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Bike Share Program Now Open To Summer Students

Cheyenne Mathews/



The Information Desk in the Student Union commenced the Green Fee sponsored annual bike share program on May 22. The bike share is open to any student from spring or summer 2017 who has paid the $3 Green Fee. Bikes are free for students to rent all summer in one month intervals. Student Boards Coordinator and Media Adviser, Zac Clark, helps administer the program, and he said the bikes help students enjoy campus in the summer.

“I would like to think that one of the sort of hidden benefits of the program, and I wasn’t around during it’s inception, but the campus is so beautiful in the summer,” Clark said. “Any way for the students to go out and experience it, not from their car or not from a busy street, is a way for student to feel more connected to campus.”

The bikes are single gear, cruiser bikes, and in past years Clark said around 25 bikes were rented throughout the summer. To rent the bike, students have to bring a helmet to the information desk, and in exchange students will receive a key to unlock the yellow bikes. 

“Any student who wants to rent a bike needs to bring their Wolfcard or have their I.D. number, they physically need to have their own helmet. They check to make sure you are paying the fee,” Clark said.

Clark said that the bike share also helps sustainability efforts on campus by replacing cars with bikes. Another benefit of the bike share is to help students exercise.

“Exercise of course is always good, and on these fixed gear bikes every time you go up a hill you are going to get your exercise for it just because you can’t shift out,” Clark said. 

Devan Hawkins, social work major, lives on campus and was one of the first students to sign the paperwork to rent her bike. Hawkins said having a bike helps her get around campus, especially since she doesn’t have a car of her own.

“It’s nice to have available to students because walking can get kind of tiring and the quickness of everything,” Hawkins said. “It just makes more sense for me to have a bike that I can keep at my dorm and just ride to classes and stuff.”

Joshua O’Leary, accounting major, does not plan to participate in the bike share, but he appreciates this type of program on campus.

“I have my own bicycle that I ride in the summer, but that’s a good idea for people who don’t,” O’Leary said. He also believes the bike share will be good at keeping “traffic down around UAA, it keeps people outside.”

The Student Union Information Desk is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on the weekends.

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Ride your way to Fort William with this road trip

Make the most of the journey with these must-ride places along the way.
By Andrew McCandlish/

Making your way up to the World Cup in Fort William this weekend? Why not take your bike with you on an ultimate Scottish road trip.

Four of the stops are on the way up to Fort William, and one we think deserves a few hours detour on your way home.

1.Tweed Valley

No Scottish road trip would be complete without a visit to the Tweed Valley, home of the region’s original man-made trails. Take your pick of everything from cruising a family green trail at Glentress right through to steep and woodsy extreme grade singletrack, plummeting through the trees above Innerleithen.

Those are just the Forestry Commission trails – once you’re done with the official riding, go off-grid to the Golf Course trails, guerilla-built enduro singletrackregularly ridden by some of the UK’s best bike stars. The area was recently used for a stage in the 2015 Enduro World Series too – yes, it really is that good.


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Contador confirmed to lead Trek-Segafredo at Criterium du Dauphine


Trek-Segafredo has confirmed Alberto Contador will lead its team at the Criterium du Dauphine in preparation for July's Tour de France. Contador hasn't raced since finishing second overall at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco and will be hoping the same approach as 2016 to the Dauphine will lead to success.

Contador has finished on the Dauphine podium three times in his career with tenth place his worse result from seven starts. In 2016, Contador won the Les Gets prologue and enjoyed several days in yellow before slipping to fifth place overall.

At the Criterium du Dauphine, the 34-year-old will be well supported by his Trek-Segafredo team which features predominately Spanish riders. Haimer Zubeldia, Jesus Hernandez, and Markel Irizar will all be key men in the high mountains for Contador.

In 2017, Contador has finished second overall at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Paris-Nice and the Ruta del Sol but is still searching for his first win in Trek-Segafredo colours.

