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Australia reverses Trump-era recognition of West Jerusalem as capital of Israel

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:57
The Australian government has reversed a decision by its predecessor to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, prompting a rebuke from the Israeli government.
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NBA: Jalen Green ‘super excited’ to play with Rockets rookie Jabari Smith

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:52
MANILA, Philippines---Houston Rockets star Jalen Green is raring to get the new NBA season going and share the floor with highly-touted draft pick Jabari Smith Jr. Smith was selected third overall pick by the Rockets after Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic and Chet Holmgren of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2022 draft four months ago. The 6-foot-11 forward is expected to be a vital piece for the young Rockets along with Green and Kevin Porter Jr., who just signed a four-year extension. "I'm super excited to play with him (Smith). The young guys are going to be super good. He's super talented. He made an impact on our team from day one when he came in," Green said during ...

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Galloway: Musk and Kanye want 'me speech', not free speech

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:52
New York University Professor Scott Galloway says that Kanye West, Donald Trump and Elon Musk's quest to purchase social media platforms is driven by their personal desire to say whatever they want without consequence no matter the content.
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‘Every spine counts,’ says Mister Posture Philippines JP Guerrero

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:40
MANILA, Philippines --- Many people are still not familiar with the "World Spine Day" celebration every Oct. 16, and reigning Mister Posture Philippines JP Guerrero shared his thoughts on the significance of such an occasion. "We need to celebrate this day, Spine Day is important. Nowadays, health is very important," he told the Inquirer at the sidelines of the World Spine Day educational symposium held at the University of Makati in Makati City on Oct. 13. "We are still facing a pandemic right now, and we need to boost our immune system with the help of natural healthcare, such as chiropractic," Guerrero continued. This year's theme is "Every Spine Counts," and he took a li...

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Villar to DA: Why prefer imported hybrid rice seeds? Not all farmers can use it

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:37
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Cynthia Villar has questioned the Department of Agriculture (DA) over its reported preference toward hybrid rice seeds, stressing that such varieties are mostly imported and cannot be used by most rice farmers. During the Senate finance subcommittee hearing on DA's proposed 2023 budget on Tuesday, Villar suggested that instead of providing farmers hybrid rice seeds, inbred varieties should be given as the latter is locally sourced --- giving the local industry an advantage. Furthermore, fewer farmers benefit from hybrid seeds than inbred varieties, despite the higher prices needed to buy hybrid seeds. According to DA Assistant Secretary Arnel de ...

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Weekly COVID-19 positivity rate in Zambales rises anew

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:34
SAN ANTONIO, Zambales --- The province saw an increase in the weekly COVID-19 positivity rate as local health authorities continued to register a growing number of daily infections, data showed Tuesday, Oct. 18. The Octa Research said the province's COVID-19 positivity rate rose from 20.4 percent on Oct. 8 to 22 percent on Oct. 15. It was the third consecutive week that the province's virus positivity rate went up. OCTA said the positivity rate is the percentage of tests that turn out positive. Zambales remained on the list of provinces with a high COVID-19 positivity rate. In Central Luzon, it joins Bataan and Tarlac as provinces with an increasing rate. As of Monday,...

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Batangas mounts pageant to select province’s bets to national pageants

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:28
MANILA, Philippines --- The recent Filipino winners in big international pageants have celebrated their hometowns on the national and global stages, many of whom are former wards of proud Batangueo Arnold Mercado, who was instrumental in the success of 2013 Miss World Megan Young, 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, and 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa. None of them, however, are from his home province. "Megan is from Olongapo, Pia is from Cagayan de Oro, Kylie is from Baguio. Why have we not produced a big winner from Batangas? There are so many beautiful women in the province," Mercado said at the press presentation of the candidates for the first edition of the Mister and...

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China delays the release of GDP and other economic data without explanation amid Party Congress

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:27
China has abruptly delayed the publication of key economic data, one day before its scheduled release, as the ruling Communist Party gathers at a major political meeting against the backdrop of a faltering economy.
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Ukraine says Russia has kidnapped two officials at occupied nuclear plant

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:24
KYIV -- Ukraine's state nuclear energy company accused Russia on Tuesday of "kidnapping" two senior staff at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine. The power station's head of information technology, Oleh Kostyukov, and Oleh Oshek, an assistant to the plant's director, were seized on Monday, Energoatom wrote on the Telegram app on Tuesday. "At present, nothing is known of their whereabouts or condition," Energoatom's statement said.   RELATED STORIES Zaporizhzhia: the nuclear power plant caught in the war in Ukraine Russia missile strikes in Zaporizhzhia kill 13  ...

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DA’s massive budget for programs stumps Villar: ‘Parang naghimala’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:21
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Cynthia Villar was in disbelief that the bulk or 80 percent of the proposed 2023 Department of Agriculture (DA) budget would go to the agency's programs. "Parang mali' yan. Inilipat mo sa programs' yung other classifications," Villar said while DA officials were presenting their budget proposal of P163.7 billion during the hearing of the Senate subcommittee on finance on Tuesday. (I think that's wrong. You transferred the other classifications to programs.) Of the DA's proposed budget for next year, 80.36 percent or P131.5 billion, would go to programs and projects. In comparison, the rest would be distributed to personnel services (7.48 perce...

