Miley Cyrus enjoys endless summer

I do not know if Miley Cyrus now feels that she has finally been able to accomplish what she had been trying to do all these years......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMar 30th, 2023

Taylor Swift, BLACKPINK among 2023 MTV Video Music Awards top nominees

MTV has revealed the nominations for the 2023 Video Music Awards, which celebrates artists whose cultural impact and work during the last 12 months have transformed the music industry and cultivated global conversations. Taylor Swift leads this year’s nominations with eight, looking for a repeat “Video of the Year” victory after breaking records last year to become the only artist to win thrice in the highly coveted category. [caption id="attachment_169247" align="aligncenter" width="581"] Taylor Swift | Photograph Courtesy Of Ig/ Taylor Swift[/caption]   She is closely followed by SZA (6), Doja Cat, Kim Petras, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Olivia Rodrigo and Sam Smith (5 each), and BLACKPINK, Diddy and Shakira (4 each). This year boasts a record number of first-ever VMA nominees (35 total), with multiple nominations for first-timers Kim Petras (5), Metro Boomin and Rema (3 each), and Ayra Starr, GloRilla, Ice Spice, Peso Pluma, Reneé Rapp and Yung Miami (2 each). Other artists receiving first-time nods include Aespa, boygenius, Burna Boy, Davido, Eslabon Armado, FLETCHER, FIFTY FIFTY, JVKE, Lauren Spencer Smith, Musa Keys, PinkPantheress, Saucy Santana, Stephen Sanchez and Toosii, among others. Fans can vote for their favorites across 15 gender-neutral categories, including the all-new “Best Afrobeats” category, plus the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” and “Artist of the Year” categories, by visiting until 1 September. Voting for “Best New Artist” will remain active until 12 September. Nominations for social categories including “Group of the Year” and “Song of Summer” will be announced at a later date. The 2023 VMAs will return to celebrate the biggest names in music on 12 September at New Jersey’s famed Prudential Center, with headline-generating surprises, one-time-only performances and a fan-filled audience. Fans in Southeast Asia can stay tuned and follow @MTVAsia on socials for more updates on the show. The post Taylor Swift, BLACKPINK among 2023 MTV Video Music Awards top nominees appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 9th, 2023

Essential Bangkok experience

Take the Airport Rail Link and SkyTrain. If you don’t have too many pieces of luggage, says our tour guide Nattapong Jongboonsab, the Airport Rail Link is the quickest — and cheapest — way to get into the city. The SkyTrain is also the best way to get around Bangkok and beat the traffic jam. The trains run regularly and are often quite busy. Check out Siam Premium Outlet. The perfect starting point for most tourists — with shopping as the first order of the day — just 20 minutes away from the Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is where the world’s biggest fashion stores and high-end brands are located. Think Balenciaga, Chanel, Burberry, Versace, Ferragamo, Bally, Jimmy Choo, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs etc., alongside a host of casual, sporting and accessories brands, including Adidas, Nike, Fred Perry, Onitsuka Tiger, Samsonite, Swarovski. The outdoor complex houses a number of air-conditioned restaurants — like the popular S&P Thai Restaurant (try their Chicken Green Curry and Seabass Yellow Curry on Rice — the best!) — and food stalls selling popular Thai street food dishes. Other high-end stores in the city you must visit: Central Village, Iconsiam and Siam Paragon. Explore Iconsiam — The most impressive shopping center in Bangkok with more than 7,000 shops, 100 restaurants and even a floating market. The ground floor is a bustling indoor night market filled with food stalls dishing out classic Bangkok street snacks, including oyster and crab omelet, spicy and pungent curries, grilled squids, prawns and eels, pad thai, rice bowls, noodles, deep-fried chicken and pork, pomelo salad and their ever-popular mango sticky rice — all at affordable price. Our guide says it is best visited on a rowdy weekend, with endless orders of beers to chase away the fiery flavors. Walk around Siam Square. It’s a unique hipster block with something for everyone, from boutique stores to cool cafes and patisseries. The area is so popular among the young generation who enjoys hanging out with friends over cups of iced coffee or milk tea, specially from the most-talked about and most Instagrammable dog-friendly restaurant, the Dosan Dalmatian by Mammia. It offers western and Korean dishes with indoor and outdoor sitting. It’s best to order a cappuccino or latte because there’s an adorable puppy face cream on top. Sooo cute.   Shop till you drop at Jodd Fairs. Another open-air night market selling local and imported items from branded clothing to bric-a-brac. Pick up a plaid shirt, slap on some oversized sunglasses and pair it all with sandals and socks while you’re at it. After your retail therapy, stop by for a cold beer or mocktails and a snack of churros at one of its outdoor food stalls.   Pamper yourself at Let’s Relax. After a long day of shopping and sightseeing, one of the best things you can do for your body and mental well-being is hit the spa. Some of the world’s best spas are in Bangkok, and Let’s Relax is one of them. It offers authentic, traditional Thai body massage. However, we just opted for the one-and-a-half-hour foot massage. Not bad at all. The post Essential Bangkok experience appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 9th, 2023

