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Glenn Close to star in online adaptation of ‘Angels in America’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:27
Glenn Close, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Paul Dano, Brian Tyree Henry and Jeremy O. Harris will headline the "Scenes from Angels in America" broadcast on Oct. 8 on Broadway.com's YouTube channel to raise funds for the Foundation for AIDS Research or amfAR. While Tony Kushner's "Angels in America" is a two-act play, only seven scenes were selected by amfAR because of their "relevance to and resonance with our present emergency," meaning the COVID-19 pandemic. The scenes were recorded on iPhones at home by the 15 actors headlining the broadcast and helmed by director Ellie Heyman and creative director Paul Tate dePoo III. American composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone also took part in the...

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House minority bloc wants Badoy out for ‘malicious red-tagging’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:17
MANILA, Philippines --- The minority bloc lawmakers of the House of Representatives have called on the resignation of Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary Lorraine Badoy over her "malicious red-tagging" of Makabayan bloc lawmakers. In a manifesto, which was read by Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante during the plenary on Tuesday, minority lawmakers said PCOO, through Badoy, has "made use its resources to peddle fake news disinformation, and attacks on critics and the opposition, in an attempt to curtail dissent." "At the forefront of these attacks is PCOO Usec. Lorraine Badoy. Her actions as an appointed government official do not uphold the basic Filipin...

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Sell Japan assets? Trade health execs in ‘slave markets’ instead – Locsin

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:15
MANILA, Philippines --- Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stood pat on his opposition against the sale of Philippine properties in Japan, saying the government should instead sell "corrupt and incompetent" health officials in slave markets to raise funds to fight COVID-19. In separate tweets on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) chief also suggested selling the properties of several departments, including the Department of Health (DOH). "To raise funds to fight [COVID-19] don't sell Japan properties. Sell corrupt and incompetent health officials in the slave markets of North Africa. Although nearly worthless if we sell them all we'll raise [is] a bit," Locs...

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New start date for coronavirus-delayed Olympic torch relay

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:09
The Tokyo 2020 torch relay, which was put on hold when the Olympics were delayed over the coronavirus, will start next March from Japan's Fukushima region, organizers said Monday. The Olympic flame had already arrived in Japan from Greece and the relay was days from beginning earlier this year when organizers and Olympic officials took the historic decision to postpone the Games by 12 months. The flame is currently on display in Tokyo. The relay will now start on March 25, 2021, beginning in the Fukushima region hit by nuclear disaster after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The relay, which will see the flame travel to all 47 prefectures of Japan, is being organized under...

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500th anniversary of Philippine Christianization moved to 2022

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 17:08
CEBU CITY ---- Due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Catholic Church leaders in the country have decided to move the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines from April 2021 to April 2022. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in a press conference on Tuesday, explained that the grand event is expected to draw throngs of people and since mass gathering remained prohibited, it is prudent to postpone the activity. "The (event is moved to 2022) simply because we could not control COVID-19 and we could not gather people hence there is not much significance. We are also following the mindset of Rome. Rome has pushed many activities. If not for COVID-19, we should...

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16 Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months return to PH

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:59
MANILA, Philippines --- Sixteen Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months finally returned to the Philippines on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Three land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also joined the repatriation, the DFA said in a statement. "Despite existing restrictions on the disembarkation of seafarers in China and the difficult conditions under which this special flight was mounted, the Department of Foreign Affairs remains committed to its promise of bringing our kabayan seafarers home," DFA Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola said. The plane carrying the 16 Filipinos landed at the Ninoy Aquino Internationa...

