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BALITANG MARINO DAILY NEWS for April 12, 2021

HEADLINES

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dead age 99

‘Up to 80%’ in Italy’s Sicily refuse AstraZeneca vaccine—president

States Join Efforts to Pressure CDC to Restart U.S. Cruise Industry

Turkey joins counterparts in banning scrubber wash water discharge

Egypt Will Hold Ever Given until Damage Claim is Resolved

NCR+ shifts to MECQ until April 30

Philippines, US to hold joint war games as tensions grow in South China Sea

382 more COVID-19 variant cases detected

PH gets 500K more Sinovac jabs from China

IATF OKs use of automatic contact tracing through Smart Messaging System

COVID-19 fatality rate in NCR increased to 2.02% –OCTA Research

Recession drama ‘Nomadland’ wins best film at BAFTA awards

Youn Yuh-jung wins BAFTAs best supporting actress

‘Friends: The Reunion’ wraps filming

Ancajas: Rodriguez fight ‘toughest’ title defense yet

Japan’s Matsuyama wins Masters for maiden major victory

Magsayo primes up for world title with 4th round TKO win against American foe

FULL NEWSPAPER

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip dead age 99

LONDON, United Kingdom, April 12 —— Britain’s Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced.  The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once described him as her “strength and stay all these years”. The outspoken former navy commander devoted much of his life as the queen’s consort to charity work — but was notorious for numerous gaffes, many deemed downright offensive. He was admitted to hospital on February 16, 2021, and went home after a month during which he was treated for a pre-existing heart condition and an infection.

Announcing his passing, BBC television played the national anthem over a picture of Philip in his prime, dressed in military dress uniform Philip, who was by the queen’s side for nearly eight decades, retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 96. His death came just months before his 100th birthday in June — an event typically marked in Britain with a congratulatory message from the queen, who is now Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

The couple, who celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November, had been living largely in isolation at Windsor Castle, west of London, because their advanced age put them at heightened risk from Covid-19. Philip and the queen received their first vaccinations against the virus in January.

Source: philstar.com

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‘Up to 80%’ in Italy’s Sicily refuse AstraZeneca vaccine—president

ROME, April 12 —— Up to 80 percent of people offered the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine In Sicily refuse it out of fears over its safety, according to the southern Italian region’s president Nello Musumeci. Public confidence in the Anglo-Swedish jab has been badly shaken by reports linking it to rare, but potentially fatal, blood clots, and by conflicting recommendations on its use.

“In Sicily, there is an 80-percent refusal rate of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Every 100 people, 80 say no,” Musumeci said late Saturday in Catania, according to multiple media reports. Musumeci added: “It is natural” for people to be particularly concerned, “but we have a duty to believe scientists when they say it is more dangerous not to get vaccinated than to get vaccinated.” The president actually meant to say “up to 80 percent,” his spokeswoman Michela Giuffrida told AFP on Sunday, adding, as an example, that in the town of Syracuse the refusal rate was “30 percent.”

A large-scale boycott of the AstraZeneca jab would put Italy’s vaccination plan — already struggling with supply shortages and botched priorities — under further stress.

86 cases out of 25 million

Earlier this week, the European Medicine Agency (EMA) said blood clots should be listed as a “very rare” side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but added that benefits continued to outweigh risks. The announcement came after EMA examined 86 blood clotting cases, 18 of which were fatal, out of around 25 million people in Europe who received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Most of the cases were in women aged under 60.

In response to the findings, Italy — which initially recommended the AstraZeneca vaccine for those in the 18-55 age group — restricted its use to those aged 60 and above. Similar action was taken in other European countries. On Friday, the EU medicines regulator also said it was probing a possible link between the AstraZeneca jab and a separate blood vessel disorder causing tissue swelling and a drop in blood pressure. But the Italian government’s top scientific advisor on the coronavirus crisis, Franco Locatelli, insisted in a Sunday interview that fears over the Anglo-Swedish vaccine were “understandable, but unjustified.”

