Your horoscope for Chinese New Year 2018, the Year of the Dog

MANILA, Philippines – The New Year celebrations aren’t over! This February 16, we celebrate Chinese New Year and ring in the Year of the Dog.

This new lunar year is an Earth Dog, and will mark the tides starting to turn, as it’s sandwiched between the previous fire and and wood years and the water and metal years to come.

The Earth Dog will bring about a return to our roots; it will be a time for meditation and contemplation. Wellness clinics will do well this year, and any industries that have to do with comfort and the feeling of home. Because the money element of wood is earth, industries that have to do with wood – creative ones like design, architecture, journalism, and the like – will do well too.

With the good also comes the bad. This Year of the Earth Dog, be wary of earth-related incidents like volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. All the introspection will also lead to a very emotional year. The cure: stay close to your loved ones and your core support group, because they can help you surpass the daunting mountains.

Aside from telling us what’s to come in the year ahead, Feng Shui expert Princess Lim Fernandez also told us about our luck for the year according to our Chinese zodiac signs. You can find out your zodiac sign based on the year you were born here.

If your zodiac sign won’t have the best luck this year, don’t fret! The signs according to the year you were born only affect your external luck – your business and how you relate to your colleagues and employees. The luck of your animal sign for the month (industry and career) and the day (health and relationships) you were born will help balance out what you’ll experience in the months ahead.


Ironically, it’s not going to be the best year for Dogs. To counter your bad luck this year, be creative, think out of the box, and approach your problems differently. If your day animal is a Dog, then try to keep your emotions and temper in check. When things get too stressful, stop, take a breath, and go out – take a break by taking a walk or even going for a run.


Pigs will have great luck this year, so it’s best to take advantage of it. Do the things you’ve always wanted to do or achieve goals that have been on your resolutions list for ages. By doing this, you’ll be preparing for a not-so-great 2019, and you’ll be able to maintain the status quo in the following year.


Rats have a promotion star in their charts, which is a good sign for their careers and business. But be careful whenever you’re near water, because you may end up hurting yourself, whether you’re in the rain, or you’re by the pool, or even in your bathtub.


The Ox will have a great year, especially if he or she has a business related to women – cosmetics, fashion, and the like – because they have a “female benefactor” in their charts.


Tigers’ luck won’t be bad, but it won’t be particularly great either. To avoid your bad luck, keep moving – travel whenever you can, whether it’s for business or pleasure, and whether it’s internationally or locally. Keep an eye out for new discoveries in your travels too, as a learning star is in your charts this year.


Rabbits didn’t have such a great 2017, but 2018 is making up for it. Not only do they have a career star, but also a star of kindness – this means they’re in a great position to guide people, and help out whenever others seek out advice. To make the most of your luck, be magnanimous and generous, and fix any unresolved issues before February 16. Be careful of attracting envy over the year too!


Dragons are in direct conflict with the Dog, so they’re under a lot of pressure this year. Be cautious – be more conservative with your investments and always have a Plan B. You can also go to more positive events – parties and celebrations – and avoid negative places – funerals and hospitals – if you can.


Snakes who were frustrated last year will reap the rewards of their hard work this Year of the Dog. Make the most of it, though, because you won’t have the best 2019. Take advantage of your matchmaker and phoenix stars to find your perfect match or even to woo business partners or potential employers. You’ll have business luck too, with emperor and prosperity stars that could give you either a role expansion at work or a promotion.


Horses have a “golden treasure box” this year, which they must open by learning new things. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself this Year of the Dog and you’ll reap all the rewards of your hard work soon.


The benevolent star in your chart, Goat, will give you the opportunity to turn things around when a situation seems hopeless, even when it’s at the last minute. As the blessings in disguise come in this year, be on your guard against gossip – be careful of what you say and do.


Monkeys won’t have the greatest luck this year, but it won’t be bad either. Try to travel as much as you can to keep the bad vibes at bay. You’re judgement will also be clouded this year, so don’t make any rash decisions. Consult a family member or your close friends before choosing a path.


