Hollywood speaks up on Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations
LOS ANGELES---Kate Winslet, who worked with Harvey Weinstein, did not mince words when asked recently about the sexual assault and harassment allegations surfacing one after another against the movie producer. "It's actually not that surprising, given the level of bullying and awful behavior that we all have experienced with Harvey," said Kate, whose second and last movie with Harvey was "The Reader," for which she won the Oscar best actress award in 2009. In her acceptance speech, she made it a point not to thank Harvey. In this column, Rosie O'Donnell, Rachel Bloom, Mark Ruffalo, Jeff Goldblum and Tessa Thompson also commented about the allegations that rocked Hollywood and t...

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10-18-2017
Taking a break–and making it in the biz again
Most starlets and stars are in the biz to stay---and to maximize their earning and drawing power for the longest possible term. Of late, however, some show biz stars have been doing the unthinkable, and calling it (temporarily) quits---like Andi Eigenmann and John Lloyd Cruz. What gives? In Andi's case, she says she wants to focus on taking care of her 5-year-old daughter. As for John Lloyd, some observers opine that he's been working too hard and too long, and needs to rest and recharge his creative batteries. Others more subjectively speculate that he's developed some not so desirable habitual preferences or dependencies that he has to wean himself away from, before they a...

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Cardinal Ricardo Vidal, champion of peace and voice of sobriety, dies at 86
Published: 9:05 a.m., Oct. 18, 2017 | Updated: 12:18 a.m., Oct. 19, 2017 CEBU CITY --- The Philippines has lost a cardinal, bringing to just three its remaining "princes of the Church." Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal died at the Intensive Care Unit of the Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu City at 7:28 a.m. on Wednesday, surrounded by some priests and his closest confidants. The 86-year-old cardinal died of septic shock, a condition when the blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level after a severe blood infection, said Msgr. Joseph Tan, the spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Cebu. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Cardinal Vidal...

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US-backed Syrian forces clear Raqqa after driving out IS
BEIRUT --- US-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital. Mustafa Bali, spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said preparations were underway for a formal declaration of the city's liberation. The SDF said Tuesday that military operations in Raqqa have ended and that their troops have taken full control of the city. The US-led coalition cautioned that the clearing operations would continue, saying some 100 militants may still be hiding in the city. On Wednesday, the spokesman for the coalition, Col. ...

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10-18-2017
Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury
Meralco finally won after dropping Games 1 and 2 of the PBA Governors' Cup Finals but lost its starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo in the process. De Ocampo hurt his left calf in the first four minutes of Game 3 and did not return. And by the looks of it, Bolts head coach Norman Black fears de Ocampo could miss the remainder of the series. "We have a little bit of bad news, I think we probably lost Ranidel for the rest of the series with the calf injury," said Black after Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, Wednesday night. "We'll have him checked by a doctor but he doesn't look very good right now," he added. The 35-year-old de Ocampo has been a vital piece to Meralc...

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10-18-2017
Black blasts Cone after post-game spat
The buzzer had already sounded signaling the end of Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals between rivals Meralco and Barangay Ginebra, but the drama continued as the two teams made their way to their dugouts. A heated commotion ensued between Meralco coach Norman Black and Ginebra's Tim Cone shortly after the Bolts' 94-81 win. Black claimed Cone didn't like that he called a timeout at the 38-second mark with the game already decided. "I think everybody knows that Tim is the all time leader in wins and championships in the PBA. I've never in my life or in any effort to tell him how to coach his team so I don't need any help in coaching mine," Black told reporters durin...

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10-18-2017
PH could lose SEA Games gold in equestrian
Filipino-American Colin Syquia has yet to make a decision whether to contest the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) findings that stated his mount, Adventure E, was found to have taken banned substance. FEI came out with a "table of suspension" that included the horse of Syquia, a New York-based horse-dealer who brought the Philippines its only gold medal in equestrian in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games last August. The doping test, which if finalized would strip Syquia of his gold medal, was done during the biennial meet. Adventure E was found to have Clomethiazole, a banned substance, in its blood. It was suspended for two months by FEI. The 46-...

