Drop the chemicals and grab the metal comb: A little elbow grease is the best way to get rid of head lice, says University of Georgia insect expert Paul Guillebeau. Whether a child picks up head lice from school, a friend or a family member, the key to controlling and eliminating the pest’s population is with a metal comb and consistent brushing. Chemicals are available, but some head lice populations have built up resistance to ingredients – like permethrin and pyrethrin – commonly found in head lice shampoo.“The best organic method by far is combing head lice out with a lice comb,” said Guillebeau, who is a UGA Cooperative Extension insect pest management/pesticide coordinator. “Depending on how long and curly your child’s hair is, getting rid of lice can be easy but time consuming.”Guillebeau’s daughter had head lice while she was in elementary school. He and his wife got rid of the lice by combing her hair every day for several days. They also used mousses and baby oil to help find the nits (the egg stage of head lice) in her hair.Head lice are highly adapted to one host – the human body. Once they fall or are swept off a person, they only have a few hours to live unless they find another person’s head to call home.The pests are most commonly seen in pre-kindergarten- and elementary-aged children. Outbreaks tend to die out once students reach middle and high school age. And head lice are seen very rarely on adults. One theory for why younger children catch head lice more than any other age group is that “when you get into middle and high school, you have your own place for your coat and hat,” Guillebeau said, repeating what he had discussed with some teachers. “In elementary school and at daycares, the children’s hats and coats hang together. Lice can’t fly and can’t jump. They’re also so tiny that they can’t possibly crawl very far, so it seems like a good theory.”Social stigmaHaving head lice doesn’t mean a child is dirty, or has dirty hair. In fact, the opposite is often true.“Head lice don’t prefer dirty, nasty hair,” Guillebeau said. “It has nothing to do with personal hygiene. They prefer nice, clean hair.”As an insect, head lice are a more of a nuisance than anything else. They don’t harbor or spread diseases. But many people, unless they’re recent transplants to the United States, tend to be bitterly mortified about head lice. “Sometimes people who come here from other countries, where maybe head lice are not considered to be such a catastrophe as they are here, don’t understand what all the hoopla is about,” he said.Guillebeau once helped a principal who had a head lice problem at her school. At the root of the problem was a family who recently immigrated to Georgia. The principal visited the family at home, and when she was talking to the father, “a louse climbed out of his hair and took a stroll across his forehead,” Guillebeau said. “Being new to the country, the family didn’t understand that to be pariah.”The principal explained the situation to the family, and after they understood how strongly head lice are feared in the U.S., they took care of the problem.Tips for treatmentCombatting head lice requires special tools, and the first is a metal comb. “They do a better job than plastic combs,” he said. The second is mousse or baby oil to help make nits easier to see.Elbow grease is the next most important tool. “For a few days, comb through the hair every day,” Guillebeau said. “Then after doing it two or three days in a row, wait for about five days and do it again.”Make sure to comb a child’s hair from the scalp to at least three or four inches out to get all of the nits and lice.Also, look for a shampoo that has a higher fatty acid content, such as a shampoo designed for people with damaged hair. “I’m not saying it’s a cure-all, but certain kinds of regular shampoo you can buy have a higher fatty acid content, and there is some evidence that those do a better job of killing head lice,” he said.For parents who do buy a head lice shampoo, it’s important to remember that one application is not enough. “Lice lay eggs that are cemented to the hair shafts,” he said. “There’s not really any way to get rid of head lice in one treatment, and it may take more than two times.”Ultimately, Guillebeau said, don’t use dangerous home remedies. He’s heard of parents who use kerosene and pesticides not meant to be sprayed near children, much less used on their heads. When in doubt, call the pediatrician, he said.For more information on head lice, visit headlice.org. UGA Cooperative Extension also has two publications on head lice, one for parents and another for schools.
