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Journalism, coronavirus, and faith: A reporter’s story of surviving COVID

29 min 18 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Mark Fetalco sat in silence in his room, waiting to hear the news that could either put his worries at rest, or trigger more anxiety in his mind. That day, he was about to know the result of his swab test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through an online meeting with the contact tracing team of their company. A few minutes later, he was told the result of his test, which immediately made tens of questions rush through his head. "You tested positive." Fetalco had been used to witnessing "bad news" firsthand as a journalist, but this was undeniably the one that hit him the hardest. Around a week after his last fieldwork on July 31, he s...

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Pasig turns over learning laptops, gadgets to DepEd

41 min 27 sec ago
        MANILA, Philippines --- Pasig government on Wednesday turned over several public school students' learning gadgets to the Department of Education (DepEd) division in the city.   The city government raised over P1.3 billion funds to procure laptops for teachers and tablets for students.   The gadgets were delivered on Sept. 23 and were placed under inspection to ensure that the learning materials are in good condition before distribution.   The Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo, members of DepEd and Pasig City Council attended the turn-over ceremony held at Pasig Central Elementary Sc...

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184 lawmakers reject Cayetano’s offer to resign as Speaker

46 min 42 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- One hundred eighty-four (184) lawmakers on Wednesday voted to reject the resignation of Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano as Speaker of the House of Representatives. The voting comes after Cayetano offered his resignation as top leader of the lower chamber to make way for Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco to take the speakership. One lawmaker, meanwhile, voted to accept Cayetano's resignation while nine abstained from voting. Legislators were supposed to be on their third day of plenary deliberations on the proposed 2021 national budget when Cayetano addressed his colleagues on the intensifying speakership row and offered to resign. But Anakalus...

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Pangasinan posts highest-single day record of 39 COVID-19 recoveries

49 min 52 sec ago
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan---Thirty-nine people in the province have recovered from COVID-19 on Wednesday (Sept. 30), the highest number of recoveries here in a single day. Records from the provincial health office (PHO) showed that most of them are from Dagupan City. The others are from the towns of Binmaley, Sta. Barbara, Basista, Mangaldan, Bugallon, San Fabian and Calasiao. But the PHO recorded eight new COVID-19 cases on the same day. These are from Dagupan City and the towns of Mangaldan, Pozorrubio and Sta.Maria. According to PHO, a 74-year-old woman from Sta. Barbara town has also died of the disease. Pangasinan has now a total of 931 confirmed cases, 574 of whom have re...

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Olongapo logs 2 new COVID-19 deaths, 12 cases

54 min 12 sec ago
OLONGAPO CITY ---- Two elderly residents here have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while 12 new cases were also recorded on Tuesday. Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. said one of the fatalities was a 69-year-old man who tested positive for the virus on Sept. 24. Five of his family members also contracted the virus, but they have already recovered. The other fatality was a 60-year-old man who died three days after his real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test yielded a positive result. The city now has a total of 535 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 290 recoveries. There are still 222 active patients, while 23 have died.   Edited by LZB &nb...

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Northern Luzon, Cagayan Valley may experience rains due to LPA’s trough

57 min 21 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Rains may cool down the usually hot provinces in Cagayan Valley as the trough of a low-pressure area (LPA) east of the country affects Northern Luzon, state meteorologists said on Wednesday. According to weather updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), rains are expected to ease down temperatures in Tuguegarao on Wednesday which will range from 23 to 31 degrees Celsius. But for the rest of Luzon, generally fair weather is expected with a chance of cloudy skies and occasional showers by afternoon and night, due to localized thunderstorms. Metro Manila and Legazpi's daytime temperatures may peak...

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Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara contracts COVID-19

1 hour 1 min ago
LIVERPOOL, England--- Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for the coronavirus. The 29-year-old Alcantara, who joined the Premier League champions from Bayern Munich this month, will now self-isolate for at least 10 days as required by authorities. The Spaniard made his Liverpool debut in a 2-0 Premier League win at Chelsea but missed Monday's 3-1 victory over Arsenal. In Tuesday's statement, Liverpool did not say when the test was taken. The Premier League announced Monday that 10 people had contracted COVID-19 after 1,595 players and club staff members were tested in the seven days through Sunday. Three of those cases came at West Ham, including man...

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The NBA Finals: Why the Heat will win the championship

1 hour 4 min ago
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida --- This pick doesn't make much sense. The best scorer on the Miami Heat might be a baby-faced rookie. The best player had never been past the second round of the playoffs before this season. The starting center wasn't good enough to make a USA Basketball World Cup team that went to China last year and managed to only finish seventh. And the Heat have been the NBA's best team this season in basically two categories: true shooting percentage (which is good) and double-digit leads blown (which is not). Hey, it's 2020. Nothing makes sense. And that's why this is the pick: The Miami Heat are going to win the NBA championship. For the 25 years that Pa...

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The NBA Finals: Why the Lakers will win the championship

1 hour 7 min ago
LeBron James believed he could win every time he advanced to the NBA Finals. A couple occasions, he realistically had little chance. His first and last appearances in Cleveland ended in sweeps, overmatched Cavaliers teams routed by San Antonio in 2007 and Golden State in 2018. In his 10th NBA Finals, he sees his first opportunity with the Los Angeles Lakers the same way he viewed his trips in Cleveland and Miami. "The game is won between the four lines, not won on paper," James said. "At the end of the day, when I've lost in the finals, the better team won because they played well, they were more prepared and they did what they needed to do to win those four games." This ...

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National government to borrow another P540B from BSP

1 hour 12 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippine government has asked for a new loan of P540 billion from the central bank---the maximum allowed by the previous stimulus law meant to fight the coronavirus pandemic--- with the same terms as the previous borrowing. In a mobile phone message to reporters, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said the request has yet to be approved "but will be submitted to the Monetary Board soon." "The national government has requested for fresh provisional advance of P540 billion to be settled on or before December 29, 2020, at zero interest," he said. The new economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Rodrigo ...

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Seattle and Las Vegas set for WNBA Finals matchup

1 hour 26 min ago
For the fourth time in five seasons the best two teams in the WNBA will square off for the championship when Seattle and Las Vegas play in the finals. The best-of-five series begins Friday night. Las Vegas needed to beat Connecticut in a decisive fifth game of the semifinals on Tuesday to reach the finals for the second time franchise history. The Aces, who are the top seed in the playoffs, also made the championship round in 2008, when the team was located in San Antonio. The Silver Stars were swept in three games by Bill Laimbeer's Detroit Shock that season. Seattle swept Minnesota in its semifinal to reach the championship round for the second time in three seasons. "T...

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DOLE regional offices set for OFW aid

1 hour 29 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---The Department of Labor and Employment's regional offices are all set to implement the agency's P1-billion package of tertiary education assistance for dependents of COVID-19-affected overseas Filipino workers. In a statement published on the DOLE website, Secretary Silvestre Bello III encouraged OFWs who have children or dependents in college to avail of the aid program his office and the Commission on Higher Education put in place. The DOLE regional offices will take care of the processing of applications under the program and ensure its implementation including the release of cash grants to beneficiaries. The program is a one-time P30,000 cash aid to qualified...

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

1 hour 30 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

1 hour 33 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

1 hour 36 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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Palace pleased majority of Filipinos follow health measures vs COVID-19

1 hour 42 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

1 hour 44 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

1 hour 46 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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Jerwin Ancajas, Eumir Marcial off to US for training

1 hour 56 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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WB OKs $600-M loan for poorest in PH as country grapples with new record-high debt

1 hour 58 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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