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Port authorities in 20 countries across three continents have signed an agreement to keep ports open for trade amid the coronavirus outbreak, in a move initiated by Singapore. From

Probe called on hospitals, staff who turn away poor patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-27
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called on the Department of Health (DOH) to probe and charge for criminal and civil damages those liable for recent incidents involving

Resumption of POGO ops would send ugly message to public - Robredo
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-27
Allowing the resumption of the operations of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) amid the extended enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in key regions due to the novel

How Filipinos can play for $186M American jackpot this week! - 2020-04-27
The American Mega Millions lottery is offering the biggest jackpot prize in the world: $186 million. This huge amount has captured the attention of lottery fans all over the world, and the winner could be someone from the Philippines.

Ford engineers are working on electric Mustang SUVs in their own garages
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-27
Ford engineers brought home more than a dozen pre-production versions of the Mach-E SUVs, as well as computer equipment and other gear so they could keep working from their basements, living rooms, garages and neighborhood streets.

What to expect from Kitchie Nadal, Barbie Almalbis, and Aia de Leon's upcoming online gig
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-27
The three OPM pop rock singers are set to perform familiar hits and never-before-heard collaborations in their online benefit concert on May 1.

PH eyes $500-M loan to help poor families, SMEs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-27
The Philippines is seeking from the World Bank another $500-million loan to replenish funds being doled out to poor families and small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Documents showed

Bill Gates explains how the United States can safely ease coronavirus restrictions
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
The ability for parts of the United States to safely and effectively begin to lift coronavirus restrictions will depend on the country's capacity to aggressively test for and trace new cases of the virus,

A flood of business bankruptcies likely in coming months
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
The billions of dollars in coronavirus relief targeted at small businesses may not prevent many of them from ending up in bankruptcy court. Business filings under Chapter

Pagasa forecast: Hot Monday with cloudy skies, isolated rains
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
MANILA, Philippines --Hot, humid weather, along with cloudy skies and isolated rain showers in the afternoon or evening are expected in most parts of the country on Monday, based on the ...

Social distancing in the air: Say goodbye to piso fares, middle seats
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Philippine airlines and their customers are bracing for dramatic changes in a post-lockdown era as the turbulent coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis unfolds. From the ejection of the dreaded middle seat

Banks prepare for surge in loan defaults
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
With the Philippines at risk of going into an economic recession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local bankers hope to prepare for a possible string of corporate loan defaults by having an enabling

SEC exposes 3 more investment scams
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Three more groups peddling illegal get-rich-quick schemes while the world is grappling against the COVID-19 pandemic have been flagged by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC

DoubleDragon doing well despite pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-26
Property developer DoubleDragon Properties Corp. is not writing off 2020 despite the prolonged lockdown of Metro Manila as its chain of community-based shopping malls, all located outside the National

How the Bay Area Got Ahead of the COVID-19 Crisis
Medscape - 2020-04-26
Two days before St. Patrick's Day crowds and partying, San Francisco-area public health officials ordered the nation's first stay-at-home order. "We thought, 'Yes, the clock is ticking,' " said one.

Trump has taken up 60% of White House coronavirus briefings, dedicating much of his time to attacks and false information, analysis shows
Business Insider - 2020-04-26
Trump has dominated the lectern at daily White House press briefings on coronavirus since mid-March, speaking 60% of the time, a new analysis shows.

The best OnePlus 8 cases and covers
Digital Trends - 2020-04-26
The OnePlus 8 smartphone, with its glass front and back, screams out for a case that protects against drops and bumps. Here are some of the best we've found.

Royal Caribbean files patent application for 'Seaface' mask for 'virus isolation purposes'
Fox News - 2020-04-26
A recent patent filing suggests that a prominent cruise company may be planning on releasing its own branded face mask. This news comes during a difficult time for the cruise industry, which has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Antibody Tests Go To Market Largely Unregulated, Warns House Subcommittee Chair
NPR - 2020-04-26
Most coronavirus antibody test-makers are choosing to skip FDA verification, says Raja Krishnamoorthi of the House Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy

Australia rolls out COVID-19 tracking app with privacy concerns
YAHOO! - 2020-04-26
Australia is introducing a COVID-19 tracking app with concerns about the data it keeps, while Germany is switching tactics to protect privacy.

'Hospital at Home' May Boost COVID-19 Inpatient Capacity
Medscape - 2020-04-26
Tufts is partnering with Medically Home to discharge some non-COVID-19 patients to hospital-level home care, freeing up beds. Certain COVID patients may follow after evaluation criteria are finalized.

Galaxy Fold 2 rumors: Huge glass screen, stylus, August release, price up in the air
CNET - 2020-04-26
What will the cameras, features and price for Samsung's next foldable phone be? Here's what we've heard so far.

Duterte cannot build his way out of Philippines' economic troubles
NIKKEI - 2020-04-26
Moody's Investors Service earlier this month downgraded to negative its outlook for the Philippines' banking sector. Fitch Solutions, the research arm of Fitch Ratings, warned of "external financing challenges" as COVID-19 fallout widens Manila's current-account deficit.

Linking Up Impact Enterprises Addressing COVID-19 And Likely Investors--Fast
Forbes - 2020-04-26
Impact enterprises addressing urgent needs created by the coronavirus crisis require funding post haste. And investors who want to support them are looking for streamlined ways to find the right companies. The heart of the coalition work is a Village Capital platform called Abaca. Launched about a year ago by Village Capital, which runs early ...

