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New Year’s day beachgoers crowd Lapu public beaches, ignore health protocols

Beachgoers crowd this public beach in Barangay Maribago in Lapu-Lapu City totally ignoring standard health protocols. | Photo Courtesy of Nagiel Banacia, CDRRMO head LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is reminding the public once again that the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is still in our midst […] The post New Year’s day beachgoers crowd Lapu public beaches, ignore health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 2nd, 2021

‘Have a COVID-19 safe celebration of lunar new year’

Malacañang yesterday reminded the public to observe health and safety protocols during the celebration of the Lunar New Year, noting that the COVID-19 case fatality rate in the country has slightly increased......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2021

Arrest quarantine violators — Chan orders Lapu police

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to intensify their patrol activities in public places and to strictly implement the health and safety protocols amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country. In a public address through his Facebook page, Chan instructed the PNP […] The post Arrest quarantine violators — Chan orders Lapu police appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2021

Chan warns tricycle, PUV drivers to follow health protocols

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan warned tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers to continue to comply with the health and safety protocols or they will be apprehended and their franchise recommended for revocation. Chan issued the warning after he received complaints at the “Ahong Cares Hotline” from concerned citizens […] The post Chan warns tricycle, PUV drivers to follow health protocols appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2021

DOH-7 to Maribago beachgoers: Monitor selves for COVID-19 symptoms

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The lack of social distancing, wearing of masks, and the breaking of various health protocols in the Maribago Beach in Lapu-Lapu City on January 1, 2021, may cause a rise in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city. This was the statement of Doctor Mary Jean Loreche of the […] The post DOH-7 to Maribago beachgoers: Monitor selves for COVID-19 symptoms appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2021

US votes on Trump’s fate under threat of election turmoil

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Americans vote Tuesday in an election amounting to a referendum on Donald Trump and his uniquely brash, bruising presidency that Democratic opponent and frontrunner Joe Biden urged supporters to end, restoring “our democracy.” US President Donald Trump leaves after speaking during a Make America Great Again rally at Fayetteville Regional Airport November 2, 2020, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. – The US presidential campaign enters its final day Monday with a last-minute scramble for votes by Donald Trump and Joe Biden, drawing to a close an extraordinary race that has put a pandemic-stricken country on edge. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) The United States is more divided and angry than at any time since the Vietnam War era of the 1970s — and fears that Trump could dispute the result of the election are only fueling those tensions. Despite an often startlingly laid-back campaign, Biden, 77, leads in almost every opinion poll, buoyed by his consistent message that America needs to restore its “soul” and get new leadership in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people. “I have a feeling we’re coming together for a big win tomorrow,” Biden said in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a vital electoral battleground where he was joined by pop superstar Lady Gaga. “It’s time to stand up and take back our democracy.” But Trump was characteristically defiant to the end, campaigning at a frenetic pace with crowded rallies in four states on Monday, and repeating his dark, unprecedented claims for a US president that the polls risk being rigged against him. After almost non-stop speeches in a final three-day sprint, he ended up in the early hours of Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan — the same place where he concluded his epic against-the-odds campaign in 2016 where he defeated apparent frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Despite the bad poll numbers, the 74-year-old Republican real estate tycoon counted on pulling off another upset. “We’re going to have another beautiful victory tomorrow,” he told the Michigan crowd, which chanted back: “We love you, we love you!” “We’re going to make history once again,” he said. Packing Trump’s bags While Tuesday is formally Election Day, in reality Americans have been voting for weeks. With a huge expansion in mail-in voting to safeguard against the Covid-19 pandemic, nearly 100 million people have already made their choice. Biden has the wind in his sails after indications that Democratic enthusiasm in the early voting may be matching the more visible energy at Trump’s impressive rallies. In one of US history’s great political gambles, Biden stuck to socially distanced gatherings with small crowds right up to the last moment, in stunning contrast to Trump’s constant, large rallies where few supporters so much as bothered with masks. But the Democrat, making his third attempt at the presidency, clearly senses that his calmer approach and strict attention to pandemic protocols is what Americans want after four tempestuous years. “It’s time for Donald Trump to pack his bags and go home,” Biden told supporters in Cleveland. “We’re done with the chaos! We’re done with the tweets, the anger, the hate, the failure, the irresponsibility.” In chilly downtown Pittsburgh, Justine Wolff said she had cast her ballot for Biden already and was cautiously hopeful he would carry Pennsylvania, which along with Florida may be the tightest of all the swing states that decide close national elections. “I hope that people have seen the writing on the wall,” said the 35-year-old nurse. “We need some kind of change because this isn’t working for anybody.” But where many early votes are believed to have been cast by Democrats, Trump’s side is hoping for a massive wave of Republican supporters voting in person on Tuesday. “Whether he wins or loses, this is history,” said Kolleen Wall, who turned out to cheer Trump in Grand Rapids. But “when you come to one of these rallies, all you think is, how could he not win?” The first polling stations opening were in two New Hampshire villages, Dixville Notch and Millsfield, starting at midnight. Most polling stations on the East Coast were to open at 6:00 am or 7:00 am (1100 or 1200 GMT). A tiny hamlet of 12 residents in the middle of the forest, near the Canadian border, Dixville Notch has traditionally voted “first in the nation” since 1960. The vote took minutes, as did the count: five votes for Biden, and none for Trump. Warning of violence Trump himself is planning to visit his campaign headquarters in Virginia on Tuesday, while Biden will travel to his birthplace of Scranton, the scrappy Pennsylvania town where Trump also visited on Monday. There are worries that if the election is close, extended legal chaos and perhaps violent unrest could ensue — not least because Trump has spent months trying to sap public trust in the voting process in a nation already bitterly divided along political fault lines. He ramped up these warnings in the final days, focusing especially on Pennsylvania’s rule allowing absentee ballots received within three days after Tuesday to be counted. In a tweet flagged with a warning label by Twitter on Monday, he said this would “allow rampant and unchecked cheating.” “It will also induce violence in the streets. Something must be done!” Trump tweeted......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