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Flurry of funds bet on bruised bitcoin’s allure

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:14
A growing number of funds are betting on the long-term appeal of bitcoin and ether, a gritty gambit in the depths of a crypto winter. Unfazed by a collapse in prices over the past 11 months, investment firms have unleashed a flurry of exchange-traded funds, anticipating that elite cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology will eventually prevail. Of more than 180 total active crypto exchange traded products (ETPs) and trust products globally, half have launched since the bitcoin bear market started, Morgan Stanley said in a note published this month. The proliferation came even as the total value of assets in the market slumped 70 percent to $24 billion in that period as cry...

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Comelec already solved most of election protest cases — Garcia

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:13
MANILA, Philippines --- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it had solved most of the recorded 30 election protest cases nationwide for the 2022 elections, poll body chairman George Erwin Garcia said on Tuesday. "Lucky for us, for the 2022 elections, sa Comelec, we received only about 30 election protest cases," Garcia said in a forum in Manila. "Ngayon po tatlo na lang ang natitira na protest because na dismiss na po lahat for insufficiency in form and substance," he added. (All but three election protests have been thrown out for insufficiency in form and substance.) Garcia also noted that no election protests were lodged against elected senators, the president, and ...

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Japanese Prime Minister orders investigation into controversial Unification Church

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:12
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has ordered an investigation into the Unification Church amid a growing scandal tying his ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to the controversial religious group.
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Indonesia’s PLN in talks with investors over early retirement of coal plants

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:05
JAKARTA - Indonesia's state utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) is in negotiations with U.S. and European investors to help finance an acceleration scheme for its coal power plant retirement, its chief executive said on Tuesday. PLN is targeting reaching net zero carbon emission by 2060 and planning the early retirement of coal plants worth a collective capacity of 10 gigawatts overall. "We are in the process of negotiating with global communities, American counterparts, European counterparts, global investment (firms), about an energy transition mechanism," Darmawan Prasodjo told a G20 side event in Indonesia's Bali, which was streamed online. He said 6.7 gigawatt of coal p...

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Neymar expected to testify at corruption trial in Barcelona

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:01
Just a month before the start of the World Cup, Brazilian superstar Neymar was expected to testify in a Spanish court Tuesday at his trial over alleged irregularities in his transfer to Barcelona nearly a decade ago. Neymar had been set to testify on either October 21 or 28 but the judge agreed to bring forward his hearing to avoid a clash with his football commitments. Wearing sunglasses and a dark suit, the 30-year-old arrived at the Provincial Court of Barcelona for the start of the trial Monday with his parents who are also in the dock. Neymar spent two hours at the court before he was excused by the judge for the rest of the day's hearing after his lawyers argued he nee...

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Marcos economic managers closely monitoring inflation rate, weakening peso

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 14:00
  MANILA, Philippines --- The economic managers of the Marcos administration assured the public that they are closely monitoring the developments of the country's inflation rate and the weakening of the peso, adding that the Philippines is on track with its short-term and medium-term goals. In a Palace briefing on Tuesday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the inflation rate and exchange rates were discussed during the President's meeting with his economic managers earlier in the morning. "What we need to do is to assure our people that we're on track and we're not detracted by these developments in achieving our short-term and medium-term goals," ...

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Bong Go pushes for building of specialty hospitals, health centers

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 13:58
MANILA, Philippines --- Acknowledging the demand for specialized inpatient and outpatient hospital services, Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has reiterated his call to bring quality health services to more rural communities as he pushes for the establishment of specialty hospitals or health centers nationwide. Go, who chairs the Senate committee on health and demography,pointed out that many Filipinos with health concerns, especially those in far-flung areas, struggle to receive immediate and adequate medical attention given the need to travel to urbanized cities to visit existing specialty hospitals. "Saksi ako sa nakakalungkot na sitwasyon ng ating mga kababayang may karamdaman sa ...

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Sterling jumps vs dollar on UK U-turn; yen scrabbles off 32-year trough

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 13:56
TOKYO - The dollar lost ground against sterling and other major peers on Tuesday as investor sentiment picked up following the UK's dramatic U-turn over the tax-slashing mini budget that had roiled global markets. The British pound extended gains following a media report that the Bank of England is set to delay quantitative tightening until bond markets calm. The yen pulled away from a fresh 32-year trough to the dollar marked late in the overnight session, while the risk-sensitive New Zealand dollar, already lifted by hotter-than-expected consumer inflation data, extended its surge to more than 1 percent. Sterling jumped 0.36 percent to $1.1398, approaching Monday's high of...

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UK seeks to block Chinese recruitment of British military pilots

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 13:51
    LONDON -- The Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday it was taking steps to stop China trying to recruit serving and former British military pilots to train Chinese armed forces. The BBC reported on Tuesday that up to 30 former military pilots had gone to train members of China's People's Liberation Army. "We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes attempting to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots to train People's Liberation Army personnel in the People's Republic of China," a Ministry of Defense spokesperson said in a statement. The department said it was "reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non-disclosur...

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Amazon to boost Thailand cloud infrastructure with $5-B investment

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 10/18/2022 - 13:47
Amazon Web Services (AWS),the cloud computing division of Amazon.com Inc, said on Monday it plans to invest $5 billion in Thailand over the next 15 years to strengthen its infrastructure in the country. The investment would include construction of data centers and purchase of goods and services from regional businesses, AWS said in a statement. It also plans to set up an infrastructure hub in Thailand's Bangkok to help customers in the region securely store data, and serve end users better. "AWS' plan to build data centers in Thailand is a significant milestone that will bring advanced cloud computing services to more organizations and help us deliver our Thailand 4.0 ambition t...

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