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Earth, wind & fire

One day last week, I was awakened in the middle of the night by loud voices from somewhere outside our house, piercing the soft, steady hum of the air-conditioner......»»

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Poland, Russia qualify for Euro 2020; Croatia must wait

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press Poland and Russia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Sunday, while Gareth Bale's goal forced Croatia to wait after a 1-1 draw with Wales. Germany beat Estonia 3-0 despite playing with 10 men from the 14th minute. Robert Lewandowski set up both goals for Poland as Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski and fellow substitute Arkadiusz Milik scored late in a hard-fought 2-0 win over North Macedonia. Poland is assured of finishing in the top two of Group G, where second-place Austria boosted its hopes of qualifying with a 1-0 win at Slovenia. Russia earlier routed Cyprus 5-0 to join group winner Belgium in securing a place at next year's tournament. Valencia forward Denis Cheryshev scored twice and set up two more goals for the Russians - who only needed a draw to be sure of qualification - to take their tally to 21 points after seven wins from eight games in Group I. With two games remaining, Russia has 11 points more than third-place Cyprus and 12 more than fourth-place Scotland, which thrashed San Marino 6-0 at a poorly attended Hampden Park in Glasgow. Belgium already had secured its place at the finals, but Roberto Martínez's team stayed perfect in qualifying with a 2-0 win over Kazakhstan in Astana. Michy Batshuayi scored in the first half and Thomas Meunier wrapped up the win in the second, giving Belgium its eighth win from eight games. The Belgians have scored 30 goals and conceded just one. BALE THWARTS CROATIA Nikola Vlasic scored early to put Croatia on course for a win that would have secured qualification from Group E. Bale's equalizer in first-half injury time denied the visitors - including Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric - and kept Welsh hopes of qualifying alive. Croatia leads the group by two points from Hungary, which defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Budapest thanks to Mihály Korhut's early strike. The top three in the group are Croatia (14 points), Hungary (12) and Slovakia (10). Wales is fourth on eight points with a game in hand over the top two. GÜNDOGAN SHINES Ilkay Gündogan scored twice and set up another for 10-man Germany to beat Estonia with three second-half goals in Tallinn. "The whole week hasn't been easy," said Germany coach Joachim Löw, whose side was hit by injuries. "But we didn't complain. The decisive thing was that we upped the pace in the second half. In the end it was satisfactory." Emre Can, filling in at center back, was shown an early red card for bringing down Frank Liivak, who would have been through on goal. Germany had never had a player sent off so early in a game before, with Can beating the mark set by Robert Huth's 15th-minute ejection in a friendly game against Northern Ireland in 2005. Gündogan finally broke the deadlock in the 51st when his effort from outside the penalty box took a slight deflection off Marco Reus' heel. His second goal six minutes later also took a deflection, this time off a defender. Gündogan's long pass over the top allowed substitute Timo Werner to wrap up the win in the 71st. Germany and the Netherlands are level on 15 points and well-placed to qualify from Group C. Northern Ireland is third on 12 points. The Dutch earlier claimed a 2-1 win over Belarus in Minsk, thanks to first-half goals from Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. The top two teams of each group advance. The other four qualifiers will come through four tiers of playoffs in March......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 14th, 2019Related News

Fire guts 5 houses in Davao City

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 13 October) — A fire caused by children playing with matches destroyed five houses and left two others partially damaged on Sunday afternoon at Purok 54 Block-2 in Barangay SIR Phase 1 here, according to City Fire Marshall Major Virna Silagan. Citing the result of the investigation conducted by the personnel […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 14th, 2019Related News

House on fire as Alaska nabs first win

MANILA, Philippines – Frank House unleashed a huge double-double as the Alaska Aces finally scored a breakthrough win in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, 78-71, over Rain or Shine on Sunday, October 13, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Frank House led the Aces with a double-double of 22 points and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 13th, 2019Related News

