NFA-Aklan assures enough rice supply amid ECQ

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan –There is still enough supply of rice in this province amid the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the National Food Authority (NFA) here said. NFA-Aklan currently has 88,600 bags of palay and 1,517 bags of rice as of April 15. The food agency here purchased 17,191 bags of palay in March and then another 1,223 bags of it in April from individual farmers and farmers’ associations in Aklan. Meanwhile, rice traders in this province now purchase palay for P21 per kilo and clean and dry palay for P16.50 per kilo at the lowest. This province has enough supply of rice amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease-2019 outbreak, according to the National Food Authority (NFA) here. NFA-Aklan currently has 88,600 bags of palay and 1,517 bags of rice as of April 15. NFA-AKLAN “Hindi rin halos makalabas para magbenta ang mga farmers kasi most of them are senior citizens na. Limited din ang access namin to conduct mobile procurement since hindi dapat magsisiksikan sa sasakyan,” said Ostan, who is also the designated NFA-Aklan standards and quality assurance officer.  Republic Act 11203, or the Rice Tariffication Law mandates NFA to maintain a sufficient level of rice buffer stock sourced locally for calamity operations like the COVID-19 outbreak. “To increase our rice stocks, NFA-Iloilo will augment 5,000 bags of rice. Pero continuous pa rin ang milling natin in the two rice mills in Aklan. Ang average daily sales in LGUs is 1,489 bags, and if basehan ang daily sales, our stocks will last 39 days,” Ostan said in an interview on Wednesday. According to NFA-Aklan acting operation officer Andy Ostan, there is a high demand from local government units (LGUs) in this province for their constituents. LGUs here have already purchased a total of 21,322 bags of 50-kilogram rice. NFA-Aklan is buying clean and dry palay from local farmers for P19 per kilo to sustain its local buying operations. This province has extended its ECQ period from April 14 to April 30 in a much higher bid to curb the spread of the virus.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

MBB : HOT SHOT: Joseph’s clutch 3 in overtime lifts Syracuse to win over Georgetown

first_img Comments Published on February 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjr There was no doubt. Kris Joseph rose up in rhythm, launching a pure shot to close the scoring on another chapter of Syracuse versus Georgetown.The senior’s mechanics behaved flawlessly as his 3-pointer soared from the left corner and plummeted through the hoop. Joseph turned around to watch the Carrier Dome react to the Orange’s newfound 3-point lead with 29 seconds to go in overtime.‘I felt it going in,’ Joseph said. ‘I was ready for it and knocked it down.’Joseph’s sixth 3-pointer of the night gave SU the lead for good. At the other end, Syracuse forced a Georgetown turnover with five seconds left, effectively ending the game. GU had one more opportunity after Dion Waiters missed two free throws with two seconds to go, but Hollis Thompson’s three-quarter-court heave fell way short.No. 2 Syracuse (24-1, 11-1 Big East) gave a less-than-stellar performance, but the Orange did just enough to edge No. 12 Georgetown (18-5, 8-4 Big East) 64-61 in overtime in front of a raucous 27,820 in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. Joseph shone bright, scoring a career-high 29 points and hitting 6-of-11 3s while playing all 45 minutes of the game. And in Fab Melo’s first game in the Carrier Dome since Jan. 16, he dominated inside, posting a stat line of 11 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim passed Dean Smith for third all-time among Division-I head coaches with his 880th win. He also became the winningest coach at one Division-I school ever.But on a night when Georgetown outrebounded Syracuse 52-35, Syracuse needed every big play that Joseph and Melo made to leave overtime unscathed. Boeheim wasn’t pleased afterward.‘Right now, I don’t think we’re a good basketball team because we can’t rebound,’ he said. ‘… For a long time this year we were within a couple, two or three rebounds, I don’t think I was concerned about rebounding that much. But when it gets 10, 15, 20, you better be concerned.’Despite the poor performance all game on the boards, and shooting 29 percent in the first half, the Orange stayed close as neither team led by more than six.Joseph hit enough shots to keep SU afloat. His 3-of-10 line in the first half looks deficient, but he scored 12 points to carry the offensive load for the Orange, who trailed 31-27 at halftime. His two first-half 3s came at times when Syracuse was trailing by five and had been scoreless for more than two minutes before the shot.‘He was great,’ Melo said. ‘He finished when he had to finish.’Joseph entered Wednesday in a funk. He was 3-of-27 from 3 in Syracuse’s last seven games. The senior said he feels like he was in rhythm the last couple of games, but the shots didn’t fall.With the Orange trailing 44-43 about midway through the second half, Joseph caught a pass near the top of the key in rhythm from Scoop Jardine. He knocked it down over Georgetown guard Jabril Trawick, pushing the Orange out in front.He drilled his next 3 as well, giving SU its largest lead of the game at 54-48 with 4:37 to go.‘Staff and teammates just kept telling me to shoot the ball and they were going to fall,’ Joseph said. ‘And tonight’s the night.’Georgetown kept crawling back, though. Jason Clark answered Joseph’s triple with a 3 of his own. And after Joseph made one of two free throws with 3:55 to play, Syracuse didn’t score again in regulation.Greg Whittington made one of two free throws with a minute left in the second half to knot the game at 55. But both teams missed opportunities to take the lead. For Georgetown, center Henry Sims thought he had a decent look when he turned and shot in the paint, but Melo was there for a huge block.‘He’s got to save us with some blocks in there, and he did a couple times tonight,’ Boeheim said.For Syracuse, Jardine drove to the hoop, looking for a lane to get to the rim. Waiters received the pass, but his 3-pointer with two seconds left wasn’t a great look.The overtime period played out just like regulation —back and forth, little separation. Both teams struggles in some areas but played well enough in others to keep pace.But with 29 seconds left, Syracuse gained just enough of an advantage.Jardine had the ball on the right wing. He dribbled around a pick set by Melo and saw Joseph open. He fed Joseph the pass —and there was no indecision.Joseph was wide open to give Syracuse the lead and the win.‘For some reason they left me open,’ Joseph said. ‘Maybe they didn’t see the last four or five go in, and I was open for the shot, and I knocked it down.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

