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Liza Soberano chosen as world s ‘Most Beautiful Face’ o...

Liza Soberano chosen as world s ‘Most Beautiful Face’ o........»»

Category: entertainmentSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesDec 30th, 2017

Liza Soberano chosen as world s ‘Most Beautiful Face’ o...

Liza Soberano chosen as world s ‘Most Beautiful Face’ o........»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Liza Soberano has ‘Most Beautiful Face’ in 2017

Liza Soberano possesses the “most beautiful face in the world,” according to a group of critics. #BeFullyInformed Liza Soberano has ‘Most Beautiful Face’ in 2017 Liza Soberano possesses the “most beautiful face in the world,” according to a group of critics. Source link: Liza Soberano has ‘Most Beautiful Face’ in 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Liza Soberano named world’s ‘Most Beautiful Face’

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-American model-actress Liza Soberano has been chosen as “the most beautiful face in the world” by a group of British-led criti.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Liza Soberano named world’s 2nd most beautiful face

Liza Soberano named world’s 2nd most beautiful face.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Liza Soberano is Most Beautiful Face for 2017

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN star Liza Soberano has been declared as the most beautiful face of 2017 by a group of critics. The My Exs and Whys actress was the top pick of TC Candler's The Independent Critics, which has been publishing the list since 1990. Model and actress Thylane Blondeau came ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Liza Soberano tops TC Candler’s “100 Most Beautiful Faces” worldwide

Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano is ranked number one in "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017." Liza dominated other actresses, singers, models, and dancers from all over the world in the list, which TC Candler has been publishing annually since 1990. French model and actress Thylane Blondeau came in second, followed by Taiwanese singer and dancer ChouTzu-yu, Canadian actress Sarah Gadon and South Korean actress Im Jin-ah. Other Filipinos who made the list were Kathryn Bernardo (60th in the list), Jessy Mendiola (71st), NadineLustre (78th) and Kim Domingo (96th). Soberano starred in the 2017 romantic comedy "My Ex and Whys." ...Keep on reading: Liza Soberano tops TC Candler’s “100 Most Beautiful Faces” worldwide.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2017

Liza Soberano says she doesn t see herself as the most beautiful

MANILA, Philippines – With her angelic face and million-dollar smile, Liza Soberano is indeed hard to ignore......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 31st, 2016

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017

Actress Liza Soberano placed first in the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 created by TC Candler of the British Indepent Movie Critics. Soberano is the first FilipinaThe post Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Fighters face off in Bangkok ahead of ONE: Warriors of the World

All twenty fighters competing at ONE Championship: Warriors of the World faced off overlooking the beautiful Bangkok skyline, Wednesday afternoon at the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok. Four Filipino fighters will be flying the flag on fight night, with Team Lakay’s April Osenio making her in-cage return after a year off, taking on debuting Xiong Jingnan of China, while Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad will also be making her ONE debut, going up against hometown favorite Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige of Thailand. Cebuano Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo will be facing decorated Muay Thai champion Sagetdao Petpayathai, while Iloilo native Rabin “The Rock” Catalan meets Thai grappler Kritsada Kongsrichai. in the co-main event, hometown star Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai meets Russias Rasul Yakyaev in a lightweight title eliminator bout. In the co-main event, reigning ONE Championship strawweight world champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito meets Brazilian grappling ace Alex “Little Rock” Silva. ONE Championship: Warriors of the World happens on Saturday, December 9th at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.   Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Saturday, December 9th, 9:30 PM on S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

10 interesting facts about Liza Soberano

  Liza Soberano is one of Tinseltown's loveliest actresses. But, the 19-year-old actress says there's more to her than just a pretty face. Here are 10 interesting facts about Liza based on our Q&A with her: 1. What do you do to prepare for your role as Darna? I need to build my stamina, so I go to the gym regularly. 2. Best role you've had so far? My most memorable role would have to be Agnes Calay of "Forevermore," probably because it was my first lead role. 3. What's your dream role? I would like to do a horror film with zombies! 4. Best buddies in show biz: I have two: Enrique Gil and Michelle Vito. 5. How would you describe your relationship with Enr...Keep on reading: 10 interesting facts about Liza Soberano.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Ben Askren believes that he s been the best welterweight in the world

