September 25

‘BRING BACK CHECKPOINTS’ | Defensor to IPPO: Pandemic not over yet

first_imgDefensor said there must be checkpoints in every town. * residents of Iloilo City and the province of Guimaras travelling therefrom, and into the province/PN Sangguniang Panlalawigan member June Mondejar, chairperson of the Provincial Board’s Committee on Public Order and Security, agreed with Defensor and pointed out several provisions in EO No. 118 that policemen must enforce such as quarantine passes that anyone leaving their houses must have. * persons granted passage to the airport for travel abroad, or from the airport to the border, provided that, the travel within the province shall be non-stop from the border to the airport or vice versa The liquor ban was contained in Section 14 of Defensor’s Executive Order (EO) No. 118 placing the province under GCQ. This left the province with only two active COVID-19 cases left as of May 24. * government official / personnel travelling in the performance of their function Defensor deemed the liquor ban an important component of the community quarantine, pointing out to the unpredictable behavior of inebriated people; physical distancing may not be followed strictly. Of these 20 cases, 14 already recovered while four died. Checkpoints appeared to have ceased on May 16 when the province transitioned from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ), said Defensor. Iloilo has 42 municipalities and one component city, Passi. As of yesterday, Iloilo had 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March this year, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed.center_img Physical distancing is a precautionary measure against COVID-19. People can catch it from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, thus keeping considerable distance from one another is highly recommended. In fact, according to Mondejar, only the following are exempted from travel restrictions as identified by Defensor’s EO: “May ginabantayan pa kita,” said Defensor, and he was not just referring to people who are possible carriers of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but also to those violating the liquor ban he imposed throughout Iloilo. “Damo nagabakal and transport sang liquor,” he pointed out. Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) should continue operating checkpoints across the province, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. “The selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, dispensing, and transporting of alcoholic beverages such as whisky, brandy, gin, vodka, rum, cocktail, wine, champagne, beer and such other intoxicating drinks shall be prohibited,” read Section 14. * medical personnel and health / humanitarian workers who shall be performing functions in relation to COVID-19 in the province * other persons transported through the efforts of the national government upon conduct of the necessary protocols and in concurrence with the receiving local government unit * overseas Filipino workers and locally-stranded individuals (LSIs) returning to the provincelast_img read more

August 14

Barbara Riggs, 83, Conway Springs: Feb. 3, 1932 – March 2, 2015

first_imgBarbara RiggsBarbara L. Riggs, 83, of Conway Springs departed this life March 2, 2015 at her home following a brave battle with breast cancer.She was born February 3, 1932 at Conway Springs, Kansas; the youngest daughter of Jacob Arthur Plaugher and Frances Willard Reeves Plaugher. Barbara was raised in Conway Springs and attended the Malaby Rural School through the 8th grade. She attended Conway Springs High School where she enjoyed playing basketball and was the Homecoming Football Queen her senior year. She graduated with the class of 1950. After high school, Barbara began working as the elevator operator at Buck’s Department Store in Wichita. She also worked in a local insurance office in Wichita.Barbara was united in marriage to Charles Ray Riggs on December 3, 1950 at the First Christian Church in Conway Springs. They built a home southwest of Conway Springs in 1954 where they farmed and raised their family of three daughters.Barbara grew up in the Church of the Brethren in Conway Springs, where at the age of 14 she became the church pianist and a Sunday School teacher for several years. After marriage, she became a member of the First Christian Church Conway Springs and served as the Christian Women’s Fellowship president, a Sunday School teacher, and was also the church pianist for nearly 60 years. She was an active member of the Just Friends Club, EHU, the Merry Matrons Club, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition, Barbara was a great supporter of local school activities. She served two years on the USD 356 Board of Education in Conway Springs.Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Arvada Walkup.She is survived by her husband Chuck Riggs of the home; three daughters: Janalee Seiwert (Greg) of Wichita, Kansas; Luann Dennis (JD) of Parma, Idaho; Christy Chitwood (Mike) of Colman, South Dakota; six grandchildren: Amy Chitwood, Mat Chitwood, Kelli Wysocki, Neal Seiwert, Tad Gale, and Ben Gale; and two great-grandchildren: Noelle Thorpe and Haily Chitwood.Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 from the United Methodist Church, Conway Springs, with Neal Seiwert officiating. Interment will be in Conway Springs Cemetery, Conway Springs, Kansas.  Ebersole Mortuary, Conway Springs is in charge of arrangements. On line condolences and guest book are available at have been established to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice or the Conway Springs City Library.last_img read more

