Notre Dame will award 10 honorary degrees at this year’s Commencement ceremony, in addition to the honorary degree given to commencement speaker Haley Scott DeMaria, the University announced Thursday. DeMaria, a former Irish swimmer who made a remarkable recovery from injuries sustained in a team bus accident, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Other recipients will be honored with degrees in science, law and engineering. Jude Banatte, head of programming for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti, will receive an honorary doctor of science degree. Banatte gained international recognition for his leadership in the response to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. In the aftermath of the quake, Banatte visited hospitals, assessed medical needs and helped search for survivors and medical supplies. He has also led CRS initiatives to provide temporary shelter for quake victims and traveled as an advocate for the country’s needs. A Haitian native, he earned a medical degree in 1991 and immediately joined CRS. The University will also award mathematician Luis Caffarelli an honorary doctor of science degree. A leader in the field of partial differential equations and their applications, he has taught at the universities of Minnesota, Chicago, and Texas and New York University and Princeton University. He currently serves as a professor of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has made significant scientific contributions in the areas of homogenization, nonlinear elliptic equations and free boundary problems. Caffarelli received the American Mathematical Society’s Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2009. Dick Ebersol, a longtime television producer for NBC, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. His career credits range from “Saturday Night Live” to the Olympics, including eight of the top 10 most-watched television events in U.S. history. Ebersol was also instrumental in acquiring the rights to televise Notre Dame home football games on NBC. He temporarily dropped out of Yale in 1967 to become television’s first-ever Olympics researcher, and he has worked to make NBC the home of the Games since 1992. For 22 years, Ebersol also led the network’s coverage of professional baseball, basketball and football, including several Super Bowls. Archbishop Wilton Gregory will be honored with a doctor of laws degree. The leader of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Gregory served as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during his tenure as bishop of Belleville, Ill., in 2001, making him the first African-American ever to head an episcopal conference. Pope John Paul II appointed him archbishop of Atlanta in 2004. He has written extensively on the liturgy and on Church issues, including pastoral statements on the death penalty, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Notre Dame will award alumnus Kevin Hasson an honorary doctor of laws degree. A leading legal advocate of religious freedom, Hasson is founder and president of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a nonpartisan public-interest law firm that represents people of all faiths, from Anglicans to Zoroastrians. As a Notre Dame undergraduate, Hasson majored in economics and theology, and he received both a master’s degree in theology and a law degree from the University. He served in the Justice Department and advised the White House on church-state relations and constitutional issues under then-Deputy Assistant Attorney General Samuel Alito. He is the author of several works on religious liberty, including a book titled “The Right to be Wrong: Ending the Culture War over Religion in America.” Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Born in New York and educated in Turkey and London, Kent began his tenure at Coca-Cola in 1978 as a truck driver. He rose through the company’s management ranks in Central Asia and Europe until 1999, when he became president and CEO of the Istanbul-based Efes Beverage Group. He rejoined Coca-Cola after six years with Efes and was named CEO in July 2008. Notre Dame alumnus Joseph O’Neill will be honored with a doctor of laws degree. A member of the Board of Trustees, O’Neill is the managing partner of O’Neill Properties, a Texas oil and gas production company founded by his father, also a Notre Dame alumnus and Trustee. His service to the University includes a tenure as president of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. He is also the benefactor of O’Neill Hall and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2001. Rev. David Tyson, C.S.C., will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. A member of the Board of Trustees and former president of the University of Portland, Tyson currently serves as the provincial superior of the United States Province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, a position he has held since 2003. A Notre Dame alumnus, Tyson has served in several roles at the University, including admissions counselor, assistant rector, business professor, executive assistant to the president and vice president for student affairs. During his tenure at Portland, Tyson led a major expansion of its campus, endowed teaching chairs and funding, including a tripling of the university’s endowment. James Wagner, president of Emory University, will be honored with a doctor of engineering degree. An award-winning teacher, prolific author and advocate of liberal education, Wagner has taught engineering at his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, and Case Western Reserve University, where he served as a dean, provost and interim president for five years. He became Emory’s president in 2003 and continues to engage in scholarship on the relationship between ethics, science and the role of the university. Former Dean of the Mendoza College of Business Carolyn Woo will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. After leaving her position as dean in 2011, Woo is now president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. In 1981, she joined the faculty at her alma mater, Purdue University, where she later served as director of the Krannert School of Management and associate executive vice president for academic affairs. She began her tenure as Mendoza’s dean in 1997 and became a leader in integrating Catholic faith and business excellence, a relationship solidified by Mendoza’s focus on ethics and its top ranking among undergraduate business schools for the past three years.
