By Wayne McLaurinUniversity of GeorgiaIn your garden, you need to get inside the mind of a tomato.No, I’m not crazy. Tomatoes really do think. Well, OK, “respond”might be a better term.Take, for instance, when the tomato is young. Just planted, withsnug roots down in nice, rich soil, plenty of food for growth andnothing to do but just stretch those cells, make chlorophyll andenjoy itself, the tomato is much like a baby. It inches up,extending its roots and growing branches and leaves, then moreleaves. Tomato care tipsWhat can you do if you can’t think like a tomato? Just followthese directions (that a tomato “told” me):1. Fertilize and lime according to soil-test recommendations. Usea fertilizer with a 1-2-3 or 1-2-2 analysis (5-10-15, 1-2-2 or 6-12-12, for instance). Avoid, at all cost, using a 1-1-1 analysis,such as 10-10-10 or 13-13-13.2. Water as needed, usually about 1 inch per week. Don’t wet thefoliage — this causes diseases.3. Side-dress tomatoes only after fruit set and never whilethey’re blooming. It’s best to side-dress when the fruits areabout the size of a dime. This will allow for proper growth andfruiting for the next flowering structure.If you talk with your tomatoes, they may tell you,”More than 100 diseases and insects attack us. So please don’tcomplicate our lives with extra fertilizer and overtax our’thinking’ processes.” Fertilizer shockAlmost at once the plant is thrown into confusion. This happytomato that was basking in the warm sun just a few minutes ago,with no cares in the world, is jolted back into anotherphysiological process it didn’t really want.All of its sensors, all of its “mental” processes, now tell itmore fertilizer is present, especially nitrogen, and it needs tothrow off the fruit it has set and grow more foliage. Theobedient plant responds and drops the fruits.The gardener goes out the next day and looks for the flowers thatwere there yesterday, can’t find them and calls the nearestcounty agent.Well, I get the call from the county agent. That’s when I “getinto the mind of the tomato.” What went wrong from the tomato’sperspective? Tomatoes go through growing stagesAfter going through these juvenile growing pains, it becomes astrong, healthy plant and turns to reproducing its own kind. Itsample leaf area can support reproductive structures (tomatofruits).Now, at its peak, it sends out the flower structures. The flowersdevelop, open up for only one day and are pollinated by the wind.The plant sets fruits, knowing all systems are functioning fully,thinking all along just how happy it is in the sunshine.Along comes a heavy-handed gardener with the fertilizer bag. Youknow what happens. The gardener sees the plant’s flowers andinitial tiny tomatoes and, thinking it needs feeding at thisreproductive time, dumps a generous amount of fertilizer at thebase of the plant.
Economists from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recommend that Georgia farmers understand their production costs before planting next year’s crops.Amanda Smith, a UGA Cooperative Extension economist in the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, says prices for diesel, some chemicals and land rent have increased, while seed and fertilizer continue to be significant expenses of growing crops. Farmers need to be diligent in their record keeping and know how increased production costs combined with low commodity prices affect their bottom line, she said.“It’s good business practice to be on top of your numbers and ask, ‘Am I losing money with this crop? Can I afford to pay land rent on these acres?’” Smith said. “If you can’t afford it, you may need to step away and look for an alternative.”Along with UGA Extension peanut economist Adam Rabinowitz and UGA Extension cotton economist Don Shurley, Smith has produced a relative row crop production cost and expected net returns analysis for cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and grain sorghum for 2018. In UGA’s projections, cotton is expected to bring an average price of 72 cents per pound; peanuts could be $400 per ton; corn may be $4.15 per bushel; and soybeans may bring $9.50 per bushel.These price estimates are based on harvest time futures contracts adjusted for expected basis, except peanuts. Peanut prices are a weighted average of expected contracts on limited quantities.Production costs for farmers are divided into two categories: variable and fixed costs. Variable costs consist of seed, fertilizer, chemicals, labor, land rent, fuel, and repairs and maintenance. Fixed costs refer to the cost of owning machinery, equipment, irrigation and buildings. These ownership costs include depreciation, housing, insurance and taxes.Based on UGA’s projections, soybeans, cotton and peanuts offer growers more return above variable cost per acre for both irrigated and nonirrigated farmland. When making year-to-year planting decisions, growers need to look at the returns above their variable costs, Smith said. In the long run, farmers also need to cover those fixed ownership costs.One significant variable cost for some farmers is land rent. This past growing season, the average land rent for irrigated cropland in south Georgia was $206.25 per acre, according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was an increase from the $202 average that landowners charged in 2016.For nonirrigated cropland, rent was $80.50 per acre in south Georgia, higher than the 2016 average of $76.25.UGA agricultural economists urge farmers to look at the enterprise budgets, available online at www.agecon.uga.edu/extension/budgets, and adjust the cost estimates to reflect their production practices and what they anticipate for yield.