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Uber driver creates funny ‘ride type menu’ for passengers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:16
One Uber driver in Seattle, United States recently went viral, and for good reason, after a passenger of his shared a photo of his so-called "Ride Type Menu". "Last night my Uber gave me a menu on what kind of ride I wanted," wrote a certian Luis via Twitter last Feb. 26 (Feb. 25 in the United States). In the photo, the netizen can be seen holding a piece of paper with the list of ride types he can avail of, given to him by George, the TNV driver. One of the ride types in the list were "The Stand Up" which allows George to tell stories to the passenger, from funny ones to tales of prison and other poor life choices. "Don't get a [lover's] name tattooed on you. Ever," advised George...

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More NPA members surrendered in early 2019, AFP claims

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:13
MANILA, Philippines --- More communist rebels have surrendered to the military in early 2019, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has claimed.   "In the first two months of 2019, there were already a total of 608 CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army) members and supporters who surrendered to government troops, 107 of them were regular armed members, 137 are Milisyang Bayan, and 364 are mass supporters," AFP public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said in a statement.   He said the surrenderers are beneficiaries of the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP), the reintegration program of the government.   Ju...

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Art collected by Jewish lawyer before WWII goes to auction

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:12
DALLAS --- About 200 works of art from a Jewish lawyer's collection that were spirited out of Nazi Germany to the U.S. are going up for auction. The works collected by Ismar Littmann being offered Tuesday at Swann Auction Galleries in New York are mostly drawings, etchings and lithographs. They were once part of a collection of about 6,000 pieces he amassed. The works being auctioned are pieces brought out of Germany before World War II by Littmann's son, who eventually settled in Texas. Todd Weyman, auction house vice president, said the collection is notable for its singular focus on German works. "His collecting was very optimistic for what was to happen," Weyman said. "He ...

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2022 Asian Games to include athletes from Oceania

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:08
BANGKOK (AP) --- Basketball, volleyball and soccer players from Australia and other Oceania countries will be permitted to compete at the next edition of the Asian Games. The Olympic Council of Asia confirmed after its general assembly over the weekend that athletes from Oceania would be eligible to compete in some team sports in Hangzhou, China, in September 2022. Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates said he had been campaigning for decades for inclusion at the quadrennial event, which was first staged in 1951 in India and most recently last year in Indonesia. He said the invitation to the Oceania athletes is limited to sports which qualify for the 2024 Ol...

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POEA announces requirements for Japan employment of nurses, careworkers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:08
        MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) announced the requirements needed for Japan's hiring of qualified nurses (Kangoshi) and careworkers (Kaigofukushishi). This development came after the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS) said it opened employment for 50 nurses and 300 workers. Here are the following qualifications for nurses: Graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing with active PRC License Minimum of three years hospital work experience Must be motivated and committed to work and study as candidate for "Kangoshi" to obtain a National License in Japan. ...

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Clippers beat slumping Lakers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 16:05
LOS ANGELES --- The Los Angeles Clippers are rolling toward a playoff berth, even after a thorough upheaval over the past two years. LeBron James and the injury-riddled Los Angeles Lakers weren't much of an obstacle when two teams going in opposite directions passed each other in the Staples Center hallway they share. Danilo Gallinari scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Clippers dealt another blow to the Lakers' fading playoff hopes with a 113-105 victory Monday night. "That doesn't bother me or make me happy," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of beating their fellow Angelenos. "I just want us to do well." The Clippers did splendidly, despite the odds against th...

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Volvo unveils driverless electric bus in Singapore

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:56
  SINGAPORE -- Volvo and a Singapore university unveiled Tuesday a driverless electric bus that will soon undergo tests in the city-state, the latest move towards rolling out autonomous vehicles for public transport.   High-tech Singapore has become a test-bed for self-driving technology and the world's first driverless taxis went into operation in a limited public trial in the country in 2016.   Swedish automaker Volvo Buses and its local partner Nanyang Technological University (NTU) unveiled what they described as a full-size autonomous electric bus and said the vehicle would soon start trial runs in the university's sprawling campus.   Dat...

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Andaya: House only itemizing, not manipulating 2019 budget

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:54
  MANILA, Philippines - The House of Representatives is only itemizing the appropriations under the ratified 2019 budget and not manipulating it, House Appropriations committee chairperson Rolando Andaya Jr. said Tuesday.   Andaya made the clarification in response to Senator Panfilo Lacson's revelation that Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo allegedly directed the realignments of P25 million budget from the Department of Health for her "favored" congressmen.   READ: Lacson: Arroyo realigns P25M budget to 'favored' solons   He said that the House is detailing the items in the budget to make it "more transparent and easy to scrutinize."   "...

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Search for Italian, Scot climber resumes on Pakistan peak

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:46
    ISLAMABAD --- A Pakistani mountaineering official and Italy's ambassador say the search has resumed for two European climbers who went missing on the world's ninth-highest mountain amid bad weather.   Italian Daniele Nardi and Scotsman Tom Ballard have been missing for more than a week in northern Pakistan's Nanga Parbat peak, known as "Killer Mountain."   Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, says the search-and-rescue team of experienced Spanish and Pakistani mountaineers is looking for the pair.   Haidri says that despite the long-time Nardi and Ballard have been missing, there is still hope as in some instanc...

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Terry Crews responds to backlash over tweets about raising kids without fathers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:46
Terry Crews has apologized for statements that he made about raising kids without a mother and a father, and has continued to defend his point that children need father figures. The "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star said in a now-deleted tweet last Friday, March 1, "I've reiterated many times that same-sex couples and single parents can successfully raise a child." "But I believe paternal AND maternal love are like vitamins and minerals to humanity." Twitter user @jakesherondale reasoned, "Love is not gendered. A child will not starve with only one gender loving them." He replied, "But they will be severely malnourished." https://twitter.com/astdelagrange/status/11019713230211...

