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Frank Wood & More Set for Signature Plays Off-Broadway

Frank Wood & More Set for Signature Plays Off-Broadway

first_img The company has been set for Signature Theatre’s Signature Plays, a presentation of Edward Albee’s The Sandbox, María Irene Fornés’ Drowning and Adrienne Kennedy’s Funnyhouse of a Negro. The ensemble cast will include Tony winner Frank Wood, Phyllis Somerville and Tony nominees Alison Fraser and Sahr Ngaujah.Tickets are now available for performances, which will run from May 3 through June 12 at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, where it will open on May 22. Lila Neugebauer will direct the production. All three plays were produced during their respective author’s Playwright-in-Residence season at the company. This marks the first time the three will be performed together.Wood, a Tony winner for Side Man, recently appeared on Broadway in Hughie; he returns to Signature after their revival of Angels in America. Somerville has appeared on screen in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and on Broadway in Once in a Lifetime. Fraser earned Tony nominations for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance; her additional Broadway credits include Gypsy and Tartuffe. Ngaujah received a Tony nod for his leading performance in Fela!, which marked his Broadway debut. He also appeared in Signature’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek.Rounding out the cast are Nicholas Bruder (Angel Reapers), Crystal Dickinson (You Can’t Take It With You), Pia Glenn (You’re Welcome America), Ryan-James Hatanaka (Big Love), Mikeah Ernest Jennings (World of Wires), January LaVoy (Seven Guitars) and April Matthis (Hollow Roots). View Comments View All (4) Star Files Sahr Ngaujah Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Related Showscenter_img April Matthis Signature Plays Phyllis Somerville Frank Wood Frank Wood(Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)last_img read more

Cataloguing wheat DNA

Cataloguing wheat DNA

first_imgBuilt-in resistanceFor the project, the research team will focus on identifyingwheat genes that resist diseases like powdery mildew, leaf rust,stripe rust and fusarium head blight. All of these diseasesaffect wheat in the Southeast. Powdery mildew alone causes annualcrop losses of 10 percent to 30 percent in this region.As a result of the grant project, U.S. wheat breeders will haveaccess to more than 80,000 DNA analyses per year. Breeders canthen use these markers to precisely select genes that improvequality or provide resistance to pathogens and pests.USDA genotyping labs will provide the molecular analysis requiredto deploy the targeted genes into breeding lines. The geneticinformation will then be stored in national databases. Seedstocks will be deposited in the USDA Small Grain Collection.This will provide long-term, public access to the geneticinformation for wheat breeders and researchers worldwide, Johnsonsaid. For the sake of pizza and cookiesThe wheat research team will also work to identify genes known toproduce wheat with superior milling and baking qualities.”The continuous improvement of U.S. varieties is essential toproduce better bread, cookies and pasta products,” Johnson said.”New releases also help U.S.-grown wheat competeinternationally.”UGA wheat breeders have released more than 35 new varietiesgeared to help growers fight pests and produce high-quality,high-yield wheat. Johnson’s breeding program at UGA released twonew varieties last year and will release two more this year.Besides the DNA technology, the project also includes an outreacheffort. Information about the new DNA marker technology will beshared with growers and the public. An educational program willbe geared to attract students to agriculture.”We will train the students in molecular and traditional breedingtechnologies,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, their interest will besparked and they’ll become our nation’s future wheat breeders.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA group of public wheat breeders and scientists from theSoutheast have been awarded $5 million from the U.S. Departmentof Agriculture. The funds are earmarked to make using DNAtechnology a routine part of wheat breeding nationwide.The project involves wheat scientists from Georgia, Kentucky,Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.center_img Mapping traits”This grant gives us the opportunity to map a lot of veryimportant wheat traits that aren’t available at the presenttime,” said Jerry Johnson, head of the small grains breedingprogram in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. “The DNA markers will allow us to developwheat cultivars much more efficiently and quickly.”Using traditional breeding methods, it can be up to 10 years fromthe time a researcher begins crossbreeding plants before a farmercan plant the new variety.”With a lot of traits, we have to wait until we’ve grown outseveral plant generations to truly verify that we have the traitin the new cross,” Johnson said.”Having DNA markers will allow us to verify these traits earlierand will greatly improve breeding efficiency,” he said. “It willalso allow us to combine pest resistance more effectively toimprove new varieties.”last_img read more

