Injured cruise ship worker 'forgotten' after seven months in South Florida hotels
From behind the locked window of his 10th-floor hotel room, Paúl Córdova watches dozens of airplanes take off and land each day at Miami International Airport.He can’t get on any of them.An injured Royal Caribbean Group crew member, Córdova, 48, has been living in South Florida hotels since January. He traveled from Peru to the U.S. to receive follow-up treatment for back surgery he had in November 2018. Back then, doctors replaced two herniated disks in his spine with titanium plates, repairing damage from years of lifting and lugging 50-pound chlorine containers aboard Celebrity Cruises ship...
Weaponising Covid-19: How state suppression breeds distrust and disinformation in Hong Kong
Amidst global uncertainty and instability, conspiracy theories, misinformation, and disinformation have become wildly common during the pandemic. While some people believe that Covid-19 is a hoax, others believe in unproven “miracle cures.”When false claims and theories about the pandemic circulate and gain traction on social media, they can endanger public health, jeopardising public efforts to control the virus. The popularity of unchecked conspiracy theories rises when people find their government untrustworthy.Distrust of the government is compounded when oppressive state regimes weaponise...
Hong Kong Free Press
A drug that may lessen COVID-related lung damage. Miami will be first in US to test it
MIAMI — A Miami hospital will be the first in the country to test a possible COVID-19 treatment on humans this August.The research center at Westchester General Hospital in Coral Terrace is on its way to enroll patients to test Ifenprodil, a pill developed in the 1970s to treat blood circulation disorders that may alleviate some COVID-19 side-effects in the lungs.The drug, which was tested on a coronavirus patient overseas for the first time Wednesday, may reduce the severity and duration of COVID-19 infections, according to Algernon Pharmaceuticals, a Canadian drug repurposing company that in...
Editorial: The two bombs that ended World War II: A haunting anniversary
Early August 1945 was a confusing time for many Americans, who were experiencing some combination of celebration, sadness and foreboding.The war in Europe was over, bringing home thousands of gleeful troops by ship. Yet newspapers were still catching up on reports of individual soldiers killed during winter and spring, while men continued to die in the Pacific. That meant Americans were learning nearly every day the names of friends and neighbors who did not make it back.What would it take to defeat Japan and finally bring World War II to a close? The conventional wisdom was pessimistic — only...
Philippines plunges into recession after Q2 GDP fell 16.5%
By Darlene BasinganMANILA, NNA – Mauled by the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines has officially declared that it has plunged into a technical recession after its second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 16.5 percent.On Thursday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Q2 performance was the worst since the agency began recording quarterly economic data in 1981. It also marks the first time the country entered a technical recession since 1991 when Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted.The steep decline in the April-June period reflects the crippling impact of one of the longest a...
NNA Business News
Philippines plunges into recession on record quarterly GDP decline
The Philippine economy shrank a record 16.5 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, the nation's statistics authorities said Thursday, with the country's strict lockdown measures to fight the spread of the new coronavirus taking a toll on Southeast Asia's third-largest economy.The drop is the largest since comparable data became available in 1981 and follows a 0.7 percent year-on-year decline in the first quarter of the year, plunging the country into a technical recession, which is defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth.The Philippine Statistics Authority said gross dom...
Virus-hit Philippine economy plunges into recession
Manila (AFP) - The Philippines plunged into recession after its biggest quarterly contraction on record, data showed Thursday, as the economy reels from coronavirus lockdowns that have wrecked businesses and thrown millions out of work.Gross domestic product shrank 16.5 percent on-year in the second quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority said, when the country endured one of the world's longest stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus that has devastated economies globally.It followed a revised 0.7 percent contraction in the first three months of the year and marked the bigges...
Broke and helpless: Philippines virus lockdown maroons dozens at airport
Manila (AFP) - Broke and jobless, Ruel Damaso is sleeping on cardboard and surviving on food handouts at Manila airport where dozens were left stranded after a partial coronavirus lockdown was reimposed Tuesday.More than 27 million people in the capital and four surrounding provinces were given 24-hours notice of the new restrictions that have shut many businesses, halted public transport and grounded flights as the government struggled against a COVID-19 surge.Struggling to survive on part-time factory work after the first lockdown in March crippled the economy and stripped millions of their ...
Amid threats of mass arrest, Filipino protesters rally during Duterte’s State of the Nation Address
Thousands of individuals from various groups join a national protest against the Filipino government on the occasion of the 5th State of the Nation Address (Sona) of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Kodao Productions, a content partner of Global Voices, used with permission.On July 27, despite an official ban on demonstrations, Filipino activists gathered at the country's premier state university to express their frustration at their government on the occasion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA).On that day, all roads leading to the campus of University o...
Millions return to lockdown in Philippines as virus cases soar
Manila (AFP) - More than 27 million people in the Philippines -- about a quarter of the population -- will go back into lockdown Tuesday after overwhelmed health workers warned the country was losing the battle against the coronavirus.Since the beginning of June, when much of the country emerged from one of the world's longest stay-at-home orders, confirmed infections in the archipelago have increased fivefold, surging past 100,000.The new restrictions announced by President Rodrigo Duterte late Sunday apply to the capital Manila and four surrounding provinces on the main island of Luzon.For t...