A group led by former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo petitioned the Supreme Court on Friday to compel the government to conduct mass testing to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a 77-page mandamus petition, the petitioners criticized the government for resorting to “excessive and unnecessary force” in combating a pandemic. The virus, after all, does not cower in fear when faced with guns and tanks,” the petitioners said. ‘Proactive’ mass testingThe petitioners called on the court to direct the Cabinet officials to conduct mass testing “in a proactive and efficient matter” by ensuring that such testing would be free, accessible, and available to all suspect cases, contacts of probable and confirmed cases, front-line health-care workers, and high-risk and vulnerable communities. They said the scheme implemented by the Department of Health with regard to who should be tested first must be abolished.
July 03, 2020 20:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A village councilor in Sampaloc, Manila was shot dead inside the barangay hall Thursday night while having a meeting with other barangay officials. Reports from the Manila Police District (MPD) said that two assailants barged into the barangay hall and shot the victim, identified as Antonio Calma, barangay kagawad and officer-in-charge of Barangay 484 in Zone 48. ADVERTISEMENTWitnesses told MPD investigators that Calma was shot several times, causing his instant. The gunmen then boarded a red Toyota Innova waiting outside the barangay hall that was followed by what appeared to be a back-up car–a gray Mitsubishi Pajero–to flee the scene. According to the MPD, the vehicles did not bear any license plates, while the armed men still remain at-large.
July 03, 2020 17:26 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Members of various activist groups have announced that they would be staging an indignation rally on Saturday against the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Law inside the University of the Philippines – Diliman campus. According to several posts from Anakbayan and Movement Against Tyranny (MAT), the groups would start converging at the University Avenue corner C.P. This is not the first protest staged by various civil society groups against the Anti-Terror Law, then still a piece of legislation passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate. Earlier, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte has already signed the bill into law. However, the anti-terror bill has drawn attention from different groups including the international community due to fears that it may be used against people expressing legitimate dissent about the government’s policies.
July 03, 2020 16:47 UTC
LONDON: The Duchess of Sussex has claimed she was left “unprotected” by the royal family from “false and damaging” media articles when she was pregnant, according to leaked documents published on Thursday. The papers, widely cited in the British media on Thursday, add that Markle was not involved with the interview. They also claim that her May 2018 wedding to Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth 2nd, helped generate £1 billion ($1.3 billion, 1.1 billion euros) in tourism revenue. The couple quit frontline royal duties earlier this year and have waged an increasingly bitter war with the media, particularly the tabloid press. The news group denies wrongdoing and maintains publication was in the public interest and on freedom of expression grounds.
July 03, 2020 16:39 UTC
For the nth time, farmers’ groups and other allied stakeholders slammed the Department of Agriculture for bidding out another batch of urea fertilizer supply contracts worth over P1.3 billion, saying these were again overpriced and grossly disadvantageous to the government. “And the DA pushed through with the next round of bidding despite protests from various farmer groups on the first contracts awarded as being overpriced. “United Harvester Inc., which won the contracts for Region 2, fetches for a retail price of only P860 per bag. These first contracts, allegedly overpriced, prompted some lawmakers to file a resolution before the House of Representatives seeking to probe the allegedly questionable transactions. Funding for the supply contracts came from the DA’s stimulus program Ahon Lahat, Pagkaing Sapat Kontra Covid-19 program, which allocated P5.69 billion for urea fertilizer at a ceiling of P1,000 per bag.
July 03, 2020 16:35 UTC
The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) can now hold “conditioning” practices after almost four months of being shut down by the coronavirus. Roque delivered the good news to the PBA on Friday, but clarified to The Manila Times that playing basketball or holding scrimmages was not yet allowed under general community quarantine. Conditioning lang, walang laro — para lang macondition (Basketball is already allowed by the IATF-EID and the decision was just made Friday. “So once we get that official statement, not only the news, we will immediately call for a board meeting, special board meeting. Roque informed that conditioning and training session was also allowed by the IATF-EID for football on Friday.
July 03, 2020 16:35 UTC
WASHINGTON: Doc Redman is red-hot at Detroit Golf Club again, firing seven of his eight birdies on the back nine on Thursday (Friday in Manila) to grab a share of the first-round lead in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman, 22, was a surprise runner-up in Detroit last year after coming through Monday tournament qualifying. Redman kickstarted his round with a birdie putt of less than three feet at the par-three 11th. It was the only miscue in a round that included seven birdies, including three in a row on his inward run en route to his 67. “It almost feels like it’s not a golf tournament,” Lashley said.
