Jarencio keeps his cool, NorthPort keeps its poise and a slide grinds to a halt


ANGELES CITY—Pido Jarencio found success after a change in approach as NorthPort rolled past Terrafirma, 107-96, on Saturday night in the PBA Philippine Cup. “I actually spoke with the players and at the same time, I thought to myself, ‘What if I changed my approach?’ You guys saw me earlier, I kept my cool all the way. you didn’t see me yelling out there,” he told reporters here at Angeles University Foundation powered by Smart 5G. NorthPort indeed looked a different team throughout the contest: The Batang Pier moved the ball well, they were much more patient with the pace, and more importantly, they picked their shots with care. Christian Standhardinger, who made up for …

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Lily James on projects most satisfying for her: Musicals have my heart


  Lily James has no problem taking part in productions whose stories have already been told to great acclaim. A case in point is Ben Wheatley’s “Rebecca” on Netflix, which takes inspiration from Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel more than Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 film adaptation of it. “With a visionary (Wheatley) behind it, our version of ‘Rebecca’ feels like a fresh retelling,” Lily told a group of Filipino journalists recently, after we asked if she had no trepidation taking on the role first portrayed by Joan Fontaine. “Yes, trepidation is exactly the right word for it, because great actors before us have had huge successes in these roles—and they’re beloved by viewers.”…

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Alleged notorious drug pusher nabbed in Lucena bust


LUCENA CITY — Police arrested an alleged notorious shabu (crystal meth) peddler in a buy-bust operation in this city early afternoon Saturday. Anti-illegal drug operatives nabbed Louiji Mogol, 34, after he sold P500 worth of shabu to an undercover police officer who posed as the buyer in the bust in Barangay Ibabang Dupay at 12:45 p.m., Police Lieutenant Colonel Romulo Albacea, Lucena police chief, said in a report. The suspect, who is included in the police list of notorious street-level drug pushers, yielded 25.56 grams of shabu with an estimated Dangerous Drugs Board value of P173,808, a digital weighing scale, and other shabu use paraphernalia. Police said concerned citizen…

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‘Mask’ vs ‘muzzle’: Democrats and Republicans don’t speak the same language


It’s no news that the American political landscape is polarized. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have recently discovered that this polarization also affects the way Americans speak, with Republicans and Democrats using different lexicons to talk about current social issues. Researchers collected more than 86.8 million comments from 6.5 million users posted beneath 200,000 videos on four channels spanning left- and right-leaning United States news, including MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and OANN. They then applied modern machine translation procedures to compare the different “news” lexicon that liberals and conservatives use. While researchers found that a vast majority of …

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‘I don’t let fear hold me back’: Vietnam filmmakers challenge censors


Sex, violence and LGBT relationships have long been taboo for Vietnam’s film censors, but they are now finding their way into the open as a new wave of directors push the boundaries set by the nation’s conservative communist leaders. The latest movie to test the waters is “Chi Chi Em Em” — or “Sister Sister” — featured at Asia’s biggest film festival this week after a strong performance at the Vietnamese box office. A psychological thriller about love, deceit and revenge, the film has sex scenes between women and a complex narrative focused on adultery and trauma — the type of movie that may have struggled to be made just five years ago. “When I told them about the scr…

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’Almost 20 years in the making’: Assunta de Rossi gives birth to first child


MANILA, Philippines — After almost 20 years, actress Assunta de Rossi finally got her wish to become a mother after she gave birth to her first child, Fiore.   View this post on Instagram   This is the most beautiful photo for life! Little Fiore and tears of joy in my sister’s eyes. Almost 20 years in the making! Miracles happen every day, and this one is the best! Congratulations @assuntaledesma @julesledesma and of course to the new granny na mas oa pa sa naganak, @ermatsko THANK YOU LORD A post shared by Alessandra De Rossi (@msderossi) on Oct 23, 2020 at 8:15am PDT   Assunta’s sister …

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URC 9-month profit up by 7.1%


Gokongwei-led Universal Robina Corp. (URC) grew its nine-month net profit by 7.1 percent year-on-year to P7.5 billion as households focused their spending on basic food and beverages at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has dragged the economy into a recession. For the third quarter alone, URC’s attributable net profit rose by 5.35 percent year-on-year to P1.97 billion as lower input costs and tighter spending made up for flat sales, based on the company’s regulatory filing. Including earnings attributable to minority interest, URC’s nine-month net profit rose by 12 percent year-on-year to P8.14 billion. Lower debt and interest expense and lower foreign exchange losses also cont…

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Maja on moving to ‘ASAP’s’ rival show: A family understands its members’ needs


  A big part of why I said ‘yes’ was because I wanted to help people displaced by the pandemic and the network shutdown get back up again,” said Maja Salvador as to why she left ABS-CBN, her home network of 17 years, to join TV5’s “Sunday Noontime Live” (SNL). “I’m thankful to Mr. M for trusting me,” said Maja, referring to Johnny Manahan, who is the founder of Star Magic, the talent management arm of ABS-CBN. Manahan is also the director of SNL. “I would definitely feel regretful if I were only thinking of myself,” she told reporters at a virtual media gathering organized by TV5. “I will forever be grateful to ‘ASAP.’ I will not be the Maja Salvador you know now if not…

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Black remembers PBA scoring milestone 32 years ago


MANILA, Philippines—Nowadays, Norman Black is best remembered as one of the best coaches in the Philippines, but back in the 1980s he was the PBA’s best foreign player. And it was on this day in 1988 that Black tallied his 10,000th point. Black, who was an absolute beast during his playing days in the PBA, achieved that milestone when he scored 42 points in San Miguel’s losing effort to Aejo. Scoring 10,000 points in a PBA career is an impressive accolade but Black reminded everyone that he had more. “I just want to be known for being productive, being a winner, and I’m very proud of scoring 10,000 points but I think I had more than 11,000” said Black with a laugh after his Meral…

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SMC to accept cash payments on tollroads until Nov. 30, beyond gov’t deadline


MANILA, Philippines—Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) will allow motorists using its tollroads to continue paying cash until the end of November, or nearly one month after the government deadline for full electronic payments starting on Nov. 2 this year.   The food, drinks and infrastructure conglomerate said in a statement on Friday (Oct. 23) that “many motorists” have yet to secure RFID stickers ahead of the deadline even as all its toll plazas have been retrofitted to accept cashless toll payments.   In a statement, SMC said it made the decision to continue accepting cash payments on its tollroads “after careful study and deliberation” and “in consideration o…

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