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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez score late in 4-4 draw for Barcelona at Villarreal

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:24
BARCELONA, Spain--- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came to Barcelona's rescue Tuesday, scoring late goals to salvage a 4-4 draw at 10-man Villarreal in a thrilling seesaw match that saw both teams give up a two-goal lead. Messi rifled in a free kick off the upright to make it 4-3 in the 90th minute, and Suarez then shot through the legs of a defender to snatch a point with the last kick of the match. The draw narrowed Barcelona's lead of the Spanish league to eight points ahead of Atletico Madrid, which beat Girona 2-0 also on Tuesday and visits Camp Nou this weekend. "Luis is a player who is always in the right place at the right time, and he appeared at the last second to pu...

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Gatchalian assures enough power supply until June

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx1HyK8AQzA MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Wednesday said the country would have enough power supply until June, or the start of the rainy season, if there are no unscheduled power plant breakdowns. Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate committee on energy, said this amid the declarations of "yellow alerts" on energy supply in Luzon in the past few days. He said the yellow alerts were caused by the unscheduled breakdowns of power plants. "Looking at the data, wala tayong problema kung walang plantang masisira in the next three months. Kung susundan nila yung maintenance schedule nila, wala tayong magiging problema," Gatchalia...

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Elon Musk ventures into rapping with song about Harambe meme

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:23
Innovator Elon Musk had recently released a rap song called "R.I.P. Harambe", referring to the internet meme which went viral in 2016. The Tesla and SpaceX chief executive officer, known for his Twitter jokes, released the song under "Emo G Records" --- a play on the word "emoji" --- on music streaming platform SoundCloud on March 30, two days before April Fools' Day. It is unclear whether the billionaire sang the rap song himself; however, an auto-tuned voice sang the lyrics: "R.I.P. Harambe/Sipping on some Bombay/We on our way to heaven/Amen, Amen." https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1111916290375974917 The almost two-minute track mentions Harambe, a gorilla in the C...

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle’s suspected killer caught; charges, court loom

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:23
      LOS ANGELES --- After a nearly 48-hour manhunt, police arrested the suspect they say gunned down Nipsey Hussle in front of the popular rapper's South Los Angeles clothing store. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies detained Eric Holder, 29, on Tuesday afternoon in the city of Bellflower, two days after the shooting and 20 miles away from the crime scene. LAPD detectives quickly arrived to verify that he was the suspect they'd sought. The focus now shifts from the streets to the courtroom. Holder is likely to be charged with killing Hussle and to make his first appearance in front of a judge in the next two days. Authorities announced Holder as ...

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Jiu-jitsu champ Meggie Ochoa battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:22
Abandoned and sexually abused as a young girl, Angelica, like thousands of minors in the Philippines -- a global blackspot for child abuse -- struggled to cope with the horrors of her past, but a new campaign run by a sporting champion is giving her and other survivors fresh hope. Filipina martial arts star Meggie Ochoa is teaching self-defense to victims of sexual abuse in a bid to give them tools to better recover from such trauma, but also to better protect themselves in the future. Children's charities have branded the Philippines a key hub for both the live-streaming of child sex abuse and for sex tourism, estimating that 60,000-100,000 children are involved in prostitutio...

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David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations—publicist

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:20
NEW YORK --- David Blaine denies sexual assault allegations under investigation in New York City and intends to cooperate with authorities, his publicist said in a statement Tuesday. New York police confirmed Monday that the magician is under investigation, following a Daily Beast report that the department had taken statements from two women accusing Blaine of sexual assault. Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea, speaking at an unrelated news conference, declined to discuss any details about Blaine's case and wouldn't say whether police had sought to interview him. "David denies the accusations that have been reported and he takes these allegations seriously," the statement from...

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Abdication becoming more frequent in the modern age

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:19
    TOKYO -- When the 85-year-old Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down on April 30, it will be the latest in a string of historic abdications that have included the pope and several monarchs.   As medical technology improves and lifespans grow, the concept of a lifetime of duty is gradually being eroded and abdications are becoming increasingly acceptable and frequent.   Here are some other recent abdications.   Non habemus papam   On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world with an announcement that he was stepping down due to ill health, the first pontiff to abdicate for medical reasons in 700 years. &nbsp...

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11 suspected NPA rebels charged for murder in Negros Occidental

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:58
BACOLOD CITY - Eleven suspected members of the New People's Army were charged after they were arrested in Barangay Sebucawan, Isabela town, Negros Occidental for the murder on Sunday of Moises Padilla town councilor Jolomar Hilario. Police Captain Junji Liba, Moises Padilla police chief, said the suspects were brought to the Negros Occidental Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday afternoon. Two of the 11 persons included in the charge sheet were minors and were released into the custody of their parents. Liba said the 11 suspected rebels were intercepted by the Second Provincial Mobile Force Company troops, who had served as the blocking force of the 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers. ...

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Russell Westbrook becomes NBA’s second 20-20-20 man

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:57
Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook posted an astonishing triple-double of 20 points, 20 rebounds and 21 assists on Tuesday in another historic display of all-around excellence. Westbrook was already closing in on a third straight season averaging a triple-double -- achieving double digits in three key statistical categories in a game. In the 2016-17 season he set the record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42, averaging a triple-double in that campaign and again last season. With his performance on Tuesday in a 119-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, he joined NBA icon Wilt Chamberlain as the only other player in NBA history to post a triple-double of ...

