Elise Testone, Members of Snarky Puppy, TAB, And More Pay Tribute To Amy Winehouse And Prince [Watch]

first_imgLast night brought together a tribute to Amy Winehouse, Jazz Is Phish, and Turkuaz playing the music of The Band at The Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. The “Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute To Amy Winehouse” set featured Elise Testone (American Idol), Jennifer Hartswick ( Trey Anastasio Band), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Cris Jacobs (The Bridge), Raymond Weber, Chris Severin (Allen Toussaint), Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and Nicole Zuraitas.Amy Winehouse is known for her deep soulful vocals and expressive lyrics, blending rhythm and blues, neo-soul, and jazz. She made a huge impact in the music industry, only releasing two records in her twenty-seven years of life, and won five Grammy Awards for her sophomore album Back to Black in 2008. She is the first British female to win five Grammys, which included “Best New Artist, “Record of the Year,” and “Song of the Year,” and walked away as the most wins for a female artist in one single night.Elise Testone did an incredible job performing Winehouse’s soulful music, with an impressive band to back her up. The female presence was strong with Trey Anastasio’s incredible horn and vocal section, Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman, lending their undeniable umph to the collective sound of the band. With members of Snarky Puppy, The Bridge, and Allen Toussaint’s band, the band really put the “super” in the “group.”The set featured radio classics like “Rehab” and “Valerie,” and had Amy Winehouse fans melting in the beauty of her powerful discography with songs like “Tears Dry On Their Own,” “Wake Up Alone,” “Some Unholy War,” and “Stronger Than Me.” The night ended on another honorable note with a cover of Prince’s “Musicology.” Watch some of the night’s highlights below:“Stronger Than Me”“Musicology”Thankful For Amy: An All-Star Tribute To Amy Winehouse @ The Howlin’ Wolf 4/26/16:Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Me and Mr. Jones, Just Friends, Back to Black, Love Is a Losing Game, Tears Dry On Their Own, Wake Up Alone, Some Unholy War, He Can Only Hold Her, Time (original), Stronger Than Me, Flying High (original), Valerie, Musicologylast_img read more

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IT Superheroes Can Boldly Conquer Software-Defined Data Centers with PowerEdge Servers and VMware

first_imgIncreasing pressure to shift IT to a competitive advantage is driving many companies to modernize their data centers with software-defined solutions, including hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). IT must support new and dynamic workloads, often with limited resources. Do more with less. It’s the mantra of our world, it seems. And, IT administrators must play many roles for a multitude of constituents within their company. For the C-suite, IT is required to do much more than simply support the company’s day-to-day business operations; it’s imperative they enable faster, more efficient business outcomes with a goal of enabling competitive advantages in today’s digital economy. For the office workers, IT must provide troubleshooting and support. For R&D, IT is required to play yet another role by enabling dev ops or even advanced modeling. We expect IT administrators to be our everyday superheroes, our avengers in action. To accomplish this feat, they need the best tools, the right skills, and a trusted team, Dell EMC and VMware. Oh, an epic costume doesn’t hurt, either!My recommended superhero toolsetDell EMC and VMware can help IT administrators suit up, simplifying IT with Dell EMC PowerEdge, the world’s #1 server[1], and industry-leading server and storage virtualization.[2,3] Design your software-defined data center (SDDC) based on your needs, with flexibility to build from the ground-up with PowerEdge servers, or leverage HCI building blocks such as Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes, which are PowerEdge servers that have been pre-configured, tested and jointly certified to run VMware vSAN™, a radically simple software-defined storage (SDS) solution for HCI. vSAN is a core building block for SDDC, and it powers leading HCI solutions with a VMware vSphere®-native, high-performance architecture.Dell EMC offers one of the broadest vSAN Ready Node portfolios in the market, with over 100 certified ready node configurations available, spanning options such as all-flash, rugged, hybrid rack and kinetic infrastructure models.[4] One unique, super feature in select Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is the Identity Module, which enables the node to self-identify upon boot-up as a Dell EMC vSAN Ready Node, streamlining deployment, updates, inventory management, and support.Superhero skillsThere are a lot of superheroes in IT, ranging from server admins to storage admins to IT generalists and more. Dell EMC understands the requirement to manage hardware and software in a more seamless manner, which is why we aim to help IT staff bridge the physical and virtual gap by automating and consolidating key PowerEdge server management tasks within the VMware vCenter® console with OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) 4.3. OMIVV is a proprietary Dell EMC plug-in for vCenter that dramatically reduces complexity, speeds deployment and minimizes risk in IT operations. Manage up to 10 vCenters and 1,000 servers using a single OMIVV plug-in. The following video shows how you can create and save ESXi deployment profiles with just a few clicks in OMIVV and apply it effortlessly to achieve 130% faster deployment with 97% less administrator time required.[5]Superhero sidekicksTeam up with Dell EMC and VMware as your superhero sidekicks, and get up to 66% faster deployment with Dell EMC ProDeploy Services[6] which includes software installation and configuration of the operating system, firmware and VMware hypervisors. Dell EMC has over 1,800 VMware-certified support professionals, offering IT a single point of contact for hardware and software support. And, Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes with Identity Modules further streamline support as the Dell EMC ProSupport team will know the server is a vSAN Ready Node once they are provided the service tag. Everyone will marvel at how quickly IT resolved the issue!Being in IT at large and small organizations alike is challenging, but thousands of people around the world do it every day. Trust Dell EMC and VMware to help you conquer your biggest IT modernization and SDDC obstacles with the right hardware and software to maximize your superhero skills and obtain legendary status!Learn more at dell.com/vsanreadynodes.[1] IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2018Q4, March 6, 2019 – Units and Vendor Revenue.[2] Based on internal VMware data regarding hypervisor market share.[3] Most deployed HCI software solution by cloud providers, per VMware vSAN 6.7 datasheet.[4] Based on Dell EMC review of complete vSAN Ready Node offering across all OEMs listed on VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide on February 1, 2019.[5] Based on Dell EMC internal competitive testing of PowerEdge and OMIVV versus Cisco UCS manual OS deployment.[6] Principled Technologies report commissioned by Dell EMC, “Bring new systems to production readiness faster and with less effort from in-house administrators,” November 2017.last_img read more

