NegOcc guv wants to extend pork ban

first_imgA total of 481 kilogram of banned,undocumented, and misdeclared pork products has been confiscated. Some weredisposed of immediately while the rest were shipped back to the port of origin. “We’re continuously implementing theban. If this problem will still continue after 90 days, we intend to continuethis. This is now a move of most provinces, especially in the Visayas andMindanao,” Lacson said. Lacson acknowledged that such arequirement may be unreasonable, but is intended to protect the province’s P6-billionswine industry.  “We just have to be very strict,” he added. Some 8.5 kilogram of assorted porkproducts, misdeclared based on shipping documents, were confiscated at theairport on October 2. The shipment was returned to its point of origin. (With PNA/PN) The ban covers live pigs, pork, porkproducts, and by-products, whether fresh, processed or canned, which can carrythe ASF virus. A total of 27 kilogram of pork asadosiopao were intercepted and disposed of by the task force on September 21. Negros Occidental, the country’s numberone backyard swine producer, has prohibited since September 11 the entry ofpork from Luzon, which has confirmed cases of ASF.center_img The Provincial Task Force on ASF has alreadyseized at least 500 kilogram of pork meat products at the Bacolod-Silay Airportsince the start of the 90-day ban. Lacson noted that at present, evenimported pork from countries not affected by ASF, such as Spain, will not beallowed to enter the province once it has passed through Manila’s ports. From Sept. 24 to 26 alone, about 473 kilogramof assorted pork products from Luzon were seized. “We already consider that as originatingfrom (Luzon) – if the supply has passed through their warehouse in Manila.Their products should stay at the airport, then they can fly it to Bacolod.(It) should be certified that the products did not leave the airport area,” hesaid. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson intends to prolong the 90-day banon pork from Luzon should the threat of African swine fever (AFS) persists inthe coming months.last_img read more

Disney changes park hours due to Hurricane Dorian

first_imgThrill-seekers and evacuees beware, Disney has changed their operation hours for Tuesday due to Hurricane Dorian.Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be open from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm with their “extra magic hours” scheduled for earlier in the day.Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme parks will be opening at 9:00 am and closing at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.Epcot’s hours on Tuesday will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.Disney Springs’ hours on Tuesday will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Typhoon Lagoon water park will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, however, Blizzard Beach water park will remain closed and finally Hollywood Studios opening at 9 a.m. and will be closing at 3 p.m.last_img read more

Supreme Sacrifice: cricketers and sportspersons pay tribute to the martyred Indian soldiers

first_imgImage Courtesy: Wikimedia/AFP/Getty/DCAdvertisement dtv5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqx75Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ev2wid( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3fs7ilWould you ever consider trying this?😱8Can your students do this? 🌚rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Amidst the rising tension between India and China in Ladakh, the recent clash at Galwan valley on Monday night resulted in the martyrdom of 20 Indian soldiers, who lost their lives after a violent face off against Chinese troops. While the nation mourns the deaths of the bravehearts, iconic figures from India’s cricketing and sports fraternity take to Twitter to pay their respects to the heroes who sacrificed their lives at the frontier.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Wikimedia/AFP/Getty/DCIn the night of 15th June, a violent scuffle took place at the Galwan valley, when over 300 Chinese soldiers ambushed 55 unarmed Indian soldiers with batons and baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire. In addition to the deaths of 19 Indian Army jawans and an officer, it was also reported by many media outlets that around 40 Chinese soldiers were killed. However, China has not made any official confirmation.From the current and former players of Indian cricket team, to the likes of Sunil Chhetri and Saina Nehwal, all took to Twitter to voice their respect for the Indian soldiers.Advertisement If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Goal Line technology fails as Premier League returns in controversy!Gautam Gambhir reveals he was asked to plead guilty to Shane Watson elbowing incident in 2008! Advertisementlast_img read more

