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T1 names Filipino offlane star Kuku to official lineup

Veteran Filipino player Carlo “Kuku” Palad has officially joined the roster of T1 Entertainment & Sports for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia Regional League upper division set to fire off on January 20. Kuku is now the official offlaner of T1 after a successful stint as a stand-in player in the Beyond The Summit (BTS) Pro Series Season 4 SEA where the South Korean squad finished third and bagged a prize of $6,500 (over P300,000). T1 also added Indonesian hard support Matthew “Whitemon” Filemon to its lineup. Whitemon also served as stand-in in the BTS tournament. “We are pleased to welcome Kuku and Whitemon to our Dota 2 roster!” T1, known for its League of Legends team, said in a Facebook post on Monday. Interestingly, T1 is now composed of four former Geek Fam standouts in Kuku, Whitemon, Filipino star midlaner Karl “Karl” Jayme (also known as Santino) and Indonesian soft support Kenny “Xepher” Deo. Only Laotian carry Souliya “Jackky” Khoomphetsavong came from another team (Motivate.Trust Gaming). With Filipino carry Polo “Raven” Fausto (now playing for Fnatic), Geek Fam won the BTS Season 2 and the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League before disbanding in September due to the extended suspension of the 2019-2020 DPC caused by the pandemic.Read: Kuku to coach Omega Dota 2 team Now with the four-time The International veteran Kuku at the helm, T1 will battle it out in the upper division against Filipino powerhouse TNC Predator, Fnatic, BOOM Esports and the four qualified teams in Execration, Neon Esports, Vice Esports and 496 Gaming. T1 will take on Fnatic on January 20 to kick off the hostilities in the upper division, which stakes three slots to the first Dota 2 Major tournament this year.

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UK is vaccinating 140 people per minute on average, minister says

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom is vaccinating 140 people per minute against COVID-19 on average, Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim

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Mesut Ozil’s Fenerbahce shirt number and new contract details ‘revealed’ after Arsenal exit

Has Mesut Ozil confirmed his new Fenerbahce shirt number? The 32-year-old is on Monday expected to finalise a move to the Turkish giants, after reaching an agreement with Arsenal to terminate his £350,000-a-week contract. Ozil is understood to have forgoed around £7m to seal an Emirates Stadium exit, 10 months on from his last appearance for the club. The World Cup winner is in Istanbul to put the finishing touches on a free transfer, and has offered a big hint at what his new shirt number could be. Ozil has worn No.10 at Arsenal since Jack Wilshere's exit in 2018, his preferred shirt number throughout his career. However, at Fener, striker Mbwana Samatta wears the No10. Ozil on Sunday tweeted a simple '67' with a red heart emoji - a number currently not taken in the squad. Why No.67? It could be because the post code of Ozil’s hometown of Zonguldak in Turkey begins with ‘67’. It's also worth pointing out that Samatta's loan spell from Aston Villa will end in the summer, potentially freeing up the No10 for next season. Ozil has reportedly taken a staggering £285,000-a-week pay cut to join Fenerbahce. But, don't feel too sorry for him. The Mirror report that he will pocket a £4.5m signing-on bonus in the first benefit of a heavily incentivised contract. The report adds that Ozil will get £225,000 if Fenerbahce qualify for the Champions League - the top two in Turkey do - and £445,000 with league title win. Read More Transfer news LIVE! Chelsea in Haaland bid; Ozil and En-Nesyri latest Fenerbahce confirm Mesut Ozil transfer talks after flight to Turkey Mourinho hits back at Ozil jibe: ‘Who told him we’re interested?’ Arsenal outcast Ozil would rather ‘retire’ than join Tottenham

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Most Asia stocks down after gains, China growth beats forecasts

Most markets fell Monday as investors took a breather following a recent rally, though Hong Kong and Shanghai enjoyed gains

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European stocks slip as Carrefour abandons takeover talks

(Reuters) - European stocks slipped on Monday as French retailer Carrefour tumbled after ending 16.2 billion euro ($19.57 billion) merger

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Golf: Spirited finish allows Kevin Na to win Sony Open

Kevin Na overcame a three-stroke deficit with six holes to play with three straight birdies and another on the 18th

