COVID-19: Jakartans volunteer to help patients in isolation cope with distress

first_imgDozens of Jakartans have volunteered to become social companions for COVID-19 patients and those suspected of having the disease in the capital city, joining an initiative to ensure that those confined to isolation receive the emotional support they need.The initiative, launched by volunteer group Jakarta Maju Bersama (Jakarta Moving Forward Together), seeks to connect volunteers with patients — both at hospitals and in self-isolation at their homes — through a special app that will allow them to communicate via text messages and video calls.The suspected patients include people under surveillance (ODP) as well as patients under treatment (PDP) — the government’s official classification used to differentiate people according to the symptoms they present and their travel history. “We need to give them our constant support and accurate information, and we need to cheer them up to strengthen their mental well-being, so as to make their condition improve.”The group will collaborate with a number of doctors who will be on standby to provide support and assistance for the volunteers.“We’ve also teamed up with a psychology expert who has put together a module [for the initiative],” Usamah said as quoted by news agency Antara.The registration of volunteers as well as patients who want to join the initiative began on Tuesday and will end on Thursday.”Around 150 volunteers have signed up so far,” he said, adding that only a few patients had decided to join, but the group would keep looking for those in need.Jakarta, the province hardest hit by coronavirus in the country, has recorded 2,474 positive cases with 242 deaths linked to COVID-19 – accounting for nearly half of the country’s tally of 5,136 confirmed cases and 469 fatalities as of Wednesday.More than 3,000 people in the capital are people under surveillance (ODP) — those generally described to have traveled to virus-hit regions or having been in contact with positive cases, but do not show any symptoms — while some 2,465 people are patients under treatment (PDP) — those who have symptoms typical of COVID-19 and are in medical care but still need their status confirmed through a test.The ongoing public health emergency caused by the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus has given birth to stigmatization of individuals considered to be carriers in their communities, resulting in prejudice and a state of paranoia.The World Health Organization has issued a strong warning over such stigmatization.”Stigma, to be honest, is more dangerous than the virus itself. Let’s really underline that. Stigma is the most dangerous enemy,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing in Geneva in early March, Reuters reported. (rfa) The initiative was expected to help relieve stress and frustration among those who need support to get by during their quarantine, said the volunteer group’s head, Usamah Abdul Aziz.Once the initiative starts, each volunteer will be assigned to one patient, whom they will talk to on a regular basis. Through the conversation, the volunteers also expect to check on the condition of the patients.The gesture would prove vital to the patients’ mental well-being, as many had expressed frustration over the tremendous pressure that comes with their diagnosis, Usamah said.“[The patients] feel as though they are facing death. As a matter of fact, stress can significantly [weaken the immune system],” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Environmental concerns, protests may discourage foreign investment: Moody’s

first_imgThe omnibus bill on job creation, which passed into law on Monday, earlier than previously scheduled on Thursday, has sparked widespread protests and labor strikes nationwide due to concerns that the law will undermine labor rights and weaken environmental protections.Activists and observers have also raised concerns over the law’s deliberations, which they said lacked transparency and public input.“Without offsetting benefits, weaker protections for a large and growing working class could spark opposition from various political and social interest groups, with counterbalancing effects on labor productivity over the near term,” Moody’s said.The government has been struggling to revive the economy, which has been hit hard by uncertainty over the pandemic. Indonesia’s gross domestic product shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter as household spending and investment contracted 5.51 percent and 8.61 percent respectively. Indonesia’s Job Creation Law may facilitate investment and help revive the economy, but relaxed environmental regulation and widespread protests by labor unions could discourage foreign investors and limit the law’s benefits, Moody’s Investor Service has said.The passage of the omnibus bill is expected to facilitate both domestic and foreign investment and help revive economic growth, Moody’s wrote in a research note on Thursday. Risks, however, loom for the Indonesian economy.“Relaxation of reporting for businesses that have required an environmental impact analysis and easier restrictions on clearing peatland for oil palm plantations could particularly deter foreign investment” that is increasingly focused on environmental-, social- and governance-driven goals and responsible commodity production, Moody’s analysts said. The government projects this year’s full economy to shrink 0.6 to 1.7 percent, marking the first annual economic contraction in two decades.Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein said the omnibus law, along with other policy and regulatory measures, would help the economy to recover from the pandemic and boost its economic outlook.“ADB is looking forward to supporting the government of Indonesia toward achieving more equitable labor market outcomes and addressing concerns on environmental sustainability,” he said in a statement on Thursday.Under the law, environmental permits are now merged with business permits with only high-risk industries required to submit an environmental analysis. The law will also raise fines for environmental damages, with those who burn forests potentially subject to 15 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 7.5 billion fine.The law also returns the authority over land use and permits to the central government from regional administrations and sets up a one-map policy to resolve the issue of overlapping land claims.In addition, it cuts severance benefits paid by employers to laid-off workers from 32 times their monthly salary to 19 times.The JKP scheme will be managed by the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). Article 46E of the bill stipulates that the source of funds for the JKP scheme, which currently has yet to be established under the country’s social security system, will come from the government, workers’ premiums and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan operational funds.Speaking in a press briefing on Thursday, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief Bahlil Lahadalia said the government would speed up the implementation of the law, adding that the widespread protests did not deter potential investors from coming into the country.“As many as 153 companies from Japan, China and the United States are planning relocation to Indonesia following the passage of the omnibus bill,” he claimed. “They wanted to invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, energy and tourism, among other sectors.”The BKPM chief defended the law, saying “it would be able to create jobs that will benefit workers and will not undermine environmental rules”.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal chief reveals positive talks with transfer targets despite no guarantee of Champions League football

