Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados ended her journey in the Miss Universe pageant on Monday, December 9 in the Top 20. The finals was held in Atlanta, Georgia. MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION “The Palacelauds Miss Philippines Gazini Ganados for representing our country well in theMiss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia, USA,” Panelo said. “Ms. Ganados hasgiven pride and glory to the Filipino nation by showcasing the unique beautyand talent of the Filipina.” PresidentialSpokesperson Salvador Panelo lauded Ganados “for representing the country wellin the Miss Universe pageant. MANILA –Malacañang commended the efforts of Miss Universe Philippines GaziniGanados for representing the country in the annual beauty pageant. The 23-year-oldbeauty queen from Talisay, Cebu placed in the Top 20, failing to secure aback-to-back win with 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray. “Her experiencein joining the prestigious beauty pageant should add further to her developmentas a beauty queen,” he said. “We wish her all the best in her futureendeavors.” South Africa’sZozibini Tunzi won the 2019 Miss Universe making her the second South Africanto win the tiara in the last three years./PN
* repatriates – 29 COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. MANILA – The national government reversed its decision to lift the community quarantine in Western Visayas and other “low-risk” areas following the appeal of governors and mayors who expressed fear that easing restrictions at this time could spark a surge in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Hindi po tayo pupuwedeng bumalik sa normal bago dumating ang COVID-19 habang walang bakuna, habang walang gamot sa COVID-19,” he stressed. Here’s the breakdown of cases: * Iloilo City – 16 * Guimaras – zero “Wala na po tayong areas sa buong Pilipinas na hindi under community quarantine. Iba-iba lang pong level,” said Año. As of yesterday, Western Visayas’ confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) stood at 99, with 10 deaths. * Iloilo Province – 18 Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PN * Capiz – five * Bacolod City – nine Under a modified GCQ, socioeconomic activities will be allowed but minimum public health standards must be followed. * Aklan – six * Antique – 14 * Negros Occidental – two Aside from Western Visayas, other regions to be placed under a modified GCQ are Region 1, Region 4-B, Region 5, Region 8, Region 10, Region 12, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao covering 37 provinces and 11 cities. On Tuesday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the ECQ in Western Visayas was to be lifted by May 16 because the region was considered a low-risk area for COVID-19 transmission. “Marami pong governors and mayors na nagsagawa ng petitions and requests. Sinasabi nila na hindi pa sila handa para tanggalin ang community quarantine,” said Año in a virtual press conference in Malacañang . Specific guidelines will be issued before the end of the enhanced and/or general community quarantine of various provinces, cities and towns in several regions on May 15, Año said. Western Visayas is to be shifted to modified general community quarantine (GCQ) by May 16, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año announced yesterday. Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. “Provinces and cities under the low-risk category are in containment preparation phase which means empowering communities in enforcing minimum health standards and making investments to meet health capacity targets,” Roque had said.He warned that the threat of the virus still existed, “Kaya kinakailangan pong mag-ingat tayo.”
Paurillo was waiting for intelligence operatives of the Tubungan police station to plan the arrest of a wanted person in Barangay Teniente Benito. Paurillo was assigned at the Tubungan police station and on detached service with the Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO). Colleagues found him bloodied on the kitchen floor. The gunmen claimed they were NPA rebels. Three of them were wearing facemasks. It happened at around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, according to Police Lieutenant Jose Romel Samson, Tubungan police chief. Spent bullet shells of a .45 pistol and .9MM pistol were recovered from the crime scene. “He was a good officer,” said Samson. Pamuspusan appealed to the people of Tubungan who have knowledge of the incident to cooperate in the investigation. He assured them of protection. (With a report from the Philippine News Agency/PN) “Let us continue to unite and stand against terrorism in Western Visayas so that these ruthless criminals would finally meet their end,” said Pamuspusan. Samson said Paurillo appeared to be the lone target; the gunmen spared Talamillo. Samson said Paurillo was talking to Talamillo when armed men suddenly barged in, then two of them shot the police officer several times. Forty-two-year-old Police Master Sergeant Arnel Paurillo, a resident of Guimbal town, was at the house of civilian friend Rodolfo Talamillo when attacked. Paurillo entered the police service on Sept. 30, 2004. Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, Police Regional Office 6 director, condemned Paurillo’s killing. He ordered an investigation to identify and arrest the suspects. According to the rural health physician of Tubungan, Dr. Antonio Recodo, Paurillo died instantly. ILOILO – Four gunmen who introduced themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA) peppered with bullets a policeman in Tubungan town. Why was Police Master Sergeant Arnel Paurillo of the Tubungan, Iloilo police station killed on June 15, 2020? The Police Regional Office 6 has ordered an investigation. PNA PHOTO Police Colonel Paul Kenneth Lucas, IPPO director, said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Master Sergeant Paurillo in the course of fulfilling his duty to enforce the law and fight criminality.”
