Members of the Notre Dame College Democrats and the Diversity Council penned a petition asking University President Fr. John Jenkins not to invite President-elect Donald Trump to speak at the 2017 commencement ceremony.Six presidents of the United States have spoken at Commencement during their terms, Four of them — Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama — spoke at the first Commencement after their inauguration. In an interview with the Observer on Dec. 2, Jenkins said he had not decided whether to extend an invitation to Trump.The petition asks Jenkins not to continue the tradition, citing Trump’s behavior towards Mexican immigrants and women and his appointment of former Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as his chief policy strategist.“This behavior is not consistent with our mission at the University of Notre Dame,” the petition reads. “His hateful rhetoric towards people of color, his embrace of sexual assault and his utter lack of respect for opposing viewpoints not only render him unfit for the Oval Office, but unfit to set foot on our campus.”The petition also asks Jenkins to declare Notre Dame a “sanctuary campus,” protecting undocumented students. At a November prayer service, Jenkins told Notre Dame’s undocumented students the University would “do everything we can to ensure that you complete your education,” and he later signed a statement in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an action which the petition applauded.“However, we fear for the safety of so many of our classmates, peers and community members should the President-elect deliver the Commencement address in May,” the petition continued. “He has already proven himself unwilling to denounce violence and hatred on behalf of his cause. He has brought with him a string of intimidation, hate crimes and ignorance. Were he to deliver the Commencement address on our campus, we have no doubt that the safety of many in our community would be at risk.”As of 11 p.m. Wednesday night, the petition had garnered 382 signatures.Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that all U.S. presidents since President Eisenhower have spoken at Notre Dame Commencement. Tags: 2016 Election, petition, Trump
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and the University’s decision to go online for the rest of the semester, the Office of Student Employment has suspended Notre Dame on-campus jobs for the foreseeable future.“Students who have remained (either on or off-campus) may not continue to work on-campus or at local community service agencies,” senior assistant director Yolanda Teamor said in an email.Though the office said students who are able to work remotely may continue to do so, this does not apply to all student workers.“Students whose positions allow it may work remotely if the department can facilitate and needs the work to be completed,” Teamor said.Though understanding of the unprecedented situation, students are feeling the effects of no longer working since many students rely on on-campus jobs to cover their expenses.“I’ve been able to save a lot of my paychecks, so I can still cover my monthly expenses, but I know that a lot of student employees don’t have that luxury,” sophomore Madeline Ward said in an email. “I’ll be okay, but not everyone can say that and things are definitely uncertain. I would love to get a job while home, but because of the virus and the current economic situation, I don’t really see that happening.”Not only has the transition online impacted students’ ability to make and spend money, but it has also impacted scholarly engagement, as some students work in an academic capacity while at Notre Dame.Freshman Meg Hilbert said in an email she decided to start working on the Grasshopper Research Project because she wanted to get involved with research and learn more about lab work. However, she has been forced to halt her work since lab and research positions cannot be done remotely.Though some students have been in close contact with their employers, others have heard no word about what the transition online means for them and their jobs.Sophomore Neila Gross has not heard from either of her campus employers.“I assume they are dealing with coronavirus stuff, and I would assume that positions will still be open to me,” Gross said.The Office of Student Employment said it will announce more detailed information about its response to the coronavirus outbreak.“We understand our student employees have questions and concerns during this time of uncertainty; we look forward to following up with them soon and appreciate their patience and understanding,” Teamor said. “Once determined, student employment guidance will be posted to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response page.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, grasshopper research project, office of student employment, student jobs