IN PHOTOS: Beaches in Lapu-Lapu reach full capacity on Sunday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Several beachgoers in Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan Island were not able to spend their Sundays by the sea on October 25, 2020. This after local authorities there denied them entry in some beaches, both public and private, which have reached full capacity, said Nagiel Bañacia, head of the city’s Disaster Risk […] The post IN PHOTOS: Beaches in Lapu-Lapu reach full capacity on Sunday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 25th, 2020

MLB: Players want more games, no more salary cuts

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players appeared likely to propose increasing the number of regular-season games this year while holding to their demand for full prorated salaries, people familiar with their deliberations told The Associated Press. A day after Major League Baseball proposed a sliding scale of salary slashing for a pandemic-delayed season in ballparks without fans, the union held a conference call that included its executive board, player representatives and alternate player representatives, the people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced. One of the people said many players were angered by the proposal teams made Tuesday. It was unclear when the union will respond to MLB's plan, the people said. Stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose the most under MLB's plan, about 77% of the $36 million each they were set to be paid this season. In all, there are 133 players whose contracts call for salaries of $10 million or more, not including shares of signing bonuses. A big leaguer earning $1 million or less would keep at least 43% of his salary under the six-tier scale. That includes a share of $200 million earmarked for players that is contingent on the postseason being completed. About 460 of approximately 900 players on rosters and injured lists when spring training was stopped in mid-March due to the new coronavirus make $1 million or less. Trout and Cole would be cut to about $8 million each. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado would drop from $35 million to $7.84 million. “Interesting strategy of making the best most marketable players potentially look like the bad guys,” Milwaukee pitcher Brett Anderson tweeted. The players’ association called the proposal “extremely disappointing.” The union has argued players already accepted a cut to prorated shares of their salaries in a March 26 agreement and should not have to bargain again. MLB would like to start the season around the Fourth of July in empty ballparks and proposed an 82-game regular-season schedule. It claims teams would lose billions of dollars by playing with no ticket money and gate-related revenue. “This season is not looking promising,” New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman tweeted. “Keeping the mind and body ready regardless.” Union head Tony Clark has not commented publicly on MLB’s proposal and has said very little publicly since late March. Agent Scott Boras has repeatedly criticized MLB for proposing more salary reductions and has questioned the accuracy of management’s financial claims. “Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs,” Cincinnati pitcher Trevor Bauer tweeted Wednesday. “If true — and at this point, these are only rumors — I have one thing to say... Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business.” Boras did not respond to a request for comment on Bauer’s remarks. “Working together to manage the public health issue has brought great solidarity among the players,” Boras said earlier in the day. “They are a strong united front and resolute in their support of the MLBPA.” A season with more games would lead to players earning a higher percentage of their original salaries. MLB says that without fans each additional game would result in a $640,000 loss. Brewers chairman Mark Attanasio told the Greater Milwaukee Committee on Tuesday “the be-careful-what-you-wish-for part is hours every day.” “It’s got to come together very quickly or we won’t be able to, we will just run out of time," he said. “To pay players at a full contract rate, pretty much 90% of that would go to pay them and wouldn’t cover any other costs.” Details of the plan have been disclosed to the AP by several people familiar with the proposal. They spoke on condition of anonymity because details had not been announced. MLB’s proposal says that within 48 hours of the ratification of an agreement for player compensation terms and health and safety protocols, the commissioner’s office would announce a proposed timeline for the resumption of the season. The resumption would include a training period of at least 21 days, and each team would be allowed a maximum of three exhibition games, all in the final seven days of the training period. Opening day would be in early July, and the final scheduled regular-season game would be no later than Sept. 27 — the same as in the original 2020 schedule. Issues such as roster size, trade deadlines, series length and treatment of the luxury tax would be delegated to a subcommittee. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Megargee in Milwaukee contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pelicans could be in for seamless rebuild

