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Dominican students named among the most active in the Caribbean

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 38 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Dominican students named among the most active in the Caribbean by: – November 30, 2011center_img Food Policy Analyst of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute, Mrs. Beverly LawrenceA survey has shown that Dominican students are among the most active in the Caribbean.Food Policy Analyst at the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute Mrs. Beverly Lawrence says while this may be so, less than 25% percent are participating in moderate activities.Mrs Lawrence was addressing a one day consultation geared at drafting an evaluation plan for school feeding programs.“The statistics show that Dominican students are more active than most of the others in the Caribbean but that still don’t mean they are doing enough exercise. There is a need to incorporate sports in schools at a very early age and maintain it throughout the school life,” she advised.Meantime Lawrence says there are three broad areas that school feeding programs should be set within. “Even if a school does not have a school feeding program, snacks available at the school should always be healthy. School based nutrition education should be a part of that program, the provision of a supportive environment within the home and community is also important,” she said.According to the Food Policy Analyst, while efforts are being made to develop nutrition standards within the schools system, some countries are still behind.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

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Dirty Sock Contest to highlight Earth Day 2012

first_imgPhoto credit: angelprojects.co.zaRoseau, Dominica – (April 18, 2012) – Dominica will the join the rest of the world in observing Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Earth Day is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s Environment.This year the day is celebrated under the theme ‘Mobilize the Earth’; On April 22, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2012 and help Mobilize the Earth. People of all nationalities and backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its protection. This year, as part of planned activities to observe the day, the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) has planned a Dirty Sock Contest for Thursday, April 19, 2012, at the Bayfront, Roseau.Certified taxi operators will be randomly selected to participate in the said event. Participants will be given a clean, new white sock to place over their vehicle’s emission pipe. The vehicles will then be switched on and left to idle for 30 seconds. By taking the sock off of the emission pipe and turning it inside out, participants will be able to see what their automobile emits into the air and its effects on air quality.The DDA is hopeful that the knowledge obtained from this activity will stimulate awareness among the general public on how the environment is affected on a daily basis by our actions and how we can reduce our carbon footprint and help clean up our world. The DDA encourages all to incorporate the following sustainable practices in their daily activities;• “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle”• Buy locally• Turn off Electronics when not in useLighting – Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) have that cool curly shape and save more than 2/3rds of the energy of a regular incandescent. Each bulb can save $40 or more over its lifetime. Read the box or instructions for safe disposal.• Carpool.Press release 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews Dirty Sock Contest to highlight Earth Day 2012 by: – April 18, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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Youth parliamentarians exceeded expectations

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! 118 Views   no discussions Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd-Knights. Photo gallery with students belowSeven young persons who participated in a Youth Parliament to commemorate Commonwealth Day 2012 were on Friday rewarded for a performance which “exceeded expectations”.The students participated in a bi-annual youth parliament organized by the local branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on March 13th, 2012 at the Parliament building.The general theme for the motion debated was “that government allocates more resources for cultural activities, and cultural exchanges with other nations, with a view to furthering the development and economic enhancement for the people of Dominica through the medium of culture”.Speaker of the House of Assembly and President of the Dominica branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Alix Boyd-Knights told the awardees at the prize giving ceremony on Friday that “you all not only rose to those expectations but exceeded them by far”. The winners on the government side were;• Donalie Dailey of the North East Comprehensive School – Best debater• Matthew Auguiste of the North East Comprehensive School – 2nd place• Shakina Moise of the Convent High School – 3rd placeThe winners on the opposition side were;• Michael Reefe of the Dominica State College – Best debater• Kieran Francis of the Saint Mary’s Academy – 2nd place• Sheldon Alfred of the Saint Mary’s Academy– 3rd placePeaches Green of the Dominica Grammar School was adjudged the best speaker received a gift certificate compliments the Fort Young Hotel for lunch for two.Donalie Dailey of the North East Comprehensive School was judged best overall performer. She took home a laptop computer compliments LIME Dominica, a handset compliments Digicel, 2 plaques for being the best speaker on the government side and best overall performer as well as a $350.00 cheque.Dailey described her participation in the youth parliament as “a great experience” which she will never forget. She intends to pursue studies in political science so that she could “one day become the prime minister”.The other students were also awarded cheques in the amount of $350.00 while the schools; North East Comprehensive School, Dominica Grammar School and the Dominica State College whose students won the Best Speaker for both sides and best role player were awarded a cheque of $300.00 each compliments the CPA.Micheal Reefe was awarded a handset compliments Digicel for being the best speaker on the opposition side.Matthew Auguiste, Kieran Francis, Shakina Moise and Sheldon Alfred were awarded gift packages each. Meanwhile Micheal Reefe who is part of the Student Government Association of the Dominica State College called on young people to participate in such activities especially public speaking as there “are several incentives” and he also intends to return to the Parliament as an adult to help make Dominica “a more productive and developed country”. The Speaker also commended the business establishments who contributed to the staging of the youth parliament and urged others to support such activities. [nggallery id =175]Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share LocalNews Youth parliamentarians exceeded expectations by: – May 4, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

