P50-M cauldron for SEA Games questioned

first_imgDuring the deliberation of the proposed 2020 budget of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) on Monday, Drilon said the cost could have constructed 50 classrooms. “A P50-million kaldero. Do you realize that at P1 million per classroom this can construct 50 classrooms? In other words, we did away with 50 classrooms in exchange for one kaldero, is this a correct conclusion?” the Ilonggo senator said. “Is it proper? Is it appropriate? Is it valid? Is it just to do away with 50 classrooms to build a P50 million kaldero that we will only use once?” Sen. Franklin Drilon asks during Monday’s Senate budget plenary. DRILON “I think what the government is really envisioning was to do a really impressive hosting of the games and showcase the Philippine ingenuity by using Philippine creative designers and performers. I think this is what other Southeast Asian countries have also done when it was their turn to host,” Angara said. The P50 million budget for the design and construction of this stadium cauldron for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games could already construct around 50 classrooms at P1 million each, says Sen. Franklin Drilon. BCDA Drilon then asked Angara if the total cost of the construction of the cauldron is P32 million, to which Angara replied in the affirmative. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, who was defending BCDA’s budget for the next year, said that cauldron’s design amounted to P4.4 million while its foundation was pegged at P13.4 million. “The production of the cauldron was under the Philippine Sports Commission and was designed by the late Filipino architect Bobby Mañosa,” Angara said. MANILA – Senate Minority Leader FranklinDrilon questioned the cost for the design and construction of a stadiumcauldron for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in the countrylater this month. “Is that reasonable? Is that a correct prioritization? Each classroom will cost P1 million and just for the kaldero, which should be used only once, we will spend P50 million,” Drilon asked during the Senate budget plenary. “I think in his hearts of hearts, the good sponsor, good intention as he is, finds difficulty justifying a P50-million kaldero,” Drilon said after hearing Angara’s defense./PNlast_img read more

‘Don’t bring pork products as pasalubong’

first_img“We are hopeful that our hog growerswill continue to raise the said livestock amid the total ban of pork and porkproducts from Luzon. This is an opportunity for them,” said Recoter. ILOILO City – This holiday season, donot to bring pork and pork byproducts as pasalubong(presents by one arriving from a trip) when coming home to Western Visayas. “Luzon is ASF-affected. WesternVisayas is still ASF-free and we want to maintain that status,” Recoterstressed. Recoter also appealed to traders notto take advantage of the hog raisers because it is supposed to be anopportunity for backyard growers to also earn. “If we will be hit by the ASF, thelivelihood of our backyard raisers will be affected. We know that backyardraisers depend on them for their consumption, tuition and domestic expenses,”said Recoter. DA data showed Western Visayas’ totalhog population at 1,250,681 as of Jan. 1, 2019. Of the population, 89 percent or1,109, 815 heads were raised in the backyard while 140,866 heads were raisedcommercially. The hog sufficiency level in theregion is more or less 280 percent, she added.center_img All provinces in the region, exceptGuimaras, have banned the entry of pork and its byproducts from parts of Luzonand ASF-affected countries. The hog population is valued at P7.69billion, excluding feed millers, corn farmers and other industry stakeholders. This is a precautionary measure due tothe African swine fever (ASF), said Director Remelyn Recoter of the Departmentof Agriculture (DA) Region 6. Despite this, Recoter said, theregion’s pork supply remains sufficient. She advised the public to buy porkproducts that are inspected and certified by the National Meat InspectionService. (PNA/PN)last_img read more

Barcelona principles built on Johan Cruyff’s era, says Xavi

first_imgAl Sadd coach, Xavi has said Barcelona’s principles are built on the Johan Cruyff era. The former Blaugrana captain explained that the Dutchman’s arrival changed football both in Catalonia and the whole country. “It’s an honour to be linked to Cruyff’s name,” Xavi said in a video for the Cruyff Foundation. “Johan was the most influential person in football’s history. “He was the key person in all the successes of the last 20 to 25 years at Barcelona and the Spanish national team. “He came to Barcelona and changed his philosophy regarding the style of play. “He introduced a very disciplined game system that is still practiced today. “Both the Spanish national team and Barcelona have benefited from Cruyff’s philosophy.” Xavi went on to point out that Cruyff was an example both as a coach and as a person.Advertisement Loading… “I am very proud of what Cruyff did at Barcelona,” he added. “He was an idol to me, not only at football level but as a human being. “Johan was an example for all kids and for society. “The way he adapted to another country when he came here, Johan was an example for all football players and all human beings. read also:Chelsea ponder move for Barcelona shot-stopper “I am very proud that Johan introduced this football system. “Many players like me were able to benefit from this. “All football players and athletes would be proud to be part of the Cruyff Foundation.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Hoosier statesman, Richard Lugar dies at 87

