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Biden says ‘big mistake’ for states to lift mask mandates given virus toll

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:25
NEW YORK --- US President Joe Biden on Wednesday said decisions to end the required wearing of masks - such as those by governors of Texas and Mississippi - amounted to "Neanderthal thinking" given the rising death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Asked if he had a message to Texas and Mississippi, Biden told reporters: "I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's realized by now, these masks make a difference." Biden said the increasing availability of vaccinations was making a difference in containing the pandemic, but it was critical to remain vigilant about wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing. "The last thing, the last thing we need is Neandert...

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Filipinos in Myanmar told to avoid protest sites as violence escalates

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:14
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipinos in Myanmar were told to exercise caution as tensions continued to escalate in the country. "Filipinos in Myanmar are once more advised to avoid places of protest, monitor developments through reputable sources, and check with the Philippine Embassy in Yangon for further advisories," the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday. The DFA said the Philippine government was "deeply concerned" with the tensions escalating in Myanmar after security forces opened fire in protests, where almost 40 people were reportedly killed since last month's coup was carried out. It called on police and military to "exercise restraint and...

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Front-liners, computer shop workers among latest COVID-19 cases in Zambales

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:14
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales ---- A nurse, two police officers, and two computer shop employees have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this province on Wednesday, officials said. Dr. Noel Bueno, provincial health director, said the 36-year-old nurse is working in a hospital in Olongapo City. The patient started experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 on Feb. 27. Bueno said the two cops, aged 45 and 42, were assigned to the Botolan police station. They attended a training in New Clark City on Feb. 28. The computer shop workers, aged 38 and 25, were exposed to the virus-infected shop owner. As of March 3, Zambales has recorded 957 COVID-19 cases since 2020. Eighteen ...

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Brazil reports 2nd straight day of record COVID-19 deaths

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:07
BRASILIA --- Brazil registered a record of Covid-19 deaths for the second straight day Wednesday, with 1,910 lives lost to the pandemic. With a surge in cases currently pushing health systems to the limit in many areas, Brazil has recorded a total of 259,271 deaths, according to the health ministry -- the second-highest death toll worldwide, after the United States. "For the first time since the pandemic began, we are seeing a deterioration across the entire country," public health institute Fiocruz said before the latest figures were published. "The situation is alarming." Brazil's 24-hour death toll had just set a new record Tuesday, at 1,641. The sprawling country o...

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AstraZeneca vaccines from COVAX facility on the way to PH –Galvez

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:05
  MANILA, Philippines --- Some 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines donated from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility are now on their way to the Philippines from Belgium, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Thursday. Galvez said the vaccines are expected to arrive in the country on Thursday night. "We have information na lumipad na po yung eroplano and we're confirming that it will arrive at 7:30 p.m.," Galvez said in an interview over CNN Philippines. "Ang pagkakaalam namin is from their Belgium warehouse," he said when asked where the AstraZeneca vaccines will be coming from. Galvez said there will be a ceremony for the arrival of the vac...

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DSWD urged to release social pension of senior citizens every 3 months

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 10:03
      MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives Committee on Senior Citizen is urging the the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to release the P500-monthly social pension of senior citizens every three months instead of the current schedule of every six months. During its online meeting on Thursday, the panel adopted House Resolution No. 1047 filed by Deputy Speaker Rufus Rodriguez which pushes for the adjustment in the release of the social pension from DSWD. Under Rodriguez's proposal, senior citizens should receive their P500 monthly pension every three months for a total of P1,500. Currently, indigent senior citizens rece...

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Bowing to pressure, Germany’s Merkel eases coronavirus curbs

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:58
BERLIN --- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday agreed to gradually ease virus curbs in Europe's top economy, caving to political pressure and public discontent seven months before a general election. After more than nine hours of talks, Merkel and Germany's 16 regional leaders unveiled a step-by-step plan to relax restrictions after months of shutdowns, despite concern over the spread of new and more aggressive virus variants. "Today, we can talk of hope and a transition to a new phase" in the fight against the pandemic, the veteran chancellor told a Berlin press conference. Merkel said the loosening of restrictions, tied to strict conditions, was justified because ...

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Colbert pokes fun at Neil Degrasse Tyson

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:45
Do bare-chested leaders getting vaccinated deserve their own calendar? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on hunky vaxxers.
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Trump CPAC statue said to be from Mexico actually from China

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:31
The golden statue of former President Donald Trump unveiled at CPAC and celebrated by supporters originally came from China, not Mexico as the artist initially said.
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Extended school year an extension of suffering for students, teachers — solon

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:21
  MANILA, Philippines --- An extension of the school year will be an extension of suffering for learners, teachers, and parents, ACT Teachers Partylist Rep. France Castro said Thursday. Castro made the remark after the Department of Education (DepEd) extended the school year for basic education to July 10, 2021. The school year was originally scheduled to end in June. https://www.facebook.com/DepartmentOfEducation.PH/posts/4466966443363015  "Extending the school year without addressing the basic problems of the Duterte administration's distance learning program would only extend the suffering and hardships of teachers, learners, and their parents," Castro said i...

