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Barty beats Goerges in Birmingham final to take No. 1 spot

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 39 min ago
BIRMINGHAM, England --- Ashleigh Barty defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 to win the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, a victory that ensures the Australian will be No. 1 in the rankings on Monday. The 23-year-old Barty, who lost the final to Petra Kvitova in 2017, did not drop a set all week at the grass-court tournament, and she fought back from being 4-5 down in the second set to beat the German in 1 hour, 28 minutes. Goerges fought back tears as she congratulated her friend on taking top spot in the rankings ahead of Wimbledon, which starts July 1. French Open champion Barty, currently ranked No. 2, will take over from Naomi Osaka, who lost 6-2, 6-3 loss to Yulia Putintse...

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Powerful 7.3-magnitude Indonesian quake felt in Australia

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 47 min ago
JAKARTA -- A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck remote eastern Indonesia on Monday, forcing people to flee office buildings as far away as the northern Australian city of Darwin, officials and reports said. The deep and powerful earthquake sent shockwaves around the region, with people on the tourist island of Bali as well as in East Timor reporting feeling the tremor. Indonesia was the epicenter of the Asian tsunami in 2004 that killed more than 170,000 people but the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said Monday's quake was too deep to trigger a destructive wave. Indonesia's disaster agency, which urged people to "stay calm", said the tremor was felt weakly in faraway Bali. It hi...

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Asian shares waver ahead of Trump-Xi meet at Osaka G-20

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 13 min ago
    BANGKOK - Shares were wavering in Asia on Monday as investors watched for movement in the China-U.S. trade dispute ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping planned for later this week in Osaka, Japan, at the Group of 20 summit. Japan's Nikkei 225 index gained 0.2% to 21,302.38 while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng also added 0.2% to 28,538.39.   The Kospi in South Korea edged 0.1% higher 2,128.69. Australia's S&P ASX 200 lost 0.1% to 6,643.30 and the Shanghai Composite index declined 0.1% to 2,999.30. Shares fell in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.         The biggest uncertainty looming over the m...

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AUB conferred ASEAN corporate governance award

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 21 min ago
Asia United Bank (AUB) has recently been bestowed with the Golden Arrow Recognition, a prestigious citation given out by the Institute of Corporate Directors, through the use of the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard. With the goal to raise corporate governance standards and practices in the region, the ASEAN Scorecard Golden Arrow Recognition grades and ranks publicly-listed companies based on the ones that are best governed. Publicly-listed companies in the Philippines that receive a score of 80 points or higher and are considered as one of the top performing companies under the ACGS are eligible to receive the award. As banks play a strategic role in a more dynamic and smoo...

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Aiko Melendez warns of fake ads using her name, photos without consent

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 22 min ago
Aiko Melendez slammed a "weight management" product for using her name and photos in its advertisements without her consent. The actress took to social media to warn the people behind the product to stop using her pictures for endorsements. "I may have tried your product, but to claim that my weight loss was because of your product IS NOT RIGHT, AND DEFINITELY NOT TRUE!" the actress said via Facebook last Saturday, June 22. "Lalo na [kung] wala naman nakikipag usap sa akin and my management team regarding endorsement of your company. Bring down your posts [please]!" (Especially since no one talked to me and to my management team regarding endorsement of your company.) ...

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Frozen sperm can survive space travel, preliminary study suggests

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 24 min ago
It's one small step for science, and potentially one giant leap for mankind's ability to populate space.
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Mandatory training for Angkas drivers pushed

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 24 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - The director of the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) is pushing for the mandatory training of Angkas drivers on safe driving and road safety.   "For safety, mas maganda nga na may training sila kasi magiging katuwang natin, sila maging example of a disciplined motorist," said PNP-HPG director Brig. Gen. Roberto Fajardo on Monday.   (For safety, it is better that they undergo training so that they can be our partners and examples of a disciplined motorist.)   Fajardo made the proposal after the motorcycle taxi firm donated 50 modular motorcycle crash helmets to the police unit at Camp Crame.   Faj...

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Moody’s sees next interest rate cut in third quarter of 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 28 min ago
The research arm of debt watcher Moody's sees the next interest rate cut by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) highly likely in the third quarter after it took a break from monetary easing last week. "The BSP surprised markets and kept the policy rate on hold at 4.5 percent in June," Moody's Analytics said in its June 21 Asia-Pacific weekly report e-mailed to reporters on Monday (June 24). It said the BSP's move to stop cutting imterest rates was "prudent." (Editor: Tony Bergonia)  ...

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Sotto: Philippine boat not sunk by Chinese vessel

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III believes that the Philippine fishing boat "was not sunk" by a Chinese vessel. On Monday, Sotto shared a Coast Guard expert's opinion on the June 9 incident where the Chinese vessel reportedly hit the Philippine fishing boat near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea. "There is no way we can verify whether the mast light was lighted or not. This is a small fishing boat and normally they don't display it especially in areas where there is no maritime traffic," Sotto quoted the expert as saying. "The FB (fishing boat) was hit slightly on the astern (rear part) and intentional ramming would be thru the side." "...

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Kris Aquino admits K-drama addiction, asks for recommendations

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 34 min ago
Like many Filipino celebrities, Kris Aquino has fallen into the K-drama hype. In her case, she got hooked when she discovered the 2018 drama "Sky Castle". Aquino spoke about her newfound addiction as she uploaded the K-drama's poster, as seen in her Instagram post last Sunday, June 23. The actress and talk show host also asked her fans and followers for recommendations. "I was very, very LATE to the K Drama party. This was the first one I watched (while in Singapore over 5 nights)... I now understand why the world is addicted," she said. https://www.instagram.com/p/BzBJI_ghf9c/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Aquino said she prefers action and unconventional romances in K-...

