BCPO seizes P22M ‘shabu’ in 6 months

first_imgAn operative of the Bacolod City Police Office Station 2 inspects suspected shabu seized from four arrested suspects during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Tangub. The suspects yielded 19 sachets of suspected illegal drugs valued at around P224,000. POLICE STATION 2/BCPO Of the 193 operations conducted, 156 were buy-busts while 22 involved the serving of warrants of arrest. The other six were incidental to a lawful arrest, five were police responses and four were checkpoint operations. Figures from the City Anti-Illegal Drugs Monitoring Center released by Major Lester Leada, acting chief of Bacolod City Police Office Operations Unit, showed the amount is equivalent to 3,268.88 grams of the prohibited substance recovered during 193 operations. BACOLOD City – Police officers here seized P22.228 million worth of suspected shabu in various operations from Jan. 1 to June 30 this year. These were carried out by the drug enforcement teams of Police Stations 1 to 10 and personnel of the City Drug Enforcement Team (CDEU). During the first six months, Police Station 3 seized suspected illegal drugs valued at around P8.435 million while the CDEU’s total recovery was estimated at P7.535 million. Data further showed that a total of 300 persons were arrested in these operations, including 174 pushers, 119 users, and seven minors. One drug personality was killed. The Police Station 2 confiscated P4.694 million worth of suspected shabu; Police Station 6, P500,885; Police Station 1, P356,612; Police Station 8, P248,580; Police Station 9, P139,542: Police Station 5, P122,222; Police Station 4, P110,765; Police Station 7, P68,068; and Police Station 10, P16,007. During the period, the operatives filed a total of 511 cases against the involved drug personalities. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Ilog farmer shot to death

first_imgOfficers of the Ilog municipal police station have yet to identify the suspects and the motive in the killing./PN The 38-year-old resident Virgel Loquinario sustained gunshot wounds on the body. He died on the spot, a police report showed. BY MAE SINGUAY AND CYRUS GARDE BACOLOD City – A farmer was shot to death in Barangay Pinggot, Ilog, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators, five unidentified suspects fired at Loquinario using unidentified firearms around 5 a.m. on July 7.last_img read more

Festival of Books postponed in light of coronavirus

first_imgThis article was updated March 11 at 12:30 a.m. with interviews from individuals planning to participate in Festival of Books and with more information about the impact of coronavirus on the festival lineup. Festival of Books and Food Bowl are just two among several large entertainment-related events to be postponed or canceled because of the spread of coronavirus. The 2020 South by Southwest Innovation Awards, an annual film and media festival that several USC students planned to attend in Austin, Texas, was also canceled last week. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be postponed until October, the L.A. Times reported Tuesday. ReadersPLUS, a math and literacy tutoring program in Joint Education Program, annually hosts a booth at the festival where they read aloud children’s books and host a writing contest for elementary school students. Brittany Acevedo, a 2019 graduate and a volunteer in ReadersPLUS for five years, said she initially felt disappointed with the festival postponement but understood that the decision was necessary.  Los Angeles Times Festival of Books draws more than 150,000 attendees and hosts a wide array of authors, journalists and artists. (Daily Trojan file photo) “There’s a big economic impact,” Bellantoni said. “There’s hundreds of people who help staff it, who have to do the maintenance. Lots of preparation for having such a large thing on campus, but that’s the thing with any of these events that are getting canceled.”  The lineup of authors, performers and panelists will not be released until late August, L.A. Times Vice President of Communications Hillary Manning said in an email to the Daily Trojan. The L.A. Times will determine whether authors and performers who were scheduled to appear in April will be able to accommodate the date change.  Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism professor and Media Center director Christina Bellantoni, who previously worked at the L.A. Times, has been a part of the festival in past years and has served as a moderator and panelist. Bellantoni was also supposed to be part of a panel this year and work on the L.A. Times Stage.    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has been postponed to October because of concerns regarding coronavirus, the Times announced Tuesday. The event, which has been hosted at USC for the last nine years, celebrates creative works through panel discussions and performances with authors, journalists, filmmakers and musicians and brings thousands to campus each April. “We expect that the lineup will have some changes but are hoping many of the authors and performers will be able to join us in Oct.,” the email read.   USC will conduct classes online Wednesday through Friday along with the week following spring break in response to the threat of coronavirus, and the University will continue monitoring the situation to determine any further necessary action. The move to postpone the festival follows several coronavirus developments in Los Angeles County, including the first case of community spread Monday. L.A. County declared a public health emergency last week after 20 cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the county at the time of publication. California has also announced a state of emergency following the first death in the state to receive federal and state funding to address the crisis. USC has yet to comment on the postponement of the festival but has canceled or postponed other University-related events, including the weekly farmers market and the Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Gala. The gala, which was supposed to be held Saturday in downtown L.A., will now be held in May. “Whenever we host the public at our events, we take health and safety seriously,” the Los Angeles Times wrote in a statement. “As we make plans to host the Festival of Books and Food Bowl in the fall, we will continue to monitor developments with the coronavirus in Southern California, and cross-reference with any guests who may be traveling to Southern California from affected areas to participate in our events.” “I don’t think there will be too much of an impact for it being moved to October other than [waiting] a little extra time,” Acevedo said. “In terms of the spirit of the community and the organizations that go with the [festival], I think there’s no hard feelings, it could be worse. The festival, which is going into its 25th year, will now be held Oct. 3-4. The 40th Book Prizes awards ceremony, which is typically held in conjunction with the festival, was canceled. Winners and honorable mentions, however, will still be announced April 17 as planned. The Times also postponed its annual Food Bowl, an event that features hundreds of L.A.-based food activities, including dinners, restaurant pop-ups and classes over the course of May, to fall.last_img read more

