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Beirut blasts: 10 of 11 missing Filipino seafarers now safe, with minor injuries

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:27
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday evening that 10 of the 11 Filipino seafarers who were earlier reported missing after the massive explosions in the Port of Beirut in Lebanon have now been accounted for and safe. Citing information from the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, the foreign affairs department added that the 10 Filipino seafarers sustained minor injuries. DFA also said the seafarers are now with the management of the shipping company Abu Merhi Cruises, operator of the Orient Queen Cruises, where they serve as crew members. "This recent development leaves one seafarer still missing," DFA noted. Earlier Wednesday, DFA U...

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Face shield requirement is anti-poor if not given free – Bayan

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:19
MANILA, Philippines --- A Department of Transportation (DOTr) proposal to require commuters to wear face shields reeks of an anti-poor policy if the government would not give free protective gadgets, an activist group claimed. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said on Wednesday that this is because not all people can afford to buy face shields, especially now that a lot of workers have little to no income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes admitted that using such devices would be ideal and preferable, it would be hard to implement because the poor would have no access to it. "Ito ay anti-poor. Hindi lahat may access sa face shields lalo na...

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‘Do you really need to party?’ WHO asks world’s youth

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:07
GENEVA-- Young people must curb their party instincts to help prevent new outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) pleaded on Wednesday. Tired of lockdowns and eager to enjoy the northern hemisphere summer, young people in some countries have been contributing to resurgences by gathering again for parties, barbecues and holidays. Even in Geneva, where the global U.N. health body is based, cabarets and clubs were closed last week after evidence that nearly half of new cases were coming from there. "Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility," said WHO emergencies chief and father-of-three Mike Ryan in a...

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Lack of quality control of e-learning materials may lead to ‘diploma mills,’ CHEd warned

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:01
  MANILA, Philippines --- Lack of monitoring and evaluation of the quality of online materials being used for distance learning could lead to "online diploma mills," Senator Imee Marcos cautioned the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Wednesday. During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, Marcos cited the need for CHED to have a "focused effort to set standards on online and distance learning." "Ang takot natin maging online diploma mill 'yan. Kasi, ito nga very convenient excuse na bigay na lang nang bigay ng diploma, automatic yung promotion, hindi naman natin alam kung ano talaga ang tinapos nung bata, dahil hindi nakakap...

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Manila City under MECQ: Some businesses ordered shut again

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:55
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila City government has reminded the public that some industries in its jurisdiction were again asked to stop operations as the National Capital Region (NCR) reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). According to the local government unit's Bureau of Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO), among those disallowed to do business as MECQ prevails in the city are the following: hotels tourist destinations like waterparks, reservation services entertainment industries like cinemas, theaters, and karaoke bars kids' amusement industries libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers gyms, fitness studios, sports fa...

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Pangilinan: P15B PhilHealth scandal further warrants Duque’s removal from post

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:47
MANILA, Philippines---Sen. Francis "Kiko" Panglinan on Wednesday said that the P15-billion corruption scandal at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is another reason why Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should resign from his post. The opposition senator was among a number of senators who sought for a Senate investigation on corruption in the state insurance company and he said in his Senate Resolution 474 that those responsible for the scandal must be held accountable. "Maawa naman sana sila sa ating mga kababayan. Maawa sila sa taumbayan. Palitan na po si Duque bilang DOH secretary at IATF head. Maghanap ng mas mayroong kakayah...

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4 takeaways from Tuesday's elections

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:43
While President Donald Trump's plummeting approval rating during the coronavirus pandemic continue to imperil Republican campaigns for Congress, the GOP establishment had a few reasons to cheer on Tuesday.
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L'Oreal workers are worried they could lose their jobs if they don't return to the office

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:40
Last month, some employees at L'Oreal's New York office learned they would go back into the office after months of working from home.
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EastWest Bank’s H1 profit up 65%

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:27
Gotianun-led EastWest Bank grew its first semester net profit by 65 percent year-on-year to P4.5 billion as earnings from core lending and securities trading accelerated at a double-digit pace. This performance suggested a second quarter net profit of P2.25 billion, up by 59.6 percent year-on-year, despite the challenging environment caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The higher six-month income was attributed to better margins from its core lending and deposit-taking business alongside higher trading gains. This was even as the consumer-focused bank jacked up by 3.3 times its loan loss provisioning to P5.5 billion compared to last year's buffer. The pre-emptive...