first_imgWashington D.C. — Former longtime U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a foreign policy expert, died Sunday. He was 87.Lugar was a Rhodes Scholar who was first elected to the Senate in 1976, after eight years as Indianapolis mayor.He was a generally loyal conservative but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary after attacks over his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama.Lugar gained little traction with a 1996 run for president, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.Vice President Mike Pence says Indiana and America “will never forget the leadership and service” of former longtime Sen. Richard Lugar.He was known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal.Pence issued a statement saying, “Lugar was a leader not only in the Senate but also on the world stage, where he worked tirelessly to bring pressure to end apartheid in South Africa and enforce treaties that destroyed Soviet weapons of mass destruction.”Pence says that “as the longest serving member of Congress from Indiana, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Lugar leaves behind a legacy of public service that will inspire Hoosiers for generations.”Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has directed flags across the state to be flown at half-staff to honor former longtime Sen. Richard Lugar.Lugar, a foreign policy expert, died Sunday at age 87. Holcomb says flags will be at half-staff until Lugar’s funeral, which hasn’t yet been announced.Lugar was a generally loyal conservative but lost his bid for a seventh Senate term in the 2012 GOP primary after attacks over his reputation for cooperation with Democrats and friendliness with President Barack Obama. Lugar gained little traction with a 1996 run for president, but he focused on the threat of terrorism years ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks.Purdue University President Mitch Daniels spent more than a decade as chief of staff to Lugar. He says, “The world is safer from nuclear danger because of him.”last_img read more

Vehicle Crash Claims Life of Indiana State Trooper

first_imgTippecanoe County, IN— The Indiana State Police is mourning the loss of one of its own after a single-vehicle crash late last night on Old State Road 25 near Stair Road. The crash claimed the life of Trooper Peter R. Stephan, 27, Lafayette, IN, who served with the Indiana State Police Department for four years.The preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Sergeant Rick Brown indicates at approximately 10:25 p.m., Trooper Stephan was traveling northbound on Old State Road 25, south of Stair Road, when his 2018 Dodge Charger police car entered a curve. For an undetermined reason, the Dodge left the east side of the roadway, rolled at least one time and struck a utility pole.  Trooper Stephan was going to help another trooper who had called for assistance in Americus prior to the crash.As a result of the crash, Trooper Stephan suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Trooper Stephan is survived by his wife and six-month-old daughter.  Family notifications have been made.While the investigation into the fatal crash which claimed the life of Indiana State Police Trooper Peter R. Stephan continues, the following information is being made available.An account has been established through Old National Bank to accept monetary donations on behalf of the family of Trooper Stephan.  This is the only account that has been agreed upon by the family, and the opening of additional fundraising accounts is discouraged.Those wishing to make a donation may do so at any Old National Bank branch under the name:Indiana Fallen Heroes Foundation/Peter Stephanlast_img read more

Mourinho expects big fee for Stones

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has conceded it may take a huge fee to prise Everton defender John Stones away from Goodison Park. “That is the market now,” Mourinho has told several national newspapers. “You only pay it if you want to. If you don’t want to pay it, don’t pay. It’s as simple as that. “The market has no rules or limits from season to season.” After the summer departures of Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, Everton’s defensive numbers are already on the light side and Martinez has insisted he is not interested in selling any of his stars. But Mourinho, who has risked further upsetting the Merseysiders with a “smaller club” comment, is determined to test that resolve. “It’s a good market. That’s why smaller clubs, if they have interesting young English players, they use that in the right way for them,” he said. “I don’t criticise them. They play the market for themselves. If the big clubs don’t want to go over certain limits, they have to make a decision.” Everton failed to challenge for European football last season as they finished 11th in the Barclays Premier League table and 23 points adrift of the top four. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill swapped Bolton for Stamford Bridge in January 2012 and he admits the lure of challenging for honours can prove persuasive when a top club come calling. “It’s hard to turn down, of course,” Cahill told national newspapers. “In terms of ambition, if you’re a young player in the game, have played in the Premier League like he did a lot last year, and a big club come calling, it’s very difficult to turn down because you want to achieve the most you can in the short period you have in your career as a professional footballer. “When a top club come calling, who you know will be firing on all fronts with competitions and medals, that’s ultimately what you want to be playing for.” Stones could become the most expensive English defender in history if Chelsea exceed the £30m Manchester United paid Leeds for Rio Ferdinand in 2002. Cahill, however, believes Stones has the character to cope with the pressure. “When you talk about being able to handle something like that, you look at their personality,” Cahill said. “From what I have seen when I have been away with him for England, he is a genuinely nice guy, a down to earth lad. “There is nothing ‘big-time’ about him. So for me, I’m sure he will be able to cope with the fee if it happens.” Cahill and Stones will both have their eye on next summer’s European Championships, as the pair aim to cement a starting spot at the heart of England’s defence. “Potentially as a player he can be a top player, not just for us but also for England,” Cahill added. “I think England will benefit too because he will get more experience playing in the Premier League and also the Champions League. “I’m sure he will become a bigger and better player for that.” The Premier League champions had a bid reported to be in the region of £20million rebuffed by the Toffees last week, with manager Roberto Martinez criticising the Blues for the way they handled their approach. Unperturbed, Chelsea are expected to up their offer for the 21-year-old – who they view as a long-term successor to John Terry – but Mourinho knows Everton will not let him go without a fight. Press Association read more