Cabinet meets to map out programme of action

first_img11 June 2014The first lekgotla (special meeting) of South Africa’s newly appointed Cabinet got under way in Pretoria on Tuesday, bringing together ministers, provincial premiers and other senior officials to map out the government’s programme of action for the year.The three-day meeting is being chaired by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the absence of President Jacob Zuma, who was ordered by his doctors to take a few days’ rest following his hospitalisation for medical check-ups over the weekend.Zuma will outline the new administration’s programme for the year in his State of the Nation address to Parliament on Tuesday, 17 June.Speaking to reporters shortly before the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the main items on the agenda were the National Development Plan (NDP), the government’s medium-term strategic framework, and the ongoing mining strike on South Africa’s platinum belt.Radebe said the Cabinet ministers would look to the NDP as well as the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) election manifesto when drawing up the government’s programme of action.He added that the Cabinet would pay special attention to the issues of local government service delivery, unemployment, poverty and inequality“Our president is deeply concerned about the protests that have been happening around the country. We are going to make sure that we go into those areas with concrete responses.”Radebe said the long-running strike in South Africa’s platinum mining sector had had a debilitating effect on the economy.Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) downed tools on 23 January, demanding a basic monthly salary of R12 500. So far, the industry and employees have lost billions of rands in earnings and forfeited wages.Two weeks ago, the government to set up a special task team to facilitate negotiations between the unions and mining companies. On Monday, however, Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi pulled the team out of the negotiations, putting the onus on the companies and unions to find common ground.Radebe said the impact of the strike showed that the mining sector still played a major role in the country’s economy. “We need to ensure that we encourage the resolutions of the strike so that we can begin with the implementation of the NDP.”Regarding President Zuma’s health, Radebe said the Deputy President was in constant touch with Zuma.“The President is improving. The Deputy President has reported to us that he is resting to ensure that he is ready for the State of the Nation address next week.”Zuma’s office said he had met with all his new ministers and deputy ministers in May, to go over policy priorities and his expectations of them.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

