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Catchy dance tunes turn up the summer heat

Breaking News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:50
  Steve Carell and Gru’s Minions were kept appropriately loopy by the theme song of “Despicable Me 2” throughout the animated feature’s shoot. Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated ditty, “Happy,” is so relentlessly catchy that it got Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o unabashedly grooving to it at the Oscars last month.   The hit single, now on its seventh week at No. 1 on Billboard 100, is everywhere: Gwyneth Paltrow performed her winsome version in the 100th episode of “Glee.” It has likewise been covered on “American Idol” (by Maje sty Rose), “The X Factor” (Daniel Evans) and “The Voice” (Josh Kaufman and Austin Ellis). Like...

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Emma Watson discusses realistic depiction of childbirth in ‘Noah’

Breaking News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:49
LOS ANGELES—“It’s amazing how many YouTube videos there are of natural births. I watched plenty of those,” said Emma Watson, whose evolution as a fine actress continues in Darren Aronofsky’s epic, “Noah.” In a far cry from her iconic Hermione Granger role, Emma, as Ila, the adopted daughter of Noah (Russell Crowe), gives birth in one scene and delivers a riveting monologue toward the film’s end.   In our latest chat, we noticed that Emma is also blossoming into a beautiful young woman, simple yet elegant in a Peter Pilotto dress. She told us what she drew on to portray Ila, a barren woman but with the blessing of Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins), Noah’s grand...

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‘Unsinkable’ stars show the way

Breaking News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:48
Really terrible things happen, not just to you and me, but sometimes to otherwise seemingly invincible stars and starlets. These past weeks, what these exceptions to the impervious rule have had to endure has been unusually awful and freaky:   While shooting underwater and beach scenes for “Dyesebel,” Anne Curtis was attacked by a deadly box jellyfish, leaving her with big welts and landing her in the hospital—definitely nothing to crack silly, insensitive jokes about!   What happened to Lance Raymundo was even more freaky: While he was lifting weights at the gym, his exercise buddy failed to correctly handle the heavy barbell—which slipped and hit Lance...

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Climate: Farming emissions to rise 30% by 2050

Breaking News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 03:13
PARIS—Greenhouse gases emitted by agriculture are on track to rise by 30 percent by mid-century, driven especially by livestock and use of fertiliser, a UN agency reported on Friday.   "Global agricultural emissions are projected to increase in 2030 and 2050 by 18 percent and 30 percent respectively," the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said in a report issued in Rome.   Annual emissions by mid-century will be more than 6.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq), a standardised measure of carbon gas, it said.   Looking at the period from 2001 to 2011, emissions from crop and livestock production rose by 14 percent, the FAO said....

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for child sex abuses carried out by priests

Breaking News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 02:30
  VATICAN CITY —Pope Francis on Friday personally asked forgiveness for thousands of child sex abuses carried out by priests and promised more action following accusations of cover-ups and excessive leniency by the Vatican.   "I feel compelled... to personally ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done for having sexually abused children," the pope said at a meeting with members of a children's charity, Vatican Radio reported.   The apology was a first for Francis since he was elected last year and he was quoted as saying there were "quite a few" guilty priests, although "obviously not compared to the number of all the priests".   "Th...

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Talk N’ Text sweeps PBA Commissioner’s Cup elims with win over Globalport

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 23:14
  MANILA, Philippines—Talk N' Text held on to defeat Globalport, 92-91, in a thrilling finish to sweep the PBA Commissioner's Cup elimination round on Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Texters survived an upset-minded Batang Pier, who are on the verge of concluding the conference sans a victory, even sans injured import Richard Howell. Talk N' Text hung on by a hairline in the winding seconds with two freebies from Jayson Castro putting them head by four, 91-87, with 6.5 seconds left but the Batang Pier inching to within a point on a triple from Alex Cabagnot. Ranidel De Ocampo split his charities in the ensuing play to put the game still within Global Po...

