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House probe on working conditions of food delivery app riders sought

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:09
MANILA, Philippines --- An inquiry on the working conditions and rights of riders for food delivery services apps is being pushed in the House of Representatives. Under House Resolution No. 1973, the Makabayan bloc said that food and grocery delivery services have become very important especially amid the pandemic where mobility and physical access to shops and restaurants have been limited. "Food and grocery services riders are currently considered as 'freelancers' thereby making them susceptible to unfair and abusive labor practices such as unjust diminution of wages and arbitrary punitive actions," the Makabayan bloc said in the resolution. "There is a need to ensure that...

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Robredo: Gov’t must be more compassionate to Filipinos amid pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:02
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo has appealed for a more compassionate treatment of Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic, citing several examples where the government has berated the public instead of talking and working with them. Speaking during her report to the nation on Tuesday, Robredo said that the government must ask itself why people continue to disregard some of the quarantine restrictions, implying that there may be more to it than just violating the regulations. "Kapag patuloy na lumalabas ang mga kababayan natin kahit pa ECQ, hindi ba mas tamang itanong din natin kung bakit sila nagpipilit lumabas? Baka naman hindi lang sila basta pasaway," Robre...

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Antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps–study

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 17:02
    BEIJING -- Antibodies triggered by Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine declined below a key threshold from around six months after a second dose for most recipients, although a third shot had a strong booster effect, according to a lab study. Chinese researchers reported the findings from a study of blood samples from healthy adults aged between 18-59 in a paper published on Sunday, which has not been peer reviewed. Among participants who received two doses, two or four weeks apart, only 16.9% and 35.2% respectively still had neutralizing antibodies above what researchers regard as a detectable threshold level six months after the second shot, the paper said....

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From ‘homemade barbells’ to ‘historic gold:’ Senate honors Diaz for Olympic win

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:56
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Tuesday honored weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz for elevating the country to "great heights of joy" by winning the Philippines' first gold medal in the Olympics after its 97-year pursuit. In adopting Senate Resolution No. 793 congratulating and commending Diaz, senators emphasized that Diaz was the product of modest origins. "There is a Tagalog saying that goes, 'Walang mailap na pangarap sa taong pursigidong makamit ang tagumpay.' This, perhaps, is our key takeaway from Hidilyn's journey to victory," Senate President Vicente Sotto III said. (There is a Tagalog saying that goes, 'For someone determined to succeed, there is no elusiv...

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COVID-19 kills 72; death toll now at 27,318 – DOH

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:50
MANILA, Philippines --- More people have died due to COVID-19, as the health department reported Tuesday the death of 72 patients which raised the country's coronavirus casualties to 27,318. The Department of Health (DOH), however, explained that from the total 1,562,420 confirmed COVID-19 cases the case fatality rate was only at 1.75 percent. It also noted that of the total case count, 56,477 remain active, of which 2.3 percent are severe and 1.3 percent are critical that are at higher risk for death. Meanwhile, 93.8 percent of the active cases are mild, 1.1 percent are asymptomatic, and 1.58 percent are moderate. The DOH reported an average of 68 deaths in its case bull...

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From ‘home-made barbells’ to ‘historic gold:’ Senate honors Diaz for Olympic win

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:49
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Tuesday honored weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz for uplifting the nation to "great heights of joy" as she ended the country's 97-year quest for the elusive Olympic gold medal. In adopting Senate Resolution No. 793 congratulating and commending Diaz, senators noted the humble beginnings of the Zamboanga native. "There is a tagalog saying that goes, 'Walang mailap na pangarap sa taong pursigidong makamit ang tagumpay.' This, perhaps, is our key takeaway from Hidilyn's journey to victory," Senate President Vicente Sotto III said. (There is a tagalog saying that goes, "There is no elusive dream to someone who is determined...