This year, Rooster, take it easy and prioritize your health. Take the time to invest in yourself and your personal growth. Your career and money luck may slow down in 2018, but that’s okay – you’re preparing yourself for good things to come in 2019. – Rappler.com

Israelis sue New Zealanders over Lorde boycott

In this Nov. 18, 2014, file photo, singer Lorde poses for photographers during an promotional event in Hong Kong.
(AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File / MANILA BULLETIN)


An Israeli legal rights group said Wednesday it is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel in what appears to be the first lawsuit filed under a contentious Israeli anti-boycott law.

The 2011 law opens the door to civil lawsuits against anyone calling for a boycott against Israel, including of lands it has occupied, if that call could knowingly lead to a boycott. The law, which is part of Israel’s fight against a global movement calling for boycotts against the Jewish state, allows for courts to impose damages against defendants. Critics said the law would stifle free expression.

The two New Zealanders, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, penned an open letter to Lorde last year in which they urged her to “take a stand” and “join the artistic boycott of Israel.” The New Zealand singer-songwriter replied to a tweet of the letter saying “Noted! Been speaking (with) many people about this and considering all options. Thank u for educating me i am learning all the time too.” She canceled her show days later.

The group, Shurat HaDin, claims the New Zealanders, one Jewish and one Palestinian, knew that their letter could trigger a boycott, making them open to a suit under the law. The group, which filed the lawsuit in a Jerusalem court on Tuesday, is suing on behalf of three Israeli would-be concertgoers for about $13,000 in damages.

“This lawsuit is an effort to give real consequences to those who selectively target Israel and seek to impose an unjust and illegal boycott against the Jewish state,” said Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the group’s head and a lawyer representing the plaintiffs. “They must be held to compensate Israeli citizens for the moral and emotional injury and the indignity caused by their discriminatory actions.”

Darshan-Leitner said the law has not yet been tested in court because proving a link between a boycott and a call for one is difficult. She said in this case the connection is clear, claiming that the first time Lorde brought up her reservations on the Tel Aviv performance was after the pair’s letter and that the two women “took credit” for Lorde’s decision to cancel on social media and elsewhere.

There was no immediate comment from Sachs or Abu-Shanab.

Darshan-Leitner said anyone can be sued under the law, regardless of their nationality, and that she hopes legal agreements between Israel and New Zealand will help enforce any court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs.

The 2011 law is one of a number of measures Israel has taken in recent years to combat an international grassroots movement advocating for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the Jewish state.

The movement’s supporters say it is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. It has urged businesses, artists and universities to sever ties with Israel and includes thousands of volunteers around the world.

Israel says the campaign, with its call for a return of Palestinian refugees to land inside what is now Israel, goes beyond opposition to the West Bank occupation and masks a deeper aim of destroying the entire country.

Lorde announced late last year she was cancelling her Tel Aviv performance, scheduled for June 2018. She joined a number of other international stars canceling shows in Israel, although many have continued to perform despite pressure from activists.

Filipina model is first runner-up in Miss Intercontinental pageant

Miss Intercontinental Philippines Katarina Rodriguez (Miss Intercontinental / MANILA BULLETIN)
The Philippines continued to be a pageant powerhouse with model and video jockey Katarina Rodriguez emerging as first runner up at the Miss Intercontinental 2017 beauty pageant in Egypt last Wednesday.

Veronia Salas Vallejo of Mexico was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2017.


Other winners were Catherlijne Heppenhuis, Netherlands, 2nd runner-up; Amanda Cardoso, Brazil, 3rd runner-up; Lizeth Mendieta, Colombia, 4th runner-up; and Lee Su Jin, Korea, 5th runner-up.

The Philippines has never topped this international competition. In 2015, Christi McGarry won first-runner up in the same contest.

