unread news
unread news
From outbreak to pandemic: The WHO’s virus response
    GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Organization (WHO), attacked by the United States for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, has published a blow-by-blow account of its actions from the first cases in China at the end of December up until the declaration of a pandemic on March 11. Here are key points of the WHO's timeline covering the first 100 days of the coronavirus outbreak. First cases in Wuhan On December 31, 2019, China reported to the WHO a "cluster" of pneumonia cases "of unknown cause" in Wuhan, in the province of Hubei. Of a total of 44 cases, 11 patients were "severely ill," the others stable. On January 1, the WHO activated a cris...Keep on reading: From outbreak to pandemic: The WHO’s virus response
1 h
INQUIRER.net
BREAKING: 6.2-quake rocks Batanes; Intensity 4 felt in Basco, Itbayat
MANILA, Philippines -- A Magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck 16 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. Phivolcs' bulletin on early Saturday morning said that Intensity IV was felt in Basco and Itbayat towns, while Instrumental Intensities were recorded in Laoag City and Pasuquin town in Ilocos Norte (Intensity II), and Vigan City in Ilocos Sur (Intensity I). The tectonic movement was located at a depth of 174 kilometers below the ground. As of now, Phivolcs warned residents in the area to brace for possible aftershocks, while tsunami warnings have not been raised. This a developing story, please refresh...Keep on reading: BREAKING: 6.2-quake rocks Batanes; Intensity 4 felt in Basco, Itbayat
1 h
INQUIRER.net
WHO warns: Lifting virus lockdowns too quickly could spark ‘deadly resurgence’
    GENEVA, Switzerland -- A hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Friday. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was working with countries on ways in which lockdowns could be gradually eased, but said doing so too quickly could be dangerous. "I know that some countries are already planning the transition out of stay-at-home restrictions. WHO wants to see restrictions lifted as much as anyone," he told a virtual press conference in Geneva. "At the same time, lifting restrictions too quickly could lead to a deadly resurgen...Keep on reading: WHO warns: Lifting virus lockdowns too quickly could spark ‘deadly resurgence’
2 h
INQUIRER.net
Boris Johnson back on hospital ward as Britain prepares for Easter lockdown
  LONDON, England -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was "in very good spirits" on Friday after ending three days of intensive care treatment for COVID-19, his spokesman said, as his government urged people to remain in lockdown over Easter. The 55-year-old leader left intensive care at London's St Thomas' Hospital on Thursday evening and will now be monitored closely, his official spokesman told reporters at a daily briefing. "The prime minister is back on a ward and continuing his recovery, which is at an early stage. He continues to be in very good spirits," he said. "He was waving his thanks to all the nurses and doctors that he saw as he was being moved fro...Keep on reading: Boris Johnson back on hospital ward as Britain prepares for Easter lockdown
2 h
INQUIRER.net
There's an Explanation for the Pink Jellyfish Swarm Spotted in Palawan
A scientist clarifies whether it's related to the COVID-19 quarantine.
2 h
Spot.ph
3D LOTTO RESULT April 11, 2020
3D LOTTO RESULT April 11, 2020 – The 3D Lotto draws are held today by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) at 11AM, 4PM, and 9PM and here are the results: 11am: Draw Suspended4pm: Draw Suspended9pm: Draw SuspendedSee UPDATED results for the following draws: SWERTRES RESULT April 10, 2020 (updated every 11am, 4pm and 9pm) […] The post 3D LOTTO RESULT April 11, 2020 appeared first on Philippine News.
