Road Warriors

first_imgPlan your next big adventure and travel in style with these road trip essentials.1. Carhartt Acadia JacketFor every road trip adventure, one thing is certain: you’re gonna get rained on. When the skies open up in the middle of your hike, make sure you’re wearing the waterproof Acadia. The ripstop nylon is durable but lightweight; it can compress into a fist-sized ball that’s barely noticeable in your pack. Though it’s waterproof, it still breathes, keeping water out while allowing body heat to escape. $84. carhartt.com2. Revo WindspeedThe lightweight, scratch- and impact-resistant polarized lenses on these titanium-framed shades, make them not only the most stylish glasses for travel but also up to the rugged task of hitting the road. $209; revo.com3. PrincetonTec ByteThe best travel headlamp is one you pack down at the bottom of your bag until you need it. Meet the Byte. It’s just 5 ouncesand rings in cheap. $16; princetontec.com4. Tern Eclipse S11itIt’s a bike in a box. But not some chintzy little toy bike. This aluminum framed cycle moves into James Bond (or at least Portland hipster) territory with 24-inch wheels, disc brakes, and an internal 11-speed Shimano Alfine hub. All that weighs in at 32 pounds and packs down small enough to cart around the world. $2,300; ternbicycles.com 5. Gregory Savant 58The ultimate travel backpack needs to serve double duty as both pack and suitcase. The Savant does just that thanks to easy-to-access compartments for travel, and an advanced suspension system ideal for true backpacking when you reach your destination. $199; gregorypacks.com 6. Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure KitElectronic devices die at the worst possible time. But simply stuff this palm-sized pack in your pocket and you can either use the four AA batteries directly or charge up through a USB plug on the pack. Then charge the batteries back up with the solar panel. $160; goalzero.com 7. Redington Crystal Waters SkirtThe skort is the apparel of choice for active women these days, and this one gives all the benefits of both skirts and shorts underneath without looking like it belongs on a road bike racer. $70; redington.com 8. Boardworks Badfish Stand-Up Paddleboard The good news when it comes to inflatable SUPs is that it’s easy to take them anywhere. The bad is they usually lack guts. Not so in the latest from Boardworks. This inflatable uses a new multi-chamber inflatable technology (MCIT) to create a board that’s more rigid and features tapered rails for better handling. That’s something you won’t find in those other blow-up dolls. $1,500; boardworkssurf.comlast_img read more

