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Tropical storm to lash Thailand’s famed southern beach towns

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:40
BANGKOK --- Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation's famed southern beach resorts. Rain was already falling around the Gulf of Thailand on Thursday morning and officials warned that torrential downpours, strong winds and rough seas were expected in 16 provinces when Tropical Storm Pabuk makes its expected landfall on Friday. "There will be heavy rainfall and we have to prepared for flooding or an impact on transportation," Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said. "We are ready ourselves but if the rainfall is high we will need some time to resolve problems." ...

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Rescuers race to reach 3 treasure hunters buried alive in Negros Oriental village

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:39
SIBULAN, NEGROS ORIENTAL --- Rescuers are racing against time to reach three treasure hunters who were buried alive in a tunnel 50 feet deep in Barangay Boloc-Boloc in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental Wednesday. The buried treasure hunters are Feliciano Encilay Sr, 62 an employee of the Provincial Veterinary Office; Algie Javier, 29 of Sulodpan, Bacong, a former Overseas Filipino Worker; and Bobby Baldado of Palinpinon, Valencia. A fourth member, Mauro Alforque, survived to report the incident. Feliciano Ensilay Jr, son of one of the miners, told the Inquirer that they believed their father was still alive because he is a strong person. Luxme Ensilay said they have received tex...

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Andaya: P14.5B ‘unprogrammed’ funds ‘inserted’ into National Expenditure Program

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:34
NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur, Philippines --- A "miracle happened" in between the budget process.   House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. alleged this on Thursday, saying the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) "inserted" more than P14.5-billion of "unprogrammed funds" into the National Expenditure Program (NEP) after it was presented to President Rodrigo Duterte for his approval.   Andaya said of the total P119 billion Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) fund for flood-control projects, more than P14.5 billion were unprogrammed and were designated to areas that are not prone to flooding. The P14.5-billion was part of the P75 billion "insertions" in ...

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Serena Williams wins 3rd straight in singles at Hopman Cup

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:32
PERTH, Australia --- Serena Williams stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a straight-sets victory over Britain's Katie Boulter on Thursday to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign. Williams cooled off after a strong start but prevailed with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory in 78 minutes to level the tie between the United States and Britain in Group B. The 37-year-old's hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States were eliminated after losses to Greece and Roger Federer-led Switzerland. Williams slowly built momentum in her first tournament back since melting down at the U.S. Open Final in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Sl...

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Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:30
MINNEAPOLIS --- Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund, whose deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76. World Wrestling Entertainment announced Okerlund's death on its website Wednesday. Okerlund's son, Tor Okerlund, told The Associated Press that his father died early Wednesday at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida, near his home in Osprey, Florida, with his wife, Jeanne, by his side. Tor Okerlund said his father, who had undergone three kidney transplants, fell a few weeks ago "and it just kind of went from bad to worse." Okerlund started as an int...

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Gordon Hayward’s 35 points lift Celtics past Timberwolves

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:27
BOSTON --- Gordon Hayward was off target on all six of his shots in Boston's previous game and then started with a pair of long misses on Wednesday night against Minnesota. Then it quickly turned around. A 3-pointer from the right side. Another from the left. A basket from the lane and then a dunk, followed by three straight free throws. In all, he was 4 for 4 in the second quarter and 7 of 8 in the third. "He was disappointed in how he shot the ball, obviously, in San Antonio and got back in the gym this morning. And you could tell he was going to play pretty well," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after Hayward came off the bench to score a season-high 35 points and lead Bo...

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Joel Embiid shrugs off sore knee, drops 42 points in 76ers’ blowout of Suns

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:23
  PHOENIX --- The Philadelphia 76ers were ready to go home from their trip west a little too early, and it almost cost them. Joel Embiid, playing despite a sore left knee, matched his season high with 42 points, 30 in the first half, and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Philadelphia 76ers blew most of a 30-point lead before holding on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-127 on Wednesday night. Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick 27 for the 76ers, They were without Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler, both due to an upper respiratory infection. Devin Booker scored 37 points for the Suns. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and 11 boards, and Josh Jackson scored 16 points. "I th...

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CHR denounces deadly blast in Cotabato City

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:20
MANILA, Philippines--The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) condemned on Thursdaythe deadly bomb attack at a mall in Cotabato City on Dec. 30. "The Commission on Human Rights strongly condemns the bombing at Cotabato City," CHR Spokesperson Jaqueline de Guia said in a statement. The CHR urged the security forces in the country to "act with urgency" in pursuing the perpetrators and make them accountable, especially that martial law is still in effect in Mindanao. CHR also urged the public to unrelentingly work for just and lasting peace in the Mindanao region and the whole country. "We must continue to denounce acts meant nothing but sow fear, as we urge everyone to continuo...

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China's 'Jack the Ripper' executed for rapes, murders

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:17
A serial killer who raped and murdered 10 women and one girl in northwest China has been executed, state media reported.
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Doctor fired for threatening to give Jews ‘wrong meds’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:14
A doctor from Cleveland, Ohio has come under fire after her anti-Semitic commentsand threats of giving Jewish people the "wrong meds" made the rounds online. Dr. Lara Kollab's anti-Semitic remarks were caught by Canary Mission, a website that "documents individuals and organizations that promote hatred of the USA, Israel and Jews on North American college campuses." In one of Kollab's tweets from 2012, she was found saying, "Ewww... I'll purposely give all the [Jews] the wrong meds," as per Fox News on Jan. 2. Kollab was also found inciting hatred and violence against Jews, as well as calling them "dogs." She, too, expressed that she has a hard time feeling terrible about the H...

