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The presidential spokesman last week rejoiced at beating the forecast of scientists and analysts from the University of the Philippines who predicted the number of COVID-19 cases in the country would hit 40,000 at the end of June......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2020Related News

50 dead in Japan floods

YATSUSHIRO, Japan (AFP) — Emergency services in western Japan were “racing against time” on Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides that have killed at least 50 people, with more torrential rain forecast. Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued its second-highest emergency warning for heavy rain and landslides over vast swathes of the country’s […] The post 50 dead in Japan floods appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2020Related News

Samsung Electronics forecasts profits jump despite virus

Samsung Electronics forecast a 23-percent rise in second-quarter operating profit Tuesday, with strong demand for memory chips and displays overcoming the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on smartphone sales. The world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker said in an earnings estimate that it expected operating profit to be 8.1 trillion won ($6.8 billion) for […] The post Samsung Electronics forecasts profits jump despite virus appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2020Related News

Race against time in Japan floods, 50 feared dead

Emergency services in western Japan were "racing against time" on Tuesday to rescue people stranded by devastating floods and landslides, with at least 50 feared dead and more torrential rain forecast......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJul 7th, 2020Related News

Rain hampers Japan flood rescue efforts

Torrential rain hampered the efforts of tens of thousands of rescue workers in southwestern Japan Monday as they hunted for survivors from deadly floods and landslides, with more downpours forecast. Around 50 people were feared dead after heavy rain lashed areas of western Japan from early Saturday, causing rivers to burst their banks and flood […] The post Rain hampers Japan flood rescue efforts appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 6th, 2020Related News

Cloudy skies with chance of rains over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — An intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with a chance of rains over Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (Mimaropa), as well as Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Saturday. In its 4 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said […] The post Cloudy skies with chance of rains over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 4th, 2020Related News

LeBron James group touts sports venues as mega-voting sites

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — If basketball icon LeBron James gets his way, NBA arenas and other sports venues around the country will be mega polling sites for the November general election. James and his voting rights group, formed this spring with other black athletes and entertainers, are joining with other professional basketball leaders and Michigan’s top elections official to push for mega voting sites to accommodate in-person balloting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More Than A Vote, the James organization dedicated to maximizing Black turnout in November, shared its plans with The Associated Press on Wednesday after the Detroit Pistons became the second NBA franchise to announce plans to use its arena for voting later this year. In Georgia, Fulton County elections officials this week approved the Atlanta Hawks’ proposal to use State Farm Arena as a polling site. Plans call for the arena to serve as a countywide early voting site ahead of Election Day. The idea, which comes after Kentucky used large facilities in its June 23 primary, is to use large spaces that allow for in-person voting while still enforcing social distancing guidelines. It also underscores the attention on the mechanics of voting amid the pandemic, with the intensity already reflected in both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden warning that state and local officials have the power to “corrupt” the election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called her “partnership” with the Pistons an “blueprint for other teams and leagues seeking to advance our common goal of protecting access to the vote for all.” Lloyd Pierce, head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, said the arrangement in his city ensures “high turnout” in a safe environment. Benson, Pierce and David Fizdale, former New York Knicks head coach, will advise NBA franchises and arena management entities around the country on how to replicate the existing deals. The Milwaukee Bucks also confirmed they are willing to use their home arena as a voting site in the most populous city in the key battleground of Wisconsin. The coordinated push is a turnabout, of sorts, in the often-partisan jousting over voting procedures. Some Democrats panned Kentucky elections officials for limiting in-person June primary voting in the state’s two most populous counties to Louisville’s Exposition Center and the University of Kentucky football stadium in Lexington. Voting rights advocates argued in federal court that the plan, part of culling voting sites statewide amid coronavirus concerns, would harm minority voters. A federal judge rejected their claims, and voting proceeded without the melee that some advocates had forecast. Now, Benson, a Democrat, is pushing the arena model not as an example of potential voter suppression, but a way to fight it. “One of our greatest challenges in protecting voters’ access to democracy this November is identifying accessible locations where citizens can safely vote in person,” she said. Amid COVID, that could outweigh potential logistical difficulties of large sites. Lines for such venues can still be long — just as with normal polling locations — as was seen in Lexington at some points on primary day. Voters also could face traffic jams or public transit hiccups given the number of people involved. General elections also have considerably larger turnout than primaries. Nonetheless, there’s a growing bipartisan push for large-venue voting. NFL executive Scott Pioli last week presented the National Association of Secretaries of State a plan for widespread use of professional and college sports facilities. James’ group is officially nonpartisan. But the NBA star has been open about its emphasis on the Black community, where Trump faces intense opposition for his white identity politics. James has not endorsed Biden, but he endorsed Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016. In Milwaukee, meanwhile, the Bucks owners, the Lasry family, are major Democratic Party donors. Bucks executive Alex Lasry helped lead the effort that landed the Democratic National Convention in the city.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 2nd, 2020Related News

