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Bingawan best solid waste implementer

first_img* To recognize LGUs efforts and hardwork on ecological solid waste management and greening programs in the provinceof Iloilo Previously known as the Clean and Greencontest, Gawad KKK spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and NaturalResources Office (PENRO) aims to evaluate and assess the implementation of thesolid waste management program by the LGUs. The towns were adjudged based on theirenvironmental organization, education, engineering, enforcement, economicsustainability, pollution control program, health and sanitation, and urbanspace greening program. Mitzi Peñaflorida, PENRO seniorenvironmental management specialist, said Bingawan town has gained the highestscore with its establishment of a final disposal facility. * To assess the effectiveness andsustainability of solid waste management and greening program in the province Bingawan led by town mayor MarkPalabrica received a trophy and a cash prize of P300,000 for the said award. According to Peñaflorida, PENRO’s four objectivesfor the conduct of the search are the following: * To establish and increase behavioralchange among communities toward environment protection and conservation./PN Mayor Mark Palabrica (4th from left) of Bingawan, Iloilo receives the cash prize and trophy as champion of the 2019 Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award for outstanding ecological and sustainable waste management system at the Iloilo provincial capitol on Dec. 5. BINGAWAN LGU The town of Mina was declared as thesecond-place winner while New Lucena got the third spot. ILOILO – For its successful andsatisfactory performance in the implementation of solid wastemanagement program, the municipality of Bingawan emerged as winner amongthe 29 participating local government units (LGUs) in the search for the 2019Gawad Kalinisan, Kalusugan, at Kasaganaan Award (Gawad KKK) for outstanding LGUfor E+3S. * To increase community awareness andencourage other stakeholders to become more actively involved on environmentalissues and concerns; and Evaluators for the contest consisted ofrepresentatives from the PENRO, the Department of Environment and NaturalResources- Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Education, Departmentof the Interior and Local Government, and other non-government agencies.last_img read more

Gerald Nocks, 69

first_imgGerald (Beaver) Nocks, 69, of New Alsace, Indiana passed Saturday, Aug.20.  He leaves his beloved wife of 16 years, Kay, his children Tom and Tim Nocks of New Alsace and  Lisa Nocks of Bridgeport, Texas.  There are 3 grandchildren: Taylor, Makenna, and Casey.  He leaves his brother Dick (Kathy) Nocks of Harrison, Ohio.  He also leaves his in-laws: Mary Booker (Wes) of Lawrenceburg, Richard (Kathy) Klump of New Alsace, Cindy (Bob)  Hilty of New Alsace, Thomas (Kathy) Klump of New Alsace,  parents-in-law John and Hilda Klump of New Alsace and Debbie Klump of Logan.  He also leaves several nieces and nephews.Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lucille and Thomas A. Nocks and his brother-in-law John M. Klump.Visitation is Wednesday, August 24 from 5-8 with rosary at 4:45 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 St. Paul Catholic Church, New Alsace, Indiana.  Burial will be in church cemetery.Memorials: Education Fund for Tom and Tim Nockslast_img read more

Palm Beach Election Officials Release Voting Hours, Locations

first_imgElection season is upon us, and if you’re planning to vote in person, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office has released the details. Early voting for this year’s primary elections begins on Aug. 3 and ends on Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Election Day is Aug. 18. Polls will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Below is a list of early voting hours and locations throughout Palm Beach County.last_img

