Hold your travels plans until MECQ is lifted

Non-essential travels to and from the National Capital Region and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan, known as NCR Plus, is not yet allowed, the Department of Tourism reiterated. The DOT statement read, “Leisure travelers from the aforementioned region and provinces are encouraged to postpone their travel plans to any areas outside the bubble until such time that …

How to fix poor desk posture as you work from home

Lockdown could be bad for you back. Common poor desk posture is very similar to the posture astronauts adopt during spaceflight in zero-gravity. Usually, this is a forward leaning posture with a forward head position and the loss of normal spinal curves. Being in space has similar effects to staying in bed all day. So while working from home, aim …

Transgender icon Caitlyn Jenner to run for California governor

Olympic champion and Kardashian clan member Caitlyn Jenner said she filed paperwork to run for governor of California, in a bid to become the first transgender American to win such a high-profile post. The 71-year-old transgender icon and former decathlete said she will formally launch her campaign — presumably as a Republican — in the coming weeks. Jenner is the …

Hong Kong to resume travel bubble with Singapore on May 26

China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said it would resume its planned travel bubble with Singapore on May 26, as the Hong Kong government moves to reestablish overseas travel links and lift the hurdle of quarantines for visiting foreigners. The Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was originally scheduled to be launched at the end of last year, …

‘Joints for jabs’: Free marijuana for vaccinated New Yorkers

New Yorkers vaccinated against Covid-19 were able to get an unlikely freebie: a marijuana joint. Activists celebrating the recent legalization of recreational pot in New York state handed out free doobies in Manhattan to anyone with proof they had received at least one vaccine shot. Organizers chose April 20 as the date as a way to mark 4/20, an annual …

India’s removal of tweets critical of COVID-19 response deemed ‘dangerous’

The removal of dozens of tweets seen to be critical of the Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is putting people’s health at risk and quashing dissent, according to lawmakers and human rights activists. Microblogging site Twitter withheld some tweets after a legal request by the Indian government, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. These included tweets from a lawmaker, …

UN chief calls for real action to fight climate change

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for specific commitments and real action to fight climate change after speaking out about the severity of the climatic disruptions that have ravaged the planet. At the joint hybrid press conference with the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization to launch the State of the Global Climate in 2020 Report, the top UN official …

NCOV UPDATE 5/5

As of 5 p.m. on May 3, there were over 153 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 3.2 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 131 million recoveries. The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 33 million confirmed cases and over 591,000 …

IOC: Taking a knee, raising a fist to be punished at Tokyo Games

Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee maintained its ban on athletes’ protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums. The IOC’s Rule 50 forbids any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in venues and any other Olympic area, and …