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Monopoly maker Hasbro to cut plastic use in toy packaging

26 min 37 sec ago
NEW YORK - Hasbro is giving plastic packaging the boot.   The toy maker said Tuesday that all its packaging for new products will be mostly plastic free by the end of 2022.     It plans to stop using plastic bags, elastic bands and the shrink wrap that's usually found around Monopoly, Scrabble and other board games.   But Hasbro's toys, such as Mr. Potato Head, will still be made with plastic.   The company said it is testing materials to replace it, but said it's challenging to find an alternative that's still safe for kids and keeps toys looking the same as the plastic ones.   Hasbro, however, said it has a program that...

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LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

30 min 37 sec ago
SAN FRANCISCO - Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a 'thorough and independent investigation' into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company's general director.     In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong Yang from the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to lead the investigation.   Yang is a former U.S. attorney and Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who is chair of her firm's Crisis Management Practice Group, according to the firm's website. She has been involved in several high-profile cases and was hired by USC in 2017 to investigate the cond...

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Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

35 min 39 sec ago
ROME - Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections.     Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for setting in motion a "dizzying spiral of political and financial instability" by essentially pulling the plug on the government. Salvini's right-wing League party sought a no-confidence vote against Conte earlier this month, a stunningly bold move for the government's junior coalition partner.   Conte, a lawyer with no political experience who was tapped to b...

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Earth’s future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

41 min 26 sec ago
HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland - This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise.   New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet."   He is referring to geography more than the future. Yet in many ways this place is where the planet's warmer and watery future is being written.   It is so warm here, just inside the Arctic Circle, that on an August day, coats are left on the ground and Holland and colleagues work on the watery melting ice without gloves.   In one of the closest t...

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Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in Hawaii bay

48 min 9 sec ago
HONOLULU - A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday in serious condition after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said.   The shark, believed to be a 6-foot (1.8-meter) black tip reef shark, bit one of the woman's legs and her torso while she was swimming in Kealakekua (kay-ah-lah-kay-koo-ah) Bay on the Big Island's western side, said Hawaii Fire Department Battalion Chief William Bergin. She was about 50 yards (46 meters) from shore, he said.   Bergin said he didn't know if the woman, 26, was a tourist or Hawaii resident. Officials didn't provide her name.   "The shark is still in the area, so we're trying to get people ou...

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Quezon town vice mayor shot dead

59 min 12 sec ago
LUCENA CITY -- A lone gunman shot and killed the incumbent vice mayor of San Andres, Quezon inside the town official's residence Tuesday night.   Vice Mayor Sergio "Popoy" Emprese, 60, was in the living room of his residence in Calmar Homes Subdivision in Barangay Ibabang Dupay when he was shot in the head at around 8:40 p.m., Lt. Colonel Reydante Ariza, Lucena City police chief, said in a spot report.     The gunman fled immediately after the attack.   Emprese was brought to hospital where he expired while being revived.   Further investigation and pursuit operations against the gunman are ongoing.   Emprese, also served...

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Security, antisubversion laws to curb terrorism, crimes

1 hour 58 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine National Police chief, Gen. Oscar Albayalde, on Tuesday advised the public to look at the proposed amendments to the Human Security Act of 2007 in a positive light. "These laws are meant to address criminality, terrorism. This is not to address political rivalry," he said at a press briefing in Camp Crame. The proposed amendments to the Human Security Act include extending the wiretapping period of suspected criminal acts from 30 days to 90 days, and the period of allowable detention from 36 hours to as long as 60 days. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao has expressed support for the proposed changes, saying the law has safeguards against abuse. ...

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President ‘not worried’ POGOs near military camps are spy hubs

2 hours 28 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte was not worried over the presence of Philippine offshore gaming operation (POGO) hubs near military camps amid concerns that these might be used for spying activities, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. "The President said, with respect to proximity, any foreign national group here need not be near military camps in order to get intelligence. Because considering that they're hi-tech, even if you're 1,000 miles away, they can spy on us if they want," Panelo said. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier expressed concern over the proposed POGO hubs, citing national security. While the concern raised by Lorenzana was...