Rodriguez is the last of the reigning batch of Bb. Pilipinas beauty queens who competed in international pageants. Other Binibinis who won abroad were Elizabeth Clenci who placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss Grand International pageant and Nelda Ibe, 1st runner-up in Miss Globe.

Rodriguez, 24, is a graduate of Business Management and Philosophy at the De La Salle University on Taft Avenue in Manila.

Aside from reading and modelling, this 5’5 beauty queen is a cycling instructor and a competitive long distance runner.

Before she competed in pageants, Rodriguez was a familiar face on television as a runner-up in Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 2 in 2014. She was also an MTV video jockey and was under contract with Viva Artists Agency.

A few days before the finals of the international pageant, Rodriguez thanked her supporters on social media.

“Philippines! I know that the voting has not been working and for me specifically, but please do not give up hope on me or Miss Intercontinental.

“Instead, just pray to Papa Jesus that I win what I came here for– the crown. I know everyone wants to vote and is frustrated that they cannot vote, but let us remember by grace through faith and that being negative no matter how heavy a feeling we have will help us triumph;

“Please pray with me and I will do my best here to perform for you, our country and God. Thank you so much for your passion, but let us keep positive. With all the gratitude in this universe, thank you,” she said on Instagram.

Rodriguez was referring to the hacking incident of the Miss Intercontinental pageant website at the height of the online voting for the candidates. It was closed prematurely.

The Filipina beauty queen finished third online with 2,213 votes. Miss Korea topped the online voting with 3,638 votes and Miss Indonesia was second with 3,635 votes.

“Due to renewed massive hacking attempts of the voting, we were forced to end the voting prematurely. We regret that people tried to manipulate the election in such a way,” organizers of the pageant announced on their website.

A total of 68 candidates competed at the 46th Miss Intercontinental beauty pageant this year.

Other candidates who finished in the Top 18 semi-finals were delegates from Serbia, Australia, Egypt, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Russia and Vietnam.

Spain launches evasion probe of singer Shakira’s taxes

MADRID (AP) — Pop music star Shakira is under investigation in Spain for possible tax evasion during the three years before she officially moved to Barcelona, Spanish authorities said Tuesday.

Shakira is under investigation for possible tax evasion during the three years before she officially moved to Barcelona. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File) /mb.com.ph
Shakira switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, Barca soccer player Gerard Pique, and the couple’s two sons.

Spanish tax authorities suspect the Colombian singer already lived in the northeast city between 2012 and 2014, when she allegedly failed to pay income taxes in Spain.

Prosecutor Jose Miguel Company said the tax authorities referred the probe to the Barcelona prosecutor’s office in December. He said a decision on whether to press charges or not is expected by mid-June.

Anna Forastier, a spokeswoman for auditing firm PwC, said the company has been hired by Shakira for the investigation. Forastier declined to disclose any details.

Shakira was named in the “Paradise Papers” leaks that detailed the offshore tax arrangements of numerous high-profile individuals, including musical celebrities like Madonna and U2’s Bono.

The documents obtained by German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and investigated by Spanish news website El Confidencial showed that in 2009 Shakira had relocated her intellectual property rights and brands to a company based in Malta, the tiny European Union nation that has faced allegations of being a tax heaven.

Shakira and Pique’s relationship dates back to 2011, when Shakira started frequenting Barcelona. El Confidencial, citing papers it obtained from offshore services providers, reported that she listed the Bahamas as her official residence until 2015.

“It’s public knowledge that this is not the case,” Company told The Associated Press.

If the probe finds wrongdoing, Shakira would engross a list of celebrities that have been in trouble with Spanish tax authorities, including footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In November, Shakira cancelled the first concerts to promote her 11th album, “El Dorado,” for what she said were medical reasons. The tour is scheduled to begin in June in Germany and then stop in nine more European countries before moving to the United States.

Dolores O'Riordan, lead singer of the Cranberries, dies aged 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer with the multi-platinum band the Cranberries, has died aged 46.

