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Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

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GOT7 celebrates 7th debut anniversary: ‘Many more to come,’ ‘'7YearsWithGOT7’

GOT7 now (top) and their debut photos: (from left) Mark, JB, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, Yugyeom and BamBam (Twitter)  K-pop boy band GOT7 marked their seventh anniversary since debut today, Jan. 16, with messages for their fans.  GOT7 debuted on Jan. 16, 2014 with a performance on the TV music show “M Countdown” of “Girls Girls Girls,” the main track of their first album “Got It?,” which was released on Jan. 20.  Their seventh anniversary came just less than a week after it was announced that all the members were leaving JYP Entertainment, their agency for seven years, after negotiations for contract renewal failed. The last day of their exclusive contract is on Jan. 19.  Despite the uncertainty, members assured fans that they will continue with the group although they will be joining different agencies.  Fans marked the occasion by trending the hashtag #7YearsWithGOT7 on Twitter and posted messages.  “Thank you guys for 7 years. Many more to come. #7YearsWithIGOT7,” wrote member Mark Tuan.  When the news came out on Jan. 10 that GOT7 had decided not to renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment, Mark told fans that GOT7 will continue.  “The past 7 years have been the best years of my life. Nothing is coming to an end, just the beginning. The seven of us are going to continue to bring you guys the best version of us till the end. #GOT7FOREVER,” he posted on Twitter.  Jackson Wang celebrated the anniversary with the message “7 years. Always blessed for everything.”  “#GOT7FOREVER,” JB and Youngjae posted on Instagram along with a photo of the group while BamBam wrote “#IGOT7FOREVER 7years.”  An exclusive report by Korean media outlet Dispatch on Jan. 10 stated that Jinyoung will join actors’ agency BH Entertainment and Yugyeom is in talks with Jay Park’s AOMG label.  Youngjae is reportedly joining Sublime Artist Agency, BamBam is joining MAKEUS Entertainment.   Mark will return to the US and plans to open a personal YouTube channel while Jackson’s global activities will be handled by Team Wang. There was no mention of JB’s potential agency. The following day on Jan. 11, JYP Entertainment finally confirmed that GOT7 members will be leaving the agency.  “JYP held in-depth discussions with members of GOT7 ahead of their exclusive contract termination on Jan. 19. As a result, the two sides agreed not to proceed with a contract renewal, hoping for a new future,” it said, according to Yonhap News......»»

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Youth Esports Program to Open 2nd Leg of NICL with DOTA 2

Following the successful opening run of the National Interschool Cyber League (NICL) featuring Riot Games’ first-person shooter game Valorant, leading esports organization Mineski Philippines launches  NICL’s second run of regional qualifiers last December 28, 2020. Showcasing game developer Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) PC game DOTA 2 this time, the next leg of NICL regional qualifiers is open to teams consisting of senior high school and college students aged 16-22. NICL is the banner program under Mineski Philippines’ Youth Esports Program (YEP), formed in partnership with the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL)  to support the grassroots development of esports amongst Filipino students and promote responsible gaming. “Over the years, gaming in the Philippines has evolved from its rep of casual hobby and is now being recognized worldwide as a legitimate sport. YEP, through NICL, strives to continuously redefine esports for students and schools and work with them to incorporate esports into their varsity programs,” shared YEP Program Director Marlon Marcelo. Marcelo added that through programs like NICL, YEP is providing students with a structured path towards a career in the ever-growing gaming industry.  Proof of this is no other than Mineski Global CEO and Founder Ronald Robins, who made a name as a renowned professional DOTA player in early 200s, and went on to build Mineski, a chain of internet cafés that eventually evolved to be South East Asia’s biggest esports organization.  “Competing in DOTA tournaments has opened a lot of doors for me, and I want to recreate that for today’s youth by providing more accessible and more structured programs like YEP and NICL. Suffice to say, the second leg of NICL is very close to my heart, and I am inviting all eligible students to participate,” said Robins. To register to the NICL DOTA 2 Leg, interested participants can head on to YEP’s Facebook page provided that they adhere to the following guidelines: All team members must be enrolled in SY 2020-21.No team members must have a failing grade.Only one member of the team can be from a different school. Registration closes on January 29, 2021. Top four teams from the regional qualifiers will move on to the regional finals, where the prize pool of Php30,000.00 is up for grabs. Regional finalists will then get a chance to win as much as  Php150,000 in the grand finals.  For more information about Mineski, YEP, and its other programs, visit www.mineskiglobal.com/ or message them on yep@mineski.net......»»

