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Sexual Misconduct Is Never a Laughing Matter, But Why Is it Always a Joke?

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. No, not you, Al Franken! And not you too, George Takei! Our reactions to men, whether gay or straight, outed as sexual predators or harassers or molesters, as in the case of Roy Moore, has more or less been that of uniform horror, disgust and head-shaking "I knew it!" Harvey Weinstein? Oh, we think, he's fat and unattractive and crass, though rich and powerful. No wonder. Bill O'Reilly? Oh, he's with Fox News, that sexist, misogynistic network that functions as an apologist for the Republican agenda. No wonder. Kev...Keep on reading: Sexual Misconduct Is Never a Laughing Matter, But Why Is it Always a Joke?.....»»

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Having a dog may reduce risk of heart disease, death — study

Swedish researchers have found an association between dog ownership and the reduction of cardiovascular-related diseases among adults. According to a statement from the Uppsala University in Sweden regarding the study, single adults who owned dogs had a 33 percent lower risk of death. At the same time, these adults had an 11 percent lower chance of contracting a cardiovascular disease compared to singles with no dogs. The study has been published online on Nature's Scientific Reports journal under the title "Dog ownership and the risk of cardiovascular disease and death -- a nationwide cohort study". "A very interesting finding in our study was that dog ownership was especia...Keep on reading: Having a dog may reduce risk of heart disease, death — study.....»»

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‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi half marathon goes ahead despite smog

Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhihalf marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed. More than 30,000 people, some sporting pollution masks, braved a hazy morning to run through the Indian capital despite almost two weeks of hazardous smog that forced schools shut for several days. The US embassy website Sunday showed levels of the smallest and most harmful airborne pollutants hovered near 200 -- eight times the World Health Organization's safe maximum -- for the duration of the 13.1 mile (21 km) race. Some athletes complained of side effects from ...Keep on reading: ‘My eyes are burning’: Delhi half marathon goes ahead despite smog.....»»

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Green Day takes on the American dream in ‘Back in the USA’

Green Day has just released a greatest hits album that includes the brand-new track "Back in the USA", which has now been given the video treatment with a black-and-white satire of the American dream. The video opens on a 1950s-style scene of American life, complete with lawn-mowing, sweater vests and waving neighbors. Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong grabs a copy of the newspaper, headlined "Presidential Address Tomorrow," and heads inside before getting a visit from a traveling sunglasses saleswoman who changes his outlook on his seemingly idyllic lifestyle. He is soon joined by his fellow band members as they bring their new outlook to the stage. "Back in the US...Keep on reading: Green Day takes on the American dream in ‘Back in the USA’.....»»

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European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK

BRUSSELS --- Brexit is still well over year away but two European cities on Monday will already be celebrating Britain's departure from the European Union. Two major EU agencies now in London -- the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority -- must move to a new EU city because Britain is leaving the bloc. The two prizes are being hotly fought over by most of the EU's other 27 nations. Despite all the rigid rules and conditions the bloc imposed to try to make it a fair, objective decision, the process has turned into a deeply political beauty contest -- part Olympic host city bidding, part Eurovision Song Contest. It will culminate in a secret vote Monday ...Keep on reading: European cities battle fiercely for top agencies leaving UK.....»»

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Rwanda offers visitors from all countries visas on arrival from January 1

From January 1, 2018, travelers from all countries heading to Rwanda will be able to obtain a visa upon arrival with no prior formalities, reports Action-visas.com. The Republic of Rwanda is aiming to develop its tourism sector by facilitating entry to the country for visitors from around the world. According to the country's Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration, visitors will be granted a 30-day visa upon arrival. This applies to citizens of all countries, but the cost of the visa will vary in relation to nationality. For citizens of the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, the visa will cost $30 (about P1500). Previously, the Land of a Thousand Hills ha...Keep on reading: Rwanda offers visitors from all countries visas on arrival from January 1.....»»

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Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four

Arvin Tolentino had his fair share of the spotlight during his time for Ateneo while Hubert Cani had been a prized recruit of the Blue Eagles for Season 78. Both, however, are now under Far Eastern University and the two produced enough moments that caused heartbreak for Ateneo in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. Tolentino had 13 points while Cani had 11 pointsin the Tamaraws' 80-67 victorySundayat Smart Araneta Coliseum. READ: Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles For Tolentino, who was the Rookie of the Year in 2014, his time as a Blue Eagle was far behind him and that he's now a full-fledged Tamaraw. "The spirit of FEU, the mentality of...Keep on reading: Ex-Blue Eagles Tolentino, Cani star for FEU in Final Four.....»»

