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‘Worn Out’ – Dutch museum finds Van Gogh drawing of tired old man
AMSTERDAM --- A Dutch museum on Thursday unveiled a previously unknown work by Vincent van Gogh -- a study for one of his best-known drawings, "Worn Out" -- in which an old man sits in a chair with his head in his hands. Van Gogh "was really interested in the ordinary person, he was also looking to express emotion," said Van Gogh Museum Director Emilie Gordenker. "I think we're all coming out of the COVID period feeling like this and the amazing thing is that we can share this with our visitors. We're open, we're delighted to be open." Discoveries of works by the famously troubled artist, who died in 1890, are extremely rare. The drawing is owned by a private collector and h...Keep on reading: ‘Worn Out’ – Dutch museum finds Van Gogh drawing of tired old man
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Kono seen as top contender as Japan PM race set to start
TOKYO --- Candidates to become Japan's prime minister officially launch their campaigns on Friday, with popular vaccine minister Taro Kono expected to be the top contender to replace Yoshihide Suga. The leadership race for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took an unexpected turn two weeks ago when Suga said he would step down, setting off a heated fight. The winner of the September 29 election will become prime minister by virtue of the party's majority in the lower house of parliament. The LDP's image has been battered by public perceptions that Suga bungled his handling of COVID-19. After his one year in office, party members are keen for a fresh face to carry the...Keep on reading: Kono seen as top contender as Japan PM race set to start
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IMF chief denies altering World Bank report to appease China
Washington, United States --- IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva on Thursday disputed an independent investigation which found that in her previous job at the World Bank, she pressed staff to alter a report to avoid angering China. Based on the findings, the World Bank announced that it was immediately discontinuing its Doing Business report after the investigation found irregularities in the 2018 and 2020 editions. Georgieva, a Bulgarian national who took the helm of the IMF in October 2019, rejected its conclusions regarding her role. "I disagree fundamentally with the findings and interpretations of the Investigation of Data Irregularities as it relates to my role in the Worl...Keep on reading: IMF chief denies altering World Bank report to appease China
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Brazil seeks to halt teen COVID-19 vaccines after one death, some states will continue shots
BRASILIA --- Brazil's federal government wants to halt COVID-19 vaccinations for most adolescents, citing a death under investigation and adverse events after some 3.5 million teens have already been immunized, but several state governments vowed to press on. At a news conference, Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga criticized states and cities for jumping the gun by vaccinating 12- to 17-year-olds without health issues that put them at risk of severe COVID-19, which he said was only supposed to start on Wednesday. Queiroga said healthy adolescents who have already taken one shot should not take a second - effectively seeking to halt nationwide immunizations for teenagers. Quei...Keep on reading: Brazil seeks to halt teen COVID-19 vaccines after one death, some states will continue shots
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U.N. says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions
    ZURICH - The pace of climate change has not been slowed by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the world remains behind in its battle to cut carbon emissions, the United Nations said on Thursday. The virus-related economic downturn caused only a temporary downturn in CO2 emissions last year and it was not enough to reverse rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said. "There was some thinking that the COVID lockdowns would have had a positive impact on the (...) atmosphere, which is not the case," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said at a news briefing. The world in 2021 was missing the mark of bu...Keep on reading: U.N. says world likely to miss climate targets despite COVID pause in emissions
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Air Force keeps eyes on Swedish Grippen jets
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana may have been impressed with the Lockheed Martin F-16 multirole fighter aircraft of the United States, but practical reasons may prompt the Philippines to acquire equally impressive supersonic jets made in Sweden. The Saab JAS 39 Gripen is a light single-engine multirole fighter aircraft manufactured by the Swedish aerospace company Saab AB. Back from his trip to Washington, Lorenzana marveled at how the F-16 was easy to fly after having flown the aircraft on a flight simulator while he was in the United States. Easy to land "The F-16 is very good. Even if you're new to flying it, after being taught the basics you can easily land the aircraf...Keep on reading: Air Force keeps eyes on Swedish Grippen jets
