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Upcycling leather car seats into must-have bags

(Impact Journalism Day) In South Korea, Continew recycles leather seat covers from car interiors into new products such as bags and small leather goods for stylish, socially conscious shoppers......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 15th, 2018

San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges

  SAN FRANCISCO --- The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary's marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.   "There's nothing like this in Jersey," said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.   In fact, there's nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.   Only Ca...Keep on reading: San Francisco embraces Amsterdam-style marijuana lounges.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

LOOK: Washable paper bags for the eco-conscious fashionista

MANILA, Philippines – These lightweight bags aren't made of leather. They're actually made of "washable paper." Italian brand Uashmama offers backpacks, messengers bags, lunch boxes, and more, all made of paper that can hold up against washing and daily use. The secret? Uashmama uses virgin cellulose fiber, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

From trash to treasure: An upcycling project rises in Bohol to help impoverished communities

&'160; The wallets, fans, and key holder samples were created by Rowena, Telyz, and Angelita &'8212; all members of a women’s group in Barangay Cogon in Tagbilaran, Bohol. The souvenir items were made from used plastic shopping bags and snack wrappers. The women were trained by a 27-year old Japanese volunteer Chisato Kanno dispatched under [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 7 min. ago

Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

LAS VEGAS --- It's a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They've showered, they've changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait. A long classroom session is up first. They walk into a tiny locker room, grab seats on folding chairs and open their notebooks. Everything they did on the court that night --- where they stood, where they looked, what call they made, what call they didn't make--- will be scrutinized on video for the next two hours by NBA referees, tasked with teaching the summer refs what they need to know to make it to the league. Think ...Keep on reading: Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News11 hr. 54 min. ago

Scratchers, Revellers clinch PBA D-League Final 4 seats

Go for Gold bucked the absence of key players as it smothered Centro Escolar University with a big run in the second half to fashion out a 75-60 victory and secure one of the two semifinal seats in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

KMC Solutions adds more flexible workspaces to its portfolio

KMC SOLUTIONS recently launched three flexible workspaces in Metro Manila, and is looking to open more in the Visayas region as part of the company’s plan to ramp up its portfolio to 10,000 seats by the end of the year......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Headed to Europe? Beware new breed of pickpockets, scammers called ‘hotel rats’

Visitors to Paris beware: scam artists dubbed "hotel rats" by local police have devised another strategy for ripping off hapless tourists. The premise is simple. A network of professional con artists don skirts, suits and ties to try and blend in with the moneyed, well-heeled guests of hotels across the city. The actual acts of thievery vary, however, between swiping baggage while mingling with tourists in hotel lobbies, or booking rooms with fake names and breaking in looking for bags and valuables to steal, reads a report in Le Parisien. And while the most popular target for "hotel rats" is the Golden Triangle, the ritzy 8th arrondissement of the Champs-Elyses, police note...Keep on reading: Headed to Europe? Beware new breed of pickpockets, scammers called ‘hotel rats’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion. About two-thirds of Les Bleus' roster included players with immigrant backgrounds, a mini-United Nations of soccer talent. "That is the France that we love," Griezmann said through a translator after Sunday's 4-2 victory over Croatia ended the most exciting World Cup final in decades. "It's beautiful to see it." Griezmann's free kick was headed in by Mario Manduzkic for the opening own-goal in the 18th minute, and then he converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead in the 38th after video review spotted a handball by Ivan Perisic. Mbappe's speed led to the third goal in the 59th . He added a goal of his own in the 65th , at 19 becoming the second-youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind 17-year-old Pele in 1958. Vive la diversite! A day after Bastille Day, the party was on. "The diversity of the squad is in the image of this beautiful country that is France," midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose parents are from Angola and Congo, said through a translator ahead of the match. France won on a humid night in Russia, with thunderclaps during play and a downpour during the trophy presentation. Quite different from that indelible summer evening at Stade de France in 1998, when fans in the arena and throughout Paris sang "La Marseillaise" until dawn and young teenagers drove cars while their intoxicated parents sat in passenger seats. People called that team "Black, Blanc, Beur," noting how white, black and North African players came together. Zinedine Zidane, a son of Algerians, headed in a pair of first-half corner kicks against heavily favored Brazil. Patrick Vieira, born in Senegal, fed Normand-born Emmanuel Petit for the third in the 3-0 win. This year's team was perhaps even more diverse. Defender Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon and backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in Zaire. Others descended from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Mococco and Senegal, plus Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. "There may be players who come from different origins, but we do have the same state of mind," Griezmann said. "We all play for the same jersey, the cockerel. For our country, we give everything we have. As soon as you wear the jersey, we do everything for each other." He scored the go-ahead goal after the first video review-created penalty kick in a World Cup final. During a delay of about four minutes that might have unnerved less-composed players. Griezmann told himself to pretend it was a league match. "Carry on and do the same thing as I normally do," he remembered thinking. At 27, he in his prime but in the penumbra of Spanish soccer at Atletico Madrid, toiling in a league that Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate. He led the 2016 European Championship with six goals and tied for second with four at the World Cup, three on penalty kicks, earning the Bronze Ball as third-best player behind Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Belgium forward Eden Hazard. Griezmann kissed the trophy, knowing his generation will be revered in the same way Zidane, Petit, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram and Fabien Barthez remain renowned from Calais to Cannes. "From tonight on, I'm sorry for them, but they are going to be different," coach Didier Deschamps said. "Those 23 players will be linked forever, forever. Whatever happens — they might follow different paths, but they will be marked forever and they will be together thanks to this event." Griezmann, man of the match in a World Cup final, will be on posters throughout the republic, asked for endorsements, a mainstay of commercials. He will asked for autographs for the rest of his life. "I'm going to be in the history of French football with my team," Griezmann said. "We don't quite realize it yet. Our children will very proud to have our names.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Smart bags 15 Quill Awards