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr join Dolly Parton on ‘Let It Be’

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have joined Dolly Parton in recording a version of the Beatles classic "Let It Be" on the country legend's upcoming album. The track was released on Friday and will feature on the 77-year-old Parton's upcoming album "Rockstar." "Well, does it get any better than singing 'Let It Be' with Paul McCartney who wrote the song?" Parton said on her website. "Not only that, he played piano! "Well, it did get even better when Ringo Starr joined in on drums, Peter Frampton on guitar and Mick Fleetwood playing percussion," she said. "I mean, seriously, how much better does it get? Thanks guys!" "Rockstar," Parton's 49th album, will be released on 17 November. It features her renditions of 21 pop and rock classics along with nine original songs. According to Billboard, other rockers joining Parton on the album include Elton John, Sting, Lizzo, Pink, Debbie Harry, Steve Perry, Steven Tyler, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, John Fogerty, Miley Cyrus, and Ann and Nancy Wilson. The "Let It Be" rendition is a rare collaboration between the two surviving Beatles, Billboard said. McCartney, 81, joined Starr, 83, in 2020 for a song on the drummer's album "Zoom In," it said, and Starr made a surprise appearance in 2019 at one of McCartney's concert tour stops. The post Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr join Dolly Parton on ‘Let It Be’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 18th, 2023

Sax treasures by Kenny G and Dave Koz

Much as I love the sounds of my favorite girls, you know, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and SZA and also of Uhaw by Dilaw, I have now reached a point wherein I am in need of something else.  And boy, am I glad I went looking because I found some treasures to feast my ears with. I mean if you need some slow, relaxing music, you will never go wrong with the sax artistry of Kenny G and Dave Koz......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2023

Kelly Clarkson releases an entire album of revenge songs

Had been thinking about what great revenge songs have been coming out lately. Like Flowers by Miley Cyrus, “I can send myself flowers… I can love me better than you can.” Or Vigilante Sh*t by Taylor Swift, “I don’t start sh*t but I can tell you how it ends, don’t get sad, get even.”.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 29th, 2023

