Army vows not to abuse anti-terror law

first_imgThe 3ID urged the public to give the law a chance, pointing out that the measure’s aim is to protect the country from terrorist attacks. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based in Jamindan, Capiz assured Western Visayans its soldiers won’t abuse the Anti-Terrorism Law. “We vow to keep the law from the abuse of soldiers. If there are abuses, our camps and headquarters are open to bring our erring soldiers before the court of law,” said Army Major Cenon Pancito III, 3ID spokesperson. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the anti-terrorism bill into law recently. Human rights advocates warned it could be abused to quell legitimate dissent. People have nothing to fear, he added, but only terrorists and their supporters. Among others, the new law allows for terrorism suspects to be detained without a warrant and prolongs the period of time they can be detained without being charged in court. Major Cenon Pancito III “Help our campaign of preserving peace. We know that others have apprehension but we won’t forget the intention of the law – to protect Filipinos from chaos and fear,” said Pancito. Rights groups and activists say the new law is designed to give police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent./PNlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFinal chance for Hurricanes and Cornhuskers hopefulsUNDATED (AP) — Two programs that dominated college football from the 1980s through the early 2000s are still waiting to see one of their players taken in the NFL draft. Update on the latest sports Associated Press No Miami or Nebraska players were selected in the first three rounds. Miami is hoping to extend a streak of having at least one player drafted that started in 1976. Nebraska will try to avoid a second straight season of no drafted players after having its 56-year streak snapped last year. This is their last chance — the draft wraps up Saturday.Meanwhile, the Southeastern Conference is on pace to smash another NFL draft record. A year after having a record 64 players selected during the three-day, seven-round event, the SEC had a whopping 40 guys go in the first three rounds.The powerhouse conference broke the NFL record by having 15 guys chosen in the opening round Thursday and had 25 more Friday — 10 in the second and 15 in the third. Thirteen of the league’s 14 teams had at least one player drafted. Only Mississippi failed to land a player in any of the first three rounds.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish government in talks with sports bodies April 25, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The British government is increasing planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased.Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart.The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8 once pandemic social distancing regulations are relaxed to allow training to resume for teams and there are sufficient COVID-19 tests available.The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June.British Horseracing Authority chair Annamarie Phelps tweeted Saturday about “very welcome support for the resumption of live sport incl horseracing” from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, linking to a front page report from The Sun newspaper about plans for events to be staged again. In other developments related to the pandemic:— Dutch top-flight club FC Utrecht is preparing for legal action to fight the Royal Netherlands Football Association decision to cancel the remainder of the league season and allocate places in next season’s European competitions based on the standings when play was halted by the coronavirus crisis. Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision that also said there would be no relegation and promotion between the country’s two top leagues. The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. Neighboring Belgium could also end its season at a meeting Monday.— English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30. The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach.— The South Pacific island of Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) was likely the only venue in the world hosting a competitive sports final Saturday, and it was streamed live. Officials set up four cameras and commentary for the online stream on the Vanuatu Cricket Association’s Facebook site. More than 3,000 viewers tuned in at various times during a men’s 10-over exhibition match and the women’s Twenty20 final won by the Mele Bulls.— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The story behind the Syracuse field hockey rap song

