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Total election returns at PPCRV now at 69.68%

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:41
MANILA, Philippines --- A total of 75,107 election returns (ERs) have so far been received by poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) on Tuesday. According to PPCRV in an update that as of 10:30 a.m, the number is equivalent to 69.68 percent of the total ERs. These will be used by the poll watchdog to verify--- through the help of hundreds of volunteer encoders--- if they match with the electronic results from the Commission on Elections' (Comelec) transparency server. The total ERs received consist of 45,271 ERs from North and South Luzon, 10,033 from Metro Manila, 13,751 were from Visayas and 6,052 were from Mindanao. On the other hand, no ERs f...

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Why the fashion world has a fetish for toes

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:39
During the couture shows at Paris Fashion Week this past January, luxury fashion house Schiaparelli unveiled a new, instantly adored collection of gilded corsets, cosmos-inspired designs and dramatic black-and-white silhouettes. But each runway look was offset with a curious sartorial detail: either a pair of black pumps with gold dagger-like toenails (dubbed "claw couture" on Schiaparelli's Instagram) or a manicured set of toenails carved into a pair of slingbacks.
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Cannes film fest launches with veterans and zombies

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:36
The red carpet is ready for the opening of the 75th Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, with Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the first guest of honor and a French zombie comedy to kick off proceedings. The masks are off, health passes are no longer needed and the world's leading cinema get-together is ready to party after two years in which the pandemic put a dampener on proceedings. Whitaker, the 60-year-old star of "The Last King of Scotland" and cult films such as "Ghost Dog" and recent TV hit "Godfather of Harlem," will pick up an honorary Palme d'Or at the opening ceremony on the Cote d'Azur.   He won an acting award at the festival back in 1988 for his role as...

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Ten years from boom to bust, Chinese football in a tailspin

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:32
A decade after the splash of Chinese cash first made waves in the global football market, the once racing certainty that China would become a major player in the game looks increasingly like a long-odds gamble.
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Russia says talks with Ukraine are not going on ‘in any form’ – Ifax

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:32
  Russia and Ukraine are not holding talks "in any form", Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko as saying on Tuesday. "No, negotiations are not going on. Ukraine has practically withdrawn from the negotiation process," Interfax cited Rudenko as saying. RELATED STORIES Russia's Lavrov says Finland, Sweden joining Nato makes 'no big difference' Ukraine restarts gas distribution stations, supplies in Kharkiv Nato expects Turkey not to hold up Finland, Sweden membership War in Ukraine: Latest developments Flood saves Ukrainian village from Russian occupation Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east...

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Velasco endorses Romualdez as next House Speaker

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:27
MANILA, Philippines --- House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Tuesday endorsed Majority Leader Martin Romualdez as the Speaker of the lower chamber in the 19th Congress. During their meeting in Makati City, Velasco said that Romualdez' election as the Speaker of the 19th Congress "will ensure that the legislative agenda of the incoming administration will be pursued and completed." "Romualdez has my support and friendship," Velasco said. Velasco likewise thanked Romualdez for being a "steady partner and ally" in the 18th Congress. "His strong leadership and support as our Majority Leader were crucial to the passage of relevant and timely pandemic-response measures and the appro...

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Russia’s Lavrov says Finland, Sweden joining Nato makes ‘no big difference’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:26
  Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Finland and Sweden joining Nato would probably make "not much difference" as the two countries had long participated in the alliance's military drills. "Finland and Sweden, as well as other neutral countries, have been participating in Nato military exercises for many years," Lavrov said. "Nato takes their territory into account when planning military advances to the East. So in this sense there is probably not much difference. Let's see how their territory is used in practice in the North Atlantic alliance." RELATED STORIES   'Dancing, not war': Signs of normality in Ukraine's shattered Kharkiv...

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Hezbollah's coalition loses parliamentary majority in Lebanon's first vote after uprising, financial collapse

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:24
The Iran-backed political and militant group Hezbollah has lost its parliamentary coalition majority in a Lebanese election that delivered significant gains to its rivals as well as to a protest movement that swept the country in a 2019 uprising, final results showed Tuesday.
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PBA: Ginebra gets Gray from Terrafirma for Gomez de Liano, Enriquez

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:19
MANILA, Philippines---Perennial title contender and crowd darling Barangay Ginebra was among the first teams to make personnel moves ahead of the Philippine Basketball Association's 47th season. The Gin Kings on Tuesday have agreed on a deal with Terrafirma to land Jeremiah Gray, the second overall pick of Sunday's Rookie Draft, in exchange forJaviGomezde Liao and incoming sophomore Brian Enriquez. Gray, who was drafted by league doormat Terrafirma, is currently nursing his knee in the United States, but head coach Tim Cone said that the 6-foo-5 forward's rehabilitation is but a small inconvenience to the club, which is on a mission to reclaim the Philippine Cup. "Jeremiah is a tale...

