Dancing the night away

Fashionista and party host extraordinaire Agile Zamora recently celebrated her 50th birthday with an unforgettable and extremely fun dance party at the Sage Bar of Makati Shangri-La, Manila in Makati City......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 12th, 2018

The house always wins

It is Wednesday night here in the British capital and the thermometer reads negative three. It is biting cold indeed, but in a place called Troxy, the mood is sizzling hot and sultry – topless ladies in glittering silver bikinis are dancing on a ledge while two women, locked in a tight embrace, are kissing each other insatiably on stage like naked lovers alone in a room......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Lenin Moreno headed for victory amid opposition fraud claims – The Guardian

Ecuador’s ruling party candidate appeared to be heading for victory in a presidential run-off that would cement the country’s reputation as a bastion of the Latin American left and provide breathing space for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. However, the narrow 51% to 49% lead for Lenin Moreno was contested by the opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso, prompting fears for heightened political tension in the days ahead. With 96% of votes counted on Sunday night, Moreno, who was a former vice-president under outgoing president Rafael Correa, seemed to be on course to beat Lasso, a 61-year-old former banker. The head of Ecuador’s electoral council, Juan Pablo Pozo, called on the opposition candidate to recognise the results. “Ecuador deserves the ethical responsibility from its political actors to recognise the democratic decision made by the people at the ballot box,” Pozo said. However, Lasso, who earlier had claimed victory based on three exit polls that showed him leading by as much as six points, pointed to irregularities and demanded a recount. “This is very sickening. We’re not going to allow it,” he said, calling on supporters to protest the results peacefully but firmly. “They’ve crossed a line, which is pretending to abuse the people’s will” and install an “illegitimate” government, Lasso said. Several thousand of his supporters picketed the electoral council headquarters on Sunday night chanting: “We don’t want fraud, we want democracy.” Meanwhile, Moreno appeared on a stage flanked by outgoing president Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas, the vice-president, as thousands of supporters waved flags in the lime-green colours of the Alianza País coalition and cumbia music blasted into the night. Moreno called for dialogue with the opposition, saying: “We know how to hear the criticisms. Let’s work together in peace and harmony. Dancing in the crowd, Marisol Jaramillo, 34, an agricultural worker said “Now the revolution will continue, life has changed for us over the last 10 years and want the progress to carry on.” For the country’s 15 million population, at stake was whether to continue the redistributive policies of the ruling party, which won the previous three elections under Rafael Correa, including reduced poverty and improved access to education and healthcare. Correa’s administration had also been criticised for media censorship, corruption and abandoning many of its environmental promises. The alternative offered by Lasso was a pro-business, pro-austerity programme that promised tax cuts and more jobs, though Lasso was plagued with accusations of tax avoidance through dozens of offshore accounts. He also promised to ask Assange to leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London within a month of securing a mandate because he said the asylum granted to the WikiLeaks founder was posing a burden on the country’s taxpayers. Assange is reportedly sufficiently concerned to have instructed lawyers in Quito in case Lasso wins. The election will also have regional ramifications. Should a Moreno victory be confirmed, it would cement Ecuador’s reputation as a bastion of the left in Latin America. Should he lose, it will be taken as another sign of the region’s retreating “pink wave”, following defeats for the left in an Argentinian election and a Bolivian referendum, plus the impeachment and ousting of Workers’ party president Dilma Rousseff in Brazil. With the stakes high in Ecuador, there were accusations of vote-rigging and other dubious practices during the first round, which was delayed because the result was close, though independent observers from the Union of South American Nations said there was no evidence of fraud and praised the election process as transparent. The foreign minister, Guillaume Long, urged all involved not to discredit the process for political reasons. “It’s important that all sides accept the results that will be issued by the electoral authorities and show their democratic commitment without throwing around other false allegations or claiming that any defeat is due to irregularities,” he told the Guardian. Earlier in the day, Moreno voted at a polling station in the middle-class Rumipampa neighbourhood of Quito, while his supporters gathered outside chanting: “You can see it, you can feel it, Lenin president.” Moreno called for the election to be peaceful process. “Let the people make their decision,” he said. As police formed a cordon to hold back the throng, voters – many of them supporters of opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso – protested that they could not enter the polling station to vote, as Moreno sympathisers jeered. “I voted for Lasso, I voted for a change,” Maria Jose Maldonado, 33, a business administrator told the Guardian. “We don’t want a dictatorship we don’t want our freedom taken away, we don’t want to be like Venezuela,” she said, alluding to the move by the supreme court in Caracas to take over legislative powers in the opposition-controlled Venezuelan congress last week. Casting his vote in Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil, Lasso said: “This is a crucial day, this isn’t any election, here there’s a path; there’s a path to Venezuela or a path to democracy and freedom.” At the polling station in Quito where Moreno voted, Nora Molina, 57, said she voted for him because “we have made a lot of progress in the last 10 years and we want it to continue”. Voting with her young children, Patricia Romero, 37, said she backed Moreno: “I would like him to continue with the revolution which has helped us and he is genuinely concerned for the people.” Carlos Muso, a 54-year-old taxi driver, said he [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2017

