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Bushfire threat spreads in Australia as smoke chokes Sydney

14 min 18 sec ago
Sydney, Australia --- The fire danger was elevated across wider swathes of southern Australia on Thursday, with residents warned to avoid at-risk areas as smoke from bushfires choked Sydney and other major cities.   Devastating fires along the country's east coast have claimed six lives and destroyed more than 500 homes since mid-October, with climate change and unseasonably hot, dry conditions fueling the unprecedented blazes.   Now the fire danger has moved into states further south, with a so-called "Code Red" -- the highest possible fire risk in Victoria -- being declared in the state's northwest for the first time in a decade.   "What that means is t...

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Palace: We can’t force Filipinos to like China

39 min 40 sec ago
  MANILA, Philippines - Malacaang on Thursday said it could not force Filipinos to like China but is optimistic that Beijing would eventually be appreciated by the people because of the benefits Manila is getting from Beijing.   Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued this statement a day after a Social Weather Stations survey showed China remains to be the least trusted country among Filipinos with a net trust rating of -33 or "bad."   Panelo said Malacaang "is not surprised, as it does not feel affronted, with the results of the survey."   He said the survey results "are foreseeable and understandable given the conflic...

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Apple cancels premiere of ‘The Banker’ over ‘concerns’

47 min 10 sec ago
NEW YORK --- Apple has canceled the premiere of one of the tech company's first original films, "The Banker" the day before it was to debut at Los Angeles' AFI Film Festival. In a statement Wednesday, Apple said that last week it learned of "some concerns" surrounding "The Banker" and needs "some time to look into these matters." An Apple spokesperson declined to elaborate. The based-on-a-true-story film stars Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie. Mackie plays Bernard Garrett who in the 1950s and '60s recruited a white man to pose as the face of his expansive real estate and banking business. In 1968, Garrett was convicted of misusing bank funds. The film is Apple's boldest ...

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Bad weather cancels flights on Nov. 21

1 hour 29 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Some local flights were canceled on Thursday due to inclement weather in some parts of the country. The Manila International Airport Authority announced the following flight cancelations as of 7:30 a.m.: Cebu Pacific 5J 504 Manila-Tuguegarao 5J 505 Tuguegarao-Manila Light to moderate with isolated heavy rain showers is expected over Isabela, Cagayan (especially on the eastern section), Aurora, northern Quezon, Metro Manila and most of Central Luzon on Thursday due to Severe Tropical Storm Sarah and a low-pressure area, the weather bureau said. Refresh page for updates. Edited by MUF ...

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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake shakes Tulunan, Cotabato

1 hour 31 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- A magnitude 4.2 earthquake struck Tulunan, Cotabato on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.   The quake struck 6:31 a.m. at 13 kilometers northeast of Tulunan.   Phivolcs said that the tremor was of tectonic origin, and had a 10-kilometer depth of focus.   The tremor, Phivolcs said, was also felt in other areas at various intensities:   Reported Intensity: Intensity IV- Kidapawan City   Instrumental Intensities: Intensity IV- Kidapawan City Intensity II- Tupi, South Cotabato Intensity I- Alabel, Sarangani ...

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Uber to let users record audio of rides in Brazil, Mexico

1 hour 40 min ago
NEW YORK --- Uber will allow passengers and drivers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio of their rides as it attempts to improve its safety record and image. The ride-hailing company plans to pilot the feature in cities in both countries in December. It eventually hopes to launch it in other markets, including the United States, although it has no timeline for possible expansion. The feature will allow customers to opt into recording all or select trips. Recordings will be stored on the rider or driver's phone and encrypted to protect privacy, and users will not be able to listen to them. They can later share a recording with Uber, which will have an encryption key, if they wa...

