Find Latest USA & World Breaking News Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Duterte blasts female senator: She’s ‘immoral’, an ‘adulterer’ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:30 +0000

President Duterte blasts lady senator's link to drugs, immorality

“I hope the source is verified, where it came from…” she said.

Reading a prepared speech, de Lima said Thursday that there is clearly an abuse of power when the President is the one attacking her.

Asked whether the Senate should take a position on the presidential attack on a colleague, Gordon said “we should not intervene because he was “using a bully pulpit”. I don’t think the Constitution has ever contemplated such abuse of power on such a scale, as it assumes every President to conduct himself in a manner befitting the office he holds.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday the government is ready to face any inquiry regarding the deaths of the suspected drug dealers and users as the human rights groups widely protested over “shoot-to-kill” orders.

Duterte claimed that it was Dayan who collected the funds from the drug lords for De Lima, a claim she vehemently denied.

If the President is intent on pursuing his tirades against her, De Lima appealed that he spare her colleagues, friends and family. When, one day I will tell you, that [she has] a driver herself, who was her lover, was the one also collecting money for her during the campaign. “But I think it is already clear that what is being done to me is what will happen to anyone who does not bow to the wishes of the President”, she said.

Duterte practically ripped De Lima to shreds in his speech.

De Lima, after delivering her statement to reporters at midmorning, caught up with the Senate hearing on the multisectoral campaign against illegal drugs. Share your comment and views on the discussion box below.

Senators Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan rallied to the defense of De Lima, their ally in the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, and urged Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III to initiate a collective stand against Mr. Duterte. I will show you.

In not trying to intervene, Gordon said no one was sure whether or not the President has evidence against the persons he was attacking.

“I would like her to eat it in her presence but I could not do it because it is not an accepted edible food for human beings”, Duterte said. Hontiveros is a senator of the Akbayan Party list, which is in coalition with the LP in the Senate. “Let’s go back to the orderliness set by the law and by basic respect for a fellow man”, she said.

“Moreover, the remarks were extremely unpresidential and a breach of parliamentary courtesy. No one can ever be right in doing something that is inherently wrong, not even the President”, he added.

“They are destroying my dignity and trampling upon my being a woman”.

A mother of two who has long separated from her husband, De Lima described the allegations as “very foul” and smacked of “character assassination”. “Leila de Lima”, she said.

]]> 0 Liz Cheney wins Wyoming primary Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:28 +0000

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Liz Cheney won the Republican primary election for Wyoming’s sole House seat on Tuesday night, all but ensuring that she will occupy the seat once held by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, as he rose to national prominence.

With 82 percent of the precincts reporting at press time Tuesday, Cheney had received 40 percent of the vote in the most competitive US primary contest in Wyoming in over 100 years. Leland Christensen’s 23 percent when The Associated Press called the race with 73 percent of precincts reporting.

Patricia Moran of Cheyenne, however, said Tuesday that she voted for Liz Cheney.

“No state has been hurt more by Barack Obama’s agenda over the past seven-and-a-half years than Wyoming”, said Cheney.

She’ll face Democrat Ryan Greene in the general election.

Rep. Cynthia Lummis isn’t seeking a fifth term after serving four terms, leaving Wyoming’s lone seat in the U.S. House up for grabs.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, having chose to continue in her father’s footsteps in politics, is now just one step away from taking over the seat he held for a decade for Wyoming in the House of Representatives, local media reported Wednesday.

Simpson has been a strong Cheney supporter this year, and Republicans in the state say Cheney has acted on her political aspirations the right way this time by running for an open House seat and making her way around the state.

In 2012, she purchased a home in Wilson. In 2014, she briefly challenged sitting Sen. Cheney was strongly criticized for moving to Wyoming shortly before launching the bid, and challenging a largely popular Republican.

While many establishment Republicans have refused to endorse Donald Trump, Cheney has followed in her father’s footsteps, voicing support for the GOP nominee.

She faced intense scrutiny for her relatively brief residency in the state.

She has also co-written books with her father, including “Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America”.

Cheney was by far the best-funded candidate and brought in more than $1.5 million through July.

In the end, her opponents’ attacks didn’t stick much.

“When you get down to different types of campaigns, we had a budget-ran one, with a lot of shoe leather, and my opponent had a different style and a model, and a different budget in her race”, Christensen said. “It was one focused on issues”.