For one sunglass manufacturer, conservation is all about sustainable fishing; and the company works with partners around the world to help increase awareness and influence policy so that both the fish and fishermen of tomorrow will have healthy waters.More than 30 years ago, a group of anglers banded together with a goal to build the clearest, best performing sunglasses, able to withstand harsh fishing environments. Costa continues today with a mission to not only help people see what’s out there, but to protect sustainable sport fishing at the same time.In 2011, Costa began its partnership with music star Kenny Chesney to design a signature line of sunglasses with proceeds from the sale of each pair benefiting habitat restoration programs with the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA). The program has raised more than $80,000 since it began.Costa also recently worked with its partner, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT), to develop and support Project Permit — a five-year tagging program designed to collect never-before-seen data on permit fish in Florida and the Caribbean. Since its inception, Project Permit has expanded into Mexico. The program is starting to see an increase in tag returns, which will help provide important research to inform future fishery policies and regulations.In 2012, Costa helped open the first sport fishing tourism program in Guyana, a first of its kind in the country. As seen in the award-winning film, Jungle Fish, the Rewa village on the Rupununi River now has the capacity to bring fly anglers in to fish for monster arapaima, creating jobs and generating sustainable economic development for the region. Since opening, the sport fishing lodge has remained at capacity, hosting up to 24 fly fishing anglers per year. Recently, the program won a $500,000 grant from Compete Caribbean, with the goal to expand the sport fishing tourism efforts to several other villages in Guyana. Exploratory efforts are taking place to learn how this sustainable sport fishing program can be introduced to other parts of the world.Currently, as a support partner to OCEARCH — a shark tagging research program aiming to replace fear with facts — Costa helps develop and collect all of the multimedia content from each expedition. The content is then shared online allowing educators, scientists and shark enthusiasts alike to take part in important conversations about one of the planet’s top predators. In 2014, OCEARCH is on a mission to South America, visiting the Galapagos Islands, Chile, and Brazil to expand its tagging efforts to include yellow fin tuna, wahoo, rainbow runner, skip jack, White sharks and Tiger, Hammerhead, Bull, Blacktip and Silky sharks, among other species.An important part of Trout Unlimited’s (TU) expanding Youth Education efforts, the “5 Rivers” program organizes campus groups to provide students an opportunity to learn fly casting and fly tying and also to participate in off-campus volunteer activities on the members’ home waters. Costa worked with TU to develop the program, which now boasts chapters at 26 colleges and universities.For the past five years Costa has hosted a now-legendary “party with a purpose” on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa. Instead of marketing at other people’s events, Costa decided to control the vibe. The event brings national acts to a music festival to raise money for sport fishing programs. Since the event began, thousands of University of Alabama students have helped raise more than $200,000 for groups including The Billfish Foundation and Coastal Conservation Association. Costa also works to support the Center for Coastal Conservation and the Turneffe Atoll Trust to protect the Belize fishery.“In order for the sport fishing industry to continue to grow, we must work together to protect the resources and attract new people into the sport,” said Costa president Chas MacDonald. “Without the fish, there are no anglers. Protect the fish, and they will keep the anglers participating in the sport and growing the business opportunities.”
Population: 51,305Public lands: George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, Shenandoah National Park, Natural Chimneys State ParkOutdoor Highlights: Shenandoah River, Appalachian Trail, Reddish Knob, Narrowback Mountain
