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  • Top of the Morning: Nyoy Volante and Mikkie Bradshaw are Married!

    Plus, court orders Johnsons & Johnson to pay $72M in talc-powder ovarian cancer case, new 24-hour kids channel, and more!
  • 1. Nyoy Volante and Mikkie Bradshaw are married!


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    Singer Nyoy Volante and stage actress Mikkie Bradshaw tied the know yesterday February 24 at the Manila Cathedral Church in Intramuros, Manila. The two were supposed to get married in November of last year, but rescheduled it this February due to their busy schedules. The wedding reception took place at The Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in Taguig City. The wedding was attended by some showbiz personalities such as Vina Morales, R&B singer Jay-R. Luke Mejares, and Nyoy's Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 1 fellow contestants. Congratulations! (pep.ph)

    2. Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay damages
    The St. Louis court ordered Johnson and Johnson to pay the family of a Jacqueline Fox who died of ovarian cancer, that of which was linked to her use of the talc-based Baby Powder and Shower to Shower for decades. The company had to pay $10 million for actual damages and another $62 million of punitive damages to the woman’s family. This is only the first of the several hundred cases that Johnson & Johnson faces that claims that, in an effort to boost sales, it failed to warn consumers that its talc-based products could cause cancer. (nbcnews.com)   

    3. PBS announced round-the-clock channel
    PBS will now be offering a new children’s channel later this year. The new PBS KIDS 24/7 broadcast will provide educational and edutainment content for kids and is targeted to kids who don’t have internet access, which is where the PBS channel is supported. It’ll also be available to digital users via PBS online and a smart device.  Currently, PBS requires its member stations to provide seven hours of children’s content per day and in the morning block. The announcement came after the success of the new Sesame Street on HBO. Who knows, maybe PBS KIDS will evolve into a 24/7 channel on cable. (huffingtonpost.com)

    4. Louisiana abortion clinics to close except one
    The U.S. appeals court allowed that the state of Louisiana enforce a restrictive 2014 abortion law that paved the way for the government to shut down all abortion clinics except one. It also puts into effect the law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the place where the abortion is performed. Advocates of the regulation say it protects women's health by ensuring continuity of care. (huffingtonpost.com


    5. Madonna spends time in orphanages before PH concert


    Pop star Madonna visited Bahay Tuluyan Foundation, Inc. and Hospicio de San Jose in Manila before rocking out in her Rebel Heart concert tour's first night, February 24. She shared her experiences with the children on her social media accounts. "Hat's off to the Bahay Tuluyan Foundation in Manila for taking so many kids off the street and providing food and shelter," she wrote on her Facebook page. "Everyone needs a tickle. Even at the Hospicio de San Jose in Manila," she added. Tonight is the second and last night of her Rebel Heart concert. (pep.ph)  

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