Wander the Kitchens and Fields of Barbara Kingsolver

first_imgPhotos by Annie Laura / 621 StudiosOn the outskirts of Abingdon, Va., lies the most dedicated farm-to-table restaurant in the South.Founded by Barbara Kingsolver and her husband Steven Hopp, Harvest Table sources its food less than two miles from its sister farm—yes, that farm — the one featured in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Harvest Table also works with over 50 local farmers to meet additional needs and demands, and in so doing, slashes its carbon footprint while securing the freshest, most delectable produce available.All of that produce ends up in the hands of culinary wizard Phillip Newton. In a 2011 New York Times review, Newton’s menu of year-round seasonal, regional cuisine was described as being so good it would “make Harvest Table an instant hit in a progressive, urban enclave like Brooklyn or Berkeley, California.”But the restaurant itself is uniquely Appalachian. The gorgeously renovated dining room features wide-plank, locally salvaged hardwood floors, street fronting plate-glass windows, custom-carpentered tables and bar, and an open kitchen featuring a pizza oven crafted of bricks repurposed from a century-old chimney.“Harvest Table is, at heart, the outgrowth of Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” says Hopp, professor of environmental studies at Emory & Henry College.  “It’s sold over a million copies and more-or-less subsidizes the restaurant.”In 2005, Hopp, Kingsolver, and their family (daughters Camille and Lily) engaged in a somewhat radical experiment. Sick of the artificial and unsustainable lifestyle inherent to living in that manmade, oasis-in-the-heart-of-the-desert behemoth, Tucson, Arizona, and wooed by the promise of a wholesome, country life, the family cut out for Hopp’s Blue Ridge Mountain homestead. Nestled in the backwoods of rural southwestern Virginia, the property would provide the family with a means of getting back into the flow of seasons and reconnecting with that great and often overlooked sustainer of life, the land.harvest-table-kingsolverOver the course of the ensuing year, Hopp and Kingsolver vowed to grow as much of their own food as possible. Could they live completely from what they could grow or buy locally at the farmer’s market? Each family member was granted a free-pass, non-local selection for the year. Steven, for instance, opted for fair-trade, organic coffee. But for everything else, the family would eat locally and seasonally. The resulting experience was so fundamentally game-changing that Kingsolver and Hopp were compelled to craft a book: 2007’s wildly successful New York Times bestseller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a nonfiction mash-up consisting of memoir, food writing, science-backed environmental and agricultural poliitics.Buoyed by the success of the book, Hopp decided to up the ante. Why not carry the dine-locally-by-the-seasons experiment a giant’s step further? Thus, Harvest Table was born.“We’re looking to find a way to bolster the local economy and, in so doing, foster community,” says Hopp. “This is traditionally a farming region, but, in order to make a substantive living, these small, family farmers require a new model. That’s what we’re hoping this restaurant can help provide.”Much of the restaurant’s produce is grown at the Kingsolver-Hopp family farm, a 4.5-acre homestead positioned on a mildly sloping hillside. Sam Eubanks, an App State graduate in agro ecology and sustainable development, manages the farm’s operations.“Here we utilize every square inch of what is, acreage wise, a fairly small tract of land,” says Eubanks. Freshly returned from the town-over farmers’ market, she was wearing a pair of colorful, patchwork overalls and handmade, locally crafted earrings. She pointed out rows of vegetation contoured across the hillside to check erosion and maximize planting space. Hoop houses were chock full of staked, vertically grown heirloom tomatoes. Equipment barns doubled as curing facilities for garlic, onions, and potatoes.While the farm is gunning for ultra-premium efficiency, it is also seeking to create an ecosystem. Take, for example, the beneficial insects garden, marked by a hand-painted sign flanking an array of brightly flowering, dazzlingly colored shrubs and bushes. “Aren’t you supposed to be growing food?” I asked.“That garden helps the food grow,” said Eubanks. “Not only do those flowers bring in bees and other insects to pollinate the crops, they also attract insects that eat pests instead of the produce.”That same symbiosis is at work in the restaurant, where Eubanks and 50 other local farmers work closely with chef Phillip Newton. A big man with broad shoulders, dark eyes, and a salt-and-pepper streaked goatee, Newton explains that Eubanks is “constantly updating me on what’s happening on the front lines—who’s got what coming in, when it’ll be available, what to expect next week.”Prior to each season’s planting, Newton and Eubanks plan what and how much of each particular crop they’ll be growing at the farm. Then Eubanks begins contacting other local farmers to determine who can fill the gaps.“We want to serve as an example for the present, but also create a model for the future, when the system of transporting vast quantities of produce thousands and thousands of miles isn’t possible anymore,” says Eubanks.last_img read more

“Sonia” Found Guilty of Trafficking Drugs to United States

first_imgBy Dialogo March 12, 2012 On March 6, Anayibe Rojas Valderrama, known as “Sonia,” a member of the FARC guerrilla group, and two other Colombian citizens were found guilty of trafficking drugs to the United States, sources at a Washington, D.C., district court informed AFP. This is the first time that a defendant suspected of FARC membership has been found guilty in a U.S. court. The 12 jurors who heard the case at a court in the District of Colombia, the U.S. capital, unanimously found Sonia, Jose Antonio Celis (alias “Calvo” [Bald]), and Juan Diego Giraldo (alias “Flaco” [Thin]) guilty of conspiracy to import and sell cocaine in the United States, by way of what the prosecutor’s office described as a “Panamanian connection.” According to judicial sources, sentencing is expected to be on May 4. Sources close to the case indicated that the penalty “Sonia” could receive for the charges against her ranges between 10 and 30 years in prison. The case also included a fourth defendant, José Benito Cabrera Cuevas (alias “Fabián Ramírez”), the only one of the defendants not in the power of the U.S. authorities. Celis, who is not suspected of being a member of the FARC, was described by prosecutors as responsible for trafficking the drugs by way of Panama, and Giraldo, also not a member of the rebel group, was described as an intermediary between the drug traffickers and the cocaine producers. The prosecutor’s office characterized “Sonia” as one of the leaders of Front 14 of the Southern Bloc of the FARC, which it described as Colombia’s leading guerrilla group, and stated that the proceeds from the drug trafficking of which she was accused were used to buy merchandise for the guerrilla group. Prosecutors in a Washington, D.C. district court also described “Sonia” as the “administrator” of the drug-shipment operations of Front 14 of the Southern Bloc of the FARC.last_img read more

