Hiking with the Public Service

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Hikers leaving Bellevue ChopinOur reasons for participating may have varied – to view the scenery, for exercise, to be with friends, soul searching, to take up a challenge, to support the cause, for solitude, to experience nature, just for the walking…However on that overcast Saturday, June 16th, 2012 under the 2012 Public Service Day theme “Our Public Service: Transforming, Modernizing, Positively Changing!” 130 of us – Public Officers, NBD Associates, our family members and friends were united to face the challenges of Segment 2 of the Waitukubuli National Trail Soufriere Estate to Bellevue Chopin in reverse or “Back to Front” as coined by the Calypsonian, Vigilante. We began at Bellevue Chopin about twenty minutes to seven, with 260 feet eager to cover 13000 steps (11.7 km) towards Soufriere Estate and more specifically to reach and enjoy the warm sulphur springs. Clad with our hiking gear, water, bag packs, caps, cameras and yes, some cell phones, we traversed the hills and valleys of Morne Plat Pays, onto the village road ending at the Morpo junction. Then we meandered uphill through an old 200 year old slave route into the windy upper parts of the mountain community of Tete Morne and then descended into the slopes of the sulphuric valley of Soufriere. In the depth of the forest we were embraced by the mist that clothed us with oxygen and cooled our bodies. The trail provided a glimpse of Dominica’s thick rain forest and opportunities to view a variety of flora, fauna and farm lands producing vegetables, trees and root crops. Participants at the end of the hikeWe saw ferns, wild anthurium, birds, several cows, large pigs, fields of bay leaf trees, cacao trees, nutmeg trees, lots of pawpaw trees, calabash trees, banana and plantain fields. That walk was exciting and stimulating. It provided stunning views of our mountain ranges, views of parts of the southern coast against a hazy Atlantic Ocean and a panorama of the community of Soufriere and the Caribbean Sea at a height where the houses looked like toys – exquisite! Beautiful! Striking! The topics of discussions moved from stories of women fright of cows, to soukouyan, roads, agriculture, and also on how gutsy our ancestors were to traverse that hard long trail. Why they needed it? How they used it? All this on a walk, Yes! Participants varied in their abilities. There were the walkers, the runners, the joggers, the strollers and the slackers. There were slides and falls, water breaks and rest stops. There were groans and moans of pain, leg cramps and back aches, threats to stop and turn back. The trail was unkind to some foot wear and a few people abandoned the trail. The majority moved on with chants of encouragement that echoed through the trails, Let’s go.. keep moving.. we’ll make it, with each group helping its members to remember the final goal ‘that warm bath and the fish broth and fig and cod fish … key motivators’. The runners who got there first, clocked in at 9:45 a.m., followed by the walkers and then the joggers who clocked in at 10:25 and about 10:40 and then there were the others— the real hikers, the nature lovers, the picture takers, the cacao eaters, the plantain carriers who started filing in from 11:20 to 12:30 p.m. and then the last man reported “trail clear all accounted for”… six hours well spent! It culminated with a gathering of exhausted souls at Soufriere during which time some enjoyed a sulphur bath at the hot spring and lunch was eaten. I echo the sentiment of all “it was good we” the walk was good, the views were stunning and the camaraderie was great with a high level of participation and support for Public Service efforts towards creating opportunities to heighten awareness of the public sector’s role in the country’s national development and to forge greater linkage and relationships with stakeholders.See you on the next trail- next month maybe? Press Release LocalNews Hiking with the Public Service by: – June 19, 2012center_img Share 22 Views   one comment Sharelast_img read more

2 injured in motorcycle collision

first_imgILOILO City – The motorcycles they weredriving crashed against each other in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan, Iloilo. The 18-year-old Ian Dave Palabrica of BarangayQuinar-upan, Binagawan and 24-year-old Lope Canaway of Barangay San Pedro,Tapaz, Capiz both sustained bruises after the crash. Police investigators said the crashhappened around 8:30 p.m. Dec. 28. They received treatment at the BinagwanRural Health Clinic. Canaway allegedly overtook a precedingvehicle and crashed against the incoming motorcycle driven by Palabrica./PNlast_img read more

