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Atienza: Medical marijuana to turn PH into ‘zombie nation’

Published: 5:33 p.m., Oct. 16, 2017 | Updated: 12:28 a.m., Oct. 17, 2017 Medical marijuana should be weeded out because there is a big chance it could turn the country into a "nation of zombies," Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said. In a statement, Atienza expressed fears that House Bill No. 6517, which seeks to provide the public free access to medical marijuana, would in effect be a "backdoor decriminalization" of smoking weed. "If other countries wish to destroy themselves by enabling medical marijuana, then let them create their own problems. We Filipinos certainly do not want to degenerate into a nation of zombies," Atienza said. He said that he would fight the bill when it...Keep on reading: Atienza: Medical marijuana to turn PH into ‘zombie nation’.....»»

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Medical marijuana bill is a bad joke

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DOH to form panel to review legal marijuana

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will create a committee to study the implications of legalizing medical marijuana, officials said yester.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

UP Manila opposes medical marijuana


MANILA, Philippines — The University of the Philippines-Manila is opposing the legalization of medical cannabis or marijuana, saying this poses a “serious th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

UP Manila strongly opposes legalization of medical marijuana

MANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines Manila expressed its strongest objection to the proposals to legalize medical cannabis as it poses a seri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Over 50k security personnel for ASEAN turn up at send-off rites

Tens of thousands of police and military personnel tasked to secure the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nation Summit turned up early-morning on Sunday for the send-off ceremonies at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.     Source link link: Over 50k security personnel for ASEAN turn up at send-off rites.....»»

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Legalization

Medical marijuana is already allowed under Philippine law?.....»»

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Lady Tams face Tigresses in beach volleyball Finals anew

Far Eastern University set up another championship date against archrival and unbeaten defending champion University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM by the Bay Friday. The twice-to-beat Lady Tamaraws tandem of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza dominated Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines, 21-8, 21-18, in their rain-delayed stepladder semifinals match to march back into the best-of-three Finals against the Tigresses pair of Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray. Due to inclement weather, Game 1 of the championship series, which was supposed to be played Friday afternoon, was postponed and moved Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Heavy rain and strong winds halted the match briefly with FEU leading 18-16 in the second set. But the short stoppage proved to be just a short delay as Lady Tams continued with their rampage when game resumed to secure the last Finals slot. UP showed De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna the exit door Thursday night, 17-21, 21-19, 15-12, in the first semis stepladder match.      UST swept the seven-game elimination round to advance outright to the Finals that duplicated their feat last year. The Tigresses needed three games to turn back the Lady Tams and reclaim the crown last year.   In the men’s division, defending champion UST returned to the Finals after KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto eliminated the tandem of last year’s runner-up Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica of Far Eastern University, 21-17, 21-16, in the stepladder semis. The Tigers will challenge the unbeaten National University pair of Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad in the best-of-three Finals Saturday.    FEU booted out Ateneo's Marck Espejo and Karl Baysa, 21-15, 21-16, in Thursday's night opening men's stepladder match.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Tale of 2 cities: Olympics sponsors in Pyeongchang and Tokyo

