The town of Buenavista has a total of 36 villages. Around 40,000 residents can avail themselves of the ID card./PN ILOILO City – The municipality of Buenavista, Guimaras has launched a resident’s identification (ID) card system for faster contact tracing despite the province remaining free from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection. He encouraged the residents – aged five years old and above – to avail themselves of the ID card which is issued by the municipality for free.“Ang local government unit (LGU) nag gasto gid sini para sa protection sang aton pumuluyo, so I appeal to all residents to avail the ID kay free man ini,” said Reyes. Mayor Eugenio Reyes said the ID card is for residents to use at the Buenavista wharf when going to and arriving from Iloilo City and when visiting the municipal office. In order to have the ID card, residents should fill out first a personal data form which they can get from their respective village officials.According to Reyes, they are the first LGU in Western Visayas to implement the ID system which aims to strengthen safety measures against the virus.“The province of Guimaras remains the only province in Western Visayas to be COVID-free, yet we are not complacent. We are exerting all our efforts by observing proper protocols and precautions as mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases. Contact tracing to individuals with confirmed, probable and suspected exposure to the virus and isolation and quarantine measures are carried out,” the mayor added. “If they (already) have the ID, they can swipe them in a scanner. A printed receipt indicating the date, time of entry or exit and name of the motorboat will then come out. In case a person is positive for COVID-19, it’s easy to conduct contact tracing,” he explained. For non-residents, they have to fill out the required forms when entering or leaving Buenavista, Reyes added. Mayor Eugenio Reyes of Buenavista, Guimaras swipes his resident identification (ID) card on a scanner at the town’s wharf on July 1. The municipality has launched the ID card system for easier coronavirus disease 2019 contact tracing. RUBY SILUBRICO/PN
The Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs managed to hold off a charge from some top competition to finish fourth overall at the Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tournament Sunday in the Shuswap Country.The Leafs dropped a semi final contest to the eventual champion from Aldergrove in the team’s final contest Sunday.“We are a Tier III team . . . and this was a Tier II (12-team) tournament so the boys performance exceeded our expectations,” said Nelson coach Jeff Hunt.“In addition, we had two defence injured and one recovering from injury so one forward (Nolan Percival, Grayson Reitmeier or Michael Viala) had to alternate to defence for the weekend,” Hunt added.The Leafs pulled out two come from behind wins over Williams Lake and Salmon Arm before dropping a close two-goal contest to a team from Vancouver.In the first three games Nelson allowed a minuscule seven goals thanks to some solid netminding.“Our goalies Adam Maida and Brayden Pompou were outstanding,” Hunt exclaimed.Brandon Sookro and Viala led the team in scoring. The Reps consist of 14 players and two goalies, with two of the skaters from [email protected]
Way back in 1959 the late Billy Grammer recorded his biggest hit, Gotta Travel On. The 2011 Grand Forks International Baseball tournament (GFI) is just around the corner, and many baseball players could well be singing this song as they prepare to travel to Grand Forks. It is quite fascinating to follow their stories. We are very much a mobile generation and summer is the main season for packing up and taking off hither and yon. GFI ballplayers are different in that they are not on sightseeing trips nor family visits. Moving around comes with their desire to continue playing a game they love and in many cases to extend their careers. Those in the latter group still have a dream to play professionally and the GFI is a place and event where they have yet another opportunity to hone their skills, grow as athletes and perhaps be noticed by a scout sitting in the stands evaluating talent. In the 31-year history of this glorious tournament the numbers that have visited our community and area are staggering. I looked at only two team rosters from 2010, Lewiston and Team Canada. Lewiston had 15 players from California, representing 14 cities; Team Canada listed 14 players from Ontario, representing 10 communities. And this was less than half their rosters. It is relevant that the B.C. government’s Hosting BC program recently gave $5,000 to the GFI organizing committee. Consider this year’s event. It begins with a team from Australia travelling from the southern hemisphere to play at the GFI. There’s Kevin Atkinson from Surrey, B.C. attended college for four years in New Mexico, played this year in France, came back to play for Canada last month at the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George and will be at the GFI with the Langley Blaze. Another Surrey resident, Nick Senior, has played the last two seasons for the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds. This summer he travelled to Saskatchewan to play for the Melville Millionaires in the very competitive Western Major Baseball League. Nick’s season just ended, he was named to the League All-Star team, and will quickly get back to Vancouver and join his UBC teammates as they prepare for another trip to Grand Forks as Team Canada. Dane Donegan from Denver, Colorado completed High School with a grade point average of 4.1, and after doing a lot of research chose to begin his post-secondary education in Canada at UBC where he will also play for the T-Birds baseball team. Dane will be in Grand Forks, and so will his parents. Taylor King is currently pitching for the Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers. Their season ends on Aug. 30 but Taylor has ‘gotta travel on’ for his next stop is Boundary Country. And as this is being written, John Caputo from Toronto is in Moncton, NB, playing third base for Team Ontario at the Canada Cup. Soon afterwards, John will hop on a plane and fly to Vancouver; he is enrolled as a freshman at UBC, and his first game will be at beautiful James Donaldson Park. These travel plans I have mentioned only scratch the surface. Many other baseball players are on the move, journeying to Grand Forks, and this community should be proud to host them for a week. So many athletes and their family members will discover Grand Forks and our area. Sport tourism is now the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. For three decades thousands have travelled various routes to get to our scenic community to watch baseball. For those of us who live here, our privilege and unique opportunity is to welcome them while displaying warm hospitality.