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‘Going for quality, not quantity’: In allowing tourists back, Cebu warns vs COVID-19 protocol violation

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 6 min ago
CEBU CITY---Tourists planning to visit Cebu must heed COVID-19 health protocols set by the local government or face stiff penalties. The Cebu Provincial Board, the province's lawmaking body, on Monday (Sept. 28) passed an ordinance setting a P5,000 fine and one year of imprisonment for tourists who would refuse to heed health and safety rules in the province's tourism sites. "We need this ordinance because we have tourism stakeholders that are asking why some of them are implementing the province's protocols while others are not," said Board Member Andrei "Red" Duterte of Cebu's fifth district and the ordinance's main sponsor. Aside from tourists, local officials, operators and ...

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UN meeting that began with unity concludes with divisions

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 9 min ago
UNITED NATIONS --- This year's U.N. General Assembly meeting began with calls for multilateralism and cooperation --- a declaration that the urgency for countries to unite "has rarely been greater." It concluded with a parade of divisive grievances that echoed when the final gavel fell. Leader after leader in days of speeches delivered virtually stressed the importance of working together to navigate the coronavirus outbreak and the challenges that lie beyond it. As Germany's foreign minister put it, COVID-19 "shows that international cooperation is neither an ideology nor an end in itself. On the contrary, it delivers results, far beyond the actual pandemic." Words, though, are no...

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Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf sworn in as new ruler of Kuwait

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 12 min ago
  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates --- Kuwait's Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was sworn in Wednesday as the ruling emir of the tiny oil-rich country, propelled to power by the death of his half-brother after a long career in the security services.   At age 83, Sheikh Nawaf is not expected to deviate from the diplomatic path charted by his predecessor, the late Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah. But his accession touched off speculation about who will become the next crown prince in the country known for its lively elected parliament and relative independence in the neighborhood of Gulf Arab monarchies.   The late Sheikh Sabah was set to make his fi...

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'German Scouser' Jurgen Klopp deserves to be on the same 'pedestal' as Bill Shankly, says Jamie Carragher

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 13 min ago
In football, a sport of rivalries and partisanship, it's rare that a manager has a profound impact on three different clubs.
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Palace pleased majority of Filipinos follow health measures vs COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 18 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang is pleased that the majority of Filipinos continue to practice minimum health standards against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), such as wearing face masks, washing of hands, and maintaining physical distancing months into the country's fight against the pandemic. The Palace was reacting to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Tuesday, which showed that in the past month, 79% of Filipinos "always" use a face mask when going out of their houses, 67% always wash their hands several times a day, 60% always observe physical distancing, and 56% always use a face shield whenever riding public transportation or going to establishments like...

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Koko Pimentel to DTI: Create online shopping platform for Filipino-made products

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel on Wednesday asked the Department of Trade and Industry to create an online shopping platform exclusive for Filipino-made products. The online platform would cater to the country's micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that use the internet to sell their products amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. "I challenge the DTI to come up, in house, with an online shopping platform. The idea is that the seller must be an MSME and the product being sold must be made or grown in the Philippines. A transactional shopping platform and not a mere 'portal' listing MSMEs and their products," said Pimentel in a statement. Pime...

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San Miguel starts skills training for Bulacan residents ahead of P734-B airport project

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 21 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Bulacan residents will now be able to avail themselves of free livelihood training from the government thanks to a San Miguel Corp.-funded skills development program that will be administered by the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (Tesda). The scheme was launched on Wednesday (Sept. 30) for an initial batch of 60 participants --- a number expected to grow into the thousands --- ahead of the construction of the conglomerate's P734-billion Manila International Airport in Bulakan, Bulacan. San Miguel president Ramon Ang said the training program that is open to all Bulacan residents is part of the firm's job-creation initiative to help Filipi...