One dead, multiple injuries in New Orleans hotel collapse

Washington, United States — One person died and at least 18 others were injured Saturday when the top floors of a New Orleans hotel that was under construction collapsed, officials said. The New Orleans fire department received reports at 9:12am local time that the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown New Orleans had collapsed. One person […] The post One dead, multiple injuries in New Orleans hotel collapse appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 12th, 2019Related News

Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades

By Amir Vahda and Mehdi Fattahi, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — They had to sit well apart from the men, and the stadium was practically empty, but thousands of Iranian women in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday at the first FIFA soccer match they were allowed to freely attend in decades. In what many considered a victory in a decades-long fight by women in Iran to attend sporting events, they wrapped themselves in the country's vibrant red, green and white colors and watched with excitement as Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0 in a 2022 World Cup qualifier at Tehran's Azadi, or Freedom, Stadium. "We are so happy that finally we got the chance to go to the stadium. It's an extraordinary feeling," said Zahra Pashaei, a 29-year-old nurse who has only known soccer games from television. "At least for me, 22 or 23 years of longing and regret lies behind this." As one woman shouted from a passing minibus before the match: "We are here finally!" So far, Iran's hard-line Islamic theocracy is not willing to go as far some women would like. Authorities announced they will allow women to attend only international soccer matches. Women have been banned from many sporting events in Iran since 1981, during the early years of the country's Islamic Revolution. Iran is the world's last nation to bar women from soccer matches. Saudi Arabia recently began letting women see games. Under pressure from FIFA, Iran let a carefully controlled number of women into the stadium, allocating them 4,000 tickets in a venue that seats about 80,000 people, and arranged for 150 female security personnel in black chadors to watch them. They sat at least 200 meters (yards) from the few thousand men at the match. Iranian state television, which long has been controlled by hard-liners, aired footage of women cheering, and commentators even acknowledged their presence. "There can be no stopping or turning back now," FIFA President Gianni Infantino said in a statement. "History teaches us that progress comes in stages, and this is just the beginning of a journey." Iran faced a potential ban from FIFA international matches if it didn't allow women into the game. The pressure from FIFA and Iran's soccer-loving public has grown since September, when an Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a match set herself on fire and died upon learning she could get six months in prison. The self-immolation of 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari, who became known as the "Blue Girl" for her love of the Iranian team Esteghlal, whose uniforms are blue, shocked Iranian officials and the public. At the match Thursday, a reporter with Iran's state-run IRNA news agency posted a video online of chador-wearing officers trying to grab a woman she said had a sign in Khodayari's honor. The crowd could be heard chanting, "Let her go!" The reporter wrote on Twitter that the woman slipped away from officers and ran off. Hard-liners and traditional Shiite clerics, citing their interpretation of Islamic law, believe in segregating men and women at public events, as well as keeping women out of men's sporting events. The effort to allow women back into stadiums has gone through fits and starts. In 2006, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he wanted women to attend matches to "improve soccer-watching manners and promote a healthy atmosphere." However, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say on all matters of state, opposed the decision. Then, last year, Iranian authorities allowed a select group of women into Azadi Stadium by invitation only to watch the Asian Champion League final. Infantino said that "FIFA now looks more than ever toward a future when ALL girls and women wishing to attend football matches in Iran will be free to do so, and in a safe environment." Activist groups outside of Iran remain suspicious of Tehran. Amnesty International called the latest decision "a cynical publicity stunt by the authorities intended to whitewash their image." "Instead of taking half-hearted steps to address their discriminatory treatment of women who want to watch football, the Iranian authorities should lift all restrictions on women attending football matches, including domestic league games, across the country," said Philip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa research and advocacy director. Still, many in Iran embraced the move, like shopkeeper Amir Ali Bagheri, who sold Pashaei a Team Melli jersey ahead of the match. Women "are so excited they are going to the stadium," he said. "God willing, there will be freedom sooner so that they can attend all matches, not just the national team matches. That will be much better." After the match, Pashaei said she hoped authorities would open up more matches to women so she could attend them with her family. "The 'Blue Girl' and her stories did help. Of course, efforts by women activists and feminists were very effective," she said. "We are happy anyway and hope this will continue, not just in national team matches." ___ Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 11th, 2019Related News

