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Revilla clan commemorates 40 days since Sen. Ramon Revilla’s passing

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:40
The Revilla clan paid tribute to their late patriarch, action star and politician Ramon Revilla Sr., on the 40th day since his passing. He died of heart failure last June 26 at 93 years old. Sen. Bong Revilla marked the 40 days after death by posting video highlights of a mass held after his father's passing on his official Facebook account. https://www.facebook.com/bongrevillajrph/videos/2724715237771991/?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDcOt6T2hqVVdkVf_nGmimcpoX_sSak_W1FqzHZKhtbm59tVEO1TW_hioetmphGZbSBCQWYd_wIuEOgJFFCSpv9_vKqVA57Wa6l4EJZyIVwPLrA1rkmNNHrqD31nqS1_pLWAtF95kGS6U5BNmrvt0sbJHUGtfiEuYgG1UqQbdn3h336P_X3sFES613hJA1az6UsrkjmcLZTVwZGPZcGRAxtEavLloQmeOgWyawJoVaZTo0Sstguj-vuXk0p1JV1-y...

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Booker buzzer-beater keeps Suns unbeaten in NBA bubble

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:29
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida--- Devin Booker made a turnaround jumper over Paul George as time expired, capping a 35-point performance and giving the Phoenix Suns a 117-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. "I'm happy for him, but he'd be the first one to tell you we're not done," Phoenix coach Monty Williams said of Booker. The Suns improved to 3-0 in the bubble as they chase a playoff spot. "This is a fun team to be a part of and we're having fun with it," Booker said. "This whole experience ... we just wanted to come down here and make some noise and that's what we're doing." https://twitter.com/Suns/status/1290777984454897665 Kawhi Leonard had tied the...

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Doncic’s triple-double sends Mavericks past Kings in OT

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:23
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida--- Luka Doncic punctuated a historic triple-double by making the tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime Tuesday and leading the Dallas Mavericks past the Sacramento Kings, 114-110. Doncic was sensational, finishing with 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds and 12 assists. At 21 years, 158 days, he became the youngest player to finish a game with 30 or more points, 20 or more rebounds and 10 or more assists, shattering Oscar Robertson's previous mark of 23 years, 12 days. "We needed that," Doncic said. "We played, I think, one of the worst games ever and we won. We didn't play good. We still hang in there, help each other, never give up. I'm proud ...

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Lacson wants ‘drastic steps’ from Palace to address PhilHealth mess

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:14
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte should no longer place a "blanket" trust and confidence in his officials, Senator Panfilo Lacson said as he urged Malacaang to take "drastic" measures to address continuous allegations of corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth). Senators recently grilled PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales and other officials during an investigation into alleged anomalies in the agency. "The fact there's corruption going on and continues to go on sa PhilHealth e dapat meron talagang drastic na step na gawin ang Malacaang. Di na pwede yung trust and confidence na blanket," Lacson told reporters in an online interview...

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Lebanese survey devastation after massive Beirut explosion

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:13
BEIRUT --- Residents of Beirut awoke to a scene of utter devastation on Wednesday, a day after a massive explosion at the port sent shock waves across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people and wounding thousands. Smoke was still rising from the port, where towering grain silos had been shattered. Major downtown streets were littered with debris and damaged vehicles, and building facades were blown out. At hospitals across the city, people had been waiting all night for news of loved ones who had gone missing or were wounded. Others posted requests for help online. An official with the Lebanese Red Cross said at least 100 people were killed and more than 4,000 were w...

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Australian PM: no evidence of TikTok misusing data

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 14:01
WASHINGTON ---Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday there was no evidence that Chinese-owned TikTok had abused the data of its hundreds of millions of users. "We have had a good look at this, and there is no evidence for us to suggest... that there is any misuse of any people's data," he told the Aspen Security Forum meeting in Aspen, Colorado. "There are plenty of things that are on TikTok that are embarrassing enough in public, but it's that sort of social media device," he said via videoconference, chuckling. However, he said, Australians need to be "very aware" that TikTok and other social media platforms, including US-owned companies, reap enormous amounts o...

