first_imgWe compare the present and last interglacial periods as recorded in Antarctic water stable isotope records now available at various temporal resolutions from six East Antarctic ice cores: Vostok, Taylor Dome, EPICA Dome C (EDC), EPICA Dronning Maud Land (EDML), Dome Fuji and the recent TALDICE ice core from Talos Dome. We first review the different modern site characteristics in terms of ice flow, meteorological conditions, precipitation intermittency and moisture origin, as depicted by meteorological data, atmospheric reanalyses and Lagrangian moisture source diagnostics. These different factors can indeed alter the relationships between temperature and water stable isotopes. Using five records with sufficient resolution on the EDC3 age scale, common features are quantified through principal component analyses. Consistent with instrumental records and atmospheric model results, the ice core data depict rather coherent and homogenous patterns in East Antarctica during the last two interglacials. Across the East Antarctic plateau, regional differences, with respect to the common East Antarctic signal, appear to have similar patterns during the current and last interglacials. We identify two abrupt shifts in isotopic records during the glacial inception at TALDICE and EDML, likely caused by regional sea ice expansion. These regional differences are discussed in terms of moisture origin and in terms of past changes in local elevation histories, which are compared to ice sheet model results. Our results suggest that elevation changes may contribute significantly to inter-site differences. These elevation changes may be underestimated by current ice sheet models.last_img read more

first_imgSweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California has announced the launch of its own digital vault series which will feature video recordings of performances that have taken place at the Bay Area venue. The appropriately titled “The Sweetwater Vault” will feature a “number of shows” that have taken place at the intimate venue over the last few years, starting with a replay of Hiss Golden Messenger‘s recent headlining show on September 24th, 2018. The pro-shot video of the uncut September performance will air for free and on-demand via the Sweetwater Vault’s Vimeo homepage beginning tomorrow, November 20th, and remain active for a full week until November 27th.According to the announcement shared on Monday, the high-tech audio and video technology was set up throughout the club by longtime Grateful Dead techs John Cutler and Dennis “Wiz” Leonard. Deadheads will certainly recognize Leonard as one of the live engineers who helped record the band’s famous Europe ’72 live compilation album, in addition to being one of the featured interview subjects in Amir Bar-Lev‘s 2016 Long Strange Trip documentary. TRI Studios cameraman Dan Friedman is in charge of the 3-robocam system at the venue, where he has been working on building what the venue is calling an “enormous archive of stellar SWMH performances” to eventually be sorted and shared via their new online vault.The announcement didn’t reveal how often a new show would be added to the vault, nor whether or not the shows will always be shared free of charge, but it’s good to know that venues like Sweetwater are continuing to get on board with the growing popularity of pro-shot concert streaming.Hiss Golden Messenger – Live from The Sweetwater Vault Trailer – 9/24/18 [Video: Sweetwater Vault]The original Sweetwater opened back in 1972 and remained open and active as one of the beacons of the Bay Area music scene for over three decades before closing its doors in 2007. The new Sweetwater Music Hall opened in 2012 just down the road from the original, thanks in large part to longtime Bay Area musician and new co-owner Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.[H/T JamBase]last_img read more

first_img Field of inactivity Following the closing of the McNamara Concrete facility, the site remained an empty field behind the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library for several years. Photo courtesy of Harvard Planning and Project Management Exploring ideas through virtual park planning In cooperation with the city of Boston, Harvard supplemented the traditional planning process by utilizing HUB2. More than 120 residents used the interactive online planning program to suggest, create, and experience a variety of potential park concepts. Photo courtesy of Harvard Planning and Project Management Steamy temperatures, sunny skies, and smiling faces were in ample supply at Thursday’s (July 7) official opening of Library Park in Allston, a new community space on Harvard-donated land that those attending instantly put to good use.On a lot once covered with cement piles, children laughed and played in a whimsical water fountain while parents and friends looked on from nearby benches, surrounded by some of the park’s 150 new trees. Neighbors strolled along a series of footpaths, and longtime Allston residents took in the views of Cambridge and Boston from a small hill at the park’s center. Some visitors took off their shoes and walked through the lush grass.Located behind the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library, the neighborhood’s newest green space was created on land given to Boston by Harvard.Allston resident Emma Gentry pushed a stroller with her year-old grandson Dylan Tallon along one of the park’s circular paths and reveled in the scenery. “It’s extremely well-planned, meticulously taken care of,” said Gentry, who lives nearby. “They just really put every effort into it. I am really impressed. I am also really interested that it’s sustainable. That’s just fantastic.”