PREMIERE: West End Blend Shares Video For Psychedelic Soul LP Title Track, “Attitude”

first_imgBrass-drenched Connecticut octet West End Blend has quickly grown outside the Northeast as they have begun to make their transition into a full-time touring operation. After hundreds of shows, countless miles on the road, and endless hours in the studio, the 8-piece ensemble has honed in on their own version of retro funk and unrelenting soul. Fronted by vocalist Erica T. Bryan, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while adding their own distinct vibe and flair. Behind her, the Blend packs two guitars, a horn section, bass, keyboards and drums onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic, sweaty, funky basement dance party, the Blend’s goal has always been to bring that same atmosphere to each and every show they’ve played since, including their tuns sharing the stage with the likes of Charles Bradley, Turkuaz, Break Science, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, The Nth Power, The Motet, and more.Watch The Video For West End Blends Funky New Tune, “Smile” [PREMIERE]On October 30th, West End Blend will be releasing Attitude, their most anticipated album to-date. Ahead to the release of their new album, Live For Live Music is excited to premiere the tripped-out psychedelic soul party music video for the album’s title track. The tune is more than just a preview of what to expect from the upcoming album–it serves as the de facto debut of the band’s reenvisioned sound, vibe, and for lack of better words, Attitude.Listen To West End Blend’s Exciting New Album “Say Hey!,” Streaming In Full [Premiere]As vocalist Erica T. Bryan explains, “We’re so excited about this release. Our chemistry together is stronger each year, whether its on stage or during the compositional process, and we wanted to reflect that in this new album. We want to be a force at every show and it’s exciting when our audience feels what we feel on stage. So after months of deliberating on an album title naming it after the ‘Attitude’ track just seemed to make sense. It doesn’t hurt either that over the past year we’ve been fortunate to work with amazing people in places that have allowed us more freedom to realize some of our many crazy ideas. Hopefully some attentive listeners will hear the influence of our R&B roots from earlier albums, and get a small taste of the direction we see ourselves heading in.” Check out the exclusive premiere of the new music video for West End Blend’s “Attitude” below:For more information of West End Blend’s new album, their upcoming tour dates, and more, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Hammonds challenges students

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds cited the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to deliver a message about kindness and community during Morning Prayers at Appleton Chapel. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, said that students should stretch beyond their comfort zones to make Harvard a truly inclusive place, and argued that the College’s new “Class of 2015 Pledge” was an important part of the effort to encourage them to do so.Hammonds said that the beginning of the academic year was a time of renewal for those in academia. She noted that one of the changes at Harvard this year was the introduction of a voluntary pledge that asks freshmen “to advance knowledge, to pro­mote understanding, and to serve society,” and to place “the exercise of kindness … on par with intellectual attainment.”Hammonds acknowledged that some in the Harvard community are uncomfortable with the pledge, but she argued forcefully for the idea behind it. “It is important for us to think about how we live together in the most diverse community of students, scholars, and staff that most of us have ever lived in,” she said. “Living amidst such diversity poses many challenges.”“Asking freshmen — and reminding all the rest of us — that this is a community where kindness and respect are valued on par with intellectual endeavors seems to me, at the end of the day, a small thing to ask,” Hammonds said.To illustrate her point, Hammonds referenced King’s concept of the beloved community. “We are tied together in a single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,” she said, quoting King. “Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribes, our class, and our nation …”Hammonds said that the work of building community is often uncomfortable, and acknowledged that she herself sometimes feels out of her “comfort zone,” but said that it was precisely this awkwardness that created a need for “many ways and venues to talk about what we expect of each other.” She said that the “Class of 2015 Pledge” was a small, but important tool for facilitating this dialogue.“Asking freshmen — and reminding all the rest of us — that this is a community where kindness and respect are valued on par with intellectual endeavors seems to me, at the end of the day, a small thing to ask,” she said. “For diverse communities to function well and to ensure that every person feels valued requires the exercise of kindness.”The Rev. Dorothy A. Austin, associate minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard University and chaplain to the University, presided over Morning Prayers. Austin — who is also co-master of Lowell House — led parishioners in a responsive reading from the Old Testament’s Book of Psalms, and closed the services with a benediction.last_img read more