first_imgUnai Emery is a big enough pull for targets even without Champions League football (Getty)He added: ‘We have a lot to offer to a player. I don’t feel in disadvantage with anybody. The league, the Premier League, is exciting for any player in the world.‘London, Arsenal, the history, the dimension of the club, the stadium, the facilities at Colney, the fanbase, the followers around the world and the exposure. Really, I feel like I have a lot of ammunition when I talk with players to engage them in our project.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Raul Sanllehi insists Arsenal are still a hugely attractive club to join (Picture: Getty)Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi has played down the importance of being in the Champions League and says it has not affected talks with summer transfer targets.The Gunners are expected to be active when the window reopens, with Unai Emery keen to add upwards of four new faces to his squad, though their budget will be dependent on winning the Europa League.Although Arsenal may not be able to spend as much if they fail to secure Champions League qualification, Sanllehi insists the quality of players being chased will not change. Arsenal chief reveals positive talks with transfer targets despite no guarantee of Champions League football Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link364Sharescenter_img Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham sat down for an in-depth chat (Picture: Arsenal Media)Asked about the impact of the Champions League on transfers, the Spaniard told the club’s website: ‘That’s something that comes into the conversations. Fortunately enough, the image of Arsenal is strong enough.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are a reference in the football world, so when Arsenal knocks on the door of players it’s a different knock than other clubs. Of course, the fact that we have not been in the Champions League for two years and we are in question marks now for the next year, that’s not helpful.‘But again, the image of Arsenal is strong enough to help us build a case about all the model we are bringing up, the new era that we are bringing up. It’s very exciting. The passion of the coach that is projecting to the team, it’s seen by everybody in the football world.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Not only internally, but externally. We’re getting that a lot from players that we’re talking to, that they really get that it’s a nice place, that it’s a very good place to be, Arsenal, in order to project a good football career. So we are building on that.‘Of course being in the Champions League is very helpful, because all players want to play in the ultimate competition. For us, if by any chance we would not be there next year – which I don’t think is going to happen – but if that happened, our challenge would be to get in there immediately. Players that come and join us and get into that successful project, it’s an exciting thing for them.’ Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 35 Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Funds

