Source: OcadoWaldrons Profiterole ParadiseThink of this dessert as a combination of a caramel tart and profiteroles. It starts with a crisp pastry base which is filled with caramel sauce before cream-stuffed profiteroles are added on top. The whole tart is then smothered in Belgian chocolate ganache and a drizzle of caramel sauce. Source: OcadoCroquant ChocolatMade by Picard, this pastry is described as a “triumph of chocolate”. It contains chocolate mousse, hazelnut chocolate and an almond biscuit base. Here’s what some of the nation’s other retailers have planned for festive bakery in 2020:Asda Christmas range 2020Aldi Christmas range 2020Tesco Christmas range 2020Waitrose Christmas range 2020 Ocado says it wants to bring something different to the table this Christmas.This includes daring flavours, secret ingredients and suppliers consumers won’t find anywhere else.It will also be bringing some of Marks & Spencer’s Christmas products, some of which are featured below, to the table as part of a wider deal between the two retailers.Here’s what the online retailer has planned: Source: OcadoOur Best Ever Steak PieAnother entrance from the M&S range, and recommended as part of a Boxing Day menu, is the steak pie. The all-butter pastry crust is filled with slow-cooked beef and caramelised onion gravy made from the roasting pan juices and smoked bacon lardons. Source: OcadoMany-Shaped Miscellany of Biscuits for CheeseMade by Thomas J. Fudge’s, these inventively named biscuits for cheese feature four variants – oat & chive biscuits, charcoal hearts, multi-seed crackers and wheat & rye toasts. They are described as an “essential biscuit quartet for scrumptious slices and spreads”. Source: OcadoMince Pie GelatoWhile not strictly a bakery product, it does utilise elements of the Christmas classic. The limited-edition gelato is packed with plump raisins and chunks of shortcrust pastry, with a liberal splash of Pedro Ximénez sherry to top it all off. Source: OcadoWinter Berry PavlovaPart of the M&S offering, this dessert features torched toffee meringue topped with British cream, tart winter berries and a fruit sauce drizzled on top.
By the looks of all the guitars hanging up on the wall, it appears that Perry’s latest signature model could get a wide release for fans to purchase and play with their own version of the axe.Aerosmith will be honored with the unveiling of their own star on the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” on Thursday. The celebratory event will keep the momentum going for the classic rock band, as they also announced this week that their “Deuces Are Wild” residency in Las Vegas has been extended to early December. Fans can head over to the tour page on their website for more ticket info. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has kept himself busy since returning to the public eye following emergency hospitalization last November. Perry was with his Aerosmith bandmates in Atlanta earlier this month to perform at a pre-Super Bowl concert, followed by another performance in Los Angeles on Sunday for Steven Tyler‘s Grammy-watching party/foundation fundraiser. While in Los Angeles, Perry recently stopped by one of Gibson Guitar‘s west coast showrooms, where he recorded a brief video to give fans the first look at his forthcoming signature line of Les Paul guitars.Anyone who has followed Perry’s career over the years knows that he’s a huge fan of Gibson’s Les Paul model, and has even helped design a few of his own signature guitars for the brand in the past. The latest design is that of a simple bronze-burst finish, with only two control knobs on the body of the guitar compared to the typical four. The guitar also only has one pickup with no visible switch for players to toggle between “treble” and “rhythm” modes when plugged in. According to the statement made by Perry along with a video shared to his Twitter early Wednesday, the latest design took nearly three years of work before coming to a final product. Fans can check out the guitarist’s latest Les Paul model in the video below.