Source: Mb.com.ph Mb.com.phCategory: News41 min. ago Related News

Word to the artistic

From national artists to award-winning actors and drag queens, inspirational words of advice from our local creatives Last year brought us to our knees, yet here we are standing tall with courage, facing 2021 with hope and a positive perspective. To give us more inspiration to create and explore new things this year, the Manila Bulletin has compiled some quotes from creative individuals, from national artists to award-winning actress. May their words of wisdom bring out the creative urges in all of us, as we make this world a better, more colorful, more meaningful place to live in. Kidlat Tahimik, national artist for film We are all adjusting to the new normal—new rules and new protocols. I’m sure that most artists are taking this time to take art deeper into their hearts. After all, you have nothing to do but just to be productive. *** Ian Inoy, biromantic pansexual artist Every move I made with my art before had this follow up question in my head, asking if it would look gay or not. Now that I’ve fully accepted myself, nothing like that matters anymore. I no longer have the fear of hearing people perceiving my art as “too gay or girly.” *** Heart Evangelista/Love Marie Ongpauco Escudero, actor, painter Express yourself in art. See how art can move you or distract you from distress or how art can bring the best out of you. I notice that my paintings have been a bit muted these days. I feel it’s a bit because of the drama that’s going on around us. In a weird way, I find beauty in sorrow and the way my colors have been coming out, I like what’s happening. I’ve always been like this anyway. I find something beautiful about my emotions, no matter how dark they are, and I translate all that into art. *** Whatsoever you do, if you do it joyfully, if you do it lovingly, if your act of doing is not purely economic, then it is creative.—Osho, Creativity unleashing the forces within *** Kate Adajar, blogger artist The uncertainty Covid-19 brings has triggered confusion, anxiety, and mixed emotions in me. But the lockdown has also given me time to focus on and practice my art. Being in quarantine has allowed me to look at my craft not only as a creative outlet but also as a form of stress release. It has suddenly become therapeutic and meditative. *** F. Sionil Jose, national artist for literature Photo by Noel Pabalate Artistry is something that is created not just by intellect but by passion. And you stop being a craftsman. That is when you become an artist. You cannot be an artist without being a craftsman first. *** Miz Kiki Krunch, drag queen I am more creative as a gay person. My drag persona brings out the best and most authentic part of me. I can express myself better, I can perform better when I channel my weirdness, my “freak,” my truth. *** Cherie Gil, actor Everything can be learned as long as one sets one’s mind and heart to it. There is also no age limit to learning anything. Acting—what is it really but reliving lives and telling their stories. But this requires a lot of work to excavate the instrument to be able to truthfully do just that. It’s not easy. It takes a lot of balls to share one’s personal inner sanctum. *** Iana Cris Forbes, owner of art shop Quiversmiths Pursue what you want. At first, it was hard for me because I wanted to be a painter, I wanted to be a sculptor, I wanted to be a graphic artist, I wanted to be a wedding colorist, I wanted to stitch, I wanted to make bags and shoes and jewelry. But I haven’t seen a person doing all of those!. Before, I could not see any future in them but here they are now. I’m doing everything all at once and I’m fine. I’m happy living multiple lives. It’s like connecting the dots. My hobbies are now my sources of living and I couldn’t be more thankful. *** BenCab, national artist for visual arts This pandemic gives artists more time for their art. It’s usually better for an artist to be locked-in because you work on your own. *** Natasha Aliño, jewelry artist It’s been said many times and my mother always says this whenever I feel frustrated, which most people would feel when they’re starting something new—“trust the process.” This is more of a reminder when you’re in that headspace. Another thing is when you are learning a certain skill, do it so with purpose and authenticity. Then you can confidently say after some time that you can indeed trust the process. Never stop learning and inspiring others on your journey. Photos from the artists’ respective social media accounts and websites.....»»

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Davao folk having contacts with COVID-19 patients to receive text from DQR

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 January) – Residents who have encountered individuals infected with COVID-19 will be notified through a text message from Safe Davao QR (DQR) of the city government as a precautionary measure. During her program over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Friday, Mayor Sara Duterte said the push notification feature […].....»»

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3 farmers from Davao Region to compete in cocoa awards in France

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 January) — Four cacao farmers from the Philippines, three of them coming from Davao Region, will represent the country in the 2021 International Cocoa Awards (ICA) during the Salon du Chocolat in Paris, France in October. In a text message on Thursday, Department of Trade and Industry-Caraga director Edwin Banquerigo, […].....»»

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Bontoc mayor catches COVID-19

  BONTOC, Mountain Province – Mayor Franklin Odsey here has tested for COVID-19. In a message in the municipality’s social media account, Odsey said: “It is (with a) heavy heart that I inform you of the positive result of my RT-PCR (real time-polymerase chain reaction) test which I received today, Jan. 15.” “I am asymptomatic […].....»»

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Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers

PRACHIN BURI, Thailand — “Giggling bread” and “joyfully dancing salad” aren’t the usual dishes on a menu in Thailand, but one eatery is hoping its cannabis-infused cuisine can lure foreign tourists and take the taboo out of the recently legalized leaf. The restaurant at the Chao Phya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri started serving its own happy […] The post Thailand serves up cannabis cuisine to happy customers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 16th, 2021Related News

Moira niregaluhan ng PS5 ang asawa: Happy 2nd anniversary to my best friend, I love you!

