32 LOCAL EXECS SUPPORT NPA? Rebels helped them win in midterm polls – PRO-6

first_imgFifteen of these candidates won eitheras mayors or members of the Sangguniang Bayan in Iloilo and Capiz, said Batara. ILOILO City – Thirty-two elected localofficials in Western Visayas enjoyed the support of the New People’s Army (NPA)in the May midterm elections, according to the Police Regional Office 6(PRO-6). Are these officials now paying the rebels back with support, too? During elections, NPA rebels are knownto impose “permit to campaign fees” on candidates intending to enterrebel-influenced areas. Malong acknowledged it would bedifficult to prove that these local officials are now paying the insurgentsback with monetary or logistical support unless witnesses surface. Of these 32 officials, 11 were electedmayor and six were elected vice mayor, she added. In the months leading to the Maypolls, certain candidates were “consistently monitored to be giving support tothe NPA, including some candidates who gave in on the rebels’ ‘permit to win’and ‘permit to campaign’ (fees),” Batara said. The rebels campaigned for them, saidPRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Joem Malong, citing intelligence reports. Furthermore, Batara said, localgovernment units (LGUs), particularly the local chief executives, shouldspearhead efforts to end the insurgency problem. “We are monitoring them,” she said. The same law further criminalizes thefinancing of terrorism. In particular, it freezes and forfeits the property orfunds of those designated terrorists or terrorist organizations. This is donein order to prevent and suppress terrorist activities. “If we have gathered enough concreteevidence, appropriate charges would be filed against them,” including forterrorism, Batara said. Under Republic Act (RA) 10168,terrorism is considered inimical and dangerous to the country’s nationalsecurity. Terrorism is, thus, condemned, including those who support andfinance acts of terrorism.center_img The figures of the PRO-6 were not farfrom those of the Philippine Army. In Iloilo province, the rebelssupported five mayors, two vice mayors and nine municipal councilors while inCapiz, they campaigned for four mayors, two vice mayors and three towncouncilors, said Malong. The 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB)monitored 37 candidates who financially supported the NPA, according toLieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, battalion commander. In Negros Occidental, two electedmayors, two vice mayors, two municipal councilors, and a provincial boardmember enjoyed the backing of the NPA, said Malong. “We are warning these local officialsto stop supporting rebels,” said Malong. “We need physical evidence to pin themdown,” said Malong. Local officials proven to besupportive of rebels face criminal and administrative charges. “We have identified them,” accordingto the PRO-6 spokesperson but she declined to name them. Under Section 4 of RA 10168, personsfound guilty of terrorist financing “shall suffer the penalty of reclusiontemporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua”and be made to pay a fine of not less than P500,000 nor more than P1 million. The United States and European Unionhave labeled the NPA and its political body, the Communist Party of thePhilippines, as an international terror organization. (With areport from the Philippine News Agency/PN)last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Defeat Lady Raiders On The Court

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs opened the 2018 season in commanding fashion handling the raiders in minimal sets and closing the dog pound early.JV had the early start @ 5:30, and showed signs of their youth and first game jitters.  There were 8 serving error on our side in the first 15 point of the set.  Cooler heads prevailed down the line as things calmed down and the home crowd settled in.  Nikki Fox #23 settled in for 6 aces of her own while Kerrigan Haskamp #19 racked up 4 kills.  End result was JV Dogs in two by 25-15 & 25-13.In the Varsity match the same scenario unfolded.  First game jitters saw us give up 15 unforced errors to South Ripley’s only two earned points.  In set two we narrowed our error margin down to 10 given and in set three only gave 8 away.  For first game and allot of new varsity players this year, the home opener is a good win.  We had a very well rounded offense with multiple platers  getting kills and Aces.  Macy Prickel #5 and Abigail Westerfeld # 17each nailed 7 kills, and Macy had the team high 6 aces for the evening.  Setting the pace for the offense to be effective was Kylie Laker #7 totaling 28 assits for the night.  Batesville in 3 sets:  25-17, 25-18, 25-12.Back in Action tomorrow evening at the Dog Pound, hosting Madison with a 5:00 JV start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