Although Colombian Jarlinson Pantano misses the race and instead heads to Tour de Suisse, Austrian Michael Gogl will be on hand in the mountains for Contador. Gogl is likely to be a key man at the Tour de France for Contador with the Dauphine an important test against the likes the Chris Froome (Team Sky), Richie Porte (BMC) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

(Edward Theuns)




Belgian Edward Theuns is the sole fast man in the team and will be given opportunities in the flatter stages to chase stage wins. The team is rounded out by domestiques Andre Cardoso and Fumiyuki Beppu.

The Criterium du Dauphine starts with a 170.5km stage around Saint-Étienne on Sunday, followed with a 171km stage from Saint-Chamond to Arlanc. The stage 4 time trial from La Tour-du-Pin to Bourgoin-Jallieu should see the first gaps open up on the general classification before the mountain heavy back end to the race. Cyclingnews will have daily live coverage start to finish of each of the eight stages.

Trek-Segafredo for the 2017 Criterium du Dauphine: Alberto Contador, Andre Cardoso, Edward Theuns, Fumiyuki Beppu, Haimer Zubeldia, Jesus Hernandez, Markel Irizar, and Michael Gogl. 

(Haimer Zubeldia)

(Michael Gogl.)

(Jesus Hernandez)

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Rebisco PSL Manila settles for 8th place after winless campaign


UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila came up with a lethargic performance against a vibrant Vietin Bank of Vietnam to yield a 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 loss Wednesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.

The Philippine club wound up eighth and last in the tough field having lost all its six games in a telling development for a squad that would make up the national team.

A heavy evaluation is expected to happen when the team goes back to Manila as the 13 of the 14 players here are included in the 18-player national pool being groomed for the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games in August.

Rebisco PSL Manila, backed by Asics, Grand Sport and Turkish Airlines, managed to come up with a respectable performances against eventual finalists Supreme of Thailand and Hisamitsu Springs.

But against a youthful Vietnam club, the Filipino players were simply shellshocked and appeared disjointed despite having some of the finest club players in the country.

“It’s a defeat. We take it. We go back to the drawing board and study where we go wrong,” said head coach Francis Vicente who are assisted by Brian Esquibel, Ronald Dulay and Manny Calipes.

Jaja Santiago topscored with 10 points but was mostly stymied by Vietin’s solid net defense. Aby Marano and Rachel Daquis added seven each, while Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in five.

But they were never in control — aside from the brief juncture where they held a 10-5 lead in the second — as the Filipino couldn’t shield against the torrid attacks of Pham Thi Jim Hue and Doan Thi Xuan who led Vietnam with 16 and 12 points.

Vietnam is silver medalist in the SEA Games and the two games against them are seen as most vital gauge in preparing for the PH squad. Vietin also bested Rebisco in the groups stage (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14).

Kim Fajardo had 44 excellent sets and three points, the same output of Maika Ortiz. Mika Reyes and Bia General scored one each. Also comprising the team are Gen Casugod, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Lourdes Clemente and Denden Lazaro.

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San Miguel to put up $150-M brewery in the US

San Miguel Brewery Inc., the liquor unit of San Miguel Corp., on Wednesday confirmed plans to put up a brewery in Los Angeles, California in efforts to increase the company's production capacity.

In a filing on the local bourse, San Miguel confirmed earlier statements of its President Ramon S. Ang that the company will build a $150-million brewery in the United States, as well as two additional breweries in Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo City.

Each brewery will have a "capacity of 2 million hectoliters each, and expand the production capacity of all existing plants," the filing read.

According to Ang, it will spend as much as $500 million over the next two and a half years for the expansion.

The new breweries will be on top of the six located in the country — Pampanga, Metro Manila, Laguna, Negros Occidental, Cebu, and Davao.