Who needs princes or glass slippers anyway? After a successful limited engagement off-Broadway over the holidays, fairy tale musical lampoon Disenchanted! will return to New York for an open-ended run. The comedy will begin performances on March 16 at Westside Theatre Upstairs. The cast and opening night will be announced shortly. The production will feature scenic design by Gentry Akens, costume design by Vanessa Leuck, lighting design by Graham Kindred and sound design by Keith Caggiano. Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino and directed by Fiely A. Matias, the tuner features your typical “princess posse” in a show that’s anything-but-typical. Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and more toss off the tiaras and get real in a not-for-kids musical where fairy tales will never be the same. Disenchanted premiered at Orlando’s International Fringe Festival in 2011 and has been licensed nationwide since. International productions are to begin this year and a first U.S. national tour will launch in 2016. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 View Comments The cast of Disenchanted! previously included Michelle Knight as Snow White, Becky Gulsvig as Cinderella, Jen Bechter as Sleeping Beauty, Lulu Picart as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour, Alison Burns as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel and Soara-Joye Ross as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Disenchanted
It’s that time of year again. As the warm weather returns, so do the dreaded mosquitos. While entomologists don’t think the state will see a surge in West Nile virus cases early this summer, they are worried about a potential rise in chikungunya virus cases and expect healthy populations of nuisance mosquitos. Georgia is home to 63 mosquito species, most of which fall into the “nuisance” category, meaning they are more disruptive than dangerous. Eliminating standing water, where mosquitos lay their eggs, is the key to reducing populations and defending your summer afternoons. West NileWhile the recent rain has led to many water-filled containers that need to be emptied, the rain has also decimated the habitat for mosquitos that spread West Nile. “The heavy rains of the past few weeks will serve to flush the storm drain systems across the state,” said Elmer Gray, an Athens-based University of Georgia Extension mosquito specialist. “This reduces and slows the development of southern house mosquito populations (the species that transmits West Nile).” Consequently, entomologists aren’t expecting an outbreak of West Nile cases this spring, but they’re still being vigilant against other mosquito-borne illnesses. Chikungunya Chikungunya is a virus transmitted to people by mosquitos. While not deadly, the disease is still serious, causing fever and incapacitating joint pain. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Europe and Asia, and spread to the Caribbean in late 2013. So far, state health officials have documented 34 cases of international travelers returning home and becoming sick after visiting areas where the disease is active. While local transmission is possible, there have been no such cases to this date. There is no vaccine or treatment available, so it is important to take preventative measures. Prevention “Chickungunya is transmitted by mosquitos that develop in containers around our homes and communities,” Gray said. “People need to eliminate all standing water around their homes and talk with their neighbors to see that they do the same. If the water can’t be eliminated, it should be brought to the attention of the county health department, public works or the county Extension office, so it can be evaluated for mosquito production.” Be on the lookout for abandoned planters and flowerpot saucers, mop buckets, toys, overturned Frisbees and anything else that can hold water. Larvicidal briquettes are available to treat water gardens, rain gardens, clogged drainage ditches or any other permanent landscape feature that holds water for more than a week. Mosquitos are most active at dawn and dusk, so people may want to stay inside during those times to avoid bites. Make sure door and window screens are intact, as they are the home’s first line of defense, Gray said. If you do go outside, especially in grassy or wooded areas, be sure to apply insect repellent that is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There are several commercially available EPA-approved repellents, like picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535. Gray recommends using repellents containing DEET at a 30 percent or lower concentration and reapplying every few hours. Children as young as 2 months old can be safely treated with DEET-containing insect repellents, Gray said. “Products containing DEET are still the best choice for young children,” Gray said. “Parents should put the repellents on their hands, rub the child’s exposed skin – full coverage is important. Upon returning indoors, repellents should be washed off with warm water and soap.” Pet owners should also take time this spring to make sure their pets are up to date on heartworm preventative treatments. In addition to spreading West Nile and chikungunya, mosquitos transmit heartworms to dogs and cats. Veterinarians recommend keeping pets on heartworm preventative medication all year, but if pet owners have let this slip, now is the time to treat.
