Canaries volcano streams slow down, homes destroyed, thousands flee

  LA PALMA, Spain -- Lava flowing from Spain's Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced the evacuation of 5,500 people and destroyed around 100 houses but the streams were advancing slower than originally predicted, authorities said on Monday. The flow of molten rock will not reach the Atlantic Ocean on Monday evening as earlier estimated, an official said. Experts say that if and when it does, it could trigger more explosions and clouds of toxic gases. "The movement of lava is much slower than it was initially ... There has not been a large advance during the day," local emergency coordinator Miguel Angel Morcuende told a press briefing on Monday ...

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Colmenares respects Robredo’s decision, says unity coalition still opposition’s primary goal
MANILA, Philippines --- Longtime activist and former Bayan Muna lawmaker Neri Colmenares said that he respects the decision made by Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday, after another candidate was named to complete her senatorial slate. Colmenares stressed on Friday that the goal for the opposition remains the same regardless if he is in or out of Robredo's slate: unite all democratic forces against the possible coalition between the forces under President Rodrigo Duterte and late dictator and former president Ferdinand Marcos. "I respect VP Leni Robredo's decision regarding her senatorial slate. As I said in my earlier statement, these are decisions that are hers to make," C...Keep on reading: Colmenares respects Robredo’s decision, says unity coalition still opposition’s primary goal
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Can molnupiravir cause cancer and birth defects?
(Conclusion) In last week's column, we discussed that ivermectin and molnupiravir may both be considered valuable additions to our early-treatment regimen for COVID-19. Despite the expected pricey cost of molnupiravir, we still consider it as cost-effective, in relation to the stiffer direct and indirect costs of lockdowns and healthcare exhaustion on the national health and economy. Of course, the much cheaper ivermectin is likely to be, hands down, more cost-effective. There are some basic differences, though, between the two. Ivermectin appears to be more versatile, and is able to work against the virus on several sites, while molnupiravir works in a more specific, limited site ...Keep on reading: Can molnupiravir cause cancer and birth defects?
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Matibag barred from DOE hearings ’til he behaves ‘in a professional manner’
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is barring National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) president Melvin Matibag from attending future budget hearings of the Department of Energy (DOE) in the Senate until he is "able to behave in a professional manner." In a letter sent to Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi on Friday, Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate finance subcommittee tackling the DOE budget, recalled the Oct. 21 hearing where Matibag was "declared out of order" and removed from the proceedings after calling it "political." Matibag made the remark after Senator Manny Pacquiao raised allegations against the DOE. Pacquiao and Matibag, a close ally of Cu...Keep on reading: Matibag barred from DOE hearings ’til he behaves ‘in a professional manner’
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A mind that can bend spoons, fix broken objects
Uri Geller is an internationally known psychic from Israel, who first gained recognition for his ability to bend metallic spoons, coins and keys by sheer mental power, known as telekinesis or psychokinesis. Although there were skeptics who tried to show that Geller's spoon bending was done through trickery and sleight of hand, he was never proven to be merely faking the process. A well-known publicity-seeking Canadian-American magician tried for several years to show that Geller was using trickery, but this was never proven. Several scientific studies have been conducted on Geller's unusual ability and proved that it is possible to bend metallic spoons, etc., with one's mind. Scientis...Keep on reading: A mind that can bend spoons, fix broken objects
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Fil-Am Gabi Bade shines in Cyprus women’s basketball league
MANILA, Philippines---A second generation Filipino is establishing herself in the European women's basketball scene. Gabi Bade, the daughter of former PBA player Cris Bade, helped steer ENAD to its first win at the expense of Keravnos, 45-38, in the 2021 Cyprus Women's Basketball Division A Sunday. The Filipino-American forward scored more than half of her team's offense as she finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds. ENAD's win came after losing to AEL 73-52 wherein Bade had 16 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Bade and ENAD will next face winless Zinonas on October 24. The 5-foot-8 wing is the league's second-leading scorer at 22 points a game behind Anagennis...Keep on reading: Fil-Am Gabi Bade shines in Cyprus women’s basketball league
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P10 tapyas sa gasolina `pag inalis tax
Lampas P10 ang ibababa sa presyo ng petrolyo kung sususpendihin ng Malacañang ang pinapataw na value-added at excise tax dito, ayon sa isang grupo. The post P10 tapyas sa gasolina `pag inalis tax first appeared on Abante.