3 h
philnews.ph
Number of Bulacan residents infected with COVID-19 now at 58
  MANILA, Philippines -- The province of Bulacan has registered 12 more cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected locals to 58, the Provincial Health Office said in an update on Friday. According to the health office, this was after Bulacan recorded 46 cases on Wednesday. Aside from these, another patient has died while another one was reported to have recovered from the disease. The new cases include a one from Obando town, two persons each from Sta. Maria and Marilao, one each from San Jose Del Monte, Bustos, Bocaue, Malolos, Bulakan, Baliwag, and Bocaue. The latest fatality was a 51-year-old male patient from Malolos. As of Friday, Bulacan has 577 ac...Keep on reading: Number of Bulacan residents infected with COVID-19 now at 58
3 h
INQUIRER.net
Notre-Dame marks Good Friday one year after devastating blaze
    PARIS, France -- The archbishop of Paris led a small prayer ceremony Friday at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, marking the start of the Catholic Easter weekend one year after a fire that nearly destroyed the world heritage monument. "There is still life here," Archbishop Michel Aupetit said after he and a handful of priests entered the church wearing white hard hats for Good Friday prayers. However there will be no Easter celebrations held at Notre-Dame nor any other church in France, after large gatherings were banned last month as part of France's lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Restoration work at the cathedral was also halted, adding to dou...Keep on reading: Notre-Dame marks Good Friday one year after devastating blaze
3 h
INQUIRER.net
Bayan reminds gov’t: COVID-19 problems emerged because you didn’t listen
MANILA, Philippines -- A militant group has refuted the administration's claims that the Philippines is in a better situation compared to other countries fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding authorities that they chose to ignore warnings from the public. The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) on Friday stressed that the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was placed all over Luzon because President Rodrigo Duterte's administration did not heed calls, as early as January and February, to restrict inbound flights especially those from China. The COVID-19 pandemic originated in Wuhan, China, and was believed to have been transferred to humans from pangolins and bats --- as a ...Keep on reading: Bayan reminds gov’t: COVID-19 problems emerged because you didn’t listen
3 h
INQUIRER.net
COVID-19 mars Easter holidays as death toll nears 100,000 globally
    UNITED States -- Hundreds of millions of people around the world will spend the Easter holiday at home as lockdown measures intensify to combat the coronavirus, a pandemic with a global death toll rapidly approaching 100,000. Governments have forced businesses to close and limited the movement of half the world's population, halting economic activity and prompting the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to warn that the world faces its worst downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Some 17 million Americans have so far lost their jobs, prompting the US government to launch a $2.3 trillion rescue package, while the European Union late Thursday struck a...Keep on reading: COVID-19 mars Easter holidays as death toll nears 100,000 globally
4 h
INQUIRER.net
Global pact to contain oil price crash takes shape
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) oil cartel and nations including Russia have agreed to boost oil prices by cutting as much as 10 million barrels a day in production, or a tenth of global supply. More countries, including the United States, were discussing Friday their own cuts in what would be an unprecedented global pact to stabilize the market. The agreement between OPEC and partner countries aims to cut 10 million barrels per day until July, then 8 million barrels per day through the end of the year, and 6 million a day for 16 months beginning in 2021. Mexico had initially blocked the deal but i...Keep on reading: Global pact to contain oil price crash takes shape
4 h
INQUIRER.net
Artist pays tribute to fallen COVID-19 frontliners through portraits
MANILA, Philippines --- An on-location sketch artist who used to roam the streets of Metro Manila to illustrate his surroundings switched to drawing portraits to pay tribute to deceased health workers due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Aurelio Castro III would usually draw landmarks and streets as he wandered around the metro aboard his bicycle. But as the Luzon-wide lockdown forced him to stay at home, he was pushed to explore his art leading him to honor the fallen frontliners. "Dahil sa ECQ [enhanced community quarantine], nahinto ang aking on-location sketching. Naisip ko na sumubok na lang muna ng ibang medium at subjects na bihira ko na magawa," Castro to...Keep on reading: Artist pays tribute to fallen COVID-19 frontliners through portraits
5 h
INQUIRER.net
Jesus takes the wheel at German Good Friday drive-in
Dsseldorf, Germany --- Hundreds of Christians in the German city Duesseldorf found a creative way to celebrate Good Friday while respecting social distancing rules imposed to slow the coronavirus, coming together for a "drive-in" service on a massive car park. Most worshippers followed the mass -- conducted on a small stage by a skeleton crew of Catholic and evangelical clergy -- from behind the windscreen. But a few keen heads could be seen poking out of open roofs into the spring sunshine, while other members of the congregation lowered the tops of their convertibles to perch on the backs of the seats. "Of course it was a sad feeling at first because I would have liked to ...Keep on reading: Jesus takes the wheel at German Good Friday drive-in
