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‘Alien’ LeBron is out of this world, says Antetokounmpo

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:51
Giannis Antetokounmpo paid tribute to LeBron James' "insane" career on Wednesday as he prepared to face the NBA icon in an eagerly-anticipated clash between the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. Antetokounmpo has been in blistering form for the Bucks this season, averaging 31.7 points per game while propelling Milwaukee to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 24 wins and four losses. But the 25-year-old reigning NBA MVP admitted on Wednesday he was in awe of Lakers star James, who is averaging 25.9 points and a league-leading 10.6 assists per game in what is his 17th season. "It's insane to see what he's is able to do, but he's LeBron James, he'...

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Magnitude 3.9 earthquake hits Davao del Sur

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:50
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude 3.9 earthquake rocked Davao del Sur Thursday afternoon, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In a bulletin issued by Phivolcs, the temblor reportedly hit 16 kilometers southwest of Sulop, Davao del Sur at 1:56 p.m.. The quake was of tectonic origin and had a depth of 16 kilometers. Intensity IV was recorded in Marungon, Sarangani. The quake was also felt at Instrumental Intensity II in Alabel, Sarangani and Tupi, South Cotabato; and Instrumental Intensity I in Kidapawan City. According to Phivolcs, no aftershocks or damage are expected. Last Sunday afternoon, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake str...

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State of emergency declared as Australia bushfires rage

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:48
A state of emergency has been declared in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) for the second time in two months, as firefighters battle nearly 100 active fires amid a record-breaking heat wave.
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Trump invokes his son during rally, contradicting Melania

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:45
President Donald Trump invokes his son Barron Trump while attacking Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren during his rally in Michigan.
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NUJP : Justice ‘not complete’ for slain photographer in Maguindanao massacre

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:44
  MANILA, Philippines -- The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) insists that justice for victims of the Maguindanao massacre has yet to be completed as the court did not acknowledge the death of Reynaldo "Bebot" Momay Jr. whose remains have still to be found.   According to NUJP's statement on Thursday, while it welcomes the "long overdue" decision from the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221, it laments the inability to find Momay's remains and the acquittal of members of the Ampatuan clan.   "We lament that 55 of the accused including some key Ampatuan clan members were acquitted. At least 80 of those accused also remain at...

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Thunder rally from 24 points to beat Grizzlies

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:41
OKLAHOMA CITY --- The same Thunder team that began the season losing close games on a regular basis now has figured out how to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds and win. Dennis Schroder scored 31 points, and Oklahoma City overcame a 24-point deficit and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 126-122 on Wednesday night. Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander each scored 20 points and Chris Paul added 18 for the Thunder, who rallied from 26 points down to beat the Chicago Bulls on Monday. According to the Thunder, Oklahoma City is the only NBA team in the past 20 years to overcome deficits of at least 24 points in consecutive games and win both. The Thunder will take the wins, ...

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How impeachment affects Trump's foreign policy

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:40
President Richard Nixon loved foreign policy, had Henry Kissinger as Secretary of State and also a determination to show the world that Watergate wouldn't undermine American power. President Bill Clinton compartmentalized impeachment proceedings and, in the weeks leading up to his February 1999 acquittal, sought refuge in dealing with foreign leaders, meeting with officials from from Jordan, Germany, Argentina, Albania, Venezuela, New Zealand and France. Against the backdrop of domestic scandal both managed to keep their foreign policy focused and on track.
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Dominguez on new ‘sin’ taxes: Good, but not enough for universal health care

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:37
Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III welcomed Congress' approval of new excise on alcoholic drinks and e-cigarettes, but expressed lament that levels were not what he wanted which would have been enough to fund universal health care starting in 2020.   Dominguez expressed fear that there would be a shortage of funding for the Universal Health Care Act because new tax rates approved by Congress on alcoholic drinks and e-cigarettes fell short of what the Department of Finance (DOF) had proposed.   The version passed, however, would still generate up to P24 billion in fresh revenue in the first year of the new tax law's implementation in 2020.   The DOF...

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Church elder caught looking for sugar babies on Grindr, charged

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:31
A leader of the Kirksville Church of Christ in Missouri, United States was caught soliciting sexual favors in exchange for money on dating app Grindr through an undercover police operation. Grindr is a social networking app for gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queer people. Authorities said they received a tip that 57-year-old Barry Cole Poyner, who is also a professor at Truman State University, has been "harassing male students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items for sexual favors by using the app Grindr," local paper Kirksville Daily Express reported on Dec. 13. Poyner was caught in a trap set by the Kirksville Police Department, who created a fake Gr...

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Takumi Minamino becomes 1st Japanese player to join Liverpool

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:29
LIVERPOOL, England--- Takumi Minamino will become the first Japanese player for Liverpool. The Premier League leaders announced the signing of the 24-year-old Minamino on Thursday, saying he will officially join on Jan. 1 "It has been a dream, my dream to become a Liverpool player," the Japan attacking midfielder said. "I'm so excited that the moment has come true." Minamino made a big impression in two games between Liverpool and Salzburg in the group stage of the Champions League this season. A midfielder who can also play as a forward, Minamino joined Salzburg from Japanese club Cerezo Osaka in 2015. He reportedly had a release clause of 7.25 million pounds ($9.5 milli...