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Meralco digs deep amid manpower crisis
Even with some of its key players sidelined, Meralco proved to be a truly capable bunch, carving out a 95-83 victory over Terrafirma in the PBA Philippine Cup on Thursday afternoon at Don Honorio Ventura State University in Bacolor town, Pampanga, shoring up its bid for a twice-to-beat armor in the playoffs. "We always study the other team and prepare for their offense and defense, but I [think] this game was more about us," said coach Norman Black, whose club hurdled the absence of Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge, the team's two top guns who remain sidelined by the league's health protocols. "[Like] what [guard] Anjo Caram said: We just have to play together and play for one ano...Keep on reading: Meralco digs deep amid manpower crisis
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Delta outbreak seen to slow PH recovery
The recent revert to stringent lockdowns to contain COVID-19's more infectious Delta strain will slow down the Philippines' economic recovery and possibly result in below-target growth this year, think tanks said on Thursday. In a report, the Japan Center for Economic Research (JCER) slashed its 2021 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the Philippines to 3.2 percent from its 5.1-percent projection in June. The updated forecast was also below the government's 4-5 percent goal. JCER estimated year-on-year GDP growth during the current third quarter to decelerate to 3 percent from the 11.8-percent jump in the second quarter. The think tank projected third-quarter GDP t...Keep on reading: Delta outbreak seen to slow PH recovery
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PH lays out P1.07-T plan to provide clean water for all
The government's new blueprint seeking to ensure steady supply of clean and safe water will entail a total investment of P1.07 trillion in the next 10 years and may be financed in part by the private sector and local governments. The state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) was also pushing to establish a Department of Water Resources and a Water Regulatory Commission under the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan unveiled on Thursday. Sanitation problem Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Neda chief Karl Kendrick Chua noted in a speech during the master plan's launch that at present, only 44 percent of households in the country were co...Keep on reading: PH lays out P1.07-T plan to provide clean water for all
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PSEi draws nearer to 7,000 on hunt for good deals in large-cap stocks
The stock barometer edged closer to the 7,000 mark on Thursday, driven by selective buying of large-cap stocks. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 66.99 points, or 0.97 percent, to close at 6,947.19. "The Philippines and the rest of the region scored solid gains after several lackluster sessions that had left the market primed for bargain-hunting," said Luis Gerardo Limlingan, managing director at Regina Capital Development. "Surging energy stocks contributed to the upbeat performance both here and abroad, while investors [remained] fixated on next week's Federal Reserve meeting," he added. In recent weeks, Fed tapering jitters have declined across g...Keep on reading: PSEi draws nearer to 7,000 on hunt for good deals in large-cap stocks
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Faroe Islands to re-evaluate dolphin-hunting after outcry
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - The Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory of Denmark, said Thursday it would take another look at the practice of dolphin-hunting after the slaughter of more than 1,400 of the mammals earlier this week sparked an outcry. "The government has decided to start an evaluation of the regulations on the catching of Atlantic white-sided dolphins," the northern archipelago's prime minister, Bardur a Steig Nielsen, said in a statement. "Although these hunts are considered sustainable, we will be looking closely at the dolphin hunts, and what part they should play in Faroese society." The comments come in the wake of an outcry over the culli...Keep on reading: Faroe Islands to re-evaluate dolphin-hunting after outcry
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Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster
      CHICAGO - New data from Moderna Inc's large COVID-19 vaccine trial shows that the protection it offers wanes over time, supporting the case for booster doses, the company said in a news release on Wednesday. "This is only one estimate, but we do believe this means as you look toward the fall and winter, at minimum we expect the estimated impact of waning immunity would be 600,000 additional cases of COVID-19," Moderna President Stephen Hoge said on a conference call with investors. Hoge did not project how many of the cases would be severe, but said some would require hospitalization. The data stands in stark contrast with data from several rece...Keep on reading: Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine protection wanes, makes case for booster
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Isko Moreno sums up City of Manila’s COVID-19 response and challenges
