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Tokyo tops 1,000 daily coronavirus cases with new emergency warning

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 16:22
TOKYO --- Tokyo reported over 1,000 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, a new record, as local and government officials warned that a state of emergency might be needed to tackle spiking cases. Japan's Jiji news agency reported that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga had called emergency talks with ministers on the virus situation later Thursday. "We are still compiling precise figures today. It has been reported to me that it will be above 1,000 and reach somewhere around 1,300," Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters. "For the coronavirus, there is no year-end and no new year holiday. In this winter season, we are seeing the coronavirus spread and it is an extremely serious...

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Chief Justice Peralta acknowledges ‘2020 heroes’ in New Year message

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 16:18
  MANILA, Philippines -- The year 2020 is a celebration of heroes, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said in his New Year message.   Peralta paid tribute not only to the health workers and other frontliners but also to the magistrates, judges, court officials, and employees.   "The past year has been a celebration of heroes. I salute all our health workers and our frontliners who continue to our heroes during this crisis. They all have been relentless in going beyond the call of duty to provide their services and look after our well-being," he said in a statement.   "I also pay homage to another set of heroes: the magistrates, judges, court offic...

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Leonard leads Clippers to blowout of Blazers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 16:01
Kawhi Leonard recorded 28 points, seven assists and three steals in his return to the lineup, and he led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 128-105 victory over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Paul George added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as Los Angeles posted its second straight blowout victory following a franchise-worst, 51-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Leonard sported a mask after missing two games due to a mouth laceration that required eight stitches. He took an elbow to his face from teammate Serge Ibaka last Friday in a victory over the Denver Nuggets. CJ McCollum made 7 of 11 3-point attempts while scoring 25 points fo...

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Slovenia restarts nuclear plant after Croatia quake

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:59
KRSKO, Slovenia --- Slovenia's sole nuclear power plant was scheduled to resume operations late on Wednesday after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in neighboring Croatia had triggered a precautionary shutdown on Tuesday, operators said. "The plant has not suffered any damage, the checked systems are functioning correctly," the Krsko power plant said in a statement published on its website on Wednesday. The shutdown was the plant's automatic response to a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Croatia that was felt as far as Austria's capital Vienna. "The plant's equipment has been systematically inspected and tested," the statement said, adding that it was expected to run at about half capa...

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2021: ‘The humanization of the digital is the next step’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:52
Without a doubt, online sales exploded in 2020. But they also transformed. Salespeople, brought to a standstill because of store closures, massively switched to remote consultations... with a success that was not entirely anticipated, especially in the cosmetics sector. We have thus found human voices and personalized advice even in our online purchases. In its summer 2020 report, research and consulting firm Gartner concludes that this "virtual selling" is here to stay. A quarter of companies have moved their sales representatives into virtual sales roles and plan to retain this structure even after the pandemic. In fact, according to Salesforce, recruitments of this new kind of ...

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India may have COVID-19 under control by February, says top scientist

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:51
  NEW DELHI --- India is seeing a six-month low of daily Covid-19 cases even as multiple Indian states have imposed restrictions to ensure New Year celebrations will not erode these gains. India, the world's second worst-hit country by the pandemic after the US, with over 10.2 million cases, has seen daily cases hovering at around 20,000, in stark contrast to a high of 97,000 cases in mid-September. Active cases have fallen to below 270,000 for the first time in six months. The downward trend in the world's second most populous country comes in spite of Covid fatigue within the population, with not all following social distancing norms or wearing masks. While ther...

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A divided United Kingdom exits EU’s orbit, enters Brexit unknown

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:51
    LONDON -- The United Kingdom exits the European Union's orbit on Thursday, turning its back on a tempestuous 48-year liaison with the European project for an uncertain Brexit future that will shape the fortunes of its people for generations to come.   Brexit, in essence, takes place at the strike of midnight in Brussels, or 2300 London time (GMT), when the United Kingdom leaves de-facto membership that continued after it formally left the bloc on Jan. 31.   For five years, the frenzied gyrations of the Brexit crisis have dominated European affairs, haunted the sterling markets and tarnished the United Kingdom's reputation as a confident pilla...

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Miriam Quiambao, hubby expecting second child

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:48
MANILA, Philippines --- Beauty queen Miriam Quiambao and husband Ardy Roberto have something to look forward to in 2021 as they announced they are expecting their second child. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkYNRDCs7uY The couple made the big announcement on Roberto's YouTube channel Wednesday. "I'm so excited to share with you that I am positive not for the coronavirus but I am positively pregnant," the 1999 Miss Universe first runner-up, who is now 45, said in the vlog. Quiambao also shared the sonogram of the baby, adding that she was eight weeks in the family way. The baby is the second biological child for the couple. Quiambao gave birth to a baby boy, Elijah, in ...

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Cuba warns US against new terror designation

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:44
WASHINGTON --- Cuba on Wednesday warned the outgoing US administration against redesignating the island as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move reportedly under discussion that could hinder President-elect Joe Biden's diplomacy. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reviewing the possibility before leaving office on January 20 of returning Cuba to the blacklist, which severely impedes foreign investment, a person familiar with the situation said. CNN, quoting an unnamed senior administration official, said that Pompeo would make the designation "in the coming days." The New York Times first reported that the State Department had drawn up the proposal but said it was unclear if P...

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World to mark locked-down New Year’s Eve

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:39
  SYDNEY --- The world readied to usher in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid virus-ridden 2020 farewell. After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers to extend their 2020 tradition of watching events from the sofa. From Sydney to Rome, firework displays, pyre burnings and live performances will be watched online or on television -- if they have not been cancelled altogether. The eagerly awaited first lights of 2021 will fall on the Pacific nations of Kiribati and Samoa from 1000...

