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Bicam ‘breakthrough:’ 2019 budget to be ratified by Friday – Legarda

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:08
Update MANILA, Philippines --- The congressional bicameral conference committee has reached a "breakthrough" as they agreed toapprove and ratify the 2019 national budget by Friday.   Senator Loren Legarda,chair of the Senate committee on finance, reported this to the plenary on Monday after she met with her counterpart in the House, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya.   "It was more congenial and open bicam and I think there's a breakthrough in a sense," Legarda said when Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asked for an update on the bicam on budget.   "Congressman Andaya and I agreed to meet again on Wednesday in the morning so that we can finalize it for ...

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WATCH: New Pedro Almodóvar film with Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz releases first trailer

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:57
A first trailer has just been released for "Dolor Y Gloria" ("Pain & Glory"), the latest film from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodvar. https://youtu.be/4GMO3BgUIOk The director's first movie since 2016's "Julieta" stars two longtime Almodvar favorites: Antonio Banderas ("Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!", "The Skin I Live In") and Penlope Cruz ("Broken Embraces", "Volver"). The film cuts back and forth in time, following an ageing filmmaker, Salvador Mallo (Banderas) as he looks back at the various relationships in his life, including lovers, his mother and colleagues, from his childhood in Valencia to his adult life in Madrid . The cast also includes Asier Etxeandia, Julie...

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Transgender housemate marries partner inside ‘PBB’ house

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:57
MANILA, Philippines - "Pinoy Big Brother: Otso" housemate Mitch Talao has tied the knot with her longtime partner Dudz Ibaez inside the "PBB" house. A video of the wedding was uploaded on the official Facebook page of "PBB" last Saturday.     https://www.facebook.com/PBBabscbntv/videos/vl.2067364616673607/1090825421097688/?type=1 Wedding guests included the couple's family and friends, "PBB" housemates, Star Dreamers and their two-year-old son. Talao, "Ang Trans Mama ng Lucena," thanked Ibaez for accepting her for who she is: "Sa bawat araw, linggo at buwan na lumilipas, tinrato mo ako bilang isang tunay na babae na sobrang nagpakilig talaga sa akin." (You ...

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Man shot dead by store owner after buying noodles in Quezon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:52
LUCENA CITY -- A man who was buying noodles was killed by the store owner in Gumaca town in Quezon province shortly before midnight on Sunday, police said. Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman, Quezon police director, said the victim, Boyet San Buenaventura, 37, was buying noodles at a store being manned by suspect Jessie Mark Batugon, 19, in Barangay (village) Progreso at around 10:30 p.m. In the course of the transaction, the victim confronted Batugon whom he accused of allegedly stealing his charcoals, De Guzman said. Irked by the accusation, the suspect pulled out a homemade caliber .22 revolver and shot the victim who was then turning his back to leave the store. The victim su...

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Mighty Sports hurdles toughest test yet, stays unbeaten in Dubai tilt

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:51
Mighty Sports-Philippines overcame its stiffest challenge yet after fending off Homenetmen of Lebanon, 96-89, to stay undefeated in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship early Monday morning (Manila time) at Shabab Al Ahli gymnasium in Dubai. American reinforcement Randolph Morris and Fil-American swingman Jeremiah Gray each delivered a team-best 24 points while Justin Brownlee was in his usual element to record another double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Philippine side. Mighty Sports head coach Charles Tiu commended his wards for keeping their poise amid the Lebanese' fightback spearheaded by Walter Hodge, who unleashed 42 points. "We're a young team ...

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Higher tobacco tax could encourage illicit trade, smuggling — FPI

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:50
Raising the excise tax on tobacco products could encourage illicit trade such as smuggling and tax evasion among businesses in the country, an official of the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) said Monday. During a Senate hearing on proposed measures to increase the excise tax on tobacco products, FPI chairman Jesus Arranza said that previous increases in tobacco excise tax have "incentivized illegal traders" to commit fraud. "Sa tinataas taas ng tax, nagkaroon ng incentive ang mga smuggler at mga factories na namumuhay sa pandaraya sa buwis sa ating bansa (Because of the higher tax, there is an incentive for smugglers and factories to resort to fraud)," Arranza said. "A...

