DES MOINES, Iowa — Many people living with disabilities say becoming a self-advocate is one of the benefits afforded by laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which took effect 30 years ago this month.The milestone anniversary officially occurs on July 26th, and it’s being celebrated by the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and other groups.The law brought civil protections in areas such as workplace discrimination, while also resulting in public accommodations.Brady Werger, a council member from Glenwood, says living with conditions such as bipolar disorder has its challenges. But through policy changes enacted over the decades, he was able to speak up for opportunities in his life.“The more you advocate, the more you will find out what’s out there as far as services and things,” he points out. “And that’s what I did to get into the community where I’m at now.”Despite advancements, advocates still see challenges, including transportation access in rural areas, and new construction not always being in compliance of the law. And they say enforcement isn’t always easy.Meanwhile, advocates say ADA is unique because society in general has benefited from the law, citing baby strollers used on access ramps, and the rise in text messaging, which initially was used by people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.As for the community support described by Werger, self-advocates credit the Developmental Disabilities Act, now in its fifth decade.This year, the council is sharing inspirational stories tied to that separate law.Executive Director Brooke Lovelace says the project shows how the people the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council serves are just as active in calling for change, and are standing with council leaders, not behind them.“The stories where they’re doing that and they’re affecting the lives of people in their community to make it a better place, to make it more inclusive — those are the stories that I think really touch my heart,” Lovelace states.Council member Rob Fisher is diagnosed with cerebral palsy and says he’s been able to used his voice to push for change. For example, at an intersection in his community of Adel, there was a need for pavement to roll his wheelchair up to a traffic light button.“I called my engineer and I told him to put that cement down,” he relates.The Adel City Council gave the request consideration and replaced the grassy area with pavement.More than 365,000 Iowans are living with a condition recognized by the ADA. Nationally, one-in-four adults has a disability.
By Joseph SapiaIn an effort to bring attention to the farming in Monmouth County, the county government is kicking off a “Grown in Monmouth” promotion of farm products.Farmers and farm-related business owners are invited to the first “Grown in Monmouth” meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Rutgers University Research Center, 283 Route 539, in Upper Freehold.“We need more marketing of American produce,” said Monmouth County Agricultural Agent William J. Sciarappa. “We’re getting overwhelmed with imports – Mexico, South America, Europe.”The county is hoping farmers – along with large consumers of food such as restaurants and schools, agricultural money-lenders, municipal officials and other interested – show up.“We have some of the best produce in the world right here in Monmouth County and endorsing these products on a larger scale is long overdue,” said Lillian G. Burry, a member of the county Board of Freeholders and its farming liaison.“An important part of this project will be to conduct research to gain a comprehensive understanding of not only the needs of the county’s agricultural industry, but also the needs of local and regional buyers in order to develop a strategy to foster successful business relationships,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone.At the meeting, those involved will explain the idea of the program, seek feedback from attendees and distribute a survey – gathering information on what farmers are producing and related data, along with who is willing to participate in the program, said John Ciufo, Economic Development’s executive director.Cows sun themselves at W.H. Potter Farm in Holmdel Tuesday. Photo: Joseph SapiaThe county says it also wants to learn how the home-grown products are distributed and the challenges of distribution, then following up by developing strategies to overcome the challenges.Longer-term goals would include marketing county-grown items, according to the county. The program would not interfere with county-grown products being sold out of county, said Laura Kirkpatrick, director of the county Department of Public Information and Tourism.For now, farmers are waiting for the meeting to hear what is said.“I’ve got to find out a little bit more about it,” said William Potter III of the W.H. Potter and Son farm and home and garden center on Red Hill Road in Holmdel.Potter said he plans to attend the meeting because he is a farmer – who raises cows, sheep and goats and because he is on the county Agriculture Development Board, of which he is chairman.Grown in Monmouth is an idea originated in county government and began taking shape about 18 months ago, Ciufo said. The county took the idea to the federal Department of Agriculture and was awarded an $80,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant in November.With another $80,000 of in-kind services, the Grown in Monmouth initiative is beginning, the latest program of Grow Monmouth.