Team registration is now open for the Citizens Bank Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival. This year’s festival is Sunday, August 7th at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Each team is comprised of 21 paddlers who race head to head in 41 foot long dragon boats over a 300 meter course. Festival organizers encourage everyone to join together with your co-workers, friends, and family and form a team. No paddling experience is necessary, it’s all for fun, friendly competition, and raising money to fund programs to help friends and neighbors living with a cancer diagnosis. Online registration is easy. Just visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete festival information and registration details. Every team gets a free one hour practice session in July. Space is limited so organize your team right away. The festival has become one of Vermont’s most popular summer events with over 20,000 paddlers and spectators annually. It’s all about community with entertainment, food vendors, a silent auction, raffles and more. The core of Dragonheart Vermont’s mission is to give back to the community and over the last five years the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival has raised over $435,000 to support critical cancer programs in Vermont. This year, Dragonheart is expanding its community mission. With the on-going support of presenting sponsor Citizens Bank and other local businesses and organizations, the festival has set a goal to raise $250,000 to launch Survivorship NOW, a new Dragonheart Vermont initiative to help bridge the gap cancer survivors face between treatment and recovery. The Network on Wellness will promote opportunities for therapeutic treatments, strengthening programs, education, and networking to better serve cancer survivors in our community. The initiative has the strong endorsement of cancer survivors, doctors, and health care institutions in our area. The need is real and Survivorship NOW promises cancer survivors a network of services that will help them live well with cancer. Linda Dyer, Dragonheart Vermont, Executive Director:‘Our Dragonheart organization is excited about putting our efforts toward helping to promote more opportunities for wellness for cancer survivors in our community. As a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization, we have seen firsthand how valuable fitness, camaraderie, and connection can be. Our hope is that all cancer survivors in our community will have the chance to get the programs needed to live each day to the fullest.’ Marni Willams, Team Captain of Paddling in Vein states:‘We are honored to take part in the LCDBF for the 6th year in a row. Many of our members have been touched one way or another by cancer and we look forward to this opportunity to pay forward the efforts that have been made on behalf of those affected.’ Visit www.ridethedragon.org(link is external) for complete details.
Remy went on to condemn the government’s efforts to discredit and silence student protesters, saying that the people’s right to free speech was guaranteed by the 1945 Constitution.The association encouraged students and members of the public to keep pushing for the cancellation of the jobs law, urging them to be committed to the cause until the government responded to their aspirations.“We are not yet defeated,” Remy said. “We will keep voicing our opposition until the President issues a government regulation that revokes the jobs law.”Read also: Job Creation Law ‘defective’, experts say after incomplete draft passedPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has drawn the ire of critics and protesters by claiming that criticism of the law was merely based on “disinformation and hoaxes spread through social media”.Jokowi said on Friday that various “allegations” made against the law, such as claims that it removed employees’ rights to leave days and social security, including retirement benefits, were inaccurate.On the same day, the Education and Culture Ministry’s Higher Education Directorate General issued circular discouraging university students from participating in protests against the jobs law and asking faculty members to promote the recently passed law. The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) has announced on behalf of university students across the country that it would continue to protest the newly passed Job Creation Law despite mounting pressure from the government.BEM-SI called on the government to take responsibility for its claim that the protests against the controversial jobs law had been driven by disinformation that distorted the actual stipulations contained in the legislation product, group coordinator Remy Hastian said in a written statement issued on Sunday.He called the government’s claim preposterous, considering that the House of Representatives and the government had failed to make the final legislation draft available to the public in the first place. “Such a claim could incite public unrest because it [accuses] critics of being motivated by misinformation,” Remy said.“In this regard, it’s the government that lies as citizens are denied access to any information regarding the final [version] of the legislation.”Read also: Jokowi dismisses criticism of omnibus jobs law as hoax newsThe House and the government passed the contentious bill into law on Oct. 5 in a speedy deliberation deemed legally flawed by critics. Until now, several versions of the draft have circulated and authorities have not clarified which was the final draft passed in the House’ plenary session. Topics :