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NTC seeks DOJ opinion on ABS-CBN’s operation after franchise expires

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:19
MANILA, Philippines - The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has already sought the Department of Justice's (DOJ) legal opinion on whether ABS-CBN can continue to operate even after its franchise expires. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they have received a letter from the NTC last Tuesday asking for advice. "We got it (NTC letter) last Tuesday afternoon and we hope to reply by next week," Guevarra said. "The main question (asked by the NTC) is whether or not ABS-CBN may continue operating after the lapse of the franchise period, pending action by the Congress on the franchise renewal bills," he added. ABS-CBN's franchise will expire at the end of March. ...

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CHR to probe killing of BuCor exec suspended in GCTA-for-sale scheme

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:11
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will conduct its own investigation on the killing of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal division chief Frederick Anthony Santos, who was suspended for his alleged involvement in the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) irregularity. Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia on Thursday said that CHR condemned the attack on Santos, urging government action to avoid further attacks on other suspended BuCor personnel. Santos was driving his Toyota Hilux along Katihan Street of Barangay Poblacion, Muntinlupa City on Wednesday afternoon when two assailants opened fire. He was on his way to fetch his daughter from her school. He sustain...

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PH’s 1st cerebral palsy football team sets sights on Asean Para Games

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:08
MANILA, Philippines -- The country's first football team composed of athletes with cerebral palsy (CP) --- a brain condition that hampers muscle movement --- is set to participate in the 10th Asean Para Games this year. According to Danny Moran, head of the Henry V. Moran foundation which was tasked by the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (Philspada) to form the football squad CP Rascals, they were able to scout players for the team by visiting at least 12 cities. "Our search for players started in March last year after we were appointed by the Philspada to form a team to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN Para Games," Moran said in a statement on Th...

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Brandon Vera defense headlines ONE Infinity 2 card in Manila

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:50
MANILA, Philippines---Brandon Vera is set to defend his ONE World heavyweight championship against Arjan Singh Bhullar more than a year after he last put the title on the line. The Filipino fighter headlines the ONE Infinity 2 card on May 29 at Mall of Asia Arena along with ONE World lightweight champion Christian Lee, who faces undefeated Iuri Lapicus on the same card. Vera (16-8) last fought in the heavyweight division when he knocked out Mauro Cerilli 1:04 into the first round of their Nov. 23, 2018 bout to retain his title. In October 2019, Vera moved down to light heavyweight to challenge for Aung La N Sang's light heavyweight title but lost to the Burmese Python via kn...

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Roger Federer pulls out of French Open after knee surgery

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:50
Roger Federer has pulled out of this year's French Open after undergoing knee surgery.
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Rape suspect arrested in Digos City

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:39
DIGOS CITY----An alleged rapist who had gone into hiding for three months has been arrested by police last Wednesday at a village here. Lt. Col. Vici Anthony Tababa, city police chief, said Wilson de la Calzada Jopli, 57, was tracked and captured at the village of Zone 2. Jopli has an arrest warrant issued by Branch 61 of the Regional Trial Court for two counts of rape. Judge Carfelita Flores issued the warrant on Nov. 5, 2019 and recommended no bail. Jopli is now locked up at the Digos City police jail facility. Edited by TSB...

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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake shakes Davao Occidental

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:32
MANILA, Philippines --- A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Davao Occidental on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake struck at 5:54 p.m. at 35 kilometers southeast of Jose Abad Santos town. Phivolcs said that the tremor was of tectonic origin, and had a 190-kilometer depth of focus. The seismology department added that the earthquake was also felt in other areas, recorded in various intensities: Reported Intensity III - General Santos City; Tupi and Polomolok, South Cotabato; Alabel, Saranggani Reported Intensity II - Maasin and Malapatan, Sarangani; Davao City Reported Intensity I - Tampakan, South Cotabato Instrument...

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Montreal ends electric scooter experiment, citing ‘disorder’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:22
Montreal on Wednesday called a halt to its electric scooter scheme, saying that riders broke rules and almost always parked illegally. The Canadian city launched a pilot project in June with 680 scooters and electric bikes, but authorities judged that the test period had been a "failure." Eric Alan Caldwell, head of city transport, lambasted "an 80 percent delinquency rate" in complying with traffic and safety regulations. "Only 20 percent of scooters were parked" in dedicated spaces, the city said in a press release, adding that the scooters created "disorder" and problems for pedestrians. "Montreal does not want to become a scooter police force," Caldwell said. "The ope...

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Devonte Graham emerging as Most Improved Player candidate

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:19
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Devonte Graham had mixed emotions when Kemba Walker left for the Boston Celtics. Walker had become his mentor on the court last year and a close friend off it, regularly inviting Graham over to his house for a meal cooked by his personal chef. Walker would let the rookie swim in his pool and lend him his car occasionally, too. But while he knew he'd miss hanging out with his buddy, Graham realized that Walker's departure meant he'd see increased playing time --- and have a chance to prove to everyone that he belongs in the NBA. Graham has done just that. The Charlotte Hornets' second-year guard is averaging 18.1 points and 7.8 assists while playing 35 ...

