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first_imgNZ Herald 23 May 2018Family First Comment: The ‘social engineering’ train is on a roll!New Zealanders may get the opportunity to vote on legalising cannabis and voluntary euthanasia at the same time, possibly as early as next year.Labour agreed to hold a public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use at or before the 2020 general election as part of its confidence and supply agreement with the Greens.The Government now says it could be held ahead of the election to make sure it did not overshadow the election campaign.Parliament is also considering a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia, and NZ First has said its support is conditional on a binding referendum on the law change.The bill’s sponsor, Act Party leader David Seymour, has agreed to that proposal, though it will still need majority support in Parliament to proceed.Justice Minister Andrew Little said there could be some benefits to holding two referenda at the same time.“If you’re going to do one, you might as well do a job lot,” he said.“It would make sense to not have to spend a lot of money on a succession of referenda.”There could also be some value in holding a referendum outside the election period, Little said.Cabinet had not yet considered the cannabis referendum, but when it did the date would be one of its considerations. read more

first_img“Only electricity wires, eitherdamaged or overloaded, can cause fire, not telephone or cable televisionwires,” BFP told ERC during a recent hearing.   PECO is operating in the city only byvirtue of a CPCN. Its franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019 yet. She thencommended the city government of Iloilo for proactively addressing the problemon pole fires. Mayor Jerry Treñas recently sought the help of ERC andMalacañang. The ERC immediately commenced an investigation. The P106.8million covers the P97 million real estate tax arrears, documentary stamp taxand the registration fees, the city treasurer added. The HouseCommittee on Energy will spearhead the congressional inquiry; the date is yetto be set though. These leaning poles and dangling wires are found along Timawa Street in Molo, Iloilo City. Cong. Julienne Baronda says this is a serious public safety matter that should be addressed promptly. The House of Representatives will conduct an investigation on the series of pole fires in the city. These fires are endangering the lives of city residents, according to Baronda. Under ERC Resolution No. 5, Series of2008, any power distribution utility granted a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) to operate a distribution system in any areamust comply with standards set under the Philippine Distribution Code,especially those that concern public safety. Baronda revealedshe had actually written DOE seeking an explanation for the pole fires. Shewanted to be clarified how safe the electricity posts in the city were. “DOE and PECO owethe public an explanation,” said the neophyte congresswoman. “If theirexplanations are wanting, we will exercise the congressional oversight power ofthe House Committee on Energy.” ILOILO City – TheHouse of Representatives will conduct an investigation on the series of polefires in this city. These fires are endangering the lives of city residents,according to Cong. Julienne Baronda, and the Department of Energy (DOE) andPanay Electric Co. (PECO) have a lot of explaining to do. The commission isexpected to release the result of its probe anytime soon. Ladrillo said theP106.8-million floor price was computed based on PECO’s total tax liabilitysince 2006 amounting to P97,164,438.81, the cost of the sale includingdocumentary stamp tax estimated at P9,716,443. 88 and a registration fee ofP802.64.He said the Dec. 12 auction is open to everyone./PN The total marketvalue of PECO’s posts and the land where they stand on is estimated at P214.9million, according to the City Treasurer’s Office’s Tax Enforcement Divisionchief John Ladrillo. Hermano said theDec. 12 auction of PECO’s power distribution assets, including its 30,000 agedelectricity poles and the land where they stand on, would proceed as approvedby Treñas. PECO would only be able to cancel the auction if it pays the P106.8 millionfloor price set by the city government for the auction, said Hermano. Iloilo CityTreasurer Jinny Hermano said he could not recommend to Mayor Treñas to agree tosuch arrangement as it would mean losing P38 million in penalties. CITY REFUSES PECO TAX PAYMENT OFFERIna related development, the City Treasurer’s Office rejected the offer of PECOto settle its P97-million realty tax obligation in two tranches in two years aslong as the city government waives all penalties and fees. But pole firedata that the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recently submitted to the EnergyRegulatory Commission (ERC) was more damning, she said. From January 2014to October 29, 2019, BFP recorded a total of 2,887 fire incidents in IloiloCity and of these, 1,464 were pole fires. Between Oct. 19to 21 alone, according to Baronda, nine pole fires were reported. An average of 28 pole fires take placein Iloilo City every month, or almost 300 incidents every year, according tothe BFP. “Due to thenonpayment of taxes, the business permits of PECO have not been issued by theBusiness Permits and Licensing Office and when I came in (as city mayor) Idiscovered (the details) about it. We gave PECO time because they told ourlawyers they were going to make an offer. But the offer was not acceptable sothe City Treasurer proceeded with the (option of) auction sale,” Treñas saidwhen he announced the auction last week. The congresswomanalso urged ERC chief Agnes Devanadera to support the House probe. PECO had notsettled its real estate tax to the city government since 2006.last_img read more

