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QC passes ordinance creating anti-human trafficking council

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:55
MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City local government has passed an ordinance that will establish a council to oversee the implementation of the Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2012. In a statement on Thursday, the local government unit (LGU) said Mayor Joy Belmonte signed Ordinance No. 2999 S-2020 or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Ordinance Act that seeks to "address the problem of trafficking in persons, especially women and children, at the local level through policies and programs to prevent, protect and rehabilitate trafficked persons." This ordinance mandates the creation of the Quezon City Council on Anti-Trafficking (QCCAT), which will serve as the city gove...

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No summertime water shortage in Metro Manila, Palace exec assures

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:51
    MANILA, Philippines --- There will be sufficient water supply in Metro Manila this upcoming hot, summer months, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles assured on Thursday. During the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Nograles said the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) assured that Metro Manila currently does not have a water shortage problem. "According to Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Chairman and OIC Administrator Reynaldo Velasco, we expect to have a sufficient supply of water this year in Metro Manila; wala ho tayong water shortage dito sa Maynila," Nograles said in an online briefing.     ...

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COVAX to deliver up to 4.58M doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by May — WHO

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:49
  MANILA, Philippines --- The COVAX Facility has committed to deliver up to 4.58 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from British--Swede pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca by May, the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Philippines said Thursday. "We have already a commitment from the COVAX facility for the delivery of up to 4.58 million AstraZeneca vaccines through to May of this year. And in addition to that, we will also be receiving 117,000 Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines, plus the additional quantities of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines that will be allocated will be known before the end of this month," WHO country representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe sai...

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Quezon lawmaker in hot water for getting vaccine jab as ‘substitute’ for doctor-son

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:42
MANILA, Philippines --- Government is mounting a probe on a member of the House of Representatives who had been among the first recipients of the coronavirus vaccine that was reserved for health care workers. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Quezon Rep. Angelina "Helen" Tan, who sits as chair of the House committee on health, will be subject to an investigation on allegations that she had received a Sinovac vaccine shot as a substitute for her eldest son who was said to be a doctor at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Tan, the first among lawmakers to get inoculated with the vaccine, claimed she was inoculated with the dose intended for her son as a surgeon at the...

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Asia markets resume losses as inflation fears take hold again

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:36
  HONG KONG - Asian investors retreated as the rollercoaster ride on global markets continued, with fears over inflation winning the tug of war with vaccine optimism on Thursday. After a year-long rally across the planet and with light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, focus is now on the expected surge in activity as lockdowns are eased and life returns to some semblance of normal. And the growing belief is that a gargantuan spending splurge from pent-up consumers -- and an imminent stimulus package -- will light a rocket under prices, forcing central banks to wind back ultra-easy monetary policies -- including record low interest rates -- that have been a key driver ...

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Solenn Heussaff apologizes after being accused of ‘poverty porn’ to promote art

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:34
Solenn Heussaff has responded to criticism about her choice to promote her art exhibit with a photo taken in the slums. The actress-artist trended on Twitter yesterday, March 3, as she faced backlash on her Instagram post. She is seen sitting on a wooden chair, a painting of tropical leaves behind her, and one of her rugs beneath the chair and painting. Behind her is a busy street with a dilapidated house, a sari-sari store and passersby. Heussaff responded to the criticism on Instagram and on Twitter before deleting the post, issuing an apology today, March 4. Among the comments she responded to prior to deleting her photo was from @imalittlewillow, who wrote, "You're a...

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Watch SpaceX Mars prototype rocket nail landing, explode on pad

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:26
SpaceX's Starship prototype, the SN10, successfully landed for the first time during a test flight. Minutes later the rocket exploded on its landing pad.
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Anger as South Korean transgender soldier found dead

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:24
SEOUL --- A transgender South Korean soldier who was forcibly discharged from the army after gender-reassignment surgery has been found dead, police said, prompting anger Thursday and calls for legal reforms. Firefighters found Byun Hee-soo in her home in Cheongju after a mental health counsellor called emergency services to report that she had not been heard from for several days, Yonhap news agency reported. South Korea remains deeply conservative about matters of sexual identity and is less tolerant of LGBT rights than some other parts of Asia, with many gay and transgender Koreans living largely under the radar. Byun, formerly a staff sergeant in her 20s, enlisted volunt...

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Quezon solon – physician says she got COVID-19 jab as a frontliner, not lawmaker

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:22
    MANILA, Philippines --- Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan on Thursday said she does not see any violation committed when she received CoronaVac's COVID-19 vaccine as she was vaccinated as a frontliner and not as a lawmaker. Tan, who is a doctor by profession, made the remark after vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said that her vaccination as a dependent of a healthcare worker will be investigated since there's no such directive from the national government. "I don't see any violation on any laws or policies [in] doing that. But kung gusto nila to devote their time on that, walang problema sa akin," Tan, who is the first known lawmaker to receive the COVID-19 v...

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Elderly health workers seen as priority for AstraZeneca vaccines — Galvez

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:20
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some health experts are recommending that the arriving COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca be allocated to elderly healthcare workers, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday. "May mga doctor po na nagsasabi, priority natin yung mga senior healthcare workers. So yung deployment po nito, sa mga hospital pa rin po," Galvez said in an interview over CNN Philippines when asked who will receive the AstraZeneca shots. (Some doctors are saying that we have to prioritize senior healthcare workers. So its deployment will still be in hospitals.) "Ang recommendation po nila, considering na may limitations tayo ng 18-59 po na age group ang ating Si...

