Bayside Dredging Extended to March 31

first_imgNew contracts will continue the dredging program for lagoons and channels along the back bays. Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian has received word from the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) that the season for dredging activity in the bay has been extended from February 28 to March 31.The extension provides Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging their private slips. The extension of in-water dredging activity is a result of current data provided to NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife showing protected fish migration begins closer to April 1 than previously believed, the city announced Tuesday.The extension gives residents an additional four weeks for slip dredging and alleviates concerns about insufficient time to complete work prior to the cutoff date.Trident Marine (609-703-7466) and Scarborough Marine Group (609-904-5444) are actively working to coordinate and complete dredging of private properties for interested homeowners.The dredging program has successfully completed dredging of 95,000 cubic yards from city waters and 54,000 cubic yards from state channels over the past three years.Slip owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to remove close to 41,000 cubic yards through private dredging efforts.The mayor will hold a town hall meeting later this winter to present the 2019-2020 dredge program currently being designed to maintain open waterways in Ocean City.last_img read more

New Vineyard residents reject fire department expansion

first_imgNEW VINEYARD – Smith Hall drew a crowd Saturday morning for the town’s annual meeting, newly scheduled to take place in June.The 31-article warrant saw relatively minor changes, with town members opting not to fund the proposed expansion of the fire department grounds and several line items being adjusted only slightly. Six new town officers were nominated and voted into position, leaving two additional seats on the planning board open.Taking the place of Niilo Silanpaa III for a three year seat on the selectboard is Frank Foster, who won the vote with 36 votes. Foster was contested by nominations Gerard Lane and Carl Holbrook who received 29 and 6 votes respectfully.Earl Luce Jr. will sit on the planning board as an associate member for the next three years, while Lynn Ricardo and Linda Thurlow will sit as full time members for the next two years. Director of United Way of the Tri-Valley Area Lisa Laflin was voted in by town members to sit for the next three years on the Regional School Unit 9 board. Robert Silanpaa will serve as road commissioner for the next year.Article 4 was voted down by an overwhelming no from town members; the article requested authorization for selectmen to appropriate an amount not to exceed $15,000 from the undesignated account in case of emergencies. Several town members voiced concern over the “open check” approval the article would give selectmen, with one town member requesting that the board clarify what the undesignated account is and how much is in that account. Boardman Jeff Allen reported there is roughly $400,000 in the account and that although it is referred to by several different names throughout the warrant, it is one account that holds the town’s surplus funds.A request from the fire department to purchase a .85 acre parcel of land adjacent to the station was voted down by town members, who found the price of $30,000 excessive for the value of the land and intention of the department. The selectboard recommended passing the article, which would have appropriated $15,000 and used $15,000 from the undesignated funds account.The land at 33 Lake Street and owned by Scott Davis, was assessed at a value of less than $20,000 last year, Fire Chief Tom Holbrook reported. However, a structure on the property as well as a septic system and well brought that value up to $55,000. The septic and well, as well as additional land for the department, were the benefits in Holbrook’s eyes, who said the current well used by the department is no good.Holbrook also said the lack of space at the current department makes it difficult to train his staff. A staff member who was present at the meeting said the squad is currently taking the trucks either to the mill or to the post office parking lot for training.“We’re trying to make the department better. We’re doing it to protect all of you,” he said.Town members voiced concern over the high price, and questioned whether the water on Davis’ property had been tested, which nobody responded to.“A drilled well is no guarantee on a water test,” one resident said.last_img read more

