UNbacked mobile application to provide global weather forecasts

The application, known as “My Weather,” will detect the user’s location and automatically display the latest official weather forecasts and climate information of the user’s nearest city, drawing on data from the UN World Weather Information Service (WWIS).The application, created by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on behalf of the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will also allow users to obtain weather information from more than 1,400 cities and bookmark preferred locations for easy access in the future.”[MyWeather] is an excellent example of collaboration between the international meteorological community to better serve the public worldwide,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud at the application’s launch in Hong Kong yesterday.The application is free to download and so far, has been developed for the iPhone platform only. 11 October 2011A new United Nations-backed telephone mobile application is designed to provide users with easy access to weather forecasts from cities worldwide. read more

Protest staged outside Saudi Embassy in Colombo seeking justice for Jamal

A protest was staged outside the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Colombo today seeking justice for journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Amnesty International said that it supported the protest in Colombo which was organised by local civil society and media groups. Almost three weeks after his disappearance, the Saudi public prosecution revealed in their investigation findings that Jamal Khashoggi died after a ‘fist-fight’ inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. On the 2nd of October Khashoggi walked into the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to get some paperwork and never came out. Since then, several explanations have leaked about his fate and whereabouts. Other reports however said he may have been murdered.Khashoggi lived in Saudi Arabia until he left for the United States last year to avoid facing persecution amidst a wave of arrests in the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Parks Canada offering free annual passes

Parks Canada is offering free annual passes to visit Canada’s natural treasures as part of the country’s 150th birthday celebration.Parks Canada Discovery Pass holders will receive free admission to all national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada. You will also receive lockage at Parks Canada’s historic canals and waterways.Parks Canada says that regular fees still apply for other experiences and services including camping, backcountry, Canadian Rockies Hot Springs, mooring, reservation fees guided tours and hikes, firewood and backcountry overnight use.If you are travelling in a family or group, only one pass is needed per vehicle. Click here for more information and to order a pass. read more

