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  • Free WiFi in Iloilo hospital to benefit patients, staff

    first_img“If you are sick, and you seek helpfrom your relatives, you can easily contact them with the free WiFi,” Galmaticosaid. The free public WiFi with a bandwidthprovision of 5 Mbps was first accessed at the hospital’s lobby. Castro said thecoverage will expand to the emergency room, outpatient department and hospitalwards. Felino Castro, assistant secretary ofDICT, said WVSUMC is a leading health care institution in this city, thus, itneeds to boost its internet connectivity. “This will unload our residents whosubscribe through cellphone load and at the same time help in the continuingknowledge in medicine,” he said. ILOILO City – Patients confined at theWest Visayas State University Medical Center (WVSUC) and the hospital’s medicalstaff can have 24/7 internet connectivity through the “Free WiFi For All”program of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). “If you are having caseloads of atleast 200 to 400 patients passing through your emergency rooms, and the samenumber passing through your outpatient department, there are a lot of citizensthat will be able to benefit from the services,” Castro said. This will also allow healthpractitioners share medical issues here and seek an opinion from otherpractitioners from other parts of the Philippines and abroad. Dr. Jose Senoi Galmatico,officer-in-charge of WVSUMC, said patients can inform their family membersabroad and in other locations of their health situation. The DICT yesterday launched the programat WVSUMC, making it the first hospital in Western Visayas to have free publicWiFi. Through the free WiFi, patients intheir hospital beds could be connected to the world and this can aid theirpsycho-social needs. DICT’s “WiFi for All program” targetsto install 100,000 operational free internet access sites across the country by2022. (PNA)last_img read more

  • Romanians march against ‘illegal logging’

    first_imgAn estimated 4,000 people marchedhere, according to local TV stations while smaller demonstrations took place inother Romanian cities on Sunday. Romania, which is home to some ofEurope’s last remaining virgin forests and diverse wildlife, is losing anestimated three to nine hectares of forest per hour due to illegal logging,according to Greenpeace.(Reuters) The Silva trade union federation sayssix foresters have been killed in recent years while another 650 forest workerswere beaten and attacked after catching illegal loggers in the act. The protests, organized by GreenpeaceRomania and other environmental groups, demanded thorough criminalinvestigations into the deaths and attacks against forest workers.center_img People march against widespread illegal logging and lack of policy response in Bucharest, Romania on Nov. 3. INQUAM PHOTOS/OCTAV GANEA VIA REUTERS BUCHAREST – Thousands of Romanianshave marched against widespread illegal logging, which is believed to be behindthe deaths of two forest workers in the past two months.last_img read more

  • ‘INSULT TO WORKERS’ New minimum wage rates take effect Nov. 26

    first_imgWage Order No. RBVI-25listed some exemptions: distressed establishments, new business enterprises andestablishments adversely affected by calamities natural or human-induced. Wage Order No. RBVI-25 hasbeen given the final approval by the National Wages and Productivity Commission(NWPC). In approving the wageincrease, NWPC cited the “most recent poverty threshold, average wage, consumerprice index and inflation rate.” All are covered, saidRegional Director Cyril Ticao of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE),also the chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board(RTWPB). Forro, on the other hand,said workers have long demanded that the government dismantle the RTWPB and doaway with the regionalization of wages. “Ang gasoline…balaklon medyonagataas man so ginkosiderar. Bisan gamay lang basta may increase,”said Ticao. On the other hand, forthose employing 10 workers or below, the new rate is P310 – this is P15 higherthan the current P295 daily minimum wage. In the non-agriculture /industrial / commercial sector, the new daily minimum wage rate for thoseemploying more than 10 workers is P395 – this is P30 more than the current rateof P365. The director also said hisoffice is ready to accept complaints against those not following Wage Order No.RBVI-25. “Our inspectors will beroaming around,” he said. According to Bayan-Panay, a family of six needs a daily living wage of P1,400 to live decently. “The increase cannot evenbuy a kilo of rice. Worse, to those with P15 increase, it cannot even pay aone-way back-to-back trip within four kilometers minimum distance withoutshelling out P2 more. A kilo of regular well-milled rice now costs P45-50,”said Elmer Forro, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan(Bayan-Panay). “The P395 is only 28percent of that,” said Forro. Ticao said the new rateswere published on Nov. 11, a requirement of the law before Wage Order No.RBVI-25 is implemented. Activists in Iloilo City press for a decent increase in wages. Progressive groups are pressing for a national minimum wage standard “that will at least alleviate the living conditions of workers.” This is a small step towards giving just cost to the labor they provide for the economy, according to Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Panay. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Ticao said DOLE will bemaking sure the new wage order is followed. In the agriculture sector,the new daily minimum wage rate is P315 – P20 higher than the current P295. “Instead, it shouldimplement a national minimum wage standard that will atleast alleviate the living conditions of workers. This is a small step towardsgiving just cost to the labor they provide for the economy. At least, the P750national minimum wage is closer to P1,400 family living wage,”said Forro. ILOILO – The new minimumdaily wage rates in Western Visayas will take effect on Nov. 26. The increaseis between P15 to P30. Progressive groups, however, are not happy. They saidthe new rates are “an outright disrespect and insult to the long-standing callof our workers for a P750 national minimum wage.” Ticao also said Wage OrderNo. RBVI-25 may be challenged – but not later than 10 days from the date of itspublication in a newspaper of general circulation which was on Nov. 11. “If a settlement is notreached, the case would move to the next phase which is the enforcementproceedings under Articles 128 and 129 of the Labor Code as amended,” he said. Non-compliant employerswould be subjected to the mandatory 30-day conciliation and mediation processunder the Single Entry Approach, said Ticao. The petition for wageincrease was filed on July 1 by the New and Independent Workers Organization –a rank-and-file union of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.-Bacolod. Itsought between P50 to P60 wage increase./PNlast_img read more

