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Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:40
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --- Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller "Bird Box" during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company's nearly 12-year-old streaming service. Netflix, which typically refuses to provide viewership numbers, made the rare disclosure in a recenttweetas movie producers, writers, actors and investors continue to size up a company that has already reshaped the way the world watches videos. The first-week audience means nearly one-third of Netflix's 137 million subscribers watched the movie from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27 --- a holiday-season stretch when man...

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Some words from the coach inspire Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal win

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:36
BRISBANE, Australia --- Naomi Osaka responded to some courtside coaching advice in the most emphatic way, conceding just five points in the second set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over eighth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in the Brisbane International quarterfinals on Thursday. The U.S. Open champion was clearly under pressure in the first set, when she made 15 unforced errors and had fewer winners than Sevatsova, who broke her serve twice. After Sevatsova clinched the first set with a backhand drop shot from the baseline, a disconsolate-looking Osaka went to a courtside chair at the changeover. Whatever her coach Sascha Bajin, a former hitting partner for Serena Williams...

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WATCH: Nokia 9 PureView ‘promotional video’ leaked

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:32
  Though numerous renders of the highly anticipated new Nokia smartphone with five rear cameras organized in a hexagonal pattern have been cropping up throughout 2018, on Monday, MySmartPrice uploaded a video which looks suspiciously like an "unofficial official" promotional clip. On Sunday, notable tech leaker Evan Blass tweeted an official-looking commercial image of the famed ninth model, a smartphone that has been termed the Nokia 9 PureView by those in tech circles for years. A day later on Monday, MySmartPrice posted a corresponding video showing off every nook and cranny of the device as well as the breadth of its photographic capabilities. https://twitter.com/evl...

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SUV catches fire in Quiapo

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:30
    MANILA, Philippines --- A sports utility vehicle (SUV) caught fire in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday morning, the Manila Fire District said.   According to Senior Fire Officer II Domingo Mendoza Jr., the Ford Expedition was heading from Marikina City to Intramuros when it caught fire along Quezon Boulevard corner Gonzalo Puyat Street at 6:17 a.m.   Mendoza said the fire was put out at 6:27 a.m.   There were no reported injuries in the fire, Mendoza said.   Arson investigators are determining what caused the fire as of this posting. /muf...

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Palace: Duterte won’t apologize over maid molestation story

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:22
  MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte would not apologize over his "concoctive story" about molesting their maid, his spokesman said Thursday, as his narrative sparked outrage among women's groups.   Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte's tale was only meant to "dramatize" his message and make the crowd laugh.   In a speech in Kidapawan City last week, President Duterte said he once tried to insert his finger inside their maid's panty.   "It was dramatized in such a way that audience will laugh. But, even that the message is not lost on the listeners -- alam nila na merong mensahe si Presidente kahit na dinaan ni...

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Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic clobber Chicago Bulls

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:20
CHICAGO--- Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic had no trouble finding motivation Wednesday night. A loss in Chicago less than two weeks ago and a blowout defeat only two days ago was all the incentive they needed. Vucevic had 22 points and 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter, Aaron Gordon added 18 points and a career-high nine assists, and the Magic led the entire way in a 112-84 rout of the Chicago Bulls. Terrence Ross scored 15 off the bench and Evan Fournier had 13 points and seven assists for Orlando, which has won three of four. The Magic shot 58 percent from the field and had 31 assists on 44 field goals. Orlando coach Steve Clifford sensed a special ...

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Philippine Army: Seized guns, ammo from Maute suppliers not from AFP

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:19
MANILA, Philippines --- The P1.2 million worth of firearms and ammunition seized from suspected Maute "gunrunners" and were allegedly smuggled by the military turned out to be from a commercial source, an investigation of the Philippine Army revealed. Army's 7th Infantry Division chief public affairs officer Lt. Col. Eugenio Julio Osias said Thursday that based on the inspection, the serial numbers in the confiscated arms cache did not match those issued to the Philippine Army. "Tapos na ang investigation namin sa 7ID (Infantry Division). Negative na galing sa amin ang baril at bala. Sabi mga commercial source ang baril. Yung sa bala naman ay walang lot number na ganun na issued sa...

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Man afraid of spider gets a visit from police

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:16
A man in Perth, Australia, never thought that his fear of spiders would lead to authorities stepping in. This started when a passerby heard a screaming toddler and the unidentified man shouting "Why don't you die?" on Tuesday, New Year's Day, as reported by the BBC. When operatives of the Wanneroo Police arrived on the scene, they found the man trying to kill a spider. They said that no injuries were recorded, "except for the spider" on their now-deleted Twitter post. A copy of the tweet was captured by local media outletThe West Australian. "It's just one of those jobs where you go expecting to see one thing and see another," police spokesman Samuel Dinnison was quoted in t...

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Brooklyn Nets fend off Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:15
NEW YORK --- The Nets piled on the points in the first half like never before in Brooklyn, and it turned out they needed almost all of them. Anthony Davis was that tough to stop in a monstrous return to the lineup. D'Angelo Russell had 22 points and 13 assists, and the Nets built up a big enough lead with a 73-point first half to hold off Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, 126-121 on Wednesday night. Davis finished with 34 points and a career-high 26 rebounds after a one-game absence, but there weren't enough rebounds to get in the first half, when the Nets opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years. "Man, when you got a guy like A...