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SMC Global Power prices P30B bond offer

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:54
MANILA, Philippines --- SMC Global Power Holdings Corp., one of the country's largest power generation firms, has priced a fresh multi-year bond offering worth as much as P30 billion. This represents thefirsttranche of SMC Global Power's three-year bond shelf registration of up toP60 billion. SMC Global Power has launched the bond offering in three-, five- and seven-year tenors at a respective interest rate of 6.835 percent, 7.1783 percent and 7.6 percent per annum. Coupon payment will be made on a quarterly basis. The offering started on April 1 and will run until April 12 this year. The bonds are offered to the public in minimum denominations of P50,000 and in multiples of P10,000 ...

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SKorean ship detained for allegedly providing oil to NKorea

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:54
  SEOUL, South Korea --- A South Korean ship is being held at a domestic port over suspicions that it illegally provided oil to heavily sanctioned North Korea, Seoul officials said Wednesday.   The revelation comes amid growing concerns over wide-ranging efforts by North Korea to evade U.N. Security Council sanctions over its nuclear weapons and missiles program.   A South Korean coast guard official said the 5,160-ton P-PIONEER has been prevented from leaving Busan port since October over allegations that it was used to supply oil to North Korea through two ship-to-ship transfers in September 2017 in international waters in the East China Sea. He said t...

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Warriors’ Green, Curry, Durant fined total of $75,000 for referee rants

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:53
NEW YORK --- Golden State Warriors teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have been fined by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The league said Tuesday that Green was fined $35,000 for comments on social media that "impugned the integrity of NBA officiating." Curry was fined $25,000 for similar reasons for his "actions and public statements." Durant's fine of $15,000 was for "public criticism" of the refereeing. The discipline was announced by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe and stems from Friday night's game at Minnesota, which the Warriors lost 131-130 in overtime. The league says the actions of the three players came during and after the game. The NB...

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2 teens kill selves in North Cotabato town

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:43
KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Two teenage students of the University of Southern Mindanao laboratory school in Kabacan, North Cotabato reportedly killed themselves inside the teen's house around 9:30 a.m. Monday. Police Major Realan Mamon, Kabacan police chief, said on Tuesday the victims, whose names were withheld because they were minors, were in Grade 10 and Grade 7, respectively. Mamon said the family of the 17-year old boy heard a loud burst inside their house and upon checking, found their son and his girlfriend lying in a pool of blood. Mamon said a suicide note near the victims' bodies read: "My father cared only for my grades." Orlando B. Dinoy, Inquirer Mindanao/lzb...

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Gatchalian: Note verbale to China should be made public

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:40
MANILA, Philippines --- In the spirit of transparency, the note verbale filed against China over the alleged presence of Chinese maritime militia vessels around Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea should be made public, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian urged Wednesday. Gatchalian said he trusts that Locsin has already filed the note verbale against China, but it would be even better if the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) would upload it on their website for the public to see. "Ako, may tiwala ako kay Secretary Locsin and nakikita ko na very transparent and fair siya (I thrust Secretary Locsin, and I know that he is transparent and fair)," Gatchalian told reporters in an intervi...

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23rd Annual Webby Award nominees announced

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:39
NEW YORK --- Apple, Spotify, Instagram and some of the year's most talked-about personalities are among those nominated for the 23rd annual Webby Awards for lighting up the internet through excellence and innovation. The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday. They include such celebrities as Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Nominees addressed social issues such as gun control, women's rights, addiction and bullying. This year's awards will include new categories for excellence on social platforms and for celebrating innovations using voice-enabled speaking platforms such as Amazon Echo ...

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In Israel election, Palestinians are nowhere to be found

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:38
    JERUSALEM --- In a charged election campaign that has been heavy on insults and short on substance, Israel's conflict with the Palestinians has been notably absent from the discourse.   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party has offered no plan for what many believe is the country's most existential problem. His main challenger speaks vaguely of "separation," while Netanyahu's hard-line partners speak openly of the once unthinkable idea of annexing all or parts of the West Bank. Talk of a Palestinian state, the international community's preferred solution for the past two decades, is non-existent.   It is a far cry from past e...

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Abby Binay to provide free meals to Makati public school kids

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:30
    MANILA, Philippines - Makati Mayor Abby Binay has revealed her plan to provide public schoolchildren in the city with free meals in school to lessen the burden of parents and promote proper nutrition among the youth.   The mayor said she has directed education officials to do a thorough study on how the additional benefit can be integrated into the current program, Project FREE (Free Relevant and Excellent Education), and implemented in the city's public schools.   "As a mother, I can empathize with parents worrying about being able to provide enough allowance for their children so they won't go hungry while in school. But instead of giving t...

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Sharers of Jim Paredes sex video liable under cybercrime law – DICT

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:29
    MANILA, Philippines - Following the video scandal involving singer Jim Paredes, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) on Wednesday warned that those who shared the said video would be held liable.   "Yes, yes, yung mag-share. Nasa cybercrime law, di ba nga kung mag-like ka lang eh, minsan may liability ka na rin?" DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. told reporters after a media forum   "Do not share anything na talagang, that is you know a private, 'no? Na... common sense lang na hindi dapat i-share...because of the cybercrime law," he added.   Rio likewise reminded the public that ignorance of the cou...

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Berlin zoo unveils name of latest polar bear cub

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 15:27
BERLIN --- It's Hertha. Berlin's Tierpark zoo has unveiled the much-anticipated name of its new star attraction, a 4-month-old polar bear cub. Hertha, born on Dec. 1, is named after the German capital's eponymous top league soccer club, which is sponsoring the animal. The club's mascot --- a brown bear --- presented a ball with the cub's name at the zoo Tuesday. Then mother, Tonja, and daughter gamboled into the enclosure to the delight of the assembled photographers. Hertha played ball for the cameras, literally, before accidentally kicking it into the deep end of the moat. In a display of motherly love, Tonja retrieved the ball. Berlin's last celebrity polar ...

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