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House bill to apply ‘UP-DND Accord’ to all SUCs filed

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:43
MANILA, Philippines --- A bill that would essentially make the recently terminated University of the Philippines-Department of National Defense (UP-DND) Accord applicable to all state colleges and universities (SUCs) in the country has been filed in the House of Representatives. Quezon City 6th District Rep. Kit Belmonte filed Thursday House Bill No. 8443 or the Academic Freedom Act of 2021, which seeks to "strengthen and uphold the freedom of teachers and students to teach, study, and pursue knowledge and research without unreasonable interference or restriction in all state universities and colleges." Under the bill, no member of the government's uniformed personnel may enter...

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Conor McGregor is back, again.

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:34
Conor McGregor is back, again.
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Ronaldo becomes the highest goalscorer of all time. Or does he?

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:33
Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in Juventus' Italian Super Cup win over Napoli on Wednesday took his career scoring tally to 760, making him the highest goalscorer of all time -- or is he?
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Kobe Paras won’t join Gilas for upcoming Fiba window

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:20
MANILA, Philippines---Kobe Paras won't be joining Gilas Pilipinas in the February window of the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup Qualifiers, team head coach Jong Uichico bared Thursday. Uichico said the 6-foot-6 forward informed the team that he would not join them in Clark, Pampanga for the competition due to "personal reasons." "Kobe begged off, for personal reasons," said Uichico. Paras was able to play for Gilas in the November window in Manama, Bahrain where he averaged 3.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in the Philippines' two wins against Thailand. Though Paras won't be joining the team, some pro players are in the fold including PBA 2019 Scoring Champion CJ Perez and 2020 Most Imp...

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Retired Albay bishop Jose Sorra; 92

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:17
LIGAO CITY---Bishop Emeritus Jose C. Sorra D.D, a native of Malinao town in Albay province, has died. He was 92. Bishop Joel Baylon, of the Diocese of Legazpi, announced Sorra's death in a statement. Sorra, it said, died of "respiratory failure secondary to pulmonary embolism." Sorra died at the Tanchuling Hospital in Legazpi City. Sorra served as bishop of Catanduanes province from May 27, 1974 until he became bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi on March 1, 1993. Sorra stayed in the Diocese of Legazpi until his retirement on April 1, 2005. Upon retirement, he stayed at Bethlehem, a retreat center at Sogod village in Bacacay town in Albay. The bishop's remains were bro...

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Cocaine hidden in banana shipments end up at grocery stores after mix-up

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:12
Two shipments of bananas that turned out to have been hiding 24 bricks of cocaine ended up at grocery stores in the city of Kelowna in British Columbia, Canada. The arrival of the illicit drug shipment is believed to have been caused by a mix-up, the Kelowna Regional Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) disclosed in a Jan. 19 release. One banana shipment arrived at the grocery store on Feb. 24, 2019. Employees found 12 bricks of what they believed to be drugs, which weighed around 1 kilogram each. Later that day, another store from West Kelowna also alerted police after finding another set of 12 bricks inside a banana shipment they also believed to be illegal drugs. The c...

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Europe's Star Cities, marvels of Renaissance engineering

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:07
Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, Europe's geometrically perfect "star cities" were engineered by some of the most brilliant minds of their time, but their wonders can only be truly appreciated from the air
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Robredo visits Quezon learning hubs; OVP assures students’ safety

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:05
MANILA, Philippines --- Vice President Leni Robredo has inspected various community learning hubs in Lucena City, Quezon, her office said Thursday. According to the Office of the Vice President (OVP), Robredo visited four hubs in Lucena, specifically those that cater to children living in Barangay Talao-Talao, Barangay Dalahican, Barangay Cotta, and Barangay XI. Photos from OVP showed Robredo checking on the systems in place at the four education hubs, which have been operational since late last year. The community learning hubs is a project by OVP and its private sector partners, wherein students enrolled either through online classes or blended learning using modules a...

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SSS sees P41-B loss in contributions if rate hike delayed

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 18:03
MANILA, Philippines --- The state-run pension fund Social Security System stands to lose over P41 million worth of contributions if the scheduled increase in contribution rate is shelved, an official said Thursday. SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio has projected a loss of P41.37 billion in contributions in 2021, as well as a projected deficit of P14.90 billion. Apart from the projected losses, the agency's unfunded liability, which stands at P9.46 trillion, will also increase if the contribution rate hike is put off. Ignacio aired those worries as the agency opposed the House of Representatives' proposals to defer or even stop the scheduled contributio...

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Camille Prats creates daily menu to plan family meals as part of New Year’s resolution

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:57
Actress and celebrity mom Camille Prats wants to be more organized this 2021 and she thinks that the best place to start is in her kitchen and on preparing family meals. Her goal is to make her kitchen activities stress-free, so she is now embarking on creating a daily menu plan for their meals, to help herself more easily prepare. "New Year's Resolutions? New Year brings new hope and new challenges for us moms. Every year, we make a list of our resolutions or the things we want to improve on for better and stress-free days," she said in a short video, as seen on her Instagram page today, Jan. 21. "As for me, ang New Year's resolution ko especially when it comes to the kitchen i...

