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Canada's coronavirus death toll edges up, Trudeau vows more funding for mental health
Reuters - 2020-05-03
Canada's daily coronavirus death toll edged up by under 5% on Sunday in another sign the outbreak has peaked and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised additional funding for mental healthcare services.

Jinggoy Estrada says politics behind his being held by police
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-03
Former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada believes he was being singled out and that there was politics involved when authorities brought him to the police station on Sunday for

U.K.'s Boris Johnson Says His Battle With Coronavirus 'Could Have Gone Either Way'
NPR - 2020-05-03
In an interview with a British newspaper, the prime minister told of his dramatic ICU stay during treatment for COVID-19. He said doctors were making plans for "what to do if things went badly wrong."

France's COVID-19 tracing app expected to enter testing in week of May 11
Reuters - 2020-05-03
France's state-supported "StopCOVID" contact-tracing app should enter its testing phase in the week of May 11 when the country starts to unwind its lockdown, a government minister said on Sunday.

UK COVID-19 Daily: Doctors Buying Own PPE or Rely on Donations
Medscape - 2020-05-03
Have you had to purchase items of PPE directly yourself, or received supplies as an external donation due to non-availability of official NHS procurement suppl

Uber to Design Tech to Check If Drivers Wearing Masks, CNN Says
Bloomberg - 2020-05-03
Uber Technologies Inc. is developing technology to detect whether its drivers are wearing masks or face coverings before they go online and accept trips, CNN reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

DOF, ADB launch survey to assess impact of COVID on businesses - 2020-05-03
The Department of Finance and the Asian Development Bank have launched a survey to help develop programs to assist various sectors affected by the economic fallout due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Anti-communist shot dead - 2020-05-03
A leader of a group opposing the communist movement was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental yesterday.

COVID-19 cases breach 9,000 as PH records highest number of recoveries in a single day
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
The country records the highest number of recoveries in a single day, with the DOH registering 90 people who have survived the viral disease, bringing the total number to 1,214.

Latter-day Saint Charities turns over donations to DOH
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
As concerns over the respiratory illness coronavirus continue to rise in the Philippines, Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Church),

Kim reappears in public, ending absence amid health rumors
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said on Saturday, ending an absence that had triggered global rumors that he may be seriously ill.

Have you caught it yet? The livestreams, I mean
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
With most people staying put at home, most people have resorted to going online to keep in touch. During the lockdown period being experienced all over the world, even musicians had to learn new tricks to keep in touch with their fans.

Lawmaking in the time of Covid-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
By Butch Fernandez & Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz THE Senate and the House of Representatives reopen sessions as scheduled on Monday (May 4), amid enhanced community quarantine rules in the National Capital Region (NCR),

ABS-CBN franchise expires
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
It remains to be seen whether the National Telecommunications Commission will make good on its promise to grant ABS-CBN a provisional authority to operate while its bid for a fresh 25-year franchise remains pending in Congress.

PSA expects transactions under GCQ reduced 50%
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will significantly reduce the number of transactions it handles on a daily basis under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and "new normal." National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Claire Dennis S.

Quake rocks Southern Leyte - 2020-05-03
A magnitude-3.3 earthquake rocked parts of Southern Leyte yesterday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

Debt-to-GDP ratio stands at 37% as of September 2019 - 2020-05-03
The share of government debt to gross domestic product slipped to 37.2 percent as of end-September last year from the end-June level of 37.6 percent, according to the Department of Finance

LRT, MRT to operate with limited passengers - 2020-05-03
Major rail lines in Metro Manila will resume operations with limited passengers if the enhanced community quarantine is lifted on May 15.

Index may climb this week - 2020-05-03
The stock market may perform better this week after some positive developments last week, according to analysts.

NAIA Consortium ready to finalize airport rehab deal once ECQ is lifte - 2020-05-03
A consortium of conglomerates seeking to rehabilitate the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport is raring to finalize the terms of its contract with the government once the enhanced community quarantine is lifted as it hopes to advance its proposal to the Swiss challenge phase soon.

Aboitiz group cuts 2020 capex - 2020-05-03
The Aboitiz Group expects its infrastructure, power and land units to be affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-infected cops climb to 105 - 2020-05-03
The number of Philippine National Police personnel infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 reached over 100 as seven more police officers tested positive for COVID-19, the PNP reported yesterday.

PNP to intensify drug war after ECQ - 2020-05-03
The Philippine National Police is gearing up for an intensified war on drugs after the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other parts of the country is lifted on May 15, a PNP official announced yesterday.

Jinggoy arrested, released for quarantine breach - 2020-05-03
Former senator Jinggoy Estrada was arrested yesterday in San Juan for allegedly violating quarantine protocols after he distributed relief goods to city residents without proper coordination and permission from the local government.

P2.5 million shabu seized in Quezon - 2020-05-03
Three drug suspects were arrested in an anti-drug operation that resulted in the recovery of P2.5 million worth of shabu in Lucena, Quezon on Saturday.

