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Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Google on Thursday said users of its hugely popular Android devices would be offered a choice of five browsers and search engines as part of the company's effort to meet EU competition concerns. The European Commission last July hit G
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Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

BRUSSELS, Belgium --- Google on Thursday said users of its hugely popular Android devices would be offered a choice of five browsers and search engines as part of the company's effort to meet EU competition concerns. The European Commission last July hit Google with its biggest-ever fine, imposing a 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) penalty, one of three major EU decisions against the company. Brussels accused Google of using the Android system's dominance of smartphones and tablets to promote the use of its own Google search engine and Chrome browser and shut out rivals. Google has appealed the decision, arguing that the EU's accusations were unfounded, but Thursday's changes were...Keep on reading: Google offers Android users choice to satisfy EU

Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

MOSCOW (AP) --- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a meeting that offers President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to emerge as a broker in the long-running nuclear standoff and raise Russia's profi
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Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

MOSCOW (AP) --- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia later this month, the Kremlin said Thursday, in a meeting that offers President Vladimir Putin an opportunity to emerge as a broker in the long-running nuclear standoff and raise Russia's profile in regional affairs.   The Kremlin said in a brief statement Thursday that Kim will visit Russia «in the second half of April» on Putin's invitation, but gave no further details.     Russian media have been abuzz in recent days with rumors about the first one-to-one meeting between the leaders.   Putin is set to visit China later this month, and some media speculated that he could m...Keep on reading: Kremlin says Kim Jong Un will visit Russia this month

Tagle to youth: Allow Jesus to cleanse you

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on the youth not to shy away from Jesus Christ and allow Him cleanse them of their sins and troubles. During Cardinal Tagle's homily Thursday afternoon, he focused on the youth, r
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Tagle to youth: Allow Jesus to cleanse you

MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on the youth not to shy away from Jesus Christ and allow Him cleanse them of their sins and troubles. During Cardinal Tagle's homily Thursday afternoon, he focused on the youth, reminding them that Christ himself was young when He «fulfilled his mission.» «Jesus was young when he fulfilled his mission and in his resurrection...Jesus is forever young,» he said. "Mga kabataan, please magpahugas kayo kay Hesus...Kaya niyang hugasan pati ang ating kasalanan, let Jesus wash you (Allow yourself to be washed by Jesus. He can wash your sins, so allow him to do so), don't be afraid don't be ashamed. The worl...Keep on reading: Tagle to youth: Allow Jesus to cleanse you

Aston Palicte set for junior bantamweight title bout vs Kazuto Ioka

MANILA, Philippines--Filipino bet Aston Palicte gets another shot at a world title as he faces former title challenger Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on June 19. The bout is scheduled at Osaka Prefectural Gym in Japan. Itwill b
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Aston Palicte set for junior bantamweight title bout vs Kazuto Ioka

MANILA, Philippines--Filipino bet Aston Palicte gets another shot at a world title as he faces former title challenger Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO junior bantamweight belt on June 19. The bout is scheduled at Osaka Prefectural Gym in Japan. Itwill be the first world title fight to be streamed on UFC Fight Pass, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael. Palicte was the mandatory challenger for the belt and was due for a rematch against Donnie Nietes,but 36-year-old world champion opted to vacate the title to pursue bigger fights. The two Filipino fighters fought to a controversial split draw last year. Iota is also getting another chance at the junior bantamweight belt, which ...Keep on reading: Aston Palicte set for junior bantamweight title bout vs Kazuto Ioka

Coast Guard rescues Scottish tourist off Catmon town in Cebu

CEBU CITY --- The Coast Guard in Central Visayas rescued an injured Scottish tourist off Catmon town in Cebu on Thursday. Ronald Cruickshank, 64, made a distress call around 3:24 p.m. after sustaining injuries on his head and neck while maneuvering his yac
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Coast Guard rescues Scottish tourist off Catmon town in Cebu

CEBU CITY --- The Coast Guard in Central Visayas rescued an injured Scottish tourist off Catmon town in Cebu on Thursday. Ronald Cruickshank, 64, made a distress call around 3:24 p.m. after sustaining injuries on his head and neck while maneuvering his yacht which encountered engine trouble. In a message to the Inquirer, PCG-7 spokesperson Michael John Encina said Cruickshank was alone in his yacht. The PCG's BRP Suluan was on patrol in the area and immediately conducted a search and rescue operation for the motor yacht «Hawkeye» some five nautical miles east of Catmon. The town is located 56 kilometers north of Cebu City. Medical assistance was given to the Scottish national...Keep on reading: Coast Guard rescues Scottish tourist off Catmon town in Cebu