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#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

1 hour 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Several local government units in Luzon have announced the suspension of classes for Thursday, Nov. 19, due to rains brought by Severe Tropical Storm Sarah and a low-pressure area, formerly known as Tropical Depression Ramon.   Region II Cagayan province --- pre-school to kindergarten (public and private)   Region III Calumpit, Bulacan --- all levels (public and private) San Rafael, Bulacan --- pre-school to elementary (public and private) Magalang, Pampanga --- pre-school to senior high school (public and private) Angeles City, Pampanga --- pre-school to senior high school (public and privat...

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Sarah intensifies to severe tropical storm

2 hours 9 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Tropical Storm Sarah intensified into a severe tropical storm, the state weather bureau said Thursday.   In its 4 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sarah was last spotted at 425 kilometers east-northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 340 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.   Sarah also packed maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 115 kph.   The severe tropical storm was also monitored moving north-northwest at 25 kph.   Pagasa said that due to changes in the...

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Ariana Grande, Miranda Lambert, Shelton react to Grammy noms

2 hours 16 min ago
LOS ANGELES --- Reactions from some of the nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards: "I'm beyond shocked. I'm very, very surprised." --- Tanya Tucker, nominated for best country album for "While I'm Livin'," best country solo performance and best country song for "Bring My Flowers Now,"in an interview. "To be nominated for four awards in the 10th month of my debut year is beyond a dream come true. Thank you to my incredible team and everyone who has supported and believed in me along the way. Great to see such incredible talent nominated alongside me. I'm truly honored to be in the category with every artist nominated - see you in January!" --- Yola, nominated for best new artist, s...

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2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

2 hours 17 min ago
  HELENA, Mont. --- The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday.   The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern Rocky Mountains will be protected as threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said.   "We recognize the fact that this species is not doing well," agency spokeswoman Jennifer Koches said. "The primary threat to the habitat to both species is climate-change-induced."   The stoneflies li...

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Saudi king urges Iran to quit ‘harmful’ expansionism

2 hours 27 min ago
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman urged arch-rival Iran on Wednesday to abandon an expansionist ideology that has "harmed" its own people, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic. A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect. "We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people," the king told the consultati...

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Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!

2 hours 34 min ago
The American Mega Millions lottery offers the biggest jackpot prize in the world: $208 million USD. That huge amount, which is up for grabs in Friday night's draw, has captured the attention of lottery fans all over the world and amazingly, the winner of this enormous prize could be someone from the Philippines. You may remember that Mega Millions awarded a $1.537 billion USD jackpot to a single, lucky winner in October 2018. As big as that jackpot was, it fell short of surpassing the Powerball's world record set in January 2016, when three lucky winners shared a $1.586 billion USD jackpot. The current jackpot is not yet setting records, but winning a $208 million prize would cert...

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Greatest ever?

4 hours 18 sec ago
  Thirdy Ravena threw the ball in the air as the buzzer sounded and climbed up the LED board, before raising both hands in front of the Ateneo gallery. A familiar celebration, one he ended by celebrating with his teammates as confetti rained on the floor. It was a warranted show of joy. The Blue Eagles had chased an elite tag all season---not just champions; not just perfect. Greatest ever. They certainly forced the debate on that label after cementing a dream season with an 86-79 victory over University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday and completing a perfect run to the UAAP Season 82 crown at Mall of Asia Arena. And having previously offered the first two titles of ...

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‘Samgyetang’ (ginseng chicken soup) and other healing recipes from Seoul

4 hours 3 min ago
  I am back from Kitchens of the World Seoul. Kitchens of the World are culinary journeys I design in partnership with Rajah Travel, alongside colleagues and dear friends who are culinary professionals from all over the globe. Here are recipes of some of the dishes we had on our trip. As I always say, I believe that learning a dish from the countries we visit makes the most lasting souvenirs. We were fortunate to have been allowed to use the facilities of the Seoul K-Medi Center, a multipurpose cultural complex that was established to promote a better understanding of Korean traditional medicine. The center is in the heart of Seoul's Yangnyeong Herbal Medicine Mar...

