Duterte warns he’ll intercede if House squabble risks budget

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president warned Thursday he will intercede and resolve a leadership row in the House of Representatives if the impasse threatens to stall the passage of next year’s budget during the coronavirus crisis.

President Rodrigo Duterte did not elaborate on what he would do if House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Rep. Lord Allan Velasco fail to end their rivalry over leadership of the 300-member legislative chamber. Duterte appeared on TV to air his warning with top military and police officials behind him.

“Either you resolve the issue on your impasse there and pass the budget legally and constitutionally and if you don’t do it, I’ll do it for you,” Duterte said.

“Think of the Filipinos who are in the hospital and need medicine and those who may die at this time without medicine, without anything,” Duterte said, adding he should not be dragged into the leadership squabble.

Velasco said he should assume the speakership by Oct. 14 under a power-sharing deal brokered by Duterte. But Cayetano demanded that Velasco prove he has the backing of most legislators, then abruptly allowed the suspension of congressional sessions until Nov. 16, pre-empting any attempt to wrest control of Congress from him.

Cayetano’s camp steered the initial approval of the proposed 2021 national budget amounting to 4.5 trillion pesos ($90 billion), then announced the congressional break. Several lawmakers protested that they were deprived of their right to scrutinize the budget and called for an immediate resumption of congressional sessions.

Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman said deliberations on the proposed budgets for the Department of Health and other agencies have not been concluded and were overrun by the leadership squabble.

The Philippines has reported the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia at more than 331,000, with more than 6,000 deaths.

Duterte has realigned budgets from the defense department and other agencies and resorted to borrowing to finance massive efforts to address the pandemic and provide aid to millions of people displaced by months of lockdowns and quarantine.

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Duterte warns he’ll intercede if House squabble risks budget

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president warned Thursday he will intercede and resolve a leadership row in the House of Representatives if the impasse threatens to stall the passage of next year’s budget during the coronavirus crisis.

President Rodrigo Duterte did not elaborate on what he would do if House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Rep. Lord Allan Velasco fail to end their rivalry over leadership of the 300-member legislative chamber. Duterte appeared on TV to air his warning with top military and police officials behind him.

“Either you resolve the issue on your impasse there and pass the budget legally and constitutionally and if you don’t do it, I’ll do it for you,” Duterte said.


“Think of the Filipinos who are in the hospital and need medicine and those who may die at this time without medicine, without anything,” Duterte said, adding he should not be dragged into the leadership squabble.

Velasco said he should assume the speakership by Oct. 14 under a power-sharing deal brokered by Duterte. But Cayetano demanded that Velasco prove he has the backing of most legislators, then abruptly allowed the suspension of congressional sessions until Nov. 16, pre-empting any attempt to wrest control of Congress from him.

Cayetano’s camp steered the initial approval of the proposed 2021 national budget amounting to 4.5 trillion pesos ($90 billion), then announced the congressional break. Several lawmakers protested that they were deprived of their right to scrutinize the budget and called for an immediate resumption of congressional sessions.

Opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman said deliberations on the proposed budgets for the Department of Health and other agencies have not been concluded and were overrun by the leadership squabble.

The Philippines has reported the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia at more than 331,000, with more than 6,000 deaths.

Duterte has realigned budgets from the defense department and other agencies and resorted to borrowing to finance massive efforts to address the pandemic and provide aid to millions of people displaced by months of lockdowns and quarantine.

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3 Tips to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

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Over time, you may get tired of the same, old look of your kitchen. You should know that decorating your kitchen doesn’t need a lot of spending. With a modest budget, these 3 simple ideas will freshen up your kitchen space in a heartbeat.

Why Should You Decorate Your Kitchen?

There are several advantages to decorating your kitchen, namely:

  • Kitchen decoration projects take less time and effort than renovation projects.
  • A newly decorated kitchen is a cheaper way to give your home a fresh look.
  • Decorated kitchens inspire and invigorate the home cook, which means more delicious meals.

3 Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen on a Budget

If you want to keep expenses at a minimum, consider these 3 budget-friendly ways to decorate your kitchen:

Use Ceiling Tiles

If you’re tired of looking up at that old, boring ceiling, then try redesigning your ceiling with ceiling tiles. This budget-friendly home decor solution comes in a variety of styles and patterns, such as modern and vintage designs, plain or patterned finishes. Some ceiling tiles, such as the styrofoam tiles, can also be painted to the colour of your choice, so you can customize the look of your kitchen even further. You can also consider using a 3D wall panel to further elevate the kitchen design.

