DSWD-6 to complete SAP payout by end of July

first_imgStarpay will handle the payout for the remaining additional families in this region. The cash aid will be released through Cebuana Lhuiller and M’Lhuiller outlets except in Hinobaan, Ilog and Cauayan towns in Negros Occidental along with Carles in Iloilo. Qualified recipients will be provided with the beneficiary registration number (BRN) which they need to present together with their social amelioration card and identification card or barangay certificate to the financial service provider. ILOILO City – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is looking to complete the release of the P6,000 cash assistance for additional family-beneficiaries in Western Visayas by the end of July.DWSD regional director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre said as of Monday morning, the release of social amelioration program (SAP) aid for families through financial service provider Starpay has been finalized. The Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation will handle the payout for the three municipalities in Negros Occidental. According to Macapobre, RCBC has to render the payout simultaneous with Starpay on July 23.center_img “Wait until you are contacted and given your BRN. Hopefully, everybody will cooperate so we can finish by July 31,” said Macapobre. DSWDFO7 FACEBOOKMACAPOBRE Carles town will be handled by the DSWD staff because financial service providers are not available in the area.Macapobre said as of July 20, a total of P145.608 million for 24,268 additional beneficiaries has been released. Western Visayas has 161,000 additional SAP beneficiaries in total.For the second tranche of the SAP payout, DSWD-6 has already submitted to the central office as of Monday four payrolls intended for an initial 327,468 beneficiaries, she added.The releasing of financial assistance would immediately begin once the central office has downloaded the funds. DWSD staff will be handling by the payout in partnership with concerned local government units, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, and Armed Forces of the Philippines.Iloilo province and the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod are covered by the second tranche.On the other hand, the second tranche for members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in this region have been released.According to Macapobre, the P481.777 million fund has benefitted 103,608 families./PNlast_img read more

Hockey fans impress

first_imgWhile most Badger fans were glued to their TVs this past weekend, I was busy making an eight-hour trek to North Dakota. At least I think that’s where I was — driving to the city of Grand Forks, I got the feeling I was driving through Eastern Europe.I made the drive because I have wanted to make that road trip ever since I began covering the Badger men’s hockey team. But more specifically, I wanted to see how Wisconsin fared on the road at the palace that is the Ralph Engelstad Arena.I was not disappointed in either of these aspects — if the Badgers can play that well on the road against a tough rival team they are going to be scary, and the Ralph, with its gigantic relic organ and wide array of bubble hockey games, is just one moat short of a castle.But the trip also strengthened my opinion that the Badger hockey faithful are the best college hockey fans in the country.Prior to the weekend, my only hockey road trips had been to Albany, N.Y., and Grand Rapids, Mich., for the NCAA tournaments the past two years. It was the national tournament, of course fans were going to be there.But I didn’t know what to expect at North Dakota, so I didn’t really anticipate a whole lot. Boy was I surprised.Whether it was my wide eyes at seeing the Ralph for the first time, or my strengthened focus due to a tighter deadline, I didn’t really notice it Friday night, but the Badger fan base — relegated to an upper corner of the arena — was both amazing and amusing to me when I took notice Saturday.Thanks to three first-period goals by the Badgers, the Sioux fans were stunned and silent. Take note, however, that North Dakota could have been up 3-0 and its fans might have been half as loud as a Kohl Center crowd with UW trailing 5-0 late in the game.When one of the guys keeping official stats at the game told me that the stadium was great, but that the fans weren’t quite up to speed, that may have been the understatement of the year.Regardless, when the Badger fans started out with a hearty chant of “Lets go red” in the first period, their voices rung out louder than the North Dakota fans.I would compare it to two high school student sections arguing over who has more spirit. You know what I’m talking about. One section starts the chant and the other section doesn’t respond and the first section thinks it’s hilarious. So they do it again, and usually on the third try, the second section responds and yada, yada, yada …But I digress — the Badger fans got at least three “Let’s go red”s in before the Sioux student section realized what was going on and tried to muffle it with “Let’s go Sioux.”That was only the beginning.Other chants, after the fourth goal, included “Robbie Earl,” “1, 2, 3, 4 We want more … ,” and my — and the Badgers’– favorite: “We want ice cream.””We could hear the ice cream [chant] … that was pretty funny,” senior winger Ryan MacMurchy said.In case you don’t know, if the Badgers score five goals in a win at the Kohl Center, all fans in attendance get free Culver’s ice cream.Let’s just say that the small corner section would have made the student section’s father-figure, Phil, quite proud.The fans were loud and they were tasteful — something lacking in student sections such as the one at Badger football games.But while Wisconsin football fans are notorious for being a good traveling fan base, it’s time the hockey fans got some credit.The Kohl Center fans are one thing. Wisconsin continually has not only the largest crowd — numbers aren’t everything, as North Dakota showed — but I would venture to say the largest and most electric crowd in the country.To take that energy on the road and out-yell the hometown crowd is another.The players know how important the fans are.”There’s no doubt about it that Wisconsin Badger fans are the best in the country,” MacMurchy said. “It’s just so great playing at home because you know they’re going to be into it the whole game. It’s never kind of dead like it is [other places] sometimes.”Our fans are the best part about our team, and when you hear them in an away rink it makes us smile inside and keeps us going.”If the Badgers can continue to play like they are, come tournament time teams are going to be in trouble. Not only will this team be a threat on the ice, it will have a threat off of it.If a few dozen cheering fans can ring through on the road more than eight hours away, think about the environment that opposing teams will face if the Badgers go to the Green Bay regional of the NCAA tournament or the Frozen Four at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.It’s something that teams across the country can only hope they don’t have to think about.last_img read more

