September 2020

Kalibo vendors back to old market posts

first_imgThe fire hasn’t stopped the 337vendors to get back into business. A special ordinance from theSangguniang Panlalawigan of Aklan has allowed the affected stakeholders to usethe portion of the provincial road (Toting Reyes Street) from Roxas AvenueExtension to Fortunato Quimpo Street as temporary shelter for three months. Engr. Jesse Fegarido, head of theMunicipal Economic Enterprise and Development Office, said the stakeholderswill be accommodated in the middle portion of the public market here.     Two days after the fire, it was“business as usual” as vendors brought in items to sell to their loyalcustomers. The fire on Sept. 15 destroyed over300 stalls, leaving millions of merchandise in ashes, the Bureau of FireProtection said.       The Kalibo market vendors, who were affected by the fire last Sept. 15, are heading back to their old location, according to the municipal government. AKEAN FORUM The personnel of the municipalgovernment began the heavy equipment operations three weeks after the fire toremove debris from the site, allowing the LGU to rebuild the public market.center_img “Nalinisnatin ang portion ng tindahan na nasunog at gawin nating temporary selling area nila. Aayusin natin at lalagyan ng bubong,at ibabalik ang mga apektadong stakeholders para hindi na tayo magkaproblema sa trapik sa Toting Reyes Street,”Fegarido said. KALIBO, Aklan – The market vendors,who were affected by the fire here last September, were heading back to theirold location, the municipal government said.    Many of them decided to sell in thesidewalks while waiting for the temporary shelter promised by local governmentofficials. Fegarido said the municipal LGU plansto put up a temporary relocation site next year before the massivereconstruction of the damaged portion of the market. “Sangayon muna, roofing ang i-construct natinwithin two weeks para makalipat ang mganasunugan na kasalukuyang nagtitinda sa sidewalks at ibang area ng tindahan,” saidFegarido.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Spain pledges fund for asylum seekers as Latin American arrivals spike

first_imgMADRID – The Spanish government onFriday authorized nearly 150-million euros ($165 million) in subsidies to easethe strain on its migrant-processing system after a recent spike in arrivalsfrom Latin America overwhelmed its social services. Government spokeswoman Isabel Celaasaid the subsidies will be complemented by 25-million euros from Europeanfunds. Venezuelan citizens and other migrants wait at the border with Colombia, at the Rumichaca bridge checkpoint, in Ecuador on Aug. 24. Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno signed a decree requiring Venezuelan citizens, who until now could cross the border with a passport or other form of identification, to have a visa to enter the country. REUTERS/DANIEL TAPIAcenter_img Provoked by national crises inSpanish-speaking countries like Venezuela and Colombia, the number of peopleseeking asylum in Spain has skyrocketed. Madrid City Council received 50,000asylum applications between Jan. and Oct. 2019 – compared to only 36,000nationwide and throughout 2018.(Reuters)last_img read more

Tornadoes bring death, destruction in S. US

first_imgWASHINGTON – Tornadoes ripped throughthe southern United States, killing at least 32 people and leaving behindsplintered buildings and downed powerlines, officials and US media said Monday. Twisters caused catastrophic damageEaster Sunday and early Monday morning as storms moved through a regionstretching from Texas to Georgia, prompting the National Weather Service toissue its highest level of tornado alert. This handout photo obtained April 13, 2020 courtesy of the City of Monroe, Louisiana shows the aftermath of storm damage after tornadoes ripped through southern US states on Easter Sunday. THE CITY OF MONROE/AFP / HANDOUTcenter_img Images showed lines of smashed, rooflesshouses where tornadoes had blasted through, many homes just piles of rubblesitting atop foundations. (AFP)last_img

Buy-bust yields P105-K ‘shabu’

first_imgBY MAE SINGUAY AND CYRUS GARDE BACOLOD City – Ten sachets of suspected shabu weighing about seven grams valued at around P105,000 were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 1, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The 28-year-old John Arno Sufrir yieldedthe suspected illegal drugs, police said. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Silay City police station, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNs Sufrir – resident of Barangay Mambulac,Silay City – was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to anundercover officer for P500 around 1:40 p.m. on April 14, the police added.last_img