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute nearly $11.5 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 35 municipalities statewide to fund 41 safety projects.“This program helps communities across the state make investments in traffic flow and safety,” Governor Wolf said. “These improvements complement the many road, bridge, and multimodal projects happening in Pennsylvania.”Under state law, fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia supply the grant funding. Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted more than 143 applications, totaling over $34 million in requests.Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program since 2010 to $62.87 million, funding 366 safety projects.The approved projects include:Allegheny County Coraopolis Borough – $165,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 51 (4th Avenue) and Mulberry Street by improving signal visibility and pedestrian safety.McCandless Township – $135,000 to install new LED pedestrian signal indications, push buttons, and emergency vehicle pre-emption at seven intersections throughout the township.Springdale Borough – $192,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 1001 (Pittsburgh Street) and Butler Street by improving traffic signal supports, installing LED modules, improving pedestrian facilities, and upgrading controller and detection systems.Verona Borough – $200,000 to installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Allegheny River Boulevard and Wildwood Avenue.Bucks County            Bristol Township – $256,603 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2051 (South Oxford Valley Road) and Queen Anne Drive by improving traffic signal supports, installing LED modules, improving pedestrian facilities, and upgrading controller and detection systems.Doylestown Township – $171,415 to improve pedestrian facilities at the intersections of Route 1001 (Easton Road) and Turk Road, and Route 3003 (Lower State Road) and Wells Road.Dublin Borough – $117,398 to upgrade two traffic signals at the Route 313/Route 4003 (Maple Avenue)/Route 4003 (Elephant Road), and Route 0313 (Main Street) and Dublin Village Plaza Drive by installing LED pedestrian signals and push buttons with confirmation latching LED and tone.Centre CountyCollege Township – $42,524 to improve safety by changing the northbound left turn at the intersection of Park Avenue and I-99 southbound/U.S. 322 westbound on-ramp to a dedicated protected left-turn operation.Chester County West Whiteland Township – $257,678 to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Route 100 (Pottstown Pike) and Commerce Drive by installing new ADA curb ramps, establishing larger channelization islands, and the installation of new signal supports.East Brandywine Township – $38,617 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Horseshoe Pike and the Brandywine Village Shopping Center by installing LED modules, improving signs and installing emergency pre-emption.Kennett Township – $692,592 to realign and upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Cedarcroft Road and Unionville Road. Also a traffic study will be completed at the intersection of Unionville Road and the U.S. 1 southbound ramp to identify and implement the most appropriate solution.Clinton County:Porter Township – $57,600 to upgrade traffic signal cabinets with generator adapter kits, battery backup, and new controllers at 12 intersections along the Route 64 corridor from Interstate 80 to Nittany Valley Drive.Cumberland County:Mechanicsburg Borough – $60,000 to improve safety by re-timing traffic signals at seven intersections and upgrading LED modules at 10 intersections within Mechanicsburg Borough.Dauphin County:Lower Paxton Township – $63,748 to upgrade the intersections of Route 3017 (Colonial Road) and Crums Mill Road/Devonshire Road, Route 3017 (Colonial Road) and Valley Road/Windfield Street, and Route 3017 (Colonial Road) and King George/Colonial Park Mall Driveway, by upgrading the traffic signal controller, electrical equipment and black-out sign.Delaware County City of Chester – $119,405 to improve safety by upgrading the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 3035 and Township Line Road by installing new traffic signal poles, LED modules, pedestrian signal modules, and signs.Concord Township – $116,725 to improve safety at the intersection of Route 1 (Baltimore Pike) and State Farm Drive/ Applied Bank Boulevard by improving the pedestrian crossing, installing a channelization island, upgrade ADA ramps, extend existing sidewalk, placement of push buttons, and relocating guiderail.Haverford Township – $75,000 to improve pedestrian safety by installing a mid-block pedestrian warning system near the intersection of Route 2005 (Darby Road) and Fairfield Road.Ridley Township – $250,000 to upgrade the intersection of MacDade Boulevard and Bullens Lane by installing a new left turn lane, upgrading traffic signal equipment, and improvements to ADA-compliant curb ramps.Springfield Township – $281,800 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Sproul Road and Woodland Avenue/Beatty Road by modernizing traffic signal equipment, installing ADA-compliant ramps, pedestrian signal modules, push buttons, and visibility crosswalks.Lebanon County:Annville Township – $152,125 to improve pedestrian safety along Route 422 and Route 934 by updating pavement