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'We're not satisfied yet': World No. 1 men's beach volleyball duo on rising through the ranks ahead of Tokyo 2020

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:47
At the ages of just 24 and 25 respectively, Anders Mol and Christian Sørum are at the top of their game.
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Pink offers to pay bikini fine for Norway beach handball team

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:36
United States pop star Pink has offered to pay a "sexist" fine levied on Norway's women's beach handball team after they refused to wear bikini bottoms during a game in the Euro 2021 tournament. The European Handball Federation (EHF) ordered the team to cough up 1,500 euros ($1,768) after they wore shorts instead of the regulation swimwear in their bronze-medal match loss to Spain in Varna, Bulgaria. Pink, a three-time Grammy Award winner, said on Twitter she would cover the fine, berating the organization and encouraging the players to carry on covering up. "I'm VERY proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team FOR PROTESTING THE VERY SEXIST RULES ABOUT THEIR 'uniform,...

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DOH reports COVID-19 infection of 7,186 more; active cases now at 56,477

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health reported Tuesday the COVID-19 infection of 7,186 more, pushing nationwide active cases to 56,477. According to the DOH, the additional fresh COVID-19 cases likewise increased the country's total confirmed coronavirus infections to 1,562,420. Some 5,672 patients have recovered from the disease, the DOH also reported, driving the number of recovered persons to 1,478,625. On the other hand, the health agency said 72 patients failed to survive the serious respiratory illness, raising the death toll to 27,318 since the pandemic hit the Philippines in 2020. The DOH said 13.2 percent of the 30,016 tested for SARS-CoV-2 were found pos...

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First half infra spending up by 43.2 percent

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:27
MANILA, Philippines---The gradual easing of quarantine restrictions while allowing construction projects to resume increased government spending on infrastructure in the first half of 2021 by 43.2 percent year-on-year to P426.6 billion, which exceeded programmed spending for six months.   The latest Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data on Tuesday (July 27) showed that end-June expenditures on infrastructure and other capital outlays climbed from P297.9 billion in 2020, surpassing the P419.6-billion target by 1.7 percent.   Also, second-quarter infrastructure spending rose by a faster 63.2 percent year-on-year to P231.4 billion, which was 3.1-percent higher...

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LCC, Globe present webinar to empower communities with digital technology

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:23
The Liveable Cities Challenge (LCC), in partnership with the League of Cities of the Philippines and Globe Telecom, is set to host another knowledge sharing discussion to help equip cities in designing better solutions. For its fifth webinar this year, LCC and Globe will present the Liveable Cities Labs: Empowering Communities through Technology on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 3-5pm. During this Liveable Cities Lab, speakers and panelists will share innovations on digital technology in light of the pandemic. Executives from invited local government units (LGUs) are also expected to give their insights and learnings on how their communities are using technology to work, learn, and ...

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New York’s $200 french fries offer ‘escape’ from reality

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:21
        NEW YORK -- Jerome Powell, this story's for you. The Federal Reserve chair, always on the look-out for signs of inflation, might want to drop by Manhattan's Upper East Side, where a $200 plate of french fries stretches the definition of haute cuisine. The restaurant Serendipity 3 already claims world records for the most expensive burger ($295) and ice cream sundae ($1,000), so if the question is, "You want fries with that?" its answer is a resounding yes. Guinness World Records certified the feat. As of July 13, the fries are officially the most expensive on earth. "Serendipity is really a happy place," said Creative Director and C...

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US teen dethrones King to claim ‘insane’ Olympic breaststroke gold

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:21
US teenager Lydia Jacoby eclipsed teammate and Olympic champion Lilly King to claim 100m breaststroke gold Tuesday in one of the biggest upsets yet in the Tokyo pool. The 17-year-old Games debutant shocked even herself when she stormed home from third to touch in 1min 04.95sec, staring open-mouthed at the scoreboard. Her manic dash over the final 15m put her ahead of South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker (1:05.22) and a fading King on 1:05.54 -- the veteran American's first defeat since 2015 in her pet event. King, 24, a two-time world champion and world record-holder over the distance, had been regarded as a near-certainty to defend the Olympic title she won comfortably in Rio...