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Patti LuPone Will Return to the New York Stage in Shows for Days

first_img Shows For Days, inspired by Beane’s own life in theater, follows 14-year-old Car, who becomes involved in community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania at the Prometheus Theatre. The theater is led by a woman who dedicates her life to directing, designing and starring in the group’s shows. Additional casting and the design team will be announced later. Tony winner Patti LuPone will return to the New York stage in the previously announced premiere of Shows for Days, an autobiographical play by Douglas Carter Beane. The Lincoln Center production will begin performances off-Broadway on June 4 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Opening night is set for June 29. Jerry Zaks will direct. Related Shows View Comments Shows For Days LuPone, who is currently appearing in the L.A. Opera production of The Ghosts of Versailles, took home Tony Awards for her performances in Gypsy and Evita. Her additional stage credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sweeney Todd and Anything Goes. Her screen appearances include American Horror Story: Coven, Girls (on which she played a fictional version of herself), Driving Miss Daisy, Witness, Parker, City by the Sea, Life Goes On, 30 Rock and Ugly Betty. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015last_img read more

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Tips and tricks to beating the squash vine borer

first_imgYou can have tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers galore; but no backyard garden is complete without summer squash.Cherokee County Master Gardener Sandi White even thinks there’s no vegetable more fun to grow.With broad leaves and multiple sunny blooms, the plant is a lovely sight, especially as the first glossy fruits begin to form on the pollinated flowers.But many home gardeners find their plants literally collapse overnight — doomed by the dreaded squash vine borer — the scourge of squash-lovers everywhere.“In the past when I’ve tried to grow squash, they get big, and you have beautiful plants,” Krissy Slagle said. “And then you come out and they’re wilted.” Slagle is the assistant program coordinator of the Georgia Master Gardener program and an avid gardener.The bug’s life cycleSquash vine borers overwinter in cocoons in the soil, usually in areas where squash or zucchini plants were grown the previous season, said Amanda Tedrow, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County. Once the adult moths emerge from the soil, they lay eggs on the stems of susceptible plants during the day.After about a week, the pale grubs hatch and eat their way into the stems near soil-level, leaving a crumbly mess of frass behind. Eventually, as water flow is cut off, the plant wilts and dies.There’s a conventional wisdom among vegetable gardeners that vine borers can’t be defeated. You just don’t know they’re present until it’s too late. Once they’re inside the stem of the squash plant, there is not much that can be done.But that kind of thinking sticks in Slagle’s craw.“Everybody says, ‘Oh, you can’t do anything about it,’” Slagle said. “And I thought, you know, that doesn’t sound like the right answer to me.”SolutionsIn previous years she’s tried to get around the bugs by mounding dirt over the stem at a spot on the vine ahead of the larvae. With the right water and temperature, theoretically, the squash will reroot, and the infested part of the plant can be severed and removed. But Slagle said sometimes the larvae “eat faster than what she can cover.” And the plant is already too compromised or too stressed by heat to survive.Although she hasn’t used it yet, Slagle’s got another trick up her sleeve: row covers. Using row coversWith good contact with the ground, row covers can give a squash crop a significant head start over the vine borers. Row covers are lightweight commercial garden fabrics that drape over frames or the plants themselves. They can offer protection from frost, intense heat and pests.After the first female flowers appear, the row covers should be removed to allow for pollination. The vine borers may still affect the crop, but by that time production — and squash casserole — is right around the corner.More optionsThere are other methods to control vine borers, with varying results. Gardeners can make a vertical slit in the stem with a sharp knife and manually remove the larvae. One plant can house several. Afterward, soil should be mounded over the stem to encourage rerooting. Yellow sticky traps and yellow-colored bowls of soapy water can be used to trap or drown the adult orange moths, which are attracted by the yellow squash blossom. Some gardeners even inject the insecticide Bt, or Bacillus thuringiensis, into the squash stems. But contact insecticides are generally not effective, as the larvae are protected inside the plant.Getting ahead of the gameThe most successful ways to control squash vine borers might be the simplest ones.Gardeners should start their squash as early as possible so that they’re already harvesting from strong, healthy plants before the six to eight summer weeks when vine borers are active.“I sometimes plant so early that I may at times have to cover seedlings with a bucket if there is a frost warning,” said Lisa Ames, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.All or nothingIn persistent infestations gardeners should also consider removing the food source by not growing susceptible squash varieties.Ames, who no longer grows zucchini due in part to vine borers, has turned to an alternative squash variety called snake gourd or Cucuzza. It is readily available and resistant to vine borers.Last but not least, the industrious gardener, who refuses to go a year without fresh homegrown squash, can simply plant more than vine borers can stomach.There’s bound to be something left over. After all, Slagle said, “You can only eat so much squash.”last_img read more

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Uruguayan Army Soldiers Help Civilians Through Operation Soldado Amigo

