Thousands peacefully protest ‘French IVF law’

first_imgThe bioethicslaw, which has cleared its first reading in the parliament, would lift thecurrent restriction limiting in vitro fertilization (IVF) to heterosexualcouples. PARIS – Around42,000 protesters took to the streets in the French capital peacefullydemonstrating against a draft law allowing lesbians and single women toconceive children with medical assistance, according to the police. For some inPresident Emmanuel Macron’s governing party, the bill revived memories of thedisruptive and sometimes violent protests against his predecessor FrancoisHollande’s “Marriage For All” law which legalized gay unions.    Protesters march against a reform bill that will widen access to medically-assisted procreation to lesbian couples and single women, in Paris, France on Oct. 6. REUTERS/CHRISTIAN HARTMANNcenter_img Those protestspeaked in January 2013 with a demonstration attended by thousands of people. Remnants of thesame “Demonstrations for All” movement, founded in opposition to Hollande’slaw, took part in Sunday’s march.(Reuters)last_img read more

Aklan abaca farmers told to produce first-class fibers

first_imgDuring the Abaca Industry EconomicOperators’ Forum at the tourism and training center here, Costales encouragedfarmers to produce high grade or first class abaca fibers, following reportsthat the abaca fibers produced in the province are “low grade.” According to him, this was due to theinferior blades used by farmers when extracting the fibers.     PhilFIDA Executive Director KennedyCostales said the P7-billion Philippine abaca fiber industry has helped boostthe country’s economy from its 97-percent export earnings.      According to PhilFIDA, Aklan ranked9th among the country’s top abaca-producing provinces from Jan. to Nov.2018.          The abaca-producing towns in theprovince include Libacao, Madalag, Balete, Ibajay, Malinao, Makato, Banga, andAltavas – with Libacao having the highest production.   KALIBO, Aklan – The Philippine FiberIndustry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) urged abaca farmers in this provinceto produce high-grade abaca fibers due to its increasing demand.  center_img The production of low grade abacafibers was among the current woes in the industry, which might affect itsstatus as the top global abaca trader, supplying about 87.4 percent of theworld’s abaca fiber requirements.(With areport from PIA/PN) Abaca farmers in Aklan are urged to produce high-grade abaca fibers due to its increasing demand. According to Kennedy Costales, executive director of the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority, the P7-billion Philippine abaca fiber industry has helped boost the country’s economy from its 97-percent export earnings. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE-PHILIPPINE RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT Meanwhile, he also shared the “AbacaTuxy Buying Special Project,” market trends and opportunities or threats to theindustry.      The project, he said, aims to improvethe take home pay of abaca farmers by two-fold to almost three-fold net ofgovernment obligations by organizing themselves into a cooperative of about 100to 350 members or more.         last_img read more

Senate OKs bills extending validity of 2019 nat’l budget

first_imgMANILA – The Senate has unanimously approved on second reading the measure that would extend the validity of the unspent money under the 2019 national budget until next year. Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said that his colleagues have unanimously voted the one year extension of the validity of some portion of this year’s budget, which was only signed on April 15. “As of Sept. 30 this year, a little more than P261 billion of the people’s money – that has already been programmed but has yet to be released – could lapse if our bill does not pass muster,” Angara said. “By the time the GAA was signed, the election ban on construction of infrastructure projects also kicked in, “so in effect, for six months we were operating on a reenacted budget,” added the chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance.center_img Angara further explained: “Wala tayong bagong budget kaya yung mga bagong proyekto, hindi naumpisahan. That’s why we want to extend ‘yung validity nung 2019 budget,” President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No. 91 or the implementation of the cash-based budgeting system, provides that appropriations for capital outlay and maintenance and other operating expenses for 2019 “shall be valid for obligation until Dec. 31, 2019. This means that all unutilized appropriations for 2019 will lapse and revert to the National Treasury unless Congress authorizes the extension of its validity and availability./PNlast_img read more

Antique road mishap kills 9-year-old girl

first_imgThe DPWH has yet to respond on theincident./PN The family members and neighbors ofthe victims were calling the attention of the Department of Public Works andHighways (DPWH) in the province and its contractors to provide proper lighting,early warning devices and signages in all their construction sites to avoidsimilar accidents.   By STEPHEN LOUIE CHECA The girl, who was in Grade 3, wasriding a motorcycle driven by her 31-year-old father when they figured in aroad mishap around 8 p.m. on Thursday.   Antique board member Karmila RoseDimamay said another innocent life was wasted because of some persons’“negligence and lack of responsibility.”   The child and her father sustainedinjuries and bruises on the body and were rushed to the Angel Salazar MemorialGeneral Hospital in San Jose, Antique but the attending physician referred thechild to a hospital in Iloilo. She, somehow, did not survive on the waythere.   According to their neighbor KriciaLavega, the two were heading to a hospital to visit the child’s grandmotherwhen the incident happened. Lavega added the area was“poorly-lighted” and there was no reflectorized signage – only a warning deviceprinted in a tarpaulin. center_img She added her office is willing toassist the family in seeking justice and to demand from those “who neglecttheir responsibilities.”     Last July, Dimamay sponsored aresolution demanding the DPWH to require all contractors to install safety andprecautionary signages to all projects in the national and barangay roads toprevent accidents. The resolution was passed by the provincial board.  Dimamay said they (project engineersand contractors) only “obliged in the beginning.”    San Jose, Antique – A 9-year-old girl died in a motorcycle accident on a road construction site in Barangay Supa here.          Her father, meanwhile, has alreadyreceived medical treatment.      A “caution” sign, printed in tarpaulin, was partially damaged after a road accident in Barangay Supa, San Jose, Antique on Thursday. The “poorly lighted road” was linked to a motorcycle mishap that claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl. STEPHEN LOUIE CHECA/PN last_img read more

