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Amsterdam removes iconic ‘I Amsterdam’ sign due to overcrowding

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:21
The city of Amsterdam has removed one of their most popular attractions for selfie-snapping tourists, the "I Amsterdam" letters erected in the city's museum district, due to overcrowding. If you follow travel influencers on Instagram, you're sure to have seen it: the iconic "I Amsterdam" letters in front of the picturesque Rijksmuseum, an Instagram-worthy shot of old versus new. But overcrowding and congestion have driven officials to remove one of their most popular attractions, which will instead pop up around the city to highlight lesser-known areas instead. It's a smart strategy against overtourism, and one advocated recently in the United Nations World Tourism Organizat...

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Driver finds mom’s body in pool of blood in Navotas

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:20
MANILA, Philippines --- A pedicab driver found his lifeless mother in a pool of blood inside their house in Navotas City before dawn Monday. Police said Mark Joseph Mulingtapang found the bullet-riddled body of his 39-year-old mother, Daisy Bautista, when he went home to Barangay San Roque at 3:50 a.m. Mulingtapang reported the incident to the police, who processed the crime scene at about 5 a.m., the Northern Police District reported. Police found six spent shells and two deformed bullets at the crime scene. Bautista died from multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of her body, according to the police. Her body was brought to a funeral home for autopsy. Police hav...

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4.7 quake hits off Tawi-Tawi

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:05
MANILA, Philippines --- A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Tawi-Tawi Monday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The tremor hit 295 kilometers southeast of South Ubian in Tawi-Tawi at 11 a.m. It tectonic in origin and had a depth of 614 km. Phivolcs said no aftershocks and damage were expected from the earthquake. The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity....

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CHR opens freedom park to honor human rights defenders

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:01
https://twitter.com/chrgovph/status/1071929488022241280 MANILA, Philippines -- In line with the country's celebration of Human Rights Day, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) opened on Monday a freedom park to honor those who fought against human rights violation.   Dubbed as the Liwasang Diokno, the CHR commemorated the heroic act of late Senator Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno, whom the agency tagged as a "symbol of freedom, democracy, and human rights."   Diokno was one of those individuals who fought to attain democracy in the country during the Martial Law era under the Marcos administration.   With the opening of the Liwasang Diokno at the central office ...

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Frankie Pangilinan channels mystery in chic pre-debut shoot

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 13:01
For some, debuts mark a turning point in a young woman's life. It could be said then that pre-debut photo shoots reflect the kind of woman a girl wants to be. Frankie Pangilinan, who will turn 18 on Dec. 16, shunned designer gowns for sleek, all-black ensembles in her own pre-debut photo session. In one set of photos, the soon-to-be debutante is seen in a bare room with unpainted walls, concrete floors and large windows. She sits on a black chair in trousers, a blazer and ankle-strap stilettos, gazing coolly at the camera in a classic red lip and tousled wavy hair. https://www.instagram.com/p/BrHR07aAUkf/ Another set of photos are in black-and-white, taken in a studio with a dark bac...

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Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:51
BELGRADE,Serbia--- "Give birth, don't delay!", says a rousing call by the Serbian state to young couples. "Let babies' cries be heard!" is another of the baby-making slogans Serbia is busy producing --- while it struggles to increase actual births. Women say they need better support not words of encouragement to grow the country's population. Massive emigration coupled with the plummeting birth rate, which at 1.5 children per family is among the lowest in Europe, has brought Serbia's population down to under seven million people. According to the United Nations, Serbia's population is expected to shrink a further 15 percent by 2050. Desperate to reverse the trend, Serb...

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Travelers sought out ‘secondary cities’ for 2018 in wake of overtourism

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:50
The prospect of overcrowding and overtourism seem to have spurred more travelers to seek out alternative destinations in 2018, with secondary cities seeing double-digit growth from last year. That's according to Expedia's 2018 Year in Review report, which looked at the fastest-growing travel destinations around the world to identify the top travel trends of 2018. After crunching the flight data, analysts found that more and more United States travelers are venturing beyond the capital cities and primary tourist stops and seeking out lesser known gems that attract less crowds. That's good news for hotspots around the world that suffer from overtourism, a buzzword tossed aroun...

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Ex-FBI chief: Democrats must oust Trump in 2020

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:39
Former FBI Director James Comey asked American voters Sunday night to end Donald Trump's presidency with a "landslide" victory for his opponent in 2020.
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See Vermeer’s complete works in augmented reality

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:38
Google Arts & Culture has announced a new feature that gathers all 36 of Johannes Vermeer's known works in a virtual exhibition space where they can be viewed in all their detail. In addition to "Girl with a Pearl Earring", perhaps the most famous work by the Dutch Master, viewers will find "The Concert", which went missing more than 28 years ago in a famous heist at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. With the rest of the artist's masterpieces scattered across seven countries, and some too fragile to travel, the online exhibition, called Pocket Gallery, marks the first time all of his work are gathered in one place. Eight of the works were added to the exhibition ...