For almost a decade, Georgians have been getting active with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension’s Walk Georgia. The statewide health and wellness program has impacted more than 100,000 people, and it has spurred whole schools, workplaces and communities to get out and explore their state.“When we started planning this program, the obesity epidemic was just starting to make headlines,” said Maria Bowie, director of Walk Georgia. “We wanted to build a program that would get Georgians moving and encourage them to explore the state, but we never knew how far that would take us.”Launched in 2008, Walk Georgia is one of the nation’s first online Cooperative Extension programs to address the obesity epidemic. By offering free, online fitness tracking and social networking capabilities, Walk Georgia offers an easy-to-use motivational system to get Georgians on the path to fitness.While the number of Georgians who are sedentary has increased over the past decade, the percentage of inactive Georgians has fallen to 23.6 percent in the last year — a 13 percent drop, according to the 2015 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report published by the United Health Foundation.With the support of a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation in 2013, Walk Georgia’s popularity surged over the past three years. Almost 20,000 Georgians use the program’s fitness tracking website. The program’s blog, with fitness and nutrition tips, has 16,000 followers. More than 86,000 participants have taken part in community fun runs, walks and fitness events over the last three years. Walk Georgia has become part of communities across the state.The program has been integrated into workplace wellness programs at the Georgia Department of Public Health and the city of Moultrie, and into programs that teach students the importance of physical activity, like those in Bibb County schools. In addition to structured programs, thousands of participants have built their own networks of fitness friends using Walk Georgia’s online platform. It is a rallying point in each Georgia county for people who want to become healthier.Walk Georgia brings whole communities together to support one another as they get fit, and that is the secret to Walk Georgia’s success, Bowie said. Walk Georgia brings a sense of fun and competition to the challenge of becoming and staying fit into today’s hectic world.In addition to fostering personal networks, one of Walk Georgia’s most important successes has been building a network of partner agencies that are all working to make Georgia healthier, Bowie said. Partnerships with local school systems, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association, Georgia State Parks, Georgia electric membership corporations (EMCs) and countless county and city governments give Walk Georgia a statewide reach.“From downtown Atlanta to downtown Moultrie, we’ve had tremendous support for our efforts to make healthy living a daily priority for employees, families, businesses and community organizations,” Bowie said. “One of our goals for the Walk Georgia program is to make it applicable and accessible to everyone in Georgia, and that is only possible by working with our local UGA Extension offices in each county.”Local UGA Extension agents deliver health and wellness programming that meets clients’ specific needs. Agents have special insights into the needs of their counties that can be replicated in multiple counties, said Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and outreach in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Obesity in Georgia is a statewide problem, but its impacts are very localized,” Murray said. “Building a healthier Georgia is not an abstract goal. Supporting health and wellness is having immediate, positive impacts on families, schools, counties and cities, and those personal impacts are what Walk Georgia is all about.”For more information about joining Walk Georgia or to find more information, visit www.walkgeorgia.org or contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Zambia’s state-owned electricity company Zesco Ltd has signed contracts worth $548 million with Power China to develop three solar power plants that will add 600 megawatts (MW) to the national grid, the company said in a statement.The three contracts are a step towards diversifying renewable energy for Zambia, which relies heavily on hydropower and has faced electricity shortages partly because of droughts.“The three-grid solar PV projects will have a capacity of 200 MW each,” Zesco Managing Director Victor Mundende said in the statement. He added the power plants would boost access to electricity and enhance industrial development, although he did not say when they would start generating.Zambia’s power supply deficit has grown by nearly 20% since September, state power utility Zesco said in March, despite hefty price hikes and the government’s fast-tracking of support for green energy projects.Zesco’s Director of Corporate Services Patrick Mwila said in March the electricity deficit had grown to 810 megawatts (MW) from a 690 MW gap in September last year.[Chris Mfula]More: Zambia’s Zesco, Chinese firm sign $548 mln solar power contracts Zambia’s state-owned utility contracts with Power China to develop 600MW of solar generation
