ICPO: Full steam ahead in Dinagyang security preps

first_imgThe two-day highlights of the festivalare on Jan. 25 (Dagyang sa Calle, religious sadsad,sponsors’ mardi gras) and Jan. 26 (atitribes competition). The judging areas are the Iloilo CityFreedom Grandstand, corner Iznart-Solis streets, corner Ledesma-Valeriastreets, and Ma. Clara Street. If approved, the cancellation willtake effect two days before the two-day festival highlights, said Duero. Duero said the police will be strictlyenforcing, too, the curfew on minors. Of the 4,000 personnel, 2,292 arepolicemen. The rest are force multipliers (from the Philippine Army andPhilippine Coast Guard). The ICPO will also be prohibiting thecarrying of backpacks and bringing of glass bottles, pointed, sharp and bladedobjects. Over 4,000 security personnel would bemobilized, according to Lieutenant Mercylin Duero of the ICPO’s OperationsDivision. According to Duero, permits to carryfirearms outside of residences will likely be cancelled.center_img The ICPO already made such a requestto the Philippine National Police national headquarters in Camp Crame but isyet to receive a reply, said Duero. ILOILO City – Thousands of securityforces. Gun ban. Mobile phone signal shutdown. The Iloilo City Police Office(ICPO) is not leaving anything to chance in its security preparations for theDinagyang Festival 2020. Also for security reasons, there wouldbe a temporary shutdown of mobile phone signals within three-kilometer radiusof the judging/performance areas on Jan. 26. Police personnel will be divided into11 sectors, six of which will be stationed in the City Proper, and specificallyalong the Dinagyang ati tribes’ parade routes and judging areas. Drinking binges along sidewalks andstreets will be disallowed. Duero said there are specific kiosks for theseregulated by the Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. which the city government ofIloilo tasked to organize this year’s edition of Dinagyang. Terrorists could detonate improvisedexplosive devices using cell phone signals, explained the NationalTelecommunications Commission and Philippine National Police./PNlast_img read more

