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King Charles III to host South African president in first state visit of reign

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 4 min ago
  London, United Kingdom ---King Charles III will next month host the first state visit of his new reign when South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife travel to Britain, Buckingham Palace announced Monday. "The President of the Republic of South Africa... has accepted an invitation from his majesty the king to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom from Tuesday 22nd November to Thursday 24th November 2022," the palace said. "The king and the queen consort (Camilla) will host the state visit at Buckingham Palace," it added, noting South Africa's first lady Tshepo Motsepe would accompany her husband on the visit. Charles III ascended to the throne followin...

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NBA: Miami Heat sign Herro to four-year contract extension

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 12 min ago
MIAMI - Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro, last season's NBA Sixth Man of the Year, has signed a four-year contract extension, the team announced Sunday. Multiple reports said the deal was worth an average of $30 million per season with performance incentives over the life of the contract that could make it worth as much as $130 million. "Tyler is an impact multi-faceted player and we are excited to have him signed for the next five years," Heat president Pat Riley said. "His improvement every year since we drafted him has led to this day. We believe he will continue to get better." The 22-year-old American was taken 13th overall by Miami in the 2019 NBA Draft. The Heat rea...

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Hurricane Ian death toll climbs to 83, officials defend response

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 14 min ago
  MIAMI --- The death toll from Hurricane Ian climbed past 80 on Sunday as embattled residents in Florida and the Carolinas faced a recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars, and some officials faced criticism over their response to the storm. The death toll was expected to keep rising as floodwaters receded and search teams pushed farther into areas initially cut off from the outside world. Hundreds of people have been rescued as emergency workers sifted through homes and buildings inundated with water or completely washed away. At least 85 storm-related deaths have been confirmed since Ian crashed ashore Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wedn...

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Privacy commission sets eyes on data aggregators again amid text scams

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 19 min ago
The National Privacy Commission (NPC) is investigating data aggregators once more for their supposed part in the continued proliferation of text scams, almost three weeks after the government agency downplayed the role of these data firms in the sham. NPC Deputy Commissioner Leandro Angelo Y. Aguirre said in an interview with DZMM radio over the weekend that scammers have changed their methods to fool people into giving them sensitive personal details. "There are now sender IDs again that are, for example, pretending your bank account has been compromised, saying to click this link. SIM (subscriber identification module) cards are not used in these instances. It looks like data agg...

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NFT Instagram And Facebook Sharing Now In The US

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 25 min ago
Meta announced that it would allow US users to share non-fungible tokens on Facebook and Instagram. Also, it allowed more than 100 countries to share NFTs on the latter. People in the United States may connect their crypto wallets to their profiles. Then, they could make posts featuring the NFTs in them. Meta said NFT Instagram and Facebook sharing "automatically tags the creator and collector." Even better, activating the feature requires a few taps. How do the new NFT Instagram and Facebook feature work? Non-fungible tokens record the ownership of physical and digital objects via crypto networks like Ethereum. Now, you can share NFTs on Meta's social media apps. First, e...

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Tesla’s robot waves but can’t walk, yet

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 30 min ago
SAN FRANCISCO -Tesla CEO Elon Musk showed off on Friday a prototype of its humanoid robot 'Optimus', predicting the electric vehicle maker would be able to produce millions and sell them for under $20,000 - less than a third of the price of a Model Y. Musk said he expected Tesla would be ready to take orders for the robot in three to five years, and described an effort to develop the product over a decade or more, the most detailed vision he has provided to date on a business he has said could be bigger than Tesla's EV revenue. Tesla's push to design and build mass-market robots that would also be tested by working jobs in its factories sets it apart from other manufacturers th...

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China’s Zhejiang Geely buys 7.6% stake in Aston Martin

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 37 min ago
Chinese automotive company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group said on Friday it bought a 7.6-percent stake in British luxury carmaker Aston Martin, but did not disclose the deal value. Based on Aston Martin's closing share price on Sept. 29, the stake is valued at 66.6 million pounds ($74 million). It was bought by Li Shufu, founder and chairman of Zhejiang Geely, Aston Martin said in a regulatory filing, making the Chinese firm one of the top shareholders in the British carmaker, according to Refinitiv Eikon. "We look forward to exploring potential opportunities to engage and collaborate with Aston Martin as it continues to execute its strategy to achieve long term, sustainable growt...