In a world where technology ensures immediate delivery of nearly everything, paperless documents and e-Signatures are quickly becoming the new norm. e-Signatures have recently experienced significant growth in adoption rates among financial institutions. Members have a hard time waiting for Amazon’s two-day shipping, let alone having to make a special trip to the credit union to sign a document. As your members become more reliant upon technology to simplify their lives, they will be demanding more of your services and e-Signature is one way to ensure that you are meeting their needs. Here are 5 reasons why your credit union needs to offer e-signatures:1) Cut Document Errors – Forbes Insights stated, “Inability to confirm that forms have been signed by appropriate parties can lead to auditing or compliance issues. 55% of business leaders say they can’t tell whether documents have been viewed, reviewed or signed by the appropriate people. 46% say they aren’t sure they have copies of all signed agreements and 36% have stated that agreements are missing signatures, initials or dates, or have been signed by the wrong person”.12) Speed and Efficiency – The Return on Investment (ROI) for e-Signatures biggest impact is from the speed of processing for your different products, especially in the lending space. According to the Forbes Insight study, full-time equivalent (FTE) savings (a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person) associated with the elimination of manual processes (mail sorting, document handling, scanning, etc.), resulted in a 70 to 80 percent improvement in efficiencies. Error reduction was more than 50% since so many errors in financial transactions result from missing signatures on documents. e-Signatures result in a faster turnaround and a better member experience. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Below are two checklists that address the heightened fraud activity that occurs during the holidays: the first checklist contains precautionary measures for your financial institution to follow to detect and prevent fraudulent activity during the holidays (and year round); the second checklist contains precautionary measures to share with your consumers to help them protect themselves from these holiday attacks.Financial Institution Holiday Scam Prevention Checklist: □ Educate cardholders about the heightened risk of attacks and scams during the holiday season, such as phishing attacks, scams where the member is asked to pay the scammer money and recruitment scams where the member is asked to pay a bit of money up front to earn more money later on. If you are aware of a scam, place the scam on your website, in your newsletter and/or in the lobby of your branches to inform consumers. Share information about scams with your employees. Consider setting up a hot line for consumers to call if they are suspicious of any fraud activity. □ Watch for an uptick in online payment card fraud. □ Validate if the fraud is “card present” versus “card-not- present” to find out where the fraud is happening. □ Ensure you have comprehensive layers of security and □ Immediately report if you are seeing an increase in fraud to the card associations; also report the common point of compromise if one is identified. □ Strongly consider immediately blocking and reissuing potentially compromised cards to prevent future risk. □ Recommend to staff and members that they more closely and more frequently monitor ACH items, outgoing wires, and online transaction activity on all of their cards and accounts to look out for any unauthorized activity. Inform them to pay special attention to ACH items and outgoing wires. □ Utilize promotional and communications tools to increase the proliferation of information to your staff and members about the increased likelihood of scams and attacks during the holiday season. □ Flag or block any unusual out-of-state card purchases. Inform members to alert you if they are traveling over the holidays, so that they are not affected by these preventative measures. □ Monitor any type of card fraud to help identify a card breach. Look for a common point of compromise and report it to the fraud department at the card association (i.e. Visa or MasterCard) immediately. □ Ensure that your credit union is receiving Visa alerts (CAMs) or MasterCard alerts regarding compromised cards and/or regarding information about the type of card data at risk (i.e. Track 1, Track 2, etc.). □ Determine if you will block and reissue or monitor compromised card numbers. In cases where the full unaltered magnetic stripe has been compromised, it is strongly recommended to block and reissue the card data. □ Contact cardholders to let them know when they are part of the compromised breach. □ Share a message on your website or phone system with any updates about the breach. □ Monitor PIN change activity. The criminal may make multiple attempts to perform a PIN change in order to obtain card data. □ Review daily dollar limits for signature, Internet, and PIN transactions and offer members the option to lower their daily card limits over the holiday season. □ Watch for multiple payments on the same day or within days of each other on credit card accounts and do not provide availability of a payment to the credit card holder until other payments clear. □ Watch for increased cash disbursements (advances) being performed on non-credit union issued cards at the teller counter. □ Utilize an anti-skimming device on your ATMs to help prevent skimming. □ Utilize multiple layers of authentication when validating and sending out ACH and wire transactions both online and in-person to help prevent any unauthorized withdrawals of members’ funds. □ Perform a review of your fraud risk tools and programs to assess their effectiveness. □ Continue to enhance your fraud protection strategies and your fraud management systems to help prevent card exposure. Consumer Holiday Scam Prevention Checklist: □ Place a credit freeze on your credit reports with all three credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. □ Sign up for free fraud alerts from credit bureaus. □ Secure home computers, tablets