Robredo sees Marcos’ poll protest junked after lead in PET recount

first_img After deducting votes from sustained objections and adding ones earned due to admitted claims, the PET found that Robredo got 1,510,178 votes from the pilot provinces as opposed to Marcos’ 204,512. Robredo said in a television interview that Marcos’ poll protest should be dismissed as he failed to show a “substantial recovery” of votes after a revision and re-appreciation of ballots from his pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. “Kaya ngayon na nilabas na iyong resulta ng recount, inaasahan namin na very soon idi-dismiss na iyong protesta,” Robredo said. “So iyon iyong hinihingi natin ngayon: huwag magpapalit ng rules in the middle of the game.” She added: “Mayroon silang resulta nitong recount. Even before ilabas ito ng Supreme Court, mayroon na silang resulta kasi mayroon na silang mga representatives doon sa recount at alam nila na lalo pang lumamang iyong boto ko,” she added. Robredo slammed allegations thrown by the Marcos camp, saying “it is impossible to manipulate the results of the manual recount as watchers of both camps and Presidential Electoral Tribunal officials were present.” The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), said Robredo’s lead in the three provinces protested by Marcos increased by some 15,000 votes.center_img These figures are higher than the votes Robredo and Marcos got as reflected in the provincial certificates of canvass: 1,493,517 for Robredo and 202,136 for Marcos./PN MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredo expects former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s poll protest to be dismissed after results of a manual recount in three pilot provinces have been revealed and showed her increasing her lead by some 15,000 votes. “After the revision and appreciation, the overall, nationwide vote lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” the PET said in a resolution. “Ang hindi ko naiintindihan kasi parang iyong pagsisinungaling, nakakahawa pala. Kasi pati iyong abogado nagsisinungaling na rin; kasi sila iyong nagpadala ng sarili nilang watchers,” Robredo said.last_img read more

ISDA Photo Contest now open

first_imgOne of the winning photos from 2017.Indianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting submissions for the 11th annual Indiana Agriculture photo contest, which showcases the hard work and contributions made by Hoosier farmers. The contest is open to the general public, and the winners will be honored during a special ceremony at the Indiana State Fair.Contestants are able to submit up to five photos in digital format (horizontal or vertical), and each photo must be accompanied by an entry form. All photos must be taken in the state by Indiana residents. Entries must be submitted no later than June 30, 2018.Participants are encouraged to submit photos reflecting the wide array of agriculture. The categories photos can be entered under are:On the Farm: Showcasing any building, piece of equipment or activity that is a part of life on an Indiana farm.Faces of Agriculture: Featuring those who grow and produce food, fuel and fiber in Indiana.Agritourism: Spotlighting Indiana’s seasonal and agricultural destinations, such as orchards, wineries and farmers markets.Conservation: Highlighting Indiana’s natural beauty with landscapes, water and wildlife.Contest winners will have their photographs featured in the Offices of the Lt. Governor’s Family of Business in Indianapolis. Winners will also be special guests during the Celebration of Agriculture on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Normandy Barn at the Indiana State Fair.For entry and release forms, guidelines and criteria click here.last_img read more

Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf

first_img Members of Parliament have hailed the health benefits of golf, following a recently published scientific review by researchers at the University of Edinburgh. A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons welcoming the review, which highlights the considerable physical and mental health benefits of the sport. The review, supported by the World Golf Foundation, found that golfers live longer than non-golfers, playing golf improves cholesterol levels and body composition, and also appears to improve wellness and self-confidence. Golf is also expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases (See below for more information). The motion welcomes “the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews” and “looks forward to members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.” The motion was tabled by Co-Chairman of the Parliamentary Golf Group, Stephen Gethins MP. He said: “This report is welcome and shows the huge range of health benefits that golf brings to people of all ages. This review will be of major interest to policymakers in the UK, as it reveals the benefits of the sport for longevity, but also for quality of life. “Golf clearly plays an important role in maintaining a healthy, active population, and I look forward to seeing further research into the impact of the sport on health, particularly for older people. I hope that people in my constituency of North East Fife and across the UK will continue to pick up their clubs and enjoy the considerable health and social benefits that golf delivers.” Also signing the motion was Group Co-Chairman and Member of Parliament for Lincoln, Karl McCartney MP. He said: “Since the Parliamentary Golf Group was established last year, we have been keen to promote the health benefits of the sport. I welcome this review, and in particular its finding that golfers of all ages and abilities can gain the same health benefits as those at the elite level, including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life. “Golf is the fifth largest sport in the UK in terms of participation, and I hope that we can continue to encourage people of all ages to take part, and enjoy the health benefits that a round can provide.” Lead researcher, Dr Andrew Murray, commented “Our review is clear that golf has overall health benefits. Golf provides moderate intensity physical activity, which is recommended by the World Health Organisation for its key role in improving life expectancy, helping prevent over 40 major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes, and improving mental health. “Golf can provide health benefits for people of all ages and backgrounds. The interest and leadership of Stephen Gethins, Karl McCartney and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf in promoting the health benefits of the sport, and policies that promote growing the game is so important in helping people and populations gain the physical, mental, and social benefits golf can provide.” Steve Mona, World Golf Foundation CEO, added: “This scientific review is clear that golf can improve the health and well-being of the 55 million people in over 200 countries that play the game worldwide.  The World Golf Foundation is committed to growing the game, and to do this we warmly welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Golf at the UK parliament, with a clear focus on increasing interest and participation in our sport.” The full text of the motion is as follows: Early day motion 409 – Golf and Health That this House welcomes the recent scientific review by the University of Edinburgh relating to golf and health published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine; notes that this study highlights that golf can provide moderate intensity physical activity as advocated by the World Health Organisation and our four home nations’ Chief Medical Officers’; further notes that this study outlines that, whilst the 55 million golfers worldwide, ranging from four to 104 years old may not win the Ryder Cup, or indeed the Open Championship, they can gain the same benefits such players obtain through golf including better physical and mental health outcomes and likely longer life; is pleased that the report is being widely shared by player ambassadors such as Annika Sorenstam, Gary Player, Padraig Harrington as well as members of our European and United States Ryder Cup teams; encourages others to consider the report’s implications, and look out for future research from this group; further welcomes the collaborative approach highlighted thus far by the World Golf Foundation, the Royal and Ancient, PGAs of Europe, the European Tour, and the Universities of Edinburgh and St Andrews; and looks forward to hon. Members and the public alike benefiting from the health benefits of this great sport.   6 October 2016 Golf is good for you – it’s official Golf can help you live longer, cut the risk of many chronic diseases and improve your self-esteem, according to a research project. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh reviewed 5000 papers to assess the health and well-being benefits of the game. These include a five-year increase in life expectancy and improved quality of life, as well as physical and mental health benefits. Golf is expected to decrease the risk of more than 40 major chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, colon and breast cancer.  Current research shows that golf has positive impacts on cholesterol, body composition, metabolism, and longevity. The project highlights that in a round of golf a player will take up to 17,000 steps, walk up to eight miles and burn up to 1200 calories. Regular golf can also help reduce anxiety, improve confidence and boost self-esteem, all of which contribute to improved mental wellbeing. England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “This is great news. Through our Get into golf campaign we’ve been spreading the message that golf is good for your health and we’ve shared stories of people whose lives have improved by playing the game. “This research makes it clear that our enjoyable and sociable sport has a very important part to play in the government’s strategy to tackle inactivity and we look forward to encouraging even more people to take up the game.” Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up the sport with great value coaching from PGA professionals. To find an activity near you and to read more about the benefits of playing golf visit www.getintogolf.org Get into golf is supported by National Lottery funding. The Golf & Health project is supported by all of golf’s major organisations and an initial eight ambassadors with more than 30 majors and 350 wins between them. They are Aaron Baddeley (Australia), Annika Sorenstam (Sweden), Brooke Henderson (Canada), Gary Player (South Africa), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Ryann O’Toole (USA), So Yeon Ryu (South Korea), and Zach Johnson (USA). The project has been launched by the World Golf Foundation and the scoping review has been published in the world’s leading sports medicine and science journal, The British Journal of Sports Medicine. Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, said:  “This project is something we can all get behind, as it is universally agreed that golf is good for you. It is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more – all to the sport’s benefit.” Find out more at www.golfandhealth.org Image copyright Leaderboard Photography 6 Oct 2016 Parliament welcomes health benefits of golf last_img read more

Tammie Rutledge joins Genworth Life Insurance Company

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Tammie Rutledge, FLMITammie L. Rutledge has been appointed as an independent long term care insurance agent in Washington, producer with Genworth Life Insurance Company. Tammie Rutledge specializes in long term care planning information and guidance. She has been in this business for many years and looks forward to working with clients and prospects in the State of Washington.She is known for her expertise and straightforward approach to helping people understand potential solutions for their long term care needs. She helps people assess their long term care requirements and build long term care insurance plans to help protect their financial futures.Genworth Life Insurance Company helped pioneer the development of long term care insurance and is a leader in terms of individual long term care insurance policies in force. Genworth’s comprehensive long term care insurance products help people protect their retirement savings and preserve their financial independence.Genworth Life Insurance Company, Administrative Office: Richmond, VAlast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Polly