CS Matiangi orders disarmament of Nairobi County Assembly staff

first_imgHe also criticised the incessant fighting between members of the Nairobi County Assembly has become a nuisance noting that drastic measures need be taken to end the insanity at the county assembly.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered the immediate disarmament of staff at the Nairobi County Assembly just hours after violent altercations at the assembly left an MCA nursing injuries.He disclosed that so far 14 firearms have been confiscated by the government.Speaking during the launch a book documenting Kenya’s journey in police reforms authored by former inspector general of police Joseph Boinett, Matiang’i at the same time condemned violence meted on the public by police officers.Also Read  President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.Sudan This comes a day after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji directed Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) police to carry out thorough investigations into the matter and forward resultant file to his Office for appropriate direction.Mlango Kubwa MCA Patricia Mutheu was clobbered by police during chaos that erupted at City Hall that started when a section of MCAs attempted to serve Speaker Beatrice Elachi with an impeachment notice.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleOver 80 MCAs had signed the impeachment notice accusing speaker Elachi of among others abuse of office and divisive leadership.They also wanted to serve Elachi with a court order suspending the appointment of Edward Gichana as the clerk of the Assembly.Viral photos showed four police officers flogging the MCA.center_img In what he termed as a candid conversation the CS disclosed that he will be presenting the matter before the National Security Advisory Committee to seek advice on how to deal with the manace once and for all.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next week According to Dr. Matiang’i the government cannot continue using a large contingency of Police officers to man the county assembly when other Nairobi residents need their services too.last_img read more

Linda Lou Connall, 73

first_imgLinda Lou Connall, 73, of Greensburg, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Aspen Place Health Campus.  She was born on March 22, 1946 in Knoxville, TN, the daughter of William and Ruth (Pollard) McClain.  She was a 1964 graduate of St. Paul High School.  On August 1, 1965 she married Charlie Bill Connall. They spent 53 years together until he preceded her in death on July 5, 2019.Linda & Charlie Bill set up housekeeping in a cozy trailer on County Road 350 West.  A short time later they moved to a farm house just a few miles up the road where they lived for 38 years. It was in that farmhouse on the hill that they raised their girls.  The family enjoyed many vacations together, youth group functions at church and sporting events of the girls that Charlie Bill & Linda were always involved in. Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren and continued the tradition of family time and making memories with each of them. Family time was of utmost importance to Linda.  She was a wonderful homemaker for her family and caregiver of all who walked through the door.  For approximately 25 years, Linda operated a day care in their home where at least 40 different children were entrusted to her care over the years.  Linda loved taking care of her “babies”. It is by Linda’s example that her daughters learned to love & care for not only their own families but those in need. Linda’s strong faith in God also laid the groundwork for their children/spouses and grandchildren to put their trust in God and His provisions. For several years, Linda and Charlie Bill ran their own “part time” business together, Country Cellar Ceramics. Their plans for retirement took a new direction when, in 2005, Linda was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Their love and commitment to each other never wavered. It was a true example of what a marriage partnership should look like. Having one true love to last a lifetime is rare for many. Finally, 14 years later, Linda is at peace again and resting in the arms of her Savior and enjoying that “retirement” with her Charlie Bill.Survivors include her daughters – Charity Ann (Doug) Banks, Sarah Louise (Rick) Eckert, and Rachel Colleen Adams (Bo Loggan); Her 6 grandchildren – Cody Banks, Christin Banks, Rebekah Netherton, Conner Eckert, Xavier Adams and Gabriella Adams; Her brother William C. McClain; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was also preceded in death by her parents.A visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Friday, August 9, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Star Baptist Church with Rev. Perry Cook officiating. Burial will follow at the Star Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorial contributions can be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or to the Star Baptist Cemetery.  Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

Rice undergoing cancer treatment

first_img Belfast-born Rice started his career in the Arsenal academy and went on to lead the side in the 1979 FA Cup final win over Manchester United, before the Northern Ireland defender moved into coaching after finishing his playing career at Watford. The 64-year-old stood down from his role as assistant manager to Arsene Wenger at the end of last season, a position he had held since the Frenchman arrived in 1996. A club statement read: “We can sadly confirm Pat Rice is in hospital receiving treatment for cancer. “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club sends him our best wishes. Our thoughts are with Pat and his family.” Arsenal have offered their support to former captain and assistant manager Pat Rice, who is undergoing treatment for cancer in hospital. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers denies gap is growing