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India faces growing biomedical waste crisis as coronavirus cases soar

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:54
NEW DELHI --- Ms Arasmani Devi, 36, plucks out a needle from a used injection with her bare hands, before throwing its plastic barrel and plunger into a sack of potentially recyclable items. Her 40-year-old husband Akhilesh Paswan works next to her at a recycling yard in Noida, a suburb near Delhi. "These days we find more masks and gloves in the waste," he said, picking up a dirty set of plastic gloves from the ground with his bare hands. Cows and dogs scavenging in the background for potential treats suddenly disperse as another waste picker chases them away. "We are scared of the coronavirus but we came here two months back and took up this work as we could barely survive...

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Kashmir marks a year of losing autonomy under lockdown, curfew

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:41
BANGALORE --- India's territory of Jammu and Kashmir is in the grip of an economic crash and an administration at a standstill, hit by a year of restrictions after its special autonomous status was revoked and federal rule imposed. The coronavirus pandemic has made things worse, as Covid-19 restrictions added to lockdowns which have been a feature in the territory for almost the whole year. On Tuesday (Aug 4), thousands of Indian troops imposed a curfew in Kashmir, fanning across the city and surrounding villages, a day before the territory's anniversary of being put under federal rule. This is the latest restriction in the year which has seen the region suffer the longest I...

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Australia records deadliest day of pandemic so far

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:37
MELBOURNE ---Australia's worst-hit state of Victoria reported 15 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, including a man in his 30s, making it the country's deadliest day of the pandemic to date. An outbreak in Melbourne, Australia's second-biggest city and the capital of Victoria, has seen hundreds of new cases recorded daily in recent weeks, including 725 on Wednesday. The epidemic surge continued even though Melbourne has been under a stay-at-home lockdown for nearly a month. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews told a press conference that the latest fatalities included one man in his 30s and 12 other deaths linked to care homes for the elderly. The virus has spread rapidly throu...

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PhilHealth’s P45-B projection for COVID-19 claims questioned

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:36
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation's (PhilHealth) P45-billion projection for claims related to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) was questioned Tuesday over possible overestimation. During the hearing of the House committee on public accounts, PhilHealth acting Senior Vice President Nerissa Santiago said based on their estimation of 209,000 COVID-19 cases in the country by the end of the year, payouts could reach P45 billion. But Marikina Representative Stella Luz Quimbo, an economist, pointed out that her estimates only reached P3.2 billion---P41 billion less than PhilHealth's estimates. Quimbo explained that based on global measures, only 20 ...

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‘Not accurate’ to say gov’t employing militaristic approach in COVID fight — Nograles

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:35
  MANILA, Philippines --- To say that the government's COVID-19 response is a militaristic approach is not accurate as medical experts are consistently consulted in steps being taken by the government's pandemic task force, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday. "Hindi naman po accurate yan. Meron po tayong mga medical experts that advise the IATF [Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases co-chairperson]," said Nograles who is also IATF's co-chairperson when sought for reaction on criticisms that the government is using a militaristic approach on the pandemic. (That's not accurate. We have medical experts that advise the IATF.) Althou...

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How safe are cafes and restaurants?

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:31
SEOUL --- Last Monday, a work meeting was held at a cafe in Gangnam, southern Seoul. It was not until days later that the people at that meeting learned one among them had coronavirus. The meeting left at least teninfected, including theservers and other visitors. The cafe cluster rang alarm bells for many Koreans whose daily routines involve going out for coffee. The average Korean drinks 353 cups of coffee a year, according to KB Financial Group's November 2019 report, which is 2.7 times the global coffee consumption per capita. Life has returned to semi-normal in Korea after the epidemic's first peak in March. The country is experiencing declines in local case counts, which ...

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Banks snared by Hong Kong sanctions laws as US-China spat spirals

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:27
HONG KONG ---International banks in Hong Kong are caught in the crossfire of competing laws enacted by the United States and China as the superpowers clash over the city's future, with analysts warning businesses are being forced to pick a side. Lawyers working for the lenders have been busy. Their clients have grown increasingly alarmed by two pieces of legislation that came into effect last month that could radically alter how they do business in the semi-autonomous city. The first is a bipartisan US bill sanctioning Chinese and Hong Kong officials responsible for the current crackdown on political freedoms in the city. The second is a sweeping security law Beijing imposed...