Leveled up smartphone’s midrange game

When it comes to phones, we want something that can provide flawless performance and a "premium feel," yet they usually come at a high price. Thankfully, the new Samsung Galaxy A54 5G eliminates the need for compromise by providing the best of both worlds. Here are some ways that the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G delivers an awesome flagship-like experience at its mid-range price: High-End Aesthetic Feels One of the first things we consider for a phone is the captivating design, something that matches our #aesthetic and something we can be proud to whip out any time when we are with friends—this is what the Galaxy A54 5G delivers; a premium look that is chic and classy at the same time. Taking its design cues from the ultra-elegant Samsung Galaxy S23 series, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is also flaunting a revamped design similar to the flagship line; with Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back for a premium look, a plastic frame that’s slightly rounded at the side to give you a more comfortable grip and a more high-end in-hand feel of the phone. When it comes to colors, the A54 5G comes in vibrant shades sure to appeal to Gen Z vibes; the funky Awesome Lime, and the classic Awesome Graphite, with the modern-looking Awesome Violet as an online-only offer, giving a nice contrast from the classic shades of the Galaxy S23 series. It also has a refreshed camera module design, getting rid of the camera bump from the latter version, which complements the high-end look of the phone. And like the Galaxy S23 series, this phone also boasts an IP67 water and dust resistance rating, so you are in the clear from both the occasional splash and taking it on the road this summer. Awesome camera In terms of photography, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G delivers outstanding performance with its triple back camera setup, which lets you capture awesome moments from various perspectives. The new 50MP f/1.8 main camera has a larger sensor with a 1.0µm pixel size that can capture brighter shots than the 64MP f/1.8 primary lens on the Galaxy A53, which has a 0.8µm pixel size. At the back, there is also a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens and a 5MP f/2.4 macro lens. Endless selfies can be taken with a 32MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. The camera’s night mode will let you capture amazing memories in low-light conditions with ease. When it comes to display, this phone packs a brilliant 6.4-inch Super AMOLED panel—which falls in between the Galaxy S23’s 6.1-inch panel and the Galaxy S23+’s 6.6-inch display—with a 120Hz refresh rate and crisp Full HD+ resolution for a watching experience like no other. You can even have an immersive viewing experience even in harsh lighting conditions, thanks to its brightness that comes up to 1000 nits. Impeccable performance Inside the premium-looking casing of this phone, you’ll find the in-house Exynos 1380 which keeps the Always-On display. It’s backed by 8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of expandable storage and ultra-fast 5G connectivity, giving you fast performance and more time for work or play, and wide storage for keeping files or awesome memories captured with your phone. Like the Galaxy S23 series, the Galaxy A54 5G also has a 5,000mAh battery that provides up to two days of battery life on a single charge, with video playing lasting up to 21 hours*, so you can be uninterrupted as you watch your favorite shows, play mobile games, or just scroll through social media. Free-handed personalization The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G also runs on Android 13 with Samsung's One UI 5.1, which allows you to personalize your phone’s display. You can also enhance pictures with features such as the Object Eraser, which removes unwanted objects in pictures, and the Remaster Mode, which optimizes photos by boosting their color and clarity. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G also offers the best-in-class OS and security updates that you won’t get with any other Android brands in the market. For a worry-free ownership experience, this phone provides up to five years of security upgrades, with features that let you protect your personal information and precious memories. It also offers four generations of Android OS updates that will make sure that your phone keeps up with the latest advancements in the Android system. So what are you waiting for? Get your own Samsung Galaxy A54 5G and get freebies worth up to PHP9,900! You can get a free 25W travel adapter for the whole month of May 1. You can also get a free clear phone case from May 12 to May 31 and if you’re waiting for the payday weekend, you can bring home the Galaxy A54 5G with a free Buds Live2, the perfect accessory partner for the Galaxy A series. The Galaxy A54 5G retails for only PHP 26,990 for the 256GB variant and PHP 24,990 for the 128GB variant and comes in three trendy colors: Awesome Graphite, Awesome Lime, and the online-exclusive Awesome Violet—a friendly price for a phone that gives you the high-end vibes and functionality! Secure your own Galaxy A54 5G with awesome deals, such as Home Credit's flexible payment options and 0% Credit Card installment plans. If you wish to trade in your old gadget, you can save up to PHP 10,150. Bundle discounts with other Samsung devices are also available: get 50% off the Galaxy Buds2 Pro and Galaxy Buds2, and 30% off the Galaxy Watch5 Series. You will also continue to receive a Free Travel Adapter with your phone. The post Leveled up smartphone’s midrange game appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2023

Britons party for King Charles III’s coronation

Ashley Green, United Kingdom — In the central English village of Ashley Green, Britons marking the coronation of King Charles III gathered Sunday to celebrate with traditional party food, patriotic songs and plenty of good cheer. After rain soaked people lining the coronation procession route a day earlier, organizers were taking no chances. The inside of the small village hall in Buckinghamshire, northwest of London, was decked out in red, white and blue bunting and balloons with long tables for 100 people. With people bringing their own savory food as well as a sweet dish to share, the dessert table was soon groaning under the weight of homemade delicacies. There were huge sherry trifles, plates of scones oozing with jam and clotted cream, “summer puddings” made from bread and red berries and endless meringues. Little girls dressed in festive colors and with Union Jack ribbons in their hair eyed the table longingly. “I think it’s lovely,” Annette Cathcart, 67, told AFP. “I think you need these things to bring the community together. People spend as much or as little as they want. It’s the perfect way to celebrate.” Across the UK, as many as 67,000 similar parties were taking place on Sunday as part of the coronation festivities. Rob Barnes, 42, a retail tech boss, who was part of the community association that organized the Ashley Green event, said the best thing about the street parties was that it didn’t matter if you were a monarchist or not. “I didn’t actually watch the coronation myself. My wife and my daughters did but I have mixed feelings about the royal family. It’s about coming together as a community,” he said, adding that it was a “very diverse group with people in their nineties and children and babes in arms”. Retired scientist and royalist Katherine Hyde told AFP the party represented the village at its best. The country needed more “community spirit”, she said praising King Charles for his charity work. Younger generations focused too much on the online world and risked “missing out” on the support that comes from meeting people in person and sharing a meal, she added. New Zealander Graeme Nation, 50, said he was “ambivalent” about the monarchy, describing himself as a “live and let live sort of person”. He said he had come to “celebrate a little bit, but mainly to support the community, be with friends and have a nice time.” The IT manager from the nearby town of Chesham said he felt the difficult economic times the country was going through were “all the more reason to celebrate”. As for the rain, he’d “come to learn that with the great British weather you just get on with it like they did yesterday,” he said. The meal over, another volunteer stepped forward to rig up a sound system for a singalong. Soon “Rule Britannia”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope and Glory” were blasting out with the community joining in enthusiastically. “Sweet Caroline” had them up on their feet, waving their arms and swaying from side to side, before “Auld Lang Syne” and the national anthem wrapped things up. Outside on the village green, the dark rain clouds that had been threatening to strike all day finally gave way to some intermittent sunshine. The post Britons party for King Charles III’s coronation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 8th, 2023