“I say that we are offering a vaccine that is safe and effective, which people must accept. That said, if we find ourselves facing a disarming number of defections, we will reconsider the issue,” he told La Stampa daily. Italy is one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with almost 114,000 dead, but its vaccination drive has been criticized for failing to focus on the most at-risk group — the elderly. People in their 70s are among those most neglected, with only 2.7 percent fully vaccinated compared with 4.1 per cent for people in their 20s. Overall, Italy has administered almost 13 million doses and fully vaccinated 3.9 million people — equal to around 6.5 per cent of a total population of some 60 million.

Source: inquirer.net

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MARITIME NEWS

States Join Efforts to Pressure CDC to Restart U.S. Cruise Industry

April 12 —— States hard hit by the ongoing shut down of the U.S. cruise industry are launching steps designed to get the U.S. federal government to revise the positions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume cruise ship departures from U.S. ports. Florida and Alaska, two of the states the hardest hit by the current pause in cruising, launched efforts to resume the industry coming as the cruise lines and its trade association also called for citizens to write their congressional representatives in support of restarting cruises. “We must allow our cruise liners and their employees to get back to work and safely set sail again,” said Florida Governor DeSantis. “To be clear, no federal law authorizes the CDC to indefinitely impose a nationwide shutdown of an entire industry.” DeSantis highlighted the vital role cruising plays to Florida’s economy employing thousands of people and indirect contributions from people arriving in Florida to sail on cruises.

Following up on prior statements from the governor, Florida announced it is suing the Biden Administration in federal district court to overturn what it is calling “the unlawful Conditional Sailing Order enacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).” According to the state’s attorney general, “the unprecedented year-long lockdown of an entire industry by the federal government has directly harmed the State of Florida, its citizens, and their families, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars in economic activity.” According to the lawsuit, the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order harms Florida and its citizens by preventing numerous businesses and employees from earning a living and contributing to the state’s unemployment. They also said that by blocking the cruise industry the order is contributing to the massive shortfalls in revenues experienced by the state’s seaports and reducing state and local tax revenues.

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody blamed the Biden administration for the cruise industry shut down, although it was the Trump administration with enacted the no sail orders in the spring of 2020 and the revision of the orders in the fall of 2020 without following through to provide the industry a clear path to restart service. Faced with criticism that it is unfairly singling out the cruise industry on the basis of outdated data, the CDC this week said that it could foresee cruise ships returning to service this summer. Florida has been calling on the CDC to “adapt its guidelines to the ever-changing nature of the country’s pandemic response,” and filed the lawsuit to end the orders preventing cruise ships from departing from U.S. ports.

Concurrently, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy sent a letter to the Biden administration in which he echoes that same message. “Today, I am reaching out with the simple request that you have the CDC update its guidance to enable cruise lines and ports to resume operations,” said the letter. “It’s my hope that (federal authorities) are willing to work with me and other governors seeking to bring back the cruise ship industry.” The letter cites the findings of a new report detailing the economic impacts to Alaska and attributing a $3 billion gross state product loss each year the cruise season does not take place. Separately, members of the Alaska state and federal congressional delegations were trying to address Canada’s 2021 ban on large cruise ships, which was a hurdle to the restoration of large cruise ship operations this summer. While the governor’s letter fails to address the issue, the legislators had called for the U.S. to provide a temporary waiver for its cabotage regulations that require the large cruise ships to make a stop in Canada during cruises in Alaska.

Many of the cruise companies blocked from resuming operations from the U.S. ports are planning to reposition ships this summer into the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Bermuda as well as Europe to restart operations outside the jurisdiction of the CDC. Carnival Cruise Lines, which so far has not announced non-U.S. cruises, threatened this week to begin repositioning its cruise ships. Parent company CEO Arnold Donald told investors on a conference call, “if we’re unable to sail obviously, we will consider home porting elsewhere.” The Cruise Lines International trade association launched an “action center” calling on individuals to write their congressional leaders and the Biden administration to restart the cruise industry. The center provides instructions and prepared statements and several of the major cruise lines began distributing links to their loyal customers. These concerted efforts come after the CDC issued only a partial update a week ago providing technical steps but no timeline or actions to restart cruising from U.S. ports.

