Baybayin revival makes native PH history hip MOST READ View comments PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege It’s time to consider taking sea row to UN – Del Rosario WHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccine LATEST STORIES It was in Rome in 153 B.C. that the new year was first celebrated on Jan. 1st. This came about when the when the second king of Rome, Numa Pontilius, added the months of January and February to the Roman calendar. With this addition, the New Year was also moved from March 1st to January 1st because that was also the beginning of the civil year, the month that the two newly-elected Roman consuls—the highest officials in the Roman republic—began their one-year tenure. But this date was not always strictly and widely observed, and the new year was still sometimes celebrated on March 1.In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar introduced a new, solar-based calendar that was a vast improvement on the ancient Roman calendar, which was a lunar system that had become wildly inaccurate over the years. The Julian calendar decreed that the New Year would occur with Jan. 1, and within the Roman empire, Jan. 1 became the consistently observed start of the New Year.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOIndian coffee magnate’s body found by riverIn 567 A.D., however, the Council of Tours abolished Jan. 1 as the beginning of the year because in medieval Europe, the celebrations accompanying the New Year were considered pagan. As a result of this, at various times and places throughout medieval Christian Europe, the new year was celebrated on Dec. 25, the birth of Jesus; March 1, the old New Year date; March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation; and Easter.In 1582, the Gregorian calendar reform came which restored Jan. 1 as New Year’s Day. Most Catholic countries adopted the Gregorian calendar almost immediately but it was only gradually adopted among Protestant countries. The British Empire and their American colonies, for example, did not adopt the reformed calendar until 1752. PH protests Chinese boat swarm, warship passage Painters refuse to go quietly Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements In his interesting article, “A History of the New Year” at infoplease.com, Borgna Brunner wrote that the celebration of the new year on Jan. 1st is a relatively new phenomenon and that the earliest record of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, around 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. However, in other places, a variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice. Let’s have more of vernal equinox and solstice later.In the early Roman calendar, the first day of March was designated as New Year’s Day. The early Roman calendar had just 10 months, beginning with March. The months of September through December, the ninth through twelfth months in our present calendar, were originally positioned as the seventh through tenth months. In Latin, septem is “seven,” octo is “eight,” novem is “nine,” and decem is “ten.” The months of January and February did not exist in the early Roman Calendar.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal Now let me say “Happy New Year” in different languages to all my friends:In Afrikaans, “Voorspoedige nuwe jaar.” In Arabic, “Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair.” In Basque, “Urter Berri on.” In Cantonese Chinese, “Sun nien fai lok.” In Mandarin Chinese, “Xin nian yu kuai.” In Czech, “Stastny Novy Rok.” In Danish, “Godt NytÅr.” In Finnish, “Onnellista uutta vuotta.” In French, “Bonne année.” In German, “Ein glückliches neues Jahr.” In Greek, “Eutychismenos o kainourgios chromos.” In Hawaiian, “Hauoli Makahiki hou.” In Hebrew, “Shana Tova.” In Hungarian, “Boldog uj evet.” In Indonesian, “Selamat Tahun Baru.” In Italian, “Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno.” In Japanese, “Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu.” In Korean, “Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo.” In Latin, “Felix sit annus novus.” In Norwegian, “Godt Nytt År.” In Spanish, “Feliz año Nuevo.” In Swedish, “Gott Nytt År.” In Filipino (Tagalog), “Manigong Bagong Taon.” In Filipino (Cebuano), “Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig.”Read Next What is this thing called vernal equinox?MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsIn physical geography, vernal equinox is the time at which the sun crosses the plane of the equator towards the relevant hemisphere, making day and night of equal length. It usually occurs on March 21 in the northern hemisphere and about Sept. 23 in the southern hemisphere.What about the winter solstice?A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. As a result, on the day of the solstice, the sun appears to have reached its highest or lowest annual altitude in the sky above the horizon at local solar noon. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer.The word solstice is derived from Latin. In Latin, sol means “sun” and sistere means “to stand still.” At the solstices, therefore, the sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. At latitudes in the temperate zone, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun appears highest in the sky. However, in the tropics, the sun appears directly overhead (called the subsolar point) some days (or even months) before the solstice and again after the solstice, which means the subsolar point occurs twice each year. The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for any place outside of the tropics.ADVERTISEMENT
