Month: September 2020

Tokyo Olympics: Nigerian athletes get lifeline, as Dare hails IOC

first_img According to the IOC ” We understand at these times that these are unlikely to include full details of the dates and locations of the specified events. We recognise that this would follow later as the impacts of the Covid-19 and its related restrictions becomes clearer,” the letter stated. Fifty-seven percent of the 11,000 athletes that would be participating at the Tokyo Olympics had qualified before the event was moved by a year due to the pandemic. The IOC said it would finalize the adapted qualification system later in the month.This cheering news for Nigerian athletes has been commended by the Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare as a welcome development. ” We are excited that the IOC has granted this concession so that those qualifiers can be completed. This will give the athletes ample time to prepare. Also, we now have enough time to make funds available to those sports Federations that had yet to complete their qualifiers. We are monitoring all our athletes and we believe they are training well despite the world – wide lockdown ” read also:IOC: Adjustments to Tokyo 2020 to reduce extent of additional costsHe assured that Nigeria would stick to the earlier stance to feature in only 11 events at the games in order to enhance her chances of performing well. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Cloud of uncertainty that had gathered over the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games qualifiers involving Nigerian athletes and other athletes around the world has been cleared by the International Olympic Committee. IOC chief Thomas Bach  The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics by a year as a result of the spread of covid-19 scourge had cast a shadow of doubt over most of the qualifiers that were yet to be completed. Respite has, however, come for Nigerian athletes alongside their counterparts from other countries that were yet to complete their qualifiers as the IOC has fixed new dates for the qualifiers. According to a letter written to all members of the International Olympic Committee, now completed qualifiers have now been extended till the end of June 2021, a week grace before the final deadline of July 5th, 18 days before the Olympics gets underway on July 23rd, 2021.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining MeansBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planetlast_img read more

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Calatrava local hacked

first_imgBACOLOD City – A man was hacked in BarangayMinapasok, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. The motive in the incident was not immediatelyestablished. Police identified the suspect as Sultan’s53-year-old cousin Jesie Macapas. According to police investigators, Sultan andMacapas were having a drinking session when a heated argument ensued betweenthem around 7 p.m. on Sunday. This prompted Macapas to hack Sultan, policesaid.  center_img Sultan was brought to the Alfredo Marañon Sr.District Hospital in Sagay City, Negros Occidental for treatment.   The 50-year-old resident Rogelio Sultansustained a hack wound on the head, a police report showed. Officers of the Calatrava municipal policestation conducted a manhunt operation against Macapas, who fled after theincident./PNlast_img read more

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2 generals still playing with drugs – Duterte

first_imgMeanwhile, the Senate is investigatingthe alleged recycling of drugs bared by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency(PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino. “Well, I told you do not destroy mycountry because it is being flooded with drugs,” he added. Duterte, in a speech at the Valdai Forumin Russia on Thursday, warned the two “not destroy my country” as he did notelaborate whether they were from the police or the military. “When I took over, I found out aboutnine generals (who) were involved in the trafficking of drugs,” Duterte said.“And right now, even as I fly here and go back, there are again about twogenerals who are still playing with drugs.”   MANILA – As the issue about “ninjacops” continues, President Rodrigo Duterte revealed two “generals” remainedengaged in illegal drug trade.      center_img President Rodrigo Duterte. GMA NETWORK Former PNP-Criminal Investigation andDetection Group chief and now Baguio City mayor Benjamin Magalong alleged thatAlbayalde asked Aquino, then-PNP Region 3 director, not to implement thedismissal order, which Albayalde denied./PN In the said probe, outgoing PhilippineNational Police chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde allegedly attempted to intervene inthe case of 13 supposed “ninja cops,” who violated various operation proceduresin a drug bust in 2013.  last_img read more

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Thousands flee in Turkish attack

first_imgTurkey’s defense ministry said 228militants were killed so far in the attacks. ISTANBUL – Turkey pounded Kurdishmilitia in northeast Syria for a second day on Thursday, forcing tens ofthousands of people to flee and killing at least dozens of people in across-border assault on United States (US) allies.  Fire burns and smoke billows out in border town Tel Abyad, Syria on Oct. 10. REUTERS/REUTERSTV The Syrian Observatory for HumanRights, meanwhile, said at least 23 fighters with the SDF and six fighters witha Turkish-backed Syrian rebel group were killed.(Reuters)center_img The SDF have been the main allies ofUS forces in the battle against Islamic State (IS) since 2014. They have beenholding thousands of captured IS fighters in prisons and tens of thousands oftheir relatives in detention.  The offensive against the SyrianDemocratic Forces (SDF) led by Kurdish YPG militia, which began days afterTrump pulled US troops out of the way, opened one of the biggest new fronts inyears in an eight-year-old civil war that drew global powers.     last_img read more

