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Ways social media apps influence our daily lives

It's pretty hard to detect how our lives have changed from how we were the previous day. However, if we were to rewind to some 10-20 years ago then we could easily feel the impact of social media on our lives.   Twenty years ago popular social medi
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Ways social media apps influence our daily lives

It's pretty hard to detect how our lives have changed from how we were the previous day. However, if we were to rewind to some 10-20 years ago then we could easily feel the impact of social media on our lives.   Twenty years ago popular social media apps including Facebook and Twitter were non-existent. Nowadays, with the improvement of technology, social media are now an integral part of our everyday lives as they influence the way we interact with other people in this world. What are social media apps? Social media apps refer to every web application that supports the building of personal profiles, publishing and sharing of information, connecting to communities an...Keep on reading: Ways social media apps influence our daily lives

‘I Am a Filipino’ cookbook launches in San Francisco

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_uFarOZzQ8&feature=youtu.be WATCH: I Am a Filipinocookbook launch in San Francisco Long before Anthony Bourdain declared Filipino food «the next big thing in America» or theNew York Timesclaime
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‘I Am a Filipino’ cookbook launches in San Francisco

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_uFarOZzQ8&feature=youtu.be WATCH: I Am a Filipinocookbook launch in San Francisco Long before Anthony Bourdain declared Filipino food «the next big thing in America» or theNew York Timesclaimed the cuisine was finally finding a place in the American mainstream, Nicole Ponseca was working hard to make that happen.   Committed to establishing the bold and bright food of her heritage as a celebrated cuisine in a modern, competitive restaurant market, Ponseca and chef Miguel Trinidad opened their first restaurant, Maharlika, in downtown Manhattan in 2011. Soon after, they opened the gastropub Jeepney to a wealth of critical pra...Keep on reading: ‘I Am a Filipino’ cookbook launches in San Francisco

Maria Ressa: Tapang, tatag at tiwala

Hindi natin kailangan ang TIME Magazine para ideklara ang alam na ng marami: si Maria Ressa ang isa sa pinakamatapang na mamamahayag sa mundo. Pero magandang balita pa rin ang pagtatanghal sa kanya bilang Person of the Year,kasama ng iba pang mga journalis
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Maria Ressa: Tapang, tatag at tiwala

Hindi natin kailangan ang TIME Magazine para ideklara ang alam na ng marami: si Maria Ressa ang isa sa pinakamatapang na mamamahayag sa mundo. Pero magandang balita pa rin ang pagtatanghal sa kanya bilang Person of the Year,kasama ng iba pang mga journalists na nagpakita ng tapang, gilas ang paninindigan. Tinagurian silang The Guardians ng TIME. Patay na ang isa sa kanila: si James Kashoggi ng Washington Post, ang kolumnistang walang- awang pinaslang sa loob ng konsulado ng Saudi Arabia sa Turkey. Kasama rin sina Wa Lone at Kyaw Soe Oo ng Reuters na inaresto sa Myanmar matapos nilang ibunyag ang pagpatay sa mga Rohingya Muslims. Pinarangalan din ang staff ng Capital Ga...Keep on reading: Maria Ressa: Tapang, tatag at tiwala

Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests in courthouses

BOSTON --- Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice withou
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Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests in courthouses

BOSTON --- Dozens of retired state and federal judges called Wednesday on U.S. immigration officials to stop making arrests at courthouses of people suspected of being in the country illegally, saying immigrants should be free to visit halls of justice without fearing they will be detained. Nearly 70 former judges from 23 states --- including federal judges and state supreme court justices --- said in a lettersent to Acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Ronald Vitiello that courthouse arrests are disrupting the criminal justice system. "I just can't imagine that we are closing our courtrooms to people who have a right to be there. And you really are closing ...Keep on reading: Ex-judges to ICE: End immigration arrests in courthouses

