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Cops with Covid-19 breach 1K-mark

Manila, July 10 -- The number of police officers infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has reached 1,006 as 25 more police officers contracted the disease. As of Thursday evening, the PNP Health Service said out of the new cases, eight are from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas; seven from National Capital Region Police Office; four from PRO 4-A (Calabarzon), two from Aviation Security Group (Avsegroup) and one each from National Headquarters, Special Action Force (SAF), Highway Patrol Group (HPG) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG). Meanwhile, 455 PNP personnel have already recovered from the disease while the death toll stands at nine. The PNP Health Service is also monitoring 651 probable cases and 1,252 suspected cases. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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Cop, driver killed; 4 others hurt in Maguindanao blast

Manila, July 10 -- A roadside bomb explosion ripped through a police car in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Thursday evening, killing a policeman and its civilian driver while hurting four others. In a report, Col. Arnold Santiago, Maguindanao police chief, identified the fatalities as Master Sgt. Antonio Balasa and a certain Bobby, the civilian driver. Injured were identified as Sgts. Larry Amoran and Guerrero Domingo; and Corporals Guai Mangrag and Clyde Peria. "Investigation is still ongoing," he said. Onboard the police car was Maj. Erwin Tabora, chief of the provincial drug enforcement unit, who was reportedly not hurt in the blast. Tabora's group was on board the vehicle some 500 meters away from Camp Datu Akilan Ampatuan, the provincial police office in nearby Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao, when the roadside bomb went off in Barangay Mother of Shariff Aguak around 8:30 p.m. Maj. Oligario Salvador, Shariff Aguak police, said the bombing bore the signature of the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters. Shariff Aguak Mayor Marop Ampatuan has condemned the attack and has offered a bounty of a still unspecified amount to any information leading to those behind the bombing. "Let us not allow terrorism to prevail in our town as we have long worked hard for the peaceful atmosphere in our area," he said. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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Vietnam eyes stronger naval cooperation with PH

Manila, July 10 -- Vietnam has expressed its willingness to strengthen its naval cooperation with the Philippines. Vietnamese Ambassador to Manila Hoang Huy Chung made this assurance in a courtesy call on Philippine Navy (PN) chief Vice Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo at the Navy headquarters in Manila on Thursday. "The Vietnam Ambassador also expressed the willingness of Vietnam to strengthen its coordination with the Philippines, particularly in the areas of maritime security concerns and to enhance both countries' naval cooperation," PN public affairs office chief Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas said in a statement Friday. Other highlights of the meeting include future engagements of the PN and the Vietnam People's Navy which include the latter's participation in the upcoming Philippine-hosted Western Pacific Naval Symposium and other international naval activities where both Navies will participate. Chung held various high-ranking positions in Vietnam's Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being appointed to his present post. "This courtesy call is yet another manifestation of the PN's unfaltering commitment in promoting stability, protection, and cooperation in the region, the Philippine Navy is firmly dedicated to continuing and further enhancing its commitment to strengthening ties and friendship with other regional Navies," Roxas added. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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Fair weather, isolated rains Friday

Manila, July 10 -- The whole country will experience fair weather with isolated rain showers, a weather specialist said on Friday. Meno Mendoza of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Mindanao will bring rains over the area. The rest of the country will have isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms. This may likely happen in the afternoon or evening, he added. Light to moderate winds and slight to moderate seas will prevail over the whole archipelago. Mendoza also said there is no weather disturbance that may develop in the next three days. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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895 indigents get P6.73-M medical aid

Manila, July 10 -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday said it has released over PHP6.73 million in medical assistance to almost 900 eligible indigent beneficiaries nationwide. In a statement, PCSO general manager Royina Garma said the agency has approved the release of PHP6,731,595 worth of medical assistance to 895 beneficiaries as of July 9. The Medical Access Program (MAP), formerly known as the Individual Medical Assistance Program or (IMAP), is designed to augment the medical needs of indigent Filipinos, particularly hospital confinement, chemotherapy, dialysis, and post-transplant medicines. The program is funded by revenues from PCSO games nationwide. Garma said amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) crisis, the agency is continuing to provide medical assistance to the increasing number of indigents seeking help from PCSO. "Rest assured that the agency will find ways to meet the medical and health-related needs of all Filipinos, especially the marginalized," Garma said. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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Air Force to get 2 more C-130 planes

