Palace report on gov’t spending for COVID response out Aug. 3

first_imgMANILA – Malacañang is set to report next week the government’s spending for its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic following calls of several senators for a special audit. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque will have a PowerPoint presentation on Aug. 3 to put in detail the government spending even if the Palace submitted weekly reports before to Congress on its actions and spending. “Magkakaroon po tayo ng PowerPoint presentation on Monday kung magkano ‘yung natanggap ng gobyerno at paano po ginastos ‘yan para ipatunay po na wala pong tinatago ang gobyerno,” Roque said in a media briefing in Quezon City. “Makakaasa po kayo na lahat ng salapi para sa COVID-19 ay talaga pong tinutuon sa pangangailangan natin,” Galvez said in the same virtual press conference. COVID-19 policy chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. also assured the public that funds meant for the pandemic response are really used to address the health crisis. The call for a special audit was also supported by Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Finance Committee Chair Sonny Angara, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, and minority senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, and Leila de Lima./PN Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros earlier filed a resolution urging the Commission on Audit to conduct a special audit on the pandemic spending before Congress debates on the proposed 2021 national budget. “Wala pong tinatago ang Presidente at ang Malacañang. Lahat po ng gastos, lahat po ng pera na ginastos para sa COVID-19, napunta po ‘yan para sa COVID-19 response ng gobyerno,” he added. “Allegations of overpricing have marred the implementation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act that allowed to Duterte to realign billions of pesos in funds and granted exemptions to the bidding process,” said Hontiveros.last_img read more

Survey: Residents Feel Southeast Ind. Towns Supportive

first_imgCINCINNATI, OH. — Large majorities of Southeast Indiana adults say that their community is supportive, the highest ranking in the Greater Cincinnati region. They were asked if they agree with three statements about support in their communities:Living in my community gives me a secure feeling.People in my community know they can get help from the community if they are in trouble.People can depend on each other in my community.Each question prompted 9 in 10 surveyed Southeastern Indiana adults to agree. Those figures are considerably higher than those surveyed in Greater Cincinnati.Results are from the 2013 Greater Cincinnati Community Health Status Survey (CHSS). The percentage of positive responses for all three measures rose from 2010 to 2013.“While majorities of all groups say that their community is supportive, reported levels of support vary based on poverty status, race, education and geography,” says Mary Francis, Program Officer, Empowering Communities, Interact for Health. “Social supports such as help with problems and access to resources and knowledge have long been linked to better emotional and physical well-being.”Adults living above 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) report having more social support in their communities than people living at or below 100% FPL or between 100% and 200% FPL. Adults with more education report having more social support in their communitieslast_img read more

Moyes’ United suffer friendly loss

first_imgDavid Moyes’ first game as Manchester United manager ended in a 1-0 defeat as Teeratep Winothai scored the only goal for Singha All Stars in Bangkok. It was a rather understated opening, though. With conditions more stamina-sapping than at any stage since United arrived in Thailand on Thursday morning, the Red Devils wisely adopted a cautious approach to the first match of an eight-game pre-season campaign building towards that Premier League opener at Swansea on August 17. The one player with energy and incentive was 18-year-old Januzaj. Latest off that impressive Belgian production line, one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last acts as United manager was to give Januzaj a squad number, and also a place on the bench for that emotional final game at West Brom. With Nani and Ashley Young both missing the tour completely and Antonio Valencia not due to join up until later, Januzaj has a chance to impress. And he certainly did so, with his direct running causing huge problems for the Singha All Stars defence. He might well have scored too, only to side-foot a first-time effort over from close range after Tom Cleverley had crossed from the right. Teeratep had already proved to be something of a nuisance for a side made up of the best players in the Thai league. And five minutes after the restart he put the hosts ahead, driving deep into the United box before beating Ben Amos after two earlier failures. Zaha’s introduction just past the hour mark threatened to liven proceedings up a little. Ferguson’s final signing, Zaha completed the season by guiding Crystal Palace back into the top flight and he started his United career with intent, darting down the right flank on a couple of occasions before drilling over dangerous low crosses that ultimately brought no reward. Danny Welbeck dragged a good chance wide before Zaha came closest to nicking an equaliser, cutting inside the box and curling a shot against the far post. Press Associationcenter_img No manager likes to lose, especially their first game for a new club, and in this instance, replacing a man who served for 26 years and won 13 Premier League titles. But Moyes can take several positives from this first run-out, as Adnan Januzaj in the first half and Wilfried Zaha – following his introduction in the second – impressed hugely. And with Robin van Persie among those set to link up in Sydney, where United will spend a week in rather cooler temperatures, the Scot can at least start to feel the hard work has begun in earnest. last_img read more

