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PSEi closes down 0.14%

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:20
The local stock barometer yesterday flirted with the 8,200 mark for the first time this year, but the euphoria brought about by the lower-than-expected January inflation did not last long. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended 11.03 points or 0.14 percentlower to close at 8,058.45. This was after hitting 8,213.71, a new intraday high for this year. As foreign funds continued to flow into local equities, domestic investors turned their attention to second- and third-liner stocks. "There was a lot of excitement at the PSE after the release of January inflation which came in at 4.4 percent, below the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' expectations of 4.5 percent," E...

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SMB big man, top volleyball and football stars to be honored

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:15
  June Mar Fajardo and three other sports stars will be feted with special individual titles in the SMC-Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards Night on Feb. 26 at Manila Hotel. The 6-foot-11 Fajardo is again the recipient of the Mighty Sports Mr. Basketball award, marking the fifth straight year the San Miguel Beer main man is going to be honored as such by the country's oldest media organization. Fajardo, 29, won a fifth straight PBA MVP award last year following yet another dominant season that saw him steer the Beermen to a record-tying fourth straight Philippine Cup championship. The Team Philippines regular will be joined by Jaja Santiago, Marck Espe...

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Aboitiz, Villar keen on joining gov’t cell towers rollout program

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:14
Filipino tycoons are rushing to join a massive government-backed initiative to speed up the rollout of cell towers and improve mobile connectivity across the country. Eliseo Rio Jr., acting Secretary of Information and Communications Technology, said the Aboitiz Group and the family of former politician and entrepreneur Manuel Villar Jr. had signaled their interest to help the government meet the country's backlog of 50,000 cell towers, whose construction value could top $4.4 billion. "They are interested in becoming common tower providers," Rio said in an interview on Wednesday. The Aboitiz and Villar families are among the richest in the Philippines, according to Forbes Magazi...

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Commitment key for women’s team

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 05:10
More than talent, skill and popularity, national women's volleyball team coach Shaq delos Santos is looking for commitment from players looking to represent the country. "[W]e are looking at their commitment and willingness to tough it out because we have a busy year ahead," said Delos Santos Wednesday. Volleyball federation president Peter Cayco said they will release the national team roster this month as the team prepares to participate in several international meets. Cayco said the team will compete in the Asian Women's Clubs on April 27 to May 5 in Tianjin, China, and in the Asian Seniors on Aug. 17 to 25 in Seoul, South Korea. Those tournaments, plus the Southeast Asian...

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Venezuela blocks border bridge where aid could arrive

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 04:44
The Venezuelan government, led by embattled President Nicolas Maduro, has blocked a bridge connecting Venezuela to Colombia, according to Colombian officials and a CNN photojournalist at the scene. The move effectively blocks the passage of humanitarian aid called for by Venezuela's opposition, should it be delivered via this route.
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'The Simpsons' could outlive us all

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 03:18
A lot may be changing at Fox, but "The Simpsons" apparently is forever.
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US to cut aid to Cameroon due to alleged human rights violations

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 03:16
The US government has decided to cut millions in security and military aid to Cameroon amid growing concerns over the Cameroonian government's human rights record, US officials tell CNN.
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Digital ID would give a billion people control of their lives

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:49
In the United States, people often take identification for granted. There's typically little difficulty in establishing who you are or getting access to crucial benefits so long as you have a driver's license or passport. But for the nearly one billion people around the world who have no form of legal identification, that's not the reality. Without legal identification, they are denied access to government aid, health care, financial services, the labor market, the ability to secure property rights and the ability to register a business.
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Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope's comments on 'sexual slavery' of nuns

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:42
A day after Pope Francis created an international uproar by saying Catholics nuns had been subjected to "sexual slavery" by the founder of a French order, the Vatican sought to clarify his remarks.
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Mueller prosecutor leaves team in latest sign investigation is winding down