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There is no getting 'back to normal,' experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 24 min ago
As 2020 slides into and probably infects 2021, try to take heart in one discomfiting fact: Things are most likely never going "back to normal."
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Shell to cut up to 9,000 jobs in shift to low-carbon energy

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 25 min ago
Royal Dutch Shell will slash as many as 9,000 jobs as the oil giant accelerates a shift away from fossil fuels.
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Jerwin Ancajas, Eumir Marcial off to US for training

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 32 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino boxing stars Jerwin Ancajas and Eumir Marcial on Wednesday left for Los Angeles where they will continue their training hoping to secure separate fights in the United States. Ancajas was originally scheduled to defend his IBF super flyweight title against Mexican challenger Jonathan Rodriguez but the bout got postponed many times due to visa problems and the coronavirus pandemic. "He's just coming over here to train and prepare and hopefully, we can give him a fight by the end of the year," said Manny Pacquiao Promotions president Sean Gibbons. "The pandemic really set Jerwin back. We had some issues getting his visa which we resolved. He has...

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Shooting at Amazon facility leaves at least one dead

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 33 min ago
One person is dead and one is wounded after a shooting at an Amazon workplace in Florida.
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WB OKs $600-M loan for poorest in PH as country grapples with new record-high debt

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 34 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---Government debt further rose to a new high of P9.62 trillion in August, while the World Bank has approved a $600-million loan to finance cash aid to the poorest during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a report on Wednesday (Sept 30), the Bureau of the Treasury said the national government debt rose by 4.9 percent from July's P9.16 trillion mainly coming from local sources, especially the record P516.3 billion in five-year retail treasury bonds (RTB) issued last August. Domestic debt increased to P6.71 trillion, while the value of foreign debt slightly declined to P2.902 trillion due to a stronger peso, which appreciated to 48.483:$1 in August from 49.114 against the ...

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Japan's Defense Ministry asks for decades-high 8.3% budget increase amid growing threats in East Asia

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 36 min ago
Japan's Defense Ministry is asking for a 8.3% budget increase in 2020, its largest rise in more than two decades, in the face of China's rapid military modernization and a looming threat from North Korea.
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32 acquitted in razing of mosque that set off India violence

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 38 min ago
  LUCKNOW, India --- An Indian court on Wednesday acquitted all 32 people who had been accused of crimes in a 1992 attack and demolition of a 16th-century mosque that sparked Hindu-Muslim violence leaving some 2,000 people dead.   Four senior leaders of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party had been among the defendants at the trial that languished in India's sluggish legal system for almost 28 years.   Seventeen of the 49 accused died of natural causes during the trial.   The four-party leaders were accused of making inflammatory speeches that incited tens of thousands of their followers who had camped out in Ayodhya ahead of th...

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Cayetano offers resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 42 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday offered his resignation as Speaker of the lower chamber, one day after news broke out that Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will take over the post starting October 14 in line with the two lawmakers' term-sharing agreement. This came after President Rodrigo Duterte intervened and met with both Cayetano and Velasco on Tuesday night to settle the feud as the speakership issue in the lower chamber heats up. "I will not be a party to letting the President down so I am offering my resignation here and now to you my dear colleagues. My fate and the fate of the 2021 budget and the fate of the leadership of the ...

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CNN diplomatic editor: First presidential debate disappoints democratic allies

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 46 min ago
The chaotic first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden has raised concerns among international allies. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.
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Watch the first Trump-Biden presidential debate in full

CNN Top Stories - 1 hour 48 min ago
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden faced off in Cleveland, Ohio, in the first presidential debate of the 2020 election season.
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PNP units to look into removed fake Facebook accounts linked to police officers

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 49 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into the fake Facebook accounts that were removed and were traced to police officers, PNP spokesman Ysmael Yu said Wednesday. In a statement, Yu said the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and Information Technology Management Service are "asking for the list of alleged Facebook accounts linked to the PNP." "Should there be updates, it will be from their end to feedback to the Chief PNP (Gen. Camilo Cascolan)," Yu said. When sought for reaction on the takedown of the Facebook accounts, Yu said the police organization respects Facebook's decision. "PNP has no problem with this issue. FB (Facebook) owns its website, ...

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