markings, updating curb ramps, and installing school crossing sign system in Annville Township.Luzerne County Edwardsville Borough – $86,107 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route1107 (Main Street) and Zerby Avenue by installing new traffic signal supports, upgrading pedestrian features, and upgrading controller and vehicle detection system equipment.Jenkins Township – $51,206 to upgrade the traffic signal at two intersections — Route 315 and Walmart Drive, and River Road and Eighth Street – by upgrading pedestrian signal modules and push buttons.Lycoming County:City of Williamsport – $230,676 to upgrade the traffic signal at two intersections – Via Bella Street and Basin Street, and Third Street and Pine Street – by improving pedestrian facilities to further implement Connect Williamsport, a local initiative to improve multimodal connections.Montgomery County Abington Township – $178,600 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Susquehanna Road and Eagle Hill Road by installing new traffic signal structures, signal and pedestrian indications, and upgrading the vehicle detection system.Towamencin Township – $84,200 to improve pedestrian safety throughout the township by upgrading 13 traffic signals by updating pedestrian signals and push buttons. The project also includes installation of emergency pre-emption at one intersection and removal of a traffic signal.West Norriton Township – $196,090 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 3006 (Whitehall Road) and Sterigere Street by installing new ADA curb ramps, pedestrian signal modules, battery back-up system, emergency preemption system, update the controller cabinet and upgrading the vehicle detection system.West Norrition Township – $417,246 to upgrade the traffic signal and improve geometric layout of the intersection of Route 3006 (Whitehall Road) and Route 3019 (Marshall Street) by installing a new traffic signal and increase the radii on the corners of the intersection.Whitpain Township – $132,000 to upgrade the traffic signals at the intersection of Route 3001 (Norristown Road) and Route 3003 (Stenton Avenue)/Narcissa Road by improving pedestrian facilities, adding battery back-up and upgrading vehicle detection systems.Montour County:Danville Borough – $248,978 to upgrade to a new traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 11 (Bloom Street) and Ferry Street/Walnut Street by installing all new equipment while improving pedestrian facilities.Northampton County:Hellertown Borough – $126,173 to upgrade the traffic signal along Route 412 (Main Street) by upgrading pedestrian signals, push buttons, controller equipment and new pavement markings.Philadelphia County City of Philadelphia – $1.5 million to realign and upgrade the intersection’s current geometry at the intersection of 20th Street/Penrose Avenue/Moyamensing Avenue and Packer Avenue.City of Philadelphia – $1.2 million to establish a citywide program that traffic calming strategies at various locations and solutions are determined based on the most current crash data, intersection/roadway geometry, and degree of pedestrian activity.City of Philadelphia – $1 million to establish a citywide program that will implement low cost strategies to support Philadelphia’s Vision Zero initiative, the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program that designs to slow driver speeds and encourages safer driving behaviors.City of Philadelphia – $1 million to establish a citywide program to connect various arterial corridor traffic signals back to the City’s Traffic Management Center using fiber optic cable communications.City of Philadelphia – $500,000 to establish a citywide program to intended to select up to three locations to connect pedestrian and bicyclists between residential neighborhoods, parks, and employment centers.City of Philadelphia – $500,000 to improve five traffic signal intersections: Pratt Street and Roosevelt Boulevard, Langdon Street and Roosevelt Boulevard, Rising Sun Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard, 5th Street and Roosevelt Boulevard and Broad Street and Roosevelt Boulevard by improving vehicle and pedestrian safety at transit stops.Schuylkill County:City of Mahanoy – $68,000 to upgrade pedestrian facilities at the intersection of Route 339 (North Main Street) and Park Place Road by installing new ADA-compliant curb ramps, sidewalks and signs.Union County:East Buffalo Township – $77,549 to upgrade the traffic signal and school zone signal signs at the intersection of Route 45 (West Market Street/Old Turnpike Road) and Route 2007 (Fairground Road).Venango County:City of Franklin – $78,237 to upgrade traffic signal structure at an intersection mid-way between Liberty Street between the cross streets of 12th and 13th Street in the City of Franklin.Washington County:City of Monongahela – $213,000 to upgrade to a new traffic signal at the intersection of Route 88 (Main Street) and Ninth Street.Westmoreland County:Allegheny Township – $122,000 to upgrade all traffic signals and warning devices with LEDs located throughout the township. For more information, visit the traffic signals page under “Travel In PA” at, or email February 26, 2018 Governor Wolf Announces 35 Municipalities to Improve Traffic Safety with Red Light Enforcement Fundscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm Fully Commissioned, Starts Receiving CfD Payments