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Seeing that girl made Studdard want to reach more people and share his anthems with other fans and players.“He had to put a lot of time into it and he had to learn all our names and everything,” said midfielder Alyssa Manley, who was mentioned in Studdard’s tweet. “It was cool that he did that.”Head coach Ange Bradley never listened to the song and didn’t read past the first line of lyrics Studdard emailed to the field hockey recruiting account. The rap music didn’t appeal to her — she sticks to the ‘70s and ‘80s, particularly Van Morrison — and she focused on preparation for Indiana.“It’s nice that he did it,” Bradley said. “But it’s an external distraction and I don’t get too into a whole lot of external. That’s just who I am … That doesn’t appeal to me, but to the kids it did.”Lagerweij randomly quotes Studdard’s line about the goalkeeper to Jecko, “Let’s go with Jess Jecko!” in the locker room or around campus. The team uses lyrics as captions on Instagram.Jecko doesn’t see the team playing the song to hype themselves up before big games, but she said some of the team, particularly Lagerweij, listens to it often.“It’s pretty catchy. I approve of it,” Jecko said, laughing. “I mean, (the team) says, ‘Syracuse get loose,’ now.” Comments Each player took out her phone and put in headphones to hear what all the commotion was about. In Chipotle the day before Syracuse was set to play Indiana, back Lies Lagerweij had received a tweet from someone claiming to have made a rap song promoting the No. 1, undefeated team.“We were all sitting there like, ‘Wait, what? What is this?’” goalkeeper Jess Jecko said.Lagerweij told her team and suddenly the YouTube video began playing. Someone was rapping, “Syracuse, get loose,” and rhyming their names and numbers over a beat. Published on October 26, 2015 at 11:30 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR It wasn’t the first time Tevin Studdard created a song for a team. The 23-year-old Indiana State University senior has written 75 collegiate “Team Themes” and was looking through the schedules of nearby Louisville’s teams when he chanced upon the Cardinals playing No. 1 Syracuse on Oct. 9.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the Orange, the song’s lyrics have become team catchphrases and something to laugh about. But Studdard’s song, bumping on the Syracuse team bus back to the hotel, was a product of a life-altering moment with his American Idol-winning cousin. His love for music started back on an Indianapolis high school football field during “Beatbox Thursdays” when his coach would spit a beat and Studdard freestyled over it. Eventually, Studdard composed a team song. He shouted-out local WNBA star Tamika Catchings, then playing for the Indiana Fever, and sent it to her on Facebook. Catchings liked it, Studdard said, and asked him to make one for the Fever.“I made her promise me that, if it was good enough, I could perform it at a game,” Studdard said. “I went into the studio like Superman.”The Fever made it the team’s official song and, for Studdard, it validated his change in lifestyle.Studdard talked with Ruben about music when he was young and wanted to do something positive. For a while, he didn’t know what exactly to do, but seven years later, performing live at a Fever game as a high-schooler, he felt positive energy he didn’t want to let go of. He later performed the song for an 8-year-old Fever fan with a heart condition at her school.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait

first_imgOf course, they’re plugging along right now without Elliott, one of the NFL’s best running backs. He reportedly is in Mexico training and staying in shape as he waits out a new contract.Elliott is set to earn a base salary of $3.9 million for 2019, and the team last month picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for 2020.He earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.Part of plugging along is plugging the hole Elliott’s absence creates in Dallas’ offense.That, Jones said Thursday, was what signing free agent back Alfred Morris was about, filling the void not sending a negotiating message to Elliott.Morris, 30, played with the Cowboys in 2016 and ’17 and rushed for 547 yards and a touchdown in 2017, a season in which Elliott missed six games because of an NFL-mandated suspension. “You recognize Morris has made some big plays for us in Zeke’s absence. Morris did a good job, so you go get Morris,” Jones said. “In no way is it addressed towards, directing toward a negotiation stance, that’s not the point. What you should be doing is developing an offense. … We have to do this in case Zeke might not be here, period. Without a contract issue and we all know that can happen.”Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett have fielded questions about their running back’s absence, insisting Dallas is focused only on the players who showed up to training camp. “We are focused on the guys who are here,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to focus on the business of football.”Stephen Jones said: “It’s going to do no good to address this situation every day, but we will be working on (a contract) behind the scenes.”Meantime, Jerry Jones on Thursday said he is confident that Elliott is working hard in his conditioning, which adds to the Cowboys owner/GM’s calm about not if but when his star returns.“Zeke is in my mind, very conscientious about his preparation to play,” Jones said. “I’m not even giving it a second thought to his conditioning which is part of his ability to step right in. Saints’ Michael Thomas on record-breaking deal: ‘I’m trying to earn every penny of it’ “All of that is very easy for my mind to deal with.”The Cowboys open their preseason schedule Aug. 10 at the 49ers. Their regular-season opener is Sept. 8 at home against the Giants. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a famously impatient man, says he’s ready to play the long game on holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract.Jones was asked Thursday at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, about whether he has a timetable for getting the deal done, if there were a point of no turning back or a deadline as Elliott holds out.center_img “I don’t see it that way. I don’t see a point months into the season,” Jones told reporters (via DallasCowboys.com). “I don’t see a point. I’ve done it a lot more than these players have, I don’t want to seem trite or cavalier about it, but I have a little more patience about how things are going to get done and the necessity to have angst when you have it.”Instead, the Cowboys will “just keep plugging along,” he said. Related News NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falconslast_img read more