Decades before the Civil War, girls as young as 11 helped gather signatures on anti-slavery petitions sent on to a recalcitrant U.S. Congress. That simple act of canvassing became a crucible of activism that transformed the American political landscape, propelling generations of women into social causes after the war.So argues a new paper co-written at Harvard. The “skills and contacts” that canvassing conferred on women who opposed slavery, wrote Harvard political scientist Daniel Carpenter in the American Political Science Review, “empowered their later activism.” In great numbers, he said, these former canvassers went on to use their new mastery of networking, persuasion, and organization in other movements, including campaigning for women’s right to vote.Carpenter is the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government, director of Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies, and director of social sciences at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.He and co-author Colin D. Moore, Ph.D. ’09, a professor at the University of Hawaii, analyzed a new data set of more than 8,500 anti-slavery petitions sent to Congress between 1833 and 1845 — information that took eight years to gather, said Carpenter. The petitions themselves are not digitized, but the data set locating and characterizing them is the first “comprehensive statistical analysis” of such documents sent to Congress during the era of the infamous “gag rule” on the issue.In 1835 the 25th Congress, under pressure from pro-slavery Southern Democrats, imposed restrictions on those petitions, which in those days were often called “prayers,” or pleas for redress of social ills. Petitions could still be sent to Congress, the rule said, but they would not be read on the floor, entered into the record, or referred to committee. That invalidated the time-honored steps, from the colonial era on, by which petitions often became the bases for new laws.It was during this time that former President John Quincy Adams, then a congressman representing the Quincy-Braintree district of Massachusetts, would rise from his seat to offer an anti-slavery petition, only to be shouted down.There is a century of scholarship looking at the gag rule itself, said Carpenter, but little on the petitions sent to Congress during that era, and no “complete description of them.” (Most such petitions called for mild, halfway reforms, and seldom an outright ban on slavery.)But the gag rule, called the Pinckney Resolution 3, led to something quite different from its intent. Overnight, the number of anti-slavery petitions increased. And the gag rule awakened fervor among American women, said Carpenter.Before 1836, women had been active in largely nonpolitical reform movements such as benevolence and temperance societies, he said. But now they feared that petitioning — their primary means of public political expression — was threatened. They ceased just signing petitions, and began writing them and mobilizing volunteer canvassers.“Women’s canvassing exploded,” especially from 1837 to 1841, the study said. “The gag rule … cast women’s separation from the public sphere in stark relief.”The effect was electric and permanent, said Carpenter. “It mobilized an entire generation of women,” he said. “It is quite clear that the gag rule was perceived as a spiritual and political affront.”Female canvassers and their male counterparts stepped up the volume of anti-slavery petitions to Congress, said Carpenter. “Even though they knew these petitions were being tabled, thousands of them were flowing in.” He now sees the gag rule as a moment that changed the American political landscape by changing the role women played in it.The flood of anti-slavery petitions suggests a puzzling question. “You petition the sovereign, which goes back to the Middle Ages,” said Carpenter. “But why do you spend more energy doing so when you know the sovereign has sworn to ignore them?”The answer is that the “main audience” for anti-slavery petitions was not Congress, he said, but the press and the American public, the “townships, villages, rural hamlets across the United States where the state of anti-slavery opinion was still in play.”At that time, women could not vote or own property, but as canvassers they quickly deployed the advantages already theirs: extensive social networks and powers of persuasion honed by arguing issues of moral reform. Women also made good canvassers, said Carpenter, because they were perceived as trustworthy — unsullied by partisan life, and therefore not subject to political corruption.Add stamina, perhaps, to that list of women’s advantages. Many anti-slavery petitioners walked 20 miles or more a week in search of signatures. “It was a formative moment,” said Carpenter of the talk-filled strolls while canvassing. “Walking was both a sign of physical and spiritual and emotional commitment, and a pathway to their future activism.”Stamina and other advantages paid off, the study said. Female activists gathered twice as many signatures as their male counterparts during canvassing, even though they circulated the same document in the same cities and towns. “The ability of women to sign petitions as women, en masse, and to take an organizational role,” said Carpenter, “really marks a huge break with the social and political structures of the time.”The study also found that women were four times likelier than men to come to post-Civil War activism through prewar anti-slavery petitioning.Anti-slavery petitions of that era, not surprisingly, reflected the gender divide of antebellum America. There were women-only petitions, emphasized in the Carpenter-Moore study, along with petitions in which the columns of signatures were segregated by gender.