Field hockey Bees upset top-seeded F-M in sectional semifinal

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillefield hockey That was one advantage B’ville enjoyed. Another was that it had played a first-round sectional game on Oct. 23, defeating Auburn 5-1, while F-M, with its 12-1-1 record and top seed, was off for nearly two weeks.In that Auburn game, Julia Schultz took over, converting in the first half to help counteract a goal by Auburn’s Lauren Lowe, assisted by Ellie Dann, that kept things tight as B’ville went to the break with a 2-1 edge.But in the first 20 minutes of the second half, the Bees got away, watching as Schultz ran her total to four goals for the first time in her varsity career, twice set up by Emma Brushingham, who had the other goals as Paige Morrissey also earned an assist. Now the Bees faced F-M. Aside from playing on its home field and not having rust, both regular-season games between these sides were close, the Hornets prevailing by 1-0 and 2-1 margins, so B’ville knew that it could compete.The Bees were able to have a fair amount of scoring chances during the first half as F-M struggled to get on track. One of those paid off when, just past the midway point of the half, a penalty corner saw Leah Tuch pass it to Brushingham, and the senior backhanded a shot past Hornets goalie Claire Grenis.That one-goal margin held until halftime, but once intermission was over F-M began an all-out attack to try and get even.Pinned in its own end, the Bees had to surrender 11 penalty corners. It took every bit of effort from defenders Mackenzie Dickman, Julia Guidone and Maren Roy, plus midifelders Tuch, Bailey Nicholson and Kendall Carni, to fend off the Hornets.When it was needed, goalie Sarah Smiley was strong, too, officially credited with four saves, but also steering other shots just wide of the target, all the way to the final horn.Having celebrated its biggest win of the season, B’ville then watched the other semifinal as defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse was ousted by Rome Free Academy in an epic battle that went through regulation and two overtimes before the Black Knights prevailed in a shootout.So it’s on to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Sheveron Field for Sunday’s sectional final, B’ville now facing an RFA side it handled 4-1 back on Sept. 11, little imagining the ups and downs it would go through before it meets the Black Knights again.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img All along, the Baldwinsville field hockey team insisted that its record, which included nine regular-season defeats, did not reflect its overall quality, and that it could put things together once the season was on the line.What happened in the Section III Class A playoffs backed up that confidence as the Bees rose from a no. 4 seed to upend top seed Fayetteville-Manlius 1-0 win in Monday’s semifinal round.Despite the Hornets’ lofty position, B’ville was fortunate that this game was played on familiar home turf at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.last_img read more

Matt Barkley for Heisman?

first_imgFresh off a 423-yard, six-touchdown performance in a blowout victory against UCLA, it’s hard to argue that junior quarterback Matt Barkley isn’t worthy of some Heisman consideration.But in this year’s talented pool of Heisman contenders, even with Barkley’s impressive numbers — his 39 touchdown passes mark a single-season Pac-12 record — it’s unlikely he’ll win the award or be chosen as one of the four finalists sent to New York City on Dec. 10.Fair or not, USC’s postseason ban has a negative effect on Barkley’s Heisman chances. Though Angelenos won’t soon forget the Trojans’ 50-0 rout over the Bruins, Heisman voters in different regions of the country are already turning their attention to conference championships and bowl game matchups. So with every touchdown pass from Houston’s Case Keenum or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III this coming weekend, Barkley’s career-best statistics will slowly fade into the back of the minds of college football lovers.Heisman ballots are due Dec. 5, the day after the BCS announces participants in the national championship game, the Rose Bowl and more. It’s a symptom of the fickle nature of college football — with so much emphasis on each week’s slate of games, falling behind in the slightest can leave a worthy Heisman nominee such as Barkley on the outside looking in.But even in a hypothetical scenario in which Heisman voters would be able to holistically evaluate a player’s body of work, Barkley comes up short compared to some of the other candidates. For each of his brilliant efforts against Colorado, Oregon and UCLA, there’s another less-than-stellar game for pundits to nitpick. Barkley threw two interceptions and just one touchdown in a blowout loss to Arizona State earlier this season, and accounted for less than 200 yards passing in games against California and Washington. It’s easy to point to USC’s victories in those latter Pac-12 battles, but Barkley wasn’t a driving force behind either win — it was USC’s defense.Perhaps most of all, the Trojans’ triple-overtime loss at home against Stanford likely keeps Barkley beneath Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck in the voting process, despite that USC’s signal caller has more total passing yards and touchdowns than his Pac-12 rival. As for the other candidates expected to beat out Barkley, Griffin III, Keenum and Alabama running back Trent Richardson all have a more complete résumés than USC’s field general. Griffin has managed to throw for more than 400 yards in games against No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 3 Oklahoma State. He has 3,678 passing yards and more than 600 rushing yards, propelling a fairly small football program into the top-25.Richardson finished the season with more than 1,500 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns, eclipsing 100 yards rushing nine times and had four games where he accounted for at least three scores. And Houston’s Keenum has his Cougars at a perfect 12-0, while leading the nation in passing yards (4,726) and passing touchdowns (43). Even more impressively, he’s only been picked off three times.If Barkley returns for his senior season, he’ll have the chance to lead the Trojans to a BCS title and possibly win the Heisman Trophy too. For now, however, it looks as if Barkley is rightfully on track to finish somewhere around fifth when the final votes are tallied this time around.last_img read more