DepEd urged to comply with magna carta for teachers, pay teachers for summer work

Reminding DepEd of the “endless” tasks teachers take during vacations, such as handling early enrollment and attending required training sessions, ASSERT Secretary-General Fidel Fababier said that teachers are not simply "paid to rest” between school years. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2023

USA: Miley Cyrus’ song banned from elementary school

According to school authorities, the singer’s subject matter is “controversial”, which makes her unsuitable for her students in a Wisconsin elementary school One of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2023

Miley Cyrus, Kardashian sisters are the most-searched nepo babies

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus and television personality Kim Kardashian are the most-searched "nepo babies" after the term went viral on social media......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2023

Bagong single ni Miley Cyrus na ‘Flowers’ nilabas na, trending agad sa YouTube

TRENDING sa Youtube ang kalalabas lang na single ng American singer-songwriter na si Miley Cyrus. Ito ang may titulong “Flowers” na kabilang sa inaabangang comeback album ng singer ngayong taon. ‘Yan din ang kauna-unahang kanta na ini-release niya matapos ang tatlong taong pagpapahinga sa music industry. Ayon sa Sony Music Entertainment, ang “Flowers” ay tungkol […] The post Bagong single ni Miley Cyrus na ‘Flowers’ nilabas na, trending agad sa YouTube appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2023

Miley Cyrus maglalabas ng bagong single after 3 years, fans abangers na: ‘Finally! She’s back!’

NEW year, new Miley. ‘Yan ang naging peg ng international pop star na si Miley Cyrus sa kanyang bagong single matapos ang tatlong taon. Ang title ng kanta ay “Flowers” at inanunsyo ito mismo ni Miley sa naganap na live special ng NBC na “Miley’s New year’s Eve Party.” Ang nasabing kanta ay nakatakdang i-release […] The post Miley Cyrus maglalabas ng bagong single after 3 years, fans abangers na: ‘Finally! She’s back!’ appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2023

Miley Cyrus fondly remembers ‘Hannah Montana’

It has been a decade and a half since Miley Cyrus portrayed the character Miley Stewart who lived a double life as pop singer Hannah Montana in the 2006 American teen sitcom, Hannah Montana. The show ran for four seasons from March 2006 to January 2011. In an Instagram post on 24 March, exactly 15 […] The post Miley Cyrus fondly remembers ‘Hannah Montana’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 25th, 2021

Miley& rsquo;s next step in her artistic evolution

Yesterday, global superstar Miley Cyrus unveiled “Midnight Sky,” a track under RCA that showcases a new direction for the always evolving artist......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

Miley Cyrus drops Midnight Sky

Today, global superstar Miley Cyrus unveiled “Midnight Sky,” a track under RCA that showcases a new direction for the always evolving artist.  .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 18th, 2020