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Selena Gomez slams FB for allowing spread of misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:35
Selena Gomez has criticized Facebook for allowing the spread of misinformation on COVID-19 and vaccines on its platform. The actress-singer called out the social media giant on her Twitter page yesterday, Dec. 30, following a BBC News interview with Imi Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate. Ahmed noted that despite reporting "1,000 bits" of false information about COVID-19 through the platform's own system, only 5% of them were ultimately taken down. "Social media companies say that they're doing their utmost," he stressed, "but in reality, they're doing absolutely nothing." Gomez echoed his sentiments while sharing a snippet of the interview on her own profile. "Sc...

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Zero positives in latest week of NBA COVID-19 testing

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:35
While COVID-19 cases are on the rise nationally, the NBA reported good news Wednesday regarding its status amid the pandemic. The league and the National Basketball Players Association announced that no positive results emerged from the 495 players tested for COVID-19 since Dec. 24. Since the 2020-21 season tipped off on Dec. 22, the NBA has postponed just one game, between the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Dec. 23. The Rockets fell below the league-mandated minimum of eight available players due to positive COVID-19 cases for Ben McLemore and Kenyon Martin Jr. plus contact tracing that sidelined multiple others. The Rockets, still short-handed, returned t...

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Heat bounce back, beat Bucks in rematch

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:30
Reserve Goran Dragic had a game-high-tying 26 points as the Miami Heat recovered from a miserable performance against Milwaukee to beat the visiting Bucks 119-108 on Wednesday night. The game was a much more competitive rematch of the Tuesday contest, a Bucks 144-97 victory. The Bucks set an NBA record in that game with 29 3-pointers, hitting 56.9 percent from long range. On Wednesday, Miami's Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 10 assists while Tyler Herro put up 21 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Herro and Dragic -- Miami's top two point guards -- combined for 47 points, 20 rebounds and six assists in 55 minutes. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 26 points, 13 rebou...

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16 Quezon towns now have zero COVID-19 cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:21
LUCENA CITY ---- At least 16 of the 41 municipalities in Quezon province no longer have any recorded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) reported on Thursday. In its 10 a.m. report on Dec. 31, the IPHO said the localities now free of COVID-19 cases are the island towns of Alabat, Quezon, Perez, Jomalig, Panukulan, Patnanungan, and Burdeos; and the municipalities of San Andres, San Narciso, Pitogo, Macalelon, Mulanay, Agdangan, General Nakar, Padre Burgos, and Atimonan. Those previously infected in these municipalities have either recovered or had died, the report showed. On Oct. 19, all Quezon municipalities had COVID-19 patients ...

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Manila gov’t yet to discover shops selling unauthorized COVID vaccines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:15
MANILA, Philippines --- The city government of Manila has yet to discover any establishment selling smuggled and unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines, Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso said Thursday as he assured that these will not be allowed in the city. "So far naman ho ay wala pa ho tayong naaaktuwalan at talagang nababantayan na partikular na area or establishment," Domagososaid in a televised briefing. (So far, we have not yet discovered an area or establishment doing such.) "Rest assured that minu-monitor namin ito araw-araw because we will not allow this. We will not allow our people to be fooled around by these claims that iyong products nila ay COVID-19 vaccine," he...

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US sets daily Covid-19 death record for the second day in a row. Another 80,000 could die in next 3 weeks, new forecast says

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:08
As 2020 nears its end, the US reported a record death toll for the second day in a row, with more than 3,740 Covid-19 fatalities Wednesday.
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Mob attacks and sets ablaze a Hindu temple in northwestern Pakistan

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:08
A mob in northwestern Pakistan attacked and set ablaze a century-old Hindu temple on Wednesday, officials said, prompting condemnations from the Muslim-majority country's Hindu community.
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LeBron extends double-digit scoring streak to 1,000 games

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 15:07
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James celebrated his 36th birthday in style on Wednesday by extending his streak of scoring 10 points or more to 1,000 straight games. James passed Michael Jordan for the record back in 2018, when he recorded his 867th straight game with 10-plus points. The last time LeBron failed to score 10 or more points in a game was back on Jan. 5, 2007 -- an eight-point outing against the Milwaukee Bucks. James finished Wednesday's 121-107 victory over the San Antonio Spurs with 26 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Field Level Media...

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Durant, Irving carry Nets to triumph over Hawks

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 14:57
Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Kyrie Irving added 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Brooklyn Nets outlasted the Atlanta Hawks for a wild 145-141 victory in New York. Durant registered his first double-double as a Net by adding 11 rebounds, and he missed his 13th career triple-double by two assists. After sitting out for the first time Monday, Durant shot 11 of 22 from the floor and made all nine of his free throws. The Nets placed seven players in double figures. Joe Harris added 23 points, and the Nets never trailed after his 3-pointer made it 123-120 with 6:27 remaining. Jarrett Allen added 15 points and 13 rebounds, Landry Shamet contributed 14 points, T...

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Will you still be able to use WhatsApp after January 1, 2021?

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/31/2020 - 14:45
As of January 1, 2021, the WhatsApp mobile application will only be compatible with smartphones running iOS 9 and Android 4.0.3, or any other newer operating system. This excludes older models such as the iPhone 4 or the Samsung Galaxy SII. For Apple phones, WhatsApp will only be supported on iOS 9, and its successors. It is therefore important to update your old iPhone to continue to enjoy WhatsApp. Unfortunately, owners of an iPhone 4 (or any other anterior model) will no longer be able to use the application. For smartphones running Android, you will need to have a version equivalent or superior to Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Here again, only very old models are out ...

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