People buy ham as preparation for Christmas dinner. The Iloilo Provincial Veterinary Office says there is enough supply of the holiday staple this December despite the 90-day pork ban due to African swine fever. REUTERS ILOILO – Will there be a shortage of hamthis Christmas? According to Dr. Darel Tabuada, VeterinarianIV at the PVO, there will be enough hams this holiday season amid concerns onthe 90-day pork ban in the province due to African swine fever (ASF). The Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) assuredthis won’t happen. “Base sa amon monitoring walagid man sang changes sangpagsagod sang baboy as usual gihapon,” added Tabuada./PN “For the province, indi lang gid man Luzon ang naga-supply. We still have our local suppliers and may ara kita nga supplier fromother areas like Cebu,” Tabuada added. He said that brands from Mindanaoand other parts of Visayas can also replenish the Luzon brands that they pulledout from the market given that these products have necessary permits. “Tanannga pasalubong halin sa affected areas especially halin sa Luzon nga dal-on diri sa Visayas ang gina-confiscate,”added Tabauda, citing that these measures will ward off possible ASF breach. Based on PVO’s latest monitoring, thereis enough supply of ham and pork products in the market that could still lasteven after Christmas season. Tabuada advised Ilonggos from Luzonareas coming home for holidays not to bring processed pork products. Quarantine officers detailed in airport andsea ports strictly enforce pork ban, Tabuada said Consumers need not worry about theshortage of ham brands from Luzon, noting local brands could still supply themarket, he said. Tabuada also said that local backyardfarmers were not affected by ASF scare.
A West Palm Beach woman is facing animal cruelty charges, after allegedly abandoning her dog in a flooded apartment.According to the arrest affidavit, 32-year-old Brittany Hansen was evicted from her apartment on West Tiffany Drive, where officials with Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control (ACC) found an emaciated pitbull named Cash on January 8 of this year.Hansen had apparently turned on all of the faucets so the apartment would flood.ACC launched an animal cruelty investigation after a woman called them to report that she had found a thin black and white dog.When animal control officers scanned the dog for a chip, they identified him as Cash, a male pitbull registered to Hansen at the same address.Maintenance workers informed ACC officers that they been called to the residence due to water leaking, according to the arrest document. They were initially unaware that a dog was inside, until they heard movement from another room. That is where they discovered the dog sitting on the bed and trying to eat a shoe. The maintenance workers also reported finding mounds of feces in the home.When ACC contacted Hansen, she told them she had given the dog away to a man named John who lives in Lantana, although she did not provide them with a a number or current address for him.Several neighbors confirmed that Hansen was the person living in the apartment. She has been charged with one count of cruelty to animals and one count of confinement of animals without sufficient food, water, or exercise, as well as a count of abandonment of animals.While in the care of ACC, Cash was provided with basic nutrition and treatment of internal and external parasites. He has since gained 29 pounds, the report states.
Florida education officials say about 200,000 students statewide could become ineligible for automatic free school lunches under the Trump administration’s plan to reduce the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as the food stamp program.Presently, children automatically qualify for a free daily lunch if their families receive food stamps.The revised plan, which was finalized Wednesday and is set to take effect April 1, 2020, would restrict SNAP enrollment by removing states’ ability to change income and asset limits for households that receive food stamps in addition to other welfare benefits.In Florida, the Department of Children and Families’ threshold for SNAP qualification currently allows households with incomes that are up to 200 percent of the poverty level to receive food stamps.Nationally, nearly one-million students could be affected, according to a recent report from the U.S. Agriculture Department.Sources say impacted Florida households would still be eligible to receive free- and reduced-price meals if they individually file an application for the National School Lunch Program.
A mother has been charged after authorities say her children were found wondering in subfreezing temperatures after she left them alone in the home.The incident occurred on December 3rd in the Village of Venetie, Alaska.Officials say a neighbor contacted police to conduct a welfare check after a five-year-old showed up to her home carrying their 18-month-old sibling.Authorities said the older child became scared after the power went out and wearing only socks and light clothing, carried the smaller child half a mile over to the neighbor’s home.The temperature was said to be around -31 F at the time and both children suffered cold-related injuries.Officials were able to make contact with the children’s mother 37-year-old Julie Peter, who admitted to leave the children unattended. She has since been booked her in the Fairbanks Correctional Center on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child in the 1st degree.
