Movie ReviewHistorya ni HaDirected by Lav Diaz Lav Diaz's Historya ni Ha (History of Ha) may be his strangest work yet. If in Ang Hupa (The Halt, 2019) he proposes a Filipino dystopia complete with dictatorship and pandemic and volcano-induced darkness, and in Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil, 2018) he presents the Philippines' first-ever black-and-white, sung-through, no-instrument musical, ...

STOCK PHOTO SYDNEY - The head of drugmaker Moderna said COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant of the coronavirus as they have been previously, sparking fresh worry in financial markets about the trajectory of the pandemic. "There is no world, I think, where (the effectiveness) is the same level . . . we had ...

HONG KONG - Shares of Macau gambling group Suncity Group Holdings Ltd slumped 40% in resumed trade on Tuesday after its CEO was arrested over alleged links to cross-border gambling. The company said he intends to resign. Alvin Chau, also the founder of Macau's biggest junket operator which brings in high rollers to play at casinos, was arrested by Macau ...

WASHINGTON - The World Bank is finalizing a proposal to deliver up to $500 million from a frozen Afghanistan aid fund to humanitarian agencies, people familiar with the plans told Reuters, but it leaves out tens of thousands of public sector workers and remains complicated by U.S. sanctions. Board members will meet informally on Tuesday to discuss the proposal, hammered ...

STOCK IMAGE: vector created by sentavio - www.freepik.com U.S. retailers' online sales likely slowed this Cyber Monday, as fewer discounts and limited choices due to global supply-chain disruptions deterred shoppers, but other data points suggested American consumers are in pretty good health. Retailers had also spread out promotional deals across more weeks to protect profit margins from surging supply chain ...

STOCK IMAGE: Computer vector created by pch.vector - www.freepik.com BEIJING - China's factory activity unexpectedly picked up in November, growing for the first time in three months as the crippling surge in raw material prices and power rationing eased, taking some pressure off the manufacturing sector. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 50.1 in November from 49.2 ...

PHILSTAR UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Monday urged the Philippines to allow Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Norway next month to accept the award.Ressa, the first Nobel laureate from the Philippines, shared the Peace Prize with Russian investigative journalist Dmitry Muratov, a move widely seen as an endorsement of free speech rights, which are ...

Photo from https://bit.ly/31bX90A MANILA - Philippine Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, the preferred successor of Rodrigo Duterte, said on Tuesday he was withdrawing his candidacy for presidency.Go, President Duterte's long-time aide, had recently hinted he may drop out of the race and his withdrawal leaves the administration without a presidential candidate. It was not clear yet who Duterte will now support. ...

INFLATION this month is likely to be within target, as a stronger peso and oil price reductions tempered the rise in consumer prices, according to the Philippine central bank. The consumer price index would probably increase by 3.3% to 4.1% this month, based on estimates by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Governor Benjamin E. Diokno told reporters in a ...

KJPARGETER-FREEPIK By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES should tighten border patrols and boost its vaccination drive to prevent another infection surge that could come from a potentially more contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus, analysts said on Monday. Failure to do so could force the government to enforce strict lockdowns again that could end up being too late, ...