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Jennylyn Mercado, Dennis Trillo isolate away from COVID-positive family members

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:58
Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo isolated themselves in their condominium unit after members of their family tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone in their house tested positive for the virus except for the two of them and Jazz, Mercado's son with her ex-boyfriend actor Patrick Garcia. The couple talked about this in a vlog on their YouTube channel last Saturday, Jan. 29. "Second week na namin dito sa condo kasi halos lahat ng tao sa bahay namin ay nag-positive. After New Year, mga Jan. 4 or Jan. 5, may isang taong naka-expose sa kanila tapos nagsunod-sunod na 'yon, buong bahay na except kaming dalawa ni Dennis tsaka si Jazz," Mercado said. (It's our second week here in o...

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PNP reports slight increase in active COVID-19 cases at 1,607

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:57
MANILA, Philippines --- The number of police officers and personnel still infected with the coronavirus increased to 1,607 as of Monday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). This figure was at 1,597 on Sunday, January 30, the PNP added. Latest date from the PNP's Public Information Office showed that the slight rise was due to the 132 new COVID-19 cases that were recorded on Monday even as 122 patients were also reported to have recovered from the illness. All in all, the PNP confirmed the COVID-19 infection of 48,193 police officers and personnel since 2020, including the recovery of 46,460. The PNP did not report any new fatality due to COVID-19 on Monday,...

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OCTA fellow: Gov’t should have extended Metro Manila’s Alert Level 3

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:52
    MANILA, Philippines --- For OCTA Research fellow Guido David, the government could have taken a "slighty more cautious" approach and retained Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 for one to two more weeks. "Personally, I might have taken a slightly more cautious approach and maybe waited one week or two weeks. One to two weeks in the scheme of things will not be a long wait if we waited one to two weeks," David said during the Pandesal Forum on Monday. Nevertheless, David said he understood that the government's pandemic task force might have based their decision on "different metrics" compared to the first two years of the pandemic. "When we were in the situ...

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Isko strategist says FPJ lost in 2004 partly due to not attending debates

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:42
  MANILA, Philippines --- Late Philippine king of movies Fernando Poe Jr. may have lost the 2004 presidential race partly because of his refusal to attend debates and interviews, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno's political strategist said on Monday. According to former Philippine representative to Taiwan Angelito Banayo, Poe, known by his initials FPJ, held a huge lead over then-incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before the campaign period. However, Poe's number of supporters dwindled approaching the elections, which later resulted in a tight race between the two, with Arroyo eventually winning the presidential elections although not without questions due to alleged e...

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Comelec releases Guanzon’s separate opinion on DQ cases vs Marcos Jr.

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:34
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) released Monday Commissioner Rowena Guanzon's separate opinion on the consolidated disqualification cases against Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Under the separate opinion, Guanzon voted in favor of the petitioners who want Marcos Jr. disqualified from this year's presidential race. "I vote to grant the petitions for disqualification filed against Respondent Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. The facts are undisputed," reads Guanzon's opinion, which she finished on January 17 and submitted to the Comelec First Division. "In view of the foregoing, I vote to GRANT the Petitions for Disqualification and declare Respond...

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NBA: Nikola Jokic dominant as Nuggets rout Bucks

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:30
Nikola Jokic came one rebound shy of posting his sixth triple-double in the past nine games as the visiting Denver Nuggets blew out the Milwaukee Bucks 136-100 on Sunday night to win their fifth consecutive game, matching their longest winning streak of the season. Jokic had 18 points, nine rebounds and 15 assists as his team ended Milwaukee's four-game home winning streak. Aaron Gordon added 24 points and seven rebounds and shot 10-of-17 from the field, and Monte Morris finished with 18 points. The Nuggets were lethal from 3-point range, shooting 53.5 percent (23 of 43). https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1487964683189506059?s=20&t=Y_cM7gubIbq54XKK3bo0JQ https://twitter....

