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Ban entry of mainland Chinese to PH? Duque says ‘possible, but not now’

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 38 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Is the Department of Health (DOH) inclined to temporarily ban mainland Chinese tourists from entering the country while the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has not been contained?   It is a possibility said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, but "not at this very moment."   Antique Rep. Loren Legarda said she has been asked not only by her local constituents but also by other lawmakers on the possibility of banning mainland Chinese from entering the country.   Duque said it is a possible option that the Health Department is looking at. However, the ban should not be implemented "at this very momen...

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DOH: Number of PUIs in PH for suspected novel coronavirus now at 23

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 41 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The number of patients under investigation (PUIs) for suspected novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV in the Philippines is now at 23, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said in a press briefing that of the 23 PUIs, most of them are hospitalized in Metro Manila. "[There are] 17 in NCR, one in Western Visayas, one in Mimaropa, one in Eastern Visayas, two in Central Visayas and one in Davao," Duque said. Duque said there are already four patients that have been discharged. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said those who have been discharged tested negative for nCoV and do not have any illness. "We have f...

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Middleton has career-best 51, Bucks win minus Giannis

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 42 min ago
MILWAUKEE --- Khris Middleton dedicated the best game of his career to Kobe Bryant. Middleton scored a career-high 51 points, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 151-131 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. Middleton, hoping to be chosen an All-Star reserve for the second straight year on Thursday, helped the Bucks hold off a determined second-half Wizards rally. Middleton also had 10 rebounds and six assists while hitting 16 of 26 shots and 7 of 10 3-pointers, topping his previous career best of 43 points. He said he was thinking a lot the past few days about Bryant, who was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter cra...

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Victims of Taal Volcano eruption get more aid from Pampanga

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 43 min ago
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ---- The Pampanga Mayors' League (PML) on Wednesday donated P1.5 million to victims of the recent eruptions of Taal Volcano. Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores and Lubao Mayor Esmie Pineda, PML president, and vice president, respectively, handed a check for that amount to Batangas Gov. Dodo Mandanas. Pampanga Gov. Dennis Pineda also turned over a check for P300,000 from the Federation of Small-Scale Quarry Operators. Pineda on Tuesday night led a convoy of 54 vehicles bringing medical workers and public health experts. The convoy also brought 10,000 food packs, 20,00 packs of sleeping mats, blankets and underwear and 10,000 containers with 5-gallon water. Maba...

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Embiid scores 24 in uniform No. 24 for Kobe in 76ers’ win

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 52 min ago
PHILADELPHIA --- Joel Embiid had to do it like the kids on the playground, a yell of "Kobe!" as he shot a fadeaway in the one-night-only No. 24 jersey he wore for his basketball idol. Embiid buried the bucket to give him a tidy 24 points --- and yes, eight defensive rebounds --- in a somber night in Philly dedicated to Kobe Bryant. Embiid returned early from a hand injury, in part to help the Sixers in their push for a better playoff seed in the East, but also because he wanted to honor Bryant. Embiid was a teen in Africa when he first got hooked on basketball watching Bryant in the 2010 NBA Finals. Bryant's style and swagger inspired the 7-foot Embiid to give up volleyball and...

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BTS’ ‘Connect’ global art project kicks off in Seoul

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 4 min ago
SEOUL --- BTS' global art project "Connect, BTS" has landed in Seoul, combining music and art with the group's philosophy. The press event for the Korean leg of the exhibition was held Tuesday at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in downtown Seoul, the fourth destination of the project following London, Berlin and Buenos Aires, Argentina. The exhibition involves 22 artists and curators across five cities around the world who resonate with BTS' philosophy centering on diversity, love and care. Spearheaded by Lee Dae-hyung, the chief curator of the joint project, the Seoul exhibition features artworks by Kang Yiyun, the only Korean artist to join "Connect," and Brussels-based light arti...

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Korean firms scrambling to minimize fallout from Wuhan virus

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 4 min ago
  SEOUL --- Major South Korean companies are scrambling to minimize any possible fallout from the Wuhan coronavirus by pulling their staff out of China and curbing trips there, industry sources said Tuesday. Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. plan to evacuate family members of hundreds of their employees in China to South Korea by Wednesday while allowing the employees in China to work at their homes, a Hyundai Motor official said. The move is meant to minimize contact with people as the coronavirus can spread through human-to-human transmission. Hyundai and Kia, the group's two key affiliates, have instructed its employees to refrain from visiting ...

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British Airways suspends all flights to China

CNN Top Stories - 6 hours 5 min ago
British Airways has suspended flights between the United Kingdom and China in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
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BTS delivers barefoot performance of ‘Black Swan’ on The Late Late Show

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 9 min ago
SEOUL --- BTS delivered its very first onstage performance of "Black Swan" on the "Late Late Show" on Wednesday. It is the first single to be released from the upcoming album "Map of The Soul: 7." The seven band members wore all-black outfits as they sang the orchestral emo hip-hop song against a dimly lit forest background and executed performance art-like choreography without shoes. Wednesday marks the third time the group has appeared on the late-night talk show, after gigs in 2018 and 2017 when they performed "Fake Love" and "DNA" respectively. Speaking about the new album on the show, band leader RM emphasized the meaning of the title. "The title is seven. It's been ...

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BPI’s 2019 net profit at P28.8B

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 16 min ago
Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands grew net profit last year by 24.8 percent to P28.8 billion on higher margins and lending activities as well as improved treasury gains. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2019 was P6.77 billion, higher by 11.6 percent compared to the same period in 2018, the bank disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Net interest margin increased by 24 basis points to 3.35 percent in 2019. At the same time, the bank grew its loan book by 8.9 percent to P1.48 trillion as of end-2019, driven by consumer loans which grew by 13.4 percent, while corporate and small and medium enterprise (SME) loans expanded by 7.9 percent and 5.8 percent...