Spring Training Matters

On opening day, every team has playoff dreams. Early on, the potential of the season outweighs our knowledge of each team’s quality. While our best predictions are modestly useful, they can’t tell us which team is destined for greatness with much certainty or which early-season trends to trust or disregard. That makes it tough for a baseball columnist — a pitiable lot, us — to write about anything with any certainty.But we do have spring training. Conventional wisdom holds that what happens in March is meaningless. But conventional wisdom can’t use R. Spring training results aren’t entirely worthless — either for players, as FiveThirtyEight’s own Neil Paine showed last year, or for teams. And I’m particularly interested in this idea that a team’s spring training may offer some indicators of how its season will go. What are the limits of its powers? And what is its potential?We know that spring training isn’t incredibly predictive. I gathered data on each team’s spring-training and regular-season performances in the last five years (2010-2014), checking to see whether there was any correlation between a team’s offensive performance in spring1I used on-base plus slugging percentage. and its average regular-season on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS). Just as with other spring statistics, there was a weak but consistent2The correlation is a statistically significant r=.2. relationship between the two. The teams that bash in spring tend to continue doing so through the summer.Even so, spring training results were somewhat faintly reflected in the regular season — teams have to bash a lot before the trend is noticeably continued once the season starts. But we’re not just interested in how spring training correlates to the regular season; we’re interested in whether spring training should make us adjust our expectations of what’s to come.If we look at spring training performances and then compare them against what sabermetric projections3By projections I mean estimates of players’ future production based on their past history and the history of players similar to them. For example, based on the three years of MVP-caliber performance that began his career — and the rarefied historical company that performance puts him in — Mike Trout is likely to be excellent again this year, to the tune of a .297/.382/.519 triple-slash line (his spring training performance of .441/.514/.847 only reinforces that belief). have to tell us, these preseason games become a lot more telling. So rather than just see whether offensive stats from spring training correlate to regular-season stats, let’s tally up all of a team’s player projections (I used PECOTA projections from Baseball Prospectus), average them, and combine that with spring training stats.Once I added in the projections, I had a workable system for estimating a team’s regular-season OPS — much better than the one based solely on spring training data.4A simple linear model, incorporating spring statistics and regular-season projections is able to predict team OPS with r=.35. This isn’t so far-fetched — we make these kind of calculations in our heads all the time. If a team is terrible on paper but slugs like the pre-humidor Colorado Rockies in spring training, we assume it’s likely to end up somewhere between those extremes in the regular season.After factoring in the projected performance, a 100-point increase in spring training OPS raises a team’s expected regular-season OPS by 15 points. While that’s not a huge increase, it’s also a much stronger relationship than what we find for individual players, where a hitter whose OPS is 100 points better than expected in the spring improves their expected regular-season OPS by only six points.5These are not perfectly comparable because Neil Paine used weighted on-base percentage in his analysis and I’m using OPS. However, if you scale each coefficient in terms of the standard deviation, player projections remain less responsive to spring-training performance.There’s a reason spring training has more to tell us about teams than individual players. It’s about signal versus noise. For an individual player, any set of 50 plate appearances (in spring training or otherwise) is extremely volatile and doesn’t say much about them individually. But bring together all the plate appearances of the nine players who make up a batting order and the volatility begins to cancel itself out. All of a sudden we have some sense of how good the nine are in aggregate.For example, New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares hit much better than expected for the past month, and there was probably some luck involved in his .359 spring training batting average. But Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud hit much worse (.212/.226/.288) than PECOTA would have predicted. If we gather together Lagares’s lucky singles and d’Arnaud’s unfortunate strikeouts, we get a decent measure of the average ability of Lagares and d’Arnaud together — even if we aren’t sure how much of the difference between the average and their individual numbers will come from d’Arnaud improving or Lagares regressing.Speaking of the Mets, they led all of baseball with an .817 average spring training OPS despite mediocre projections. Such a performance is good enough to raise their expected regular season OPS by 11 points, which ought to be worth something like two wins over the course of the season.6This estimate was obtained by regressing team runs against team OPS. That should bolster the fans’ dark-horse World Series hopes (or at least their hopes of making the playoffs for the first time in nine years).The success of other top spring performers had little effect on their OPS projections because they were already so high. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and Oakland Athletics were already expected to field excellent offenses, and so their spring performances only confirm what we already believed.7For the following predictions, I am using a different, more accurate model (r=.5) than the linear regression I mentioned above. On the other side, teams like the Rockies,8Because of the Rockies’ extreme park effect, which wouldn’t manifest in the spring, it’s possible that the model is being too pessimistic here. Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers showed unexpectedly anemic offenses in spring training, which drags down their regular-season projections. None of these teams had more than a faint hope at the playoffs anyway, but the third- and fourth-biggest decreases in expected offense belong to two potential playoff contenders — the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox — which may now find their paths more difficult.So you don’t have to wait months to begin worrying (or in the case of Mets fans, hoping) about the fate of your team. Once combined with a dose of projections, spring training results go a long way toward predicting how well a team will hit.CORRECTION (April 10, 2:56 p.m.): An earlier version of this article included a table with incorrect information on teams’ spring training OPS averages. 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We have no more to give Over 3000 attend Frontline services rally

first_imgA RALLY of Gardaí, firefighters, and prison and hospital staff has been told that emergency and public workers have “no more to give” and cannot be asked to accept more pay cuts.Over 3,000 members of five unions and associations affiliated to the ’24/7 FrontLine Services Alliance’ attended the rally at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght,A letter sent by the alliance to the public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin, read to attendees, said front line workers “who provide servies on a 24-hour day, 7-ay week basis cannot endure further pay cuts, as they have no more to give”.“Frontline staff of emergency and public services have already, and are, taking the risks and paying their share,” the letter said.Representatives from Garda associations said they were not opposed to finding savings in the Garda budget, and were prepared to put forward proposals to better manage the force’s finances, but that further cuts to workers’ pay could not be accepted.“The cynics said last week, ‘Let them have their meeting – and we’ll see how many turn up’,” said PJ Stone of the Garda Representative Association.“Brothers and sisters of this new Frontline Alliance: look around and shake each others hands because you have shown tonight by your presence here, that our campaign is just and fair.”Claire Mahon of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation said workers should not be afraid to defend premium payments, as they formed a legitimate part of their salaries.“Being away from your family is not something you have to apologise for,” she said.Seamus Murphy of the Psychiatric Nurses Association told attendees: “In 1913 we have the lockout; in 2013 we have the sell-out.”Many union representatives said they could not understand why the government had already insisted on seeking an extra €1 billion in savings by extending the Croke Park agreement when that agreement remained valid until mid-2014.Others warned politicians not to “test our resolve”, as they were happy to pursue work-to-rule action and prove that they were not willing to tolerate further cuts.The event is intended to act as a launchpad for a national campaign of political lobbying by the alliance’s six member associations.The alliance is comprised of the Garda Representative Association, the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, the Prison Officers Association and the Psychiatric Nurses Association.Explainer: What’s on the table in the Croke Park talks?last_img read more

