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Versatile bacon mushroom sauce, cheese sticks, smoked bacon

4 hours 9 min ago
  Mother-and-son team Maureen and Mio Ferrer of MM Bites are no strangers to good food. Maureen started baking at a young age and her only child grew up watching his mom cook. Maureen makes some of the tastiest home-cooked meals. Her baked spaghetti is one of the best, as is her lasagna. Each bite is a taste of home. Inspired by the sprouting of home-cooked meals being offered on Instagram, Mio thought his mother's treats should also be offered for others to enjoy. Maureen encouraged the incoming college senior to pursue the idea. It is her way of guiding him to run a small business, from digital marketing and customer service, to production and purchasing. "Since...

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Liberalized retail trade still gov’t priority

4 hours 10 min ago
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to make it easier for foreign businesses to set up shop here, easing their burden at a time when the health crisis has left Filipino mom-and-pop stores struggling to even pay rent. In a recent Zoom conference with foreign business groups, Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez said the government wanted to improve the investment climate in the Philippines as part of its strategy to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. To do this, the DTI wanted Congress to pass economic bills, including amendments to the retail trade law and the Public Service Act. The House of Representatives already passed these amendments in March, ...

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Cell tower applications pending beyond 7 days deemed approved

4 hours 12 min ago
The Anti-Red Tape Authority (Arta) said the pending applications of Globe Telecom and Smart Communications---as well as those of cell tower companies---are automatically approved if they have been left pending for more than a week. Arta Director General Jeremiah Belgica said in a Viber message to reporters on Tuesday night, adding that they had already asked the private sector stakeholders to give them a list of their pending applications. He did not respond to requests for clarification when asked to give details about the backlog, such as an estimate of the number of pending applications.This followed President Duterte's statement giving telco giants until December to improve their ...

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Healthful, refreshing ‘bignay’ juice

4 hours 14 min ago
  Also called Queensland cherry, salamander tree, currant tree, bugney and by its scientific name antidesma bunius, bignay is a fruit that's little known in the Philippines' urban areas. Yet bignay has many health benefits. It contains vitamins A, C, E and B1, aside from iron, minerals, potassium and phosphorus, according to healthbenefitstimes.com. Because of its antioxidant properties, bignay is said to lower cholesterol, help fight cancer and help maintain a healthy heart. That's a whole wealth of benefits for such a tiny fruit---just 8 to 10 mm long. Indigenous to Southeast Asia and Western Australia, bignay is rarely cultivated and grows wild in the second growth f...

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E-Painters will come out better at PBA restart, vows Garcia

4 hours 14 min ago
  Rain or Shine (ROS) coach Caloy Garcia feels the long layoff in the PBA caused by the COVID-19 pandemic should work to the advantage of the Elasto Painters, whose lineup is stacked with young and talented upstarts determined to prove their worth.Eight players in the ROS roster for the Philippine Cup are under 30 years old, including four rookies in first-round picks Adrian Wong, Clint Doliguez, Prince Rivero and Vince Tolentino as the Painters build for the future with the help of veterans James Yap, Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood. While practices remain on hold after Metro Manila was placed on modified enhanced community quarantine, Garcia can't help but express his excitement...

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Chasm grows between Trump and government coronavirus experts

8 hours 5 min ago
WASHINGTON --- In the early days of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump was flanked in the White House briefing room by a team of public health experts in a seeming portrait of unity to confront the disease that was ravaging the globe. But as the crisis has spread to all reaches of the country, with escalating deaths and little sense of an endgame, a chasm has widened between the Republican president and the experts. The result: daily delivery of a mixed message to the public at a moment when coherence is most needed. Trump and his political advisers insist that the United States has no rival in its response to the pandemic. They point to the fact that the U.S. has a...

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Julia on staying relevant during difficult times

8 hours 34 min ago
Going back to work without a vaccine for the deadly Covid-19 proved too scary for actress Julia Montes. After being away from show biz for a year, the action-drama series "24/7" was supposed to be her comeback project. But the show has only aired four episodes since it premiered on Feb. 23 before it was discontinued due to the pandemic. "Right now, I'm focusing first on things I didn't get to do because I was too busy with work. I get to do all my errands now, as well as resume projects I never got to finish. I also work out now. I get to do my skincare routine regularly and I feel safe when I'm inside the clinic," said the lovely new endorser of Avignon Clinic, particularly for he...

