Aussie firemen rush to ‘gas leak,’ get smelly surprise
SYDNEY---Canberra firefighters rushed to a store in Australia's capital on Friday after reports of a gas leak---only to find the smell was caused by the penetrating waft of durian fruit. Emergency responders instructed the public to avoid the area as they hunted in vain for the source of the leak at the Dickson shopping precinct. "After an hour on
Century Pacific Food Group founder leaves legacy of compassion
He survived a tumultuous period in China as a young boy; set up roots in the Philippines; worked hard to transcend poverty; built an iconic food manufacturing empire and shared his fortune by nourishing poor schoolchildren. Business tycoon and philanthropist Ricardo Po Sr., founder of the Century Pacific Food group, indeed lived a full life. And o
TNT, San Miguel clash in Game 7
After blowouts to close shaves, the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series featuring two vaunted ball clubs will boil down to a battle of attrition. Tournament top seed TNT takes on all-Filipino powerhouse San Miguel Beer in a Game 7 that will finally end a series that has seen everything but a winner. And Leo Austria, the coach who steered the Beerm
Still no big-name bout for Ancajas
World boxing champion Jerwin Ancajas has been on a long wait for a career-turning fight. He will have to bide his time some more. The strong, stylish prizefighter from Panabo City in Davao del Norte, who hasn't fought in the last six months, still won't get the big three names in his division, according to his promoter Sean Gibbons of MP Promotion
France’s Macron calls 1961 massacre of Algerians an ‘unforgivable crime’
  PARIS -- Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced as an "unforgivable crime" a bloody crackdown on Algerian protesters by police in Paris 60 years ago, the strongest recognition by a French president of a massacre in which many bodies were thrown into the River Seine. On Oct. 17, 1961, under the orders of then Paris police chief Maurice Papon, polic
France pays tribute to teacher beheaded over Mohammed cartoons
PARIS -- Francepaid tribute to schoolteacher Samuel Paty on Saturday, one year after he was beheaded by an extremist after showing his class cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed. Paty, 47, was stabbed and then decapitated after leaving the middle school where he taught history and geography in the tranquil Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honori
Uzbekistan and Taliban hold talks on trade, aid
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Representatives of the Taliban visited neighboring Uzbekistan for talks on humanitarian aid and trade on Saturday, the Central Asian country's foreign ministry said. The new rulers of Afghanistan have been on a diplomatic offensive seeking diplomatic recognition as well as assistance to avoid a humanitarian disaster after t
UK PM Johnson visits church where lawmaker was stabbed to death
LEIGH-ON-SEA, England -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday laid flowers outside the church where a lawmaker was stabbed to death a day earlier, in what police say was a terrorist attack probably linked to Islamist extremism. The attack on David Amess, from Johnson's Conservative Party, comes five years after the murder of Jo Cox, a
NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids
  LOS ANGELES -- NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system's outer planets. The space probe, dubbed Lucy and packed inside a special cargo capsule, lifted off on schedule from C
Season 3 of ‘Succession’ lives up to its predecessors’ power and potent appeal
If we go by the way HBO's "Succession" ended its second season, it makes you wonder how a show that explores oft-utilized themes of power, wealth and family dynamics among bratty billionaires manages to consistently up the storytelling ante and keeps the stakes higher than the Burj Khalifa. OK, while that may sound rhetorical, that's not in any wa
Ellen Adarna: A Zen bride-to-be
"A 'chill' kind of bride," said actress Ellen Adarna when Inquirer Entertainment asked her to describe the kind of bride she'll be. The fiancee of actor-athlete Derek Ramsay added that she was never a "bridezilla," or someone who is demanding and very difficult to deal with. Ellen claims to be attentive but calm, and "always Zen." Ellen and Derek
How ‘direk’ lost one high-profile project after another
Jilted Filmmaker (JF) surprised show biz observers that he was no longer involved in an upcoming high-profile project. While the excuse given had something to do with logistics or scheduling, the real reason JF left was because another production outfit had supposedly greenlit the planned sequel of one of his past films. JF couldn't be more thrille
Cop, suspect killed in Naga City shooting incidents
    LEGAZPI CITY --- A police officer was shot and killed while on duty by a gunman, who was then killed during a hot pursuit operation, in Naga City in Camarines Sur province on Saturday night. Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, said in an initial report that Chief Master Sergeant Romeo Padua was shot dead while on duty at Ca
Digital platform launched for ALS students
MANILA, Philippines --- A mobile application was launched to deliver resources to students under the alternative learning system (ALS) program. The Tuklas Digital ALS application contains modules, tests and videos that could help ALS students. "Through this system, those who have not completed their basic education will have a chance to study and
B.League: Ray Parks, Nagoya spoil Dwight Ramos’ Toyama debut
MANILA, Philippines---Nagoya and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. played spoilers as they battered Toyama and the debuting Dwight Ramos, 94-68, in the West Conference of the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at Toyama City Gymnasium. The Diamond Dolphins improved to 2-3 while the Grouses dropped to a 0-5 start to the season. Parks, who scored a combined t
Duterte vows gov’t doing its best to ‘expedite’ Marawi rehab