After season-ending injury, IUP QB Lenny Williams Jr. hopes to return to stardom

first_img Published on September 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu On third-and-nine from the Mercyhurst 29-yard line, Lenny Williams Jr. lined up in shotgun. The Indiana University-Pennsylvania quarterback took the snap and moved backward as Mercyhurst linebacker Chris Peluso barreled toward him. As Peluso pulled Williams Jr. to the ground, Williams Jr.’s right foot stuck in the grass. He slid to the ground, his legs spread into a split, his right leg twisted and the ball fell out of his hands. He grabbed his knee.“It was painful,” Williams Jr. said. “I knew something happened, but I didn’t know what. I didn’t know it was that serious, I just knew I bent it too far. Then I couldn’t get up off the ground and I knew it was something serious.”Williams Jr. tore his ACL, ending a record-breaking season three games early.The Nov. 5 game last year marked the first time the two-time Harlow Hill award nominee suffered a severe injury. Since transferring in 2014 from Division-I Temple, where the coaching staff wanted to change his position, Williams Jr. had started all but his first game at IUP. He has recorded the highest-average yards from scrimmage per game by any Crimson Hawk, with 247.8  through his first two seasons, although the injury sidelined him the remainder of the 2016 season.The last two seasons, Williams Jr. was nominated for the Harlow Hill Award, the Heisman equivalent for Division II. After months of recovery, he has returned healthy at IUP (1-0) for his redshirt junior season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s a great athlete,” IUP head coach Paul Tortorella said. “He can hurt you running (the ball), he can hurt you from the pocket, he can hurt you throwing it outside the pocket.”Williams Jr. shines with his dual-threat ability. In two years, he ran for 1,825 yards and his 24 rushing touchdowns rank 10th among any IUP player. He began the 2017 season eighth in IUP history in total yards (5,204), with still two more years of eligibility. That earned Williams Jr. both the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference and the Super Region One Freshman of the Year awards in 2015.It took four games for the dual-threat QB to break IUP’s quarterback single-game rushing record. Against Seton Hill Oct. 10, 2015, Williams Jr.’s 205 rushing yards earned him one of his first IUP records. The 205 was achieved in part because of a 60-yard touchdown. He scrambled then made eight of Seton Hill’s defenders miss.“The play took like 30 seconds,” Tortorella said. “It was like one of those things where you look at someone next to you and say, ‘Did that just really happen?’”Losing that weapon hurt the IUP offense. But finally, on July 20, Williams Jr. received a call from his doctor telling him he was cleared to play.“Knowing I’d be able to get back out there for camp, it was a good feeling,” Williams Jr. said. “Knowing I worked hard in rehab to get back in time and it happened, I was happy in myself for that.”Between July 20 and Aug. 31, Williams Jr. worked toward starting against Ashland in this season’s opener. In that game last week, with 1:45 left and the score tied at 23, he was given the opportunity to show he was back and healthy.Dump passes and short-burst runs moved the chains. Later, Williams Jr. sent about a 30-yard spiral to Swahneek Brown, but the ball slid threw his hands. Then he led IUP’s march down field with an eight-yard pass, 17-yard rush and four-yard pass that put IUP 29 yards from the end zone with 4 seconds on the clock.Kicker Dillon Sarka sent a 46-yard field goal through the uprights for the win, capping off the 10-play, 1-minute, 45-second drive initiated by Williams Jr. at QB.“To win this one,” Williams Jr. said, “that was a pretty good memory.”This season, Tortorella said he doesn’t expect Williams Jr. to put up the rushing numbers he had in the past. A number of talented receivers and running backs will provide him more chances to work out of the pocket and thrive as the dominant passer pre-injury.“I don’t set out every year to be nominated for a Harlow Hill,” Williams Jr. said. “I just want to win.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