first_img “‘Yun ang dapat, ang rason na bakit tayo mamatay. ‘Wag tayong mamatay sa ibang rason, nasagasaan ka lang at wala ka namang ginawa,” he added. “It would be an honor to die for your country, I assure you.” During his address to the media on Monday night, Duterte said doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who died of COVID-19 are lucky because they died for the country. “Our health workers who died from COVID-19 were not lucky,” Hontiveros said. “Our health workers should not have been dying in the first place if they have been given ample personal protective equipment and access to testing.” “May mga doktor, nurses at attendants na namatay. Sila ‘yung nasawi ang buhay para lang makatulong sa kapwa. Napakasuwerte nila. Namatay sila para sa bayan,” the President said. The country’s hospitals continue to suffer from a lack of PPEs as the supply of medical equipment plunged worldwide, while at least 12 doctors have died fighting in the frontlines against the respiratory illness. MANILA – Senator Risa Hontiveros lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter called as “lucky” the health workers who died while fighting the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Aside from Hontiveros, Gabriela Women’s Partylist also lambasted Duterte as he should have mentioned the names of fallen health workers instead of “oligarchs and corporation who are just sharing crumbs from their profit.”center_img “May mga doktor at nurses na namatay. Sila ‘yung nasawi ang buhay para lang makatulong sa kapwa,” says Sen. Risa Hontiveros. ABS-CBN NEWS “It is very inappropriate for Duterte to romanticize the death of our health workers under current circumstances as some stroke of luck. In fact he should be alarmed: we are losing those who are supposed to save lives,” it said. The opposition senator said frontliners should not be dying in the first place if only the government was able to give what they need while doing their duty. “How could the President miss this very critical lens at this crucial time? Bakit sasabihing swerte sila sa kanilang pagkamatay gayong dapat na manatili silang buhay nang makapagpatuloy sa paglilingkod sa bayan?” the group added. The Philippines has declared a national emergency and placed Luzon under a month-long lockdown COVID-19, which has infected 1,546 in the country as of Monday afternoon./PNlast_img read more

first_img “I don’t know if they are able to play 90 minutes – or if they are going to start – but they are available. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiHow Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?Incredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This” As such, James could be one of three new signings to make their bow for Everton alongside Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure . “They have trained all week and are ready to play,” Ancelotti said on his new arrivals. Read Also: Koeman, Messi disagree over Barcelona transfer options ” Allan and Doucoure were training at their clubs before coming here, so they were already in good shape physically.” James is set to make his third debut for a team coached by Ancelotti , having done so at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich . FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… James Rodriguez is expected to make his Everton debut against Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur today in a Premier League clash.. The Colombian could make his first appearance since joining from Real Madrid against Tottenham at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium . ” James started to fully train this week, but he is fit,” said Carlo Ancelotti on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgPLEASANTON, Texas – More than opening night bragging rights are at stake for IMCA Modifieds this Saturday at I-37 Speedway.  Pit passes are $30, car and driver is $50. Local sponsor for the Modified division is Simpson Safety Equipment. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot laps and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $6 for kids ages six to 12 and free for ages five and under.  The March 7 main event pays $1,000 to win, with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth as well as IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis South Central Region, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points at stake. last_img read more

first_imgWilmington, Oh. — Forecasters from the National Weather Service estimate most areas in eastern Indiana have already received between 1 and 1/12 inches of rain as of Wednesday morning. Low-pressure will continue to track over the tri-state creating a wet period through Thursday night when rain is expected to change to snow. Little or no snow accumulation is expected.Forecasters expect a nearly 40-degree temperature swing from noon Thursday to noon Friday.The low-pressure system is expected to strengthen Thursday bringing periods of heavy rain to the area.By the time the system passes three-and-a-half inches of rain could fall.During a flooding event, officials from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security say:During a Flood:Get to higher ground.Evacuate if flooding is possible.Have alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.Take pets with you if you evacuate. However, many shelters usually do NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions so plan accordingly.Do NOT try and drive through water. As little as 2 feet can wash away most vehicles, and just a few inches can stall a vehicle or wash away the roadway.Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot.  As little as a few inches can knock an adult off their feet.Monitor TV, radio and social media to find out what actions to take next.Officials remind motorists that most flood deaths occur in vehicles- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!For more information from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security please click here.last_img read more

