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“Aurea Fest Požega 2016” presented

first_imgAurea Fest 2016 in Požega which lasts from 28. to 3. September, was ceremoniously opened with the Festival of Customs, which this year, thanks to the numerous guardians of tradition, successfully united the beauty of customs and the splendor of bečar and bečar. Aurea Fest Požega is a successful combination of modern and traditional events, as evidenced by the seven-day events on the Holy Trinity Square and the Promenade Zone in Požega, which gather year after year more and more visitors throughout the region.The song, top wines, gastronomic offer, concerts, exhibitions, sports competitions, folklore festivals and many other entertainment programs will be held in Požega from August 28 to September 03, 2016 under the slogan 7 days, 7 nights.It all starts with a program that will take place in the promenade zone of the festival as an open musical morning called “Happy Valley” which will bring together a large number of music amateurs, music enthusiasts, music professionals and music lovers in one thematic unit. The desire is to break the Guinness Book of Records in the most massive performance of a single song. It will be a song by Queen We will rock you. The plan is to gather more than seven thousand people in one year to perform one song, and in that way promote Požega, Aurea Fest, but also the love of music.On the main stage at St. The Trinity program begins with the Festival of Customs, with a traditional folklore procession and Požega grape harvest. The festival procession is attended by historical units, city music, cultural and artistic societies of Požeština, horsemen and carriages, as well as winemakers, fruit growers and honey producers of Požeština. The opening ceremony of the festival begins at 19:00, followed by the Aurea Fest of customs, which will show and perform various customs, music and dances from the life of the people living in Slavonia. On the same evening, we will always see a witty selection for the most glamorous Šokica and the winners of the Golden Voice of the Golden Valley Kaptol 2016. Aurea Fest of street musicians and magicians will follow. various bastards, singers and musicians who will make this unusual program truly special. At the end of the program, guests will be able to watch the great feature film “Sun Kid of Recent Times” on the main stage, which shows the specifics of children with Down syndrome and how we can all change the world starting from ourselves.Aurea Fest of dance called “Let’s dance through all styles and colors” is planned for Tuesday, where various dance groups of contemporary dance, hip hop, jazz and classical ballet will perform, introducing the audience to various styles through words, movement and colors. The program begins with a program of excellent Požega majorettes who will perform with the City Music Trenkovi panduri. After the dance part of the program, “Aurea Fashion” begins – a fashion show of the guild of hairdressers and beauticians of the Association of Craftsmen of the City of Požega and the Crafts School of Požega. Wednesday, August 31st is a big treat of the Festival, the Aurea Fest Jazz. We invite you to experience the warmth of summer outdoor jazz with the top Big Band Požega who will warm up this evening and make a great introduction to the rest of the program featuring the first lady of the Croatian jazz and blues scene Zdenka Kovačiček and the fantastic International Greenhouse Blues Band.Aurea Fest of choreographed folklore, which will feature the best cultural and artistic societies of Slavonia with attractive choreographies of Croatian dances, secured their place on Thursday, September 1 on the main stage of the Festival, on Trg sv. Trinity, known for the beautiful baroque bolts that dominate this square. On the same Square, we will have a big concert by Miroslav Škora called “They call me tambourines”. Aurea Fest electronic music, which will be presented by significant representatives of electronic and house music, you will be able to visit from 24:00 in Platinum In.On Friday, 2016 famous singers of this style of music will perform at the Požega Popular Music Festival 16, and in the second part, each will perform one of their hits from one of the previous festivals in the form of a show program. The mentioned program will be able to be watched live via Agricultural Television, live stream.Aurea Fest of the Golden String of Slavonia Požega 2016 – tamburitza music festival, traditionally the most famous festival we present so far. The festival brings 16 most popular soloists and tamburitza ensembles in Croatia. The program consists of two parts, the first part of which will feature new songs, and the second part of the program hits from the past Golden Strings of Slavonia, with a live broadcast on Croatian Radio Television. The program also included daily events in the pedestrian zone from 17:00 pm to 23:00 pm with numerous tamburitza ensembles, jugglers, magicians, performers and street musicians. And every night in the agreed bars and restaurants, music of different styles and genres will be played.You can watch the live broadcast of all 7 days of the Festival on the link available on the official website of Poljoprivredna TV Požega, and you can watch the live broadcast of Aurea Fest popular music and Aurea Fest Zlatne žice Slavonije via Croatian Radio Television.All videos related to the festival can be found at the links www.aurea-fest.com.last_img read more

