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Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men, finds new study

New European research has found that women who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work, are more likely to experience a decline in lung function than men, or women who do not clean. Carried out by researchers at the Univ
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Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men, finds new study

New European research has found that women who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work, are more likely to experience a decline in lung function than men, or women who do not clean. Carried out by researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway, the team analyzed data from 6,235 participants who were followed for more than 20 years. «While the short-term effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact,» explained senior study author Cecile Svanes, MD, PhD. "We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year afte...Keep on reading: Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men, finds new study

Jaro archbishop officiates Mass for Demafelis, other abused OFWs

ILOILO CITY --- Hundreds of current and former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families on Sunday attended Mass and offered prayers here for abused OFWs, including murdered domestic helper Joanna Demafelis. The Mass at the St. Vincent Ferrer Sem
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Jaro archbishop officiates Mass for Demafelis, other abused OFWs

ILOILO CITY --- Hundreds of current and former overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families on Sunday attended Mass and offered prayers here for abused OFWs, including murdered domestic helper Joanna Demafelis. The Mass at the St. Vincent Ferrer Seminary in Jaro District was officiated by outgoing Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo. Earlier at the same venue, there was forum organized by the Jaro ArchdioceseCommissionfor thePastoral CareforMigrantsandItinerantPeople. The plight of Demafelis, a native of Sara town in Iloilo, was among those discussed in the forum, according to Connie Bragas-Regalado, chairperson of Migrante International and one of the speakers. Demafel...Keep on reading: Jaro archbishop officiates Mass for Demafelis, other abused OFWs

Want a footloose, car-free vacation? Check out these pedestrian-friendly cities

Munich, Kyoto and Bordeaux have been named some of the most beautiful, pedestrian-friendly tourism destinations in a new list compiled by Booking.com. For the selection, the online reservation site teased out trends from the reviews of their 26 million tra
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Want a footloose, car-free vacation? Check out these pedestrian-friendly cities

Munich, Kyoto and Bordeaux have been named some of the most beautiful, pedestrian-friendly tourism destinations in a new list compiled by Booking.com. For the selection, the online reservation site teased out trends from the reviews of their 26 million travelers, who praised the walkable neighborhoods of cities with ample green spaces, quaint and charming streets, and village-like feel. Strap on your most comfortable walking shoes, for their selection for the best car-free destinations: Munich The biggest pedestrian-friendly feature going for Munich is its English Garden, a sprawling park in the center of the city that's among the biggest in Europe, with its own lake, beer ...Keep on reading: Want a footloose, car-free vacation? Check out these pedestrian-friendly cities

British female stars demand end to sexual harassment

LONDON --- Many of Britain's most prominent female entertainment stars have signed an open letter demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of Britain's major film awards. A letter published Sunday has been signed by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, N
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British female stars demand end to sexual harassment

LONDON --- Many of Britain's most prominent female entertainment stars have signed an open letter demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of Britain's major film awards. A letter published Sunday has been signed by Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson, Gemma Arterton and many others. The letter in The Observer calls for an end to impunity and says «this movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone.» Backed by more than 190 entertainers, academics and activists, the letter aligns British film stars with the fight against sexual harassment set off by the allegations against US movie producer Harvey Weinstein. It comes ahead of Su...Keep on reading: British female stars demand end to sexual harassment

Top Cabinet execs to appear at Senate probe on Navy frigates deal

Several members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet were set to appear before the Senate investigation on the Philippine Navy's now-controversial frigates deal on Monday to express their support to the administration, Malacaang said Sunday. Communicatio
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Top Cabinet execs to appear at Senate probe on Navy frigates deal

Several members of President Rodrigo Duterte's Cabinet were set to appear before the Senate investigation on the Philippine Navy's now-controversial frigates deal on Monday to express their support to the administration, Malacaang said Sunday. Communications Sec. Martin Andanar, Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre, and another member of the Cabinet would be attending the Senate committee on national defense and security's hearing on the Navy's purchase of the P15.5-billion Combat Management System (CMS) for the frigates, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said. «Ay nandoon po tayo para magpakita ng suporta, at para magpahiwatig na wala pong tinatago ang Presidente sa isyung ito,»...Keep on reading: Top Cabinet execs to appear at Senate probe on Navy frigates deal

Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea --- The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don't have a gold medal. It's an unpleasant experience for a country which finished atop the medal standings in the games it hosted four years ago in Sochi wi
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Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea --- The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don't have a gold medal. It's an unpleasant experience for a country which finished atop the medal standings in the games it hosted four years ago in Sochi with 13 gold medals --- though two of those have since been stripped for doping. But then again, the country of Russia is not here. On the wall of the «Olympic athletes from Russia» delegation office in Pyeongchang, there's a board titled «our podium» with Russian medal-winners' photos attached under pictures of gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold column is empty. "We'd like to fill in that part of the chart, so that we get a...Keep on reading: Russians face unfamiliar wait for first Olympic gold

Pen uses melted crayons as ink to write on any surface

A new gadget from Crayola could help children become more creative, or create more cleaning duties for their parents. Called the Crayola Crayon Melter, the pen works like a glue gun. Kids pop in crayons at the back and out comes melted colorful wax on the
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Pen uses melted crayons as ink to write on any surface

A new gadget from Crayola could help children become more creative, or create more cleaning duties for their parents. Called the Crayola Crayon Melter, the pen works like a glue gun. Kids pop in crayons at the back and out comes melted colorful wax on the other side. The company unveiled the new toy, along with several other products, at the American International Toy Fair being held between Feb. 17 to 20 in New York. The Crayon Melter's tip is low-heat which should prevent kids from getting burned by the dripping molten wax. More than just being for kids, artistic individuals who favor crayons to make works of art may also find inspiration from the Crayon Melter. ...Keep on reading: Pen uses melted crayons as ink to write on any surface

Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

HUTCHINSON, Kan. --- Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his three-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the s
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Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

HUTCHINSON, Kan. --- Kansas election officials are putting the brakes on a dog's campaign for governor. KWCH-TV reports that Terran Woolley, of Hutchinson, decided to file the paperwork over the weekend for his three-year-old pooch, Angus, to run for the state's top office after reading stories about six teenage candidates. The teens entered the race after learning Kansas doesn't have an age requirement, something lawmakers are seeking to change. Angus is a type of hunting dog called a wire-haired Vizsla. Woolley figured Angus would need to run as a Republican. He described Angus as a "caring, nurturing individual who cares about the best for humanity and all creatures other th...Keep on reading: Dog in the race? Pooch barred from race for Kansas governor

5 soldiers injured in roadside bombing in Maguindanao

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao -- Five soldiers, including a junior officer, were injured in a roadside bombing in Datu Unsay, Maguidanao on Sunday morning, the police said. A KM-150 military truck was approaching the bridge in Barangay Meta in Datu Unsay w
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5 soldiers injured in roadside bombing in Maguindanao

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao -- Five soldiers, including a junior officer, were injured in a roadside bombing in Datu Unsay, Maguidanao on Sunday morning, the police said. A KM-150 military truck was approaching the bridge in Barangay Meta in Datu Unsay when the explosion took place around 7:30 a.m., according to Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares, chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Police Regional Office. Injured were 1st Lt. Jano Cyril Reyes and four other soldiers from the 57th Infantry Battalion, who were identified as Privates First Class Maguncia, Purol and Crispo -- the truck driver, and Private Ramirez. Mijares said the blast site was about 800 meter...Keep on reading: 5 soldiers injured in roadside bombing in Maguindanao

Bad weather prompts cancellation of domestic flights – MIAA

Flights to and from Tuguegarao have been canceled due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) announcedon Sunday.   The Miaa said that as of10:30 a.m., the following flights have been canceled:   PAL Expre
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Bad weather prompts cancellation of domestic flights – MIAA

Flights to and from Tuguegarao have been canceled due to inclement weather, the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) announcedon Sunday.   The Miaa said that as of10:30 a.m., the following flights have been canceled:   PAL Express   2P 2014 Manila -- Tuguegarao 2P 2015 Tuguegarao -- Manila   Kindly refresh this page for updates. /kga...Keep on reading: Bad weather prompts cancellation of domestic flights – MIAA

Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1

Asa Miller finished 81st in his first run in the men's giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The Fil-Am alpine skier had a slight miscue in his run to start the course but finished th
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Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1

Asa Miller finished 81st in his first run in the men's giant slalom event in alpine skiing Sunday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Yongpyong Alpine Centre. The Fil-Am alpine skier had a slight miscue in his run to start the course but finished the track with a time of 1:27.52. He is 19.25 seconds behind leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria, who had a time of 1:08.27. Only 85 of the 105 competitors were able to finish the course in their first run. Miller can improve his total time in Run 2, scheduled at 12:45 p.m....Keep on reading: Asa Miller ranks 81st after Run 1

Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest

Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday. Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used
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Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest

Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday. Mitchell edged Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win the 2000 contest. «I wanted this so badly,» Mitchell said. «This is one of my favorite events of All-Star weekend. To not only be in it, but to win it, it's crazy.» Before making his winning dunk, Mitchell peeled off his Jazz jersey and wore a vintage Carter jersey from the Toronto Raptors. Mitchell --- three inches shorter than the 6-foot-6 Carter --- needed a score of 47 to beat Nance, and he got a 48 from the five judg...Keep on reading: Mitchell edges Nance Jr. to win slam dunk contest

Feds say woman on private jet to Philippines smuggled cash

HONOLULU --- A woman headed for the Philippines aboard a private jet leaving Honolulu lied about the amount of cash she had when inspectors found $335,000 in her carry-on bag, prosecutors said.   A United States District Court complaint accused Fel
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Feds say woman on private jet to Philippines smuggled cash

HONOLULU --- A woman headed for the Philippines aboard a private jet leaving Honolulu lied about the amount of cash she had when inspectors found $335,000 in her carry-on bag, prosecutors said.   A United States District Court complaint accused Felina S. Salinas of bulk cash smuggling, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and forfeiture of the cash and property.   Salinas was released on $25,000 bond after a court appearance on Wednesday. She said her attorney is flying to Hawaii.   US Department of Homeland Security officials said she handed officers inspecting the jet a currency report form that declared she was carrying $40,000 and 1,000 Ph...Keep on reading: Feds say woman on private jet to Philippines smuggled cash

2 killed in Zambo del Norte clash between military, NPA

PAGADIAN CITY -- A soldier and a suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebel were killed during a brief clash in Sergio Osmea town in Zamboanga del Norteon Saturday, the military saidon Sunday.   Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, the commander of the Army's 53r
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2 killed in Zambo del Norte clash between military, NPA

PAGADIAN CITY -- A soldier and a suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebel were killed during a brief clash in Sergio Osmea town in Zamboanga del Norteon Saturday, the military saidon Sunday.   Lt. Col. Marlowe Patria, the commander of the Army's 53rdInfantry Battalion, said that soldiers led by 1Lt. Abner Pilando were conducting combat operation in Barangay San Isidro when they encountered the communist rebels.   He said the operation was conducted following reports that the rebels were harassing villagers in San Isidro.   Patria said that during the 15-minute firefight, Sgt. Rolly Barimbao was hit and killed. One rebel was also slain, he added.   ...Keep on reading: 2 killed in Zambo del Norte clash between military, NPA

Solon says corruption lurks in traffic bill

A minority member of the House of Representatives on Saturday warned his colleagues against «being stampeded into approving» a bill granting emergency powers to the Duterte administration to solve the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, saying it coul
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Solon says corruption lurks in traffic bill

A minority member of the House of Representatives on Saturday warned his colleagues against «being stampeded into approving» a bill granting emergency powers to the Duterte administration to solve the traffic crisis in Metro Manila, saying it could open the floodgates to corruption.   Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza, in a statement, said he did not see House Bill No. 4334, or the proposed Traffic Crisis Act, as the solution to the «seemingly unsolvable traffic mess.»   «This is not the solution. This would only aggravate the situation since it does not address the real cause of the traffic gridlock in Metro Manila and other urban cities ---corruption!» he said.  ...Keep on reading: Solon says corruption lurks in traffic bill