first_imgBy Dialogo June 11, 2015 Since the Uruguayan Armed Forces were founded in 1828, the National Army has continually interacted with society — a history reflected in the unconditional call to service that stems from a profound empathy with citizens, Lt. Col. Giménez said. The strong relationships established with the residents of Lavalleja, where his unit is headquartered, is just one example of this. Troops with the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion moved throughout the department to help civilians with various tasks, such as painting, masonry, carpentry, metal works, sanitation, electrical work, wiring, pruning, mowing lawns, gardening, and general cleaning. They also provided haircuts and medical and dental treatment, and hosted recreational activities and musical shows at 18 public institutions in Lavalleja. “Beyond performing an important social welfare activity, ‘Operation Soldado Amigo’ has woven strong ties between citizens and our service members, without distinction of rank or sex,” said Lieutenant Colonel Julio Giménez, chief of the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion. “From the initial planning stages of this Military operation, we have committed completely to this operation so we can successfully achieve the objectives set before us.” “Beyond performing an important social welfare activity, ‘Operation Soldado Amigo’ has woven strong ties between citizens and our service members, without distinction of rank or sex,” said Lieutenant Colonel Julio Giménez, chief of the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion. “From the initial planning stages of this Military operation, we have committed completely to this operation so we can successfully achieve the objectives set before us.” “We can unequivocally say that this operation not only contributed to improving the general welfare of citizens, but it was also, as it always has been, a cause of celebration for our Soldiers.” Armed Forces ongoing support to Uruguayan society “Thanks to the Army’s assistance, Creciendo Juntos was able to hold its first camping event in tents, which were erected at the association’s facilities,” said Nilda Guerrero, director of Creciendo Juntos. That patriotism is expressed in a variety of efforts to support the civilian population throughout the year. For example, on February 24, service members of the 4th Artillery 105mm 1825 Liberation Crusade Group offered logistical support and provided Military tents to a civil association that has provided services to youths and adults with developmental disabilities for 12 years. The Creciendo Juntos [Growing Together] Civil Association, located in Minas, works with disabled people and their families and provides experiences that focus on improving quality of life and self-determination. “We can unequivocally say that this operation not only contributed to improving the general welfare of citizens, but it was also, as it always has been, a cause of celebration for our Soldiers.” The Uruguayan Army recently has once again proven its committment to the civilian population with an outreach effort in the department of Lavalleja on May 21-22. The Uruguayan Army recently has once again proven its committment to the civilian population with an outreach effort in the department of Lavalleja on May 21-22. That patriotism is expressed in a variety of efforts to support the civilian population throughout the year. For example, on February 24, service members of the 4th Artillery 105mm 1825 Liberation Crusade Group offered logistical support and provided Military tents to a civil association that has provided services to youths and adults with developmental disabilities for 12 years. The Creciendo Juntos [Growing Together] Civil Association, located in Minas, works with disabled people and their families and provides experiences that focus on improving quality of life and self-determination. Overall, 160 Soldiers participated in the operation, using nine heavy and light vehicles and travelling even to remote towns such as Mariscala, Colón, and Pirarajá. “Thanks to the Army’s assistance, Creciendo Juntos was able to hold its first camping event in tents, which were erected at the association’s facilities,” said Nilda Guerrero, director of Creciendo Juntos. Armed Forces ongoing support to Uruguayan society “This decision to serve…is not only a decision to support our