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IPPO’s director seeks to reform gangs in towns

first_imgOver 10 gangs have so far beenidentified and they expressed willingness to participate in GRIP. Colonel Roland Vilela, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “These gangs are mostly involved sa mga rumble kasi walang nagdi-direct ngkanilang buhay. This made me decide namagkaroon ng programa na magingresponsible sila at mabago natin angkanilang buhay,” said Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director. “We are also planning to look for jobsfor them para maging busy sila sa trabaho. Kasi minsan ang members nggangs kulang sa pansin ng pamilya atwalang trabaho kaya naisip nila na gumawanang kung anu-ano,” said Vilela./PN ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) launched a program geared at reforming troublesome gangs. The Gang Reformation and IntegrationProgram (GRIP) calls for, among others, the identification of gangs in theprovince and enlisting them in productive activities of the police in theirrespective areas. Vilela said one of these activities issports competitions. These could veer the gangs away from criminal activitiessuch as drug trafficking, he said.last_img read more

Gerald Nocks, 69

first_imgGerald (Beaver) Nocks, 69, of New Alsace, Indiana passed Saturday, Aug.20.  He leaves his beloved wife of 16 years, Kay, his children Tom and Tim Nocks of New Alsace and  Lisa Nocks of Bridgeport, Texas.  There are 3 grandchildren: Taylor, Makenna, and Casey.  He leaves his brother Dick (Kathy) Nocks of Harrison, Ohio.  He also leaves his in-laws: Mary Booker (Wes) of Lawrenceburg, Richard (Kathy) Klump of New Alsace, Cindy (Bob)  Hilty of New Alsace, Thomas (Kathy) Klump of New Alsace,  parents-in-law John and Hilda Klump of New Alsace and Debbie Klump of Logan.  He also leaves several nieces and nephews.Gerald was preceded in death by his parents Mary Lucille and Thomas A. Nocks and his brother-in-law John M. Klump.Visitation is Wednesday, August 24 from 5-8 with rosary at 4:45 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 St. Paul Catholic Church, New Alsace, Indiana.  Burial will be in church cemetery.Memorials: Education Fund for Tom and Tim Nockslast_img read more

LA Clippers beat Boston Celtics for third consecutive win

first_imgL.A. Clippers coach Doc Rivers makes no bones about it – he has very fond memories of his nine years at the helm of the Boston Celtics.Rivers is only human, so he gets a little sentimental about what was a special time of his coaching career every time the Clippers take on the Celtics, which they did Monday night at Staples Center.Rivers’ current team did him proud as the Clippers defeated the Celtics 114-90 before a sellout of 19,258 at Staples Center. The Clippers have won three consecutive games.The Clippers led 67-50 at halftime, thanks in part to a 3-pointer by Chris Paul with 1.8 seconds left before the break. The Clippers (46-27) led 92-70 after three quarters and by as many as 25 (95-70) early in the fourth. As much as anything, Rivers was stoked about the way his team played defense, holding the Celtics to 34.8-percent shooting.“Yeah, they missed some shots, too,” Rivers said. “But I thought we were really active defensively. Our defense had taken a vacation and these last three games it’s just been off the charts. Active hands, deflections, creating turnovers. When we defend like that, we’re pretty good.”There was some bad news. The Clippers’ Paul Pierce went down with an injury late in the second quarter when he sank a finger roll shot and then landed awkwardly. He did not return.The Clippers said during the game Pierce had sustained both a right knee contusion and right ankle sprain. Rivers said after the game it was more the ankle.“It’s his ankle, which is the good news, because when he went down I thought it was his knee,” Rivers said. “He’s going to be out for a little bit. We don’t know how long.” Pierce scored eight points on 4 of 6 shooting and had three rebounds and two assists in 11 1/2 minutes.DeAndre Jordan led the Clippers’ starters with 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. Paul had 13 points and 14 assists, 11 of those coming in the first half. None of the starters played in the fourth quarter for the second consecutive game.“It’s huge, it’s huge,” Rivers said of getting his starters rest at this time of the season.Austin Rivers led all Clippers with 16 points off the bench. Jamal Crawford scored 15, Wesley Johnson had 11 points and Jeff Green scored 10. The bench accounted for 67 points.The Celtics (43-31) got a game-high 24 points from Isaiah Thomas, but Thomas shot just 5 of 14 as he scored 12 of his points from the free-throw line. Again, it was good defense.“I think our defense was great, especially now that I look at the stat sheet and I can see that they shot 35 percent,” Paul said. “Tried to contain Isaiah as much as possible; he still got to the line 13 times.“But overall, I think our defense was great. We helped each other and I think our second unit, Austin and those guys, were amazing just closing out the game.”The Clippers also had a solid offensive game, shooting 52.4 percent – 44 percent (11 of 25) from 3-point range. They made 83.3 percent (15 of 18) of their free throws. But the players wanted to talk about the defense, to be sure.“Defense,” Green said. “We were all on the same page, communicated. We got stops and got out in transition; we got easy looks. Getting stops is a momentum change. It is an emotional game.“When you get stops, it puts a team in a frustrating position and we kept capitalizing on that.” Boston coach Brad Stevens was philosophical about the loss.“When you play great teams at their place with a lot of talent and great coaching, a result like we saw tonight can happen,” he said. “You have to do everything you can to try and avoid it, but basketball is basketball and sometimes that happens.”Prior to tipoff, Rivers spoke in sentimental tones about his Celtics days.“Yeah, I mean, I was just telling (Clippers broadcaster) Ralph (Lawler) that I was able to accomplish a lot of things; one, (made) a lot of friends,” Rivers said. “But more importantly, you won the title there. That never goes away.”Rivers led Boston to the NBA championship in 2008.That was Rivers’ fourth season there. He coached five more before coming to the Clippers for the 2013-14 campaign. Rivers – not jokingly, either – spoke in somewhat prideful tones about lasting that long as the head coach of a particular team. “Heck, in this day and time, you’re able to coach in one place for nine years, that doesn’t happen, either,” he said. “That may be a bigger feat right now, the way things are going in our league.”Rivers said the relationships he made in Boston are of the forever type.“Yeah, I mean, I have friends there for life and that’ll never change,” he said.The Clippers now have only nine games remaining in the regular season. They play at Minnesota on Wednesday and at Oklahoma City on Thursday before hosting the Washington Wizards on Sunday at Staples Center. That is the day power forward Blake Griffin is slated to return.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Jesus, Firmino send Brazil into Copa America final as Messi fails again

