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Sharon Cuneta clarifies she was ‘turned away’ at Hermes store due to COVID-19 protocols

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 21 min ago
  Sharon Cuneta spoke about her recent experience in a store of luxury brand Hermes in South Korea, and clarified that she was just "turned away" by its salesman to follow the store's COVID-19 protocols. Megastar explained this while telling fans to "not feel bad" for her, as per the actress' Instagram page yesterday, Oct. 2. "Don't feel bad about Hermes not letting me in! Lots, if not all name-brand stores even in the U.S. allow a certain number of people in at a time --- sometimes 10 lang (only), while the others wait in line outside of the store," she explained. "Lots also ask you to make an appointment. COVID measures nila 'yan so OK lang." (It is part of their COVI...

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Okinawa: Lack of successors haunts traditional rituals

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 22 min ago
    OGIMI, Okinawa --- Okinawa's traditional rituals have been handed down since the days of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429-1879), but many customs have recently disappeared or been transformed due to changing lifestyles and depopulation. In the village of Ogimi in northern Okinawa Island, a ritual called Ungami took place on Aug. 14. Four female priests, known as "kaminchu," sat on the beach under a clear sky and recited prayers to the sea as islanders silently watched with their heads bowed and hands pressed together. Ungami is a festival to welcome the sea deity and pray for a good harvest and catches in addition to the well-being of the people. It is based on the ...

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Tokyo skyscraper’s observation deck crowded on last day before renovations

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 28 min ago
  TOKYO -- The observation deck was crowded at the Sunshine 60 skyscraper near Tokyo's JR Ikebukuro Station on Sunday, the last day before the floor was to close for renovations. Since the building opened in 1978, more than 40 million people have visited the observation deck, located about 220 meters above ground. It was sunny all day Sunday, and visitors could see clusters of other skyscrapers in the capital. Mt. Fuji was also faintly visible in the distance. The renovation work is scheduled to last until spring next year. "It's a pity I won't be able to see the view from here for a while, but I'll come back when it reopens," said a 68-year-old man from Nerima Ward,...

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Cancer and suicide among leading causes of death for South Koreans

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 36 min ago
  SEOUL -- For South Koreans under the age of 40, the most common cause of death is suicide, while cancer remains the No. 1 killer overall, according to recent data from the state-run Statistics Korea. On average, 37 people took their own lives per day in South Korea last year, which is the highest level among the member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Of the 317,680 deaths reported in the country in 2021, those who died from cancer accounted for 26 percent. This was followed by heart disease (9.9 percent), pneumonia (7.2 percent), cerebrovascular disease (7.1 percent), suicide (4.2 percent), diabetes (2.8 percent) and Alzheimer's disea...

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Embassy of Japan in Ukraine to reopen this month

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 43 min ago
  TOKYO -- Japan's Foreign Ministry has begun proceedings to reopen its embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine, by the end of this month, according to government sources. The ministry closed the embassy in March following Russia's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine and moved its functions to Poland. However, the ministry has now decided that it is safe to reopen the embassy. Japan will be the last of the Group of Seven industrialized nations to reopen their embassies in the Ukrainian capital. There have been widespread calls within the government to show solidarity with Ukraine by quickly reopening the embassy to share information and coordinate fully with other countries.   R...

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PVL: Akari makes debut vs Cignal in opener; Creamline begins grand slam bid

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 45 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Akari makes its debut against Cignal on Saturday at Sta. Rosa City Sports Complex to kick off the return of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, which features a best-of-five Finals series for the first time. The Power Chargers, the ninth and newest PVL team, are facing the back-to-back bronze medalists HD Spikers at 5:30 p.m. PLDT and United Auctioneers-Army, meanwhile, raise the curtains at 2:30 p.m. as the import-flavored tournament comes back after three years. Akari pins its hopes on Dominican Republic import Prisilla Rivera in its first pro game against Cignal, led by Tai Bierria. The Lady Troopers, on the other hand, are boasting a new...

