Familiaran, who also chairs the city’s Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 said “having regional offices would make it easier for local government units to follow up on their concerns since the offices will have their own funding.” This move will hasten measures and bolster the fight of the two provinces – Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental – against the fast-spreading illness, according to the city official. He even pointed out that in the current regional setup; Negros and Bacolod are the last provinces to receive aid, even when it comes to equipment and supplies needed to combat COVID-19, which is being forwarded by the national government. BACOLOD City – Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran believes it is “best time” for the revival of the Negros Island Region amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the region was dissolved by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2017 after then-Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno quoted the cost of the region’s retention at P19 billion./PN The NIR was created on May 29, 2015 after then-President Benigno Aquino III signed an executive order for the region’s creation. He pointed out that the current crisis has exposed the need for regional offices for the two negros provinces.
LAKE MILLS — A Mason City man accused of kidnapping a Lake Mills woman has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been sentenced to ten years in prison.38-year-old Kristofer Voigt is accused of entering a residence in the 200 block of Park Street in Lake Mills in the early morning hours of November 7th, where he allegedly threatened to slit the throat of a woman inside the home.Voigt is then accused of taking the woman to another home in Lake Mills, another apartment, and then to a home owned by Voigt at 334 9th Northeast in Mason City. Authorities entered the residence at about 5:00 PM that day, with officers finding the woman and taking her to the hospital for treatment.Voigt was arrested and later charged with second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, both Class B felonies that carry up to a 25 year prison sentence.Voigt had pleaded not guilty to the charges with his trial scheduled to start today, but he filed a written plea of guilty on Tuesday to a charge of third-degree kidnapping, with the burglary charge being dismissed.District Judge DeDra Schroeder sentenced Voigt to ten years in prison with credit for time served and issued a $1000 fine. read more
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Concerned residents of a South Florida city plagued by gun violence came together to discuss possible solutions to the pressing issue.Miami Gardens held a violence intervention forum at the Universal Truth Center, Saturday. The city teamed up with Miami-Dade County to implement new approaches to crime fighting and violence prevention.Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt said it is imperative to let those willing to consider gun violence know that it is never the right course of action.“We have to look at where did they come from, what their family history is, other things that they need,” she said. “There may be resources that are needed, whether it be they’re unemployed, maybe they need a job, steer them in a different direction in order to let them know that gun violence is not the answer.”Since 2011, Miami-Dade County has seen more than 1,000 murders that involved guns. Nearly 50 percent of the victims are between the ages of 18 and 30.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. read more
What you need to know about passing the family cottage to the next generation Facebook Tobacco companies paid about $8 billion in taxes in 2017-18.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Pawel Dwulit “Our objective is to facilitate a negotiated global resolution to all Canadian tobacco litigation under court supervision,” Gagnon says.What’s clear, however, is that a “global resolution” won’t happen without the parents’ involvement.Asked whether Imperial’s parent, BAT, is willing to contribute to any settlement, Gagnon points out that he can’t speak for BAT.“However,” he added in an email, “they are participating in this process and seek the same objectives, a global resolution to the litigation.”In 1998, the four major cigarette manufacturers in the US — three of whom were controlled by the same companies that control Canada’s Big 3 — effected just such a resolution by negotiating a Master Settlement Agreement that transferred U.S.$246 billion over 25 years to 46 states. To some extent, the agreement was tied to the sales performance of the various companies.But whether or not a similar approach will work here is open to question.“We will not be partners to the tobacco industry in any agreement that depends on their future sales,” said Philippe Trudel of Trudel Johnston & Lespérance in Montreal, and a lawyer for the successful plaintiffs in the Quebec case. “We’re very skeptical that the tobacco industry will be acting in good faith, as they certainly haven’t done so to date. My view is that they want to have their cake and eat it too.”Even Gagnon’s not sure the U.S. approach is appropriate here.“The Master Settlement Agreement is one example of an approach,” Gagnon said. “However, the Canadian market and environment are very different. For example, our levels of taxation and illegal trade of tobacco products are dramatically higher than in the U.S.”Still, Trudel says he’ll consider any offer that’s fair and reasonable — with a caveat.“We don’t want to be put in the same basket as all the other claimants, because we’re the only ones who actually have a judgement and they can’t do anything without settling with us,” he said.Glendenning disagrees.