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Canada introduces new gun control measures

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Handguns are seen for sale in a display case at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/JIM YOUNG

Canada’s federal liberals have unveiled long-awaited gun control measures.

They included tougher background checks, including screening people with a history of violence.

Proposed measures also include making retailers keep records of gun inventories and sales and giving police access to the records when warranted.

Crime rates in Canada have been on a long decline but gun-related homicides and gun violence have increased. — Reuters

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PHL Embassy: No mushroom picker jobs available in Canada for OFWs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: A temporary foreign worker sorts mushrooms at the Highline Mushrooms farm. REUTERS

The Philippine Embassy in Canada has refuted reports of a Canadian mushroom farm looking to hire mushroom pickers and offering CAD 3,000 as salary.

“Sa ngayon po, ayon sa POEA, hindi nag-re-recruit ang POEA ng mushroom picker o anumang trabaho sa Canada. Wala pong accredited recruitment agency at POEA-approved job contract or agency or employer dito sa Canada sa ngayon. Hindi rin po sakop ng exceptions ng batas ang direct hiring papuntang Canada,” Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronilo Garica explained.

(POEA is not recruiting mushroom pickers or for any job positions in Canada at the moment. There is currently no accredited recruitment agency and POEA-approved job contract or agency or employer in Canada. Direct hiring to Canada is not covered by exemptions of the law. )

Reports of a job opening for mushroom pickers in Canada caused a buzz recently as the alleged employment promised more than P150,000 pesos monthly salary and an opportunity for permanent residency.

Migrant workers’ group Migrante Canada explained that the real working condition of foreign workers in the country is not as “pleasurable” as everybody seems to think.

“Underpaid, working long hours. Sa mga lumapit sa amin…ang kwento sa amin ng mga kababayan natin, minsan 12 to 16 hours tapos one day lang yung day-off nila. So talagang over worked yung mga kababayan natin,” said Bayani Edades, a solidarity officer of Migrante Canada.

(Underpaid, working long hours. Those who come to us talk of 12 to 16 hours of work with only one day off. They really are overworked.)

Edades added that the Canadian government offers permanent residency only to highly skilled workers and to those who are enrolled in temporary training programs.

Only caregivers for elderly and children are the ones eligible for permanent residency with the chance of being approved for citizenship.

Maria Sol Pajadura, chairperson of Migrante Canada, explained that time and again they have encountered migrants being lured by illegal recruiters and provided with fake documents.

“Pina-process namin sa CIC iyong work permit. Pero at the end, malalaman na ng worker na wala na silang status dito sa Canada. That’s why we cannot divulge their names dahil undocumented na sila,” Pajadura said.

(We process their work permits at CIC. But at the end, the worker would find out that they have no status in Canada. That’s why we cannot divulge their names because they are now undocumented.)

Meanwhile, in an email sent to UNTV by Ryan Koeslag, the Executive Vice President of Canadian Mushroom Growers, clarified that those who want to work in Canada, whichever sector it may be, should strictly follow the legal mechanism imposed by the Canadian government on foreign workers.

For its part, the Philippine Embassy, as always, vowed to extend all the necessary assistance to Filipino workers in Canada who in turn are victims of illegal recruiters. — Noel PoliarcoUNTV News & Rescue

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US legislators pass bill to help curb campus shooting

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol, hours before an expected vote to repeal Obamacare in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation to help schools and local law enforcement prevent gun violence, one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people.

The House passed the bill by a vote of 407-10, sending it to the Senate for consideration.

“Congress actually took action today to not just do something but to start addressing the problem with a strong bill — the Stop School Violence Act that gives students, teachers and law enforcement more tools to actively identify a potential shooter before a tragedy,” Louisiana representative Steve Scalise said.

The House-passed bill would authorize federal grants, totaling $50 million a year, to fund training, anonymous reporting systems, threat assessments, intervention teams and school and police coordination.

The measure, however, would not allow any of the funding to be used for arming teachers or other school personnel. The White House said the legislation would be improved by lifting that restriction.

Since that massacre, student protesters have successfully lobbied for tighter gun controls in Florida.

Hundreds of them gathered outside the capitol on Wednesday to take their argument to a US Congress that has long resisted placing new limits on firearms and gun sales.

“I came out here to let Congress know and let the president know that I want more thorough gun control and they should start to listen to us,” said Semret Hailie, a high school student.

“We’re we’re turning our backs against the people who won’t stand up for us. We’re hoping that will get their attention and they will start to represent what we’re fighting for,” said Catherine, a high school student at Potomac, Maryland.

The House bill does not address many of the gun control initiatives backed by students, teachers, and families of shooting victims at the Florida school.— Reuters

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Miss Universe 2017 and other candidates visit tourist spots in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_120617_Miss Universe in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – A week after the Miss Universe 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, newly-crowned Queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa flew to the Philippines.

She was joined by Miss Universe 2017 candidates from different countries including India, Singapore, Spain, Russia, Netherlands, South Korea, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, Malaysia and China.

Alongside them was Miss Philippines Rachel Peters and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France.

They were in the country to explore the beauty of the Philippines.

Earlier Wednesday, they visited some popular destinations in Manila.

They first went to the famous Rizal Park then toured the historical site of Intramuros.

Nel-Peters said she enjoyed their first day of tour in the country and the warm welcome of Pinoys.

“I think Manila has been everything I heard it would be. All the love that I’ve been receiving on social media has just come to life over here so it’s so exciting to be here,” Nel-Peters said.

Meanwhile, Filipino fans are really delighted to see the lovely ladies.

“We were really surprised that Miss Universe together with the other contestants are here! They are all beautiful po,” said Andrei Roque, a fan.

“I just saw them on the TV, on the screen but in person, they are really beautiful. They are really fantastic people,” said another fan, Lourdes Bosito.

The beauty queens who were tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism are set to visit other places in the country including Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin. – Leslie Longboen | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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