5 h
INQUIRER.net
WHO denies ignoring Taiwan early virus warning
Geneva, Switzerland --- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday denied having brushed off a Taiwanese warning on the human-to-human transmission of the new coronavirus soon after its outbreak in China late 2019. The United States has accused the body of "putting politics first" by ignoring Taiwan's warning in late December and thus helping Beijing conceal the pandemic's gravity. President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold funding for the WHO, which is at the forefront of fighting the pandemic that has infected more than 1.5 million people worldwide since emerging in Wuhan, China. The United States said Thursday it was "deeply disturbed...Keep on reading: WHO denies ignoring Taiwan early virus warning
5 h
INQUIRER.net
29 years on death row, Pakistan woman suffers mental illness
ISLAMABAD --- Kanizan Bibi was 16 when she was charged with murdering her employer's wife and five children. The police said she was having an affair with her employer, who was also arrested and later hanged. Until his execution in 2003, Sher Mohammad swore he and Bibi had never had an affair and had not killed anyone. He maintained his wife and children were killed as payback in a long-running land dispute with his relatives. Yet Bibi, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2000, remains on death row, where she has been for 29 years. The Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide is spearheading efforts along with the independent Justice Project Pakistan to get Bibi rel...Keep on reading: 29 years on death row, Pakistan woman suffers mental illness
6 h
INQUIRER.net
Manila barangay officials return around P2.4-M excess emergency funds
MANILA, Philippines---Several barangay chairmen of Manila City returned a total of over P2.4-million excess funds from the City Amelioration Crisis Assistance Fund (CACAF), according to Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso.   The mayor posted Friday on Facebook the list of the 22 officials with their corresponding barangays and the amount of money returned.   https://www.facebook.com/iskomorenodomagoso/photos/a.516236078445840/2822561334479958/?type=3&theater   Morenoexpressed his gratitude to the barangay chairmen during an address on Thursday night, where he commended each official who has returned excess funds to the government so far.   ...Keep on reading: Manila barangay officials return around P2.4-M excess emergency funds
6 h
INQUIRER.net
Singapore battles virus hotspots in migrant workers’ dorms
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia --- After managing to keep on top of the first wave of coronavirus outbreaks, Singapore is grappling with an alarming rise in infections among migrant workers housed in crowded dormitories. Such cases now account for about a quarter of Singapore's 1,910 infections. The government reported 287 new cases Thursday, its biggest daily jump. More than 200 were linked to the foreign workers' dormitories. The tiny city-state of fewer than 6 million people was seen as a model in its early, swift response to the virus. But it apparently overlooked the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers living in conditions where social distancing is impossible. Now more than ...Keep on reading: Singapore battles virus hotspots in migrant workers’ dorms
7 h
INQUIRER.net
New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa
KAMPALA, Uganda --- Weeks before the coronavirus spread through much of the world, parts of Africa were already threatened by another kind of plague, the biggest locust outbreaksome countries had seen in 70 years. Now the second wave of the voracious insects, some 20 times the size of the first, is arriving. Billions of the young desert locusts are winging in from breeding grounds in Somalia in search of fresh vegetation springing up with seasonal rains. Millions of already vulnerable people are at risk. And as they gather to try to combat the locusts, often in vain, they risk spreading the virus --- a topic that comes a distant second for many in rural areas. It is the locusts that...Keep on reading: New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Local tech companies to launch contact-tracing app to aid in COVID-19 fight
  MANILA, Philippines---Local software companies Spring Valley Tech Corp. and CMI Tech have teamed up to create an app that will aid in contact tracing as the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world. The app, called the Citizen's Logistics & Early Assessment Report Tool (C.L.E.A.R.), will enable users to track their state of health and enable contact tracing, when necessary, according to a release from C.L.E.A.R. "C.L.E.A.R. is a one of a kind software platform that integrates GPS & Bluetooth Technology and a formidable and secure database with crowdsourcing functionalities," the release read. The community-driven contact tracing app will notify users of possible h...Keep on reading: Local tech companies to launch contact-tracing app to aid in COVID-19 fight
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Caught On Cam: Penitents Continue Lenten Rituals Amid COVID-19 ECQ
Lenten Rituals in Pampanga Continues Amid COVID-19 ECQ CAUGHT ON CAM – Penitents in Pampanga caught on camera performing religious penance amid community quarantine. In Pampanga, Holy Week celebration is the much-awaited event in their town. People from different parts of the country flock to watch their lenten rites. Devotees reenact the crucifixion of Jesus […] The post Caught On Cam: Penitents Continue Lenten Rituals Amid COVID-19 ECQ appeared first on Philippine News.
