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Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka --- Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka's ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, registered a comfortable victory on Sunday in the nation's presidential election. Elections chief Mahinda Deshapriya announced the official results that Rajapaksa won more than 6.9 million votes in Saturday's election, 1.3 million votes more than his closest rival, Housing Minister Sajith Premadasa. Rajapaksa's percentage of the vote was 52.25%, well above the 50% plus one vote needed for victory. Premadasa conceded defeat to Rajapaksa, saying he would honor the decision of the ...Keep on reading: Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote
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China carrier fleet passes near rival Taiwan
TAIPEI --- A Chinese aircraft carrier fleet passed near Taiwan on Sunday, prompting the self-governing island to scramble ships and jets to monitor the situation. Taiwan's defense ministry said the southbound Chinese fleet passed into the Taiwan Strait but stayed on China's side of the waterway that separates the island from China. The ministry said Taiwan scrambled ships and jets to monitor the fleet. U.S. and Japanese ships were also following the Chinese fleet, the ministry said without giving details. China has passed aircraft carriers into the strait since Taiwan President Tsai lng-wen took office in 2016. China resents Tsai for declining to see Taiwan and China as parts...Keep on reading: China carrier fleet passes near rival Taiwan
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Pope Francis: ‘Greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others
VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the "greed of a few" wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor and lamented the lack of concern about growing income gaps between the haves and have-nots. Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide. "We go our way in haste, without worrying that gaps are increasing, that the greed of a few is adding to the poverty of many others,'' Pope Francis said in his homily, with poor people among the people accorded seats in the basilica for the Mass. Keeping a tradition of his papacy, Pope Francis invited indigent persons to dine with him at the V...Keep on reading: Pope Francis: ‘Greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others
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NorthPort books quarterfinals slot, stuns Ginebra
MANILA, Philippines---NorthPort Coach Pido Jarencio was all smiles after Batang Pier's gutsy victory over Barangay Ginebra, 98-96, that punched their ticket in the PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday night. Jarencio, though, is well aware that such smile should wear off soon as his charges brace for a tougher task ahead. "It's nice that for the whole season we're in the quarters," Jarencio told reporters after the triumph made possible by a 30-point outing by Michael Qualls and a pair of equally steady ones from Sean Anthony and Christian Standhardinger. "But it's time to step up," he said. "It's time for the semis. That's the [new] goal of the team." Anthony had 18 points while...Keep on reading: NorthPort books quarterfinals slot, stuns Ginebra
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Lotto results for November 17, 2019
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Pagasa: TS Ramon keeps strength; new LPA approaching PAR
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical Storm Ramon (International name: Kalmaegi) has maintained its strength while closing in on the eastern side of Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sunday. Pagasa said Ramon, last located 285 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran in Aurora, still packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph as it moves west at a speed of 15 kph. As of 5:00 p.m., the state weather bureau's weather bulletin said, Cagayan province including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Isabela, the northern portion of Aurora, particularly Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan r...Keep on reading: Pagasa: TS Ramon keeps strength; new LPA approaching PAR
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Hip waders on: Venice braces for another exceptional tide
VENICE, Italy --- Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. City officials shut down St. Mark's Square, removing elevated walkways and turning back curious onlookers. Tourists with scheduled departures rushed to grab the last water taxis to get to the mainland on Sunday before service was interrupted in anticipation of the high tide. Officials are forecasting a 1.6-meter (5 foot, 2 inches) surge of water on Sunday through the lagoon city. That comes after Tuesday's 1.87-meter flood, the worst in 53 years, followed by a high tide of 1.54 meters on Friday. Those two events mark the first time since records began i...Keep on reading: Hip waders on: Venice braces for another exceptional tide