California’s Fil-Am top judge slams Trump’s attacks on the judiciary

SAN FRANCISCO -- In her annual meeting with journalists, California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauyesaid President Donald Trump's attacks on federal judges who rule against him are damaging the rule of law. Trump has called a Republican judge who ruled
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California’s Fil-Am top judge slams Trump’s attacks on the judiciary

SAN FRANCISCO -- In her annual meeting with journalists, California's Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauyesaid President Donald Trump's attacks on federal judges who rule against him are damaging the rule of law. Trump has called a Republican judge who ruled against his travel ban as a «so-called judge,» denounced the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as «hostile» and «in chaos» for rulings on immigration and other issues, and labeled a U.S.-born Hispanic judge as a «Mexican» who was biased against him. A report by the San Francisco Chroniclesaid Cantil-Sakauye called such attacks as «doing damage, short-term and long-term, to courts, to the rule of law.» The chief justice is a ...Keep on reading: California’s Fil-Am top judge slams Trump’s attacks on the judiciary

Vatican announces papal trips to Bulgaria, Macedonia

  VATICAN CITY --- The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia from May 5 to May 7.   Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Thursday that Pope Francis would visit the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Rakovski
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Vatican announces papal trips to Bulgaria, Macedonia

  VATICAN CITY --- The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia from May 5 to May 7.   Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said Thursday that Pope Francis would visit the Bulgarian cities of Sofia and Rakovski, followed by a stop in the Macedonian capital Skopje. Burke said details will be published closer to the travel dates.   Pope Francis, who turns 82 this month, has a busy year of travel scheduled. The Vatican has confirmed trips to Panama, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, and the pontiff is also considering visiting Madagascar and Japan. /kga...Keep on reading: Vatican announces papal trips to Bulgaria, Macedonia

WATCH: Avril Lavigne shares new song ‘Tell Me It’s Over’

Avril Lavigne shows a soulful side in her new track «Tell Me It's Over», which is joined by a video in which a relationship falls apart. The R&B ballad gives a hint of the new music we'll hear on Lavigne's upcoming album «Head Above W
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WATCH: Avril Lavigne shares new song ‘Tell Me It’s Over’

Avril Lavigne shows a soulful side in her new track «Tell Me It's Over», which is joined by a video in which a relationship falls apart. The R&B ballad gives a hint of the new music we'll hear on Lavigne's upcoming album «Head Above Water» and it follows on from the LP's title track, which was released in September. https://youtu.be/g5wseA6HoNs The well-timed video, directed by Erica Silverman, has a Christmas theme, finding Lavigne and a beau celebrating a happy Christmas together before their relationship goes south. Lavigne has confirmed that «Head Above Water» is due for release on Feb. 15, 2019 and is now available for pre-order. JB RELATED STORIES: LISTEN:...Keep on reading: WATCH: Avril Lavigne shares new song ‘Tell Me It’s Over’

Samsung redesigns Notebook 9 Pen for creators

Nearly one year after the debut of the original Notebook 9 Pen convertible laptop, Samsung has revealed an upgraded model redesigned for contemporary, creative professionals on the go. The brand-new, more powerful version of the Notebook 9 Pen announced We
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Samsung redesigns Notebook 9 Pen for creators

Nearly one year after the debut of the original Notebook 9 Pen convertible laptop, Samsung has revealed an upgraded model redesigned for contemporary, creative professionals on the go. The brand-new, more powerful version of the Notebook 9 Pen announced Wednesday comes in more variations, boasts a bigger battery and is framed by smaller bezels, but is a bit heavier than its predecessor. Like the original model, the new Notebook 9 Pens are powered by the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors with integrated Intel graphics; however, the new 15-inch option can be enhanced by a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, the only difference between the two size options apart from the dim...Keep on reading: Samsung redesigns Notebook 9 Pen for creators

LOOK: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray stuns in hot pink bikini

  MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Philippines Catriona Gray took on the 2018 Miss Universe stage oozing with confidence in a hot pink swimsuit.   In the pageant's preliminary competition in Thailand on Thursday, 94 candidates from various coun
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LOOK: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray stuns in hot pink bikini

