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More schools in Bacolod City, Negros Occ to join pilot in-person classes next year

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:13
BACOLOD CITY --- In-person classes are expected to start in more schools in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental early next year. Bacolod Superintendent of Schools Gladys Amylaine Sales said she has recommended in-person classes in five other schools in Bacolod City: Arceo Elementary School, Rafael Alunan Elementary School, Asuncion Lizares Elementary School, Fr. Gratian Murray Integrated School, and the Vista Alegre Granada Relocation Elementary School. The target is to have in-person classes for 40 vaccinated learners in each grade level. In-person classes started at the Alangilan National High School in Bacolod City and nine other schools in Negros Occidental on Monday, Dec...

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Closing arguments set for today in Jussie Smollett's trial for alleged hoax attack

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:09
Closing arguments are set to take place Wednesday in Jussie Smollett's trial, a day after the former "Empire" actor took the stand to rebut allegations that he staged a hoax hate crime and lied to police about it in January 2019.
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SIM card registration: Fighting cyber criminals or breaching privacy?

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:09
MANILA, Philippines---On Dec. 6, the House of Representatives has approved on final reading House Bill No. 5793, a measure seeking to require the registration of subscriber identity module (SIM) cards.   With 181 votes supporting the bill, six against, and no abstentions, the chamber passed the proposed SIM Card Registration Act, which aims to promote accountability and help enforcement agencies in tracking down criminals through mobile phones with pre-paid and post-paid SIM cards.   READ: House OKs bill requiring SIM card registration   According to data consumer company Statista, the number of mobile phone users in the country has been consisten...

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De Leon assumes top military post of Eastern Visayas

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 18:03
TACLOBAN CITY --- Major Gen. Edgardo de Leon on Monday assumed the top military post of Eastern Visayas. The ceremony, held at the grounds of the 8th Infantry Division camp in Catbalogan City in Samar, was presided by chief of staff and current Army chief, Lt. Gen. Andres Centino. De Leon, who was the deputy chief of staff for operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a member of the Class Maringal of 1988 of the Philippine Military Academy, vowed to address the continuing insurgency problem in the region. The region, composed of the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar, continues to be saddled with the presence of...

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Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s suspected killer identified by passport, not just name – source

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:57
PARIS --- A Saudi man held at a Paris airport over suspected links to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested because his passport triggered an alert, a police source said Wednesday after Saudi Arabia said it was a case of mistaken identity. French law enforcement sources have named the man arrested on Tuesday as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi -- the same name as a former member of the Saudi Royal Guard listed in U.S. and British sanctions documents and a U.N.-commissioned report as having been involved in Khashoggi's killing. The Saudi Embassy in Paris said late on Tuesday that the arrested person "has nothing to do with the case in question" and should be immediately re...

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Scottish oysters were on the rocks. Now a whiskey distillery is throwing them a lifeline

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:56
Professor William Sanderson, or Bill as he likes to be known, wades into the shallows of the Dornoch Firth as the sun breaks over the ragged skyline of the Scottish Highlands, turning the waters gold. Something in the water catches his eye and he stoops to pick it up. "This is a European native oyster," he explains. "They used to be very abundant in this site thousands of years ago right up to the 1800s."
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Alaska holds off NorthPort in PBA Governors’ Cup opener

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:52
MANILA, Philippines---Robbie Herndon hit the go-ahead basket as Alaska staved off NorthPort, 87-85, at the start of the 2021 PBA Governors' Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Herndon nailed a tough jumper to put the Aces back in the driver's seat, 86-85, with 30 seconds left. "Robbie has a knack of being able to score at the end of the shot clock and even at the even of the game so you wanna put the ball in his hands," said Aces head coach Jeffrey Cariaso. Olu Ashaolu notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Aces, who blew a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. https://twitter.com/pbaconnect/status/1468506845497102336 Jeron Te...

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Olaf Scholz voted in as Germany's new chancellor, replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:47
Olaf Scholz was voted in as Germany's new Chancellor on Wednesday, bringing to an end Angela Merkel's four terms at the helm of Europe's largest economy.
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Canlas, new PAF chief, vows to heed ‘flight plan’ for PH defense

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:43
MANILA, Philippines---President Rodrigo Duterte has named Maj. Gen. Connor Anthony Canlas as the new commanding general of the Philippine Air Force (PAF).   Canlas, who served as PAF vice commander prior to his new appointment, took charge on Tuesday (Nov. 7) as his predecessor Lt. Gen. Allen Paredes retired from the service.   "I am not really too keen on leaving legacies but my ultimate goal is to achieve the milestones set by our Flight Plan that was established by our predecessors," Canlas said in his assumption speech.   The new air force chief called his leadership thrust as LIPAD PAF, which incorporates previous development strategies for the PAF t...

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China’s cash-strapped Guangzhou name Zheng Zhi as player-coach

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:41
Eight-time Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou FC have appointed Zheng Zhi as player-coach, with the club fighting for its future because of a debt crisis at owners China Evergrande. The 41-year-old, a midfielder who played in the English Premier League for Charlton Athletic, takes charge of China's most successful football team following the sacking two months ago of Fabio Cannavaro. Zheng, a club stalwart who captained China, has been taking training at Guangzhou since the end of November, state news agency Xinhua said. The CSL resumes this weekend after a four-month break, but the club have reportedly been unable to pay the players' salaries. "We hope all the club...

