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‘Boracay is a disaster waiting to happen’

A FORMER administrator of the Office of the Civil Defense said disaster risk and reduction management should be at the forefront of issues hounding Boracay Island in Aklan. Retired vice admiral Alexander Pama, who is also the former National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director, said he has been warning ever since […] The post ‘Boracay is a disaster waiting to happen’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianMar 13th, 2018

A disaster waiting to happen

A disaster waiting to happen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2017

EDITORIAL - A disaster waiting to happen

Al Vitangcol was freed on bail yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 1st, 2016

Disaster Waiting to Happen

Instead of an early warning device, the contractor of this road repair work in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur left this pile of dirt in the middle of an unfinished pavement. Photo taken 28 November 2016. (Mindanews Photo).....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

ONE WEEK AFTER CLOSURE: Boracay remains peaceful – cops

THE crime surge which was expected from the closure of Boracay Island did not happen. Well, at least for now. One week after its closure, the Metro Boracay Police Task Force (MBPTF) reported that no major crime incident transpired in the island resort which is undergoing 6-month rehabilitation. Senior Superintendent Jesus Cambay, Jr., MBPTF commander […] The post ONE WEEK AFTER CLOSURE: Boracay remains peaceful – cops appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 4th, 2018

[OPINION] Boracay and the Duterte way

    Like many things that happen in this administration, Boracay's closure started with a presidential rant. Speaking at a business forum in his home court Davao City last February 9, President Rodrigo Duterte called Boracay a cesspool , saying its waters smelled like shit. He then threatened to close down ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon

TALLADEGA, Ala. --- WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder thinks he'll get the next shot at Anthony Joshua. Wilder said Sunday before serving as honorary pace car driver for the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway that the fight "will definitely happen." He said his team has offered Joshua a guarantee of at least $50 million. Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder's managers, has told ESPN that the offer would include $50 million against 50 percent of the revenue at a site of Wilder's choosing between September and December. "If Joshua and his team are smart enough, they'll take this fight and take it soon," said Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. "We're not going to be waiting. The ...Keep on reading: Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Boracay under state of calamity

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday placed Boracay under a state of calamity on the first day of six-month rehabilitation process for the island. Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go said Duterte approved the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for the declaration of state….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 26th, 2018

Council pushes state of calamity in Boracay

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recommended the declaration of a state of calamity in Boracay Island in Aklan to allow concerned agencies to utilize their calamity funds in rehabilitating the renowned tourist destination. Boracay will be closed to tourists for six months starting April 26 to undergo rehabilitation. Regional DRRMC-6 […] The post Council pushes state of calamity in Boracay appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

NDRRMC adopts resolution to recommend state of calamity in Boracay

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council adopted a resolutionon Mondayrecommending to President Rodrigo Duterte the declaration of state of calamity in Boracay Island.   "The prevailing conditions in Boracay Island and the urgent need for its temporary closure as a tourist destination for purposes of rehabilitation, the National Council has agreed to recommend the declaration of a state of calamity in Boracay Island," Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in the meeting.   The disaster agency, headed by Lorenzana, convenedon Mondayto discuss the proposed declaration of state of calamity in the barangays of Balabag, Manoc-Manoc and Yapak (Bor...Keep on reading: NDRRMC adopts resolution to recommend state of calamity in Boracay.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

NDRRMC recommends state of calamity in Boracay

THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Monday adopted a resolution recommending to President Rodrigo Duterte to declare a state of calamity in Boracay Island, a spokesperson said. “Following the prevailing conditions in Boracay Island and the urgent need for its temporary closure as a tourist destination for purposes of rehabilitation, the National Council [...] The post NDRRMC recommends state of calamity in Boracay appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Game 4s: Jazz look for 3-1 lead, Wolves aim to tie Rockets