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NACo Calls On Congress To Make Counties Eligible For Stabilization Fund In COVID-19 Package

first_imgNACo News:WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Association of Counties (NACo) has called on federal policymakers to ensure America’s 3,069 county governments are eligible for the State Stabilization Fund and other essential supplemental federal aid resources.  “Counties are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus pandemic,” NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase said. “We are investing huge sums in immediate public health and public safety needs, and at the same time, we will be experiencing massive declines in revenue.” America’s counties employ about one percent of the U.S. population, or 3.6 million people. Counties support over 1,900 public health departments – the ground troops in the CDC’s fight against the outbreak – and nearly 1,000 hospitals. Counties also have significant responsibilities for public safety, human services and other critical functions.  Whether or not individual local jurisdictions decide or need to access these federal resources, NACo underscored the importance of making counties eligible.   The following are preliminary estimates of the fiscal impact of this pandemic on county governments: Los Angeles County, Calif., the nation’s most populous county, estimated costs of $290 million over the course of six months. It has also estimated that 50 of the 88 cities within the county will face additional total response costs of roughly $145 million. Clark County, Nevada, home to 2.2 million residents, has early estimates of $1.08 billion. This number includes unbudgeted impacts to the county hospital, emergency services, human services, aviation (McCarran International airport), and lost revenue for the duration of FY20 and for FY21.  This number also includes two pay periods (30 days) of additional staff costs.   Harris County, Texas has already incurred nearly $43 million of expenditures and expects to continue to invest nearly $11 million each month. The county is investing additional funds in its county hospital district, public health services, sheriff’s department, public works department, among other items. These estimates do not include lost revenue and productivity. Nor do these estimates include additional overtime for peace officers, which could amount to nearly $2 million per week. Marathon County, Wis., a medium-sized county with a population of roughly 135,000, estimated direct cost increases of nearly $2 million, including more than $1.4 million in wages and benefits and almost $600,000 in contractual services related to the county’s response.  Contra Costa County, Calif. has estimated the crisis will have cost its health department alone $46 million through the month of May: $6 million for equipment, $6 million for testing, $4 million for services and supplies, $5 million for IT infrastructure, $5 million in increased staffing costs and $20 million in service interruption. San Diego County, Calif. is incurring costs of around $7 million each month for its emergency response, which includes temporary housing assistance, sanitation and related costs. A significant portion of these costs are going toward temporary housing and hotels to assist individuals who need to be quarantined or isolated. The county predicted these costs could total over $86 million by the end of the fiscal year. These figures do not reflect anticipated lost revenues due to the economic shock of the pandemic.  Hamilton County, Ohio has estimated that the pandemic has cost $1 million so far in expenditures. More importantly, the crisis is causing the county to lose approximately $12 million each month in revenue, which is over 10 percent of the county’s total monthly revenue. Humboldt County, Nevada, home to 17,079 residents, is projecting $468,000/month in new costs that include support to their county hospital, county emergency response, increased inmate medical, emergency day care for essential employees, additional supplies, IT costs for telework, and staff costs.  The estimate also includes lost revenue of $118,000.  “In counties across the nation, already strained budgets are facing extreme fiscal pressure as we work daily to stop the spread of COVID-19,” added Chase. “Now more than ever, we need a strong partnership with the federal government to address this crisis.”  Over 500 counties have declared a state of emergency to activate additional funding, streamline procurement rules and expand the resources and flexibility necessary to respond quickly to this crisis.  NACo has launched a coronavirus information hub that includes county level examples of response efforts and a map tracking county and state emergency declarations. View this resource-rich webpage at www.naco.org/coronavirus.About NACoThe National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, including nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to advocate for county government priorities in federal policymaking; promote exemplary county policies and practices; nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks; optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings; and enrich the public’s understanding of county government. www.naco.org.last_img read more

