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[Right of Way] Part 1: How to untangle Sucat, PH s most complex intersection?

How do you solve a problem like the Sucat interchange? Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin tackles the traffic woes of those who live in southern Metro Manila. Got any traffic, transport, and road safety woes? Send them to rightofway@rappler.com. – Rappler.com Christmas Carmageddon? The fault in our signs, part 1 The fault in our signs, part 2 Traffic enforcement: Be careful what you wish for The fault in our signs, part 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerApr 20th, 2018

Duterte will never allow a Chinese casino to be built in Boracay — Palace

President Rodrigo Duterte will never allow a Chinese casino to be built on Boracay even after the rehabilitation period of the resort island, Malacaang said on Monday. This is contrary to Leisure and Resorts World Corporation's (LRWC) announcement on Friday, July 27, that the plan to build a 23-hectare casino-resort complex will push through despite the island's closure to tourists. "I don't think any private entity should test the political will of the President on the issue of casinos in Boracay," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a briefing. "The President has said no, and I would hope they would respect that as part of Executive power," he stressed. The Philip...Keep on reading: Duterte will never allow a Chinese casino to be built in Boracay — Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

Ateneo vs Banko Perlas in Iloilo

AS PART of their preparations for the upcoming University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 8, the Ateneo Lady Eagles will visit Iloilo City to play topnotch PVL team Banko Perlas on Aug. 25, 2018 at the Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC) gym, starting 6 p.m. Bea De Leon will lead the Lady Eagles with […] The post Ateneo vs Banko Perlas in Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

PFF President Nonong Araneta reveals exciting times ahead for Philippine football