This will also serve as an addition to the company's six international breweries — two in China, and one each in Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

San Miguel Brewery Inc. registered a net income of P4.5 billion in the first quarter of the year, up 12 percent from the P4 billion the same period in 2016. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/MDM, GMA News


Andanar dissolves StratComm office


Secretary Martin Andanar has abolished the Strategic Communications Office, a communications unit in Malacañang.

Office Order no. 26, signed by Andanar, states that “in the interest of the service, the Strategic Communications Office shall be abolished effective immediately.”

It also details the re-assignment of its staff to other departments within the Presidential Communications Operations Office.

Andanar, in a text message to media, said earlier reports that 40 people were fired “is very inaccurate.”

“I did not fire anyone,” he said.

He explained that the Strategic Communications Office was abolished to streamline operations “and to adjust to our new comprehensive communications strategy in promoting the policies of the different executive departments.”

“The recent communications programs led by PCOO; DuterteNOMiCs, Real Numbers, Extremism & Martial Law and other upcoming events, increased the demand for the PCOO Team to assist other departments,” he said. “Thus the need to restructure our manpower assignments.”

The SCO was formerly known as the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office. It was established in 2010 and was tasked to perform the following functions, according to Executive Order no. 4:

  1. Coordinate the crafting, formulation, development and enhancement of the messaging system under the Office of the President;
  1. Design and recommend responses to issues that arise on a daily basis.
  1. Ensure consistency in the messages issued by the Executive Department;
  1. Assist in the formulation and implementation of new media strategies for the Office of the President;
  1. Assist in research and development of new media instruments;
  1. Liase with the Malacañang Records Office;
  1. Control and supervise the conduct of market research, monitoring public opinion, and gathering, use and analysis of other relevant data as may be necessary;
  1. Formulate editorial guidelines and policies for state media;
  1. Ensure consistency in the implementation of the corporate identity of the Executive Department;
  1. Act as custodian of the institutional memory of the Office of the President, which includes the supervision and control of the Presidential Museum and Library, and liaison with the Malacañang Records Office;
  1. Perform editorial functions for the Official Gazette,
  1. Perform such other functions as may be directed by the President.


Duterte might suspend habeas corpus in Visayas if violence spreads


President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the troopers of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Sulu prior to his visit to the wounded soldiers at Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu on May 27, 2017. Joining the President are Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald Dela Rosa, JTF Sulu Commander Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana, among others. PCOO/Released

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that he would suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the Visayas as a “precautionary measure” if the violence spills into the Central Philippines as fighting between security forces and Islamist fighters continues in Marawi City.

Speaking during the 119th founding anniversary of the Philippine Navy, Duterte said that he hopes the deaths of Abu Sayyaf fighters who went to Bohol island to try to sow terrorist activities there would teach Islamist militants a lesson as he expressed fears about the possibility of the Visayas becoming the next theater of battle between security forces and bandit groups.

In April, 10 Abu Sayyaf fighters went to the tourist island of Bohol allegedly to kidnap vacationers and to sow terrorism. They were met by a strong military response, however, eventually leading to the arrest or death of the Islamist militants.

Duterte said that he would suspend the privilege of habeas corpus in Visayas should the fighting on the Philippines second largest island spill into the region.

The chief executive said he was worried about the Visayas considering that it  is just a short boat ride away from the shores of Mindanao.

The Philippine Navy and Coast Guard are already patrolling the waters between the Visayas and Mindanao.

“That’s why I mentioned in passing that if there is a transfer of venue from Mindanao to the Visayas and to make it easy for the Philippines to challenge the new engagements I will be forced to declare the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, not martial law,” he said.

The writ of habeas corpus means “to produce the body.” It is a court order for individuals or agencies to bring a detained person before the court and to explain a valid reason for that individual’s detention.

The 1987 Constitution requires that the writ’s suspension be done separately from the declaration of martial law. It states that the suspension of habeas corpus applies “only to persons judicially charged for rebellion or offenses inherent in, or directly connected with, invasion.”