first_imgHe beat three players on a mazy run before sending Firmino clear down the right with a no-look pass, the Liverpool forward crossing for the unmarked Jesus to tap home.Two-footed lunges were flying in as the match threatened to descend from niggly to dirty.Argentina almost levelled on the half hour when Sergio Aguero headed Messi’s free-kick onto the bar, the ball bouncing down just in front of the line before Brazil scrambled it clear.Messi then burst into life, driving at heart of the Brazil defense and playing in Aguero, who took advantage of a Thiago Silva slip to make space for himself but Marquinhos was quickly across to block the Manchester City striker’s shot.Moments later, Messi beat two men on the right, won back the ball with a sliding tackle after overrunning it, but then wastefully shot high and wide.At the other end, Arthur shot powerfully, but straight at goalkeeper Franco Armani.– Pirouetting Jesus –Argentina pushed Brazil back at the start of the second half and Aguero picked out Lautaro Martinez in the box but he didn’t catch his left-foot volley cleanly and Alisson gathered comfortably.Another promising attacking move ended with Rodrigo de Paul blazing over from 20 yards.But Jesus produced a beautiful piece of skill, including a pirouetting drag-back, before teeing up Philippe Coutinho who should have done better than shooting over.Moments later, though, a blocked shot from Martinez looped over to Messi who lashed a shot from an angle against the post, with Alisson beaten.Alisson was alert to clutch a Messi free-kick on 66 minutes that looked destined for the top corner.By then, Scaloni had already gone for broke, bringing off midfielder Marcos Acuna and sending on speedy winger Angel Di Maria, with Messi dropping into a deeper role.Just as Argentina looked capable of finding a way back into the match, Brazil stung them on the counter-attack with Manchester City’s Jesus getting away from two defenders and teeing up the unmarked Liverpool striker  Firmino for a tap in on 71 minutes.Scaloni threw on another forward in Paulo Dybala but there was no way back for Argentina.Share on: WhatsApp It was the first time these age-old rivals had met in a major competition since 2007Belo Horizonte, Brazil | AFP |  Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino scored the goals as Brazil beat arch-rivals Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the Copa America final.Jesus and Firmino netted a goal apiece in each half to give Brazil a victory which ensured Lionel Messi’s frustrating wait for a major international tournament title with Argentina continued.Hosts Brazil will play the winners of Wednesday’s second semi-final between champions Chile and Peru in Sunday’s final.It was the first time these age-old rivals had met in a major competition since Brazil beat Argentina 3-0 in the 2007 Copa final.English-based Jesus and Firmino were the stars, each creating the other’s goal, although captain Dani Alves had a major say in the opener.“It was another step towards our objective. We’re achieving all the goals that we’re setting ourselves,” said Alves.“A lot of people doubt us but we have a lot of faith in ourselves, in our plan, in our hard work.“We’re reaping the fruits of the seeds we’re sowing every day.”But it was a miserable night for Messi, whose hopes of landing a major international honour with Argentina ended in disappointment once again.He will get another opportunity next year, though, with the fourth Copa America in the last five years, due to be played in Argentina and Colombia.“We should have been the team going to the final because we deserved it, no doubt about that. But sometimes football is unfair,” complained Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni.– Tackles flying –In what was always expected to be a feisty affair there were some wild early tackles flying in, and Argentina’s Nicolas Tagliafico was first to be booked for a lunge at Jesus.The uneven pitch looked like it had been trampled by a herd of wildebeest before kick-off and both sides struggled to play flowing football.Brazil’s Casemiro was even jeered after sending a long crossfield ball straight out of play.The first chance came when Argentina’s Leandro Paredes let fly from 30 yards but the ball whistled just over the top of goalkeeper Alisson’s goal.Brazil took the lead on 19 minutes after a piece of individual brilliance from Alves.last_img read more