High Five: July 2012

High Five: July 2012

first_img1. Nature Makes You Smarter, Washington, D.C.  This is your brain on nature: better short-term memory, better moods and brain chemical balance, and more creativity, according to recent studies. In one study, hikers were 50 percent more creative after spending four days on the trail. “Nature is a place where our mind can rest, relax and let down those threat responses,” said Ruth Ann Atchley, who conducted the study. “Therefore, we have resources left over to be creative, to be imaginative, to problem solve.”2. Parkway Tragedy Puts Brakes on Mowing, ASHEVILLE, N.C In May, a National Park Service employee was tragically killed when his riding mower fell off a steep embankment at the Haw Creek Overlook of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. The accident that resulted in Dana Bruce’s untimely death led the Park Service to temporarily halt lawn mowing at all 397 national parks. While the grass grows, a rigorous safety assessment of maintenance practices will be done at every park from Acadia to Yellowstone.3. Endurance Breeding, Knoxville, Tenn.A Tennessee man is asking the state to help him cover child support. Desmond Hatchett is apparently having trouble covering the cost of his 30 children, whom he’s fathered with 11 different women. Even though Hatchett has a minimum wage job and can’t keep up with payments, the state says they cannot legally stop him from having more children.4. Shaping up in West Virginia, Charleston, W.Va. Props to the Charleston Gazette, one of the grittiest daily newspapers in the region. In the face of West Virginia’s continually dubious health distinctions (including a recent Gallup Healthways poll that says the state ranks first nationally in heart attacks and diabetes), the paper is determined to inspire people with success stories. The Gazette’s new section, “The Shape We’re In,” was created to tell the stories of West Virginians who have turned their health around in an effort to motivate others to do the same. A notable recent piece, includes the story of 16-year-old Benji Willis of Ripley, who dropped 102 pounds in six months by running 6 to 10 miles a day.5. The Goose is Loose, Snellville, Ga. Suburban Atlanta residents are pissed about Geese poop, but Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employees aren’t offering much in the way of a solution. Wayne Briscoe complained to the DNR that his kids can’t play on their grandmother’s lawn in Snellville because it’s covered in excrement. He was told that he’s basically SOL. He was advised to buy a dog or scare the birds off with firecrackers or a water hose. Georgia actually introduced the Canada goose to reservoirs and ponds back in the 1970s, and the population has since exploded to 45,000 statewide, as many of the migratory birds have gotten comfortable and chosen to stick around.Beyond the Blue RidgeKill It With a SkilletTonto National Forest, Arizona On a camping trip in Arizona’s Tonto National Forest, a rabid mountain lion attacked Brandon Arnold’s 90-pound pit bull. So he did what any good dog owner would: beat the lion over the head with a cast-iron skillet until it went limp. Arnold’s friend put a bullet in the lion to make sure it was dead, and wildlife officials later confirmed it was rabid.Hot Air Balloon Half-MarathonCanberra, Australia An Australian man ran 13.1 miles on a treadmill while floating in a hot air balloon. Running to raise money for the Heart Foundation, Rob Ginnivan said the feat took twice as long as his usual half marathon time, because the treadmill tilted in the basket with each step, making the entire distance an uphill battle.No Snow Lawsuit Vernon, New JerseyMountain Creek Resort is trying to collect on a $1.7 million insurance policy protecting itself against too many warm days. After a tough winter, owners of the New Jersey-based resort claim they’re entitled to the cash, but Everest Indemnity Insurance Co. disagrees. The dispute is over how many days during a 16-day window in December crested 33 degrees.last_img read more