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Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws

Ateneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team's collective confidence. "I think our confidence kind of went down," said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I hate to see that because with young kids you don't ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit." Ateneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers. The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for t...Keep on reading: Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws.....»»

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Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench

Bench, the lifestyle brand founded by businessman Ben Chan 30 years ago in 1987, clearly knows how to pack in a crowd eager to see their favorite stars in various stages of undress. At "Under the Stars," the 30th anniversary show held at the Mall of Asia Arena last night, the venue was packed with fans who bagged tickets after making qualified purchases at selected Bench stores. The mood leading up to the show was one of excitement. Those seated at the bleachers were given Bench pins that flickered on and off like stars. Once the show started, however, all eyes were on the elevated runway. What appeared to be loosely woven chain mail on four models turned out to be oversize...Keep on reading: Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench.....»»

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Zimbabwe ruling party fires Mugabe as chief; impeachment to follow

HARARE, Zimbabwe --- Clinging to his now virtually powerless post, longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was fired as ruling party chief to cheers Sunday, and was set to discuss his expected exit with the army commander who put the world's oldest head of state under house arrest days ago. A day after huge crowds rallied peacefully in the capital, Harare, for the 93-year-old Mugabe to go, members of the ruling party's Central Committee stood, cheered and sang as Mugabe was recalled. Meeting chair Obert Mpofu referred to him as "outgoing president." The meeting also replaced Mugabe as party chief with the vice president whose firing nearly two weeks ago led the military to st...Keep on reading: Zimbabwe ruling party fires Mugabe as chief; impeachment to follow.....»»

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‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche

Andray Blatche may have been away from Gilas Pilipinas for much of 2017, and yet the big man felt like he never left. Gilas held a practice session Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in preparation for its game against Japan in the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers where Blatche is once again the team's naturalized player. "We had practice earlier in the day and I'm pretty much comfortable with the offense, the defense, the players, and the coaching staff," said Blatche, who arrived in the country early Sunday morning. "It was a quick adjustment for me." Blatche was also visibly in great shape, a far cry when he arrived in the country for the last Fiba qualifiers in 2016. T...Keep on reading: ‘Quick adjustment’ for returning Blatche.....»»

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Heroes in MRT-3 freak accident cited for kindness, concern for others

Published: 6:44 p.m., Nov. 19, 2017 | Updated: 10:37 p.m., Nov. 19, 2017 As a boy, PO2 Danilo Agustin Jr. wanted to be a policeman, inspired by movies about lawmen risking their lives to save someone else's. On. Nov. 14, Agustin did just that, coming to the aid of a woman who lost her right arm in a freak accident at the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) Ayala Station in Makati. READ:Woman loses right arm in accident at MRT-3 Ayala station Agustin, a registered nurse before he joined the Philippine National Police (PNP), worked with Charleanne Jandic, a medical intern at Chinese General Hospital, to give first aid to Angeline Fernando, a 24-year-old software engineer who fell onto...Keep on reading: Heroes in MRT-3 freak accident cited for kindness, concern for others.....»»

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Standhardinger, Hong Kong foil Alab Pilipinas comeback

Defending champion Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club proved to be the steadier team in the endgame as they held off Tanduay Alab Pilipinas, 92-89, in the 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Christian Standhardinger showed why he is indeed one of the biggest recruits this year, scoring the final four baskets, the last of which an undergoal stab with 5.3 seconds to spare to hold off the Philippine side in his ABL debut. Josh Urbiztondo had one last shot to force overtime, but he missed a desperation three from halfcourt at the buzzer. The Fil-German forward topped Hong Kong Eastern with 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Reigning A...Keep on reading: Standhardinger, Hong Kong foil Alab Pilipinas comeback.....»»

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James Franco swaps Marvel franchise characters for ‘Multiple Man’

  A mutant who can clone himself is being lined up for a solo superhero film, part of the X-Men universe, with James Franco starring as Multiple Man. Franco is currently involved with promoting "The Disaster Artist", a well-received dramatization of the making of cult film "The Room" and with this announcement steps into mainstream superhero action. X-Men spin-off "Multiple Man" picks up on a character introduced in "X-Men: The Last Stand", but it's not yet clear whether it will be as a hero or a villain, as was the case with the 2006 X-Men movie. At the time of "X-Men: The Last Stand", he was played by Eric Dane, better known as Dr. Mark Sloan on "Grey's Anatomy", a...Keep on reading: James Franco swaps Marvel franchise characters for ‘Multiple Man’.....»»