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Dengue hits Chinese workers in Bataan

2 hours 59 sec ago
MARIVELES, Bataan, Philippines --- More than 100 Chinese workers in a coal-fired power plant here have been afflicted with the dengue virus, a health official said. According to Dr. Rosanna Buccahan, Bataan provincial health officer, the Chinese were employees of GNPower Ltd., which operates the 600-megawatt power plant in the coastal village of Alas-asin here. She said 94 of the Chinese workers contracted the virus at their barracks inside the plant from May to July. The remaining 24 cases were recorded this month and most of them were taken to Pampanga Medical Specialist Hospital in Guagua town, Pampanga province, she said. About 400 Chinese, mostly construction workers, h...

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Blast rocks Maguindanao; bombing foiled in Kudarat

2 hours 1 min ago
COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao, Philippines --- An explosion believed to be the handiwork of Islamic State-linked Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) rocked a remote village in Maguindanao province on Monday night, hours after the military and police stopped the bombing of a government checkpoint along the national highway in nearby Sultan Kudarat province. Lt. Col. Roberto Breboneria, spokesperson for the Army's 6th Infantry Division, said no one was hurt in the explosion at Barangay Kiteb, about 20 kilometers away from the town center of Datu Anggal Midtimbang in Maguindanao, around 7 p.m. on Monday. Breboneria said another bomb, which was supposedly intended for investigators...

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DENR eyes land status change as farms expand in Cordillera

2 hours 2 min ago
BAGUIO CITY, Benguet, Philippines --- Communities and farmlands now occupy 300,000 hectares of Cordillera forests, indicating that 16 percent of the region's forest reservations need to be reclassified as agriculture lands that can be titled, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Only 15 percent (282,543 ha) of the region's 1.8 million-ha area is alienable and disposable because the forestry code prohibits lands with 18-percent slopes from being inhabited and developed. "We need to improve [Cordillera] land tenure because these areas have been occupied for many years but are still classified as forestlands," said Ralph Pablo, DENR director in ...

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Regions Briefs: Aug. 21, 2019

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Village exec dead, priest wounded in Laguna shooting   SAN PEDRO CITY, Laguna, Philippines --- A village councilor died while a priest was wounded in a gun attack in San Pablo City in Laguna province on Monday night, police said.   Lt. Col. Eliseo Bernales, San Pablo City police chief, said Richard Galit, a council member of Barangay 3-D, died while undergoing surgery in a hospital in San Pablo.   Police said Galit, 36, appeared to be the primary target of the attack.   Galit was driving his Toyota Fortuner on Shatelig Avenue when gunmen on a motorcycle shot him when he slowed down at an intersection.   Catholic priest Mil Larano, wh...

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Martha Stewart goes to SM, falls in love with Kultura

2 hours 25 min ago
Lifestyle icon, award-winning TV host and bestselling author Martha Stewart visited last Monday some famous Manila landmarks, including SM Mall of Asia. And she fell in love with Kultura, SM's specialty boutique of Filipino handicrafts and products. Stewart is in town this week for a leadership talk organized by ABS-CBN News Channel, held yesterday at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. According to Steven Tan, chief operating officer of SM Supermalls, Stewart expressed her admiration for Filipino craftsmanship on seeing the Kultura merchandise. "You can see the pride of the people who made them," Tan quoted Stewart. Stewart was supposed to stay for only an hour but stayed f...

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Red Lions make it seven straight

2 hours 28 min ago
It lacked the tense atmosphere that usually packs coliseums each time both teams played over the last two seasons---for a reason. San Beda still has an enviable roster that makes it a title favorite while Lyceum is still finding its identity with the graduation of its enigmatic star. The Red Lions cruised to an 88-73 victory over the Pirates, stretching their unbeaten start to seven games Tuesday night in the 95th NCAA men's basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre. "It was a total team effort," said San Beda mentor Boyet Fernandez. San Beda has actually won its last 21 matches, counting from last season. Among those wins were victories over the Pirates, the only g...

