ILO: 81 million jobs lost in the Asia-Pacific this year

For the Asia-Pacific region, around 81 million jobs were lost this year, which can bring up the unemployment rate in the region to as high as 5.7 percent from 4.4 percent in 2019, according to an International Labor Organization report. Incomes also decreased by up to 10 percent in the first three quarters of 2020, which meant that 22 to …

Will technology end the English language’s global domination?

Computing – having come of age in what many call “the American century” – is largely based upon English, and therefore, so is the architecture of the internet. In 2019, Gretchen McCulloch, linguist and author of the “Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language,” found that “software programs and social media platforms are now often available in some 30 …

DTI launches online platform for farmers, MSMEs; appeals to Pinoys to buy local

The Department of Trade and Industry launched an e-commerce platform called DELIVER-e where customers may buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural products online from Filipino farmers. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the DTI aims to tap e-commerce to support farmers and MSMEs. Lopez said the platform, which was built through a partnership with the Department of Agriculture and USAID, …

How does Moderna differ from the Pfizer vaccine?

How does Moderna differ from the Pfizer vaccine? It requires temperatures of around minus 20 degrees Celsius for shipping – similar to a normal freezer. The jab manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech requires temperatures closer to minus 75 degrees Celsius, making transport logistics more difficult. Like the Pfizer jab, the Moderna vaccine also requires a second booster shot, coming 28 …

‘Victim blaming’: Philippines set to raise age of consent

Child rape and sexual abuse are rampant in the Philippines, according to official data. A woman or child is raped nearly every hour, Senator Risa Hontiveros said in a document to the Senate, citing figures from the Center for Women’s Resources. Seven out of 10 victims are children and the vast majority are girls. A government-backed nationwide study in 2015 …

Pope Francis calls on countries to share COVID-19 vaccines in Christmas message

Pope Francis used his Christmas message to say Covid-19 vaccines must be available for all, and pleaded with states to cooperate in the pandemic. During his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) message at the Vatican, the Pope said, “Today, in this time of darkness and uncertainty during the pandemic, different lights of hope appear, like the …

Rappers dominate YouTube’s top 2020 UK music videos

Rappers like Drake and Eminem dominate the list of music videos with the most YouTube views in the UK this year. Eight of the top 10 picks come from worlds of grime, hip-hop and rap. Canadian star Drake appears twice in the top 10, including in the number one spot thanks to his collaboration with US rapper Future on Life …

Traveling with a baby to an island resort during the pandemic

Tim Benson’s wife’s maternity leave coincided with the pandemic, leaving the British couple feeling antsy at home with their infant son. Rules and restrictions changed constantly, so the Bensons decided to visit the Caribbean island of St. Lucia while they still had the chance. St. Lucia had a travel corridor with the UK, but the corridor rules meant that the …