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Government employee gunned down in Batangas

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:00
        BATANGAS CITY---A clerk at the Senior Citizen's Office at the Batangas Provincial Capitol was shot dead while ordering street food in this city Thursday morning.   Chief Inspector Rocell Encarnacion, Batangas police information chief, said investigations showedthe victim Mheruz Marasigan, 23,was ordering street food when he was shot by an unidentified gunmanon Tolentino Road, village Kumintang,at 8:35 a.m.   The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was brought to Batangas Medical Center but died while undergoing treatment.   Police have yet to identify the suspect as well as establish the motive behind th...

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Man driving ‘stolen’ motorcycle slain in Cavite shootout

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:50
    SAN PEDRO CITY---An armed man who refused to stop in a police checkpoint was killed after putting up a firefight with the pursuing policemen in General Trias City in Cavite province early Thursday.   Supt. Janet Arinabo, spokesperson of the Cavite police, said the still unidentified man on a motorcycle refused to slow down at a police checkpoint and instead sped past the authorities, prompting the police to give him a chase at around 3:30 a.m.   The suspect then reportedly opened fire at the pursuing policemen. Arinabo said the police retaliated and hit the suspect, who died instantly.   Police have yet to confirm the man's identit...

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Kat Von D Is Teaming Up with a Pop-Punk Star to Create a Killer Eyeliner

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:43
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (Yes, him) should know a thing or two about eyeliners that can last intense and sweat-heavy concerts. He's one of the few who rocked guyliner back in our, uhm, early days. So why did it take him this long to develop said product with fellow eyeliner guru Kat Von D? https://www.instagram.com/p/BaaEDIHA0yf/?taken-by=thekatvond Regardless, they are doing it now. Kat Von D has teased the said collaboration named Basket Case, named after one of Green Day's big hits. It is a liquid pen type eyeliner that is said to be similar to her best-selling Tattoo Liner. We are excited because between the thick lines Billie prefers and the sharp cat flick Kat of...

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Teacher jailed in Ecuador over alleged abuse of 84 minors

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:32
A teacher in Ecuador has been detained on suspicion of sexually abusing 84 children, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.   Prosecutor Mariana Huilcapi said a teacher working in Quito was taken into custody as part of an investigation, which began last July, into "alleged sexual offenses in the field of education."   "Preliminary information was reported on 10 alleged cases of sexual abuse. However, as a result of the investigation, it was possible to determine 84 minors were allegedly involved," she added.   Hulicapi said the alleged victims were aged 12 to 14.   The case comes after the prosecution ordered the detention of three teachers suspected...

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Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:10
INDIANAPOLIS --- Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener. Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds. D'Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth...

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Maine Mendoza Set to Launch Her First Book

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:00
What is the best thing to do when your career started off as one half of a viral love team? Write a book about it, naturally. Maine Mendoza announced the formal launch of her book, Yup, I Am That Girl on her Facebook page along with details of the book launch. What will we be getting from the book? Knowing Maine, it might be a light-hearted account of her accidental stardom, the fanfare over #AlDub, and what has happened so far. We are also hoping to get some insider tips on her style choices and travels. With Yup, I Am That Girl, Maine joins the ranks of Sarah Lahbati, Solenn Heussaff, Georgina Wilson,Heart Evangelista, and Alex Gonzagaas celebrities turned authors, wri...

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Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:57
SACRAMENTO, Calif. --- Houston guard Chris Paul is out for the Rockets' game in Sacramento on Wednesday night because of a bruised left knee and coach Mike D'Antoni isn't counting on him Saturday for the home opener against Dallas. "It's not a concern, it's just nagging," D'Antoni said before the game against the Kings. "We'll sit him until the training staff thinks he's ready to go and try to get over it totally." Eric Gordon was to start in place of Paul, who still could be ready by Saturday but D'Antoni said, "I think he's still in play but I think it's hard." Paul had four points and shot 2 for 9 in the Rockets' season-opening 122-121 win at Golden State on Tuesday nigh...

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Radical Russian artist charged over Paris bank blaze

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:40
  Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky and his partner were charged on Wednesday for torching the facade of a Paris branch of France's central bank, a legal source said.   Pavlensky -- best known for nailing his scrotum to Red Square in 2013 to denounce Russian state power --and his partner Oksana Shalygina were also placed in pre-trial detention, as both were accused of "dangerous destruction of property" following their early Monday stunt.   Pavlensky had been initially admitted to a police psychiatric unit but a judge decided on Wednesday that the pair should be placed in pre-trial detention, the source told AFP.   Pavlensky, 33, ...

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Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:23
BOSTON --- Celtics forward Gordon Hayward sent a video message from his hospital bed before the team's home opener on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: "It's hurting me that I can't be there." The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics' game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans' attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over. "What's up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who's had me in their thoughts and prayers," Hayward said in the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the ...

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Philippines Nabs Top Three Spots in World’s Best Islands List

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:18
Cond Nast Traveler declares Boracay, Cebu, and Palawan as the top three best islands in the world respectively. Boracay is the first on the list given its "gentle coastlines and transportative sunsets." It also got a nod for its popping nightlife. Cebu and the Visayan islands came in second and are revered for its more "personal" vibe along with how it is the hub for up-and-coming restaurants. Speaking of which, may we suggest The Pig and Palm? Rounding up the top three is Palawan, which Travel + Leisure declares as the best islandin their list. For Cond Nast, it's a must-visit because of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. This is one of seven natural wonders of the wor...

