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Medical scholarship bill among Senate priorities amid COVID-19 pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
As the country continued to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Tuesday the upper chamber would prioritize

Streaming remains lone bright spot as Disney prepares for an unprecedented fight
The Verge - 2020-05-05
Disney has repeatedly shown that it is exceptionally resilient, bolstered by the quality of our storytelling and the strong affinity consumers have for our brands, which is evident in the extraordinary response to Disney Plus since its launch last November.

Shell PH suspending Batangas refinery operations for 1 month
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. will shut down its refinery operations in Batangas for a month starting mid-May as demand for petroleum products declined drastically due to the lockdown imposed by the

New Angiotensin Studies in COVID-19 Give More Reassurance
Medscape - 2020-05-05
A deluge of new data does not suggest harm with ACE inhibitors and angiotensin blockers in COVID-19 rates or outcomes but suggests possible differential effects of the two drug classes.

Rick Bright, Former Top Vaccine Scientist, Files Whistleblower Complaint
NPR - 2020-05-05
Bright says he was removed from his post as a high-ranking federal scientist focused on vaccines because of his reluctance to promote drugs such as hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.

EA sees full-year revenue above estimates as home-sheltering boosts gaming
Reuters - 2020-05-05
Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc forecast full-year adjusted revenue above Wall Street estimates on Tuesday, driven by higher sales in its major franchises like "FIFA" and "Apex Legends" as broader videogame sales rose with people staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where does the market go from here?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
It has been over a month since the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) suffered its worst meltdown in history, losing over 700 points in a single day due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the

April inflation down; BSP easing seen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Inflation eased to a five-month low of 2.2 percent in April as transport costs plunged following the enhanced community quarantine that limited mobility and the slide in global oil prices, but food

What are the different types of diabetes?
Medical News Today - 2020-05-05
There are three well known types of diabetes. Learn more about each type, including their symptoms, causes, and risk factors here.

Hospital ICUs Are Adapting To COVID-19 At 'Light Speed'
NPR - 2020-05-05
With COVID-19 becoming a critical focus in hospital intensive care units, nurses, doctors and other caregivers have had to shift gears to protect staff and save patients.

Three Months of COVID-19 May Mean 80,000 Missed Cancer Diagnoses
Medscape - 2020-05-05
Screening and monitoring tests for breast, prostate, colorectal, cervical, and lung cancer have substantially decreased because of the pandemic.

ABS-CBN closure by NTC worsens labor problems caused by COVID-19 - CHR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
CBN, as ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission, would only aggravate the labor problems caused by COVID-19 lockdown, the Commission on Human

Tumblr now removes reblogs in violation of its hate-speech policy, not just the original posts
TechCrunch - 2020-05-05
Tumblr is making a change to how it deals with hate speech on its blogging platform. The company announced today it will also remove the reblogs (repostings) from any blogs that were suspended for violating its policies around hate speech.

Apple just announced when it's holding its biggest event of the year, which is happening virtually for the first time
Business Insider - 2020-05-05
Apple's WWDC conference starts June 22 and will be free for developers, the firm announced. Apple is expected to unveil big iPhone updates and more.

GCQ rules for malls, shopping centers out - 2020-05-05
The Department of Trade and Industry has issued guidelines for malls and shopping centers offering non-leisure products and services in areas under general community quarantine.

2 soldiers slain in Maguindanao - 2020-05-05
A manhunt for members of the Dawlah Islamiyah or Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters tagged in the killing of two soldiers in Datu Hoffer town on Sunday night is underway.

Inflation eases to 2.2% in April - 2020-05-05
Growth in consumer prices eased to a five-month low of 2.2 percent in April as the cost of fuel, transport and utilities softened, the Philippine Statistics Authority said yesterday.

LRMC resumes LRT-1 Cavite extension works - 2020-05-05
Light Rail Manila Corp., the private operator of LRT-1, has resumed works on the 11.7-kilometer Cavite Extension Project after receiving the green light from the government.

GOCC dividends hit P129 billion as of April - 2020-05-05
State-owned corporations have remitted P129.45 billion in dividends to the national treasury in the first four months, the bulk of the amount was used to fund coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 response measures,

Philippines factory performance further drops in March - 2020-05-05
Domestic manufacturing activity declined in terms of volume and value in March even as most factories still operated at full or near full capacity, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

Duterte says sorry to Ayalas, MVP
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
President Rodrigo R. Duterte announced he is now ready to talk with businessmen Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Manuel V. Pangilinan, as he acknowledged their contribution to national efforts in mitigating the Covid-19 crisis.

16,000 OFW repatriates to undergo PCR tests this week
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
The government is eyeing to complete this week the lab-based PCR (polymerase chain reaction)  testing of the 16,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to decongest quarantine facilities and accommodations  in Metro Manila.

Fitch revises PHL 2020 consumer spending outlook to 3.4 percent
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
Amid the financial stress induced by the coronavirus pandemic, Fitch Solutions has downgraded its household spending outlook for the Philippines to 3.4 percent this year--from 5.8 percent earlier--as consumers would likely to focus only on essentials like food and health-related expenses.