Broward County Deputy dies after being diagnosed with coronavirus

first_imgThe Broward County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of 12-year veteran, Deputy Shannon Bennett, 39, who has passed away late Friday after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 27.Early Saturday morning, the Broward Sheriff’s Department held a news conference. Sheriff Gregory Tony said Bennett had first reported he was sick on March 23.last_img

Soweto’s new business school

first_imgA young entrepreneur sells fruit tocommuters in the Johannesburg citycentre.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Wilma den HartighA new entrepreneur academy has been launched at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Soweto Campus. Given the current uncertainty about the economy, the new facility couldn’t have opened its doors at a better time.The academy will teach business and life skills to needy but deserving young people between the ages of 18 and 27, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.Thandeka Kunene, programme coordinator of the academy, said the goal is to develop both entrepreneurial acumen and self-confidence in students.“If school leavers are equipped with the appropriate skills to start up businesses, they do not have to face the uncertainty of unemployment in the current economic climate,” Kunene said.A recession does not mean that there are no opportunities, she said.“If ordinary people have such skills and they know they can do it, they don’t have to feel helpless. Importantly, they also don’t have to turn to crime,” she said. She is hopeful that those students who start up their own businesses will also in time employ other people.The initiative was pioneered by Raymond Ackerman, chairperson of Pick n Pay. The academy forms part of the recently launched Centre for Small Business Development. The Raymond Ackerman Academy, in partnership with Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, first opened in 2004 at the University of Cape Town.The programme will accommodate 50 students and run for six months, twice a year. During this time, students have to attend classes where they will receive instruction in life, business and entrepreneur skills. Students also have to get work experience, draw up a business plan and set up a business.Kunene explained that the work experience is a vital component of the six-month programme. In partnership with a placement agency, the academy will assess each person’s area of interest and place the student accordingly.“Once the work experience is completed, they receive feedback on what makes them employable or not. Some students will eventually even stay on in that job,” she said.Students also have the opportunity to present their business plans produced throughout the duration of the course to a panel of academics, successful entrepreneurs, banks and small business funders. The most promising entrepreneurs will receive a prize, consisting of a grant and a low-interest loan to start up their businesses.Students who don’t receive this award, but show promise, will be helped by the academy to find alternative funding. They will also be assigned a mentor to assist them in setting up the business. The academy will monitor their progress for three years.Of the 100 students who will complete the programme this year, academy staff predict about 30 will become entrepreneurs, 60 who are not cut out for business will find employment, and 10 will choose further education.Related articles‘Dream on,’ says BransonSA and US to educate executives UCT voted Africa’s best business school Useful linksUniversity of Johannesburglast_img read more

