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Our Santo Niño and other festivals

THE Philippines is known for its festivals, with three of the biggest celebrated in this month of January – the Ati-atihan of Kalibo, Aklan, the Sinulog of Cebu City, and the Dinagyang of Iloilo City, all in honor of the Sto. Niño. The Ati-atihan is one of the oldest festivals in the country. It celebrates the coming of ten datus led by Datu Puti and their people from Kalimantan, Borneo, in the 13th century to Panay island, where they were welcomed by dark-skinned Atis led by Ati Marikudo. Together the highland Atis and the lowland Marayons came to celebrate good harvests with street dancing. After the Spaniards came in the 16th century, the festival became a homage to the Santo Niño......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 21st, 2017Related News

18 dead in Pakistan blast

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded yesterday in a market in a northwestern tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing at least 18 people and wounding at least 51. Dr. Sabir Hussain at the Parachinar main hospital said 11 critically wounded people who were brought from the vegetable market blast site died while being treated. He said several of the wounded were in serious condition and being shifted to other hospitals for better care. Shahid Khan, an assistant tribal administrator, said the explosion took place when the market was crowded with retailers buying fruits and vegetables from a wholesale shop. He said the attack was being investigated. No group immediately claimed responsibility. Khan said some of the wounded would be airlifted to hospitals in Peshawar, the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Hospitals in tribal regions and rural areas of Pakistan typically are not equipped to handle such emergencies. Ashiq Hussain, who was lightly wounded, was being treated in Parachinar hospital. He said he was among the people purchasing fruits and vegetables loaded on a van when the explosion took place. “There was big bang and dark cloud of smoke and dust I saw before passing out.” (AP).....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJan 21st, 2017Related News

Thomas steadies Celtics, Horford triumphant in return home

em>By George Henry, Associated Press /em> ATLANTA (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, Al Horford made a triumphant return and the Boston Celtics snapped the Atlanta Hawks' seven-game winning streak with a 103-101 victory Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. each had 23 points for Atlanta. The Hawks had won 12-of-16 to move into fourth place in the Eastern Conference. But the third-place Celtics hit 17 three-pointers and got a season-high 26 points from reserve forward Kelly Olynyk to push past a Hawks team that missed too many open looks from the perimeter. Horford, a fan favorite during his nine seasons in Atlanta, was booed many times throughout the night after leaving the team as a free agent last summer. He received a standing ovation, though, and waved happily to the crowd after the Hawks showed a brief video tribute between the first and second quarters. Horford finished with 10 points, six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes. Thomas was unstoppable in the closing minutes, hitting a 15-footer and a three-pointer before knocking down a 19-footer just with two seconds remaining to make it 103-101. Millsap missed a jumper at the buzzer. Boston blistered Atlanta in the third, using a 20-5 run to go up 77-57 on Terry Rozier's 21-footer. Hardaway's short jumper trimmed the lead to 91-85 with 4:24 remaining, and Mike Dunleavy, making his Atlanta debut for the first time since last week's trade, rattled in a corner triple to pull the Hawks within two at the 2:12 mark. The Celtics hit eight of its first 11 beyond the arc to take a 28-16 lead at the 2:33 mark of the first, but missed their next 10 attempts on three’s to help Atlanta force a 42-all tie on a pair of free throws by Millsap. Jae Crowder added 18 points, including four three’s, for Boston. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Celtics: /strong> /em>Began the night ranked 29th in rebounding -- 18 spots behind Atlanta -- but each team grabbed 43 boards. Crowder had a game-high nine and Olynyk had eight. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em>G Dennis Schroder picked up his fourth foul midway through the third and finished with just four points on 2-for-11 shooting. Reserve forward Mike Muscala went 0-for-7 from the field and didn't score. Dunleavy, acquired in the trade that sent Kyle Korver to Cleveland on Jan. 7, scored six points on a pair of three’s. strong>KEEP IT COMING /strong> Olynyk, a reserve forward, played so well in the first half, going 7-for-9 from the field for 18 points, that Celtics coach Brad Stevens put him on the floor over Amir Johnson to begin the third. Johnson played just eight minutes of the second half and ended the game scoreless. strong>TRIBUTE TO PISTOL PETE /strong> The Hawks wore dark blue and lime green-trimmed uniforms for the first time since the early 2000s. The strange-looking design was made memorable by Pete Maravich, the star guard who played his first four seasons in Atlanta through 1973-74. strong>MORE TESTS /strong> Celtics C Tyler Zeller, sidelined with a sinus infection, didn't make the trip and was inactive for the sixth straight game. Stevens said Zeller has undergone a gamut of tests because he still feels disoriented. 'He gets final results tomorrow but he's feeling a lot better in the last couple of days,' Stevens said. 'It's dissipated a little bit.' strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Celtics: /strong> /em> Host Charlotte on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em> Host Milwaukee on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 13th, 2017Related News