Source: maritime-executive.com

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Turkey joins counterparts in banning scrubber wash water discharge

April 12 —— Turkey has banned the discharge of scrubber wash water in its territorial waters following in the footsteps of a number of governments, including that of Saudi Arabia and Singapore. The move was announced by the Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization on April 6, 2021. “It is forbidden to discharge garbage, petroleum and petroleum derivatives as well as these contaminated bilge water, dirty ballast water, sludge, slop, oil and similar solid and liquid wastes, all kinds of cargo wastes from the ships in the seas of Turkey’s sovereignty,” a provision of the notice reads.

Bans like these have been primarily driven by environmental concerns as there are fears that the contents of the released water include heavy metals and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, potentially posing a risk to marine life. Since January 1, 2020, the number of scrubber-fitted ships has nearly doubled from 2,011 ships to 3,935 by March 1, 2021, data from BIMCO shows. Scrubbers have been a very attractive solution for meeting the IMO 2020 regulation on cutting the sulphur content in marine fuel, especially for bigger vessels. Payback times from scrubber investments were said to be between 12 and 18 months. Among the main shipping sectors, 15.9% of all containerships (28.7% in TEU), 11.4% of all dry bulkers (22.7% in DWT), 24.5% of all crude oil tankers (29.9% in DWT) and 4.2% of all oil product tankers (13.4% in DWT) are now fitted with a scrubber to remove the sulphureous oxides from the exhaust gasses, BIMCO said.

Source: offshore-energy.biz

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Egypt Will Hold Ever Given until Damage Claim is Resolved

April 12 —— The container ship Ever Given is still anchored in Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake, weeks after salvors freed her from the banks of the Suez Canal – and she may not be leaving soon. The Suez Canal Authority’s top official told a local TV station last week that the vessel will stay put until Egypt’s massive claim for financial damages is resolved. “The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid,” said SCA head Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We hope for a speedy agreement [and] the minute they agree to compensation, the vessel will be allowed to move.”

Rabie said that Egypt will seek $1 billion in compensation from the shipowner for the incident. According to Refinitiv, the SCA lost less than one tenth of that amount in canal transit fees over the course of the six day period that the boxship was grounded. The cost of the salvage has not been disclosed, but it would have to cover the efforts of two dredgers, a dozen tugs of varying sizes, fees for the professional salvor, and wages and overtime for an Egyptian workforce numbering in the hundreds.

After the grounding, the canal authority is contemplating modifications to its physical operations, potentially including larger salvage tugs, bigger cranes and the widening of the narrow southern section of the canal. However, the SCA denies that it bears any responsibility for the grounding. In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Lt. Gen. Rabie speculated that the vessel’s master may be to blame, though he did not provide evidence. “Maybe the captain made a mistake in a specific request, such as the rudder or speed, which could have led to that,” Rabie said. He denied that the SCA-employed pilots who sail with every ship through the canal could bear responsibility. “Even when orders are issued by the guide [pilot], the captain has the right to change them or use any route or speed other than what the guide says  . . . There was no error or responsibility on the part of the [SCA],” he said. Egyptian investigators have retrieved data from the Ever Given’s VDR and are in the process of examining the evidence. The crew has also been interviewed by officials, and they remain on board the ship.

Source: maritime-executive.com

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PHILIPPINE NEWS

NCR+ shifts to MECQ until April 30

April 12 —— President Duterte has approved the recommendation to place the National Capital Region-plus (NCR-plus) bubble under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until the end of the month. In a virtual presser, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque announced that aside from the NCR-plus bubble area, the city of Santiago in Quirino and the province of Abra will be under the MECQ until April 30, 2021.

The following areas are under the general community quarantine (GCQ):

· Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)

· Cagayan

· Isabela

· Nueva Vizcaya

· Batangas

· Quezon Province

· Tacloban City

· Iligan City

· Davao City

· Lanao del Sur

Meanwhile, the rest of the Philippines will be under the modified GCQ (MGCQ), the least strict quarantine classification. The NCR-plus bubble area was under the ECQ for two weeks due to the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases in the country. In his virtual presser, Roque said the Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases recommended easing the quarantine restriction of the NCR-plus bubble due to the commitment of public and private hospitals to increase coronavirus (COVID-19)-dedicated beds following the directive of President Duterte to PhilHealth to expedite the payment of COVID-19 claims.

