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Duterte ‘not inclined’ to allow in-person classes to resume

Inquirer Breaking News - 21 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte rejected again on Monday a bid by the Department of Education (DepEd) to resume in-person classes with most of the population still not vaccinated against COVID-19, especially amid the threat of the more infectious Delta variant. "On the face-to-face [classes], I think I'm not inclined to agree with you," Duterte told Education Secretary Leonor Briones during his taped weekly briefing. "I'm sorry, but it's a difficult situation. I cannot gamble on the health of the children." Briones said the DepEd would accept the decision, acknowledging the threat that COVID-19 posed on the 27 million children and 847,000 teachers. She note...

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Woman who killed her abusive husband goes on trial for murder in France

CNN Top Stories - 22 hours 7 min ago
The murder trial of a woman who killed her abusive husband got underway in the French city of Burgundy on Monday.​
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Duque reminds Visayas, Mindanao execs to step up enforcement of COVID-19 protocols

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 hours 8 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Local government executives in the Visayas and Mindanao should continue to intensify the implementation of health protocols and improve their vaccination coverage to combat the rising number of COVID-19 in those regions. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III issued this reminder on Monday during the taped weekly briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte. He specifically insisted on implementing the PDITR strategy --- that is, prevent, detect, isolate, treat, and reintegrate. This should be implemented along with the mandatory wearing of masks and face shields, physical distancing, frequent washing of hands, proper sanitation, and avoiding mass gatherings. ...

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American investors are trying to buy a UK supermarket. Here's why

CNN Top Stories - 22 hours 27 min ago
Britain's fourth biggest supermarket chain Morrisons has become the takeover target of an American private equity firm in the latest sign of a strong appetite among investors for UK assets.
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Actor who played Gunther on 'Friends' reveals cancer fight

CNN Top Stories - 22 hours 29 min ago
James Michael Tyler, who appeared as Gunther in 150 episodes of "Friends," revealed he has been living with prostate cancer since 2018.
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Duterte says he won’t obey any court on issue of Cebu pandemic management

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 hours 43 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday during his taped weekly briefing that he would not obey any court ruling on the matter of managing the COVID-19 pandemic in Cebu province. That was his reaction to the filing of Cebu-based lawyers of a petition before a court seeking to stop the 10-day quarantine period for returning Filipinos being enforced by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. "I don't want to lock horns with the judiciary. I said I respect it. But there are times that, you know... the courts can function normally and maybe grant injunctions," Duterte said, speaking partly in Filipino. "But thi...

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In the witching hour with Ashley Nicole Williams

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 hours 47 min ago
  For fans of the supernatural genre, Freeform's "Motherland: Fort Salem" has a story whose concept is simply too tantalizing to resist. The series, whose 10-episode Season 2 launches (at 10 p.m. ET/PT) today, follows three young witches---the headstrong Raelle Collar (Taylor Hickson), the sensitive Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton) and the independent-minded Abigail Bellweather (Ashley Nicole Williams)---who are trained in both combat and magic using sound and spells before they're deployed to a world where traditional roles of gender and power are flipped. Three hundred years ago, the world has ended the persecution of witches during the Salem witch trials after an accord...

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US, EU, UK and Canada impose fresh sanctions on Belarus

CNN Top Stories - 22 hours 51 min ago
The United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Belarus Monday in a coordinated response to the Lukashenko government's forced landing of a Ryanair flight and arrest of an opposition journalist last month as well as the "continuing repression" in the former Soviet state.
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Aiko vows to be the voice of people who lost loved ones to COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 hours 53 min ago
  Aiko Melendez stressed she has been "fully vaccinated" not because she got special treatment as a celebrity. "I'm already fully vaccinated. I know people are reacting negatively to celebrities getting vaccinated ahead of others," Aiko Melendez said during a virtual media gathering to launch her retail website www.pingmeup.store. "I promise you, I have documents to support claims that I have a comorbidity. I didn't get special treatment. I lined up to get my vaccine with the rest of the people in our village," Aiko insisted. She urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because "it's one of the ways to lessen the impact of the virus on us personally and on the...