No major surprises today from the USDA

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Prior to the report grains were all 1-2 cents lower. The DOW was 80 lower, and crude oil was 30 cents lower. Following the report corn was unchanged, soybeans were up 1 cent, and wheat was unchanged.Corn exports were lowered 50 million bushels to 1.65 billion bushels. That is not a surprise. Corn used for ethanol was increased 25 million bushels to 5.225 billion bushels. An increase in ethanol had little traction ahead of the report. However, it is not unrealistic due to weekly grinds the past month continually above the weekly amount needed to reach the yearly goal.Soybean crush was reduced 10 million bushels to 1.88 billion bushels. That should not be a surprise as domestic crush margins have been below 50 cents in recent weeks. It compares to crush margins last year reaching over $2 a bushel a year ago. Soybean ending stocks were up 10 million bushels. While some had expected soybean exports to be reduced, reducing one component, the crush, is not a surprise.Corn production in Brazil was up 2.5 million tons from last month’s 81.5 million tons. Argentina corn production was increased 1.4 million tons to 27 million tons. Corn production in South America was expected to remain unchanged. These numbers are somewhat bearish for corn. Don’t be surprised to see US corn exports see additional changes lower in coming months.Many might suggest that the February USDA report is easily a yawner, paying little attention to its pending release and even less attention once it is published.  But after all, it is the USDA. A surprise can appear at any time. During the month of February the US budget office provides acres estimates for 2016. In addition, USDA will have its yearly outlook conference later this month. Then next month on March 31 USDA will publish its annual planting intentions report for the upcoming growing season. This combination of acres estimates will provide lots of fodder for market discussions the next six weeks. Today’s report did not contain any production changes for the US. The trade had expected soybean production could be reduced in Brazil while increasing in Argentina. The soybean harvest is underway in Brazil. Argentina is not far behind.  Corn production in South America was expected to be nearly identical to that last month.Grains have been sideways to boring for the past month. Rallies have been short-lived, small in size, not meeting expectations for those still holding unsold bushels. Yesterday corn exited its tight trading range, trapped within just nine cents for 13 trading days. Talk about something ready to happen, just as a coiled snake waiting for its unsuspecting prey. In that time corn basis has been steady and in some cases even lower. Corn exports on Monday were just 17.3 million bushels, below the low of trade expectations. Meanwhile, soybean exports hit 43.1 million bushels, above the high of expectations. Soybean exports continued their trend of exceeding corn exports. US grain exports continue to disappoint as yearly totals slide further and further behind those of a year ago. The Monday reports continued the trend from last fall detailing that US grain exports are declining compared to a year ago. As US exports shrink, it has traders and producers expecting smaller exports and increasing ending stocks for either February or March.  Non-commercial traders are now long corn as they exited the short positions they held for many months. The flip from short to long was a process over many weeks. Last week it was noted that while the non-commercials traders were still short, the much smaller amount of shorts they held was a surprise. Some had suggested it could provide additional corn price volatility in coming weeks due to the reduced need for any potential short covering to take place. China’s markets are closed all week due for the Lunar New Year. US stocks have taken a beating so far in 2016 due in part to concerns that the economic slowdown in China could reach the US. Keep in mind that in times of uncertainty and especially if it extends for several days, the general mentality can be, “risk off, get me out.”  Or even simpler prices go lower. The term “risk off,” is not new. Don’t be surprised to hear it more and more this year.The market will now go back to focusing on South America weather and upcoming US acres projections for 2016. Farmer selling for old corn will likely not be large in coming weeks unless we see the March CBOT corn reach back above the $3.70-3.75 level. At mid-day today it is $3.62.last_img read more