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WATCH: Enrique Gil gives a peek into his Hawaii trip with Liza Soberano

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 26 min ago
Actor Enrique Gil started 2020 by launching a new YouTube channel named The Gil Side this January. The channel's first vlog is about Gil's trip to Hawaii with his girlfriend, actress Liza Soberano, and some family members. Gil welcomed viewers to the channel as he compiled videos from their trip, as seen in a travel vlog last Monday, Jan. 27. In Hawaii, they enjoyed scenic views of the island and rode on a cruise ship. Gil and Soberano also had dinner while listening to a live band and witnessed the night sky lit up with fireworks. "[T]his vacation meant so much to us because spending time with family is always first," the video caption stated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

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Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna attended Mass before helicopter crash

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 30 min ago
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna went to church moments before they lost their lives in a fatal helicopter crash last Sunday, Jan. 26. The two attended a 7 a.m. Catholic Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of the Angels in Newport Beach in California in the US, DailyMail reported on Jan. 27. Julie Hermes, a spokeswoman for the church, said the two had simply slipped in at the back during the service to avoid disturbing other parishioners. They also left early to not draw attention to themselves. After exiting the parish church, the two boarded a helicopter to make their way to Gianna's basketball practice at the Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks. The helicopter flew in foggy ...

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DSWD cites Quezon’s child health care program

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 57 min ago
LUCENA CITY ---- The novel child health care program "First 1000 Days of Life" or Q1K in Quezon province has been cited as the "Best New Social Technology" in 2019 by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Gov. Danilo Suarez led the provincial officials in receiving the award during the "PaNata Ko sa Bayan" awards held at the DSWD central office on Tuesday. In his speech, Suarez said Q1K was the provincial government's contribution to preparing for the bright future not only of the next generation of Quezonians but of the entire Filipinos. The DSWD recognized that Q1K was responsible for the improvement of the lives of the direct beneficiaries. Suarez said ...

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SBP taps Dickel as Gilas interim coach for Fiba 1st window

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 57 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Two-time Olympian and current TNT KaTropa consultant Mark Dickel has been tasked to lead the campaign of Gilas Pilipinas Men for the upcoming first window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers as interim head coach. The Philippines will be opening its campaign with a home game against 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Thailand on February 20, followed by a road game against Indonesia at the Britama Arena in Jakarta on February 23. "In his short stint in the Philippines, coach Mark has performed creditably well,"Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman Emeritus of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), said in a statement Wednesday. In his young PBA c...

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Prosecution to start presenting evidence vs Enrile on February 11 — Sandigan

Inquirer Breaking News - 6 hours 59 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- The prosecution in the plunder case against former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile will start presenting their evidence on February 11, the Sandiganbayan said. This was set by Third Division chair and Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang during the hearing on Wednesday --- which Enrile attended after being required to sign the pre-trial order for the case. After this, hearings on one of the controversial pork barrel scam cases would be held every Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Enrile is accused of receiving kickbacks worth P172.8 million from pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim Napoles for allocating part of his Priority Development As...

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Compulsory insurance for private assets taking shape

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 8 min ago
Key players in the insurance industry, including the government regulator, are planning to seek Congress' nod to make it mandatory to insure privately-owned assets against quakes, storms and flooding. At the Insurance Commission's 71st anniversary celebration on Tuesday (Jan. 28), the agency signed a memo of understanding with the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (Pira) and National Reinsurance Corp of the Phils (NatRe) to put in place a Philippine catastrophe insurance facility. Pira is a group of companies offering non-life insurance. "With this, we aim to provide the framework for greater financial resilience to the vulnerable sectors of our society," said IC he...

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PNP: Prostitution, abduction rise in PH with Chinese influx

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 13 min ago
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur ---- The rise in the number of prostitution and abduction cases involving Chinese nationals came as the number of Chinese tourists and workers in the country increased. This was the observation by Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. "There was a sudden influx of Chinese nationals who visit and work in the country. There was also a rise in the incidents of prostitution and abduction of Chinese nationals,' Banac told reporters in a press briefing here Wednesday. "The victims are Chinese nationals and the suspects are also Chinese nationals, even in the prostitution (operations), the ones running the dens ...

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DBM orders Napolcom to stop paying ‘redundant’ police benefits

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 15 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Upon orders of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the National Police Commission (Napolcom) said it will stop payment of benefits for policemen who have become permanently incapacitated, or have died while in the performance of duty or killed in action. In a letter to the Napolcom dated Nov. 19, 2019, the DBM said that payment of police benefit claims by the commission is tantamount to "double payment of pension" considering that the Philippine National Police (PNP) also grants the same benefit. The payment of the benefit claims, the DBM said, is inconsistent with Section 8, Article IX-B of the Constitution which prohibits the grant of additional...

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Chinese under watch for novel coronavirus dies in San Lazaro Hospital

Inquirer Breaking News - 7 hours 26 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- A 29-year-old Chinese man, who is under investigation for suspected novel coronavirus infection has died of pneumonia while undertaking treatment at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, an official from the hospital announced on Wednesday.   San Lazaro Hospital director Dr. Edmundo Lopez said the victim, who is from Yunnan, China, died on Wednesday at 7 a.m. The patient was admitted last Monday.   "Early this morning around 7 a.m., We have person under investigation, hindi pa confirmed for nCoV, na namatay. [He]was admitted last Monday," Lopez said in a press briefing.   (Early this morning around 7 a.m., ...

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Flight of American evacuees headed to California military base

CNN Top Stories - 7 hours 31 min ago
A chartered flight with about 210 Americans aboard arrived in Alaska to refuel on its first US stop since leaving the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China.
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