“Women and men were regarded as having separate spheres,” said Carpenter, who in the paper acknowledged Harvard historian Nancy F. Cott’s contribution to the scholarship of 19th-century norms of gender segregation. She is the Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History and the author of the landmark 1977 book “The Bonds of Womanhood: ‘Woman’s Sphere’ in New England, 1780-1835.”The Carpenter-Moore study undercuts the myth that social activism among women was driven by those in the higher classes. Women and girls active in antebellum petitioning, they found, “came disproportionately from the middle and lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.”One of the youngest known canvassers was Charlotte Woodward of western New York, who began gathering signatures at about age 11, apparently without the company of her mother. A few years later, in 1848, Woodward was living at home, making a few dollars at piecework by sewing gloves. But anti-slavery canvassing had primed her for activism. At 18, she became the youngest signer of the Seneca Falls Declaration, the primary document of civil rights for American women. Woodward was the only one of the original 68 Seneca Falls signatories to live to see women win the right to vote in 1920.To get to Seneca Falls in 1848, Woodward remembered riding 40 miles in “a democrat wagon drawn by fat farm horses,” joining a long procession of women and girls and sympathetic men. She also resented her menial work in those days, unrewarded by regular wages: “I do not believe there was any community anywhere in which the souls of some women were not beating their wings in rebellion,” Woodward said later. “Every fiber of my being rebelled.”Adding to the energy of the era, said Carpenter, was the Second Great Awakening, a revival-centered religious movement in which people turned to a communion with God that did not require the intercession of a church authority, a mindset that jibed with a time when petitioning for social reform reached an analogously energetic pitch. (Woodward herself lived in the “Burned-Over District,” a region of New York ablaze with revivals, including Seneca Falls.)The Carpenter-Moore study reminds readers of other now-obscure figures. Lydia Carpenter of Boston was a teenager when she started as an anti-slavery canvasser. The study also reanimates forgotten Massachusetts activist Maria Weston Chapman, chief lieutenant to anti-slavery icon William Lloyd Garrison.The study reminds readers of the equally forgotten Angelina and Sarah Grimke, a pair of South Carolina sisters who, as witnesses to slavery, went on to write and make public speeches on behalf of both racial and gender equality, sometimes as the stones from mobs outside rattled against the windows.Women canvassers received transformational training in activism, the Carpenter-Moore study found. The study also reintroduced a hidden treasure to researchers investigating the origins of American political activity in the early 19th century: a trove of petitions now languishing in state and national archives.In February, Carpenter and his colleagues will unveil a digitized set of petitions of all kinds sent to the Massachusetts Legislature between 1770 and 1870. Those petitions, are “much more strident” than those forwarded to Washington, D.C. “If you sent them to the U.S. Congress,” said Carpenter, “you took a more conservative tone.”Beyond the Massachusetts petitions, and those of 1833 to 1845, there are untapped troves of petition records all over North America, he said, two centuries or more of formal pleas in English, French, Spanish, and Native American languages on social, economic, and religious issues. “We certainly don’t have anything resembling a full record,” said Carpenter.So in the next few years he plans to research a wide-ranging book. “In the longer term, I’m interested in the history of petitioning in North America,” said Carpenter. “It’s not just a United States story.”
CSENGELE, Hungary (AP) — A kosher slaughterhouse in southern Hungary has increased its exports to Belgium since the European Union’s highest court upheld a Flanders region law that prohibited slaughtering animals without first stunning them into unconsciousness. But the traditional methods practiced at Quality Poultry also are at the center of a debate over animal rights and religious rights. Last month’s European Court of Justice ruling has provoked fears of eventual EU-wide prohibitions on ritual slaughter. Animal rights groups say that slitting the throats of livestock and poultry while they are conscious amounts to animal cruelty. Jewish religious authorities consider pre-slaughter stunning to be a prohibited form of injury that renders meat and poultry non-kosher.