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The man who saves forgotten cats in Fukushima’s nuclear zone

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:17
FUKUSHIMA --- A decade ago, Sakae Kato stayed behind to rescue cats abandoned by neighbors who fled the radiation clouds belching from the nearby Fukushima nuclear plant. He won't leave. "I want to make sure I am here to take care of the last one," he said from his home in the contaminated quarantine zone. "After that I want to die, whether that be a day or hour later." So far he has buried 23 cats in his garden, the most recent graves disturbed by wild boars that roam the depopulated community. He is looking after 41 others in his home and another empty building on his property. Kato leaves food for feral cats in a storage shed he heats with a paraffin stove. He has also re...

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Mariah Carey’s brother sues her for defamation over memoir

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 11:04
NEW YORK (Reuters) --- Mariah Carey's older brother on Wednesday sued the singer over her recent best-selling memoir "The Meaning of Mariah Carey," accusing her of defamation and inflicting emotional distress. Morgan Carey is seeking unspecified damages in a complaint filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, including over book passages that he said falsely suggested he was violent. The lawsuit was filed one month after Mariah Carey's older sister Alison sued her for $1.25 million for alleged emotional distress over the memoir, which was published in September and topped The New York Times' nonfiction best-seller list in October. Spokespeople for the singer did not imme...

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Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano erupts, officials warn of burning projectiles

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:59
GUATEMALA CITY --- Guatemala's Pacaya volcano erupted on Wednesday, expelling lava for several hours and prompting the country's meteorological institute to warn that incandescent volcanic blocks could rain down on nearby towns. Officials stopped short of ordering evacuations following the so-called strombolian eruption, explosions that consist of relatively mild blasts but eject burning cinders and lava bombs. One of the Central American country's most active volcanoes, Pacaya began to expel lava at dawn, creating an immense column of smoke, video footage from the institute showed. "The Pacaya volcano has a very high level of activity, which has generated a strombolian type...

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8,559 individuals get COVID-19 vaccines in PH so far — Nograles

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:58
MANILA, Philippines --- There are so far 8,559 individuals in the Philippines who are vaccinated against COVID-19, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Thursday. "As of yesterday, a total of 8,559 individuals have received the first doses of the Sinovac vaccine, which were administered from March 1 to March 3 in 32 different sites in the National Capital Region," Nograles said in an online briefing. The Philippines began its COVID-19 vaccination program after receiving 600,000 doses of Sinovac's vaccine, CoronaVac, donated by the Chinese government. Of the 600,000 doses, Nograles said 189,600 have already been delivered in various vaccination centers across the country. "At ...

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Absence of DSWD reps in House social pension hearing irks Atienza

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:46
MANILA, Philippines --- House Deputy Speaker Lito Atienza scolded the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for not sending representatives to the hearing on the release schedule of the P500-monthly social pension for senior citizens, saying social welfare officials "don't seem to be interested in the subject." During the online meeting of the House committee on senior citizens on the resolution urging the DSWD to release the P500-monthly social pension of senior citizens every three months instead of the current schedule of every six months, Atienza asked if there are any social welfare officials present in the hearing. "Did they respond and commit to attending this ...

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Youth group seeks probe of plan to give China control of strategic PH islands

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:45
MANILA, Philippines --- A youth group --- the Kasama Ka sa Paglikha ng Arte at Literatura Para sa Bayan -- UP Diliman (KALikha UPD) --- urged the Senate on Wednesday to investigate the alleged sellout of two islands in Luzon to Chinese investors. KALikha UPD was referring to the reported $298-million project of GFTG Property Holdings and Sanya CEDF Sino-Philippine Investment Corp. to develop the adjacent Grande and Chiquita islands, which are under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). In Cagayan, the 10,000-hectare Fuga Island in Aparri town is also being eyed as the site of a $2-billion "smart city" development. The group also called out the "continuous aggressi...

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Tennessee task force recovers 150 missing children

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:35
A total of 150 missing children ranging in age from 3 to 17 were recovered in January and February during a joint law enforcement operation, authorities in Tennessee said Wednesday.
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Alaska leader embroiled in scandal lost at sea in presumed helicopter crash

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:32
ANCHORAGE --- The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended its search off Kodiak Island for an Alaska Native leader who abruptly quit his executive positions and went missing in his helicopter after being accused of sexual misconduct. Andy Teuber, former president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), the largest tribal health organization in the United States, disappeared while piloting a chopper on Tuesday afternoon from Anchorage. A search was initiated later in the day after he failed to reach his destination on Kodiak, in the western Gulf of Alaska. Coast Guard helicopter and cutter crews scoured the waters northeast of Kodiak for a second days without findi...

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Initial bidding for license plates allegedly included P500M worth of screws — Gordon

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:29
MANILA, Philippines --- The initial bidding for vehicle license plates allegedly included P500 million for the procurement of screws, Senator Richard Gordon said Thursday. "Nabalitaan ko pa noong unang bidding, ang sinasabi meron daw sinama doon sa bidding na P500 million na worth ng turnilyo para sa plate number. Akalain mo 'yun, pati turnilyo pinagkakwartahan," Gordon, chair of the Senate blue ribbon committee, said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Teleradyo. (I heard that from the first bidding, there is P500 million worth of screws that should be procured for the plate numbers. Can you believe that? They even want to make money with the screws.) "Pwede ka naman kumuha ng kahit...

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Globe 5G Roaming now available in UAE

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:29
Globe continues to expand its 5G network globally with the launch of its outbound 5G roaming service in the United Arab Emirates. Inbound roaming services, which allow subscribers of other operators to access Globe's 5G network and services, are also set to commence this month. Globe through its partnership with Du Telecom in UAE, Filipinos abroad will be able to stay connected and enjoy the convenience and quality that 5G connectivity brings. The Gulf state is one of the top destinations for Overseas Filipino Workers in the Middle East, which is a regional trading and tourism hub. Last February, Globe also made another milestone with its debut of the 5G roaming service in T...

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