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Italian tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:27
ROME--An Italian man who wanted a coronavirus vaccine certificate without actually having the jab tried to play the system by presenting health workers with a fake arm, an official said Friday. Despite the realistic skin color, nobody was fooled by the silicone limb, and the man -- in his 50s -- was reported to local police following the incident on Thursday night in Biella, northwest Italy. "The case borders on the ridiculous, if it were not for the fact we are talking about a gesture of enormous gravity," the head of the Piedmont regional government, Albert Cirio, said in a statement on Facebook. He said such an act was "unacceptable faced with the sacrifice that our entir...

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No COVID-19 clusters in PH amid Omicron threat, says DOH

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:26
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) has not observed any clustering of COVID-19 cases in any part of the country that could indicate the presence of the Omicron variant, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Saturday. "Minomonitor natin ang sitwasyon. Wala naman tayong nakikitaang mga lugar sa ating bansa na mayroong biglang pagtaas ng mga kaso or nagka-cluster ng infections, because that can be one of the determinants kung saka-sakali na nakapasok na itong Omicron variant," Vergeire said at the Laging Handa public briefing. (We are monitoring the situation. We have not seen any area in the country that is seeing an increase in cases or ...

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800 voters per precinct a ‘safe’ ratio in 2022 polls — Comelec

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:18
  MANILA, Philippines --- Eight hundred voters per precinct would be a "safe" ratio during the 2022 elections, Commission on Elections (Comelec) spokesperson James Jimenez said on Saturday. Jimenez was asked on Twitter about the poll body's reaction to the recommendation made by former Comelec commissioner Luie Guia to only have 500 to 600 voters per clustered precinct amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "The planned 800/precinct is due to the availability of VCMs (vote-counting machines). A lower ratio would require more VCMs, which we do not have, and probably won't be able to get," Jimenez responded. "Additionally, note that we don't expect 100% turnout at the precincts, ...

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Ancajas unification fight vs Ioka in Japan postponed to 2022 due to Omicron

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:17
MANILA, Philippines---The super flyweight title unification bout between Jerwin Ancajas and Kazuto Ioka has been postponed to 2022 after Japan closed its borders to foreign travel due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. Ancajas, the IBF champion, and Ioka, who holds the WBO strap, were supposed to fight on New Year's Eve at Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. MP Promotions president Sean Gibbons said both camps are still committed to push through with the fight in Japan, albeit at a later date. "Team Ancajas was looking forward to this historic fight against Ioka butunderstands there are biggerconcerns than boxing in Japan and the world with the situation caused by the emergence of...

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Djokovic to make Australian Open decision ‘very soon’

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:11
Novak Djokovic ended his rollercoaster season with a Davis Cup defeat on Friday and then promised to make a decision on his Australian Open participation "very soon." The world number one, who captured three of the season's four Grand Slams in 2021 to take him level with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20, is still a doubt for January's Australian Open after organizers insisted only fully-vaccinated players will be allowed into the country. The 34-year-old has refused to say whether or not he has been vaccinated against coronavirus. "I understand you want answers on where and how I am going to start the new season, but we'll see what the future holds," said Djokovic, a rec...

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Around 100 Filipinos stranded in Europe, Africa, says DFA

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 15:04
  MANILA, Philippines --- Around 100 Filipinos are now stranded in countries in Europe and Africa that are included in the Philippines' "red list," an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Saturday. "So far, we have more or less 50 Filipinos stranded in Europe. Sa Africa naman po, seven countries din 'yun (In Africa where seven countries are included in the red list)... we just received word this morning from our post sa South Africa na mayroong around 49," DFA Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said at the Laging Handa public briefing. The Philippines earlier banned inbound flights from South Africa, Botswan...

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Young entrepreneur shows way to do business in COVID era

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 14:53
  MANILA, Philippines---Hair dyeing and food are hardly businesses that complement each other but entrepreneur Johan Joshua Principio is able to juggle those with his regular job as a communications consultant. Principio is the owner of I Wanna Dye, which offers hair dyeing services, and Tofu Max, which specializes in tofu-based dishes. His ventures belong to two different industries as they were born out of different purposes. Principio said he won some sort of freedom when he entered college as this allowed him to dye his hair whatever color he fancied, giving in to his dream of getting a tinge on his locks. "I've always been a fan of funky hair colors. I wanted...