Laborer found dead

first_imgHe was identified as 35-year-oldresident Arvie Saquin, a police report showed. Responding police officers did not findany wounds on Saquin’s body suggestive of murder. It was Saquin’s live-in partner whofound him lifeless around 6:55 a.m. on Jan. 21, the report added. He was rushed to the Aleosan DistrictHospital in Alimodian, Iloilo where the attending physician declared him “deadon arrival.” center_img ILOILO City – A laborer was found dead insidetheir house in Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo. Officers of the San Miguel policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img read more

India, Brazil sign 15 accords to deepen ties

first_imgIndian PrimeMinister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro took to socialmedia to hail the closer cooperation and agreements struck during Bolsonaro’sofficial visit to India.  Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro (left) shakes hands with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his ceremonial reception at the forecourt of India’s Rashtrapati Bhavan Presidential Palace in New Delhi, India on Jan. 25. REUTERS/ALTAF HUSSAIN DELHI – Indiaand Brazil have signed 15 accords aimed at forging closer ties between the twoemerging market giants across a range of sectors, both countries’ leaders saidon Saturday.center_img Brazil’sforeign minister Ernesto Araujo tweeted the 15 accords signed by the two countriesrepresent a move “against the structures of globalist thought.”(Reuters)last_img read more

Unlicensed gun seized

first_imgILOILO City – A 40-year-old man was nabbed forpossession of an unlicensed gun in Barangay Maninila, Miag-ao, Iloilo. Detained in the lockup cell of the municipalpolice station, the suspect faces charges for violation of Republic Act 10591,or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act./PN A .45-caliber pistol loaded seven live bulletswas confiscated from Edward Labiao of Barangay Cadsadan, San Jose, Antique, apolice report showed/ center_img The Miag-ao police caught Labiao carrying afirearm while onboard a jeepney around 12 p.m. on Feb. 24. They confiscated thegun after Labiao failed to present a license.last_img read more

Antique bars entry of Mindanao pork

first_imgFor his part, Provincial Veterinarian Dr.Romeo Magdato said hog growers in this province reported an income of P25.614million for orders that were received mostly from the provinces of Iloilo andAklan since January this year. Cadiao said through her Executive Order22, there will be no swine or pork from Mindanao that would be transported inAntique. “Our swine is ASF-free,” she claimed. SAN JOSE, Antique – In a bid to protectthe province’s hog industry from the African swine fever, Gov. Rhodora Cadiaohas issued an executive order banning the entry of live pigs, pork and otherpork-based from Mindanao. The livestock and poultry handlerlicenses of commercial hog growers are now being verified at different policecheckpoints in this region as a precautionary measure against ASF. According Cadiao, hog growers in thisprovince are only allowed to sell live pigs, pork and other pork-based productsto places outside of Antique, but not to acquire them from Mindanao. Cadiao has formed a technical workinggroup to ensure that the province remains ASF free and that the ban isimplemented. “With the ban from Luzon and Mindanao,there were many orders for Antique’s swine because it is free from ASF,” hesaid. Meanwhile, the ban for the entry of porkfrom Luzon and its by-products remain in effect. In a bid to maintain Antique province’s status as African swine fever-free, Gov. Rhodora Cadiao has signed Executive Order 22. All entry of live pigs, pork and other pork-based products from Mindanao are now prohibited. PNA He added that some 2,846 swine, mostlyfive to six months old and with an average weight of 85 to 90 kilograms, arealso being bought up to P100 per kilogram (liveweight) in order to be processedas pork products like tocino and chorizo.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

Robbery rap sends Murcia local to jail

first_imgThe suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Murcia municipal police station. His apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant, the police added. A P100,000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – Charged with robbery, a man was arrested in Barangay Caliban, Murcia, Negros Occidental. Hernani Talaman Jr., 40, of Barangay Lopez Jaena, Murcia was caught around 9:20 p.m. on June 23, police said.last_img

Ripley County Citizens Utilize 911 Services In July

first_imgWhen a citizen dials 911 in Ripley County, it is answered by the Ripley County Communications Center. It handles both emergency and non-emergency calls for multiple police agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical services in the county.A monthly report of calls received in July was released on Thursday.A total of 1,614 calls were taken from the public last month. After including all of the radio transactions among the various emergency services, there were a total 5,348. These numbers reflect both emergency and non-emergency radio and telephone transactions.There were 624 enhanced 911 calls answered last month, 397 of those are classified as real emergencies.A breakdown of 911 calls reveal that 174 calls were for paramedic, fire and first responder. There were 160 emergency calls for police and 126 for EMS services.9-1-1 operators also answered 227 calls that were determined not to be an emergency. Those calls were attributed to false calls, system problems, kids playing, and tests on the system.A total of 565 calls were handled for town and county police. Those calls range from emergency response to information requests and title checks.There were also 33 calls for the dog warden.last_img read more