SMART Communications again emerged as one of the top winners of the Philippine Quill Awards, having received a total of 15 trophies in a ceremony held recently in Pasay City. Smart’s winning programs sought to make the mobile internet experience more accessible, affordable, and meaningful to Filipinos; use technology to enhance education, disaster preparedness, health […] The post Smart bags 15 Quill Awards appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

    MOSCOW, Russia – Goals from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, as well as a controversial VAR-awarded penalty, helped France beat Croatia, 4-2, in an incredible World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday, July 16, to lift the trophy for the second time in their history. In a match that had ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Smelly skins make for fishy fashion in Kenya

Women sharpen their knives before setting about stinking piles of fish skins, flesh and bones that cover the floor at an unusual artisanal tannery in western Kenya. Set up by a 39-year-old industrial chemist named Newton Owino, Alisom Products separates fish skins from the rest of the waste, then tans them to make a kind of leather used to manufacture handbags, wallets, shoes, hats and jackets. Kisumu, on Lake Victoria, is a piscatorial place, a city where grilled tilapia and Nile perch are a ubiquitous delicacy, and from where cleaned fillets are exported around the region and the world. But Owino saw opportunity in the leftovers. An estimated 150,000 tons of fish waste ...Keep on reading: Smelly skins make for fishy fashion in Kenya.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

No-elections

A number of legislators have expressed preference for postponing the midterm elections in order to hasten the transition to a new constitutional framework. Elections for half the Senate, all the congressional seats and local government positions are scheduled for May next year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Revolution Precrafted bags $460-M contract in Brazil

Revolution Precrafted, which designs and builds prefabricated structures for clients around the world, announced a deal to supply homes and hotel villas in Brazil.   The company, founded by Filipino businessman Robbie Antonio, said the contract in Brazil was worth $460 million and would be located in an 80-hectare eco-resort development near Rio de Janeiro.   Revolution Precrafted said the contract involved the supply of "high end quality eco-sustainable designer homes and eco-friendly villas."   Specifically, it will design and supply one to three-bedroom homes and units measuring 50 to 200 square meters. It will also be supplying medium sized resort...Keep on reading: Revolution Precrafted bags $460-M contract in Brazil.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Endorsement ni Heart sa Paris, plantsado na!