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NFL: Tom Brady-led Bucs advance, oust Saints

Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Sunday to lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over New Orleans in the NFL playoffs while defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City withstood Patrick Mahomes suffering a concussion to oust Cleveland.Six-time Super Bowl champion Brady and a defensive unit that forced four turnovers sparked the visiting Bucs over the Drew Brees-led Saints while Mahomes threw for one touchdown and ran for another before exiting in the third quarter of the Chiefs' 22-17 triumph."The defense was the key to the game. It was huge," Brady said. "Our defense really balled out, got the turnovers we needed."Both winners advanced to within one game of n

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Lender FAB buoys Abu Dhabi as most major Gulf markets rise

(Reuters) - Most major stock markets in the Gulf traded higher early on Monday, with the Abu Dhabi index leading

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Charter change plebiscite to coincide with 2022 nat’l elections — DILG

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) stressed Monday that the plan of Congress to call for a plebiscite simultaneously with the 2022 national elections assures that no term extensions or changes in the political system are inserted in the proposed amendment of certain provisions of the Constitution. In a press briefing, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya emphasized that the proposal merely calls for the removal of restrictive economic provisions in the Constitution. He pointed out that holding the national election and the proposed plebiscite at the same time will not favor the congressmen since no term extension is possible. With regards to its timing, Malaya said that President Duterte had included this in his agenda even before he ran for the presidency which shows that the proposed amendment was not a spur of the moment decision. Even in the current health crisis, Malaya described the pandemic as a greater argument in favor of the Constitutional amendment to reinvigorate the economy. “There is no better time than now. No bad timing to a good idea,’’ Malaya said. Explaining further, Malaya noted that the DILG views this Constitutional amendment proposal as “very important’’ especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic citing the need for the country’s economy to recover with experts stressing that one of the keys to this is direct foreign investment. According to Malaya some economic experts insisted that foreign economic restrictions have been a hindrance to the country’s economic progress. Instead of Filipinos going abroad to look for jobs, Malaya said the entry of foreign investors will give the locals the opportunity to seek their livelihood in the country. He said that the main contention in the issue of the proposed amendment can be put in one line which is “unless otherwise provided by law’’ which means that the flexibility of Congress to decide is being enhanced if certain industries will limit the entry of 100 percent foreign investment in the country. Since there is a constituent assembly mode of amending, Malaya maintained that there is enough time to make small changes in certain sections of Article 12 and other provisions of the Constitution.

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Boris Johnson news – latest: PM under pressure over Universal Credit cut as Corbyn legal battle heads to court

Boris Johnson will come under intense pressure not to cancel the £20-a-week uplift to Universal Credit when Labour forces a Commons vote on the planned cut on Monday. The prime minister has been warned millions of families will be £1,000 a year worse off if the government scraps the increase. Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, said families deserved certainty during the pandemic that their incomes would be protected but Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, dismissed the vote as a “political stunt”. Elsewhere, the first stage of Jeremy Corbyn's legal battle with Labour over his suspension from the parliamentary party will be heard by the High Court. PM will be ‘pushing up poverty’ if he cuts UC, report warns Raab claims EU trade agreement is ‘great deal’ for fishermen Council tax and levies hit poorer regions harder, study finds

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London’s hospitals to pilot 24 hour vaccine timetable by end of January