“I want to do fun things with him,” one twenty-something woman said to another as I sat behind them in the neighborhood cafe, eavesdropping. “I want to have fun together.”Her friend leaned over the stack of nursing books between them to ask, “Where is he today?”“Kayaking.”“Don’t worry, it’ll be different when you’re married – then you’ll be really together.” She gave her friend a half-hug, but the about-to-be-married-to-a-kayaker woman shook her head.“I hope so. He used to take me rafting. We used to go on long walks near the river.”I wanted to interject, to tell her how I’d been seduced by that dangerous thinking. Five years ago I met an extreme kayaker who chased the seasons instead of a salary. Skinny-dipping and swapping life stories under the full moon, life seemed perfect as weeks passed on the river and in his arms. Smitten by his quiet confidence, I ditched my own plans and followed him to Southern Appalachia to see if the life I’d dreamed of living near the river was actually possible.I invented a story, extrapolating our future life together based on that magical month. I imagined us traveling to South America together, him to instruct kayaking, while I’d work on my boof and hone my writing, inspired by the adventures we’d no doubt have. I dreamt of the sweet cabin in the mountains that we’d return to and decorate with art we purchased during our travels. He’d loop me into his adventurous lifestyle and expand my horizons.The woman confided to her friend how worried she was about her fiancé’s job prospects, how she couldn’t afford to support him and put herself through nursing school, and how she wanted to stop mothering him and instead have fun with him. But I didn’t say anything that afternoon in the cafe, figuring if she was anything like me, someone else’s words wouldn’t make a difference.I had this thing about kayakers. Kayakers tend to be passionate, intense, and exciting and when they’re around, their personalities can be intoxicating. I saw myself in that worried nursing student – like me, she was a responsible professional and prioritizing the “right” things over the fun thing. And I worried for her, that in marrying a kayaker she might make the same mistakes I had made, that she would hope and wish for the attention of a man, waiting for him to take her to do the things she wanted instead of doing them herself, to expect that her partner would somehow turn her into the person she wanted to become instead of doing the work herself.I thought back to a friend who attempted to intervene on my kayaker obsession. During a heart-to-heart after a bottle of wine she stared me in the eye and said, “You don’t need to date a Class V paddler. You’re already Class V.”I disagreed, I didn’t paddle Class V. Or if I did, it was an easy Class V rapid that another paddler coached me down. No, I wasn’t a Class V boater nor did I have the guts or determination to become one.I spent over a year yoking my aspirations to the path of that extreme kayaker. The more I expected of him, the more he retreated to the river. When he finally left, it sunk in that dating a kayaker and being a kayaker was not the same thing.Somewhere along the way I forgot me. I love to travel. I love to run and practice yoga. I love paddling too, big splashy waves, without a lot of consequences. I love to hole up in cafes and write. I love pedicures and sharing deep conversations over bottles of wine. I had this dream of buying a sailboat and island hopping. I started to realize that living in the shadows of the extreme kayaker made me forget about who I wanted to be, about who I already was.I saw with the clarity that time lends what my friend meant when she said I didn’t need to date a Class V boater. She was trying to tell me that I could live the authentic, righteous life I associated with that label, that I was already a pretty cool person, me, all by myself, without a man at all. Somewhere along the way I’d forgotten that.I started to inhabit my own passions and dreams until an extraordinary thing happened. I realized I no longer relied on anyone else for my identity. The more I focused on my life and interests, the more I really enjoyed being me. I had become enough, more than enough, fully engaged in my life.For the first time in a decade, I wasn’t crushing on, dating, or recovering from dating a kayaker. I went paddling after that day in the café and realized how much I still love being on the water. Moving with it and being near it energizes me and I wondered if perhaps I confused my love for rivers with loving kayakers. I thought about the nursing student as I paddled, hoping that she would go out and have fun on her own terms, whether or not her fiancé joined her. I hoped so.I still believe in the fairy tale, for me and for that nursing student. But I’ve rewritten my version of it so that prince charming doesn’t have to wear a skirt, obsess over kayak porn, or disappear when it rains.
