Slashing P6K SAP cash aid prohibited – DSWD

first_imgNo governmentofficial is allowed to slash the monetary aid for whatever reason, according toAssistant Secretary Rhea Peñaflor. “It is up to thebeneficiaries, pagnakuha na nila angP6,000, kon gusto nila buligan ang pihaknga balay nga wala SAP,” said Peñaflor. Peñaflor,reacting to reports that some local government units slashed the cashassistance then gave the hacked amount to those unfortunately not covered bySAP, said such action was not in the guidelines. She urged SAPbeneficiaries who were coerced into giving up a portion of their cashassistance to register their complaints at DSWD, or text/call the followinghotline numbers: She also revealedhaving asked the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) toinvestigate the reported slashing of the cash assistance of SAP beneficiariesin Maasin, Iloilo – from P6,000 to P5,000. Some SAPbeneficiaries in Barangay Delgado, Maasin claimed they were made by barangayofficials to sign waivers stating they were voluntarily giving up P1,000 fromtheir P6,000 cash assistance and that the P1,000 would be given to those notcovered by SAP in their village. * Globe –09162471194 “Gina-encourage gid sila nga mag-report so that mayevidence kita nga indi kamo gusto buhinanang ginahatag nga P6,000,” said Peñaflor. * Sun –09329333257 * Smart –09474822864 In an interviewover DyOK Aksyon Radyo, Mayor Francis Amboy said he had asked barangayofficials to make it clear to their constituents that giving up P1,000 from thecash assistance must be voluntary only, and that this was for the benefit offamilies not covered by SAP. Everybody inMaasin is affected by the ongoing enhanced community quarantine, he pointedout./PN ILOILO City –Each beneficiary of the national government’s P6,000 Social AmeliorationProgram (SAP) cash assistance must receive the money in full, stressed theDepartment of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). “Under theBayanihan Act, the P6,000 must be released intact by local governments. Fundslashing is prohibited,” she stressed. DSWD Region 6records showed P36,342,000 was downloaded to the local government of Maasin for6,057 target SAP beneficiaries in the town.last_img read more

Bulldogs Netters Battle Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Varsity Tennis team lost to Franklin County 3-2 on Tuesday.#1 Singles- Lleyton Ratcliffe lost to Landon Bundy 3-6, 2-6.#2 Singles- George Ritter lost to Trevor Murray 5-7, 4-6.#3 Singles- Will Harmeyer defeated Austin Arrasmith 6-0, 6-0.#1 Doubles- Lane Westerfeld/George Ritter lost to Brayden Ertel/Dylan Little 1-6, 2-6.#2 Doubles- Sam Giesting/Adam Scott defeated Dylan Lewis/Kurt Oetzel 5-7, 6-0, 6-1.In JV, Batesville won 3-1. Grant Story won in singles, while the doubles teams of Ben Rodgers/Lane Oesterling and Brayden Worthington/Sam Voegele won in doubles.The Varsity is now 6-2 (3-2 EIAC) and the JV is 8-0. Batesville will host Columbus East on Senior Night Thursday at 5:00.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.The Franklin County Wildcats Tennis team took on the Batesville Bulldogs in a huge EIAC matchup. The Cats were coming off of a loss to East Central and were in desperate need of a win. They came out and performed just like they needed to winning 3-2.The #1 doubles team of Braydon Ertel and Dylan Little were next off with a victory to stay undefeated on the year and tie the match up. Landon Bundy then got a much needed win at #1 singles and Trevor Murray pulled out a tough win at #2 singles to clinch the match. A win at #2 doubles for the Bulldogs was too little too late as the Cats pulled off the 3-2 victory. This was the first win for the Cats against Batesville in approximately 17 years.Congrats to the Boys tennis team on a huge conference victory. They will be back in action Wednesday night at home against the Lincoln Eagles. Come out and support the Cats as they look to continue their strong season.Courtesy of Wildcats Coachlast_img read more

