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Palace on Cardema return in NYC: No one can question President’s prerogative

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:16
MANILA, Philippines --- No one can question the President's prerogative to appoint individuals to certain government positions, Malacaang said Friday as it defended the return of Ronald Cardema at the National Youth Commission (NYC). "Ang mga presidential appointments po ay the sole and exclusive prerogative of the President. Sang-ayon po sa Saligang Batas ay wala pong kahit na sino ang pupwede mag-question sa mga ganyang appointment. Nasa pleasure na po 'yan ng Presidente," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing. Cardema, who was deemed ineligible to represent the Duterte Youth Party-list in the 2019 elections, was reportedly back at the NY...

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Olympic skater Alvarez achieves another goal: his MLB debut

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:07
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly knew about Eddy Alvarez's background as an Olympic medalist in speedskating, and also knew that didn't necessarily mean he could hit a slider. After all, Alvarez was a 30-year-old infielder still stuck in the Marlins' farm system. Then in spring training, and again during summer camp, Mattingly had a chance to check Alvarez out. And this week, Alvarez finally reached the majors. "I told him, it was like, 'Eddy, it's good to have you. You're better than I would have ever thought,'" Mattingly said with a laugh. Alvarez put his major league dreams on hold to pursue success in speedskating, an odd choice for a youngster born to Cuban parent...

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P1.6M ‘kush,’ marijuana products seized in Clark

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:06
  CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ---- The Bureau of Customs in the Clark Freeport (BOC-Clark), north of here, has seized eight shipments of "kush" or high-grade marijuana and other marijuana-infused products valued at P1.6 billion. The shipments came from the United States, Canada, France, and Germany in recent months, the BOC-Clark said in a statement. Two of the shipments were declared as gifts and baby blankets that were used to conceal the items contained in vacuum-sealed packs. The six shipments held the marijuana-infused products in boxes. These were all turned over to the Central Luzon office of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Aug. 5. District Collector ...

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Group says farmers lost P75B due to rice liberalization law

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:03
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO ---- The rice price watch group Bantay Bigas estimated that rice farmers lost about P75 billion in income in most parts of 2019. In a statement, Bantay Bigas Spokesperson Cathy Estavillo on Friday said the figure was thrice the P27.1-billion the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) calculated to have been gone due to the effects of Republic Act No. 11203 or the Rice Liberalization Law. Estavillo called BSP's estimates to be "conservative." She said the P75-billion loss was "due to depressed farmgate prices caused by the law." "This was based on the government's data that last year's volume of production decreased by one percent or 250,000 metric tons, and va...

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Living in Grace with grace

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 15:00
Noreen Marbella and her late husband Winston could have opted to join their children in the nearby condo that their daughter bought a few years ago. But occasional visits to that condo made them feel they wanted more. After all, this was going to be their retirement home following years of living in their White Plains residence. One visit to Grace Residences in Taguig made them feel they had found home. They knew right away that the property gave a much bigger bang for the buck because of the amenities and the conveniences that the property offered them. And why not? There is a shuttle service that brings residents to SM Aura everyday. Noreen did not have to go through the stre...

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Use Facebook, other social media platforms for contact tracing, DOH told

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:50
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Health (DOH) should take advantage of social media in contact tracing people infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and those they had close interaction with, Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor said Friday. Defensor, who serves as vice-chairperson of the House committee on health, said that through social media, the whereabouts of an infected person over the last 14 days can be determined as well as the people they came in close contact with. "We should utilize social media in terms of reporting and contact tracing, where we have miserably failed. I have friends who tested positive for the infectious virus and none of them ha...

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WATCH: ‘Phineas and Ferb’ movie trailer shows Candace get abducted by aliens

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:48
The new "Phineas and Ferb" movie has finally dropped its first trailer, and sends everyone's favorite older sister in her own intergalactic adventure. Disney released the "Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace against the Universe" trailer last Wednesday, Aug. 5, via YouTube, delighting fans---young and adults alike. The movie, based on Disney's beloved Emmy-winning animated series "Phineas and Ferb," is slated for release on Aug. 28 exclusively on streaming platform Disney+ (Disney Plus). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcqziqIcJ_g&feature=emb_logo It will see the return of American actress Ashley Tisdale as the voice for Candace Flynn, who gets abducted by aliens, for...

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India now has more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:48
India has recorded more than 2 million total coronavirus cases, only three weeks after announcing it had hit 1 million confirmed infections, as the country's healthcare systems buckle under the pressure of the escalating pandemic.
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Lack of health workers in hospitals, labs is ‘biggest challenge’ in COVID-19 response — testing czar

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:45
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines' may have the highest COVID-19 testing capacity in Southeast Asia, but even the country's testing czar would admit that it is still not enough to isolate and trace infected individuals nationwide. COVID-19 testing czar Vince Dizon said on Friday that the testing for the virus is such a tedious process, which has been further complicated by the country's enormous population. "Ang testing of COVID-19 is such a complicated process, lalo na yung PCR (Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction or swab test). Unang-una, 30,000 to 35,000 tayo per day. That is double for most of our Asian neighbors, at least, but it is still not enough kasi ang ...