JFK loses Derby favourite tag

first_img Press Association Foley added: “I loved this horse last year. He just does enough. He only won by a length in Cork last week, but he relishes the ground. “There was no pace today and he stays well. He almost ran off the track and there was a lot left in the locker. He had the fitness, he handled the ground well. If there were any question marks (about the favourite), I was going to find out. Had he run straight he would have been more impressive. “It was testing ground out there, but it seems so easy for him. Maybe he is better on it. It’s onwards and upwards with him. We don’t know how good he is, but he’s done that well today.” Success Days, a winner at Cork eight days earlier, put his fitness to full use as he made all the running to take the Group Three contest over a mile and a quarter. Shane Foley ensured a true test by setting a solid pace on the Ken Condon-trained colt, with the 1-4 shot John F Kennedy settled in second place by Ryan Moore and Zafilani bringing up the rear. The writing was on the wall early in the straight and Success Days kicked clear to win unopposed, despite hanging left towards the rail, while Zafilani claimed the runner-up spot as John F Kennedy tired in the closing stages. Condon said of the winner: “He has a very level temperament and a very good attitude. He won on his second start at 25-1 and it was a little unexpected. He keeps giving us nice surprises. He doesn’t show a lot in the mornings at home, but obviously relishes those (testing) conditions. “We said we’d make use of him as he had the run under his belt and possibly had the edge in fitness. The other two were always going to want a lead and it worked out great. I’m delighted.” On future plans, he added: “He’s in the Irish Guineas, but has no other fancy entries. I think the Irish Derby is later closing now and that’s something we could look at. I’m sure the favourite will come out and do great things in the summer, but it was our day today. “I think he’ll get further. The dam was Albany-placed, but he has such a relaxed way of doing things. He got a little bit anxious in a Listed race here last year and we drew a line through that. He was good at Cork and here today. “He wintered well. He had been training well in the spring and was better than he showed last year, but he doesn’t work like a Group horse at home. Sometimes those type of horses can improve and be very good.” John F Kennedy lost his place as favourite for the Investec Derby after finishing a well-beaten last of three on his seasonal debut at Leopardstown. There was a major shake-up in the betting for the Epsom Classic, with the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt being replaced as market leader by his stablemate Ol’ Man River. The latter was promoted to head of the market at 6-1 with BetVictor as John F Kennedy was eased out to 7-1 from 7-2 after his flop behind the race-fit Success Days (10-1) in the PW McGrath Memorial Ballysax Stakes. last_img read more