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10-18-2017
Duterte says he has fired another high-ranking official
President Rodrigoon Wednesdaynight revealed he had fired a high-ranking government official, though he did not give the official's name. "I fired a high government official today. I will not mention his name because I do not want to shame the family," Duterte said in a speech during the seventh anniversary celebration of the public service show, "Buhay OFW," at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay. The President has repeatedly said he would fire government officials even with just a "whiff" of corruption. "Even a whiff, or a whisper, of corruption and you're out," Duterte warned government officials barely a week before he assumed the presidency in July last year. Dutert...

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10-18-2017
‘Destiny 2’ prepares for busy PC launch
A launch trailer for the PC edition of sci-fi shooter "Destiny 2" arrives in advance of an Oct. 24 release, not long before "Assassin's Creed Origins", "Wolfenstein II" and "Call of Duty: WWII". Landing a full seven weeks after its console counterparts, "Destiny 2" will make a PC franchise debut upon its October 24 launch. The series is the current project of Bungie, the Washington USA video game studio that left "Halo" publisher Microsoft for a partnership with "Call of Duty" and "Skylanders" giant Activision. Players touch down on a lavishly rendered future earth in which alien interlopers have caused chaos and destruction, and a highly skilled, formidably equipped remnant...

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10-18-2017
PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole
Allen Durham did a little bit of everything and Meralco needed all of it to finally beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, and avoid a 0-3 hole in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup Finals Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Durham scored in a variety of ways no matter who he was up against or how many while also anchoring the Bolts' defense. He was an unstoppable force, finishing with 38 points, 20 rebounds, four assists and five blocks. "The game becomes a lot easier when you can make shots. Today we did a much better job at making our perimeter shots and a lot of credit goes to Reynel Hugnatan, who stepped up and made a lot of threes for us today," said Meralco head coach Norman Black...

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10-18-2017
Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference
Foton has been the ruler of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Conference andhead coach Moro Branislav has been preparing his team to keep it that way this 2017. "My opinion is, Foton will bring a very big surprise this conference," said Branislav Wednesday during the pre-season press conference atr Viking Venue. "I've been preparing my team and we'll see how we'll finish so good luck to all the other coaches." The Tornadoes are shooting for their third straight title, but they have to do it without 2015 Grand Prix MVP Lindsay Stalzer, who was instrumental in their last two championships. Stalzer has jump shipped to Petron, the team Foton beat twice for the titles, in a mov...

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10-18-2017
WATCH: ‘Team Fortress 2’ celebrates 10th birthday with jungle update
Multiplayer action game "Team Fortress 2" introduces six new jungle-themed arenas and a four-minute animated short courtesy of its wealthy Australian adventurer Saxton Hale. First released as part of a Valve Corp package deal that included "Portal 2" and a second storyline expansion for "Half-Life 2", Valve's third famous sequel "Team Fortress 2" soon became a defacto standard in multiplayer action. Launched on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it's the Mac, PC and Linux version, availabe through Valve's Steam platform, that has been the most diligently updated. It went from a paid retail game to free-to-play in 2011, some two years before studio sibling and phenomenally lucrative...

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10-18-2017
CN Traveler’s best hotels in the world 2017 led by luxury Paris property
La Rserve Paris, a sumptuous, boutique hotel located steps off the mythical Champs-Elyses with views of the Grand Palais and the Eiffel Tower has been named the world's best hotel 2017, by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. For the publication's 30th annual Readers' Choice Awards, the 40-room boutique hotel outranked every other luxury hotel in the world to take the auspicious title. This year, more than 300,000 readers cast their votes in categories like best hotels, cities, cruise liners and resorts. Rounding out the podium for the best hotels in the world are The Lodhi, New Delhi, India and The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Somerset, United Kingdom. A tribute to la Bell...

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10-18-2017
Duterte vows to put TV set in each cell in Camp Bagong Diwa
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesdaypromised to put a television in each jail cell atCamp Bagong Diwa in Taguig, whose inmates include high-profile personalities like Janet Lim-Napoles, alleged pork barrel scam mastermind, and Farhana Maute, mother of Maute Group founders Omarkhayam and Abdullah. At around 4:30 p.m., Duterte set foot at the camp for the first time as President. He had a security briefing with police officials for about an hour before he visited some of the cells. The President, however, did not visit the cells of Napoles and Maute. "There are high profile and high risk inmates like Farhana Maute detained inside our jails in Bicutan, including suspects o...

