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Messi unveiled ahead of PSG match but is not included in match squad

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 07:58
    PARIS - Paris St Germain presented Lionel Messi to fans inside the Parc des Princes stadium ahead of their Ligue 1 clash with Strasbourg on Saturday, but the Argentine was not included in the squad for the match. Messi took to the field pre-match along with fellow new recruits Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Georginio Wijnaldum, and spoke to the raucous crowd. "It has been a very special week for me," he said. "I want to thank everyone for the reception since I arrived in Paris. It has been truly incredible. I feel very happy and excited. "I hope together we can enjoy this year and make it a great year for us. I am very excited about...

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U.S. administers 355.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – CDC

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 07:43
    The United States has administered 355,768,825 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of Saturday morning and distributed 415,915,655 doses, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Those figures are up from the 354,777,950 vaccine doses the CDC said had gone into arms by Aug. 13 out of 414,376,925 doses delivered. The agency said 197,685,048 people had received at least one dose while 168,090,925 people are fully vaccinated as of Saturday. The CDC tally includes two-dose vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech,, as well as Johnson & Johnson's one-shot vaccine as of 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday. gsg...

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Storm Fred expected to strengthen as it aims for Florida Panhandle

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 07:01
    The remnants of Storm Fred were moving across the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday and were expected to strengthen into a tropical storm overnight, potentially dropping several inches of rain on the Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama early next week. The storm was about 510 miles (820 km) south-southeast of Mobile, Alabama on Saturday and moving west-northwest at 35 miles (55 km) per hour, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center. It was expected to turn northwest overnight and had a 90% chance of re-strengthening into a tropical storm within the next 48 hours, the NHC said in a Saturday evening advisory. "Fred is forecast to regenerate as a t...

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Children hospitalized with COVID-19 in U.S. hits record number

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 06:51
    The number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States hit a record high of just over 1,900 on Saturday, as hospitals across the South were stretched to capacity fighting outbreaks caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The Delta variant, which is rapidly spreading among mostly the unvaccinated portion of the U.S. population, has caused hospitalizations to spike in recent weeks, driving up the number of pediatric hospitalizations to 1,902 on Saturday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Children currently make up about 2.4% of the nation's COVID-19 hospitalizations. Kids under 12 are not eligibl...

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QC sues 2 for getting booster shots, cites violation of ordinance

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 05:40
MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City government said it had charged two people who had secured a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, even as officials become more vocal in their concern over this undue privilege while millions of Filipinos are still racing to get their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. According to the city government, one of the suspects received his second Sinovac dose in Mandaluyong City on May 10, but still availed himself of a Moderna shot in Quezon City last week. Another vaccinee who had been fully inoculated with Sinovac posted on social media that he had received a third dose of Pfizer, the city government said, adding that it had received screenshots of ...

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On his rest day, Pacquiao hits gym to perfect a routine for bout vs Ugas

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 05:20
Manny Pacquiao stretched, bounced and shadow boxed on Friday at Wild Card Gym with 40-odd people in attendance---all of whom tested negative for the coronavirus before entering the training area. An hour later, all cameras were asked to be turned off as he and Freddie Roach worked on mitts. They appeared to be polishing a particular sequence, something that involves throwing combinations, sliding sideways and pulling off a big haul-off-and-smack in the end. The master and student---who fought countless wars together atop the ring for decades now---went over the routine for eight full rounds. Often, Pacquiao would apologize every time an errant punch landed on Roach's cushioned ...

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In search of bigger payday, Casimero vows to send Rigondeaux to retirement

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 05:15
LOS ANGELES---On Saturday night, John Riel Casimero gets the chance to shed his colorful, zany image and become the A-list world champion he has long desired to be. All he has to do is beat Cuban challenger Guillermo Rigondeaux. The brash-talking Filipino believes he will do just that. "Don't worry Rigo, this will be your last fight," Casimero told his 40-year-old foe, addressing him by his nickname, never mind that the two-time Olympic champ is known to frustrate attack-minded sluggers like the Filipino title-holder. Casimero made the remarks during Friday's weigh-in, where he tipped the scales at an exact 118 pounds---the bantamweight limit. Rigondeaux came in at 117.5 lbs...

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The Assumption legacy

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 05:10
Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy, Church of the East and even in some Lutheran and Anglo-Catholic churches. If I may digress into this tradition a bit: the belief is that Mary was bodily taken up into Heaven. It is not spelled out in the Bible, but was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on Nov. 1, 1950. He wrote his interpretation of this in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus. (If you would like to read this in full, just visit the Vatican website.) Interestingly, Assumption College in the Philippines is older than this dogma. Assumption College ...

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Biden approves additional forces to help drawdown of personnel from Kabul

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 05:09
WASHINGTON --- U.S. President Joe Biden said on Saturday that he had approved additional military forces to go to Kabul to help safely draw down the American embassy and remove personnel from Afghanistan. In a lengthy statement, Biden defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, arguing that Afghan forces had to fight back against Taliban forces sweeping through the country. "Based on the recommendations of our diplomatic, military and intelligence teams, I have authorized the deployment of approximately 5,000 U.S. troops to make sure we can have an orderly and safe drawdown of U.S. personnel and other allied personnel," Biden said, adding it would also be to...

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Taliban capture major city in northern Afghanistan, draw closer to Kabul

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 02:47
KABUL --- Taliban forces captured a major city in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, sending Afghan forces fleeing, and drew closer to Kabul, where Western countries scrambled to evacuate their citizens from the capital. The fall of Mazar-i-Sharif, confirmed by a provincial council official, was another important capture for the hardline militants, who have swept through the country in recent weeks as U.S.-led forces withdrew. Kabul and Jalalabad, in eastern Afghanistan, are now the only big cities not in Taliban hands. The United States and Britain are now rushing several thousand troops back into the country to evacuate citizens amid concern Kabul could soon be overrun. Sec...

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Magnitude 7.2 quake rocks Haiti, dozens killed

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 02:16
PORT-AU-PRINCE/HAVANA --- A major earthquake killed at least 29 people in southwestern Haiti on Saturday, reducing churches, hotels, and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation already mired in humanitarian and political crises. The 7.2-magnitude quake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks, struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the USGS said. That made the temblor which was felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica potentially bigger and shallower than the magnitude 7 earthquake 11 years ago that killed tens of thousands in the poorest nation i...

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Private schools gearing up for online classes amid Delta variant threat

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Several private schools nationwide have vowed to proceed with online classes despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and the threat of the Delta variant, according to the Private Educational Associations of the Philippines (COCOPEA). "COCOPEA member schools are resolved to continue with online learning for this school year," COCOPEA Chair Dr. Anthony Tamayo said in a statement on Friday. "The presidents of the associations that comprise COCOPEA agree that the safety of our students and stakeholders at this time of the pandemic is our paramount concern," he added. According to him, schools that are part of COCOPEA are putting their resources on improving the...

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Better Christmas in PH possible despite another COVID-19 spike in cases – Galvez

Sun, 08/15/2021 - 01:05
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines may yet have a better Christmas despite the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and another uptick in cases, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the national vaccine manager, said on Saturday. "Our goal of having a better Christmas is still attainable," Galvez said in a statement, partly in Filipino, that was sent to reporters. "There are many areas where the vaccinations are quick, and with the continuous deliveries of our vaccine supplies, we can easily achieve our desire that the NCR [National Capital Region or Metro Manila] and other areas will have a better Christmas in December." As the government aims for herd immunity, vaccinations hav...

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