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Biden, Harris lash Trump in introduction of historic VP pick

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris delivered an aggressive one-two attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, as they made their election case for the first time as running mates.

 

 

 

 

Biden, a 77-year-old white man, embraced the significance of naming the first Black woman to a major party’s presidential ticket, but he also focused on other attributes Harris brings to the ticket.

He hailed the California senator, the 55-year-old former prosecutor who a year ago excoriated Biden on a primary debate stage, as the right woman to help him defeat Trump and then lead a nation facing crises in tripl…

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3 dead, 6 in hospital after train derails in Scotland

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LONDON — Three people were killed and six others injured Wednesday when a passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland after heavy rain and flooding hit the area.

 

 

 

 

The train driver was believed to be among the dead, British Transport Police said. The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said that the train conductor was also believed killed. Formal identification has yet to take place. Six people were hospitalized, but their injuries are not considered serious.

Images from the scene show that several cars of the four-carriage train had left the tracks and one had tumbled down an embankment. Smoke was seen billowing from the wreck. Air am…

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Colombia arrests US men accused of selling fake COVID cure

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BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases.

 

 

 

The Colombian prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that Mark and Joseph Grennon were arrested in the beach town of Santa Marta, and were shipping their “Miracle Mineral Solution” — chlorine dioxide — from there to clients in the United States, Colombia and Africa.

It said seven Americans had died from using the substance.

Mark Grenon is the archbishop of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, based in Bradenton, Florida,…

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Nerves fray in Argentina, where some flout pandemic lockdown

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — In Argentina’s capital, authorities closed a bar after customers were seen drinking beer on the sidewalk in violation of pandemic lockdown measures. Some Buenos Aires stores flouted a ban to stay shut, saying online sales are inadequate.

 

 

 

 

Tired of months of quarantine, an Olympic rower broke the rules and trained alone on a river. He cried with joy and a sense of release once back on the water.

People are on edge in Argentina, where the number of new coronavirus cases is surging despite nearly five months of strict limits on movement and activities in the Buenos Aires area, home to about two-thirds of the countr…

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UK slashes official virus death toll by more than 5,000

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LONDON — The British government on Wednesday changed the way it compiles coronavirus deaths, a move that reduced the country’s official death toll by more than 5,000.

 

The Department of Health said the new total is 41,329, down from 46,706. That is still Europe’s highest death toll.

The government announced last month that it was reviewing the way death statistics were compiled, after academics pointed out that in England the tally included anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and later died, with no cut-off point between positive test and death.

That means some people recorded as coronavirus deaths may have died of other causes —- and the proportion would in…

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Upmarket steakhouse offers no-contact catering

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Restaurants, like other businesses, struggled to reopen in June when ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) was lifted. But to reopen they had to install safety measures and strict protocols set by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Inter-Agency Task Force.

After dealing with what one chef likened to birthing pains, they have another lockdown to contend with. On the eve of the two-week MECQ (modified ECQ) which started this week, restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo announced a new pivot on Facebook.

The president of Red Crab group and partner at Wolfgang Steakhouse (Resorts World Manila, Bonifacio Global City and The Podium) said they would offer no-contact catering…

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PH growth prospects get dimmer with lockdown

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Another bank and a multilateral institution have further downgraded their 2020 economic outlook for the Philippines after the government reverted 50 percent of the economy to stricter lockdown this month despite improving conditions when quarantine restrictions were eased.

In a note to clients, Metrobank Research said it now expected gross domestic product (GDP) to shrink by 6.8 percent for the entire year, a deeper recession than the government’s updated projection of 4.4-6.6 percent, or an average of 5.5-percent full-year decline after first-half GDP fell by an average of 9 percent.

“While the second-quarter GDP contraction was deeper than expected, the worst could have been over…

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PH gets $400-M ADB loan for poverty reduction in farm sector

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The Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has extended to the Philippines a $400-million loan to be spent on programs and projects that will lift more agriculture workers from poverty by improving the sector’s competitiveness and productivity.

The policy loan for the competitive and inclusive agriculture development program (subprogram 1) was aimed at assisting the Philippine government in expanding “economic opportunities in the farm sector by implementing trade policy and regulatory reforms, enhancing public services and finance to the sector and expanding social protection to rural families,” the ADB said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Philippines has made tremendous stri…

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Begucan ‘babi,’ duck confit and a feast of quarantine takeout food, from QC to Pampanga

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Because of the quarantine, the household has had to order out to add variety to the menu and to keep the cooks (maid and me) sane. We take out from nearby restaurants on West Avenue, Quezon City.

For Middle Eastern cravings, there’s Mister Kabab where, apart from special chelo kabab (beef), other favorites are shrimp tandoori, thick lentil soup (shille), hummus (mashed chickpea dip) and motabal (mashed eggplant dip).