Council tickets run today for election

first_img “We also want to have open hours twice a month where any sophomore can come and give us suggestions,” he said. Some of these events include a “Tour of Religions,” giving seniors the opportunity to experience the different faiths represented on campus, senior class bar crawls for students of legal age and improved apparel, Stroud said. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, and Nolan Welsh plan to use their experience within student government to leave a legacy for the Class of 2013, Doherty said. Weiss emphasized community outreach, a wider variety of class apparel and class trips to a Cubs game and Cedar Point as some of his ticket’s plans for next year. Several years of working in student government has given him an ability to set realistic and achievable goals, Weiss said. The rest of his ticket has similar experience. “We want to create a united class, address the needs articulated by the class and most importantly, bring people together to form a stronger Notre Dame community,” Michels said. “We’re thinking of maybe building a jungle gym or playground area that can be donated from the Class of 2014,” he said. Other possible projects are Domer Dollars for Eddy St. businesses, more Huddle options and Grab and Go meal flexibility, she said. “We feel that we will give the Sophomore Class Council a different personality,” he said. “Which will lead to the creation of more events, making next year more enjoyable for all sophomores.” The “Save the Best for Last” platform consists of unique programming for the Class of 2012, such as a “Beginning of the End” networking barbeque with a beer garden, “Night in Napa” wine tasting, new class apparel and monthly senior masses. Catalano said his ticket hopes to plan events such as a class dance to bring the class together. He said the dance would hopefully be a formal, but possibly an SYR for the entire class. The ticket plans to broaden the range of internship and job opportunities for students of all majors. Nwannunu said they would examine inconsistencies between male and female dorms with regards to social gatherings. Krenselewski and his running mates want to create a greater sense of class unity. With “dress up days” on the 14th of every month, a day in which all sophomores would wear the same color, Krenselewski said sophomores would feel a strong community atmosphere. Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung, Ali Unger Konkey said she also wants a fundraiser event for the class of 2014. The candidates hope for an enjoyable year and a more close-knit class through greater variety in class apparel, a junior retreat, a class Facebook page and Twitter feed, and a “Margaritaville” event during the spring, which Doherty said the ticket is particularly excited for. “Our vision of Senior Class Council is to make bigger events, partnering with other offices on campus such as the Career Center, to get as many seniors as possible to participate,” she said. Many of their ideas, including a class service trip to a disaster area somewhere in the U.S., focus on helping others. Moore said he intends to work with younger children in the South Bend school district. All of the members of this ticket have served on class councils in the past so they are familiar with the process of planning and executing events, German said. Sophomore Class Council “We want to work with the Alumni Association to try and help seniors build some professional contacts before they graduate,” German said. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot, Elizabeth Linnemanstons Some of the major activities Michels’ ticket hopes to make a reality if elected include a class spirit week, class Mass, a campus-wide game of Humans vs. Zombies and a life-sized replication of Candyland on a quad. In addition to a variety of fun events throughout the year, Huntington said the ticket plans on making the end of the year especially memorable for the graduating seniors. “We want to be able to appeal to everyone on campus and build equality, unity and opportunity,” Nwannunu said. Coley Konkey said the four students running on her ticket come from different backgrounds with different ideas to better the student body. Schilling also hopes to create and sell “glowsaries,” glow-in-the-dark rosaries to be used at class trips of the Grotto. “Dorms have one signature event [benefiting a charity],” she said. “We want a signature event for the class to have yearly.” “We want class-wide events,” he said. “We want people to know each other in our class.” “We are thinking of a seasonal class social event, like a tailgate in the fall, which really helps you meet new people in your class,” she said. “We’re also thinking about a ‘Snow Ball’ for winter and a spring carnival.” Other activities planned for next year include spending leftover funds from this year’s Freshman Class Council on a class ski trip to a resort in Michigan and a class-wide ‘assassins’ fundraiser. Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander and Tyler Harmsen’s plan for next year’s graduating class centers on fun activities and memorable experiences, Huntington said. None of the students on this ticket has been part of class council before, but they decided to run together after being a part of a physics study group. Michels said all members of her ticket are personable, easy-going people who will listen to concerns brought up by members of the Class of 2014. Coley Konkey, Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine, Lauren Katen “Our ticket is a diverse ticket as far as interests go, as we represent many different aspects of our student body,” Michels said. “We encompass people in varsity athletics, music, ROTC and student government, all factors which I think allow us to easily connect to members of our class.” Rocky Stroud, Jessica Choi, Chris Chung and Ali Unger hope to strengthen the sense of unity among members of the senior class through their focus on the “little things,” Stroud said. Junior Class Council “It’s our last year on campus, and we want to make it awesome,” King said. Krenselewski said his ticket hope to put other activites into action next year, including trips to off-campus locations, including Chicago and Cedar Point, as well as a class ski trip. The election committee approved 13 tickets to run for Class Council. Seven tickets are running for Sophomore Class Council, while Junior and Senior Class Councils have three tickets each. Elections will take place online today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. “We feel that our combined experience give us an advantage when it comes to working around red tape and producing great results for our class next year,” he said. Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole, Aaron Stumpf “What we have noticed is that class councils throw a couple big events that a lot of people go to,” Stroud said. “What we want to do is have a lot more little events that maybe not everyone goes to, but you have more options.” Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache, Alesandra Mendoza To fix the communication problem, Krenselewski said his ticket will use a website, Facebook page, open town hall-style meetings and an optional text messaging service to reach out to members of the Class of 2014. “We envision Domecoming eventually evolving into a school-wide spirit week and Homecoming Dance, and next year we plan to take steps toward this goal by involving other classes in the dance,” he said. The ticket also hopes to plan a class trip over fall or spring break and prayer services at the Grotto during finals. All of Crowell’s ticket has hall council experience in their respective dorms. Crowell said her lack of previous student government experience will prove to be an asset in representing the average Notre Dame junior. Some of these Bucket List events include a meeting with University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and a dinner in the press box, King said. “We realized one of the major flaws in student government this year was the lack of communication between class councils,” Krenselewski said. “If elected, we will focus on repairing that, as we feel it would make a big difference for not only student government, but for the entire student body.” “At the beginning of the year, none of us really knew one another,” Schilling said. “We think holding another Domerfest for sophomores will be exponentially more fun than the Domerfest held during freshman orientation.” The candidates identify three categories of projects for next year, should they be elected: uniting the junior class, giving back to the community and helping juniors prepare for their future, Crowell said. Doherty said the group anticipates this year’s first Domecoming to expand into a campus-wide series of events. Nicole Michels, Pat Bedard, Adam Talbot and Elizabeth Linnemanstons plan to bring their diverse interests and approachability to their seats on the Sophomore Class Council if elected. The goal of Tom Catalano’s ticket to foster class unity, he said. Doherty said the ticket stands out because of its candidates’ experience. Kevin Doherty, Megan Rodts, Kim Neary, Nolan Welsh “We think we come from a more diverse background, not having already been part of that system,” she said. “So we’ll more easily be able to portray what the students want.” Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress, Sean Hannon The ticket’s other ideas include forming partnerships with local businesses and planning class retreats to cities such as Washington, D.C., Chicago and New York. Tom Catalano, Erica Smith, Jon Savakus, Rachel Kalinoski ‘Domerfest 2.0′ is one of the major events Schilling and his ticket hope to plan in the coming school year. Nicholas Schilling said his ticket seeks to overcome class communication and unity issues, if elected to the Sophomore Class Council. “We want to create events for the Class of 2014 that are bigger, better and more attended than this year’s events,” Krenselewski said. Nicholas Schilling, Paul DiGiovanni, Mary Clare Rigali, Margaret Preuss Anne Huntington, Mike Oliver, Brittni Alexander, Tyler Harmsen Konkey is running with Princely Muro, Kelsey Repine and Lauren Katen. According to Konkey, none of them have been involved with student government before running in this election. “Not only do we have new ideas, but with our experience we can definitely execute them,” Weiss said. Senior Class Council Beyond social events, Catalano said he wants to establish a class fundraising event focused on one cause, though his ticket is still open for suggestions on what that cause might be. Catalano is running with Erica Smith, Jon Savakus and Rachel Kalinoski to represent the Class of 2014. “Girls always say, ‘We’re so envious of guy dorms because you all get away with everything,’” Nwannunu said. “We’re going to make a push for more equal treatment there.” “We want to improve campus, and help make it and South Bend a better place,” she said. Schilling said his ticket’s experience on Freshman Class Council will be integral to next year’s Sophomore Class Council working well. This ticket would also like to establish a career development committee to prepare seniors for work post-graduation, German said. The Catalano ticket is not currently involved in student government, according to Catalano. All were involved in student government in high school. Class unity lies at the heart of the platform presented by Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano and Grace Foster. As their campaign slogan implies, sophomores Francie Crowell, Brandon Vo, Kaitlyn Cole and Aaron Stumpf hope to bring a “fresh perspective” to the Junior Class Council. “My ticket’s main focus is to get the entire class involved in decision-making processes and to hold events that everyone can enjoy,” Moore said. Anthony Krenselewski, Lizzie Helpling, Jackie Picache and Alesandra Mendoza hope to bring the experience they all gained as members of the Freshman Class Council to the Sophomore Class Council. “We wanted to use our talents to give back to the seniors and make new events that other people would be interested in,” Stroud said. Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott, Brinya Bjork Parker King, Ben German, Alicia Elliott and Brinya Bjork hope to use their extensive experience in campus leadership to help seniors accomplish the “Notre Dame Bucket List,” King said. Rayven Moore, Romel Nicholas, Johnny Romano, Grace Foster “We also have some exciting new ideas for Senior Week, such as ‘Reminiscing from the Rooftop,’ which would be a champagne toast from the roof of Eddy Street Commons,” she said. Mike Weiss, Julianne Crimmins, Mike Kress and Sean Hannon hope to combine new ideas with past experience to preside over next year’s Junior Class Council. Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin, Calvin Belden Clare Yarka, Brandon Nwannunu, Kara Cronin and Calvin Belden hope to unite the sophomore class by ensuring the class’s diverse interests are represented in the class council. “We have a good blend of experience,” German said. “We know what kind of events people would enjoy.”last_img read more