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Fil-Am champ Julaton not leaving boxing, excited to fight in PH for ONE FC

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 22:14
  MANILA, Philippines -- Fil-American world champion Ana Julaton isn't turning her back from boxing even amid her decision to join the ONE Fighting Championship, Asia's premiere mixed martial arts company.   In fact, barely a month after she steps into the cage for her May 2 debut at ONE FC: The Rise of Heroes, Julaton is scheduled to fight in the ring anew with a potential world-title fight.   The 33-year-old Julaton said that her boxing promoter Allan Tremblay of  Orion Sports Management was "very supportive" of her move to MMA.   "It's unheard of for a top notch MMA organization and Boxing Organization to work together in order to have a f...

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IBP seeks TRO vs new BIR regulation

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 21:55
MANILA, Philippines - Saying the Bureau of Internal Revenue was encroaching on the Supreme Court's jurisdiction, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines has asked the high court to void a new tax regulation requiring self-employed professionals like them to disclose their service fees and client information.   In a petition asking for a temporary restraining order filed April 8, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, an association of all lawyers in the country, assailed Revenue Regulation 4-2014 titled "Guidelines and Policies for the Monitoring of Services Fees of Professionals" as unconstitutional.   RR 4-2014, dated March 3, requires all self-employed professional...

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2 women unconscious after Manila jeepney holdup

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 21:28
MANILA—Two women remained unconscious at the Ospital ng Maynila after jumping off a moving jeepney while the other passengers were being robbed by grenade-wielding men.   One of the three suspects was later arrested by the police following the incident in Malate, Manila, Thursday night.   Mary Adrian Ferido, 21, and Realita Perillo, a resident of Pasay City, lost consciousness due to head and body injuries they sustained after a bad fall on the pavement from a Cubao-bound jeepney on San Andres Street around 6 p.m., according to the Manila Police District.   Superintendent Mannan Muarip, commander of the MPD’s Malate station, said three men armed with ...

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Meralco frustrates Barako Bull after another huge comeback

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:41
MANILA, Philippines -- Meralco pulled off another valiant comeback, this time from 22 points down to frustrate Barako Bull, 105-98, and enter the quarterfinals of the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup. After such a flat start which saw them trail by 0-14 then as many as 22 points in the second period, the Bolts just patiently worked their way back into the game in the second half. "We started flat but in the game of basketball, you don't lose in the first, second or third quarters, you have to play until the end," said the eloquent head coach Ryan Gregorio. The Bolts started the last period strong then stifled the Energy with a 9-0 run, all but one coming from import Darnell Jacks...

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DPWH orders contractors to remove road barriers

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:35
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Public Works and Highways ordered its contractors with ongoing road works on Friday to clear the national highways of obstructions and idle equipment in anticipation of the volume of travellers this Holy Week.   Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson earlier ordered the activation of the department’s "Lakbay Alalay" motorist assistance program from April 13 to 19 to assist people going to the provinces during the Holy Week.   The DPWH field units were also instructed to conduct road checks, including the installation of directional signs, resealing of damaged pavements and application of thermoplastic pavement markings. ...

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Vitangcol: When I’m cleared, I’ll resign

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:29
MANILA, Philippines – Apparently, work in government is too much for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Al Vitangcol, who was accused of extorting money from a Czech company over an MRT project. In a television interview on Friday, Vitangcol said he would not resign as he faces allegations that he extorted money from Inekon Group of the Czech Republic in the contract for additional MRT coaches. It is only when he is cleared of the charges that he will resign from his post as MRT general manager, Vitangcol noted. ''I have considered resigning but not at this time. If I resign at this time, it might be construed as an admission of guilt. Once I'm cleared by all inv...

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Swinging voter? Man with 39 wives courted in India election

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:26
AIZAWL – As India holds the latest round of its mammoth elections Friday, one man – polygamist and sect leader Zionnghaka Chana – has become the voter every local politician wants to know. With 39 wives and 127 children and grandchildren, Chana is a voter like no other in the remote northeastern state of Mizoram, and can deliver a sizeable bloc of support. "We were witnessing a rush of politicians seeking votes in the last few days," Chana told AFP from his 100-room home in the hills of Baktawng village outside the state capital Aizawl. "During every election we are much in demand as the winning margins of politicians in this state are slim, so even 100-odd votes matter to...

