General view of the debris of the Ukraine International Airlines, flight PS752, Boeing 737-800 plane that crashed after takeoff from Imam Khomeini airport, on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran on Jan. 8, is seen in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. VIA REUTERS DUBAI – Iran said on Saturday itunintentionally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing 176 people onboard due to human error. Tehran added it could ask Russia,Canada, France, or Ukraine for help. Wednesday’s crash heightenedinternational pressure on Iran after months of friction with the United States(US). Washington killed an Iranian general last week in Iraq, prompting Tehranto fire at US targets. Iranian Foreign Minister MohammadJavad Zarif said the armed forces investigation showed the downing of theBoeing 737-800 was the result of “human error at time of crisis caused by USadventurism (that) led to disaster.” Iran on Thursday said it woulddownload the information from voice and flight data recorders, known as blackboxes, to determine what happened. Ukraine had been looking at variouspossible causes of the crash, including an attack by a Russian-made missile, acollision, an engine explosion, or terrorism.(Reuters) The US and Canada, which had 57citizens on board, had blamed an Iranian action for bringing down the aircraft.
Thegovernment-made unit assigned for the job is considering a one-year extensionto continue its work. The too urgent extension of BIATF operation is beingstudied by Malacañang for the long-term stability of the island as a premiertourist destination. “Nasa right track, on-time tayosa mga projects sa isla at tuloy-tuloy ang compliance ng mga commercial establishments. Matatapos na rin itong road widening atdrainage works sa Phase II,” she said. Two years ago,the enhanced inter-agency task force was created by virtue of Executive OrderNo. 53 to “reverse the degradation of Boracay” Island,’ to strictly enforcenational laws and local ordinances, andto implement and oversee policies. Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force requires more work time to ensure the ecological sustainability of the world-class island through rehabilitation. ABS-CBN Under the EO,the task force is deemed dissolved after two years from May 8, 2018 unlessextended by President Duterte upon recommendation of the Cabinet. It is also upto him to give the local government units in Malay, Aklan the full autonomy tomanage the island if the task force is no longer needed. “May mga proyekto sa Boracay Action Plan doon na kailangang matapos hanggang 2022kahit wala na ang task force. Ngunit sa ngayon wala pa ang permanentbody, nag-uusap ang mga secretariesto recommend ang extension nang taskforce kay Pangulong Duterte,” shestressed.The president called the island before a ‘cesspool’ due to illegal discharge ofwaste to the sea. Strained by mass tourism, the island was shut down on April2018 to public in order to allow it to recover from the impact of tourism andfor the much-needed rehabilitation works. Natividad addedthat a medium term Boracay Action Plan (BAP) was already approved by PresidentRodrigo Duterte on July 2019 to sustain the rehabilitation efforts of theinter-agency task force. KALIBO, AKlan –The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) needs more work time to ensure theecological sustainability of the world-class island through rehabilitation. Natividad Bernandino, Boracay rehabilitation management group general manager said that the extension of the task force’s mandate will give the necessary push to speed up and resolve issues on environment, infrastructure, water quality, peace and order, sewerage and waste management of the world-class island. The island wasable to reopen six months later with new rules and regulations governing in thestrict implementation of local ordinances. Meanwhile,Aklan 2nd District Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. filed a measure for the creationof Boracay Island Council – a policy-making body that will oversee the managementand development of the island.The bill seeks to regulate the establishments, operations, maintenance ofactivities, infrastructures and utilities in the island by formulatingshort-term and long-term strategies for social and infrastructural development and of environmental protection.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)
Ramadan is a period for bothself-reflection and socializing. Believers fast from dawn to dusk and thengather around a family or community meal each evening of Islam’s holiest month,which begins later this week and ends with Eid al-Fitr festivities. TEHRAN – From cancelled “iftar” feaststo suspended mosque prayers, Muslims across the Middle East are bracing for ableak month of Ramadan fasting as the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. But this year, the fast-spreading novelcoronavirus threatens to dampen Ramadan like never before, with millions lockeddown across the Middle East – from Saudi Arabia and Lebanon to the battle zonesof Libya, Iraq and Yemen. (AFP) Ramadan is considered an auspicious period to travel to Mecca to perform the year-round umrah pilgrimage, which Saudi authorities suspended last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the usually packed area around the sacred Kaaba empty. AFP
The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade continues to support the local government units in Negros Occidental against coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. On May 12, the troops helped in picking up and transporting additional personal protective equipment for the government hospitals in this province from the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City. 303RD INFANTRY BRIGADE BACOLOD City – The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde) based in Negros Occidental continues to lend a hand to the government in the continuing battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303IBde, said that troops in this province are providing augmentation support in security, manpower, and logistics to the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force.“Your Army in Negros Occidental will continue its mandate, especially in supporting the efforts of the local government units to contain the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to provide manpower and mobility assets,” Pasaporte said in a statement on May 13.The 303IBde, whose headquarters is in Mucria town, supervises the 94th, 79th and 62nd Infantry Battalions (IBs) based in the northern and central parts of this province.On May 12, brigade troops joined the personnel of the 14th Civil Military Operations Battalion, the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Fire Protection at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City to pick up and to transport the additional personal protective equipment for government hospitals in this province.In the northern part of Negros Occidental, meanwhile, troops of 79IB based in Sagay City provided security in different barangays during the distribution of the national government’s social amelioration grants to beneficiaries and the social pension for senior citizens.(With a report from PNA/PN)
