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Rio de Janeiro Carnival kicks off with Bolsonaro backlash

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:16
RIO DE JANEIRO --- Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Carnival officially began with streets parties and revelry Friday amid expectations the first such celebration since Jair Bolsonaro took office would target the far-right president known for offending the LGBT community and minorities. At Carmelitas, one of Rio's most traditional street parties, revelers sang along to a samba song titled: "Blue or pink, it's all the same," a reference to Bolsonaro's human rights minister, Damares Alves, who declared: "It's a new era in Brazil, boys wear blue and girls wear pink," soon after she took up her post. "This parade is an act of resistance to the oppressive new government," said Monica...

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Bohol welcomes Karen Gallman, Ms Intercontinental 2018

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:15
PANGLAO, Bohol -- After winning the Miss Intercontinental 2018 crown, Bohol native Karen Gallman is now back home, even for a short while. A warm welcome greeted the beauty queen upon her arrival at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 3:55 p.m. on Monday. A group of fans unfurled a tarpaulin, congratulating her for bringing honor to the province while waving flaglets of the Philippines as soon as she stepped out of the airport in Panglao town. She was also welcomed by her relative, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol's 2nd district. Gallman made history when she became the first Filipino woman to win the Miss Intercontinental crown after 46 long years. Her h...

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Islamic State militants hiding behind civilians, slowing Syria attack

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:14
    OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria --- U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) militants in their last foothold in Syria said they have been forced to slow down their push because the extremists are using civilians as human shields.   But despite the slowing, Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), tweeted Monday that the battle to retake IS-held Baghouz "is going to be over soon."   SDF resumed its offensive to recapture Baghouz last Friday, after a two-week pause to allow for the evacuation of civilians.   Retaking the sliver of land would be a milestone in the devastating four-year c...

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Passenger hurt, DPWH boat damaged after ship hits seawall in Romblon

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:08
CITY OF CALAPAN -- A passenger was hurt and a pump boat belonging to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was damaged when a sea vessel carrying 244 passengers bound for Romblon and Sibuyan Island hit the seawall of Romblon port in Romblon province early morning Monday. Supt. Socrates Faltado, Mimaropa police information officer, said M/V Grand Venture I of Navios Shipping Lines was being piloted by Villard Rotoni Ramilo, 57, when it crashed unto the seawall in Barangay (village) Bagacay at 2:15 a.m. Romblon police and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reported that "the ship was maneuvering for docking at Romblon port when the reverse engine malfunctioned, causing the...

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Bushfires rage after Australia’s hottest summer on record

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:07
  Melbourne, Australia -- Homes have gone up in flames and skies turned blood red as nearly 1,000 firefighters battle dozens of out-of-control blazes in southern Australia in the wake of the nation's warmest summer on record. A days-long heat wave sent temperatures soaring towards 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend, with bushfires raging across Victoria state forcing thousands of people to flee their homes. A lightning strike late last week sparked southeast Victoria's most severe at Bunyip State Park, which has burnt more than 6,000 hectares (14,800 acres) so far.   Aerial footage of the destruction showed tall trees engulfed by bright ...

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Bong Go backs hike in nurses’ pay, additional benefits for barangay health workers

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:04
MANILA, Philippines --- As part of his advocacy to advance health care in the country, senatorial aspirant and former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go said he would push for the salary increase of nurses and additional benefits for barangay health workers. "They deserve to be properly compensated because they are essential in the delivery of crucial medical services to the grassroots in keeping our citizens healthy," Go said. Go said he leaves it to the government to determine the appropriate increase in the salary of nurses. According to Go, increasing the salary of nurses would entice them to work in the country instead of going abroad. ...

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After Barcelona losses, Real Madrid only has Champions League left

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 17:01
BARCELONA, Spain --- Two demoralizing defeats to Barcelona have left Real Madrid with just one chance to salvage its season by winning a record-extending fourth consecutive Champions League trophy. But it must do without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo, the star striker who fueled its title run before leaving for Juventus at the end of last season. Madrid failed to score against Barcelona in two "clasico" matches at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the past week. Barcelona eliminated Madrid from the Copa del Rey semifinals with a 3-0 victory on Wednesday, and three days later left Madrid 12 points adrift in the Spanish league with a 1-0 win. Madrid could do with rediscovering...

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US launches e-scooters investigation after injuries

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:57
University of Texas star baseball shortstop David Hamilton hit a pothole riding an electric scooter, tearing his Achilles tendon and requiring surgery. He'll miss the season. Cristal Glangchai, the CEO for a nonprofit, hit a rock riding her scooter, landing her on the pavement just blocks from home.
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Robredo: Duterte’s remarks on Otso Diretso bets a ‘good sign’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:56
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks on Otso Diretso candidates are a good sign that they are gaining attention and support.   "Natuwa ako kasi noong una, iyong sinasabi nila na, 'Hindi dapat pinapansin kasi wala naman iyan,' feeling ko the mere fact na Presidente na mismo ang pumansin, inisa-isa iyong mga kandidato, pagpapatunay na nagpi-pick up iyong mga kandidato. Kaya para sa akin, ano iyon, magandang senyales," Robredo told reporters during an event in Bocaue, Bulacan.   According to the Vice President, if the bets were not relevant, they would have not caught the eye of the President. ...

