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Confident, charismatic Christopher takes final bow

  Filmmaker Christopher Ad Castillo passed away on Saturday evening, due to cardiac arrest, according to his uncle, John Ad Castillo. He was 54. The son of director Celso Ad Castillo, Christopher joined the Cinemalaya in 2013 with the suspense flick "The Diplomat Hotel," starring Gretchen Barretto. In 2014, he was part of the QCinema fest, with the thriller, "In Darkness We Live." He had just finished shooting a remake of his father's horror classic, "Patayin sa Sindak si Barbara," for ABS-CBN's over-the-top online platform iWant TV, when he was rushed to the hospital. Even in the hospital, Christopher's main concern was his movie. Fellow director Keith Sicat recalle...Keep on reading: Confident, charismatic Christopher takes final bow.....»»

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Adi Alsaid is a rare bird in Young Adult fiction: he’s male

YOUNG ADULT (YA) fiction is dominated by women writers, but there are some men who have established their names in the genre, such as David Levithan and John Green, whose respective books, Every Day and The Fault in Our Stars, have been made into movies. Adi Alsaid is another young and male author who joins… link: Adi Alsaid is a rare bird in Young Adult fiction: he’s male.....»»

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2 stranded pygmy killer whales released back to sea in Cagayan

TUGUEGARAO CITY - Two pygmy killer whales were returned to sea on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 18), a day after they were stranded at a beach in Santa Ana town in Cagayan province, according to a belated report on Tuesday (Aug. 21). Members of the Coast Guard and villagers found the male and female whales beached in Barangay (village) San Vicente, said John Henry Centeno III, the fishing regulation officer of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR). After failing to coax the whales back to sea, the villagers brought the 150-kilo mammals to a BFAR facility in Sta. Ana for "de-stressing." The villagers brought the whales back to sea at 4 p.m. The whales had no wounds nor ...Keep on reading: 2 stranded pygmy killer whales released back to sea in Cagayan.....»»

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Farr, Belgira finish 6th

SUBANG — John Derrick Farr and Leah Belgira settled for identical sixth-place finishes in mountain bike cycling’s downhill event where host Indonesia exploited a tremendous home-court advantage to sweep the gold medals offered in the sport on Monday in the 18th Asian Games. Farr, 22, finished eight seconds slower that… Source link link: Farr, Belgira finish 6th.....»»

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Filipino riders finish sixth in mountain bike

John Derrick Farr and Leah Belgira settled for identical sixth-place finishes in mountain bike, cycling’s downhill event which host Indonesia dominated with a sweep of the gold medals in the 18th Asian Games here yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 20th, 2018Related News

PRO-6 assures readiness of police stations vs. NPA attacks

THE Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) assured that municipal police stations, particularly those exposed to rebel attacks, are prepared for any untoward incident. In a media interview Monday, Supt. Joem Malong, PRO-6 spokesperson, confirmed that Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Regional Director of PRO-6, personally inspected police stations in the towns of Igbras, Tubungan, […] The post PRO-6 assures readiness of police stations vs. NPA attacks appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2018Related News

Director Christopher Ad. Castillo passes away at 54

His uncle, John Ad. Castillo made the announcement yesterday, Aug. 19 on Facebook. He said that his nephew died St. Luke's Medical Center, after a cardiac arrest. Christopher, a diabetic, had.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2018Related News

Image from page 152 of “Alaska and the Klondike” (1915) – Manila Picture

Identifier: alaskaklondik00mcla Title: Alaska and the Klondike Year: 1915 (1910s) Authors: McLain, John Scudder Subjects: Publisher: New York, McClure Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book Click here to view book online to… link: Image from page 152 of “Alaska and the Klondike” (1915) – Manila Picture.....»»

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Farr, Belgira finish 6th

SUBANG -- John Derrick Farr and Leah Belgira settled for identical sixth-place finishes in mountain bike cycling’s downhill event where host Indonesia exploited a tremendous home-court advantage to sweep the gold medals offered in the sport on Monday in the 18th Asian Games. Farr, 22, finished eight seconds slower that….....»»