first_imgThe 402MW Dudgeon offshore wind farm entered full operation in October and has started receiving difference payments on generated electricity. Statoil announced at the beginning of September that all 67 Siemens 6MW turbines were producing electricity and that the project will be put into full operation later this year.Following the testing of the last turbines, the wind farm was fully commissioned and has started delivering power to the grid.Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC) announced on 4 October that the final phase of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm has passed all of its Operational Conditions Precedent and has started to receive Contracts for Difference (CfD) payments from the earliest date it is entitled to do sounder the Phase 3 Investment Contract.The project was completed at the agreed time and below the budget of GBP 1.5 billion that was set when the investment decision was made in 2014.last_img read more

Pepe is a great player with big resources, says Leeds boss

first_img Loading… Read Also:Pepe: We are adapting quickly to new tactics “Obvious skills, when you have all of these skills in one player, the value is £70m. It was just a matter of time before he showed those skills. One thing is to have the skills, another thing is to have the skills and show them on the pitch. He does both. He has clearly shown his skills and is at a club where he deserves to be.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Most Stunning Wedding Looks From Around The World10 Largest Cities In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Ahead of Monday’s FA Cup tie, he said: “Pepe is a great player with big resources and is a goalscorer. A player who is able to unbalance a match.Advertisement Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has spoken of his admiration for Arsenal attacker Nicolas Pepe.last_img read more

Drilon calls ‘Build, build, build’ a ‘dismal failure’

first_img“Mahiraptalaga mag-implement ng proyektoand that is not unique to this administration,” the Palace spokesperson furthersaid. Drilon slammed NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia over the plan to release an official list of the revised 100 flagship projects as it means nothing if the projects have yet to start. In 2017, the NEDA had identified 75 projects under the Build, Build, Build program considered as “high-impact.” These projects are under the public works, transportation, energy, and agriculture departments. “Senator Frank, look at theadministration you previously belonged, six years not a single infrastructure na nagawa,” Panelo said in a mediabriefing at Malacañang Palace. “It is sad to say that the Build, Build, Build program of the administration is a dismal failure,” Drilon said during the Senate’s budget interpellations on National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 2020 budget. “We only have two years and a half left in this administration; I don’t think any substantial progress insofar as that program is concerned will be achieved. I repeat, the execution is simply dismal,” the Ilonggo senator said as he expressed his dismay over the administration’s flagship infrastructure progress. “We can have a thousand projects, that’s all theoretical. I’m talking how the projects have actually started in terms of construction.… If it is actual construction with actual disbursements, that would propel our economy,” Drilon said.center_img But the Commission on Audit had flagged in its latest report slow disbursements and delayed implementation of projects at the departments implementing the flagship infrastructure projects./PN “I would not say a dismal failure kasi malalaking proyekto ‘yan(Build Build Build) at matagal na tayohindi nakakagawa ng malalaking proyekto,” he added. “Dapat i-audit ng husto ang expenses, hindi lang po ito tungkol sa P50-million cauldron, kung hindi ‘yung ibang gastusin,” says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon. ABS-CBN NEWS Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo,meanwhile, dismissed Drilon’s comments as baseless as he chided the previousadministration, which did not have a single infrastructure. MANILA – Opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon has branded the flagship infrastructure program of the Duterte administration as a “dismal failure” with two completed projects out of 75 projects targeted.last_img read more

Taal Volcano belches more steam, sulfur dioxide – Phivolcs

first_imgThe agency on Saturday kept the dangerlevel of the volcano at alert level 4 out of a possible 5, which means that a“hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days.” The National Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Council, in its Saturday’s situational report, said some 37,445families or 137,994 people were taking temporary shelter in 488 evacuationcenters. (ABS-CBN News) The volcano, which sits on an island surrounded by a lake in Batangas province, releases an average of 409 tons of sulfur dioxide on Saturday, higher than Friday’s 224 tons. ABS-CBN NEWS The volcano’s eruption in Jan. 12 displaced nearly 350,000 people in the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, Laguna and Cavite. In its 8 a.m. bulletin, the state seismology agency said the emission of white-colored steam had reached 100 to 800 meters high compared to Friday’s record of 50 to 500 meters. Phivolcs earlier said continued activityat the Taal Volcano showed that magma was churning underneath. Data from the Philippine Seismic Networkshowed that some 744 volcanic earthquakes have been plotted in the Taal regionsince Jan. 12. Among these, some 176 were felt, ranging from between Magnitude1.2 and 4.1 and experienced at between Intensity 1 and 4.center_img The volcano, which sits on an islandsurrounded by a lake in Batangas province, has also released an average of 409tons of sulfur dioxide, higher than Friday’s 224 tons. Meanwhile, the Taal Volcano Network,which can record small earthquakes undetectable by the PSN, recorded 420volcanic earthquakes, including 11 low-frequency earthquakes, in the past 24hours. Sulfur dioxide is used to measure ifmagma is getting closer to the surface. The volcano had a steam-driven eruptionon Jan. 12, triggering an ash fall that reached parts of Metro Manila andnearby provinces.  MANILA – The Taal Volcano in Batangas spewedan increased amount of steam and sulfur dioxide in the past 24 hours, thePhilippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Saturday.last_img read more