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From ‘tikbalang’ to NFT: PH publishing puts best foot forward at Frankfurt fair
The tikbalang, aswang, call center agents turned crime busters and other mythological and fictional characters will make their appearance this week at the world's oldest and largest book fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The Philippine booth at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) will showcase from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 around 100 diverse titles by Filipino authors and creatives. Its exhibition, anchored on the theme "Myth, Magic and the City: Reclaiming Our Narrative," will display different genres, like young adult fiction, children's books, cookbooks, climate literature and graphic novels. "Our vision is an archipelago of stories," said National Book Development Board (NB...Keep on reading: From ‘tikbalang’ to NFT: PH publishing puts best foot forward at Frankfurt fair
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Lacson `di sinungaling – Alvarez
Seryoso ang problema ng Pilipinas kaya dapat seryoso rin ang susunod na pangulo ng bansa. The post Lacson `di sinungaling – Alvarez first appeared on Abante.
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Mindanao art and fashion in focus at Davao art fair
The "new normal" art scene is thriving in the south as art and fashion by Mindanao artists and designers are on view in the Mindanao Art Fair, ongoing until Oct. 31 at the new heritage-themed mall, Poblacion Market Center, in Davao City. Over 300 artists and 35 galleries are participating in the third edition of the free art festival, which is open to on-site and virtual visitors. In-person viewing is by-appointment only and slots must be booked on mindanaoart.org. The venue can accommodate up to 500 guests daily, according to secretariat head Donna Pareja. Mindanao Art is copresented by Lawig Diwa Inc., the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Committe...Keep on reading: Mindanao art and fashion in focus at Davao art fair
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Digong sa Pinoy judge lang haharap
Muling inihayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi niya haharapin ang imbestigasyon ng International Criminal Court (ICC) kaugnay sa kampanya ng kanyang administrasyon laban sa iligal na droga. The post Digong sa Pinoy judge lang haharap first appeared on Abante.
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CHED: Hindi sapilitan bakunado sa face-to-face class
Hindi kailangangan maging bakunado kontra COVID-19 ang mga kabilang sa limited face-to-face classes, ayon kay Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Prospero De Vera III. The post CHED: Hindi sapilitan bakunado sa face-to-face class first appeared on Abante.
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MMDA sa mga barangay exec: Damputin mga batang naglalaro sa kalye
Pinadadampot ng Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga opisyal ng barangay ang mga menor de edad na mahuhuling naglalaro sa labas ng kanilang tahanan. The post MMDA sa mga barangay exec: Damputin mga batang naglalaro sa kalye first appeared on Abante.
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Finding Purificacion Borromeo, Cavite’s forgotten opera diva
She was the toast of Manila's music circles in her heyday during the 1930s, with rave reviews in three languages in the leading dailies of the era. Her signature role was that of Lucia in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," highlighted by the mad scene (aria de la locura). Even Jovita Fuentes, the future National Artist for Music, was captivated by her voice ("tunay na kahanga-hanga"). She was coloratura soprano Purificacion Borromeo of Cavite City, now "forgotten by history," as an admirer put it recently. She sang for Philippine presidents and American governors general, and during World War II was forced to sing for Japanese military officers, the enemy, who were also her fans. ...Keep on reading: Finding Purificacion Borromeo, Cavite’s forgotten opera diva
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Grupo ng mga magsasaka dismayado sa BOC: P3B nalusaw sa imported rice
Umaabot na diumano sa mahigit P3 bilyon ang nawawalang kita sa pamahalaan dahil sa laganap na undervaluation, misdeclaration, at technical smuggling ng imported rice, ayon sa Federation of Free Farmers (FFF). The post Grupo ng mga magsasaka dismayado sa BOC: P3B nalusaw sa imported rice first appeared on Abante.
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Dagdag-presyo hinirit sa 4 Noche Buena item
Humirit umano ng taas-presyo sa Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ang mga manufacturer ng mga Noche Buena item na ham, tomato sauce, pasta at creamer. The post Dagdag-presyo hinirit sa 4 Noche Buena item first appeared on Abante.
