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Palace: Cha-cha not a priority during pandemic

first_imgMANILA – The Charter Change (Cha-cha) being pushed by over 1,400 mayors in the country is not among the priorities of President Rodrigo Duterte while the country is still in the middle of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Palace spokesperson said that he sympathized with the call of the mayors to institutionalize the ruling of the Supreme Court in 2018 to widen the base of local government units’ shares in the country’s taxes. Aside from empowering the local governments, the mayors have also called for the lifting of restrictions on foreign investment in industries that are presently limited to Filipinos. “Ang kailangan natin ngayon ay pagkain, hindi sayaw na Cha-cha,” Drilon said in an interview with DZBB. “Ako ay may tiwala sa ating kasamahan na makikita nila na hindi para sa kapakanan ng bayan ito. Haharangin ito sa Senado.”/PN Roque’s comment was in relation to a proposal submitted by municipal mayors to the Department of the Interior and Local Government to make constitutional reforms supposedly to empower local government units.center_img Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said yesterday that the passage of constitutional reforms has not crossed the mind of President Duterte with his focus on the national government’s COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon expressed readiness to block fresh attempts to push for Cha-cha as he knew that the real motive for the revival is to postpone the 2022 national and local elections and remove politicians’ term limit. “Linggo-linggo nakikipag-usap ang Presidente sa taumbayan pero hindi naman po lumulutang ang Cha-cha dito,” Roque said in a virtual press conference. “Nakatutok ang buong national government sa COVID-19.”last_img read more


Maltina School Games: Beyond Unearthing New Champions

first_imgThe Regional Trade and Marketing Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Onitsha Anambra State Mr. Ikenna Igwe with the winners of the Boys 100 meters final at the Rojenny Sports Complex yesterday in Awka, Anambra State. Having made landmark and long-lasting impressions on teachers across the country with the Maltina Teacher of the Year initiative, Nigeria Breweries’ Family brand, Maltina has done great again with students across the nation with the recently introduced School Games.The Maltina School Games is the latest intervention in School Sports by the country’s number one family drink from the stable of Nigeria Breweries Plc.It involves a series of track and field sporting competitions held Pan-Nigeria, as an inter-school sports competition to grow future sports champions in secondary schools across Nigeria. In just its maiden edition, the Maltina School Games has been regarded as a timely intervention to save the dying culture of school sports and more importantly helping produce quality young sound minds that could rightly be called leaders of tomorrow.The Maltina School Games platform is carefully designed to promote the development of children, from improving their social and leadership skills, to bettering their well-being through sports.All over the world, sports and education have been veritable instruments; lifting millions out of poverty and for Maltina with its School Games initiative, these twin platforms are getting the needed traction that would further aid development.Beyond these also, the Maltina School Games no doubt has fostered national unity and raising active kids with its one-month event from the State Prelims all to the national finals.To highlight the enthusiasm among Nigerian children in the Maltina Games, the just concluded maiden edition witnessed a huge turnout of schools with Lagos recording the most entries.Lagos had 182 participating schools coming from its six educational districts. There were 120 schools from Kano while Anambra had 124 and the Federal Capital Territory, 116 all registered for the Maltina School Games.From the over 20 million school children of both participating and non-participating schools that were impacted in this edition of the Maltina School Games, one name already ringing a bell in ears of many is 17 years old Joy Ojo.Ojo of Ijaye Housing Estate Senior High school emerged as the Overall Best Athlete (OBA) having won the sprint double in the 100m and 200m before adding the relay gold to her collection.For her splendid performance, the young girl has gotten a scholarship to any Federal University of choice courtesy of Maltina.No doubt, Ojo showed at both the Lagos State and National finals that she has what is required to take the global athletics world by storm in the not too distant feature.Aside from Ojo, some of the other children also showed a glimpse of promise that the hitherto moribund sports talent factory in Nigeria has been resuscitated with the Maltina School Games.“What the Maltina Brand has done is to provide a platform for the likes of Ojo and others to launch themselves to stardom, we hope others would learn from them because sincerely there are many talents yet to be discovered in this country,” Tayo Adewale and officer with the Lagos Education Ministry noted.With the former fastest man in Nigeria, Seye Ogunlewe also coming out to motivate the children, one can only hope for better years ahead.“Maltina has played its part by creating a talent expressive platform for young boys and girls to develop themselves. Unlike in my days, where we only participated in Inter House sports and occasionally Invitational School relay races, this platform from Maltina is one that will open the doors for more opportunities for young athletes.”“Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) must ensure that the organisation of such events should always be hitch-free so that a major corporate body like Nigerian Breweries Plc continues to support these events for a long time to come,” the foremost sprinter pointed out.The Maltina School Games no doubt as created huge awareness with sports in the Northern part of the country going by the large attendance recorded during the preliminary and the state finals held in Kano. The event also marked the first time most of the athletes would be having a sports meet outside their confines not to talk travelling several kilometres to the finals held in Lagos.The event no doubt has helped to build integration, unity, and fellowship among millions of youths in the country considering the fact all the participants will have stories to tell and the memories of their respective experiences will linger for a long time as well.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