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WATCH: Mariah Carey’s ‘The Star’ video released

A new video for "The Star" finds Mariah Carey singing in front of a starry sky while key scenes from the new animated film play out. The movie "The Star" was released on Friday in the United States and takes its story inspiration from the Nativity of Jesus, with a voice cast that features Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Kristin Chenoweth, Oprah Winfrey and many more stars. Mariah Carey lends her voice to the role of Rebecca the hen and performs the movie's title track, a ballad with a swelling arrangement and a message about keeping one's faith. The soundtrack for "The Star" was released in October and also features contributions by Fifth Harmony and a number of country, pop a...Keep on reading: WATCH: Mariah Carey’s ‘The Star’ video released.....»»

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Is the beauty industry ready to go natural in 2018?

Natural ingredients are set to be one of the driving forces in the ever-evolving beauty industry next year. According to new research by the leading market intelligence agency Mintel, natural beauty products are set to become a major trend in 2018, with brands capitalizing on the movement by encompassing local approaches and developments in biotechnology with a more organic approach to ingredients. "With evolving consumer demands and climatic changes around the world, the beauty and personal care industry's approach to natural and sustainable ingredients must adapt," said Vivienne Rudd, director of Global Innovation and Insight, Beauty & Personal Care at Mintel, in a press ...Keep on reading: Is the beauty industry ready to go natural in 2018?.....»»

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E-cigarette flavorings may change or damage heart muscle cells, says study

New research in the United States has found that popular chemicals used to flavor e-cigarette liquids may cause changes or damage to heart muscle cells. Led by Matthew A. Nystoriak, Ph.D from the University of Louisville, the preliminary lab-based research examined 15 chemicals used to flavor e-cigarette liquids, such as cinnamon, clove, citrus and floral, both heated and unheated. E-cigarettes work by heating liquids containing nicotine to turn it into vapor, which users then inhale, or vape. Many of the liquids are flavored. Unheated particles of these flavor chemicals can make their way into the heart, with the team finding that the chemicals could cause a wide variety of...Keep on reading: E-cigarette flavorings may change or damage heart muscle cells, says study.....»»

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Lorna and sons recall Christmas with Rudy

What would you give your loved ones this holiday season? What would you like to receive this holiday season? What's your wish for the coming year? What's your most memorable Christmas? Actress Lorna Tolentino and sons Renz and Rap Fernandez share with the Inquirer their fondest holiday wishes, thoughts and memories. Lorna says she's now "trying to figure out what Rap and Renz need or use often." "I will try to get something useful and practical for them. Simple things that they can depend on, to pursue a healthy lifestyle." As for her own Christmas wish, Lorna yearns for "success, happiness and peace in Christ Jesus." Rap hopes to give "some highlighters to my mom and box...Keep on reading: Lorna and sons recall Christmas with Rudy.....»»

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Controversy and acclaim for ‘Shazam!’ teen actor

Teen actor Asher Angel was recently cast as Billy Batson, the secret identity of DC superhero Captain Marvel, in the coming film "Shazam!"---but, this isn't his first high-profile project. The 15-year-old also stars in the popular Disney show "Andi Mack," which has attracted both praise and controversy for its gay storyline. Currently on its second season, "Andi Mack" has a young gay character, Cyrus (Joshua Rush), who has a crush on cool kid Jonah, played by Angel. While the comedy-drama series is reaping praise for featuring such reality-inspired story arcs, the show was recently banned by Kenya's Film Classification Board, warning that "any attempt to introduce gay programmi...Keep on reading: Controversy and acclaim for ‘Shazam!’ teen actor.....»»

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Viola Davis’ nonnegotiable cosplay deal

"How to Get Away With Murder" actress Viola Davis is fine with her daughter, Genesis Tennon, playing dress-up as any of her heroines, on one condition---she has to keep her hair the way it is. Davis told Yahoo Lifestyle that she didn't want her 6-year-old kid "to grow up wanting someone's everything." The actress disclosed, "I say [to her], 'You gotta wear your hair exactly the way it is. You can be Wonder Woman, but you gotta be Wonder Woman with your hair. You can be Elsa...with your hair.'" On Instagram last June, she posted a photo of Genesis as a toddler, in a Wonder Woman costume and sporting an afro. "She wanted to keep her 'fro. #WonderWoman! We're ready," the gid...Keep on reading: Viola Davis’ nonnegotiable cosplay deal.....»»

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