Baliwag, a grill place, has one of the best liempo (pork belly), but it is also known for chicken barbecue. We still have to try its pork face, boiled, dried, then deep-fried.

Shantung, an old Chinese restaurant that started in Quiapo, Manila, is known…

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MMDA allocates P20 million for COVID-19 vaccine procurement

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MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set aside P20 million for the purchase of a COVID-19 vaccine, Chairperson Danilo Lim assured its employees on Wednesday.

Lim said the MMDA made the appropriation in coordination with the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC), an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Once a memorandum of agreement could be finalized, the MMDA — which has most of its workers on the field — would be included among the government offices that would buy the vaccine.

“The vaccine will add up to our sustained efforts against COVID-19. Our personnel who are mostly frontliners can be fully secu…

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Karapatan prefers CHR over DOJ in probe of Echanis slay

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MANILA, Philippines — Rights group Karapatan is doubtful that a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into the killing of peasant leader Randall “Randy” Echaniswould bear any result, preferring instead an independent probe by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Karapatan Secretary-General Cristina Palabay said on Wednesday that the DOH had handled hundreds of cases of activist killings, but they had not been given justice — which might also be the same case for Echanis, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

Echanis was found dead on Monday morning in his rented home in Quezon City. Controversies surrounded his death — from multip…

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Gov’t starts handing out free masks to poor; ‘wear them to save lives‘ – Go

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MANILA, Philippines — The government launched on Wednesday its program to hand out free face masks to the poor at the Ynares Compoun in Antipolo, with Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go taking part in the event online.

“Last month, I urged the government to enforce a stronger mask-wearing policy in the country,” Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, said in his message, delivered partly in Filipino, during the initial distribution of 10,000 face masks.

“Filipinos are suffering, and many of them have no money to buy masks,” he added. “I appealed to the concerned government agencies to use its available resources to provide more face masks, especially to the poo…

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Gerald on online info: Don’t believe everything

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Actor Gerald Anderson, who has been the subject of scathing commentaries in the past, advises readers to first “process” news reports about the deadly COVID-19 virus before believing in them.

“You need to research them first. You can’t just accept as truth everything that you read, especially if you’ve just seen them on social media. Most of the time, these stories only touch on the surface of the issue,” Gerald tells Inquirer Entertainment.

“Verify the information by searching for it on reliable news channels or websites. There, you will see that there’s always a deeper story to that news bit that you saw on Facebook. You will understand the context of what has been said or do…

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Taiwan still baffled why it’s left out of UN, as pandemic shows it as separate from China

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MANILA, Philippines — Taiwan is apparently still baffled why the United Nations (UN) insists on not including it as a member-state, asking whether its political structure and COVID-19 response, which differ from those of China, were not enough to qualify it as a separate entity.

The head of the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu, issued a statement about this, which was sent to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Manila on Wednesday.

According to the statement, Taiwan agrees with the UN’s view that a concerted effort among countries — multilateralism — would help the whole world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue programs in place even after the…

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Areas teeming with COVID-19 cases get Cabinet members as health protocol overseers

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MANILA, Philippines—Members of the Cabinet have each been assigned to Metro Manila cities and four provinces with high coronavirus infections to “provide stronger support” to government efforts to ensure compliance with health protocols.

 

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) directed the Cabinet members to “monitor health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation, and treatment protocols.”

 

The areas covered by the IATF resolution released on Wednesday (Aug. 12) were those that are currently on modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

 

Accordi…

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Avigan trials to be held in select Metro Manila hospitals

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Clinical trials for the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan will soon be held in select hospitals across Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.“The project will be implemented in selected hospitals in NCR including the Philippine General Hospital, Sta. Ana Hospital, Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Quirino Memorial Medical Center,” the department said.

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Senators believe there is ‘turf war’ within PhilHealth

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MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon believes that there are two factions within the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth): one engaged in corrupt practices and one trying to expose such anomalies.

“There are two groups fighting…Everybody is put on guard because the desk next to you can squeal on you so you try to do your job in the best way you can,” Drilon toldreporters in an online interview with reporters on Wednesday.

“The faction would result in inefficiency; on the other hand, it can also be a source of people making public as what they see as malpractices in the institution,” he added.

Drilon said he suspects that PhilHe…

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Over half of Beirut health facilities ‘non-functional’—WHO

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More than half of Beirut’s healthcare facilities are “non-functional” following last week’s deadly portside explosion, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Following an assessment of 55 clinics and health centers in the Lebanese capital, “we know now that just over 50 percent are non-functional,” said WHO’s regional emergency director Richard Brennan at a virtual press conference in Cairo.

Three major hospitals were non-functional and another three operating at well below normal capacity, he said….

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111 more cops get virus; Metro cop dies of COVID-19

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MANILA, Philippines — More than 100 new cases of coronavirus disease were recorded in the Philippine National Police, bringing the total count of cases in the police force to 2,732.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, PNP documented a total of 111 additional cases which is a record-high daily increase in the police organization.