Guiuan, E. Samar sizzles as heat index soars to 49.2 degrees Celsius

      MANILA, Philippines -- The heat index on Maundy Thursday skyrocketed to 49.2 degrees Celcius in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.  
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Guiuan, E. Samar sizzles as heat index soars to 49.2 degrees Celsius

      MANILA, Philippines -- The heat index on Maundy Thursday skyrocketed to 49.2 degrees Celcius in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.   Pagasa said the heat index is the «apparent temperature or what humans perceive or feel as the temperature affecting the body.»   A heat index of 41C or higher is considered dangerous and poses serious health risks.   Aside from Guiuan, 15 other areas in the country reported a heat above 41 degrees Celsius on Thursday, including Ambulong, Batangas (45.8 degrees); Daet, Camarines Norte (44.6 degrees); Dagupan ...Keep on reading: Guiuan, E. Samar sizzles as heat index soars to 49.2 degrees Celsius

Fire guts 15 houses, injures woman in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- A fire razed 15 houses and injured a 50-year-old woman here on Maundy Thursday. Superintendent Jhufel Brananola, district fire marshal of the Zamboanga City Fire Department, said the fire occurred at 8:20 a.m. at Zone 9-C in Barangay Zam
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Fire guts 15 houses, injures woman in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY --- A fire razed 15 houses and injured a 50-year-old woman here on Maundy Thursday. Superintendent Jhufel Brananola, district fire marshal of the Zamboanga City Fire Department, said the fire occurred at 8:20 a.m. at Zone 9-C in Barangay Zambowood, which is about 6.1 kilometers from the city proper. «Fire alarm status reached the second alarm, but we managed to put it off after an hour of firefighting. A woman was rescued, and she suffered first degree burns,» Brananola said. The woman, Marilou Del Rosario, was immediately brought to a nearby hospital for treatment. Initial investigation revealed that frequent power outage in this city may have caused Del Rosar...Keep on reading: Fire guts 15 houses, injures woman in Zamboanga City

WATCH: Scarlet Snow Belo sets a good example during Holy Week

Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho's little sweetheart, Scarlet Snow Belo, is setting a good example to other kids --- and even adults --- by learning how to pray and sharing her blessings this Holy Week. The internet-famous 4-year-old got down on her knee
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WATCH: Scarlet Snow Belo sets a good example during Holy Week

Dr. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho's little sweetheart, Scarlet Snow Belo, is setting a good example to other kids --- and even adults --- by learning how to pray and sharing her blessings this Holy Week. The internet-famous 4-year-old got down on her knees on a miniature pew, as she followed her dad's lead in prayer, as posted on her Instagram page this morning, April 18. «This is how we should start our day. Thank you, Jesus,» the little girl said. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwYGgcEj-oS/ In the video, Scarlet Snow repeated Kho's heartfelt prayer with her eyes closed and hands together.«Today, I want to learn how to be extra kind,» Kho and his daughter both recited. "Ple...Keep on reading: WATCH: Scarlet Snow Belo sets a good example during Holy Week

ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid

MANILA, Philippines---Aiming to strengthen mixed martial arts on the amateur and grassroots level, ONE Championship has partnered with independent governing body Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA). ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong annou
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ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid

MANILA, Philippines---Aiming to strengthen mixed martial arts on the amateur and grassroots level, ONE Championship has partnered with independent governing body Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA). ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news on Tuesday. The tie-up is in line with ONE's commitment to developing strong amateur foundation for mixed martial arts as the sport hopes to finally gain recognition as an Olympic sport. "I am excited to announce that ONE Championship has partnered with the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), the independent governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts worldwide, with a seven figure, multiy...Keep on reading: ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid

Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license over failed drug test

Jarrell Miller was denied a license to box by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over a failed drug test on Wednesday, scuppering his planned June 1 bout with world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. In a statement quoted by US media outlets
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Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license over failed drug test

