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Ben&Ben bassist to keep performing after onstage accident; organizers slammed for ‘negligence’

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 6 min ago
Despite being severely injured recently from an onstage accident, there is still no stopping the "#bravestrong" bassist of Ben&Ben, Agnes Reoma, as the musician said that she will continue playing. Reoma assured fans that she is now recovering from the accident that occurred during a gig at Don Bosco Makati last Saturday, Jan. 25. She fell through the stage after a hole opened up while she was jumping to their performance of "Ride Home". "I just want you all to know that though I got multiple abrasions and bruises, I'm safe," she said on Twitter last Monday, Jan. 27. Reoma, however, admitted that she is still in pain and currently taking severe pain relievers. "Haha I th...

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Man arrested for smoking marijuana while in court

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 17 min ago
A Tennessee man was arrested after smoking marijuana while in court on a marijuana charge.
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‘Mamba out’: House mounts exhibit honoring Kobe Bryant

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 25 min ago
MANILA, Philippines -- An exhibit about the late basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was set-up by the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The exhibit features portraits of Bryant which include some of his most inspiring words such as: "If you are going to be a leader, you're not going to please everybody you gotta hold people accountable, even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable." Also included in the exhibit is the pair of basketball shoes that Bryant wore when he played in Manila during one of his visits to the Philippines, as well as pair of shoes that were autographed by the basketball star. Some of the items on display are owned by House Speaker Alan Peter...

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Hontiveros hits BI for VUA misuse by foreign sex workers

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 27 min ago
MANILA, Philippines --- A Senate panel is looking into the possibility of employees or even officials of the Bureau of Immigration conniving with sex syndicates involved in trafficking foreign women to work as prostitutes in the country. Senator Risa Hontiveros, chair of the Senate committee on women, children, family relations and gender equality, said on Wednesday that some immigration officials may be involved in the entry of foreign women being forced into prostitution throughthe BI's issuance of its visa upon arrival (VUA). Hontiveros said that syndicates prefer using VUAs for trafficking women into the country as some accredited travel agencies offer to "convert" VUAs to "any...

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China battles virus spread with masks and disinfectant

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 31 min ago
BEIJING --- At a deserted restaurant in China's capital, one black-and-white sign stands out among colorful the decor and neon signs advertising braised meat dishes: "This store has been disinfected today." People in Beijing and across China were donning masks, spraying antiseptic, and staying off the streets in a battle to halt the spread of a viral outbreak that has killed more than 130 people nationwide and gripped the country with fear of getting sick. Authorities were disinfecting trains and planes while people are encouraged to stay home during the Lunar New Year holiday or wear masks if they go out. Businesses like the Hao Lu Wei braised meat restaurant, located in an eerily ...

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The flaw in Trump and Kushner's 'real estate' school of diplomacy

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 36 min ago
One impeached, the other indicted, they posed as honest brokers with a common vision of a mythical Middle East peace.
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Joshua Garcia on rumors with Janella Salvador: ‘Sobrang close lang namin’

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 38 min ago
Joshua Garcia has made it clear that he and Janella Salvador are not in a relationship despite the rumors surrounding them. The two starred opposite each other in the recently concluded TV drama series "The Killer Bride." Garcia addressed the speculations during his guesting on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" alongside his "Block Z" co-stars McCoy de Leon and Yves Flores, posted on the show's YouTube channel today, Jan. 29. During the program, Boy Abunda first pointed out that he had noticed teasing between the two actors. "I think there was an interview where you said kung may mamahalin ka habang buhay ay si Janella (if you were to love someone for life it would be Janella)," the talk ...

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What will it take to stop outbreak from becoming a pandemic?

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 38 min ago
The outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus in central China has infected thousands and spread overseas, raising the specter of a potential global epidemic as authorities desperately try to contain it.
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Initial report clears Brazilian girl in Palawan of nCoV

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 43 min ago
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY ---- The initial result for the novel coronavirus (nCoV) turned negative for the 10-year-old Brazilian girl isolated at a Palawan hospital. Dr. Mario S. Baquilod, director of the Department of Health in Mimaropa, said on Wednesday morning, that they were waiting for the result of the second confirmatory test before they could release a discharge order. "One out of the two confirmatory tests showed a good result, negative so far. We are just waiting for the second result before we can discharge her," Baquilod said. The foreign family, who were on vacation in El Nido town, was isolated in a Palawan hospital on Friday, after showing flu-like symptoms, which wer...

