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Post-lockdown world will be 'a new, different reality' – expert

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:18 PM

Futurist Parag Khanna talks about the standstill in migration amid the coronavirus pandemic and how our world might change

Dubai's Sheikh Zayed road is deserted during a curfew imposed by the authorities in a bid to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus in the Emirati city on April 5, 2020. - Last night, Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the UAE, announced a two-week lockdown in which it will carry out tests in densely populated areas. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)

ABAP appeals against pro offers for Eumir Marcial

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:07 PM

Philippine boxing president Ricky Vargas hopes Eumir Marcial will focus on his childhood dream of becoming an Olympian

'BIG FISH'. Pro boxing managers eye to sign  Tokyo 2020 Olympics-bound Eumir Marcial even before he sees action in the quadrennial meet. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Pandemic may cause Africa's 1st recession in 25 years – World Bank

Apr 09, 2020 - 10:00 PM

'African countries are likely to be hit particularly hard' by the coronavirus pandemic, says Hafez Ghanem, the World Bank's vice president for Africa

Informal vendors gather in front of a municipal office building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, on April 8, 2020, as they try to obtain a permit for working during the 21 days national lockdown that started on March 27, 2020, in an attempt to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Luca Sola / AFP)

Duterte chaos leaves barangay officials 'helpless' amid lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:42 PM

Barangay officials cry for help in providing relief packs and dealing with confusing messages and guidelines from the administration

RELIEF PROBLEM. Volunteers repack goods in Quezon City on April 6, 2020, amid Luzon enhanced community quarantine due to COVID-19. Coronavirus might be acquired from relief goods health experts said. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Coronavirus ceasefire' in Yemen's long conflict begins

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:24 PM

If the ceasefire does hold, it would be the first breakthrough since the warring parties agreed to a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hodeida during talks in Sweden in late 2018

AID. This handout picture provided by the Yemen Red Crescent Society on April 6, 2020 shows members of the society handing out assistant packages including blankets and cleaning and sterilization materials to a quarantine centre, as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/HO/YEMEN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY

Lufthansa losing a million euros per hour – CEO

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr says the group is facing the 'biggest challenge' in its 65-year history

PARKED. Lufthansa planes in Frankfurt, Germany. File photo from Shutterstock

Spy chief named Iraq's 3rd PM-designate this year

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Mustafa Kadhemi has ascended to the role as Iraq faces a budget crisis brought on by the collapse in world oil prices and the spread of the novel coronavirus

THIRD. A handout picture released by the media office of the Iraqi Presidency on April 9, 2020 shows President Barham Saleh (3rd R) and his new prime minister-designate spy chief Mustafa Kadhemi (R) along with other members of their government during a meeting in Baghdad. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAQI PRESIDENCY MEDIA OFFICE

Pandemic no 'blank check' to flout human rights – U.N.

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:42 PM

'Emergency measures may well be needed to respond to this public health emergency. But an emergency situation is not a blank check to disregard human rights obligations,' says UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HUMAN RIGHTS. In this file photo, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during the inauguration of the 'Seminar of Afro-descendant Women of Latin America' in San Jose, Costa Rica, on December 03, 2019. File photo by John Duran/AFP

Air France-KLM sees more than 90% of planes grounded

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Air France-KLM will maintain only key routes from its two home hubs – Amsterdam-Schiphol and Paris-Charles de Gaulle

AIR FRANCE-KLM. A plane of the French-Dutch group. File photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

[REFLECTIONS] Panlaban sa virus

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David draws Holy Week reflections from a recent Rappler report about a COVID-19 frontliner who herself contracted the dreaded disease

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LOOKBACK: How the Timberwolves stained Kevin Garnett’s career

Apr 09, 2020 - 8:22 PM

To this day, the Timberwolves have not yet retired Kevin Garnett’s No. 21 jersey due to a rift

Kevin Garnett  Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Spain sees daily drop in virus deaths as total tops 15,000

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:46 PM

However, there has been growing speculation that officials may have grossly underestimated the death toll

CLOSED. A banner reads 'Sorry we are closed' at the entrance of a hardware store in Madrid on March 31, 2020, during a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Mom recovers but husband, daughter test positive for coronavirus in Cagayan de Oro

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Their results may no longer be reliable, however, because they were based on samples taken almost a month ago

DONATIONS. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno receives 20,000 surgical masks and 50 sacks of rice from officials of the Pilipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) on April 8,2020. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Antonio wins anew, regains overall lead

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Grandmaster Joey Antonio grabs the top spot in the five-leg online chess series

[REFLECTIONS] A lot of good will come out of this period

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:26 PM

There is goodness everywhere now even in the middle of great sadness. And there is so much faith and full dependence on the One who sees everything.