and mobile devices with a firewall and antivirus software. □ Be careful when downloading free apps onto your phone or tablet, since they may be infected with a virus. □ Take extra time to monitor accounts closely for any type of unauthorized activity. □ When shopping online, remember to exit the website. □ Only use a private network when shopping or performing account activity online. □ Check out sellers before purchasing items. □ Cover hand when entering PIN at a store or on an ATM. □ Use the chip technology for all chip enabled cards. □ Watch merchants perform purchase sales to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. □ Review card account transactions daily to uncover any unauthorized activity. □ Always save purchase receipts. □ Inform financial institution(s) of any travel activity. □ Consider requesting lower daily dollar limits on account transactions. □ Subscribe to fraud alerts. □ Be extremely cautious when making any online purchases. □ Keep private account/PIN/card information in a secure location. □ If contacted about card fraud, contact financial institution directly to confirm the fraud call’s validity – DON’T EVER provide financial information to callers. Contact us to receive more risk education and support: alliedsolutions.net/contact-us. © 2019 Allied Solutions, LLC. This checklist is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered legal advice. 975-12/18 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ann Davidson Ann assists credit unions in identifying areas of risk in their operations and recommends sound loss control measures to help reduce loss exposures.Davidson has over 40 years working with … Web: www.alliedsolutions.net Details
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 15, 2016 Wolf Administration Accepting Applications for “It’s On Us PA” Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Grants It’s On Us PA, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – As part of the Wolf Administration’s “It’s On Us PA” campaign, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that eligible post-secondary institutions in Pennsylvania can now apply for up to $30,000 in competitive funding to address campus sexual assault.“Despite increased scrutiny, programming, and institutional reporting requirements, sexual violence continues to be the most prevalent and underreported crime at postsecondary institutions, affecting an estimated one in five women and one in 20 men during their time on campus,” Governor Wolf said. “In order to properly address this growing problem, we must partner with our colleges and universities and provide the necessary resources for keeping all students safe.”The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) will accept applications for the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Grant Program from September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016. Independent, public, and state-related institutions are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on addressing the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA campaign, institutions that have taken the It’s On Us PA pledge.“Since its launch last January, Pennsylvania’s It’s On Us Campaign has sparked a dialogue among stakeholders on how the commonwealth’s secondary and postsecondary schools can address the issue of sexual assault,” Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera said. “By building effective partnerships and developing new approaches, Pennsylvania’s institutions can develop best practices that can be replicated around the state.”Survivors of sexual assault often struggle with long-term health issues, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse. They are more likely to earn lower grades or drop out of school altogether. Based on estimates from researchers, the lifetime costs in lowered educational attainment and lost productivity for adolescent girls experiencing sexual assault in Pennsylvania is a staggering $15.1 billion.In an effort to increase awareness, education and resources to combat sexual assault Governor Wolf launched the “It’s On Us PA” campaign on January 29, 2016, inviting education leaders and all Pennsylvanians to be part of the solution to protect students from sexual violence. The campaign’s goals are to:Improve awareness, prevention, reporting, and response systems regarding sexual violence in schools, colleges and universities to better serve all students. Remove/reduce barriers that prevent survivors of sexual violence from reporting and/or accessing vital resources by creating a more consistent, empowering reporting process for student survivors of gender based violence.Demonstrate significant, proactive, and sustainable leadership to change campus culture by challenging Pennsylvania’s education leaders – including college and university presidents, superintendents – as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, families, and communities to pledge to improve their institutions’ climate.With this announcement, Pennsylvania became the first state to launch an “It’s On Us” campaign, building off the momentum of the national campaign launched in 2014 by President Obama and Vice President Biden. In an effort to continue the campaign’s progress, Governor Wolf successfully advocated for funding in the 2016-17 state budget to support postsecondary institutions’ efforts to: improve or conduct training for students, faculty, and administrators; increase institutional capacity to meet existing federal and state reporting requirements; and reduce or eliminate barriers to reporting for survivors of sexual violence.Programs or activities that will be considered for funding include campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff; institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence; programs that enhance awareness of available resources and students’ rights or seek to increase mechanisms for anonymous reporting; and efforts to improve capacity to collect federal- or state-required data.Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis by a team chosen by PDE’s Office for Postsecondary and Higher Education using the following criteria:Goals and objectives of grant proposal and alignment to the goals of the Governor’s It’s On Us PA Program;Program and activity narrative for which funding will be used including details of how the proposed program/activity will improve awareness, training, reduce or eliminate barriers for reporting or improve data collection and reporting capacity;Supporting institutions’ efforts to better understand strengths and barriers within their existing prevention, reporting, and response systems through the development, use, and/or analysis of campus climate surveys or other data including current data reported for Clery Act compliance;Detailed budget information that supports the goals and objectives of the proposal;Expected outcomes; andAccuracy of the information submitted.For more information on the application process, please contact PDE’s Office for Postsecondary and Higher Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
ABP considers Snel’s unsuccessful spell as deputy finance minister no obstacle to nominate him as a board member, a spokesperson said. “ABP has considered the sum of Mr Snel’s relevant knowledge and experience as a great combination in a strong CV. He is complementary to other board members and thereby a good addition to the board.”ABP president Corien Wortmann welcomed Snel’s appointment. “He brings a wealth of managerial experience in the public and financial sector and has a lot of expertise in how to run large executive organisations,” she said in a press release.Snel himself said he is excited to join ABP at a time of great change for the Dutch pension system.“I have followed the developments in our pension system with great interest. In these exciting and decisive times during which a new pensions system is being designed, I would like to contribute to reaching ABP’s goals: a good and sustainable pension for now and in the future.”Before joining the Dutch Cabinet in 2017, Snel worked as the representative for the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. he started his career at the Dutch ministry of Finance, where he worked as deputy director-general for Fiscal Affairs.He is also a non-executive board member at shipbuilder Royal IHC. He joined the board in June, after IHC had received a bail-out from the Dutch government to save it from bankruptcy.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Menno Snel will join the board of the €456bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP. Snel, who worked as a director of strategy and policy for ABP’s asset manager APG between 2009 and 2011, was forced to step down from his duties as deputy finance minister in December 2019 following a series of scandals at the tax office over child benefit payments.Snel will start in his new role on 1 September and will join ABP’s board to represent the interests of the employers succeeding Carel van Eykelenburg. He was nominated by the government.Between 2017 and 2019, Snel was deputy minister at the Ministry of Finance, responsible for the tax service which was left reeling by a series of scandals before and during his tenure.Snel stepped down last year after it turned out the tax office had incorrectly ordered hundreds of parents to pay back childcare fees, resulting in personal bankruptcy for a number of these parents.
Stuff.co.nz 24 August 2012Family First NZ has labelled the anti-smacking law a “dog’s breakfast” after a police review revealed the majority of cases warranted no further action by police. But the Green Party, which pushed for the law, says that while there is not always enough evidence to support some claims, at least people were bringing their concerns to the police’s attention. The number of false allegations and occurrences where no reliable evidence could be found to support initial allegations nearly doubled, from 48 to 88, since the last six-monthly review period. Police spokeswoman Jane Archibald said the figure had increased as people became more aware of the law around smacking. “Overall the number of incidents reported increased year on year.” Police attended 500 child assault incidents during the review period of June 22 to December 21 last year. Twenty three involved smacking and 45 involved minor acts of physical discipline. Three adults were prosecuted for “smacking” – the most since the law came into effect five years ago, police said. One man received nine months’ supervision and 100 hours of community work for smacking his two sons on their legs in a public place, resulting in no injuries. Two other men were also prosecuted with a charge of Assaults Child (manually). The charge against one father, who allegedly slapped his daughter on her lower leg causing her to cry but leaving no injury, was subsequently withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. There have now been eight prosecutions for a “smacking” event since the introduction of the Crimes (Substitution s59) Amendment Act in 2007.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie said the review would be cold comfort to parents. “Unfortunately, this confusing law has been used as a weapon against good parents – rather than targeting rotten parents who are abusing their kids.” Mr McCoskrie said the increase in false allegations of assault was a huge concern. “It seems incredible that we are wasting time investigating hundreds of families who obviously don’t warrant that investigation.” Parents had been stripped of a parenting technique which, when used appropriately, had been proven to effective and appropriate, he said. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said the review showed the law was obviously working. “Police are clearly using their discretion to pursue the cases they feel warrant prosecution.” Ms Turei said the increase in the number of reports to police was a good thing. “It means more people are keeping an eye out.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7543284/Three-smack-offences-in-six-monthsMore parents land in court for smacking children Dom Post 25 Aug 2012More parents than ever are being prosecuted for smacking for their kids, new figures show. The latest police review of the anti-smacking law shows more charges were laid against parents last year than at any other time since the law came into force in 2007. Police attended 500 child assault incidents during the review period of June 22 to December 21 last year. Of those calls, 23 involved smacking and 45 involved minor acts of physical discipline. Three smacking cases led to charges. Since the law was introduced, only eight smacking cases have reached court. Assistant commissioner Malcolm Burgess said the three prosecutions within six months corresponded with more people reporting smacking. “Numbers of events in most of the categories, including smacking, have trended up. “We attribute this to the more widespread use of the legislation by police . . . and also to increased reporting as public awareness of the legislation grows.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7545319/More-parents-land-in-court-for-smacking-childrenThree prosecuted for smacking in last half of 2011NZ herald 24 Aug 2012In the last six months of last year three people were prosecuted for smacking – almost half the total number of prosecutions since the anti-smacking legislation came into effect five years ago….Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie said the latest results showed the law was a dog’s breakfast when there was such a high rate of cases warranting no further action by the police. “Of most concern is that the report refers to an upward trend in smacking cases, and ‘more widespread use of the legislation’ by the police,” he said. It was incredible that police were wasting time investigating hundreds of families who “obviously don’t warrant that investigation”. Family First has called for an amendment to the anti-smacking law to clearly define what reasonable physical correction is, and to decriminalise non-abusive smacking.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829314
Senator Ronald dela Rosa made the motion in lieu of absent Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon for the release of identities of the “ninja cops,” as revealed by former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Benjamin Magalong in an executive session. The PNP, meanwhile, has appealed to the Senate on Wednesday to protect the rights of so-called “ninja cops” or those policemen allegedly involved in the “agaw-bato” scheme. “I would like to have the records or the contents of that executive session be made available for those who are interested so that the truth shall prevail, not speculation,” Dela Rosa said. “There has been speculation circulating around regarding the alleged involvement of the Chief PNP General Oscar Albayalde in the so-called ‘agaw-bato’ scheme,” Dela Rosa said. “We request, however, that the Senate exercise due diligence in protecting the rights of these persons against undue persecution,” Banac added. The names and information were gathered during the Blue Ribbon and Justice Committees executive session last week with Magalong submitting the names of the ninja cops to the Senate. “I would like to have the records of that executive session be made available for those who are interested so that the truth shall prevail, not speculation,” says Senator Ronald dela Rosa. ABS-CBN NEWS “In fairness to General Albayalde…I would like to move for this body to allow or to authorize the Blue Ribbon committee to disclose the contents of the executive session that transpired during the last Senate committee hearing regarding GCTA anomaly,” he added. MANILA – The Senate has given its BlueRibbon Committee the go signal to release the identities of erring policeofficials allegedly involved in recycling of illegal drugs. Dela Rosa also said divulging the contents of the executive session would be fair to those being alluded to. The motion was unanimously approved by the 17 senators present on Tuesday night. “The PNP only has the best interest of justice, fairness and good governance in uncovering the truth behind the alleged involvement of cops in recycling drug evidence,” he said./PN Magalong, former chief of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, accused several Pampanga policemen of recycling drugs back in 2007, when Albayalde was still the province’s chief. Senate President Vicente Sotto supported Dela Rosa’s motion since there was much speculation coming out regarding the contents or what transpired during the executive session and releasing the list will allowed those implicated to explain their side. “Let the ax fall where it may,” PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a statement. “We bow to the discretion of the Senate if it so desires to make public the names of PNP members whom it tags as “ninja cops.” “He (Dela Rosa) is seeking the permission of the body to give the Blue Ribbon committee an authority to divulge what transpired in that executive session to once and for all remove cloud of doubt on anyone that has been named,” Sotto said.