“I want to thank Harvard for working with the community to transform what was a vacant industrial site into a beautiful new sustainable park that will be treasured by Allston residents and the entire city for years to come,” said a statement issued by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.Once part of the original Charles River marshland, and later the site of the McNamara Concrete Co., the 1.74-acre tract has been re-imagined as a natural, sustainable space. The creation of the green space is in accord with the community’s desire for a unique and quiet place for residents. Library Park offers a variety of spaces and experiences for visitors, including a tiered area for reading and small classes; the hill with views of Allston and Cambridge; a circular event lawn; a rain garden, and the quarter-mile of paths that weave through mostly native deciduous trees and lawns.“Library Park is a tangible reminder of Harvard’s commitment to Allston, and is one of the many community programs and improvements that are strengthening the fabric of this neighborhood,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We are proud to partner with the Allston community and the city of Boston to make this dream a reality.The park is a pilot project in sustainability for both Harvard and Boston’s Allston neighborhood. It reuses salvaged fill, and collects surface runoff for groundwater recharge through rain gardens. It introduces a variety of mostly native species of plants and trees that will support a more diverse ecology and improve wildlife habitat. Manufactured planting soils, well-draining and filled with organics and nutrients, create optimal growing conditions. The park will be organically maintained by Harvard for the next decade. Organic maintenance of public parks is a new concept, according to park architects.During the opening of Library Park, 4-year-old Devi Martinez (from left) and her two brothers, Stirling and Crawford, both 2, enjoy their ice cream while making friends with John Ward of Allston and his dog Nelson. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerFor longtime Allston residents who recall the dust and trucks of the concrete company, the green space is a welcome change, and the centerpiece of a healthier and more enjoyable experience.“The place was a mess with the dust and cement piles, but I think every kid in the neighborhood played here,” said Rita DiGesse, who lives three doors down from the park in the house where she was born more than 80 years ago. “This is a great accomplishment and a great addition to the library. It is something that will suit everyone in this community.”Longtime residents recalled the cement slabs that once dominated the landscape. As children, Wayne MacKenzie and his sister Eileen Savoia would jump from block to block and sled down piles of rocks covered with snow. The new space, they said, was a tremendous improvement. “It’s great; it’s a welcome addition; it’s much better,” said MacKenzie.The park planning and design team, which included the landscape architectural firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (MVVA), Harvard, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), created the space through an inclusive and collaborative process.That process began with Picnic in the Park, a communitywide picnic in May 2008 that drew nearly 500 community members who shared ideas directly with planners and designers. More than 20 subsequent planning meetings, working groups, and virtual-planning work sessions provided additional opportunities for residents to suggest, create, and experience a variety of potential park concepts, which informed the final design.“It has been a great honor for my office to work with such a visionary group of people —the Boston Parks Department, the Boston Public Library, the BRA, Harvard, and the Allston community — to create Library Park,” said Michael Van Valkenburgh, principal architect for the firm. “This is our first public park for Boston. Most importantly, my team at MVVA — which includes Laura Solano, Emily Mueller de Celis, and Chris Donohue — hopes we have given the people of Allston a place of delight and relaxation.”Planners re-graded the flat site to support varied landscapes and activities. A new hill offers visitors a spot for perspective and contemplation and views, while the park’s central lawn can be used for picnicking or sunning. The park’s rain garden collects water runoff for groundwater recharge, and the aspen grove veils the parking lot. The event lawn for gatherings and a new garden edge along the library embed the building within the park.“This neighborhood recognized what they needed before any designers showed up,” said Solano, a principal of Valkenburgh Associates. “Residents knew that they already had active community landscapes, and that they wanted a meeting ground for neighbors that would offer places to stroll, chat, sit, and read a book, all while experiencing a green space that is an extension of the library itself.”Smaller-scaled places create comfortable environments for all ages. The Reading Circle at the building’s edge is intimately scaled for focused story time with children or quiet reflection. The informal Outdoor Classroom straddling the central lawn and event lawn can be used as a performance stage, as seating for a reading, or for more casual activities. A hilltop seat wall defines another outdoor room with views. Wooden-backed benches along the edge of the lawns allow for people-watching and individual seating. A park for all ages The park design responds to the community’s desire for a quiet multi-use space that serves people of all ages and becomes a “green” extension of the library itself. