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COVID-19 effect: Bulacan celebrating Independence Day at Barasoain Church with only 5 execs present

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:44
CITY OF MALOLOS---The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way the country is celebrating its 122nd Independence Day, prompting the province of Bulacan to commemorate the major event at the historic Barasoain Church here on Friday (June 12) with only five officials attending. Gov. Daniel Fernando said he and Vice Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado together with City of Malolos Mayor Gilbert Gatchalian, a representative from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police will lead the country's freedom rites in the province. Fernando said the occasion will be commemorated with a wreath laying ceremony on the monument of the late Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo....

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Olympic athletes must explore ‘dignified’ protest—IOC chief

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:41
Olympic chief Thomas Bach on Wednesday refused to be drawn on athletes taking a knee in protest against racism, insisting the body representing them must explore ways they can express themselves "in a dignified way." Many sportspeople across the globe have made a kneeling protest to pay homage to George Floyd, a black American killed by a white US policeman in May, in an act described as anti-racist solidarity. International Olympic Committee rules bar any "demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda" at the Olympic Games, but the kneeling protest is sure to be a hot issue at the Tokyo Olympics, postponed by 12 months to 2021. Bach, speaking after a videoconfe...

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Beijing lambastes Harvard coronavirus study as ‘disinformation’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:40
BEIJING --- Beijing on Thursday criticized a preliminary study by US researchers suggesting the coronavirus may have been circulating in China since August 2019, calling it proof of a disinformation campaign. The virus first emerged late last year in the central city of Wuhan, but the US has repeatedly accused China of a lack of transparency about the outbreak and its origins. The new paper by researchers at Boston University and Harvard -- which has not been peer-reviewed -- analyzed photos of parking lots at Wuhan hospitals and search trends on the Chinese search engine Baidu. The team led by Elaine Nsoesie at Boston University said they found "a steep increase in volume start...

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Oscars board elects ‘Selma’ director as diversity increases

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:40
The organization behind the Oscar awards elected "Selma" director Ava DuVernay on Wednesday as it slightly increased its number of female and black governors. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has repeatedly been hit with criticism in recent years for a lack of diversity both among its members, and among the Oscar nominees and winners they select. "As a result of this election, the number of female Academy governors increases from 25 to 26, and people of color increases from 11 to 12, including the three Governors-at-Large," the Academy said in a statement. DuVernay's election comes well after the #OscarsSoWhite movement was launched in January 2015 in response...

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Protest rallies ‘temporarily banned’ – Guevarra

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:39
MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday said mass gatherings including protest rallies are "temporarily banned" for public health reasons. "Violations may give rise to penal sanctions under existing public health laws, not under criminal laws," Guevarra told reporters. Guevarra issued the warning after members of the Movement Against Tyranny and other cause-oriented already announced that they intend to hold a "maanita" protest to celebrate the country's 122nd independence day. He added that protesters should at least consider the position of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ao that there are safer ways to express ...

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OFW, call center agent are latest COVID-19 cases in Nueva Ecija

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:35
CABANATUAN CITY---A repatriated overseas Filipino worker and a Metro Manila-based call center agent tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) in Nueva Ecija on Thursday, authorities here said. The new cases raised to 61 the number of COVID-19 cases in the province, a report from the local inter-agency task force said. Patient 60 is a 27-year-old resident of San Jose City and had a travel history to Dubai. The patient is currently admitted to Asean Convention Center Quarantine Facility in Clark Freeport. Patient 61 is a 36-year-old resident of San Antonio town and is working as a call center agent. The patient was reportedly exposed to a co-worker on May 21 and is on...

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Floyd killing finds echoes of abuse in South Africa, Kenya

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:33
CAPE TOWN, South Africa --- Collins Khosa was killed by law enforcement officers in a poor township in Johannesburg over a cup of beer left in his yard. The 40-year-old black man was choked, slammed against a wall, beaten, kicked and hit with the butt of a rifle by the soldiers as police watched, his family says. Two months later, South Africans staged a march against police brutality. But it was mostly about the killing of George Floyd in the United States, with the case of Khosa, who died on April 10, raised only briefly. "We also lost our loved one. South Africa, where are you?" Khosa's partner, Nomsa Montsha, asked in a wrenching TV interview Friday, eight weeks after she h...

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Swiss boy, 8, sparks police probe over toy banknote

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:32
Swiss police confirmed Wednesday they have investigated an eight-year-old boy after he allegedly asked whether he could use a toy banknote in a village shop. Newspapers suggested the shop and the police were overzealous in a case where the boy's name will be on police records until May 2032. The unnamed boy was not charged with any offense. Basler Zeitung (BaZ) newspaper said the fake euro note was Chinese joss paper "spirit money" --- used as symbolic burnt offerings at funerals to ensure the dead have a happy afterlife. The pretend euros were thrown about in early March at the Sissach town carnival in the Basel-Landschaft region in the north of Switzerland, where Swiss fra...

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No imports this PBA season likely

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:27
  MANILA, Philippines---It may take a while before the likes of Justin Brownlee and Chris McCullough make their way back into the PBA. As per the league's official website, the resumption of the current PBA season may witness just the Philippine Cup with the possibility of the two import conferences getting scrapped entirely. Commissioner Willie Marcial said that health and logistics amid the COVID-19 pandemic as the main reasons for the decision. "It's possible that there are no imports," said Marcial in Filipino. "The problem is we don't know if there are imports who'd want to play with us at this time. Of course we're also afraid to bring them in right now. Will o...