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P865M ransom vs ulo ng 17 misyonaryo sa Haiti, hinirit
Nagbanta ang mga armadong grupo at lider ng 400 Mawozo gang na dumukot sa 17 Christian missionaries sa Haiti na tutuluyan nilang patayin ang kanilang bihag oras na hindi maibigay ang hirit nilang ransom. The post P865M ransom vs ulo ng 17 misyonaryo sa Haiti, hinirit first appeared on Abante.
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Mga sinehan bukas na sa Nov 10
Simula sa November 10 maaari nang makapanood ng sine ang mahihilig sa pelikula. The post Mga sinehan bukas na sa Nov 10 first appeared on Abante.
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Cong isiniwalat na 3.4M senior `di pa naturukan
Mayroon pang 3.4 milyong senior citizen sa bansa na hindi pa bakunado laban sa COVID-19, ayon sa isang kongresista. The post Cong isiniwalat na 3.4M senior `di pa naturukan first appeared on Abante.
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The religious leader is also an artist: Musings on mortality
The pencil drawings appear to be floating in space. Carefully sketched and meticulously shaded, they range from the twisted and emaciated bodies of victims of the Holocaust to studies---many studies---of dead flies, on their sides and upside down. They might seem like the sketches of an angsty teen but these large-scale drawings were made by Br. Edmundo "Dodo" Fernandez, FSC, president of both De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and La Salle Green Hills. The compiled drawings, all 21 of them, are the results of his residencies in Japan and France. Two years ago, Fernandez took a sabbatical where he spent several weeks drawing and sketching. A graduate of the University of the Phi...Keep on reading: The religious leader is also an artist: Musings on mortality
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Resto ni-raid ng NBI sa `menu’ na aso
ARESTADO ang isang babae sa isinagawang raid ng mga tauhan ng National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) sa isang kainan sa Mapandan, Pangasinan dahil sa pagbebenta umano ng karne ng aso. The post Resto ni-raid ng NBI sa `menu’ na aso first appeared on Abante.
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Mga `big fish’ sa drug trade patay na – Duterte
Hindi mga Pilipino kundi mga dayuhan ang "big fish" sa illegal drug trade sa bansa. The post Mga `big fish’ sa drug trade patay na – Duterte first appeared on Abante.
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Red Ribbon hinoldap ng tandem, P100k kita sinimot
Umaabot sa humigit-kumulang sa P100,000 benta ang natangay ng dalawang kawatan na nangholdap sa Red Ribbon sa Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City, nitong Huwebes ng hapon. The post Red Ribbon hinoldap ng tandem, P100k kita sinimot first appeared on Abante.
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Carlos love ang esports
Bola patungong Multilayer Online Battle Arena o MOBA. The post Carlos love ang esports first appeared on Abante Tonite.
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Dzi, Dij nanalasa sa Cagayan
Humambalos agad ng dalawang panalo sina Angeline Marie ‘Dzi’ Gervacio at Floremel ‘Dij’ Rodriguez ng Creamline 2 sa opening day ng 6th Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour 2021 first leg elims sa Santa Ana, Cagayan Biyernes. The post Dzi, Dij nanalasa sa Cagayan first appeared on Abante Tonite.
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Queen Elizabeth II naospital, biyahe sa Ireland naudlot
Naunsyame ang nakatakda sanang biyahe sa Northern Ireland ni Queen Elizabeth II nang magpalipas ito sa pagamutan sa buong magdamag matapos abisuhan ng kanyang mga doktor na kailangan nitong magpahinga. The post Queen Elizabeth II naospital, biyahe sa Ireland naudlot first appeared on Abante.
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Landslide sa Zambo, 10 nadale
Sampu-katao ang pawang nasugatan nang maipit sa putik ang pitong commuter van at pribadong sasakyan kasunod ng pagguho ng lupa na tumama sa maburol na bahagi ng highway sa Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur nitong Miyerkules. The post Landslide sa Zambo, 10 nadale first appeared on Abante.
