Hunt for businesses sans permits starts today

first_imgYesterday morning, Business Permitsand Licensing Office (BPLO) head Norman Tabud said some 9,000 businesses outthe target 16,391 were issued permits. According to Tabud, by noon about11,000 businesses managed to pay while the computation for 14,000 others werealready complete for the next step with was the payment. “Angmga wala maka-renew pasaraduhan ta until makakuhapermit with penalty na,” said MayorJerry Treñas. PHOTO BY GLENDA TAYONA/PN ILOILO City – The period for therenewal of business permits ended last night. Today, the city government willstart inspecting business establishments. He added: “Ang ginalagas man lang is the payment — dapat maka-pay sila. Angprinting sang permit and businesslicense plate to follow na lang afterJan. 20.” He was referring to the MalabananSiphoning Services which littered the city with stickers advertising itsservices yet the BPLO had no idea it did not have a permit. The most prevalent type of businesses in the city were inwholesale trade and merchandising, followed by the food and beverage andhospitality sectors, with real estate and leasing coming in fourth. “Nag-create na ko gani task force para mabuligan sya,” stressed the mayor.center_img BPLO’s 2018 data showed that the business sector here waspredominantly made up of microenterprises – around 90 percent of which hadasset sizes of not more than P3 million. “Walana sang extension so dapat makasulod ang application today. As long as may ara pa clients within the premisesof the one-stop shop i-accommodate gid naton,” Tabud said. As of this writing yesterdayafternoon, business owners were still crowding city hall’s one-stop shop toprocess their business permits. “So very disappointing, it should nothappen again,” Treñas stressed./PN In today’s start of inspections, theBPLO would be assisted by the Bureau of Fire Protection, City Tourism andDevelopment Office and the City Treasure’s Office. Treñas recently reprimanded Tabud forcomplaining that the latter’s office did not have enough logistics to check ifsome businesses were operating without permits. It recently came to Treñas’ attention that a septic tankdesludging company had long been operating without a business permit.last_img read more

Keane eager to face Ronaldo

first_img Ireland end their summer programme with a tough test against the World Cup-bound Portuguese in New Jersey during the early hours of Wednesday morning amid speculation that the Real Madrid superstar will return from injury at some point in the game at the Metlife Stadium. That might prove a daunting prospect for the Irish defence in particular, but Keane is keeping his fingers crossed that Ronaldo, who has been suffering from tendinitis in his left knee as well as a thigh problem, is involved. The whole programme has been geared towards the start of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign in Georgia in September, and Keane and the rest of the players are well aware of that. The skipper said: “You want to play and win every game. Winning is a habit. It is going to be a big, big test against a great team. “It has been a good trip so far – the players have enjoyed it. Younger players have come in and got a feel for it. “Obviously the main thing is in September, but we have to prepare ourselves and do things properly and make sure we are ready for September.” O’Neill will have to shuffle his pack once again with full-back Marc Wilson missing with a hamstring problem and midfielder Glenn Whelan having returned home because of a family illness. However, he is happy to have had the chance to run the rule over his entire squad. The manager said: “We have utilised it. We have made a number of changes in each game and players have had to get used to playing with each other, some of the lads who have come into the squad for the first time, for instance. “If you look at Shane Duffy, he played the game the other night and overall, he did fine in the game and he will come on really well for the experience. I think it’s the same for a number of the younger lads too. “But just overall, just blending things as much as we can together, really that would be the essence of it.” Robbie Keane admits he and his Republic of Ireland team-mates are desperate for Cristiano Ronaldo to line up against them. The 33-year-old LA Galaxy striker said: “Himself and [Lionel] Messi are clearly the best two players in the world and every player wants to play against the best players in the world. “He is certainly that and it’s a good test for the players to be playing against him. We certainly hope that he does play because you want to play against the best.” Manager Martin O’Neill too is keen to see his players tested once again after tight encounters with Turkey, Italy and Costa Rica in recent weeks, even if that means having to deal with Ronaldo. Asked what challenge that would represent, O’Neill said: “Massive, of course. “We had a few problems the other night at the beginning of the second half of the game for about 15 or 20 minutes when [Costa Rica forward Joel] Campbell came out wide and caused us a few problems, so you could imagine Ronaldo being in that sort of form. “He is one of the top two players in the world. He’s just a brilliant, brilliant player. “But again, it should be great for us to want to go and play against him, if that’s the case. I think actually, the players want him to be playing in the game so they can go and test themselves.” O’Neill has made no apologies for the degree of difficulty associated with the end-of-season fixtures he has selected, which to date have resulted in a 2-1 defeat by the Turks and successive draws with the Italians and the Costa Ricans. Press Associationlast_img read more