Students, teachers urged to be ready for new term

first_imgEducation Minister Nicolette Henry is urging all students and teachers to be prepared for the reopening of schools and the new term which begins on Monday.In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Henry expressed that it is important that students be focused and work hard to achieve their goals. She added that this is necessary as they seek to keep climbing the ladder of success in their effort to contribute greatly to the country’s humanEducation Minister, Nicolette Henryresource pool.“The message is consistent, you must ensure you maximise the time in school. The education system stands to provide support to whatever is needed,” Minister Henry said.She further encouraged students to grab all the opportunities available to them as there is now a better pathway in the school system when compared to the immediate the past.The Minister also acknowledged the importance of teachers and urged that they keep up the good work.In her brief visit, Minister Henry went to the St Joseph’s High, Richard Ishmael, Brickdam Secondary and the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School.The Minister explained the importance of her visits which she noted is to inspect the state of the school’s environs before the country’s young minds return for the new academic term.“There will be maintenance work to be done from time to time and schools are no exception. What I am looking at here is preparation for the opening. It’s is not the maintenance schedule for 2019,” Minister Henry said. She further explained that the maintenance schedule for 2019 is very long with provisions to execute several works drafted out by the Ministry of Education. The Minister will continue her visits to several other schools around the city over the weekend.last_img read more


Creation Geologist Fights Secular Bullies

first_imgHe has every credential a geologist could wish for, but the consensus bullies will not even let him collect rocks that might question their dogma.    Dr Snelling teaching in Grand Canyon, 2008Dr. Andrew Snelling has a PhD in geology from the University of Sydney. He has published in peer-reviewed journals. He has taught geology on numerous trips through the Grand Canyon. He wrote a two-volume book on geological evidence. But when he applied for a research permit at the Grand Canyon to collect samples, the secular uniformitarian consensus said no. They denied his application purely on grounds that his views are not consensus views. This time, though, he is not going to take being Expelled lying down. He is fighting back with a lawsuit, supported by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Bob Unruh reported the story on May 9 in WND.ADF noted Snelling holds a Ph.D. in geology from the internationally acclaimed University of Sydney and has conducted geological research in Australia and the United States. He has published works in peer-reviewed journals and has substantial field and laboratory experience with both theoretical and practical geological research.“Nonetheless, National Park Service officials denied his routine request to obtain a few fist-sized rock samples from the Grand Canyon after learning of his Christian views about the Earth’s beginnings,” ADF said. “Despite the fact that Dr. Snelling had accomplished prior research in the canyon, Park officials ran him through a gamut of red tape for more than three years.”One-sided propaganda on Yavapai TrailThe delay tactic is tantamount to a denial. They kept piling on demands. They asked for two independent peer reviewers, Unruh says. He supplied three. They demanded more and more specifics about his research. When they couldn’t stop him with bureaucratic hurdles, they turned to secular academics for their opinion. Those, predictably, recommended denial, knowing that Snelling is associated with Answers in Genesis—a Christian young-earth creation ministry. One of them said, “ours is a secular society as per our constitution (sic)” and suggested “inappropriate interests” should be “screened out.” This is clear viewpoint discrimination.“We expect debate about what the evidence means, but the Park shouldn’t prevent us from collecting data just like other scientists. I am merely asking for equal treatment by the government.”The lawsuit names officials all the way from the federal government down to the superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park. President Trump’s recent executive order on religious freedom may come to bear on the outcome of this lawsuit. It will be a case to watch: can a dogmatic consensus treat a qualified scientist differently because of his beliefs?Dr. Snelling told CEH,All I am seeking is equal treatment by the NPS to any other scientist who wants to do valid research in the Grand Canyon, regardless of my Christian faith and worldview. This is about getting a level playing field for all Christians in all national parks. All I am seeking is 40 clenched fist-sized samples which will be investigated in the laboratory and the results openly published for all other scientists to see and decide how they want to interpret, regardless of how I might interpret them. That’s doing good science. Under the US Constitution I am supposed to be protected from any government official discriminating against me as a Christian.A win in this case could send a strong signal to secular scientists and federal regulators that they take a big risk discriminating against other qualified scientists on the basis of their beliefs. Will the new tone of religious liberty in the current administration favor Dr. Snelling’s case? Time will tell.Update 7/28/17: Answers in Genesis reports that Snelling has won. “Dr. Snelling’s attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) had uncovered evidence that the PhD geologist’s permits had been denied because of his religious and creationist beliefs,” the article says. “When evidence came to light that Dr. Snelling’s rights were being unconstitutionally denied, the Grand Canyon National Park and the Department of Interior changed course and issued the permits.” ADF is dropping the lawsuit now that the park service has ended its discriminatory action against Dr. Snelling.Readers, I know Dr. Snelling. I have been on three expeditions with him, two in the Grand Canyon. He is exceptionally qualified and a gifted communicator. He is gracious and reasonable, never confrontational. Some of you may have seen him make an appearance in the recent film Is Genesis History? where everyone could see his easy-going yet convincing command of the facts and their implications. Because of his calm and matter-of-fact manner, his knowledge and his character, I would not have imagined him ever needing to sue the government over mistreatment. But if it had to be someone to stand up to the bullies, I’m glad it’s him. Godspeed, Dr. Snelling. I hope you prevail. Update: I’m glad you prevailed! This is why we need to support organizations like the ADF. Without courageous individuals and organizations to back them, the materialist bigots would trample the rights of all who disagree with them. (Visited 1,102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Communities Urged to Adopt a Fire Hydrant