Quick Hits: July 2018

Quick Hits: July 2018

first_imgBy Jed Ferris & Rachel HicksL.L. Bean Pays Employees To Relay Thru-Hike The A.T.Maine-based outdoor retailer L.L. Bean is sending 86 lucky employees on a summer adventure—a relay thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail. Moving north along the trail in pairs, the employees are currently hiking the 2,200-mile footpath to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System.Climber Survives 50-Foot Fall In Red River GorgeDuring a May climbing trip in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge, 26-year-old Seamus Hehir fell 50 feet, the equivalent of a five-story building, from a crag after a gear malfunction. “As I was falling, I fell outward across this boulder,” he told WBBM-TV. “I kind of glanced it off my back and grazed the back of my head as I flipped around the boulder.” Hehir sustained a fractured neck and back, but he’s recovering after surgeons put two titanium rods in his spine. Friends and fellow climbers have raised close to $45,000 for his expenses.Must Read – The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with the Outdoors“In me, there is the red of miry clay, the brown of spring floods, the gold of ripening tobacco. All of these hues are me; I am, in the deepest sense, colored,” writes J. Drew Lanham in his powerful memoir The Home Place. Born and raised in South Carolina, and now a professor at Clemson University, Lanham candidly confronts race in the outdoors, especially in the South, through the lens of his own deeply personal, improbable, and inspiring journey.Rollerblading Across America—Without moneyYanise Ho is rollerblading across America, without a penny in her pocket, to restore trust in humanity. She relies on strangers to provide food and shelter. So far, she has traveled from Miami to Virginia in 71 days, and plans to continue up the East Coast to New York. Not one night has Ho gone hungry or without a roof over her head. Ho is also raising money to send young girls to school in Africa. Says Ho, “Trust is hard to come by these days, but if you go looking for it, it’s still out there.”The Easiest Race EverA road race that organizers described as a “very fun, tongue-in-cheek event that will lampoon the typical 5K” took place near San Antonio, Texas, in May. The sold-out event, dubbed “The Running Event for the Rest of Us,” was held between two local breweries, and participants were given free beer at both the start and finish of the 546-yard course. All finishers also received a “pretentious oval Euro-style 0.5k sticker that you can attach to your rear windshield to show everyone what a badass you are.” The race also raised over $30,000 for Blessings in a Backpack, a nonprofit that provides school children with access to food on the weekends.Blankenship Will Run as Third-Party Senate CandidateCoal baron and ex-convict Don Blankenship will run as a third-party candidate for the West Virginia Senate Seat after losing his bid for the Republican Senate nomination. If elected as the Constitution Party’s nominee, Blankenship promises to bring back mining jobs to West Virginia and boost the state’s per capita income—currently it’s 48th in the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mining employed less than 3 percent of West Virginians in April.Sign Hackers Have Harsh Words for North Carolina CyclistsIn an incident of electronic road-sign hacking, harsh words were targeted towards cyclists ahead of the Ironman 70.3 Raleigh. A week before the June 3 race, signs along the triathlon’s cycling route displayed the messages: “Expect delays. A**holes on bikes,” and “Right lane closed due to idiots on bikes.” North Carolina Department of Transportation claimed to be investigating the situation, but also said the signs belonged to the race organizers, not the state or any of its contractors.“As we enter a new era for our organization, it is important that all youth can see themselves in Scouting in every way possible.”—Michael Surbaugh, Chief Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, in an announcement in early May that the Boy Scouts will be renamed Scouts BSA in February 2019. The name change, which comes after 108 years, will be implemented to coincide with the organization’s new more-inclusive membership policy that allows girls to join and become Scouts. The name change has strained relations with the Girl Scouts of America, with whom they are now competing for members.Parkersburg to Pittsburgh238 miles of the proposed Parkersburg to Pittsburgh (P2P) Rail-Trail. Close to 80 percent of the project is completed. The P2P is part of the Industrial Heartland Coalition’s plan to create the largest shared-use trail system in North America—a 1,500-mile network that covers 51 counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.Costumed Runner Completes Marathon in All 50 StatesCharlotte Corriher, a North Carolina native, dressed like a lobster for her 26.2-mile effort in Maine and looked like a volcano for a marathon in Hawaii. In April, Corriher completed her 50th and final marathon in all 50 states by running the Marathon in the Land of Oz in Olathe, Kansas. Corriher changed into six different costumes throughout the race and crossed the finish line as Dorothy.last_img read more

3 ways you can boost your savings

3 ways you can boost your savings

first_imgIf you didn’t have a job when you were in high school or college, you probably found saving money to be a challenging task as you became an adult with a “real” job. When you’re young, it’s fun to spend money and retirement seems like a lifetime away. But as most veteran professionals know, the years can creep up on you fast. The last thing you want to do is find yourself trying to play catch up with your savings. Whether you haven’t been saving like you know you should or you’re just starting out in your first job after school, here are three easy tips from Capital One to boost your savings…Automate: Set up an automatic savings plan to move money from your checking account to your savings on a regular basis. No matter how much or how little you can spare, every little bit helps. Most personal finance professionals recommend starting out by saving 10-20 percent of your net pay and increasing that number as you feel more comfortable.Let direct deposit help: You can’t miss money that you never see. It can take a lot of discipline to move extra money from your checking to your savings, so why not let your direct deposit do the work for you? Let your employer know how much to put into your savings account each month, and once you’ve set it, you can forget it.Change it up: There are a lot of options available these days that will put your change to work for you. Acorns is an app that rounds up your payments to the nearest dollar and puts that change to work for you. Just spent $28.54 at the grocery store? Acorn will then take $0.46 (to basically make your transaction $29) and use that money to invest in a portfolio of your choosing. Not a bad use of your spare change, eh? 547SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal training

Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal training

first_imgThe midfielder was exiled from the first team after a defeat to Brighton (Picture: Sky Sports News)Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has finally been brought back in from the cold by manager Mikel Arteta, with the Frenchman once again allowed to train with the first team.Guendouzi and Arteta had a major falling out at the end of last season following the youngster’s clash with Brighton striker Neal Maupay, having grabbed the forward around the throat.Although he avoided a suspension, Arteta opted to discipline Guendouzi anyway – though the 21-year-old was fuming with his manager’s reaction having felt he was defending his teammates. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 11:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.4kShares Comment Advertisement Guendouzi sent a pointed message after his outings for the France Under-21 team, writing on social media: ‘Two games, six points! Proud of my team. Now, let’s go back to work Arsenal!’Wednesday’s session was the first with the entire first team squad all together, though David Luiz – who has been struggling with a neck injury picked up in the Community Shield – was not present as the team gear up to take on Fulham on Saturday in their first game of the new Premier League season.Arteta will speak to the media on Friday at his pre-match press conference, with Guendouzi’s return to training undoubtedly one of the many topics he will be quizzed on.MORE: Rob Holding set to start Arsenal’s clash vs Fulham after David Luiz injuryMORE: Gabriel Magalhaes sends message to Arsenal teammate David LuizFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal are training ahead of their Premier League opener against Fulham, but David Luiz is not present! pic.twitter.com/SUBRkb1PAL— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 9, 2020 Guendouzi fell out with Arteta after being reprimanded for grabbing Maupay (Picture: Getty)Earlier in the match, Maupay had pushed over goalkeeper Bernd Leno which resulted in a gruesome injury for the German shot-stopper, who did not play again that season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal had eight more matches after their defeat to Brighton but Guendouzi was not involved in any of them, not making a single matchday squad or even attending Wembley for the FA Cup final, with Arteta forcing him to train with the youth team until he had learnt his lesson.But Arteta’s actions did not have the intended effect, with Guendouzi – whose behaviour had got him in trouble previously – instead pushing to leave the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalBut with no suitable offers forthcoming, and Arsenal so far unable to bring in top midfield target Thomas Partey, Guendouzi now looks set to be given a chance to win back Arteta’s favour.Having reported back to London Colney after the international break, Guendouzi was involved in first-team training on Wednesday for the first time since June – nearly three months ago. Mikel Arteta finally allows Matteo Guendouzi to return to Arsenal traininglast_img read more

Deutsche Bank confirms asset management IPO plan

Deutsche Bank confirms asset management IPO plan

first_imgDeutsche Bank intends to proceed with the planned partial flotation of DWS, it confirmed today.The listing would happen “in the earliest available window, subject to market conditions”, the bank said in a statement.It did not specify a size or date for the listing but IPE understands that the transaction is being lined up for mid-March. The bank is planning to float a minority stake via a sale of 25% of its existing shares for about €1.5bn-€2bn.Deutsche Asset Management, as the asset management arm is still officially called pending the final rebranding as DWS, has €700bn of assets under management. It was ranked just inside the top 20 in IPE’s 2017 Top 400 global managers and the eighth largest European institutional manager.   The listed asset manager will take the form of a KGaA legal structure. This is a German form of master limited partnership that will allow Deutsche Bank to exercise control over the entity even if its eventual stake were to fall below 75%.Nicolas Moreau, chief executive officer of DWS, said: “The planned IPO will give us the opportunity to unlock the full potential of DWS for clients and employees, while targeting attractive returns for our shareholders.”Deutsche identified several benefits of listing its asset manager.It would enhance the external profile of DWS through greater visibility and brand recognition. It would also allow the asset manager to set a new compensation framework “that better aligns remuneration to the needs and performance of the asset management business and that will provide DWS with increased capacity to attract and retain talent”.The world’s largest pension fund, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, has become increasingly vocal about asset managers’ compensation schemes, arguing that these need to be aligned with a focus on increasing long-term returns.Deutsche also said the minority initial public offering of DWS would provide the company with greater operational flexibility to control costs and enable it to capture future growth opportunities and select “bolt-on” acquisitions.Medium targets for the asset manager include net inflows of 3-5% per annum of assets under management as at the start of each financial year, and a management fee margin greater than or equal to 30 basis points.DWS plans to distribute 65-75% of its reported net income as dividend, it said.Its supervisory board is to comprise 12 members. Expected are five independent members, four employee representatives and three Deutsche Bank representatives.As previously announced, Karl von Rohr, chief administrative officer of Deutsche Bank, will become chairman of the DWS supervisory board.Deutsche Asset Management’s established RREEF real estate and Xtrackers passive brands will be retained.The rebranding as DWS is expected to be finalised in late March.See the next edition of IPE magazine for ‘Strategically Speaking’ with Roelfien Kuijpers, Deutsche Asset Management’s head of responsible investment and strategic relationshipslast_img read more