Australian punters are changing the NFL, and Mitch Wishnowsky is next

first_imgUtah punter Mitch Wishnowsky (Getty Images)Wishnowsky, a native of Perth, Australia, has all the swings, learned from his years with the Perth Demons of the West Australian Football League. However, a few surgeries on his left shoulder meant his goal of playing in Australia’s top professional league was finished. In 2013, Wishnowsky worked as a glazier — someone who installs glass — while playing Australian flag football.”Eventually, it was football or work,” he said. “At that point, I felt like the professional ship had sailed and I wasn’t going to go professional. I had to make a life decision. I had to make a living doing something, and it wasn’t going to be Australian football. I had to make a smart decision. That’s when it really hit me. I had always dreamt about being a professional athlete and it was like, ‘This is it. You’re a glazier.’ That hurt.”Wishnowsky met a coach named Craig Wilson, who knew Chapman and Prokick’s kicking coach, John Smith. At that point, Wishnowsky made an audacious gamble by moving to Melbourne and trying a sport he knew nothing about. He spent mornings lifting weights and punting with Chapman and nights working at a pub to help pay the bills.”That’s where it all started,” he said. “‘This is my last chance.’ I had bought a house with my best mate; we sold the house, which funded junior college. I moved to Melbourne and was like, ‘This is my last chance. Give it your all.'”A year later, Chapman sent film to a few coaches, including Kyle Whittingham. The Utah coach liked what he saw and offered Wishnowsky a scholarship. But first, he had to get his associate’s degree. So he spent 2014 punting at Santa Barbara (Calif.) Community College. In 2016, he arrived at Utah and promptly won the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter. He was a finalist for that award in 2017 and 2018.Now, Wishnowsky’s professional dreams are about to come true, even if it is half a world away and in a different sport.”I always dreamt about it,” he said. “I knew there was a chance. I remember speaking to people and people were like, ‘You can get an education and get it paid for’ and that sort of stuff. But even people who care about me were like, ‘I don’t think you should go in with the intentions of going to the NFL. It’s a pretty farfetched sort of dream.’ I always wanted it and I always thought that I could maybe do it, but it is a bit surreal being in this situation and having teams work me out and things like that.” (Getty Images) When Nathan Chapman watched Seahawks rookie punter Michael Dickson earn All-Pro honors last season, he could not help but wonder about what might have been.Instead, Chapman will have to settle for his role in revolutionizing the punting position. (Prokick Australia) Nathan Chapman, pictured with the Packers in 2004 (Photo courtesy of Nathan Chapman/Prokick Australia)Chapman is doing just that. He founded Prokick Australia with the intention of turning Aussie football players into American college punters. According to the Prokick website, 100 of its pupils have earned U.S. college scholarships worth $26 million.From that group, Dickson of the Seahawks, Cameron Johnston of the Eagles and Jordan Berry of the Steelers punted in the NFL last season. Mitch Wishnowsky was an All-American at Utah and is considered the best punting prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was one of seven Prokick grads in the Pac-12 Conference alone in 2018. About 50 punters are on Division I scholarship, Chapman said.Why are Australians taking over this phase of the game?”While Americans grow up wanting to throw the ball, we grow up trying to kick 60-yard goals,” Wishnowsky said in a phone interview from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was preparing for pre-draft workouts with teams. “We’ve done it from a young age.”Sure, the techniques are slightly different, but the swing of your leg is pretty much the same. We have that muscle memory drilled into us from a young age, where I feel like punting is almost something like, they’re wide receivers and they punt and they’re like, ‘I’m actually really good at this.’ So, it’s later on that they focus on punting and realize that’s what they’re good at.” In Australian football, players are running and kicking. In American football, a punter simply is standing 15 yards behind the snapper, catching the ball and punting. That’s an added advantage for Chapman’s compatriots, he says.”There’s a trust,” Chapman said. “It’s that confidence of having the ball in their hands. Growing up playing Australian rules football allows us to feel confident with the ball in our hands and people running at us. Because we have an ability to adapt to a situation — run, kick on the run or change our body angle but still get the kick away. It takes us away from that catch, two-step, kick it and, if anything out of the ordinary happens, the punter just continues to do his job. Our guys have a little bit more game awareness. If we feel pressure before it’s there, we can make an adjustment and still get the kick away. That confidence that we have with the ball flows onto the coaches.”That confidence was not always there from American special-teams coaches. Chapman played eight professional seasons of Australian football before deciding to give the NFL a try. His chance with the Packers came at age 28. His leg strength was without question. Everything else, however, was up for question. Even simple things, such as how Chapman caught the ball and his steps before kicking, were changed for no other reason than that is just the way it was done.NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS:Big board of top 100 overall playersDuring the early years at Prokick, the challenge for Chapman was opening coaches’ minds that it was OK to be different and, in fact, better to be different. The “Aussie kick,” for instance, has changed the game.For most of football history, when an offense’s drive stalled just outside scoring position, the punter came in and either tried to kick the ball a mile high or kick it out of bounds inside the 20-yard line. Punt returners, in turn, were told to stand at the 10. If the ball went over the returner’s head, he should let it hit the ground and bounce into the end zone for a touchback that would give his team the ball at the 20. The Aussie kick, by contrast, is akin to a golfer with a pitching wedge because the ball’s backward rotation means it typically will hit the ground and stop there or bounce back a bit.Now, if a returner stands at the 10 and the ball hits at the 5, the offense is probably going to be stuck with the ball around the 5.”In the NFL and even college,” Chapman said, “it’s, ‘How can somebody who’s never played the game do a better job than what we’ve seen?’ Coaches didn’t open their view of how something could be done better. Your perception of what the benchmark was needed to be changed. Slowly, with the incorporation of a couple different kicks, we showed that it could be done a different way and done in a better way.”At the end of the day, we could be really skillful, but if you make us kick the way you want us to kick, it becomes a little unnatural. If you allow us to kick with our normal style and ability but within your framework, then we can get a lot more done, and then the consistency’s better. It’s just bridging the gap between, ‘You must do this, you must step like this, catch like this and kick it here.’ We might go, ‘That’s great.’ But it’s a baseball pitcher being told he has to throw underarm. He’s still throwing it, but it’s different.” The success of the Aussie kick showed American coaches that different could mean better. In the United States, punters were directed to kick booming, spiraling kicks. Chapman’s pupils can do that, too. But they can do much more.Because of Aussie players’ years of experience of running and kicking, they can aim right but kick left or kick the ball with accuracy to a specific spot on the field, all with the goal of limiting or outright eliminating the returner from the equation.”It used to be kick it really high,” Chapman said. “What we’re doing now is saying, ‘Why kick it to the returner at all?’ You don’t want him to have it, so don’t kick it to him. If you’ve got the ability to put it where you want it, then you see where he’s standing and kick it the other way.”If the ball doesn’t need to spiral to go 45 yards, why do you ask us to spiral? Even though we do spiral, if it’s really windy, let me tell you, it’s really, really hard to spiral a ball. If the ball doesn’t spin well or look good, the coach and the crowd think that you’re not very good. The physics of a ball going up in the air and turning over and spiraling down perfectly is all well and good in a dome, and it’s all well and good when there’s not any wind. But if the wind’s blowing from left to right and across your body or in your face and you’ve got to kick the ball nose up and the wind blows on the fat part of the ball, it won’t turn over. It doesn’t mean you’re not very good. It just means it’s physics. So, in that instance, I’m just like a golfer. ‘What swing, what club and what am I going to use to get the result I need?'”center_img (University of Utah) “I absolutely know that I had the ability to play,” he said. “No one taught me how to kick a football. I had to learn when I got there. When I got there, I was told in preseason to change the way I caught it and change my steps. Going into training camp, I was being told I needed to look a different way. ‘Let’s try to catch it like this. Let’s do this footwork.’ That takes away from your kicks. But, what I will say, if that hadn’t happened, who knows where I would be now, and we would not have created 120 guys with millions of dollars’ worth of college scholarships.”So, does it bother me? Part of me — the competitive part of me — says I knew I could do it. I feel like I could still do it now. Did that all happen for the greater good of helping other people? Well, so be it. I’m not the kind to look back over my shoulder. I might have played one year and been really bad at it (laughs) and never get another go and walked away and took up baseball. Who knows? Every now and again I think about it. I would have loved to have spent more time at it.”But if you’re ahead of your time …” (Getty Images) Utah punter Mitch Wishnowsky, left, and head coach Kyle Whittingham (Getty Images)Wishnowsky is one of Chapman’s latest success stories. A handful of years ago, Chapman had to reach out to schools about his top prospects. Now, it’s the schools who are reaching out to Chapman, the revolutionary.”Gradually, as time would have it, we’ve now put 120 guys through college,” Chapman said. “The guys are now coming to the pro ranks with experience. The guys have played at huge college programs, so they get the opportunity to display the skills that they’ve got. We had to start slow. You can’t expect to change it all at once. If you’re a special teams coach and you’ve done something a certain way for 50 years and it pays the bills and you’ve got a job, why would you change? You let somebody else make the change. If it works, then you look at it. We understood that it wasn’t going to be easy.”Now, if you don’t have a guy with that skill-set, you’re behind the eight-ball. There’s four Aussie guys punting in the league at the moment, and obviously we think Mitch will be drafted this year and we’ve got a steady flow of players coming out every year.”LASTEST NFL DRAFT RUMORS:Raiders like Murray | Bosa to 49ers?Every once in a while, Chapman ponders what might have been. What if he hadn’t been wrestling with his visa? What if the Packers’ coaches had not messed with his technique? What if they had not drafted Sander? What if he were allowed a few night’s sleep before a workout with the Bengals instead of being forced to perform with jet-lagged legs?Those what-if questions don’t last long, though. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2019:Giants begin rebuild; Packers go DA veteran of Australian rules football, Chapman signed with the Packers in March 2004. Ultimately, he never had a chance.”I typically wasn’t around to train with the team because I didn’t have my visa signed off on, so they didn’t want me doing any stuff actively with the team until that happened,” Chapman said in a recent phone interview. “A lot of those minicamp practices, I had to do stuff off to the side, which made it harder for me to learn the game. I basically learned the game at training camp.”By then, it was too late. A month after the Packers signed Chapman, they used a third-round pick on B.J. Sander.”They were paying him a million bucks, so he was going to be the guy,” Chapman said.Chapman had a couple other NFL opportunities before returning home to Australia. While his NFL resume consisted of only three preseason games, he learned two things. First, he loved the sport and wanted to be part of it. Second, the tried-and-true way of punting the football was not the best way.”I knew there was a better way for guys to come in more prepared so more guys would get an opportunity, because I knew we would eventually change the game,” Chapman said.last_img read more