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Late-night hosts mock Trump over NYT tax report

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:58
Late-night hosts ridiculed President Donald Trump over revelations in The New York Times about his federal taxes returns.
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Suspected burglar hits policeman with Bible, arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:49
A burglary suspect was arrested after striking a policeman in the face with a Bible near his home in Florida, United States. Authorities arrived at Robert Otis Hoskins' residence on Sept. 22 after receiving a 911 call from his neighbor about a burglary, as per The Smoking Gun yesterday, Sept. 28. As one officer began questioning Hoskins, the suspect started shouting and approached the policeman while holding a Bible. Hoskins then threw the religious book which hit the policeman's face and jaw. Another officer also noted that Hoskins "stated something like 'I condemn you'" when he hurled the book. The policemen eventually managed to handcuff Hoskins after tasing him, according to th...

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Stricter security, imposition of health protocols in bus stations ordered

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:47
MANILA, Philippines --- The chief of Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield has ordered intensified security and stricter implementation of health protocols in transport terminals nationwide as 12 provincial bus routes are set to open on Wednesday, September 30. Police Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also directed police commanders to enforce the smoking ban policy inside bus terminals. "We need to ensure that both the bus company employees and the passengers will observe the minimum health safety standard protocol especially on the aspects of wearing face masks and face shields and the observation of physical distancing inside the passenger buses," Eleazar said in a statement. "Our...

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Carla Abellana bats for responsible pet care: ‘A pet is a commitment’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:41
Having pets entails a lot of work and effort, not to mention money. But more than this, it is a commitment which actress Carla Abellana adheres to. Abellana rattled off some "guidelines" for responsible pet care as per her Instagram post today, Sept. 29. For Abellana, a pet is a commitment which is why one should "carefully plan and assess your situation first, before getting a pet." https://www.instagram.com/p/CFtGN9RlX_0/ "Do you have the time, money and commitment to be with this pet --- in good times and in bad?" she asked. "Abandoned and neglected pets are results of poor planning and poor judgment," she stated. "They are not gadgets and toys that you can simply outgr...

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Man who advocates against child abuse accused of killing baby, arrested

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:39
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for murdering the 10-month old baby of his girlfriend in Oklahoma, USA. Officers last Friday, Sept. 25, responded to the report of a child in medical distress at the Mercy Minor Clinic in Yukon, the Oklahoma City Police Department disclosed on Facebook yesterday, Sept. 28. They found the victim, baby girl Paisely Cearley, with critical injuries. Her mother took her to the said hospital, where she died the following morning. https://www.facebook.com/okcpd/photos/a.219150134168/10158782941529169/ Joshua Jennings was first arrested on a complaint of child abuse, which has since been amended to first-degree murder following the baby's death...

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BTS’ upcoming online concert to feature up-to-date technologies

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:33
SEOUL --- K-pop sensation BTS will catch the eyes of its long-waiting fans with fresh up-to-date viewing experiences at its upcoming live online concert next month, its management agency said Tuesday. The online concert titled "BTS Map of the Soul ON:E" will be livestreamed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10 and at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11, according to Big Hit Entertainment. During the two-hour event, the septet will perform on a scale equivalent to an offline concert, featuring augmented reality and extended reality software technology with high-definition content. A multi-view live streaming service will also help audiences select and enjoy various scenes taken from six different angles on a ...

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Palace stands by policy to restrict senior citizens’ movement amid pandemic

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:30
MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Tuesday stood by the government's quarantine restrictions on senior citizens, saying the policy was borne out of science and medicine. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to a petition reportedly filed by a retired government official asking the Supreme Court to stop the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) from imposing restrictions on senior citizens during the pandemic. "The IATF cannot be bothered by this suit. Karapatan niya yan. Pero naninindigan po ang IATF na yung prohibition sa galaw ng senior is borne by science and medicine," Roque said in an online briefi...

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‘Runaway train’: Serena wins French Open opener; Nadal, too

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:29
PARIS--- No matter how much success they've had over the years, and to this day, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal both profess to deal with doubts. Both began this French Open with straight-set victories against overmatched foes in Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday. And both have something significant at stake over the coming two weeks: a chance to equal a record for Grand Slam singles titles. Williams already has 23, the most by anyone in the professional era; one more will allow her to tie Margaret Court's all-era mark. Nadal began his attempt to pull even with rival Roger Federer for the most by a man, 20, by beating Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. His 2020 de...