em>By Youkyung Lee and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press /em> SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Winter Olympics coming to South Korea in February offer an example of the Olympian efforts often required to meet corporate sponsorship goals. Tokyo tells a different story: The coffers are already overflowing for the 2020 Summer Games. It's a tale of two cities and two Olympics — winter and summer. Pyeongchang is a little-known destination in one of South Korea's poorest provinces. It is the 'little town that could,' bidding twice unsuccessfully for the Winter Olympics before winning on its third try. A final push enabled it to reach its sponsorship target of 940 billion won ($830 million) in September, with just five months to go. Tokyo is an established global capital, and the Summer Games usually generate more excitement — and more money. Organizers have raised 300 billion yen ($2.7 billion) in sponsorship, twice any previous Olympics. International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates describes it as a remarkable achievement. The divergent experiences of two Asian host cities illustrate the challenges that smaller bidders face, as well as South Korea's dependence on the big family-owned companies that dominate its economy. Not that Tokyo is home-free. The cost of the 2020 Games has nearly doubled from initial projections. As with most Olympics, taxpayers will have to foot a good part of the bill. ___ strong>WHERE 'CHAEBOLS' RULE /strong> Starting with the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea has used mega-events such as the soccer World Cup to raise the profile of the country and its manufacturing exporters. Pyeongchang is different. The project was initiated by local politicians in an area long alienated politically and economically in South Korea's rise to prosperity. Some feared people would confuse the city's name with Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. They couldn't count on the automatic support of the huge family-run conglomerates, known as 'chaebol,' such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG. 'When such mega-events were the nation-state's key project, the chaebol were called on and were expected to become the leading participants,' said Joo Yu-min, a professor at the National University of Singapore who co-authored a book on South Korea's use of mega-events. In the end, the national government brought the conglomerates in, first in the bid process, and then for sponsorship. That underscores both the outsized role they play in the economy and their close ties with government. They owe a debt to special treatment from the government, which in turn used them to industrialize the country after the devastating 1950-53 Korean War. After Pyeongchang's bid was rejected a second time, the government called on Samsung and others to help. The president even pardoned Lee Kun-hee, the patriarch of the Samsung founding family who had been an IOC member but voluntarily suspended his membership after being indicted for tax evasion. The IOC reinstated Lee in 2010 with a reprimand and some restrictions, allowing him to lobby heavily for what became Pyeongchang's winning bid in 2011. It took three years for the organizing committee to sign its first domestic sponsor, KT Corp., the country's second-largest mobile carrier. Again, the national government asked the conglomerates for help. All the major ones signed on, after the office of then-President Park Geun-hye made a special request and multichannel pressures for financial assistance, Joo said. Elsewhere, companies may weigh sponsorship decisions based more on the marketing benefits. 'In South Korea, companies make donations out of a sense of duty that they are being part of the national event,' said Park Dong Min, the executive director overseeing membership at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Sponsors who signed up late weren't willing to give as much, because there was less time to enjoy the marketing benefits. A bank that signed on less than a year before the Games significantly reduced its sponsorship. To top it off, a massive sports-related political corruption scandal rocked South Korea in 2016, just when Pyeongchang was making last-ditch efforts to raise sponsorship. 'Companies showed some reluctance' to sponsor the Olympics, said Eom Chanwang, director of the Pyeongchang organizing committee marketing team. 'Nevertheless, they still joined.' The scandal brought down Park, the president. Lee Jae-yong, the heir to the Samsung group, received a five-year sentence for bribery. Lee, who has appealed, had become de facto chief of the Samsung group after his father Lee Kun-hee, the IOC member pardoned in late 2009, fell ill. It was the younger Lee who signed an agreement with IOC President Thomas Bach to extend Samsung Electronics' sponsorship of the Olympics globally through 2020. Samsung declined interviews for this story. With the scandal still fresh in people's minds, major companies have held back from launching full-fledged marketing to promote the Games. 'Samsung traditionally has done consumer marketing through the Olympics, but because its chief is in jail, it cannot do as much these days,' said Kim Do-kyun, a sports professor at Kyung Hee University Graduate School of Physical Education. The Pyeongchang Games were the biggest victim of the scandal, he said. ___ strong>SUMMER OF '64 /strong> The president of Japan's biggest toilet manufacturer was seven years old when the Olympics first came to Japan. TOTO Ltd. made news in 1964 for its prefabricated toilet-and-bath units that helped speed the construction of a luxury hotel, the New Otani, in time for the Games. The company, now known for high-tech toilets that baffle some foreign visitors, is back as a sponsor of Tokyo 2020. 'I feel our company and the Olympics have been bonded by fate,' TOTO president Madoka Kitamura said at a sponsorship signing ceremony at the same hotel last year. The $2.7 billion in sponsorship for Tokyo 2020 is more than three times the original estimate. By comparison, sponsorship revenue was $848 million in Rio de Janeiro last year, and about $1.2 billion for both London 2012 and Beijing 2008. The Winter Olympics typically attract less, though Sochi, Russia, raised $1.2 billion in 2014. Analysts attribute Tokyo's success to both patriotism and a sense of nostalgia for the 1964 Summer Games. They were much more than a sports contest for Japan. They were a moment of pride, marking the country's return as an industrial power after the devastation of World War II and a seven-year U.S. occupation. 'All of Japan still recognizes the unique role that the 1964 Olympics played in Japan's stepping out onto the world stage,' said Michael Payne, a former IOC marketing director who now works as a consultant. 'Many of the CEOs of top Japanese companies would have been young kids back in '64 and are very aware of the role those Games played for the psychological recovery from the Second World War.' They grew up with the high-speed 'Shinkansen' bullet train, inaugurated in 1964; modern expressways and western-style toilets, all symbols of Japan's postwar economic growth. 'Now they have become business leaders, they want to contribute and leave something behind that can be remembered for the next 50 years,' said Masahiko Sakamaki, executive director of marketing for the Tokyo organizing committee. He said that memories of the recovery may have boosted interest in sponsorship, as Japan was still reeling from a deadly 2011 earthquake and tsunami when Tokyo won the bid in 2013. Sakamaki said the organizing committee started receiving sponsorship inquiries as soon as it was established in 2014, before the official start of sponsorship contracts in 2015. There is so much interest that the IOC is allowing Tokyo to have multiple sponsors in some categories, instead of the usual one, including in aviation, newspaper publishing, electronics and banking. TOTO officials won't say how much they are contributing, but media reports say companies in its sponsorship category give between 6 billion and 15 billion yen ($53 million to $133.5 million). Tokyo 2020 wouldn't comment on those reports. 'We believe our presence as part of an all-Japan effort toward a successful Olympics will enhance our favorable brand image,' said Mariko Shibasaki, the company's senior planner for sports communication. Thanks in part to robust sponsorship revenue, the organizing committee has increased its contribution to the cost of the games from 500 billion to 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion). The sponsorship revenue makes up half of the income in the privately-run organizing committee's operating budget. Other revenue comes from the International Olympic Committee, marketing and ticket sales. The overall cost of the Tokyo Olympics is estimated at 1.4 trillion yen (12.4 billion) with the Tokyo government shouldering 600 billion yen ($5.3 billion) and the remaining 200 billion yen (1.8 billion) paid by the national government and local governments hosting events. ___ em>Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo. Associated Press writer Stephen Wade in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this story. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Solon: Medical marijuana bill has safeguards

Solon: Medical marijuana bill has safeguards.....»»

