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DA to offer P90-M loans to Aklan agri, fish workers

The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to offer about P90 million as “proactive support” to farmers and fishermen in Aklan province ahead of the six-month closure of Boracay island. According to Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, the amount would be in the form of loans coursed through programs for these workers, most of whom sell their produce [...] The post DA to offer P90-M loans to Aklan agri, fish workers appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netApr 16th, 2018

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.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Tight security at ports as exodus out of Boracay begins

  BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan --- Security tightened at jetty ports going in and out of this resort island destination on the first day of the six-month closure as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.   No tourists were allowed to enter Caticlan port, the main gateway to Boracay, and only residents and workers with proper documentation were accepted.   The port was almost empty.   Police increased visibility in the transport hubs in Malay town as the exodus of tourists, residents and workers out of the island begins.   Workers and residents were required to show valid identification to prove that they indeed work in Boracay. A large number s...Keep on reading: Tight security at ports as exodus out of Boracay begins.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News18 hr. 50 min. ago

DTI readies interventions to lessen impact of Boracay Island closure

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will assist affected workers and displaced micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to lessen the impact of the the six-month closure order of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya said that the agency has identified initiatives to cushion the impact to workers and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Boracay closed by midnight of April 26

BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN--Local officials will close Boracay to tourists starting midnight on Thursday "with or without" an executive order issued by President Duterte. In a press conference following a security simulation exercise along the long beach, Malay Mayor Ciceron Cawaling and Caticlan port administrator Nieven Maquirang said they would implement "the President's order." Only residents and workers with identification cards and terminal passes will be allowed to purchase boat tickets and go to the island from the Caticlan jetty port. Local government officials and government agencies have been awaiting the issuance of an executive order and a declaration of a state of c...Keep on reading: Boracay closed by midnight of April 26.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2018

Boracay IDs not for sale, says village chief

BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN -- A village official belied reports on Sunday that barangay officials here were demanding money from business owners in exchange for identification cards for their employees. Barangay Captain Lilibeth Sacapano urged those with knowledge of the alleged extortion activities to name names so as not to implicate all officials in the three villages on the island. "It's so easy to get a barangay ID for workers who have been on the island for six months. Why don't they go to our barangay halls so they can [see] for themselves instead of spreading these false stories?" she told the Inquirer. READ: Lacson bares scam in Boracay ID scheme Sacapano said workers onl...Keep on reading: Boracay IDs not for sale, says village chief.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Three steps from heaven: Boracay B.C. (before ‘cesspool’)

  The first time Louie Cruz set foot in Boracay, he found it so beautiful that he described the island paradise in Malay, Aklan province, as "three steps away from heaven, almost perfect."   Wading into the water, he recalled seeing colorful tropical fish circling him, "looking very friendly and curious."   This was the early 1970s, when Cruz --- the third of seven children of the late journalist and diplomat J.V. Cruz --- flew in from Germany, where the family was based, for a vacation in Manila.   Invited by the Elizaldes to a five-day stay in their Boracay property, he flew with the group in a private plane that landed on an improvised airs...Keep on reading: Three steps from heaven: Boracay B.C. (before ‘cesspool’).....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

5 days before Boracay shutdown, resort owners, workers meet to tackle their plight

  BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN---While tourists were swimming and sunbathing at the white beach a few meters away, resort owner Christopher Jude Lee talked with his employees in a special meeting at the lobby of the Hey Jude South Beach resort here. The mood was sober and the employees listened intently and silently as Lee discussed plans when the island-resort is shut down to tourists onApril 26. Lee said he has to close down the two resorts he operate on the island and will maintain a skeletal force from the total of 58 employees. They will maintain the operations of the resort restaurant for Boracay residents at a discounted price. While the island is closed to touris...Keep on reading: 5 days before Boracay shutdown, resort owners, workers meet to tackle their plight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2018

Workers feel the brunt of looming closure

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – Thirty-three-year-old Rose, a masseuse of 13 years in Boracay Island, used to earn more than P1,000 a day. Raising three children by her lonesome was not a worry, at least financially. But by April, her income went downhill. “From P1,000, I could barely earn P300 a day now. There are days […] The post Workers feel the brunt of looming closure appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Boracay swimming, fishing rules changed

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan – Authorities assured that they will heed public reactions, complaints, and suggestions to the six-month closure of this island. In fact, some general guidelines that were released earlier have been modified following suggestions from different sectors. One rule is to allow Boracay residents to fish anywhere on the island, except in dive […] The post Boracay swimming, fishing rules changed appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Boracay folk, groups to hold caravan vs closure