  MANILA, Philippines --- Miss Philippines Catriona Gray took on the 2018 Miss Universe stage oozing with confidence in a hot pink swimsuit.   In the pageant's preliminary competition in Thailand on Thursday, 94 candidates from various countries sashayed on the runway in their bikini and evening gown. Judges would be choosing their Top 20 or semi-finalists during this event, but choices will be announced on Monday, December 17, during the pageant proper of Miss Universe 2018.   The preliminary competition is still ongoing and streamed live on the official website of Miss Universe, as of this posting. /kga    ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Miss Philippines Catriona Gray stuns in hot pink bikini

Duterte to priests: If you can wish for me to die, why can’t I?

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his call to kill bishops critical of his government, citing a priest who wished him ill during a Mass for opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in September. «Sabi ko, 'patayin
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Duterte to priests: If you can wish for me to die, why can’t I?

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his call to kill bishops critical of his government, citing a priest who wished him ill during a Mass for opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in September. «Sabi ko, 'patayin mo 'yang mga obispo na 'yan.' Kung sila mismo sa misa nila, in a Mass there --- I think it was Trillanes who was there. Sabi ng pari, 'Sana mamatay na ito si Duterte,'» the President said in a speech in Las Pias City. (I said kill those bishops. They've also said that in Masses--- I think it was Trillanes who was there. The priest said we hope this Duterte would die.) "Kung kayong mga pari, mga obispo, mga p***** i** kayo, if you can...Keep on reading: Duterte to priests: If you can wish for me to die, why can’t I?

CHR warns danger of ‘normalization of martial law’

        MANILA, Philippines --- «There is danger in normalization of martial law.»   This was the reaction of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after Congress voted to approve another extension of
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CHR warns danger of ‘normalization of martial law’

        MANILA, Philippines --- «There is danger in normalization of martial law.»   This was the reaction of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after Congress voted to approve another extension of martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2019.   Last Wednesday, in a joint session, a final vote of 235 for extension, 28 against and one abstention, Congress approved a third martial law extension in Mindanao.   READ: Congress okays 3rd martial law extension in Mindanao   However, CHR disputed the third extension, saying there were reports on human rights violations in Mindanao.   "There have been ...Keep on reading: CHR warns danger of ‘normalization of martial law’

Legarda sides with Diokno, says he is ‘a man of integrity’

MANILA, Philippines --- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is a man of integrity and his competence is unquestionable. Senator Loren Legarda said this on Thursday as she stood by Diokno amid calls from lawmakers for President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider hi
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Legarda sides with Diokno, says he is ‘a man of integrity’

MANILA, Philippines --- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is a man of integrity and his competence is unquestionable. Senator Loren Legarda said this on Thursday as she stood by Diokno amid calls from lawmakers for President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his appointment over issues hounding the proposed 2019 national budget. «Even in his previous stints in government, he has been known for introducing reforms that would enhance transparency and improve the efficiency of government service,» Legarda, chair of Senate committee on finance, said in a statement. Legarda issued the remark after the House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted Resolution 2365 urging Duterte to reconsid...Keep on reading: Legarda sides with Diokno, says he is ‘a man of integrity’

US ‘committed to protecting treaty ally’ but stand on sea row unclear

  MANILA, Philippines --- A senior US defense official assured the Philippines that Washington will be committed to protecting its treaty ally in case of foreign invasion or armed attack. However, the defense official remained unclear as to whether th
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US ‘committed to protecting treaty ally’ but stand on sea row unclear

  MANILA, Philippines --- A senior US defense official assured the Philippines that Washington will be committed to protecting its treaty ally in case of foreign invasion or armed attack. However, the defense official remained unclear as to whether the Mutual Defense Treaty covers Philippine-occupied reefs in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).   «We'd like to avoid hypotheticals -- what if this happens, what if that happens. In general, our alliance is ironclad and we are committed to the Mutual Defense Treaty and in protecting our treaty ally the Philippines in ensuring its sovereignty isn't threatened,» said Dr. Joseph Felter, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of...Keep on reading: US ‘committed to protecting treaty ally’ but stand on sea row unclear