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De Lima fears whitewash in boat ramming incident joint probe

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 38 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - The planned joint investigation on the sinking of a Philippine-registered fishing boat in Recto (Reed) Bank in the West Philippine Sea by a Chinese vessel would just be an attempt to "whitewash" the incident, detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima said Monday.   "After the Duterte administration's orchestrated response to downplay the incident and to silence the crew of FB Gem-Ver 1, this joint investigation is simply the logical step to a whitewash. 'Mutually recognized results' supposed to be arrived at in the joint probe means a 'lutong macao' to be cooked up by both the Duterte administration and China," De Lima said in a dispatch from Ca...

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Driver of van in deadly Camiguin crash faces raps

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 39 min ago
MAMBAJAO, Camiguin---Criminal charges will be filed against the driver of the van that crashed while carrying call center agents, killing three of them at the village of Poblacion here on June 22, police said on Monday (June 24). Capt. Arnold Gaabucayan, Mambajao police chief, said the driver, Joy Sobremisana, will be charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide. Killed in the crash were Julie Ann Mae Oliva, Jovert de Asis and Ian Jumahali (not Jumahilili as reported earlier). JIGGER JERUSALEM (Editor: Tony Bergonia)...

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Support for national artist award for ‘Manoy’ grows

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 55 min ago
ORMOC CITY---Actor and Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has expressed support for moves to declare the late actor Eddie Garcia a national artist. Gomez said Garcia has done so much to the Philippine industry. "That is long overdue. He is an icon. He has done so much for the business and he has achieved so much," Gonez said. Gomez worked with Garcia in various films. Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas, who is also an actor, said one of his priorities at the openimg of the 18th Congress opens was to pass a resolution seeking to declare Garcia a national artist. Vargas' proposal gained support from within and outside the movie industry. Among those who expressed support was Batanga...

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LRT-1 operations back to normal

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 58 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) operations resumed normal operations Monday afternoon after a 15 kilometer per hour (kph) speed limit was imposed on all trips, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said.   The speed restriction was imposed on from 11:55 to 11:59.     https://twitter.com/officialLRT1/status/1143005287051173888?s=20   https://twitter.com/officialLRT1/status/1143005989932695552?s=20 LRT-1 trains usually travel at a maximum speed of 40 kph, according to the LRMC.   "The 4-minute speed restriction was implemented to allow our technician to fix one door on one train," LRMC Head of Corporate Commu...

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Ex-cop killed in Catbalogan attack

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 59 min ago
ORMOC CITY---A former policeman was killed by still unidentified assailants around 7:10 a.m. on Monday, June 24, in Barangay Mercedes, Catbalogan City. Roy Pagunsan was on his way home on board his motorcycle when he was gunned down by the men who were on board a van, said Lt. Col. Bella Rentuaya, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas. Recovered from the crime scene were 12 empty shells of M-16 Armalite rifle.   In June 2016, Pagunsan was dismissed from the service after he was involved in an alleged case of car theft. He was working on reinstatement after the case was dismissed. (Editor: Tony Bergonia)...

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Angkas donates 50 motorcycle helmets to PNP-HPG

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas on Monday donated 50 modular motorcycle helmets to the Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).   George Royeca of Angkas' Regulatory and Public Affairs department said the modular helmets are fit for operations of the PNP-HPG personnel because it has all the safety features of a full-face helmet.     He did not disclose the amount of the donated helmets.   PNP-HPG director Brig. Gen. Roberto Fajardo said the helmets will be partnered with 50 BMW motorcycles donated by the San Miguel Corporation through its president, Ramon Ang in December 2018.   REA...

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Perci Intalan on lessons learned from Eddie Garcia: ‘Great men don’t die, they become legends’

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 12 min ago
"Die Beautiful" producer and "Born Beautiful" director Perci Intalan is one of the many names in the Philippine showbiz industry who mourn the death of Eddie Garcia on Thursday, June 20. To honor the late Garcia, Intalan opened up about the lessons he learned from the veteran actor through talks they have shared during filming and encounters, as per his Facebook post yesterday, June 23. "Great men don't die," Intalan stated. "They become legends." https://www.facebook.com/perci.intalan/posts/10156416527778946 Intalan recalled how Garcia considers the time, when it comes to filming for a movie or teleserye. "'I'm paid to wait.' This is what Tito Eddie says whenever we...

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DoubleDragon steps up Hotel 101 offering

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 15 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Property developer DoubleDoubleDragon Properties Corp. has intensified the offering of P16.1 billion worth of real estate inventory under its condotel-for-sale business with the opening of a dedicated sales lounge that also functions as a showroom and conference area in Pasay City.   To date, the company has booked P2.56 billion in sales from its newly launched Hotel 101 Fort and Hotel 101 Davao properties.   In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday, DoubleDragon said it recently inaugurated its Hotel 101 sales lounge at the ground floor of DoubleDragon Plaza at DD Meridian Park, Bay Area, Pasay City.   Th...

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The Empire for Beauty gets bigger and better

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 20 min ago
The Beauty Empire Face and Body Center held recently the soft opening of a new and bigger branch to provide its world-class services to more clients. This top-notch skin care and aesthetic center, the brainchild of husband-and-wife team of Dr. Alvin and Mrs. Dorothy Joy Matulac, offers a wide array of quality beauty treatment services, enhancement procedures, and beauty products. The palatial-like, gold-colored interiors of The Beauty Empire also features exceptional beauty equipment that renders beauty treatments, all priced within reach but guarantees favorable and successful results that exceeds expectations. The Beauty Empire takes pride in its line of treatments that repre...

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