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Shanghai metro sparks Covid panic with festive red QR codes

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:30
A Chinese subway system's attempt to spread some Lunar New Year cheer backfired over the weekend, as panicked passengers mistook seasonal red QR codes for positive Covid tests.
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Explainer: From hypersonics to workhorse weapons, N. Korea showcases missile diversity

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:23
    SEOUL --North Korea capped one of its busiest months of missile tests ever with the launch of its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile on Sunday, highlighting efforts to ensure it has reliable systems for delivering nuclear warheads. January's testing schedule began with the launch of a new "hypersonic missile," and went on to include long-range cruise missiles, and short-range ballistic missiles launched from railcars and airports, underscoring the nuclear-armed state's rapidly expanding and advancing arsenal amid stalled denuclearization talks. North Korea hasn't tested its longest-range intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) or nuclear wea...

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Man shot dead at drinking spree in Oriental Mindoro town

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:18
CITY OF CALAPAN----A man was shot and killed Sunday during a drinking spree in Pola town in Oriental Mindoro province, the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) police reported Monday. A report said Cesar Logatic, 41, was having a drinking spree at 7:25 p.m. with Jomedes Pais of Barangay Batuhan, at the side of Logatic's house in Barangay Panikihan, when Marino Panganiban, 62, stopped opposite them, got off his motorcycle then shot Pais twice. After shooting Pais, Panganiba threatened Logatic not to testify, saying "I will also kill you," then fled in an unknown direction. Pais suffered bullet wounds in the head and the right side of his chest. He was taken to the Mun...

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Taiwan tries hand at COVID-19 diplomacy again with Somaliland vaccine gift

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:14
    TAIPEI --Taiwan's gift of 150,000 doses of its domestically developed Medigen COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Somalia's breakaway Somaliland region, the Taiwanese foreign ministry said on Monday, part of the island's renewed pandemic diplomacy push. Taiwan has donated millions of face masks and other goods around the world in what the government has called the "Taiwan can help, Taiwan is helping" program to show the island is a responsible member of the international community, despite being locked out of most global bodies because of China's objections. Taiwan's Foreign Ministry said the vaccine doses, made by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp, arrived in Harg...

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Coronavirus lockdowns are still taking a toll on China's factories

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:14
Coronavirus outbreaks and strict lockdowns in China are continuing to take their toll on the country's factories.
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Explainer: Can the UN do more than just talk about Russia, Ukraine crisis?

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:09
  UNITED NATIONS -- The U.N. Security Council is due to meet in public on Monday, at the request of the United States, to discuss Russia's troop build-up on the border with Ukraine as international diplomacy aimed at easing tensions moves to the world body in New York. The United States describes the meeting of the 15-member body as a chance for Russia to explain itself, while Russia signaled it could try and block it. Nine votes are needed for the meeting to proceed and Washington is "confident" it has sufficient support. But aside from all members having the opportunity to air their views openly, there will be no action by the council - even if Russia were to invade U...

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Cambodian lion dancers cling to craft amid COVID-19 pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:03
      PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian dragon and lion dancer Gnuon Virak huddles his troupe together in a circle, before they let out a team cheer and get to work rehearsing for their a Lunar New Year performance - their only one of the pandemic-stricken year. Gnuon, 28, has loved dancing since he was a child, and grew up near a Chinese-style temple in the capital Phnom Penh. Seven years ago, he asked a master to teach him to dance and joined a troupe, known as the Bodhi Tree Troupe. Eventually he became a team leader. "We must practice this dancing every day," he said during a rehearsal. "This requires complete focus and motivation." The transportation compa...

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China reports 37 new COVID-19 cases among Olympic personnel

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:02
BEIJING - China detected 37 new cases of COVID-19 among people linked to the Olympic Games on Sunday, up from 34 a day earlier, the organizing committee of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games said. Twenty-eight of the new cases were people who tested positive after arriving at the airport, including eight athletes or team officials due to take part in the Feb. 4-21 Games, organizers said on Monday in a notice on the Games' website. Authorities are imposing strict health measures for the Games with participants, staff and media operating in a "closed loop" bubble separating them from the public. The loop allows participants to move freely between their accommodation and Olympic ven...