McIntosh ripening well as senior

first_imgSenior pitcher Meghan McIntosh, while normally the second pitcher in line, boasts some of the best stats on the team with a 1.07 ERA and eight complete games en route to an 8-2 record.[/media-credit]More and more in sports the question being asked of athletes is, “What have you done for me lately?” If asked this question, Wisconsin softball pitcher Meghan McIntosh can show you her two Big Ten Pitcher of the Week awards and film of her two no-hitters from this season. She’s done a lot lately.No one can deny McIntosh is having a season to remember. While most pitchers would be ecstatic to have just one no-hitter to show for in a season, just halfway through the 2013 season, McIntosh has already become just the second player in program history to record to no-nos in a single season.The Arizona native is proud of what she has been able to do on the mound this year, but knows her achievements are a great credit to her teammates as well.“It’s something that’s a great accomplishment, but it’s not just me out there,” McIntosh said. “I need my backup on the offense and defense. Without them I wouldn’t have gotten anything.”McIntosh picked up her second no-hitter last Sunday against conference rival Minnesota in Minneapolis. The left-hander struck out eight hitters and allowed five walks on her way to a 10-0 win in six innings.Wisconsin pitching coach Tracie Adix could tell almost right away Sunday that McIntosh had her best stuff with her and it was going to be a special day for her.“It was going through my head like in the third inning,” Adix said with a big smile. “I was just like, ‘shut up, Tracie, just don’t say anything out loud.’ I noticed and I saw that she was definitely in a groove, so I knew early on how it was kind of going.”What makes last Sunday’s performance even more impressive was that it came against a Golden Gophers team that averages over four runs a game and had scored 60 runs in their last 10 games.“When you’re facing a BCS team, you rarely see no-hitters against a BCS program,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “It might be a smaller school, but to do that against their offense and have them as a top-30 team. It’s really an accomplishment.”McIntosh and her coaches credit a great deal of the pitchers success this season to the addition of a change up to her repertoire of pitches.The southpaw already has a deadly curveball and screwball to go along with her fastball, but the addition of a changeup gives her four options that hitters are forced to deal with.“[Her changeup] has been enormously effective and it’s just made her that much better,” Adix said. “If hitters know all you are going to throw is heat, heat, heat, they just have to sit on one side of the zone and they can tend to pick a pitch and blow it up. “I think it’s definitely added a different element to Meghan. Sometimes it can be a little bit fast, but the fact that it drops off is something that completely deceives the hitters. So it’s really helped her game this year.”McIntosh has used her wide range of pitches to earn an 8-2 record over 11 appearances with a 1.07 ERA and 70 strikeouts. All eight of the senior’s wins have come in complete game performances.The emergence of McIntosh adds another electrifying arm to the Wisconsin pitching staff led by junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah who also threw a no-hitter earlier this season.“[Having two strong pitchers] is huge,” Healy said. “Usually you just have one pitcher and you just go with them and all the weight of the world is on them and to have two pitchers both have no-hitters in the same season, it goes a long way.”Another element McIntosh brings to her pitches is speed. Healy says her senior pitcher can get pitches to top out at 65-67 miles per hour. Mix that speed in with some fast spinning off-speed pitches and it’s a deadly combination.The combination of McIntosh’s speed and effective off-speed pitches can add a real intimidation factor to her game. And although the hurler stands at the not-so-towering height of 5-foot-5, she can mimic the presence of Randy Johnson or even, according to Healy, Charlie Sheen.“She’s kind of like Wild Thing when you used to watch those old movies [Major League] that she can bring it and it’s scary if it hits you,” Healy said. “So I think she’s got a little controlled aggression out there and it makes it tough to step in the box when she’s throwing that hard.”In her last season as a Badger, McIntosh is on quite the roll and is gaining confidence as she goes, which is a scary thought considering all that she has already accomplished this season.“I’m definitely in the zone out there,” McIntosh said. “There are a lot of smiles in the conversations with my teammates and I’m really feeling good.”last_img read more

Cubs’ Kris Bryant on MLB coronavirus testing delays: ‘We have a big problem’

first_imgAre MLB players safe from the coronavirus at summer training camps? Kris Bryant doesn’t think so.The Cubs third baseman believes his team gets tested too infrequently. According to the return-to-play agreement between MLB and the players union, players were promised they would be tested every other day and receive results within 24 to 48 hours.Speaking with reporters on Monday, Bryant said that some players had only been tested once within seven days.”I don’t want to be insensitive to people who haven’t been able to get tests, but as the country gets access to more of those, it’s appropriate to talk about our situation here,” Bryant said Monday. “What we agreed to was testing every other day, and we’ve had guys who showed up on Sunday [June 28] and hadn’t got tested again [until] seven days later. And you don’t get the results until two days later. That’s nine days without knowing.”If we want this to succeed, we have to figure this out. I wanted to play this year because I thought it would be safe. Honestly, I don’t really feel that.”Despite testing delays, MLB plans to start a 60-game season July 23. MLB’s regular season begins on July 23rd with two great matchups. pic.twitter.com/jXH6OO8Doc— MLB (@MLB) July 6, 2020MORE: MLB players opting out of 2020 seasonMLB released a statement about the testing delays on Monday. The league said the results for 98 percent of the samples taken from June 27 to July 3 have been reported as of Sunday night and added that 86 samples out of 3,740 remained pending as of Monday morning.”Our plan required extensive delivery and shipping services, including proactive special accommodations to account for the holiday weekend,” the statement read. “The vast majority of those deliveries occurred without incident and allowed the protocols to function as planned. “Unfortunately, several situations included unforeseen delays. We have addressed the delays caused by the holiday weekend and do not expect a recurrence.”As of Tuesday, six MLB teams have canceled practices and workouts because of concerns about the testing delays.”If we can’t really nail the easy part, which is right now, just our players, we have a big problem,” Bryant said.last_img read more