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ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy mountain bike best finish sixth in downhill event

SUBANG, Indonesia — The Philippines' John Derrick Farr and Leah Belgira settled for identical sixth-place finishes in mountain bike cycling’s downhill event, where host Indonesia exploited a tremendous home-field advantage to sweep the gold medals offered in the sport on Monday in the 18th Asian Games. Farr, 22, finished eight seconds slower that gold medal winner Khoiful Mukhib, who won gold in two minutes and 16.687 seconds. Belgira, also 22 and an Asian Games first-timer like Farr, was 22 seconds off another local bet, Tiara Andini Prastika (2:33.056). “It was a pure home-court advantage,” said Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez, PhilCycling’s MTB commission chairman who also worked the race as an International Commisaire for the cycling discipline. Organizers allowed only one track walk and a tight three-hour practice ride for all foreign riders on the eve of the competitions, while the Indonesians, as hosts, had the luxury of making the course their home for the last three months. “Had we ridden the course several times, we could have done better, if not vied for the podium,” said Farr, who bagged a bronze medal as a junior in the 2014 Asian championships Indonesian hosted in Sumatra. For Guimaras pride Belgira, her sixth-place finish was more than enough to fuel her passion forn the event even more. “I will train some more and focus on competitions like the Asian Games,” she said. Chinese-Taipei’s Chiang Shengshang (1.493 seconds behind) clinched silver and Thailand’s Suebsakun Sukchanya (1.762 behind) bagged bronze in the men’s contest. It was a 1 and 3 finish for Indonesia in the women’s race with Nining Porwaningsih (9.6-8 behind) completing the podium behind silver medalist Vipavee Deekaballes (9.598 behind) of Thailand. Members of the Philippine secretariat in Jakarta, meanwhile, earned applause for their conscientious effort to have the bikes of Farr and Ariana Thea Patrice Dormitorio brought here in time for the races. Philippine Secretariat Head Arturo Aro made sure the bikes — which were bumped off from the Philippine Airlines flight that was cancelled because of the NAIA mess caused by a Xiamen Airlines plane last Friday — reached the athletes in time for their competitions. Dormitorio was glad to train on her personal bike on Monday after making do with a bike and cycling shoes lent to her by the host federation. Dormitorio and Nino Surban will race in MTB’s cross country on Tuesday......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 20th, 2018Related News

NAIA chaos lags riders’ bikes

The Filipino riders missed Sunday’s practice ride at the MTB courses in Subang, located 126 kms west of Jakarta. JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two Filipino riders will vie in the downhill event of cycling’s mountain bike event on Monday but they may end up sharing only one bike. This after the Trek MTB bike of John […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2018Related News

Top Trump adviser arrives for talks in Israel

JERUSALEM  – United States President Donald Trump's national security adviser arrived in Israel on Sunday for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a time of shared concerns over Syria, Iran and the Gaza Strip. John Bolton said on Twitter he was "looking forward to meeting with PM Netanyahu and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 19th, 2018Related News

Elton John ‘adored … worshipped’ Aretha Franklin

"We were witnessing the greatest soul artist of all time," said Elton John of Aretha Franklin. As he mourns the passing of Aretha, Elton John looked back at the time "The Queen of Soul" sang at his AIDS Foundation's benefit show last November at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. Little did he know that it would turn out to be Aretha's final public performance. And it was an "honor," Elton said, to have been able to witness it personally. "She was obviously unwell, and I wasn't sure she could perform," Elton, who "adored and worshipped" Aretha's talents, wrote on his Instagram account. "But Aretha did, and she raised the roof. She sang and played magn...Keep on reading: Elton John ‘adored … worshipped’ Aretha Franklin.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 19th, 2018Related News

