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Aris to expand tourism prospects in 2nd District

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado will meet with national tourism officials in Manila this week to map out plans, explore prospects, and develop new attractions for the 2nd district. Aumentado says he wants synergetic tourism development so that each town can “sell” the destinations of the other towns – instead of competing […].....»»

Category: newsSource: boholnewsdaily boholnewsdailyJun 17th, 2019

Rep. Aris, Gov. Art, team talk tourism for 2nd District

HNP SUPPORT Rep. Aris, Gov. Art, team talk tourism for 2nd District By: JUNE S. BLANCO DEVELOP more tourism destinations in the 2nd District to make a new loop that will expose the potentials of the other side of Bohol. This was the consensus of Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District, newly minted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

Stocks extend rally; LT Group, Meralco rise

Stocks rose Thursday for the fourth straight day on improving economic prospects after the Department of Tourism allowed hotels to operate at full capacity in areas declared under modified community quarantine and general community quarantine......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Cleanfuel Strengthens Retail Network in Southern Manila

Now serving with the newest technologies implemented to create high-tech fuel for your vehicles, Cleanfuel, believes in the resiliency of the Filipino people that would bring and sustain solid economic recovery amid health crisis. Their recently opened retail station at Doña Soledad in Parañaque City shows a testament that the company remains upbeat in expanding their network footprints in Southern portion of Metro Manila.   “While 2020 is a challenging year, Cleanfuel has remained optimistic riding in the resiliency of Filipinos towards economic recovery. This is the reason why Cleanfuel Group of Companies continues to invest and opened more stations as a testament and commitment to its people to provide top-notch fuel to every motorist,” said Atty Bong Suntay, President of Cleanfuel. “The opening of the new station in Doña Soledad is in line with Cleanfuel’s goal to expand its reach and strengthen its customer base in the Southern part of Metro Manila,” Suntay said. Situated at the busy thoroughfare of Doña Soledad Avenue Extension at Barangay Don Bosco in Parañaque City, the new station offers a top-notch fuel and lubricants including Clean91 (Unleaded), Premium 95 gasoline, and Euro-4 diesel. It provides access to both public and private motorists from Better Living going to Moonwalk, connecting in the bustling intersection of eastern Parañaque.  In addition, the second district of Don Bosco is the primary residential Barangay of Ninoy Aquino International Airport and one of the 16 Barangays in Parañaque City. Key factors of the city’s progress include banks, shopping malls, restaurants, residential properties, and commercial manufacturing. Motorists heading towards the busy streets of Doña Soledad Avenue Extension from east-west and northern side of Parañaque can gas up to experience Cleanfuel’s brand mantra: Quality fuel for Less! Further, Cleanfuel Doña Soledad station will become a key driver of growth to more than 60,000 population of Barangay Don Bosco. As the city relies on shopping centers as part of major contributors, the company sees that the opening of Cleanfuel Doña Soledad will further strengthen and boost economic confidence. “We’re grateful and honor to inaugurate Cleanfuel Doña Soledad as our first station to open in these unprecedented times. The economy in the City of Parañaque has been growing consistently with massive projects in property and commercial manufacturing,” the company’s chief executive said.  Suntay adds that in the next coming months Cleanfuel is adding more stations not only in NCR but also in provinces to provide quality fuel for business and opportunities for others. “We intend to leverage our business aggressively and expand our retail network across the country, focusing on Mega Manila and Northern Luzon,” concludes Suntay.  Cleanfuel is expected to open more stations in coming weeks in Ortigas Avenue Extension in Pasig and mega branch in Mabalacat Pampanga as part of the long-term business expansion plan. Aside from expansion, the company has extended its support by providing fuel subsidy for the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr’s) Free Bus Ride for Health Workers Program and drive relief donations to northern provinces, which include Pangasinan (Villasis, Binalonan, Pozorrubio) and San Fernando (La Union) and other cities in Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Salceda pushes economic stimulus proposal

House Economic Stimulus Response Package Cluster co-chair Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda (Albay, 2nd District) has unveiled a strategy for a strong “structural response and economic reforms to shape the country’s socio-economic prospects” and keep consumer, labor and business confidence up under the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.   .....»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Philippines seen to lose P42.9B in tourism revenues due to coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines stands to lose at least P42.9 billion in tourism revenues due to the threat of the  novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) , Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat said on Wednesday, February 12. During the House hearing on the economic impact of 2019-nCoV, Cavite 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin Remulla ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 12th, 2020

