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Quicker response to disasters, disease outbreaks pushed

first_imgThe ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office is tasked to immediately preparea Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis to determine the kind of responseto be done. (LHC, Capitol News/PN) * Provincial LegalOffice ILOILO – Theprovincial government must be ready all the time and efficient in responding todisasters and outbreak of diseases, stressed Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. * ProvincialDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Office * ProvincialSocial Welfare and Development Office The ProvincialEngineer’s Office and the General Services Office were told to ready theirmanpower and logistics resources. * ProvincialEngineer’s Office The ProvincialHealth Office should establish close coordination with the rural health unitsand district hospitals in case of an outbreak. * ProvincialAccounting Office Defensor said theprovince should have proactive disaster risk reduction and management measures. “If possible, wecould have a buffer stock ready to be pulled out and delivered duringtyphoons,” Defensor said. “We want aquicker response in terms of relief operations,” he told department heads ofconcerned provincial government offices during a meeting that tackled theupgrading of capitol’s preparation and response during emergencies. For theProvincial Social Welfare and Development Office, the governor instructed thatthey sign again a new memorandum of agreement with the National Food Authorityfor the immediate purchase and delivery of rice supply. * GeneralServices Office * ProvincialHealth Office * ProvincialBudget Office Those inattendance were heads of the following departments: last_img read more

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Budget on track, USG treasurer says

first_imgThe elected members of Undergraduate Student Government, whose positions will be official  on Tuesday, receive stipends paid by the undergraduates of the student body through the $57.50 student programming fee.This year, USG President Monish Tyagi will receive $11,032 and USG Vice President Logan Lachman will receive $8,826 in compensation. The presidential and vice presidential stipends were $10,000 and $8,000 for the 2006-2007 academic year but have been adjusted for cost of living each year.The 12 USG Senators each receive $2,206, USG and Program Board directors receive $4,413 and other USG officials receive comparable stipends. The executive director of Program Board receives the same stipend as the USG vice president.Nearly half of the $1.8-million budget goes to Program Board, which  is overseen by USG and consists of committees and assemblies tasked with creating events for the student population.“The USG-funded events are open to all undergraduates,” said USG Treasurer Elton Kwok. “Anything that USG funds — go ahead and go to those events and student activities. There’s concerts, free shows, discussions and a lot of people don’t take advantage of the fact that their student activity fee goes toward these events.”USG allocates its budget at the end of the academic year by assuming there will be 15,000 undergraduates paying the student programming fee. The treasurer adjusts the allocations once the actual number of undergraduates is determined.This year, about $75,000 of almost $90,000 in originally unallocated funds went to program board assemblies. Even when determining the budget last year, USG increased funding for several Program Board assemblies and committees.The Black Student Assembly added $20,000 to its $45,000 budget, the Asian Pacific American Students Assembly added $13,500 to its $57,000 budget and the Academic Culture Assembly added $7,000 to its $38,000 budget.Several committees also received more funds, as the Special Events Committee budget went from $49,500 to $67,000 and Trojan Pride’s funds grew from $25,000 to $29,500. The Concerts Committee budget increased from $215,000 to $250,000 because its events are some of USG’s “best attended,” Kwok said.Each assembly reports attendance and estimates the cost per attendee for each of the more than 2,000 events held by Program Board assemblies and committees. Trojan Pride estimates a 67-cent cost per head, while the Women’s Student Assembly averaged $60 so far this year, which Kwok said will likely be less by the end of the year.“Most of the assemblies spend about $5 to $10 per head,” Kwok said. “With concerts and performing arts, you’re paying for a name, so it’s [more expensive]. If students go to three or four of those events each semester, they’re getting their money’s worth.”This year, USG has saved some money by renegotiating the cost of legal counseling services, which are available to students on Mondays. USG split that service fee and some administrative costs with the Graduate Student Government because many graduate students use the legal service and USG shares an office with GSG, Kwok said. The negotiations ended in November.USG also saved money by integrating administrative costs with Program Board because the two moved into the same office last year but had not changed the budget to reflect this until this year.President Monish Tyagi said this shows “streamlining” with Program Board.“One of our biggest goals is for everyone to see how it’s all one organization,” Tyagi said. “It’s a great internal step for office needs to start coming through one administrative budget.”Kwok said that USG went through the budget line by line to determine changes before submitting its proposal to the senate, which unanimously approved it last April.“We really looked at how an assembly or committee performed in the past years,” Kwok said. “We made sure that the new initiatives or programming events that attracted more crowds would be continued.”Michael Jackson, vice president for Student Affairs, said undergraduate students manage the funds well.“The budget is sound and focuses spending on the priorities that student leaders and the university think are important,” Jackson said. “We appreciate the diligence of those who developed the budget and the serious way they carried out their work.”Though the programming fee increased $1 last year to account for inflation, adding around $42,000 to the budget, several organizations under USG have seen increases of different proportions based on each organization’s performance.“We looked at the different committees and the line items that are going to benefit the most students possible,” Tyagi said. “We want to make sure we give all those areas an adequate amount of money to fund activities and programs for the students we represent.”last_img read more

