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High blood sugar elevates COVID-19 mortality risk—study

Inquirer Breaking News - 20 min 54 sec ago
Patients with abnormally high blood sugar levels are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19, researchers in China said Saturday. It is the first time scientists have been able to confirm that patients with hyperglycemia, but not diagnosed with diabetes, are at higher risk of death from COVID-19, they wrote in the journal Diabetologia. The researchers examined death rates for 605 COVID-19 patients at two hospitals in Wuhan, China. Having high blood pressure is "independently associated" with increased risk of death and complications from COVID-19, they wrote. The study builds on previous research on diabetic patients. One-in-10 COVID-19 patients with diabetes died i...

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Poland's deep divisions on show in presidential run-off vote

CNN Top Stories - 23 min 16 sec ago
Poland is a country deeply divided over cultural issues, and the direction the former Soviet bloc nation should take next: does it want to be a European-style liberal democracy, or does it take a more authoritarian path?
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London animation studio adapts to finish Disney film

Inquirer Breaking News - 24 min 52 sec ago
LONDON --- Hanging under blankets for audio soundproofing and working around patchy home Wi-Fi, a London animation studio is following the British motto of "keep calm and carry on" during the coronavirus pandemic to complete its first feature film in time for Disney's planned release early next year. Some 270 crew members have been working from home on "Ron's Gone Wrong" in a re-imagined production process that Locksmith co-founder Sarah Smith calls a logistical "nightmare." "It's exciting and complex and fun and incredibly challenging," said Smith, a writer and producer of the film. "And once you've done it once, nothing else seems even vaguely interesting because it's like th...

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‘Game changes’: Poe warns House decision on ABS-CBN ‘affects all franchises’ past and present

Inquirer Breaking News - 25 min 14 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- "The resolution on ABS-CBN affects all franchises both past and present." Senator Grace Poe said this Saturday, a day after the House of Representatives panel denied ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year franchise. The senator, chair of the Senate committee on public services that started hearings on legislative franchises, said the non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise "sets a dangerous precedent for all other franchises." "The high and unforgiving bar to which the media entity was judged affects the legitimacy of all other franchise holders which use Philippine Depositary Receipts, tax schemes, and digital platforms -- all of which were treated legal before the instant ca...

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Facebook bans content promoting ‘conversion therapy’

Inquirer Breaking News - 36 min 31 sec ago
Facebook on Friday said it is banning content that promotes "conversion therapy," which is based on the unfounded notion that gays can change their sexual orientation through psychological or spiritual intervention. Facebook and its image-centric social network Instagram are updating policies to require removal of content that directly promotes conversion therapy when such posts are flagged by users, according to the California-based internet giant. The move is an extension of an existing ban on ads that promote the tactic, which medical experts consider ineffective and often harmful. "We don't allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity and a...

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CHR: Denial of ABS-CBN franchise sends ‘chilling effect’ on press freedom

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min 10 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Unless the House of Representatives can prove that the decision to deny media giant ABS-CBN a new franchise was based on a fair review, it sends a "chilling effect" on the freedom of the press, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Saturday. "Unless Congress can disabuse the minds of the public that its decision was not based on a fair review and was devoid of any political consideration, the denial of the franchise, gives a chilling effect on the freedom of the press," the CHR said in a statement. "CHR continues to stress the importance of timely, credible information in pushing everyone towards the correct direction in responding especially to a pandem...

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Kazakhstan rejects Chinese warning over new pneumonia outbreak

Inquirer Breaking News - 42 min 45 sec ago
MOSCOW --- Kazakhstan health officials on Friday dismissed a Chinese report that the Central Asian country is facing an outbreak of pneumonia that is more deadly than coronavirus. The Kazakh denial follows a notice issued Thursday by the Chinese embassy that warned its citizens about an outbreak of pneumonia in the ex-Soviet nation that is producing a death rate higher than that from COVID-19-induced pneumonia. "This information doesn't conform to reality," Kazakhstan's Health Ministry said. It noted that the country's statistics on pneumonia include patients who tested negative for coronavirus but had symptoms compatible with COVID-19. According to official data, the number of ...

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LISTEN: Eminem disses those refusing to wear masks in new track with Kid Cudi

Inquirer Breaking News - 44 min 28 sec ago
Rap legend Eminem (real name: Marshall Mathers) called out people who refuse to wear face masks in a new track he recently dropped with Kid Cudi (real name: Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi). In "The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady," the renowned lyricist used bars to weigh in on the wearing of face mask, which is highly being debated in the United States amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "F*ck's going on man? / Bunch of half-wits up in office / Half of us walkin' around like a zombie apocalypse / Other half are just pissed off / And don't wanna wear a mask / And they're just scoffin'," Eminem raps, also calling out the Trump administration. "And that's how you end up catchin' t...

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The quest to find signs of ancient life on Mars

Inquirer Breaking News - 47 min 4 sec ago
Mars may now be considered a barren, icy desert but did Earth's nearest neighbor once harbor life? It is a question that has preoccupied scientists for centuries and fired up sci-fi imaginings. Now three space exploration projects are gearing up to launch some of the most ambitious bids yet to find an answer. Scientists believe that four billion years ago the two planets both had the potential to nurture life --- but much of Mars' intervening history is an enigma. The new Mars probes from the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China will launch this summer. Their goal is not to find Martian life --- scientists believe nothing would survive there no...

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De Lima likens ABS-CBN shutdown to ‘Oplan Tokhang’

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 21 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines ---Senator Leila de Lima, who is an ardent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, likened the franchise denial of ABS-CBN by the House of Representatives to "Oplan Tokhang" which left thousands dead in the administration's bid to stop illegal drug operations in the country. "Tinokhang. Ganito ang ginawa sa pagpatay ng prangkisa ng ABS-CBN. Walang laban, walang katarungan, walang konsensya!" wrote De Lima in a dispatch sent from the Philippine National Police Custodial Center inside Camp Crame where she is being detained on drug charges. The House Committee on Legislative Franchises voted to deny the network's application for a franchise after its initial one that ...