  MANILA, Philippines - Despite a long, hectic day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Manila Mayor Francosco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso remained energetic, pumped up by a venti-sized cup of black coffee. Clad in a black T-shirt emblazoned with "Taas Noo, Bakunado", Moreno was geared up for his next appointment, the inauguration of a sports complex in Tondo district. At City Hall, the mayor's official room is neatly decked with the city's official seal and flag and formally arranged neoclassical furniture. The hard work is carried out in what he calls the "laundry area," referring to the adjacent meeting room with a conference table, cluttered with reports, a box of masks, offic...Keep on reading: Isko Moreno sums up City of Manila’s COVID-19 response and challenges
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PUP graduate tops 2021 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination
MANILA, Philippines --- The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Thursday announced that 1,668 out of 2,590 aspiring electrical engineers, led by a Polytechnic University of the Philippines graduate, hurdled the September 2021 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination. Bryan Bautista Estaris of the PUP - Sta. Mesa in Manila topped the list of passers with a rating of 93.10 percent. Jaj Hiponia Sentina of the Central Philippine University ranked second with a rating of 90.60 percent, followed by Emman Josua Balitan Busto of the University of the Philippines - Diliman, who scored 90.50 percent. Meanwhile the top performing schools with 50 or more examinees were the Pangasin...Keep on reading: PUP graduate tops 2021 Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination
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The reason behind Jaclyn and Dina’s enduring careers
While the thought of working in the middle of a pandemic had them worried at first, Jaclyn Jose and Dina Bonnevie eventually realized that they couldn't let those feelings get in the way of doing the thing they love most. "This is what I do best---acting. This is something you can't just take away from me," Jaclyn said in a virtual conference for the GMA 7 primetime drama series "The World Between Us," "COVID-19 is there, but I also don't think I can live without acting ... It's my passion. I want to continue playing new characters and show what I'm capable of." Realistic Practicality is another reason, Jaclyn pointed out matter-of-factly. "We have to be realistic. These are har...Keep on reading: The reason behind Jaclyn and Dina’s enduring careers
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Cinema ’76 San Juan: Filmmakers and cinephiles’ haven latest victim of pandemic
The resurgence of the COVID-19 virus early this year has introduced a darker reality for most of the key players in the entertainment industry: that the temporary closure of some industry-related establishments has become permanent. Case in point: Cinema '76 San Juan, the microcinema created in 2016 that became "a haven for filmmakers, producers and film fans looking for a home," has permanently closed shop on Wednesday, according to Daphne Chiu, EVP and general manager for TBA Studios. "It hasn't been operating for quite a while now, but, early this year, we came to a point when we said we could no longer wait for the government's go signal to operate. We decided to close it d...Keep on reading: Cinema ’76 San Juan: Filmmakers and cinephiles’ haven latest victim of pandemic
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COVID-19 hounds another QC convent; 22 cases, 1 death reported
    MANILA, Philippines --- A second convent in Quezon City, the Convent of Holy Spirit in Barangay Immaculate Conception is dealing with a surge in COVID-19 infections, the city government said on Thursday. In a statement, the city government reported that 22 individuals contracted COVID-19, 13 nuns and 9 staff members. Fourteen of the 22 infected individuals are fully-vaccinated while the rest have not received a single dose. One of the nuns succumbed to the viral infection early this month, the city government added. Dr. Rolando Cruz of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, said the convent has a population of 90, of whom 46 were swab tes...Keep on reading: COVID-19 hounds another QC convent; 22 cases, 1 death reported
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Canada PM Trudeau says main election rival has shown poor leadership on COVID
    MONTREAL - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, seeking to carve out a lead ahead of Monday's election, on Thursday said his main rival had adopted a lax approach to fighting COVID-19 and shown weak leadership. Opinion polls show Trudeau's Liberals are tied with the right-of-center Conservatives of Erin O'Toole and look set to fall well short in their bid to win a parliamentary majority. Trudeau, 49, noted that O'Toole, 48, had praised Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's decision earlier in the year to quickly lift public health restrictions in his western province. COVID-19 cases soared, threatening the healthcare system. Kenney on Wednesday apologized for...Keep on reading: Canada PM Trudeau says main election rival has shown poor leadership on COVID
