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Wisconsin protesters terrorize residents by throwing rocks into homes after shooting decision

Demonstrators wreaked havoc on a suburban Wisconsin neighborhood late Wednesday, smashing the windows of homes, presumably rousing people from their beds, during the civil unrest that unfolded after prosecutors announced they would not charge a Black Wauwatosa police officer for fatally shooting a Black teenager outside a shopping mall in February.

Wauwatosa Police said they deployed tear gas at least twice late Wednesday into early Thursday after crowds failed to disperse in the suburb outside Milwaukee despite officers declaring an unlawful assembly multiple times. The department retweeted a video from Town Hall reporter Julio Rosas showing demonstrators smashing storefronts along Swan Boulevard and W. North Avenue.

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Police had urged residents in the area to shelter in their homes, lock their doors and move away from their windows as a crowd of demonstrators swept the area, throwing large rocks at law enforcement.

Another video shared by Rosas and retweeted by the department appeared to show people throwing rocks and smashing the windows of houses during an unlawful assembly. Some in the crowd tried to stop others from targeting residents, and someone is heard shouting: “Hey, that’s somebody’s home!”

Police said they would support the National Guard and Mutual Aid to establish a protective perimeter around Wauwatosa City Hall.

“What started as a protest has become a large disturbance of public order that has caused property damage, and is threatening to cause injury to persons. The Wauwatosa Police has ordered dispersal, and has not obtained compliance,” Wauwatosa Police tweeted. “While not all members of the group intend harm, everyone must disperse immediately. Police are working to disperse this group.”

Wauwatosa Police and Mutual Aid officers also responded to multiple reckless vehicles on main roads in Wauwatosa. There were reports of high rates of

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OSG asks SC to reverse decision allowing foreign contractors to work in private, gov’t projects

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Supreme Court to reverse its decision which allows foreign contractors to obtain licenses and participate in government or private projects in the country.

In a statement on Sunday, the OSG said that it filed a 29-page motion for reconsideration, where it argued that the limitations on the participation of foreigners in the contracting industry must be retained “to protect the interests of Filipino contractors and workers.”

The motion was signed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, Assistant Solicitor General Ma. Antonia Edita Dizon and State Solicitor II Perfecto Adelfo Chua Chen.

“Allowing the issuance of regular license to foreign contractors would result to unbridled influx of foreign contractors to the detriment of local contractors in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including the concerned professionals and Filipino workers, among others,” the OSG said in the motion, which was filed on behalf of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB).

The motion comes after the High Court, in a decision promulgated March 10 but released only on Aug. 26, upheld a lower court resolution that declared void a provision of Republic Act 4566 or the  Contractors Licensing Law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), which classifies the licenses that may be issued by the PCAB  to contractors into regular and special license.

Under Section 3.1 of the IRR, companies with at least 60 percent Filipino equity participation can be granted a regular license, which gives them continuing authority to engage in many contracting activities throughout a one-year period. Foreign firms can only be granted a special license, and they need to have a separate license for each contracting activity.

This regulation, according to the SC, is “a deterrent to the foreign players in the construction industry.”

According to the OSG, the

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SolGen asks SC to reverse decision favoring foreign contractors



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The Office of the Solicitor General is asking the Supreme Court to reverse its decision that allows foreign construction firms to secure regular Philippine licenses.

In a 29-page motion for reconsideration, the OSG argued that limitations on foreign participation in the contracting industry should be upheld to protect the interests of Filipino contractors and workers.

“Allowing the issuance of regular license to foreign contractors would result [in] unbridled influx of foreign contractors to the detriment of local contractors in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), including the concerned professionals and Filipino workers, among others,” the OSG said in its motion.

OSG’s motion was signed by Solicitor General Jose Calida, Assistant Solicitor General Ma. Antonia Edita Dizon, and State Solicitor II Perfecto Adelfo Chua Cheng. It was filed on behalf of the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB).

The motion comes as the Supreme Court, in a decision promulgated March 10, upheld a lower court resolution that voided the Section 3, Rule 3 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act. 4566.

Under this, companies with at least 60% Filipino can be granted a regular license, while foreign firms can only be granted a special license which is needed for each contracting activity.

According to the OSG, the IRR already allows foreign firms to have “regular license with annotation,” provided they have a capitalization of at least P1 billion.

“Should the assailed provision in the IRR be nullified, the easier entry of foreign contractors will allow foreign contractors to compete with local MSME contractors in relatively similar projects,” said the OSG.

Citing data from the PCAB, the OSG said a total of 12,931 special licenses were issued from July 2015 to December 2019.

Out of the total, 12,448 were issued for joint ventures

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Qatar- Nod for draft decision on panel for evaluation of contractors

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision to establish a technical committee regarding the classification and evaluation of contractors, suppliers and service providers, Qatar News Agency reported.
This came at the Cabinet’s regular meeting at the Amiri Diwan, which was chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.
Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi issued a statement on the details of the proceedings.
The above-mentioned technical committee is concerned with providing technical advisory opinion on the classification and evaluation of the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers stipulated in the tenders and auctions law and its implementing regulations, particularly expressing opinion in the following matters:
1- Proposing rules, standards, and determinations for classifying and evaluating the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers in all specialties.
2- Requesting classification, reclassification, classification amendment, and determination of the class for each company.
3- Adding new specialisations to the existing specialisations in the classification system.
4- Creating forms for classification and reclassification for contractors, suppliers and service providers.
5- Complaints lodged against rating applications, and corporate performance evaluation.
The committee submits its recommendations to the department concerned with regulating government procurement at the Ministry of Finance.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to join the following:
1- The framework agreement to establish the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
2- A new working group in the field of renewable energy within the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC).
3- The Arab Renewable Energy Commission.
Further, the Cabinet gave its nod to a draft protocol amending the agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and the

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Nod for draft decision on panel for evaluation of contractors

The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision to establish a technical committee regarding the classification and evaluation of contractors, suppliers and service providers, Qatar News Agency reported.
This came at the Cabinet’s regular meeting at the Amiri Diwan, which was chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.
Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi issued a statement on the details of the proceedings.
The above-mentioned technical committee is concerned with providing technical advisory opinion on the classification and evaluation of the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers stipulated in the tenders and auctions law and its implementing regulations, particularly expressing opinion in the following matters:
1- Proposing rules, standards, and determinations for classifying and evaluating the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers in all specialties.
2- Requesting classification, reclassification, classification amendment, and determination of the class for each company.
3- Adding new specialisations to the existing specialisations in the classification system.
4- Creating forms for classification and reclassification for contractors, suppliers and service providers.
5- Complaints lodged against rating applications, and corporate performance evaluation.
The committee submits its recommendations to the department concerned with regulating government procurement at the Ministry of Finance.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to join the following:
1- The framework agreement to establish the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
2- A new working group in the field of renewable energy within the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC).
3- The Arab Renewable Energy Commission.
Further, the Cabinet gave its nod to a draft protocol amending the agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and the government of Guernsey regarding

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