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Hong Kong officer hit by arrow; police fire water cannons
HONG KONG --- A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow Sunday as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and blocking a major road tunnel under the city's harbor. Police said the arrow struck a media liaison officer and he was taken to a hospital. Photos on the department's Facebook page show the arrow sticking out of the back of the officer's lower leg through his pants. The protesters held their ground for most of the day, as water cannon trucks drove over bricks and nails strewn by protesters to spray them at close range. They began retreating into Hong Kong Polytechnic University near sunset, f...Keep on reading: Hong Kong officer hit by arrow; police fire water cannons
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Bats and broccoli: Exploring London’s ‘ghost stations’
From film sets to bat sanctuaries and vegetable gardens, London's disused Underground stations host a subterranean world of surprises. Now a new exhibition at the London Transport Museum is offering the public a glimpse into the British capital's "ghost stations" --- with guided tours for more intrepid enthusiasts. One group of aficionados gathered at Piccadilly Circus station, with the thunder of trains reverberating through the tunnels, to see a part of the station not used for years. Just a stone's throw from one of London's busiest stations, they stepped into a world frozen in time, with signs in outdated typography directing long-gone passengers "To The Trains...Keep on reading: Bats and broccoli: Exploring London’s ‘ghost stations’
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Tears as hit film shines rare light on China school bullying
A harrowing drama about school bullying has struck a strong personal chord with Chinese cinema audiences and soared to the top of the box office after authorities belatedly gave it the go-ahead. "Better Days" shines a spotlight on what the state-run China Daily called "a nationwide problem which has existed for years" but is rarely broached in Chinese films. A real-life case went viral this week about a seven-year-old girl who needed hospital treatment after a group of fellow pupils forced scraps of paper into her eyes. "Better Days" has grossed at least 1.4 billion ($200 million) in the nearly three weeks since its release, according to the China Movie Data Information Network. St...Keep on reading: Tears as hit film shines rare light on China school bullying
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Scarier than fiction: Climate worry driving ‘cli-fi’ boom
Imagine a world where storms inundate coastal megacities, entire species become extinct in the blink of an eye and conflicts are fought over dwindling natural resources. Not so difficult in 2019, perhaps. After a year of devastating extreme weather and worldwide unrest over the emergency posed by climate change, topics that used to belong to the realm of science fiction are finding their way into mainstream storytelling. Back in 2004, Roland Emmerich's disaster flick "The Day After Tomorrow" depicted a global weather catastrophe, with coastal areas devoured by the sea amid general meteorological mayhem. Just 15 years on, scenes from the movie resemble images taken from real-life we...Keep on reading: Scarier than fiction: Climate worry driving ‘cli-fi’ boom
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Fire in Tondo reaches 5th alarm
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire on Nicolas Zamora Street in Tondo, Manila on Sunday night is now on the fifth alarm, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) said. MPIO's tweet showed that most of the buildings affected by the fire are residential areas along the area. According to Manila's Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO), the fire started around 6:24 p.m. Under the fifth alarm, the area's fire district chief is manning the operations and is instructed to assess whether there is a further need to elevate the status in the Task Force levels. In case of a Task Force level, the Regional Director will handle the operations and decides if there is a ne...Keep on reading: Fire in Tondo reaches 5th alarm
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LISTEN: Taylor Swift enlists Shawn Mendes for ‘Lover’ remix
Taylor Swift recently premiered a lyric video for the new collaborative remix of "Lover", whose original version appears on her seventh studio album. "Lover Remix" finds the award-winning vocalist dueting with Shawn Mendes, who notably croons newly-penned verses after the song's first chorus. "We could light a bunch of candles and dance around the kitchen, baby/Pictures of when we were young would hang on the wall/We would sit on the stoop, I'll sing love songs to you when we're 80/See, I finally got you now, honey, I won't let you fall," the Canadian hitmaker sings over light strings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5Zay_Hd_7Q&feature=emb_logo Swift announced the releas...Keep on reading: LISTEN: Taylor Swift enlists Shawn Mendes for ‘Lover’ remix