London's hospitals will pilot a 24-hour vaccination programme by the end of January as the Government ramps up the fight against Covid. More than 3.8 million people in the UK – including over-80s, care home residents, and NHS and social care staff – have already received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, but from Monday it will be rolled out to the next two priority groups. The Government said it would remain the priority to vaccinate those in the first two groups, but that sites which have enough supply and capacity to vaccinate more people will be allowed to offer jabs to the next cohorts. Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News: “We are going to pilot the 24-hour vaccination, the NHS is going to pilot that in hospitals in London and we will look at how we expand that.” Pressed for when the pilots will start, he said: “By the end of January, absolutely.” But he said the 8am-8pm vaccination schedule “works much more conveniently for those who are over 80 and then as you move down the age groups it becomes much more convenient for people to go late at night and in the early hours”. He backed the target to offer a first jab to everyone by September as “achievable” and said that over-70s are currently being offered first jabs in areas only where “the majority” of over-80s have had their first shot. However, Mr Zahawi has said vaccine supply “remains challenging” and is the limiting factor in the rollout of coronavirus jabs. He told BBC Breakfast: “We now have built a deployment infrastructure that can deploy as much vaccine as it comes through. “And so it’s the vaccine supply – which remains lumpy, it remains challenging, you may have read over the weekend probably some of the challenges around Pfizer and of course Oxford/AstraZeneca – but I’m confident we can meet our target mid-Feb, (for) those top four cohorts.” The expanded rollout arrives as a ban on quarantine-free travel into the UK came into force at 4am in a bid to keep out new coronavirus strains – such as those which have been discovered in Brazil and South Africa. The new rules mean arrivals from every destination will need to self-isolate for 10 days, or receive a negative result from a coronavirus test taken at least five days after they enter the UK. Passengers flying in from overseas will now also have to show proof of a negative Covid test before setting off – as part of rules which had been due to come into force last week. The Foreign Secretary said on Sunday that checks at the border would be strengthened as the new measures enter into effect, and vowed to “beef up” capacity to ensure people are adhering to quarantine rules. Read More Vaccine call for over-70s as Covid cases drop in every London borough ‘Every UK adult to get dose of coronavirus vaccine by September’ William is proud of Queen and Philip for having Covid-19 vaccine Doctors ‘binning’ leftover vaccines UK facing short-term Pfizer delivery delay Doctors and police forces issue joint warning over vaccine fraudsters

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Oil's supply-led rally peters out as virus cases surge

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices on Monday fell further from 11-month highs touched last week, ending a

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FTSE 100 slips as oil, travel stocks weigh

(Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 slipped on Monday as a slide in crude oil prices weighed on energy majors, while

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Gold gains as U.S. stimulus prospects offset firm dollar

By Sumita Layek (Reuters) - Gold prices rose on Monday, after hitting a 1-1/2-month low earlier in the session, as

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Lindsey Graham urges Donald Trump not to pardon Capitol rioters, calls him 'most important figure' in GOP

The senator's stance on Trump has remained ambiguous and his concern for POTUS have come at a time when the Republicans are deeply divided over the president

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Passengers with negative Covid tests turned away from London-bound flight

As the UK’s test-before-travel scheme took effect, passengers have been turned away from a transatlantic flight because the airline did not regard their negative Covid tests as sufficiently high standard. Hannah Holland, a 23-year-old British woman from Sheffield, was booked to travel on American Airlines (AA) from Philadelphia via Chicago’s O’Hare airport to London Heathrow. It was the first departure of flight AA86 for which passengers were required to present proof of a negative coronavirus test before being allowed on board. New rules for arrivals to the UK took effect at 4am; the flight from Chicago was due to arrive at Heathrow airport at 8.40am. Ms Holland had taken an antigen Covid test – one of the options approved by the UK government – within 72 hours of departure. She travelled without a problem between Philadelphia and Chicago. At the checkpoint for flight AA86 to London she presented a negative certificate but was told her test was not valid for travel to the UK. Ms Holland’s father told The Independent: “A British AA staff member was telling everyone with a rapid antigen Covid test that they weren't valid. "My daughter was in tears begging her to let her on the plane.” The UK government says an “an antigen test, such as a test from a lateral flow device” is acceptable – though it stipulates the traveller must “ensure the test meets the minimum standards for sensitivity, specificity and viral load details”. American’s partner carrier, British Airways, simply asks for “evidence of a negative Lamp, PCR or antigen Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of their departure”. Other passengers were also denied boarding flight AA86. The Boeing 787 departed late, though it is not known if that was connected with turning travellers away and unloading their baggage. Ms Holland was eventually flown back to Philadelphia. Her father has asked her MP to intervene. The Independent has asked American Airlines for a response. On Friday the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, revealed that only one in 1,000 of the coronavirus cases in England in December were brought in from abroad. Read More Covid testing before travel to the UK: the key questions and answers BA, American Airlines plan voluntary COVID-19 testing plan A new approach to testing and screening is needed in 2021

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China’s Growth Beats Forecasts, Aiding Global Economic Rise