Mariano “Nonong” Araneta is pumped up for Philippine football, and it's easy to see why. The Philippine Football Federation president has divulged exciting details of the federation's plans to develop the national training center in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. Plus the Azkals are also getting ready for a busy few months ahead. Araneta is keen on ramping up the federation's partnership with the Manila Jockey Club in SLLP, where the FIFA Artificial Turf Pitch is situated. Already a training ground for youth national teams and club sides, Araneta says that lighting towers will soon be installed that will permit nighttime play. “We are just waiting for AFC because the lights will be bidded out,” Explains Araneta. “Hopefully they will be installed by the end of the year.” The lights will feature an intensity of 900 lux, more than the accepted 800 lux minimum for televised matches. The lights will complement the hundreds of new seats that have already been put in place around the pitch. But that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the PFF has planned for Carmona. “We have spoken to Manila Jockey Club about transferring our headquarters there,” says Araneta. “We are ready to start the bidding and construction.” The PFF is planning to purchase a 3000 sqm parcel of land within the San Lazaro Leisure Park and build a complex with dormitories, classrooms for coaching and referee courses, and a gym. “The funds are ready, initially we will be getting US$1.5 Million from FIFA,” says Araneta, who says the federation will be selling their current building in Pasig to help fund the move. But Araneta says that another option is available, to buy a different 2000 sqm plot of land beside the artificial pitch that is separate from the 3000 sqm parcel. There a grandstand could be constructed, transforming the pitch into a stadium. The headquarters could then be situated under the seating while the other site houses the dorms, classrooms, and gym. More fields are also in the pipeline in the training center. Araneta says that two artificial turf mini-pitches measuring 40 by 20 meters will be made right beside the main pitch. These will also be lighted and can accommodate recreational play and festival competitions. Incredibly, there will be yet another pitch in the training center, a natural grass regulation field within the Manila Jockey Club's racetrack. “That is for our national teams so that if they are set to play on grass, they can train there,” explains Araneta. The middle of the racetrack already has a grass area where football is played. Manila Jockey Club and PFF have yet to decide if the new grass pitch will be a brand new one or if the current surface will be improved. “We want our activities to be there,” declares Araneta. “We have already had coaching seminars there. Schools can also use our facilities. The pitch is there to be used not to be seen,” he adds with a chuckle. Araneta is a former national team player himself and is also optimistic about the near future with the Azkals. The squad is facing two big tournaments in the coming months: the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and December and their maiden appearance in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. Araneta says the Azkals will travel to Bahrain during the September FIFA window to play a Bahraini club side, likely on Sept 7, before tangling with the Bahrain national team on September 11. There will also be a FIFA window in October, and Araneta says the Filipinos can enjoy at least one friendly at home. Araneta hopes that Rizal Memorial will still be available before it gets spruced up in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games. “Our fans will get to watch our new team,” said the president with evident pride. Crunch time begins in November, with the Azkals in a five-team round-robin group with a new home-and-away format. The Philippines will host Singapore in Bacolod's Panaad Stadium on November 13 before playing either Brunei or Timor Leste away four days later. The two ASEAN minnows will square off in a two-legged qualifying series in September to to determine who makes the group stage. On November 21 the Azkals entertain Thailand in Panaad in what promises to be a mouthwatering contest, before closing their group stage against Indonesia, probably in Jakarta, on November 25. The semis will run from December 1 to 6, with the two-legged finals being held on the 11th and 15th. After a quick Christmas break the team jets off to the Middle East on December 26, where final preparations for the Asian Cup will commence in earnest. There are plans to play in Qatar against either a club team or their national side, and then perhaps a game in Kuwait before the team goes to the United Arab Emirates. The group schedule is as follows: January 7 against Korea Republic in Dubai, January 11 versus China in Abu Dhabi, then January 16 against Kyrgyzstan in Dubai. The top two will advance to the knockout round, but the Philippines can also sneak through as one of the better third-placers. But the senior national team isn't the only competition Pinoy football fans can focus on this year. The boys U15 national team were in action while the U16 girls play in an AFC competition. The U19 men also played in the AFF U19 Championship, where they beat Singapore 2-1. The senior ladies team also notched a win against the Lion City in their AFF tournament. Araneta says the very successful PFF Women's League from last year will be run again, and that the PFF also plans a youth league. Both will be partly funded by FIFA. Of course the Philippines Football League will continue, with a League and Cup phase. The realization of these plans will be one of the achievements of Araneta's presidency. Another will be his membership in the 33-person FIFA Council, which acts as a board of directors of the organization. Araneta was recently in Russia to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup along with other council members. Araneta is one of six Asians in the FIFA Council, alongside members from China, Malaysia, Korea Republic, Bahrain, and Bangladesh. He is the first Filipino to serve in this level of leadership in FIFA. The Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo native freely explains the benefit the country can enjoy from this connection. According to Araneta “we have firsthand information on funding, and the Philippines is part of the body that will decide on what's best for football.” He says that in the next cycle of FIFA funding he might be able to acquire an additional US$ 2 million for the development of the training center. The PFF President also enjoys the inside track when it comes to acquiring development funds from the Asian Football Confederation, since he also serves as the Chairman of the AFC Finance Committee. “All budgets pass through us. We know the funding, the revenues. We know when to ask for projects. Like the lights in Carmona, that was approved by the AFC development committee,” continues Araneta. But being part of the FIFA Council is not all glitz and glamor, confesses Araneta. He mentioned a recent Council meeting in Bogota, Colombia, that necessitated an arduous 33-hour trip through Europe for a stay that lasted just two days. Sometimes deliberations in FIFA meetings can stretch for as long as six hours. Immediately after the Bogota confab he jetted off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for another meeting. “It's no joke,” says Araneta, who is 64 years old. But the former striker and defender has no complaints and reveals his motivation to keep on going at the job. “I went to the Youth Football League. I visited the Allianz National Youth Futsal Invitational. You see the kids playing there, you see kids play everywhere. The enthusiasm of the players is what keeps me going.” - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Run with Kapamilya star Gerald Anderson!

