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  • 3 hours ADB sees 20.2% drop in PH remittances in 2020 Inquirer |Biz
    MANILA, Philippines — Remittances from Filipinos abroad are expected to drop by 20..2 percent this year amid a COVID-19 pandemic-induced global recession, putting households dependent on these cash transfers at risk of falling into poverty, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. “The economic recession from the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the job security and well-being of […] The post ADB sees 20.2% drop in PH remittances in 2020 appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 3 hours Globe bags 3-peat win as Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Telco of the Year’ Inquirer |Biz
    For the third consecutive year, Globe took home the “Philippines Mobile Data Service Provider of the Year” and the “Philippines Telecom Service Provider of the Year” accolades from the prestigious Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards. For Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, these awards are a continuing testament to how Globe covers all the […] The post Globe bags 3-peat win as Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Telco of the Year’ appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 3 hours Non-essential Melbourne businesses shut to curb virus Inquirer
    MELBOURNE --- Non-essential businesses in Australia's second-biggest city were ordered Monday to close as officials struggle to control a growing coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said most retail outlets in Melbourne would be required to shut down from midnight Wednesday into Thursday, while sectors including meat production and construction would be ordered to scale down operations from Friday. The announcement came as the state recorded 429 new infections and 13 deaths from the virus Monday.  ...Keep on reading: Non-essential Melbourne businesses shut to curb virus ... more
  • 3 hours Tourist ‘crushed by whale’s tail’ in Australia Inquirer
    SYDNEY --- A tourist snorkeling off Australia's pristine northwest coast was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition after being struck by a whale, medics said Monday. The victim was exploring near the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in the Indian Ocean when she was struck by the tail of one of the giant creatures. St John Ambulance service told AFP they transferred the woman to a remote airport for evacuation and emergency treatment in Perth. She sustained "chest injuries" and was said to be in a "serious but stable condition," after suffering a "crush from being hit by a whale's ... more
  • 3 hours Palace: Gov’t response vs COVID-19 ‘correct’ as long as deaths remain low Inquirer
      MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang insisted on Monday that the government is doing the right thing in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the low number of deaths being recorded. "Alam niyo po, habang mababa po ang mga namamatay, tama po ang ginagawa natin," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online briefing, when asked whether the country is winning or losing in its fight against COVID-19. (You know what, as long as the number of deaths is low, what we are doing is right.) Of the 103,185 COVID-19 cases logged in the entire country, deaths recorded are at 2,059 while ... more
  • 3 hours Health workers from other regions eyed as ‘substitute’ for NCR frontliners Inquirer
    MANILA, Philippines --- In a bid to give exhausted medical frontliners of Metro Manila the much-needed "timeout," the government is looking to tap health workers from other regions to serve as the "substitution team" for health workers in the capital region besieged by a surge in COVID-19 cases. "May mga kasamahan po tayo sa DOH (Department of Health) Regional Offices and hospitals na magpupunta po dito sa National Capital Region upang tumulong," Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a televised Palace press briefing Monday. "Mag-aanunsyo din po kami ng mga programa para sa mga private healthcare professionals na nasa ... more
  • 3 hours Clash of old and new values: Is Thailand heading for a big change? Inquirer
    BANGKOK --- The ongoing youth-led protests has wide implications for the country and it has left many, especially those from the old generation, shocked. It may have been triggered by politics, but as the pro-democracy protests evolve, it has expanded to also impact the core values of Thai society. By expressing their opinion about the role of the monarchy, the recent protests have touched on a sensitive issue, which has always been a taboo in Thai society. There may not be a consensus among protesters, but many are using code-language for communication and some are disguising their messages with subtlety ... more
  • 3 hours Singapore-Malaysia border travel: What are the safety measures Inquirer
    SINGAPORE --- Applications for cross-border travel between Singapore and Malaysia for long-term pass holders and travelers on essential business and official visits will start on Aug 10. But those traveling under the two schemes meant for short-and long-term visits would have to abide by strict precautionary measures before, during and after their visits. Here is a look at the measures at a glance: All travelers Obtain approval for the trip from the authorities of the destination country through applications made by employers, companies or government agencies. Be tested for Covid-19 upon arrival. Periodic commuting arrangement This scheme is meant for ... more