Gilbert said that he voted instead for Darin Smith, an attorney and Christian Broadcasting Network executive from Cheyenne.

Stubson said it was hard to compete with a smaller budget. Henry said he voted for Christensen, of Alta, a former sheriff, county commissioner and U.S. Army special operations forces soldier.

]]> 0 Donald Trump, behind in polls, shakes up campaign staff Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:28 +0000

Trump shakes up campaign staff

And the hiring of Steve Bannon – an irreverent, provocative media executive – is setting off alarm bells even within the tightly-networked world of far-right Republican finance operatives, who are skeptical that Bannon alleviates any concern from major donors save for his longtime associates: The Mercer family of NY, led by the ultra-reclusive Bob and his more sociable daughter, Rebekah.

Trump has struggled to stay on message, and his tendency to go off on rants has hurt his campaign as it moves from the primaries into the general election.

“I’ve thought for a while that they’ve needed more smart, senior people and it looks like they just got them”, said Republican strategist Charlie Black.

The leadership changes come as opinion polls show Trump, a wealthy NY businessman, falling behind Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the race for president. Manafort was trying to fit an asymmetric operator, Trump, into a conventional election box. Yet at least as important is his idiosyncratic approach to the nuts and bolts of getting elected, whether it be creating campaign organizations in must-win states, spreading his message through TV commercials or using data to target get-out-the-vote efforts. Check how your state is leaning, here, and how you can affect the outcome. Evangelical Protestants are the next closest religious group with 56 percent of their members leaning Republican.

Trump’s campaign is likely to look more extreme, which can not help the flailing candidate in the suburban, highly educated precincts in states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado and North Carolina where he is hemorrhaging more upscale Republican votes.

She acknowledged that they did lose some Republican votes, but also said that it is not like these Republicans are going to go and vote for Clinton.

Republican voter registrations are also up, with an 11-percent increase this year compared to a 5 percent rise four years ago. The problem for the Republican Party is that the very antics that earn good ratings-ranting about Mexican “rapists” or insulting a fallen soldier’s parents-are poison in terms of appealing to moderate voters. But more importantly in numerous critical swing states that will determine the election, he is behind by double digits. But it is most pronounced in Utah, headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after coming in second place at his Iowa caucus night gathering in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 1.

And Conway wouldn’t deny that ex-Fox News chief Roger Ailes was helping Trump with that prep, saying only that Ailes had “no formal position” with the campaign other than being “old friends” with Trump.

She also noted that while polling now shows Trump trailing, it’s actually something that’s helpful.

The race has even split Utah’s normally-unified political hierarchy.

One of the key modifications was the reduction of Paul Manafort, who was recently implicated in an illegal payment coming from pro-Russian entities.

Despite the experience deficit, Trump said in a statement: “They are extremely capable, highly qualified people who love to win – and know how to win. It’ll be a nationalistic, hateful campaign – Republicans should run away”. It ranked No. 1 in Facebook and Twitter engagement on political content in May and June, with more than 9 million interactions over that two-month period, far outstripping both conservative and liberal rivals and mainstream news sites.

– Hillary Clinton, in what may be the ultimate pander, while campaigning in Cleveland.

Clinton has done little to court Utah voters outside of a guest editorial laced with Mormon themes in the Deseret News.

But this, by all accounts, was not why Trump effectively replaced him. The piece made no mention of Mormonism or his call for Cold War-style ideological tests.

“The only thing I care about is the Trump team making this a referendum on Hillary Clinton’s record and getting the country back on track”, said Henry Barbour, a GOP strategist who has always been involved in helping to shape the message of the Republican Party.

“I didn’t”, he said.

]]> 0 Johnny Depp, Amber Heard reach divorce settlement Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:27 +0000

Johnny Depp agrees to pay Amber Heard $7 million as they settle bitter divorce battle

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have released a joint statement in which they acknowledge their relationship was volatile and neither intended the other any physical or emotional harm.

In recent days, Depp’s lawyers have accused Heard of delaying her deposition.

Depp denied the allegations of abuse.

It also indicated that Heard would be donating the reportedly $10 million settlement to charity, and that it would be the last either party would say publicly about their divorce.