By Dialogo April 30, 2009 Police from seven countries arrested 17 people in Curacao suspected of involvement in an international drug ring with links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, Dutch authorities said. The group is suspected of having traded in some 2,000 kilograms of cocaine per year, the Dutch prosecution service said in a statement. “The group shipped containers with cocaine from Curacao to the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Jordan,” it said. “From Venezuela, containers with drugs went to West Africa and then to the Netherlands, Lebanon and Spain. Carriers smuggled the cocaine as airline passengers from Curacao and Aruba into the Netherlands.” The proceeds were allegedly invested in several countries, said the statement. “The organization had international contacts with other criminal networks that financially supported Hezbollah in the Middle East. Large sums of drug money flooded into Lebanon, from where orders were placed for weapons that were to have been delivered from South America.” The suspects were from Curacao, the largest of the Dutch Antilles islands, as well as from Venezuela, Colombia, Lebanon and Cuba, said the statement. The arrests were the result of a joint operation between the police and justice authorities of Curacao, the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA continues to analyze the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 1,300-plus page proposal on short-term, small-dollar loans. The CFPB has agreed to brief CUNA members on the proposal, and CUNA is currently working to schedule the briefing.The CFPB’s proposal adds restrictions on payday, title, and high-cost installment loans that meet certain requirements.“This rule is incredibly complicated with a lot of moving parts. We’d like to see a rule that will not only allow credit unions to remain in the market but also encourages even more credit unions to fill the needs consumers have for small dollar credit, we’ll be carefully looking at the proposal and working with the CFPB to educate them about how the rule could detrimentally impact consumer friendly credit union products if not properly tailored,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan.Donovan added that an early concern is potential compliance issues, and the additional burdens that would mean, particularly for small credit unions with limited compliance resources.CUNA appreciates the CFPB’s recognition that it can use its authority under Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act to “conditionally or unconditionally exempt any class of covered persons, service providers, or consumer financial products or services.” CUNA has been urging the agency to use Section 1022 to tailor its rules to target the bad actors in the financial services marketplace, and not to add to the already burdensome regulations that credit unions face in the wake of the financial crisis. continue reading »
The Philippines halted stock, bond and currency trading until further notice, becoming the first country to shut financial markets in response to the widening coronavirus pandemic.The closures take effect Tuesday, according to statements from the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The moves follow President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision on Monday to widen a month-long lockdown of the capital region to cover the country’s main Luzon island, home to at least 57 million people. The virus has infected at least 140 people in the Philippines and killed a dozen.Philippine equities have tumbled more than 30 percent this year, among the biggest declines in Asia, as stocks around the world plunged on fears of a global recession. A US-listed exchange-traded fund that tracks the Philippine market fell by a record 19.5 percent on Monday after the bourse announced it was shutting. Topics : “This restricts exit the mechanism so it won’t be taken kindly by investors who don’t like their flow of funds constrained,” said Manny Cruz, strategist at Papa Securities. “What the market would do when trading resumes depends on the state of global markets. We will see a sharp selloff if the global weakness continues and a sharp rebound should there be a recovery worldwide.”Shutting markets during times of crisis is extremely rare but not without precedent. America’s stock market closed for almost a week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, while Hong Kong halted trading in the wake of the Black Monday crash in 1987. Greece shut its stock market for about five weeks in 2015.A survey of international investors conducted by the Hong Kong stock exchange in December 1987 found unanimously that the closure had negatively affected the exchange’s international reputation and had eroded confidence in the Hong Kong market, at least in the short term.While some commentators have argued that countries including the US should consider temporary market closures, exchanges and regulators have mostly downplayed or rejected the idea. Bourses in Korea and Indonesia said they have no plans to shut trading, while Australia’s exchange said it and market regulators “have a range of measures, some of which have already been taken, to maintain the market’s orderliness and resilience.” US Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton said in an interview on CNBC Monday that stock markets should continue to operate. Nasdaq Inc. CEO Adena Friedman told Bloomberg TV that “it’s much better” to keep the markets open, citing companies’ capital-raising needs and saying “pent-up issues” can occur with closures. The New York Stock Exchange sent a note after-hours Monday saying all NYSE Group markets including trading floors would “continue to operate normally tomorrow.”Here is what market participants are saying about the exchange halt:Tomo Kinoshita, global market strategist at Invesco Asset Management.“As fewer people are able to participate in the markets, it does expose the market to more volatility. It’s a tough situation, and of course it’s not desirable. But as a short-term measure it may make sense.”Jingyi Pan, a market strategist at IG Asia Pte in Singapore“Given that sentiment is a strong driver for equities at present, one can look at the Chinese market and the extended Lunar New Year holidays as a comparison. The latest shutdown comes in tandem with the lockdown of the capital region and could aid in containment efforts in the short term.If the situation improves, this could work out positively for the market and reduce the volatility in the short term as it did China even if the market returns to some adjustments initially. The drawback would be if the situation continues to worsen, that could see to further panic selling when the market reopens, though current trends does suggest increased social distancing does help with the coronavirus situation.”Justin Tang, head of Asian research at United First Partners in Singapore“Think of it as a circuit breaker on steroids. There is rampant fear at the moment as evidenced by the unprecedented volatility. The enemy is ourselves in that we are really reacting to a loss of control over the situation given that no one really knows how far this can go – just as it was on 9/11.The suspension will hurt those who rely on trading for an income but will provide time for participants to calm down and evaluate the situation rationally. A weekend is hardly sufficient for that.”Jonathan Ravelas, strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.“I think it is smart move because the market is already in hysteria. Sometime taking a step back allows investors to rethink their position and digest the flood of information out there. This is a health crisis we are facing and it seems the market reaction has been too exaggerated.”
Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates. Funded by Pennsylvania’s share of the settlement with Volkswagen Group of America for cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions tests, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)is committing funding for an extensive range of clean energy transportation projects on our roads, at schools, and at marine ports and airports.“The funding awarded from the VW emission cheating scandal is helping Pennsylvania reduce transportation pollution statewide and will help continue our efforts to improve air quality throughout the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf.By replacing older, polluting engines with new technologies, the projects over their lifetimes are expected to prevent emission of 503 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 130 tons of carbon monoxide, 238 tons of carbon dioxide, 59 tons of hydrocarbons, 30 tons of fine particulate matter, and a half-ton of coarse particulate matter.“This comprehensive approach to reducing emissions will help improve Pennsylvanians’ health and advance Governor Wolf’s goal of protecting the state from further climate change impacts,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.These emissions contribute to climate change and ground-level ozone, or smog, which the EPA has shown can have negative health impacts, including asthma attacks and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Driving PA Forward launched in 2018 with the goal of permanently reducing NOx emissions in Pennsylvania by 27,700 tons by supporting clean transportation projects with funding from the commonwealth’s $118.5 million settlement with Volkswagen. Six projects received $580,000 in the first set of awards, announced last year. In this second set of awards, the following recipients will receive grants and rebates:Statewide• SYSCO Leasing LLC: A $432,320 grant to replace 24 diesel Class 8 trucks with new diesel trucks used in food and food-related products distribution.Multi-county• Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: A $2,093,042 grant for a joint project with the City of Philadelphia to replace five diesel trash trucks with five compressed natural gas (CNG) trash trucks and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to replace five older diesel service vehicles with new ones to operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.• Advanced Disposal Services: A $778,035 grant to replace 13 older diesel trash trucks with one new CNG truck and 12 new diesel trucks in State College (Centre County), Shippenville (Clarion County), Pittsfield (Warren County), Somerset (Somerset County), and Norristown (Montgomery County).• First Student: A $363,537 grant to replace 18 older diesel school buses with 18 new diesel school buses in Plymouth Meeting and Colmar (Montgomery County), Middletown (Dauphin County), and Allentown (Lehigh County).Allegheny County• Port Authority of Allegheny County: A $1,104,000 grant to replace two diesel transit buses with two new battery electric buses and install two charging stations. The buses will operate on the 88 Penn route, linking downtown with East End neighborhoods.• City of Pittsburgh: A $245,650 grant to install two direct current (DC) fast chargers and four Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in a parking lot at 6117 Kirkwood Street that’s owned and operated by the City and the Pittsburgh Parking Authority.• Giant Eagle, Inc.: A $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 4010 Monroeville Boulevard, Monroeville, and a $240,000 grant to purchase and install two DC fast chargers at the Giant Eagle at 100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive, Pittsburgh.• Executive Office Associates: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Beaver County• Valley Waste Service, Inc.: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Beaver Falls.Bedford County• Garry L. Pepple (Pepple Busing): A $91,955 rebate to replace two diesel school buses with two new propane school buses for use in Everett Area School District.Bucks County• Chargepoint, Inc.: A $254,191 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers at a Burger King at 4100 New Falls Road, Bristol.Butler County• Seneca Landfill, Inc.: A $694,283 grant to replace two older diesel trash compactor vehicles and one older diesel bulldozer with two new diesel trash compactor vehicles and a new diesel bulldozer at its facility in Evans City.• Vogel Disposal Service: A $217,340 grant to replace four older diesel trash trucks with four new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Mars.Cambria County• McIlwain Charters, Inc.: A $32,500 rebate to replace an older diesel commercial shuttle bus with a new diesel commercial shuttle bus.Centre County• College Township: A $3,739 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building.Cumberland County• Kauffman Bus Service, Inc.: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in Cumberland Valley School District and Northern York County School District.