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China says heatwave poses ‘serious threat’ to autumn crops

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 17:04
    SHANGHAI -- China's long heatwave and drought is posing a "serious threat" to the country's autumn crops and everything possible should be done to try to expand water availability, the agriculture ministry said in a notice posted on Tuesday. The notice called on local authorities to "dynamically adjust" scheduling plans and make good use of water to guarantee supplies during a critical period for the autumn harvest. It said more rockets should be made available to seed clouds and that machinery and motorised wells can be deployed to deliver water to regions that have no sources of their own. Regions with severe crop damage are also urged to replant. &nbsp...

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DOH: 60% of severe, critical Covid cases unvaxxed, partially vaxxed individuals

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 17:01
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday that 60 percent of current severe and critical cases of COVID-19--- which have been steadily increasing in the past weeks--- were unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated individuals. According to DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire during a press conference on Tuesday, the number or the percentage of severe and critical infections has increased in the past weeks. "We are noting that most of these severe and critical 60 percent are unvaccinated or just partially vaccinated," said Vergeire. She, however, noted that despite the increase, the percentage has yet to breach the 10 percent th...

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Trava for the host who loves to share abundance

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:59
Take part in the opportunity to spend your precious time with the people you value the most in an intimate setting that is secluded from the noise of the world. With Trava, revel in the tranquility that living in nature provides while remaining in proximity to life's simplest joys. Enter the paradise beyond the metro where the perfect balance between the retreat a sanctuary offers and the excitement of modern suburban living can be achieved. Connect with nature where you can take pleasure in the peace the night sky offers and the warmth of the company those precious to you can only provide. Gather in Trava, the luxury refuge away from it all. Trava, the 33-hectare premier residentia...

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Controversy brews anew in South Korea as life-size sex dolls enter home

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:55
    SEOUL -- Late last month, residents of an apartment complex in Incheon were rattled by the discovery of a headless, mutilated torso, which turned out to be a silicone sex doll. It was found in the building's parking lot, near a car that had a damaged roof. The vehicle's owner, suspecting that the mannequin must have fallen from a height and landed on the car, reported it to the police. An investigation to identify the owner of the doll is currently ongoing. The news of the incident sent shockwaves through not just the neighborhood but across the country, where sex and sex toys are still considered taboo. It sparked questions about the national sex doll marke...

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Founder of China’s Huawei urges focus on cash flow, survival in downturn

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:52
SHENZHEN, China - The founder of China's Huawei Technologies has told employees the company must shift its focus from pursuing scale to ensuring profits and cash flow as the global economy enters a long period of recession, media reported on Tuesday. "With survival the main principle, marginal businesses will be shrunken and closed, and the chill will be felt by everyone," founder Ren Zhengfei wrote in an email to staff on Monday, the financial news outlet Yicai reported. Huawei said the email was for employees and declined to comment further. Yicai did not elaborate on whether Ren explained which businesses were "marginal" but said he drew attention to the importance of the com...

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Filoil Preseason Cup: NU fends off San Sebastian to advance to semis

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:50
MANILA, Philippines---National University sank huge shots in the clutch to beat San Sebastian, 75-64, on Tuesday, staying unbeaten heading into the semifinals of the Filoil EcoOil Preseason Cup. Playing without five players in their lineup, the Bulldogs relied on their supporting cast to deliver down the stretch. "I know that anyone can step up here, despite some injuries and Kean [Baclaan] not being able to play. We just took our rhythm late through our defense. That's what we're trying to make our bread and butter," NU head coach Jeff Napa said after the game. NU played without key players Steve Nash Racela (hamstring), John Lloyd Clemente (sick) and Kean Baclaan, wh...

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LIST: Regular, special non-working holidays for 2023

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:48
MANILA, Philippines --- If you're looking for a sign to book a vacation for next year, this might be it. The Palace released on Tuesday the list of regular and special non-working holidays for 2023. Under Proclamation No. 42, signed by Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez, the following dates are declared regular holidays and special non-working days for next year. Regular Holidays New Year's Day - January 1 (Sunday) Araw ng Kagitingan - April 9 (Sunday) Maundy Thursday - April 6 Good Friday - April 7 Labor Day - May 1 (Monday) Independence Day - June 12 (Monday) National Heroes Day - August 28 (Last Monday of August) Bonifacio Day - November 30 (Thursda...

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Rapper Fetty Wap pleads guilty to drug conspiracy

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:44
NEW YORK -- The rapper Fetty Wap on Monday pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge that alleged he participated in a Long Island-based trafficking ring. The "Trap Queen" rapper born Willie Junior Maxwell II pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing cocaine, the top count against him. He was first arrested last fall on charges that he and other co-conspirators transported, distributed and sold more than 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine across Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020. He now faces a five-year mandatory minimum sentence. The plea deal allows him to avoid a potential life behind bars if he had been convicted o...