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Singapore to set up Asian digital finance research institute by end-2020

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:23
SINGAPORE --- A new research institute will be set up by the end of the year to drive education, research and entrepreneurship in digital finance in the region. The institute, called the Asian Institute of Digital Finance (AIDF), is jointly developed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), the three organizations announced on Tuesday (Aug 4). It will be hosted at NUS and offer a master's program, as well as award scholarships to students to pursue further research at the doctoral level. It will also train post-doctoral fellows in the areas of digital finance and fintech. This will bu...

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LOOK: Donita Rose gets despedida from Ruffa, Karla, Sunshine, Vina and Jackie

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:20
Before jetting off to the United States, Donita Rose was thrown a fun party and received sweet goodbyes from her dear friends in show biz. Ruffa Gutierrez, Karla Estrada, Sunshine Cruz, Vina Morales and Jackie Forster organized a despedida for the former MTV VJ. Morales made a video to commemorate the occasion, describing the day as "90s momshies reunite" on Instagram yesterday, Aug. 4. She said the party took place before Metro Manila went on modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) and that they had tested negative for COVID-19. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDdRSIUJZU7/ The full video, posted on YouTube, shows the six friends at Morales' house swimming and beltin...

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LOOK: Winwyn Marquez reveals she’s president of Naval Reserve training class

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:16
Kapuso star and Reina Hispanoamerica 2017 Winwyn Marquez has started training under the Philippine Naval Reserve Command amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The beauty queen-actress also revealed that she is actually the president of her class, through an Instagram post last Saturday, Aug. 1. "BCMC CLASS 01 2020 - Class President, Marquez. Hooyah!! #PhNavyReserveForce," Marquez said. "Congrats sa lahat (to everyone)! Class 01 [let']s do this." https://www.instagram.com/p/CDV1urFgs_c/ "Strict protocol was followed and everyone was required to do a rapid test before anything else," the actress also noted. Marquez first announced that she is joining the Philippine Navy as a reser...

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Wild elephants, monkeys in Thailand to be controlled with $14 million budget

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:14
BANGKOK --- The Thai Cabinet today approved a budget of Bt435.289 million ($14 million) to reduce impacts of wildlife on people. More than three-quarters of the budget -- Bt360.608 million -- will be spent on protecting residents and farmers from wild elephants, said deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul. The money will be used to restore the elephants' natural food sources and build fences to protect locals. The budget was requested by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Another Bt24.461 million of the budget will be used to tackle problems caused by monkeys, including via birth control, a data base of monkeys and cages to limit the areas they ca...

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Lives Lost: Parents hoped baby Kobe would play basketball

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:14
TANAUAN, Batangas --- He was heralded in the Philippines as the country's youngest COVID-19 survivor, a baby who'd become infected with and conquered the coronavirus during his first 16 days of life. To Ronnel Manjares and Trisha May Noche, he was Kobe Christ, their second child. Noche wanted her son to grow up playing basketball, just like his father. The couple named him after American basketball legend Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash early this year. "I added Christ after he was born on Easter Sunday," Manjares said. The young parents prepared for Kobe's arrival during a challenging time. Manjares, 26, lost his job as a daily wage construction worker in ...

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DFA reports first Filipino COVID-19 fatality in Libya

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:05
  MANILA, Philippines --- An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday the first COVID-19 death among Filipinos in Libya. In a tweet, DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said the department is working on immediately having the remains of the deceased Filipino back home. https://twitter.com/dododulay/status/1290854053656682498 "We are working to repatriate the remains the soonest amidst the ongoing conflict and border and travel restrictions in Libya," Dulay said. "[The DFA] extends its deepest sympathies to the bereaved family," he added. In response to Dulay's tweet, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the immediate re...

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Phinma buys Rizal College of Laguna

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 13:05
PHINMA Education Holdings, Inc. (PEHI), the education services subsidiary of PHINMA Corp., acquired a controlling stake in Rizal College of Laguna Inc., the eighth in its local education network. PEHI paid P449 million for the acquisition, which marks its debut into the Laguna market. "Making quality education accessible to as many underserved students as possible is the driving force behind PHINMA Education," said PHINMA Education Philippines country head Raymundo Reyes. "We are excited to welcome our Laguna students, who will benefit from being a part of our larger network that already serves 74,000 students in the Philippines alone." Rizal College of Laguna currently off...

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