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Unmanned helicopter makes first test flight in China

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:22
BEIJING --- China's first unmanned helicopter specifically designed for plateau conditions conducted a test flight on Sunday at the world's highest altitude civilian airport, according to the model's developer, Aviation Industry Corp of China. AVIC, the country's leading aircraft conglomerate, said in a statement on Monday that the 15-minute test flight at Daocheng Yading Airport in Sichuan province set a high-altitude record for a domestic unmanned helicopter's takeoff and landing. Zeng Guogui, the aircraft's chief designer, said the test proved its reliability in plateau operation. He said the model can fly at least five hours with a payload of 80 kilograms, which means that ...

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2,025 new COVID-19 cases bring PH total to 309,303

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:19
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines' number of COVID-19 cases shot up to 309,303 after 2,025 new infections were recorded, according to the latest data released by the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday. Of the total cases, 50,925 are considered active cases, of which 86.5 percent are mild, 8.8 percent are asymptomatic, 3.3 percent are critical and 1.4 percent are severe. Metro Manila continues to be the top in terms of having newly-announced cases with 628, followed by Cavite with 279, Negros Occidental with 218, Laguna with 108, and Bulacan with 102. The latest data also showed that the health department reported 290 new recoveries, bringing the total to 252,930. ...

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HSBC: More cash won’t boost PH growth unless COVID-19 is controlled

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:19
MANILA, Philippines---Further monetary easing by the central bank will do little to prop Philippine economic growth unless local authorities are able to successfully control coronavirus transmission in the country, which has so far taken ill 307,288 people and killed 5,381. Thus said Hong Kong-based banking giant HSBC in its latest report which also noted that "people's mobility in the country remains the lowest in Asean, and there hasn't been much improvement even after the lockdown measures in Metro Manila were eased in mid-August." "Despite the challenging economic outlook, we don't believe additional rate cuts at this juncture would be supportive of growth," HSBC said. "The ...

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Duterte to lose credibility if speakership term-sharing deal is snubbed – Atienza

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:19
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte will lose "a lot of credibility" if the term-sharing deal on the speakership between Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, which the President himself brokered, will not push through, Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said Tuesday. "(I think) a lot of credibility will be lost. (If the President speaks the same tune) next time, people will be raising their eyebrows. Really? Will he stand by it?" he told reporters in an interview when asked what would be the effects if the term-sharing deal will not push through. In 2019, Duterte brokered a deal where Cayetano would serve as Speaker in the first 15 months of the 18...

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Marcos urges ‘respect for history’; pushes for creation of PH news, film archive

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Lamenting a supposed lack of respect for Philippine history, Senator Imee Marcos on Tuesday pushed for the creation of news, documentary, and film archive. During deliberations on the proposed 2021 budget of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Marcos underscored the importance of archiving documentaries as well as films. "Importante na mag-umpisa na tayo mag-archive. Importante talaga ang archive. Sa ngayon, ang tanging may archive lamang ay si FPJ (Fernando Poe Jr.). 'Yung iba eh...talagang wala tayong respeto sa ating kasaysayan," said Marcos, a daughter of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. (We need to start archiving. Archives are...

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PLDT: Maintenance work on undersea cable completed ahead of schedule

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 16:11
MANILA, Philippines --- Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. on Tuesday announced that the emergency maintenance activities on an undersea cable were completed "ahead of schedule." "We are happy to report that maintenance activities in the Asia-American Gateway (AAG) submarine cable has been completed one day ahead of schedule," PLDT said in an advisory. "We thank you for your cooperation and patience," it added. PLDT previously announced that maintenance activities on the AAG would take place from 8 a.m. of Sept. 25 to 5 a.m. of Sept. 30. https://www.facebook.com/PLDTpublicaffairs/posts/4473010959437274   The AAG is a 20,000-kilometer submarine cable system link...

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