  • 2 cops, 2 others hurt in motorcycle crash

    first_imgILOILO City – Two police officers andtwo civilians were injured in a road accident on Muelle Loney Street, CityProper. The motorcycle that Libuna and Jimenezwere riding hit the motorcycle driven by Galvez with his back rider Villaflores.It was not immediately clear what circumstances led to the incident. Yesterday’s crash landed Patrolman RalphIvan Libuna, 24; Patrolman Javen Jimenez, 28; Richard Villaflores, 48; andDelly Galvez in a hospital in this city. They all received medicaltreatment.  Galvez was detained in lockup cell ofPolice Station 1, facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting to physical injuries./PN According to the police report, thecrash happened around 6:58 a.m.last_img read more

  • Antique has new top cop

    first_imgAs he relinquished his position,Agpangan expressed gratitude to the provincial officials for their support tothe police organization. SAN JOSE, Antique – The newly-installed chief of the Antique Provincial PoliceOffice (APPO) has vowed for inclusive governance in the maintenance of peaceand order in the province. Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6)director, Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, said this is part of thechange happening this year 2020 at the police organization. He officiated theturnover ceremony on Tuesday. In his message, Parena said everyone inthe police organization and the stakeholders are significant in the maintenanceof peace and order. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao, meanwhile, thankedAgpangan for his service in making the province a peaceful place to enjoy life. “Indeed, our new police director has abig shoe to fill in because of Agpangan who served Antique with all his best,”she said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Police Colonel Roy Parena assumed as thenew APPO commander during a ceremony held at its headquarters in this capitaltown on Tuesday. He succeeded former police provincial director Colonel LeoIrwin Agpangan. Parena also noted the importance ofcommunity support to his predecessor like in the improvement of the facilitiesin the provincial headquarters for which he also is counting on during histerm. “I believe in inclusive governance as anapproach to attain our shared goal,” he said. Pamuspusan said Agpangan, who had beenAPPO director for more than three years in Antique had been relieved effectivelast Jan. 8, and will be assigned to the PRO-6 headquarters. Antique Police Provincial Office (APPO) new director Colonel Roy Parena delivers his message during the change of command ceremony held at the APPO headquarters on Jan. 14. GOV. RHODORA CADIAOlast_img read more

  • BCPO rolls out 2 ordinances to stem COVID-19 spread

    first_imgAnyone who will be found violating the ordinance shall be penalized P500 or serve an eight-hour community service in the barangay where the person resides within the next 24 hours from his apprehension. If the violator is not a resident of this city, then he/she shall be fined P1,000, the ordinance cited. The second ordinance, meanwhile, requires the wearing of face masks and application of physical distance mandatory in all public areas during this COVID-19 pandemic. An individual who will be caught violating the order shall be penalized P200 or serve an eight-hour community service. If the violator is not a resident of this city, then he/she shall be fined P300. These are the “non-social ordinance” and “face mask and social distancing ordinance.” BACOLOD City – The city police office is set to implement two city ordinances for the enhancement of preventive measures against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The first order states that all residents of the city from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. every day during the period of emergency are prohibited in public places. BCPO spokesperson, Police Chief Inspector Ariel Pico. DOMINIQUE GABRIEL G. BAÑAGA/PN Pico advised the public to follow the health protocols to avoid the charges./PN Bacolod City Police Office spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said they can start implementing the ordinances once they receive the copies and the citation tickets.According to Pico, there were almost 5,000 individuals caught violating the health protocols against the spread of the viral illness.For now, persons who will be apprehended for violating the non-social, wearing of face masks and physical distancing rules will face charges for violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, or resistance and disobedience to a person in authority or the agents of such person, he said.last_img read more

