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Bongbong-Inday Sara caravan causes heavy traffic in QC; Marcos camp apologizes

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:30
MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. apologized Wednesday for the heavy traffic congestion caused by the presidential aspirant's motorcade in Quezon City with his runningmate Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio. The Marcos camp issued the apology after the Quezon City government advised motorists to avoid Commonwealth Avenue, Elliptical Road, and Quezon Avenue due to the motorcade. "Humihingi na rin ng paumanhin at pang-unawa ang BBM-Sara UniTeam sa mga motorista, byahero, pamahalaang lungsod at maging sa MMDA kung ang nasabing Unity Caravan ay nagdulot ng pagsikip sa daloy ng trapiko," Marcos' camp said in a statement. "Hindi po kasi inaasa...

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Nets rally from 17 down to hand Mavericks fifth straight home loss

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:14
Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter as the visiting Brooklyn Nets erased a 17-point deficit and earned a 102-99 victory over the slumping Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. James Harden added 23 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. He shot 7 of 13 and hit two free throws that gave Brooklyn its first lead, 91-90, with 6:41 remaining. LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points, James Johnson contributed 12 and Patty Mills chipped in 10 as Brooklyn shot 50.6 percent and won for the 15th time in 19 games. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1468412696693465090 Luka Doncic led all scorers with 28 points and added nine assists after sitting out Saturday with a spra...

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Navy seeks to contest Hawaii health officials' order to halt operations at fuel site linked to contaminated tap water

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:13
The Navy will contest an emergency order issued by the Hawaii Department of Health to suspend operations at a fuel site tied to contaminated tap water at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, officials said Tuesday.
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The show must go on: ‘Macbeth’ opens La Scala opera season despite COVID

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:13
MILAN --- Giuseppe Verdi's "Macbeth" kicked off La Scala's opera season before hundreds of spectators on Tuesday just as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic is again forcing many theaters elsewhere in Europe to shut their doors. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella and celebrities attended the premiere that marks the opening of Milan's cultural calendar. While Italy's cinemas and theaters reopened to the public in late April, the government on Monday again restricted access to an array of venues, including theaters, for the unvaccinated. "When you see so many great theaters closed, like the Vienna State Opera, those in Munich, Dresden and Leipzig, I have to say we are...

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QC gov’t sad over Bongbong-Sara motorcade organizer’s refusal to coordinate

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:07
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City government has expressed sadness with the organizer of the motorcade of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday as they refused to coordinate with the local government. The city government said they had a meeting with the organizers on Monday wherein authorities ensured that they will deploy 1,000 personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Task Force Disiplina. and Bureau of Fire Protection. It also pledged to allot four ambulances as a staging area was put up in Liwasang Aurora inside Quezon City Memorial Circle for the event. However,...

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QC gov’t dismayed over Bongbong-Sara motorcade organizer’s refusal to coordinate

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 15:07
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Quezon City government has expressed disappointment with the organizer of the motorcade of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio on Wednesday as they refused to coordinate with the local government. The city government said they had a meeting with the organizers on Monday wherein authorities ensured that they will deploy 1,000 personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Task Force Disiplina. and Bureau of Fire Protection. It also pledged to allot four ambulances as a staging area was put up in Liwasang Aurora inside Quezon City Memorial Circle for the event. H...

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‘Metaverse’ hype fuels booming digital property market

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:49
PARIS --- The idea of spending millions on non-existent land may sound ludicrous -- but feverish predictions of a virtual reality future are pushing investors to bet big on digital real estate. This week, New York-based company Republic Realm announced it had spent a record-breaking $4.3 million on digital land through The Sandbox, one of several "virtual world" websites where people can socialise, play games and even attend concerts. That came hot on the heels of a $2.4-million land purchase in late November on a rival platform, Decentraland, by Canadian crypto company Tokens.com. And days before that, Barbados announced plans to open a "metaverse embassy" in Decentraland. ...

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RJ Barrett’s 32 points help Knicks down Spurs

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:42
RJ Barrett poured in 32 points and Mitchell Robinson added 11 points and 14 rebounds as the visiting New York Knicks knocked off the road-weary San Antonio Spurs 121-109 on Tuesday to snap a three-game losing streak. The game was the second of a road-home back-to-back for the Spurs, who lost in Phoenix on Monday. The Knicks led by six points at the half and stretched their advantage to 14 at the end of the third quarter with torrid 3-point shooting and a domination of the glass. Barrett carried New York in the first half, when he scored 19 points, and the Knicks collectively carted that momentum into the fourth quarter, when they fended off a tepid Spurs rally and pulled awa...

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The architect trying to finish the Sagrada Familia after 138 years

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:41
BARCELONA --- Jordi Fauli is the seventh chief architect of Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia since Antoni Gaudi began work on the basilica in 1883, and he had been expected to oversee its long-awaited completion. But the pandemic has delayed efforts to finish this towering architectural masterpiece, which has been under construction for nearly 140 years, and it is no longer clear whether Fauli will still be in charge when it is finally done. "I would like to be here for many more years, of course, but that's in God's hands," says Fauli, 62, a wry smile on his lips. He was just 31 when he joined the architectural team as a local in 1990 -- the same age as Gaudi when the inn...

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Vietnam gives longest ever jail term for trading rhino horn – NGO

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:36
Hanoi,Vietnam --- A rhino horn trader has been sentenced to 14 years in jail, the longest ever prison term a Vietnamese court has handed down for the crime, a local conservation group said Wednesday. Vietnam is both a consumption hub and a popular transit point for the multibillion-dollar trade in animal parts. Authorities have long vowed to stem the flow of illegal wildlife crisscrossing its borders, but experts have warned the black market persists thanks to weak law enforcement. Earlier this week, Do Minh Toan, 36, received 14 years in jail for trading and trafficking rhino horns from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into Vietnam. It came after a 2019 discovery by customs of...

