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Help the less fortunate during COVID-19 pandemic, Duterte urges well-off people

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 01:11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night appealed to those with something to spare to help the less fortunate during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. "I still count on everyone to also look out after their fellowmen, their countrymen. To those who have more in life, I implore you to share in the cost of taking care of the less fortunate and keeping our society intact. They have also contributed to our prosperity in one way or [another]. So, let us support them in this crisis," Duterte said in a late-night televised address. "Let it be said that, in the hour of our country's greatest need, we all look...

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'Eternally 12' Mariah Carey celebrates birthday in lockdown

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 01:07
Pop legend Mariah Carey declared herself "eternally 12" as she shared a series of pictures of herself celebrating her birthday while social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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Oil crashes below $20 as demand destruction intensifies

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 01:01
The great oil crash of 2020 ain't over yet.
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The companies searching for a vaccine

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:56
Big Pharma companies and biotechs are racing to come up with an effective treatment for the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.
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Kapuso artists turn to healing power of music to help survive pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:50
(First of two parts) For the past decade or so, social media has served as an essential tool for celebrities to widen their audience and amplify their presence. But in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, social media has reaffirmed its indispensability---not only as a means for self-promotion, but also for mobilizing philanthropic initiatives. With Luzon and other provinces currently under quarantine, many show biz folks have turned to online platforms to organize fundraising drives---the most popular of which are livestreamed concerts that artists hold from the comforts of their own homes. One such project is GMA Artist Center's "#HealingHearts," which has Kapuso actors and s...

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Health workers who died fighting COVID-19 ‘lucky’ to lay down life for country

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:45
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday consoled the relatives of health care workers who had died caring for COVID-19 patients, saying that their loved ones were "lucky" to have died serving the country. Duterte, who delivered an address close to midnight of Tuesday, said it would be better to die helping the government's fight against the recent coronavirus pandemic than dying in senseless accidents. "This is my guarantee: We are doing everything we can. There are doctors, nurses, attendants who have died. They are the ones who died for the sake of other people. They are so lucky, having died for the country. That ...

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Duterte condoles with families of plane explosion victims

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday extended his condoles to the families of the victims of an airplane explosion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) that killed all eight people onboard. "My condolences to the families and I assure you we will help you in any way we can. Do not be discouraged," Duterte said in his televised address, which focused mainly on the government's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Malacaang had earlier called for a probe of the incident and stressed the need for more measures to secure the safety of aircraft and passengers. READ:Palace wants prob...

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Duterte specifies powers of gov’t agencies grappling with COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an order identifying the responsibilities of government agencies grappling with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a televised public address on Monday night, Duterte said he had issued the order through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea "clearly laying down the responsibilities of each department in implementing the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act." The President explained that the order would ensure a seamless government response to the pandemic, which has already infected 1,546 in the country, 78 of whom have died. READ:COVID-19 cases surge to 1,546 with...

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Filmmakers’ lockdown viewing options (Conclusion)

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:40
(Conclusion) Here are more suggestions from other acclaimed Filipino filmmakers on what you can watch to entertain yourselves while stuck at home during the enhanced community quarantine being enforced to curb the spread of the dreaded new coronavirus disease. Actor-director Ricky Davao said that right now, he is really focused on watching the news, both local and international, so when he has the time to watch films, he would pick them randomly. "I just saw 'Contagion,'" he said of Steven Soderbergh's dramatic thriller released in 2011. "It's prophetic," added Davao. "It's like it's only been shot today. Grabe! Everything in the movie is happening now. It's also really sad hear...

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Zoo shares adorable pictures of orangutans playing with their otter friends

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:38
A zoo in Belgium has shared some amazing photos of a blossoming friendship between a family of orangutans and their otter neighbors.
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Corrupt officials who dip into COVID-19 aid will be arrested – Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:30
https://youtu.be/zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines--- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday threatened to arrest officials who would abuse their powers in distributing aid to the public as the country grappled to address the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.` In a televised address, Duterte warned he would detain whoever politicizes the distribution of either money or relief goods until the COVID-19 pandemic had ended. "I told them: Not now. Don't cheat, steal, and keep food [that is intended for the public] and not distribute it to some. Because you know, people sometimes think that they own whatever they receive from the government. This is not yours. Neither is it mine," D...

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Duterte assures aid for MSMEs, farmers, fisherfolk amid COVID-19 crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:30
https://youtu.be/zVGmIp2N3k4 MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte assured farmers, fishermen, and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) of assistance amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. In a televised public address aired late Monday night, Duterte said his economic team had started crafting a "recovery package" for SMEs. "The government will provide a recovery package especially to micro, small and medium enterprises to help deal with the economic effects of this pandemic," Duterte said. The President likewise said that farmers and fishermen would also be given assistance. However, he did not bare specifics of the supposed aid. "To o...

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JC Santos gets to enjoy daddy duties in time of crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:20
With Luzon placed under enhanced community quarantine, actor JC Santos opted to stay at home in Pampanga and fulfill his #DaddyDuties to his newborn daughter. "Afternoon probinsya air for my little sunshine," JC said of River Altheia, his firstborn with his wife, Shyleena Herrera. "Be safe everybody. May this break be a good opportunity for you to take good care of your family. God bless us all!" wrote the 31-year-old actor on his Instagram JC, which he usually uses only for work-related stuff. It was his first time showing his baby to the public. In a previous interview, JC said 2019 had been one of the best years of his life. "I'm thankful to the Lord because all my dreams an...

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Macy's will furlough the majority of its 125,000 employees

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:18
Macy's is furloughing a majority of its 125,000 employees because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has sunk sales and forced it close to its stores.
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Spotify says isolation ups interest in ‘chill’ music

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/31/2020 - 00:05
People spending more time cooped up in their homes to curb the spread of the new coronavirus have changed their daily soundtracks, with many opting for more "chill" music, streaming service Spotify said Monday. But they also noted a surge in the streaming of the old hit by The Police: "Don't Stand So Close To Me". "As people around the world have increasingly moved inside over the past couple of weeks, we've seen music and podcast listening change in a variety of ways," the company said in a statement. In these stressful times, Spotify has for instance noticed that their users seem to add more "chill" songs to their playlists -- songs that are "more acoustic, less danceable, and...

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Immigrant doctors sidelined even as US calls back retired medical professionals to help

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 03/30/2020 - 23:55
Zahraa Al-Turaihi and Hussein Al-Sudani served as doctors in emergency rooms in Iraq during the war against ISIS. Now they're immigrants who are living in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, and ready to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, but they can't -- at least not until July.
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