  • 3 hours Indonesia reopens migrant worker placement to boost economy amid coronavirus pandemic Inquirer
    JAKARTA --- The Manpower Ministry has announced that it will reopen recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers in a bid to strengthen the country's economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, the ministry issued a regulation to temporarily halt the placement of migrant workers in foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. A new ministerial regulation, issued on July 29, lifts the restriction. "To accelerate the recovery of the national economy and seeing that several countries have also reopened to foreign workers, it is necessary for us to also reopen the opportunity for our migrant workers to work in ... more
  • 3 hours Indonesia reopens migrant worker placement to boost economy amid coronavirus pandemic Inquirer |Biz
    JAKARTA — The Manpower Ministry has announced that it will reopen recruitment and placement of Indonesian migrant workers in a bid to strengthen the country’s economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, the ministry issued a regulation to temporarily halt the placement of migrant workers in foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic. A new […] The post Indonesia reopens migrant worker placement to boost economy amid coronavirus pandemic appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 3 hours Travelers to Singapore to wear electronic tracking device while serving Covid-19 stay-home notice outside of facilities Inquirer
    SINGAPORE --- All travelers entering Singapore who are serving theirstay-home notice (SHN)outside of dedicated facilities will soon have to wear an electronic monitoring device. From Aug 10, 11.59pm, such travelers will have to wear the device throughout the 14-day stay-home period. They include citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, work pass holders and their dependents. Children aged 12 and below are exempted. The stay-home rule was extended to all incoming travelers from March 21. Travelers serve the notice either at their home or at dedicated facilities, and are tested for Covid-19 at designated community testing facilities before the end of ... more
  • 3 hours How first time mom Coleen Garcia-Crawford is preparing for her baby Inquirer |LS
    Over the weekend Coleen Garcia-Crawford shared on Instagram how she’s preparing for the birth of her first baby. According to Coleen, rest and research in all departments—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—are key in the last trimester of her pregnancy. “I’ve been pretty chill throughout this whole pregnancy, and I’ve really been loving and treasuring this time,” Coleen said. Coleen also shared how her fitness routine of walking and prenatal pilates have helped to prevent swelling and excessive aches and pains. […] The post How first time mom Coleen Garcia-Crawford is preparing for her baby appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
  • 4 hours New Zealand ups pressure on Korea to cooperate in diplomat sexual assault case Inquirer
    SEOUL --- New Zealand authorities have heightened pressure on South Korea to cooperate in its probe of a Korean diplomat who has been accused of sexual assault. Winston Peters, New Zealand's deputy prime minister and foreign affairs minister, urged the Korean government to cooperate by waiving the accused man's diplomatic immunity and sending him to New Zealand to defend himself. "It's over to the Korean government, and for them to allow him to waive the diplomatic immunity and return him to this country," he told Newshub Nation on Saturday. "If he was innocent as he thought, he could come back ... more
  • 4 hours MECQ in Mega Manila to bring down new COVID-19 cases by 50K — expert Inquirer
    MANILA, Philippines --- The reimposition of the stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) over Metro Manila and nearby areas may reduce the projected number of new COVID-19 cases by at least 50,000 by the end of August, an expert from the University of the Philippines said Monday. In a televised Palace press briefing, professor Ranjit Rye of the UP OCTA Research Team bared that they projected 220,000 COVID-19 cases nationwide by the end of the month under a general community quarantine (GCQ) setup. But with the return of MECQ, Rye projected coronavirus infections to go down by 50,000 to 70,000. ... more
  • 4 hours SM Prime’s H1 profit down 46% Inquirer
    Local property giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. booked a 46 percent year-on-year decline in first semester net profit to P10.4 billion due to large shopping mall rental waivers and discounts given to tenants since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis hit the country. "The first half of 2020 has been one of the most challenging periods we've faced as a company. With the government maintaining the implementation of quarantine protocols in most key areas in the Philippines where our businesses are, SM Prime is committed to sustaining its operations while adhering to the strict safety measures implemented by the government and continue ... more