By WFWP Kenya, Mrs. Susa KoneThe Character Education and HIV/aids Awareness seminar was held at the St Thaddeus Schools in Nairobi, Kenya on July 21, 2016 at St Thaddeus Schools, Komarock, Nairobi, Kenya. This community school was founded by Mrs. Caroline Odera an AFP of WFWP for orphans of HIV/Aids whose parents had died of the disease. They are 128 students in the secondary School.This program will be held in all schools in an effort to educate and nurture the youth to live responsible lives and keeping purity before marriage so that they can reach their full potential.The seminar consisted of HIV/Aids Awareness and Character Education Lectures which was followed by Guidance and counseling.The Teachers and all the non-teaching staff also attended the program which they appreciated sincerely given that many of them have never had the privilege of attending such lectures.The students also received donations of snacks from Mrs. Susan Kone the Chairperson of the WFWP Kenya on behalf of the organization.The Administration and students appreciated the program and welcomed the WFWP staff to hold these kind of programs several times per year in their school. They praised the work of the WFWP in the community and in the nation as a whole.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Maybe the way Fabricio Werdum flamed out of the UFC the first time made his climb back from the bottom of the heap so much more memorable than the rest. Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Beast under the bed A lot of people sleep on Fabricio Werdum. But he should have woken them up with his dominant performance against Travis Browne. Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Video highlights of Werdum vs. Browne Watch Fabricio Werdum pull off yet another upset by dominating Travis Browne on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 11. More From Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt More: Accessories Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Series Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Sale ProMax 440 BJJ GI Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Lockdown duffle bag Latest From Our Partners Good Night Tee Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nowhere was this attitude more evident than Saturday night. Fighting against Travis Browne, who was picked by most observers to win, Werdum won the fight standing, won it on the ground, and even threw what the Diaz the Elder would call “spinning s—.”It was a tour de force performance. Whether Werdum can answer the challenge against a cardio freak of nature named Cain Velasquez is another matter entirely. But for now, Werdum has earned his moment. At age 36, in a division hardly known for longevity, Werdum has risen from UFC castoff to title challenger. That’s an accomplishment worth noting in and of itself.UFC on FOX 11 quotes”I don’t know what was going on early on, but then the two golden words came into my mind: ‘F— it'” — Donald Cerrone, explaining how he shook off his sluggish start and then quickly finished Edson Barboza.”I’m ready for Baltimore next week if that’s a possibility.” — Cerrone, asked when he wants to fight next.”I love this kid, he’s nutty as hell.” — White, on Cerrone.”I’ll come back next weekend. It’s a great town, I’m sold.” — White on Orlando, after a reported 17,000 fans showed up for UFC on FOX 11.”I was just trying not to be a psycho in the fight, and be a little more calculated.” — Miesha Tate, on starting slow against Liz Carmouche instead of coming out for her usual whirlwind starts.”Maybe? I don’t know, I’m very tired today.” — Werdum, asked if he feels he’s been overlooked because he’s “a jiu-jitsu guy.””My kid’s hungry, man, I gotta get some money for my kids.” — Heavyweight Derrick Lewis, on his nasty TKO finish of Jack May in the day’s opening bout.Stock up/stock downUp: Thiago Alves — Rarely does the clock turn back in this sport which marches forward with such brutal efficiency. But Alves looked like the “Pit Bull” of 2007-08 in his return after a two-year absence. Alves put in a vintage performance against Seth Baczynski on Saturday night. He neither showed cage rust nor any ill effects from his injuries as he methodically picked Baczynski apart with ruthless leg kicks and crisp boxing. Credit Baczynski for having the toughness to last 15 minutes. But it was great to see Alves return to form and notch his first victory since 2011.Down: Edson Barboza — Barboza seems to have all the tools to become a champion. But he’s held back by one glaring flaw: Momentary lapses in concentration which lead to bad things. It happened in his first career loss, when he took his eyes off the ball against Jamie Varner, and Varner made him pay with a brutal beatdown. It happened against Danny Castillo at UFC on FOX 9, when Castillo popped him. Barboza escaped that one (a bout which should have been a draw, if round one had been properly scored 10-8). But there was no escape Saturday night when Cerrone cracked him in the jaw with a picture-perfect jab and mounted Barboza for a choke before Barboza knew what hit him. Barboza seems to be 99 percent of the way to becoming a contender, but that missing one percent is a killer.Up: Miesha Tate — Things weren’t looking so hot for Tate heading into the third round of her fight against Carmouche. She had lost three