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The letter and the spirit of the law

WE obviously have to be governed by the rule of law. Without the law, we can only expect disorder and chaos, and all the forms of injustice. But we need to distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, and know how to understand and apply the law properly. Ideally, […] The post The letter and the spirit of the law appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianOct 11th, 2018

New EPA head Scott Pruitt’s emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers – ABC News

More than 7,000 pages of emails from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt indicate a cozy relationship with oil and gas producers, fossil fuel companies, electric companies, as well as political groups tied to the Koch Brothers during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General. The emails &'8212; made public Wednesday by an Oklahoma judge in response to a lawsuit by liberal watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy &'8212; indicate coordination between Pruitt and these Koch-backed groups with the goal of undermining the Obama administration's efforts to help curb carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Pruitt was narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate (52-46) to be the EPA's administrator Friday after a contentious confirmation process while facing protests from Democrats and environmental groups not only because of his ties to energy companies, but because as Oklahoma’s attorney general he sued the EPA 14 times. Some emails show that companies like Devon Energy in 2013 provided Pruitt's office with draft letters to send to government regulators in an attempt to block those regulations. Some of this was publicly known because some of the emails were previously released to the New York Times in 2014. “Please find attached a short white paper with some talking points that you might find useful to cut and paste when encouraging States to file comments on the SSM rule,” wrote a lobbyist at Hunton &'38; Williams, a law firm that represents major utility companies. The SSM rule relates to industrial emissions. Democrats attempted to hold off on Pruitt’s confirmation until these emails were released, but they were unsuccessful. “Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states,” reads another email sent to Pruitt from an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group. “You both work for true champions of freedom and liberty!” The emails also show how Pruitt’s office appeared to work with these companies to draft these letters for Pruitt to sign to try and prevent new regulations. “Any suggestions?” a deputy solicitor general in Pruitt’s office wrote in May 2013 to an executive at Devon Energy, an oil and gas production company. The email to the executive, Bill Whitsitt, included a draft Pruitt’s office appeared to be planning to send to the EPA regarding proposed emissions regulations. Whitsitt replied with what looks like proposed changes: “Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none.” The deputy solicitor general replied the next day telling Whitsitt he had sent the letter, writing “Thanks for all your help on this.” In another email in January 2013, Pruitt’s chief of staff at the time gushed to Whitsitt: “You are so amazingly helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!” &'8220;Our engagement with Scott Pruitt as Attorney General of Oklahoma is consistent – and proportionate – with our commitment to engage in conversations with policymakers on a broad range of matters that promote jobs, economic growth and a robust domestic energy sector,&'8221; a spokesperson for Devon Energy told ABC News. &'8220;In some cases, we serve as a resource with useful information and expertise for decision-makers &' It would be indefensible for us to not be engaged in these important issues.&'8221; Lincoln Ferguson, the press secretary for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a statement writing that their office has &'8220;complied with a Court’s order regarding a January 2015 Open Records Act request.” &'8220;In fact, the Office went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records outside the scope of the Act,” Ferguson said. &'8220;This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act.” Americans for Prosperity declined comment. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry,” Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, wrote in an email Wednesday.( SHUSHANNAH WALSHE,RYAN STRUYK) &'160; &'160; 35&'160;total views, 35&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Spirit rather than the letter of the law

It looks like our country will remain divided as dissension and disunity heighten because of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the burial of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

The spirit of letters

The spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law. Scarlet letter politics. FOI, NDF, EJK, LNB, ETC......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

Lot For Sale in Don Antonio Dr for 27,720,000 – Web reference 113588106 – Property for sale Philippines : Property24

For Sale Lot in Don Antonio Heights Holy Spirit, Quezon City Price: Php 55,000 per square meter DETAILS: Lot Area: 504 sqm corner lot LANDMARK: 10 minutes drive from Ayala Techno Hub, Quezon City Circle / Quezon City Hall, Diliman Preparatory School, U.P. Diliman 10 minutes or less drive from Claret and Holy Family School,… link: Lot For Sale in Don Antonio Dr for 27,720,000 – Web reference 113588106 – Property for sale Philippines : Property24.....»»

