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Vanessa Bryant shares her grief, anger over deaths of Kobe, Gianna

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:36
LOS ANGELES --- Vanessa Bryant expressed grief and anger in an Instagram post Monday as she copes with the deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant, their daughter Gigi and seven other people in a helicopter crash last month. "My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone," she wrote. "It's like I'm trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn't being able to have that opportunity?! I'm so mad. She had so much life to live." https://www.instagram.com/p/B8ZavYwDZ5y/ Bryant said she realizes she has to remain strong for her three survi...

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PNP to meet with games and amusement agencies to curb illegal gambling

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:32
MANILA, Philippines --- Officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) are set to meet with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) and the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to sort out gambling activities that are operating illegally or are using licensed games as legal fronts. PNP chief Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he had already directed Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, deputy chief for operations, to conduct an in-depth study of the various schemes of illegal gambling being practiced in the country. The operations units of the PNP were given two weeks to come up with recommendations that would later be presented to officials of Pagcor and GAB during the meeting, whi...

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Residents stunned to find alcohol running through tap water

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:20
After tenants of an apartment building in India found a mixture of beer, brandy and rum running through their faucets, authorities rushed to find the source of the mix-up. Residents in Kerala asked the authorities for help with regard to the peculiar incident on Feb. 3. Upon further inspection, the local officials discovered that the water well had been contaminated with booze, BBC reported last Thursday, Feb. 6. Authorities buried 6,000 liters of confiscated alcohol, which has been seized on court orders, in a pit near a water well.The alcohol apparently seeped through the soil and contaminated the well which supplied the 18 apartments in the building. Now the residents are compla...

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Palace to validate alleged inclusion of Espenido in Duterte drug list

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:18
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Wednesday said it will validate reports that the name of Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido is allegedly included on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte. "I will have to confirm if true or not," Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a phone interview with Malacaang Press Corps. "We will validate that." "Malabo yun. lalo pa galing sa Rappler. Basta pag Rappler, laging kwestyunable. But syempre if that is officially received by the Office of the President, the President will investigate," Panelo added. Espenido, one of the poster boys of the Duterte administration's war against illegal drugs, is reportedly in the President's drug list as confirm...

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Albano on ABS-CBN franchise: ‘Please do not pressure us so much’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:15
MANILA, Philippines --- Admitting that they were receiving demands from both those in support and against the renewal of franchise of ABS-CBN, the vice-chairperson of the House panel tasked to tackle the extension of the network's broadcasting right has one request: "Please do not pressure us so much." Isabela Rep. Antonio "Tonypet" Albano, who serves as the vice-chairperson of the House committee on legislative franchises, made the call Wednesday as the clock ticked before the expiration of ABS-CBN's franchise on March 30. "My statement and the Speaker's statement, and the House of Representatives' statement and Chairman Chikoy Alvarez's statement is that please, do not pressure u...

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Chinese restaurants in S. Korea suffer upon novel coronavirus fear

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:12
SEOUL --- Health authorities insist the transmission of the novel coronavirus through food is unlikely, but fears concerning Chinese food and imported ingredients are spreading fast, and hitting the industry hard. Almost a month has passed since the first novel coronavirus patient was confirmed in Korea, and Chinese restaurant owners are struggling to make ends meet, as rumors backed by anxiety are quickly circulating that the epidemic could be spread via food. "I suggested having skewered meat for lunch, but my colleagues all rejected the idea, saying the ingredients are all imported from China," Kim Irang, a 28-year-old office worker in Seoul, told The Korea Herald. Accord...

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South Korea: 3 more patients cleared of virus, Wuhan evacuees arrive

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:10
SEOUL --- The isolation period ended Wednesday for three patients infected with the novel coronavirus, pushing up the number of fully recovered patients in Korea to seven. Including the recovered patients, the number of confirmed cases in Korea stands at 28. The third batch of evacuees from Wuhan, China's Hubei province -- 147 Koreans and Chinese nationals who are family members of Korean nationals -- arrived here via a flight chartered by the Korean government. Seven of them were sent to a hospital, while the rest were transported to a designated quarantine center outside Seoul. According to the government's response team, the third, eighth and 17th patients have been cleared ...

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Esports league starts strong on ambitious global schedule

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:10
NEW YORK --- They stood, they cheered, they booed and they boozed. Turns out, esports fans in New York aren't much different from their traditional sports counterparts. Packing a nearly 2,000-seat venue across the street from Madison Square Garden, those supporters validated the theory behind the Overwatch League's ambitious global vision. "This event is everything we could have hoped for," said Jon Spector, vice president of the competitive video game circuit. The OWL opened its third season last weekend with matches hosted by franchises in New York and Dallas, and everything about the sold-out shows looked like a payoff on its wager that a world-wide, city-based structure ...

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2 patients in Russia with COVID-19 have fully recovered

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:09
MOSCOW --- Two Chinese nationals hospitalized with COVID-19, as the novel coronavirus is now called, in Russia last month have fully recovered from the disease and were discharged from hospitals this week, officials said. A tourist from China hospitalized in the Zabaykalye region in eastern Siberia was discharged on Wednesday after a series of tests revealed that he was no longer infected. He is "completely healthy and poses no danger to people around him," local health officials said. On Tuesday, a hospital in the Tyumen region in western Siberia discharged a female student who was also diagnosed with COVID-19. Both patients, officials said, suffered from a mild form of the di...