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Battles that will define US elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond are already here

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 09:01
Battles that will define elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond are already here.
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At least 40,000 OFWs awaiting repatriation — DOLE

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:49
    MANILA, Philippines --- At least 40,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have lost their jobs are still awaiting repatriation, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday. Bello said the figure was previously at 80,000 but many OFWs have decided to stay in their host countries after they were vaccinated against Covid-19. "So hindi na sila nagtuloy, umatras na sila. Siguro may mga naiwan pa between 40,000 to 50,000," he said oN ABS-CBN's Teleradyo when asked about the number of displaced OFWs who are awaiting repatriation. (They did not push through for the repatriation. Maybe there are still 40,000 to 50,000 OFWs awaiting to be repatriated.) ...

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Analysis: Biden's union promises, and an interview with Hungary's Klubradio

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:48
On election eve, Joe Biden promised to be the "most pro-union president you've ever seen." On Sunday night, he took a step toward that, issuing an unusual presidential video backing the right to unionize of workers at an Amazon plant in Alabama, and implicitly warning the online retail giant not to interfere. "Let me be clear: It's not up to me to decide whether anyone should join a union," Biden said. "But let me be even more clear: It's not up to an employer to decide that, either."
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UK bid for exemption from healthcare workers deployment cap pending with IATF — Bello

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:40
    MANILA, Philippines --- The request of the United Kingdom for exemption from the 5,000 per year limit on the hiring and deployment of Filipino nurses and other health care workers is now pending with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Thursday. "Napadala ko na ang sulat ko kay Presidente. Nakapending pa sa technical working group ng IATF," Bello said on ABS-CBN's Teleradyo. (I have already sent the letter to the President. It is pending with the technical working group of the IATF.) "Ang nakapending dun ay 'yung request ng UK na ma-exempt sila sa deployment ca...

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LOOK: Duterte receives his national ID

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:30
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has received his own national ID on Wednesday. In official photos shared to reporters, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua can be seen handing over the ID to the President in Malacaang on Wednesday. Duterte registered himself on the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in January.       In 2018, Duterte signed into law the PhilSys Act that seeks to harmonize and integrate several government IDs by establishing a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens through the collection of basic personal information and biom...

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Alert Level 1 raised over Mt. Pinatubo, no imminent eruption – Phivolcs

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:18
    MANILA, Philippines --- Authorities are closely monitoring Mt. Pinatubo in Central Luzon, which was placed under Alert Level 1 on Thursday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its 7 a.m. bulletin that Alert Level 1 means there is low-level unrest in Pinatubo. No imminent eruption, however, is foreseen despite the observance of persistent seismic activity. Phivolcs advised that entry into the Pinatubo crater area "must be conducted with extreme caution and should be avoided if possible." Communities and concerned local government units surrounding Mt. Pinatubo were told to be always prepared for both earthquake ...

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SpaceX rocket explodes on ground after seemingly good flight

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 08:08
  WASHINGTON - An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded on the ground Wednesday after carrying out what had seemed to be a successful flight and landing. It was the third straight flub involving the prototype of the Starship rocket, which SpaceX hopes one day to send to Mars. The last two test flights ended in crashes. As seen on SpaceX video, this time the rocket appeared to have landed properly after its flight, although flames were coming out at the bottom and crews were trying to put them out. The rocket exploded a few minutes later. It was thrown into the air and crashed back to the ground. gsg...

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Seven NBA players test positive for Covid-19 in past week

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 07:59
    NEW YORK - Seven NBA players have tested positive for Covid-19 among the 456 players tested by the league in the past week, the NBA announced Wednesday. The league does not identify players results, but any player who tests positive is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared under NBA health and safety guidelines. Protocols also require those identified as having been in close contact to an infected person to quarantine. The most recent outbreak issue came when the NBA postponed Toronto's scheduled home game at Tampa, Florida, on Sunday against the Chicago Bulls because the Raptors would not have the minimum eight players available for the contest....

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Women in sports don't get the media coverage that men do. These 4 Olympians are trying to change that

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 07:51
US Olympians Sue Bird, Alex Morgan, Simone Manuel and Chloe Kim have teamed up to launch a new company aimed at focusing attention on women in sports and the media.
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New cases on the rise as Texas lifts Covid-19 restrictions

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 03/04/2021 - 07:50
Texas and Mississippi announced they are lifting coronavirus mask mandates despite health officials warning not to ease safety measures. CNN's Nick Watt reports.
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