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High-efficiency quantum dot tech sets record for solar-to-electrical energy conversion

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:17
Researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia have developed next-generation solar power technology with the use of quantum dots, setting a world record for posting the most efficient conversion of solar energy to electricity. The group of scientists were able to achieve 16.6% efficiency, a significant 25% step up from the previous record of 13.4% efficiency in the quantum dot solar cell category, as per UQ on their website Feb. 18. The previous record was set by the United States' National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) back in 2017. Quantum dots are tiny nanoparticles that pass electrons between each other, giving them the ability to generate electrical ...

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Going viral: Demand for disease-themed movies and games explodes

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:14
As the world confronts the spread of a deadly new virus, interest in disease-themed movies, games and TV series has exploded, with worried viewers turning to documentaries and disaster flicks for answers and ways to cope. The iTunes movie download charts are usually dominated by the latest blockbusters. But in the last few weeks a blast from the past has stormed up the charts --- Steven Soderbergh's 2011 thriller "Contagion". Starring Gwyneth Paltrow as a businesswoman who unwittingly brings a lethal pathogen to the United States after shaking hands with a Macau chef, the movie has many parallels with current events. Like the new coronavirus, the illness jumps from animal...

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Muntinlupa checking old case files of other neutralized BuCor execs

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:10
MANILA, Philippines --- Police officers will also look into the old case files of other Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officials who were murdered to see if these are in any way connected to the murder of BuCor legal service chief Fredric Santos. "Pinapakuha ko lahat yung mga investigation reports. So ang huling period na tiningnan namin is 2015 to present. Nagbabacktrack sila, may nakuhang dalawa noong 2013," Muntinlupa police chief Col. Hermogenes Cabe told reporters Thursday. (I have ordered the recovery of all the investigation reports. We uncovered cases from 2015 to present. We are still backtracking and we also found two more cases in 2013.) Cabe said police will try to un...

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At six, Russian snowboarding prodigy is flying high

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:04
Vasilisa Ermakova may be too young for school, but the six-year-old Russian girl has already made a name for herself as a snowboarding prodigy. Vasilisa spends five hours a day barrelling down slopes outside Moscow and has even smashed a number of national records. "She wants to go train every day and she asks for snow, even in summer," says her mother Natalia. Coached by her father --- himself a former competitive snowboarder --- from the age of three, Vasilisa has mastered 360-degree jumps off large snow banks and even 540-degree spins. "I'm flying like a bird," she says after landing one of the tricks. Her Instagram account has attracted more than 36,000 followers a...

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Wilder-Fury II a fight so big it took 2 TV networks to show

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:03
LAS VEGAS --- To hear the fighters talk, the heavyweight title fight Saturday night between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is so big it took two TV networks to make it happen. That's only partially true, though it might be forgiven. This is boxing, after all, and a bit of hyperbole goes a long way toward selling a fight. What is true is that ESPN and Fox Sports had to come together if the heavyweight showdown at the MGM Grand hotel was to happen. And it's also true that both networks are blanketing the airwaves this week like never before in an effort to get people to dig into their pockets for the $79.99 it will cost to watch the fight at home. In the end the attention being...

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Pep Guardiola to stay at Man City ‘no matter what’ after UEFA ban

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:59
MANCHESTER, England --- Pep Guardiola said he trusts Manchester City's Abu Dhabi ownership "completely" in its bid to overturn a two-year ban from European competitions and that he will be at the club next season "no matter what happens." City is expected to file a formal challenge against the decision of a UEFA panel within days at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, with club chief executive Ferran Soriano hoping for a ruling by the end of this season. Speaking for the first time about the punishment handed down on Friday, Guardiola said he was confident "the truth will prevail." "It's not finished. The club believes it's unfair so we are going to appeal. We are going to w...

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‘Serious mistake’ to end VFA over Bato’s visa – Tatad

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:59
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83PSbQqh-7c MANILA, Philippines--- Abrogating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States over the cancellation of Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa is a" serious mistake that can't be inflicted" on the country's history of diplomacy, a former senator said on Thursday. While the abrogation is a political act, former Senator Francisco "Kit" Tatad said the "manner it is carried out must follow the sense of the Constitution and the rule of equity and fair play." "The power of the President is granted but it is not unlimited. It is not absolute. It must submit to the bounds of reason and good sense," he stressed during the hearing of the ...

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Thousands of women rally for abortion law in Argentina

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:58
Thousands of women, many sporting the green scarves that have become the symbol of Argentina's abortion rights movement, rallied in Buenos Aires on Wednesday to campaign for a new bill to legalize abortion. Two years after a similar bill was narrowly defeated by lawmakers in the conservative South American country, activists have been buoyed by recent pledges by leftist President Alberto Fernandez to prioritize a new bill. "We are here to fight for this law to come out this year," psychologist Antonella D'Alessio told AFP. "An unwanted pregnancy is synonymous with torture." The rally called by feminist groups was held in front of the Congress where in June 2018 a bill to leg...

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LOOK: Musician plays violin during brain surgery while doctors remove tumor

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:57
Due to a musician's wish to retain her ability to play her instrument, a group of medical practitioners in London, United Kingdom tried an out-of-the-box idea during her surgery. The 53-year-old Dagmar Turner played the violin while surgeons performed a craniotomy (a procedure which involves opening the skull), to remove a tumor in her brain. The surgery was done in King's College Hospital last Tuesday, Feb. 18, as per the hospital's official website. Turner, a violinist in the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, said it would break her heart if she could never play her instrument again. She was diagnosed with glioma in 2013 after suffering from a seizure during a symphony perfor...

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