Inside Conditions…Baby Steps

first_imgAubrey BruceHey there friends, I was once part of an ABA (American Basketball Association) ownership that included introducing the ‘Carolina Cats’ to the world of professional basketball.  Last Saturday shortly after the “crack of noon” I was watching the Pitt Panthers men’s basketball squad being barbecued better than a slab of Carolina ribs by North Carolina State.N.C. State had a 17-2 advantage within the first five minutes I think; it was all such a blur. At that point that I began to channel surf.  For the next 10 minutes I began to view a political program on Fox News and they had the whip out for President Obama so I moved on from there.Suddenly without any warning whatsoever, one of my former colleagues from “North Cackalackee” gave me a ring-e-dingee with gloating being the first thing on his agenda.“See I told you and I kept tellin you and tellin you Pitt should have stayed put in the Big East.  The ACC is just too strong.  Look at ’em, they look like boys’ against men trying to stay with N.C. Yaw’ll better call and beg the Big East and pray that they allow Pitt to come back. Pittsburgh is in way above their heads.”Pip, said the rabbit, pap, pap said the bear, well it looks as if Pitt ain’t going nowhere.AS I said previously, Pitt fell behind 17-2 and trailed by eight at halftime, but dominated the second half by shooting 63% to build a double-digit lead that caused the “cat” to scratch the tongues of the many of the “tea party” crowd.Pitt faced a 34-28 deficit but planted a few “trees in the paint” scoring  26 of their 34 points in the second half.  N.C. State  however could only shoot a measly 30% (8-for-27) in the second half after a sizzling first half.Pitt’s Lamar Patterson (21), Talib Zanna (42) and James Robinson (0) react towards the end of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Jan. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)I called my “boy” back when it appeared that Pitt had the game in hand.  “Maybe” I said, “just maybe, N.C. State should be the ones calling the Big East begging them to force Pitt back into competing in their former conference.Where there’s smoke, there may be fire.On January 3, 2014 the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the termination of the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. With the numerous injuries and inexperience it is my opinion that Mr.  Bicknell didn’t do such a bad job but when you flip the coin, someone has to go and “dats the name of dat tune.” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin issued a statement saying;  “I have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our offensive line. I want to thank Jack for his contributions during the 2013 season, and I wish him well in the future.”ittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, watches from the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)First the Steelers Nation was hoodwinked into thinking that Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin was the problem.  When that notion was dispelled, the yoke was placed around the neck of the Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley.  Finally the yoke was placed around the neck of the perfect “scapegoat” that could be “sacrificed ” without much fuss and that was Offensive Line Coach, Jack Bicknell.The offensive production of the Steelers increased significantly not because of better coaching by the staff, it became more productive because the players executed the plays correctly.By the very nature of the “no huddle” offense the quarterback can get rid of the ball faster and the defense often reacts slower because they don’t have the full complement of time to set up an adequate defensive scheme that will be fully effective.  If this was not so then there would be a “no huddle” defense. There may be fewer blitzes, game playing and stunts by the defensive line, linebackers and secondary’s because oftentimes new calls from coaches “upstairs in the box” cannot be relayed to defenses on the field in a timely fashion to affect the offensive calls and plays. Unless a wide receiver is “wide open” any quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers should be penalized if a ball thrown more than 40 yards is intercepted.Todd Haley’s playbook is just not tailored for downfield, low percentage pass plays.  This offense is not equipped with jet engines to be “air Roethlisberger.”  The only vehicles that the Pittsburgh Steelers offense should be using in route to the end zone are trains, trucks, busses and maybe a few “puddle jumping” twin engine propeller aircraft only to be used in “extreme emergencies.Again, Todd Haley has the perfect offense for the sometimes slow reacting, even slower defense reading Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.  If you hand off the ball faster and throw passes even faster; it is my guess that there will more than likely be less turnovers because defenses will not be as close to the ball or the action as they would normally be.  Who says? “Dr. Peanut” says, dats who!All the friggin pundits seem very happy, even almost giddy that Ben Roethlisberger has finally “bought in” to the Steelers “new,” well almost new offensive philosophy.  “Big” Ben has turned over a new leaf, but as far as 2013 goes, it is too little and maybe too late; well at least as far as the Steelers current personnel grouping is concerned.  Pittsburgh is on shaky ground as far as their wide receiver corps is concerned.  don’t forget that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will be an unrestricted free agent this year.  Will he be back? Only the creator knows whether the “crik” is going to rise. You digg.. One thing is for certain and two things are for sure.  Will the Steelers be issuing a statement in 2014 or 2015 about the terminations of any of their current  coaches? Well as far as I am concerned and I am not really concerned; the only thing will sometimes and I do mean sometimes guarantee continuity in sports coaching is winning….period.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741last_img read more


first_img                BETTYS BAMBINO:  Rallying from off the pace, he was a convincing 2 ¼ length winner of the Grade III San Simeon Stakes over the course on opening day, Dec. 26, which was his first start since taking the Sensational Star in February, 2015.  A winner of the Grade III Daytona Stakes two starts back on Dec. 28, 2014, this Unusual Heat gelding will be bidding for his sixth consecutive win over the course in a run that began on Sept. 27, 2014.  Bred in California by his owners, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joseph Ciaglia, Bettys Bambino is 11-7-0-3 overall with earnings of $378,036. ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2017)–Trainer Peter Eurton’s recent graded winner Bettys Bambino will take on Marty Jones’ comebacking Ambitious Brew as this pair heads a field of five older horses bred or sired in California in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The one-two finishers in the 2015 Sensational Star, these 7-year-old geldings have accounted for 11 wins over the course throughout their highly successful careers.Second in this race a year ago, trainer Peter Miller’s speedy Richard’s Boy comes off a stakes win versus state-breds on dirt and should be very tough transitioning back to a course he’s enjoyed considerable success over. Bettys Bambino–Corey Nakatani–124Richard’s Boy–Victor Espinoza–124Acceptance–Stewart Elliott–124Ambitious Brew–Mike Smith–124Forest Chatter–Flavien Prat–120First post time for a nine-race card Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. AMBITIOUS BREW: Idle since well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint here on Nov. 5, this Pamela Ziebarth homebred son of Tizbud was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner down the hill of the Grade III Eddie D. Stakes two starts back on Sept. 30 and should be plenty tough off the bench for Jones in what will be his 11th career start down the hillside.  With Mike Smith back at the controls, Ambitious Brew should be attentive to the pace as he bids for his eighth career win.  With earnings of $499,225, he has an overall mark of 21-7-7-0. RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES RICHARD’S BOY: Head and head for the lead early, he comes off a game nose victory on the main track in the California Cup Sprint going six furlongs here on Jan. 28 and was a close third from off the pace behind Bettys Bambino in the Grade III San Simeon down the hill two starts back on Dec. 26.  Second, beaten a head in last year’s Sensational Star, this 5-year-old Idiot Proof gelding has been no worse than third in his last seven starts and can be counted upon to force the issue on Saturday under Victor Espinoza.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch, Richard’s Boy is 7-2-2-1 over the course and he has an overall mark of 19-8-5-2, with earnings of $536,080. THE SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 3 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

