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Japan travel agency faces 20,000 cancellations

CNN Top Stories - 2 hours 33 min ago
The phone lines at Kamome, a Tokyo-based travel agency that specializes in tours for Chinese tourists, haven't stopped buzzing for the last three days.
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BI suspends issuance of visas upon arrival to Chinese nationals

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 40 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday suspended the issuance of visas upon arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals in the wake of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCov threat.   In a statement, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said the move follows the temporary lockdown of several cities in China, as well as the temporary shutdown of public transport services in several areas in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.   According to the BI, the suspension of the issuance of visas upon arrival, is a "proactive measure to slow down travel, and possibly help prevent the entry of the 2019-nCov" into the country.   Under Departmen...

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Chinese prostitution fronts’ shenanigans bared; Pogo suspension eyed

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 55 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Sexual services are being offered like food in restaurant menus in Chinese prostitution dens often disguised as massage or spa facilities, Sen. Risa Hontiveros said Tuesday. Hontiveros, who heads the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, was leading the hearing on Chinese prostitution dens in the country when she made the remark.   During the hearing, Hontiveros showed chat groups of Chinese men where lewd photos of several women are posted.   Menu "May menu of services, parang restaurant. 'Yung mga babae, parang in-o-order lang sa app ng mga Chinese members ng chatgroup. May menu, may presyo, then ...

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Virus fears ripple through global markets

CNN Top Stories - 3 hours 4 min ago
The Wuhan coronavirus is continuing to cause pain for investors.
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Farmer electrocuted on way to Leyte farm

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 14 min ago
TACLOBAN CITY ---- A farmer was electrocuted while on his way to his farm in Barangay Tombo, Alangalang town in Leyte province on Monday. The fatality was identified as Romualdo Pace, 69, a resident of Barangay Santigo, about 4 km away from Tombo, said Police Chief Master Sergeant Alejandro Alde, Jr. Also killed was the victim's carabao. Alde said there were power lines in the area that were damaged due to Typhoon "Ursula" that hit the town last December 24. "The victim could not have been aware that there were live wires in the area and he could have touched one of them," he said.   Edited by Lzb...

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2 suspects killed, P1.7-M worth of shabu seized in Batangas bust

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 46 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Two suspected drug traffickers were killed after they allegedly resisted arrest during a buy-bust operation in Padre Garcia, Batangas, early Tuesday. Police identified the suspects as Louie Mendoza and Richard de Guzman. According to police the suspects allegedly suddenly drew their firearms and fired at the police officers who were acting as poseur buyers during the bust conducted at about 1:15 a.m. in Brgy. Banaba. Mendoza and De Guzman were immediately killed after the police officers returned fire. Seized from the suspects were six sachets of suspected crystal meth or "shabu," weighing about 250 grams and with an estimated street value of P1.7 mill...

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All the victims of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 58 min ago
A baseball coach, two teenage girls and their parents, and the pilot were among the victims of the helicopter crash that killed basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter on Sunday. Here is what we know so far about the victims. Authorities have not yet officially identified all the victims but family and friends have shared their grief in public announcements or postings on social media. Kobe and Gianna Bryant Bryant, 41, died in the crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna as they were heading from Orange County, where he lives, to a youth basketball academy -- Mamba Academy -- northwest of Los Angeles. College baseball coach and family John Altobelli, 56,...

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Duterte appoints Honeylet’s cousin to Human Settlements department

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 11 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has named Melissa Avancea-Aradanas, the cousin of his partner Honeylet Avancea, as the new Assistant Secretary of the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD). Duterte signed the appointment paper of Aradanas on Jan. 21, a list of presidential appointees released Tuesday showed. Aradanas was one of the five commissioners of the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) whom Duterte fired in 2017, together with agency chair Terry Ridon, due to supposed excessive foreign trips. Duterte then reappointed Aradanas as deputy secretary-general of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council in 2018...

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Duterte appoints ex-AFP chief Madrigal to PCA board

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 7 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed former Armed Forces of the Philippines chief Benjamin Madrigal, Jr. as a member of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) governing board. Duterte signed Madrigal's appointment paper on Jan. 21, a list of new presidential appointees released by Malacaang on Tuesday showed. Madrigal will join the growing number of Duterte's military appointees since taking power in 2016. The President has repeatedly defended his tendency to appoint former military officials to key government positions, a move seen by his critics as "militarization of the government." Duterte explained that he prefers to appoint former military...

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Yemen’s Huthi rebels seize key route in deadly clashes

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 22 min ago
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Yemen's Huthi rebels made gains against government troops north and east of Sanaa on Monday, seizing a strategic road in deadly fighting, loyalist military officials told AFP. The pro-government sources said the rebels had captured the route that connects Sanaa to the provinces of Marib, to the east, and Jawf to the north. Dozens have been killed or wounded in the fighting around Sanaa in the past 48 hours, according to these military sources, but they were not able to give precise figures. "The Huthis are now seeking to take Hazm, the capital of Jawf province," one official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The rebels ...