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double, so he gets plenty of attention. Ricky Rubio just had a triple-double, earning him some time in the headlines. Donovan Mitchell has been great in his first three playoff games, so the fascination with the rookie star is only growing. It’s easy to notice those guys. Rudy Gobert should be getting noticed as well. Utah is taking a 2-1 lead into their Western Conference first-round series against Oklahoma City on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time), and Gobert is probably as responsible for the Jazz being in that position than anyone. He’s controlling the backboards, he’s changing shots, he’s thwarting Westbrook and he’s showing why he’s the likely Defensive Player of the Year. “It makes the guards’ jobs a lot easier,” Mitchell said of the French safety net with the 7'9" wingspan who protects the rim for the Jazz. “You feel more secure on the wing. ... The whole season, I’ve been saying if somebody gets by me, it’s like, ’All right, go ahead, try it. Because I’ve tried it. And it doesn’t work.” Westbrook probably would agree: He’s 1-for-7 in this series with Gobert waiting at the rim for him. There’s two Game 4s on the schedule Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), with Houston at Minnesota leading off before the Oklahoma City-Utah game. The Rockets fell in Game 3 to the Timberwolves on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), but still lead that series 2-1. Westbrook is not happy, and the reigning NBA MVP wasted little time in vowing that things will be different in Game 4. He was talking about slowing down Rubio, but he might be better served getting himself going again. Going back to the regular season, Westbrook hasn’t shot better than 40 percent in any of his last six games — the worst such streak of his career. ___ Here’s a look at Monday’s (Tuesday, PHL time) games: ROCKETS AT TIMBERWOLVES Rockets lead 2-1. Game 4, 8 p.m. EDT (8am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: The Timberwolves bounced back from a 20-point loss in Game 2 with a sellout-crowd-inspired 16-point victory over the Rockets in Game 3 that was the franchise’s first win in the playoffs since 2004. Jimmy Butler had 28 points and Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were more aggressive than they were in Games 1 and 2. “I felt like they outworked us, and that should never happen,” Rockets guard Gerald Green said. KEEP AN EYE ON: The Rockets shooting three-pointers. They needed 41 attempts to make 15 behind the arc in Game 3, as many as the Wolves swished in 27 tries. Harden was just 3-for-8, his rainbows often drifting to the left, as the Wolves kept up what has been a better-than-usual defensive performance in this series. “We’re just making it harder on them, making them take tough shots and just trying to find ways to stop a high-powered offense,” Towns said. PRESSURE IS ON: Rockets center Clint Capela. After a 24-point, 12-rebound production in Game 1, Capela had only seven points on six shots in Game 3. On the other end of the court, Towns finally got going after two bad games thanks in part to Capela’s defense. The Rockets could use a strong response from the Swiss standout in the attempt to keep the Wolves from tying the series. INJURY UPDATE: Butler, who missed a total of 21 games this season due to trouble with his right knee, clutched his left ankle in pain after twisting it late in the first half of Game 3. He didn’t miss any time, though, and didn’t even acknowledge the injury when asked about it in his postgame interview. “At the end of the day if you tell your mind it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t,” Butler said. ___ THUNDER AT JAZZ Jazz leas 2-1. Game 4, 10:30 p.m. EDT (10:30am, PHL time) NEED TO KNOW: Utah has won each of its last five first-round series as the No. 5 seed, and the Jazz are halfway to extending that streak. The crowd in Salt Lake City was extremely loud on Saturday and will likely be again on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The Thunder are 5-6 in their last 11 games, and no one needs to remind them of how low the success rate is for teams that go down 3-1 in a series. KEEP AN EYE ON: Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook from deep. Paul George has been great from three-point range (15-for-31) in the three games, but Westbrook and Anthony are a combined 9-for-31. The Thunder need to get something going consistently from the perimeter to soften up Utah’s stout interior defense. PRESSURE IS ON: Utah. Most would think it’s the team trailing that would feel the most pressure, but Utah has a chance to take total command of the series. A loss would be doubly deflating; not only would the Jazz lose home-court, but they would go back to Oklahoma City for Game 5 with the Thunder thinking they have control of the matchup. INJURY UPDATE: Westbrook was getting treatment on some sort of upper-body issue in Game 3 and was coy about it afterward, pointing out that most players are ailing at this time of year. But if he’s limited in any way, that’s obviously a huge problem for the Thunder. ___ AP Sports Writer Dave Campbell in Minneapolis contributed to this report.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Boracay stakeholders still in the dark as closure nears

STAKEHOLDERS gathered in a Department of Tourism (DoT)–organized Save Boracay Workshop, nine days before the country’s premier tourist destination will be shut down by the national government on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, remain in a quandary as to exactly what will happen to their businesses and their employees. “The only thing that we’re dead […] The post Boracay stakeholders still in the dark as closure nears appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Boracay awaiting master rehab plan

BORACAY island, a national treasure in danger of losing its allure because of decades of abuse, is still waiting for a master rehabilitation plan – while a confused administration jumps from one idea to another......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Suns pledge upgrade in talent, experience after awful season

