Italy proposes 60,000 volunteers for post-virus vigilance

first_imgThey would answer questions and remind the public of social distancing rules, or the need to wear masks, in crowded areas such as beaches, parks and city streets. The volunteers would not be able to fine people. Decaro said Monday that some of these potential volunteers had already “helped deliver groceries or medicines to those who could not leave their homes during the crisis.” “In this new phase, they will help control access to parks or markets, counting the number of people entering or leaving, or explaining the rules of access to beaches when they reopen,” Decaro, who is also president of the Association of Italian Municipalities, said in a statement.Some authorities said they welcomed the idea of more help in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis as they struggle with crowd control at bars, cafes and beaches after two months of lockdown.  “Civic assistants can be useful,” said Paolo Truzu, mayor Sardinia’s capital Cagliari, adding that he envisioned them helping on his city’s beaches. Others, however, scoffed at the idea. “How can we think that 60,000 people found who knows where, trained who knows where will be going around Italy telling Italians what to do on the basis of rules that nobody understands?” asked former government minister Carlo Calenda, leader of the small centrist Azione party, on Twitter. “Is this normal and legitimate in a democratic country?” Giordano Masini, member of the pro-European Piu Europa (More Europe) party, said what Italy needed was more capable professionals. “We need doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, educated people,” Masini said. Topics :center_img Italian officials have proposed creating a 60,000-strong corps of volunteer “civic assistants” who would remind people of the need to observe measures against coronavirus infection as the country emerges from lockdown. The force, to be drawn from among pensioners and the unemployed, is the brainchild of Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia and Antonio Decaro, mayor of the southern city of Bari.The civil protection unit, which manages the various volunteers helping to fight against the COVID-19 epidemic that has caused nearly 33,000 deaths in Italy, would be charged with the recruitment.last_img read more

Travel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors

first_imgTravel Tools Available for Residents, DNC Visitors By: Leslie Richards, Secretary of Transportation Read more blog posts on the Democratic National Convention.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf DNC,  The Blog The Democratic National Convention, being held from July 25 to 28, will bring thousands of visitors, media and others to Philadelphia. Pennsylvania is excited to host this national event and PennDOT is working with national, state and local officials to ensure it’s a safe and smooth one.To help residents and visitors alike, we’ve set up 511pa.com/DNC, a travelers’ website dedicated to this event. There, you can find information on real-time traffic conditions in the Philadelphia region, along with street closures around the convention venue at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia. The site is responsive on mobile devices so you can check the site from just about anywhere!Even if you’re not attending the convention or plan to just pass through the region, I encourage you to check out the site in advance and also during the event so you can plan ahead and avoid any potential inconveniences as much as possible.We’re taking many measures to not only help maintain safety, but also to keep you moving.Road Restrictions, Closures, and DetoursAll interstate highways and expressways in the Philadelphia region will remain open to passenger vehicles throughout the convention. Commuters should allow additional time for travel on I-76, I-676 and Route 291 during this time because these highways will experience heavier traffic volumes due to commercial vehicles being diverted off I-95 (see “Commercial Drivers”). Citizens should consider using public transportation for travel into and out of Center City.The I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) in south Philadelphia also will be closed during convention week.The I-95 north exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be closed from Friday, July 22 at 8:00 PM until midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 exit ramp at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) will be open intermittently during convention week, but only for access to the Navy Yard. The southbound exit-ramp will be closed:Friday, July 22, at 8:00 PM to Saturday, July 23, at 6:00 AM;Monday, July 25, at 2:00 PM to Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 AM;Tuesday, July 26, at 2:00 PM to Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 AM;Wednesday, July 27, at 2:00 PM to Thursday, July 28, at 2:00 AM; andThursday, July 28, at 2:00 PM to midday Friday, July 29.The southbound I-95 off-ramp will be open to the Navy Yard only at all other times during convention week.The posted detours for motorists to follow during the closure of the I-95 exit ramps at Broad Street (Route 611/Exit 17) are:From I-95 North: Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611); andFrom I-95 South: Enterprise Avenue, to Island Avenue, to Route 291 (Penrose Avenue) east, to Moyamensing Avenue, to Oregon Avenue to Broad Street (Route 611).Commercial DriversDue to security at the convention, there will be some commercial vehicle restrictions in place during the event. Commercial vehicles weighing more than five tons will be prohibited from traveling on Interstate 95 between Exit 13 (Interstate 76 West/Route 291/Valley Forge) and Exit 22 (Interstate 676) in Philadelphia from Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM, until midday Friday, July 29.What commercial vehicles are restricted?Among the types of commercial vehicles to be restricted from traveling on this part of I-95 during the convention are delivery trucks, utility vehicles, parcel trucks, small dump trucks, buses, flatbed and stake trucks, refrigerated and box trucks, large delivery trucks, refuse trucks, cement mixers, buses, and all tractor trailer combinations including double trailers.In addition, motor homes and recreational trailers operated for personal use and weighing more than five tons will also be restricted from traveling on this section of I-95.Keeping You Informed and MovingWhen it comes to managing area roadways, PennDOT is working closely with regional transportation partners to coordinate travel-related messaging and the use of electronic message signs to inform commercial drivers and travelers of I-95 travel restrictions in Philadelphia during this special event. Messages will be posted on 109 permanent and portable electronic message signs beginning Saturday, July 16, and continuing throughout the week of the convention.PennDOT will not close travel lanes on the following interstate highways and expressways for construction and maintenance activities from Sunday night, July 24, to Friday morning, July 29: I-76; I-95 between I-676 and I-476: I-676; U.S. 202 between Route 29 and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 23.Expanded, Free Roadside AssistanceTo further help motorists and expedite the reopening of travel lanes resulting from breakdowns or incidents during the convention, PennDOT will operate its State Farm Safety Patrol tow truck service around-the-clock from Saturday, July 23, to Friday, July 29, on I-76; I-95 between Route 63 and the Delaware state line; I-476; I-676; U.S. 202 between Boot Road and I-76; and U.S. 422 between U.S. 202 and Route 29.Visit the City of Philadelphia website to learn more about the convention, receive alerts from the city, and much more. 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Jamaica to benefit from IDB funding

first_imgThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing US$248 million in additional loan support for three government initiatives in Jamaica.Jamaican authorities said the Washington-based financial institution is providing US$160 million for the Public Sector Transformation Project; US$68 million for the National Identification System (NIDS); and US$20 million to further boost national security technology inputs.Agreement signed Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, and IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, signed the agreements at a ceremony that coincided with the seventh annual IDB Caribbean Governors’ Conference, which ended in Kingston on Tuesday.Shaw, who emphasized the importance of the public-sector transformation program, reiterated that 84 State entities are being targeted for closure, divestment, merging or subsuming back into Central Government over the next three years.Shaw, noting that the NIDS implementation is “absolutely important” for Jamaica, said the concept is similar to what obtains in the United States where “everybody born gets a social security card… and that is (the) main instrument that identifies you from birth.I would like to suggest that the backing of the IDB for the promulgation of the NIDS is, I think, ultimate proof of the efficacy of this program,” he added.Regarding the provision for national security, Shaw said “we simply need to bring more technology into the business of crime-fighting”, in order to strengthen public safety and citizen security.Moreno said the IDB’s latest support forms part of the financial institution’s commitment to assist Jamaica to embark on the engagements that will yield higher levels of growth and development.The seventh annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting was hosted by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) under the theme “Jump Caribbean” and focused on helping the region to embrace the digital revolution as a developmental tool.last_img read more