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Bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe’s Lake Chivero, about…
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DPWH builds shelter for Southern Leyte health workers

SHELTER FOR HEALTH WORKERS. Project perspective of the accommodation facility in Maasin City in Southern Leyte for health workers battling the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The Department of Public Works and Highways on Saturday (July 11, 2020) said it targets to complete construction of the PHP15-million facility on August 30, 2020. (Photo courtesy of Maasin City Mayor…
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Private sector launches program to support ‘buy local’ drive

MANILA – Companies, business organizations, and members of the private sector launched the ‘Buyanihan’ program on Friday night to support the Department of Trade Industry’s (DTI) “Buy Local, Go Lokal” campaign. Initiated by the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI), the program promotes buying local products and services to help the country’s micro, small, and…
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AFP chief visits 6ID base in Maguindanao

CAMP VISIT. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Felimon Santos Jr., during a visit to the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (ID) in Maguindanao on Friday (July 10, 2020), inspects a rifle recovered by the 6ID from recent combat operations against enemies of the state in its area of operation. Behind him are 6ID…
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14 former CPP-NPA supporters pledge loyalty to gov’t

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. Fourteen former supporters of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army in Maria Aurora, Aurora vow loyalty to the government in a ceremony held at a covered court in Barangay Cabituculan East, Maria Aurora on Saturday (July 11, 2020). Their oath of allegiance was facilitated by the Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry…
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BI seeks deportation of Chinese woman in Makati scuffle

BI acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac. (Screengrab from Laging Handa briefing) MANILA – The Chinese woman who attacked traffic enforcers in Makati City last week was recommended for deportation, a Bureau of Immigration (BI) official said Saturday. “Immediately, our Intelligence Division headed by Fortunato Manahan, Jr. sent agents to the Makati police and was able to…
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8,804 total COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad; no new deaths—DFA

MANILA, Philippines — The total number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad increased to 8,804, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday. Latest figures from the agency showed that only one new case of coronavirus disease among Filipinos overseas was recorded. The latest case is from Asia and the Pacific. 11 July 2020…
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Video game pals admit to plot to firebomb pharmacy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A pharmacist and a drug abuser who met while playing online video games pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges after they plotted to firebomb a Nebraska pharmacy to benefit their own online black market drug dealing. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, ran a website called NeverPressedRX that sold oxycodone and other…
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Teenage surfer killed by shark, 2nd in Australia in a week

SYDNEY — A 17-year-old surfer died Saturday when he was mauled by a shark, the second fatal attack in a week, and at least the fifth in Australia this year. Police said the teenager was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Sydney in New South Wales state just…
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High blood sugar elevates COVID-19 mortality risk—study

Patients with abnormally high blood sugar levels are more than twice as likely to die from COVID-19, researchers in China said Saturday. It is the first time scientists have been able to confirm that patients with hyperglycemia, but not diagnosed with diabetes, are at higher risk of death from COVID-19, they wrote in the journal…
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‘Game changes’: Poe warns House decision on ABS-CBN ‘affects all franchises’ past and present

MANILA, Philippines — “The resolution on ABS-CBN affects all franchises both past and present.” Senator Grace Poe said this Saturday, a day after the House of Representatives panel denied ABS-CBN Corp. a fresh 25-year franchise. The senator, chair of the Senate committee on public services that started hearings on legislative franchises, said the non-renewal of…
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House’s ABS-CBN franchise decision ‘not in line’ with evidence presented

      SEVERAL legislators have expressed dismay over the House of Representatives’ decision to junk the bills seeking to provide ABS-CBN a new franchise. The House committee on legislative franchises, chaired by Palawan First District Representative Franz Alvarez, voted in favor of ABS-CBN’s shutdown on Friday, July 10. But for Cagayan de Oro Second…
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PNPA suspends activities for plebes as another cadet dies

(File photo) MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa on Saturday ordered the temporary suspension of all activities for new cadets of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) after a female cadet died of electrolyte imbalance or hypokalemia (low potassium intake). In a media statement, PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said…
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Faithful asked to pray for restoration of fire-hit Manila church

GUTTED. Smoke billows from the Sto. Niño Parish Church in Pandacan, Manila after it was razed by fire on Friday (July 10, 2020). Authorities are investigating whether the more than 400-year-old image of the Sto. Nino de Pandacan was among those destroyed by the fire. (Photo courtesy of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management…
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Baguio records 51st Covid-19 case