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Lauryn Hill unveils ‘Guarding the Gates’ from film ‘Queen & Slim’
Lauryn Hill has yet to make up her mind to release a follow-up to "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" which topped the charts two decades ago, however, fans of the neo-soul and R&B album will be pleased with the new track "Guarding the Gates" from "Queen & Slim" by Melina Matsoukas. Blood Orange, Bilal, Mike Jones, Roy Ayers and many others feature along with Hill on the soundtrack that also includes a track by Tiana Major9 and EarthGang, "Collide", which dropped in October. "Queen & Slim", directed by Melina Matsoukas ("Master of None", "Insecure"), tells the tale of a couple played by Daniel Kaluuya ("Get Out") and Jodie Turner-Smith ("The Neon Demon"), who are forc...Keep on reading: Lauryn Hill unveils ‘Guarding the Gates’ from film ‘Queen & Slim’
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Listening to music while driving may reduce stress caused by traffic, says study
Brazilian researchers from So Paulo State University recommend listening to classical or instrumental music to reduce stress behind the wheel. Researchers at the University of So Paulo in Brazil, Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom and the University of Parma in Italy also took part in the study which has been published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. To test this hypothesis, researchers conducted an experiment on five women aged between 18 and 23, who were monitored in the course of several driving sessions. The participants, who were in good health, were in the habit of driving once or twice a week, and had obtained their driving licenses one to seven years e...Keep on reading: Listening to music while driving may reduce stress caused by traffic, says study
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‘Minecraft Dungeons’ to unlock in April 2020
Action and exploration combine in "Minecraft Dungeons", a hotly anticipated spin-off from generation-defining "Minecraft", now due to arrive in April 2020. Launching across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac and Windows, "Minecraft Dungeons" is intended for up to four players and, according to the official line, is inspired by classic dungeon crawler games --- a genre fomented by the likes of "Gauntlet", "Dungeon Master" and early entries to the "Diablo" series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyhX-0Ni-iM&feature=emb_logo But while the ongoing "Diablo" franchise and its recent free-to-play competitor "Path of Exile" use modern computing power to offer increasingly...Keep on reading: ‘Minecraft Dungeons’ to unlock in April 2020
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5k joined Cebu-leg of 30th SEA Games torch relay
CEBU CITY --- At least 5,000 people participated in the Cebu leg of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games torch relay on Saturday. The event that was highlighted by the lighting of the SEA Games flame also became a "fun run" activity with participants ranging from policemen to military personnel as well as students and running enthusiasts. During the run, the SEA Games torch was carried by 12 people in a relay over the 5-kilometer route at the South Road Properties in Cebu City. Among the torchbearers include Cebuano athletes as well as some of the members of the Philippine national team. These include Karateka champ James Delos Santos; Cebuano triathlete Kim Remolino; ska...Keep on reading: 5k joined Cebu-leg of 30th SEA Games torch relay
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LISTEN: Camila Cabello reveals new single ‘Living Proof’
Camila Cabello has recently unveiled another cut from her sophomore studio effort, which she described in an announcement post as "one of my favorite songs I wrote for the album." "Living Proof" was written by the "Liar" vocalist in collaboration with Justin Tranter, Alli Tamposi as well as Mattman & Robin. It finds Cabello celebrating her intimate relationship with a lover that she describes as her guardian, asking him "Where did you come from, baby?/And were you sent to save me?/Ooh, there's God in every move/Ooh, and you're the living proof." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Rr38h0F5kk&feature=emb_logo "Living Proof" arrives on the heels of the previously issued "S...Keep on reading: LISTEN: Camila Cabello reveals new single ‘Living Proof’
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LISTEN: Taylor Swift unveils ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ from ‘Cats’ soundtrack
Taylor Swift's "Beautiful Ghosts" will appear over the end credits of the new film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical "Cats", which will open in cinemas on Dec. 20. Swift notably co-penned the lyrics of the ballad with the British theater maestro himself, with "Beautiful Ghosts" being the only original song specifically composed for the highly-anticipated live-action musical. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNk8hqrPQsA&feature=emb_logo As the Guardian pointed out, this means that "Beautiful Ghosts" could be eligible for the Best Song categories of various prestigious film awards such as the Oscars. "There was an ambition and an aspiration to have an origin...Keep on reading: LISTEN: Taylor Swift unveils ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ from ‘Cats’ soundtrack
