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Ammonium nitrate: Fertilizer behind many industrial accidents

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 16:00
WASHINGTON, United States --- Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said caused the devastating Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades. These include notably at a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 that killed 15 and was ruled deliberate, and another at a chemical plant in Toulouse, France in 2001 that killed 31 people but was accidental. When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used in the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups such as the Taliban for improvised explosives. Two tonnes of it was used...

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Palace condoles with blast victims in Beirut; assures aid to Filipinos affected

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:53
    MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Lebanon following blasts in its capital Beirut that led to the death of at least a hundred people, including two Filipinos. "The Philippines is in solidarity with the people of Lebanon in this period of great grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lebanese people," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. "We are one with the families and friends of Filipinos who passed or were injured during the event," he added. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported two Filipinos died, eight were injured while 12 were reported missing following the blast in Beirut...

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Japanese engineers create smart mask that can speak 8 languages

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:53
Whether in terms of gastronomy or technology, the Japanese never seem to run out of innovative ideas. The current context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread wearing of masks proves to be no exception. A few months ago, Japanese engineers imagined and designed a smart facial mask connected to an app that makes it capable of transcribing dictation, amplifying the wearer's voice, and translating speech into eight different languages (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, English, Spanish and French.) It's a good way to communicate more clearly with those we meet in stores or on the street without removing our masks. Called "C-Mask," the unit is made of whi...

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CHR: No ‘compelling reason’ to revive death penalty

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:50
MANILA, Philippines --- There is no compelling reason to reinstate capital punishment in the country, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Wednesday. During a House panel hearing on bills pushing for the death penalty, CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit pointed out that under the Constitution, the death penalty shall not be imposed "unless, for compelling reasons involving heinous crimes" -- not even due to drugs because "drugs are not found on the list" of so-called most serious crimes in international law, according to the CHR official. "The Constitution says for compelling reasons, and it is our position that there is no compelling reason to reintroduce the death penalty,"...

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The Weeknd to hold augmented-reality concert on TikTok

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:48
Canadian singer-songwriter The Weeknd will perform his latest and fourth studio album, "After Hours", during a virtual concert on the Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok. The event, dubbed "The Weeknd Experience", will be livestreamed on Friday, Aug. 7 at 8:30 pm Eastern Time exclusively on TikTok (on the @tiktok account). Rather than appearing in person to perform songs from his chart-topping album, The Weeknd will be represented by a digital avatar as part of what TikTok calls its "first-ever in-app cross reality experience." https://www.instagram.com/p/CDRy0SQBOBE/?utm_source=ig_embed For the occasion, TikTok is partnering with Los Angeles-based entertainment technol...

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COVID-19 cases in House of Representatives now at 36

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:47
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives recorded Tuesday two new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total cases among its personnel to 36. House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montale's said the two employees are spouses assigned at two different offices. Montales said one is assigned at the Human Resources Management Services, who reported for work on July 22, 29, and 30, and got tested after experiencing colds while the other is assigned at the Accounting Service who reported for work on July 29 and 30. Contact tracing is underway, said Montales. As of August 4, there are 112,593 COVID-19 cases in the country, with recoveries at 66,049 and d...

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Cyclone Isaias moves into Canada after killing 5 on US east coast

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:44
Isaias, now a post-tropical cyclone, has moved into southeastern Canada, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds over the province of Quebec.
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Common painkillers should not be used for chronic pain, study suggests

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:43
According to a new study, aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol, common painkillers we are used to taking for mild fever or aches and pains, may cause more harm than good in the treatment of chronic pain. In a draft guideline published on Monday, Aug. 3, the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) announced that there is "little or no evidence" of the efficacy of commonly used medicines against primary chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts or reappears for longer than three months and is caused by physical incapacity or emotional distress. According to the announcement, analgesics don't diminish pain, improve quality of life or minimiz...

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Philippines posts record daily rise in coronavirus cases, could become Southeast Asia’s new epicenter

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:42
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines could soon become the new epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic in Southeast Asia, as it reported another record single-day jump in infections on Tuesday (Aug 4). The grim news came on thefirst day of a tough new lockdownthat will confine some 27 million to their homes for two weeks and sent the economy in a tailspin again. The Department of Health tallied 6,352 new cases, bringing the country's total caseload to 112,593. By comparison, Indonesia, which has the most number of cases in Southeast Asia, has 115,056 infections. Eleven more people in the Philippines died, raising the death toll from the pandemic to 2,115. The government...

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No standing, no beer: German football aims to bring fans back

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:39
German football is hoping to get fans back into the stadiums next month. It won't look anything like a typical Bundesliga season. Fans won't be allowed to drink beer or stand on terraces such as Borussia Dortmund's renowned "Yellow Wall," at least to begin with, and it will be home fans only until the end of year. The 36 clubs in Germany's top two men's divisions held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to define a broad outline for the leagues. The exact number of fans allowed could vary by club. The tentative return depends on how the coronavirus spreads in Germany, and requires approval from a mosaic of regional and local authorities. Local health officials in Leipzig have backe...