The public and private hospitals in the NCR-plus bubble committed to adding 164 more ICU or critical beds and 1,157 more regular beds for moderate and severe cases.

Other additional capacities which are ready are:

· 110 beds at Quezon Institute for moderate and severe cases

· 960 beds at National Center for Mental Health for moderate cases

· 300 beds at Manila Times College in Subic for mild and asymptomatic cases

· 165 beds at New Clark City in Tarlac for mild and asymptomatic cases

· 200 beds at Eva Macapagal Terminal in Manila for mild and asymptomatic cases

· 100 beds at Orion Bataan Pork Terminal for mild and symptomatic cases

During the two-week ECQ period, the country was able to add 3,156 beds in the NCR-plus bubble:

· 164 COVID ICU beds for critical cases

· 2,227 COVID regular beds for moderate and severe cases

· 765 COVID isolation beds for mild and asymptomatic cases

The healthcare utilization rate in the NCR-plus bubble as of April 11 are:

· COVID ICU beds: 74.34 percent

· COVID ward beds: 46.04 percent

· COVID isolation beds: 59.56 percent

In a separate statement, Roque said dedicated COVID-19 beds in isolation, quarantine, and health facilities in the NCR-plus bubble must be increased through the joint efforts of the Department of Education (DepEd), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Department of Health (DOH). There must also be an adequate number of COVID-19 dedicated beds, complementary health human resources, and well-coordinated triage and referral systems in place at the local government units (LGUs), isolation and quarantine facilities, and health facilities.

Roque said hospitals must be decongested through the partnership of hospitals with temporary treatment and monitoring facilities or step-down facilities for mild or moderate care or home care, provided there is proof of capacity to do adequate quarantine or isolation. In addition, LGUs in the NCR-plus bubble are enjoined to set up their respective local telehealth triaging systems equipped with sufficient medical personnel available to provide immediate medical and patient referral advice.

PhilHealth must ensure the continued responsive and timely payment of reimbursement claims for COVID-19. Meanwhile, Roque said another measure that must be implemented in the NCR-plus bubble is enjoining the LGUs to prioritize the generation of demand for vaccination to those with the highest risk for severe disease and death, particularly Priority Groups A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities) of the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are directed to ascertain the number of employees who may undertake alternative work arrangements and their impact on the maximum carrying capacity of the subject area.

Source: mb.com.ph

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Philippines, US to hold joint war games as tensions grow in South China Sea

April 12 —— The Armed Forces of the Philippines will hold joint exercises with hundreds of US soldiers over the next two weeks, its military chief said Sunday, amid growing tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea. The annual war games between the military allies were cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s event will be on a smaller scale than in previous years due to the health crisis, Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana told AFP.

About 700 US soldiers and up to 1,300 members of the Philippine military will take part—about a quarter of the usual attendance, Sobejana said. “The exercise this year is a hybrid of virtual and physical activities,” he said. “It’s a low-key exercise, just to keep the alliance—the contact—between the two armed forces.” The US embassy in Manila did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The announcement came hours after a phone call between US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Philippine counterpart Delfin Lorenzana, who last week tested positive for the coronavirus. They “discussed the situation in the South China Sea, and the recent massing of People’s Republic of China maritime militia vessels at Whitsun Reef,” according to a readout provided by the Pentagon. To deepen their defense cooperation, Austin proposed “enhancing situational awareness of threats in the South China Sea.” The readout did not elaborate.

Tensions over the resource-rich sea have intensified since hundreds of Chinese vessels were detected last month at Whitsun Reef (Julian Felipe Reef), which is in the Spratly Islands where several countries, including China and the Philippines, have rival claims. China, which claims almost the entirety of the sea, has refused repeated appeals by the Philippines to withdraw the vessels, which Manila says unlawfully entered its exclusive economic zone. Beijing said previously they were fishing vessels sheltering from bad weather.