According to Roque, the IATF-EID has already informed local government units about their possible quarantine status to give way to appeals ahead of the President’s announcement. “The President will announce on or before the 29th, I believe,” Roque Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque. Instead of transitioning to the “new normal,” areas with low-risk of COVID-19 local transmission will remain under MGCQ. Western Visayas was first placed under MGCQ on June 1 and was extended until June 30 by the IATF-EID./PN Those with moderate-risk of local transmission of the virus will be classified either as general community quarantine (GCQ) areas or modified GCQ areas. He revealed that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) have already made their recommendations with the current quarantine classifications set to expire on June 30. “Sa ngayon po wala munang new normal. Ibig sabihin lahat ng lugar po sa Pilipinas meron pa rin community quarantine,” Roque said. “The changes in the community quarantine system are only temporary and subject to change.” Roque earlier said no areas in the Philippines will transition to “new normal” after the IATF-EID decided to recalibrate its community quarantine system in its resolution last week. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce new quarantine classifications that will be implemented next month to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 2019, Malacañang said. Areas found to be at high-risk of COVID-19 local transmission will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) or modified ECQ.
The Milan Indians Boys Tennis Team defeated The East Central Trojans 4-1.Milan vs. EC (9-25)Submitted by Milan Coach Zach Wade.
Associates at a Batesville healthcare supplier were informed this week that the company has been purchased.Virtus employees were informed this week that the company has been purchased by its largest customer.The company located on Lambers Pike in Batesville, is a manufacturer and supplier of healthcare products, such as hospital bed mattresses. The company receives the majority of its business from right up the road at Hill-Rom.Sources have confirmed that Hill-Rom has bought out the local supplier.No word on the exact details of the purchase or what will ensue for the approximately 100 employees of Virtus.Visit wrbiradio.com for continuing coverage as this story is still developing. When we learn more information we will relay it along to you.
William G. Grubbs, 36, was arrested June 25 by officers in Kentucky. (Image: Kenton County Jail)Update (July 2 @ 5:00 a.m.)Formal charges have been filed on a Kentucky man suspected of demanding cash at a MainSource Bank in Greensburg.Prosecutors have charged William G. Grubbs, 36, with robbery as a class C felony, according to the Greensburg Daily News. Detectives believe the suspect entered the bank and passed a handwritten note to the clerk demanding cash and claimed he had a gun on Wednesday, June 25.He was apprehended the same day in Northern Kentucky after being pulled over by a police officer for an unrelated matter. He was arrested and booked into the Kenton County Jail.Indiana is not the only state Grubbs is facing a bank robbery charge. He is suspected of entering a Louisville bank on June 7 and demanding money through a handwritten note.First Report (June 30 @ 8:11 a.m.)Authorities in Kentucky have arrested a man who is suspected of robbing the 10th Street branch of MainSource Bank in Greensburg last Wednesday.Detectives told the Greensburg Daily News the suspect entered the bank and passed a handwritten note to the clerk demanding cash and claiming he had a firearm.William G. Grubbs, 36, of Independence, KY, was arrested on Wednesday evening after a traffic stop on unrelated charges in Northern Kentucky.Greensburg police say they were contacted by the out-of-state agency after evidence in the vehicle linked Grubbs to the Decatur County bank robbery.As of Monday morning, Grubbs has not been formally charged in connection to the robbery at MainSource Bank. He remains jailed in Kenton County, KY.
This weekend will conclude another girls’ basketball regular season. Where have the past 2 1/2 months gone? All the area schools will enter the sectional tournament next week. Several of our area schools will be considered potential favorites to win one of the four classes contested in Indiana basketball.The area’s top team is East Central. The Lady Trojans, unfortunately, are paired with some of Indiana’s best 4A schools. Columbus North and Bloomington South have dominated the sectional since its inception. Maybe this is the year the Lady Trojans can break this trend and win their first sectional.Other area schools with a good chance to win a sectional crown are Jac-Cen-Del in 1A, South Ripley in 2A, and Batesville in 3A. Oldenburg Academy is in the same sectional as JCD and, traditionally, give the Lady Eagles a great battle in the sectional. Greensburg and Rushville will battle Batesville for the 3A title at South Dearborn.Good luck to all of our area teams.
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in the 7 school Panther Invitational at Muscatatuck Park in Jennings County on Monday (9/14) night.The JCD girls’ and boys’ teams finished 1st in their respective races. Cloey Simon (JCD) was the individual winner of the girls’ race.JC Panthers MS CC Invite (9-14)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.