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Cabanatuan anti-drug operations net 11 suspects

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:24
CABANATUAN CITY---Eleven people were arrested in two successive anti-illegal drugs operations in this city on Tuesday (June 11), police said. Lt. Arnel Dial, city police chief, said three of the suspects were arrested in a buy-bust operation at the village of Bantug Bulalo here at 2:30 p.m. They were identified as Relita Mana, Glenn Fuentebella and Rico Fajardo. The eight other suspects were arrested in another buy-bust operation by the Talavera police station at the village of Mayapyap Sur here at 6:30 p.m., Dial said. The eight suspects were identified as Jayson Binuya, Patrick Cruz, Julius Alvaran, Alden Del Rosario, Roland Velasquez, Jonathan Binuya, Arjay Agarin, and Mark A...

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Comelec resumes issuance of voter’s certification

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:22
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday announced that it would resume the issuance of voter's certification for registered voters starting June 15. Comelec issued Comelec Resolution No. 10672 which directed to resume the issuance of voter's certification at Comelec's offices of the Election Officer (OEOs) in general community quarantine or modified community quarantine areas or at the Main Office in Intramuros. However, Comelec said the voter's certification remains suspended in cities of Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay, in the province of Cebu, until further notice. Under the resolution, the strict protocols for voter's certification include the "instal...

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These paramedics are having to patch their suits with duct tape

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:20
Some paramedics in Mexico City are receiving substandard PPE from the government while they respond to Covid-19 cases at an alarming rate. CNN's Matt Rivers travels with a Red Cross volunteer crew and reports on the height of the pandemic in Mexico.
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SEC has no basis to say ABS-CBN violated regulation on PDRs – Amatong

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:19
MANILA, Philippines --- As far as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is concerned, it does not have any basis to say that media giant ABS-CBN violated its rules on the issuance and selling of Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) to the public. SEC Commissioner Ephyro Luis Amatong said this Thursday as the House committee on legislative franchises and the committee on good government and public accountability jointly tackle issues faced by ABS-CBN---including its issuance of PDRs---in its bid for a 25-year franchise. During the hearing, Agusan del Norte 1st District Rep. Lawrence Fortun asked if it is right to say that ABS-CBN has not violated any regulation of the SEC an...

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Mexico’s Cancun starts re-opening cautiously from lockdown

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:19
Mexico's Caribbean coast resorts of Cancun and the Riviera Maya have welcomed their first tourists, after more than two months when almost all the hotels were shut. But the few dozen tourists who showed up Monday at the 41 hotels that have partly reopened are a mere symbolic trickle compared to the 23 milllion that crowded the coast last year, bringing about $15 billion to the local economy. It's a slow start; hotels will only be allowed to reach 30% of their capacity to avoid crowding. More capacity will be allowed later with some hotels hoping to reach 50% of capacity in July. Before the pandemic, occupancy rates of 85% were not uncommon. Gibran Chapur, the vice president ...

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Gary V praises Gab’s heart, compassion in open letter for son’s 32nd birthday

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:12
Gary Valenciano praised his son Gab for having a good heart and being compassionate despite facing his own struggles, as the latter turns 32 years old today, June 11. "You're now 32 son. You've already gone through what most would rather not go through. You've been hit, you've been targeted, you've been judged and unforgiven in so many ways by people who don't know much about who and what you really are," Valenciano posted on Instagram earlier today. "Yet here you are son...living with certain conditions that most will never fully understand; reaching out to those only you would understand. And that for me, tells me who you really are," the doting father added. https://www.i...

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Can this super-simple device stop virus spreading on airplanes?

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:58
It's not flashy or futuristic-looking, but it's simple, cheap and apparently effective: British aircraft interior company RAS Completions says its new personal protection shield could help protect fliers from Covid-19.
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Global stocks retreat as coronavirus fears return

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:54
Global stocks and US futures dropped sharply Thursday as coronavirus cases in the United States topped 2 million and the emergence of new hotspots overshadowed a pledge from the US Federal Reserve to keep interest rates near zero for years.
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NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:50
The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start ofGeffen Hall's reconstructionto take advantage of the orchestra's absence. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Wednesday that she hopes to resume performances on Jan. 6. "It's still a question mark because we would need to be in phase four of the governor's reentry plan," she said in a telephone interview. While theVienna Philharmonic resumed performances in Austria last weekend with just 100 people in the audience, United States orchestras can't afford to perform without ticket revenue. "People say, well, the European orchestras are doing this, how com...

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Asian shares slide as rising virus cases haunt reopenings

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:49
TOKYO --- Asian shares tumbled Thursday as reports of rising numbers of coronavirus infections in many countries raised fears over risks from reopenings from pandemic shutdowns. Asian markets had been expected to track Wall Street's retreat after the Federal Reserve signaled a long path to recovery from the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. But fresh news on the virus front pulled benchmarks still lower. Futures for the S&P 500 dropped 1.7% and the Dow industrials future contract lost 2.1%. In the U.S., Texas and Florida were among the states reporting jumps in the number of coronavirus cases after precautions were relaxed last month. The total number of U.S. case...

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Zamboanga Sur town fisherfolk feel pinch of tourism slump

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:46
Small fisherfolk in Dumalinao town, Zamboanga del Sur are feeling the pinch from the tourism slowdown brought about by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, as the green grouper they're about to harvest this month may no longer have that much of a market. Edwin Suson, director of the Regional Federated Fisherfolk's Association, said what used to be their lucrative market----the hotels and big restaurants in big cities----have been badly hit by the lockdown the government imposed in the previous months to stop the spread of COVID-19. Suson, who is based in Barangay Bibilik of Dumalinao town, said they were supposed to start harvesting their green grouper this month but th...

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