of her previous four fights, had clearly lost round one to Carmouche, and round two was, at best, a tossup. So Tate came out like a bat out of hell in round three, and did her best to leave no doubt. Tate dominated round three, and only superb submission defense and an iron will kept Carmouche from being finished. Regardless of whether you agree with the decision (I had the fight 29-28 Carmouche, but you can also make the argument round three should have been 10-8 for Tate), Tate answered the call when the fight hung in the balance and now finds herself squarely back in the mix in the bantamweight division.Hold: Travis Browne — When the final horn sounded on Saturday night’s main event, Browne seemed a no-brainer “down” pick. This was his chance at a star-making moment on national television, and he looked off for the final, oh, 22 minutes of so of the fight. But then we found out afterwards that Browne broke a hand and likely a rib early in the fight. In that context, the fact he was able to go the distance with someone of Werdum’s caliber is a remarkable show of toughness. True, Browne is going to have to work his way back up after such a loss, but given his injuries, we’re willing to give him a mulligan here.Good call: Masvidal’s game planTo Jorge Masvidal, who went out of his way to prove a point by taking his fight with Pat Healy anywhere he wanted it to go. Healy’s game is old-school Team Quest, pressing you up the fence, grinding away, and wearing you down. Masvidal not only fdid well in his comfort zone, striking at range in center Octagon, but he didn’t give anything when Healy tried to play to his strength as well. That’s four wins in his past five fights for Masvidal, and the only loss in that stretch was a fight of the night against Rustam Khabilov. Masvidal once went 25 minutes in a Strikeforce title fight against Gilbert Melendez. He’s one of the sport’s most perpetually underrated fighters. Beating a vet like Healy at his own game is a sign Masvidal is ready for a step up.Bad call: No main card for NurmyIn the absence of key headliners like St-Pierre and Anderson Silva, the UFC is looking to build up new stars. Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be on a rocket ride up the UFC lightweight division. He’s 22-0. He’s 6-0 in the UFC. He endlessly pushes forward and initiates offense. He rarely takes a step backwards. He’s a takedown machine. If anyone in the UFC should be getting a promotional boost, it’s this kid.But his fight with Rafael dos Anjos, who had a five-fight win streak on his own, was relegated to the FOX Sports 1 undercard instead of being featured on the network television broadcast. Whether it’s the UFC or FOX’s call, someone seems to be catering to the “Just Bleed” crowd on the network main cards, to diminishing returns, as Saturday’s overnight ratings show. Maybe it’s time stop overdoing it with Ultimate Kickboxing and start nurturing superb all-around talents like Nurmagomedov instead.Fight I want to see next: Miesha Tate vs. Sarah KaufmanThe odd thing coming out of last night’s event is that despite a night of solid across-the-board action, there aren’t a ton of fights screaming to be made after this one. One of the obvious ones, Velasquez vs. Werdum, is, in fact, being made. For a minute I thought Cerrone vs. Nurmagomedov seemed interesting, but it’s hard to see that playing out any way except for Nurmy taking Cerrone down at will, and I’d rather see Cerrone continue to get matched up in fun fights instead of using him as fodder for a future title contender.Tate, however, suggested Sarah Kaufman among the opponents she wants to face. Its a fight which makes sense. Kaufman defeated Tate on Showtime back during the days when women fighters were condescended to and only allowed to fight three-minute rounds. The fight makes sense for both now. Both have lost to Rousey. Both are in the division’s upper echelon, but can’t be pushed for another title shot yet. Kaufman is 5-1 in her past six; Tate is coming off a win. Let them rematch with full five-minute rounds and truly find out who the better fighter is. MMA Fighting Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Latest From MMA Warehouse Standard BJJ Gi Standard Ranked Rashguard Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Gloves Apparel Werdum earned a shot at UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez with his dominant and dynamic victory over Travis Browne in the main event of UFC on FOX 11 on Saturday night in Orlando.The four-time World Jiu-Jitsu Championships gold medalist is far from the first fighter to get cut from the UFC roster who returned and worked their way back to a crack at the gold. Robbie Lawler nearly won the welterweight title just last month. Matt Serra was the most famous example, upsetting Georges St-Pierre to win the welterweight belt. Chael Sonnen and Patrick Cote, among others, also returned for second stints and rose to the title challenger position.But none of them left the company in as brutal and sudden a manner as Werdum. A vicious first-round, one-punch knockout at UFC 90 against a fighter who was a complete unknown at the time, some kid named Junior dos Santos, sent Werdum on his merry way.All Werdum has done since then is answer nearly every challenge that’s come his way. With a cool demeanor and a happy-go-lucky attitude, Werdum has defeated nearly everyone in his path in the past five years, including, most famously, Fedor Emelianenko and his decade-long win streak.