Former England coach Graham Taylor dies at 72

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   LONDON (AP) — Graham Taylor, the England coach derided for failing to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after flourishing as a club manager working for pop star Elton John, has died. He was 72. Taylor, who won admiration by leading Aston Villa and Watford into the top-flight in the 1980s, died early Thursday of a suspected heart attack, his family said. 'The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss,' a family statement said. Taylor is one of only four managers to have taken the same team from the fourth to the top division in English soccer, and he achieved it within five years at Watford. Elton John, who owned Watford during Taylor's two stints in charge, said it was a 'sad and dark day' for the club. 'He was like a brother to me,' John wrote on an Instagram post . 'We shared an unbreakable bond since we first met. We went on an incredible journey together and it will stay with me forever. 'He took my beloved Watford from the depths of the lower leagues to uncharted territory and into Europe. We have become a leading English club because of his managerial wisdom and genius.' Taylor reached the pinnacle of English management when he was hired by the national team in 1990, inheriting a side that reached the World Cup semifinals. 'His enthusiasm for life and football was incredible,' former England player Paul Gascoigne said. Taylor guided England to the 1992 European Championship, but the team was eliminated at the first stage, setting the tone for the rest of his time with the national team. After England lost 2-1 to Sweden in its final game at Euro 92, The Sun tabloid trashed Taylor with the headline: 'Swedes 2 Turnips 1.' Taylor's head was superimposed on a turnip, a caricature that led to the manager becoming known harshly as 'Turnip Taylor.' 'It hurts and that's what really, really annoys me,' Taylor recalled in a 2012 BBC documentary. 'They have no recognition about how much it hurts you. They think you don't care. 'And those people that know it hurts you, they put the knife into you so it hurts you even more.' Taylor's decision to grant behind-the-scenes access to a television crew for the qualifying campaign for the 1994 World Cup backfired when the extent of the strain of the job was exposed. In 'The Impossible Job,' Taylor was filmed complaining about a refereeing decision during a qualifier against the Netherlands, telling the linesman: 'Tell your mate he's just cost me my job.' Reflecting later on his shortcomings in the England job, Taylor said: 'I am not bitter. I am just disappointed in myself.' The failure to reach the 1994 World Cup in the United States was a blot on Taylor's accomplishments in management after a modest playing career ended at age 28 due to a hip injury. Having already become the youngest person to attain a full Football Association coaching badge, Taylor was able to move straight into management with Lincoln after playing for the team. After winning the fourth tier, Taylor moved south to Watford. With the boardroom backing of John, Taylor guided Watford from the fourth division to the first division (then the top tier), an FA Cup final and European competition in five years from 1978. John then allowed Taylor to move to Aston Villa, where he secured promotion to the top-flight and a second-place finish in 1990. He returned as club management after his England management, taking Watford back into the Premier League and enjoying one final spell at Villa before leaving the dugout for good in 2003. He was a regular commentator on matches in recent years for BBC radio. He is survived by wife Rita and daughters Joanne and Karen. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 12th, 2017Related News

Philippine Cup ghost continues to haunt Meralco

The ghost of the Philippine Cup has come back to haunt Meralco for the second straight season. After faulty effort against Mahindra, the Bolts have now lost five straight games in the All-Filipino, dropping them to last place with a 2-6 mark. This performance comes after Meralco finished 1-10 in the very same conference last season. Naturally, frustration is starting to creep into the franchise. However, the Bolts are not about to be consumed by the dark side just yet. 'Part of the game yun, natalo. Ngayon kailangan namin mag-effort every game lalo on defense,' veteran Reynel Hugnatan said who led the squad with 28 points vs. the Floodbuster. 'Pag natalo ka, lahat ng mali nandun. Try namin mag-focus sa next game,' he added. Fresh from making the Finals in the Governors' Cup, Hugnatan couldn't quite figure out what's wrong every time Meralco plays in a conference featuring only Filipino players. 'Ewan ko, di ko masagot eh. Lahat naman sa practice nakikita ko na parang lahat nagwo-work har. Pagdating sa game ewan ko ano nangyayari,' he said. With three games left in their schedule though, the Bolts' sole focus now is try and sneak into the playoffs as one of the lower seeds. 'I think we have a chance pa. Kaya di namin iniisip kung ano pa mangyayaru basta kami trabaho lang,' Hugnatan said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 11th, 2017Related News