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Watch the 2019 Super Bowl commercials

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:41
The usual Super Bowl suspects like Coke, Pepsi, Pringles and Doritos are back with their new ads featuring a host of celebrities for the big game in 2019.
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Trump ignites new immigration furor ahead of State of the Union

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:41
President Donald Trump is carving new divides on immigration ahead of his State of the Union address that likely offer a more reliable guide to the year ahead than the ritual calls for national unity he is expected to issue on Tuesday night.
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Prices of Benguet fresh flowers soar ahead of Valentine’s Day

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:39
BAGUIO CITY--The prices of high-quality fresh cut flowers from upland towns in Benguet have sharply increased a week before the Valentines' Day. Ligaya Pumihic, who delivers and sells flowers at Dangwa terminal in Manila, said the price of red roses during this peak season was P700 per bundle (two dozens). "During ordinary days, the wholesale prices for red and other roses from La Trinidad, Benguet range between P50 to P300 per bundle," Pumihic told the Inquirer. Fuchsia pink roses now cost P500 to P600 per bundle while white roses can be bought at P200 per bundle. Baby pink roses are now being sold for P150 per bundle. Pumihic said imported stargazers cost P150 to P180 p...

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Gift of youth endures after 90 years

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:37
YUNNAN --- Among all the libraries established in rural China, Heshun Library is renowned as one of the earliest and largest, as well as for its special history. The library, in the ancient town of Heshun, in Tengchong, Yunnan province, was founded in 1928 with funds collectively raised by overseas Chinese in what was then Myanmar, who wanted to revitalize culture in their hometown. It achieved this goal, by influencing the outlook, and eventually the fate, of many young people in the town in those days, and it is still active in serving the local people. Last year China Central Television named it one of the top 10 libraries in Yunnan. The library was founded on the basis of a...

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Prince Harry asked for privacy as he consoled boy grieving loss of dad — report

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:31
Prince Harry could not help but empathize with a young boy's pain in grieving his late father during a recent trip to Bristol in southwest England. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped by non-profit Empire Fighting Chance on Feb. 1 during their tour of the English city. The charity offers non-contact boxing lessons and a mentorship program to help youth from deprived communities in the United Kingdom. One of the kids Harry and Meghan encountered was 15-year-old Iestyn Jones who became emotional as he spoke about his father who had passed away. It struck a chord so much with Harry that he reportedly asked everyone to leave the room so he could speak one-on-one with the boy, acco...

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One day in Tibet, two New Year’s celebrations

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:30
TIBET --- Two days ahead of the Year of the Earth Pig, people in the Tibet autonomous region have geared up for the final preparations of the Tibetan New Year, also known as the Losar celebration. The alleys around Tsalgongthang Monastery in the regional capital of Lhasa were more crowded than usual on Sunday, and business was booming as people were busy preparing for not one but two New Year's celebrations on the same day. This year, Losar and Spring Festival both fall on Tuesday. Losar dates to about 100 BC, the time of the ninth king of Tibet, Pude Gungyal, and the celebration runs as long as 15 days. The city's atmosphere was resplendent with holiday spirit. Red lanterns hung fr...

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In the year of the pig, Hong Kong debates its boar problem

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:28
    HONG KONG - Like many Asian communities, Hong Kong ushers in the astrological year of the pig. That's also good timing to discuss the financial center's contested relationship with its wild boar population. While some argue for an ongoing cull to keep the boar numbers down, others urge preservation, a position the government has lately embraced. A growing human population and encroaching urbanization have brought humans and wild pigs into increasing proximity, with the boars making frequent appearances on roadways, in housing developments and even in shopping centers. The debate about how to handle them comes as the densely populated city of more than 7 m...