ASIAN GAMES: 2 poomsae bronze medals on Day 1 for Philippines

JAKARTA—The Philippine men’s and women’s taekwondo poomsae teams settled for bronze medals after yielding to traditional powerhouses during their semifinal matches at the start of the taekwondo competitions in the 18th Asian Games at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) Assembly Hall here on Sunday. An opening for the gold medal match presented itself for the men’s troika of Dustin Jacob Mella, Jeordan Dominguez and Rodolfo Reyes Jr. after they defeated Iran in the quarterfinals, 8.339 vs 8.100. But the trio rammed into the Great Wall, losing in the semifinals to China’s Zhu Yuxiang, Hu Mingda and Deng Tingfeng, 7.830 - 8.180, to settle for the first bronze medal of the Philippine delegation. The same fate befell the triumvirate of Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto and Janna Dominique Oliva, who failed to make it to the championship round after bowing to Unifed Korea’s Gwak Yeowon, Choi Dongah, Park Jaeun, 7.110-8.020, also in the semifinals. “Hard luck. We lost in the semifinals, but we are very proud of the teams,” said Philippine Taekwondo Association national head coach Igor Mella. The men’s team began their ascent to the semifinals after defeating Saudi Arabia in the Round of 16, 8.180-7.640 before securing the quarterfinal win over the Iranians. The women’s team won over host Indonesia in the quarterfinals, 8.070-8.040, after edging Hong Kong, China in the round of 16, 8.000-7.490. Other Philippine bets in the individual poomsae were not as lucky as Reyes and Jocelyn Ninobla both failed to advance. Reyes was eliminated by Thailand's Pongporn Suvittayarak, 8.08-8.32, in the quarterfinals after he advanced to the last eight by eliminating Ruslan Manaspayev 8.08-7.08 in the round of 16. Ninobla fell by the wayside in the round of 16 to Vietnam's Tuyet Van Chau, 7.89-8.11. The men’s team’s semifinal tormentor China went on to settle for the silver after bowing to Unified Korea’s Han Yeonghun, Kim Seonho and Kang Wanjin, even as the Koreans’ female side was upset by Thailand’s Chomchuen Kotchawan, Phaisankiattikun Phenkanya and Sirisahakit Omawee, 8.200 to 8.210. The women’s volleyball team, meanwhile, got waylaid by powerhouse Thailand, 22-25, 12-25, 15-24, at the Gelura Bung Karno Volleyball Hall—a score line that did not actually reflect the Thais’ superiority in the event. Hagen Topacio, on the other hand, overcame a shaky start but came storming back to score 71 points and wind up in a tie for third with six others after the first three rounds of shooting’s trap event at the Jakabaring Sports City range here on a bright and sunny Sunday.   Also in Palembang, the country’s top junior player Jeson Patrombon was in vintage form on Sunday, starring in the country’s twin victories at the Jakabaring Sports City courts.Patrombon opened the country’s campaign in the men’s singles with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Timor Leste’s Nazario Fernandez Gusmao then teamed up with Francis Casey Alcantara in the afternoon in dispatching Qatar’s Jabar Al Mutawa and Mubarak Zayid, 6-4, 6-2, in doubles play. But the first-time partnership of Alberto Lim Jr. and Marian Jade Capadocia suffered a stinging 4-6, 4-6 loss to the seventh-seeded Indian tandem of Khamran Kaur Thandi and Divij Sharan in the mixed doubles. Two Filipino riders will vie in the downhill event of cycling’s mountain bike event on Monday but they may end up using only one bike. The Trek MTB bike of John Derick Farr--and also that of women’s cross country top bet Ariana Thea Patrice Dormitorio—remained in transit because of the mess at the NAIA caused by a Xiamen Airways Boeing plane that belly-landed last Friday. “If worse comes to worst, Derick could be borrowing Lea’s [women’s entry Lea Denise Belgira] bicycle for the downhill race tomorrow [Monday],” Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez, the PhilCycling’s MTM commission chairman, said. The Travel Department of the Philippine Sports Commission burned the wires since Saturday afternoon to determine the whereabouts of the bicycles......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 19th, 2018Related News

Ex-CIA directors issue unprecedented Trump condemnation

WASHINGTON, USA – Former CIA directors and another half dozen of America's most senior spies have issued an unprecedented condemnation of President Donald Trump, after his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan. In a statement, ex-CIA bosses appointed by Republican and Democratic presidents – including Robert Gates, George Tenet, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 18th, 2018Related News

AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant and agent Kim Maile met with Browns officials at team headquarters Thursday. The discussions carried over to a second day, ending with a promise to stay in touch. It's not known if Bryant has left town. The Browns host the Buffalo Bills in an exhibition game Friday night. One of the NFL's top receivers, the sometimes temperamental Bryant was cut by Dallas in April. Although the Browns are coming off a 0-16 season, Bryant is intrigued about joining them. The 29-year-old reached out to general manager John Dorsey after watching the team on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Bryant is also friends with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with Miami who came to Cleveland in a trade. The Browns have significantly upgraded their talent and there is renewed optimism about a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2002. If Bryant signs, the Browns would have three Pro Bowlers — Bryant, Landry and Josh Gordon — on their roster. Gordon is not with the team to deal with health issues, but the Browns are confident he'll be back this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 18th, 2018Related News

