As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
The dirty war
SARAWAK is a state to watch. The announcement by its Chief Minister to invest in an infectious disease centre is progressive. Scientists have predicted that the Covid-19 pandemic is not going to be the last. Those who study the emergence of infectious diseases are convinced that we need to be prepared. As humans encroach into the habitats of microbes, these microbes will spill over into the former’s communities. This can be through host animals or other means of transfer to humans. There are also those who experiment with microbes for various purposes, including use in agriculture. Mistakes are sometimes unavoidable in such experiments where, instead of producing beneficial microbes, they create harmful ones. The worry is over the accidental release of bad microbes, which can infect us and create a pandemic. Future wars will not be just about fighting nation states over water, oil or territorial claims. They will be about fighting disease-causing microbes and cybercrime. Health ... » Learn More about Sarawak on path of excellence in research
Bookmark this page to catch the live discussion on Thursday, July 29, at 4 pm President Rodrigo Duterte's final State of the Nation Address , despite lasting 2 hours and 46 minutes, left much to be desired as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, among other issues. Five years into his term, with one year left to go, what does Duterte have to show for it? On Thursday, July 29, the Newsbreak team will discuss Duterte's unfulfilled promises and how these manifest in the regions. The discussion with Rappler Mindanao bureau coordinator Herbie Gomez, Cebu bureau coordinator Ryan Macasero, and multimedia reporters Pia Ranada, Ralf Rivas, and Rambo Talabong will be moderated by investigative editor Miriam Grace A. Go. Join us on Thursday afternoon for the discussion. Let us know in the comments below or tag us on Twitter (@newsbreakph) if you have any questions! – Rappler.com Watch other Newsbreak Chats episodes in 2021: ... » Learn More about Newsbreak Chats: Pangakong napako, probinsiyang nadaya
The President's next State of the Nation address is expected to be his last, barring an unconstitutional extension of his term, and he would naturally want his valedictory, a victory lap of his administration. At best, however, it would be a pyrrhic victory lap, for we, the nation, are not at our best. We are instead languishing: in the tides of history, in a flood of blood and tears. We languish in COVID, with the Philippines holding the ignoble record of the longest continuous lockdown. $15 million has been borrowed to tide the country over during the pandemic, but we've only seen infection numbers seesawing, business shuttering, families going hungry and losing loved ones, and the vaccination rollout still trying to gather steam. All this was derived from decisions made since February 2020, when, despite evidence that the Wuhan outbreak could become a pandemic, the Duterte administration dithered on controlling flights from the region. That other countries are also going ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The languishing state of the nation
MANILA, Philippines – The novel coronavirus has caused most stock markets in Asia, including the Philippines’ local bourse, to bleed. Year-to-date, the bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) has dropped to a 52-week low of 7,129, well within bear territory and far from optimistic forecasts. This means that if you bought stocks at the start of 2020, priced at almost 7,800 each, you have lost over 8% of your investments. While the stock market is not totally indicative of the economy’s health, it does tell quite a lot about business sentiment. So far, it seems that sentiment does not go with some of the numbers. Analysts and even the government’s economic team have all been somewhat unanimous in saying that while the impact of the novel coronavirus is hard to price in, the economy, so far, can take the hit. The Philippines is also a domestic consumption-driven economy, which means that the economy is not very reliant on trade to grow. ... » Learn More about Businesses worry more about Duterte gov’t than novel coronavirus
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?