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Duterte’s threats ‘nothing but empty words to real terrorists’ — De Lima

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:26
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte's threats "are nothing but empty words to real terrorists." Opposition Senator Leila de Lima said this on Monday, following the deadly bombings in a cathedral in Jolo, Sulu and a mosque in Zamboanga City. READ: Jolo twin blasts death toll reaches 20, with 111 others injured READ: 2 dead, 3 hurt in Zamboanga mosque grenade blast "If, indeed, it was the terrorists who did the bombings, it also proves one thing: That the gangster-like antics of Duterte cannot protect the people against terrorists and neither can he scare them away to curb their agenda," De Lima said in a dispatch from Camp Crame in Quezon City. "The first was ...

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Kawhi Leonard, Raptors rout Clippers

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:25
TORONTO --- The rested Toronto Raptors made quick work of the weary Los Angeles Clippers. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games. Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101. "This is a ridiculous back-to-back," Rivers said. After watching his team trail by double digits throughout the second half, Rivers said he decided not to push his players and risk injuries. "I felt li...

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Arrest sparks fears of resumption of coral poaching by Chinese ships in Japan waters

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:22
TOKYO ---Coral poaching by Chinese ships is feared to be resuming again in Japan's exclusive economic zone near the Ogasawara Islands in Tokyo, following the arrest of the captain of a Chinese fishing boat by the Japan Coast Guard for refusing a halt order in waters near the islets. The JCG arrested ship captain Chen Wen Ting, 40, on Saturday on suspicion of violating the Exercise of the Sovereign Right for Fishery Law, which deals with refusing to allow a boarding inspection. The waters around the islands are home to rare "jewelry coral." Five years ago, the poaching of such coral by Chinese fishing boats in waters near the Ogasawaras emerged as a problem. The JCG suspects ...

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Boats, helicopters deployed for rescues in Australia floods

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:22
  SYDNEY --- Emergency workers are using boats and helicopters to rescue people from flooded parts of northern Australia where forecasts call for more heavy rainfall. More than 1,100 people had been rescued from their homes on Sunday night and evacuation efforts were continuing Monday. Queensland state Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk told reporters Monday that more rain in Townsville and the surrounding area over the next two days could cause flash flooding. The floodgates of the city's dam were opened earlier to prevent the Ross River from breaking its banks, flooding some suburbs. Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill had described the rainfall as a "one-in-100-year event" a...

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Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:21
MANILA, Philippines---Ray Parks returned and Alab Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 111-87 whipping of Saigon Heat in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu. Parks, the reigning two-time Local MVP, collected 23 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing three games due to a groin injury. The 25-year-old Parks had an efficient shooting night, going 8-of 12 from the field. The 6-foot-4 guard also became the 16th player in the ABL to reach 1000 career points. Reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were dominant anew as both combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds to lead Alab, which stretched its winning run t...

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Experience a different flavor in cooking shows with ‘The Taste’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:19
Who doesn't enjoy the thrill of a cooking show? The enticing sizzle of the pan and the hunger-triggering visuals of different types of cuisine, not to mention the struggle it is of wanting to know what the delicious meals smell like through the screen? But cooking shows, even in competition format, has become a little bland, hasn't it? It's always the same format, a group of chefs are mentored by three or four expert chefs, or maybe it's one-time challenge with a so-called expert going against a master in the craft. Pop Life TV has got just the perfect show to rekindle your thrill in cooking shows. Combining the format of "The Voice" and "Master Chef", "The Taste" focuses on as...

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A green reason to love the durian

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 15:16
SINGAPORE ---Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have found a way to turn durian husks into biodegradable packaging materials. Pectin is a natural part of the human diet, and can be found in fruits and vegetables. Most fruits - like pears and apples - contain large amounts of pectin. While pectin can be used to make jam hold its structure, or in some medical adhesives, Professor William Chen, director of NTU's food science and technology program, has found a way to extract pectin from durian husks and turn it into biodegradable packaging materials. To do so, the husks are cut, then ground and shredded to produce a cellulose powder. This is then used to c...

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