  • 4 hours SM Prime’s H1 profit down 46% Inquirer |Biz
    Local property giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. booked a 46 percent year-on-year decline in first semester net profit to P10.4 billion due to large shopping mall rental waivers and discounts given to tenants since the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis hit the country. “The first half of 2020 has been one of the most challenging periods we’ve […] The post SM Prime’s H1 profit down 46% appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 4 hours South Korean telcos beef up videoconferencing services amid pandemic Inquirer
    SEOUL --- South Korean telecom companies are ramping up moves to improve their videoconference services to meet rising demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has spurred a telework trend here, industry insiders said Monday. Global videoconference and work collaboration software, such as Zoom and Microsoft Corp.'s Teams, have recently surged in popularity on the back of pandemic-driven demand. Zoom reported it had 300 million global daily meeting users in April, compared with 10 million in December last year. Leading mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said it released the group video conference service "MeetUs," which can host up to 100 people ... more
  • 4 hours South Korean telcos beef up videoconferencing services amid pandemic Inquirer |Biz
    SEOUL — South Korean telecom companies are ramping up moves to improve their videoconference services to meet rising demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has spurred a telework trend here, industry insiders said Monday. Global videoconference and work collaboration software, such as Zoom and Microsoft Corp.’s Teams, have recently surged in popularity on the back […] The post South Korean telcos beef up videoconferencing services amid pandemic appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 4 hours OVP to resume free shuttle service for health frontliners Inquirer
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will resume its free shuttle service to ferry health frontliners in Metro Manila, as the capital region and nearby provinces are set to be placed again under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a Facebook post on Monday, the OVP said the shuttle service will run in eight routes amid the upcoming suspension of mass transport operations in the region during the stricter community quarantine setup. "Bilang tugon sa inaasahang pangangailangan ng ating frontliners sa transportasyon sa loob ng two-week implementation ng MECQ, muling ihahandog ng Tanggapan ni Vice President ... more
  • 4 hours South Korea: TV shows go shorter, cross over with online Inquirer |Ent
    SEOUL — Once considered fit only to be watched on mobile devices, short-form content has recently been making inroads into television. On July 4, JTBC kicked off its first short-form omnibus “Just Comedy.” Comprising five 10-minute episodes that blend comedy with other genres, the show features some of Korea’s most popular comedians, including Jang Do-yeon […] The post South Korea: TV shows go shorter, cross over with online appeared first on Inquirer Entertainment. ... more
  • 4 hours South Korea: TV shows go shorter, cross over with online Inquirer
    SEOUL --- Once considered fit only to be watched on mobile devices, short-form content has recently been making inroads into television. On July 4, JTBC kicked off its first short-form omnibus "Just Comedy." Comprising five 10-minute episodes that blend comedy with other genres, the show features some of Korea's most popular comedians, including Jang Do-yeon and Yoo Se-yoon. The show seemed quite successful, creating sensation on social media, but the viewership ratings of the regular episodes were disappointing. The first episode hit 1.4 percent, and the figure dropped steadily since, falling below 1 for the fourth installment. It was star ... more
  • 4 hours ‘Dindo’ exits PAR; LPA not likely to intensify – Pagasa Inquirer
    MANILA, Philippines --- Severe Tropical Storm Dindo has slightly intensified but is now outside the Philippine area of responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa said the center of "Dindo" was last spotted 555 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes outside PAR. It exited PAR at around 9 a.m. The severe tropical storm is moving north northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour (kph), with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph. It is forecast to continue moving northwestward ...Keep on reading: ... more
  • 4 hours Celebs support frontliners amid rising COVID-19 cases: ‘You deserve so much more’ Inquirer |Ent
    Celebrities showed their support for frontliners after the country’s medical community proposed a “timeout" amid rising COVID-19 cases. The post Celebs support frontliners amid rising COVID-19 cases: ‘You deserve so much more’ appeared first on Inquirer Entertainment. ... more
  • 4 hours Celebs support frontliners amid rising COVID-19 cases: ‘You deserve so much more’ Inquirer