'Visayas a porous region'

The president also cited the fact that Visayas was a porous region because it is composed of several small and large islands.

“And the only reason why I am worried about the Visayas is it’s just a very short expanse of the sea. And as a matter of fact if you leave by ship or boat via Cagayan, by morning time, you are in the Visayas. It’s a group of islands. It’s very porous, and you cannot control any Filipino for that matter from going anywhere and everywhere. That is the constitutional right of every Filipino in this country,” he said.

The president has previously said that he might declare martial law over the entire country.

“I have a serious problem in Mindanao, and the (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has taken, their footprints are everywhere. And there are many, many foreigners and Caucasian-looking. Allow me to focus the problem sa Mindanao, and maybe the spillover in the Visayas and in Luzon,” the president said last week. “If I think the ISIS has taken foothold also in Luzon, and terrorism is not really far behind, I might declare martial law throughout the country to protect the people.”

He said that with the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus suspended, it would be easy for security forces to arrest suspected Islamist group fighters.

“But yung habeas corpus lang, so that I can arrest you anytime without a warrant. That is just a precautionary measure. I don’t it will happen. I hope it will not happen. But if it does we must be ready,” Duterte said.

Last week, the president was forced to cut his landmark official visit in Moscow as the battle between security forces and Islamist fighters raged in the Islamic City of Marawi in the Philippines’ troubled south.

According to the military, the firefight broke out when soldiers tried to arrest an Abu Sayyaf subleader, Isnilon Hapilon, and several Maute Group leaders.

The group then occupied pockets of the city from which they have been fighting the military since Tuesday last week.

The clashes have so far killed 89 Islamist fighters, 21 soldiers and policemen and 19 civilians. They have also turned the once bustling city of 200,000 into a virtual ghost town as most of its inhabitants streamed into neighboring cities and towns.

The battle has devolved into street-to-street combat as the military tries to flush out the remaining fighters out of the city.


Trump 'poised to quit Paris climate deal'

-BBC News

US President Donald Trump is poised to pull the country out of the Paris climate accord, US media report, quoting senior officials.

The American leader refused to reaffirm his country's commitment to the accord at a G7 summit in Italy on Saturday.

He said he would make up his mind after returning to the US.

Mr Trump, who has called climate change a "hoax" on occasion, has reportedly indicated this is still his position to key members of his inner circle.

News that Mr Trump was moving towards quitting the agreement was reported by the Axios news website and ABC News.

In response, German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying: "Like you I've seen the reports but I don't have any information beyond that.

"So I can only reiterate the well-known position that the German government unequivocally supports the Paris climate agreement and is campaigning for it to be quickly implemented and hopes the USA remains committed to this agreement."

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Kathy Griffin sorry for decapitated Trump head photo after igniting fierce outrage; ‘I crossed the line’

Kathy Griffin posed for this photo with a bloodied replica of Donald Trump’s head.


Comedian Kathy Griffin apologized Tuesday, hours after posting a horrific and shocking photo of her posing with a bloody mask representing a beheaded President Trump. 

After outrage poured in from both sides of the political aisle, Griffin admitted her unfunny stunt went too far.

“I sincerely apologize,” Griffin said in a video. “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it.”

Even Trump’s toughest critics were turned off by the offensive display, which features a stone-faced Griffin holding aloft the fake Trump head like a terrorist inspiring her twisted troops.


Earlier, Griffin cluelessly defended the display as nothing more than “art,” but the Secret Service took it seriously enough to weigh in.

“On it!” the agency tweeted. “@SecretService . . . monitors open source reporting & social media to evaluate threats. Threats made against @SecretService protectees receive the highest priority of all of our investigations.”

After posing for photographer Tyler Shields and posting the slow-motion video on her Twitter feed, Griffin followed it up with an insensitive social media screed.


“I caption this ‘There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his. . . wherever,’” Griffin tweeted. “OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I’m merely mocking the Mocker in Chief.”