The United States reminded China last week of Washington’s treaty obligations to the Philippines in the event of an attack in the waters. “An armed attack against the Philippines’ armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific, including in the South China Sea, will trigger our obligations under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. The resumption of joint military drills comes more than a year after President Rodrigo Duterte—who has pivoted towards China since taking power in 2016—gave notice that he planned to axe the Visiting Forces Agreement.

The plan to break the deal—central to hundreds of joint military exercises with the US every year and a major component of their nearly 70-year-old alliance—has been suspended. But it has underscored the complicated relations between the Philippines and its former colonial master, the United States. Duterte’s stance also raised concern that the regional balance of power could tilt in Beijing’s favor.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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382 more COVID-19 variant cases detected

MANILA, Philippines, April 12 —— The Department of Health (DOH) reported Saturday night the detection of additional cases of COVID variants among recently sequenced samples. DOH said 170 B117 (UK variant) cases, 192 B.1.351 (South African) variant cases, one P.1 (first detected in Brazil) variant case and 19 P.3 (first detected in the Philippines) variant cases were found from the two batches of 25 samples sequenced on March 28 and 1,336 samples sequenced between March 28 to April 8.

The additional cases brought to 392 the total number of UK variant cases detected nationwide, and the South African variant to 344 cases. The total number of P.3 variant cases has reached 123, and P.1 to two. The P.3 is not considered a variant of concern at this time. Of the additional 170 UK variant cases, DOH said eight cases are returning overseas Filipinos (ROF) while 119 are local cases, with 43 currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases.

Based on the case line list, two patients infected with the UK variant have died, while 168 cases have recovered. DOH said that of the additional 192 South African variant cases, one case is a ROF while 143 are local cases, and 48 are currently being verified if they are local or ROF cases. Two cases of the South African variant are still active while three have died, and 187 cases have recovered.

A returning OFW from Brazil with a current address in Soccsksargen was identified as one active case of the P.1 variant Of the 19 additional P.3 variant cases, DOH said two are ROFs, 10 are local cases and seven are being verified if they are local or ROF cases. All cases have recovered. Amid the growing number of variant cases being detected, the DOH stressed the need for strict and consistent adherence to the minimum public health standards and increased support for the National Vaccination Program to significantly mitigate transmission of COVID-19.

Source: philstar.com

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PH gets 500K more Sinovac jabs from China

April 12 —— The national government received another 500,000 doses of procured CoronaVac vaccines from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech on Sunday afternoon, April 11. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, accepted the Chinese vaccines during the arrival ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City.

A Philippine Airlines (PAL) A330 commercial plane with registry number RP-C8789 fetched the Chinese vaccines from Beijing and arrived at NAIA Terminal 2 at 5:18 p.m., ahead of its scheduled arrival at 5:55 p.m. From NAIA, the vaccines were loaded into two refrigerated vans and transported to Metropac Cold Storage facility in Marikina City prior to its distribution to hospitals.

The delivery of the 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines were fewer compared to the original target supply earlier set by the government. Last April 6, Galvez said the country was expecting the delivery of 1.5 million Sinovac doses for this month. With the recent delivery, the country has now obtained 3,025,600 vaccine doses. Around 1.5 million doses were already deployed to hospitals nationwide.

The delivered vaccines are expected to be allocated in high-risk areas where there is a surge of coronavirus disease infections including the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal (NCR Plus). A total of 25 million doses of Sinovac vaccines were secured by the government from China which would be delivered in batches. The first batch of procured Sinovac vaccines, consisting of one million doses, was delivered last March 29.

Source: mb.com.ph

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IATF OKs use of automatic contact tracing through Smart Messaging System

April 12 —— The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) to use automatic contact tracing through the Smart Messaging System. “Mapapalakas at mai-improve nito ang paggamit ng StaySafe.ph,” said Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in his briefing on Sunday afternoon.

