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Djokovic on entry list for Australian Open, no Serena

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?

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’

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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Quezon City is winning war vs COVID-19, says OCTA

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

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

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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Feeling alive with BTS: an ARMY’s review of PTD On Stage

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:58
I remember the moment when I became a full-fledged Army: I saw screenshots of the "On" kinetic manifesto film on Twitter and was drawn in by the intensity of the visuals and choreography. So, I watched the music video and listened to the song, which was much different from the few BTS songs I'd heard of. As soon as Jungkook hit that high note during the bridge and they went into the dance break, I was a goner. Over the next year and a half, I went from listening (and crying) to "Map of the Soul: 7" to waking up at 4 a.m. to watch their virtual concerts to finally snagging tickets to their first two in-person concerts in LA. After waiting in line for hours, I felt a tinge of fear a...

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DOH reports 171 COVID-19 deaths but says only 6 occurred in December

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:58
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday recorded 171 more COVID-19 related deaths but said that only six of these were from December. According to the latest case bulletin from the DOH, the 171 deaths brought the country's total fatalities due to COVID-19 complications to 49,761, which compose 1.75 percent of all the 2,835,593 confirmed cases. "Of the 171 reported deaths, only 6 occurred in December 2021. 19% of the reported deaths today occurred in November 2021 due to the late encoding of death information to COVIDKaya. This issue is currently being coordinated with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Units to ensure information is...

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Hundreds being traced over Omicron outbreak tied to Seoul church

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:52
SEOUL --- The count of COVID-19's Omicron variant in South Korea rose by 12 in one day to 36 on Tuesday, with three of those cases traced to Seoul for the first time. Out of the 12 additional cases, three were "imported" cases involving recent travelers from South Africa and the rest were tied to an outbreak at a church in Incheon. Seoul said in a news briefing its first three Omicron cases were identified among university students. The three students are among some 400 people who went to same church as the couple and their acquaintance who were identified Dec. 1 as Korea's first official cases of the new variant. The disease control authorities are contact-tracing some 1,30...

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Korea announces second child death from COVID-19

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:46
SEOUL --- South Korea on Tuesday announced its second child death from COVID-19. Sources familiar with the matter told The Korea Herald that the 6-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital emergency room Saturday because of "continued fever and breathing difficulties." The sources said the boy, who had a "brain-related condition," developed a fever of 37.8 degrees Celsius on Nov. 25 before testing positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 2. For the first two days since his diagnosis he was isolated at home, withthe consent of his guardians, the sources said. He was placed on a respirator the day he was admitted on Saturday. The next day his guardians gave their consent to a do-not-resus...

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DOH confirms 370 new COVID-19 cases

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:41
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) reported 370 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a slight increase from Tuesday's 356 additional cases but with a higher number of tests. According to the DOH, there are now 12,510 active cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, out of 2,835,593 confirmed infections since the start of the pandemic. Of the active cases, 46.8 percent are either mild or asymptomatic. In numbers, 883 patients are asymptomatic, 4,974 are experiencing mild symptoms, 3,916 have moderate infections, 2,261 are under severe status, and 476 are critical. Meanwhile, the health department also confirmed 859 more recoveries and 171 more deaths. In t...

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South Korea agrees to accept foreign vaccination records

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:40
SEOUL --- South Korea is devising a system to accept foreigners' overseas vaccination records, a government official confirmed to The Korea Herald on Tuesday. "We're drafting a 'vaccine status form' for foreign nationals vaccinated abroad," an official at the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said. The plan will leave more people in the country eligible for booster shots, with more details to be announced Thursday, the official added. The comments came just hours after a group of embassies, led by the US, urged the Korean government to take urgent action to recognize foreign residents' overseas vaccination records. In a joint statement issued via Twitter, the mi...

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Chinese couple reunited with abducted son after 14 years

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:34
BEIJING --- After searching for their abducted son for 14 years, Sun Haiyang and his wife, Peng Siying, were reunited with the now 18-year-old in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, on Monday. After hugging his son excitedly, Sun immediately called his mother to share the good news. "I am so happy that I finally found my son. I've been to so many places looking for him over the past 14 years. I couldn't sleep well and was always worried about him. Before the reunion ceremony, I could only remember him as a 4-year-old," he said after the ceremony. Sun thanked public security officers for helping find Sun Zhuo and said he hoped his son could stay with the family. Sun Haiyang comes f...