      KALIBO, Aklan - Various groups and individuals opposing the closure of Boracay Island will hold a protest caravan on Thursday. The #NoToBoracayClosure! #DefendLivelihood! Coalition will lead the 71-kilometer caravan from the capital town of Kalibo in Aklan to Barangay Caticlan in Malay town, the jump off point to Boracay Island. The coalition which includes religious leaders, transport groups, professionals, small business operators and militant organizations, while supporting the environmental rehabilitation of Boracay, are opposing the closure of the island because of its massive impact on the livelihood of tens of thousands of residents, workers...Keep on reading: Boracay folk, groups to hold caravan vs closure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Boracay workers need to get IDs starting April 18

AKLAN, Philippines – People who will be working on Boracay Island during the 6-month shutdown will need to secure identification passes to enter the area, authorities announced on Tuesday, April 17. The Caticlan port in mainland Malay and the Cagban port in Manoc-Manoc have been designated as the only ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 18th, 2018

Gov’t not yet fully prepared to cushion impact of Boracay closure

  BORACAY ISLAND, AKLAN - Government agencies are apparently not yet fully prepared to cushion the impact of a six-month closure of Boracay Island barely nine days before the island is closed to tourists.   President Duterte is expected to declare a state of calamity over the 1,032-hectare island and an executive order shutting down tourism activities on the island.   But in the first and only conference to discuss government's plans for the closure and rehabilitation of the island, government officials admitted that they were still in the process of profiling and validating about 30,000 registered and unregistered workers that would be affected and woul...Keep on reading: Gov’t not yet fully prepared to cushion impact of Boracay closure.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

NEA may finance relocation of power lines for Boracay rehab

THE NATIONAL Electrification Administration (NEA) said the agency can provide soft loans to relocate power lines as part of Boracay’s rehabilitation, but will not subsidize the projected losses of Aklan Electric Cooperative (Akelco) due to the resort island’s six-month closure. “What we can do now, they are asking for help for the relocation of lines […] The post NEA may finance relocation of power lines for Boracay rehab appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

Agri firm advances with help from ACEF

THE Philippines’ agriculture department is mandated to use the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) to finance projects and activities that will help agricultural and fisheries sectors become globally-competitive, viable, efficient and sustainable. Julie Delima, regional coordinator, said ACEF offers interest-and-collateral free loans through the Land Bank of the Philippines as the credit conduit. One of […] The post Agri firm advances with help from ACEF appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

DOLE to help Boracay workers for one month

WORKERS in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan who will be displaced by the proposed closure of the famed tourist destination can immediately avail of a one-month emergency employment from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE-6 regional director Atty. Johnson Cañete said they aim to help all 17,735 workers in Boracay who will be […] The post DOLE to help Boracay workers for one month appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