7 h
philnews.ph
France aircraft carrier has 50 coronavirus cases
PARIS --- France's only aircraft carrier has confirmed 50 cases of the virus aboard and is heading back to port. The French military said three of those aboard the Charles de Gaulle with the virus have been flown to a French hospital for treatment. Medics were staying aboard to track the infections and prevent further spread among the 1,700 crew after 50 of the 66 tests were positive. U.S. aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt experienced a similar outbreak, leading to a major controversy after its captain was fired. Amid suspicions of an outbreak aboard the Charles de Gaulle, a medical team equipped with tests was flown to the French aircraft carrier on Wednesday while it...Keep on reading: France aircraft carrier has 50 coronavirus cases
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Northern Luzon may experience cloudy skies, rains due to windflow
MANILA, Philippines -- The northern parts of Luzon may experience cloudy skies and rains due to the northeasterly surface wind flow, the state weather bureau said on Friday. The latest forecasts from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) show that light rains may persist in the coming hours, although they eventually expect the situation to get better within the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao would enjoy generally fair weather, as no cloud bands were spotted by Pagasa's satellite imagery. "Hangin na nanggagaling sa hilagang silangan ang umiiral pa rin ngayon sa buong ...Keep on reading: Northern Luzon may experience cloudy skies, rains due to windflow
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Blackwater owner extends financial aids to employees during ECQ
MANILA, Philippines---Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy extended financial help to his more than 1,800 employees of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc., the franchise that owns the ball club. This move coincided with the national government's decision that moved the end of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine from April 12 to April 30. As per a report from PBA.ph, Sy said that the company would continue to pay its employees their full salaries for the entire month of April to provide them with "relief" and to "appease some of your worries during the extended ECQ." Despite cash flow being tight due to ECQ, Sy said he's in the business because of his employees. Sy, who was n...Keep on reading: Blackwater owner extends financial aids to employees during ECQ
7 h
INQUIRER.net
No roaming: ‘Barangays with no cases must be protected to the max’ – Garbin
MANILA, Philippines --- There should be "absolutely no people roaming" in barangays (communities) with no reported cases of the novel coronavirus disease, a lawmaker said Friday. "Barangays with no cases must be protected to the max. Absolutely no people roaming," AKO BICOL Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin said in a statement. Garbin said that local government units (LGUs), particularly those with confirmed COVID-19 cases, patients under investigation (PUIs), and persons under monitoring (PUMs) should likewise focus on data in their vicinity, and not on the national data. "They must focus on their micro situation and of the neighboring cities and towns," the lawmaker said. Further, Ga...Keep on reading: No roaming: ‘Barangays with no cases must be protected to the max’ – Garbin
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Authorities Suspend Use of Zoom App for Classes in Singapore
The suspension is related to the app's privacy issues.
