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Rain or Shine vs TNT clash headlines PBA Philippine Cup opener

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 19:30
MANILA, Philippines---The PBA has released the official schedule for the Season 48 Philippine Cup with Rain or Shine and TNT headlining the opening games on February 28. Blackwater and and Meralco square off at Ynares Center, Antipolo at 4:30 pm to kick off the PBA All-Filipino conference followed by a main game between TNT and Rain or Shine at 7:30pm. The PBA will also keep its out-of-town games alive for the new conference with games scheduled in Candon, Ilocos Sur and Tiaong, Quezon, Cagayan de Oro and Batangas on select Saturdays. https://twitter.com/INQUIRERSports/status/1760920374609408066 On April 13, there will be two games hosted in different venues with the Elas...

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WHO chair hails PH’s ‘collaborative spirit’ at COP10

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 19:00
The Philippine delegation was praised for demonstrating cooperation to reach a consensus while defending national interests at the global tobacco control treaty's 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10), said a World Health Organization (WHO) committee chair. In a note read by Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevara during a Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the Philippines' participation during the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control's (WHO FCTC) COP10, WHO Committee Chair Dr. Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan expressed gratitude to the Philippine delegation despite the Philippines receiving a "Dirty Ashtray" Award. "I would like to extend my gratitude to the Phil...

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Rhian Ramos wins Best Actress award after 18 years as Kapuso

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:51
Rhian Ramos recently received the Best Actress award for a GMA TV project, hitting a new milestone in her career. The Kapuso actress expressed her joy on Instagram as she posted some pictures of herself during the award ceremony for the 2024 Platinum Stallion National Media Award at Trinity University of Asia. Ramos was named Best Actress for her noteworthy performance as Margaret in the network's hit murder mystery series "Royal Blood." "It means the world to me to have shared this moment with the @mbumanagement team and my #RoyalBlood family, who I owe this award to (white heart emoji) Thank you for guiding me towards this! I am so grateful to all of you (loving emoji)," s...

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Marcos: Ensure PH’s compliance to World Anti-Doping Code

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:40
MANILA, Philippines --- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has ordered relevant government agencies to make sure that the Philippines adhered to the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), said the Palace on Friday. Marcos made this directive as he met with officials from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) in Malacaan Palace. The WADC is a set of international anti-doping rules and regulations among sports organizations. READ: Bongbong Marcos hails Asiad winners, vows support for PH sports "Inatasan ni PBBM (President Bongbong Marcos) ang mga kaugnay na ahensya na aralin ang pagpapalakas ng Philippine National Anti-Doping Organization (PHI-NADO) alinsunod sa mga probisyon ng WADC,...

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INQToday: Quiboloy must attend SMNI inquiry – House deputy

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:34
https://youtube.com/live/akDT-lrtTgU Here's a quick roundup of today's top stories: Review of PhilHealth contribution hike still ongoing, says Palace The Palace is still reviewing the impending increase of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) members' contribution. In a message to reporters, Presidential Communications Office Secretary Cheloy Garafil reiterated President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s statement that the PhilHealth contribution hike must be proportionate to its services. House deputy speaker: Quiboloy must attend SMNI inquiry Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder and televangelist Apollo Quiboloy must obey Congress' subpoenas and attend hearings. House ...

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K Brosas mourns mother’s death

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:30
K Brosas is in grief as she expressed her love and gratitude to her mother who recently passed away. The comedian shared the unfortunate news by showing a black-and-white photo with silhouettes of a dove and the phrase "Rest in Peace" on her Instagram page on Friday, Feb. 23. "Mama, maraming maraming salamat sa lahat (thank you so much for everything). I love you. Rest in heaven's glory," she wrote in the caption.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Maria Carmela (@kbrosas) On her Instagram Stories, Brosas also showed photos of them together taken in 2016 and in 2019 in Ita...

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PSAC: 5 local manufacturers to produce anti-tuberculosis meds

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Five local drug manufacturers are slated to produce anti-tuberculosis medicines, said the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) Health Sector Group on Friday. In 2022, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to focus on addressing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) infections. READ: Marcos to DOH: Refocus drive on general public health, make HIV, TB fight a priority "We are happy to say that five local drug manufacturers signed up to participate in the production of anti-TB medicines and to participate in national bids to be conducted by the DOH. In fact, I believe there was a bid last November and we a...