    Celebrities showed their support for frontliners after the country's medical community proposed a "timeout" for the health sector amid increasing COVID-19 cases. "More love. More appreciation. More respect. Yan ang deserve ng mga FRONTLINERS ngayon," TV host Vice Ganda said on Twitter last Saturday, Aug. 1. "Bukod sa mas mataas na kompensasyon at benipisyo." (This is what FRONTLINERS deserve now. Aside from higher compensation and benefits.) https://twitter.com/vicegandako/status/1289552926109626369 He then thanked the healthcare workers for braving the ongoing pandemic. "['Di] ko man matanggal ang mga pagod at hirap ninyo mapasalamatan ko man lang kayo," Vice Ganda stated. "Iba...Keep on reading: Celebs ... more
  • 4 hours US moves citing ‘security risks’ against TikTok under fire Inquirer
    BEIJING --- With US President Donald Trump proposing a ban on TikTok, critics said the move will not solve "security risks", while American values could be challenged if the popular app actually goes dark. Trump said on Friday that he planned to terminate the videosharing app in the US through "presidential authority". It's not clear how he might implement the ban, but following the announcement, Microsoft has reportedly paused negotiations with TikTok's Chinese parent company Byte-Dance to buy its US operations. "We're looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok. We may be doing some other things," Trump told reporters ... more
  • 4 hours Westbrook scores 31 as Rockets win over Bucks Inquirer
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida --- Russell Westbrook scored 31 points and the Houston Rockets used strong defense down the stretch for a 120-116 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night. It was the 36th straight game with at least 20 points for Westbrook, who led Houston's offense on a night James Harden scored 24. Harden called their defense on Sunday night "very important" to the victory. "Throughout the course of the game we played some really good defense," he said. "They're a good offensive team but we got stops when we needed to." Houston tied an NBA record for ... more
  • 4 hours Some establishments to close again under MECQ — DTI Inquirer
    MANILA, Philippines --- Some of the business establishments allowed to reopen under relaxed quarantine guidelines will be temporarily shut again in areas to be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), the Department of Trade and Industry said Monday. Trade Sec. Ramon Lopez said the DTI "hopes that this break will allow these businesses to sufficiently prepare for better processes and facilities for compliance to the health standards when they soon reopen." "Under the MECQ, there are still a number of business sectors allowed although most at limited scale, while some of the recently allowed sectors under GCQ (general community ... more
  • 4 hours Tamar Braxton pays tribute to boyfriend for ‘saving my life’ Inquirer |LS
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tamar Braxton is thanking her boyfriend for “saving my life” after her hospitalization last month. Braxton posted a lengthy message on social media late Saturday that paid tribute to David Adefeso being her “angel on earth.” She said she is grateful for Adefeso who found her “lifeless” in their home, saying it “couldn’t have been easy” for him. The R&B singer did not provide details about her hospitalization. Police only confirmed they responded to a medical emergency July […] The post Tamar Braxton pays tribute to boyfriend for ‘saving my life’ appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
  • 4 hours Vulnerable eastern China areas evacuated ahead of typhoon Inquirer
    BEIJING --- Vulnerable coastal areas are being evacuated before a typhoon brings heavy rains to eastern China late Monday while much of the country is still recovering from unusually summer heavy flooding.         Typhoon Hagupit had gusts of up to 90 kilometers (56 miles) per hour at its center in the morning and was moving northwest at 25 kilometers (16 miles) per hour. China's National Meteorological Center said Hagupit is expected to come ashore between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. Shanghai is expected to feel the effects. In Fujian, coastal fisheries were evacuated, tourist spots were closed and ... more
  • 5 hours Return to MECQ risks reversing economic recovery path Inquirer |Biz
    MANILA, Philippines — Bringing back Metro Manila and neighboring provinces that accounted for over two-thirds of the economy to more stringent lockdown would slow recovery even as President Duterte’s chief economic manager on Monday said the 15-day modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) should also slow down COVID-19’s spread. “In the short run, the return to MECQ […] The post Return to MECQ risks reversing economic recovery path appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 5 hours Angel Locsin’s ‘Iba Yan’ stages online concert for drag queens affected by quarantine Inquirer |Ent
    Angel Locsin’s program “Iba Yan” held an online concert to raise funds for drag queens whose livelihood was affected by the lockdown. The post Angel Locsin’s ‘Iba Yan’ stages online concert for drag queens affected by quarantine appeared first on Inquirer Entertainment. ... more
  • 5 hours Saridon is all about pain-free fun and positivity Inquirer |LS
    To enjoy life, one needs to work hard. To make ends meet, hard work is necessary, even if it sometimes means taking on more responsibilities.   In times when we’re trying our best, the worst thing that can happen is to have an unexpected headache that stops us from getting more work done. Riding a bike to make a delivery or commuting to report for work at a hospital is tough as it is, you don’t need a sudden headache adding […] The post Saridon is all about pain-free fun and positivity appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
  • 5 hours Asian markets mostly lower as virus forces new lockdowns Inquirer |Biz
    HONG KONG, China – Asian markets mostly fell Monday with sentiment depressed by a spike in coronavirus infections that has forced fresh lockdowns and sparked worries about the impact on the world economy. A lack of substantial progress by US lawmakers on a new stimulus package is also frustrating traders, while China-US tensions continued as […] The post Asian markets mostly lower as virus forces new lockdowns appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 6 hours Globe appeals to LGUs to ease fees and expedite permits to improve connectivity Inquirer |Biz
    Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu appealed to LGUs to rationalize fees and expedite the processing of permits thereby enabling the industry to build the infrastructure needed to improve connectivity in the country. The appeal comes at the heels of his face-to-face meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang last July 30 to inform the […] The post Globe appeals to LGUs to ease fees and expedite permits to improve connectivity appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 7 hours Hamilton on last lap puncture: ‘Didn’t think I’d make it’ Inquirer |Sports
    Lewis Hamilton said he feared he may not have made it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” admitted the world champion. The front left tire of his Mercedes had […] The post Hamilton on last lap puncture: ‘Didn’t think I’d make it’ appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 7 hours Globe brings basketball madness to Filipino fans through exclusive partnership with HomeCourt Inquirer |Sports
    The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently started its 74th Season after a four-month hiatus due to the global pandemic of COVID-19. With the NBA Restart, Globe Telecom is looking to introduce Filipinos to a new way to play basketball with its newest sports and fitness partner, HomeCourt. “We are the second biggest basketball market in […] The post Globe brings basketball madness to Filipino fans through exclusive partnership with HomeCourt appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 7 hours Caris LeVert takes over late to push Nets past Wizards Inquirer |Sports
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Caris LeVert scored 14 of his 34 points in the final seven minutes to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards 118-110 on Sunday and move closer to a playoff berth. “That was my favorite show to watch — watching Caris LeVert go to work, seeing how far he’s […] The post Caris LeVert takes over late to push Nets past Wizards appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 7 hours Tatum has 34 as Celtics edge Trail Blazers Inquirer |Sports
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — Jayson Tatum scored 34 points, Jaylen Brown added 30 and the Boston Celtics built a big early lead before holding on for a 128-124 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. “That was a playoff-level energy that we had to play with at the end of the game,” Boston […] The post Tatum has 34 as Celtics edge Trail Blazers appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 8 hours Notice of Annual Stockholders’ Meeting Inquirer |Biz
  • 10 hours Spurs topple Grizzlies, move into 9th place in West; Celtics, Nets win Inquirer
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with a second to play, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 108-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday that moved them into ninth place in the Western Conference.     The Spurs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, then needed a bunch of big plays down the stretch from DeRozan after the Grizzlies rallied. The final one came when he brought the ball down court after Jaren Jackson Jr. tied it for Memphis with a corner 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds to play.   DeRozan pump-faked Dillon ... more
  • 10 hours Spurs topple Grizzlies, move into 9th place in West Inquirer |Sports
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  — DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with a second to play, giving the San Antonio Spurs a 108-106 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday that moved them into ninth place in the Western Conference. The Spurs built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, then needed a bunch of […] The post Spurs topple Grizzlies, move into 9th place in West appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 11 hours Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy Inquirer