Kaligtasan ng mga turista sa PH tiniyak matapos ang pagdukot sa Makati

TINIYAK ng Department of Tourism (DOT)  na nananatiling ligtas ang bansa para sa mga turista matapos ang umano’y pagdukot sa isang babaeng Tsinoy sa central business district ng Makati City. “Very much,” sabi ni Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat. Ito’y matapos namang kumpirmahin ng pulisya ang pagdukot sa 28-anyos na si Zhou Mei ng tatlong sinasabing […] The post Kaligtasan ng mga turista sa PH tiniyak matapos ang pagdukot sa Makati appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

Hotel Sogo opens its Timog Avenue branch

HOTEL SOGO, the largest hotel chain in the Philippines, continues to expand its hotel services to patron guests, travelers and families who are looking for a quick stop from the hassle and bustle of the metro with its 39th branch perfectly situated in a district brimming with life. Strategically located in the heart of South […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

‘TANGGAPAN’ SA MPD UNTI-UNTING SUMISINGAW

NAGSIMULA nang umalingasaw ang itinatagong baho ng  ilang tanggapan na nasa ilalim ng Manila Police District na sinasabing nagiging money making office na nagbibigay ng tara sa kanilang mga tauhan para madagdagan ng extra ang kanilang suweldo. Naunang nagreklamo ang ilang tauhan ng MPD- Tourism Police Unit kung saan ang hepe nito ay inireklamo ng […] The post ‘TANGGAPAN’ SA MPD UNTI-UNTING SUMISINGAW appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 28th, 2019

MIMAROPA eyes more tourism projects

The MIMAROPA unit of the Department of Tourism plans to expand its offerings to tourists as it embarks on a number of product development initiatives, an official said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

House bill seeks to protect husbands, same-sex partners from domestic abuse

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has filed a bill that would protect spouses and partners in intimate relationships – regardless of gender – against domestic violence. In House Bill (HB) No. 4888 , Rizal 2nd District Representative Fidel Nograles seeks to expand the coverage of  Republic Act (RA) No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 5th, 2019

Kauswagan fosters sports tourism thru Lanorteman

LANAO DEL NORTE, Sep. 30 (PIA)--The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte continuous to expand the sport of triathlon in the province by encouraging partnership with the municipalities to promot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

Kauswagan fosters sports tourism thru Lanorteman

LANAO DEL NORTE, Sep. 30 (PIA)--The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte continuous to expand the sport of triathlon in the province by encouraging partnership with the municipalities to promot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

DPWH widens six bridges in Leyte

Multi-million bridge widening projects will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways to expand significant road networks in the second district of Leyte......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsSep 24th, 2019

Aris: DPWH soon to build Talibon-Bien Unido bridge

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle Aumentado expresses hope that construction of the bridge that will link Talibon and Bien Unido towns in northern Bohol will start within the year. Aumentado will meet Engr. Vicente Valle Jr. of the Bohol 2nd District Engineering Office and his staff next week at the latter’s office in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsSep 9th, 2019

Baras, ipinanukalang maging Tourism Capital ng Catanduanes

VIRAC, CATANDUANES – Inihain ni East District Board Member (PBM) Edwin Tanael ang isang panukalang kilalanin bilang tourism capital ng lalawigan ang bayan ng Baras. Ayon kay PBM Tanael, ang Baras ay isa sa pinakamaraming turistang pumapasyal kumpara sa ibang bayan sa lalawigan. Dahil umao ito sa maraming tourism destinations na siyang paboritong puntahan ng […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolperyodikoRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

Eco-tourism zone planned in Marilog

DAVAO CITY- The City Government of Davao is looking to establish an eco-tourism zone in Marilog District.City Tourism Operations Office chief Generose Tecson said they have identified a 10-h.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

DOH Hospital in Bacolod to Expand to 1k-Bed Capacity

The Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) here, a health facility operated by the Department of Health (DOH), is expected to expand its capacity from the present 400 to 1,000 beds starting next year. This was confirmed by Bacolod City’s Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya after the Senate approved House of Representatives Bill (HB) […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Aris pushes bidding of gensets for D2 islets

By: JUNE S. BLANCO NOW that the elections are over, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd District vows to roll up his sleeves and resume work interrupted by the election ban. Aumentado said prior to the campaign period, the bid documents for generators for power plants in seven islets in his district were already […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  boholnewsdailyRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019