LIST: Where to get ube cheese pandesal

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Ube, cheese, and pandesal – need we say more? Check here for options that deliver.

Number of overseas Filipinos infected with coronavirus exceeds 600

Apr 09, 2020 - 7:22 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs reports 13 new cases, bringing the total to 607

QUARANTINE CENTER. Beds separated by black fabric are set up as a temporary field hospital for COVID-19 patients is under construction at the USTA Billie Jean King national tennis center in the Borough of Queens on April 8, 2020 in New York. Photo by Bryan R. Smith/AFP

DSWD hotlines as of April 2020

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:55 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development can be reached through its main hotline 8-951-2803

Volunteers pack relief rations at the DSWD National Resource Operations Center (NROC) at Chapel Road Pasay City on January 17, 2020. for displaced families of the Taal volcano eruption. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Wuhan virus lockdown over, but lingering fears slow recovery

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:54 PM

Residents need to show they have a "healthy" rating on a mandatory phone app to leave their homes, use public transport, or enter most public spaces

REOPENED. A general view shows buildings in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province on April 7, 2020. Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on March 28 after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. Photo by Hector Retamal / AFP

Britain's Johnson stable as lockdown extension looms

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:23 PM

No announcement on the status of the British lockdown would be made until April 13 at the earliest

PM'S CONDITION. A file photo of Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a news conference on March 20, 2020, before he was hospitalized for coronavirus. Photo by JULIAN SIMMONDS / POOL / AFP

Nesthy Petecio battled depression before boxing glory

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:21 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio overcomes depression and anxiety before punching her way to the top

TRIUMPH. Nesthy Petecio wins the battle over depression before basking in boxing glory. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Coronavirus empties Holy Week destination Baguio City

Apr 09, 2020 - 6:03 PM

The city records a total of 14 coronavirus infections since the outbreak of the disease, but its aggressive quarantine measures appear to be showing effective results this early

Deserted this Holy Week. The COVID pandemic has completely transformed the country's summer capital of the Philippines from a usually bustling tourist center into a ghost town, particularly at the Burnham Park Baguio City. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Rohingya camps in Bangladesh put under 'complete lockdown'

Apr 09, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Movement restrictions on aid workers is also imposed, cutting manpower by 80%

ROHINGYA CAMP. In this file photo taken on March 24, 2020 Rohingya refugees, without wearing any facemasks or any other safty gear as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, gather along a market area in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

U.N. Security Council to meet on coronavirus pandemic

Apr 09, 2020 - 5:10 PM

A version of a resolution, proposed by France, focuses on the call to cease all hostilities around the world as part of a 'humanitarian pause' to fight the pandemic

CORONAVIRUS. A nearly empty Times Square is seen on March 23, 2020 in New York City as coronavirus spreads in the United States. Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP

Reports of recovery bring hope in provinces fighting coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 5:01 PM

40 confirmed coronavirus cases have recovered in Davao region. Other areas also welcome the recovery of several cases.

DISCHARGED. Health workers at the Southern Philippine Medical Center celebrate the recovery of one of its COVID-19 patients. Photo by DOH Davao Center for Health Development

LIVE: Maundy Thursday 2020 - Mass with Bishop Ambo David

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the live online Mass with Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David at 5 pm on Maundy Thursday

Army Navy reopens select branches nationwide for delivery, takeout

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Several Army Navy branches across the country are back in business for takeout and delivery orders – here's the list

PH coronavirus cases rise to 4,076, death toll at 203

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:47 PM

On the day the DOH announces 28 new recoveries, the COVID-19 death toll breaches the 200-mark

Residents sings the narrative of the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ during the traditional 'Pabasa' a a chapel in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Maunday Thursday, April 9, 2020, inspite of the existing Enhanced Community Quarantine being implemented to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

MVP Giannis donates 10,000 masks to Greek city

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:44 PM

As the world grapples with the virus pandemic, NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo lends help to his home country

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks shoots a free throw while playing the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Little Caesars Arena on February 20, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. Milwaukee won the game 126-106. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Denmark dishes out salaries to virus-hit companies

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Like several other European countries, Denmark chooses to effectively fork over money to companies to pay the wages of their staff

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen cautiously expresses optimism during a press conference on the new coronavirus COVID-19 at her office in Copenhagen, Denmark on March 30, 2020. (Photo by Martin Sylvest / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP) / Denmark OUT