“This is another way the county aims to help local and small businesses,” Arnone said.Grown in Monmouth will be a joint project of the freeholders, Economic Development, Public Information and Tourism, county Division of Planning, and the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension.Grow Monmouth dates back about six years, Arnone said. It is “an initiative of going to and giving information to municipalities, chambers of commerce, to know the county is behind economic development,” Arnone said.“Not only to bring business in, but retention (of business) in the county,” Arnone said.One of Grow Monmouth’s programs dates back to 2012: Made in Monmouth is a free event at Monmouth University for local vendors to sell products – such as food, furniture, jewelry, and clothes – manufactured in the county. About 2,500 people have visited each event and more than 200 sellers are expected at this year’s event on April 9, according to county officials.Grown in Monmouth has hired Spinelli and Pinto Consulting of Chester – in a contract not to exceed $68,173 – to analyze Monmouth County farming, Arnone said. An initial study should be wrapped up in a year, Ciufo said.The county also has been developing a logo for Grown in Monmouth.“We want to brand this,” Ciufo said.The grant’s focus will be on 13 county municipalities considered all or partly rural by the federal agriculture department: Allentown, Colts Neck, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Township, Holmdel, Howell, Manalapan, Marlboro, Millstone, Roosevelt, Upper Freehold and Wall. But county officials emphasized all 53 county municipalities are welcome to take advantage of the program.Although the program applies to all-Monmouth grown, it likely has more practical application to “high-value, human food crops, Christmas trees, and nursery stock,” Sciarappa said. Field crops, such as soybeans and feed corn, normally do not go directly to the consumer.Some farmers may have farm markets and have websites to connect directly to consumers, but they may not be able to afford advertising, he said. “It’s mostly word-of-mouth. So, we’re just trying to get the promotion out for Monmouth-grown.”The county consistently ranks in the top 3 of New Jersey’s 21 counties in agricultural production, Sciarappa said. He added the county has another thing going for it.“We’re the most diverse (growing) county in New Jersey,” Sciarappa said. “We grow everything from asparagus to zucchini.”“The agricultural groups are very excited about (now) being recognized,” Burry said. “They feel they may be somewhat overlooked.”“If we could make this successful, this could spread,” Sciarappa said. “The more brains get involved, we could really create a template for the whole state.”There is no pre-registration for the meeting, but more information is available from the county Division of Economic Development by calling 732-431-7470.
Jeff Horn, left, of Australia and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines fight during their WBO World welterweight title bout in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in the Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)Some colleagues of Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao expressed their dismay at the results of the recent scoring review conducted by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) that declared Australian Jeff Horn as the clear winner.“Yun ang tingin nila eh, ang tingin ng karamihan hindi,” Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto III said in an ambush interview on Tuesday. “Karamihan ng mga komentarista, boxing aficionados, hindi eh. I don’t know what their gauge was.”ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments The senators all agreed, however, that Pacquiao’s retirement would be entirely up to him.Sotto encouraged Pacquiao to challenge Horn to a rematch, especially since Pacquiao, Sotto jokingly added, would earn “billion dollars per fight.”Angara, for his part, said that he would “respect” whatever Pacquiao’s decision would be.“Iba yung kondisyon ni Manny. Manny is not an ordinary 39-year-old. Yung katawan niya pang-trenta lang,” Angara said. “Kung feeling niya kaya niya, rerespetuhin ko yun dahil siya lang nakakaalam talaga kung kaya niya.”(“Manny’s physical condition is different. Manny is not an ordinary 39-year-old. His body is that of a 30-year-old. If he feels that he can still do it, I will respect that because he alone knows if he can still do it.”)Trillanes affirmed that he remained a “boxing fan of Manny” and recalled the time when he was in detention the latter’s fights brought him “joy and pride every time.”“Si Senator Pacquiao lang ang makakasagot niyan – kung kaya niya o hindi na niya kaya. Ako, I believe, kung kaya pa niya, sige lang lumaban pa siya kasi he should continue to make our countrymen proud,” Trillanes said.(“Only Senator Pacquiao can answer that – whether he could still do it or not. For me, I believe that if he could still do it, he should keep fighting because he should continue to make our countrymen proud.”)Gatchalian advised Pacquiao to “really analyze” if he could manage two big responsibilities – being a boxer and being a senator.