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WATCH: Sarah G pops at show rehearsals following wedding rumors

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:57
MANILA, Philippines --- A video showing Sarah Geronimo attending the "The Voice Teens" rehearsals trended on social media Thursday, amid rumors that she and beau Matteo Guidicelli are set to tie the knot. https://twitter.com/karlangel_rocks/status/1230306758171582465 Earlier, entertainment columnist Ricky Lo, citing a "highly-reliable source," claimed in his article that Geronimo and her actor fianc were to wed today, Feb. 20. However, a Twitter video posted by talent competition staffer Carlo Yanesa showed Geronimo being present at the rehearsals. "Good morning!" the pop princess, who serves as a judge in the show, said in greeting when Yanesa's camera panned towards her. ...

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Black-and-white ‘Parasite’ a more intimate film—director Bong Joon-ho

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:50
Watching a black-and-white re-release of his multi-Oscar-winning movie "Parasite" will give viewers a "different" and "strange" experience, director Bong Joon-ho said Wednesday ahead of the new version opening next week. The director has always had a fondness for monochrome films, saying they give viewers a more intimate visual experience. "When the colors are gone, you can focus more on the actors' facial expressions and their eyes" and nuanced details, Bong told reporters in Seoul after his triumphant return from the United States. The film's historic Best Picture Oscar --- the first-ever for a non-English-language movie --- and three other statuettes, Best Director, Best ...

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Sanitary landfill in Bataan shut down

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:49
HERMOSA, BATAAN ---- The sanitary landfill here was ordered closed on Thursday for alleged violations of environmental laws. Mayor Jopet Inton and his security escorts hung a closure notice at the gate of the facility being operated by Econest Waste Management Corporation. Inton had previously issued notices of violations to Econest, alleging that it had violated the "no segregation, no collection" policy under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act 9003). "Econest even accepts garbage from Quezon City when under our agreement only garbage from Hermosa and Bataan should be accepted in its landfill," Inton told the Inquirer. He said Econest also breached a c...

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China’s virus cases, deaths rise, but count revised again

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:47
  BEIJING --- New virus cases in China have again declined, up just 394, after authorities on Thursday again changed how they count new daily infections. They are now discounting cases that came back negative after laboratory tests.   Another 114 people reportedly died from the new illness, COVID-19, as health inspectors went door-to-door to attempt to find every infected person in the worst-hit city of Wuhan.   Japan's health ministry said two former passengers of a virus-stricken cruise ship died, raising the number of deaths in Japan to three. The Diamond Princess has by far the most cases outside China with 621 passengers and crew testing positive. ...

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Countries where coronavirus cases have been confirmed

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:47
The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world since the first cases were detected in central China in December. At least 2,100 people have died and more than 75,500 people have been infected, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
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PH 3×3 team still has ‘lot of work to be done’ ahead of OQT

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:39
MANILA, Philippines---After the Philippines men's 3x3 team practiced together for the first time on Wednesday, head coach Stefan Stojajic admitted the team is still far from where he wants it to be. Philippines' top 2 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol and PBA pros CJ Perez and Moala Tautuaa make up the country's team for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next month. But despite the team's talent and certain experience in half court game, Stojajic said it will still need time to get everyone in the perfect shape for the tournament which will feature some of the top players in the world. "There is a lot of work to be done because of their lack of experience in playing...

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Amsterdam eyes ‘erotic center’ as new red light district

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:39
Amsterdam is looking at moving part of its red light district indoors to an "erotic" complex where prostitutes no longer beckon customers through street-front windows that often attract rowdy tourists. In plans released Wednesday, the Dutch city said the complex could include a bed and breakfast for prostitutes as well as a sex club, sex theater and cafes. Or the city famous for its canals will build a large hotel for sex workers. "All in all, a prostitution hotel with indoor windows or an erotic center is the most obvious choice," the Amsterdam city council said in a statement. "These options have the most advantages and the fewest disadvantages," it said in the statemen...

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Panelo: ABS-CBN operating beyond March 30 is legally questionable  

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:36
    MANILA, Philippines --- Malacaang on Thursday said allowing embattled broadcast giant ABS-CBN to continue to operate even if its franchise expires for as long as there is a pending bill in Congress seeking its extension is "legally questionable." Some lawmakers are claiming that the ABS-CBN's25-year franchise, which is set to expire on March 30, is "deemed extended" until 2022 unless Congress decides to deny its renewal. But presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte's chief legal counsel, said "there is doubt whether that is legal or not," adding that "somebody" may question it before the Supreme Court. "According to th...

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Cops, BuCor form task group to probe murder of BuCor legal service chief

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:33
            MANILA, Philippines --- Authorities have formed a special investigation task group to look into the killing of Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) legal service chief Fredric Anthony Santos. In an interview with reporters at Muntinlupa Police Headquarters on Thursday, police chief Col. Hermogenes Cabe said the city's police force and BuCor launched Task Force Santos to coordinate in the investigation of the murder. "The investigation will be conducted jointly by the BuCor and the Muntinlupa police. And coordinating meeting was made kaninang umaga with the BuCor [The coordinating meeting was made with the Bu...