Manila, July 10 -- The Philippine Air Force (PAF) will acquire two more Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft to add to its existing fleet of five used to transport medical supplies and personnel tasked to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. "Based on our current status reports, one of the C-130s is expected to arrive this month (July) while the other one will arrive before the end of the year. Both have no specific (arrival) dates yet," Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message to the Philippine News Agency Thursday. The cost of acquisition for the two C-130s is PHP2.5 billion. "Cost is PHP2.5 billion. They (C-130s were) co-financed by the Philippines (who contributed PHP1.6 billion) and the US through FMF (Foreign Military Financing) program worth (PHP900 million)," Andolong added. The US FMF program provides grants and loans for the acquisition of US defense equipment, services, and training. The C-130 is a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed, now known as Lockheed Martin. Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medical evacuation, and cargo transport aircraft. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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MBHTE to help laid-off BARMM provisional teachers, workers

Manila, July 10 -- The Ministry of Basic, Higher and Technical Education in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MBHTDE-BARMM) will provide "humanitarian assistance" for provisional teachers and other temporary employees affected by the cease and desist order issued by the office. MBHTE Minister Mohagher Iqbal said the region will allot a sum of PHP190,980,000 for the laid-off teachers and incoming applicants for contractual services. On Thursday, some 80 provisional teachers and non-teaching staff of MBHTE-BARMM conducted a peaceful rally in front of the BARMM compound here demanding reinstatement. Bai Intan Galinanda, speaking for the affected MBHTE-BARMM personnel, said they have more than 600 members across the region. However, under Memorandum Order No. 154, released by the MBHTE last March 11, said "Provisional appointment as defined in the 2017 Omnibus Rules on Appointments (ORA) and Other Human Resource Actions (OHRA) (Revised July 2018) shall not be effective beyond the school year during which it was issued." "These provisional teachers will be re-employed [if they wanted to] with a salary of PHP15,000 per month and some additional PHP5,000 annual fund for administrative assessment activity," Iqbal said in a statement on Friday. Part of the allotted budget includes the appropriation of PHP10-million for the free Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) review of provisional teachers; a request to the Professional Regulation Commission to conduct special examination for provisional teachers in BARMM; and their hiring as contractual workers for a year as approved by the region's Office of the Chief Minister. Iqbal said the kick-off for employment for contracts for service will start on August 24 as the new school year begins. "Hopefully, in one year, all of them will be able to pass the LET exam and the ministry ensures the automatic change of their status from provisional to permanent effective immediately after passing the licensure exam," he said. The terminated provisional teachers and employees were requested to "cease and desist" from rendering service following the expiry of their contracts last May 31. Despite their termination, however, the MBHTE has provided the provisional employees their salary last May 31, as well as emergency relief assistance allowance amounting to PHP10,000 and a mid-year bonus of more than PHP20,000 each. Iqbal said the MBHTE-BARMM is always open for dialogue with its employees as it is their constitutional right. Currently, he said MBHTE is pushing for its Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) under the "new normal" setup of education that includes distance learning, home-based learning, module learning, and blended approach, depending on available resources in the area. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.comCopyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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India-China: All Eyes on Pangong Tso as Troops Disengage at 3 Pts

While China disengaged troops in other areas, they’re present at the northern bank of the Pangong Tso lake.

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Australia Tightens Travel; U.S. Daily Cases Surge: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) -- Australia will tighten inbound travel and review quarantine procedures after a spike in cases in its second-largest city

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The Latest: Two Division II conferences suspend fall sports

The Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference have suspended fall sports and championship events due to the coronavirus pandemic

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A space odyssey: Britain rockets into unknown with OneWeb

By Sam Nussey TOKYO (Reuters) - Britain is betting that satellite operator OneWeb will help it boldly go into a

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BJP ally IPFT holds protest in Tripura over arrest of supporter

Pradip Debbarma, president of IPFT’s frontal organization Indigenous Motor Workers’ Union, was arrested on July 6. He is currently in judicial custody.