The StaySafe.ph system is the government’s official social distancing, COVID-19 health condition reporting, and contact tracing system. To ensure interoperability and integration of all contact tracing applications in the StaySafe.ph system, Roque said that a beta test, along with the proposed messaging of the Smart Messaging System, will be conducted in Pasig City on May 1. A beta-test of the new system will also be held in the consortium of Antipolo and the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Valenzuela on May 1, 2021, with access to COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS).

Apart from the use of an automatic tracing system, Roque said the IATF also adopted the recommendation to immediately complete the transfer of ownership of the CDRS to the Department of Health, and to immediately integrate the CDRS with the StaySafe.ph system and other local contact tracing systems and applications. The body also adopted the proposal of the Department of Tourism to construct free and temporary public walk-in and drive-thru vaccination centers in the vacant portion of the lots located in the Nayong Pilipino property in Parañaque City.

During the same briefing, Roque announced that Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, and Laguna will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine, along with Santiago City, Isabela; Quirino province; and Abra.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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COVID-19 fatality rate in NCR increased to 2.02% –OCTA Research

April 12 —— The COVID-19 fatality rate in the National Capital Region increased to 2.02% as of April 11, according to a report on “24 Oras Weekend” on Sunday. The OCTA Research group said the figure was at 1.8% in October last year. As of April 4, the research team also said that the 0-17 and 65+ age groups had higher than average growth rates in new cases at 28% and 35%, respectively.

The researchers said this means more people in these age groups are getting sick with COVID-19. On Friday, the Department of Health reported the highest number of new fatalities since the pandemic started at 401. The previous highest number of fatalities recorded was at 382 on April 6. Earlier in the day, the government placed Metro Manila and nearby provinces under a modified enhanced community quarantine from April 12 until April 30 to curb the spread of COVID-19. Last week, the OCTA Research group said the government should extend the ECQ in the National Capital Region Plus for another week to slow down the surge in infections.

If an ECQ extension could not be considered for socioeconomic reasons, the group suggested a two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to “sustain the gains” made over the previous weeks. Professor Ranjit Rye said the COVID-19 situation in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal — collectively dubbed NCR Plus — is “not yet ideal for opening up.” Rye said the reproduction number of the coronavirus remained above 1, meaning each COVID-19 case can still infect more than one other person, and the average number of daily new cases continues to be “very high.”

The Philippines has so far recorded a total of 864,868 cases of COVID-19 including 703,404 recoveries, 14,945 deaths, and 146,519 active cases.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Recession drama ‘Nomadland’ wins best film at BAFTA awards

LONDON, April 12 —— U.S. recession drama “Nomadland”, about a community of van dwellers, was the big winner at Britain’s BAFTA awards on Sunday, scooping best film and prizes for its Chinese-born director Chloe Zhao and leading actress Frances McDormand. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts ceremony was held virtually over two nights, with nominees joining in by video, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However film stars Hugh Grant and Priyanka Chopra Jonas appeared in person at London’s Royal Albert Hall while Renee Zellweger and Anna Kendrick joined from a Los Angeles studio to present the awards. “Nomadland”, which has already picked up prizes this awards season, stars 63-year-old McDormand as a widow, who in the wake of the U.S. economic recession, turns her van into a mobile home and sets out on the road, taking on seasonal jobs along the way.

“We would like to dedicate this award to the nomadic community who so generously welcomed us into their lives,” Zhao, who won the director category, said in her acceptance speech. “Thank you for showing us that ageing is a beautiful part of life, a journey that we should all cherish and celebrate. How we treat our elders says a lot of about who we are as a society and we need to do better.” “Nomadland” also won for cinematography.

Outstanding British film went to #MeToo revenge movie “Promising Young Woman”, which also won original screenplay. The academy also paid tribute to Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, who died on Friday, aged 99. Philip was named BAFTA’s first president in 1959. His grandson Prince William is BAFTA’s current president. Following an outcry last year when BAFTA presented an all-white acting contenders list, more than half of this year’s 24 nominees were actors of colour.