The best part about upskilling yourself and your employees with these online tools to optimize your business is that it won’t cost you a thing. it’s easy to convert files from Google applications and back. So, if they function pretty much the same way, why are we encouraging the use of Google applications? As most MSMEs struggle with working capital at the moment, there are also online business financing solutions for that through private firms like First Circle. With products like invoice financing and purchase order financing, your cash flow gaps can get business financing in as quick as three to five business days.
The domestic Chinese stock market (A-shares) is pretty interesting to observe in that context, as it has already explored two heavy sell-offs during the first half of this year. Shortly after the peak in March, the domestic Chinese market rollercoastered, like all other stock markets. These sectors have lifted the domestic stock market to the prior mentioned recovery, so it’s just a small minus so far this year. It’s not necessarily a typical development in China’s stock market, because the large state-controlled corporations normally attract more attention. A clear difference between the domestic Chinese stock market and other stock markets around the world is the lack of institutional investor activity in China.
Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has reopened its dealerships across the country with safety protocols in place. To answer the need of Filipino customers amid the “new normal,” SPH has made more features and services available in the digital sphere via its online showroom https://auto.suzuki.com.ph/. People will find more convenient and efficient services available to make the auto browsing experience hassle and worry free, including quote requests and test drive application. One of the main features in the online showroom is the 360-degree viewer for the chosen model. With the online showroom, SPH aims to give car buyers the closest experience to how store visits would feel like through virtual brows.
“Within the Ayala Group, we are working with a huge ecosystem of MSMEs. They deserve our attention especially at a time like this because they are absolutely critical elements of any economy. At present, over 250,000 MSMEs surround the Ayala Group’s ecosystem. Meanwhile, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said that the company would also like to see the MSMEs transform and adapt into the new reality. Thus, Globe is looking at practices and digital innovations such as the cloud which can be applied to SMEs at a very cost-effective manner.
GAZA: Every day, just before sunset, three Palestinian youths from the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip play music in public places for local residents for free in an attempt to alleviate their sufferings. The three young men, who usually play music in public parks and beaches, also hope to reinforce the message of hope and life in the exhausted war-torn coastal strip, which is home to 2 million people. Once working as wedding musicians, they say they want to help local residents relieve the psychological stress caused by the deteriorating conditions in the strip. “We try to get rid of negative energy and frustration through music,” Jihad Abu Shamala, from the northern Gaza Strip, told Xinhua as he tuned his guitar. The Gaza Strip has been placed under a tight Israeli blockade since Islamic Hamas movement seized the territory by force in 2007.
BERLIN: Treble-chasing Bayern Munich are hunting their second title this season in Saturday’s German Cup final, a behind-closed-doors showdown that should have been an “absolute highlight” for success-starved Bayer Leverkusen fans. Normally, the end-of-season showpiece final at Berlin’s iconic Olympic Stadium would be a festive affair in front of a packed house of 75,000 supporters. Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness finds it “a pity” that no fans will be present for the Berlin spectacle, while Leverkusen sports director Rudi Voeller feels the same before his club’s first cup final since 2009. “For our fans, this would have been an absolute highlight after many years,” said former Germany midfielder Voeller. Jamaica winger Leon Bailey scored twice when Leverkusen shocked Bayern with a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena in November.
July 03, 2020 16:18 UTC
The Muslim terrorists, who had been coddling Marwan in the Maguindanao mountain encampment, intercepted the SAF men and pinned them down in a wide-open marshland. In local parlance, the event is called pintakasi, where armed forces of various affiliations join together to battle an intruder. There have only been speculations that the SAF 44 massacre was a friendly fire (a military term that connotes a command’s sacrifice of its men for greater strategic gains). Why didn’t the commander in chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) do anything when his men were being helplessly massacred? “Some people are so consistent with their treachery.”Big debateSubsequent to this message is the following, which speaks for itself:“Yes the ‘stand-down’ order has been the big debate during the SAF 44 hearing.
July 03, 2020 16:11 UTC
With seven new destinations added starting this month, Emirates’ network now spans 48 cities across Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia. These are Khartoum from July 3; Amman from July 5; Osaka from July 7; Narita from July 8; and Athens, Larnaca and Rome from July 15. These additional travel options give passengers a convenient connection in Dubai while undertaking extensive measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and employees. Visitors to Dubai must hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay. Customers can book to fly between destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe or the Americas, through Dubai, as long as they meet travel and immigration entry requirements of their destination country.
July 03, 2020 16:11 UTC