Burger King asks customers to order from rival McDonald’s in support of its employees
Marje Pelayo • November 5, 2020 • 665
UNITED KINGDOM — In a surprising marketing move, Burger King’s UK arm has asked its customers to order from other fast-food chains, including rival McDonald’s, to support its employees and the restaurant itself amid the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the fast-food chain industry.
“We never thought we’d be asking you to do this, but restaurants employing thousands of staff really need your support at the moment,” reads the tweet shared by Burger King on Monday.
The burger chain posted the tweet prior to England’s second lockdown which forced restaurants, cafés, and bars to stop dine-in services at least until December 2, and will only be allowed to offer takeout services.
Industry body UK Hospitality said during the early days of the pandemic that it was the hospitality sector that was the first to suffer from the impact of the lockdowns. With the second lockdown, the government sees even worse effects.
According to the agency, the hospitality sector is UK’s third largest employer and many service workers have lost their jobs or were put on hold since the pandemic began early this year.
At the end of its announcement, Burger King UK directly mentioned its rival McDonald’s signature burger that usually competes with its famous Whoppers.
“Getting a Whopper is always best, but ordering a Big Mac is also not such a bad thing,” it said.
MANILA, Philippines—The United Kingdom (UK) government has declined the offer of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to deploy more nurses to the UK in exchange for vaccines.
UK Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce said the recruitment of nurses and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines are two separate issues.
“We’ve got no plans to link vaccines with those conversations around the recruitment of nurses. You know those two strands of conversation I think continue but as I’ve said again we have no plans to link those two issues,” he said during a virtual conference.
DOLE Silvestre Bello III proposed forming an agreement with the UK to lift the deployment cap of healthcare workers, provided the UK would allocate vaccines for them. Bello also made the same proposal with Germany.
DOLE Information and Publication Service (IPS) Director Rolly Francia clarified the proposal was to make sure the nurses are safe when deployed abroad and not for the country to have additional supply of COVID-19 vaccines. This was after the proposal drew ire for making nurses look like ‘commodities’ to be exchanged for vaccines.
“What Secretary Bello wants is to ensure that the nurse gets vaccinated if ever the request for an exemption in the cap would be granted by the President,” Francia said.
Nevertheless, Ambassador Pruce said he will meet with Bello in the coming weeks to further discuss the issue. AAC(with reports from Janice Ingente)
In a statement, POLO – London said they have received a report against a certain company named Cornerstone Employment Agency (CEA) Ltd, that has been offering partnerships with Philippine recruitment agencies to recruit Filipino workers for jobs in the UK.
The dubious agency has been using an email address that resembles the official email address of POLO, and presenting documents with fake verification stamps and forged signatures to make them appear legitimate.
POLO clarified that it “has never emailed any document to CEA nor has it sent any document to that agency.”
Applicants who were recruited by CEA also reported that they were asked to pay a fee of $800 USD for the processing of a work visa.
POLO stressed that the activity is definitely a recruitment scam and advised the public to stop any dealings with the said agency. MNP / Raymund David
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommended expansion of the country’s entry ban on travelers coming from the United Kingdom to cover 19 other countries amid reported cases of a new variant of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in these areas, Malacañang said Tuesday.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said travelers from the UK are temporarily barred from entering the Philippines until January 15, 2021.
The travel ban has been extended to cover those coming from 19 other countries:
Hong Kong, SAR
Roque said the expanded travel restriction takes effect on December 30, 2020, 12:01 AM until January 15, 2021, covering all foreign travelers coming from, or transiting through, the said countries.
Passengers who are already in transit and are expected to arrive before December 30, 2020, 12:01 AM, from the 19 countries/areas listed above shall not be prohibited from entering the country but will be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period, notwithstanding a negative RT-PCR test result
“The Office of the President, upon the joint recommendation of the Department of Health and the Department of Foreign Affairs, may impose restrictions to travelers coming from other countries that report the presence of the new variant of COVID-19,” Roque said.
Outbound travel to countries with reported new variants shall be subject to exiting protocols of the Philippines and the entry protocols of the respective countries, he added.
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