Orquia was caught after he sold suspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 4:45 p.m. on June 29, it added. BACOLOD City – Four sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P20,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Mambulac, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The 23-year-old resident Herbie Orquia yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Silay City police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN
“Pinadalhan ako ng aking mga kaibigan sa Boracay ng data na nagpapakita na bagamat bukas na po ang Boracay sa turismo, napaka-kaunti pa rin po ng mga nagpupunta sa isla,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. The national government earlier approved the reopening of Boracay only to residents of Western Visayas, a region comprising of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod. The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force also has set other strict policies including age limits that ban people below 21 years old and above 60 years old while only guests with confirmed hotel or resort bookings will be allowed. He added: “Iyong mga karatig lugar diyan po sa Boracay, bukas na po ang isla up to 50 percent. Punta naman po tayo kasi doon. Sa data na ipinadala sa akin, parang 54 tourists pa lang ang na record doon sa isang araw na pumasok ng Boracay.” “This move aims to further reinvigorate the tourism economy in the region and address the clamor of Boracay stakeholders to attract more tourists to the island,” said Puyat. DOT’s announcement came a week after Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque urged Western Visayans to visit Boracay following reports of low tourist turnout. MANILA – The age restriction on Western Visayas tourists visiting Boracay Island has been removed, the Department of Tourism (DOT) announced last night. The famous tourist destination in Aklan province is now open to all tourists from Region 6, including those below 21 years old and those above 60 years old, according to Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat. As of July 23, DOT Western Visayas had issued a total of 115 certificates of authority to operate (CAO) to accommodation establishments, covering some 2,635 health protocols-compliant rooms./PN
Batesville Mayor Rick Fledderman responded during the council meeting on Monday:There has been discussion and controversy concerning the recent five-year Wastewater Rate Study that is required per the Sewer Use Ordinance. The recommendation of the study included a capital improvement plan and a recommendation of a rate increase from 5% to 15%. At no time did the Mayor, Board of Works or City Councilmember propose a 15% increase. The recommendation of the Board of Works was for a 5% increase the first year followed by a 3% increase the following year. Upon considering the recommendation the City Council voted and approved on first reading a 5% increase for year one and a 1.5% increase for year two.A capital improvement plan is always part of every rate review. In this case, the plan was put together based on the improvements needed over the next five years for the Batesville Wastewater Utility. One item included in this plan has been the subject of discussion and controversy. The liner and earthen basin is in need of replacement and repair. The City does acknowledge that upon a more detailed repair/replacement estimate of this item the actual cost to do so is $410,225. The Board of Works has made no public comment on this item per the advice and direction of legal counsel. The Board of Works has directed legal counsel to work directly with the general contracting firm that originally installed the earthen basin and liner regarding concerns with these items.It has always been the policy of this administration to use prudence and restraint when addressing situations that involved potential legal implications. Our considered view is that is in the best interests of the City and taxpayers to attempt to prevent these matters from playing out in the media in deference to the settlement process. More importantly, we believe it would be irresponsible to make public statements about such matters before undertaking an investigation into the facts. We can assure the ratepayers that the City of Batesville is working diligently to come up with a financial solution that will be in the best interest of the ratepayers and minimize any financial damage to the utility. Upon reaching a conclusion in this matter, we will make public comments on this issue.A public sewer rate meeting will be held during the next city council meeting Monday, October 13. (From left to right): District 1 Council Member Derrick Cox; District 2 Council Member Kevin Chaffee; Clerk-Treasurer Ron Weigel; Mayor Rick Fledderman; City Attorney Lynn Fledderman; District 3 Council Member Jim Fritsch; District 4 Council Member Beth Myers; Council President Gene LambertBATESVILLE – District 2 City Council Member Kevin