Amel Tuka Won Gold at Brugnera

first_imgB&H representative at the athletics meeting in Brugnera, Italy Amel Tuka won the gold in the 800-meter run.(Source:

Structure fire on 422 South H in Wellington results in $80,000 damage

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A structure fire on Thursday at the home of Anthony Stringer at 422 South H. Street in Wellington resulted in $80,000 worth of damages.According to a Wellington Fire Department press release by assistant fire chief Vic Sandell, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.Upon arrival at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, fire crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from two windows on the northeast corner of the structure. Crews made entry and extinguished the fire located in the living room and kitchen area of the house.The fire extended into the attic and required extensive overhaul to extinguish smoldering insulation. One occupant was home at the time of the fire and was able to get out without injury.There were eight fire apparatus and 13 firefighters on the scene. WFD had no mutual aid from other fire departments in fighting the blaze.Other agencies assisting were the Wellington Police, Sumner County Emergency Management, the City Electric department, Kansas Gas Service and the Red Cross. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 386 weeks ago Is there anyway to get the pictures in a story ‘enlargeable’? Report Reply 1 reply · active 386 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 386 weeks ago Try this JustMe:… Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Arsenal transfer report: Gunners target wantaway Marseille youngster

first_img Bilal Boutobba (right) in action for France’s Under-17s last season Arsenal are set to mount a pursuit for Sevilla target Bilal Boutobba, according to reports in Spain.The Marseille teenager has been on the Gunners’ radar since January and he recently rejected a new contract offer from the Ligue 1 club.Sevilla were leading the race to land the attacking midfielder but, according to Estadio Deportivo, the north Londoners are now ready to gatecrash the Spanish club’s plans.A France youth international, Boutobba made his senior debut at the age of 16 but has been kept back in the club’s second team this season.But that has not prevented Arsenal and Sevilla from continuing to scout the youngster. Both clubs are expected to make contact with the player before the end of the season to try and negotiate a free transfer. 1last_img read more