Filipino fans pay tribute to Kobe Bryant with mural of him with his daughter

UNTV News   •   January 28, 2020   •   1083

Filipino fans painted a giant mural of late basketball star Kobe Bryant together with his daughter Gianna inside a neighborhood basketball court in Taguig City on Tuesday (January 28) as a tribute to the late sportsman.

Bryant and his daughter were among the nine passengers killed in a helicopter crash in the Santa Monica foothills near Calabasas, California, United States on Sunday (January 26).

Fans painted the picture to pay tribute to Bryant, both as an athlete and as a father.

They started painting the mural on Monday and completed it overnight.

Basketball is one of the Philippines’ most popular sports, with makeshift courts popping up appearing in many neighborhoods and children frequently seen playing on the streets.

Bryant rocketed to fame as an 18-year-old rookie and played 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers. Nicknamed the “Black Mamba”, he was named in the NBA all-star team 18 times and won five NBA championships.

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LOOK: Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila gives warm send off to recovered COVID-19 patients

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2020

Pagsikat ng araw, may dalang liwanag…

It’s a win for Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila. In the middle of the intense battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), five patients have recovered from the virus.

They have tested negative for COVID-19 and were allowed to go home. Healthworkers and other staff from the hospital gave the recovered patients a warm send off before they return home to their families.

The battle is not yet over but it’s the small victories that give hope of better days. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso thanked the frontliners for their hard work.

“Thank you, our dedicated healthcare workers. Thank you Lord,” Domagoso said in his Twitter post.

Haharapin natin…

Diskriminasyon sa frontline workers, mga may COVID-19, PUIs at PUMs, bawal sa Maynila

Robie de Guzman   •   April 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Maaari nang makulong at pagmultahin ang sinumang mangungutya, mangha-harass o gagawa ng anumang uri ng diskriminasyon sa mga taong nag-positibo sa novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), mga patient under investigation (PUI), person under monitoring (PUM) at maging sa mga health workers sa lungsod ng Maynila.

Inaprubahan ni Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso ang city ordinance number 8264 o ang Anti-COVID-19 Discrimination Ordinance of 2020 noong Huwebes, ika-2 ng Abril.

Sa ilalim ng ordinansa, ipinagbabawal sa lungsod ang anumang uri ng pamamahiya o diskriminasyon, at pangha-harass sa mga PUI, PUM at mga taong kumpirmadong dinapuan ng COVID-19.

Bawal rin ang paninira, pagpapakalat ng sensitibong impormasyon, o paglikha ng negatibong impresyon sa publiko o sa social media tungkol sa positibo o pinaghihinalaang kaso ng coronavirus.

Ito ay maliban kung ang pasyente mismo ang nagbigay ng basbas upang magamit ang kanyang pribadong impormasyon tungo sa layuning medikal tulad ng “contact tracing”.

Hindi rin maaaring harangin ang mga PUI, at PUM, pati na ang mga medical workers at frontliners na nais umuwi sa kanilang tinutuluyang bahay kung sila ay may maipapakitang COVID-19 clearance mula sa mga health officials.

Pino-protektahan rin ng ordinansang ito laban sa maling pagtrato at pambabastos ang mga doctor, nurse, frontliners, volunteer workers at iba pang mga kawani sa health at service sector.

Ang sinumang mapapatunayang lumabag sa ordinansang ito ay pagbabararin ng danyos na limang libong piso at maaaring makulong ng hindi hihigit sa anim na buwan.

Sa pinakahuling tala, umaabot na sa 127 ang kumpirmadong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Maynila.

Sa naturang bilang, 19 na ang nasawi at 10 naman ang gumaling. Nasa 337 naman ang kabuuang bilang ng mga PUI.

Trump urges U.S. to halt most social activity in virus fight, warns of recession

UNTV News   •   March 17, 2020

President Donald Trump urged Americans on Monday (March 16) to halt most social activities for 15 days and not congregate in groups larger than 10 people in a newly aggressive effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the United States.

Announcing new guidelines from his coronavirus task force, the president said people should avoid discretionary travel and not go to bars, restaurants, food courts or gyms.

As stocks tumbled, Trump warned that a recession was possible, a development that could affect his chances of re-election in November. The Republican president said he was focused on addressing the health crisis and that the economy would get better once that was in line.

The task force implored young people to follow the new guidelines even though they were at lesser risk of suffering if they contract the virus. Older people, especially those with underlying health problems, are at the greatest risk if they develop the respiratory disease.

Reporters staggered their seating, sitting in every other seat in the White House briefing room, to follow social distancing measures.

Trump said the worst of the virus could be over by July, August or later. He called it an invisible enemy.

The president has taken criticism for playing down the seriousness of the virus in the early days of its U.S. spread. On Monday, when asked, he gave himself a good grade for his response.

“I’d rate it a 10. I think we’ve done a great job,” he said.

Trump said a nationwide curfew was not under consideration at this point.

Normally a cheerleader for the U.S. economy, he acknowledged the possibility of a recession while brushing off another dramatic decline on stock markets as investors worried about the virus.

“We’re not thinking in terms of recession, we’re thinking in terms of the virus. Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent up demand, both in terms of the stock market and in terms of the economy,” Trump said. The president has long considered soaring stock markets to be a sign of his administration’s success.

Trump said the administration had talked regularly about domestic travel restrictions but hoped not to have to put such measures in place.

He said he thought it would still be possible for G7 leaders to meet at the Camp David retreat in Maryland in June. Trump upset European countries, which make up a large part of the G7, by instituting travel restrictions from European countries without consulting with them first. (Reuters)

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