Apply Finishing on Your Cabinets

Applying stain and finish to your cabinets will give your kitchen a fresh look. Cabinet finishes accent the natural look of wood and also protect your cabinet materials.

You can also go with cabinet stains.They bring out the intrinsic beauty of your wood. If you want a lighter look that stays close to the wood’s natural color, choose light stains to see more grains. You are free to opt for dark ones if you prefer a richer color and don’t mind hiding the wood grain.

Add Decorative Elements

These add beauty and functionality to your kitchen. Some essential kitchen decor elements are:

  • Fruit bowls. They make good centerpieces and help organize items on your kitchen counter. A good-looking fruit bowl lets you stack those fruits in a nice pile and give your kitchen a lively splash of colour.
  • Flowers liven up any room. These also make good centerpieces and wall accents. Hang them from the kitchen ceiling or place them on a small wall shelf.

Final Thoughts

These are simple, yet effective ways to transform your kitchen without overspending. With just a few simple touch ups, you can refresh your kitchen and make it your favourite room in the house.

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House and Senate advance amended versions of Virginia budget

Two amended versions of Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed budget bill advanced through their first committees in the Virginia House and Senate on Friday, with some concerns expressed by Republican lawmakers.



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Both versions include additional funding for broadband expansion, assistance for renters and tenants, money for education and allocations to pay for the criminal justice and policing reform bills advancing through the General Assembly.

A lot of initiatives the Virginia Legislature sought to include in the budget before the COVID-19 pandemic still are unfunded, such as pay raises for teachers and state employees, but will be reconsidered in January and adopted if revenue projections allow.

“We entered this Special Session with the mandate to balance a budget facing significantly reduced revenues while funding new policies that will make Virginia a safer, healthier, and more just Commonwealth,” House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Dumfries, said in a joint statement.

“This budget introduced by the House (on Friday) meets our goals,” the statement read. “… We were proud of the historic budget we passed earlier this year. Unfortunately, the economic crisis requires us to defer many of the initiatives we adopted last March. We will be back in session in January with a formal forecast and the opportunity to make further strides toward achieving this majority’s priorities.”

The chambers’ budgets differ on how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. The House version establishes stricter requirements for how the federal funding will be allocated. The Senate version would grant greater discretion to Gov. Ralph Northam.

The Senate version includes a guaranteed $500 bonus for police that would cost about $18.4 billion. Although the House version does not include any guaranteed bonuses, it includes a potential $1,500 bonus for all state employees contingent on the state generating enough revenue.

Republicans in both chambers objected to the budgets funding some of the criminal justice and policing reform bills, many of which were passed with Democratic support and Republican opposition.

During Friday’s committee hearing, Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, said criminal justice reform became too much of a focus during a special session that should have focused on prioritizing budget allocations amid the revenue shortfalls.

Sen. Steve Newman, R-Forest, told The Center Square many of the criminal justice reform bills passed along party lines and he voted against many of them. He does not support them being funded in the budget bill.

Newman said there are other problems with the bills, such as language he said could prevent landlords from initiating the process of evicting tenants. This language also drew concern from Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, who said the language needs some work.

Budget proposals often end up in joint conference committees, with delegates and senators working out the differences. During Friday’s hearing, Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairperson Janet Howell, D-Reston, said this is just the beginning of a long process.

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Clever bathroom transformation hacks for homeowners on a budget

Giving a dated bathroom a much-needed makeover can be expensive.

From swanky new tiles, toilets and tubs to the additional cost of plumbing an installation, a brand new bathroom could set you back thousands of pounds.

But if you’re a homeowner on a budget who wants to give the room a new lease of life without breaking the bank, there are several cheaper options available.

People across across the world are using social media platforms to share their DIY makeover tips and tricks.

When it comes to the bathroom, there’s no shortage of ideas to help you get the look you desire for less.

Some people have achieved dramatic transformations without splashing the cash with items including stick on tiles and bathtub paint.

Others have re-purposed furniture made for other rooms in the house and built their own room accessories from scratch.

Here’s a round up of some of the best budget-friendly tips and ticks the internet has to offer.

Paint your bath

TikTok user @blonderebel decided to repaint her off-yellow bathtub white for a cleaner, more modern look.

In her video she uses a paint brush to apply Rust-Oleum Specialty Tub & Tile Refinishing Kit, revealing the finished look after two coats.

If you’re brave enough to have a go at repainting your bath yourself, you can find bathtub refinishing kits on online retailers for approximately £20 to £40.