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Globe, Curvalux bag WBA award for bridging connectivity gap in hard-to-reach areas
Globe and Curvalux won the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Best Wi-Fi for Social Impact award for helping bring high-speed internet connectivity in hard-to-reach areas, especially in communities where electricity is unreliable or non-existent. The award recognizes and celebrates innovative Wi-Fi network-based services that have been deployed on a trial or commercial basis in at least one country or market. Globe's win was based on its scores in technical and business innovations, user-experience enhancement, and scale of market impact. According to The World Bank's Philippine Digital Economy Report 2020, around 57% households in the country do not have access to the internet....Keep on reading: Globe, Curvalux bag WBA award for bridging connectivity gap in hard-to-reach areas
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‘They’ve been treated fairly:’ Senators belie Pharmally exec’s claims vs blue ribbon panel
  MANILA, Philippines --- Several senators on Friday refuted the claims of an executive of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. criticizing the Senate blue ribbon panel, with the committee chairman defending their recent move to cite two of the firm's officials for contempt.   "Ferreting out the truth in an investigation, in aid of legislation, is a constitutionally-mandated task, especially for senators who want complete information so that a proper and responsive legislation can be crafted that will be beneficial to all," Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the blue ribbon panel, said in a statement.   "Attending a Senate hearing can be easy and it can b...Keep on reading: ‘They’ve been treated fairly:’ Senators belie Pharmally exec’s claims vs blue ribbon panel
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55K naitalang pasaway sa Alert Level 3 ng NCR
Pumalo sa halos 55,000 o kabuuang 54,971 indibidwal ang naitala ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na lumabag sa quarantine protocols sa Metro Manila simula nang ikasa rito ang Alert Level 3. The post 55K naitalang pasaway sa Alert Level 3 ng NCR first appeared on Abante.
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Nakamotor na magpinsan sumalpok sa van, todas
Patay ang magpinsang lalaki habang sugatan naman ang isa pa nilang kaibigan matapos sumalpok ang sinasakyan nilang motorsiklo sa kasalubong na close van truck kamakalawa ng gabi sa bayan ng San Marcelino, Zambales. The post Nakamotor na magpinsan sumalpok sa van, todas first appeared on Abante.
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No fish hatchery after 5 years? Villar hits BFAR underperformance
  MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Cynthia Villar on Friday fumed over the P17-billion budget proposal of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) next year. Villar lamented that Congress has legislated 37 fish hatcheries but not one has been completed yet by BFAR since 2016. "Wala silang nagawa miski isa, after six years, almost more than five years. Wala pa silang nagagawa at sinasabi nila sakin matatapos daw after their term. My God, what is that?" she said during the Senate subcommittee on finance's hearing on the 2022 budget of the Department of Agriculture. (They did not build at least one [hatchery], after almost six years or more than five years. T...Keep on reading: No fish hatchery after 5 years? Villar hits BFAR underperformance
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LPA not seen to intensify as tropical cyclone, but to cross Visayas, Palawan — Pagasa
  MANILA, Philippines --- The low-pressure area (LPA) east of the country is not expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone, but the state weather bureau said that it would cause rains as it crosses over Visayas and Palawan. Weather updates on Friday afternoon from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed that the LPA is currently 415 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. The LPA lies along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), which would also bring rain showers over the weekend in the northern and central parts of Mindanao. Pagasa said that it may cross the Visayas region in the next three days. ...Keep on reading: LPA not seen to intensify as tropical cyclone, but to cross Visayas, Palawan — Pagasa
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Kantero niratrat sa harap ng utol, apo
Todas ang isang mason matapos pagbabarilin ng hindi nakilalang suspek habang papasok sa kanyang trabaho sa Nasugbu, Batangas Huwebes ng umaga. The post Kantero niratrat sa harap ng utol, apo first appeared on Abante.
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Online delivery rider nabbed for selling illegal drugs in Southern Leyte
ORMOC CITY---Authorities on Thursday arrested an online delivery rider for allegedly selling and possessing illegal drugs in Barangay Ibarra, Maasin City, Southern Leyte.   Rex Paulo Loayon Dixon, 25, did not resist arrest.   Recovered from the suspect were seven sachets of shabu, which were procured by an operative for P7,000.   Police also found a pack of marijuana leaves from the suspect.   Dixon refused to give a statement to the media.   Charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against the suspect.   lzb...Keep on reading: Online delivery rider nabbed for selling illegal drugs in Southern Leyte
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Pulis sinoli sa kolektor napulot na P300K
IPINAMALAS ng isang pulis sa Davao City ang pagiging tapat nang isoli nito ang napulot niyang sobre na naglalaman ng mahigit P300,000. The post Pulis sinoli sa kolektor napulot na P300K first appeared on Abante.
