MULTIMEDIA Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News Posted at Oct 10 2019 04:03 PM MANILA - "Walang tulugan." That was the catchphrase of the late television host German "Master Showman" Moreno, who helped hatch the showbiz career of Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso, a former scavenger and pedicab driver in Tondo who now holds the capital city's seat power. Since his upset victory in the May 2019 midterm polls over incumbent Mayor Joseph Estrada, Moreno has turned the same catchphrase of his entertainment industry mentor into one of the hallmarks of his leadership. Moreno's office hours are usually reserved for meetings and courtesy visits. Evenings are spent on business dinners aimed at luring tycoons to reinvest in the capital city. And sometimes, he also works after midnight, roving Manila's dank alleys for surprise inspections and visits. "Huwag ninyo alalahanin na wala akong tulog. Mas mahirap 'yung walang gising," Moreno would occasionally say in jest. (Don't worry about my lack of … [Read more...] about Is Mayor Isko Manila’s new ‘Master Showman’?
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Apart from allegedly wanting to kill radical leftists and bomb a TV network widely reported to be CNN, 24-year-old US Army private Jarrett William Smith, charged on Sept 23, also wanted to travel to Ukraine to join the Azov Battalion. It is a far-right paramilitary group, apparently integrated into Ukraine's National Guard. Its former leader Andriy Yevhenovych Biletsky is now an MP, leading the National Corps party. The charges against Smith indicate that his apparent mentor, a man called Craig Lang, had fought with a right-wing paramilitary group in Ukraine similar to the Azov Battalion. Ukraine has attracted around 17,000 foreign fighters from over 50 countries, the vast majority from Russia. Of the 2,000-odd non-Russian foreign fighters, around 35 are Americans, says a new report from the Soufan Centre, a security think-tank. As Iraq and war-torn Syria were petri dishes for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ukraine has become a "playground" for another kind of extremist, … [Read more...] about Report: Ukraine a playground for white supremacists
Olha Kyselova wasn’t born when the Chernobyl power plant exploded in 1986, yet the disaster has always been in her life. Her parents were “liquidators,” sent in to brave the radiation and help clear the area of deadly materials. Then they charted hotspots for more than a decade. But it wasn’t until she sat with them in their Kiev apartment and watched HBO’s hit dramatization of the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe that she finally decided to see the place with her own eyes. So she booked onto Chornobyl-Tour and joined 44 other tourists getting a close-up. “My parents said it was very accurate and so I wanted to see the site of the tragedy and understand it better,” Kyselova, 24, a graphic designer, said as the tour bus stopped at the entrance of the exclusion zone for documentation checks. Notorious as it is, Chernobyl risked fading into the mist of the Cold War past as new generations grow up with their own traumas. For … [Read more...] about Chernobyl emerges from oblivion for the streaming generation
A US-made television series on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was well-received by Russian audiences, even if some critics accused the makers of distorting the facts to show the Soviet-era authorities in a particularly bad light. Entitled simply "Chernobyl", the hard-hitting five-part HBO and Sky series received the thumbs-up from critics when it was broadcast in the United States and Britain starting from last month for its graphic recreation of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Soviet-era Ukraine. It was not shown on terrestrial TV in Russia, but was legally available via the Amediateka streaming site, which gained the exclusive Russian rights to popular series such as "Game of Thrones". Russian audiences praised the series for what they said was its eerie accuracy. "The degree of realism in Chernobyl is higher than in most Russian films about that era," wrote pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia. "I think this is a very high-quality product in terms of television series, there's nothing to find … [Read more...] about Chernobyl TV series reaps praise, criticism in Russia
Troubled year of Brazil star Neymar (Agence France-Presse) - June 4, 2019 - 3:15pm PARIS – A reoccurrence of an injury, two separate suspensions for insulting a referee and hitting a fan, losing Brazil's captaincy and now an accusation of rape, the world's most expensive player had a season to forget for club and country, on and off the field. Here AFP reflects on Neymar's difficult season starting with the World Cup in Brazil which could end up with a Copa America title on home soil: Back for Brazil After more than three months sidelined with a foot problem his 69th minute goal guides Brazil to a 2-0 World Cup warm-up friendly victory over eventual champions Croatia on June 3. 'Pathetic diving' Despite scoring once and claiming an assist as the Selecao qualified for the last-16 his World Cup group stage is marred by his "pathetic" diving as former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel told Russian broadcaster RT. … [Read more...] about Troubled year of Brazil star Neymar