Jamestown Orders Construction Projects To Halt Amid COVID Outbreak

first_imgStock Image.JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Department of Development says all non-essential construction projects must cease in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.Officials say construction may only continue if it is deemed vital to the health and safety of building occupants.“This policy applies to all construction projects regardless of funding source and regardless of construction type,” said officials in a press release. “This policy does not include private home owner/property owner who is the sole person performing the work to their own private property, however, projects that require a permit to be obtained by the Building Code Enforcement Officer will not be permitted unless determined to be a non-essential emergency and necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants or public.”Those with questions are asked to contact the City of Jamestown Code Enforcement Offices at 716-483-7541. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2006: the big issues

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Bali’s open-air burials endure despite COVID-19 crisis

first_imgUnlike many in the rest of Hindu-majority Bali, the Trunyanese — who fuse animist beliefs and traditional village customs with their own interpretation of Hinduism — do not bury or cremate their dead. Instead they let nature take its course as the corpses decay in the open, believing it to be a way to keep a link with the deceased.”This makes us feel connected to our loved ones,” Arjuna said.”Like when my grandmother died, I felt like she was close”, he added. Millennia-old custom If the cages become full then older corpses are moved to an open ossuary, to make way for new ones.Then when there is no flesh left, the skulls of the long dead are placed upon a stone altar, until they too crumble back into nature.Nearby, there is a second cemetery for the unmarried and children, while a third location is for those who died unnatural deaths like murder or passed away from acute illness. The Bali Aga — or mountain people — who live in these isolated villages, claim to be descendants of the original Balinese and the main temple in Trunyan village dates back to the 10th century according to historical records. The origin of the custom of open-air burials is subject to debate. One legend has it that the area’s early inhabitants fought over the prized Banyan tree, so to keep the peace, leaders decided to place the dead there, believing the smell from the corpses would make the spot less attractive.Another story suggests that the ritual was adopted to avoid angering the rumbling volcano nearby by cremating people. “There are several versions of the legend so I can’t decide which one is correct,” Arjuna said.But these open-air burials are now so rooted in the culture that few expect much to change in Trunyan, even as the pandemic ravages the world. “It’s relatively easier to prevent infections in isolated and faraway places,” said Bali’s virus taskforce chief Dewa Made Indra.”There aren’t any reported cases in Trunyan. But if that happens then we’ll handle it with special procedures and I think the villagers will understand.” But in Bali local officials claim the novel coronavirus, which has infected at least eight million and killed more than 430,000 globally, has yet to reach the remote north east where the Trunyan live. “The funeral process remains the same but now we have to wear masks,” explained village head Wayan Arjuna. Tourists are temporarily banned from visiting for fear of them bringing in the disease, he adds. “We’re afraid of getting COVID-19,” said Arjuna, but added there was no suggestion of stopping the open-air burial process. Topics :center_img For centuries Bali’s Trunyanese people have left their dead to decompose in the open, the bodies placed in bamboo cages until only the skeletons remain. It is a ritual they haven’t given up — even as the COVID-19 pandemic upends burial practices worldwide with religious leaders in protective gear, cemetery workers in hazmat suits, and mourners banned or unable to comfort each other because of social-distancing rules.Across Indonesia funeral workers are now required to wear protective equipment and bodies are laid to rest quickly, all in a bid to prevent the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.  Skull IslandIt is a short boat ride to their open-air cemetery from tiny Trunyan village, overlooked by volcano Mount Batur and a sprawling Hindu temple carved out of volcanic rock.There are 11 cages for the corpses — placed close to a fragrant banyan tree that hides the putrid smell of death, locals say.In one cage, a recently deceased woman could almost have been mistaken for someone sleeping, but her waxy greying complexion revealed the truth. Nearby, a flesh-less foot poked out of clothing left on the bodies, while a skeletal jaw lay agape in another cage.”I used to be a little scared working here, but it’s been so long now that I’m used to it,” said veteran guide Wayan Sukarmin, who was spent 20 years showing people the custom on what outsiders have dubbed “Skull Island”.When AFP visited in February before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and travel restrictions were put in place, signs warned visitors to wear appropriate clothing and refrain from using bad language. Rubber sandals, cigarette packages, toothpaste tubes and pots and pans were scattered around the site, along with baskets filled with coins and crumpled money — all left by mourners for dead relatives to use in the afterlife. “Locals won’t take anything because it belongs to the dead. That’s our belief,” Sukarmin said.”I don’t know what the consequences would be if you took something but I believe in karma,” he added.last_img read more