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers denies there is a growing imbalance between what his club can achieve in the transfer window compared to Manchester United. “It wasn’t for the want of trying that the club looked to do that but we end up with the squad we have and we will improve those players with the staff like we have done over the last couple of years. “We believe there is talent which has come into here that will grow over the next number of years to show they are top-class talents. “Consequently the team will improve.” Rodgers, who has spoken to owners Fenway Sports Group about “a couple of things” associated with potential January transfers, will get a chance to assess one model over the other on Sunday when he takes his side to Old Trafford for a match in which defeat would see them slip 10 points behind the current third-place team. Having gone out of the Champions League in midweek after failing to beat Basle the Reds boss has found himself under more scrutiny but he insists it is of little consequence for him. “All you can do is affect what is happening inside your club and on the training ground and work even harder to turn it around and if we can do that then of course the attitude changes,” he said. “The only way you can do that is by winning games and performing well and that is our attitude to move forward for the rest of the season.” The Northern Irishman could be boosted ahead of Sunday with the return of Mario Balotelli, a £16million summer signing who has not featured since November 8 after sustaining a groin injury on international duty. Midfielder Adam Lallana is likely to be included despite breaking ribs just over a week ago while defender Kolo Toure is expected to be fit after missing the Basle match with a groin problem. Rodgers targeted Alexis Sanchez as his big-money man to replace the departed Luis Suarez but lost out to Arsenal and ultimately spent £120million on eight acquisitions to strengthen his squad. But while United’s key players have started to kick into gear, putting together a five-match winning run, none of Liverpool’s summer arrivals have come close to making such an impact. Asked whether United’s transfer capabilities were now considerably outstripping Liverpool’s Rodgers replied: “Not really, no. “For us at Liverpool we don’t compare to anyone, we look to ourselves and all you can do is make sure you remain solid inside of your work. “There will always be things written on the outside and spoken about by people paid and unpaid to be critics but you can’t really affect that. “They (United) have some outstanding players. They had a good squad before that but they have brought in some very good players and got a very experienced manager leading them. “But my focus is only on the players we were able to get and work with them.” Questioned about whether, in hindsight, it would have been better to add some top quality rather than just padding out the squad with potential stars of the future Rodgers added: “That is what the club tried to do. Press Association However, he accepts their arch-rivals were far more successful in securing big-name signings in the summer than he was with his own targets. United brought in Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for close to £60million, striker Radamel Falcao on loan on reported wages of £265,000-a-week with a £43.5million option to buy at the end of the season, midfielder Ander Herrera (£29million) and left-back Luke Shaw (£27million) and supplemented them with Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind at a combined £30million. last_img read more

Window poised for low-key finale

first_img The general theme of this transfer window has been restraint, but there has been some activity from teams looking to add the missing pieces required to achieve their seasonal goals. Reigning champions Manchester City have added undoubted firepower in Wilfried Bony and one of the deals which should go through on Monday is Chelsea’s purchase of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. That could be comfortably the biggest deal completed on the day, with the sides chasing the top four Premier League places unlikely to be heavily involved in any last-gasp moves. Arsenal’s defensive strengthening appears to be done following the acquisition of Gabriel Paulista, and Manchester United will probably wait for the summer to start spending big again. Southampton could bring in one of Ronald Koeman’s targets, with Tonny Vilhena or Filip Djuricic possibly taking Jack Cork’s place in the Saints squad after he moved on to Swansea, while Tottenham are more likely to move on fringe players than bring in fresh faces. Aaron Lennon could continue the White Hart Lane exodus to strugglers Hull and link up with former Spurs team-mates Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore as Steve Bruce looks to keep the Tigers in the top flight. Whether any other relegation-threatened side does any deadline day business remains to be seen but QPR boss Harry Redknapp may be busy as usual as the Rs look to reinvest the money received from Jordon Mutch’s departure to Crystal Palace. Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham and Mark Noble of West Ham are rumoured targets. Budgetary issues mean the likes of Aston Villa, Leicester and Burnley are unlikely to be doing any late business, with Sunderland’s move for Jermain Defoe not only likely to be their main deal but also the masterstroke of the whole window. Liverpool will feel as though they have unveiled their own new signing as Daniel Sturridge returned from a five-month injury hiatus to score in the win over West Ham on Saturday, with the Hammers’ own attempts to sign Darren Fletcher from Manchester United apparently futile. Mark Hughes could dip his toes into the transfer market after Stoke were rocked by a serious injury to Bojan Krkic, who will now be missing for the remainder of the campaign. Swansea’s primary task seems to be keeping hold of French striker Bafetimbi Gomis, having already lost Bony. Press Association For all the tension, drama, rumour and speculation usually associated with transfer deadline day, the conclusion of the winter transfer window is shaping up to be a bit of an anti-climax. Newcastle have placed John Carver in charge until the end of the season but no new faces on the playing staff are expected, while former Magpies manager Alan Pardew has already welcomed four signings since taking over at Crystal Palace. Yaya Sanogo, Shola Ameobi, Pape Suoare and Mutch have all been added to the ranks at Selhurst Park so Monday may be just another day for chairman Steve Parish. Everton have struggled this season and have sold Samuel Eto’o, with manager Roberto Martinez more likely to rely on Romelu Lukaku – who scored the winner at Palace over the weekend – rather than enter the market. Meanwhile former Palace boss Tony Pulis, now at the helm at West Brom, could make a push for Fletcher following the breakdown of his talks with West Ham as he looks to add to last week’s signing of winger Callum McManaman from Wigan. last_img read more