country, but an act of patriotism… They are one and the same, represented in the simple, profound fact of being a Soldier.” Overall, 160 Soldiers participated in the operation, using nine heavy and light vehicles and travelling even to remote towns such as Mariscala, Colón, and Pirarajá. “This decision to serve…is not only a decision to support our country, but an act of patriotism… They are one and the same, represented in the simple, profound fact of being a Soldier.” Troops with the “Brigadier General Juan A. Lavalleja” 11th Infantry Battalion moved throughout the department to help civilians with various tasks, such as painting, masonry, carpentry, metal works, sanitation, electrical work, wiring, pruning, mowing lawns, gardening, and general cleaning. They also provided haircuts and medical and dental treatment, and hosted recreational activities and musical shows at 18 public institutions in Lavalleja. Since the Uruguayan Armed Forces were founded in 1828, the National Army has continually interacted with society — a history reflected in the unconditional call to service that stems from a profound empathy with citizens, Lt. Col. Giménez said. The strong relationships established with the residents of Lavalleja, where his unit is headquartered, is just one example of this. last_img read more

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Bike Center Rabac opened the new season in Rabac

first_imgThis potential was also recognized by Bike Center Rabac, which opened its doors for the third time in a row and started the new season.  Yes, cycling is much more than just bike trails. If we want to develop cycling tourism, then we must respect the basic rules of the profession, and not just mark the bike trails on the map (which in reality are not arranged according to standards) and brag about the development of cycling tourism. We have to complete and network the whole cycle story, and bike services as a support to cyclists are certainly an integral part of that. In the center you can find all the facilities that cyclists need in one place. There is a possibility of half-day or full-day rental of high quality Giant bikes and a large offer of electric and mechanical bikes for mountain and road cycling, as well as bike transfer services, and all families who come to Rabac on vacation with the youngest can rent children’s bikes with seats. If during their stay in the Bike Center Rabac, visitors decide to buy a bicycle, they can do so in the Bike shop where they will find the latest models of the Giant brand, as well as accessories and spare parts.  Bike Park Rabac – the first park of its kind in Croatia  In addition to the Bike Center, there is an entrance to the Bike Park Rabac, the first of its kind on the Adriatic where visitors can test their skills.  The park consists of 18 specialized single trail and fl ow trail trails with sand or natural surface of different weights for beginners and more advanced mountain bikers, two family multi-purpose trails and two pump track training grounds. Entrance to the Bike Park is free for locals and guests at the destination.  In recent years, Istria has stood out as one of the most popular destinations for professional cyclists, but also those eager for recreation and activities, primarily due to the attractiveness of the destination, the number and variety of bike trails and quality infrastructure, services and accommodations tailored to cyclists.  Bike Center Rabac is part of the offer of Valamar Collection Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * and is a top cycling destination in the immediate vicinity of the Adriatic Sea intended for professional and recreational cyclists, but also the local population and guests in the destination. In addition, the comprehensive service of the center is adapted to active families with children.  “In addition to a large cycling offer, in the Bike Center Rabac we have prepared a wide range of guided tours of all weights in the destination and beyond, but also various programs for children and the whole family. Visitors to the center can also get free information on the offer of destinations for cyclists, attractive trails, current offers and upcoming events. We are looking forward to the upcoming tourist season and another successful season in front of the Bike Center”, pointed out Roberto Zahtila, head of the Bike Center Rabac.last_img read more