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Van crash in Iran kills 28 Afghans

first_imgAnother 21 people were reportedlyinjured in the collision on Thursday. In May this year, eight people werekilled when a bus carrying 44 people overturned on the Qom-Tehran highway –reportedly because the driver fell asleep at the wheel.(BBC) IRAN – At least 28 Afghan nationalswere killed in a crash in Iran, according to the country’s Ilna newsagency.    At least 28 Afghan nationals were killed in a van collision in Iran on Thursday. BBC.COM Two vans crashed into each other nearthe town of Khash, in the south-eastern Sistan and Baluchistan province,reports said. Iran is one of the deadliest countriesin the world for road traffic accidents, according to the World HealthOrganization. The area is commonly used by allegedtraffickers transporting migrants across the Afghan border.last_img read more

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DAMAGE CONTROL: Malay LGU insists Boracay safe, free from nCoV

first_imgTourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says travel restrictions will definitely have an impact on the Philippine tourism industry, but the safety of the workers in the sector and the public is more important than other considerations. JUN AGUIRRE/PN “Malakiang apekto sa transport, hotels, resorts, lahat ng activities sa Boracay dahil satemporary ban sa mga Chinesetourists. Hindi naman natin ma-compromised ang health at safety ng ating mga residente at ibang turista,” headded./PN On Tuesday, Fulgencio said theMunicipal Health Office of Malay was having a hard time monitoring PUMs becausethey were billeted in various tourism accommodation establishments. It would bebetter if these establishments have safety officers or medical teams regularlyreporting to us the health status of the PUMs, if these tourists manifestflu-like symptoms, she said. This statement was contrary to thepicture painted by its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officechief – a local government overwhelmed by the task of monitoring PUMs due tologistical challenges. Since most of them already left thecountry, the municipality is left with 429 persons to be monitored, itstressed. “No virus in paradise: Boracay Islandis safe and free from 2019-nCoV”, blared its statement issued yesterday. It also listed the followinginterventions undertaken: On Tuesday, Malay’s Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office chief Catherine Fulgencio said her localgovernment unit (LGU) was having a hard time monitoring 2,000 mostly Chinesetourists in Boracay and thus appealed for help from the Regional Disaster RiskReduction and Management Council. Fulgencio could not be reached forcomment anymore yesterday. “Probably indi pa gid clear sa ila konano ang role nila when it comesto nCoV monitoring,” she said. ILOILO City – The local government ofMalay, Aklan went on damage control mode a day after its Municipal DisasterRisk Reduction and Management Office chief claimed the municipality wasstruggling to monitor some 2,000 mostly Chinese tourists in Boracay Islandfor  possible novel  coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection. Addressing this concern, DOH Region 6director Marlyn Convocar said the local government of Malay could tap the 168“human resources for health” personnel that the regional health office assignedto Aklan; 78 of them were nurses. In a separate bulletin, the Malaylocal government also clarified it has 429 – not 2,000 – “persons undermonitoring” (PUMs) in Boracay. “We would like to reiterate that thereis no confirmed case of 2019-nCoV as well as persons under investigation (PUI)both in mainland Malay and Boracay Island,” the Malay LGU further stressed. Fulgencio lamented, too, that some ofthe tourism accommodation establishments were reluctant to cooperate with Malayhealth authorities. Boracay – which saw 434,175 Chinesetourists or 50 percent of the 865,419 foreigners last year – is usually packedwith inbound travelers during the peak months of January to May. * formulation of Standard OperatingProcedures for PUMs in the barangays center_img On Feb.2 President Rodrigo Duterterestricted the inbound travel of foreigners from China and its administrativeregions to the country due to the nCoV scare. Meanwhile, Peter Tay, liaison officerto Boracay of the Chinese Embassy, expressed fear that the travel ban orderedby the national government could hurt “deeper” into the tourism businesses andtravel spending of the visitors in Boracay. * education and information campaignto all sectors (e.g., barangay, school, private sectors: hotels and resorts,associations, and cooperatives) regarding 2019-nCoV, preventive measures, andinter-government protocols PUMs are individuals with a history oftravel to China or history of contact with a known confirmed nCoV case but donot manifest signs and symptoms. * appropriation of budget for theprograms/activities of the task force The nCoV originated from Wuhan City,China. It causes severe acute respiratory infection and symptoms usually startwith a fever, followed by a dry cough. * creation of the Inter-Agency TaskForce Against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus * constant monitoring of thesocioeconomic impact of 2019-nCoV * creation and mobilization ofBarangay Health Emergency Response Teams “The municipality of Malay assures thepublic that the Malay Inter-Agency Task Force Against the 2019 NovelCoronavirus and the Municipal Health Office are on high alert since Day 1 andis closely monitoring all ‘persons under monitoring’ (PUMs) within ourmunicipality as per Department of Health (DOH) guidelines,” stressed the localgovernment. “This is worse than Boracay’s closure;we don’t know when the situation is going to end,” Tay said on Feb. 3.  “The reported 2,000 Chinese…areactually the number of (tourist) arrivals reported by the Municipal TourismOffice from the period of Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2020,” clarified the bulletin. Boracay was closed for a massiveenvironmental rehabilitation from April to October 2018. Acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautistasaid all sectors will likely feel the impact of the temporary travel ban. Boracay, a world-famous island resortattracting thousands of tourists each year, is Malay’s biggest generator ofrevenues.last_img read more