Consider stick on tiles

If you’re looking for a quick fix for dated tiles – whether it be for the wall or the floor – consider stick-ons.

Stick on tiles are available in a variety of colours, patterns and textures for around £5 to £40 per pack.

In a short clip, TikTok user @kfoulkes revealed how she used stick-on tiles to transform her bathroom.

She said: “When I moved into my flat there were some tiles with pictures of shells on in the bathroom and I couldn’t afford to re-tile the whole bathroom.

“So, I ordered these tile stickers from Amazon.

“Just chopped them down, stuck them over the old tiles and they’ve worked pretty well.

“They’re waterproof and it was so much cheaper than re-tiling the whole bathroom.”

Make your own bath shelf

A bath shelf (also known as a bath caddy or bath tray) is a piece of wood, plastic or metal that bridges over your bath for extra ‘self care’ storage.

People use the shelf to hold books, candles, soaps, a glass of wine and anything else you might use in the bath to help you unwind and de-stress.

In stores and online, most bath shelves will cost you from £15-£40 but you can make your own for less if you have a spare piece of wood and a few tools.

TikTok user @hammsmom uploaded a video explaining how she made her own.

She begins her project by cutting wood boards to match the width of her bathtub before gluing them together and sanding them down until they’re completely smooth.

She then modifies the shelf by drilling

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Kitchen of the Week: Couple moving out of carvavan into first home had kitchen budget less than $25k

This kitchen, designed by Melanie John of Cube Dentro for first-home owners moving into a new house, received the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award for a kitchen under $25,000.

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This kitchen, designed by Melanie John of Cube Dentro for first-home owners moving into a new house, received the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award for a kitchen under $25,000.

The owners of this new house in Glenbrook, Auckland lived in a caravan for two years to save enough money for their first home.

And of course there was a tight budget when it came to the kitchen design, says Melanie John of Cube Dentro in Takanini. “Their budget was around $20,000, but the kitchen came in closer to $22,000. But they were very happy with it.”

And John was happy also to see her project win the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award 2020 for a kitchen under $25,000.

Melanie John says she "future proofed" the house, providing more storage than the first-homeowners' current requirements.

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Melanie John says she “future proofed” the house, providing more storage than the first-homeowners’ current requirements.

“In a simple kitchen, details matter,” the judges said. “This kitchen is the perfect example of why. The attention to detail has lifted the space, from the benchtop with the negative detail, through to the lining up of the fridge with the joinery. This is good value for the budget, with a fantastic execution of pallet and texture.”

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John says the design brief from the young couple was quite different from the finished kitchen. “One of the owners is a draughtsman for the company that built the house, and he just gave us the standard spec-home plans with a spec kitchen.

‘THERE’S NO WAY WE’RE GOING TO GIVE YOU THAT’

“When they came in, I said there’s no way we’re going to give you that. You have come to us to design your kitchen, and we don’t do standard spec kitchens.

“His partner was thrilled to hear that, and they just said, ‘OK, for it’, so I had pretty much free rein. The kitchen did need to reflect the owners’ penchant for clean lines, attention to detail and balance, however.

Engineered stone benchtops wrap over the sides of the island, but don't extend far down.

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Engineered stone benchtops wrap over the sides of the island, but don’t extend far down.

“It also needed to remain a practical space to work in as the clients start their journey on the property ladder. Because they had been living in the caravan, they didn’t have many items to bring into the kitchen, so we ‘future proofed’ it, providing plenty storage appropriate for the three-bedroom house – there’s a pantry with a benchtop on the right side for small appliances, and another large one next to the fridge.”

As the house is in a new coastal subdivision, the concept needed to reflect the light, bright, beachy surroundings.

“The challenge was to incorporate all of these requirements while delivering a space that conveyed a designer feel over “first home spec build”.

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Incoming House speaker warns of ‘deep budget cuts’ coming to Florida government programs

Florida’s incoming House speaker warned members of the South Florida Business Council this week that in order to weather the “massive financial hit” the state sustained from the pandemic, there will need to be “significant cuts to the budget.”

Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Palm Harbor Republican who is in line to become the speaker of the Florida House of Representatives for two years in November, hinted that the budget austerity needed to recover from the coronavirus-induced recession would take “three to four years to get back to where we are,” but he was optimistic Florida would be in better shape than other states.