Vietnam, Over-Reliant on Imported Coal, Is Being Hammered by High Prices FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享VietnamBreakingNews.com:Steep increases in global coal prices are forcing Vietnam’s coal-fired power plants deeper and deeper into the red as they struggle to minimize losses caused by cost overruns worth billions of U.S. dollars.Coal prices have steadily risen since early 2016, adding an addition US$1.27 billion in costs for importing coal to Vietnam, according to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.Australian Newcastle coal, an important source for Vietnam’s coal needs, has more than doubled to reach an average of $100 per metric ton since the beginning of 2016.Prices for Newcastle coal hit a 2017-high of $103.5 per ton this year, driven primarily by Asian demand, according to Reuters.The sharp increases are having a crippling effect on Vietnam’s power industry, whose demand for imported coal continues to increase at gradual rates.Last year the Southeast Asian country imported 12 million metric tons of coal, an enormous 131 percent increase from 5.2 million metric tons the year before.In 2017 Vietnam spent nearly $1.2 billion importing 12 million metric tons of coal from Jan-Oct, according to customs data. In October alone, coal imports hit 1.2 million tons, worth $161 million, a 68 percent increase from October 2016.The International Energy Agency expects that Vietnam will be importing 35 million metric tons of coal annually by 2021. If the current prices remain steady, the country is looking at a $3.5 billion annual price tag for coal.Tim Buckley, IEEFA’s director of energy finance studies, says high coal prices result in price risks and trade deficits for Vietnam.Vietnam should use the current situation as a warning signal to prioritize diversifying the resources it uses for power generation and begin to place a heavier emphasis on renewable energy.Buckley recommended that Vietnam take caution in investments and development projects involving coal-fired power plants.IEEFA attributed the skyrocketing coal prices to a policy shift in China, which seeks to support its domestic coal mining coal companies. China is also switching to clean energy and expects to increase its solar power supply by 50 gigawatts this year alone.More: Rising coal prices cost Vietnam billions
August 1, 2004 Regular News Governor makes JNC appointments Governor makes JNC appointments Gov. Jeb Bush has announced his appointments to Florida’s 26 judicial nomination commissions.The governor on July 12 made two direct appointments to each of the nine-member JNCs, and also appointed one member to each from a slate of nominees submitted by The Florida Bar. Because of a mid-term vacancy, Bush named four people to the 20th Circuit JNC.Following are those named for four-year terms on the JNCs. The person nominated by the Bar is in bold type:• Supreme Court JNC — attorney Basil L. Bain of Naples, Tina McCain Matte, of Ft. Myers, a partner in a marketing and public relations firm, and attorney Diana Santa Maria of Cooper City.• First District Court of Appeal JNC — attorney Edward P. Fleming, of Pensacola, attorney Vikki R. Shirley of Monticello, and retired attorney Steven K. Yablonski, of Jacksonville.• Second DCA JNC — attorney David M. Caldevilla of Tampa, investor Armando Flores of Tampa, and attorney Hardy Roberts III of Tampa.• Third DCA JNC — attorney Ramon A. Abadin of Miami, attorney Thomas R. Spencer of Pinecrest, and Marielena Villamil of Coral Gables, president/chief operating officer of Washington Economics Group.• Fourth DCA JNC — attorney Richard L. Handley of Ft. Lauderdale, attorney Joel L. Kirschbaum of Ft. Lauderdale, and banker Vernon Smith of Ft. Pierce.• Fifth DCA JNC — retired banker Jerry Buchanan of Orlando, attorney Jill Schwartz of Maitland, and insurance agent Lewis C. Webb, of Rockledge.• First Circuit JNC — attorney Drew S. Pinkerton of Shalimar, resort executive Patricia H. Tolbert of Destin, and Southern Company executive Jarl T. Young of Pensacola.• Second Circuit JNC — attorney Elaine N. Duggar of Tallahassee, attorney Jose B. Lorenzo of Tallahassee, and government consultant Kim W. Bertron of Tallahassee.• Third Circuit JNC — attorney Angela M. Cancio of Live Oak, attorney Cary A. “Bo” Hardee III of Madison, and attorney Robert Jordan of Lake City.• Fourth Circuit JNC — attorney Angela Corey of Woods Lane, police detective Terrence James of Jacksonville, and attorney Joseph W. Prichard of Jacksonville.• Fifth Circuit JNC — Jeannette M. Haag of Inverness, attorney Lisa D. Herndon of Ocala, and attorney H. Randolph “Randy” Klein of Ocala.• Sixth Circuit JNC — attorney Tamara F. Dudley of St. Petersburg, attorney Joshua Magidson of Clearwater, and attorney Peter N. Meros of St. Petersburg.• Seventh Circuit JNC — attorney Maureen S. Christine of St. Augustine, attorney Sean Daly of Ormond Beach, and attorney Michael H. Lambert of Ormond Beach.• Eighth Circuit JNC — prison warden Allen W. “AC” Clark of Raiford,attorney Leonard E. Ireland of Gainesville, and attorney Rose Mary T. Oelrich of Gainesville.• Ninth Circuit JNC — attorney Wayne L. Helsby of Winter Park, attorney Ernest “Ernie” Mullins of Kissimmee, and attorney John T. Stemberger of Orlando.