Student Union Board looks to diversify events, increase branding

first_imgThis past semester, SUB has made it its goal to increase their offerings to a wider range of the student body, and its efforts to diversify the big names they bring to campus have showed, such as in the Karamo Brown talk. SUB’s presence can be felt throughout campus, and the consistent range of events available does not hurt, but its signature event — the fall SUB concert — fell flat, with many students not even realizing it took place this semester and no recognizable artist headlining. Grade: BTags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Karamo Brown, Student Union Board, SUB, SUB concert Bringing high-profile guests, student concerts and movies to the student body, the Student Union Board (SUB) has made its goal diversifying its events and branding itself more distinctly this semester. “We saw a lot of people that knew events that SUB did and have been to some events that SUB has done, but did not know they were SUB events or didn’t even know what SUB was,” senior Allison Dopazo, director of operations for SUB, said. “So we tried to brand ourselves more and increase awareness of who we are as a group.”Bethany Boggess, executive director of SUB, said SUB sponsors campus events on a weekly basis. In the last week alone, SUB hosted a talk with Karamo Brown from the Netflix show “Queer Eye” and held its annual fall concert. Although professional artists typically perform at the SUB fall concert, this year the group chose to showcase student talent.“We mostly just wanted to recognize how much student talent there is on this campus and how few opportunities there are to preform,” Boggess said. “Obviously we have AcoustiCafe, but the fall concert really allowed for other types of performers to engage.” Other notable events from this semester include $3 movies — the most recent being “Polar Express” — and AcoustiCafe, which showcases student performers in a low-key setting Thursday nights in Duncan Student Center.Boggess said the movie showings have been successful for SUB this semester.“We’ve been really strategic with the movies that we’ve chosen to try to consider different groups of students on campus and what they might like to see and not just what we want to see,” she said.Boggess acknowledged that SUB is typically known for its concerts and its ability to bring big names to campus, but she wishes other SUB events would be recognized more. “I think that people mostly know the concerts, which is fun, but I still feel like that’s all anyone is waiting for … but I’m just like, ‘No, look at all these cool things we do, like movies every week for only $3 and we have AcoustiCafe every week,’” Boggess said. “We just did an event where we had a bunch of free pastries and coffee from Einstein’s Bagels and really cool professors came and you could just hang out with them and ask them about their lives. … So I wish that it was easier to get people roped in.”Boggess said she also believes many people on campus do not know their favorite events may be SUB-sponsored and noted an increase in branding as one of their semester goals. “Again, going back to people not attributing events to SUB or people don’t attribute the events that they love to SUB … maybe they know what AnTostal is, but they didn’t realize it was a SUB event,” she said. “ … Maybe that is a branding issue on our part.”Dopazo said nine committees work together to put on the many events SUB hosts, including the Concerts Committee.“I think on a leadership perspective, it’s important that all the lead programmers of the nine committees we have — concerts being one of them — feel equally as important and feel like they’re equally contributing to what SUB is and to the student body in general,” Dopazo said. “Because I don’t think it’s fair for the concerts lead programmer to have all those pressures and then for all the other lead programmers to feel like their stuff isn’t as important, which it obviously is.”Dopazo and Boggess both said they are proud of their work this semester in diversifying SUB’s events, and noted that the AnTostal theme for the coming semester will also be a nod to this effort, though the theme has not been released yet. “This year, I think we’ve diversified our events, and I think that’s because we have had more of an eye for that,” Dopazo said. “One example is the Karamo Brown event. He’s a very proud, gay, black man, and it’s so important to have this kind of voice expressed, especially on our campus.”Dopazo said the organization is trying to promote diversity in its other events as well.“We’ve diversified our movies to incorporate different kinds of interests, and things of that nature,” she said SUB also welcomed a new advisor this year, Alicia Bates, who has helped the group keep a mindful approach to their planning. “[Bates is] really pushing us, and what’s really nice is that since she’s brand new, she’s able to see SUB from a totally external point of view,” Boggess said. “So we will say ‘OK, here’s our movies lineup.’ And she’s like, ‘Why?’ And then you’re forced to think about, ‘OK, why are we doing this?’”With the many different student programming groups on campus, Boggess and Dopazo recognize there are many options for students and have made an effort to work with other groups to create events instead of competing with them. “We try to do so much,” Boggess said. “But I guess overall, we just want to provide programming to the student body that’s something that they want and that they desire for their college experience to make use of Notre Dame as a destination that cool people will want to come and engage in and to just bolster the community as much as possible.”last_img read more

Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer Heads to London’s West End

first_imgAfter a successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, Oppenheimer, starring John Heffernan, will transfer to London’s West End. Tom Morton-Smith’s new play will run at the Vaudeville Theatre and begin previews on March 27. Opening night is scheduled for March 31. The play tells the story of ‘the father of the atomic bomb’ J.Robert Oppenheimer, taking us into the heart of the Manhattan Project and revealing the personal cost of making history. The production will feature design by Robert Innes Hopkins, with lighting by Paul Anderson, music by Grant Olding, sound by Christopher Shutt and choreography by Scott Ambler.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

At least 10 on Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus: minister

first_imgSo far, the results of 31 tests are available, with 10 people on board confirmed to have the virus, he said.”From around 7:30 am (2230 GMT Tuesday), we had them (the 10 who tested positive) get off the vessel, and with cooperation with the coastguard we are sending them to medical organisations,” he said.The rest of the passengers and crew on board the ship will be required to stay on the vessel for 14 days, Kato said, citing the the medical consensus that the new virus has an incubation period of up to two weeks.More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the virus, which has killed nearly 500 people and infected more than 24,000 in mainland China. The outbreak has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a global health emergency, several governments to institute travel restrictions, and airlines to suspend flights to and from China.Around 20 cases had been confirmed in Japan excluding the cruise ship infections, among them citizens returning from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak.There have also been several incidences of apparent person-to-person transmission in Japan, including a tour guide and bus driver who contracted the virus after coming into contact with visitors from Wuhan.Neither had visited China in recent months.Japan has fast-tracked implementation of new rules allowing it to deny entry to people who have recently travelled to Wuhan, or those with Chinese passports issued there.It has evacuated more than 500 Japanese citizens from the city at the centre of the outbreak, and attracted some criticism for its relatively loose quarantine approach.Those returning were asked to voluntarily submit to testing for the new virus and requested to “self-quarantine”, rather than being forcibly isolated as other countries did with their citizens.Two returning Japanese citizens initially refused to be tested at all, though they later changed their mind.Japanese officials say the current designation of the virus does not allow for either forcible quarantine of those not diagnosed with the virus, nor mandatory testing for those suspected to have it.Topics : At least 10 people on a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus, Japan’s health minister said on Wednesday.Japan quarantined the vessel carrying 3,711 people and was testing those onboard for the virus after a former passenger was diagnosed with the illness after disembarking in Hong Kong.Health Minister Katsunobu Kato told reporters that specimens were collected from more than 200 people on board the Diamond Princess.last_img read more

Why wait?: Garut village gives itself unlimited internet for Rp 33,000 a month

first_imgThe network has provided unlimited internet access for the 257 families of Cilimus Hideung village for only Rp 33,000 (US$ 2.24) per family per month.“This has been my dream for five years, and it’s so nice to see it come true,” Budi said, as quoted by on Monday.“Hopefully, we can expand the network to 15 kilometers by the end of this month so that internet access can reach the neighboring villages of Cibunar and Mekarsari,” he said.Villagers can purchase daily or weekly Internet subscriptions from Bumka staff or from their community and neighborhood unit heads.  Tati, a resident of Cilimus Hideung, said she really appreciated the affordable internet access provided by Bumka Tekno Sains, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which had forced students to study from home.“For Rp 33,000, my children can study online,” she said, adding that she previously had to spend more for mobile internet data so that her children could attend online classes.Unfortunately, Budi said, he had yet to obtain an Internet Service Provider (ISP) license, but he hoped that the government would help facilitate the administrative process to obtain it.“We’ve only asked for the government’s help for the license. We’ve already constructed the infrastructure and other necessities,” Budi said. (dpk)Topics : Residents of Cilimus Hideung village in Cibatu district, Garut, West Java, are now able to access low-cost internet thanks to the efforts of resident Budi Hermawan.Budi, who has worked in the IT and internet industry for the past few years, has established the Techno Science Village-owned Enterprise (Bumka Tekno Sains), which has installed 5 kilometers of a targeted 15-kilometer fiber-optic internet network. last_img read more