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer A view of green and blue Designed by the award-winning landscape architectural firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Library Park is a welcoming, community gathering space and a vibrant new addition to the North Allston neighborhood. Photo by Julie Moscatel/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications Clearing the way for green Construction on Library Park started behind the Honan-Allston Branch Library in summer 2010. Workers cleared the way for the unique 1.74-acre park, which was envisioned as a library within a park — not a park behind the library. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer For Bob Alexander, who has lived in Allston since 1966, the new park offered him an old vantage point. For 13 years, Alexander worked at the top of the concrete company’s plant, where he got a “bird’s-eye view” of Cambridge.“When I was young, at that time, I never envisioned this spot,” he said, adding that the vista is “the view that I had when I was 20 years old. Now it’s a beautiful view I have as an old man.”A quirky fountain reuses granite lions’ heads salvaged from the Western Avenue site. The stone animals spout water from their mouths, providing an interactive feature that fulfills a community desire and cools the air with ambient mists on a hot summer day.Friends Ava Healy and Julia Weeks, both 9, quickly explored the water fountain, racing back and forth through the mist. They took part in the Library Park Construction Club, a six-week program held in conjunction with the design team and the branch library that gave Allston/Brighton children a chance to learn more about the construction of the park and imagine what the empty field would become.“I think it’s really nice,” said Healy of the result, “and a great place to read.” Topping off the park The hilltop, built with recycled Styrofoam, provides views of Cambridge and Allston and contributes to sustainability by maximizing green space in the park. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer Allston’s newest park Harvard built the park on land that the University donated to the city of Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department for use and enjoyment by Allston and Boston residents and visitors. The park officially opened on July 7. Photo by Julie Moscatel/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications Mapping the future Library Park Construction Club, a six-week program held in conjunction with the design team and the Honan-Allston Branch Library, gave Allston-Brighton children a chance to learn more about the construction of the park and imagine what the field could become. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Picnic in the Park launches collaborative planning Library Park planning began with a communitywide picnic in May 2008, attended by Harvard President Drew Faust, city of Boston officials, and nearly 500 community members. Many residents shared their ideas directly with planners and designers, both at that kick-off event and throughout the design process. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Library Park Lost lion heads unearthed, reused During the excavation of the Western Avenue site, several large granite sculptures of lion heads were unearthed. The origins of the heads could not be determined, but the park design repurposed three of them to add a unique element. Photo by Julie Moscatel/Harvard Public Affairs and Communications From concrete factory to green oasis Library Park encompasses land that was once home to the McNamara Concrete Company. Pictured here in the 1940s, the factory, conveyor belt, and cement trucks were the close neighbors of abutting homes and families. Photo courtesy of Allston resident Wayne MacKenzie A model of sustainability Library Park was designed to be a model sustainable park, recycling empty industrial land and reusing it for a better public purpose. The rain garden, pictured here, helps slow down and clean the rainwater runoff from the park before it enters the Charles River Watershed. Photo by Julie Moscatel/Harvard Public Affairs and Communicationslast_img read more

first_imgThree leading global Chief Financial Officers recently shared their views on the impacts of recent events and their implications for the future of finance leadership.The business landscape is changing like never before – so how can you ensure that disruption works for, rather than against, your business? That was the central question of the Transformation Tune-In virtual event, hosted by Dell Technologies and Intel.Dr Alan Hippe, Group CFO and CIO at Roche – the healthcare giant responsible for producing over 100 million virology tests per month during the pandemic – was the first to discuss the immediate response to the crisis. “Two remarkable things happened. Firstly, we really came together as a team – the first consideration was ‘cash is king’ and we initiated weekly calls with our finance managers in the regions. Second is the appreciation for technology that we have seen. People now appreciate video conferences much more as a key element to make things work and keep things going.”George Davis, CFO at Intel, said