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Inday Sara seeks support for Pres. Duterte’s VP bid
      DAVAO CITY -- Mayor Sara Duterte - Carpio has urged her supporters to back the vice-presidential bid of her father, President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2022 elections. "Let us give him our strongest support on his plan to run as vice president," the city mayor said even as she thanked more than 700 parallel groups pushing her to run for president. The mayor said she had an "understanding" with her father that only one of them would run for a national position in the elections next year. Early this month, President Duterte accepted the nomination of one faction of his party, the Partido ng Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), as its ...Keep on reading: Inday Sara seeks support for Pres. Duterte’s VP bid
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‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ lead field in second pandemic-era Emmy Awards
    Television may have been what helped people get through the lockdowns and quarantines of the past year, but the Emmy Awards themselves just can't seem to get a break. Forced for a second year to abandon the traditional mass gathering of celebrities and executives, Cedric the Entertainer will host a scaled-back show in Los Angeles on Sunday that has been moved to an outdoor tent because of concerns over the Delta variant. Despite vaccination, testing and masking requirements, Jennifer Aniston is among those who won't be attending, citing her personal safety. And many of the cast of drama series favorite "The Crown" will likely take part from London, organizer...Keep on reading: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ lead field in second pandemic-era Emmy Awards
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Miss Universe Philippines partners with JC
      MANILA, Philippines - The country's most beautiful women team up with the nation's most dynamic health and wellness company, to bring you one of the most anticipated beauty pageants -- the Miss Universe Philippines 2021. The partnership between Miss Universe Philippines, a beauty pageant and organization that selects the Philippines' official representative to the international and annual Miss Universe competition and JC, one of the country's leading health and wellness companies was recently unveiled to bring the much-anticipated beauty competition exclusively, right at the comforts and safety of everyone's home, in HD quality. The collaboration w...Keep on reading: Miss Universe Philippines partners with JC
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Factbox – Key nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards
      Television's Emmy Awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on Sunday, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer and broadcast live on CBS television. Following is a list of nominees in key categories: BEST DRAMA SERIES "The Boys" "Bridgerton" "The Crown" "The Handmaid's Tale" "Lovecraft Country" "The Mandalorian" "Pose" "This is Us" BEST COMEDY SERIES "black-ish" "Cobra Kai" "Emily in Paris" "The Flight Attendant" "Hacks" "The Kominsky Method" "PEN15" "Ted Lasso" BEST LIMITED SERIES "I May Destroy You" "Mare of Easttown" "The Queen's Gambit" "The Underground Railroad" "WandaVision" BEST COMEDY AC...Keep on reading: Factbox – Key nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards
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Why PRC charging fees? To test, store blood donations, says Gordon
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is charging money for donated blood due to costs needed for storing and testing of the vital fluid, the organization's chairman Senator Richard Gordon said on Thursday. This was Gordon's response to President Rodrigo Duterte, who questioned the humanitarian organization for charging money for donated blood, in a series of attacks against the senator who also chairs the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that is investigating the procurement of allegedly "overpriced" personal protective equipment, face masks, and face shields made by the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service on behalf of DOH in 2...Keep on reading: Why PRC charging fees? To test, store blood donations, says Gordon
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Meralco down another man as Aaron Black injures hand
MANILA, Philippines---Meralco is down another man after Aaron Black suffered an injury in his right hand in the Bolts' 95-83 win over Terrafirma in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup Thursday at DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga. Black played just two minutes at the start of the game before hurting his hand and getting subbed out. He was then taken to the hospital for X-rays which his father and coach Norman Black said showed no broken bones. "I'm not sure how serious it is so we'll figure it out later," said Norman after the Bolts' win that put them close to a playoff berth. "But at least there's no broken bones and hopefully it will heal as quickly as possible." The Bolts are alread...Keep on reading: Meralco down another man as Aaron Black injures hand
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Higher CHR budget needed, House lawmakers agree
