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Pregnant and stuck on a ship in the middle of the...

Like thousands of other seafarers, Karika Neethling wanted to get home as the coronavirus pandemic convulsed the cruise industry in March. Her anxiety grew more desperate when she learned she was pregnant.

Singapore in survival mode looks to reinvent itself — yet again

The pandemic is proving the ultimate test for Singapore, the tiny city-state that has a reputation of reinventing itself during times of crises.

Employers find testing employees more trouble than it’s worth

From nursing homes in New York and a landfill in Utah to Disney World and the Las Vegas Strip, employers are wrestling with workplace safety in the age of COVID-19 and making fraught calculations about how to safeguard both their businesses and their employees.

Cruise CEOs insist ships are safe, prepare new health protocols

Two of the world’s largest cruise operators insist their ships are no more vulnerable to the spread of the new coronavirus than other public places.

Pandemic set to spark biggest retreat for meat-eating in decades

The pandemic is poised to usher in the biggest retreat for global meat-eating in decades. Per-capita consumption is set to fall by almost 3% in 2020 to the lowest since 2011, according to data from the United Nations. Meanwhile, analysts across the globe are predicting declines not just per-capita, but also for overall demand in their regions.

Next World Bank, IMF meetings to be virtual — World Bank...

WASHINGTON — The World Bank and International Monetary Fund will hold their annual Fall Meetings online in October because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, World Bank President David Malpass said in a letter to the Bank’s governors.

US agency approves use of Lysol against COVID-19

UK-based Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc. said on Tuesday that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved use of its Lysol Disinfectant Spray against...

Closing a business in the Philippines in the middle of a...

Closing a business may prove to be more expensive than opening one. That was what Andrew Pasaporte, co-founder of on-demand spa mobile app Sparadic, found out last month when he and his partner, Cha Rapadas, decided to close shop. Spararadic and the spa services in its roster are in the same boat as the 200 permanent business closures tallied by the Department of Labor and Employment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bicycles are pushing aside cars on Europe’s city streets

Bikes are increasingly muscling aside cars on Europe’s city streets, as the coronavirus accelerates a shift toward pedal power.

Fearful and frugal: coronavirus wreaks havoc on America’s psyche

As the US reopens, Americans aren’t much interested in going out and spending.

DTI explains guidelines for getting refunds for events canceled because of...

by Mariel Alison L. Aguinaldo Parties who made payments for events that were canceled or scaled down prior to community quarantine have the right to...

WHO warns some nations still face ‘long, hard’ battle with COVID-19

GENEVA — Nations who fail to use all mechanisms available to combat the still-raging coronavirus will struggle to beat it, the World Health Organization...

Facing crisis, Cuba calls on citizens to grow more of their...

HAVANA — In the courtyard of a temple belonging to the Abakua Afro-Cuban religious brotherhood in Havana, Nelson Piloto is pulling up the lawn to plant bell peppers and cassava in the face of Cuba’s looming food crisis.

Philippine finance chief seeks to further reopen the economy

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III seeks to further loosen movement curbs in the capital region to reignite an economy facing its deepest slump...

Will office buildings ever be the same? Empire State offers clues

NEW YORK — The Empire State Building has been a symbol of America’s economic might for almost 90 years. Of late, it’s also become...

‘No excuse’ for countries that fail in contact tracing, WHO’s Tedros...

GENEVA — Tracing contacts of people with coronavirus infections is the most important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries that are failing...

Bankers in traffic-clogged India are more productive working from home

Work from home may remain part of the norm for many in India’s financial industry beyond the end of the world’s biggest lockdown. The reason: elimination of lengthy commutes in the past three months has boosted employee productivity.

Global coronavirus cases approach 10 million

BEIJING — Global coronavirus cases neared 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the...

How we work from home

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global lockdown has forced people to work from home (WFH) more often. Already, experts are saying that telecommuting is...

Remote work is here to stay

Resisting work-from-home arrangements for employees could render companies obsolete, according to a co-working-space executive.

Investors are favoring firms that let people work from home

Some fund managers are increasingly basing investment decisions in part on how considerate companies are to their employees and clients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic spurs new directory services for small restaurants

WHEN the pandemic hit and lockdown restrictions stopped people from going out to dine, restaurants had no choice but to offer delivery and takeout services to survive and that was the kind of ecosystem where services like GrabFood, Food Panda, and Lala Food thrived.

When the virus hit, Japan already had an army of contact...

The virus might have been new, but for Yuko Koizumi the work was still the same.