Suspended Grand Turk Flight Operations

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – All flight operations at JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk has been temporarily suspended until further notice due to a fire in the control tower.In the early hours of Sunday morning, we received reports that the control tower had caught on fire.   Emergency services were immediately notified and the fire was soon after extinguished.  All efforts are being made to restore safe operations in a short a time as is possible.This investigation is ongoing and we shall inform the general public once flights operations are able to resume. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

LaPierre NRA members will never surrender guns

first_imgHOUSTON — The public face of the National Rifle Association implored members Saturday to never give up their weapons in the wake of recent gun control efforts in Congress that he said will “destroy us and every ounce of our freedom.”“We will never surrender our guns, never,” Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told several thousand people during the organization’s annual member meeting, which is part of the yearly NRA convention being held this weekend in Houston.A defiant LaPierre said the “political and media elites” have tried to use December’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and other recent ones “to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their agenda.”LaPierre directed much of his criticism at President Barack Obama and his efforts to pass legislation in Congress that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. That bill failed to pass in the Senate last month.LaPierre said the bill “got the defeat that it deserved.”“The bill wouldn’t have prevented Newtown or Aurora,” he said, also referencing last year’s shooting at a Colorado theater. “It won’t prevent the next tragedy. None of it has anything to do with keeping our children safer in any school anywhere.”last_img read more

UK EXCLUSIVE Arthur J Gallagher acquires Orb Financial Services

first_imgUK EXCLUSIVE: Arthur J Gallagher has acquired Surrey-based employee benefits organisation Orb Financial Services.Orb provides employee benefits consultancy and broker services, including group risk and healthcare, flexible benefits, benefit communications, workplace pension schemes, travel and dental protection, as well as key person and partnership protection.The acquisition is aimed at bringing together and strengthening both organisations’ areas of expertise, which includes a particular specialism in the alternative investment and asset management sector, to provide support to employers across a broad spectrum of employee benefits.The acquisition by Arthur J Gallagher, which now operates from 17 offices across the UK, will also provide Orb with the scope for additional capacity and scale.Orb’s 16-strong workforce will continue to serve clients from the organisation’s West Byfleet-based offices.Tim Johnson (pictured), UK chief executive of the employee benefits and wealth management teams at Arthur J Gallagher, said: “Ultimately we saw in [Orb] a kindred spirit. [It is] completely client-focused, [it] believes in quality, and [it is] multi-award winning like we are. And those sorts of things, and the culture that [brings], resonated with us.“It’s about one plus one making three, not two, that’s ultimately what we’re looking for. Can our scale and our other clients help [Orb], and can [its] expertise and their dedication help us? And we believe they can.”last_img read more

