DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers The first serve is at 4 p.m.But the defending champions remain formidable with Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza, Risa Sato, Celine Domingo and Pau Soriano and libero Kyla Atienza in harness and Kyle Negrito taking over the playmaking chores in their bid to stretch their perfect romp to 10 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Creamline scored a straight-sets decision of BaliPure on Sept. 7, but the Water Defenders seek to pounce on Valdez and Morado’s absences in pursuit of a key victory that would keep them in the race for at least the fourth and last semifinal berth.The Lady Troopers, meanwhile, bounced back strong from a shutout loss to the Cool Smashers on Sept. 4, beating the Chef’s Classics Red Spikers, the Water Defenders and the Air Force Jet Spikers to wheel back into contention with a 5-3 card. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline puts its long unbeaten run on the line sans two key players while PacificTown Army and Motolite likewise try to keep their own streak going against struggling rivals in the second round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference eliminations at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan today.The Cool Smashers will be without injured Alyssa Valdez for the second straight game, while Jia Morado joined the national pool’s campaign in the inaugural Asean Grand Prix in Thailand serving as part of the national team’s buildup for this year’s Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT The veteran-laden Army side remained in fifth spot but its three-game run put the Lady Troopers closer to fourth running PetroGazz (5-2).That also makes PacificTown Army the heavy favorite in its 2 p.m. clash with Chef’s Classics, which remains winless in eight games.Motolite, on the other hand, continues to flourish sans injured top hitter Myla Pablo, scoring back-to-back wins, including a five-set escape over Choco Mucho last weekend. It plays Air Force (2-6), which it also beat in three sets on Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ UST, still learning, shoots for 4th win; NU eyes first victory Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man View comments
Go back to the e-newsletterAsia’s leading travel trade show, ITB Asia 2017 has completed its milestone anniversary event with record-breaking numbers. The 10th edition of ITB Asia came to a close at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.Over three days, the event hosted 940 exhibitors from 113 countries, an 11 percent increase over the previous year. ITB Asia 2017 also welcomed its strongest ever buyer participation across the Corporate, MICE and Leisure sectors. Since 2014, ITB Asia has experienced a 1:1 ratio for exhibitors and buyers. This year, there were over 22,000 business appointments recorded during the show.ITB Asia 2017 reported a 77 percent growth from its inaugural edition, featuring new exhibitors such as the Rwanda Development Board, Tourism Tunisia, Promote Iceland, Tourism & Foreign Affairs Department of Almaty City, Republic of Kazakhstan, Jeju Convention and Vistor Bureau, among others.This year’s conference program looked at the role of technology, setting the tone for the changes that the industry is likely to see in the next 10 years. Speakers from IBM Asia Pacific and Google delivered insights on the potential of Artificial Intelligence, Ctrip presented its global strategy, while start-ups Hiverlab, Zebra Design and Savioke shared on the realities and opportunities for augmented reality and virtual reality in hospitality and tourism.“In view of ten years of ITB Asia, we’ve taken every effort to celebrate the past as well as to provide attendees with a useful view to the future. While we are very pleased with our achievements in terms of the quality and numbers, what brings us most satisfaction is bringing together all the different stakeholders across the industry to network and inspire each other. The relationships built and strengthened will continue to boost our efforts in making ITB Asia the region’s go-to event and a hub for unforgettable content and enriching experiences for many years to come”, said Katrina Leung, Executive Director of Messe Berlin (Singapore), the organiser of ITB Asia.ITB Asia will continue to be held in Singapore, following the past ten years of consistent support from the Singapore Tourism Board and the Singapore Exhibition Convention Bureau. Following this year’s successful show, ITB Asia has received the highest exhibitor rebookings for ITB Asia 2018. As early as now, the surge in interest for next year’s show has been seen from destinations such as Greece, Middle East, Africa, Spain and the Scandinavian region as well as continued strong support from Asian markets such as Thailand and the Philippines. Melia Hotels International and Global DMC Network by the JTB Group have also confirmed their stand bookings for the 2018 show.ITB Asia 2018 will be held from 17-19 October 2018 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands.Go back to the e-newsletter