Prosecutors: Feces-Covered Dog Neglected by Owner

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Syosset man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly neglecting his Shih Tzu dog. Found covered in feces and smelling of urine, the friendly canine was picked up outside the owner’s house and impounded as a stray, Nassau County prosecutors said.Patrick Benjamin, 30, was arraigned Wednesday on a single charge of failure to provide proper sustenance. Benjamin was conditionally released on probation. He faces a maximum one-year sentence, the Nassau County District Attorney’s office said.The dog had been seen hanging around outside Benjamin’s home on May 27, prompting calls to local animal control officials. Veterinarians who had treated the Shih Tzu discovered several signs of severe neglect: a lack of nutrition and hydration, poor hygiene and virtually no dental and veterinary care for at least six months, causing the dog to develop rotted teeth, which had begun to fall out, prosecutors said.The 10-year-old dog’s nails had grown so long that they had curled back and cut into the dog’s paws, the DA’s office said.“Animals have no means to defend or provide for themselves in the face of severe criminal neglect like that in this case, which is why tips from the community and the cooperation of local officials are so important,” acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.Benjamin visited the local shelter where the dog was taken and identified himself as the owner, prosecutors said. He surrendered to the Animal Crimes Unit on Wednesday.last_img read more

Initiative of Pula citizens to cancel 20-year concession for ski lift in Valovine Bay