Luxury cars should ditch wood veneers for cork and heres why

first_img Hyundai Palisade is a surprisingly palatial three-row… 2018 Hyundai Azera: Returning to the US as the Grandeur? Tags Comments Car Industry Enlarge ImageWe’d take this look over fake carbon fiber-look plastic any day. Hyundai Making transportation more ecologically friendly isn’t only about finding alternatives to fossil fuels or making things more efficient. It’s also about changing the materials that get used in building cars.Automakers are realizing this, and many are offering vehicles without leather and with low-VOC plastics, but there is still room to improve. That’s why we were stoked to see a report from Automotive News published in August on a company that’s looking at alternatives to using traditional wood veneers in a car’s interior.The company is called Seoyong and rather than using traditional woods, it’s been pioneering the use of cork as a replacement. “But cork is a kind of wood,” you’re probably shouting at your phone as you read this on the toilet at work, and you’d be right.However, harvesting cork from a cork tree doesn’t kill the tree, and in fact, it grows back eventually, making cork a renewable resource. Even cooler, it’s done totally by hand, so there’s very little machinery adding to the material’s carbon footprint. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Cork is harvested from cork oak trees in June and July only, and the harvesters use axes and adzes to cut into the tree and peel off the top inch or two of bark. The bark grows back, and the tree can be harvested again in nine years. The trees live for up to 300 years, so its bark can be harvested many times.What Seoyong does with the cork bark is slice it very thin, less than a millimeter, and lays it over injection-molded plastic in several layers, much like a company would do with a traditional wood veneer. Once it’s glued in place, they treat the cork with a water-based finish that preserves the unique look of the wood but protects it from water, scratches and UV damage.Currently, Hyundai is the only manufacturer that we’re aware of that’s offered cork trim on its mass-produced vehicles starting with the Korean-market Azera Grandeur Hybrid. Given how much more affordable the cork veneer process is and how cool it looks, we hope more manufacturers pick up on it — we’re looking at you Volvo. 18 Photos 2019 Mercedes-AMG E53 Sedan review: A breath of fresh(er) air Now playing: Watch this: 4 Hyundai Share your voice 5:43 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Governor Greg Abbott At Texas GOP Convention

first_img Share X Listen 00:00 /31:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy of his website.Texas Governor Greg AbbottGovernor Greg Abbott opened the Texas Republican Party convention in Dallas with a call for unity. He argued the state’s conservative values and legislative priorities would be in grave danger if Hillary Clinton won the presidency in November.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Abbott began by focusing on what he sees as some of the important tasks ahead for his administration and the Republican-led state legislature. He named priorities such as ethics reform, school choice, and access of transgendered individuals to bathrooms and other facilities.“The most recent example is the bathroom battle that the Obama administration is waging  in North Carolina. Obama, Obama is turning bathrooms into courtroom issues. He is rewriting the Civil Rights Act to force states to bow down to Barack Obama’s political agenda.”Abbott cited his own record, as Texas Attorney General, of filing thirty-one lawsuits against the Obama Administration.“I didn’t file those lawsuits just to have Barack Obama’s liberal agenda extended by Hillary Clinton. Hillary will expand Obamacare. She will continue Obama’s open border and amnesty policies. And Hillary wants to take away your guns.”The governor spent the rest of his speech targeting Clinton’s record on issues ranging from abortion to energy to foreign policy. He saluted the conservative stance of Senator Ted Cruz, who Abbott had endorsed during the race for the party’s presidential nomination.“Now, Ted may have come up short, but that does not end the war. America does not have the luxury to get this election wrong. Republicans must unite to prevent Hillary from continuing the Obama agenda, from destroying our Constitution.”The one name Abbott did not mention in discussing the presidential contest was that of the apparent Republican nominee, Donald Trump. The New York billionaire has plenty of supporters at the convention, if not as many as Cruz. Winning over Cruz’s backers could be tricky, given the bitterness of the nomination fight. Trump’s supporters in Dallas are keeping their message simple. Most of them are wearing a sticker that says, “Vote Trump, Never Hillary.”last_img read more

Red White and Blue State of Education in Texas

first_img Share Red, White and Blue hosts David Jones and Gary Polland talk with Houston education leaders about the quality of Texas schools, Hurricane Harvey impact data, child care deserts, and early education initiatives.With guests Carol Shattuck (Executive Director, Collaborative for Children), Andy Canales (Director, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation, Children at Risk), and HD Chambers (Superintendent, Alief ISD).last_img