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Sebi asks agencies to rate all firms

At present ratings can be withdrawn only if a bank issues a no objection certificate or if the instrument\/ loan has been assigned a ‘D’ or default rating.

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Nagaland govt asks employees to declare names of family members connected to insurgent groups

The memorandum mentions that the order has been issued “as per instructions”, but there’s no clarity on who had issued the instructions for such a move.

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Asian American girls saw pivotal icon in ‘Baby-Sitters Club’

Author Ann M. Martin had no master plan when she decided to make one of the core members of “The Baby-Sitters Club” a Japanese American girl named Claudia.Claudia Kishi happened to be everything the “model minority” stereotype wasn't. She got bad grades. She thrived in art and fashion. She wasn't struggling to belong. For those reasons and more, Asian American girls in the ‘80s and ’90s idolized Claudia and felt seen in teen fiction. Some of those now grown fans concede the books fall short dealing with race, but a new Netflix adaptation is bringing Claudia (and her pals) into the modern age.In addition to the series that's available now, the streaming service on

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Trump implies he's ready to grant clemency to Roger Stone

President Donald Trump implied in a pair of interviews Thursday that he was ready to grant clemency to Roger Stone, his friend and ally who was convicted of, among other things, lying to Congress and is set to go to prison this month.

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Despite positive COVID tests, Frittelli, Watney and McCarthy tee off in Ohio

(Reuters) - Dylan Frittelli, Nick Watney and Denny McCarthy completed the first round of the PGA Tour's Workday Charity Open

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Lopez Obrador says Trump has 'completely changed' attitude toward Mexicans

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday that Donald Trump had drastically changed the way

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SEC oks first REIT listing

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved the country's very first real estate investment trust (REIT) listing, sponsored by property giant Ayala Land Inc., that aims to sell as much as P15.1 billion worth of shares to the public this July.In its July 9 meeting, the SEC en banc approved the registration statement of AREIT Inc. for 1,092,986,504 common shares for listing and trading on the main board of the Philippine Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “AREIT.” The SEC will issue the corresponding order of registration and the permit to offer securities for sale upon determination that the company, formerly known as One Dela Rosa Property Development, Inc.,

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China's aviation industry suffers $4.9 billion loss in second-quarter on coronavirus jolt

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's aviation industry sank further into the red, losing 34.25 billion yuan ($4.89 billion) in the second

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Australia Curbs Number of Returning Citizens, Reviews Quarantine

(Bloomberg) -- Australia will halve the number of citizens who can return home at any one time to relieve pressure

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UP Announces Lockdown From 10 pm Tomorrow to 5 am on 13 July

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Asian markets turn lower as infection rates jump

Asian markets fell Friday as rising virus infection rates in the US put the brakes on the latest rally. Equities

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Cop shot dead in Negros Occidental

DUMAGUETE CITY –– A police officer was shot dead by men on board a motorcycle in Siaton town, Negros Oriental around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.Police Staff Sergeant Bobster Guillarawan, a member of the First Provincial Mobile Force Company based in Barangay Napacao in Siaton, suffered gunshot wounds on the body.He was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.A police investigation showed that Guillarawan was driving his motorcycle when waylaid and shot by the assailants.Four persons of interest have been identified in Guillarawan's murder, the local police said.Mayor Cezanne Fritz Diaz of Siaton dangled a reward of P100

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Brazil asks investment firms to adopt protected Amazon areas

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s government on Thursday proposed that global asset-managers adopt protected areas in the Amazon rainforest in order to curb illegal deforestation ahead of the season farmers traditionally use fire to clear land and brush.Vice President Hamilton Mourão, who heads the government’s council on the Amazon region, held a video call with representatives of investment firms and said he hopes for financial support from them to support environmental protection projects. Last month, mainly European investment firms sent a letter expressing concern over rising deforestation and demanded forceful action against illegal activities in the Amazon. The 34 firms tha

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