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US halts Brazil beef imports after failed safety tests

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:52

The United States announced Thursday a halt to all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the world's second-largest producer, citing "recurring" concerns after large shipments failed food safety tests. The ban will remain in place until satisfactory corrective actions are taken, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement that will again put the reputation of Brazil's industry under the spotlight. All meat imported to the US from Brazil has been inspected since March, when some of the country's top meat producers became embroiled in a tainted-meat scandal.


Dusty teddy bear lies in war-ruined Philippine city

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:33

A dusty teddy bear strewn on the floor, family photos on a wall and dried underwear on a clothesline are among the few remnants of life in deserted homes of a Philippine city left in ruins by war. A dog eats the carcass of a cat on a street littered with rubbish where soldiers patrol, while military planes and helicopters continue the relentless bombing of Islamist militants hidden in other homes a kilometre (half a mile) away. Nearly all of the 200,000 residents of Marawi have fled since hundreds of gunmen linked to the Islamic State (IS) group went on a rampage on May 23, triggering a conflict that has destroyed entire districts and left the others vulnerable to looting.


Mel B argues Stephen Belafonte's request for spousal support is excessive

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:30

Mel B also had her five-year restraining order against former nanny Lorraine Gilles thrown out of court on Thursday (22Jun17).


Fifth Harmony won't change their name after Camila Cabello's departure

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:30

Fifth Harmony never gave a name change any real consideration.


Steve Carell wasn't recognised by celebrity tour guests

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:30

Steve Carell's wife thought it would be a great joke to surprise the tourists.


Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop criticised by NASA over 'healing' stickers

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 03:30

Goop has been called out for inaccurately claiming that a range of "healing" stickers used NASA technology.


BPI glitch a case of internal breach – National Privacy Commission

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:06

The House of Representatives has conducted its own hearing on Thursday over the glitches in the banking system of BPI and BDO Unibank, following the Senate’s own inquiry. While they already fixed the glitches, BPI president Cezar Consing said millions were mistakenly withdrawn from accounts of their clients after a human error interrupted their system. […] The post BPI glitch a case of internal breach – National Privacy Commission appeared first on UNTV News.


Republicans unveil Senate health bill, but lack votes to pass it

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 02:04

US Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a revamped health care plan aimed at fulfilling President Donald Trump's pledge to repeal Obamacare, but a revolt by four conservatives put the bill in immediate jeopardy. Democrats formed a united front against the controversial measure that was drafted in secret, criticizing it as a "war on Medicaid," the health care program for lower income Americans, and calling it a worse plan than one that passed the House of Representatives in May. For the past seven years, Republicans have worked to repeal the landmark health reforms of Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.


Michael Kors: 'Edie Campbell perfectly pulls off bored chic'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 01:00

Michael Kors discussed his decision to close 100 of his stores while talking to Alina Cho.


Sixers take guard Fultz with top pick of NBA Draft

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:46

The Philadelphia 76ers selected University of Washington guard Markelle Fultz with the first overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, bolstering the team’s young core by adding the 19-year-old playmaker. The 76ers went all out to get their man, trading their third overall pick plus a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics to […] The post Sixers take guard Fultz with top pick of NBA Draft appeared first on UNTV News.


US halts Brazil beef imports, citing food safety concerns

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:44

The United States announced on Thursday a halt to all imports of fresh beef from Brazil, the world's second-largest producer, citing "recurring" food safety concerns. The ban will remain in place until satisfactory "corrective actions" are taken, the US Department of Agriculture said in a statement. "Although international trade is an important part of what we do at USDA, and Brazil has long been one of our partners, my first priority is to protect American consumers," US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.


Beyonce and JAY-Z name twins Shawn Jr. and Bea - report

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:30

Beyonce gave birth to the pair earlier this month (Jun17), according to reports.


Tom Cruise had sexual partners lined up on Risky Business set, co-star claims

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:30

Curtis Armstrong has penned a new book entitled Revenge of the Nerd, in which he details his time working with Tom on the cult classic.


Boxing: Canelo says Vegas bout will prove superiority to GGG

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:24

Promoters believe the showdown between unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could turn into a series of classic clashes but Alvarez says he needs just one meeting to prove he is superior to the vaunted ‘Triple G’. Kazikhstan’s Golovkin will carry a 37-0 record, including 33 knockouts, and his WBC, WBA, IBF […] The post Boxing: Canelo says Vegas bout will prove superiority to GGG appeared first on UNTV News.


Australia sends spy planes to south Philippines

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:20

Australian military spy planes will start flying missions over the southern Philippines to help in the fight against Islamic militants terrorising the area, the government said Friday. Fighters linked to the Islamic State (IS) group have been battling troops for a month around Marawi city in the Mindanao region in a conflict that has claimed hundreds of lives. Canberra, which has an extensive defence cooperation program with Manila, said two high-tech AP-3C Orion aircraft will provide surveillance support to the Philippine military.


Letters show Einstein's marriage formula was off beam

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:13

Albert Einstein may have been a genius when it came to the world of physics -- but the magic formula for marriage eluded him, according to letters up for auction at Christie's. The man behind the theory of relativity was on less solid ground when it came to relationships, according to a series of letters to his lifelong friend and collaborator Michele Besso. "What I admired most in him as a man was the manner in which he managed to live for so long peacefully but also durably with a spouse -- an enterprise in which I piteously failed twice," Einstein wrote to Besso's family on March 21, 1955, just after his friend's death, which preceded his own only by weeks. In an emotional final paragraph, Einstein wrote of Besso: "Now he has again preceded me a little in parting from this strange world.


UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours' demands 'seriously'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:11

The UAE on Friday advised Qatar to take a list of stern demands drawn up by its neighbours seriously or the diplomatic crisis in the Gulf would turn into a "divorce" with Doha. Anwar Gargash, the United Arab Emirates state minister for foreign affairs, issued the warning more than two weeks into the oil-rich region's worst diplomatic crisis in years.


The creepy toys making a killing at the box office

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:11

From malevolent teddy bears and possessed clowns to murderous porcelain dolls rocking menacingly in their chairs, these evil characters have become a multi-million dollar staple adored by fans and studio executives alike. "There's something very primal about absurdist fears, which is something I posit that most of us never completely grow out of," Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at film industry number cruncher Boxoffice.com, told AFP.


Hyundai PH to Offer Free Car Wash on Hyundai National Car Wash Weekend

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 00:00

Hyundai customers have a reason to celebrate on the weekend of July 1 and 2 as Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the authorized distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, ... The post Hyundai PH to Offer Free Car Wash on Hyundai National Car Wash Weekend appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.


Court orders jail transfer of prime suspect in the killing of Bohol mayor

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 23:13

Talibon Regional Trial Court branch 52 Judge Marivic Trabajo-Daray has ordered the transfer of Niño Rey Boniel to Bohol Jail. On Thursday afternoon,  Boniel’s lawyer served the commitment order at the police station 2 in Cebu City. The order came a day after the filing on Wednesday of kidnapping and serious illegal detention charges against […] The post Court orders jail transfer of prime suspect in the killing of Bohol mayor appeared first on UNTV News.