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Northern powerhouse potential not understood

first_imgFergus Hewison, political reporter at BBC Radio Newcastle, amusingly claimed “a 1980s’ nightclub” and “an electricity company” were among the answers he’d received when asking people what the northern powerhouse was. Whether this reveals a fundamental issue with the way Westminster communicates its policies in general is perhaps a separate issue.What is clear, however, is that an economic model designed to significantly benefit the North, far from being championed and embraced, is still largely misunderstood by those who stand to gain the most from it.The key thing to take away is that the vast potential of the opportunity at hand needs to be made clearer. The government is looking for private sector ‘provocations’ to deliver what is needed, but if the northern powerhouse is simply seen as a political measure to improve the Tories’ standing in the North alone, the concept won’t progress with the energy and passion needed to make it a success.What needs to be made clear is that this is a solution ‘for the North, by the North’. If the northern powerhouse succeeds, what is arguably an underperforming economic region, when measured against national and European GVA standards, will evolve into a world-class one. The North’s economy would be the 10-largest state in the EU if independent – not just an ‘alternative to London’.Furthermore, it is an opportunity to tap into entirely new resources, knowledge and investment. The cities of the northern powerhouse will not compete internally for existing employers by discounted business rates and other fiscal measures. Instead, they will focus on attracting inward investment to the northern powerhouse area as a whole, securing more external capital and funding for the region.Finally, with the advent of greater devolution, the northern powerhouse will not be burdened by layers of bureaucracy as previous attempts were. Instead, those who know the intricacies of the regional economic landscape best will be increasingly influential as devolution is rolled out. Here is an opportunity for the North to secure its own prosperous future far from the political machinations of Westminster.Start getting people enthused by the sheer scale of potential for the northern powerhouse and the understanding of the practicalities will follow suit. Until then it will simply be assumed that the chancellor is championing a retro discotheque.Richard Corby, Lambert Smith Hampton’s northern powerhouse spokesperson and director in the firm’s Leeds officelast_img read more

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Takeover deal rivalled by new bid

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What will new building safety legislation look like?

first_imgGet access to premium content subscribe today SUBSCRIBE for UNLIMITED access to news and premium contentA subscription will provide access to the latest industry news, expert analysis & comment from industry leaders,  data and research – including our popular annual league tables. You will receive:Print/digital issues delivered to your door/inboxUnlimited access to building.co.uk including our archivePrint/digital supplementsNewsletters – unlimited access to the stories behind the headlinesSubscribe now  SUBSCRIBE to access this storylast_img read more

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Aqualis opens in Taiwan

first_imgAccording to Aqualis, the purpose of the office is to promote its marine and engineering services locally, and to support the development of projects being undertaken by its sister company, Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC).In December 2016, OWC was appointed by a Taiwanese renewables company to provide consultancy services related to wind turbine installation vessels and their suitability for different wind turbines and site locations offshore Taiwan. Under the contract, OWC is currently providing technical due diligence services to assess vessel suitability for wind turbine installation in the Taiwan Strait. www.aqualisoffshore.com www.offshorewindconsultants.comlast_img read more

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We should be free

first_imgDavid Kapp, Belthorn EstateThe queue snakesright round the cornerand it is just about 6ama brisk Monday mornand I have a feelingof deja vu(I have been here beforewe have been here before)We should be free is one of many sayingsyou get to hearin places like these (choicer ones I leavesteaming behind)outside we arein the fresh airwe who are seniorcitizens of the land older personspensioners and pensionersto beWe should be free from all of thisfree from the elementsin the little villageWe should be free not shackled imprisoned and trapped not feeling likewe’ve done somethingwrong (someone wondersis it not our money)When will freedom reignWill itEver One fine Monday morning, out at the Athlone SASSA office.last_img read more

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25 kV on moving bridges

first_imgWITH AMTRAK’s Northeast Corridor electrification between New Haven and Boston due to come into service later this year, teams from Balfour Beatty Construction Inc and its joint venture partner Mass Electric Construction Co are currently finishing the installation of the 25 kV catenary. They faced a major challenge in wiring two lifting and three swing bridges in Connecticut, which carry the line across rivers and estuaries busy with boats and yachts. With the bridges opening and closing several times each day, special arrangements were needed to energise the moving sections.BBCI has opted for fixed contact wires supplied by Furrer + Frey of Switzerland. The copper/silver wires are held in a longitudinal aluminium tube which can be rigidly secured to the bridge structure. At each end of the bridge is a portal frame carrying the transition between normal and fixed catenary, linked by undersea cables.On the swing bridges, short sections of contact wire are hinged vertically, and rotate clear before the bridge is opened. The rolling lift bridges call for a more complex solution, as the catenary must be moved clear of the space where the bridge counterweights descend. To span the gap, the wires are carried on a mobile frame developed from a rail-mounted portal crane (below). The rigid catenary is mounted on hinged insulators, so that it can swing sideways to clear the adjacent section of wire when the frame is retracted. Guide clamps force the swinging section into the correct alignment automatically as the frame rolls to and fro.Because of severe winters, where freezing rain can deposit ice layers up to 30mm thick, the mechanism was tested in the Swiss National Laboratory for Climate Control prior to installation.Reader Enquiry Numbers:Balfour Beatty Construction Inc 140 Furrer + Frey 141last_img read more