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P2 B needed to house homeless, says Tacloban mayor

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:23
PALO, Leyte, Philippines—More than 150 days after one of the deadliest typhoons ever recorded leveled his city, Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez is still at a loss how to provide decent shelter to residents displaced by Supertyphoon Yolanda.   Romualdez, who also lost his home to a monstrous storm surge triggered by the typhoon, said at least P2 billion would be needed to fund the purchase of land and construction of houses for about 14,000 homeless families in Tacloban.   He said the the task was so enormous it would be impossible for the city government alone to address it.   "Our priority is the people who were displaced. We have to give them...

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Move to decentralize bar exams gains ground

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:20
MANILA, Philippines—An online petition initiated by a Cebu law school dean  to decentralize the country's  bar examinations, currently held only in Manila, is gaining support in Congress.   Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez Jr. have filed a resolution urging the Supreme Court to "seriously consider" holding the annual qualifying examination for lawyers simultaneously in Manila, Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro City.   The brothers cited the need to amend Section 11, Rule 138 of the of the Rules of Court which provide that, “Examinations for admission to the bar of the Philippines shall take place ann...

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FDA bans cooking oil, sugar from Valenzuela firm

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:18
MANILA, Philippines—The Food and Drug Administration is warning the public about cooking oil and sugar products sold illegally by a company based in Valenzuela City.   The FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use any product repacked and distributed by Authority Trading Corp. (ATC).   The products include:   * Lucky Light Washed Sugar * Lucky Light Refined Sugar * Luck Light Refined Sugar * Best Quality Puregold Equal Refined Sugar * 5 Pinya Raw Sugar * Jumbo Savings Pure Cooking Oil * ATC Lucky Light Cooking Oil * ATC Aflower Light Cooking Oil * Daylee Pure Vegetable Cooking Oil   “All distributors, traders, gro...

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MH370 chills China-Malaysia ‘panda diplomacy’

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:06
KUALA LUMPUR – China has postponed plans to send a pair of pandas to Malaysia next week, a minister said Friday, as bilateral relations remain uneasy over the disappearance of flight MH370. The two countries agreed in 2012 that China would send the giant pandas for a 10-year stay in Malaysia, in Beijing's latest use of "panda diplomacy" to cement ties with other countries. But Malaysia's environment minister G. Palanivel told AFP: "They (China) are waiting for the results of MH370. "They will delay the arrival," he said in a text message. "They might send in late May." In a separate public statement, Palanivel said China and Malaysia have agreed that the giant pandas should...

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Cambodia sends 13 to prison for insurrection plot

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:05
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men to prison terms ranging from five to nine years for plotting to overthrow the government in a case that was criticized by a human rights group as a political setup. The men were members of a self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen's removal, primarily through Internet postings. The government accused them of plotting an armed insurrection, charging them with "opposing the nation" by "treacherously plotting" to carry out attacks liable to endanger Cambodia's state institutions or violate its national integrity. The defendants denied their guilt. New York-based Human Right...

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PSEi pulls back after US slump

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:03
MANILA, Philippines—The local stock index retreated from the year's peak on Friday as some investors were unnerved by an overnight bloodbath on Wall Street.   The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index slipped by 41.93 points or 0.63 percent to close at 6,596.96.   For the shortened trading week (Wednesday was a national holiday), the index was still ahead by a total of 35.76 points or 0.5 percent from last week's close due to the gains eked out earlier in the week.   Overnight, a selldown in technology stocks dragged down the Dow Jones Industrial Index by 266.96 points. As such, regional markets thus tracked the overnight slump in US stocks, which ...

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Gay college instructor arrested for oral sex with student

Breaking News - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 20:02
MANILA, Philippines—National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested the academic director of a school in Mandaluyong City on Thursday and charged him with acts of lasciviousness after he allegedly had oral sex with a teenage student in exchange for a passing grade.   Head agent Cesar Bacani of the NBI’s anti-fraud division said the suspect, identified as Faustino Ticman Jr, 47, academic director of the St. John Bosco Institute of Arts and Sciences, was to undergo inquest proceedings Friday at the Department of Justice.   The officer handling the case, agent Normando Anire, said Ticman sexually abused a 17-year-old student who was failing in his management subje...

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