• 10th Circuit JNC — insurance executive G. Gregory King of Winter Haven, attorney Billy R. Ready of Auburndale, and attorney Janet M. Stuart of Lakeland.• 11th Circuit — attorney Robert N. “Bob” Allen, Jr., of Key Biscayne, attorney Cynthia A. Everett of Miami, and business executive Marie S. Bell of Miami.• 12th Circuit JNC — attorney Patricia D. Crauwels of Bradenton, John L. “Jay” Crouse of Sarasota, director, Episcopal Men’s Ministries, and attorney J. Michael Hartenstine of Sarasota.• 13th Circuit JNC — attorney Richard L. Bradford of Valrico, attorney William F. Jung of Tampa, and accountant Steven S. Oscher of Tampa.• 14th Circuit JNC — attorney Martha “Sister” B. Milligan of Panama City, attorney Timothy M. Warner of Lynn Haven, and attorney Jeffrey P. Whitton of Lynn Haven.• 15th Circuit JNC — attorney David E. Dreyer of Jupiter, attorney John Metzger of West Palm Beach, and attorney Spencer Sax of Boca Raton.16th Circuit JNC — marketing executive Piper L. Smith of Key West, attorney Thomas D. Wright of Marathon, and appliance store owner Gerald Abreu, Jr., of Key West.• 17th Circuit JNC — attorney Ileana Almeida of Ft. Lauderdale, attorney Walter L. Morgan of Ft. Lauderdale, and attorney Georgina “Gina” R. Pozzuoli of Weston.• 18th Circuit JNC — attorney Harold T. Bistline of Indian Harbour Beach, attorney Brooke Deratany Goldfarb of Indialantic, and David W. Jackson of Cocoa, program manager, Brevard County Board of County Commissioners.• 19th Circuit JNC — company owner Thomas W. Lockwood of Vero Beach, attorney Renée Marquis-Abrams of Port St. Lucie, and attorney Casey Walker of Vero Beach.• 20th Circuit JNC — attorney Victor M. Arias of Ft. Myers, attorney James T. Humphrey, Jr., of Ft. Myers, attorney Mary A. McGillicuddy of Ft. Myers, and attorney Eugene H. Smith, of Ft. Myers.
Nov 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Preliminary tests indicate H5N1 avian influenza caused the death of a 35-year-old Indonesian man in Jakarta on Nov 19, according to a government official quoted today in the Jakarta Post.However, Indonesia is awaiting confirmation from a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory of what would be the country’s eighth fatality from avian flu. WHO has already confirmed 11 cases, seven of them fatal, in Indonesia.Elsewhere in Southeast Asia and Europe, governments continued to push for changes in reporting and response to avian flu as the virus spreads among poultry.China pushes pace of reportingLocal governments in China have been ordered to report avian flu outbreaks, as well as outbreaks of other zoonotic diseases, to national authorities within 4 hours, according to a Bloomberg News report.Officials who fail to comply can be fined US $247 and be demoted or fired, according to the story, which cites an announcement yesterday by Xinhua, China’s official news agency.Even as the announcement was made public, China logged two new outbreaks of the virus, Bloomberg reported today. Morin Dawa County in Inner Mongolia had 176 bird deaths on Nov 15, according to a separate Bloomberg report. About 3,500 geese died the next day in Shishou City in the central province of Hubei. The H5N1 infection was confirmed by China’s National Avian Flu Reference Laboratory.Those outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks in China this year to 21, Vice Agriculture Minister Yin Chengjie told Bloomberg News. The outbreaks have killed 144,624 poultry and prompted the culling of 21.2 million to contain the disease.The Associated Press reported today that Yin said there was an “increasing virulence of avian influenza,” as demonstrated by an increase in H5N1 illness in ducks and geese.Hong Kong promotes hygieneHong Kong enlisted public help yesterday for a widespread hygiene education effort aimed at preventing avian and pandemic flu.The 3-month effort began with yesterday’s “Community Cleanliness Day,” according to a news release from the Hong Kong government. The effort will include more than 230 community cleansing and hygiene programs with health seminars, roaming exhibits, bus parades, and home cleaning for the elderly. More than 80,000 people are expected to participate.Vietnamese official warns local authoritiesAvian flu could become a national disaster in Vietnam, Prime Minister Phan Van Khai warned yesterday in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story.”The risk of a human pandemic would be very high if avian influenza is not checked in a timely manner in the country,” he said. “The epidemic [among poultry] is continuing to break out and become more and more serious.” He threatened to discipline officials who manage the problem poorly.”There has been a tardiness and an inefficiency in the fight against bird flu in several localities,” he added.Despite the vaccination of about 220 million poultry in Vietnam since September, the death toll continues to rise, AFP reported. About 1 million poultry have died or been culled because of H5N1 since October.Thai fighting birds to re-enter ring in 2006Thailand, which had banned cockfighting to help prevent avian flu, is preparing to permit the popular sport again in 2006. But this time measures will be taken