Governor Wolf Signs Animal Cruelty Prevention Bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf Signs Animal Cruelty Prevention Bill June 28, 2017 Animal Welfare,  Bill Signing,  Environment,  Press Release,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the animal cruelty prevention bill at a public celebration surrounded by advocates and members of the legislature.Act 10, House Bill 1238, was introduced by Rep. Todd Stephens, and updates and clarifies the existing animals abuse statutes and increases the penalties for abusing animals.“I am proud to sign the Animal Abuse Statute Overhaul into effect today, strengthening the penalty for animal abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Today is a day of celebration for all Pennsylvanians, and animal-lovers everywhere and I am proud to be a part of the true collaboration that helped make this landmark legislation a reality.”The overhaul bill includes:mandatory forfeiture of the abused animal to an animal shelter if the abuser is convictedstipulations to dog tetheringincreased protection for horsescivil immunity for veterinarians, veterinarian technicians, and humane society police officers to prevent frivolous lawsuits against these professionals when reporting animal cruelty in good faith“Today we are sending a clear message that Pennsylvania will not tolerate animal cruelty in our state and will punish offenders to the fullest extent of the law,” Rep. Stephens said. “This is the most comprehensive animal protection bill in the Commonwealth’s history and would not have been possible without the determined efforts of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Governor and the thousands of advocates who contacted their elected officials expressing their support for the bill.”“The story of Libre’s shocking mistreatment and miraculous recovery helped spur a broader discussion of how we can better protect animals,” said Sen. Rich Alloway. “The result is a bill that not only toughens penalties against abusers, but also spells out the kind of treatment that is dangerous and unacceptable. Our pets are part of our families and depend on us for their care, so it’s far past time that we ensure abusers face a punishment that matches the heinous nature of the crime.”“Governor Tom Wolf’s signature today on House Bill 1238 marks a new era in Pennsylvania,” Rep. Ryan Bizzarro said. “Act 10, which takes effect in 60 days, is literally a new lease on life for the animals that depend on us for care, comfort and compassion. “Act 10 will help put an end to instances of torture and extreme neglect that are too rampant. Our animal friends deserve better.”“The passing of House Bill 1238 is an historic legislative step toward protecting the animals of Pennsylvania from abuse and neglect. We applaud the Pennsylvania General Assembly for their wisdom and actions in humane leadership to move this legislation forward to Governor Wolf to sign into law,” said Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director, Humane Society of the United States. “Animal advocates from across the state and country deserve much credit as they joined forces in support of this legislation to make a difference toward passage of the bill.”center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Condo for Iloilo City gov’t employees mulled

first_imgThe priority, though, would be citygovernment employees with no houses of their own. “This year na ini because we have the property and we also have the funds,” saidMayor Jerry Treñas. Rules will be drawn for the selection ofbeneficiaries, added Treñas. It will likely be constructed in BarangaySambag, Jaro, said Treñas. ILOILO City – The city government isbuilding a 120-unit medium-rise condominium for its employees in Barangay SanIsidro, Jaro district. The city government is planning asimilar medium-rise condominium for informal settlers.center_img “We will be able to finalize that afterclearing with the other local government unit kay may portion of the property ngaato sa Pavia, Iloilo,” according to the mayor. The initial fund for this housingproject is P88 million, he said. “I think we have to start with thepermanent (employees) and then later amat-amatkita kadto sa aton job hires,” said Treñas. Pavia town and Iloilo City shares aborder./PNlast_img read more

Cabral excited by new challenge

first_img Press Association Basle reached the semi-finals of the Europa League last season, only to lose out to eventual winners Chelsea over two legs, in a run which captivated the club’s fans. However, Cabral, whose Champions League experience could be invaluable to manager Paolo Di Canio, is well aware of the level of support at the Stadium of Light and is looking forward to running out there for the first time. He said: “The Champions League was very good and a great experience for the young players. “Last year, we played in the Europa League and for a Swiss club to reach the semi-finals was very good also. “Now I am playing for Sunderland in England. I am happy. In Basle, there are passionate fans – around 20,000 or so per game – but this is different. “Every game we play, the fans are always there and that is important for the team. In the game, I battle for the fans.” The 24-year-old claimed five league titles and three Swiss Cups during his time with former club Basle, and also had the opportunity to play Champions League and Europa League football. However, he believes England’s top flight represents a whole new test and he is keen to take on the challenge. He told the Black Cats’ official website, www.safc.com: “This is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it. Playing in Basle, we won everything in Switzerland, and I played in the Champions League and Europa League. Now I have a new challenge in England and, for me, it is the best league.” center_img Sunderland midfielder Cabral is relishing the prospect of testing himself in the Barclays Premier League after winning everything he could in Switzerland.last_img read more