Good Night Tee Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is closing out 2018 with three massive pay-per-view (PPV) events, culminating with UFC 232, which is set to go down on Dec. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, featuring a Light Heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Related ProMax 440 BJJ GI But, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion is already locking down venues and dates to kick of the new year, as UFC 233 has been booked to go down on Jan. 26, 2019, inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., according to LA Times. That means for the first time in a long time, UFC will go head-to-head with Bellator, as the Viacom-owned promotion is set to stage the finals of its World Heavyweight Grand Prix the same date just up the road in Inglewood. Bellator Heavyweight GP Final Set For Jan. 26 Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Top Contenders for Fight of the Year King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Latest From Our Partners Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam Standard BJJ Gi More: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Esther Lin/MMA Fighting Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Standard Ranked Rashguard Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Lockdown duffle bag Same night as the Bellator HW GP finals in very nearby Inglewood. Worth noting: this was planned back in ‘16 and UFC ended up canceling the card because they couldn’t get a proper main event for UFC 208 (it got moved to Brooklyn a few weeks later). https://t.co/xWPWSMHYuq— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 30, 2018 Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Gloves Sale There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq Related Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Lights. Out. More From MMAmania.com UFC 232 Poster Drops For ‘Jones vs Gustafsson 2’ Accessories While there are no fights currently booked for UFC 233, former PRDIE FC Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko will face off against Ryan Bader in the main event of Bellator’s tournament finale. That said, you can expect the promotion to try and stack UFC 233 to get a leg up on the competition. And if Daniel Cormier gets through Derrick Lewis this Saturday night (Nov. 3, 2018) at UFC 230, don’t be surprised if the promotion tries to book “DC” vs. Brock Lesnar to spearhead the show. If not, there is always this. Let’s just hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Latest From MMA Warehouse Apparel Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender
000 Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court Pick, Attended Harvard Law with Obama Elizabeth Warren announced she will oppose him. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 2/1/2017, 9:43 a.m. By Kyle Scott Clauss· Print Photo via APWhile Merrick Garland may never get his seat on the bench, President Donald Trump has nominated a fellow Harvard Law alum in his place: Neil Gorsuch.The 49-year-old Denver resident has served on the10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado since 2006. His mother, Anne Burford Gorsuch, was the first female head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President Ronald Reagan, and resigned under allegations of political favoritism with toxic waste cleanups.“Judge Gorsuch has outstanding legal skills, a brilliant mind, tremendous discipline and has earned bipartisan support,” Trump said Tuesday night.“It is an extraordinary resume—as good as it gets.”Gorsuch was a classmate of former President Barack Obama while at Harvard. Another member of the HLS Class of ’91, Obama’s ethics czar Norm Eisen, tweeted his congratulations ahead of the announcement Tuesday night.Hearing rumors Trump’s likely Supreme Court pick is Neil Gorsuch, my (and President Obama’s!) 1991 Harvard Law classmate.If so, a great guy!— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) January 31, 2017Ideologically, Eisen is more conservative than the late Justice Antonin Scalia—yet another Harvard Law alum—whose seat he would fill if confirmed by the Senate. Several Democrats have already called for a 60-vote majority to confirm Gorsuch, including fellow Cantabrigian Sen. Elizabeth Warren.“For years, powerful interests have executed a full-scale assault on the integrity of our federal judiciary, trying to turn the Supreme Court into one more rigged game that works only for the rich and the powerful. They spent millions to keep this seat open, and Judge Gorsuch is their reward,” Warren posted on Facebook.“Based on the long and well-established record of Judge Gorsuch, I will oppose his nomination.”