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USC searching for the right backfield mix

first_imgFollowing his third-quarter fumble against Arizona State on Saturday, with USC trailing 28-22, senior tailback Marc Tyler acknowledged the significance of the play.Carrying the load · Despite being suspended for the first game of the season, senior running back Marc Tyler leads all USC tailbacks with 303 rushing yards. The Trojans, however, are still trying to find another back to compliment Tyler in the backfield. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanThe Trojans started the drive at the Sun Devils’ 49-yard line. It cost them a potential scoring opportunity. It gave the ball back to Arizona State, which would eventually go on to score two more touchdowns in a 21-point rout.“They didn’t have the energy they had in the first half,” Tyler said. “We had all the momentum, and then [my] fumble turned it around … You can’t win on the road like that.Through three games, Tyler, who missed the team’s season opener Sept. 3 against Minnesota because of a suspension, has rushed for 303 yards and two touchdowns on 61 carries. But his performance, at least as of late, has been overshadowed by his fumble in last week’s loss to Arizona State.“[It] was a momentum killer,” USC offensive coordinator and running backs coach Kenny Polamalu said. “He got careless and got hit from behind.”The fumble, however, doesn’t paint the whole story for Tyler — at least according to Polamalu.“He’s a solid running back,” he said. “He does everything for us. He runs, catches, blocks. He’s very trustworthy.”Despite the turnover, Tyler has nestled into his role as the team’s starting tailback, although he missed most of training camp. Averaging five yards a carry, he is on pace to become just the program’s second 1,000-yard rusher since 2005.But in large part, instability has seemingly defined the Trojans’ backfield this season, as five different tailbacks have carried the ball, but only Tyler has done so more than 30 times.Redshirt freshman D.J. Morgan, who started the team’s opener, has logged just nine carries since Tyler returned to the lineup Sept. 10 against Utah. And since fumbling against the Utes, Morgan has carried the ball just once — a fumbled carry that went for minus-two yards the following week against Syracuse.“It’s maturity,” Polamalu said, when asked about Morgan’s drop in playing time. “He was the star in high school and we told him here you can’t be casual. Here, you do your job and do it right and you’ll get an opportunity.”With Morgan seemingly relegated to the bench, Polamalu and USC coach Lane Kiffin, remain in search of a No. 2 tailback to pair with Tyler.Against Arizona State, freshman Amir Carlisle, who starred for much of training camp, was the first off the bench to spell Tyler, but in the second quarter, the Sunnyville, Calif., native re-injured a high-ankle sprain sustained last month, leaving USC with even fewer options in its backfield.“I thought he looked good and gave us a spark there with a little bit of speed,” Kiffin said of Carlisle, who rushed for 14 yards on two carries. “He had a great week of practice. I actually thought Amir was going to have a real big game.”As of right now, Carlisle’s status remains unknown for Saturday.Junior tailback Curtis McNeal is currently listed as the team’s backup, along with Morgan and sophomore Dillon Baxter, and could slide into the team’s No. 2 role after logging the second-most carries against Arizona State.“[McNeal’s] right next to Marc,” Polamalu said. “He’s very trustworthy. Curtis is a complete player in terms of knowing our system and structure. Marc and Curtis do things really well for us.”But because of his similarities to Tyler, McNeal, despite his smaller 5-foot-7 frame, is more of a blocking back and often prefers to run between the tackles, so it could be harder for him to crack that role.“As long as Marc is healthy, it’ll be hard for Curtis to see more time,” Polamalu said. “The other guys [Morgan and Baxter] are more role guys.”But despite being categorized as a role player, Baxter hasn’t had much of a role this season. Through four games, the once five-star recruit has touched the ball just 11 times for 31 yards on the ground and one yard through the air.“We’ve gotten to a point where the ball is spread to Robert Woods and the tight ends so that running back role has a diminished role where it’s protecting and running the ball,” Polamalu said of Baxter, who has been used as dual-threat tailback in the past.Though the Trojans have relied more on the passing game with 150 pass attempts compared to just 128 on the ground, Polamalu feels pleased with the young group’s efforts moving forward.“We’re still working to get better,” he said. “We’re not there yet but I like their attitudes about putting the work in and doing things right.”last_img read more