Friday night, MMA fans will likely see reigning and defending ONE welterweight champion Ben 'Funky' Askren enter the cage for the last time.  In his last hurrah, the unbeaten welterweight king will put his title on the line one last time against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki in what can easily be called a superfight.  Win or lose, 'Funky' Ben will be putting them up for good, but there is one thing that would make him come out of retirement, if ever.  "I said the one caveat would be if I get to fight for number one."  For years, many have believed that Ben Askren was the best welterweight outside the UFC. His seventeen-fight winning streak and and lengthy title runs in Bellator and ONE Championship are proof of that.  For Askren however, he isn't just the best welterweight outside the Octagon. He's been the best in the world.  "I’ve very long believed, and I’ve good reason to believe, for many years, that I’ve been the best welterweight on the face of the earth. For many years, I’ve believed that." Ranking lists would dispute that however, and Askren is very much aware of that fact.  "From the rankers’ eyes, I’ve never gotten to prove that. I just looked up the rankings yesterday, I think I was at number five or number six, somewhere in there." Right now, the number one welterweight in the world, according to a number of ranking lists, is UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.  Askren added that he wouldn't fight Woodley, a close friend and teammate, but should "The Chosen One" lose his top spot to another 170-pounder and the opportunity to finally find out who the best welterweight in the world is, Askren is all for it.  "If that possibility came up, yeah I would take that because I have felt for many years that I’ve been the best welterweight in the world. I’ve never gotten to prove that in the eyes of others." Rankings or not, Askren has proven himself to be an elite welterweight. Friday night, Askren takes on an elite challenger in Aoki, and a win over the Japanese MMA legend will no doubt cement his legacy as one of the best to ever do it.    Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Liza Soberano is Fujifilm’s newest ‘It’ girl

Visit us on Instagram To be You; Facebook: To be You; e-mail inq.tobeyou@gmail.com Liza Soberano, hot young actress and undisputed "crush ng bayan," is happy to be the newest face of Japanese camera brand Fujifilm. "I love taking photographs and capturing moments that happen in my life, especially na artista ako and everything is so fast-paced," said Soberano. "I want to collect as many memories as I can, so when I get older, I can look back at all my achievements." Joining a group of influencers and bloggers endorsing Fujifilm's Instax cameras and mirrorless series, the 19-year-old actress was formally welcomed into the Fujifilm family through Fujifilm's Photo Art City---an...Keep on reading: Liza Soberano is Fujifilm’s newest ‘It’ girl.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Flanagan upsets Keitany, ends US drought at NYC Marathon

NEW YORK (AP) — Shalane Flanagan thought about the seven years building to this race, possibly her last. She thought about the running star striding next to her. She thought about her family. She thought about Meb. With one hellacious holler at the finish, it all poured out. Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977, potentially ending her decorated career with her first major marathon victory. Flanagan's breakthrough came in the last career race for American great Meb Keflezighi. The 2009 New York winner collapsed at the finish line, his 42-year-old body pushed to its limit in his 26th marathon. Keflezighi finished 11th, about five minutes behind 24-year-old winner Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya. This may have been Flanagan's final race, too, although the four-time Olympian wasn't ready to commit. But she likes the idea of her and Keflezighi going out together. "I was thinking of Meb, and I was thinking of how I wanted to make him proud," Flanagan said. Her win came five days after the bike path terror attack in lower Manhattan killed eight and raised questions about security for Sunday. That hit home for Flanagan, a Massachusetts native who completed the 2013 Boston Marathon shortly before a bomb went off at the finish line, killing three and wounding more than 260 others. "It's been a tough week for New Yorkers, and a tough week for our nation," Flanagan said. "I thought of, 'What a better gift than to make Americans smile today?'" Flanagan ended a dominant stretch in New York by Keitany, a Kenyan runner who had won here three straight years. Flanagan stalked Keitany most of the way, hovering behind her during an unusually slow first 20 miles by the lead women. Flanagan, Keitany and third-place finisher Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia broke from the pack in the 21st mile, and with about three miles left, Flanagan hit the jets. She finished in 2 hours, 26 minutes, 53 seconds, about a minute faster than Keitany. Flanagan cried and yelled as she approached the finish line without another runner in sight. "It's indescribable," the 36-year-old said. "It's a moment I'm trying to soak up and savor." The last American woman to win New York was Miki Gorman, who took consecutive titles in 1976-77. "Way too long," Flanagan said. Flanagan knows about long waits. She finished second here in her debut marathon in 2010 but hadn't run New York since. It was also her first marathon since finishing sixth at the Rio Games. She fractured her lower back last winter and missed the Boston Marathon in the spring. She was "heartbroken" to miss her hometown race, but the injury set her up to take aim at Keitany in New York. Flanagan had called Keitany "the alpha racer" and said she was ready to "suffer dearly" while keeping pace with the unpredictable Kenyan. As she went stride-for-stride with Keitany in the middle miles, Flanagan wasn't sure what she'd have for the final stretch. "There's always creeping doubts of whether I was going to have enough to beat the best in the world," she said. Keitany never found her top gear Sunday, though, and finished with her slowest New York time since a third-place result in 2010. Keitany said she had a problem of a personal nature Saturday afternoon that affected her Sunday, but she would not disclose the issue. Flanagan held a stern look on the course until getting emotional near the finish in Central Park. On the podium, she put her hands over face and began to cry again when she was announced the winner. She turned to hug Keitany before accepting her medal. "This is the moment I've dreamed of since I was a little girl," Flanagan said. She's determined to pass on that dream, too. She and husband Steven Edwards — a former track and field star — have been fostering two teenage daughters who are also aspiring runners. Flanagan's parents were also marathoners, and her mom, Cheryl Treworgy, once held the world record. "This means a lot to me, to my family," Flanagan said. "And hopefully inspires the next generation of American women to just be patient." Kamworor beat countryman Wilson Kipsang by three seconds, winning with a time of 2:10:53. Kamworor separated from the pack late and seemed like he would cruise to his first major marathon victory, but Kipsang sneaked up on him at the very end. Kamworor was surprised to see the 2014 New York winner behind him on a large video board located near the finish line. "I look at the camera, I saw someone was coming, which was Wilson," Kamworor said. "And I had to believe in myself because I was holding out for the finish." Kamworor kissed the pavement right after crossing the finish, then turned to embrace Kipsang. Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa finished third. A few minutes later, the Central Park crowd gave perhaps its loudest cheers of the day to Keflezighi. He waved and blew kisses to the grandstands through the home stretch, then had to be carried away after crumbling at the finish line. "It was a beautiful victory lap, you could say," Keflezighi said. The race went off as planned a few days after New York's biggest terror attack since 9/11. Police had promised an unprecedented effort to secure the course, a plan including hundreds of extra uniformed patrol and plainclothes officers, roving teams of counterterrorism commandos armed with heavy weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and rooftop snipers. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was expecting 2 million fans to line the streets. The only interruption came when firetrucks had to cross the course to address an emergency that organizers said was unrelated to the race. The course was briefly closed around Mile 18 to let the trucks through, but that was well after the elite runners had finished. Beverly Ramos competed with a Puerto Rican flag headband two months after her home island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Like many in Puerto Rico, Ramos was without power after the storm. Still, she decided to continue training near San Juan, seeking out safe places to run amid the wreckage. "You have to stay strong no matter what," Ramos said. "A lot of runners encouraged me to continue and to push." The wheelchair events were a Swiss sweep. Manuela Schar finally upended four-time defending champion Tatyana McFadden to win the women's race, while countryman Marcel Hug repeated as the men's champ. Schar had been runner-up the last three years but beat her nemesis McFadden by nearly three minutes. Hug has won New York three times. Comedian Kevin Hart made his marathon debut at New York. Forget about chasing gold — the actor and fitness nut was mostly worried about avoiding humiliation. "I don't want to see a bunch of memes of me looking weird out here," Hart said shortly before starting.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Ballroom, pool contingents deliver AIMAG silvers for PHI