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Century Properties completes P2-B preferred share sale

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:18
MANILA, Philippines ---Antonio family-led Century Properties Group Inc. (CPG) completed a P2-billion preferred share offer, giving the builder added financial muscle to support its expansion. The perpetual, cumulative, non-participating, non-voting, redeemable, non-convertible shares were listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange on Thursday. Century Properties is the builder of the Trump Tower Philippine and other upscale residential towers has been aggressively expanding in the affordable income market. Ponciano S. Carreon Jr. said the strong reception to the offer allow the company to price dividends at the lower end of the range at 7.5432 percent. He said the timing of the ...

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Robin Padilla brushes aside gluta drip issue made vs wife Mariel

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Sen. Robinhood "Robin" Padilla finds it "nakakatawa" [laughable] that the gluta drip session of his wife, actress Mariel Padilla, became a "political issue" just because it was done at his office. A photo of the session made rounds on social media after the actress posted it on her Instagram on Thursday, drawing mixed reactions. "Nakakatawa naman po ang political issue na yan," Robin Padilla said in a text message on Friday "If they saw something bad in that photograph, I apologize. No intention of disrespect," Padila's message, written in a mix of Filipino and English, continued. "My wife loves to promote good looks and good health." READ: Robi...

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Aboitiz, partner finalize P100-B Coca-Cola Philippines takeover

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:03
MANILA, Philippines ---The Coca Cola brand officially joins the Aboitiz Group investment portfolio after the Philippine conglomerate and its European partner completed the P100-billion buyout of the beverage giant on Friday. Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV), one of the country's biggest companies, acquired 40 percent of Coca Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines Inc. while its partner, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Plc. (CCEP), bought 60 percent. "AEV and CCEP completed the transaction following the completion of all the conditions precedent," Aboitiz said in a stock exchange filing. Coca-Cola has been available in the country since the early 20th century and began local production...

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NBA: Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart suspended 3 games without pay

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 18:00
NBA Scores, News, Schedules NEW YORK --- Detroit Pistons forward/center Isaiah Stewart was suspended three games without pay by the NBA on Thursday for punching and pushing Phoenix Suns forward/center Drew Eubanks. Stewart and Eubanks had a confrontation before a game between the Pistons and Suns on Feb. 14. Eubanks said before the game that it happened as he entered the arena. He said an argument ensued and the two were chest-to-chest before Stewart threw the punch and security intervened. READ: NBA: Drew Eubanks says Isaiah Stewart punched him pregame ESPN, citing a filing obtained by the network, said a misdemeanor assault charge against Stewart has been dismissed by the P...

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PH keeps ‘persistent’ presence off Scarborough despite China’s moves

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:57
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines maintains a "persistent presence" in Scarborough Shoal even as China claims it managed to drive away a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) vessel. BFAR's BRP Datu Sanday has remained in the waters of the sandbank --- also locally known as Bajo de Masinloc and Panatag Shoal ---since Wednesday, Commodore Jay Tarriela, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) spokesperson on the West Philippine Sea, said on Friday. Tarriela repudiated the statement of China Coast Guard (CCG) spokesperson Gan Yu that Chinese ships drove away BRP Datu Sanday from the shoal on Friday after "repeated dissuasion and warnings." "The persistent presence of ...

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Loose drain cover stops F1 testing for the second day in a row

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:55
SAKHIR, Bahrain --- A loose drain cover at the side of the track caused a long delay to Formula 1 preseason testing for the second day in a row Friday. The cover flew up when Red Bull's Sergio Perez drove over a curb, causing a red-flag stoppage to the morning session after just half an hour amid repairs and an inspection of the area. "Another day, another drain," Red Bull wrote on X, formerly Twitter, as the team checked Perez's car for possible damage to the floor. READ: Ferrari's Carlos Sainz speeds to top of F1 test charts It was in the same part of the track where another loose cover caused disruption the day before. Thursday's incident left debris scattered across the t...