Royals win again, Ravens bounce back

first_img… Pacesetters make winning startVICTORY Valley Royals won their second match to remain unbeaten in this year’s ‘Road to Mecca’ basketball Championships, while Ravens rebounded from their opening night upset and Pacesetters made a winning start in their journey to ‘Mecca’, when the tournament continued on Sunday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Playing in the opening game of the night’s triple-header at the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABAF) marquee tournament, Pacesetters 28 points (85-57) blowout-win over last year’s finalists Retrieve Raiders, while the Royals, behind Harold Adams, eased to a comfortable 77-55 win over newcomers Kobras.On night one of the competition, Rose Hall Jammers, considered by many as ‘minnows’ of the National Club Championship, walked away with a shocking 64-60 win over Ravens. However, Darcel Harris, the team’s point-guard and centrepiece, regrouped his troops and returned on Sunday to romp to an 82-78 ‘statement-win’ over Amelia’s Ward Jets.Harris scored 15 points in the win over the Jets and picked up five steals, while Ryan Stephney led all scorers with 30 points. Tyrone Hamid and Sebastian Luke both finished the night with ten points apiece.For the Jets, Donnel Benjamin was the team’s best scorer with 20 points and Sean Muss had 14 points in the loss.In the Pacesetters versus Raiders clash, forward Sherlon Legall had 24 points in leading the city team to victory over the Linden club who are coming off a horrible season in the LABA. Joslyn Crawford had 12 while Nathan Saul, a usual marksman, had a bad shooting night, only scoring 10 points from his 19 attempts to the basket.Karem Roberts with 14 and Neil Marks, 11, were the top shooters for the Raiders.Meanwhile, coming into the tournament Royals had ‘man-handled’ their counterparts in Linden during their run the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) and that run continued into the ‘Road to Mecca’ tournament, as the Victory Valley-based team crushed Georgetown’s second-best team, Plaisance Guardians, by 23 points (82-59).The win over the Guardians was an eye-opener for the city clubs, and the Kobras, Georgetown basketball’s newcomers, would feel the wrath of Adams, who, this year, scored 111 points in a game during the LABA League – the most ever scored by a player locally in an organised game.Adams had a game-high 22 points in the Royals’ victory in a game that had the Lindeners leading 41-32 at the halfway mark.However, point guard Marlon Pollydore (7) and Yannick Tappin (16), joined Adams in helping the Royals to pull away from the Kobras, outscoring them 13-11 (54-43) at the end of the penultimate period, and 23-12 (77-55) in the final period.Travis Burnett entertained the crowd in his 18 points, while Jermaine Slater contributed nine for the Kobras who would next play Plaisance Guardians on Friday.last_img read more

South Africa’s 2019 win is bigger than 1995 – Francois Pienaar

first_imgSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup triumph in 2019 eclipses the side’s success in 1995, according to former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar.Pienaar was presented with the William Webb Ellis Cup by president Nelson Mandela in an iconic moment in the nation’s post-apartheid history.“This is bigger,” said Pienaar.“It is a transformed team with 58 million people watching in South Africa, all races wearing green, which wouldn’t have happened in my time.”In the apartheid era, during which black South Africans were barred from opportunities and public facilities by a political system of racial segregation, rugby was seen by many as the sport of the country’s minority white community.The Springboks’ opportunities were limited by an international boycott of the country, with their opponents often supported by the black majority population in the few fixtures they did play.However, their victory over England on Saturday, led by captain Siya Kolisi who grew up in poverty in a Port Elizabeth township, was greeted by scenes of jubilation across South African society.“We had an incredible moment with Mr Mandela but just the support from the nation for this and team and captain,” added Pienaar.“In South Africa we are tender. We have had bad leadership and our country needs to rebuild.“They play together and it makes them a successful team and that is a beautiful story for life and for a country.“As a country, to be world champion, you all need to work together.”Kolisi praise well deserved – HabanaFormer Springboks wing Bryan Habana, who helped South Africa achieve World Cup glory in 2007, paid tribute to Kolisi.“I told people the whole week of Siya growing up,” he said. “He had some support, but he didn’t have great role models. He was sometimes worried about where his next meal was coming from.“He just wanted to get through some nights knowing that he could go to school and get a jam sandwich that would see him through the day.“Knowing Siya a little bit more personally than the average person and being part of his journey, it has been absolutely fantastic. He deserves everything that comes his way.”last_img read more