“As a friend, I would really advise Senator Manny to think about itong dalawang mabigat na trabaho,” Gatchalian said. “Senate is not an easy task. Napakabigat nung pressure. And he has to really analyze kung kaya ba talagang i-manage yung dalawang napakalaking responsibility.” Former Sen. Rene Saguisag recently criticized Pacquiao, saying that the boxer-turned-politician continued with his training despite reports that the Maute terrorist group had slipped into Sarangani, Pacquiao’s home province.READ: Ex-Senator Saguisag slams lawmakers for lame stance on martial lawBut Sen. Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV believes that Pacquiao succeeded in juggling his duties at the Senate and his boxing career.“Siguro nung congressman siya. Pero ngayon, as a Senator, hindi naman siya naga-absent at present naman siya sa mga investigations. Nagspo-sponsor siya. Nagi-interpellate siya,” Trillanes said in an interview.(“Maybe it was different when he was a congressman. But now, as a senator, he is rarely absent and he is present during investigations. He sponsors, he interpellates.)“He is active, kumpara nga dun sa iba na wala namang second profession, pero hindi niyo naman maririnig yung boses. I believe, ginagampanan niya yung kanyang trabaho,” he added.(“He is active, compared to others who do not have a second profession but you barely hear their voices. I believe that he is able to do his job”.)Sen. Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian also expressed his support towards Pacquiao.“I was rooting for Senator Manny,” Gatchalian said.“Nakita ko yung dedication niya sa trabaho niya and he really tried to manage his time in both the boxing profession and here in the Senate (I saw his dedication in his work),” he added.The topic of the boxer-turned-politician’s retirement from his sports career drew mixed reactions from the senators. 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IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation (“As a friend, I would really advise Senator Manny to think about these two difficult jobs. Senate is not an easy task. The pressure is too great. And he has to really analyze if he could manage these two big responsibilities.”)“So, it’s really up to him now to assess his time and his capability and also the efforts he is putting in these two big responsibilities,” he added. “But it’s really time to assess. Ganitong disruptions sa buhay mag-assess talaga tayo kung ano yung landas na gusto nating puntahan (With disruptions in life like this one we really need to assess what path we would like to follow).” –Airei Kim Guanga, INQUIRER.net intern /atmSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer (“That’s what they think, but majority of the people disagree with them. Most of the commentators and boxing aficionados disagree with them.”)The WBO re-examined the fight after Pacquiao and Games and Amusement Board, the Philippine government’s sports regulatory body, blasted the referees and the judges and demanded a review after the senator lost in Brisbane on July 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Pacquiao said the WBO’s decision no longer surprised him.READ: WBO review rules Horn beat PacquiaoFor his part, Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said that the WBO had to uphold its decision because it credibility was at stake. “Siyempre kailangan nila panindigan yung pagkakamali nila,” Angara said. “Once binawi nila yun, magkaka-issue. Yung credibilidad nila apektado.”(“Of course, they have to stand by their mistake. If they retract that decision, there will be issues and their credibility will be affected.”)“Nakakita ka na ba ng WBO na nagsabi na ang dapat nanalo ay yung kabila? I’m not aware of any case or any fight na sinabi nila nagkamali yung mga judges nila,” he added.(“Have you witnessed the WBO say that the winner is the other party? I’m not aware of any case or any fight where they said that their judges were wrong.”)Some senators came to their colleague’s defense when asked to comment regarding the criticisms being thrown at the neophyte senator.ADVERTISEMENT
Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Improved chemistry doing wonders for Che’Lu-San Sebastian Rubie De Leon ended the marathon match that lasted for over two hours with a heady play that caught the Lifesavers sleeping.Generika, which drew 27 points from American import Symone Hayden, dropped to 0-2. The Lifesavers lost to Foton in the season opener three days ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Bhodana Anisova of Sta. Lucia Realty vs Rhea Meneses and Angeli Araneta of Generika-Ayala. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSta. Lucia posted its first win after squeaking past Generika-Ayala, 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 15-7, in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Bacoor Sports Complex in Cavite.Imports Bohdana Anisova and MJ Philips combined for 50 points to lead the Lady Realtors, who bounced back from a four-set loss to Petron on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Anisova, who is a former Ukranian national team player, pumped in 28 points, built on 22 attacks with four service aces while Philips added 22 points.Sta. Lucia coach George Pascua liked what he saw from his team especially with the way it overcame a bad start.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m satisfied, but there were still some lapses in the first and third sets,” said Pascua, a three-time PSL champion.“Although we struggled in our reception, I’m glad that our key players are slowly adjusting. We have a veteran setter in Rubie (de Leon) so she already knew how to make the players work as one solid unit.” MOST READ