For Raptors, guard Kyle Lowry might be as valuable as ever

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES James isn’t there to thwart them this time.His leaving has opened up the path to the East title, and Toronto — the team with the NBA’s second-best record this season, 58-24 — might have its best chance yet of reaching the NBA Finals.“It’s going to be an incredibly tough series,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “I think that Toronto is as good as there is in the NBA and we will be tested immediately.”And the 76ers surely won’t consider Lowry a third option.They played four times this season, and Lowry scored exactly 20 points in three different games — making him one of eight players (Leonard being another) to have that many 20-point outings against the 76ers in this regular season.“I think we’re just continuing to get better,” Lowry said. “We’re growing as a team, growing as a group. I think our communication is getting a lot better. I think the time that we have in studying one team … it’s really good for us.”His scoring is down, and that’s largely by design. The Raptors don’t need him going into games thinking he needs to get 25 to give his team the best chance of winning anymore.Leonard said scoring isn’t a valid evaluator of Lowry anymore. He’s among Toronto’s best at deflections, taking charges, getting steals, diving for loose balls. His toughness isn’t in question either — in Game 5 against Orlando, Lowry dislocated a finger on his right, shooting, hand. He popped it back in himself and shook it off afterward.Nurse equates Lowry’s leadership to that of a savvy veteran quarterback. And Leonard doesn’t disagree with that comparison.“He makes us all better,” Leonard said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He is not complaining.“It’s about winning,” Lowry said. “It’s a team game. It takes a good team to understand situations, mismatches … for me, it’s about being a good teammate, helping my guys. If I need to score I can go score. If I need to pass, I can pass. But winning games is all that matters.”The Raptors won their last four games of the first round. It’s the first four-game winning streak of Lowry’s long playoff career.“It’s a blessing to have him on the floor,” Leonard said.The Raptors’ playoff shortcomings — and Lowry’s — are well-documented. The second round is where their seasons ended in each of the last two years, both in sweeps. They lost in the East finals in 2016. In all three of those seasons, it was LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers that sent them into the summer.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) scores past Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) and guard Terrence Ross (31) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked.Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point lead. Kawhi Leonard’s jumper was well short, barely grazing the front of the rim. The rebound hits the floor and ricochets between Orlando’s Terrence Ross and D.J. Augustin. They lunged for the ball, and they never had a chance.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Russell Westbrook shrugs off critics after playoff exit Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Out of nowhere, Lowry swooped in between the Magic guards, grabbed the rebound and extended the possession. Seconds later, game over, Raptors win. Orlando’s chance at a tie never came, because Lowry knew exactly what was required in the ultimate moment.“Kyle does things by example,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He throws his body around. He’s continually blocking out guys, seemingly twice his size and keeping them off the glass. He’s stepping in and taking charges. Those are inspiring-type plays, I think, that rub off and are contagious and get the rest of the guys on your team to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat’s what they need, too.Lowry and the Raptors are headed to the second round of the East playoffs starting Saturday, when they play host to Philadelphia in Game 1. He wasn’t a big scorer in the first round, went scoreless in Game 1 against the Magic — got criticized for it, though that doesn’t bother him much anymore — and has basically become Toronto’s third scoring option thanks to the acquisition of Leonard and the emergence of Pascal Siakam. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

20 days agoMan Utd winger James admits: Hatchet men getting me down

first_imgMan Utd winger James admits: Hatchet men getting me downby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James says his successful start at Manchester United is due to sticking to his natural game.James has impressed since his summer arrival from Swansea City.He told manutd.com: ““I think you have to. Most people told me when I signed here: ‘Just be yourself, otherwise there’s no point. You’re here for a reason’. So I wouldn’t change the way I played. I think me being the player who, every time I get the ball, I’m driving; that’s my game and is something I won’t stop.”When you are going into the game, and that one-v-one battle [with the full-back], you’ve got to believe you’re going to win it. You could lose a ball nine times out of 10 but it’s important to get the ball again and be confident to be able to go on because, that one opportunity where you do get past them, you could score a goal or make an assist. So I think, over time, I’ve learned.“Sometimes, I’ve been a bit down, do you know what I mean, when they tackle me four out of five times. But I’ve been told by a lot of people to just keep going, so that is what I will always do, no matter what happens in the game.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

19 days agoLiverpool midfielder Fabinho: Jardim so important for me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Fabinho: Jardim so important for meby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Fabinho has paid tribute to his former AS Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim.Fabinho , 25, left Monaco for Liverpool in the summer of 2018 and today the midfielder is considered one of the world’s foremost in his position.He told the Liverpool Echo: “After five seasons in Monaco, I knew it was the right time to leave for another step in my career. I wanted to sign up for a big club. I did not hesitate to come to Liverpool, and as soon as the transfer window opened, the deal became official. “It’s really a huge club, one of the biggest in the world. The club has great ambitions and that’s what I wanted with my career, so I’m very happy to be here.”My time in Monaco was very good and I think I developed all the time. I stayed for five years and work with Leonardo Jardim for four. He was a coach who developed me. It was he who made me take a big step and change position (from the right back). We always talked about it when I liked that position and he liked to see me in it.” last_img read more