Phillies fire manager Gabe Kapler in hyped season gone wrong

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gabe Kapler took the fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was fired Thursday, nearly two weeks after a disappointing finish to a season of big expectations highlighted by Bryce Harper's arrival. Kapler went 161-163 in two years, his team unable to deliver following its offseason spending spree. Philadelphia finished 81-81, its first nonlosing season since 2012. "Several years ago, I promised our loyal fans that I would do everything in my power to bring a world championship team to our city. I will never waver from that commitment," Phillies managing partner John Middleton said in a statement. "I have decided that some changes are necessary to achieve our ultimate objective. Consequently, we will replace our manager. I am indebted to Gabe for the steadfast effort, energy and enthusiasm that he brought to our club, and we are unquestionably a better team and organization as a result of his contributions." The Phillies were only two games behind in the NL wild-card standings after beating Atlanta on Sept. 18 but lost eight of the next nine, including a five-game sweep at Washington. They finished eight games behind Milwaukee for the second wild card and 16 behind the first-place Braves in the NL East. Last year, the Phillies had a one-game lead in the division on Aug. 11 before going 15-31 the rest of the way. "When we hired Kap, it was our goal to develop a positive, forward-thinking and collaborative culture throughout the organization that would allow us to compete with the best teams in the league year in and year out," general manager Matt Klentak said. "While we have fallen short in the win column for the last two years, I can confidently say that Kap's efforts have established a strong and sustainable foundation for this organization moving forward." He added that in the coming weeks the baseball operations department will try to "find the right individual to build upon the existing foundation and bring a championship home to Philadelphia." The Phillies are the eighth team changing managers among the 20 that failed to reach the postseason. San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Kansas City's Ned Yost retired. San Diego's Andy Green, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, the New York Mets' Mickey Callaway and the Los Angeles Angels' Brad Ausmus were fired. The Chicago Cubs and Joe Maddon jointly said he would leave. Injuries were a big reason why the Phillies failed to have a winning record for the first time since 2011. They lost leadoff hitter Andrew McCutchen for the season in June and six of their top seven relievers missed significant time. Free-agent addition David Robertson pitched just 6 2/3 innings and Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter threw a combined 23 innings. Also, starting center fielder Odubel Herrera played just 39 games before he was suspended for the rest of the season under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The team also announced pitching coach Chris Young, head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan and assistant athletic trainer Chris Mudd will not return. Hitting coach Charlie Manuel will return to his role as a senior adviser. The new manager will inherit the remainder of the coaching staff. Despite adding Harper, McCutchen, J.T. Realmuto and Jean Segura, the offense was inconsistent, and the Phillies couldn't string together more than four victories in a row. Hitting coach John Mallee was fired and replaced by Manuel, a former manager, in August. The Phillies improved but couldn't overcome poor pitching. The starting rotation struggled throughout the season and the injury-depleted bullpen was filled with minor leaguers and castoffs. "We came into 2019 with very high hopes. We fell short of those, and that responsibility lies with me," Kapler said. "The next Phillies manager will inherit a team of talented, dedicated and committed players. There has been nothing more fulfilling in my professional career than the opportunity to work with the players on this team." The Phillies began the season with a three-game sweep of Atlanta, and led the division for two months before falling behind the Braves in June. By the trade deadline, team President Andy MacPhail said he didn't think the club was one or two players away from World Series contention so Klentak made a few minor moves rather than dealing prospects for high-profile players. Kapler wasn't popular in Philly because of his laid-back personality and new-school philosophy. He was heavily criticized for his use of analytics and unfairly ridiculed for being too positive in his assessment of his players. Harper, Realmuto and other players backed their manager but management caved to public pressure. "My hope is that I helped contribute to a developing culture in the organization that flourishes in the years to come," Kapler said. "I've come to care for this franchise and have the best wishes for this group in the future. The passion and devotion of the Phillies fan base both inspired and humbled me daily. It was an honor to grow, develop and learn with this team. I'm looking forward to what the future brings, and I know I'm a better leader and person for having had this opportunity." The team's dismal pitching certainly wasn't Kapler's fault. The Phillies counted on Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez to fill out a rotation led by ace Aaron Nola. Arrieta struggled and needed elbow surgery. Pivetta was demoted to the minors and moved to the bullpen. Eflin had had ups and downs and Velasquez couldn't pitch deep into games. Even Nola wasn't the same guy who finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting last year. Klentak traded for Jason Vargas and signed Drew Smyly and added other pitchers off waivers. That didn't cut it. Still, Kapler took the fall for the team's shortcomings......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 11th, 2019Related News

