290 Guimaras watchmen hurdle ‘surprise’ drug test

first_imgGuimaras’ seaports were the following: * Sebaste wharf in Sibunag Buenavista is a second-classmunicipality and the largest settlement in the island province of Guimaras.According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 50,437 people. The Guimaras Police Provincial Officehad vowed to focus on the security measures in six seaports of the island toprevent drug traffickers from making the province a drug transshipment point. * Jordan wharf in Barangay Rizal,Jordan The town acts as a cheaper linkbetween Panay and Negros islands, as opposed to taking a ship directly betweenthe two islands. ILOILO City – A total of 290 villagewatchmen (barangay tanod) in the municipality of Buenavista, Guimaraspassed the unannounced drug test conducted on Oct. 22. The results were announced a few daysafter. * Puyo wharf in Poblacion NuevaValencia More surprise drug tests would beconducted by the municipal government, he added. “Barangay watchmen help the policemaintain peace and order in Buenavista. Part of their job is to monitorsuspected drug personalities. We needed to show to the community that theycould be trusted,” said Reyes.center_img * Cabalagnan wharf in Nueva Valencia * Tumanda wharf in Barangay Cabano,San Lorenzo The 290 village watchmen were cluelessabout the drug test. They were summoned to the municipal hall for a training,said Reyes. “We decided to conduct the surprisedrug test to know if there were drug users among the barangay tanod. We’rehappy that they all tested negative for prohibited drugs,” said Reyes. UNANNOUNCED DRUG TEST. A bus driver submits a urine sample to Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 6 personnel for drug testing. This “surprise” drug test at a transport terminal in Molo, Iloilo City on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, is part of government measures to ensure the safety of travelers marking All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2. The drug test has the support of the Land Transportation Office and Police RegiOnal Office 6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * McArthur wharf in Barangay Sto.Rosario, Buenavista The drug test, done in the municipalhall, was in line with the campaign of the local government of Mayor EugeneReyes to keep his municipality drug-free. The Department of Health and BunevaistaRural Health Center did the tests. Former Police Regional Office 6director Police Brigadier General John Bulalacao previously said drugtraffickers from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental were using Guimarasseaports to transport their contrabands to Iloilo./PNlast_img read more

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St. Louis students analyze, report on the ‘Great American Solar Eclipse’

first_imgBatesville, In. — St. Louis School had been preparing for Monday’s Eclipse since school began.  Teachers developed Eclipse lessons and then prepared students during several class periods.  While students enjoyed learning about this historic event, the highlight was experiencing it first hand.  Monday afternoon classes took turns going outside with their special glasses to observe the Eclipse.  They were very excited and many expressed gratitude for the opportunity.  They were excited to go home and tell their parents all about it.Seventh and eighth graders at St. Louis School were transformed into reporters in their language arts class as they experienced their first solar eclipse. Students began the week by thinking like a reporter and generating a class list of all of the questions that they had about the solar eclipse. They then did some research to find answers to their questions and wrote scripts that will be used in their own personal newscasts later this week. Live reporters were then on the scene of the eclipse to share their real-time experience with their viewers. Our goal was to incorporate solid voice, fluency, and word choice in our writing and speaking and to connect our students with real-world experiences and audiences.last_img read more

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Jobless Numbers Improving in Palm Beach County, as COVID Cases Rise

first_imgNew job numbers released last Friday show that unemployment in Florida was down 3.3 percent in June, according to the state.The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said June’s unemployment rate was 10.4 percent, a decrease from the May rate of 13.7 percent.Most of the state, except for South Florida, moved to Phase two last month, which allowed more businesses such as tattoo parlors, bowling alleys, massage, and tanning salons to reopen.Numbers from the state show that Florida businesses gained 292,800 jobs during the last month. Nonetheless, private-sector jobs remained down 523,700 since last year.In addition, several large hotels recently announced they are turning temporary furloughs from March into permanent layoffs at the end of this month.The hospitality industry has lost more than one in five jobs in Florida since last year.U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, who represents southern Palm Beach County, explains that he is still hearing from the public.“Every one of our offices has received so many calls from frustrated, outraged and frankly terribly-sad constituents of ours who are struggling so desperately,” says Deutch.There has been growing speculation about officials halting reopening plans and restoring lockdowns in recent days.Last Friday, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said the county commission would make a decision on whether to lock down the county again if the COVID-19 positivity rate does not decrease below 10 percent. It was at 12 percent on FridayMeanwhile, South Florida Democratic members of Congress held a Zoom meeting on Friday to discuss the unemployment issues.“We can help the Floridians whose economic welfare is being challenged as … we take steps to help all of Florida get back in position to stay healthy and save lives,” Deutch says.For the second month, Palm Beach County is posting lower unemployment, even as COVID-19 cases rise here.The state’s numbers  show that the county is currently among the top five areas for unemployment in Florida.In June, unemployment in Palm Beach County was 10.4 percent as compared to 13.3 percent in May and 14.2 percent in April.Only Orlando, Lakeland, Broward and Miami-Dade counties had higher June unemployment rates in Florida than Palm Beach County.last_img read more