Stimulus addiction grows as risk in emerging markets

Emerging-market (EM) inflation is dormant even as governments and policy makers hurl money into the economy. Investors shouldn’t count on it staying that way.

Pandemic propels old-school bond traders towards an electronic future

LONDON — The mammoth bond market has long been the old-school bastion of the financial world, but the COVID-19 pandemic has cast a light...

Pandemic digital habits expected to stick around after public health crisis

NEW digital behaviors adopted by consumers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis are expected to linger after the pandemic, accelerating the long-term growth of the technology sector, the Franklin Equity Group said.

Sanofi eyes approval of COVID-19 vaccine by first half of 2021

PARIS — French drugmaker Sanofi SA said on Tuesday it expects to get approval for the potential COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with Britain’s...

An epidemic of contaminated waste is following the coronavirus

The world is struggling to deal with the spread of another medical problem created by the coronavirus — a deluge of contaminated waste. During the...

Avoiding meat during the pandemic

THE novel coronavirus that has effectively frozen our lives is thought to have animal origins — the virus may have spread from eating certain wild animals which were the original reservoirs of the SARS-Cov-2 virus which causes COVID-19 (scientists today point to either bats or pangolins; we’ll not get into the other conspiracy theories surrounding the spread of the virus). At the same time, the lockdowns and lack of public transportation have made it more difficult to acquire food than it was before the pandemic. As a temporary solution, some — this reporter included — have taken to eating meat analogues, or products made to resemble meat, to provide protein substitutes in the absence of meat.

5 tips for keeping sane while working at home during this...

THE COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has up-ended schedules of work, sleep, meals, and everything else you thought was normal.

Adapting to the pandemic: LSGH goes online, accepts girls

EVERY organization has had to adjust to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, including La Salle Greenhills (LSGH). Not only is it getting ready for a new school year by figuring out how to offer a blend of online and physical classes, the pandemic has served as the impetus for the all-boy’s school to finally open its doors to girls — albeit in a limited manner.

Looking at the economy amid COVID-19

Sun Life presents April 2020 Market Update If at the beginning of 2020 there was a lot of doubt about the threat of the novel...

Villar still the wealthiest Filipino with P283B net worth

Manuel B. Villar, Jr. remains the richest Filipino in 2020 based on Forbes Magazine’s latest list of world billionaires.  The Forbes World’s Billionaires List came...

Global Ferronickel suspends Surigao del Norte mining

The operating arm of Global Ferronickel Holdings, Inc. (FNI) has temporarily suspended its mining operations in Surigao del Norte, amid the coronavirus disease 2019...

Business sentiment slumps amid pandemic

BUSINESS confidence slumped in the first quarter, amid economic disruptions caused by the Taal Volcano eruption and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a...

Outlook slashed for Asia-Pacific growth on pandemic, US-China tensions

DISRUPTIONS brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and lingering trade tensions will weigh on economic growth in Asia and the Pacific, according...

Philippine health workers barred from leaving amid pandemic

THE government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has barred Filpino health workers from leaving the country while it battles the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic...

IC relaxes identification requirements for insurers’ clients

THE INSURANCE Commission (IC) has relaxed the requirements for customer identification documents until June 30 amid the lockdown in various places due to the...

How COVID-19 is shaking up the moral universe

The epidemic forces everyone to confront deep questions of human existence, questions so profound that they have previously been answered, in many different ways, by the greatest philosophers. It’s a test of where all humans stand.

Shares end higher as inflation eases slightly

LOCAL SHARES finished higher on Tuesday as data showing slightly slower inflation in March drove up confidence among investors amid the coronavirus disease 2019...

P&G to manufacture face masks 

The Philippine unit of Procter & Gamble (P&G) on Tuesday announced it will be producing face masks in its Cabuyao, Laguna manufacturing plant to...

Prudence urged in use of emergency funds in case pandemic lingers

ECONOMIC managers warned of the need for prudence in the use of emergency funds to stretch them out for the long haul because the...

Life Blood of the Government amid the COVID-19 pandemic

These days, the future appears blurry due to COVID-19. We, in the Philippines, have not been spared from its ill-effects. With the enhanced community...

Weighing options

OVER the last few days, there has been marked speculation on whether the National Basketball Association can still resume its 2019–20 campaign. Whereas the...

Phelps urges athletes to take care of mental health after Games...

NEW YORK — Olympic great Michael Phelps has voiced his concerns over the negative impact on athletes' mental health of the Tokyo Games postponement...