‘Gov’t to sustain rehab efforts in Boracay’

first_imgBoncato, who handles the agency’stourism regulation, coordination and resource generation, said Boracay’stourism receipts posted P45.8 billion in the first nine months this year. Over380 accommodation establishments with 14,111 rooms were accredited by the taskforce. “We are looking into several areas,primarily in enforcing the existing laws and regulations all over the island.We have a steady decrease in the number of violators since the opening lastOctober,” he said. “We have an average of 5,696 touristsarriving a day. It is a steady flow in the number of tourists coming in Boracaysince the reopening. The arrivals are driven primarily by foreign tourists fromAsian markets – China and Korea. We hope the establishments will take advantageof the busy season in the last quarter,” added Boncato.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) He added the Department of Tourism(DOT) is coordinating with tour officials in producing information materialswritten in different languages to spread the regulations of the island to localand international tourists. “We have to strengthen thecommunication for foreign markets for them to understand why we have toimplement the efforts to protect and preserve Boracay Island,” Boncato said. The island also reclaimed its title asthe Best Island in Asia for 2019 by the Conde Nast Traveller magazine a yearafter it was temporarily closed for rehabilitation. Boncato added the task force inBoracay is on its way of fulfilling its commitment in the rehabilitation periodas the Department of Public Works and Highway’s road constructions in theisland will be completed before May next year.  The DOT was recently recognized by theprestigious Japan Tourism Award for its “socially advanced initiatives” in therehabilitation of the island by pursuing a cohesive effort to implement itsphysical, environmental and social recovery.  MALAY, Aklan – Tourism undersecretaryArturo Boncato Jr. said authorities will continue to sustain the government’srehabilitation efforts in Boracay Island here.last_img read more

Noll, Miller sweep John Morris Classic IMCA features

first_imgAPACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (May 28-29) – Jason Noll and Trevor Miller both went 2-for-2 at Arizona Speedway’s Memorial Weekend John Morris Classic.Noll picked up both $1,000 to win Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features while Miller swept the $600 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events.Noll raced from 10th starting to win Saturday’s caution-free 20-lapper and earn a spot on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.“I had a pretty good car. We could go to the bottom to pass and then go back to the top,” said Noll, who worked his way past leader and eventual runner-up Mike Strobl seven circuits in. “We got into lapped traffic but had a pretty sizable lead so that wasn’t a factor.”Jeremy Thornton, Steven McCollough and Joey Moriarty completed the top five across the stripe.Win number two on season and on the weekend saw Noll draw the outside pole and lead every time around the track on Sunday, as well as dodge the spinning car that brought out the first of bang-bang-bang yellows that came out on unlucky lap 13.“We ran the last seven laps green and I was able to pull away some,” he said. “The car was just rolling really well. We were fortunate to have a pretty dominant weekend.”Thornton took home second-place pay. Chaz Baca Jr., Brian Schultz and Austin Kuehl were third through fifth, respectively.Miller has split time behind the wheel of the number 10M Northern SportMod with his father Bill and brothers Ben and Cody and made the most of his holiday weekend opportunities to win two 20-lap features, both from the third starting position.He’d topped his Saturday heat short a spring but retrieved it undamaged from the track, put it back on and tinkered with the setup just a bit before the feature.“I went top the top on a restart and the car was just stupid fast,” he said. “I just checked out.”Miller wasn’t as dialed in on Sunday but still found his way to the front quickly.“I stayed on the bottom,” he said. “I wanted to go to the top but didn’t hear any other cars and didn’t want to chance it.”James Dupre, Jason George, Ray Czumaj and Matt Martinez rounded out Saturday’s top five. Dupre, Miles Morris, George and Eric Winemiller were scored after Miller on Sunday.The wins were the second and third of the season for Miller.May 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jason Noll; 2. Mike Strobl; 3. Jeremy Thornton; 4. Steven McCollough; 5. Joey Moriarty; 6. John Morris Jr.; 7. Don Earven; 8. Tyler Mecl; 9. Kelsie Foley; 10. Nate Warren; 11. Mike Martin; 12. Lance Mari; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Nick Gann; 15. Russel Allen; 16. Mark Stewart; 17. Chad Falco; 18. Norman Uptain Jr.; 19. Chris Caldwell; 20. Josh Wampole; 21. Duane Rogers; 22. Brad Whitfield; 23. Steve Stultz; 24. Eric Center.Northern SportMods – 1. Trevor Miller; 2. James Dupre; 3. Jason George; 4. Ray Czumaj; 5. Matt Martinez; 6. Adam Echter; 7. Tim Reese; 8. Dennis Gates; 9. Charles Hunt; 10. Dale Irby; 11. Jason Morris; 12. Kyle Smith; 13. David Harrington; 14. Clint Clausen; 15. Eric Winemiller; 16. Chris Toth; 17. Erik Shaw; 18. Tommy Thompson; 19. Dylan Ickes; 20. Lupe Gomez.May 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Noll; 2. Thornton; 3. Chaz Baca Jr.; 4. Brian Schultz; 5. Kuehl; 6. Allen; 7. Mari; 8. Falco; 9. Bryson Curry; 10. Whitfield; 11. Center; 12. Wampole; 13. Scott Francoeur; 14. Foley; 15. Uptain; 16. Martin; 17. Morris; 18. Stultz; 19. Warren; 20. Gann; 21. McCollough; 22. Strobl; 23. Scott Sluka; 24. Mecl.Northern SportMods – 1. Miller; 2. Dupre; 3. Miles Morris; 4. George; 5. Winemiller; 6. Toth; 7. Smith; 8. Echter; 9. Adolfo Noriega; 10. Gates; 11. Gomez; 12. Irby; 13. Shaw; 14. Hunt; 15. Clausen; 16. Czumaj; 17. Reese; 18. Morris.last_img read more