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Josh Richardson leads Wade-less Heat past Cavaliers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:10
  CLEVELAND --- Dwyane Wade's absence was no problem for the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. With Wade sitting out because of an illness, Josh Richardson led seven players in double figures with 24 points and Miami rolled past the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-92. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wasn't surprised so many players made key contributions without their third-leading scorer. "One of our biggest strengths is our depth and versatility," he said. "We should be a team with 7-8 guys in double figures every night. It shows we have a lot of guys that can hurt you." Miami hit 16 of 31 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson added 16 points, and Derrick Jones Jr. had 13. The Heat have won...

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WATCH: Brie Larson channels inner Spider-Man while rock-climbing

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:07
Brie Larson has been training hard to play the titular character of "Captain Marvel," but as per one of her workout videos, she might just try to be another Marvel superhero. The actress shared a video on Instagram last Monday, Dec. 31, showing off her upper body strength and agility while bouldering. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsB7jNfD-D_/ "My self tape for the role of Spider-Man?" she wrote in the caption. In the routine, Larson is seen maneuvering herself across various angles on an artificial rock wall, at one point hanging parallel to the floor. It earned her praise from fans, one of whom was actress Jennifer Garner, who commented, "Atta girl!" Others warned "Spider-Man...

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Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio not just another game

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:07
SAN ANTONIO --- Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is downplaying the significance of Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio. As usual, Leonard isn't saying much. But Leonard's first game in San Antonio since being traded to Toronto along with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl has more significance than just another regular season game Popovich once deemed the franchise belonged to the 6-foot-7 MVP candidate with the impending departure of the Big Three --- Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. But Leonard's unhappiness and request for a trade stunned the organization. "Give me some popcorn, I just want to watch it," Spurs veteran LaMarcus Aldridge quipped Wednes...

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Solskjaer retains magic touch at Man United with another win

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:04
MANCHESTER, England --- With Manchester United still scoreless after an hour at Newcastle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was facing the first real challenge of his interim tenure at England's biggest club. His response showed he might just have the same magic touch as a United manager that he had as a player. Solskjaer sent on Romelu Lukaku as part of a double substitution in the 63rd minute and, 38 seconds later, the striker scored with his first touch to set United on its way to a 2-0 win at St. James' Park on Wednesday. That's four straight victories for Solskjaer since replacing Jose Mourinho last month --- among previous United managers, only the great Matt Busby achieved that f...

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Fire hits National Children’s Hospital in Quezon City

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:04
MANILA, Philippines --- A fire struck the National Children's Hospital in Quezon City on Thursday afternoon, Quezon City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported.   According to Senior Fire Officer III Francisco Mabunga, the fire started at 12:55 p.m. then it reached first alarm at 1:05 p.m.   But Mabunga said the fire was put out five minutes later.   Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the fire.   As of posting, the fire is still under investigation. /je...

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Amid boos, Paul George gets 37 in OKC’s 107-100 win at Lakers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 15:02
LOS ANGELES --- Paul George scored 37 points while getting booed whenever he touched the ball by Lakers fans still angry he didn't choose their team in free agency, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 107-100 victory over Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists despite 3-for-20 shooting, but his fellow Southern California native was the center of attention in the Thunder's only visit to the Lakers this season. George scored nine points in the fourth quarter while the Thunder rallied from a five-point deficit and easily held on for their seventh win in 10 games. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 of his 25 points in the f...

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Palace says travel alerts ‘natural’; asserts Mindanao travel ‘very safe’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:55
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Thursday said "it's natural" for "any government" to issue travel warnings to its citizens even as it insisted the recent deadly bombing in Cotabato City was "just an isolated case."   Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelosaid in a briefing the Palace understands the intention of foreign governments in issuing travel alerts on the Philippines to ensure their citizens' welfare and security.   He also asserted "it is very safe to travel in Mindanao."   Following the bombing incident in front of a Cotabato City mall where two civilians were killed and which left dozens injured, the United Kingdom and Australian govern...

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Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino among Coachella headliners

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:54
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- The organizers of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced the top acts scheduled to appear at the multi-day event in April. Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend festival in Southern California from April 12 to April 14 and from April 19 to April 21 include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Janelle Monae. Other performers booked to play at the event include The 1975, DJ Snake, Diplo, Solange and Weezer. In 2018, Grande capped off a successful year as a pop star that included another No. 1 album with "Sweetener" as well as multiple hit...

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‘Born Beautiful’ gets R-18 rating; uncensored version showing on Jan. 18

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:54
MANILA, Philippines --- "Born Beautiful" will have a one time screening of its uncensored version on January 18, 2019 after it received an R-18 rating from the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).   "BORN BEAUTIFUL is rated R-18 with cuts by the MTRCB," the film's lead actor Martin Del Rosario said in an Instagram post on Wednesday.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BsHpiDogEp_/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link   He added: "But before we open in the cinemas on January 23, we will show the full UNCENSORED VERSION for ONE SCREENING ONLY at the UP Cine Adarna on January 18, Friday at 7pm!"   "Born Beautiful" is the sequel of the 2...

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LOOK: Lovi Poe a stylish jet-setter in New York

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 14:48
Lovi Poe flew to New York to celebrate the new year and she also did not disappoint with her fun fashion choices. The Kapuso actress was ready for her adventure ahead, taking with her a load of luggage. "Time to take a breather... See you later, Manila," Poe, who was even carrying her furry friend, wrote on her Instagram account last Sunday, Dec. 30. https://www.instagram.com/p/Br_e1iiFQsb/ Poe literally turned out to be a pretty woman walking down the street, wearing a beige ensemble, a colorful scarf and a designer handbag. But it appeared that her most appealing accessory was her smile. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsAfS5rlV28/ Poe took a snap of her view from Soho, desc...

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