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Asian shares jump after Dow sees biggest gain since 1933

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:07
NEW YORK --- Shares opened sharply higher in Asia on Wednesday after the Dow Jones Industrial Average surged to its best day since 1933 with Congress and the White House nearing a deal on injecting nearly $2 trillion of aid into an economy ravaged by the coronavirus.     Japan's Nikkei 225 index jumped 5.3%, while Hong Kong added 3% and Sydney climbed 3.6%. Markets across Asia were all up more than 2%. The Dow burst 11.4% higher, while the more closely followed S&P 500 index leaped 9.4% as a wave of buying around the world interrupted what has been a brutal month of nearly nonstop selling. Investors released some frustration that had pent up over days of wat...

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LGUs, DSWD need to go over list of subsidy beneficiaries–Bong Go  

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:02
    MANILA, Philippines --- The list of families to receive the emergency subsidy during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon will first have to be certified by the local government units (LGUs) and reviewed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) before cash assistance can be given out.   This was according to Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, chair of the Senate health committee, who said that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the recently signed "Bayanihan to Heal As One Act" is now being formulated.   Aside from giving special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to combat the spread of the coronavirus d...

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Sulu doctor freed from captors

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:58
ZAMBOANGA CITY ---- After more than a month in captivity, a doctor in Jolo, Sulu found his way to freedom on Tuesday night, March 24. Major General Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of Joint Task Force Sulu, confirmed that Dr. Daniel Moreno was freed. Moreno was recovered by the troops of the 11th Military Intelligence Battalion, together with members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Bangalan village, Indanan town in Sulu about 7:30 p.m., Vinluan said. Vinluan said he was "left behind by the kidnappers." He said the military was "still verifying if the family gave in to the demand of the Abu Sayyaf Group." Before his release, Vinluan said, they received a repor...

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Community quarantine rewards Metro with breath of fresh, cleaner air

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:52
MANILA, Philippnes - The disruption of the daily grind in Metro Manila due to the enhanced community quarantine and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) sitution has resulted in a rare good sight amid the pandemic: clear blue skies due to lesser smog and smoke.   In Quezon City, air pollutants plummeted by as much as 180 percent, after public transportation was suspended and the public's movement was restricted, according to data gathered by AirToday.ph and analyzed by the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP-IESM).   Air quality measurement stations set up at the Lung Center of the Philippines and al...

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Australia bans overseas travel

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:32
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MICP employee tests positive for COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:31
MANILA, Philippines --- An employee of the Manila International Container Port (MICP) has tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced on Wednesday. "The Manila International Port (MICP) on March 24, 2020 announced that the Port shall be temporarily closed for disinfection as one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19," BOC said in a statement. The BOC said it has implemented contingency plans pursuant to guidelines set by the Department of Health and will immediately disinfect the entire MICP building. It added that it continues to conduct contract tracing for its personnel who have directly interacted with the patient. ...

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Qantas A380 makes historic direct flight from Australia to London

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:15
You might think the time for record-breaking flights is over, with airlines and airports across the world grinding to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Globe postpaid customers may suspend their monthly spending limit

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:15
Globe is giving its Postpaid and Platinum customers an option to suspend their monthly spending limit. This is in response to the surge in demand for voice and mobile data, as work and study from home arrangements are implemented in Luzon and other parts of the country. "We understand how our customers' current situation requires high reliance on continuous mobile services such as voice and data especially among those who need to work or study at home because of the enhanced community quarantine. We would like to help our postpaid customers stay connected by providing them with a way to suspend their spending limit as these times may call for it," said Rebecca Eclipse, Globe Chief...

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Double-digit unemployment rate feared due to COVID-19 crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 10:05
MANILA, Philippines --- The country's unemployment rate might shoot up should a recession occur due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the country's chief economist said Wednesday.   Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) chief Ernesto Pernia said the unemployment rate might return to a double-digit figure following the COVID-19 outbreak from its "historical low" of 5.1 percent.   "Ang unemployment rate natin is only 5.1 percent. It's a historical low," Pernia said in an interview on dzMM.   "It's now 5.1 percent, before this crisis. It can go back to double-digit, yung unemployment rate n...

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro again says coronavirus concern overblown

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:57
RIO DE JANEIRO --- President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday stuck with his contention that concern about the new coronavirus is overblown, and accused Brazilian media of trying to stoke nationwide hysteria.     Bolsonaro said in a nationally televised address that the media had seized on the death toll in Italy, which he said is suffering so severely because of its elderly population and colder climate. "The virus arrived, we are confronting it, and it will pass shortly. Our lives have to continue, jobs should be maintained," the president said. Bolsonaro added that certain Brazilian states should abandon their "scorched earth" policy of prohibiting public transpo...