Chaffee recently penned a letter regarding taxpayer funds and a previously held sewer rate hearing. It led to a response from the mayor and some heated discussion at Monday’s monthly meeting between Chaffee and Council President Gene Lambert.The letter we received from Chaffee reads:During recent sewer rate hearings, I asked about a project named “Earthen Basin”. The mayor said this project couldn’t be discussed for legal reasons.My engineering firm designed the earthen basin built in 2001. The project contractor recently confirmed a claim has been submitted against them based upon conclusions from an engineering report commissioned by the city.The report claims the wrong basin liner material was used, the soil subgrade was not properly compacted, and no underdrain system was installed.The liner material was changed back in 2000 because the original specified material was no longer available from the manufacturer. This change was approved by the city. Soil compaction tests were completed confirming proper subgrade preparation, and the “missing” underdrains are indeed installed and readily obvious.When presented with this information, the city’s engineering consultant said if he had known this he would have significantly changed the report’s conclusions. He said he asked the city for these records, but was told this information was not available.I asked him why he didn’t contact me prior to issuing the report, and he responded “I asked the mayor how to get a hold of you and he told me he didn’t know”. That’s odd since I sit next to the mayor at every council meeting.I also asked Ron Weigel for the total amount of taxpayer funds wasted on this quest. He responded by sending me a letter stating the amount is confidential. Apparently both he and the mayor have something to hide.I believe the mayor is using city taxpayer funds for political purposes by trying to discredit me for a successful project completed many years ago. I reported this misuse of funds to the proper authorities and understand that it is being thoroughly investigated.
INDIANAPOLIS – The jobless rate in Indiana remained steady in August dropping to 5.8 percent, according to a newly released report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.The unemployment rate in July was one-tenth of a percentage point higher at 5.9 percent.Despite the decrease in unemployment, Indiana’s private sector shed 2,600 jobs in August, led primarily by the Private, Educational & Health Services sector, which declined by 4,100 over the month.Losses were somewhat offset by a growth of 900 jobs in the Manufacturing sector, which has added more than 20,000 jobs over the past year.“Indiana’s unemployment rate has decreased 1.7 percent over the past year, while the labor force has expanded by more than 51,000 workers, which is quite remarkable,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.“During the same period, the Hoosier State has also added more than 56,000 private sector jobs. Together, these figures stand in stark contrast to our Midwestern neighbors.”Indiana remains the leading state in the nation in manufacturing job growth over the past year and is ranked second overall in the most manufacturing jobs since 2009.
The Lawrenceburg Tigers defeated The Batesville Bulldogs 28-12 in JV Football.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Terry Nobbe.
Double rainbow over Sunman Tuesday. (Image: Amanda Richter)SUNMAN, Ind. – We hear Sunman is the place to be if you’re searching for a pot of gold.Amanda Richter captured a stunning photograph of this double rainbow in Sunman Tuesday night.Thanks Amanda!We’ve had storms moving through the region this week and occasional rain showers remain possible through Thursday morning.Dolly Parton may have said it best though, “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!”
The Greensburg Boys Track and Field team opened their outdoor season at Jennings County Tuesday evening. The host Panthers won the meet with 88 points. The Pirates came in 2nd with 37 and South Dearborn was 3rd with 31 points.Leading the way with 1st place finishes were Devin Ruble in the 100 meter dash with a PR time of 11.3 and the 4×100 relay team of Jadrian Woods, Joey Woods, Zach Pokrywinski and Ruble in 46.00.Other meet scorers were: 2nd place-Discus – Tanner Yonts 115’ 8”;400m – Jadrian Woods 55.6;1600m – Jared Hasselbring 5:03.8;and 4×800 Relay – 9:06 – Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Jared Hasselbring, and Loius Moore. 3rd place-800m – Hasselbring 2:18.9;Shot Put – Dylan Cain 40’ 8”;200m – Pokrywinski 24.6; and 3200m – McClintic 10:59.9;. 4th place-110Hurdles – Vincent Pavey 17.9;300Hurdles – Pavey 48.7; 100m – Joey Woods 11.64;800m – Moore 2:20.3;Shot Put – Yonts 40’ 3 ½”;Pole Vault – Hanna 8’; and 1600m – Michael Back 5:11.5.Many athletes had solid nights in their first high school meet and we look forward to our next meet at Decatur Central on Friday night.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers.