The Heir Apparent Extends Off-Broadway

first_img Pittu and Bertish are joined by Carson Elrod, Claire Karpen, Amelia Pedlow, Dave Quay and Payton Whitehead. The Heir Apparent View Comments The Classic Stage Company’s production of The Heir Apparent has extended its run though May 11 off-Broadway. Written by David Ives and directed by John Rando, the play stars Tony nominees David Pittu and Suzanne Bertish. It had previously been set to shutter May 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Young Eraste has it all: good looks, a beautiful fiancée, and a huge inheritance from an ancient uncle. There’s just one little problem: the uncle won’t die and he’s bequeathed his entire fortune to a distant relative. Oh, and did we mention the uncle also intends to marry Eraste’s fiancée? What’s a fine 18th-century fellow to do? What else but enlist the aid of his resourceful servant who could “out-Figaro” Figaro. Related Shows Suzanne Bertish Star Fileslast_img read more

DWTS’ Mark Ballas, Bindi Irwin, Alexa PenaVega & Derek Hough Visit Chicago

first_img from $49.50 You know who’s always ready for more jazz hands? Dancing with the Stars peeps, that’s who! Mark Ballas, Bindi Irwin, Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough had a huge helping of jazz hands and much more when they took in a performance of Broadway’s Tony-winning revival of Chicago on November 5. After the performances at the Ambassador Theatre, the DWTS quartet headed backstage to meet Roxie (a.k.a. Charlotte Kate Fox) and Velma (a.k.a. Amra-Faye Wright) in the flesh. Check out this cute backstage pic and all that jazz! Star Files View Comments Chicago Related Shows Mark Ballaslast_img

Coal analysts say bankruptcy filing is ‘increasingly likely’ for Illinois Basin’s Foresight Energy

first_imgCoal analysts say bankruptcy filing is ‘increasingly likely’ for Illinois Basin’s Foresight Energy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):One of the few major U.S. coal companies to dodge the bankruptcy court may soon need to file for Chapter 11 restructuring if the current market and economic forces working against the coal industry persist, according to recent securities filings.Over the past few weeks, Foresight Energy LP exercised an option to delay a $24.4 million interest payment and negotiated the right to skip a publicly accessible quarterly call to discuss its third-quarter finances. As management of the Illinois Basin coal miner management works to restructure its balance sheet, the New York Stock Exchange delisted its stock and Foresight affiliate Murray Energy Corp. filed for a bankruptcy reorganization.“With a significant debt load and a near-term pricing recovery increasingly unlikely, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing appears increasingly likely,” B. Riley FBR analyst Lucas Pipes wrote in a Nov. 14 note.While some coal companies struggled to sell assets even through bankruptcy auctions, Pipes noted that Foresight still owns some attractive mining assets, with its longwall mines capable of producing coal at a lower cost than its peers. However, the company has about $1.25 billion in gross debt on its balance sheet.“The partnership continues to engage in discussions with its creditor constituencies and is exploring potential restructuring alternatives,” Foresight wrote in a Nov. 12 securities filing. “As a result of these discussions and potential restructuring efforts, it may be necessary for us to file a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in order to implement a restructuring, or our creditors, under certain circumstances, could force us into an involuntary bankruptcy or liquidation.”Illinois Basin producers turned to a recent boom in export markets to make up for a decline in domestic demand, but that demand is retrenching. In the third quarter of 2018, Foresight captured $140.8 million in international coal sales. In the third quarter of 2019, it reported $34.8 million from export markets, a 75.3% decline. Domestic sales fell from $151.2 million to $146.7 million in the same period. More ($): Weakening coal market conditions move Foresight to shakier groundlast_img read more

Chilean visit to Fort Hood sets framework for intelligence sharing

first_imgBy Dialogo December 25, 2014 The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks. last_img read more

Guatemalan Kaibiles Return from UN Peace Mission in Congo

first_imgThey were put in medical quarantine once they arrived in Guatemala “to help them acclimate to the weather and food,” a statement from the Defense Ministry said. The 21 days of isolation followed the protocol required by the World Health Organization (WHO), based on the known period of incubation of the Ebola virus. WHO declared Congo free of Ebola on November 21, 2014. The 150 Soldiers belong to the XIV Contingent of Special Forces that returned to Guatemala on March 10 after concluding their nine-month mission as part of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). As part of its contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions, Guatemala has deployed three types of contingents, explained Guatemalan diplomat Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. Members of the Guatemalan Kaibil Special Forces who had served on a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been released from their quarantine in the Northern Air Command headquarters, in Santa Elena, Petén, with a clean bill of health. By Dialogo April 21, 2015 “In all three cases, the Guatemalan contributions have been very positive because they have achieved the mission and gone beyond what was expected of them,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet said. “Their ability to interact with the civilian population where they are deployed is particularly notable.” The elite forces’ “mission is complex, but not impossible,” retired Guatemalan Army Colonel Jorge Antonio Ortega Gaytán wrote in Diálogo in 2013. “To bring hope, shelter, security, and peace entails total devotion in serving our fellow human beings. The Kaibiles are trained according to the United Nations’ standards in order to join the Troops deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are currently working shoulder to shoulder to consolidate peace in the heart of Africa.” On peacekeeping missions, the Kaibiles, who are based in the Special Forces Kaibil Brigade, engage in training events, help provide security, and when needed engage in rescue operations. Participating in overseas peacekeeping missions presents a positive image of the Army and the Kaibiles, said retired Guatemalan Army Colonel Mario Mérida, a military analyst with the Guatemalan Network for Democratic Security. Kaibiles take courses and receive special training for mission The three contingents include the Kaibil Special Forces, who served in the MONUSCO mission in the DRC; the Military police in Haiti, who participated in the MINUSTAH mission; and the individual officers assigned as military observers or members of the Central Command of the Military force in several of the peace missions. They were put in medical quarantine once they arrived in Guatemala “to help them acclimate to the weather and food,” a statement from the Defense Ministry said. The 21 days of isolation followed the protocol required by the World Health Organization (WHO), based on the known period of incubation of the Ebola virus. WHO declared Congo free of Ebola on November 21, 2014. While helping to keep the peace, Guatemalan Soldiers took precautions to protect themselves from the deadly Ebola virus, which broke out in the Congo in August. Troops underwent stringent medical examinations to ensure they were all in good health before traveling back home. Members of the Guatemalan Kaibil Special Forces who had served on a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been released from their quarantine in the Northern Air Command headquarters, in Santa Elena, Petén, with a clean bill of health. The 150 Soldiers belong to the XIV Contingent of Special Forces that returned to Guatemala on March 10 after concluding their nine-month mission as part of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). As part of its contribution to the UN peacekeeping missions, Guatemala has deployed three types of contingents, explained Guatemalan diplomat Edmond Mulet, Assistant Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations. The core of the Kaibiles mission was protecting civilians and humanitarian personnel as well as supporting the DRC government in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts. The Kaibiles’ experience and training in tropical guerrilla warfare was a key contribution to the UN mission in the African country. The Guatemalan Troops who participated in MONUSCO served in the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping force. The Guatemalan Army has been part of MONUSCO since 2005; the contingent that returned recently was the 14th mission Guatemala has sent to the central African country. Guatemalan Soldiers are proud to serve in peacekeeping missions, and see themselves as contributing to global peace and stability, Assistant Secretary General Mulet emphasized. Selection process for peacekeeping missions is ‘highly competitive’ “Guatemala is willing and able to contribute to these UN missions, and the Kaibiles have shown proper behavior in the areas where they have operated,” retired Col. Mérida said. “Domestically, Guatemalans recognized that the participation of the Kaibiles raises the profile of our country in ways not achieved by other entities, and there is no risk to our national security, given the numbers deployed.” Troops followed WHO protocol for Ebola “Guatemala is willing and able to contribute to these UN missions, and the Kaibiles have shown proper behavior in the areas where they have operated,” retired Col. Mérida said. “Domestically, Guatemalans recognized that the participation of the Kaibiles raises the profile of our country in ways not achieved by other entities, and there is no risk to our national security, given the numbers deployed.” None of the 150 Soldiers presented any symptoms of Ebola. This development was not a surprise to the Guatemalan medical authorities, who already had explained that the Soldiers were conducting operations in areas that had not seen an Ebola outbreak; they were never in contact with any infected person and were quarantined for 15 days before leaving the African continent. While helping to keep the peace, Guatemalan Soldiers took precautions to protect themselves from the deadly Ebola virus, which broke out in the Congo in August. Troops underwent stringent medical examinations to ensure they were all in good health before traveling back