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Chel Diokno thanks Duterte for remembering his father

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:45
MANILA, Philippines --- Human rights lawyer and Otso Diretso senatorial bet Chel Diokno thanked the President for remembering his father, the late democracy icon Sen. Jose "Pepe" W. Diokno. "Actually, magpasalamat pa nga ako na nabanggit niya ang aking ama, naalala pa niya ang aking ama. At sana maalala din niya na ang aking ama ang sinasabing, itinuturing na ama ng karapatang pantao sa ating bayan," Chel said in a statement on Tuesday. (Actually, I am thankful that he mentioned my father and he remembered him. I hope he also recalls that my father is considered the father of human rights in our country.) On Monday, the 73-year-old leader mocked Chel's manner of speaking, compar...

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Philippines to boost digital parenting drive amid ‘Momo challenge’ hoax

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:45
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine government has vowed to intensify its "digital parenting" drive in the wake of a viral online "Momo Challenge" which allegedly encouragesyoung children tocommitself-harm and suicide. The Committee for the Special Protection of Children (CSPC) convened on Friday at the National Telecommunications (NTC) office to tackle the online challenge that experts dismissed as a hoax. "At present, government agencies are working together to intensify information campaigns on digital parenting," the committee said in a statement. The CSPC and the Department of Justice agreed that the government must implement more stringent measures to ensure that th...

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Imee Marcos to address school records issue — Sara Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Administration-backed senatorial bet and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos will soon address the issues hounding her school records, Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) leader and Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Tuesday.   "Sabi niya maglalabas daw siya ng written official statement about the question on her educational background," the presidential daughter told reporters after HNP's campaign rally in Antipolo City.   Earlier, Duterte-Carpio said she will talk to Marcos to shed some light about her controversial school records.   READ: Sara Duterte to discuss with Imee Marcos school records issue   Marcos claimed that ...

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PDEA chief: ‘Duterte’s estimate on 7M-8M drug users not from us’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:35
  MANILA, Philippines --- Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director General Aaron Aquino on Tuesday said the agency was not the source of President Rodrigo Duterte's estimate that there are around 7 to 8 million drug users in the country.   Aquino however said he thinks the estimate is correct as the President might have included drug pushers in the figure.   "The figure did not come from us, and when I asked where the figure came hindi pa malaman kung saan nanggaling 'yung figure (the source of the figure is still unknown) but I believe the President," Aquino told reporters.   The estimate also did not come from the Philippine Nati...

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Bong Go not using gov’t resources to fuel Senate run – Sara Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:33
MANILA, Philippines - Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday said she is "very sure" that former Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go is not using government funds in his senatorial campaign.   The Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) leader issued the statement after opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano accused Go ofdistributing campaign shirts during a public assembly attended by barangay officials.   Alejano also claimed that government funds were used during the event.   "I'm sure na if he's made to answer if ano 'yung source ng funds niya from his T-shirts, I'm sure it will not be from government funds. Alam naman niya 'yun ang t...

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MTV Asia’s ‘Yo! MTV Raps’ to feature Abra, 32 other int’l hip-hop artists

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:27
  MANILA, Philippines --- Filipino rapper Abra is set to appear in the Asian edition of "Yo! MTV Raps" along with 32 other hip-hop artists from 11 countries around the globe, MTV Asia announced Tuesday.   Abra, whose real name is Raymond Abracosa, rose to popularity as a hip-hop artist in underground battle league FlipTop.   He also gained popularity through his song "Gayuma" featuring Thyro Alfaro and Jeriko Aguilar that was released in 2012.   MTV Asia said in a statement that Global DJ and producer Kim Lee alongside Singaporean rapper-songwriter Yung Raja will host the hip-hop show that will air in mid-April.   The two will b...

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In impoverished Venezuela, the dollar is king

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:22
CARACAS, Venezuela --- Whether paying for a manicure, an evening gown or a liter of milk, in Venezuela the dollar can buy anything, so long as you're discreet. "Of course we take dollars, we can even try your credit card, if it works there's no problem," said a restaurant owner in Caracas, keen to be both welcoming and pragmatic, and to remain anonymous. Given the South American country's economic crisis there's no question about turning away a customer. Venezuela's own currency, the bolivar, has been crippled by hyperinflation. Back in August, President Nicolas Maduro devalued the bolivar by 96 percent as one of a raft of economic reforms he hoped would boost an economy ...

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Dressed up, ready for fun: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:13
NEW ORLEANS --- The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with excited kids catching beads from atop ladders, revelers in fancy costumes walking through the French Quarter and Mardi Gras Indians wearing finely beaded costumes. Tuesday marks the final day of the Mardi Gras season, which began on Jan. 6. After rainy weather affected some parades Sunday, the weather Tuesday is expected to be cold but sunny. The festivities kick off early in the morning when the Northside Skull and Bone Gang walks through the Treme neighborhood before the sun comes up, wearing costumes that look like skeletons and waking people up to celebrate the day. Then the Zulu Social Aid & P...

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BI gets tech support from OWWA to assist OFWs

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 03/05/2019 - 15:08
      MANILA, Philippines --- In a bid to further ease the travel experience of overseas Filipino workers (OFW), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) introduced on Tuesday new measures to expedite its depature procedures. In a statement, BI Port Operations Division Chief Grifton Medina said that he personally received six tablets and six bar code readers that BI personnel at the airport could use to check the legitimacy and validity of OWWA E-cards (OEC). The new gadgets will also help in screening and intercepting fraudulent documents and information being given to some OFWs. "This system prevents that, as it automatically checks the validity of the E-card...

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