PAO forensic expert stands firm on Dengvaxia findings

        MANILA, Philippines---People who are claiming that the Dengvaxia vaccine is safe are «misleading» and «betrays the memory» of hundreds of children who have died because of the vaccine, a Publ
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PAO forensic expert stands firm on Dengvaxia findings

        MANILA, Philippines---People who are claiming that the Dengvaxia vaccine is safe are «misleading» and «betrays the memory» of hundreds of children who have died because of the vaccine, a Public Attorney's Office (PAO) forensic expert said Thursday.   PAO forensic expert Dr. Erwin Erfe was reacting to the statement of a group of doctors calling on the PAO to stop spreading unproven claims about the Dengvaxia vaccine.   Erfe insisted that his forensic team had validated the facts through 105 autopsies, all concluding that the Dengvaxia vaccine can cause fatal side effects including viscerotropism, neurotropism, severe dengue...Keep on reading: PAO forensic expert stands firm on Dengvaxia findings

Senate ratifies bicam report on cancer control bill

MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Thursday approved the bicameral conference committee report on the bill that seeks to enforce a national framework to combat cancer. The bicameral conference committee report is the consolidated version of Senate Bill
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Senate ratifies bicam report on cancer control bill

MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate on Thursday approved the bicameral conference committee report on the bill that seeks to enforce a national framework to combat cancer. The bicameral conference committee report is the consolidated version of Senate Bill No. 1850 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act and its counterpart, House Bill No. 8636. The bill plans to establish the National Integrated Cancer Control Program which seeks to prevent deaths from cancer by providing «affordable and accessible» medical treatment. Once approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, the bill will be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte for signature. With this, Senator JV Eje...Keep on reading: Senate ratifies bicam report on cancer control bill

Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denies punching anyone in Game 4 of PBA Finals

MANILA, Philippines---Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denied that he and his teammates threw punches during Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Alaska Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Although the game was heated and had its physical momen
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Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denies punching anyone in Game 4 of PBA Finals

MANILA, Philippines---Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denied that he and his teammates threw punches during Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals against Alaska Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Although the game was heated and had its physical moments, especially in the last three minutes when Mark Barroca hit Chris Banchero in the groin, there wasn't any ejection or a long delay of play. «We weren't trying to hurt anyone, if anything happened on the court then I would like to apologize,» said Jalalon in Filipino. «I didn't punch anybody, Alaska was pressuring us, some little bumps here and there but I would never punch anyone on the court,» added Jalalon, who finishe...Keep on reading: Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon denies punching anyone in Game 4 of PBA Finals

Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero

MANILA, Philippines---Magnolia guard Mark Barroca downplayed his incident with Alaska playmaker Chris Banchero late in Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Barroca was caught on replay hitting Banchero in the g
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Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero

MANILA, Philippines---Magnolia guard Mark Barroca downplayed his incident with Alaska playmaker Chris Banchero late in Game 4 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Barroca was caught on replay hitting Banchero in the groin with a closed fist inside the last three minutes of the Hotshots' 90-76 loss to the Aces that tied the title series at 2-2. «We were too physical and in some cases it we were going above what's allowed,» said Barroca in Filipino. «Banchero and I are friends but [commissioner Willie Marcial] told us that it's not good to the game if we continue to go at it constantly.» PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he had already...Keep on reading: Mark Barroca downplays ‘punching incident’ with Chris Banchero

Kodaline to rock PH fans in solo outing

The Irish band Kodaline, which gained popularity among music fans for its heart-wrenching and accessible folk-inflected rock songs, will hold a concert on Feb. 26 at the New Frontier Theater, according to local promoter MMI Live.   While the rock q
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Kodaline to rock PH fans in solo outing