home. Selection process for peacekeeping missions is ‘highly competitive’ The core of the Kaibiles mission was protecting civilians and humanitarian personnel as well as supporting the DRC government in its stabilization and peace consolidation efforts. The Kaibiles’ experience and training in tropical guerrilla warfare was a key contribution to the UN mission in the African country. Kaibiles take courses and receive special training for mission “In all three cases, the Guatemalan contributions have been very positive because they have achieved the mission and gone beyond what was expected of them,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet said. “Their ability to interact with the civilian population where they are deployed is particularly notable.” The Guatemalan population, which respects “the effort of these Guatemalans representing our country,” gave the Kaibiles a warm welcome home, he added. The Guatemalan population, which respects “the effort of these Guatemalans representing our country,” gave the Kaibiles a warm welcome home, he added. “When they return to Guatemala, the Soldiers bring life and work experiences in remote areas that they would have never had without participating in a UN mission,” he added. “These experiences are part of their formation, and they place them at the service of the country, as they have seen models, systems, and ways of working that can improve their military performance.” None of the 150 Soldiers presented any symptoms of Ebola. This development was not a surprise to the Guatemalan medical authorities, who already had explained that the Soldiers were conducting operations in areas that had not seen an Ebola outbreak; they were never in contact with any infected person and were quarantined for 15 days before leaving the African continent. Participating in overseas peacekeeping missions presents a positive image of the Army and the Kaibiles, said retired Guatemalan Army Colonel Mario Mérida, a military analyst with the Guatemalan Network for Democratic Security. The three contingents include the Kaibil Special Forces, who served in the MONUSCO mission in the DRC; the Military police in Haiti, who participated in the MINUSTAH mission; and the individual officers assigned as military observers or members of the Central Command of the Military force in several of the peace missions. The elite forces’ “mission is complex, but not impossible,” retired Guatemalan Army Colonel Jorge Antonio Ortega Gaytán wrote in Diálogo in 2013. “To bring hope, shelter, security, and peace entails total devotion in serving our fellow human beings. The Kaibiles are trained according to the United Nations’ standards in order to join the Troops deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo that are currently working shoulder to shoulder to consolidate peace in the heart of Africa.” Troops followed WHO protocol for Ebola Before being deployed, the Kaibiles, the Military Police, and the Officers complete courses, orientation, and specialized training for each of their functions. The Regional Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ), based in Cobán, Alta Verazpaz, “has a curriculum with the highest standards, where officers from other Central American countries also receive instruction,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet explained. Before being deployed, the Kaibiles, the Military Police, and the Officers complete courses, orientation, and specialized training for each of their functions. The Regional Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CREOMPAZ), based in Cobán, Alta Verazpaz, “has a curriculum with the highest standards, where officers from other Central American countries also receive instruction,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet explained. The Guatemalan Troops who participated in MONUSCO served in the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping force. The Guatemalan Army has been part of MONUSCO since 2005; the contingent that returned recently was the 14th mission Guatemala has sent to the central African country. Taking part in peacekeeping missions is a personal and voluntary decision. “Nobody is forced to do it. Each time we prepare a contingent, we receive many more applications than the available slots, therefore, the selection process is highly competitive,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet explained. The UN is highly appreciative of Guatemalan Troops and Officers because of their professionalism, discipline, and sense of duty, he said. “They forge working relationships and camaraderie with contingents that come from other parts of the world, despite differences in language and traditions.” On peacekeeping missions, the Kaibiles, who are based in the Special Forces Kaibil Brigade, engage in training events, help provide security, and when needed engage in rescue operations. Their training, their strong sense of service, their ability to survive in hostile areas and climate make the Kaibiles particularly suited for the work in Congo, ret. Col. Mérida said. Guatemalan Soldiers are proud to serve in peacekeeping missions, and see themselves as contributing to global peace and stability, Assistant Secretary General Mulet emphasized. Their training, their strong sense of service, their ability to survive in hostile areas and climate make the Kaibiles particularly suited for the work in Congo, ret. Col. Mérida said. Taking part in peacekeeping missions is a personal and voluntary decision. “Nobody is forced to do it. Each time we prepare a contingent, we receive many more applications than the available slots, therefore, the selection process is highly competitive,” Assistant Secretary General Mulet explained. The UN is highly appreciative of Guatemalan Troops and Officers because of their professionalism, discipline, and sense of duty, he said. “They forge working relationships and camaraderie with contingents that come from other parts of the world, despite differences in language and traditions.” “When they return to Guatemala, the Soldiers bring life and work experiences in remote areas that they would have never had without participating in a UN mission,” he added. “These experiences are part of their formation, and they place them at the service of the country, as they have seen models, systems, and ways of working that can improve their military performance.” last_img read more