Tongue in Chic: Changing your hair changes your life

first_imgOnce I went pink, though, hiding became impossible. My hair was no longer an attention deflector but an attention magnet. Everywhere I went, strangers came up to me to compliment it, to ask how long it took and what products I used on it. Everyone from Starbucks baristas to Uber drivers told me they liked my hair.   I’d never noticed before how much I relied on my hair as a security blanket. I used it to shield my face, a curtain that I could retreat behind whenever I felt shy or awkward. Long, thick and dark, it was a de facto invisibility cloak, allowing me to blend in and disappear.  I’m crystal clear on the date because there are two photos from that day saved in my camera roll. In the before shot, my hair is long, dark and virginal. I’m smiling, though a frisson of tension hovers around my mouth. In the second, my hair is a bright bubblegum pink, a far cry from the pastel hue I’d envisioned. My expression: sheer consternation. I’d sent that photo to all my friends with the caption: “I’ve made a mistake.” It’s faintly astonishing to me that I’ve had pink hair for nearly a year now. It feels both so long ago and like yesterday that I made the plunge. I can say with certainty, however, that dyeing my hair pink has changed my life.      As quickly as the thought came, I dismissed it. Of course that couldn’t be me. I’m not a 5-foot-8 model who’s walked for Louis Vuitton and starred in a Chanel campaign. Also, my parents would never go for it.  But you know what? I’m not worried about it. It’s been almost a year, and I no longer feel like an impostor pretending to be someone I’m not. I’ve fully grown into my pink hair; I don’t need to lean on it like a crutch anymore.  What sealed the deal for me, though, was watching Mi-Anne Chan dye her hair pink for her Refinery29 series “Beauty with Mi.” Here was someone who wasn’t a multimillionaire celebrity or an Instagram influencer; she was just a journalist who worked for one of my favorite outlets. In her video titled “I Dyed My Virgin Hair For the First Time,” Chan documents the process from start to finish, talks about the experience of bleaching her whole head and recommends products for her new hair care routine. When I finished the video, I determined right there and then: “Fuck it, I’m gonna do it.”  Kitty Guo. Kitty Guo is a senior writing about fashion. Her column, “Tongue in Chic,” typically runs every other Monday. (Tiffany Kao | Daily Trojan) On May 24, I walked into Spoke and Weal’s SoHo salon and walked out six hours later with pink hair. When it was finally over and the stylist gave me back my glasses, I looked in the mirror and felt faint all over. My head was magenta. She assured me that it would fade in no time, that the brightness was just to ensure that the color wouldn’t disappear too quickly. I nodded, paid her an exorbitant amount and scurried home in dismay, snapping the selfie in my camera roll along the way.  When we get out, maybe I’ll go lavender. Or blue. Or silver. Who knows? After all, I’m young, and the future stretches out before me, shimmering with possibility.  That was in 2015. Since then, pink hair’s popularity has risen to a fever pitch. Every beauty publication — Allure, Glamour, InStyle — ran articles gushing over the trend. A sea of rose gold waves flooded Pinterest boards. High-profile celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and BTS’ Jimin debuted their new rosy tresses on Instagram. Then e-girls came on the scene, and, well, I can’t say that my decision wasn’t partially influenced by my fascination with Belle Delphine.  Every two months, I go to the salon to touch up my roots. I white-knuckle my way through two hours of chemicals soaking into my brain, dealing with dandruff the size of snowflakes, just so I can keep feeling like that. Well, I used to. The last time I went to get my roots bleached was back in February, and as my salon is temporarily shuttered due to the coronavirus, I have no idea when I can make another appointment. When I wake up in the morning, I notice the darkness at the crown of my head gain another centimeter. I wash my hair once a week and watch the water circle the drain; when I step out, I’m a little more blonde, a little less strawberry.  I don’t remember when I started toying with the idea of dyeing my hair pink. I think it started with Fernanda Ly, the poster girl for pink-haired Asians, and her Teen Vogue cover. Thumbing through her photoshoot, enthralled by her cotton candy-colored strands and thick, blunt bangs, I wondered, “Wow, could that be me?”   But I needn’t have worried; she was right. After a week and a thorough rinse in the shower, the shade faded into the soft fairy-floss pink of my dreams, and I haven’t looked back since. Determined to recreate Chan’s exact experience, I went to the same salon in the video, and even booked the same colorist. I sat in a chair for five hours as bleach ate away at the melanin in my hair, my scalp prickling with the sensation of fire ants crawling all over my head.  With pink hair, I felt … cool. As someone with the personality of a shrinking violet, my hair dragged me out of my comfort zone and forced me to act like how I thought a pink-haired person would act — bold and arresting, at ease in their own skin; someone who didn’t give a shit about what other people thought. Unnatural hair color is no substitute for a personality, but my newfound confidence didn’t supplant my identity so much as evolve it. last_img read more

