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Liquor ban in Baguio, 8 Benguet towns to reduce gatherings during quarantine

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:31
BAGUIO CITY ---- A liquor ban that has been in effect in Baguio during the initial lockdown will now be jointly enforced by eight of its neighboring towns in Benguet province as a measure against rising coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections at the start of the week. The anti-liquor drive will make drinking sessions a misdemeanor and discourage social gatherings while the city and the towns of La Trinidad, Tuba, Itogon, Sablan, Tublay, Buguias, Bokod, and Mankayan go through a modified general community quarantine, according to the city public information office on Thursday. The local governments agreed to synchronize their quarantine operations during a June 15 meeting of the c...

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Indonesia becomes country with most confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:27
JAKARTA --- Indonesia has recorded a total of 41,431 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, making it the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia. With 1,031 new confirmed cases on Thursday, the country has surpassed Singapore, which recorded 41,216 confirmed cases, according to Singapore's Ministry of Health. Indonesia also has the highest death toll in the region with a total of 2,267 fatalities due to the disease, far surpassing Singapore's 26 COVID-19 deaths. Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto said on Thursday that the new cases were still concentrated in five provinces, namely East Java with 225 ...

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Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:24
  BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Rockets hit Baghdad's Green Zone, home to the U.S. embassy, on Thursday, the fifth such attack in 10 days, security sources inside the high-security district told AFP. AFP journalists heard at least three explosions, followed by the sound of sirens in the Green Zone. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Like previous attacks, there was no claim of responsibility. Since October, at least 32 attacks have targeted American interests in Iraq that the US has blamed on Iran-backed factions among Iraq's security forces. It was the second rocket attack near the U.S. embassy since June 8 while other attacks have targeted Baghdad ai...

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Conventional wisdom giving China the military edge over India may not be true

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:23
India and China went to war in 1962 over the same Himalayan region where at least 20 soldiers were killed Monday night in a bloody confrontation between the two sides.
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Infections in Beijing ‘likely’ to increase

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:22
BEIJING --- Beijing has stepped up overall measuresincluding canceling flights, suspending classes and expanding nucleic acid testingto contain a new cluster of local COVID-19 infections. The move comes as the number of confirmed cases in the city is expected to rise in the coming days. The Chinese capital reported 31 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 137 since the first new local case was reported on June 11. All are related to the Xinfadi wholesale market in southern Beijing's Fengtai district. "Given that Xinfadi was the largest produce market in the city, with large flows of people, and the outbreak was still in the early stage, ...

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DOT, Aklan execs to discuss possible reopening of Boracay to other tourists

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:11
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Tourism will discuss again with local officials in Aklan in the next two weeks the possible reopening of Boracay to tourists from other regions. The top tourist destination reopened on June 16 but only for residents of Western Visayas. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the DOT respects the decision of local officials in the province who explained they want to first see the effectiveness of the health protocols they have put in place for the limited reopening. "In two weeks we will talk to them again, and we will decide and they will maybe give us a recommendation if they are open to opening it up to other places that are als...

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‘Ombudsman probe to affect morale of  DOH personnel’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:04
        MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday admitted that the investigation launched by the Office of the Ombudsman over the supposed "irregularities and anomalies" in its handling of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis may affect the morale of its personnel.   Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said DOH personnel were surprised upon learning that Ombudsman Samuel Martires has ordered the probe involving the purchase of 100,000 test kits, the use of UP-invented test kits and other alleged irregularities committed by DOH officials, including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III amid the pa...

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What we learned from John Bolton's eye-popping tale of working with Trump

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 11:03
John Bolton details a troubling and shocking series of allegations in a new book about his tenure as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, alleging Trump requested Chinese help to win the 2020 election, that the President argued Venezuela is part of the US, that he casually offered to intervene in the criminal justice system for foreign leaders and that his own senior officials mocked him behind his back.
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Several LGUs still hesitant to reopen tourist spots – DOT

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:45
MANILA, Philippines --- Several local government units are still hesitant to reopen tourist spots to the public given the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Department of Tourism said on Thursday. "Under modified GCQ (general community quarantine), tourism is already allowed but I have noticed that a lot of local government units, though under modified GCQ, are still hesitant to open," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel. She cited as an example Baguio City, which Mayor Benjamin Magalong wants to reopen in September. The Tourism chief said Magalong...