This 5th of August, join leading athletic footwear and lifestyle brand Skechers in its inaugural Skechers Performance Run at SM By the Bay, MOA Complex!  Headlined by its ambassador and celebrity athlete Gerald Anderson, the first in the country event highlights the brand’s slogan to “GO like never before” and its mission to make a fit and active lifestyle more accessible and enjoyable to more people. Inviting the public to sign up and run with them areSkechers Ambassadors Gerald Anderson, triathlete Faith Garcia, and pro runner Richard Salano. The brand’s celebrity ambassadors will also be joining in on the pioneering, fun-filled event. The Skechers Performance Run 2018 consists of three categories: 5k, 10k, and 21k run distances to cater to both beginners and seasoned runners. Registration is ongoing online and in selected Skechers stores across the metro. Much awaited racekit entitlements include a sleek Skechers Performance Run race shirt, finisher’s medal and a drawstring bag. 21km finishers get an additional 21km finisher shirt as well. The day doesn’t end with crossing the finish line. After completing their race distance, participants can look forward to several interactive booths and installations, exciting games and activities, and of course, fabulous freebies and prizes! Performances from top artists are also part of the program to make for an exciting day filled with something for everyone to enjoy. In tandem with the launch of the run event, Skechers Performance has just released its newest and most advanced running shoe collection to date which are the perfect gear to wear to the inaugural run!   Running Gear Skechers Performance shoes are engineered to provide maximum speed and comfort using signature technology, making it a top choice for pro runners as well as anyone who can appreciate their excellent features. The award-winning products are achieved through a close partnership between athletes and the brand where innovative footwear and apparel are designed and engineered to the highest standards: the athlete's standards. Now, with a collection of shoes to suit all types of runners, Skechers Performance introduces its latest line of running shoes outfitted with all-new Flight Gen midsole technology. Flight Gen is a new generation midsole designed to provide a highly responsive ride with plenty of cushion protection. It generates an increased rebound with less weight, coming in a huge 30% lighter than the previous 5gen midsole material. In terms of actual benefit, it delivers increased comfort and enables the wearer to move at higher speeds. All of the latest renditions of Skechers Performance’s flagship running silhouettes, the GO RUN 6, GO RUN FORZA 2, and the GO RUN RIDE 7 feature Flight Gen technology. Slip on or holdany of the Flight Gen shoes and you will notice that all of them are surprisingly lightweight and breathable. In addition to Flight Gen technology, the entire collection is also equipped with Skechers Performance’s signature M-Strike; Mid-foot strike technology which promotes efficiency in each stride. M-strike works by reducing each stride from three counts: landing on the heel, rolling to the midfoot, and then toe off,  to only two counts:  landing on the midfoot, followed by immediate toe-off Skechers Performance thus delivers a combination of speed and comfort within each shoe through Midfoot strike, Flight Gen technology, and innovative construction and materials.   PHP 800 OFF PROMO FOR SKECHERS PERFORMANCE SHOES Great news to interested participants, you will receive a Php 800 Discount Voucher valid for any Skechers Performance Go Run series footwear once you purchase a race kit for the Skechers Performance Run 2018 in the six participating registration sites from July 16 to August 04, 2018. - RELEASE.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

TIMELINE: Thai cave rescue

  The unprecedented mission to evacuate the "Wild Boar" football team and their coach from a flooded Thai cave entered its end game Tuesday as rescuers said they will guide the remaining four boys and their coach to freedom. The last part of the complex operation, which has gripped Thailand and dominated global headlines, could put an end to the 18-day saga that started when the team entered the cave on June 23. Here is a timeline of the efforts: Saturday, June 23 The youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach enter the Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand during heavy rains after football practice. They are reported missing after the b...Keep on reading: TIMELINE: Thai cave rescue.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Taking the third step to being your best

(Part 3 of 4) "Ang hirap naman!" It's so hard! is the common complaint. How do I be my best? It seems too complex, difficult if not tedious!   And Henry Ford was right again: "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right."   But wait, couldn't it be easy and fun, and bea standardaction that doesn't require too much effort and just be normal? Yeah! How can being your BEST be easy, if not fun?   Here's an analogy. Remember when you first learned to brush your teeth as a young kid? Did it seem natural or fun at the start?   Most would say not. We were probably forced, cajoled, bribed, or threatened into brushing our te...Keep on reading: Taking the third step to being your best.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 left to go