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Greenpeace: Sanchi Oil Spill Magnitude Impossible to Estimate

first_imgThe oil from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi may now cover an area of 332 square kilometers, according to China’s State Oceanic Administration, which is much larger than previously reported.“This is an evolving situation and accurate information about the amounts of oil spilled already and likely to be spilled in the future is not available. It remains almost impossible to estimate the magnitude of the spill and what the potential environmental impacts might subsequently be,” Paul Johnston, Head of Greenpeace International’s Science Unit, said.“The authorities must ensure there is continued oversight of the spill and that a thorough and systematic surveillance monitoring programme is put in place to assess its ecological significance.”Chinese authorities continue to monitor the site on daily basis and collect water samples.In order to contain the spreading oil spill from the sunken Iranian tanker, the Chinese authorities are reviewing a possibility of salvaging the wreck.Salvaging of the wreck has been identified as the most effective way of dealing with the oil spill and would enable the authorities to search the vessel for bodies of the missing seafarers.Sanchi was carrying 32 crew members, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshi nationals, when it collided with Hong Kong-flagged CF Crystal and burst into flames on January 6.Three bodies have been recovered from the vessel and are yet to be identified, while the hope of finding any survivors has been ruled out.The Chinese Ministry of Transport said in its latest update that in line with the IMO rules, Iran, Panama, China and Hong Kong signed an agreement on January 25 on the joint investigation of the collision between Sanchi and CF Crystal.As informed, a joint investigation team will be set up to determine the facts that caused the incident.As part of an ongoing investigation, the crew of the Hong Kong-flagged bulker has been questioned and the vessel was inspected as well, Iranian Port and Maritime Organization (PMO) said.Work on decrypting the black boxes of both vessels is underway as well and may last up to three months.The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of highly-toxic natural gas condensate from Iran when it collided with CF Crystal on January 6.last_img read more

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New deals, cost cuts spur GMS to lift 2019 guidance

first_imgGulf Marine Services (GMS), a provider of self-propelled self-elevating support vessels, has seen its financial situation improve due to recently won contract awards.Illustration GMS’ K-Class vessel; Source: GMSGMS said on Thursday that the recently won contract awards, as well as continued progress on optimizing and reducing the cost base, improved its EBITDA Guidance for 2019.The new EBITDA Guidance for 2019 is in the range of $48-50 million, with the previous being declared as $45-48 million.The company added that the focus on optimizing general and administrative expenses (G&A) spending would continue, with a reduced operational footprint, a simplification of the organization, and streamlining of the structure at senior levels.The end of year run-rate for G&A will be approximately 12 percent of 2019 revenue, representing a reduction in annualized G&A costs of around one-quarter since 2018.According to GMS, organizational simplification, along with optimization of third-party spending, has resulted in the recent target of $8.5 million of annualized savings being improved with the new target now set at $10 million. The savings target is now $4 million higher than the original target of $6 million set earlier in the year.As for the two recent contracts won by GMS, the company won a four-year contract for a K-Class (Small) vessel from a Middle East national oil company earlier this month.The work will be undertaken in United Arab Emirates waters, where the vessel will be mobilized for operations in January 2020. Also, GMS in October secured a 6.5-month contract with extension options for another K-Class vessel.The client is an international EPC contractor, and work will be undertaken in the UAE waters, where the vessel has already been mobilized for the project.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Jamaican Jerk BBQ Chicken

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Cut down on the fat but not the flavor by slow cooking chicken drumsticks in Caribbean jerk seasoning, barbecue sauce and rum for a dish that offers plenty of spice without too much heat.Ingridients:8 chicken drumsticks (about 2 lb), skin removed2 teaspoon(s) Caribbean jerk seasoning3/4 cup(s) barbecue sauce1 tablespoon(s) dark rum (optional)1/4 cup(s) sliced scallions Directions:1.Rub drumsticks with seasoning. Place in 3 1/2-qt or larger slow-cooker. Pour barbecue sauce and rum over chicken. Turn chicken to coat.2.Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours until chicken is tender. Sprinkle with scallions.Tips & TechniquesServe chicken with coleslaw and cornbread on the side.From Woman’s DayMSN Food Share Food & DiningLifestyle Jamaican Jerk BBQ Chicken by: – April 27, 2012center_img Share 72 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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MassKara firearms ban set