Chart of the Week: How Europe’s pension funds performed in H1

Chart of the Week: How Europe’s pension funds performed in H1

first_imgKPASweden€17.8bn7.7Assets as of 31/3/19 How European pension funds performed in the first half of 2019Chart Maker The first half of 2019 proved a fruitful one for many of Europe’s biggest pension funds, despite ongoing market turmoil and political uncertainty.The Netherlands’ giant healthcare scheme PFZW and metal industry fund PMT led the way with gains of 12.7% each – although the strong returns have done little to improve the schemes’ funding levels and they both remain at risk of having to cut member benefits .Investors in Icelandic pension fund Frjalsi’s main risk profile had an even better first six months of 2019, however, with a return of 13.6%.Dutch construction fund BpfBouw and civil service scheme ABP also posted double-digit returns. Customers of Denmark’s Danica Pension experienced strong growth too, with those invested in the Danica Balance Mix fund with a medium risk profile and 20 years to retirement having gained 12.1%. PMTNetherlands€80.5bn12.7 FrjalsiIceland€1.7bn13.6Return is from main risk profile. Assets as of 31/12/18 PFZWNetherlands€225bn12.7 “The central bank is like a shark in the water, ready to attack any negative news, and it is difficult – and maybe stupid – to fight against it”Tine Choi Danielsen, PFA Pension“Returns offered by different asset classes and the compensation gained from additional risks are at an historically low level,” the fund said. “A low interest rate environment pushes investments towards riskier and less liquid investment objects, favouring [for example] the equity and real estate markets. The development of the equity markets is strongly conditional on the central banks’ expansionary monetary policies and on companies’ earnings growth remaining high.”Denmark’s PFA – which posted a 10% gain for investors in its “recommended” ‘C’ investment option – also highlighted the importance of central bank policy. On the eve of the US Federal Reserve’s decision this week to cut its key policy rate by 25bps to 2-2.25%, PFA chief strategist Tine Choi Danielsen said a safety net had been placed under the stock market.“The Fed has kicked the door wide open for interest rate cuts and has also left us investors with every reason to believe that if there is gravel in the machinery, whether it is from the US economy or something global, then they are ready to stimulate,” she said.“The central bank is like a shark in the water, ready to attack any negative news, and it is difficult – and maybe stupid – to fight against it.” Danica PensionDenmark€60.4bn12.1Return refers to Danica Balance Mix, medium risk, 20 years to retirement BpfBouwNetherlands€63.5bn12.5 ABPNetherlands€442bn10.9 Johan Sidenmark, chief executive of Sweden’s AMF, said his fund’s 8.1% return for the first half was aided by strong equity markets in particular.The S&P 500 gained 18.6% in euro terms in the first six months of 2019, while the MSCI Emerging Markets index rose by 11% and the MSCI Europe index gained 16.2%.Fixed income benchmarks also rose during the period, with the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate index gaining 6%. IlmarinenFinland€47.8bn6 AMFSweden€13.1bn8.1 Alecta DBSweden€83.9bn8.5Assets include both DB and DC sections  Johan Sidenmark, AMFHowever, Sidenmark warned that “it should be borne in mind that the upturn is partly due to signs of a weaker global economy leading to expectations of a less tight monetary policy”.“Dark clouds in the form of an escalating trade war, Brexit and other turmoil continue to rise on the horizon,” he added. “That is why it feels good and important that during the spring we have taken important steps to be able to achieve a competitive return even in a tougher economic situation.”Finland’s Ilmarinen also highlighted “the state of Italy’s public finances and the development of the political situation between the US and Iran” as creating uncertainty for investors and the global economic growth outlook.In its interim report – which revealed a 6% investment return for the first half – the €47.8bn pension insurance company said monetary policy also remained a key influence on performance. FundCountryAssetsH1 return (%)Notes AP1Sweden€32.8bn9.7 IndustriensDenmark€24.1bn7.6 Alecta DCSweden€83.9bn11.8Assets include both DB and DC sectionslast_img read more

