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‘Out of reach’: Hontiveros bats for lower price of medicine

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 17:05
MANILA, Philippines --- "Out of reach." That was how Senator Risa Hontiveros described on Tuesday the prices of medicines in the country as she pushed for making medicines more accessible by lowering their prices. "Ilan pa ba ang mga Pilipinong dapat magkasakit at mamatay bago ibaba ang presyo ng gamot sa mga sakit na may lunas naman? Kailangan bang mabaon sa hirap ang pamilyang Pilipino sa tuwing may sakunang dumadating?" Hontiveros asked in her privilege speech. (How many Filipinos should get sick and die for the prices of medicine for illnesses that have a cure to be lowered? Should Filipino families face extreme poverty when an unfortunate event arises?) Citing a study co...

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Vow and Declare wins Australia's most prestigious horse race

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 17:02
Vow and Declare has won Australia's most prestigious horse race, the Melbourne Cup, giving Australian jockey Craig Williams his first win in 17 attempts.
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Joma: ‘State terrorism running high’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:59
LUCENA CITY ---- Top rebel leader Jose Maria "Joma" Sison believed there were sweeping violence and harassment against the political opposition and critics of the Duterte administration. "Under the tyrannical rule of Duterte, state terrorism is running high with red-tagging, abductions, arrests with planted firearms and murders of social activists, critics, and political opponents," Sison, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder, said in a statement from his base in Utrecht, the Netherlands. "There is already a de facto fascist dictatorship in the Philippines," he added. Sison said Duterte's Executive Order No. 70 ordering the creation of a task force to end the insurge...

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Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson just announced the birth of her first baby

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:59
First, let's take a moment to marvel over the tiny, wide-eyed wonder that former US Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and her husband, Andrew East, just brought into the world.
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Foreign startups, investors in Silicon Valley fear tightened US rules amid trade dispute

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:56
SEOUL ---Sunnyvale, the once sleepy orchard turned suburb city in the heart of Silicon Valley, is a relatively new home to major US tech giants, as they gobbled up vast expanses of office space here in recent years. Bordered by San Jose to the north, Mountain View to the northwest and Cupertino to the south, Sunnyvale is also becoming a home to Korean startups and venture capital firms in search of local partners, customers and promising technologies. Unlike the bright prospects for the city's growth, however, foreign venture capitalists and startups fear a major contraction in the venture capital investment ecosystem across the Silicon Valley region facing looming threats of t...

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India to build world’s potentially biggest facial recognition system

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:52
  BANGALORE --- On Friday, the Indian government will name the companies that will help it build what could be the world's largest facial recognition system. Once it is set up, India's National Automated Facial Recognition System will provide a centralised database for police forces across its 28 states. According to a government document published in July inviting companies to bid for the project, the authorities will be able to identify people - including criminals, missing children and the dead - by matching their images against a database of images. That database will draw on images from existing records of prisoners, photos in passports, and "any other image dat...

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South Korea firm to build high-tech rescue center in Himalayas

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:48
SEOUL ---South Korean mobile carrier KT is planning to establish a high-tech rescue center on a popular trekking course in the Himalayas to ensure the safety of those trekking the mountainous region in Nepal. According to the Nepal government and KT last week, the telecom firm's information and communications technology rescue center will be built at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The mountain campsite is located at the midpoint of 8,091-meter Annapurna mountain. Mountain climbers and rescue workers have often suffered from weak telecom signals at high altitudes in the Himalayas. KT said its rescue center will quickly pinpoint the location of tourists in distress via a long-distance ...

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In China, Alzheimer’s drug to go on sale this year

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:43
  BEIJING --- A drug that is the world's first innovative therapy for treating Alzheimer's disease in 17 years will be available to Chinese patients before the end of this year, its developers said last Sunday. China's National Medical Products Administration approved the market launch of the drug, GV-971, on Saturday, making it the only Alzheimer's medicine out of more than 320 developed by pharmaceutical companies around the globe to survive clinical trials, despite the investment of hundreds of billions of US dollars over the past two decades. Extracted from brown algae, the orally taken drug is the world's first multi-targeting and carbohydrate-based drug for Alzheimer'...

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Man dies after eating 41 eggs in challenge with friend

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:42
A man lost his life after trying to eat 50 eggs as part of a challenge from a friend in Jaunpur City, India. Subhash Yadav, 42, went to the Bibiganj market with a friend (unidentified in the report) to eat eggs when an argument broke out between them, as per Indo-Asian News Service via Khaleej Times yesterday, Nov. 4. During their argument, the two men decided on a challenge wherein the winner would get 2,000 rupees ($28 or around P1,400) if he could finish eating 50 eggs. Yadav accepted the challenge and managed to devour 41 eggs. But things took a grim turn when he fell unconscious while eating the 42nd egg. Following his collapse, Yadav was immediately taken to a nearby hospital...

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PH inflation bottomed in October to 0.8 percent says BSP

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:40
The country's inflation rate, on the decline for nearly the entire 2019, will most likely settle at 0.8 percent in October but jump slightly as a result of a normal occurrence during the holidays---increased demand for goods. But the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said rate of increase in consumer prices was likely to stay muted in the medium term except for short-term spikes caused by oil price changes. The inflation figure for October, the BSP said, was "consistent" with assessment that "inflation has likely bottomed out" during the month. In a statement, the BSP said it continues to expect average inflation to firmly settle within the target range of 3 percent, plus or min...

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Poe wants road crash victims remembered

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Grace Poe has endorsed for plenary approval a measure that seeks to remember road crash victims, survivors, and their families.   Taking the floor on Tuesday, Poe urged for the immediate approval of Senate Bill No. 1122 and Committee Report No. 15, which seeks to designate the third Sunday of November every year as the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and their Families.   "We must not forget that remembrance is a precursor of justice. Remembering road crash victims, survivors, and their families will not only prevent them from becoming just another statistic," Poe, chair of the Senate public services com...

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19 senators sign Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:28
MANILA, Philippines --- Majority of the senators have already signed the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee report on the "ninja cops" probe.   In an update sent by the office of committee chair Senator Richard Gordon, 15 of the 17 members of the Blue Ribbon Committee have signed the report as of Tuesday afternoon.   Aside from the 15 Blue Ribbon panel members, three ex-officio members also signed the report namely, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.   Senator Nancy Binay, who is not a member of the committee but a member of the Committee on Constitutional Amendmen...

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8 cops caught sleeping while on duty during ‘Undas’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 11/05/2019 - 16:23
MANILA, Philippines --- Eight police officers were caught sleeping while on duty in Metro Manila during the "Undas" season, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said Tuesday. Sinas said the four police officers, whose identities he did not disclose, were spotted by his "red teams" assigned to hunt down NCRPO personnel not following orders, including the directive to not play golf during weekdays. The so-called "red teams" in civilian clothing make rounds within Metro Manila and capture photos of policemen caught in act of disobeying orders. The group directly reports to Sinas. READ: 'Red team' to go after Metro cops hooke...

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