Representatives for Amber Heard and Johnny Depp did not immediately respond to Complex’s request for comment.

Amber Heard has dropped her request for a domestic violence petition seeking a restraining order against Johnny Depp, and ET Canada can confirm the squabbling soon-to-be-exes have come to a settlement agreement in one of Hollywood’s all-time nastiest divorces. Heard initially filed for a restraining order after accusing Depp of assault but, according to TMZ, dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning she will not be able to re-file it.

Depp and Heard were married in 2015.

According to TMZ, the offer of $8million was on the table, so Heard ended up with less than she’d hoped.

A spokeswoman for Los Angeles Superior Court confirmed the dismissal of the temporary restraining order against Depp had been filed.

His attorney stated on his behalf at the time that “Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”.

A hearing on the case had been scheduled to begin Wednesday.

The model claimed Depp dipped his bleeding finger into a pot of paint and wrote “Starring Billy Bob” and “Easy Amber” – in reference to a film the pair featured in together – on the mirror.

The pair were caught up in controversy past year after Heard illegally smuggled Depp’s pet dogs, Boo and Pistol, into Australia while he was filming the next Pirates Of The Caribbean movie.

Depp, 53, was previously in a long-term relationship with French singer Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children.

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Stalker arrested at Kendall Jenner’s home Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:26 +0000

ASAP Rocky and Kendall Jenner

The frightening incident, which was first reported by TMZ, occurred when Jenner returned home to find the alleged stalker hanging around the gate near her driveway.

It is situated on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, nestled in the hills above the iconic Chateau Marmont Hotel, and the luxurious living space comes complete with hard wood floors, exposed brick walls, and a rooftop patio. The model confesses that although she doesn’t spend much time in her mother’s house anymore, she does have fond childhood memories of sneaking out late, celebrating Christmas and racing through its halls as a toddler in a leopard print coat. Still, however, they have remained completely silent in regard to their potential romance. “He is just like his dad, who was a major player and had 12 kids in total by four different woman”, Kari told The Daily Mail. “It’s super-ironic to think about now, but it’s something I can thank my dad for: how much of a tomboy I was”.

Good news for Kendall Jenner! “On the flip side, I try to teach her things all the time but she doesn’t listen to me!”

The quick-witted 25-year-old rapper – real name Tyler Gregory Okonm – then retweeted the post and jokingly replied: ‘NOT POSSIBLE, WE’RE BOTH GAY (sic)’.

Kendall spoke out about her past relationship with the boybander after landing the prestigious September cover of Vogue magazine, where she dished on her romance with Styles before they reportedly split back in February. At that point, the rumors regarding their romance were silenced, and new reports of a relationship with A$AP Rocky began spreading like wildfire.

Kylie Jenner celebrated her 19th birthday alongside sister, Kendall Jenner, in Turks Caicos at the exclusive Pearls of Long Bay Estate, courtesy of Airbnb.

Daughters Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian, boyfriend Corey Gamble and son-in-law Kanye West all appeared on the scene to make sure she was okay.

]]> 0 Rangana Herath inspires Sri Lanka’s comfortable third Test win over Australia Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:25 +0000

Lions whitewash the Kangaroos to claim a historic win

The pattern of the Tests was for Starc to wreck Sri Lanka’s top order with the new ball, before the home side recovered, set Australia a daunting target, and ran through them.

Sri Lanka had beaten Australia in a test series only once before, in 1999 under Sanath Jayasuriya’s captaincy.

For Australian team an old truth about turning tracks that ” the one that doesn’t turn that brings with it danger” prooved right as it lost nine matches on subcontinent soil.

“What we are doing isn’t working, batters aren’t adapting to the conditions, spin bowlers aren’t adapting to the conditions”.

David Warner was on 44, having led Australia’s strong reply after Sri Lanka declared their second innings on 347 for eight at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon struck in the first hour of play when Dimuth Karunaratne was stumped for 22.

“Well, there’s always people who are going to say something like that, but I don’t think it’s contrary to the spirit of cricket”, he said.

Sri Lanka’s Kaushal Silva, right, celebrates as he completes a run to score a hundred against Australia as teammate Dinesh Chandimal watches during the fourth day of the third test cricket match between them in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Silva had not managed to reach double figures in his previous five innings during the series – his aggregate was just 18 – while he did not open the innings after suffering a hand injury while fielding on the third day.