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San Juan logs record-low 16 active cases; exceeds vaccination of target population

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 14:46
    MANILA, Philippines --- San Juan City logged its all-time low 16 active COVID-19 cases and over 200-percent vaccination of its target population against the coronavirus, Mayor Francis Zamora reported on Saturday. "As of yesterday, San Juan City now has only 16 active cases and has already vaccinated 242% of its target population," Zamora said in a statement. "This is the lowest number of cases we have recorded ever since COVID-19 started in March of 2020," he added. Also this Saturday, the city government rolled out the administration of booster shots for qualified essential workers and the indigent population. Individuals who are eligible are those ab...

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Joel Embiid, Sixers roar back to stun Hawks

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 14:21
Joel Embiid hit a jumper with 42.8 seconds remaining to cap a game-ending 7-0 run as the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the host Atlanta Hawks 98-96 on Friday. Embiid had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Seth Curry added 18 points. Georges Niang contributed 13, Tyrese Maxey had 11 and Danny Green chipped in 10. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1466984355381714945?s=20 The Sixers played without Ben Simmons (personal reasons) and Tobias Harris, who was a late scratch with a non-COVID illness. Trae Young led the Hawks with 25 points and 10 assists, while John Collins and Danilo Gallinari added 18 points each. Gallinari missed a 3-pointer as time expired, as the hosts finished with o...

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Curry, Warriors end Suns’ 18-game winning streak

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 14:11
The Golden State Warriors ended the Phoenix Suns' 18-game winning streak and reclaimed the top spot in the Western Conference on Friday night, riding a long-range barrage led by Stephen Curry to a 118-96 victory in San Francisco. Curry finished with a game-high-tying 23 points, a majority coming on six of the Warriors' 19 3-pointers, as Golden State avenged a 104-96 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday by handing the Suns their first loss since Oct. 27. https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1466989528388812803?s=20 The win was the Warriors' 11th straight at home, all of which have come by at least 10 points. In winning for the eighth time in their last nine games and improving to an ...

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Clippers hit big triples late to hold off Lakers

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:49
Marcus Morris had a season-high 21 points and Paul George added 19 as the visiting Los Angeles Clippers held on for a 119-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday in the first meeting of the season between the intracity rivals. Luke Kennard also had 19 points for the Clippers, including two late 3-pointers, while Reggie Jackson added 16 as the Clippers ended a three-game losing streak by winning a "road" game for the first time since Nov. 5. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1467002343422058496?s=20 Anthony Davis scored 27 points with 10 rebounds for the Lakers, while LeBron James had 23 points with 11 rebounds after missing Tuesday's contest at Sacramento while in COV...

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9.9 M doses administered on extended nat’l COVID-19 vaccination drive — DOH

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:36
MANILA, Philippines --- The government has administered a total of 9.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses during the national vaccination days, including the extended inoculation drive held some local government units, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a total of 8.01 million doses were administered on the first three days of the mass vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1. Meanwhile, another 1.9 doses were administered on December 2 and 3. "Itong ginawa nating national vaccination day was a huge success. We were targeting 9 million individuals to be vaccinated. As of yesterday ang tally natin ay 9...

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Baguio temp drops to 11.8 degrees Celsius

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:36
BAGUIO CITY----The temperature in the Philippine summer capital has dropped to 11.8 degrees Celsius at 5 a.m. Saturday, the coldest morning so far this month, according to the state weather agency in this city. The temperature is expected to drop further in the coming weeks as Baguio's coldest mornings are usually recorded between January and February. The lowest recorded temperature in Baguio was 6.3 C on Jan. 18, 1961. The nippy weather is caused by the prevailing northeast monsoon or 'amihan" in Northern Luzon, bringing cold winds from the northeast. lzb...