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Kobe helicopter tried to climb to avoid clouds before crash

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 27 min ago
CALABASAS, California--- The pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Los Angeles, killing former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others, told air traffic controllers in his last radio message that he was climbing to avoid a cloud layer before plunging more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) into a hillside, an accident investigator said. Radar indicated the helicopter reached a height of 2,300 feet (701 meters) Sunday morning before descending, and the wreckage was found at 1,085 feet (331 meters), Jennifer Homendy of the National Transportation Safety Board said during a news conference Monday afternoon. NTSB investigators went to the crash site in Calabasas on Monday to colle...

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China reports 25 more virus deaths as US prepares evacuation

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 30 min ago
  BEIJING --- China on Tuesday reported 25 more deaths from a new viral disease as the U.S. government prepared to evacuate Americans from the city at the center of the outbreak.   Authorities reported 24 deaths in Hubei province, where the virus first was detected in December, and one in Beijing, the Chinese capital.   No national total was immediately announced but with 81 deaths reported through Monday, that would make the toll at least 106.   The Chinese government has locked down whole cities in Hubei, isolating some 50 million people in a sweeping anti-disease effort.   The U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, the city at the center of th...

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LIST: Canceled flights on January 28

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 31 min ago
MANILA, Philippines - Several domestic flights were canceled on Tuesday due to inclement weather in some parts of the country. In an advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) said the following flights are canceled as of 9 a.m. Tuesday:   Cebgo DG 6041 Manila-Busuanga DG 6042 Busuanga-Manila   The state weather bureau said that cloudy to partly cloudy skies and isolated rain showers are expected in many parts of the archipelago due to the northeast monsoon or "amihan" and localized thunderstorms. Cloudy skies, isolated rain showers expected on Tuesday --- Pagasa Refresh page for updates. # GSG...

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Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 38 min ago
  LOS ANGELES --- The chants rose in the plaza across from Staples Center. "Kobe!" and "MVP! MVP!" They came from hundreds of fans gathered to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. Candles burned alongside hand-lettered messages scrawled on signs and the pavement. Bunches of flowers piled up, some with purple-and-gold balloons attached. Men, women and children of every ethnicity milled around, drawn to the heart of downtown Los Angeles where they had once celebrated five NBA championships won by Bryant and the Lakers. This time, they were united in shock and sadness hours after Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash northwest of the ...

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Author deletes children’s book co-written with Kobe Bryant

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 45 min ago
SAO PAULO - Kobe Bryant and Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho were working together on a children's book, but the author of "The Alchemist" said he deleted the draft after Bryant's death in a helicopter crash.   The 72-year-old novelist told The Associated Press on Monday that the two men started discussing the project in 2016, when Bryant retired after a 20-year NBA career. They began writing a few months ago. Within hours of hearing of Bryant's death Sunday, Coelho announced that he would delete the draft, rather than finish the book without the 41-year-old five-time NBA champion. "I deleted the draft because it didn't make any sense to publish without him," Coelho sai...

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‘Mambacita:’ Gianna Bryant was going to carry on a basketball legacy

Inquirer Breaking News - 4 hours 47 min ago
She had next. Her name was Gianna Maria Onore Bryant. The world, now and forever, knows her as Gigi. Her dad, Kobe Bryant, called her Mambacita. He was Mamba, of course, and she was going to be basketball's female version of him. She was going to play at Connecticut and head to the WNBA. That was the plan. Over the years, the world watched her grow from a baby in her father's arms, to a small child trying to hold his Finals MVP trophy, to his companion at WNBA, college and NBA games around the country, listening to her father break down play and watching every detail on the court, just as he always did. "Gigi was really turning into a special player," said Russ Davis, the wo...

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8 illegal miners nabbed in Camarines Norte

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 1 min ago
  LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines -- Eight suspected illegal miners were arrested in Paracale, Camarines Norte on Monday night, police said. Colonel Marlon Tejada, director of the Camarines Norte police said the suspects were caught while conducting an exploration using a compressor at the village of Poblacion Norte at around 7:15 p.m. They were identified as Romy Ibita, Marlon Yebra, Jose Magistrado, Rodel Gardonia, Enrique Cruel, Marcial Factor Jr., William De Lima, and Alberto De Lima. Confiscated from them were a compressor set, an air tank, a shovel, and other mining tools. The suspects are now facing charges for violation of the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. &nbsp...

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Citi sees 25bp BSP rate cut in March

Inquirer Breaking News - 5 hours 23 min ago
The inflation-targeting Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) may slash its overnight borrowing rate by 25 basis points this March, supporting a faster rebound in domestic economic growth this year, an economist from global banking giant Citi said. In a research note dated Jan. 23, Citi economist for the Philippines Nalin Chutchotitham said it's possible for the country to grow faster than Citi's original gross domestic product (GDP) forecast of 6.2 percent this 2020, if the government would be able to fast-track investment spending and economic reforms. "We continue to expect a rebound of the economy, well supported by the timely full-year 2020 (national) budget passage, expected ...

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