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Sotto wants cleansing in PhilHealth first before granting add’l subsidy

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:17
MANILA, Philippines --- For Senate President Vicente Sotto III, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) must first be cleaned up before it gets an additional subsidy from the government. This, even if with the supposed looming collapse of the state health insurer due to lack of funds especially if the COVID-19 pandemic persists. "Linisin muna, kailangan linisin...'Pag nangyari 'yun, magaganahan ang Kongreso na tulungan sila," Sotto told reporters in an online interview on Wednesday. "I think we have to clean it up first. Clean it up," he added. Sotto then pointed out there are a lot of sources of funds for PhilHealth. "Maraming paraan. Una may mga collection sil...

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Zambo Sur exec welcomes Mega Manila ECQ as it halts influx of stranded persons

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:14
PAGADIAN CITY---An official of Zamboanga del Sur in charge of stranded persons returning to their hometowns in the province said the two-week return of Mega Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) gave him and others on the frontline of the fight against pandemic a breather. The MECQ reinstated in Mega Manila has given a pause to the return of stranded persons to the province as flights had been suspended from Aug. 4 to Aug. 18. Pagadian City, the province's capital, hosts two flights from Manila three times a week, bringing in at least a hundred passengers who are either individuals stranded in Manila, where coronavirus transmission had gone out of control, or over...

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Vietnam says contagion ‘under control’ in virus epicenter but spread elsewhere

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:13
HANOI-- A new coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam spread to two more provinces on Wednesday, the country's health minister said, as the COVID-19 task force declared the contagion "under control" in the central city where the outbreak began. Aggressive contact-tracing, targeted testing and strict quarantining had helped Vietnam contain earlier outbreaks, but it is now battling infections in at least 10 cities and provinces, after going more than three months without domestic transmission. The health ministry confirmed two new cases on Wednesday, bringing Vietnam's total infections to 672, with 8 deaths. The new outbreak was first reported on July 25 in the tourist resort city of ...

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Grizzlies lose injured Jaren Jackson for the season

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:09
Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. has been ruled out of the remainder of the NBA season after suffering a knee injury, the team said Tuesday. A statement from the Grizzlies said Jackson suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee after landing awkwardly during Monday's game with the Pelicans. The Grizzlies said Jackson was expected to make a full recovery. The 20-year-old scored 22 points during Monday's 109-99 loss to the Pelicans. Jackson had emerged as a key figure in the Grizzlies push for a playoff berth after a dazzling second NBA season. He had averaged 17.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks during the campaign, and had scored an average of 25.3 points...

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Tiger Woods ready for leap into unknown at fan-free major

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:54
Tiger Woods is preparing for a journey into the unknown as he heads into this week's PGA Championship hunting for a 16th major championship against the surreal backdrop of a deserted course at TPC Harding Park. Throughout his career, the 44-year-old former world number one has become accustomed to roaring galleries following his every shot, providing a jolt of energy that Woods has fed off time and again. Yet this week's PGA Championship in San Francisco will be different. Restrictions imposed due to COVID-19 mean that the first major of 2020 will be a fan-free, muted affair. Woods got an early taste of his changed environment on Tuesday during a media briefing. Where in ...

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Lawmaker to public: Help, count blessings than slam gov’t since not all hit by virus

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:52
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipinos bent on criticizing the government for its alleged faulty COVID-19 response should instead help efforts to curb the health crisis and be grateful that they have not contracted the disease. According to Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Elizaldy Co, President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet deserve praise and not ridicule because they are doing everything they can to ensure the country can procure vaccines so that Filipinos would be protected from the latest coronavirus strain. Opposition and activist groups have recently called out Duterte for not providing a concrete COVID-19 recovery roadmap during his State of the Nation Address (SONA), and instead ...

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Want proof? Palace to be given probe findings on PhilHealth corruption claims — Sotto

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:51
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Malacaang will be provided with a copy of the upper chamber's probe findings on recent corruption allegations within the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). In an online interview with reporters on Wednesday, Sotto expressed hope that the Senate's committee report will hold weight to the Palace's perception regarding alleged irregularities hounding the state health insurer. "After Tuesday, kung ano man ang kahihinatnan ng pagpupulong ng committee of the whole ng Senado, kung ano ang rekomendasyon namin, siguro naman it will have weight in the perception of the Palace," he said. The Senate committee o...