Ohio seeks revenge on BG

first_imgOhio seeks revenge on BG Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOhio (13-13, 5-8) vs. Bowling Green (19-7, 10-3)Stroh Center, Bowling Green, Ohio; Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bowling Green goes for the season sweep over Ohio after winning the previous matchup in Athens. The teams last went at it on Jan. 11, when the Falcons shot 50 percent from the field while limiting Ohio to just 46.4 percent en route to the nine-point victory. Associated Press SUPER SENIORS: Ohio’s Jason Preston, Jordan Dartis and Sylvester Ogbonda have collectively scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season, including 55 percent of all Bobcats scoring over the last five games.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Preston has either made or assisted on 60 percent of all Ohio field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 22 field goals and 25 assists in those games.TWO STREAKS: Ohio has dropped its last three road games, scoring 61.7 points and allowing 71 points during those contests. Bowling Green has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 71.6 points while giving up 68.6.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Bobcats have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Falcons. Bowling Green has an assist on 31 of 82 field goals (37.8 percent) over its past three outings while Ohio has assists on 49 of 78 field goals (62.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Bowling Green has turned the ball over on just 14.7 percent of its possessions this season, which is the third-lowest rate among all Division I teams. The Falcons have turned the ball over only 10.5 times per game this season.center_img February 20, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

GHB lauds selection of Guyanese trio on PAN AM Indoor Elite Team

first_imgTHREE Guyanese players have been named as members of the Pan American Hockey Federation (PAHF) Indoor Elite Team, following the conclusion of the tournament here last month.Captain Robert France and goalkeeper Medroy Scotland were the two named in the male squad while midfielder Marzana Fiedtkou was the female selected.2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Team – Medroy Scotland, goalkeeper (Guyana) (PAHF Photos)According to president of the Guyana Hockey Board, Philip Fernandes, this is a positive indicator as to the obvious growth of the sport locally.“The Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) is very pleased to have three of its players selected to the Pan American All Star Team. It is a very prestigious award and is only the second time in our history that we have had a Guyanese selected.“We have Marzana Fiedtkou of the women who have played some hockey at University (in the United States) but she has learnt most of her hockey here in Guyana.”“Both France and Scotland have played hockey here and we are very pleased that we can produce players of this calibre and we are happy that they have been recognised by the Pan Am Federation for their achievement.According to a release on the PAHF Website, this is the first time that separate Indoor teams have been named with the aim of giving “deserved exposure to the top indoor players and the game itself’.2017 Pan American Indoor Elite Team – Robert FranceHockey specialists who were present at the 2017 Indoor Pan American Cup in Georgetown, Guyana, were consulted for the selection of this year’s Elite Teams, the release added.last_img read more

F-M girls blaze to title at Manhattan Invitational

first_imgIndividually, Peyton Geehrer had a strong race for the Hornets, going 12:26.1 to finish fourth as Allentown’s Liam Murphy won the race in 12:15.2, barely 10 seconds ahead of Geehrer.Sam Otis just missed the top 10, getting 11th place in 12:44.5, but no other F-M runner cracked the top 50 as Geoff Howles was 52nd in 13:28.1, just ahead of Jack Altimonda (13:29.6) in 54th place. James Peden finished 59th in 13:23.3.Jamesville-DeWitt ran in the boys Varsity C race, where it finished 16th out of 26 teams. The Red Rams’ top three runners finished close to each other as Nate Rindfuss, in 14:34.4, was one spot ahead of Ahviere Reese (14:35.4) and Brian Hulbert posted 14:40.4.As for the girls Red Rams, it finished 17th out of 28 sides in its Varsity A race, Madeline Foss making her way to 58th place in the individual standings in 17:21.2 as Katie Sizing was 94th in 18:22.3. Tags: cross countryF-M A decade and a half ago, the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams began to make its name with the times they posted and the victories they attained at the Manhattan Invitational.Every October since, the winning has continued, and did so again for the state Class A no. 1-ranked girls Hornets as its top four runners all finished in the top 12 of the featured Eastern States Championships last Saturday at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.This time around, the F-M girls, led by Claire Walters, earned four of the top 11 spots on its way to 64 points overall. Jacksonville, Florida’s Bolles was second with 122 points and Liverpool was third with 165 points. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Walters beat everyone in the 103-runner field with her time of 13 minutes, 45.9 seconds on the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course except North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy, the nation’s top-ranked runner, who won in 13:33.2.Phoebe White made her way to eighth place in 14:43.1, just ahead of Grace Kaercher, who was ninth in 14:58.3. Debbie Lucchetti, finishing 34th in 15:59 flat, clinched the team win as Amelia Amack was 41st in 16:08.7 and Ani Syderowych posted 16:40.2.Meanwhile, the F-M boys, also no. 1 in its state rankings, did best among New York State sides, but did not win its Eastern States Championship, settling for sixth place in a 20-team field with 182 points as Rhode Island’s LaSalle Academy (77 points) won.last_img read more