PNP chief: Duterte ‘kill’ talk not order to commit EJK

While President Rodrigo Duterte may have used the word «kill» in his speeches against drugs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald «Bato» dela Rosa said it didn't mean the President was ordering police to gun down dr
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PNP chief: Duterte ‘kill’ talk not order to commit EJK

While President Rodrigo Duterte may have used the word «kill» in his speeches against drugs, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald «Bato» dela Rosa said it didn't mean the President was ordering police to gun down drug suspects indiscriminately.   Dela Rosa said Mr. Duterte's «kill» speeches actually meant only two things: encourage police to continue the war on drugs and «give a strong warning to drug personalities that whey will die if they fight.»   «The President has no specific instruction for me to kill pushers, addicts or drug lords,» the PNP chief said in an interview with reporters at the Philippine Military Academy homecoming. &nb...Keep on reading: PNP chief: Duterte ‘kill’ talk not order to commit EJK

Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

  MEXICO CITY --- Thirteen people were killed while 16 others were injured after a military helicopter carrying officials, who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake, flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top o
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Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

  MEXICO CITY --- Thirteen people were killed while 16 others were injured after a military helicopter carrying officials, who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake, flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the night outside.   The 13 people killed were the only known fatalities related to the magnitude 7.2 quake that shook parts of southern and central Mexico earlier on February 16.   No one aboard the helicopter, including Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat, was seriously hurt. Jorge Morales, a local reporter who was aboard ...Keep on reading: Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES --- LeBron James says he will not stick to sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation's political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game.
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LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’

LOS ANGELES --- LeBron James says he will not stick to sports. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation's political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game. «I will not just shut up and dribble,» James said. «I get to sit up here and talk about what's really important.» James spoke publicly aferFox News host Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA championfor his recent comments about social issues. James previously responded with an Instagram post containing similar sentiments. «We will definitely not shut up and dribble,» James said. "I will definitely not do that. I mean too ...Keep on reading: LeBron says he ‘will definitely not shut up and dribble’

Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES --- Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning. Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris We
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Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES --- Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning. Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Kidd ranks second in NBA history with 12,091 assists, and Nash is third with 10,335 assists. Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 with the Phoenix Suns. He made the All-NBA first team three times during his 18-year career with the Suns, Dallas Mavericks a...Keep on reading: Nash, Kidd among finalists for basketball Hall of Fame

Kitschy knockoff

  Sin Island« finds a gratuitous excuse to repeatedly display Nathalie Hart's ample breasts and Xian Lim's similarly abundant manboobs. But, the novelty of seeing Nathalie and Xian in various stages of undress swiftly wears off as soon as you re
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Kitschy knockoff

  Sin Island« finds a gratuitous excuse to repeatedly display Nathalie Hart's ample breasts and Xian Lim's similarly abundant manboobs. But, the novelty of seeing Nathalie and Xian in various stages of undress swiftly wears off as soon as you realize there's something kitschy about the movie's narrative development. It lacks depth and cogent believability required to hold the film's »conveniently« intersecting plotlines together. Director Gino M. Santos fills his latest cinematic »underwhelmer" with gorgeous actors playing protagonists who seek redress for their self-inflicted romantic wounds and woes. But it's made murkier by a story that is as incoherent and convolute...Keep on reading: Kitschy knockoff

Guy chooses to remember only the good times with her fave ‘kuya’

  Superstar Nora Aunor is hurt by all those nasty criticisms, making a huge deal of her nonappearance at the wake of perennial director, Maryo J. delos Reyes, who died after suffering a heart attack on Jan. 27. La Aunor's tribute to Direk Maryo J w
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Guy chooses to remember only the good times with her fave ‘kuya’

