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3M earnings rise on demand for medical masks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Industrial giant 3M reported higher quarterly profits Tuesday on a jump in its health care business as it ramps up medical mask production amid surging demand in the coronavirus outbreak. The

Vietnamese tycoon donates 750,000 masks, PPE, hauls these to PH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
A Vietnamese tycoon has donated over 750,000 face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Philippines on Wednesday (April 29) to support the fight against the

Is it safe to order take-out during the pandemic?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Is it safe to order food via take-out or delivery? Unlike some germs, there's no indication the coronavirus can spread through food, according to the U.S. Food and Drug

'No consideration': In pain, PWD with walking ailment forced to personally claim aid at CSWD - 2020-04-29
In pain, PWD with walking ailment forced to personally claim aid at CSWD MANILA, Philippines -- No consideration. This was how a person with disability (PWD) from Imus City, Cavite--for whom walking is a virtual impossibility--described the Department of Social Welfare and Development after he was asked to travel to its city office to receive cash aid.

DOH scrambles to meet target COVID-19 testing capacity
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
The Department of Health on Wednesday said that it may not achieve its target testing capacity of 8,000 per day by the end of April, but it is still exhausting all its resources to reach the number.

Half of target beneficiaries yet to receive COVID-19 cash a day before first wave deadline
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
Department of Social Welfare and Development reminds local government units to submit their liquidation report on the first batch of the COVID-19 cash aid program to be eligible for the second wave of emergency subsidy distribution.

QC enforcer suspended amid probe after hitting quarantine violator
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
Quezon City Task Force Disiplina admits its enforcer used undue violence by repeatedly using a wooden stick to hit a man who was not wearing a face mask in public and allegedly did not carry a quarantine pass that will allow him to be on the streets.

Belgians called to eat fries twice a week amid potato surplus during coronavirus crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Fries are a popular snack in Belgium. Stock Photo With the food sector hit during the coronavirus crisis, Belgians are being called to eat more fries to help the potato industry.

Samsung warns COVID-19 will hurt smartphone sales and the rollout of 5G. But the work-from-home revolution is here to stay
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
Samsung is warning that the months ahead will be painful as the coronavirus pandemic disrupts global supply chains, hurts smartphone demand and complicates the adoption of 5G technology.

Revised BIR collection target nearly ?320B less than initial 2020 target amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
The Bureau of Internal Revenue aims to collect ?2.26 trillion this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, ?316 billion less than its initial target for 2020.

Latest on the Spread of the Coronavirus Around the World
New York Times - 2020-04-29
The Japanese government is planning to extend the state of emergency over the new coronavirus pandemic by about one month for the entire country, the Nikkei ... The Philippines' tally of confirmed ...

Manila areas to be placed under hard lockdown within the week
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
A two-day hard lockdown will be declared in areas of Tondo District 1 within the week to further contain the rising COVID-19 cases, Manila Mayor Francisco

Abu Sayyaf killed, soldier wounded in Sulu clash - 2020-04-29
"Firefight triggered for nine minutes with one of the terrorists killed and recovered on the embattled site," Maj. Gen. Vinluan said.

Coast Guard assures strict quarantine protocols as more Filipino-manned ships expected to dock in Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
The Philippine Coast Guard assured strict implementation of COVID-19 quarantine protocols will remain in place as more Filipino-manned ships are expected to dock in Manila's port in the next few days.

SEC flags more illegal investment schemes
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has exposed a new batch of scammers peddling illegal get-rich-quick investment schemes while the nation is suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The

MECO exec apologizes to Taiwan over OFW deportation issue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Manila's representative in Taiwan has apologized to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the statement released by a Philippine labor official seeking the

Online Education Platform Testament to Competitiveness of Filipinos in the Digital Age
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Jennifer Que, Country Head of the leading online English education platform 51Talk, championed the online ESL industry at the 3rd Government Academe Industry Network (GAIN)

COVID-19 will strain US-China ties further, pressure Asean to pick sides, say experts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
As the United States comes to grips with the Covid-19 outbreak, pressure will intensify in Washington to blame China for the devastating pandemic, and in turn further inflame ties

Amid declining rates, Treasury to sell longer bond tenors in May
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
The Bureau of the Treasury will sell P170 billion in T-bills and bonds in May, with longer tenors expected to entice domestic investors amid declining rates. The volume of

Palace on Taipei refusal to deport OFW: We leave that to Taiwan and China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Malacañang on Wednesday said it will respect the authority of Taiwan over Filipina caregiver Elanel Egot Ordidor whom the Philippine government had requested to be deported

Locsin on China ship radar gun aiming incident: Wanna point then fire away
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
Never ever point anything at my country unless you're looking for a fight." Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. issued this warning as he stood by

Philippine Metals Provides Corporate Update
YAHOO! - 2020-04-29
Philippine Metals Inc. (TSXV: PHI) ("PMI" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following corporate update.The Company has been advised by the TSX Venture Exchange (the "Exchange") that it does

'We should not be complacent': Second wave of COVID-19 still possible after ECQ, says expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-29
A mathematics professor says the likelihood of another surge of the fast-spreading disease after the first wave of infections will still depend on the government's next preparations before and after the enhanced community quarantine is lifted.

YouTube expands fact-check panels in move against misinformation - 2020-04-29
YouTube on Tuesday began adding fact-check panels to search results in the US for videos on hot-topic claims shown to be bogus.

Davao provinces, Sarangani to have isolated rainshowers, thunderstorms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-29
In a 4 a.m. weather update, Pagasa weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms in Davao ...