Ray Charles, a much loved and respected musical genius, had a long career as a musician that was almost cut short by his heroin addiction. In November of 1961, the singer was arrested at the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.Shortly after he checked in, he received a call from a man wanting to sell him drugs. When the man arrived, Charles bought a dozen three dollar capsules filled with heroin.Ray Charles. Photo by Mallory1180 CC BY-SA 4.0He and his band traveled to Anderson, Indiana just northeast of Indianapolis for a concert the next day, and returned to Indianapolis.The plan was to go to a local club to hear Aretha Franklin sing, but Charles stayed behind.Photo of Ray Charles in one of his classic poses at the piano.The next morning a knock on the door of his suite woke Charles and when he asked who was at the door the reply was “Western Union” — but in fact, it was the Indianapolis police.They pushed their way in without a search warrant and searched the room with Charles not knowing what was happening.Ray Charles exiting the stageThey seemed to know just where to look and found a needle and ten of the heroin capsules empty with residue still remaining.Ray was arrested and hustled out the door with no respect for his privacy.Ray Charles in Hamburg, 1971. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs CC BY SA 2.0He was taken to the police station where the press was clamoring for a story, and the police staff let them into the room.Although Charles was blind, he knew the familiar sound of camera shutters being clicked.Trade ad for Ray Charles’ single “Yesterday.”The reporters crowded around him and fired off embarrassing questions reducing the singer to tears.The next day Charles was released on bond and headed to his hotel to meet up with his band, who had heard of the arrest on the radio.Charles at the North Sea Jazz Festival, 1983.They left for a gig in Evansville, Indiana across the Ohio River from the border of Kentucky.When they arrived, the group was met by reporters who, again, encircled Charles pressing him with ridiculous questions.Ray Charles at Grammy Awards – rehearsal – February, 1990. Photo by Alan Light CC By 2.0When Charles returned to Indianapolis for his court appearance, a media circus greeted him at the courthouse.They caused such a commotion that Judge Ernie S. Burke threatened to clear the building.He set the date of the trial for January 1962. Charles posted his $1,000 bail bond and left Indiana for Nashville, Tennessee.Charles meeting with President Richard Nixon, 1972. Photo by Oliver F. AtkinsThe concert tour was dogged by reporters who would not leave him alone. Repercussions of the arrest included a cancellation of an appearance on the Ed Sullivan television show, a venue that introduced many fledgling stars to the public including Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Several other concerts were canceled as well.Ray Charles’ microphone. Photo by Andrew Russeth CC BY-SA 2.0In January, Charles returned to Indianapolis for his trial at the courthouse which was packed with reporters and fans.The judge heard his attorney’s arguments that the police entered under false pretenses and illegally searched the room.Charles with President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, 1984.Judge Burke set his response for three weeks later when he ruled that because of the illegal way the police tried to entrap Charles, the charges would be dismissed.For many, the fiasco would have caused them to think twice about returning to drugs but the pull of addiction was too strong for Charles and he was arrested for heroin possession again in 1964.Ray Charles monument in Montreux, Switzerland. Photo by Lysippos CC BY-SA 3.0Wisely, Charles checked himself into St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California for addiction treatment.After about five months in the hospital he emerged addiction free and was put on probation for five years. By 1966, his songs were climbing the music charts again.Star honoring Ray Charles on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard.Ray Charles, whose real surname was Robinson, died from liver disease in 2004 at the age of seventy three, in Beverly Hills, California.He was entombed at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.Over one thousand people attended his funeral at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church. Some of his most beloved songs were performed at the service by Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, his longtime chess partner and songwriting collaborator and his son, the Rev. Robert Robinson Sr.Read another story from us: Ozzy Osbourne Bit the Head Off a Live Bat and Snorted a Line of AntsDuring his lifetime Ray Charles won twelve Grammy Awards and according to biography.com he performed more than ten thousand concerts and put out over sixty records.