We learned from a source na natapos na ni Heart Evangelista i-shoot ang first endorsement niya sa isang leather brand sa Paris na bawal pa raw i-reveal kung ano. Basta ayon sa source, sa Paris gagamitin ang mga nasabing material na ginawa ng aktres. Kasama raw ni Heart ang buong….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Hyundai PH bags two international awards

Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, has just received another accolade from two international organizations. J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study has Hyundai PH among the top three brands, jumping from eighth place in the last review. Hyundai has also been named Most Satisfying Popular Brand by the AutoPacific’s 2018 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Manila Water bags Pagsanjan contract

Laguna Water Corp., a unit of Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc., has been awarded the contract to manage the bulk water supply and wastewater services in the municipality of Pagsanjan in Laguna......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Smart bags 15 Quill Awards

Smart Communications again emerged as one of the top winners of the Philippine Quill Awards, having received a total of 15 trophies in a ceremony held recently in Pasay City. Smart’s winning programs sought to make the mobile internet experience more accessible, affordable, and meaningful to Filipinos; use technology to enhance education, disaster preparedness, health… link: Smart bags 15 Quill Awards.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Finished with a hug: Nadal edges del Potro in 5 at Wimbledon

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — When the 4 hours, 48 minutes of diving across the grass and leaping into the stands, of slipping and sliding, of so many moments of great tension — and, above all, great tennis — were done, when Rafael Nadal had sealed his Wimbledon quarterfinal victory, the man he edged, Juan Martin del Potro, was face-down at a Centre Court baseline. "I wanted to stay there," del Potro said afterward, "all night long." He did hold that pose, a mixture of full-on despair and utter exhaustion, for a bit, which felt appropriate. So, too, did what happened next after Nadal won 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday and earned a trip to the semifinals at the All England Club for the first time since 2011: He went over to give del Potro a lengthy hug. Then they walked to the sideline together, arms draped across each other's shoulders. "Emotional match for both of us," said Nadal, who is ranked No. 1 and seeded No. 2 and won two of his 17 major championships at Wimbledon. "And for the fans, too." Now Nadal will face longtime rival Novak Djokovic in the semifinals Friday. It will be their 52nd career meeting; Djokovic leads 26-25. Djokovic, a 12-time major champ whose resume includes three trophies at the All England Club, advanced earlier Wednesday with a four-set victory over Kei Nishikori that didn't require nearly as much energy or effort as what followed on Centre Court. And Nadal rued failing to take control against del Potro much earlier. Nadal could have gone up two sets to none after leading 6-3 in the tiebreaker. But he blew those three set points, the last with a double-fault he later called "a big mistake." Nadal wasted a fourth chance at 7-6, before letting 2009 U.S. Open champion del Potro grab three points in a row for that set. After del Potro also took the third, repeatedly taking points with his thunderclap of a forehand, Nadal knew he needed to make some adjustments. The most important was pushing forward: The Spaniard went to the net a total of 23 times over the first three sets, and upped that to 24 over the last two, winning the point on 19 of those. At 1-all in the fifth, del Potro jumped to his right, rolling along the turf and losing his racket, for a volley winner, and then celebrated by raising both arms. Later in that 14-point, four-deuce game, Nadal chased a ball to no avail, sprinting so hard he was carried all the way over to the seats. He stepped on the short wall and landed in the lap of a female spectator. Soon, Nadal gained the upper hand, shaking off a hard fall onto his back on one point by whipping a cross-court backhand winner on the next to break for a 3-2 lead. That never really felt like much of a cushion, though. In the next game, Nadal staved off two break points, the first when he used his never-give-up-on-a-ball defense to stretch a point and del Potro pushed a forehand way long. Del Potro put both hands on his head. "Against Rafa," del Potro said, "you must go for winners all the time." Then, at 4-3, they played an epic 18-point game that featured six deuces and another trio of break points for del Potro, none of which he managed to convert. Soon enough, del Potro was down on his belly after one last slip, as Nadal finished off the victory with a volley. "Rafa is a fighter," del Potro said. "Also, he has a fantastic game.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PCKDF bags 2 golds in China

THE Philippine Canoe-Kayak Dragon Boat Federation (PCKDF) added another feather to its cap by winning two gold medals in the 5th Asian Dragon Boat Championships in Dali Vai Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province, China. The Filipinos bagged the golds in the men’s 200 and 500 meters 10 seater men’s category….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018