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Maybe, just maybe, the worst is behind the Phoenix Suns. Their 50th anniversary season was awful, even worse than the two that came before. For the eighth season in a row, the Suns won’t make the playoffs. The win totals the past three seasons: 23, 24 and — this year 21. That 21-61 mark is the worst since Phoenix went 16-66 in its inaugural 1968-69 season. The season devolved in the final months, with injuries depleting the already exceedingly young roster, leaving a contingent of G League transfers to fill out the lineup in the final days. The Suns lost a franchise-record 15 straight in one stretch. Now, everyone involved is insisting, enough is enough. “I’m done with not making the playoffs,” rising star Devin Booker said as the players cleaned out their lockers and conducted exit interviews Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). “I’m serious. This is probably my last year ever not making the playoffs. If that’s putting pressure on myself, I’m going to take this summer and work that hard so that it doesn’t happen again.” His goal is “turning the franchise around and getting it back how it used to be.” "You watch the highlights of Barkley, Nash and them and how alive the arena was,” Booker said. “So one of my goals is to get it back that way.” Booker, T.J. Warren and rookie Josh Jackson form the core of the young talent the Suns have accumulated. Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss could be part of it, too, although their development has been uneven. But Phoenix needs experienced players, and not just old guys to cheer on from the sidelines. “The voice in the locker room or the voice when they’re teaching carries a lot more weight when the person is contributing,” interim coach Jay Triano said, “not just there as a teacher. ... They need those guys on the court to follow.” General manager Ryan McDonough agrees the time is come to ratchet up investment. To begin with, Phoenix has the most ping pong balls in the May 15 lottery and a chance at the No. 1 overall pick. At worst, the Suns will draft No. 4. They will have one, and maybe two, more first-round picks. “We’ll be one of five or six teams with more than $10 million in cap space,” McDonough said, “and I think we have the ability to create significantly more if we want it.” So the assets are there if they can be translated into needed players, and not teenagers, except that early first-round pick. Three years of concentrating on acquiring this young talent is long enough, McDonough said. “If you go beyond that I think the losing starts to set in and the guys start to become accustomed to that and the bar is lower,” he said. “Next year we’re going to try to raise the bar. We’re going to try to raise our standards. We won’t be as young. We won’t have nearly as many young players as we had last year.” A couple of things to consider after the Suns’ miserable season. COACH SEARCH: McDonough said the search will begin immediately for a head coach with a list of five to 10 candidates in mind. Triano would like the job. He took over after Earl Watson was fired just three games into the season. McDonough said he would like to have a coach in place before the draft combine and lottery in mid-May. BOOKER’S CONTRACT: The Suns would like to have Booker sign a maximum contract extension in the offseason and he’s open to the idea. Triano knows that Booker is tired of losing and believes things will get better for his budding star with more experienced talent around him. “He looks around the locker room and sees what it is and he knows that it’s time,” Triano said. “I think the growth that he’s gone through individually as a leader and the capability he’s been able to show as a scorer has set the tone to make this an attractive place and to have him be the focal part of that. People around the league want to play with Devin Booker.” KNIGHT IN WAITING: One of the biggest needs for Arizona is at point guard, and they’ve had one watching from the sidelines all season. Brandon Knight, left over from the old days of three point guards with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas, missed the entire season with a torn ACL. Once stuck at the end of the bench with no playing time when he was able to go, he’s being talked about as the starter alongside Booker next year. “As a competitor, as a winner, I just love to play the game,” Knight said. “I had the game taken away from me by the injuries and due to other things. ... I’m just trying to help the Suns in any way I can.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Palace unsure about casino developer s fate amid Boracay s closure

MALACAÑANG on Wednesday, April 11, admitted that it was uncertain about what will happen to the provisional gaming license granted to the companies planning to construct a $500-million resort-casino on Boracay Island. “We welcome all investors but I think the President has already addressed the issue of a new casino in Boracay. There will be… link: Palace unsure about casino developer's fate amid Boracay's closure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

Boracay closure stirs up waves of concern

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the total closure for 6 months of Boracay effective April 26 has rattled the tourism sector. Jose Clemente III, president of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said the government’s decision came as a surprise. Businesses and workers had been anxiously waiting for the government’s….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Boracay shutdown spooks businesses

  (Last of three parts)   BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan --- Chiquita Magbanua sits on the white sand under the shade of coconut trees near Boat Station 3 at the southern end of this island, waiting for customers. It's her favorite spot when selling bracelets, necklaces, anklets and other accessories made of shells.   When tourists come in droves during the peak months--- from January to May --- Magbanua sells her wares, earning P500 to P1,000 daily. During the rainy season and bad weather, she is penniless.   "If I do not sell anything for two days straight, I would need to borrow money from relatives or friends," she told the Inquirer.   M...Keep on reading: Boracay shutdown spooks businesses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Palace says no closure of Boracay this summer season

      Malacaang assured on Thursday that the closure of the world-famous Boracay island would not happen this summer season.   In fact, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said tourists were free to go to Boracay this Holy Week.   "No specific instruction has been made by the President [regarding the closure]. Right now, it's status quo," Roque said in a Place briefing.   "There's a recommendation but the President will act on it," he added.   Duterte on Tuesday said he would support the recommendation of Eduardo Ao, officer in charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), to shut down Borac...Keep on reading: Palace says no closure of Boracay this summer season.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Boracay resident: ‘I’m glad the sh-t has finally hit the fan’

The brouhaha over Boracay has shaken many people in the tourism industry and beyond, what with Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu cracking down on resorts and businesses on the island paradise that have been violating environmental and zoning rules. The latest news was when Cimatu discovered soil being dumped in ecologically important wetlands by a large resort under construction. Initially, locals and observers didn't think the pronouncements would come to much. That is, until things started to happen, questions started getting asked---and all roads led to the negligence, incompetence, and haphazard implementation of regulations by local government. Tourists and other outsiders c...Keep on reading: Boracay resident: ‘I’m glad the sh-t has finally hit the fan’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Boracay named as 2nd best beach in Asia despite environmental disaster

MANILA, Philippines — Boracay island remains one of the top beaches in Asia, international travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor said, amid environmen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018