January 12

Town Clerk leased lands not owned by M&CC – CoI hears

first_img…as current, former employees testifyBy Rupadai SeenaraineCurrent and former employees of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) appeared in their numbers at the Critchlow Labour College on Monday to testify on the first day of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that was launched into the non-payment of benefits and issues surrounding other financial resources at City Hall.An employee of City Hall testifying at the CoI on Monday. Also in photo is Justice Cecil KennardHeaded by Retired Justice Cecil Kennard, the CoI is seeking to investigate the nonpayment of benefits, a rejected no-confidence motion that was filed against Town Clerk Royston King by Councillor Sherod Duncan, contracts that were awarded and the mismanagement of funds among other areas.At Monday’s session, the issue of King distributing lease documents for a plot of land which is not owned by the Council to a shipping carrier came under scrutiny.While the matter has not yet been addressed by the Commission, Guyana Times understands that Quick Shipping Inc was given permission to operate on a piece of land at Lot 1 Mudflat, Lombard Street at the cost of $625,000 per year.Initially, the company had sent a letter to National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) on September 6, 2016 which requested permission to rent the piece of land. It has been insinuated that the Town Clerk did not submit the lease document to the entire Council for deliberations. This is supposed to be done d for all contracts which pass through City Hall.Town Clerk Royston KingPrior to the announcement by the Local Government Commission (LGC) to launch a CoI into the operations at City Hall, the Town Clerk was sent on administrative leave and representing the Commission were Everton Singh-Lammy and Sherwin Benjamin.Both King and the Mayor, Patricia Chase Green are expected to testify at later hearings, but witnesses on Monday included 59-year-old Kenrick Hamilton, who shared his concerns as it relates to accumulating no benefits after serving for over 20 years.He was placed to work as an ‘unfixed’ employee which means that he would receive no benefits after the age of 65. Fixed employees are expected to retire at the age of 55, with benefits.Hamilton told the Commission he would have engaged several Ministries on this matter and a response from the Labour Department of the Social Protection Ministry led to a meeting which the Council did not attend.“Every time we call Labour, City Council make an excuse. We end up now taking it on our own and write the President of Guyana,” he said.Also testifying at the CoI was Julian Orjester, who claimed that he served in the position of assistant town clerk, but was never paid an increase.According to Orjester, he was asked to serve as the assistant town clerk in 2013 on two occasions. The man indicated that he summoned King on numerous occasions as it related to his money but would only get to speak with the Town Clerk if he was in “a good mood”.On one occasion, the man said that King told him, “Julian, I cannot help you.”Retired employees also gave their statements, primarily as it relates to monies that were owed to them after various salary increases. Jardine Hope and Allison Collins testified as former employees who did not receive increases that were granted by the Government.Collins related that she was owed money since 2015 and 2016 and was told, “He (Royston King) said he don’t have money to pay us our back pay nor my gratuity. I would like to have my money from the Mayor and City Council.”The Inquiry is expected to conclude on October 31, 2018 when the necessary recommendations will be submitted after all evidence is presented before the Commission. Justice Kennard sought to point out that letters in the media will not be taken into account as testimony. Hence, persons would have to take the stand under oath to submit their evidence.The CoI comes just months away from the Local Government Elections (LGE) after which a new executive body will be elected to oversee the activities of the Council.However, it was claimed that this was necessary since numerous complaints were made by staffers of the Council and other agencies regarding the expenditure and decisions which were made by the Council.On September 21, 2018, the Town Clerk was instructed to proceed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.last_img read more