Antique to create task force vs insurgency in 590 villages

first_imgThe University of Antique in Sibalom town hosted the Campus Peace and Development Forum last year. ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY Meanwhile, a Provincial YouthLeadership Summit was held at the Saint Anthony’s College in San Jose townwhile a Campus Peace and Development Forum was held at the University ofAntique in Sibalom town to help hinder the alleged recruitment of rebels inschools.   “Task force ELCAC will be organized inthe barangays of the province,” Tacda said on Friday.  Tacda said the mayors of the 18 townsin the province should also ensure the organization of the barangay task force. Several activities have been conductedby the provincial government with the creation of PTF-ELCAC – such as themedical-surgical-dental mission and information caravan in San Remigio andValderrama towns, which are considered conflict areas with the continuingpresence of alleged members of the New People’s Army. Around 1,500 individuals in the twomunicipalities have availed of the services through the efforts of thedifferent national government agencies and local government units.center_img Gov. Rhodora Cadiao issued theProvincial Task Force (PTF)-ELCAC here on Sept. 26, 2019. SAN JOSE, Antique – The governmentcampaign to end local communist armed conflict (ELCAC) will be intensified thisyear with the organization of task forces in the 590 villages of the province,according to Cherryl Tacda, director of the Department of the Interior andLocal Government (DILG)-Antique.  She added the move was provided inExecutive Order (EO) 70 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Dec. 4, 2018, whichaimed to attain inclusive and sustainable peace in the country byinstitutionalizing the “whole of nation” approach. Meanwhile, Tacda said local officials,police, school principals, and other stakeholders in this town held a covenantsigning last Nov. 11 to support EO 70, declaring the communist rebels as “personanon grata.”(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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WV police chief reminds personnel of their health

first_imgBrigadier General Rene Pamuspusan onMarch 23 said that the police, who are among the frontliners in the fight tosuppress the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, are also at risk of thevirus while performing their functions in ensuring peace and order. ROXAS City – The regional policedirector in Western Visayas has reminded his personnel to take good care oftheir health. “Please take good care of your healthand still continue working for the safety of the people of Western Visayas,” Pamuspusansaid. “As to peace and order in thecommunities, police have recorded minimal cases and they are manageable,” headded. He added: “I’m sure na ang ginagawa natin ay para sa kabutihan ng nakararami, so tayo ay kailangan magsakripisyo.Ituloy-tuloy lang natin ang ating trabaho.” He also urged the cops in this region toreport to their respective immediate or higher officers if they are not feelingwell or should they have identified that their colleagues have manifested signsand symptoms of the virus. “There were no problems encounteredespecially in the borders as there is a smooth and continuous food delivery,except for a glitch at first at the port. It was, however, immediatelycorrected,” Pamuspusan said. “Huwagtayong mag hesitate na mag-report at huwag tayong magtago if alamnatin na tayong mga frontliners ang the ones na exposed sa disease,”Pamuspusan stressed.center_img Meanwhile, all protocols in conductingcheckpoints in the borders of Western Visayas were all orderly placed. Pamuspusan appealed to the policemen tohave the patience since no one knows when the COVID-19 outbreak will end. “However in areas with confirmed cases,we are trying to restrict the movements of police,” he added.As part of the police’s prevention measures against the spread of the virus,they continuously disinfect their offices. According to him, he has not receivedany reports about policemen that have manifested signs and symptoms ofCOVID-19. Western Visayas police director Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan (left) gives boxes of face masks and fruits to Dumarao chief of police Larnel Frial, which are to be used by personnel who conduct checkpoint at the border of Iloilo and Capiz provinces in Barangay Aglalana, Dumarao, Capiz on March 23. PIA Pamuspusan still conducts inspection inthe various provinces of Western Visayas to ensure that the directives of theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government and the Philippine NationalPolice in ensuring peace and orderliness are being followed.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