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Freddie Highmore joins Leonardo da Vinci drama series
The "Good Doctor" star Freddie Highmore has joined the cast of "Leonardo", a TV drama that will center on the life of iconic artist Leonardo da Vinci. Frank Spotnitz ("The Man in the High Castle") and writer Steve Thompson ("Sherlock") will develop the English-language TV series that will portray the Renaissance genius as a gay outsider. Each episode will examine one of da Vinci's artworks for clues about a tortured artist struggling to achieve perfection. Highmore has signed on to play Stefano Giraldi, a fictional police detective who will dig into da Vinci's past while investigating him as a suspect in a murder case. The Alliance, a new co-production group formed by Italia...Keep on reading: Freddie Highmore joins Leonardo da Vinci drama series
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Alicia Keys to host 2020 Grammy Awards
The 62nd edition of the annual Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on Jan. 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Alicia Keys will take on the show's hosting duties for the second year in a row, after she made her debut to the Grammy stage earlier this year. At the time, the "Girl on Fire" vocalist performed a medley of songs that she wished she had written, including late American pianist Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag". As Variety pointed out, Keys will become the first female musician and third woman ever to host the award ceremony more than once, following in the footsteps of TV host Ellen DeGeneres as well as comedian and TV personality Rosie O'Donnell. ...Keep on reading: Alicia Keys to host 2020 Grammy Awards
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Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates
HOUSTON --- Kanye West has followed the Johnny Cash route and performed for inmates at a Houston jail. In secret from the public, the star rapper-turned-gospel singer performed songs Friday from his new gospel album "Jesus is King". He and his choir performed for more than 200 male inmates at one jail facility before crossing the street to another jail facility and performing for a smaller crowd of female inmates. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said West's representatives asked jail officials about doing secret shows. The Friday concerts were performed two days before West is to speak at Joel Osteen's vast Lakewood Church in Houston The events were reminiscent of pr...Keep on reading: Kanye West performs for Texas jail inmates
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9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico
ELEPHANT BUTTE, New Mexico --- He caught a fish "this" big. No, really. A 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound (19-kilogram) blue catfish Sunday evening while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir. Kris Flores said his son, Alex, made the big catch by himself and shattered dad's record of reeling in a 36-pound (16-kilogram) fish. Flores said the fourth-grader named the fish Wailord after the Pokemon character. The father said his son released the fish back into the reservoir after taking some photos and videos. The biggest fish ever reportedly caught in Elephant Butte history was 78 pounds (35 kilograms).IB/JB RELATED STORIES: Lobsterman rescues deer trappe...Keep on reading: 9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico
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Rain or Shine stays alive, upsets Meralco
MANILA, Philippines---Rain or Shine stunned Meralco, 83-81, Sunday night in the PBA Governors' Cup at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. The Painters pulled out all the necessary stops in the payoff period to upset the Bolts and afford themselves a chance at securing a playoff spot. Import Rich Ross had 26 points while Rey Nambatac 24 as Rain or Shine wrapped up their elimination round campaign with a 4-7 record. Allen Durham had 23 for Meralco, which settled for an 8-3 record with a twice-to-beat armor already secured the week before. Rain or Shine's quarterfinal aspirations will be determined by the result of the game between Barangay Ginebra and NorthPort currently being playe...Keep on reading: Rain or Shine stays alive, upsets Meralco
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Victims' kin gather at site of Ampatuan massacre as 10th anniversary nears
Family members of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre again visited the site of the killing at Sitio Masalay in Ampatuan, Maguindanao to call for justice for the deceased as they have each year since the worst-case of election-related violence in Philippine history.