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Prabowo keeps a low profile, Gerindra simmers in uneasy alliance with Jokowi

first_imgPrabowo and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo, a fellow member of Gerindra, have reportedly chosen not to appear in the spotlight alongside other Cabinet members during the pandemic.Gerindra deputy chairman Arief Poyuono, who often criticizes the government, brushed off reports of tension, saying that the party was still loyal to Jokowi. However, he called on Jokowi’s ministers to avoid making blunders that could cause anxiety and mistrust in the public.Read also: Jokowi calls for caution in easing of PSBB after ‘mudik’ ban relaxation“The other ministers should be like him [Prabowo]. He’s not someone who triggers public anger toward Pak Jokowi,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Arief said Prabowo had not complained to other party members about their criticism of the government. Instead, Jokowi’s two-time presidential competitor had reminded his subordinates in the party to remain critical of the government.In mid-April, after not speaking in public for quite some time, Prabowo posted a video on Twitter, saying that Jokowi was fighting for the nation and the people.”I look closely at his decision-making methods and I see that he always considers public safety, the poor and the weak. I also see his commitment to combat corruption,” Prabowo said.Arief said Prabowo’s message was a reminder to party members to be supportive of Jokowi as a leader but not to be silent when his aides faltered during the crisis.Read also: In PSBB we trust”Prabowo wants to defend Jokowi, his boss, because he has been criticized by some figures and political parties outside the government,” he said.Arya Fernandes, a political analyst from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said that of all the parties in the coalition, Gerindra was facing the most complicated situation as its members were divided over Prabowo’s decision to join the Cabinet. He said the party might be worried that government blunders would cause Gerindra voters to jump ship to other parties.”They cannot do much in a time like this. [It] would greatly benefit the opposition parties. Considering Gerindra voters’ behavior, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) would get most of the advantage from a migration,” Arya said.Arya added that Gerindra’s position was different from Golkar when it joined the government in Jokowi’s first term as a veteran party with a strategic position in the legislature.”Golkar can influence the rhythm of the coalition, but Gerindra’s political effect is not as dominant.”Read also: PDI-P maintains close ties, sees future with Gerindra”I think Prabowo understands this, so he doesn’t want to appear as a government fanatic or be too flashy. He also wants to protect the psychology of Gerindra voters,” Arya said.Indonesia Political Review executive director Ujang Komarudin also thought Prabowo’s silence was a result of his position in the Cabinet.“He is trapped by political reconciliation. Although he knows that some policies are not pro-people, like it or not, Prabowo should stay silent because he is Jokowi’s aide,” he said.Ujang said Gerindra would remain in the Jokowi coalition even though the alliance had put the party in difficult circumstances.“Gerindra is in a dilemma. They need public support to win in the 2024 race, but on the other hand, they are in Jokowi’s coalition. They must accept it, although it might hurt their chest,” he added.Topics : Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is reportedly lying low amid a string of controversial policies enacted by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration to contain the spread of COVID-19 and limit its economic fallout.The Gerindra Party, of which Prabowo is the chairman, joined the pro-government coalition after bitterly contesting the 2019 presidential election. Even within the coalition, the party has sometimes been openly critical of the government. The former opposition party initially rejected the issuance of Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020, which expanded the government’s spending authority to manage the impact of COVID-19, but the party eventually gave its approval for the regulation in a House of Representatives plenary meeting on Tuesday.The party’s members have been divided when responding to other policies, such as the establishment of the preemployment card, whether and how to ease large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and, most recently, the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Health) premium hike. Some have been outspoken against the measures, while the others have remained silent.last_img read more

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Hoegh LNG secures debt financing for tenth FSRU