“We’ve had an obviously massive financial hit to the state, not unlike the businesses we’ve seen interrupted or closed during this period of time in COVID, which is going to create a significant challenge for us,’’ Sprowls told the virtual webinar of about 250 members of the council, which includes members of the chambers of commerce in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

“The only way to kind of weather that storm and get the state back on its feet is going to mean significant cuts to the budget,’’ he said.“ There’s going to be businesses and restaurants that unfortunately never open their doors again here in Florida, and that’s going to take a toll on the economy.”

A survey of the group’s members before the event found that 64% said that COVID-19 is the top issue facing Florida.

But, in keeping with Florida’s Republican governor and incoming Senate president, all of whom are Trump supporters devoted to helping the incumbent president win re-election, Sprowls refrained from discussing some of the darker details related to the COVID-induced troubles in the state’s budget.

For example, Florida economists say the state faces faces a $5.4 billion budget deficit over the next two years that will necessitate the budget cuts. The governor has suspended COVID-related evictions and mortgage foreclosures five times, the latest expiring on Oct. 1 and the decision has left a housing industry in limbo with no promise for what could happen to the hundreds of thousands of families who don’t have the money to pay their owed back rent.

Sprowls also avoided any mention of the state’s unemployment rolls, a number that shows signs of improving in August but which remains at 7.4% compared to the pre-COVID record lows. And he said nothing about the fate of the state’s unemployment fund, which by Election Day could run out of cash to pay benefits to jobless workers.

Legislators on the sideline

As the coronanvirus barreled into Florida, shuttering businesses in the peak of the summer tourist season and infecting nearly 700,000 residents, Sprowls and other Republican legislative leaders have left the spotlight to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

This month, Sprowls and incoming Senate President Wilton Simpson penned an op-ed addressing another issue not often touched by Republicans: a call for better floodplain management in the face of sea level rise.

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40 Home Improvement Ideas for Those On A Budget

Need to do some updates around the house but think you lack the funds for any worthwhile home improvement projects? It is true that home repair and renovation can be expensive, but there are also some cool things you can do on the cheap. Check out these step by step tutorials for some inexpensive ways to update and improve your home, but on a budget. From DIY kitchen decor ideas to ways to update your bathroom on a budget, cheap living room decor to bedroom furniture, you are sure to find one or more projects to try out this weekend. Recently, I updated my bathroom vanity using the concrete countertop suggestion, and it looks so amazing. Trying to decide which easy home improvement project to tackle next, and super excited knowing I have some affordable options. Cheap home renovation projects and home improvement ideas that are sure to fit your budget, there is now no excuse for not having the home of your dreams.

1. Paint Your Cabinets

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Are you thinking about updating your kitchen, namely your kitchen cabinets? Repainting them is easy, but only if you know what you are doing. Proper surface prep is crucial if you want this home improvement project to turn out right. Learn how with this step by step tutorial with this DIY idea for kitchen cabinets.

2. Faux Shiplap Backsplash with Peel ‘n Stick Flooring

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Another easy home improvement project idea that you can make without spending a ton of money or time, this faux shiplap backsplash tutorial uses adhesive flooring to create an easy backsplash. No serious woodworking or carpentry skills required and of course, no tile cutter needed. If you love the look of a pretty tile backsplash, but can’t exactly lay tile yourself or afford it, try this cool tutorial. For DIY countertops you’ll love, look no further than this cool home improvement hack.

3. DIY Your Old Bathroom Cabinets

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If you are suffering with dated looking cabinets in the bathroom or kitchen that look 80’s faux oak here’s a special DIY just for you! Of all the DIY home improvement ideas we’ve seen lately, this one is truly a standout. If you are going for a high impact DIY project for the bathroom, one that is cheap to do but worth your time and money, check out this step by step tutorial for a bathroom cabinet makeover. Make old cabinets look new with this cool technique. For the DIY bathroom of your dreams, this project will definitely have you on your way.

4. Easy DIY Window Trim

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No special fancy tools or hardware required for this easy DIY window trim. I really thought you needed a contractor to do anything remotely like this, or at least needed serious woodworking skills. Before you go thinking the same thing for any longer, go check out this easy step by step tutorial that should prove to you that installing a window frame yourself is totally doable. Home improvement

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If you’ve got woodworking skills, why not challenge yourself to build a bathroom vanity unit out of reclaimed wood? The great thing about this project is you can build the unit to fit any space exactly, and add as many drawers and shelves as you like.



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If you find your essentials are always out of reach when you’re having a bath, why not make your own caddy tray out of a plank of wood? It’s perfect for balancing everything from your book to a scented candle – and maybe even a glass of wine. Bliss.



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