Weather conditions were warmer and drier than normal across most of the state during November, causing drought and extremely dry conditions to again expand across Georgia.While most of Georgia will experience rain in early to mid-December, drier conditions are projected to return by the end of the month.Only Georgia’s coast and the Savannah River basin remained free from drought conditions by the end of November. But even those areas, affected by hurricanes Matthew and Hermine earlier in the fall, were abnormally dry by the end of the month.The dry weather allowed farmers to plant onions and harvest cotton and peanuts. However, dry conditions made it impossible for farmers to successfully plant winter grains or forage crops. Those who did saw their plants germinate and then shrivel from the lack of rainfall.Forest fires in north Georgia and beyond caused respiratory distress in livestock in mid-November, and outpatient visits by people with respiratory issues increased due to the heavy smoke in the area. Some farmers reported being reluctant to run their farm equipment for fear of sparking more fires in the dry fields.Irrigation from ponds and streams was curtailed due to the low water levels, and several communities requested variances on water restrictions from the state Environmental Protection Division due to problems getting enough water for their communities.The highest monthly total precipitation reported by a National Weather Service reporting station was 2.98 inches in Atlanta, 1.12 inches below normal.Athens, Georgia, received 2.24 inches, 1.58 inches below normal.Columbus, Georgia, received 2.18 inches, 1.92 inches below normal.Macon, Georgia, received 1.15 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.Savannah, Georgia, received 0.20 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.Augusta, Georgia, received 0.62 inches, 2.20 inches below normal.Alma, Georgia, received 0.28 inches, 2.20 inches below normal.Brunswick, Georgia, received 0.04 inches, 1.99 inches below normal.Rome, Georgia, received 1.77 inches, 3.08 inches below normal.Albany, Georgia, received 1.02 inches, 2.17 inches below normal.The National Weather Service reporting station at the Brunswick airport recorded its lowest November precipitation total in 69 years, with only 0.04 inches of rain. Savannah saw the seventh-driest November in 147 years of record, with 0.2 inches of rain.In contrast to previous months, the driest part of the state was the southeast, which experienced less than 25 percent of normal rainfall.The highest daily rainfall total recorded by Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network volunteers was 3.55 inches near Ringgold, Georgia, in Catoosa County on Nov. 30. Two observers near Trenton, Georgia, in Dade County reported 3.27 and 3.10 inches that morning, and an observer in Fayetteville, Georgia, in Fayette County reported 3.02 inches on Nov. 29.These CoCoRaHS volunteers also reported the network’s highest monthly totals, with the Ringgold observer recording 5.12 inches for the month, followed by the two Trenton observers with 4.37 and 3.23 inches, and the Fayetteville observer recording 3.16 inches for the month.Above-normal temperatures were once again the story in most of Georgia in November.Athens’ monthly average temperature was 56.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 3 degrees above normal.Columbus’ monthly average temperature was 59.9 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.Macon’s monthly average temperature was 58.4 F, 2.5 degrees above normal.Savannah’s monthly average temperature was 61.1 F, 1.8 degrees above normal.Brunswick’s monthly average temperature was 63.5 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.Alma’s monthly average temperature was 60.3 F, 0.4 degrees above normal.Augusta’s monthly average temperature was 57.3 F, 2.1 degrees above normal.Albany’s monthly average temperature was 62.2 F, 3.5 degrees above normal.Rome’s monthly average temperature was 54.9 F, 4 degrees above normal.Valdosta, Georgia’s monthly average temperature was 61.2 F, 1.3 degrees above normal.It was the fourth-warmest November on record in 139 years for Atlanta, after 1985, 2001 and 1931.A number of record highs were tied or set in November. Athens broke its record high on Nov. 3, observing 85 F to pass the old record of 84 F set in 2000. Augusta also broke its record high that day, observing 87 F, which surpassed the 86 F record set in 1974. Alma broke its record high on Nov. 29, observing 82 F.Severe weather reported this month included a single high-wind report on Nov. 29 as the cold front began to enter the state, as well as multiple high-wind reports and at least four tornadoes, which were observed near Atlanta on Nov. 30.For more information, please see the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate or visit www.gaclimate.org. Please feel free to email [email protected] with reports of weather and climate’s impact on Georgia agriculture.