7 h
Spot.ph
SMC donates fuel to DOTr, MMDA for health workers’ transportation
MANILA, Philippines --- San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has donated P3.9-million worth of fuel to the government's efforts to transport health workers and other frontliners who are braving the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines. The company's Petron Corporation and SMC infrastructure made the donation to the Metro Manila Development Authority and Department of Transportation, which rolled out numerous shuttle services that ferry frontliners within Metro Manila as the enhanced community quarantine remains in effect across Luzon. "We are amazed at how everybody is pulling together to fight this battle," said SMC President Ramon Ang. "For our part, we will not stop looking for opportunit...Keep on reading: SMC donates fuel to DOTr, MMDA for health workers’ transportation
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Freebies roundup: ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Close to the Sun,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ ‘Drawful 2,’ Stadia Pro
Video game companies continue to support home confinement in a number of ways, some with outright gifts, others requiring sign-ups of one sort or another. Among this week's offers, "Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments" transports us to 19th-century London, while "Ticket to Ride: First Journey" lays down tracks across North America and European continents. Detective thriller "Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments"is this week's free giveaway from the Epic Games Store, available for Windows PC until April 16. It's widely considered to be the best to date from Ukrainian developer Frogwares and has players slinking through the 1890s London solving six interlinked ...Keep on reading: Freebies roundup: ‘Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘Close to the Sun,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ ‘Drawful 2,’ Stadia Pro
7 h
INQUIRER.net
Group to gov’t: Use ‘more universal’ methods to cover more families in cash aid
MANILA, Philippines --- A civil society organization on Friday urged the government to explore "more universal" approaches in the implementation of its social amelioration program in order to help more families amid the COVID-19 lockdown. According to Social Watch Philippines (SWP), the government should automatically include households in impoverished areas in its cash aid project instead of considering only the "most deserving families" -- or those severely affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). SWP co-convener Dr. Ma. Victoria Raquiza said the government should instead hasten and widen its targeting modes, like considering households in fourth to sixth class barangays ...Keep on reading: Group to gov’t: Use ‘more universal’ methods to cover more families in cash aid
8 h
INQUIRER.net
NBA HORSE tournament set
MANILA, Philippines---The NBA may be in hiatus due to COVID-19 but that doesn't mean it won't stop from holding competitive events. In partnership with ESPN, the league set up the NBA Horse tournament that will begin on Monday (Manila time) that will be shown on ESPN and the ESPN App. Oklahoma City's Chris Paul, Chicago's Zach LaVine, Atlanta's Trae Young, and Utah's Mike Conley are the representatives of the NBA in the competition. Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings is also in the competition along with Chicago Sky's Allie Quigley are also in the contest together with NBA alumni Paul Pierce and Chauncey Billups. The first round matchups are Young vs. Billups, Catchings vs. C...Keep on reading: NBA HORSE tournament set
8 h
INQUIRER.net
Black Saturday Prayer – Holy Week 2020
Holy Week 2020 – Black Saturday Prayer BLACK SATURDAY PRAYER – There may be no church activities that you can attend to this Holy Week 2020 but you can pray this prayer at the comfort of your homes. Currently, the Philippines is dealing with a huge problem, the outbreak of the COVID-19, which urges everyone […] The post Black Saturday Prayer – Holy Week 2020 appeared first on Philippine News.
8 h
philnews.ph
Good Friday Prayer – Holy Week 2020
Holy Week 2020 – Good Friday Prayer GOOD FRIDAY PRAYER – Here is a prayer you and your family can pray this Friday of the Holy Week 2020. The Holy Week 2020 is really different from the previous celebrations of the Holy Week. It is because church activities that gather the crowd cannot be pushed […] The post Good Friday Prayer – Holy Week 2020 appeared first on Philippine News.
8 h
philnews.ph
Upo in English – Translate “Upo” Fruit in English
What is upo in English? UPO IN ENGLISH – What is the English translation of the word “upo”? In this article, we will review the meaning of the uncommon word “upo”. We will also discover its counterpart in English language. What is “upo”? Upo is a Tagalog term that refers to a fruit of a […] The post Upo in English – Translate “Upo” Fruit in English appeared first on Philippine News.