State Senate passes criminal justice overhaul bill

first_imgSen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, at a Senate Majority press availability, March 21, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate voted 16-2 on Saturday to pass a bill overhauling Alaska’s criminal justice system.Download AudioThe bill would divert nonviolent offenders from prison toward alternative programs. It shifts the focus of bail from people’s ability to pay to the risk they present. It also creates a re-entry program in the Department of Corrections, to assist those leaving prison to help reduce recidivism. Senate Bill 91 reduces sentence ranges and expands parole.North Pole Republican Senator John Coghill says the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission laid the groundwork for the bill.“If less people are coming in to jail reoffending, that’s less crime,” Coghill said. “And that’s what our aim is here. The aim here is not necessarily cost savings, but we can’t afford to do what we’re doing right now.”“So we’re kind of bumping up against the cost and the unacceptable returns on what’s going on in Alaska.”The Department of Corrections forecasts the bill will save a lot of money.Ninety million dollars would be saved in the next six years by diverting people from prison, and potentially hundreds of millions in reduced social service costs, since people will be working instead of being in jail.Law enforcement unions and some victims’ rights advocates oppose the bill. They say it jeopardizes public safety and worsens victims’ trauma.Chugiak Republican Senator Bill Stoltze opposed the bill.“I really think, in many aspects, this bill got too big to fail,” Stoltze said. “And it could be several bills that were dealt with in different iterations.”But supporters pointed to research showing that similar measures in other states have reduced the chance that people will re-offend.Bill supporter Soldotna Republican Senator Peter Micciche says the current system makes low-level offenders better at being criminals while incarcerated, rather than being reformed.The bill would re-invest some of the savings toward social assistance programs, to help them succeed in finding work.“What we’re tried to do is provide intervention and reinvestment while they’re inside, and hopefully have these folks ready to succeed when they’re released,” Micciche said. “And this is not the end. Although it’s a paradigm shift, we’ll be monitoring the success of the changes we’ve made and make sure it delivers the results that we expect it to see delivered.”The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to discuss the bill Monday, putting it on track for a vote by the full House later this week.last_img read more

Thailand Cultural Music Festival readies to rock Pattaya

first_imgTAT’s press conference to announce the launch of Thailand Cultural Music FestivalThailand Cultural Music Festival readies to rock PattayaThe Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising the Thailand Cultural Music Festival from 25 to 26 May, 2018, at Bali Hai Bay in Pattaya targeting international travellers as TAT continues to expand its ‘Open to the New Shades’ offering through a diverse event calendar.Mrs. Sujitra Jongchansitto, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, said “The Thailand Cultural Music Festival is positioned as another component of the ‘Open to the New Shades’ campaign that utilises music as the medium. It helps build awareness and promote tourism through Thailand’s dynamic music industry that really is growing into one of the country’s greatest assets.“Events like this help build brand recognition for Thailand as a tourist destination as it is also one of Asia’s best musical and cultural event destinations.”The Thailand Cultural Music Festival’s line up include local folk music performances, contemporary musical acts and a live stage with music by popular bands and singers, with action taking place across four stages over two days.Artists headlining the main stage include: Rasamee Isan Soul, an Isan group blending local music with jazz, rock, and soul; Paradise Bangkok International Band, a hybridised roots band that mixes traditional Thai melodies with blues and folk rock; Mocca Garden, a modern Reggae-ska band with pop, funk, rock and Thai country musical influences; Thai rappers, UrboyTJ and Dayfrom mega-group Thaitanium, and legendary Thai jazz maestros Infinity.The Thailand Cultural Music Festival endeavours to promote travel to Chon Buri and neighbouring provinces while promoting Thai local experiences that could later be developed on a regional, national or international level.There will also be folk music performances on the three smaller stages showcasing up-and-coming local bands and singers.Thai gastronomy will be on display at a food fair featuring culinary delights from each of Thailand’s four main regions.Other activities include booths for face painting and tattoo stickers.Participants are invited to ‘Snap and Share’ 3D images of Thailand’s attractions from the TAT’s extensive gallery of photographs, or post on other social media platforms using the #thailandculturalmusicfestival or #amazingthailand for a chance to receive a colourful raincoat.Source = Tourism Authority of Thailandlast_img read more