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Makati adopts e-money transfer for cash distribution
philstar.com - 2020-04-24
MANILA, Philippines -- Makati is set to release the second wave of financial assistance for transport workers in the city using electronic money transfers to avoid physical contact among the beneficiaries, Mayor Abby Binay announced yesterday. Binay said each beneficiary would receive P2,000 through the Makatizen card and GCash. Makati is the ...

Pagasa: Brace for hot, humid Friday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-24
MANILA, Philippines - Another hot and humid day is expected nationwide on Friday due to the easterlies or warm winds coming from the Pacific Ocean, the state weather bureau reported. Batanes and ...

AgriNurture gets DA nod to boost corn production
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Listed agriculture trading firm AgriNurture Inc. (ANI) has received the green light from the Department of Agriculture to boost corn production. ANI was authorized to introduce its rice-corn blend as a healthier alternative for local consumers. In a letter to ANI president and chief executive officer Antonio Tiu ...

RCBC digital distribution of cash aid gets BSP nod
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has given Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) the green light to accept and distribute emergency cash from the government to aid families affected by the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak. RCBC is the first ...

P1.3-T post pandemic stimulus package eyed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
The House of Representatives is preparing a measure that seeks to allot some P1.3 trillion as economic stimulus to help the economy recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The ...

PSALM remits P46M to LGUs as revenue share
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) remitted to several local governments units (LGUs) a total of P46 million ...

SEC orders shutdown of 4 online lending ventures
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered the shutdown of four online lending platforms that had been operating without the proper permits, imposing "unreasonable" terms and using "abusive" practices. The SEC issued the cease-and-desist order (CDO) dated April 14 to CashAB, CashOcean, KwikPeso and Little Cash, together ...

PPA asked to give up for good share in cargo handling earnings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
Business groups want the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to give up its share in cargo handling revenues, as they appeal to the government to reduce the cost of logistics during the pandemic. Doing so would require the repeal of a letter of instruction (LOI) that has been in effect since the Marcos regime, allowing the PPA at least 10 percent ...

Zscaler Stock Up 42% YTD On Work From Home Trend
Forbes - 2020-04-23
Zscaler is expected to benefit from increased demand for securing remote work environments. Shares ... [+] of Zscaler have rebounded 89% from the 52-week low of $35 reached in March. With more people working from home, organizations are looking to rapidly deploy solutions that enable employees to remotely access both internal and external ...

Will Google And Silicon Valley Companies Help Sustain The Latino Startup That Has Supplied Them With Coffee?
Forbes - 2020-04-23
Intuit responded first to help Progeny Coffee through the Pandemic, but other Silicon Valley companies can also lend a big hand Not long ago, Maria Palacio, CEO and founder of Palo Alto-based Progeny Coffee, a company that sources coffee from her native country Colombia, was enjoying the fruits of her labor. She has also gone into labor, giving ...

U.S. FCC votes to open additional spectrum for Wi-Fi use
Business Insider - 2020-04-23
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to open a new chunk of spectrum for WiFi use as the number of devices is expected to increase.

Batangas folk wary of OFWs quarantined in hotels, resorts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
Hotels and resorts in Batangas province are being converted into quarantine areas for hundreds of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite resistance from local communities wary of potential coronavirus carriers. In Ibaan, which has yet to record a case of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), preparations to open an isolation site ...

Control this e-bike with your face -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-04-23
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content ...

Watch: Coronavirus Task Force Briefs Amid Historic Job Loss
NPR - 2020-04-23
The White House's pandemic task force scheduled a press conference for Thursday afternoon following another vertiginous unemployment report that underscored the economic implications of the disaster. More than 4 million more people filed for unemployment, according to statistics released by the Labor Department, bringing the approximate total ...

Google ditched tipping feature for donating money to sites
TechCrunch - 2020-04-23
Leaked images obtained by TechCrunch reveal that Google considered and designed a feature that would let people donate money to websites to help support news publishers, bloggers, and musicians. But Google scrapped the idea and chose not to build out the product, despite these kinds of businesses and creators often struggling to earn revenue.

Connecticut suburb police deploy 'pandemic drone'
UPI.com - 2020-04-23
April 23 (UPI) --A Connecticut suburb's police said this week they are testing a "pandemic drone," with a speaker allowing them to sound a verbal warning to anyone not following social distancing. The drone technology can monitor whether people are at least 6 feet apart, the distance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Samsung's new eco-packaging can be rebuilt into a cat house -- Future Blink
Mashable - 2020-04-23
Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2020 Mashable, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mashable, MashBash and Mashable House are among ...

FCC updates orbital debris rules for the first time since 2004
TechCrunch - 2020-04-23
The FCC has finally gotten around to updating its 15-year-old orbital debris rules, adding new requirements and streamlining the approval process. With hundreds of satellites going up every year into increasingly crowded orbits, these rules are more important than ever. In stating the necessity for mitigating the accumulation of orbital debris ...