In Election Court, Motivated Voters Plead Their Cases

first_imgStory and photo by Joseph SapiaOn Tuesday, new American citizen Eniko Piantanida pleaded her case – saying she had registered to vote by mail, sending the materials in to the state Division of Election days in advance of the Oct. 18 deadline.But state Deputy Attorney General Alan Blanstein said the division did not receive Piantanida’s paperwork until Oct. 21, three days after the cutoff to be registered for the Nov. 8 General Election. State Superior Court Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy – sitting in a makeshift courtroom at the Monmouth County Special Services Complex in Freehold Township – listened and asked some questions.Sheedy was one of several judges  working three- or four-hour shifts at the Special Services Complex, where the county’s three elections offices are based. This was the regular Election Day Court, and this year it was busier than usual because of the presidential election.While making deliveries for work at a Long Branch office, Piantanida handed her registration papers to a postal carrier delivering mail to the office, she told the judge. It saved her a trip to a mailbox.“One-stop shopping, how nice,” said Piantanida, 46.But, apparently, the delivery of her voter registration paperwork got delayed in the mail.“I’m going to allow you to vote,” Sheedy told Piantanida, who lives in Tinton Falls. “I do find your testimony credible.”Outside of the courtroom, Piantanida said she grew up in rights-repressed Hungary. She came to the United States in the early 1990s and finally became an American citizen in April, the month before her husband died.When asked how she felt about being able to vote, Piantanida said, “Excited, I guess. A lot of mixed emotions. I feel like I’m voting for my husband and myself.”Voters have two ways to deal with being turned away from a voting machine at the polls. They can request a provisional, or paper, ballot or go in front of one of the Superior Court judges specially assigned to Election Day, when the courthouse in downtown Freehold is closed.The judges set up in the Special Services Complex where space is available, perhaps in a conference room or, as was the case in recent years, in a closet.Judge Sheedy came on duty at 1 p.m. and got a case about 15 minutes later, before she put her judicial robe on.“Just give me one second to get dressed,” she said, before starting the proceeding.While it is un-courtroom-like, it is a very official court. There is a judge in a robe, court staff, and a Sheriff’s officer providing security; the case is recorded, members of the state Attorney General’s office represent the county election offices, with lawyers from the Democrat and Republican parties monitoring – and sometimes commenting on – the cases. Also, all the pertinent election files are nearby in the three election offices:  Board of Elections, Clerk of Elections, and Superintendent of Elections/Commissioner of Registration.Some of the cases are borderline ridiculous – a person admittedly not registered to vote who wants to now vote at the last minute. But some cases are emotionally charged, according to election officials, like a man seeking a walk-in ballot for his wife, who was dying of cancer and likely voting for the last time.Jon Farber, 39, of Middletown and his wife, Melissa had registered to vote at the state Motor Vehicle Commission, when he had made an address change on his driver’s license, he said.“When sample ballots came out, my wife got hers, I didn’t get mine,” Farber told Judge Angela White Dalton. Deputy Attorney General Rebecca Karol did not object to his request. The judge ruled in in Farber’s favor.“I’m satisfied you made an effort and it was just an oversight,” Dalton said in her ruling. “I will grant you the ability to vote today.”Farber, speaking outside the courtroom after the ruling, called his court appearance a “pretty painless” process.Dalton also granted Sandra Wiley of Tinton Falls the right to vote. Wiley moved from Jackson in Ocean County to Tinton Falls in April and sent in her voter registration materials, but was not in the voting records, according to testimony.“Welcome to Monmouth County,” Dalton said in granting Wiley the right to vote.Wiley declined comment afterward.In a case before Judge Dennis R. O’Brien, Board of Elections Commissioner Allan Roth sought permission to accept a walk-in ballot from a man – not identified publicly in court – who was in the hospital. The issue was the man had reversed his voting envelopes, placing the outside one inside and the inside one outside.Sherry Ramsey, a Democrat Party lawyer, was the courier of the man’s ballot.“We stepped back so he could have his privacy to vote,” testified Ramsey, explaining how the mistake was not discovered until the envelopes were sealed.O’Brien approved the vote, saying the chain of custody over the transporting of the vote was maintained.But O’Brien denied Yuk Wong, 44, of Hazlet from voting.Wong testified she had filled out a voter registration form and given it to an acquaintance. Then, she said, she went to vote and her name was not in the books at the poll.“I want to vote,” said Wong, a Hong Kong immigrant who became an American citizen in 2014. “I truly believe I’m already registered. Today, I went to the voting booths. My name was not there.”“You’re not registered,” O’Brien told Wong. “It’s not that we don’t want you to vote.”last_img read more