Protestors clash with Seattle police in latest outcry over US feds

first_imgUS police used flashbang grenades, pepper spray and tear gas as protestors marched in cities across the country amid a wave of public anger over Donald Trump’s planned “surge” of federal agents into major metropolises.The demonstrations against racism and police brutality — sparked by the death in Minneapolis of unarmed African-American George Floyd — come as the US president faces an increasingly tough battle for re-election, and is campaigning heavily on a platform of “law and order”.Protestors marched in Austin, Texas, as well as Louisville in Kentucky, New York, Omaha, California’s Oakland and Los Angeles, and Richmond in Virginia — where riot police fired chemical agents at a Black Lives Matter march, according to US media. In Seattle the sounds of repeated small detonations rang out in some streets, and smoke rose from an area where demonstrators had set fire to trailers by a construction site for a youth detention facility, an AFP reporter observed. Protestors slashed car tires and smashed trailer windows.Police in riot gear faced off against the protestors, some holding umbrellas against falling pellets of pepper spray.Late Saturday, Seattle Police said 45 people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations, which they designated a riot, according to the force’s official Twitter account. Police Chief Carmen Best implored people to “come in peace to the city,” and castigated the demonstrations. “The rioters had no regard for the community’s safety, for officers’ safety or for the businesses and property that they destroyed,” local media reported her as saying.The latest violence came after police and federal agents fired tear gas and forcefully dispersed protestors further south in Portland early Saturday, also in anger over Trump’s heavily-criticized surge of security forces.The city, the biggest in the state of Oregon, has seen nightly protests against racism and police brutality for nearly two months, initially sparked by Floyd’s death. Portland is also a stage for the highly controversial crackdown by federal agents ordered by Trump — one that is not supported by local officials, and which many say smacks of authoritarianism.Saturday’s demonstration began peacefully, with crowds playing music and dancing, blowing soap bubbles and attaching red roses to the barricades.But it ended — like many before it — with tear gas fired after protestors attached ropes to barricades surrounding the city’s courthouse in an attempt to pull them down.Portland police declared the area a riot, ordering protestors to leave, before they were joined by federal officers to clear the area.An AFP reporter saw at least two men being detained and escorted from the scene by federal officers.Portland police earlier confirmed a man was stabbed, with the suspect “held down by protestors” before he was detained by officers and charged with assault, according to a statement.The victim was transported to hospital with a serious injury.Earlier, protestors who spoke to AFP complained of the federal agents in the city and voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.”I don’t like what’s happening down here, what Trump is doing,” Mike Shikany, a 55-year-old aerospace engineer, said, adding he did not “want to get anywhere near the little green men,” meaning the federal troops.Portland retiree Jean Mullen, 74, said that without pressure nothing would change.”It’s time to become the country we always brag about being. And we can’t brag anymore, about anything. We aren’t first in anything and it’s a terrible, terrible thing to see at the end of my life,” she said.The inspector general of the US Justice Department on Thursday opened an official investigation into the federal crackdown, but an Oregon federal judge on Friday rejected a legal bid by the state to stop agents from detaining protestors.Trump last week announced a “surge” of federal agents to crime hotspots including Chicago, following an increase in violence in the nation’s third-largest city.Agents deployed there will partner with local law enforcement, not riot control forces as seen in Portland. Local officials have warned they would draw the line at any Portland-style deployment.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisis

first_img April 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania secured a $26.5 million federal grant to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic. The departments of Aging, Drug and Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services jointly filed the successful grant application that will increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD).“The scourge that is heroin and opioid abuse must be attacked and this significant influx of federal dollars will help us in our fight,” Governor Wolf said. “We are combatting this crisis head on; that’s why I’ve made Cures Act funding an integral part of my 2017-18 budget, so we can focus dollars where they are needed – to expand access to treatment services. This important funding will build upon my administration’s extensive efforts to combat this epidemic.”The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant, which was funded by the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama in December 2016. The $1 billion grant over the next two years is to help combat the heroin and opioid epidemic in all 50 states. Pennsylvania received the fourth-largest grant award, behind California, Texas, and Florida.The Cures Act grant announcement is phase one of two and totals $485 million. States can use the federal grants to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, implement prevention activities, and train health care providers on overdose prevention and recognizing potential cases of substance abuse.“This funding is critical for Pennsylvania,” said Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “Families continue to be ravaged by the disease of addiction and we must stop the momentum of this epidemic.“These funds will initially be used to identify gaps in treatment services and locations where there are capacity shortages. The grant will enhance prevention efforts and raise awareness of the disease and ways to find help.”Funding will support a comprehensive array of prevention, treatment, and recovery services depending on the needs of recipients. States and territories were awarded funds based on rates of overdose deaths and unmet need for heroin and opioid addiction treatment.“Pennsylvania loses 10 people a day to this epidemic. Each one is someone’s family member, neighbor, colleague, and friend,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “This funding will help the Wolf Administration continue to address the issue comprehensively through prevention, education, and treatment.”The project will support a comprehensive response to the heroin and opioid epidemic using a strategic planning process to conduct needs and capacity assessments. The results of the assessments will identify gaps and resources from which to build upon existing substance use prevention and treatment activities.The commonwealth’s initial strategies have been developed and will include:Provide clinically appropriate treatment services to 6,000 individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.Expand treatment capacity for Medication Assisted Treatment for OUD.Expand treatment capacity for underserved populations by targeted workforce development and cultural competency training.Improve quality of prescribing practices through prescriber education.Increase community awareness of OUD issues and resources through public awareness activities.Expand implementation of warm hand-off referral practices to increase the number of patients transferred directly from the emergency department to substance use treatment.Increase the number of youth receiving evidence-based prevention and life skills education programs.Improve identification and referral of students for assessment and treatment by providing training to school personnel.Expand Pennsylvania’s integration of its Prescription Drug Monitoring Program data at the point-of-care, promoting ease-of-use of this data in clinical decision-making.“The Cures Act funding will be crucial in our fight against Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic,” Department of Health Secretary Murphy said. “This funding will provide an opportunity for the commonwealth to enhance the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, providing physicians with the ability to monitor and control the overprescribing of opioids and help identify those who are in need of treatment.”“Substance use disorder, particularly relating to prescription drugs, among adults age 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country, yet it remains under-identified, under-diagnosed, and under-treated,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne.  “Securing this federal grant will enable the Wolf Administration to further strengthen its efforts to identify, treat, and provide a pathway to recovery across the lifespan.”In 2015, there were over 33,000 heroin and opioid deaths in the United States; 3,500 of those occurred in Pennsylvania.center_img Governor Wolf Secures $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisislast_img read more

Premier League: Super-sub Lacazette lifts Arsenal’s Euro bid

first_img Loading… Arteta praised Lacazette’s focus in the face of his demotion.But he said the form of youngster Eddie Nketiah, who started against the Hammers, plus the presence of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who played on the left but could easily lead the attack, meant he had a welcome selection problem.“We have two strikers that are making life difficult for me. They are both scoring and in a good moment,” Arteta said.“I thought Eddie was the choice today with the way we wanted to play. But I knew Laca was ready to score in the final moments.I could see in his face he was alert and focused when I was talking to him.”Arsenal’s third successive Premier League win lifted them within five points of fourth placed Chelsea, who play Everton on Sunday.Earning a Champions League berth still looks a long-shot for Arsenal, especially after this uneven display.But the Gunners, who face Manchester City on Wednesday, are unbeaten in their last eight league games and showed commendable spirit to make the late breakthrough.“I’m happy because big teams find a way when they aren’t playing well. You can build from there, with the unity and solidarity the players are showing,” Arteta said.“We are turning the corner in terms of results, but our ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see. It doesn’t happen overnight.”West Ham have lost five of their last seven league games and, with only one win in their past nine, they are destined for a nervous finish to the season as they battle to avoid relegation.“We didn’t deserve to lose. We played very well. We didn’t take the chances when we had them,” West Ham manager David Moyes said.“I felt we should have been in front by half-time. That’s the disappointing thing.”– Lacazette impact –Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka carelessly surrendered an early chance to Jarrod Bowen, whose long-range drive slipped through Bernd Leno’s grasp onto the near post.West Ham’s enterprising opening was nearly undone when Sokratis thumped his close-range header onto the bar from Aubameyang’s cross.There were still plenty of holes for West Ham to exploit and only a shocking miss from Michail Antonio stopped them scoring just before half-time.Issa Diop climbed above Aubameyang and headed Mark Noble’s corner to Antonio, who somehow managed to screw wide from just two yards.It took a superb save from Leno to deny Antonio’s close-range header. Mikel Arteta admitted he cannot guarantee Alexandre Lacazette will win back his place in the Arsenal team after the French striker came off the bench to clinch a 1-0 victory against West Ham on Saturday.Advertisement Read Also: Barcelona confidence unaffected by fan frustration, says SetienArteta sent on Lacazette in place of Nketiah for the final 30 minutes and his arrival turned the game.Lacazette broke the deadlock with his ninth goal of the season in the 78th minute.Aubameyang’s shot deflected off Declan Rice and looped to Ozil, whose header found Lacazette for a clinical close-range finish that survived a lengthy VAR review.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Arteta’s side struggled to find any momentum for long periods at the Emirates Stadium and could easily have been behind before Lacazette settled a scrappy London derby.He turned in Mesut Ozil’s header with 12 minutes left, but it took several minutes before VAR finally confirmed the German was onside when he laid on the goal.It was a sweet moment for Lacazette, who has been reduced to a substitute role on several occasions since Arteta took charge in December.“It is my job to give the manager a big headache. I’m struggling to make the team but I’m happy to score again,” said Lacazette, who has three goals in his last four games.“Now I have to play well again the next game. Everyone wants to give their best.”last_img read more