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Harrogate Golf Club commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf

first_img Harrogate Golf Club in Yorkshire has become the latest English club to sign up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.The club already has 85 women and girl members and it has committed to increasing that membership level by at least five per cent over the next three years.They aim to provide a welcoming environment to encourage more women and girls to enjoy the sport and to participate at every level.“Harrogate Golf Club has been at the forefront in golf since its inception in 1892 and is a founder member of The Yorkshire Union of Golf Club,” said club President, Alastair Davidson. “More recently, it was the first club in Yorkshire to gain Golf Mark accreditation, so it is no surprise the club is rising to the challenge of encouraging female participation in all levels of golf.“Over the last couple of years, we have introduced nine-hole Stableford competitions which are open to all genders and we have reviewed our competition structure so that seven-day lady members can play in the monthly medal competitions on Saturdays.“We have a thriving Mixed Section and run competitions such as Texas Scrambles where members from all sections (Men, Ladies and Juniors) play together in the same team. As part of our drive to be more inclusive we have also introduced a shorter 18-hole course called the Belmont which will soon be available for qualifying competitions.”Harrogate has named its immediate past captains, Maggie Gobbi and William Watson, as its Women in Golf Champions and both have already been working with the current Captains and Captains Elect to formulise the club’s commitment to the Women in Golf Charter moving forwards.Maggie, who has been a member at Harrogate for 12 years and has a handicap of 22, is working with the club’s professionals to promote a series of trial packages for beginner ladies and, with the support of the Ladies Section, is arranging social and practice sessions for the participants. 22-handicapper, William, a club member for 34 years, is helping the Junior Co-ordinator with efforts to build up the Junior Section.“It’s been fantastic to work with Harrogate on the Women in Golf Charter and to see how they have addressed a variety of aspects within the club from their initial recruitment campaigns through to the female representation on boards. We are looking forward to working with them over the coming year to ensure their commitments are a success,” said England Golf’s Women and Girls Manager, Lauren Spray.The Women in Golf Charter was launched last year to encourage more women and girls to play the game and to increase the number of job opportunities for women within the sport. England Golf was one of the first signatories to the Charter and subsequently more than 100 organisations have committed to it.For more information on the Women in Golf Charter please click here or get in touch with your England Golf Club Support Officer.Picture Caption (L to R) – Club President Alastair Davidson and its Women in Golf Champions Maggie Gobbi and William Watson. 16 Jul 2019 Harrogate Golf Club commitment to a more inclusive culture within golf Tags: The R&A, women and girls, Women in Golf Charterlast_img read more

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Report: Darius Bazley signs $1M internship with New Balance

first_imgSneaker [email protected] BRIGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Former Syracuse recruit Darius Bazley, who opted to forgo college to work toward the 2019 NBA draft, has landed a job as an intern for New Balance. New Balance hasn’t marketed basketball shoes since the 1990s. Bazley, who decided not play in the development league, is the first athlete signed to promote the company’s re-entry into the basketball shoe market.Bazley was ranked No. 18 among national recruits for the 2018 class by Rivals.Bazley at first said when he decided to leave Syracuse that he was planning to play in the NBA’s development league, but he eventually decided against it. The NBA G League held its draft on Saturday.Paul told the Times the deal with New Balance was too good to ignore, even though his client will be giving up valuable court experience for an office job prior to the NBA draft next June.“This is my risk,” Bazley told the Times. “I’m going to go ahead and do it this way, and I’m still going to succeed, even when others say I won’t.“This will also be fun. It’s not like I’m going to be doing something I don’t want to do.”The slender Bazley, who was listed at 195 pounds in high school, also is working on his strength and skills.Paul tells the Times the internship will give Bazley a taste of “a business that actually aligns with his interests.”___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 51 Twitter Ads info and privacy New Balance signs high school prospect Darius Bazley to lucrative shoe contract. Will forego college ball and G-League (via: @TheSteinLine) https://snkrne.ws/2q6SQ0j 3:19 PM – Oct 22, 2018 The New York Times reports the 18-year-old Bazley signed in May with agent Rich Paul, who arranged for the 6-foot-9 forward from Cincinnati to work for the athletic equipment company for the first three months of 2019.Paul, who also has LeBron James, John Wall and Ben Simmons among his NBA clients, told the newspaper the internship is part of a multiyear shoe contract that will pay Bazley at least $1 million and up to $14 million if Bazley reaches performance incentives written into the contract.“They hooked me up,” Bazley told the paper. View image on Twitter 23 people are talking about thislast_img read more

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