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How to Spend Your Christmas Bonus Wisely

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:00

Indeed, December is the busiest time of the year for Filipinos. And what comes along with all the excitement and bountiful gatherings are expenses and seemingly never-ending purchases. Even though you may say one month worth of salary won’t go that far as a bonus, […] The post How to Spend Your Christmas Bonus Wisely appeared first on Financial News and Advice in the Philippines.

Score a Christmas Homerun with Hyundai PH

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:00

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year in the Philippines! But with the wonders of the season are “strike out” moments–from budget-blowing expenses, stressful traffic jams, hangovers to weight ... The post Score a Christmas Homerun with Hyundai PH appeared first on Carmudi Philippines.

Critics hit US over elephant trophy imports

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:31

The administration of US President Donald Trump faced a barrage of criticism on Thursday from animal rights groups after it authorized the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. The move reverses a prohibition imposed under Barack Obama and is the latest rollback of Obama-era controls on a number of fronts. It also came on the same day that the US State Department presented to Congress its first annual report on wildlife trafficking which, it said, "remains a serious transnational crime." The US Fish & Wildlife Service said it "will begin issuing permits to allow the import of sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018.

Creditors rule Venezuela state oil firm PDVSA in default

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:47

A committee of creditors on Thursday ruled that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has defaulted on its debt, a decision that triggers payment of default insurance to investors and deals another blow to the oil-rich but cash-poor nation. The New York-based committee examined three missed PDVSA bond payments at the request of investors, and ruled that "a Failure to Pay Credit Event had occurred," according to a statement. The so-called Determinations Committee for the Americas, comprised of 15 financial firms, said it would reconvene Monday afternoon at 3:00 pm (2000 GMT) to continue discussions on the auction procedure to pay out credit default swaps against the PDVSA bonds.

Sock downs Zverev to make Tour Finals semis, Federer haunts Cilic

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:40

Jack Sock booked a place in the semi-finals of the ATP Finals with a surprise 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win over German prodigy Alexander Zverev, while title favourite Roger Federer warmed up for the last four by subduing Marin Cilic on Thursday. Sock is the first American to reach the semi-finals of the season-ending event since Andy Roddick in 2007. The 25-year-old, up to a career high ninth in the world rankings, only qualified for the Tour Finals thanks to his first Masters title in Paris earlier this month.

US to allow Zimbabwe elephant trophy imports

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:14

Animal rights groups on Thursday strongly criticized President Donald Trump's administration for allowing the import of Zimbabwean elephant hunting trophies. The move reverses a prohibition imposed under former president Barack Obama and is the latest rollback of Obama-era controls on a number of fronts. On its website, the US Fish & Wildlife Service said it "will begin issuing permits to allow the import of sport-hunted trophies from elephants hunted in Zimbabwe" between January 21, 2016 and December 31, 2018.

Pricing the priceless: the $450mn Da Vinci record

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:15

The sale of a Renaissance portrait of Jesus Christ for nearly half a billion dollars has stunned the art world. "Unbelievable," said Georgina Adam, an editor-at-large at The Art Newspaper whose book on excesses in the 21st century art market comes out next month.

Battle lines drawn over coal at UN climate talks

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:44

A score of mostly wealthy nations banded together at UN climate talks Thursday to swear off coal-fired power, a key driver of global warming and air pollution. To cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) -- the planet-saving target in the 196-nation Paris Agreement -- coal must be phased out in developed countries by 2030, and "by no later than 2050 in the rest of the world," they said in a declaration. The dirtiest of fossil fuels still generates 40 percent of the world's electricity, and none of the countries that truly depend on it were on hand to take the "no coal" pledge.

'Star Wars' composer writes Bernstein work for Boston

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:41

John Williams, the prolific film composer who has scored "Star Wars" and other blockbusters, will premiere a new work dedicated to Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Wednesday. The orchestra announced its 2018 season at Tanglewood, its summer home nestled in the wooded Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, which will be dedicated to the centennial of the birth of Bernstein, arguably the most prominent conductor ever produced by the United States. Tanglewood will on August 19 hold a memorial concert for Bernstein that will feature an original work by Williams for orchestra and cello, which will be played by Yo-Yo Ma.

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian wed

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:30

Guests included Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, Eva Longoria and Ciara.

Jennifer Hudson obtains protective order against former fiance after split

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:30

David Otunga has hit back at the protective order, with his attorney calling it a "meritless" attempt to win custody of the couple's eight-year-old son.

Camila Cabello wows in whimsical gown at Latin Grammy Awards

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:00

Ana de Armas, Jackie Cruz, Edgar Ramirez and Lin-Manuel Miranda were also in attendance.

George Clooney to front and direct Catch-22 mini-series

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:00

The movie star recently confessed money is not what drives him anymore when it comes to selecting film work.

Charlotte Gainsbourg left Paris to escape the pain of sister's death

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:00

Writing songs for her new album Rest helped her process some of the grief.

Salma Hayek denied red carpet dress loans due to Mexican heritage

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:00

The star received her first high-end gown from Giorgio Armani.

Hariri to travel to France after Saudi says he's 'free to leave'

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:50

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will travel to France this weekend from Saudi Arabia, Paris said Thursday, after the kingdom rejected accusations he was detained in Riyadh following his shock resignation. The French presidency said Hariri would meet President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace after arriving on Saturday, two weeks to the day since he announced his resignation from Saudi Arabia. Hariri has been in Riyadh since giving a statement on television that he was stepping down because he feared for his life while also accusing Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon.

Greece in mourning as several still missing after deadly flood

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:41

Greece was in mourning Thursday as rescue crews tried to locate several people missing in a flood that killed 16 people near the capital, with more thunderstorms forecast until the weekend. Authorities said at least four people were still unaccounted for in Mandra, one of three towns about 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Athens hit by a freak flood early Wednesday. It took rescue crews over a day to reach his home.

UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:26

UN member-states on Thursday urged Myanmar authorities to end a military campaign against the Muslim Rohingya in a resolution adopted despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional neighbours. The General Assembly's human rights committee overwhelmingly endorsed the measure presented by Muslim countries by a vote of 135 to 10, with 26 countries abstaining. UN member-states said they were "highly alarmed" by the violence and "further alarmed by the disproportionate use of force by the Myanmar forces" against the Rohingya.

Hariri Paris trip is 'start of solution': Lebanon president

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:24

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to accept an invitation to Paris is the "start of a solution" to the crisis sparked by his resignation in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's president said Thursday. Hariri has been in Riyadh since announcing his shock resignation from there on November 4, and Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday accused Saudi authorities of "detaining" the premier. "We hope that the crisis is over and Hariri's acceptance of the invitation to go to France is the start of a solution," Aoun said on the official presidential Twitter account.

Coldplay tops $500 million on third richest tour ever

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:21

Coldplay generated more than $500 million on the rockers' just completed global tour, the band's promoters said Thursday, making it the third highest-grossing in history. The English band played the 114th and final show of its "A Head Full of Dreams" tour Wednesday night in Buenos Aires, completing a haul of $523 million in ticket sales, Live Nation announced. Only two other acts have ever amassed more: Irish rockers U2, who grossed $784 million on their elaborate, in-the-round "360" tour from 2009 to 2011, and The Rolling Stones, who grossed slightly above Coldplay with their "A Bigger Bang" shows a decade ago.