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PDEA backs medical marijuana bill

PDEA backs medical marijuana bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

PDEA backs medical marijuana bill

PDEA backs medical marijuana bill.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

PDEA backs medical marijuana bill

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is not objecting to the bill allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes provided.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

PDEA: no objection to medical marijuana bill, but safeguards needed

PDEA: no objection to medical marijuana bill, but safeguards needed.....»»

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Injury-riddled Packers beat mistake-prone Bears 35-14

em>By Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press /em> GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers keep finding ways to win despite more key injuries. The Chicago Bears never recovered from a miserable start by quarterback Mike Glennon. Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, and the injury-riddled Packers converted three turnovers into scores in an eventful 35-14 victory over the mistake-prone Chicago Bears on Thursday night. Rodgers connected with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb on short touchdown passes to help build a 21-0 lead in the second quarter of a game delayed 45 minutes by lightning between the first two periods. The Packers overpowered the Bears down the stretch to slog out a win as intermittent rain fell at Lambeau Field. “We knew were going to get into a grind of a game. The turnovers were huge for us,” coach Mike McCarthy said. The Packers (3-1) lost two more key players to injuries. Adams left the field on a stretcher after getting hit in the head during a tackle by Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. Running back Ty Montgomery was knocked out in the first quarter with a chest injury. But the Packers capitalized on an awful start by Glennon, who accounted for four turnovers. “The number one thing I obviously have to fix is the turnovers,” Glennon said. He fumbled on his first snap on a strip sack by Clay Matthews. Rodgers hit Cobb for a 2-yard touchdown pass three plays later for a 7-0 lead. The rout was on. Glennon fumbled on his next series, too, but the Packers couldn’t score on that drive. It was only a matter of time because the mistakes kept mounting. Glennon threw his second interception with 2:54 left in the third quarter. Six plays later, receiver Jordy Nelson caught his second touchdown pass, an 8-yarder from Rodgers, to make it a 28-point lead. “This was a big character win for us,” Rodgers said. “It’s been a next-man-up, no-excuses policy.” Rodgers was 18 of 26 for 179 yards. He picked apart the Bears (1-3) on short, quick passes, a game plan in part necessitated by a patchwork offensive line. The Packers played without starting tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga, and their three backup tackles are already on injured reserve. The injury to Adams cast a pall late in the third quarter. The game was delayed for about 5 minutes while medical personnel tended to the receiver, who gave a thumbs-up signal as he was wheeled off the field. The Packers said Adams was conscious and taken to a hospital for evaluation for possible head and neck injuries, and that he had feeling in all of his extremities. “The news I was given on Davante — everything looks positive. That’s a great sign,” McCarthy said. Green Bay at least gets a long weekend to rest after another costly week on the field. Both the Packers and Bears were coming off overtime wins Sunday. For Chicago, questions from Bears fans will persist about whether coach John Fox should turn to No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback following another lackluster night for Glennon. He finished 21 of 33 for 216 yards and one touchdown. “Obviously a very poor performance. I think it starts at the top. We got outcoached, we got outplayed in every area,” Fox said. strong>MILESTONES /strong> The Packers are 95-94-6 against the Bears, their first lead in the series since 1933. It’s the oldest rivalry in football, dating to 1923. ... Matthews’ sack on Glennon in the first quarter was the 75th of his career, breaking the franchise record since 1982 held by Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. strong>RUN IT UP /strong> em> strong>Bears: /strong> /em>Jordan Howard ran for 53 yards on 18 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. em> strong>Packers: /strong> /em>Rookie Aaron Jones, a fifth-round draft pick, had a team-high 49 yards on 13 carries and a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He was the only active running back left on the roster with Montgomery and backup Jamaal Williams (knee) both knocked out of the game. strong>NATIONAL ANTHEM /strong> Players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem. Many fans at Lambeau Field cheered and chanted “USA! USA!” while a large American flag was unfurled at midfield before the anthem. Packers players released a statement this week saying they would intertwine arms before the game as a show of unity. They asked fans to join in the stands and at home, though it didn’t appear that many fans locked arms. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Bears: /strong> /em>Host the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 9. em> strong>Packers: /strong> /em> Visit the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 8. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana.....»»

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Police, health officials worry about medical marijuana bill - Inquirer.net

Police, health officials worry about medical marijuana bill - Inquirer.net.....»»

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Medical marijuana

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Ubial backs OK of medical marijuana bill

MANILA, Philippines — Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial yesterday supported the endorsement of the medical marijuana bill by the House of Representatives’ commit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017

Ubial backs OK of medical marijuana bill - Philippine Star

Ubial backs OK of medical marijuana bill - Philippine Star.....»»

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What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?

What's in the House bill that would legalize medical marijuana?.....»»

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