New York survey suggests 2.7 million in state may have coronavirus antibodies
Reuters - 2020-04-23
(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday a preliminary survey found that nearly 14% tested positive for antibodies against the novel coronavirus, suggesting that as many 2.7 million New Yorkers may have been infected with the disease. While noting the sample size of 3,000 people and other limitations of the survey, Cuomo said ...

Coronavirus Has Infected A Fifth Of New York City, Testing Suggests
NPR - 2020-04-23
It was already clear that the coronavirus has the capacity to spread at an alarming rate -- that, of course, is why states across the country implemented sweeping measures to slow the rate at which it was filling hospitals. But new numbers released Thursday by New York, the state hardest hit by the virus so far, offered a startling glimpse of ...

Premature reopening of businesses may lead to another lockdown, warns business leader
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) - Despite the efforts of the government to revive the economy hit hard by the pandemic, a leading businessman said it would not be advisable to prematurely reopen businesses after the lockdown. "A lot of things have to be considered. I think the government is doing the right thing by weighing the ...

Nuvocargo, a trucking managed marketplace, raises $5.3M in seed funding
TechCrunch - 2020-04-23
U.S. companies rely on Mexican manufacturers for goods ranging from automotive and aerospace parts, avocados and other produce, to electronics and furniture. But the trucking system that transports these things across the border relies on an inefficient mix of paper, phone calls, faxes and too many stakeholders who drive up costs. These snarls ...

Zoom makes privacy and security fixes as millions flock to service
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
(CNN) -- Zoom will begin rolling out a long-awaited security update this weekend to deal with widespread complaints of video-conferencing interruptions and other potential meeting vulnerabilities, the company said Wednesday. As more people have come to rely on Zoom for work and socializing in recent weeks, there has also been more scrutiny of ...

Android 11 developer preview 3 is now available
ZDNet - 2020-04-23
If you use Google services, and you don't want anyone raiding or wrecking your account and services--not to mention your life--Google two-step verification security is for you. Read More Google on Thursday released the third Android 11 developer beta, staying true to its own release schedule. The third update is only intended for developers ...

Face it, no one in Washington wants to fix the small business loan program
Business Insider - 2020-04-23
No one in Washington will stop big corporations with plenty of access to cash from taking money meant for small businesses. They must not want to.

Google Will Require Proof of Identity From All Advertisers
New York Times - 2020-04-23
A slew of scams and misleading ads pushed the search giant to expand its verification policy. By Tiffany Hsu and Daisuke Wakabayashi In an effort to fight off fraudulent or misleading online ads, Google will require that all advertisers across its sprawling network prove who they are and where they operate, the company said in a blog post on ...

Bill Gates says countries will probably use interviews and databases to track the coronavirus
The Verge - 2020-04-23
Bill Gates thinks most countries will fight COVID-19 with interview-based contact tracing and a central database to track exposure. Gates posted a paper today outlining potential pandemic treatments, vaccines, and containment strategies. He calls contact tracing, which helps identify and isolate people who could spread the virus, an "ideal ...

Angara shares own experience fighting COVID-19, says hospital bill reached P400K
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- After undergoing treatment for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Senator Sonny Angara disclosed on Thursday that his hospital bill reached about P400,000. In a teleconference with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (Focap), Angara said he stayed at a private hospital for around eight to nine days.

An AIDS activist group's video chat was hijacked by hackers -- the latest example of extremist trolls targeting marginalized groups
Business Insider - 2020-04-23
Extremists are "exploiting this newfound reliance on video-conferencing technology to target certain groups," the Anti-Defamation League CEO said.

Esper, lawmakers criticize FCC's approval of Ligado 5G proposal
UPI.com - 2020-04-23
April 23 (UPI) --Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Thursday criticized a proposal to deploy a nationwide network to provide 5G and internet-of-things services, saying it could disrupt GPS services millions of Americans rely on daily. The FCC approved the proposal Monday, which would see Ligado Networks deploy 5G and internet-of-things services ...

Divided EU leaders meet on virus recovery plan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- EU leaders are set to haggle on Thursday over a giant package to help their economies recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but bitter divisions mean little progress is expected. The situation facing the EU is dire: more than 110,000 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and an economy set to shrink by 7.1 percent because of the ...

Luzon braces for massive economic meltdown due to lockdown
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
The country is expecting an estimated loss of P767.19 billion, or 3.85% of the gross domestic product, according to a recovery plan prepared by the National Economic and Development Authority.

Domestic trade grew by 0.4% in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Domestic trade grew marginally in terms of volume and contracted in terms of value in 2019, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said yesterday. Final results of the 2019 Highlights of the Domestic Trade Statistics in the Philippines showed that the total volume of domestic trade grew slightly by 0.4 percent to 25 ...