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How The Estate Makati will redefine Ayala Avenue

2 hours 28 min ago
Taste and refinement along the landmark Ayala Avenue remains an endless work in progress. When The Estate Makati tops off, it will stake its claim as the crowning jewel of a justly renowned avenue that has its own architectural history. This highly ambitious project is a partnership between SMDC and Federal Land Inc. To be designed by the award-winning architectural firm Foster + Partners, it promises to be a marvel of engineering in a new epoch of high-rise construction in the country. Advances in skyscraper technology will have much to do with The Estate's design and construction. To start the design process, Foster + Partners studied the city's topography, including w...

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Ex-cop tagged in teenagers’ slay denied bail

2 hours 29 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A Navotas judge has denied the bail petition of a former policeman who is being tried for the murder of teenagers Carl Angelo Arnaiz and Reynaldo "Kulot" de Guzman. Judge Romana Lindayag del Rosario of the Navotas City Regional Trial Court Branch 287 said in an order released recently that there was sufficient evidence to try Jeffrey Perez, a former Caloocan City police patrolman, for the victims' death. "With the evidence thus presented by the prosecution, the court finds the evidence sufficient to sustain the continued prosecution of the accused without opportunity to post bail. There is reason to uphold therefore [the] constitutional provision which provi...

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Are Filipino homes ready for app-controlled appliances?

2 hours 29 min ago
Not far from the South Korean city of Busan lies the industrial city of Changwon. Here, factories are owned by numerous globally recognizable South Korean conglomerates, including LG, where it produces its home appliances. LG has started pushing for smart technology in Filipino homes, not just in their TVs, but also in their kitchen appliances, washing machines, and air conditioners. The central figure in this smart integration is the LG Smart ThinQ application, with which users can monitor and control their LG home appliances anywhere with an internet connection through their smartphone. In the summer months, a common frustration for many is coming home, turning on your air...

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Manila, SPD policemen cited for heroism

2 hours 30 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday honored two police officers for going above and beyond the call of duty. Pat. Jonathan Stanley Dionisio of the Manila Police District and Cpl. Jeffrey Javier of the Southern Police District were named "Pulis Magiting" awardees of the NCRPO and Ayala Foundation. Dionisio was cited for chasing on foot and arresting a robbery suspect at the Lagusnilad underpass in Ermita, Manila, on Aug. 2. The chase was captured by the dashboard camera of a passing vehicle, earning Dionisio praise from netizens, Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso and Gen. Oscar Albayalde, the Philippine National Police ...

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Teaching our daughters to not gossip or envy other girls

2 hours 31 min ago
Women fighting other women has been a recurring theme on television shows and movies for as long as I can remember. There is always a reason for one woman to slap the other, or for them to start pulling each other's hair---from stealing one girl's husband/boyfriend to sabotaging the chances of the other in office or school. There are long-lost sisters turned enemies, oppressive rich girl versus poor heroine, etc., until the victim has had enough and vows vengeance. Do these themes sound familiar? Imagine growing up exposed to this kind of female culture. It may appear harmless on the outside, but if you look closely, you will see how negatively it can affect relationships and, in t...

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Catch that fly!

2 hours 31 min ago
The uninvited guests to any party are germ-carrying flies. To have them dropping in on your beautiful food is a big turn-off. Here's a simple fly trap that we discovered at a friend's horse farm. You will need: 2-l empty plastic soda bottle Scissors Tape Black or dark paper Tape measure Food to attract flies Cut 1/3 of the plastic bottle off the top. Place your food bait inside the bottom half of the cut plastic bottle. Keep in mind that the more attractive the bait, the more flies you will catch. Place your new fly trap in a place not too close to your food or guests but close enough to attract the flies that may be on their way. Tip: This contraption works w...

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