Two civilians gunned down in Poso

first_imgPersonnel from the joint police and Indonesian Military (TNI) Operation Tinombala along with the Central Sulawesi and Poso Police have been examining the forest where the incident took place, he added.As reported by tribunnews.com, the shooting occurred within an area covered by the Tinombala police-military operation in the region.The two victims have been identified as Syarifuddin, 37, and Firman, 18, both of whom were residents of Poso Pesisir Utara district.Syarifuddin sustained a gunshot wound to his chest and was already dead when the locals found him, whereas Firman died from a similar injury to his neck while he was being taken to a nearby village. United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani has urged the National Police to investigate the shooting of the two Poso residents.“I want those in charge of the National Police to give their attention to [the murder] of these two Poso residents,” the politician said in a statement on Thursday.He went on to say that the investigation should also involve the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to ensure that the proceedings remain impartial to reveal the real perpetrators, whether or not they were security personnel.“[…] If the victims were wrongly murdered and they were not involved with an act of terrorism or other crime, the police owe [their families] a public apology and financial compensation,” Arsul said. (rfa)Topics : Two civilians were shot to death by unknown assailants in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday.National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan confirmed the incident on Wednesday, but stopped short of disclosing further details.“It’s true that two Poso residents were shot and killed in Pesisir Utara on Tuesday,” Ahmad said as reported by tribunnews.com.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Banks move to stem mortgage fallout

