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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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Creative face mask contest held

A creative and artistic face mask competition was held in Ilog town, Negros Occidental recently, and Joseph Arañas won the contest with his crab-inspired entry.

Crab is one of the sea foods that Ilog is famous for.

The competition was organized by Ilog Councilor Mark John Vargas and aimed to make Ilognons aware of the importance of wearing face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.*

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Rolling Stones warn
Trump over song use

British rock legends The Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against Donald Trump for the US president’s use of their song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" at campaign rallies.

The band has appointed performing rights organization BMI to try to stop him using the song, according to a statement given to US website, Deadline, overnight Saturday.

“The BMI has notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement," read the statement, which was retweeted by the Rolling Stones official Twitter account.

“If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed."

The letter is the latest in a campaign to stop Trump using the song at rallies which dates back to 2016.

It was initially played at Republican party primaries.

The BMI added that it has not yet received any response from lawyers acting for Trump.

The Stones are not the first major act to call on the president to stop using their songs.

Earlier this month, the family of rock musician Tom Petty issued a cease and desist letter over Trump's use of "I Won't Back Down" at a rally in Tulsa on June 20.

His family posted an open letter on Twitter saying the late singer "would never want a song of his used for a campaign of hate".

Queen complained when Trump walked on stage to their anthem "We Are The Champions" during a Republican Party event in Cleveland, Ohio, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Pharrell Williams, Rihanna, Aerosmith, Adele, Neil Young and the estate of singer Prince have all hit out after the use of songs by Trump.

And singer Betty Buckley also recently urged composer Andrew Lloyd Webber to stop the president using "Memory" at his campaign rallies.

Buckley sang the song in the original Broadway production of "Cats" in the early 1980s.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want" was a track first heard 51 years ago, on the 1969 album "Let It Bleed".

Written by frontman Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, it was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time.*AFP

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‘Winds of Winter’ book
to be released in 2021

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin is aiming to release the latest book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series next year, reports said.

The writer has said that the coronavirus lockdown has allowed him to spend 'long hours' working on the long-awaited tome, called The Winds of Winter, though he is running into issues with 'cabin fever'.

In a blog post published yesterday, Martin wrote: “If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter, and making steady progress.

“I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go. I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are going.”*

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