Daily Archive: February 12, 2018

WHAT WENT BEFORE: Boracay’s environmental issues

WHAT WENT BEFORE: Boracay’s environmental issues

Coliform bacteria scare and other environmental issues have hounded Boracay in Aklan province over the past 20 years

In 1997, tourist arrivals on the island dropped 60 percent due to the increase in coliform bacteria that was blamed on inadequate septic and sewerage systems.

As a result, Boracay installed a potable water supply system, a sewage treatment plant and a solid waste disposal system run by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA).

Seven years later, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources reported that the coliform crisis persisted as not all businesses operated with an environmental compliance certificate from the government.

Then, only 51 percent of hotels and restaurants and only 25 percent of households had installed pipelines connecting to the centralized sewage treatment plant that began operating in 2003.

In 2005, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declared Boracay a special tourism zone.

In April 2006, Arroyo gave the PTA administrative control over Boracay, to be exercised in coordination with the provincial government.

In 2009, after waters off Boracay were contaminated with fecal coliform from human waste, Boracay Island Water Co. (BIWC) won the contract for the project to improve the supply of potable water and install an efficient sewerage system.

BIWC is 80-percent owned by Manila Water Co. and 20 percent by the PTA.

In 2011, a study conducted by McKeough Marine Center based at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, said coral reefs in Boracay had reached an alarming state of deterioration.

In February 2015, excessive algae growth caused by sewage being directly dumped into the waters began to appear.

Source: Inquirer Archives

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will perform ‘Henry IV’ at the VA campus

Falstaff will get the Tom Hanks treatment when the actor stars in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles’ production of “Henry IV,” the center is expected to announce Monday.

The cast also will include actress Rita Wilson, Hanks’ wife. It is scheduled to run for 24 performances between June 5 and…

Will Jackson and Maggie FINALLY Hook Up on Grey’s Anatomy? I Think So

We have quite the “will they, won’t they” situation happening on Grey’s Anatomy. Ever since the season 13 finale of the show, we’ve been wondering whether Maggie and Jackson might get together, turning their friendship slash sibling-in-law relationship into a full-fledged romance. Hey, they’re not related by blood, so no harm, no foul, right? Now that we’re nearing the end of season 14 (meaning it’s been almost a year since we got the first whiffs of this potential relationship), it’s time to really figure out where this is going. And if you ask me, I think we’re seeing a long game play out, meaning it’s only a matter of time before they wind up in each other’s arms.

In this week’s episode, called “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” I got the distinct impression that we’re heading down that path again. Maggie’s a bit all over the place; she’s helping Richard with salsa lessons, mourning her mother as the first anniversary of her death approaches, and going on dates with a new guy named Clive. Jackson and Maggie exchange some witty banter in which Jackson calls him “Chive,” but that’s not the moment I got stuck on.

At two separate points in the episode, Maggie attempts to explain the heart device she’s developing for the surgery contest that April’s running. First she explains it to Clive, then to Jackson. And while Clive scratches his head and tries to wrap his mind around it, Jackson fully understands right away. You can see the visible moment where something clicks for Maggie and she’s like, “Jackson just gets it.” It’s a small moment, but it’s definitely one where you could see the cogs moving in her head.

Why is this important? Because Maggie’s the one who just pumped the brakes with Jackson in a previous episode. Back in January, there’s that whole ordeal where the two are on a helicopter with a patient and they get sprayed head to toe with blood. They rinse off, but since the hospital is being held hostage by hackers, they can’t get new scrubs to change into. So, they spend half the day in towels, sizing each other up. At the end, Maggie goes on a Tinder date and tells Jackson that she doesn’t think it would work out between them.

Now, it seems a little murkier. As the anniversary of her mother’s death approaches, it’s possible Maggie is stopping to take stock of her life. Maybe, in this time of reflection, she’ll realize that Jackson is who she truly wants to be with. Of course, there are so many mines in this field. I speak for a lot of fans when I say I’m holding out hope for Jackson and April. And, of course, there’s the whole sibling thing to consider (plus the ramifications if it doesn’t work out). Sit tight, everyone. Things might get a bit dicey as we head toward the finale.

11 Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott Photos That Give Us a Rare Glimpse at Their Romance

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott have been going strong for almost a year now. The two first started off as friends, but in April 2017, Kylie split from ex-boyfriend Tyga and her relationship with Travis turned romantic. While the duo have a habit of keeping their romance private, we recently got a peek into their lives together in an 11-minute YouTube video that Kylie released to celebrate the birth of their daughter. Oh, yeah, haven’t you heard yet? Kylie and Travis are parents. They welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl named Stormi Webster, on Feb. 1. Take a look at some of Travis and Kylie’s cutest moments together.