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- Going shopping was a top priority for Taylor Jenkins when he was first hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The man needed suits.       NBA sidelines tend to look like fashion runways these days, with coaches in tailored suits, sharp ties and polished dress shoes, so Jenkins went out and bought appropriately for his first chance at being a head coach.   But at the restart of the season at Walt Disney World, the dress code has been relaxed to allow polos, slacks, even sneakers --- and coaches are thankful. Jenkins is ... more
  • 11 hours Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy Inquirer |Sports
    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.  — Going shopping was a top priority for Taylor Jenkins when he was first hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. The man needed suits. NBA sidelines tend to look like fashion runways these days, with coaches in tailored suits, sharp ties and polished dress shoes, so Jenkins went out and […] The post Relaxed: Dressed-down look is making NBA coaches happy appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 11 hours Pompeo says Trump to take broad action on Chinese software Inquirer
    NEW YORK --- President Donald Trump plans to take action on a what he sees as a broad array of national security risks presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.         Pompeo's remarks followed reports that Microsoft is in advanced talks to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok, which has been a source of national security and censorship concerns for the Trump administration. "These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States, whether it's TikTok or WeChat --- there are countless more ... are feeding data directly ... more
  • 11 hours SpaceX capsule and NASA crew make 1st splashdown in 45 years Inquirer
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. --- Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.         It was the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years, with the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to and from orbit. The return clears the way for another SpaceX crew launch as early as next month and possible tourist flights next year. Test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken rode the SpaceX Dragon capsule ... more
  • 11 hours A weakened Tropical Storm Isaias lashes virus-hit Florida Inquirer
    VERO BEACH, Fla. --- Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida's east coast Sunday while officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus kept a close watch on the weakened tropical storm.         Isaias was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Saturday afternoon, but was still threatening to bring heavy rain and flooding as it crawled just off Florida's Atlantic coast. "Don't be fooled by the downgrade," Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned at a news conference after the storm --- pronounced ees-ah-EE-ahs --- spent hours roughing up the Bahamas. Upper-level winds took much of ... more
  • 13 hours Expect ‘lengthy’ coronavirus pandemic, warns WHO Inquirer
    GENEVA---The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday warned the coronavirus pandemic was likely to be "lengthy" after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm. The committee "highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic," the WHO said in a statement, and warned of the risk of "response fatigue" given the socioeconomic pressures on countries. The panel gathered Friday for the fourth time over the coronavirus crisis, half a year on from its Jan. 30 declaration of a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)---the WHO's highest level of alarm. Risk level ... more
  • 13 hours DTI registers 60,000 small businesses in 4 months Inquirer |Biz
    The names of more than 60,000 businesses have been registered under the Department of Trade and Industry since the lockdown began in March as more online entrepreneurs take steps to join the formal economy. These entrepreneurs would still need to secure a business permit from the local government to operate, but Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez […] The post DTI registers 60,000 small businesses in 4 months appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Work commences on airport express link from Manila to Clark Inquirer |Biz
    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is set to begin work on the next phase of a railway line that will eventually link Metro Manila and Clark International Airport in Pampanga province. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said in a statement over the weekend they awarded the first two construction packages for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) […] The post Work commences on airport express link from Manila to Clark appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours PSEi seen drifting lower Inquirer |Biz
    Dark clouds loom over the horizon this week as stock market investors brace for a second quarter economic report that may reflect deeper economic contraction, compounding jitters over the unabated COVID-19 contagion. Last week, the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 67.51 points or 1.15 percent to close on Thursday at 5,928.45. Another P2 […] The post PSEi seen drifting lower appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Government borrowings swell to P1.7 trillion Inquirer |Biz
