NLEX the giant-killer

For a team that started out like a wimp in the PBA bubble, NLEX has suddenly been transformed into a giant-killing fighting machine by coach Yeng Guiao......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarNov 5th, 2020

REVIEW: ‘THE MOTHER’ (2023): Nothing new — except as fresh proof of JLo’s versatility

If The Mother was released 30 years ago, it would have been a clear stand-out in the film library of your mind. But after Liam Neeson’s cult favorite Taken (2008), followed by a slate of similarly themed action-thrillers, The Mother has been reduced to so-so Netflix fare. Released on the giant streaming platform just in time for Mother’s Day, the action-thriller centers on a mysterious but ultra-deadly woman only known as The Mother (Jennifer Lopez). The movie opens at an FBI safe house in a sleepy Indiana suburb. The Mother is being interrogated by the feds, led by Cruise (Omari Hardwick). After receiving condescending and doubtful stares, The Mother proves she knows best when she survives — with her DYI savviness — and even saves Cruise. Then, as the safe house explodes, it is revealed that she is very much pregnant. [caption id="attachment_131917" align="aligncenter" width="1404"] Photograph courtesy of Netflix/ Doane Gregory | Jennifer Lopez in ‘The Mother.’[/caption] Who is the father? Well, considering the dangerous world she’s in, it’s definitely not some random handsome dude. But two possible murderous arms dealers, played by Joseph Fiennes and Gael Garcia Bernal. The idea is sort of funny, but you ride along with it. So The Mother gives birth to a baby girl but has no choice but to hand her daughter who has arms-dealer-assassin genes to the FBI. It is safer that way. Then she hides in a remote, Instagrammable cabin, with her dormant killer skills and perfectly flawless skin. But The Mother won’t retire to a quiet life in the wilderness for too long. Deadlier than ever Twelve years after the bloody attack in the FBI safe house, her friend (Paul Raci of The Sound of Metal) tells her that her daughter Zoe (Lucy Paez), now a pre-teen, is in danger. And so violence ensues. The Mother, protective of the child she gave up more than a decade ago, suddenly becomes a true-blue action heroine, deadlier than ever, just to keep her daughter safe. Yep, don’t mess with Mom when it comes to her offspring. The action set pieces are decent: hand-to-hand combat, snowmobile chase, you name it. It does help that the movie, with its semi-stylish moody visuals, features visually pleasing locations: Alaska, Havana and Ohio. Lopez always has this magical ability to hold your attention toward the end regardless of whether you are enjoying the movie. Here, she showcases decent action moves, but you can’t help but think she’d be better off in serious drama. She has, for the longest time, exhibited mastery in nuances and depth, which is still very much evident in The Mother’s most quiet, tender moments. Working from a rather thin script by Misha Green, Andrea Berloff and Peter Craig, female director Niki Caro (she helped the 2020 live-action version of Disney's Mulan) delivers action with scant thrills. Without JLo as her star, this would have been relegated to the unvisited corners of the streaming platform. It looks nice, feels overlong and delivers nothing new. But at least it continues to prove JLo’s versatility. 2.5 out of 5 stars Premiered 12 May on Netflix   The post REVIEW: ‘THE MOTHER’ (2023): Nothing new — except as fresh proof of JLo’s versatility appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2023

NLEX tests SMB strength

NLEX tries to slay another giant in San Miguel Beer as the 46th PBA Philippine Cup braves on with stricter in-game protocols following a suspected COVID-19 case at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

Ros stalls Tnt, ousts NLEX

Backed to a corner, Rain or Shine rose to the challenge and slew a giant to clear its path to the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2020

NLEX keeps run; Alaska advances

Giant-killing NLEX struck again, taking down holder San Miguel Beer, 124-90, to stay on the path to the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfi­nals yesterday at the AUF Sports Arena Powered by Smart 5G......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2020

Bayer registered 2.7-billion euro loss in 3rd quarter on legal problems

Frankfurt am Main, Germany—German pharmaceuticals and chemicals giant Bayer on Tuesday posted another huge loss in its third quarter as it struggles to manage legal issues surrounding its glyphosate weed killer linked by plaintiffs to cancer cases......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Dennis Trillo to star in show about the Philippines first serial killer

Dennis Trillo will star in an upcoming show about Fr. Juan Severino Mallari, a parish priest from Pampanga considered to be the country's first documented serial killer. He is also nominated alongside his "Maria Clara at Ibarra" co-stars Barbie Forteza and Julie Anne San Jose at the 2023 Seoul International Drama Awards......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated News11 hr. 35 min. ago