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Toni Braxton’s beauty secret: use a sex toy as a ‘face tingler’

8 hours 44 min ago
Toni Braxton must be aging backwards. At 52, the pop-R&B singer remains youthful looking and could very well pass off as someone in her 30s. Her skin, in particular, is "#goals" to many of her followers, who have been bugging her about her skin care routine. In a recent episode of Vogue magazine's "Beauty Secrets" YouTube series, Toni hit the bathroom to demonstrate her regimen, and show the products she uses on her face. But it wasn't the cleanser or the moisturizer or the eye cream that had everyone buzzing online. Toni's "real beauty secret," it turned out, isn't some magical concoction you slather on your skin. Midway through her routine, she pulled out a purple g...

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Senate has ‘strong case’ vs those involved in PhilHealth anomalies – Lacson

8 hours 50 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- Documentary evidence and testimonies presented during a Senate investigation into fresh claims of corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) can build a strong case against those who "should be held criminally and administratively liable." This was according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who, with his colleagues, grilled PhilHealth officials over alleged anomalies in the agency during a Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on Tuesday. During the almost 10-hour-long inquiry, senators questioned PhilHealth officials over the following issues: a proposed P2.1-billion information technology project, which even state auditors had ear...

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Duterte ban on PH military in South China Sea drills elates China

9 hours 13 min ago
MANILA, Philippines---The Chinese government has welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte's order to ban the Philippine Navy from joining maritime drills of other navies in the South China Sea, a move that appeared to be in favor of Beijing's claim of ownership of almost the entire area.   "We appreciate President Duterte's remarks and stand ready to properly resolve maritime disputes with the Philippines through friendly consultations to jointly safeguard peace and stability in the South China Sea and the entire region," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin was quoted as saying in a report by China Global Television Network website on Tuesday (Aug. 4).   He ...

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Lebanon to put some Beirut port officials under house arrest

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 23:23
BEIRUT --- Investigators began searching the wreckage of Beirut's port Wednesday for clues to the cause of the massive explosion that ripped across the Lebanese capital as the government ordered port officials put under house arrest. International aid flights began to arrive, as Lebanon's leaders struggled to deal with the aftermath of Tuesday's blast, crippled by an economic crisis and facing a public where many already blame chronic mismanagement and corruption among the ruling elite for the disaster. The explosion at the port killed at least 100 people and wounded thousands. Hospitals were overwhelmed --- one that was damaged in the blast had to evacuate all its patients to ...

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Maine Mendoza apologizes for ‘not-so-clean’ house

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 23:02
Kapuso star Maine Mendoza could not stand showing a disorderly home to fans so she was quick to apologize to them about her supposedly messy home when they saw it today. It so happened that Mendoza was reporting for her "Eat! Bulaga" hosting chores from home because of the reimposition of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), being observed anew in some parts of the country. "Work from home ulit dahil MECQ, pero live na live pa din kami sa @EatBulaga. Stay home lang mga dabarkads at balikan natin ang mga masasaya at makabagbag dadaming episodes ng Bawal Judgmental. Tutok na!" she said today in her Twitter page, Aug. 5. (It's work form home again because of MECQ, but...

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House OKs Bayanihan To Recover As One Act on 2nd reading

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:53
MANILA, Philippines --- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on second reading the proposed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act to cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic to the country. Through voice voting, members of the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 6953 which would provide Filipinos with various forms of relief during the pandemic. In his earlier sponsorship speech, Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. said these include an emergency subsidy to workers, cash-for-work programs, prevention and control of other diseases, support programs for impacted sectors, and support for the agricultural sector. "It encompasses subsidies for displaced workers ...