first_imgA society that steals public goods from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper, point out the Green Istria Association, which sent an open letter to the mayor of Pula and a request from the Pula citizens’ initiative to cancel the 20-year ski lift concession in Valovine Bay.Namely, as the Green Istria Association states in its announcement, during the preparation and beginning of the construction of the ski lift with the accompanying catering facility on the water, the investor made many omissions, which were not sanctioned by any relevant institution. From the illegal filling of maritime property, as well as the fact that the investor or the developer of the Environmental Protection Study did not state that a catering facility is planned on the platform on the sea, to the destruction of the habitat of strictly protected periscopes.Communication is transmitted in full:OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR – Request of the initiative of the citizens of Pula for the abolition of the 20-year concession for the ski lift in the Bay of ValovineDear Mayor,The issuance of a 20-year concession for the construction and economic use of a ski lift in Valovine Bay has caused great outrage among citizens for destroying the beauty of Pula’s only shallow sandy beach, so far fully preserved peaceful oasis, ideal for parents with young children and our senior citizens. bus station. The accelerated pace of construction and exploitation of the coast without awareness of the need to protect it calls into question what we love most about our city. Development does not necessarily mean the destruction of the environment and nature. With smarter planning we can develop while preserving natural beauty and values. A ski lift in another bay of already paved shores, with suitable parking, sewers and a road would not provoke opposition. Comments on Facebook due to the construction of a ski lift in Valovine Bay are proof of indignation, suspicions of corruption and dissatisfaction with favoring individual investors to the detriment of the entire community. In other words, citizens do not support such a policy of the City.On Saturday, June 30, citizens protested at the site of the construction of the ski lift, demanding an immediate suspension of works, the abolition of the 20-year concession and the return of the bay to its former state. With large buoys, we marked the area of ​​the ski lift structure, which shocked the protesters even more – most of them could not even imagine that the structure stretches almost the entire bay.As the mayor of Pula, you should know how to recognize the importance and support the citizens who are fighting for the public interest and preserving the exceptional beauty of the city for these and future generations.You have probably noticed for yourself that there is an increasing number of men and women from Pula who are interested in the environment in which they live and are ready to engage in its preservation and improvement. Unfortunately, this does not correspond to the engagement of relevant institutions, including city ones. All of them are “adorned” with slowness, inefficiency, looking through the fingers of great economic interests, neglect of the public interest, “turning their heads to the other side”, which calls into question honesty and legitimizes suspicion of corruption. At best, we can expect only formal work. A good portion of these bodies even violate their own regulations. Such a society cannot prosper. A society that steals the public good from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper.The investor demolished the coastal wall, filled the maritime property and the sea with construction stone at the place where the habitat of the strictly protected species is located. That we were right in pointing out the omissions of the authorities and actions for which there are no permits is also shown by the fact that on July 2, 2018, the investor hastily removed the filled gravel from the sea, a beautiful sight for local bathers and tourists. Many citizens sent us pictures of the bay soiled by these works. In the middle of the season. Where were your utility stewards, what did your Board of Directors do for the utility system and assets? Why didn’t you report the illegal dumping of maritime property to the Port Authority?The location and construction permit for the construction of the ski lift does not specify the catering facility on the platform. And here we come to an interesting detail of this case.The preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study and the preliminary design attached to the Concession Agreement, which you signed, are seemingly the same. Except in essential detail. We attach both documents for easier tracking.Side dish: Idejno_rjesenje_elaborat_MANJI.jpg / Idejno_rjesenje_koncesija_MANJI.jpgIn the preliminary design for the ski lift no. 14-041 from December 2015, which is attached to the Environmental Protection Study, the following are listed as supporting facilities for the ski lift: 14,4 m2 closed + 48,4 m ski lift, 227 m2 access bridge (the accompanying facilities are listed in the text part : prefabricated terrace for preparing skiers, platform for getting out of the water, access bridges and engine room-prefabricated building of 14,4 m2).In the Concession Agreement, the conceptual design is seemingly the same. It has the same number 14-041 and date as the preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study – December 2015. The difference is that in the annex to the Concession Agreement, the description of the accompanying facilities has been deleted.Please inform the public: How is it possible for conceptual designs to differ?On the basis of which a concession for a catering facility was issued when the Concession Agreement, as well as the preliminary design, does not show exactly where the catering facility is located or how big it is?How is it even possible for a catering facility to be in a concession if it was not provided for in the Environmental Protection Study, and thus neither in the location nor in the construction permit?There are reasons to cancel the 20-year concession for a ski lift, use themThe regulations allow you to terminate the concession. You know this because in 2016, at the request of the citizens, you abolished 9 concession committees for economic activities on Galeb’s Rocks, without much explanation. In accordance with the Concessions Act (Art. 71) and the Maritime Property Act (Art. 29), you can unilaterally terminate the concession agreement. The concessionaire may be deprived of the concession for several reasons, for example due to the protection of the public interest or if the concessionaire does not sufficiently protect the maritime domain and does not implement measures and actions for the protection of nature. Which we proved. When performing the works (so far initial), the investor did not take into account the habitat of the strictly protected periscope that stretches along the entire bay. Habitat destruction by embankment was documented by underwater images. The works should be urgently covered so that the damage would not be done to the entire habitat within the scope of the construction of 3 hectares.At the beginning of the permitting process, ie in the Environmental Protection Study, the investor in the assessment procedure on the need to assess the impact of the project on the environment “failed” to state several important facts about the project:- that the intervention of 3 hectares is planned on the habitat of strictly protected periscopes;. to plan a catering facility on the platform on the sea;- that the coast and the sea will be filled.This incomplete document was the basis for the County of Istria to unreasonably determine that it is not necessary to conduct an environmental impact assessment, which does not justify them because we pointed out all their shortcomings during the public debate. Therefore, environmental and nature protection measures are not prescribed for the project. If he had honestly described the habitat of the periscope, the investor might not have been allowed the intervention or he would have been prescribed appropriate environmental measures. It is quite clear that the investor has withheld many features of the project in order to more easily obtain the necessary permits.Therefore, we believe that the concession should be urgently terminated and the investor advised to make a new Environmental Study which will describe the true state of the seabed of the site, consider all possible negative impacts on the environment and nature and ALL parts of the proposed project, including offshore catering . Also advise him to suggest an alternative location for a ski lift with less negative impact on nature and the landscape.There are many other strange circumstances related to the works on the realization of this project, so please explain them to the public:- who allowed the investor to fill the shore and the sea with gravel from the quarry without the assessment procedure on the need for environmental impact assessment (mandatory according to Annex II of the Decree on Amendments to the Decree on Environmental Impact Assessment, point 9.12. – interventions for which implement OPUO: all interventions that include embankment of the sea shore, deepening and drying of the seabed and construction of buildings in and on the sea of ​​length 50 m and more) ?;Will it therefore bear the consequences?- who allowed the investor to work on the coast and the sea in the middle of the bathing season?- who allowed the investor to use the coastal road with heavy vehicles, when it is obvious in what condition it is and that such vehicles will further damage it, and maybe because of that it will collapse?- how is it possible that the construction site or the use of the road was not marked with appropriate traffic signs?The initiative of the citizens of Pula to cancel the concession for the ski lift and Green IstriaRelated news: The case of the ski lift in Valovine: the relevant institutions have either not done at all or have done their job poorly – we urge them to do so now – URGENTlast_img read more