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Duterte apologizes for confusion over face shield policy

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 hours 59 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday apologized to the public for the confusion over the government's policy on the use of face shields. He was referring to reports that he had agreed to do away with the mandatory use of face shields outdoors and only require it in hospitals. He made the pronouncement during a meeting with lawmakers in Malacaang last week. His pronouncement was announced by Senate President Vicente Sotto III in a Twitter post last week.   "I will apologize to the Filipino people. This thing was being discussed openly and many thought that we were ready to do away with the face mask," he said in his pre-recorded week...

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PH must strictly screen people coming from abroad to block COVID-19 Delta variant – expert

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 23:54
MANILA, Philippines --- The government should strictly monitor people coming from abroad to block the entry of the dreaded Delta variant of COVID-19, which has caused disastrous surges in India, a health expert said on Monday during the taped weekly briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte. According to infectious diseases expert Dr. Edsel Maurice Salvana, the Delta variant is 60 percent more infectious than the United Kingdom variant --- which by itself is 60 percent more infectious than the original strain from Wuhan, China. Salvana is the director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines ...

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This poll should set off alarm bells for Senate Republicans

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 23:45
There have been a few constants over the past 40 or so years in Iowa: the butter cow at the state fair, the dominance of the University of Iowa's wrestling team and Chuck Grassley.
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Calls made for Germany's Euro 2020 game against Hungary to be played in rainbow-colored stadium

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 23:02
The Euro 2020 game between Germany and Hungary could be played in a stadium lit with rainbow-colored lights.
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‘I never said with finality gov’t will do away with the face shield,’ says Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 23:01
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he was only "shooting the breeze" with lawmakers when he agreed face shields should only be worn in hospitals, clarifying he "never" said with finality that the government would do away with their mandatory use. "When I mentioned about the face shield, I was only shooting the breeze with the congressmen, the members of Congress who were there," Duterte said in a taped address. "I never said with finality that we will do away with the face shield." In a meeting with members of Congress in Malacaang, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said Duterte agreed face shields should be worn only in hospitals. But th...

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Supreme Court opens door to significant increase in compensation for college student athletes

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:45
A unanimous Supreme Court said on Monday that student athletes could receive education-related payments in a case that could reshape college sports by allowing more money from a billion-dollar industry to go to the players.
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What China needs to do if it wants to achieve its ambitious economic goals by 2049

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:35
In 2012, the Chinese government set a long-term goal: build China into a fully developed and prosperous country by 2049, 100 years after the founding of the People's Republic.
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How to retire a millionaire

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:29
Retiring a millionaire isn't as farfetched as it may seem. With a bit of saving, investing, and a proper plan, you can be well on your way to hitting $1 million -- or more -- by the time you reach retirement age.
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Brendan Fraser looks different after playing a 600-pound man

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:28
Brendan Fraser made a rare appearance over the weekend and it got the internet talking.
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Sotto on keeping face shield rule: ‘Now I know why handling of pandemic’s not good!’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday blasted the continued mandatory use of face shields as recommended by health experts to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the move reflected the government's pandemic response. "So called health experts daw say[s] face shields will remain, everywhere! Now I know why the [h]andling of the pandemic is not good!" Sotto said in a tweet Monday night. https://twitter.com/sotto_tito/status/1406963752486899712 Sotto issued that reaction after presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that Duterte had declared as still mandatory the use of face shields indoors and outdoors following the "advice of health exper...

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Lordstown executives sold millions of dollars in stock before problems became public

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 06/21/2021 - 22:10
Lordstown Motors, the embattled electric truck startup, is facing more scrutiny after several of its top executives sold off millions in dollars of stock prior to its dismal first-quarter earnings report.
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