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Igbaras man hangs self

first_imgEstoesta’s lifeless body was discoveredhanging from a tree with a nylon rope tied around his neck around 12:30 p.m. onMonday, the police added. Officers of the Igbaras municipal policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PN The lifeless body of 38-year-old Arnaldo Estoesta of Barangay Jovellar, Igbaras, Iloilo. JOAN JOAN EGDANE The 38-year-old resident ArnaldoEstoesta was believed to have committed suicide, police said. ILOILO City – He was found dead hangingfrom a tree in Sitio Pasong, Barangay Jovellar, Igbaras, Iloilo. last_img read more

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Albayalde will go through due process – DOJ

first_imgDepartment of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde will be given sufficient opportunity to submit his counter-affidavit and other controverting over the “ninja cops” issue. ABS-CBN NEWS According to Gordon, Albayalde and the other policemen violated provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act as they were guilty of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance. Malfeasance is committing an act that one had no legal right to perform. Misfeasance is the failure to exercise due care and diligence in the performance of an official duty. Malfeasance is the refusal to perform an act which an officer is obliged to perform. A DOJ special panel of prosecutors started the conduct of the re-investigation of the complaint filed by the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) that was dismissed back in 2017 by another panel of prosecutors. Albayalde denied allegations that he was involved in any way with the operation and that he intervened in the implementation of a dismissal order on the 13 police officers involved./PN “Needless to say, any new or additional respondent will be given sufficient opportunity to submit his counter-affidavit and other controverting evidence as part of procedural and substantive due process,” Guevarra said.center_img Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra underscored this after the Senate Blue Ribbon and Justice and Human Rights Committees released on Friday its report on the investigation conducted over the “ninja cops” controversy. Sen. Richard Gordon on Friday recommended that criminal charges be filed against Albayalde and the so-called “ninja cops” for their involvement in the 2013 sting in Mexico, Pampanga. Albayalde was the chief of Pampanga police when the 13 police officers allegedly let suspected drug lord Johnson Lee flee in exchange for P50 million while most of the 200 kilos of shabu confiscated during the operation were not declared and presumed to have been sold back to the drug market. MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) assured former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde will be given due process should his name be included as respondent in the ongoing reinvestigation of “ninja cops” or those police officers allegedly involved in the recycling of seized narcotics. last_img read more

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Thai king strips ‘disloyal’ royal consort of titles

first_imgBANGKOK – Thailand’s King MahaVajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles andmilitary ranks for being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with QueenSuthida, the palace said.      Royal consort General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was stripped by Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn of her titles and military ranks for being “disloyal,” the palace said on Monday. ROYAL HOUSEHOLD BUREAU/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS King Vajiralongkorn was crowned hereas constitutional monarch in May after first taking the throne following the2016 death of his father, who reigned for 70 years.    Sineenat, 34, had breached a code ofconduct for courtiers and was disloyal, the palace said on Monday.center_img It made the extraordinary announcementjust months after the king, who was officially crowned in May, made SineenatWongvajirapakdi a royal noble consort – the first such appointment in almost acentury. Days before his coronation ceremonies,the king married the deputy head of his personal bodyguard, Suthida Tidjai, 41,giving her the title of Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana.(Reuters)last_img read more