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CebuPac orders more planes from Airbus

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:28
Airline Cebu Pacific signed a deal to buy more planes from European plane maker Airbus SAS, including next-generation A321 XLRs, the world's longest-range single-aisle aircraft.   The airline said in a statement on Thursday (Dec. 19) that the share purchase agreement was for an order for 15 A320NEO family planes, which have a list price of $2 billion.   The order included 10 A321XLRs, a long-range variant of the plane.   According to Cebu Pacific, the planes will be delivered between 2021 and 2024.   The carrier will also phase out older aircraft, meaning it will have an all next-generation fleet of Airbus jets in five years.   The d...

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Flirting with colleagues may reduce workplace stress—study

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:27
Casual flirting, such as compliments and jokes, with colleagues at work may help reduce one's stress levels, a new study suggests. A study published in November in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes found that "positively experienced social sexual behavior" can help relieve stress. Author Leah Sheppard, an assistant professor at Washington State University, shared the findings after conducting a series of surveys with hundreds of workers in the US, Canada and the Philippines. Together with her co-authors Jane O'Reilly, Marius van Dijke, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog and Karl Aquino, she examined how people responded to non-harassing social sexual behaviors,...

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Federer says a star’s legacy isn’t at risk with late decline

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:24
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates--- Roger Federer arrives for his interview at the precise appointed time, steering his white sedan into a parking spot in an industrial area dotted by art galleries about 15 minutes from his luxury apartment in this home-away-from-home. After obliging a selfie request from someone on the street, Federer makes his way up to a second-story loft area and sits. He crosses his legs, kneads his right calf and winces. "Just started training. I'm surprised I could walk the stairs as good as I have," Federer says with a laugh. "My calves are, like, killing me. Just getting back into it. The shock on the body is, I don't want to say 'immense,' every time, but ...

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PH’s dollar stash highest in November at any time under Duterte

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:24
The Philippine economy moved further into the black in foreign currency terms as it earned more dollars than it spent this year, according to new data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). In a statement, the BSP said the country's overall position for its balance of payments --- the total net value of the economy's dealings with foreign parties --- posted a surplus of$541 million in November 2019. It was lower than the $847 million surplus in the same month in 2018 but overall marked a strong inflow of hard currency into the country in 2019. The inflow of dollars this November "reflected the BSP's foreign exchange operations, increase in the national government's net fore...

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World Bank to triple annual lending for PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:21
The World Bank will triple its annual lending ceiling for the Philippines in the next four years as the government also ramps up infrastructure and human capital investments.   "We are expecting to ramp up our portfolio with the World Bank to about $1.5 billion to $2 billion annually, starting next year," said Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.   "This is about three times higher than the bank's average annual lending commitment of about $600 million to the Philippines for the past 10 years," he said after the ceremonial signing between the Philippine government and the WB of the $400 million program called Promoting Competitiveness and Enhancing Resilience ...

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Bulls rally from 18 down to beat Wizards in overtime

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:20
WASHINGTON--- Chicago Bulls forward Zach LaVine offered blunt advice to teammates as they rallied against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. "It just seemed like a real ugly game," LaVine said. "I just kept telling them, 'Hey, man it's an ugly game, might as well get ugly with them.'" It worked. Wendell Carter Jr. made a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime, completing the Bulls' comeback from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards 110-109. LaVine capped a 21-3 Bulls run with three free throws that tied the game at 96 with 5.5 seconds left in the fourth. Bradley Beal hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining to put Washington ahead 98-96, b...

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Chinese students defiant as university charter cuts ‘freedom of thought’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:17
SHANGHAI --- A top Chinese university has removed references to "freedom of thought" from its charter, triggering a rare act of student defiance, while two other institutions added language stressing fealty to President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party. A video circulating this week showed students at Shanghai's Fudan University singing the school song -- which extols "academic independence and freedom of thought" -- in an apparent protest. Fudan's charter change was announced by the Ministry of Education on its website late Tuesday and criticism quickly trended on social media before China's ever-vigilant online censors acted to delete posts and block discussion. Besides ...

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Smaller budget deficit of P610B seen as 2019 comes to a close

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:14
The government expects to end 2019 with a narrower budget deficit of P610 billion as economic managers reduced the programmed full-year disbursements for public goods and services as a result of underspending at the start of 2019. The Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) last week cut this year's budget-deficit ceiling from P624.4 billion previously. Despite the lower budget-deficit cap, it would remain equivalent to 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). The budget deficit-to-GDP program for 2019 was aimed at jacking up spending on infrastructure and other public investments. The DBCC sees the nominal GDP amounting to P18.78 trillion by end of...

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Makabayan bloc laments budget cuts in social services on 2020 budget

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:14
  MANILA, Philippines --- The proposed P4.1 trillion 2020 national budget contained huge budget cuts for social services and notable increases in security and defense agencies, as well as infrastructure programs, the House Makabayan opposition bloc lamented Thursday. ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro, Bayan Muna Reps. Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat said their analysis of the budget bill approved by the Congress bicameral conference committee last Dec. 11 has revealed that the amendments made by the panel were mostly "undetailed." The Department of Public Works and Highways got the biggest budget hike with a net increase of P51.139 billion, according t...

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