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Cusi: Going nuclear shouldn’t be taboo

The Department of Energy (DoE) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday conducted the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INRI) Mission at the Shangri-La Makati hotel as part of the activities of the Nuclear Energy Program Implementing Organization (NEPIO). “In the spirit of technology neutrality, I decided to reignite the discourse on nuclear power […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

Warner Brothers to film Arnel Pineda’s journey

  LOS ANGELES -- Filipino singer Arnel Pineda's path from humble beginnings in the Philippines to fronting American rock band Journey is set for the big screen in a biopic that will be headed by "Crazy Rich Asians" director Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros. In an article from Deadline, Chu expressed his desire to portray the "fairy tale and triumph of the human spirit" as he envisioned the upcoming film based on Pineda's "journey." Chu, who has directed music documentaries in the past, also noted that he is a fan of the band's music. "The success of 'Crazy Rich Asians' has blown my mind and set me on a path to champion more unique inspirational stories that represent new pers...Keep on reading: Warner Brothers to film Arnel Pineda’s journey.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Christmas is gold and clear crystals and glass

The Christmas dcor at Bellevue Manila looks restrained by day, but at night, the Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands sparkle with thousands of LED lights. "You will feel the Christmas spirit with the lights on," decorator Tony Rodriguez says. Rodriguez's decor style has always echoed the times. Last year, Bellevue's dcor celebrated abundance with colorful Christmas balls and tinsel, and trees decked with fruits and baskets brimming with flowers and glittery balls. This year, the scheme revolves around gold and clear materials such as glass, crystals and acrylic. There are less frills. The main tree at the lobby is topped with a metal cone instead of the traditional star...Keep on reading: Christmas is gold and clear crystals and glass.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Church renovation lifts Christmas spirit in Bethlehem | Inquirer Lifestyle

BETHLEHEM, West Bank --- A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and co.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

‘GMA letter endorsing power firm a fake’

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo THE letter that circulated in the internet purportedly signed by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and endorsing the franchise of MORE Power and Electric Co. (MORE Power) to distribute power in Iloilo City is a fake. Arroyo’s office issued the clarification in an official statement. One of the letters was purportedly addressed […] The post ‘GMA letter endorsing power firm a fake’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