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Gov’t clarifies Pogo tax

4 hours 4 min ago
The Department of Finance and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) have agreed that all Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) and their service providers operating in the country are taxable under existing laws. However, the OSG said Pogos based abroad were not covered by Philippine tax laws, Solicitor General Jose Calida said in a letter to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Tuesday. "There is nothing in the [2018 OSG] legal opinion that states or even infers that all Pogos and their employees cannot be taxed," Calida told Dominguez. In the legal opinion, Calida said there were Philippine-based Pogos and foreign-based Pogos that engaged gaming agents and serv...

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Azkals rue missed opportunity vs Syria

4 hours 5 min ago
DUBAI---THE Philippines walked away from Maktoum Bin Rashid Stadium with mixed emotions following a 1-0 defeat to leader Syria on Tuesday night in their Fifa World Cup and AFC Asian Cup qualifying clash here. The loss left a bitter taste, considering how easy they gave away the goal in the 23rd minute, but the Azkals are also taking plenty of encouragement at the way they stretched and pushed a quality side in Syria with their high-pressure and aggressive play in the second half. "It hurts the most because that might be our best performance [in the competition so far]," said Azkals coach Scott Cooper, whose team remained third in Group A with seven points, eight behind the unbeaten...

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A bite of Italy in Los Angeles

4 hours 9 min ago
  It's a little bit of Italy in the vast expanse that is Los Angeles. Called, appropriately enough, Eataly, it's a mega food hall that sells everything Italian---from cheeses to pasta, from pizza to Lambrusco. Even just browsing around the various stalls can be a lot of fun. One stall sells extra-virgin olive oil flavored with various herbs, including oregano, basil, rosemary and garlic. Another sells linguine incorporated with black cuttlefish ink, while still another stall offers Offelle di Parona, delicate shortbread from the province of Pavia in Lombardy, made with olive oil. There are also fresh fruits and vegetables, many of them sourced from California, others...

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Zubiri: Senate will ease up on budget probe-for now

4 hours 10 min ago
  The Senate will hold further scrutiny on the Southeast Asian Games spending to rally behind Team Philippines in the biennial meet the country is hosting---so said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri. "We at the Senate realized that we need to be united for the sake of the national athletes competing in the SEA Games," Zubiri said on Tuesday night during the send-off for the national arnis athletes. "But after the SEA Games, we continue," added Zubiri, the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation chief. The questions from the public though keep coming. The latest? Why is the controversial P56-million cauldron located at New Clark City when the opening ceremonies will be held at...

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Plant-based breakfast taco, flower crab congee, fried Lung Guang chicken—chefs show off creativity in HK

4 hours 14 min ago
  Hong Kong's vibrant food scene has hit a slump due to the student-led protests. Restaurants that were usually fully booked are now seeing vacant tables. Hope is not lost, however. The chefs are marching on and doing everything they can to keep the food scene alive. Recently, they gathered to hold "Off Menu," an event which paired them with some of the world's most celebrated F&B trailblazers to provide a rare dining experience. Organized by T. Dining, the three-day food fair took place at The Peak Galleria on Nov. 15-17. Each chef tandem was given a booth to serve original dishes highlighting a particular ingredient. Among the exciting matchups was Richa...

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‘Premyo’ bonds to be launched on Nov. 25

4 hours 15 min ago
Those who want to win up to P1 million in cash while also investing their hard-earned money, mark your calendars: the Bureau of the Treasury will launch the much-awaited "premyo" bonds on Monday, Nov. 25. In an advisory on Wednesday, the Treasury said the one-year premyo bonds would "provide individual investors, associations and cooperatives an opportunity to invest in government securities while giving them a chance to win cash prizes for a minimum investment of only P500." The launch will be held at the state-run Development Bank of the Philippines, one of the six joint coordinators of the upcoming bond sale. The other joint coordinators are Land Bank, BDO, China Bank, Philippin...

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