Banks DIH on board for IGG 2016

first_imgTHE name Banks DIH has been in the conversation whenever talk about sponsorship in the sports sector arises and this year the company continues its support for the Inter-Guiana Games (IGG) with a sponsorship package presented to the National Sports Commission, ahead of this weekend’s Games in Guyana.Water Beverage Brand Manager Clive Pellew made the presentation to Assistant Director of Sport, Brian Smith, during a simple ceremony at the NSC Office on Homestretch Avenue. Also present were Errol Nelson, Brand Manager of Banks DIH and R. Sooklall, Accountant of the NSC. The company will be providing Rainforest Waters and Powerade for the athletes and officials participating in the Games set for Friday to Sunday. Smith thanked Banks DIH for supporting the annual Games which started back in 1967 and involved the three neighbouring territories that comprise the Guianas.The games will run from Friday to Sunday and will hold competitions in eight disciplines between Guyana and neighbouring Suriname, as French Guiana will not attend. Fans can look forward to action in basketball, volleyball, badminton, futsal football, table tennis, swimming and track and field.last_img read more

Eight elimination matches to kick off Bartica Championship

first_imgEIGHT elimination matches will highlight the opening night of action in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Bartica Championship today at the Bartica Community Centre tarmac.Bartica will be a hive of activity, as pulsating matches will kick-start what is expected to be an enthralling competition.According to coordinator Alden Marslowe, high-quality action was witnessed in the playoff round on Wednesday which indicated that the respective teams are well prepared and raring to go in anticipation of securing the coveted title.The opening matchup will pit Mighty Ruler against Itaballi from 19:00hrs, with Falmouth opposing Prison Officers in the second fixture at 19:30hrs.In the third clash, Potaro Strikers battle derby rival, Potaro United, from 20:00hrs, while defending champions Disconnection Crew lock horns with Walking Boyz at 20:30hrs.The fifth contest at 21:00hrs will pit Almanac Kings against Beacons, while Goal-Raiders take aim at Ballers from 21:30hrs.In the final two matches, Jones Avenue will tackle Police from 22:00hrs and former champions Rivers View will match skills with Man City at 22:30hrs.The aforementioned matches were scheduled following the conclusion of the playoff round on Wednesday night at the same venue.The respective winners will advance to the group round on June 15, which will feature two groups of four teams.The top two teams from each zone will then progress to the semi-final round on June 16. This will be followed by the third-place playoff and grand finale.Meanwhile, the four teams who fail to advance from the group stage will contest the Guinness Plate Championship. This will also be staged on the final night before the third place matchup.Winner of the zone will collect $400 000 and the respective trophy. They will also earn an automatic place in the National Championship, which is pegged to start in August.Meanwhile, the losing finalists will receive $150 000 and a trophy. On the other hand, the third- and fourth-place finishers will pocket $100 000 and $75 000 respectively and the corresponding accolades.The victors of the Guinness Plate Championship will receive $60 000. The other major sponsor of the event is Colours Boutique.Among the dignitaries expected to be in attendance at the matches are Guinness Brand Executive Lee Baptiste and Banks DIH Outdoor Events Manager and former National player Mortimer Stewart. Day-1 Fixtures:Mighty Ruler vs Itaballi – 19:00hrsFalmouth vs Prison Officers – 19:30hrsPotaro Strikers vs Potaro United – 20:00hrsDisconnection Crew vs Walking Boyz – 20:30hrsAlmanac Kings vs Beacon – 21:00hrsGoal Raiders vs Ballers – 21:30hrsJones Avenue vs Police – 22:00hrsRivers View vs Man City – 22:30hrslast_img read more