MVP Ladder: Davis shrugs off pain, makes case for MVP

By Sekou Smith, NBA.com You’ll have to forgive New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for not feeling the need to mount some coordinated public campaign for Anthony Davis for Kia MVP. Gentry figures the voters have eyes, so they've seen the same jaw-dropping things from the superstar big man that he sees every night. “He’s great, man. Just an absolutely great player in every aspect,” Gentry said in a hallway at the Smoothie King Center after Davis and the Pelicans came up short in a critical game against the Portland Trail Blazers. “You want to know what kind of guy he is? He’s in there beating himself up saying he should have done more. What more could he have done? He got 36 and 14 with three guys handing on him all night. Come on, man, he’s just a great, great player.” Davis finished with 36 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks and played the final 17 minutes in pain after injuring his left ankle late in the third quarter. He took a minute to shake it off and finished the game favoring the ankle, that required treatment after the game. These are the sorts of performances he’s turned in routinely this season, particularly since the Pelicans’ other All-Star big man, DeMarcus Cousins, went down with a season-ending Achilles injury Jan. 26 (Jan. 27, PHL time). He and Cousins were on pace to become the first pair of teammates in NBA history to each average better than 25 points and 10 rebounds. Davis is averaging 31.1 points, 12.3  rebounds and 3.6 blocks since the All-Star break, after averaging 27.4, 10.7 and 2.1 in the 51 games before the break. So the “M-V-P” chants he heard in those final minutes against the Trail Blazers were well warranted for a player with range and versatility as a two-way performer that might be unrivaled in the league. “I can only think of a couple guys in this league who can impact a game the way he can from end to end. It’s AD and … ” Gentry said, before a reporter blurted out the name of the other player he was thinking of, “yeah, LeBron. I mean, these guys can guard from the three-point line to the rim and can score from those same spaces on anybody. Guys like that, wth that ability and those talents, they are just very rare.” James and Davis (who occupy the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively, in this week’s Kia Race to the MVP Ladder) will square off today at Quicken Loans Arena. It’ll be another chance for Davis to be measured against the league’s standard-bearer in regards to the MVP conversation. James has four MVPs in his war chest, and could (and probably should) have a couple more. Meanwhile, Davis is still searching for his first. At 33, James has shown a durability and staying power that Davis, 25, is also still searching for. If there is a knock on his game, it’s that he’s struggled with injuries, bumps and bruises to a degree that’s greater than you’d expect from a player as physically gifted as the 6'11", 253-pound dynamo. Tuesday night’s (Wednesday, PHL time) spill against the Trail Blazers marked the 11th time this season Davis has had to exit a game because of an injury. The reaction of the crowd, a collective hush as Davis writhed in pain under the basket, was followed by wild cheers when he got to his feet and limped to the bench. Davis refused to go to the locker room, choosing instead to take a moment to gather himself and return to the game, knowing the severity of his injury was overshadowed by the weight of the Pelicans’ current predicament. They need every single game to reach the postseason for just the second time in his career, the same postseason he suggested the Pelicans would have dominated had Cousins not gotten injured. That’s why he’ll play through whatever lingering discomfort he has to against the Cavaliers tonight. The gravity of the Pelicans’ situation demands that he fight through the pain, dust himself off and get back on the floor the same way he did Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). “Just knowing the type of situation we’re in,” Davis told reporters in New Orleans Thursday (Friday, PHL time), “I just wanted to be on the floor. I felt I couldn't leave that game, even though it was bothering me. I just tried to tough it out and just play through it.” * * * The top five in the Week 24 edition of the 2017-18 Kia Race to the MVP Ladder: * * * 1. James Harden, Houston Rockets Last week: No. 1 Season stats: 30.7 points, 8.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds Harden took a rare night off Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) and the Rockets still rolled over the Chicago Bulls. The Rockets are good enough to go on auto-pilot the way they’re playing. They’ve already set the franchise record for wins in a season and secured the Western Conference's No. 1 seed ... all with seven games to go in their season. Harden’s work from the start of training camp has been the catalyst for this special season for the Rockets. He worked to integrate the new additions to the lineup, but did so without sacrificing any of the things that made him the strong MVP candidate he was last season. Topping his performance from last season should be more than enough to secure his first Kia MVP. The official word will come on June 25 (June 26, PHL time) at the NBA Awards show. But with the way the Rockets have played down the stretch of this season with Harden leading the way, the suspense in this MVP chase has evaporated. 2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Last week: No. 2 Season stats: 27.6 points, 9.1 assists, 8.6 rebounds You have to appreciate LeBron’s admission that he would indeed vote for himself if he had a say in the race for the Kia MVP. And it’s hard to argue with his logic. Given all that the Cavaliers have endured since Kyrie Irving’s trade request was made public, it’s truly remarkable that he’s been able to compartmentalize the way he has and continue to play at an otherworldly level. If not for James Harden, LeBron would be clearing space on his mantle for his fifth Maurice Podoloff Trophy. Instead, he’ll have to settle for another season of milestones and his continued assault on nearly every career statistic the league has to offer. Not to mention he's still on track to play all 82 games for the first time in his career. And if you were wondering how the old man (relatively speaking, of course) bounces back after tough night (18 points in their Wednesday, PHL time, loss to Miami), catch the highlights from his 41-point, 10-rebound, eight-assist masterpiece in Charlotte on the second night of a back-to-back set. 3. Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans Last week: No. 4 Season stats: 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.5 blocks Back-to-back losses at Houston and at home to Portland have put Davis and the Pelicans in a familiar position in the Western Conference playoff chase. Every game until the finish is a must-win affair, with today’s tilt against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers serving as the ideal showcase for Davis. He’s been an absolute monster of late (29.