But the damage was already done, and the retribution was fierce.

“Disgusting but not surprising. This is the left today,” Trump’s son Donald Jr. tweeted. “They consider this acceptable. Imagine a conservative did this to Obama as POTUS.”

Griffin was trending on social media for much of the day, and her reviews were not good.

“What Kathy Griffin has done here is shocking and wrong,” wrote Evan Siegfried. “It’s behavior that should be condemned by all.”


Shields, who shot the shocking photo, also defended the image as “art.”

Shields said the photo was mostly Griffin’s idea.

“She came to me,” Shields said. “She said she’d like to do something political, that she’d love to do something that makes a statement. It’s always a collaboration. It wasn’t completely her, but it wasn’t completely me, either. Without Kathy, I would have never done a photo like that.”

Griffin’s controversial photo surfaced more than a year after comedian George Lopez tweeted a picture of a drawing depicting Trump’s detached head held up by Mexican drug lord Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman. Musician Marilyn Manson, meanwhile, beheaded a character in a dark suit and red tie — both trademarks of Trump — in his music video for the song “SAY10” last November. 

In March, Trump himself decried a Snoop Dogg video featuring the rapper aiming a gun at the head of a Trump look-alike.

“Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!” Trump tweeted.

Griffin has been an outspoken critic of the President and includes bits about him and his family in her standup shows. 

But the fallout began late Tuesday as toilet stool company Squatty Potty announced it was dumping Griffin from its latest ad campaign.

Griffin is well-known for appearing on CNN’s New Year’s coverage with Anderson Cooper.

“For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate,” Cooper tweeted.

But the white-haired host may be without a date this New Year’s Eve.

“We found what she did disgusting and offensive,” a CNN spokeswoman said. “We are evaluating New Year’s Eve and have made no decisions at this point.” 


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Why people are freaking out over Wonder Woman’s stellar Rotten Tomatoes score

The movie sits at 97 percent, higher than DC and Marvel’s superhero movies. 

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Wonder Woman is currently Warner Bros.’ best-reviewed superhero movie since 2008’s The Dark Knight. And if its early critical reception holds as more reviews are published and the movie hits theaters this week, the film has the chance of surpassing The Dark Knightaltogether. 

On Rotten Tomatoes, Wonder Woman has a 97 percent rating as of Tuesday afternoon — a hugely positive number that easily surpasses Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s 28 percentSuicide Squad’s 25 percent, and Man of Steel’s 55 percent. It also beats out Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, which sits at 94 percent, as well as every film in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe

Of the 66 professional reviews of Wonder Woman that have been aggregated by the site so far, 64 are positive and two are negative. In contrast, all of the other recent movies in DC’s extended cinematic universe have many more negative reviews than positive ones. 

To be clear, a 97 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating doesn’t mean that critics scored the movie at 97 on a scale of 1 to 100, or that Wonder Woman is a perfect movie — rather, it signifies that an overwhelming majority of critics have given the movie a positive review. The average critical rating for the movie is around a 7.7 out of 10 according to Rotten Tomatoes, and a 79 according to Metacritic, both of which take into account any actual score, like a star rating or a letter grade, that a critic gave the movie

These numbers matter to both fans and Hollywood insiders because there’s unbelievable pressure on Wonder Woman to be good, given that it is the first solo female superhero movie in DC’s current extended universe. It’s an unfortunate reality that in the past, poorly received female superhero movies like Catwoman and Elektra have been cited as a reason not to create superhero movies that star women characters. Some people are justifiably worried that a bad Wonder Woman movie could be used as an excuse to ax future female superhero films. 

Meanwhile, many people believe that Wonder Woman being good could help convince studio executives to take more chances, target wider audiences beyond the men at whom superhero movies are usually aimed, and put more effort into diversifying the movies they create. Further, good reviews can only help at the box office, and a large box office take will encourage Warner Bros. to at the very least make a Wonder Woman sequel.

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