BAGUIO CITY – This city recorded its 51st coronavirus disease(Covid-19) case on Saturday bringing the region’s total cases to 134. The city Public Information Office Baguio said the new case is a 51-year-old male from Middle Quezon Hill who had a cough. The city also recorded four new cases in the last three days bringing…
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Kazakhstan rejects Chinese warning over new pneumonia outbreak

MOSCOW — Kazakhstan health officials on Friday dismissed a Chinese report that the Central Asian country is facing an outbreak of pneumonia that is more deadly than coronavirus. The Kazakh denial follows a notice issued Thursday by the Chinese embassy that warned its citizens about an outbreak of pneumonia in the ex-Soviet nation that is…
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DOH warns vs. selling, buying plasma for Covid-19

(Screenshot from Laging Handa briefing) MANILA – An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday warned against selling and buying of plasma for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as it cited the risk of transmitting other diseases via blood. “Ayaw natin ‘yong ipinagbebenta o pinababayaran ang dugo, gusto natin naii-screen muna natin ang mga pasyente…
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De Lima likens ABS-CBN shutdown to ‘Oplan Tokhang’

MANILA, Philippines —Senator Leila de Lima, who is an ardent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, likened the franchise denial of ABS-CBN by the House of Representatives to “Oplan Tokhang” which left thousands dead in the administration’s bid to stop illegal drug operations in the country. “Tinokhang. Ganito ang ginawa sa pagpatay ng prangkisa ng ABS-CBN.…
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COVID-19 deaths in Cebu City still high even if under ECQ

CEBU CITY — In the past two days, deaths due to COVID-19 remained high in Cebu City despite its enhanced community quarantine status, the only area in the country still under the strictest quarantine measure. Data from the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) showed that 97 new cases and 26 deaths were reported…
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DOH awaits 'Bayanihan 2' to resume aid for fallen front-liners

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. (File photo) MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is still waiting for the extension of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act to resume its cash assistance to families of health workers who died of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) while in the line of duty. “Sa ngayon hinihintay pa natin…
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IATF extends travel ban for LSIs to N. Samar, Biliran

SUSPENDED TRAVEL. Northern Samar residents stranded in Cebu City due to lockdowns return home in this May 26, 2020 photo. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases 8 (Eastern Visayas) on Friday (July 10, 2020) approved the resolution extending the moratorium on the return of locally stranded individuals to Northern Samar…
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PNP condemns blast that killed cop, injured 4 in Maguindanao

PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa. (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has condemned the explosion that ripped through a police car in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Thursday, killing a police officer and the civilian driver and injuring four others.  “I offer my deepest condolences, on behalf of the whole PNP family, to…
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Ilocos Norte to establish more Covid-19 testing centers

TRAINING. Health workers from the different local government units of Ilocos Norte attend an orientation about Covid-19 at the Ilocos Norte Capitol auditorium on July 8, 2020. Ilocos Norte provincial government will set up more Covid-19 testing centers to keep up with the increasing number of returning residents that need to undergo swab testing. (Photo by…
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4 alleged NPA leaders nabbed in Kabankalan City

  BACOLOD CITY — Four alleged officials of the communist insurgents were collared in Barangay Magballo, Kabankalan City, about 103 km south of here, according to military officials. In a statement, the Army’s 15th Infantry (Molave Warrior) Battalion identified the four as Emmylo Canares, 38; George Buga-ay, 42; Relyn Moreno, 22; and Raffy Patajo, 21.…
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BI reminds Pinoys to comply with non-essential travel rules

BI acting spokesperson Melvin Mabulac. (Screengrab from Laging Handa briefing) MANILA – An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday reminded Filipinos who are looking to go abroad for non-essential purposes about the several conditions set by the Inter-Agency Tasks Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) before they will be allowed to leave…
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Palawan hailed as ‘Best Island in the World’ in 2020

Palawan’s pristine beaches and gorgeous landscape once again earned the province6up a much-deserved recognition as the “Best Island in the World” by a renowned travel magazinefor the fourth time. Every year Travel + Leisure surveys its readers for its “World’s Best Awards” to get their take on the top cities, islands, spas, airlines and more,…
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‘Strong evidence’ mothers can transmit virus to newborns

There is “strong evidence” that COVID-19- positive mothers can pass the virus on to their unborn infants, scientists said Thursday, in findings that could affect how pregnant women are shielded during the pandemic. While there have been isolated cases of babies infected with the virus, the findings show the strongest link yet between mother and…
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