Global banks seek to contain damage over $2t of suspicious transfers

first_imgWhile some banks said many of the transactions happened a long time ago, and they had since put robust checks in place, the reports revealed broader problems with the monitoring system at the heart of global policing of money laundering and other criminal activity.The reports drew calls from some industry groups and activists for reforms. Investors worried about the potential fallout for global banks, many of which have faced hefty fines in the past for lapses in controls and spent billions of dollars to bolster compliance.“It confirms what we already knew: that there are huge amounts of SARs being filed with relatively low numbers of cases brought through to prosecution,” said Etelka Bogardi, a Hong Kong-based financial services partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.“It also brings out the point that managing financial crime risk goes beyond making SARs,” Bogardi said. Global banks faced a fresh scandal about dirty money on Monday as they sought to limit the fallout from a cache of leaked documents showing they transferred more than US$2 trillion in suspect funds over nearly two decades.Britain-based HSBC Holdings Plc, Standard Chartered Plc and Barclays Plc, Germany’s Deutsche Bank AG and Commerzbank AG, and United States-headquartered JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of New York Mellon Corp were among the lenders named in the report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and based on leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.The report was based on 2,100 leaked suspicious activity reports (SARs), covering transactions between 1999 and 2017, filed by banks and other financial firms with the US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Banks are required to file an SAR whenever handling funds that cause grounds for suspicion of criminal activity. The Institute of International Finance, an industry group, called for reforms. “There is a balance to be struck between managing financial crime risk and ensuring access to the financial system for legitimate customers,” the IIF said.Policymakers, regulators and banks have long acknowledged fundamental flaws in the anti-money laundering system. The rules around what is deemed “suspicious” can be vague, which leads some banks to send too many reports and others to send too few. And the enforcement group is understaffed to handle the millions of SARs that need to be analyzed to determine whether a crime has been committed.HSBC and StanChart shares touched their lowest level in as much as 25 years, although they fared little worse than their peers amid a wider sell-off in global stocks.JPMorgan and Bank of New York Mellon, which were also in the top five banks mentioned most frequently in the SARs, fell more than 3 percent each during trading in New York.Shares of Deutsche Bank, which was involved in the largest number of SARs in BuzzFeed’s dossier, were down more than 8 percent at one point on Monday morning following the reports.Several analysts, however, played down the scale of problems.“Unless there are more substantive allegations of fact, we expect that this article will not have lasting impacts on the industry or stock prices,” Chris Kotowski, analyst at Oppenheimer, wrote in a note.Bank shares were also pressured on Monday by other news, including worries about the resurgence of the coronavirus in Europe.Important workDeutsche Bank said the issues raised in the media reports were “historic,” while the German Finance Ministry said on Monday that the cases linked to Germany in the reports had already been dealt with.HSBC also said the information in the reports was historic, while Standard Chartered pointed to recent investments to improve its control procedures.BNY Mellon said it fully complied with all “all applicable laws and regulations.” JPMorgan said it has “thousands of people and hundreds of millions of dollars dedicated to this important work.”Many of the suspicious transactions were linked to companies incorporated in Britain or offshore British territories, prompting calls from action groups for tougher rules.“If the government cares at all about the UK’s reputation globally, it must stop rolling out the red carpet to the criminal and corrupt, and refuse to legitimize their money through our companies and banks,” Global Witness said.The UK government said it was working on reforms to its corporate registry system that will require more checks on company directors.Major wealth hubsGlobal banks in recent years have boosted investments in technology and staff to deal with tighter anti-money laundering and sanctions regulatory requirements across the world.Thousands of clients were booted out of bank accounts in major wealth hubs including Hong Kong and Singapore after a money laundering scandal in Malaysia, the “Panama Papers” expose, and a global push for tax transparency.Compliance experts said that part of the problem now was banks were struggling to distinguish between transactions that were and were not suspicious, so were simply filing millions of SARs that enforcement agencies lack the capacity to deal with.“Lots of banks are struggling with high false positive rates and the backlog (of existing cases). That’s why you see that sometimes SARs were raised over 100 days after the transaction,” said Cliff Lam, a director at AlixPartners in Hong Kong.Topics :last_img read more