Ready for it? Belgian university offers literature course on Taylor Swift

A hubbub grips the class in the Belgian city of Ghent as university students eagerly discuss whether US pop star Taylor Swift is a "literary genius". The question elicits passionate responses from students, and it's an exercise their professor hopes will enliven their engagement with more traditional figures of the English Literature canon. The course is among a handful that have popped up at universities around the world as pop titan Swift has racked up hits and awards and as her Eras Tour is expected to set a record for the first billion-dollar tour. "To read her lyrics without the context of the song, it can feel like poetry," one student says, after the teacher opens the floor to discussion. Another student pipes up to suggest it's too soon to say Swift, 33, has had the same cultural impact as William Shakespeare, known around the world for many centuries. While Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, Swift has recorded 10 albums. Some will wonder what Shakespeare and his peers share in common with today's biggest US singer-songwriter. Well, they are all the subject of Elly McCausland's course called "Literature (Taylor's Version)" for Master's degree students at Ghent University, which will run until the end of the year. During the first class on Monday, assistant professor McCausland piqued the students' curiosity with controversial questions, including why certain authors and literature are considered timeless, while other books are not valued the same way. McCausland's goal? To make literature more accessible. "I'd like to get people excited about literature, thinking about literature in a new way and realizing that actually even literature from centuries and centuries ago still has something to add to our conversations," she told AFP at the class. 'Swift is a real poet' The 10-session course will use Swift's songs as references for themes and will focus on a series of historic texts including Charlotte Bronte's Villette, lesser known than Jane Eyre. The course has proved popular, with 61 students signed up, twice as many as usual. There are even students from other parts of Belgium. Zina Ringoot, 20, had learned just hours before that she could attend the course and made the 90-minute trip to Ghent from Antwerp in the northeast. "I'm a huge Taylor Swift fan," said Ringoot, an English literature Master's student. "I'm hoping to write my thesis on Taylor Swift's album 'folklore' and how it connects to romanticism. So I thought I would get a lot out of this class." Not everyone in the class is a Swiftie, as her fans call themselves. Joris Verschelde, 21, admitted he was "not that big of a fan" but wanted to "see the connection between the songs and what what we already learned" in the older texts. Laughter often fills the windowless auditorium, despite the fact that serious themes are on the agenda, including feminism, sexism and misogyny. When McCausland asks: "Who are the gatekeepers" of English literature, one student quips: "A bunch of old men!" Even if critics reject comparisons with the canonical greats, Swift has fans even among Shakespeare experts including British academic Sir Jonathan Bate. After attending a concert during Swift's record-breaking Eras tour, Bate wrote in the Sunday Times in April: "I came away with confirmation of a thought I first had 15 years ago: this isn't just high-class showbiz, Taylor Swift is a real poet." Beyond Belgium University courses looking at Swift have been popping up around the world. New York University's Clive Davis Institute launched its first-ever course on Swift last year, and Queen Mary University of London offered a summer school this year looking at Swift through a literary lens. In Arizona, PhD student Alexandra Wormley is hosting a course on the social psychology of Swift at Arizona State University this autumn. Critics online and even some media pundits have pondered just what it is about Swift that is so appealing. For Clio Doyle, an academic who hosted the summer course at Queen Mary, "Swift is a really fascinating songwriter". The lecturer in early modern literature added that another reason she looked at Swift was because of her popularity and the discussions surrounding her work. "A course about Swift would be an opportunity for students both to deepen their readings of Swift's lyrics and to think about what it means to study something as literature," Doyle, who runs a similarly-themed podcast about Swift, told AFP. The summer course will be offered again next year, and interest is not limited to the United States or Europe. The University of Melbourne will host a three-day "Swiftposium" looking at Swift's cultural, economic and global impact in February 2024, the same month her tour arrives in Australia. The post Ready for it? Belgian university offers literature course on Taylor Swift appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2023