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China’s Xiaomi says will protect business interests after assets frozen in India

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 42 min ago
MUMBAI - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp on Sunday said it was "disappointed" with an Indian order that froze $682 million of its assets and would continue to protect its interests. An Indian appellate authority on Friday confirmed an April order by India's federal financial crime fighting agency, the Enforcement Directorate, to seize 55.51 billion rupees, saying a probe found Xiaomi had made illegal remittances to foreign entities by passing them off as royalty payments. The Chinese smart devices firm in a statement on Sunday said that over 84 percent of 55.51 billion Indian rupees seized by the Enforcement Directorate earlier this year was the royalty payment made to U.S. ch...

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Japan’s business mood worsens in Q3 – BOJ tankan

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 48 min ago
TOKYO - Japanese manufacturers' business mood worsened in the three months to September, a central bank survey showed on Monday, bolstering views that the weakening yen and its inflationary impact on business costs undermined a fragile economic recovery. Adding to the gloom, fears of a global economic slowdown cloud the outlook for the export-reliant economy, which is still just emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. Service-sector sentiment brightened a tad from three months ago, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" survey showed, although retailers were less optimistic due to the rising cost of living blamed on higher commodity prices and the boost to import prices from the yen's declin...

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Oil prices jump more than 3% as OPEC+ mulls cuts of up to 1 million bpd

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 53 min ago
SINGAPORE - Oilprices jumped more than 3 percent in early Asian trade on Monday as OPEC+ considers cutting output of up to 1 million barrels per day at a meeting this week to support the market. Brent crude futures rebounded $2.82, or 3.3 percent, to $87.96 a barrel by 2337 GMT after settling down 0.6 percent on Friday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was at $82.09 a barrel, up $2.60, or 3.3 percent, following a 2.1 percent loss in the previous session. Oilprices have tumbled for four straight months since June as COVID-19 lockdowns in top energy consumer China hurt demand while rising interest rates and a surging U.S. dollar weighed on global financial markets. To support pr...

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F1: Sergio Perez wins in rainy Singapore Grand Prix as Max Verstappen made to wait for title

Inquirer Breaking News - 8 hours 54 min ago
Sergio Perez won a rain-affected Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday leaving his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen to wait at least another week to retain his Formula One world championship. The Mexican took the chequered flag 7.5sec ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. However, he had to endure a nervy few hours before his victory was confirmed when he was penalized five seconds for a safety car infringement. Carlos Sainz was third to make it a double podium for Ferrari in the night race that started more than an hour late because of a storm. It was the first grand prix to be held under lights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit since 2019 because of the coronavirus pandemic....

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Philippine thrift banks embrace sustainable finance

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 29 sec ago
The umbrella organization of thrift banks in the Philippines has committed to support the sustainable finance road map pushed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), as the regulator issued guidelines on the implementation of the Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) System. The sustainable finance road map covers green finance, which is designed to facilitate the flow of funds toward planet-friendly economic activities as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. "Recent and current events such as the ongoing pandemic and natural calamities have triggered awareness about the importance of sustainability in various industries including banking," Chamber...

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Filipino BPO veteran named Alorica’s global COO

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 6 min ago
Philippine business process outsourcing (BPO) veteran Rainero "Bong" Borja has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) of Alorica Inc., tasked to oversee the company's operations across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. Borja was Alorica's president of Asia-Pacific operations for the past 10 years. He is also a founder and former chair of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines. He is seen to play an instrumental role in leading Alorica's global operations involving more than 100,000 workforce as the company continues to level up its talent, technologies and service offerings. He will still directly manage the ...