Taal Volcano ash can travel a hundred kilometers or more

first_img“How many people are being affected bythis eruption? I ask everybody to pray that Taal’s eruption won’t last long andwon’t affect so many of our people,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas yesterday. ILOILO City – The erupting TaalVolcano in Batangas province may be hundreds of kilometers away but Ilonggosshould still be concerned. Volcanic ash can reach distant locations. No area in the region has so farreported ash fall, said Atty. Ramar Niel Pascua, chief of the Legal Section ofEMB Region 6. According to Mayor Treñas, he hasfriends in Tagaytay City overlooking the Taal Volcano and in Metro Manila whoreported experiencing ash fall from the eruption. The Philippine Institute ofVolcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the alert level at Taal Volcano tofour yesterday, meaning an “explosive eruption” could happen in the cominghours or days. GREEN AND ASH-FREE. The forest cover of Tapaz, Capiz in central Panay Island remains verdant and not covered with volcanic ash. No ash fall from Taal Volcano’s eruption in faraway Batangas province has so far been reported in any part of the island and the rest of Western Visayas, according to the Environmental Management Bureau that is monitoring Region 6’s air quality. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The TaalVolcano, about 60 kilometers south of Manila, is one of the country’s mostactive and dangerous, owing to the number of people that live in its immediatevicinity. “(The shardsof glass) are hazardous to the lungs,” Michalski said. “You don’t want stufflike that in your lungs. It can get lodged in there and make you quite ill.” Ash from thevolcano – which carries microscopic shards of glass – could potentially becarried 100 kilometers or more, contaminating the air and water supplies indistant locations, according to Joseph Michalski, director of the Earth andPlanetary Science division at the University of Hong Kong, in an interview withthe Cable News Network (CNN). “Let us pray that we will be sparedfrom both man-made and natural calamities,” said Alcayaga. Toxic gases emitted from the eruptionare another threat, Michalski added. PHIVOLCSrequested a “total evacuation” of everyone within a 17-kilometer radius aroundthe volcano. This area, considered a volcanic danger zone, is home to more than450,000 residents, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordinationof Humanitarian Affairs. The distance between this city andBatangas is approximately 376 kilometers, and by the nautical highway (via rollon, roll off ship), it is 552 kilometers. This is a considerable distance butash from exploding volcanoes such as Taal could travel for hundreds ofkilometers. Governmentagencies have urged a “total evacuation” of nearly half a million peoplenearManila after Taal spewed ash up to 14 kilometers into the air on Sunday,prompting warnings of a possible “explosive eruption.” Father Edcel Alcayaga of Iloilo City’sParish of San Jose de Placer appealed for prayers, too. As of this writing yesterday, WesternVisayas remained free from Taal’s volcanic ash, according to the EnvironmentMonitoring and Enforcement Division of the Environmental Management Bureau(EMB) in Region 6. As ofyesterday, more than 16,400 people had sought shelter in temporary evacuationcenters set up by the authorities. The total number of evacuees is likely to behigher, however, with many people choosing to stay with family members andrelatives in other parts of the country. (Witha report from CNN/PN)last_img read more