Lost the Jon Gruden vibe? Former Raiders great Howie Long hasn’t

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — Howie Long admits he expected good things following Jon Gruden’s inaugural press conference on Jan. 6 after being hired for the second time as head coach of the Raiders.Long sat down with Gruden for an interview which will air on the Fox pregame show before the Raiders’ game against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium Thursday night. Unlike the preponderance of general public, which sees Gruden’s return as a …last_img read more

A’s could start making deals as MLB winter meetings loom

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again when fans get restless about their team’s lack of player movement, but things may starting to heat up for the A’s.Without a starting pitcher from last season’s primary rotation currently under contract, it’s no secret adding starters is the A’s main area of focus. Patrick Corbin and Nate Eovaldi, two of the top names in this offseason’s free agent class, already signed big deals earlier in the week. The A’s were never serious suitors for either of the two, but …last_img read more

South Africa names builders of Kathu Solar Park

first_img10 April 2015Kathu solar thermal plant, the latest solar plant to be constructed in sunny Northern Cape, will be built by engineering and construction group Sener and the infrastructure, renewable energy and services corporation Acciona.Together the two international companies form the consortium chosen to develop the Kathu turnkey project. The complex is led by GDF Suez, with South African partners comprising Sishen Iron Ore Company Community Development Trust, Investec Bank, Lereko Metier and Public Investment Corporation.It has been selected by the South African Department of Energy to form part of the country’s renewable energy development programme (REIPPP), with a forecast investment of more than €500-million (R6.4-billion).Kathu Solar Park, along with Redstone Solar Thermal Power, which will both build 100MW capacity, were the preferred bidders in the third round of the government’s REIPPPP, the department said.Concentrated solar thermal power is able to store solar power generated during daylight hours.Storage capacityKathu is a 100MW plant with parabolic troughs – specifically, the SenerTrough-2 system, designed and patented by Sener, and a thermal energy storage capacity of 4.5 hours, thanks to the use of molten salts. Located in the town of Kathu, near Upington, in Northern Cape Province, the plant will begin operations in 2018 and will be able to supply electricity to 80 000 homes.Because of the nature of the contract, Sener and Acciona will carry out the engineering, construction and commissioning of the entire facility. The building consortium will also use local suppliers, as the project is fully committed to contributing to the local community.It is the companies’ second solar thermal project in South Africa, the first being the Bokpoort plant in Upington, in which they also form part of the building consortium. It will be operational later this year. It is also a turnkey project that uses SenerTrough technology and a molten salt storage system.Kathu is near KaXu Solar One, the first solar thermal electricity plant in South Africa, which was formally opened by Ebrahim Patel, the economic development minister, on 2 March. KaXu, which means “open skies” in the loca Nama language, is outside Pofadder.Total investment in KaXu, the largest parabolic trough project in the southern hemisphere, was $891-million (R10.7-billion).International experienceThe international partners bring with them a wealth of experience. Sener has been involved in 29 solar plants, most of them turnkey projects, in Spain, the USA, South Africa, and Morocco. Together these represent an installed capacity of more than 2 000MW and carbon dioxide savings of more than one million tons annually.Some of its projects are technological milestones, such as Gemasolar and Valle 1 and Valle 2, in Spain, and the Noor complex in Morocco, where Sener also forms parts of the building consortium for Noor 1 and for the second phase (Noor 2 and Noor 3).Acciona is one of the world’s biggest renewable energy operators, and owns an installed capacity of 8 500MW. It is a turnkey provider of electricity generating facilities using wind, solar and photovoltaic technology. In solar thermal energy, it operates 315MW in the USA and Spain, and has built more than 12 plants. It is currently working on projects such as Noor 1 in Morocco and Bokpoort in South Africa.It has had a presence in South Africa since September 2012 through its energy and infrastructures divisions, working on three renewable energy projects:Sishen Solar Photovoltaic Plant: Acciona owns and operates the plant, which has the largest output of any plant of its type in Africa (214 gigawatt hours per year). The project is a joint venture with Aveng, Soul City and Dibeng Community Trust. It became operational in December 2014.Gouda Wind Farm: Acciona Energy, in partnership with Aveng, Soul City and Local Community Trust, is building the Gouda wind farm (138MW), its first wind farm in South Africa.Bokpoort Thermosolar Power Plant: Awarded to Acciona and its partners in June 2012, construction is expected to finish this year. The 50MW facility will use parabolic troughs and will have a molten salt energy storage system.Sener is a private engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao, Spain, in 1956. It was the first Spanish engineering company. Acciona is one of Spain’s largest corporations, operating in the fields of infrastructure, energy, water, and services in more than 30 countries.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgSouth Asian Games end with a colourful closing ceremony By Philem Dipak Singh Guwahati, Feb 16 (PTI) Northeast Indias diverse and colourful culture were in full display as the curtains were brought down on the 12th South Asian Games amid magnificent fireworks that lit the night sky over the capital city today. Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal declared the Games closed at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium here to mark the formal end to the 12-day biggest multi-sporting spectacle of the eight SAARC countries, jointly co-hosted by Guwahati and Shillong. “I declare the 12th South Asian Games closed,” Sonowal said in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Meghalaya Sports Minister Zenith M Sangma and Indian Olympic Association top bosses to bring a sombre end to the Games competed among more than 2500 athletes from eight countries. The Games flame at the cauldron was extinguished as the Guwahati night sky was lit with fireworks. The flag of the South Asian Olympic Council was lowered and handed over to the officials of next host country — Nepal. Sonowal handed the flag to the President of the South Asian Olympic Council N Ramachandran, who in turn handed it to 13th SAG Organising Committee Chairman and Nepal Olympic Committee chief Jeevan Ram Shreshtha in the presence of Nepal Sports Minister Satyanarayan Mandal. India, hosting the Games for the third time after Calcutta (1987) and Madras (1995), overwhelmingly dominated the 12th edition by grabbing an unprecedented 308 medals (188 gold, 90 silver, 30 bronze) and stamped their superiority as an unrivalled region sporting power. Sri Lanka were a distant second with 25 gold, 63 silver and 98 bronze while Pakistan ended at third with 12 gold, 37 silver and 57 bronze. India, in fact, bagged more than three-fourth of the total 239 gold on offer in 23 disciplines. The Games, which were inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 5 during a spectacular opening ceremony, had been quite a success on the sporting front though there were organisational issues, including provision of media facilities. The evening today began with performances by eight live bands from across the North Eastern states before the official closing ceremony started. PTI PDS CM AHadvertisementlast_img read more