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said his administration is "doing its best" to fast track the completion of the Marawi rehabilitation as the country marked the fourth year of the city's liberation against Islamic-state linked militants. Duterte personally went to Marawi City to commemorate the siege, which happened wh
Malaysian, cohort killed in shootout during buy-bust ops in Tawi-tawi
MANILA, Philippines --- A Malaysian and a Filipino cohort were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into an armed encounter in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP). Malaysian Hari Man Bin Sabtula and Nadzmil Ladja was killed in a shootout along the shoreline of Barangay Pahut, Bongao town, Tawi-tawi at aro
240 kilos of ‘shabu’ worth P1.6B seized from 2 suspects in Cavite
  MANILA, Philippines --- More than P1.6 billion worth of suspected crystal meth, locally known as shabu, was seized from two suspects in a buy-bust operation in Cavite on Saturday afternoon. The suspects were identified as Wilfredo Blanco Jr, 37; and Megan Lemon Pedroro, 38, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's initial report. Th
Pressure, threats? Gutoc says Isko was looking after her welfare in outburst vs elitists
MANILA, Philippines --- Senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc believes that presidential candidate and Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was only looking after her welfare when he made a rant against elitist sectors who were supposedly pressuring and threatening her. Gutoc told on Saturday that Moreno's outburst during the IM Pilipinas Batangas Co
B.League: Kiefer struggles but Shiga edges Kyoto for share of lead
MANILA, Philippines---Shiga forced its way to the top of the table after a tense 84-83 win over Kyoto in its West Conference matchup in the 2021-22 Japan B.League season Saturday at Kyoto City Gymnasium. Kiefer Ravena, who was at third in the assists table the past weekend, struggled for the Lakestars scoring six points, on 1-of-7 shooting from th
Manila Bay’s ‘Dolomite Beach’ reopens to public on first day of alert level 3
MANILA, Philippines --- Manila Bay's so-called dolomite beach has been reopened to the public on the first day of implementation of alert level 3 on Saturday in Metro Manila. The dolomite beach will now be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., according to reports, citing the staff in the area. The beach attraction, which
‘Today was just not my day’: Zverev regrets shock defeat in Indian Wells
Olympic champion Alexander Zverev admitted he blew the chance to win the Indian Wells tournament after Friday's shock quarterfinal defeat by American Taylor Fritz and said he just wants to return home. Zverev, who was aiming to win his third ATP Masters 1000 title of the season, lost 4-6 6-3 7-6(3) after Fritz fought back from 2-5 down in the fina
Largest Sputnik-V shipment ever: PH receives 720,000 doses of Russian vaccine
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippines on Saturday received the biggest shipment of Sputnik-V from Russia, authorities have reported. The 720,000 doses are procured by the national government, according to the National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF). The vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. "This is the l
Man dies as fire extinguisher reportedly explodes in Bacolod
  BACOLOD CITY --- A man died when a fire extinguisher allegedly exploded at a store in this city at about 1:05 p.m. on Friday, October 15. Ricman Marvin Rillo, 33, was found with a wound on his head while parts of his body were severed due to the impact of the explosion, said Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi, Bacolod City fire marshal. Rillo was als
Sipalay City school division office closes due to COVID-19 infection
  BACOLOD CITY -- The Sipalay City Schools Division office has been temporarily closed after four of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Dionilo Bogtae, head of the Sipalay Emergency Assistance and Rescue Services, said an employee under the schools division superintendent was symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19. On contact tracin
Negros Occidental gov orders closure of all cemeteries during Undas
BACOLOD CITY -- Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has ordered the temporary closure of all public and private memorial parks, cemeteries, and columbaries in the province from October 30 to November 2. In his Executive Order 21-47, Lacson said he wants to prevent an influx of people and mass gatherings during All Saints and Souls Days beca
V.League: Jaja Santiago, Saitama survive thriller vs Okayama
MANILA, Philippines---Jaja Santiago and Saitama survived a five-set thriller against fellow contender Okayama, 28-30, 26-24, 23-25, 25-13, 15-11, to start off their campaign in the Japan V.League Saturday at Kasaoka Gymnasium. The Ageo Medics, who finished fifth the previous season, relied mostly on 5-foot-8 Yuka Sato who had 40 points while Santi
China misses out on record 23-race F1 calendar in 2022
China was dropped from the Formula One calendar for a third successive year on Friday as a record 23-race schedule for 2022 was released. "Due to ongoing pandemic conditions, China will not be included on the 2022 calendar. China will be restored to the calendar as soon as conditions allow," said a statement from governing body, the FIA. The Chine
Robredo supporters hold motorcade in Cebu City
CEBU CITY --- Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo held a motorcade around this city on Saturday, October 16, to promote her presidential bid. Lawyer Jay Pujanes, one of the organizers of the motorcade, said they want to create awareness about Robredo who they said is the best among the presidential candidates. "I hope people here will start
V.League: Marck Espejo, FC Tokyo fail to escape vs Suntory
MANILA, Philippines---Marck Espejo fell short in his return to Japan as FC Tokyo lost to defending champion Suntory, 26-24, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11, in the 2021-22 Japan V.League season Saturday at Sky Arena. The Filipino international, who played in Thailand and Bahrain from 2019 to early 2021, finished with 12 points on 10 attacks and two ace