MANILA — A few were left wondering who Arabella de Leon was after the name ranked among the top trends on Twitter on Tuesday night. But many, too, have long been anticipating her "arrival" after nearly four months, and the wait finally bore fruit that evening. Arabella de Leon is the birth name of Angel Locsin's character in the hit action-drama "The General's Daughter." She is the daughter of the titular general Marcial (Albert Martinez) and his wife Corazon (Eula Valdez), but was stolen as a baby and raised to be an assassin by the couple's rivals Tiago (Tirso Cruz III) and Amelia (Janice de Belen). Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv She grew up believing she was Tiago and Amelia's daughter, Diana Guerrero. Trained to become a double agent in the Army under the guise of Rhian Bonifacio, her ultimate goal was to kill Marcial, her actual father. When that opportunity finally presented itself — after a tumultuous journey of blindly following then rebelling against Tiago — … [Read more...] about News Who is Arabella de Leon and why did she trend on Twitter?
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By Rob Ferguson Queen's Park Bureau Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Thu., May 9, 2019 The Progressive Conservatives are spending almost $5 billion more than any government in Ontario history, but the tabling of expenditure estimates reveals huge cuts in many areas. Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy tabled the 2019-20 estimates Thursday, fleshing out Finance Minister Vic Fedeli’s record $163.4-billion budget of a month ago and adding a sobering message. “Ontario must chart a new fiscal path or risk becoming a failed economic state,” said Bethlenfalvy, who defended Premier Doug Ford’s Tories for spending more than former premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals projected last year. One of the biggest cuts is to the budget of the Ministry of Community and Social Services, which is projected to be $892 million less than last year’s estimate. About $16.6 billion will be spent, down from an anticipated … [Read more...] about Tories unveil spending estimates and more details on budget cuts
LONDON — In Spain, activists were convicted for social media posts that violated an expanded anti-terrorism law. The Twitter accounts of German citizens were blocked because of rules enacted last year that prohibit hate speech. And a Dutch court determined Google must remove search results about a doctor punished for poor performance, in compliance with a privacy law. Heralded as the world’s toughest watchdog of Silicon Valley technology giants, Europe has clamped down on violent content, hate speech and misinformation online through a thicket of new laws and regulations over the last five years. Now there are questions about whether the region is going too far, with the rules leading to accusations of censorship and potentially providing cover to some governments to stifle dissent. The unintended consequences may be compounded as European governments pursue more laws and policies to restrict what communication can be shared online. Last month, Britain proposed appointing … [Read more...] about News Europe takes on big tech: Has it gone too far?
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Mon., April 29, 2019 There are not likely to be any games of astonishing raw numbers posted by Marc Gasol in his time with the Raptors. The chances of him putting up 30 points or 20 rebounds in a game are remote. It doesn’t matter, though, because Gasol does so many things that only his teammates and coaches can appreciate — and that his opponents intensely dislike — that the numbers don’t mean a thing. It’s being in the right place, making the right defensive read, making the first pass out of an offensive set that ends up with someone getting a wide-open shot. Those things are what Gasol does best, and what the Raptors need most. “He doesn’t care about anything but winning and he does whatever,” was how Kyle Lowry put it as the Raptors prepared for Tuesday’s Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Philadelphia 76ers. “Marc hasn’t had a big scoring … [Read more...] about Marc Gasol emerges as anchorman on Raptors defence
By Lesley-Anne Scorgie Personal Finance Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 Since finding out my fiancé and I were expecting a baby boy this coming summer, we’ve pivoted our wedding, stag/stagette and shower plans into baby plans. The wedding, and peripheral celebrations will wait until the summer of 2020. And, because of the volume of major life events happening to me at the moment, I’ve become a pro at understanding the financial etiquette involved with becoming a bride, or groom, or parent. It boils down to being financially considerate and not offending people. Gift registries Making a gift registry for your wedding or baby shower isn’t greedy. It’s helpful for guests to know that what they’re giving you is what you actually want. The rules to follow when building a registry are to be registered at least two places where both in-store and online purchases can be made, add a large variety of differently priced items, and … [Read more...] about What friends, family should spend on a baby or wedding gift