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Will Kiray go daring in film with Derek?
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Kiray Celis (MNS Photo)

Kiray Celis (MNS Photo)

Young actress Kiray Celis revealed that she is currently working with actor Derek Ramsay for an upcoming film.

Celis, 19, admitted that she is excited to work with the sexy actor.

“Nakakaloka kasi Derek Ramsay ‘yon, hindi mo ‘yon mala-lang. Isang Derek Ramsay ‘yon tsaka inano nga [sinabi] sa akin ng mga kaibigan ko na ‘Nakasama na niya si Anne Curtis, si Cristine Reyes, si Coleen, tsaka ikaw?’” the actress said.

Since she is working with the 38-year-old actor, Celis was asked if she would do sexy scenes with Ramsay.

“Pwede dahil sexy si Derek so hindi tayo puwede magpatalo pero ngayon hindi pa ready,” she said.

Celis, however, revealed that viewers can expect a new “Kiray” in the film. “May mga scenes kami na bagong Kiray, sobrang bagong Kiray. First time kong magiging ganito,” she stated.

The former child star also said she is now ready to accept more challenging roles.

“Basta arte na kaya ko at pag binigay sa akin at tingin ko kaya ko at na-challenge ako why not? At least nakita ako na bago ulit,” she said.

Prior to this film, Celis already worked with singer-actor Kean Cipriano in the upcoming romantic-comedy film “Love Is Blind.”(MNS)

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One-off BMW aims to be the toast of Oktoberfest
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Come to Pacific BMW and be merry in a new car

Oktoberfest date for one-off BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte.” The car will make its debut on September 19. ©BMW Group

Oktoberfest date for one-off BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte.” The car will make its debut on September 19. ©BMW Group

(Relaxnews) – Despite being incredibly busy outlining new technologies, innovations and models at this year’s Frankfurt motor show, BMW’s designers have still found time to put together the BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte,” a special model to mark the start of Munich’s world-famous beer festival, which gets underway on Saturday.

Inspired by BMW’s ties to both Munich and motorsport, the special car’s hand-painted external finish incorporates visual elements including Munich’s Olympic Stadium, BMW’s headquarters and the Wiesn-Schänke beer tent at the Oktoberfest event itself.

The flowing blue-on-white mural is the work of Walter Maurer who, over three decades ago, was the creative mind behind the livery on the BMW M1 Procar racer that competed at a number of high-profile competitions including Le Mans. “Although the two cars are very different, it was surprisingly straightforward to carry over the design from the two-door BMW M1 racer to the four-door BMW M3 Sedan,” said Maurer.

The “Münchner Wirte” is the second special ‘M’ car that BMW has showcased this week. Over in Frankfurt where it has been detailing its plans for greener cars with undiluted driving dynamics, it caught motoring journalists off guard by also showing off the M6 Competition Edition.

The Standard M6 coupé is BMW’s performance flagship, and is capable of catapulting its owner and up to four passengers plus luggage from standstill to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. And rather than simply being a muscle car, the M6 is just as capable on twisty, turning roads as it is on a drag strip.

However, the new Competition Edition, the elements of which can be retrofitted to an existing 2015-model year M6, takes the 4.4-liter twin turbo engine’s power up to 600hp from the standard 560hp and that top speed up to 305km/h. To make even more of the extra power, a number of exterior components have been reworked in carbon fiber and there are a number of subtle aerodynamic tweaks, too.

Inside, the cabin is kitted out in fine-grain Merino leather while the gear lever trim panels and even the steering wheel spokes are formed from carbon fiber. A head up display is standard to ensure the driver can keep both eyes firmly on the road and the final touch is the choice of a Harman Kardon or a Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The M6 Competition Edition option will be available to order as an M6 specification from late September and prices will start at €17,000 on top of the price of the standard car.

As for the BMW M3 “Münchner Wirte” it will be on show from September 19 until October 4 at the BMW Welt concession within Oktoberfest.

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De Lima to resign from DOJ on Oct. 12
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Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's gesture during press conference on Mamasapano incidence that killed 44 SAF troopers on Tuesday at the DOJ Office. The DOJ filed criminal cases against MILF and BIFF members involved in the killings. (MNS Photo)

Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s gesture during press conference on Mamasapano incidence that killed 44 SAF troopers on Tuesday at the DOJ Office. The DOJ filed criminal cases against MILF and BIFF members involved in the killings. (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) – Justice Secretary Leila de Lima will resign from the Department of Justice next week.

De Lima confirmed this to reporters via a text message on Monday, with a short “Yes” when asked to confirm reports that she would be leaving the DOJ on October 12, the start of the period for the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) for those who want to run in the 2016 elections.

She, however, has yet to respond to questions on whether she would run for the Senate or when will she file her COC.

De Lima has reportedly confirmed her decision to run for the Senate in a television interview earlier in the day.

De Lima was at the Liberal Party (LP) gathering at Club Filipino in San Juan on Monday morning, where Camarines del Sur Rep. Leni Robredo officially accepted the offer to be the runnig mate of administration standard bearer Mar Roxas in next year’s elections.