‘Dancing with the Stars’ pros get engaged on Tuesday show

"Dancing with the Stars" pros Emma Slater and Sasha Farber took the floor during Tuesday night's results show both to dance and to get engaged......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 6th, 2016

WATCH: Protesters interrupt Dancing with the Star season premier

Two men wearing anti-Ryan Lochte shirts rushed the stage Monday night during the premiere of Dancing with the Stars......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 14th, 2016

Madonna celebrates 58th birthday in Havana

HAVANA (AFP) - Madonna celebrated her 58th birthday Tuesday in Havana, dancing to Cuban beats during a night on the town and drawing crowds as she toured the city......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 17th, 2016

Flood, illness could not stop Robert Bolick from getting his well-deserved trophy

Until the very end, Robert Bolick had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. The undisputed leader of NCAA champion San Beda University was all set to be recognized as the Player of the Year in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Basketball Awards held last Thursday at The Bayleaf Hotel in Intramuros. Three hours before the event organized by the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps, however, he had bad news. As it turns out, Bolick was not feeling well and his stomach flu had him on the verge of going to the hospital. “Masakit talaga. Two days na nga akong hindi nakapag-practice (with San Beda),” his message read. And so, it appeared that the 5-foot-11 lead guard would not be able to hoist his first-ever individual trophy. With that, the air became heavy inside the venue as, aside from Bolick, also absent from the event were four awardees from Ateneo de Manila University, who were in Greece for tuneup games, and two awardees from Lyceum of the Philippines University, who were in Calatagan, Batangas for team-building. The downpour of rain and, of course the sudden flooding it entailed, didn’t help either as several representatives of the awardees were regrettably forced to miss the awards night as well. And then, right in the middle of the heavy rain, Bolick told the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps that he was willing his way to the event. “Sirs, pupunta (na) ako, for sure. Para sa inyo, sirs, kakayanin ko ‘to,” his message read. Not only that, he was going to Intramuros from Sta. Ana in Manila by booking an Angkas. “Sarap pala mag-Angkas no? Traffic lang saka natakot ako sa mga truck,” he shared. And so, until the very end, the now 21-year-old had to work for his first-ever individual trophy in the collegiate ranks. Whatever it was, though, he said that finally holding the Player of the Year was well worth it. “Ang sarap. Meaning lang nito, mahal niyo ako,” he said, joshing with reporters. True to form, however, he was also quick to add, “Pero sa akin wala talaga yung individual. All I want is a championship.” Along with the trophy, event backer Chooks-to-Go also rewarded all of Bolick’s efforts with PhP 15, 000 in cash. In the end, the stomach flu, the heavy rain, and the flood he had to overcome were no match for the well-deserved recognition as well as pocket money to celebrate it. After all, the pride of Ormoc, Leyte had already proven that he could persevere through the longer, harder route just to get to his destination. While he was the hands-down King Lion, coming through when his team needed him the most, he was left out of any individual hardware after being disqualified for the Mythical Team due to a controversial ejection in an elimination round game and after being edged out by teammate Donald Tankoua for Finals MVP. And so, even with two team championships, Bolick was yet to receive individual honors – from his time as a reserve in De La Salle University to his time as main man of San Beda. Not anymore, as the UAAP-NCAA Press Corps set up the stage for, at long last, his one shining moment. And just like he always does, Robert Bolick, finished it all with a flourish. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 58 min. ago

PH military modernization a ‘waste of money,’ says exiled communist leader

EXILED Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria “Joma” Sison branded the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) modernization program, as a “waste” of government funds. “[Duterte] is wasting tax money and borrowed funds for counter-productive purposes,” the communist leader said in a Facebook post on Thursday night. “Duterte imagines that he has all the [...] The post PH military modernization a ‘waste of money,’ says exiled communist leader appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News6 hr. 11 min. ago

Celtics pick Texas A& M’s Robert Williams in NBA draft

BOSTON --- Power forward Robert Williams was projected to be a lottery pick --- and that was last year, after his freshman year at Texas A&M. But there he was, sliding down to the Boston Celtics at the 27th overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. "It's not my job to know what the other 26 teams are thinking," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after adding the two-time Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year. "We thought that he was the right pick for us, and we felt very fortunate to be able to get him." A 6-foot-10, 237-pound Oil City, Louisiana, native, Williams was considered a certain first-round pick as a freshman --- maybe in the top 10. But he ...Keep on reading: Celtics pick Texas A&M’s Robert Williams in NBA draft.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 24 min. ago

Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick

EL SEGUNDO, California --- The Los Angeles Lakers chose German center Moritz Wagner with the 25th pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-11 Wagner entered the draft after leading the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament championship game. The Berlin native led Michigan with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season, demonstrating versatility and a steady outside shot. The Lakers are focused on the free-agent signing period next week as the way they could get back into championship contention after the worst half-decade stretch in franchise history. But before the Lakers find out whether Paul George, LeBron James or Kawhi Leonard will join, they added Wagner ...Keep on reading: Lakers land German big man Moritz Wagner with 1st-round pick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 24 min. ago

Orlando drafts 7-footer Bamba out of Texas with sixth pick

ORLANDO, Florida --- The NBA draft featured several big men on Thursday night, and the biggest was Mohamed Bamba. The Orlando Magic drafted the 20-year-old center with the sixth overall pick. The young man from New York City who played one year at Texas joins a team that went 25-57 last season and has averaged only 26 wins over six straight losing seasons. "I'm not going to sit here and say things are going to change overnight," Bamba said. "It's going to take more than one person and I actually believe that with the players around me, we have the right pieces to make the organization successful." After a run of drafts that have helped to turn the NBA into a perimeter-ori...Keep on reading: Orlando drafts 7-footer Bamba out of Texas with sixth pick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 24 min. ago

After giving birth, New Zealand Prime Minister recovers with ‘mac and cheese’

Wellington, New Zealand --- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was regaining her strength with macaroni and cheese on Friday and planned to spend at least one more night in an Auckland public hospital with her newborn girl. Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership. Tributes have come in from around the world, including from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and from Google, which posted an image in the shape of a heart on its New Zealand homepage along with the message "Congratulations!" Ardern posted an Instag...Keep on reading: After giving birth, New Zealand Prime Minister recovers with ‘mac and cheese’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News10 hr. 24 min. ago

18-year-old drug pusher who preyed on students arrested in Taguig

MANILA, Philippines – Taguig City police arrested an 18-year-old female drug pusher who reportedly preyed on students on Thursday night, June 21. Southern Police District (SPD) Director Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario   identified the suspect as Princess Cordero, who was arrested during the police's simultaneous anti-criminality and law enforcement operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 58 min. ago

Pete Davidson on engagement to Ariana Grande: ‘I feel like I won a contest’

MANILA, Philippines – Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson has finally confirmed his buzzed-about engagement to pop star Ariana Grande in an interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “You know, you didn’t have to get engaged to Ariana Grande to come on our show,” Jimmy said, to which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 58 min. ago

Prosecutor robbed of pricey phones

A public prosecutor fell victim to six suspected armed robbers who barged inside a local restaurant and forcibly carted away the former’s two expensive cellular phones on Wednesday night in Caloocan City. Citing a preliminary report, city police chief Senior Supt. Restituto Arcanghel said the victim was identified as Mignon Chrix Cu, a city prosecutor […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News13 hr. 11 min. ago

Batang Gilas flies to Argentina for Fiba U17 World Cup

Practice at Meralco Gym before leaving for Argentina. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Batang Gilas departed for Argentina Thursday night for the 2018 Fiba Under-17 World Cup which unfurls on June 30. The Smart-b.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated News13 hr. 24 min. ago

Ceres trips Marikina, pads lead in Philippine Football League

Fil-German dynamo Stephan Schrock fired a brace for the second straight game as 10-man Ceres Negros trounced JPV Marikina, 3-1, to widen its lead in the Philippines Football League team standings Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News19 hr. 24 min. ago

Sen. Pimentel keynotes Mayoral Awards night

NAGA CITY, June 19 (PIA) - One of the highlights during the 70thPlatinum Charter Anniversary of Naga City, the 2018 Mayoral Awards ceremony held Saturday, June 16 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza Hotel was m.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated News20 hr. 24 min. ago

Manila concert a good reason to Panic!

Panic! At the Disco, the pop-rock band known for the catchy ditties "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," "This Is Gospel" and "Death of a Bachelor," is set to return to Manila for a concert on Oct. 20 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, according to local promoter MMI Live. Tickets go on sale on July 8 (call 470-2222). The one-night show is part of the American group's "Pray for the Wicked" tour, which is also the title of its sixth album, which will be released today. It's carrier single is titled "Say Amen (Saturday Night)." Led by flamboyant vocalist Brendon Urie, Panic!, which is known for experimenting with different genres---pop, rock, punk, electronic---previously performed in the...Keep on reading: Manila concert a good reason to Panic!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News22 hr. 24 min. ago

FEU chessers show wares in ASEAN Age Group

MANILA, Philippines – Kyle Rhenzi Sevillano stunned top seed and Far Eastern University (FEU) teammate John Marvin Miciano Wednesday night, June 20, in the marquee under-20 division in the 3rd round of the 19th ASEAN Age Group Chess Championships in Davao. Sevillano's 80-move triumph over Miciano, the Asian Youth Under-18 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

MPBL: Resilient Cardona not done with basketball

PAMPANGA, Philippines– For the first time in a year, Mac Cardona is back on the basketball floor. This time, the ex-PBA standout found himself suiting up for the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) with the former Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) champion San Juan Knights. And on a rainy Wednesday night, June 20, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018