Retired cleaner of Penville Health Centre recognised for years of service

first_img Share Share LocalNews Retired cleaner of Penville Health Centre recognised for years of service by: – May 8, 2012 Margaret Bertha George receiving award from Health Minister Julius Timothy The Ministry of Health on April 13, 2012 recognised Margaret Bertha George of Penville, with an award of excellence for over 22 years as a cleaner at the Penville Health Centre.She received a plaque and certificate of achievement for her outstanding, committed and exemplary service to the Penville Health Centre, presented to her by the Minister for Health, Julius Timothy and the District Medical Officer, Dr. Candia Jacob respectively.The citation read by acting Permanent Secretary of Health, Helen Royer, stated in part, “Ms. George was the first Cleaner at the Penville Health Centre from its inception. Her service delivery was remarkable. She single-handedly managed not only the cleaning of the Centre but did yard maintenance on her own for no added fee. When it was too much to handle, she actually paid persons from her own pocket to do the job. Miss George would also ensure that when she was sick one of her children would work in her stead. Her cleaning was immaculate; nothing was short changed. She had no time schedule; she worked until tasks were done to her satisfaction. She actually hosed and scrubbed the external building once a month. She created an ambience of cleanliness that was noticed by all who visited the centre.”Her then supervisor, Helen Royer who was the District Nurse had this to say about Margret George. “I found her to be an extra-ordinary worker who was exemplary not only at her tasks but the respect she demonstrated for authority. She went beyond working hours to ensure the needs of the clinic and staffs were met at all times.”Royer further noted that Ms. George was so engrossed with work that she stayed many years without requesting vacation leave. When she was asked to take her leave she did so reluctantly, since she wanted to ensure a professional job at all times.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit who is also the Parliamentary for Penville said Ms. George’s achievements should serve as a motivation for all in the Community of Penville. He emphasized that if people work hard they will achieve great things, not only for themselves but for the entire country.An elated Margaret said she felt proud and honoured for the award.” I am feeling good, proud, excited. I worked hard. I did not expect it, but I thank God”. The 77 year old, said when she began working at the Health Centre in 1973, her wage was $6.00 per month.Press Release Sharecenter_img Tweet 34 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Undesirable practices threaten Gigantes island chain; Voluntary closure of islands to tourism activities pushed

first_imgCatalbas also expressed concern over the lack of water in the fewrestrooms available to tourists in Gigantes which boasts of white-sand beaches. “Their seafoods are more expensive than those from Roxas City,”lamented Regional Director Helen Catalbas, citing the information that reachedher office. “I recommend the voluntary temporary closure of Gigantes to saveit,” said Catalbas. Catalbas said she would call the attention of Gov. Arthur DefensorJr. so that Gigantes’ concerns would be addressed fast in coordination with thelocal government of Carles, DOT and DENR. Betita acknowledged that DOT could further help Gigantes. “I’m not objecting,” he said although he clarified that his localgovernment has been gradually addressing the environmental concerns such asputting up a materials recovery facility were solid wastes should be sortedout. “Kun magamitka comfort room or maligo ka,mapahakot ka tubig. Sukton ka kay wala sing provision nga tubi,” said Catalbas. Mayor Siegfredo Betita of Carles welcomed Catalbas’recommendation. Gigantes’ environmental concerns should not reach the level ofBoracay Island that it must be ordered closed by the national government, shestressed. The lack of toilet is what’s worrying the Department of Tourism(DOT) much. Catalbas expressed concern over the possible increase in the levelof coliform bacteria in Gigantes’ waters. Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles, Iloilo is a fledgling tourist attraction that boasts of white-sand beaches, pristine waters and fresh sea breeze. IAN JOHN PAMPLONA/PN The government closed Boracay for six months last year from Aprilto October for a massive rehabilitation. Roxas City is the acknowledged “seafood capital” of thePhilippines due to its abundant seafoods that attracts tourists. Catalbas recommended three months of closure to clean Gigantes upand put up the necessary facilities such as toilets. ILOILO – Prohibitive prices of seafoods. Lack of serviceablerestrooms. These two concerns threaten the Gigantes group of islands, afledgling tourism destination in the northern municipality of Carles. This was not the first time Catalbas recommended a temporaryclosure of the Gigantes. In July last year she suggested a “self-closure” oftourism establishments there after the Department of Environment and NaturalResources (DENR) bared rising coliform levels in the area due to the dearth oftoilets and adequate waste disposal system. “They shouldcome here and work hand in hand with us. Bag-uhanonpa lang kami. We do not know kun anoang standards. Tudluan sila (resortowners),” said Betita. The Gigantes island chain consists of about 10 islands; the twolargest are Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes). The island chain has four villages –Asluman (834 families), Granada (771 families), Gabi (613 families), andLantangan (1,054 families) – with nearly 18,000 residents./PNlast_img read more