Elections held in dorms after officials move off campus due to coronavirus concerns

first_imgThe ongoing pandemic has given rise to several changes at Notre Dame. Beyond the ever-present HERE campaign stickers and the mask mandate across campus, there was a shift in residential life. Due to possible health concerns, students were given the option to continue living at dorms, take a gap year or opt to move off-campus.In turn, this change in residential policy affected different halls’ leadership positions, as officials in Alumni, Dillon, Howard and Lewis Halls and Morrissey Manor decided to move out of their respective dorms.According to Article 17, Section 3 of the Student Constitution, officials — such as the hall senator, president and SUB representative — must reside in the dorm they wish to represent throughout the entirety of their term.Junior Matthew Bisner, the Judicial Council President, said that once the news about the shift in residential policy was released in June, the Judicial Council, in conjunction with the President’s Council, began to work on establishing what procedures had to be implemented in case of a vacancy.“The whole President’s Council and senate contacted their people and basically asked them to self-report. The final number was six officials, and I reached out to them to confirm this,” Bisner said.Junior Noelle Dana, who served as senator for Howard Hall and opted to have a year off, confirmed she had received an email from student government president Rachel Ingal, vice president Sarah Galbenski and chief of staff Aaron Benavides asking her to report her living situation. However, she added that student government told senators they would have to step down if they moved out of their halls.“I got an email from Rachel, Sarah and Aaron saying, ‘If you decide to move off campus, you have to vacate your position, and we’ll coordinate with Judicial Council to hold another election,’” Dana said.Dana, who was replaced as senator by sophomore Albertina Estrada Martinez, said the decision was “disheartening” as it lacked deliberation.“There was no asking, there was no, ‘Hey, we should maybe meet at the senate and discuss this.’ There was no, ‘Let’s meet with your dorm and ask your dorms if you want to discuss it.’ It was just the lateral decision-making,” she said.Ultimately, the five dorms replaced their officials. However, the process was different for each of them. Dillon, Howard and Morrissey held elections, while Lewis chose to forgo them. In Alumni, elections were contemplated, but the decision was facilitated because one candidate ran unopposed.According to Bisner, the main reason why the solution varied across dorms is due to a lack of information in the Student Constitution.“The biggest complication is that our Constitution isn’t built in a way that’s comprehensive,” Bisner said. “So right from the get-go, people were asking about lines of succession, which is nothing that’s in the Constitution. We really had to think on the fly about how this process would work for most of them and proceeded as the Constitution requires.” Nicole Simon | The Observer Alumni Hall, a men’s dorm on South Quad, is home to the proud Dawgs. Junior Clay Talbot will take over as hall president this year after elected-president Matthew Dotson chose to move off-campus.Dillon Hall’s former president junior John Plaza echoed Dotson’s sentiments but said it was the best decision for his residence hall.“Serving as the president of Dillon Hall was an honor I was looking forward to. However, after seeing how different dorm life is this year and how difficult it is to be a freshman given the current circumstances, I understand that the leader of the Dillon community should be living amongst his constituents,” Plaza said.Even though he was “extremely upset” in the beginning, Plaza said he trusted that Dillon’s new president, junior John Sayut, “will be the exact leader Dillon Hall needs during this very unusual time.”“I’m hoping that [Sayut] will be able to find creative ways to engage the freshmen this upcoming year,” Plaza said. “I know that many of the things freshmen typically rely on to build strong relationships will no longer be possible due to COVID-19, so it will take a lot of brainstorming to find solutions that engage the community as a whole.”Sayut became his dorm’s president Friday after running against five other candidates and ultimately winning the run-off election. Even though he has never held a student government position, Sayut said he aspired to engage with the community and possible holding events in the future.