The Irish band Kodaline, which gained popularity among music fans for its heart-wrenching and accessible folk-inflected rock songs, will hold a concert on Feb. 26 at the New Frontier Theater, according to local promoter MMI Live.   While the rock quartet has already performed in the country earlier this year as part of the Wanderland Music and Arts Festival, Kodaline's upcoming show will be it first solo outing in Manila (call 911-5555).   Composed of Steve Garrigan (vocals), Vinny May (drums), Jason Boland (bass) and Mark Prendergast (guitar), the group---which has sold over a million records worldwide---is embarking on a world tour to promote its third studio albu...Keep on reading: Kodaline to rock PH fans in solo outing

Inquirer’s 9th Indie Bravo! Awards tonight to honor indie industry’s most significant achievers

Twenty six Filipino artists---and one Italian---will be honored in this year's edition of the Inquirer Indie Bravo! Awards show that will be held tonight at the newspaper's office in Makati City.   For the past nine years, the Inquirer has been pay
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Inquirer’s 9th Indie Bravo! Awards tonight to honor indie industry’s most significant achievers

Twenty six Filipino artists---and one Italian---will be honored in this year's edition of the Inquirer Indie Bravo! Awards show that will be held tonight at the newspaper's office in Makati City.   For the past nine years, the Inquirer has been paying tribute to Filipino talents who have brought honor to the country by winning international awards.   This year's honorees will be led by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, who will be recognized for his work in Loy Arcenas' screen musical «Ang Larawan;» and National Artist for Film Kidlat Tahimik, who is set to receive the Prince Claus Award in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for his work as a «cultural warrior.»...Keep on reading: Inquirer’s 9th Indie Bravo! Awards tonight to honor indie industry’s most significant achievers

‘Boom Shakalaka,’ ‘Wild!’ and other Globe nominees’ reactions

LOS ANGELES---«Boom Shakalaka!» That was director Spike Lee's succinct summation of his reaction to the four Golden Globe nominations that his film, «BlacKkKlansman,» recently earned.   Talents like Spike woke up to good new
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‘Boom Shakalaka,’ ‘Wild!’ and other Globe nominees’ reactions

LOS ANGELES---«Boom Shakalaka!» That was director Spike Lee's succinct summation of his reaction to the four Golden Globe nominations that his film, «BlacKkKlansman,» recently earned.   Talents like Spike woke up to good news when Christian Slater, Leslie Mann, Terry Crews and Danai Gurira announced nominations to the 76th Golden Globe Awards in early morning ceremonies at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.   Even at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m., Christian seemed wide awake and excited. He jumped up from his seat and approached the lectern even before Meher Tatna, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which votes on and presents the awards...Keep on reading: ‘Boom Shakalaka,’ ‘Wild!’ and other Globe nominees’ reactions

Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine

MANILA, Philippines---CJ Isit showed his wheels as a potential PBA speedster after topping the lane agility and reaction tests in the Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. The former Mapua gunner tallied an 84 percent score in the reaction tes
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Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine

MANILA, Philippines---CJ Isit showed his wheels as a potential PBA speedster after topping the lane agility and reaction tests in the Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center. The former Mapua gunner tallied an 84 percent score in the reaction test and was a whirling derby in the lane agility test after clocking in at 11.2 seconds while circling the paint. Guard John Ragasa out of St. Mary's University was the fastest in the shuttle run completing a course that measured a total of 60 feet in 21.97 seconds. Joe Allen Trinidad had everyone beat in running a straight line with the former Far Eastern University guard needing just 3.25 seconds to clear three quarters of a...Keep on reading: Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine

LTFRB to traffic law enforcers: Impound Angkas motorcycles

  MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered traffic law enforcement agents «to apprehend and impound» motorcycles of Angkas. This developed as the Supreme Court has issued a temp
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LTFRB to traffic law enforcers: Impound Angkas motorcycles

  MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has ordered traffic law enforcement agents «to apprehend and impound» motorcycles of Angkas. This developed as the Supreme Court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), which once again prohibited Angkas from carrying out its ride-hailing operations in Metro Manila. READ: SC temporarily stops Angkas operations "This board hereby orders the Law Enforcement Unit of this Board as well as directs the LTO, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), the Inter-Agency Council on Traffic (I-ACT), and othe...Keep on reading: LTFRB to traffic law enforcers: Impound Angkas motorcycles

UK disarray: May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

LONDON --- British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses. May vowed to fig
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UK disarray: May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

LONDON --- British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses. May vowed to fight the challenge «with everything I've got,» after Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, said he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote. As a result, he said, «the threshold of 15 percent of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the leader of the Conservative Party has been exceeded.» Brady said the vote would be held in Parliament betwe...Keep on reading: UK disarray: May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

LISTEN: Zayn Malik drops new track ‘There You Are’

Zayn Malik has dropped a sentimental new track from his upcoming album «Icarus Falls», while also revealing the album's cover art. https://youtu.be/eFsGA0GXB-8 «There You Are» comes just days before the Friday release of «I
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LISTEN: Zayn Malik drops new track ‘There You Are’

Zayn Malik has dropped a sentimental new track from his upcoming album «Icarus Falls», while also revealing the album's cover art. https://youtu.be/eFsGA0GXB-8 «There You Are» comes just days before the Friday release of «Icarus Falls», which features a host of previously released tracks, including «Rainberry», «Good Years», «Let Me», «Sour Diesel», «Entertainer», «No Candle No Light (feat. Nicki Minaj)», «Fingers» and «Too Much (feat. Timbaland)». https://www.instagram.com/p/BrQXhzxHtNx/?utm_source=ig_embed The artwork for the 27-track album features biomechanical wings doused in blue flames, making reference to the album's title. JB RELATED STORIES: Morrissey announce...Keep on reading: LISTEN: Zayn Malik drops new track ‘There You Are’

Tañada urges Senate’s ‘independence’ amid House approval of charter change

MANILA, Philippines ---Opposition bet Lorenzo «Erin» Taada III on Wednesday urged the Senate to maintain its independence amid the House of Representatives' approval of charter change. «It is high time that we bring in an independent Sena
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Tañada urges Senate’s ‘independence’ amid House approval of charter change

MANILA, Philippines ---Opposition bet Lorenzo «Erin» Taada III on Wednesday urged the Senate to maintain its independence amid the House of Representatives' approval of charter change. «It is high time that we bring in an independent Senate that is free from any form of influence, follows their wisdom and their heart in fulfilling their promises, and more than anything, faithful to the mandate and obligations bestowed upon them when they got elected by the people,» Taada said in a statement. READ: House approves charter change Taada issued the statement after the House approved on third and final reading the controversial federal charter or the Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 l...Keep on reading: Tañada urges Senate’s ‘independence’ amid House approval of charter change

Voice messages now available on Instagram

  MANILA, Philippines --- Instagram users can now send voice clips in direct messages, the social media platform announced on Twitter last Tuesday.   Instagram launched its newest feature which allows its users to send or reply to messages
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Voice messages now available on Instagram

  MANILA, Philippines --- Instagram users can now send voice clips in direct messages, the social media platform announced on Twitter last Tuesday.   Instagram launched its newest feature which allows its users to send or reply to messages through voice recordings.   «Starting today, you can send voice messages in Direct. Talk the way you want to be heard, whether by whispering what you're up to or shouting a compliment,» Instagram said.   https://twitter.com/instagram/status/1072206200077398016   Instagram, owned by Facebook, has almost one billion users worldwide./muf  ...Keep on reading: Voice messages now available on Instagram

Twitter CEO defends controversial Myanmar tweets

YANGON, Myanmar--- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended a series of tweets about his recent meditation retreat in Myanmar that were pilloried on his own platform for failing to mention the persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Dorsey's gushing thread o
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Twitter CEO defends controversial Myanmar tweets