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Ariana Grande tells fans she’s struggling with an illness
Singer Ariana Grande is telling her fans that she has a bad sinus condition that has made her "very sick" and might force her to cancel upcoming shows on her world tour. Grande, 26, says in videos posted Saturday on Instagram that "my throat and head are still in so much pain." While she sounds OK, "I'm just in a lot of pain and it's difficult to breathe during the show," she says in a message to her fans. "I just really don't know what's happening with my body right now and need to figure it out." Grande says she plans to see a doctor soon. She adds: "I'm scared that I might have to cancel some things, so this is kind just a heads up of like I don't know what's happening...Keep on reading: Ariana Grande tells fans she’s struggling with an illness
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NU Pep Squad dominates UAAP Cheerdance for 6th title in 7 years
MANILA, Philippines --- National University displayed its utter dominance once again, claiming the gold medal in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition Sunday at Mall of Arena. The NU Pep Squad, the most dominant dance troupe in the UAAP this decade, won its sixth title in seven years with its fifth-place finish in 2017 the only bad mark in that stretch. With a Philippine pop culture theme, NU mesmerized in its performance, proving once again that its group is on a class of its own and earning a total of 722 points. NU didn't immediately show its brilliance in the opening routine but stepped up mightily when it turned its signature Scorpion poses, usually seen atop pyrami...Keep on reading: NU Pep Squad dominates UAAP Cheerdance for 6th title in 7 years
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RTWPB OKs P20 raise in take home pay for workers in the Bangsamoro
COTABATO CITY-- Minimum wage earners in the Bangsamoro will receive an additional P20 to their basic daily wage next month, according to the new wage order approved by the Regional Wages and Productivity Board's (BTWPB) in the region. Wage Order No. BARMM-01 issued by the RTWPB in the Bangsamoro on Friday approved the P20 new minimum wage hike for workers in non-agriculture and agriculture sectors in the autonomous region. The order will take effect on December 15 or at least 15 days after its publication in newspapers widely circulated in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said Romeo Sema, Labor and Employment Minister of the Barmm. This means that wor...Keep on reading: RTWPB OKs P20 raise in take home pay for workers in the Bangsamoro
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The Funniest Trash-Talking Tweets on the 2019 UAAP Cheerdance Competition
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NU claims back-to-back UAAP cheerdance titles
The National University Pep Squad extended its reign in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition after defending their title on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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Mayor of quake-hit city cancels employees’ Christmas parties
KIDAPAWAN CITY-- City Mayor Joseph Evangelista has ordered on Saturday the cancellation of all Christmas parties of the city and the different departments while Kidapawan is still recovering from the effects of earthquakes. Evangelista issued Memorandum No. 3717 directing all department heads of the city government to forego all scheduled Christmas parties, celebrations and Christmas holiday events that would be uncalled for while the city was trying to rebuild houses and buildings damaged by the series of tremors that jolted the province last month. By canceling Christmas party celebrations, the city government is showing empathy with the quake victims, including city civil servan...Keep on reading: Mayor of quake-hit city cancels employees’ Christmas parties
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Palace: Bernie Sanders 'grandstanding, meddling' in tweet about Philippine workers
Sanders shared a statement by the International Trade Union Confederation condemning what it described as "a new wave of police repression of Philippine trade unionists" and called for global support on human rights.