BOWLING (to-date): Starc 17-4-58-2; Lyon 37-7-123-4; Holland 20-4-72-2; Hazlewood 12-2-16-0; Smith 2-0-13-0; M.R. Marsh 3-1-3-0; Henriques 2-0-9-0; Voges 2-0-11-0.

Australia in response, came up strongly and with Steve Smith (113) and Shaun Marsh (130), and posted a total of 379, taking 34 runs lead on Sri Lanka.

If India win the fourth Test, then they will finish on 112 points – one ahead of Pakistan – but they will end on 110 points if the Test is drawn or drop to the fourth place, on 108 points, in case the West Indies win the fourth Test.

It was a chastening experience for the Baggy Greens who have traditionally struggled in Asian conditions but were expected to cope with a new-look Sri Lanka team.

]]> 0 State Approves Wine at 81 Grocery Stores & Restaurants Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:24 +0000

State Approves Wine at 81 Grocery Stores  Restaurants

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has approved 81 wine expanded permits. The PLCB Communications Office has the list of licenses holding wine permits.

Each permit was approved after verification that the applicant meets all statutory requirements and provided information required for the permit to be granted.

Holders of wine expanded permits can start purchasing smaller amounts of wine and can also start selling the wine once the permit is received, assuming that the wine being sold is in-stock at Fine Wine Good Spirits stores. Licensees requiring larger quantities of wine or certain products not now in stock may wait longer to receive those products.

Direct-shipped wine is subject to state and local sales tax and a $2.50 per gallon wine excise tax. The PLCB aims to begin shipping wine from its distribution centers in the October timeframe to the large-volume wine-to-go permittees.

Later this week the liquor control board plans to approve a number of licenses for businesses to ship wine directly to customers. As of Monday afternoon, 101 requests for direct wine shipper licenses have been submitted.

One of the components of the new law allows grocery stores, restaurants and hotels to sell up to four bottles of wine to go per customer.

“As I have always said, my goal is to modernize the sale of liquor, wine, and beer in order to bring Pennsylvania’s wine and spirits system into the 21st Century”, said Governor Tom Wolf.

Now, wine can be shipped directly to consumers’ homes.

For more business news, visit Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Daniel Radcliffe Kept Apologizing on Set While Filming ‘Imperium’ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:23 +0000

Daniel Radcliffe on Using Racial Slurs in 'Imperium': 'It's Horrible'

“‘I know you know that I don’t mean this, but I still feel like I have to say it’”.

Daniel Radcliffe kept apologising to his cast members after using racial slurs on set for upcoming film, Imperium. “We were the most apologetic bunch of skinheads”.

Speaking to The Mirror, Daniel – who shaved his head for the role – admitted he often apologised to cast-mates whenever cameras stopped rolling. “But I do think, at the moment, I’m definitely not at a stage where I would feel comfortable going back to it. Who knows if in 10, 20 years I would feel differently about that, and I think I’ve got a little while before I’m sort of age-appropriate for this Harry”.

The actor’s latest turn as an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who goes undercover as a white supremacist in the upcoming film “Imperium” is no exception.

Other than struggling with his characters potty mouth, Daniel had a “fantastic experience” while making the film.

Radcliffe is Nate Foster, a quiet classical-music fan and loner of an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who was instrumental in getting an Islamic extremist to open up about a thwarted attack in Washington, D.C. Foster’s work is noticed by supervisor Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette), who thinks he’s ideal to insinuate himself inside a cell of white supremacists who may be planning a big event. Toni Collette, Sam Trammell and Tracey Letts also feature in the cast.

Imperium is being fobbed off with a half-hearted, late-summer theatrical and video-on-demand release, but that shouldn’t be an excuse to dismiss it.

]]> 0 ‘Sausage Party’ beats ‘Pete’s Party’ Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:22 +0000

Sausage Party scores while Suicide Squad plunges in second weekend

However, Suicide Squad, which earned $13.4 million from 4,255 locations, is expected to pull ahead on Saturday on its way to winning the weekend with almost $43 million, according to predictions.

Heck, Marvel even pulled something similar with the Hulk, after The Incredible Hulk disappointed at the box office, turning him into the scene-stealing star of The Avengers and – next year – Thor: Raganarok, rather than persisting with a solo franchise that many fans weren’t fond of.