Brumskine/Karnwea Ticket Announced

first_imgBrumskine lifts Karnwea’s hand in the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf City Hall in Saclepea to rounds of applause from the audienceThe political leader of Liberty Party (LP), Charles Walker Brumskine, on Saturday named former Forestry Development Authority (FDA) managing director, Harrison S. Karnwea, Sr., as his presidential running mate.Karnwea, a native of Nimba County in northern Liberia, was subsequently elected unopposed as deputy standard bearer of the LP by delegates at a daylong special meeting of the party’s national, county and legislative aspirants in Saclepea, Nimba County, on Saturday, March 18.Karnwea, a former superintendent of vote-rich Nimba County and Minister of Internal Affairs, resigned recently from the ruling Unity Party (UP) in favor of the opposition, Liberty Party.In spite of the many criticisms of Karnwea’s decision to cross over to the LP, Brumskine told the gathering that selecting him was based on recommendations from a special committee set-up by the LP.He said that the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket will bring victory, not only to the LP, but to the country, which will eventually witness tremendous developments.Amid great excitement in the audience, Brumskine said, “It is my pleasing duty to announce to you that Nimba County has been selected to produce the next vice president of the Republic of Liberia, and is therefore my honor to inform Liberia that the honorable Harrison Karnwea has been selected as my running mate.”In a brief statement, Karnwea accepted his selection as vice standard bearer and promised “to work overtime” to ensure that the party wins the October 10 elections.“By this acceptance here, now and today, my intent and desire for the vice standard bearer position of the LP are hereby created and expressed,” he said.Mr. Karnwea told partisans that he would, alongside Brumskine and the other partisans and sympathizers, canvass for votes when the campaign process kicks off so that the party can effectively and efficiently challenge all other political parties during the elections.“Sincerely speaking, I see no ticket so unifying Liberians than our ticket that sends out a clear message that ‘united we stand, divided we fall.’ I see no ticket deserving victory than our ticket. I see no ticket that can be easily entrusted with the future of this country other than our ticket,” Karnwea said to rounds of applause from the floor.“I see no ticket that sends out a clear and loud message of peace, reconciliation and unity than the LP’s ticket that features Brumskine and I.”Karnwea indicated that through the LP ticket, he sees a Liberia on the best and proper trajectory for progress and development, adding that, “On our ticket, I see giants and real warriors in the political war to effectively minimize corruption.”The LP vice standard bearer continued by saying that on the party’s 2017 ticket, he sees real patriots with the minds and hearts to put Liberia first, and: “On our ticket I see a better future for the old and young Liberians no matter which village, town or quarter you find yourselves. I can say this ticket is a vote magnet that will attract the votes to push the LP to the leadership of this country in the upcoming elections.”The former UP stalwart said from the day he decided to make LP his political home, he started to effectively put together all the political energies, tactics and strategies to ensure that the party captures state power “from a party that desperately wishes to dominate the political landscape for 24 years.”Karnwea said he feels strongly that re-electing UP for the third time would be the wrong message for Liberians to send to the outside world, “and that we are satisfied with the maintenance of the status quo.”“I refuse to accept that Liberians will be satisfied with giving our country to one party for 24 consecutive years or more in the spirit of acceptance of superficial reforms against a transformative agenda that brings about serious systematic and positive changes for Liberia’s progress, which the LP stands to usher,” Karnwea said.Shortly after the pronouncement of Karnwea as the LP’s vice standard bearer, there were mixed reactions from some Liberians who consider his crossing over to the UP as betrayal to Vice President Joseph Boakai, in whose honor Karnwea named one of his quadruplets.  Another is named in honor of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, while the other two are named in honor of Mr. Karnwea and his mother, Monsoun, respectively.“I believe Karnwea has violated the tradition of naming a child after an individual by defecting from the UP to seek for Boakai’s position as VP,” said a Karnwea admirer only identified as Nyahn.A female well-wisher at Saturday’s occasion and many of her colleagues welcomed the revelation of the Brumskine-Karnwea ticket.Kou Meipein, who admires Karnwea’s forcefulness when it comes to development and his stance against corruption, and her colleagues believe that the selection of Mr. Karnwea as Brumskine’s running mate is the best decision the LP has so far made on its political sojourn.In a related development, the LP political leadership has commissioned the Bahn/Buutuo highway, which has remained deplorable over the years.At a brief groundbreaking ceremony earlier in Bahn City, Brumskine and Karnwea assured the gathering that the LP was reconditioning the road to revive the “lost hope of residents, and also to increase government’s revenue intake from that part of the country,” which connects Liberia to Ivory Coast.Bahn City Mayor Angie Dopoe, on behalf the residents, commended Mr. Karnwea and the LP for their decision to recondition the Bahn/Buutuo road network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more