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Native American actress who refused Oscar for Marlon Brando dies at 75

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 59 min ago
  WASHINGTON ---Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native American activist and actress who was booed in 1973 as she refused an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando, has died aged 75, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Sunday. The Academy announced her death in a tweet that quoted Littlefeather as saying: "When I am gone, always be reminded that whenever you stand for your truth, you will be keeping my voice and the voices of our nations and our people alive." Two weeks ago, the Academy held a ceremony at its new Los Angeles museum honoring Littlefeather and publicly apologizing for her treatment at the Oscars ceremony nearly 50 years ago. Littlefeather, wh...

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PNP: More than 3,000 Pogo workers get police clearance

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 20 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- More than 3,000 workers from the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos) have been issued a police clearance, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday. In a press conference, PNP chief General Rodolfo Azurin Jr. said the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) processed 297 additional police clearances for Pogo workers from Tuesday, September 27 to Wednesday, September 28. With this, he said the total number of police clearances issued to Pogo workers has risen to 3,198 as of Monday, October 3. Meanwhile, Azurin also noted that "there are several undocumented Pogo workers rescued by the PNP who are now in the ...

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DOF’s P30.6 billion budget for 2023 approved by Senate panel

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate committee on finance approved Monday the proposed 2023 budget of the Department of Finance (DOF) amounting to P30.6 billion. The panel, chaired by Senator Sonny Angara, is expected to transmit the DOF's budget plan for next year to the plenary for final approval. Based on the presentation of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno, the DOF's 2023 budget includes an allocation of about P4 billion for the modernization of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Bureau of Customs. The DOF's proposed budget for next year is higher than its P26.7-billion budget for the current year. RELATED STORIES DOF: PH's foreign debts 'manageable' DOF: More ai...

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UK to reverse cut to higher rate income tax – BBC

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 34 min ago
LONDON - The British government is expected to reverse the proposed scrapping of the highest rate of income tax that has sparked a backlash in the governing Conservative Party, the BBC reported on Monday. Finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng sent shockwaves through financial markets when he published a mini-budget on Sept. 23, cutting taxes including the 45p highest rate of income tax, in a "growth plan" to be funded by vast government borrowing. The government had stuck to the policy, even as the value of the pound and government bonds fell, but several senior lawmakers have stepped up their opposition to it at the party's annual conference which began on Sunday. On Sunday, form...

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Russian factory activity expands at fastest rate in Sept since 2019 – PMI

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 39 min ago
MOSCOW - Russian manufacturing activity grew at its fastest rate in 3-1/2 years in September, driven by rises in production, new orders and client demand, a business survey showed on Monday, though Western sanctions continued to weigh on export business. The S&P Global Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose in September to 52.0 from 51.7 in the previous month, climbing higher above the 50.0 mark that separates expansion from contraction to its highest point since March 2019. "Client demand was focused on domestic customers, however, as new export orders declined steeply," S&P Global said in a monthly survey. "The decrease in foreign client demand was attributed to the loss o...

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PNP urges TV networks, actors guilds to require drug tests for celebrities

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 42 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Local television networks and actors' guilds are encouraged to subject their artists to mandatory drug tests, said the Philippine National Police (PNP). PNP chief Gen. Rodolfo Azurin Jr. on Monday welcomed and echoed the recommendation of Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Barbers to require actors to undergo drug tests before they are hired. This pitch came after actor Dominic Roco and four other drug suspects were arrested last Saturday during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City. READ: Actor Dominic Roco busted in QC drug sting "Sila iyong ina-idolize ng mga kabataan natin, mga kapwa Pilipino, so they should be drug-free. Kapag role mod...

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European telcos set to win fight with Big Tech, could set global agenda

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 43 min ago
BRUSSELS/STOCKHOLM - European telecoms providers are set to win their decade-long fight to make Big Tech pay for network costs, thanks to sympathetic EU regulators and the bloc's efforts to rein in U.S. tech giants, according to industry and regulatory sources, in the EU's strongest move yet to set a global standard. Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica, Telecom Italia and the big operators say it is all about a fair share contribution, especially as the six largest content providers account for just over half of data internet traffic. Alphabet Inc unit Google, Netflix Inc, Meta, Amazon.com Inc and other tech giants, however, reject the idea. Some dismiss it as an internet traf...