Jarrell Miller was denied a license to box by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over a failed drug test on Wednesday, scuppering his planned June 1 bout with world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. In a statement quoted by US media outlets, the NYSAC said Miller was barred from fighting in the state following the news of his positive doping case. «The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Jarrell Miller's professional boxing license application for a violation relating to the use of a prohibited substance. We have no further comment at this time,» the commission said. Miller, who is undefeated in his 24 professional fights, was due to take on the Brit...Keep on reading: Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license over failed drug test

6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

  TAIPEI, Taiwan - A strong earthquake rattled eastern Taiwan early Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region.   The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien and
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6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

  TAIPEI, Taiwan - A strong earthquake rattled eastern Taiwan early Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region.   The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien and almost 19 kilometers (12 miles) deep, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.   Water pipes at the city's train station burst and rail traffic was briefly suspended.   Schools along the east coast were evacuated, with students holding their backpacks over their heads for protection.   TV footage showed at least one landslide in a lightly populated area.   Two hikers in the famed Taroko Gorge ...Keep on reading: 6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

Sotto renews call for free toll during holidays

      MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday renewed his call for the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to implement free toll for motorists during holidays. Sotto expressed his sentiments in view of th
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Sotto renews call for free toll during holidays

      MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Thursday renewed his call for the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to implement free toll for motorists during holidays. Sotto expressed his sentiments in view of the Holy Week season, where motorists flock to different out-of-town destinations passing through expressways for a faster travel time. The senator, who has been seeking for toll-free holidays since 2015, said that making toll fees free during holidays would not a big effect on expressway owners' income. «I keep saying and asking TRB to remove tolls during holidays. Barya lang mawawala 1 day ayaw pang patawarin!» Sotto said in a ...Keep on reading: Sotto renews call for free toll during holidays

LOOK: Liza Soberano visits set of TV sitcom ‘Friends’ with Enrique Gil

MANILA, Philippines --- Actress Liza Soberano did not miss the chance to capture the moment when she visited the set of American sitcom «Friends» with boyfriend Enrique Gil. Soberano posted Thursday a photo of her and Gil at the Central Perk, t
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LOOK: Liza Soberano visits set of TV sitcom ‘Friends’ with Enrique Gil

MANILA, Philippines --- Actress Liza Soberano did not miss the chance to capture the moment when she visited the set of American sitcom «Friends» with boyfriend Enrique Gil. Soberano posted Thursday a photo of her and Gil at the Central Perk, the cafe featured in the series. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwYlPxOFWeK/ Her younger brother Justin was also seen in the photo. The 21-year-old actress recently flew to Los Angeles, California to attend the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwQHLVVFHtZ/ In a previous post, Soberano said she only attended the event to witness the Korean girl group BLACKPINK perform. READ: LOOK: Liza Sob...Keep on reading: LOOK: Liza Soberano visits set of TV sitcom ‘Friends’ with Enrique Gil

Rafael Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win

Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-fina
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Rafael Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win

Rafael Nadal charged out of the blocks Wednesday to hammer Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-1 in his opening match at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 11-time champion showed no sign of the knee problems which forced him to quit ahead of an Indian Wells semi-final against Roger Federer a month ago. The 32-year-old had expressed pre-tournament caution regarding the health of his knee -- a worry which appeared to be groundless after a 76-minute masterclass. «I'm happy for this very positive start. I had good feelings on court,» he said. Nadal collected the opening five games of the afternoon in 17 minutes as he set the tone for another dominant display in the principality. He wa...Keep on reading: Rafael Nadal steamrolls to opening Monte Carlo win

Teen strikes again with ‘RKO’ wrestling move—this time on plastic alligator

The 18-year-old teen who tried to do an «RKO» finishing wrestling move at his school principal was arrested again, this time for doing the same stunt to an «alligator.» Gianny Sosa-Hernandez was arrested on Monday, April 15, after h
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Teen strikes again with ‘RKO’ wrestling move—this time on plastic alligator

The 18-year-old teen who tried to do an «RKO» finishing wrestling move at his school principal was arrested again, this time for doing the same stunt to an «alligator.» Gianny Sosa-Hernandez was arrested on Monday, April 15, after he wrestled with a plastic alligator display at a local mall in Kendall, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA, WPLG Local 10 reported. The report said Sosa-Hernandez wrestled with the inanimate alligator last March, which was worth $3,690 (around P190,600) and which got damaged due to the incident. Sosa-Hernandez had the video posted last April 4 on his Instagram page.Police were only made aware of what happened weeks later. The teen then appeared in...Keep on reading: Teen strikes again with ‘RKO’ wrestling move—this time on plastic alligator