    The national government borrowed P1.72 trillion during the first half of 2020—more than double compared to gross borrowings a year ago—partly to finance the rising COVID-19 response costs. The latest Bureau of the Treasury data showed that gross borrowings from January to June jumped 105 percent from P840.8 billion during the first six months of […] The post Government borrowings swell to P1.7 trillion appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Editorial cartoon, August 3, 2020 Inquirer |Opinion
  • 13 hours Metrobank first-semester profit down 30% Inquirer |Biz
    Ty family-led Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. booked P9.1 billion in first semester net profit, down by 30 percent year-on-year, as it set aside a larger buffer for loan losses that might arise from the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic recession. For the second quarter, during which most businesses felt the brunt of the lockdown measures, Metrobank’s […] The post Metrobank first-semester profit down 30% appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Severe losses Inquirer |Opinion
    The impact of COVID-19 on corporate profitability is getting clearer as publicly traded companies report their financial performance for the second quarter of 2020, the height of one of the most stringent lockdowns in the region aimed at controlling the spread of the virus. With very few exceptions, the corporate sector either suffered losses for […] The post Severe losses appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Waiting for a vaccine Inquirer |Opinion
    I have an uncle who died because of the COVID-19 virus. I have a doctor-friend who has also become a casualty of the virus. I have two friends who contracted the virus but who have thankfully recovered. I have an officemate who is positive for the virus, but who’s currently on the road to recovery. […] The post Waiting for a vaccine appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Sun Life launches global equities fund Inquirer |Biz
    Fund management firm Sun Life Asset Management Co. Inc. (Slamci) has launched a new mutual fund that allows aggressive investors with a long-term horizon to own stocks of the world’s largest companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and Google. This is by buying into a peso-denominated fund, Sun Life Prosperity World Equity Index Feeder (WEIF) […] The post Sun Life launches global equities fund appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Gov’t’s foreign loans, imports decline keep dollar flows in surplus Inquirer |Biz
    Dollar inflows to the Philippine economy continued to outpace outflows in the first half of the year, thanks largely to proceeds from foreign loans of the government and a pandemic-induced slowdown in imports, according to the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said the country’s overall balance of payments position posted […] The post Gov’t’s foreign loans, imports decline keep dollar flows in surplus appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Deaf ears Inquirer |Opinion
    For those of us in the health professions who are not tasked with round-the-clock care of coronavirus patients, being called a “frontliner” can be an uncomfortable thing. This is not to say that we have not all been affected by the pandemic, as evidenced by stories of ophthalmologists and urologists pulling ER shifts and running […] The post Deaf ears appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Why not abolish office of AFP chief? Inquirer |Opinion
    Last Friday, July 31, was the 75th death anniversary of one of our lesser-known heroes. At the Tejeros Convention in March 1897, Gen. Artemio Ricarte was elected captain-general of the Filipino revolutionary forces and is considered as the “Father of the Filipino Army.” In effect, he was the first AFP chief of staff, serving in […] The post Why not abolish office of AFP chief? appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Megaworld’s offshore bond offering yields $350M Inquirer |Biz
    Property tycoon Andrew Tan-led Megaworld Corp. has raised $350 million from an offshore bond offering that achieved the lowest coupon rate for a Philippine corporate issuer for its tenor. Megaworld’s 7-year offshore bonds were priced to yield 4.125 percent a year. The bonds are Megaworld’s first senior “vanilla” bond issuance since 2013. A plain vanilla […] The post Megaworld’s offshore bond offering yields $350M appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Lopez bats for Tokyo aspirants’ own ‘bubble’ Inquirer |Sports
    For national athletes eyeing a spot in the Olympics like taekwondo champ Pauline Lopez, continuous training under a contained environment is the ideal situation. The 23-year-old Southeast Asian Games two-time gold winner is currently training in a small office converted to serve as her own little “bubble” from the coronavirus pandemic.“I’m all out for safety […] The post Lopez bats for Tokyo aspirants’ own ‘bubble’ appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 13 hours Fil-Am Luisa A. Igloria named Virginia’s Poet Laureate Inquirer |LS