As Syracuse deals with injuries, Jessica Skladal’s role grows

first_imgIn the bottom of the seventh inning against Duke on Saturday, with Gianna Carideo on first and no one out, Jessica Skladal wasted a chance to jolt a comeback.Instead, Skladal’s slap-hitting style failed her. She couldn’t move the tying run into scoring position for the top of the lineup and struck out swinging on five pitches. Syracuse’s rally never sparked and it lost, 3-2, in game two of the doubleheader. During the weekend’s three-game series against Duke, Skladal went 1-for-9 with four strikeouts to drop her batting average to .218, the worst mark of SU hitters with more than 50 at-bats. Meanwhile, several injuries have thinned Syracuse’s outfield depth and have expanded Skladal’s role. Despite her slump at the plate, Skladal’s speed makes her reliable as a rotational outfielder for Syracuse (18-23, 7-8 Atlantic Coast).“So often,” senior right fielder Bryce Holmgren said, “freshmen get in their own heads or get in their own way, and I just remind (Skladal) that this is the same game that she’s played her whole life. It might be on a bigger stage, but the game hasn’t changed.”As a slap-hitter, Skladal tries to make up for her lack of power with her speed. She swings and leaves the batter’s box simultaneously to beat out soft hits in the infield. Eight of her 12 hits on the season have been infield singles or bunts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorBut through February and March, the outfielder went 10 games without a hit. She later bounced back, though, with a three-game hitting streak and a 3-for-4 performance on April 6 in a 5-2 win over North Carolina State.Last Friday against Duke, Skladal barreled an outside fastball and whacked it over the shortstop’s outstretched glove. The knock established a two-game hitting streak, which ended the next day. Following Sunday’s 3-2 loss to Duke, some teammates frustratedly mimicked Skladal’s slap-hitting approach in a 20-minute team meeting in left field.“Not letting failure get to you,” Skaladal said of the biggest challenge she’s faced this year. “You still know you’re good, but you just have to accept that you’re not always going to be 100% on. You just have to work through that.” Despite her struggles at the plate, Syracuse needs Skladal now more than ever. An early-season leg injury to Neli Casares-Maher moved starting centerfielder Alicia Hansen to shortstop. Martin shifted from left to center, which displaced Lailoni Mayfield from third base to left. But an undisclosed injury to third baseman Hannah Dossett forced Mayfield back to third. Then, last Friday, Martin exited with an apparent hand injury, moving Skladal from left to center for the final two games against the Blue Devils.The flux in the outfield has demanded an extra focus on chemistry, Holmgren said. With every new outfield trio, each fielder has to learn how much ground their teammates can cover and when to call someone off a fly ball. Skladal is quieter and less experienced than Hansen and Martin, but she’s just as speedy, Holmgren said. A lack of continuity in the outfield can lead to more mistakes, raising the importance of communication. Developing chemistry and comfortability between the outfielders is the next step to patching together a sustainable outfield. “I think I just need to be a little louder in the next few games,” Skladal said after a recent practice.Skladal hasn’t made an error all season. Skladal played centerfield in travel ball and in high school, she said, so the position is familiar to her. In her most-recent game against Colgate, Skladal went 1-for-3 with two putouts in left field. She demonstrated her versatility, but also left two runners on base in her at-bats. “Yes, I’ve had ups and downs, but I feel like I’ve gotten better as the season has gone.”— Asst. Copy Editor Anthony Dabbundo contributed reporting to this story. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmermanlast_img read more

#Donkomi: Southampton close to completing deal for Valladolid’s Salisu

first_imgPremier League side Southampton FC are close to completing a deal for Valladolid centre back Mohammed Salisu pending a work permit.French Ligue 1 side Rennes are also keen on adding Salisu to their ranks but have been told by representatives of the player that he prefers a move to England.Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been interested in bringing in the 6’3 defender to Saint Mary’s since the January transfer window with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Evan Ndicka also being considered as an option.The 21 year old has enjoyed a breakout season with the La Liga side and has made 31 appearances while scoring once.last_img read more