‘I congratulated the people, not gov’t efforts’: Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday clarified that he was congratulating the Filipino people and not the government efforts when he declared that the country beat a coronavirus forecast. Roque, during his online briefing Tuesday, congratulated the Philippines for “beating” the prediction of researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) that […] The post ‘I congratulated the people, not gov’t efforts’: Roque appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJul 1st, 2020Related News

Cloudy skies over Metro Manila, Visayas, Mindanao for Saturday — Pagasa

MANILA, Philippines — Cloudy skies will be over Metro Manila, Visayas, and Mindanao, according to the state weather bureau on Saturday said. In its 4 a.m. live weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues to affect Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “Ang ITCZ […] The post Cloudy skies over Metro Manila, Visayas, Mindanao for Saturday — Pagasa appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2020Related News

Metro Cebu to have cloudy skies this weekend – Pagasa

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Don’t forget to bring your umbrellas. The Mactan station of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that  light to moderate rains will be experienced in Metro Cebu areas this weekend as a result of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) that is now affecting parts of the country. “Naa […] The post Metro Cebu to have cloudy skies this weekend – Pagasa appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 27th, 2020Related News

Economic crisis

The World Bank has forecast a decline in economic output by the Philippines of 3.6 percent for 2020. This is almost double the previous forecast of a 1.9-percent decline in GDP real growth for this year. The doubling of the drop in GDP, minus the effect of inflation, means the economic situation is worsening. Other economists forecast an ever deeper Philippine GDP decline this year -- six percent......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJun 26th, 2020Related News

Puyat sees strong recovery of tourism industry from pandemic effects

MANILA, Philippines –  The tourism industry can bounce back stronger from the effects of the various quarantine levels imposed nationwide to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in a statement issued on Monday. According to Puyat, this forecast is based on the tourism industry’s increased contribution to the country’s gross domestic […] The post Puyat sees strong recovery of tourism industry from pandemic effects appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2020Related News

Pagasa: Fair weather over Metro Cebu on the weekend

MOALBOAL, CEBU — Generally fair weather is expected over Metro Cebu over the weekend, the  weather bureau said on Friday, June 19, 2020. “Atung weather sa weekend is balik ta sa init or in general fair weather ta,” said Jomar Eclarino, weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Association (Pagasa) Mactan. (Our […] The post Pagasa: Fair weather over Metro Cebu on the weekend appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 19th, 2020Related News

ADB slashes growth forecast for developing Asia to 0.1 pct in 2020

MANILA, June 18 (Xinhua) -- Developing Asia will barely grow in 2020 as containment measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic hamper economic activity and weaken external demand, according to an up.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: EditorialJun 18th, 2020Related News

Kalayaan: Sovereignty and joint business opportunity

The recent visit of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to Pagasa Island in the West Philippine Sea brings back a time when I was foreign affairs secretary in the 1990s......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJun 18th, 2020Related News

TD ‘Butchoy’ to intensify, exit PAR

Tropical depression “Butchoy” is expected to intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility last night or this morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. Butchoy is now moving northwest towards southern China at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour. Butchoy was […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJun 12th, 2020Related News

Butchoy slightly intensifies as it moves away from Luzon

Tropical Depression Butchoy has slightly intensified as it moves west-northwest away from Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 12th, 2020Related News

Virus response loans push reserves to fresh all-time high

Hefty state borrowings to fund the coronavirus response pushed up the country's foreign reserves way past forecast in April......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 11th, 2020Related News

LPA magpapa-ulan sa Visayas at Mindanao

MAGDADALA ng mga pag-ulan sa Visayas at Mindanao ang binabantayang low pressure area ng Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. Nananatili ang posibilidad na maging bagyo ang LPA. “This weather disturbance may develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours,” saad ng PAGASA. Kaninang umaga ito ay nasa layong 30 kilometro sa […] The post LPA magpapa-ulan sa Visayas at Mindanao appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 10th, 2020Related News

Weather information for Asia-Pacific cities

HONG KONG, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The following is temperature and weather forecast of June 11 for Asia-Pacific cities dispatched Wednesday by the Hong Kong Observatory (with temperature in degree Cel.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsJun 10th, 2020Related News