Sports Editors Guild Congratulates Team Nigeria

first_imgIt added: “It is instructive that when Nigerians are reeling from the effects of the current economic recession ravaging the country, a group of special athletes are in far away Rio de Janeiro, Brazil showing the whole world that we can rise above our adversity to rub shoulders with the best in the world in any endeavour.“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government, especially the principal officers of the Sports Ministry, to without delay show that Nigeria cares for them.”“We also implore President Muhammadu Buhari to adequately reward these heroes and ensure Nigeria uses their success story to re-awaken the ‘Can Do’ spirit of Nigerians in this harsh economic climate,’ Ubani further said and reminded the president about the need to revisit the sports sector for a surgical operation.“All over the world, sports is not only seen as a recreation, but also as a business. Apart from its physical and mental benefits, sports also have psychological and social benefits, as it plays positive role in youth development, which includes but not limited to improved academic performance, as well as arresting youth restiveness,” said Ubani.He urged the Federal Government to engage the army of unemployed youths in Nigeria in meaningful employment using sports.“We want the president to address issues bothering on the quality of those administering sports, facilities and policies,” Ubani added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Guild of Nigerian Sports Editors wednesday congratulated Team Nigeria’s special athletes, who have defied all odds to excel at the on-going Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.As at the last count, Team Nigeria has won eight gold, two silver and one bronze medals to better the Sydney 2000 Paralympics all-time haul of seven gold, one silver and five bronze medals.In a communiqué signed by the Guild’s President, Tony Ubani, the body described the team’s feat as “remarkable and encouraging in these difficult times, especially when it is considered that they had little or no motivation from those who were supposed to prepare them for the competition.”last_img read more

LaCombe works to break out of scoring slump, improve on 3-goal season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 3, 2015 at 12:07 am Practice ended, but Allie LaCombe was still on the ice.She grabbed a few pucks and lined them up between the circles. Starting from the left, she fired each at the goal, skated a lap, collected the pucks and lined them up again, this time at the right circle. She shot those, did another lap and started again from the left circle.LaCombe continued this way for a half hour before assistant coach Alison Domenico had to force her off the ice.“Whether it’s out of frustration or just trying to get better,” LaCombe said about why she stays after. “It’s my senior season so you want to be in the best shape possible.”This season, frustration has come all too often for LaCombe, who scored for the first time in 17 games Saturday, giving her three goals for the season. The forward totaled 11 goals and 19 points last year, including five game-winning goals. Syracuse (6-13-9, 4-5-5 College Hockey America) has struggled to score since a month-long break, scoring more than two goals just once in eight games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite LaCombe’s lack of production, head coach Paul Flanagan has kept her ice time consistent as she wins 64.7 percent of faceoffs and has just been unlucky offensively, he said.“I think she’s been a little snake-bitten, particularly lately,” Flanagan said. “She’s so strong and she knows the game well. She really pounds the puck.”He offered an example from a game against Mercyhurst, in which LaCombe fired a shot that froze the goalie but hit her anyway. Often times, Flanagan said, LaCombe’s been an inch away.Though Flanagan remains happy with her play in spite of lower numbers, LaCombe has gotten frustrated and said she doesn’t believe in luck.“It’s always tough as a senior and wanting to lead but not executing,” she said. “Try to tell yourself it will come, just hopefully it does come soon.“I don’t think it’s a failure, but I know I definitely expected more out of myself.”LaCombe’s 68 shots are fifth for SU, but the bad bounces have led to just 4.4 percent of those attempts hitting the back of the net. She’s not getting bad passes or taking bad shots; the puck’s just not going in.Instead, LaCombe said, she needs to focus harder and watch more tape. Or stay after practice and shoot until the coaches make her stop.“She’s just trying to get some points on the board,” forward Julie Knerr said. “I know it’s been hard for her personally and she’s giving it her all to get some points on the board.”In the absence of points, LaCombe continues to contribute in other ways. She’s a leader and a physical presence on the ice, Knerr said. In the faceoff circle, LaCombe is fourth nationally and first in the CHA in faceoff percentage.Though she plays mostly on the wing for Syracuse, LaCombe played center a lot growing up. When she is in the circle for SU, she goes in with confidence. Her strategy is to try to win the puck back to the defenders.“She’s a very, very strong girl and she uses that to her advantage,” Flanagan said. “She’s got good hands, good technique.”As for points, everyone expects them to come and LaCombe’s goal over the weekend against Penn State shows that her luck may be turning.“She’s just struggling a little bit,” he said. “I think at this point in time now, she’ll get some big ones down the stretch.” Commentslast_img read more

