It was the second day of chaos in HongKong’s Legislative Council as leader Carrie Lam tried to answer questions abouther annual policy address on Wednesday. HONG KONG – Pro-democracy lawmakers inHong Kong heckled the city’s embattled leader and called for her to step downduring a legislative session on Thursday. The turmoil underscored the deepening political rift in the city to the often violent anti-government protests that began in opposition to an extradition bill. (Reuters) A lawmaker (top) shouts at Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she leaves the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 17. REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON
Meanwhile in Iloilo City, PDEA conductedrandom paneling and profiling of passengers at the Iloilo Fast Craft Terminallocated in Barangay Progreso, Lapuz district. ILOILO City – The Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency (PDEA) are stepping up its campaign against illegal drugsthis Christmas season by curbing drug smuggling through the ports and highseas. To ward off entry of narcotics the region, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region 6 deploys K-9 units at Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA REGION 6 On Dec. 16, PDEA K9 conducted andinterdiction unit conducted random inspection at the cargo warehouse andbaggage conveyors of the Kalibo International Airport in Aklan province. PDEA national director General AaronAquino, said unmanned runways and private ports have become favorite landingspots for private airplanes, seaplanes and even yachts, loaded with bulk ofillegal drugs. PDEA’s on-going inspections aim to wardoff entry narcotics in the region and send warning to couriers that areas aremonitored regularly for any possibility of illegal drug transactions and thisholiday season. (With a report from PDEARegion 6/PN) PDEA has established seaportinterdiction units assigned in key seaports in the region and has entered intoagreements with the sea authorities that empowered the inspection of allmaritime transportation. PDEA also conducted random paneling andprofiling at Tumanda Wharf in Barangay Cabano, San Lorenzo, Guimaras last week. The antidrug agency said a markedincrease in the demand for illegal drugs is expected this Christmas seasonbecause people have more money and a lot of parties take place.
Ravena also made it clear that the useof the portalets is free. During the 2019 Dinagyang, the citygovernment made available 40 portalets and barangay councils also helpedconstruct some but with pay./PN Two GSO dump trucks and 100 personnelwould be collecting garbage from the bins. GSO personnel would be manning theportalets. Their task is to make sure the portalets are clean at all times. Toremove unpleasant odor, they would be using bio-enzyme. But he expressed hope that revellersthis year will heed Mayor Jerry Treñas’ call to make the Dinagyang trash-free. Some private companies also offereddrums as garbage bins, said Engineer Neil Ravena, chief of the Solid WasteManagement Division of the city government’s General Services Office (GSO). The trash bins will actually be kaing – humungous bamboo baskets. The Dinagyang highlight – thecrowd-drawing ati tribes competition– is on Sunday, Jan. 26. Regarding the portable toilets orportalets, 12 will be positioned at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand while 50more would be placed in strategic areas downtown. Violators would be fined P500. GSO expects more this year, especiallyon Saturday, Jan. 25. The pioneering Dagyang sa Calle Real street danceactivity which is open to all is expected to attract thousands of revellers,said Ravena. In last year’s Dinagyang, Ravena said,they were able to collect 72,000 kilograms of garbage and most of these wereplastics. ILOILO City – In a bid to make thisyear’s Dinagyang Festival garbage- and stink-free, the city government will bepositioning 300 trash bins and 62 portable toilets in strategic areas. The city government will be deployingpersonnel to catch garbage litterers, Ravena revealed.
ILOILO City – In the three months of community quarantine, crime incidents in Western Visayas dropped by 44.6 percent, according to the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6). During the three-month period, the police also arrested 263 drug personalities across the region in 189 anti-illegal drug operations. The police recorded 3,114 crimes from March 17 to June 13, way below the 6,982 crimes recorded in the same period in 2019, said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, regional police director. While community quarantine restrictions are being eased, Pamuspusan assured the public that policemen would continue helping local government units enforce public health safety protocols such as the wearing of facemask and physical distancing, and even curfew./PN “Despite being busy at quarantine control points, hindi tayo nagpabaya sa campaign against illegal activities,” he stressed. In the campaign against illegal gambling, 810 violators were arrested in 226 police operations, said Pamuspusan. Pamuspusan said 24/7 checkpoints contributed to the drop in crime incidents, coupled with the strict enforcement of the curfew and liquor ban. He also cited the maximization of police presence in the field. “We really worked hard to implement all guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in partnership with other agencies,” said Pamuspusan. There has been a sharp drop specifically on what the PRO-6 termed as “focus crimes” (rape, murder, homicide, robbery, carnapping, motornapping, physical injury, and theft) – 55.57 percent. Some P7 million worth of shabu were seized, too. The police recorded 568 incidents – more than half down from 1,022 incidents recorded from March to June last year.
The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Calinog municipal police station, facing charges./PN ILOILO City – A drinking spree turned out to be the last for a man after he was allegedly hacked to death by his son in Barangay Alibunan, Calinog, Iloilo. The altercation led Jolit hacking Alberto using a bladed weapon around 10 p.m. on June 28, the police added. It was, however, not immediately established what triggered the argument. Resident Alberto Casipe, 60, had a heated argument with his son Jolit, 45, police said.
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted Switzerland County in a dual meet on Tuesday (9/9).The JCD Girls’ Team and Boys’ Team finished 1st in the meet.JCD vs. SC MS CC (9-9)Adrian Peetz (JCD) was the individual winner of the boys’ race.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
AURORA, Ind. – Detectives are continuing to piece together an incident that led to one man being shot in Aurora.The victim was shot Wednesday night and taken to Dearborn County Hospital before being aircared to University Hospital in Cincinnati. The victim was treated and released as the injury is not considered life-threatening.According to the Dearborn County Register, authorities found evidence that is being processed at a crime lab.Police have not ruled out the possibility of the account given by the victim, alleging an attempted robbery and shooting, or the potential of a self-inflicted wound, the newspaper reports.
The Bulldog golfers battled through high winds, thick rough, and periodic downpours to pull out a victory in a three-way meet against St. Louis and South Decatur on Monday evening at Hillcrest Country Club.Batesville posted a team score of 230 to beat St. Louis by five strokes with a 235, and a 24 stroke victory over South Decatur’s 254.Andy Gutzwiller persevered through the conditions and led the Bulldogs to victory with a 52. He was followed by Kelly Gole and Shane Meer shooting 59’s, Meredith McCreary posting a 60, and Sam Bowman with a 61.The Bulldog golf team venture to Brookville Thursday to play at Brook Hill Golf Course at 4:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chase Mears.
This past weekend was a great weekend for Eagle Watching at the Versailles State Park.A Bald eagle adult and eaglet were photographed by Natalie Brinson.(Photographs made with a telephoto lens from a long distance.)
Batesville Bulldogs hosted the Rushville Lions Thursday night losing 6-1.Rushville struck first in the 3rd with 1 run. Batesville then was able to tie the game at 1 when they manufactured a run of their own in the 4th. Rushville scored again in the 5th to go up 2-1. Batesville was unable to respond and in the 6th Rushville scored 4 runs with 2 outs with the help of 3 costly errors. Final score 6-1 in favor of Rushville.Key performers for Bulldogs were Bre Hartman & Kara Obermeyer going 2-3. Whitney Axsom was 1-2, and Ellie Waechter and Kelsey Huffner went 1-3.The Bulldogs are now 4-13 overall, 2-8 in conference play.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.