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

RAS AL-AIN, Syria (UPDATED) – Turkey launched an assault on Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Wednesday, October 9, with air strikes and artillery fire reported along the border. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it "Operation Peace Spring." {source} The Turkish Armed ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 10th, 2019Related News

Go to provide school uniforms for fire victims

Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go yesterday vowed to provide school uniforms and supplies for children whose homes were destroyed in a fire in Bago Bantay, Quezon City on Sept. 28......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2019Related News

BFP slammed for causing delay in LRT2 fire investigation

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) came under fire on Wednesday, October 9, for not being able to release any findings on the the fire that caused damage to Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT2) rectifiers , 6 days after the incident happened on ........»»

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UAAP 82: Zach Huang willing to step back, but also ready to step up for UST

Zach Huang turned in the best game in his fifth and final UAAP season for University of Sto. Tomas in their rout of University of the East, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum. Huang waxed hot with 22 points built on 6-of-8 shooting in threes - the first time he wound up in double-digit scoring in nine games in the season. "Masaya, masaya, but I have to give credit sa teammates ko because they were looking for me and they were playing unselfish basketball. Lahat kami, nagtutulungan sa court kanina," he said. The fact that this is his first time in double-digits this year would be a shocker for just about everybody who had seen the 6-foot-4 forward put up per game counts of 8.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 22.7 minutes of play last year. Compare that to his averages in the ongoing season of 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.0 assist in 15.0 minutes of action. Still, Huang doesn't mind the decrease in his numbers as he would do anything and everything UST needs from him. "It's not about me kasi. I'm willing to step back if that's what the team needs," he said as this year, he only has four starts to his name as compared to the 12 he had last year. He then continued, "If my teammates are more talented than me, I'm willing to step back as long as we get the win." Make no mistake, though, the now 21-year-old also wouldn't be stopping trying to be better anytime soon. "I always want my game to be complete," he said. That is no more evident than in his three-point shooting. In their victory versus the Red Warriors alone, he already more than eclipsed his grand total of one triple from last season. Now, Huang is an impressive 9-of-15 from deep overall - and only looking to fire even more long-range missiles. "Last year, I barely took threes, but coach is always telling us to not limit ourselves," he shared. He then continued, "There's always room for improvement and that's what I'm trying to do with my shooting." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 9th, 2019Related News