Published: 8:04 p.m., July 8, 2018 | Updated: 9:48 p.m., July 8, 2018 MAE SAI, Thailand --- Rescuers in northern Thailand on Sunday extracted four members of a youth soccer team from the cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks, part of an ongoing operation to rescue the 12 boys and their coach. The head of the operation said it was going "better than expected." The operation to rescue the boys, ages 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach by having them dive out of the flooded cave began Sunday morning, with expert divers entering the sprawling complex for the complicated and dangerous mission. Shortly before 8 p.m., Thai Navy SEALs, who are taking part in the rescue...Keep on reading: 4 rescued from Thai cave in risky operation; 9 left to go.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Basagan ng Trip with Leloy Claudio: The economics of TRAIN law, inflation and Build, Build, Build

MANILA, Philippines – Economics PhD student JC Punongbayan with historian Leloy Claudio deconstructs complex macroeconomic concepts using simple language in this explainer on the Tax Reform Law, inflation, deficit and Build, Build, Build. After discussing basic economic concepts in Part 1, the two social scientists go into the application of those ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Legarda: We Must Embrace Our Cultural Diversity

May 20, 2018. In observance of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (May 21), Senator Loren Legarda said Filipinos should embrace our rich culture, which may be diverse but can be an instrument to unite. “Our culture is our identity, and part of that identity is a complex and… Source link link: Legarda: We Must Embrace Our Cultural Diversity.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

What you can see at the newly-opened National Museum of Natural History

MANILA, Philippines – The much-awaited National Museum of Natural History opened to the public on Friday, May 18, International Museum Day. Crowds trooped to the building, now part of the National Museum complex which also includes the Fine Arts and Anthropology museums. The museum displays mostly new material, and even old material ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Tieza pursues cruise port project

THE Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) is inviting consultancy service providers to bid on conducting a feasibility study on building a cruise port facility and terminal in an area covered by Parañaque and Pasay cities. This area “covers the bay area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex, particularly the” part [...] The post Tieza pursues cruise port project appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Camille Villar: All Around woman

Camille Villar breezes into Coffee Project, part of the retail complex that houses AllDay Supermarket and AllHome in Global South, Las Piñas, straight from another store visit all the way across town, in Mandaluyong......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

Nighty-night Dark Knight: Mets to cut ties with Harvey

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets said nighty-night to the Dark Knight. Matt Harvey, once regarded as a premier pitcher who could have joined Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden among the Mets’ greats, refused a minor league assignment and will be designated for assignment Saturday. The 29-year-old right-hander lost his spot in the rotation last month after four starts, and he had a 10.50 ERA in four relief appearances. “It’s the end of an era,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said before Friday night’s game against Colorado. “And I used that term in broad senses. Matt has been a cornerstone certainly of my tenure here, a tremendous prospect at the time I arrived, tremendous accomplishments during the course of my tenure here. And it’s a very unfortunate, difficult conclusion.” New York had hoped Harvey would be willing to work at the team’s minor league complex in Florida in an effort to regain form. Harvey refused. “We feel Matt is a starter (and) needs to work on 4 pitches,” his agent, Scott Boras said in a text message. “In the bullpen a pitcher tends to focus on 2 pitches to get back to the rotation.” After Harvey is designated, the Mets have seven days to trade him or release him. Because of Harvey’s $5,625,000 salary, a trade may be difficult to work out unless the Mets agree to send cash as part of a deal. If Harvey is released, a team signing him would owe just a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum. “Very pleased he is healthy and with more than needed MLB (velocity),” Boras wrote. “We have a lot of clay to work with to build the starter sculpture.” Harvey is 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in four starts and four relief appearances, leaving him with a 34-37 record and 3.66 ERA in six major league seasons. “We’ve tried to find some other solution over a fairly long period of time,” said Alderson, who was hired by the Mets in October 2010. “This was a long time coming. This is not someone who hasn’t pitched well recently. So I mean this is something we’ve tried to address, we’ve struggled with, we’ve wrestled with over two managerial regimes.” Harvey’s Mets finale was in an 11-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. He relieved Jason Vargas with New York trailing 6-0 in the fifth inning and gave up Ozzie Albies’ three-run homer in a five-run seventh. Booed as he walked off the mound, Harvey took a seat in the dugout and stared at Citi Field. “The move to the bullpen was dramatic in itself,” Alderson said. “So I think that at this point, pragmatism, realism far outweighed other considerations.” Harvey would have been eligible for free agency after this season. As a player with five years of major league service, he cannot be assigned to the minor leagues without his consent. “We feel like we failed Matt Harvey,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “Our job is to help every player in there, and it’s not a good feeling when you can’t.” Selected by the Mets with the seventh overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, Harvey made his big league debut in July 2012 and became a major sports figure in New York — both at the ballpark and at Manhattan night spots. He was nicknamed the Dark Knight of Gotham after Sports Illustrated called him that in a cover story in May 2013. He started the All-Star Game at Citi Field that July and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA when he tore an elbow ligament during a game against Detroit on Aug. 24. That led to Tommy John surgery on Oct. 22. Harvey returned in 2015 and went 13-8 with a 2.27 ERA as the Mets reached the World Series for the first time since 2000. But he slumped to a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA the following year and had season-ending surgery on July 18, 2016, to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. He was 6-13 with a 6.70 ERA last season, when he was sidelined from mid-June until September because of a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder. He was suspended for three days without pay in May for skipping a game following a late night on the town. The New York Post reported this week that Harvey was out partying in Los Angeles the night before pitching in San Diego last weekend. “Usually I get upset if a report is unexpected,” Alderson said this week. “So I guess the short answer is no.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018