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DOT asks Eastern Visayas gov’ts to continue health protocols amid decline in COVID-19 cases
TACLOBAN CITY---Despite the decline in the daily COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Tourism (DOT) had asked its partners to continue observing the health protocols strictly.   The decreasing cases of COVID-19 have prompted several local governments to slowly open up their tourist destinations, with tourism-related establishments gearing up for the possible influx of clients.   While the trend is a welcome development, this should be treated with caution, said DOT regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes.   "Based on recent data, the cases of COVID-19 in Eastern Visayas are on a decline. This is good news. However, it does not mean that we ca...Keep on reading: DOT asks Eastern Visayas gov’ts to continue health protocols amid decline in COVID-19 cases
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Bacolod goes house-to-house in vax drive to fight COVID-19
BACOLOD CITY---The city government is intensifying its battle against COVID-19 as it implements a house-to-house vaccination campaign.   "An intensified house-to-house vaccination will pave the way to herd immunity," said Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) Executive Director Em Ang.   The initiative focuses on seven barangays with the highest number of COVID-19 cases, she said. These are Mansilingan, Taculing, Tangub, Estefania, Villamonte, Mandalagan, and Alijis, she said.   The campaign is coordinated with the village chiefs and their respective Barangay Health and Emergency Response Teams.   The house-to-house drive involves the...Keep on reading: Bacolod goes house-to-house in vax drive to fight COVID-19
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Alex itatago ang muling pagbubuntis
Sa KUMU Live ay ibinahagi ng mag-asawang Alex Gonzaga at Mikee Morada ang ilang detalye ng kanilang masakit na pinagdaanan. As we all know, ini-reveal nila kamakailan na nakunan ang blogger/actress sa first baby sana nila. The post Alex itatago ang muling pagbubuntis first appeared on Abante Tonite.
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Allado puntirya konsehal
Tiwala si dating Philippine Basketball Association star Don Carlos Allado na papalarin na siyang manalo sa pangalawang pagkakataong pagtakbo bilang konsehal sa Pangalawang Distrito ng Lungsod ng San Juan sa 2022 national polls sa May 9. The post Allado puntirya konsehal first appeared on Abante Tonite.
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61% of Filipinos OK with COVID vaccines; safety concerns still top reason for hesitancy
MANILA, Philippines --- As many as 61 percent of Filipinos are willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while 22 percent are still hesitant to get the shot, the latest study from analytics group OCTA Research showed. In the study, OCTA said that of the 61 percent who see no problems about being vaccinated, 36 percent already got the anti-COVID-19 shots. However, for those who are not willing to be immunized, safety risks with the vaccines remain the top reason, with 65 percent of those unwilling to cite this issue. "Sixty-one percent (61%) of adult Filipinos were willing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 during the survey period. This number includes the 36 % of adultFili...Keep on reading: 61% of Filipinos OK with COVID vaccines; safety concerns still top reason for hesitancy
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Andy Murray bemoans ‘poor attitude’ in Antwerp exit
Former world number one Andy Murray said he showed a poor attitude and did not make the right decisions in Thursday's second-round exit at the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium. Murray, currently ranked 172nd, lost 6-4 7-6(6) to Argentine second seed Diego Schwartzman as the Briton failed to match his 2019 display when he triumphed in Antwerp -- the last time he won a single's title. The 34-year-old, who had hip surgeries in 2018 and 2019, has not been able to get back to the kind of form that helped him win three major titles and two consecutive Olympic singles gold medals in London and Rio de Janeiro. "Mentally, today (Thursday) I was poor," Murray said after the match. "M...Keep on reading: Andy Murray bemoans ‘poor attitude’ in Antwerp exit
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Negros Occidental prov’l employee fired for grave misconduct
BACOLOD CITY---Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has approved the dismissal of an employee of the Negros Occidental Provincial Engineer's Office found guilty of grave misconduct, vicious habits, disgraceful and immoral conduct, and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service.   Lacson approved the dismissal of engineer Noel Barredo from the service effective immediately, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Thursday, Oct. 21.   The governor's decision was based on an investigation report by Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr.   The investigation report and notice of termination prevent Barredo from entering or approaching the vicinity o...Keep on reading: Negros Occidental prov’l employee fired for grave misconduct