Young professionals on success and freedom

first_imgA few young South African entrepreneurs and creatives speak out about how they are enjoying their freedom with responsibility through their careers and their passions.Jodi Deerling says he is making sure he leaves a legacy. His daily motivation is everyone he encounters and who believes in him and his business. “I know what I am doing is much bigger than I am. I am merely a vessel.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanJodi Deerling, Michael Cost, Tia Black, Nathan Adriaanse, Nicole Norman and Jodi Cash are young South African professionals who have worked hard to make their dreams a reality. They marked Freedom Month talking about what freedom means to them.Freedom Day is an annual public holiday in South Africa. The day, 27 April, marks the first democratic election held in the country, in 1994. April is regarded as Freedom Month.Jodi DeerlingJodi Deerling (31) grew up in Malabar, Port Elizabeth and is now living in the City of Gold.An entrepreneur, he is the owner of JD Collection, which consists of men’s and children’s accessories such as bowties. His collection is carried by Spree, Superbalist.com, Zando and Big Blue, among other retailers.Deerling is a former YoTV presenter, and has acted in shows such as Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Stokvel.He has a lot to celebrate this Freedom Month, he says. “The final documents of registration for my dream business came through in April. I also met a very special person in this month. We celebrate our anniversary every single year.”Freedom means “having the choice to love who I want and to do whatever I want, as long as it doesn’t hurt the next person”, he says.“What I enjoy the most about the South African constitution is that it truly doesn’t discriminate against any sex, religion or individual.”Michael CostMichael Cost says one of his motivations to work hard is his subscribers. “My bananas; their constant support and belief in me and my work is always inspirational and keeps me motivated even in the darkest of times.” (Image supplied)Michael Cost (23) is born and bred in Johannesburg, where he still lives.He says his greatest career achievement has been to jump head first into being a fulltime YouTuber at the beginning of 2017. “Being able to sacrifice so much and risk it all in order to follow my passion has been a rewarding experience.”But he reveals: “When I was a child my dream was to be an Oscar award-winning actor. My views have changed drastically.“I have a Masters in architecture which I obtained this year. I love merging my passion for architecture with my passion for online content creation.”Cost is also the host of the Twitter chat for South African YouTubers, called #YouTubeZA.“I do believe that your job is what you make it; if you want it to be your dream job, then make it your dream job.”He looks forward to sharing more of South Africa’s culture, comedy and urban life with other South Africans and the world.Regarding Freedom Month, he says: “I am reminded every day how lucky I am to be able to do what I do and to share South Africa’s story with the rest of the world via the internet.”The power of freedom of speech is such an incredible tool, Cost says. “We can barely imagine the extent of its reach.”Tia BlackTia Black is her own cheerleader. “My goals can only be achieved by me so there is no use looking elsewhere for the motivation to attain them.” (Image supplied)Tia Black is a 28-year-old singer from Cape Town who enjoys being able to work with people she has idolised. “And being able to do what I love is an achievement in itself.“This is part of my dream job. I eventually want to venture into television, radio, theatre and the beauty industry. My dream is to do it all!”Black, who grew up in the Cape Town suburbs of Mitchells Plain and Parkwood, talks about how she feels about Freedom Month: “Growing up biracial, my whole life is an ode to the freedom we have right now.“Looking back I remember being asked if I was lost whenever I was with my mom because she’s white. Now it’s not so foreign and I love the diversity we strive to uphold. As a nation it’s kind of mirrored in my everyday life through my parents.”She adds: “I am able to do what I love on this scale because I now have the right to do so. I am free to live without being scared to do so.”We must acknowledge that in theory we have a great Constitution, Black says. “Although we are flawed and still fighting for the correct implementation of what our Constitution is based on, the fact is we actually have one.”Nathan AdriaanseNathan Adriaanse reminds himself daily: “I need to be better than I was yesterday. Tomorrow I will be better than I am today.” (Image supplied)Nathan Adriaanse (27), who grew up in Athlone, in Cape Town, has been a professional dancer since he was 21.