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The Latest: Filipinos mark Good Friday with deserted streets

The Latest: Filipinos mark Good Friday with deserted streets

Health
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos marked Good Friday, one of the most solemn holidays in Asia’s largest Catholic nation, with deserted streets and churches following a strict lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus.Major highways and roads were eerily quiet after religious gatherings were prohibited in metropolitan Manila and four outlying provinces. The government placed the bustling region of more than 25 million people back under lockdown this week as it scrambled to contain an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.Police-enforced curfews in the capital region and the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal were expanded to 11 hours starting at 6 p.m. to keep people off the streets.The Philippines has imposed one of the world’s longest police- and military-enforced coronavirus q...
Famous birthdays for March 30: Mark Consuelos, Graeme Edge

Famous birthdays for March 30: Mark Consuelos, Graeme Edge

Entertainment
March 30 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Aries. They include: Advertisement -- Spanish painter Francisco Jose de Goya in 1746 -- German chemist Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen gas burner, in 1811 -- English author Anna Sewell in 1820 -- Civil War spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser in 1839 -- English social reformer Charles Booth in 1840 -- Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in 1853 -- Irish dramatist Sean O'Casey in 1880 -- Philanthropist Brooke Astor in 1902 -- Singer Frankie Laine in 1913 -- TV host Peter Marshall in 1926 (age 95) -- Actor Richard Dysart in 1929 -- Actor John Astin in 1930 (age 91) -- Actor Warren Beatty in 1937 (age 84) -- Basketball Hall of Fame member Jerry Lucas in 1940 (age 81) -- Rock musician Graeme Edge in 1941 (age 80) ...
‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

‘Bleak future’ for UK pubs as they mark a year since first lockdown closures

Business
UK pubs face a "bleak future" as they mark a year since being forced to close due to the first coronavirus lockdown.Dave Mountford, a publican and campaigner at the Forum for British Pubs, told Sky News that at least 2,000 pubs have already closed permanently. He said the remainder will need significant financial help. "Pubs will need additional financial support for years if they are to recover from this," Mr Mountford said."Many pubs will be reopening with a huge amount of debt. They took bounce-back loans but this industry hasn't bounced back and we don't know if drinkers will even return to wet-pubs. ...
Italy’s president, pope mark year anniversary of first Italian COVID-19 case

Italy’s president, pope mark year anniversary of first Italian COVID-19 case

World
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Italy's President Sergio Mattarella and Pope France marked the one-year anniversary of the first Italian COVID-19 case by honoring health workers. The first Italian COVID-19 case was identified in Lombardy on Feb. 20, 2020 in a 38-year-old man, a research article shows. Two tourists from China had tested positive in Rome on Jan. 30. A few days after the first Italian tested positive, additional cases popped up in the surrounding area, and soon other cases, mostly in the northern area. Areas in Lombardy and Veneto went into lockdown first and by March 8 lockdowns began nationwide. Advertisement Mattarella announced the creation of a National Day to honor "health, social welfare and volunteer personnel," in a message Saturday to the President of the National Federation of O...
Famous birthdays for Jan. 18: Kevin Costner, Mark Rylance

Famous birthdays for Jan. 18: Kevin Costner, Mark Rylance

Entertainment
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Capricorn. They include: Advertisement -- English physician Peter Roget, who compiled Roget's Thesaurus, in 1779 -- American orator/statesman Daniel Webster in 1782 -- Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girls Scouts, in 1860 -- English author A.A. Milne in 1882 -- Comedian Oliver Hardy in 1892 -- Actor Cary Grant in 1904 UPI File Photo -- Actor Danny Kaye in 1911 -- American inventor Ray Dolby in 1933 -- Filmmaker John Boorman in 1933 (age 88) -- Former Northern Ireland politician/Nobel Peace Prize laureate John Hume in 1937 -- Former baseball star Curt Flood in 1938 -- Singer David Ruffin in 1941 -- Singer Bobby Goldsboro i...