Health sharing or insurance?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Risë LabigBy Risë Labig, marketing specialist for Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag NetLast year at this time, my husband and I were in the process of deciding whether to continue to participate in my company’s health care plan, or change to a “health-sharing” plan. Like the majority of Americans, premiums and deductibles have skyrocketed. Through no fault of our employer, I knew that based on us hitting milestone birthdays our premiums would rise. And rise they did, to the tune of over $1,100 per month, and that doesn’t include the deductible.I am employed at a small business (Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net), as many people are. Small businesses simply do not have the “buying power” of a large group. As a result, premiums and deductibles are high. As anyone who has tried to navigate through deciding which deductible to choose — higher deductible, lower premium versus lower premium, higher deductible — well, it’s not easy. If your family medical history includes pre-existing conditions that are treated often, you may want the lower deductible. If your family history has leaned toward few medical issues, you may lean towards choosing a higher deductible so your premium is a little lower. It’s about risk, and no one understands risk better than those of us in ag.Years ago, I had worked for one year in the life-health insurance division at an insurance company. I learned much in that year. It was with this knowledge under my belt that I felt I could research health-sharing and understand the differences from medical insurance.Please note that health-sharing and health insurance are NOT the same. This is very important to understand. I like this definition, from CHM on what health sharing is: Health cost sharing is a way to satisfy your healthcare costs and help others while upholding your Christian beliefs and sticking to your budget.We chose Christian Healthcare Ministries, which is the nation’s original health cost sharing ministry. It provides an affordable, accountable and faith-based framework to help fellow believers facing a health crisis. Likewise, brothers and sisters in Christ step in to help you in your time of need. Members’ pre-set monthly financial gifts to CHM are the funds used to share each other’s healthcare costs. The ministry shares 100% of eligible bills and overall has shared over $3.5 billion in members’ healthcare costs. CHM is also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. CHM is an eligible option for individuals and families under the national healthcare law.I seriously began to consider health sharing when I was scheduled to take a sleep apnea test home study. (Yes, I was not a “silent sleeper” and was going to share a cabin with my sister. She said I should do something about it, sis, so grudgingly I did.)The hospital had called to confirm the home study sleep test, and I asked the cost for the test. It was about $762. Since I had not used my deductible, insurance would cover only $150 of it, which meant I would pay the balance of $612 out of pocket. It just irked me that even though I had insurance, paid a high monthly premium, and hadn’t used my deductible, I would still have to pay out-of-pocket. So, I decided to call back and ask what my cost would be if I did “self-pay”. She immediately said, “Oh — that’s an automatic 60% discount.” Yep. The wheels started turning.So, the research began. I understood fully that it would mean I would become “self-pay.” I wouldn’t have medical insurance. Could we consider this? Was it too risky? I evidently gravitate to risk since I married a farmer.Health sharing means that we are, in essence, sharing our medical bills with other people of a large group of similar beliefs. Christian health sharing has been around a long time. I reviewed what I considered the top three “safe” companies: Christian Healthcare Ministries, Samaritan Ministries, and Medi-Share. There are differences between all of them. I leaned toward CHM. They have been around the longest, have a great track record, and most importantly, I had local friends that had been using them for a few years and were quite satisfied.We ran an article about a year ago on Samaritan Ministries — you can read the article here.I know a few other farm families that have chosen Medi-Share. Please note that I believe ALL of these companies are very good. We go with what we know, so we decided to choose Christian Healthcare Ministries.Our monthly premium, for Scott and I, is $150 each, or $300 per month. This includes a $500 deductible (meaning I pay the first $500 out of pocket for each unique illness). We knew the real challenge would be when we had our first office visit, medical testing, etc. Incidentally, my boss kept asking how I liked health sharing — and I told him that I don’t know ‘yet’ since I hadn’t had to use it (and that is a good thing).Between Scott and I, we take just a few prescriptions. I made sure to check what prescription costs would be. I presumed they might increase, and this might be one of the “risks” I would take, yet I reasoned that a lower premium would offset a minor prescription increase. I challenge you all to take a look at what you are paying for prescriptions. I was shocked that I could actually get my same prescriptions for the same price and even LESS than what I was paying for WITH medical insurance. What? Yes. The website allowed me to review and compare. And I also found I could get them cheaper elsewhere in town, and I did. Another savings.Our first occasion to use the health sharing was my annual blood test. I take blood pressure medicine and have hypothyroidism, so I take meds for those two and the doctor wouldn’t renew any prescriptions without it. Tests were ordered at CompuNet, and typically I never saw a bill for these when I had medical insurance. No charge. Right?I told them I was “self-pay” when I signed in. They didn’t bat an eye. She said, okay, the price today for all the tests ordered is $742.01 (Gulp. I reasoned with myself that I was saving more than each month by my lower premiums) What surprised me was that she said: “and so, since you are self-pay, it is an automatic 50% discount.” Yes. And she continued to say that next time I have blood tests, I can order many of them myself. I was astounded. Instead of $353.42, I could pay online, self-pay for $45. I must admit, now I was feeling even better about my decision to do health sharing.It gets better. A week or so later, I received a postcard in the mail from my local hospital. They were sharing the exact same story. They were offering “patient self-directed testing at a reduced cost as an alternative for individuals that have insurance with a high deductible and for those who do not have insurance at all.” I encourage you to see if your local hospital offers the same. Share this with someone. It may save them money.So what does happen when I have something other than a simple office visit or blood test? Visit here to see the steps necessary to take when unplanned illnesses or emergencies arise.We chose the Gold level plus Brother’s Keepers plan. I will have unlimited financial assistance available to me for all eligible medical bills (bills must total over $500 per incident). The Brother’s Keeper is a safeguard against catastrophic or illness that can exceed $125,000 (Gold plan). I must submit all and any medical invoices, with proper coding, to CHM. I had experience with this at the insurance company, so I knew it was quite doable for me.Who might not want to consider health-sharing? If you have pre-existing conditions, please note that you will want to carefully read each company’s guidelines. Each company handles these uniquely, and must follow the law. Again, health sharing is not medical insurance. But it works, and has been around a long time.As a family, we use a lot of natural health alternatives. They work for us. Exercise is a huge benefit (we’re still fine-tuning that one). Personally, we believe we need to do as much as we can for our own self-care to avoid running to the doctor for every sniffle. Each family is unique, and may not be able to do this, so do your research.If you have more questions than what these company’s websites might provide, please know you are welcome to reach out to me at [email protected] I hope this article helps those of you who are interested in pursuing health sharing, and also encourages you to see if there are additional ways to lower your medical costs.last_img read more