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Polly! She is an adorable, four-year-old girl who looks like a fashion model, especially when wearing her cute outfits. Polly likes riding in the car, cuddling, and going for leash walks which are happy activities that she is more than willing to share with friends. Polly weighs in at 12 pounds which, in her opinion, makes her just right for sitting in your lap! She knows basic commands, and with proper introduction, gets along well with children, dogs, and cats. Polly is a wonderful companion!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Polly in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Geocaching.com and Geocaching App Downtime on Tuesday, April 8

first_img SharePrint RelatedEight features to know about on Geocaching.comSeptember 4, 2018In “Weekly Newsletter”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – April 27, 2011April 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!January 17, 2017In “News” Geocaching.com and the Geocaching apps will be temporarily offline on April 8. We’re adding horsepower and beefing-up* Geocaching.com and our apps. They’ll both be much more stable after the upgrade. The site outage is expected to run about six hours starting at about 2pm PDT (convert to your local time here).Yeah, you read that right. Apologies, six hours is a little bit of time right? So, during that time you have a two-part assignment, if you choose to accept it. Step 1: Load up your Pocket Queries and offline lists so you can still go geocaching. Step 2: Use that time to get inspired to “make” an amazing geocache. Check out this blog post with all you need to know.*technical jargon Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Reflections on a Green Home Tour

first_imgOne thing our local Green Building Council really does right is the annual green home tour. We get great turnout from the public, and it gives the more experienced green builders a chance to open their homes to the novice green builders and share what’s working and how we choose features that make sense for our region. Here are a few of the elements that make our tour such a success.We have a really good tour guidebook with descriptions of the houses and an accurate map of the homes, so participants can plot out itineraries that makes sense for them. We get the guides out on the newsstands in local meeting places and on the Internet a couple of weeks before the tour. Builders link to their page in the online tour book and e-mail it out to friends, prospects, and past customers. Tour goers show up with the books or printouts from the website marked up with the houses they most want to see and questions they want to ask at each house.We don’t charge a fee for the tour. We charge our builders a reasonable fee to participate and sell ads in the tour guide. This way we make it possible for people to stop by only one or two houses as it works into their weekend plans. We also hand out lots of directional street signs and put out very large job-site signs listing the tour hours and the builder’s name and contact info, so we bring in the neighbors and others who may not have heard about the tour from our ad campaign.We work hard to have a good mix of building types. Some people are really offended by light-green or high-priced green-certified homes, some want to see “mainstream green”, some want to see the state-of-the-art energy and water conservation features, some want to see a lot of recycled materials and creative reuse. We always work hard with Habitat for Humanity and the local affordable housing folks to make sure that they have the support they need to get their homes Energy Star approved and Green Certified and to make sure they can show off their efforts on the tour. People have the impression that green homes are a lot more expensive and that they may look or even smell funny. The best way to counter this impression is to show them green in all sizes and prices.We hold a press conference on the Monday before the tour. The builders come to pick up their tour guides and directional signs and to get a briefing on the details that we all need to know to make the tour work. On the first morning of the tour, we’ll have a two-hour event in a central location with educational panels and booths for our tour-book advertisers and sponsors.The green tour is such a strong motivator to be part of our HBA’s green-building council that builders who enroll a house in our program but fail to follow through on certification within a set time from pulling a CO can be banned from participating in the tour.last_img read more