to prevent the spread of H5N1 virus among birds or to people, authorities said in an online report Nov 19 from the Thai news agency MCOT.Officials will meet with breeders to agree on guidelines to allow the fights to occur. The birds must be registered and pass a health check before competing, said Khun Ying Sudarat Keyuraphan, the agriculture and cooperatives minister, on Nov 19. She said only about 40,000 of Thailand’s 1 million fighting cocks had been registered so far.An 18-year-old Thai man contracted a fatal H5N1 infection and died in September 2004 after using his mouth to clear mucous from the beak of one of his fighting birds.Romania confirms outbreak of H5N1A British laboratory has confirmed that Romanian hens found dead last week in Caraorman in the Danube River delta were infected with H5N1, Reuters reported today.The dead birds were found Nov 14, leading to the culling of about 2,000 birds and a quarantine of the village.Avian flu was also found in wild birds not far from the village, Reuters reported. Those samples will also be tested in London.Follow-up tests in Maliuc, where H5N1 was detected in October, were negative, the Romanian agriculture ministry reported, according to Reuters. Restrictions on the village have been lifted.Japanese outbreak H5N2, not H5N1Japan has confirmed that an avian flu outbreak on a farm in Ibaraki prefecture is not H5N1, but rather a low-pathogenic version of H5N2, according to a report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Laboratory tests have confirmed that the outbreak, which began Nov 4, was H5N2. Those findings are consistent with speculation in published reports at the beginning of the outbreak; Ibaraki prefecture has seen H5N2 outbreaks since last June.
Queensland state was the only other state to report new infections, with three cases detected in the past 24 hours. Elsewhere the virus has been effectively eliminated.The country has now recorded nearly 25,500 COVID-19 infections, while the death toll rose to 584 after 12 people died in Victoria.In neighboring New Zealand, where a cluster emerged earlier this month after more than 100 days without a community transmission, officials reported 12 new cases, seven of them people who have returned from overseas and already in quarantine.New Zealand now has just over 1,700 COVID-19 infections, while 22 people have died from the virus. “It’s not gotten below 100 (per day) yet, I do expect that to happen, if not over the weekend, then by next week,” Victoria state Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton told reporters in Melbourne.”It is helpful from a psychological point of view.”Other Australian states have closed their borders to Victoria, a measure that authorities believe has stopped a nationwide second wave.Still Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales on Friday said it has found 13 new cases, the biggest one-day rise in cases since Aug 13. Topics : Australia’s second most populous state – the epicenter of the country’s latest COVID-19 outbreak – said on Friday it expects to soon report just double digit daily rises in new infections, as a stringent lockdown slows the spread of the virus.Victoria state said it has detected 113 new cases in the past 24 hours, unchanged from the previous day, and well below the one-day record of 725 cases reported in early August.Authorities said they expect cases numbers to fall below 100 as soon as the weekend, four weeks into a six-week hard lockdown of around 5 million people in the state capital, Melbourne.
The pension fund said the new arrangement would increase the chance that the current annual pensions accrual of 1.875% of a paid salary could not be continued.It indicated that its initial calculations, based on the discount rate for liabilities, suggested that the accrual would have to drop to 1.48%.“This is much lower than the accrual percentage expected by the employer and the unions, and approximately 20% less than the current accrual,” the pension fund said.Drawn on the interest rate level of May-end, the negotiating parties expected an annual pensions accrual of 1.79%.However, since then interest rates have dropped significantly.Court must decide on BPL’s disputed trustee appointmentThe €20bn Dutch pension fund for the agricultural sector (BPL) and its pensioners’ association (MLP) have failed to reach a settlement about the appointment of a trustee on behalf of the pensioners.They have asked the court to pass a final verdict in the long running dispute in which BPL refuses to appoint Arthur Theunissen, as it had suggested he was not capable of a board position.Last month, both parties – urged by the court – tried in vain to settle the conflict, which started two years ago and saw them in court six times since then.Both institutions declined to provide details about the reason why their settlement talks had collapsed.In a short response, MLP said the court would have to decide whether BPL had to pay up to €500,000 in penalties for non-compliance with earlier court decisions.Last year, pensioners elected Theunissen as one of their two representatives on the pension fund’s board, after BPL had been forced to allow him as a candidate on behalf of its