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Bulacan prosecutor orders release of ‘Pandi 4’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:50
MANILA, Philippines -- The four women activists arrested in Bulacan last July 27 have been released following the dismissal of complaints filed against them by the police. Released from detention Wednesday morning were Janet Villamar, Trixie Trenuela, Marilouy Amaro, and Edmylyn Gruta or the "Pandi 4." Their release came after the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor dismissed the complaint for Republic Act 11332 and Batas Pambansa Blg. 880, or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifying Disease Law and the Public Assembly Act of 1985. "Unless otherwise detained for some other legal cause, you are hereby directed to release Janet Villamar, Trixie Trenuela, Marilouy Amaro, and Edmylyn G...

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What’s next?: Cow roams Iloilo highway after ostrich, pig steal road scene

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:19
MANILA, Philippines --- After an ostrich ran like a galloping horse along the streets of a subdivision in Quezon City and a pig wandered on a Cebu City flyover, another farm animal snatched the attention of motorists on the road -- and eventually, spectators on the internet. A netizen captured on Wednesday a cow roaming a busy highway in Iloilo City. According to a video posted by Facebook user Bep Chavez, the cow was taking a stroll along Iloilo's Diversion road around 3:00 p.m. The cow did not destroy anything, but nonetheless took motorists by surprise. "Yesterday: OSTRICH. Today: COW. Tomorrow: ??????? 2020, please give us a break!" Chavez said in his post. https://youtu....

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Health workers’ risks in focus in Iligan as 4 infected with coronavirus

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:00
ILIGAN CITY---The risks that health workers take during the COVID-19 pandemic were in focus as four health professionals contracted SARS Cov2, the virus that causes the highly contagious disease, among six new patients here, according to the city's Inter Agency Task Force on Tuesday (Aug. 4). Dr. Cherlina Caaveral, city health officer, said results of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, which detects antigens, on the four health workers were released on Aug. 3, showing they were positive for coronavirus. The four health workers had cared for a 61-year-old female nurse who was the city's 58th COVID-19 patient. The four included a 63-year old woman livin...

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LOOK: Rico Blanco shares 15-yr-old ‘surreal’ painting of ostrich in the city

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:47
MANILA, Philippines --- Singer-songwriter Rico Blanco's 15-year-old paintingseemingly came to life. The singer on Wednesday shared a photo of his painting showing an ostrich running in the city, similar to the recent incident in Quezon City. "When I painted this 15 years ago I was simply going for 'surreal.' Times have changed," Blanco wrote in an Instagram post. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDfxNWUpUq6/ On Tuesday, two ostriches were spotted in a subdivision in Quezon City. Videos of the two "quarantine violators" quickly spread on social media and became immortalized through countless memes. The two ostriches were said to be caught by a security guard and some construc...

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Dana White doesn’t care about potential Pacquiao-McGregor fight

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:47
MANILA, Philippines---UFC President Dana White couldn't care less if Conor McGregor goes on a cross-sport spectacle again. Rumors have been circulating of a potential bout against boxing legend Manny Pacquiao with McGregor fanning the flames when he posted "I accept" on Twitter and followed it up with "tinatanggap ko" a day after his initial tweet. "I don't care about any of that [expletive]," said White in a report from BoxingScene.com. In an interview with "My Mom's Basement" podcast, White even guaranteed that McGregor won't be fighting this year. "This year, he is retired," White said as posted on ESPN. "He doesn't have a fight this year, and he won't have a fight this year. ...

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Pope Francis offers prayers for Beirut victims

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:36
BEIRUT --- Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims, their families, and for Lebanon after the enormous explosion in Beirut's port on Tuesday. At least 100 people were killed and thousands injured. The pontiff appealed that ''through the dedication of all the social, political and religious elements,'' Lebanon "might face this extremely tragic and painful moment and, with the help of the international community, overcome the grave crisis they are experiencing.'' International aid would be heading to Beirut, with Poland sending a team of about 50 firefighters, including 39 rescuers with four dogs and a chemical rescue module. A Greek military transport plane would likewise b...

