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Palace nixes OCTA Research proposal: Gov’t not keen on another ECQ

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:47
MANILA, Philippines --- The government is not inclined to impose another strict lockdown like the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the face of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Malacaang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued this statement after independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research proposed the government's implementation of "anticipatory, preventive and circuit-breaking lockdowns" to stop the imminent spread of the highly contagious coronavirus variant which may result in infection surges. Roque said the government remains focused on maintaining the country's "total health." "Sa ngayon hindi pa natin nire-recommend ang ECQ dahil ang ating ninanais...

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Belmonte asks QCPD to answer claims of ‘violation of agreement’ during Sona

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:34
MANILA, Philippines --- Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Tuesday ordered the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to submit a written explanation to shed light on allegations made by rally organizers during a protest march on Monday ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's final State of the Nation Address (Sona). Protest organizers accused the QCPD of violating the agreement between them and Belmonte by blocking their protest march and placing orange barriers and police blockades. READ: Cops block protesters before reaching target site on Commonwealth Ave. Former Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casino also called on Mayor Belmonte and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Guill...

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Donny Pangilinan on bullying: Must be understood but never tolerated

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:30
Because his character Deib experiences bullying in the series "He's Into Her," actor Donny Pangilinan knows there are specific reasons why it happens. "When it comes to bullying? I just feel like the biggest thing to get out of this is that everyone is just going through something talaga (really), as in everyone," he said during the online conference for the series yesterday, July 26. The series will be showing its finale on iWantTFC this Friday (July 29) and on the Kapamilya Channel and A2Z this Sunday (July 31). "If you feel like there's this popular dude who thinks he has it all, you don't know kasi kung ano ang nangyayari sa bahay niya (what happens in his house), kung ano 'yun...

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Explainer: What we know about inter-Korean hotlines, unique symbol for testy ties

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:30
  SEOUL -- South and North Korea reopened their hotlines on Tuesday after a yearlong communications vacuum that had flared tensions and soured relations. At least 49 hotlines have been set up between the two Koreas since the 1970s, and Seoul sees them as a crucial tool to prevent misunderstandings from unexpected military developments, especially along their shared heavily fortified demilitarized zone (DMZ). The lines were also meant to arrange diplomatic meetings, coordinate air and sea traffic, facilitate humanitarian discussions, minimize impacts from natural disasters and cooperate on economic issues. But the isolated North has often cut the channels in times of ...

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Five people missing after explosion rocks German chemicals site

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:29
Five people were missing and several injured after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending up plumes of smoke and prompting police to ask nearby residents to remain in their homes.
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South, North Korea reopen hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:21
  SEOUL -- South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, and the two countries' leaders are renewing efforts to rebuild relations, Seoul's presidential office said on Tuesday. The decision on the hotlines was made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un who have exchanged multiple letters since April when they marked the third anniversary of their first summit, said Moon's press secretary, Park Soo-hyun. North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, also said all inter-Korean communication channels resumed operation at 10 a.m. Tuesday (0100 GMT) in line with an agreement between ...

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‘Can’t give up after winning’: Paris Olympics possible for Hidilyn Diaz

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:20
MANILA, Philippines --- After reaching the pinnacle of her sport, weightlifting queen Hidilyn Diaz is not done yet. Less than 24 hours after her historic win at the Tokyo Olympics, Diaz has now set her sights on the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games in 2022 and the World Weightlifting Championships scheduled in Lima, Peru later this year. "I will focus on the SEA Games and then the world championships," Diaz said during a Zoom press conference Tuesday. There have been talks about her possible retirement with the Tokyo Games likely her swan song. But the 30-year-old Diaz made it clear that her glittering career is far from over. "I won't stop because I can still do it. I saw ...

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‘Sana mali ako’: Isko Moreno fears Delta variant already spreading in Metro Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:19
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila City Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Tuesday expressed fear that the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant is already spreading undetected in Metro Manila. Moreno said he is bothered by the fact that genome sequencing to detect the Delta variant takes some time in the country --- which means there could have been delays as to when local government units (LGUs) were made aware of the variant's presence in their localities. "Ngayon mga kababayan, ako po bilang mayor ninyo, nagbabababala. Masama ang pakiramdam ko, sana mali ako. Ako duda ko, nagkalat na ang Delta, may duda ako," Moreno said in a live online briefing. (Now my fellow...

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Taiwan’s Kuo wins Olympics gold in women’s 59kg weightlifting

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:16
TOKYO---Taiwan's Kuo Hsing-Chun won the gold medal in the women's 59kg weightlifting event at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, setting Olympic records in all three categories but falling short of her own world record. Kuo dropped to the floor with a bitter smile after failing at a lift of 141 kg in the clean and jerk to break her record of 140 kg. "I was competing against myself, and I wanted to break the world record," Kuo told reporters. "I am very happy that I put all the pieces together now, adding in the Olympic gold medal today," she said. Polina Guryeva won silver, Turkmenistan's first medal at the Tokyo Games, while Japan's Mikiko Andoh earned Japan's first medal in...