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House panel to hold highly anticipated public hearing on UFOs

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:13
A House panel is set to hold a public hearing on Tuesday on "unidentified aerial phenomena," popularly known as UFOs, a high-profile moment for a controversial topic that has long been relegated to the fringes of public policy.
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How golfers embraced fitness training and 'learned to love' the gym

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:12
Trevor Anderson calls it a "lightbulb" moment for Jordan Spieth.
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Pimentel says open to joining Senate minority; political dynasties are legal

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:11
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Tuesday expressed his disinterest in building "alliances" in the Senate, as well as his willingness to work as part of the Senate minority. "I'm not so interested in all of these alliances that they're building because I'm open to not belonging to the majority...I'm flexible enough to belongto the majority or to the minority but right now, I'm not really moving so that I will belong to the majority," he said on CNN Philippines' The Source. "If I get left behind, therefore, I will belong to the minority. Okay lang sa akin (It's okay with me)," he also said Set to end his second term as senator in 2025, Pimentel steer...

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Marcos camp on Romualdez speakership bid: We respect House independence

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:11
    MANILA, Philippines --- The camp of presumptive president Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Tuesday it will respect the independence of the legislative branch as it refused to comment on the current race for the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. This development came after several political groups and prominent individuals in the House have endorsed Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, cousin of Marcos Jr., as the Speaker for the 19th Congress. "I think we're still in the 18th Congress. For the incoming, we're not yet in the position to be making any comment on that since it will be presumptuous to join the fray," Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos Jr.'...

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Q1 foreign investment pledges fall to lowest since 2009

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:09
MANILA, Philippines---Ahead of the May 9 presidential elections, pledges from foreign investors who wanted to avail themselves of tax and other perks for their forthcoming projects fell 54.1 percent year-on-year to P8.9 billion during the first quarter--also the lowest quarterly haul since the global financial crisis 13 years ago. The latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data on Tuesday (May 17) showed that commitments approved by the country's seven investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from January to March dropped from P19.6 billion in the first three months of last year. IPAs give away fiscal incentives to qualified projects. Historical PSA data showed that the first-qua...

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Rabiya Mateo reminisces on her Miss Universe moments one year after pageant

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:06
Rabiya Mateo looked back at her experiences with Miss Universe, one year since she represented the Philippines in the global pageant. The actress and Miss Universe Philippines 2020 titleholder recalled her pageant journey while showing moments of herself at the Miss Universe competition, via her Instagram page today, May 17. Mateo can be seen in her Philippine flag-inspired national costume, in her yellow two-piece bikini for the swimsuit competition, as well as a series of candid selfies and glam shots throughout the pageant. "Rabiya Mateo, Philippines!" Mateo said. "Random photos and videos from my [Miss Universe] journey that happened exactly one year ago. Forever gra...

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Pléiades Neo, the next generation Earth observation constellation for a promising future

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 16:52
Pliades Neo is a breakthrough in the Very High-Resolution (VHR) Earth observation domain, which will allow, once complete, to image any point of the globe, several times per day, at 30cm resolution. The constellation is made of four identical satellites, built using the latest Airbus' innovations and technological developments. Highly agile and reactive, they can be tasked up to 15 minutes before acquisition, and send the images back to Earth within the following hour. The Pliades Neo satellites have been entirely self-funded, designed and manufactured by Airbus. Smaller, lighter, more agile, accurate and reactive than the competition, they are the first of their class whose capacity wil...

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SEA Games: Rubilen Amit captures women’s 9-ball gold

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 16:49
HANOI -- Rubilen Amit staved off a mini rally by Singaporean rival Jessica Tan to handily win, 7-2, the women's 9-ball gold medal on Tuesday in the 31st Southeast Asian Games The Filipino former world champion quickly took a 3-0 in their final prompting Tan to call a timeout. When play resumed the 40-year-old Amit encountered a rough fourth rack where she scratched twice, allowing the Singaporean to take the next two racks. But there's no stopping Amit as she displayed composure worthy of an eight-time SEA Games champion. She next pounced on a missed corner 1-ball and rode on that momentum to claim her third 9-ball title in the biennial meet. It was the country's first...

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Digital Edge to usher new energy efficiency standards to PH data center market

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 05/17/2022 - 16:49
MANILA, Philippines --- Data center platform firm Digital Edge will usher new energy efficiency standards to its data center market in Manila. The company announced that it will deploy Nortek's patented StatePoint liquid cooling technology in NARRA1, its data center under construction making the Digital Edge the first colocation operator to utilize the technology in Asia. "The use of this industry leading, sustainable cooling solution will enable Digital Edge to achieve its ambition to create the most energy and water efficient data center in the Philippines," the firm said in a statement. NARRA1, "set to be the largest carrier neutral facility in operational capacity" in th...

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