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Klopp makes strong season refusal after Liverpool defeat to Arsenal

first_img Loading… read also:​Klopp wants Liverpool to lift Premier League trophy with Chelsea win The German did, however, express his disappointment at the performance in North London as Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson condemned the Reds to their third reverse of the season. “I am disappointed with the result, of course,” Klopp said. “I am OK with big parts of the performance and it is one of the better games we have played here. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Jurgen Klopp said he will not “make a negative” of Liverpool’s season as their hopes of a record points tally fell by the wayside at Arsenal. The Reds were beaten 2-1 at the Emirates as the Gunners secured their first Premier League win over the Anfield side since April 2015. Two rare mistakes from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker turned the game around after Sadio Mane had given the visitors the lead and the result means the Premier League champions will fall short in their hopes of breaking Manchester City’s 100-point tally set back in 2018. Klopp, though, declared himself uninterested in such accolades and said he cannot possibly find a frustrating angle from a campaign that has seen Liverpool win their first league title in 30 years in record time.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

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Ronald L. Stith

first_imgRonald Stith passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at his home on Beaver Island, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Karen Whitecraft Stith, a son, David Stith, a daughter, Melissa (Stith) Wells and son-in-law, Patrick Wells; four grandchildren, Michaela Stith, Braden Wells, Laney Stith, and Sadie Stith; two brothers, Reginald Stith and Thomas Stith, and one sister, Kay (Stith) Paff.He was born on Wednesday, January 17, 1945, in Cheltenham, England, to Lesslie K. Stith and Olive M. (Attwood) Stith.  He grew up in Portland, Indiana, and graduated from Portland High School. Ron enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea; after his discharge, he served with the National Guard. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University and taught social studies at East Jay Junior High School for most of his career. After his retirement from teaching, he moved to Beaver Island and was active in AmVets Post 46.Ron had a life-long interest in sports – he was a member of the charter team of the Portland Rockets in 1959, played high school basketball and baseball, and, when he put his playing shoes up, he loved to coach, both at school and for his two favorite players, his son and daughter. He was a devoted fan of old Westerns, able to recite the filmographies of major stars and bit players alike, and he amassed hundreds of movies on film and videotape; many of them are now in a collection of Ball State.A graveside service was held at Hogan Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jay Community Center, 115 East Water St., Portland, IN 47371.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to www. lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Franklin County Commissioners meeting canceled

first_imgBrookville, IN —Please be advised that today’s Franklin County Commissioners’ meeting has been canceled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for August 11 at 10 am.Due to social distancing, there is limited seating available in the meeting room. Please call the commissioners’ office 765-647-4985 to make a reservation if you plan to attend.last_img

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NY Attorney General lawsuit seeks to dissolve National Rifle Association