6 First-Hand Tips On How Startups Can Cope With Success

first_imgStartups are fast-paced, sometimes hectic places to work. In the early days, everyone wears multiple hats and is expected to lend a hand where needed, leading to close bonds between team members.But when a startup stars to become successful – and outgrows its all-hands-on-deck philosophy – the founder’s job is to make sure that the company can properly scale to cope with the new reality. It’s a good problem to have, of course, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.So we asked six successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share some of their growing pains and errors – and their advice for others in the same (lucky) boat. 1. Implement A Consistent Recruiting CultureA big mistake is not implementing a culture adept at consistently recruiting talent for all jobs. One summer, we had to hire 20 teachers within two months. Our HR manager felt pressured to hire fast and didn’t follow our interview process (blame me). We ended up hiring good teachers – but not excellent teachers. The excuses from the HR manager were pressure, time and the rigid interviewing process. The truth is that we hadn’t built a database since our founding, and we wasted time looking for new people when we could have followed up with previously approved, highly qualified candidates. – Derek Capo, Next Step China 2. Let Top-Level Players Focus On Their StrengthsMy CFOs and other finance professionals are financial experts and great at what they do. They also have strong client-service skills, but they are not salespeople. Business development is not their forte. When our company started expanding, I attempted to push my top-level players into that biz dev direction. I quickly realized that a growing company will be stronger if you manage your expectations about the strengths and abilities of your top-level team and don’t distract them with responsibilities better handled by someone else. Now, I let my executive team work to their strengths and look for other scalable ways to develop my business. – David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services 3. Establish A Cohesive Company EnvironmentCompany culture sets the tone for work ethic, creativity and productivity at a company. When our team was 10 people strong, we regularly took company breaks and played soccer tennis at the park. Whenever we took breaks, we did it as a unit – ensuring that no one felt like they were working harder than anyone else. However, when we grew to 20 people, the company departments started branching off and taking breaks on their own and leaving the office at separate times. It eventually turned into a culture where different departments felt like the other departments weren’t pulling their weight. The company needs to define the work culture from the beginning and encourage team members to build a fun and productive environment. – Jun Loayza, Reputation Hacks 4. Encourage OwnershipAs the beauty salon industry is projected to grow, our clientele and our staff grows. Our company culture has to be clearly defined by our top-level players. During our mini-meetings and mid-year or annual reviews, I always ask, “What do you think (about our training, our team, the support you are receiving, etc.)?” We recently had to increase our work hours to accommodate our clients. Instead of making the executive decision to change everyone’s schedule, our top players gave me input on where to add hours. The biggest mistake I made was in hiring new employees without the input of top-level employees. We ended up with employees who refused to be respectful to teammates. Now, I have each employee meet candidates while I interview them to get to know them and ask questions. – Nancy T. Nguyen, Sweet T Salon 5. Offer Opportunities To LeadInterns test leadership potential and team dynamics. We’re gradually building staff, but the seasonal ebb and flow of interns give the staff an opportunity to lead a variety of personalities. Right now, we have 10 interns, but we’ve had as many as 20 people from every walk of life crammed into every corner of our office, challenging themselves and us in new ways while learning business skills. At this point, my team and I have worked with what feels like every type of individual out there. So even when it came to a direct hire for our Head of Marketing position, we knew that our top contender’s enthusiasm, love of ping pong and positive “team spirit” attitude was a great fit. In turn, he’s been an encouraging and collaborative leader. – Manpreet Singh, Seva Call 6. Create A Culture of LearningMy philosophy is that no matter how good we are at something, we could always be doing something better. Building a company is going to be messy, and mistakes are going to be made. In fact, if mistakes are not being made, I might argue that you’re not pushing yourself hard enough. The goal is to make the mistakes in non-critical situations so those mistakes will be avoided in a critical situation. I’m very transparent with our top-level team about where I’ve fallen short and what I’m doing to improve my skills as a CEO. This has helped to create a culture where we’re all learning together, and admitting you made a mistake is okay. – Anderson Schoenrock, ScanDigital AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio… scott gerber How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… How to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … Related Posts last_img read more

HC refuses to quash DA case against Virbhadra Singh

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife’s plea seeking the quashing of a disproportionate assets (DA) case filed by the CBI.Justice Vipin Sanghi also vacated the Himachal Pradesh High Court’s interim order of October 1, 2015, restraining the CBI from arresting, interrogating or filing a charge sheet in the case without the court’s permission.“The writ petition is dismissed. Stay is vacated,” the court said.Mr. Singh has sought directions from the court to quash the FIR registered against him and his wife under Sections 13(2) and 13(1)(e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 109 of IPC by the CBI on September 23, 2015 here and urged the court to summon records of the preliminary inquiry and the FIR.Mr. Singh and wife Pratibha Singh claimed in their plea that there was no order, direction or judgment by any court that authorised the CBI to inquire, investigate or register regular cases and exercise jurisdiction in the territory of Himachal Pradesh.The Chief Minister contended that the raids on his private residence and other premises were conducted with “mala fide intentions and political vendetta” by the central investigating agency.He alleged that the CBI overstepped its jurisdiction in filing the case as the cause of action did not arise in the territory of Delhi.Mr. Singh also claimed that the permission of the State government and Home Department were not taken before raiding the residence of a sitting chief minister.The CBI contended that the allegations against Mr. Singh in the case are “very serious” as a huge amount of money was involved and the State government has shown “over anxiety” in protecting him. It said it had jurisdiction to register and investigate the case in Delhi as the disproportionate assets were allegedly acquired by the Congress leader from the income generated here when he was a Union minister during the UPA regime.The matter was transferred by the Supreme Court to the Delhi High Court, which on April 6, 2016 asked the CBI not to arrest Mr. Singh and directed him to join the probe.On November 5 last, the apex court transferred Mr. Singh’s plea from the Himachal Pradesh High Court to the Delhi High Court, saying it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case, but “simply” transferring the petition “in interest of justice and to save the institution [judiciary] from any embarrassment“.last_img read more