Road clearing: ‘Kaps’ required to make monthly report

first_img* implement a displacement strategyfor those affected by the operation The first submission is on March 3,said DILG-Iloilo provincial director Teodora Sumagaysay. The report must state the barangay’sweekly road-clearing accomplishments (inventory of road obstructions that wereremoved) from Feb. 16 to March 1 or 2. Provincial governors are also directedto ensure the compliance of city and municipal mayors and conduct regularinterface with the mayors to discuss the implementation of the directive. Theyare likewise tasked to ensure that provincial ordinances and issuances are inline with the DILG directive on the road-clearing operation. Local chief executives who will failto comply with the order will be given a show cause order. DILG gave barangay captains 75 days oruntil April 30 to clear roads in their respective jurisdictions. In Memorandum Circular 2020-027 on thecontinued implementation of the presidential directive to clear roads ofobstructions, DILG spelled out the role of village chiefs: “All Punong Barangays shall be in charge ofthe conduct of road clearing operations in barangay roads and minor public-usestreets within their jurisdictions, as well as the maintenance of other localroads turned over by the city or municipal government.” Further, stated the DILG memo, “theyshall harmonize barangay ordinances with this directive, collaborate andcoordinate with the Mayor in regards to road clearing, and undertakeinformation dissemination campaigns in their respective barangays. Reports onbarangay compliance shall be submitted monthly to this Department.” Their response will be used to determineif administrative charges will be filed against them. * enact or review existing ordinancesin relation to the road-clearing operation * establish a grievance mechanism inwhich citizens can report unremoved obstructions, provide suggestion, or voiceout implementation concerns * conduct an inventory of roads withintheir jurisdiction * rehabilitate cleared roads ILOILO – Barangay captains must submitto the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) monthlyaccomplishment reports on road-clearing operations. Also, rehabilitation of the clearedroads should also be maintained by the villages./PN “We recognize that the barangays havethe No. 1 responsibility in keeping their roads obstruction-free so under RoadClearing 2.0 we will assess the performance of the barangays and fileappropriate charges if necessary,” said DILG secretary Eduardo Año. Memorandum Circular 2020-027 alsomandates local government units (LGUs) to: The clearing operations now includelocal and tertiary roads. City and municipal mayors are expectedto monitor compliance of barangays in the road-clearing efforts of the nationalgovernment.last_img read more

Kentucky Derby

first_imgBelieve it or not, the Kentucky Derby is just a week away.  Hopefully, weather in Northern Kentucky will improve before this event.  As I am writing this article, there are snow flurries in the air yet–and it is April!  The Keeneland spring track season is just wrapping up, and it has been so wet that it appears the horses are running in mud up to their knees.According to the experts, there are no sure bets to win the Derby this year.  For those of you who like to bet on the ponies, this should be a chance to make a few bucks if you can choose the right horse.  The top candidates seem to be Tacitus, Omaha Beach, Vekoma, Plus Que Parfait, and Roadster.  If you don’t want to battle the crowd at Churchhill Downs, you can go to Indiana Grand in Shelbyville and place your bet on this year’s Derby.last_img read more