The Justice secretary’s confirmation came a week after she revealed that Roxas had told her that the LP was including her on its senatorial slate. At the time, however, De Lima appealed to the public to await the LP’s official announcement first.

“Sinabi na po sa akin ‘yan ni Secretary. Mar Roxas na kasama ako. Hinihintay ko pa ‘yung official announcement,” De Lima said last week.

During the DOJ’s founding anniversary two weeks ago, De Lima said her late father, from whom she would always seek advice on major decisions, had already given her a sign. She, however, said that while she was “seriously considering” a senatorial candidacy, she could not yet say whether she was already “100 percent” sure.

But when asked, “Buo na po ba loob niyo?”, De Lima replied, “I think so… na susubukan na ang another world.”

In the latest Pulse Asia survey conducted between September 8 to 14 among 2,400 respondents, De Lima was tied with former Sen. Jamby Madrigal for the 12th spot.

A separate survey by the Social Weather Station, conducted between September 2 and 5 involving 1,200 respondents, showed her at No. 7. (MNS)

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DOH: Saudi national with MERS-CoV symptoms dies
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A monitor connected to a body temperature scanner shows passengers arriving from South Korea at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday. The WHO said the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea is the largest seen outside the Middle East. (MNS photo)

A monitor connected to a body temperature scanner shows passengers arriving from South Korea at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Tuesday. The WHO said the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea is the largest seen outside the Middle East. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday announced that a Saudi national who arrived in the country last September 17 and showed symptoms of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has died.

Health Secretary Janette Garin said in a press conference that the 63-year-old Saudi national died last September 29.

Garin said that the Saudi national started showing MERS-CoV symptoms on September 26. The patient asked to be brought to the hospital on September 28 and died the next day.

DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy clarified during the briefing that they were not able to test the Saudi national and confirm if his death was caused by MERS-CoV.

Lee-Suy said that the patient had to be flown back to Saudi Arabia, where he was buried according to Islamic religious laws.

The DOH said that 55 hospital staff, 16 hotel workers and three workers at a funeral parlor had contact with the patient.

It said that 81 of these people have been interviewed and tested negative from MERS-CoV.

The DOH said that 12 of 55 healthcare workers, who showed symptoms, have been quarantined.

It said that the healthcare workers have tested negative in initial tests. They will remain under observation for the next 14 days, the DOH added.

In an earlier report, the DOH said that a male patient from the Middle East was referred to the RITM last July 4.

The 36-year-old patient had been the DOH.

The DOH declined to reveal when the patient arrived and where he stayed in the country before testing positive with the virus.

On Friday, Welfare Officer Amelito Adel of the Overseas Worker Welfare Administration in Jeddah said that a Filipina nurse in Jeddah had also tested positive with the virus.

Adel said the Filipina worked at a hospital in Jeddah taking care of CERS-CoV patients.

He said that the Filipina is now in good condition. (MNS)

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Palace lauds Gilas Pilipinas for win vs. Japan, hopes for best at finals
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Gilas Pilipinas is the first team to give the Philippines its first win in a FIBA tournament in 40 years.

Gilas Pilipinas is the first team to give the Philippines its first win in a FIBA tournament in 40 years.

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Saturday congratulated Gilas Pilipinas for its victory against Japan, a feat that set up a finals duel for the Philippine team against host China in the FIBA Asia Championship.

“Congratulations once again to Gilas Pilipinas for putting one over Japan at to end up in the finals,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said over state-run dzRB radio.

Gilas Pilipinas won over Japan, 81-70, on Friday, and an anticipated victory against China on Saturday would earn the Philippine team a ticket for next year’s Olympic basketball tournament in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Also, Valte said, “…confident po [tayo] that once again itatayo na naman po ng Gilas Pilipinas ang bandila ng Pilipinas … we wish them luck. We wish the boys well. We know that they will fight with talagang… ang sigaw talaga nating mga Pilipino ‘PUSO!’”

“Oo, talagang ‘yon, capital letters ‘yon—P-U-S-O—so umaasa po tayo na talagang ‘yon na naman. “PUSO” para sa Pilipinas ang dadalhin ng ating koponan. So good luck, Gilas!” she added.

The Philippine basketball team will face China at 8:30 p.m. in China.

With the win over Japan, the Philippines is back in the gold medal game of the FIBA Asia Championship. Gilas Pilipinas turned back a gritty Japan side, 81-70.

Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro once again led the scoring charge for the Philippines, finishing with 22 and 20 points, respectively.

But Gilas had a surprise package from 38-year-old veteran Dondon Hontiveros, who scored 18 points on six three-pointers, including big-time buckets down the stretch that gave the Philippines the edge. (MNS)

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Assemblymembers unite in LA to urge Brown to sign medical marijuana legislation
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Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Assemblymember Rob Bonta

Los Angeles – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) held a press conference in Los Angeles Tuesday to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, including AB 266. Bonta, lead author of AB 266, was joined by two of his joint authors, Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-Los Angeles) and Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), along with a strong coalition of supporters from local government, patient advocacy groups, labor, and the medical marijuana industry.