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Liza Diño-Seguerra talks about near-exposure to COVID-19, update on John Regala

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:14
  Two days after John Regala was wheeled to the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chair Liza Dio-Seguerra issued an update on the actor. "I went tonight... to check on Kuya John Regala because he was rushed to the ER earlier this afternoon," she said via her Facebook page on Aug. 5 She then talked about how she was nearly exposed to some COVID-19 patients in the hospital when she was looking for an ATM machine. "Sa loob ng NKTI, I saw an RCBC, so I went towards the bank to go to the ATM. Hindi ko makita. I ended up in an area na puro emergency tents at sa may gilid ay may dalawang mama na nakatambay. Nakaupo s...

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COVID-19 measures could disrupt rare polio-like disease

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:05
NEW YORK --- Health experts once thought 2020 might be the worst year yet for a rare paralyzing disease that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade. But they now say the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt the pattern for the mysterious illnesses, which spike every other year starting in late summer. Scientists said it's possible that mask-wearing, school closures, and other measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus may also hamper the spread of the virus suspected of causing the paralyzing disease. Dr. David Kimberlin, a researcher at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, called it "the million-dollar question." "We just simply don't know righ...

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US Open will still be a proper Grand Slam despite pullouts, says Nadal

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 22:04
Rafael Nadal believes this year's U.S. Open champion will still feel like a Grand Slam winner despite the tournament losing some glamour due to the withdrawal of top players amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spaniard said on Wednesday. The hardcourt Grand Slam, which starts on Aug. 31, lost its men's defending champion in singles with Nadal deciding against traveling to New York. Women's world number one Ash Barty also pulled out last week, worried about significant risks due to COVID-19. "The tournament is still big, it's a Grand Slam," Nadal told reporters during a video conference from Spain. "I am not that kind of a person, I am not that arrogant to say that the tournament...

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Pfizer announces deal with Canada for experimental COVID-19 vaccine

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:58
OTTAWA-- Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech SE on Wednesday said they had signed a deal to supply Canada with an experimental coronavirus vaccine. Deliveries of the BNT162 mRNA-based vaccine candidate are planned over the course of 2021, subject to clinical success and Health Canada approval, the two companies said in a statement. They did not reveal financial details. Separately, the Canadian government said it would make an announcement on the next steps in procuring vaccines at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday. There are no approved vaccines for the illness caused by the new coronavirus, but 19 vaccines are being tested in humans around the world....

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Facebook launches TikTok-like product inside Instagram

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:56
SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook rolled out its own version of social media rival TikTok in the United States and more than 50 other countries on Wednesday, embedding a new short-form video service called Reels as a feature within its popular Instagram app. The debut comes days after Microsoft said it was in talks to acquire TikTok's U.S. operations from China's ByteDance. ByteDance has agreed to divest parts of TikTok, sources have said, under pressure from the White House which has threatened to ban it and other Chinese-owned apps over data security concerns. The launch of Reels escalates a bruising fight between Facebook and TikTok, with each casting the other as a threat. Both have ...

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Satellites reveal hidden colonies of Emperor penguins

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:56
PARIS --- Satellite imagery has uncovered 11 new colonies of Emperor penguins in Antarctica, according to new research Wednesday that suggests the global population is up to 10 percent bigger than previously thought. Emperor penguins, which are particularly vulnerable to climate change, are difficult to study because their habitat in Antarctica is extremely remote and temperatures can drop to --50 degrees Celsius. Since the flightless birds themselves are too small to be seen from satellites, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) used images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 observation program to track penguin guano -- their poo. These revealed the additional 11 colonies, bringing th...

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Beirut blasts: 10 of 11 missing Filipino seafarers now safe, with minor injuries

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:27
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday evening that 10 of the 11 Filipino seafarers who were earlier reported missing after the massive explosions in the Port of Beirut in Lebanon have now been accounted for and safe. Citing information from the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, the foreign affairs department added that the 10 Filipino seafarers sustained minor injuries. DFA also said the seafarers are now with the management of the shipping company Abu Merhi Cruises, operator of the Orient Queen Cruises, where they serve as crew members. "This recent development leaves one seafarer still missing," DFA noted. Earlier Wednesday, DFA U...

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