• Autobahn Indoor Speedway Harrisburg LLC: A $4,309 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Dauphin County• City of Harrisburg: A $352,500 grant to purchase two new diesel bulk collection trucks to replace two older similar diesel trucks for services including large item pick-up, clean-up of blight and illegal dumping, removal of downed trees, and transfer of tree and yard waste to a local compost facility.• Camp Hebron, Inc.: A $16,400 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lackawanna and Fulton Counties• Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: A $20,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at Lackawanna State Park and two Level 2 EV chargers at Cowans Gap State Park.Lancaster County• Sam’s Auto: A $9,967 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Lehigh County• Allentown Parking Authority: An $89,754 rebate to purchase and install 10 Level 2 EV chargers at parking garages (two at each of the five locations) in Allentown.Luzerne County• Charles Esposito (Yatesville Bus Company): A $40,000 rebate to replace an older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Pittston Area School District.Luzerne and Lycoming Counties• STA of Pennsylvania: A $185,832 grant to replace 10 older diesel school buses with 10 new diesel school buses for use in Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport.Mercer County• Tri-County Industries, Inc.: A $213,582 grant to replace six older diesel trash trucks with six new CNG trash trucks at its facility in Grove City.Mifflin County• Happy Holiday LLC: A $6,744 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Reedsville.Montgomery County• Whitemarsh Township: A $28,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers at the municipal building, two Level 2 EV chargers at Miles Park, and two Level 2 EV chargers at the Department of Public Works building (six total).• Penn Mutual Life Insurance: An $8,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Perry County• Shutt Buses LLC: An $80,000 rebate to replace two older diesel school buses with two new diesel school buses for use in the Newport School District.Philadelphia County• ChargePoint, Inc.: A $264,475 grant to purchase, install, and maintain two DC fast chargers and two Level 2 EV chargers at a retail center at 4000 Monument Road, Philadelphia.• Murano Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install four Level 2 EV chargers.• 10 Rittenhouse Square Condominium Association: A $16,000 rebate to purchase and install two Level 2 EV chargers.Wayne County• Joseph Ewain (Joe Ewain Busing): A $40,000 rebate to replace one older diesel school bus with a new diesel school bus for use in Forest City Regional School District.The two newest Driving PA Forward programs opened this summer and are available for businesses, non-profits, and government agencies in Pennsylvania. In total, $6 million is available through the new programs for the purchase and installation of ocean-going vessel shore power systems and for repowering or replacing older diesel large forklifts and various cargo handling equipment with electric upgrades. Application deadlines are in October and November.Funding remains available in three programs that opened last year: $2.4 million for Class 8 trucks and transit buses, $1 million for Level 2 EV charging, and $1.5 million for DC fast charging and hydrogen fueling. Application deadlines are in September and October.Funding programs for clean diesel engines and class 4-7 trucks, port drayage trucks, school buses, and shuttle buses are closed but expected to reopen in early 2020. A new grant program for marine and rail freight movers is anticipated to open this fall.Find more information on Driving PA Forward program eligibility and applications. 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Each housing unit costs P290,000. “In my view, these won’t last. They have to be replaced,” saidEngr. Victor Diomo of DPWH Region 6’s Maintenance Division after inspecting thehousing project. NHA started constructing the P290-million mass housing project inBarangay Bacjawan Sur, Concepcion in 2016, three years after the disaster. Thecontractor was Hercar Construction Corp. Given the sufficient budgetary support from the nationalgovernment, she said there should be no substandard and delayed implementationof housing projects in different calamity-hit areas and relocation sites. “I cannot allow my people to live in them. The 542 units areallegedly ready for turnover but we will not accept them,” he stressed. During the May 22, 2018 Senate hearing conducted by the Senatecommittee on urban planning, housing and resettlement on the allegedirregularities on resettlement and relocation programs undertaken by thegovernment for disaster-affected areas, then senator Loren Legarda (nowcongresswoman of Antique) said all those involved in the government housingprograms have to be accountable. “NHA-Iloilo told me they recommended the same to their centraloffice but I wonder what happened. I am writing them again. They have to act onthe