Christer Fahlstedt – Paf on course to eliminate all big player losses by 2020

first_img StumbleUpon Share Detailing an ‘industry first’, Åland Island (Finland) based betting group Paf has moved to openly publish a detailed breakdown of its customers’ annual wins and losses as part of its corporate social responsibility mandate.Updating the market, Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt detailed that the initiative would bring stakeholder transparency to Paf’s player wagering limits and further sustainability directives.“We are probably the first gaming company in the world to show openly and transparently what our customer database looks like,” he said. “These are the figures that most gaming companies want to hide because it shows that a few individuals can have an enormous impact on their operating results.”In 2018, Paf governance announced that it would introduce ‘permanent year limits’ set across its customer base and games portfolio, with the company announcing that it would enforce a ‘maximum €30,000 player loss limit’.Leading Paf, Fahlstedt states that they have refocused the business on servicing recreational players, noting that earnings generated from top wagering accounts have decreased.In its breakdown, Paf figures detail reduced revenues from ‘big player’ segments, with the operator able to increase its number of active customers by 24% during the course of 2018.“The figures show that the ‘loss limit’ and our tougher measures in gambling responsibility mean that we have lost over €4 million in revenue annually from our big players,” Fahlstedt added. “It is a lot of money. But it is unsustainable money that we no longer receive and which the whole gaming industry should say no to.”As a corporate directive, the Paf executive team has stated that it anticipates completely withdrawing its big player wagering services by 2020.Fahlstedt said: “We can guarantee that Paf won’t have any ‘high roller’ revenue by 2020 – since the ‘loss limit’ will be fully implemented then. I can also promise that we will continue to report with complete transparency on the revenues from our various customer groups.”Aiding the firm’s sustainability principals, Fahlstedt outlines that the betting group is developing further resources which will enable Paf verticals to detect and better monitor gambling harm behaviours.Daniela Johansson – PafPaf  Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson commented: “Previously we did not send direct marketing to players who play for large amounts and who have been flagged for a responsible gaming reason.“Now we are expanding our restrictions to more customer segments, which in practice means that we will double the amount of customers who do not receive direct marketing offers from us.” Share Submitlast_img read more

More N.Y. Yum franchises closed down

first_imgShares of Yum Brands slid 84 cents, or 1.4 percent, to close at $57.10 on the New York Stock Exchange. “We will not compromise on our food and restaurant quality,” Yum Brands executive Emil Brolick said in a written statement. ADF President Don Harty apologized to customers for the problems. “We are embarrassed by the situation and stress that certain restaurants did not meet the very high standards that we set for ourselves,” he said in a statement. The decade-old company owns more than 350 fast-food restaurants in several states and is among the nation’s largest operators of Pizza Huts. NEW YORK – A major owner of Pizza Hut, KFC and Taco Bell franchises saw a majority of its New York City restaurants shut down Thursday as the fallout continued from a video showing rats overrunning one of its Manhattan eateries. The city’s health department revealed that three more restaurants owned by the ADF Cos., of Fairfield, N.J., were closed by inspectors this week because of unsanitary conditions. Two, both in Queens, were found to be infested with mice. The new closures prompted swift action by fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc., parent of the KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains. Late Wednesday it announced the pre-emptive closing of 10 additional New York restaurants operated by ADF. It said they would remain shuttered until city inspectors gave them a clean bill of health. As of Thursday afternoon, eight of its 22 New York restaurants had passed an inspection and were allowed to remain open. ADF spokeswoman Marissa Smith said it was unclear how soon the others might reopen. City inspectors put the company in their cross hairs last week, when a TV cameraman peering through the windows of a KFC/Taco Bell in Greenwich Village at 2:30 a.m. recorded a nauseating number of rats skittering across the floor and climbing on tables and countertops. The video, which circulated on the Internet, also brought shame on the city for giving a passing grade to the eatery during an inspection just a day earlier. A follow-up inspection resulted in the restaurant’s immediate closure. Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden said this week that the city’s failure to immediately shut the restaurant was unacceptable, and he removed the inspector who conducted the initial review from field duty. He also promised that other inspectors could expect a thorough analysis of their work. Several restaurant owners complained they had been given excessively punitive inspections in the scandal’s wake. “After what happened in Manhattan, now they are cracking down on every restaurant,” said Ted Vlamis, whose Vegas Diner in Brooklyn failed an inspection and was ordered closed by the Department of Health on Wednesday. In 25 years of operation, Vlamis said, the restaurant had never been judged so harshly. This week’s inspection, he said, resulted in seven times as many violation points as the diner received in its last evaluation a year ago – all for minor infractions. “Two weeks ago, we would have been fine,” Vlamis said. Health department spokeswoman Sara Markt denied that any special crackdown was ongoing. Currently, about 1 in 5 city restaurants fail their annual inspection. About 500 of the 60,000 restaurants score poorly enough for the city to order them closed at least temporarily. Some of the city’s most famous restaurants have flunked a recent inspection, from the iconic Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to the Hello Deli on 53rd Street, famous for the appearances of proprietor Rupert Jee on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman.” Over the past two fiscal years, inspectors have fined restaurants $38 million for code violations.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more