Coffee, biscuits, green tea and chocolate mooncake that contain cannabidiol, or CBD, a substance from the cannabis plant, are displayed at the Found Cafe. But unlike THC, CBD is typically used to help reduce stress without the high. One Found customer, Killian Hussey, who works in finance in Hong Kong, said consuming CBD coffee is relaxing. “Hong Kong is actually one of Asia’s most progressive cannabinoid markets,” said Fiachra Mullen, co-owner of Altum International, a cannabinoids supplier in Asia that operates Found. Although CBD is a cannabinoid, it is not classified as a dangerous drug under Hong Kong law.-AP
September 20, 2020 09:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — “Time is running out” for Filipino nurses who have been accepted to work in German hospitals but are held back in the Philippines because of the government’s deployment ban on healthcare workers (HCWs). “The nurses have been studying the German language for the past year and have been issued visas for Germany. However, with the onset of the deployment ban for HCWs, the nurses could no longer pursue their travel,” Geslani out. He also noted that the Philippines and Germany have a government-to-government agreement for the deployment of skilled and qualified nurses to Germany with the participation of the private sector. In Germany, nurses earn at least 2,700 Euros monthly, which is equivalent to nearly P160,000, according to the recruitment expert.
September 20, 2020 08:48 UTC
Teachers in the United States are calling out parents for their conduct at home while their kids attend online classes. One elementary school teacher from Florida, Edith Pride, spoke during a school board meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16 about parents’ behavior seen in virtual classrooms, CBS12 News reported on Friday, Sept. 18. Oh yeah, we’ve seen it all.”Pride’s statements were met with laughter, but other teachers have agreed with her sentiments. “I had a father, no shirt drinking a beer at 11:45 in the morning,” one teacher said. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Uncertainties grip new normal in learningTeacher appears topless in online class, gets suspendedADVERTISEMENTRead NextEDITORS' PICKMOST READ
September 20, 2020 08:37 UTC
A total of 20 new coronavirus positive patients were reported by Malayasia, involving 17 locally-infected. One person died from the virus. Health director-general, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, said Saturday, this brought the patient tally in Malaysia to 10,167 of which 722 are active patients, while the death toll now stands at 130, Bernama reported. As for the new locally-infected people, 14 of them involved Malaysians and the rest were foreigners.
September 20, 2020 08:26 UTC
Travelers returning from Hong Kong are among 31,227 people who had entered Malaysia between July 24 and September 17 and are in quarantine. As of Saturday, 22,483 who returned from 32 countries have been allowed to go home after completing the quarantine process. The returnees were sent to quarantine centres at 68 hotels and eight other premises including public training institutes and private higher education institutions in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang, Johor, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perak, Kedah, Perlis, Terengganu, Sabah and Labuan, the New Straits Times reports. Of the total, 8,673 are serving 14 days of mandatory quarantine, while 71 have been sent to hospitals. A total of 22,483 have been discharged and allowed to return home.
September 20, 2020 08:25 UTC
Nepalis, Indians, and Filipinos make up 19 among 23 infectedOut of 23 patients, 19 arrived in Hong Kong from Nepal, India, and Philippines. Twenty three additional patients are infected with the coronavirus, Hong Kong health officials confirmed. The remaining patients are from Hong Kong and are linked with other locally-infected patients, the Centre for Health Protection, said. Two from Shek Kip Mei Estate and two from Mong Kok - living at No 300 Portland Street - are linked with peviously-diagnosed virus patients. One is a 12-year-old female who lives in Mei Yin House, Shek Kip Mei Estate in Shek Kip Mei, details from the CHP show.
September 20, 2020 07:52 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros suspects there is around P4 million worth of allegedly unaccounted personal protective equipment (PPE) sets that the government had procured for its response efforts to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. ADVERTISEMENTBudget Undersecretary Lloyd Christopher Lao later denied this and said the PPE sets made in China were in fact the cheapest and best options for the Philippines during the first months of its pandemic response. The procurement of which is ongoing.”“This means the DBM and DOH were procuring PPE sets for P2,000 each. However, also in May, the Palace reported that during their Inter-Agency Task Force meeting, the government procured PPE sets worth P1,100 each,” said Hontiveros. That’s around P4 billion worth of PPE sets that is unaccounted for.
September 20, 2020 07:30 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria sees a virtually level field in the planned PBA Philippine Cup bubble resumption in Clark. “What happened during this pandemic, for me, is it equalized things,” Austria told the STAR. Like the rest of the PBA community, Austria said the Beermen are looking forward to returning to action under strict health protocols. “The players are really excited to return to the PBA,” said the multi-titled coach. “There’s just some concern about the short period of preparation but they will do their best to defend our crown.”
