Boracay task force awaits DU30’s decision to continue island rehab

first_imgAl Orolfo, vice chair of the Boracay InterAgency Rehabilitation Group, which is the management arm of the BIATF, saidthat they are hoping that Duterte would make his pronouncement soon. Thepresident is expected to visit the famed-island on March 12. The BIATF is composed of differentgovernment agencies such as the Department of Interior and Local Government,Department of Public Works and Highways, Tourism Infrastructure and EnterpriseZone Authority, Department of Tourism, Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment, Department of Labor, Bureau of Immigration, among others./PN KALIBO, Aklan – The Boracay Inter AgencyTask Force (BIATF) is hoping that President Rodrigo Duterte will soon make adecision to whether the group will continue the rehabilitation of theworld-famous island. “We will follow the orders ofPresident Duterte,” Orolfo said. Two years ago, President Duterte signedthe Executive Order No. 53 to “reverse the degradation of Boracay” Island,’ tostrictly enforce national laws and local ordinances and to implement andoversee policies as the duties of the BIATF. Personnel of the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force conduct a meeting with other government agencies of the province in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan on March 5. Tackled during the meeting were updates on the accomplishments of the different agencies in the world-class island. PDEA REGION VI-WESTERN VISAYAS Under the EO, the task force will bedissolved after two years from May 8, 2018, unless it will be extended byPresident Duterte upon the recommendation of his cabinet. It is also up to himto transfer to the local government units of Malay, Aklan the full autonomy tomanage Boracay Island if the task force will no longer be needed.  last_img read more

Juve agree £72.5m Arthur deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Thiago Alcantara completes Liverpool move Juventus have agreed a huge £72.5 million fee with Barcelona to sign midfielder Arthur when the summer transfer window opens, according to reports.Arthur arrived at the Nou Camp from Gremio in his native Brazil for £28 million, and has gone on to make 70 appearances for the club across two seasons. Despite the mammoth fee being agreed between the two sides, as reported by Sky Sports, it is understood the 23-year-old is desperate to stay and fight for his place in the midfield at Barcelona.The Spanish club, though, are cash-strapped and understood to be keen to take the fee offered by Juve in the summer.It has been written that Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri wants to build his team around the Brazilian next season, while the Italians have also offered him a huge wage increase.If he accepts the move to Turin, Arthur will be on £4.5 million a year and will line up in the midfield behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.Tags: ArthurJuventusNew SigningSerie ATransfer Windowlast_img read more

Wenger not feeling title pressure

first_img Instead the Frenchman was keen to draw on the years in which Arsenal scrambled into the top four and qualified for the Champions League as they balanced the books after leaving Highbury. “We had much more pressure before when I knew I had at least to be in the top four and we had not necessarily the potential to do it,” said Wenger ahead of his side’s opener against West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. “The pressure is really on you when you know you are just on the border of achieving what is absolutely requested. “You know you cannot miss an inch because you’re out, so that is much more difficult. “So here, what is interesting is the pressure is on everybody. On at least, six, seven clubs, and that’s what makes the Premier League very interesting. “The only league where you do not have that now is France because everyone knows that Paris St Germain will win the league.” Wenger will be without Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal’s opener against the Hammers on Sunday following the Chilean’s exploits at this summer’s Copa America. Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky are both sidelined too, while Jack Wilshere faces four weeks in the treatment room after he suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula. Arsene Wenger insists the pressure of hauling Arsenal into the top four following their move to the Emirates Stadium far outweighs the challenge of fighting for the Barclays Premier League title. It is the latest injury setback for the England international, but Wenger insists he will not ask the 23-year-old to adapt his approach to the game. “You cannot play football without going freely in the challenge,” said Wenger. “Jack’s game is to provoke with the ball at his feet and go and penetrate. You take that away, you change the player and you take one of his biggest strengths out of the game.” Wenger added: “We are all programmed through our education to respond in the game situations like we are used to, and with age and experience we use our qualities in a more efficient way but we do not change the way we play. “Sometimes because he has a good little burst he uses that very well to get out, but sometimes it is a game that provokes more challenges than maybe Gilberto Silva, who just sat there deep, or Mesut Ozil, who plays less dribbling.” His side’s impressive pre-season campaign, which culminated in a Community Shield victory over Chelsea last Sunday, coupled with a strong end to last term sees them head into the new season with arguably the best chance of claiming their first championship since 2004. But Wenger does not believe their emergence as Chelsea’s biggest spoiler to the title they won so comfortably last season brings an added pressure. Press Associationlast_img read more