NES PunchOut easter egg took 29 years to discover

first_imgPunch-Out!! now forms a series of boxing games created by Nintendo, but the very first one was released way back in February 1984 in arcades. The first NES version, Punch-Out!! also known as Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!! launched in 1987, some 29 years ago. The development team included a number of easter eggs, and one of them has remained hidden until now.This easter egg is rather subtle until you notice it, and then it’s very obvious. On the left side of the screen in the front row of the crowd is a bearded guy. What no one has realized until now is that the bearded guy will in a couple of fights duck his head at the exact moment you should punch your opponent to score a knock out.A full explanation of the easter egg is given in the video below by the person who discovered it. He goes by the name of midwesternhousewives online:Midwesternhousewives points out he only noticed the bearded guy easter egg after the developer leaked the camera flash easter egg and stated there were still others to find. That suggests the bearded guy isn’t the last one and others are begging to be found.This new easter egg has since been verified by another Reddit user named unvaluablespace. Playing through the entire game using an emulator they found that the bearded guy only ducks for fights against Piston Honda and Bald Bull. It’s also been pointed out that emulators still aren’t as good as the original NES hardware when it comes to getting timings perfect.last_img read more

Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop flights from Vancouver to India

first_img Posted by Travelweek Group VANCOUVER — Today marks the day Air Canada inaugurates flight AC72 from Vancouver to Delhi, the only nonstop flight that links Vancouver and the Indian subcontinent.“We are delighted to inaugurate our second route between Canada and India right in time for Diwali celebrations. Our non-stop flights from our Asia-Pacific Vancouver hub feature 787-9 Dreamliner service and offer the shortest elapsed flying time from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles to the Indian subcontinent,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Our non-stop flight, coupled with our streamlined and seamless connections process at YVR translates to a savings of 3-5 hours compared to itineraries with connections in Europe or Asia.Smith added that passengers enjoy Indian-inspired dishes by celebrated Vancouver Chef Vikram Vij in all cabins of service on Air Canada’s Vancouver-Delhi and Toronto-Delhi flights, complementing the signature creations by Canadian Chef David Hawksworth in International Business Class. Also offered onboard is enhanced seatback in-flight entertainment at every seat, which includes Bollywood movies and multilingual art-house films.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckAir Canada’s Vancouver-Delhi flights are operated with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, featuring the airline’s award-winning, three-cabin service configured with 30 International Business Class individual lie-flat suites, 21 Premium Economy seats and 247 Economy Class seats. Air Canada has optimized connections to and from the carrier’s extensive Western Canada and Western U.S. network through the airline’s Vancouver hub, and in Delhi, Star Alliance partner Air India offers connectivity across the Indian subcontinent.The new Vancouver-Delhi service is part of Air Canada’s ongoing international expansion this year, following the recent launch of Vancouver-Brisbane, Vancouver-Dublin, Toronto-Seoul, Toronto-London Gatwick, Toronto-Prague, Toronto-Budapest, Toronto-Warsaw, Toronto-Glasgow, Montreal-Casablanca and Montreal-Lyon.In 2017, the airline will launch new international services between Vancouver-Taipei (subject to government approvals), Vancouver-Nagoya, Toronto-Mumbai, Toronto-Berlin, Montreal-Shanghai, Montreal-Algiers (subject to government approvals) and Montreal-Marseille. Tags: Air Canada, Delhi Air Canada inaugurates the only nonstop flights from Vancouver to Indiacenter_img Share Friday, October 21, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Costa Ricas Solís joins UN secretarygeneral in call for immediate ceasefire in