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1,000 Angkas drivers to provide free rides for health frontliners in Metro Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:45
MANILA, Philippines --- Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas has assigned its 1,000 riders to transport medical frontliners in Metro Manila to their workplaces and on their way home for free, amid the suspension of mass transport in Metro Manila and nearby provinces under the modified enhanced community quarantine. Under the Free Motorcycle Ride project for Medical Frontliners program of the ride-hailing service, the 1,000 Angkas riders who will provide free rides to health workers will be assigned near the Philippine General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, and Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila; East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City; and Tala Hospital in Caloocan City. Based o...

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NBI seeks documents to determine alleged death of ex-Wirecard exec

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:38
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has summoned City Health Officer and the Civil Registrar of Paraaque City to submit the death certificate and other relevant documents related to the reported death of a certain Christopher Reinhard Bauer who, according to reports, was the businessman linked to the Wirecard scandal involving over 1-billion. "The NBI has subpoenaed the city health officer and the civil registrar of Paraaque City to submit the death certificate, burial permit, and other relevant records of one Christopher Bauer who allegedly died last month," Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told reporters Friday. Bauer, according to Guevarra is ...

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Why is TikTok controversial in the US?

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:35
President Donald Trump issued executive orders that will ban TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if they are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies. CNN's Hadas Gold looks back at the rise and controversies of the app.
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A South Korean lawmaker has come under fire for her outfit. Her offense? She wore a dress

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:26
A barrage of online abuse directed at a South Korean lawmaker over her choice of attire has sparked a debate in the East Asian nation, where women have long complained about sexism and a patriarchal culture.
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SBMA: Ammonium nitrate stored safely at Subic port

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:25
SAN ANTONIO, ZAMBALES ---- After the Beirut explosion, officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) were quick to assure the public that the ammonium nitrate kept inside the Subic Bay Freeport is properly stored and monitored. Wilma Eisma, SBMA chairman and administrator, said explosives manufacturer Orica Inc. is renting 17 bunkers in the middle of the mountains inside the former US naval base. But only eight of these are being used to store ammonium nitrate. "The bunkers were specifically used by the US Navy [before] to stock nuclear warheads. Each bunker, which is almost 1-meter thick, is now used by Orica Inc. to store ammonium nitrate that it uses in construction a...

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Lillard’s hot hand lift rising Blazers past Nuggets

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:24
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida--- Damian Lillard wasn't off to a great shooting start inside the NBA's so-called bubble. If it was a slump, it seems to be over now. Lillard tied his franchise record with 11 3-pointers and scored 45 points, and the Portland Trail Blazers moved closer to the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference by beating the Denver Nuggets 125-115 on Thursday night. Lillard was 11 for 18 from 3-point range, plus had 12 assists for Portland. The Blazers (32-38) closed to within a half-game of Memphis in the race for eighth in the West, where a play-in series for the last playoff berth -- and the right to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the opening round -- now seems...

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Bucks clinch top seed in East with comeback win vs Heat

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:17
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida --- Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton scored 33 points each, and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a huge early deficit to get a 130-116 win over the Miami Heat on Thursday to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Heat led by as many as 23 points in a first half where the team piled up 73 points despite playing without Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. Miami cooled off after the break and the Bucks took the lead in the third quarter but were down by 6 to start the fourth. Antetokounmpo sat out about five minutes of the fourth quarter after collecting his fifth foul with 11 minutes to go. Milwaukee trailed by 1 with about five minutes remaining...

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Lawmaker’s wife accuses him of concubinage, gets threats from his son

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 14:14
MANILA, Philippines --- The wife of Maguindanao Rep. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu has accused him of having affairs with other women, an allegation that she made public in several Facebook posts that had gone viral. The now-deleted posts of Mylene Mangudadatu, but which still circulated in social media circles, accused the lawmaker of keeping two mistresses, one of which is a beauty queen. In a text message to INQUIRER.net on Friday, Mangudadatu refused to respond to Mylene's accusations following legal advice. "Much as I would like to respond, my legal counsel has advised me otherwise, as the matter has already been blown out of proportion all courtesy of Mylene Maligaya's actions...

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Angel Locsin bares attempts to hack her e-mail, social media accounts

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:47
MANILA, Philippines --- Actress Angel Locsin has revealed that there were repeated attempts to hack her e-mail, as well as her social media accounts. Image: Instagram/@therealangellocsin   In an Instagram Story entry on Thursday, the Kapamilya actress shared a screenshot of a notice that one of her accounts was temporarily locked, as someone else tried to access to it.   "Someone's trying to repeatedly hack my Twitter, Facebook and email," Angel said.   Previously, Angel made the revelation that her fans were getting offers to buy their social media fan pages. Angel's fellow Kapamilya actress Bea Alonzo also revealed that som...

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China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 13:42
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have sealed off a village after a resident there died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history.
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