AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The ash clouds can pose a health risk, especially for people with respiratory problems, and they can damage the engines of aircraft and vehicles on the ground. Alaska Airlines, which canceled 28 flights into Anchorage and Fairbanks on Friday and early Saturday as a safety precaution, resumed its schedule Saturday morning, but officials said they would still keep a cautionary eye on the wind and volcano. Charlie Franz, chief executive officer of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, said his staff was putting extra filters in the hospital’s air handling system. “Just don’t go out if you don’t have to,” he said. “I think that’s probably the best advice people can get. Alaska Volcano Observatory:www.avo.alaska.edu/ HOMER, Alaska – Snowflakes laced with fine, gray ash fell on communities south of Anchorage as a series of volcanic eruptions continued early Saturday on an uninhabited island dozens of miles away. Plumes of ash from the volcano drifted across Cook Inlet and into Homer, 75 miles to the east, halting air travel and closing schools in some Kenai Peninsula communities Friday. The 4,134-foot Augustine Volcano began erupting Wednesday after a 20-year lull. By Saturday morning, it had erupted at least eight times, and scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said they expect more eruptions over the next several days or weeks. “We’re just sitting here waiting for the next event,” said Peter Cervelli, research geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey office in Anchorage. Weather Service: pafc.arh.noaa.gov/augustine.php 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Photo by Marc Reyes/INQUIRERThe Philippines is tired of being among the last placers in the region.Chef de mission to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Cynthia Carrion said Thursday this year’s Philippine delegation is eager to climb up the ladder in the medal standings.ADVERTISEMENT “I think we’re tired of” said Carreon during the send off ceremonies at Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions in Pasay Thursday night.Carreon even correlated the gross domestic products of the Philippines’ Southeast Asian neighbors to its sporting success, saying the country should also be performing well in the sporting stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs per the International Monetary Fund, the Philippine is the no. 4 country in the Southeast Asian region in terms of GDP per capita at $2,951.07 in 2016.The Philippines, however, finished sixth in the 2015 SEA Games behind Thailand, host Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia with a 29-36-66 gold, silver, bronze medal haul. “We’re up there with Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand in terms of GDP,” said Carreon. “So we can do the same in sports, and we should really do that.”Carreon added their target for a gold medal haul is 50, a number that is more than double that of the 29 the Philippines won in Singapore.“I say around 50, but when I talked to all the athletes they promised me 63 but I just want to say 50,” said Carreon. “I feel we’re going to reach the target.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Gilas PH squad underdog no more MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES
Twenty-five employees from 14 resort properties in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, have been certified by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) as part of steps to facilitate Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) compliance and certification.Participants in the PSRA Security Training Programme, which was conducted in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), were presented with their certificates during a graduation ceremony at the Treasure Beach Sports Complex on November 23.Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, who spoke at the function, said the initiative forms part of a wide suite of programmes by the agency to ensure that the operations of entities within the sector are compliant with the laws and regulations under the Tourist Board Act.This, he added, is in keeping with TPDCo’s mandate of enhancing the tourism product by ensuring stakeholder compliance and a consistently high quality of offerings to clients and guests.Dr. Spencer advised that the programme’s implementation is already bearing fruit in Treasure Beach, as two of the participating entities will become compliant after obtaining certification, while four of the 12 unlicensed participating entities are in the process of getting the outstanding documents to apply for the JTB licence.In his remarks, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who is the Member of Parliament for Southwest St. Elizabeth where Treasure Beach is located, thanked TPDCo for implementing the programme.“I am happy to see this programme come to fruition. The best way to build any tourism product we have is to build our human resources,” he said.The training programme was held from October 8 to 12, with sessions conducted by PSRA-approved trainer, Anthony Rodney.The Product Quality and Training Department in collaboration with the Product Development and Community Tourism Department secured programme funding through Minister Green under the 2018/19 Spruce Up Budget.