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Motorcycle taxis in PH: Weighing convenience, safety

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:32
MANILA, Philippines---In TomTom's 2020 Traffic Index, Metro Manila's congestion level was considered as the second worst in the world as a commuter can expect an average of 53 percent added travel time because of road congestion.   READ: Metro Manila traffic: 2nd worst in the world --- report   Anton Narciso, a 24-year-old resident of Quezon City who previously worked in Taguig City, said this was the reality. "When I was still working in Bonifacio Global City, reaching the office would take 90 minutes," he said.   This was the reason he said he often booked motorcycle taxis to navigate the 18.9-kilometer distance between his residence and office, saying ...

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Helicopter crashes with India military chief on board

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:32
New Delhi,India --- A helicopter carrying India's defense chief General Bipin Rawat crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the air force said. The 63-year-old chief of defense staff was traveling in a Russian-made Mi-17V5 chopper that "met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu," the Indian Air Force said on Twitter. Rawat is India's first chief of defense staff, a position that the Indian government established in 2019, and is seen as close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He and his wife were on board along with other officers and were headed to the Defense Services Staff College, a senior army officer told AFP. Videos broadcast on Indian news ch...

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Djokovic on entry list for Australian Open, no Serena

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:28
Men's world number one Novak Djokovic was named among the entries for the Australian Open on Wednesday, following intense speculation about his vaccination status, but women's great Serena Williams was missing. The Serbian had cast doubt on whether he would defend his Melbourne title next month, refusing to reveal whether he was inoculated against coronavirus, a requirement to play. But after being named on Tuesday as part of the Serbia team for January's ATP Cup in Sydney that will precede the opening major of the year, he was also listed for the Grand Slam. Williams, who is marooned on 23 Grand Slam titles -- one short of the all-time record held by Margaret Court -- had b...

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As Duterte leaves with record PH debt, question raised: Will poor pay for it?

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:27
MANILA, Philippines---The numbers leave no doubt that President Rodrigo Duterte will step down with a record amount of debt but uncertainty hovers over how his successor would be able to repay. One thing is sure, though. The administration that would succeed Duterte's when he is gone in 2022 would have to "progressively" increase government capacity to pay the mind-boggling amount of debt incurred by the outgoing president. This was stressed by the non-profit research group Ibon Foundation as the government debt---largely incurred to pay off COVID expenses---was expected to reach P13.42 trillion by end of 2022 from P11.73 trillion this year. READ: PH debt by time Duterte is go...

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Maggie Wilson declares ‘truth’ cannot be hidden as she denies having an ‘affair’

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:27
Former beauty queen Maggie Wilson appears to have spoken up about "truth" being revealed "soon," even as she denied being in a new relationship. The Binibining Pilipinas World 2007 talked about how the truth cannot be hidden while showing a photo of herself on a swing on her Instagram page yesterday, Dec. 7. "There are [three] things that cannot be hidden for long. The sun, the moon and the truth. Soon!" she said.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Maggie Wilson (@wilsonmaggie) Wilson and Tim Connor, who have been working with each other over the past few months, also deni...

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Golf courses on borrowed time as Earth's weather patterns become wilder

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:27
The 30 or so golf courses in the Salt Lake County of Utah drink up around nine million gallons of water a day to stay pristine green -- that's more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
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NASA to launch new x-ray telescope designed to unravel mysteries of black holes

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:22
We're about to get a new perspective on some of the most extreme objects in the universe. In the early morning hours of December 9, NASA will launch its Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer mission, or IXPE, to measure X-rays released by black holes and neutron stars.
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Quezon City is winning war vs COVID-19, says OCTA

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- The latest December data from OCTA Research and the Department of Health have confirmed the continued drop of new COVID-19 cases in Quezon City, the largest and most populous city of Metro Manila. Quezon City registered an average of only 25 new coronavirus cases in the first seven days of December, lower than the average 40 fresh infections it record in the last seven days of November. Earlier, OCTA Research declared that Quezon City already achieved its 7-day average target of less than 30 new cases per day. In its special report on Quezon City, OCTA Research said the city's average daily attack rate (ADAR) is now at 0.91 per 100,000 population while its CO...

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No countrywide lockdown in Thailand to stop Omicron, PM insists

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:06
BANGKOK --- Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted that the government would not impose a countrywide lockdown for now to stop the new Covid-19 Omicron variant from spreading. Government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said that after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Prayut advised people not to panic after the first Omicron case was reported in Thailand last Friday, while asking the public to remain confident in the country's health system. "The prime minister thanked public health professionals and all Thais who have been working hard to keep the infection rate low," Thanakorn said. "He also insisted that the government has no plan to impose a countrywide lockdo...

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Two more Omicron cases in Thailand

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 17:02
BANGKOK --- Thailand has found two more Omicron Covid-19 cases, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration confirmed on Wednesday, taking total Omicron cases to three as of now. The two new cases are Thai female translators who arrived in the kingdom after attending meetings in Nigeria on November 28. They have been receiving medical treatment while in quarantine for a week. Thailand's first Omicron case is a 35-year-old American businessman, who was found on December 3 to be infected. He had travelled from Spain on November 30 after living there for a year. RELATED STORIES Thailand detects first case of Omicron variant Asia airlines hope Omicron setback will be short-...

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