“For cotton, we budget for 1,200-pound yield. Some growers want to shoot for three-bale cotton, which is 1,500 pounds of cotton per acre. That’s going to require a different mix as far as fertilizers and other inputs. They should account for the higher costs associated with trying to get that higher yield of cotton,” Smith said.One variable cost that Smith admits may vary from farmer to farmer is repairs and maintenance. She allotted $54 per acre for repairs and maintenance in peanuts. But producers who operate older equipment may be faced with higher repair bills if they’re unable to replace old tractors and implements.“I was talking with one farmer and he said, ‘I’ve got over 10 years and 8,000 hours of use on a tractor. But the numbers aren’t there, I can’t buy a new tractor next year. I’m just going to have to keep repairing it and maintaining it the best I can,’” Smith said.Other variable costs that remain a significant portion of production costs are fertilizers. The price for liquid nitrogen has risen since August of this year, though it’s not expected to keep increasing, she said. Phosphorus has leveled out and will likely stay around the same price. Costs for potash, a form of the element potassium, have gone up just over 7.8 percent from last year but have not shown a dramatic increase as in 2011.Smith and her UGA Extension colleagues will give more agricultural projections at next year’s Georgia Ag Forecast seminar series. The first of six Georgia Ag Forecast meetings is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Lyons, Georgia. Other Georgia Ag Forecast stops include Bainbridge, Georgia, on Feb. 1; Tifton, Georgia, on Feb. 2; Macon, Georgia, on Feb. 5; Cartersville, Georgia, on Feb. 6; and Athens, Georgia, on Feb. 7. For more information about Georgia Ag Forecast, visit www.caes.uga.edu/about/signature-events/ag-forecast.html.
By Dialogo February 12, 2015 To protect those maritime regions, the Navy deployed the Coast Guard Cutter Canopus GC-107 and the interceptor go-fast boats Polaris LI-162 and Dubhe LI-164 to the Southern Naval Zone, while the mid-sized patrol vessel Capotillo PM-204 and the Cutter Procion GC-103 were deployed to the Northern Naval Zone. During the first two weeks of the operation, the Navy captured 14 suspects, including eight Haitians and six Dominicans. The Office of the Chief of Staff for the Dominican Navy launched Amphibious Shield on January 18 by deploying three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats to the northern and southern coasts. Naval vessels deployed to northern and southern coasts Other drug interdictions at sea Dismantling organized crime groups which prey on the country’s natural resources through illegal activities is one of the initiative’s goals. The operation will also target organized crime groups which engage in an array of illegal activities, including human trafficking, arms smuggling, and the illicit transport of contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. The Dominican Navy launched “Amphibious Shield,” a security operation to combat drug trafficking and illegal fishing in the northern and southern regions of the country. Other drug interdictions at sea Even before Amphibious Shield was launched, the Dominican Navy and other security forces had made a number of large drug seizures in recent years. For example, some fishermen are pillaging thousands of small fish, Captain Daniel Eduardo de la Rosa told Dominican daily El Día. Illegal fishing is one of the activities Amphibious Shield is designed to stop. The Navy is also protecting natural resources such as the semi-precious stone amber, which is a tourist attraction along the country’s northern coast. During the first two weeks of the operation, the Navy captured 14 suspects, including eight Haitians and six Dominicans. For example, some fishermen are pillaging thousands of small fish, Captain Daniel Eduardo de la Rosa told Dominican daily El Día. Illegal fishing is one of the activities Amphibious Shield is designed to stop. The Navy and the DNCD made the bust off the coast of Boca Chica, where security forces converged on a boat while three men were seen throwing drugs overboard. “In spite of the institutional strength of the government of the Dominican Republic, an increase in drug abuse and trafficking in recent years in the Dominican Republic has occurred, due to its geographical location and the island’s many ports, where this sort of criminal groups can exert a great deal of influence over criminal activities,” he said. In addition to protecting the marine environment, Amphibious Shield will crack down on drug trafficking in Dominican coastal waters. The island nation’s