Film veteran Anthony Hopkins won the leading actor category for portraying a man with dementia in “The Father”. “I’m at a time in my life where I never expected to get this,” the 83-year-old told reporters of the award, adding his age had made making the movie “easy”. Youn Yuh-jung won supporting actress for “Minari”, in which she plays a grandmother who travels from South Korea to the United States to look after her grandchildren.

The 73-year-old, who has won a Screen Actors Guild award and has been nominated for an Oscar for her performance, drew laughs in her acceptance speech when she jokingly said it was particularly meaningful to be recognized by “British people, known as very snobbish people”. Daniel Kaluuya, who has swept this awards season for his portrayal of late Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in “Judas and the Black Messiah”, won supporting actor. “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi” director Ang Lee received the BAFTA Fellowship, the academy’s top honor, for his contribution to film.

Source: inquirer.net

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Youn Yuh-jung wins BAFTAs best supporting actress

April 12 —— Korean actress and “Minari” star Youn Yuh-jung won best supporting actress at the 74th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on April 11 and cracked up presenter, actor David Oyelowo, and viewers by thanking the “very snobbish” British voters for the plum. All the nominees including Youn Yuh-jung attended the awards show virtually.

The 73-year-old actress won the award over Niamh Algar of “Calm with Horses,” Maria Bakalova of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Kosar Ali of “Rocks,” Ashley Madekwe of “County Lines” and Dominique Fishback of “Judas and the Black Messiah.” In her acceptance speech, Youn Yuh-jung made everyone laugh, saying her BAFTA award is especially meaningful as it came from the “very snobbish” British people.

“I don’t know how to say … I was very honored to be nominated… oh I’m the winner now. First expression. Let me express my deep condolence for your Duke of Edinburgh and thank you so much for this award.,” she said. The actress added, “Every award is meaningful but this one especially recognized by British people known as very snobbish people and they approved me as a good actor so I’m very, very privileged and happy. And thank you, thank you so much. Thank you for the voter who vote me. Thank you very much BAFTA, very much.” Her win at the BAFTAs came a week after bagging the best supporting actress at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards.

“Minari” was also nominated in five categories at BAFTAs: Best Film Not in the English Language, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Music and Best Casting. Youn Yuh-jung is nominated for best supporting actress for “Minari” at the upcoming 93rd Academy Awards that will be held on April 25 in Los Angeles. Including hers, “Minari” is vying in six categories at the Oscars. “Minari” is also nominated for best picture, best director and best original screenplay for Lee Isaac Chung, best actor for Steven Yeun and best original score.

Source: mb.com.ph

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‘Friends: The Reunion’ wraps filming

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, April 12 —— Could we BE any more excited? Friends wrapped up filming for the iconic 90’s TV show’s long-awaited reunion special. The show, on their official social media accounts, shared a photo from the set on Sunday, April 11. “That’s a wrap! Could we BE any more excited?” HBO Max, which is set to distribute the special, has yet to announce its release date.

Several photos from the shoot also circulated on Twitter over the weekend. The cast and show creators sealed in February 2020 a deal with HBO Max to air the special episode, which features original cast members Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwinmmer and Matt LeBlanc. All 10 seasons of the hit sitcom are on streaming platform HBO Max. In March 2021, David, who played Ross Geller, shared in an interview on Cohen’s Radio Andy Show that the actors won’t be in character for the special, but they will “all read something.” “I’ll be myself. I’ll be David. We’re not in character… we’re all ourselves, the real people,” he said.

Friends ran from 1994 to 2004, and is considered by many as among the best sitcoms of the era. It follows the story of 6 twenty-somethings navigating life and adult growing pains in New York City.

Source: rappler.com

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SPORTS NEWS

Ancajas: Rodriguez fight ‘toughest’ title defense yet

MANILA, Philippines, April 12 —— Jerwin Ancajas’ title defense against Jonathan Rodriguez encountered visa problems, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a change in promoters but those hurdles were what led to the absolute barnburner between the super flyweights. The two warriors landed a combined 505 punches while throwing 1,584 in total in their clash for Ancajas’ IBF world super flyweight championship Sunday (Manila time) at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.