Photo by Jessica Howe/Property PrecisionPhoto by Jessica Howe/Property Precision By Madeline Bilis· Home Design This Architect Completely Overhauled His Cambridge Fixer-Upper For Sam Kachmar, good design is all in a day’s (and night’s) work. Photo by Jessica Howe/Property PrecisionPhoto by Jessica Howe/Property Precision The duo dreamed up a space where they could comfortably raise a family—one with wide-open living spaces, an airy kitchen and dining area, and roomy bedrooms with closets. On the outside, they removed lackluster asphalt shingle siding (one shingle was saved and is framed in the dining room) and replaced it with wood. Kachmar says the addition of architectural banding gives the exterior character and body. Beside the house, there’s a modern garage; when the roof collapsed on the existing garage, Kachmar built a more modern one in its place, and installed a green roof on top to refresh the yard and help with insulation.Inside the main house, the couple selected contemporary furnishings and lighting. Although they gut-renovated the interior, they were careful to maintain the home’s traditional qualities. “I think it doesn’t always work if you try to shoehorn an overly modern space into a traditional home,” Kachmar says. 1410141 9/25/2017, 5:12 p.m. They say home is where you hang your hat, but for years, architect Sam Kachmar never got the chance.He and his wife, Maggie Currier, bought their Cambridge home in 2011. The two-family was in rough shape at the time, and after the sale went through, Kachmar found he couldn’t sit still. He immediately started sketching, his mind swirling with renovation ideas. Buying a fixer-upper was the only way he could afford a home in Cambridge, and he was determined transform it into the house of his dreams.As a project manager at S+H Construction, Kachmar was used to planning and building during the day, but once renovations began, work ceased to end on nights and weekends.“I’d go to work to run my regular job, then come home and switch gears and just work [on the house] until 9 or 10 at night,” he says. “I’d get a little bit of sleep, get up, and try to do the same thing all over again.”Much like his day-to-day collaboration with clients, Kachmar would return home to sit down with one more client: his wife. Together, they worked to strike a balance between Kachmar’s ambitious design goals and Currier’s visions for their future family.“Sometimes I get caught up in just the ‘This will look really cool if we do this.’ And that’s got a place. You want things to be beautiful.” he explains. “At the same time, you gotta put the vacuum cleaner away somewhere.” Print Kachmar knocked down walls to open up the kitchen, raised the roof to expand the third floor, and replaced every window—except for the home’s original stained glass piano windows. He installed an open-air bookcase in the stairway leading to his third-floor architect’s studio, and reformatted the home’s floor plan to add more bedrooms. Overall, the 3,500-square-foot two-family house, built in 1927, has two bedrooms, a home office, and one bathroom in a rental unit, and two bedrooms, two home offices, and three bathrooms in Kachmar’s bi-level unit.The three-year renovation period proved trying for Kachmar, but he says he learned one important lesson: how to empathize better with clients.“Decision fatigue is real,” he says. “When you’re making decisions that are going to last for years and years on a daily basis, it does kind of wear you out in this way that I couldn’t understand before.”Now, Kachmar can relax in his new home—and leave the work at work. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more.
Wedding Planning Ask a Wedding Expert: What Should I Know about Hiring a Wedding Band? Hot Mess’s Jason Silverman breaks it down. 68068 Delivering the latest in style, inspiration, helpful tips and tricks, and everything else you need to know to plan the perfect New England wedding. 1/17/2019, 11:56 a.m. Print Sign up for wedding newsletters. The New England bride’s ultimate guide.* By Rachel Kashdan· Welcome to Ask a Wedding Expert, a series where local pros answer your most pressing wedding-planning questions. Have one of your own? Email email@example.com.Boston-based band Hot Mess. / Photo by Soundboarding Event Photography by JD CohenWhen it comes to planning your wedding, yes, finding the perfect venue—and delicious fare to go with it—is a must. What can truly make or break your celebration, though, is the music. Hire the right band and your guests will be on their feet all night long—and raving about the day for years to come. So how can you ensure you’re hiring the best group for your newlywed debut? We got the answer from Jason Silverman, founder, vocalist, MC, and coordinator of Boston-based cover band Hot Mess. Read on for his tips for finding an ensemble with both talent and expertise in spades.The Question:What should I know about hiring a wedding band?Silverman’s Answer:Picking the perfect wedding band is a bit more involved than some might realize. You’re not only hiring a group of talented musicians that sound amazing: You’re also looking to leverage years of wedding-day experience.On the most important day of your life, you need to know that the industry professionals you hired are well-versed in the proper flow of a wedding. The band leader should serve as an additional point of contact during the planning process, working closely with you, your wedding coordinator, and your venue to ensure the timeline is strictly adhered to. And because of the band’s years of experience, they should be able to offer quick suggestions and an immediate action plan if unforeseen circumstances arise (for instance, an unexpected downpour 20 minutes before your beachfront reception). A reputable wedding band should also always have a number of references readily available.When it comes to the actual music, sounding great is, of course, a given. The band should also be flexible with the playlist and help you create the perfect soundtrack. That soundtrack will not only build throughout the evening, but also shape those magical moments for you and your spouse from your ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception.Lastly, make sure you do your research and don’t be afraid to ask questions! The right wedding band should not only capture the right vibe musically, but also set your mind at ease logistically.Getting married? Start and end your wedding planning journey with Boston Weddings’ guide to the best wedding vendors in the city.