Shafer lists Davis as day-to-day, Morris II doubtful

first_imgDyshawn Davis is listed as day-to-day after spraining his right ankle against North Carolina State, SU head coach Scott Shafer said on his weekly teleconference on Tuesday.“We’re looking at day-by-day with Dyshawn,” Shafer said. “We want to take it one day at a time to see where he’s at. We’ll look at him Thursday and make our decision then.”Davis re-aggravated the ankle late in the first half against the Wolfpack and missed the remainder of the game. He was still wearing a boot on Monday for the injury Shafer said has been nagging him since training camp.Josh Kirkland, who filled in for Davis in the second half, will continue to see additional reps along with Marqez Hodge.“We know that Kirkland and Luke Arciniega are two kids that have played and done a good job being supporting cast, but I also look forward to seeing Hodge be that guy because I think he’s on the brink,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorge Morris II will likely be doubtful for Syracuse’s game at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Shafer said. The running back missed SU’s 24-10 win against N.C. State last Saturday with an upper-body injury as Prince-Tyson Gulley filled in for him on kick returns.“George will probably be doubtful this week,” Shafer said, “but he is getting better and we’re looking forward to his return.” Comments Published on October 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Miroslav Ćiro Blažević: I’m the Only One who can Take B&H to the EC in France!

first_imgMiroslav Ćiro Blažević, ex-selector of the national football team of B&H is willing to take over the selection again – reports Patria agency.As he pointed out during the conversation with his friends, “he can no longer sit and look what certain individuals are doing out of it all”.“What happened here? It’s the same team led by my Safet last year, the same team that had such great successes and featured as threat to everyone. Something is bothering me here, and that is the fact that that much of a talent doesn’t get a chance to succeed and it can. I respect all my dear friends but I don’t think they are ready to wake up our Dragon asleep and I fear the situation would remain the same. There is no longer room for talks about tactics. What matters here is to regain the winning spirit.” – said Ćiro while talking to his friends.He also added that he is ready to candidate for the selector but his official candidature did not yet arrive to the Football Federation of B&H.(Source: Tuzlanski.ba)last_img read more

Out of their league

first_imgMarvin Lee put up 26 points for the Growling Tigers while CJ Cansino added 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists.“There are things that we didn’t do and there were also some things that were beyond our control, and all those got together in one situation,” said Ayo in Filipino. “It had nothing to do with what La Salle did. It just so happens that we couldn’t play well when we’re up against La Salle, no big deal.”La Salle was 38 of 71 from the field, including 15 triples. UST, on the other hand, shot just 20 of its 60 attempts while turning the ball over 23 times.The Maroons improved to an even 6-6 card while the Bulldogs slipped to 3-8.Bright Akhuetie led UP’s scorers with 24 points while grabbing 10 boards. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The effortless coaching left Ayo and the Tigers bamboozled.With Aljun Melecio (22 points, six assists) leading the charge, La Salle (7-4) went on a 27-8 start and never had to sweat it out. UST (5-6) looked even more dazed in the third after a 34-9 La Salle run erected an 84-40 hole—the Tigers faced a deficit four points better than their output.The loss, coupled by the University of the Philippines’ methodical 82-71 dicing of National U later in the day, put the Maroons at solo No. 4.“I signed up for this; through thick and thin we’ll be here and we’ll be patient,” said Ayo, who suffered the worst loss of his career. “We’re not going to give up on those guys because they’ve all worked so hard for this.”Mark Dyke had a breakout game with 16 points and six rebounds for La Salle with Andrei Caracut and Jollo Go putting up 15 and 14 points, respectively. Justine Baltazar and Encho Serrano had 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Busy roundup: Motolite-Ateneo, PetroGazz score Unforgiving from start to finish, La Salle tightened its grip on third place with a 110-69 humiliation of UST Saturday at Ynares Center here.The Archers completed a devastating season sweep of the Tigers, where La Salle’s former head coach, Aldin Ayo, now sits as head coach. La Salle, now handled by Ayo’s former assistant Louie Gonzalez, has beaten UST by an average of 34 points, just a shade under the 36.3-point average winning margin Ayo inflicted on coach Boy Sablan and the Tigers during his stint as Archers kingpin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnd it’s not like Gonzalez was even trying to upend La Salle’s former coach.“The entire game, the only coaching I did was to rotate the players but they met the challenge of being consistent,” said Gonzalez in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Mathematically, University of Santo Tomas is still in the hunt for a Final Four slot in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament. But La Salle made it look like the Tigers do not deserve a semifinal berth.In fact, the Archers made the Tigers look like they had strolled into the wrong playground, where the big boys play.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

