Acapellago conquers Russia If the singing group Acapellago were a beauty contestant, then they would have already amassed a treasure trove of tiaras, scepters, sashes and all the other accoutrements of champions by this time. Truth to tell, at the rate that these guys are going, they are on their way to indeed becoming the winningest singers in Philippine pop music history. And take note of Acapellago’s latest conquest, no other but Russia. Acapellago was recently declared First Prize Winner in the Medium Vocal Ensemble Category of the Moscow Spring A Cappella Festival 2019. Considered the Olympics of a cappella singing and the largest festival of its kind in the world today, the Moscow competition was held from April 27 to May 12 in the Russian capital. It is part of the annual music festival during which guests and natives of the city are treated to spectacular shows, various performances, workshops, tours and all things musical. This year saw 195 … [Read more...] about Acapellago conquers Russia
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By Damien Cox Sports Columnist Fri., May 3, 2019 What was already confusing is only more so today. And that’s probably the way it has to be right now with women’s professional hockey in North America. There have been many rumours and much speculation, and certainly a great deal of backroom fighting and disagreement, about what the future should look like. To get beyond that, many of the top players have banded together in what they are touting as an act of solidarity to protect the female hockey industry and its future. It’s admirable, particularly for those of us who have applauded the growth of the women’s game and would very much like to see professional women’s hockey become a viable business. But does this new strategy make any sense? Saying “it is time” for a sustainable league, 200 of the best players have said they won’t play at all until they get “the resources that professional hockey demands and … [Read more...] about Women’s hockey end game might not benefit from a boycott
OSLO: A spy, a far away visitor or a fugitive on the run? A mysterious Beluga whale, caught wearing a suspicious harness, has ignited the imaginations of Norwegians who have yet to receive answers.The whale has been delighting locals in the area of Finnmark in the far north of Norway for the last week.But more than a week after it was first spotted by fishermen in the Arctic waters off the coast of northern Norway its origin remains unknown.When Jorgen Ree Wiig, a marine biologist working with the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries tracked down the mammal with the help of a fisherman and two colleagues on April 26, they managed to remove an obviously man-made harness attached to it.The harness had a mount suited for an action camera and the text "Equipment St Petersburg" printed on the plastic clasps.Wiig told AFP on Friday (May 3) he believed the whale could have come from neighbouring Russia, where he believed it might have escaped an enclosure."The whale is so calm around … [Read more...] about ‘Russian’ whale leads to espionage speculations in Norway
Gilas thinks twice on Russian invite Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) - April 30, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — It’s a welcome invitation but SBP president Al Panlilio said the other day the offer for Gilas to play in Russia as a warm-up for this year’s FIBA World Cup will be re-evaluated considering the visit involves a single practice game in a venue eight hours away from Moscow. The Russian Basketball Federation tendered the invitation which the SBP initially accepted. Panlilio said he brought up the matter to the PBA Board. “Russia’s inviting us actually,” he said. “We’re reassessing our position because it’s only for one game and it’s quite a trip. We’re looking at other options. If it pushes through, we’d like to play a series of games with the Russian national squad and Russian club teams.” Russia is one of 12 European countries that … [Read more...] about Gilas thinks twice on Russian invite
By Thomas Walkom National Affairs Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 Vladimir Putin has just made the North Korean situation more complicated. But the Russian president may have also opened up a new pathway to sidestep the current impasse between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and America’s Donald Trump. Putin has done this by the simple action of reinserting himself into the middle of the on-again off-again Korean nuclear crisis. His first-ever meeting with Kim last week in the Russian city of Vladivostok served as a signal that Moscow expects to be a part of any negotiations involving the Korean Peninsula. Up to now, Putin has lain low and let others take the lead. Russia has supported, in theory at least, U.S.-led sanctions aimed at forcing North Korea to end its nuclear missile program. At the same time, Moscow has supported Chinese efforts to try and end the conflict between Washington and Pyongyang on a step-by-step basis in which each side agrees to … [Read more...] about Will Putin help or hurt situation with North Korea?