first_img Middle of the market set to lead post COVID-19 sales MORE: Is this Australia’s best house? Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCameron Kusher’s update on COVID-19 and the market02:16 – Repayment relief for up to six months– Fees waived for restructuring a loan or consolidating loans– Temporarily convert to interest-only repayments Liberty – Defer loan repayments for up to six months, with a review after three months– No fees for existing home loan customers who switch from standard variable rate to fixed rate loan– A 0.50 per cent reduction to 2.25 per cent.in one, two and three-year Premier fixed rate home loans (for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest) AFG – Repayment deferrals for three months, with a three-month extension after review– Ability to switch to interest-only repayments– Get cashback (up to the value of your advance repayment minus the value of one-month repayment) St George Commonwealth Bank – Three-month deferral on repayments, with three-month extension after review– New fixed rate home loan of 2.29 per cent for one, two or three years for new owner-occupied lending (principal interest repayments with Advantage Package)– Redraw funds if ahead on repaymentsMore from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago– If loan is more than 12 months old, reduce repayments to the minimum required, or change frequency of repayments if you pay via direct debit Bankwest HSBC The beach house that looks like a superyachtcenter_img – Pause on home loan repayments for up to six months– Ability to change your home loan repayment amount if you are ahead on repayments– Lower interest rates (between 2.29-2.79 per cent) when you apply for a new fixed-rate Choice Package loan Banks are open to discussions now with anyone who has concerns over income loss impacting mortgages. Suncorp – Deferral on home loan repayments for six months, with a three-month check to see if further assistance is required NAB “The Government and financial institutions have introduced a range of relief measures to help Aussies under financial pressure, stay afloat during these difficult times.”She said the firm had created a COVID-19 FAQ Hub to cope with demand for information on how the pandemic could affect home loans, credit cards, insurance and a range of other household costs. HOME LOAN SUPPORT BANKS ARE OFFERING: – Six-month repayment deferrals– Complete Fixed Home Loan Package (for owner-occupiers paying principal and interest) reduced to three-year fixed rate of 2.33 per cent. (for both new and existing customers)– Redraw without incurring fees if extra repayments have been made – Home loan repayment deferrals for six months but interest and fees will be added.– One-time payment to offset any interest charged, depending on your balance and interest rate. Westpac Homeowners are rethinking ways to cope with job loss and potential job loss due to COVID-19 restrictions, with banks offering several options now for mortgage support.A new survey has found that almost half of Queenslanders have had their incomes cut or soon to be cut because of COVID-19, with concern for mortgages now. The Queensland figure (49 per cent) is higher than the national average (45 per cent), according to the results of the research released by financial comparison service comparethemarket.com.au. – A three-month deferral on mortgage repayments, with a three-month extension after review– Ability to redraw funds from your home loan if you’re ahead on repayments– Ability to switch to interest-only repayments ANZ It asked respondents if they were losing income because of social restrictions, and changes they would make to their finances as a result, including mortgage repayments.Homeowners are rethinking ways to cope with job loss and potential job loss due to COVID-19 restrictions, with banks offering several options now for mortgage support. The survey found that two in every five Queensland respondents (40 per cent) were concerned about meeting mortgage repayments for the rest of the year. The housing market can expect to see some fallout on mortgage repayments due to income loss in Brisbane and across the wider state. Picture: Liam Kidston.As well, 13 per cent said they or their partners had lost their jobs in the Sunshine State, and 7 per cent thought they or their partners were would do so.Almost one in five (19 per cent) of Queenslanders or their partners had also taken a pay cut during this period, while one in 10 believed a pay cut was looming.Among the measures being taken to cope were families freeing up cash by deferring loan or credit card repayments, accessing cash by withdrawing from their super, term deposits or life savings.Comparethemarket.com.au spokeswoman Abigail Koch said there were hundreds of thousands of Aussies “Hundreds of thousands of people are experiencing financial hardship at this time, with around six million workers expected to receive JobKeeper payments, while many others are uncertain about their financial security. “ – Ability to defer loan repayments– Fees waived for restructuring a loan– Credit card support-Financial institution FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more