8 h
philnews.ph
Having larger thighs linked to lower blood pressure in obese or overweight individuals
Carrying more weight around the thighs appears to be linked to lower blood pressure and possibly a lower risk of heart disease among people who are obese or overweight, according to new Chinese research. Carried out by researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Fudan University, Shanghai, the new study looked at a group of 9,250 Chinese men and women aged 40 or older, of whom 5,348 were overweight and obese, and 4,172 were normal weight. Each of the participants had their thigh circumference measured, with the measurement taken directly below the gluteal fold of the thigh. The participants' blood pressure and cholesterol levels were also recor...Keep on reading: Having larger thighs linked to lower blood pressure in obese or overweight individuals
8 h
INQUIRER.net
Spain sees lowest COVID-19 daily toll in 17 days
MADRID --- Spain has recorded its lowest daily death toll from the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in 17 days, with 605 people dying, the government said on Friday. The update raised the overall number of fatalities to 15,843 in Spain, which has suffered one of the worst outbreaks of COVID-19 in the world, and where the total number of confirmed cases now stands at 157,022. The figures showed the death rate slowing to four percent, down from just under four percent on Thursday in line with a trend which began on March 25 when it stood at over 27 percent. The rate of infection also slowed, with 4,576 new cases over the past 24 hours, while the number of people who recovered from t...Keep on reading: Spain sees lowest COVID-19 daily toll in 17 days
8 h
INQUIRER.net
Airbnb launches digital tourist experiences for virtual travel
Airbnb is shifting its Experiences platform, which sells guided tours and tourist activities like cooking and pottery classes, to the virtual world with online experiences that will be hosted through Zoom. With half of the world sheltering in place, travel has been placed on indefinite hold. Airbnb is pitching its Online Experiences service as a new way to connect with people around the world and help hosts earn income throughout the COVID-19 disruptions. So far, the platform features activities from 30 countries and includes everything from learning about K-beauty from a TV host in Seoul to learning the art of meditation from a Japanese monk in Osaka or making homemade p...Keep on reading: Airbnb launches digital tourist experiences for virtual travel
8 h
INQUIRER.net
Virus gives Easter a bitter taste for Belgian chocolatiers
Brussels, Belgium --- In a normal year, Easter is boom time for Belgium's famed chocolatiers who churn out eggs, bunnies and gift boxes for tourists and locals alike. But 2020 is not a normal year. The novel coronavirus and the resulting public lockdown have melted away their hopes. "Normally, it's all hands on deck," said Laurent Gerbaud, working alone in his Brussels workshop to pack boxes of treats for home delivery. "As a food business, I could have kept the shop open. I tried for three days, it was a catastrophe," he told AFP at his premises in the heart of Belgium's capital. Gerbaud's boutique is well-placed near Brussels' touristy museum quarter and in ordinary times his...Keep on reading: Virus gives Easter a bitter taste for Belgian chocolatiers
8 h
INQUIRER.net
Exercise could boost mental well-being in menopausal women
A new European study has found that physical activity appears to boost well-being for women at all stages of menopause and could also help post-menopausal women reduce symptoms of depression. Carried out by researchers from the University of Jyvskyl and Central Finland Central Hospital, Finland, the new study looked at 1,098 women aged 47 to 55 and asked them to self-report their mental well-being and levels of physical activity. To determine the women's stage of menopause, the researchers asked them to keep a menstrual diary and took blood samples to record their hormone concentrations. Using this data, 304 women were classed as pre-menopausal, 198 were early perimen...Keep on reading: Exercise could boost mental well-being in menopausal women
8 h
INQUIRER.net
In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation
JERUSALEM --- Christians have commemorated Jesus' crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic. The chanting of a small group of clerics inside Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher echoed faintly through the heavy wooden doors, as a few people stopped and kneeled outside to pray. The centuries-old church, built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and rose from the dead, is usually packed with pilgrims and tourists. Later, three monks in brown robes and blue surgical masks prayed at the stations of the cross along the Via Dolorosa, the...Keep on reading: In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation
8 h
INQUIRER.net
World Champion Boxer Turn Aquaponics Farmer Amid COVID-19 Crisis
World Champion Boxer Tries Aquaponics Farming Amid COVID-19 Crisis WORLD CHAMPION BOXER – One of boxing’s longest-reigning champion, Jerwin Ancajas, turned into an aquaponics farmer amid COVID-19 quarantine. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte placed Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine” to control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On Tuesday, April 7 he extended […] The post World Champion Boxer Turn Aquaponics Farmer Amid COVID-19 Crisis appeared first on Philippine News.
9 h
philnews.ph
New study suggests many popular fertility and pregnancy-planning apps lack accuracy
New United Kingdom research suggests that despite their popularity, there is little evidence to suggest that fertility and pregnancy-planning apps are accurate. Carried out by researchers at The Open University, Milton Keynes, the new study looked at 18 relevant studies from 13 countries that had investigated currently available fertility and pregnancy-planning apps. Of the 13 studies, six had focused on fertility and reproductive health tracking, four had looked at pregnancy planning, and 11 had looked at pregnancy prevention. The findings, published online today in the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, showed that women use fertility and health-tracki...Keep on reading: New study suggests many popular fertility and pregnancy-planning apps lack accuracy
9 h
INQUIRER.net
Why pandemics are the perfect environment for conspiracy theories to flourish
A bioengineered virus, a genetic mutation induced by 5G technology, a big pharma conspiracy, a plot single-handedly masterminded by Bill Gates or Georges Soros. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theories have spread like the virus itself. The whiff of conspiracy that inevitably seems to trail pandemics is nothing new. When the 1918 […] The post Why pandemics are the perfect environment for conspiracy theories to flourish appeared first on Interaksyon.