location in the Caribbean makes both coasts attractive to organized crime groups, according to Wilfredo Lozano, director of the Center for Research and Social Studies at the Ibero-American University of the Dominican Republic. Drug enforcement agents intercepted one of the boats and seized 10 packets of cocaine. Law enforcement authorities said they believed the drug traffickers had tossed at least 800 kilograms of cocaine overboard before security forces interdicted the boat. The Navy is also protecting natural resources such as the semi-precious stone amber, which is a tourist attraction along the country’s northern coast. In addition to protecting the marine environment, Amphibious Shield will crack down on drug trafficking in Dominican coastal waters. Drug enforcement agents intercepted one of the boats and seized 10 packets of cocaine. Law enforcement authorities said they believed the drug traffickers had tossed at least 800 kilograms of cocaine overboard before security forces interdicted the boat. Since December, the Navy has interdicted three vessels involved in illegal fishing. The island nation’s location in the Caribbean makes both coasts attractive to organized crime groups, according to Wilfredo Lozano, director of the Center for Research and Social Studies at the Ibero-American University of the Dominican Republic. For example, in April 2013, the Navy worked in cooperation with the Dominican Republic’s National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) to seize 279 kilograms of cocaine and arrest two suspects, officials said. The Office of the Chief of Staff for the Dominican Navy launched Amphibious Shield on January 18 by deploying three cutters and two interceptor go-fast boats to the northern and southern coasts. “They are members of a drug trafficking network that imports cocaine from Colombia,” the DNCD said in a press release. This is interesting & good work acknowledged that has been going on love the professionalism that has been carried out …keep up the good work The Haitian nationals were allegedly fishing illegally aboard three shops off the coast of Montecrist in Dominican waters. And the six Dominicans were caught on the coasts of Samaná and Sabana de la Mar as they attempted to travel illegally to Puerto Rico. The Haitian nationals were allegedly fishing illegally aboard three shops off the coast of Montecrist in Dominican waters. And the six Dominicans were caught on the coasts of Samaná and Sabana de la Mar as they attempted to travel illegally to Puerto Rico. Even before Amphibious Shield was launched, the Dominican Navy and other security forces had made a number of large drug seizures in recent years. Naval vessels deployed to northern and southern coasts The Navy protects the marine environment Illegal activity also threatens biodiversity in the northern and southern coastal regions. To protect those maritime regions, the Navy deployed the Coast Guard Cutter Canopus GC-107 and the interceptor go-fast boats Polaris LI-162 and Dubhe LI-164 to the Southern Naval Zone, while the mid-sized patrol vessel Capotillo PM-204 and the Cutter Procion GC-103 were deployed to the Northern Naval Zone. Illegal activity also threatens biodiversity in the northern and southern coastal regions. The Navy protects the marine environment In another operation, in December 2012, drug enforcement agents dismantled a narco-trafficking organization that was using go-fast boats to transport drugs into the country near the city of Baní, west of Santo Domingo. Dismantling organized crime groups which prey on the country’s natural resources through illegal activities is one of the initiative’s goals. The operation will also target organized crime groups which engage in an array of illegal activities, including human trafficking, arms smuggling, and the illicit transport of contraband, such as untaxed cigarettes. The Dominican Navy launched “Amphibious Shield,” a security operation to combat drug trafficking and illegal fishing in the northern and southern regions of the country. “They are members of a drug trafficking network that imports cocaine from Colombia,” the DNCD said in a press release. For example, in April 2013, the Navy worked in cooperation with the Dominican Republic’s National Directorate for Drug Control (DNCD) to seize 279 kilograms of cocaine and arrest two suspects, officials said. The Navy and the DNCD made the bust off the coast of Boca Chica, where security forces converged on a boat while three men were seen throwing drugs overboard. In another operation, in December 2012, drug enforcement agents dismantled a narco-trafficking organization that was using go-fast boats to transport drugs into the country near the city of Baní, west of Santo Domingo. Since December, the Navy has interdicted three vessels involved in illegal fishing. “In spite of the institutional strength of the government of the Dominican Republic, an increase in drug abuse and trafficking in recent years in the Dominican Republic has occurred, due to its geographical location and the island’s many ports, where this sort of criminal groups can exert a great deal of influence over criminal activities,” he said.
