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Trump offers chilling glimpse into possible second term

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:07
Former President Donald Trump conjured a vision of a second term that would function as a tool of personal vengeance, and become even more authoritarian than his first, when he vowed to pardon US Capitol insurrectionists if he runs for the White House again and wins.
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UnionBank 2021 net profit reaches P12.6B

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:06
MANILA, Philippines---Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines chalked up P12.6 billion in net profit in 2021, growing by 9 percent year-on-year and tracking market expectations, driven by higher interest earnings and lower loan losses. This earnings performance translated to above-industry return on equity of 12 percent, the bank disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday (Jan. 31). Net revenues were at an all-time high of P45.1 billion, up by 7 percent year-on-year. "Our performance in 2021 gives us a good foundation for further growth in 2022," said Jose Emmanuel Hilado, senior EVP, in a statement. "We expect a healthy expansion in our loan portfolio, steady mar...

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The Beijing Olympics won't be the splashy launch China wanted for its digital currency

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:06
China was hoping the Winter Olympics would be a watershed moment for the digital yuan, providing a global stage on which to parade its prowess in financial innovation.
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Opinion: Trump's rally in Texas shows why he's so dangerous

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:05
There are times when we should ignore the rhetoric of twice-impeached former President Donald Trump -- and then there are times we must not, because his statements are potentially dangerous to our nation. Trump's comments at his Texas rally on Saturday fall into the latter category.
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Ethiopian Airlines employees are fleeing the country by hiding in the planes they work on

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:05
Yohannes and Gebremeskel knew it would be freezing cold inside the bulk cargo area of the Airbus A350 plane on the long flight from Ethiopia's capital to Belgium.
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Long haul COVID-19 patients find hope in recovery clinics

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 13:01
WASHINGTON -- When Stephanie Hedrick realized she was still suffering from shortness of breath, blurry vision and brain fog months afterrecovering from Covid-19, she knew she needed more help than her primary care doctor alone could provide. "Not every doctor knows everything," said the 62-year-old, a retired teacher from the US state of Virginia. After months of rehabilitative therapy at a specialized clinic in the nearby capital Washington, Hedrick was finally able to play in the waves with her five grandkids this summer. The MedStar Covid Recovery Program that she turned to is part of a new wave of clinics specifically treating patients suffering from ...

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BPI profit hits P23.9B, exceeding expectations

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:58
MANILA, Philippines---Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) delivered P23.9 billion in full-year net profit, which was higher by 11.5 percent from the previous year and hitting market consensus forecast, as earnings accelerated in the fourth quarter when the government relaxed lockdown protocols. BPI's 2021 net profit was in line with the P23.85 billion earnings that the market expected the bank to deliver based on Bloomberg consensus. For the fourth quarter alone, BPI's net profit rose by 51.2 percent year-on-year to P6.4 billion and by 13.2 percent quarter-on-quarter. "Improving mobility conditions led to higher transaction volumes which fueled the sequential growth i...

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 Israeli president on first-ever visit to UAE

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:51
      ABU DHABI -- Israel's President Isaac Herzog started his first visit to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, the latest high-profile diplomatic trip since the countries normalized ties. It follows a visit by Naftali Bennett last month, the first by an Israeli premier, during which both sides are understood to have discussed Iran's nuclear program, a top Israeli security concern. Herzog, traveling with the first lady, arrived at around 0800 GMT in the UAE capital, where he met with Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the president's office said. "Beginning the first visit by an Israeli president in the United Arab Emirates...

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House leaders see strong drop in smoking rate once vape bill becomes law

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:49
MANILA, Philippines --- House leaders are anticipating a significant drop in the number of Filipino smokers once the so-called vape bill is signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte. House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta said smokers now have a better option that does not burn tobacco in the form of less harmful alternatives that are strictly regulated by the government. "As seen in other countries, smoke-free alternatives significantly contributed to the drop in the number of smokers. This is our gift, our legacy to the Filipino people," he said. "Years from now when our country is rid of the smoking menace, we will look back at this Congress for starting the journey towards a ...

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COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 5-11 to be held in 6 sites

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:47
  MANILA, Philippines --- COVID-19 vaccination for children from ages five to 11 will be held in six sites in Metro Manila, Malacaang said on Monday. The immunization of the age group against COVID-19 will begin on February 4. READ: Kids aged 5 to 11 can start getting Pfizer shots on Feb. 4 During the kick-off, six sites will be used for rollout, and these are: * Philippine Heart Center * Philippine Children's Medical Center * National Children's Hospital * Manila Zoo * SM North Edsa (Skydome) * Fil Oil Gym (San Juan City) READ: Manila Zoo to be used as venue for vaccination of kids aged 5 to 11 To date, only Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is given an ...

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Parents’ love, surgery: Game changers for UP grad with cleft condition

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:44
MANILA, Philippines --- When Nickson Cabote went through surgery for his cleft lip and cleft palate in 2011, a lot of things changed for him. Cabote was blessed with parents who boosted his self esteem since childhood. However, with his condition, he grew up with slight insecurity because of his appearance and his condition's effect on his speech. He recalls being teased by classmates when he was young, but the affirmation from his parents made him strive to excel in his studies and not let the bullying get in his way. His parents encouraged him to study hard so he would not be bullied at school. "Parang hindi ko siya tinitingnan na too big of a deal since focus lang ako sa stud...