9 h
interaksyon.com
UP’s Molde hopes seniors can still play in UAAP Season 83
MANILA, Philippines---Isa Molde is just one of the many student-athletes who was saddened with the cancellation of the 82nd season of the UAAP, but she still kept a positive mindset despite the glum circumstances. The still in effect enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, which was implemented to curb the effects of COVID-19, was what forced the UAAP Board to cancel Season 82 ultimately. Molde was in her fifth season University of the Philippines in the 2019-20 academic year and her supposed swansong was abruptly ended due to the health crisis. "Right now, I'm thinking that I hope this year wasn't counted because we played just two games and that's it?" said Molde in a mess...Keep on reading: UP’s Molde hopes seniors can still play in UAAP Season 83
9 h
INQUIRER.net
UFC scraps California event on tribal land
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday [Friday, Manila time] scrapped controversial plans to stage a fight card later this month as the United States battles the coronavirus pandemic. The mixed martial arts organisation had planned to hold UFC 249 without fans at an undisclosed location, reportedly an Indian tribal reservation in California. However in an abrupt U-turn on Thursday, UFC said it had postponed the event at the request of broadcasters ESPN. "While the organisation was fully prepared to proceed with UFC 249, ESPN has requested the postponement of the event and subsequent bouts until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic," a UFC statement said. ...Keep on reading: UFC scraps California event on tribal land
9 h
INQUIRER.net
Global virus death toll passes 94,000, but some signs of hope
Brussels, Belgium --- Another horror day of the coronavirus pandemic saw the global death toll pass 94,000, although there were tentative signs of hope that the crisis was peaking in the United States and Europe. The picture of the unfolding economic catastrophe also became clearer with the IMF warning of a Great Depression and data showing 17 million Americans lost their jobs, but a European Union financial rescue package agreement offered some relief to the barrage of bad news. Another 1,700 people died in the United States on Thursday, while there were hundreds of more deaths across Europe, driving the confirmed global toll above 94,000. Nearly half of all pandemic fatalities...Keep on reading: Global virus death toll passes 94,000, but some signs of hope
9 h
INQUIRER.net
‘Valorant’ beta scrapes Twitch TV ceiling
After pre-recorded highlights went live the week before, a North American and European closed beta testing phase for team action game "Valorant" began on April 7. A subsequent audience peak of 1.73 million concurrent viewers took the pre-release title close to Twitch TV's all-time high. Game studio Riot, best known for free-to-play multiplayer battle arena and eSports staple "League of Legends," had primed fans and onlookers to create a Twitch surge by tying wider beta access to livestream viewership. Those wanting to get into the invite-only beta could connect their Riot Games and Twitch accounts, then watch a "Valorant" stream to enter the mix for a chance at rec...Keep on reading: ‘Valorant’ beta scrapes Twitch TV ceiling
9 h
INQUIRER.net
DFA: Another 27 Filipinos abroad infected with COVID-19; 7 more die
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported Friday that an additional 27 Filipinos abroad have been found infected with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This, while seven more have succumbed to the respiratory illness, raising the death toll to 79, DFA added. "To date, the DFA reports a total of 634 confirmed COVID-19 cases among our nationals across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East/Africa, of which 27.1% have recovered and 12.5% fatalities recorded," it said. The 27.1% represents the 555 cases wherein 383 currently receive treatment while 172 were either recovered or released from the hospital. "The men and w...Keep on reading: DFA: Another 27 Filipinos abroad infected with COVID-19; 7 more die
9 h
INQUIRER.net
DOH: Spraying, misting of disinfectants not recommended to combat spread of COVID-19
The announcement from the health authorities came late as local governments and private companies have been conducting regular misting to help prevent the spread of the new virus.
philstar.com