The ambitious Griveaux helped found the Republic on the Move (LREM) party, but recent polls showed him trailing in third place in Paris, which Macron won comfortably in the 2017 presidential election.Macron tapped Griveaux to be the LREM’s Paris mayoral candidate, causing a rift in the party that led to the president asking rival Cedric Villani to step aside. Villani refused, triggering his exclusion from the ruling party.Wresting control of the capital would be a huge prize for Macron as he seeks to consolidate his base ahead of an expected re-election bid in 2022.It would also help offset heavy losses he is expected to face in rural areas, where his policies have met fierce resistance and fired up the “yellow vest” protest movement.One of Macron’s closest political allies, Griveaux resigned as a junior minister and government spokesman in March last year to run for mayor. “A website and social networks have launched vile attacks concerning my private life. My family does not deserve this. No one should ever be subjected to such abuse,” Griveaux said at AFP headquarters in Paris.”For more than a year, my family and I have been subjected to defamatory remarks, lies, rumors, anonymous attacks, the revelation of stolen private conversations and death threats,” he said.”As if this was not enough, yesterday a new level was reached,” said Griveaux, adding he was not willing to expose his family any further. “This is going too far.” Topics : Emmanuel Macron’s candidate for Paris mayor, Benjamin Griveaux, withdrew from the race over a leaked sex video Friday, in a blow for the French president’s party ahead of March local elections. Griveaux, 41, said he opted for retreat to protect his family after a website published the video with messages addressed to a woman, which was said to have come from the former government spokesman.It then spread on social media.
Governor Wolf Discusses COVID-19 Mitigation and Government Reform Government Reform, Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf remains steadfast in his commitment to protecting Pennsylvanians despite reckless attempts by the Republican-led legislature to undermine the state’s successful response to COVID-19. Ignoring 200,000 pandemic-related deaths in the U.S., some legislators are playing politics with the virus, demonstrating the need to change the culture of Harrisburg. During a press conference today, the governor called on the legislature to stop the games and pass his government reform plan to rein in special interests and hold politicians accountable.“The driving force of the mitigation efforts in Pennsylvania and other states is to save lives,” said Gov. Wolf. “Everything that my administration has done is based on the most up-to-date research on COVID-19, and it is working. We must not allow these Harrisburg political games to distract us from fighting this virus, wearing masks, avoiding crowds and social distancing.“My door is always open to serious people who want to engage in serious conversation. But I refuse to take seriously any proposals that will endanger the lives of Pennsylvanians.”Medical experts have applauded the Wolf Administration’s response to the pandemic. Earlier this month President Trump’s COVID-19 coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, met with Governor Wolf and said Pennsylvania has done a “remarkable job” fighting the virus.Research at the University of Pittsburgh concluded that mitigation efforts have saved thousands of lives. The modeling found that without the restrictions the number of deaths in Pennsylvania would have at least doubled or tripled.Easing the mitigation efforts too early would have dangerous consequences. The daily infection rate could double within a month, with exponential increases in later weeks and months, according to research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.The possibility of a resurgence of the virus this fall is also a real danger. A second wave of COVID-19 cases is surging across Europe, which the World Health Organization calls a “very serious situation” as weekly cases surpass the peak in March.The governor encouraged Pennsylvanians to help fight the spread of the virus by downloading the new COVID Alert PA app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Launched Tuesday, the app notifies users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 without revealing their identity or location.“The pandemic has shown us that Pennsylvanians need accountable government now more than ever,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am calling on the General Assembly to take action on three government reforms to improve accountability and rein in special interests.”Governor Wolf’s Government Reform Plan includes:Banning Gifts for Public Officials: On his first day in office, Gov. Wolf banned members of his administration from accepting gifts and believes that all public officials should be held to the same standard. Pennsylvania is one of 10 states with no specific law limiting gifts to public officials. Outside the executive branch, politicians in Harrisburg can take unlimited gifts from special interests. Legislative action is needed to make the gift ban expanded and permanent so all state elected officials are accountable to it.Campaign Finance Reform: Enacting new campaign finance laws that would place limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected office, implement aggregate limits for races, place sensible restrictions on Political Action Committees (PACs), and strengthen reporting and disclosure requirements across the board to restore confidence in government, and curtail the role of campaign