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COVID-19 deaths in Cebu City still high even if under ECQ

Inquirer Breaking News - 55 min 40 sec ago
CEBU CITY --- In the past two days, deaths due to COVID-19 remained high in Cebu City despite its enhanced community quarantine status, the only area in the country still under the strictest quarantine measure. Data from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) showed that 97 new cases and 26 deaths were reported on July 9 while 72 new cases and 20 new deaths were recorded the next day. Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH-7 spokesperson, explained that the reported deaths on July 9 and 10 were cumulative from different dates and did not necessarily mean that the patients died on those days that these were reported. "There are documents that need to be complied and submitte...

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Luis Manzano lauds mom Vilma Santos amid ABS-CBN franchise denial

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 3 min ago
Actor and television host Luis Manzano shared that he is proud of his mother, Batangas 6th District Rep. Vilma Santos, who was among the few who voted in favor of renewing ABS-CBN's franchise. Manzano took to Twitter last night, July 10, to laud his mother despite the unfortunate outcome of his home network's bid for franchise renewal. "Love you Momski (heart emoji) Proud of you (heart emoji)," Manzano posted. https://twitter.com/luckymanzano/status/1281544902514405377 Seventy votes were cast in favor of adopting the technical working group's (TWG) recommendation to deny the media giant a 25-year franchise, while only 11 representatives including Santos voted otherwise. Fo...

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4 alleged NPA leaders nabbed in Kabankalan City

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 7 min ago
  BACOLOD CITY --- Four alleged officials of the communist insurgents were collared in Barangay Magballo, Kabankalan City, about 103 km south of here, according to military officials. In a statement, the Army's 15th Infantry (Molave Warrior) Battalion identified the four as Emmylo Canares, 38; George Buga-ay, 42; Relyn Moreno, 22; and Raffy Patajo, 21. Based on the statement, Canares, of San Fernando town, Cebu was said to be the secretary of the Second National Urban Center Party Committee (2NUCPC) of the New People's Army (NPA). Buga-ay, who is from Kabankalan, was allegedly the finance logistics officer of the Regional Strike Forces. Moreno, also from Kabankala...

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Singapore's ruling party won another election, but support fell to near record low

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 11 min ago
Singapore's ruling People's Action Party (PAP) maintained its unbroken grip on power in Friday's general election, even as its popular support slipped to a near record low.
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Madrid beats Alavés for 8th straight win in title march

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 13 min ago
  BARCELONA, Spain --- Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid move one step closer to dethroning Lionel Messi's Barcelona on Friday. Benzema scored one goal and set up another to lead Madrid to beating Alavs 2-0 and restoring a four-point lead over Barcelona in the Spanish league with only three rounds left. Benzema scored a penalty kick in the 11th minute and assisted Marco Asensio in the 50th to ensure an eighth straight victory since La Liga resumed play after stopping for three months due to the pandemic. Benzema has four goals during the winning streak and provided a superb assist for Casemiro to score in a 1-0 win at Espanyol three rounds ago. Madrid will finish the ...

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PC sales climb as pandemic keeps consumers at home — trackers

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 14 min ago
Gartner and International Data Corporation (IDC) reports released Thursday show shipments of desktop computers, laptops and workstations grew in the second quarter as pandemic-related disruptions to the supply chain were overcome. "The strong demand driven by work-from-home as well as e-learning needs has surpassed previous expectations and has once again put the PC at the center of consumers' tech portfolio," said IDC Mobile Device Trackers research manager Jitesh Ubrani. "What remains to be seen is if this demand and high level of usage continues during a recession and into the post-COVID world since budgets are shrinking while schools and workplaces reopen." IDC...

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Palawan hailed as ‘Best Island in the World’ in 2020

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Palawan's pristine beaches and gorgeous landscape once again earned the province a much-deserved recognition as the "Best Island in the World" by a renowned travel magazinefor the fourth time. Every year Travel + Leisure surveys its readers for its "World's Best Awards" to get their take on the top cities, islands, spas, airlines and more, as per the magazine'sreport last Wednesday, July 8. The travel readers rated these islands based on the quality of their beaches, activities, sights, natural attractions, food, the friendliness of the locals and the overall value of the island. The magazine listed the top 25 islands, which represented six continents around the globe. As to...

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‘Strong evidence’ mothers can transmit virus to newborns

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 20 min ago
There is "strong evidence" that COVID-19- positive mothers can pass the virus on to their unborn infants, scientists said Thursday, in findings that could affect how pregnant women are shielded during the pandemic. While there have been isolated cases of babies infected with the virus, the findings show the strongest link yet between mother and infant transmission. Researchers in Italy studied 31 pregnant women hospitalized with COVID-19, and found the virus in an at-term placenta, umbilical cord, the vagina of one woman and in breast milk. They also identified specific COVID-19 antibodies in the umbilical cords of several pregnant women as well as in milk specimens. Clau...

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Coronavirus can still be brought under control—WHO

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
The World Health Organization said Friday that it is still possible to bring coronavirus outbreaks under control, even though case numbers have more than doubled in the past six weeks. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the examples of Italy, Spain, South Korea and India's biggest slum showed that however bad an outbreak was, the virus could still be reined in through aggressive action. "In the last six weeks, cases have more than doubled," Tedros told a virtual press conference in Geneva. However, "there are many examples from around the world that have shown that, even if the outbreak is very intense, it can still be brought back under control," said Tedros. "And...

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