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.4 assists in his last 10 games). He knows what it will take to push the Pelicans into the playoff mix without DeMarcus Cousins, as that is something Davis had to do three years ago to secure his lone playoff voyage. It took a home win over San Antonio on the final night of the regular season to clinch a spot and it might take the same this time around -- Davis and the Pelicans finish up the regular season April 11 (April 12, PHL time) with a home game against the Spurs. 4. DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors Last week: No. 3 Season stats: 23.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds Saturday’s trip game in Boston (Sunday, PHL time) couldn't have come at a better time for DeRozan and the Raptors, who still have some work to do secure the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Their lead over the Celtics is down to three games. Given Toronto's recent losses to the Cavs and LA Clippers, a statement win on the road against the surging Celtics would go a long way towards resetting the Raptors' collective confidence. DeRozan’s continued evolution as a playmaker has remained on full display (15 assists in his last two games) and will be crucial to the Raptors’ offensive effectiveness in the playoffs. That's assuming coach Dwane Casey does indeed plan to keep his rotation as deep in the playoffs as he has all season. But the scoring prowess that has propelled DeRozan to All-Star status the past four seasons will be just as important, if not more so, given the relative inexperience of several of the Raptors’ role players. Both DeRozan and fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry know how vital it will be for them to be in a good rhythm for the postseason. 5. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers Last week: No. 5 Season stats: 26.8 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds Lillard was spectacular in a critical road win in New Orleans Tuesday night, finishing with a game-high 41 points (and nine rebounds, six assists and four steals). He did all that while out-dueling fellow MVP candidate Davis in what was a thrilling, must-see fourth quarter. It didn’t matter who was guarding Lillard -- sometimes it was Davis and other times it was Pelicans defensive wiz Jrue Holiday. Lillard was locked in and on absolute fire in a playoff atmosphere. His importance to the Trail Blazers, though, was even more evident a night later when he was missing from a deflating road loss to in Memphis. Lillard missed the game for a good reason: the birth of his son. But it should be clear by now that these Trail Blazers will go only as far as the mercurial Lillard can take them in the postseason. C.J. McCollum is as good a No. 2 option as you’ll find and Terry Stotts has done Coach of the Year-caliber in developing the roster. It’s Lillard’s scoring and playmaking, however, that takes them from a solid team to a top-three seed in the Western Conference. The next five: 6. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors 7. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder 8. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors 9. Kyrie Irving, Boston Celtics 10. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves And five more ... LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs; Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers; Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets; Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers Next up? An inside look at LaMarcus Aldridge from an Western Conference advance scout: “I would love to know exactly what was said in the conversation he had with [Spurs coach Gregg] Pop[ovich] after last season, from both sides. Because whatever it was, it’s produced the best season I’ve seen from LA since he’s been in the league. And I’m dating that back to his best years in Portland. The Spurs aren't close to the team they are with all of the heavy lifting he’s done this season. He’s been more physical and much more active on the defensive end than he was last season and obviously, with Kawhi Leonard missing from the lineup for basically the entire season, his responsibilities as the No. 1 option for them offensively has been tremendous. He’s always been a skilled, face-up big. Working from the L and on the baseline extended, he’s as tough a cover as you’ll find at that position. "He embraced the other stuff, though, and perhaps at Pop’s urging. He’s made himself a more physical presence around the basket and at the rim. When he’s working in space against opposing [centers], that’s when he really has an advantage, because he’ll abuse guys his size and bigger who aren’t as mobile, guys who cannot match his quickness. He’s not an above the rim guy or a rim protector that causes you any concern, but he’s stronger than he looks and this season, he’s mixed it up more when necessary. He’s been more physical than usual. I’d suggest that’s a direct result of what Pop was trying to convey to him. Without Kawhi out there, someone had to play that role as their offensive catalyst and to do that LaMarcus was going to have to toughen up and show more fire than he did last season. I give him credit for stepping up to that challenge. I’ll admit, I was a bit of a skeptic when he was the hot free agent name a couple summers back. It’s easy to forget that. He was the player everybody wanted and the Spurs got him. And it seems like he’s finally comfortable there now in the role he’s playing leading that team right now. I’ve gained a lot of respect for him and his game with the way he’s played this season.” Sekou Smith is a veteran NBA reporter and NBA TV analyst. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2018

Entrepreneurs urged to offer ESL in China

BESIDES tourism, ESL (English as Second Language) is another opportunity that Filipino entrepreneurs can offer to China as the country experiences a shortage of bilingual workers. Glenn Penaranda,.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Local council seeks probe into undocumented foreign workers in Boracay, Kalibo

AKLAN, Philippines – The alarming number of undocumented foreign workers in Boracay Island and the town of Kalibo prompted a legislative inquiry from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. On Monday, March 5, Aklan board member Nemesio Neron filed a resolution after he received reports of foreigners working without proper documentation from the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Boracay closure to spike unemployment rate – DOLE

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6) does not discount the possibility that the proposed closure of Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan will have a domino effect on the unemployment rate in Western Visayas. DOLE-6 information officer Amy Judicpa said there are a lot of workers in the region’s most famous tourist destination. “If we […] The post Boracay closure to spike unemployment rate – DOLE appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Several senators oppose 60-day shutdown of Boracay

BORACAY, Aklan – While agreeing to the need to rehabilitate Boracay, some senators are opposed to the proposal of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to shut down the world-renowned resort for six months because this will displace thousands of workers on the island. Senator Cynthia Villar, who chairs the Committee on Environment [...] The post Several senators oppose 60-day shutdown of Boracay appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018