    In Philippine literature, there are mythical creatures which require disclosures. Such is Ma. Luisa A. Igloria. In the 1980s and the 1990s, writers aspiring to win the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature had a hyperliterary hydra they had to try and slay—without much success—and that was Igloria. In an era when the Palancas allowed contestants to submit multiple entries as well as multiple winning entries from the same writer, Igloria won a near-mythological 11 Palanca Awards from 1984 […] The post Fil-Am Luisa A. Igloria named Virginia’s Poet Laureate appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
  • 13 hours Fil-Am Luisa A. Igloria named Virginia’s Poet Laureate Inquirer |LS
    In Philippine literature, there are mythical creatures which require disclosures. Such is Ma. Luisa A. Igloria. In the 1980s and the 1990s, writers aspiring to win the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature had a hyperliterary hydra they had to try and slay—without much success—and that was Igloria. In an era when the Palancas allowed contestants to submit multiple entries as well as multiple winning entries from the same writer, Igloria won a near-mythological 11 Palanca Awards from 1984 […] The post Fil-Am Luisa A. Igloria named Virginia’s Poet Laureate appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
  • 13 hours Fil-Am Luisa A. Igloria named Virginia’s Poet Laureate Inquirer
    In Philippine literature, there are mythical creatures which require disclosures. Such is Ma. Luisa A. Igloria. In the 1980s and the 1990s, writers aspiring to win the prestigious Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature had a hyperliterary hydra they had to try and slay---without much success---and that was Igloria. In an era when the Palancas allowed contestants to submit multiple entries as well as multiple winning entries from the same writer, Igloria won a near-mythological 11 Palanca Awards from 1984 to 1997 in three categories (poetry, essay and short story), including the semisweep in 1994 when she won both the ... more
  • 13 hours Marcoleta’s cross Inquirer |Opinion
    The Honorable Rodante D. Marcoleta, said to be eyeing a seat as senator in the 2022 elections, once said in a July 2016 interview: “Affected na affected ako na ang rule ay puwedeng baluktutin (I am very affected that rules can be easily twisted)!” That was way back when he was with the “Legitimate 8,” […] The post Marcoleta’s cross appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Don’t be too pessimistic despite all the bad news Inquirer |Biz
    The next few weeks will be filled with negative news flows such as the steep contraction in the Philippines’ GDP and weaker than expected second quarter earnings results for most listed firms. Although the market will likely go down as a result, investors should guard against the temptation of becoming too pessimistic. One of the […] The post Don’t be too pessimistic despite all the bad news appeared first on Inquirer Business. ... more
  • 13 hours Arrival of talented recruits Perasol’s way of ensuring Maroons stay competitive Inquirer
    University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol---now that he has a lot of materials to work with---wants to buckle down to work and make the Maroons as competitive as he can starting with the next UAAP season and for the years to follow. "It's always better for me to be on the side of preparedness. I won't wait for the UAAP's next move until I get onto planning," he told the Inquirer on Sunday on the heels of what seemed as a successful recruiting frenzy by last season's second seed. "If you look at the competition, it's not ... more
  • 13 hours Arrival of talented recruits Perasol’s way of ensuring Maroons stay competitive Inquirer |Sports
    University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol—now that he has a lot of materials to work with—wants to buckle down to work and make the Maroons as competitive as he can starting with the next UAAP season and for the years to follow. “It’s always better for me to be on the side […] The post Arrival of talented recruits Perasol’s way of ensuring Maroons stay competitive appeared first on Inquirer Sports. ... more
  • 13 hours The fastest way out of the pandemic Inquirer |Opinion
    GENEVA — Every day, the COVID-19 pandemic costs the world thousands more lives and billions more dollars. The most efficient way to bring this crisis to an end — possibly as early as next year — is with a safe and effective vaccine, manufactured in large quantities and distributed globally. To avoid any unnecessary delays, […] The post The fastest way out of the pandemic appeared first on Inquirer Opinion. ... more
  • 13 hours Highlight’s Yoon Doo-joon, Korea’s ‘national BF,’ finally goes solo—but ‘Lonely’ Inquirer |LS
    Discharged from compulsory Korean military service only last April, singer-actor Yoon Doo-joon, the leader of the legendary K-pop group Beast, now Highlight, has finally debuted as a solo artist with the release on July 27 of the mini-album, “Daybreak.” Beast/Highlight has been around for more than a decade now, and while every one of the original six members has had solo stints, Doo-joon has held off going on his own despite being the very popular leader that he’s been—well, until […] The post Highlight’s Yoon Doo-joon, Korea’s ‘national BF,’ finally goes solo—but ‘Lonely’ appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more
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