A meeting of Chief Justices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ended in the capital city of Benin, Cotonou.According to the Supreme Court of Liberia, the delegates at the meeting, which included the Chief Justices of the 12 of the 15 West African States, agreed on mechanisms for improving the enforcement by National Courts of laws that strengthens integration.At the meeting, the Chief Justices also discussed the need for more resources to promote cooperation among national judiciaries, with the goal of streamlining the judicial systems of member states to in turn facilitate intra community enforcement of courts processes, affective integration and decisions.The West African Chief Justices proposed to ensure greater respect for the rule of law in the Economic Community of West African (ECOWAS) member states, as well as to improve judicial services and relations with other arms of government to ensure greater independence for their judiciaries.The conference was addressed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission Vice President, Dr. Toga McIntosh, the Host Chief Justice of Benin and his counterpart from the Ivory Coast, who is also the Chairman of the Counsel of the West African Chief Justices.The High Court Justices who attended the meeting were his honor Francis S. Korkpor, Sr., of Liberia, and his colleagues from Benin, Ivory Coast, Cape –Verde, Togo, Senegal, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina –Faso and Ghana among others.The meeting of the Chief Justices of the economic community of West African states usually involves activities that highlight issues of national justice and how they can be addressed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000A bus drives past an advertising poster for an underwear brand, showing a picture of Cristiano Ronaldo in Rome © AFP/File / Alberto PIZZOLIMADRID, Spain, Oct 11 – Real Madrid said Thursday it had filed a lawsuit against a Portuguese newspaper that wrote the Spanish giants pushed Cristiano Ronaldo to hush up an alleged rape case.Real said it had taken legal action against Correio da Manha after the paper reported Wednesday that “Real Madrid pressured him to sign” a non-disclosure accord and pay compensation to his accuser, Kathryn Mayorga. “Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club could not have taken action on a matter of which it had no knowledge,” the club said in a statement.Ronaldo, 33, who left Real Madrid over the summer to join Italian champions Juventus in deal worth 100 million euros, has been in turmoil since a case involving rape allegations against him, dating back to 2009, was reopened by Las Vegas police last week.The case was originally closed after Ronaldo signed a confidentiality agreement in 2010 with Mayorga, a former model now aged 34, who received a pay-off in return for her silence.Mayorga alleged that she had been raped on June 13, 2009, just days after Ronaldo had signed a contract with Real Madrid in a mega transfer deal from Manchester United.The Portuguese newspaper reported that Real, wishing to avoid scandal, pressed Ronaldo to pay compensation to Mayorga to hush up the affair.Ronaldo’s lawyer insisted Wednesday the player did not rape the woman in a Las Vegas hotel and that their sexual encounter was “completely consensual.”“Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo’s position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual,” lawyer Peter Christiansen said in a statement.Ronaldo freely admits signing the non-disclosure accord but his lawyer insisted he simply wished to put an end to the allegations.Christiansen also said that documents reproduced by media outlets in recent days purportedly quoting the player and including details of the non-disclosure accord involving a payment of 375,000 dollars to his accuser were false.He said “documents that allegedly contain statements by Cristiano Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure invention.”Der Spiegel, the German magazine which published the story released a statement which said, in part: “Our story is carefully researched. We have hundreds of documents from different sources that substantiate our reporting.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Julian Draxler Juventus will decide by Tuesday whether or not they are making a move for Arsenal target Julian Draxler.The Italian champions have agreed personal terms with the attacking midfielder but they are still haggling over a fee with Schalke.The German side want £22m for the 21-year-old, with £11m upfront, or alternatively they would accept an offer of £17m plus bonuses.However so far Juventus have only offered £11m with just an additional £6.6m of bonuses and Schalke are refusing to budge.That, according to SportMediaset, has left Juventus frantically trying to complete a deal and they will pull out of talks on Tuesday if no agreement is met.Such a scenario could allow Arsenal back into negotiations for Draxler, who they have been monitoring for the past 18 months. 1
