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New medical center worth P500M soon to rise at NCRPO

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:47
    MANILA, Philippines --- A new medical center and administrative processing center worth P500 million will soon rise at the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Taguig City. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde and NCRPO director Police Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar led the groundbreaking ceremony for the building at Camp Bagong Diwa on Tuesday. The four-storey building will cover 7,000 square meters of a vacant lot at the police camp and will provide "adequate, advanced, and accessible" health care services to NCRPO personnel and their dependents. It will have a breast center, neuro-psychiatric, medical, dental and ...

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At least 4 dead in Australia shooting

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:45
  MELBOURNE, Australia --- A gunman was arrested after killing at least four people and wounding several others Tuesday in the northern Australian city of Darwin, officials and media said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a suspect was in custody and the incident was not terrorism related. "This is a terrible act of violence that has already, I'madvised, taken the lives of four people," Morrison told reporters in London, where he was on a visit to take part in D-Day commemorations. "Our advice is that this is not a terrorist act. There is nothing to suggest that that is the case whatsoever." A 45-year-old man was in custody following the shooting, Northern Territor...

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Nokia is fighting hard to steal Huawei's 5G crown

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:45
Nokia is taking advantage of Huawei's troubles to catch up with its Chinese rival in the global 5G race.
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No, that ‘Hadestown’ song isn’t really about Donald Trump

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:40
NEW YORK --- It is one of the most striking and memorable moments in "Hadestown", Anais Mitchell's multi-Tony Award-nominated retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, when Hades sings, "Why do we build the wall, my children?" "We build the wall to keep us free," his followers responded in the underworld. "How does the wall keep us free?" he asked. "The wall keeps out the enemy," they replied. Every night, "you can just feel the shiver go through the audience," director Rachel Chavkin said. And it is not just because of actor Patrick Page's chillingly deep bass vocals. It is because many theatergoers assume the song called "Why We Build the Wall", is a very modern, very po...

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Judge who had sex with boy loses bid to regain pension in US

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:38
TRENTON, N.J. --- A New Jersey appellate court has upheld a ruling that denies pension benefits to a former judge who served a federal prison term for having sex with a boy in Russia and bringing back a tape of the act. The ruling was issued Monday by a state appellate court. Stephen Thompson is a disabled Vietnam War veteran who presided over cases in Camden County from 1989 until shortly after his arrest in 2003. A state pension board ruled the now 72-year-old judge should forfeit his $51,916 annual pension. Administrative law courts upheld the decision. Thompson has argued his crime occurred just before his retirement, so that time period should be used only to calculate h...

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Hotel investor: Trump evaded taxes in Panama

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:35
NEW YORK --- The majority owner of a former Trump-branded hotel in Panama alleged in a court filing on Monday that the U.S. president's company misrepresented finances of the building to evade taxes in the country. A filing in New York federal court by property owner Orestes Fintiklis alleges that President Donald Trump's hotel management company evaded income and social security taxes when it managed the former Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower. The new accusations are part of a protracted, bitter dispute between Trump's company and Fintiklis, the majority owner of the 70-story, seaside, sail-shaped building. The filing says that Trump's company misrepresente...

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Different ways to show paintings, photos to blind people

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:33
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana --- As people at the American Alliance of Museums trade show passed their hands along with the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, small metal sensors touched off recordings to explain whose picture they were touching and what had happened to him. At a nearby booth was a flat reproduction of a Van Gogh self-portrait with slightly raised, slicker areas to show both outlines and how brush strokes swept or swirled within those outlines. "Museums nationwide are working to make their collections more accessible for people with disabilities," said Elizabeth Merritt, vice president for strategic foresight for the alliance, which rep...

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Barry Jenkins to direct film about choreographer Alvin Ailey

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:29
NEW YORK --- Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of legendary choreographer Alvin Ailey. A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday, June 3, confirmed that the studio is developing the project, with the "Moonlight" filmmaker directing. Jenkins last helmed the Oscar-nominated James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk". Raised in segregated rural Texas, Ailey became a pioneering choreographer, dancer and director who helped popularize modern dance. He died in 1989 at the age of 58 from AIDS-related complications. In 2014, President Barack Obama awarded him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. The film will be partly based on Jennifer Dunning'...

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Philippine Eagle pair lands in Singapore

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:28
  DAVAO CITY---A pair of Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) landed in Singapore on Tuesday afternoon just as the country kicks off its Philippine Eagle Week here, officials said. The pair would stay in captivity in the tiny rich state for 10 years, a term that could be extended upon the parties' agreement, Lace Viojan, Philippine Eagle Foundation education officer, said. "This is a backup plan because we have only one breeding facility in the country," she said. Dennis Salvador, PEF executive director, named the raptors brought to Singapore as Sambisig, a 17-year old female, and Geothermica, 15, male. The raptors loaned to Singapore are among those bred in c...

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‘Jeopardy!’ star Jeffrey Holzhauer’s fate revealed

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:25
James Holzhauer, the trivia whiz who dominated "Jeopardy!" this spring, is not invincible after all. The game show's 32-time champion lost for the first time in an episode that aired on Monday, June 3, falling short of records for total winnings and longest reign, but still making an argument that he's the best to ever play television's most popular game. The professional sports gambler from Las Vegas ended his run by high-fiving the woman who beat him, Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher. "I really felt like I had been playing with house money, so I was not too upset to see my run end," Holzhauer said in an email interview. He said he ran into "a terrific opponent playing flaw...