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Indian wagon component joint venture agreed

first_imgINDIA: Steel Authority of India Ltd and wagon manufacturer Burn Standard Co Ltd have agreed to form a Rs2bn joint venture to produce wagon components at BSCL’s Jellingham plant in West Bengal. The venture will have the capacity to produce 10 000 bogies and 10 000 couplers a year from 2013-14.’SAIL is on the lookout for new market segments where we can refocus our opportunities to supply more value-added steel’, said SAIL Chairman C S Verma when the agreement was signed on May 25, adding that the railway sector requires stainless and special grade steels. The project had originally been announced in the 2010 railways budget by the then Railways Minister, Mamata Banerjee, who is now Chief Minister of West Bengal.last_img read more

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Base tunnel tests start the countdown to opening

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Transport Minister Doris Leuthard launched the first official test train through a completed section of the Gotthard Base Tunnel on December 16.Accompanied by Swiss Federal Railways CEO Andreas Meyer and AlpTransit Chairman Renzo Simoni, Leuthard took the opportunity to announce that the Base Tunnel would be inaugurated during the first week of June 2016, with a public festival taking place over the following weekend. The countdown to the ceremony has now started, with just 900 days remaining until the inauguration, the minister affirmed during a trip on board a Tilo Class 524 Flirt EMU at 160 km/h.Trials are being conducted in the 13 km section of the west bore between the southern portal at Bodio and the multifunction station at Faido, which has been completely fitted out. Testing is expected to be undertaken on around 100 days over the next six months as part of a programme designed to ensure that AlpTransit can hand over the tunnel to SBB in full working order. The national operator would then have six months to conduct its own tests before the start of public services at the end of that year.The pilot programme will see trains and equipment tested at up to 220 km/h, with AlpTransit Gotthard hiring in rolling stock and staff from SBB. ‘Tests will be conducted of the complex interplay between the various processes, systems and equipment such as the track, overhead conductor, power supply, tunnel infrastructure, train control and safety, as well as operational communications’, explained the project company.last_img read more

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WFP says food shipment denied entry into Burundi, returns to Rwanda

first_imgThe United Nation’s World Food Program says a convoy that was to deliver food stuff to Burundi has returned to Rwanda after it was denied entry into the country where about 112,000 people would have benefited.Peter Smerdon, a WFP official in East Africa, on Wednesday said that Burundian authorities had prevented the convoy from entering the country because of “security issues.”Smerdon said the food was regular shipment of WFP aid from Rwanda into Burundi.WFP reports that more than half of Burundi’s population is chronically malnourished due to the violence in the country.Burundi has been dogged by political violence since April 2015 when President Pierre Nkurunziza declared his bid for a controversial third term in office, one that he went on to win in the July poll.Rwanda and Burundi have seen a rise in tensions, with Burundi’s government claiming that rebel forces have been trained and armed in Rwanda, with a mission of toppling it. Rwanda however denies the allegations.last_img read more

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Chamisa: No plans for coalition deal with Mnangagwa