Travelers continue to flock to ports on Maundy Thursday

MANILA, Philippines --- People who wish to spend their Holy Week holidays in their provinces continued to flock to ports across the country early morning of Maundy Thursday.   The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has monitored a total of 29,910 outboun
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Travelers continue to flock to ports on Maundy Thursday

MANILA, Philippines --- People who wish to spend their Holy Week holidays in their provinces continued to flock to ports across the country early morning of Maundy Thursday.   The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has monitored a total of 29,910 outbound passengers in ports nationwide from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. on April 18.   The number is still higher than the passengers recorded at the same period on Tuesday, which was at 24,664.   Majority of the passengers were recorded at Southern Tagalog provinces at 10,545, followed by Central Visayas with 7,363 passengers.   Moreover, 3,285 passengers were recorded in Northern Mindanao ports while Eastern Visaya...Keep on reading: Travelers continue to flock to ports on Maundy Thursday

Researchers discover ancient giant ‘lion’ in Kenya

PARIS --- A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday. A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth, and other bones of a new species, S
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Researchers discover ancient giant ‘lion’ in Kenya

PARIS --- A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday. A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth, and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika -- Swahili for «big African lion». They calculated it would have weighed up to 1,500 kilograms and could have preyed upon the elephant-like creatures that lived there at the time. «Based on its massive teeth, Simbakubwa was a specialized hyper-carnivore that was significantly larger than the modern lion and possibly larger than a polar bear,» said Matthew Borths, from Duke University, who co-led the resea...Keep on reading: Researchers discover ancient giant ‘lion’ in Kenya

Tips on How to Eat Healthy from Someone Who’s Always On the Go

In an ideal world, we would have complete control of what are our meals are and the timing of when we eat them on the daily. Ideally. However, the reality is, we lead busy lives. We run from appointment to appointment. We eat what is readily available to u
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Tips on How to Eat Healthy from Someone Who’s Always On the Go

In an ideal world, we would have complete control of what are our meals are and the timing of when we eat them on the daily. Ideally. However, the reality is, we lead busy lives. We run from appointment to appointment. We eat what is readily available to us. We eat when we can. It certainly takes a little more discipline to make sure you eat healthy despite the busyness of life. That's the story of my life as well. I produce events for a living as my day job (or I'd like to say, as my all-day job!), so it can certainly get hectic. Because my job requires me to do various meetings outside the office, I am often on the go. This kind of lifestyle can make it quite difficult to eat cle...Keep on reading: Tips on How to Eat Healthy from Someone Who’s Always On the Go

Ralph Lauren launches iconic polo shirt made of recycled plastic bottles

NEW YORK --- Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. David Lauren, the youngest son of the company's founder and i
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Ralph Lauren launches iconic polo shirt made of recycled plastic bottles

NEW YORK --- Earth, meet Polo. Polo Ralph Lauren on Thursday launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that uses zero water. David Lauren, the youngest son of the company's founder and its chief innovation officer, told The Associated Press ahead of the announcement that the new shirt is part of a broader strategy of fresh environmental goals throughout the manufacturing process. «Every day we're learning about what's happened with global warming and what's happening all around the world, and our employees and our customers are really feeling that it's time to step up and make a difference,» Lauren said. The Pol...Keep on reading: Ralph Lauren launches iconic polo shirt made of recycled plastic bottles

LISTEN: Madonna releases new track ‘Medellín’ from upcoming album

Madonna's new track «Medelln», featuring Colombian reggaeton musician Maluma, is the first song off her forthcoming new album «Madame X». The midtempo track, which the official description said «captures the spirit of Maluma
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LISTEN: Madonna releases new track ‘Medellín’ from upcoming album

Madonna's new track «Medelln», featuring Colombian reggaeton musician Maluma, is the first song off her forthcoming new album «Madame X». The midtempo track, which the official description said «captures the spirit of Maluma's hometown» of Medelln, Colombia, features the two musicians singing in Spanish and English. The official visual for «Medelln» will premiere during the globally-televised music event «MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: 'Medelln' Video World Premiere.» https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8PtBzdiZ3g Madonna beganteasing«Madame X»on social media earlier this week, releasing a 90-second video that featured snippets of new music and explanations of ...Keep on reading: LISTEN: Madonna releases new track ‘Medellín’ from upcoming album