NEW GPC refutes outrageous lie on pharma supply

first_imgThe NEW GPC has refuted the new flurry of lies generated by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence regarding the supply of drugs to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. In reference to a Stabroek News article published on May 9 captioned “$1.3B spent on drugs for GPHC in first two months of 2017”, NEW GPC said the statements attributed to Lawrence during her presentation in the National Assembly on May 8 were erroneous and false.In fact, the NEW GPC is calling on the authorities to engage in more principled ways to defend the record of the health sector rather than seeking to tarnish the reputation of the most advanced pharmaceutical company in Guyana and the Caribbean.According to a statement from the manufacturing firm, it has never, under any circumstances, delivered expired or “nearly expired” goods to the Georgetown Hospital or the Public Health Ministry.With regard to the Georgetown Hospital contracts, the company said it was prepared to furnish copies of delivery notes and invoices to Parliament, which show the batch number and expiry date for each and every line item supplied.“It should be noted that recording expiry dates and batch numbers on delivery documentation is standard practice for traceability of the products,” NEW GPC stated.The company further explained that under the current delivery system, the NEW GPC was required to furnish a delivery notification showing all pending deliveries, including expiry dates and batch numbers, several days prior to actual delivery.“This is to enable the Hospital staff to scrutinise same and plan for space to accommodate delivered items, etc,” the firm explained.Regarding the alleged “non-delivery” of $381 million in products, the NEW GPC said such an allegation was “outrageous”.It explained that it received only $146,046,657 ($146 million) in contracts from the Hospital in 2016, so it was not mathematically possible for it to “under-deliver $381 million”.The company expanded that from the $146,046,657 in contracts, $140,055,325 was delivered.“The Hospital refused to take the outstanding balance of $$5,991,332 initially because of claimed “stocktaking”. They subsequently alleged that the time for delivery had elapsed when it was clearly not NEW GPC’s fault,” the company said.The manufacturing firm said the Georgetown Hospital later accepted delivery on one of the same items it had earlier refused on a purchase order.It further noted that all contracts for earlier years have been fulfilled 100 per cent.Moreover, the company also highlighted that it has not received any business from its bids despite participating in several public tenders.“The last public tender/bid was submitted on February 14, 2017 and nearly three months later it is still being “evaluated” by the Tender Board while the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation has now revealed they have already spent $1.3 billion in procuring medical supplies,” it stated.According to the company, “it is now obvious that the tender process  is just a smokescreen and the Hospital has already frittered away its budget by secretly gifting G$1.3 billion in business to their preferred supplier, all neatly sole-sourced and contrary to the public tender procedures.”In relation to the Georgetown Hospital being out of insulin, the NEW GPC said it had the product in stock and had notified the Hospital, but yet it has not requested a quotation.“Insulin is used by diabetic patients and it is such a critical cold chain item that it really should never be out of stock…This goes to show that the Hospital management is willing to risk the health and lives of patients just to justify its sole sourcing from a specific company,” the NEW GPC pointed out.Furthermore, the company reiterated that it had supplied Soda Lime to another (private) hospital, which had no issues with the product, as was claimed by the Georgetown Hospital.The NEW GPC said it has also tested the paracetamol tablets and found no issues as was reported by the Hospital directly to the certain media houses with a known bias against the company.“NEW GPC is now clearly being targeted,” the company expressed.Meanwhile, it also noted that it was still owed in excess of millions for various goods and services supplied to the Government.last_img read more