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Bookmakers suspend ‘no confidence vote’ on May’s party leadership

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 The majority of UK bookmakers have today suspended markets on a ‘vote of no confidence’ taking place on Theresa May’s party leadership.Following a frantic 24-hours of trading, triggered by the abrupt departure of Dominic Raab as lead Brexit negotiator – who stated that he could not support May’s draft EU-withdrawal agreement, bookmakers’ have suspended a no-confidence motion.This morning, new sources report that so far 21 Conservative MPs have sent ‘letters of no confidence’ to Sir Graham Brady’s Conservative Committee.Conservative Party rules mandate that 15% of MPs (in this case 48), must support a ‘no confidence’ motion in order to trigger a vote on party leadership.Paddy Power Politics made the decision to suspend betting on the vote following ‘heavy, continued betting on the outcome’, as market odds had fallen from odds-on 1/3 to 1/10 before 10am (Friday), and had been slashed from as high as 5/2 earlier this week.Nevertheless, should the vote happen, Paddy Power has moved to price Theresa at ‘odds-on 1/2’ to secure a confidence approval, as opposed to 6/4 for her to lose, warning Brexiters to be careful of what they wish for.Paddy PowerUpdating the media, politics spokesman Paddy Power said: “With letters flying in from disillusioned Tory lawmakers, we’ve been forced to completely stop taking bets on a vote of no confidence taking place against the Prime Minister.“However, we are seeing continued support on May to win the vote should it go ahead, in fact a win is rated over 25% more likely than a loss at this stage.” Paddy Power – Vote of No Confidence Markets :1/10     A vote of no confidence to happen (now suspended)1/2        May to win a vote of no confidence6/4        May to lose a vote of no confidencePaddy Power – Next Conservative Leader:9/2 -Dominic Raab11/2 – Sajid Javid6/1 -Boris Johnson6/1 -Michael Gove7/1 – Jeremy Hunt9/1 -Jacob Rees-Mogg9/1 -David Davis16/1 – Penny Mourdaunt Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

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CHAN 2014 PREVIEW: Ghana v Nigeria

first_imgGhana and Nigeria will face off in the CHAN semi-finals on Wednesday in what is sure to be an intriguing battle.The two teams are old foes and while this week’s line-ups won’t pack the big names so often associated with the Black Stars and Super Eagles, there is plenty to play for and one can surely count on the players to rise to the occasion. Nigeria entered the competition as one of those tipped to do well, but a slow start to the campaign nearly cost them as they needed to beat South Africa in their final group match in order to remain alive in the tournament. Stephen Keshi’s men have improved since their opening round draw with Mali – although some still consider their overall showing to be underwhelming – and will hope to continue that upward curve against Ghana.  Nigeria’s finishing has been poor for the most part during the tournament, but they have nothing on Ghana who have not mustered more than one goal in any of their matches. Kwabena Adusei’s penalty was enough to see Ghana passed DR Congo on Sunday despite the defender struggling with a groin injury, and coach Maxwell Konadu will be banking on having him available for Wednesday’s clash.  Godfred Saka and Sulley Mohammed may return to the fray after struggling with injury.last_img read more

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CAF has no expert radiologist to interpret MRI- Pambo

first_imgA member of the Ghana Football Association(GFA) medical committee Doctor Prince Pambo says he doubts the competence of the CAF medical officer who verified the eligibility of Heart of Lions player Isaac Twum.CAF has disqualified Ghana from participating in next year’s African U17 Championship finals for using over-aged players in their qualifier against Cameroon. The Ghana FA has vehemently appealed and insists all players assembled were verified by the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr Pambo, who worked on the MRI scans of the Black Starlets two years ago in an exclusive chat with Joy sports noted that he is skeptical  of the competence of the CAF medical officer who verified the age eligibility of the player in question.“We don’t need to take a position that will probably get us feeling that once CAF claims that their expert insist it is the gospel truth.“I can tell you based on facts  that the CAF medical committee does not have radiologists who are experts in MRI interpretations, we wouldn’t take what they say and we don’t know what they are seeing. “ The issue here is that these CAF experts are reading an MRI which was done in October but we presented our  MRI’s in March and now a protest is filed  and you come to do  the test in October to disqualify  a player. “We expect them to do it across, get all the players who took part in the qualifiers, be it Ghana, Cameroon or any of the other countries and do MRI’s as at this time for all of them and compare the MRI they all presented in March and tell me it will be the same.”He addedMeanwhile, the Ghana FA has appealed against the decision.last_img read more