Why Pepe and Pilar? Korina Sanchez explains names of twins

Korina Sanchez explained why she and husband Mar Roxas decided to name their new bundle of joys Pepe and Pilar. The broadcast journalist also revealed her children's full names to «Magandang Buhay» hosts Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal and Mela
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Why Pepe and Pilar? Korina Sanchez explains names of twins

Korina Sanchez explained why she and husband Mar Roxas decided to name their new bundle of joys Pepe and Pilar. The broadcast journalist also revealed her children's full names to «Magandang Buhay» hosts Karla Estrada, Jolina Magdangal and Melai Cantiveros, who interviewed Sanchez for her «Rated K» show on Sunday, April 14. «Kasi nung una, nung alam na namin na kambal at alam namin na babae at lalaki, [naisip namin]'Tawagin muna natin silang Jack and Jill,» Sanchez told the three. «Yung Pepe at Pilar, 'yan ang Jack and Jill ng Pilipinas.» (Because at first, when we knew we were having twins who were a girl and boy, we thought, "Let's call them Jack and Jill. The names Pepe a...Keep on reading: Why Pepe and Pilar? Korina Sanchez explains names of twins

Bayan Muna to COA: Check hike in Mimaropa electricity subsidies

MANILA, Philippines --- Bayan Muna has asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to check on the supposed P3.5-billion increase in electrification missionary subsidies from 2016 to 2017, in several provinces inside Region IV-B. According to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos
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Bayan Muna to COA: Check hike in Mimaropa electricity subsidies

MANILA, Philippines --- Bayan Muna has asked the Commission on Audit (COA) to check on the supposed P3.5-billion increase in electrification missionary subsidies from 2016 to 2017, in several provinces inside Region IV-B. According to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, he has sent a letter to COA and the Department of Energy, specifically to Electric Power Industry Management Bureau Director Mario Marasigan, to seek an explanation for the 106 percent increase. «This is a disturbing average increase of 160% for the Mimaropa area, increasing from P2.21 Billion in 2016 to P5.75 Billion in 2017, despite the average increase in electricity consumption of only 6%,» Zarate said in a statement o...Keep on reading: Bayan Muna to COA: Check hike in Mimaropa electricity subsidies

Malacañang execs take Lenten break: Where are they headed?

MANILA, Philippines---Malacaang officials are taking a holiday from their hectic work schedules this Holy Week while President Rodrigo Duterte spends his Lenten break in his hometown DavaoCity. READ:Duterte to spend Holy Week in Davao City Executive Secreta
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Malacañang execs take Lenten break: Where are they headed?

MANILA, Philippines---Malacaang officials are taking a holiday from their hectic work schedules this Holy Week while President Rodrigo Duterte spends his Lenten break in his hometown DavaoCity. READ:Duterte to spend Holy Week in Davao City Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea will go up north, to Baguio City, on Maundy Thursday «to meditate» but not without first being stuck in traffic at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). READ:Traffic flow starts to slow along NLEX on Maundy Thursday «Trying to go up to Baguio to meditate in a cool weather but traffic here in NLEX is so bad we are considering to return home,» Medialdea toldINQUIRER.net Like the President, Cabinet Secretary Karl...Keep on reading: Malacañang execs take Lenten break: Where are they headed?

Locsin: PH should invest on weaponry than ‘throwing money at poverty’

      MANILA, Philippines --- Instead of determining the Philippines' foreign policy, China's mindset on the disputed West Philippine Sea should inform the government to consider investing on weaponry rather than «throwing mo
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Locsin: PH should invest on weaponry than ‘throwing money at poverty’

      MANILA, Philippines --- Instead of determining the Philippines' foreign policy, China's mindset on the disputed West Philippine Sea should inform the government to consider investing on weaponry rather than «throwing money at poverty.» Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said this in a tweet as a response to Senator Panfilo Lacson, who reminded him of2013China Daily Mail report, which posted the transcript of China's then Major General Zhang Zhaozhong's TV interview in Beijing. In the said report, General Zhaozhong revealed China's strategy to recover all the «Chinese islands and reefs illegally occupied by the Philippines.» "SFA [Secre...Keep on reading: Locsin: PH should invest on weaponry than ‘throwing money at poverty’

Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, BTS, Ariana Grande in Time’s most influential

  MANILA, Philippines --- Some of the biggest musical artists worldwide like BTS, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift were recognized by Time Magazine's «100 Most Influential of the World» this year. Swift is the only musician feature
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Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, BTS, Ariana Grande in Time’s most influential

