BLOG: We Stand with U.S. House Members Looking to Ban Discrimination Equality, National Issues, Non-discrimination, The Blog The U.S. House passed a proposal Wednesday night to protect federal workers from being fired on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Sponsored by Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), the measure was approved 223-195.In April, Governor Tom Wolf signed non-discrimination executive orders in an effort to explicitly and decisively end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in the executive branch of our state government.“Pennsylvania is open for business no matter who you are or whom you love.” — Governor WolfBut while these executive orders apply to commonwealth employees and employees of organizations with contracts or grants from the commonwealth, we still need to ensure the commonwealth extends protections statewide. Governor Wolf is committed to working with the legislature to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill that protects all Pennsylvanians, and encourages federal legislators to continue enacting measures to protect fundamental human rights. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf May 26, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
ILOILO – Four employees – three females and one male – of the local government unit (LGU) of the municipality of Lemery who were initially found positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a rapid diagnostic test were now cleared from the infection. The town mayor said two of them were job hires while two were permanent personnel. They were tested positive for a rapid test on June 10 and underwent a confirmatory testing on the following day. He considered the results as a triumph for Lemery in its continued fight against the virus. Villegas said they had not traveled outside the town and had no contact with any suspected COVID-19 case. Villegas added the town remained free from COVID-19. However, he appealed to his constituents to remain calm and observe health safety protocols such as wearing facemask, observing physical distancing and hand washing./PN They were among the 200 municipal employees, as well as police and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel, tested by the local government unit. “Malipayon namon nga gina-anunsyo sa tanan nga negative ang ila results,” Mayor Oscar “Embong” Villegas said, adding the four yielded negative results in the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test for COVID-19. Villegas said the four employees were immediately subjected to the more reliable RT-PCR for further verification because rapid COVID test results are deemed inconclusive. Mayor Oscar Villegas Jr. of Lemery, Iloilo undergoes rapid testing for COVID-19 on June 10, 2020. Four employees of the local government earlier found positive of the disease after undergoing a rapid test were tested negative during the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test. PNA
Our country has been continuously creating innovative initiatives aimed at improving the destination, as well as bolstering our marketing efforts in new and emerging markets. I am very happy that we have been recognized for our hard work, during this event, among other leading destinations.”The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA), a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998, organizes the event. The awards recognize individuals and organisations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of tourism from different sectors of the travel trade and service providers related directly or indirectly to the industry.The Minister also noted that locally, the industry continues to break records for arrivals and revenue earned, making it a critical industry in the country’s growth agenda.“Destination Jamaica has been performing exceptionally well. I am very proud to say that each year we continue to see an increase in the number of visitors to our shores – most of which have been to our island at least once before. This I am sure can be credited to our beautiful attractions and of course friendly people, who have also been able to earn from the industry,” he said.The total visitor arrivals for 2016 stood at 3,837,243 with 2,181,684 being stopovers. In 2017, total arrivals broke the 4 million mark to end the year at 4,276,189. The record-breaking streak continued into 2018 when the country welcomed 4,318,600 visitors.The statistics show that last year stopover arrivals exceeded the previous year by 5.1 percent but when compared to 2016, growth was a whopping 13.3 percent. The USA market in particular, grew by 7.5 percent in 2018 over 2017.Preliminary figures for airport arrivals for the period of January 1 to February 17 2019 show Montego Bay recording 275,902 and Kingston 44,400 for a total of 320,602. That is 31,172 or 10.2 percent increase in arrivals over the 2018 corresponding period.The country also welcomed 469,000 cruise passengers, last month, which is 43,000 more tourists compared to the corresponding time last yearProjected figures for the 2018/19 fiscal year show gross earnings at US$3.334 billion, an 8.8 percent increase over the last fiscal year. Stopover arrivals are also projected at 2.713 million, which is a 6.2 percent increase.The ceremony forms part of ITB Berlin, which is the largest tourism tradeshow in the world – the foremost business platform for global touristic offers and a prime marketplace and driving force behind the international tourism industry. It highlights hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, airlines among others related to the travel industry. ITB is also the ideal forum for establishing new customer contacts and conducting business. On March 7, Jamaica was presented with the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association’s (PATWA) International Travel Award for Destination of the Year, in Berlin, Germany.Speaking at the ceremony, Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett said, “Jamaica is truly honoured to once again receive a prestigious award from the internationally recognized PATWA organization.