32 sachets of ‘marijuana leaves’ recovered

32 sachets of ‘marijuana leaves’ recovered

first_imgBacolod City – Thirty-two sachets of suspected marijuana leaves wereseized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 1. The 21-year-old resident Gideon UlysisNava yielded the suspected illegal drugs, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNcenter_img Aside from suspected marijuana leaves,a P1,300 marked money was also recovered from him on Nov. 13, the reportadded.   last_img

‘BAYANIHAN’ SPIRIT KEEPS COVID AT BAY: Treñas applauds Ilonggos’ unity in SOCA

‘BAYANIHAN’ SPIRIT KEEPS COVID AT BAY: Treñas applauds Ilonggos’ unity in SOCA

first_img* USWAG Community Kitchens, ILOILO City – For Mayor Jerry Treñas, it was the Ilonggos’ unwavering brand of bayanihan spirit that kept the city intact and resilient despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   “We restarted the economy when we shifted to ECQ because we cannot forever provide for everyone, and if we do not do anything for the economy to recuperate, many of us will suffer,” said Treñas. * Ilonggo Artists Against COVID-19 Aside from presenting the feats of his administration, Treñas also highlighted the city government’s initiatives in the time of COVID-19 pandemic.   * USWAG Scholarship Program granted an initial of 20 scholarships for Iloilo City daycare teachers for Diploma in Early Childhood Education at West Visayas State University * The City Risk Reduction and Management Council was also cited as the Best in Western Visayas during the 21st Gawad Kalasag Awarding Ceremony * USWAG Dorm, He mentioned the incident in one of the hospitals in the city where some doctors got infected with the viral illness.   He outlined some of the administration’s accomplishments in the last 12 months. These were the following:  * USWAG Sewers * Iloilo City was named one of the three Philippine winners to receive the ASEAN Clean Tourist Award for 2020-2022 Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas. ARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO With the reopening of businesses, the city’s chief executive reiterated his appeal for Ilonggos to observe preventive measures against COVID-19. * Construction of Dialysis Center in Barangay East Baluarte, Molo district * Iloilo City was acknowledged the 8th safest city in Southeast Asia by a recognized online survey site that provides information about the living conditions of cities and countries * Ilonggo Pandesal * USWAG Rolling Store Iloilo City has been under varying levels of community quarantine since March – enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine. “That is something we do not want to happen again,” the mayor stressed. * Iloilo United Volunteers This may not be the best time to celebrate accomplishments, according to Treñas but he said: “Let us not allow this pandemic to devalue the hard work and determination we all have poured into bringing Iloilo City to the next level.” * Fast-tracking of P300-M worth of projects under Special Education Fund Treñas ended his speech with this assurance to the public: “As we continue with our fight against the invisible enemy, please remember that I am here for all of you.” * The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry recognized Iloilo City as the Most Business-Friendly Highly Urbanized City outside Metro Manila, besting 15 other finalists. “Let’s cooperate with our authorities in following protocols and guidelines. Let us not jeopardize all the efforts of our local government unit with our negligence or egoistic reasons,” Treñas pointed out. These were the following: * USWAG Bike Sharing * Mass Testing Treñas cited, too, the cooperation extended by Ilonggo businessmen to the city government. Aside from helping produce Ilonggo pandesal, he said, they also donated COVID-19 test kits. * USWAG Kitchen Patrol * Purchase of instruction materials for daycare centers worth more than P3.5M funded from Local School Board Supplemental Budget No. 2   “Help from all sectors was overwhelming. It was the help coming from everyone that kept us all intact and resilient,” Treñas said in a virtual State of City Address (SOCA) early evening yesterday, his second since his election last year. Treñas’ SOCA, which lasted less than an hour, was broadcasted in his official Facebook page. “As long as I am here, as your father, as long as you have your trust in me, as long as you continue to do your own little share, Iloilo City will be safe,” he added./PNlast_img read more