a month agoVitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovich

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Vitesse coach Slutsky: Today’s footballers should be grateful to Abramovichby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVitesse Arnhem coach Leonid Slutsky says today’s footballers across Europe should be grateful to Roman Abramovich.Slutsky, who is close to the Russian billionaire, argues football’s wage explosion would not have happened without Abramovich buying Chelsea.He stated: “Abramovich is a revolutionary in world football.”All the young players of our time should say thanks to Roman Abramovich, who, by joining football, raised the salary level several times. “Now you will not surprise anyone with huge salaries, but Abramovich started everything.”Abramovich has owned Chelsea since the summer of 2003. last_img read more

Video: FSU RB’s Working Out With Wet Footballs To Prepare For Potential Downpour Saturday

first_imgFSU players and coaches at practice.FSU FootballsFlorida State travels to Wake Forest this Saturday, and the game could be affected by the path of Hurricane Joaquin. At the very least, heavy rain could fall during the contest, and the Seminoles are preparing for the inclement conditions. Here’s a video courtesy of FSU beat writer Safid Deen showing the Seminole running backs working with wet footballs in anticipation of a downpour on Saturday. The balls get a quick dunk in a bucket of water before being used in the drill.FSU’s running backs working with wet footballs in preparation for Saturday’s game at Wake Forest. #Noles— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) October 1, 2015Can’t leave any stone unturned when getting ready to play.last_img read more