Afriyie Acquah: Streets of Ghana to the World Cup

first_imgBBC Sport Of all the potential journeys to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, Afriyie Acquah’s is arguably the most unlikely: a footballing odyssey that stretches from the streets of West Africa to Italy’s Serie A via Glentoran’s dilapidated Oval Stadium in East Belfast.Taken in as a boy by an academy project that the Northern Irish club had set up in Ghana, then ‘adopted’ by a Belfast family who treated him as one of their own, the 22-year-old is currently excelling in a new temporary home at Italian Serie A side Parma, where he is on loan from German club Hoffenheim.On Wednesday he faces league leaders Juventus as an emerging force, drawing comparisons with compatriot Michael Essien, who in turn has tipped Acquah to play a key role in Ghana’s World Cup campaign.It is a far cry from 10 years ago, when at “12 or 13″ and without a permanent home, his path to sporting salvation began at the Glentoran Academy in the southern Ghanaian city of Sunyani .Michael Essien on Acquah”He is a player with great talent and has his head firmly on his shoulders. If he can maintain his desire to work hard and keep developing, he could become one of the future pillars of the Ghana team. I believe that already in Brazil he will be able to play an important role in helping us get as far as possible in the tournament.” “Acquah was not the talking type,” remembers Christopher Antoh Forsythe, the academy’s founder. “He was always quiet and respectful and didn’t want to do anything apart from his football. He was born with football in him.”Forsythe, who grew up in poverty in Ghana before being adopted by a Belfast school teacher, established the academy in 2001 to help underprivileged children in the Sunyani area “so they can use football to better their lives”. There was only one club he wanted to associate the project with.As a regular at Glentoran, the semi-professional club that launched the careers of Northern Irish legends such as Danny Blanchflower, Billy Bingham and Jimmy McIlroy, Forsythe obtained the club’s blessing to use their name for the academy.He approached the Glentoran Community Trust, newly founded by supporters, for funding to provide accommodation – “a ramshackle building with the most basic of facilities” – and football training for homeless children, with fans sponsoring individual kids and the club’s teams sending over spare kit.”We even went to the local transport company in Belfast and asked if they’d provide us with a bus for the kids so they could travel to play other teams,” explains Sam Robinson of the Trust. “Remarkably, they gave us one that had just passed its mileage date, so we repainted it in the Glentoran colours of red, green and black and shipped it out to [Ghanaian capital] Accra.” As part of the scheme, supporters arranged a two-week trip to Belfast for the youngster who showed the most promise at the academy.”That was when we first met Acquah,” remembers Robinson. “He seemed to be the shining star. It was November 2007 and he was a very timid, quiet 15-year-old who arrived at Belfast International Airport and could hardly speak a word of English.”As Acquah settled into life as a guest in the Robinson family home, bonding with Sam’s sons over the PlayStation and a shared love of football, his natural ability was already clear for all to see.”On the first night, we decided to throw him in at the deep end and let him train with the first team. From the outset his touch was sublime. He had the build of a normal 15-year-old but he made really experienced players look average,” says Robinson.”I recollect being on the sidelines and our scout was there and everybody was just looking at each other going ‘Goodness me!’ At the end of the session our chief scout said he was the brightest star he’d ever seen throwing on a Glentoran shirt. The player still treasures those memories.”I remember everything,” Acquah tells BBC Sport. “When I was there I was very happy – it was the first time I had travelled somewhere. It was a big thing for me as a child and it helped me of course that everybody was happy with the way I played. They told me to keep it up and continue what I was doing and that I had a future.”There was one distraction that kept Acquah entertained off the pitch.”At that time in Ghana you couldn’t get ice cream unless your family was rich,” he recalls. “Sam asked me if I liked ice cream and then took me out.””He licked the bowl!” laughs Robinson. “We took him to a local and filled him with Belfast food. He was eating chicken and chips, ice cream, whatever. We maintain that the success he has had is due to his diet in Belfast.” Such was the kinship forged between the Robinson family and Acquah, Sam even looked into adopting him.”Early on we realised what sort of background he’d be going back to. My two youngest sons adored him and begged us to see if he could stay with us permanently. I think we would have done it had it been feasible.”After returning to Sunyani, Acquah continued at the academy before being picked up by local team DC United. While playing for them in a tournament in Italy, he was spotted by Palermo and signed by the Italian club.Frederic Massara was chief scout at Palermo at the time and immediately recognised Acquah’s potential.”He is similar to Michael Essien as a player – a central midfielder with great dynamism and strength and a good touch,” says Massara, who now works at Roma. “From a personality perspective, he is a wonderful kid. He’s committed and extremely professional. At Palermo he used to stay behind at the end of training to do extra work on his technique.”Acquah’s diligence paid off when he was called up to the Ghana squad in 2012, making his debut in a friendly against Chile. Later that year he scored his first goal for the Black Stars in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.”It was an indescribable emotion,” says Acquah. “I was so happy, I couldn’t believe it. They had to tell me [I had actually scored]!”Acquah is now hoping to make the World Cup squad, having established himself as a holding midfielder with Parma – initially on loan from Palermo, and since last year on loan from Hoffenheim.”It has always been my dream to go to the World Cup,” says Acquah. “Right now I am playing well. I’m working hard to prove that I am doing well and get a chance to go.” Acquah will gain encouragement from the glowing endorsement of his childhood hero Essien.”I had the opportunity to get to know Acquah during one of the recent national team training camps,” the former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder, now at AC Milan, told BBC Sport.”He is a player with great talent and has his head firmly on his shoulders. If he can maintain his desire to work hard and keep developing, he could become one of the future pillars of the Ghana team. I believe that already in Brazil he will be able to play an important role in helping us get as far as possible in the tournament.”Ghana find themselves in a daunting World Cup group alongside Germany, Portugal and the USA. But Acquah is relishing the possibility of lining up against the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Cristiano Ronaldo.”Ronaldo is the world’s best right now. I hope that I can play against him – that would be a dream for me,” says Acquah.”The group is tough but certainly we will do our best to go to the next round. If you look at the team we have, you’ll see that it is full of good players.”Regardless of the outcome, if Acquah is selected for the Black Stars a corner of Belfast will be cheering him on from afar.”I can guarantee you the whole of east Belfast will be glued to the TV screens if there’s the slightest chance of Acquah being involved,” says Robinson, who still keeps in regular contact and recently went over to Italy to watch him play for Parma against Chievo.”When I saw him last, he told me that after we had brought him out onto the Glentoran pitch [before one game] and he got a standing ovation, he cried himself to sleep that night out of happiness. Now he’s on the cusp of going to a World Cup. It’s Roy of the Rovers stuff.”last_img read more