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Taguig becomes debt-free city

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:14
The Taguig City government ended 2018 on a high note as it officially became a debt-free local government unit for 2019. A total of P1,226,609,848 in loans plus P388,859,293 in interest was incurred under the previous administration which Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano's administration fully paid as of Dec. 7, 2018, said Atty. Voltaire Enriquez, officer in charge of the City Treasury Office. "We pre-terminated all our loans with LandBank because, by the end of 2018, Mayor Lani wanted that the next administration would not have to suffer the same fate she suffered when she took on the administration in 2010," he noted. According to Enriquez, to wipe clean the debt slate of the l...

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Migrants hide inside mattresses in desperate attempt to reach Europe

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:11
Border officers recently discovered African migrants hidden inside mattresses in an attempt to reach Europe, at a check-point between Melilla and Morocco.The scene was shared on social media last Dec. 30 by Spanish senator Jon Inarritu and showed the authorities hauling two plastic-wrapped mattresses from the roof of a white van. In the video, the officers can be seen tearing off the plastic wrapping before cutting the mattress open with a knife, revealing a young man lying inside. Another young man emerges from the other mattress, looking dazed. "As long as there are no safe routes to request asylum, situations like this will continue to occur in the southern border of Europe,...

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Scientology member killed in Sydney church stabbing

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:07
A boy aged 16 has been arrested after a member of the Church of Scientology was stabbed to death and another man injured outside its Australian headquarters in Sydney on Thursday, police have confirmed.
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Early shooting barrage lifts Mavericks to rare road victory

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 16:06
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks finally found friendly rims on the road. Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting blitz and the Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night to end a nine-game road skid. "We were certainly due," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "But these things don't just happen. You have to make them happen. Guys were ready to play tonight. You could sense it in the locker room beforehand." Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17. The Mavericks hit 10 first-quarter 3-pointers --- three from Doncic and two from Smith --- and finished with 18 overall. "Dennis Smith ...

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Palace lauds ‘swift conclusion’ of Batocabe slay

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:59
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Thursday lauded the efforts of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the "early and swift conclusion" of the killing of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the PNP identified Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo as the alleged mastermind in the murder Batocabe, who is running for the mayoral post of the said municipality in Albay. READ: PNP: Daraga Mayor is Batocabe slay 'mastermind' "We laud the efforts of the PNP, headed by Director General Oscar Albayalde, and the close cooperation of the local community in putting an early and swift conclusion of the investigation into the murder of ...

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LOOK: Catriona Gray arrives at her new home in New York

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:54
MANILA, Philippines --- Catriona Gray has arrived at her new home in New York City where she will fulfill her duties as Miss Universe 2018.   In an Instagram story on Thursday, the 24-year-old beauty queen took a snapshot of flowers, the Miss U sash and a card that says "Biggest Congrats."       "Someone *pinch* me!!! In my new home for the next year! @missuniverse," Gray wrote.   Gray flew to New York City on Wednesday as seen in an Instagram post with a caption, "Refreshed from a quiet holiday season with my loved ones, I've packed up my home in Manila and now I'm ready to move to my new home in New York City!!"   https://...

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Black Nazarene devotees urged to take waste prevention ‘seriously’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:54
MANILA, Philippines --- Ahead of the annual "Traslacion" procession, the environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Thursday appealed to the millions of Black Nazarene devotees to take waste prevention "seriously." In a statement, the group urged the devotees "to take waste prevention to heart as they fulfill their religious vows." "Let it not be said that the age-old Traslacion has again turned into a 'trash-lacion' sullying every nook and corner of the processional route with garbage," Daniel Alejandre, zero waste campaigner, said. Apart from the devotees, the group also appealed to the Parish of Saint John the Baptist (Quiapo Church), the Archdiocese of Manila, Manila City Gov...

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First women to enter India temple in centuries now in hiding as protests rage

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:53
The two women who broke with centuries of conservative taboo Wednesday to enter a temple in the southern Indian state of Kerala are now in hiding, as violent protests left at least one person dead.
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WATCH: Netflix teases ‘The Punisher’ season 2 with short video

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:51
Teasing the arrival of "The Punisher" season two later in January is a brief look at a piece of correspondence relating to lead character, war veteran and vigilante Frank Castle. Frank Castle appears to be accepting his role as war veteran and vigilante The Punisher in a half-minute preview for the show's second season. He, or someone we can assume is him, burns a Presidential pardon received at the end of season one and, in doing so, says goodbye to a quiet life away from federal and military attentions.   https://twitter.com/Marvel/status/1080117007188672512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1080117007188672512&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Feditorializer.rel...

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PNP chief orders cancellation of Daraga Mayor’s gun permits

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:47
  MANILA, Philippines --- Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of Daraga, Albay will not be able to use his firearms anymore after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde ordered the cancellation of his gun permits on Thursday.   Albayalde ordered the cancellation of the permits of Baldo's firearms, after testimonies of a witness and a suspect pointed at him as the mastermind in the murder of AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and police escortSPO1 Orlando Diaz on December 22.   Batocabe was supposed to challenge Baldo in securing the mayoral post in Daraga in the 2019 midterm elections.   READ: Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batoca...

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Duterte extends validity of key 2018 national budget components 

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:43
MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a resolution of Congress,extending the validity of key components of the 2018 national budget until December 31, 2019, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said Thursday.   "President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed last December 28, 2018 Joint Resolution No. 3 extending the validity of the MOOE and CO components of the 2018 GAA (Budget) Joint Resolution Extending the Availability of the 2018 Appropriations for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses and Capital Outlays to December 31, 2019," Medialdea told reporters in a text message.   House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. on Monday said the governme...

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