  Superstar Nora Aunor is hurt by all those nasty criticisms, making a huge deal of her nonappearance at the wake of perennial director, Maryo J. delos Reyes, who died after suffering a heart attack on Jan. 27. La Aunor's tribute to Direk Maryo J was also missing in the deluge of testimonials that flooded media---social and traditional. Did she purposefully avoid the press during that sad time? In an exclusive interview with the Inquirer, the Superstar explained her side of the story. Turns out she has been sickly of late. At the time of the filmmaker's wake, she was downed by asthma. «Hindi stable ang blood pressure ko,» she clarified. "Hindi bumababa sa 158/110. Ka...Keep on reading: Guy chooses to remember only the good times with her fave ‘kuya’

Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

LONDON --- The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes center stage at the British Academy Film Awards. Many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in monochrome for Sunday's ceremony as a statement o
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Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

LONDON --- The red carpet will be a sea of black as the movement against sexual misconduct takes center stage at the British Academy Film Awards. Many female stars and other guests are expected to dress in monochrome for Sunday's ceremony as a statement of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment and abuse. Will royalty join them? The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend the Royal Albert Hall ceremony with husband Prince William, who is president of the British movie academy. The royal family usually steers clear of political statements, but it could be awkward for Kate to ignore the gesture and wear bright colors. In what may be a helpful precedent, she wore a black Al...Keep on reading: Stars to wear black at UK film awards: Will Kate join them?

Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

NEW YORK --- Filmmaker Stanley Nelson knew he wanted to tell a story about the nation's historically black colleges and universities --- not just about individual HBCUs, many of which have their own celebrated histories, but about what they collectively have
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Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

NEW YORK --- Filmmaker Stanley Nelson knew he wanted to tell a story about the nation's historically black colleges and universities --- not just about individual HBCUs, many of which have their own celebrated histories, but about what they collectively have meant to black people. And in making the documentary «Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,» Nelson said, something quickly became clear: HBCUs never were just about learning what was in books. From their beginnings in the years after the Civil War, the nation's HBCUs have been driving forces for African-American economic and political advancement. "As we were making the film, it became for ...Keep on reading: Film showcases historically black colleges and universities

Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa

JOHANNESBURG --- «Black Panther» has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and excl
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Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa

JOHANNESBURG --- «Black Panther» has burst onto the screen in Africa, handing a powerful response to the unfortunate remarks about the continent by President Donald Trump. As the red carpet in South Africa swirled with stunning outfits and exclamations in the local Xhosa language used in the film's Wakanda kingdom, cast member John Kani laughed at the U.S. president's views, which several African nations have openly scorned. (Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o said simply: «No comment.») The South African actor Kani, like many at Friday night's Johannesburg premiere, expressed pride at seeing an Afro-futuristic society that celebrates traditional cultures and dreams of what t...Keep on reading: Tears, exuberance as ‘Black Panther’ opens across Africa

DFA asks Kuwait to prolong amnesty for Filipino illegals

  Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines had asked Kuwait to extend for another three months its amnesty program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) illegally staying in the Persian Gulf state.   In a new
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DFA asks Kuwait to prolong amnesty for Filipino illegals

  Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday said the Philippines had asked Kuwait to extend for another three months its amnesty program for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) illegally staying in the Persian Gulf state.   In a news briefing, Cayetano said about 10,000 overstaying OFWs had yet to be flown back from Kuwait.   So far, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Labor and Employment have repatriated more than 2,000 OFWs from Kuwait since President Duterte declared a total ban on the deployment of Filipinos to the Gulf state amid reported abuses committed against OFWs there.   During their meeting on Thursday...Keep on reading: DFA asks Kuwait to prolong amnesty for Filipino illegals

DFA: China gives ‘no-build’ assurance in sea row talks

China has assured the Philippines that it would refrain from conducting any activities on uninhabited areas in the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday.   Cayetano said the country had also made «gains&raq
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DFA: China gives ‘no-build’ assurance in sea row talks