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Australia pledges $35M to protect a national treasure

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 14:01
Australia's government is making a multimillion dollar investment to protect its beloved koalas. The animals face challenges on two major fronts: destruction of habitat and disease. Some conservationists warn the infusion of money may not be enough. CNN's Michael Holmes has more.
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Ahead of key polls, India’s ruling party revives Hindu-Muslim dispute

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:58
  MATHURA, India --In the streets around a revered religious site in the Indian city of Mathura where a temple and mosque stand side-by-side, the handful of Muslim restaurants that remain are mostly empty or shuttered. A ban on meat last year by the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state, a Hindu monk who issued the order on religious grounds, has decimated their trade. Now the saffron-clad Yogi Adityanath, up for re-election in key state polls next month, has turned his attention to the temple itself, suggesting he will champion the Hindu cause in a long-running dispute with Muslims over who owns the site. The issue has become a central part of the ruling party's cam...

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Rams 4-point favorites to beat Bengals in Super Bowl

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:57
The Los Angeles Rams have been set as 4.0-point favorites to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Feb. 13. The total was set at 49.5 points in some places, 50 in others. The Rams, who held on to knock off the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 Sunday night in the NFC Championship Game, are 4.0-point favorites at several sportsbooks including as DraftKings, Caesars and FanDuel. BetMGM set the line at 3.5 points. The Bengals, who as 7.0-point underdogs rallied from 18 points down to upset the host Kansas City Chiefs 27-24 in overtime in the AFC Championship Game earlier Sunday, have been the underdogs in two of their three playoff g...

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Happening soon in Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo: Anti-COVID vaccination in pharmacies, clinics

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:46
MANILA, Philippines --- Resbakuna sa Botika, the program which rolls out COVID-19 vaccination in pharmacies and clinics, will soon be expanded to three more cities outside of Metro Manila. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Monday said that the government is expected to launch the program in the cities of Bacolod, Cebu, and Iloilo in the coming days. Last week, the vaccination program commenced in Baguio City, which is the first outside the nation's capital region. "Inilunsad last week ang Resbakuna sa Botika sa Baguio City. Ang Baguio City ang kauna-unahang LGU (local government unit) sa labas ng National Capital Region na nag-roll out ng Resbakuna sa Botika program," said...

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‘Worst is over’ in most parts of PH as COVID-19 cases decline — OCTA

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:36
    MANILA, Philippines --- The "worst is over" in "most" parts of the country with COVID-19 cases having already peaked or is peaking, OCTA Research fellow Guido David said. "We believe that the worst is over in most parts of the country," David said during Monday's Pandesal Forum. "We could imagine that the worst is probably over for most of the country because cases have peaked or peaking," he added. He cited as an example Cebu City and Davao City, which he noted is seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases. "Most of Cebu is now seeing a downward trajectory, although Cebu City is actually more advanced in terms of the decrease. The decreas...

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Bring in prosperity and good fortune at vivo’s Tiger New Year Sale on Shopee

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:30
vivo kicks off the (Lunar) New Year with a bang as the leading smartphone brand is offering up to 75% off on select models during its Tiger New Year Sale on January 29 on Shopee. For those who want to take gaming to the next level, the vivo Y15A is the perfect gaming companion. With a massive 5000 mAh battery, never fear of running out of juice during a winning moment. Its big battery also allows users to charge other devices like a powerbank. Packed with 4GB + 1 GB Extended RAM, it comfortably runs any game without problems while its 6.51-inch Halo FullView Display, gamers can see everything in stunning clarity. Get the vivo Y15A for only P7,690 or P309 off its old price at P7,999. ...

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