Get Three Free PS4 Games Before It's Too Late, No PS Plus Required
GameSpot - 2020-04-26
With social distancing still in place due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Sony is currently giving away some free PlayStation 4 games to keep players entertained. It's also aiding indie PS4 developers struggling during these times.

Amazon Reports Earnings on Thursday: 5 Important Things to Watch - 2020-04-26
Along with e-commerce sales figures that are expected to be up strongly, AWS' performance and spending growth are among the things to monitor as Amazon reports.

Germany changes stance on Apple-Google contact tracing project
AppleInsider - 2020-04-26
Germany has changed its stance on Apple and Google's work to create a contact tracing system for tracking and managing the spread of COVID-19, supporting a privacy-forward decentralized approach instead of using a centralized system.

SEC: Get-rich-quick schemes on the rise amid COVID-19 - 2020-04-26
The Securities and Exchange Commission has warned that predatory get-rich-quick schemes are on the rise amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

5 hurt in Quezon road mishap - 2020-04-26
Five persons were injured when a bus figured in an accident along Maharlika Highway in this town on Saturday afternoon.

Quezon City reports no new COVID cases - 2020-04-26
Quezon City, one of the cities in Metro Manila hardest hit by the coronavirus disease 2019, reported no new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend.

27 more inmates get COVID - 2020-04-26
Twenty-seven more inmates of the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing to 47 the number of prisoners infected with COVID-19.

Philippine hotels seek tax relief - 2020-04-26
The tourism industry is in need of government support in the form of tax relief measures as well as subsidies to help the sector recover from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by Tajara Hospitality and Horwarth HTL.

Banks told to augment digital channels - 2020-04-26
Banks and financial institutions were ordered to augment the existing capabilities of their digital channels as the enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces has been extended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19,

Cebu City records 40 new COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-26
Cebu City recorded 40 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, pushing the total number to 451. The bulk of the additional cases have been recorded in Sitio Sto. Niño, where 13 people have been diagnosed with the disease.

Post-ECQ stimulus plan to need P1.2T; infra cuts nixed
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
By Butch Fernandez & Jovee Marie N. Dela Cruz THE stimulus package needed to prime an economy gutted by the prolonged lockdowns forced by the battle to stop the deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-1

Fil-Chinese investors to govt: Release cash subsidies to stimulate economy
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
Chinese investors are asking the government to hand out cash subsidies to numerous sectors affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, as this would ensure the economy is st

ADB: $1.5-B loan on top of existing fund support
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
Despite extending the largest budgetary assistance to the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) assured there won't be any changes in its Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) on account of

Abu Sayyaf leader surrenders - 2020-04-26
A senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group surrendered to authorities in Parang, Sulu on Saturday. The surrender of Mawallil Saiyadi was facilitated by Mayor Alkhadar Loong of Parang; Maj. Nicanor Lambino,

Major quarantine facility completion seen today - 2020-04-26
The construction of a 300-bed Mega Quarantine Center at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan is expected to be completed today, the Department of Public Works and Highways said over the weekend.

DA seeks help of millennials in rolling out farm programs
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it is spending at least P100 million to tap 900 fresh graduates as millennial frontliners to help in implementing the government's various farm programs na

East-West to donate 6M worth of veggie seeds to groups, LGUs
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
West Seed said it will donate P6 million worth of vegetable seeds, seedlings and plants to farmer groups and local government units (LGUs) to help the government hike farm output. In a statement,

Quarantine violators drop by 45 percent - PNP - 2020-04-26
The number of people accosted for quarantine and curfew violations went down by 45 percent after the police intensified its crackdown on individuals defying guidelines of the national government to curb the transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.

Ifugao records first COVID case - 2020-04-26
The province of Ifugao has recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019, the Department of Health said yesterday.

4 nabbed for quarantine breach - 2020-04-26
A Chinese and three Filipinos were arrested for violating quarantine rules in Silang, Cavite yesterday. Steven Chan, 26; Herson Rioveros, 28; Alvin Dales, 37, and Junide Lerio, 19, were reportedly caught having a drinking spree in Barangay Maguyam.

NBI probes death of woman rejected by 6 hospitals - 2020-04-26
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the death of a woman who died after reportedly being refused admission by six hospitals.

Economic data starts coming in
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
The first quarter of 2020 is now in the books and we are beginning to see the actual impact of the pandemic on various economies. Needless to say, the biggest shock is the 26 million Americans that ar

BIR, BOC collections down further - 2020-04-26
Total collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs from January to mid-April declined further due to quarantine measures and the extension of the deadline for the filing and payment of income and other taxes to next month,

4 more areas in Manila eyed for lockdown - 2020-04-26
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is eyeing to place four more districts under lockdown amid reports of violations of the enhanced community quarantine.

More funding for IT urged on 2nd wk of SSS tech glitch
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-26
A member of the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries on Sunday urged the Social Security System (SSS) and other agencies to invest more in boosting their "computing capacities&qu

Philippines issues temporary ban on imported poultry from US - 2020-04-26
The Department of Agriculture has issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild birds and their products from the US following an avian virus outbreak in South Carolina.

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