Longtime friends James, Wade prepare for last meeting as opponents

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES — Friendships are never formed totally by choice, because fate demands a say-so in the process by creating the time and the place and in the curious case of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the basketball court. It was in Chicago, June of 2003, site of the NBA’s annual draft combine, the meet market for young players gathered to someday change the game, when Wade and LeBron had each other at wassup. In some ways, it was an unlikely pairing: Teenaged phenom from Akron, Ohio, fresh from the cover of Sports Illustrated and the high school prom who already had a national following; and an overlooked underdog from the Chicago suburbs who only became an acquired basketball taste weeks earlier after a searing run through the NCAA tournament. That day, Wade and LeBron went through the checkup lines for height and weight, vertical leap and whatever else the combines put rookies through and then during a break came the only measurement that counted, when one future Hall of Famer sized up the other. LeBron said: “Some things you can’t explain. Sometimes it’s just chemistry.” Wade said: “When you’re young and coming into the league, you find guys you have something in common with, then you continue to link and that’s what we did. It’s organic how we built this friendship.” Some 15 years later, the bond will endure, likely forever. The basketball part, however, ends Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after the game when Wade, who’s calling it a career after this season, peels off his sweat-soaked Heat jersey and swaps it for a Laker top belonging to LeBron. It might qualify as the best trade of the NBA season, or at least the most emotional. "It's sweet and sour,” said LeBron, anticipating the moment at Staples Center. “The sweet part about it is I've always loved being on the same floor with my brother. And the sour part about it is that this is our last time sharing the same court.” Brother? How many folks with different blood can call each other that? True friendship is answering the phone at 3 a.m. instead of letting it ring, and reaching for the tab with longer arms, and above all, becoming a mattress when the other guy falls. Those tests were aced throughout the LeBron-Wade bromance that stretched through two Olympic teams, four years in Miami, two NBA championships and even 46 games in Cleveland together but of course was always put on hold whenever they were on opposite benches. This is best placed into proper context by Gabrielle Union, the actress and wife of Wade, who says ever so delicately about her husband in those friend vs. friend moments: “He wants to kill him. Drop three-balls on him.” Perhaps so, because as Wade says, “you always want to beat your best friend,” yet their competitive spirit is confined within the baselines and between the jump ball and buzzer. Then the teasing and bragging rights begin by text or call, almost instantly. This arrangement irked the old-school basketball culture, long cringing at the chummy ways of a new generation, believing that most if not all interaction should cease until the offseason, or even better, when careers are done. Wade and LeBron then turned up the volume on that subject when they linked up as teammates with the Heat in 2010, angering the purists and creating, at least initially, a team to be despised as well as respected. Not that Wade and LeBron regret that experience at all, or the noise that followed; this was, as Union observed, “far bigger than basketball.” The chance to be neighbors and watch their kids grow up together and celebrate championships on South Beach until well past sunrise was a priceless part of the bonding process, something neither will be able to duplicate as they begin a new phase of their relationship. The chance to let their hair down (well, Wade anyway) and loosen up, away from the crowds and the media, is something they could keep to themselves. Although: Mrs.Wade spilled a few friendship secrets the other day, with an ohmigod and a roll of the eyes. “They laugh a lot,” she said. “LeBron is silly. Dwyane is silly. They’re silly and goofy together. When they’re around each other it’s like a never-ending sleepover. That’s what it feels like when you’re in their orbit. They have an unspoken language and jokes and it’s like a show and everyone’s watching.” It helped that, in addition to being in the same sport, both LeBron and Wade became all-time greats, because like-minded and like-talented people tend to magnetize. It was LeBron who collected MVP awards and a huge social media flock at first, then Wade followed up by winning a championship first, and this created a mutual respect for each other’s abilities. It also allowed them to walk through the same exclusive doors together, for example, making a pair of Olympic teams and a batch of All-Star Games, therefore putting them in close company even before the Heat experience. From those moments, a relationship tightened. And when life threw airballs in their direction, one was there to help the other. “When I was going through the custody of my kids and that battle, he was someone I talked to constantly and told him what I was going through,” said Wade. “And vice versa, when he was going through things family-wise, I could talk to him and try to relate. You lean on guys who have similar stories and have gone through similar things in their lives to help with advice or just be there to listen.” Curiously, one of their few awkward moments happened when they became teammates in Miami initially. The transition, Wade admitted, was friction-free but not totally smooth. Superstars have egos. Adjustments were needed and were done and this was made possible by LeBron’s game, which is built on unselfish play. “It would’ve been easier if we went to a neutral site,” Wade said. “But because he came to Miami, it was my team before he got there. It was a little hard because of that, but once we got through the first year it was easy. He can play with anybody. He can go out and score or he can get 17 points and 20 assists. He knows if a guy hasn’t shot the ball in a while and how to get him going.” Their on-court chemistry was astonishing to witness at times, the best entertainment in basketball back then. They knew each other’s tendencies, spots on the floor and how to mesh. How many times did Wade toss a lob to a streaking LeBron for a dunk, or vice-versa? Along with Chris Bosh, this was one of the most productive link-ups in NBA history. Four years and four trips to the NBA Finals don’t lie. And true friendship is following your pal to Cleveland in winter, as Wade did last year in an awkward attempt to re-create the past. To this, Wade shook his head and laughed: “Yeah, yeah, you right about that.” While Wade is putting a bow on this retirement season, he marvels at his friend’s staying power and salutes LeBron’s decision to sign up with the Lakers and take on Los Angeles. “I think it’s great, something he wanted to do,” Wade said. “For a player to be able to map out his career the way he has been able to do, he’s doing it his way. This is the way he wanted, to end it here in L.A., on and off the court. His career is not over, but this is the last layer of his career.” And LeBron, reflecting on Wade’s NBA imprint, said: “D-Wade has definitely had a helluva career, obviously. A first-ballot Hall of Famer, a three-time champion and so on and so on. I mean, it speaks for itself. But what he's done for that franchise and what he's done for that community since he's been drafted has been a pretty good story.” This is curious timing, how the NBA schedule has Wade making his last trip to Los Angeles and against LeBron not long after Wade and Union, who have a home in L.A., recently welcomed a newborn daughter. The families spent Sunday (Monday, PHL time) together at the baby shower, then the farewell game tips 24 hours later. Union calls it the “end of a basketball brotherhood but the beginning of a real friendship with basketball gone” and Wade agrees. “When we first came into the league people couldn’t understand how we could be friends during the season," Wade said. "When I was in Cleveland for a game I’d go to his house the night before, we’d go to the movies and hang out and then we’d go at each other in the game. We’d laugh about that. We enjoy having a different relationship than what was done before us, but then going out and playing against him, I’d always want to whup his you-know-what. And vice versa. Just the times we shared. The moments when it’s not all been great, but to be able to have somebody to talk to and run things by. A lot of people don’t have a LeBron James to call up and say, 'Hey, I’m thinking about this, what do you think about it?’ That’s special.” What will also be special Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) is when Wade, as has been his routine after every game this season, swaps jerseys with an opposing player; this will be the 1,001st game of Wade’s dwindling NBA career. “Obviously this is something I wanted to do in my last year,” Wade said. “But of all the players in the league, LeBron is one of my closest friends so this one will mean a little more, because of the paths that we both went down as competitors against each other and as teammates. We’ll be linked together forever.” And what might be said between friends and competitors caught up in that moment? Wade offers this: “We’ll look at each other and say, 'Yo, this is it.’ It’s crazy that it happened so fast. We remember the night we got drafted like yesterday. But it comes fast. Just an ending of a chapter in both of our lives.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