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Carnapping suspect arrested

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with carnapping, a man was arrested in Barangay Canmoros, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City dated July 9, 2019. The 20-year-old Rolly Labao of Barangay Libacao, Himamaylan City, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 2:50 p.m. on June 10, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the Binalbagan municipal police station. A P180,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

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Bacolod City appeals quarantine status

first_imgEssential sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food business, hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate in areas under any quarantine measure since these are services gravely needed by the public. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the appeal will be tackled in the scheduled IATF-EID meeting before President Rodrigo Duterte announces the latest community quarantine status in various parts of the country tonight. National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said during a Malacañang briefing on Monday that the shift was due to the observed spike in new cases as well as in severe and critical cases. On Monday, Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas said he appealed to the IATF-EID the city’s supposed shift to GCQ from MGCQ starting July 16. “Nagkaroon po ng pulong ang ating IATF ng dalawang sunod-sunod na araw noong Thursday at Friday (last week) at napagkasunduan po doon na may mga areas po na mag-i-escalate [ang protocols],” Galvez said. Public transport and inter-island travel will return in areas under GCQ but with strict safe distancing. Manufacturing services are fully allowed to operate in GCQ areas same with film, music, and TV production, repair and vulcanizing shops./PN “Nakikita po natin na tumataas ang kaso ng ating mga severe at critical cases, at the same time ‘yung mga new cases tumataas din,” he added. It was not clear, however, what appeal the city government of Bacolod City made. The city has been under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) since May 16. Residents in areas under the GCQ, except vulnerable persons, are allowed to go out while gatherings will also be allowed for a maximum of 10 persons only. MANILA – Bacolod City has appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) its community quarantine status from July 16 onwards.last_img read more

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Batesville Baseball Saturday Schedule Update (4-5)

first_imgThe Batesville JV game at New Castle on Saturday (4-5) has been canceled.At this time, the Varsity DH is still on.Submitted by Batesville AD Mark Ferguson.last_img

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Local Educators To Instruct Students In China

first_imgSummer break provides an opportunity for students and teachers to relax and take a vacation. While the beach or the mountains would be suitable for most, seven local educators will travel to China.The trip isn’t a vacation, but an opportunity to teach English to students while gaining a first-hand account of education from a different perspective.The educators will be teaching English as a summer school course at the University of Science and Technology Beijing.The students will be matriculating as freshman at the university or at associated universities throughout the country. Students were selected by test scores and their tuition is financed by the Chinese government.Five Batesville Middle School teachers will be traveling abroad including Alex Davis, language arts teacher; Eric Feller, math and computer teacher; Karen Salvitti, 6th grade teacher; Lisa Horn, 6th grade teacher; and Grace Kontour, art teacher.Batesville Schools Director of Student Learning Melisa Burton and Greensburg teacher Nicole Batta will also travel to China.“It is a great opportunity for me personally to experience another culture, but also for the school corporation for me to gain some knowledge of what life is like in China and in China schools,” said Melissa Burton. “I can bring that back and share that experience with our children.”The teachers will be delivering lectures on American culture and will facilitate discussion among the students in smaller groups throughout the fifteen days of the summer session. The school day ends at 3:00 p.m., so instructors will have time to explore Beijing.Lisa Horn said, “I have never been out of North America, and I am looking forward to traveling to China. What a great opportunity I am getting. I am looking forward to being immersed in the Chinese culture. Being able to see how Chinese students view and work in school is exciting. I will be able to bring back ideas for my students-and am hoping to come away with new information to share with my colleagues.”“I am a little nervous about the language and speaking with the students. However, after we get there and settled, I know that things will fall into place and the students and I will learn many things from each other,” she added.last_img read more

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