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Only 11 Ilocos Norte cop personnel not yet jabbed vs COVID-19

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:26
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte---Only 11 remained unvaccinated against COVID-19 among the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in Ilocos Norte province, according to a top official. In a press briefing Tuesday, Dec. 7, Col. Christopher Abrahano, director of the Ilocos Norte police office, said the 11 belong to the non-uniformed personnel. Abrahano said the personnel was not yet vaccinated due to valid health reasons. "They were accorded the opportunity to present their reasons why they were not yet vaccinated, and the health services of the PNP accepted their justifications," added Abrahano. Ilocos Norte has 1,377 PNP personnel, data showed. lzb...

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Two PH cities to host Volleyball Nations League in June 2022

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:23
MANILA, Philippines---The Philippines has been tapped as one of the hosts of the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Nations League. Pasay City will host Week 2 of the VNL featuring USA, China, Japan, Russia, Belgium, Poland, Thailand and Canada from June 14 to 19. Eight men's teams such as Japan, France, Russia, Slovenia, Argentina, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, meanwhile, will head to Quezon City in the second stop of their competition from June 21 to 26. https://twitter.com/volleyballworld/status/1468445233956343811 According to the league website, the 2022 edition of the VNL will showcase a "new dynamic format." "This format will provide fans and spectators an opportunity t...

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SB19 dethrones BTS in Billboard Hot Trending Songs chart

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:22
SB19 climbed its way to number one in the Billboard Hot Trending Songs chart with their song "Bazinga," overtaking "Butter" by global K-pop sensation BTS. BTS held the top position for the chart's entire existence before losing it to SB19, who were on the 8th spot, this week, Billboard reported yesterday, Dec. 7. The Hot Trending Songs chart, which tracks globally trending songs on Twitter, was only founded this year. "Bazinga" garnered 1.5 million Twitter mentions from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2, the report said. Billboard attributed this spike to SB19's performance during the Philippine Association of the Record Industry's 34th Awit Awards, where the band won People's Voice Favorite S...

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Mark Magsayo challenges WBC champ Gary Russell Jr. on January 22

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 16:01
MANILA, Philippines---Mark Magsayo's first world title shot will be on January 22 as the unbeaten Filipino and WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. clash in a Showtime Championship Boxing main event, as per boxingscene.com. The venue, however, is still being finalized as of posting. Magsayo (23-0, 16KOs) was tapped as the mandatory challenger by the World Boxing Council after his spectacular knockout of Julio Ceja last August. Russell (31-1, 18KOs) has held the WBC crown since stopping Jhonny Gonzalez in 2015, but the Washington DC native has only defended his title five times since then. The showdown with Magsayo will be Russell's first since February of last year...

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Thai Supreme Court jails tycoon over wildlife poaching

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:51
BANGKOK --- A Thai tycoonaccused of poaching wildlife in a national park lost his final appeal Wednesday, in a long-running saga that drew public outrage over the elite's perceived impunity. Construction magnate Premchai Karnasuta was arrested in February 2018 when park officials found guns, animal carcasses -- including of a kalij pheasant and a red muntjac --and the pelt of a black leopard at his campsite. Premchai was found not guilty of possessing a leopard carcass, but he was convicted of three other poaching-related charges and sentenced to 16 months jail. It was raised to three years and two months by the Appeals Court. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the guilt...

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Poe bats for stable internet service despite ongoing telco developments

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:47
MANILA, Philippines --- "Our definition of the new normal should include internet access for all," Senator Grace Poe said Wednesday, noting that Filipinos' long wait for faster, reliable, and affordable internet would end with the foray of telecommunication companies (telcos) into more advanced technologies. "Our people deserve the same quality of connectivity as the rest of the world," she said. According to Poe, the public anticipates that the upgrade and expansion by telcos would help in sealing the digital divide critical to the country's COVID-19 recovery. Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, called on government regulators to ensure that developments ...

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Miss Universe PH Beatrice Gomez opens up on being raised by a single mom

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:47
Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez candidly spoke about her life before the pageant, sharing how she was raised by a single mother and her being a part of the LGBTQ community. "I was raised by a single mom and she had quite a hard time managing our household," she said in an introduction video on the Miss Universe YouTube page last Monday, Dec 6. Gomez shared how she needed to get into a volleyball varsity team to secure an athletic scholarship that got her through high school and college. "Being a part of the volleyball varsity team is not just something I take as an achievement but it is something that really changed my life for the better because I was ab...

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