YANGON, Myanmar--- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended a series of tweets about his recent meditation retreat in Myanmar that were pilloried on his own platform for failing to mention the persecution of Rohingya Muslims. Dorsey's gushing thread on Sunday came after a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat near Mandalay in which he praised the country's food, beauty and its people, whom he said were «full of joy». The comments drew heat online for leaving out any discussion of atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya minority during a military crackdown last year that drove more than 720,000 people into Bangladesh camps. Critics piled into the tech mogul ...Keep on reading: Twitter CEO defends controversial Myanmar tweets

12 Senators OKs third martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines --- Twelve senators on Wednesday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2019. The 12 senators who affirmed the third extension of martial law in the region were Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Gring
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12 Senators OKs third martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines --- Twelve senators on Wednesday voted to extend martial law in Mindanao until December 31, 2019. The 12 senators who affirmed the third extension of martial law in the region were Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and Senators Gringo Honasan, Panfilo Lacson, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Richard Gordon, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, Koko Pimentel, JV Ejercito, Sonny Angara, Win Gatchalian, and Manny Pacquiao. On the other hand, five senators voted against further placing Mindanao under martial rule. These lawmakers were: Minority Floor Leader Senator Franklin Drilon, and Senators Bam Aquino, Rise Hontiveros, Francis Pangilinan, and Francis Escudero. Senator Ralph R...Keep on reading: 12 Senators OKs third martial law extension in Mindanao

LOOK: Kylie Padilla, Aljur Abrenica hold star-studded wedding

MANILA, Philippines --- Longtime couple Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica finally tied the knot on Tuesday at Villa Milagros in Rizal. Photos from the wedding ceremony surfaced as many of their celebrity friends took to social media to congratulate the newl
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LOOK: Kylie Padilla, Aljur Abrenica hold star-studded wedding

MANILA, Philippines --- Longtime couple Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica finally tied the knot on Tuesday at Villa Milagros in Rizal. Photos from the wedding ceremony surfaced as many of their celebrity friends took to social media to congratulate the newlyweds. Padilla's co-actress in «Encantadia» Gabbi Garcia posed with the couple in an Instagram post on Tuesday.   View this post on Instagram   Always here for the both of you. Congratulations! Stay happy! Love you @kylienicolepadilla @ajabrenica #AljurKyliEpicAfter A post shared by Gabbi Garcia (@_gabbigarcia) on Dec 11, 2018 at 4:11am PST &...Keep on reading: LOOK: Kylie Padilla, Aljur Abrenica hold star-studded wedding

Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie

MANILA, Philippines---It was a long wait but Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is finally headed to the PBA. A stalwart since his college days at National University, Parks has eluded the PBA Draft for almost five years, but the son of late great Bobby Ray Parks Sr. sai
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Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie

MANILA, Philippines---It was a long wait but Bobby Ray Parks Jr. is finally headed to the PBA. A stalwart since his college days at National University, Parks has eluded the PBA Draft for almost five years, but the son of late great Bobby Ray Parks Sr. said it's now his time to jump to the Philippines' premier basketball league. «I've seen a lot of things, I've played in different leagues and I mean for me it's time,» said Parks Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center during the PBA Draft Combine. Parks was a highly-touted prospect since he was in high school at St. Georges and then, at Melrose, both in Tennessee, and he even drew the attention of NCAA Division 1 school Georgia T...Keep on reading: Ray Parks says timing just right to join PBA, doesn’t consider self as rookie

From Eden to Gethsemane – as Hollywood laughs

ThePirates of the Caribbeanstar Keira Knightley has joked that being Catholic is a preference. «If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything,» shejoked. «Just ask for forgiveness and you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better th
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From Eden to Gethsemane – as Hollywood laughs