Weekend Sun Brings Sightings of Colorful Halos to South Florida

first_imgLook up! “What’s that around the sun,” you ask?Some South Floridians have noticed and reported what appears to be a strange ring around the sun this weekend.Apparently, that ring is actually a sun halo, and it may be more common than you might think.It developed as sunlight passed through high, thin cirrus clouds moving into our area from the Gulf of Mexico.These clouds are more than 20,000 feet off the ground. They are so cold that they are actually made of ice crystals.Light passing through them is refracted, just like a prism, creating the halo.Occasionally they can show some color. The halos seen this weekend were vivid enough for a reddish color in the inner ring.Halos can also be found around a bright full moon if conditions are just right.last_img

IAAF announces finalists for female world athletes of the year

first_imgBeijing: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Monday announced the five finalists for female world athlete of the year.Dina Asher-Smith of Britain is European champion in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, and finished second in the 100m in the IAAF Diamond League final and IAAF Continental Cup.Beatrice Chepkoech from Kenya is the current world record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, and became the first woman to break 8:50 and 8:45 barriers with a time of 8:44.32 this year. Caterine Ibarguen of Colombia won the Central American and Caribbean championship at both long jump and triple jump.Shaunae Miller-Uibo from the Bahamas remained unbeaten across five events in 15 races, including a 200m and 4x100m double at the IAAF Continental Cup. She grabbed three wins in the 400m, with the world’s fastest time since 2009.Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium is world number three in the high jump, and is unbeaten in the heptathlon this season.Both male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2018 in Monaco on December 4.The male finalists will be announced on Tuesday. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Mixed Fortunes for African Players in Budapest

first_img2019 ITTF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSMajority of the African players that featured in the 2019 ITTF World Championships failed to make it beyond the group stages.Players from Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Congo DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Mauritius and Madagascar all failed to win any match in their group to exit the tournament early. But the continent’s powerhouses – Nigeria and Egypt showed their class in all their matches with majority of the players winning at least one match in the group but majority of them could not make it to the main draw.Three of the continent’s best players – Aruna Quadri of Nigeria and Egypt’s duo of Omar Assar and Dina Meshref did not compete from the group stage but were listed among the seeded players in the men and women singles. For this, the trio started their campaigns from the main draw.However, Egyptian veteran, Ahmed Saleh was the only player that fought his way from the group to the main draw while Nigeria’s Bode Abiodun who had initially topped his group but needed a win in the preliminary knockout to be sure of playing in the main draw fell to Saudi Arabia player in the deciding match to the main draw.Former African champion – Segun Toriola and Olajide Omotayo of Nigeria won one match each from their groups but this did not take them to the main draw. Mohamed El-Beiali and Khaled Assar of Egypt also won a match each in the group but they failed to advance to the main draw in the men’s singles.Also, Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz narrowly missed the main draw after losing in the final group match while her compatriots – Yousra Helmy and Reem El-Eraky won their matches in the group to berth in the main draw but their first round match in the main draw ended in defeat.Germany-based Omar Assar failed in his attempt to go beyond the first round after he squandered a 3-1 lead against Portugal’s Joao Geraldo to lose 3-4 in the men’s singles.It was a narrow escape for Meshref in the first round of the women’s singles as she had to come from 3-0 down to defeat her opponent and advanced to the second round. But she ended her stay in Budapest in the second round when she fell 3-4, to Mo Zhang of Canada.The only shining of Africa in the men’s singles was Aruna Quadri who set a new record for himself at the world championships by making it to the third round (last 32) of the men’s singles. A feat the Nigerian described as another milestone in his career.Attention will now be shifted to the 2019 African Cup and Games holding later in the year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panelists discuss US security interests in the Middle East