China has assured the Philippines that it would refrain from conducting any activities on uninhabited areas in the West Philippine Sea, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said on Friday.   Cayetano said the country had also made «gains» in its territorial dispute with China despite the latter's transformation of three of seven Philippine-claimed reefs it had seized since 2007 into facilities that could accept fighter aircraft and naval vessels.   Beijing made the «no-build» commitment during a recent «no-holds-barred» Bilateral Consultative Meeting (BCM) in Manila between ranking diplomats from both countries last Feb. 13, he said.   Apart from san...Keep on reading: DFA: China gives ‘no-build’ assurance in sea row talks

Florida school gunman trained by white supremacists

PARKLAND---Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of a white supremacist group and had taken part in military-style training exercises, the rights group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said on Thursday.   Jordan Jereb, believed to lead th
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Florida school gunman trained by white supremacists

PARKLAND---Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz was a member of a white supremacist group and had taken part in military-style training exercises, the rights group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said on Thursday.   Jordan Jereb, believed to lead the shadowy Republic of Florida (ROF) group, told ADL that Cruz had been «brought up» by a member of the group and joined its training exercises near Tallahassee, Florida.   ROF describes itself on its website as a «white civil rights organization fighting for white identitarian politics» and advocating the creation of a «white ethnostate» in Florida. The ADL said the group "borrows paramilitary concepts from the antigove...Keep on reading: Florida school gunman trained by white supremacists

Roque: PH to seek changes in way marine sites are named

  While saying it's not a big deal, the Palace spokesperson on Friday said the government would seek changes in the process of naming undersea features, like those found in the Philippine (PH) Rise.   Harry Roque said the current proces
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Roque: PH to seek changes in way marine sites are named

  While saying it's not a big deal, the Palace spokesperson on Friday said the government would seek changes in the process of naming undersea features, like those found in the Philippine (PH) Rise.   Harry Roque said the current process being followed by the UN-linked agency International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in naming undersea features was controlled only by rich countries capable of conducting undersea exploration.   Roque's statement came amid the controversy over the naming by China of seamounts, or mountains rising from the deep sea floor in PH Rise.   Naming rights   Countries that are not members of the Subcommitt...Keep on reading: Roque: PH to seek changes in way marine sites are named

Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrives in Iloilo

    CABATUAN, ILOILO--Cries of grief and anger erupted at the Iloilo International Airport here as the remains of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis arrived early Saturday. About 80 family members, relatives and town mates
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Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrives in Iloilo

    CABATUAN, ILOILO--Cries of grief and anger erupted at the Iloilo International Airport here as the remains of overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joanna Demafelis arrived early Saturday. About 80 family members, relatives and town mates of Demafelis left her hometown Sara in Iloilo at 2 a.m. to fetch her remains at the airport. The body of the murdered OFW arrived on board a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila at about 5:55 a.m. Relatives displayed tarpaulin streamers demanding justice for her death. After arrival, Demafelis' body was escorted by a convoy of some 30 vehicles to a funeral parlor in Ajuy town. Her remains will be later brought to her family h...Keep on reading: Remains of OFW found in freezer in Kuwait arrives in Iloilo

Group presses tax perks for small firms

The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) wants the government to offer incentives under the second tax reform package specifically designed for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Philexport said that it wanted to see some fi
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Group presses tax perks for small firms

The Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc. (Philexport) wants the government to offer incentives under the second tax reform package specifically designed for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). Philexport said that it wanted to see some fiscal and non-tax incentives in the second tax reform package, which the Department of Finance has recently submitted to Congress. After passing the first package---also known as the TRAIN law---in December last year, the government is now pushing the second in a series of tax reform packages. While the TRAIN law lowered the personal income taxes of many Filipinos and raised consumption taxes, the second package seeks to cut cor...Keep on reading: Group presses tax perks for small firms

Spark-free tandem for fishy tale

  We don't expect every film to be Oscar-worthy, because each genre has its reason for being. But, even if it's just intended to entertain its target audience or is devoid of lofty cinematic ambitions, we expect it to be coherent, logical or intell
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Spark-free tandem for fishy tale