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Moise Katumbi announces DR Congo presidency bid

first_imgThe owner of one of Africa’s top football clubs says he will run for president of the Democratic Republic of Congo in November’s elections.Moise Katumbi, a millionaire businessman who owns TP Mazembe, said he wanted to be the sole candidate for the country’s opposition parties.The constitution bars President Joseph Kabila from running for a third term, but he is yet to made his plans clear.There are allegations that he aims to stay on in power by delaying the poll.The electoral commission has already announced that the elections will be delayed.Mr Katumbi’s role in football has made him a popular figure and he is wealthy enough to run a big campaign, says the BBC’s Maud Jullien in the capital, Kinshasa. But the former governor of the rich mining province of Katanga, who defected from the ruling People’s Party for Reconstruction and Democracy, is yet to convince any of the major opposition parties to back him.A lawsuit was filed against Mr Katumbi on Wednesday, accusing him of recruiting foreign mercenaries to work as his personal security.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Wellington basketball teams to wrap up season tonight against Clearwater

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mulvane514 Winfield136 Boys:  Wellington127 Wellington910 Winfield sub-stateWL Rose Hill316center_img Mulvane415 Winfield109 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington boys and girls basketball teams will be wrapping up the regular season tonight against Clearwater at Wellington High School gymnasium. It will be senior night. Girls tipoff at 6 p.m. with the boys following at 7:45 p.m. C team boys play at 4:15 p.m.For both teams, this will be the last game where losing won’t end the season. Next week, both teams will embark on the post-season basketball tournaments. Wellington is scheduled to play in the Winfield sub-state, which will also include Mulvane and Rose Hill.  The official sub-state seedings for Class 4A have not been released.Neither the Wellington girls or boys will gain or lose anything as far as positioning is concerned with tonight’s games. Wellington boys are guaranteed the No. 2 seed. The Crusaders are 9-10 while Winfield is 13-6.Wellington boys will play either Rose Hill or Mulvane in the first round.For the Wellington girls, they will be going in as the top seed. They are 12-7 and hold a two game lead over Winfield at 10-9. Wellington girls will play either Mulvane or Rose Hill in the first round.The substate tournament games will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The tournament is single elimination and the winners advance to the Class 4A state tournament in Salina.The sub-state records are as follows: Rose Hill415 Girls:  Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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An answered prayer

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ JAKARTA—After getting an answered prayer, national coach Yeng Guiao has dared to dream big in the Asian Games men’s basketball competition, which the Philippines crammed to prepare for.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “It’s a game we need to win, let’s put it that way. Otherwise, we will be just trying to improve on our seventh place finish the last time out,” he said. “And we don’t want that.”The Philippines needs to deal with China first in the group stage and will go into that Tuesday game against the Great Wall as a big underdog. But the winning margin against Kazakhstan means the Filipinos only need to keep things close against the Chinese to gain safe passage to the quarterfinals.If Kazakhstan manages to pull of a stunning upset against China, it will have to do so via a seemingly implausible rout, otherwise the Philippines will advance via the tiebreak anyway.The Filipinos started out hot and didn’t let up, suffocating the Kazakhstan offense with a pressing defense that allowed just one player to score in twin digits. Clarkson, who arrived after a long-haul flight from Los Angeles, went straight to GBK Basketball Hall and arrived in the third quarter to see Gilas Pilipinas put the finishing touches to a dominant win.“The Lord blessed us with a very nice win,” Guiao said, understanding that the national basketball program is in need of heavy doses of positivity after a controversial stretch that kicked off with a brawl in the Philippines-Australia World Cup qualifying duel last July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We’re here for a medal at the very least,” said the firebrand coach, who coolly watched his Nationals dismantle Kazakhstan early and then cruise to a 96-59 rout Thursday—all with the country’s designated ace, Cleveland Cavaliers standout Jordan Clarkson, watching from the sidelines.The victory set the Philippines’ focus on one game, and the winning margin ensured that game doesn’t necessarily have to be against mighty China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Instead, it will be the looming quarterfinal clash against a very familiar nemesis: South Korea.“That will be our tournament right there,” Guiao told the Inquirer, referring to the Korea match. “If we win that game, we will be aiming to win a medal from there. “This is the answer to the prayers of millions of Filipino people,” said Guiao, who added the team faces a “tall order” against China—which will mark Clarkson’s first match in a Philippines jersey.A surprise win over China will allow the Philippines to skip a showdown with South Korea, owner of some of the most tormenting victories over the Philippines in the Asian scene.But Guiao had tempered people’s expectations, especially on Clarkson’s boost to the team. Guiao took on this job on short notice, assembling the team less than two weeks ago with the help of Rain or Shine and the other PBA teams.He admitted knowing little of Kazakhstan and deflected all credit to his coaching staff for a magnificent scouting job.“They scouted [Kazakhstan] and prepared our defensive scheme,” Guiao said. “We were able to disrupt their offense and we were able to challenge their shots. Our anticipation was good and that’s because of the scouting.”Stanley Pringle, one of the finest point guards in the PBA, scored 18 points and center Christian Standhardinger had 15. James Yap, whose last National Team duty was also under Guiao, had 12 and Paul Lee added 10.Pringle played his first international 5-on-5 game and was a sight to behold. He missed just three of nine shots and quickly established himself as one of the best players in the tournament.“I just come out to play and be the best player I can be for the team,” Pringle said. “I’m not after anything [individually]. We played a hard team game, just like what coach Yeng wants us to do.”Anton Bykov had 13 points and was the only player in double figures for Kazakhstan, which trailed by as large as 37 after being held to just nine points in the opening period. Third time’s a charm? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Diaspora investors impatient as Govt yet to create climate for business