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Tourists coming back, taking longer holidays, say PH tour operators

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 14 min ago
Philippine tour operators are optimistic about the continued recovery of the tourism sector this year, projecting an industry comeback to prepandemic levels sometime next year as lockdown measures ease further and local travelers get back to normalcy. Philippine Tour Operators Association Inc. (PHILTOA) first vice president Mary Ann Ong said, "We are very optimistic this year -- maybe a little bit less compared to prepandemic levels," Ong told the Inquirer at the sidelines of the opening day for the 33rd Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. "Although almost all of our (regional destinations) are open now, it's just that some foreign visitors --- like t...

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Palace confirms Bongbong Marcos’ ‘productive’ weekend trip to Singapore

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 19 min ago
    MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang and an official from Singapore on Monday confirmed that President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. visited the city-state and met with a Singaporean official on the sidelines of the F1 Grand Prix race over the weekend. In a Facebook post, Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said Marcos' trip to Singapore was a "productive" one. "Naging produktibo ang pagdalaw sa Singapore ni Pangulong Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.," she said as she reposted Singaporean Minister for Manpower Tan See Ling's post. (The trip of the President to Singapore was a productive one.) "Pinagpatibay niya ang mga pangunahing usapan sa huling state v...

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Pagasa: Fair Monday weather in most parts of PH

Inquirer Breaking News - 9 hours 40 min ago
  MANILA, Philippines --- Scattered rain showers will persist in Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, and Bicol Region due to the easterlies, while fair weather is expected in the rest of the country, the state weather bureau said on Monday. In its early morning update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the easterlies are affecting the eastern parts of Luzon and Visayas, while the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting Mindanao. "Dahil sa easterlies, inaasahan po natin ang maulap na kalangitan na may kalat-kalat na pag-ulan at thunderstorm sa Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, at kasama na rin ang Bicol region," Pagas...

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Tennis: Djokovic cruises past Cilic to capture Tel Aviv title

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 25 min ago
    Top seed Novak Djokovic produced a stellar display to sweep aside Croatian Marin Cilic 6-3 6-4 in the final of the ATP 250 Tel Aviv Open on Sunday and clinch his third title of the season. Djokovic, playing in his first singles event since winning a seventh Wimbledon crown in July, launched an early attack on his opponent's formidable serve as he broke Cilic in the second game before going on to take the opener in just under 50 minutes. Cilic, largely untroubled on serve all week, found himself under constant pressure against the Serbian's deep returns and was broken again in the first game of the second set, allowing Djokovic to seize control of the match. ...

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Florida, Carolinas face daunting recovery after Hurricane Ian

Inquirer Breaking News - 10 hours 49 min ago
  MIAMI - The remnants of Hurricane Ian drifted through Virginia early on Sunday, while storm-ravaged residents in Florida and the Carolinas faced a disaster recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. The storm's death toll was expected to rise as floodwaters receded and search teams pushed farther into areas initially cut off from the outside world, where hundreds of people have been rescued. At least 53 storm-related deaths have been confirmed since Ian crashed ashore Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 km per hour). Florida accounted for the bulk of ...

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Ukraine reclaims full control from Russia of logistics hub, asserts further gains

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 54 sec ago
  KYIV - Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of the eastern logistics hub of Lyman, its most significant battlefield gain from Russia in weeks, providing a potential staging post for further attacks to the east while heaping further pressure on the Kremlin. The stinging setback for Russian President Vladimir Putin was delivered after he proclaimed the annexation of four regions covering nearly a fifth of Ukraine on Friday, an area that includes Lyman. Kyiv and the West have condemned the proclamation as an illegitimate farce. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the capture of the town, where Ukrainian flags were raised over civic buildings on Saturday, demon...

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Manifest V3 Will Change Your Google Ad Blocker

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 30 min ago
The world's favorite web browser will undergo a major change in 2024. Specifically, it could affect how your Google Ad Blocker will work in the future! The new change could bog down your online browsing experience with a barrage of ads. On the other hand, the longer transition period could give developers enough time to make ad blockers more private than ever before. This article will explain the Manifest V3 update will change how your Google Ad Blocker works. Also, we will discuss how it promises to improve other features and how the update will roll out. What is a web browser manifest? The word "manifest" may seem intimidating, but we could define it in layman's terms. It i...

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