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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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’

Inquirer Breaking News - 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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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Artist tells the story behind her New Yorker cover portrait of Sojourner Truth

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 18:06
When the New Yorker asked me to illustrate the cover of their new August issue commemorating 100 years of women's suffrage in America, I chose to depict 19th-century activist Sojourner Truth. Truth was an early advocate for Black women's rights who didn't live to see the fruits of her labor. I wanted to point out that while White women gained the right to vote in 1920, it would still take another 45 years -- until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- for women of color to be able to cast their ballots.
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Health workers’ risks in focus in Iligan as 4 infected with coronavirus

Inquirer Breaking News - 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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Megan Rapinoe says 'we all have a responsibility to make the world a better place'

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:50
Megan Rapinoe has always been about goals, both the scoring and achieving of them.
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One pilot brings the world to Iceland

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:48
Ancient tales of trolls and magic live on in Iceland, an island nation of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers and ice caves.
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LOOK: Rico Blanco shares 15-yr-old ‘surreal’ painting of ostrich in the city

Inquirer Breaking News - 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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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HSBC bet the bank on China. It's in big trouble if tensions escalate

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:31
HSBC's business in China has long been a boon for the bank.
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How 'gym rat' Brooks Koepka is bucking golf's trends

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:26
"He loves working out; He's a gym rat; He hits the ball a mile," are some of the ways Brooks Koepka has been characterized by a number of golf writers and commentators.
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What we know about the Lebanon explosions

Inquirer Breaking News - 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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Tiger Woods confident of adding to major tally at PGA Championship

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 17:19
Asked if he could win the PGA Championship, golf's first major of the calendar year amid a disrupted season, a smiling Tiger Woods had a simple answer for reporters.
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‘Like an animal’: NASA astronauts describe noisy, jolting descent

Inquirer Breaking News - 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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

Inquirer Breaking News - 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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