first_img1 year laterDiaspora investors in the United States are growing wary of waiting on Government to honour its commitments to improve the local business climate; commitments which were made nearly one year ago during the heavily promoted ‘Guyana Investment Conference’ in June 2016.Salaudeen NausrudeenDespite having failed to follow through with its promises made during the one-day forum in New York City, President David Granger recently met with officials in the United Kingdom and encouraged them to invest in Guyana after regurgitating the same assurances given to the Diaspora in the United States.In the meantime, the Project Director of last year’s investment conference, Salaudeen Nausrudeen, is extremely concerned that the Administration continues to urge the Diaspora and foreign businessmen to invest in Guyana, yet it fails continuously to create a business friendly climate.“You came and excited them and did not call them to follow up. The incentives, policies, strategies they promised, did not happen. Government needs to stop talking and start doing. They need to stop talking to the Diaspora and start walking with the Diaspora,” Nausrudeen said during an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday.Losing bigNausrudeen, a business development and marketing expert, with more than 20 years of professional experience, argued that the onus was upon the Government to follow-up with the investors who expressed interest during the conference last year.“They were the ones who stand to benefit so they were the ones who had to follow up on each and every single investment. We were providing a platform for Guyana. We brought the investors, and they were the one to reach out and follow up,” he stated.He further posited that Guyana is losing “big” with Government procrastinating on taking steps to implement the commitments which were made.“It was a very rich audience; more than 250 attended the event. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation. There weren’t idle people, everyone there had a plan in their pocket and money in their hand and was willing to go to Guyana and invest,” he explained.Nausrudeen added that in addition to failing to reconnect with interested investors, Government has not created a business climate that would attract businessmen.CommitmentsAmong the top commitments made by Government Ministers during the conference are to establish clear strategies, policies and incentives for investment; implement better communication channels and integration between relevant authorities; and fostering a deeper connection with the Diaspora.According to Nausrudeen, investors are yet to witness any progress in this regard.“Many of the investors have never been contacted by Guyana, many are frustrated, and for many, that was their last chance to reconnect with Guyana on the business level,” he explained.Nausrudeen said the Diaspora investors are mainly interested in investing in the agriculture sector but there are expression of interests for mining, manufacturing, tourism, energy, and technology and services.AttitudeIn light of the lack of progress, Nausrudeen said business members of the Diaspora are still willing to invest in Guyana.However, he said one of the major concerns is Government’s attitude towards business.“They have an issue with the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) talking down the Private Sector players, you don’t those things when you want to attract business,” he posited.Jordan, during a recent Diaspora meeting in Washington, DC, criticised the local Private Sector players for not taking enough risks to stimulate economic growth.ProposalsCoinciding with the country’s jubilee independence anniversary, the Conference was intended to promote Guyana as an investment destination for Diaspora and non-Diaspora investors.Additionally, many investors with proposals in hand queued in long lines to meet with Ministers and officials of the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) to discuss their projects and proposals. Throughout the day, the room filled with investors and entrepreneurs were seen in energising and active networking.Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, in delivering on the investment opportunities in Guyana, said Government is “serious in bringing business to Guyana clean, fair and transparent. Guyana can accommodate all kind investors.”He made it clear that the abundance of natural and human resources available in Guyana reinforces the fact that the present Administration is ready to do business and to establish the right investment climate in Guyana.Meanwhile, efforts to contact the Business Minister for a comment proved futile.last_img read more

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