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Nuggets’ PJ Dozier undergoes season-ending ACL surgery

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:35
Denver Nuggets guard P.J. Dozier has undergone surgery to repair his torn left ACL and is out for the season. Dozier suffered the injury late last month in a collision at the rim against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 25-year-old appeared in 18 games (all off the bench) this season, averaging 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18.9 minutes per contest. The Nuggets also are without standout guard Jamal Murray, who tore his ACL in last season's playoffs, and talented forward Michael Porter Jr., who is out indefinitely following back surgery. Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has missed time due to a wrist injury as well. Denver sits at 11-12 heading into Wednesday's game ...

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Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum diagnosed with collapsed right lung

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:21
The Portland Trail Blazers revealed Tuesday that guard CJ McCollum was diagnosed with a collapsed right lung, or pneumothorax, following a CT scan. Portland said McCollum will undergo further evaluation before the team's medical personnel come to a prognosis for the 30-year-old. McCollum sustained the injury when he fell awkwardly during the fourth quarter of the Blazers' loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday. He was held out of the Monday game against the Los Angeles Clippers and did not make the trip with the team for a Wednesday game against the Golden State Warriors. McCollum has spent his entire eight-plus seasons in the NBA with Portland, which made him the 10th overa...

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Oil prices ease as investors wait for assessment of Omicron’s impact

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:21
TOKYO --- Oil prices eased on Wednesday, taking a breather after two days of gains, as investors waited for an assessment of the full impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant on the global economy and fuel demand as well as the effectiveness of existing vaccines. Brent crude futures dropped 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $75.25 a barrel at 0519 GMT, after settling 3.2% higher on Tuesday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $71.82 a barrel, down 23 cents, or 0.3%, having gained 3.7% in the previous session. Oil prices rebounded earlier this week from a collapse last week on rising optimism that the new Omicron variant will not cause major economic damage. "The recovery run took...

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Malaysian appeal court upholds ex-PM Najib’s 1MDB conviction

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:16
PUTRAJAYA --- A Malaysian appeal court Wednesday upheld former leader Najib Razak's conviction and 12-year jail term over the multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, which contributed to his government's downfall in 2018. "We dismiss the appellant's appeal," judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil told the Court of Appeal in administrative capital Putrajaya. "We affirm the High Court conviction on all seven charges." The 68-year-old was found guilty on all counts last year in the first of several trials he is facing related to the looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad sovereign wealth fund. Najib and his cronies were accused of stealing billions of dollars from the investment vehi...

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LeBron James scores 30 as Lakers get even with Celtics

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:15
LeBron James scored 30 points on 13-of-19 shooting to lead the host Los Angeles Lakers to a 117-102 win over the rival Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Russell Westbrook contributed 24 points and 11 assists, Anthony Davis totaled 17 points and 16 rebounds and Talen Horton-Tucker added 12 points for the Lakers. Los Angeles won for the fifth time in eight games, coming off a 119-115 loss to the Clippers in its last game on Friday. https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1468456556119269378 "We had a lot of good moments tonight, and we want to continue to build off of them," James told the "NBA on TNT" broadcast. "Tonight was one of the best 48-minute games that we've had so far." ...

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Guilty verdict upheld for ex-Malaysian PM

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:14
A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former Prime Minister Najib Razak's guilty verdict on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback.
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Protests held at Boise State after professor says at conference that men, not women, should be recruited into fields like medicine and law

CNN Top Stories - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:13
Hundreds of protestors demonstrated at Boise State University in Idaho over the weekend following comments made at a conference by a professor who said men should be prioritized for fields of study such as engineering, medicine and law.
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Dead or alive? On the trail of the Taliban’s supreme leader

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:11
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan --- When the Taliban overran Kabul in mid-August, seizing power for the second time, the years-old mystery over the whereabouts of the movement's Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada deepened further. Whether the elderly cleric is alive or dead is something many Afghans are uncertain about, and even the most dedicated analysts have doubts about who is really leading the group. AFP went on the trail of the elusive leader, and the findings are inconclusive. On October 30 -- two months after a Taliban spokesman insisted Akhundzada was alive and well in Kandahar -- rumours swirled in the southern city that the "emir" had delivered a speech at a Koranic scho...

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Nasa’s latest astronaut trainees are already dreaming of the Moon

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:03
WASHINGTON --- As a former national team cyclist who'd fix her own bikes, and before that as a child helping out on her family's cattle farm, Nasa trainee astronaut Christina Birch has plenty of experience working with her hands. With America's sights now set on returning to the Moon -- this time establishing long-term habitats -- Birch is dreaming big: "If I could assist the mission in any way, by helping build something on the Moon, that would be super cool," she told AFP. The 35-year-old is one of ten new recruits announced by the US space agency this week, the latest members of what it calls the "Artemis generation," named for the Artemis program to put American boots on lu...

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Feast of Immaculate Conception reminds us to be in state of grace, be holy — Robredo

Inquirer Breaking News - Wed, 12/08/2021 - 14:01
MANILA, Philippines --- The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary reminds individuals to strive to be in a state of grace and to be holy, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday. The vice president likewise stressed the importance of surrendering one's self to God. "Napakahalaga ng mga ganitong selebrasyon kasi pinapaalala sa 'tin 'yung mga mahahalagang aral ng Immaculate Conception. Ang pinakauna doon 'yung total surrender to the Will of God na based on faith," she said during the concelebrated mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. (These kinds of celebrations remind us of the important learnings of the Immaculate Conception. First, the total surrender to ...

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