  MANILA, Philippines --- Some of the biggest musical artists worldwide like BTS, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift were recognized by Time Magazine's «100 Most Influential of the World» this year. Swift is the only musician featured on one of the issue's six different covers. She and Lady Gaga are featured under the category «Icon,» while the others appear under «Artists.» Swift's blurb was written by her friend Shawn Mendes who said she «makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy.» https://www.instagram.com/p/BwXP8J-DGUZ/ «It all comes from her---her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible,» Mendes added. Me...Keep on reading: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, BTS, Ariana Grande in Time’s most influential

Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral blaze

PARIS --- For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier is being hailed as a hero for his role in salv
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Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral blaze

PARIS --- For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain Jean-Marc Fournier is being hailed as a hero for his role in salvaging the crown of thorns during Monday's fire. Fournier told Catholic broadcaster KTO on Wednesday that «the difficulty for us was to find the person holding the security codes to open the safe where the holy relic is kept.» The chaplain was also celebrated for tending to the injured and praying for the dead in Paris' Bataclan concert hall after the 2015 Islamic extremist attack there. He also spent time in Afghanistan with the ...Keep on reading: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral blaze

Matthias Rhoads draws flak for ‘insensitive’ caption about Notre Dame

Actor Matthias Rhoads drew flak after he supposedly made an insensitive photo caption referring to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The historic Catholic cathedral recently grabbed the world's attention when it caught fire on Monday, April 15 (Tuesday, April 16 i
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Matthias Rhoads draws flak for ‘insensitive’ caption about Notre Dame

Actor Matthias Rhoads drew flak after he supposedly made an insensitive photo caption referring to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The historic Catholic cathedral recently grabbed the world's attention when it caught fire on Monday, April 15 (Tuesday, April 16 in Manila). The fire toppled the spire and burned the roof of the 12th-century building. READ: Catastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris Rhoads first posted a photo of him on Instagram flaunting his toned abs. In the caption, he expressed his gratitude for now having 40,000 followers on the photo-sharing app. https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTbI0dB8xX/ However, a netizen on Twitter named Jason R. Arneson (...Keep on reading: Matthias Rhoads draws flak for ‘insensitive’ caption about Notre Dame

Duterte threatens to kill 6 Cagayan drug suspects

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to kill at least six major drug suspects in Cagayan province before his term ends as part of his bloodier war on narcotics.   The President issued the threat in Tuguegarao City where he sp
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Duterte threatens to kill 6 Cagayan drug suspects

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to kill at least six major drug suspects in Cagayan province before his term ends as part of his bloodier war on narcotics.   The President issued the threat in Tuguegarao City where he spoke at the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on Tuesday night.   «You are a major, major problem. I will take you down first, to be honest. If you don't want others to get to me first,» he said.   «But if not, I will take down all of you. I have three years. Here in Cagayan, there are six big ones here. And I will take down all of them,» he added.   The drug suspects operat...Keep on reading: Duterte threatens to kill 6 Cagayan drug suspects

Duterte wants to talk peace anew with Sison

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has changed his mind anew on peace talks with communist insurgents, telling exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chair Jose Maria Sison to come home for the negotiations.   «Stop ev
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Duterte wants to talk peace anew with Sison

MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has changed his mind anew on peace talks with communist insurgents, telling exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) chair Jose Maria Sison to come home for the negotiations.   «Stop everything, Sison, come home. I'll look after you. I am not a traitor, I give you my word of honor. Let's talk,» the President said on Tuesday night during the administration party's campaign rally in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan province.   The President made the invitation a few days after saying he intended to create a five-member peace panel composed of representatives from the military and civilian sectors.   No coalit...Keep on reading: Duterte wants to talk peace anew with Sison

Main stock index up slightly in thin trade

The local stock barometer ended slightly higher in thin trade on Wednesday, the last trading day before the long Lenten break. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 8.69 points or 0.11 percent to close at 7,835.15. «Market ju
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Main stock index up slightly in thin trade