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House honors former President Noynoy Aquino with ‘open-close’ session

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:19
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives immediately adjourned its session on Tuesday to honor former President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino who passed away on June 24. Immediately after the singing of the national anthem at the start of Tuesday's House session, Deputy Majority Leader Juan Pablo Bondoc adjourned the session until Wednesday afternoon. "In deference to the passing of former President Benigno S Aquino III who is also a member of the House of Representatives in the 11th, 12th, and 13th Congress, the session is suspended until 3 o'clock in the afternoon, tomorrow, July 28," Bondoc said. Aquino, who served as the Philippines' 15th president from 2010 to 201...

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New Mandaluyong jail facility reduces congestion to zero, BJMP says

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:18
MANILA, Philippines --- The new jail facility in Mandaluyong has reduced congestion levels in the city to zero, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said. According to BJMP, the inauguration of the New Mandaluyong City Jail located along Maysilo Circle in Mandaluyong's Barangay Plainview on Tuesday means that 758 male persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) and the 101 female PDLs would have a new place to stay. The new jail, which will have 24 detention cells, is the result of cooperation between BJMP and Mandaluyong City's local government unit to address the jail congestion problems in the city. "The construction of this facility tremendously reduced the congestio...

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Photographer Alice Mann shows the energy and ambition of South Africa's all-female drum majorettes

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:12
Images play a powerful role in shaping how we think, says South African portrait photographer Alice Mann. That's why representing her subjects in a positive way is central to her work.
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Ji Chang-wook tests positive for COVID-19, co-stars in drama series negative

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:11
South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook has tested positive for COVID-19 and is the only cast member in his upcoming drama to be confirmed positive for the virus. The actor's diagnosis was revealed by his agency, Glorious Entertainment, through a statement to SPO TV News via Soompi yesterday, July 26. "Ji Chang-wook has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with health authority guidelines, he is in quarantine and receiving treatment," the agency announced. This comes amid production for Ji Chang-wook's upcoming Netflix original series "The Sound of Magic," where he stars alongside fellow actors Hwang In-yeop and Choi Sung-eun. The show has stopped filming due to the actor's ...

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Flying solo, 19-year-old woman aims to set aviation record

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:07
      LONDON -- A 19-year-old is paving the way for girls in STEM by setting the record for the youngest woman to fly solo around the world next month. Belgian-British Zara Rutherford sets off on her 51,000 kilometer (32,000 miles) journey in her bespoke Shark ultralight plane, the world's fastest microlight, on August 11. Once complete, Rutherford will be the youngest person to fly a microlight around the world and the youngest woman to fly solo around the world. The current world record for the latter is held by Shaesta Waiz who completed the journey aged 30. Rutherford hopes she will pave the way for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, En...

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Taekwondo jin Barbosa draws inspiration from Hidilyn’s Tokyo gold medal feat

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:03
MANILA, Philippines --- Inspired by Hidilyn Diaz's golden performance, Tokyo Olympian Kurt Barbosa believes his time will also come. Diaz is also keeping faith. "Balang araw ako din," Barbosa wrote on Twitter shortly after Diaz, the weightlifting queen, claimed the Philippines' first ever Olympic gold medal Monday night. (I will also win someday.) https://twitter.com/kurtesyyyyyy/status/1419644652911697924?s=20 The 30-year-old Diaz gave Barbosa, the country's lone taekwondo bet in Tokyo, a simple "Yes" as a seal of approval. Barbosa, 22, responded with a congratulatory post and described Diaz as his "inspiration" and "idol." https://twitter.com/kurtesyyyyyy/statu...

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Back to Nature: Colombian officials free nearly 2,000 rescued animals

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:01
        BOGOTA -- More than 1,900 turtles, reptiles and amphibians were released into lagoons and forests in Colombia's Meta province over the weekend after being seized and rehabilitated by authorities fighting wildlife trafficking, officials said. Most of the animals - 1,917 - are matamata turtles, known for their impressive ridged shells. The turtles were seized in an April operation by Bogota's city environment office and the environmental police at the cargo terminal of El Dorado airport, the environment office said in a statement.     Also released were 27 turtles from two other species, 15 iguanas, a zopilote snake and ...

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