Huge interest in Sunland Group’s $210 million Mermaid Beach tower

first_imgSunland Group’s 272 Hedges Avenue.BUYERS with an appetite for luxury high-rise living on the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row have spent $100 million on apartments in seven days.Property giant Sunland, developers of Palazzo Versace and the landmark Q1 tower, officially launched their $210 million 44-storey tower on Hedges Ave in Mermaid Beach on Thursday night.Buyers have spent $100 million on apartments in seven days.The tower, which includes 96 apartments priced from $1.835 million, is across the road from beachfront Pratten Park and is the developer’s first Gold Coast high-rise in more than a decade.More than 50 residences have sold with construction set to kick off in September.“272 Hedges Avenue will be our legacy,” Sunland founder Soheil Abedian said.“It is the culmination of decades of refined design thinking and craftsmanship and there is nothing like it in all of Australia.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoLuxury at every turn.“It is fitting that, as we celebrate our 35-year anniversary and a history of creating vibrant communities, we also celebrate the unveiling of the finest residential form we have ever conceived.”There is a selection of two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments, sub-penthouses, and penthouses.Resident facilities include a dedicated concierge service, residents’ lounge, boardroom, function room, pool, spa, gym, sauna and steam room, and treatment rooms.Sunland Group’s 272 Hedges Avenue.Each apartment features balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, travertine floors and bespoke bathroom designs.Sunland Group paid $13.4 million for the 1821sq m site last year.last_img read more

New Labour-led Government should protect women and their unborn children

first_imgMedia Release -Voice for Life 20 October 2017Family First Comment: “When people talk of ‘decriminalisation’, they usually mean liberalising the practice of abortion. Overseas, ‘decriminalisation’ has seen abortions performed under unsafe and unsanitary conditions, increased abortions of babies with disabilities, and increasing numbers of abortions in the second and third trimesters – abortions that are not only less safe for the mothers but also traumatizing for medical staff as they often involve dismembering, delivering, and re-assembling a tiny baby.” www.chooselife.nzJacinda Ardern has publicly committed herself and her party to removing abortion from the Crimes Act, but Voice for Life hopes that as the new Prime Minister, she will realise just how dangerous such a move would be for both women and their unborn children.“It is not illegal for a woman to access an abortion in New Zealand,” says National Voice for Life President Jacqui deRuiter. “There are restrictions on when an unborn child may be aborted and who may perform an abortion, but these restrictions are there to protect pregnant women from rogue doctors and other practitioners, and to prevent discriminatory abortion practices.”“When people talk of ‘decriminalisation’, they usually mean liberalising the practice of abortion,” continues deRuiter. “Overseas, ‘decriminalisation’ has seen abortions performed under unsafe and unsanitary conditions, increased abortions of babies with disabilities, and increasing numbers of abortions in the second and third trimesters – abortions that are not only less safe for the mothers but also traumatizing for medical staff as they often involve dismembering, delivering, and re-assembling a tiny baby.”“Pregnant women and their unborn children should be the recipients of our care, protection, and support,” says deRuiter. “’Decriminalising’ abortion would present a serious danger to women and their unborn children.”last_img read more