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De Lima: ‘Dictatorial’ scrapping of VFA a slap on Senate

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:08
      MANILA, Philippines---Opposition Senator Leila de Lima branded President Rodrigo Duterte's "dictatorial" move to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States a "stinging slap" on the Senate.   On Duterte's order, the Philippine government sent a notice to the US on Tuesday, terminating the VFA. The abrogation will take effect after 180 days.   "Duterte's termination of the VFA is epically wrong," De Lima, former Department of Justice secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday from his detention center at Camp Crame in Quezon City.   "It is a gigantic geo-political blunder, and a grievous misstep th...

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MMDA to ask LTO to delay 90-day suspension of rogue drivers

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:58
MANILA, Philippines --- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will appeal to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to delay the 90-day suspension of drivers with at least 100 traffic violations, citing that it may decrease the number of drivers, whose licenses will possibly be revoked. In a press conference on Wednesday, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia explained that the LTO issued show-cause orders against 2,582 drivers which means drivers would be suspended for 90 days. Of these 2,582, most of them are bus and jeep drivers, Garcia said. "Now, we will plead LTO if they can spread the suspension for every month," he added. "Meaning if the 90-day suspension can be imp...

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School security guard fired after 6-year-old girl says he threw her into wall

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:54
A security guard was terminated after he threw a 6-year-old girl into a wall at an elementary school in Ohio, USA. Following the incident, Kaeyona Wilkins suddenly started vomiting in her mother's car on their way home, Fox-affliate WJW reported yesterday, Feb. 11. Her mother, Keshia Wilkins, only discovered what happened at little Kaeyona's school when the child said her stomach was still hurting. After Keshia asked what she meant, Kaeyona said a security guard had thrown her into a wall. After hearing her daughter's story, Keshia immediately took her to a hospital for check-up of her injuries. According to the report, doctors found out that Kaeyona had bruises that were consist...

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Disinfection robots put to work fighting COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:54
BEIJING --- Disinfection robots have been developed to fight against COVID-19 in Qingdao, East China's Shandong province, on Feb 11, 2020. Technical enterprises have accelerated the development and remodeling of robots who can replace human beings in shouldering the responsibility of disinfection. These newly developed disinfection robots have been put into operation in the quarantine wards of some hospitals....

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Couple attends own wedding via video call amid coronavirus scare

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:52
A Singapore couple who recently had a trip to China voluntarily isolated themselves from their own wedding to allay their guests' fear of the COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Instead, couple Joseph Yew and Kang Ting attended the reception at M Hotel in Singapore via livestream on Feb. 2, as per Shin Min Daily Newsvia Asia One on Feb. 4. The couple reportedly spent the Chinese New Year with the bride's family in Hunan, a province beside Hubei, where Wuhan -- the epicenter of the global novel coronavirus outbreak -- is located. They returned to Singapore just a few days before their wedding and went into voluntary isolation, but decided to push through wi...

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Gov’t developing more labs to test patients for coronavirus disease

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:49
MANILA, Philippines --- The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) is developing more laboratories that can conduct tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the number of patients under investigation (PUIs) in the country breached the 400 mark on Wednesday. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said the Department of Health has four subnational reference laboratories that can also be used to test patients for the new coronavirus strain. These are located at the Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, and the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. "RITM is trying to devel...

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Tricycle driver in Zambales shot dead while waiting for passenger

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:47
CASTILLEJOS, Zambales --- A tricycle driver here was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-riding gunmen on Monday, police said. In a belated report, investigators on Wednesday said Romeo Dela Pea, 46, was standing at the tricycle terminal waiting for a passenger, when the assailants called his name before repeatedly firing shots at him. Dela Pea was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Police have yet to determine the motive behind the attack./lzb...

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First 28 patients with coronavirus discharged from Wuchang makeshift hospital

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:40
BEIJING -- The first 28 patients with mild symptoms of novel coronavirus pneumonia are discharged from Wuchang Fang Cang makeshift hospital on Tuesday.                    ...

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Amro: China’s COVID-19 cold to bring cough to Asean, other countries

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:37
The regional macroeconomic surveillance organization Asean+3 Macroeconomic and Research Office (Amro) sees the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in China to be felt by most of its neighbors, including the Philippines, and slow growth across the region. In a Feb. 12 report, Amro said "a disease outbreak in China" was seen resulting in a "marked slowdown in its growth" and "have widespread spillovers to the region and the rest of the world." Asean+3 includes China, Japan, South Korea and the 10 Southeast Asian countries belonging to the regional grouping. Based on Amro's estimates, China's gross domestic product could lose as much as 0.5 percent "taking into account the sup...

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UAAP postpones all events starting Feb. 15 due to coronavirus threat

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 02/12/2020 - 16:29
MANILA, Philippines--The UAAP is postponing all sporting events starting Saturday due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. The league made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after saying that "all systems go" for the UAAP volleyball tournaments opening this weekend. The move, in compliance with the advisories from Department of Health and Commissioner on Higher Education, means the opening of the anticipated volleyball tournament will be moved to a later date. "The University Athletic Association of the Philippines upholds, in the highest regard, the well- being, health and safety of the League's community - players, coaches, students, their families and fans in general," sa...

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