Hassan Whiteside rejoins Heat after scary eye injury

em>By Greg Beacham, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES -- Hassan Whiteside has rejoined the Miami Heat in Los Angeles one week after a scary eye injury. Whiteside was held out of Friday night's (Saturday, PHL time) game against the Lakers, but Miami coach Erik Spoelstra hopes the NBA's leading rebounder will be able to play Sunday (Monday, PHL time) against the Clippers. Whiteside got accidentally poked in the right eye by Jae Crowder in Boston on Dec. 30 (Dec. 31, PHL time), and the Heat's second-leading scorer missed his fourth straight game Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Whiteside stayed behind in Miami while the Heat embarked on their six-game trip, but the seven-foot center improved enough to join his injury-plagued club on the road. 'It's a lot better,' Whiteside said. 'The headaches went away. I'm not seeing double anymore. So I can see a lot better, and a lot of the pain went away.' Whiteside had near-constant headaches until Friday morning, but his double vision went away Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). He still has an alarming, dark-red horizontal stripe of blood on the outer sclera of his right eye, but he has been told it will go away eventually, just as a bruise does. Whiteside really doesn't want to start wearing goggles, but the Heat's $98 million man said he will consider trying that if they get him back on the court. 'They were just worried about if I got hit in it again, it could really mess with my retina,' Whiteside said. 'That could require surgery, but thankfully I didn't have a detached retina, so everything came out OK.' Whiteside averaged 17.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 2.24 blocked shots per game while starting the Heat's first 34 games. He had been the lone constant in a starting lineup disrupted by numerous injuries. Miami forward Justise Winslow tore the labrum in his right shoulder late in the same game at Boston, and he had surgery Thursday that's likely to sideline him for the rest of the season. The Heat had missed an NBA-high 144 combined man games due to injury and used 15 different starting lineups heading into their weekend stand at Staples Center. Miami still ended a six-game losing streak and an eight-game road skid with a 107-102 win at Sacramento on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Dion Waiters, Miami's fourth-leading scorer, started the first 16 games of the season, but missed 20 straight with a groin injury before returning on a minutes restriction in Sacramento. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 7th, 2017Related News

Vera Rubin, dark matter, and the hopes of a woman physics laureate

Vera Rubin, dark matter, and the hopes of a woman physics laureate.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsJan 7th, 2017Related News

Rodgers-led Packers beat Lions 31-24 to win NFC North

LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer br /> DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Rodgers was right. The Green Bay Packers ran the table, just as their star quarterback said they could, by capping a six-game winning streak with an NFC North-clinching 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. 'This wasn't just a shot in the dark,' said Rodgers, who threw three of his four touchdown passes in the second half. 'It was an optimistic belief in my teammates.' The Packers (10-6) were undefeated after losing four straight games midway through the season, when Rodgers shared his bold thoughts, to win the division for the fifth time in six years. Like his team, Rodgers has been perfect during the streak with 15 TD passes and no interceptions. He will lead fourth-seeded Green Bay at home Sunday against the fifth-seeded New York Giants in an NFC wild-card game in its eighth straight postseason appearance. 'We have bigger aspirations,' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. 'This is the first step.' Detroit (9-7) dropped its last three games after it had a two-game lead in the NFC North, spoiling its shot at winning a division title for the first time since 1993. The Lions, though, will be in the playoffs for the second time in three years with coach Jim Caldwell because the Giants beat the Washington Redskins earlier in the day. The sixth-seeded Lions will play at third-seeded Seattle on Saturday night in a wild-card game. 'If you're in, you've got a chance,' Caldwell said. Rodgers, who was 27 of 39 for 300 yards, threw a go-ahead, 3-yard TD pass to Davante Adams with 9:23 left in the third quarter. Rodgers connected with Geronimo Allison and Adams in the end zone in the fourth quarter to give Green Bay a 14-point lead in a game it trailed 14-7 at halftime. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 2nd, 2017Related News

Blackout in Abra as kwitis hits power cables

BANGUED, Abra, Philippines – Abra is in the dark as power went out in the province after a wayward kwitis (baby rocket) at a fireworks show hit power cables.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 31st, 2016Related News

Robredo, de Lima warn of ‘dark change’

Robredo, de Lima warn of ‘dark change’.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsDec 31st, 2016Related News

Dark Christmas, New Year for some Lawin-hit villages

Dark Christmas, New Year for some Lawin-hit villages.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 24th, 2016Related News

Xmas greetings of Robredo, Sen Pangilinan tinged with sorrow over dark times

Xmas greetings of Robredo, Sen Pangilinan tinged with sorrow over dark times.....»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopDec 23rd, 2016Related News

Prince Charles warns of return to ‘dark days of 1930s’

Prince Charles warns of return to ‘dark days of 1930s’.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsDec 22nd, 2016Related News

Lessons from a dark year in Syria

Lessons from a dark year in Syria.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 20th, 2016Related News

Hello darkness my old friend

Instead of people saying “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” many people often comment that “everything gets so dark so early.” Sadly.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsDec 18th, 2016Related News

Cheat Sheet: Banish Dark Circles Like A Pro—Wave That Concealer Wand

With proper technique and the right shade of concealer, we can cover dark circles under our eyes in a better way......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleDec 12th, 2016Related News

Another supermoon

“The best time to observe the moon is after 12 a.m. Wednesday (December 14) but before dawn that day while it is still dark,” said Dario dela Cruz, chief of astronomy of the State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astrono.....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsDec 10th, 2016Related News

LATE BLOOMS: One More Tanka

neither black nor white creeping grey ‘tis tinged deep red reflected in tears memories of old nightmares reminders of long dark years Eric S.B. Libre.....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsDec 9th, 2016Related News

LATE BLOOMS:  Disoriented

I see the sun hovering on the horizon and the sky going crimson. Is it a new morn bright breaking? Or another dark night falling? Which way is east? Which way is west? Where are we heading? Pray, dear captain, tell me. Because our compass seems broken. (E.....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2016Related News

Dark matter 'smoother' than we thought – study

Dark matter 'smoother' than we thought – study.....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsDec 8th, 2016Related News