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Boracay’s White Beach named 9th best in Asia for 2019

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:55
Boracay's White Beach ranked 9th among Asia's Top 25 best beaches in TripAdvisor's 2019 Travelers' Choice Awards. White Beach was describedto have "calm, warm waters, gently sloping sand" and is "very relaxing. Possibly the most beautiful beach in Asia." The travel site recommended tourists to visit the beach from the months of December to May. While Boracay's White Beach was the only Philippine beach named among the top 10 best beaches, two other beaches made it to the list's top 25: Nacpan Beach and Las Cabanas Beach, both in El Nido, Palawan. Nacpan Beach, ranked 13th in the list, was hailed for its "long coastline, golden sand, beautiful crystal waters and a completely virgin la...

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Indian pilot returns home a hero, sparks mustache trend

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:47
The Indian fighter pilot captured by Pakistan after his plane was shot down in a dogfight has become an unlikely fashion trendsetter following his return to India.
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SSS: 12% increase in contribution likely to start by April or May

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:42
MANILA, Philippines -- The Social Security System (SSS) will likely implement the 12 percent contribution rate increase by April or May, the state-run pension fund's president and chief executive Emmanuel F. Dooc said Monday. On the sidelines of the public consultation on the proposed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018, Dooc told reporters that the new Social Security Commission (SSC) will meet on March 14. When the law takes effect on March 5, the SSC will be chaired by the Department of Finance (DOF) chief, who currently is Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III. Under RA 11199, the SSC now has the powe...

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LOOK: Xian Lim bulks up for upcoming film

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:38
MANILA, Philippines --- Xian Lim proves his dedication as an actor by gaining more than 20 pounds for his character in upcoming film "Untrue."   Lim shared a photo of himself in an Instagram post on Sunday captioned: "Gained 20+ LBS for the role of Joachim. I'm excited for you all to meet him."     https://www.instagram.com/p/BuixNJFl3iq/ The actor flew to Tbilisi, Georgia with his co-sta.r Cristine Reyes last month to film their new film together. "Untrue" will be helmed by Sigrid Andrea Bernardo, who also directed the 2017 romantic comedy hit "Kita Kita" starring Empoy Marquez and Alessandra de Rossi.   READ: LOOK: Xian Lim, Cristine Reyes...

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Grace Jones rocks Zendaya show as Valentino gets ovation

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:37
PARIS --- A one-off itinerant extravaganza courtesy of American designer Tommy Hilfiger's "buy-now" collaboration with actress-singer Zendaya gave Paris Fashion Week a case of Saturday night fever. On Sunday, Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli yet again received a standing ovation, and Thom Browne blurred the gender lines. Here are highlights from fall-winter ready-to-wear shows. Tommy's Saturday Night fever For Hilfiger's disco-inspired show, the Champs-Elysees Theatre flashed with Pac-Man and Space Invaders arcade games while excited guests, including British race car driver Lewis Hamilton and model Gigi Hadid, snacked on popcorn and candy jawbreakers. The show celebrated diver...

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Albayalde says Senate bet’s accusation vs Quezon cops unfounded

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- "Is it because of the election fever or not?" Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde asked this question in a press briefing at Camp Crame on Monday, after senatorial candidate Chel Diokno claimed his client, a pedicab driver, was allegedly arrested by the police in Quezon province without a warrant. READ: Diokno asks PNP chief to assure safety of 'EJK survivor' The pedicab driver, Roger Herrero, earlier claimed that he was abducted by four police officers in November last year and was allegedly forced to admit involvement in a crime he did commit. A policeman allegedly got out of the police car, dragged Herrero and shot him in the...

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5 Reasons why it is important to support our local businesses

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:30
Filipinos are enterprising in nature. In fact, according to the Department of Trade and Industry, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up 99.6% of all registered businesses in the Philippines---yet they account for just 35% of the country's Gross Domestic Products (GDP). Although the problem may be traced back to many factors, we, as consumers, have the power to help realize the full growth potential of SMEs in the Philippines. Here are the reasons why you should be heading to your local bakeshop instead of the large bakery chain down the street the next time you crave for some delicious pastries. Or to your neighborhood dress shop for your fashion apparel, instead of...

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Oil firms to implement fuel prices adjustment on March 5

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 03/04/2019 - 16:25
MANILA, Philippines --- Prices of diesel, gasoline, and kerosene will be adjusted on March 5.   Oil companies announced Monday they would implement a P0.10-centavo increase in the price of gasoline while diesel and kerosene prices would go down by P0.10 centavos.   This will be the fifth price rollback for diesel and kerosene since January 1. However, a total of eight increases in prices of gasoline had been recorded since January 1.   In all, prices of fuel have increased seven times since the start of the year.   The following fuel firms will enforce the following prices starting 6 a.m. Tuesday:   PTT Philippines Gasoline: +P0.1...

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