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PSC: No request to gov’t to prioritize PH Olympians for vaccination

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:55
MANILA, Philippines---Filipino Olympians will not be on the priority list for vaccine inoculation but the Philippine Sports Commission will still ask the government for assistance if Tokyo requires its competitors to be vaccinated before entering the Games. Marc Velasco, the Philippine Sports Institute National Director, said in a virtual press conference that the PSC did not ask to be prioritized once the government starts its vaccination program. He said that they would not cut in line as they're aware that the government prioritizes frontline workers for vaccination. "The PSC does not ask the government to prioritize our athletes over frontline workers, policemen, health workers,...

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Number of people displaced in Quezon flooding bigger than first thought

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:53
LUCENA CITY---Over 200 families, not just 25, in two towns in Quezon province were moved out of their homes at the height of flash floods near midnight on Wednesday (Jan. 20), authorities said. The flooding, seen caused by watershed destruction by logging in the Sierra Madre mountain range, struck the towns of Infanta and General Nakar. Ron Crisostomo, head of the Infanta disaster risk reduction management office, said at least 1,600 individuals from 222 families from five low-lying villages in the town had fled to a shelter when the flooding, unleashed by relentless rains and aggravated by runoff water from the overflowing Agos River, brought their communities under water. The ...

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‘No plan, no Q, nothing’: QAnon followers reel as Biden inaugurated

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:51
SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK --- For three years, adherents of the sprawling QAnon conspiracy theory awaited a so-called Great Awakening, scouring anonymous web postings from a shadowy "Q" figure and parsing statements by former U.S. President Donald Trump, whom they believed to be their champion. On Wednesday, they grappled with a harsh reality check: Trump had left office with no mass arrests or other victories against the supposed cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophile cannibal elites, especially Democrats, he was ostensibly fighting. Instead, Democratic President Joseph Biden was calmly sworn into office, leaving legions of QAnon faithful struggling to make sense of what had transp...

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The China trade war is one thing Joe Biden won't be rushing to fix

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:50
US President Joe Biden is inheriting a tense and messy relationship with China from his predecessor.
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At least 13 killed as twin suicide bombings rock Baghdad

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:40
Twin suicide bombs rocked a busy market in central Baghdad on Thursday morning, killing at least 13 people, a security official told CNN.
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Want to do business with PPA? Plant trees first before getting its nod

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:25
    MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Ports Authority is going green. PPA now requires those who want to do business with the agency to plant trees or mangroves before it entertains their papers. On Thursday, the PPA said that applicants or grantees of contracts, accreditations, and permits, among others, are required to plant 1,000 seedlings of trees or mangroves within their business locations. The rule is provided under PPA Administrative Order No. 14-2020. The planting activities will be done in coordination with the local office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The order complies with the Republic Act 9729, better kno...

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2 Koreans in Cebu arrested for working without valid visa, overstaying

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Two Koreans were arrested in Cebu for working without a proper visa, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Thursday. BI Intelligence Division Chief Fortunato Manahan, Jr. said 41-year old Kang Jiwon and 45-year old Han Sungmin were arrested by their Regional Intelligence Unit 7 agents in a resort in Lapu-lapu City in Cebu. During the arrest, the agents, aided by Korean interpreters, found that Kang was working without a valid visa or permit while Han was found to be both working without a valid visa and overstaying. "Both were also unable to present their documentation... They have been submitted for inquest and filing of charges for violating the Phili...

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MMDA eyes to extend Pasig ferry service to reach Marikina River

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:15
MANILA, Philippines --- The government is looking into plans of extending the Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) route to reach Marikina River and give commuters in the eastern side of Metro Manila an alternative and faster mode of transportation. In a meeting with Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro at the city hall on Thursday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr. said the agency is considering building a ferry terminal at the Marikina River. "Iyong tinatawag naming ferry boat ng MMDA kasi ay libre sa ngayon. Baka puwede na ho dito sa Marikina para mga taga-Marikina, Rizal, San Mateo, magpe-ferry papuntang Maynila; hindi na kayo ma...

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Maskless couple fined after ‘fake coughing’ on other people, gym equipment

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 17:13
A maskless couple who fake coughed on gym equipment and on other people in Vancouver, Canada, will be paying a CA$460 (around $360 or P17,500) fine. The 60-year-old man and his 25-year-old girlfriend, whose names were withheld, will pay CA$230 each after the gym owner reported them to authorities, as per Vancouver police release on Jan. 19. The owner, whose name was also withheld, reported the two to the police because they were not wearing face coverings and coughed "in the general direction of people and equipment." The two, who also turned out to be not members of the gym, explained to officers that they only pretended to have a fake coughing fit because people inside the...

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Harris' Indian uncle reacts to her historic moment

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 16:56
CNN's Vedika Sud reports from New Delhi on the pride and celebrations in India for Kamala Harris' inauguration as the first female, first Black and first South Asian Vice President of the United States.
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