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10-18-2017
Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar
REYKJAVIK, Iceland --- Iceland will play two friendlies in Qatar for its first preparation games since advancing to play at next year's World Cup. The Iceland soccer federation says the games are against the Czech Republic on Nov. 8 and 2022 World Cup host Qatar on Nov. 14. Iceland will make its World Cup debut in Russia as the smallest nation by population ever to qualify. Qatar will face the Czechs on Nov. 11 as part of the round-robin series. Neither Qatar nor the Czech Republic qualified for next year's tournament. The Qatar federation says coach Felix Sanchez "is looking to try new players in a bid to form a powerful side" for its World Cup debut in 2022. ...

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10-18-2017
LOOK: Aussie bodybuilder to portray young Arnold Schwarzenegger in new film
Training for something different. Who can guess what? Tank top: @teamvonmoger A post shared by CALUM VON MOGER (@calumvonmoger) on Oct 9, 2017 at 10:57pm PDT It's no secret that Arnold Schwarzenegger catapulted the sport of of bodybuilding into the mainstream, and any man would have a hard time replicating his likeness on the big screen. The seemingly impossible task has been given to 27-year-old Australian bodybuilder Calum Von Moger, who will portray the seven-time Mr. Olympia winner in the upcoming film "Bigger," according to The Huffington Post. Dubbed as "Schwarzenegger 2.0" for his uncanny resemblance to the actor-turned-politician, Von Mogerhas become quite the so...

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10-18-2017
Sereno gave ‘another nauseating lie’ on benefits issue – Gadon
  Lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Gadonon Wednesdaysaid Justice Chief Maria Lourdes Sereno's explanation on the issue of the delayed release of survivorship benefits to the widow of the late Court of Appeals Justice Jose Colayco was "another nauseating lie." "This lie and the passing the blame stunt of the Office of the Chief Justice on the issue of delays of the release of survivorship benefits has become infuriating. Disgusting," Gadon said. He said Sereno had pinned the blame on the justices of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc by saying that the release of survivorship benefits was only approved a few days ago. "The truth is the SC en banc acted quite swiftly and approved th...

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10-18-2017
EU urges Pinoys to study in Europe to ‘understand better its way of thinking’
With President Rodrigo Duterte's almost constant rants on the European Union (EU), now may be the best time for Filipinos to study in Europe to learn more about the regional bloc, its culture and its ideals. By studying in their universities, Filipinos would have a much better appreciation and understanding of what Europe is all about and where it's coming from, according to EU Ambassador Franz Jessen. "Challenges are coming to us," Jessen told reporters on Wednesday at the opening of the daylong European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) at the Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong. "We try to address them one by one. Filipinos studying in Europe would see that and maybe understand bette...

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10-18-2017
Kris Aquino Worries About Shopping Rewards Points Just Like You
Ah, yes. Our lives are blessed once more by the wisdom of Kris Aquino. In her continuing and successful career as a vlogger, she has bestowed us with the vlog entry about her bag. I should say bags because unlike the usual vlogger, Kris has three bags with her all the time. What should just be one entry became a video trilogy as epic as The Lord of the Rings. And you thought that your collection of glitter masks was extra. You thought wrong. In the series that might be an actual life-saver we learned how the Queen of All Media compartmentalizes her life, what she needs from day to day, and concurrently, what we need in our lives. We all know you've bookmarked these videos if not d...

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10-18-2017
‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling named Europe’s highest-paid celebrity in 2017
After waiting for nine years for the latest chapter of the "Harry Potter" saga, "Potterheads'" were quick to obtain a copy of thetwo-part stage play "Harry Potter and the CursedChild," which sold almost 1.3 million copies last year. The book's massive popularity boded well financially for J.K. Rowling, as she became the highest-earning author and the highest-paid celebrity in Europe, according to Forbes. Amassing $95 million over the past 12 months, the 52-year-old British novelist topped the list filled with influential celebrities including the likes of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ($93 million), British band Coldplay ($88 million), English singer Adelle ($69 million) and S...

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