Booker says impeachment inquiry entering ‘very dangerous period’

first_imgWEST DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker Tuesday night said President Trump’s actions are veering into “absurdity” — but Booker did not mention impeachment during a campaign event in West Des Moines until a man in the crowd directly asked Booker to “say a few words about the ‘I’ word.”At the end of a nearly five-minute-long answer, Booker said: “I fully support Nancy Pelosi’s decision to start an impeachment inquiry because the public has a right to know.”Booker told the crowd as a U.S. Senator representing New Jersey he took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the Constitution gives congress the responsibility, he said, to provide oversight of the executive branch.“If somebody in that office does something to violate their oath, then congress an obligation to investigate that,” Booker said.Booker later told reporters it’s the second time in three days that someone in Iowa has asked him about impeachment.“I really do believe the biggest issues people are concerned with are health care issues or economic issues or issues relating to mental health care or to climate change,” Booker said.Trump earlier today informed the U.S. House no members of his administration will testify and the executive branch will not comply with any subpoenas for information. Booker said congress can go to court to force the president to comply.“But it’s a very dangerous thing when the president of the United States says he’s not subject to the checks and balances as proscribed by the Constitution,” Booker told reporters,” so we are in a very dangerous period, but I do believe that, ultimately, we will be able to hold him accountable.”Booker is a member of the Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees in the U.S. Senate. Both panels may be directly involved in the investigation surrounding President Trump’s call with Ukraine’s president. Booker earlier in the week made stops in St. Ansgar and Charles City.last_img read more

19th Southwest in Mason City to be closed Wednesday morning

first_imgMASON CITY — A portion of a major road will be closed in Mason City on Wednesday. 19th Southwest will be closed to through traffic between South Pierce and South Benjamin. City officials say the closure is necessary for the repair of a Progressive Rail crossing. Work is expected to be completed on Wednesday and 19th Southwest re-opened to traffic later in the afternoon. A detour will be signed prior to the closure, directing traffic up to 15th Southwest via South Pierce and Benjamin Avenues.last_img read more