first_imgAn NRA spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but its representatives have previously dismissed any concerns about financial mismanagement within the organization.“The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance,” NRA outside counsel William Brewer said in a statement last year, responding to prior allegations related to the group’s finances. “The association’s financials are audited and its tax filings are verified by one of the most reputable firms in the world. Internally, the association has an appropriate conflict of interest policy, which provides that all potential conflicts are reviewed and scrutinized by the audit committee.”The NRA has been a major force in Republican Party politics for decades and, more recently, has emerged as a key source of support for President Donald Trump. In the 2016 election, various arms of the NRA were responsible for directing more than $50 million into political campaigns, including $30 million to back then-candidate Trump, according the federal election data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.Thursday’s filing is the culmination of a 17-month investigation into the organization’s finances and its nonprofit status launched in April 2019 in the wake of revelations about questionable spending practices inside the NRA that were further detailed in an anonymous leak of internal documents.In April, the NRA sued its longtime ad agency Ackerman McQueen, the contractor behind NRATV, raising questions about the firm’s relationship with then-NRA President retired Lt. Col. Oliver North. Days later, The New Yorker published an investigation by Mike Spies of the nonprofit journalism outlet The Trace that claimed “memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object.”Later that same month, The New York Times reported that in a letter sent to NRA board members, LaPierre accused North of extorting him, threatening to release damaging information about the NRA unless LaPierre resigned from his post as chief executive officer. Ultimately, however, it was North who would step down as president, losing the apparent power struggle.Then, in May, a trove of what appeared to be internal NRA documents were anonymously posted online, raising more questions about LaPierre’s leadership amid mounting allegations of financial mismanagement within the gun lobby.The leaked documents included letters that appeared to show that North had raised serious concerns with the organization’s audit committee about $24 million in legal fees paid to the firm of outside counsel William Brewer over the previous year. ABC News was not been able to verify the authenticity of the documents, but NRA officials did not dispute that they were real, instead calling the leak “pathetic.”Those fees, estimated in one letter to cost the organization nearly $100,000 per day, “are draining NRA cash at mindboggling speed,” wrote North and NRA Vice President Richard Childress on April 18 as they urged the committee to authorize an independent review.“Invoices of this size for 12 months of work appear to be excessive and pose an existential threat to the financial stability of the NRA,” the letter reads. “This is a fiscal emergency.”The leaked documents also included purported letters to LaPierre from Ackerman McQueen’s chief financial officer William Winkler seeking more information about $274,965.03 in wardrobe expenses made at Zegna in Beverly Hills and $267,460.53 of other personal expenses — primarily travel to the Bahamas, Palm Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Reno, Budapest and Italy — apparently for LaPierre but charged to Ackerman McQueen.That latter total also includes $13,804.84 for an apartment in Fairfax, Virginia that, according to the letter, LaPierre “required we rent” and “billed to the NRA” for a young woman who, according to LinkedIn, was then an intern at the organization.In response to questions, however, top NRA officials have continued to express their support of LaPierre.“This is stale news – being recycled by those with personal agendas,” said Carolyn Meadows, the NRA’s current president, last year. “In any event, the entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre and the work he’s doing in support of the NRA and its members. It is troubling and a bit pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas. This has no bearing on the board’s support of Wayne – and the work the NRA does to protect America’s constitutional freedoms.”As NRA in-fighting spilled into public view, other investigators sought to open similar probes. A Democratic lawmaker asked the Internal Revenue Service to “investigate recent reports of possible wrongdoing” at the NRA, and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia issued subpoenas as part of “an investigation into whether these entities violated the District’s Nonprofit Act.”The investigation that resulted in Thursday’s lawsuit was led by the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, which “supervises the activity of foundations and other charities to ensure that their funds and other property devoted to charitable purposes are properly used,” according to the bureau’s website. Thursday’s lawsuit seeks restitution for NRA members who were allegedly defrauded and additional penalties worth millions of dollars.The New York charities bureau is the same team that forced the Trump Foundation to dissolve in 2018 for alleged misappropriations of charitable funds to service Trump’s business and political interest.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. (1/3) NRA PRESIDENT RESPONDS TO NY AG:This was a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend. You could have set your watch by it: the investigation was going to reach its crescendo as…— NRA (@NRA) August 6, 2020 DNY59/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY, MATTHEW MOSK and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The New York Attorney General is filing a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, seeking to dissolve the powerful gun lobby for a multitude of alleged violations of state law governing charities.Attorney General Letitia James is accusing the NRA of an array of “illegal conduct,” according to a press release describing the suit, including “[the] diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership, awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.”The civil lawsuit, expected to be filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, also names as defendants longtime NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and three other NRA executives – John Frazier, Woody Phillips and Joshua Powell – and seeks their removal from their current positions and prohibition from their future service on any other New York-based nonprofit board.Those four executives “failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the NRA,” James is alleging, “and used millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use, including trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, expensive meals, and other private travel.”But James is demanding more than a change in leadership. The problems within the organization, she argues, are pervasive, as senior leaders “blatantly ignored” internal policies, while the board’s audit committee was “negligent” in providing oversight.James wants to see the entire nearly 150-year-old organization, which is chartered in New York, “shuttering its doors.”“The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” said Attorney General James in a statement, according to the release. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”last_img read more