House panel recommends prisoners' temporary release on bail

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:30 PM

The Department of Justice is also now studying the recommendation

CORONAVIRUS. Officers from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) conduct an awareness seminar regarding COVID-19 to detainees in Manila City Jail on March 12, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Grassroots fundraiser #LetsMassTestPH aims to raise funds for coronavirus test kits for Filipinos

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:05 PM

PRESS RELEASE: To help hospitals meet the demand for mass testing, an initiative by three millennial women is seeking donations from Filipinos locally and abroad

[OPINION] Police discretion is advised

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'The Philippine National Police force is not a private army'

Tom Brady admits concussions, vows not to be forced from NFL

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:36 PM

NFL star Tom Brady sees no reason to quit despite revealing he has suffered major head injuries in his 20-year career

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the sideline during the the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: Alkaline food, lemons 'prevent' coronavirus infection

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:21 PM

The World Health Organization says there is no medicine that can prevent or cure COVID-19

Duque urged to activate special funds under Universal Health Care law

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:12 PM

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas seeks funding for the construction of facilities as private hospitals want government hospitals to lead the fight against coronavirus

QUARANTINE FACILITY. Batangas repairs a district hospital and turns it into a quarantine facility. Photo courtesy of Batangas PIO

'No decision yet,' says Kat Tolentino on UAAP fate

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:10 PM

'If anything, what I learned from last year is not to make a decision right away and you have to think about it,' says Kat Tolentino

NO REGRETS. Kat Tolentino remains unfazed with the eligibility dilemma brought about by the cancelation of UAAP Season 82. Photo from UAAP release

Global coronavirus cases top 1.5 million

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:08 PM

The United States, where the pandemic is spreading most rapidly, has recorded 432,132 cases, including 14,817 deaths

COVID-19. Certified medical assistant Yatziri Perez conducts a test for COVID-19 at a drive-up testing station in the parking lot of UNLV Medicine on April 6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Facebook to reduce video bit rates in the Philippines during the lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:07 PM

This follows similar moves from Netflix, iFlix, and YouTube

FACEBOOK. In this file photo taken on October 23, 2019 the Facebook "like" sign is seen at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Pangasinan make-up artist pledges free bridal make-up service for coronavirus frontliners

Apr 09, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Froilan Cortez, 26, says he wants to show his appreciation to the frontliners’ sacrifices

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DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones tests positive for coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) Education Secretary Leonor Briones says that she is asymptomatic and now in isolation

Rappler file photo of Education Secretary Leonor Briones

Sitcom with 'heart': 'Modern Family' bids farewell after 11 seasons

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:35 PM

After nearly 11 years, ABC's award-winning family sitcom says goodbye to viewers after 11 seasons and 248 episodes

'Better than canned goods': Tacloban buys relief goods from local farmers

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:29 PM

City residents receive live chicken, bangus or milk fish, meat, vegetables, and rice from the Tacloban City Social Development Welfare Office

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio

BJMP builds coronavirus isolation facility

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:26 PM

The move comes after a former prisoner died of acute heart ailment and with suspected coronavirus infection

SOLATION FACILITY. The 48-bed isolation facility in the BJMP’s new Quezon City Jail site in Payatas, which will serve entire Metro Manila region, has received 17 PUI detainees yesterday, the first day of operations. Photo from the International Committee of the Red Cross

Ibon Foundation alarmed over water shortage during coronavirus lockdown

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:21 PM

Parts of Metro Manila experience water service interruptions, according to think tank IBON Foundation

Photo from Shutterstock

Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus 'slander'

Apr 09, 2020 - 2:04 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our government demands an immediate clarification and an apology from director-general Tedros over such extremely irresponsible act of slander,' says Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou

CORONAVIRUS. World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on the new coronavirus dubbed COVID-19, at the WHO headquaters on March 2, 2020 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Vienna's horse-drawn carriages ride again – for food delivery

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The InterContinental Hotel are using Vienna's famous horse-drawn carriages to deliver meals to senior citizens at home during the coronavirus pandemic

Google gets approval to use U.S.-Taiwan portion of PLCN cable network

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:45 PM

Facebook seeks a similar ruling for its 2 landing stations in the Philippines, which are also part of the Pacific Light Cable Network

GOOGLE. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 the Google logo is seen at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP

Young military officer in Bulacan dies from respiratory disease

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Army 2Lt Vince Magbanua is a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 2018. 'He is looked up to by his superiors, peers and subordinates for his dedication, commitment, and idealism,' says the military

Blazers star Lillard wants playoff shot should NBA resume

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:36 PM

'There could be a lot of bad basketball,' admits Portland guard Damian Lillard as NBA players have been unable to train as usual

Damian Lillard. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)