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Pasig Ferry Services, some PNR trips suspended due to ‘Florita’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Operations in the Pasig Ferry Services have been suspended, as well as some Philippine National Railways (PNR) trips on Tuesday due to Tropical Storm "Florita." According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in an advisory, all 13 operations of the ferry were suspended due to the effects of "Florita." Meanwhile, PNR, in its own advisory, temporarily suspended trips in its Metro North line (Tutuban - Governor Pascual - Bicutan). It also earlier suspended trips in its Metro South line (Tutuban - Alabang - Tutuban) but announced its resumption at 2:36 p.m. Based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Admin...

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Elon Musk Subpoenas Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:43
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently filed a subpoena against Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. This move marks the latest update regarding the legal battle over Musk's attempt to break his Twitter acquisition deal. Dorsey will have to submit various documents for the upcoming trial. He must bring information on the social network's internal metrics, Elon Musk's merger agreement, and details regarding fake bots and spam accounts. At the time of writing, there are no details about what Musk aims to learn from the Twitter founder. However, he already filed a previous subpoena on August 15, 2022. Musk and Twitter filed legal actions. Twitter must submit documents from the former General Mana...

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Who killed Darya Dugina? Russia experts give their take

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:41
TV Rain news director Ekaterina Kotrikadze and The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen reflect on the murder of Darya Dugina, the daughter of a key Putin ally.
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Lovely Abella positive for COVID-19 for second time, reminds public: ‘Di pa rin safe ang mundo’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:37
Lovely Abella disclosed that she got infected with the novel coronavirus for the second time, saying her symptoms now are far worse than what she had experienced before. The actress opened up about her bout with the disease while showing the COVID-19 test kits she had with positive results, through her Instagram page yesterday, Aug. 22. "Yes, vaccinated ako may booster pa pero pakiramdam ko mas malakas siya, mas malala ang symptoms na nararamdaman ko ngayon. Mas natakot ako 'di para sa sarili ko kundi para sa anak ko at mga mas matanda sakin," she said. "Di pa din tayo safe --- ang mundong ginagalawan natin ay di pa din safe." (Yes, I am vaccinated and even had my booster, b...

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DOF to LGUs: Stop collecting business tax from work-from-home employees

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:36
The Department of Finance (DOF) will order local government units to stop collecting business tax from employees working from home, as these taxes can only be imposed on their employers. In an interview, Finance Undersecretary Antonette Tionko said the DOF recently found out that some local government units (LGUs) had been collecting local business tax from business process outsourcing (BPO) employees in work-from-home set-up. Some of these BPO workers are also being required to secure a mayor's permit, Tionko said on the sidelines of the 7th joint economic briefing organized by European business chambers late Monday. "It causes trouble for some" BPO workers, Tionko said, although ...

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Malaysia hopes to revive Kuala Lumpur-Singapore railway project

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:34
    PUTRAJAYA -- Malaysia hopes to speed up the revival of the terminated High Speed Railway (HSR) project with Singapore at the earliest date, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said currently Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong is in discussions with his Singaporean counterpart S. Iswaran on the matter. During a question-answer session with several representatives of the foreign media and Bernama here, Monday (Aug 22), the Prime Minister said that if the project is revived, it would involve some changes including to the terms and conditions. "It is an ongoing discussion. If possible we want it to be speeded up because Malaysia ...

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Japan’s Okinawa corals suffer bleaching

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:23
    TOKYO -- Coral bleaching was recently confirmed off Iriomote and Ishigaki islands in the Yaeyama Islands of Okinawa Prefecture, home to many coral reefs. Coral bleaching occurs when zooxanthella, a type of phytoplankton, loses its pigments or escapes from the coral with which it usually coexists. If the condition worsens, the coral can die off due to the lack of the nutrition normally supplied by zooxanthella. Higher sea temperatures are believed to be among the reasons behind the bleaching. "As no typhoons have approached the area around the islands this year, sea temperatures might have remained high for lack of churn," said coral ecology expert Takash...

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Senators question add’l expenses if barangay, SK polls moved next year

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:19
    MANILA, Philippines --- Senators questioned on Tuesday the additional budget that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) would need should the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) be held next year. Currently, the BSKE is set on December 5 this year with a budget of P8.5 billion. During the Senate committee on electoral reforms and people's participation hearing, Comelec chair George Garcia said that at least P17 billion would be needed if the BSKE were conducted in May 2023 and P18 billion in December 2023. The higher budget would cover additional polling precincts, more supplies, and higher honoraria for teachers who will serve as electoral...

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Tom Brady returns to Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp after 11-day absence

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:18
"Missed you guys." Tom Brady returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training camp on Monday following an 11-day leave of absence.
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Tip of the iceberg: Dolomite beach and flooding in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 08/23/2022 - 16:15
  (First oftwoparts) MANILA, Philippines---Amid therecent heavy downpour in Metro Manila, the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach has been again brought into the spotlight as it has been blamed as one of the causes of flooding in several Manila roads. Last week, localized thunderstorms led to gutter-deep flooding in several parts of Manila, including areas along Taft Avenue, Kalaw, Quirino, United Nations Avenue, and Pedro Gil. While an earlier news report cited the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) saying that the flooding was caused by the controversial Manila Baywalk Dolomite Beach project, MMDAacting general manager and flood control director Baltazar Melgar...

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