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Record: 33-49, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Zion Williamson (Draft), Lonzo Ball (trade), Brandon Ingram (trade), JJ Redick (free agency), Derrick Favors (trade), Josh Hart (trade), Jaxson Hayes (Draft), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Draft) Key departures: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton The lowdown: There were teams with worst records and teams with more drama. But no team had a combination of both quite like the Pelicans. It all swirled around Davis, the best player in franchise history, who pulled a power move by switching agents to Rich Paul, business partner of LeBron James. Everyone saw what was coming next except Dell Demps, the beleaguered GM who refused to be proactive and instead tried to fight a losing battle. Through Paul, Davis made a private trade request in the fall and then went public a week prior to the trade deadline when Demps hesitated. When the deadline passed, Davis was still in New Orleans and that was a problem. The rest of the season was a disaster, as Davis was in an awkward state of limbo and the Pelicans, anxious to preserve their only true asset, managed his minutes. The fallout was severe: Fan backlash toward Davis, a fractured locker room, a state of emergency within a franchise that wasn’t among the league’s healthiest to begin with, and Demps getting the boot. Everything else about the Pelicans was overshadowed, such as Randle’s solid production in his first (and subsequently only) season in New Orleans and Jrue Holiday’s continued splendid play on both ends. In the end, Davis had long checked out, the Pelicans fell back into the lottery a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs, and a housecleaning was ordered by ownership. Summer summary: History might reflect that the Davis fiasco, in hindsight, was the most important moment in franchise history, and in a positive way. That’s because a much-needed series of changes were forced to happen because of it, and just maybe the Pelicans will be better off for it. It created a change in command, with David Griffin replacing Demps and tackling the Davis situation head-on rather than tiptoeing around it. And because Davis was essentially benched the entire second half of the season, that allowed the Pelicans to fall into the lottery, where they got lucky and landed the first overall pick in one of those drafts that contained a potential game-changer. New Orleans flipped almost overnight, getting an impressive haul for Davis in the long-awaited trade with the Lakers, and adding Zion Williamson, an explosive talent with gate appeal. It was a best-case scenario for the Pelicans, who went from laughingstock to landing a game on Christmas Day this season. Griffin played his hand skillfully, unlike Demps. Griffin didn’t create distrust or burn bridges and instead maintained good communication with Davis and all potential trading partners. He created a robust market for Davis and then negotiated with the one team that needed Davis the most: the Lakers with an aging LeBron James. Not only did Griffin get promising young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, he also acquired the Lakers’ future with a collection of first-round picks and first-round swaps. Essentially, if the Lakers collapse in the post-LeBron era, the Pelicans will be awash in assets similar to the Boston Celtics when those Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounders turned to gold. Williamson should never have to worry about talent around him in New Orleans as Davis did. And unlike Davis, Williamson won’t be in a hurry to leave in a huff. There’s no reason for the Pelicans to tank, knowing that ample picks are coming their way. With that in mind, Griffin seized the moment to ramp up the rotation, adding some much-needed shooting in Redick and a reliable veteran in Favors. It’s very possible that the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20, and again, this seemed remote when last season ended. There’s plenty of hope for Ball. He’ll have the relief of playing away from L.A. for the first time in his life and the advantage of suiting up next to Holiday, who can play off the ball if necessary. Ingram will be returning from a health scare related to blood clots that cut short his season but the prognosis is good. In addition to Williamson, the draft also produced Alexander-Walker, who brings good size (6-foot-5) to the backcourt, and Hayes, a raw big man who’ll instantly enroll in the Pelicans’ development school. To make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible, Griffin handed coach Alvin Gentry a one-year extension. The pair once worked together in Phoenix, when Gentry led the Suns to the Western Conference finals. For the first time in his tenure with the Pelicans, Gentry has ample talent and a solid plan. Now it’s up to him to put the right pieces in place. Clearly, though, the big prize is Williamson, who comes with robust talent and also a personality that reflects well on him and the franchise. Williamson can be a savior and, once Drew Brees retires, the face of New Orleans sports. It all depends if he makes good on the immense expectations. Given his knack for making crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, the burly forward has star potential -- which is exactly what a small market needs. There’s a reason why the Draft lottery results caused Gentry to curse with joy and team employees to dance on tables. Perhaps never before has a franchise fallen hard, then rose suddenly, quite like the Pelicans did in a matter of weeks. They’re still partying in New Orleans. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsSep 10th, 2019