NSA confirm Samson Deen-led National Paralympic Committee to International Paralympic Committee

first_imgThe government of Ghana through the National Sports Authority has confirmed newly elected Samson Deen-led National  Paralympic Committee of Ghana to replace the old administration. The ceremony was followed by an official communique to the International Paralympic Committee to officially introduce the new administration led by Samson Deen. The Director-General of the National Sports Authority Prof. Peter Twumasi urged the Samson Deen led NPC-GHANA to work tirelessly to develop and win medals at the  Upcoming Paralympics All African Games and Tokyo Games in 2020.The Director-General on behalf of the government assured of their support and wished the NPC-GHANA well.The President of National Paralympic Committee Mr. Samson Deen also thank government of Ghana for its support and asked for more government support to properly coordinate Paralympic sports development which will help win medals at the All African Games in Morocco and Tokyo 2020 games.The 8 man National Paralympic  Committee elected board has been given a four-term spanning till August 2, 2023, with the mandate of reviving Paralympics in Ghana. Mr. Samson Deen replaced Bishop Cornelius Adja Cofie as the president of the National Paralympic Committee  (NPC) of Ghana at an elective Congress held on July 6, 2019, at the DG Hathriamani Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium to bring the old administration to an end. The full list of Elected officials below: 1. Samson Deen -President 2. Frederick  Lartey -Vice president 3. Mr. Peter Adjei- Secretary-General 4. Mr. Evans Yeboah – Treasurer 5. Mr. Philip Otuo – Executive Member 6. Mr. IBRAHIM Sani – Executive Member 7. Mr. Twum Barimah 8. Mr. Henry Kwaku Nyanteh – Executive Member.last_img read more

Lakers air grievances in team meeting as frustration mounts

first_img“I think it was well-needed at the point in time that we were at,” Ingram said. “I think in these last two games, very winnable games, I don’t think we played up to our potential.”Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma characterized the meeting as a “heart-to-heart” and that the Lakers were “just trying to get back on the same page.”Coach Luke Walton said Bogut bringing the Lakers frustrations to light helped spur the decision to meet as a group. The Lakers were scheduled to practice Thursday morning, but Walton instead showed film and brought everyone into an open forum.He even said he considered burning sage, a la Phil Jackson.“There’s some frustration,” Walton said. “But there’s frustration on every team unless you win every game. Whenever you lose games, there’s frustration, people want to play more as everyone in the league should want to play more.” Walton characterized the Lakers issues as “normal, middle-of-the-season NBA type of stuff.”The situation with Randle is perhaps the most intriguing. The fourth-year forward played just 11 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to Memphis. He was held to just eight minutes one week earlier in a victory against the league-leading Houston Rockets.“Julius has shown us how great he can be,” Walton said. “And I believe in Julius and I continue to challenge him and some nights when he doesn’t play big minutes, it’s because other guys are rolling.“And some nights it’s because I don’t believe he is playing up to the standard that he set for himself. I want him to feel and realize the difference in those nights as part of his growth as a player.” Kuzma said the issues weren’t unusual on any team.“At the end of the day we’re going to have five guys on the floor and somebody’s always going to be frustrated by something,” Kuzma said, “whether that’s playing time, not getting enough shots, coaches being on them too hard or anything. That’s just the game of basketball.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img EL SEGUNDO – The Lakers held a team meeting Thursday, where players were free to air their grievances about the state of the team, including “the business of the organization,” said Brandon Ingram.“Hopefully we think about what we said to each other,” Ingram said. “What we said to the coaches and that the coaches have listened to what we said. Hopefully we can take it into practice, into games and just get better.”Last week veteran center Andrew Bogut said he would be “lying to say that there are guys that are not frustrated on this team.”Plans to chase two maximum-level free agents next summer have made certain players uneasy about their futures with the team; Julius Randle has watched his minutes plummet; and the Lakers (11-22) are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and have lost seven of their last eight games.last_img read more