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S. Korea president’ meets Parasite’ director Bong Joon-ho, vows efforts vs cinema screen monopolies

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:27
  SEOUL --- President Moon Jae-in said Thursday his government would do its best to introduce a legal measure to curb screen monopolies in South Korean cinemas, speaking at a Cheong Wa Dae meeting with Bong Joon-ho, director of the Oscars-winning movie "Parasite." The president pledged "tangible support" for the further development of the local film industry and cited the proposed ceiling on the total number of screens for a certain movie and the expansion of academies. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism earlier announced a plan for legislation on the so-called screen ceiling system, but it remains uncertain whether a related bill will pass the National Assembl...

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It's unanimous: It was a horrible night for Bloomberg

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:26
Michael Bloomberg's billions got him onto the debate stage -- but did nothing to spare him from the barrage he faced Wednesday night here in Las Vegas.
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UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, is getting a new CEO

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:22
There's another leadership change atop a major Swiss bank.
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‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:20
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second African American to travel to space, overcoming segregation, poverty, and stereotypes in an intellectual act of resistance that inspired a generation. Tragically, McNair died in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. McNair's story and those of other black astronauts are shared in a new documentary that looks at the final frontier of civil rights: getting black astronauts into...

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WB: Making PH roads safe to generate $45.63B in economic benefits

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:20
Most motorists consider roads in the Philippines as unsafe and could welcome a World Bank (WB) initiative to establish a lead agency to lay out a national road safety program that the WB estimates will bring at least $45.63 billion in economic benefits in 20 years. In its "Guide for Road Safety Opportunities and Challenges: Low- and Middle-Income Country Profiles" report, the Washington-based WB said the Philippines needed to invest $4.22 billion in infrastructure and speed management, or about 0.1 percent of the country's projected gross domestic product (GDP) annually from 2019 to 2030, to reduce fatalities from road accidents by 4,152 per year. Citing estimates from the Philippine g...

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Isko Moreno blames Manila’s failure to get good financial housekeeping seal on Erap admin

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:14
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso on Thursday blamed the capital city's failure to pass standards for Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) on the administration of Joseph "Erap" Estrada, citing information from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). "This was already expected. The DILG told us this is due to the past administration's failure to comply with full disclosure of financial documents in 2018 and first quarter of 2019," he said in a statement. Moreno said he has already convened the local finance committee "to work and fix the past administration's mess." "This is an opportunity for us to do better, that we will not...

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‘Crash Landing on You’ star Lee Sin-young sues over school bullying rumors

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:12
SEOUL --- Rising star Lee Sin-young, who played a supporting role in the hit drama "Crash Landing on You," is taking legal action after being accused of school bullying, Lee's agency, Forest Entertainment, said Thursday. A lawyer from law firm Gangnam, on behalf of the agency, released an official statement saying libel and blackmail complaints have been filed against a man claiming to have suffered school bullying by Lee. Earlier this month, a man claiming to have been Lee's middle school classmate posted on several online communities that he had been bullied by the rookie actor. The man later posted a letter of apology on the internet, saying his claims were not true. According to ...

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PH spent more dollars that it earned in first month of 2020 — BSP

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:08
The Philippine economy returned to red in terms of the amount of dollars it spent in the first month of this year outpacing the amount it earned in its transactions with the rest of the world, according to the latest data from the central bank. In a statement, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said that the country's overall position for its balance of payments (BOP)---the total net value of the economy's dealings with foreign parties---posted a deficit of $1.36 billion in January 2020. This marked a reversal from the $2.7-billion dollar flow surplus recorded in the same month last year, and was also the first monthly net outflow of hard currency from the country since June 2019. ...

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Cayetano vows ABS-CBN won’t close while House tackles franchise renewal

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:08
MANILA, Philippines --- Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said he will coordinate with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to ensure that media giant ABS-CBN can continue with its operations while its bid for franchise renewal remains hanging in the House of Representatives. In an interview with reporters in Zambales, Cayetano said there are "more urgent" measures that the ABS-CBN franchise renewal that are being prioritized by the lower chamber. Cayetano gave assurance that the network would not close shop even if the House of Representatives would not be able to tackle measures seeking the network's franchise renewal by the time their franchise expires. "Mer...

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BI says ‘pastillas’ scheme a serious issue; vows to heed Duterte’s orders

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:07
          MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has assured the public that the agency is taking the "pastillas scheme" issue seriously, vowing to abide by President Rodrigo Duterte's orders to relieve the immigration officials involved.   This statement came from BI spokesperson Dana Sandoval hours after Malacaang announced that Duterte has ordered the relief of 18 BI personnel reportedly involved in the latest scandal.   "In compliance with the directive of the President, we are immediately relieving the services of 18 Immigration personnel mentioned during today's Senate hearing regarding the 'pastillas'...

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Porn stunt at library during work hours draws flak

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:03
An adult film has earned the ire of the public as it turned out to have been shot during work hours at a local library in California, United States. The video, which ran around 10 minutes long, showed an adult actress engaged in sexual acts in broad daylight at the streets and inside the Santa Monica Public Library -- Ocean Park branch, as per CBS-owned KCBS-TV last Sunday, Feb. 16. Concerned citizen Janet McLaughlin decried the stunt, arguing that children do not need to see those kinds of acts at their local library. "God forbid, a child walked in the library and walked right in on the middle of it. That's my biggest concern," McLaughlin was quoted as saying. "Children don...

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