Defensor: June 16 tentative date of Iloilo Airport reopening

first_imgIn a recent interview, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Iloilo terminal supervisor Art Parreño said he was unsure when would commercial flights resume at the Iloilo Airport. Thus, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr., the tentative date of resumption of commercial flights at the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan is June 16. ILOILO – The modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) ends on June 15 unless extended. Commercial flights to and from Iloilo were suspended in March this year when the community quarantine was enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “As of now, we don’t expect any tourists,” said Defensor, pointing out the prevailing threat of the corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The resumption rests on the provincial government’s decision. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases gave local government units (LGU) the discretion to decide when to reopen airports in their turfs. Thus, should commercial flights resume, Defensor said, they should prioritize returning Ilonggo overseas workers and locally stranded individuals. The NOTAM would have ended on June 10. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Iloilo Airport served around 25 arrival and departure flights daily, said Parreño. CAAP extended to June 15 the NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) reiterating the closure of the airport in line with Defensor Jr.’s Executive Order No. 128 restricting travel – including air travel – in the province until that day – the last day of the MGCQ. Classified as an international airport, the Iloilo Airport is the first airport in both Western Visayas and the island of Panay to be built to international standards. It is also considered to be the primary gateway into the region./PNlast_img read more

Police Blotter 07-19-2020

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UW offense comes up short

first_imgUW senior forward John Mitchell and the Badgers failed to create much offense in the title game.[/media-credit]DETROIT — After putting up the most goals by a team in a Frozen Four game since 1994 Thursday night, scoring didn’t look like it would be a problem for Wisconsin in the title game.Whoops.The Badgers forgot their offense against a Boston College Eagles team that executed a terrific defensive game plan en route to a 5-0 thwomping — only the fourth shutout in national title game history.UW had seven different players score in the 8-1 win over RIT in the semifinal, the most offense by a team since Lake Superior State won 9-1 in the 1994 title game. The Wisconsin offense was dangerous and effective, sending skaters to crash the net while putting shots on goal from the wing and point.But BC knew UW likes to shoot the puck. And in the title game, seemingly every time a Badger took a shot, it went off an Eagle’s leg, stick or skate.“They did a tremendous job of getting in our shooting lanes,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “We couldn’t get pucks to the net, they blocked a ton of shots. I thought that was one thing they did really well.”Against RIT, senior John Mitchell was able to put away a rebound to put Wisconsin up 1:27 into the game. Derek Stepan got the second goal with a redirection of a Ryan McDonagh shot. Tigers goaltender Jared DeMichiel wasn’t able to get a lot of open looks at shots, resulting in the six goals he allowed.The rebounds and screens that were so effective Thursday night didn’t happen Saturday for one main reason: the puck rarely got that close to BC goaltender John Muse. Muse certainly was solid for the Eagles, making some stops on the few good chances the Badgers had. But he was never really tested, as the Badgers put up just 20 shots on goal — UW averaged 37.9 shots on goal per game entering Saturday.“I think we needed to get more rubber at [Muse],” Eaves said. “It would have made his job more difficult.”The aggressiveness BC showed in its defensive zone — something Wisconsin usually excels at as well — turned out to be the difference in the game. In addition to blocking shots, the Eagles forced the Badgers to keep the puck outside.The disappearing act on offense was a surprise — UW averaged 4.07 goals per game entering Saturday, good for second in the nation. The Badgers had been shutout just twice previously in the season, once at Minnesota-Duluth and again in the WCHA Final Five against St. Cloud State. In most games where Wisconsin struggled to score, they were at least able to get pucks on the net. Saturday was a rare and surprising exception, considering the Badgers’ strict adherence to the “shoot the puck” mantra.Most of UW’s possessions on offense Saturday involved cycling the puck along the end boards, getting it back to the point and then turning the puck over, allowing BC’s speedy forwards to go on the attack in transition.“I think their defense did a good job of blocking shots and collapsing down low and pressuring us pretty hard, getting the turnovers high in the zone,” UW Hobey Baker Award winner Blake Geoffrion said. “They were able to transition off of that and get good goal chances.”“I think a little bit of it is we were trying to score,” UW assistant coach Mark Osiecki said. “We’re trying to go on the offense, obviously we couldn’t get a lot of offense going, so our guys are cheating and trying to generate something positive on the offense side.”Twice, Boston College forward Cam Atkinson was able to score after racing down the left side in transition. While the UW defensemen — great skaters themselves — did a solid job most of the night in containing BC’s speed, the lack of execution on offense doomed the Badgers.The score was just 1-0 entering the third period — but UW was winless this season when trailing after two periods. If Wisconsin scores the equalizer earlier in the games, perhaps the floodgates open, like when UW came back in the third against Denver, or in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic.Instead, as Eaves put it, it just wasn’t Wisconsin’s night.last_img read more

