The Meg is a larger and angrier version of Jaws. At least, that's what its trailer claims. Like the Spielberg classic, The Meg features a great big shark killing every human being in sight – except that the shark happens to be the extinct megalodon. Megalodons are a new entry in the movie industry that previously used only great whites (and even sharks that walk on land). But now, the producers are using the prehistoric shark as their ace card for the fear factor. Megalodons died out millions of years ago, but The Meg's creators hang the film's thread on the fact that only 5 percent of the ocean has been explored and that the megalodon just might be lurking somewhere in the cold, dark depths of the Mariana Trench. According to the movie, the Mariana Trench seems to have no bottom. Now everybody will be afraid that they will encounter a gigantic, prehistoric shark that will eat them alive. While The Meg follows the Hollywood … [Read more...] about ‘The Meg’: Great wide line between fiction and fact
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Up to 8 years more possible MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte may serve as the country’s Chief Executive until 2030 should he decide to run for re-election under the proposed charter for the federal government envisioned by his administration, according to a member of the consultative committee (Concom) that drafted the proposed federal charter. Julio Teehankee, chairman of the Concom’s sub-committee on political reforms, said there is no ban prohibiting Duterte from seeking the presidency under the proposed federal constitution. “It’s like a reboot. It’s a reset,” Teehankee told “The Chiefs” aired on Cignal TV’s One News last Wednesday. “Their term will end in 2022. There’s no ban. They can run under a new constitution,” Teehankee added, referring to Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo. In the proposed federal charter, all elected officials will have a term of four years, with one possible … [Read more...] about Duterte can run again under draft Charter
CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela: Arrests for rebellion and desertion are rising sharply in Venezuela's armed forces, a mainstay of President Nicolas Maduro's Socialist government, amid discontent within the ranks at food shortages and dwindling salaries, according to documents and interviews with army personnel.Internal military documents reviewed by Reuters showed that the number of soldiers detained for treason, rebellion and desertion rose to 172 in the first four months of the year, up three-and-a-half times on the same period of 2017.Former military officials said the figures reflected a dramatic increase in the level of dissent within Venezuela's once-proud armed forces. In the whole of 2017, a total of 196 soldiers were arrested on similar charges, according to the same documents.As Venezuela prepares to vote on Sunday in presidential elections, which the opposition says have been rigged to consolidate Maduro's grip on power, the role of the security forces will be under … [Read more...] about In run-up to Venezuelan vote, more soldiers dissent and desert
By David Bauder The Associated Press Fri., May 18, 2018 NEW YORK—Perhaps the least surprising aspect of the New Yorker’s story on abuse allegations against New York’s attorney general last week was Ronan Farrow’s name on it as one of the authors. Farrow has been on a head-spinning run that started in October with an exposé on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, for which he shared a Pulitzer Prize with Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times. The 30-year-old journalist has since written about Israeli operatives collecting information on former Obama aides, National Enquirer buying stories to keep them quiet, a Playboy model’s story of an affair with President Donald Trump and Weinstein’s intricate efforts to conceal his behaviour. Read more: New York attorney general goes from women's defender to alleged abuser Article Continued Below Stories that uncovered Weinstein sexual-harassment scandal win Pulitzer Prize … [Read more...] about With exposés, awards, book and TV deals, Ronan Farrow is on an epic career run
It’s hard to imagine a worse secretary of State than Rex Tillerson. “He has alienated the foreign service, no relationship with the foreign policy establishment, no relationship with Congress to speak of, and not well-liked with the media,” Rich Lowry said of Tillerson last year. Despite that, he stayed in the job for 14 months because his boss doesn’t like firing people. Rex Tillerson’s apparent failure to realize that he was about to be fired feels like an appropriate end to his inept and ineffectual tenure as secretary of State. What was he even still doing here? Couldn’t he take the hint that nobody wanted him around? Back in October on an episode of Left, Right & Center, my co-panelist Rich Lowry summarized Tillerson’s pointlessness better than I possibly could have. “As secretary of State, you have a number of constituencies, the first of which is the … [Read more...] about Rex Tillerson couldn’t take the hint — friendless and useless, his replacement can’t be any worse. Probably.