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BDO raises P40B from landmark bond issue

Inquirer Breaking News - 11 hours 49 min ago
The country's largest lender BDO Unibank Inc. has raised a landmark P40 billion from a new bond offering, the largest bond foray by a local bank in the domestic debt market in a single tranche. BDO's issuance was upsized by eight times the original offer of P5 billion, citing robust demand from retail and institutional investors. The bonds will have a tenor of 2.5 years with a yield of 4.408 percent per annum. Interest will be paid on a quarterly basis. The one-week offer period ended last January 24, 2020, with issue date set on February 3, 2020. "The bond issuance is part of BDO's continuing efforts to diversify its funding sources and support its lending activities,...

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Number of virus cases inside mainland China overtakes SARS

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 52 min ago
The number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus has overtaken the 2003 SARS outbreak inside of mainland China, as the virus was confirmed to have spread to every province in the country.
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Some Democrats won't rule out clearing Trump

CNN Top Stories - 11 hours 56 min ago
• Poll: 75% of voters want witnesses at trial • Trump lawyer called him corrupt in 2016 and said he could be a corrupt President
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‘You don’t like me? I don’t like you also,’ Dela Rosa tells US

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 11 sec ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdirHYH-AR8 MANILA, Philippines --- "If you don't like me, I don't like you also." Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa on Tuesday said that he will not demand the "rectification" of his cancelled US visa, saying that if the long-time Philippine ally does not want him within its territory, then the feeling is mutual. The senator noted that the grant of visa is "a matter of privilege." "Hindi naman tayo mayabang na magdedemand. Kung ayaw mo, di huwag nyo (I am not so arrogant as to make demands. If you don't like to give the visa, then fine). If you don't like me, I don't like you also," he told reporters. Dela Rosa confirmed earlier that his visa...

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PNP: Court authorized Nova Parojinog’s Nov 2018 medical furlough

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 12 sec ago
MANILA, Philippines --- High-profile inmate Nova Princess Parojinog was allowed to leave her detention cell at Camp Crame, Quezon City, in November 2018 with the court's permission, the Philippine National Police (PNP) explained Wednesday. PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the organization's leadership is "satisfied" with the explanation of custodial center officials on the circumstances of the medical furlough of Parojinog. "After a thorough examination of documents and official reports, it became clear that the medical furlough of detainee Parojinog on November 12, 2018, had the express permission of the Court," he said in a statement. "Upon order of Hon. Edgardo ...

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Hong Kong restricts border to contain virus

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 5 min ago
The Hong Kong government announced they are restricting some of its border crossings with mainland China to block the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. Many think it's not enough. CNN's Blake Essig reports.
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Do photography bans help curb overtourism and bad behavior?

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 30 min ago
Looking at vacation photo albums used to be a chore.
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Watch Anderson Cooper's interview with husband of crash victim

CNN Top Stories - 12 hours 32 min ago
Matt Mauser, the husband of Christina Mauser who was one of the 9 victims killed in the helicopter crash that included basketball legend Kobe Bryant, talks with CNN's Anderson Cooper about her life and what she meant to him.
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Negros runners raise more than 10,000 meals for Taal evacuees

Inquirer Breaking News - 12 hours 38 min ago
BACOLOD CITY ---- The annual Mikel Lovina Jamborun has raised 10,036 Mingo meals for the Taal Volcano evacuees, said Negrense Volunteers for Change president Millie Kilayko. More than 500 runners in various parts of the Philippines, Singapore, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates participated in the "Run for Taal" held last January 19. The Jamborun commemorates the passing of Mikel Lovina, who was 18 when he died in a car accident. For every kilometer covered by the runners, one Mingo meal for the Taal evacuees is donated. Mingo, manufactured by NVC Foundation, is a nutritious instant complimentary food made of rice, mung beans and moringa. Of the 10,036 Mingo meal...

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