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Amendments to anti-drug law erode presumption of innocence, solons say

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:20
MANILA, Philippines --- The Makabayan bloc on Thursday expressed its "resounding objection to proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, which it said"whittles down" the constitutional presumption of innocence to a "mere sliver." According to the Makabayan bloc ---composed of Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eufemia Cullamat; Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Arlene Brosas; ACT Teachers France Castro; and Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago ---the House's approval of House Bill No. 7814 "signals the start of a new phase of the so-called war against drugs." The measure has been criticized over the measure for providing legal presumptions on...

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South African variant of COVID-19 detected in Pampanga

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:06
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ---- A case of the South African variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been detected in Minalin town, Pampanga province Thursday. Minalin Mayor Edgar Flores said the virus has infected a 36-year-old woman who returned from Dubai last February. The patient was the first known South African variant case in the province. She did not go home under the Balik Pampanga program for returning Filipinos, which means that the swabbing, quarantine, and medical clearance were done and issued by national agencies. The woman would be brought to an isolation facility in New Clark City, according to Dr. Dax Tidula, COVID-19 incidents chief of the provincial government...

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Opinion: Ronny Jackson and the 'former guy'

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 14:04
The Pentagon inspector general tells us that many who worked with Ronny Jackson -- the former Trump White House physician and now a member of Congress from Texas -- think he was a "tyrant" and a "dictator" prone to "yelling, screaming, cursing, or belittling subordinates."
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WHO downplays study showing AstraZeneca is ‘less effective’ vs South African variant

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:48
MANILA, Philippines --- The study that showed that the COVID-19 vaccine from British drugmaker AstraZeneca appeared to offer limited protection against mild disease caused by the South African variant had "limited samples" to work with, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. "WHO has looked very carefully at these reports. WHO headquarters has already issued a statement. The study that was used in South Africa was a very limited scale study and what it showed was that there was evidence of mild and moderate disease following AstraZeneca vaccines," WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said in an online press briefing. "The sample was a ve...

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Retired policeman killed with one punch in random Las Vegas confrontation

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:41
A retired Massachusetts cop taking a vacation in Las Vegas was killed in the early hours of Feb. 28 by a man who only threw one punch. The attack occurred around 4 a.m. as officers were monitoring real-time crime cameras, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told local news outlet MassLive on March 1. Driscoll and a woman were walking across the Las Vegas Strip when 33-year-old Brandon Leath yelled at them and started following them, which led to a verbal altercation. The fight escalated, and with a single punch, Leath knocked the victim to the ground. Driscoll immediately went unconscious, sustaining head and neck injuries. Police said in the report that Leath ran aw...

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Poe: LandBank’s loan program to give students ‘better shot’ at e-learning

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:36
  MANILA, Philippines -- The loan program being offered by the Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) will give students the opportunity to have a "better shot" at online learning especially at this time of the pandemic, Senator Grace Poe said Thursday. "For many families, the leap to digital has become prohibitively expensive. We must enable them to obtain devices as an investment for their children's education," Poe, who headsthe Senate banks and currencies panel, said in a statement as she urged students to avail the state-run bank's loan program. However, she also urged the Landbank to make the loan program's guidelines and implementation "friendly and simple," mos...

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South Africa medics celebrate after sharp drop in COVID-19 cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:30
TEMBISA, South Africa --- After a year battling coronavirus, exhausted health workers in South Africa are celebrating a drop in cases but dread another wave of infections -- a scenario that could strike just months from now. "We are relieved now because the numbers are down and patients are no longer that sick," nurse Constance Mathibela told AFP at Thembisa Hospital, in a township east of Johannesburg. After the epidemic hit its stride, the hospital "was almost full everyday," she recalled. "There was no time when we had an empty (Covid) ward. It was just a continuous (flow of) things." South Africa recorded its first case of coronavirus on March 5 last year. It has s...

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Nets’ Harden triumphs in return to Houston, 76ers silence Jazz

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:25
  LOS ANGELES - James Harden returned to Houston for the first time since his tumultuous departure from the Rockets on Wednesday, posting a triple-double to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 132-114 victory over his former NBA team. Harden, greeted by a first-quarter video tribute, cheers and a smattering of boos, delivered 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists to fuel Brooklyn, where he finally landed in January after demanding a trade. "A lot of mixed emotions," Harden said of returning to the Toyota Center court. "My teammates did an unbelievable job that allowed me to come out there and have the team get this win," said Harden, who was one of seven Nets players to scor...

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Citizens worldwide agree that governments should ‘do more’ for the planet — study

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:24
Environmental awareness and public support for government action is global and is starting to transcend traditional political divides, research from the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge suggests. According to the survey, in six out of the seven countries studied, at least nine out of ten participants agreed that governments should do more for the environment. Some 14,627 adults took part in the survey, carried out in partnership with the polling agency YouGov, or around 2,000 people for each of the seven countries studied (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Poland, U.K. and the United States). Participants were asked about the quality of the environmental policies applied by...

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Japan’s children of the tsunami shaped by tragedy

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:20
ISHINOMAKI, Japan --- Yuto Naganuma looks silently as the cold sea breeze sweeps over the crumbling walls of the school where his little brother was lost in Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami. Ten years on, Naganuma and others like him form a generation whose young lives were shaped by what is known in Japan as the triple disaster: a powerful earthquake that sparked a terrifying tsunami and the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. The children of the tsunami lost family, homes, schools and entire communities, and for some the experience sparked a drive to work in disaster awareness, or help children like them who have lived with tragedy. Even a decade on, the devastation Na...