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Moderna says discussing supply deals with countries for COVID-19 vaccine

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:27
Moderna Inc is in talks with several countries for supply agreements for its experimental coronavirus vaccine, the company said on Wednesday, adding that it had already received about $400 million in deposits for potential supply. The company's vaccine candidate is one of the few to be in the final stages of testing as drugmakers race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the pandemic that has claimed more than 700,000 lives worldwide. Last week, Moderna announced the start of a late-stage trial on 30,000 people to demonstrate that its vaccine was safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to regulatory approval. It has said the vaccine could be ready for widesprea...

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A rare winter wonderland blanketed Tasmania, and residents couldn't get enough

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:20
A rare event this week kept residents in northern Tasmania, Australia, up all night: snowflakes falling.
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San Miguel F&B’s H1 profit down 50%

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:11
Consumer giant San Miguel Food and Beverage (SMFB) saw a 50-percent year-on-year drop in first semester net profit to P7.34 billion as the coronavirus pandemic-related lockdowns and liquor bans in key regions battered its flagship beer business. Coming from a first quarter net profit of P5.83 billion, the latest report suggested that SMFB had chalked up a second quarter net profit of P1.51 billion, down by 79 percent from the previous year's level. These first semester and second quarter net profit levels included earnings attributable to non-controlling interest. SMFB's six-month consolidated revenues declined by 19 percent year-on-year to P122.82 billion as the full impac...

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City streets drain of life in Australia’s toughest lockdown

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:11
MELBOURNE --- Melbourne's usually vibrant downtown streets were draining of signs of life on Wednesday on the eve of Australia's toughest-ever pandemic restrictions coming into force. Many of the stylish boutiques and eateries in a city dubbed Australia's Hipster Capital that prides itself on superior coffee had already closed their doors ahead of a ban on non-essential businesses that will throw 250,000 people out of work from Thursday. Defense personnel in camouflage fatigues and police officers patrolled the streets enforcing pandemic rules that include mandatory masks, which the few pedestrians were abiding by. The closing down of Australia's second-largest city, which u...

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Trump campaign sues Nevada

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:10
The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the state of Nevada over its plan to send absentee ballots to all active voters this November in a major expansion of mail-in voting in the battleground state.
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Gold price rockets past $2,000 per ounce and it could keep going

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:09
Powered by a dominant tech sector, stocks keep rising. But if gold prices are any indication, traders are still hedging their bets against an uncertain economic future.
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Samar girl dies from COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:07
TACLOBAN CITY --- A 14-year-old girl from Calbayog City in Samar died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a hospital on Monday, August 3. Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino, assistant regional director of the Department of Health, said the girl was first admitted at the Calbayog District Hospital last July 25 due to fever, cough, and vomiting. On August 1, her family had her discharged against the advice of the doctors. Hours later, she had trouble breathing, prompting her family to bring her to the St. Camillus Hospital, also in Calbayog City. The family, however, was advised by physicians to bring the girl to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City. ...

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Globe keeps customers safe through use of digital channels

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:05
With the shift to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, messengerial delivery services will once again be limited. Despite this, Globe assures its customers that they will continue to receive their updated monthly billing statements, this time through digital channels. This way, Globe can keep customers and even messengers safe, preventing risks of COVID-19 infection caused by person-to-person or surface transmission. "We understand the need of our customers for updated billing information and we strive to serve them as best as we can. In view of the challenges that we are all facing, we deemed it necessary to shift to electronic billing for the health and safety of our customer...

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French president traveling to Lebanon after deadly explosion

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:57
PARIS --- French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Lebanon on Thursday to offer support for the troubled country after a massive, deadly explosion that has drawn global pledges of medical and humanitarian aid. Macron's office told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the French leader will meet with Lebanese political leaders. It provided no further details. Lebanon is a former French protectorate and the countries retain close political and economic ties. France is also sending several tons of aid and emergency workers after Tuesday's explosion in Beirut, which killed at least 100 people and injured thousands. It was unclear what caused the blast, which appeared t...

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Trump's demand that the US get a cut of TikTok's sale could set a dangerous precedent

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:56
TikTok is up for grabs. But while the popular short-form video app likely won't lack for suitors, President Donald Trump says the US government needs to get a "substantial amount of money" as part of any deal.
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