that enhanced communication was also key to his company’s response to unexpected events. “It’s easy to get insular when you’re hit with something like this, but if your customers are going through a great deal of change… we found as an organization we needed to be super tied-in to the sales area and the factories in a way that we hadn’t before. All of a sudden the mix of things customers wanted was very different to what we saw just before the pandemic. We had to become much more nimble and focused with our customers.”On the subject of agility, and in response to a question from the audience about the biggest lessons learnt from the crisis so far, Tom Sweet, CFO of Dell Technologies, said, “I’ve been extraordinarily pleased with the capability of the organization to flex and navigate what was clearly an uncertain environment. I believe our workforce and that of many other organizations is going to be much more remote. That unlocks opportunities to attract different types of talent. But it will also bring challenges around instilling and reinforcing culture.”Skills shiftAs conversation moved to the changing role of finance leaders, Hippe said: “In the future, we have to apply even more technologies. We were on that path already, but there is more to be done.  Finance will then very much focus on insights. Taking the opportunity that we have now and starting that journey into finance-focused insights – that’s what I’m looking forward to and what we are trying to build.”Sweet agreed that an end-to-end philosophy of ‘process-systems-technology’ will shape the future of effective finance leadership: “In many respects this crisis has been a catalyst for the organization to think differently. We push the leadership to think ‘how can we make our people more productive? How do we eliminate work that is non value-add?’”For Davis, the ability to add such advanced technological capabilities comes from developing cloud infrastructure, as it offers a lot more applications and tools that you can bring into your environment to make data analysts and analytics more powerful. “Leaders need to move more effectively to prioritize the tools that, in this new environment, analysts are going to need – and get what I would call ‘tiger teams’ to implement these much more quickly to have an impact.”And on the ability to use those tools with maximum impact, Hippe said that a workforce skilled in emerging technology is absolutely essential: “People understand now that they have to be savvier when it comes to data insights, how to interpret data, what data is really needed… we encourage people to follow that education and at the same time we bring people in who have that knowledge.”Future finance leadershipLater in the discussion, Davis said that in order to establish a shift to a more agile, efficient, tech-enabled future, finance leaders must show the way for the organization as a whole: “If I want our teams to focus more on analytics and influencing, I have to make sure that I’m role-modelling that behaviour and that they understand the context for questions that I ask, how I try to influence my peers and the CEO. And then I have to put leaders below me that can role-model that same mindset.”I agree with this wholeheartedly. You have to set the expectation and give people the permission to begin this journey and you have to build a supporting environment around that. We also have to recognize that we won’t get it right all the time, the concept of ‘innovate and fail fast,’ learn and continue to move is important part our journey.Watch the full replay for “The Finance Leader of the Future” here (registration required).last_img read more

first_imgThe air quality in north Georgia has suffered over the past weeks due to several wildfires burning across the north Georgia mountains.While the smoke ebbs and flows depending on the direction of the wind, smoke is likely to be an issue for at least the next few weeks. Meteorologists across the state are tracking the one thing that could end these fires and smoke for good – rain. Unfortunately, Atlanta hasn’t had any rain for more than a month, and climatologists predict that December will be drier than normal as well.In the last two weeks, several Georgia cities have issued a code orange or code red air quality index (AQI). According to AirNow, which is used by federal, state and local governments to monitor and track air quality, code orange is considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” While the general public is not at risk, people with heart and lung diseases, older adults and children are at greater risk from exposure to the ozone and particles in the air. A code red is considered a more serious risk for members of these sensitive groups and poses a possible threat to the health of the general public. Symptoms of poor air quality include coughing, throat soreness, difficulty breathing, aggravated asthma and permanent lung damage with prolonged exposure.Emergency room visits due to asthma and breathing difficulties have increased in north Georgia cities such as Jasper, Dalton and Gainesville, and these numbers will likely increase because of the continued drought and growing fires.Many individuals who fall within the sensitive group are family, friends and loved ones who we will see over the holidays. During this time together, it may be a good idea to talk with vulnerable family members about precautions that they can take to stay healthy this holiday season despite the smoke.For older adults, children and those that suffer from heart and lung