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Doctor with big heart is 2018 CNN Hero of the Year

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:37
For Dr. Ricardo Pun-Chong, being a physician isn't just about treating patients -- it's about how you care for their families.
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‘I can’t breathe’ were Khashoggi’s final words, report says

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:36
WASHINGTON,United States--- Jamal Khashoggi's final words were "I can't breathe," CNN said Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist's murder. The source told the US network the transcript made clear the killing was premeditated, and suggests several phone calls were made to give briefings on the progress. CNN said Turkish officials believe those calls were made to top officials in Riyadh. Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, was killed shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The transcript of the gruesome recording includes descriptions of Khashoggi st...

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Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens’ brains — study

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:27
WASHINGTON,United States--- Researchers have found "different patterns" in brain scans among children who record heavy smart device and video game use, according to initial data from a major ongoing US study. The first wave of information from the $300 million National Institute of Health (NIH) study is showing that those nine and 10-year-old kids spending more than seven hours a day using such devices show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information. "We don't know if it's being caused by the screen time. We don't know yet if it's a bad thing," said Gaya Dowling, an NIH doctor working on the project, explaining the ...

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Revilla says he got used to cockroaches, rats in Camp Crame

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:10
MANILA, Philippines --- Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla couldn't help but feel different as he got used to cockroaches and rats in Camp Crame, Quezon City.   During the flag-raising ceremony at Bacoor City Hall, Cavite on Monday, Revilla expressed how strange it feels like now that he left Camp Crame.   "Alam niyo, nakakapanibago talaga. Nasanay ako sa Camp Crame na kasama ko yung mga ipis, mga daga, na halos kasing laki ng pusa," the former senator said.   (You know, this feels so new. I was so used to being around cockroaches and rats that were as big as cats in Camp Crame.)   Revilla also expressed excitement in facing his countrymen onc...

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Man arrested for stealing can of luncheon meat

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:08
MANILA, Philippines --- A 21-year-old man was arrested for allegedly stealing a can of luncheon meat from a convenience store in Mandaluyong City. Police identified the suspect as Junard Dula, who allegedly took the canned meat worth P199 from a display rack of the store, concealed it inside his short pants, and left without paying at the cashier on Sunday night. A store employee saw Dula through the CCTV monitor and sought help from the security guard who accosted the suspect, a police report said Monday. The stolen item was reportedly found on him. The suspect was subjected to inquest proceedings, police said. /cbb...

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Cooper brings Sully the service dog to stage

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:58
George H.W. Bush's service dog Sully captured the heart of the nation when he was photographed lying in front of the former President's casket, capturing the heart of the nation.
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Senate OKs extension of unused 2018 budget

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:46
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate has passed on third and final reading a joint resolution, extending the validity of the 2018 appropriations for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (CO) until December 31, 2019. Sixteen senators voted on Monday to approve the Senate Joint Resolution No 17, with no negative votes and abstentions. Minority Leader Franklin Drilon though asked how the extension of the 2018 budget would affect the 2019 appropriation. In particular, Drilon asked if the resolution would be deemed terminated once the 2019 budget is approved or if the government would operate under the two budgets. Senate President Vicente "Tito...

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2 drug suspects yield P374,000 worth of ‘shabu’ in Taguig

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Police have confiscated P374,000 worth of suspected "shabu" from two drug suspects arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Miguel, Taguig City.   Police said an undercover officer purchased on Sunday a sachet of suspected shabu estimated to weigh around 25 grams and worth P170,000 from suspects Cussel Galura, 22, and his alleged cohort Joel Ledesma, 42.   The agent then signaled other police officers to arrest the suspects after the successful deal, according to a report from the National Capital Region Police Office on Monday.   Police said they also recovered from the suspects two more sachets of suspected "shabu" with t...

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Revilla vows to clean their family’s name

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:26
MANILA, Philippines ---Former Senator Ramon "Bong" Revillaon Monday vowed to clean his family's namefollowing his acquittal from plunder in connection with the "pork barrel" scam. During his speech at the flag-raising ceremony at Bacoor City Hall in Cavite, Revilla promised his father Ramon Revilla Sr.: "Lilinisin ko ang dinungisan nilang pangalan natin." "Lumabas na ang katotohanan na ang inyong anak ay walang kasalanan," he added. Revilla also lamented how his name was destroyed in the eyes of the Filipino people: "Hindi biro ang mayurakan ng pangalan. Hindi ganung ganun lang, masira, magiba ang pagkatao sa mata ng taong bayan." He expressed disappointment about how fiv...

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Hontiveros: Duterte ‘single biggest threat to human rights’ in Philippines

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 11:15
MANILA, Philippines --- On the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday called President Rodrigo Duterte as the "single biggest threat to human rights" in the country.   "The President has singlehandedly rolled back human rights safeguards and made the country a haven for human rights violators," Hontiveros said in a statement.   The senator pointed out how Duterte's "bloody and abusive war on drugs" killed thousands of people, whom are mostly poor, while "big-time druglords like Peter Lim continue to be free" and corrupt government officials aid the smuggling of billions of pesos worth of shabu.   ...

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