Strip club forced to shutdown after opening under claims that it is a restaurant

first_imgA Houston area strip club was forced to shutdown this week after it opened it’s doors under the guise of a restaurant.Police say they shutdown Club Onyx early Friday morning much the dismay of the club’s owner who called it a restaurant with entertainment services.The owner told police that the facility was allowed to reopen because it fell under the new executive order that allowed for restaurants to operate at a limited capacity as long as social distancing measure were being followed.The owner also explained that the entertainers wore face mask and were not giving out lab dances which limited their exposure to others.Despite the owner’s understanding of the executive order, police threatened to fine him if he did not shutdown the establishment, which he eventually did.The owner also spoke to area reporters saying he is disappointed in the decision.last_img read more

Other Sports Simone Biles Eyes Gold Medal Sweep, Aims To Break Tally Of Most World Championships Medals

first_imgStuttgart: Simone Biles can break the all-time record for most world championships medals this weekend, but for the US gymnastics queen, it’s about keeping calm and staying focused. Under a year out from the Tokyo Olympics, the 22-year-old is the undisputed star of the Stuttgart championships and receives huge cheers whenever she performs. Biles won the women’s all-around title on Thursday, the fifth time she has won the event, leaving her on 22 worlds medals, one short of male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23. Having also won team gold in Stuttgart, Biles feels “more confident than I did in Rio”, where she won four Olympic golds in 2016, and could potentially finish this weekend with six world golds from her six events.  However, she refuses to put herself under pressure for this weekend’s vault, beam, uneven bars and floor finals, saying simply “we just have to see”. Biles has repeatedly refused to regard herself as the greatest gymnast of all time. “Everyone puts that on me, I don’t really put it on myself,” she told reporters. Her coach Laurent Landi urged Biles to “calm down” as she closed in on Thursday’s all-around gold and the Frenchman says he is proud of the consistency she has shown in Stuttgart.  “Now, we will see how it goes in the finals,” he added. As the reigning Olympic and world champion, Biles is favourite to win Saturday’s vault final, but faces tough competition later that day on the uneven bars. Her challengers are current world champion Nina Derwael of Belgium and Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz, who finished ahead of Biles on Thursday.  “I just want to take a nice bar routine for her (Biles) and whatever happens, happens,” said Landi.”There are some great names and it will be very, very tough for her to get a medal.” Biles is also favourite to win Sunday’s floor final, but has a point to prove in the day’s beam final, on which she has so far been impressive in Stuttgart.  She had to settle for bronze in the discipline at last year’s world championships in Doha and her only blip at the 2016 Olympics was in the same event. A rare mistake, when she grabbed the beam, left her in bronze place, and it is something she has learnt from.Also Read | Dipa Karmakar injures knee, withdraws from Doha Gymnastics World Cup”You have to have a good day and unfortunately it wasn’t my best day or performance in Rio, I have learnt from that going into these performances,” she said.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

West Genesee boys bowlers break skid with back-to-back victories

first_imgEach of the West Genesee bowling teams took part in a pair of Salt City Athletic Conference matches at Solvay Recreation Alleys prior to the holiday break.In last Thursday’s match against Auburn, the boys Wildcats found success, breaking a four-match skid by sweeping the Maroons 3-0 for its first victory of the season.Richard Wituszynski started with a 202, added games of 182 and 157 and finished with a 548 series, tops among individuals.Calvin Lee shot a 191 game in the middle of his 496 series, while Bobby Bidwell started with a 192 on his way to a 494 set. No one on Auburn’s roster could produce a series better than Alexander Guzewicz’s 471 total.WG’s girls lost 3-0, with Lorelai Leskoske leading the Wildcats thanks to a three-game total of 406. Gabbie Gardner had a 404 series, with Rebecca Wituszynski getting a 385 set. Auburn’s Kaylee Hodson led her side with a 470 series.A day later, WG hosted Baldwinsville, and once again the boys Wildcats prevailed, holding off the Bees by a 2-1 margin.Bidwell finished with games of 204 and 196 in his 554 series. Richard Wituszynski had a 182 game in the middle of his 519 series.Deano Procopio earned a 493 series, just ahead of the 476 series from Connor Chawgo and the 465 series from Lee. On B’ville’s side, Dylan Love led with a 514 series.Meanwhile, the girls Wildcats could not get a point against B’ville in a 3-0 defeat. Rebecca Wituszynski’s 386 series was just ahead of Gardner (365 series) and Leskoske (354 series), far off the 524 series from the Bees’ Amelia Ponto.Before all this, WG bowled on Dec. 16 against Central Square at Green Acres Bowl, taking a pair of 3-0 defeats.In the girls match, WG’s Lorelai Leskoske shot 215 and 212 games on her way to a 586 series, with Gardner getting a 412 set. Victoria Ackley (543 series) and Katie Vredenburg (518 series) led Central Square.Richard Wituszynski’s 569 series, with a second game of 232, highlighted the work of the WG boys, though Central Square’s Dimitri Queior put up a 267 between games of 236 and 220 to earn a 723 series, helped by a 682 series from Kevin Radziseski.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingWest Geneseelast_img read more