September 20, 2020 07:28 UTC
A homeowner in front of his fire-ravaged home Saturday, after a fire passed through in Juniper Hills, California. More than 7,900 wildfires have burned more than 5,468 square miles in the US state of California this year, including many since a mid-August barrage of dry lightning ignited parched vegetation. The El Dorado Fire has burned more than 34 square miles and was 59 percent contained, with 10 buildings destroyed and six damaged. Cal Fire said earlier this month that the El Dorado Fire was ignited September. The device was set off in a field and quickly ignited dry grass.
September 20, 2020 07:07 UTC
The administration said that its triggering of the “snapback” mechanism in the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined the 2015 Iran nuclear deal had taken effect at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. we initiated the snapback process to restore virtually all previously terminated UN sanctions, including the arms embargo,” he said. “The United States expects all UN, member states to fully comply with their obligations to implement these measures,” Pompeo said. They say the US lost legal standing to invoke snapback when President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed American sanctions on Iran. Thus, the three countries said, the sanctions relief provided by the nuclear deal will remain in place.
September 20, 2020 06:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Bay drew a crowd along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Sunday as people hoped to experience walking on the synthetic “white sand” beach. Photos from Cesar Chavez, chief of staff of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, and Manila Police District director Brig. ADVERTISEMENTPhotos and videos that circulated on social media showed people along Roxas Boulevard standing close to each other despite the physical distancing rule being imposed amid the coronavirus disease pandemic, as they hoped to see the Manila Bay makeover. The Manila Bay “white sand beach” was temporarily opened to the public on Saturday and was again opened from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, following its makeover involving “white sand” from crushed rocks of dolomite which drew the ire of environmental experts for potential harmful impacts. READ: Critics see red in Manila Bay’s ‘white sand’ makeoverThe area will be closed again starting Monday for continuous rehabilitation works.
September 20, 2020 06:22 UTC
LEGAZPI CITY — A village chief was hurt while his companion was killed in an attack by motorcycle-riding gunmen on Sunday morning in a village in Donsol town in Sorsogon province, police said. Killed was Vicente Macandog, 46, while Wilfredo Ombao, 45, chief of Barangay (village) San Ramon, survived the attack but sustained gunshot wounds in his stomach, Police Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said. ADVERTISEMENTThe incident occurred at around 10:50 a.m. while victims were onboard a motorcycle negotiating a road in the said village when the gunmen, also riding a motorcycle, chased and fired at the victims, Calubaquib said. Macandog, the pillion rider of the motorcycle driven by Ombao, sustained multiple wounds and died on the spot. Police investigators are still determining the identities of the suspects and the motive for the shooting.
September 20, 2020 06:11 UTC
Oktoberfest on hold for the first time since World War IIOktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, which this year has been cancelled to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This year's cancellation of Munich's Oktoberfest, which was announced in April, is the first one since World War II, but is not, however, the first in the folk festival's 210-year history, Deutschewelle reports. Oktoberfest was also canceled in 1866 during the Austro-Prussian War, and during both world wars. "Since that time, we hope that the Oktoberfest will never be canceled again," Munich's official city website once said about the celebration. This year's canceled Oktoberfest comes on the heels of the highest daily infection toll in Germany since April, and a rising number of cases in both Bavaria and its capital, Munich.
September 20, 2020 06:11 UTC
Saturday should have marked the start of Oktoberfest celebrations, but events across Germany were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ban was put in place to prevent "replacement parties" for the event, which draws around 6 million visitors annually, Deutschewelle reports. Police sent officers on Saturday to break up spontaneous large parties on the Oktoberfest grounds. But police reported that the atmosphere had remained peaceful, with just a few people, some in traditional Oktoberfest dress, walking or having picnics in small groups. At noon local time, the scaled-back event was marked by the traditional breaking open of beer barrels.
September 20, 2020 05:48 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vowed to extend full support to the two rescued Filipino crewmen of the ill-fated cargo/cattle ship that sank off southern Japan earlier this month. The same support will be extended to the families of the missing Filipino seafarers and the lone recovered fatality. “They will get help from the government in the form of livelihood assistance and other benefits,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement Sunday. The DOLE has already started coordinating with foreign employers who are in need of overseas Filipino workers, according to Bello. Meanwhile, the remains of crewman Joel Canete Linao who was also rescued from the waters but died while being treated at a hospital were flown home on Friday.
September 20, 2020 05:48 UTC