first_img The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has resuscitated the ‘Adopt a Fire Hydrant’ programme, which seeks to involve citizens in the care and maintenance of hydrants within their communities.Public Relations Officer for the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, told JIS News that the programme was instituted in 2003, however, not enough communities, clubs, or groups took up the challenge.According to Mr. Ebanks, “it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that the fire hydrants are kept in working condition and that they are not abused, by making reports to the Jamaica Fire Brigade as soon as an incident occurs.”He also said that persons have abused hydrants by knocking them down, parking in front of them, and by even inserting garbage into the hydrant pillars.“We sometimes have a task of clearing the fire hydrants of garbage that is stuck in the hydrants, from juice and food boxes to bun and cheese wrappers, name it, we have seen it in fire hydrants,” Mr. Ebanks shared.He is also reminding motorists that vehicles must be at least 10 metres clear of a hydrant. He said that fire fighters have responded to emergencies in communities and have been unable to access the hydrants because vehicles are parked in front of them.Mr. Ebanks told JIS News that each fire hydrant cost at least $100,000 in addition to costs associated with maintaining them.“That is a chunk out of tax-payers money, so it is very important for us to take care of them,” he said. Persons have abused hydrants by knocking them down JFB has resuscitated the ‘Adopt a Fire Hydrant’ programme The programme was instituted in 2003 but was undersuscribed Story Highlightslast_img read more


Stars To Line Up For Online Hollywood Poker Charity Tournament

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AG Ferguson finds Nunavut Crown corps not following own rules

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Auditor General of Canada frequently looks over the books of the government of Nunavut as it has since the territory was created in 1999.Michael Ferguson’s recent report shows Nunavut’s Crown Corporations are ignoring their own rules and they’re doing it often.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has this story from Iqaluit.last_img


BahamasAir back to normal arrived in TCI today

first_img Recommended for you BahamasAir begins evacuating residents from Inagua ahead of Hurricane Irma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 14, 2017 – Providenciales – #BahamasAir resumed regular flight operations since Tuesday and today, one of two regular flights per week to the TCI touched down at the Providenciales International Airport for the first time since the airport reopened.Hurricane Irma forced changes in many flight plans and shut down both the PIA in TCI and the LPIA, in Nassau.   Reservations impacted by airport closures and flight schedule changes between September 4-11 will have all change fees and penalties waived reminded the national flag carrier.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, bahamasair Bahamasair’s unfair advantage exposed by Aviation Minister Govt taking on the tab to get people out of Abaco via Bahamasairlast_img read more


Bangladesh UNHCR sign MoU on Rohingya repatriation

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4 die as car plunges into ditch

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