WOMEN’S FRONT | Urge the PH Government to be accountable for HR violations

In light of the recent and escalated attacks against women human rights defenders in the Philippines, Innabuyog-Gabriela is inviting everyone to join the global action in time for the International Human Rights Day on December 10. The group also encourages everyone to endorse the appended letter urging the Philippine government to stop the attacks against human rights defenders in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

After a long, bumpy journey, ‘Mowgli’ settles in at Netflix

LOS ANGELES (AP) --- To say Andy Serkis has been through the wringer with his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" is a bit of an understatement. It was always going to be an ambitious project for a first time director --- dark, intense and more in the spirit of Kipling's stories, with a big studio (Warner Bros.) behind it, a blockbuster budget, A-list talent to match, from Christian Bale to Cate Blanchett, and all the high-pressure stakes that go along with that. But five years ago when he signed up to direct, Serkis didn't know that Walt Disney Studios would soon be announcing its own live-action Jungle Book, which would beat his to theaters by over two years and...Keep on reading: After a long, bumpy journey, ‘Mowgli’ settles in at Netflix.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

Padalhan ng demand letter

Dear  Atty Claire, May katanu­ngan po ako meron po kasing nakatira sa lupa ng nanay ko sa probinsya po ng Aklan. Halos 20 years na sila doon pero hindi naman sila nagtatanim at wala naman kahit anong punong itinanim nila o anong produkto. Gusto lang kasi naming paalisin na sila kasi lalong dumadagdag na po… link: Padalhan ng demand letter.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Rody sues extension

President Rodrigo Duterte will send Congress a letter next week to formally ask for an extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao for the third time, a top Malacañang official said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea replied “Yes” via a text message to Palace reporters […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

International organizations join fight against Thai child boxing

BANGKOK--- Three weeks after a 13-year-old boy died in a muay thai ring, the bill banning children from participating in paid matches has yet to reach legislators. In response to this, the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre (CSIP) has stepped up pressure on the Tourism and Sports Ministry by listing the concerns about child boxing raised by well-known international organizations. The organizations include the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), the World Health Organization and the US Labor Department. A letter from AAP addressed to the Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand "applauds" Thailand's efforts to prevent children from sustaining i...Keep on reading: International organizations join fight against Thai child boxing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

Poor holiday shopping habits and how to combat them

The holiday season inspires people to embody a gift-giving spirit, a gesture appreciated by most. However, people who don’t track their spending may have a hard time enjoying the holidays…READ The post Poor holiday shopping habits and how to combat them appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Einstein letter doubting God auctioned for $2.89 million

NEW YORK, USA – A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein in which the physicist doubts the existence of God was auctioned Tuesday, December 4, for $2.89 million. It was a record for an Einstein letter and far surpassed its estimated value of $1.0-1.5 million, Christie's said. A 1939 letter in which Einstein ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

CHEd’s ‘pork’ realigned to free tuition program

MANILA, Philippines -- Say goodbye to the Commission on Higher Education's (CHEd) Tulong-Dunong program.   On Wednesday, the Senate decided to realign the proposed P3 billion budget allotted for the program next year to the free tuition program, which is also under CHEd.   The P3 billion budget for Tulong-Dunong was separate from the proposed P43.308 billion allocation of the agency's free tuition program.   This, after Senator Panfilo Lacson insisted during plenary debates in the Senate that the fund for the Tulong-Dunong program was "pork."   To prove his claim, Lacson read a portion of a lawmaker's letter endorsing an official, who would "fa...Keep on reading: CHEd’s ‘pork’ realigned to free tuition program.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Starting Small, Winning Big

The lack of business capital and financing has never been a hindrance to the strong entrepreneurial spirit of the Filipino. Two self-employed micro-entrepreneurs, who recently won in the 7th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards, proved that statement after having demonstrated that thriving and profitable businesses can begin with the smallest of capital. Starting small […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

Team spirit

Team spirit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018