“I’m looking forward to hopefully having the time necessary in like, March, April to organize events like Opening Day and Stache Bash,” Sayut said. “Also holding president and VP office hours. So hopefully be listening to a lot of people’s ideas about socially distant events and how people want to stay connected.”For his part, Talbot, Alumni Hall’s new president, was inspired to run after working during Welcome Weekend. He said he was striving to find ways to enable the first-years to meet different people.“We were talking about doing socials with a lot of the other dorms, that way our freshmen could have a way to meet people. And then we hope to do events in the future like Dive Night,” Talbot said. “We can’t use the Rock, but we’ll figure out a way to get like kiddie pools or something. And then we’re going to see if we can have a whole bunch of stuff outside that we can just do as a dorm.”Talbot said that his term’s goal was to maintain the community spirit in his dorm, as residential life has played an essential part in his growth at Notre Dame.“Dorm life at Notre Dame is something that’s absolutely magical and completely different from any other campus,” he said. “I know I have a certain bias towards Alumni, but I just think there’s a lot of stuff that’s happened on campus in my past year and a half of being here that’s turned me into the person I am today.”Tags: hall elections, hall president’s council, residential life, Student Constitution, Student government, SUB An unprecedented Constitutional dilemmaAs stated by Article 14, Section 3 of the Student Constitution, a new election must be held within two academic weeks if there’s a vacancy in an elected office “due to resignation or recall.”However, this merely pertains to positions within student government and not Hall Presidents Council (HPC) and does not inform the procedures that must be followed if an official moves off campus. The same shortcomings are found in HPC bylaws. This lack of information gave rise to a dilemma in Lewis Hall when the elected fall vice president, junior Meghan Allman vacated her position.According to Lewis Hall president junior Clair Wilson, Judicial Council sought to implement an election, but she argued the spring vice president, junior Radka Pribyl Pierdinock, should take over Allman’s duties as the three had been elected as a ticket.“The only way to repeat the process would be if the entire ticket vacated and we ran a re-election for all positions. I argued that there were no grounds for this in the constitution because the process couldn’t be replicated if our entire ticket wasn’t subject to a re-election,” Wilson said. “Nowhere in the Constitution does it specify that VPs have to be elected for a specific semester, but rather that they have to be elected for one semester.”According to Wilson, after an “extremely challenging” process, Pribyl Pierdinock was selected as the sole vice president for Lewis Hall.“It was very frustrating, but in the end, the Judicial Council in conjunction with our advisor helped us to come to a solution,” Wilson said. “I did feel like I shouldn’t have had to fight for the outcome, given that it seemed like the simplest and most obvious, but I respect that those involved were trying to follow the guidance of the Constitution.”Bisner said the “Vice President Transition Rule” — having the spring or fall vice president fully take on the position’s duties — was implemented in other dorms as well to simplify the process.In Alumni, for instance, junior Marcelo Castellanos became the dorm’s sole vice president when junior Clay Talbot, the former spring vice president, took on the president’s position after junior Matthew Dotson vacated. The same was established in Morrissey, as the spring vice president, sophomore Tom Novy, became the only vice president when junior Matthew Kearney departed the fall vice president responsibilities. Also in Morrissey, first-year Logan Stucke replaced juniorBrennan Horvath as SUB representative.Looking toward the futureThe decision to withdraw was not an easy one, according to Alumni Hall’s former president, but “nothing comes before health during a pandemic.”“Vacating the position was an extremely difficult decision. I fought with it for weeks and went back and forth a couple times,” Dotson said. “I felt as if I was letting down the dorm; however, these are obviously extraordinary circumstances and that calls for some tough decisions.”last_img read more