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Dance instructors German Enriquez and Maria Danella Renee Publico secured a silver medal together with cue master Rubilen Amit on the penultimate day of competitions Tuesday in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Enriquez and Publico scored 30 points in the Viennese waltz event in dancesport while Amit lost her gold-medal encounter with China’s Chen Siming, 7-5, in women’s 10-ball pool singles. Japan’s Tomomi and Takeshi Yamamoto ruled the event with 32.291 points and Macau’s Vong Weng Lam and Tam Ka Pan copped the bronze (28.167pts). Bowlers Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Liza Del Rosario, Marian Lara Posadas and Marie Alexis Sy were also guaranteed of a silver after beating China in the women’s team of four semifinals over at the Bowling Center. They rolled 780 points to overcome the 737 pinfalls of China’s quartet of Yang Liyan, Zhang Yuhong, Zhang Chunli and Peng Rui. The PH women’s bowling team faces South Korea’s Jung Dawun, Kim Moonjeong, Baek Seungja and Hong Hae Ni in the finals on Wednesday. International masters Paulo Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Garcia likewise are preparing for a gold-medal face-off against China’s Wei Yu and Xu Yinglun in the men’s rapid team under-23. They downed Maksat Atabayev and Yusup Atabayev of host Turkmenistan in the semifinals. Amit immediately grabbed the lead after three sets but Chen, a former 10-ball world champion like the Filipino cue artist, managed to gain control on the seventh frame. Chen gave up two more frames but couldn’t be denied when the Chinese got a fantastic break in the 12th and final set to finish off Amit. Overall, the Philippines is running 18th among 65 countries with two gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals. More medals are expected from bowling, chess and dancesport prior to the closing ceremony late Wednesday. Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza will bring home a bronze medal after failing to hurdle Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals of women’s rapid team under-23. Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar missed out on a medal after placing fourth in the waltz finale and winding up fifth in the tango. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Angel Locsin welcomes Liza Soberano into Darna’s world

Angel Locsin welcomes Liza Soberano into Darna’s world.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 1st, 2017

Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil sizzle in new magazine cover

New rom-com prince and princess Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano took a grand tour of the most beautiful sights of San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pi.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2017

What is South Korea’s take on the killing? – BBC News

Only a few people know why VX was chosen &'' presumably by North Korea &'' as the chemical agent of Kim Jong-nam's assassination, and they're not talking. The (perhaps unwitting) women who smeared his face with the highly toxic oil are unlikely to know much about the substance. And the men who left the terminal in Kuala Lumpur for Dubai even as the victim staggered around seeking medical help are not about to share their secrets with anyone far from Pyongyang. But in South Korea, there is much speculation. Was it a deliberate signal from the North that nuclear isn't the only weapon of mass destruction just over the border? Or was it simply an effective way of killing a reclusive man in a public place? It has certainly raised the temperature in South Korea. Monday's Joongang Daily says: &'8220;The government must take steps immediately to protect the country from chemical weapons dangers.&'8221; The editorial raises the spectre of North Korea supplying terrorists with the substance (in the same way it may have helped Pakistan with nuclear technology and Syria with missile development). The editorial continues: &'8220;North Korea is known to have chemical weapons from 3,000 tonnes to 5,000 tonnes. It could threaten the world if Pyongyang sells any of these weapons to Islamic militants or other extremists to secure hard cash.&'8221; There is no doubt that the attack has sent a tremor of fear through the defector community in South Korea. Fugitives who were previously easy to contact have gone to ground. Thae Yong-ho, the diplomat who defected from the London embassy last year, already had bodyguards as he went incognito around Seoul but they would not have been able to protect him against a seemingly innocent member of the public just coming up and smearing him with a speck of VX. Two years ago, the American ambassador in Seoul was lucky to survive when his face was slashed with a blade in public. How much easier it would be to kill someone with a mere trace of a chemical. The great advantage of poisoning for the assassin is that it can be perfectly targeted and it kills with little immediate fuss. Only scientific examination afterwards reveals the cause. Those behind Kim Jong-nam's killing watched, then left. Alexander Litvinenko, a fugitive spy from Russia, took tea with two former KGB agents in London in 2006 and died three weeks later of poisoning by radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered in the cup. The BBC producer, Georgi Markov, was murdered at a bus stop in central London in 1978 but his killer vanished in the crowd seconds after the victim felt the pin-prick from an umbrella used like a syringe to inject the fatal poison. He had been a thorn in the side of the Bulgarian communist government but so simple and bloodless was the killing that nobody was ever identified as the perpetrator. The efficiency of poison as a means of assassination is leading North Korea watchers in South Korea to think that there was no great intention to send a signal by using VX specifically. Koh Yu-hwan, of Dongguk University, thinks that VX was chosen because of its efficiency; North Korea &'' or at least leader Kim Jong-un &'' allegedly wanted Kim Jong-nam dead and VX offered certainty. It also offered the possibility that the death would pass as being from natural causes, at least for the time before a serious post-mortem scientific examination could take place. Chang Yong-seok, of Seoul National University's Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, adds: &'8220;North Korea was already under immense pressure over its efforts to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, and also its human rights issues. Things will get even more complicated for Pyongyang if its chemical weapons issues are thrown into the mix.&'8221; There are benefits and costs to Pyongyang of being caught red-handed. On the one hand, it would send a signal to dissidents that there will be no escaping the regime's ruthlessness. On the other, it also says to North Koreans that the regime at the top is insecure and fratricidal. News from outside does get into North Korea and the revelation that one ruling Kim was allegedly having his half-brother bumped off could scarcely strengthen the regime in the people's eyes. &'160; As a columnist in Daily NK puts it: &'8220;With the influx of information pouring into North Korea, more of its citizens are learning for the first time of Kim Jong-nam's existence, prompting them to speculate on the motive for the assassination.&'8221; There is some speculation in South Korea about the role of the two women suspected of carrying out the hit job. One researcher told the Associated Press news agency that the theory VX had been mixed from two innocuous chemicals into a deadly combination on the victim's face was unlikely. The expert said that VX could be produced in this way but not reliably. It is more likely that it was applied in its deadly form by people wearing protective gloves. &'8220;The security camera footage shows one of the women heading to the bathroom to wash her hands after attacking Kim. If she touched VX with her bare hands, she wouldn't have had the time to do even that,&'8221; the researcher told AP. If the means of murder is causing debate, the motive is not. In dynasties with hereditary rule, brothers are [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

Liza Soberano on why it hurts to be beautiful sometimes

Liza Soberano on why it hurts to be beautiful sometimes.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

FASHION FACE OFF: Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, and Nadine Lustre blaze the stage in red

FASHION FACE OFF: Liza Soberano, Kathryn Bernardo, and Nadine Lustre blaze the stage in red.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsDec 14th, 2016