It was after she had achieved popularity as an actress when Liza Soberano noticed that she had "lost" a person dear to her. Signs such as Justin --the name of her younger brother-- hanging out with friends she didn't know, and him refusing to listen to her advice brought about fears that he might be cutting her out of his life. Things became more worrying when she found that Justin got his girlfriend pregnant --an unexpected turn that made Soberano start to sadly think: "Ay mawawala na iyong baby brother ko sa akin." She emotionally opened up about her troubled relationship with her brother in an interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda" this Friday. She talked about how she cried to him as they talked about him becoming a father; how they don't see each other as often as before; and the way Justin felt "forgotten" after she found an acting career. Referring to how Justin "rebelled," she said: "Sometimes I blame myself for it because I wasn't around anymore. … [Read more...] about ‘I would do everything for him’: Liza turns emotional over brother
Getting caught with a marijuana joint or two is no longer grounds for arrest in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Friday. "I am directing Buffalo police to have its officers stop enforcing low-level marijuana possession offenses," Brown said. Brown disclosed the city's new marijuana policy during his 13th annual State of the City address, held before a crowd of almost 2,000 people at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Following the address, Brown said marijuana possession arrests already are not a priority for city police. Police made fewer than 200 "marijuana only" arrests last year, Brown said. But the new city policy, Brown said, will further "deprioritize" such arrests. Police will promulgate specific guidelines, but basically arrests won't be made if someone has a small amount of marijuana for personal use, Brown said. The change, he said, is being made as New York State moves toward legalizing recreational marijuana. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has said he would like to see … [Read more...] about No more minor pot arrests in Buffalo, mayor says in State of City speech
(Reuters) - Mattel Inc on Friday issued a disappointing 2019 forecast and said demand for its iconic Barbie doll was slowing, triggering an 18 percent drop in its shares, their worst day in nearly two decades. FILE PHOTO: A worker carries Barbie dolls to put them on the shelves at a toy store in Caracas November 14, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo The forecast comes barely a week after the company said strong holiday sales of Barbie drove a surprise fourth-quarter profit, which sent its shares up 23 percent the following morning. On Friday, the El Segundo, California-based toymaker said gross sales for 2019 would be flat on a constant-currency basis, with weakness in Thomas & Friends and American Girl offsetting comparatively stronger sales of Barbie and Hot Wheels. Even then, Barbie and Hot Wheels won't sell as much as they did in 2018, Chief Financial Offer Joe Euteneuer said in an investor presentatihere Both Mattel and rival Hasbro Inc have … [Read more...] about Mattel warns of weak 2019, shares drop most in 20 years
By Ali Tadayon | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 14, 2019 at 7:28 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 6:53 am OAKLAND — The Oakland City Council on Thursday approved an emergency ordinance barring landlords who live in their duplexes and triplexes from raising their tenants’ rents more than 3.4 percent in the next six months. The moratorium, passed on a 6-0 vote at a special meeting, goes into effect immediately. Council members Larry Reid and Loren Taylor did not attend the meeting. The 3.4 percent figure is tied to the annual Consumer Price Index increase permitted under the city’s rent control ordinance. Council members Nikki Fortunato Bas and Lynette Gibson McElhaney introduced the ordinance in an effort to temporarily thwart rent increases while the City Council drafts a permanent ordinance to scrap an exemption to the city’s rent control and tenant protection laws for owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes. … [Read more...] about Oakland owner-occupied duplexes and triplexes temporarily barred from raising rents above 3.4 percent
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: February 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm | UPDATED: February 15, 2019 at 2:55 pm California’s governor believes its residents should be compensated for their personal data, which has enriched Facebook, Google and other companies that call the state home. “California’s consumers should also be able to share in the wealth that is created from their data,” Gavin Newsom said in his first state of the state address this week. op-ed in the Guardian last year, Hughes compared the value of data to the value of labor. He also cited Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend, which distributes an equal portion of a tax on oil companies among all the state’s residents, as a possible model for a data dividend. Details for a data dividend for Californians are scarce, including which companies would be taxed and what data would be included. The governor’s team is working with … [Read more...] about Could Californians get paid for data they share with Facebook, Google and others?