(Altamonte Springs, FL) — The ex-boyfriend of Whitney Houston’s daughter, the late Bobbi Kristina Brown, is dead. Nick Gordon passed away Wednesday at a hospital in Florida from an apparent drug overdose. Gordon was found liable for Bobbi Kristina’s 2015 death. Gordon’s younger brother, Junior Walker, publicly mourned his untimely death on Facebook, writing alongside a series of photos of the two growing up, “You were [sic] best friend and I never in a million years thought I’d be writing this for my ACE I was there through every step we all love you no matter what and we’ll all stay strong for you.”Bobbi Kristina Brown was found face down in a bathtub and was in a coma for months before her death at the age of 22.Her family, including singer Bobby Brown, sued Gordon for wrongful death, accusing him of giving her a toxic drug cocktail that led to her death.He was ordered to pay 36-million-dollars after he didn’t show up to court. Nick Gordon was 30 years old. Whitney Houston died in a bathtub in 2012. Houston died in February of “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” according to a toxicology report, cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs were present in Houston’s system at the time of her death.While the cause of Gordon’s death is unknown, ABC News obtained a statement from his attorney, Joe Habachy, who wrote, “While I cannot speak to the specific circumstances of his death, I can say that it’s been truly heartbreaking to have witnessed first hand the total devastation that drug addiction has wreaked upon a group of young friends.”
A Broward County man who is accused of threatening to kill President Trump in a Facebook Live video was denied bond in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Wednesday.Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office had asked that Chauncy Devonte Lump be held on pre-trial detention, arguing that he is a danger to the community. Judge Patrick Hunt agreed.The 26-year-old is facing a federal charge of threats against the President of the United States, in addition to a county charge of making a false bomb report.The criminal complaint states that he posted a seven-minute video on Facebook Live on January 3 under the username “BlackMan Vs America,” in which he threatened multiple times to kill the President.“He killed my leader, and I have to kill him. I am ready for Donald,” Lump says in the video.According to authorities, Lump made the video in response to the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by an American drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq earlier this month.“I need to find the Donald, because if I don’t find him, I am going to have to blow up Broward County,” Lump adds, according to the complaint.The report also states that Lump had “what appears to be a loaded AK-47” in the Facebook Live.Lump admitted to law enforcement officials that he made the video and told them “the threats in the video were intended to be a joke,” according to the criminal complaint.“However, at no point in the video did Lump claim he was joking,” the complaint adds.Court records show that Lump lives in an Oakland Park apartment and holds a concealed weapon/firearm permit in Florida. He is also licensed and employed as a security officer.
Authorities are reporting that they believe a 45-year-old Florida contractor is the person responsible for the disappearance and now confirmed death of one of his disgruntled customers.The body of 65-year-old Susan Mauldin was found Wednesday in the Chesser Island Road Landfill in Georgia three months after she disappeared.Officials say before her disappearance, Mauldin employed Corey Binderim to do some work on her home, however, when Binderim failed to complete the work, Mauldin demanded to be refunded.Mauldin was reported missing from her Clay County home in October and investigators pinpointed Binderim as the prime suspect.While investigating Binderim, authorities were led to the Georgia landfill where after a 9 day search that included over 215 FBI, sheriff’s deputies, corrections officers and administrators, they found Mauldin’s remains.Binderim has now been charged with murder and tampering with evidence.Officials say he’s currently behind bars on an unrelated charge of forgery.
Facebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Chris Johns for On Q FinancialThere’s a saying that many of us try to live by: “Keep It Simple Stupid” (aka KISS). Not insinuating that people are stupid, but like any other kind of information that’s not familiar to us—we need to be able to sift through it to grasp the basic points. What better way to understand something than to keep it simple in the first place?This is the foundation behind On Q Financial Mortgages Simplified approach to home loans. In Part 1 of this blog series, I covered the basis for Mortgages Simplified but nowhere is the need greater for its use, perhaps, than with first-time homebuyers. Why?Chris Johns live in Olympia with his family and helps other families purchase their own home at On Q Financial. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.Think of the home buying process like learning how to ride a bike. No matter how many times you hear how to do it from someone else, the only way you learn is by actually doing it—riding the bicycle. If you fall, you simply get back up, hop on the bike, and ride again. With homeownership, falling can be a more painful experience to your wallet, if you don’t get the right coaches to keep you on track.With the end of the year approaching (sooner than you think), and filing for those sacred tax refunds is just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn how to ride the proverbial home loan bicycle so you don’t take a fall. Whatever you do between now and April 15, make homeownership a consideration.If you’re a would-be first time homebuyer, let me introduce you to the Mortgages Simplified process. Think of it as a streamlined, straight line to the finish line. So how do you get from start to finish? Clear, consistent communication with the people who will serve as your mortgage coaches: the loan originator, loan processor, and transaction coordinator.The loan originator is usually your initial point of contact. They are licensed professionals and usually the lead in your business partnership helping you work through the entire process. They will help you with your loan options (FHA, VA, Conventional, 30- 15-year fixed, or ARM programs) and tell you how much home you qualify for, what your interest rate is, and continue to guide you through the escrow period until your loan closes. The escrow period is the timeframe established in the purchase contract. It allows home buyers the time needed to achieve full loan approval, in addition to completing property inspections, and ultimately funding their loan for the successful transfer of the property.The loan processor takes your financial, credit, rental history, and income verification information that you provide and builds your loan file so that it is ready to give to the loan underwriter.Call Chris! He can walk you through the Mortgages Simplified program making buying a home smoother and easier from the start. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.The loan underwriter has an eye for detail and reviews the documents in your file to ensure your information meets with the specific loan guidelines. If they need more information to strengthen your file, they will ask—even up to the day of closing on your new home.Loan originators are often extremely busy as they handle both new home purchases and refinances so they often work with transaction coordinator to ensure that the clear, consistent communication I mentioned earlier is maintained.Mortgages Simplified works like a KISS (keep it simple stupid). It works even better when you, the first-time homebuyer, opt to work with a professional REALTOR®. If you don’t know of one, and you may not if you haven’t done this before, ask your loan originator for a referral.The typical escrow period on a home purchase is 30-45 days, from signing the purchase contract to owning your new home. Ask your Realtor® and Loan Originator what escrow period works best for your loan type and property.Before you get your new house keys, take note of the following steps in the purchase process:Home Inspection PeriodAppraisalDuring the escrow, you will have a home inspection period. This is the time to consider hiring a reputable home inspector (third party) who will check all the systems of the home such as the plumbing, electrical, AC/heating, roof, insulation and basic structural aspects of the home. It allows you the more detailed information you need about the home so you have a better idea of what you’re buying. If there are too many repairs needed, you can ask the seller to repair the items, or decide to cancel the contract (as long as you cancel during the inspection period).The appraisal is a report conducted by an appraiser that your lender sends to the property during the escrow period. The appraiser measures the property and verifies the lot size, square footage, and assesses the condition of the home. With these findings the appraiser uses any one of three different approaches to measure the property’s value. The appraisal is crucial to the mortgage as a lender will not provide loan funds for a property that has a value less than what the purchase contract is written for. If the property does get appraised under purchase price value, it allows the buyer the opportunity to renegotiate the purchase contract or cancel the contract.For both the home inspection and appraisal aspects of the purchase contract, consult with a Realtor® for more detailed information.The Johns Team helps home buyers in Thurston County each day make their dream home a reality. Photo courtesy: Chris Johns.Did this seem complicated? Remember, you don’t have to be the experts. Sure, do all the research you can. Become informed. But remember that bicycle I referenced in the beginning of this blog? There’s no reason for you to fall off the home purchase process. With Mortgages Simplified at On Q Financial, you have the right coaches there at your side with every turn of the wheel. We’ll guide you from start to the finish line. All it takes is a KISS.If patience isn’t your virtue, look for my next blog that highlights the benefits of a 15-year loan and how it can turn your home into a giant piggybank!For more information or to contact Chris Johns at On Q Financial, visit www.chrisjohns.onqolympia.com or call (360) 347-8000.NMLS #85440 WA LICENSE #MLO-85440On Q Financial, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS# 5645 / Washington Lender #CL–5645. This material is provided for information and educational purposes only. The material is deemed to be accurate and reliable at the time of being published. This is not an offer for extension of credit or a commitment to lend. Some restrictions may apply.CJ120616068i0000002CoBG.
Chelsea captain John Terry has told talkSPORT that ‘no dialogue’ has taken place about extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.Following the FA Cup victory over MK Dons in February, Terry told reporters that he will leave the west Londoners at the end of the season after being informed he will not be offered an extension on his current deal.The 35-year-old’s contract ends at the end of the campaign and, while Chelsea insisted he may still be offered a new contract, Terry told talkSPORT’s Warren Haughton the situation is no different.The defender, currently out of action with injury, said: “No talks at the moment, but for me the most important thing is Chelsea Football Club and winning games.“You get to the one-year rolling contracts and you don’t take it for granted.“We had the rewards of winning the league last year, you cherish those moments and savour them.“For me, I really hope not but we don’t know at the minute, there’s no dialogue at the moment but that’s not to say there won’t be. Who knows what the future holds.”
Twitter Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Celine Dion sat down for a candid interview with Australian TV news show “The Project”, opening up about the grief she still feels over the death of husband Rene Angelil, who passed away in January 2016 after a battle with cancer.In the interview, Dion discussed how hard it was for her to watch her husband in pain during his final years.“For three years my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube,” said Dion (as reported by the Daily Mail).