  We don't expect every film to be Oscar-worthy, because each genre has its reason for being. But, even if it's just intended to entertain its target audience or is devoid of lofty cinematic ambitions, we expect it to be coherent, logical or intelligibly told---because even the «suspension of disbelief» requires a grain of truth to work. «My Fairy Tail Love Story» has quotable insights («Between love at first sight and happily ever after is reality»; «You fall in love with the person, not the gender»), but the rest of the movie is frothy and fizzy hogwash. It banks on a fascinating premise that fails to fulfill its fascinating promise. Bond that binds Perci Intala...Keep on reading: Spark-free tandem for fishy tale

Quiboloy did not violate any US law – spox

  DAVAO CITY -- Pastor Apollo Quiboloy did not violate any US laws and was never detained, or had even been deported from Hawaii, his spokesperson said.   Speaking to reporters here on Friday, lawyer Israelito Torreon said the fact that Qui
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Quiboloy did not violate any US law – spox

  DAVAO CITY -- Pastor Apollo Quiboloy did not violate any US laws and was never detained, or had even been deported from Hawaii, his spokesperson said.   Speaking to reporters here on Friday, lawyer Israelito Torreon said the fact that Quiboloy had been allowed to leave Hawaii and arrived in the country on Thursday evening proved that the pastor had not been charged for violation of any US law.   «There is no way he would be allowed to leave if he had been charged and detained,» Torreon said.   He said it would be unfair to insinuate that the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ had committed any crime in Hawaii.   "Detention impl...Keep on reading: Quiboloy did not violate any US law – spox

First films set the pace for new movie directors

  Ongoing tributes to the recently departed filmmaker, Maryo J. delos Reyes, have reminded viewers of his early movies---and the reminder, in turn, has made film buffs realize the importance and significance of cinematic artists' first films as key in
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First films set the pace for new movie directors

  Ongoing tributes to the recently departed filmmaker, Maryo J. delos Reyes, have reminded viewers of his early movies---and the reminder, in turn, has made film buffs realize the importance and significance of cinematic artists' first films as key indicators of their cumulative career arc. Maryo's case is a great example of this predicative and «predictive» thrust, because he began his full-length filmmaking career with a bang, by way of the «syndrome» movie, «High School Circa '65» (1979). The seminal and «inseminating» film was a particularly strong and telling debut, because it was so difficult to make. Unlike many movies that involve mainly just a couple of prot...Keep on reading: First films set the pace for new movie directors

True Faith’s ‘magical’ collaboration with MGMT

  I am mighty proud of my all-time fave band, True Faith (TF). The American alternative rock band MGMT recently tapped TF for a collaboration. MGMT's 2007 debut album, «Oracular Spectacular,» produced the hits, «Kids,» &laqu
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True Faith’s ‘magical’ collaboration with MGMT

  I am mighty proud of my all-time fave band, True Faith (TF). The American alternative rock band MGMT recently tapped TF for a collaboration. MGMT's 2007 debut album, «Oracular Spectacular,» produced the hits, «Kids,» «Electric Feel» and «Time to Pretend.» According to Royce Roy (a common friend of mine and TF), last November, Fil-Am Mikey Pendon, aka DJ Jester, sent him a message asking if TF would be interested to cover a new song for their coming album. When Royce told TF vocalist Medwin Marfil about it, the latter couldn't believe that MGMT wanted the group since it is an alternative rock band, while TF performs mostly pop songs and ballads. Last month, direc...Keep on reading: True Faith’s ‘magical’ collaboration with MGMT

One more night for Celine’s PH fans

Due to demand and to give more fans a chance to catch the show, local promoter Ovation Productions has decided to add a second show to the Manila stop of Celine Dion's coming Australasian tour. According to a statement from Ovation, tickets to the pop diva
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One more night for Celine’s PH fans

Due to demand and to give more fans a chance to catch the show, local promoter Ovation Productions has decided to add a second show to the Manila stop of Celine Dion's coming Australasian tour. According to a statement from Ovation, tickets to the pop diva's July 19 show were «sold-out within days.» «Celine Dion: Live 2018» is now set on July 19 and 20 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Tickets for the July 20 show are now on sale (call 470-2222). ALLAN POLICARPIO...Keep on reading: One more night for Celine’s PH fans