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Gordon’s late basket lift Rockets over Magic

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:35
Eric Gordon scored with 1.6 seconds left and the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to five games with a 118-116 victory over the visiting Orlando Magic Friday at Toyota Center. Gordon tallied 24 points and Christian Wood scored 16 of his 20 points in the third quarter while adding 14 rebounds for Houston. Cole Anthony, who paired 26 points with seven assists, missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Orlando, which suffered its eighth loss in nine games. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1466988130544848900?s=20 Terrence Ross scored 12 points in the fourth quarter for Orlando, but Alperen Sengun and Garrison Mathews countered Ross' outburst with 3-pointers that helped Ho...

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Tiger Woods considering return at upcoming father-son event

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:14
Tiger Woods is considering a return at the Dec. 18-19 PNC Championships, the annual father-son tournament at Orlando, Fla., GOLF.com reported Friday. According to the report, a source "familiar with Woods' progress" indicated that an official announcement could come as early as next week, following more practice time and how his body reacts to increased play. Woods was in a single-car accident in the Los Angeles area on Feb. 23 that resulted in devastating injuries to his right leg and foot. Woods said this week that amputation was a possibility before having surgery to repair the leg. Woods played in last year's PNC Championship with his son Charlie, who stole the show as t...

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Isko wants poor families to have same amenities accorded to rich

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 13:05
  MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said given the chance to be president, the national government would embark on in-city vertical housing projects for the country's urban informal settlers, and build more public hospitals and school buildings for ordinary Filipinos. "Disenteng pabahay, ospital, paaralan. Kung ano ang ginawa ko sa Maynila, gagawin natin sa buong bansa. Dahil gusto kong maiparamdam sa isang mahirap ang nararamdaman ng isang mayaman," said Moreno. The Aksyon Demokratiko presidential bet made the pronouncement in a dialog with more than a thousand former informal settlers who were beneficiaries of housing units in PAR Homes 3, an in...

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242 travelers test positive for coronavirus in November — PGC

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:55
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some 242 travelers who arrived in the Philippines in November have tested positive for coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) said Saturday, citing information from the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ). "Tinatanong ko doon sa ating mga kasamahan sa BOQ at sa Epidemiology Bureau kung ilan na ba talaga ang nagpositive ngayong November. Ang naibigay po sa amin na numero is 242 [ang] nagpositive sa kanila," PGC executive director Dr. Cynthia Saloma said at the Laging Handa public briefing. (I asked our colleagues at the BOQ and Epidemiology Bureau how many have tested positive this November. They told us there were 242.) ...

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NBA turning up heat on players, staff to get COVID booster—report

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:52
The NBA is making a list, checking it in two weeks. When it comes to the COVID-19 booster shot, the league is drawing a clear line between who's naughty and nice. According to a Friday evening report from The Athletic, all NBA players who have not received the The NBA is making a list, checking it in two weeks. When it comes to the COVID-19 booster shot, the league is drawing a clear line between who's naughty and nice. booster by Dec. 17 will have to undergo game-day COVID testing to determine their eligibility before they take the court. Additionally, all team personnel has until Dec. 17 to get the booster, or else they can no longer interact with players, travel ...

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Russia planning Ukraine offensive with up to 175,000 troops — news reports

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:46
WASHINGTON, United States -- Russia is orchestrating a multi-front offensive involving up to 175,000 troops as soon as next year, The Washington Post reported Friday, as Ukraine warned that a large-scale attack may be planned for next month. Moscow's plans "involve extensive movement of 100 battalion tactical groups with an estimated 175,000 personnel, along with armor, artillery and equipment," a US administration official told the Post on condition of anonymity. While the Pentagon told AFP it would not comment on intelligence matters, it said it was "deeply concerned by evidence that Russia has made plans for aggressive actions against Ukraine." "We continue to support de-...

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Veteran Wesley Matthews back with Bucks

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 12:28
Veteran swingman Wesley Matthews officially is back with the Milwaukee Bucks. Matthews signed with the Bucks on Friday, marking his second stint with the team. He averaged 7.4 points in 67 starts for the club during the 2019-20 season. "Wesley is a proven veteran whose shooting, defense and experience will help us," said Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst. "He is familiar with (coach Mike Budenholzer's) system and our team. We're excited to have him back with us." The 35-year-old Matthews will provide depth for a Milwaukee backcourt led by Jrue Holiday. Matthews spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging a career-low 4.8 points in 58 games (10 starts). Matt...

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