Negros bus firm seeks police’s help to enforce social distancing

first_imgSeballos also appeal to local officials of the respective LGUs, where the Ceres bus terminals. Seballos explained that they have rules and regulation being implemented and part of it is the wearing of face mask and social distancing aside from that they have manifesto, wherein each of the passengers will write their names before boarding the bus for contact tracing in case there will be Covid-19 case passenger. Photos showing the number of people who flocked to the terminals went viral online where social distancing and crowd control were not observed.Jade Seballos, media relations officer of VTI, said they will coordinate and ask the assistance of the police to help them enforce health protocols under the directive of by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, extending the duration of the general community quarantine (GCQ) in the province until May 31. The company also limits the number of passengers due to social distancing inside the bus. The national Inter-Agency Task Force on emerging and infectious diseases classified Negros Occidental as low risk and recommended GCQ, thereby allowing the gradual opening of offices, business establishments and transportation services./PNcenter_img This was following the influx of the passengers at the Ceres Terminals yesterday; the first day after the VTI resumed their operation in several areas in the province.  “The management made an appeal to the Philippine National Police and the LGUs because even they have security guards deployed in the respective terminal, most of the passengers did not observed,” she said. BACOLOD City – Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), operator of Ceres buses, is appealing to the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOCPPO) and all the local government units (LGUs) to help enforce of the social distancing at terminals situated in several areas of the province.last_img read more

Act Like You Have Been There

first_imgIf you have been in athletics at all, you are more than likely familiar with the statement “act like you have been there before”.  It refers to when you score or when you make a good play you should not taunt the other team.  You go back on defense or move back to the huddle or whatever the game calls for.  In other words, you have done this before; it is no big deal; and you aren’t going to rub it in their face.  The NFL is always trying to cut down on violence in football.   One way would be to severely penalize any sign of taunting.  For example, backing into the end zone after a long run which tells your opponent that they are so slow you can beat them running backwards.  When a tackle makes a good play, instead of getting up and moving to the next play they stand and point fingers in your face or dance around like they have just been stung by a poisoned bee.  One or two plays later in the game someone gets an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because in retaliation they try to kill an opposing player rather than just tackle him.  They supposedly took away celebrating in the end zone, but I have failed to see any real enforcement of this.  You would think that someone in the multi-million dollar earning range might have a little more sense than to shed all of their dignity and act like their two-year-old sons or daughters throwing a temper tantrum.last_img read more

Police Looking For Female Hit-And-Run Driver

first_imgPolice are seeking information that could lead to identifying the driver in a hit-and-run incident in Cross Plains.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accident resulting in property damage at the intersection of State Road 129 and Country Road 900 on Sunday afternoon.Police believe a female driver of a light tan older model Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows attempted to turn onto County Road 900 South when the vehicle left the roadway.The vehicle crashed into a 2006 Pontiac GT which was parked in the driveway.“Heavy damage to the parked vehicle occurred at that time,” said Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.The driver of the Cherokee continued to flee the scene but not before striking a stop sign with the rear of the vehicle. Police say the driver went north on State Road 129 following the incident.Police believe there was a male passenger in the vehicle as well.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office at 812-689-5558, or any law enforcement agency. Tips can be left anonymously.last_img read more

Police Put Brakes On Alleged Drunk Semi Driver

first_imgStephenson is facing charges after police say he was under the influence of alcohol at the West Harrison Weigh Station. (Image: aaroads.com)Authorities said they arrested a truck driver that may have been drinking on the job Thursday morning.Indiana State Police said the driver pulled his 2001 Volvo tractor and flatbed trailer into the West Harrison Weigh Station on I-74 at the Indiana/ Ohio state line around 7:40 a.m.Motor Carrier Inspector Kim Hill observed the driver having difficulty parking the vehicle correctly on the scale, according to police.“After weighing the vehicle she asked the driver to park in the back lot and report back to the scale house with his driver’s license and paperwork for the truck and its load,” reported Noel Houze, ISP Public Information Officer.“When the driver came back into the scale house he did not bring the items MCI Hill had requested,” Houze explained. “After speaking with the driver she detected an odor of alcohol beverages on the driver’s breath.”A trooper with Indiana State Police was contacted for assistance. After observing the driver, police also believed he was under the influence of alcohol.The driver was 62-year-old George Stephenson, of Charleston, West Virginia.“Further investigation at the weigh station revealed Stephenson had a cooler of beer and vodka inside his truck which is a violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations,” Houze indicated.A breathalyzer test was preformed at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center and indicated Stephenson had a B.A.C of .09 percent, police said.Stephenson is facing charges for OWI and Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.last_img read more