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Death of Cheslie Kryst mourned by Miss Universe org, Filipino beauty queens

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:32
Catriona Gray, Pia Wurtzbach and the Miss Universe organization expressed their grief over the untimely passing of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst yesterday, Jan. 30. She was 30 years old. Kryst reportedly jumped from her Manhattan apartment and her body was found on the sidewalk outside the building. Though the cause of death was not indicated in her family's statement, the New York Police Department confirmed that it was death by suicide, as per The Hollywood Reporter (THR), also yesterday. "In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie. Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved,...

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P400K ‘shabu’ seized from 5 suspects in Bulacan

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:32
CITY OF SAN JOSE DEL MONTE, Bulacan----Authorities in this province raided an alleged drug den in this city and arrested five suspects who yielded illegal drugs worth P400,000 during a buy-bust operation on Saturday, Jan. 29. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Bulacan and local police arrested Arturo Trinos, 49; Norilyn Mariano, 43; Annalyn Dupra, 40; Sanny Bernardo, 45; and a 17-year-old suspect, all of Barangay Minuyan Proper in this city. Police said they seized 12 sachets of "shabu" (crystal meth) weighing about 50 grams, drug paraphernalia, and the marked money from the suspects. Four suspects will be charged with violating the Comprehensive Dangerous D...

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Ifugao, other areas to be downgraded to Alert Level 3 from Feb. 1 to 15

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:32
  MANILA, Philippines --- Due to the declining COVID-19 cases, Ifugao Province will be downgraded to Alert Level 3 starting February 1 until 15, Malacaang said on Monday. "May bagong desisyon na po ang IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases) sa probinsya ng Ifugao. Mula Alert Level 4 ay ibinaba na po natin ito to Alert Level 3," Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced during the Palace press briefing. (The IATF has come up with a decision on Ifugao Province's alert status. From Alert Level 4, we downgraded it to Alert Level 3.) The deescalation came after Metro Manila's alert level was lowered to 2 from 3. Seven provinces are also under A...

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Drug suspect falls in Batangas bust

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:26
LUCENA CITY----A drug suspect was arrested in a buy-bust operation Monday in Lipa City in Batangas. The Batangas police reported that anti-illegal drugs operatives collared at 3:15 a.m. Rowena Ramos, 34, while selling a pack of shabu (crystal meth) worth P12,000 to an undercover cop in Barangay Mataas na Lupa. The suspect was jailed while a charge for possession of illegal drugs was being prepared. lzb...

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Cops nab armed drug suspect in Laguna

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:23
LUCENA CITY----Police arrested Sunday an armed drug suspect in Calamba City in Laguna province. The Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) police reported that anti-narcotics agents nabbed at 6:45 p.m. Jhomel Necerio after selling shabu (crystal meth) to an undercover police officer acting as a drug user in Barangay Parian. The suspect yielded 11 sachets of crystal meth. Authorities also found Necerio carrying a loaded caliber .38 gun. The suspect was detained and faced charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, gun laws, and election gun ban. lzb...

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NBA: LeBron James out ‘as long as the swelling is there’

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:23
Lakers superstar LeBron James returned to Los Angeles to begin treatment on his left knee, coach Frank Vogel said Sunday. Vogel said an MRI on James' knee revealed "general swelling." "As long as the swelling is there, he is going to be out," Vogel said of James, who is still considered day-to-day. James, 37, already had been ruled out for his third straight game when Los Angeles visited the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday. The Lakers return to action at home on Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers. A four-time NBA MVP and 18-time All-Star, James is averaging 29.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game this season. James has played in 1,346 games in his career, ...

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Moreno presents 10-point agenda towards economic growth: Main focus is life, livelihood

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Monday presented his 10-point agenda for economic growth and recovery if he is elected president, vowing to focus on life and livelihood amid the COVID-19 crisis. Moreno mentioned 10 sectors that his administration would focus on, should he win in the 2022 national elections: Housing Education Labor and employment Health Tourism and the creative industry Infrastructures Digital transformation and industry 4.0 Agriculture Good governance Smart governance When asked what would be his priority in the 10-point agenda, the Mayor pointed to life and livelihood encompassing various pointers of his plan. "Again, as you ...

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New Delhi’s homeless shiver through harsh cold snap

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:19
NEW DELHI --- India's capital New Delhi is shivering through an unusually harsh bout of winter cold, blamed for killing scores of homeless people and leaving other hard-up residents struggling to keep warm. The sprawling megacity's 20 million inhabitants are accustomed to year-round weather extremes, from blistering summer heat to torrential downpours and thick, toxic smog at the end of autumn. Still, the bracing chill and blustery rains this month have been an ordeal for many, with Delhi on Tuesday recording its coldest January day in nearly a decade. "There's no denying that it's very cold," 30-year-old Mukesh told AFP from his bed at a homeless shelter on the weekend. ...

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Trump says he wanted Pence to overturn 2020 election

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 01/31/2022 - 12:17
Former President Donald Trump in a statement Sunday said he wanted then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election, repeating the false claim that Pence had the power to do so and slamming recent bipartisan efforts to reform the Electoral Count Act.
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