The pandemic shined a bright light on the financial inequities that exist across America. While credit union leaders were already well aware of the challenges faced by traditionally underserved communities, COVID-19 provided extra motivation to aggressively solve those challenges. Since March, we’ve seen the industry rise up with creative, compassionate and smart strategies to advance financial inclusion in multiple ways. And, we’re hearing some really great ideas and bold proposals for doing even more as the country continues to strive for recovery. As momentum for inclusive products, processes and outreach builds, there’s an important prerequisite credit unions must consider. As credit unions work to achieve big-picture things, like reengineering impact strategies to better engage the underserved, it must turn a critical eye to a crucial and often overlooked touchpoint – the account opening experience. Ensuring prospective members become actual membersToday, account opening is often a credit union’s only shot at a first impression. Whereas prospective members once had to visit a branch to initiate a relationship, that is not always the case today. Many credit unions have innovated to allow for online or mobile account opening, which can mean the first introduction to a credit union – and importantly, it’s commitment to inclusivity – happens in the digital realm. Of course, a smooth account opening is not only about making a good first impression. More pragmatically, it’s about ensuring a prospective member becomes an actual member, quickly, easily and in a way that aligns with their expectations. An account opening process, redesigned with inclusivity in mind and staying within regulatory requirements, drives right at the heart of those expectations. GRC pros as inclusivity championsMy governance, risk and compliance (GRC) colleagues out there will be excited to hear that your expertise can be a highly valuable contribution to the redesign of the account opening experience. That’s because many of the hurdles that have traditionally stood in the way of an inclusive account opening practice center on fears of non-compliance. You are in a perfect position to help your team members understand that those compliance hurdles are not insurmountable. Here are a few things GRC leaders can implement within their cooperatives to improve the inclusivity of their account opening policies and procedures:Train frontline staff on different forms of ID: The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) requires credit unions to verify a new member’s identification with a government-issued ID, which includes foreign governments. However, frontline staff may not be as comfortable determining the legitimacy of a foreign-issued ID. That discomfort can create an awkward or strained interaction between a prospective member and the first person at the credit union they meet. Helping team members understand what is allowed under the credit union’s policy, as well as which security features to look for on non-traditional IDs, can ease their discomfort and help them provide a more welcoming first impression for newcomers to the credit union. The same is true for identification numbers. GRC leaders can help educate team members on forms besides Social Security numbers that are allowable, such as Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs).Prepare for less common situations: A key piece of information credit unions must collect from a prospective member to open an account is a physical address. However, the economic ripple effects of COVID-19 have created financial strain for many people in America. Some are even struggling to stay in their homes. They may be moving from place to place or even experiencing homelessness. Beyond the immediate pandemic circumstances, the same can be true for recent college graduates, migrant workers, victims of domestic abuse, newly divorced individuals or previously incarcerated people. A relationship with a human-centered financial institution may be exactly what they need to get on the path to financial wellness or access critical social services. GRC pros can review existing polices to be sure they encompass the full scope of permissible physical addresses. For instance, Title 31 Chapter X concerning customer identification programs states that an address must be collected. However, the regulation also allows for individuals who do not have residential or business street addresses to provide an Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) box number, or the residential or business street address of next of kin or of another contact individual. GRC team members can also help staff prepare to answer prospective member questions who may struggle to provide a personal address. Focus on establishing a reasonable belief: BSA/AML guidelines call on credit unions to establish a “reasonable belief” that an individual is who he or she claims to be. This year put front and center the fact that not everyone conforms to a static, inflexible checklist of items to prove who they are. It is imperative that credit unions continue to assist in fraud detection and financial crimes. However, GRC leaders have a meaningful opportunity to become change agents by designing new ways for credit unions to establish reasonable belief in a person’s identity. Start by reviewing the cooperative’s BSA and CIP policy; it may be more restrictive than it needs to be. While it can be fine to retain the traditional checklist, credit unions should look to build in alternatives for prospects who aren’t able to provide mainstream evidence. Consider additional supporting methods, such as calling the member back at a phone number provided, checking bill payment histories or even requesting references. It is also important to remember that all prospective members should be treated fairly when confirming identity. Each of us carries unconscious bias that can show up particularly when we find ourselves in new or different circumstances. Credit unions must provide training and resources for staff to ensure they handle new member applications appropriately. Ensure disclosures are fully understood: New members are presented with account disclosures that may not be easily understood by someone who speaks a different language, comes from a different financial system or struggles with poor eyesight or literacy challenges. Frontline staff should be properly trained on ways to help everyone understand the terms and conditions of their newly established relationship with the credit union. Credit union members are as unique as the cooperatives they want to be a part of. While no credit union can be prepared for every circumstance, proactively investigating the underserved segments within a local community can point the cooperative’s inclusivity advocates and compliance preparedness in the right direction. With a few small tweaks to the way things have always been done, credit unions can open their doors to a larger and more diverse group of individuals, more fully living out the people helping people mission. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Erin O’Hern As Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Erin O’Hern supports PolicyWorks’ market expansion through management of strategic relationships, development of market and product integration strategies and thought leadership in the governance, … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Cosmodyne)Cosmodyne and UGI Energy Services installed and commissioned a natural gas liquefaction plant in Mehoopany, Pennsylvania. The facility will produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) for UGI’s merchant and utility businesses, Cosmodyne said in its statement.The order for the facility was placed in September 2015, with Cosmodyne selected to deliver a complete package which includes equipment for natural gas pretreatment, natural gas liquefaction, cooling systems and a gas turbine driver.The plant’s production capacity is 120,000 gallons of liquefied natural gas per day.The plant was successfully commissioned earlier this year. This is the third peak shaving liquefier that Cosmodyne has commissioned in the last twelve months.