ABL: Alab Pilipinas lights it up for country’s first title since 2013

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Alab Pilipinas went to its tried and tested recipe for success in the ultimate matchup of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee were brilliant all throughout, Ray Parks Jr. made his contributions, and the Filipinos left no doubt in getting the better of Thailand’s Mono Vampire, 102-92, in Game 5 of the Finals on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex. Balkman had six points in the first four minutes as the home team went on a 14-4 run right off the gates. Brownlee then joined in on the fun as his back-to-back bombs built up a 39-23 lead in the second quarter. Of course, the Thais would keep coming and got to within five, 54-49, only to see the Philippines respond with an 27-7 tear capped off by Balkman’s two-handed throwdown for an 81-56 edge late in the third period. Parks Jr. then turned it on late to make sure they sealed the deal. With their Big 3 playing big and their role players all doing their part, Alab claimed for the country its first championship since 2013......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Never Say Die: Paul Zamar’s PBA Dream lives on

It was August 19, 2012. Former University of the East gunner Paul Zamar seemingly fulfilled his life’s dream when his name was announced as the 35th overall pick in the 2012 PBA Draft. Selecting him was the league’s most popular team, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. But, soon after, that same team that picked him, would let him go, unsigned. This is the predicament that many basketball players in the Philippines face as there are only so many roster spots available in the country’s first professional basketball league. Competition is extremely stiff and the careers of those players who get drafted but are unable to crack the roster usually suffers an early death. But, this has not been the case for Zamar, whose love for the game is deeply rooted. Zamar was born on October 20, 1987 in Mandaluyong. As a youngster, he was immediately exposed to the game because of his father, Boycie, an accomplished coach and basketball great. “I watched my father play in the PBL for Burger Machine where he shot the championship winning free-throws. I thought basketball was the greatest thing to do and that’s where it all began,” recalled the younger Zamar. He made his first varsity team as a freshman in San Beda High School, playing behind the likes of JVee Casio and James Martinez. Zamar would later transfer to the University of the East, where he played in the UAAP Jrs. Basketball tournament from 2003 to 2005 before moving up to the college ranks to play for the Red Warriors, the team of his father’s alma mater. It was in UE where Zamar made a name for himself as one of the league’s deadliest snipers. He also showed his versatility by being able to play point guard and taking on the challenge of defending the opposing team’s primary ball handler. Upon graduating from UE, Zamar would play in the PBA D-League for Blackwater Elite before that fateful day he was drafted. Being left out the roster did not discourage Zamar, as he went on to play an additional four years in the PBA-D-League for Cebuana Lhullier and Café France before deciding to take his talents overseas in 2017. Nowadays, the 5’11” Zamar, who is now 30 years old, has established himself as the starting shooting guard of the Mono Vampire Basketball Club in the ASEAN Basketball League. He is currently averaging 16.1 PPG and is shooting 39% from beyond the arc as the team’s Heritage Import. Although he’s been living in Thailand for over 18 months now, Zamar says it’s all part of being a professional in the world of basketball. “It’s a humbling experience (life in Thailand). First time living and doing everything by myself. Loneliness is always your enemy. I’m far away from my wife and my family. Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night thinking about my family in the Philippines,” shared Zamar. For any Filipino, making an impact in a foreign setting is a huge accomplishment. But, somewhere deep inside his heart, Zamar still feels that burning desire to return home and play the game at the place where he first fell in love with it. “I still have in me my PBA dream and it motivates me to just keep on playing. I believe na may purpose si Lord bakit dito niya ako nilagay. And wherever I am, I make sure I always give my best and keep improving myself,” said Zamar. Tonight, at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Zamar will have another opportunity to show the entire country his worth as his Mono Vampire Basketball Team takes on San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in Game 1 of the best-of-five Finals series in the 2017-18 ABL season. “We will play hard for 40 minutes. We know that we are the underdogs given the fact that we’re playing against ex-PBA and National Team Players and top caliber PBA Imports. But, we will leave everything on the basketball court and give the fans a great series,” promised Zamar. Six years ago, Zamar could’ve just easily given up and kissed basketball goodbye. But, ironically, he lives by the exact same mantra of the PBA team that drafted him: Never Say Die. There’s no telling how much longer Zamar will play professionally. Or if he will ever make it to the PBA. But, right now, his basketball career is very much alive with Mono Vampire.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