Syracuse struggling with service errors despite recent wins

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 17, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Santita Ebangwese served the ball out of bounds. Instead of crippling North Carolina State, it led to another wasted opportunity in the first set in the Sept. 25 matchup.Head coach Leonid Yelin quickly pulled the middle blocker out of the game. After she was pulled with Syracuse down, 15-8, the team didn’t recover and lost that set, 25-15, and eventually the game.It continued what Yelin called a “painful” learning process that began after the team’s second game of the season against Colgate.Since that game, the team is 5-11 and has won four conference games, but its serving problem has persisted. SU (5-13, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) is in the middle of its longest road stretch of the year. The team has struggled to serve the ball consistently.The team has averaged 7.2 service errors per game on the season and have out-errored their opponents 130-119.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin compared serving the ball to taking free throws in basketball. Players practice dribbling and taking deep breaths as they prepare to hit the ball to the opponent. However, even with practice, the execution is still lacking.“It’s still more kind of mental,” Yelin said. “(You have to) hold yourself accountable for mistakes (when) you do it. It’s different form the club (teams) and high school when it’s mistake ‘it’s OK.’ (At) the college level it’s not OK.”In four of the five games SU has won, it has had at least six service errors. Service errors have contributed to some of the Orange’s losses. Early in the season against then-No. 17 Penn State with Syracuse trailing, 23-22, a service error at the end of the first set by Dana Valelly led to a brief meltdown that led to a lost set. Syracuse never came as close to winning a set again and lost that game 3-0.Syracuse beat Boston College 3-1, on Sept. 23 despite a season-high 16 service errors. Libero Belle Sand echoed Yelin after the N.C. State game and said practicing is the only way to improve serves as a team.“We need to practice (serves) like we would in a game and I feel like that’s our hardest stepping-stone,” Sand said. “… It’s hard to put that (in-game) pressure on yourself because no one wants to feel that pressure.”According to outside hitter Mackenzie Weaver watching film, as well as receiving pointers from her mother, a former assistant at Ohio State, has helped her improve her serve.“After the games, she’s like ‘try this next time or try this next time,” Weaver said.After watching the film on ESPN, she noticed what shots she or her teammates missed and what caused the miss. Sometimes it was lack of communication or being too quick. Most times it was a lack of velocity because of foot placement.“If your feet are (around a foot far apart) you can’t get off the ground,” Weaver explained. “You have to keep your feet tight together like you’re taking an approach.”As the team takes on correcting each issue, the ultimate goal is to improve steadily while still going back to the basics of the serve.“You can’t go back there and think “I’m going to get an ace’,” Sand said. “… You kind of gotta start small and not aim too big, because that’s where you get errors.” Commentslast_img read more