“The Quebec plaintiffs are trying to position themselves differently from everyone else, but we don’t see them that way,” she said.Meanwhile, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which is overseeing the restructurings, has appointed former Ontario Chief Justice Warren Winkler and his counsel, Jonathan Lisus of Lax O’Sullivan Scott Lisus LLP in Toronto, to mediate a settlement.That could prove to be a very difficult task.“With government involved, public policy and national implications will have to be taken into account in any settlement, but I don’t know that the Quebec plaintiffs are willing to look beyond their own economic interest,” Glendinning said.“What’s clear is that everyone will have to negotiate. The court-ordered terms of the restructuring mean that neither the Quebec plaintiffs nor the governments-in-waiting can do a darn thing until the restructuring has been resolved.” Email May 13, 201912:50 PM EDTLast UpdatedMay 14, 20199:48 AM EDT Filed under News Economy Reddit Twitter advertisement Recommended For YouFerring Collaboration with Digital Health Innovators WOOM Aims to Help More People Build Families FasterTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through A $13.5 billion judgment against Canada’s Big Three tobacco companies has forced them into the largest and most complicated restructuring proceedings this country has ever seen — with implications that could dig deep into the nation’s pockets.At stake is the survival of Canada’s tobacco industry, the impact its demise would have on the nation’s finances, the fate of the revenue stream cigarette sales provide to Aboriginal people, and a potential boom in the illicit tobacco trade.Tobacco companies paid about $8 billion in taxes in 2017-18. Some $3 billion went to the federal government, with 10 provinces splitting the remaining $5 billion.“Imperial Tobacco’s contribution alone is approximately $4 billion,” said Eric Gagnon, head of corporate and regulatory affairs at Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd., which boasts a 48 per cent market share.The upshot is that tobacco taxes represent almost 1 per cent of federal tax revenues, absent which the federal deficit would increase by some 17 per cent from its current level of $18.1 billion. Tobacco taxes also represent roughly 1 per cent of the provinces’ tax haul. Proposed tobacco ban sparks fiery debate in Beverly Hills US sales OK’d for cigarette alternative that heats tobacco Rothmans, Benson & Hedges granted creditor protection following $15-billion Quebec tobacco class action All three companies were granted creditor protection in the wake of a March 1 judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal. The decision substantially upheld the award made in 2015 by Justice Brian Riordan of the Quebec Superior Court to smokers seeking damages for addiction and smoking-related diseases in two class actions commenced in 1998. Riordan had ruled that the smokers should have been warned of the risks of smoking, but never were.Riordan ordered Imperial, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco plc, to pay about $10.5 billion. Rothman, Benson & Hedges Inc., the Canadian unit of Philip Morris International Inc., was tagged with about $3.1 billion and JTI-MacDonald Corp., a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco Inc., faced a $2-billion liability.While the Court of Appeal reduced the total damages by about $2 billion, the actual amount payable by each company is likely a moot point as the law imposes what lawyers call “joint and several” liability, meaning that if any of the three companies is unable to pay its portion of the judgment, the others must come up with the balance — if they can.And that’s the looming question, because the Quebec judgment is just a sliver of the total picture. Quite apart from outstanding class actions by smokers, every Canadian province has enacted legislation authorizing health care costs recovery litigation — ironic, because it’s precisely that litigation that could impair the massive contribution the tobacco companies make to government revenues.“We’ve identified about $600 to $700 million in claims but we don’t know the total amount yet,” says Deborah Glendinning of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, who represents Imperial.What is clear is that the Canadian companies certainly can’t pay up in full.“I don’t believe that the value of the cigarette-producing assets of the Big Three come close even to the value of the Quebec judgment alone,” says Ian Irvine, an economics professor at Concordia University in Montreal. “Based on a price-to-earnings ratio, their value has been estimated at about $10 billion.”Enter the international parent companies. The general rules of corporate law suggest that they are under no obligation to pitch in. But practical realities, including the international scope of tobacco litigation, suggest that they have no choice.I don’t believe that the value of the cigarette-producing assets of the Big Three come close even to the value of the Quebec judgment alone,”Ian Irvine, economics professor at Concordia University in Montreal Billions of dollars in taxes could go up in smoke as $13.5B judgment weighs on tobacco industry Industry’s demise would hit nation’s finances, the revenue stream cigarette sales provide to Aboriginal people, and lead to a potential boom in illicit tobacco trade Featured Stories Share this storyBillions of dollars in taxes could go up in smoke as $13.5B judgment weighs on tobacco industry Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Comment Join the conversation → Sponsored By: Julius Melnitzer More 13 Comments ← Previous Next → read more