Comings and goings mooted

first_imgBlackburn are looking to sign Andrew Johnson from Fulham, the Daily Mirror say.QPR are also interested in the striker, whose contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire at the end of the season.Johnson has been tipped to leave Fulham in January.The Mirror also suggest that a second Chinese club are keen on Chelsea’s Didier Drogba.The Ivorian has been linked with a move to Shanghai Shenhua, who recently signed Nicolas Anelka from the Blues. But Guangzhou Evergrande are also now believed to be interested.And the Daily Express say Florent Malouda is ready to leave Chelsea for Paris St Germain.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claim that QPR are among a number of clubs that have been offered the chance to sign former Newcastle defender Jean Alain Boumsong. The 32-year-old is currently with Greek side Panathinikos but is apparently keen to return to England.The Mail also suggest that Bolton will beat Aston Villa to the loan signing of highly-rated Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Can Psychology Figure Out Humans?

first_imgPsychology is often considered a soft science.  Anything they pronounce one year is likely to be modified or overturned the next.    A few years ago (and still in some quarters), self-esteem was all the rage (now fading, though; see 05/12/2003).  We should be assertive and confident, we were told, and make our feelings known.  Two recent reports might place more value on self-restraint.    Last month Science Daily reported, for instance, that it’s OK to keep your feelings to yourself.  “Contrary to popular notions about what is normal or healthy, new research has found that it is okay not to express one’s thoughts and feelings after experiencing a collective trauma, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.”  Many teachers and school counselors may feel a jolt at that idea.  Don’t the psychological counselors rush in after every disaster to help students express their feelings?  Might it be possible in some cases that such a response does more harm than good?    On July 1, a report on Science Daily warned about the perils of overconfidence.  A French psychologist tested subjects with a computer game and tried to measure the effect of overconfidence on their reactions.  His research “suggested” a pretty far-reaching conclusion: “Overconfidence is not limited to the realm of subjective beliefs and cognitive judgments but appears instead to reflect a general characteristic of human decision making.”  Is such a conclusion warranted by one little artificial test?  Can psychologists really find the sweet spot between underconfidence and overconfidence for all possible personalities in all possible situations?The usefulness of psychology as a science is very limited.  Some findings about memorization and learning methods have value, but any time they try to generalize about human nature, psychologists are right about as often as the proverbial broken clock.  The field is replete with discredited theories, contradictory speculations, and outright scandals (Freud, Jung).  Some of its teachings are indistinguishable from those of cults.  Who needs these guys?    The rational animal is far too complex for a science of the soul.  If lab rats under controlled conditions do what they darn well please (the Harvard Law), how much more people who can choose to deceive and mislead a researcher?  There are no scientific laws in this field anything as rigorous as the law of gravity.  You are likely to have far better luck figuring out how to interact with your fellow humans with good old folk psychology: the kind we learn growing up.  We learn by experience how to judge one another’s inner mental states, to anticipate what they will say or do, to empathize with what they are feeling.  We assume, without proof, that our fellow humans are rational entities, not just Pavlovian responders to neural states (see 06/21/2008, bullet 3), despite what the cognitive neuroscientists tell us.  In terms of explanatory power and practical utility, folk psychology has a pretty impressive track record over professional psychology.  It is arguably just as scientific.    Best of all is to get your anthropology from the operator’s manual.  Only the Maker understands how humans are put together.  First, we need to get reconnected to the power source.  The Bible says we are like walking dead needing life, rebels needing to lay down our arms, fools in need of wisdom, sinners in need of redemption (Romans 3).  Christ’s sacrificial work, accepted by faith, pays our debt, resurrects us back to spiritual life and imputes His righteousness to us.  Then, the Bible’s instruction manual, such as the Proverbs of Solomon and teachings of Jesus Christ (e.g., Sermon on the Mount – but don’t stop there) and the writings of Paul, James, John and the other apostles are the textbook for living.  The Bible is loaded with real, practical principles on all aspects of life.  It comes with numerous case studies.  No other source of soul-ology (psychology) has the Creator’s imprint on it.  Why would you go anywhere else?  The sweet spot for confidence is right there: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA judge appointed UN rights chief