State Police Advise Of Impending Arctic Blast

first_imgFor the last few days the National Weather Service has forecast the impeding arctic blast targeting Southeastern Indiana.Indiana State Police are in preparation for whatever mother nature has in store. Extra manpower will available as needed to patrol the major roadways to ensure stranded motorists will receive assistance as soon as possible and to respond to other weather related incidents.Citizens can keep up-to-date with the latest developments by monitoring the Indiana State Police on Facebook, Twitter, and Nixle.State Police have also created a new web page specifically dedicated to the upcoming winter storm and the page will be updated beginning tomorrow and running through Monday or later as needed.Visit the website at here.Citizens are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel during the winter storm and bitter cold temperatures. Due to the severe nature of this storm, depending upon conditions in various parts of the state, vehicles left abandoned along the roadways, especially along the interstates, may be towed immediately.Citizens are also urged to avoid calling state, county, and local law enforcement dispatch centers for updates on road and weather conditions. To receive the latest road and weather information tune into Country 103.9 WRBI, WRBI Facebook, or the station’s twitter.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security advices citizens to have a plan.Hoosiers can take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) recommends citizens look up their electric utility’s outage reporting phone number and add it to their cell phone contact list.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) recommends every household have an emergency preparedness kit. Essential supplies to gather ahead of time in case utilities are disrupted:• Food and water for three days (includes three gallons of water per person, per day)• Battery operated or hand crank all hazards radio• Flashlight• Extra batteries for radio and flashlight• Extra clothing, warm blankets, sleeping bags for staying warm in your home if you lose power• Special items (baby formula, insulin, medications)Families should also take the time to check with neighbors and see if there’s anything they can do for each other before, during or after the storm.With the potential for additional snow, Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue to monitor forecasts for the storm beginning Saturday night and deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. Motorists are encouraged to avoid travel during and after the storm as high winds are expected to reduce visibility for drivers.Temperatures well below freezing are expected to follow the storm, reducing the effectiveness of road salt in melting the snow and ice. INDOT will be treating the salt with specialty chemicals.Visit our travel advisory page here.Authorities encourage drivers to delay a trip if possible, but if travel is necessary, let someone know your route, expected time of arrival, and how to reach you. Charge your cell phone before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you might need during an emergency.If you become stranded, do not leave the car unless there is shelter nearby. Call for help. If you don’t have a cell phone, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm and keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.Extreme ColdSubzero temperatures and strong winds will create a potentially dangerous situation Sunday through Tuesday. Wind chills could reach -30 degrees or lower. Hoosiers should limit their exposure by staying indoors. If you must go outside, make it as brief as possible. Wear several layers of loose-fitting clothing, and cover any exposed skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves.TheBoard of Animal Health (BOAH) reminds pet owners to be especially sensitive to their animals’ limits when outside. Most pets cannot tolerate more than 20 minutes outside when the temperature drops below zero. Be sure to provide a sheltered place for outdoor pets and make sure they have fresh water. Use a heater for water or change the supply frequently.last_img read more

Baseball Sectionals @ Shawe Memorial Postponed

first_imgThe Baseball Sectional games that was scheduled for Saturday (5-30) at Shawe Memorial has been rescheduled for Monday (6-1).Game 1 will feature Jac-Cen-Del battling Academy at 5 PM.  Game 2 follows with Rising Sun squaring off against Hauser.Other area Baseball Sectional games on Monday.The Sectional Championship at South Ripley will be Milan going up against Austin starting at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Franklin features Lawrenceburg clashing with South Dearborn  at 5:30 PM.The Sectional Championship game at Bloomington North will pit the Bloomington Schools, North vs. South, at 7 PM.Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img