Claire Danes & More Join John Krasinski for Dry Powder Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2016 The cast is now set for the world premiere of Sarah Burgess’ Dry Powder. Homeland star and Emmy winner Claire Danes, Emmy winner and Tony nominee Hank Azaria and Broadway alum Sanjit De Silva will join the previously announced John Krasinski for the Public Theater engagement. Performances will begin off-Broadway on March 1 with opening night set for March 22.The production, directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail, has been extended through April 24—two weeks past the initial April 10 closing date.In addition to Homeland, Danes won an Emmy for her performance in Temple Grandin. Her additional credits include My So-Called Life, Me & Orson Welles, Shopgirl and Baz Luhrman’s Romeo & Juliet. She made her Broadway debut in Pygmalion.Azaria is best known as the voice of several characters on The Simpsons, including Moe, Apu and Chief Wiggins; his voiceover work earned in four Emmy Awards. His additional credits include Tuesdays with Morrie, Ray Donovan, Friends and Along Came Polly. He earned a Tony nomination for Spamalot and also starred on Broadway in The Farnsworth Invention.De Silva returns to the Public after appearing in Macbeth and Measure for Measure. His additional stage credits include War Horse on Broadway and Awake & Sing, The Ragged Claws and The Little Foxes off-Broadway.The play follows Rick (Azaria), who throws an extravagant engagement party immediately following massive layoffs at a national grocery chain by his private equity firm. Fortunately, Seth (Krasinski), one of Rick’s managing directors, has a win-win deal to invest in an American-made luggage company for a song and rescue his boss from the company’s PR disaster. But Jenny (Danes), Seth’s counterpart, has an entirely different plan: to squeeze every last penny out of the company, no matter the human toll.Dry Powder will feature set design by Rachel Hauck, costumes by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Lindsay Jones. Related Shows Dry Powder View Commentslast_img read more

Ben Richards Tapped for West End’s The Bodyguard

first_img U.K. stage and screen star Ben Richards will star opposite Beverley Knight in the previously announced West End return of The Bodyguard. He takes on the titular role of Frank Farmer in this hit musical, which will run at the Dominion Theatre from July 15 through January 7, 2017.Richards currently plays Sergeant Ben Bradley on the British soap opera Hollyoaks. In the West End, he has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Grease, Saturday Night Fever, The Full Monty and Pricsilla Queen of the Desert. Additional screen credits include The Bill, Doctors and Holby City.The Bodyguard follows superstar Rachel Marron (Knight), who hires former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer to protect her from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in control—until romance takes charge. The show features classic hits including “Queen of the Night,” “Saving All My Love,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.”In addition to Richards and Knight, the cast will include Rachel John as Nicki Marron, Carole Stennett as alternate Rachel Marron, Mark Holden as Bill Devaney, Alex Andreas as Tony, Dominic Taylor as Sy Spector, Matthew Stathers as Stalker and Glen Fox as Ray Court. Ben Richards View Commentslast_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors and Ruffwear Present the Annual Adventure Dog Photo Contest

first_imgOnce again, we’re paying homage to your furry four-legged adventure companions with our 6th Annual Dog Photo Contest! Have a sweet shot of Fido leaping over a log on your morning ride or soaking in the view from one of your favorite overlooks? Share it with us here on our contest page and you could win an amazing doggie swag bag provided by Ruffwear!Browse through our list of rules and regulations here before entering the contest, then share your photo and start rallying the troops! Votes are limited to one person per day, and the contest ends April 30th.SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO HERE!Good luck!last_img

