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JAY-Z: 'Social justice is a collective fight'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:30

The rapper has teamed up with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein on two poignant civil rights documentaries about slain black teens.

Bill Cosby planning motivational speaking tour

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:30

Prosecutors are vowing to drag the comedian back to court following last week's mistrial verdict.

Firecracker E.O. adds force to gov’t campaign against air pollution – DOH/DENR

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14

In the coming new year, reduction in the amount of air pollution caused by firecrackers will be measured once the Executive Order Number 28 is implemented regulating the use of firecrackers. The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) believe that the measure will minimize health risks especially to […] The post Firecracker E.O. adds force to gov’t campaign against air pollution – DOH/DENR appeared first on UNTV News.

DBM, DA, treasury officials take witness stand in Revilla plunder trial

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14

According to the lawyers of former senator Bong Revilla, their client was not able to attend Thursday’s trial on his plunder case because Revilla was confined in the hospital on Wednesday due to high blood pressure. Nonetheless, the proceeding went as scheduled. The chief administrator of the Records Division of the Department of Budget and […] The post DBM, DA, treasury officials take witness stand in Revilla plunder trial appeared first on UNTV News.

Weekly romp could help ageing minds: study

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:53

The benefits of doing crossword puzzles or learning languages have long been touted to stave off mental decline. The British study published in the Journals of Gerontology this week tested 28 men and 45 women aged between 50 and 83 for a range of cognitive abilities and asked if they had sex weekly, monthly or never. "It is possible that increasing frequency of sexual activity may correspond to better cognition," said the study by the universities of Coventry and Oxford, which builds on research suggesting that more sex improves mental sharpness in general.

Cladding fears spread after London fire disaster

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:16

Around 600 tower blocks in England have similar cladding to the burnt-out Grenfell Tower, Downing Street said Thursday, while combustible cladding has been found on at least three public housing blocks. Prime Minister Theresa May said the government had arranged to test cladding on "all relevant tower blocks" following the deadly June 14 inferno, with some failing the tests. Meanwhile English local authorities estimate that 600 high-rise buildings have used similar cladding to the Grenfell Tower in west London.

Bulacan firecracker manufacturers, dealers seek dialogue with administration

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:58

MANILA— The Philippine Pyrotechnic Manufacturers and Dealers Association Incorporated (PPMDAI) opposes President Rodrigo Duterte’s executive order (EO) that regulates and controls the use of firecrackers. PPMDAI vice president Leah Alapide said the EO will result in fewer buyers of their products, which in turn, will have a negative effect on the revenue of firecracker manufacturers […] The post Bulacan firecracker manufacturers, dealers seek dialogue with administration appeared first on UNTV News.

EU's Tusk says Brexit can be reversed

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:38

EU president Donald Tusk on Thursday said Brexit could be reversed as leaders gathered for a Brussels summit amid growing confidence in a future without Britain. Embattled Prime Minister Theresa May will make EU leaders an offer on the rights of expats after Britain's withdrawal as she tries to convince them she still has a grip after her election meltdown.

Main forest fires in Portugal under control

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:22

The main forest fires raging in Portugal since the weekend, which have killed more than 60 people, were brought under control on Thursday, the civil protection agency said. The giant blaze broke out initially at Pedrogao Grande and spread to adjacent areas including Gois, Pampilhosa da Serra and Arganil. The fire in Pedrogao Grande, which ravaged 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of forests, was doused only late Wednesday as fire fighters contended with searing heat as well as rapidly shifting winds.

Combustible cladding found in UK tower blocks: PM

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:08

Combustible cladding has been found in "a number" of publicly-owned tower blocks in Britain following emergency checks after a devastating fire in London, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday. "A number of these tests have come back as combustible," May said in a statement to parliament after ordering checks on all similar blocks. The cladding was installed for beautification and insulation despite warnings from local residents about fire safety as part of a major refurbishment of Grenfell Tower that was completed last year.