first_imgMnangagwa threatens to arrest Nelson Chamisa over planned protests Related Nelson Chamisa has ruled out any coalition deal with his ZANU-PF nemesis President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Chamisa told South African broadcaster SABC on Tuesday night that his supporters had warned him to reject any overtures from Mnangagwa, lest he would sink his party.Opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Nelson Chamisa gestures during the launch of his party’s election manifesto in Harare, Zimbabwe, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo“We must be able to protect the vote, otherwise we will not be able to convince anyone to go to elections five years down the line. Our people have said ‘Mr. Chamisa, don’t work with these people’.“They are saying don’t join hands with the Crocodile (Mnangagwa’s moniker), you will be drowned’ like what happened to president (Morgan) Tsvangirai when he worked with (former President) Robert Mugabe, he was diluted, we were diluted, we ended up losing focus and manipulated out of power,” Chamisa said.ZANU-PF secretary for legal affairs Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana also said he was not aware of any discussions between Chamisa and Mnangagwa, but could not rule out the possibility of talks between the protagonists.Chamisa also admits that he has not yet been approach by Mnangagwa or any other member of the ZANU-PF.Last week, soon after Mnangagwa was declared winner of the July 30 polls by the Constitutional Court, he publicly admitted that Chamisa had a role to play in the development of the country after the opposition leader declared that the Zanu PF front-man had no capacity to steer the country out of the murky waters over the next five years.Chamisa reiterated his position on Tuesday, saying: “Far from my fate being sealed. In any event it’s not about Chamisa, it’s about the people of Zimbabwe, they voted for a particular choice, but they were cheated. They were deceived, but that deception is not going to last forever. We have the authority. This country belongs to the people. That is why I told you that there is going to be a proper inauguration very soon. New Zimbabwe is coming, you will see it.” Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa rules out formation of coalition government Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa moves to stop Chamisa’s election challengelast_img read more

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J. Astaphan & partners commits over $250,000 towards recovery efforts

first_img Sharing is caring! BusinessLocalNews J. Astaphan & partners commits over $250,000 towards recovery efforts by: – October 8, 2015 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 719 Views   no discussions Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas receiving the cheque from an Astaphan employeeAfter Tropical Storm Erika struck the island and left a trail of devastation behind, J Astaphan & Co immediately mobilized over $58,000.00 of relief aid to the the Government of Dominica and then went on to rally its partners to provide more aid to the victims of the tropical storm with a value in excess of $250,000.00 combined committed.Astaphans is a 100% locally-owned company and has a strong history of giving back to various communities in the country. Each year, the company donates approximately $200,000.00 in donations and services aimed at improving the lives of the citizens and boosting the economy.“We are proud to be always there to assist when called upon by our Government or otherwise in times of crisis. We are grateful that we have the capability to have such an outreach to affect many lives in a positive and helpful way” said a recently released Company Statement.“We are also proud to have an alliance with partners, who at our request, jumped in to assist in the relief aid without any hesitation. And so, we would like to make special mention of the said companies and thank them for joining in our effort to assist the Government to provide relief to those affected by this terrible storm” the statement continues. The following companies took part in the company’s massive relief operations dubbed as “Asta Relief Ops”: Advance Foam Industries, Albrosco LTD (Fiesta), Apolo, Boss Furniture, Caribbean Trading, Casa Bees (Sankey), Chief Brand Products, Chinook Trading (Instafern yeast), Compania Colombiana de Colcafe, Connor Bros (Bruinswick), Conservas Panamenas S.A. (Del Prado), Friesland Campina (Dutch Lady), Jumbo Zona Libre, Lensyl Products, Merex Inc., Miami Dade (Pudgies), N.V. Consolidated (Ozon), National Canners (MP), New Sevegep LTD (Fan juices), Noel S.A, Ocean Overseas S.R.L (Tosh/Festival), Pastificio Riscossa (Lori Pasta), Qingdao Kingway Industries Co. Ltd, Promos ITL, R.G. Riley, Ready Pack Industries (Karibee Rice), Sandy’s Miami, Sommerdale, Trinidad Match LTD (Three Plumes), Trinidad Steam Laundry (Supa bleach), Universal Foods (Sunshine cereal), Vemco (Award pasta), and Ven Caribbean Paper Products (Softee). To date, the company continues in its efforts to raise more funding for the relief efforts and is expecting more partners to join in the coming weeks. “Our heartfelt condolences and support go out to all who have lost loved ones and friends; and those who have been affected by this tragedy. No words can sufficiently comfort you but we shall try to persevere, arise, and rebuild together,” the statement concludes. – / 3 Sharelast_img read more

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Eighteen year old robbed and shot

first_img 2059 Views   2 comments LocalNews Eighteen year old robbed and shot by: Dominica Vibes News – November 23, 2015 Sharing is caring! Deal Vidal, 18, of Petite Savanne is nursing injuries as a result of a robbery on Saturday 21 November 2015.The incident occurred about 10:20PM on Old Street, Roseau in the vicinity of First Caribbean International Bank, a report from Police public relations officer, Sergeant Pelham Jno Baptiste indicates.“He was allegedly attacked by two individuals wearing masks and armed with a firearm. He sustained a gunshot wound to his upper right thigh and was robbed of one gold chain valued at three thousand dollars Eastern Caribbean currency,” Mr Jno Baptiste said.Vidal was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where he was seen by a medical doctor and admitted. The Police Department is soliciting the assistance of the general public in the investigation of this incident.Sergeant Jno Baptiste has invited members of the general public with information of this alleged robbery to contact the Criminal Investigation Department at telephone numbers (767) 266-5164, 266-5165, 266-5119 or Crime Stoppers Dominica at 1-800-8744. Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Chairman applauds work done by MP and government

