UK Launches ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ Campaign

“Eat Out to Help Out” is the UK government’s latest campaign to kick-start the country’s hospitality industry devastated by COVID-19. In recent weeks, restaurants, cafes and pubs have been allowed to reopen following an easing of lockdown restrictions, but public confidence is yet to return, as many business are still struggling to generate their previous levels of income as people …

Kodak Turns to Drug Production to Fight COVID-19

Former American photography firm Kodak began making drug ingredients four years ago and will now dramatically expand production at its New York and Minnesota facilities. The fallen giant of the photography industry will make ingredients used in generic drugs to help fight the coronavirus. The Eastman Kodak Company was founded by George Eastman in 1888. The company became famous for …

PNP Frontliners Also Infected With COVID-19

As police officers are also among the frontliners in government’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, they are always at risk of contracting the disease. A total of 2,191 Philippine National Police personnel have so far contracted COVID-19 with 11 fatalities. Meanwhile, 846 or 39 percent of the patients have recovered while the rest are still undergoing treatment. Also, …

Girl’s Death Ignites Debate Over Gang Violence

The death of a 12-year-old girl by a stray bullet in Sweden has sparked outrage and reignited debates over its handling of gang-related violence. The girl was killed in a drive-by shooting next to a gas station on August 2. Police launched an investigation but are yet to make any arrests. Officials vowed to further crack down on violent crime. …

DA: P2.1-B in Excess Rice Tariffs to Be Used For Crop Diversification

The Department of Agriculture will utilize 2.1 billion pesos in excess tariffs from rice imports to diversify farmers’ crops and expand their insurance coverage. Agriculture Secretary William Dar said the DA has already requested the Department of Budget and Management to release the excess rice tariff collections of about 2.1 billion pesos. Some 1.1 billion pesos will be allocated for …

Makati Plans For Subway

Mayor Abby Binay led the signing in July 2019 of the subway project joint-venture agreement between Makati City and Antonio Tiu’s Philippine Infradev Holdings which partnered with Chinese firms to finance the project. From an earlier estimate of 3.7 billion dollars, the cost went down to 2.5 billion dollars, due to favorable results of the final soil test and cost …

Other Mammals Lose Out in Panda Conservation Drive

Saving the giant panda is one of the big success stories of conservation. Decades of efforts to create protected habitat for the iconic mammal has pulled it back from the brink of extinction.  But, according to a new study, while many other animals in the same landscape have benefited from this conservation work, some have lost out. Leopards, wolves, and …

ADB on PH Unemployment

The Asian Development Bank estimates the Philippine unemployment rate to have risen to 22 percent in June when the National Capital Region – the country’s economic powerhouse – was just emerging from the enhanced community quarantine. The country’s employment rate is not expected to return to pre-pandemic levels until 2022, the bank said. The Labor Force Survey in January showed …

Owners of ‘Barkada’ Wine Bar in Washington DC Accused of Cultural Appropriation

When long-time friends Anthony Alig, Nick Guglietta, Nathan Fisher and Sebastian Zutant opened a wine bar in Washington D.C., little did they know that naming it “Barkada” – which is Tagalog for “group of friends” – would force them to change its name. The four white men faced a big social media backlash on the opening week of their venture. …