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:20
A criminal appellate prosecutor who was part of an ongoing subpoena fight related to the special counsel's investigation into Russian election interference concluded his detail with the team in December, the special counsel's office has announced.
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US House intel chair unveils sweeping probe into Trump finances and Russia

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:17
The House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday voted to send more than four dozen unredacted transcripts from its Russia investigation interviews to special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Pageant for married women responds to online backlash

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:15
MANILA, Philippines--- After receiving hate messages online, mostly from supporters of losing candidates, organizers of the Mrs. Philippines Asia Pacific pageant finally broke their silence. Pageant head Mitzi Go-Gil, together with some of the contest's judges and a member of the tabulating team from her charity group Queen of Hearts Foundation, gathered pageant scribes at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City on Wednesday evening to clarify certain matters related to questions raised against the beauty contest. Some of the losing candidates also attended the press conference. "The results are being contested," Gil said, citing some netizens' accusations, who asked that...

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Jennifer Lawrence is getting hitched

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 02:05
Jennifer Lawrence is getting hitched.
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Filipinos in NY City: Lowest poverty rate among Asians, have larger households

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:38
NEW YORK -- New York City's Filipino population was the fourth largest Asian ethnic group in New York City, behind Chinese, Indians and Koreans as of three years ago.   Relative to all residents, Filipinos in New York City were more likely to be:   working-age adults, better educated, proficient in English, higher income, and living in overcrowded housing Population   From 2010 to 2015, Filipinos in New York City increased by 5 percent from 81,200 to 85,065 -- a faster growth than the city's overall 4 percent increase but less than the 13 percent growth of the total Asian population. New York City was home to 60 percent of ...

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Fil-Am directs ‘50 Shades of Shakespeare’ in Chicago

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:36
  CHICAGO --- Daniella Wheelock's first time was with a man named William. Her first time doing theater work, that is.   "My first show that I ever worked on was a middle school production of 'Hamlet' that I assistant directed," she recalls. One never forgets the first time. The show she's directing now---which also involves William Shakespeare---was also the very first show she assistant directed when she moved to Chicago last year.   In ReDiscover Theatre's "50 Shades of Shakespeare," four actors will play 23 roles while exploring relationships, sexuality, gender, intimacy and kink.   First time   Fil-Am actor Jay Espao shares ...

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‘No’ to citizenship question in 2020 US Census – community leaders

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:36
NEW YORK---Asian and Latino-American community leaders urged the U.S. Congress to permanently remove any citizenship question in the 2020 Census, a vital count that determines basic demographics -- such as age, sex, and race -- and ultimately political power in the country. The count, which is done every 10 years, is used to determine how many seats each state is entitled to in Congress and determines the resources that each community gets. The Trump administration, led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, is seeking to add a question on citizenship. "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" is the question he would like to see in census questionnaires that will go out in ...

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Tracing Fil-Am theater’s coming of age

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:35
Walter Ang's book, Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History, offers a beautiful, though sometimes painful, way to learn history. It's a history not only of Filipino American theater, but also of the relationship between the United States and its first colony, the Philippines. Ang's history of Filipino American theater starts in 1902 and moves through the decades to the 2010s. I doubt there's a single Filipino American play or playwright missing from this brilliant compendium, yet the prose really flows. The book's sometimes startling information reminds us that the relationship between the United States and the Philippines has been tumultuous. It remains within us ...

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Top Picks: The Best over the Ear Headphones

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 01:34
Still a fan of the big ear-covering headphones? With the appearance of wireless, Bluetooth and in-ear headphones, consumers have lost interest in other kinds of headphones but that doesn't mean that no one uses them. Some people still use over-the-ear headphones because of their ability to make you feel alone for awhile with their raw sound and their high-quality noise cancellation ability that make you be one with music. However, while some people have become "wired to" wireless headphones, some still prefer the original wired versions with their classic look. Here are some of the best over-the-ear headphones worth checking out now.   #1 Microsoft Surface headphones  ...

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