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Despite losing mom to COVID-19, Chanda chooses to see the silver lining

Inquirer Breaking News - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 00:10
  For Christmas, Chanda Romero's wish is to be able to fly to Cebu to pay her respects to her late mother, who died of COVID-19. "I haven't been to Cebu since the pandemic started ... I hope I can go back and visit her. That's what I'm wishing for," the veteran actress, who's based in Manila, told the Inquirer in a recent virtual conference for the GMA 7 drama series "Prima Donnas." Her mother, Remedios Romero, tested positive for the coronavirus last June and passed away the following month---this despite showing encouraging signs of recovery later on. Envisioning her mother's final moments is painful, Chanda said. "I could only imagine how lonely her death was, bec...

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Meet Rebekah Mercer, the deep-pocketed co-founder of Parler, a controversial conservative social network

CNN Top Stories - Mon, 11/16/2020 - 00:05
Rebekah Mercer, a prominent conservative donor, revealed Saturday that she is helping to bankroll Parler, the rapidly growing but controversial conservative social media platform that was at the top of App Store charts last week.
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Fareed: The conspiracy theory of the 2020 election is here to stay

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:59
CNN's Fareed Zakaria makes the case that President Trump's attempts to delegitimize the results of the 2020 US election are damaging to America's democracy, even though President-elect Biden is set to become the 46th president of the United States.
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'Frankly embarrassing': Tapper breaks down Trump's lawsuits alleging voter fraud

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:41
CNN's Jake Tapper breaks down President Donald Trump's legal cases in which he attributes his 2020 presidential loss to claims of voter fraud, despite a lack of evidence.
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Journalist Malu Cadeliña-Manar, 52

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:37
KIDAPAWAN CITY, Cotabato, Philippines --- Veteran print and broadcast journalist Malu Cadelina-Manar died on Sunday night due to cardiac arrest. She was 52. Manar, a public affairs anchor of Ronda FM in Kidapawan City and correspondent of online news portal Mindanews and newspaper Manila Bulletin, complained of chest pain and was rushed to the Kidapawan Medical Specialist Hospital, where she breathed her last at 6:30 p.m. Manar had been with the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corp. (NDBC) for many years. She received numerous awards as a radio personality. She also took part in training overseas as a print journalist. She fought hard against "envelopmental journalism," a colloquial...

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Fauci: 'It would be better' if government health officials could start working with incoming Biden-Harris administration

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:34
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that "it would be better" if government health officials could start working with President-elect Joe Biden's transition team, underscoring the importance of a smooth transition process as the country grapples with the worsening coronavirus pandemic.
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De los Santos back with more gold medals

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:26
MANILA, Philippines --- James De Los Santos is back winning gold medals after ruling two tournaments in a span of 10 days. The world's no.1 eKATA practitioner beat world No. 10 Alfredo Bustamante of the United States, 24.80-24.48, to take the gold medal in the Okinawa eTournament World Series #2 for the 20th title of his career De Los Santos then bested Switzerland's Matias Moreno Domont, the No.4 ranked in the world, 25.3-24.2 for the Nox Dojo Markham City Open eTournament title, bringing his gold medal count to 21. "Continuing to widen the gap in the virtual kata world rankings! I'm much more motivated!" posted De Los Santos on his social media accounts Sunday. De Los Santos' stu...

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A 'transformational' and inexpensive polypill could cut heart attacks and strokes up to 40%, study finds

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 23:10
In what some researchers are calling a "transformational approach to preventing heart disease," an inexpensive polypill, along with an aspirin, cut heart attacks and strokes by up to 40%, according new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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Trump for the first time says Biden won election and falsely blames conspiracy theories for his loss

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:59
President Donald Trump for the first time Sunday morning acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's victory while falsely blaming his loss on a string of baseless conspiracy theories.
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Dr. Fauci discusses President Trump impeding transition amid pandemic

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:56
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper that it would make for a smoother transition amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic if government health officials could start working with the incoming Biden-Harris administration.
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John King: Biden won. Everything Trump said after that is not true

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:36
President Trump for the first time acknowledged President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, tweeting, "He won because the Election was Rigged," before continuing to blame his loss on baseless and debunked conspiracy theories about the election.
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CNN's John King breaks down race for Senate majority

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:32
CNN's John King breaks down the implications of the 2020 election results as it becomes clear that President-elect Joe Biden has claimed a decisive victory, but Democrats' power in the House has slightly weakened.
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Coronavirus in the US: 45 of 50 states heading in wrong direction

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:15
Across the US, 45 states are reporting an increase of cases above 10% compared to last week, which has brought the national total to more than 10.9 million cases and 245,600 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. CNN's John King reports.
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Trump still refuses to concede

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:14
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Unused smartphones weigh more than 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes, says study

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:08
In recent years, the appetite for buying and selling refurbished smartphones has grown considerably. But still, the number of handsets lying dormant in our closets and drawers is dizzying. According to a recent study covering 27 countries worldwide, the cumulative number of shelved cell phones per capita accounts for some 23,964 tonnes of e-waste, equals to more than 54 Boeing 747-8 airplanes. The study, carried out by the online used electronics store reBuy and covering 27 countries worldwide, shows that disposing of old mobile phones remains an arduous endeavor for many households. That particularly seems to be the case in Sweden, where there's an average 1.31 shelved mobiles...

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Al Qaeda leader dead after mysterious murder in Tehran

CNN Top Stories - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:03
A senior counterterrorism official told CNN that Abu Muhammad al-Masri, one of the most important figures in al Qaeda, is "probably dead." CNN's Oren Liebermann reports on this mysterious death.
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80s cast of Repertory Philippines’ ‘The Sound of Music’ serenades with ‘Paraiso’

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 22:01
MANILA, Philippines --- The cast of theater company Repertory Philippines' staging of "The Sound of Music" in the 1980s came together to commemorate the World Day of the Poor by offering viewers their rendition of "Paraiso." The four-minute video was posted on the Facebook page of Senator Risa Hontiveros, who, as a young girl, played the character of Louisa Von Trapp. https://www.facebook.com/hontiverosrisa/videos/369992264220855/ "Muli kaming nagsama-sama, ang 1980 cast ng 'The Sound of Music' ng Repertory Philippines, para sa makabuluhang paggunita ng #WorldDayofthePoor2020," Hontiveros captioned the video. (We once again got together, the 1980 cast of 'The Sound of Music' ...

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Car parts made from rice husks coming soon?

Inquirer Breaking News - Sun, 11/15/2020 - 21:54
Spanish carmaker Seat is testing car parts made from rice husks as an alternative to plastic for its upcoming models, particularly for interior trims. As well as the ecological dimension, the change would also reduce the weight of its vehicles, in turn reducing their carbon footprint. The prototype trim elements are currently being made using Oryzite, a renewable and sustainable material made using rice husks. Over 700 million tonnes of rice are harvested worldwide each year, and around 20% of that, or around 140 million tonnes, consists of rice husks, most of which is disposed of. But what if it was recycled instead? The makers of Oryzite decided to turn rice husks into a new ...

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