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28 BFP personnel relieved for violating lockdown rules in Boracay — Año

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:43
MANILA, Philippines --- More than 20 personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Western Visayas, including one who tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), were ordered relieved after breaching lockdown protocols in Boracay, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Thursday. "A total of 28 personnel in the Bureau of Fire Protection Region-6 were relieved of their positions and of course they are undergoing quarantine," Ao told ANC when asked about the relieved personnel of the BFP in Western Visayas. To recall, Ao sacked BFP-6 chief Fire Senior Superintendent Roderick Aguto for command responsibility after it was found that one of his female personnel, whose name ...

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Corruption within PhilHealth? Morales tells Roque to go to court

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:28
    MANILA, Philippines - Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque should file cases in court if he has evidence of corruption involving the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), the state health insurer's chief said Thursday.   PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales issued this pronouncement after Roque said the corporation was losing money allegedly due to corruption.   Roque also said he had yet to see Morales take action and file charges against crooks in the agency.   "Dun naman sa nawawalang pera na sinasabi ni Atty. Roque. If he has any specific...evidence, he should file the case. He should go to ...

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7 solons want probe on warrantless search, arrests of Muslim traders by Manila cops

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:19
MANILA, Philippines --- Seven lawmakers in the House of Representatives are calling for an investigation on the alleged "unreasonable" search and seizure as well as the illegal warrantless arrest of two Muslim jewelry traders in Manila. The seven lawmakers who initiated the probe through House Resolution No. 981 areDeputy Speaker and Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman,Lanao del Sur 1st District Rep. Ansaruddin Abdul Malik Adding, Sulu 2nd District Rep. Munir Arbison, Maguindanao 2nd District Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu, Lanao del Sur 2nd District Rep. Yasser Alonto Balindong, Maguindanao 1st District Rep. Datu Roonie Sinsuat Sr., and Anak Mindanao Partylist Rep. Amihilda Sangcopan. In the reso...

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Chinese dredger runs aground off Zambales; PCG monitoring situation

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:09
MANILA, Philippines --- A Chinese-registered dredger has run aground off the coast of Botolan, Zambales, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Thursday. According to the PCG, the MV Zhong Hai 69 Alfa was grounded approximately 200 meters off Barangay Bangan on Sunday. The agency has already deployed a response team to survey and inspect the vessel. Inspection showed that the vessel's engine room and compartments were flooded with seawater. However, there are still no signs of oil leaking from the dredger, the PCG said. The operator of the ship, Z2K Resources Inc., has pledged to procure additional bilge pumps to be used in removing water from the flooded vessel. PCG Comman...

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Truncated will: India landowner bequeaths land to elephants

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 10:04
PATNA, India - An Indian landowner has willed most of his land to two elephants he said saved his life from gun-toting criminals, a decision that has upset his wife and children.         Akhtar Imam, from a village in the eastern state of Bihar, said he changed his will to bequeath 2.5 hectares (6.2 acres) to gentle giants Moti (pearl) and Rani (queen). "I simply don't want hardship for my Moti and Rani, who are no less my family," Imam, 50, told AFP as his bathed the pachyderms on a swelteringly hot day. "I don't want my elephants to face the fate of orphaned or abandoned captive elephants who die on the streets or in deserted fields due to l...

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Passenger removed from flight for refusing to wear face mask

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:52
Tension over wearing face masks led to a passenger's removal from an American Airlines flight Wednesday as airlines enforce stricter safety measures.
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Beauty of mastectomy tattoos revealed in powerful photo project

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:50
In the portrait series "Reclaim" women in diffuse pink lighting reveal delicately tattooed designs inked across their chests, unfurling over scar tissue in explosions of color or in black and gray. Nude, with nothing else in the frame, the women embody a sense of openness.
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Twitter adds option to share spoken tweets

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:43
SAN FRANCISCO--Twitter on Wednesday said it is adding an option to speak tweets of up to 140 seconds in length instead of just writing posts. Voice tweets will be rolled out for the Twitter application tailored for Apple mobile devices in the coming weeks, according to a post by product designer Maya Patterson and senior software engineer Remy Bourgoin. "Sometimes 280 characters aren't enough and some conversational nuances are lost in translation," Patterson and Bourgoin said. "So starting today, we're testing a new feature that will add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter -- your very own voice." https://twitter.com/Twitter/status/1273306563994845185 Twitter...

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Former Missouri police officer charged after hitting man with his car

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 06/18/2020 - 09:34
A fired police officer in suburban St. Louis was charged with assault, a day after video was released showing his unmarked SUV striking a man and the officer getting out of the vehicle and kicking him, a prosecutor said.
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