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Sharecenter_img 225 Views   2 comments LocalNews Chairman applauds work done by MP and government by: Dominica Vibes News – April 12, 2017 Heston Charles; Soufriere/Scotts Head Village council chairmanChairman of the Soufriere, Scotts Head and Gallion Village Council, Heston Charles, has applauded the work done in these communities by the Parliamentary Representative (MP) and government. Speaking to Dominica Vibes on April 12, 2017 Charles said he feels privileged to serve as chairman during a time when major developments are ongoing. “[Through housing assistance], people are now getting the privilege to live in better homes. [Under] the National Employment Programme, more people are employed, so everything in itself I see as a major, major lifeline for the people of Soufriere, Scotts Head.”Charles thanked the Member of Parliament (MP) Denise Charles who he said is “very focused” and “has a well strategized plan”. This plan, he explained, will assist young persons to obtain employment with skills training. Hence they would “come back and produce in their community and that is so crucial that in every household at least there are at least two bread winners”.“It can be a very sad thing when there is a home with mother, children and sometimes even father and nobody is employed,” Charles continued.Charles said he is grateful for this plan to engage the young people in learning a skill and trade so that they can be employable.“So hats off to Denise Charles, hats off to the government of Dominica for the investment made in the Soufriere, Scotts Head, Gallion community. I believe things are going to happen…this year is our year and years to come, there’ll be lots to celebrate, there’ll be lots to look back on.”Charles added that sport is also an area which will be given attention. “I spoke to the minister of sports and she told me there are plans for the Soufriere playing field and that was backed up by the parl. rep, there’s certainly a roll out that we’re going to see in terms of the playing facility in Soufriere.”He encouraged the villagers to not be discouraged, disheartened, disappointed or wonder if things will happen for Soufriere, Scotts Head, Gallion because “there is enough evidence that things are happening for this community”.last_img read more

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NegOcc’s ‘timeout weekend’ to push through

first_imgBACOLOD City – Despite doubts and opposition, officials of this city and in Negros Occidental will push through the planned “Timeout Weekend” – a four-day strategic plan to address the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. “So far we are almost assured of the capacity to hit the 10,000 target for mass testing,” Benitez said. Former Negros Occidental 3rd District congressman and now provincial government consultant Alfredo Benitez assured the approval of the regional and national inter-agency task forces on the management of emerging infectious diseases.   He said the plan will push for a lockdown in Bacolod City on Aug. 28 to 29 and in Murcia, Silay, Talisay and Bago City on Aug. 30 to 31. He revealed that the regional task force already prepared a resolution for the “timeout” and that the national task force has also the assurance with the arrival today of Environment secretary Roy Cimatu, Secretary Carlito Galvez and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Mike Diño. According to Benitez, Dino offered a laboratory in Cebu if needed for the mass testing and he has already talked to Sen. Richard Gordon for the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. coverage of the Red Cross Lab. The CLMMRH,  he said, will not be able to accept the swab samples of 10,000 target individuals if the problem of supply and the lack of protective equipment are addressed, saying he doesn’t want to risk the safety of the laboratory operators./PN BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The “Time-out Weekend,” according to Benitez, would give way to the mass testing of 10,000 symptomatic individuals for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the five local government units.center_img “The only way to see the enemy which is the virus is to test that’’s why we will hold the mass testing to contain its transmission,” Benitez explained. The CLMMRH head said officials who are leading the proposal should also consider different machines used by the five laboratories in the province, as well as their capacity in releasing the results. Drilon also raised the need for additional medical technologists and encoders to hasten the release of the test results. According to the doctor, if these machines are to be combined, they can only process around 1,700 tests per day. Earlier, Dr. Julius Drilon, chief of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, questioned the planned four-day mass testing. He also questioned as to where the COVID-19 positive individuals will be brought, and how the contact tracing would be conducted. He also revealed that the budgetary requirement of P35 million for the time-out weekend.last_img read more