first_imgNorwegian FSRU giant Höegh LNG said on Tuesday it has received commitment letter for a sale and leaseback financing for its tenth FSRU of up to $206 million.The company’s tenth floating storage and regasification unit or FSRU is currently under construction at Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, and is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2019.The facility is being provided by CCB Financial Leasing Co. Ltd. (CCBFL), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Construction Bank (CCB), and is available to fund 70% of the delivered cost of the FSRU, increasing to 80% once long-term employment for the unit has been secured, according to Höegh LNG.The facility also bears a 20 year amortisation profile and has a tenor of 12 years.Höegh LNG intends to fix the interest rate, and based on the current swap rate environment, the fixed interest rate is expected to be around 6%. The facility is subject to final documentation.Sveinung J.S. Støhle, CEO & President of Höegh LNG, stated: “With this sale and leaseback facility, Höegh LNG’s current newbuilding programme is now fully equity and debt funded. Combined with the recent three newbuilding debt facilities, Höegh LNG continues to demonstrate support from a wide group of leading international banks and credit institutions, now also including CCB.”“We are pleased to welcome CCBFL to our lending group and appreciate its support in the financing of the last FSRU in our current newbuilding programme, at a combination of tenor, amortisation profile, flexibility and interest rate that is attractive and supportive of our commercial strategy. This agreement is also fully in line with HLNG’s strategy of expanding our activities in China, where we currently have the FSRU Höegh Esperanza on charter to CNOOC, and are actively pursuing new projects,” he said.last_img read more

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‘Shabu’ seized in sting op

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 10, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165,or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 25-year-old resident Creslian Alityielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. Alit was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P200 on Nov. 2, the report added. center_img Bacolod City – Two sachets ofsuspected shabu valued at around P6,000 were seized in a sting operation inBarangay Handumanan.last_img

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DILG WON’T BUDGE Vendors still banned from sidewalks this holiday season

first_imgMayors notfollowing the order would be held administratively liable for, among others,negligence, and could be suspended. But there are anestimated 1,500 sidewalk vendors across the city. “Para at least may dal-on man ang amon mga miembro sa ilamga panimalay sa Christmas,” he said. The vendors hopethe city government would make a favorable decision soon so they could set up theirsidewalk kiosks today or tomorrow ahead of the Dec. 16 start of the nine-daytraditional misa de gallo or earlymorning mass leading to Christmas Day (Dec. 25). The Iloilo SidewalkVendors Association had written DILG Region 6 asking to open the city’ssidewalks to them even just for 16 days from Dec. 15 to 31. The city governmenthas been clearing roads and sidewalks of obstructions since July followingPresident Rodrigo Duterte’s order for local chief executives to reclaim publicspaces being used for private ends. “We left them witha warning. If they return to the sidewalks again we will seize everything theyhave,” said PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu. After one year,according to the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation ManagementOffice (PSTMO) head Jeck Conlu, the Cachos and vendors would discuss the rentalrate. The vendors werespotted on the sidewalks of Ledesma, JM Basa, Rizal, and Jalandoni streets./PN “Hindi puwedeng balikan,” stressedIglesia, although he acknowledged that sidewalk vending is main livelihood ofthese people. The citygovernment’s road-clearing operation has resulted to the relocation of 245downtown sidewalk vendors to the vacant lot owned by the Cacho family along thedowntown street of JM Basa, said Niel Dichupa, president of the city’ssidewalk vendor. In an effort toease the burden of the dislocated vendors, a member of the Cacho family, MarceloCacho who is the administrative manager of Panay Electric Co., announced inOctober that the vendors would be required to pay rent for a year. Last month, 13vendors were arrested for returning to sidewalks. PSTMO personnel alsoconfiscated their tables and chairs. Their merchandize, however, were spared. Cacho also promisedto further improve the area to ensure the comfort of the vendors and customers. Business issluggish at the 2,700-square meter wide Cacho property, he lamented. “We answered thevendors. It will be the city mayor who will decide. But as far as the DILG isconcerned, public road clearing operation is continuing, and this is theresponsibility of local chief executives and village officials,” said Iglesia. “We stand by thepolicy of the department. All public roads and public spaces are for publicuse, they are beyond the commerce of man,” said Iglesia, citing DILG MemorandumCircular 121-2019. In an interviewlast week about the vendors’ request, Mayor Jerry Treñas said, “I don’t knowhow it can be done.” According toDichupa, their return to the sidewalks even for a limited number of days wouldbe a big help already to boost their income this holiday season. “This will help usin our expenses, most especially vendors who are financially unstable,” readpart of the letter. “Kon diri lang asahan mo, ang sa front lang gid guro ang ayo-ayobenta. Pero sang sa likod pigado,” said Dichupa. ILOILO City – TheDepartment of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Western Visayas rejectedappeals to allow the return of vendors on sidewalks here this holiday season.“We only have one stand: public roads must be cleared of obstructions,” saidDirector Ariel Iglesia. The director saidhis office is continuously monitoring road clearing operations of all localgovernment units and has called the attention of local chief executives ofareas where vendors have started returning to sidewalks.last_img read more

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