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Big time drug haul: P3.2-M ‘shabu’ seized

first_imgMajor Charles Gever, head of PoliceStation 8, identified the suspect as 26-year-old Arlene Arnaiz. BACOLOD City – Authorities hererecovered at least P3.2 million worth of suspected “shabu” from an alleged bigtime drug peddler during a bust-bust operation in Barangay 3.  Aside from suspected illegal drugs, acash which amounted to P3,000 was also confiscated. Gever said they are still validating the source of the illegal drugs. An antidrug operative inspects the suspected shabu seized from “high-value” target Arlene Arnaiz in Barangay 3, Bacolod City on Wednesday. Police Station 8/BCPO According to Gever, the suspect wasplaced under monitoring for one month, as she would usually transfer from oneplace to another.center_img An undercover police initially both fromArnaiz a sachet of suspected shabu for P5,000. Gever said the suspect – tagged as “high-value”target – was caught around 6:50 p.m. on Dec. 4.    The suspect was detained and chargedwith violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Actof 2002./PNlast_img read more

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Artillery fire kills 9 in Syria

first_imgThe school in Sarmin was run by the United Kingdom-based humanitarian organization Syria Relief. It was sheltering displaced people when cluster munitions hit the school on Wednesday, according to authorities. AFP SYRIA – The Syrian governmentartillery fire has killed nine people, including five children, inopposition-held Idlib province on Wednesday, responders said.  Over 370,000 people have been killedsince an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011,according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The monitoringgroup documented 11,215 deaths during 2019.(BBC) The school was run by the UnitedKingdom (UK)-based humanitarian organization Syria Relief, which said two ofthe children who died were six years old. The others were nine, 11 and 13, itadded.    center_img Around 284,000 people have fled theirhomes, mostly in southern Idlib, as a result of the hostilities since Dec. 1,the United Nations said.    Sixteen others were injured whencluster munitions hit a school in Sarmin which was sheltering displaced people,according to the White Helmets.last_img read more

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Lambunao 1st COVID case infects 4 family members

first_imgAll four ofthem were asymptomatic (not showing COVID-19 symptoms) and currently on homequarantine, according to DOH. These droplets also land on objects andsurfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching theseobjects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The five newcases brought to 30 the number of COVID-19 cases in Region 6, according to theDepartment of Health (DOH). The family nowhas a total of six members positive for COVID-19. Earlier, a 44-year-olddaughter also tested positive. Not wearing facemask in public places is now an offense in Iloilo city and province. Facemask covering the nose and mouth of the wearer prevents droplets expelled when coughing or sneezing from infecting others, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Contracttracing has also been launched. Meanwhile, theother confirmed positive case yesterday was a 48-year-old male from BacolodCity (Patient No. 26) with a travel history to Los Angeles, USA and Manila. Healso had hypertension and polymyositis. All residentsof the town are strictly required to stay in their homes except for one familymember with a quarantine pass to buy basic necessities./PN The four newcases in Lambunao were the 70-year-old wife (Patient No. 29) of the town’sfirst case (who eventually died) and the couple’s three children – a39-year-old female (Patient No. 27), 41-year-old male (Patient No. 28) and a48-year-old female (Patient No. 30). Antique andGuimaras still have no cases. ILOILO City –Western Visayas recorded five more persons positive for the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) yesterday, four of whom were family members of the first confirmedcase in the municipality of Lambunao. With theadditional cases in Lambunao, Mayor Reynor Gonzales ordered strict homequarantine of all the residents of the barangay where the family with positivecases resides. Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, according to the World HealthOrganization (WHO). In the wholeRegion 6, Iloilo province has now the most number of positive cases with 11,followed by Bacolod City with seven, Aklan with five, Capiz and Iloilo Citywith three each, and Negros Occidental, one. The localgovernment of Lambunao called on to those who have close contact with thefamily members to coordinate with the Municipal Health Office. Meantime, allthe needs of the quarantined family are being shouldered by the localgovernment of Lambunao. He had closecontact of Patient No. 14, still with dry cough but in stable condition. last_img read more

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Fire raging near Ukraine’s Chernobyl poses radiation risk

first_imgAerial images of the 30 km (19 mile)exclusion zone around the plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear accident in1986, showed scorched, blackened earth and the charred stumps of stillsmouldering trees. (Reuters) An aerial view shows a forest fire in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, April 12, 2020, in this still picture taken from video. REUTERS MOSCOW – A huge forest fire in Ukrainethat has been raging for more than a week is now just one kilometre from thedefunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and poses a radiation risk, GreenpeaceRussia warned on Monday, citing satellite images. Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Servicesaid it was still fighting the fires, but that the situation was under control. Video footage shot by Reuters on Sundayshowed plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky and trees still ablaze,with firefighters in helicopters trying to put out the fires.last_img read more

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