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Noted jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers found dead in the Bronx

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:22
NEW YORK --- Noted jazz drummer Lawrence Leathers has been found dead outside a Bronx apartment. Police say the 37-year-old Leathers was found Sunday, June 2, in a stairwell outside the apartment he shared with 41-year-old Lisa Harris. Police also say Leathers was involved in a physical dispute with Harris and a man. They say Harris punched him and the man, 28-year-old Sterling Aguilar, of Brooklyn, placed him in a chokehold. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Harris and Aguilar were arrested Monday, June 3, on assault charges. It was not clear if they had lawyers. Leathers, a native of Lansing, Michigan, worked on two Grammy Award-winning albums by Cecile McLorin ...

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Sotto hopes next Senate would remain ‘cooperative but independent’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:17
    MANILA, Philippines --- As he closed the 17th Congress on Tuesday, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III looks forward to a new Senate that would remain "cooperative but independent balanced, transparent and sincere." The 18th Congress will open on July 22 with new members elected via the May 13 midterm elections. "We wish the coming Senate to carry on the task we are passing on to them. Let us remain cooperative but independent, balanced, transparent and sincere," Sotto said in his valedictory speech. "And may the divine providence continue to guide the Senate and this nation as a whole and in each of our personal capacities to take its place in the ...

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Ejercito bids goodbye to Senate: I hope to be back soon

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 20:06
MANILA, Philippines --- Set to leave the Senate, outgoing senator JV Ejercito said he hopes to be back at the higher chamber of Congress "soon." Addressing his Senate "seatmates" during his valedictory speech, Ejercito asked them to keep his seat warm as he hopes to be back soon. "Please keep that seat warm for me. I hope to be back soon," Ejercito said. Ejercito served one term at Senate, and his term is set to expire on June 30 after failing his re-election bid in the 2019 polls. Despite serving only one term, Ejercito believes he has done his job as a legislator as best as he can. "Today as I leave the Senate, I would like to think that I have fulfilled the mandate of t...

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London's mayor compared President Trump to an 11-year-old child

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:54
The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, compared Donald Trump to a young child after the US President called him a "stone-cold loser."
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Funny lines, banters fill session hall as 6 senators bid farewell

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:51
  MANILA, Philippines --- It was not the usual goodbyes.   Six senators, whose terms will end on June 30, bid goodbye Tuesday with a bit of sadness but mostly laughter as they cracked jokes and funny lines as they delivered their farewell speeches.   Senator Gringo Honasan was the first to deliver his valedictory speech and the first to hurl humor at the Senate session hall.   As he recalled his beginnings in the Senate, Honasan cited some notable senators he worked with, including the late Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago and Juan Flavier.   He then stopped after realizing that the two senators he mentioned had already passed away...

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Group alarmed at sale of mercury-laden skin whiteners in CDO

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:45
  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The environment and health advocacy group EcoWaste Coalition has asked the city government here to stop the sale of whitening cosmetics, some of them already banned for their high mercury content but which were still being openly sold in the markets here. Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition chemical safety campaigner, said they would request the city council to adopt an ordinance banning and penalizing the manufacture, importation, distribution, and sale of mercury-laden skin cosmetics, similar to the ordinance passed by the Quezon City council last year. Dizon said they had tested various lightening creams bought from the Angel Chavez complex, Cogo...

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No shortage of financial support for Hidilyn Diaz, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:40
MANILA, Philippines---From among the elite athletes whose training the Philippine Sports Commission bankrolls, count weightlifting's Hidilyn Diaz as one of the luckiest. PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez on Tuesday explained that the Olympic silver medalist receives one of the highest allowances in the national pool aside from thegovernment sports agency's consistent approval of the requirements needed in her Olympic journey. "The government has been very supportive," said Ramirez in reply to the mixed reactions on social media where Diaz sought for financial backup in her 2020 Tokyo Olympics bid. READ: Hidilyn Diaz asking for financial support for Tokyo 2020 stint For the first five mont...

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Trump's children make play for royal treatment

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:36
At a grand banquet table in a red-carpeted Buckingham Palace ballroom, the Queen, a couple of princes, dukes and duchesses, and lords and ladies were intermixed with the Trump family: a President, a first lady, four of his five children, and two of their spouses.
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DILG appeals to NPA: ‘Spare vital Samar road project’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:36
  MANILA, Philippines --- Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao on Tuesday urged the New People's Army (NPA) to stop its attacks on a long-awaited road project vital in the development of Northern and Eastern Samar provinces. "Pare-parehas tayong hindi uunlad at hihilahin natin ang bansa pababa. These attacks have to stop, especially the ones that affect the construction of vital infrastructure projects," Ao said in a statement. "If you [NPA] are really fighting for a better Philippines, spare this infrastructure project for its completion will benefit your fellow Filipinos immensely," he also said. On May 21, soldiers securing the equipment for the said project were attacke...

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NBA star Kawhi Leonard sues Nike over logo 'he designed'

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 06/04/2019 - 19:34
Defeating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals isn't the only task at hand for Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard.
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