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Some New York theaters allowed to reopen in April

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:11
NEW YORK --- With NBA games back in Madison Square Garden and certain movie theaters reopening at the end of the week, New York could soon celebrate the resumption of the performing arts -- the governor announced Wednesday that theaters could reopen at limited capacity from April 2. Performance halls in the US cultural capital, closed since March 12, could reopen at 33 percent capacity, or 100 people maximum, with mandatory mask-wearing and social distancing, Governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference. Outdoors, shows will be able to seat up to 200 people. Thresholds will be raised for theaters that are able to test spectators beforehand, to 150 people indoors or 500 peop...

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Texas power grid CEO is fired following widespread outages during winter storms

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:09
Following widespread power outages during a series of winter storms that left many Texas residents in the dark for days, the head of the organization overseeing the state's power grid has been fired.
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2Q of 2021 may be right time for nationwide MGCQ , says Palace official

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:08
    MANILA, Philippines --- Following the recent arrival of doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the country, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the second quarter of 2021 might be the "right time" for a nationwide shift to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). In an online briefing, Nograles said the AstraZeneca vaccine arriving this Thursday and additional doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac due later this month gives President Rodrigo Duterte confidence to reopen the economy. "He's very happy to receive the next batch of vaccines, itong AstraZeneca tonight. That gives even more confidence, mas tumataas ang kumpyansa ni Pangulo (It increases the Presid...

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Hong Kong removed from economic freedom ranking it once dominated

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:06
HONG KONG --- Hong Kong has been removed from an annual index of the world's freest economies because the think-tank that compiles the league table said the city was now directly controlled by Beijing. The announcement is a reputational blow for Hong Kong and comes as Beijing ramps up its bid to quash dissent after huge and sometimes violent pro-democracy demonstrations in 2019. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative US think-tank, publishes an annual Index of Economic Freedom ranking countries and territories for how business-friendly their regulations and laws are. Over the last 26 years Hong Kong topped the table for all but one year -- a source of pride to the city's govern...

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WHO urges PH to follow priority list for continued rollout of COVAX vaccines

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:03
  MANILA, Philippines --- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday urged the Philippine government to "respect" the priority list for recipients of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility to ensure the continued rollout of the precious jabs from the global vaccine sharing pool. WHO representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe said that "to access these vaccines and the remainder of the vaccines that will be coming to the Philippines before the end of the year," the country should be able to demonstrate that it can efficiently roll out the shots with minimized wastage and observe the prioritization list recommended by WHO. Abeyasinghe said the WHO ...

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Analysis: Republicans and Democrats tear new divides as Senate debates Covid-19 deal and states are reopening

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 13:01
Much of the Republican Party -- despite the deaths of more than half a million Americans -- still acts as though the pandemic is more a platform for political grandstanding than the worst national crisis since World War II.
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Senators bid goodbye to ‘Lone Ranger’ ex-Sen. Osmeña in necrological rites

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:57
  MANILA, Philippines ---The Senate paid tribute to former Senator John Henry "Sonny" Osmea in a necrological service on Thursday, reminiscing his life and legacy as a "fearless" and "generous" public servant. Osmea, who was given the moniker "Lone Ranger" during his time at the upper chamber because of his independence in matters of the Senate, passed away in his condominium unit in Cebu City last February 2 at the age of 86. The grandson of the late President Sergio Osmea Sr., Osmea served as senator of the Philippines from 1971 to 1972, 1987 to 1995, and 1998 to 2004. The late senator was brought back to the Senate gallery in an urn pursuant to government protocol...

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LRT-2 East extension to start operations on April 27 with 2 new stations

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:47
  MANILA, Philippines -- The two new additional stations of the Light Rail Transit-2 line ---which extends the rail line further to Antipolo --- will finally start operation on April 27, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced Thursday. In a statement, the DOTr said the new stations -- the Marikina Station (in front of the Sta. Lucia and Robinsons malls) and the Antipolo Station (in front of SM Masinag) -- will first have their soft openings on April 26 and with full operations to start a day later. As of Jan. 31, the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) reported that the LRT-2 East extension project is already 93.42 percent complete. Currently, the LRT-2 li...

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Could fiber-optic technology be used to detect earthquakes?

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:37
If you think that fiber-optic cables are only useful for providing high-speed internet access or cable TV, then think again, because they could also provide valuable information about hazardous events such as earthquakes and flooding. Most often installed via underground networks of cables, fiber-optic technology can be used to monitor ground vibrations. It may sound surprising, but this "hidden function" of fiber-optic technology could prove particularly useful because geophones, the seismic monitoring devices traditionally used by geologists, are often difficult to install in urban areas due to high maintenance costs and risks of theft and vandalism. Using fiber-optic distrib...

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Ilocos Norte front-liners still wary of getting COVID-19 jabs, say execs

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:32
LAOAG CITY ---- Some health workers in Ilocos Norte's public hospitals were still hesitant to get inoculated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even as initial doses were expected to arrive in the province this week, officials said Thursday. Dr. Rhuel Bobis, COVID-19 focal person of the Department of Health in Ilocos, on Thursday, said the DOH in Ilocos would be receiving on Friday, March 5, its share from the 600,000 doses of the CoronaVac vaccines donated by China. The Inquirer learned that the vaccines allocated to Ilocos Norte's three COVID-19 referral facilities, which have around 1,600 health workers, will be delivered on March 5. These facilities are the Maria...

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