Laws, whether good or bad, are manipulated by crooksTHE Republic Act (RA) 10592, or Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law, if implemented according to its lofty ideals, would give a second lease on life to convicted criminals — except those who committed heinous crimes — who have behaved well in prison and with the real intent of going back to the mainstream as reformed men and women. The impact of the law on the broader society, again if implemented based on its lofty ideals, would be immense. The crowded jails would be decongested. The budgetary allocation for the correctional system would ease up. The ex-criminals who return to the mainstream with the best of intentions will take on any job just to prove their worth, and this would fill up jobs that very few and only the desperate would take. The current knee-jerk reactions to the GCTA, which came in the wake of the Sanchez release fiasco, are totally unnecessary. What the law probably needs is an iron-clad provision … [Read more...] about Laws, whether good or bad, are manipulated by crooks
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Good idea leaves farmers high and dryWHEN the idea was first hatched not long after Emmanuel Pinol’s installation as Agriculture Secretary in the summer of 2016, it seemed like a deceptively simple solution to the age-old problem of insufficient irrigation for croplands: Rather than investing hundreds of billions in a few complex, large-scale irrigation systems that would take years to complete, invest mere tens of billions to build many environmentally friendly, relatively simple small systems that could deliver water to farms in a matter of months. Unfortunately, as a very enlightening investigative report by Mindanews writer Keith Bacongco that appeared over the weekend revealed, two years after the project’s inauguration, the farmers in Region 12 who were counting on the new systems to carry them through the El Nino-induced drought are officially victims of a calamity, their fields slowly baking into ruin as almost all of the irrigation units are non-functioning. Many … [Read more...] about Good idea leaves farmers high and dry
Reporting from Sacramento — It looked like an early April Fools’ joke at first. But, no, it was just an ambitious rookie governor trying to play world leader.Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that he’ll be flying to El Salvador to learn “the root causes of migration” to the United States.Does anyone in this hemisphere not know the root cause of why caravans of Central American refugees are seeking asylum in the U.S.? Newsom quickly answered his own question in the same prepared sentence in which he raised it: They’re “fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries.”That has been a reason why humans have migrated for thousands of years. Escaping poverty and bullies — seeking opportunity and a better life — have been root motivators forever.So consider the governor’s “fact-finding mission” completed before he even boards the plane, right? Maybe he also could read a book and do a little … [Read more...] about Capitol Journal: Forget the trip to El Salvador, Newsom needs to focus on California’s problems
Video PUBLISHED: 10:22 26 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:34 26 February 2019 Lynne Mortimer Paul Fisk and wife Allie Catchpole-Fisk who, undertook the Onelife Suffolk 12 week weight loss programme. Picture: Neil Didsbury Archant Ipswich couple Allie and Paul reveal how a Suffolk County Council initiative has improved their health and set them on the path to weight loss. I meet Allie Catchpole-Fisk and Paul Fisk in the Ipswich art gallery and emporium that salutes that 50s and 60s.The artistic director of Subterranean Boulevard in St Peter’s Street, Paul arrives with a box full of books, He is gradually ferrying in a 2,000-book library which will soon be on the shelves in the gallery.While they may have gained a lot of books, the couple, who married in 2016, have also lost a lot of weight - three stone each. And it has taken them just five months. Last year, Allie and Paul made the decision they needed a change of lifestyle and that they would do … [Read more...] about Could OneLife Suffolk help you lose weight for good?
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Tết or Lunar New Year holiday is the most important celebration in Việt Nam’s calender. According to tradition, Tết is a time for family members to come together and enjoy traditional foods such as bánh chưng (glutinous rice cake), giò (pork sausage) and dưa hành (pickled onion). But some students are passing up on the opportunity to spend time at home, opting to find seasonal employment instead. Nguyễn Thị Thảo is studying at the University of Labour and Social Affairs. For the past three years, this fourth-year student hasn’t returned home for Tết. With a sick father, Thảo thought it would be better to spend the holiday season working, helping her mother raise much-needed income for the family. “The payment for working during Tết will double in comparison with normal days so I have to take advantage to earn more money,” Thảo … [Read more...] about Family or fortune? A dilemma faced by many