spending in our political process.Outside Income Transparency: Requiring public officials to disclose sources, type of work and amount of outside income received.Governor Wolf is leading by example in the fight to change Harrisburg. The governor donates his salary to charity and does not take a state pension. In addition to the gift ban, the governor ended pay-to-play legal contracting and requires his cabinet to post expenses online to increase transparency.Pennsylvania received an ‘F’ grade from the Center for Public Integrity for state government accountability and transparency, ranking 45th among the states. The 2015 report praised Gov. Wolf’s reform efforts but criticized the legislature for failing to act.The governor was joined by Suzanne Almeida, interim executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania“Transparency in government is essential to a healthy and strong democracy. That’s why Common Cause works to strengthen transparency laws across the country,” said Almeida. “Secret spending erodes people’s trust in government and that trust is more important now than it has ever been. Transparency promotes accountability and makes it possible for voters to make informed decisions.”“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we are all stronger when we work together,” said Gov. Wolf. “We depend on one another, and governments depend on the trust of the people in order to lead effectively. These simple and commonsense reforms will ensure that the people always come first. I invite the General Assembly to join me in the fight for a more ethical government.”Election ReformBeyond ethics reform, the governor continues to take steps to protect the upcoming election with safe and secure mail-in voting and new voting machines with a paper trail. The governor is urging the legislature to give counties more time to process mail-in ballots before election day.Eligible Pennsylvanians interested in voting by mail should sign up now for a mail-in or absentee ballot at votespa.com and return the completed ballot well before election day.The state and counties are making further election improvements. Many counties are increasing staffing and will use high-speed scanners and other technology to quickly process millions of mail-in ballots in the Nov. 3 election. The Wolf Administration is also providing counties with masks and face shields for poll workers, hand sanitizer, floor marking tape for social distancing, and other supplies so Pennsylvanians can safely vote. September 24, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Gold Coast market in for a blooming spring Inside J-Lo and A-Rod’s $45m pad The wet-edge pool at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters, is rather inviting. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:09Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:09 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIconic riverfront estate in Brisbane02:10 This waterfront mansion at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters, has just sold for close to $12m.THE spectacular Sunshine Coast holiday home of the man who built an empire on toilet brushes and brooms has sold for close to its $12 million asking price.The 13-bedroom, 12-bathroom mansion at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters, sets a new record for Noosaville, which is fast becoming the state’s hottest postcode with big money changing hands at a rapid pace. RELATED: Friends star selling ‘kickass’ Malibu house The property known as ‘Hayven’ was owned by the late businessman, Donald Hay, who died from melanoma last year aged 76.Mr Hay founded the company, Hayco, 35 years ago and built it into one of the world’s biggest brush makers — now shipping 200 million items a year to more than 60 countries. Donald Hay, the late multi-millionaire businessman who founded the company, Hayco, specialising in brushes. Picture supplied.Reed & Co. Estate Agents principal Adrian Reed, who negotiated the sale, said the property was “a timeless masterpiece”.“It is one of the most extraordinary homes to be built in Queensland, where attention has been given to every detail and decision,” Mr Reed said. The impressive architecture of the home at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters.Mr Reed declined to reveal the buyer or exact sale price, but said the property had attracted interest from New York and London. The house can sleep up to 32 guests and features onsite caretaker quarters, a maid’s quarters, a 25-metre pool, a championship tennis court, a nightclub, a media room, a gym, a steam room, a four-car garage and a guest wing with eight bedrooms. The sale of this property sets a new record for Noosaville.A separate family wing of the home includes the master suite with his and her bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes, plus bedrooms for the children.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoThe house was designed by architect Shane Thompson and built in 2002 on a huge, 2976 sqm block. Inside the home at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters.The property has a 60m water frontage and two private jetties.The sale comes amid a flurry of transactions in the Noosaville 4566 postcode in the past month, as buyers flock to the lifestyle the idyllic area offers. The tennis court at the property. Image supplied.A four-bedroom, three-bathroom house at 27 Wyuna Drive recently sold for a cool $6 million.Down the road, properties at 33 and 59 Wyuna Drive also recently sold for significant sums. The view from the property at 32-36 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters. Photo supplied.