Famed environmental warrior graces RC Manila assembly

The Rotary Club of Manila had a brilliant, unique guest speaker at its last weekly members’ meeting at the Manila Polo Club — the famed, internationally acclaimed author, lawyer, environmental activist, and recipient, in 2009, of what is regarded as the Nobel Prize of Asia, the Ramon Magsaysay Award (non-category), Antonio Oposa Jr. For about an hour and a half last Thursday, 21 September 2023, RC Manila members, officers and guests at the MPC’s Turf Room  alternately stood up to sing along and listen to Oposa’s telling of “good stories,” his way, he said, of promoting and creating awareness for his advocacies and his passion for the environment. Oposa earned a law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law. For a short time, he worked in a law firm, until he realized that his heart was not in the practice of law but rather with nature and the environment. He traveled to Norway and enrolled in a course on energy and the environment at the University of Oslo’s summer program and afterwards, to Boston, where he  pursued and later obtained his LLM at the Harvard Law School  in 1997. [caption id="attachment_188497" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Valiant environmental warrior Antonio Oposa: ‘My biggest achievement is that I have turned some of my adversaries into co-advocates. And what could be more inspiring now than to see their own children out there, protecting the sea?’[/caption] In 1993, Oposa made global headlines for the landmark case, Minors Oposa v Factoran where the Supreme Court ruled that the 43 children counseled by Oposa, who filed legal action against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, seeking cancellation by the agency of existing timber license agreements and stopping the issuance of new ones, ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. “The case was brought to court amid the government’s then granting over 90 logging companies permits to cut down nearly four million hectares of old-growth forest when only 850,000 hectares remained. And forests were being logged at a rate of some 200,000 hectares per year! I told the Court how my son, only three at that time, would no longer see these forests by the time he was 10. I couldn’t help thinking, that if this wasn’t stopped not a single old-growth  forest would remain for him and future generations to enjoy,” Oposa said. The case had initially been dismissed in trial court on the ground that there was no legal personality to sue. Oposa elevated the case to the Supreme Court, and in a much-hailed case of intergenerational responsibility, the Supreme Court upheld the legal standing and right of the children to initiate action on their behalf and on behalf of generations yet unborn. What was so remarkable about the case is that Oposa sued on behalf of generations yet unborn and today that milestone case is known in Philippine and global jurisprudence as the “Oposa Doctrine.” For its part, the Philippine Supreme Court, too, carved a permanent niche for itself in environmental law with its promulgation of Oposa v Factoran. It secured its place in history, earning praises from the international environmental community and a reputation as a champion of the right to a healthy environment. Oposa also recounted at this talk at the RC Manila meeting last Thursday another epic landmark case involving the legal tussle he waged against 11 government agencies for the cleaning up of severely polluted Manila Bay. In December 2008, a decade after he filed that case, the Supreme Court issued a decision in his favor. In a continuing mandamus ruling, the Supreme Court ordered all defendant agencies to implement a time-bound action plan that would clean up Manila Bay and to give the Court a progress report on the matter every three months. Oposa talked about the Island Sea Camp he organized in 2001 in Bantayan Island where he gave children lessons on coral reefs, snorkeling and sustainable practices. In 2003, 2004, while holding weekend training camps for children in the Sea Camp “we noticed the rampant illegal fishing going on. Dynamite fishing and commercial fishing intrusions into prohibited coastal zones went unchecked. Something had to be done,” related Oposa. Thus, was born the Visayan Sea Squadron. “I organized a strike team with crack enforcers from the National Bureau of Investigation, Navy, fishermen, sea watch volunteers, lawyers, law students and even a few foreigners. The target was not small fishermen but crime syndicates and operators behind the sale of blasting caps and dynamite powder. Seizures and raids followed,” he said. Operations were so effective that word went out that his friend Jojo de la Victoria, the fearless Cebu City Bantay Dagat (Sea Watch) chief, and Oposa were targets of assassination. A local newspaper interviewed De la Victoria, revealing an intelligence report about illegal fishing operators putting up a P1-million bounty for him and Oposa. In 12 April 2006, 48 hours after he was interviewed, De la Victoria was felled by a hired gunman outside his house in Cebu City. “Jojo’s life was not in vain. After his funeral, a core team met for dinner to regroup. The tide of illegal fishing started to turn. Exploits of the Visayan Sea Squadron — and the courage and synergy of the men and women who made it happen — became known far and wide,” Oposa said. He continued, “Four years after Jojo died, Visayan Sea Squadron co-founder Alfredo Marañon was elected governor of Negros Occidental province. He gathered the other governors in the region to begin a restorative plan for the Visayan Sea which encompasses an area of over a million hectares. The governors passed a landmark joint resolution declaring the entire Visayan Sea a marine reserve.” For his valiant work as an environmental warrior, Oposa has been the recipient of many award in recognition of his valiant work as an environmental warrior. Aside from receiving the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2009, he was given the equally prestigious Center for International Environmental Law Award in 2008. Earlier, in 1997, he was conferred the United Nations Environment Programme Global 500 Roll of Honor, the highest UN honor in the field of the environment. Asked if there was anything about his attainments that gives him the most satisfaction, Oposa said, “My biggest achievement is not that I caught this violator and that violator when we were busy with our Visayan Sea Squadron operations; it is that I have turned my adversaries into co-advocates. Some of those who had opposed me are now supporting me in my advocacies. And what could be more inspiring than to see their own children helping us out there, protecting the sea?” The post Famed environmental warrior graces RC Manila assembly appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 24th, 2023