Mexican state-owned oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) has appointed a new corporate director of management and services.Pemex said on Wednesday that Marco Antonio Murillo Soberanis was named as the corporate director of management and services, a position that was until recently held by the current Pemex CEO Carlos Treviño Medina.Medina vacated the position and took over as CEO in late November. He replaced José Antonio González Anaya, who took over as head of the state-owned company in February 2016.Soberanis’ career at Pemex spans 33 years. Throughout this time, he has held several senior management positions in the company. From 2002 to 2004 he was in charge of the corporate human resources management division, and later held the position of deputy director of human resources for 11 years. In 2015 he was appointed as the deputy director of labor relations and personnel services.The company added that he was in charge of the office of corporate management on three separate occasions, in 2009, 2012, and 2017.
BANGKOK – Pope Francis arrived inThailand on Wednesday to meet with its small but devoted Catholic minority on aseven-day Asian trip that will include a family reunion in Bangkok and take hisanti-nuclear message to Japan. Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives at a military air terminal in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 20, 2019. REUTERS Waiting for a glimpse of the pontiff, excitedCatholics thronged around the Vatican’s Bangkok embassy and St. Louis Hospitalto take selfies. “Once in a lifetime, I want to see himand be able receive prayer from him,” said 60-year-old Orawan Thongjamroon. (Reuters)
Lieutenant Colonel Gerard Alvaran, commanding officer of 79IB, welcomed the support of Canlandog residents towards ending the CPP-NPA atrocities as he assured them protection from any form of terrorist activity. In Barangay Montilla, Moises Padilla, the CPP-NPA-NDF was also declared as persona non grata. Lt. Col. Melvin Flores, commanding officer of 62IB, lauded the efforts of the communities in central Negros and encouraged other Negrenses to work with the government in pursuing a whole-of-nation approach to ending local communist armed conflict.(With a report from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – Five more villages in Negros Occidental condemned the atrocities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) and its political wing, the National Democratic Front (NDF).The barangay folks declared their stand in separate activities held Friday last week as part of the commemoration of the 122nd Philippine Independence Day.In the northern part of this province, residents of Barangay Canlandog, Murcia held a peace rally to show their condemnation of CPP-NPA’s atrocities and illegal activities. During the activity, participants carried posters and tarpaulins with messages calling for an end to the extortion, harassment, and deception and recruitment of minors being carried out by the communist-terrorist group. “The peace-loving residents of Canlandog are already fed up. They long for a peaceful community where they can live with their loved ones free from threats and deceptions,” he added. Councilor Hernan Alintana, president of Association of Barangay Captains, gave a message of peace while former rebel “Anne” shared her tragic experience with the NPA. They also attended a meeting with the village officials headed by barangay chairman Reynaldo Gawad, personnel of the Murcia municipal police station and troops from the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Battalion (79IB). Residents of Barangay Canlandog, Murcia, Negros Occidental stage a peace rally on May 12 to show their condemnation of the atrocities and illegal activities of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. Four more villages in the province conducted similar activities to mark the 122nd Philippine Independence Day. SEVENTY-NINE INFANTRY BATTALION Residents of Barangays Sebucauan and San Agustin in neighboring Isabela town also joined the condemnation of the atrocities of the communist-terrorist group. In central Negros, on the other hand, the 62nd Infantry Battalion reported that four villages conducted similar activities. In Barangay Puso, La Castellana, the barangay council led by village chief Isidro Arnaiz declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona non grata. According to the 79IB, some 85 former CPP-NPA militia and party members in the four Negros Occidental villages and three others in Negros Oriental took an oath of allegiance to the government. A symbolic signing of the declaration and the signing of oath for peace was also participated by guests of honor, Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan and Colonel Romy Palgue, officer-in-charge provincial director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office.