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Kin of Ampatuan carnage visit massacre site to cry for justice
AMPATUAN, MAGUINDANAO-- The families of the media victims of the infamous Ampatuan massacre gathered here on Sunday to demand anew justice for their loved ones. The victims' families lamented the lack of justice six days before the 10th anniversary of the gory massacre that claimed the lives of 58 people, including 32 media workers, on November 23, 2009. Jergin Malabanan, daughter of General Santos City-based reporter Gina Dela Cruz of Saksi News, said the wheels of justice grind slow for the massacre case. "Justice, why are you so elusive.? We have been waiting already for 10 tortuous years, " She said in Filipino. The victims' children performed a touching theater perfo...Keep on reading: Kin of Ampatuan carnage visit massacre site to cry for justice
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8-year-old genius with Asperger’s, has higher IQ than Einstein and bullied, now off to college
Adhara Perez from Tlahuac, Mexico has the intelligence quotient (IQ) of 162. That is a few steps higher than Albert Einstein's (160) and Stephen Hawking's (160). The eight-year-old genius is now preparing to go to the United States to study astrophysics, to fulfill her dream of becoming an astronaut. But before Perez discovered her full potential, the child diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome was bullied by her peers, as per The Yucatan Timeslast Wednesday, Nov. 13. "I saw that Adhara was playing in a little house and they locked her up," her mother Nallely Sanchez said. " [T]hey started to chant: 'oddball, weirdo!' And then they started hitting the little house." Nallely said sh...Keep on reading: 8-year-old genius with Asperger’s, has higher IQ than Einstein and bullied, now off to college
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10 Places in Seoul for the Solo Traveler
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Divisoria street vendors to hold protest vs Manila clearing ops
MANILA, Philippines --- Divisoria street vendors are poised to stage a protest against the new Manila City government, which recent clearing operations supposedly deprived them and their families of income. The Divisoria Vendors' Association (DVA) on Sunday said they will mass up at Liwasang Bonifacio (Bonifacio Shrine), which is just a stone's throw away from Manila City Hall and also where the local government unit holds its flag ceremonies, on Monday, November 18. "Thousands of vendors from Divisoria will conduct a protest action to express their dismay over the series of clearing operations conducted by the local government unit as early as June 13, displacing the mostly women a...Keep on reading: Divisoria street vendors to hold protest vs Manila clearing ops
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Baby gets free lifetime entry in nightclub after being born on its dance floor
A 19-year-old woman's night out ended up changing her life in a most interesting way, when she gave birth on a club's dance floor last Monday, Nov. 11, in Toulouse, France. The teenager (unnamed in report) welcomed her child at around 5:30 a.m. at the O'Club, as per French newspaper La Depeche via Newsweek on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Marie-Helene, a manager at the club, explained that the woman was already into her late pregnancy at the time. The teenager went to the club at the urging of a friend to help "get her mind off some personal problems." "I know she didn't drink," the manager was quoted as saying. After a short time at the club, the young woman had become incapacitated as she...Keep on reading: Baby gets free lifetime entry in nightclub after being born on its dance floor
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Palace: Robredo has no authority to see classified info as ICAD co-chair
In a radio interview, presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo insisted that access to documents with classified information is not within the scope of Robredo's authority.
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Duterte 'in the green of health,' Palace assures public
President Rodrigo Duterte may not be in the pink of health but he is in the "green of health," Malacañang said Sunday, as it downplayed the 74-year-old leader's admission that he is suffering from diseases related to old age.
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Claudia, Julia Barretto Vlog About Family Controversies Elicits Criticisms
Claudia and Julia Barretto released new vlog talking about family controversies Celebrity sisters Claudia and Julia Barretto talked about family controversies on the latter’s latest vlog entry on YouTube. Being part of the Barretto clan in show business, the daughters of Marjorie Barretto are caught up in a latest controversy between their mom and aunts […] The post Claudia, Julia Barretto Vlog About Family Controversies Elicits Criticisms appeared first on Philippine News.
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Palace mourns Elizabeth Yu Gokongwei, 'heart and soul' of conglomerate family
“The Palace is saddened by the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Gokongwei yesterday, November 16, just one week after the death of her husband, John."