Axing DOH-6 director very ill-advised – Treñas

first_imgDirector Marlyn Convocar and Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Akokadamo man sang hinanakit. Kadamo man sang akon away kay DirectorConvocar but I feel it is not very good to change your commander in the middleof the fight. If you do that you will have to wait for the new field commanderto learn everything first antes masugod sya obra,” explained Treñas. ILOILO City – “Very, very, very, very ill-advised.” Bernadas said he is not fully appraised yetwith the issues in Region 6. Also the focal person of DOH’s FieldImplementation and Coordination Team in the Visayas, Bernadas said he isfamiliar with Western Visayas. “I’m not the Secretary of the Department ofHealth. I don’t know why this happened,” said Treñas. “Maymga innovations kami diri sa Central Visayas ngama-apply naton dira,” said Bernadasin an interview over DyFM Bombo Radyo Iloilo yesterday. This was how Mayor Jerry Treñas described thesudden removal of Director Marlyn Convocar of the Department of Health (DOH)Region 6 as overseer of Western Visayas’ response to the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. He also said he and Convocar already talkedand the DOH-6 director was thankful. Department Personnel Order No. 23 replacingConvocar was signed by DOH undersecretary Adbullah Dumama Jr. Dumama Jr.explained the decision this way: “It is vital to maintain harmoniouspartnership with local government units/local chief executives and otherstakeholders that play vital roles in this emergency situation.” “Parasa akon, there will be time to fight one another.What is important (for now) is that we work for the good of Iloilo,” Treñassaid. “It is not right to change your fieldcommander in the middle of a fight. I’ll be very frank, I do not like theidea,” said Treñas yesterday. Bernadas stressed the importance ofcooperation between DOH and local chief executives./PN He described the development as unfortunateand unnecessary. “Makadtoko da (next week). Istoryahon ta ang mga mayors kaggobernador,” said Bernadas. “Gustonaton ma-align ang mga trabaho dira.” It came right afterDOH Region 6 came under fire for classifying the people of Guimbal, Iloilo aspersons under monitoring following a case of local COVIOD-19 transmission. Bernadas, on the other hand, played down thisadded assignment. “Twinning arrangements” between regions were “just normal”,he stressed. On Thursday, DOH central office tasked thedirector of DOH Region 7 (Central Visayas), Dr. Jaime Bernadas, to take thelead in Western Visayas’ response to the pandemic. Convocar would just be managing the regular operationsof DOH-6.last_img read more

Clark Cox

first_imgClark Cox, 89, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Aurora, Indiana.He was born March 18, 1928 in Knott County, KY, son of the late Lewis B Cox and Lauelza Cox.He served his country as a member of the United States Air Force.Clark worked for Seagram’s Distillery, retiring after over 42 years of service.He enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, and he loved being a baseball coach.Surviving are his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy L. Cox of Aurora, IN; children, Douglas W. (Judy) Cox of Aurora, IN, Lawrence Bradley (Jill) Cox of Tampa, FL, Tammy Cox (Timothy) Kraus of Guilford, IN; sister, Thelma Cox Thompson; grandchildren, Erin Cox, Michael Moreland, Emily Cox (Steve) Rose, David (Miriam) Cox, Andrea Cox, Allie Kraus, Amber Kraus, and Brittany Kraus; 6 great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Lauelza and siblings, Albert Cox, Clell Cox, Earl Cox, Alma (Cox) Adams and Walter Cox.Friends will be received Friday, July 7, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church Saturday at 11:00 am with Chuck Hagedorn officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Aurora. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more