The news was confirmed by her publicist in a statement, but no cause of death has yet been announced. O’Riordan, who had to cancel a tour with a reunited Cranberries in 2017 because of a back problem, had been in London for a recording session.

The statement described the death as sudden, and added: “Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

A Metropolitan police statement also confirmed the news, and that O’Riordan’s body was found at a Park Lane hotel. “At this early stage the death is being treated as unexplained,” the statement read.

A spokeswoman for the London Hilton on Park Lane said: “It is with deep regret that we can confirm a guest sadly passed away at the hotel on Monday 15 January. We offer our sincere condolences to their family at this difficult time.”

Irish president Michael D Higgins said he learned of the news with “great sadness”, adding: “To all those who follow and support Irish music, Irish musicians and the performing arts, her death will be a big loss.”

Musicians have started to pay tribute, including Irish songwriter Hozier, who said he was “shocked and saddened”, and that O’Riordan’s voice “threw into question what a voice could sound like in that context of rock. I’d never heard somebody use their instrument in that way.”

Irish rockers Kodaline said they were “absolutely shocked” by the news, and pop singer Maggie Rogers said: “Dolores O’Riordan’s voice helped me understand my place in the world.” Jim Corr of Irish pop group the Corrs passed his “deepest sympathies” to O’Riordan’s family.

Duran Duran, whose tour manager Don Burton was married to O’Riordan for more than 20 years before their divorce in 2014, said they were “crushed” by the news. O’Riordan and Burton had three children together: Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain.

O’Riordan, born in Limerick in 1971, joined the Cranberries – then called the Cranberry Saw Us – in 1990, and performed with them until 2003 when they took a hiatus. Driven by O’Riordan’s heartfelt vocals and her unmistakeable west Irish accent, they became hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic.

Their hits began with the lilting, keeningly romantic Linger, which reached the Top 10 in the US and Ireland, and No 14 in the UK. It was described by O’Riordan in the Guardian last year as being inspired by “being dumped, publicly, at the disco. Everything’s so dramatic when you’re 17, so I poured it into the song.”

They built on its success, and that of their album Everybody Else is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, with their next album, 1994’s No Need to Argue. The lead single Zombie showed a new side to the band and to O’Riordan’s voice – a heavy, tortured, anthemic song filled with the violence of the Troubles, it was written in the wake of a 1993 IRA bombing in Warrington that killed three-year-old Jonathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry.

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No Need to Argue sold 17m copies, including 7m in the US, and cemented them as one of the biggest alternative acts of the 1990s – their overall album sales topped 40m. The Cranberries released three more albums before taking a break in 2003, allowing O’Riordan to record two solo albums. The band reformed in 2009, initially just to perform live, but new material was eventually released on two subsequent albums, including 2017’s Something Else.

The band’s 2017 European tour was curtailed due to O’Riordan suffering from a back problem; their US dates were then also cancelled on the advice of O’Riordan’s doctors. In a statement after the cancellations the band said they were “very disappointed” and added: “The outpouring of support the Cranberries have received from fans and followers during the past several months is greatly appreciated.”

WATCH: Inside the world and technology of Netflix's 'Altered Carbon'

ALTERED CARBON.' Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) lives again after being put on ice after his death. Photo courtesy of Netflix

MANILA, Philippines – Itching to get your binge list for 2018 started? Keep an eye out for Altered Carbon, a new sci-fi show that set to air on Netflix in February.

Altered Carbon was based on Richard K. Morgan's novel of the same name, and as showrunner Laeta Kalogridis and the show's stars explain in the video above, explores a world where a person's identity is kept in a "stack."

It's in this world that a rebel soldier named Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) is awoken, 250 years after his capture, in another person's body, to solve a murder.

Altered Carbon will be on Netflix on February 2, 2018.

What's on your binge list so far? Share with us down in the comments! – Rappler.com


Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn__F60dd6s

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