first_img“The safety of the people will be thehighest consideration,” the mayor said. “This security measures will beimplemented in the entire city, not just in the festival sites,” Picostressed.  Mayor Evelio Leonardia himself haspushed for the enforcement of a total gun ban to ensure the safety and securityof revelers during the festival. Earlier though, Councilor Al VictorEspino, chairman of the City Council committee on police matters, authored aresolution opposing the gun ban, saying it was unnecessary during the MassKaraFestival it Espino cited that the gun ban does not diminish the actual threator imminent danger on the life of a person permitted by law to carry firearms,and is not sufficient reason or cause for the deprivation of the privilege. Based on the order of the PhilippineNational Police (PNP) main headquarters, all “permits to carry” are suspendedin Bacolod from 8 a.m. on Oct. 8 to 8 a.m. on Oct. 27. During the period, only members of thePNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other law enforcement agenciesperforming official duties and in agency-prescribed uniforms will be allowed tocarry guns. This year, the main festival sitesstill include the Bacolod Public Plaza, Bacolod Government Center, and theTourism Strip on Lacson Street.center_img The festival highlights will start onOct. 24 and 25, showcasing the Electric MassKara parades. Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico,spokesperson of Bacolod City Police Office, said they have started enforcingthe gun ban day after the opening of the 40th MassKara Festival on Monday. According to Pico, they requested theenforcement of the gun ban to support the police’s aim of zero major crimeincidents during the festivities. BACOLOD City – A suspension of permits to carry firearms outside of residence has been set here. The final two days will feature themuch-anticipated MassKara Street and Arena Dance competitions. (With PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Tears of joy as Pavia couple negative in repeat virus test

first_imgThe husband,Peter Montalban, told Panay News hewas thankful to Pavia’s local government unit led by Gorriceta for taking careof their basic needs while under home quarantine. He said it made theirsituation less unbearable. He also said heand his wife were willing to donate blood plasma. Some patientsmay have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “As of thismoment wala na kita sang COVID-positivecase sa Pavia,” Gorriceta saidyesterday. Instead ofsubjecting them and their families to discrimination, he said, COVID patientsmust be extended help. On March 21, aTaytay sa Kauswagan colleague died – a 72-year-old make from Mandurriao, IloiloCity who became Region 6’s COVID-19 Patient No. 11. This man was actually aperson under investigation at the time of his death; his positive test resultcame out much later.  He was the firstrecorded COVID-19 mortality in the region The husband andwife were not hospitalized because both were asymptomatic. A favorable resultof the final test would result to their being officially taken off isolation. Gorriceta himselfbroke the good news to the couple – a 50-year-old male and his 52-year-old wife– right after having been informed by the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6about the test result on Sunday – around a week after specimens were taken fromthem.  The husband wasthe region’s Patient No. 37 while his wife, Patient No. 38. ILOILO – Thecouple who became Pavia town’s first confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) broke down in tears after hearing the news about their repeattest. As of April 19,Pavia had 51 suspected or probable cases being actively monitored./PN Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. The couple wassubjected to a “third and final test” yesterday. Results would be known in 72hours, according to Gorriceta. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 haveantibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. Thisconvalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with seriousor immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by ahealthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe orlife-threatening disease. The couple’s twochildren also tested negative for the SARS-Cov-2 virus. The COVID-19outbreak is everybody’s concern, stressed Montalban. Montalban said hehad no idea where he got SARS-CoV-2. But he recalled going to Metro Manila onMarch 6 and returned to Iloilo a few days after. Gorriceta sandanother good news was the negative test results of eight persons who had closecontact with the husband at his place of work, the microfinance firm Taytay saKauswagan, Inc. in Barangay Mali-ao, Pavia. People cancatch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Montalban agreedthat his identity be disclosed in this article. He then appealed to people notto discriminate persons suffering from COVID-19. The test showedthem already negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, MayorLaurence Anthony “Luigi” Gorriceta told PanayNews. The mostcommon symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. “COVID patients did not want to getinfected. We’re victims of circumstance,” said Montalban.last_img read more

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Police search for Mustang as part of death investigation

first_imgWinchester, In. — Earlier today the Winchester Police Department requested the Indiana State Police to conduct a death investigation in their city, after Winchester Officers went to a residence for a welfare check and discovered a deceased person.The cause of death and identity of the deceased cannot be determined until an autopsy is conducted. State Police Investigators are requesting the public’s help in locating a car that is missing from the residence.The car is a red 2006 Ford Mustang GT with black stripes up the hood and chrome wheels.  There is a black “scoop” sticking up in the middle of the hood and chrome “pins” near the front of the hood. The car has Indiana plate # RSP657If anyone should see this car, investigators request you call the Pendleton District at 765-778-2121, or call 9-1-1 and give officers the location of the vehicle. Investigators are requesting you do not approach the vehicle. This is all the information available for release at this time, pending autopsy.last_img read more