  • ‘Kailangang mapatay’: Anti-corruption commissioner pushes for death penalty vs corrupt officials

    first_imgSen. Sonny Angara, meanwhile, said he wanted to see “compelling evidence” that capital punishment indeed deters crimes. (ABS-CBN News) Duterte, in his State of the Nation Address on July 27, renewed his push for the reimposition of death penalty for crimes related to illegal drugs by lethal injection.  Commissioner Greco Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission said corruption should be “treated as a heinous crime” which warrants the death penalty. Belgica said such punishment may be applied for corrupt officials, adding that it has “perpetual effects” on the people.  MANILA – An anti-corruption commissioner on Saturday said there is a need to impose capital punishment for corrupt officials, days after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the reinstatement of the death penalty for drug convicts. “It should be treated as heinous crimes, kailangan po natin mailagay sa batas na ibalik ang death penalty for drug-related cases. Also sunod itulak ay patawan ng kamatayan ang mga nai-involve sa corruption,” Belgica said in a briefing on state-run PTV. He added: “Kaya kailangan pinapatay po ‘yan, ang mga corrupt kailangang mapatay po ‘yan after of course investigation. ‘Yung mga tao, corrupt na tao sa gobyerno habang nandiyan sila naghihirap ang libo-libong tao (This is why they should be killed, after of course investigation. While corrupt people are in the government, thousands will suffer) we have to institute penalties with crimes committed.”  Death penalty was abolished in the Philippines in 2006 under then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term.  Senate President Vicente Sotto III earlier said the death penalty should be revived only as punishment for top-tier drug convicts.  “Corruption talaga po is as bad as murder and as bad as drugs dahil ang effect po ay perpetual (the effect is perpetual). When you institutionalize corruption through law, buong bayan po naghihirap and minsan mas madali mamatay kahit mahirap mabuhay ‘di ba (the whole nation will suffer and sometimes people think that it’s easier to die rather than live in suffering, right)?” Belgica said.  Rights groups have already expressed alarm over the return of capital punishment, saying it does not deter people from committing crime and mostly affects people living in poverty. last_img read more

  • Announcement Made For Trash, Leaves Pick-Up in Batesville

    first_imgRumpke will revert back to once a week garbage collection on Tuesday, October 15.State Road 46, East Pearl, West Pearl and County Line Road will serve as the dividing line for the weekly pick-up. Residences and businesses north of this line will be collected on Tuesday, with the remainder of the City collected on Friday.The collection of recycles will remain as is, on a weekly schedule.“Pick-up for brush and limbs must be bundled, and cannot exceed four feet in length and two feet in diameter,” a representative with Rumpke said, “Branches cannot be thicker than four inches around, and cannot weight more than 50 pounds. Brush or limbs should not be placed in plastic bags.”Collection of leavesThe Batesville Street Department will begin the process of curbside pick-up of leaves on Monday, October 14. Leaves will continue being collected through early December.Paint Can DisposalAccording to Rumpke, to dispose of paint in a can, the paint must be completely dried with a note attached stating, “Dried Paint.”Mixing equal amounts of inexpensive kitty litter with liquid paint, and leaving the lid off for about a week should dry out the paint for proper disposal.Rumpke encourages residents to drain garbage that contains liquids before placing it in a trash bag or container.“This will assist in minimizing the potential for unwanted liquids draining on the streets,” a Rumpke representative said in a press release.last_img read more

  • Lady Pirates Girls Soccer Team Edge Lady Shiners

    first_imgThe Greensburg Lady Pirates won a close 2-1 game against The Rising Sun Lady Shiners in Girls Soccer.Greensburg at Rising Sun Girls Soccer (8-19)The Greensburg Lady Pirates soccer team opened the season on the road at Rising Sun and came away with a 2-1 victory.Senior Cara Zeigler got the team on the scoreboard with 18 minutes left in the game with a combination assist from Junior Kasey Moellerand Senior Stephanie Bruns. The Lady Shiners answered back five minutes later with a goal by Freshman Erica Schreader. At the 12 minute markSenior Sierra Aylsworth lined up a corner kick that Sophomore Michaela Myers passed to Junior Maddi Hellmich for the winning goal.Rising Sun keeper Erin Webb did a tremendous job in goal saving 28 shots on goal by the Lady Pirates. Junior McKella Lynette and Sophomore EmmaOvermyer shared duties between the pipes for the Lady Pirates. Lynette had 4 saves and Overmyer had one save and one goal allowed.Taking shots on the evening were: Bruns, Moeller, Zeigler, Aylsworth, Myers, Maddi Hellmich, Brooke Martin, Sara Brown and Emma Hellmich.The defense forced three offside traps on the evening lead by Abby Bailey, Molly Redmon, Sarah Martin, Sierra Aylsworth, Rylie Smith andEmma Overmyer.The Lady Pirates will be back in action Thursday evening as they host South Dearborn. Kickoff will be at 5:30PM with a JV 40-minute game to follow.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Mike Myers with VarVee.last_img read more

  • Road Work To Slow Traffic In Madison This Week

    first_imgMADISON, Ind. – INDOT maintenance crews plan to mill and pave a short section U.S. 421 at the Indiana approach to the Milton-Madison bridge this week.Work is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, weather permittingLanes will be restricted between the bridge and State Road 56.INDOT officials tell us that motorists should expect delays.last_img