BCCI selectors to give final a miss

first_imgDisconcerted by the treatment meted out to them by the Taj Hotel staff in Chandigarh, the five national selectors led by K Srikkanth have decided to give the India-Sri Lanka final in Mumbai a miss.Booked at the Taj to witness the high-voltage India-Pakistan clash live at the PCA Stadium on Wednesday, the five national selectors would have been expected to be a part of Team India’s celebration when they left Shahid Afridi’s team shattered.But contrary to initial plans, they were taken aback when they found that their booking at the hotel – supposed to have a tie-up with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – had been cancelled and ICC officials had been given the rooms allocated to the selectors.Hurt by the BCCI’s refusal to look into the matter and provide them with accommodation, they immediately left for their respective homes.According to a Punjab Cricket Association official, the incident took place as there was a feud between BCCI and ICC over hotel bookings.Paid employees of the BCCI, the selectors are more often than not made to make their own arrangements when it comes to accommodations etc.But being refused accommodation even after booking their rooms well in advance seemed to be too much for them to take.As a result, the selectors have decided to stay away from the final of the ICC World Cup.While chairman of selectors Srikkanth refused to answer calls and reply to messages sent, a hurt Yashpal Sharma, representing North Zone, said that it was for Srikkanth to talk on the matter.advertisement”We are strictly barred from speaking to the media and it is for the chairman of selectors to speak on the issue. All I can say is that we are not going to Mumbai at the moment,” Sharma told MAIL TODAY over phone on Thursday.last_img read more

First day, first blow! Team India fined for slow over rate in opening match of the season

first_imgIndia beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs in their opening fixture of the season on Saturday, but some of the sheen was taken off the victory less than 24 hours later when the team was adjudged guilty of not bowling its overs in time. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team-mates were fined by the match referee for maintaining a slow over-rate during Saturday night’s game. The Indian skipper was fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while each of his players lost 10 per cent of their earnings from the day.Slow over rate has been a recurring problem for India in recent times and the issue resurfacing in the first match of the season is certainly not a good sign for the Men in Blue.Alarmingly, India failed to maintain their over rate even though the spinners bowled as many as 20 overs.Team India, and Dhoni in particular, will now have to carefully watch their over rate as repeated breaches of the rule over a 12-month period can result in a suspension for the captain.last_img read more

Position Vacant – State Development Officer

first_imgNew South Wales Touch Football currently has a vacancy for a State Development Officer and is now accepting applications which will close on Friday, 25 July.  The position of State Development Officer is responsible for the management and delivery of the New South Wales Touch Association development and education programs for playing, coaching, refereeing and selecting throughout the state. The Development Officer also assists Associations in the development of the sport of Touch, working with the Sport Manager, Development Manager, Events Manager, NSWTA State Development Officers and Regional Committees, to maximise opportunities for Touch to be a first choice sport among current and prospective participants. The position has a focus towards an important role in increasing both the quality and quantity of coaches, referees, selectors, administrators and players of all ages as well the quality of domestic competitions.The Development Officer will have involvement from grassroots to elite level. This current role will have a strong focus in the Sydney Inner West, Western, Illawarra and Northern West areas of New South Wales and will be responsible for the delivery of the sport within those boundaries.For more information about this position please view the below application attached or contact Sport Manager, Daniel Rushworth – [email protected] or (02) 9558 9333.Related Filesnsw_touch_football_sdo_application_package_2014_july__1_-docRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat us

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: Everyone wants to beat usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists they can handle being a big target this season.Liverpool became the first side since AC Milan in 1994 to lose the first match of their Champions League defence and the 2-0 reverse in Naples, which featured a rare Van Dijk mistake, has put pressure on their next game against Red Bull Salzburg in two weeks. “Everyone wants to beat us, no matter what competition,” said Van Dijk.”That’s something we have to deal with, but that’s not going to be a problem — we have to enjoy it as well.”For Napoli to win their first game is obviously big, for us to lose our first game is obviously not want we wanted. We have to try to win our other games and we now focus on going to Chelsea.” last_img read more