Marquez looking forward to healthy rivalry with Lorenzo

first_imgMontmelo, June 15: Spanish MotoGP great Marc Marquez said he was looking forward to a healthy rivalry next season with Jorge Lorenzo, who will be his new teammate at Repsol Honda.“Rule No. 1 in a MotoGP team is to beat out your teammate. That’s how it is in all the teams, but there’ll be things Jorge will look at from my (bike’s) telemetry, and sometimes it’ll be the other way around,” Marquez said on Thursday, reports Efe. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa The Spanish rider, a four-time MotoGP champion, leads the 2018 riders’ standings with 95 points, 23 ahead of Italian seven-time champion Valentino Rossi heading into Sunday’s Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix, the seventh race on the 19-race calendar.The 25-year-old Marquez said that in the planning for 2019 he had not expressed opposition to any of the MotoGP riders but insisted on having a strong teammate.Repsol Honda confirmed on June 6 that it would be ending its long-standing partnership with Dani Pedrosa and that Lorenzo, a 31-year-old three-time champion, would ride for the team in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. IANSlast_img read more

Men’s volleyball set to take on No. 6 UCLA

first_imgBalancing act · Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder and the Trojans are on a five-game winning run but remain grounded with UCLA set to visit. Katie Chin | Daily TrojanRiding a five-game winning streak, the men’s volleyball team looks to keep its momentum going against crosstown rival UCLA on Wednesday. After the No. 6 Bruins defeated the Trojans in Westwood during the two teams’ last meeting in January, the No. 12 Trojans look to defend their home court and use the energy of the rivalry to their advantage.“It is not a question of not being emotive … because they are getting inundated with the feedback of the rivalry, which takes on a life of its own,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “It is a question of what you do with that emotion. You never know what it is going to be until you play, but I like to believe that we are playing good volleyball and that it’s not an accident. These guys are really focused on what we need to be doing.”In USC’s last match against Concordia, sophomore outside hitter Gianluca Grasso led the Trojans to a victory in three sets with 20 kills. In the third set alone, USC was hitting .379 to Concordia’s .087. Despite the Trojans finishing the game with more hitting errors, they did so getting more touches on the ball and more chances to make a play.In that same sense, the Trojans will continue to focus on how they are performing first, and hope to let UCLA make mistakes.“How do we handle our side of the net?” Nygaard said. “Stay in a moment, stay focused [and] keep our composure, yet be competitive and handle whatever they dish out with serves.”The team is not just looking for a rivalry victory, though. USC is looking to clinch a spot in the postseason, and winning the final four matches of the regular season would put the Trojans at 9-9 in conference play. This would give them a solid chance at making the MPSF Tournament. This game is just the first of the many steps for the team to achieve its postseason aspirations, but it is one that will be lively, as Trojan fans will look to drown out the traveling UCLA contingent at the Galen Center. “It is undeniable that there is going to be a great environment, but that is what the playoffs and this time of the season is anyway,” Nygaard said. “I am excited for [the match], but do I look at that as the end-all, be-all? No. I love the rivalry, but that’s not the hallmark of what we are trying to do.”While USC’s goal over these next four games is to put itself in playoff position, the Trojans will face a stiff challenge to extend their five-game winning streak, as the Bruins enter Wednesday with a five-game winning streak of their own. But Nygaard dismissed the role of momentum, especially in a heated rivalry matchup.“I love five-game winning streaks, but you know what I like more? Six-game winning streaks,” Nygaard said. “Do I think that’s the major factor in this? Not really. I think these are two teams who know that they’ve been successful. That’s just what makes this a special night.”First serve between the Trojans and Bruins on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