AIM harnesses internal and external collaborations to make a difference amidst COVID-19
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) and its various programs and departments demonstrated internal collaboration to address various aspects of the current crisis. AIM also initiated deeper engagements with external partners to make a greater difference amidst the pandemic,

Detangling the Web
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
I GREW up on the Dewey Decimal System. For those who do not know what that is, it is the precursor to MAELISA, a system software which made it easier to find library books. But even with that, I would still go to the card catalog to look up

DOTr issues guidelines for road transport sector in areas under GCQ
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
PUBLIC transportation in moderate and low-risk areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) have resumed operations at reduced capacity to ensure compliance with strict safety measures against Covid-19 transmission,

Shell shuts down Batangas refinery - 2020-05-05
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. is temporarily shutting down its refinery operations in Batangas for one month to conduct maintenance activities amid the decline in fuel demand due to the coronavirus

Globe posts slight drop in Q1 profit - 2020-05-05
Globe Telecom Inc. recorded a slight drop in its earnings in the first quarter behind higher non-operating charges and depreciation due to sustained network investments.

Big banks allowed to tap fund buffers - 2020-05-05
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has allowed big banks to utilize their capital and liquidity buffers to absorb losses and support financing requirements amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Foreign buyers lift stocks as Duterte offers apology - 2020-05-05
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index rallied by 99.58 points or 1.78 percent yesterday to finish at 5,671.67 due to the recovery of global oil prices.

When the specter of famine is just a cough away
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
A paradox of global hunger, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is that smallholder farmers in rural areas of developing countries are at risk of food insecurity themselves.

A data-driven revolution for a better future
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
By Titon Mitra In a matter of months, over 3 million people have been infected, hundreds of thousands have died, health systems have been overwhelmed, economies decimated, and the social fabric of countries stretched to the point of tearing.

Philippine banks get ready for slew of bad loans - 2020-05-05
Philippine banks are preparing for the onslaught of bad loans by beefing up their buffers and sacrificing higher earnings amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandaluyong village set for week-long lockdown - 2020-05-05
Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City will be placed under a week-long total lockdown beginning tomorrow.

Woman uses own kids for cybersex - 2020-05-05
A 41-year-old woman was arrested in Caloocan City on Monday for allegedly forcing her three children to perform sexual acts for paying customers online.

Sunday lockdown in Pampanga town - 2020-05-05
A town in this province is on lockdown on Sundays as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019.

Help in contact tracing, LGUs asked - 2020-05-05
Local government units should assist the national government in tracing individuals who might be infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Solar energy firms eye modified work scheme
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
A group of solar power providers are now focusing efforts to arrive at a "modified work arrangement" in preparation for the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Philippine Solar and Storage Energy Alliance (PSSEA) Chairman Tetchi Capellan said solar energy companies are now preparing their employees on the

Government drafts plans for V-shape recovery - 2020-05-05
There is strong likelihood of a so-called V-shape economic recovery for the Philippines, characterized by a sharp decline in growth followed by a robust resurgence, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua said yesterday.

Ex-cop, son nabbed for van full of liquor - 2020-05-05
A former police officer driving a van loaded with boxes of liquor is in critical condition following a shootout with policemen after evading a quarantine control checkpoint in Quezon City yesterday.

Bottles of gin stashed in coffin seized in Pangasinan - 2020-05-05
Bottles of gin hidden in a coffin were confiscated from a funeral car in Barangay Biec in this town yesterday.

Facebook is reportedly working on a new flagship virtual-reality headset to replace the Oculus Quest
Business Insider - 2020-05-05
Facebook is reportedly looking to upgrade its $400 Oculus Quest VR headset, making it lighter and more powerful.

Duterte apologizes to Ayalas, Manny Pangilinan
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
President Rodrigo Duterte says sorry to businessmen Manny Pangilinan and the Ayala clan for his hurting words that he said to them during his administration.

Economic responses to COVID-19 recession differ among countries (Continued from last week) - 2020-05-05
Some economies have better fundamentals than others, especially at the time when the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 struck. These fundamentals are the product of good and sometimes well-timed and careful,

The empty chair economy - 2020-05-05
The business sector after lockdown was described by the Financial Times as the empty-chair economy. The Economist called it the 90 percent economy. The new normal will really be very challenging.

Epic adds PS5 and Xbox Series X support to Unreal Engine
The Verge - 2020-05-05
Epic notes that this is only "initial" support for the PS5 and Xbox Series X and that it will be releasing updates with "optimizations, fixes, and certification requirements to support developers launching on the next generation of consoles" throughout the year.

Alabang office condo earns the first LEED v4 Certification
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-05
Parkway Corporate Center lives up to its promise to be world class, sustainable and green-oriented with its v4 Core and Shell rating, the first office development in the Philippines to have the latest version of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

BSP cuts remittance growth target for 2020 to slowest in 19 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Money sent home by Filipinos abroad will likely slacken more sharply than initially thought as the global shutdown leaves some 20,000 contract workers jobless, Bangko Sentral Governor Benjamin Diokno tells CNN Philippines.

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos confirms he is now COVID-19 free
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos says he has now tested negative twice for COVID-19, over a month after contracting the disease.

PH can now conduct over 8,000 COVID-19 tests daily
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The country can now perform over 8,000 COVID-19 tests daily, while the Health department continues to accredit more laboratories for the testing of the viral disease.

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