GULAT na gulat at natulala ang asawa ni Moira dela Torre nang makita ang bonggang sorpresa sa kanya ng singer-songwriter. Niregaluhan kasi ng award-winning Kapamilya singer ang mister na si Jason Marvin Hernandez ng pinag-uusapan ngayon ng mga gamer na PS5 para sa kanilang second wedding anniversary. Sa kanyang social media account, nag-post si Moira ng video […] The post Moira niregaluhan ng PS5 ang asawa: Happy 2nd anniversary to my best friend, I love you! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 15th, 2021Related News

Things that make young adults happy

CEBU CITY, Philippines– Do you enjoy simple things like staying in for the night? Don’t be shocked because it could be possible that the things we saw our elders enjoy when we were young may be the things most young adults are enjoying nowadays. We millennials used to ridicule our elders for loving to stay […] The post Things that make young adults happy appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 13th, 2021Related News

Daily Tribune formally inks partnership with PUP

The Daily Tribune on Wednesday formally inked a partnership with Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), aimed towards the fulfillment of the College of Communication (COC) extension and linkages program. In his message prior to the signing of the memorandum of the agreement (MOA), PUP President Dr. Manuel Muhi said that the partnership between PUP […] The post Daily Tribune formally inks partnership with PUP appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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Dimples puring-puri ang asawa: Best teammate, lover, bestfriend & father of my children

PURING-PURI ni Dimples Romana ang kanyang asawang si Boyet Ahmee sa tagos sa pusong birthday message niya para rito. Ngayong araw ang mismong kaarawan ng husband ni Dimples at sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, ipinagsigawan niya sa buong universe kung gaano siya kaswerte sa pagkakaroon ng asawang tulad ni Boyet. Ipinost ng award-winning actress ang ilang […] The post Dimples puring-puri ang asawa: Best teammate, lover, bestfriend & father of my children appeared first on Bandera......»»

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VLOG WATCH: Loisa Andalio at Ronnie Alonte, sumalang sa ‘My Boyfriend Does My Makeup’ Challenge!

MISS NIYO NA ba ang reel-to-real lovebirds na sina Loisa Andalio at Ronnie Alonte o LoiNie? Matagal-tagal na rin natin sila hindi napapanood sa isang regular TV show (naantala ang kanilang pagpasok sa ongoing series na ‘Bagong Umaga’) kaya naman super happy ang fans ng dalawa na sa wakas ay pinasok na rin nila ang […] The post VLOG WATCH: Loisa Andalio at Ronnie Alonte, sumalang sa ‘My Boyfriend Does My Makeup’ Challenge! appeared first on Pinoy Parazzi......»»

Source: Pinoyparazzi PinoyparazziCategory: NewsJan 12th, 2021Related News

Viva brings back ‘Born To Be A Star’

By NEIL RAMOS It seems like it was only yesterday when Janine Teñoso made waves as the big winner in “Born To Be A Star.” Now she is back, this time as resident judge on the show. She could only be happy having been given the chance to discover new talents like her through the […].....»»

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‘Birthsary’ paandar ni Kristine kay Oyo: Kahit anong anggulo, hindi maitatago ang kagwapuhan mo

SUPER espesyal ang araw na ito, Jan. 12, para sa celebrity couple na sina Kristine Hermosa at Oyo Sotto. Bukod kasi sa 38th birthday ngayon ng aktor, nagse-celebrate rin sila ni Tintin ng kanilang 10th wedding anniversary. Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, ibinandera ni Kristine ang pagmamahal at pasasalamat sa kanyang asawa. Isang madamdaming “birthsary” message […] The post ‘Birthsary’ paandar ni Kristine kay Oyo: Kahit anong anggulo, hindi maitatago ang kagwapuhan mo appeared first on Bandera......»»

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Donny happy on solo flight

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Reassess, renew and recharge

Many are happy that the year 2020 is gone......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceJan 9th, 2021Related News

A compass for the New Year

For this column, I share Pope Francis Message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace. This was issued on December 8 for an annual commemoration held every first of the New Year......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleJan 8th, 2021Related News

Kumakalat na text message sa social media laban sa dating solon, pinabulaanan

Virac, Catanduanes – Mariing pinabulaanan ni dating Congressman Cesar V. Sarmiento na sa kanya galing ang kumakalat na text messages hinggil sa pagpili ng mga lugar para sa kanyang relief operation.             Ayon kay Sarmiento, hindi nangyari ang ganung text at gawa-gawa lang umano ito ng ilang tao na gusto siyang siraan.             “Totally, bako […].....»»

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Diego nangakong poprotektahan ang 3 kapatid na babae: Pero ayokong maging kuya na…

NAG-PROMISE si Diego Loyzaga na poprotektahan niya nang bonggang-bongga ang mga kapatid niya sa ama na sina Angelina, Sam at Chesca Cruz. Ang tatlong dalaga ay anak ni Sunshine Cruz kay Cesar Montano habang anak naman ni Buboy si Diego sa aktres ding si Teresa Loyzaga. Super happy and proud ang hunk actor sa kanyang mga […] The post Diego nangakong poprotektahan ang 3 kapatid na babae: Pero ayokong maging kuya na… appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2021Related News