DENR inks MOU on nature-based solutions

Shell Pilipinas Corporation, a local unit of oil giant Royal Dutch Shell, is seeking more integrated carbon and development opportunities in the country to complement its sustainability thrust.  The company announced on Thursday that it recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to kick off a joint identification and development of Nature-Based Solutions or NBS. The deal was signed by Shell Pilipinas President and CEO Lorelie Quiambao-Osial and Environment Secretary Maria Antonio Yulo-Loyzaga.  It aims to document processes and activities that they can use as a reference to develop programs, policies, and regulations related to NBS carbon projects. NBS includes activities related to the protection and enhancement of natural ecosystems, such as forests, grasslands, wetlands, and coastal zones.  These types of solutions help improve agricultural sustainability to help absorb or prevent the release of greenhouse gases, while also benefiting local communities and enhancing the biodiversity of the area. According to Osial, the partnership demonstrates a “significant moment where different sectors are coming together to make a positive difference.” Meanwhile, Secretary Loyzaga pointed out that the partnership will help the government achieve its climate and disaster-resiliency targets. Shell’s target of becoming a net-zero emission business by 2050 tops off the National Greening Program under Executive Order No. 193 for climate change mitigation and adaptation. The post DENR inks MOU on nature-based solutions appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 26th, 2023

HSBC ramps up financing shift to clean energy

British banking giant HSBC is bullish about the economic growth prospects of the Philippines as it ramps up the shift in financing to clean and renewable energy projects......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 25th, 2023

PBA Tour off and running

The PBA On Tour got off to a strong start at the Caloocan Sports Complex last Sunday with Blackwater displaying fine form in overcoming NLEX, 93-88, but not before surviving a late scare......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 24th, 2023

Paolo Duterte offers P1-M reward for arrest of Davao architect’s killer

Deputy Speaker and Davao City 1st District Representative Paolo “Pulong” Duterte has offered a P1-million reward to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the suspects involved in the rape and killing of a female architect in the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 24th, 2023

Uber taps into self-driving tech of former rival Waymo

Google-owned Waymo on Tuesday said it will put its self-driving car technology to work for Uber in a partnership between the one-time rivals. The alliance will start later this year in the US city of Phoenix, where autonomous rides and deliveries using Waymo cars will be integrated into Uber's platform, the companies said in a joint release. "Fully autonomous driving is quickly becoming part of everyday life, and we're excited to bring Waymo's incredible technology to the Uber platform," said Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi. Waymo's self-driving car network in the Phoenix area covers more than 180 square miles (466 square kilometers), according to the company. "The pairing of our pioneering technology and all-electric fleet with (Uber's) customer network provides Waymo with an opportunity to reach even more people," said Waymo co-chief executive Tekedra Mawakana. Waymo's ride-hailing program has been operating in Phoenix since 2017. Waymo and Uber in early 2018 announced an agreement in a blockbuster federal lawsuit over allegedly stolen trade secrets from the Google self-driving car project. The surprise agreement ended a trial between the two Silicon Valley rivals competing in a race to develop autonomous cars. A source familiar with the confidential deal said Uber agreed to a financial settlement giving Google, a unit of Alphabet, a small stake in Uber. Uber also agreed not to use any of Waymo's technology for autonomous driving as part of the settlement. Waymo had alleged that Uber conspired with a former Google engineer, who had been accused of downloading thousands of proprietary documents before leaving the company and ending up at Uber. Uber's autonomous vehicle aspirations took a hit after a US investigation into the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving Uber car in 2018 faulted driver inattention along with "inadequate" safety measures implemented by the company. Uber sold its autonomous car division in 2020 to Aurora in a deal that gave the ride-hailing giant a stake in the startup developing self-driving technology, the companies said at the time. Unmanned Ubers began hitting the streets at the end of last year in a venture with the company Motional, but always with a human ready to take the controls. The post Uber taps into self-driving tech of former rival Waymo appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2023