GVC Holdings rules out judicial review of FOBT decision despite £160m hit

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC Plc, the owner of Ladbrokes Coral, has appealed for time to implement the new £2 stake for B2 Gaming Machines, given that it will cost the company £160m as soon as the cut is implemented, and said that it does not intend to seek a judicial review of the DCMS‘ decision.In an update to the stock market, the company said: “Whilst we welcome the certainty provided by the announcement, we are disappointed with the outcome, particularly given the previous independent evidence on stake cuts published by both the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board.“It is now important that the industry is given an adequate implementation period to help prepare and plan for the shop closures that will arise, including attempting to mitigate the impact of resultant job losses. Significant re-engineering of the machines and gaming software will also be required to effect these changes.”It added: “Today’s Government announcement marks the end of uncertainty on FOBT staking limits.  As a responsible business, we re-iterate our commitment to work closely with the Government and our regulators to ensure that both our retail and online offerings are places where customers can enjoy gambling in a safe and secure environment. In order to achieve a positive and constructive working relationship, GVC confirms that it does not intend to seek a Judicial Review of the Triennial Review decision.”The company said that the focus in the UK Retail operation over the last two years has been to create a business that is well placed to face these structural and regulatory headwinds. As such the firm expects to be able to reposition the business within two years following implementation, with an anticipated fully mitigated impact of c£120m on Group EBITDA secured by the end of this period. In the first full year the impact on Group EBITDA is anticipated to be in the region of £160m. “Therefore, we expect to retain a profitable and highly cash generative UK Retail estate,” it added. “Furthermore, our proven leading multi-channel expertise presents additional opportunities to drive online growth.”GVC reiterated that its offer for Ladbrokes Coral Group envisaged the possibility of a £2 maximum stake Triennial Review and today’s announcement has no impact on the minimum targeted synergies of at least £100m per annum.It explained: “As part of the consideration paid for the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC issued to each Ladbrokes Coral shareholder a Contingent Value Right (“CVR”) for each Ladbrokes Coral share that they held. The CVRs were constituted under a deed poll made by the Company (“CVR Instrument”), a copy of which can be found at value of each CVR, and therefore the value of any payment ultimately due from GVC to CVR holders, is directly linked to the outcome of the Triennial Review and certain laws enacted pursuant to it.“Whilst there is a formal process and methodology for determining the value of the CVRs, which GVC will adhere to, the CVR Instrument envisages that if legislation is enacted prior to 28 March 2019 reducing maximum stakes to £2, as announced by the Government today, this will result in each CVR having zero value. In such circumstances no payment would be required to be made by GVC to CVR holders and the CVRs would be automatically cancelled.”last_img read more

Photo of the Day for Friday, April 5

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisToday’s ‘Photo of the Day’ was sent in by Laurie Szumila. Laurie captured this picture of a woodpecker eating breakfast in her backyard. If you have a photo you’d like to send to us, email Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Long Lake, Photo of the Day, WoodpeckerContinue ReadingPrevious Responding to the first respondersNext Honoring 50 years of service to communitylast_img read more

Wayne Rooney: “I’ve had one bad game and everyone’s all over it”

first_imgWayne Rooney believes the criticism directed at him for the lack of goals for Manchester United is unwarranted and is confident he will soon rediscover his scoring touch.The England striker has drawn a blank in each of United’s three games against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Club Bruges, despite being deployed as a central striker by manager Louis Van Gaal.Rooney has not found the back of the net in eight Premier League games for his club, and last scored in their 3-1 win over Aston Villa on April 12.The striker said it is just a matter of time before he starts scoring again. “It’s early on in the season — we’re just three games in. I’ve experienced this criticism before and the goals will come, I know that,” the 29-year-old said.”I understand I have to be the one who’s going to lead that line for us and try and find the goals for us,” the England captain added.”My mind is clear. I know how to play the role. “It’s just a case of getting the chances and taking them, which I’m hopefully going to do soon,” Rooney, who notched 12 Premier League goals last season from a slightly deeper position, said. The striker was also unhappy with the criticism over his recent performances.”I’ve had one bad game this season and everyone’s all over it. I’ve had that throughout my career but hopefully at the weekend I can get off the mark,” he said. “I’m an honest guy. I know when I don’t play well and against Aston Villa I was below my standards.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

33 months in prison for Mason City man who illegally purchased guns

first_imgMASON CITY — A Mason City man who illegally purchased weapons at a local store has been given a federal prison sentence.Braiden Despenas was accused of buying four pistols and a rifle from Hart Brothers between October 2017 and May 2018, lying each time about being a marijuana user.Despenas pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a drug user and making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.He was sentenced on Thursday in US Federal Court in Cedar Rapids to two years and nine months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.last_img read more