Wonders of the Coconut

The company now exports to all major markets including Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and the Czech Republic in the European Union, where CocoWonders enjoys a good following......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2023

Bong Go provides support to TESDA graduates in Guagua

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go congratulated the 20 graduates who successfully completed their Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) programs at the Philippine Competency Training and Assessment Center Inc. in Guagua, Pampanga on Thursday, 21 September. “It is with immense joy and pride that I extend my warmest congratulations to each and every one of you for successfully completing your TESDA programs,” said Go in a video message. “Your dedication, hard work, and determination have truly paid off, and you stand as shining examples of the power of education and skill development. Through your commitment, you have not only enhanced your own capabilities but also contributed to the growth and progress of our nation,” he added. As part of his support, Go provided small tokens to the graduates, including grocery packs, snacks, masks, shirts, and balls for basketball and volleyball while there were select recipients of shoes. “Kayo po ang kinabukasan ng bayang ito at iyan po ang tanging puhunan natin sa mundong ito — ang edukasyon. Makakaasa naman po kayo na kasama ninyo ako at ang buong pamahalaan sa inyong paglalakbay. Asahan ninyo ang patuloy na suporta sa inyong mga pangarap at adhikain,” said Go. Building upon the successes of Republic Act No. 10931 or the Universal Access To Quality Tertiary Education Act which was enacted during the term of former president Rodrigo Duterte, Go introduced SBN 1360 to further expand the coverage of the tertiary education subsidy. This proposal aims to ensure that a broader spectrum of aspiring college students can access financial assistance for their higher education pursuits. The lawmaker also filed Senate Bill No. 1190, which aims to expand the purpose and application of the Special Education Fund (SEF). The bill envisions a broader scope for SEF utilization, enabling local governments to allocate resources for the improvement of educational facilities, teacher training, and the procurement of necessary educational materials. “As you step forward into the workforce armed with your newfound skills, remember that the path you've chosen is one of endless possibilities. Your training at TESDA has equipped you with the tools to excel in your chosen fields, and I have no doubt that you will leave your mark on the industries you are about to enter,” Go said. “It is my hope that you continue to strive for excellence, to keep learning and growing, and to inspire others with your success stories. Your achievements will serve as an inspiration to many, showcasing the importance of vocational education and its impact on individual lives and our society as a whole,” he added. The post Bong Go provides support to TESDA graduates in Guagua appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 24th, 2023

French rapper MHD faces verdict over youth’s murder

Acclaimed French rapper MHD was on Saturday awaiting with eight co-accused a verdict in the trial over the murder of a young man in Paris in 2018. MHD, whose real name is Mohamed Sylla, once again insisted on his innocence as he made his final statements before the court retired to render the verdict after three weeks of proceedings. "From the beginning, I have maintained my innocence in this case and I will continue to maintain my innocence," he told the packed court. The prosecutor has asked for an 18-year prison sentence for the rapper, acquittals for two of the accused, and jail sentences of 13-20 years for the others. The verdict is due to be delivered later in the day. His seven co-accused present in court -- an eighth is being tried in absentia -- have also insisted they were not involved in the violent attack on Loic K. in July 2018 that resulted in his death. The death of the 23-year-old man has been portrayed by investigators as a settling of scores between rival gangs. MHD, who rose to fame with a distinctive blend of West African sounds with US-style hip-hop, was charged with homicide in January 2019 and imprisoned. He has denied taking part in the assault, which saw the victim rammed by a black Mercedes and then beaten up and stabbed by around a dozen people in a gritty part of the capital's 10th arrondissement. But a local resident filmed the incident from his window, and the Mercedes was quickly identified as belonging to MHD. Other witnesses identified the rapper by his haircut or a Puma sweatshirt, for which he was a brand ambassador, according to investigative reports seen by AFP. The incident concerns the Cite des Chaufourniers, a low-income estate in the area that the former pizza delivery driver continued to frequent despite his fame. He was released in the summer of 2020 after a year and a half in custody as the investigations continued and released a new album. MHD is seen as a pioneer of afro-trap, which mixes hip-hop and African traditions. The football-mad performer, who was born in France to Guinean and Senegalese parents, is best known for "Afro Trap Part 3 (Champions League)", a song in praise of the Paris Saint-Germain football club. The post French rapper MHD faces verdict over youth’s murder appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2023