first_imgRelated posts:Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour truce Israel spied on Kerry during peace talks Costa Rica calls on UN Security Council to address fighting in Gaza The four-week longconflict between Israel and Gaza dominated United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s arrival in Costa Rica Wednesday as news of the destruction of a U.N. shelter in the Gaza Strip came to light.Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís issued his most complete stance on the conflict during a welcoming ceremony for the U.N. chief at Juan Santamaría International Airport Wednesday morning.“We demand an immediate ceasefire, sheltered by the United Nations, the countries of the Quartet [United States, Russia, European Union, Arab nations], which permits an exit from this maelstrom of blood that offends humanity,” Solís said during his remarks.The president said that Costa Rica would support any efforts by the U.N. to resolve the 23-day conflict, which has claimed over 1,300 Palestinian lives. On the Israeli side, the conflict has cost the lives of 56 Israeli soldiers and two civilians.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon decried the apparent Israeli attack on a U.N. shelter in the Jabaliya refugee camp Wednesday morning, saying, “Nothing is more shameful than an attack on civilians and children.”“Women and children were asleep where they were assured would be the safest place,” the U.N. chief said later in the day at Costa Rica’s Foreign Ministry. At least 16 died in the shelling and more were injured, according to Ban Ki-moon.The secretary-general said that the coordinates of the school had been communicated to Israel Defense Forces. Israel has insisted it is taking extraordinary care not to hit civilians, and gives them warnings to leave areas it plans to attack. As many as 200,000 Palestinians have sought refugee in U.N.-run schools and shelters.Ban ordered both sides to respect U.N. territory and said that the attack was a serious violation of international law.During a press conference at the San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the secretary-general focused his remarks on the need to guarantee human dignity in the conflict and noted that both sides had to answer for the violence. Protesters outside the Foreign Ministry in San José during U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Costa Rica on July 30, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico Times“Israeli people should not live under constant threat and constant fear not knowing when Hamas rockets will fall on their houses. At the same time, Israelis cannot let Palestinians live in eternal occupation, eternal siege,” said the U.N. chief.Protesters mobilized in several parts of San José, including the Fuente de la Hispanidad in San Pedro, the IACHR in Los Yoses and the Casa Amarilla in Barrio Amón.Solís spoke with one group outside the IACHR, who asked the president to send an ambassador to Palestine. Costa Rica established diplomatic relations with the state of Palestine in 2008, during President Óscar Arias’ administration. Solís said he had not considered the idea but did not rule it out.“If the situation continues as it has, the world, not just Costa Rica, is going to have to take increasingly strong measure to protect the lives of the weakest who are being bulldozed by an attitude that does not agree with the values that the government of Costa Rica defends,” Solís told protesters.Foreign Minister Manuel González struck a similar tone when asked if Costa Rica would pull its ambassador to Israel, Rodrigo Xavier Carreras, saying that Costa Rica has not ruled out any options to make its voice heard to end the conflict. Several Latin American countries, including Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador and Peru have called back their ambassadors in protest during the last week.Bolivia called Israel a “terrorist state.”“In the name of our common humanity, the fighting must stop now,” said Ban Ki-moon at the Casa Amarilla.The secretary-general also highlighted Costa Rica’s international disarmament efforts and offered its successful record on forest conservation and environmentalism as an example to the rest of the world.Ban Ki-moon meets with indigenous leaders Wednesday afternoon. He plans to stay in Costa Rica until Aug. 4.AFP contributed to this report. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

AP PHOTOS Philippine mud people festival honors saint

first_imgA muddied girl, donning a cape made of dried banana leaves, makes the rounds of the streets to collect candles prior to attending a mass to celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Baptist in the village of Bibiclat, Aliaga township, Nueva Ecija province in northern Philippines,Wednesday, June 24, 2015. At dawn every June 24th, people from Bibiclat village in the northern Philippines’ Nueva Ecija province pay homage to their patron saint, John the Baptist, by gathering in silence in a swampy field to cover themselves in mud, donning mud-drenched capes made of dried banana leaves. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy BIBICLAT, Philippines (AP) — At dawn every June 24th, people from Bibiclat village in the northern Philippines’ Nueva Ecija province pay homage to their patron saint, John the Baptist, by gathering in silence in a swampy field to cover themselves in mud, donning mud-drenched capes made of dried banana leaves.The village’s “Taong Putik,” or “mud people” festival, dates back to the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in the 1940s, according to the village chief, Norberto Eugenio. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top holiday drink recipes Japanese troops in Bibiclat during World War II gathered many of the male villagers in a church courtyard for execution. The women and children prayed to Saint John the Baptist to spare them, and suddenly there was a downpour, causing the soldiers and their captives to scatter, Eugenio said.The villagers were so happy that they rolled in the mud, he said, and they have carried on that tradition ever since.During the festival, men, women and children — some covered with capes from head to foot, eyes peering from a cake of mud on their faces — collect candles from bystanders along the village’s main street on their way to St. John the Baptist’s Church. They light the candles and make wishes, expecting them to be fulfilled because of their efforts.The former parish priest of the village, William Villviza, said the mud also “reminds one of the lowness of one’s being” and enables one to be “close to the earth.”___AP photographs by Bullit Marquez.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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