Environment Month, Pista kang Kagubatan in Antique

By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao SAN JOSE, Antique – The Province of Antique joined the rest of the nation in celebrating the Environment Month in June, which was themed “Beat Plastic Pollution.” The celebration is mandated by Presidential Proclamation No. 237 series of 1998. The Provincial Board of Antique had passed an ordinance declaring every last Friday […] The post Environment Month, Pista kang Kagubatan in Antique appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJun 13th, 2018

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy

BEIJING --- An escort convoy will begin a one-month journey in the next few days to protect pregnant Tibetan antelopes that will travel hundreds of kilometers from Qinghai province to the Tibet autonomous region to give birth.   The team, organized by the Qumalai management office at Three-River-Source National Park in Qinghai province, consists of 40 experienced workers who have been involved in Tibetan antelope protection work for years.   Every summer, 5,000 to 6,000 pregnant Tibetan antelopes travel along fixed routes from the Lechi grassland in Qinghai to Hoh Xil in Tibet to give birth.   The rich variety of food and a relatively safe environment...Keep on reading: Pregnant Tibet antelopes to get security convoy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Scuba divers collect underwater garbage

COLLECTIVELY called ‘Scubasurero’, 24 professional divers retrieved underwater garbage, mostly plastics, at Sipaway Island, San Carlos City. This annual event held in time for the celebration of the Provincial Environment Month on June has been gathering underwater trash in the coasts of Negros Occidental since its inception in 2007. This year, the Provincial Environment Management […] The post Scuba divers collect underwater garbage appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

WATCH: Gov’t to stick with 6-month closure of Boracay, DENR says

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu stressed that the government would stick with the six-month deadline set to rehabilitate Boracay......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

DENR’s internal mining review expected this month

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it hopes to complete its own mining review “within the month.”.....»»

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DENR-6 lauds partners, employees

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) recognized its partners and employees who have been instrumental in the delivery of environmental services. During the culminating activity of the Environment Month on June 29, 2018, at its regional office, DENR-6 honored its media partners, the people’s organizations, non-government organizations (NGO), business partners, and the academe. […] The post DENR-6 lauds partners, employees appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

Born to be Wild presents ‘Reptile Kingdom’ this July

STARING this Sunday (July 1), join Doc Ferds Recio and Doc Nielsen as Born to be Wild features the month-long special “Reptile Kingdom.” Reptiles are resilient creatures that have stood the test of time and the constantly changing environment. Today, they face habitat loss, climate change, and are victims of illegal wildlife trade. Reptiles, among the oldest […] The post Born to be Wild presents ‘Reptile Kingdom’ this July appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

CCCI Offers 2 Training Next Month

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry further seeks to help its member companies and the Cebu business community through offering various training programs for them to thrive in the competitive business environment and attain certain corporate goals. CCCI is set to conduct a two-day ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System Training on July 4-5 […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

DENR chief’s car figures in road mishap

DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Roy Cimatu was unscathed after his vehicle figured in a road mishap at Brgy. Bitadton Sur, Culasi, Antique Monday morning. Police Inspector Clark Philip Dinco, Culasi police OIC-chief, confirmed that the accident occurred around 10:15 a.m. on June 25, 2018, when the secretary’s vehicle, a Mitsubishi Outlander, […] The post DENR chief’s car figures in road mishap appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

NKTI holds community forum to prevent kidney diseases

SAN JOSE, Antique June 25 (PIA) - - The National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) recently held a Lay Forum in the town of San Jose, in celebration of the Kidney Month this June. The activity w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

             Education and Environment

  In our country the month of June primarily focuses on educational concerns, be it public or private. Although free education is already In full implementation of the K-12 program  realized through the collective efforts of the executive and legislative branches of government of the Duterte administration, this is still a priority concern of parents […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolperyodikoRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Jaro river cleanup underway

A TOTAL of  24 Iloilo City barangay officials of villages along the waterway joined the workshop for Jaro River Clean-Up this month held at Panay Power Training Center in Brgy. Ingore, La Paz on June 1, 2018. The initiative organized by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and General Services Office (GSO) was held […] The post Jaro river cleanup underway appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Sugbo Bike Lanes Board and CCENRO will Launch Bike Clinic Board

Cebu City Government, through the Sugbo Bike Lanes Board and the Cebu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CCENRO), will conduct a Bike Clinic Caravan on the month of June and July to increase awareness about the importance of using bicycle for health and environment. Bicycles are one of the oldest modes of transportation that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Firms brave turbulent market to raise funds

A FLURRY of fund raising lies ahead this month, even as jarring volatility presents a challenging environment for companies seeking to raise funds on the stock market. The post Firms brave turbulent market to raise funds appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Boracay may open in less than 6 months – DENR chief

MANILA, Philippines – Exactly a month after the island was closed to tourists, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Saturday, May 26, that top tourist destination Boracay may open in less than 6 months. Referring to the erring establishments, Cimatu said, "We are almost sure na wala nang iba. (We ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

Viral posts on mountain flattened in Boracay false – DENR

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) disputed reports that a mountain in Boracay is being flattened during the island's 6-month closure. In an interview with Rappler on Wednesday, May 16, DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said that leveling activities in the area started even prior to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Boracay: From cesspool to DENR showcase

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hopes to use Boracay as instructional material to tell the world what environmental destruction and efforts to reverse it could bring. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said he expected to tell a good story about Boracay's rehabilitation during its six-month closure to tourism. In a statement, he said Boracay's case showed "how neglect and blatant disregard of environmental laws lead to destruction." Stop ocean destruction The DENR, he said, hoped to turn Boracay into a showcase of rehabilitation when the Philippines host the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress in November. The regional conference, set in Iloilo, would b...Keep on reading: Boracay: From cesspool to DENR showcase.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

‘Curious’ Cimatu barred from entering Boracay casino site

BORACAY ISLAND, Aklan --- Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday visited the site of a proposed mega-casino by a Macau-based company on this island, but he was barred entry by the guards there. "Nakita ko lang naman for the sake of curiosity, just in case may matangap akong mga request later on. Wala pa naman. Merong matangap na they have plans of building. Wala pa naman akong natanggap," Cimatu told in an interview. Cimatu was here to oversee the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) projects and activities as part of the interagency task force to rehabilitate Boracay. Boracay's six-month clean up shutdown started on April 26. "I went ar...Keep on reading: ‘Curious’ Cimatu barred from entering Boracay casino site.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

DENR-7 to Mark 48th Anniversary of Earth Month

This year’s celebration of “Month of Planet Earth” will banner the theme: “Green the Cities, Green the Oceans and Plastic Pollutions” to mark the 48th anniversary of Earth Month this April. According to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist, Felimon Alex Selor, the activities for Earth Day will include mangrove […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be updating the master plan for Boracay to include the neighboring islands in the Northern Aklan region. In a statement on Tuesday, April 24, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the revision of the masterplan, which will be undertaken during the six month-long closure, will […] The post Boracay rehab masterplan to include other islands — DENR appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018