“In 2012 I was part of a hip hop crew, Brooklyn Brotherhood,” he recalls. “We took part in the US’s Hip Hop International competition held in Las Vegas in the United States. We were South Africa’s number one representative then, and we placed fifth.“The second big achievement came later in 2012, when I landed my first feature movie role in the Warner Brothers’ House Party 5: Tonight’s the Night film.”Another accomplishment came in 2015 when he was selected to be part of Showtime Australia, performing in the tribute shows Michael Jackson HIStory Show and The Greatest Love of All: The Whitney Houston Show. “I’ve been touring the world for the past year and half. This opportunity has really changed my life.”Adriaanse, who now lives in Johannesburg, says freedom to him means that he is able to invest in his career. “I am busy planning my trip to the US to improve my skills as a dancer.”He appreciates the fact that he is able to move freely as a South African.Nicole NormanTo keep her momentum going, Nicole Norman surrounds herself with positive energy. “Naturally I attract even more positivity into my life.” (Image supplied)At 23, Nicole Norman is a television presenter of the SABC3 show, Exfrontiers. She is also a blogger.Her career in fashion and entertainment has grown in the past few months, she says. “I was the red carpet host for the Cape Town Fashion Council at the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South Africa International Fashion Film Festival a few weeks ago and that was quite an incredible experience.”Yet, she says, “the best feeling is having someone come up to me and tell me that I’m good at what I do and that I inspire them to do their best.”Norman, who is from Cape Town, believes freedom is something we often take for granted. “As a creative, freedom is an even more pivotal aspect of what I do — especially when it comes to freedom of expression in multimedia forms.”Freedom Month is a time to reflect on the struggles and triumphs of the past. “This is what puts things into perspective and holds weight for me, allowing me to be truly grateful for the freedom I enjoy today.”In her university media studies course, she says she “recently wrote a paper exploring various legislative regulations surrounding the works of media practitioners.“I discovered that the Constitution truly protects our freedom of speech and freedom of expression — no matter how controversial.”Jodi CashRapper Jodi Cash is motivated by the desire to be fulfilled. “To know that someday I’ll be able to kick up my feet and say, ‘Yeah I did my best and I showed up to what I’m capable of.’” (Image supplied)Jodi Cash (27), a rapper who lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, has recently started releasing content. “I’m really happy with the reception of it so far. Having won Best Music Video in the Liverpool International Film Festival 2016 was just the cherry on top.“I’ve always loved making music and have never thought of it as a job. I suppose if you consider it to be a job, it definitely is a dream job.”Cash says he travelled a lot as a child and partly grew up abroad. “But I’d say I spent most of my time in Durban.”When he thinks of freedom, he refers to the day he got his driver’s licence. “It gave me a feeling of independence, like I could go anywhere.”About the Constitution, he speaks particularly about the right to freedom of expression. “This helps me to be more informed when making decisions and less susceptible to manipulation and irrational theories.“I’d much rather live in a place where I’m allowed to speak my mind than sit in silence and be forced to say things I don’t actually mean.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

State Cup Live Streamed!

first_imgFor the first time, New South Wales State Cup games will be live streamed. The following games will be streamed, please click on the links below to be taken to the event. 8.00am – Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs (Men’s Open)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbVp0NYUnpo9.10am – Bankstown Jets v Manly Sea Eagles (Men’s Open)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i5qcV-vyJY 12.40pm – Eastern Suburbs Roosters v Murwillumbah Mavericks (Mixed Open)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNuU2aPZJJA 1.15pm – Taren Point v Penrith Panthers (Mixed Open)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEEIlPGp9FI 3.00pm – Manly Sea Eagles v Wallsend Wolves (Women’s Open)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhR2jaH0VpM 3.35pm – Penrith Panthers v Parramatta Eels (Women’s Open) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pILkw9ptFSw Related LinksState Cup Live!last_img read more

