MANILA, Philippines – Aside from reducing the maximum allowed passengers inside a train, the Light Rail Transit Administration (LRTA) will also limit the number of persons inside its stations to avoid coronavirus transmissions. ADVERTISEMENT“To effectively implement the social distancing, we will limit the number of passengers entering the station and boarding the train so please allot extra time for your journey,” Berroya said in a statement. These include the disinfection and sanitation of trains and station facilities and the implementation of social distancing and the ‘no mask, no entry’ policy,” he added. Berroya did not mention how many persons would be given access to stations, although it might differ as some stations have a higher passenger capacity, like the Central Station in LRT-1 and the Recto Avenue Station in LRT-2. A report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer on March 12 showed that several regular commuters before the ECQ are now thinking twice about using trains even with the limitations.
May 28, 2020 12:31 UTC
BERLIN — German police said Thursday the grisly find of an ape’s hand and foot in a forest west of Munich appears to be less nefarious than previously thought, and certainly not as outlandish than wildly speculative tips they’ve received. The cleanly severed hand and foot, complete with skin, hair, and nails, were discovered about a week ago near the Bavarian town of Grafrath by a forester’s dog. Tips came in, including one suggesting the find was evidence the government was carrying out coronavirus experiments on monkeys, police told the dpa news agency Thursday. “This makes it possible that the parts are significantly older than initially thought,” Michael Fischer, a police spokesman in nearby Fuerstenfeldbruck, told dpa. “The good news is that nobody has to worry that an ape was slaughtered in Fuerstenfeldbruck last week.”Police are still trying to figure out how a chimpanzee’s parts ended up in a German forest, but say it now seems likely it is at most an administrative offense rather than a crime.
May 28, 2020 11:59 UTC
The General Court of the European Court of Justice upheld CK Hutchison (0001)’s appeal against and annulling the European Commission’s decision in 2016 to prohibit the merger between Three UK and O2 UK. CK argued that the Commission’s approach to reviewing the proposed merger, and European telecoms mergers more broadly, was guided by a misconceived default view that European telecoms markets are better served by having a minimum of four Mobile Network Operators in each EU Member State. This approach ignores market realities, the clear evidence of successful market consolidation in Europe and across the world as well as the very significant efficiencies in terms of increased investment, network improvements and consumer benefits that can be achieved from mobile mergers, CK said.
May 28, 2020 11:15 UTC
“2,878 people voted on Hong Kong’s future, of those 2,878 people, how many of them have never been to Hong Kong? HK First legislator Claudia Mo Man-ching said “this marks the beginning of a sad and traumatising era for Hong Kong”. Labour Party lawmaker Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung echoed that sentiment, saying Hong Kong had entered a period of “One Country, One System”. He said that even though the city had entered a “dark period”, the people of Hong Kong would still triumph. “I urge you to look at Hong Kong and understand the consequences when someone switches off the light on Hong Kong,” he said.
May 28, 2020 11:15 UTC
What happened to the bike lanes),” he asked. (The bike lanes are operational and, in fact, there were additional we were to continue but then COVID-19 happened). San Juan responded with the assurance that the MMDA will check with the LGUs on the status of the said ordinances. Tolentino also suggested that the MMDA revive “bike vans” which can be rented out as parking spaces for bikers. “We would like to look into ways of providing incentives for bikers, incentives from the government, or incentives from their employers.
May 28, 2020 11:14 UTC
The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus. The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again. Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.-AP
May 28, 2020 10:52 UTC
European budget airline easyJet said it plans to cut up to a third of its 15,000-strong workforce as the global aviation industry struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Aviation has been hard hit by the virus, as governments shut down travel to prevent the spread of the virus. Airlines are cutting jobs, going bankrupt and seeking bailouts, including Germany's Lufthansa, Latam Airlines and the major U.S. carriers. That is causing ripple effects throughout the industry, with planemaker Boeing and others slashing jobs as well. "Given easyJet is a British company, the U.K. is its strongest market and it has had hundreds of millions in support from the U.K. taxpayer, I can safely say that we will need a lot of convincing that easyJet needs to make such dramatic cuts,'' he said.
May 28, 2020 10:18 UTC
As such, the panel also quizzed the aspirants on measures that they can recommend to help decongest detention cells amid a pandemic that is easily spread in high density areas. READ: Ex-DICT chief: NTC's cease-and-desist order vs ABS-CBN 'void from the beginning'“The [National Telecommunications Commission] can motu propio (on its own) issue that order because of the expiration of franchise,” he said. "I think that idea is consistent with the president situation of the pandemic that we have to adopt certain measures," he said. Court of Appeals Justice Priscilla Baltazar-PadillaOn ABS-CBN case: Padilla said that the congressional joint resolution to allow ABS-CBN to operate in the interim—pending a decision on franchise renewal bills—is not the proper remedy to the case. Court of Appeals Justice Nina Antonio-ValenzuelaOn ABS-CBN needing a franchise: The CA justice was asked on Rep. Prospero Pichay’s opinion that ABS-CBN does not need a legislative franchise because this requirement only applies to public broadcasting companies.