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Eagles Climb Five Spots, Now 47th in FIFA Ranking

first_imgFor Eagles’ 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Group E opponents, only South Africa moved up as Libya and Seychelles dropped. South Africa rose four places to 72, while Libya and Seychelles dropped to 100th and 194th respectively.Also, the reverse was the case for all three Super Eagles Group D opponents at summer’s World Cup in Russia.Argentina dropped one spot to fifth, Croatia dropped three places to 18th while Iceland dropped to 22nd.In the overall global standing for the month of April, World Cup holders Germany remains number one, with Brazil in second, Belgium is third with Portugal fourth and Argentina fifth. In sixth position is Switzerland, France seventh, Spain in eight, Chile in ninth and Poland 10th.There were also best-ever positions for the newest FIFA Member Associations, with Kosovo’s pair of friendly victories over Madagascar and Burkina Faso seeing them leap 24 places to 152nd, while Gibraltar’s 1-0 win over Latvia saw them jump ten spots to 196th.The next FIFA World Ranking will be released on May 17, 2018.AFRICA’S TOP TEN(Global ranking in brackets)1. Tunisia (14)2. Senegal (28)3. DR Congo (38)4. Morocco (42)5. Egypt (46)6. Nigeria (47)7. Cameroon (51)7. Ghana (51)9. Burkina Faso (53)10. Cape Verde (58)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeSuper Eagles 1-0 defeat of Poland in an international friendly last month played a significant role in the rise of the three-time African champions from 52nd to 47th position in the latest FIFA rankings released yesterday. The senior Nigerian football team also earned a lift to the sixth place in the African rankings.Eagles displaced Cameroon at sixth to trail Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR, Morocco and Egypt who occupy the first five places in the latest FIFA rankings respectively. Tunisia’s 14th spot in April global rankings is their first-ever best grade in football.last_img read more

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State regulators delay fees while casinos are closed

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission held a special meeting Tuesday and voted to delay the fees due from the 19 state-licensed casinos.IRGC administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says the fees paid for regulation and to the DCI are normally collected each week. “During this period of time when the industry is closed, the commission is deferring all regulatory fees for the agency,” he says. The DCI has also agreed to do the same.” Ohorilko says the fees are charged to casinos based on the amount of regulation needed.“The total appropriation is set by the Legislature and then each casino pays a different fee,” according to Ohorilko “That fee is based on a formula that is dependent on the number of gaming agents that would be assigned to the property.” He says five weeks of fees have been delayed until later in the fiscal year.“Fees range from $2,000 to $3,500 a week for all of the properties. Prairie Meadows — because racing is included — they pay a fee of approximately $14,000 a week,” Ohorilko explains. The casinos are shut down at least through the end of April under the governor’s emergency order.“Many of then are having to furlough employees — not all — but many. They understand why they need to close and are willing to do it,” he says.  Ohorilko says the operators he’s talked to have the same outlook as other businesses.“They’re just hopeful like everyone else that life gets back to normal and they can open up — even if it’s on a limited basis,” Ohorilko says. The Iowa Gaming Association says casinos employ around 8,800 people.last_img read more

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Rapatona and Hekari in for heavy clash

first_imgThis is the first of six games to be played by each team as the Telikom National Soccer League moves into the championships stage.With the transfer windows open this week, Rapatona is looking to pouch players from other franchise to boost their campaign.Top team Hekari is a class act with quality players, finishing on top and unbeaten in the confederate round robin stage of the competition.Hekari boasts top national players David Muta, Koriak Upaiga, Wira Wama and rising stars in the likes of Emmanuel Simon, Otto Kusunan, Papalau Awele and Ismael Pole at the goal mouth.But a little push and shove in the right places may force them out of their comfort zone.Rapatona certainly will push the referee’s temperament to reach for his pocket in what is expected to be a dicey clash.The match kicks off at 2pm and is certain to entertain the followers in the nation’s capital and we can expect some heat on and off the field.Top team in this champion’s league will be the minor premier and scores a place in the TNSL 2015-2016 season grand final and also qualifies for the OFC Champions League.The third and fourth placing will not be played but the teams will be awarded the prize money as per the national league point’s ladder.last_img read more

