidance from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as the ...

Gabriela decries record-high cases of violence vs women
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Gabriela partylist on Saturday lamented the record-high cases of violence against women (VAW) in the country under the Duterte administration amid the celebration of ...

Drug traffickers, extortionists, and bank robbers keep posting clues to their crimes on Facebook
Quartz - 2020-03-07
Looking at Big Tech as the next Big Oil. In late September 2017, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Seattle arrested a large-scale heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and methamphetamine dealer named Francisco Ruelas-Payan. He later pled guilty to charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, and was sentenced to 15 years in ...

Class suspensions, work-from-home sought amid local coronavirus cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) -- Officials have called for the suspension of classes and a work-from-home setup for employees after the Department of Health confirmed a local transmission of the coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19. Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said Saturday he is urging the Department of Education to ...

3 dead, 1 hurt in Zambales road accident
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
IBA, Zambales, Philippines -- A tricycle driver and two of his passengers were killed as they were struck by a van at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, in Barangay Agustin in this town. Police said Angelito Nuñez, the driver, and his passengers Carlito Manuel and Vilma Nuñez were declared dead on arrival at a local hospital. A third passenger ...

Philippines records first community transmission of coronavirus, now has six cases
Reuters - 2020-03-07
The Philippines said on Saturday it had confirmed its first case of community transmission for the new coronavirus, prompting health ministry officials to call on the president to declare a public health emergency to contain its spread.

Philippines to declare emergency after first community virus transmission
NIKKEI - 2020-03-07
MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will declare a public health emergency to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, after the country recorded its first case of community transmission, officials said on Saturday. The nation's health ministry has reported three new cases of the infection since Friday, adding to the ...

Philippines to declare health emergency after first community transmission of coronavirus
NIKKEI - 2020-03-07
MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will declare a public health emergency to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, after the country recorded its first case of community transmission, officials said on Saturday. The nation's health ministry has reported three new cases of the infection since Friday, adding to the ...

5 laboratories capable of testing samples for coronavirus -- RITM
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Five sub-national laboratories in the Philippines will soon confirm test samples for the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after being accredited by the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City, the only facility now that can test specimens for COVID-19. In a press conference on Saturday ...

Philippines to expand COVID-19 diagnostic capacity
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
The targeted beneficiaries are the Lung Center of the Philippines and San Lazaro Hospital in Metro Manila, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center in the Cordillera Administrative Region, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu, and the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City. The Manila-based University of the Philippines ...

163 stranded Filipinos from Macau arrive home
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) -- A total of 163 Filipino workers who were stranded in Macau due to the coronavirus-related travel ban on China's special administrative region are now back in the Philippines. Manila International Airport Authority said the special Air Macau flight carrying the passengers landed at the Ninoy Aquino ...

Walang Pasok: Class suspensions over coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) -- A few cities have called off classes next week after the Department of Health confirmed the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus disease officially known as COVID-19. Authorities confirmed the first local case was a resident of Cainta. His 59-year-old wife also contracted the disease ...

Taguig-based firm says an employee tests positive for coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
CNN Philippines (March 7) - Taguig-based consulting firm Deloitte Philippines has said that one of their employees in the Philippines has tested positive for coronavirus disease. "We can confirm that a colleague in our Deloitte Philippines office has tested positive for COVID-19," the company said in a statement posted on their official ...

Coronavirus patient from Cainta, Rizal 'getting better,' mayor says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) -- The 62-year-old resident of Cainta, Rizal province, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus is showing signs of better health, according to local authorities. Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto told CNN Philippines on Saturday that the patient is "getting better, he's recovering fast." He said ...

Philippines records first community transmission of coronavirus, now has 6 cases
Reuters - 2020-03-07
The Philippines said on Saturday it had confirmed its first case of community transmission for the new coronavirus, prompting health ministry officials to call on the president to declare a public health emergency to contain its spread.

National public health emergency may be declared Monday amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) - The Department of Health has recommended the declaration of national public health emergency, as it confirmed the coronavirus disease could be spreading in local communities and reported the sixth infection case in the country. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a briefing on Saturday that ...

Bong Go to recommend to Duterte declaration of state of public health emergency
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go on Saturday, March 7, said he will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of a State of Public Health Emergency following the confirmation of the Department of Health (DOH) of the first case of local transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

'Code Red': Philippines confirms 2 cases of local coronavirus transmission
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-07
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 7) -- There are now two cases of local coronavirus transmission in the country, prompting the Department of Health to raise the nationwide alert level to contain the spread of the virus. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III in a media briefing on Saturday confirmed that the 62-year-old Filipino man from ...

DOH to recommend state of public health emergency declaration on coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) will recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of a state of public health emergency after reporting that there is now local transmission of COVID-19 in the country. In a press conference on Saturday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they will recommend the health ...

DOH recommends declaration of public health emergency after COVID-19 local transmission
GMA Network - 2020-03-07
The Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday it has recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of public health emergency in light of the confirmation of the first case of local transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the country. "The DOH confirms that the previously reported fifth case of coronavirus disease 2019 ...

DFA to Filipino pilgrims: Postpone trips to Holy Land amid coronavirus threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino pilgrims are advised to postpone their trips to the Holy Land to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease or COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. "The Department of Foreign Affairs advises all Filipinos planning to undertake pilgrimages to the Holy Land to postpone their ...

Philippines economic growth seen to slow to 4.7%
philstar.com - 2020-03-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Japanese investment house Nomura expects a slower 4.7 percent economic growth for the Philippines this year if the world fails to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by April. According to Nomura senior economist for Southeast Asia Euben Paracuelles, Philippine economic growth may slowdown to 1 ...

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