Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail

A woman passes help wanted signs outside a recruitment agency for jobs abroad in Manila, Philippines, Friday, Mar. 2, 2018. (AP)
Updated 16 March 2018

Ban on Filipinos going to work in Kuwait stays as talks fail

MANILA: A Filipino official says the Philippines and Kuwait have failed to conclude a migrant labor protection pact after two days of talks sparked by last month’s discovery of a dead Filipino housemaid in an apartment freezer there.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told reporters Friday that a ban on Filipino workers going to Kuwait will continue indefinitely after negotiators failed to conclude a labor pact after the talks in Manila. They agreed to hold more talks later.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said the ban won’t be lifted until Filipino workers are given better protection in Kuwait and justice is served for the death of the woman, Joana Demafelis.


Thailand reports 50 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death

Updated 7 min 18 sec ago

Thailand reports 50 new coronavirus cases, 1 new death

  • Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,473 cases and 33 fatalities
BANGKOK: Thailand reported 50 new coronavirus cases and the death of a 43-year-old woman on Friday.
Of the new cases, 27 are linked to previous cases and eight who are waiting for investigation into how they caught the disease, said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a spokesman of the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration
Three of the new cases were imported, Wisanuyothin said.
Since the outbreak escalated in January, Thailand has reported a total of 2,473 cases and 33 fatalities, while 1,013 patients have recovered and gone home.