News Super High Winds and Possible Snow Squalls Are in Boston’s Forecast Power outages are expected. 2/25/2019, 11:15 a.m. Map of high winds recorded as of 9 a.m. Monday NWS BostonForecasters are warning that power outages are imminent as high winds blow into Boston Monday, possibly carrying snow squalls with them.Commuters Monday morning got a first taste of this system when a snow squall appeared suddenly after 8 a.m., briefly providing near whiteout conditions.Web cam (via Tim Kelley & Blue Hill obs) atop of the Prudential building in #Boston #MA capturing #snow #squall approaching the city from the west. More snow squalls into this afternoon but not as organized as this morning. Nonetheless be on the look out. #CT #RI pic.twitter.com/dZJqt5fK4C— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 25, 2019There may be more where that came from. The National Weather Service is tracking bands of snow squalls that could arrive in Boston this afternoon.“We can’t completely rule it out, ” says Nicole Belk, meteorologist at the NWS outpost in Norton, who points to moisture-laden winds traveling across the Great Lakes as a possible engine for more of the quick bouts of snowfall.[9 am] more #snow #squalls upstream across #NY and heading into #MA and #CT. Be prepared for brief heavy snow, near white conditions & snow covered roads. Again, these squalls are very narrow so not every town will be impacted. Nonetheless be prepared. pic.twitter.com/84Xl9ON9SF— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 25, 2019In the meantime, it’s all this whipping wind that we really have to keep an eye on. Southern New England is expected to see sustained winds around 20-35 miles per hour and gusts as high as 65 miles per hour. Already by 9 a.m., the NWS was recording gusts in the mid-40s at Logan Airport. A high wind warning has been issued for the Boston area until 7 p.m.We’re not alone—high winds are being felt as far south as Pennsylvania. “We have a low pressure system that passed to our north overnight,” Belk says. “It’s actually out in the Canadian Maritimes, in the vicinity of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it’s rapidly intensifying today.”By 10 a.m., NWS and Eversource were already tracking power outages across the state.[10 am] not surprising power outages on the increase and unfortunately will continue into this afternoon across #MA #RI #CT pic.twitter.com/Ox2EqB9bti— NWS Boston (@NWSBoston) February 25, 2019 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print By Spencer Buell· 15016 Winds are toppling 🌲🌲 and bringing down power lines with them. ⚠️ Always stay away from downed wires and assume they are live. 📞 9-1-1 immediately and please report it to us by calling 800-592-2000 (EMA) or877-659-6326 (WMA). We’re there when you need us.— Eversource MA (@EversourceMA) February 25, 2019
Phil Mickelson, golf’s new Content King, appears to just be getting started. Mickelson announced the debut of a new storytelling venue and format on Tuesday afternoon, “Phireside with Phil,” and so far, so good.“I’ll be sharing some interesting stories that have taken place through the years and will hopefully have some guests in the future too,” Mickelson wrote to accompany the video, which he shared across his social media channels. The video begins with Mickelson, fully Philled-out in black blazer, shorts and hat, sitting beside a candle. FDR he ain’t, but what follows is an untold story you won’t want to miss. We’ll let Phil take it from here:My first story took play at the Memorial Tournament, back in 2006 or so. Our second round was interrupted by weather and darkness and we had to reconvene the next morning at around 7 in the morning. I’m on the 6th hole and the Tour official is cutting a new hole, but we haven’t finished our round yet, we have to play to the same hole location, so I raise my hand and I say “Hey! We’re not done!”And the rules official raises his hand acknowledges that he heard me, but continues to cut a new hole. So I continue to walk further up and say hey! We’re not done! And again he puts his hand up to acknowledge he hears me, but continues to cut a new hole. So finally I walk right up close to the edge of the green, just on the other side of the lake, and I say, “We’re not done!”He stands up in disgust and puts his hands on his hips and says: “Someone took a dump in the cup.”[Phil raises his hands in surprise] Very well then, carry on.You can watch the complete video below:First edition of “Phireside with Phil.” I’ll be sharing some interesting stories that have taken place through the years and will hopefully have some guests in the future too. #PhiresidewithPhil pic.twitter.com/4NDVTPNKmt— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 18, 2019