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What we know about the Lebanon explosions

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:23
BEIRUT, Lebanon --- The mega-blast that tore through Lebanon's capital with the force of an earthquake, killing more than 100 people and injuring over 4,000, resulted from the ignition of a huge depot of ammonium nitrate at Beirut's port, officials say, but many questions remain. Here is what we know so far. What happened? An initial large explosion in the port area of Beirut took place around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT), resulting in a fire, several small blasts and then a colossal explosion that flattened the harbour front and surrounding buildings. Seismologists measured the event, which blew out windows at the city's international airport nine kilometres (more than five miles) awa...

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‘Like an animal’: NASA astronauts describe noisy, jolting descent

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:17
SpaceX's crewed capsule isn't called Dragon for nothing. The two NASA astronauts brought back to Earth on Sunday said they felt they were inside the belly of a beast as it careened into the atmosphere at 17,500 mph. "It came alive," said mission commander Bob Behnkhen at a virtual press conference held Tuesday in Houston, Texas. The thrusters were firing to keep the capsule, called "Endeavour," pointed precisely at its target site off the coast of Pensacola, for the first water landing by a US spaceship since 1975. "The atmosphere starts to make noise, you can hear that rumble outside the vehicle and as the vehicle tries to control, you feel a little bit of that shimmy in...

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D&L eyes P1B H2 profit

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:17
Food ingredients, oleochemicals and specialty plastic manufacturer D&L Industries expects to book P900 million to P1 billion in net profit this second semester as businesses pick up pace after the initial shock caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic-related lockdown protocols. In the second quarter, D&L's net profit dropped by 57 percent year-on-year to P287 million. This brought first semester net profit to P802 million, down by 43 percent year-on-year. "We don't think things could be as bad anymore in the second half and we believe we can do a lot better in the second half than what happened in the second quarter. That's where the P900 million to P1 billion net incom...

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US jails man who bought Lamborghini with government loan

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:11
Instead of speeding off in a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus, a Texas man got a slower ride to jail Tuesday after US authorities arrested him for using $1.6 million in government pandemic aid to go on a spending spree. Lee Price III, 29, was charged with fraud after he secured two government loans under the Paycheck Protection Program to pay employees he did not have, the Justice Department said in a statement. Instead, he spent the funds on lavish goods like a sports car and a Rolex watch, as well as real estate, an F-350 pickup truck, and thousands of dollars at Houston strip clubs, the statement said. Price secured two loans: Price Enterprises Holdings allegedly received more t...

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44 test positive on Norwegian cruise ship

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:08
COPENHAGEN, Denmark --- The number of people on a Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 44, authorities said. Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship's owner halted all cruises on Monday and Norway closed its ports to cruise ships for two weeks. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health said late Tuesday that 35 crew members and nine passengers had tested positive. All passengers were registered as living in Norway. They were not identified. The cruise line often acts as a local ferry, traveling from port to port along Norway's west coast. Some passengers disembarked along the route and authorities fear they may have ...

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China says US cabinet visit to Taiwan ‘endangering peace’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:06
BEIJING --- China said Wednesday a visit by a top US cabinet member to Taiwan was endangering peace and stability in the region, with relations between the two powers at historic lows. Washington's de facto embassy in Taipei said US health secretary Alex Azar would lead a delegation to the self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as part of China and has vowed to one day seize. "China firmly opposes official exchanges between the US and Taiwan," Wang Wenbin, a spokesman of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a regular briefing. "We urge the US to abide by the one-China principle... to avoid seriously endangering Sino-US relations, as well as peace and stability acros...

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Novavax reports promising early trial results of COVID-19 vaccine

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:59
US biotech company Novavax on Tuesday announced its experimental COVID-19 vaccine elicited a robust immune response, producing more antibodies than are present in recovered patients, and with generally tolerable side-effects in its early-stage trial. The company was given $1.6 billion by the US government last month to develop and fund the drug under Operation Warp Speed -- but in terms of timeline it is behind other firms including Moderna and AstraZeneca which have entered the final stages of their trials. It reported in a press release that the phase one stage of its placebo-controlled trial involved 131 healthy adults aged 18-59 and two dose groups of five and 25 micrograms...

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