3 Lapu City Hall employees get citation tickets for failure to wear face masks

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines- No excuses. Three employees of the Lapu-Lapu City Halll received citation tickets from Mayor Junard Chan on Monday morning, March 8, for their failure to comply with health and safety protocols. Loue Llimit, Fidel Inihao, and Rexor Dulangon agreed to render community service as a penalty instead of paying the P1, 000 […] The post 3 Lapu City Hall employees get citation tickets for failure to wear face masks appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News17 hr. 33 min. ago

DOLE issues new ventilation guidelines for workplaces, public transport

MANILA, Philippines — In order to make the workplace and public transportation more responsive to the government’s health protocols, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has issued new guidelines for proper ventilation in workplaces and public transportation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. DOLE has issued Department Order 224-21, signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre […] The post DOLE issues new ventilation guidelines for workplaces, public transport appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

COVID-19 protocols to keep crowds small in events for 500 years of PH Christianity

BORONGAN CITY, Eastern Samar—Health protocols to prevent the spread of SARS Cov2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and which humans transmit, was likely to keep crowds small during the celebration of 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines. “Our commemoration will not be open to the general public,” said Neil Alejandro Pinok, provincial tourism officer. […] The post COVID-19 protocols to keep crowds small in events for 500 years of PH Christianity appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination simulation in Lapu postponed

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—Lapu-Lapu City has postponed the holding of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination simulation on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.  This was confirmed by Mark Anthony Bautista, public information officer of Lapu-Lapu City. He said that the simulation was canceled after the head of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Department (LCHD), Dr. Agnes Realiza, was […] The post COVID-19 vaccination simulation in Lapu postponed appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2021

Ahong wants non-medical essential workers as 2nd priority for vaccines

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — The Lapu-Lapu City Government will request the Department of Health (DOH) central office to include non-medical essential workers as a second priority to receive the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine. Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said that non-medical essential workers shall include tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers, public […] The post Ahong wants non-medical essential workers as 2nd priority for vaccines appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2021

Health workers seeking pay hike say nothing has changed since pandemic started

MANILA, Philippines — The Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) says it would continue to ask the government for an increase in the salaries of medical frontliners as nothing has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared early last year. On Monday, health care employees belonging to the Department of Health (DOH), public and private hospitals, […] The post Health workers seeking pay hike say nothing has changed since pandemic started appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

Non-compliance of transport sector worries Cebu City dad

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The non-compliance of jeepneys, buses, and taxis with the minimum health protocols for public transport has drawn the concern of Councilor James Cuenco. Cuenco serves as the City Council’s chairperson on the committee of transportation and also heads the City Jeepney Task Force. The councilor has repeatedly expressed his concern in […] The post Non-compliance of transport sector worries Cebu City dad appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

‘After you, Mayor’

It’s Chinese Lunar New Year today. But instead of greeting, a strong reminder to celebrate it safely following the minimum health protocols to avoid getting the deadly 2019 coronavirus disease infection......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Lunar New Year revelers told to observe health protocols

The Department of Health reminded Filipinos celebrating the Lunar New Year today to comply with health and safety protocols......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Lapu to transform some public schools into isolation facilities

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government is planning to utilize public schools as isolation facilities for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patients. Dr. Agnes Realiza, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Health Department, said that this is due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city. Earlier, Realiza said that they are preparing […] The post Lapu to transform some public schools into isolation facilities appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2021

Lapu mayor creates composite team to monitor bars, restos

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines – Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan has created a composite team that will monitor establishments, such as karaoke joints, bars, and restaurants to ensure that health protocols are being followed. Health and safety protocols include the 50 percent venue capacity and the serving of only two bottles of beer. Chan said […] The post Lapu mayor creates composite team to monitor bars, restos appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2021

Relaxed quarantine in March possible – NEDA

Metro Manila may be placed under the most lenient quarantine status next month if the public observes health protocols, National Economic and Development Authority acting director-general Karl Chua said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2021