UAAP 82: Ravena a force as Ateneo flies higher than Adamson anew

Thirdy Ravena was fearless and peerless, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum, and showed the way for Ateneo de Manila University as they grounded and pounded Adamson University, 80-74, to remain unscathed in the UAAP 82 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ravena spread his wings as wide as they have ever been in the tournament with 23 points on top of five assists and four rebounds as the Blue Eagles swooped onto their ninth win in as many games in their title defense. The graduating forward also accounted for six points in the 19-6 rush bridging the third and fourth quarters that boosted the defending champions from a two-point edge, 48-46, to a 15-point advantage, 67-52. Adamson would battle back, though, as Val Chauca and Jerrick Ahanmisi pulled them to just within three, 74-77 with 10 ticks to go. "Obviously, Adamson came in with a lot of fire. They played 40 minutes of basketball," head coach Tab Baldwin said. Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong’s steady hands were the response from Ateneo, though, as they converted three of four of their charities to finish the job once and for all. "We really survived Adamson in the end. We made a lot of boneheaded plays and there's no excuse for that," coach Tab said. Will Navarro and Matthew Daves also stepped up for them with the former finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks and the latter ended with 10 markers and six boards. Matt Nieto was there as well with 11 points and five assists to help the league-leading Blue Eagles put even more separation between them and the thick of things. Stuck in the thick of things are the Soaring Falcons who suffered a fourth straight setback and sixth overall in nine games. Ahanmisi and Chauca each had 17 points to top the scoring column for them. BOX SCORES ATENEO 80 - Ravena 23, Navarro 11, Nieto Ma 11, Daves 10, Go 7, Kouame 7, Nieto Mi 7, Mamuyac 3, Wong 1, Belangel 0, Maagdenberg 0, Tio 0 ADAMSON 74 - Ahanmisi 17, Chauca 17, Douanga 13, Yerro 12, Camacho 6, Manlapaz 5, Lastimosa 4, Fermin 0, Flowers 0, Magbuhos 0, Mojica 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-18, 34-37, 63-50, 80-74 —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 9th, 2019Related News

Higaonon datus in Bukidnon get firearms training from soldiers

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon (MindaNews / 9 Oct) – Instead of celebrating the Indigenous Peoples Month with songs and dances, a small band of Higaonon elders are busy practicing how to fire guns at paper targets during a firearms familiarization Friday last week (4 October 2019). The Higaonon elders led by Agolio Nanolan, better known as Datu […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2019Related News

UAAP 82: Struggling UST goes at it with streaking UE

Games on Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum 10:30 a.m. - NU vs FEU 12:30 p.m. - UST vs UE 4:00 p.m. - Ateneo vs Adamson University of Sto. Tomas has cooled off after a blazing beginning to the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. Reigniting their fire will be an even tougher task for the Growling Tigers as coming right for them, Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum, is a University of the East side that has gone streaking. UST's (4-4) return to the win column is being blocked by the 3-5 Red Warriors at 12:30 p.m. As always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and livestream. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University is out for a third win in a row at National University's expense at 10:30 a.m. whileAteneo de Manila University puts its perfection on the line against Adamson University at 4:00 p.m......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 8th, 2019Related News

Jazz fuels FIRe in Manila

World-renowned blood drum spirit American Jazz Quartet leader, Royal Hartigan, performing with the University of the Philippines ensemble, is a milestone in the advocacy to bring a new global vision to music and dance, showcasing Asian, African, Caribbean, Native American, Middle Eastern and European cultural traditions — the very essence of the ninth conference of the Association of Cultural Offices in Philippine Educational Institutions, Inc. held at the Silangan Hall of the Cultural Center of the Philippines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 7th, 2019Related News

UAAP Sunday: Big wins for DLSU, FEU; Galling losses for NU, UP

I expected the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons to come out with a fire and a renewed sense of purpose. Instead, they looked disjointed in an 82-79 loss in overtime to the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.....»»

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Fire official says arson caused Star City blaze

Star City, meanwhile, slammed the Bureau of Fire Protection over the "irresponsible" statements to the media......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 6th, 2019Related News

Tenants eyed as suspects for possible arson of Star City

MANILA, Philippines - Pasay City fire marshal Superintendent Paul Pili said tenants of the Star City complex are possible suspects of arson, which is believed to be the cause of the fire that gutted 80-90% of the amusement park on Wednesday, October 2. Pili said that the tenants brought in cotton on the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 6th, 2019Related News

Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia

One of the world’s deadliest fungi has been discovered in Australia’s far north for the first time — thousands of miles from its native habitat in the mountains of Japan and Korea. The Poison Fire Coral fungus was discovered in a suburb of Cairns by a local photographer and subsequently identified by scientists, James Cook […] The post Killer Japanese fungus found in Australia appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsOct 6th, 2019Related News