DILG to charge ex-lawmaker, 6 others for ‘unauthorized’ relief ops


first_imgHe added that the vehicle used anunauthorized food pass and that the team namedropped Casilao to get pastcheckpoints before they were accosted. DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya saidCasilao violated provisions of the Bayanihan to Heal as One law on strictstay-at-home protocols for residents of Luzon. “We don’t give special treatmenteven if you have a congressman with you. We will sue all violators,” theDILG official added. Malaya claimed the jeepney that ferriedthe group and the goods also carried tarpaulins, pamphlets and other“propaganda materials,” which were confiscated. The DILG identified the volunteers asKarl Mae San Juan, Marlon Lester Gueta, Robero Medel, Eriberto Peña Jr., RaymarGuaves, and Tobi Estrada.  The relief goods were eventuallydistributed to the intended recipients in Barangay Bigte in Norzagaray, Bulacanafter they were turned over to local authorities. According to Malaya, the gesture ofCasilao’s team was an “unauthorized travel outside of Metro Manila,”and an alleged to organize a mass gathering in the community in the guise ofdistributing relief goods. “We wish to remind Anakpawis thatthe virus cannot spread by itself,” Malaya said. “It has no legs. Itis people that spread the virus. You give us no choice but to file chargesagainst you.” They will be charged for violatingprovisions of the Bayanihan law, among them for non-cooperation and resistanceand disobedience to a person of authority, while Casilao will face raps forusurpation of authority./PN MANILA – The Department of Interior andLocal Government (DILG) will file charges against former Anakpawis Party-list Rep.Ariel Casilao and six volunteers for violating quarantine rules when theydistribute relief goods in Norzagaray, Bulacan on Sunday. Casilao and his team of volunteers fromTulong Anakpawis and Sagip Kanayunan were blocked and apprehended by cops onSunday morning but were not informed of their violations.last_img read more

Should sports mix with politics?


first_imgOn Wednesday, ESPN fired baseball analyst Curt Schilling after he shared a meme on Facebook supporting a controversial North Carolina law that forces transgender people to use the bathrooms corresponding to their birth genders. On Thursday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver publicly stated he would take the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte if the same law wasn’t changed.There are people who say sports don’t matter because they are, on the surface, silly games played with balls and sticks and baskets. Those who don’t follow sports have no clue who Curt Schilling is, much less care about what he has to say.But the truth is that sports are bigger than just games — they consist of multi-billion dollar leagues and millionaire athletes and coaches. And like any other multi-billion industry, these leagues have a sizeable footprint in society, and their star players have a voice much larger than that of the average Joe.It’s why ESPN fired Schilling and why North Carolina should take Silver’s threat very seriously. For better or for worse, this is the impact that sports can have on society.Schilling, an all-time great pitcher-turned-analyst, was just daring ESPN to fire him. Last year, the network suspended him for a month after sharing a Twitter post that compared Muslims to Nazis. In March, he went on a radio show and said that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere.”While Schilling crossed the line numerous times, ESPN is firing him on the grounds of his opinions — which he is certainly entitled to — rather than him not fulfilling his actual duty as a baseball analyst. An average Joe working as a truck driver would probably not be fired for doing what Schilling did, but as a public figure and television personality, it was too big of an embarrassment for ESPN.To be clear: The North Carolina law is awful and a clear attempt to discriminate against transgender people. But Schilling has a right to engage in the debate without losing his job.Additionally, I think such a law should be changed for a different reason than the NBA threatening to pull the All-Star Game. The NBA is absolutely doing the right thing by taking a stance on a controversial issue. But in turn, if North Carolina changes the law, it will be because its politicians don’t want to lose out on the millions of dollars that holding an All-Star Game would bring into the state, not because they genuinely believe the law is wrong.It’s happened before. Just last month, Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed an anti-gay rights bill after the NFL warned that the passing of the law could cost Atlanta a Super Bowl in the future. Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a similar bill two years ago based on a similar threat — the NFL threatening to pull the Super Bowl in 2015 from Phoenix. Last year, while the Final Four was being held in Indianapolis, Indiana immediately issued amendments to another religious liberty bill after NCAA President Mark Emmert spoke out against it. In the 1990s, the NFL also almost single-handedly forced Arizona to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by actually rescinding a Super Bowl from the state. Not until the voters approved the holiday did the league bring the game back to Arizona in 1996.Losing out on All-Star Games, Super Bowls or Final Fours should not be the main catalysts for social change. Sure, the results should be applauded, but the reasons behind them are based more on money than morality — and I’m afraid what’s happening in North Carolina is heading toward the same path.Ultimately, all of this shows that the power of sports stretches well off the playing field and into politics, and that creates ambiguity. Schilling has shown no indication that he is anything but a bigoted moron, but should his political opinions be held against him by his now ex-employer? The North Carolina law should be repealed, but does it sit right that it might only happen because a basketball game won’t be played there?I guess we’ll have to take what we can get. Obviously, it would be ideal if governors stopped signing discriminatory laws and former athletes refrained from supporting them, but until that day comes, we are — at least partially — reliant on sports figures such as ESPN and NBA commissioners to police society, for better or for worse.Eric He is a freshman majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column,  “Grinding Gears,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Tipp footballers confident in panel abilities


first_imgManager Liam Kearns says the team are looking to be progressive again this year… The Tipp senior footballers are confident in the abilities of their panel ahead of the opening National League game against Cork.January 27th will see their first game in Division 2 for 2018 – after they won Division 3 last year.The Premier comprehensively overcame CIT in a challenge game at Dr Morris Park last night 2-17 to 8 points – and they’ve two more challenge games coming up in the next 2 weeks – against the Garda College, and UCC.last_img read more

Amel Tuka won Silver in Finals of the Doha World Championship


first_imgBosnia and Herzegovina’s best athlete Amel Tuka competed in the 800-meter on Tuesday evening in the finals of the Doha World Championship.In the finals, he managed to reach the silver medal, the greatest achievement in the history of BiH athletics. Tuka ran out in 1:43:37. This was the best score of the season for the BiH athlete.Tuka said today that he will run for all those who cheer him up and give him support, but also for those who are no longer with us. After winning the medal, he posted the following on Facebook. “People, let me just give you a quick word. People, I won silver. I’m overjoyed. Thank God for everything. I can’t describe my feelings in words. Thank you and I love you.”After winning the medal,  Tuka received congratulations all over the world, News Agency Patria reports.last_img read more

Survey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth


first_imgOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new report says an October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states.The report issued Friday says the Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to 52.6, compared with 49.1 in September. The August figure was 49.3. The index had remained above growth neutral for 32 straight months.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says trade disagreements and the global economic slowdown have slowed regional growth.The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth. A score below that suggests decline.The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more