Around 300 senior citizens celebrate Elderly Filipino Week

first_imgMost of the diseases and healthconditions the elderly suffer in the region are hypertension, diabetes and bodyaches. De Guzman said elders in the regionentertained themselves through joining church organization, groups and playingsocio-recreational games. Among those discussed during theprogram were physical exercises, activities and food essential for maintainingwellness. Revolving around the theme “Healthyand productive aging starts with me,” the DOH-6 guided the elderly on how tolive a healthy and fit lifestyle. Cristina de Guzman, DOH-6 regionalprogram coordinator for health and wellness, said the elderly sector was givenhealth priority programs from the government. “It is good that they have theseactivities because we want them to become productive,” she added. Around 300 senior citizens gathered ata mall in Mandurriao district for the celebration of the Elderly Filipino Weekon Oct.1. “For those who may be diagnosed withhypertension or with diabetes, we have free medicine accessed at healthcenters. For them to access the medicines, they have to be registered for theirmaintenance and they have to consult every three months for the management oftheir diabetes and hypertension,” de Guzman said. “They should also drink more water forthe maintenance of good health and for them to cleanse. It is very importantthat every day, they have regular bowel movement,” she added.center_img Around 300 senior citizens gather at a mall in Iloilo City to celebrate the Elderly Filipino Week on Oct. 1. CRISTINA DE GUZMAN/PNA Aside from the DOH, the Department ofSocial Welfare Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Departmentof Labor and Employment and Social Security System updated the participants oftheir programs.(With a report from PNA/PN) “We are grateful for them because theyhave done a lot for this country. We cannot afford that our elders are sick. Wewant them to enjoy life and the fruits of their labors as retirees,” de Guzmansaid. De Guzman said it is also importantthat elders take in less salt, sugar and oily food. She added the elderly should alsovisit their dentists regularly to maintain healthy teeth and gums essential asthey take in food. “It is good that we have people herefrom the government. This is much appreciated and it makes us feel that we arerecognized in the little things that we do,” Engr. Rodrigo Naval, president andchairman of the city’s Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of thePhilippines said. ILOILO City – The Department ofHealth-Western Visayas (DOH-6) assured the government is looking after thehealth and wellness of the elderly sector.      last_img read more

Collisions at Home Plate

first_imgAll you baseball fans know by now MLB has ruled that there will be no collisions at home plate this year.  This ruling came to a head in the Reds-Miami game about a week ago.  Cozart of the Reds was going to be out at home by a wide margin, but the Reds manager, Brian Price, objected.  Price thought  the Miami catcher was blocking home not allowing Cozart an open path to the plate.  Thus, the decision went to the Review Board in New York City.After a 6 1/2 minute delay, the Review Board overturned the call of “out” and ruled Cozart safe at home plate.  As the rule is stated, there is no recourse by the opposing team, so they must accept the ruling.  As you know, the Reds not only got that run but added 2 more in the inning and won the game.Most everyone in baseball objects to this rule because there is no room on the umpires part for making a judgment on how far a runner would be out had this rule not been in place.  MLB put the rule in to avoid violent collisions at home plate, but right now a meer one-inch blocking of the plate can get an out call.  This to me is ridiculous.  If a player deliberately runs over the catcher, then he should be called out.  As it is now, the catcher has no place to go.last_img read more

Fire danger cited with nutritional aid

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is instructing clients to immediately stop using divided plates that illustrate the recommended distribution of the four food groups following reports that two plates caught fire while in the microwave. No injuries have been reported.The plates have been distributed through Indiana WIC clinics since June. The program was notified of the two incidents on Nov. 8 and immediately instructed WIC clinics in Indiana to halt distribution of the plates. WIC clients are being notified of the potential hazard.“The safety of Indiana WIC clients is our top priority,” said Eldon Whetstone, assistant commissioner for the Health and Human Services Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), which administers the Indiana WIC program. “We urge all clients to return these plates to their WIC clinic or destroy them immediately.”The plates contain dividers that include labels showing the portion sizes for protein, grains, vegetables and fruits and are labeled as being safe for microwave use. Approximately 8,600 plates were sent to more than three dozen Indiana WIC agencies.Whetstone said not all plates are impacted but that the vendor has determined that the labels on the defective plates contained aluminum, which is not safe for use in microwaves.last_img read more