Netflix expands password-sharing crackdown worldwide

Netflix on Tuesday expanded its crackdown on users sharing passwords with people beyond their immediate family as it seeks to shore up revenue at the leading streaming television service. "A Netflix account is for use by one household," the company said in a statement. Netflix said early this year that more than 100 million households were sharing accounts at the service, "impacting our ability to invest in great new TV and films." Netflix has experimented with "borrower" or "shared" accounts, in which subscribers can add extra users for a higher price or transfer viewing profiles to separate accounts, in a few markets. On Tuesday, it announced that it was expanding the policy to more than 100 countries. As growth at Netflix cooled last year, the Silicon Valley-based streaming company set out to nudge people watching for free with shared passwords to begin paying for the service without alienating subscribers. "This account sharing initiative helps us have a larger base of potential paying members and grow Netflix long term," co-chief executive Ted Sarandos said on an earnings call. The streaming television giant told financial analysts recently that it had delayed a broad crackdown on sharing of account passwords "to improve the experience for members." Netflix said it made sure subscribers have seamless access to the service away from home or on various devices such as tablets, TVs, or smartphones. Netflix in April said that its number of subscribers hit a record high of 232.5 million in the first quarter of the year and that its nascent ad-supported tier was faring well. The company said in a recent presentation to advertisers that it had more than 5 million subscribers to its ad-support tier. For the first time ever, US adults will spend more time this year watching digital video on platforms such as Netflix, TikTok, and YouTube than viewing traditional television, Insider Intelligence has forecast. The market tracker expects "linear TV" to account for less than half of daily viewing for the first time ever. The post Netflix expands password-sharing crackdown worldwide appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2023

Globe to reduce debt using tower sale gains

Mobile giant Globe Telecom Inc. expects to cut its outstanding debt to pre-pandemic levels once it receives the proceeds amounting to more than P96 billion from the sale of its towers......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2023

Smart sees user base recovery starting Q4

Wireless giant Smart Communications Inc. expects its subscriber base to start widening again around the end of the year, at least a quarter after the deadline of SIM registration......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2023

Bossing Trounce road Warriors

In-transition Blackwater hacked out a 93-88 victory over NLEX to draw first blood in the PBA on Tour last night at the Caloocan Sports Complex......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2023

Monde Nissin’s Q1 income drops

Snack food giant Monde Nissin registered a 17 percent drop in income in the first quarter to P1.9 billion amid challenges faced by its meat alternative business......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2023

Experimenting on tour

The preseason PBA On Tour reels off with a single game between Blackwater and NLEX at the Caloocan Sports Complex this afternoon and while no championship will be at stake, teams are expected to go all out as players stake their claim to spots on the roster......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2023

Pampanga brightens up MPBL campaign

Justine Baltazar asserted his might underneath as the Pampanga Giant Lanterns trounced the Marikina Shoemasters, 83-75, last Friday in the OKBet-MPBL (Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League) Fifth Season at the Bren Guiao Convention Center in San Fernando, Pampanga......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2023

`Empowered’ Ria Atayde to become MMDA spokesperson

For her “empowered” stance on issues and body positivity, young actress Ria Atayde has been appointed as spokesperson of the Metro Manila Development Authority, acting chair Romando Artes said Friday. He said Atayde’s admirable values and celebrity mileage will come in handy for the agency which deals with the Big City’s bleak, day-to-day concerns like traffic, flash floods, garbage, and illegal settlers, to name a few. Atayde’s camp confirmed the job offer to the 31-year-old actress but declined to issue a statement until she arrived from Cannes, France, to attend a film festival. Atayde is sister to actor and congressman Arjo and daughter to veteran thespian Sylvia Sanchez. She is CEO of Nathan Studios which produced the films “Cattleya Killer” and “Topakk,” which screened in Cannes. A communications graduate at La Salle, Atayde fended off bashers who hit her endorsement of a whisky brand that usually features svelte models. Her positive reactions earned her kudos from netizens who relate to her “plus-size” figure and how low people generally look at it. The post `Empowered’ Ria Atayde to become MMDA spokesperson appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 20th, 2023

Tsunami possible as 7.1-magnitude quake strikes Pacific Ocean

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday in the Pacific Ocean to the east of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey said, a day after a major quake hit the same area. The epicenter was 35 kilometers (22 miles) deep and located about 300 kilometers (190 miles) east of the New Caledonian archipelago, it said. Tsunami waves are possible for coasts within 300 km of the Pacific quake, according to US monitor. Any tsunami waves are expected to be less than 0.3 meters (one foot), the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in its latest update. The waves may reach the Pacific islands of Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna, it said, after earlier issuing a warning for coasts within 300 kilometers (185 miles) of the epicenter. On Friday, a 7.7-magnitude quake in the same area sent people scrambling for higher ground on several Pacific islands for fear of giant waves. A tsunami warning was lifted hours later. The post Tsunami possible as 7.1-magnitude quake strikes Pacific Ocean appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 20th, 2023