BPI profit down 5% in 1st quarter
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Earnings of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) slipped by five percent to P6.39 billion in the first quarter from P6.72 billion in the same quarter last year as the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic ushers in a difficult period for consumers and businesses. BPI president and chief executive ...

LGUs may impose own 'hard lockdown' in their areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 22) -- Local government units may implement their own hard lockdown measures and bar residents from leaving their homes to further contain the spread of COVID-19. The Department of Interior and Local Government made this pronouncement after the Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso imposed a 48 ...

Roque denies Duterte's shoot to kill order triggered ex-soldier's death
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) -- Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque dismissed speculations that President Duterte's previous order to shoot quarantine violators dead was behind a cop's decision to kill an army veteran in Quezon City Wednesday afternoon. "Wala sigurong ganoon... Wala pong relasyon ito sa kahit anong sinabi ng ...

6 Abu Sayyaf killed, 8 soldiers wounded in Sulu clash
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Six Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed while eight soldiers were wounded in an encounter in Patikul, Sulu on Wednesday night. The military said soldiers of the 45th Infantry Battalion (IB) clashed with an undetermined number of bandits in Barangay Latih at around 6 p.m. Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao ...

Businesses urged to explore online market spaces during virus pandemic
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-23
Explore the possibility of having your goods delivered through fast courier delivery services," the PDRF said. It said they need to continue communicating with their customers and suppliers to inform them of their business plans, and to let them know how they can still purchase goods or ask for their services "Inform your customers about ...

Demand for PHL exports rises; some BPOs may expand despite contagion
BusinessMirror - 2020-04-23
Demand for some local products in overseas markets barely affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is increasing, while some business-process outsourcing (BPO) firms are gearing up for expansion even as most businesses are reeling from the economic impact of the coronavirus, according to a Mindanao-based businessman. "Here in ...

WHO warns malaria deaths could double during coronavirus pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-04-23
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The new coronavirus pandemic could severely disrupt access to anti-malaria nets and drugs in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization said Thursday, warning that malaria deaths risked doubling if efforts are not urgently scaled up. The UN health agency called on countries in sub-Saharan Africa -- where nearly ...

DOH eyes shorter work hours for health workers
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing shorter working hours for healthcare workers as part of the measures to curb the rising prevalence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among doctors, nurses and other frontliners in the fight against the pandemic. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH ...

Alliance Global donates P603 million for COVID efforts
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Tycoon Andrew Tan, through his listed holding company Alliance Global Group Inc., has spent P603 million in various efforts to help the country respond to the fight against the coronavirus 2019 or COVID-19. AGI chief executive officer Kevin Tan said their group is providing the necessary support to help save more lives ...

Cavite barangay chairwoman, soldier nabbed for drugs
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- A barangay captain on the list of most wanted drug personalities in Cavite was arrested in a sting in Dasmariñas City, police said yesterday. Police said Papaladun Guinungco, 48, of Barangay Datu Esmael, and her 65-year-old brother, Macapado were caught with around 300 grams of shabu with an estimated street value of P2 ...

Traffic enforcer succumbs to virus
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The mobile patrol unit of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was placed under quarantine after a traffic enforcer reportedly succumbed to symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 last week. The family of Cristopher Maralit took to Facebook to express disappointment over the belated response ...

DOTr remits P19.3 billion for COVID measures
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) continues to beef up its contribution to the national coffers as it turned over a total of P19.3 billion in dividends so far this year. The amount has been remitted in advance to support government spending measures amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 crisis ...

SEC issues CDO vs 4 online lending firms
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ordered the operators of four online lending applications to cease and desist from offering and providing loans to the public,. The commission en banc issued the cease and desist orders against CashAB, CashOcean, KwikPeso and Little Cash, together with their owners, CashAB ...

Banks see losses from loan defaults
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- S&P Global Ratings said credit losses of Philippine banks may reach $2 billion this year due to deteriorating asset quality arising from defaults amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic. Credit loss arises from delinquent and bad debt or other credit that is likely to default. Banks are required to set ...

Government fuel marking program continues
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has continued to infuse fuel products with markers this month, ensuring the inflow of revenues which can help beef up state coffers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance (DOF) reported yesterday. Based on an infographic shared by Finance Secretary Carlos ...

Expert says PH must expedite mass testing with both rapid and PCR tests
CNN Philippines - 2020-04-23
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 23) -- To flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in the Philippines, a medical expert said the government must not waste time and expedite mass testing to save more lives. According to LabX founder Thomas Navasero, the country must test more people now with the use of both Reverse Transcription Polymerase ...

Business groups push moratorium on cargo fees
philstar.com - 2020-04-23
MANILA, Philippines -- Local and foreign business groups are calling on the government to suspend demurrage or detention fees and other penalties for cargo stuck at ports, extend the free storage period, and implement other measures to improve transport efficiency and reduce logistics costs of businesses whose operations have been affected by ...

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