first_imgShe cited the establishment of the Human Rights Council, where she said member states now subscribed to the notion of accountability, monitoring and peer reviews, as an example of the dramatic change that has taken place globally in the human rights field. At the same time, Pillay acknowledged that she would have to operate in a different manner in her new post compared to her previous work on criminal tribunals, even though she said there were close links between the two activities. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Monday that he was “gratified” that his nomination of Pillay had been endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Professor Frans Viljoen, director of the South African Centre for Human Rights, said in a statement earlier this month that Pillay’s nomination was “especially significant to Africa, a continent which is most often under international scrutiny for the human rights compliance of its leaders.” An activist attorney under apartheid, Pillay has served as a judge on the International Criminal Court based in The Hague in the Netherlands since 2003. Prior to that, she served as both judge and president on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which she joined in 1995. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said earlier this month that Ban was committed to ensuring that human rights remained high on the UN’s agenda, and was “determined to fully support Ms Pillay in carrying out her work, including with increased resources, as approved by the General Assembly.” In an interview with UN Radio on Tuesday, Pillay said she came to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during apartheid. “I subscribe to this new system of international criminal justice – which we have only very recently, for the past 15 years – as a strong signal that … anyone, whether a head of state or a militia leader, will be held accountable and punished.” Personal understanding of discrimination Judge Pillay, Viljoen said, “not only has the experience, but also embodies humility and human rights. She brings with her a tenacity and resolute spirit.” According to the Foundation, the tribuanal’s decision defining rape as an institutionalised weapon of war and a crime of genocide “was a breakthrough for the international women’s movement”. In 2003, Pillay was awarded the Human Rights Prize of the US-based Peter Gruber Foundation for her “courageous leadership in advancing women’s human rights” while working on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Humility and tenacity “This ruling enabled all Robben Island prisoners, including former President Nelson Mandela, to have access to lawyers, which previously had been denied them,” Viljoen said. “The application also exposed the appalling conditions actually prevailing on Robben Island at the time”. 30 July 2008 “I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews In 1967, Pillay became the first woman in what was then Natal province to open a law practice. As senior partner in the firm, she represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases establishing the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. South African judge Navanethem Pillay has been appointed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1973, Pillay made a successful application against commanding officer of the prison on Robben Island, establishing that political prisoners held on the island had rights and privileges. Pillay’s nomination, Ban said in a statement last month, was made at the end of a “clear and rigorous” selection process which included consultations with UN member states, international non-governmental organisations and human rights organisations. “The criminal trials have the power to punish; the High Commissioner has to find various approaches of persuasion, of strong talk, or to develop civil society organizations to meet the source of the violations,” she said. Instituted in 1993, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest UN office dealing with human rights. Pillay succeeds Canadian Louise Arbour, who completed her five-year term on 30 June.last_img read more