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Economic adviser leads meet to search for ways to reduce power cost in Negros Occidental

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:16
BACOLOD CITY----Negros Occidental provincial economic consultant Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez led a pre-power summit Monday to explore ways to bring down the cost of power in the province. "The goal is to reduce power cost to benefit consumers, and allow stable and competitive rates and power supply to entice the technology industry to come here and invest," he said. "The meeting was held to assess the power supply in Negros, and if its use is being maximized," he added. Benitez pointed out that Negros Occidental is rich in renewable energy with available geothermal, solar, and biomass plants. "We are pushing for renewable energy. In fact, Negros Island would claim it...

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Worried about traveling with unvaccinated kids? 6 questions answered on how to manage the risks

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:15
Across the US, Covid-19 cases are rising again, primarily in unvaccinated populations. Most of these cases are due to the highly infectious delta variant of SARS-Cov-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Many children are among those who aren't vaccinated, simply because no vaccines have been authorized for children under 12. About a quarter of children aged 12-15 years have been vaccinated. Given the rise in cases and the inability to vaccinate young children, many parents are concerned about the safety of traveling this summer.
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Catholic church turns pastoral care centre in Jakarta into COVID-19 ward

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:14
  JAKARTA -- The Catholic Church has converted a pastoral center in Jakarta into an isolation ward to care for COVID-19 patients in the Indonesian capital as it battles a devastating second wave of the pandemic that has overrun hospitals. Nearly 90 nuns, priests and other carers are looking after around 60 patients in the Samadi center, said Father Yustinus Ardianto, a Catholic priest in charge at the facility. "For me, the healing process is not just about medicines, but also a comfortable environment," said Father Yustinus, who has himself recovered from the coronavirus. Encircling a central garden, there are 75 rooms at Samadi with most of the patients suffering m...

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FLASHBACK: Hidilyn a product of modest origins

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:12
(The following is a story titled "Gallery: Hidilyn Diaz's humble beginnings" published in INQUIRER.net on August 10, 2016, with photographs by Julie Alipala of the Inquirer Mindanao Bureau.)   Before she got her moment at the podium in the most prestigious sporting event in the world, Hidilyn Diaz was just a small-town girl with big dreams. She lived a simple life with her family in their humble mini bungalow house in Zamboanga City. Her weightlifting equipment, which helped her become the country's first medalist in the Olympics in the last two decades, were mostly donated by friends and family. READ: Diaz's silver glitters like gold Now, Diaz is set for superstardom...

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Think tanks see Delta further slowing PH economic recovery

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:12
MANILA, Philippines---The threat from the more contagious Delta variant (formerly Indian) of SARS Cov2, which could prolong the pandemic and quarantine restrictions, would make the Philippines among "losers" in long-term economic scarring and keep potential below pre-pandemic levels until 2025, according to think tanks on Tuesday (July 27). "The Philippines has eased restrictions in the past month, but the likelihood of daily infections rising now that the Delta variant has arrived are high," Moody's Analytics senior Asia-Pacific economist Katrina Ell and associate economist Dave Chia said in a report. Due to risks from the Delta variant, Moody's Analytics said the Philippines need...

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Casual relationships matter for older adults

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:12
In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a wedding -- his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic.
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Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan report record daily COVID-19 infections

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:09
    ALMATY -- Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan reported record numbers of fresh COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, standing at 6,797 and 789 respectively, signaling that Central Asia has yet to overcome the latest pandemic wave, driven by new variants. Uzbekistan has a population of 34 million compared with Kazakhstan's 19 million but the latter does more tests while daily figures in the former are more indicative of cases requiring hospitalization. Kazakhstan has administered the first COVID-19 vaccine dose to 5.2 million people and 3.4 million have been fully inoculated. In Uzbekistan, 4.2 million people have received the first dose, with about 1.1 million fully vacc...

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Bacolod folk flock to malls, defy health protocols, to get vaccinated vs COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:06
BACOLOD CITY---Huge crowds, many defying health protocols, trooped to malls in this city to get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Monday, July 26. The majority did not observe physical distancing, and some were seen without face shields or with their face masks down. The build-up of crowds was noted last week following an announcement by the city government to allow walk-ins. City Administrator Em Ang, Emergency Operations Center executive director, announced Monday that the vaccination centers at Ayala Malls Capitol Central, Robinsons Place, and SMX Convention Center had reached their maximum number of vaccinees for the day. "Beginning Tuesday, July 27, we regret that we wi...

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COVID-19 surge starting to ease in Indonesia capital, data shows

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:05
  JAKARTA -- As Indonesia grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus infections, Jakarta government data shows a fall in cases and easing pressure on hospitals in the capital, even as the situation worsens in other parts of the archipelago. The capital, home to about 10 million people and three times that figure when counting those who live in surrounding towns, has been the epicenter of an outbreak that has pushed hospitals to the brink, with desperate scenes of people queuing for oxygen and being treated in parking lots. But over two weeks Jakarta's daily cases dropped from 14,619 on July 12 to 2,662 on July 25, according to city data, while pressure on COVID-19 ...

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Biden to address intelligence community for first time as President

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:00
Six months into Joe Biden's presidency, the intelligence community still can't quite escape politics.
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Trump's sway faces test in Texas special election runoff

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:00
Former President Donald Trump's influence with Texas Republicans faces a stern test on Tuesday as voters in the state's 6th Congressional District choose between a pair of GOP candidates in a runoff to fill the late Rep. Ron Wright's seat.
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