Assemblymember Rob Bonta explained the historic impact the proposed regulations will have in the state. “The Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act will usher in a new era for California.  If the Governor signs the act, patients will have more assurances that their products are safe; law enforcement will have a foundation to identify drugged drivers and increased funding to protect the public; the environment will be protected from neglect, destruction, and water diversion; and the medical marijuana industry itself will be able to come out of the shadows and receive the same protections under the law as other state-licensed businesses, creating jobs and contributing to the economy.”

California was the first state in the nation to allow for the medical use of marijuana with the passage of Proposition 215 nearly two decades ago, leading the charge ahead of 22 other states and the District of Columbia. However, California still lacks a comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry. The three bills that the Legislature sent to Governor Brown include AB 266, AB 243, and SB 643. Together they mark the furthest legislation has ever gone in the state to establish a comprehensive regulatory framework for medical marijuana to ensure patient access, as well as to protect the environment, public safety, and public health.

“Through an unprecedented bipartisan effort, my colleagues and I presented the Governor with a legal framework to finally address the medical marijuana issues that have been prevalent in California since 1996, when California became the first state in the nation to allow the use of medical marijuana,” explained Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “This unprecedented collaborative effort will finally regulate the medical marijuana industry in a smart and comprehensive way that respects the interests of local government while still providing a consistent statewide structure.”

Assemblymember Tom Lackey, the only Republican author of AB 266, discussed the significance of the bipartisan partnership that was forged this year. “As a 28-year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, I personally observed an increase in drugged driving after the passage of Proposition 215. For nearly 20 years, lawmakers have been unsuccessful at curbing drugged driving. The act helps pave the way for law enforcement to develop strategies to identify impaired drivers. Colorado recently released a report showing nearly 1 out of 5 car crash deaths in 2014 were marijuana related. With legalization initiatives circulating, we would be foolish not to address this public safety red flag right now.”

The authors were joined by Kim Raney, Chief of the Covina Police Department and former President of the California Police Chiefs Association. “In 2013, the leadership of the California Police Chiefs Association elected to sponsor medical marijuana legislation in concert with the League of California Cities. Previously under the leadership of then Senator Lou Correa, and now under the leadership of Assemblymembers Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, and Wood, we were able to transform a conceptual proposal into an all-encompassing regulatory package that establishes a balance between California’s communities’ ability to preserve influence over medical cannabis distribution within their borders and the right of California’s citizens to access medical cannabis as provided for in Proposition 215. We are proud of the regulatory package on the Governor’s desk.”

The press conference was one in a series of statewide press conferences held by the authors and supporters of the landmark legislation. The series began in Oakland, with others planned throughout the state, including San Diego, Santa Rosa, and Sacramento. Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, whose leadership was instrumental in crafting the proposals, will join the authors at the Hall of Justice (330 West Broadway) in San Diego this Wednesday at 10 a.m. to ask for Governor Brown’s signature on the historic package of bills.

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Ellen Adarna denies flirting with Paulo Avelino
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Ellen Adarna (MNS Photo)

Ellen Adarna (MNS Photo)

Ellen Adarna finally broke her silence weeks after she made headlines for supposedly getting drunk during this year’s Star Magic Ball and for allegedly leaving her date, actor Ejay Falcon.

Adarna admitted she indeed had a few drinks but stressed that she was still aware of what she was doing.

“Yes, I was drunk basta hindi ako wasak na wasak. Nakainom lang,” she said.

As to supposedly leaving Falcon, Adarna said: “No, that’s not true. You can also ask Ejay if you want. It’s not true.”

Ejay Falcon (MNS Photo)

Ejay Falcon (MNS Photo)

Adarna, meanwhile, explained the video where she can be seen holding hands with Paulo Avelino during the party, while Falcon was nowhere in sight.

“Yes, that’s true. I grabbed Paulo’s hands because masakit na ‘yung paa ko,” she said.

Dispelling rumors that she was flirting with Avelino, Adarna said: “No, of course not. Matagal na kaming friends ni Paulo and we are just really friends. I’m actually dating someone right now. He’s non-showbiz. For me, wala naman akong ginawang mali kasi wala naman akong sinaktang tao. I was there to have fun because it was a party.”

On Saturday, Falcon denied that he and Adarna are not okay after the Star Magic Ball incident.

Paulo Avelino (MNS photo)

Paulo Avelino (MNS photo)

Falcon said he sees nothing wrong that Adarna was seen with Avelino during the gathering of stars because they are all good friends.

“Alam ko po magkaibigan talaga sila ni Ellen. Lumalabas labas din sila na grupo, kasama sila Solenn (Heussaff). Nagkakasama na rin sila talaga sa grupo. Nakikita ko sa mga pictures and nakukuwento rin nila. Kaya [hindi ko maintindihan kung] bakit parang iniintriga ng mga tao,” he said.

Falcon said nothing has changed since they made headlines because of what happened during the party.

“Sobrang okay kami. Sa trabaho, ganun pa rin naman. In-explain ko na sa Instagram ko ‘yung nangyari sa ball. Hindi naman din kami so bakit parang ‘yung mga tao, big deal sa kanila na parang hindi kami magkasama madalas sa ball?” he said.(MNS)

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