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The fight for lost reputation

first_imgCome Wednesday, the eyes of the cricketing world will be on Galle, where a new-look West Indies will begin their two-match battle against a new-look Sri Lanka with a lot of hope but with a little sparkle in the eyes of both sets of players.It was never always like this, however, certainly not when the West Indies were in their pomp, when they boasted players like Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, and the fearsome four, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner, and Colin Croft.Although they were never the world champions, despite winning the World Cup once, it was, for Sri Lanka, also not so in the days when they paraded batsmen of the class of Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, and Mahela Jayawardene, pacers like Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, and Lasith Malinga, and a spinner like Muttiah Muralitharan.The West Indies, as good as they may have been, or were, have a score to settle. In the vital statistics, they trail Sri Lanka.In nine Test matches, the West Indies have never won in Sri Lanka, and in a total of 15 Test matches, the West Indies have won only three to Sri Lanka’s six.The good ol’ daysIn the early days of the contest, and in spite of their slide after dominating the world, the West Indies were good enough, in short series, to win a Test match and to take the honours.In 2001, however, and in 2005, Sri Lanka, led by Vaas and Muralitharan, ambushed the West Indies in Sri Lanka and won every Test match, beating the West Indies 3-0 and 2-0 in fine style.In 2001, batting star Brian Lara fought gallantly, but his 688 runs in six innings, for an average of 114.66, and three centuries, including twin centuries of 221 and 130, were almost covered in the rubble of the West Indies disaster.The question today is simply this: Who will win? Will it be Sri Lanka or will it will be the West Indies?On Wednesday, the two teams come face to face with almost similar problems, one with a new captain in Jason Holder, one with an almost new captain in Angelo Mathews, both teams with some new players, and both captains will be hoping and praying that their young hopefuls will become their young guns.For Sri Lanka, the best of their batting is gone. Tillakaratne Dilshan, the attacking opening batsman with a thirst for runs, has called it quits, and so too have Sangakkara, the left-handed stylist who scores his runs with ease and grace, and Jayawardene, the man who sometimes looks as if he was born to bat.Those three were the body and soul of Sri Lanka’s batting and, without a doubt, they will be missed.With Dushmantha Chameera and Mathews in the line-up and batting well, however, with Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Milinda Siriwardana, and Dimiuth Karunaratne fighting positions, with 20-year-old Kusal Mendis or Dinesh Chandimal likely to keep wicket, Sri Lanka’s batting may not be so short, especially playing at home.Sri Lanka’s strength, however, promises to be their bowling.With left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowling well, a lot is expected of him, so too Tharindu Kaushal, a relatively inexperienced off-spinner who has been barred from bowling the doosra, but who is so good that he is expected play and also to do well.Sri Lanka will miss the arrow-like fast bowling of Malinga, but they also possess a good crop of swing bowlers who could make life difficult for the West Indies batsmen.Shaminda Eranga is injured and will be out, but any two of Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, and Suranga Lakmal, plus all-rounder Mathews and the pair of spinners, Herath and Kaushal, could be dangerous, especially at Galle.Heavy burdenFor the West Indies, a lot will depend on Marlon Samuels, Darren Bravo, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Jermaine Blackwood, plus wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin and all-rounder Holder to post good totals with the wicket-taking responsibilities resting on the shoulders of Jerome Taylor, Kemar Roach, Holder, and right-arm leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.It takes 11 players to do battle, however, and the other two who could also join the action are batsmen Rajendra Chandrika or Shai Hope, and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.Maybe, however, in an effort to add a little punch to the batting while assisting the main bowlers, and to make the fielding that much better, the hard-hitting all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite could replace Gabriel in a bid to field a team with enough batting and enough bowling to try and win a Test match.Recently, Sri Lanka lost 2-1 at home to Pakistan and to India, and the West Indies drew 1-1 with England and lost 2-0 to Australia, also at home. The prospects, therefore, are nicely balanced and even.The West Indies, however, have a good chance of winning for the first time in Sri Lanka, providing the players concentrate on the job at hand and do not allow the absence of coach Phil Simmons to affect them negatively, providing Braithwaite does not bat forever without scoring, providing Roach, Taylor, or Bishoo do not break down, and once captain Holder lives up to the great expectations.In spite of the slow reputation of the pitches, the pace of Taylor and Roach, and the bounce of Holder, could make the difference.last_img read more

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