“It was the something different that adult audiences have been craving for”, said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations. There’s a multitude of ways that David Ayer’s grit-less exercise sets up failure or otherwise spells doom for everything coming out of Warner Bros’ comic book arm in the near future. This is a band of outsiders rolling up one of the top 20 debuts of all time. It actually sends a big, stinking torpedo of shit into its side, and sends the thing barreling toward the bottom of the bowl.

Speaking of expectations, Sony predicted that Seth Rogen’s ‘Sausage Party’ would open in the teens, but the crude CG animated comedy managed to pull $33.6 million ($3.2 million of which came from Thursday night showings). Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed the raunchy movie, which drew strong reviews but only a B CinemaScore from audiences.

“Early on, everybody was marginalizing this movie because it looks like this frivolous. concept, but audiences love original content if it’s packaged the right way and if it’s truly amusing”, Dergarabedian says.

The weekend’s other major new release, Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon”, faltered, mustering roughly $21.6 million from 3,702 locations, despite scoring glowing reviews. Florence Foster Jenkins is sporting an impressive 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, followed by Sausage Party with 82% on RT and Pete’s Dragon with 86%.

“That’s a head-scratcher”, Deregarabedian says. Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott.

After looking through the trailer material, we count just under 30 shots or scenes seen in the trailers that don’t end up in the final cut of the film, and while we’re not going to go through every single one here we think it is worth pulling out a few choice moments…

Bad Moms, the bawdy comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as overworked and under-appreciated mothers who toss responsibility out the window, placed fifth with $11.5 million in its third outing.

Line Walker“, a Hong Kong-Chinese crime film, took third place, earning US$26 million.

]]> 0 Investor’s Buzzer – Netflix, Inc.’s (NFLX) Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:58:21 +0000

Netflix Inc. Stock Tanks 16% YTD Here's Why Street Analysts Still Remain Bullish

The Corporation has a Mean Rating of 2.5 based on the Reuters Analysts consensus issuing ratings. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s price target was revised on 07/25/16 by the analysts.

On the other hand, Credit Suisse analyst S. Ju reaffirmed a Neutral rating on the stock, and also lifted the 12-month price target to $122 from $119, following the 2QFY16 earnings release. The group worked out on the stock recommendations given by analysts in the First Call poll. Netflix has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $112.41.

During the last trading period, the peak price level of the share was $95.61; it means it is top price of day and down price level of the share was $94.40; it means minimum price of the day at which price share traded. Netflix, Inc. P/E (price to earnings) ratio is 295.4 and Forward P/E ratio of 106.88. The Company has 52-week high of $133.27 and 52-week low of $79.95. In the past 5 years, the stock has earnings growth rate of 5.59% per annum while the Upcoming 5 year’s earnings growth rate is expected to be 54.33% per annum. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.06 EPS. Recently the stock has been recommended as “Buy” from 19 and 4 suggested “Sell” for the stock. It is derived by dividing share’s latest price by per-share earnings. For the current year the company’s revenue estimates are $8.74 billion compared to low analyst estimates of $8.53 billion and high estimates of $8.88 billion according to the projection of 36 analysts. The company’s institutional ownership is monitored at 84.1%.

Netflix, Inc. had its “market perform” rating reiterated by analysts at BMO Capital Markets. The stock’s weekly volatility was 1.90% and the RSI amounts to 72.30. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its position in shares of Netflix by 15.1% in the second quarter. It has 425.62 million of outstanding shares and its shares float measured at 416.37. 2 analysts assign “Sell” rating for the stock. Transactions worth $135.4 million were done on upticks, confirming the buying interest in the stock. With a total market capitalization of around $42 billion, the stock has an average daily trading volume of about 14 million shares. The information was disclosed with the SEC in a Form 4 Filing.

Netflix closed down -1.28 points or -1.33% at $95.31 with 73,04,620 shares getting traded on Monday. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

Right now, 43 analysts at the Wall Street provide coverage on Netflix stock. The Company’s members can watch original series, documentaries and feature films in Internet-connected screen. The Firm has three operating divisions: Domestic streaming, global streaming and Domestic DVD. The Domestic and global streaming segments derive revenues from monthly membership fees for services consisting of streaming content.

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