problem or I will complain of inaction. They have to comply with the ARTALaw,” said Banias. “All these issues are not new to us, or to the NHA, and they needto be addressed because this is an example of wasting the people’s money. Wastage and inefficiency in government programs undermine the confidenceof the people in the institution,” said Legarda./PN The standard mix is one sack of cement, two sacks sand and threesacks of gravel, Diomo told SP members led by Vice Gov. Christine Garin andEngr. Romeo Andig of the Provincial Engineering Office. “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”)was one of the most powerful typhoons recorded andthe deadliest in the Philippines. It plowed the Visayas on Nov. 8, 2013 – exactlysix years ago today – killing at least 6,300 people. Last month, said Banias, he wrote NHA-Iloilo recommending thetermination of the contract with the housing contractor. The houses were supposed to be sturdy and capable of withstanding“Yolanda-grade” typhoon, Banias told PanayNews. According to Diomo, the standard mixing proportion of cement, sandand gravel may not have been followed. The local government of Concepcion would accept the 542 housingunits only after their quality has been assured, said Banias. Hercar Construction Corp.’s Herminio Carreon who was presentduring the DPWH ocular inspection denied the housing units were substandard.Construction workers followed the standard mixing proportion of cement, sandand gravel, he insisted. Photo by IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO – Of the 1,000 mass housing units that the National HousingAuthority (NHA) constructed in the municipality of Concepcion for survivors ofNovember 2013’s super typhoon “Yolanda”, 542 units still have to be turned overto the local government. “The houses are not safe. Kon tandugon mo ang walls, nagaka-pudpod,”said Mayor Raul Banias. As early as 2017, beneficiaries were already complaining of thefollowing: cracks on floors, scaling of concrete walls, leaky roofing, unevenpaint application, no water supply, and sloppy construction of toilets. ARTA is the Anti-Red Tape Law that guarantees speedy governmentaction to transactions. According to the contractor, he would never do anything that wouldruin his reputation or that of his construction company. “Kon may ara deperensya, liwaton ko. Kon kulang dugangan ko,” saidCarreon. Carreon, however, vowed to fix the defects. In June last year, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan asked theDepartment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to conduct an inspection. “These housing programs are being funded by taxpayers’ money,allocated through General Appropriations Act. So why does this regularlyhappen? Somebody has to be liable for the irresponsible use of inferior,substandard and even inappropriate construction materials,” said Legarda. The senator underscored the need for the judicious use of fundsallocated for housing programs to strengthen the accountability of thegovernment and provide the people with the assistance that they deserve. “I think we have recovered from the disaster already except forthe housing resettlement area,” said Banias.
Gio told authorities he managed to survive after his sibling, Carl, pushed him to the riverbank. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The four were swimming in the river when the strong current brought by a heavy downpour carried them downstream. The third victim, Jharen Pahilagao, meanwhile, remained missing. Authorities said the body of the second victim Carl Gabriel Cabrillo was recovered by local residents Friday morning in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. Arlyn added she last spotted her son alive on Wednesday around 11 a.m., a few hours before she went to work. The first fatality was 18-year-old Janet Rodriguez, whose body was found Thursday in Talisay City’s Barangay Zone 15. Personnel of Bacolod and Talisay Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices believed Pahilagao’s remains may have been trapped in a hole in the river. BACOLOD City – Authorities already retrieved the body of two of the three teenagers who went missing after they were swept away by rampaging waters in the river in Barangay Mandalagan here. Meanwhile, Pahilagao’s mother, Arlyn, stated she had been warning her son about taking a swim in the river, but her son ignored it. Searching for his body also proved difficult as rescuers had to walk at least two kilometers towards the Matab-ang River, as well as the river’s shape which they described as a “zigzag.” Cabrillo and Rodriguez were positively identified by their family and relatives. Joemarie Vargas, head of the Bacolod City DRRMO, said the fourth victim, Gio Paulo Cabrillos, managed to survive the incident. Authorities since suspended their search and retrieval operation./PN Personnel of Bacolod and Talisay Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices bring the body of Carl Gabriel Cabrillo ashore in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on July 17. TALISAY CITY POLICE STATION