The local stock barometer ended slightly higher in thin trade on Wednesday, the last trading day before the long Lenten break. The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) added 8.69 points or 0.11 percent to close at 7,835.15. «Market just traded flat (Wednesday) since most investors are already on a Lenten break. We saw some accumulation and positioning despite the quiet mood (yesterday). Foreign buying was evident during the past few days,» said Astro del Castillo, managing director at local fund management firm First Grade Finance. For the shortened trading week, the PSEi shed 45.67 points or 0.58 percent. "Expect a more active trading next week. The recent news ...Keep on reading: Main stock index up slightly in thin trade

DOJ files charges vs Fajardo, Acierto, 6 others

MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed charges against former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) deputy chief Ismael Fajardo Jr., dismissed Police Col. Eduardo Acierto, Bureau of Customs (BOC) intelligence officer Jimmy Guba
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DOJ files charges vs Fajardo, Acierto, 6 others

MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed charges against former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) deputy chief Ismael Fajardo Jr., dismissed Police Col. Eduardo Acierto, Bureau of Customs (BOC) intelligence officer Jimmy Guban and five other people for illegally importing 355 kilos of «shabu» (crystal meth) hidden in a shipment of magnetic lifters last year.   In a decision issued on April 8, a four-member DOJ panel of prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat said Fajardo, Acierto and Guban were the «core conspirators» in the drug smuggling.   Also charged were Chan Yee Wah, Zhou Quan or Zhang Quan, consignees Ve...Keep on reading: DOJ files charges vs Fajardo, Acierto, 6 others

LBC ’18 income almost doubled to P1.35B

Logistics giant LBC Express Holdings saw a big boost in profit last year on the back of a nonrecurring gain and as business activity picked up. LBC, in its 2018 annual report, said net income almost doubled to P1.35 billion versus about P708 million in 201
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LBC ’18 income almost doubled to P1.35B

Logistics giant LBC Express Holdings saw a big boost in profit last year on the back of a nonrecurring gain and as business activity picked up. LBC, in its 2018 annual report, said net income almost doubled to P1.35 billion versus about P708 million in 2017. LBC said profitability rose alongside volume. Moreover, it recognized a gain on derivative amounting to P454.2 million, a consequence of fluctuating share prices linked to a convertible instrument issued in 2017. Overall, its core logistics business remained healthy with service revenues up 25 percent to P12.5 billion last year. LBC noted that during this period, both retail and corporate segments rose 25 percent and 3...Keep on reading: LBC ’18 income almost doubled to P1.35B

Locsin: Chinese vessels in PH waters ‘militia, poachers,’ not fishermen

MANILA, Philippines --- Chinese vessels spotted in Philippine waters are not fishermen but 'militia and poachers,' foreign affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday. Locsin made the statement after US-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency I
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Locsin: Chinese vessels in PH waters ‘militia, poachers,’ not fishermen

MANILA, Philippines --- Chinese vessels spotted in Philippine waters are not fishermen but 'militia and poachers,' foreign affairs secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday. Locsin made the statement after US-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) showed satellite images proving that Chinese vessels were spotted near the Philippine-occupied Kota (Loaita Island) and Panata (Lankiam Cay) Islands in the West Philippine Sea in March and early April. The foreign affairs secretary said the vessels were militia and poachers, not fishermen. «The Chinese government is not protecting Chinese fishermen who just happen to swarm there information, okay?» Locsin said ...Keep on reading: Locsin: Chinese vessels in PH waters ‘militia, poachers,’ not fishermen

France to try Syrian President Assad’s uncle on graft charges

PARIS --- The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said Wednesday. An investigating magistrate ordered Rifaa
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France to try Syrian President Assad’s uncle on graft charges

PARIS --- The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said Wednesday. An investigating magistrate ordered Rifaat al-Assad to stand trial for organized money laundering in building the 90 million euro ($102 million) property portfolio in France, according to the order for the trial seen by AFP. Its date has yet to be set. /kga...Keep on reading: France to try Syrian President Assad’s uncle on graft charges

India’s Jet Airways suspends all operations: statement

MUMBAI, India --- India's debt-stricken Jet Airways grounded all of its operations Wednesday after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders, the carrier said in a statement. «Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domest
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India’s Jet Airways suspends all operations: statement

MUMBAI, India --- India's debt-stricken Jet Airways grounded all of its operations Wednesday after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders, the carrier said in a statement. «Jet Airways is compelled to cancel all its international and domestic flights. The last flight will operate today,» it said, adding that the decision would take «immediate effect.» /ee  ...Keep on reading: India’s Jet Airways suspends all operations: statement