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BSP says PH firms rebounding from pandemic in 2021-22

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:58
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine corporate sector is expected to bounce back this year and next as restrictions to business operations are gradually eased which, in turn, will help the local economy recover, the central bank said on Thursday. In an online press briefing, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno acknowledged that the pandemic has taken its toll on companies, with many of them reporting losses or declines in income in 2020, reflecting the impact of the crisis on the corporate sector's financial conditions. "The BSP is closely monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the corporate sector as its financial conditions have significant implicatio...

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Meghan Markle suggests Buckingham Palace ‘perpetuating falsehoods’ about her

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:56
LOS ANGELES --- Meghan Markle suggested Buckingham Palace was "perpetuating falsehoods" about her and her husband Prince Harry, in a clip from an upcoming interview with US chat show host Oprah Winfrey released by CBS late Wednesday. Asked by Winfrey how she felt about the Palace hearing her speak out, Markle replied: "I don't know how they could expect that after all of this time we would still just be silent if there's an active role that The Firm is playing in perpetuating falsehoods about us." The clip was released after Buckingham Palace said it would investigate newspaper reports that Markle faces a bullying complaint from her time living in Kensington Palace -- although the inte...

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SpaceX Starship rocket prototype nails landing… then blows up

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:53
The third time appeared to be the charm for Elon Musk's Starship rocket - until it wasn't. The latest heavy-duty launch vehicle prototype from SpaceX soared flawlessly into the sky in a high-altitude test blast-off on Wednesday from Boca Chica, Texas, then flew itself back to Earth to achieve the first upright landing for a Starship model. But the triumph was short-lived. Listing slightly to one side as an automated fire-suppression system trained a stream of water on flames still burning at the base of the rocket, the spacecraft blew itself to pieces about eight minutes after touchdown. It was the third such landing attempt to end in a fireball after an otherwise successful...

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Seven injured in ‘suspected terrorist’ stabbings in Sweden

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:50
STOCKHOLM --- Swedish police are investigating a possible terror incident after a man stabbed and injured at least seven people in the city of Vetlanda. A police statement early Thursday revised the number of injured in the attack to seven from eight but did not give further details. The suspect, who is in his twenties, was taken to hospital after being shot in the leg by police following the mid-afternoon attack on Wednesday in the southern city of 13,000 inhabitants. Speaking to AFP, police said the man had used a "sharp weapon," while local media reported that he had brandished a knife. Police initially treated the incident as "attempted murder" but later changed it in a statement...

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‘Auring damages P184M crops in Cotabato town

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:46
KIDAPAWAN CITY ---- Although there were no reported evacuations from the flood in Cotabato town during last week's onslaught of Tropical Storm 'Auring', some P184 million in crops were damaged in Tulunan town, prompting the local government to declare a state of calamity. Tulunan Mayor Reuel Limbungan said most of the damaged crops were beyond recovery. They were supposedly due for harvest this month. The municipal council recently passed a resolution putting the entire town under a calamity state upon recommendation of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC). With the declaration, the municipal government can now use its calamity fund to address post-dis...

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TIEZA eyes 10,000 jobs in new tourism enterprise zones

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:41
MANILA, Philippines --- Several newly-designated Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs) are expected to generate over 10,000 jobs and spur local tourism activity, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) said on Thursday. TIEZA Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid said the areas recently designated as TEZs will "generate greater economic benefits for local people and enhance the well-being of host communities, improve working conditions and access to the industry." "Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, TIEZA understands the direct impact of the travel restrictions in the tourism sector as well as the limited capital outlay for infrastructure development," he added ...

