Chinese top Boracay foreign visitors since start of 2019

first_imgThis year, the number of internationalvisitors is expected to hit the a million mark with the increase in theservices of low-cost carriers and sustained travel demand from sourcemarkets.  Chinese still dominates foreign arrivals in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. According to the Malay Municipal Tourism Office, a total of 389,885 Chinese tourists visited the world famous from January to October 2019. AKEANFORUM/BOYRYANZABAL China together with Korea remained asthe top two sources of market, recording an 81 percent total of internationaltourist arrivals from Jan. to October. Korean tourists came in second with334,201 tourist arrivals. The Malay Municipal Tourism Officerecorded a total of 389,885 Chinese tourist arrivals from Jan. to Oct. thisyear. Aside from Chinese and Koreans, theDepartment of Tourism is also targeting new market sources to attract moretourists in the country. (With a reportfrom Akean Forum/PN)center_img Boracay Island registered 941,868arrivals last year despite the six-month temporary closure toaddress environmental and infrastructure problems.  The total foreign tourist arrivals werealso comprised of Americans with 1,533; Russians, 1,002; Saudi Arabians, 964;Australians, 763; Britons, 733; Japanese, 617; and Germans with  444. They were followed by Taiwanese touristswith 28,455 arrivals. BORACAY – Chinese topped the list offoreign tourists who visited the world-famous island since January 2019,according to the municipal tourism office of Malay, Aklan. last_img read more

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Hoosiers rebounding prowess concern for Badgers

first_imgWhile Taylor Wurtz paces the Badgers, sophomore Morgan Paige will need to score if the team hopes to have a consistent offensive output in both halves.[/media-credit]It’s been a rough stretch of games for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.Losers of five straight and struggling with consistency, the Badgers (8-18, 4-10) will find themselves paired with another struggling team Thursday night as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14) in Bloomington, Ind.Despite their winless conference record and current 14-game losing streak, the Hoosiers have battled opponents like Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern down to the wire.While the Hoosiers look like the doormat of the conference record wise, the team has a surprising amount of competitiveness. Indiana is currently the Big Ten’s third best rebounding team, averaging 42 rebounds a game despite losing their best rebounder, senior double-double threat Georgie Jones, to a season-ending ACL tear.This could pose a danger to Wisconsin, a team that has struggled to contain and box out opponents on the boards throughout the season.“If I’m [Indiana] and I’m looking at tape and seeing that in certain games we’ve given up 21 and 23 offensive rebounds, I’d say ‘Hey, last game at home, everybody rebounds,’” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “I’d be saying they aren’t going to box you out because we haven’t proven we can. Until you prove it, why would they not attack us”?Besides being outrebounded in every game during their five-game losing streak, the Badgers have given up a combined 69 offensive rebounds in that span, good for an average of almost 14 a game.It’s no mystery that the Badgers fate against the Hoosiers will be tied to the battle of the boards.“They’re a good rebounding team, they don’t have just a good rebounder, they have a good rebounding team,” senior forward Anya Covington said. “So we all have to box out, and we’ve been lacking in that area. It all comes down to discipline, but I know we can do that and box out.”The Badgers will also need consistent offensive production from their guards. While junior guard Taylor Wurtz’s offensive dominance has been well documented, the rest of the conference has caught on. Opponents’ best defenders have flustered Wurtz or double-teamed the star guard in the second half of the conference season, leading to Wisconsin’s struggles in maintaining a consistent scoring output.If the Badgers want to play the spoilers on the Hoosiers’ Senior Night at Assembly Hall, guards like Morgan Paige will have to step up like she did Sunday against Nebraska. Leading the team with 15 points in a losing effort, Paige showed her ability to do it all for Wisconsin, scoring on jump shots as well as on the drive.“My percentage is really high, and the scouting report for other teams probably says contest hard and make her put the ball on the ground,” Paige said. “I think as soon as I hit an outside shot, they came out harder on me. My favorite thing is to put the ball on the ground. I love to use pump-fakes, so when I get to go straight line to the basket for wide-open layups it’s always a great opportunity for us.”The Badgers will need everything Paige can muster Thursday night, as the matchup against the Hoosiers will feature the two worst scoring offenses in the Big Ten. While the Badgers have shown glimpses of offensive greatness against the conference – highlighted by a 79 point outburst against Iowa on Feb. 2 – the Badgers have only mustered on average 59.2 points per game this season.For Kelsey, the Badgers just need someone to step up during crunch time to help give the team some consistency on the offensive end.“This is not a group that’s used to having close games,” Kelsey said. “None of them have had to do that in their careers here. They’ve never been put in those situations where someone has to be the closer.“I mean, who is that? We have a hard time sometimes, identifying one. Taylor can close, but when she gets double-teamed who else? … It’s hard to not have that veteran experience of someone that’s been in that situation before.”last_img read more

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United Way of North Central Iowa announces second round of pandemic funding to nonprofits

first_imgUnited Way of North Central Iowa CEO Jen Arends says as the pandemic continues to evolve, the second round of funding reflects the need to move towards rebuilding in our nonprofit networks. MASON CITY — The United Way of North Central Iowa has announced their second round of funding to help local nonprofit organizations struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. 12 organizations were chosen to be awarded money from the United Way’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund by a committee of United Way, public health, emergency management and nonprofit representatives. The recipients include:$3999 to One Vision for increased sanitation needs$3446 to Mosaic in Northern Iowa for increased sanitation needs$3000 to the Food Bank of Iowa for emergency food assistance$3000 to Charlie Brown Preschool & Child Care for summer activities for children$2500 to 43 North Iowa for increased sanitation needs$2000 to YSS Francis Lauer for increased sanitation needs$1500 to Crisis Intervention Service for client assistance and technology for remote work$1500 to Habitat for Humanity of North Central Iowa for increased sanitation needs$1000 to North Iowa Court Appointed Special Advocate Program for technology to provide remote visits with children in need of assistance$1000 to Lake Mills Community Preschool & Daycare for increased sanitation needs$750 to Kossuth County Child Assistance Resource Education Team for client assistance$500 to Greater Iowa Youth For Christ for increased sanitation needslast_img read more

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