(Bloomberg) -- China’s economy exceeded its pre-pandemic growth rates in the fourth quarter as its export-led recovery quickened, enabling it

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Teachers protest deficient service recognition incentive

A federation of teachers plans to launch a series of protest activities to assert that education delivery and education workers’ welfare should come first when it comes to administration’s priorities. The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Philippines said that it is already gearing up for a series of protests and other-related activities to denounce the “deficient” service recognition incentive (SRI) for the employees of the Department of Education (DepEd) as well as the “equally inadequate and difficult to avail” P300 per month communication expense reimbursement for March to December 2020, among others. “For months, our teachers bore the learning continuity expenses – from module printing to cellphone load, Internet expenses, and increased electric bills,” ACT Secretary General Raymond Basilio said. “They definitely don’t deserve an impossible expense reimbursement process or halved recognition of their sacrifices,” he added. ACT Philippines is urging the national government to augment the funds for the SRI of education employees “in the spirit of equality and genuine recognition of the teachers’ sacrifices under distance learning.” The group issued this demand following the announcement from the DepEd that the agency’s savings can only pay its employees with up to 50 to 60 percent of the mandated SRI. “It’s already delayed yet it is also lacking. Is this how the Duterte government appreciates the service of our teachers?” Basilio said. President Duterte has authorized the grant of a uniform P10,000 SRI to all civilian and uniformed personnel starting last Dec. 21 to be sourced from each of the agency’s unspent funds through Administrative Order No. 37, Series of 2020. The DepEd, however, has yet to fulfill the order and announced Monday that its savings can only afford granting each employee with P5,000 to P6,000 SRI. Basilio pointed out the loophole in Duterte’s AO 37 “that allows for the unequal grant of the SRI” as while it ordered for the payment of a uniform P10,000 SRI, it permits the grant of a lower amount if agency savings are insufficient. “This deviated from the president’s SRI order in 2019 when the budget agency funded 70 percent of the benefit while agencies took care of the remaining 30 percent,” he explained. ACT noted that this is unfair to teachers. “With DepEd’s enormous workforce, inadequate funding, and humongous expenses in the shift to distance learning that even forced teachers to shell out their own money, what savings does the Duterte government expect from the agency?” Basilio asked. Given this, Basilio urged the Duterte government to make amends to teachers who were left high and dry amid the pandemic and shift to distance learning, stressing that the first move it should do is to pay up on the benefits it owes the teachers. “Our teachers are getting demoralized and restive with the string of unfair treatment the education sector is getting from the Duterte government.”

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Siraj Takes Five as Australia Set India 328-Run Target in 4th Test

Siraj picked up his maiden five-wicket haul, conceding 73 runs in 19.5 overs. Thakur also picked four wickets.

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Meralco’s Aaron Black grateful for rookie award, vows to work harder next conference

Aaron Black said the Outstanding Rookie award will serve as motivation to work harder going into his sophomore season with the Meralco Bolts. The 23-year-old guard became the lowest pick ever to bag the top honor for first-year players after prevailing over Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s Arvin Tolentino, Alaska’s Barkley Ebona, Terrafirma’s Roosevelt Adams and Magnolia’s Aris Dionisio. “This will definitely push me to work harder for the next conference. Looking forward to what’s in store for us at Meralco,” Black said after being selected for the award in Sunday’s PBA Special Awards. He was selected 18th overall by the Bolts in the 2019 Rookie Draft, giving him the opportunity to play for his dad, Meralco coach Norman Black. Skeptics were quick to question the pick, but the younger Black earned the minutes he got from his father and was one of the key reasons for the Bolts’ entry to the Philippine Cup semifinals for the first time in franchise history.Read: How did the fans react to the winners of PBA Awards He made an impact in just his fourth pro game, hitting 16 points with four rebounds and four assists in Meralco’s overtime win over Magnolia and averaged 11.5 points on 40-percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists as Meralco’s ended San Miguel Beer’s five-year reign in the Philippine Cup by overcoming the latter’s twice-to-beat advantage. “It was a big motivational factor for me being drafted in the second round, as well as playing for my dad,” said Black while acknowledging sentiments of those who raised their eyebrows. “It was a big thing hearing all the whispers as I got drafted, so I really just made a point the six months before we got to the bubble to do my best to work hard and be ready for the league,” he added.