9 months agoBurnley boss Dyche: Luck was with us

first_imgBurnley boss Dyche: Luck was with usby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley earned victory over Fulham thanks to two own goals.Andre Schurrle’s wonderful early strike was cancelled out in the 20th minute when Jeff Hendrick’s effort went in off Joe Bryan.And three minutes later it was Denis Odoi who inadvertently beating Sergio Rico, heading in after Hendrick crossed.Burnley boss Sean Dyche said afterwards: “They were very tough conditions for both teams and it was a very tough win, for many reasons.“I didn’t think we played as well today as we did in the previous two wins, but the mentality to come back from a goal down for the second game in a row was terrific and I thought we grew into the game and ended up being the more progressive side.“We got a scratch of luck, but I’m not going to cry that one in because I don’t think we’ve had our share this season.“And towards the end James (Tarkowski) does what we maybe weren’t doing enough of at the start of the season, by making an absolutely fantastic block to make sure we go and win the game.“That’s as good a goal for me!”Dyche added: “They threw caution to the wind in the second half and why wouldn’t you?“They haven’t won away all season and they are trying to get a foothold in an important game, so they went very expansive, but I don’t remember them opening us up too many times.“The resilience, character and energy is back in the side and we are doing all the details better.“Earlier in the season we were conceding a lot of soft goals. We have to continue, of course, but what it does is provide a mental shift.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2 days agoChelsea won’t consider offers for N’Golo Kante

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea won’t consider offers for N’Golo Kanteby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea won’t consider the sale of N’Golo Kante.The midfielder continues to be linked with a move to Juventus, but reports claim the star is not up for sale.Juve coach Maurizio Sarri is said to be keen on reuniting with Kante in Turin.He is said to have told the club’s vice-chairman Pavel Nedved that Kante should be high on the club’s list of targets.But now according to Sky Italia’s Fabrizio Romano, there is no truth in the rumours.Romano told Calciomercato that there is no negotiations to bring Kante to the Serie A giants despite sporting director Fabio Paratici being a big admirer of the 28-year-old. last_img read more

Keyshawn Johnson Is Taking 11 California HS FB Recruits On A Huge Trip This Weekend To Texas, A&M, OU, Nebraska

first_imgKeyshawn Johnson during a broadcast.There will be quite a football posse traveling through Texas and the Midwest this weekend. According to Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram, former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson will be taking the “California 11,” a group of 11 California-based high school football recruits, on a recruiting trip this weekend. The group, which includes Johnson’s son, Keyshawn Jr., a four-star WR, will be visiting Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Nebraska, before traveling back to the West Coast. I can confirm that Keyshawn Johnson is headed to Austin to barnstorm the state with 11 recruits from Cali, including his highly touted son— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Keyshawn Johnson @Thromedamnball and the California 11 will hit Texas A&M Fri practice, visit Texas Sat, OU Jr day Sun and Nebraska Mon— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball are flying into Austin and driving to College Station for the Texas A&M Friday Night practice— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will drive back to Austin and spend Saturday visiting with @TexasFB and coach @Strong_TexasFB— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will then make the 6-7 hour drive from Austin to Norman for the Oklahoma Junior Day on Sun— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015The California 11 led by @Thromedamnball will leave OU and head to Nebraska to visit the Cornhuskers, then fly back to Cali from Lincoln— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among 2016 recruits in the Cali 11 are Michael Pittman, Marquel Dismuke, Isaiah Hayes and Khalil Tate— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015Among the 2017 recruits in the Cali 11 are WR Keyshawn Johnson Jr., WR Terrell Bynum, CB Darnay Holmes, CB Jermani Brown, QB Tristan Gebbia— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 6, 2015That sounds like one heck of a trip. Be on the lookout for some top football prospects, Longhorns, Aggies, Sooners and Huskers.last_img read more