pensioners.However, the industry-wide scheme has emphasised that it rejected Theunissen as a trustee.Whether he can join the board at all is still unclear, as supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) hasn’t published the outcome of its examination on his suitability as a board member.Rockwool delays switching to new pensions providerDutch firm Rockwool has delayed its plan to pick a new pensions provider in the wake of the new pensions agreement, lower allowed assumptions for future returns as well as low interest rates.As a consequence, its €403m pension fund will keep on providing pensions for 3,100 participants, 40% of whom are active members, in 2020.On its website, the scheme announced that the pensions accord, the new return parameters as well as the low interest rates environment had changed the fund’s situation.Before deciding on changes, the board and the social partners wanted to have a better insight into the consequences of all developments, it said.Earlier this year, Rockwool said the employer and social partners had announced they wanted to seek a new provider.At the time, the options were to leave accrued pension rights with the pension fund while placing new accruals elsewhere, or transferring everything to a new provider, which could be another scheme, a general pension fund (APF), an insurer or a Belgian pensions vehicle.A survey had shown that participants, and pensioners in particular, preferred certainty and a stable pension, rather than a pension that could rise and fall.The Rockwool scheme said it was possible that it had to cut pension rights in 2020 due to insufficient recovery potential. At September-end, its funding stood at 95.5%.The pension fund further stated that, as a result of low interest rates, it expected its annual accruals to also fall short of the fiscally allowed 1.875% of the pensionable salary.This year, its annual accrual percentage was 1.774%. The pension fund of bank ABN Amro said that the introduction of a fixed contribution – as recently agreed between the trade unions and the employer – could lead to a 20% reduction in pensions accrual over the next five years.On its website, the €31bn scheme announced it was assessing whether it could implement such an arrangement, which is the backbone of the new collective labour agreement (CAO) at ABN Amro.During the past years, the premium paid by the employer varied. It currently stands at 46% of the pensionable salary.However, last month the unions and the plan sponsor agreed that the latter would contribute 37% over the next five years.
* Mandurriao – Santa Rosa, Taft North * Calajunan, Dungon C, Guzman-Jesena,Pali-Benedicto, PHHC Block 17, PHHC Block 22, and San Rafael in Mandurriao * Javellana, Luna and Sta. Isabel inJaro The regional oversight committee onthe government’s antidrug campaign identified the 27 barangays yesterday perdistrict: * no drug protector, coddler orfinancier * Banuyao, Aguinaldo and Lopez JaenaSur in La Paz The 34 barangays previously declaredas drug-cleared were: * no drug pusher, user or dependent But there are more barangays to becleared. The city has a total of 180 villages. “I am very happy that 27 morebarangays were drug-cleared by the oversight committee. I thank everyone fortheir support to this most important program,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas. Aerial photo shows a portion of the Iloilo River Esplanade along Diversion Road, Iloilo City. PHOTO FROM PROJECTLUPAD.COM * no drug laboratory or clandestinechemical warehouse The Dangerous Drugs Board set theguidelines declaring a village as drug-cleared. These were the following: * Avanceña, Poblacion, San Antonio,South Fundidor, and Taal in Molo Also, barangay officials must beactive in antidrug activities. Sangguniang Kabataan must be involved in thedrive to maintain a drug-free community. There must be consistent awareness,preventive education and information programs on illegal drugs, and there mustbe voluntary and compulsory barangay drug treatment rehabilitation processingdesk. * no transit or transhipment activity * City Proper – Danao, Flores, Gloria,Hipodromo, Kahirupan, Kauswagan, Legaspi De La Rama, Magsaysay, Maria Clara,Ortiz, Osmeña, President Roxas, Rizal Ibarra, Veterans Village * no drug den * no marijuana cultivation site * Arevalo – Mohon, Sta. Filomena The goal, he said, is make all the 180barangays free from illegal drugs by next year. * no illegal drugs supply The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agencychairs the regional oversight committee. The members are the Department ofInterior and Local Government, Department of Health, Philippine NationalPolice, and local government units. * Jaro – Democracia, El 98, Castilla,Lopez Jaena, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, San Jose, San Roque,Seminario * Arsenal Aduana, Inday, Nonoy,Rima-Rizal, Sto. Rosario Duran, Tanza Timawa Zone 1, Tanza Timawa Zone 2, YuloArroyo, Ed Ganzon, Roxas Village, Sampaguita, and San Jose in the City Proper ILOILO City – With 27 more barangayshere declared as “drug-cleared”, the total number of Iloilo City villages withsuch status rose to 61. * Loboc and Punong in Lapuz * Lapuz – Libertad * Quezon and San Jose in Arevalo./PN