MANILA, Philippines --- Several lawmakers have called for a higher budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in 2022, noting that the commission plays a vital role as watchdog of possible abuses across various government agencies. CHR said during the House of Representatives' committee on appropriations budget briefing on Thursday that the commission initially proposed a P1.614 billion budget for 2022. However, the executive department cut it down to just P867.2 billion. According to Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Rep. France Castro, the performance of CHR should be taken into account especially as the agency was able to obligate and release most of its allocations ...Keep on reading: Higher CHR budget needed, House lawmakers agree
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Saruta vows to finish Pacio: I will break his will
MANILA. Philippines---There is bad blood between Yosuke Saruta and Joshua Pacio heading into the third fight of their trilogy series for the ONE World strawweight championship on September 24 at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Saruta, who won the first fight via split decision, is out for revenge after he lost to Pacio in the second round via fourth round knockout. "I will break Pacio's fighting spirit, break his will, and finish him between rounds four and five. That's my prediction. Whether I knock him out or submit him, I am coming for the finish," said Saruta. The two first met in 2019 when Saruta took the title away from Pacio via split decision but a rematch was booked three...Keep on reading: Saruta vows to finish Pacio: I will break his will
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Duque justifies Pharmally procurement early into pandemic: We can’t wait for price to stabilize
  MANILA, Philippines --- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has justified the government's move to procure medical supplies from Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp., noting that they cannot afford to wait for prices to stabilize as healthcare workers were already dying early into the COVID-19 pandemic. Duque explained that as early as March 2020, there were reports of health workers getting sick and even dying from COVID-19 as they tended to patients during the early part of the surge in the country. Hence, there was an urgent need for supplies like face masks, face shields, and personal protective equipment (PPE) sets --- and it was Pharmally who had the capability to de...Keep on reading: Duque justifies Pharmally procurement early into pandemic: We can’t wait for price to stabilize
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Blackwater ties Presto for worst losing streak in PBA history
MANILA, Philippines--- Blackwater remains in search of a reprieve after its latest loss to NLEX, 90-73, in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup put the team on a historic losing streak. The Bossing dropped their 18th straight game on Thursday, tying Presto for the longest losing streak in the league's history. The last time Nash Racela's team tasted a victory was after beating the Road Warriors, 98-88, on October 17, 2020 in the All-Filipino Cup bubble. After that, they lost eight straight in that tournament then dropped 10 consecutive games this conference. Presto, meanwhile, lost 18 straight in the 1980 season as it dropped nine straight in the second round of eliminations of the O...Keep on reading: Blackwater ties Presto for worst losing streak in PBA history
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Manila lifts liquor ban starting Sept. 16
MANILA, Philippines --- The city of Manila will now allow the sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages amid the implementation of the Alert Level System and granular lockdowns in Metro Manila. This was decided through an Executive Order (EO) No. 29, Series of 2021 signed by Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso, following a consultation with local government officials and representatives from the business sector regarding the matter. "After consultation, the city finds no imperativeness to impose a liquor ban for now," the EO read. This means under the said EO, the liquor ban that was earlier announced on Sept. 15, is now hereby lifted starting Sept. 16 until...Keep on reading: Manila lifts liquor ban starting Sept. 16
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23 sub-villages in Ilagan City placed on granular lockdown
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela---At least 23 sub-villages in this city were placed on a granular lockdown for six days starting Thursday, Sept. 16, to contain the spread of COVID-19, officials said. According to Mayor Josemarie Diaz, the affected areas are in the villages of Alibagu, Bliss, Calamagui 2nd , Baligatan, Baculod, Guinatan, Alinguigan 3rd, San Vicente and Cabannugan 2nd. "We encourage people to think of their fellows and stay home. If they do not value themselves, they should value their fellows," Diaz said in a statement. Residents in these areas are barred from leaving their homes, except for the authorized persons outside residences and those who need to go out for emerg...Keep on reading: 23 sub-villages in Ilagan City placed on granular lockdown
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