Peru Urges Caution Amid Reports of New Rebel Group

first_img An Internet video of men in hoods claiming to belong to a new rebel group has rekindled fears of internal strife in Peru, as skeptical government officials on 12 November urged calm while an investigation gets under way. The homemade video, shown on television and the Internet late the day before, included a logo of the Tupac Amaru MRTA movement that was disbanded along with the Shining Path rebel group during Peru’s so-called dirty war from 1980-2000. Filmed in what appears to be a jungle camp, the hooded men in the video claimed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed forces-Tupacamarista People’s Army (FAR-EPT). Interior Minister Fernando Barrios said the video was “presumably shot in the jungles of Bolivia” and was under investigation, but told Peruvians: “there’s no reason to be alarmed.” Peru’s police chief Miguel Hidalgo also went on the air urging people to “take this with calm and caution.” Both officials said Peru’s intelligence agency was trying to determine if the video was authentic. Vice President Luis Giampietri — who is in charge while President Alan Garcia attends the APEC summit in Japan — was most skeptical. “Anybody can get hold of a small video recorder and make a recording with a friend — they cover their faces with dirty rags and say they belong to the MRTA and they make news,” he told reporters. Peruvians are still suffering the aftermath of the dirty war against rebels that left more than 70,000 people, mostly innocent civilians, dead or missing. By Dialogo November 16, 2010 Well, I believe that the Vice President forgets that our country is vulnerable to all sort of terrorist attack that could happen or rather, take place in those areas more vulnerable like the jungle and the Peruvian mountains. Besides, as all of us Peruvians know there are still remnants of terrorism in our country. last_img read more

‘We are at war’: France imposes lockdown to combat virus

first_imgAnyone flouting the restrictions, in place for at least the next two weeks, would be punished.”I know what I am asking of you is unprecedented but circumstances demand it,” Macron said.”We’re not up against another army or another nation. But the enemy is right there: invisible, elusive, but it is making progress.”He said tougher action was needed after too many people ignored earlier warnings and mingled in parks and on street corners over the weekend, risking their own health and the wellbeing of others. In France the coronavirus has killed 148 people and infected more than 6,600.Army mobilizedUnder the new measures, soldiers would help transport the sick to hospitals with spare capacity and a military hospital with 30 intensive care beds would be set up in the eastern region of Alsace, where one of the largest infection clusters has broken out.Macron said he was postponing the second round of local elections on Sunday. Because the government’s sole focus needed to be fighting the pandemic, he said he was suspending his reform agenda, starting with his overhaul of the pension system.The government would, when necessary, legislate by decree to fight the coronavirus, he said.Coronavirus infections and fatalities in France and Spain have been surging at a pace just days behind that of Italy, the epicenter of the outbreak in Europe where hospitals in the worst-hit northern regions are stretched to breaking point.Seeking to offer further reassurance to businesses, Macron said the government would guarantee 300 billion euros worth of loans. The loan guarantee plan would be submitted to parliament in coming weeks and would be retroactive, a finance ministry source said.Rent and utility bills owed by small companies would also be suspended to help them weather the economic storm, he added.”No French company, whatever its size, will be exposed to the risk of collapse,” Macron said.  French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ordered stringent restrictions on people’s movement to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and said the army would be drafted in to help move the sick to hospitals.France had already shut down restaurants and bars, closed schools and put ski resorts off limits, but Macron said measures unprecedented in peacetime were needed as the number of infected people doubled every three days and deaths spiraled higher.In a somber address to the nation, the president said that from Tuesday midday (1100 GMT) people should stay at home unless it was to buy groceries, travel to work, exercise or for medical care.center_img Topics :last_img read more

88 workers at Nippon Oilseal Kogyu factory in Cikarang COVID-19 positive

first_imgAt least 88 workers at a factory belonging to automotive spare part manufacturer PT Nippon Oilseal Kogyu in the Cikarang industrial zone of Bekasi, West Java, have contracted COVID-19.The Bekasi COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Alamsyah, confirmed the news via a short message on Monday.“[The manufacturer has] closed some of its units,” he said as quoted by kompas.com. Six of 88 workers had already recovered from the disease, he said.Sixty-eight of the infected people were Bekasi residents, while the remaining 20 were from outside the region, Alamsyah added.The industrial zone recently emerged as a COVID-19 cluster with dozens of confirmed cases. Last week, the Bekasi administration announced 242 new cases at LG Electronics’ factory, while some 71 cases had as well been reported from motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki in the same area in mid-August.A factory run by consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia in the Cikarang industrial zone had to be closed temporarily in July after it had become a coronavirus cluster. A similar move was taken by Japanese industrial conglomerate Hitachi Ltd in July. (vny)Topics :last_img read more