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Moore scores IMCA Modified honors at WaKeeney’s Spring Fling

first_imgBy Mike HughesWAKEENEY, Kan. (March 29) – Nate Moore was the $1,000 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified win­ner when WaKeeney Speedway opened the new season with its fifth annual Spring Fling. Defending race winner Cody Gearhart started on the pole for the 25-lap feature and took the early lead with Ryan Heger in tow. After a caution on lap 18 when Mike Martin lost his motor, Moore made a pass on Gearhart to take the top spot. Gearhart left the race later with tire issues. Moore held on to win with Heger, Randy Wilson, Kyle Rohleder and Dylan Sherfick completing the top five. The victory put Moore on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Drivers from six states competed for extra prize money at the Sunday special. The 25-lap IMCA Stock Car feature saw its fair share of cautions but had the most exciting finish of the day. Chad Sterling took the lead at the drop of the green but was passed by Jason Rogers on lap 10. Rogers’ lead was short lived as five-time national champion Mike Nichols passed him on the out­side down the backstretch as the field reached the halfway mark. Nichols continued to lead with Rogers glued to the back bumper. Rogers regained the lead on the white flag lap but Nichols got back past Rogers at the checkers for a trip to the winner’s circle. Nick Tubbs finished third, followed by Sterling and Casey Woken. Blaine Walt took advantage of his outside pole starting spot to take a lead he would not relinquish in the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. Austin Carter chased Walt most of the race but had to settle for the runner-up spot with Clay Money, Ryan Moser and Daniel Gottschalk rounding out the top five. Tyrel Smith started pole in the 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and quickly shot out to the lead. Colton Pfeifer assumed command on lap four and led the field at the halfway mark.Smith was handed the top spot back on lap nine when Pfeifer went pitside with a flat tire. Brock Beeter chased Smith the rest of the distance but could not make a pass. Garrett Hager was third, Colin Heim fourth and Ron Wehling fifth.Art Herzog led all 10 laps in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. A couple early cautions bunched the field but Herzog pulled away for the win. Kiowa Higdon was second, followed by Andrew McClel­lan and Trenton Cantrell. The event sponsor was Xtreme Motor Sports. Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Nate Moore; 2. Ryan Heger; 3. Randy Wilson; 4. Kyle Rohleder; 5. Dylan Sher­fick; 6. Anthony Roth; 7. Tim Watts; 8. Clay Sellard; 9. Nick Link; 10. Jesse Richter; 11. Matt Henke; 12. Jacob Adler; 13. Marty Clark; 14. Brian Calhoon; 15. Mike Petersilie; 16. John Fab­rizius; 17. Danny Keller; 18. Chris Heim; 19. Cody Gearhart; 20. Mike Martin; 21. Brad Keller; 22. Don Geist; 23. Todd Schwarz; 24. Chadd Brown; 25. Jason Schoenberger; 26. Paul Jones; 27. Grant Florence.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Jason Rogers; 3. Nick Tubbs; 4. Chad Sterling; 5. Casey Woken; 6. B.J. Wagoner; 7. Wheat Lippelman; 8. Aaron Gray; 9. Justin Lewis; 10. Dusty Witthuhn; 11. Jeff Tubbs; 12. Josh Crombie; 13. Cody Zimmerman; 14. Tyler Hahn; 15. Eric Kin­derknecht; 16. Shannon Maughlin; 17. Bruce Plumisto; 18. Austin Janousek. Northern SportMods – 1. Blaine Walt; 2. Austin Carter; 3. Clay Money; 4. Ryan Moser; 5. Daniel Gottschalk; 6. Kaid Calhoon; 7. Jeremy Sigler; 8. Dakota Sproul; 9. Brian Cross; 10. Tyler Watts; 11. Trenton Kleweno; 12. Bentley Pywell; 13. Trevor Geist; 14. Eric Pfeifer; 15. Toby Witthuhn; 16. Kenny Schmidt; 17. Tristen Barton; 18. C.J. Pfannenstiel; 19. Kolton Vogel.Hobby Stocks – 1. Tyrel Smith; 2. Brock Beeter; 3. Garrett Hager; 4. Colin Heim; 5. Ron Wehling; 6. Shay Simoneau; 7. Kyle Pfeifer; 8. Eric Cross; 9. Al Emmons; 10. Robert Emmons; 11. Irvin Earl; 12. Tom Reed; 13. Andrew Burg; 14. Colton Pfeifer; 15. Duane Wahrman; 16. Cody Wil­liams; 17. Brady Bencken; 18. Cody Graham; 19. Jace Smith; 20. Leon Pfannenstiel; 21. Ja­mie Songer.Sport Compacts – 1. Art Herzog; 2. Kiowa Higdon; 3. Andrew McClellan; 4. Trenton Cantrell; 5. Nathan Barton; 6. Kirk Pfannenstiel; 7. Ed Jasper; 8. Randy Murphy; 9. Brandon Lobdell.last_img read more

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