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Video shows dramatic escalation of violence in Myanmar

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:36
Myanmar saw a dramatic escalation in violence against protesters as at least 38 people were killed when Myanmar's security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters in towns and cities across the country. CNN's Paula Hancocks reports.
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Iloilo City mayor slams stabbing of red-tagged human rights lawyer

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:36
ILOILO CITY ---- Mayor Jerry Treas has decried the stabbing on Wednesday of a red-tagged human rights lawyer near the city police office headquarters. "I am very much alarmed by the incident involving one of the lawyers along General Luna Street. Lawyers only do their function to protect their clients. As a lawyer myself, this is doubly important for me to be solved," Treas said in a statement on Thursday, hours after lawyer Angelo Karlo Guillen was mauled before being stabbed with a screwdriver. Guillen, 33, and Assistant Vice President for the Visayas of the National Union of People's Lawyers was in stable condition in a hospital here Thursday morning. He has stab wounds in the templ...

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No Luka Doncic, but Mavs survive to beat Thunder

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:32
Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points each to lead the host Dallas Mavericks to an 87-78 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for both teams. The Mavericks head to the All-Star break with straight wins in consecutive games and nine in their last 11 games. https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1367323790364078080 The Thunder, who still have a game remaining before the break, Thursday at San Antonio, have lost two consecutive games and nine of their last 13. Dallas won Wednesday without star guard Luka Doncic, who missed the game with lower back tightness. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said before t...

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Eastern Samar has highest number of vaccination sites in Eastern Visayas

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:27
BORONGAN CITY ---- Eastern Samar province and its capital Borongan City, has the highest number of vaccination sites approved by the Department of Health (DOH) in Eastern Visayas. In a statement on Wednesday, the city government said efforts of Mayor Jose Ivan Agda to identify the COVID-19 vaccination sites in the city have paid off as it met the DOH's COVID-19 registration requirements and timeline. Vaccination posts have been identified and details will be made available to the public in the coming days. The city government is targeting 80 percent of its constituents for vaccination to achieve herd immunity. LZB...

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No reason for reluctance over AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine — Palace

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:17
  MANILA, Philippines --- The study showing the apparently limited protection given by AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine against the disease's South African variant should not deter Filipinos from being injected with it, Malacaang said Thursday. In an online briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reasoned that there are not that many cases of the South African variant in the country yet. "Hindi naman po malawak ang presensya ng South African COVID [variant] dito sa ating bayan so far. So I don't think it is something that should be a basis para mag atubili na naman sa AstraZeneca," Roque said. (The presence of the South African COVID variant is not yet prevalen...

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Travelers need negative RT-PCR test result to enter Bohol

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:13
TAGBILARAN CITY ---- Bohol still requires a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result before anyone could enter the province. But Gov. Arthur Yap, in his Executive Order No. 17 Series of 2021, said some travel requirements such as repeat testing, medical certificate, and Philippine National Police Task Force COVID-19 shield travel authority are no longer required. Returning residents, including locally stranded individuals and those returning from other places in the country for business and leisure, overseas Filipino workers, and authorized persons outside of residence, including domestic tourists or visiting investors and businessmen, are r...

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Despite COVID-19 variants, DOH says stricter quarantine for NCR not yet discussed

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:06
MANILA, Philippines --- Despite the presence of COVID-19 variants from the United Kingdom and South Africa, and two other "mutations of concern," the possibility of implementing a stricter community quarantine in Metro Manila was not discussed during the meeting of government agencies with mayors of the metropolis, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online press briefing that the DOH and the mayors have agreed to continue implementing a localized response to the increase of COVID-19 cases in the region. "Napagkasunduan po doon syempre we need to have a stricter implementation of our PDITR (Prevent-Detect-Isolate...

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Damian Lillard’s late heroics lift Blazers over Warriors

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 15:05
Damian Lillard swished a 29-foot 3-pointer with 14 seconds remaining, then took a charging foul on Draymond Green to negate a potential game-tying hoop with 4.1 seconds left, allowing the host Portland Trail Blazers to overtake and then hold off the Golden State Warriors for a 108-106 victory Wednesday. Green gave Golden State a 106-103 lead with a 3-pointer with 1:43 to go before Lillard scored the game's final five points. Lillard's two free throws with 51.5 seconds left cut the Portland deficit to one, after which Stephen Curry saw a driving floater go in and out. The Trail Blazers then put the ball in the hands of Lillard, who despite having shot just 5-for-16 to that po...

