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‘Age is not a choice, but fitness is’

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:40
Dad bods like those of Hollywood heartthrobs Channing Tatum, Zac Efron and Bradley Cooper might float some people's boats, but for personal trainer Erie Matic (@eriematic on Instagram), a lean and toned physique is one he has long aspired for. The 41-year-old former professional ramp model is now a husband and father who can give men half his age a run for their money. Earlier this month, he bagged the first runner-up spot in the Century Tuna Superbods competition and won the special "Ageless" award. His motto? "Age is not a choice, but fitness is." It's hard to believe, but Matic didn't always have this chiseled build. He started working out at 17 because "I was lanky and 'skin...

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Watch what happened when CNN reporter went to Proud Boys rally

CNN Top Stories - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:35
CNN's Elle Reeve spent time with the Proud Boys, a far-right group, during a rally in Portland, Oregon. Hear what they have to say about their beliefs and reputation of being violent.
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6% of 1.4M MSMEs remain closed

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:35
Only 6 percent of the more than 1.4 million micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) across the country remain closed this month, lower than the peak of 38 percent back in April, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said, as more of the economy reopened despite the health risks. Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez announced this during a budget hearing on Monday, citing the latest DTI survey that covered August and September. He was asked by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for the total number of MSMEs that have closed shop during the pandemic. The trade chief then replied, citing the past DTI surveys. He did not say how many respondents each survey covered, but the l...

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Davao’s Dennis Uy wants first dibs on Shell’s Malampaya stake

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:30
Udenna Corp., led by Davao-based businessman Dennis A. Uy, prefers not to have any new players getting on board the Malampaya natural gas project and is looking at acquiring Shell's 45-percent stake in tandem with PNOC Exploration Corp. (PNOC-EC) "The Udenna Group firmly believes that Malampaya is a high-quality asset, strategic to the future welfare and energy security of the country and welcome our partner (PNOC-EC) to join us in taking over the field on a 100-percent basis," Udenna spokesperson Raymond Zorrilla said in a statement. The oil giant, through Shell Philippines Exploration BV (Spex), is operator of the Malampaya project. Since the discovery of natural gas in offshore ...

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Stocks up slightly in thin trade

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:25
The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended with marginal gains on Monday as investors await the government's moves on further opening up the economy. By the closing bell, the PSEi was up 0.39 percent, or 22.73 points, to 5,861.39 while the broader All-Shares index gained 0.29 percent, or 10.35 points, to 3,530.98. Chris Mangun, research head at stockbrokerage firm AAA Equities, said the daily volume of P3.49 billion, which was lower than average, indicated that investors remained unconvinced about jumping back in the market. "The sentiment remains cautious as the government is set to announce the new status of quarantine restrictions in the country in the next fe...

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Simple stretches to fix weakened muscles, back pain from sitting

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:20
For some, it was not a conscious decision to fall into a routine while staying at home. There was a much-needed structure to distinguish the boundaries of working and resting at home, since both were now done in one area. However, we did not pay enough attention to what would happen when the world suddenly became inactive. After a few weeks, we started noticing the toll it was taking on our bodies. With the sudden removal of all our usual physical activities, our bodies started to adapt. Some people noticed more bloating than usual, shortness of breath while doing minimal cardio and body pains from doing physical activities. With a sudden shift from active to sedentary lifestyles, ...

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Smart commences nationwide rollout of promised 5G

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:20
Telco giant PLDT Inc.'s Smart Communications is rolling out fifth generation (5G) mobile services in select areas nationwide---a boon for customers willing to shell out extra money for a 5G device. PLDT said in a statement on Monday it would be launching commercial 5G in key cities in the Visayas and Mindanao. It would be the first in the country to do so. The company launched 5G in limited sites in Metro Manila earlier this year while main rival Globe Telecom launched a pilot 5G service in 2019. While still an emerging technology, the rollout paves the way for the eventual use of 5G---which allows ultra fast internet speeds with minimal lag times---as the prevailing mobile stan...

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Group seeks gov’t help for fisherfolk

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:15
An industry group is urging the government to provide more assistance to local fisherfolk as the demand for fish exports remained weak because of the trade restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a virtual press conference on Monday, Tugon Kabuhayan convenor Asis Perez said prices of seafood have gone down by as much as 52 percent as the export market continued to reel from transport constraints, causing some fishers to lose a significant market they have depended on for years. "A huge crab is usually sold for P2,500 a kilo but now you can buy it for P1,200 a kilo in Manila. It's good for local consumers because they can now buy quality seafood, but the export market ha...

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GSIS reopens emergency loan program

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:10
Members and pensioners of the state-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) have another chance to avail themselves of the COVID-19 emergency loan program, which has been extended until Dec. 27 amid a prolonged pandemic. In a statement Monday, the GSIS said it reopened applications for the emergency loan on Sept. 28. It first offered this loan from April to August. "The GSIS moved to reopen the loan window after President Duterte signed Proclamation No. 1021 extending the state of calamity in the country due to the pandemic," the pension fund explained. GSIS president and general manager Rolando L. Macasaet said that out of the 1.3 million members and pensioners who were ...

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91-day T-bill rate eases to 1.121%

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:05
The Bureau of the Treasury on Monday sold P22 billion in bills even as the rate for the one-year debt inched up. The Treasury awarded P7 billion in the benchmark 91-day securities at an average rate of 1.121 percent, down from 1.156 percent last week. National Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon said the Treasury doubled the noncompetitive bids for the three-month bills such that it sold more than the P5-billion offering. It also awarded P5 billion in 182-day bills at 1.601 percent, down from 1.615 percent previously. The annual rate for the P10 billion in 364-day securities nonetheless rose to 1.858 percent from 1.85 percent last week. "There is still good liquidity as shown by ...

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‘Flatten the fear’—but beware of compliance fatigue

Inquirer Breaking News - Tue, 09/29/2020 - 04:00
Are we getting restless and careless with our stance against the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)? After more than six months of struggling to coexist with the virus, there's a big tendency to develop compliance fatigue, and it may be expected that some people will throw caution to the wind. This was exactly the same precarious attitude, however, during the Spanish pandemic of 1918 that led to the deadly second wave, and it was during this period of nonchalance and carelessness that most of the 50 million people died. We certainly cannot afford this kind of tragedy, especially when we seem to be on the right track now in controlling, and, we hope, subsequently eliminating COVI...

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