Manhunt for Abu Sayyaf supporter launched - 2020-05-03
Marine troopers and agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are tracking down an alleged supporter of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group in Kalingalang Caluang, Sulu, officials said yesterday.

SEC relaxes requirments for firms' registration. - 2020-05-03
The Securities and Exchange Commission, the corporate regulator, is giving companies more leeway in doing business amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

BIR extends tax filing deadline anew - 2020-05-03
Companies and individuals have been given more time to file their various tax returns and make the corresponding payments as the enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces has been extended anew,

COVID outbreak declared at Zamboanga jail - 2020-05-03
The city government has declared an outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 at the City Reformatory Center after the number of cases recorded in the facility rose to 48 on Saturday night, officials said yesterday.

US allows emergency use of first drug shown to help virus recovery
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
US regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of the first drug that appears to help some Covid-19 patients recover faster, a milestone in the global search for effective therapies against the coronavirus.

Covid-19 brings supply chain management into spotlight
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
By Marvin Bunyag The pandemic is a wake-up call for executives to focus on their supply chain resiliency. When supply chain collapses, other functions follow because their operation is tied up to supply chain performance.

Aboitiz infrastructure still keen on airport proposals - 2020-05-03
Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc. is pursuing plans to operate and maintain various provincial airports in the country despite the challenges faced by the aviation industry due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

American bears - 2020-05-03
A few weeks ago, we discussed different Philippine bear markets, their causes, their performance and duration (see Different Bears, April 6).

Post COVID travel - 2020-05-03
With our children based abroad, we always look forward to the annual trip to the US for the Christmas holidays.

The world is paying a high price for cheap clothes
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
The global fashion industry produces nearly 4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or 8.1% of the world total. Most experts and fashion companies acknowledge that they have a huge task ahead,

Project ARK raises 1 million rapid test kits to aid increased COVID-19 testing among employees, barangays
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
Business-led initiative Project ARK raises at least one million rapid tests to boost COVID-19 testing among employees and barangays.

Villar will join Senate sessions via teleconferencing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-03
Sen. Cynthia Villar will not be physically attending Senate sessions for safety amid the coronavirus pandemic. "But I will participate in Senate proceedings through

The top 16 software skills to add on your resume for landing a six-figure job
Business Insider - 2020-05-03
Managers and medical occupations with the largest annual salaries in the United States usually require knowing Microsoft Office programs.

Our Music Consumption Patterns Are Changing, But Will They Stay That Way?
Forbes - 2020-05-03
The current lockdown conditions have definitely changed our music consumption patterns, but how likely are they to continue when normalcy returns?

Indonesia's Tokopedia probes alleged data leak of 15 million users
Reuters - 2020-05-03
Tokopedia, Indonesia's largest e-commerce platform, said it was investigating an attempted hack and claims that the details of millions of its users had been leaked online.

Ex-senator Jinggoy Estrada brought to police station for alleged ECQ violations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-03
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada was brought to the San Juan Police Station on Sunday for allegedly violating rules of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) when he

Duterte adviser suggests localized lockdowns in Metro Manila after May 15
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 3)-- Metro Manila-- the region hardest-hit by COVID-19 in the country-- may opt to implement localized lockdowns after May 15, an adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte suggested Sunday. In a virtual press conference, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the move will help restart the ...

Comedy in the time of quarantine
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-03
WITH everyone hoping to experience some kind of normality after the extended lockdown season is over, the reality remains that things will not be the same for a long period of time. Normality seems most likely to be moving further away after every extension of the quarantine period,

Among emerging economies: Philippines ranks 6th best in fight vs COVID - 2020-05-03
The Philippines has been ranked as the sixth strongest among 66 emerging market economies in facing the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, according to London-based publication The Economist.

COVID-19 cases in Cebu breach 1,000 as Mandaue City Jail reports 60 more cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
Cebu City (CNN Philippines, May 3) - The number of infections in the province of Cebu has surpassed 1,000, as sixty more inmates at the Mandaue City Jail test positive for COVID-19. The new cases bring the total number of infections in the penal facility to 70, the Mandaue City Public Information Office confirmed. The first infection at the ...

Two more labs get DOH nod to conduct COVID-19 tests
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
The country now has a total of 22 licensed COVID-19 laboratories, as the UP-PGH Medical Research Laboratory and the Singapore Diagnostic, Inc. join the list of facilities approved by the health department.

UST Hospital lays off staff over financial losses to pandemic - 2020-05-03
In a statement also carried by The Varsitarian, UST Hospital said it has implemented the non-renewal of fixed-term contracts and the retrenchment of some members of its staff.

CEO earns $1.6 million in 8 days, gives it to employees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-03
A CEO from the United States played the stock market and earned $1.6 million (P80.9 million) in eight days, then split it among his employees.

Over 1,000 more Tondo residents tested for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-03
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says an additional 1,409 Tondo residents have been tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, thanks to the support of private sector.

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