If Theres Life on Saturns Moon Enceladus It Might Look Like

first_imgIt’s an insight into the solar system that Cassini died to give us. Back in 2015, NASA space probe Cassini swooped down to Saturn’s moon Enceladus to taste its geysers. It was analysis of those samples that led scientists to believe the moon’s underwater oceans could harbor life.center_img Saturn’s moon Enceladus has become an alien-hunting hot spot, and not just for the tinfoil hat crowd. Thought to be a barren cue ball until NASA’s Cassini mission found both active geysers and a liquid ocean beneath its frozen surface, the icy little moon is now one of the likeliest places to encounter extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Last year, when scientists analyzed Enceladus’ ocean—or a small drop of it blasted skyward in a geyser, anyway—they found evidence of hydrothermal reactions, which produce H2, just the kind of molecular food some little Enceladian organism might like to munch on.A cutaway view of Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft discovered the moon has a global ocean and likely hydrothermal activity. A plume of ice particles, water vapor and organic molecules sprays from fractures in the moon’s south polar region.NASA/JPL-CaltechIn a paper released today in Nature Communications, one research group has taken its study of potential life on Enceladus one step further. Simon Rittmann, who studies single-celled microorganisms at the University of Vienna, determined that a certain Earthly microbe could survive under the conditions scientists think they’re likely to find beneath Enceladus’ icy crust. In other words, if there’s life lurking on Enceladus, it might be something like Methanothermococcus okinawensis.Dr. T.J. Beveridge/Getty ImagesMethanothermococcus okinawensis is a methanogen, type of archaea (a kind of single-organism distinct from both bacteria and eukaryotes like us) which convert molecular hydrogen and carbon dioxide into methane—all of which Cassini found in Enceladus’ geyser. (Enticingly, the source(s) of these components, especially the methane bit, are still something of a mystery.) On Earth, the microbe lives in a deep sea hydrothermal vent off the coast of Japan. Rittmann and his team cultivated several methanogens under gas compositions and pressures similar to Enceladus’, but only M. okinawensis survived when they threw in some of Enceladus’ chemical wildcards like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Theoretically, if some future mission delivered a sample of the methanogen to Enceladus’ ocean floor, M. okinawensis could probably colonize it.Is that proof positive of, well, anything? Not really. Methanogens are hardly the only possible source of Enceladus’ methane. Some hydrothermal vents on Earth can produce methane even in the absence of life, and comets, which really aren’t so different from small, icy Enceladus, seem to have picked up methane from interstellar clouds. And even if life on Enceladus does produce methane, it’s not likely to be similar to M. okinawensis in the way a horse is similar to a zebra. “Nature is usually smarter than us. It could have found a way to use that fuel in an entirely different way,” says Hunter Waite, a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute. “Would it be like a microbe on Earth? Probably not. Would it even be DNA-based? Maybe not.”Which doesn’t mean that scientists subjecting microbes to Enceladus-like conditions are wasting their grant money. “I’m pleased people are starting to take deep looks at biological methane production,” says Christopher Glein, a geochemist and planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute. “The next step is doing this hard work in the lab to figure out what life might look like from a spacecraft instrument’s point of view.” Now that scientists have a model organism to work with, Glein is curious about the isotopic composition of the biological methane it produces. (Chem 101 refresher: isotopes are variants on a particular element with differing numbers of neutrons in their nuclei.) It stands to reason that methane belched out by microbes would contain different isotopes of carbon and hydrogen than methane produced by hot rocks or some other non-biological process. “It would be really useful in defining some future mission requirements for us,” Glein says. Detecting isotopes is well within NASA spacecraft capabilities, so if biological methane produced by microbes does have some kind of distinct signature, it would be a helpful, easily measurable hint.And designing future missions, maybe even more than the search for hypothetical extraterrestrial life, is really what all of this is about. “Some people would say we should fly back through Enceladus’ plumes and we’ll find some wiggly microbes,” Waite says. “And we might do that, but the probability is not so high. I would just as soon know more about the chemistry.” Long before anyone encounters an actual alien—if any are out there—deep space missions will probably encounter evidence of them. Unless folks back in the lab keep testing hypotheses, trying to fit these chemical puzzles together, and designing devices to detect them, those missions are likely to fly right on by.Moon Rockslast_img read more