Of the 111, most of the cases were reported from Metro Manila police with 43, Mimaropa police with 40 and 12 from Calabarzon.

A 46-year-old police non-commissioned officer from the National Capital Region Police Office is the latest fatality in PNP. This raises the total count of deaths to 13.

The total tally of recoveries reached 1,800 with 43 additio…

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Indonesia starts human trials of China-made virus vaccine

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Indonesia on Tuesday launched human trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine with some 1,600 volunteers slated to take part in the six-month study.

The vaccine candidate, produced by Sinovac Biotech, is among just a few in the world to enter Phase 3 clinical trials, or large-scale testing on humans — the last step before regulatory approval.

The treatment, known as CoronaVac, is already being tested on 9,000 health workers in Brazil, the second-hardest-hit country in the coronavirus pandemic after the United States.

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has been struggling to contain its mounting virus cases, with more than 127,000 confirmed infections an…

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Several PhilHealth officials agree to sign bank secrecy waivers

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MANILA, Philippines — Several officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) agreed to sign bank secrecy waivers to allow the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to check their bank deposits and transactions.

It was Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte who posed the challenge against the officials amid fresh allegations of corrupt activities within the agency.

“If they are saying they are innocent, the public is listening, this is very important. Can I ask PhilHealth officials if they have no objection if we request for an AMLC verification of their bank deposits and bank transaction?” Villafuerte said in his interpellation during the joint hybrid hearing of …

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PopCom wants more legislation vs teenage pregnancy amid rising, alarming data

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MANILA, Philippines — A government organization is calling for more educational drives and legislation against teenage pregnancies, as data points out that 10 percent of Filipinas aged 15 to 19 years old have already given birth at least once.

According to the message of the Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) and the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) for the International Youth Day, Congress must find a way to act on the issue quickly and decisively.

Both organizations believe that adolescent pregnancy is the most alarming reproductive health problem as not only does it involve psychological problems, but it also impacts the so…

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Poe laments how jeepney drivers are last to get help during lockdowns

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MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe on Wednesday lamented how jeepney drivers seemed to be the “last to get help” when they were the “first casualties” of the lockdowns enforced by the government to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee, urged the government to ramp up its efforts to help restore the livelihood of thousands of jeepney drivers who have remained off the road since quarantine measures were imposed five months ago.

“Jeepney drivers were among the first casualties of the lockdown, but appeared to be last to get help,” she said in a statement.

“We cannot just wait until the virus disappears while h…

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Roque: No pressure from Duterte on PhilHealth’s Morales

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MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte will not pressure Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) chief Ricardo Morales, who is facing allegations of corruption in the agency, to resign, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

Roque said Duterte would leave it up to Morales to decide on his next mov.

“The President is really a very kind person,” Roque said.

“Especially now that Morales is sick, he will not add pressure to General Morales,” he said.

“And I think thats a good trait of the President, not a bad one. It’s up to Morales what he wants to do but the process of investigation will continue,” Roque said in an interview with CNN Philippin…

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Marcoleta seeks proof of illness after some PhilHealth execs left House hearing

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MANILA, Philippines — Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta is seeking proof that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) who left in the middle the hearing being conducted by two House panels are not “malingering” illness.

Marcoleta made the remark after three PhilHealth officials left the joint hybrid hearing of the House committee on government and public accountability and the committee on public accounts due to various health reasons.

Among those who left was PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales who was “not feeling well”. To recall, PhilHealth earlier disclosed that Morales was diagnosed with cancer in February and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“Dis…

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SPMC execs say hospital gave P1B to PhilHealth, deserve biggest share in pandemic funds

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DAVAO CITY—It is not surprising that the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown got the largest share in the P30-billion Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth), at least two top hospital officials said.

Aside from being the largest government hospital in the country, which played a key role in COVID-19 response in Mindanao, SPMC also remained to be the top contributor to PhilHealth’s income, even breaching P1 billion in recent years.

“It’s not surprising that we have that (cash advance) amount because that is based on our historical claim,” said Dr. Ricardo Audan, SPMC officer-in-charg…

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Daniel Padilla keeps cool, gives money to tricycle driver who bumped his luxury car

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MANILA, Philippines — Instead of getting being irked, Daniel Padilla on Wednesday showed kindness to a tricycle driver who accidentally bumped the actor’s luxury car.

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And to show that the incident did not affect him, Padilla even gave money to the tricycle driver.

Videos and photos shot by Edwil John Libay showed Padilla calmly talking to the driver who bumped his car. The actor was even game to take pictures with spectators who got to see Padilla up close.

According to Jessica De Vera Tamayo, who uploaded Libay’s photos and videos on Facebook, thetricycle driver accidentally hit Padilla’s car, a Ford Mu…

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