Share 24 Views no discussions NewsSports NBD Primary Schools Football Championship moves to its third stage by: – June 20, 2011 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: wcmfdominica.comThe 2011 NBD Primary Schools Football Championship will move to its third stage on Monday, June 20, 2011.The first stage of the championship involved the record participation of forty-nine (49) schools which were divided into nine districts.The Goodwill Primary emerged as the top school at the end of the first stage.Following the first stage of the championship, the most outstanding players from each district were selected to undergo training, following which the top players were selected to represent their district in the third stage which will commence on June 20, 2011 at two (2) venues – Newtown Savannah and Benjamin’s Park in Portsmouth from 10:30 am.Zone A to be played at Benjamin’s Park will see participation from the North, North West, North East and East while Zone B to be played at Newtown will see participation from the West Central, Valley/Central, South West, South East and South.The top four (4) teams will then participate in the semi final on June 28, 2011 with the Final to be played on July 1, 2011.An invitational Primary Schools Girls’ Football Festival on July 6, 2011 will climax the NBD Primary Schools Football Championship for 2011.The Sports Division expresses its gratitude to the National Bank of Dominica for making this important football development programme possible with its overall sponsorship of $11, 500.00.Press Release
Iloilo City Hall. IAN PAUL CIRDERO/PN The order, according to Esteral, wassigned by Treñas and other high-ranking city government officials. In a previous interview, Treñas saidhe would answer Esteral’s complaint when he receives a copy of it. His dumpsite reassignment, Esteralfurther stated, curtailed him from performing his duty as bookbinder. Days after hauling Treñas to theOffice of the Ombudsman for grave misconduct and oppression, among others,Esteral wrote the mayor: “I would like to respectfully inform you thateffective tomorrow, Sept. 19, 2019, I can no longer abide by your unlawful andoppressive reassignment order.” “Akonpanagupnop may tawo sa likod sini nga i-embarrasskami. Kami pa gani gina-harass kay te waay gid kami ka amo sina sa iya,”said Rico. “Every day of my life there, the agonywas becoming unbearable. I have to travel for a longer distance and spend twicethan my usual fare. I realize that what is being done to me is very unjust andpainful. There are many bookbinders, why me,” according Esteral. Copies of the letter were also sent toCity Civil Registrar Romeo Caesar Manikan Jr., the Civil Service Commission,City Budget Officer Ninda Atinado, City Accountant Michelle Lopez, and HumanResource Management Office head Leo Elevencione. “Why should it be me at the dumpsitewhen the General Services Office has so many employees being assigned to otherdepartments or offices,” asked Esteral. Esteral, a Bookbinder II at the LocalCivil Registry, received the order for his dumpsite reassignment on Aug. 19. Hereadily complied with it although, he said, he was shocked. Juncae is City Civil Registrar RomeoCaesar Manikan Jr. His executive assistants anddepartment heads also denied coercing, oppressing or threatening Esteral. Esteralstated in his complaint that he learned about hisreassignment from Sartorio. Ampig,on the other hand, declined to comment but said it was within Esteral’s rightsto file a complaint. Read part of his letter to Treñas:“After almost a month of complying to the said order…I regret that I cannotfurther succumb to an illegal order. I can no longer give my consent to theoppression being done unto me. As a matter of fact I have already filedappropriate cases for the vindication of my right.” The civil registry office is underfire for the registration of alleged fake marriages. Aside from Treñas, Esteral also filedcomplaints (grave coercion, grave misconduct, oppression, conduct prejudicialto the best interest of the service, unfair discrimination due to affiliation)before the Ombudsman against City Administrator Melchor Tan, City GeneralServices Office head Joren Sartorio, City Legal Officer Edgardo Gil, IloiloCity Civil Registry assistant department head Cherry Ampig, and Treñas’executive assistants Fernando Jose Rico and Rudiver Junco Sr. For his part, Rico said he merelyasked Esteral if the corruption allegations against the civil registry officewere true. Sartorio, he claimed, told him, “Jom, bal-an mo na gid na, Jom. Sa babaw na. Wala ko mahimo. Akig gid si Mayorkag si Melchor kay boss mo Juncae. Siguro damay ka lang di, pero kay boss mo gid sila akig kag sa ila grupo.” Jungco believed there was somebodyelse behind the filing of the complaint. ILOILO City – The city governmentemployee protesting his transfer to the Calajunan dumpsite in Mandurriaodistrict reported back to his mother unit – the civil registry office at cityhall – in defiance of Mayor Jerry Treñas’ order. Joe Mari Esteral called hisreassignment “unjust and painful.” Sartorio, on the other hand, refusedto comment except to say he was saddened because of the “stereotyping” of thework at the Calajunan dumpsite./PN
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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office have ruled the death of a Coral Springs firefighter a homicide.The Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department confirmed over the weekend that a body found in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was 39-year-old firefighter and paramedic Christopher Randazzo.BSO deputies found Randazzo’s body early Saturday morning.He was last seen alive round 1 a.m., on Saturday, according to BSO.The homicide took place between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. in Lauderdale By The Sea, authorities said.Randazzo had been with the Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department since March.Randazzo attained his firefighter certification and his paramedic certification in 2018, according to Coral Springs-Parkland Fire Department.Randazzo was honored by fellow firefighters Tuesday as his body was transported to a local funeral home.“Anyone with information is urged to contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.”“A reward of $3,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.”