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GOT7’s Mark Tuan confirms comeback with ‘Last Breath’ teaser
Spread the word: Mark Tuan has officially "marked" his much-anticipated return. The oldest member of renowned South Korean group GOT7 has left fans "gasping for air" after unveiling the teaser for "Last Breath," which will drop on Nov. 12. https://twitter.com/denverINQ/status/1451403032118235136?s=20 So far, it is not known whether it would be a full studio album or a single. However, the teaser confirmed fan speculations that a comeback is on the way after Mark recently archived all of his Instagram posts and shared a cryptic story on the same social media platform. https://twitter.com/linbea945/status/1450495935373463556?s=20 Mark previously went rounds online aft...Keep on reading: GOT7’s Mark Tuan confirms comeback with ‘Last Breath’ teaser
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Over 270,000 quarantine protocol violators reported in 6 days— PNP
MANILA, Philippines --- More than 270,000 quarantine protocol violators were reported in the country within the last six days, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday. PNP reported 279,039 quarantine protocol violations from October 16 to October 21. Most of them, or 220,806, violated the minimum public health standards, 45,106 violated curfew, while 13,127 were those who were not APORs (authorized persons outside the residence). Of the total number of violators, 79 percent or 221,672 were warned, 14 percent or 38,779 were fined, while seven percent or 18,558 were subjected to community service or other penalties, according to the police. Meanwhile, in Metro Manil...Keep on reading: Over 270,000 quarantine protocol violators reported in 6 days— PNP
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No need for fully vaccinated tourists to Boracay for COVID-19 swab test by end-October
ILOILO CITY---Fully vaccinated tourists will be allowed on Boracay Island without the need for a negative COVID-19 swab test result after the completion of the island's vaccination target set by the end of this month.   In an online press conference Friday of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said that as of Oct. 19, 11,779 of the 12,809 or 91.96 percent of active tourism workers on the island had been fully vaccinated.   As of Friday, 77.87 percent of the tourism workers and eligible residents are fully vaccinated.   Puyat said they expected the vaccination target completed by the end of the month, thus ma...Keep on reading: No need for fully vaccinated tourists to Boracay for COVID-19 swab test by end-October
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BOC nabuking P500M luxury car sa showroom
Nag-inspeksiyon ang composite team ng Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port, National Bureau of Investigation, at Philippine Coast Guard sa mga showrooms sa Xavierville, Quezon City at San Simon, Pampanga na hinihinalang nagtatago ng mga puslit na luxury cars at iba pang motor vehicles na may estimated value na P500,000,000. The post BOC nabuking P500M luxury car sa showroom first appeared on Abante.
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US in uphill battle to challenge Russia in Black Sea
BUCHAREST, Romania ---On the day that two Russian fighter jets suddenly scrambled to intercept a US bomber refueling mid-air near Crimea, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was visiting three Black Sea states. The high-profile trip for the normally low-key Pentagon chief demonstrated that aside from facing down Chinese military expansion in the Indo-Pacific, the administration of US President Joe Biden sees the Black Sea as a key front in challenging Russia. And the scrambling of the Russian Sukhoi jets on Tuesday shows how the region is perhaps the riskiest flashpoint on NATO's eastern flank and how steep the challenge is for the Pentagon in contesting Moscow's dominance of the...Keep on reading: US in uphill battle to challenge Russia in Black Sea
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Lorenzana meets with Malaysian counterpart
MANILA, Philippines---Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana recently met Malaysian Senior Defense Minister Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and exchanged views on current developments in the region.   The two leaders discussed ASEAN centrality, new partnerships, nuclear proliferation, and possible spillover of chaos in Afghanistan and the fight against COVID during a video conference last Oct. 18, the Department of National Defense said in a statement.   Lorenzana and Hishammuddin also reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 1994 memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation.   The DND statement said both were optimistic that defense ...Keep on reading: Lorenzana meets with Malaysian counterpart
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