ThePirates of the Caribbeanstar Keira Knightley has joked that being Catholic is a preference. «If only I wasn't an atheist, I could get away with anything,» shejoked. «Just ask for forgiveness and you'd be forgiven. It sounds much better than having to live with guilt.»   Asked if Heaven exists and what would she like to hear God say when she arrives at the Pearly Gates,Hunger Gamesactress Julianne Moore, a confessed atheist, quips: «Well, I guess you were wrong. I do exist.»   InCelebrities in Hell: A Guide to Hollywood's Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics,author Warren Allen Smith provides biographical sketches of famous people who dared to have dissimilar bel...Keep on reading: From Eden to Gethsemane – as Hollywood laughs

UP Maroons elate loyal alumni overseas

  SAN FRANCISCO -- «That's why they're here. They are proud of you!»University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol said of fans as he boosted his boys' morale, shortly before the team lost to the Ateneo Blue
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UP Maroons elate loyal alumni overseas

  SAN FRANCISCO -- «That's why they're here. They are proud of you!»University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol said of fans as he boosted his boys' morale, shortly before the team lost to the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the duel for University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) basketball title.   Perasol was right about the Maroon fans, including UP alumni in the United States, Australia and other places overseas.   Among the proudest alumni is former Maroon point guard, now Sydney, Australia-based Randolf «Alfie» Manlulo, a UAAP 1986 Ateneo High School basketball champion team leader, who joined the much sought afte...Keep on reading: UP Maroons elate loyal alumni overseas

SW Las Vegas is home to Kulinarya and soon, Jollibee

LAS VEGAS --«Kung kakakain ka lang, sarapan mo na (If you're going to eat, you might as well make it delicious),» said Emmy Praferosa who, along with husband Mike, owns Kulinarya Express Filipino Kitchen, the Filipino restaurant that Filipino resi
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SW Las Vegas is home to Kulinarya and soon, Jollibee

LAS VEGAS --«Kung kakakain ka lang, sarapan mo na (If you're going to eat, you might as well make it delicious),» said Emmy Praferosa who, along with husband Mike, owns Kulinarya Express Filipino Kitchen, the Filipino restaurant that Filipino residents frequent for their wide selection of authentic Filipino food in the city's southwest section.   Located at 7960 S. Rainbow Blvd., the year-old Kulinarya looks forward to having more Filipino customers in the area not only for its delicious food but for the proximity of Jollibee (about 300 feet away or a 2-minute walk), which is opening its third outlet of the Filipino fast food chain Jollibee in this city on Christmas Day th...Keep on reading: SW Las Vegas is home to Kulinarya and soon, Jollibee

A growing list: Trump associates who have pleaded guilty

WASHINGTON--- Five people in President Donald Trump's orbit have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors in Washington and New York are investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 election and whether Trump directe
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A growing list: Trump associates who have pleaded guilty

WASHINGTON--- Five people in President Donald Trump's orbit have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors in Washington and New York are investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 election and whether Trump directed an illegal hush-money scheme to silence women who said they had sex with him. A look at those cases: MICHAEL COHEN Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in New York to lying to Congress about his work on a possible Trump real estate project in Moscow in a case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's office. Cohen --- who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Tru...Keep on reading: A growing list: Trump associates who have pleaded guilty

Warner Brothers to film Arnel Pineda’s journey

  LOS ANGELES -- Filipino singer Arnel Pineda's path from humble beginnings in the Philippines to fronting American rock band Journey is set for the big screen in a biopic that will be headed by «Crazy Rich Asians» director Jon M. Chu
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Warner Brothers to film Arnel Pineda’s journey

  LOS ANGELES -- Filipino singer Arnel Pineda's path from humble beginnings in the Philippines to fronting American rock band Journey is set for the big screen in a biopic that will be headed by «Crazy Rich Asians» director Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros. In an article from Deadline, Chu expressed his desire to portray the «fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit» as he envisioned the upcoming film based on Pineda's «journey.» Chu, who has directed music documentaries in the past, also noted that he is a fan of the band's music. "The success of 'Crazy Rich Asians' has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new pers...Keep on reading: Warner Brothers to film Arnel Pineda’s journey