May 28, 2020 10:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo and Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto inspected the Community Mart project in the Pasig Mega Market on Thursday, a day after it was launched, to ensure that safety measures are being implemented. ADVERTISEMENTBoth Robredo and Sotto met with members of the Community Mart, a mobile application-based store where shoppers can purchase groceries from markets online — to avoid direct contact and minimize risks of local coronavirus transmission. “Together with Mayor Vico Sotto, VP Leni was able to meet members of the Community Mart – Pasig Mega Market team from both the OVP and the local government of Pasig, as well as the tricycle drivers who are part of the program. She was also able to observe the operations of the public market as safety measures are currently observed,” OVP said. The OVP said that the sales generated from the Pasig City edition of the Community Mart reached P71,000 just on its first day.
May 28, 2020 10:18 UTC
The Centre for Health Protection said it is investigating an overseas coronavirus case involving a 66-year-old female patient who was previously tested positive for the coronavirus in Spain. According to the patient, she developed malaise and loss of smell and taste on March 26 and was tested positive in Spain on March 28. She was transferred directly from Hong Kong International Airport to North Lantau Hospital upon arrival and subsequently admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital for management. Her respiratory specimen was tested positive for the virus and she is currently in a stable condition. No new cases have been recorded in Hong Kong today, and the tally remained at 1,067 today, which include one probable case.
May 28, 2020 10:17 UTC
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—A group of armed men that police said were members of New People’s Army (NPA) burned down a church and four houses at a mountain village in Opol town, Misamis Oriental province early on Thursday (May 28). Lt. Theofratus Pia, Misamis Oriental provincial police spokesperson, said in a separate interview that no one was harmed during the attack. Aside from the church and houses, a motorcycle was also burned,” Pia added. He said prior to the attack, rebels clashed with soldiers at the village of Mainit, in Iligan City, which was not far from Limonda. Pia said the rebels probably retreated to Limonda and burned the structures as a diversionary tactic.
May 28, 2020 10:08 UTC
Your Name:Li Keqiang looks to year-end signing of regional trade pactPremier Li Keqiang said he hopes the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership can be signed this year, as agreed by member countries last year. He said China is also promoting the China-Japa-South Korea free trade agreement. He was speaking in Beijing. Earlier this month, Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said the trade deal was on track to be signed by year end. RCEP brings together the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
May 28, 2020 09:58 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro on Thursday said that out of the city’s 5,465 tricycle drivers, only four tested positive for the latest strain of coronavirus. In a statement, Teodoro said that the tricycle drivers tested positive after they underwent confirmatory PCR testing under the local government’s mass testing program. ADVERTISEMENTThe Marikina mayor added that out of the 4,312 workers who are part of the shoe industry, only one tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, of the 1,997 city hall employees that underwent testing, six health workers— one doctor and five sanitation workers — also tested positive. As of Thursday, the Philippines has 15,588 COVID-19 cases, with 3,598 recoveries while 921 have died.
May 28, 2020 09:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines – Isolated thunderstorms that would bring rain showers are still possible especially in the afternoon and by night, even with the hot and humid weather, state meteorologists said on Thursday. “‘Yong mga pag-ulan na nararanasan natin ay tatagal lamang po ‘yan ng mga isa hanggang dalawang oras.” weather specialist Ana Clauren said in Pagasa’s forecast. Pagasa advised the public to monitor thunderstorm advisories issued by the bureau, posted on their official social media accounts. The same hot and humid weather can be said for Visayas and parts of Mindanao, due to the easterlies or warm winds from the Pacific ocean. In Visayas, temperatures are expected to peak at 33 degrees Celsius for Cebu and Iloilo; and play around 27 to 34 degrees in Davao.
May 28, 2020 09:45 UTC
The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong said today the Hong Kong national security law will serve to safeguard national security and strengthen the continuation of “One Country, Two Systems,” which will guarantee the well being of all citizens in a stable and prosperous Hong Kong. In a statement this afternoon, the association said it fully supports the passing of the "Decision on establishing and improving the legal system and enforcement mechanisms for the Hong Kong SAR to safeguard national security" by the National People’s Congress in Beijing. "A stable and orderly environment is of critical importance to maintaining Hong Kong’s status as an international financial center. Escalating violence and vandalism is posing serious threat to our rule of law and the foundation of 'One Country, Two Systems', putting our economy and the livelihood of Hong Kong people in grave peril."
May 28, 2020 09:45 UTC