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Mississippi school sheds old name to ‘Obama’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:28
JACKSON, Miss. -- A school in Mississippi is shedding the name of the Confederacy's only president and will instead be named for the first African-American president of the United States.   Davis International Baccalaureate Elementary School in Jackson was named decades ago for Jefferson Davis.   The school with 98 percent African-American enrollment is set to be renamed for Barack Obama in the next academic year, in a move proposed by parents and approved by a majority of students, parents, faculty, and staff members.   The PTA president, Janelle Jefferson, announced the planned change at a school board meeting on Tuesday.   "The stude...

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Self-taught, ‘superhuman’ AI now even smarter — makers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:11
PARIS, France --- The computer that stunned humanity by beating the best mortal players at a strategy board game requiring "intuition" has become even smarter, its makers said Wednesday. Even more startling, the updated version of AlphaGo is entirely self-taught -- a major step towards the rise of machines that achieve superhuman abilities "with no human input", they reported in the science journal Nature. Dubbed AlphaGo Zero, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) system learnt by itself, within days, to master the ancient Chinese board game known as "Go" -- said to be the most complex two-person challenge ever invented. It came up with its own, novel moves to eclipse all the Go ...

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Pagasa: Rains, overcast skies due to ‘Paolo’, LPA

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:06
  Two weather systems continue to affect the country, with most parts predicted to experience rains and overcast skies due to typhoon Paolo (international name Lan), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Thursday.   In its latest bulletin, the state weather bureau said that as of 3 a.m., Paolo maintained its strength of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 145 kph. It moved north northwest at 15 kph.   The typhoon was last located 895 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte, it added.   Weather forecaster Obet Badrina said Paolo is heading towards Japan based on foreca...

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MRT suffers 14th train breakdown in 7 days

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 08:03
  In what has become an almost daily occurrence, the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) on Thursday suffered from another technical failure.   In a service report, the MRT-3 management said a train broke down due to a technical problem at 6:12 a.m., unloading passengers at Quezon Avenue southbound station.   As of 7 a.m., only 18 trains were running instead of 20 during peak hours.   This was the 14th time the MRT-3 bogged down in the past seven days, causing inconvenience to thousands of rushing passengers, especially during peak hours. /cbb...

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Former Negros Oriental solon Teves faces raps for pork misuse

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:50
    The Office of the Ombudsman has found probable cause to pursue graft and malversation charges against former Negros Oriental Rep. Herminio Teves over the P10-million pork barrel funds allegedly diverted to a nonexistent nongovernment organization (NGO).   At the same time, the Ombudsman also furnished the Anti-Money Laundering Council with its findings so it could separately investigate Teves' financial transactions and locate the allegedly missing money.   In a statement on Wednesday, the Ombudsman said that Teves in December 2006 requested the release of his Priority Development Assistance Fund allocations to Molugan Foundation Inc., which he a...

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Metrobank buying out ANZ’s 40% stake in credit card venture

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:47
Local banking giant Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank) is buying out the 40 percent stake held by partner ANZ Funds Pty Ltd. in their local credit card venture for P14.8 billion, taking full control of this market-leading consumer business. The Ty family-led bank announced on Thursday a deal to increase in its stake in Metrobank Card Corp. (MCC) from 60 percent to up to 100 percent. Subject to regulatory approvals, Metrobank will purchase an initial 20 percent of MCC for a consideration of P7.4 billion. The sale of the remaining 20 percent will be completed by the third quarter of 2018 on the same terms. "The joint venture arrangement has created a lot of value f...

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Another Duterte defender to join Mocha in Palace

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:45
  Another Duterte defender is headed to Malacaang.   Assistant Secretary Lorraine Badoy is set to leave the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and join the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) as undersecretary, according to DSWD officer in charge Emmanuel Leyco.   Leyco said that Badoy had informed him of her move to the PCOO and was now in the process of turning over her responsibilities until the end of the month.   "I thank Asec. Badoy for her contributions to DSWD and I am confident that she will be able to bring her effectiveness as a communicator to her new assignment as Usec at PCOO," he said in a stat...

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Rites mark anniversary of Korean trader’s killing

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:40
  A short ceremony to commemorate the death anniversary of Korean Jee Ick-joo was held on Wednesday in Camp Crame.   The commemoration held at the spot inside the Philippine National Police headquarters where Jee was killed, was kept private on the request of the Korean businessman's widow, Choi Kyung-jin.   Jee's friends and relatives, including his wife Choi, along with some PNP officials attended the ceremony which started at around 2 p.m. and was held at a parking area just across the main building in Camp Crame.   Prayers and recollections, mostly in the Korean language, were said during the short service where candles were lit and flower...

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US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctor

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:40
WASHINGTON, United States --- Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast McKayla Maroney, inspired by the "Me Too" movement, revealed on Wednesday that she was molested for years by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career. "Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'" Maroney wrote. "It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it ...

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Naia no longer on list of world’s worst airports

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:35
  For the first time in six years, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) was not on the list of world's worst airports, an online survey by the Sleeping in Airports travel website showed.   Naia was not in the Sleeping in Airport 2017 list of top 20 worst airports in the world, nor on the list of top five worst airports in Asia, according to the website's survey results released on Sunday.   Last year, Naia landed fifth place among the world's worst airports, with the survey conducted at the height of the "laglag-bala" or bullet-planting extortion scheme that victimized both foreign and domestic passengers.   Top of the worst   ...

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