USC, UCLA students stage walkout to protest Trump

first_imgEllice Wang | Daily TrojanSpeak out · USC and UCLA students walked out of class Wednesday afternoon to express their dissatisfaction with the election of Donald Trump and the surge of hate crimes that took place shortly after Election Day.USC and UCLA students held a joint walkout across their campuses Wednesday afternoon, urging administrators to provide a space for minority communities and anyone else affected by the election to voice their opinions and frustrations.About 100 USC students gathered around Traveler at 3 p.m. to express their opinions about President-elect Donald Trump and speak on related issues of discrimination, white supremacy, immigration and cultural identity. In addition, organizers of the walkout provided a petition for USC Student Affairs to create a sanctuary campus at USC for undocumented students. The organizers also provided letters to sign and send to the electors to change their vote before it is cast on Dec. 19.Tomas Mier, an organizer for the walkout and a writer for the Daily Trojan, said it was important to give a chance for members of the diverse USC community to have their voices heard.“USC is a place where there is a lot of different colors of skin, different ethnicities, races and sexual orientations,” Mier said. “I feel like it’s important to stand up to the divisive rhetoric that was spread by the president-elect.”Many students came to voice their frustrations on the outcome of the election. Nicole Hajiwara, a junior majoring in communication, was not only upset by the election results, but also by the number of people who voted for Trump. She hopes to make a change by signing the petition for a sanctuary campus.“It was kind of a shock to me, this whole election, not that Trump won but that so many people in this country have so much hate in their hearts,” Hajiwara said. “The fact that he ran his entire election on hate, it is really disappointing to me.”Others came to speak out against speeches Trump has made and the people he has appointed to his cabinet, including Steve Bannon, an editor at Breitbart news, who has made statements promoting white supremacy.“It’s a very scary time,” said Kenia Gomez, a junior majoring in psychology. “It’s uncomfortable just to stay home and be upset about it, so I’d rather be united and in solidarity with people who feel similar.”Even those who were not part of a minority community came to stand with those who were fearful, including Constant Williams, a junior majoring in creative writing.“I just want to show support for all of the marginalized people being affected by this presidency,” Williams said.After allowing a few minutes for the crowd to gather around Traveler, Mier opened the walkout with a quick speech.“Let’s make it clear that Trump is not our president,” Mier said, starting a chant of “Not my president,” which turned into “Si se puede,” Spanish for “yes we can.”For the rest of the time, those in attendance took turns sharing their opinions and fears from the top of the Patsy and Forrest Shumway Fountain. One student was especially worried about Trump’s climate change policy, or lack thereof.“He’s attempting to put a man in charge of the transition of the EPA who doesn’t believe in climate change,” said Grace Bandeen, a junior majoring in international relations and cinematic arts, critical studies, to a chorus of boos. “Our planet is in such dire condition right now, and the next four years, the next 20 years, the next hundred years are going to make a huge impact.”For the next hour, students talked about practicing activism in the classroom, getting advice from teachers, demanding that the University appoint a Chief Diversity Officer and explaining their fears about a Trump presidency. By the end of the hour, protesters marched to Bovard Auditorium to submit their petition for the University to become a sanctuary campus.last_img read more

Lowry 12 off lead at Bridgestone Invitational

first_imgThe Offaly man, who won this tournament last year, is 6 over.William McGirt has a 3 shot lead on 6 under.last_img