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Damian Lillard, Carmelo Anthony help Blazers over Rockets

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:34
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida --- Damian Lillard scored 21 points and Carmelo Anthony hit a big 3-pointer late to help the Portland Trail Blazers to a 110-102 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. The Blazers led by one before Lillard made one of two free throws. Anthony's 3 then extended the lead to 107-102 when less than a minute to go. Lillard raved about the contributions of Anthony, who found a home with the Trail Blazers after spending several months without a team last year following a brief stint with the Rockets. "I think it's more disappointing that people are surprised by it," Lillard said. "He's a Hall of Famer ... he's a great teammate and that's what w...

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LOOK: Kitten stuck in ocean saved by fishing crew

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:28
A fishing crew is being hailed as heroes after rescuing a kitten that had been pulled into the ocean by a tide, last Thursday, July 30. The group from Still Flyin Charters was on a trip in the Gulf of Mexico near Alabama, USA, when they saw the little cat struggling in the water. They initially thought the animal was a sea turtle, as per Fox-affiliate KSAZ-TV the day after. However, the crew eventually realized it was a cat upon getting a closer look. The group then turned around and removed the kitten from the water. Following the rescue, they posted photos of the small feline on Facebook. "Our catch of the day," Still Flyin Charters said. "Poor little guy was sucked out by the ti...

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MPIC’s H1 core profit down 38%

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:26
Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) booked a 38-percent year-on-year drop in first semester net profit to P5.3 billion as coronavirus pandemic-related lockdown measures battered most of its businesses, especially during the second quarter. For the second quarter alone, MPIC's core profit declined by 62 percent year-on-year to P1.9 billion as the quarantine on Metro Manila and key regions reduced toll road traffic, mandated the suspension of rail services, and decreased commercial and industrial demand for water and power. Six-month consolidated attributable net income slid by nearly 63 percent year-on-year to P3 billion for the first half, due to ...

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PH exports, imports down 24.7% in H1 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines' sales of its products abroad and the value of goods it imported from January to June fell by nearly a fourth to $67.5 billion amid a COVID-19-induced global recession. The latest preliminary Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data released on Wednesday showed that end-June merchandise exports dropped by 17.8 percent to $28.4 billion from $34.6 billion a year ago. Six-month imports slid by a faster 29 percent to $39 billion from $55 billion last year. As such, two-way external trade during the first six months declined by 24.7 percent from a year ago's $89.6 billion. During the month of June alone, total external trade shrank by 1...

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Global coronavirus deaths exceed 700,000 as 1 person dies every 15 seconds

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:25
The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 700,000 on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities. Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks. That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus outbreak is as under control as it can get in the United States, where more than 155,000 people have died amid a patchy response to the public health crisis that has failed to stem a rise in cases. "They are dying, that's true," Trump sa...

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Int’l rights group urge PH lawmakers to oppose death penalty

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:20
MANILA, Philippines---An international human rights group composed of members across Southeast Asia called on Philippine legislators to strongly oppose efforts aimed at reintroducing the death penalty in the country. There have been 13 bills related to the death penalty filed in the House of Representatives while 11 are pending in the Senate following President Rodrigo Duterte's wish during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to revive capital punishment in his efforts to curb crime rates. Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian parliament and chair of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, said reinstating the death penalty in the Philippines is in direct violation of the...

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Gargling solution flies off Japan’s shelves after governor touts anti-virus effect

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:16
TOKYO--Japanese drugstores were stripped bare of gargling solution by Wednesday, a day after the governor of the western prefecture of Osaka suggested it could help fight coronavirus, triggering panicked buying reminiscent of the early days of mask shortages. Hundreds of thousands of people posted pictures of emptied shelves on Twitter, accompanied by handwritten "Out of Stock" notices, as they canvassed suggestions on how to acquire the coveted antiseptic. "Anyone else having trouble buying gargling medicine? I'm coming to four misses now," wrote one user, @shotaro_1117, who posted images of four cleaned-out shelves. On Tuesday, Osaka Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura said a stud...

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Madrid Open tennis canceled because of virus spike in Spain

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:11
MADRID---- The Madrid Open in September was canceled on Tuesday because of a new spike in coronavirus cases in Spain. The joint men's and women's tournament was originally scheduled in May, but moved when Spain became a hotbed for the virus. Its new slot in September allowed it again to be a major lead-in event for the rescheduled French Open at the end of that month. But organizers last weekend were advised by local authorities not to stage the tournament due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. "Following the strong recommendation of the local health authorities, and having monitored the situation for months, the organizers of the Mutua Madrid Open have no choice but to cancel t...

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Beirut blast killed more than 100, injured over 4,000 – Lebanese Red Cross

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:10
Beirut, Lebanon --- A huge blast at Beirut port that devastated entire neighborhoods of the city has killed more than 100 people and injured over 4,000, the Lebanese Red Cross said Wednesday. "Until now over 4,000 people have been injured and over 100 have lost their lives. Our teams are still conducting search and rescue operations in the surrounding areas," a statement said....

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