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Honda to shut down Laguna plant

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:51
      MANILA, Philippines -- Japanese carmaker Honda is closing down its manufacturing plant in Laguna, announcing an unexpected turn of events that will shutter a factory that has been locally making cars for nearly two decades. Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. said in a statement on Saturday that the Japanese brand considered how it would optimize its production in Asia and Oceania, which eventually led to the decision to close down the Laguna plant. This, the company said, is "to meet Honda's customer needs in the Philippines for reasonably priced and good quality products." The closure, however, will leave387 workers without a job next month,according to ...

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Arwind Santos vows San Miguel will fight with Fajardo in mind

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:14
MANILA, Philippines---San Miguel has long been synonymous with success, but for the coming PBA season the league's winningest team is playing for something far bigger than championship glory. For the first time since 2012, the Beermen won't have the dominant presence of June Mar Fajardo, who is recovering from a fractured right shin, to anchor them on both ends of the floor. It's literally the start of a new life for the Beermen whose eight titles since 2014 featured Fajardo in the biggest role in one way or another. Arwind Santos, the best player of the team before Fajardo evolved into a monster, said the Beermen they're still coming to terms with the absence of their 6-foo...

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2 Quiboloy church leaders plead not guilty in fraud, trafficking cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:08
MANILA, Philippines --- Two leaders of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) church, which was founded by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, entered not guilty pleas in their cases of human trafficking and immigration fraud in their arraignment in Los Angeles, California. Three leaders of the KJC --- Guia Cabactulan, 59; Marissa Dueas, 41; and Amanda Estopare, 48 --- were charged with forced labor trafficking and immigration and marriage fraud. The indictment said Cabactulan was the KJC's top official in the United States and Dueas supposedly handled immigration matters as "human resources leader." The said officials were involved in an alleged scam tricking followers into becoming fundraisers...

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First basketball Olympic gold medal up for auction

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:07
  Bill Dennis remembers the stories his father-in-law Bill Wheatley would tell about playing in the 1936 Olympics. It was the first time basketball was a medal sport in the international event, and the United States won gold in Berlin. As team captain, Wheatley went up to the podium during the medal ceremony and received the Olympic wreath and first basketball gold medal from James Naismith, who invented the game. His teammates each received their medals afterward. "Going to the Olympics and then winning and being the first person to receive the Olympic gold medal for basketball was an extreme honor for him," the 78-year-old Dennis told The Associated Press in a telephone i...

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Trump's unbroken pattern of disdain for the rule of law

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:01
President Donald Trump's actions this week attacking the US justice system are stunning only in how much they conform to a three-year pattern that seems unstoppable.
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Yeng Guiao insists Erram still part of NLEX until trade is final

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:47
MANILA, Philippines---It's been nearly a week since news broke of a transaction that is set to deal Poy Erram in a trade involving his team NLEX, TNT, and Blackwater. But with the deal still going through revisions, Erram still suiting up for the Road Warriors four a couple of tune-up games against San Miguel and Alaska. NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao is still prepping his team up for the coming PBA Philippine Cup with Erram at the middle, just like what they've done the past season. "For whatever reason, before he's able to play and no matter how long it takes, we will take advantage until such a time we know the trade is final," said Guiao Friday after NLEX' 104-97 win over Ph...

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Case of missing children tied to doomsday beliefs, 3 deaths

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:46
HONOLULU---Family members used to describe Lori Vallow as an attentive mother who had her kids' best interests at heart. But that was before she reportedly declared herself a god sent to prepare the world for an imminent apocalypse. Before three untimely deaths of people surrounding her. Before her children went missing. Seven-year-old Joshua "JJ" Vallow and his 17-year-old sister, Tylee Ryan, have not been seen since September. After fleeing from Idaho to Hawaii during an investigation, Vallow, 46, was arrested Thursday on charges of felony child abandonment---a milestone in a case that spans several states and is filled with bizarre twists. "If somebody two years ago would...

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Iran reports another death, 10 new cases of new coronavirus

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:35
TEHRAN, Iran --- Iranian health authorities on Saturday reported a fifth death from the new virus that emerged in China, and said the fatality was from among 10 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran. So far, 28 cases have been confirmed in Iran, including the five who died. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour made the announcement on state TV, but did not specify when the death occurred. Two people had died earlier Friday from COVID-19, the illness caused by virus. Authorities reported two deaths previously this week. The deaths came as Iranians voted in nationwide parliamentary elections Friday. Many voters went to the polls wearing face masks, and some pharmacies r...

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Gamboa: Let provincial chief deal with Espenido’s ‘gag order breach’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:34
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines --- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa will be leaving it up to the provincial director of Police Region 6 (PRO 6) to "deal accordingly" with Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido's supposed violation of a gag order. Espenido supposedly violated a gag order Gamboa had issued when he spoke out to the public about his dismay over being included to the government's drugs watchlist. He also claimed that his inclusion on the drugs watchlist was a result of a failure of intelligence on the part of the PNP. PRO 6 police director Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan had already summoned Espenido to explain his violation, Gamboa revealed Saturday. He added ...