PSC sets pace for national coordinators

Philippine Sports Commission chairman William 'Butch' Ramirez met with around 30 coordinators from the different sporting organizations around the country as part of the inaugural Philippine Sports Institute National Coordinators’ Meeting at the PhilSports Complex Monday afternoon. Ramirez sat down with the officials and reminded them of the necessary things to work on with regards to the agency’s major activities, which includes the Batang Pinoy, Philippine National Games, and the Children’s Games. Ramirez also ordered all sports coordinators to and be present in all of PSC’s major events like the Batang Pinoy and PNG in order to "achieve full coordination." The sports coordinators also assessed the programs for the past five quarters, and lauded the success of one of the PSC’s major drive in grassroots development, the Children’s Games. They also expressed their wish their desire to have a local edition of the Children's Games. Leo Pollentes, sports coordinator of Misamis Occidental and Cagayan de Oro affirmed this and said that he was "fortunate enough" to join the one in Siargao. "There I saw for myself, the genuine smile of the children. The smile of true happiness," Pollentes added. “Through the Children's Games, we put a heart-print on every heartbeat. I really hope that we continue with the Children's Games. It is a humble project, but the impact is there,” stated Luzon sports coordinator Haydee Ong. The national coordinators’ meeting is held every quarter to keep the plans and activities of the Philippine Sports Institute on grassroots sports streamlined.  It is also a chance to revalidate plans and make necessary corrections. Elma Muros-Posadas, one of PSC's sports coordinators, also happily shared with the group that one of the talents being helped by the PSC, Samantha Gem Limos, a 15-year old Cebuana sprinter, is set to represent the country in the Southeast Asian Youth Athletics in Thammasat University Sports complex sa Bangkok, Thailand.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Another casino set to open in Boracay

By Krista A.M. Montealegre, National Correspondent APART from Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd.’s planned integrated resort complex, a new casino will rise on Boracay Island as part of a growing number of new gaming facilities being set up outside the capital that can allow the Philippines to tap the potential of the growing […] The post Another casino set to open in Boracay appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Bidding for Capitol multi-level parking fails

THE Iloilo provincial government declared a failure the bidding for the P200-million multi-level parking building which is part of the redevelopment of the Iloilo Provincial Capitol complex. Provincial Legal Officer Dennis Ventilacion said four contractors failed to meet the eligibility requirements for the design and build scheme. “Most of them lack the design and failed […] The post Bidding for Capitol multi-level parking fails appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

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