diseases, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), taking simple steps can reduce exposure to unhealthy air.Check the air quality index for your area daily and plan accordingly. The Environmental Protection Agency posts current air quality conditions at and outdoor activities if it is hazy or smoky outside. Get creative with your kids: Play hide and seek inside or go camping in your living room.Keep your home and vehicle windows and doors closed as much as possible.When driving in your vehicle, press the recirculate button in your car to prevent the smoky air from getting inside.If you smoke cigarettes, limit smoking as much as possible. Tobacco smoke is a pollutant and greatly contributes to poor air quality.Do not rely on paper dust masks for protection. These kinds of masks do not protect your lungs from the small particles found in wildfire smoke.If you are a member of the sensitive group, contact your healthcare provider for additional tips on staying healthy despite poor air quality.Your health should be a priority this holiday season. Remember to follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension as you try to reduce your exposure to unhealthy air.Tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for protecting yourself from wildfire smoke are available at at read more

first_img### The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets recently assessed penalties to two retail establishments for violating the Vermont scanner pricing law. The agency assessed the Price Chopper store in Derby a penalty of $3,750 and the Price Chopper store in Saint Johnsbury a penalty of $13,000.These penalties were assessed for overcharging consumers for items purchased in these stores. The Consumer Protection division of the agency routinely, and in response to consumer complaints, tests checkout scanners in supermarkets and department stores to verify that the advertised price agrees with those charged at the register. Vermont law does not require a retailer to mark the price on individual items so the customer, and the store, relies on the accuracy of the checkout scanners to charge the correct amount. Inspections were conducted that resulted in corrective action or assessment of penalties on other retail stores for scanner, mislabeled weigh and short measure of petroleum products.Inspectors from the Vermont Agency Agriculture’s Food Safety and Consumer Protection Division uncovered the violations during routine inspections. In both Price Chopper stores inspectors found that prices at the register were higher than prices advertised on shelves for certain items. Those discrepancies were 5 percent at the Derby store and 13 percent at Saint Johnsbury. These overcharges were on non-sale items. Overcharges ranged from $.10 to $4.90 per sampled item. One package was advertized at $1.59 and scanned at $5.49. In the past three years, the agency has issued four penalties to these stores for the violations of the scanner law.‘Even the slightest inaccuracy in pricing can have enormous cost impact to the consumer. This is especially true during times of economic strain when food and transportation budgets are squeezed even further with rising costs,’ said Henry Marckres, Chief of the Division of Consumer Protection for the agency. ‘Our goal is to work cooperatively with Vermont businesses and to take corrective action when necessary to make sure the problem doesn’t happen again to protect consumers. What is particularly disturbing was that we generally find overcharges on sale items. If the store doesn’t remove an out of date sale sign the customer assumes they are getting a discount, but are not.’Price Chopper paid both penalties and did not dispute the findings.Source: Vermont Agriculture Agency. For more information contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at 802-828-2436 or visit is external).last_img read more

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first_imgSharnee Williams from AP Williams and North Shore Project director Andrew Astorquia out the front of Mode development as there are blocks selling for as low as $270,000. Picture: Zak SimmondsSTOCKLAND are making it more affordable for first home buyers to be able to build a home with house and land packages available from $270,000 at North Shore.It’s part of Stockland’s showcase of 100 of the hottest home and land packages across Queensland with up to $10,000 off selected lots.North Shore project director Andrew Astorquia said the campaign was generating fantastic interest particularly with first home buyers. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The Hot 100 Home and Land campaign has some amazing offers for first home buyers right through to family upgraders,” he said.“First home buyers have been particularly active as they may be eligible for the $20,000 First Home Owner’s Grant as well as the Stockland offer making it a great time to move on a new home.” “A great example of this is the home and land package we have put together with AP Williams and Co in our very edgy MODE village from $270,000 located within the future North Shore Town Centre. “If buyers purchase during the Hot 100 Campaign they can take $10,000 off the price and it may reduce even further with the first home buyers grant. That is exceptional value in a great location.”For more information go to or visit the display village at 126 Sunhaven Boulevard North Shore.last_img read more