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More foreign investors if Robredo replaces Duterte? It’s ‘wishful thinking,’ says Palace
MANILA, Philippines --- "Wishful thinking." This was how Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo described what a London-based think tank said that there is a likelihood that more foreign investors will be lured into the Philippines should Vice President Leni Robredo replace President Rodrigo Duterte due to health issues. READ: Think tank sees investors welcoming Robredo takeover "Unang-una e 'yun ay wishful thinking. Pinakikialaman na naman nila yung soberenya at yung tinig ng taumbayan na naghalal sakanya (Duterte) overwhelmingly," Panelo said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer on Sunday. (First of all, that's wishful thinking. They are meddling with sovereignty again as...Keep on reading: More foreign investors if Robredo replaces Duterte? It’s ‘wishful thinking,’ says Palace
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‘I surrendered it all to God’: Ben&Ben’s Paolo Benjamin Guico opens up on overcoming struggles
Award-winning folk-pop band Ben&Ben's Paolo Benjamin Guico, the other half of the band's twin vocalists, opened up about having spiritual, mental and emotional struggles, and how he overcame them through his faith in God. Guico said he "wasn't in a good place" months ago, but was able to turn his life around when he "surrendered it all to God," as written in a short note he posted on Twitter earlier today, Nov. 17. "I was heavy spiritually, emotionally, mentally," Guico said. "Change began when I surrendered it all to God, and lived a life of faith, trust and belief that things will turn out fine." "I embraced a more active lifestyle to get a better mental state. The wei...Keep on reading: ‘I surrendered it all to God’: Ben&Ben’s Paolo Benjamin Guico opens up on overcoming struggles
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SSS: Mindanao quake-affected members can start applying for loans on Nov. 18
MANILA, Philippines --- The Social Security System (SSS) will make available over P443 million in calamity loan assistance to up to 54,000 members living in areas in Mindanao recently struck by a string of earthquakes. In a statement, SSS president and chief executive Aurora C. Ignacio said the state-run pension fund will begin accepting applications for calamity loan, advance three-month pension, and direct house repair and improvement loan on Monday, Nov. 18. According to a Nov. 8 circular, SSS members and pensioners in the following areas earlier placed under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be qualified: municipaliti...Keep on reading: SSS: Mindanao quake-affected members can start applying for loans on Nov. 18
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Duterte, task force to end communist insurgency to meet Monday
MANILA, Philippines --- After the simultaneous raids conducted at the offices of alleged fronts of communist insurgents, President Rodrigo Duterte will meet the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) on Monday. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon announced this in a statement Sunday, and enumerated that among the agencies and offices that Duterte would meet to discuss details of the campaign against "communist terrorist groups" or CTGs are the Cabinet Officers Responsible for Development and Security, Regional Peace and Order Council, Regional Development Council, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP). ...Keep on reading: Duterte, task force to end communist insurgency to meet Monday
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Solon asks DOH to enforce protocol on ‘Black Death’
  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- A legislator here has called on health officials to install measures to ensure a deadly disease from China would not find its way to the country. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, of this city's second district, has issued such call following reports that two people infected by the bubonic plague died in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region recently. Rodriguez said the Department of Health (DOH) and port authorities must put in place necessary mechanisms to prevent the possible entry of the dreaded disease in the country, considering the number of Chinese nationals arriving in the Philippines daily. "We have to tighten our quarantine (measures) against C...Keep on reading: Solon asks DOH to enforce protocol on ‘Black Death’
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LOOK: Aicelle Santos marries Mark Zambrano in Batangas
Aicelle Santos tied the knot with news anchorMark Zambrano yesterday, Nov. 16, in a garden wedding at El Jardin de Zaida in San Juan, Batangas. Santos was blooming while she walked the aisle toward Zambrano, as seen in a video on actress-singer Sweet Plantado-Tiongson's Instagram page yesterday. https://www.instagram.com/p/B46-1uZnHgt/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Santos donned a stunning white off-shoulder gown while Zambrano looked sharp in a navy blue suit paired with a white polo and red bowtie, as seen in Nice Print Photo's post yesterday. https://www.instagram.com/p/B47O-feFEHX/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link The wedding reception was adorned with numerous sunflowers and yellow-hu...Keep on reading: LOOK: Aicelle Santos marries Mark Zambrano in Batangas
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Proposed Cha-Cha to widen China’s entry to Philippine territory—militant partylist
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- A militant partylist group warned against the renewed move by the Duterte administration to amend the 1987 Constitution, saying such a move would be geared towards allowing China to further intrude into the country's maritime territory and sovereignty. "Cha-Cha has a new component---deleting constitutional provisions that protect the Philippines from China's expansionism in the West Philippine Sea as well as providing China red carpet entry into the Philippines," said a joint statement issued by Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares and his partymate Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate over the weekend. Cagayan de Oro's second district Rep. Rodriguez said the mo...Keep on reading: Proposed Cha-Cha to widen China’s entry to Philippine territory—militant partylist
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