first_imgBy Ruma PaulDHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh’s cricket board (BCB) lashed out at the players who hatched a “conspiracy” to destabilise the game in the country by striking, while an international federation of players’ associations came out in support of the action yesterday.The country’s top players led by national captain Shakib Al Hasan went on strike on Monday demanding better pay and conditions, putting the side’s planned tour of India from November 3 in doubt.Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan said the board was open to discussions, but he criticised the players and said the administrators would try to find out who instigated the strike.“This is shocking. I can’t even imagine that our players can do something like this,” Hassan told a news conference.“We’ll find who is behind this conspiracy,” he said.As well as hefty pay increases, players are demanding a return to a franchise-based model in the Bangladesh Premier League.“If they don’t want to play, they won’t. What will you gain if you don’t play? I don’t understand why you have to stop playing for the demands,” Hassan said.“If anyone wants to talk, the doors are open for them,” he said, adding that players were not answering calls.But the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) backed the players yesterday, commending them for “taking a stand together”.“It is a clear indication of the need for change in the way players are treated in what we regard as an important cricket country,” FICA Executive Chairman Tony Irish said in a statement.“It is also clear to us that the players in Bangladesh don’t feel heard or respected in relation to important issues that affect them in their careers and that affect their livelihoods.”The players’ body is also unhappy with the role played by the Cricketers’ Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) and plans to review its membership of FICA.“It is of further concern that it appears that office-bearers of CWAB hold positions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board,” Irish said.last_img read more

first_imgMariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanStudents posed for a photo at the USC Marshall Consulting and Strategy Fall Career Night Thursday at Town and Gown. The event was hosted by the Marshall Consulting and Strategy Club. The club hopes to provide its members with access to opportunities in the consulting field.last_img

first_imgThe home side won 19-10 in the north section of the competition.Today – in the south section – Clonmel travel to Waterpark.Kick-off in Ballinakill is at 2.30.last_img

first_imgThe second week will run from February 21 to 25 with seven Lagos’ teams and seven visiting teams battling for the Low Cup while Lagos Fifth Chukker and Kaduna Keffi Ponys will round off the tournament with a titanic clash for the prestigious Majekodunmi Cup, the most valuable polo title in polo in West Africa.Over the years, GTBank has been at the forefront of supporting polo; widely revered as the sport of kings, and promoting the Lagos International Polo Tournament, which has hosted reputable personalities such as His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.Some of the players expected to light up this year’s tournament include Manuel Crespo, a seven-goaler from Argentina; South Africa’s Leroux Hendricks +5; and Juan Gustavo another +7 handicap player from Argentina.Other professionals expected include Cieza Patricio +6, Adamu Atta, Mohammed Babangida +3, Hassan Babangida +3, Augustine Canale +6, Mario Gomez +4 and Martin Juaregi +4. For the third year running, Natalie Alan is to feature as the only female player in this edition.Polo enthusiasts will also be treated to a variety of off-the-pitch activities ranging from thrilling performances by music stars to an exquisite experience at the exclusive GTBank Lounge where guests will be treated to epicurean cuisine and vintage wine.Commenting on GTBank’s sponsorship of the 2018 NPA Lagos International Polo Tournament, Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; “We love the game of polo, the passion and the symbiosis between the players and their horses, but most importantly, we hold a strong affinity to the sport of kings because it reflects quality, competitiveness and fair play; some of the values that have made GTBank a Proudly African and Truly International Financial Institution.”Speaking at media session to herald the 2018 edition yesterday, Tournament Director, Seyi Oyinlola, promised that this year will get better as it has been over the years adding that it’s going to be a two-week of thrilling polo experience for the lovers of the game.Oyinlola who commended main sponsor of the tournament, GTBank added that having gained reputation as the biggest polo tournament in West Africa, the Lagos Polo Club looks forward to delivering great values for their sponsors. Coca-cola and BUA are sponsoring two of the trophies on offer.Lagos Polo Club President, Ade Laoye, said the host club has been rejuvenated with the continuous infrastructural upgrade.He stressed that the stables were removed from their former location for safety of players and horses in line with international best standard.Laoye added that aside its international touch, the coming of teams from Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt and Ibadan in this year’s tournament makes it a truly national tournamentShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Some of the most renowned indigenous and international polo teams have converged on Lagos to compete for highly coveted trophies in the 2018 Lagos International Polo Tournament.Sponsored by leading African financial institution, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, the competition will see both Nigerian and foreign teams compete in four main cups, namely: the Silver Cup, Open Cup, Lagos Low Cup and Majekodunmi Cup.The first week of the polo extravaganza starting today February 13 through February 18 will see teams compete in the Silver Cup which has eight home teams and six visiting teams while Open Cup will feature four teams all of which are from Lagos.last_img read more