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Eastern Visayas to get 3,450 doses of Sinovac vaccines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:45
TACLOBAN CITY ---- Eastern Visayas is set to receive 3,450 doses of Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19 for health workers in the region. Dr. Carmen Garado, Department of Health (DOH) assistant regional director, however, said they didn't know the date these vaccines would arrive. "We have received an advisory from our central office that Eastern Visayas will receive 3,450 doses of Sinovac vaccines. However, there was no specific date mentioned in the advisory," said Garado. The vaccines will be brought to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center, the biggest government-run hospital in the region; Divine Word Hospital, a private hospital in this city; and the Schistosomiasis Hospital...

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US House passes ‘George Floyd’ police reform bill, Senate prospects unclear

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:39
WASHINGTON --- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday banning controversial police tactics and easing the way for lawsuits against officers violating suspects' constitutional rights, although the measure's Senate prospects were uncertain. Democrats pushed the "George Floyd Justice in Policing Act" through the House by a vote of 220-212, with the support of only one Republican, just days before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin goes on trial on a state murder charge in the death of Floyd last year. Floyd, 46, an African-American man, died when he was detained with Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly eight minutes. His killing sparked weeks...

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Kings hand Lakers seventh loss in 10 games

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:31
Harrison Barnes scored the decisive basket with 30.1 seconds left to help the Sacramento Kings wrap up a 123-120 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night. Buddy Hield registered 29 points, six rebounds and six assists as Sacramento won for just the second time in the past 12 games. De'Aaron Fox had 23 points and eight assists before fouling out, Barnes scored 20 points and Richaun Holmes added 16 points and nine rebounds. https://twitter.com/SacramentoKings/status/1367356684314816514 Dennis Schroder had season highs of 28 points and nine assists as Los Angeles played without LeBron James for the first time this season. Montrezl Harrell matched his seas...

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MMDA gets new boat for Pasig River ferry service

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:30
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has received a donation of one ferry boat for the operations of its Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS). The boat was given by the New San Jose Builders, Inc. (NSJBI), in a turnover ceremony held at the Guadalupe Ferry Station in Makati on Thursday, the MMDA said in a statement. MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos thanked the NSJBI, headed by its Chairman Jose Acuzar, for the donation that he said was "expected to augment the shortage of ferry boats for our day-to-day operations." Abalos also said he planned to double the ferry boats, shorten the waiting time of one hour to 30 mins to encourage more passeng...

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AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines from Covax donated by European countries — DOH

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:27
MANILA, Philippines --- The 487,200 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca that will be delivered to the Philippines on Thursday through the Covax Facility were donated by European countries, according to the Department of Health (DOH). The vaccines were developed in South Korea, the health agency said in a media briefer. Covax is a global vaccine sharing scheme aimed at ensuring equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines, especially in low and middle-income countries. The vaccines from the British drugmaker were donated by the following, according to DOH: Germany EU Norway France Italy Spain Netherlands Sweden Denmark Belgium Austria Greece "The vaccines will be...

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‘When will it end?’: How a changing virus is reshaping scientists’ views on COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:25
CHICAGO --- Chris Murray, a University of Washington disease expert whose projections on COVID-19 infections and deaths are closely followed worldwide, is changing his assumptions about the course of the pandemic. Murray had until recently been hopeful that the discovery of several effective vaccines could help countries achieve herd immunity, or nearly eliminate transmission through a combination of inoculation and previous infection. But in the last month, data from a vaccine trial in South Africa showed not only that a rapidly-spreading coronavirus variant could dampen the effect of the vaccine, it could also evade natural immunity in people who had been previously infected. "I coul...

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