This was the first time in three title defenses that the judges got involved with Ancajas stopping his previous two challengers in Ryuichi Funai and Miguel Gonzalez in the sixth round of their bouts. Ancajas-Rodriguez bout was supposed to happen under the Top Rank banner but the fighter changed promoters and signed with Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions less than a month before the match.

Rodriguez did outland Ancajas in the fight 273-232 and the champion admitted that his fight against the Mexican slugger was his hardest yet throughout his title defense. “This is the toughest fight for me,” said Ancajas (33-1-2). Despite being the busier of the two fighters, Rodriguez failed to earn the judges’ nods with all three scoring in favor of the champion, 115-112, 116-111, 117-110. The 29-year-old Ancajas, however, scored the only knockdown in the fight when he decked Rodriguez late in the eighth round.

Rodriguez, an orthodox, relied constantly on his power punches, landing 253 of those, which was more than Ancajas’ total of 176. Ancajas, though, used his offhand to control the relentless Rodriguez, landing with his right 56 times to the Mexican’s 20 jabs. Another area that Ancajas had Rodriguez beat was the body shots. Ancajas punished Rodriguez’s midsection, landing 131 to the challenger’s 44. This was Ancajas’ ninth defense of his title, which he won in 2016 against McJoe Arroyo, with those fights all ending in wins except for a surprise draw against Alejandro Barrios in 2018.

Source: sports.inquirer.net

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Japan’s Matsuyama wins Masters for maiden major victory

AUGUSTA, Ga., April 12 —— Hideki Matsuyama overcame a potentially ruinous moment to become the first Japanese man to win a major championship with a one-shot Masters victory over Will Zalatoris at Augusta National on Sunday. Matsuyama, who started the day with a four-shot lead over a quartet that included playing competitor Xander Schauffele and Masters debutant Zalatoris, carded a one-over-par 73 that left him at 11 under on the week at the year’s first major.

The 29-year-old Japanese was seemingly in control until a bogey at the par-five 15th, where his approach shot went in the water behind the green, compounded with a birdie from Schauffele turned his four-stroke cushion into a two-shot lead. But world number six Schauffele put his tee shot at the par-three 16th into the water and made triple-bogey to fall out of contention. He finished three shots back of Matsuyama and in a share of third with former champion Jordan Spieth (70).

Matsuyama bogeyed the 16th which left him with a two-shot lead over Zalatoris (70), who was already in the clubhouse at nine under on the week, and went on to close the deal with a par-bogey finish. The victory by Matsuyama came in his 33rd major championship appearance and ended Zalatoris’s impressive bid to become the first Masters debutant to win a Green Jacket since Fuzzy Zoeller accomplished the feat in 1979.

Source: sports.inquirer.net

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Magsayo primes up for world title with 4th round TKO win against American foe

April 12 —— MARK Magsayo made a statement on Sunday that he finally deserves a world title shot. The 25-year-old pride of Tagbilaran destroyed Pablo Cruz in just four rounds to keep his record unblemished and stay on track for a possible championship fight. Magsayo scored the technical knockout win after the referee John Callas stopped the fight when Cruz went down for the third time in their 10-round featherweight bout at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The Filipino sent Cruz to the canvas for the last time following a solid right straight.

The victory was the 22nd straight for Magsayo including 15 by KOs. It was his second consecutive win under Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach following a hard-earned split decision victory over Rigoberto Hermosillo last October. It also primed himself up for a title fight hopefully by the end of the year or by 2022 against the likes of champions Emanuel Navarrete (World Boxing Organization), Leo Sta. Cruz (World Boxing Association), and Gary Russel Jr (World Boxing Council).

Magsayo was quick to unleash his power against Cruz, knocking down his 34-year-old opponent in the second round, before hurting the American with a combination and a huge left hook to go down for the second time in the third round. It was only a matter of time before the Filipino delivered the coup de grace against the American, who fell to a 21-4 record (6 KOs). The fight was an undercard in the Jerwin Ancajas-Jonathan Rodriguez title bout for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight championship.

Source: spin.ph

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