June 16 2002 Here are the current interns living

first_imgJune 16, 2002 Here are the currentinterns living and working in Arcosanti. After completion of theirworkshop, they applied forinternships in their chosen area of interest. At least a threemonth commitment is required. [Photo Jeffrey Garrett & text: RL] Andy Bradshaw,graduate from the University of Glasgow (Engineering), splits his timewith the planning office and welding shop. He is currently building anew railing, which he designed, for the pool. [Photo & text: RL] The guy with thecamera is me, Ray Lam, in action. I graduated from Middlebury Collegeand have been living and working as an intern in the Soleri Archives.Part of my responsibilities are to photograph daily progress for thewebsite, hence these photos. You should come to Arcosanti. [Photo AniaGorka & text: RL] Ania Gorka, currentstudent at the University of Toronto (Architecture), currently works inthe planning department. Here is the model of the World Trade Centerwhich she fabricated from Paolo’s design sketches. [Photo & text: RL] Kim Maclean, fromCanada, is working as a landscaping intern. She has come to Arcosantito expand her knowledge of desert ecology. [Photo & text: RL] Emanuele Militellohas worked in design and build firms in England. He is currentlysplitting his time between the planning department and construction.Photo & text: RL] Malcolm Sutherland,currently a student at Alberta College of Art, has just started hisinternship in the Soleri Archives. He hopes to gain a deeperunderstanding of Paolo’s work. He’s holding a Soleri Bronze Originalwhich was recently uncovered from the old archives. [Photo & text: RL]last_img read more

Rep Lucido advocates for state database of health facilities

center_img Legislator: Patients need ease of access to make informed health care decisionsState Rep. Peter Lucido today testified before the House Health Policy Committee advocating for a bill he introduced requiring the state to provide a database of health facilities and agencies to be accessed through the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.The proposed database would include the contact information, days and hours of operation, license information, complaints, violations and investigations of each health facility or agency.“Health providers and care facilities have a responsibility to remain transparent to potential patients,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “I certainly wouldn’t want my parents to be cared for by a facility being investigated for cleanliness standards or malpractice – I imagine other Michigan residents feel the same way.”Lucido says this streamlined approach to accessing information will allow Michigan residents to find all the facts they need in one place. In his testimony, the legislator stated he wants to ensure elderly residents, especially, have the resources they need to find a care facility that is best for their unique needs. The bill is part of Lucido’s commitment to residents to put families first in his legislative efforts.“I’m fortunate that my siblings and I are close by to care for my elderly parents – they cared for me my whole life and now I’m happy I can care for them,” said Lucido. “But every family is different, and I feel for those who don’t live near their elderly loved ones – these people need to know every detail possible before selecting a care facility for their parents.”The bill language states the department shall inform the public through press releases and other media avenues of the information available in the database and how to access the free online resource.House Bill 4361 remains under consideration by the Health Policy Committee.###last_img read more

Court rejects lawsuit against Twitter over IS attack

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit that sought to hold Twitter liable for the deaths of two U.S. contractors in Jordan three years ago in an attack for which the Islamic State group claimed responsibility. Citation: Court rejects lawsuit against Twitter over IS attack (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The lawsuit failed to establish Twitter accounts used by IS directly caused the men’s deaths, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court ruling.Lloyd Fields and James Creach were shot and killed in Jordan in 2015 by a Jordanian police captain while training law enforcement officers.Their families argued that IS Twitter accounts were a substantial factor in the men’s deaths and that the company should have anticipated attacks. They said Twitter knew about the accounts and that the accounts helped IS to recruit, raise money and spread its message.The group “used Twitter accounts to amass the resources needed for carrying out numerous terrorist attacks, including the November 9, 2015 shooting in Amman, Jordan in which Mr. Fields and Mr. Creach were killed,” Joshua Arisohn, an attorney for the families, said in a statement. He said he was considering an appeal.An email to Twitter seeking comment was not immediately returned. The company said in court documents its service was available to anyone, and there was no allegation it provided any specialized platform to IS.The 9th Circuit said the families had to show the Twitter accounts were a direct factor in the men’s deaths, not just one that was forseeable.The court cited a lower court judge’s finding that the lawsuit showed no connection between the man who shot Fields and Creach and Twitter, or that the attack was impacted, helped or resulted in any way from IS’s presence on the social media site. This Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, file photo, shows a Twitter app on an iPhone screen in New York. A federal appeals court has rejected a lawsuit that sought to hold Twitter liable for the deaths of two American contractors in Jordan in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown Explore further © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more