AFP holds control of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 10:00

Pigcawayan, North Cotabato is now under military’s control after it was attacked by members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) Wednesday. The military continues to conduct clearing operations and civilians are still barred from entering the area due to improvised explosive devices planted by the biff. “No one’s trapped because the clearing operations of […] The post AFP holds control of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato appeared first on UNTV News.

Taiwan's Foxconn says Toshiba deal 'not over'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:56

The head of Taiwan's tech giant Foxconn said Thursday its pursuit of Toshiba "is not yet over", a day after the Japanese firm announced it preferred another group of bidders to acquire its prized chip business. Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai, is controlled by billionaire Terry Gou and reportedly had Apple as a financial backer in its multi-billion dollar bid for Toshiba's memory chip unit, seen as crucial for the cash-strapped Japanese firm to turn itself around. Toshiba said Wednesday it would hold exclusive talks with a consortium of US, South Korean and state-backed Japanese investors, dashing Gou's ambitions.

Carmudi, CAGI Renew Ties for Upcoming Car, Truck, Motorcycle of the Year awards

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:56

Online car platform Carmudi Philippines has renewed its partnerships with the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) for the 2017  Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) and Truck of the Year Philippines (TOTY-P) awards. ... The post Carmudi, CAGI Renew Ties for Upcoming Car, Truck, Motorcycle of the Year awards appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

BIR files tax cases worth P275-M against four companies

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:50

MANILA — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Thursday filed before the Department of Justice tax evasion complaints worth over P275-million against four companies. Among those charged were GMC Construction and Development Corporation of Cabuyao, Laguna; Marina Seafoods of Taguig; Armel Plastic Company and SKI Construction both from Makati City. BIR said the companies failed […] The post BIR files tax cases worth P275-M against four companies appeared first on UNTV News.

'Multiple casualties as car bomb hits bank in south Afghanistan'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:43

A powerful car bomb Thursday struck a bank in Afghanistan's Lashkar Gah city when civilian and military government employees were queueing to withdraw their salaries, causing multiple casualties, officials said. At least 50 wounded people were rushed to hospital, government spokesman Omar Zwak told AFP, with another official warning of multiple fatalities. The insurgents control large swathes of Helmand province, of which Lashkar Gah is the capital.

Duterte, Widodo discuss intensified cooperation vs terrorism

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:40

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has confirmed the telephone conversation between President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo. President Widodo initiated the call himself at around 7:30 pm, Wednesday. The two discussed measures to enhance cooperation against terrorism and extremism between the two countries. Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said, “President Widodo reaffirmed Indonesia’s support to […] The post Duterte, Widodo discuss intensified cooperation vs terrorism appeared first on UNTV News.

FIA to Organize the First-Ever Intercontinental Drifting Cup

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:16

The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the governing body of motorsports worldwide, has announced that it is staging the first-ever FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup which will be held from September 30 to ... The post FIA to Organize the First-Ever Intercontinental Drifting Cup appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Philippine star Charice announces new transgender name

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:49

US television star and music sensation Charice Pempengco of the Philippines has announced a new transgender identity, revealing his new name on Twitter: Jake Zyrus. Thank you to all the beautiful write ups about me." The artist born as Charmaine Clarice Pempengco inspired millions of Filipinos with her journey from poverty to sharing the stage with Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban, even singing at Barack Obama's pre-US presidential inauguration galas.

Troubled airbag maker Takata plummets on bankruptcy fears

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:33

Takata suffered another crushing collapse on Thursday, plummeting more than 50 percent on fears the airbag maker at the centre of the auto industry's biggest-ever safety recall is headed for bankruptcy. It is now worth less than a quarter of its value from just a week ago when a report by Japan's leading Nikkei business daily said it would seek bankruptcy protection and sell its assets to a US company. Another Nikkei report Thursday said Takata, with liabilities exceeding one trillion yen, would file for bankruptcy protection as early as Monday.

Paul McCartney recalls nervousness over Kanye West collaboration

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:30

McCartney describes working with Kanye West as an "intriguing process".