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Gilas repays OFW support in Hong Kong with Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers win

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:49
MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas knows the magnitude of being able to play in front of Overseas Filipino Workers. So with Filipinos in full support of the national team against Hong Kong at Tsuen Wan Stadium, Gilas Pilipinas repaid them with a dominant 30-point victory against the home bets. "I super appreciate it that they go out here to support us, me and the whole team. [It's a] good thing we got to git the win for them, for OFWs that work here," said Quiambao after their 94-64 win on Thursday night. "[I'm] so glad to see them here, looking forward to more and I'm just glad we got the win." SCHEDULE: Gilas at Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers window 1 Despite just playing 1...

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Study shows pitfalls of using AI to cheat in job interview exams

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:49
It's easy to assume that tech companies are better than regular individuals in distinguishing between content made by AI and manmade content. After all, they specialize in technology, so why wouldn't they be better? However, a recent experiment shows that these companies must also be more vigilant in preventing people from bypassing their rules with AI. Interviewing.io, a website helping people succeed in job interviews, tested job interviewers to see if they could detect candidates using ChatGPT in coding rounds. The website team discovered that the AI program can answer their questions so well that it can fool interviewers. As a result, many news outlets like Business Insider repor...

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MerryMart upgrades targets amid bullish outlook on retail

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:47
MANILA, Philippines ---Tycoon Edgar "Injap" Sia II's Merry Mart Consumer Corp. raised its 2030 recurring revenue target to P150 billion, reflecting its strong confidence in the Philippine retail sector despite current inflationary pressures. MerryMart, which operates grocery stores and supermarkets, said the new figure was 25 percent higher than its original goal. "When we set our vision and goals, we give it a lot of serious and deep thought, and once set, myself and our team pour our heart and soul towards that," Sia, the chair and CEO of MerryMart, said in a stock exchange filing on Friday. To date, MerryMart has 127 branches. The growth was complemented by the expansion of i...

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Google ‘Help me write’ AI launched in the US

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:34
Free stock photo from Pexels The age of artificial intelligence is here, and tech firms are making sure it is. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced last year that his company will improve its services with AI. That is why everyone should expect every gadget to run AI soon. It recently launched its Gemini AI assistant, but the search engine firm isn't done yet. A few days after Gemini's launch, Google announced a new AI feature for its Chrome web browser called "Help me write." Its official website says it "will help you start writing or refine something you've already written." At the time of writing, it is only available on Windows PCs and Macs in the United States. What can Goo...

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Asian stocks advance after Nvidia sets off a rally on Wall Street

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:17
HONG KONG --- Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday after Nvidia delivered stunning results, setting off a rally in other technology companies that carried Wall Street to another record high. Tokyo's markets were closed for a holiday, a day after they surged to an all-time high. U.S. futures rose while oil prices fell back. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped less than 0.1 percent to 16,728.00 and the Shanghai Composite index added 0.4 percent to 3,001.38. Government data on Wednesday showed few signs of recovery in China's real estate market, as prices of new homes in first-tier cities fell 0.4 percent in January from a month earlier, extending a downward trend. The pr...

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Marcos: PH to elevate standing as diving, biodiversity hotspot

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:07
MANILA, Philippines --- President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday said that the government will elevate the Philippines as a diving and biodiversity hotspot. Marcos was supposed to deliver a speech at the Philippine International Dive Expo but canceled his appearance last minute. Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco delivered Marcos' speech for him. READ: Scientists warned of global warming, but 'we didn't listen,' says Marcos "Through strategic investments in infrastructure and sustainable tourism initiatives, the government will continue to elevate our country's standingas a hotspot of biodiversity and underwater adventure," Marcos said. "Each dive taken, each coral reef explo...

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WATCH: Jonas Brothers enjoy jeepney ride in PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 02/23/2024 - 17:03
Jonas Brothers, composed of Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas, enjoyed a short jeepney ride in Pasay City, where they staged their "The Tour" concert in the Philippines. The trio was aboard the jeepney along with few other companions while a police officer escorted them to the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, Feb. 22, hours before their show. Joe documented their experience through a now-expired live video, which has been re-uploaded by user @faithh.mariaa on TikTok. "It's a beautiful day... It's very comfortable," Joe said, quipping how they should bring the vehicle on the concert stage. After arriving at the venue, Joe even showed Kevin and Nick leaning on the rear part of the j...

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