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Man accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend at Airbnb

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:22
SAN JOSE, USA---A man was arraigned Friday in the alleged fatal stabbing of his girlfriend at the Airbnb rental home they shared in the San Francisco Bay Area, then leaving in her car with all of his belongings. Ryoichi Fuseya, 25, appeared Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court on one count of murder with a weapon enhancement for allegedly using a knife in the killing. Fuseya is a Japanese national, sheriff's officials said. The body of Yuiko Takaoka was found around 4 p.m. Tuesday in San Jose. Court documents showed that when deputies arrived at the home, they spoke with the owner, who told them he rented out the back cottage to Fuseya and Takoaka. Deputies said they ...

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New virus has infected nearly 78,000 people globally

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:19
A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 77,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Saturday in Beijing: Mainland China: 2,345 deaths among 76,288 cases, mostly in the central province of Hubei Hong Kong: 69 cases, 2 deaths Macao: 10 cases Japan:752cases, including 634 from a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, 3 deaths South Korea:433cases, 2 deaths Singapore: 86 cases United States: 35 cases; separately, 1 U.S. citizen died in China Thailand: 35 cases ...

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After losing her mom to cancer, a woman found healing - and love - writing thank you notes to veterans and first responders

CNN Top Stories - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:08
For Natalie Reilly, Valentine's Day 2016 was grim. The divorcee was at home nursing her mother through a 19th round of chemotherapy.
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PNP working to correct pension flaws, says Gamboa

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 18:01
BAGUIO CITY ---- Acknowledging that the Philippine National Police failed to correct flaws in the police pension system, Police General Archie Gamboa is asking for the death certificates of all police officers whose families are receiving benefits to help clean up the pension registry. The PNP does not have enough manpower to scour the records of all deceased members of the police force and would need to acquire authenticated data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) through a memorandum of understanding, said Gamboa in a Saturday (Feb. 22) news conference after attending the 2020 homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy. The PNP chief said he was asking PSA if the P...

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Makati gov’t announces power interruption in some parts of 4 barangays

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:53
      MANILA, Philippines --- The local government of Makati announced on Saturday that most customers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco)in four barangays in the city will experience power interruption for two days.   In a Facebook post, MyMakati, the local government's official Facebook page, said areas of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Barangay La Paz, Barangay Tejeros and Barangay San Antonio will experience power outage from Feb. 25 (Tuesday) to Feb. 26 (Wednesday).   The power interruptions were implemented due to line reconstruction works along Zapote Street in Barangay Sta. Cruz and Pablo Ocampo Sr. Street (Vito Cruz Extension) in...

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Pixar finds new life with a wave of the wand

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:50
Pixar's new film "Onward" hits screens around the world at the end of the month, with the much-loved animation company hoping that it will restore a little glitter to a brand that has dulled in recent years. "Onward," which screened at the Berlinale on Friday, is Pixar Animation Studios' first original animated feature since "Coco" in 2017 and is closer to the world of Harry Potter than Buzz Lightyear. It is a tale of unicorns and magic in which two brothers---Ian and Barley Lightfoot voiced by Tom Holland and Chris Pratt---have 24 hours to reconnect with their father who died many years earlier, before Ian, the younger of the two, was even born. It is a buddy movi...

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Mercedes dominant again in Formula 1 preseason testing

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:36
MONTMEL, Spain --- Using its innovative steering wheel system, Mercedes continued to dominate in Formula One preseason testing on Friday, with Valtteri Bottas leading teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. On the third and final day of testing this week, Bottas was nearly eight tenths of a second faster than Hamilton, and nobody else was able to get any closer. Mercedes is using a novel steering system in which drivers pull the steering wheel back and forth to adjust the angle of the front wheels on straights. "I loved seeing that, hats off to them," Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo said. "They've been dominant this whole turbo era yet they are still push...

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COVID-19 spreads in South Korean city as thousands are screened

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:32
SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea on Saturday reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 433, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the country's fourth-largest city, where health workers scrambled to screen more than 9,000 worshipers. There's concern that the death toll, currently at two, could grow. Virus patients with signs of pneumonia or other serious conditions at the Cheongdo hospital were transferred to other facilities, 17 of them in critical condition, Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told reporters. He said that the outbreak had entered a serious new phase, but still expressed cautious optimism that it can be contained to...

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Going viral: Demand for disease-themed movies, games explodes

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:27
As the world confronts the spread of a deadly new virus, interest in disease-themed movies, games and TV series has exploded, with worried viewers turning to documentaries and disaster flicks for answers and ways to cope. The iTunes movie download charts are usually dominated by the latest blockbusters. But in the last few weeks, a blast from the past has stormed up the charts---Steven Soderbergh's 2011 thriller "Contagion." Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a businesswoman who unwittingly brings a lethal pathogen to the United States after shaking hands with a Macau chef, the movie has many parallels with current events. Like the new coronavirus, the illness jumps fr...

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ONE Championship to launch own version of ‘The Apprentice’ in Asia

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 02/22/2020 - 17:22
MANILA, Philippines---ONE Championship is launching its own edition of The Apprentice hosted by its CEO Chatri Sityodtong which will air across the Pan Asian region. The new edition of "The Apprentice" will feature 16 handpicked contestants from around the globe pitting them in business competitions and physical challenges with the winner receiving a USD 250,000 job offer to work directly under Sityodtong as his protg at ONE Championship Global Headquarters in Singapore. Apart from Sityodtong, there will also be 12 top CEOs (one per episode) from across Asia who will be the ONE chairman's guest judge across the show. With the business CEOs handling the judging in the entrepr...

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