1 Mesut Ozil has been named in the Arsenal starting XI for Sunday’s visit of Chelsea having missed last week’s goalless draw away to Stoke.The Gunners were berated for a lack of creativity in the German’s absence at the Britannia in a season where Ozil has already assisted 16 goals, seven more than anyone else in the league.The good news continued for Arsenal with Alexis Sanchez returning to the matchday squad for the first time since November 29th.And the return of the duo has buoyed the Arsenal fans on social media as they look to return to the top of the Premier League table with a win against their London rivals at the Emirates.See below for the best reaction to the Arsenal line-up!Line-Up: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Ramsey, Ozil; Campbell, Giroud, Walcott.Subs: Ospina, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Elneny, Oxlade-Chamberlin, Sanchez. Mesut Ozil [View the story “‘Thank God he’s back!’ – Arsenal fans react to the return of Mesut Ozil as Alexis Sanchez is named on the bench” on Storify]
SANTA CLARITA – The eighth annual A Season for Nonviolence starts today, offering 64 ways to practice nonviolence over 64 days. The grass-roots campaign is dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform and empower our lives and our communities. In Santa Clarita, a group of residents formed the SNV Task Force to engage the community in this simple campaign, which calls on participants to remember each day that they are responsible and able to make a better world for all people. A Season for Nonviolence was created to remember the lives and accomplishments of two great peacemakers, Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Begun in 1998 by Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi and a group of organizations dedicated to the nonviolence principles of Gandhi and King, the dates commemorate the anniversaries of their deaths: Gandhi (Jan. 30) and King (April 4). This international program honors their vision for an empowered and nonviolent world. To create an awareness of nonviolent principles and practice, the campaign centers on the 64 Ways in 64 Days to Practice Nonviolence. Every day a personal trait, skill or action is highlighted, and a simple act to enforce the trait is suggested. For the first 23 days, the focus is on personal change and learning by building courage to speak and act with respect, honor and reverence. During the next 21 days, the focus is on interpersonal change in and learning to practice nonviolence in day-to-day interactions. The final 20 days focus on community, helping participants to stand for truth through action. Participation in A Season for Nonviolence is simple. People are asked to read the practices, talk about them with others and implement them as best they can. The task force recommends that families, co-workers and classrooms read the daily suggestions together and practice them. In partnership with the city of Santa Clarita’s Human Relations Forum, versions of the 64 Ways brochure can be printed in city offices and local county libraries. The brochure can also be viewed or printed by visiting www.santa-clarita.com under Community/Human Relations Forum. A Season for Nonviolence is aligned with the United Nations’ resolution for an “International Decade of Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).” The state of California has issued an official proclamation that the 64-day period between Jan. 30 and April 4 be celebrated as A Season for Nonviolence. The official SNV ceremonies at the United Nations are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15. Once again, SNV youth leaders will co-design and co-direct the program. The theme for the 2006 Youth SNV Program is “Civil Rights are Human Rights.’ The local SNV Task Force can be contacted at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We will not over-advertise,” Leider said.. The video will include news segments from local TV anchors, traffic updates as well as some consumer-oriented segments from ABC’s “Good Morning America” program. Since gas pumpers won’t be able to switch off the video, keeping it relevant and engaging is key, Leider said. NEW YORK – TV seems to be everywhere these days. At the supermarket, the mall, and now, thanks to a Michigan-based startup company, the gas pump. Gas Station TV, based in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park, has been testing its service for several months in Dallas with TV monitors installed above gas pumps that show short clips of news, weather and traffic, and, of course, advertising. Walt Disney Co.’s ABC will sell ads for the screens and also provide local news, weather and other programming for the screens, mainly from ABC’s locally owned or affiliated television stations. David Leider, a former marketing executive at Yahoo Inc. who is the company’s chief executive, says they are focused on making the programming useful to users and tailored to the average length of time it takes to fill up with gas – about four minutes.