first_imgTrustees would need to consider the trade-off between the strength of the sponsor covenant being given up, and the strength of the financial covenant built into the solution.The strength of the existing covenant could be measured from the sponsor’s credit rating and hence the probability of default over different timeframes. This could then be incorporated into a long-term risk model to arrive at what Redington called a “probability of paying pensions” (POPP).The strength of the consolidator’s covenant, meanwhile, could be assessed from the funding level of its structure and the size of any additional capital reserve, relative to the investment risk being run in the structure. A long-term risk model could also be run with these capital reserves built in, to assess POPP.According to the report, DB scheme consolidators are a developing market providing a third option to scheme trustees planning their endgame, in addition to an insurance buyout or a long-term run-off where the scheme is self-sufficient.They provided the ability to sever ties to a corporate sponsor at a price that is less than full buyout.Until recently, consolidators had generally been seen as a way in which pension funds could achieve cost savings from economies of scale, enabling more effective investment strategies and improving governance. Two commercial DB consolidators have launched – Clara Pensions and The Pension Superfund – in the past 12 months in order to offer these benefits to trustees.However, Elliott said: “We think the main tangible benefit of a consolidator fund will end up being the exchange of a corporate covenant for a financial covenant.”The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions is consulting on a legal framework for consolidators; the consultation closes on 1 February. Trustees of defined benefit (DB) schemes must weigh up loss of control over investment strategy against a stronger convenant when considering transferring to a commercial consolidator, according to a new report.‘The Road Less Travelled’, from the Redington Ampersand Institute, said possible drawbacks of consolidators – also known as superfunds – included loss of control over investment strategy and the risk that assets would not be built up to a sufficient level to provide economies of scale.Furthermore, members would not benefit from any future increase in the sponsor’s covenant quality, for example from increased profitability. It was also possible that the consolidator’s own return requirements would cancel out the economic benefits for the scheme.Marian Elliott, head of integrated consulting at Redington and co-author of the report, said: “Moving a scheme to
 a consolidator will be a very big decision for
 any group of trustees, and what is most needed in this situation is a framework for making the decision… a compact series of questions and metrics that capture the key principles that govern the decision, from an investment, funding, covenant, and legal perspective.”last_img read more

first_imgPhilippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade commanded Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte dismisses the claims of the New People’s Army’s claims over the use of peace and order fund allocated by the provincial government during Media Night in Talisay City on Feb. 25. He believes that the province is transparent in the use of it. PNA According to Colonel InocencioPasaporte, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade (303 IB), the condemnationof the said communist-terrorist organization is just aimed at discrediting the supportprovided by the province to former rebels, projects and programs that areintended to alleviate the lives of the Negrenses in underdeveloped areas. “The peace and order fund is not usedfor the RCSP, which is being funded by the local government units themselvesand supported by the national government agencies,” he added. “We cannot question that. (The process)of drafting the budget is participatory. It’s founded really on good projects.One of them involves helping people affected by the armed conflict. Those whowant to return to the fold of the law receive financial and livelihoodassistance,” he said. “The use of funds can be checked. Webelieve that the Negros Occidental provincial government is transparentregarding this,” the Colonel said on Feb. 25. For his part, Provincial AdministratorRayfrando Diaz said that the allocation of such funds is based on theinitiative of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, which is chaired by Gov.Eugenio Jose Lacson. Pasaporte also refuted the rebelmovement’s claims over the use of the people’s money to militarize the servicesof the local government in relation to the implementation of thewhole-of-nation approach that aims to end the local communist armed conflictand the Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP). “I encourage him to answer and explainit. I know they have problems over their own funds,” he added. “Let’s respect each other’s opinion andwe hope that the law-abiding Negrenses will see that this is for lasting peacein the province,” Diaz added.(With areport from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – A top official of thePhilippine Army in this province has dismissed the New People’s Army’s (NPA)claims over the use of peace and order fund allocated by the provincialgovernment. For him, NPA’s Apolinario GatmaitanCommand spokesperson Juanito Magbanua, who claimed that the peace fund is beingused for intelligence and psywar operations, should instead explain to his owngroup the corruption in the use of funds of the rebel group in this provinceinstead.last_img read more