Tesla is about to reveal how badly coronavirus hit its profit plans
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-28
Tesla recorded its first annual profit in 2019, when results were adjusted to exclude special items. It said that it expected to be profitable going forward. The coronavirus shifted those plans. The company was soon dealing with a temporary shutdown of its new factory in Shanghai because of the outbreak of the virus in China.

DSWD counting on financial tech to finish cash aid delivery
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is banking on financial technologies to finish the distribution of cash aid to poor families on or before April

Masks stay on, buffets banned: Bill paints postquarantine life
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
Online classes for students. Videoconferencing for employees. Mandatory wearing of masks in public. No more restaurant buffets. Malls and banks with a maximum number of

Uber's top engineer is leaving the ride-hailing giant as the coronavirus throws its core taxi business into turmoil
Business Insider - 2020-04-28
The Information reported Tuesday that the company was considering laying off up to 5,400 people to cut costs.

New quarantine to open at Philippine Arena
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
A 300-bed quarantine will soon open at the sprawling Philippine Arena Complex in Bulacan. The project is led by the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Iglesia ni Cristo, and the MVP Group of

Alphabet weathers first quarter after the novel coronavirus, but the worst is yet to come
The Verge - 2020-04-28
Google parent company Alphabet managed to weather the storm caused by COVID-19 in its first quarterly earnings that take into account the society-altering shifts of the global pandemic. But this past quarter included barely two months of time since many countries instituted shelter-in-place orders that have all but eliminated global travel and other industries that spend big on web advertising.

DTI wants more shops to reopen
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing for the opening of more business establishments in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ), but wants to require the private sector to

BSP waives fees for new e-payment services
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
The central bank on Tuesday waived its fees and charges for financial institutions setting up digital payment channels, saying it encouraged Filipinos to conduct more online transactions as a means of

Subic marine theme park launches fund drive for animals under quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
A marine theme park here on Tuesday reached out to donors to help care for marine animals after all entertainment facilities were shut down by the Luzon-wide

BI checking status of foreign Dasmariñas village resident in altercation with Makati cop
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday warned foreigners that they could be arrested and deported if they disobey enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) protocols set by the government to stop the

Google Cloud revenue climbs in Q1, ad sales sink due to pandemic
ZDNet - 2020-04-28
While Advertising continues to generate the most revenue for Google, the number is down significantly compared to last quarter. In Q1, Google ad revenues came to $33.76 billion, c

ADB lends PH another $200M for COVID-19 response
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has green-lit another loan worth $200 million for its host-country the Philippines, this time to support the social amelioration program for poor households deemed

Urban reforestation programs could reduce premature deaths - 2020-04-28
"Many of the deaths prevented would be in the poorest areas of the city, even with a moderate increase in the number of trees," said study first author Michelle Kondo, a research

88 NCMH staff, patients positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
At least 88 personnel and patients of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City have tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), according to NCMH chief

UPS will start delivering CVS prescriptions by drone in Florida -- here's how it works
Business Insider - 2020-04-28
This is the latest installment in the competition between UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and Alphabet to launch regular drone deliveries.

Cancer may double risk for serious illness, death with COVID-19 - 2020-04-28
A multi-national team of researchers has determined that cancer patients were nearly twice as likely to experience severe symptoms from COVID-19 and twice as likely to die as a result of infection.

COVID-19: An Opportunity, Challenge for Addiction Treatment, NIDA Boss Says
Medscape - 2020-04-28
While methadone clinics have had to close during the pandemic, making it challenging for those on medically assisted treatment to receive methadone or buprenorphine, some of the rules and regulations have been relaxed in order to make these medications accessible without the need for in-person attendance at a clinic.

Rapid7 is acquiring DivvyCloud for $145M to beef up cloud security
TechCrunch - 2020-04-28
Rapid7 announced today after the closing bell that it will be acquiring DivvyCloud, a cloud security and governance startup for $145 million in cash and stock. With Divvy, the company moves more deeply into the cloud,

May the Fourth Be With Disney (Terms and Conditions Apply)
New York Times - 2020-04-28
When Disney asked "Star Wars" fans to share their favorite memories of the franchise using the hashtag #MayThe4th, it said responses would fall under its terms of use agreement. Social media users were scathing.

Pagasa monitoring low pressure area outside PAR, near Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
MANILA, Philippines - A low pressure area (LPA) near Mindanao but outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) is being monitored by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical ...

Tesla's latest Autopilot feature is slowing down for green lights, too
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-28
(CNN) -- Tesla has said its latest version of Autopilot, its autonomous driving software, is able to stop at traffic lights. But some Tesla drivers are learning it doesn't just stop at red lights, it appears to slow down for green lights, too. Last Friday, Tesla drivers first reported receiving a software update that included "Traffic Light ...

San Francisco Enlists A Key Latino Neighborhood In Coronavirus Testing
NPR - 2020-04-28
To get better data this week on a hard-hit community, the public health department and researchers are offering free testing for everyone over age 4 in a broad swath of the Mission District.

DOF presents spending breakdown of P352-billion Covid-19 response fund
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-28
The government has so far spent P258 billion on emergency subsidies and other forms of assistance to poor, low-income households and other vulnerable groups reeling from work stoppage due to the healt

Can Fintechs Help Brazil Navigate The Coronavirus Crisis?
Forbes - 2020-04-28
The Covid-19 crisis is impacting and transforming every sector across the economy, but investors in certain segments such as fintech, remain confident about the role these startups will play during and after the pandemic in Brazil.

P80.7 billion social aid distributed to LGUs - DSWD
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-28
A total of t 1,515 local government units (LGUs) have received P80.7 billion worth of funds for COVID-19 pandemic assistance, the

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