Son feels ashamed after South Korea s upset loss to Malaysia

By John Pye, Associated Press BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — In his last start a week ago Son Heung-min helped Tottenham to a win in the Premier League. In his last start in a South Korea jersey Son scored late in a World Cup upset group stage win over 2014 champion Germany in late June. He was a long way from there on Friday, when his belated start to the Asian Games ended in a 2-1 loss to Malaysia that left him feeling ashamed in front of 4,125 fans on the outskirts of Bandung, the capital of Indonesia's West Java province. After getting permission from Tottenham to pursue a gold medal that would earn him an exemption from national military service, Son finally got on the field in the 57th minute of South Korea's second group game. By then, the defending champions were down 2-0 after a pair of first-half goals from Safawi Rasid and all the warnings Son had given his young teammates about the potential threats of every opponent appeared to have gone unheeded. "I feel ashamed about this shocking loss," Son said in Korean. "The players sort of took it easy. After the Malaysians scored two goals, the players were perplexed." He was unable to spark a comeback win at SI Jalak Harupat Stadium, the art deco-inspired 27,000-seat stadium that is set amid volcanic hills and tea plantations about a four-hour drive southeast of Jakarta. Son had some good touches but, after Hwang Ui-jo scored for South Korea in the 87th, he pushed a long-range free kick wide in the last minute. South Korea had more than two-thirds of the possession and took 14 shots to Malaysia's five but lacked finish in the front third and were exposed early in defense. Defense is the key for this South Korean team. A gold medal will exempt them from 21 months of military service, an obligation Son is otherwise expected to start within the next two years. That's the kind of commitment that could hurt his playing career. He's at the Asian Games in Indonesia as one of the three wildcard — or overage players — in the under-23 South Korean squad. And he's one of four members of South Korea's World Cup squad selected for the roster, along with Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Seung-woo and goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo. Only one of them — Hwang — started against Malaysia. South Korea coach Kim Hak-bum admitted he made a tactical blunder by rotating his players too early in the tournament. "That was my mistake ... I regret that," Kim said through a translator. "Because of today's result we've got a difficult pathway to the finals. First place and second place in this group is quite different in the round of 16 ... but we'll get through." Kim responded to question about Son's limited playing time by saying the star player had only been with the squad a couple of days and his fitness and condition had to be properly managed. The 25-team tournament is not officially recognized by FIFA, but Tottenham allowed the 26-year-old Son to leave England after the 2-1 win at Newcastle. Son missed South Korea's run to the Asian Games title in 2014 because he was not released by former club Bayer Leverkusen, adding to the pressure on him to win gold this time. "I should have controlled the game better and helped the (young) players in their mind controls — I feel a big responsibility for that," Son said. "I and our coach told players that we could face a big trouble if we lowered our guard. Of course, this thing should not happen, but I feel very relieved that this happened during the group preliminaries. I hope our players have learned that." South Korea will round out the group stage against Kyrgyzstan on Monday and will need a big win to restore confidence ahead of the knockout stage. Malaysia leads Group E with two wins and is three points clear of South Korea, which had opened its campaign by thrashing Bahrain 6-0 on Wednesday. Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan had a 2-2 draw Friday to pick up their first points of the tournament and remain in contention. The top two teams from each group and four best-performing third-placed teams advance to the round of 16......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 18th, 2018Related News

South Sudan s child soldiers hope for life after war

For the child soldiers in South Sudan, throwing in their lot with the militias is one way of finding food and security in a dangerous environment. Image: AFP/Stefanie Glinski By the time Baba John.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News

South Sudan’s child soldiers hope for life after war

By the time Baba John escaped the tribal militia he had joined as an 11-year-old, he had long stopped counting the number of people he had killed. "I shot people. We all did," said Baba John. "I received a gun and was told how to shoot and point the gun. I don't remember how many I shot but there were many." A murderous time for Baba John began with a life-or-death decision when a South Sudanese armed group, known as the Cobra Faction, attacked his village close to the eastern town of Pibor, nearly 400 kilometers (240 miles) north of the capital Juba. Baba John survived that attack but, fearing he would not be so lucky the next time he decided, like many others have done, to...Keep on reading: South Sudan’s child soldiers hope for life after war.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 17th, 2018Related News

Djokovic wins in Cincinnati, Halep s match suspended

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Adrian Mannarino, of France, in the second round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 17th, 2018Related News