first_imgOn Monday morning, the Dornsife School of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ School of International Relations hosted a conversation on international security and business in the Middle East.Middle East expertise · James B. Smith, the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, discusses U.S. security interests in the Middle East. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThe panel featured Amer Kayani, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia; Janet Breslin-Smith, former professor at the U.S. National War College; and James B. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.Kayani, who lives in Saudi Arabia and focuses on the Middle East’s economy as a part of his job, emphasized the parallels between economics within the Islamic religion and capitalism.“Both [Islam and capitalism] permit private ownership of property, allow freedom of enterprise [and] support free markets in a competitive setting,” Kayani said.Kayani noted that currently, governments in the Middle East have taken over these free markets and have been unable to keep up with the growing demand for jobs.Anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of a Middle Eastern country’s population is 24 and under; this age group has recently graduated from college and is looking for jobs, which the government is unable to provide.“Because state-owned enterprises have failed to create jobs, the leadership in these countries have come to realize that they need to open up the market … to allow small and medium-sized enterprises to come in and play an active role in job creation,” Kayani said.Smith, who also lives in Saudi Arabia, noted the growing tension between ruling officials and upset citizens who cannot find jobs.Smith noted that, for the first time in Saudi Arabian history, there are “self-forming groups of citizens” that can be seen coming together to help each other rather than relying on the government. He said one of the fears of ruling officials is that citizens will come together and form rebellions.“The social contract in the region has always been one where the government provides and the population is thankful … but here we saw a different dynamic at work [in Jeddah November/December 2009],” Smith said.Breslin-Smith, wife of Ambassador Smith and a USC alumna, talked about her experience living with Saudi Arabian women and learning what life “look[s] like from their point of view.”Women in Saudi Arabia, though segregated from men due to Islamic tradition, are graduating at higher rates than men in the Middle East, and therefore are becoming a growing sector of the job market, said Breslin-Smith.After college, approximately 70 percent of women are unemployed, and those that are employed tend to flock to online jobs they can do remotely, which allow them to remain segregated from men in their working environments.From a business standpoint, Kayani noted that many industries are hiring only women workers, since women are unable to be seen in public during the day and therefore cannot take breaks to go outside, do not have obligations to take family members to appointments and are unable to drive during lunch breaks.All three panelists agreed that the politics in the Middle East are “painfully slowly” changing as a result of unhappy populations who are becoming more educated and receiving less help from their governments.Students found the panel to be  vibrant in its discussion of the Middle East.“I thought it was very informative,” said Mina Rizk, a senior double majoring in Middle Eastern studies and political science. “[Smith] had a couple of good points that I myself didn’t agree with, but I’m sure he knows more than I do.”Emily Kennedy, a sophomore majoring in international relations, found the discussion to be closely related to her studies.“I was able to see the ideal application of my degree,” Kennelly said. “It was especially useful because it pertained to my concentrations, Middle East and women’s studies.”Follow Morgan on Twitter @megreenwaldlast_img read more

USC to play on in WNIT

first_imgA dominant second half propelled the USC women’s basketball team to a 62-50 victory over BYU on Wednesday and into the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.Leading the way · Junior guard Briana Gilbreath, pictured here against UCLA, scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading USC to a 62-50 victory over the Cougars in Provo, Utah. The Women of Troy now advance to the Elite Eight of the WNIT for the first time in the program’s history. – Kelvin Kuo | Daily Trojan Trailing at the break, the Women of Troy (22-12) opened the second half on fire, scoring on five of their first six possessions to turn a six-point deficit into a 36-31 lead.“At halftime we talked about how this could be our last game,” said senior center Kari LaPlante.  “In the second half we sucked it up and pushed through [our fatigue]. We were able to catch our wind and that’s what made the difference.”Junior guard Ashley Corral was instrumental during the run, scoring seven of USC’s first 11 points opening the second half.For the third straight game, Corral gave USC a much-needed scoring punch off the bench, finishing with 10 points and a pair of three-pointers.The Women of Troy outscored BYU 37-19 in the second half and held the Cougars to 23 percent shooting.USC shot 48 percent after the break, attacking the basket and getting easy scoring opportunities.“We didn’t follow the game plan in the first half,” LaPlante said. “In the second half we actually did what we were supposed to do.”That sharp shooting was not present for the Women of Troy early in a first half marked by a flurry of missed shots and turnovers.USC went through a pair of long scoring droughts in the first half, going without a basket for nearly five minutes during one stretch and getting outscored 10-0 to close the half.USC held a 25-21 lead with three minutes left in the first half before turnovers brought its momentum to a sudden halt.The Women of Troy only attempted one more shot before halftime, turning the ball over on four of their final five possessions.BYU seemed to capitalize on every mistake USC made during this time, scoring the final 10 points of the half to take a 31-25 lead into the break.At the break, BYU forward Mindy Bonham led all scorers with 15 points, although USC held  the senior guard to just six points in the second half.“We really are a second-half team,” said freshman forward Cassie Harberts. “In the first half we were a step slow everywhere and we weren’t doing our coverages on defense.”Junior guard Briana Gilbreath led USC in the first half with eight points and five rebounds.Sophomore forward Christina Marinacci missed all five of her field goal attempts, but collected seven rebounds for the Women of Troy.Winning the rebounding battle has been a barometer for USC’s success all season, and the team was able to capitalize yet again on Wednesday.The Women of Troy grabbed 43 rebounds and held BYU — even with its 6-foot-7 center in Jennifer Hamson — to just 34.BYU’s Kristen Riley finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, while Riley Hall also scored 10 points in the losing effort.For USC, Marinacci led the team with 10 rebounds, and also chipped in eight points of her own.Gilbreath led the Women of Troy with 14 points, eight rebounds and four assists.Senior guard Jacki Gemelos chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds, while Harberts contributed 11 points and five rebounds.“It’s nice that we can continue our season,” Harberts said. “With every game and practice, we’re getting better.”USC is now set to face either Wyoming or Colorado in the WNIT Quarterfinals on Sunday.last_img read more