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PNP Chaplain personnel test positive for coronavirus disease

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:52
MANILA, Philippines --- A personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chaplain Service has contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), an official from General Hospital in Camp Crame, Quezon City confirmed on Wednesday. Police Major Duds Santos, COVID-19 point person for the PNP General Hospital, said the patient is now confined at the St. Luke's Medical Center in Taguig City. "'Yung isang yung nagpositive as reported by Department of Health (DOH), nasa St. Luke's 'yun. Nakalabas na siya ng ICU (intensive care unit) yesterday," Santos said in a phone interview with reporters. (A personnel who tested positive as reported by DOH, is now at St. Luke's Hospital. He left th...

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Greta Thunberg says she ‘likely’ had new coronavirus

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:44
STOCKHOLM --- Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg said Tuesday that it was "extremely likely" that she had contracted the new coronavirus, after experiencing several symptoms following a trip to central Europe. "Around ten days ago I started feeling some symptoms... I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat and coughed," the teenage climate champion said in an Instagram post. Thunberg said the symptoms emerged after she returned from a trip around central Europe, and that she and her father had isolated themselves as a precaution. As of Tuesday, Sweden had reported 2,272 confirmed cases, but only those with severe symptoms in need of hospital care and staff working...

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Gatchalian: ‘Red tape, ‘lack of sense of urgency’ will kill us, not virus’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:43
MANILA, Philippines --- "It's not the virus that will kill us, it's the red tape and the lack of sense of urgency." Senator Sherwin Gatchalian pointed this out on Wednesday as he lamented what he said was the slow accreditation of testing centers and the importation of test kits in the country. "Sorry to say this, but it's not the virus that will kill us. It's red tape & the lack of sense of urgency that will kill us," the senator said over Twitter. "Ang tagal i-acredit ng DOH ang mga testing centers at importation of kits," he added. https://twitter.com/stgatchalian/status/1242615816773750786?s=21 Gatchalian cited as an example, a testing center set up by the Marikina...

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Cavite mayor tests positive for COVID-19 as Calabarzon cases hit 70

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:43
  SAN PEDRO CITY, Philippines -- The number of people infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has gone up to 70, while at least eight people had died of it in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), the Department of Health (DOH) said.   Among those infected with the fast-spreading disease is Junio Dualan, mayor of Naic, Cavite.   Dualan, in a Facebook post, said he is "in good condition" but on a strict self-quarantine. Dualan said he was tested last Mar.18.   In Cavite, 14 others also tested positive for the virus, five of them traced to Bacoor City (1 dead).Aside from Dualan, another Naic resident was also infecte...

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How we've overcome past pandemics

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:38
These are strange and difficult days. We are living through a pandemic -- and everything normal about our daily lives has been put on hold. A hug or a handshake could spread a deadly disease that is already galloping out of control.
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‘Laban!’: Celebs call for hope as ‘Goodbye Philippines’ trends on Twitter

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:32
MANILA, Philippines -- "Goodbye Philippines" trended on Twitter Tuesday after news broke that Senate and House bills were passed to give President Rodrigo Duterte special powers during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. READ: Senators defend amendments in bill granting Duterte special powers While the phrase was used to express disappointment at the government's move, other Filipinos, including celebrities, sought to give a different perspective. The trending topic had over 58,000 tweets as of writing. Actor Juan Miguel Severo gave alternative actions that Filipinos could do to make change happen in the country instead of bidding it goodbye. These included "Register to v...

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With Olympics on hold, Phelps worries about mental health

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 09:09
Michael Phelps has been open about his mental health struggles, even as he became the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.       Now, with the Tokyo Games on hold because of the coronavirus, the retired swimming great worries that some athletes may have trouble coping with this unprecedented postponement. "It's a total bamboozle," Phelps told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "There's such a wave of emotions. I can't imagine what these athletes are going through right now." In an telephone interview from his Arizona home, where he is largely hunkered down like so many others around the globe, Phelps gave reluctant praise to the International Olym...

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DFA: 2 overseas Filipinos succumb to COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:52
MANILA, Philippines --- At least two Filipinos overseas recently succumbed to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported.   DFA figures showed that the two deaths were recorded in the Asia Pacific Region and Europe.     https://twitter.com/dfaphl/status/1242395725704515585?s=21     One hundred sixty nine Filipinos overseas have so far been hit by COID-19, the DFA added.   Of the number, 77 are still undergoing treatment while the other 90 have already recovered.   The DFA said Filipinos tested positive for COVID-19 in 25 countries. GSG ...

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The frantic search for medical supplies has states begging for answers

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:35
The absence of coherent guidelines from the White House has created a battle among states and hospitals, which have been hooked into bidding wars over key provisions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, driving up their prices and raising worries that regions in desperate need of immediate aid, like New York City, could be squeezed out and patients left to die.
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Australia bans overseas travel

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 03/25/2020 - 08:32
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