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LPA, amihan to bring rains all over PH

Eastern Visayas and the eastern and southern portions of Mindanao may experience light to at times heavy rains within 24 hours due to the combined effects of rain-bearing weather systems prevailing across the country. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last spotted the low pressure area (LPA) at 90 kilometers southeast of Zamboanga City around Monday noon. Although the LPA is less likely to become a tropical depression within the next 48 hours, PAGASA said its effect combined with the tail-end of frontal system and intertropical convergence zone may bring moderate to heavy rains over Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, Biliran, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Southern Leyte. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also prevail over Quezon, Palawan, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao. PAGASA said the surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will also bring scattered rains over Cagayan and eastern Isabela. Flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards, PAGASA warned. Likewise, it said adjacent or nearby areas that may not have been directly affected by the rainfall were urged to remain alert due to the possibility of flooding from surface runoff or swelling of river channels. Due to the surge of amihan, sea travel remains risky over the northern, western, and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, western coast of Central Luzon, western and eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, and eastern coastline of Visayas. Fishing boats and other small sea vessels were advised to prevent from travelling out to sea, while larger sea vessels were asked to remain alert against big waves due to risky sea travel over these waters.

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Pfizer’s EUA stays as FDA awaits report on Norway deaths — DOH

https://youtu.be/AbGb2ZNxDqoMANILA, Philippines — The emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine will remain for now despite reports that some elderly people with underlying health conditions in Norway have died after getting inoculated with vaccine from the US-based pharmaceutical giant.In an online press briefing on Monday, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is awaiting Pfizer’s report regarding the deaths in Norway."Ang sabi ng ating Food and Drug Administration, with this kind of occurrences, pinag-aaralan 'yan and Pfizer has to submit to the Philippine FDA a report regarding this matter. Onc

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Reeling Timberwolves, Hawks clash in Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves could both use a win. They could also use a clean bill of health before they meet in Atlanta on Monday afternoon.The Hawks have lost two straight and six of their last seven games. Atlanta had its game at Phoenix postponed on Jan. 11 because of COVID-19 concerns with the Suns.The Timberwolves have lost eight of their last nine. Of more concern is the lack of players because of COVID. Minnesota had its game against Memphis postponed on Friday because it could not field the league-required eight players for the game due to contact tracing within the organization.Minnesota star Karl-Anthony Towns, who is averaging 22.0 points and

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AstraZeneca, Daiichi's breast cancer drug gets broader U.S. approval

(Reuters) - AstraZeneca and Daiichi Sankyo's breast cancer drug has been approved as a treatment for a certain type of

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Palace spox suggests medical students as COVID vaccinators

Apart from pharmacists and midwives, some medical students should be considered as vaccinators of the coronavirus vaccines, presidential spokesman Harry Roque suggested Monday. Roque admitted that the government would need many health personnel to administer the vaccination of millions of Filipinos this year in the fight against the coronavirus. “Tama po ‘yan dahil alam natin na 50 to 70 million ang target natin sa taong ito ay talagang kinakailangan natin ng lalong pang mas maraming magbibigay ng bakuna (That’s right since we are targeting to vaccinate 50 to 70 million people this year, we really need more people who will administer the vaccines),” Roque said during a televised press briefing. Roque noted that the Philippines should consider emulating the United States which has tapped nursing and dental students for the vaccination drive. He noted that his two relatives who are studying nursing and dentistry have been tapped as frontliners in the United States. “Ang isa nursing student, ‘yung isa dental student, so pati mga dental students kinokonsidera na rin as frontliner for purposes of vaccination. Sa Amerika po ‘yan na dapat gawin din natin dito (One is a nursing student, another is a dental student so dental students are also considered frontliners for purposes of vaccination. That’s in America that we should also implement here),” he said. With the anticipated rollout of the vaccines this year, the Department of Health is reportedly studying the possibility of tapping pharmacists and midwives to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people. Only doctors and nurses are currently allowed to conduct the vaccination in the country. The country’s first batch of coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer and Sinovac will start arriving next month. The government plans to prioritize health workers, senior citizens, the poor and vulnerable population, and uniformed personnel in the immunization campaign.

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