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Vienna topples Melbourne in most livable city ranking

A woman rides her bicycle through horse alley in Prater park on a sunny spring day in Vienna, Austria, on April 15, 2015. AFP LONDON, United Kingdom - Austria's capital Vienna has beaten Melbo.....»»

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Ardina falls short again as Coughlin snares crown

American Lauren Coughlin spoiled Dottie Ardina’s first clear crack at a Symetra Tour crown, turning in a bogey-free 66 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and edge the ace Filipina shotmaker by one in the PHC Classic at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Grendale, Wisconsin Sunday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Emana, Velez top PPS-MPC tennis

Mica Ella Emana turned in a pair of superb performances to annex two titles while John David Velez settled for one victory due to cramps in the PPS-PEPP Manila Polo Club National age-group tennis tournament at the MPC outdoor courts in Forbes Park in Makati City over the weekend......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Tagalog news: Tubbataha ng Palawan, 30 taon na

Sa mensahe ni Tubbataha Park Area Superintendent Angelique M. Songco, sa paglulunsad ng Tubbataha30, pinasalamat nito ang lahat ng mga stakeholder park rangers na tumutulong sa pagprotekta ng Tubbatah.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Tagalog news: Tubbataha ng Palawan, 30 taon na

Sa mensahe ni Tubbataha Park Area Superintendent Angelique M. Songco, sa paglulunsad ng Tubbataha30, pinasalamat nito ang lahat ng mga stakeholder park rangers na tumutulong sa pagprotekta ng Tubbatah.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

For many in Japan s sizzling summer, heatstroke hits at home

Pedestrians shield themselves from the sun at Ueno Park in Taito Ward, Tokyo. - THE JAPAN NEWS/ANN TOKYO -- About 45 per cent of 4,429 heatstroke victims taken to hospitals by ambulance in Tokyo fr.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Ardina hits rare double eagle, holds 3-shot lead

Dottie Ardina moved on the threshold of a breakthrough victory on the Symetra Tour, spiking her five-under 67 with a stunning double eagle to stretch her lead to three in the second round of the $100,000 PHC Classic at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Grendale, Wisconsin Saturday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 12th, 2018Related News

At the start of the Mass, we are invited to listen

Amid the noise and rush in the streets of New York City, there's an old building on 5th Avenue across Central Park with these words etched around the structure: "You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6: 8)   This is an apt invitation for us in the middle of a busy life. It likewise makes a perfect antiphon at the beginning of the Mass. Let us use this reflection from today's Gospel---Christ's invitation to listen.   In the Gospel, Christ says: "Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me." (John 6:45) The murmuring of the peo...Keep on reading: At the start of the Mass, we are invited to listen.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 12th, 2018Related News

Ardina seizes 1-shot edge with solid 64

Dottie Ardina, due for a breakthrough win after three runner-up finishes, headed to that dream finish as she sizzled with a bogey-free eight-under 64 to wrest a one-stroke lead over Czech Karolina Vlckova at the start of the PHC Classic at the Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Grendale, Wisconsin Friday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 11th, 2018Related News

Tubbataha marks 30 by celebrating its Big Five—both species and supporters

Today, Aug. 11, it will be 30 years since President Corazon Aquino signed Proclamation No. 306, creating the Philippines' first national marine protected area (MPA), the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park---now the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP)---in 1988.   The proclamation turned this jewel among Philippine reefs---all 97,000-plus hectares of it in the middle of the Sulu Sea in Palawan---into a "no-take zone," legally protecting this important center of marine biodiversity of the country as well as the world.   In 1993, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) reaffirmed this by declaring Tubbataha the only purely ma...Keep on reading: Tubbataha marks 30 by celebrating its Big Five—both species and supporters.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 11th, 2018Related News

‘Intelligent’ crows to pick up litter at French theme park

PARIS--Six crows specially trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park, its president said on Friday. "The goal is not just to clear up, because the visitors are generally careful to keep things clean" but also to show that "nature itself can teach us to take care of the environment", Nicolas de Villiers of the Puy du Fou park, in the western Vendee region, told AFP. Rooks, a member of the crow family of birds that also includes the carrion crow, jackdaw and raven, are considered to be "particularly intelligent" and in the right circumstances "like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through p...Keep on reading: ‘Intelligent’ crows to pick up litter at French theme park.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 11th, 2018Related News

A weekend of Filipino culture at Balboa Park

With a focus on cultural heritage and entertainment, the SAMAHAN Filipino Performing Arts & Education Center brings its annual Philippine Cultural Arts Festival to Balboa Park for two days of t.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsAug 10th, 2018Related News

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 10th, 2018Related News

Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy

BEIJING --- An escort convoy will begin a one-month journey in the next few days to protect pregnant Tibetan antelopes that will travel hundreds of kilometers from Qinghai province to the Tibet autonomous region to give birth.   The team, organized by the Qumalai management office at Three-River-Source National Park in Qinghai province, consists of 40 experienced workers who have been involved in Tibetan antelope protection work for years.   Every summer, 5,000 to 6,000 pregnant Tibetan antelopes travel along fixed routes from the Lechi grassland in Qinghai to Hoh Xil in Tibet to give birth.   The rich variety of food and a relatively safe environment...Keep on reading: Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Aug 9th, 2018Related News

‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder’s death ruled a suicide

  HELENA, Mont.--- "Superman" actress Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it's a relief to finally have the truth out.   Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve's Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on May 13.   At the time, Kidder's manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said Kidder died peacefully in her sleep.   A statement released Wednesday by Park County coroner Richard Wood said she "died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose" and that no further details would be released.   Maggie McGuane, Kidder's daughter by her...Keep on reading: ‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder’s death ruled a suicide.....»»

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Pope Francis on death penalty

The most prominent victim of the death penalty in Philippine history was Jose Rizal who was sentenced to death and executed by a firing squad on the morning of Dec. 30, 1896 in the park that now bears his name......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 8th, 2018Related News

Quezon, all set for Niyogyugan Festival 2018

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, August 8 (PIA)- The provincial government of Quezon is ready for this year's Niyogyugan Festival slated on 9-20 August at Perez Park, this city, featuring an agri-tourism expositi.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 8th, 2018Related News

DFA brings Passport on Wheels to Cebu

CEBU CITY, August 2 (PIA) --The Department of Foreign Affairs deploys the mobile passport processing service or "Passport on Wheels" in Oakridge Pavilion, Oakridge Business Park, Mandaue City for 2 da.....»»

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Quezon, all set for Niyogyugan Festival 2018

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, August 8 (PIA)- The provincial government of Quezon is ready for this year's Niyogyugan Festival slated on 9-20 August at Perez Park, this city, featuring an agri-tourism expositi.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsAug 8th, 2018Related News

Ceres Negros hopes to defend title vs Singapore

CERES NEGROS FC has left for Singapore early this week to face Home United FC for Leg 2 of the AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal in Jalan Besar Stadium today, Aug. 8, 2018. After a 1-1 draw last week on their home pitch at the Panaad Park and Stadium, the defending champions Ceres is hard-pressed to […] The post Ceres Negros hopes to defend title vs Singapore appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsAug 7th, 2018Related News