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MPBL All-Star: South beats North anew; Manny Pacquiao hits buzzer-beater in Executives game

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 47 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---The South division pulled away in the fourth quarter to trounce the North, 109-92, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League All-Star Game late Sunday at Batangas City Coliseum. Trailing at halftime and up to the start of the last 10 minutes, 75-76, the South leaned on Jaycee Marcelino, Cedric Ablaza, Kyt Jimenez and Mark Yee to turn the game around and reassert its mastery in the event. Marcelino put up 19 points, 7 assists and 3 rebounds and was named MVP. Ablaza and Jimenez tallied 17 points each. Jimenez capped the game with a triple from way out. Muntinlupa's Damian Lasco paced the North with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. ...

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Global gas markets to remain tight next year amid supply squeeze-IEA

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 52 min ago
LONDON - Global gas markets are expected to remain tight next year as Russian pipeline gas supplies dwindle and gas demand falls in Europe in response to energy saving measures and high prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Monday. Natural gas markets worldwide have been tightening since 2021 and global gas consumption is expected to decline by 0.8 percent this year as result of a record 10 percent contraction in Europe and flat demand in the Asia Pacific region, the IEA said in its quarterly gas market report. Meanwhile, global gas consumption is forecast to inch up by just 0.4 percent next year. In Europe, gas consumption has fallen by 10 percent in the fir...

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Indonesia inflation hits new 7-year high after fuel price hike

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 2 min ago
JAKARTA - Indonesia's inflation rate in September accelerated to its highest since October 2015 due to higher transportation costs following a fuel price hike, statistics bureau data showed on Monday. The headline annual inflation rate rose to 5.95 percent in September, up from 4.69 percent in August, but came in slightly lower than a 6 percent rate expected in a Reuters poll. The annual core inflation rate, which excludes government-controlled prices and volatile food prices, picked up pace in September to 3.21 percent, compared with 3.04 percent in August and 3.6 percent forecast by analysts. "September's inflation was mostly affected by the rise ...

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US defense chief vows to help Taiwan defend itself

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 3 min ago
    WASHINGTON -- The United States will help Taiwan "develop the capability to defend itself" from a Chinese invasion, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Sunday, stopping short of President Joe Biden's vow to send troops to the island. "We're committed to helping Taiwan develop the capability to defend itself," Austin said in an interview with CNN. Washington has historically maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" on whether it would intervene militarily if Taiwan were attacked by China. Asked in an interview with CBS last month whether US troops would defend Taiwan, Biden said "yes," if it were "an unprecedented attack." Austin was asked by CNN...

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Senate opens probe on Pogos

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 4 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate opened on Monday the investigation into Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). The Senate committee on ways and means presided over by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, looked into the activities of Pogos in the country amid the alleged spate of abduction cases linked to the industry. The panel discussed Senate Resolution Nos. 225, 227, and 229 filed by Senators Joel Villanueva, Gatchalian, and Grace Poe, respectively. Senators sought to weigh the benefits and social costs of Pogos. The Department of Justice earlier said that they would conduct summary deportations of over 40,000 Pogo workers, who are Chinese nationals. The Bureau of...

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1.3M residents in Ilocos get COVID-19 booster shot

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 4 min ago
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte --- At least 1.3 million residents in Ilocos had received one COVID-19 booster shot, the regional Department of Health (DOH) said Monday, Oct. 3. The DOH said 229,562 residents received a second booster shot among qualified individuals with a first shot. The region needs to inoculate 745,137 people to reach half of its target of one booster shot. The DOH said the region has 3,814,343 people fully vaccinated, or 88 percent of the 4.3 million targets. The agency had jabbed 84 percent of the 501,418 target elderlies. INQ RELATED STORIES Booster vax drive vs COVID-19 launched in Ilocos - INQUIRER.net DOH Ilocos ramps up COVID booster campaign...

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Biden heads to storm-hit Puerto Rico

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 8 min ago
  WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden head to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico on Monday, in a bid to show solidarity with a US territory whose people have complained of neglect after past natural disasters. The high-profile trip will be the first of two this week for the Bidens, who head on Wednesday to Florida to assess the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Ian. Both Puerto Rico and Florida suffered numerous deaths, widespread power outages, dangerous flooding and grievous property damage from the recent hurricanes of rare intensity -- first Fiona, then Ian. No details of the Bidens' trip have been announced, though visits to disaster zones ar...

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